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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Follow-Up on Dr. Dobson's Message

Dear Concerned Citizens,

We are thrilled to tell you that the "Meehan-Shays Amendment" the "Grassroots Gag Bill" we've been alerting you about since January was killed Thursday in the House Judiciary Committee. This is a victory made possible by concerned citizens like you, who made their voices heard. Thanks to your phone calls and petitions, we will be able to continue informing you of the latest issues in the culture war.

The "Meehan-Shays Amendment" was possibly the most dangerous bill introduced yet in the 110th Congress because it would have severely limited free-speech rights. Because of that, this victory is the biggest pro-family victory we've seen this session. The bill would have made it nearly impossible for groups like Focus Action to update you on important legislative issues by creating miles of new red tape.

Freedom of Speech Petitions Delivered to House Judiciary Committee Democrats

More than 130,000 petitions were signed, and on Tuesday we delivered petitions to the Democratic House Judiciary Committee members. Within two days of delivery, these petitions, along with the thousands of calls and e-mails flooding the Hill this week, clearly impacted the committee members and their vote on this amendment. Click here to listen to Dr. Dobson congratulate the concerned citizens – including you – who successfully petitioned our government in opposition to this bill, at the top of the May 18 broadcast ("Understanding the Threat of Radical Islam," Part 2 of 2).

But we're not quite out of the woods yet. This dangerous grassroots-lobbying language could be added back in before the full House vote on the broad lobbying-reform bill next week.

Rest assured that we will continue to update you about any new developments leading up to the House vote. We are honored to be your eyes and ears in Washington, D.C. Thank you for helping protect our freedom of speech and congratulations on being an integral part of this victory for our constitutional rights.

P.S. A few weeks ago, we told you about two bills that will directly threaten our First Amendment freedoms of speech and religion. These bills, the Hate Crimes Act and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) will be coming up for consideration in Congress soon. There's still time to make your voice heard on these bills, so that's why we're asking you to sign this petition and forward this e-mail to your family and friends, so they, too, can sign the Hate Crimes/ENDA petition.


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