Thursday, June 28, 2012

CHPP Daily Brief Thursday, June 28, 2012

•  The Daily Brief
•  The Middle East in Focus
•  The Daily Jot!
•  Joel Rosenberg on Today's Decision on Obamacare
•  In Spite Of The Ruling, There Is Hope
•  It's not over yet
•  Today's Legislative Focus
•  MB Preaches Israel's Destruction
•  The Good News Corner
•  Worship with Us Today!

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The Daily Brief  Thursday, June 28, 2012

"Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I." (Psalm 61:1,2)

The Daily Brief

1. Supreme Court upholds individual mandate, ObamaCare survives - AP

The Supreme Court has upheld the centerpiece of President Obama's health care overhaul, in effect allowing the law to survive. In a 5-4 decision unveiled Thursday, the court ruled as constitutional the so-called individual mandate requiring most Americans to obtain health insurance starting in 2014.

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b ) U.S. Supreme Court Affirms the Largest Tax Hike in American History - Traditional Values Coalition

Washington D.C. (June 28th, 2012) -- In a 5-4 decision with Chief Justice Roberts aligning with the liberals on the court and Justice Kennedy siding with conservatives, the individual mandate within Obamacare was upheld, not as a provision protected by the Commerce Clause, but rather as a massive $1 trillion tax on working class Americans. Read more.

- Father, in this time of shaking in our nation, we ask for Your hand of mercy over America. With the forcing of individuals to purchase expensive insurance, we know that the financial drain on Your people is going to skyrocket. We pray for the legislative branch of our government to move solidly and swiftly toward repeal of this law.

- "I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron." [Isaiah 45:2]

2. Fraud Ring In Hacking Attack On 60 Banks - Sky News

Sixty million euro has been stolen from bank accounts in a massive cyber bank raid after fraudsters raided dozens of financial institutions around the world.

- Lord, we pray for swift justice in this hacking situation, that You would reveal the perpetrators, stopping them from any further encroachment into the banking system.

- "You shall not steal."
[Exodus 20:15]

3. Lawmakers claim Air Force culture becoming 'hostile towards religion'
-Fox News

Dozens of House lawmakers accused the U.S. Air Force this week of being "hostile towards religion," citing a string of recent incidents they claim show the military is taking separation of church and state too far.

- Father, our military might is dependent upon Your favor, not upon the arrogance of men. We ask that You touch the lives of those who have decided among themselves how the air Force should operate.

- "Because I have called, and you refused; I have stretched out my hand and no man regarded it." [Proverbs 1:24]

4. Colorado wildfire: Air Force Academy Evacuated - Denver Post

Thousands of people fled the neighborhoods north and west of the city after the Waldo Canyon fire unleashed waves of flames late Tuesday afternoon.

- Father, as the Colorado Wildfires continue to rage out of control, we stand in the gap for the people and the land. We ask for forgiveness and a spirit of repentance to come over all of Colorado, removing all things which are not pleasing to You.

- "And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none." [Ezekiel 22:30]

5. Federal Judge Refuses to Block Florida Voter Purge - AP

A judge on Wednesday rejected a request by federal authorities to block Florida's contentious move to remove potentially ineligible voters from its rolls.

The decision could prompt some counties to revive efforts to identify registered voters who are not U.S. citizens. Many counties had suspended the effort after hearing about conflicting legal opinions.

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- Thank You, Lord, for this small victory at a time when the courts seem to be moving in the wrong direction. We ask that You will make sure all who are eligible be allowed to cast their votes, and all who are not, be stopped.

- "Blessed is the man that hears Me, watching daily at My gates, waiting at the posts of My doors." [Proverbs 8:34]

6. House GOP poised to hold Holder in contempt, with some Dems to vote in favor - Fox News

House Republicans and some conservative Democrats are poised to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress on Thursday for withholding documents in the investigation into botched Operation Fast and Furious, which let guns slip into the hands of drug cartels.

- Lord, we ask that Your Holy Spirit place a restraining hand against any backlash from this vote. We are grieved that our Attorney General has chosen to hide behind executive privilege rather than the honesty of simply speaking the truth about a poorly conceived policy. Have mercy, Lord, bring justice and grace into this situation.

-"Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covers the mouth of the wicked."
[Proverbs 10:6]

7. GOP: Health ruling a 'sad day for liberty' - The Hill

Republicans on Thursday called the Supreme Court's decision to uphold most of President Obama's healthcare law a stinging disappointment and a "rallying cry" to win an electoral mandate to repeal it.

"It's a sad day for liberty in America," Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), a conservative member of the Republican "doctor's caucus" said as he walked into a meeting of House Republicans in the basement of the Capitol minutes after the ruling came down. Read more.

- We want to encourage all of our prayer partners to not be discouraged, but encouraged. Strategies are still in place to see the Lord "rule and overrule" this agenda. (See several articles, below, for suggestions . . .) In the meantime, let's stand in faith, believing, and keep looking up, for our redemption surely draweth night.

- "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth." (Psalm 121:1,2)

8. House GOP poised to hold Holder in contempt, with some Dems to vote
in favor
- Fox News

House Republicans and some conservative Democrats are poised to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress on Thursday for withholding documents in the investigation into botched Operation Fast and Furious, which let guns slip into the hands of drug cartels.
- Lord we ask that Your Holy Spirit place a restraining hand against any backlash from this vote. We are grieved that our Attorney General has chosen to hide behind executive privilege rather than the honesty of simply speaking the truth about a poorly conceived policy. Have mercy, Lord, bring justice and grace into this situation.

- "Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covers the mouth of the wicked."
[Proverbs 10:6]

The Middle East in Focus

This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:

"Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep."
(Psalm 121:4)

1. Israel fears UN about to announce settlement panel - Jerusalem Post

Israel fears the United Nations is on the cusp of announcing the membership of its fact-finding mission on West Bank settlements, a move it claims could harm efforts to rekindle the frozen peace process.

2. Zionists to blame for world drug trade - Ynet News

In blatantly anti-Semitic speech, Iranian Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi condemned the "Zionists" and the teachings of the Talmud for "inciting global drug trade and addiction in a bid to annihilate non-Jewish communities," Iran's Fars News Agency reported Wednesday.

3. We may have confused Turkish jet for an Israeli one, Syrian minister claims - Times of Israel

Syrian soldiers who shot down a Turkish military jet on Friday may have confused it for an Israeli plane, Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zubi claimed on Wednesday.

The Daily Jot!

Taxing you to death

When the socialized healthcare system was forced upon the American people, Congress and the White House sold it as a non-tax, but now the Supreme Court has ruled that the government can tax you to force compliance with nationalized medicine. This is a game changer because now your life is no longer your own, the government can decide what kind of care you will receive and how you will receive it. It is a crowning moment for socialists who want to see America under the thumb of an ever-benevolent government that knows better than individuals how to care for them and their families. According to the Supreme Court, the government has the right to tax you for services from cradle to grave--tax you to death.

Since it is now considered a tax, the Supreme Court left a back door open for "We the People." Congress can be pressured to repeal any tax, which would leave this socialist leviathan unfunded. The American Revolution was founded upon, among other things, unfair taxation. The Founders had a fundamental belief that the government was not to intrude into people's lives beyond providing safety and security--the true meaning of providing for the general welfare--for the people. Now, the Supreme Court has placed a capstone on institutionalizing government intervention in every aspect of the lives of citizens through control of their healthcare.

This means the government can make decisions like a god. If this goes unchallenged and unmet, people will soon become dependent on the government as if it were a god. In socialism and communism, the government replaces YHVH as the provider of all things to the people. We have ample examples of socialist Europe, the failed policies of the former Soviet Union and all of its satellites, and the iron fist rule of Communist China over even how many children are allowed to be born into a family. Ronald Reagan once said that a primary way to institute communism within a society was through socialized healthcare. We now stand on the precipice of this thanks to the Supreme Court, the White House and Congress.

There are certain Biblical principles being violated by such decisions and actions. First and foremost, Exodus 20:3 says, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." Government is not YHVH. When we have a choice in how we are governed, we should never allow government to stand with the life or death power of a god. Exodus 20:17 says, "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's." What more could the government covet through this so-called tax? As well, Exodus 20:15 says, "Thou shalt not steal." The Supreme Court has legalized stealing the fruits of your labor by taxing you to death.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson

Joel Rosenberg on Today's Decision on Obamacare


Health law to add $1.15 trillion to national debt.

(Washington, D.C., June 28, 2012) -- A disastrous, appalling decision was handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court today. The Court upheld the individual mandate and socialized medicine, saying both are constitutional, despite the fact that a recent poll found 68% of Americans want all or part of the law repealed.

The federal government can now force us to buy what we don't want. Washington politicians and bureaucrats will become the final arbiter of our most personal medical decisions, rationing care for many and denying care to some who are not deemed worthy of receiving it, especially if the care is expensive. The "Affordable Care Act" (nicknamed "Obamacare") nationalizes 1/7th of our economy, imposes one of the largest tax increases in American history on an economy already struggling, massively increases government spending, and will increase the national debt by $1.15 trillion, according to a recent study.

This, despite the fact that we already have a crushing federal debt of more than $15 trillion, and another $65 trillion in unfunded liabilities related to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid coming at us with breakneck speed. Our ship of state is hurtling towards massive debt icebergs, yet rather than slow down or change direction, we are accelerating our deficit spending.

Bottom line: the implosion of the American economy has just become more likely.

In Spite Of The Ruling, There Is Hope

In Spite Of The Ruling, There Is Hope The Madison Project

Team Madison -

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court's decision to uphold Obamacare almost in its entirety, there will be copious pages of commentary written about the legal arguments, the precedents for the future and the politics of the Supreme Court. None of that matters for us and our community of liberty-minded activists. The most salient question is where do we go from here? Are we willing to let this travesty stand?

In spite of what appears to be a tailspin by conservatives nationwide, I believe there is hope.

There is nothing we can do about the Supreme Court. Justices, even those who are political conservatives, will buy into quirky legal rationale and exhibit unique jurisprudence. What we must do now is focus on the elected branches of government.

When Republicans took over the House last year, they promised to repeal Obamacare. They also promised that in the likely scenario that their repeal bill is blocked in the Senate, they would refuse to fund Obamacare in the annual appropriations bills that funded the various agencies that oversee Obamacare. They passed the "Ryan budget," which defunded Obamacare. But then as the clock wound down to midnight, September 30, and there was the threat of a government shutdown, they caved and agreed to an Omnibus bill that included funding for Obamacare.

That must change now.

Part of the rationale for agreeing to fund Obamacare at the time was that many Republicans believed the Supreme Court would strike it down. Well, that didn't happen. Now you will hear many Republicans say that we'll repeal it next year when Romney wins the White House and Republicans take back the Senate. However, there are too many hypotheticals involved in that scenario. What if Romney loses? What if Republicans fail to win 51 seats? What if several of the members, including the likes of Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, balk at using reconciliation to repeal the full law? We simply cannot let this thing stand and hope for repeal next year. We must defund it now.

All Republicans in the House have to do is stick to their budget. It's that simple. They must tell Senate Democrats that they will not agree to fund Obamacare. If Democrats want to force a government shutdown over funding for a program that 72% of Independents wanted repealed, then let's have that debate. We have no other choice at this point. Obamacare, when fully enacted, will take over 1/6 of our economy, create permanent dependency for tens of millions of Americans, induce unsustainable inflationary pressure on the cost of healthcare and health insurance, and saddle the next generation with crippling debt.

If we've learned anything from past experiences, it's that no government entitlement program is ever repealed once the dependency takes root. If there's anything important enough and as politically unpopular enough to use to force a government shutdown, Obamacare is it.

It is incumbent upon the conservative movement and the Tea Party to get all members of Congress and Republican candidates on record to pledge to oppose any spending bill that contains funding for Obamacare. This is our next seminal battle.

Let's not get caught up in the minutia of convoluted legal arguments and the ridiculous quirks of the Supreme Court.

What's done is done. It's time to act.

For Liberty.

Drew Ryun
Political Director
The Madison Project

It's not over yet:

Individual Mandate Upheld; Religious Freedom Remains Undecided

By now, you know that the Supreme Court today voted to uphold President Obama's health care law in a 5-4 decision, with Chief Justice John Roberts providing the decisive swing vote. President Obama responded quickly, urging "it's time for us to move forward."

Though the ruling does indeed provide the final word on the constitutionality of certain provisions of the law, including the crucial "individual mandate," we must remember what it does not say. Today's decision says nothing about the contraception mandate, nor does it address the question of abortion funding. Lawsuits on these specific questions continue to make their way through the justice system.

Had the law been struck down these questions would be moot. But now, more than ever, advocates of life and the rights of religious conscience must pray for justice and support our partners in the legal battle. Here are three resources:

The Alliance Defense Fund has created a page of resources to better understand the implications of Obamacare. Visit

The Becket Fund is partnering with Catholic and evangelical institutions suing the administration, including Belmont Abbey College and Colorado Christian University. Becket has created HHS Information Central with cases, maps, a timeline, and other resources.
The Colson Center has developed a page with regular updates on the religious liberty questions still in play.

From: The Manhattan Declaration

Today's Legislative Focus

From The Madison Project


This week, the House is expected to continue its open floor process on the 12 annual appropriations bills. They were initially slated to consider the annual Agriculture bill, but it was postponed due to conservative concerns about the Farm Bill, which contains all the mandatory spending that is appropriated in the Agriculture appropriations bill. Instead the House took up the Transportation-HUD bill this week.

Conservative concerns:

- To begin with, conservatives believe that the government needs to stay out of housing. Even if we had all the money in the world, we should not let the federal government distort the market with housing programs. That should be the enduring lesson from the housing crash. To that end, we need to eliminate many HUD programs in an effort to abolish the entire department.

Although the bill spending before the House cuts spending by $3.9 billion, it still provides $51.6 billion in discretionary spending for transportation and housing. Several conservatives plan to offer amendments that will strip out more programs and place limitations on their ability to mess with the housing market. We will be keeping score of all the major amendments and will post them at our new website;

MB Preaches Israel's Destruction

Exclusive: Muslim Brotherhood Preaching Israel Destruction After Egyptian Election

"Every Muslim will be asked about the Zionists' usurpation of al-Aqsa Mosque. Why did he not seek to recover it, and wage Jihad in His way? Did he not care about the fatwa of the ulema [scholars] of the Muslims, 'Jihad of self and money to recover al Aqsa is a duty on every Muslim?'" asked Mohamed Badie, General Guide of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, in a June 14th speech translated exclusively by the Investigative Project on Terrorism.

The speech from the Brotherhood's Ikhwan Online website is evidence that the group has not moderated its position even an iota, despite assurances to Western audiences.

"How happy would be the Muslims if all Muslim rulers made the Palestinian cause a pivotal issue, around which Muslims, rulers and the ruled, would line up," he stated. According to Badie, they would ally to make "the sole goal for all of them the recovery of al Aqsa Mosque, freeing it from the filth of the Zionists, and imposing Muslim rule throughout beloved Palestine."
"The Lord of Glory has threatened these murdering Zionists criminals with a penalty of a kind which operates in this world before the Hereafter, he said, before referencing a Quranic quote calling Jews "apes, despised."

"We say to our people and our brothers in Palestine (all of Palestine): Unity, unity, persistence, persistence, reconciliation, reconciliation, and patience, patience. Make your motto and your starting point be in confronting the Zionists," he added.

Badie also made reference to the role of Hamas-tied convoys, in aiding in the effort to eliminate the Jewish state. (Investigative Project on Terrorism) Read more.

The Good News Corner

Mayor plans to keep God in government

Despite legal threats from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Georgia mayor says he plans to continue to live out his faith publicly.

Warner Robbins Mayor Chuck Shaheen is taking heat from the Freedom From Religion group for publicly thanking God and for supporting public prayer. He tells OneNewsNow they can try to separate church and state, but they cannot separate church and this mayor.

"Being a mayor is not the pinnacle of my life because I'm going to be a Christian long after I'm a mayor," he explains. "Because of what Jesus did for me, I'm not ashamed of the gospel. And I do get attacked a lot for my stand, but I don't push it on anybody, and I just hope I can let my light so shine before men that they can see the good works that God does in our lives and glorify our Father who is in Heaven."

Mayor Shaheen says he agrees with the separation of church and state, just not the way religious skeptics see it.

"The state needs to get out of the church, but the church doesn't need to get out of the state," he contends. "You need to have more godly people in government and keep government out of the church."

He says he has received overwhelming support from Warner Robbins citizens for his convictions. (OneNewsNow)

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