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CWA’s Penny Nance Responds to Florida Terrorist Attack

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CWALAC_MediaStatementWashington, D.C. — This morning, Orlando, Florida suffered a terrorist attack where a gunman killed at least 50 and injured many more. The FBI has said the individual bragged about his ties to terrorist organizations. Officials have confirmed this attack was ideology driven. This attack is also being recorded as the worst mass shooting in American history. Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance had this to say:

“Concerned Women for America’s prayers are with everyone impacted by last night’s horror. Terrorist attacks on any community in America is an attack on all Americans. These were 50 precious lives stolen from families and loved ones.

“This heartbreaking attack is yet more evidence of the radical Islamic terrorism our country is facing right here on our own soil. We must not sacrifice our safety in the name of political correctness and instead take action to stop it. These attacks have become more frequent, and we must acknowledge them for what they are, lest we become numb to this horror. Our country needs leadership who will not back down from this fight, nor treat it as a playground bully.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Janae Stracke at jstracke@cwfa.org or 712-269-1724.

Transgender Bathrooms in Florida Public Schools?

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On Friday, May 13, a “Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students” was jointly issued to all public schools in America by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Education (DOE).  Its purpose is to summarize Title IX obligations and explain how DOJ and DOE will evaluate a state school’s compliance with these obligations.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was intended, in the words of its sponsor Sen. Birch Bayh (D) of Indiana, to be “an important first step in the effort to provide for the women of America something that is rightfully theirs—an equal chance to attend the schools of their choice, to develop the skills they want, and to apply those skills with the knowledge that they will have a fair chance to secure the jobs of their choice with equal pay for equal work”. Title IX is most commonly known for its application to female participation in school sports activities.

Now, however, DOJ and DOE “treat a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex for purposes of Title IX and its implementing regulations”. Since 2014, President Obama’s administration has taken what was a legislative decision directed at fairness for women and, by its own interpretation, determined that this applies to transgender students as well. The implications are that a boy who identifies as a girl, or a girl who identifies as a boy must be allowed access to locker rooms and bathrooms of his/her preference subjecting other students to embarrassment and humiliation as well as privacy and safety violations. Failing to comply incurs the consequence of the loss of Federal funds that public schools rely on for their operations.

Our 2016 Florida Legislature has already spoken on this issue. Taking into consideration what is best for Floridians, the “Florida Competitive Workforce Act” (Senate Bill 120/House Bill 45) was killed in its first Senate Committee.  The Bill sought to modify Florida’s Civil Rights Act of 1992 so that sexual orientation and gender identity would become protected classes subject to the same penalties as for discrimination based on race, religion, age and disability.

At this time, Gov. Rick Scott has not followed the example of the leaders in twelve other states who have vowed to push back against President Obama’s heavy-handed attempts to reshape culture.

Take Action!

  1. Please contact Gov. Rick Scott’s office and urge him to make a statement of his intention to protect the school children and youth of Florida by refusing to buckle to the Federal letter of “guidance” that is in direct opposition to the citizens and legislators of this state, even if it means a Federal lawsuit or reduction in funding. Call Gov. Scott at (850) 488-7146 and/or e-mail him.
  2. Also, make time to contact Attorney General Pam Bondi, Education Commissioner Pam Stewart and your own county school superintendent and school board members. If we do not complain about this illegal action, we cannot expect Florida’s leaders to act on our behalf.  Call Attorney General Bondi at 850-414-3300 and/or e-mail her. Call Education Commissioner Stewart at 850-245-0505 and/or e-mail her.

Please pray for each state leader before contacting them.  Pray that they will have the wisdom and courage to do what it right.

“And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow
weary.” (Galatians 6:9)

Florida Pastor Protection Bill in Jeopardy – Your Prayers and Actions are Needed!

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Florida Senate Bill 110, known as the Pastor Protection Bill, was temporarily suspended from the Senate floor on Tuesday.

“Churches or Religious Organizations; Providing that churches or religious organizations, related organizations, or certain individuals may not be required to solemnize any marriage or provide services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or privileges for related purposes if such action would violate a sincerely held religious belief; prohibiting certain legal actions, penalties, or governmental sanctions against such individuals or entities, etc.”

In other words, if SB 110 does not pass, the entities named above will be subject to religious persecution in a variety of forms, as listed above, if they do not perform a same-sex marriage ceremony, allow their building to be used for such ceremonies and more.

CWA of Florida whole-heartedly supports this religious freedom bill.

While SB 110 is retained on the Senate calendar and is expected to be debated in the full Senate Chamber next Wednesday, March 2, there is growing opposition.

Our pastors and churches are depending on us.  Please pray and take action today!

Please Pray that this bill will pass as it stands.

Please take action Before Wednesday, March 2: 

  1. Contact your Senator and Representative from your district and let them know that you support the Pastor Protection Bill, SB 110, as it stands.  Click here to find out who your legislators are as well as how to contact them.  It’s easy!
  2. Pass this e-alert on to friends and family and ask them to pray and take action on this crucial bill.

 

 

CWA of Florida Mid Legislative Session Report. Your Prayers and Actions Are Needed!

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We have just passed the midway point of the Florida 2016 Legislative Session and would like to share what is happening to this date.   A couple of bills that we support are moving through their respective committees, and we are looking for them to end up on the floor of both the House and the Senate for a vote.  And one additional bill was just addressed in the Florida First District Court of Appeals.  They are all as follows:

1.    The Pastor Protection Bill, HB 43 and SB 110, provides pastors with protection from lawsuits regarding marriage.

Statues:   

  • House bill 43 has passed through all committees.
  • Senate bill 110 will be heard in its final committee stop on Wednesday, February 17 at 4:00 p.m.

PRAY: 

  • For a vote on the House floor that approves this bill.
  • For a favorable vote in the Senate committee this Wednesday.
  • That this bill would end up becoming law in our state this year.

ACT:   Thank Rep. Scott Plakon (R-District 29) and Sen. Aaron Bean (R-District 4) for sponsoring this bill.

  • For Rep. Plakon’s contact information, click here.
  • For Sen. Bean’s contact information, click here.

2.    Abortion Clinics, HB 233  and Termination of Pregnancies, SB 1722/HB 1411, provide that all abortion facilities shall be licensed under ACHA (Agency for Health Care Administration).

Statues:

  • House bill 233 still has two more committee stops before going to the House floor.
  • Senate bill 1722 will be heard in the second of three committee stops this Wednesday, February 17 at 10:00 a.m.
  • House bill 1411 has passed its final committee.

PRAY: 

  • That House bill 233 will favorably continue through all of its committees and that HB 1411 will go to the House floor for a vote.
  • That the Senate bill will be heard favorably this week on Wednesday and move on to the last committee.
  • That this bill would become law in our state this year.

ACT: Thank Sen. Kelli Stargel (R-District 15) for sponsoring this bill.  You can contact her here.

3.    Informed Patient Consent, HB 633, requires a woman to meet in person with a physician at least 24 hours prior to having an abortion.

Statues: Last week the Florida First District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee heard the case brought by the ACLU concerning HB 633. Since our July 9, 2015, alert Attorney General Pam Bondi appealed the injunction, and a stay was issued. The ACLU then filed suit to have the stay lifted. Before Judge Francis could make a decision, all of his civil suits were moved to Judge Charles Dodson. Last Tuesday Judge Dodson heard the case in the First District Court of Appeals.  A decision is expected within two to four weeks.

Pray: that the injunction would be lifted, and the law will stand.  Also, that Judge Dodson will not send this back to the lower court.

Thank you in advance for your prayers and actions concerning these issues.  Please pass this alert on to others so that they may pray and act as well along with us.

New Tallahassee Prayer/Action Chapter Energized at Decision America Tour with Franklin Graham

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chapter smallerOur newest CWA of Florida Tallahassee Prayer/Action Chapter leader, Hae Min Yang, coordinated with several women to meet at the historic state capital in Tallahassee and attend the Decision America Tour put on by Franklin Graham earlier this week. There were nearly 4,000 people in attendance at the gathering on the cold, crisp morning. During his hour-long speech, Graham encouraged Christians to visit the polls this election season and to form prayer groups.  As a newly formed CWA Prayer/Action Chapter, these were very encouraging to the CWA ladies.

Do you live in the Tallahassee area, and would you like to attend their next meeting?  Contact me today, and I will let you know how.

Have you ever considered starting a CWA Chapter?  Contact me today to find out how easy and fun it is!

Terri Johannessen
State Director
CWA of Florida
director@florida.cwfa.org
fl.cwfa.org

 

 

Join Us in Building the Next Generation in Florida Through the Work of Young Women for America

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The Problem: Have you ever been discouraged when reading about the liberal mindset being taught in colleges today?  Concerned about how this next generation is being indoctrinated against the Biblical world view in an ever increasing manner by professors that openly oppose what we hold near and dear?  Felt helpless?

The Answer: We at CWA of Florida and CWA national have committed in 2016 to do our part in combating this anti-Biblical teachings through a project called Young Women for America (YWA).  YWA is a student-oriented initiative that is geared toward high school and college campuses to bring active groups of young like-minded women together to promote conservative values to their schools and the nation.

The good news is that there are young women out there within the 137 Florida colleges that are Christian, conservative and passionate about the issues you and I care about.  They just need our support and a platform to spread the word and make a difference on their campuses, the state and nation.  They need to be encouraged, equipped and trained.

The Need: Christian college women.  We have everything needed to serve these young ladies.  CWA national has hired staff, created curriculum for them to use to lead their chapters and accumulated funds to enable them to do what needs to be done to have a significant impact.  All we need now is young women to answer the call.  This is where you come in.

The Action: Can you help us identify these young women?  They might be your daughter, granddaughter, niece or part of your church family or friends of young ladies you know.  Please forward them this e-information and be sure they visit the YWA website and read through this YWA brochure.  And, encourage, inspire and urge them to make a difference in their generation through this exciting opportunity in YWA.

The Outcome: The build-up of conservative YWA chapters across Florida will finally provide a Kingdom response to the liberal studies and programs that have been built by the left for 20 years.  We will equip young women across the state to make a difference on their college campuses and be a greater impact in their communities, state and national after they graduate.

Leave a legacy; inspire the next generation to lead a YWA chapter.

Contact us today with any questions and/or ideas on ways we can reach these Christian college women with YWA information.

Thank you in advance for your diligence in this matter.

Terri Johannessen
State Director
CWA of Florida
director@florida.cwfa.org
fl.cwfa.org

Patrina Mosley
Young Women for America Coordinator
Concerned Women for America
pmosley@cwfa.org
202-266-4810

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CWA of Florida Gathers Petitions in Oppositions to Planned Parenthood’s Brutality – Join Them!

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Stop Funding Those Who Sell Baby Body Parts
Planned Parenthood EXPOSED for Selling Body Parts of Aborted Babies!
CUT OFF THEIR TAXPAYER FUNDING!

It was already bad enough that we taxpayers were providing half a billion dollars to Planned Parenthood, America’s foremost abortionist organization. But now a Planned Parenthood senior employees have been caught on video blithely discussing the organization’s deliberate harvesting of babies’ body parts during abortions.

This is unconscionable. U.S. government funding of Planned Parenthood must STOP. NOW.

Planned Parenthood actually attempts to deliver intact human organs according to market demand: “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver,” the director says on one of the widely distributed videotapes.

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Because of demand for these organs, a Planned Parenthood abortionist will specifically decide where to use the deadly instruments on the baby’s body: “I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact,” the director says.

No wonder Planned Parenthood is in favor of partial-birth abortion — They not only reap $500 million from your and my tax dollars, the fee for the abortion itself; but they also profit from the illegal sale of the resulting body parts!

This is an outrage. It must be halted.

Signatures needed!

Please print the petition, distribute and gather signatures. Once the sheet is full either copy and send to each of the Florida members of congress, scan and e-mail to us, or, send a copy to us and we will be sure each Florida member of congress gets a copy.  Call 407-697-5929 for address to send it to.

If time does not permit you to gather signatures please sign and submit the electronic version.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

CWA of Florida SPEAKS OUT Against the Selling of Baby Body Parts

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It is a federal felony to traffic human body parts! This week a shocking video from an undercover investigation shows Dr. Deborah Nucatola describing how selling the body parts of aborted children is part of the Planned Parenthood business plan! View disturbing video here.

Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America CEO and President, responded:

“Thirty to one hundred dollars; that’s the price Planned Parenthood appears to be profiting per dead baby. The recent video of Planned Parenthood’s senior director of Medical Services is just the latest in a laundry list of scandals, including aiding and abetting sex traffickers, giving sexual bondage instructions to children, cheating the government, sex-selection abortions, blatant racism, and the failure to report the molestation and rape of minors.

“There appears to be no depths to which this organization won’t stoop for money. When will the federal government wake up and follow the lead of the ten courageous governors who have cut funding to Planned Parenthood?

It’s time for Congress to say ‘Enough!’ If Planned Parenthood provides any worthy services, then they should have no problem raising funds like the thousands of other charities around this nation. Wake up America!”

Silence is not an option! Take action and pray on behalf of unborn babies!

Take Action: Contact Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) at 202-224-3041 and Sen Bill Nelson (D-Florida) at 202-224-5274). Also contact your U.S. Representative. If time allows, contact all of them. Go here for list of names and contact information. Ask for a congressional investigation and an immediate defunding of Planned Parenthood.

Pray: 2 Timothy says, “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” We are reminded that it isn’t easy. 2 Corinthians 4:6-9 “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.” We should not fear man. Man cannot take our soul. We need to take heart during these times. Have courage. Put on the full armor of God and speak boldly as we speak. And having done all stand.

Dear Heavenly Father, the God of all creation, forgive us our trespasses. We will no longer be silent. Boldly we speak the truth in love, knowing that Jesus is the victory. Break the hearts of our leaders for what breaks Yours. Destroy the walls of deception and shine the light on the evilness of abortion. As we serve You our Risen Savior, we call on the surpassing power that is from You, not us.

Silence is not an option.

URGENT ALERT: Your Action and Prayers are Needed on a Florida Pro-Life Law

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Much has happened within a short amount of time regarding the abortion bill, HB 633, requiring a 24-hour waiting period. As you may recall, CWA of Florida supported this bill which passed both chambers and was recently signed into law by Gov. Scott on June 10.

To recap:

  1. The day after the Governor signed HB 633, the American Civil Liberty Union (ACLU) filed a constitutional challenge suing the State and asked for an injunction. Judge Charles Francis signed the injunction.
  2. The Attorney General, Pam Bondi, appealed the ruling on June 30. It was automatically stayed.
  3. The ACLU immediately filed suit to have the stay lifted, thus preventing the law from going into effect.
  4. Before Judge Francis could make a decision, all of his civil suits were moved to Judge Charles Dodson.
  5. Judge Dodson lifted the stay on July 2, thus reinstating the injunction, which puts the law on hold.
  6. AG, Pam Bondi, is expected to appeal this decision.

As you can see a lot of back and forth has happened within a short amount of time on this one new law.

Pray: As the lawsuit moves forward, fervently pray that the court would rule in favor of the State allowing this new law to stand.

Act: Check the state website for information as this issue continues to develop. In the meantime, please pass this along to family and friends who are interested and will pray.