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Tell Gov. Rauner to ‘VETO’ the Muslim American Advisory Council

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“Illinois to Create Official State Government Muslim Council”

 SB 574 – MUSLIM AMERICAN ADVISORY COUNCIL– http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=574&GAID=13&GA=99&DocTypeID=SB&LegID=84537&SessionID=88  is on Gov. Rauner’s desk.  If it becomes law, Illinois would become the first state with a law on the books that gives Muslims a formal voice in government.

The 21-volunteer member council

  • would be appointed by the governor and leaders in the House and Senate.
  • would advise the governor and the General Assembly on issues affecting Muslim Americans and immigrants, including relations between Illinois and Muslim-majority countries.
  • would serve as liaisons between state agencies and communities across Illinois through monthly meetings and two public hearings per year.

Members would serve two-year terms to advise in areas that include higher education, business, international trade, law, immigration and health care. Staff members from certain state agencies would serve as ex-officio members.

WHY VETO SB 574?

  1. There are no councils to represent the interests of other faiths in Illinois. SB 754 states: “Muslims are the third largest religious group in the State of Illinois after Roman Catholics and independent Evangelical Christians.”  Where are the councils to represent the other faiths?
  2. SB 574 violates Article One, Section three of the Illinois Constitution.

. . . No person shall be required to attend or support any ministry or place of worship against his consent, nor shall any preference be given by law to any religious denomination or mode of worship.

  1. Sharia Law is incompatible with the U.S. Constitution and every State Constitution.

“Muslims are the only immigrant group that comes to Western countries with a ready-made model of society and government (sharia) which they believe to be superior to what we have here, and they work to institute it”. – Pamela Geller

Tell Gov. Bruce Rauner to VETO this bill.  Without a VETO, SB 574 will become law.  He has 60 days, but could act sooner.

Prayer:

  • Pray that Gov. Rauner will ‘VETO’ the Muslim American Advisory Council.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to move in the lives of our Governor, his family, and the Illinois General Assembly.
  • Pray that the original intent of the Illinois U.S. Constitution will be upheld by lawmakers.

Action:

  • Contact Bruce Rauner. Strongly request that he VETO SB 574.
  • Urge your friends, family, and your church to contact Gov. Rauner. Tell him to ‘VETO’ SB 574.

 

The governor’s public comment lines are 217-782-0244 and 312-814-2121. They are not taking names and addresses – only tallies that they send to the governor at the end of each day.

Be strong and courageous!  Don’t be afraid or discouraged … for there is a power far greater on our side!  We have the Lord our God to help us and fight our battles for us.  2 Chronicles 32:7-8

Tell Gov. Rauner to VETO SB 1564 Which Would Force CPCs to Give – Abortion Referrals

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On Monday, June 20, SB 1564, the Health Care Right of Conscience Bill, was placed on Gov. Rauner’s desk.  If it becomes law, pro-life physicians, hospitals, and crisis pregnancy centers will be forced to discuss the “benefits” of abortion and refer the patient to a place where they can get an abortion.

Tell Gov. Bruce Rauner to VETO this bill.  Without a VETO, SB 1564 will become law within 60 days.

Rauner ran for office as a fiscal conservative with “no social agenda.”  We need to hold him to his word!

Prayer:

  • Pray fervently that Gov. Rauner will VETO the Health Care Right of Conscience Bill.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to move in the lives of our Governor, his family, and the Illinois General Assembly.
  • Pray babies are protected in the womb from those who want to murder them.

Action:

  • Contact Bruce Rauner. Respectfully, yet firmly, urge him to VETO SB 1564. The governor’s public comment lines are 217-782-0244 and 312-814-2121. They are not taking names and addresses – only tallies that they send to the governor at the end of each day.
  • Urge your friends, family, pregnancy centers, and your church to contact Gov. Rauner and ask him to VETO SB 1564.

Be strong and courageous!  Don’t be afraid or discouraged … for there is a power far greater on our side!  We have the Lord our God to help us and fight our battles for us!

“Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the multitude that is with him; for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people were strengthened by the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.”  (2 Chronicles 32:7-8)

Yet Another Successful “Issues in Focus” Event

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RoseDr. Rose Binns was the second featured speaker for the 2016 CWA of Illinois “Issues in Focus” dinner meetings in Freeport on April 19. Dr. Rose Binns is founder and Executive Director of Clear Dome Ministry, a counseling service located in Cedarville, Illinois. The topic for the evening was “A Holocaust Child’s Journey to Freedom”.

Binns gave an account of the persecution Hungarian/Gypsies suffered during World War II. Attendees were moved by her transparency as she recanted her experiences as a holocaust child in a Hungarian concentration/refugee camp – including a miraculous rescue from a garbage dump where she was left for dead.

Rose shared how her faith in God helped her overcome the depths of poverty, domestic violence, abandonment, and sexual abuse by those who were assigned to be her caretakers. She diligently took courses for 15 years while raising three children as a single mother, receiving both a Masters in Counseling and Doctorate in Christian Psychology and Ministry.

friendsBy God’s providence, another Gypsy Holocaust victim was in attendance. When asked about her experience the elderly women replied, “It’s too sad to speak about.” The two plan to continue their new-found friendship. Part of Rose’s ministry is to bring awareness that Hungarian/Gypsies suffered persecution along with the Jewish people.

Attendees were treated to Hungarian goulash, Hungarian slaw, Challah bread, and Julia Child’s Hungarian shortcake.

Please consider attending the next “Issues in Focus” dinner. Contact State Director Debbie Leininger at director@illinois.cwfa.org or 815-297-2918 for details.

Tell Gov. Rauner to VETO the Health Care Right of Conscience Bill

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SB 1564 – the Health Care Right of Conscience Bill –as mentioned in April — has passed both the Illinois House and Senate. It will require pro-life physicians and hospitals as well as crisis pregnancy centers to discuss the “benefits” of abortion and refer the patient to a place where they can get an abortion.

Unless Gov. Bruce Rauner VETOES this bill, SB 1564 will become law.

Gov. Rauner ran for office as a fiscal conservative with “no social agenda.”  Regrettably, voters believed him.

Prayer:

  • Pray that Gov. Rauner will VETO the Health Care Right of Conscience Bill.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to move in the lives of our Governor, his family and the Illinois General Assembly.
  • Pray that babies will be protected in the womb from those who want to murder them.

Action:

  • Contact your state representatives and state senators.  And urge Gov. Rauner to VETO SB 1564.
  • Urge your friends, family, pregnancy centers, and your church to contact Gov. Rauner.  Tell him to VETO SB 1564.

Be strong and courageous!  Don’t be afraid or discouraged … for there is a power far greater on our side!  We have the Lord our God to help us and fight our battles for us. (2 Chronicles 32:7-8)

Fourteen Illinois Congressmen Vote to Ratify Obama’s Transgender Executive Order

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Bad news: Wednesday night in the nation’s capital, 43 Republicans helped pass an amendment to the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill (H.R. 5055) offered by Rep. Sean Maloney (D-New York) which codified Obama’s transgender Executive Order (13672) seeking to trample religious liberty and force anyone involved in business to affirm the transgender lifestyle.

Additional bad news: fourteen of our eighteen Illinois Congressmen voted for H.R. 5055.

Good news: The bill was defeated yesterday by a vote of 112-305.  Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, had this to say:

“Due to the disruptive and abrupt insertion of the Maloney Amendment, we are very pleased that this bill has been soundly defeated. It sends a strong message that we have a good group of members who will stand up for children and women’s safety and for religious liberty. But to think that 43 Republicans would join President Obama to promote transgenderism and force the marginalization of our Christian beliefs is appalling. So you can rest assure that the effects of this vote will continue to be felt as we move forward.”

As an Illinois citizen, I am ashamed of the fourteen legislators sent to represent us in Washington who voted in such an appalling way.  They voted to punish people of faith by denying federal contracts to companies that don’t follow the Obama mandated sexual identity agenda.

“Progressive” executive orders of this president place the LGBT agenda ahead of America’s God-given right to religious freedom. Americans with deeply held religious beliefs are being relegated to second-class status.

YEA VOTE
Bobby Rush (D-District 1)
Robin Kelly (D-District 2)
Daniel Lipinski (D-District 3)
Luis Gutiérrez (D-District 4)
Mike Quigley (D-District 5)
Danny Davis (D-District 7)
Tammy Duckworth (D-District 8)
Janice Schakowsky (D-District 9)
Bob Dold (R-District 10)
Bill Foster (D District 11)
Rodney Davis (R-District 13)
John Shimkus (R-District 15)
Adam Kinzinger (R-District 16)
Cheri Bustos (D-District 17)

NAY VOTE
Peter Roskam (R-District 6)
Mike Bost (R- District 12)
Randy Hultgren (R-District 14)
Darin LaHood (R-District 18)

CWA of Illinois salutes Peter Roskam, Mike Bost, Randy Hultgren, and Darin LaHood for voting for their moral convictions. 

John Quincy Adams, sixth American President, aptly declared: “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”

Take Action:

Contact your representative and express your thanks or disappointment accordingly.  Call the capitol hill switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your representative’s office.  If you don’t know which representative is yours, click here to find out.  Scroll down to “Find Your Representative” and type in your zip code.

Pray:

  • Legislators seek the Lord for courage and strength to vote for regulations and laws that are just, even though they may vote alone.
  • Legislators read the Bible to gain wisdom to enact good legislation.
  • Christians vote for candidates who stand for Biblical principles.
  • Christians hold their legislators accountable for their votes.”All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois
director@illinois.cwfa.org
il.cwfa.org
(815) 297-2918

Become a part of CWA of Illinois! Together we can make a difference in our communities, state and country. Contact me today!

Immediate Action is Needed to Stop Two Bad Pieces of Legislation in Illinois!

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#1 SR1752 for Unisex Bathrooms Awaits Vote in Illinois Senate

SR1752, a non-binding Senate Resolution condemning the General Assemblies of North Carolina and Mississippi in regard to upholding the usage of men and women’s multi-use bathrooms according to biological sex, passed out of the Human Services Committee yesterday and is awaiting a vote in the Illinois Senate.  Could be voted on any day now.  Click here to review status, text of bill and more.  Click here for our previous e-alert on this bill.

Take Action:

  • CALL YOUR STATE SENATOR TODAY!  Urge a “NO” vote on this far reaching resolution. Click here for Illinois House Directory.  Don’t know who your representative is?  No problem, click here to find out who your representative is and how to contact them.
  • Urge your friends, family, and church to call their state senator. Urge him/her to vote “NO” on SR1752.

Please pray:

  • Pray for your senator.  Ask the Lord to give him wisdom and courage.
  • Pray the citizens of Illinois will rise up against the LGBT movement in all areas of government.

#2 Tell Gov. Rauner to Veto SB1564 Health Care Right of Conscience Bill

SB1564, Health Care Right of Conscience, passed the Illinois Senate yesterday. It will become law if signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Click here to review status, text of bill and more.  Click here for our previous e-alert on this bill.

  • SB1564 would require pro-life physicians and hospitals as well as crisis pregnancy centers to discuss the “benefits” of abortion and refer the patient to a place where they can get an abortion.

Take Action:

Contact the Governor’s office at (217) 782-0244 or (312) 814-2121 , and/or e-mail him. Ask him to VETO this terrible legislation, SB1564.

  • Urge your friends, family, and church to contact Gov. Rauner.  Ask him to VETO SB1564.

Please Pray:

  • Pray for Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois legislators to uphold GOD’s Truth in legislation.
  • Pray Illinois citizens will defend the right to life for babies in the womb.
  • Pray God’s love will penetrate the hearts of Illinois legislators and citizens and the truth of His Word will prevail in the Illinois General Assembly.

“What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.” (Isaiah 5:20)

“God’s Word, contained in the Bible, has furnished all necessary rules to direct our conduct.” – The American Spelling Book: Containing the Rudiments of the English Language, 1807

Resolution Endangering Women and Girls Set to Be Voted on in Illinois Senate Committee TODAY!

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Please take action right now!

A non-binding Senate Resolution condemning the General Assemblies of North Carolina and Mississippi in regard to men and women’s bathrooms has been introduced into the Illinois State Senate by Sen. Emil Jones, III (D-District 14), Daniel Biss (D- District 9), Iris Y. Martinez (D-District 20), Heather A. Steans (D-District 7), Laura M. Murphy (D-District 28), Linda Holmes (D-District 42), David Koehler (D-District 46), and Michael Noland (D-District 22).

Known as SR1752, this Resolution, amongst many things,:

  • Strongly urges the North Carolina General Assembly and the Mississippi Legislature to repeal laws recently passed that protect women and girls in regards to men using women’s public bathrooms.
  • Urges the Illinois governor to prohibit all non-essential state travel to North Carolina and Mississippi until those states repeal these laws.
  • Click here to read the resolution.

This resolution is scheduled late this afternoon to be heard in the Senate Human Services Committee.  If passed, it will go to the full Senate for a vote.

Take Action NOW!

  1. Submit an opposition witness slip.  They will be accepted through the conclusion of today’s hearing.  To do so click here. Fill in your name, etc.  Leave section “II. Representation” blank. Under “III. Position” select “SR1752” and “Opponent”. Under “IV. Testimony” select “Written Statement Filed” and type in your concerns concerning this resolution.  It does not have to be long.  Click “I Agree to the ILGA Terms of Agreement” and then “Create (slip)”.
  2. Contact Gov. Bruce Rauner.  Urge him to resist the bullying tactics of the LGBT community to legally force their lifestyle upon those who stand for traditional family values.  Call him at 217-782-0244 and or e-mail him.
  3. Contact members of the Senate Human Services Committee and urge them to vote “NO” on SR1752. Click here for their names and contact information.
  4. Contact your State Senator. Urge him/her to OPPOSE SR1752. If needed, click here to find out who your senator is and how to contact him/her.
  5. Urge your friends and family to pray and take action today on this important issue.

Pray that:

  • Illinois legislators will uphold traditional family legislation.
  • Illinois citizens will rise up against the LGBT movement in all areas of government.
  • God’s love will penetrate the hearts of Illinois legislators and citizens, and the truth of His Word will prevail in the Illinois General Assembly.

“God’s Word, contained in the Bible, has furnished all necessary rules to direct our conduct.” – The American Spelling Book: Containing the Rudiments of the English Language, 1807

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois
director@illinois.cwfa.org
815-297-2918
il.cwa.org

Become involved in CWA of Illinois!  Contact me today!

Traditional Marriage Plank Prevails at the Illinois GOP Convention!

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Great news! A super majority voted to keep the 2012 traditional marriage plank at the May 20-22, 2016, Illinois GOP Convention!

A special “Thank you!” to all those who responded to our last e-alert concerning this issue.

Delegates crowded the Illinois GOP Platform Committee Meeting as members debated whether the 2012 one-man, one-woman marriage plank should be removed from the 2016 platform. Former Illinois GOP Chair Pat Brady and nine members on the Platform Committee created a revised plank that substituted “one-man/one-woman with “nuclear family.” The revised plank passed 10-7-1.

Immediately following, the seven traditional marriage platform committee members drafted a “minority report” and nearly 80 County Central Committee Chairmen signed on to bring it to a floor vote during the Saturday general session.

After a short debate, the convention went to a head count.  Although only a simple majority of 490 delegates was needed to amend the platform, a final tally of 782 out of 966 delegates voted “YEA”.

It was a huge victory for traditional marriage!

Prayer Points

  • Praise the Lord for the outcome of the 2016 Illinois GOP Platform.
  • May God bestow His blessing upon those who stood for traditional marriage.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois
director@illinois.cwfa.org
(815) 297-2918
il.cwfa.org

Become a part of CWA of Illinois! Together we can make a difference in our communities, state and country. Contact me today!

Illinois GOP Poised to Change the Definition of Marriage in the Illinois GOP Platform – TAKE ACTION TODAY!

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Your response to this e-alert is needed TODAY!

The Illinois GOP Convention is currently taking place and will conclude on Saturday.  With it has come the consideration of a revised state party platform. The Illinois Review reported that the committee tentatively plans to remove the one-man, one-woman marriage plank from the 2016 platform. This is clearly a bow to same-sex marriage and those within the LGBT community.

According to sources from the Illinois Review, 11 of the 18 members of the Illinois Republican Party platform committee reportedly agree that the one-man, one-woman marriage plank should be removed from the 2016 platform.

The new platform is expected to have the following section removed:

C.    While not universally achievable, the ideal environment for children is within a two-parent family based on the principle of marriage between one man and one woman. The Republican Party endorses a constitutional amendment protecting our Defense of Marriage Act and enshrining in constitutional law marriage as it is defined in our “DOMA.”

D.    Our laws should strongly support and celebrate the loving commitment and man and a woman make to each other in marriage. Our laws should strongly support and celebrate a loving, marriage couple bringing new life into the world and rearing their children in a secure and nurturing environment from conception to adulthood. No law should undermine the importance of that union, divide that union nor unduly burden the efforts of parents to rear a family in a safe and nurturing environment.

Sourcing the “big tent” excuse, platform committee members in favor of removing the plank say the change will bring younger people into the party. Others believe the recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage mandates the removal of the plank.

Pat Brady, who lobbied Republicans on behalf of the ACLU to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois, is on the 2016 Illinois GOP platform committee.

Former Illinois GOP state chairman Pat Brady is on this year’s Illinois GOP platform committee representing the 6th CD. Brady lobbied Republican lawmakers on behalf of the ACLU to legalize same sex marriage in Illinois.

Vocal supporters of the plank removal also include platform members from the Chicago area and surrounding congressional districts – especially U.S. Senator Mark Kirk staffer Cindy Burke (5th CD) and Schaumburg Township GOP Committeeman Ryan Higgins (8th CD).

UPDATE: The proposed wording for the 2016 platform

VII.     STRENGTHENING ILLINOIS FAMILIES

A.    We recognize that a strong family, based on the institution of marriage, sanctified by God and strengthened by the legal protections afforded to that institution by government, is the basic building block of society.  Accordingly, we support public policies that promote the formation, endurance, and autonomy of the nuclear family and that empower parents to provide a safe and nurturing home environment for their children.

B.    We recognize that religious freedom is the “first” freedom, as enshrined in the First Amendment.  While we oppose discrimination in any form, we also oppose public policies that seek to compel or coerce individuals, businesses, religious institutions, or other organizations to violate their core religious beliefs, including, without limitation, by participating in ceremonies that run contrary to their core religious beliefs.

C.    We believe that parents—not bureaucrats—are best-positioned to make decisions regarding the health and welfare of their minor children, and we support public policies that preserve and strengthen parental rights.

D.    We believe that the disintegration of the nuclear family is a leading cause of generational poverty and that a connection exists in this and other respects between “social” and “fiscal” public policy issues.

E.    We recognize that the states reserved to themselves—implicitly throughout the U.S. Constitution and explicitly in the Tenth Amendment—the power to legislate on matters related to marriage and family, and we oppose efforts by the federal government to encroach on that reserved power.

The final meeting of the Platform Committee of the Illinois Republican State Convention will be held TOMORROW, Friday, May 20, at 10:00 a.m.

TAKE ACTION IMMEDIATELY! E-mail and/or call each member of the platform committee and urge them to preserve the definition of marriage in the 2016 Illinois GOP Platform.

Platform Committee and Expected Position:

Kathy Hilton – remove plank: kathy@nlgop.com / 815-919-2772
Jurt Diekelman – remove plank: ttown300@aol.com / 708-877-5500
Brent Woods – unknown: Brent_woods@comcast.net / 708-717-0955
Angel Garcia – remove plank: angeldgarcia@gmail.com / 312-375-0979
Cindy Burke – remove plank: cindyburke22@yahoo.com / 630-673-3219
Pat Brady — remove plank: pbradynxtgen@gmail.com / 312-972-7348
Linda Tobensky – unknown: ltibensky@comcast.net / 708-351-7790
Ryan Higgins — remove plank: ryan@ryanhiggins.com / 312-590-6186
Dave Carabotta – keep plank: daclawoffices@aol.com / 312-217-4255
Marjorie L. Kubalanza — keep plank: mkubalanza@yahoo.com / 847-687-4763
Raquel Mitchell — keep plank: raquelmelanie@gmail.com / 630-936-9578
Patti Howard — keep plank: pattihowardgop@gmail.com / 618-889-6943
Terri Koyne — keep plank: macoupincorepublicans@gmail.com / 217-851-4789
Burt Minor – unknown: aldminor@aol.com / 630-674-9096
J.C. Kowa — keep plank: jckowa@frontier.com / 618-838-1516
Jan Klaas — keep plank: jklaas5@aol.com / 815-621-9497
Elisha French — remove plank: elishafrench@outlook.com / 309-351-8163
Connie Nord – unknown: connien713@aol.com / 309-275-0811
Chair Mike Bigger — remove plank: mike@mikebigger.com / 309-238-0113
Co-Chair Blair Garber – unknown: blairgarber@gmail.com / 312-961-1791
Co-Chair Brian Colgan — remove plank: bcolgan513@gmail.com / 630-202-5832

Make it easy!  Copy each list of e-mail addresses and paste each into a new e-mail, write the appropriate message according to their current position and send.

Remove the plank: kathy@nlgop.com; ttown300@aol.com; angeldgarcia@gmail.com; cindyburke22@yahoo.com; pbradynxtgen@gmail.com; ryan@ryanhiggins.com; elishafrench@outlook.com; mike@mikebigger.com; bcolgan513@gmail.com

Keep the Plank: daclawoffices@aol.com; mkubalanza@yahoo.com; raquelmelanie@gmail.com; pattihowardgop@gmail.com; macoupincorepublicans@gmail.com; jckowa@frontier.com; jklaas5@aol.com

Unknown: Brent_woods@comcast.net; ltibensky@comcast.net; aldminor@aol.com; connien713@aol.com; blairgarber@gmail.com

PLEASE PRAY for each member of the committee.  May the Lord give them eyes to see the reality of the situation and have the courage to do what it right.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke

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Transgender bathrooms in Illinois Public Schools?

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NOT ON OUR WATCH! Demand Obama’s overreach be ignored!

Demand that HB4474 – “The Bathroom Bill” receives a public hearing

in the Illinois Fall Veto Session.

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.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

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.”

PALATINE, ILLINOIS

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 stages 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. ILLINOIS IS NOT ON THE LIST.  At the time of this writing, GOV. BRUCE RAUNER has not made a statement on this unconstitutional federal overreach.

 

In 2015, REP. THOMAS MORRISON (R-District 54) had the foresight to introduce HB4474, known as the Pupil Physical Privacy Act. Click here for more information.

Rep. Thomas Morrison explained: “It’s reasonable, it’s rational, it’s common sense to separate these restrooms and locker rooms, these most intimate of spaces, by an individual’s anatomy rather than by one’s gender identity.”

This bill would:

  • Add clarity to the Illinois School Code with regard to locker room and bathroom usage.
  • Require schools to separate these spaces according to anatomy, or gender listed on a birth certificate.

UNBELIEVABLY, HB4474 WAS NOT EVEN GIVEN THE COURTESY OF A HEARING!  IT CONTINUES TO LANGUISH IN THE HOUSE HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE.

Interestingly, REP. ROBYN GABEL (D-District18), Chairwoman of the Human Services Committee, states in her biography “Throughout her career, Robyn Gabel has maintained a strong commitment to serving the people of Illinois as an advocate for women, children and families.”

If she has such a strong commitment to serving the people of Illinois as an advocate for women, children, and families, WHY doesn’t she call for a hearing on HB4474?

Please take action!

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 the money.

Gov. Bruce Rauner
217-782-0244 or e-mail http://www.illinois.gov/gov/contactus/Pages/VoiceAnOpinion.aspx

Attorney General Lisa Madigan
Civil Rights Hotline: 877-581-3692 or e-mail http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/about/email_ag.jsp

State School Superintendent Tony Smith
217/782-4321 or e-mail http://webprod1.isbe.net/contactisbe/

State Board of Education Chairman James T. Meeks
217/782-4321 or e-mail http://webprod1.isbe.net/contactisbe/

Also:

  • Contact your regional superintendent, local school superintendent and school board members. Show up at the next regularly scheduled board meeting and speak in opposition to the Obama directive.
  • Contact your State Representative and demand that  HB4474 be given a public hearing.  Urge them to SUPPORT the bill.  Click here for Illinois House Directory.  If you don’t know who your representative is then click here to find out who they are and how to contact them.
  • Contact the Human Services Committee and demand that HB4474 be given a public hearing.  Urge them to SUPPORT the bill.  Click here for their names and contact information.

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.