Strange Bedfellows on Immigration, Cocaine, and Campaign Finance
"Current sentences disproportionately impact African Americans and force law enforcement agencies to spend their time and effort on low-level drug users rather than the distributors that cause most of the damage," Parsley said last March, when the bill was introduced.
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The Senate considered the DISCLOSE Act, a bill written in response to the Supreme Court's ruling against campaign finance reform laws. The Democrats were forced to table the bill because of a Republican filibuster.
The ACLU sees campaign finance rules as an infringement on free speech. Political groups that are active in electoral politics strongly opposed the bill because they would be required to list their major donors when airing a campaign ad.
Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said the bill was "Democrat incumbent protection legislation disguised as campaign finance reform. … While [tabling the bill] was a victory for those who believe in the First Amendment, there is little doubt that President Obama and Sen. Reid will try to bring up the legislation again and again before the November elections in their attempt to silence their opponents. One day they may finally learn—the more they try to shut us up, the louder those of us who believe in democracy will get."
ERLC's Land also spoke out against the bill. Unlike the FRC, the ERLC would be unaffected by the legislation. For Land, however, the key issue was religious freedom. "The DISCLOSE Act's requirements would severely impair political discourse, stifling the valuable contributions of religious groups," said Land.
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Evangelicals for Social Action (ESA) encouraged its members to join two lobbying efforts. First, they asked members to join "Put Solar On," an international effort to have political leaders encourage solar energy. The group wants the U.S. to put solar panels on the Capitol Building and to enact energy reform legislation. Second, ESA backed the creation of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau and wants Elizabeth Warren to be its first director. Warren is a professor at Harvard University and chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel investigating the bailout of the financial sector.
Is wrong not to vote? In a discussion of the Christian's role in politics, Citizenlink's Tom Minnery said Romans 13 requires Americans to vote. "It matters who is elected. Now, the threshold duty in our system for honoring the governing authorities is voting," said Minnery. "People who do not cast an intelligent, informed vote are not honoring the governing authorities. We are a government of the people, by the people and for the people. And we are the people." Minnery further said that there are "many, many people in [Congress], state legislatures across the country who are good people, dedicated Christian people, trying to do good in a hostile environment. Those people need to be sought out by our listeners and supported."
Richard Cizik returned to Fresh Air. The last time Cizik was on the National Public Radio program, he said he was supportive of civil unions for gay couples and was "shifting" in his opposition to same-sex marriage. That statement caused an uproar that led to his resignation as vice president for governmental affairs at the National Association of Evangelicals. He has since helped found the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good. In this week's interview, Cizik commented on his departure: