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CWA of Georgia Responds to Amazon’s HQ2 Pick

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Dear friends,
For over a year, Georgia courted Amazon to bring its second headquarters (known as HQ2) to the state. And for over a year, as CWA of Georgia fought tirelessly to pass a state-level Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), all we heard was Amazon would never do business with Georgia if a religious freedom bill were to be passed and signed into law.

This week, Amazon announced they would locate their new HQ2 in three states – two of which have RFRA laws!  CWA of Georgia joined in a press release with other faith-based organizations in response to Amazon’s announcement.  You can be assured that CWA of Georgia will continue to be on the front lines in 2019 working aggressively for the passage of a state-level RFRA.

Tanya Ditty
State Director

Good: Atlanta to Pay $1.2 Million for Egregious Religious Liberty Violation

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The story of Kelvin Cochran is one that should never be forgotten. The former Atlanta Fire Chief was fired because of his faith — not in some oppressive country around the world, but here in the old “US of A.”

 

 

The good news is that the city of Atlanta has now settled the case, agreeing to pay Chief Cochran $1.2 million for their egregious violation of his First Amendment rights. The district court in Georgia had found the city’s arbitrary policy to be unconstitutional, saying:

This policy would prevent an employee from writing and selling a book on golf or badminton on his own time and, without prior approval, would subject him to firing. It is unclear to the Court how such an outside employment would ever affect the City’s ability to function, and the City provides no evidence to justify it.

I want to thank those of you who have been praying for Chief Cochran and his family, made calls, and signed our petitions to stand up for religious freedom. There is no question your voice had an impact on the outcome of this case and will continue to help us defend religious liberties for years to come.

Never forget that the ideology that made this unjust firing of an excellent employee and an honest man possible is still very much alive at the highest levels of government. We must continue to be engaged and call these incidents for what they are: anti-Christian bigotry.

Just this week, a judicial nominee was attacked for being associated with the very group (the Alliance Defending Freedom [ADF])who defended Chief Cochran in this case. ADF is a Christian organization and, as you know, in the eyes of the Southern Policy Law Center (SPLC) that makes them a “hate group.”

This is a great victory for religious freedom, no doubt! We must take the time to thank God for His grace and goodness in allowing us such victories.

But we must also remain on guard, shining the light of freedom and faith at every turn. The upcoming election is yet another opportunity and also a challenge for us to engage our brothers and sisters on the importance of these issues, encouraging them to stand up for what they believe.

Here is what Tanya Ditty, state director of Concerned Women for America of Georgia, who stood hand in hand alongside Chief Cochran, had to say on the new development and the next steps that are needed to make sure this injustice does not happen again:

Former Atlanta mayor, Kasim Reed, and his administration created a hostile work environment for people of faith. Kelvin Cochran was targeted by Mr. Reed and ultimately fired for simply writing a book based upon his Judeo-Christian beliefs. Kelvin Cochran never wavered in his faith in the midst of outright religious and workplace discrimination.  Kelvin has always handled himself with dignity and honor. Justice has been served in the form of a $1.2 million settlement.   CWA of Georgia calls on the City of Atlanta to revisit its discriminatory employment policies so to ensure all its employees are able to come to work without the fear of religious discrimination or job loss.

URGENT: 5 Things You Can Do For Kavanaugh Confirmation

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We are at a pivotal moment in the fight to restore a proper balance to the nation’s highest court through the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  Here are five things you can do to help Judge Kavanaugh:

  1. Write a note of encouragement to Judge Kavanaugh: Brett Kavanaugh and his family have been through so very much.  May our words be like cool water and shelter in the midst of a ferocious firestorm.  CWA will ensure your comments get to Judge Kavanaugh.
  2. Sign petition (women only): It is important for women to speak out in support of Judge Kavanaugh. The higher the volume the more our voices, as women, will be heard.
  3. Email a letter of support for Judge Kavanaugh to Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) TODAY even if you’re not from Arizona—he is asking to hear from women across the county.
  4. Contact our U.S. Senators again. Let them know that you support Kavanaugh and want them to vote “yes!” Leave a message if no one answers, and be sure to tell them that you are a member of Concerned Women for America.

Sen. Isakson: Email and then call him at (202) 224-3643 or 770-661-0999
Sen. Perdue: Email and then call him at (202) 224-3521 or 404-865-0087

  1. Attend Women for Kavanaugh event this Friday, October 5 in Washington, D.C.  (Women only.)  If you cannot attend, pray.  Pray for a high volume of attendees. Note that the time on the link refers to the time of the pick-up and drop off of the busses.  The time of the event is yet to be decided.

New! Decatur City School’s Transgender Policy Leads to Sexual Assault

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In July 2016, Superintendent David Dude began to quietly implement radical new guidelines concerning the handling of transgender students in City Schools of Decatur (CSD); these guidelines were never submitted to parents for review or to the school board for a public vote.  CWA of Georgia alerted our members about this “policy by fiat,” and urged phone calls be made to the superintendent and board members.  CWA of Georgia also attended one of the school board meetings to voice our opposition to the transgender policy.

Alarms have been going off across the nation for years as to the unintended consequences of a policy that forces students to share restrooms, locker rooms, and showers with the opposite sex. Tragically, a six-year old Decatur student is paying the price for those who failed to heed the warnings. According to Vernadette Broyles, the attorney representing the young female victim and her parent, a male student entered a female restroom and sexually assaulted the female student. Ms. Broyles says the male student was legally permitted to enter the female restroom because of the school system’s transgender restroom access policy.

The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Atlanta Office has launched an investigation into the 2017 sexual assault. Alliance Defending Freedom released this press release concerning the investigation, along with a video account of the incident by the victim’s mother, Pascha Thomas.

A Call to Prayer

  • Pray for the young victim and her mother, Pascha Thomas. Pray for healing and an understanding of how precious they are in God’s sight (Isaiah 43:4). Pray against the enemy who loves to bring shame, condemnation, and self-loathing.
  • Pray for a reversal of the school district’s transgender policy.

A Call to Action
Except for the City Schools of Decatur, we do not believe there are any other school districts in the state with the same or similar transgender policy.  School systems have been accommodating students who struggle with gender fluidity on a case-by-case basis. So what can you do? 

  • Read CWA of Georgia’s press release here.
  • Show CWA and ADF’s press releases to your local school board member and superintendent. Politely urge them to reject any efforts to force students to share restrooms, locker rooms, and showers with the opposite sex. Accommodating for those who struggle with issues of transgenderism should not be predicated on the violation of everyone else’s rights.
  • Email us what you learned about your local school system’s transgender policy.

This attempt at indoctrination and harm to our children must be stopped in its tracks. It is a battle in which we must all be engaged through prayer and action.

Ephesians 6:12, “For we 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.”

Tanya Ditty
State Director
CWA of Georgia
[email protected]

What Sets Us Apart? Prayer and Action! Learn More.

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What sets CWA apart from other organizations?
Our emphasis on prayer and action at the grassroots.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord …and who labors fervently in prayer. The greatest force for change on behalf of our families and country is indeed prayer and the responsibilities that come with our citizenship in a free country. All the resources of God Almighty are at our disposal, and He rules in all the affairs of men, and nothing is too hard for Him.

The essential balance between the two 

One only needs to read or listen to a daily news report or social media to recognize the destruction that is taking place.  Whether it be the increased violence in America, the rabid assault on the family, or the barrage of attacks on the leaders God has placed over us, we need to execute the power of prayer and then take the necessary action to back up our convictions.
 
Balance between both prayer and action is vital for all believers.  James speaks of this when commending heroes of the faith, “You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone” (2:24).
 
These elements are crucial to restoring our states and nation and to preserving our families. Truly, our 400+ Prayer/Action Chapters and Home Teams nationwide are the lifeblood of Concerned Women for America.

So how can you make a difference?

CWA’s Prayer/Action Chapters and Home Teams provide the perfect vehicle for you to stay engaged in local, state and federal policies as part of a united prayer and action network.
 
Ephesians 6: 18 and 20 provide one of the Scriptural foundations for Prayer/Action Chapters: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints … for which I am an ambassador in chains, that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” Prayer/Action chapters enable members to:

  • Be alert and informed on the issues (Ephesians 6:18b);
  • Pray about these issues (Ephesians 6:18a);
  • Act on those issues (Ephesians 6:20).

It’s easy to become a CWA Prayer/Action Chapter Leader or Home Team Captain. Simply join CWA if you’re not already a member and submit a leadership application. Upon approval of your application, we will send instructional materials to you. I will provide training and help prepare you to become the confident leader of a successful Prayer/Action Chapter.
 
To Learn More:
Contact me today!  I am happy to discuss any questions you may have. Give me a call at (770) 617-1987 or e-mail me at [email protected]. I look forward to hearing from you.
 
Here’s what Prayer/Action Chapter Leaders from around the country have said:
 
“I was just praying about the next thing God wanted me to do, and I know that it is with CWA. He has made that very clear.  I believe the time is narrowing when He will return, and we must do everything within His will to work His plan.”
 
“It is an exciting time to make positive change. … I’m inspired, energized and full of hope by the unequivocal voice of the country.  It’s time for action.”
 
“I believe that this election let us know how important it is for Christians to stay involved. The Lord has been persistent in His message to me. My argument was time, but He has allowed me to see that this is a priority.  We must preserve our Christian nation for future generations.”
 
Remember, your prayers, personal involvement, and action are vital to the future of our children and of our nation.
 
Tanya Ditty
State Director
CWA of Georgia
[email protected]
ga.cwfa.org
(770) 617-1987

Celebrating Independence Day

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For many people today, July 4th is a holiday filled with picnics, friends, and fireworks. But it is also a commemoration of America’s Declaration of Independence. The freedom call was not only against a political and economic system, but it was also a cry for independence from the spiritual tyranny of the Anglican Church.

In 1775, there were 668 congregational churches in America. Seventy-five percent of all Americans, at that time, belonged to churches of Puritan derivation. The religious makeup was 98.4 percent Protestant, 1.4 percent Roman Catholic, and three-twentieths of one percent Jewish. America was a nation deeply concerned with religious freedom.

Religious freedom today is far from what the original founders intended. What Americans wanted was a government that did not favor one Christian sect over another. The idea was never to erode Christianity through the separation of church and state. John Jay, after the war, described the homogeneity of America in Federalist 2 (*see below).

Competition between the various churches, early Americans thought, was healthy; it kept them from becoming complacent, comfortable and arrogant like the nationally endorsed Anglican Church. In 18th century America, men and women adhered to the Protestant conviction that all men and human institutions were fallible. Americans fought hard for seven year during the Revolutionary War to rid themselves of the shackles of imperial England and her state controlled church.

The men who called the people of America to independence were men committed to their country and the freedom of her people. They paid a great price for our independence and religious freedom: five signers were captured by the British army and tortured; 12 men’s homes were destroyed; two had sons who died during the Revolutionary War; one had two sons taken prisoner by the British; and nine signers of the Declaration died in the war.

This July 4th, let us remember those courageous men who helped to establish a free nation. Let us thank God for religious freedom won and exercise that freedom by reaching our generation with the Gospel. Liberty without religious freedom is bondage.

*Federalist 2
I have taken notice that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people – a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs, and who … fighting side by side throughout a long and bloody war, have nobly established their general liberty and independence. This country and this people seem to have been made for each other … Similar sentiments have hitherto prevailed among all orders and denominations of men among us. To all general purposes we have uniformly been one people. — John Jay

Blessings to you on this Independence Day, 2018.

Tanya Ditty
State Director
CWA of Georgia
[email protected]
ga.cwfa.org

I Did It and So Can You!

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Dear Pro-Life Warriors,

Many of you have fought the fight for years to keep tax-payer dollars from funding abortion.  Now there is a golden opportunity to do just that nationally.  Under the guidance of the Trump Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has a proposed new rule that prohibits tax-payer dollars from being used by agencies that promote abortion.

The proposed new rule, also referred to as the “Protect Life Rule,” will govern Title X funds. The rule draws a bright line between abortion clinics and Title X dollars. By requiring physical and financial separation of Title X dollars, we can be sure that this taxpayer money is being used to help low-income women and not prop up abortion clinics. This new regulation does not cut Title X dollars by a single cent.  Click here for background information on the proposed rule. Click here for Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) Title X Rule talking points.

As with any federal regulation, there is an open comment period where the public has the opportunity to express their views. After the 60-day comment period is up, HHS will review the comments and issue a final rule based on the public’s feedback.

CWA has provided an easy way for you to stand up for life and show your support for the proposed rule.  In less than five short minutes, you can add your support for the proposed “Protect Life Rule” by sending a comment to HHS letting them know that funds should not go to agencies that support abortions.

Take Action:

  • Submit your comment to the U.S. HHS Secretary Azar regarding Title X Funds for family planning. Simply go to the Concerned Women for America website link, The Protect Life Rule, and follow the instructions.  It’s easy and only takes a few minutes.  We have even put together a suggested comment that you can use as is or edit to your liking.  It is best if you add personal comments.
  • Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Georgia.
  • Please send this e-alert to your like-minded friends, pastor, lawmakers, family and acquaintances.

Please Pray: “Father, Proverbs 31:8 tells us, ‘Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.’ Please work on our behalf and protect us from paying for abortion with our taxes.  May our efforts be used to drastically hinder the deadly efforts of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers?  Amen.”

It is imperative that Secretary Azar hears from all of us.  Planned Parenthood is angry about this, and they are mobilized with an army contacting Azar.  They will sue and do what they always do, so we must be vigilant, mobilized, passionate, strong and courageous on behalf of babies.

It’s time to stand up, speak up, and let your voice be heard.  This is our moment to stop taxpayer funding for abortion, and we only have June and July to stop Planned Parenthood and others from the misuse of this program.  

Tanya Ditty
State Director
CWA of Georgia
[email protected]
ga.cwfa.org
770-617-1987

Partner with CWA of Georgia through your financial support. We are continually grateful for those who give to the work of CWA of Georgia. When you give to the state, all funds are used for state projects like the Feisty & Feminine Workshops. To contribute your tax-deductible gift to CWA of Georgia, please send a check written out to “Concerned Women for America” with “CWA of GA” on the memo line, and send to CWA of Georgia P.O. Box 671374 Marietta, Ga 30066. Or click here to contribute online.

Your involvement, financial gifts, and prayers could not be more appreciated.  Thank you!

Voter guides for Georgia’s May 22 primary election

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Political television ads, radio ads, mail pieces, and yard signs must mean one thing – this is election season!  If you have not voted early, please be sure to vote this coming Tuesday in the May 22 primary election. Voter turnout is typically low in a non-presidential election year, but I cannot think of a more critical year to cast your vote than this year when all of Georgia’s Constitutional officers are up for election, starting with the Governor.

Voters have a significant impact upon the laws and government of this state and nation. It is important that we be informed, educated voters. We should know the candidates and the issues.

  • Who will best represent your values and concerns?
  • What are the candidates’ positions on current issues affecting you and your family?
  • Are the candidates’ campaign speeches in alignment with their voting record?
  • Who is endorsing each candidate?
  • How did each candidate vote on important issues in the past?

Be proactive – an uneducated vote is a wasted vote!

#1 Study voter guides/candidate surveys. Here are candidate surveys for Governor, Lieutenant Governor and State School Superintendent. *

#2 Attend candidate forums or watch them online. The Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series is a great resource to learn where the candidates stand on issues. The debate series included the primary election debates for Governor, Lt. Governor, Insurance Commissioner, Secretary of State, State School Superintendent, Public Service Commission districts three and five, and Congressional Districts six, seven and ten. You can view any of the archived debates here.

#3 Visit the website and social media pages of each candidate.

#4 Listen to talk radio and watch state and national news.

While we are citizens of the United States of America, foremost, we are citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven and our vote should mirror God’s views.

The institution of government was ordained by God. It is our duty, as Christians and citizens, to be active participants in the governmental process. Therefore, seek the Lord’s wisdom through prayer (and fasting) before you cast your vote. 

View CWA’s brochure What’s Your Vote Worth?

“Select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and ten”(Exodus 18:21).

Thank you for making a difference for the Kingdom of God here in Georgia!

Tanya Ditty
State Director

*Concerned Women for America is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and does not endorse candidates for political office.

Updated 3-17-18: Stay Informed: CWA of Georgia Capitol Watch

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Read our 2017-2018 – Targeted Legislation List (updated 3-17-18)

The Georgia General Assembly convenes on Monday, January 8, and will run 40 days. Religious freedom, predatory gambling, marijuana cultivation, and LGBT special rights are among the issues we will be monitoring in the 2018 session. This is the second year of the 2017-2018 legislative cycle, so any bill introduced during the last session is still active until the end of this year.

You can depend on CWA of Georgia to actively represent you at the State Capitol in Atlanta. We have made it easy for you to track the progress of bills involving our 2018 legislative priorities that are aligned to CWA’s seven core issues. The targeted bill list and legislative scorecard will be updated regularly to include action items, links to committee and floor votes, and talking points to help you lobby from your kitchen table or laptop! In addition, we will provide specific ways to pray for pending legislation.

Helpful resources: