WE WON – HR-390 has passed in the HOUSE

Your post cards and calls to Congress did the job! 

Please call your Senators today!

HR-390, the Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act, was introduced by our friend Congressman Chris Smith on January 10th of this year, shortly after the 115th Congress began its first session. Within a few weeks the Religious Freedom Coalition began to mail tens of thousands of letters in support of HR-390 to Americans across the country.  Each letter contained personalized post card petitions for these Americans to mail to their congressmen and Senators.

Since the first mailing in January, the RFC has mailed hundreds of thousands more letters containing post card petitions to build pressure on Congress. But by May there was still no movement on HR-390; it was being ignored by the Leadership of the House.

It was then that I began to publish the phone number of the House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy, and ask supporters of HR-390 to call his office to demand a vote on the bill.

Then on Tuesday, June 6th, I went on USA Radio news, which is heard on more than 500 stations in the United States, to explain the need for HR-390 and ask those listening to call Majority Leader McCarthy’s office, and I gave out his phone number right there on the air.

That very night the House Leadership moved the bill to the floor and passed it with an overwhelming vote!

The bill was placed on the floor for a vote under “rules of suspension.” A motion to suspend the rules can only be called on Mondays and Tuesdays and only be made by the Speaker of the House or their designee, which is usually the Majority Leader. Once the motion to “suspend the rules” is made, debate is limited to 40 minutes, no amendments can be made, and a two-thirds majority of Members present and voting is required to pass the motion.

To my dismay there was no roll call! The chair called for a voice vote and then declared that he had heard two-thirds say “yea”. There were no objections from any member, and HR-390 was on its way to the Senate.

But there is still work to do! Unfortunately, as of right now there is no Senate version of The Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act.  In order to take advantage of this momentum, it is urgent you call your Senators at once, insisting they introduce and pass a Senate version of HR-390 right away!

Call (202) 224-3121 and ask the Congressional Switchboard Operator to forward to your Senators’ offices. Explain to the staff member in your Senator’s office why HR-390 is so important:

First, HR-390 will give assistance for victims of genocide 

The bill directs the Administration to provide assistance to genocide survivors from Iraqi and Syrian religious and ethnic minority communities. Currently U.S. funds for aid to Iraq and Syria are given through the United Nations and the Iraqi government. Most Christians are not receiving this aid because they are not in the U.N. camps, where they are targeted for violence by Sunni Muslim gangs who control the camps. Christians often do not receive any “official” aid. H.R. 390 will fix that.

Second, HR-390 demands accountability for the perpetrators of genocide

HR-390 directs the Administrion to provide funding and support for entities that are conducting criminal investigations, building Syrian and Iraqi investigative and judicial capacity, collecting evidence, and preserving the chain of evidence for eventual prosecution. HR-390 also directs the Administration to review U.S. criminal codes to allow prosecution of Americans, or non-Americans present here in the United States, who may have been involved in the genocide of Christians or other minorities.  This is important because the Obama Administration allowed tens of thousands of Sunni Muslims to enter the United States from Syria and Iraq without proper vetting.

Third, HR-390 will give the victims of genocide priority refugee status

Right now 98% of the refugees admitted to the United States are Sunni Muslims.  HR-390 would give priority status to Christian refugees who are the actual victims of genocide, instead of ignoring them under current policy.

Please call your Senators today!

School Lunch Program: From Tray to Trash

Most recently, George Ervin “Sonny” Perdue III, the newly appointed Secretary of Agriculture, announced that the Department would provide greater flexibility in the nutrition requirements for the nation’s school lunch program. This flexibility will restore local control of guidelines on whole grains, sodium, and milk which had been nationalized by the “Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act” of 2010.
Latest statistics (2014) from the Department of Agriculture shows that the federally subsidized school lunch program serves over 30 million children at a cost of $13 billion a year.

In brief, The “National School Lunch Act” was originally passed in 1946 and it had a two-fold intent; 1. To provide low-cost or free school lunch meals to low income students and 2. To boost food prices by using farm surpluses. Since that time it’s been greatly expanded to include mid-day snacks and breakfasts.

In 2010 and with good intent, the Department of Agriculture with First Lady Michelle Obama identified a reformed school initiative designed to bring healthier and more nutritional foods to America’s public schools. The program, “The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act” was passed by Congress with the purpose of addressing childhood obesity while improving nutrition of school meals. The program’s goal is to improve the nutritional quality of all food in schools by providing the Department of Agriculture with the authority to set nutritional standards for all food sold in schools, including vending machines.

As early as September 2012, students, administrators, and parents took issue with the program. As reported by the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, 70% of students at Mukonago High School protested the 850 calorie cap for their school lunch. According to the senior class president, “[The Lunches are] worse tasting, smaller sized, and higher priced”. The school’s food service supervisor and registered dietitian said that weight and poor nutrition are serious problems “but limiting calories in school lunch is not going to help the overweight kid. What happens at home is a major piece of that puzzle.”

Similar complaints were found across the county. Children throw away much of the nutritious food that they are served. Boston Public Schools reported that, “on average, students discarded roughly 19 percent of their entrées, 47 percent of their fruit, 25 percent of their milk, and 73 percent of their vegetables.” “It was estimated that $432,349.05 worth of food is wasted annually at lunch by students in Grades 6-8 in Boston Public Schools.”

This writer can personally attest to primary school students refusing to eat at all rather than eat some of the meals served. Peanut butter and jelly is served on brown whole grain bread which many students refuse to eat. The same holds true for pizza which is made from brown whole grain dough.

As per “The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act”, the lunch meal must conform to the chart below which demands that each student must take 3 out of the five meal components in order for the school to be reimbursed for the meal. The chart directs the school not to allow a child to pass up a fruit or vegetable. If the child passes up these choices, the child will not be able to select a meal. So students are served according to the demands of the USDA rules; even though much of this food is never eaten by the student and is thrown away yet, the school is able to collect reimbursement for a meal that went from tray to trash!


Unappetizing and unfamiliar food led to the biggest problem school officials faced: food waste.

A 2014 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report cites that 1,086,000 stopped buying school lunches after program participation increased steadily for nearly a decade and 321 school districts left the program citing the new standards as a factor.

“Students may take the food components they are required to as part of the school lunch but then choose not to eat them,” the GAO said. As a result, 48 out of 50 states cited waste as a challenge.

According to Daren Bakst, a research fellow in agricultural policy at The Heritage Foundation:
This study simply supports what school nutrition officials have been saying. There’s major food waste. It’s difficult to conclude that a law called the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act is a success when the kids are hungry—you can’t be healthy if you are hungry all the time. Getting the kids to eat should first and foremost be the primary concern.

However, the entire debate surrounding the new school nutrition standards often misses a fundamental question. Do we need federal bureaucrats and Michelle Obama to dictate how kids should eat through this program, or should parents, possibly along with local governments, make decisions regarding nutrition? Specifically, it is a question of whether we respect federal bureaucrats and their one-size-fits-all approach more than parents who know the best interests of their children.

Christian Churches Together USA Urge President to order state department to investigate the abducted Syrian Bishops 

The United States government has disavowed any knowledge of our Brothers that were kidnapped.  We are petitioning to order the State Department to take action and resolve this mystery.  We are not aware of any requests for ransom and are concerned our Brothers are either in captivity or have been killed.  We are seeking a resolution for action.

We need to garner 100,000 signatures to this petition in order for it to make it to the Whitehouse.

This is the petition for action.

Please sign and share with everyone.

Source: Christian Churches Together USA Urge President to order state department to investigate the abducted syrian bishops | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government

Father Samir: Egypt’s Palm Sunday Terror Reflects a Sickness Within Islam

Another example of the truths of Islam.

This is according to Jesuit Father Samir Khalil Samir, professor of Islamic studies at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, who says it is false when people say such attacks have nothing to do with Islam. “ISIS is not doing anything which is neither in the Quran nor in the Mohammedan tradition,” he says.

So all the conditions were there, but no one was thinking it would be so savage, that it would be absolutely inhuman. They killed and tortured people; they took women and people as slaves and turned children into bombs.

This was unprecedented?

We had never seen something like that, so the reaction of official Islam is that this has nothing to do with Islam, but this is in fact a lie. It has 100% to do with Islam, with chosen texts from the Quran and sharia [Islamic law]. They’re not doing anything against Islamic law.

The Egyptian priest, who is an authority on Islam, discusses the factors driving the murderous attacks on Christians and what he hopes the Pope will say when he visits Egypt this month. National Ca…

Source: Father Samir: Egypt’s Palm Sunday Terror Reflects a Sickness Within Islam

Migration as Jihad

Dr. Bill Warner explains, “If you are keeping up with the news at all, you know there is a massive migration happening from the Islamic world into Europe, and the United States for that matter, through the refugee program. Now, we usually see migration being driven by politics and poverty, but there’s another driver here, which is the doctrine of jihad in Islam.
How does this work? Let’s start with time keeping in the calendar. In Islam, they don’t use the same calendar we do, they mark the year with an “AH” after it, “in the year of the Hijra” migration and why do they do this? It’s very simple. You would think the Islamic calendar would start with the birth of Mohammed or the day of the revelation of the Quran. But, no. Instead, the Islamic calendar starts with what brought it success, migration.”