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It is Time to Pray and Act to Protect Missouri’s Religious Freedom

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If we do not protect our religious freedoms, who will?!

SJR39 “Prohibits the state from imposing penalties on individuals and religious entities who refuse to participate in same sex marriage ceremonies due to sincerely held religious beliefs.” Click here to read the bill, check on its status and more.

Your state representative needs to hear from you on this issue!

Take Action: Please contact your state representative and ask him/her to support SJR39. “Pass SJR39 out of the House as it came over from the Senate.  Please don’t accept any changes to SJR39. To amend SJR39 is to kill SJR39.” Click here to find out who your representative is and how to contact him/her.

Note: If there are any changes made to SJR39 in the House, it will effectively kill the bill for this session and the opportunity to vote on it this year. The Senate used parliamentary rules to get it out of the Senate before Spring Break. They had to shut down a Democrat-led filibuster. If any changes are made to SJR39 in the House, SJR39 will have to go back to the Senate. To shut down a second filibuster on SJR39 just couldn’t happen, so SJR39 will die, and the people will not have a chance to vote to secure these protections this year. It would be two more years before the people could expect the opportunity to vote on this amendment. How many Missourians would be negatively affected in that time?

This proposed constitutional amendment prohibits the state from imposing a penalty on a religious organization who acts in accordance with a sincere religious belief concerning same sex marriage, which includes the refusal to perform a same sex marriage ceremony or allow a same sex wedding ceremony to be performed on the religious organization’s property.  The state cannot penalize an individual who declines, due to sincere religious beliefs, to provide goods of expressional or artistic creation for a same sex wedding or wedding reception.

Persons protected by this resolution may use the law as a claim or defense in a legal proceeding regardless of whether the state is a party in the dispute.

Nothing in the resolution 1. prevents the state from providing lawful marriage licenses or other marital benefits; 2. allows a hospital to refuse to treat a marriage as valid for the purposes of a spouse’s right to visitation or to make health care decisions; 3. shall create a cause of action against a private employer by an employee for termination related to the employee’s religious beliefs concerning same sex marriage.

Additional Action Items:

  • If time allows, please contact the chairman and members of the Emerging Issues Committee to which SJR39 has been assigned and ask them to support SJR39.  Click here for their names and contact information.  The message is, “Please vote do pass with no changes to SJR39. To amend SJR39 is to kill SJR39.”
  • Save the date: Tuesday, April 19 – Religious Freedom Rally at the State Capitol. Watch for more information to come.

Please Pray.  Pray that the plans of those opposing this legislation would be thwarted and that those in support of it would be bold and courageous.  Pray for each office holder by name as you contact them.

More information about this important bill:

A great explanation of SJR39 from our friends at the Missouri Baptist Convention and Pathway.

What does the Missouri Religious Freedom Amendment (SJR39) do, not do?

It is entirely defensive, a shield, not a sword. It prevents the State and local governments from imposing penalties on clergy, churches, religious organizations and some wedding vendors which, for religious conscience reasons, wish to not participate in a wedding involved two people of the same sex or gender.

Who is protected?

All pastors and staff, churches, organizations and institutions like church run children’s homes, church-run universities and all church-run schools. It even prevents accreditation boards, which are non-state actors, from indirectly allowing the state to punish religious belief about same-sex marriage.

The definition of “religious organization” is not limited to nonprofits. So, for example, a for-profit Christian book seller, Family Counseling Center, Crisis Pregnancy Center or Publishing House that holds itself out to the public as religious is protected.

Is anyone else protected?

Yes. For-profit businesses are protected if they are closely held and the corporation either is asked to be a participant in a “marriage” or wedding ceremony; or provides goods and services that reflect creative or artistic expression and are asked to provide such goods and service for a same-sex “marriage” ceremony or ensuing celebration of the “marriage.” This would generally include bakers, photographers and florists.

What does SJR 39 not do?

  • It does not provide protection for individuals, corporations, or religious organizations who discriminate against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • It does not protect any non-religious, for-profit business, unless the business is closely held and the business is asked to either participate in a same-sex “marriage” or wedding ceremony, or provides goods and services that reflect creative or artistic expression for the “marriage” or wedding ceremony, or ensuing celebration.
  • It does not prevent state or local government from providing a marriage license or other government entitlement to same-sex couples.
  • It does not provide protection for a healthcare facility or elder care facility to refuse to treat a same-sex “marriage” as valid.
  • It does not provide protection for any action that violates the U.S. Constitution or federal law.

 

Easter Project AD2016

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CWA of Missouri has traditionally presented gifts to the members of the Missouri General Assembly to celebrate Easter and Constitution Day. This year for Easter we will be presenting this ceramic gift mug with vintage clock design to each member of the Missouri General Assembly.

On the reverse side the verse is spelled out in bold letters: For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

An Easter card  and chocolates will accompany each mug!

We are asking $10 to sponsor your state representative or state senator.

The gifts will be delivered to each member of the  Missouri General Assembly at the State Capitol on Wednesday, March 23.

The gift will bear the sponsor’s name and address so the elected official will know who sponsored their gift.

To sponsor your state representative or state senator for the Easter Project AD2016 contact Val Cummings at 636-359-0401 or cwaofmo@hotmail.com.

Click here to view and print flyer.

 

Join CWA of Missouri at the #WomenBetrayed Rally at Planned Parenthood – St. Louis – Tuesday, July 28, at 12 Noon

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Planned Parenthood
4251 Forest Park Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63108

In the last week, two undercover videos were released revealing that Planned Parenthood has been selling fetal organs from aborted babies. View first video.  View second video. In response to the outcry to defund Planned Parenthood since the release of the videos, Students for Life of America and other prolife organizations are launching #WomenBetrayed National Rallies across the country.

CWA of Missouri is joining with them to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH . . . Planned Parenthood has betrayed women. This is why we will be gathering together to protest Planned Parenthood. They have betrayed women, their children and their families – and they did it all with your tax dollars.

It is time to defund Planned Parenthood!

Please make plans now to join us on Tuesday, July 28, at 12 noon for the St. Louis Rally at Planned Parenthood on Forest Park Avenue.

Forward this on to your church, friends, family, etc. Strongly encourage them to attend.

Have you contacted Missouri congressional members and our governor concerning this issue yet? View our last two alerts on this issue and make your voice heart today.

CWA of Missouri Calls for Continued Action in the Allegations Against Planned Parenthood

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A hearty thank you to those who responded to our last e-alert concerning the undercover video of a Planned Parenthood representative casually describing the harvesting of baby body parts. Since then another video has come out. View both videos here.

Republican Members of Congress have called for a Congressional investigation. This is a perfect opportunity for you to voice your support to defund Planned Parenthood at the federal level. Our tax dollars should not be used to support an organization whose practices seem to be following the letter of the law rather than the spirit of the law if anything or breaking federal law at worst. Planned Parenthood is an organization which encourages unbiblical sexual behavior as well as abortion. Check out their website if you want to see who they are. Explore their website at plannedparenthood.org. Go to plannedparenthood.org/learn and the links to Sex & Sexuality and Sexual Orientation & Gender just for starters.

If you haven’t contacted Missouri’s two senators and eight representatives, do it right now by clicking here. The pressure needs to continue until an investigation is official. Encourage friends and family to do the same.

Let’s ramp it up!

Take Additional Action:

  • Please contact Gov. Jay Nixon at (573) 751-3222 or e-mail him at governor.mo.gov/get-involved/contact-the-governors-office. Ask him to investigate the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Missouri immediately due to recent developments. Then, encourage your friends and family to do the same.
  • Please contact Attorney General Chris Koster at 573-751-3321 or at attorney.general@ago.mo.gov and thank him for calling for an investigation.
  • Please contact President Pro Tem of the Senate, Sen. Tom Dempsey at (573) 751-1141 or at Tom.Dempsey@senate.mo.gov and thank him for taking this issue seriously and forming a Senate Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life. The duties of this interim committee will include conducting an in-depth analysis of the Planned Parenthood business model and methods by which they dispose of human remains from aborted fetuses and determining whether any state dollars have been directly used in such activity, as well as other duties.

Pray: Pray that Gov. Jay Nixon will do the right thing and call for an investigation. Pray for Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services, who was seen on the first video. Pray for Dr. Mary Gatter, President of Planned Parenthood’s Medical Director’s Council who was seen on the second video released yesterday. As you can be sure, the stress in their lives has risen to a level they may not have ever experienced. May the Lord call them to the saving knowledge of His Son Jesus Christ.

“For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” Romans 3:22b–26

Added note: Some of you may have seen attempts by some liberals to deflect the claims made by those who produced the video. Read our response, The Left has Left out Details (Again).

CWA of Missouri 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..

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 your U.S. Senators and Representatives.

Senators:

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt – http://www.blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-roy
(202) 224-5721

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill – http://www.mccaskill.senate.gov/contact
(202) 224-6154

And then contact your U.S. Representative. If you are not sure who your U.S. Representative is, go to senate.mo.gov and to “Legislator Lookup” and fill in the blanks to find who you representative in the U. S. House is. If time allows, contact all of them.

U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay – https://lacyclay.house.gov/contact-form
(202) 225-2406

U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner – https://wagner.house.gov/contact
(202) 225-1621 (Thank Rep. Ann Wagner. She called for an investigation on Wednesday soon after the story broke.)

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer- http://luetkemeyer.house.gov/contact/
(202) 225-2956

U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler – https://hartzler.house.gov/contact-me/email-me
(202) 225-2876

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver – https://cleaver.house.gov/contact/email-me
(202) 225-4535

U.S. Rep. Sam Graves – https://graves.house.gov/contact
(202) 225-7041

U.S. Rep. Billy Long – http://long.house.gov/contact-billy/
(202) 225-6536

U.S. Rep. Jason Smith – https://jasonsmith.house.gov/contact/email-me
(202) 225-4404

Pray: “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.” – 1 Timothy 2:1-3

Dear Heavenly Father, the God of all creation, please forgive us our trespasses. We will no longer be silent. Boldly we speak the truth in love, knowing that Jesus is the victory. Please break the hearts of our leaders for what breaks Your Heart. 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 in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

CWA of Missouri Launches Constitution Day Project AD2015

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Please celebrate Constitution Day by participating in our annual Constitution Day Project.

Each year we present a gift to each member of the Missouri General Assembly to help them understand and remember the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the freedom that it protects. This year we will be presenting three items. The first is a book titled In God We Trust. This inspiring book by John Hudson Tiner reveals the events that led to the phrase “In God We Trust” finding a place on American coins and currency. In addition we have included a pocket-sized copy of the U.S. Constitution as well as the “28 Principles” card by W. Cleon Skousen. These principles are what the Founding Fathers said must be understood and perpetuated by every people who desired peace, prosperity, and freedom. They made more progress possible in 200 years than was made previously in over 5,000 years.

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The gifts will be delivered to each member of the Missouri General Assembly at the State Capitol on Wednesday, September 16.

We are asking $10 to sponsor your state representative or state senator.

The gift will bear the sponsor’s name and address so the elected official will know who sponsored their gift.

To sponsor your state representative or state senator for the Constitution Day Project AD2015,
contact Val Cummings at 636-916-3189 or cwaofmo@hotmail.com. Please contact us by September 10 to participate.

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Click here to view and print flyer.

CWA of Missouri Capitol Report

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Dear CWA of Missouri Friends!

Below you will find a link to the current CWA of Missouri Capitol Report of the 2015 Legislative Session. In this report, you will read about CWA of Missouri’s activities at the Missouri General Assembly, upcoming events and additional ways you can partner with us in our efforts. In order for CWA of Missouri to be as effective as possible in impacting the state legislature, it is imperative that you read, act, pray and pass on this report. Together we will make a difference on behalf of Missouri families and children.

Read the April 22, 2015 CWA of Missouri Capitol Report now!

Thank you in advance for your diligent, enthusiastic participation.

Bev Ehlen
State Director
CWA of Missouri

CWA of Missouri Capitol Report

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April 14, 2015

Please take a few minutes to both pray and take action on these important issues. Then forward this e-mail on to like-minded friends, family, churches and associates.

The LAST TWO WEEKS IN REVIEW

Wednesday, April 1

Easter Project 2015 gift delivery day!

IMG_1464Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator Ginger Yoak and her husband Jim, Volunteer Coordinator Val Cummings and Records Correspondent Diana Kaufman came to help Capitol regulars Legislative Liaison Sherry Kuttenkuler, Legislative Liaison Linda Laird and State Director Bev Ehlen with the delivery of the Ten Commandments plaques and Easter cards to each of the members of the Missouri General Assembly. The Ten Commandment plaques were well received. We had Legislative Assistants even asking how they, too, could get one, and we had some visitors to the Capitol stop by our work area to see what we were doing. Thankfully, we had purchased some extra so we were able to bless each person who asked for a Ten Commandment plaque that day.

A special thanks to Ginger, Jim, Val, and Diana for taking time out to help. We greatly appreciate every one of you!

Wednesday, April 1

The Truth Project

CWA of Missouri and Missouri Alliance for Freedom hosts the Truth Project on Wednesday mornings for the members of the Missouri General Assembly, staff members and individuals living near the Capitol. The week’s lesson was Sociology: The Divine Imprint – The order we observe in the natural realm is even more apparent in the social systems God has established: family, church, community, state, labor, and the union between God and man. Life is a series of relationships that flow out of and reflect the Trinitarian nature of the Creator.

Tuesday, April 7

Election Day

We are happy to report that the people of Springfield repealed the highly controversial sexual orientation gender identity ordinance that was passed by the Springfield City Council last year. The vote was 15,364 (51.43%) YES votes to 14,510 (48.57%) NO votes. It was close. We are so grateful for this victory. Many pastors in Springfield stepped out of their comfort zone and got involved. Thank you, Father God, for honoring these pastors and the people of Springfield with this victory.

Bev Ehlen took a break from CWA activities and traveled to SE Missouri to help a friend who was a first time candidate for school board.

Religious Freedom

Linda Laird was at the Capitol taking care of business. Linda attended the hearing on HB104 sponsored by Isaac Haahr (R-District 134) in the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee meeting. This bill prohibits an institution of higher learning from taking any action or enforcing any policy that denies a religious student association any benefit available to other student organizations. CWA of Missouri supports HB104.

Action Item: Please contact your state senator and ask him/her to support HB104 when it comes to the Senate floor for debate and vote. Click here to find out who your state senator is as well as their contact information.

Child Protection

Also heard in the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee meeting, sponsored by Rep. Isaac Haahr (R-District 134), was HB152 which expands the crime of sexual trafficking of a child to include advertising a child participating in a commercial sexual act. CWA of Missouri supports HB152. We expect this bill to pass without opposition.

Wednesday, April 8

The Truth Project

CWA of Missouri and Missouri Alliance for Freedom host the Truth Project on Wednesday mornings for the members of the Missouri General Assembly, staff members and individuals living near the Capitol. The week’s lesson was Unio Mystica: Am I Alone? Is it possible for the infinite, eternal Creator to dwell within the heart of an individual? The implications of this great mystery, which represents the very core of the Christian faith, are explored at length in this examination of the most intimate of the social spheres.

Educating the Legislators

IMG_1438Linda Laird and Sherry Kuttenkuler delivered the weekly handouts CWA of Missouri prepares to leave in each office of each member of the Missouri General Assembly. They had several interesting and engaging conversations with members as they went from office to office.

Linda and Sherry continue to do outstanding work as they track legislation, articulate CWA of Missouri’s position on many pieces of legislation and develop relationships with legislators and their staff. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Student Data Protection

Linda and Sherry then attended the Senate Education Committee meeting that afternoon where SB530, sponsored by Sen. Bob Onder (R-District 2), was heard. SB530 (the student protection bill) enacts multiple provisions to protect the privacy of student data. One of the biggest concerns we have with the Common Core State Standards Initiative is the data collection and privacy violation of the students. This bill will go a long way to protect the students in that regard.

Action Item: Please contact Sen. David Pearce (R-District 21) at 573-751-2272 and ask him to hold an executive session on SB530 and then turn it in with full support to be placed on the formal calendar for debate and vote. Then contact Sen. Ron Richard (R-District 32) at 573-751-2173 and ask him to support SB530.

Prayer/Action Chapter Activity

Bev Ehlen was in Washington, Missouri, on Wednesday evening to help the local CWA Prayer/Action Chapter start a study on The Five Thousand Year Leap. This is a basic study on the twenty-eight principles our founders used to frame our Republic and write our Constitution.

Action Item: If you would like to host a study like this in your area, find out if there is a local CWA Prayer/Action Chapter in your area and/or find out how to start a chapter, contact Bev Ehlen at director@missouri.cwfa.org. We have this study and other DVD-based studies available to borrow.

Thursday, April 9

Pastors and Christian Leaders Summit

Bev Ehlen attended the Pastors and Christian Leaders Summit in Lee’s Summit. President of Amerisearch, Inc. Bill Federer, Liberty Institute Attorney Kelly Shackelford, Pastor and National Black Pro-life Coalition representative Stephen Broden and others spoke directly to the pastors and the lay people attending regarding our responsibility to be involved in public policy and how to prepare ourselves for the immediate future especially regarding Religious Liberty and the growth of Islam – a religion with equal political and military components. Thank you to Dr. Karladine Graves for hosting such a terrific event.

THIS WEEK’S ACTIVITIES

The Truth Project

If you live close to the Capitol or are visiting for the day, join us for breakfast and a dose of Truth at 7:00 a.m. in Hearing Room 4 on Wednesday mornings. Click here for more information.

Action Item: Contact your state representative and state senator and ask him/her to attend on Wednesday mornings – especially Wednesday, April 15, when the lesson will be The State: Whose Law? and Wednesday, April 22, when the lesson will be The American Experiment: Stepping Stones. Both of these lessons have content that a public office holder needs to understand to fulfill their duties successfully. Click here to find out who your state representative and state senator are as well as their contact information.

Partner with Us

We ask for your prayers, financial support and participation. We are an all-volunteer organization. Each of the ladies travel to the Capitol, pay for gas for their cars and overnight stays, food away from home, etc. It would be great to have some individuals step up and “Sponsor a Legislative Liaison.” This money could go directly to reimburse a Legislative Liaison for some of her expenses. Think about it, pray about it and contact us should the Lord move you to “Sponsor a Legislative Liaison.”