June 2019 Newsletter

TOP SILVER BULLETS

  • House OK’s Dangerous “Equality Act”
  • Alabama Law Bans Most Abortions

NATIONAL ISSUES


HOUSE OK’s DANGEROUS “EQUALITY ACT”

The Equality Act—a sweeping piece of legislation that elevates “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” above constitutionally protected religious freedoms—passed the U.S. House on May 17. H.R. 5 expands the definition of “sex” in the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in employment, housing, public accommodations, public education, federal funding, credit and the jury system. The legislation includes explicit language saying the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 is not a buffer for discrimination. “H.R. 5 is bad for freedom,” Florida Rep. Ross Spano lamented. “It would immediately expose churches to ‘legal liability’ for simply following their earnest beliefs.” Liberty Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom, Judicial Watch, James Dobson Family Institute, Heritage Foundation, and other prominent evangelical groups opposed the bill. H.R. 5 also prompted an unlikely alliance between Concerned Women for America and the feminist group Women’s Liberation Front, which penned a joint opposition letter. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed there will not be a vote in that chamber.
SCRIPTURE:Psalm 119:133; Ephesians 5:3.
PRAY: Religious freedoms are not undermined.
ACTION:Write a postcard: “Dear Sen. McConnell, I urge you not to waiver in your commitment to keep H.R. 5 out of the U.S. Senate.” Sen. Mitch McConnell, 317 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510.
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/may/17/equality-act-lgbtq-rights-bill-passed-house/https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/lori-arnold/equality-act-elevating-sexual-orientation-over-religious-freedom-passes-house-judiciary-committee.html

ALABAMA LAW BANS MOST ABORTIONS

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law the nation’s most restrictive abortion legislation, effectively banning the life-ending practice in nearly all circumstances. The only exception would be for the life of the mother. Alabama is one of almost a dozen states tamping down on abortion in hopes of becoming a catalyst to overturn Roe v. Wade. “States are actually rushing to become that first state to become abortion-free,” asserts Kristan Hawkins, presidents of Students for Life of America. “They’re trying to out-compete each other. And this is actually a good thing for us, that we’ve got so many cases.” Gov. Ivey acknowledged the law will likely be challenged. “The sponsors of this bill believe that it is time, once again, for the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit this important matter, and they believe this act may bring about the best opportunity for this to occur.” Louisiana is considering a bill to prohibit abortion after the fetal heartbeat can be detected, at about six weeks’ gestation. Missouri, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio also passed similar bills this year.
SCRIPTURE:Psalm 127:3; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.
PRAY: Supreme Court agrees to revisit Roe v. Wade.
ACTION:Write a postcard: “Dear Gov. Ivey, Thank you for signing the Alabama Human Life Protection Act.” Gov. Kay Ivey, 600 Dexter Ave., Montgomery, AL 36130.
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/may/15/abortion-bans-invite-roe-v-wade-supreme-court-chal/
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bethbaumann/2019/05/15/alabama-gov-kay-ivey-signs-bill-banning-almost-all-abortions-n2546418

AMBASSADOR INVOKES GOD-ISRAEL LINK  

On the first anniversary event of the U.S. Embassy’s opening in Jerusalem, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman declared, “Israel has one secret weapon that not too many countries have: Israel is on the side of God. And we don’t underestimate that.” Friedman announced this to the crowd, which included Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Friedman went on to describe the embassy as a “new shrine.” “We’re extremely proud of it,” he announced, adding it is now a tourist destination. “I kid you not. People got on their knees and they prayed to God that they have seen this day, that this day had arose. They took pictures. There were people in tears, there were people in deep moments of prayer. The reactions were frankly stunning and moving. And I can’t get enough of that.”
SCRIPTURE:Genesis 12:1-3; Romans 15:27.
PRAY: God’s will prevails in Israel.
ACTION:Write a postcard: “Dear Ambassador Friedman, Thank you for publicly articulating that ‘Israel is on the side of God.’” Ambassador David Friedman, U.S. Department of State, 2201 C St., N.W., Washington, DC 20520.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/jerusalem-has-a-new-shrine-us-envoy-says-of-embassy/
https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/us-ambassador-israel-side-god

AMAZON STAFF MISTAKENLY BAN ADS 

Amazon employees are being retrained after staff members, citing a new policy directive, mistakenly blocked some Christian sellers from advertising online for crosses, Bibles and other religious symbols. “Products related to a specific religion are not allowed to be advertised,” read one email CNBC reviewed from an Amazon representative to one of the sellers. A number of sellers outlined similar interactions on Amazon’s seller forum. One was told Amazon was “working to stop all advertising of religious items” in February, adding crosses, Bibles and similar products could be restricted from advertising for promoting a “specific religion.” An April email noted rosaries were blocked because they are “religious in nature.” An Amazon official maintains the information provided to CNBC was inaccurate and employees were being retrained. Amazon states on its ad policy page the firm “prohibits content that advocates or demeans a religion.”
SCRIPTURE:Psalm 27:1; Matthew 5:16.
PRAY: Christian vendors can freely sell, promote goods.
ACTION:Write a postcard: “Dear CEO Bezos, I urge you to protect the rights of business owners to advertise religious products on Amazon.” Jeff Bezos, Amazon, Inc., P.O. Box 907, Bellevue, WA 98009.
https://www.foxnews.com/tech/amazon-re-training-employees-after-mistakenly-blocking-christian-ads-for-religious-content
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/11/amazon-blocks-ads-with-religious-content.html

COLORADO COLLEGE SETTLES LAWSUIT

The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs has agreed to pay a $20,500 settlement and change its club policy governing Christian groups to dispose of a religious freedom lawsuit. Ratio Christi, a Christian apologetics class, sued the university after it was denied formal registration status, which limited its access to funding, meeting and event space, and administrative support. The university was trying to force the group to allow non-Christians and those with anti-Christian beliefs to lead the club. Under the new policy, student leaders can be required to adhere to the purposes of the club and hold beliefs consistent with the group’s mission. “It would be absurd for the university to require the vegan student group to appoint a meat-lover as its president,” Travis Barham, Senior Counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom declared. “Thankfully, the university has acknowledged its error and announced a policy that respects students’ rights to free association, no longer forcing Christian students to let atheists or other non-Christians to lead their Bible studies in order to become a registered club.”
SCRIPTURE:Deuteronomy 14:2; Colossians 3:2.
PRAY: Christian clubs prevail on college campuses.
ACTION:For a Prayer and Action meeting, invite student leaders from local Christian clubs to come share about their outreaches and how your group can help.
https://www.wnd.com/2019/05/school-pays-massive-fine-for-attacking-christian-club/?cat_orig=faith
http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/2019/may/religious-freedom-victory-christian-club-wont-be-forced-to-let-atheists-teach-bible

COMPANY EXPLOITS “DRAG KID” IN AD

Salt & Light Opinion: Converse shoes, which has peddled an annual “Gay Pride” collection since 2014, is taking its commitment to a shameful level this year after releasing an ad featuring an 11-year-old child in drag in order to sell more sneakers. In the ad, the boy poses provocatively wearing flamboyant clothes with matching make-up in the front of a small group. The campaign claims it is part of Converse’s new partnership “connected to the LGBTQ+ community” in an effort to “show the power of expressing one’s true self.” The child, whom we are not naming to avoid further exploitation, has made headlines for outlandish performances. Proceeds from the project benefit two charities serving those who identify as homosexual and a Boston medical center catering to that population.  The ad has rightly prompted criticism, including some of that community’s adult activists, and across the country. The ad campaign is a heartbreaking display of wonton, limitless boundaries, and the only “self” to which it is true is Converse’s “self”-ish desire for profit.
SCRIPTURE:Deuteronomy 22:5; Titus 2:7-8.
PRAY: Americans stand up against sexualizing children.
ACTION:Write a postcard: “Dear CEO Uzzell, I urge Converse to stop sexualizing children in an effort to sell shoes.” Scott Uzzell, Converse  CEO, 1 Lovejoy Wharf Boston, MA 02114.
https://www.converse.com/c/pride
https://www.wnd.com/2019/05/converse-partners-with-11-year-old-drag-queen/#!

SALT & LIGHT MINISTRY MOMENT:

NOTE: Ministry Moment is for educational purposes only. Information offered by organizations is from their websites and should not be used as a substitute for your own research.
National Center for Fathering:
Ken Canfield — Founder and President

The National Center for Fathering is the brainchild of Ken Canfield, who, in the late 1980s, became increasingly concerned about disheartening research linked to unengaged fathers. Founded in 1990, the center’s purpose is the “turning the hearts of fathers to their children.” Enlisting the support of business, family, and faith leaders, NCF reaches dads through weekly e-mails, seminars, small-group training, and online resources. The ministry is committed to ongoing research and resource development, and has participated in the national conversation about fatherhood through leadership groups, summits, conventions, state partnerships, and at the White House.
SCRIPTURE:Psalm 127:4-5; Ephesians 6:4.
PRAY: For the restoration of fathers as family leaders.
ACTION:For a Prayer and Action meeting, search out the myriad resources on the NCF website and brainstorm ways they can help your community.
http://fathers.com

STATE ISSUES

State CA

PARENTS PULL KIDS FROM SCHOOL
Parents across the Golden State kept students out of school May 17 for a statewide protest over the implementation of the Comprehensive Sex Education curriculum mandated by the California Healthy Youth Act (AB 329). In addition to keeping their children home, parents across the state gathered at their respective County Board of Education buildings to protest public school overreach, including the teaching of “gender-fluid theory” to pre-kindergartners, according to Informed Parents of California. IPOC founder Stephanie Yates likened the state’s action to “political social experiments.” “We will not tolerate the state’s overt attempts to push their extreme and damaging agenda,” she asserted. “We will not allow our kids to be sexualized in the classroom and our parental rights stripped.” The group alleges AB 329 is a model for other educators seeking to sexualize children and promote destructive social change, which undermines families. California school officials are being pressured to accept the health education framework under threat of lawsuits, even though district administrators have wide flexibility in choosing curriculum.
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 119:133; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5.
PRAY: Districts heed parental calls to nix the curriculum.
ACTION: Write a postcard to Tony Thurmond, California Superintendent of Education: “Dear Superintendent Thurmond, I urge state school districts to reject the new health education framework.” Superintendent Tony Thurmond, California Department of Education, 1430 N St., Sacramento, CA 95814
https://www.greatschools.org/schools/districts/California/CA/
https://www.christianpost.com/news/california-parents-take-kids-out-school-protest-gender-inclusive-sex-education.html

State FL

GOVERNOR SIGNS SCHOOL VOUCHER BILL  
Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law on May 10 a bill creating a new voucher program for thousands of low- and middle-income students. It will allow them to attend private and religious schools using taxpayer dollars traditionally earmarked for public schools. The Family Empowerment Scholarship sets aside $130 million this year to pay private-school tuition for up to 18,000 low-income students. “At the end of the day, your success shouldn’t be limited by family income, by what ZIP code you live in,” DeSantis told students at a Christian school in Jacksonville. “It should be based on you working hard and getting the most out of your God-given talents. This scholarship gives you the opportunity to do that.” Critics argued the state Supreme Court struck down a similar voucher bill in 2006, but earlier this year, Gov. DeSantis made three conservative appointments to the bench, shifting the makeup of the court to the right. “I personally believe, as a matter of philosophy, that parents know what’s best for their kids,” the governor explained. “What this will do, in one fell swoop, you’re offering opportunity for thousands and thousands of low-income students.”
SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 22:6; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5.
PRAY: Other states will follow Florida’s voucher lead.
ACTION: Write a postcard: “Dear Gov. DeSantis, Thank you for giving parents more choice through the new Family Empowerment Scholarship.” Gov, Ron DeSantis, State of Florida, The Capitol, 400 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32399.
https://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/2019/05/09/ron-desantis-touts-florida-vouchers-ahead-of-planned-bill-signing/
https://www.tuscaloosanews.com/news/20190511/florida-governor-signs-bill-for-new-private-school-vouchers

State IN

ALLIANCE TO HOST FREEDOM RALLY
The Indiana Conservative Alliance will host a Freedom Rally with State Senate President Pro Tempore Rodric Bray, from the 37th District, and Alex Newman, a conservative speaker, author and journalist, from 2 to 4 p.m. June 15 at the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Airport. Newman serves as a foreign correspondent for The New American magazine and an advanced economics teacher at the online FreedomProject Academy. Newman’s Indiana stop is part of his national, summer-long “Rescuing Our Children—And Our Freedoms” tour. As co-author of Crimes of the Educators, Newman believes Deep State globalists sound so confident about the success of their agenda because they have a secret weapon: More than 85 percent of American children are being indoctrinated by radicalized government schools. During his talk, Newman plans to expose what he describes as the insanity taking over the public-school system, from “the sexualization of children and the reshaping of values to deliberate dumbing down” and how the threat impacts not only children, but also the future of faith, family and freedom. He will round out the talk by also sharing what Americans can do to neutralize the threat.
SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 22:6; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5.
PRAY: Parents become more active in their schools.
ACTION: For a Prayer and Action meeting, attend the June 15 seminar then follow up with a discussion on how to implement some of the suggested action points.
https://libertysentinel.org/tour
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/freedom-rally-3-tickets-61889861241

State TX

COUNTY VOTES TO KEEP COURT CROSSES
The San Jacinto County’s Commissioners Court unanimously voted in early May to not cave to demands to remove four crosses from its courthouse. The demand, by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, irked residents, prompting about 600 people to attend the meeting. After nearly two-and-a-half hours, County Judge Fritz Faulkner and four commissioners voted to keep the crosses. With FFRF evaluating next steps, Faulkner said the county will seek legal counsel, if necessary. Pastor Phil Herrington of First Baptist Church suggested FFRF is trying to impose its beliefs on the community, located in a rural area near Houston. “Their religion is humanism. What they’re saying is Christ followers cannot express their freedom, their voice of worship, their voice of God. Yet, they want to express themselves,” Herrington offered. Testimony offered during the meeting included a letter of support by Texas Values. “I am proud of San Jacinto for once again standing strong as a model for all Texans on religious freedom and our U.S. Constitution,” Texas Values President Jonathan Saenz wrote in a statement. He also lauded officials for refusing to give in to pressure by out-of-state groups and to threats of frivolous lawsuits.
SCRIPTURE: 1 Chronicles 16:15; 1 Corinthians 1:18.
PRAY: Public crosses are constitutionally protected.
ACTION: Write a postcard: “Dear Judge Faulkner, I urge you to stand your ground to protect the courthouse crosses.” County Judge Fritz Faulkner, 1 State Hwy. 150, Room 23, Coldspring, TX 77331.
https://www.foxnews.com/us/texas-protests-removal-crosses-courthouse
https://txvalues.org/2019/05/08/atheists-lose-county-votes-for-crosses/

UPCOMING EVENTS: 

Salt & Light Prayer and Action Meeting
When: June 28, 2019      Continuation of the Ken Ham Foundations Study.

Salt & Light Sunday: June 30, 2019

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