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CWA of Kansas Updates: Resolution to Change the Method of Selecting Judges in Kansas, Rally for Religious Freedom and Important Presentation in House Committee

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Concerned Women for America of Kansas joins the millions around the country praying for the family of Justice Scalia, a vigorous defender of the Constitution and our liberties.  His commitment to the text of the Constitution and the Founders’ intent was second to none.

His passing is an event that will be felt for many years to come.  But his legacy will live on – a legacy that will always call us back to the Constitution – to freedom and liberty, and the highest standards as individuals and as a country. Kansans should be reminded to continue the fight for judges.

Resolution, HCR 5005 did not pass.  HCR 5005 would have allowed the governor to select and the senate to confirm state judges.  HCR 5004 was never discussed.  (Click here to view February 2 Action Alert.)  We will watch and update you on any further developments.  Thank you for praying about this important resolution and contacting your representative about our concern. Your input to our Representatives on Judicial Reform was very much appreciated.

Please pray for another opportunity to change the way Kansas selects judges.  We need judges who stick to the Constitution, not judges who judge by their personal convictions.

TOMORROW! Rally for Religious Freedom will be tomorrow Wednesday February 17, second floor in the Rotunda from 12 noon till 1:00 p.m.  Visitor parking is available in the underground parking garage accessed on Eighth Street.  Enter the Capitol on the north side and take the stairs or elevator from the ground floor to the second.  You will have to go through security on the ground floor.  I hope you will be able to attend!  View flyer here.

Important Presentation on Common Core in House Education Committee will follow the Rally at 1:30 on the first floor in Room 112N.  I urge you to attend this presentation.

You are so valuable to CWA of Kansas, and I thank you for your faithfulness.  I encourage you to contact me to find out if there is a CWA Chapter near you or request information on how to start one.  These Chapters educate their members about the issues in Kansas, pray about them and act upon them.  This does and will continue to bring change to our beloved State.

 

Kansas “Sexual Orientation” Bill Update and Selection of Judges Resolution Bills to Take Action On

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“Sexual Orientation” Bill HB 2323

Thank you for your prayers and timely action on HB 2323. It was not voted out of committee.  We will keep watch to be sure it does not revive in some other form.

Selection of Judges Resolution Bills HCR 5004 and HCR 5005

Both of these bills are on their way to the House Floor and up for a vote as early as tomorrow.

HCR 5004 calls for elections of the judges.

HCR 5005 is the “Federal Model” that allows the governor to select and the senate to confirm.

We recommend nonpartisan elections, HCR 5004, yet, will support the Federal Model, HCR 5005.  Though HCR 5005 is not our first choice, it is an immense improvement over our current system in which nonelected people decideThe most important thing is to get one of these resolutions to Governor Brownback to sign into law.  No longer will we have nonelected committee members choose our judges.

Praise and Pray:

  • Praise God that the “Sexual Orientation” Bill was not voted out of committee.
  • Pray that our representatives will come to agreement on one of the resolutions concerning judges and that one of the resolutions will pass.

Take Action:

  • Contact the House Member that represents you and encourage him/her to vote for HCR 5004.  Let him/her know though that if he/she votes for HCR 5005, it is better than the system we currently have. Click here to find out who your House Member is and how to contact him/her.  If time allows please contact all House Members to express your opinion.
  • Forward this e-mail on to like-minded friends and family and encourage them to pray and act today.

Thank you for your faithfulness, and may God bless.

 

CWA of Kansas Sets the Groundwork for an Effective Legislative Session

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The 2016 Kansas legislative session has begun!  The CWA of Kansas steering committee met several times this fall to strategize.  We are expecting legislation to be proposed this session on a variety of issues such as sexual orientation, common core, and sanctity of life to name a few.  If we are to be effective in 2016 our state legislators need to hear from as many of us as possible.  YOUR efforts are needed to move good legislation forward and to stop bad legislation.  Legislators take note of how many people contact them concerning a specific issue on one side or the other, and it often determines how they vote.

We invite YOU to be a lobbyist this session.  What defines a lobbyist in our book?  One who is informed on the issues, commits their efforts to the Lord and then contacts their legislators regularly concerning these issues.  It’s easy!  We will show you how!

  1. Be informed and timely: Get the facts.  When you receive a CWA of Kansas e-alert, be sure to read it as soon as possible.  If your time allows, read the links to additional information often provided in the e-alert. The same, of course, applies to CWA national e-alerts.  If your schedule allows, go a step farther; stay informed by logging onto ConcernedWomen.org and ks.cwfa.org regularly, read state newspapers and sign up for your legislator’s newsletters and e-alerts by going to their website or e-mailing them. Get to know where they stand on the issues.  For example, a person could contact Senator Mitch Holmes at Mitch.Holmes@senate.ks.gov and request a copy of his newsletter.
  2. Be prayerful: Commit your efforts to the Lord and pray for your legislators by name. Ask God to guide your legislator and give him/her wisdom.  “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (I Timothy 2:1-2)
  3. Contact your legislator and be specific: Contact your legislators via e-mail or phone and state the specific issue and include the bill number and/or the title.  Click here to find your state legislators names and contact information.  Click here to find your federal legislators names and contact information.
  4. Be polite: You should be firm but courteous.  Ask for a reply and thank the legislator. “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.  Let all that you do be done with love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13,14

There are two ways to lobby, from your home and in person.  Though most of you will not be able to visit the state capital this year in Topeka, all of you can lobby from your home via e-mail, Facebook, phone, etc.  Commit now to being a 2016 Lobbyist!

Now if you would like to lobby in person, you follow the points above as you do when calling or e-mailing.  The only difference is making an appointment in advance.

Consider lobbying on the CWA of Kansas Lobbying team.  To start, simply come with us and observe and pray.  Contact me if you are at all interested.

Join us as together we accomplish great things with the help of our Lord and Savior.

Barbara Saldivar
State Director

Gender Identity As a Protected Class Is Stopped In Kansas House Judiciary Committee

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“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Geneses 1:27)

Thank you for your prayers and action concerning the January 14 House Judiciary Committee hearing on HB 2323.  If passed HB 2323 would have paved the way for gender identity as a protected class.  Tension was pretty high during the testimony, but as it finished at about 5:10 p.m., CWA of Kansas Special Adviser CWA of Kansas Education Specialist and myself observed what seemed to be a fresh wind blowing.

Five people testified in favor of the bill, including a transgendered person, two pastors and a former mayor of Salina, Kansas.  Then Rep. Janice Pauls (R-District 102) testified against the bill.  She pointed out that including heterosexuality in the definition of sexual orientation makes it too broad, and that the definition of gender identity is unclear.  She fielded a few questions, and then Kellie Fiedorek from the National Defense League spoke.  She talked about similar laws that have been enacted in other places, and pointed out that in Houston when a similar law came to a vote that over 60% of the people voted against it.

The belief is HB 2323 will not be addressed again.  However, the battle over gender identity will probably continue to be waged during this legislative session.

Pray for the legislators themselves as we suspect they will be pressured in many ways.  Pray for the CWA of Kansas Steering Committee we strategize on how to oppose these kinds of bills and others.

Take Action: Keep informed through e-alerts from CWA of Kansas on this issue.  Be ready to speak out when called upon.  We need to make our voices heard for the sake of our businesses, public accommodations and freedom of faith.

Blessings,

Barbara Saldivar

State Director
CWA of Kansas
director@kansas.cwfa.org
ks.cwfa.org

 

It’s Not Too Late! Sign up for CWA of Kansas’s Encourage-A-Legislator Program Today!

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It’s that time of the year when the Kansas State Legislative session begins and our legislators need all the encouragement and prayers we can offer. Concerned Women for America of Kansas’s Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Program is an opportunity to minister to our state legislators personally with prayer and encouragement.

If you have not participated in our EAL Program in the past, know that this program is focused solely on prayer and encouragement to our state legislators.  Participants simply pray for an assigned legislator every day of the legislative session and send a postcard once a week for eights weeks to their assigned legislator with encouraging words letting them know that they are being prayed for each day. This is not a lobbying effort but a ministry to the legislators.  Whether a legislator is a believer, non-believer, conservative, liberal, democrat, republican, independent or other, they are in desperate need of prayer.  This 2016 legislative session, CWA of Kansas plans to deliver those prayers.

Sign up, and we will supply you with a legislator’s bio, eight postcards and sheets of encouraging quotes.  All you do is supply a few minutes of your time a week, prayers and stamps.

Consider making this a group project by involving your children, Bible Study or Sunday school class.

Please sign up today if you would like to participate.  E-mail me with your name, address and phone number.  Feel free to call me at 785-286-1388 if you prefer.

Thank you for joining CWA in fulfilling the ministry of praying for those in authority over us.  As one representative told me just this week, “I keep the cards where I can see them, to remind me, especially on the tough days.”

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (I Timothy 2:1-2)

Until He Returns or Calls Me Home,

Marcia Kessler
Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator
CWA of Kansas
785-286-1388
ks.cwfa.org

CWA of Kansas Opposes HB 2323 on Sexual Orientation – Make Your Voice Heard!

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The House Judiciary Committee is expected to hear HB 2323 tomorrow, Thursday, January 14.  Rep. John Carmichael (D-District 92) is presenting this terrible bill that will amend the Kansas Act Against Discrimination by prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodation based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. If HB 2323 passes, it will have far reaching consequences that will take away some of our freedoms.

Please pray that this ends up not being discussed or voted on in committee tomorrow.

Take action by contacting the committee members and let them know that you oppose HB 2323.  Click here to view names.  Click on each name to make contact.  In addition please pass this e-alert on to your friends, family and pastor.  Ask them to pray and take action.

 

Impact the Next Generation in Kansas 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 Kansas 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 multiple Kansas 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-alert 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 Kansas 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 nation 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.

Barbara Saldivar
State Director
CWA of Kansas
director@kansas.cwfa.org
KS.cwfa.org

Amanda Sanders
Young Women for America Coordinator
Concerned Women for America
asanders@cwfa.org

 

CWA of Kansas Religious Freedom Rally, “Obey God Rather Than Men” – A Great Success!

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KS rally picsAnd when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, saying, ‘Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!’  But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: ‘We ought to obey God rather than men.’”

Acts 5:27-29 is a call for all believers to stand on God’s Word without compromise and without apology. To stand for religious freedom in all areas of life.

This is why Concerned Women for America of Kansas decided to have a Religious Freedom Rally at the state capitol on August 24.  Our desire was to encourage pastors, individuals, ministries, businesses, churches, etc. to stand up for Judeo-Christian principles at all times, and if opposed by men, to make a choice to “Obey God Rather Than Men”.

Religious freedom is at the heart of what it means to be an American.  America set the standard for upholding freedom of belief and worship in a diverse society.  No American should ever doubt these protections enshrined in the First Amendment.

Over 100 of us stood as fellow Americans, fellow Kansans, for righteousness in the public square on the steps of our state capitol. We knew that if we didn’t continue to stand, we would lose even more of our legal rights to stand, as we’ve seen with the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on marriage.

All of our speakers were wonderful and inspiring:  Rev. Dave DePue, Captitol Commission Chaplain; Secretary of State Kris Kobach; Rep. Tony Barton (R-District 41), pastor of the New Life Fellowship Church; Rep. Willie Dove (R-District 38); Author of On This Day Dr. Paul Barkey, and Pastor Cordell Fischer of The Great I Am Church.

Gov. Sam Brownback was able to attend for a few minutes and nine Representatives, one Senator and several pastors attended.

We then marched to Judicial Center to the Kansas Supreme Court to demonstrate how legislators are to legislate, not the Supreme Court.

All were motivated and encouraged to “Obey God Rather Than Men” when called to do so.