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Below is Senator Kennedy's response to several requests asking him to vote in favor of the marriage amendment. Note his "reasoning" which conveniently avoids the fact that judges are overruling what an average of 72% of voters in some states have mandated. Does the Senator prefer a government by the judges over a government by the people?

Below also are comments to share with Christian journalists, authors, and activists of which Senator Kennedy also received.

----- Original Message -----

From: Kennedy_Response@kennedy.senate.gov

To: gary.kelly@earstohear.net

Sent: Thursday, June 08, 2006 8:10 AM

Subject: Thank you for contacting me regarding the Federal Marriage Amendment

Dear Mr. Kelly:

Thank you for your letter on the Republican sponsored Federal Marriage Amendment to the Constitution. Today, the amendment failed on a procedural motion requiring 60 votes; it received only 49. My vote was one of 48 against the measure.

I voted no because I believe we must prevent discrimination from being written into the Constitution; I believe we should allow states to treat gays and lesbians fairly under the law; I believe we should allow states the right to define what marriage equality means.

In more than two hundred years of our history, we have amended the Constitution only seventeen times since the adoption of the Bill of Rights. Many of the amendments have been adopted to expand and protect people's rights. By preventing states from granting the legal benefits of marriage to same-sex couples, the Republican measure would have restricted individual rights and undermined our nation's commitment to treating all people equally under the law.

Many people are concerned that the government may somehow interfere with the right of their churches and religious groups to conduct their own affairs. But, as the First Amendment makes clear, no court and no state can tell any church or religious group how to conduct its own affairs. Far from upholding religious freedom, the Federal Marriage Amendment would have undermined it, by telling churches they couldn't consecrate a same-sex marriage, even though some churches are now doing so. The amendment would have flagrantly interfered with the decisions of local faith communities, and it would have threatened the longstanding separation of church and state in our society.

Supporters of the amendment claim that same-sex marriages in one state must be recognized in all other states, but that claim is not true. States have broad discretion in deciding to what extent they will defer to other states when dealing with sensitive questions about marriage and raising families. Across the country, states are clearly dealing with the issue and doing so effectively, according to the wishes of the citizens in each of the 50 states. If it's not necessary to amend the Constitution, it's necessary not to amend it.

Our nation has made extraordinary progress in the battle for civil rights, and I am proud of the leading role that Massachusetts has taken with regard to civil rights and marriage equality. I will continue to fight for equal rights for all Americans, and I am glad that the United States Senate can now return to debating the many important issues facing our nation.

Thank you for again for contacting me on this important issue.

Sincerely, Edward M. Kennedy

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America Divided

"The World is not dangerous because of those who do harm, but because of those who look at it without doing anything." Albert Einstein

America is driving down the road of history and the latest vote in the Senate, 48 yeas, 47 nays, and 3 not voting has just caused the oil light of our vehicle to come on. Now this indicator has been referred to a "too late light" or an "idiot light," for not properly caring for our vehicle. Has the American voter been apathetic and/or neglected to elect men and women of virtue?

This vote by those "representing the people" in completely unjustified in the fact that an average of 70% of voters voted in favor of defining marriage between a man and a woman in the states (even blue states) that allowed their citizens to vote (unlike Mass-embarrassed-chusetts). There are forty-five states that now ban same-sex marriage by law or by constitutional amendment, fourteen states have passed ballot measures, seven more have measures on the ballot in November and Alabama recently voters approved a constitutional amendment. So where is the representation in the Senate? Does it lie with the majority of the people or with a minority of judges?

As President Bush stated: "Since 2004, state courts in Washington and California and Maryland and New York have ruled against marriage laws. Last year, a federal judge in Nebraska overturned a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, an amendment that was approved by 70 percent of the population. And at this moment, nine states face lawsuits challenging the marriage laws they have on the books. Some argue that defining marriage should be left to the states. The fact is, state legislatures are trying to address this issue. But across the country, they are being thwarted by activist judges who are overturning the expressed will of their people. And these court decisions can have an impact on our whole nation."

Julia Duin THE WASHINGTON TIMES June 4, 2006 writes: The breadth of support among religious groups for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman extends well beyond the boundaries of evangelical Protestantism. The Religious Coalition for Marriage, a fledgling organization forged to fight same-sex "marriage," includes eight U.S. Catholic cardinals, the Southern Baptist Convention, the Church of God in Christ and the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America. Also signed up to support passage of the Marriage Protection Amendment are Mormons (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), Missouri Synod Lutherans, Greek and Russian Orthodox churches, among a host of groups representing more than 100 million Americans.

As voters and petitions overwhelmingly favor defining marriage as between one man and one woman, judges and liberal politicians rule and vote as though the majority has no right in determining a government of, by, and for the people. Where judges have overruled the majority vote and politicians such as Senator Kennedy maliciously and incorrectly call the majority of Americans bigots. Others including Senator Clinton reveal their blinders, is it coercive bias, when they try to portray that marriage is not a primary or important issue with Americans. Howard Dean says the marriage amendment was a "hateful and divisive amendment" trying to imply that liberal secularist are not the ones doing hating and dividing.

How will the liberal secularist respond when a polygamist and transgender and pedophile apply for a "marriage" license, and ask to be included in teaching children these "alternative lifestyles" are "natural" and "normal" as well, where judges have cast Christ out of government-run schools where it is now deemed okay to allow the teaching of Islam?

Foundation

"Is there no virtue among us?  If there be not, we are in a wretched situation.  No theoretical checks-no form of government can render us secure.  To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea, if there be sufficient virtue and intelligence in the community, it will be exercised in the selection of these men. So that we do not depend on their virtue, or put confidence in our rulers, but in the people who are to choose them." --James Madison

"Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure...are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments."  -- Charles Carroll, signer of the Declaration of Independence

"When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers' let it be impressed upon your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers just men who will rule in the fear of God. The preservation of a republican government depends upon the faithful discharge of this duty; if the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted ... If a republican government fails ... it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws." And "It is the sincere desire of the writer that our citizens should early understand that the genuine source of correct republican principles is the Bible, particularly the New Testament or the Christian religion." Noah Webster

 

"Statesmen my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand. ... The only foundation of a free Constitution, is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People, in a great Measure, than they have it now, They may change their Rulers, and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty." John Adams 

Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation , to select and prefer Christians for their rulers. John Jay

"God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it." Daniel Webster

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it." Thomas Paine  

"Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say, 'What should be the reward of such sacrifices?' ... If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom...crouch down and lick the hands, which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!" Samuel Adams

Warnings

"Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If the next centennial does not find us a great nation . . .it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces." James Garfield 20th President

J. Edgar Hoover stated: "The criminal is the product of spiritual starvation. Someone failed miserably to bring him to know God, love Him and serve Him." In the introduction to Edward L.R. Elson's book, America's Spiritual Recovery, 1954, J. Edgar Hoover wrote: "We can see all too clearly the devastating effects of Secularism on our Christian way of life. The period when it was smart to 'debunk' our traditions undermined...high standards of conduct. A rising emphasis on materialism caused a decline of 'God-centered' deeds and thoughts. The American home...ceased to be a school of moral and spiritual education. When spiritual guidance is at a low ebb, moral principles are in a state of deterioration. Secularism advances when men forget God."

"Independent of its connection with human destiny hereafter, the fate of republican government is indissolubly bound up with the fate of the Christian religion, and a people who reject its holy faith will find themselves the slaves of their own evil passions and of arbitrary power." -- Lewis Cass A member of the Democrat Party, served as a U.S. Senator, Secretary of State for President Buchanan and was the Democrat Party's Presidential Candidate in 1848. He fought in the War of 1812, being promoted to Brigadier-General. President Andrew Jackson appointed him Secretary of War.

Apathy breeds Deception

230 years ago Thomas Jefferson penned the opening paragraph of America's first official national document providing the foundation how ALL "unalienable Rights" were to be "entitled," only if these "Rights" did NOT violate "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God." Was this opening paragraph the basis for the Constitution and government?

However, since 1947 faith-based parents have allowed secular liberals to cast out Christ, the Light of the world, from government-run schools to make room for the darkness, for darkness cannot exist with the Light. Under the guise of "safety" the National Education Association, school administrators, politicians, and the parents themselves were deceived. Now words like morals, values, bigotry, discrimination, tolerance, diversity, have been redefined to be selective and preclude the reproof of Christianity, and are now very close to redefining marriage, as evidenced from the Senate's vote.

And they will deceive every one his neighbor, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity. Your habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me, says the LORD. Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will melt them, and try them; for how shall I do for the daughter of my people? Their tongue is as an arrow shot out; it speaks deceit: one speaks peaceably to his neighbor with his mouth, but in heart he lays his wait. Shall I not visit them for these things? says the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? Jeremiah 9:5-9

Evidence

The ever eloquent Boston Mayor Mumbles Menino slammed the mainstream supporters of MassResistance who dare to call his office to question the rainbow flag flying over Boston City Hall, or who demand that Macy's remove its window display of rainbow-skirt draped, breasted male mannequins. Menino told Bay Windows that it was the "radical right wing" causing all the recent unpleasantness. "They call, but I treat them like they're a piece of wet paper. They'll disappear eventually. I don't take them very seriously." http://massresistance.blogspot.com/

"A vote for this (marriage) amendment is a vote for bigotry - pure and simple." Senator Kennedy http://news.bostonherald.com/editorial/view.bg?articleid=142173

Many liberals have no problem with John 3:16, however, would a problem arise if they continue on through verse 21? Does Isaiah 5:20 or Matthew 18:5-6 cause them to reflect?

Will Christian liberals wear their politics on their sleeves when entering the pearly gates? Is Christ their Lord or the secular left? Will they claim ignorance of Psalm 1 and continue to prove Romans 1 true?

Are not parents to be the primary educators of their children? Yet, in America, have parents relinquished their number one priority to the "village" with the obvious dire consequence?

Is the preoccupation of well intentioned, informative, and edifying Christian journalists, authors, and activists impeding their call to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel? Was the command of Jesus and the admonition of Timothy to be brushed aside while we confront the political and social issues of the day? Were the examples of the early followers of Jesus of any value?

Action

Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)

I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 2 Timothy 4:1-4

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! Romans 10:14-15

Does the culture war justify neglecting His Kingdom first?

And what was it that Christ preached? Did He preach "religion" and traditions? Or did He preach the Good News of the Gospel proclaiming, "Repent for the Kingdom of God in near?"

What is this Kingdom of God?

And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God comes not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:20-21

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. Romans 14:17

Therefore, Lessons of the Holy Spirit is an attempt to remove the veil of "religion" and restore this Good News. This Gospel of the Kingdom of God being "within you" which provides not for a "religion," but for an intimate relationship with the Creator, whereby we can bear the fruit of the Spirit and not the flesh. He that has ears to hear, let him hear.

While liberal secularists preach government is god, perhaps Christians in a return to their first love, preach Christ crucified, Christ risen, and Christ's Promise.

Resource

Lessons of the Holy Spirit
 A Guide for Entering the Kingdom of God

and
Discover Why it Pleased God to Hide His Kingdom from the Wise

 By Gary W. Kelly Sr.

 For Press Release, ordering, and further insight concerning these lessons,
 see http://EarsToHear.net/LessonsOfTheHolySpirit.html