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.

Bishop E.W. Jackson Message to Black Christians

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