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.

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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


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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.

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 Missouri alone, it is estimated that there are over 100,000 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 being a Voter Registration Coordinator and 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 26-27 and October 3-4. These are the weekends before the last day (October 7) 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,
Bev Ehlen
State Director
[email protected]

Letters to the Church – Number One

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Dear Church,

We are at war. Everyone paying attention knows it. Some may be uncertain of the battle lines, and even of their position in relation to them, but they can certainly feel our current situation is not good. Despair has settled in on the hearts of many, even within the Church, and the streets are flooded with the consequences of our reality.

Convinced that the only way out of this state is for us, the Church, to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16), I set out to write a series of letters to my beloved brethren to try to bring some clarity to this moment.

The conflict you are witnessing is a struggle for truth. Not the watered down, infantile caricature of truth that is fed to us by the Pulitzer Prize-winning puppeteers producing the tragicomedies we see on our screens daily. Nor is it the naive wishes of attention-seeking freshmen dreaming of “world peace.” The warfare we are called to engage in is a battle to protect the basic arithmetic of life.

The spirit of this age tells us all numbers are equal. Sure, two plus two equals four. But it could also equal five and six or eight. That way, more people are right, and no one feels judged for not giving you the answer you want to hear.

“To each his own,” a young Christian told me recently as we discussed biological males breaking women’s track records in college athletics. And so, it is. The man kicking another man unconscious in a recent protest is fighting for justice. The violent protests are peaceful.

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In some ways, we are witnessing the same deception the serpent has perpetrated on us since the beginning. “Did God really say,” he still whispers (Genesis 3:1). “You will not die … you will be like God” (Genesis 3:4-5).

The serpent was lying, as was his nature (John 8:44). There is no truth in him. Remember then, the snake is still at work in our world today, presenting himself as a benevolent figure. “[W]e wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).

Should it be surprising then to discover that behind the forces at work today flows a steady stream of anti-Christian sentiment? Should we find it strange that a movement supposedly crying out for justice acts most unjustly? No. Nor should we find it odd that it considers the Christian faith repugnant. The puzzling thing is how many Christian leaders are unable to discern the spirit of the moment.

According to one of the founding voices of the Black Lives Matter movement, rioters should tear down statues of Jesus as they are a “gross form of white supremacy.” The “Black Lives Matter” organization, for its part, says on its website that they are working to “disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure” and to free themselves “from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking.”

I know this is difficult to confront. We, as the Church, will always fight injustice wherever we find it. In those instances where police abuse their power, we will speak out against it. We will cry out for justice.

But darkness cannot stamp out darkness. Only light can do that. It gains us no advantage to swap out one oppressor for another—to fight injustice with injustice. The serpent has no loyalty. He will grab you and use you for evil in your quest for justice. Indeed, he’ll grab you and use you in your pursuit of God if you allow him. Isn’t this what the Pharisees did?

Both the secularist social justice warrior and the hypocritical religious zealot fall for the enemy’s lies and stand against God’s purposes. They fall for different kinds of lies, but they are lies, nonetheless. They both believe it is their actions that can save the world. They have supplanted God with a new idol, namely themselves.

Truth, on the other hand, has a way of sitting you up straight, humbling you. It brings clarity. Wakes you up from your worthless, self-aggrandizing dreams and demands to be confronted. It puts you face to face with your own sin. It is light. We, as children of light (1 John 1:7), must walk in it. Those who live in darkness hate it.

We cannot be surprised that the spirit of this age hates us (1 John 3:13). Christian leader, for the love of God, stop trying to get the world to like you! Stand for truth. Be faithful to God and His Word. Trust in Him. Consider it an honor to suffer for His name (Philippians 1:29).

Be salt. For if we lose our saltiness, what are we good for anyway?

In Christ,

M


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Press Release: CWA of Florida Galvanize Women to Fight for the Soul of America

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27, 2020

Contact: Stephanie Rivera
954.243.6301, [email protected]

Concerned Women for America of Florida Galvanize Women to Fight for the Soul of America

Orlando – Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Florida hosted a roundtable and prayer call today as part of its national She Prays, She Votes tour. The roundtable took place at The Pregnancy Center of Winter Park, a women-led, life-affirming medical facility, which brought together a small group of local CWA leaders and supporters to discuss what is at stake in this election, followed by a nation-wide conference call for prayer.

“Our nation is suffering from a spiritual war raging in our cities. We long to see God heal our America,” said Terri Johannsen, State Director of CWA of Florida. “Florida women leaders are coming together with Penny Nance CEO and President of Concerned Women for America for a time of prayer. With She Prays She Votes we can make a difference.”

Penny Nance, CWA‘s CEO and President had this to say, “We are in a spiritual battle for the soul of our nation. As an organization founded on the Biblical principles of prayer and action, Concerned Women for America knows that prayer is power. Our greatest strength starts on our knees for the future and freedom of this great country. God has called us to ‘Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.’ As conservative women, we are leading the call to dedicate ourselves to prayer and action in the 2020 election.”

CWA’s nine-state nationwide tour continues in Des Moines, Iowa next week. We hope you will join us.

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Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization founded over 40 years ago, is taking She Prays, She Votes to nine states across America to galvanize women in this election: Georgia, Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Maine, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Texas. Additionally, there will be one prayer event bringing together the young ladies from CWA’s Young Women for America chapters.

Press Release: CWA Celebrates 100 Years of the 19th Amendment

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2020

Contact: Stephanie Rivera
954.243.6301, [email protected]

CWA Celebrates 100 Years of the 19th Amendment

 Washington, D.C. – As today commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which officially granted women the right to vote, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA) Penny Young Nance had this to say:

“Today, we celebrate 100 years of women’s triumph in attaining their right to vote. We remember the tenacious and relentless women like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul who endured significant adversity but held firm to their values and dreams of equality. They were also clear that their rights could not be built on the broken rights of others. Alice Paul called abortion ‘the ultimate exploitation of women.’  We owe the suffragists a great deal of gratitude. Without them, we would not be able to exercise our voices in the critical upcoming elections. We are 68 days out from an election in which issues such as the sanctity of human life and religious liberty are hanging in the balance. Therefore, CWA is on the road with our She Prays, She Votes tour and traveling to battleground states including Arizona, Florida, and Iowa to galvanize women to pray for our country and vote their values.”

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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.

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Calls Needed! Taxpayer Funding for Transgender Treatment Heads to Senate Floor

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Assembly Bill 2218 passed the Senate Health Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee and it could be heard on the Senate floor as early as today, August 25.  And, because of recent minor amendments to the bill it will have to return to the Assembly floor for a concurrence vote.

As you’ve learned from previous alerts here, here, and here, AB 2218 establishes a Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund to encourage, promote, and provide the means for sex-change operations, cross-sex hormones, and puberty-blocking drugs to minors and adults. The taxpayer funds to provide grants were originally set at $15 million, but now there is no limitation – simply “as appropriated by the Legislature.”

Take action today to help us stop this dangerous bill!

  1. Contact both your state senator and assembly member asking for a “no” vote on AB 2218. Find your senator and assembly member here. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of California.
  2. Forward this email to friends and family.

The legislative session will end on Monday, August 31, so AB 2218 could be heard any time during the next several days, first in the Senate and then the Assembly. Do not delay in contacting your elected officials.

Please pray: Father, please help our senators and assembly members to understand the enormity of this vote and to understand Your truth about our creation, male and female, in Your image. Give them the wisdom and COURAGE to say “no” to this bill. Protect our vulnerable children and give their parents the wisdom to guide and protect them throughout their lives. Lord may Your will be done in California. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

We thank you for your prayers and action once again. You are our faithful warriors!

Marlo Tucker
State Director

The Old-School Tactics of Teachers Unions May Not Survive COVID-19

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Across the country, millions of families are faced with cobbling together strategies to make a new school year work. In many places, schools could have been working on better solutions, or at least not resisting them. Legislators could have helped by expanding educational options for students and providing the financial support to follow.

Liberals have stood on the wrong side of education reform for decades. Backers of a Biden presidency should know the tide will turn against supporting families with greater choice in education, even during a pandemic.

In many politically liberal school districts, public schools have gone into virtual retreat instead of working overtime to find non-traditional solutions. Creative minds could think of many possibilities:  grouping smaller cohorts of students, alternating schedules, ensuring students with special needs receive on-site services. In some places, this is happening. Other districts, however, spent the entire summer in limbo and defaulted to “virtual” learning which most recognize was a real failure in the spring,

This has left many working parents in a lurch, including those in my Northern Virginia community.

Parents are concerned about health, but they are also scrambling for strategies. They are the ones getting creative since their school administrators aren’t. Districts run by left-leaning school boards have started warning against innovative pod learning, even shaming parents against such alternatives in the name of “equity.”  Here’s what Virginia’s Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) said in a Message for Parents on Tutoring Pods:

“While FCPS doesn’t and can’t control these private tutoring groups, we do have concerns that they may widen the gap in educational access and equity for all students. Many parents cannot afford private instruction. Many working families can’t provide transportation to and from a tutoring pod, even if they could afford to pay for the service.”

Knowing parents are desperate for options, FCPS has figured out how it can use the crisis to its financial advantage. A number of schools will offer paid childcare for elementary-aged students charging parents up to $1500 a month for the privilege of sending their students through the schoolhouse door.

Entrepreneurial parents might soon find that other educational options are more effective than the traditional schools – more time on fact-based academic learning, and none on feelings-based self-awareness lessons and gender unicorns. They might just start to question the value of their local tax dollars going to these agenda-driven government-run schools.

The National Education Association (NEA) and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) have resisted returning to class and undermined strategies to cope with school closures, exposing how the liberal establishment stands guard over an old-world education order. Their vocal opposition sounds tone-deaf to the realities of the current crisis for families. If the priority was on educating students, they would be cheering for solutions, not posting threats about learning pods widening the divide between “have and have nots” (which only underscores why schools should be opening their doors).

These old-school tactics have long been apparent. Anything that threatens the power of the teachers’ unions threatens their existence. They are enemies of expanding educational choice because they hold monopoly power over government-run schools. They attack educational scholarship programs, even ones that give low-income parents the chance to send their kids to a higher-performing school because competition would cut into their job security.

Based on voter attitudes, the NEA and AFT might be losing their grip. Their response to the current pandemic could be exposing this fear.

Black and Latino parents support the concept of school vouchers because all parents hope to give their kids the best shot at academic success. A poll  commissioned by the American Federation of Children shows the continuing strong trend that “a broad and deep coalition of voters back school choice.”  Sixty -nine percent, including 82 percent of Latinos and 68 percent of blacks, supported giving  “parents the right to use the tax dollars designated for their child’s education to send their child to the public or private school which best serves their needs.”

For educators more interested in power than their profession, being separated from students by a computer screen instead of supervising them in person might be an added incentive to keep remote learning going as long as possible – all the more reason why the collective power of the teachers’ unions and the monopoly of government-run education should be reimagined while disruption is the norm. It’s time to overrule the old-world order in favor of an excellence-based, pandemic-flexible, family-friendly, 21st-century education system.

Doreen Denny is Vice President of Government Relations, Concerned Women for America

September 12 Event: Missouri Special Session 2020 General Assembly In Review

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Concerned Women for America of Missouri is hosting State Senator Andrew Koenig (R–District 15) as their guest speaker for the Second Saturday in September. Sen. Koenig will speak on the 2020 legislative session and the special session. Attend this meeting and you’ll walk away informed and ready to take action!

Event Details:
Date: Saturday, September 12, 2020
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: The Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Rd., Ellisville, MO 63011

This event is free and registration is not required.
Women, men, and teens are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Download the event flyer for additional information.

Trump Administration Acts to Protect Human Dignity in Sickness and in Health

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) received three exclusive briefings last week on actions the Trump Administration is taking to protect human dignity across the lifespan. No human life should be disrespected or discarded on the basis of age, stage, or disability.

Ending Fetal Tissue Research: At the behest of CWA and pro-life partners, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced last year several changes to its policy on the use of fetal tissue in research projects. These included discontinuing all federal funds for internal research projects and requiring that all external research proposals be reviewed by an ethics advisory board.

On August 18, the Human Fetal Tissue Research Ethics Advisory Board issued a report to the Secretary of HHS and to Congress which recommended withholding funds for 13 out of the 14 research proposals submitted that would use human fetal tissue (the body parts of aborted babies). One project for which the Board recommended funds NOT be withheld was approved by a vote of 9-6.  Board members raised legitimate ethical concerns, but the majority sided with the investigators on the basis of their plan “to use preexisting [human fetal tissue] … with no need to acquire additional tissue for the planned studies. If successful, the research will obviate the need for HFT in future models.” Hopefully the Board’s actions will bring a final end to the abhorrent practice of destroying pre-born life for unethical research.

Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance: Also on August 18, the Trump Administration released its second implementation report on the impact of the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy (PLGHA). PLGHA affirms respect for unborn life in foreign aid funding by requiring foreign non-governmental organizations to agree, as a condition of receiving U.S. federal grant money, to neither perform nor promote abortion as a method of family planning overseas.

International Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes International, who believe in a global right to abortion on demand, declined funds. Other awardees accepted this requirement and conducted their projects without disrupting vital health services to women and families. This proves again how the Trump Administration’s priority to protect life is making a life-saving impact on the international stage.

Prohibiting Age and Disability Discrimination during COVID-19: On August 20, HHS’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced it reached a civil rights complaint resolution with the state of Utah, which should serve as a model for other states, after Utah revised its crisis standards of care guidelines to prohibit discrimination against patients on the basis of age and disability. This is OCR’s seventh resolution with a state regarding discrimination concerns during COVID-19. The coronavirus pandemic has placed unprecedented demands on the medical system, but that is no excuse for doctors and hospitals to undermine human dignity by disqualifying persons with advanced conditions associated with age from receiving life-saving medical care, or deprioritizing people with disabilities, during a  public health emergency.

We are grateful for the ways the Trump Administration is tirelessly prioritizing the dignity of every human life in policy and action.

Press Release: CWA Holds Round Table/Prayer Event in Phoenix

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2020

Contact:
Stephanie Rivera
954.243.6301, [email protected]

Concerned Women for America of Arizona Galvanizing Women to Fight for the Soul of America

Mesa, AZ – Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Arizona hosted a roundtable and prayer call yesterday as part of its national She Prays, She Votes 2020 tour. The roundtable hosted at AZP, Inc., a women-owned manufacturing plant, brought together a small group of local CWA leaders and supporters for discussion of what is at stake in this election, followed by a nation-wide conference call for prayer.

“What better way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the women’s right to vote in America than for us to pray and to vote the Biblical values and beliefs we hold dear!” said Kathy Roper, State Director of CWA of Arizona. “For God has prepared us for “such a time as this. So, let us gather and pray for God’s favor upon the country we love! Let us work to encourage like-minded people to vote in the 2020 general election.”

Penny Nance, CWA‘s CEO and President had this to say, “We are in a spiritual battle for the soul of our nation. As an organization founded on the Biblical principles of prayer and action, Concerned Women for America knows that prayer is power. Our greatest strength starts on our knees for the future and freedom of this great country. God has called us to ‘Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.’ As conservative women, we are leading the call to dedicate ourselves to prayer and action in the 2020 election.”

CWA’s nine state nationwide tour continues in Orlando, Florida next week. We hope you will join us.

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Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization founded over 40 years ago, is taking She Prays, She Votes to nine states across America to galvanize women in this election: Georgia, Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Maine, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Texas. Additiona¬¬¬¬lly, there will be one prayer event bringing together the young ladies from CWA’s Young Women for America chapters.