I do not know what it is about a Christian conservative speaking about his faith and about public policy issues that so much enrages the secular liberal left in America but recent writings by the undersigned in this space have generated more personal insult, attack and strawman arguments attempting to demonize what we say than anything I have written during the last seven weeks of 5x a week essays I have posted, and this one - number 37 and sending my count to over 80,000 words - may create a few aneurysms.
I pray for calm among my liberal-left, secular left audience who monitors these pages on the lookout for places to attack Christians.
One of the purposes of today's report is to support the call of two men of the cloth in south Central Pennsylvania, who began and ended their meeting with State Representative Scott Perry with a prayer.
The two Christian pastors are advocates of the "Women's Right to Know" bill that is stalled in the State House of Representatives.
The meeting was held to ask Rep. Perry why he had withdrawn his sponsorship of that bill which would most certainly have cost Planned Parenthood a few dollars in lost abortion fees if it were enacted.
If Planned Parenthood is forced by legislation being considered in Harrisburg, to allow the expectant mother to actually see the ultra sound image that is already being taken in 99% of all abortions in America, the fear that the abortionists have is that some of those mothers will get all queasy and change their mind.
In other words, the sight of their own real life baby in an ultra sound image, even as the smooth talking Planned Parenthood operator is telling them it's just a blob, may cause a few mothers to say "oh its my baby" and cancel the planned abortion.
This fear is so very real that it generated a massive campaign by Planned Parenthood to prevent Pennsylvania from becoming the 24th state in the U.S. to compel them to offer the mother the chance to see the ultra sound image. The campaign used a series of lies, including the claim that the Republican legislator was going to "rape" women with a "vaginal probe."
Of course, those writing heated letters and angry phone calls are completely unaware that in 99% of all abortions in America Planned Parenthood already DOES an ultra sound image and in 93% of all cases, does an ultra sound using that vaginal probe. The major issue is, will Planned Parenthood be forced to allow the expectant mother to see the image if she wants?
Father Samuel Houser of St. Patrick Catholic Church hosted this meeting at his parish conference room in York City, presided over by the Chairman of the York County Chapter of Americans for Christian Traditions in our Nation (ACTION of PA), Pastor Ken Gibson, to pray that their state becomes the 24th to allow women to see that photographic image of their own baby, despite Planned Parenthood's vehement objections.
In attendance at this meeting was State Representative Scott Perry, one of the 40 state legislators who had originally sponsored House Bill 1077, the "Women's Right to Know" bill, but who then withdrew his sponsorship.
Rep. Perry sent an email to the legislators - which I reported last week - saying he followed Sarah Palin's example of last year - he hadn't retreated, he was reloading. But he will had some explaining to do.
Rep. Perry is a candidate for the Congressional seat of retiring 6 term Rep. Todd Platts. The April 24 primary will select a Republican nominee for this strongly GOP district and there are seven candidates.
Rep. Perry went into this meeting very much in "the hot seat" with the two Christian pastors. They did not understand why he had withdrawn his sponsorship of a bill they consider so important.
But Rep. Perry came out with two much more informed Pastors, and with a bounce in his step. It isn't every day that two men of the cloth pray for you as Pastors Houser and Gibson did this past Wednesday.
In fact, the two Christian Pastors were so "fired up" by what they learned in their one hour meeting with Rep. Perry, that they stayed overtime after their meeting, to draft up a "statement" about their meeting with him. And they then issued a news release about their meeting along with the statement. I will conclude today's column with the full, unedited text of both.
But the real news is this.
Father Houser and Pastor Gibson, both members of ACTION of PA, invited Rep. Scott Perry to speak to a campaign rally of their group tonight - Friday night - and to explain what is needed to secure passage of this "Right to Know" bill.
Both men of the cloth now better understand that the liberal-left is far more organized than conservative-minded Christian members of their congregations. They pray that their congregations will help change that so that legislators don't hear such a one-sided email and phone response when bills such as HB 1077 are heading for a floor vote.
Rep. Perry told the two Pastors that his side in this battle was outnumbered with some of his colleagues reporting the mail and phone calls running 5 to 1 against them.
When a bill goes into committee for "markup" it doesn't always come out for a floor vote. So often, it is "bottled up" in the committee.
If the bill does come out it is most often because a consensus of committee members has formed and a vote to release it out of committee - sometimes with changes - has taken place.
But at every step along the way, hearing from constituents who are interested in a bill - whether it is for or against it - can make a huge difference.
But the HB 1077 bill that came out of committee was very different from what had been endorsed by a majority of the GOP controlled State House of Representatives, on its way in.
It was so different from what had been earlier endorsed, that the liberal-left attack on the newly revised bill, was very effective - and caught friendly forces by complete surprise, since they'd never been consulted about or appraised of the changes in advance.
This was Rep. Perry's explanation when he had more than a few minutes to explain the action that was promised in support of the "right to life" cause. Between the unexpected changes, the enormous outpouring of opposition to the bill, and the relative silence of our side, the "Right to Know" bill is now in danger of defeat.
40 Republicans withdrew their support of a bill because it was totally changed.
What then, would Rep. Perry support?
Father Houser and Pastor Gibson won't say, beyond the statement they released and which is below in its entirety.
They will only say that they left the meeting smiling and pleased, and that they have a commitment from Rep. Perry to speak at their campaign rally tonight (Friday night), and to work diligently to lead the charge for a "Women's Right to Know" bill.
Tonight Rep. Scott Perry will speak at the ACTION of PA campaign rally - more than 18 candidates running for U.S. Senate, other statewide offices, for Congress and for state legislature - will be speaking.
But Rep. Perry won't be speaking merely as a candidate who wants our vote for U.S. Congress on April 24.
He won't be speaking merely as the candidate who finished in first place at the ACTION of PA candidate forum's "straw poll" back in February.
Rep. Perry has promised to help ACTION of PA kick off a new push to enact "The Women's Right to Know" bill in the Republican controlled House of Representatives.
That is why the two pastors - Father Houser and Pastor Gibson - ended the meeting with a prayer for Rep. Perry's success as their champion. And why they left the meeting happy.
No endorsements have been made in this race, not by either Pastor and not by ACTION of PA. And we know of at least one candidate (Ted Waga to be specific) who has been VERY outspoken on the issue of the Women's Right to Know bill pending in Harrisburg. In fact, Waga has telephoned and has spoken to several legislators about this topic, and has been one of our information sources for some past reports on this very topic.
No, it is entirely appropriate that the prayer this past Wednesday was not for Scott Perry the candidate for Congress, but for the State Representative who may as a champion of this cause, help rally support to see "The Women's Right to Know" bill enacted into law in Harrisburg.
I join Father Houser and Pastor Gibson in being thankful for this turn of events, and look forward to what Ted Waga and Scott Perry will have to say on this topic at the Friday night rally - free to the public - of Americans for Christian Traditions in our Nation in York, PA.
Here's the news released late this afternoon (followed by the full text of their statement):
Christian Pastors Urge Rep. Scott Perry to speak out on "Women's Right to Know" Bill, urge passage in Harrisburg
Pastor Ken Gibson and Father Samuel Houser meet with Perry, who seeks GOP nomination for U.S. Congress, invite him to speak at rally tonight
Meeting with State Representative Scott Perry, a candidate for the GOP nomination for U.S. Congress to replace the retiring Rep. Todd Platts in the May 24 GOP primary, two Christian pastors urged passage of "Women's Right to Know" legislation to force Planned Parenthood abortion clinics to allow expectant mothers in their care to see any ultra sound image taken of their baby and urged him to speak out at a campaign rally they invited him to speak at tonight. Perry accepted their invitation.
Pastor Gibson and Father Houser, who are leaders of "Americans for Christian Traditions in our Nation (ACTION of PA) said "We pray that clear statements of support will be forthcoming from Representatives such as Scott Perry favoring the "Women's Right to Know."
We believe it is critical that a bill should be passed and signed into law in this session, which guarantees that the mother have the right to see the ultra sound image already being done in 99% of all cases of abortion in the United States."
Pastor Gibson, who is Chairman of the York Chapter of ACTION of PA and Father Samuel Houser, met with State Rep. Perry at Houser's St. Patrick Catholic Church conference room on Beaver Street in York City this past Wed. for one hour. They released a statement after the meeting in which they said that one political party which won control of the State House and Senate and Governor's mansion "...promised in the last election to give results" but this "Right to Know" bill is stalled.
Pastor Gibson announced that one of their key advisers on this issue is Michael Geer, President of the Pennsylvania Family Institute with an office in Harrisburg who was in contact with them in the hour before their meeting.
Both Pastors pledged that they will redouble their efforts, together with other pastors they are in contact with, to urge their congregations "to register to vote, to express their opinions to their legislators on public policy issues and to vote only for those candidates who clearly express that the centrality of faith is of prime importance to them as they determine public policy questions."
ACTION of PA (York County Chapter) is a conservative Christian political action committee which endorsed three candidates for state legislature and will hold a free rally for them today April 13 at 7:15 PM at the Heritage Hills Golf Resort and has invited the public to attend.
Details about the free candidate forum and rally tonight (Friday) at 7:15 PM and the one hour reception preceding it (6 to 7 PM) are at http://www.yorkcountyaction.com.
(full text of their statement follows)
Statement of 4/11/12 regarding
Rep. Scott Perry & "Women's Right to Know" Bill
Statement of Pastor Ken Gibson and Father Samuel Houser, after their meeting with PA State Representative Scott Perry, candidate for the GOP nomination for U.S. Congress to replace retiring Rep. Todd Platts. The meeting took place at the St. Patrick Church Conference Room in the city of York on Wed., April 11, with the two pastors joined by several members of St. Patrick Church.
All of those in the meeting are members of "Americans for Christian Traditions in our Nation (ACTION of PA), with Pastor Gibson serving as the York County Chairman. Rep. Scott Perry had been one of the original sponsors of House Bill 1077, the "Women's Right to Know" bill which was reported out of committee with significant changes to the original proposal. The changes to the original which caused some 40 GOP legislators to withdraw their sponsorship, including Rep. Perry.
"We commend State Rep. Scott Perry for taking the time to meet with us today and for his work in the legislature representing his constituents and his beliefs. We recognize the possibility that his work may continue in Washington if he is successful in his quest for a Congressional seat where he would represent more of us. We met to express our concerns about the threat to religious liberty in America today, seek ways in which we can work together to influence public policy and learn more about the process. We come away from our meeting convinced that Rep. Perry is a good man and faithful to important moral principles which should always guide all public policy.
"We remain concerned that the passage of important legislation such as one that would guarantee the "Women's Right to Know," is still in question in the state capitol of Harrisburg, despite the control of both chambers of the legislature and of the Governor's mansion by a political party that promised in the last election to give us results. We pray for a more favorable outcome in both the national and state public policy arenas and we continue to urge our congregations to register to vote, to express their opinions to their legislators on public policy issues and to vote only for those candidates who clearly express that the centrality of faith is of prime importance to them as they determine public policy questions.
"We pray that clear statements of support will be forthcoming from Representatives such as Scott Perry favoring the "Women's Right to Know." We believe it is critical that a bill should be passed and signed into law in this session, which guarantees that the mother have the right to see the ultra sound image already being done in 99% of all cases of abortion in the United States.
"And we thank Rep. Perry for taking the time to meet with us today, and were especially pleased to pray for the success of all public policy leaders in doing what is right for America, right for their constituents and right in the eyes of our almighty Father.
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