Capitol Hill Brief — What’s at Stake

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This week, we’ve been discussing the Trinity Lutheran v. Pauley religious liberty case that was argued at the Supreme Court by our friends at the Alliance Defending Freedom.

Here why this is so important:  there is no place in America for government to treat people of faith liked second-class citizens.

A victory at the Supreme Court will mean that the government cannot discriminate against a religious organization and exclude them from receiving a generally available public benefit because they’re religious.

A loss would give the government a stamp of approval to punish religious organizations by excluding them from government programs meant to serve the general public.

Let us pray for the justices as they render a decision, and as always, Concerned Women for America will remain your voice on these important issues.


Protect your First Amendment rights. Speak out, and tell President Trump how important religious liberty is to you and your family. Sign our powerful petition at www.CapitolHillBrief.org. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

Anti-Crisis Pregnancy Center Legislation Continues Through the Hawaii Legislature

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SB501 passed out of the House Committee on Judiciary earlier this month and passed out of the House last week. The efforts to promote abortion clinics through Crisis Pregnancy Centers is abominable! Go to our state webpage for background information about this horrendous bill.

The Conference Committee has now scheduled a meeting for tomorrow, April 21 at 1:00 p.m. in conference room 016.  No written or verbal testimony is allowed.  We can though call the committee member offices and e-mail them our disapproval.

This is one more opportunity for us to pray and speak our piece.  It is not the time for the people of God to be silent on behalf of the least of these.  Regardless of the outcome, before God, we must not be silent.

If this bill passes, rumor has it that an immediate lawsuit will be filed against it as being unconstitutional because it is forcing these Pregnancy Centers to promote or offer info regarding positions they do not believe in, such as abortion.

Prayer is our most important weapon, so we must pray before we act.

Please Pray that SB501 will miraculously be stopped in Conference Committee tomorrow.  Pray for each committee member by name.

Action must not be overlooked.  For a faith is dead without it.

Take Action: Please contact each member of the committee.  Email and then follow-up with a phone call.  Respectfully communicate to them the disgust you have for SB501. Assure them that it is unconstitutional to force someone to do something like this against their religious beliefs.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii.

Rep. Della Au Belatti, Chair: [email protected] / 586-9425
Senator Rosalyn H. Baker, Chair: [email protected] / 586-6070
Rep. Scott Y. Nishimoto, Co-Chair: [email protected] / 586-8515
Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Co-Chair: [email protected]/  586-7344
Rep. Joy A. San Buenaventura – Co-Chair: [email protected] / 586-6530
Sen. Jill N. Tokuda, Co-Chair: [email protected] / 587-7215
Rep. Roy M. Takumi, Co-Chair: [email protected] / 586-06170
Senator Maile S.L. Shimabukuro, Co-Chair: [email protected] /586-7793
Rep. Bertrand Kobayashi – Co-Chair: [email protected] / 586-6310

Thank you for speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves.

For His service,

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org

Wilma Youtz
Legislative Liaison
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]
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State Director Testifies in Support of Good Immigration Law that Protects Our Citizens

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Statement by
Penelope A. Morrell, State Director
Concerned Women for America of Maine
 
To Members of the Judiciary Committee

Regarding L.D. #366, “An Act To Ensure Compliance with Federal Immigration Law by State and Local Government Entities”

April 20, 2017

Chairmen Sen. Keim, Rep. Moonen and members of the Judiciary Committee, I’m Penny Morrell, State Director of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine.  CWA is the largest public policy women’s organization in the nation.

CWA of Maine supports L.D.  #366.

We have many government agencies to protect us; however, they aren’t talking with each other, and that has created a lack of information needed by each agency to carry out their duties adequately.  We have some states and cities who are declaring themselves to be “sanctuary,” completely disregarding the rule of law.  Portland, Maine, is one of those cities. We must protect Americans first.

We must not forget that the terrorists who hijacked planes on 9/11 came into Maine across our border with Canada illegally.

A growing popular concept these days is to think globally.  This is fine, as long as it doesn’t compromise our sovereignty as both a state and nation. Concerned Women for America has chosen not to get down in “the weeds” of the immigration issue.  But our stand for years has been that we should enforce the law and we should secure our borders.  This legislation helps to move us forward on at least one of those points.

Maine should join with other states who have already implemented this law and the many who are in the process of doing so.

We urge this committee to vote “Ought To Pass” on L.D. #366.

 

Capitol Hill Brief — Strike it Down

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Here is a fact for you. Out of the 44 nonprofits that applied for a playground surface government grant in Missouri, Trinity Lutheran’s application was ranked #5.

Yet, the school was denied solely because it was run by a church.

That’s what religious discrimination looks like.  And it was the case the Supreme Court heard yesterday, argued by our friends at the Alliance Defending Freedom.

After all the arguments, there is still no excuse for the government’s behavior here, considering that over 90% of the children who attend the preschool at Trinity Lutheran do not attend the church itself.

The government is just singling these kids as somehow less valuable of the government’s help because they go to a religious school.  The Court must strike this down.


Protect your First Amendment rights. Speak out, and tell President Trump how important religious liberty is to you and your family. Sign our powerful petition at www.CapitolHillBrief.org. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

Capitol Hill Brief — Fair Play

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Today, Concerned Women for America is in front of the Supreme Court, standing for your religious freedoms. We are rallying as justices hear Trinity Lutheran v. Pauley, a religious liberty case being handled by our friends at the Alliance Defending Freedom.

As I told you yesterday, this is a case where a religious preschool was rejected from a state program that provided reimbursement grants to purchase rubberized surface materials for children’s playgrounds.

The bottom line is this: children’s safety is not something that should be politicized in any way. Our government should never deny children who attend religious preschools the ability to have a safe playground when it offers to help those who attend secular schools.

Even children understand fair play.


Protect your First Amendment rights. Speak out, and tell President Trump how important religious liberty is to you and your family. Sign our powerful petition at www.CapitolHillBrief.org. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

Capitol Hill Brief — Religious Discrimination

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Yesterday, I told you about a very important case before the Supreme Court. Trinity Lutheran v. Pauley is the only religious freedom case before the high court this term.

It is a case about a religious preschool that was rejected from a state program that provided reimbursement grants to purchase rubberized surface material for children’s playgrounds.

The children at the school were denied the grant solely because they were affiliated to a religious organization.

To be clear, religious people are not exempted from the fee on the tire purchases that funds these grants.  The government apparently has no problem with taking a religious person’s money, but they then feel free to discriminate against them with impunity.  This simply can’t stand and Concerned Women will be your voice in front of the Court.


Protect your First Amendment rights. Speak out, and tell President Trump how important religious liberty is to you and your family. Sign our powerful petition at www.CapitolHillBrief.org. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

Capitol Hill Brief — Into the Lion’s Den

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Now that Judge Neil Gorsuch has been officially confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, he must be ready to consider some very important cases.

None more important than one he will here this very week: Trinity Lutheran v. Pauley.  This is a very important religious freedom case where the government discriminated against a school, and therefore, the children in that school, just because of their religious affiliation.

Needless to say, this is exactly the type of governmental action the First Amendment was enacted to protect against.  Government should never have the power to punish children because they go to a school affiliated with any particular faith.

Government should play fair in protecting all its citizens.  And Concerned Women for America will be in front of the court on the day of the hearing to make your voice heard.


Protect your First Amendment rights. Speak out, and tell President Trump how important religious liberty is to you and your family. Sign our powerful petition at www.CapitolHillBrief.org. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

Support Good Immigration Law In Maine

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Concerned Women for America of Maine is asking members to come to the state capitol and support LD# 366, “An Act to Ensure Compliance with Federal Immigration Law by State and Local Government Entities”

Thursday, April 20, the Committee on Judiciary will host a hearing at 1:00 p.m. in the Capitol, Room 438.  LD #366 puts an end to “sanctuary” cities or towns in Maine which are against the rule of law.  Portland will no longer get away with such disregard for the law.  We must protect Americans first!  I will be testifying on behalf of CWA of Maine in support of this bill.  A special thanks to Rep. Lawrence Lockman (R-Amherst) for introducing this bill.

Take Action:

  • Please make every effort to attend this hearing and bring others with you. If you wish to speak to the committee regarding your position, that’s wonderful.  If you prefer to just attend in support, that is fine, also.  We want lawmakers to realize Maine citizens care deeply about this issue and that Maine is a border state, and, therefore, must be protected from illegal immigration.
  • If you can’t come to Augusta, you can still make a difference in the outcome of this bill. Please contact each member of the Judiciary Committee to voice your support by telephone and/or e-mail.  If a committee member doesn’t list a phone number, you can call the committee clerk.  Her contact information is at the end of the list.  The members of the Judiciary Committee may be reached here:

Sen. Lisa Keim – of Oxford- Chair
R – Senate District 18
1505 Main Street
Dixfield, ME 04224
Phone: N/A, e-mail:
[email protected]

 Sen. Dawn Hill – of York- Chair
D – Senate District 35
124 Pine Hill Rd
Cape Neddick, ME 03902
Phone: N/A, e-mail: [email protected]

Sen. Rodney Whittemore – of Somerset- Chair
R – Senate District 3
PO Box 96
Skowhegan, ME 04976
Phone: N/A, e-mail: [email protected]

Rep. Matthew Moonen – of Portland- Chair
D – House District 38
165 Neal St, Apt 1F
Portland, ME 04102
Phone: N/A, e-mail: [email protected]

Rep. Christopher Babbidge – of Kennebunk- Chair
D – House District 8
84 Stratford Place
Kennebunk, ME 04043
Phone: 207-985-3332, e-mail: [email protected]

Rep. Donna Bailey – of Saco- Chair
D – House District 14
7 Scrimshaw Lane
Saco, ME 04072
Phone: N/A, e-mail: [email protected]

Rep. Richard Bradstreet – of Vassalboro- Chair
R – House District 80
44 Harmony Lane
Vassalboro, ME 04989
Phone: N/A, e-mail: [email protected]

Rep. Barbara Cardone – of Bangor- Chair
D – House District 127
39 Harthorn Avenue
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: N/A, e-mail: [email protected]

Rep. Stacey Guerin – of Glenburn- Chair
R – House District 102
79 Phillips Road
Glenburn, ME 04401
Phone: N/A, e-mail: [email protected]

Rep. Chris Johansen – of Monticello- Chair
R – House District 145
462 Fletcher Road
Monticello, ME 04760
Phone: N/A, e-mail: [email protected]

Rep. Joyce McCreight – of Harpswell- Chair
D – House District 51
155 Gun Point Road
Harpswell, ME 04079
Phone: 2074493293, e-mail: [email protected]

Rep. Lois Reckitt – of South Portland- Chair
D – House District 31
38 Myrtle Avenue
South Portland, ME 04106
Phone: N/A, e-mail: [email protected]

Rep. Roger Sherman – of Hodgdon- Chair
R – House District 144
P.O. Box 682
Houlton, ME 04730
Phone: 207-532-7073, e-mail: [email protected]

You may also reach the Judiciary Committee clerk:
Susan Pinette – – Chair Committee Clerk
Phone: 287-1692, e-mail: [email protected]

I look forward to seeing you April 20 in Augusta or to hear from you that you have contacted members of the Judiciary in favor of LD #366.  Thank you for making a difference in Maine law.

Please pray with me: Father, we ask for victory on L.D. #366 by our lawmakers in the 128th Maine Legislature.  In Jesus’ Name we ask it.  Amen.

For Him,

Penny Morrell

State Director
CWA of Maine
864 Manchester Rd
Belgrade, ME  04917
(207) 465-6015
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org

Capitol Hill Brief — Easter

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As we celebrate Easter this Sunday, I want to leave you with the words of Jesus in John 12, where He said:

The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.  Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.  He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

May those magnificent words form our Lord and Savior serve as a guide for all that we do.  As we meditate on His sacrifice this Sunday, may we also consider His call.

He is risen!  He is risen indeed! And He is our one and only hope!


Join us on the front lines. Fight to defend critical issues, like the sanctity of life and religious freedom. Together we’ll bring Biblical, constitutional values back to our nation. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org to see how you can help. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.