Friday, May 30, 2008

NY Governor Usurps Legislative Process

The governor of New York has just issued a directive and a video web cast directing state agencies to recognize same-sex marriages solemnized in other states, and even other countries. By this action he shows his solidarity with the radical homosexual activists who are attempting to impose their morality on New Yorkers undermining the legislative process and violating the New York State Constitution that explicitly places the power of making laws in the hands of the legislature, not judges in Monroe County, California, Massachusetts or Canada! According to the New York Times, New York will be the only state to recognize homosexual “marriages” where homosexual “marriage” is not legal. That doesn’t even make logical sense, but that is only a sample of the chaos that will be unleashed if sanity is not restored to government. Remember, that in 2006 the state’s highest court refused to recognize same-sex “marriage” and rightly said the issue should be decided by the legislature, but Governor Paterson is joining with forces that would subvert our democratic process to push their own agenda. This must not stand.

We are calling on New Yorkers to write, call, email the governor’s office, as well as the offices of their state legislators, and let them know that for the sake of the next generation we will not surrender the institution of marriage to a special interest group bent on destroying those bedrock values and institutions that our parents passed on to us.

The actions of the Governor, and even the appeals court judge who chose to disregard New York’s highest court ruling must be rejected by New Yorkers of common sense.

Impeachment for these attempts to undermine our constitution should not be out of the question.

Sunday, May 18, 2008


The four judges of California Supreme Court who decided to overrule the will of the people of California who have determined in a loud and clear voice that marriage will be only the union of a man and a woman demonstrate the new trend to usurp a government of the people by a government of the few liberals in power. Despite their twisted appeals to the California Constitution they are in fact exchanging any fixed rule of law for popular passing whims of special interest groups.

By their action they demonstrate an attempt to transform our democratic republic into an oligarchy, and this must not stand. We are calling on people of faith, as well as others of common sense to rise up and make their voices be heard. This is no time for a silent majority. The future of the next generation depends on the actions of those who know what is right, but who have been silent because, simply put, they have not been directly effected.

The British statesman Edmund Burke admonished us, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” Make no mistake about it; this move is driven by an evil force working to wreak havoc on the next generation that will succeed unless we take a stand against it.

We are calling on every individual to write to their state and their federal legislators to express righteous indignation at the attempt to redefine the institution of marriage, the bedrock foundation of any civilized society. Write and call and encourage others to do the same.

God will not be mocked. Our founders taught us that since nations cannot be judged in the afterlife, they are judged in this life with national calamity and deprivation. The United States has been blessed above all other nations because we have been historically “One Nation Under God.” If we, now throw off God’s authority for the twisted thinking of man we will see an end to “God’s grace shed on thee.” We will see an increase of national disasters, economic loss and social chaos. God will not be mocked. We cannot expect the ungodly to stand up for Godly principles, so it falls on people of faith of every denomination to call on our leaders to return to the principles that have preserved and prospered us as a nation, or we will begin to experience life without God’s grace and blessing –life under the curse.

Some will accuse me of using fear to advance an agenda. Let it be so, for fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. It is a healthy reverence for the eternal laws that God has set in order -for God’s agenda.

Some may claim these are the rants of a religious fanatic. Then one would have to label our founding fathers the same, for this was what they believed, and the principles upon which this nation –and our Constitution- were established.

These are the people each one should call and write to:

Your State Assemblyman, State Senator, The Governor, your congressman, your U.S. Senator and the President of the United States as well as the candidates running for office, and then write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.

We must do our part and raise a mighty voice or our children will pay the price for our complacency. Let’s do it now remembering the words of our Lord,

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34)

Monday, May 5, 2008


Rev. Bill Banuchi

Again, I heard some talking head on TV pontificating about how the next president has to make climate change –or as they used to call it, global warming- a national priority. So I thought, “How serious is this problem? How many people have died because of climate change? How many have become ill? How many have become impoverished? How many Americans have been denied life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness because of climate change? How many have become adversely effected in any way?” The answer? Zero!

On the other hand, each and every hour of each and every day 125 families are devastated by divorce. Every hour the lives of more than 100 children are forever changed in a way that causes them to function way below their potential. Many of them develop fears and insecurities that researchers have termed as overwhelming.

Families are plunged into poverty. Victims of divorce suffer higher rates of illness, both physical and psychological. Children of divorce, as a class, function on a lower level than those who grow up in secure families. Our prisons are filled with young men who have never known healthy loving discipline, and have therefore opted for the discipline of the correctional system.

This isn’t some theory to be debated. This is real life in America today!

Yet, as a nation we are pouring billions of dollars into managing the effects of divorce while totally neglecting the root cause.

It’s like continually bailing water from a sinking rowboat while the hole in the bottom of the boat remains open, when all we have to do is plug up the hole! If you saw someone frantically bailing water while neglecting to plug the hole you would no doubt think, “How stupid!” Well?

So what if the water is warmer. The boat will still sink unless you plug up the hole. In fact, it is already sinking, now, today, while people are debating the temperature of the water. Remember the Titanic? We’re debating the positioning of the deck chairs!

Yes, I know it’s easier to talk about some esoteric theory than it is to deal with an immediate problem that calls for action, but nevertheless, it’s time we came to our senses and started working to plug the hole in the boat, by putting our money and resources toward restoring the institution of marriage and the traditional family.

We must change our national priorities.

In 2006, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, almost 14 Billion dollars ($13,749,319,134) was sent to the states in TANF Funds (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) for social programs. My state, New York, received nearly three billion dollars ($2,848,954,440). Under that umbrella, we’re funding single parent households, domestic violence programs, housing for the homeless, education for single moms, after school daycare programs and a myriad of other programs necessitated by the breakdown of the American Family. Yet until 2007 not a red cent was put toward healthy marriage programs. We’re obsessed with bailing water instead of simply plugging up the hole. It just doesn’t make sense, unless of course you have a vested interest in bailing water. Some may even have started a water bailing company, in which case they need that hole to remain open to stay in business.

This is precisely what is happening in our social services industries, and precisely why, big government cannot be looked to for the ultimate solution. The community of faith, as well as the private sector must eventually step up to the plate, or our culture will continue to degenerate into social chaos.

In the meantime, government has a vital role to play. That’s why we are calling on legislators on every level of government to shift the focus from bailing water to plugging the hole.

In 2007 we finally got the New York State Legislature to approve $125,000 for healthy marriages. That was a first in New York State history, but still a mere drop in the bucket. Just 1% of TANF funds directed to plugging the hole would have provided $24 million dollars to save marriages -only 1%!

Currently, only two states, Utah and Oklahoma have had the sense to dedicate 1% of TANF funds to healthy marriages. They are seeing extraordinary results for their investment.

A few other states are working toward the 1% goal with the help of organizations like the Fatherhood and Marriage Leadership Initiative (, but most states are still wasting taxpayers’ money and human resources bailing water out of a sinking boat when it would make so much more sense to just plug the hole. Do we continue to manage the symptoms, or do we go for the cure? That’s the choice we’re looking at.

We’re calling on religious leaders who have been, so far, ineffective in combating divorce to start praying, fasting and taking action to influence public policy. It’s time for the prophet to address the king, to speak truth to power, to bring the word of the Lord to the “city gates” concerning marriage and family.

We’re also calling on corporate America to start taking responsibility for the culture in which they prosper. A recent study by Life Innovations, Inc. entitled “Marriage & Family Wellness: Corporate America’s Business?” demonstrates how healthy marriage improves the corporate bottom line. In other words, investing in healthy marriage even makes good business sense.

In summary, we must all –the church, government and corporate America- do our part to turn around a cultural mindset of acceptance of easy divorce to one of valuing, once again, the institution of marriage and working together to restore traditional marriage and the natural family. It must become a national imperative, or our posterity will pay the price for our inaction. Yes, we must address climate change, beginning with the climate in our immediate surroundings -our own marriages and families. We dare not wait any longer. We must plug the hole!