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---Dwight D. Eisenhower - Soldier, General of the Army, U.S. President-Elect (1952 & 1956)
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MEMO: There are many individuals & organizations who claim to be "patriotic," but their "love" for our country is clouded by their lack of religious beliefs that our Founding Fathers possessed.
Many politicians even claim to be "Christian," but since they do not truly practice their Faith, once they occupy a political office they continue to be more concerned with serving themselves and achieving their own selfish goals than they are with serving God & our country in an honest & humble manner.
The organizations shown below appear to be made up of individuals who truly care about social and moral values and truly love our country. I hope you will also honor their ideals and help them through your prayers and through your participation in the work they are attempting to do for the good of society, and for the good of our nation. Thank you & God bless you.
Vincent T. Bemowski
Catholic Messages USA.com
PATRIOTIC ORGANIZATIONS & RESOURCES
"It is our solemn duty as Catholics, therefore, to be conscious of our duty to America, and to preserve its freedom by preserving its faith in God. . .But as we talk about patriotism, it might be well to remind ourselves that in a crisis like this even devotion to the stars and stripes is not enough to save us. We must look beyond them to other stars and stripes, namely the stars and stripes of Christ, by Whose stars we are illuminated and by whose stripes we are healed!"
Note: This column is an excerpt from an address then Father Sheen (he later became Archbishop Fulton Sheen) delivered on The Catholic Hour radio program on February 20, 1938.
Accuracy In Media - "A non-profit, grassroots citizens watchdog of the news media that critiques botched and bungled news stories and sets the record straight on important issues that have received slanted coverage."
1.Dignity of the Person
2.Social Nature of the Person
3.Importance of Social Institutions
6.Rule of Law and the Subsidiary Role of Government
7.Creation of Wealth
10.Priority of Culture
American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) - "Through our work in the courts and the legislative arena, the ACLJ is dedicated to protecting your religious and constitutional freedoms. In addition to providing its legal services at no cost to our clients, the ACLJ focuses on the issues that matter most to you – national security, protecting America’s families, and protecting human life." American Enterprise Institute - "Its purposes are to defend the principles and improve the institutions of American freedom and democratic capitalism--limited government, private enterprise, individual liberty and responsibility, vigilant and effective defense and foreign policies, political accountability, and open debate." American Values - "A non-profit organization committed to uniting the American people around the vision of our Founding Fathers. Centuries ago, our Founders boldly proclaimed to the world a distinctly American faith in democracy; a faith rooted in the self-evident truths that 'all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness'... Sadly, the culture of death continues to be promoted in our media, courts and legislatures. Millions of unborn children have been killed over the last 30 years as a result of our country’s selfishness, justified under the euphemisms of choice and privacy." Ashbrook Center - "Scholarly defense of individual liberty, limited constitutional government and civic morality, which together constitute our democratic way of life." CatholicVoteAction.org - Also has current news items. "(CVA) is the legislative arm of CatholicVote.org. Our goal is to build, organize, and mobilize the largest movement of Catholic laity in American politics. We believe in life, family, and the power of human freedom to renew America. CVA is proudly Catholic, but welcomes all people of good will. Come join us - it's free - just enter your e-mail and zip to the right." Citizens United - "To restore the founding father's vision of a free nation, guided by the honesty, common sense, and good will of its citizens." Conservapedia - "A much-needed alternative to Wikipedia, which is increasingly anti-Christian and anti-American." CURE - Coalition on Urban Renewal & Education - Click on "Commentary" section. "Fighting poverty and restoring dignity through faith, freedom and responsibility." Star Parker invites Blacks to accept personal responsibility, instead of always blaming Washington. Ethics & Public Policy Center - "We deal openly and explicitly with religious and moral issues in addressing contemporary issues. We work to clarify the ways in which moral principles shape the choices that political leaders must make in our democracy." First Amendment Center - Freedom also requires that we be responsible for our actions. However, this is not always understood by our courts and those who seek to hide behind the First Amendment. "This site offers news and information on how the courts understand and apply the First Amendment in various types of situations." FreedomWorks - "Citizen activism has always been a vital part of FreedomWorks’smission. In the past few years, FreedomWorks focused the organization’s energy on systematically building a permanent and sustainable army of volunteer citizen activists, dedicated to the vision of our Founding Fathers and willing to make their voices heard in the battle for economic freedom." Institute for Humane Studies - "A unique organization that assists undergraduate and graduate students worldwide with an interest in individual liberty." LifeDynamics.com - "As an anti-abortion pro-life organization, we fight to change the abortion picture - to end legal abortion and return the right to life to unborn babies from the moment of conception. Our motto is, 'Pro-Life: without compromise, without exception, without apology.'" Lincoln Heritage Institute - "Our purpose, through public education, is the revitalization and preservation of our traditional political, social, commercial, and legal environment in which the only limits to achievement are individual ability and effort." Media Research Center - "Leaders of America's conservative movement have long believed that within the national news media a strident liberal bias existed that influenced the public's understanding of critical issues." National Center for Policy Analysis - "NCPA's goal is to develop and promote private alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector." National Counterterrorism Center - "To inform, empower, and help shape the national and international counterterrorism effort to diminish the ranks, capabilities, and activities of current and future terrorists." National Taxpayers Union - "Our U.S. Tax Code is a complicated mess, far too complex for average taxpayers to understand. We need sweeping tax reform designed to make this system both fair and comprehensible for the folks who actually pay those taxes. And real reform would also mean an end to the dreaded Internal Revenue Service." Pacific Research Institute - "The mission of PRI is to champion freedom, opportunity, and personal responsibility for all individuals by advancing free-market policy solutions." Population Research Institute - "A non-profit research group whose goals are to expose the myth of overpopulation, to expose human rights abuses committed in population control programs, and to make the case that people are the world’s greatest resource. Our growing, global network of pro-life groups spans over 30 countries." Terrorism Awareness Project - "This threat did not begin with 9/11. The 1990’s were marked by a series of Islamic terror attacks against the United States. The response of our elected officials was mainly passive in the face of these attacks. Missiles were launched into Afghanistan and Iraq by the Clinton Administration but to little effect and not as part of a sustained response." The American Conservative Union - "We reaffirm our belief in the Declaration of Independence, and in particular the belief that our inherent rights are endowed by the Creator. We further believe that our liberties can remain secure only if government is so limited that it cannot infringe upon those rights." The American Spectator - "The American Spectator Foundation is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to educate the public on new ideas, concepts and policies that favor the principles of economic freedom, individual liberty, limited government, and traditional American values." The Claremont Institute - "Finds the answers to America's problems in the principles on which our nation was founded. These principles are expressed most eloquently in the Declaration of Independence." The Heritage Foundation - "Policy Research & Analysis...a think tank whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies." The National Patriot - "Devoted to bold conservative commentary, the right side of politics as we like to call it, and the issues our nation faces from foreign entities and on the home front." The Patriot Post - "A highly acclaimed journal advocating individual liberty, the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and the promotion of free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values." Valor Studios - "Home of the world's finest military art prints, magazine & signed book... Here you can acquire historical treasures."
SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS & RESOURCES
AllAreaCodes.com - "Your resource for phone area code lookups... We also include area code maps. If you can dial 1-(area code) and number to make a call, you can find that telephone area code listed on this web site. For international phone numbers, we have a list of international dialing codes that explains how to dial from one country to another. The list of Canada area codes is also helpful if you need to dial a Canadian number."
AllHighSchools.com (AHS) - "Welcome to the Alumni Search database.. Every day, thousands of people search this site for old friends and alumni from their former high schools." Ancestry.com - "Discover your ancestors with the world's largest family history website. Start a family tree, browse census records and more..." Classfinders.com - "A unique people search engine that focuses on displaying profiles from high school alumni related websites. Millions of users create alumni profiles to keep in contact with old friends. Now you can search them quickly and easily to find exactly who you are looking for." National Archives - Start Your Genealogy Research - "From the Research Topics pages, you will find links to pages throughout the web site with articles, finding aids, and other helpful information to help you prepare for your genealogical research at the National Archives...
Immigration Records (Ship Passenger Lists)
American Values - "Our mission is to study and strengthen fundamental American values... What are the values that lead to character and good citizenship, strong families, and a flourishing civil society? What are the main challenges to those values? How can we encourage and strengthen those values?
To increase the proportion of children growing up with their two married parents.
To renew the ethic of thrift and replace the culture of debt and waste.
To help turn the intellectual tide against extremism in the Arab and Muslim world.
To improve and civilize our public conversation."
Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate - "More than 40 years of experience in quality social science research on the Catholic Church... A range of research and Sr.Mary Bendyna consulting services for dioceses, parishes, religious communities and institutes, and other Catholic organizations. CARA’s longstanding policy is to let research findings stand on their own and never take an advocacy position or go into areas outside its social science competence." Coalition on Urban Renewal & Education (CURE) - "CURE bridges the disconnection between the interest of the nation as a whole as outlined by the founders and the existing world of political action as demonstrated by current black leadership... a direct mechanism to challenge the ideas of liberalism and promote concepts of freedom and personal responsibility."
WHAT TO REPORT:
Anyone you don't know who asks you for personal information, photos or videos.
Unsolicited obscene material from people or companies you don't know.
Misleading URLs on the Internet that point you to sites containing harmful materials rather than what you were looking for.
Anyone who wants to send you photos or videos containing obscene content of individuals 18 and younger. (The possession, manufacturing, or distributing of child pornography is illegal.)
Online enticement for offline sexual activities. (No one should be making sexual invitations to you online – and it’s an especially serious crime for adults to do it
Dawn Stefanowicz - "Our Vision is to serve as a resource, offering assistance to individuals who have grown up with a homosexual, bisexual or transsexual parent(s) by providing a supportive safe network to express their personal stories. To invite dialogue with those who are concerned with the best interests of children and the kinds of impact and influences homosexual, bisexual, and transsexual parenting have on children, families, and society."
MADD - Mothers Against Drunk Driving - "To aid the victims of crimes performed by individuals driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, to aid the families of such victims and to increase public awareness of the problem of drinking and drugged driving. In 1984, MADD changed its name from Mothers Against Drunk Drivers to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. This carefully considered change was made because MADD is opposed to the criminal act of drunk driving, not individuals."
Commentary: "Criminal act" is a rather severe and inaccurate description. They are not pre-meditated acts done by someone who is always aware he or she is committing a "crime." Excessive drinking and dependence on the use of drugs can become addictive due to being emotionally immature, or due to physical or mental abuse.
Many of these individuals are naive young people who are simply out for a good time. Others are depressed or feel unloved by their spouse or parents. Still others are unable to see a purpose to their lives. There are all kinds of reasons why people resort to excessive drinking and taking drugs.
To add to their problems by a long prison sentence is not justice. It is cruel, vengeful, solves nothing, and does not address their immaturity or emotional problems. It is a terrible tragedy should an individual kill, or severly injure someone while driving under these types of physical & mental influences, but is not living with the memory of what they have done for the rest of their lives punishment enough?
Compassion, mercy, and forgiveness are virtues - vengeance is not. Far better remedies would be probation, counseling, community work, a suspension of their driver's license, and the family of the victim accepting their sincere expression of sorrow and willingness to reform their lives.
NARTH - National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality - "Is homosexuality immutable? Is it fixed, or is it amenable to change? The 1973 decision to delete homosexuality from the diagnostic manual of the American Psychiatric Association had a chilling effect on research. The APA decision was not made based on new scientific evidence ..."
Quit Alcohol.com - "An initiative with the Alcohol Abuse Counsel and a trained group of volunteers. Alcoholism is a widely spread disease and we feel that it is our public duty to educate folks around the world about the problem. Join us today and let’s take a stand. Let’s help Alcoholics recover once and for all."