Legislative Agenda for 2012

The previous year turned out as we had anticipated. Most legislative items ran into immoveable walls. The impasse had both positive and negative consequences. On the positive side of things, conservatives in the House prevented further significant erosion of biblical values through the legislative process. On the negative side, liberals in the Senate, with the help of the White House, prevented the advancement of most of the legislation we supported that the House passed. Currently, numerous pro-life, family-friendly, economy-friendly bills are languishing in the Senate, with very little chance of being acted upon.

While we regret the stalemate, we appreciate the effort the new conservative majority in the House is putting forth. The legislative task in the coming year will be two-fold. First, we will encourage the Senate to take up the bills sent to it by the House, and then get the president to sign them. Second, we will encourage the House to continue to pass good legislation that codifies biblical values.

The past year has brought another crucial avenue of engagement for the ERLC as well. With his agenda blocked in Congress, we are noticing increased activism on the part of the president to advance his liberal agenda through the regulatory process and by executive action. In order to address the threats to the nation and the family posed by this raw exercise of power, we will speak often and with conviction to the various federal agencies and to the White House to register our objections. We will also encourage the House to aggressively exercise its oversight responsibilities in order to help bring to light the actions of the Executive Branch and to attempt to stop the most egregious activities.

Since the second session of the 112th Congress will take place in an election year, we anticipate that Congress will accomplish even less this year than last year. Nevertheless, we will engage in every way possible to advance the application of biblical values through the legislative process.

Below, we outline our legislative agenda for this year. What follows does not identify all of the legislation we will address, nor does it encompass all of our activities, but it provides a good sense of how we will be engaged in the coming year.

To view the ERLC’s 2012 Legislative Agenda in a PDF version, please click here (105 KB PDF).

Table of Contents

Sanctity of Human Life
Health Care
Traditional Marriage
The Radical Homosexual Agenda
Immigration Reform
Terrorism, National Security and Building a Just Peace
Financial and Energy Security
Administrative Overreach
Human Rights and Religious Freedom
Poverty Reduction
Creation Care and the Environment
Our Commitment

Sanctity of Human Life

The House passed numerous pro-life bills in the first half of this Congress. They sit right now in the Senate, without any Democratic support to help get them a vote. Regrettably, even such common-sense legislation as the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (S. 1241) does not have a single Democrat co-sponsor, yet all the bill does is make certain that a minor cannot be taken across a state border for an abortion without parental notification or judicial action.

Numerous other pro-life bills are languishing in the Senate as well. We will work in the coming year to obtain a vote for the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. In addition, we will work to advance the Protect Life Act (S. 877/ H.R. 358), which amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to prohibit federal funds from being used to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion services. Other bills focused on preventing the use of taxpayer funds for abortion include the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (S. 906/H.R. 3) and the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act (H.R. 217).

We will also continue to resist the administration’s commitment to provide taxpayer funds for abortion and abortion-related groups overseas. These efforts include passage of legislation to prohibit funding to the United Nations Population Fund (H.R. 2059), and the reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy, which would reverse the administration’s current use of taxpayer dollars to support international organizations that perform abortions or refer people to abortion providers. Currently, the United States remains actively engaged in promoting abortion around the world, even in nations that are pro-life and resent our encouragement of abortion within their borders. Reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy or passage of legislation to that effect is needed to bring an end to this reprehensible abuse of American good will.

We are also seeing a growing threat to the conscience rights of pro-life people in the medical field. This includes discrimination against medical students who refuse to participate in abortions on conscience grounds and against taxpayer-funded medical institutions that refuse to provide abortions. Pro-life health care providers must be protected against any effort to marginalize them or to put them at a competitive disadvantage.

Also tragic, the administration continues to provide taxpayer funds for research on stem-cells derived from recently-destroyed human embryos. The only thing taxpayer dollars cannot be used for is the actual destruction of the embryo to obtain the stem cells. Once the stem cells are obtained, however, taxpayer dollars can flow freely to research that utilizes them. Regrettably, this funding is being provided by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). While a judge has ruled that this practice violates the Dickey-Wicker Amendment, which is designed to prevent this kind of activity, he has refused to stop the use of taxpayer funds for this barbaric activity while the government, pro-abortion groups, and others appeal the decision.

This is not only grievous because the policy encourages the destruction of unborn human lives. It is also distressing because much of the cutting edge of the scientific community has moved on from research involving human embryonic stem cells. Many of the leading lights in this field, including Dr. Ian Wilmut, the doctor who cloned Dolly the sheep, now favor stem cell technologies that do not involve the destruction of human embryos. These other technologies are proving to be much easier to master and are already achieving many amazing cures and therapies in humans. Additionally, they do not involve the ethical and technological problems of human embryonic stem cells. We are especially encouraged by the progress being made with induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, in which human cells are actually reverted to an embryonic stem cell-like state. We will continue to press for additional funding for these types of technologies that respect the dignity of every human life, are already helping people overcome dreadful maladies, and promise to do even more without destroying a single innocent human life in the process.

The administration’s complete disregard for the restrictions of the Dickey-Wicker Amendment is very alarming. Further, the amendment must be approved as a rider to the HHS budget every year. This means that any Congress could simply choose not to add it to the HHS budget and end its restrictions on taxpayer funding of embryo-destructive research altogether. If this restriction can be made into permanent law, we are hopeful that it will no longer be subject to such easy dismissal.

The Dickey-Wicker Amendment is only one so-called pro-life rider that must be enacted into law. We will press for codification of other essential pro-life riders as well. These include the Kemp-Kasten Amendment, which empowers the president to halt U.S. taxpayer funding of any group that promotes or engages in coercive abortions or forced sterilization, the Hyde Amendment, which prevents elective abortion funding through HHS, and the Helms Amendment, which prohibits international groups from using American taxpayer dollars to perform abortions. We will also work to end taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood. This organization receives more than 400 million taxpayer dollars every year and performs more than 300,000 abortions annually.

We consider passage of the previously-mentioned No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act one of the best solutions to the problem of taxpayer funding for abortion. This bill would establish a government-wide statutory prohibition on elective abortions. If passed, it will address many of our concerns about taxpayer funds being used for abortion. Return to top

Health Care

Our nation continues to deal with the significant negative impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also known as ObamaCare. The recent decision by the Obama administration to require health plans to cover abortion-causing drugs should create concern for every pro-life American. We warned that pro-life values would be trampled by this law. Now, health care plans under PPACA will require people to pay for abortion-causing and contraceptive drugs as part of their health plans in addition to paying into special abortion accounts as part of their premiums.

In addition, we said the law would result in higher costs, poorer care, and reduced services for nearly all Americans. The initial analyses and results have confirmed our arguments. Health insurance companies are already raising rates in anticipation of the higher costs they will be forced to assume. Companies are already dropping people from coverage in order to save money.

Further problems with PPACA are coming to light as thousands of companies are applying for, and receiving, waivers from the law’s implementation timeline. We are concerned not only about the need for companies to have to request waivers but also about the process that is used to determine whose waiver requests are granted. The lack of transparency in the process is troublesome, to say the least.

Clearly, the law is also hindering our nation’s economic recovery. Businesses are still uncertain about the full extent of the impact of the law on them, yet they are informed enough to believe that it is not in their best interest to engage in aggressive hiring. With millions of people still without work in our country, and the worldwide job market becoming more competitive, this poorly designed, and out-dated law must be repealed.

We are pleased that the Supreme Court has chosen to take up the question of the law’s constitutionality. We look forward to offering our comments for the Court’s decision-making process. In the meantime, we will continue to do all we can to prevent implementation of this law.

We agree that our nation’s health care system is in need of serious reform. Among the problems of the current system, we note the way that it is subject to abuse, rife with inefficiencies, and unfair to people with pre-existing or demanding health conditions. In addition, the current system leaves too many people unable to obtain health care insurance. Regrettably, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is so fraught with self-imposed problems, some of which are already becoming glaringly obvious, that it will make matters worse as it seeks to resolve the legitimate problems with our current health care system. The components of what we believe constitute successful health care reform are contained in our document “Fifteen Principles for Successful Heath Care Reform,” which is available on the ERLC Web site. Return to top

Traditional Marriage

This year a number of federal courts will likely decide the fate of state laws defining marriage as only the union of one man and one woman. We anticipate that challenges to the federal Defense of Marriage Act will move through the courts as well. It is likely that the Supreme Court will find it necessary to decide the fate of marriage in our nation. We have engaged and will continue to engage this issue at every step, all the way to the Supreme Court. Given the court’s current makeup, we are hopeful that it would rule favorably for traditional, biblical marriage, but an institution of such significance for social stability cannot be entrusted to this process alone, and so we will work on other approaches as well.

We believe we have come to a crucial juncture and that the question of the definition of marriage must be settled. The only way to secure this foundational institution for future generations is to define it in our nation’s Constitution. This would remove the issue from the courts once and for all. Since 30 states have already voted to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, ratification of such an amendment is within reach. We will press for passage of a federal Marriage Protection Amendment in this Congress. Return to top

The Radical Homosexual Agenda

The change in leadership in the House in 2011 has brought an end to the legislative advancement of the radical homosexual agenda. Regrettably, the Obama administration is working around that wherever possible, most notably in our nation’s military. With the decision of the administration to secure the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” our military has become another front in the advancement of the radical homosexual agenda. We are concerned about this for a number of reasons.

First, we are deeply concerned with the impact on our armed forces. Already, we have heard from some who have chosen not to enlist because of this policy. Second, we are concerned about military effectiveness. Cohesion is crucial for a successful fighting unit. Many military experts have already decried the impact openly practicing homosexuals will have on our combat forces. Third, we are deeply concerned about the impact on the religious liberty of members of the military, especially the chaplains corps. Chaplains are already being subjected to training events aimed at preparing them for ministry to openly practicing homosexuals. Chaplains who refuse on conscience grounds to provide the full range of services for openly practicing homosexual members of the military may find themselves passed over for promotions and other benefits. Chaplain endorsing bodies may even find that they can no longer endorse chaplains for the military if they do not feel that their chaplains will be able to function in accordance with their organization’s biblical values. The effect of such a decision could deprive men and women willing to stand in harm’s way for our nation without access to a chaplain who shares their spiritual beliefs. We are determined to continue to work for the reinstatement of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell as the minimum standard for military guidance on this issue. We will also do all we can to secure the religious liberty of the chaplains who serve our defenders so sacrificially. Return to top

Immigration Reform

As expected, political dynamics in the 112th Congress have rendered impossible any legislative progress on this crucial issue. It is likely that we will not achieve the goal of immigration reform until more people in our country pressure their elected representatives to make it happen. We continue to work with allies where we can to raise this issue with the American public in order to help bring about the needed grassroots pressure on Washington.

To date, none of the bills that have been introduced in Congress meet our requirements for just immigration reform. For such reform to be just, we believe that it must deal with the two issues of border security and legal status. While the border security issue is the highest concern to us, we recognize that the current political environment will not allow this to be addressed in isolation. Therefore, Congress will also have to grapple with a just approach to the millions of people who are in the U.S. illegally.

We will insist that Congress must include in its plan, at the very least, a path to citizenship or permanent legal residency only for illegal immigrants without criminal backgrounds who accept appropriate waiting periods and pay fines and back taxes. This legislation must include adequate penalties for employers who seek to exploit for profit those who are here illegally. We will also call for adequate immigration goals for highly skilled people to come to this country to help the U.S. remain a leader in the world’s economy.

Furthermore, legislation must require that all immigrants seeking permanent residency pass a test that demonstrates their ability to read, write, and speak the English language. This must be an ironclad, non-negotiable requirement for any people wishing to stay permanently in the United States. The elements that we believe must be included in a just immigration plan are contained in our article “Just Immigration Reform: Foundational Principles” at erlc.com. Return to top

Terrorism, National Security and Building a Just Peace

We are gratified that our nation was spared from successful major terrorist attacks this past year. We recognize, however, that the enemies of freedom still have our nation and her citizens in their crosshairs. We will continue to challenge our government to maintain resolute diligence in keeping us safe from terrorist attacks. At the same time, we will watch closely the ways in which the government goes about protecting the citizenry in order to help assure that Americans’ right to privacy and their presumption of innocence is not compromised.

We are gratified by the administration’s continued commitment to hold indefinitely some of the most dangerous terrorists in Guantanamo. We will continue to resist all efforts to bring these terrorists under the protection of the United States Constitution, to move them to this country, or to try them in U.S. criminal courts.

Further, we commend the administration for its commitment of more troops to Afghanistan, and we will do all we can to assure that a strong U.S. presence remains in that country as long as necessary. On the other hand, we are deeply troubled by the administration’s decision to pull all of our combat troops out of Iraq. Already, we are seeing some results of the void created by this poor decision. Religiously motivated terrorist attacks are on the rise and they are becoming more savage. We are concerned that this newly liberated nation may soon sink into civil war. We will watch developments closely and offer our best counsel whenever appropriate.

We also remain deeply concerned with the administration’s ongoing failure to apply sufficient pressure on Iran to give up its nuclear weapons development. We are pleased that the House and Senate have passed bills that seek to curtail the export of refined petroleum products to Iran in response to its determination to continue its nuclear weapons program. We will continue to call for more aggressive responses in this Congress.

We remain concerned about the ratification of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with Russia. While it is encouraging that our two nations will have fewer nuclear weapons, we believe that this reduction favors more strongly the Russians than the United States, and recognize that the treaty does not even deal with the real threat to world security posed by nuclear weapons. The real threat today exists with Iran and North Korea, and the impending nuclear arms race in the Middle East if Iran accomplishes its goal of building a nuclear weapon. The New START did nothing to address that part of the world.

We believe the New START treaty is part of a larger effort to rid the world of nuclear weapons, which while noble is certainly unrealistic. Given the world’s inability to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, we hold no expectation that the world will have the fortitude to prevent a rogue state from deciding to build a nuclear weapon at some point in the future. Nor do we see any way to prevent some non-state actor from building a nuclear device and holding the world hostage at some point in the future.

We remain committed to the goals espoused by President Franklin Roosevelt: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from fear, and freedom from want. We will spend the next year looking for appropriate ways to help our nation secure these freedoms for all of our fellow citizens and for the world. Return to top

Financial and Energy Security

Our country’s financial situation remains dire. Federal deficit spending and our growing entitlement obligations threaten to destroy our ability to regain our competitive edge in the world. Currently, 40 cents of every dollar our government appropriates is borrowed money. Such irresponsible borrowing from our children’s and grandchildren’s futures is immoral and must be stopped. While some progress has been made, it is not nearly enough.

The president’s principal solution appears to be to drastically reduce our nation’s military to levels we have not seen since before World War II. Yet even this will not balance the budget. The real problem is out-of-control entitlement spending. Until this is addressed, our nation will continue its downward spiral and grow less secure on the world stage.

We continue to believe the only solution that can end runaway government spending is a balanced budget amendment that puts a cap on spending. It is not enough to simply call for a balanced budget. Congress and the administration can merely find new sources of revenue or overstate anticipated revenue in order to balance income against spending. We believe Congress and the administration should be held to a set percentage of the nation’s income for budgeting purposes. We will support a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget limited to approximately 20% of the nation’s GDP. This is the average federal spending in recent decades. Of course, there may be times when this must be exceeded, like in times of war, so we support an amendment that includes a provision to exceed the 20% threshold during time of war or other crisis situations as determined by a vote of two-thirds of the House and Senate.

Our country must also adopt an energy policy that will lead us to energy self-sufficiency. Currently, we are too dependent on foreign sources of oil, with much of that coming from countries that do not share our nation’s values. Additionally, we recognize that fossil fuels are a limited resource. Our nation cannot wait until we have depleted our domestic supply of fossil fuels before we develop sustainable sources of energy. To assure our nation’s current as well as future energy self-sufficiency, we support the creation of an “all-of-the-above” national energy policy that includes responsible use of domestic fossil fuels, much greater reliance on nuclear energy, and the development of renewable fuel sources. An immediate part of the solution would be the authorization of the Keystone XL Pipeline that will bring oil from Canada to our refineries. Not only will this help with our nation’s energy problem, it will also provide thousands of American jobs. We will continue to call on the president to allow this project that has been through years of administrative reviews and approvals to finally go forward. Return to top

Administrative Overreach

Recent developments confirm that the president is turning to the federal agencies to enact policy preferences he is no longer able to advance through Congress. Some cases in point bear this out. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided to move forward with rules that would govern greenhouse gas emissions by some industries without regard to cost to industry or consumers. It recently exercised this authority in Texas. Additionally, the recent decision to apply unrealistic clean air standards to coal mines is another area of great concern to us. The supposed threat to life caused by the minimal mercury emissions from these mines is clearly overstated. Yet, the EPA has moved forward with its regulations, resulting already in mine closures and lost jobs.

We continue to watch the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as well. It has declared its intention to implement net neutrality rules that will regulate activity on the Internet and prevent companies from offering different levels of service to their subscribers. We believe the FCC may also begin to look for ways to affect programming on publicly accessible airwaves. Most likely, this will take the form of local boards that will be empowered to dictate what constitutes “fair” expression of ideas on local broadcasting media. We see these local boards as a direct threat to the freedoms assured Americans by the Constitution.

We anticipate that there will be many more administrative efforts like this as the liberal agenda stalls in Congress. We will be diligent to watch for these efforts and to expose them. We will also encourage House and Senate members to utilize the 1996 Congressional Review Act to exercise their prerogative to oversee the activities of the federal agencies. This law requires federal agencies to present to Congress for approval proposed regulations that will have significant impact on the nation. At that time, Congress has the power to vote down the regulations. The president can override this vote under certain circumstances, subject to a veto override by Congress. Return to top

Human Rights and Religious Freedom

We remain deeply concerned about the situation for minority groups around the world, especially religious minorities. The recent uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa appear to be on the verge of bringing those countries into the hands of radical Islamists. Iran continues its crackdown on dissenting groups as well. We appreciate that the administration has finally filled the office of Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. We wish the new ambassador, Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook, great success. We also appreciate the reauthorization of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. We consider it a significant setback, however, that the commission’s size and funding were dramatically reduced. We will do all we can to help these two offices fulfill their crucial mandates. We will also urge the Senate to approve the creation of a new office for religious minorities in the Middle East. The Near East and South Central Asia Religious Freedom Act (H.R. 440/S. 1245) will provide a special envoy to advance the cause of religious freedom in just that area. We are confident that a narrowly focused person is crucial for helping religious minorities in that part of the world.

Without question, much of the world is at crisis stage. The United States government must find ways to constructively intervene. House church Christians in China continue to feel the wrath of the Chinese authorities, all because they choose to worship God according to the dictates of their conscience rather than the dictates of government. The Khartoum government in northern Sudan continues its atrocities against its citizens in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan states, and the situation in Darfur is still dire. Many religious groups in Hungary are also experiencing governmental discrimination since the government enacted a new law that deregistered all but 14 of more than 350 religious groups in the country, affecting thousands of congregations, including evangelicals, Methodists, and many others. This new religion law establishes the Hungarian Parliament as the competent authority on religious communities, empowering it to judge the beliefs, doctrines, and values of religious communities and determining which are acceptable and which are not. We consider this to be a serious intrusion of government into religious faith and a major blow to religious liberty in Europe. We are appreciative of the recent congressional letter sent to Hungary’s prime minister protesting this action. We will continue to use our influence here and abroad to reverse this flawed law. We will also work diligently to help find ways to secure protections for all persecuted faith groups, like Uighur Muslims in China, or Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan, or Christians in Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Pakistan, and elsewhere.

Free speech will remain another area of focus for us. The administration has spoken of its desire to make it possible for all the world’s peoples to have access to the Internet without government censorship. Yet the State Department has failed to distribute tens of millions of dollars given to it by Congress to organizations capable of developing and implementing a dependable Internet firewall-breaching technology. One of the most powerful weapons dictators can use against their citizens is to prevent them from communicating with each other and from getting uncensored information. One of the greatest contributions we can make to helping people gain their freedom is to empower them in these very areas. We will continue to press the administration to empower the world’s people to communicate freely and to access information over the Internet freely.

While we support advances in human rights protections around the world, we recognize that some efforts at the United Nations (U.N.) will set this effort back. In order to prevent the intrusion of inappropriate government authority in people’s lives, we will work to prevent passage of dangerous treaties and policies proposed by the U.N. These will include opposition to the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the U.N. Defamation of Religions resolution, and others.

In still unfinished business, we will continue to press for passage of the Foreign Prison Conditions Improvement Act. We have added some bill sponsors and look forward to the introduction of the bill very soon. This bill would empower the State Department to pressure governments receiving certain forms of U.S. assistance to improve conditions for prisoners and detainees in some of the world’s worst prison environments. We are pleased that portions of our bill were passed as part of the omnibus appropriations process in 2009. However, some of the key components that would have given teeth to the bill were deliberately omitted, leaving the U.S. with little real guidance on how to promote change in these dreadful prison environments.

Here in the U.S., we will continue to work for passage of the Workplace Religious Freedom Act. This bill will help protect the right of people of faith in our own nation to honor the requirements of their faith in the workplace. It includes some protections for pro-life people working in health-related fields from being forced to participate in abortion-related activities. Pro-abortion forces have blocked this bill for years, resulting in an erosion of important protections for pro-life employees. We consider this legislation crucial. Return to top

Poverty Reduction

We appreciate the efforts to continue to maintain a safety net for the nation’s poor and unemployed during the continued economic downturn. However, real systemic changes must be pursued that will do more than simply maintain the status quo for these millions of beleaguered people. We will continue to work to encourage passage of legislation and implementation of policies that will provide safety nets for them as they work to improve or rebuild their lives. We will not support policies that increase dependence on government beyond those programs the poor and unemployed need to give them a fair chance to work their way out of their impoverishment or rebuild their lives. This will include such issues as robust job creation, access to good health care, education, and security in their neighborhoods. Return to top

Creation Care and the Environment

Recent scandals among the world’s leading global warming alarmists have led to a serious erosion of public support for regulatory processes to curb carbon emissions. Nevertheless, many in Washington remain committed to this agenda. We will continue to resist these efforts and to tell the rest of the story about climate change in order to make sure there is balance in discussions about this issue.

We will also continue to watch the EPA closely. It has clearly embraced an expansive vision of its role in the U.S. and is actively engaged in pressuring companies to meet unrealistic, stringent environmental guidelines. We appreciate the president’s recent decision to prevent EPA imposition of so-called smog rules to reduce ground level ozone concentrations. This EPA rule would have impacted thousands of businesses and millions of workers.

On the other hand, we recognize and accept the call of God to be responsible stewards of creation. We will do all we can to call people, especially the church, to be wise stewards of creation. We will also look for ways to advance this agenda. Currently, we are working with the Humane Society of the United States to end the horrific practice of cockfighting. Animal wellbeing should be a matter of concern to those of us who recognize that all of creation is God’s and reflects something of His glory and wisdom. Return to top

Our Commitment

As we stated, the above listing is not comprehensive of our total planned legislative activities for 2012. Additionally, we will work on such issues as sex trafficking, gambling, and judicial nominations. Likely other issues will arise during the year as well that will require our attention.

The past year was encouraging. The liberal legislative agenda has been brought to a near stand-still. The challenge this year will be to move good legislation and to reverse the damage of recent liberal advances. In this, we remain encouraged due to the growing involvement and engagement of Southern Baptists. More Southern Baptists are serving in Congress than ever before, and they are clearly committed to advancing biblical values through the legislative process. We look forward to working with them in the coming year.

We will continue to look for ways to move responsible, God-honoring measures forward. As always, we encourage interested Southern Baptists to contact us about other moral and cultural issues of concern to them as well.

We commit to bring the teachings of Scripture and the expressed convictions of Southern Baptists to bear on every issue in order to assure that we apply the salt and light of the Christian witness to as many issues as our Lord directs, Southern Baptists have concerns, and our means enable. We face this next year confidently, knowing that God is still on His throne and Southern Baptists are still praying and working “to bring industry, government, and society as a whole under the sway of the principles of righteousness, truth, and brotherly love” (The Baptist Faith and Message, art. 15). We remain committed to this task. Return to top

To view the ERLC’s 2012 Legislative Agenda in a PDF version, please click here (105 KB PDF).

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