Uniting our Voices around Shared Values:
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Morgan Perry studied film and photography in nearly 30 nations on every continent while pursuing her degree in Mass Media from the University of the Nations. Her classroom became the front lines for journalistic media, including the San Tribe of Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert and the center of turmoil in the West Bank, Palestine. In 2006 she spent time living near the red light district in Thailand, where she became close friends with a few young prostitutes. Seeing these young women and children left for dead sparked an irrevocable passion in Morgan’s soul to fight sex slavery. Towards the end of her degree with the University of the Nations she helped produce a book about international sex trafficking called, Sex+Money: A Global Search for Human Worth and while researching to write this book she discovered that sex trafficking exists right here in the United States. After this discovery she became the Executive Producer of the feature-length documentary, Sex+Money: A National Search for Human Worth, which is the first documentary about child sex slavery in America and the modern-day abolitionist movement that is fighting to stop it. The goal is that the Sex+Money documentary will result in bringing freedom to those enslaved.
Janet (Folger) Porter is the founder and president of Faith2Action - created to WIN the cultural war by working together with the most effective organizations on the side of faith and family. She hosted a live daily radio program, Faith2Action with Janet Porter, from March 2003 until May 2009. She has a 60-second daily commentary that is heard on about 200 stations. Janet has appeared on NBC's Today Show, ABC's Evening News, 20/20, and Nightline, CBS This Morning, FOX News including The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity & Colmes, The Big Story, Heartland, and Huckabee, MSNBC including Hardball with Chris Mathews, CNN, including Inside Politics and CNN Headline News, and the syndicated Extra among others. She has debated Planned Parenthood president, Gloria Feldt, National Organization of Women (NOW) president, Kim Gandy, former NOW president, Patricia Ireland, Jack Kevorkian, as well as spokespeople from the ACLU, The Human Rights Campaign, NARAL, GLSEN, and Atheist Organizations. Janet has also appeared on hundreds of radio programs, including multiple appearances on Focus on the Family, USA Radio Network News, SRN News, Family News In Focus, as well as programs hosted by: Colonel Oliver North, Alan Keyes, Pat Buchanan, Janet Parshall, and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. She has authored the book, True to Life, :30 Seconds to Common Sense, What's a Girl to Do? While Waiting for Mr. Right (2004), The Criminalization of Christianity (2005), and Truth to Go (2008), that she co-wrote with F2A Communications Director Ross Conley.
Greg Quinlan is the President of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX), a non-profit organization providing outreach, education, and public awareness in support of families and the ex-gay community. As a former gay activist, Greg Quinlan promoted the homosexual agenda in Washington DC and his home state of Ohio for over 10 years. As a Registered Nurse, Greg witnessed over 100 of his friends and acquaintances lose their lives to AIDS. Greg departed from homosexuality in 1993 and has since shared his compelling testimony on the 700 Club, TBN, countless radio programs and has been quoted in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and WorldNet Daily, to name only a few. Greg now boldly stands in the public square proclaiming, “Homosexuality doesn’t have to last a lifetime. Ex-Gays prove change is possible.” Greg has successfully debated a person’s right to self determination. Greg has also defended marriage as "the union of one man and one woman" in more than 18 states. Greg Quinlan now works with the New Jersey Family Policy Council to protect natural marriage. As a Board member of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX), Greg presented a resolution to the shareholders of PepsiCo to bring accountability regarding their charitable donations to gay activist organizations that promote intolerance against the ex-gay community. Greg has also spoken before the Disney Board of Directors asking them to support a resolution to include ex-gays in the company’s mandatory sexual orientation diversity training for employees. Greg also provides teens with insight into this complex issue of sexual orientation that is not made available through the mainstream media or the culture at large. Both his contributions to the teen community and his experience leaving the homosexual way of life will dramatically impact those who hear his story!
Judith A. Reisman, Ph.D. is a Visiting Professor of Law at Liberty University School of Law. She is the author of Sexual Sabotage, and is sought worldwide to lecture, testify and counsel individuals, organizations, professionals and governments on the sabotage of Judeo-Christian sexuality and society by Kinseyan “sexology” and “soft” pornography. In the former case she has exposed sexology as grounded in mass child sex crimes committed by Dr. Alfred Kinsey and his team at Indiana University, with his followers still leading, directing and shaping global human sexuality education and conduct. Dr. Reisman also has developed the study of “Erototoxins,” via Media Forensics, the scientific analysis of “erotic” images, cartoons, and illustrations in facilitating sexual harassment of women and children at work, in schools and homes. Her media forensic expertise has been successful in child custody cases, examining "pseudo-child" and "virtual-child" pornography, as well as in judicial and legislative decisions about fraudulent sex science, sex education and the way in which media images restructure human brain, mind, memory, and conduct by hijacking rationality. Dr Reisman is a consultant and president of the Institute for Media Education, Distinguished Senior Fellow, The Inter-American Institute, Scientific Adviser, California Protective Parents Association and Former Scientific Adviser to the The American Legislative Exchange Council’s Education Subcommittee on Junk Science. She is a regular commentator for WorldNetDaily and Salvo magazine and has authored several books.
Jose A. Reyes is the Director of Communications and Executive Producer at Campartiendo El Pan De Vida, or Sharing the Bread of Life. He has sought to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all Spanish speakers in the world through radio and television ministry. Through these channels of media, he has reached forty million people throughout the world. He has served in a variety of ministerial positions for over fifty years. He is also on the Congressional Ministry Team for Empowered21, which seeks to overcome generational barriers and inspire today’s church to embrace Spirit-filled ministry.
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is named “The leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement” by CNN. The Wall St. Journal has identified him as one of America’s 7 most influential Hispanic Leaders, and the only religious leader on the list. Meanwhile the San Francisco Chronicle described Samuel as one of the 6 Leaders of the New Evangelical Leadership. By God’s Grace, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez stands today as America’s voice for Hispanic Christianity. Samuel has been a featured speaker in White House and Congressional meetings on Hispanic American issues and Justice concerns currently serving in President Obama’s White House Task Force on Fatherhood. His non partisan commitment enables Sam to meet with both sides of the aisle while above all contextualizing the nexus of both Kingdom and Society. Pastor Sam is the Current President of The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (The Hispanic National Association of Evangelicals), America’s largest Hispanic Christian Organization with 30,621 member churches. Rodriguez leads an organization identified as the Hispanic faith leaders in support of Life, Family, Great Commission, Stewardship, Education, Justice and Youth. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of some of America’s leading Evangelical organizations such as: Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, National Association of Evangelicals, Empower 21 and Christianity Today. Rodriguez is also the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award presented by the Congress of Racial Equality. Rev. Rodriguez also serves on the advisory Board of the National Campaign to Reduce Teen Pregnancy and Pro Life initiatives with various coalitions. In addition, he serves on the steering committee of The Freedom Federation, The Oak Initiative and the General Superintendents’ Cabinet in the Assemblies of God. An award winning writer, Rodriguez writes and contributes to world recognized publications such as Ministries Today, Enrichment Journal, The Washington Post and Newsweek “On Faith” Panel, Outreach magazine, Vida Cristiana, Charisma, Christianity Today, Yale Reflections” and others. Featured, Profiled and quoted by the Washington Post, CNN, FOXNEWS, Bill Moyers, Chicago Tribune, Christianity Today, Newsweek, Univision, NY Times, The Wall St. Journal, Boston Globe, Atlanta Constitution, Ministries Today, and others as the Preeminent Leading Voice for Hispanic Born Again Believers in America, Sam lives to Build the Kingdom of God, reconciling a platform of righteousness and justice.
Lila Rose, a recent UCLA graduate, has dedicated herself to building a culture of life and ending abortion. At age fifteen, Lila founded Live Action, which is now a growing nonprofit with several chapters in California. Live Action is a youth-led organization which works to expose abuses in the abortion industry and advocate for human rights for the pre-born, using new media to educate and mobilize both local and national audiences. Lila has led numerous undercover investigations through Live Action, exposing corruption and illegal activity at Planned Parenthood, the nation's biggest abortion chain. In the fall of 2006, as a freshman at UCLA, Lila founded the pro-life student magazine The Advocate. The Advocate is now the largest pro-life student publication in the country, distributed at over 300 high school and college campuses with a circulation of 200,000. Lila is a frequent guest on radio and television programs, including The O'Reilly Factor, The Glenn Beck Show, CNN, EWTN, and The Laura Ingraham Show. Numerous newspapers and blogs have also covered her work, including feature pieces by Reuters, The LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, and National Review.
Marco Rubio was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010 to represent the State of Florida. He is highly regarded for his principled, energetic, and idea-driven leadership. Senator Rubio currently serves on the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, the Committee on Foreign Relations, the Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. From 2000-2008, Rubio served in the Florida House of Representatives as Majority Whip, Majority Leader and Speaker of the House, where he effectively promoted an agenda of lower taxes, better schools, a leaner and more efficient government and free market empowerment. During the two years prior to assuming the speakership, Rubio traveled around the state, hosting "Idearaisers" to solicit Floridians' input on ways to strengthen Florida. The 100 best ideas were compiled into a book entitled "100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future," which served as the basis for his term. All 100 ideas were passed by the Florida House. Fifty-seven of these ideas ultimately became law, including measures to crack down on gangs and sexual predators; promote energy-efficient buildings, appliances, and vehicles; and help small businesses obtain affordable health coverage. Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich hailed the effort as "a work of genius."
Kamal Saleem grew up in a Sunni Muslim Lebanese family in the heart of the Middle East. He was breastfed Islamic radicalism by his mother and taught to hate Jews and Christians by his father. His cousin was the Grand Mufti of Beirut. Recruited by the Muslim Brotherhood for jihadi militancy as a small child, he completed his first bloody terror mission into Israel for the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) at the age of seven. Saleem ran important terror operations as a young man in the service of Yassir Arafat, under the coaching of Abu Yussif and Abu Zayed (PLO/Fatah). He has worked for and dined with Muhamar Kaddafi (dictator of Libya). Above all, Kamal thirsted for jihadic death to America. He was well prepared: After mastering every form of offensive and defensive terror tactic, Saleem slipped into Europe and then the United States to make Islamic converts and to radicalize them, along with assimilated Muslims, into vicious intolerance. After a near-fatal auto accident in that very nation, however, Saleem was rescued from the wreckage and nursed back to health by devout Christians. He defected entirely from Islamic militancy, as well as Islam itself. Saleem became an “apostate” marked for death; there is no safe exit from Islam. Saleem began a dangerous, politically incorrect, yet peaceful, public “crusade.” Today, Saleem aims to alert Israelis, Europeans, Americans, Jews, Christians, Muslim moderates, agnostics, seculars, feminists, gays, journalists, artists, and average citizens of the absolutely determined, genocidal forces working feverishly, even now, to destroy them, global human rights, and Western liberty itself.
Richard "Rick" Santorum* is a lawyer and a former United States Senator from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Santorum is a member of the Republican Party and was the chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. Santorum is considered both a social and fiscal conservative. He is known for his stances on the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Social Security, intelligent design, homosexuality, and the Terri Schiavo case. In March 2007, Santorum joined the law firm Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC. He was to primarily practice law in the firm’s Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., offices, where he was to provide business and strategic counseling services to the firm's clients. In addition to his work with the firm, Santorum also serves as a Senior Fellow with the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., and was a contributor to Fox News Channel.
Pastor Rick Scarborough founded Vision America in 1998, whose mission is to “inform and mobilize Pastors and their congregations to become salt and light, becoming pro-active in restoring Judeo-Christian values in America.” Dr. Scarborough's work has been featured in numerous articles and publications including the New York Times and the Washington Post. He has also appeared on Larry King Live, Fox News, MSNBC, CBS Evening News and numerous other television and radio programs, including with Dr. James Dobson numerous times. Scarborough believes that the tenets of fundamentalist Christian morality apply to civic affairs. He was quoted on Christiane Amanpour's documentary series "God's Christian Warriors" on CNN as saying, "I'm not a Democrat, I'm not a Republican. I'm a Christocrat."
Nancy Schulze is the wife of 9-term former Congressman Dick Schulze (R-PA) and founder of the Republican Congressional Wives Speakers Bureau. She has spoken at The National Republican Women’s Summit; The Florida Republican Women’s Network; The North Carolina Conservative Women’s Forum; the Women Impacting the Nation Conference; the Global Pastors’ Wives Conference; and many national, state, and local prayer breakfast events. She has spoken on behalf of Presidential, U.S. Senate, House, and Gubernatorial candidates. Her talents are also displayed by singing before First Ladies Laura Bush and Barbara Bush, The Inaugural Prayer Service for the United States Congress, Ambassador Residences in Turkey and Germany, the CPAC Conference, the Council of State Governments Convention, and in musical theatre shows. Nancy is a recent graduate of Chuck Colson’s Centurions Program ~ a masters level study of worldview.
Ryan Sorba is currently serving as Chairman of the Young Conservatives of California (YCC). Prior to YCC Ryan served as the Chairman of the California Young Americans for Freedom as well as National Director of Membership and Campus Leadership for the DeVos Freedom Center at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in Wilmington, Delaware. Ryan recruited 13,876 new members his first year at ISI -more than doubling the Institute's 55 year annual membership recruitment record. In 2009 Ryan participated in the now famous undercover ACORN investigation along with Hannah Giles and James O'Keefe. The investigation led John Boehner to introduce H.R. 3571, the Defund ACORN Act, which was eventually adopted as part of H.R. 3221, the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009. In February 2010, fresh off the ACORN investigation Ryan gave his famous CPAC 2010 Speech. During his speech Ryan condemned organizers for bringing the left-wing homosexual activist organization GOProud to the event. Ryan has given numerous lectures on college campuses nationwide on subjects such as The History of the Conservative Intellectual Movement Since 1945 and the subject of his forthcoming book The “Born Gay” Hoax, which he hopes will serve as a great asset to conservatives in the culture war.
Anita L. Staver, Esq., is the President of Liberty Counsel. Her practice before the United States Supreme Court and numerous federal courts has resulted in more than 30 published opinions. She is admitted to practice before every federal court of appeals in the nation, and seven federal district courts. Anita is a member of the bars of the State of Florida and the District of Columbia. Anita has co-authored two scholarly law review articles, and has columns published in WorldNetDaily and the Florida Baptist Witness. She has been a guest on a variety of shows, including Hardball with Chris Matthews, Crosstalk, The Morning Show with Armstrong Williams, Faith2Action with Janet Folger, The Right Hour with Paul Weyrich & Bill Lind, Bud Hedinger Live, Culture Shock with Barry Lynn, the Andrea Shea King Show and Constitutional Public Radio. She has been interviewed on legal issues by many other media groups including Newsweek, Cox Broadcasting, the Orlando Sentinel and television news programs.
Mathew D. Staver, Esq. is the Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel and also serves as Dean and Professor of Law at Liberty University School of Law and Chairman of Liberty Counsel Action. He has the highest AV rating given to attorneys by Martindale-Hubbell and is board certified in Appellate Practice. Mr. Staver holds a Bachelor’s, a Master’s, a Juris Doctorate, Doctorate of Law and Doctorate of Divinity degrees. He has written ten books, most of which focus on constitutional law, including the most comprehensive book ever written on religious freedom called, Eternal Vigilance: Knowing and Protecting Your Religious Rights. He has published hundreds of articles on constitutional law. Mr. Staver produces and hosts Law & Justice, a 30-minute weekly TV program discussing religious liberty issues, Faith & Freedom, a 15-minute daily radio program, and Freedom’s Call, a 90-second daily radio program. As a former pastor and one of the nation’s preeminent constitutional attorneys, he frequently appears as a guest on national network and cable TV and radio programs and also appears in several thousand print articles each year. Mr. Staver has argued in numerous state and federal courts across the country and has more than 210 published legal court opinions. He has written numerous briefs before the United States Supreme Court and has argued twice before the High Court as lead counsel.
John Stemberger is an AV Rated Orlando, Florida, attorney who has worked in the pro-life, pro-family movement for over 25 years. He serves as the President and General Counsel of the Florida Family Policy Council, where he regularly advises pastors and churches on legal and First Amendment issues and has led the statewide campaign to amend Florida’s constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman. Stemberger has a unique understanding of law, government, and the media from his extensive political background, having served as a consultant to state, federal, and presidential campaigns. In 1992, he was appointed as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Florida during the George H. Bush campaign. Stemberger’s legal and political work has appeared on the ABC News show “Nightline,” Fox News, C-SPAN, MSNBC, and Court TV. He has been quoted in the New York Times, The Economist, The Chicago Tribune and on National Public Radio. In 2001 and 2005, Governor Jeb Bush appointed Stemberger to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida. He is a member of the Council for National Policy and the Arlington Group in Washington, D.C. In a feature article on his work, The Miami Herald called him “one of the most interesting and influential people you’ve never heard of.” In 2009, he was named by Orlando Magazine as one of the top 50 most powerful people in Central Florida. He also launched the “Florida Judicial Accountability Project” by filing a federal lawsuit against the Florida Bar and Judicial Qualifications Commission to strike down Florida’s gag order which prohibits judicial candidates from addressing issues during their campaigns.
Joshua Straub, Ph.D. has served on the executive staff for the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) for more than five years and is an adjunct professor at Liberty University for the Center for Counseling and Family Studies. Having served either as a counselor, professor, or pastor since 2000, Josh now spends his time training and speaking to Christian counselors, pastors, and lay leaders across America at AACC conferences, Acquire the Fire events, local churches, and various youth conferences. He specializes in attachment research, crisis and trauma, the Millennial generation, and on cultivating healthy relationships, both with God and others. He has coauthored two books including God Attachment: Why You Believe, Act, and Feel the Way You Do About God, and The Quick Reference Guide to Counseling Teenagers.
Caleb Sylvester is the Director of Client Services with WMtek, a fast growing software development company in Vero Beach, Florida. He has worked with dozens of international ministries and political organizations to invent new media strategies and to sucessfully execute large software development projects. Growing up as a missionary kid, his passion from an early age was to use his talents to bring glory to God in all that he does. He has the privilege of working everyday on technology challenges that included; creating ways to advance the work of Bible translation, engage people in interactive Bible study, recruit missionaries through the internet, engage the millennial generation in ministry, organize grassroots efforts to end abortion and much more. Caleb is also passionate about hunting, sports and the second amendment. He is a member of his church board, director of his churches Men's Ministry and a board member of Remote Island Ministries. He resides in Vero Beach, Florida with his wife Bethany and two small children, Clara and Wyatt.
Sue Trombino founded Woman Impacting the Nation (W.I.N.) in the fall of 2008 because she felt called to make a difference. Her passion for empowering people with God’s truth and her strong love of America are the principles on which the foundation of W.I.N. is built. Both are the driving force behind Sue’s tireless passion to make a difference. Sue was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and she proudly declares that she was able to choose to be an American citizen. Sue earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and a minor in languages from Florida Southern College, where she played volleyball and basketball for four years. She and husband Michael have been married twenty-five years and have one son, Michael, who is in college. Growing up overseas in Central and South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia has given Sue a deep appreciation and love for America and the Judeo-Christian principles upon which our country was founded. The Armed Services are also a source of great pride for Sue, as her father, mother and brother each served our country with honor. W.I.N. seeks to inform, inspire, and initiate response from women of all backgrounds. W.I.N. provides resources, information, and biblical knowledge to anyone seeking to take personal responsibility for their freedoms and to be accountable to God’s word in their actions. “Seek God’s wisdom on the issues and do your due diligence,” encourages Sue. Sue is on the advisory board of Florida Pastors Faith & Works and serves on the board of Liberty Counsel Action. Sue Trombino wants to embolden every Christian to be involved in the political process at any level. You will often hear her say “What does God say?” as she speaks to various organizations, groups, and individuals across the country. W.I.N. has been created to answer that very question for all who seek the truth. “I feel so blessed to be an American, a mother, a businesswoman, a wife, a friend, a daughter, a sister and someone whom God has chosen to impact the lives of others. W.I.N. is God’s idea, founded on Godly values and driven by God’s word. Women can make a difference and women can impact the nation.
Rick Tyler is the Founding Director for Renewing American Leadership, a non-profit organization dedicated to defending and advancing American civilization by restoring Judeo-Christian heritage. Rick has also assisted the former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, where he has served as the Spokesperson. Additionally, he has spoken about his political insights to many Republican groups, committees and state legislative caucuses. Rick has also been invited to speak as a guest lecturer at both the Institute for Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and the Robert J. Dole Institute for Politics at the University of Kansas.
Dr. Eric Wallace was the first African American awarded a PhD in Biblical Studies from Union-PSCE. Since then, he has served on a multitude of different platforms, including Wallace Publishing and Computer Graphics and serving as Chairman of the African American Republican Council of Illinois. His presence can also be found with the African-American Advisory Board for the Republican National Committee and the Outreach Advisory Board for the Illinois GOP. Currently he and his wife, Jennifer, are working to deconstruct the liberal stereotype of African-Americans by publishing Freedom’s Journal Magazine. Wallace is deeply committed to conservative principles and reinforcing the principles of America’s founding fathers in her earliest days.
Congressman Daniel Webster currently serves Central Florida in the U.S. House of Representatives and is a member of the Rules Committee. In the Florida Legislature, Webster served as the Speaker of the Florida House and Majority Leader in the Senate, working in these leadership roles to shake up the status quo in Florida and pass sweeping reforms that earned him widespread praise from the people of Florida. Congressman Webster is a small business owner, who is pro growth and pro business. He is a family man with six children and seven grandchildren. Known for many things, Daniel Webster holds his faith, his family, and his principles as his biggest assets.
Congressman Allen West proudly and humbly serves the constituents of Florida’s 22nd district, encompassing parts of the beautiful Broward and Palm Beach Counties along South Florida’s coastline. In 2004, after serving 22 years in the Army, West retired from the military. Congressman West taught high school for one year and then returned to Afghanistan as a civilian advisor to the Afghan army. A proud conservative and American patriot, Congressman West decided to make a bid for the U.S. Congress. With a purely grassroots movement, that ignited support across the country, West's fresh, no nonsense approach launched him from being a virtual unknown to raising the second highest amount of money for a Congressional candidate in the entire country. Almost all of the donations pouring in to Congressman West's 2010 campaign were from individual donors.
Minister Moshe Ya'alon is the Vice Premier, Minister of Strategic Affairs, Likud Knesset Member in Israel. He served as the 17th IDF Chief of Staff, from 2002 to 2005. During this term he led the Israeli Army’s successful effort to quell the Palestinian terror war launched in September 2000. Yaalon’s army service began in 1968 and included the Yom Kippur War in 1973. He held several command positions in the IDF Paratroop Brigade, and was wounded in combat at the end of the 1982 Lebanon War. He served as the head of the military intelligence, OC central command and was appointed Chief of Staff on July 9, 2002. Some of his positions include service as a distinguished military fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, distinguished fellow at the Shalem Center's Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies, chairman of Beit Morasha's Center for Jewish Identity and Culture, and president of "Shekel", an organization which provides community services for people with disabilities.
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