Action Alert: Dept. of State Said What!

AFA of PA ACTION ALERT

May 18, 2011

Issues  (check corresponding number in ‘Details’ and ‘Action’ Sections)

1.)     May 17th — International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

2.)    Cloture Vote on Extremely Liberal Judicial Nominee for the Ninth Circuit

Details

1.)     In a statement released yesterday Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton stated, “On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am proud to reaffirm our support for LGBT communities at home and abroad . . .”  Is she speaking for you?  Do you believe the majority of people in the US support the normalization of homosexuality, bisexuality or transgenderism?  Are these lifestyle choices ‘universal human rights’? Remember last month the Williams Institute, a ‘gayaffirming’ think tank released the numbers and less than 4% of the adult population in the US identify as homosexual, bisexual or transgender.  Click here for more information.   To read the entire State Department news release click here.    Is it ‘homophobic’ not to want the government to force day cares, churches and business owners to hire homosexuals?  Or is it ‘transphobic’ to want men and women to use their respective bathrooms and locker rooms?  For homosexual and transgender activists the answer to those questions is ‘yes’ because if you do not fully embrace and celebrate their lifestyles they readily slap those labels on you.

2.)    This is one of the most outrageous nominations that President Obama has made and this position puts Goodman Liu in line to be the “first Asian-American Supreme Court justice,” if there is a retirement this year or next.  Liu is a 40 year old Berkeley law professor whose vocal and unabashed championing of judicial activism has made him a star on the legal left.  Liu “envisions the judiciary … as a culturally situated interpreter of social meaning” and believes judges should create constitutional rights to “distributive justice,” including welfare rights to “education or housing or medical care.” Liu has expressed left-wing views on virtually every hot-button issue likely to come before him on the bench, including the view that Americans are obligated to pay reparations for slavery, an obligation he would likely read into the Constitution.  Liu is too far to the left for even Rahm Emanuel, who advised the President against making this nomination.

Liu’s left-wing agenda and outrageously activist view of the law makes this showdown a classic test of the bipartisan “extraordinary circumstances” standard for when judicial nominees can be filibustered.  The cloture vote is expected this Thursday!

Action Steps

1.)     Contact the US Department of State at 202-647-4000 and let them know the May 17th press release about the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia does not speak for you and ask that the Secretary of State deal with issues that are important in our foreign relations and stop catering to a fraction of the worldwide population.

2.)    There must by 60 votes (cloture) to bring Liu’s name to the Senate floor for a vote.  Contact our Senators Bob Casey, Jr. and Pat Toomey and ask them to vote ‘no’ on cloture for Liu’s nomination.  Click here for contact info.  Call their district office nearest you and then e-mail or call their DC office. 

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