Thank You!

Written by Laurie Higgins

This is a sincere and heartfelt thank you to everyone who sent Illinois Family Action and me encouraging words of support this week. I prefer to respond personally to each individual who takes the time to contact us, but we received so many positive emails that I couldn’t keep up.

Following my articles on the critical importance of the social issues and the need to challenge anyone—even Republicans—who fails to acknowledge their role in maintaining a healthy and free society, we received scores of positive emails. As I mentioned in one of my articles, criticizing a Republican carries with it some risks for us—namely, support, including financial support.

We recognize, however, that “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil,” and we are committed to speaking truth, doing the best we can to discern truth through our flawed human eyes. And we are committed to speaking truth even if our speech is costly.

We are careful not to act in impulsive, doctrinaire, or quixotic ways while at the same time realizing that the political process, liberty, and integrity are corrupted when unbiblical anxiety over finances results in silence or capitulation.

The fantastic news is that IFI/IFA subscribers overwhelmed us with praise, thanks, and encouragement! I apologize for being unable to thank everyone individually. Please accept this as a poor but sincere substitute for a thank you and hearty bear hug!

Whom Should Illinois Family Action Criticize?

Written by Laurie Higgins

Illinois Family Action (IFA) has received a fair number of responses to recent articles on a local election in suburbs north of Chicago, only one of which was critical. Frankly, we expected more critical emails. It’s tempting as a non-profit organization to avoid offending our supporters, but IFA (and our sister organization, Illinois Family Institute) is committed first to biblical truth. Our mission is not to defend Republicans.

That said, we realize that the Republican Party is our best hope for defending the preborn, marriage, family, and religious liberty. And we think that serving truth first will ultimately restore the integrity of the Illinois GOP — but not without some pain in the process.

To reiterate, IFA is not an arm of the Republican Party, but we do recognize that the Republican Party more closely aligns with our mission and does so more often than does the Democratic Party. For those reasons, having a candidate who rejects truth about the inherent rights of the preborn (or rejects the truth that marriage is a sexually complementary union) within the Republican Party is more dangerous than having them in the Democratic Party.

The angry email accused us of “eating our own.” Someone who endorses the legal ability of women to kill preborn babies is not “our own.” There is not, nor ever will be, a moral right for one person to kill an innocent, defenseless person.

It was not merely the information about Arie Friedman’s pro-abortion position that we wanted to communicate in our last two articles. We are equally invested in getting all Illinoisans to think about the bigger picture — the dynamics within the IL GOP.

Our argument is that whenever we get an Arie Friedman or Mark Kirk in office, it’s nigh unto impossible to get rid of them because the Republican Party will never field a challenger to an incumbent Republican. Barring a scandal or complete incompetence, we will have them in office for years. While socially liberal Republicans are in office, they further erode the philosophical commitments of the party.

The Illinois GOP, however, will be willing to field a challenger to an incumbent Democrat.

Finally, until the Illinois GOP sees that they can’t get their socially liberal candidates elected because social conservatives won’t vote for them, they will continue to promote socially liberal Republicans. The Illinois GOP needs to suffer some consequences for alienating its base and for promoting issues that are rejected in its own platform. (The presidential election is not analogous to other federal and state elections, but for purposes of brevity, I will not discuss the differences here.)



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Calling all Patriots — we need your help!

Dear Pro-Family Friends,

With 42 days left before Americans go to the polls to elect state and federal officials, we have a rapidly closing window of opportunity to influence local elections.  The last 40 days before an election is a fantastic time to exercise your civic duty and at the same time promote conservative ideals and help elect candidates who share your values.

Contact the IFA office at (708) 781-9371 and we will help you identify a good, family-friendly local campaign in which you can help make phone calls, stuff envelopes, assemble yard signs, distribute literature, march in parades and a variety of other tasks.

This upcoming election in November will be historic in terms of its effect on values that are critical to Illinois families.  The time to act is NOW!

By taking a stand and rolling up your sleeves to get involved, you are not only demonstrating to your children the values and dedication that made this nation great but also providing them with a valuable education and hands-on experience they will fondly remember for years.

Join Illinois Family Action in its effort to educate voters before they cast their votes in November.  Please consider investing a couple of hours a day or even a few hours a week to a local campaign to help bring about positive change in our country’s government and culture.

Thank you in advance for your support.

In His Service,

David E. Smith, Executive Director
Illinois Family Action
(708) 781-9371

Arie Friedman Obfuscates

Written by Laurie Higgins

Almost all of those who have emailed us following our exposé of Dr. Arie Friedman’s pro-abortion position have expressed shock about his views, which he does not include on his website and which we have learned are even more extreme than we realized.

Although Friedman did not return IFI’s survey on his positions or the survey sent out by Illinois Citizens for Life, he did express his views to the Buffalo Grove Patch in June:

“Friedman indicated he supports a women’s right to choose. ‘I am completely prochoice,’ he said.”

If you read the short article in the Buffalo Grove Patch, you’ll see that Friedman opposes even parental notification laws pertaining to abortion. He and his opponent Julie Morrison are vying for the dubious honor of most anti-life candidate.

Illinois Review exposes more about Friedman’s futile efforts at obfuscation, efforts accurately described as “tortured.” His campaign spokesperson Paul Miller explains that Friedman is a Conservative Jew, and that “The reality is that the Conservative Jewish religious view on the issue of abortion would be most appropriately characterized as pro-choice.”

He hastens to add that the pro-abortion “Personal PAC and Terry Cosgrove recently sent a letter to voters in our district stating that Arie is so extremely pro-life he should be equated with Todd Akin of Missouri.”

Does Miller think Republicans just fell off the proverbial turnip truck? Does he think we won’t notice that he never specifically stated whether Friedman endorses the pro-abortion position of Conservative Judaism or the pro-life position of Todd Akin?

Fortunately, we don’t have to wait for Miller to clarify his statement because Friedman clarified it in his flyer and in his interview with the Buffalo Grove Patch.

Many Republicans are now wondering what his views are on other social issues about which they care deeply.

IFA did receive one criticism for referring to Dr. Arie Friedman’s position as “anti-life.” IFI’s position on abortion is commonly called “pro-life.” The opposite of “pro-life” is “anti-life.” Those are shorthand terms used to denote political positions on abortion. They are used not just by us but by many.

Although Illinois Family Action’s positions most often align with those of the Republican Party, we’re not an arm of the Republican Party, and if the views of candidates from either party undermine truth, we will oppose them.

We also, however, understand the pragmatics of politics. All that to say, we try to balance truth and strategic political considerations.

IFA does not believe that only liberal Republicans can get elected in the 29th District. Do people really believe that most Republicans in the 29th District are so deeply committed to abortion that even in this fiscal climate, they would vote for a Democrat? In other words, in this fiscal climate, we believe that even pro-choice Republicans would vote for a pro-life Republican over a Democrat.

Moreover, if there are never any negative consequences for the Illinois GOP’s support for and promotion of anti-life, anti-marriage candidates, we will continue to get them, and little by little the IL GOP will become weaker and weaker on the social issues.

Conservative Republicans are continually badgered into “holding their noses” and voting for Republicans who won’t defend life or marriage. Well, turnabout is fair play, particularly when issues of life and truth are on the line. How about the Illinois Republican Party badger liberal Republicans to hold their noses and vote for fiscally conservative, pro-life, pro-marriage Republicans?

There will always be those who will argue that for the good of the party, or for the purpose of ousting Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) or Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), or for advancing some piece of critical legislation, conservative (that is to say, real) Republicans have an ethical obligation to vote for faux-Republicans, but somehow those reasons never apply to liberal Republicans. No one tells them that for the good of the party, they should vote for a pro-life, pro-marriage candidate. Then when social liberals get into office, they start voting for pernicious legislation pertaining to abortion, civil unions, marriage, comprehensive sex ed, “hate crimes,” or bullying.

If we take a firm stand against social liberalism, eventually the Illinois GOP will start looking for and supporting Republicans whom social conservatives will support.

Mark Rhoads” left a comment following the Illinois Review post on the Friedman debacle that eloquently points to the reasons not to vote for Friedman:

This is not a topic for humor at all, but this part of the Dr. Friedman campaign statement does cause eyebrows to raise: “None of this should detract from Arie’s and our campaign’s desire to have a relationship with both the pro-life and pro-choice community.”

I am pro-life and care about the issue a great deal which is why I seldom would make a joke about the controversy, but I have to admit that this odd statement above reminded me of the late GOP State Rep. Helmutt W. Stolle of Chicago who died in 1977. Stolle was not the brightest light bulb in the Springfield socket but he owned a popular bakery in Chicago where voters flocked. Some reporter once asked him what his position on abortion was. Stolle replied in all sincerity, “If someone can work out a bill that is acceptable to both sides, I’ll vote for it.”

There is little room for compromise between life and death for the unborn defenseless child, and therein lies the sophistry and tragedy of Arie Friedman who as a physician should understand better than most people that abortion is taking a human life.

Republican Arie Friedman Enthusiastically Anti-Life

Written by Laurie Higgins

Can anyone forget that Republicans have been lectured ad nauseum that they need to call a truce on the social issues and that all that matters is the economy?

Well, the barely concealed truth has been fully exposed in “Republican” Arie Friedman’s recent election flyer. It reveals that the truce the Illinois GOP is demanding is really a forfeit by conservative Republicans. Dr. Friedman’s flyer reveals that faux Republicans are free to pursue their anti-life agenda with impunity and without paternalistic lectures from the all-knowing Illinois GOP.

Friedman is running for the Illinois Senate in the 29th District. His campaign—with the blessing of the Illinois Republican Party—just sent out a full-color, wildly enthusiastic flyer indicating that Friedman is a full-color, wildly enthusiastic booster of women’s “right” to kill their babies.

The entire point of the 8 x 10 flyer is that Friedman is pro-choice. The front is a color photo with a woman proclaiming “I’m pro-choice and I’m supporting Arie Friedman for State Senate.” Then on the back, the only words highlighted in yellow are the words, “Arie Friedman is pro-choice.”

Clearly Friedman is proud of his position. Unfortunately, many Republicans will be offended and angry: offended by the eager endorsement of child-killing, and angry that their two ballot choices (Friedman and Julie Morrison) are so devoid of moral compasses on the issue of life. Despite the IL GOP’s repeated assertions, issues other than the economy matter.

Wisdom matters too.


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Obama Documentary, 2016 Hitting Big Box Office Numbers

Written by Micah Clark, AFA of Indiana

While this past weekend saw an 18% decline in movie box office receipts from last year and drew the least income among the top 12 grossing films since 2008, one movie is doing better than most people ever predicted.  Dinesh D’Souza’s 2016: Obama’s America, the conservative feature film has earned over $26 million in the US, making it the second highest-grossing political documentary of all-time.

Although not on a huge number of screens and widely dismissed by the media, the film is doing well and more importantly it is worth seeing. I have been a fan of Dinesh D’Souza for a long time. In fact, I am still reeling from losing my signed copy of his outstanding book, What’s So Great About Christianity? when we brought him in to speak on it a few years ago.

Yet, 2016 is not what you might expect. I went to see the film with quite a bit of reservation and hesitation. I thought that I would leave the theater angry and even more worried about having a “Manchurian President” groomed by a bevy of socialists, Marxists and America-haters. Yet, that was not the impact of the film. It actually humanizes the President and helps the viewer understand one of the least known individuals to ever reach the White House.

The film is well done, and far more balanced than you might think. Dinesh is not dogmatic that this is absolutely who Barack Obama is at his core. He admits that this is but one explanation among several other suggestions.  (One of the more provocative theories is from a book called Dreams From my Real Father, which claims that Frank Marshall Davis, a communist in Hawaii, was Barack’s true biological father and his most influential childhood mentor, rather than the polygamist, Kenyan, Barack Obama, Sr whom the President met but only a time or two.)

Yet, 2016 does seem to answer more questions than other theories about the President’s background, his worldview and particularly how it explains his foreign policy agenda. The engaging 89-minute movie leaves you with the feeling that you have just sat through a very good college lecture. We have our review of the movie on the top page link on our web site here: www.afain.net

ALWAYS RIGHT: Will County Declares Independence From Cook County Monarchy

Written by Fran Eaton, Illinois Review

While it would have been appropriate, there was no reference to rebellion against King George proclaimed last Monday outside the Will County Courthouse when 39 county officials and candidates signed the “Will County Declaration of Independence from Cook County-style politics.”

The modern day Will County rebels were clearly Inspired by America’s Founding Fathers and their example of severing ties with the tax-demanding, insatiable, corrupt English crown on July 4, 1776. Each person that stood at the podium last Monday sounded like he could have been John Adams or Thomas Jefferson 236 years ago. This time though, the outrage was against the Chicago Way, the Chicago-Cook County Way, and the Chicago Machine. They too rejected domination from those outside their borders and corruption within.

Will County Board District 13 candidate Tim Kraulidis started the rally off saying Will County Democrats had betrayed their constituents.

“‘Taxation without representation’ – remember those terms? I’d like to call this ‘Taxation by poor representation” because of their lackluster participation,’” Kraulidis said to the crowd’s cheers. “Why would they do such a thing? Their loyalty to their party outweighs their loyalty to Will County residents.”

Candidate for Will County Board Executive Cory Singer pumped the crowd more when he pointed to “Will County Democrat incumbent employment plan.” One after one, Singer listed Will County officials that had appointed themselves to political jobs.

“This is the Will County employment plan – the Democrats are here to serve their friends and family.   They are being taken advantage of Will County taxpayers, Walshes and McGuires have said this is our family business,” Singer said  ”Politics is about service, not a family business.”

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Will County GOP candidates for auditor, state’s attorney and the county’s 2nd newly-drawn Congressional District spoke out against Cook County Democrat dominance. The new 2nd CD’s Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr’s GOP challenger Brian Woodworth joined in:

“Four weeks ago, Vice President Joe Biden said that the Republican Party is going to put the people back in chains.  Do you remember that?  I’m here to tell you those chains already exist, but it wasn’t by the doings of the Republican Party,” Woodworth said.

“The chains exist, and they’re called chains of fear. They exist across the county and across the district. Individuals, business owners and leaders across the districts live in fear from Steger to South Chicago. They live in fear that they will be excluded when political favors are given out if they show any sort of disapproval with the Machine. not They live in fear of a Machine that will not tolerate dissension.

“They live in fear of those that will not tolerate disobedience from what they dictate. That’s the Machine that we’re up against. That’s the Machine we need freedom from,” Woodworth said. “I want to bring freedom and prosperity back to the people of this district.”

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Auditor candidate Mark Batinick, who came up with the Will County Declaration idea, pointed out Illinois being 40th in employment with more people being murdered in Chicago than in Kabul, Afghanistan.

“The Chicago Way isn’t working for anyone,” Batinick said. And his point was well made.

It’s really not working for anyone – except Cook County insiders.

But if there’s a revolution of frustrated taxpayers brewing anywhere in Illinois, there is evidence it is brewing in Will County.  The 39 leaders that supported independence from corrupt Cook County did so being fully aware they could pay a price for their leadership, especially as dominant Democrats wield their scepters as we near November.

And less one thinks Will County’s frustration is unique and seemingly exaggerated, well, it’s not.  One could swear Founding Father Benjamin Franklin – who also signed the Declaration of Independence – lived in Will County, next to the corrupt and contemptous power-hungry Cook County in a letter he wrote to  George Whatley in 1785.

Franklin was writing about those lawmakers set into place through the election process – something the current Will County power regime should review, because they’ve obviously forgotten:

They are the Servants of the People, sent together to do the People’s Business, and promote the public Welfare; their Powers must be sufficient, or their Duties cannot be performed. They have no profitable Appointments, but a mere Payment of daily Wages, such as are scarcely equivalent to their Expences; so that, having no Chance for great Places, and enormous Salaries or Pensions, as in some Countries, there is no triguing or bribing for Elections.

Oh, for a return to those founding principles! And how fitting that the shakeup would begin next door to corrupt “Crook County.” It’s incumbent upon the Will County rebels to win in November. With a victory there, perhaps, one by one, other collar counties will dare to follow suit and declare independence. If they would, Illinois will begin its long trek towards true and dramatic reform.

We’re rooting for you, Will County.

The Godless Democrats


By Matt Barber

“But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.” ~Matthew 10:33

Are you a believer? I’m not asking if you’re a Democrat, a Republican or an independent. I’m asking if you believe in God. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The God of the living, not the dead. The great “I Am.”

If so, here’s something to seriously consider in the voting booth on Nov. 6. In its official 2012 version, the Democratic Party finally scrubbed all recognition of God from its party platform. This was intentional. It was by design. No one should have been surprised. It was a long time coming.

In just the last decade or so, extremist elements within the Democratic establishment have lodged a successful secular-socialist coup. The alarming consequences of this “progressive” triumph have become manifest throughout the pages of the DNC’s 2012 platform. They were also on display at the recent Democratic convention.

Slippery was the slope into Democrats’ anti-theist primordial bog. In 2004, there were seven mentions of God in the platform. In 2008, there was but one.

And in 2012?

None.

Zip, zero, nada.

Godless.

That is, until some in leadership realized that political fallout was reaching, well, biblical proportions. On Wednesday, in a highly contentious and unprecedented move, the DNC held a special session where, to a volley of stadium-shaking boos, Democratic leaders narrowly passed a resolution to put “God” back in the platform.

It was transparent as anything political can be. It was done out of fear, not love; necessity, not respect; incredulity, not fidelity. Nonetheless, Democrats, like everyone, should be grateful that God is more faithful to them than they were to Him.

Still, what’s equally revealing is what replaced God. The term “government” is referenced repeatedly – 55 times, in fact. Nearly each reference is premised on the dubious claim that big government can, and will, cure all of humanity’s ills. The DNC even played a promotional video proclaiming: “The government is the only thing we all belong to.”

Yikes.

True, the 2012 Republican Party platform also mentions government, but in the context of limiting its size and scope – of protecting individual liberty from the authoritarian monstrosity envisaged by Obama and the DNC. As Ronald Reagan observed: “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

The Republican platform also acknowledges God. Twelve times, in fact. And each acknowledgement falls within the framework of “our country’s Judeo-Christian heritage.” This heritage is something the Democratic Party both stubbornly denies and viscerally abhors.

Shortly after the DNC released its secularist platform, I tweeted: “Well, Democrats are officially ‘godless’ …” Zack Ford, a “progressive” blogger with ThinkProgress.org, captured, I think, the general consensus among Democratic movers-and-shakers. He tartly replied: “Good!”

Another of my Twitter followers, @redandright, answered: “In all fairness to the DNC, I think He [God] requested it.”

She may be on to something.

How beautiful are your tents, O Jacob, and your dwelling places, O Israel! … Blessed is the one who blesses you, and cursed is the one who curses you! (Numbers 24:5, 9)

No anti-God platform would be complete without taking Wite-Out™ to all things pro-Israel. Jews, take note: Democrats’ 2012 platform also “yanked” all previous pro-Israel language, even refusing to acknowledge Jerusalem as her capital.

This, too, should come as little surprise. Throughout his presidency, Barack Obama has shown overt hostility toward Israel – something no other president in American history has done. Instead, Obama has unapologetically sided with the Palestinian Authority, the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamo-fascist radicals, all of whom seek Israel’s total annihilation.

Even so, after widespread Judeo-Christian outrage, language referencing Israel was once again restored.

Another too-little-too-late act of desperation? Perhaps. As Friedrich Nietzsche, one of the God-deniers favorite comrades-in-nothingness, once said: “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.”

And then there’s Democrats’ sacred cow: abortion. Welcome to today’s Democratic Party, where the women are “sexually liberated” and their offspring gravely imperiled.

Indeed, it was genuinely sad to see such a parade of angry, hurting women take the DNC stage to command, with perverse pride, some phantom “constitutional right” to snuff-out their very own young (Bet she would’ve looked like you, mom).

Their party platform is no better. It “unequivocally” demands unfettered abortion on demand, at taxpayer expense, through the ninth month – “regardless of ability to pay.”

By contrast, the Republican platform aligns with the actual Constitution, stating: “[T]he unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.”

To be sure, it would have been helpful if the DNC had included, in its Glossary of Terms: “Reproductive Freedom: noun 1) ‘Sexual liberation’ without consequence (i.e., hook-up, cover-up, pay-up and shut-up.)”

I know. I’ve declared “war on women.” But we conservatives believe that sexual relativism comes at a cost – one we refuse to subsidize. I prefer to call it a “war for responsibility.”

Speaking of the “war on women,” wasn’t it rich? The DNC featured, as its heavy hitter, Bill Clinton – former Preezy of the Sleazy, serial sexual-harasser and, likely, so very much more.

They also had an emotional tribute to late Sen. Teddy “splash-’N-dash” Kennedy. I wonder if Mary Jo’s folks got free admission. Hypocrisy, thy initials are D-N-C.

But at least the Democratic platform is “pro-education,” right?

Well, for the record, being “pro-education” means teaching little Billy to read, not which eyeliner matches his skirt. (Yes, this godless manifesto went there too.)

Democrats signed-off on every demand of radical “LGBT” pressure groups. They even put their official stamp of approval on “same-sex marriage,” a postmodern novelty rejected in 32 of 32 states wherein “we the people” have spoken.

No, this ain’t your father’s Democratic Party. In fact, as the DNC goes godless, I suspect quite a few God-fearing Democrats are contemplating a break with tradition.

“Hope?”

Not so much.

“Change?”

Well, now maybe we’re on to something.


Matt Barber (@jmattbarber on Twitter) is an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. He serves as Vice President of Liberty Counsel Action . (This information is provided for identification purposes only.)

Modified by Matthew Medlen.com