Pro-Life Groups Zero in on Arlen Specter
Groups opposing legal abortion are spearheading a grass-roots effort against newly reelected Pennsylvania senator Arlen Specter, a Republican, who on Wednesday cautioned Bush against nominating Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade. Though on Thursday Specter clarified his comments and denied he had warned Bush, websites like NotSpecter.com and groups like the Family Research Council are urging pro-lifers to e-mail or call Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to block Specter from becoming Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees the Senate's judicial confirmation process.
Blogging in the conservative magazine National Review, Kathryn Lopez writes: "Arlen Specter cannot be judiciary chair. ...if you agree that good men and women cannot be kept off the Supreme Court because they are against abortion (disqualifying, for starters, any faithful Catholic, many evangelicals, Muslims, automatically...) call and e-mail Bill Frist (and your Republican senators, if applicable) today. ...an overwhelming outcry from conservatives in the next few days is the only way Arlen Specter can be kept from becoming a huge obstacle."
Christian Groups Applaud "Moral Values" Leading to Bush Win
Christian groups nationwide are rejoicing in the Bush victory, attributing it to voters' concern for moral values in public policy, as well as to divine causes.
A statement by Rob Schenck of the National Clergy Council read, in part: "This election demonstrates that Democratic Party leaders have moved far away from the moral consensus in America. If they are to reclaim political relevancy, they will need to reexamine their positions on all the major moral issues including the sanctity of human life, the sanctity of marriage and the public acknowledgement of God."
Jim Rogers of the evangelical group Mission America sent out an e-mail Wednesday morning saying, "Election day, Nov. 2, 2004 will be remembered as the day folks voted their "Values" instead of less important issues. We have come to realize that while 'morality' cannot be legislated, it can be enacted by the will of the people in the voting booth. ...Yesterday America cried out and He heard from heaven and answered our prayers. PRAISE GOD!!"
Evangelical leader James Dobson of Focus on the Family applauded the ban on same-sex marriage that 11 states enacted, saying "Today's victories once again demonstrate that American voters believe in traditional marriage." The president of Christian Coalition of America, Roberta Combs, said her organization "looks forward to working with Congress ...to pass a federal constitutional amendment to ban homosexual 'marriage' and to pass further restrictions on abortion. The Christian Coalition will also begin work for passage of the 'Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act' to ensure the church has free speech. Radical liberals have used every trick in the book to try and silence the church. The sleeping giant has been awakened and will refuse to be intimidated by secular fundamentalists." The weblog of the evangelical magazine Christianity Today notes that "particularly in key battleground states, Bush's stance on moral values stanched his staggering losses among voters who cared primarily about Iraq and the economy/jobs."The National Clergy Council will hold a Prayer Service of Thanksgiving for the election results later this week on Capitol Hill. Kerry Signs Vandalized in Florida
Campaign signs supporting Sen. John Kerry were vandalized in Florida with stickers reading, "Arafat Endorses," the Miami Herald reported Monday. The National Jewish Democratic Council's Ira Forman calls the actions an "appalling and pathetic" attempt by Republicans to dissuade Jews from voting for Kerry by suggesting that ailing Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat supports him. Several blogs have reported Arafat's endorsement, but the Kerry campaign emphasizes its support for Israel and denounces the vandalism.Last-Minute Church Stops for Bush, Kerry
On Sunday October 31, both presidential candidates crossed denominational lines to reach voters--and were enthusiastically received by the presiding ministers at Christian services they attended. President Bush, a Methodist, attended Catholic Mass at the Church of the Epiphany in Miami, FL. According to the Associated Press, the pastor, Monsignor Jude O'Doherty, "all but endorsed Bush. 'Mr. President, I want you to know that I admire your faith and your courage to profess it,' the priest said in a long tribute to Bush. 'Your belief in prayer and dependence on God has to be an example for all of us.'"
Also in Florida, the Rev. Frank Pavone, head of Priests for Life and a leading Catholic abortion opponent, "told a packed St. James Cathedral in Orlando to 'carry out your Christian responsibility in this election.'"