Saturday, August 11, 2012

Republican Party of Arkansas Platform 2012-2014 (Human And Civil Rights)

The delegates to the Arkansas Republican Party of Arkansas 2012 State Convention approved its new 2012-2014 Platform. In summary, this is what the RPA is "about!" Individual sections / topics of the platform will be presented over the the next two weeks in individual posts so that readers may read, digest and comment on each section.
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HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS
All Arkansans who believe in our goals of rewards equal to effort expended, freedom, justice, and responsive government are urged to join us in promoting that human rights, civil rights, and due process be equally available to all persons without regard to race, ethnic background, age, gender, religion, or physical condition.

1. Bigotry has no place in our state. We denounce those persons, organizations, publications and movements which practice or promote racism, hate actions or religious intolerance.

2. We believe all Americans should have equal opportunity to succeed regardless of race, nationality, origin, gender or creed.

3. The Republican Party of Arkansas believes that unborn children have a fundamental individual right to life, which cannot be infringed. We believe that all innocent human lives should be respected and safeguarded from conception to natural death. We oppose assisted suicide, euthanasia, genocide, infanticide, cloning, partial birth and all abortion, and embryonic/fetal stem cell research. The Party affirms its support for a Human Life Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. We endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children. We oppose using public revenues for abortion and organizations which advocate it. We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of human life. We urge the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

4. We support state legislation that will ensure abortion coverage is prohibited from being offered in state-sponsored health care exchanges, federal exchanges, federal-state partnerships and high risk pools created under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

5. We commend those who provide alternatives to abortion by meeting the needs of pregnant women and providing adoption services.

6 We fully support the Americans with Disabilities Act and the elimination of barriers in order to ensure equal opportunities for the physically disabled.

7. We believe that every citizen has the opportunity to achieve the American Dream through hard work, dedication, self-determination and that government should not be an obstacle to these but instead support them through education, skills training and business opportunities that foster the resourcefulness of the people to better themselves absent of dependency upon the government and help our next generations envision a future brighter than the challenges of the past. We encourage private groups and faith based organizations to use their own creativity and initiative to further develop these opportunities for all citizens of Arkansas and the United State of America.

8. We strongly support Second Amendment rights. The Republican Party of Arkansas fully recognizes the constitutional right of citizens to keep and bear arms. We recognize that criminals, not guns, commit crimes. We believe that it is the responsibility of all gun owners to safely operate and store their firearms. We believe there should be mandatory sentences for criminals using a gun in the commission of a crime, or any other weapon or threat used to debase, wound, or kill an innocent victim. We call on governments at all levels to strictly enforce existing gun laws.

9. We support a national "right-to-carry" law for persons with concealed permits to travel freely on interstate journeys.

10. We deplore all forms of discrimination based on creed, race, color, national origin, gender, age, and disabling conditions. We oppose the use of race and gender-based preferences in the areas of education and employment, particularly those national, state, and local laws which are inherently discriminatory and use government power to promote racial and gender groups over others, which is anathema to the American experiment in democracy.

11. We support career education and job training for all citizens.

12. The Republican Party of Arkansas believes all Americans have the right to practice their religious faith free of persecution, intimidation and violence. We acknowledge that the church is a God-ordained institution with a sphere of authority separate from that of civil government. Thus, churches, synagogues, and other places of worship should not be regulated, controlled, or taxed by any level of civil government.

13. We recognize the importance of the Declaration of Independence in American history and the founding of our country. References to the Creator must remain in this document, on public buildings and in government sanctioned activities. We further express our belief that the reference to "One Nation Under God" must be retained in the Pledge of Allegiance and "In God We Trust" on our monies. We reject the contention that these phrases violate the First Amendment. We believe statements regarding religion and morality made by our Founding Fathers are just as important today as they were more than 200 years ago.

14. Arkansas Republicans support positions that permit references to God in all school functions including athletic activities and graduations.

Tags: Arkansas, Republican Party, Platform 2012-2014, Human Rights, Civil Rights

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