A Conversation with CWA’s VP of International Relations

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Join Young Women for America via Zoom for an interview and conversation with CWA’s newest team member, Neydy Casillas, Esq.

Neydy is serving as CWA’s Vice President of International Affairs and comes to us with a wealth of experience. Neydy graduated in 2002 from the Panamerican University of Guadalajara, Mexico with her law degree. Neydy’s expertise is in protecting life and family through challenging the misuse of international law, but she has truly done it all.

The work Neydy has done from advising public policy in Mexico to working at the UN and most recently as Senior Legal Counsel at ADF International, is too much to cover in a simple bio so join us via Zoom next Monday to hear about her work firsthand.

Here are the details:
Date: Monday, May 10
Time:
5:30 p.m. Eastern (4:30 p.m. Central; 3:30 p.m. Mountain; 2:30 p.m. Pacific)
Register here. An email with the link and information will follow registration.

Texas Is in a Race to #SaveGirlsSports

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Do you have a female relative who plays sports in Texas, or do you have friends with daughters in school sports? If you answered yes to either of these questions, be aware that the athletic opportunity for female athletes is at risk in Texas. I have written to you recently about the threat to girls’ sports here and here.

What’s the problem?

Several of the girls’ sports bills in the Texas legislature are languishing in committee or have not yet been referred to any committees. Why the stall?  It’s because the Left has the backing of 43 major companies that oppose Texas bills to protect girls’ sports. This type of financial pressure seems to be causing lawmakers to waver on what they know is the right thing to do.

We need your help!

HB 1458 appears to be the only bill left alive in the legislature to protect women’s sports in the state. If passed, the bill would provide a level playing field for female athletes from kindergarten through college by prohibiting males identifying as females from participating in female sports.

Let’s move this bill!

Six governors have signed into law legislation protecting female athletes. It’s time Texas joins these trailblazing states!   

Take Action

Contact the following leaders and urge them to use their influence to move HB 1458 today!

  • Greg Abbott (Republican) – Ask Gov. Abbott to put his support and influence behind HB1458. Email | (512) 463-2000
  • Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (Republican)- Ask LG Patrick to support the movement of HB1458. Email | (512) 463-0001
  • Speaker of the House, Dade Phelan (Republican) – Ask Speaker Phelan to encourage the State Affairs Chairman, Rep. Paddie, to schedule a hearing for the bill. Email | (512) 463-1000
  • Speaker’s Director of Policy, Jay Dyer – Let him know we want the bill to get a hearing and passage. Email | (512) 463-8278
  • Chris Paddie (Republican), Chairman of the State Affairs Committee – Rep. Paddie is a co-author of this bill. Ask him to schedule a hearing in the committee he chairs. Email | (512) 463-0556

Please Pray for the elected officials of Texas:

  1. Pray for clarity regarding what is true and right.
  2. Pray for boldness and courage.
  3. Pray they will fight to defend the birthright of every young girl in Texas, no matter the cost.

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other,
or he will be devoted to one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and wealth.” Matthew 6:24

Ann Hettinger
State Director

Urgent! Call Needed to Protect Girls’ Athletics

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Back in February, I wrote to you about HB 3477, a good bill that would not allow women and girls to be forced to compete against men identifying as women on women’s sports teams. The bill has been languishing in the State House of Representatives. Fortunately, the State Senate is bringing forward S531, and the bill will be heard in committee this Thursday, May 6, at 9:00 a.m.

This legislation would prohibit biological men from competing on women’s scholastic sports teams and would ensure that female athletes will continue to be afforded the opportunity to compete on a level playing field. When boys compete in girls’ sports, equal opportunity is destroyed. Title IX closed the gap when it became federal law in 1972 and established that women and girls have equal opportunities. This includes education and athletics.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of South Carolina strongly supports S531, and we urge you to act today in support of the bill.

Please Take Action!

#1. Contact the members of the Senate Education Subcommittee listed below and ask them to vote YES on S531. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of South Carolina, be sure to let them know.

  1. Chairman Sen. Richard Cash (R-District 3): E-mail | 803-212-6124
  2. Darrell Jackson (D- District 21): E-mail | 803-212-6048
  3. Rex Rice (R-District 2): E-mail | 803-212-6116
  4. Scott Talley (R-District 12): E-mail | 803-212-6048
  5. John L. Scott, Jr. (D-District 19): E-mail | 803-786-2373

#2. Please forward this e-mail to like-minded friends and family. Encourage them to pray and take action on this important legislation.

Keep this issue in prayer. Pray that the Senate Education Subcommittee sees the importance of this legislation and that God would give them wisdom and discernment. Pray for them by name as you contact them.

For more information on this issue, read CWA’s Protecting Women’s Sports CWA Fact Sheet.

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action.

Madison Rainey
State Director

Judiciary Committee Needs to Hear From You!

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Two important bills will be heard in the Judiciary Committee this Thursday, May 6, and our state legislators need to hear from you.

The first bill is L.D. 1401, a bill that would promote fairness in women’s sports. Fair competition and equality in women’s sports are being threatened, and this legislation will combat that. Individual male born athletes should not be eligible to participate on an athletic team that is exclusively for females. Read Concerned Women for America’s Protecting Women’s Sports CWA Fact Sheet for additional information on this issue.

The second bill is L.D. 1238, a bill that would prohibit men identifying as women to be admitted in women’s single-sex shelters. Women in desperate and vulnerable circumstances whose public voice is barely a whisper should not be forced to shower and share intimate quarters with biological men.

Concerned Women for America of Maine strongly support both of these bills, and we are asking you to make your voices heard.  As State Representative Heidi Sampson (R-District 21) so eloquently put it at the rally held at the State House this week, “We can’t do this alone. We need all of you to make your voices heard because we are in the minority and need your help.”

Take Action

  • Contact the members of the Judiciary Committee and ask them to support L.D. 1401 and L.D. 1238. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine, be sure to let the committee members know.
  • Contact Judiciary Clerk Susan Pinette if you wish to testify via Zoom or send a written testimony as a private citizen. You will be supplied with a link to the Zoom session upon reaching out to the judiciary clerk.
  • Forward this information to friends and family and ask them to do the same.

Please Pray: Dear Father, women, placed in shelters because of abuse by males must have the protection they seek and not be forced to share bathrooms and sleeping spaces with those of the opposite sex. Girls who work hard in athletic competitions should not be mandated to compete with men identifying as women. Please shine Your light on our culture and raise up Your people to stand up for You in the public square and protect women and girls. In Jesus’ Name. Amen

No one should put their faith in politics alone to solve America’s many problems, but without Christian engagement in the public square, things will undoubtedly get worse. Thank you so much for standing with us and helping lawmakers hear all sides of issues important to us.

“So, God created man in His own image; in the image of God, He created him; male and female He created them.” – Genesis 1:27

Maranatha!
Penny Morrell
State Director

Christian Institutions Adopting Anti-God Rhetoric?

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By Rachel Culver, YWA Ambassador, Fresno Pacific University

In August of 2020, I had just entered my freshman year at Fresno Pacific University, a Christian college. Only one week into my freshman Bible course, Jesus and The Christian Community, my professor analyzed the Bible through a Marxist lens. We spent 85% of our class time reading from a book that was full of heresy. I was taught that the woman of Matthew 15 was oppressed, that capitalism was oppressive, and colored people were disadvantaged.

The adoption of anti-God rhetoric as a mainstream narrative has been a slow process. Critical Theory emerged in the 1960s from the Frankfurt Philosophy school in Germany. In response to the failure of Karl Marx, the Frankfurt philosophers sought “to address structural issues causing inequity.”[1] Ultimately, Critical Theory was a framework designed to identify broken systems rather than sinful hearts.

Over two decades later, academia began to adopt critical studies. Critical Theory, as defined by the Frankfurt School, evolved into what is commonly known as Critical Social Justice or Critical Race Theory (CRT). According to UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, “CRT recognizes that racism is engrained in the fabric and system of the American society … Legal discourse says that the law is neutral and colorblind; however, CRT challenges this legal ‘truth’ by examining liberalism and meritocracy as a vehicle for self-interest, power, and privilege.”[2]

This theory is no longer just an idea taught in schools; it has become a worldview, a lens through which our students are being trained to see themselves, our nation, and the world.

Christian colleges are not exempt from this worldly influence. In recent years, Christian colleges around the nation have chosen to adopt Critical Race Theory, which is often disguised as standpoint epistemology. This analytical tool focuses on the opinions and experiences of the reader based on their social location rather than the truth of God’s Word.

During the spring semester of 2021, I was enrolled in a Medieval History course that included an overview of Muslim philosophy. My professor invited a Muslim leader to provide pathways to peaceful racial reconciliation. The leader said, “We first must be willing to dig into our own selves to break down biases. We need to understand that just saying we are not racist is not good enough if we uphold the painful realities that exist.”

Two months later, my Bible Literature professor assigned reading from a book titled Story Formed Pathways to Peace by Dalton Reimer. In the book, Dalton said, “Given the disproportionate prospects for people of color, one can understand why the slogan ‘Black Lives Matter’ is so compelling.” Reimer inserted Black Lives Matter without sufficient evidence or reason to believe his claim.

In another instance, my Bible Literature professor required attendance at a lecture on the Joseph narrative. The speaker claimed that the Joseph story of the Bible demonstrated open borders and a pathway to racial reconciliation. However, Genesis 40-50 never mentioned racial reconciliation or national sovereignty. The Joseph narrative demonstrates God’s faithfulness, exemplifies brotherly forgiveness, and exemplifies Daniel 2:21. The Joseph narrative is not a guide to racial reconciliation, open border immigration, or social justice.

Ultimately, Marxism “is a repudiation of common grace … It militarizes society and makes ordinary life a theater of war, turning civilians into terrorists.”[3] Remember that Marx called religion “the opium of the people.” [4] Marx not only despised religious people, but he hated God. In the eyes of Karl Marx, “man himself is mutually of no value.” [5] So if Marx advocated for a governmental system that would declare humanity as worthless scum, why should it be used to analyze the Bible? Marxism must be denounced and disregarded.

Marxism has infiltrated our churches, schools, and Christian academia through the disguise of Critical Race Theory. Pastors are preaching systemic racism from their pulpits. Christian colleges are preaching systemic racism in the classroom. Students are being taught to read their Bibles through a worldview that is antithetical to the Gospel.

Jesus did not come to advocate for social reform. Jesus lived, died, and rose again so that sinful humanity could be reconciled to a holy God. Paul said, “You were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you once walked, following the course of this world … But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us … raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” [6] The Gospel of Jesus Christ brings hope to the sinner and life to a dead, calloused heart. Social reform will not save a dead soul. Only Jesus Christ can save.

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Sources:

[1] Baucham, Vodie. “Thought Line.” Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe, Salem Books, 2021, pp. xi -xiv.
[2] “What Is Critical Race Theory?” UCLA School of Public Affairs | Critical Race Studies, 4 Nov. 2009, spacrs.wordpress.com/what-is-critical-race-theory/.
[3]Strachan, Owen. “Marxism Is a Repudiation of Common Grace. Not Only Is the Human Heart Sinful by Nature, but Oppression Is Truly Everywhere. Marxism Annihilates and Extinguishes Common Grace. It Militarizes Society and Makes Ordinary Life a Theater of War, Turning Civilians into Terrorists.” Twitter, Twitter, 24 Apr. 2021, mobile.twitter.com/ostrachan/status/1386057754188603394.
[4]Marx. Marx, A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right 1844, 2009, www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1843/critique-hpr/intro.htm#05.
[5] Marx, Karl. “Comments on James Mill, Éléments D’économie Politique.” Economic Manuscripts: Comments on James Mill by Karl Marx, www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1844/james-mill/index.htm#078.
[6] Ephesians 2:1-6

Join Us in Augusta for the National Day of Prayer

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Maine invites you to join us for a time of worship and prayer for our country, state, communities, and leaders at the National Day of Prayer event this coming Thursday, May 6, in Augusta. Prayer is as important today as it was in our country’s beginnings. Just as our Founding Fathers sought God’s guidance and wisdom, we want to do the same.

Here are the details:
Date: Thursday, May 6
Time: Noon
Location: At the Capitol between the Maine State Museum and the Capitol Building. The address to locate this area is 230 State Street, Augusta, Maine.

Seating is limited, so we encourage you to bring a chair.

Click here to find other NDP events in Maine.

Be sure to share this event with friends and family.

Please Pray: Dear Father, You have been God of our nation and have blessed it for over 200 years because our laws reflected Your Word. We ask for forgiveness as we have slowly drifted away from You and Your ways and have brought on this nation disgrace and loss of blessing.  We pray for revival. May the National Day of Prayer gatherings here in Maine and across this nation be the beginning of a new resolve to follow You in all Your ways and make You Lord again. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

2 Cor. 3:17: “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

Penny Morrell
State Director


Partner with CWA of Maine through your financial support. We are continually grateful for those who give to the work of CWA of Maine. When you give to the state, all funds are used for state projects. Donate here to contribute your tax-deductible gift to CWA of Maine. If you prefer, you may send a check written out to “Concerned Women for America” with “CWA of Maine” on the memo line and send it to CWA of Maine, 864 Manchester Rd., Belgrade, ME 04917.

Your involvement, financial gifts, and prayers could not be more a

Act Now! Save Women’s Sports in Texas!

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Action is needed today!
Help stop biological males from playing female sports in Texas schools.

The Texas legislature is holding a bill that would require public school students to compete in sports competitions based on biological sex rather than on their perceived gender identity.

The bill simply takes current Texas University Interscholastic League (UIL) Rules and makes them law. (UIL is an organization that exists to provide educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests for public school students.)

Bill Information:

SB 29 passed (5-2) the Senate State Affairs Committee on March 26, 2021. It passed (18-12) from the Senate floor on April 15, 2021. It was then referred to the House Public Education Committee on April 19.  SB 29’s companion bill, HB 4042, has already been heard in the Public Education Committee. In order to protect women’s sports, we need the Public Education Committee to vote HB4042/SB29 out of committee this week in order for it to go to the Texas House floor for a vote. And then, if passed, make its way to Gov. Abbott’s desk. We are so close!

We need you to contact the House Public Education Committee members and ask them to pass the bills.

Take Action:

  1. Contact the House Public Education Committee members and ask them to pass HB 4042 and its companion, SB 29. The members and their contact information are listed below my signature. You can also find the list of the committee members here. It is particularly helpful if you are the constituent of any of the committee members for you to identify yourself as a constituent! Use this link to find out who represents you in the state legislature.
  2. Contact your own state representative and ask him or her to support SB 29. Use this link to find who represents you.

Please pray:

  1. Pray that Texas state representatives will not be overcome with timidity and “political correctness” and will handle this issue with positive and fair wisdom for the girls and women of Texas.
  2. Pray for the young women who are called upon to stand strong against this adversity in the face of the “cancel culture.” Pray they will come forward to give testimony.
  3. Pray for Gov. Greg Abbott (Republican), and Speaker Dade Phelan (R-District 2), Chairman Harold Dutton (D-District 142), and the members of the committee that they may support and defend the birthright of every young girl in Texas.

“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27 NASB

Ann Hettinger
State Director


House Public Education Committee members
Ask them to pass HB 4042 and its companion, SB 29.

Harold Dutton, Chairman (D-District 142) – (512) 463-0510
J.M. Lozano, Vice Chairman (R-District 43) – (512) 463-0463
Alma Allen, (D-District 131) – (512) 463-0744
Steve Allison (R-District 121) – (512) 463-0686
Keith Bell (R-District 4) – (512) 463-0458
Diego Bernal (D-District 123) – (512) 463-0532
Brad Buckley (R-District 54) – (512) 463-0684
Mary E. Gonzalez (D-District 75) – (512) 463-0613
Dan Huberty (R-District 127) – (512) 463-0520
Ken King (R-District 88) – (512) 463-0736
Terry Meza (D-District 105) – (512) 463-0641
James Talarico (D-District 52) – (512) 463-0670
Gary VanDeaver (R-District 1) – (512) 463-0692)

 

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Hooray for Bipartisan Support for Sex Ed Transparency Bill!

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A warm thank you to all of you for your calls and letters showing support for Senate Bill 217! SB 217 that I wrote you about last week, requires school districts to provide online parental access/transparency for sex education curricula. This includes audiovisual material and information on guest speakers covering topics of sex ed and HIV prevention set forth by the California Healthy Youth Act, which must be taught beginning in Grade 7, but may be taught as early as kindergarten.

This transparency bill passed through the Senate Education Committee, with two Republicans and two Democrats voting in support of this bill. This is a huge step in the right direction to ensure parental oversight in their children’s learning in public school education. SB 217 now goes to the Appropriations Committee and then to the Senate floor. If passed there, it will continue to the Assembly to start the same process again.

Action:

#1. Please contact the offices of the four state senators who voted in support of the bill and thank them for ensuring parental oversite for their children’s learning.

  1. Sen. Brian Dahle (bill author) (R-District 1) Phone: (916) 651-4001
  2. Sen. Connie M. Leyva (Chair) (D-District 20) Phone: (916) 651-4020
  3. Sen. Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (Vice-Chair) (R-District 23) Phone: (916) 651-4023
  4. Sen. Steven M. Glazer (D-District 7)  Phone: (916) 651-4007

#2. Please contact your state senator now to ask for their support of SB 217. Use this link to find which senator represents you in the state legislature.

If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of California, be sure to let them know.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the members of Concerned Women for America of California for their prayers and their faithfulness to action. What a blessing, Lord, that SB 217 passed through the Senate Education Committee. What an answer to prayer! We pray for continued favor and wisdom to legislators as this bill continues through the legislature. Thank you, Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Spread the word, and be sure to thank the members of the committee who voted in favor!

Thank you, and God bless you!

Marlo Tucker
State Director

Update and Prayer: A Chance to Stop the Reframing of U.S. History!

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Update on HB 952– Bill Prohibiting the Rejection of American Exceptionalism in Schools

Good news!

Recently, I wrote to you (see below my signature)  about HB952, a good bill that would prohibit public schools from teaching, using, promoting, or providing students the 1619 Project as part of the curriculum course materials or instruction. The 1619 Project teaches Missouri students to reject the truth of American exceptionalism. It seeks to create the myth that our country, and all its accomplishments, both as a whole and individually, are founded upon, and the direct result of, racism.

HB 952 was heard in the General Laws Committee on Monday, April 19. Bill sponsor, Rep. Brian Seitz (R-District 156), did an excellent job presenting his bill and answering questions from the committee. I had the privilege to testify in support of the bill on behalf of our Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Missouri members, along with other outstanding testimony given by Don Hinkle, editor of the Pathway, a mom from St. Louis County, and a former schoolteacher. There were 588 witness forms submitted on HB952, with 373 in support of the amendment. Thank you to those who submitted forms in support.

Current status of HB 952:
The bill passed out of the General Laws Committee and now goes to the Rules: Legislative Oversight Committee. If voted do pass by the committee, the bill could go on the House Calendar for perfection.

Prayer Alert:
With just over two weeks left in the legislative session, would you please pray for the members on the Rules: Legislative Oversight Committee by name. Please pray that God would give them the wisdom and understanding to accomplish His purpose.

Bev Ehlen
State Director


Previous Alert

Voice your support for a good bill that will stop the reframing of U.S. history and eliminate any curriculum that teaches our students to distrust our Founding Fathers and our founding documents. 

You can make a difference in Missouri by praying and acting on an important bill being heard in the General Laws Committee on Monday, April 19. HB952, sponsored by Rep. Brian Seitz (R-District 156), defines the “1619 Project” and prohibits public schools from teaching, using, promoting, or providing students the 1619 Project as part of the curriculum course materials or instruction.

The 1619 Project teaches students to reject the truth of American exceptionalism. And it seeks to create the myth that our country, and all of its accomplishments, both as a whole and individually, are founded upon, and the direct result of, racism.

“Our country has a complex and rich history,” says Rep. Seitz. “Parts of that history are hard to fathom and accept, including the issue of slavery. All of that history, both the bad and the good, should be taught to our students without bias or revision. My bill stops the bias, keeps the history, and stems the Leftists’ tide.”

This Monday, April 19, I will testify in favor of HB952 and urge the General Laws Committee members to give the bill a do-pass recommendation. I covet your prayers. The General Laws Committee will vote on the bill at a later date.

Take Action!

If you take action BEFORE 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 19, submit your support online for HB 952 online with this easy two-step process. 

  1. Click here for the online form. (a) Check the box by HB 952; (b) Select the “In Support Of” option; (c) Type in a statement (optional); (d) Complete Details section; (e) Check Acknowledgement box and then submit.
  2. Check your email inbox for an email message that requires you to verify your submission.

If you take action AFTER 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 19, please call or email the members of the General Law Committee (you will need to scroll for the committee name) and ask them to vote a “Do Pass” on HB952. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Missouri, please let them know. Do not hesitate to leave a message on their voicemail.


Suggested message:

Please vote “Do Pass” on HB952. HB952 will prohibit public schools from teaching, using, promoting, or providing students the 1619 Project. The 1619 Project’s intent is to reframe U.S. history and teach our students to distrust both our Founding Fathers and our founding documents.

Sincerely,
Your name and town


Forward this email to family and friends! Every email message and every phone call is counted!

Please pray: Pray for our legislators on the General Laws Committee by name that God would give them the wisdom and understanding to accomplish His purpose.

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in humility that comes from wisdom.” – James 3:13

Bev Ehlen
State Director

2020 Census Moves Seven Congressional Seats

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By Doreen Denny, Vice President of Government Relations

Results from the 2020 census were announced this week with significant implications for the 2022 election. Every ten years, the U.S. census triggers an evaluation of how congressional seats are reapportioned among the fifty states. Population shifts over a decade can add to or subtract from the number of congressional districts per state. Based on the 2020 census, seven congressional seats are being reapportioned.

Notable: Seven is more than the margin of difference between the Democrat majority and the Republican minority in the House. The states where these new seats are being added (and subtracted) could flip which political party controls the House of Representatives in 2022.

A little history: The U.S. Constitution, adopted in 1787 before most states were even created, established membership in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative.”

This Article I provision established the principle of tying a congressional delegation to a state’s population. In 1929, the Permanent Apportionment Act was passed and signed into law which capped the number of U.S. House voting members at 435 (the level established after the 1910 Census). It also created the procedure of automatically reapportioning House seats after every decennial census.

Here is the way the seven congressional districts are being reapportioned:

  • Seven states are losing one seat: California, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York.
  • Six states are gaining one or more seats: Texas (2), Oregon, Montana, Colorado, North Carolina, Florida

Based on this list of “gainers and losers,” it is not hard to recognize a migration away from Rust Belt and big liberal states. This could advantage a Republican party looking to regain control of the House in the next election. The impact to Congress does not end there. With this reapportionment, states will also undertake drawing new boundaries for congressional districts within the state, based on gains and losses of congressional seats among the states and the regional changes in population within the state.  When we think of redistricting, memories of Civics 101 and the term “gerrymandering” may come to mind.

Redistricting congressional seats is largely the function of state legislatures which gives the party in control the upper hand. Notably, Republicans control a majority of state house and state senate chambers across the country. States vary in their laws about the process of redistricting and the use of commissions engaged in these decisions.

With reapportionment decided, what we know now is seven incumbent members of Congress (yet to be determined) will not have a reelection opportunity in the seven losing states while seven new seats in pick-up states will offer open entry for a new position. Redistricting remains the great unknown with significant implications for many members of Congress. This will dominate state politics and likely several courts in the coming months.

For political pundits, political action committees, and those interested in politics, it’s game time as the battle for drawing new congressional boundaries takes center stage. Stay tuned. Popcorn anyone?

Penny on CBN: Church is Essential

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Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, discussed on CBN’s Faith Nation the CDC guidelines on churches. Penny had this to say: “We recognize that there is a First Amendment right for us to practice our faith. And beyond that, church is essential. It’s essential to our spiritual health. It’s essential to our mental health.”

To view Penny’s interview, start at 9:20 mark.

California Just Doesn’t Get It

By | Briefs, Case Vault, Legal, News and Events, SCOTUS | No Comments

They know it is wrong. You have told them it is wrong. But our kids do it anyway, don’t they? Of course, we know once caught, they promise they will never do it again. Ever. They promise they get it, but you walk away from the conversation thinking, “They don’t get it.”

That was the feeling one got from the state of California after hearing oral arguments this week in two significant First Amendment cases before the United States Supreme Court: Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta and Thomas More Law Center v. Bonta.

The cases challenge California’s effort to force all non-profits that solicit support in the state to disclose to the government sensitive information about their major donors.

Although the state recognizes the glaring constitutional burdens on individual rights to freedom of speech and association, it still claims it needs the private information to guard against fraud. Besides, the state promises to keep the information super confidential.

Only they haven’t. As Justice Elena Kagan pointed out during oral arguments, the district court that heard the evidence in this case found that “there was a pervasive, recurring pattern of inadvertent disclosure by California.” In other words, they promise to keep the donor information private, but they don’t. They leak them intentionally or by error, ensuring, as the court also found, that “donors would likely be subject to threats and harassment.”

So, what do you do when your child has a pervasive and recurring pattern of misbehavior that endangers others? Do you just need them to promise you (one more time) that they will never do it again? …

Click here to continue reading this op-ed as featured on American Thinker.

President Biden Delivered a Partisan Speech; Sen. Scott Brought Hope

By | LBB, News and Events | No Comments

It was supposed to be President Joe Biden’s big night as he delivered his first address to Congress last night, but it was Sen. Tim Scott who delivered light through his hope-filled response. If you did not get a chance to hear it, I urge you to take a moment.

This is the message the country needs at this moment.

We are not adversaries. We are family! We are all in this together. And we get to live in the greatest country on Earth. The country where my grandfather, in his 94 years, saw his family go from cotton to Congress in one lifetime.

So I am more than hopeful — I am confident — that our finest hour is yet to come.

Original sin is never the end of the story. Not in our souls, and not for our nation. The real story is always redemption.

Amen! That is the truth. While President Biden continued to lean in on our divisions, to strengthen his political position further, Sen. Scott focused on our blessings, even ending by proclaiming one over our nation:

I am standing here because my mom has prayed me through some very tough times. I believe our nation has succeeded the same way. Because generations of Americans, in their own ways, have asked for grace — and God has supplied it.

So, I will close with a word from a worship song that helped me through this past year. The music is new, but the words draw from Scripture.

[May] the Lord bless you and keep you,
Make His face shine upon you
And be gracious to you.
May His presence go before you,
And behind you, and beside you.
In your weeping and rejoicing,
He is with you.
May His favor be upon [our nation] for a thousand generations
And your family … and your children …
And their children.

It was a stark contrast. While President Biden continued to malign those who disagreed with him, even continuing his pernicious mischaracterization of conservatives’ election integrity efforts, Sen. Scott tackled the issue with dignity and sincerity.

A hundred years ago, kids in classrooms were taught the color of their skin was their most important characteristic — and if they looked a certain way, they were inferior.

Today, kids again are being taught that the color of their skin defines them — and if they look a certain way, they’re an oppressor. From colleges to corporations to our culture, people are making money and gaining power by pretending we haven’t made any progress. By doubling down on the divisions we’ve worked so hard to heal.

You know this stuff is wrong. Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country.

It’s backwards to fight discrimination with different discrimination. And it’s wrong to try to use our painful past to dishonestly shut down debates in the present.

I’m an African American who has voted in the South all my life. I take voting rights personally. Republicans support making it easier to vote and harder to cheat. And so do voters! Big majorities of Americans support early voting, and big majorities support Voter I.D. — including African Americans and Hispanics. Common sense makes common ground.

But today, this conversation has collapsed. The state of Georgia passed a law that expands early voting; preserves no-excuse mail-in voting; and, despite what the President claimed, did not reduce Election Day hours.

If you actually read this law, it’s mainstream. It will be easier to vote early in Georgia than in Democrat-run New York. But the left doesn’t want you to know that. They want people to virtue-signal by yelling about a law they haven’t even read.

Fact-checkers have called out the White House for misstatements. The President absurdly claims this is worse than Jim Crow. What is going on here?

I’ll tell you. A Washington power grab.

This misplaced outrage is supposed to justify Democrats’ sweeping bill that would take over elections for all 50 states; send public funds to political campaigns you disagree with and make the bipartisan Federal Elections Commission partisan!

This is not about civil rights or our racial past. It’s about rigging elections in the future.

Sen. Scott also called liberals out, including the President, for their reckless and untruthful characterization of the filibuster.

And, no — the same filibuster that President Obama and President Biden praised when they were Senators, that Democrats used just last year, has not suddenly become a racist relic just because the shoe is on the other foot.

Race is not a political weapon to settle every issue the way one side wants.

It’s too important.

His focus was on common ground and common sense. And he exposed how the liberals’ increasing radicalism on issues that should unite us is hurting our country.

The President is abandoning principles he held for decades. Now, he says your tax dollars should fund abortions. He’s laying groundwork to pack the Supreme Court.

This is not common ground.

Indeed.

On issue after issue, he showed that common sense and common ground should be possible. Yet, it is continually being rejected by a hyper partisan Administration that seems to believe the national divide benefits them. His words on education were yet another inspiring example.

Locking vulnerable kids out of the classroom is locking adults out of their future.

Our public schools should have reopened months ago. Other countries did.

Private and religious schools did. Science has shown for months that schools are safe. But too often, powerful grown-ups set science aside. And kids like me were left behind.

The clearest case for school choice in our lifetimes.

I conclude by asking you to pray for Sen. Scott. There is no question he stole the spotlight and delivered the message the country deserved today. And you can bet that the left will hate him for it. Let us pray that his light may only increase in the months and years ahead.

Transgenderism vs. Transformation-Episode 2

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Radical gender ideology has a chokehold on the very institutions that are meant to protect, educate, and uplift our children. Now more than ever, it is critical that parents are aware of the issues their children are facing and the permanent changes these mystery drugs being pushed on them can inflict. Our very own Vice President of Government Relations, Doreen Denny, sat back down with Star Parker to unpack exactly what this means and how people of faith must activate to fight back.

 To view Doreen’s interview, start at 17:40.

To view Doreen’s Episode 1 interview, start at 17:50.

Urge Gov. Burgum to Sign The Bill!

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April 26, 2021 was a great day for our state!  On that day, SB2030, a pro-life bill, passed the State Senate and is on its way to Gov. Doug Burgum’s (Republican) desk! SB 2030 clarifies that the State of Dakota does not do business with or partner with the abortion industry.

Watch the floor debate and final passage of the bill here.

Abortion advocates and University officials are working tirelessly to stop this pro-life bill from going into law and have put together a coordinated effort asking the Governor to use his veto pen and stop this pro-life legislation from going into law.

Action
Contact Gov. Burgum here (call or email) and urge him to sign SB 2030. A sample message is below my signature line.

Gov. Burgum needs to hear from pro-life North Dakota citizens, now!  The Governor has three days to sign or veto the bill.

Pray
Pray for our Governor that he will sign the bill. Praise be to God that the majority of legislators had the courage, wisdom, and understanding to vote against the wishes of University officials and for life!

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

Please share this alert with your family and friends.

Linda Thorson
State Director


Dear Gov. Burgum,

Please sign SB 2030 into law. I do not support ties to Planned Parenthood by any of our Universities and ask that you affirm the decision made by the majority of our legislators.

Abortion has always disproportionately affected minority communities. Planned Parenthood targets abortion facilities in minority neighborhoods. They continue the eugenics goal of their founder Margaret Sanger and have built 88% of their new mega facilities within walking distance of minority neighborhoods.  North Dakota needs to stop any ties with an organization with racist intentions.

Sincerely,

Your Name, Town

Calls Needed on a Parental Sex Ed Transparency Bill

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“Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Sen. Brian Dahle’s (R-District 01) Senate Bill 217 will be heard this Wednesday, April 28, in the Senate Education Committee. Senate Bill 217 recognizes the vital input of parents in education. The bill simply requires transparency for all sex education curricula, including audiovisual material and information on guest speakers covering topics of sex ed and HIV prevention set forth by the California Healthy Youth Act, which must be taught beginning in Grade 7, but may be taught as early as kindergarten.

Parents in many districts in California have had incredible challenges in accessing all the sex-ed material taught to their children in public schools. Providing materials online offers parents the transparency they are seeking, which encourages parents to be proactive, engage in dialogue and impart Biblical values regarding human sexuality to their children. Knowing what is being taught also helps parents know if they should opt their children out of the often graphic and controversial teaching.

SB 217 will be heard April 28 at 9:00 a.m., so it is important that you take action immediately. This is the bill’s only chance to continue forward.

Take Action!

  1. Call your State Senator and ask him or her to support SB 217! Find your senator here. If your senator is not on the Senate Education Committee, ask him or her to encourage those who are on the committee to support SB 217.
  2. Let your senator know curriculum transparency with SB 217 encourages parental guidance/oversight in their children’s development and instruction, something every government official should advocate.
  3. You can also find instructions on the committee page to submit a letter to the committee and even call in to the hearing to simply offer your name, city, and support for this important bill. Click here to read more.
  4. Forward this on to friends and family.

Let’s pray: Dear Heavenly Father, we pray that you would give to the members of the Senate

Education Committee wisdom and understanding to accomplish Your purpose, and that they would support curriculum transparency and vote YES on SB 217.

God bless you for your faithfulness in prayer and action!

Marlo Tucker
State Director

Join Us at the National Day of Prayer Event

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Americans will gather across the nation to lift up our country in prayer at this, the 70th observance, of the Nation Day of Prayer (NDP). This year’s NDP event theme is Love, Life, and Liberty!

We invite you to join Concerned Women for America of Hawaii at the event in Hilo. The event will include prayer, music, and special guests. If you cannot come to Hilo, we encourage you to check out other NDP event locations.

Here are the event details:
Day: Thursday, May 6
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: The House Church, 2282 Kanoelehua Ave, Hilo, HI 96720

Join us as we pray for those who lead and those in need in our nation.

Barbara Ferraro
State Director

Join Us at the National Day of Prayer Event

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Americans will gather across the nation to lift up our country in prayer at the 70th observance of the Nation Day of Prayer (NDP). This year’s event theme is Love, Life and Liberty!

We invite you to join Concerned Women for America of Missouri at the event in Jefferson City. The event will include prayer, music, and special guests. If you cannot come to Jefferson City, we encourage you to see if there is a NDP event in your area.

Here are the Jefferson City event details:
Day: Thursday, May 6
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Rotunda inside the Missouri State Capitol, 201 W Capitol Ave, Jefferson City, MO

Invited guests include Gov. Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson, U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R), Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, Sec. of State Jay Ashcroft, Attorney General Eric Schmitt, State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick, State Auditor Nicole Galloway, State Sen. Dave Schatz (R-26), President Pro Tem of the Senate, Speaker Rob Vescovo (R-112), and The Hon. John Ashcroft.

Join us as we pray for those who lead and those in need in our nation.

Bev Ehlen
State Director

CWA of Missouri Recommended Event

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As Christians, we celebrate the beauty of God’s creative design for manhood and womanhood.

However, we are witnessing moral anarchy as Western nations abandon all semblance of Biblical authority. Untold numbers of boys and girls are being harmed. Most significantly, God is not honored or obeyed.

Concerned Women for America of Missouri invites you to join us at a timely event that will instruct us on how we can respond Biblically to the sexual chaos happening in America today. We will also hear how to train our children to thrive in a sexually confused society.

Event Details:|
What: Unlocking Biblical Truth: Gender and Sexuality Issues
Date: Monday, May 3
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Fellowship Church, 1601 W. Main Street, Greenwood, Missouri.

Guest speakers include:

  • J. Alan Branch, Professor of Christian Ethics, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Dean Greer, USA Manager Desert Stream/Living Waters
  • Amanda Smith, Care Minister, Redeemer Fellowship, Kansas City, MO.

Register online or email Bev Ehlen at [email protected] to guarantee your seat.

For additional information about the event, visit Unlocking Biblical Truth: Gender and Sexuality Issues.

This meeting is sponsored by the Christian Life Commission of the Missouri Baptist Convention.

I hope to see you there!

Bev Ehlen
State Director