Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Human Rights and Family Values

Bob Goodlatte is conservative, Christian, loves the Bible, is for "Biblical Truth" and against "secularism." Bob Goodlatte is a loyal Republican and was a willing soldier in the "rubber stamp" Congresses of 2000-2006. He is now a part of the Loyal Minority. Bob Goodlatte is for Family Values and against Human Rights. He's a Theocrat who would seek to make America a truly Christian nation. This blog entry is the first in a series that will continue through this election cycle. It will highlight various issues and how Mr. Goodlatte has represented his district regarding them. Today we discuss Family Values and Human Rights.

Bob Goodlatte was rated 100% by the Family Research Council.
The Family Research Council (FRC) champions marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society. FRC shapes public debate and formulate public policy that values human life and upholds the institutions of marriage and the family. Believing that God is the author of life, liberty, and the family, FRC promotes the Judeo-Christian worldview as the basis for a just, free, and stable society.

The special mention of marriage in this statement is an implied reference to the biblical ideal of marriage being between one man and one woman. This would put Mr. Goodlatte in opposition to gays, singles, and single parents, a pretty large segment of our current population. In addition, Mr. Goodlatte was rated 100% by The American Family Association which

"exists to motivate and equip citizens to change the culture to reflect Biblical truth."
This Christian world view is emphasized above all others as the sole ethic for "life, liberty, and the family."

The value on human life is emphasized by the FRC only because of their antipathy to all forms of abortion. Mr Goodlatte's voting record reflects ambivalence to other human life issues. Mr. Goodlatte has supported a war that has taken thousands of American lives, and left thousands more in a health care system that is inadequate. Mr. Goodlatte has supported the destruction of a NATION. The war has had it's most devastating impact on the children of Iraq with the latest surveys showing over 70% of the CHILDREN suffering from mental or physical trauma. Mr. Goodlatte simply doesn't care about ALL human life. For example, his rating from the American Family Voices is 0%.
American Family Voices was founded in 2000 to be a strong voice for middle and low income families on economic, health care and consumer issues.

In addition, Mr. Goodlatte was rated at 0% by The Children's Defense Fund (CDF).
"The CDF provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. CDF educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive investment before they get sick or into trouble, drop out of school, or suffer family breakdown."

Mr. Goodlatte advocates RELIGION not GOVERNMENT. He advocates CHRISTIAN RIGHTS not HUMAN RIGHTS. His theocratic views simply ARE NOT representative of all his constituents. His voting record indicates that he cares more about SAVING his constituents than HELPING them. His positions on human rights, the war, poverty, and education reflect only conservative Christian Values and not Human Values. Rights and privileges for Christians, persecution and discrimination for everyone else.


john4sam4cong2008 said...

This is an article from a distinguished secular Conservative organization, The Cato Institute, which points out an excellent example of confusion by Congressman Goodlatte, who sought to outlaw internet gambling, because he sees it as immoral. The problem is, The Founders [of the USA] were clear that Preachers, or anyone else, should be free to speak against gambling. But legislators should not be outlawing it:

john4sam4cong2008 said...

Dear Mr. Rasoul:

From the recent letter below, written by the Episcopal Bishops in the USA, I think it fair to say that you are not the only person concerned about where our beloved country has been guided by some of the Republicans in our Congress, icluding Congressman Goodlatte.

As anyone may see for themselves, there are many devote Christians who are among the strongest critics of the current Republican leaders, such as Congressman Goodlatte:


U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

U.S. Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Members of Congress:

In October of 2002 we, the bishops of the Episcopal Church, wrote to Congress expressing our belief that going to war with Iraq was not justified, noting that "the wisdom of our own Christian faith, as well as other religious traditions, teaches us to demonstrate the greatest prudence and caution when the lethal force of war is contemplated."

We offered our prayers and support as Congress made "this difficult decision, not just for our country, but also for the people of Iraq and the peace of the world." We noted that we respected "the seriousness of your responsibility to protect the lives of our citizens" and we condemned "the brutality of Saddam Hussein and his regime." We included prayers for "members of the armed services and their families in the midst of international crisis and possible military action."

Now we write again to express our deepest concern for the situation in Iraq and for our servicemen and women. We are filled with sorrow as we witness how our worst fears of what might ensue from war in Iraq become reality. Families and communities have been broken both in body and in spirit as service members are separated from their families for extraordinary periods of time, suffer mounting casualties, and all with no end of violence in sight. The respect our nation once enjoyed and our relations with allies have been seriously undermined.

As Congress and the Administration consider the future of Iraq, we urge a careful and reasoned debate that avoids the partisan and harsh rhetoric that would diminish the important issues before our nation. That debate did not occur in 2002 and, with the notable exception of the Iraq Study Group, it is only marginally occurring now. For the sake of all those involved, and to honor those brave women and men who have been maimed and lost, we encourage full and open discussion that acknowledges our mistakes as well as our responsibilities. It is our hope that this discussion will lead to policies that will end the violence in Iraq and bring stability and a just peace to the region.

We believe it imperative that the United States now:

• Map out a strategy for a responsible transition to Iraqi governance, making clear that we do not have long term interests in occupying Iraq

• Join those in the region, including Syria and Iran, in seeking security and economic recovery for Iraq

• Provide the women and men of our military and their families with the sustained and responsive care they need

• Work for religious freedom and protection of religious minorities in Iraq

• Serve the needs of Iraqi refugees wherever they may be

• Seek peace in the region, including a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians

In the Episcopal Church's Book of Common Prayer, we ask that the spirit of wisdom be given to those whom we entrust with the authority of government; with that authority comes great responsibility. We pray that the spirit of wisdom will be with each of you and help guide us to a just and lasting peace.


The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church
New York, NY

The Rt. Rev. Frank T. Griswold
XXV Presiding Bishop
Philadelphia, PA

The Rt. Rev. Edmond L. Browning
XXIV Presiding Bishop
Hood River, OR

The Rt. Rev. Gladstone Adams
Diocese of Central New York
Syracuse, NY

The Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander
Diocese of Atlanta
Atlanta, GA

The Rt. Rev. Frank Allan
Atlanta, GA

The Rt. Rev. David Alvarez
Diocese of Puerto Rico
St. Just, PR

The Rt. Rev. Robert Anderson
Diocese of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

The Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus
Diocese of California
San Francisco, CA

The Rt. Rev. Harry Bainbridge
Diocese of Idaho
Boise, ID

The Rt. Rev. David Bane, Jr.
Elizabeth City, NC

The Rt. Rev. Allen Bartlett
Philadelphia, PA

The Rt. Rev. Nathan Baxter
Diocese of Central Pennsylvania
Harrisburg, PA

The Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith
Diocese of Newark
Newark, NJ

The Rt. Rev. Charles Bennison
Diocese of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

The Rt. Rev. David Bowman
Diocese of Ohio
Cleveland, OH

The Rt. Rev. Jon Bruno
Diocese of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

The Rt. Rev. John Buchanan
Diocese of Southern Virginia
Norfolk, VA

The Rt. Rev. Joe Burnett
Diocese of Nebraska
Omaha, NE

The Rt. Rev. Bruce Caldwell
Diocese of Wyoming
Laramie, WY

The Rt. Rev. Roy Cederholm
Diocese of Massachusetts
Boston, MA

The Rt. Rev. John Bryson Chane
Diocese of Washington
Washington, DC

The Rt. Rev. Richard Chang
Honolulu, HI

The Rt. Rev. Otis Charles
San Francisco, CA

The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston
Episcopal Divinity School
Cambridge, MA

The Rt. Rev. Robert Cochrane
Seattle, WA

The Rt. Rev. George Councell
Diocese of New Jersey
Trenton, NJ

The Rt. Rev. Michael Creighton
Annapolis, MD

The Rt. Rev. John Croneberger
Montclair, NJ

The Rt. Rev. James Curry
Diocese of Connecticut
Hartford, CT

The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry
Diocese of North Carolina
Raleigh, NC

The Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel
Diocese of East Carolina
Kinston, NC

The Rt. Rev. Jane Holmes Dixon
Washington, DC

The Rt. Rev. Herbert Donovan
Dobbs Ferry, NY

The Rt. Rev. Joe Morris Doss
Mandeville, LA

The Rt. Rev. Philip Duncan
Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast
Pensacola, FL

The Rt. Rev. Theodore Eastman
McLean, VA

The Rt. Rev. Thomas Ely
Diocese of Vermont
Burlington, VT

The Rt. Rev. Christopher Epting
Deputy for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations
Episcopal Church Center
New York, NY

The Rt. Rev. Robert Fitzpatrick
Diocese of Hawaii
Honolulu, HI

The Rt. Rev. William Folwell
Hendersonville, NC

The Rt. Rev. Leo Frade
Diocese of Southeast Florida
Miami, FL

The Rt. Rev. Carol Gallagher
Diocese of Newark
Newark, NJ

The Rt. Rev. Michael Garrison
Diocese of Western New York
Buffalo, NY

The Rt. Rev. Gary Gloster
Charlotte, NC

The Rt. Rev. Edwin Gulick
Diocese of Kentucky
Louisville, KY

The Rt. Rev. Sanford Hampton
Anacortes, WA

The Rt. Rev. Barbara Harris
Foxboro, MA

The Rt. Rev. Gayle Harris
Diocese of Massachusetts
Boston, MA

The Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth
Diocese of Ohio
Cleveland, OH

The Rt. Rev. Barry Howe
Diocese of West Missouri
Kansas City, MO

The Rt. Rev. John W. Howe
Diocese of Central Florida
Orlando, FL

The Rt. Rev. George Hunt
Windsor, CA

The Rt. Rev. Carolyn Tanner Irish
Diocese of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

The Rt. Rev. James Jelinek
Diocese of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

The Rt. Rev. Don Johnson
Diocese of West Tennessee
Memphis, TN

The Rt. Rev. Robert Johnson
Asheville, NC

The Rt. Rev. David Jones
Diocese of Virginia
Richmond, VA

The Rt. Rev. James Kelsey
Diocese of Northern Michigan
Marquette, MI

The Rt. Rev. Charles Keyser
Diocese of Florida
Jacksonville, FL

The Rt. Rev. William Klusmeyer
Diocese of West Virginia
Charleston, WV

The Rt. Rev. Edward Lee
Merion Station, PA
The Rt. Rev. Edwin Leidel
Saginaw, MI

The Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald
Diocese of Alaska & Navajoland Area Mission
Fairbanks, AK

The Rt. Rev. Mary Adelia McLeod
Charleston, WV

The Rt. Rev. Alfred Marble
Diocese of North Carolina
Greensboro, NC

The Rt. Rev. Paul Marshall
Diocese of Bethlehem
Bethlehem, PA

The Rt. Rev. Clayton Matthews
Office of Pastoral Development
New Bern, NC

The Rt. Rev. Larry Maze
Little Rock, AR

The Rt. Rev. Jack McKelvey
Diocese of Rochester
Rochester, NY

The Rt. Rev. Charles McNutt
Mechanicsburg, PA

The Rt. Rev. Rodney Michel
Garden City, NY

The Rt. Rev. Robert Moody
Diocese of Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, OK

The Rt. Rev. Henry Parsley
Diocese of Alabama
Birmingham, AL

The Rt. Rev. William Persell
Diocese of Chicago
Chicago, IL

The Rt. Rev. Neff Powell
Diocese of Southwestern Virginia
Roanoke, VA

The Rt. Rev. John Rabb
Diocese of Maryland
Baltimore, MD

The Rt. Rev. David Reed
Louisville, KY

The Rt. Rev. Walter C. Righter
Export, PA

The Rt. Rev. Bavi Edna Rivera
Diocese of Olympia
Seattle, WA

The Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson
Diocese of New Hampshire
Concord, NH

The Rt. Rev. Catherine Roskam
Diocese of New York
New York, NY

The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey Rowthorn
Salem, CT

The Rt. Rev. John Said
Diocese of Central Florida
Orlando, FL

The Rt. Rev. Stacy Sauls
Diocese of Lexington
Lexington, KY

The Rt. Rev. Victor Scantlebury
Diocese of Chicago
Chicago, IL

The Rt. Rev. Alan Scarfe
Diocese of Iowa
Des Moines, IA

The Rt. Rev. Calvin Schofield
Miami, FL

The Rt. Rev. Gordon Scruton
Diocese of Western Massachusetts
Springfield, MA

The Rt. Rev. Thomas Shaw
Diocese of Massachusetts
Boston, MA

The Rt. Rev. Mark Sisk
Diocese of New York
New York, NY

The Rt. Rev. Andrew Smith
Diocese of Connecticut
Hartford, CT

The Rt. Rev. Kirk Smith
Diocese of Arizona
Phoenix, AZ

The Rt. Rev. WIlliam Spofford
Portland, OR

The Rt. Rev. G. Porter Taylor
Diocese of Western North Carolina
Asheville, NC

The Rt. Rev. Cabell Tennis
Seattle, WA

The Rt. Rev. Douglas Theuner
Concord, NH

The Rt. Rev. Martin Townsend
Upperville, VA

The Rt. Rev. Charles vonRosenberg
Diocese of East Tennessee
Knoxville, TN

The Rt. Rev. James Waggoner, Jr.
Diocese of Spokane

The Rt. Rev. Orris Walker
Diocese of Long Island
Garden City, NY

The Rt. Rev. Arthur Walmsley
Deering, NH

The Rt. Rev. Pierre W. Whalon
Diocese of American Churches in Europe
Paris, France

The Rt. Rev. Dean Wolfe
Diocese of Kansas
Topeka, KS

The Rt. Rev. Stewart Wood
Quechee, VT

The Rt. Rev. Wayne Wright
Diocese of Delaware
Wilmington, DE