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State School Superintendent issues guidance on transgender restrooms

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CWA of Georgia thanks State School Superintendent Richard Woods for taking a bold stand against the lawless Obama administration letter on transgender bathrooms. Read Superintendent Woods directive.

Parents, here are your next steps:
#1 – Call your local school board member and superintendent and tell them you expect them not to abide by the Obama letter.

#2 – Gather a group of parents and attend the next local school board meeting and speak in opposition to the Obama directive.

Remember, the Obama directive does not have the force of law and does not have to be followed.

Transgender bathrooms in Georgia’s Public Schools? Not On Our Watch.

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Parents: the safety and privacy of your children is in great peril!

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On Friday, May 13, the Obama administration issued orders calling for all public schools and universities to permit transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their gender identity instead of their biological sex. This lawless directive – which came in a letter signed by officials with the Departments of Education and Justice — does not have the authority of law –but does contain an implicit threat: schools that do not abide by the Obama administration orders could face lawsuits or loss of federal funds under Title IX.

The Obama Administration has once again overstepped legal boundaries by redefining the scope and reach of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Obama administration has deemed “sex” an elastic term, and regards “gender” (how one feels) synonymous with “sex” (biology), and is now aggressively embedding “gender” as a part of federal policy, including Title IX funding. Lawmakers who drafted Titles VII and Title IX never even considered that the term “sex” would be anything other than biological sex. With this directive, Obama is slapping the heavy hand of government on local schools. He is using our children as pawns to accomplish his goals of social reengineering

The absurdity of girls and boys having to share the same bathrooms, lockers and showers did not go unnoticed by the ultra-left Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Writing for the Washington Post, Ginsburg acknowledges, “Separate places to disrobe, sleep, perform personal bodily functions are permitted, in some situations required, by regard for individual privacy.”

Tanya Ditty, Concerned Women for America of Georgia (CWA) State Director is gravely concerned about how this dictatorial order will impact the privacy and safety of Georgia students. As a former educator, she says there are not enough adults in a school building to supervise restrooms and locker room.  Ditty gives this warning to parents, “No one will be able to fully protect your children.”

Consider what is happening in Palatine, Illinois. In late 2015, a Palatine high school caved to the threats of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to strip federal funding if the school did not allow a transgender boy to have full access to the girls’ bathrooms, locker rooms and showers.   Because the school acquiesced to the federal government, 51 families have filed a federal lawsuit against the ED attempting to reverse the policy. The impact this policy is having on the girls who attend this high school is heart wrenching.  According to the lawsuit, “Every day these girls go to school, they experience embarrassment, humiliation, anxiety, fear, apprehension, stress, degradation, and loss of dignity because they will have to use the locker room and restroom with a biological male. They are afraid of being seen by, and being forced to share intimate spaces with a male while they are in various states of undress. These girls are also afraid they will have to see a male in a state of undress.”

So far, governors and state leaders in twelve states have begun to push back against this outrageous and incredibly dangerous order. GEORGIA IS NOT ON THE LIST.  At the time of this writing, only State School Superintendent Richard Woods has made a statement on this unconstitutional federal overreach. Gov. Nathan Deal, Attorney General Sam Olens, and the fourteen State Board of Education members have remained silent. And to be silent is to be complicit.  Local school systems are responding by saying they will have to read over the order to determine how they will respond.  What is there to “think about?” They just need to shred the document.

It is imperative that our state leaders, local school superintendents and local school board members hear from us TODAY.  Would you call the following people and urge them to refuse to comply with the Obama directive, even if it means losing federal dollars or the threat of a lawsuit?  We cannot sacrifice our children and grandchildren on the altar of political correctness.

Gov. Nathan Deal
Phone: 404-656-1776404-656-1776 or e-mail.

Attorney General Sam Olens
Phone: 404-656-3300404-656-3300 or e-mail

State School Superintendent Richard Woods
Phone: 404-657-1175404-657-1175 or e-mail

State Board of Education Chairman Mike Royal
Phone 404-657-7410404-657-7410 or e-mail

Contact both your local school superintendent and school board member. Show up at the next regularly scheduled board meeting and speak in opposition to the Obama directive.

Please pray that our leaders will have the courage to resist manipulation, pressure and the fear of man.  Proverbs 29:25 tells us, “The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.”  2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

Valuable resource: Male and Female Identity in a Sexually Confused World
Aligning ourselves with God’s plan for man and woman is the solution side of the problem.  Let us pray deeply for the ability to live into our male and female identity with more fullness, that we might offer a restorative picture for all of the world.  Read more here.

Just in time for Mother’s Day: Feisty and Feminine: A Rallying Cry for Conservative Women

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feistysmTired of inauthentic prattle, CEO and president of Concerned Women for America Penny Young Nance is ready to change the way women today engage the culture. In her debut title, Feisty & Feminine, she takes an honest and transparent look at what it means to be a conservative Christian woman with thoughtful commentary on the real issues confronting American women.

 You can find Feisty and Feminine at these Georgia Costco’s. Pick up your copy today!

Alpharetta, 2855 Jordan Court
Atlanta, 2900 Cumberland Mall SE
Atlanta, 500 Brookhaven Ave.
Atlanta, 6350 Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE
Augusta, 825 Alexander Drive
Buford, 1550 Mall Of Georgia
Cumming, 1211 Bald Ridge Marina Road
Duluth, 3980 Venture Drive
Kennesaw, 645 Barrett Pkwy NW
Ringgold, 100 Cobb Parkway

CWA of Georgia Recommends These Two Events

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    Georgia National Day of Prayer 2016
    When: Thursday, May 5
    Time: Noon – 1:00 p.m. Music will begin 11:15 a.m.
    Location: Liberty Plaza, across from the State Capitol in Atlanta

 

 

rtm Road to Majority – The Premier Event for People of Faith and Conservative Activists
When: Thursday, June 9 – Saturday, June 11
Where: Omni Shoreham Hotel 2500 Calvert St NW Washington, DC 20008
For more information to go roadtomajority.com and be sure to put in promotional code CWA when you register!

 

CWA of Georgia State Director Tanya Ditty attended this event last year and she will tell you she was not disappointed!  Make plans to attend this year. Come be educated on an array of issues from well-known speakers, enjoy fellowship with hundreds of like-minded individuals and get equipped during CWA breakout sessions.

Georgia’s 2016 Legislative Wrap-Up

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Concerned Women for America of Georgia Legislative Action Committee
2016 Legislative Session Wrap Up

 The fast-paced 2016 state legislative session came to a close at midnight on March 24. The 40-day session opened on January 11, and State Director Tanya Ditty represented your interests as a volunteer lobbyist at the State Capitol throughout the entire legislative session.

Concerned Women for America’s seven core issues are: Sanctity of Life, Defense of Family, Education, Religious Liberty, National Sovereignty, Sexual Exploitation, and Support for Israel. Legislation this session encompassed several of these core issues. On-the-ground lobbying efforts combined with grassroots prayer and action gets results! Without calls and e-mails from CWA members and friends, successes would have been more difficult to achieve.

CWA of Georgia had an aggressive list of legislative priorities for the 2016 legislative session.  Many of the legislative priorities were not addresses by the General Assembly this year. We did want to highlight for you a few of the bills that we fought hard to support or oppose.

Religious Freedom
VETO-stampAfter a three-year battle to pass a religious freedom bill in Georgia, a compromise was reached between the House and Senate, and HB 757, the Free Exercise Protection Act was passed. Less than two weeks later, Gov. Nathan Deal caved and vetoed the bill. Was HB 757 perfect?  No.  Was the compromise bill worth supporting? Yes. Georgians saw nothing unreasonable in this legislation, yet Gov. Deal chose to turn his back on people of faith. Read CWA of Georgia press release.

In a poll taken by national pollster Clout Research after the passage of HB 757, this question was posed:  Should Gov. Nathan Deal sign the [religious freedom] legislation?  Sixty-six percent agreed that Gov. Deal should sign the legislation. There was majority support for the bill across political parties, in all fourteen congressional districts and across all demographic groups.  The poll also showed that 80 percent said the tide of political correctness has run amuck in this state, endangering our fundamental right to freedom of conscience – the right to think and believe what we want without fear of punishment.

At a press conference following the veto announcement, CWA of Georgia State Director Tanya Ditty made this statement, “Clearly Gov. Deal is out of touch with the people of our state. This is why people are angry with the politicians in our nation. They are elected to represent the will of the people – not Hollywood values, not Wall Street values. They are elected to represent the voters of Georgia, and that does not preclude the people of faith.”

Sadly, Gov. Deal sold our religious freedom protections for thirty pieces of silver. Instead of signing a bill that provided broad-based religious freedom protections for all Georgians, Deal buckled to the pressure of the LBGT community, the film industry, the NFL, Atlanta’s hometown teams the Falcons, Braves and Hawks, and large corporate interests, such as the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Home Depot, Delta, Coca Cola, SunTrust, UPS, Disney, and Salesforce.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Speaker David Ralston have vowed to work on religious freedom legislation next year. There is a strong appetite for religious liberty in this state, and CWA of Georgia will continue to work tirelessly until a broad-based religious protections bill is passed and signed by the governor.

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STOPPED sign“Georgia Civil Rights in Public Accommodations Act”
Introduced by Rep. Rich Golick (R-Smyrna), HB 849 would have placed in state code the federal code that prohibits public accommodations discrimination. Taken at face value, this bill posed no dangers to Georgians. However, CWA of Georgia opposed HB 849 for several reasons. First, HB 849 was not necessary – public accommodation protections are already codified in 42 U.S.C. Section 2000a.

Second, HB 849 could have easily been amended to include “sexual orientation”. Data shows that of the 45 states that have embodied the federal code in their respective state code, 22 states now prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and 18 prohibit discrimination based on gender identity.

Third, HB 849 was amended in committee to include “sex.” Here was the danger in the amendment: the Obama administration has deemed “sex” an elastic term, and regards “gender” (how one feels) synonymous with “sex” (biology), and is aggressively embedding “gender” as a part of federal policy, including Title IX funding.  As recent as December 2015, a Chicago suburb high school must now allow a transgendered male to female student full access to female restrooms and locker rooms or risk losing Title IX funding.  Passing the bill could have had grave consequences for our public school students.

Lastly, CWA of Georgia opposes any real or potential Sexual Orientation Gender Identity nondiscrimination legislation, i.e., “bathroom bills”, which would allow transgendered men and women to utilize the bathrooms, showers and locker rooms of their choice.

Stopping HB 849 was a victory for the privacy and safety of women and children.

Gambling: Casinos and horse racing
STOPPED signThe efforts to expand predatory gambling via casinos and pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing were stopped for this year! The following bills were passed out of their respective committees but were not voted on by either the House or Senate.

  • HR 807, the proposed constitutional amendment for casino gambling and HB 677, the enabling legislation for HR 807.  Bill sponsor: Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah).
  • SR 135, the proposed constitutional amendment to allow pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing and SB 264, the enabling legislation for SR 135. Bill sponsor: Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta).

Stopping the gambling bills was a major victory, because any form of gambling is destructive and causes irreversible harm on individuals and families.

Marijuana:  In-state cultivation of marijuana
STOPPED signIntroduced by Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon), HB 722 sought to permit in-state cultivation of marijuana for the purpose of extracting cannabis oil for medicinal purposes. The bill would have also expanded the medical conditions eligible for medical marijuana (cannabis oil). HB 722 passed the House but died in the Senate.

CWA of Georgia opposed HB 722 because it would have brought Georgia one step closer to the outright legalization of recreational marijuana.

Education
Textbook transparency

Introduced by Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville), HB 739  provides for an open and transparent approval process for state and local instructional materials and content. The bill also requires school districts to post online the textbooks that are currently be used in their schools. HB 739 passed the legislature and is awaiting the governor’s signature. CWA of Georgia supported this bill.

Digital Learning Platform transparency bill
Sponsored by Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick), SB 281 would require schools to notify parents prior to using any digital learning platform. The bill was tabled in the Senate Education and Youth Committee. CWA of Georgia supported this bill.

You can review all the bills that CWA of Georgia tracked this year by clicking here.

Encourage-A-Legislator Prayer Project
This was CWA of Georgia’s thirteenth year to pray for and send note cards of encouragement to state legislators. Scripture commands us in I Timothy 2:2 to pray for “kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness,” and over 60 volunteers did just that!  These volunteers prayed and encouraged 100 state legislators during the 40-day session. 

So what lies ahead in 2016?
One doesn’t need to look far to see that powerful forces are at work to destroy not only our state and nation, but our culture, our families and our way of life. But even in these unsettling times, God had promised restoration to that nation whose people will humble themselves and pray.

In the midst of attacks on our faith, it is easy for people of faith to retreat and to simply close their hearts and minds to the madness happening all around them.

But we can do the opposite! Instead of retreating and closing off the world, CWA of Georgia is boldly moving forward in strength and confidence, seeking God’s face and calling on Him to reset our state…as we work to restore our foundational stones. CWA CEO and President Penny Nance said this, “During this time in our country’s history – with the cultural battle raging around us – it’s never been more important that the voice of conservative women be heard – loud and clear.”

Get involved with CWA of Georgia
Psalm 11:3 says “When the foundations are being destroyed what can the righteous do?” If you are interested in becoming a leader who thinks big and would like to be where the action is, we have a place for you!  Click here for exciting CWA opportunities.

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Updated 4-4-16 CWA of Georgia’s 2016 Legislative Priorities, Targeted Bills List and Voting Record

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The 2016 Georgia legislative session begins Monday, January 11, and you can depend on CWA of Georgia to actively represent you at the State Capitol in Atlanta.  We have made it easy for you to track the progress of bills involving our 2016 legislative priorities that are aligned to CWA’s seven core issues.

The bill list and scorecard will be regularly updated to include action items, links to committee and floor votes, and talking points to help you lobby from your kitchen table or laptop! In addition, we will provide specific ways to pray for the pending legislation.

Helpful resources:

Find your state legislators

Communicating with your elected officials (tips and links)

Click here and ask to be signed up for state e-alerts that include information on legislative action alerts, events, projects and more.

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Gov. Deal buckled to bullies – important press conference planned

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Gov. Nathan Deal held a press conference this morning to declare that he is going to veto the religious freedom bill, HB 757, the Free Exercise Protection Act.  Click here to read CWA of Georgia’s press release.

Attend press conference on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

In response to Gov. Deal’s threat to veto the legislation, a press conference is planned for Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. on the South side of the second floor of the State Capitol.  CWA of Georgia will join other faith leaders and pastors to discuss the veto and a call to action.  Click here for media advisory alert.

Please make every effort to attend!