Press Release: CWA Responds to Death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2020

Contact: Stephanie Rivera
954.243.6301, [email protected]

Conservative Women Pray for RBG’s Family,
Prepare for Kavanaugh-Like Attacks from the Left on Any Nominee

Washington, D.C. – Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the largest public policy organization for women in the country, had this to say on the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

“CWA women pray for God’s comfort over Justice Ginsburg’s family. We appreciate her role as a trailblazer for women, even as we disagreed with her judicial philosophy. May she rest in peace.

“At the same time, our happy warrior women are battle-tested and know what to expect from the left on this issue. They understand what is at stake when it comes to the U.S. Supreme Court and we are ready to withstand the left’s radical attacks on any nominee.

“If there is one thing we learned from what they did to Justice Brett Kavanaugh, it is that it doesn’t matter who the nominee is, nor his or her record. What matters to the radical left is that it is President Donald Trump’s nominee. Not even truth mattered to them with the nomination of Kavanaugh.

“But we withstood their attacks then, and we will do so again. We are ready to put another constitutionalist on the high court and stand ready to spend considerable resources to see him or her through to confirmation.”

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America, 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.

CWA of Texas Leaders Gather for She Prays, She Votes

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On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Texas leaders gathered on the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard in Rockwall for a Facebook Live event to share the work of their She Prays, She Votes campaign and to encourage the Facebook Live viewers to also get involved with the campaign.

CWA of Texas leaders (from L-R) Kori Peterson, East Texas Area Director, Avinger, Texas; Mary Liechty, Hostess, Heath, Texas; Danielle Buck, CWA Director of Donor Relations, Washington, D.C.; Mary Smith, North Texas Area Director, Arlington, Texas; Kathaleen Wall, Texas State Director for She Prays, She Votes, Sugarland, Texas; Carolyn Brooks, Home Team Captain, Euless, Texas; Lindsey McCaffety, Prayer Action/Chapter Leader, Huntsville, Texas; Betty Ann Reynolds, Prayer Action/Chapter Leader, Midway, Texas; Ann Hettinger, CWA of Texas State Director, Rockwall, Texas; Catherine Shaver, Prayer/Action Leader, Austin, Texas; Vicki Slaton, Prayer/Action Leader, Sunnyvale, Texas; Paula Moore, Texas Issues Coordinator, San Antonio, Texas; Ilan Huang, Prayer/Action Leader, Round Rock, Texas.

House Republicans Win Anti-Semitism Vote on Education Bill – 162 Democrats Oppose

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This week House Republicans used their minority status rights to amend legislation before final passage with a measure to combat anti-Semitism in American education. This tool of the minority, called a Motion to Recommit with Instructions, is a tactic to force a vote on an issue of importance to Republicans that they otherwise would not have the chance to consider under Democrat majority rule.

The Republican Motion to Recommit with Instructions was adopted 255 – 164. This is the eighth time that Republicans have succeeded in using this tool to pass a significant measure on a critical issue that a majority of members in the Democrat party oppose. All but two of the “NO” votes were cast by Democrats.

The Republican measure amended the Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act, H.R. 2574, to require the Title VI coordinators created by the bill to consider anti-Semitism as illegal discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin. Further, the amendment ensures that recipients of federal education funding act against anti-Semitism in our communities. The boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement on college campuses is one of the ways such discrimination is being displayed.

Most Republicans opposed the underlying bill for creating new federal government mandates in local education. But they used the opportunity to highlight their strong opposition to anti-Semitic activity and behaviors that discriminate against people of Jewish faith to draw a clear contrast with Democrat members, putting many on record opposing a measure to combat anti-Semitism in education.

You can see how your U.S. Representative voted on this measure HERE.

September 17 Prayer/Action Alert: Righteousness

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“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14:34

Please pray for our nation, that the fires, the riots, and the virus will awaken both Christians and lost people to the reality of a culture and nation without God. “But the prayer of the upright is His delight … But He loves him who follows righteousness.” (Proverbs 15:8- 9) God waits to hear our prayers!  

There are many things you can do to influence and impact our culture. It is time to mobilize and engage! Here are a few opportunities for engagement:

She Prays, She Votes National Prayer Events
No matter what state you live in, we invite you to our national prayer events, where we will pray specifically for targeted states. There are two ways to participate: Facebook Live or by conference call: Dial-in number: (712) 770-4921, Participant Code: 704998.  Click here to find dates/times and more.

Voter Registration
The first step in choosing leaders in civil government is a small but important one – registering to vote!  We have made it simple for you to do your part this election season to help ensure people are registered to vote. We have provided helpful resources to assist you in setting up a voter registration drive in your community. Click here for resources.

Reminder: It is permissible for churches to have a voter-registration drive. According to the IRS, church voter registration drives are well within the 501c3 guidelines, and even encouraged, as long as they are non-partisan.

Ask your pastor if you can conduct a non-partisan voter registration drive or place voter registration forms in your church lobby. We all must encourage people to pray and vote in the November election. Elections have consequences, and Christians are responsible for placing righteous people in governing roles. “He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.” 2 Samuel 23:3.

Upcoming Event
The Return is a ten-day event sponsored by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, author of “The Harbinger.” The event is a call for prayer and fasting September 18-28, 2020, with gatherings around the nation on Saturday, September 26. There will be a gathering for the State of Washington in Olympia from Noon until 2:00 p.m. on the north steps of the Capitol building.

State of Washington Education Issue
I encourage you to continue to educate yourself on the efforts on the sex education curriculum for the State of Washington (Initiative 1109) and curbing the governor’s emergency powers (Initiative 1114.)

Prayer/Action Chapter Leadership Opportunity
To give CWA members a voice in their communities, CWA’s Prayer/Action Chapters meet regularly to encourage informed prayer and action for our nation and its leaders. We do this by educating Christians on issues that affect our Biblically-based standards. Consider starting or joining a Prayer/Action Chapter in your community. Contact the state office for details.

Now is the time to pray and mobilize!

In His Service,

Maureen Richardson
State Director

Press Release: A Historic Day Advancing New Hope for Middle East Peace 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2020 

Contact: Stephanie Rivera
954.243.6301, [email protected]

A Historic Day Advancing New Hope for Middle East Peace 

Washington, D.C.- Today, as Israel and the Arab nations come together at the White House to sign a historic deal in pursuit of peace in the Middle East, Concerned Women for America (CWA) CEO & President Penny Young Nance had this to say:

“Concerned Women for America is united in spirit under the banner of Abraham with Israel and the Arab nations who are embracing a new path forward toward greater security, stability, and opportunity for their people. Today’s signing of accords between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain mark a historic day in advancing a new hope for peace and prosperity in the Middle East. It is an honor to join the President and leaders of these nations for this momentous occasion. President Trump has proven his effectiveness as a leader of the world in forging new possibilities for cooperation and peace. His nomination to receive the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize is well deserved.”

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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.

Election 2020 Voter Registration – A Question for You

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Does your church conduct voter registration efforts?

As Christian believers, it is our privilege and duty to carefully and prayerfully choose our spiritual shepherds to guide, lead, and reveal Biblical Truth to us for our protection and well-being. Likewise, as Christian citizens, it is our privilege and duty to carefully and prayerfully choose our leaders in civil government for our protection and well-being.

The first step in choosing leaders in civil government is a small one – registering to vote! Sadly, about half of U.S. churchgoers are not registered to vote. Millions of believers are forfeiting their privilege to have their voice, the Christian’s position, heard on a variety of issues that directly impact our society both morally and spiritually. In South Carolina alone, it is estimated that there are over 90,000 Christians who are not registered to vote.

Conducting voter registration in your church is one of the most significant ways to encourage your fellow members to be good Christian citizens. According to the IRS, church voter-registration drives are well within the 501c3 guidelines, and even encouraged, as long as they are non-partisan.

Doing a voter registration drive is not only a service to your members who are not registered to vote but also for those who have moved since the last election and need to update their address for voting. You can also help parents help their children who are away at college to vote absentee. Every time you hold a non-partisan voter registration drive, it is a reminder to the members of your church that voting is part of their Christian life.

Action Needed
Consider conducting a non-partisan voter registration drive at your church. We have everything that you need to host a voter registration drive at your church, including a letter to your pastor!  Click here and scroll down the page for voter registration drive resources.

We suggest hosting voter registration efforts at your church these weekends before the November election: September 19-20 and September 26-27. These are the weekends before the last day (October 4) that a person can register to vote or change one’s address. If your church is not comfortable with you having a voter registration table because of COVID-19, consider offering to put information together that can be posted on the church website.

Pray: Pray that your pastor will be receptive to your request for holding a non-partisan voter registration at your church. Consider contacting our office so that we can be praying as well.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 1:9)

If you have any questions, please contact me.

In Truth and Righteousness,

Madison Rainey
State Director

Press Release: CWA Reflects on the 19th Anniversary of September 11

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2020

Contact: Stephanie Rivera
954.243.6301, [email protected]

 Concerned Women for America Reflects on the 19th Anniversary of September 11

 Washington, D.C. – As today marks the 19th anniversary of September 11, a horrific day where so many innocent lives were lost, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA) Penny Young Nance had this to say:

“On this day, we remember the precious lives that were lost, the survivors, and their families. We come united as a nation demonstrating that our strength and compassion transcend the tragedy that forever changed us all. We also honor the brave men and women in uniform who fight daily to keep our great country safe. God Bless America.”

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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.

It’s Final! Education Rule Aims to Protect Free Speech for Faith-Based College Groups

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The U.S. Department of Education has finalized a significant rule to secure free speech and equal access rights for faith-based groups on public college campuses and shield them from discrimination. Earlier this year, Concerned Women for America (CWA) galvanized over 1000 comments in strong support of this rule, which will take effect officially this fall.   

The final rule implements the President’s Executive Order 13864, Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency, Accountability at Colleges and Universities.  It will “ensure that public institutions of higher education uphold fundamental rights guaranteed in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, including protections for freedom of speech, association, press, religion, assembly, petition, and academic freedom, and that private institutions adhere to their stated institutional policies regarding freedom of speech, including academic freedom.”

These protections are long overdue at the college level. Imagine being falsely told your First Amendment rights under the Constitution do not apply on a public college campus.  That has been the reality for many college students and faith-based clubs on campuses across the country.

Religious clubs, of all faiths, are entitled to the same rights and privileges of any group on a public college campus, but that is not always how it plays out. Many faith-based clubs have been prohibited from having any requirement that their club leadership share the organization’s values and beliefs. They have also been denied equal access to university resources that are given to other campus groups.

The U.S. Department of Education’s final rule on Religious Liberty and Free Inquiry accomplishes through the Executive Branch the goal of the Equal Campus Access Act. This religious freedom rule will ensure public college students and clubs retain their First Amendment rights on public college campuses, extending protections to college students similar to those enacted into law in 1984 for public high school students. Students can know their rights are assured under this rule, and any violation should be reported immediately to the U.S. Department of Education for action.

Under the Constitution, students do not lose their First Amendment rights when they walk through the doors of a university.  Clubs of all faiths bring vibrancy and diversity of belief, opinion, and experience, creating a more robust university environment to engage in the free exchange of ideas. That is at the heart of what a university is meant to be.

The Education Department’s final rule adds to the many accomplishments of the Trump Administration to protect religious liberty and end discrimination against faith-based individuals and entities across the federal government, including in education, health care, adoption, employment, and internationally.

CWA of Texas Facebook Live Event: September 15

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On November 3, our nation will arrive at a crossroads, and the people will decide which direction we go. Now is not the time to sit back and let others decide on the issues of life, religious freedom, judges, and more.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Texas is mobilizing our grassroots here in Texas to register people to vote and to ensure voters get to the polls to vote! We invite you to join us on Tuesday, September 15, for our Facebook Live event where we will discuss ideas on how to engage in the upcoming November 3 election and provide ideas about encouraging our like-minded friends, relatives, and neighbors to register to vote – and then vote.

Event Details:
Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Time: Noon CST
Where: Facebook Live event at Concerned Women for America of Texas.

Please Pray:
Pray for your like-minded neighbors, friends, and fellow Americans to be engaged in this election season. Pray that they will understand the urgency of the time and will put feet to their convictions — that they would register to vote, be informed, and then wisely do their part on election day.

 “I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers
of the society but the people themselves;
And if we think them not enlightened enough
to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion,
the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.”
Thomas Jefferson

 Join us on September 15. No matter who you are or where you live, you can make a difference in the upcoming election!

Ann Hettinger
State Director

Event: David Barton – America’s Historian – Coming to Springfield

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Join us Saturday, October 3, in Springfield, Missouri!

Are you concerned about what we see happening around our country – the social unrest, tearing down of statues, the increased efforts to rewrite America’s history?

At this critical time in our nation’s history, we invite you to hear David Barton, who has been named “America’s Historian.” David will share the historical perspective of our freedoms and the role God had in creating our great nation. David will share the historical perspective of our freedoms and the role God had in creating our great nation. David will also talk about the cultural clash happening in America and how we as Christians can respond in love to the world around us.

Click here for more information and to view and print the flyer.

Event Details:
Date: Saturday, October 3
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: High Street Baptist Church, 900 N. Eastgate Ave., Springfield, MO 65802
RSVP: This event is free, but registration is required to accommodate social distancing. Register here.
A love offering will be taken.
Questions? Contact Haven Howard at 417-263-0425 or [email protected].

Here is the List of Added Names to President Trump’s List of Possible Supreme Court Nominees

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President Donald J. Trump added 20 more names to his list of possible Supreme Court nominees. Here is who he added, saying they are in the mold of Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito:

  1. Judge Bridget Bade, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  2. Daniel Cameron, Attorney General of Kentucky
  3. Paul Clement, former U.S. Solicitor General
  4. Tom Cotton, R- Arkansas
  5. Ted Cruz, R-Texas
  6. Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  7. Steven Engel, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice.
  8. Noel Francisco, former Solicitor General of the United States
  9. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri
  10. Judge James Ho, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  11. Judge Gregory Katsas, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  12. Judge Barbara Lagoa, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  13. Christopher Landau, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico
  14. Justice Carlos Muñiz, Supreme Court of Florida
  15. Judge Martha Pacold, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  16. Judge Peter Phipps, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  17. Judge Sarah Pitlyk, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  18. Judge Allison Jones Rushing, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  19. Kate Todd, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President
  20. Judge Lawrence Van Dyke, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Click here to read Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) CEO and President Penny Nance’s statement on the news.

Press Release: President Trump Puts Americans First with Focus on Judiciary

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 9, 2020

Contact:
Natalie Panettiere
202-266-4816, [email protected]

President Trump Puts Americans First with Focus on Judiciary

Washington, D.C.— Today, President Donald J. Trump released his much-anticipated updated list of possible U.S. Supreme Court nominees. Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the largest public policy organization for women in the country, had this to say:

“Once again, President Trump puts the American people first with the release of this list. He continues to show that he respects and understands the constitutional structures that guard our liberties. His historic transparency should be enthusiastically received by all Americans, regardless of party affiliation.

“Conservative women, in particular, applaud the President for his unwavering commitment to the Constitution. Political activists on the bench are actually destructive for all Americans and especially for women. President Trump’s list shows that he understands the way to safeguard women’s rights and safety is to have impartial jurists who will not pick winners and losers based on the ever-evolving winds of cultural fads, but based on the intrinsic value we all share as creatures made in the image of God.

“The addition of names like Paul Clement, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Sen. Josh Hawley is a great encouragement to conservatives that President Trump’s commitments in this area are only increasing. He has already done a transformative work that will benefit the country for decades to come and now presents us with a promise to improve on his great work even more.

“Judicial nominations will be at the top of President Trump’s legacy. He gets the highest of marks from us.”

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CWA of South Dakota Fall Newsletter Now Online

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“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable,
 always abounding the work of the Lord,
knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:58

Our South Dakota newsletter is coming to you with important information on South Dakota issues, including information on our state ballot issues you will be voting on November 3.

Click here to read our Fall newsletter. Be sure to pass it on to those who need to know the truth about these important issues affecting our state and country!

  • The Fall edition’s articles include:
  • November 3 South Dakota Ballot Issues
  • Marijuana – A Losing Wager
  • What About Medical Marijuana?
  • Sports Gambling
  • Good News for School Choice
  • The Centennial Celebration of Women’s Suffrage
  • Encourage-A-Legislator

Help us make our conservative Christian voice stronger in our state and nation by partnering with us in the work of CWA of South Dakota.

If you wish to become more involved with CWA of South Dakota, I would love to visit with you and consider which leadership opportunities best fit your God-given gifts. Call me at (605) 380-6914.

Sign up for e-mail updates direct from Washington, D.C. As your voice for Biblical values, see how we are defending the issues you care about most, and learn how you can take action.

Consider partnering with us financially by donating to CWA of South Dakota online or making a check payable to “Concerned Women for America” or “CWA” and mailing to P.O. Box 343, Leola, SD 57456. Please indicate “South Dakota” on the memo line.

Your partnership is greatly appreciated!

Blessings,
Linda Schauer
State Director

DeVos Stands With Female Athletes Forced to Face Transgender Competitors

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Read Concerned Women for America’s Vice President of Government Relations, Doreen Denny, op-ed in CNS-News online.

“It’s Official! Bostock Does Not Overrule Biology under Title IX,” says Doreen Denny, Concerned Women for America’s Vice President of Government Relations. The U.S.  Department of Education (ED) has heard Concerned Women for America’s plea to stand strong in defense of fairness and equity for female student-athletes by asserting that the Supreme Court decision in Bostock does not overrule biological sex under Title IX!  On September 1, 2020, CWA received a landmark response to a letter sent to Secretary Betsy DeVos urging her “to take proactive measures to ensure consistency, equality, and fair play in every athletics department in every educational institution across the country.”

On June 25, 2020, marking the 48th Anniversary of Title IX, CEO and President, Penny Nance, sent a letter thanking  Secretary DeVos and the Trump Administration for their support to protect a fair playing field for female student-athletes, including Selina Soule and her teammates in Connecticut who had been forced under state policy to compete in high school track against biological male students identifying as girls.

CWA’s letter to Secretary DeVos also emphasized the need for further decisive action:

“The battle to protect the integrity and fairness of women’s sports is ground zero in the fight for women’s rights. As mothers, daughters, granddaughters, sisters all, we urge you to heed our plea to stand firmly for our rights as women and take bold actions to ensure Title IX is protected at every level of education in our country.”

This week, ED’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) responded to CWA with an emphatic determination of policy detailing why the Supreme Court decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, the case that extended transgender status to employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, cannot be used to deny protection from discrimination based on biological sex under Title IX.

OCR’s letter to CWA unequivocally states ED’s “commitment to ensuring that Title IX is vigorously enforced at every level of education.” It also provides legal justification for why the Bostock decision does not control ED’s responsibility under Title IX or its regulations, concluding:

“The Supreme Court’s opinion in Bostock does not affect the Department’s position that its Title IX regulations authorize single-sex teams based only on biological sex at birth – male or female – as opposed to a person’s gender identity.”

OCR’s Acting Assistant Secretary, Kimberly Richey, also assures CWA that ED will continue its work to enforce Title IX and investigate complaints. CWA has filed two civil rights complaints at the college level, against Franklin Pierce University and the University of Montana, for allowing male athletes who changed their gender identity to compete and win national and conference NCAA titles against female athletes:

“The Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is responsible for enforcing Title IX, and the Department remains committed to the full, fair, and effective enforcement of that statute. Please be assured that OCR will continue to investigate all complaints under Title IX thoroughly, including those related to female athletics.”

In addition to the letter to CWA, OCR issued its interpretation of the Bostock decision in a Revised Letter of Impending Enforcement Action in the complaint against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference and member school districts. In its ruling, ED asserts its regulatory mandate and enforcement authority to uphold the equal benefits and opportunities required under Title IX on the basis of biological sex.

As court cases continue in Connecticut and Idaho seeking to defend the rights of women and girl student-athletes to compete on an equal playing field against other female athletes, judges should heed ED’s authority over Title IX and give this official position the deference it deserves.

It is also critical that the government’s official position on Title IX in light of Bostock – which, in addition to athletics, permits separate living facilities, “toilet, locker room, and shower facilities on the basis of sex” – gets in the hands of every state lawmaker, school board, and local school district in America. This is a definitive statement of Title IX policy that all schools and universities receiving federal funds must follow. Please help make that happen by sharing the letter to CWA with these officials today!

October 4 Events: Life Chain – Several Locations Around the State

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[click here for flyer]

What is Life Chain?
It is a peaceful, positive, prayerful witness against abortion. Come, let us seek God’s divine intervention for the healing of our country.

Who Should Attend?
Those who are willing to defend human life against abortion. Bring the family—including a lawn chair for the elderly. Our community needs to know that its citizens support the sanctity of human life.
Go to lifechain.org for more information.

Will Signs Be Provided?
Life Chain participants will be given signs that display the following:
“Abortion Kills Children”
“Jesus Heals and Forgives”
“Abortion Hurts Women”
“Pray to End Abortion”
“Adoption, the Loving Option”
“Lord, Forgive Us and Our Nation”
“Life-the First Inalienable Right”

Where Are the Missouri Locations?

Warrenton
West Side Hwy 47 between Veterans Memorial
Highway and Main Street
Contact: Bev Ehlen
636-932-4496 or [email protected]

Branson
76 Country Boulevard
Contact: Carolyn Lilley
417-337-3001 or [email protected]

Contact Bev Ehlen for events in other areas around the state.

Letters to the Church – Number Two

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Dear Church,

As you well know, humanity has a sin problem. We all do. This is the nature and essence of all the issues we face as a Church and as a country. Anyone talking about racism and justice must begin there. Be wary of those, whether inside or outside the Church, purporting to be fighting for “justice” while disregarding and even advocating sin.

It is impossible to address these problems efficiently while brushing aside the eternal principles of nature, as given to us by the Creator. We would be missing the problem entirely, and in fact, aggravating it further.

This is not just within the confines of the Church. We are talking about reality here. Social change must be sought in this manner. It is the way Martin Luther King, Jr. accomplished so much in such a short life. Remember his Letter from a Birmingham Jail? In it, Rev. King explained how we could determine whether a law is just or unjust. He wrote:

“A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.”

Justice demands a standard. And aside from God’s standard, there are only personal preferences— human preferences, to be precise. The same humanity plagued with the sin problem.

That is why so many today are committing such heinous, unjust acts of racial violence against their neighbors. They are committing such actions because they believe similar acts were committed against them or their communities. They are acting according to their evil nature and imposing their sinful preferences over another’s. Sin for sin – an atrocious exchange.

Warning: Graphic Content

Unjust, racist violence is wrong no matter who the victims and the perpetrators are; you can swap them around, and the same crime would persist. As Christians, we must fight against it in all cases.

We, as the Church of Jesus Christ, simply cannot support those whose whole strategy is to commit sinful acts against another in the name of “justice.” We do not repay evil with evil (1 Peter 3:9). We are not frustrated when some are “getting away” with this or that. This is not what we believe.

No one gets away with anything. We trust in the Lord Almighty (Romans 12:19), so we do not lose hope and fall into despair as the unbeliever does. And we reject the worldly, devilish dichotomy by the scornful telling us that not to join them in their wicked ways is to allow injustice to flourish.

No. There is a better way.  The way. It was the way of Dr. King and most abolitionists throughout history. They fought injustice, even as they remember the admonitions of Proverbs 3:29, “Do not plan evil against your neighbor, who dwells trustingly beside you.” There were plenty of instigators among their ranks, too, with promises of quicker resolutions. Evildoers claim victory at every chance they get.

Do not fall for their lies. Continue to heed the Proverbs (3:31, 32), “Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways, for the devious person is an abomination to the Lord, but the upright are in his confidence.”

Standing in the confidence of God, we can speak truth that is more powerful than an entire army. We extend the hands of grace and help, empathy, and longsuffering that bring healing and reconciliation. We stand up to tyrants and, yes, perhaps even give our lives for freedom.

It is “[f]or freedom Christ has set us free,” and we, therefore, “stand firm … and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” That was our previous life. We were slaves to sin. But now, we do not walk in our former ways. We do not join the sinful mob for whatever reason. We walk in the light.

We will fight injustice. You can rest assured of that. We will just not fight it the world’s way (Romans 12:21).

May the God of all hope and peace fill you with the courage and love you need for this moment, that the power of the Holy Spirit may shine in your community now as never before.

In Christ,
M


Letter: one, two.


Shortage of Poll Workers

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We received this important information from our friends at the Leadership Institute. Some of you have wondered – how can I be involved?  How can I make a difference during this election season? Being a poll worker is something you can do.

From the Leadership Institute:


It’s only nine weeks until Election Day, and America needs your help.

Did you know there’s a shortage of poll workers signed up to help monitor voting this year on Election Day? Read more from both NBC and National Review.

According to the National Review’s John Fund, health experts believe this election will be safe for nearly all Americans. But, due to the pandemic, polling stations across America will suffer because these stations are struggling to recruit poll workers.

You can take action today and become part of the American solution. Sign up to be an election official today. You can even make some money! Election workers can earn between $75 and $350 for their contribution to American democracy on Election Day.

It’s good for your resume, your wallet, and your country!

Here are the simple steps to sign up:

  1. Visit the U.S. Election Committee website.
  2. Select your state and city to get your application.
  3. Sign up and help maintain a fair election!

Thank you for your tireless efforts to serve your community! Feel free to forward this information to anyone you think might be interested in helping keep polling stations open.