Missouri's 7th District, U.S. House of Representatives




Congressional Issues 2010
Moral Issues

Missouri Farm Bureau

Kevin Craig - "Liberty Under God"

We oppose abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is in danger. We oppose government funding of abortion. Partial birth abortions should not be performed under any circumstance. America's Founding Fathers would be appalled that the federal government has claimed the right to prohibit the states from criminalizing the murder of children.

Abortion is murder in every case, no exceptions.

Abortion is murder in every case, even in cases of rape or incest. A human being should not be put to death because her father committed a criminal act when she was conceived.

There is never an instance when a child should be intentionally killed in order to preserve "the life of the mother." Every effort should be made to preserve the life of the mother and the child. As technology increases, unavoidable deaths to the child in situations which threaten the mother will be reduced.

We oppose the Freedom of Choice Act.  
We support secure permanent adoptions as a means to link loving families with children who need a home. Since many children are caught in the foster care system for too long, we believe Missouri's adoption laws should be updated and strengthened to encourage, expedite and protect Missouri adoptions.  
We are opposed to the cloning of human beings. We support adult stem cell research. We are opposed to the creation and use of human embryos or blastocysts for research purposes in which they are destroyed, discarded or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death. There is nothing immoral about cloning. In the next century, infertile couples might routinely choose cloning to add to their family. The problem occurs when a society does not believe that life has value or that God commands us not to kill any human being, and that life begins at conception.
Drug Abuse  
We believe that drug abuse is still one of the major problems in our society. The existing programs on education and eradication must be significantly increased. Drug abuse is a problem, but it is a spiritual problem, not a military or criminal problem. The government's "War on Drugs" is a massive failure.
We favor stricter, mandatory sentences for all violators to discourage the illegal production, importation, manufacture, or distribution of narcotics, drugs and related paraphernalia. We favor a statewide program to educate children in our public schools about the danger and harmful effects of drugs and alcohol. We encourage the formation and support of SADD (Students Against Drunk Drivers), MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) and D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) groups within our schools and communities. We encourage all Farm Bureau members to support local programs for alcohol and drug-free prom and graduation activities. MoFB frequently advocates constitutional amendments, but not here, where one is obviously required. When teetotalers in the early 20th century convinced America to ban the "manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors," a nation that had more respect for the Constitution knew that the federal government had not been given such powers in the Constitution. The Constitution was therefore amended for the 18th time to give the government power to ban liquor. The disastrous results of prohibition, including the creation of organized crime and dangerous "bathtub gin," resulted in the repeal of the 18th Amendment. The "War on Drugs" is unconstitutional. It should not be made constitutional through an amendment for the same reasons that the 18th Amendment was repealed.
Presently, confiscated property must be sold at public auction. We favor new legislation that would allow confiscated property such as automobiles and airplanes to be used by local authorities for drug enforcement.  
We support existing laws restricting the availability of non-agricultural ingredients such as ephedrine and pseudoephedrine that are used to make methamphetamine.  
We support restoring funding for electronic networking and investigations conducted by law enforcement officials to further reduce methamphetamine production and trafficking.  
Gay Rights  
We oppose the concept of a "Gay Bill of Rights".  
We are opposed to the legalization of gay marriages by either state or national legislation.  
We oppose the addition of the term "sexual orientation" into the non-discrimination disclaimer by the state or federal government or any institution receiving public funding.  
We support the passage of the Federal Marriage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In addition to the link at left, Kevin Craig has discussed this subject on his blog.
National Endowment For The Arts  
We favor eliminating tax monies being used to fund the National Endowment for the Arts. We believe the art world can censor itself and fund those projects that it feels are useful and artistic. When our current Congressman was elected in 1996, the Republican Party National Platform made the following promise:

As a first step in reforming government, we support elimination of the Departments of Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, Education, and Energy, and the elimination, defunding or privatization of agencies which are obsolete, redundant, of limited value, or too regional in focus. Examples of agencies we seek to defund or to privatize are the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Legal Services Corporation.

Republicans had control of Congress from 1995 to 2006, and all three branches simultaneously from 2000-2006, yet the National Endowment for the Arts has not only not been abolished, but republicans have increased federal funding for this purveyor of pornography and blasphemy.

Parental Guidance  
As with any other crucial matter concerning both parent and child, we encourage and request that parents or guardians be notified by mail of upcoming dates and subject matter that will be introduced to the student pertaining to sexual behavior, birth control and protection methods. We request the choice of abstinence be taught at school, as a method of birth control.  
We encourage Farm Bureau members to write television networks and sponsors to voice their displeasure with television shows containing obscenity, sex, violence and obscene language which are being presented to the American viewing public. The federal government does not say that pornography is wrong, it says that teaching children in public schools that God says "Thou shalt not commit adultery" is what's wrong.
We oppose distribution of obscene material through books, magazines, movies or the internet.  
We favor swift, vigorous prosecution of violators of obscenity laws.  
Right to Life  
We support a Right to Life Amendment to the Constitution.  

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