CWA of Louisiana Pray and Encouragement Opportunity

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Are You an Encourager of Encouragers?
Impact the State Legislature with Prayer and Encouragement

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Louisiana is currently seeking a coordinator to oversee our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) program. The EAL Coordinator prepares the EAL packet of postcards and instructions and mails to the EAL participants. She also communicates with participants throughout the legislative session. The Louisiana 2021 session is scheduled to convene on Monday, April 12, and adjourn on Thursday, June 10.

About the EAL Program
EAL is a program of encouragement and prayer for our Louisiana state legislators while the Louisiana legislature is in session. It involves sending postcards of encouragement and praying for an assigned legislator throughout the session. EAL is designed to pray for and encourage the legislators with no mention of legislation or policy. Whether conservative or liberal, the goal is to uplift the legislator and to remind him or her that they are prayed for regularly.

Are you interested in learning more about the position of EAL Coordinator? I am happy to talk to you and answer any questions you may have. Please contact me by e-mail or phone (504) 236-8546 if you have an interest in more information on joining our CWA of Louisiana team.

“May He equip you with all you need for doing His will. May He produce in you through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to Him” Hebrews 13:21

Anchored in Christ,
Laura Huber
State Director

CWA of North Dakota Prayer Project Opportunity

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Wow! What a year this has been. It has been a year like we have never experienced in our lifetime – the coronavirus and its restrictions, lawlessness in our streets, and questions of election integrity.

Now is not the time to grow weary. Isaiah 54:17 promises us that no weapon forged against us will prevail. Prayer opens the keys to Kingdom power and is one of the most powerful weapons God has given us.

So, are you ready to pray?! I am looking for volunteers for Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota’s Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) program for North Dakota’s 2021 legislative session, which begins January 5.

If you are new to CWA, EAL is a program of encouragement and prayer for our North Dakota legislators while the Legislative Assembly is in session. This year we have expanded the program to include members of the Executive Branch (Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Auditor, State Treasurer, etc.)!  The program involves sending a postcard every week for six weeks and praying daily for your assigned individual. Click here to review the EAL brochure, which further explains the program.

A special note from CWA of North Dakota’s EAL Coordinator, Karen Anderson, who oversees the EAL program: “I am honored to oversee this program again this session. We have received wonderful feedback from legislators. Many have responded to your prayers and encouraging postcards over the years with words of appreciation. Your efforts encourage and build bridges. We hear back from both conservative legislators as well as those who do not typically agree with CWA. As a part of this effort, I know you, too, will be energized and blessed!”

Are you interested?  Now more than ever, our leaders need our prayers and encouragement. 

Prayer moves the hand of God in the affairs of this nation! In fact, we are commanded to pray for those in authority: “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. This is good and pleases God our Savior …” (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

We are looking for your commitment today! Please reply to me by phone (701-331-9792) or email ([email protected]). Be sure to specify the number of legislators you would like to adopt, along with you your name, physical address, and email address. You will receive your postcards and instructions in early January, just prior to the opening of the 2021 North Dakota legislative session.   

Linda Thorson
State Director

A Special Thanksgiving Message from CWA

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In the midst of the preparations for Thanksgiving and looking forward to the Christmas season, I wanted to express our thanks for you and your support of Concerned Women for America. This year has been one of the strangest I can remember in my lifetime. What a year 2020 has been!

Who would have known that COVID would turn our lives upside down! In March, we sent our staff home to work remotely. With the wonders of technology, we were able to keep moving forward. Through God’s faithfulness and your giving, we were able to stay on a solid financial footing through the months that have followed. On June 1, we returned to our offices. God has protected us, and we have not had any incidences of the virus in our office.

The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to succeed her on the U.S. Supreme Court provided CWA with an amazing opportunity to reach out to Christian, conservative women across the country. Early in October, we launched the “Women for Amy” bus tour to raise awareness and promote the confirmation of Judge Barrett. Our pink “Women for Amy” bus did over 8,000 miles in twelve states and rallied at 36 different locations. We were able to rejoice in the successful confirmation of Associate Justice Barrett.

The victories we have experienced this year have been made possible as people like you have prayed and lifted us up through the hard battles made even more difficult by the pandemic. Every prayer you have prayed has been felt and appreciated. We could not do what we do without the strong arms of the Lord holding this ministry and giving us the strength and resources we need. You are a huge part of that, and for that, we are thankful.

We look forward to 2021. By then, we should know who the President is, and soon after the first of the year, we will know who will control the Senate. We are already making plans for any contingency which could come out of the final results. We will continue to be engaged both nationally and internationally on our seven core issues and will be working to see that policy decisions which are made are good for our nation and our families. With your support and your prayers, we will continue to do this regardless of who sits in the White House or the U.S. Senate. And for that, we are thankful.

We pray God’s blessings on you and your family as you gather to celebrate Thanksgiving.

For all these things, we are thankful,
Penny Nance

Thanksgiving, the anthem of our nation

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Thanksgiving is deeply embedded in the historical framework of this great nation. While the first Thanksgivings were celebrated by both Virginia and Massachusetts settlers in the New World, November 26, 1789, was the first official Thanksgiving Day. President George Washington set that day apart for the nation to give thanks, and the presidents to follow continued the tradition.

However, it was President Abraham Lincoln who issued the Thanksgiving Day proclamation which prompted the holiday we know and love today.

“It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea, and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that, while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation, and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity, and union.”

It was a proclamation made on October 3, 1863 — almost exactly in the middle of the Civil War. In a period of time when our nation was most deeply divided and the American spirit of unity was in tatters, our leader asked us to give thanks. As brother fought against brother, our president asked us to set aside a day to recognize the Lord’s deliverance and blessings. It was in the midst of that darkness that President Lincoln implored the nation to come together in prayer for peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.

It’s striking to me that we hold elections in the same month as we celebrate Thanksgiving. Was it purposeful, the timing of those two events? Elections, whether they should be or not, can be so deeply divisive. But we have a built-in reminder, just three weeks later, to put it all aside and give thanks.

So this month, as we move past an election cycle and on to Thanksgiving, choose unity, prayer, and thankfulness. Set aside time to thank God for His deliverances and blessings. Bow with humble penitence for our national disobedience. Commend to our Father in Heaven every American who has become a widow, orphan, mourner, or sufferer this year. Implore our Savior to heal the wounds of our nation and restore peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.

 

CWA of Pennsylvania Prayer Project Opportunity

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Do you want to make a powerful and effective investment in the state of Pennsylvania? Consider participating in Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Pennsylvania’s first annual Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Prayer Project. The project is designed to be simple yet effective as we pray for the hearts and minds of our legislators during the 2021 legislative session.

The EAL Prayer Project impacts state legislators. It does this in two ways. First and foremost, it ensures daily prayer for each legislator. Second, through monthly postcards, it encourages and builds bridges with the conservative legislators and those who do not usually agree with CWA. As prayers are offered on behalf of the legislators, and they receive your postcards, hearts are changed and encouraged. The EAL Prayer Project is not used for lobbying purposes.

We are prayerfully seeking enough faithful volunteers so that each of the 253 Pennsylvania state legislators will be prayed for during the 2021 legislative session. CWA will provide the postcards; all you have to do is provide the stamps and a commitment to pray and encourage.

If you would like to participate, please email CWA of Pennsylvania state office by December 15. Please specify whether you would like to pray for one or more legislators. Please provide the following information: Name, address, phone, and e-mail address. You will receive your postcards and instructions in early January.

I hope you will join us! I cannot think of anything more powerful than to pray for those in authority, those who make public policy decisions that impact our daily lives.

From Knees to Feet,

Dilonna Coran
State Director

CWA of South Carolina Prayer Project Opportunity

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Do you want to make a powerful and effective investment in the state of South Carolina? Consider participating in Concerned Women for America (CWA) of South Carolina‘s first annual Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Prayer Project. The project is designed to be simple yet effective as we pray for the hearts and minds of our legislators during the five-month 2021 legislative session.

The EAL Prayer Project impacts state legislators. It does this in two ways. First and foremost, it ensures daily prayer for each legislator. Second, through monthly postcards, it encourages and builds bridges with the conservative legislators and those who do not usually agree with CWA. As prayers are offered on behalf of the legislators, and they receive your postcards, hearts are changed and encouraged. The EAL Prayer Project is not used for lobbying purposes.

We are prayerfully seeking enough faithful volunteers so that each of the 170 South Carolina state legislators will be prayed for during the 2021 legislative session (January 12 – end of May). CWA will provide the postcards; all you have to do is provide the stamps and a commitment to pray and encourage.

If you would like to participate, please e-mail CWA of South Carolina’s state office by December 20. Please specify whether you would like to pray for one or more legislators. Please provide the following information: Name, address, phone, and e-mail address. You will receive your postcards and instructions in early January.

I hope you will join us! I cannot think of anything more powerful than to pray for those in authority, those who make public policy decisions that impact our daily lives.

For Truth and Righteousness,

Madison Rainey
State Director

A Great Ministry Opportunity Available Through CWA of Kansas

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“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16

 Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Kansas is currently seeking a coordinator to oversee our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) program. The EAL Coordinator prepares the EAL packet of postcards and instructions and mails to the EAL participants. She also communicates with participants throughout the legislative session.

About the EAL Program
EAL is a program of encouragement and prayer for our Kansas legislators while the Kansas Legislature is in session. It involves sending postcards of encouragement and praying for an assigned legislator throughout the session. EAL is designed to pray for and encourage the legislators with no mention of legislation or policy. Whether conservative or liberal, the goal is to uplift the legislator and to remind him or her that they are prayed for regularly.

Are you interested in learning more about the position of EAL Coordinator? Contact me at 785-260-5659 or [email protected]. I am happy to talk to you and answer any questions you may have.

Please join me in praying that God will provide someone to fill this rewarding role.

God bless you,
Barbara Saldivar
CWA of Kansas

Virginia EAL

Virginia: Encourage A Legislator Prayer Project Opportunity

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Wow! What a year this has been. Many bills harmful to families and unborn babies were passed by the Virginia General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Ralph Northam (Democrat). And on a national level, it has also been a year like we have never experienced in our lifetime – the coronavirus and its lockdowns, lawlessness in our streets, and questions of election integrity.

Now is not the time to grow weary. Isaiah 54:17 promises us that no weapon forged against us will prevail. Prayer opens the keys to Kingdom power and is one of the most powerful weapons God has given us.

So, are you ready to pray?! I am looking for volunteers for Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Virginia’s Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) program for Virginia’s 2021 legislative session, which begins January 13, 2021.

If you are new to CWA, EAL is a program of encouragement and prayer for our Virginia legislators while the General Assembly is in session. It involves sending a postcard every week for six weeks and praying daily for a legislator. Click here to review the EAL brochure, which further explains the program.

We have received several notes of gratitude and appreciation from our legislators over the years. Here are a few:

“Thanks for your many prayers and words of encouragement.”
“Thank you for your cards of support . . . they mean a great deal to me.”

If you would like to participate in the 2021 EAL program, please click here to sign up online, and I will be in contact with you.

This is also a great project for your whole family, students, a Sunday School class, or a Bible study group.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to serve the Lord and your fellow citizens.

Janet Stasulli
EAL Coordinator
[email protected]

CWA of North Carolina Recommends Two Pro-Life Activities

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During these uncertain times, it is more important than ever to unite in both prayer and action with like-minded believers. What better way to do this than to focus on what is near and dear to God’s heart – the unborn. Consider joining CWA of North Carolina in these two pro-life activities:

And Then There Were None is a note-writing and prayer ministry for abortion workers we participate in every Fall and Winter. This ministry’s CEO and Founder, Abby Johnson, was a former Planned Parenthood director who left the abortion industry in 2009. We know prayers and handwritten notes are being used by God to reach these dear ones trapped in the abortion industry.

If you are interested in participating, please email our ministry contact, Kelly, at [email protected]. Please copy me at [email protected].

Detailed instructions and note-writing packets will be mailed to you. When you have completed writing and mailing out your cards, please be sure to let Kelly know and copy me on your email.

The Love Life Prayer Walk 40th Week Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, November 21, rain or shine, in three North Carolina cities (Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh) as well as in New York City. Click the link above for more information about Love Life and click on “CITIES” for detailed information about each specific event. Please be sure to arrive early as there will be many people attending.

RSVP here and let me know as well by emailing me at [email protected].

Event Details:

7:30 a.m. – Parking and check-in (Click here and scroll down the page for parking instructions)
8:15 a.m. – Early praise and worship
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon – Prayer walk

Please carpool as much as possible and wear your blue Love Life shirt. If you need a shirt, Love Life shirts will be available on a donation basis.

Masks will be available for those who would like them. We will also provide hand sanitizer.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Jill Coward
State Director

We Need Your Help in Georgia!

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Control of the U.S. Senate hinges on the January 5, 2021, Georgia runoffs between Sen. David Perdue (Republican-Incumbent) and Jon Ossoff (Democrat), and between Sen. Kelly Loeffler (Republican-Incumbent) and Raphael Warnock (Democrat). Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is fully engaged in the GOTV and prayer efforts in Georgia for the two U.S. Senate runoff races, and we invite YOU to join in our efforts.

Background: Senate elections are normally staggered in the states. Though not typical, there is a reason why there are two Senate races in the same year and in the same state. Incumbent Sen. David Perdue (Republican) was up for reelection for another six-year term. Georgia law requires a 50% plus one vote for a race not to be thrown into a runoff. Sen. Perdue has a current 49.9% lead over his opponents. Incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler (Republican) was appointed to her Senate seat last year by Gov. Brian Kemp to fill the vacancy of retired Sen. Johnny Isakson (Republican). The winner of the Loeffler/Warnock race will run again in 2022.

What’s at Stake with the Runoff Elections

  • Life – Would flip the Senate to a pro-abortion majority. Ending the filibuster rule requiring 60 votes would mean any bill to promote and pay for abortion could be enacted.
  • Judges – Even if the filibuster rule stays in place, it only takes 51 votes to confirm judges. Activist judges could be nominated and confirmed, and political court-packing would be possible.
  • Religious Freedom – Democrats would gut the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and impose government mandates forcing sexual and gender ideology on society through the Equality Act.

How You Can Help:

  • Travel to Georgia the weeks of November 30 and/or December 7 to assist with Get Out the Vote door to door canvassing and phone banking. You can go anytime your schedule allows, but the two weeks listed are the most critical. We can use you for a day, days, or the entire week!
  • Do phone banking either in Georgia or remotely from your home.
  • Organize a prayer event(s) to pray specifically for the Georgia runoff elections.

Volunteer Today:

Click here to fill out the form letting us know of your availability to help with the Georgia runoff races. While this is not a paid position, we can assist in helping you seek out housing options.

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Praise and Prayer Rally in Augusta on November 14

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“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 

I want to invite you to a time of united prayer and praise as we reflect upon this past year concerning COVID-19, the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett, successful pro-life policies, the presidential election, and more. We will also pray for America’s future. We will pray for the upcoming U.S. Senate runoff races in Georgia on January 5, 2021, determining which party controls the U.S. Senate.  We will pray for God’s blessing and guidance for whoever our president and vice president will be.

CWA’s CEO and President Penny Nance recently stated, “The news media does not get to call the election. We will let the legal process play out, and if former Vice President Biden is the winner, we will congratulate him, pray for him, and engage him to do the right thing on the issues about which we care.” Please read the press release in its entirety here.

We will meet at the corner of State and Capitol Streets, across from the Blaine House (192 State St, Augusta), this Saturday, November 14, at 4:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and cell phone or candle.

Please send this e-alert to friends and family and bring them along to pray too.

Please Pray:  Dear Father, You say in your word that an effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much, so I ask that you send Your people out to pray corporately for our communities, state, and nation. We seek Your will for us individually and as a nation. In Jesus’ Name. Amen

Penny Morrell
State Director

Encouragers Needed in South Dakota! Learn More.

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It is time to recruit “encouragers” for our Concerned Women for America (CWA) of South Dakota Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) campaign for the 2021 South Dakota legislative session. This is our 22nd year of Encourage-A-Legislator, and many of you have been dedicated encouragers with us from the very beginning. We appreciate your faithfulness.

We live in challenging times. I am sure you’ll agree with me that much prayer is needed to restrain the enemy’s assault on our culture. Prayer is also needed to help encourage and sustain our state legislators. You may have seen the picture on the left of Sen. Jack Kolbeck’s (R-District 13) desk displaying the postcards he received from his encourager. He told me that he read some of the postcards each day.

Will you commit to adopting a legislator and praying for him or her daily during the three-month session beginning in January? Each week you will send your assigned legislator a CWA-provided postcard pre-printed with a Scripture verse or inspirational quote. Simply express appreciation for the legislator’s service and note your prayers for him or her. Finally, add a postcard stamp and mail the card on a specified date.

Your efforts will encourage and build bridges with the conservative legislators as well as those who do not typically agree with CWA of South Dakota. Your benefit as an “encourager” is that you are energized and blessed to be a part of this effort.

If you wish to participate in our EAL campaign, please reply to this email by noting your commitment and providing your physical address. You will receive your postcards and instructions before the opening of the 2021 South Dakota legislative session early in January.

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.

Linda Schauer
State Director

Veterans Day Message from Penny Nance

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In this time of uncertainty, I feel all the more passionately about the exceptionalism of our great nation. In the days that lie ahead, we will peacefully sort through the election results and legally hold accountable any wrongdoing. We will inaugurate a President, and we will work to serve the Lord. My confidence comes not only from the fact that I know we serve a Sovereign God but also that He inspired our nation’s founders to create an ageless Constitution that protects the rights He bestowed. Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution provides for our national defense; it is the men and women of this nation who have selflessly heeded this call to action time and time again, defeating tyrants and protecting our freedoms.

On September 11, 2001, my infant son lay sleeping in his crib in our home three miles from the Pentagon as evil men crashed a plane into the building. This Veterans Day, he has sworn an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. As a member of the Army ROTC and Virginia Corp of Cadets, he is preparing to someday join the ranks of that long line of patriots we call veterans. I am so proud.  Today, please join me thanking and praying for our veterans, our active-duty military personnel, and our nation.

Penny Nance
CEO and President

Fox News Op-Ed – Nance: 2020 election’s only wave – Republican women double numbers in the House

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“Conservative women candidates laid the groundwork early for keeping seats being vacated by male Republican members and flipping seats occupied by liberal women who were beholden to Planned Parenthood and the leftist agenda of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Their efforts paid off … No amount of money from the left’s political donation machine was enough to win these seats. The power of the conservative message won the day,” stated Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) CEO and President, Penny Nance, in her op-ed for Fox News. Read the entire op-ed here.

Conservative Women Poised for Action

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2020

Contact:
Stephanie Rivera
954.243.6301, [email protected]

Conservative Women Poised for Action

Washington, D.C. – Concerned Women for America (CWA) CEO and President Penny Nance had this to say on the news reports that former Vice President Joe Biden is projected to win the election:

“The news media does not get to call the election. We will let the legal process play out, and if former Vice President Biden is the winner, we will congratulate him, pray for him, and engage him to do the right thing on the issues about which we care.

“The hundreds of thousands of conservative women I represent know how to play offense and defense, and we do not shy away from any circumstance.

“One thing is for sure. Our election process needs reforming. It helps no party to have this many Americans show such strong distrust of the process. I am glad to see some senators, like Sen. Josh Hawley, already looking to introduce legislation to safeguard our elections.

“We are looking forward to engaging the president (whether former Vice President Biden or President Trump) and the new Congress, reinvigorated by some incredible new conservative, pro-life women who are sure to make their mark in a positive way for our nation.”

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America. Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich 40-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.

Fulton v. Philadelphia Argument Recap

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The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in an important religious liberty case this week, Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. Sharonell Fulton and other foster parents who work with Catholic Social Services (whose work goes back 200 years in the city) brought suit after the City of Philadelphia tried to kick them out of the foster care and adoption arena because of their faith.

The city wants to force them to violate their faith and place children with same-sex couples. Concerned Women for America submitted a brief in support of the foster parent’s religious liberty.

This should be a simple case. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits any law prohibiting the free exercise of religion. That is exactly what the city is doing here in trying to prevent Catholic Social Services from serving the poor and needy in the way they have done for centuries.

Lori Windham, of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, who represented the foster parents put it succinctly for the justices. “The City has no compelling reason for excluding Catholic Social Services, which has exercised its faith by serving at-risk children in Philadelphia for two centuries,” she said in her opening presentation.

The real motivation behind this law, a blatant attack on Christians, was exposed in Court as Justice Samuel Alito asked a simple question: “How many same-sex couples in Philadelphia have been denied the opportunity to be foster parents as a result of Catholic Social Services’ policy?”

To which Ms. Windham responded, “Zero. In fact, Justice Alito, none have even approached Catholic Social Services asking for this approval and endorsement.”

Still, the liberal justices wanted to see a big problem here, suggesting, as they always do, that the situation is akin to Catholic Social Services discriminating against African Americans. But both, Ms. Windham for the foster parents and the federal government who also presented arguments in their support were careful to bring back the issue to what was really before them. “What the City’s trying to do here is tell religious groups who have been doing this prior to when the City got involved, ‘We’re going to exclude you; you can no longer carry out this work unless you take actions that are contrary to your faith.’”

Ms. Windham concluded saying, “In our pluralistic society, a properly functioning Free Exercise Clause is supposed to prevent this kind of unnecessary and harmful conflict. There are children in need of loving homes waiting for them. Neither Philadelphia nor [precedent] should stand in the way.”

Deputy Assistant Attorney General Hashim Mooppan also presented in support of religious liberty on behalf of the United States. He took the argument from where Ms. Windham left off. “Philadelphia has not afforded Catholic Social Services the tolerance of religious practice that is required by the Free Exercise Clause and vital to our pluralistic nation,” he said.

He was strong also in responding to the liberal justices’ contention that this requirement was neutral and did not target faith specifically. He highlighted that the city indeed made many exceptions to their supposed rule, including in law. “[U]nder 55 Pennsylvania Code 3700.64,” he highlighted, “the City requires agencies to consider both familial status and disability in certifying foster children — foster parents. The City has tolerated racial and ethnic-based outreach to — for foster parents. And then the City itself considers race and disability when placing children.”

But now, when it comes to taking into account faith, they want to bully Christian agencies to violate their deeply held beliefs to accommodate the city’s desired preferences.

Radical liberal attorney Neal Katyal represented the City of Philadelphia and tried to persuade the Court that they extended those exemptions at a different stage and so that made it different. It was not persuasive. Justice Alito, again, got to the heart of the matter: “[I]f we are honest about what’s really going on here, it’s not about ensuring that same-sex couples in Philadelphia have the opportunity to be foster parents. It’s the fact that the City can’t stand the message that Catholic Social Services and the Archdiocese are sending by continuing to adhere to the old-fashioned view about marriage. Isn’t that the case?”

Katyal, of course, denied it and tried to deflect to another matter.

The new member of the Court, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, also asked important questions about the ramifications of the government’s actions in this case. She asked Mr. Katyal:

[L]et’s imagine that the state takes over all hospitals and says from now on, you know, we are going to be responsible for hospitals, but we will contract with private entities to actually run them. And so there’s a Catholic hospital and gets a contract with the City to run it. In fact, it’s a Catholic hospital that’s in existence before the state adopts this policy. And its contract with the state provides that there are — in the contract the state gives everyone is that you can get some exceptions for some medical procedures, but every hospital has to perform abortions.

The deflection continued. Justice Barret made an important point because as the size of government continues to grow, this sort of anti-religious bullying will only expand to more and more areas. Justice Alito, later on talked about homeless shelters, and one could think of any number of other spaces.

The city’s position is not only that people of faith cannot get government funding to serve the poor in those cases, but that they couldn’t operate at all.

Thankfully, the oral arguments show their position is likely to be rejected by a majority of the Court.

Geneva Consensus Aims to Protect the Sanctity of Life

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By Amy Lidell, Intern for Concerned Women for America

The fight for life continues as the United States has come together with Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, and Uganda to form the Geneva Consensus Declaration. The virtual signing of this consensus took place on October 22, 2020, to commemorate the commitment of these nations working together to promote better health care for women, preserve human life, strengthen the family unit as the foundation of society, and protect every nation’s sovereignty in global politics. It is every nation’s sovereign right to push back international abortion ideology and pass their own laws regarding abortion.

President Donald Trump, a strong defender of human life, warned the United Nations to stay within its mandate at the 2019 United Nations General Assembly Speech stating, “Americans will never tire of defending innocent life. We are aware that many United Nations projects have attempted to assert a global right to taxpayer-funded abortion on demand, right up until the moment of delivery. Global bureaucrats have absolutely no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that wish to protect innocent life. Like many nations here today, we in America believe that every child born and unborn, is a sacred gift from God.”

Over 76 percent of Americans oppose American taxpayer dollars supporting abortion in other countries. Abortion is not healthcare and is not a legitimate form of family planning. There is only an international right to life. No multilateral organizations should use their power and influence to pressure any country to include or exclude abortion in their national policies. This allows each nation to determine its own path in preserving human dignity, as stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In connection with the Trump Administration’s Protecting Life in Global Health Policy, the Geneva Consensus seeks to build a global coalition to promote women’s health while protecting unborn life and strengthening the family. Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (PLGHA) works in conjunction with this policy by restricting funding for organizations abroad that promote or perform abortion.

Although US contractors and subcontractors are not subject to PLGHA (also known as the Mexico City policy), they are held to ensure the compliance of any foreign subcontractors. The Trump Administration has proposed a rule to clarify this responsibility and to expand the terms of PLGHA to cover all international health program contracts, in addition to the global health assistance grants and cooperative agreements under current policy. You can join in commenting in support of this Mexico City Policy Rule at our Action Center by clicking here. The deadline for comments is November 13, 2020.

Progress abounds in the fight for life. We encourage you to continue to pray for wisdom and clarity for our international leaders to continue to step up and find ways to continue to preserve national sovereignty and the individual’s right to life.

Prayer and Fasting for the Election

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Dear Prayer Partner,

You have probably heard it said many times during this election season that this election represents a critical turning point in our history. I believe the results of this election will determine whether or not this Republic will survive as we know it. But I also rest in the knowledge that God places people in positions of authority, and as a sovereign God, He moves them as He chooses. “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.” (Romans 13:1) “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: He turneth it whithersoever He will.” (Proverbs 21:1)

I can so relate to the story of Esther in the Old Testament.  When she was faced with the dire situation facing her country, she said  “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. (Esther 4:16)

Like Esther, I am asking you to join me on Monday, November 2, for a day of fasting and prayer for our nation and the situation in which we find ourselves. Would you fast as you can on Monday (whether it be a 24-hour fast or a shorter fast)? I believe that fasting is a way of humbling ourselves before God. As we fast and pray, we acknowledge that He is sovereign over all things, and even though He does all things according to His will, He requires that His people seek His face and His plan.

Please join me on Monday, November 2, as we enter into a time of fasting and prayer for our nation.  “ … Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.” (Nehemiah 4:14)

Your prayer partner,
Penny Nance
CEO and President

Justice Barrett Win Should Remind You of the Importance of Your Vote

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Now that Amy Coney Barrett has been sworn in as the 115th justice of the United States Supreme Court, I hope you realize the importance of your vote this coming November 3. There was a time when the U.S. Senate would have confirmed Justice Barrett unanimously. That was the way Justice Antonin Scalia, her mentor, was confirmed, 98–0. By contrast, Justice Barrett was confirmed 52-48. She would have never been confirmed if just a few seats were turned. 

This must become a matter of prayer for us as we focus our attention these last few days. Let us pray, not only for the outcome but also that those who are elected would choose justice over partisan bickering.   

Republicans control the Senate right now 53-47. Democrats would need to pick up four seats to become the majority. There are 34 Senate seats up for a vote. Of those 34 seats, 22 are Republican, and only 12 Democrats. 

Right now, Real Clear Politics has nine races as toss-ups— seven Republicans and just two Democrats. It further has five leaning to remain Republican and three leaning Democrat, with one of them being a pickup from a Republican seat. 

As you can see, there is a lot still up in the air as far as the United States Senate’s makeup which will have significant implications for the confirmation of judges. 

President Donald J. Trump has had historic victories in appointing constitutionalists to federal courts. Still, the gains would not have been possible without a Senate committed to the swift confirmation of qualified nominees. 

The number of cloture votes, which used to be rare in judicial confirmations, and which are practically meant merely to slow down nominees, have surged under today’s hyper-political climate. Seventy-seven percent of President Trump’s judicial nominees were forced to go through a cloture vote. Compare that to just 2.9 percent for President Barack Obama. 

Every way you look at it indicates to us that U.S. Senate races are crucial to justice. The media’s focus on the presidential race is, of course, warranted. The two candidates have very different and contrasting plans for our country.  

But we must not forget that even in some of the areas where they are promising to do this or that, they will need Congress to act before they can do anything.  In the case of judicial nominations, they will need the Senate to exercise its “advise and consent” role. 

One troubling idea that is being pushed by the radical left, namely to pack the Supreme Court by expanding the number of justices, would require the House of Representatives and the Senate to pass legislation for the president to sign. 

Packing the Court would be damaging to an institution that relies on its institutional legitimacy for its role in our form of government. This is why most elected officials, including Democrats, have opposed the idea for decades. Even Vice President Biden has said we would “live to rue the day” if the Supreme Court was expanded. 

Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt actually tried to pack the Court in 1937, but he failed when many in his own party opposed him, saying he would turn it into a political weapon. 

The American people also reject court-packing. This is why today, Vice President Biden has been reluctant to speak of the plan publicly. He has famously said he will answer the question “when the election is over” which is troubling in its own right.   

Many have taken that to mean he will do it. If that is the case, he would need the support of a willing Senate to go along with the plan.  

The bottom line is, we must keep the U.S. Senate in focus as we head into Election Day.