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Drug Dealing Under Federal Law

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On Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs held a hearing titled “Challenges for Cannabis and Banking: Outside Perspectives.” Many senators touted S.1200, the Secure And Fair Enforcement Banking Act of 2019 (SAFE Act) as a solution for state-legal cannabis (marijuana) businesses who currently are unable to access the U.S. banking system.

Marijuana remains illegal on the federal level and financial engagement in illegal activities is known as money laundering. Because banks are prohibited from engaging in money laundering, they cannot provide marijuana businesses with banking services. The SAFE Act would legitimize the marijuana industry financially and grant marijuana businesses access to the federal banking system. Make no mistake, allowing the marijuana industry to operate within the U.S. banking system is drug dealing under federal law.

Keeping marijuana operations separate from the banking system has helped limit the rate of growth of the marijuana industry. If the SAFE Act is enacted, marijuana will still be illegal, but banks will now have the approval of the government to participate in money laundering. This would also be the first time the United States banking industry was opened to Schedule I drug operations and would set an alarming and dangerous precedent of granting banking access to criminal activity.

Although the banking industry claims to take no position on marijuana legalization, they want to profit from this new line of business depositing federally illegal proceeds, and the SAFE Act creates more problems than it solves. Would marijuana business deposits be FDIC insured? If entities choose to legalize other drugs, as we have seen in Denver and Oregon regarding the schedule I drug magic mushrooms, would banks accept those funds as well? How would a bank differentiate between legally-obtained funds and illegally-obtained funds? This bill fails to address these and so many other problematic, logistical, and legitimate questions.

Unfortunately, most of the committee was notably absent from the hearing and missed the opportunity to ask banking industry executives and marijuana advocates questions like these.

The SAFE Act provides no assurance that drug trafficking organizations would be unable to access the banking system for marijuana-related businesses. Rather, according to experts in drug policy and law enforcement, the SAFE Act will likely enable cartel operations. Canada, which legalized recreational marijuana nationwide in late 2018, has already seen offshore investments infiltrate their marijuana operations, some with ties to organized crime.[1] The U.S. government should not make it easier for foreign drug cartels to flourish in the U.S. and profit off of the addictions of our citizens.

The SAFE Act also enables illegal operations to expand its business of marketing high potency concentrates in kid-friendly forms, such as marijuana gummies, ice creams, and sodas[2]. Edible products that contain high-concentrate THC have recently come under scrutiny[3] for causing surges[4] in emergency room visits in legalized states and have been shown to increase[5] the risk of psychosis.

The SAFE Act creates more problems than it claims to solve. Marijuana is a schedule 1 drug with a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical use in the United States and should remain illegal.[6] This bill is a backdoor attempt at full recreational legalization in all states (the eventual goal of legalization proponents). The SAFE Act is the banking industry and the marijuana industry’s reckless push to normalize the use of this dangerous drug.

Call your representatives today and tell them to OPPOSE S.1200, the Secure And Fair Enforcement Banking Act of 2019.

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[1] Smart Approaches to Marijuana. (2019, March 28). House Financial Services Committee Approves Marijuana Banking Bill [Press release]. Retrieved May 29, 2019, from https://learnaboutsam.org/house-financial-services-committee-approves-marijuana-banking-bill/

[2] Reckless Marijuana Legalization Bill, STATES Act, Reintroduced Today. (2019, April 04). Retrieved April 30, 2019, from https://learnaboutsam.org/reckless-marijuana-legalization-bill-states-act-reintroduced-today/

[3] Rabin, R. C. (2019, March 25). Marijuana Edibles May Pose Special Risks. Retrieved April 1, 2019, from https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/25/well/eat/marijuana-edibles-may-pose-special-risks.html

[4] Monte, A. A., Shelton, S. K., Mills, E., Saben, J., Hopkinson, A., Sonn, B., . . . Abbott, D. (2019). Acute Illness Associated With Cannabis Use, by Route of Exposure. Annals of Internal Medicine,170(8), 531. doi:10.7326/m18-2809

[5] Groundbreaking New UK Study Confirms Link Between Daily, High Potency Marijuana Use and Psychosis. (2019, March 19). Retrieved April 21, 2019, from https://learnaboutsam.org/groundbreaking-new-uk-study-confirms-link-between-daily-high-potency-marijuana-use-and-psychosis/

[6] Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Justice; Denial of Petition to Initiate Proceedings to Reschedule Marijuana, 81 Fed. Reg. 53767 (Aug. 12, 2016) (codified at 21 C.F.R. Pt. II).

For Liberal CEOs, Abortion is Good For Business

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CWA’s Senior Director of Government Relations, Doreen Denny, penned the following opinion piece featured on The Daily Signal:

“As more states pass restrictions on abortion, companies are coming out of the woodwork to oppose them.

Recently, some 180 companies “employing more than 108,000 workers” purchased a full-page ad in The New York Times under the banner “Don’t Ban Equality: It’s time for companies to stand up for reproductive health care.”

Translation: It’s time for businesses to defend abortion.

Many of these companies aren’t typically considered far-left organizations. Exactly what message are they sending to women by spending ad dollars to promote abortion? Are they saying babies are bad for business?

A closer look at these companies may help to unmask what’s driving this ad.

It turns out that only two of them are listed among the top 180 companies offering the most paid maternity leave to women, according to Fairygodboss, a women’s career advancement network. And those two companies are nowhere near the top of the list.

In other words, these companies are stingy. They aren’t supporting women; they’re protecting their bottom line.”

Read the entire opinion piece.

Nutty attacks on pro-lifers by Sen. Gillbrand and CEOs may help make abortion a winning issue for Trump and GOP in 2020

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There is a new level of hostility by the ruling class toward people in this nation, even women and minorities, who dare to believe in the intrinsic value of human life and thus identify as pro-life.

The left is losing the 46-year argument on the federalization of abortion laws, and it has made them angry and reckless.

They are now publicly equating our support for life to racism. It’s insidious and bigoted, but it’s also self-destructive.

On the political front, during an interview with the Des Moines Register “Gillibrand Compares Pro-Life Viewpoint to Racism, ‘Not Acceptable’, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., was clear in her racist allegations against pro-lifers on Tuesday.

Gillibrand said, “I think there’s some issues that have such moral clarity that we have as a society decided that the other side is not acceptable. Imagine saying that it’s okay to appoint a judge who’s racist or anti-Semitic or homophobic. Asking someone to appoint someone who takes away basic human rights of any group of people in America—I don’t think that those are political issues anymore.”

Click here to read the rest of this story as featured on FoxNews.com.

House Votes on (In)Equality Act and Rejects Efforts to Save Women’s Sports

By | Blog, Defense of Family, Feminist / Women's Issues, Legislative Updates, News and Events, Social / Cultural Issues | No Comments

Last week, the House passed H.R. 5, the deceptively-named “Equality Act” by a vote of 236-173.  By redefining the term sex to include “sexual orientation and gender identity” in civil rights law, this bill elevates “gender identity” over the protected class of sex as male and female, giving any person the right to claim “gender identity” as the opposite sex at any time.  This sounds absurd, but the bill strips women from any protection from men who would identify as women in bathrooms, locker rooms, women’s shelters, sports competition, and more.

Before final passage, Republicans attempted to expose the threats to female athletes with a “motion to recommit with instructions.” A motion to recommit (MTR) is a procedural vote that would send the bill back to the relevant House committee with instructions on changes that should be made.  If an MTR is successful, a vote on final passage would be delayed until the committee fixes the bill and sends it back to the whole House for consideration.

The so-called Equality Act effectively erases women’s sports by opening up any competition to biological men who identify as women. The MTR for H.R. 5 was very narrowly tailored to amend the bill to ensure that nothing may be construed to weaken any protections under Title IX to ensure female athletes have equal opportunity.  This would have at least safeguarded the integrity of girls’ and women’s sports. Negating Title IX in the so-called “Equality Act” is a deep flaw in the bill, acknowledged by people across the political spectrum.  Unfortunately, the MTR was rejected along party lines by a vote of 181-228.

The need to protect female sports is not a hypothetical situation; the unfair playing field is happening already because of similar state and local laws. Selina Soule, a high school track athlete in Connecticut, lost her chance to compete in the New England championship this year after two biological males took first and second place in the 55-meter dash. This week, CeCe Telfer, who previously competed as a male, has stolen an opportunity for a female athlete to compete in the 100 and 400-meter hurdles in the NCAA Division II Women’s Track and Field Championships.

The so-called Equality Act’s unverifiable and unscientific attempt to address discrimination by elevating protections for certain groups on the basis of a new definition of sex is a direct threat against every woman in America.  Its effects are nothing less than extreme, far-reaching, and uncontainable and the gutting of Title IX is just one of these effects. Supporters have no way of defending the “Equality Act” against these threats to women even though basic common sense makes it obvious to most people. It’s a shame 228 House members blindly jumped on the bandwagon.

At this time, the Senate has no plans to take up the bill. However, 46 Senators, almost half the Senate, are cosponsors of the identical Senate bill. It remains a threat that must be opposed.

Judicial Watch: Gender Identity Law Declares War on Women, Forces Trans Men to be Accepted as Female

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CWA’s very own Shea Garrison highlighted in Judicial Watch Blog.

Concerned Women for America, the group that assisted the Georgia mother, has conducted extensive research on the Equality Act and recently published a document outlining the measure’s dangerous consequences for women and girls. Shea Garrison, the organization’s vice president of international affairs, says the bill wrongfully “redefines civil rights law” and “elevates the interests of one group over another.” An esteemed academic, Garrison’s work and research focuses on women’s economic and social empowerment, religious freedom and human rights.

Click here to read the entire article on Judicial Watch’s website.

Shame on Google for dissolving its AI council over African-American leader Kay Coles James

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Women across the political perspective applauded recently when Kay Coles James, the first woman and the first African-American to lead the conservative and respected Heritage Foundation, was chosen to join Google’s new external advisory council to in part discuss the ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Our joy lasted barely a week when, in reaction to internal pressure from incensed employees, she was ousted via the dissolution of the council.

As shocking as this may be, it is illustrative of the culture at Google, where over 1,000 Google employees took the time to sign a petition calling for James’ removal. Leaked email exchanges reported by Breitbart News show employees accused her of “transphobia” and “homophobia.” They accused her of viewing the LGBT community as “subhuman” and in support of “exterminationist” views.


Editor’s note: This article was published by Fox News. Click here to read it.

House Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Disappoints, Fails to Protect Women

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This week, the House passed a reauthorization bill of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), but this bill falls short and fails to accomplish its namesake goalFrom its inception, the purpose of VAWA has been to protect, support, and seek justice for women who have suffered assault or abuse. CWALAC fully supports that mission. The goal of the current VAWA reauthorization efforts should advance these objectives, not compromise them. The reauthorization must address misguided efforts to go beyond the scope of VAWA, which represent a fundamental threat to the privacy and safety of women and girls. Unfortunately, the House-passed version of VAWA ignores and even exacerbates the current problems with the VAWA law  Read More

Don’t be fooled ladies — the Equality Act is a threat to all of us

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How can people like Ginni Rometty, the first female CEO of IBM, so easily jump on the bandwagon of the so-called Equality Act and fail to see its obvious threats to women?

The Equality Act, which would amend existing federal civil rights laws (including the Civil Rights Act of 1964) to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected characteristics, seeks to erase the understood binary definition of sex as male or female, and enshrine a new definition of sex that includes a person’s perception of his or herself – not the actual chromosomal DNA that identifies his or her true sex.  [More …]


EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was published by Fox News. Click here to read it.

Deep in the Heart of Texas

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For the ninth time during a session of the Texas Legislature, Concerned Women for America of Texas hosted “Dinner with Texas Legislators.”  This year, seventeen Texas legislators participated in the program on Tuesday evening, March 12, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Austin.

Each legislator had a moment at the mic to speak to the gathering about issues important in the current session.  Several spoke of CWA’s current prayer campaign to encourage legislators during the session.

Rep. Bill Zedler, long-time advocate for life and family values in the Texas Legislature, was awarded the 2019 CWA Family Advocate Award.  Mrs. Pat Hanson, who was the South Texas Area Director was commended for many years of service before her retirement. Lastly, Dr. Shea Garrison, Vice President of International Affairs for CWA, was the dinner’s keynote speaker and addressed gender identity issues confronting women and their families in the current culture.

Several young women who are part of Young Women for America’s leadership on Texas college campuses were present. The dinner preceded the subsequent day’s rally at the capitol, where several hundred participated in visiting with legislators about Faith-and-Family issues.

CWA at the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women

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This week, government delegates and non-governmental organizations from all over the world met in NYC at the United Nations for the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63).

Concerned Women for America (CWA) sponsored a side-event panel on Friday, March 15, with the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam) titled, “Putting Women and Girls Back at the Center of Gender Equality Policies.” The event focused on the importance of promoting the empowerment of women and girls with effective and holistic, culturally appropriate, family-centered measurements.

Our Dr. Shea Garrison, VP of International Affairs at CWA, spoke about “Focused Economic Empowerment” and used her own research and experience training women entrepreneurs around the world to recommend well-rounded strategies and measurements that most effectively empower women and their families.

Also on the panel was Dr. Rebecca Oas from C-Fam, Emilie Kao from the Heritage Foundation, and Sharon Slater from Family Watch International.

Three Pillar Strategy – Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization 2018

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This Concerned Women for America “The Counterpoint” policy paper suggests a “Three Pillar Strategy” to better prioritize and focus Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) funds, programming, and other resources to uphold the Act’s original intent: to reduce violence against women and to strengthen services and administer justice to women victims of violence.

The Mainstreaming of Child Sexual Exploitation

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The so-called transgender moment that followed the celebration of homosexual behavior is giving way to an even darker effort to normalize child sexual exploitation. The Daily Wire report of an 11-year-old dancing on stage at a gay bar, simulating stripping, while even getting money from adults in the audience, is nothing short of that, the sexual exploitation of children.  From the story:

On December 1, an 11-year-old boy dressed in drag danced on stage in a sexual manner at a gay bar in Brooklyn, NY, called 3 Dollar Bill. The child, Desmond Napoles, was dressed as a Gwen Stefani-lookalike — full drag makeup, a blonde wig, and crop top included — as he bounced around onstage to No Doubt’s “Like a Girl” and collected dollar bills from male adults viewing the number.

The written account was disturbing enough, but I was not prepared to see the actual footage of this perversion. Here it is as it was featured on the Ben Shapiro Show:

 

 

We should weep for a country and a people that find this acceptable. It is utterly frightening to know it is happening in our country — we are that people.

Friends, the Church cannot stay silent while the mainstreaming of sexual exploitation continues to spread around us.  Most people know deep inside this is a terrible development, yet they remain silent, perhaps fearing the cultural cost. Therefore, it is up to you and me, as believers in Truth, to speak out. We are those who have counted the cost and have chosen to still follow Christ. We must stand and speak light into this darkness.

Let us be despised, that God may be glorified.

Children should not be sexually exploited for any reason. This may be a radical statement in this day and age, but it is true. And we must shout it from the rooftops at every turn. It is not liberating or empowering to affirm gender confusion in children for the sake of affirming the rightness of the lifestyle and worldview of adults.

We must identify this as exploitation because the focus of these efforts is the adults who promote it. The pride and self-centeredness of man, this idolatry of the self, is at the center of this movement. It is not scientific or logical or compassionate.

What we are witnessing actually affirms the Scriptures, even while many proport to be breaking out from under its grip. There is a darkening of the mind that occurs when we turn to worship the creatures rather than the Creator (Romans 1:18-32). That is what our generation has chosen — to pursue personal appetites without regard to the common good. “If it feels good, it must be right” is a foolish philosophy. That its popularity continues to grow guarantees us a fool’s harvest. We reap what we sow. And we have sown unrighteousness for far too long for us to expect anything different than what we are seeing today.

Therefore, we must be prepared to be that voice crying out in the wilderness for repentance. We must fight the good fight of faith, that the next generation may turn from our wicked ways and desire to live by faith. But it all starts with our voice. Faith comes by hearing (Romans 10:27).

So, let us speak then, brothers and sisters. Boldly and faithfully. The time is near.

Decisive Victory for Religious Freedom at the U.S. Supreme Court in Masterpiece Cakeshop

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Anti-religious liberty forces lost at the U.S. Supreme Court today in the case of Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker who sought to live his life in accordance with his faith and so refused to provide a custom-made wedding cake for a same-sex wedding (Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission). This is why you will hear a lot of talk in the media of a narrow decision with little precedential impact. Some aim to downplay what is an important victory for freedom and religious liberty with the Court ruling 7-2 in favor of protecting the baker’s First Amendment constitutional rights.

The Court wrote, “[R]eligious and philosophical objections to gay marriage are protected views and in some instances protected forms of expression.” It doesn’t get any clearer than that. It is notable for the Court to recognize that there are actually philosophical reasons, not just religious ones, to oppose same-sex marriage. Regardless, all are protected views under the First Amendment.

Click here to read the rest of this op-ed at Townhall.com.

Click here for our press release: “Conservative Women Celebrate Freedom as the U.S. Supreme Court Decides Masterpiece Cakeshop.”

Check out our CEO & President Penny Nance’s statement in front of the Court at oral arguments:

And, some clips from our rally:


Mario Diaz, Esq. is CWA’s general counsel. Follow him on Twitter @mariodiazesq.