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Sen. Collins Deserves Better!

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Our Senator, Susan Collins (R-Maine), and her staff have been under attack from the far left regarding the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.  My op-ed regarding this issue was published in the Kennebec Journal recently, Senator Collins Deserves Better.

Since that time, the accusation of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh has been the left’s latest last-ditch effort to delay and ultimately destroy the candidate’s chances for confirmation.

Both Sens. Collins and King (D-Maine) need to hear from you again.  The other side has made their message clear. It is imperative that our Senators know where we stand.

We would never want to overlook, diminish, or accept the abuse of women in any form. Yet, the evidence before us suggests this accusation just does not fit with the well-attested character of this man.

During his 25 years of public service, Judge Kavanaugh has been vetted by the FBI six times and never has a red flag been raised. Sen. Feinstein (D-California) kept this information to herself from late July until just now. The timing is not coincidental.

Unlike Sen. King (D-Maine), Sen. Collins voted to confirm President Trump’s last nominee, Judge Gorsuch.  Our hope is that she will vote for Judge Kavanaugh.

Please Take Action:

  • Call and email both your senators, even if you contacted them recently. With this new development, it is important for them to know that you still support Judge Kavanaugh.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine. Sen. Collins’ contact information is here and Sen. King’s is here.
  • Send this e-alert to friends and family and encourage them to both pray and take action on Judge Kavanaugh’s behalf.

Please Pray: Redouble your efforts in prayer for truth and justice in this matter.  Pray with me, “Father, we pray You will protect Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his family with Your presence in a strong and recognizable way during these days of extreme pressure.  We ask for truth to prevail and for the ultimate confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.”

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O, Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).

For more information and help with calling or writing to your senators, please visit Concerned Women for America’s Women for Kavanaugh web page.  

Unless there is more to this charge, we simply should not — cannot — abandon Judge Kavanaugh at this important hour.  You are called for such a time as this.  Thank you! 

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org
207-465-6015

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

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

Encourage Sen. Susan Collins to Confirm Justice Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

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If our senator doesn’t hear from us and only hears from the left, she will be able to say that we don’t care. Please do not give her reason to oppose President Trump’s second nominee to our highest court in the land. She needs to hear from you in order to justify a confirmation vote!

If you don’t do it, who will?

With the confirmation hearings concluding today, it’s important that she hear from you as soon as possible.

Take Action:

  • Call, text, e-mail and write Sen. Susan Collins (R) and politely ask her to confirm the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Be sure to let her know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine. Click here for all of Sen. Collins’ contact information.
  • Please send this e-alert to friends and family and encourage them to both pray and act.

Please Pray: “Dear Father, thank You for Your mercy on our nation. We pray right now that You will move Sen. Collins to support the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to continue that mercy. Help us thirst for justice and remember its true meaning. Forgive us for perverting it and seeking our own prideful ways, instead of what is truly good and true. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Concerned Women for America in Washington, D.C., has thoroughly vetted Judge Kavanaugh and is pleased that President Trump nominated him to this important position. We must stand with them and their families and make our voices heard supporting them.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org
207-465-6015

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

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

128th Legislature Wrap-Up Wins and Losses

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I promised I would tell you the end of the story with the current legislature.  However, this legislature seems to never end!  Speaker Sara Gideon (D-Freeport) called lawmakers back earlier this month to act on unfinished business.  They were scheduled to be in session July 9 for three days but ended 7/9 at 8:30 p.m. with unfinished business remaining.  They were called back for July 23 only to cancel that for the time being, and it’s wholly unclear when they will be back.  The only issues remaining at this date are clean elections funding and conforming to the federal tax code.

Physician-Assisted Suicide – Win
I told you last year that physician-assisted suicide was defeated for which we are so grateful.  That was the good news for the first year of the 128th.

Proficiency-Based Diploma – Win
You may be encouraged to learn that this year the legislature wanted to extend the experiment of proficiency-based diplomas on our kids, but Rep. Heidi Sampson (R-Alfred) turned the tables to the bill and made it a local option for schools to implement or not.  “We now can let teachers teach,” she said. “And the students can learn. Because the teachers, who are closest to the kids, know what they need. And they can meet those needs now.”  After more than five years of forcing this unworkable program on our schools, finally we have those in this legislature who stood up and said enough.  Now students will receive a diploma based on achievement rather than proficiency.  Gov. LePage signed the bill into law last Friday.

Female Genital Mutilation Ban – Loss
We lost the female genital mutilation (FGM) ban effort.  However, I am happy to report that conservatives supporting the ban have launched a bid to place this question on the ballot next June. 

Conversion Therapy Ban – Win
The other victory we enjoyed this year was the hard-fought battle over the conversion therapy ban that was also debated in many other states.  We are so thankful that even though the issue passed in the legislature, our governor vetoed it, and we had enough conservatives to sustain his veto.  Maine kids under the age of 18 are still allowed to get help when dealing with unwanted homosexual tendencies.  The ban would have been pure unadulterated child abuse. 

Please Pray: “Thank You Father, for the Godly men and women who are serving You and us in the Maine Legislature.  They not only stand up to egregious leftist legislation and defeat it but promote Judeo-Christian values in the bills they sponsor.  Thank You for the victories we sustained and ask for victory to ban FGM by the people next June.”

“If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

To God be the glory for great things He has done!  May we continue to stand for righteousness and justice and trust Him for the outcome in our great State of Maine.

FMI: Legislature, PBD, FGM, and Conversion Therapy Ban

In closing, may I encourage each of you to work for our state and nation like it all depends on you and pray knowing it all depends on God. 

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org
207-465-6015

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

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

Conversion Therapy Bill DEAD

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Praise!  Maine House Upheld Governor LePage’s Veto of L.D. 912

L.D. 912 is Rep. Ryan Fecteau’s (D-Biddeford) bill silencing parents and counselors from helping our young people under the age of 18 with unwanted homosexual tendencies.  It was child abuse and wrongheaded from the start, but somehow passed in the Legislature, only to be rejected by the governor’s veto.  Thankfully, the House of Representatives sustained the veto by 15 votes Monday.  The Legislature came back into session yesterday to act on the bills the governor vetoed and other matters.  Click here to watch yesterday’s L.D. 912 proceedings. Move the cursor to 13:02:13.

Take Action:

  • Please thank your representative if he/she sustained the veto. And express your displeasure if he/she didn’t.  Be sure to let him/her know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine. The roll call vote to sustain the veto is here.  All “no” votes are with us, “yes” votes against us, and an “x” vote means the legislator was absent for the vote.  Click here to find out who your representative is, based on the town in which you live.
  • Please also thank Gov. Paul LePage for his veto of this bill. His mailing address is: 1 State House Station, Augusta, ME  04333.  Or email his office. Be sure to let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine.

Please Pray: “Thank You, Father, for victory over this bill and that our Maine Legislature didn’t go the way of other states but protected our children’s rights to secure information they desire in their lean years when going through the maize of life’s different pathways.  Amen”

Children are vulnerable to cultural mores of their time.  What they observe in others’ behaviors and what ideas are spoken to them and placed in their minds, aren’t necessarily healthy for them.  This bill, L.D. 912 would have banned conversion therapy for these young minds and stopped them from getting the help they needed to lead the life they desire.

For more information click here to read Gov. LaPages excellent veto letter.

To God be the glory! 

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected].cwfa.org
me.cwfa.org
207-465-6015

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

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

 

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.

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org

Maine June Legislative Session This Week! Action Needed TODAY Concerning Marijuana and Conversion Therapy Legislation!

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Please contact your senator and representative and ask them to oppose the ban on conversion therapy and marijuana legalization. They will be working on these two bills during this week’s special session, and it’s imperative they hear from us on these harmful bills – TODAY.

LD 912 prohibits conversion therapy for children under the age of 18 from seeking therapy to help them overcome questions/consideration of homosexual tendencies. The bill is unfair to those kids who know they don’t want to be homosexual, but are struggling with peer pressure, what they are seeing around them, the onset of puberty, etc. May we do all we can to protect them from this harmful legislation.

“and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error” (Romans 1:27).

A peoples’ referendum in Maine passed legislation legalizing recreational marijuana. However, the Legislature has been trying during the past two-year session to enact legislation that would cause the least harm to children, but have had no success. This bill is harmful to children and all citizens. May they hear from you to encourage them to stop legalization.

This special session started yesterday and concludes tomorrow, Thursday. Time is of the essence.

Take Action:
• Contact both your Senator and Representative. Ask them to overturn all legislation that has been passed concerning the approval of recreational marijuana and oppose the ban on conversion therapy, L.D. 912. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Maine. Find your senator and representative by the town you live in here.
• Forward this e-alert to friends and family.

Please Pray: “Dear God, we need You to give us the courage and strength to stand for righteousness in Maine by acting on these two issues immediately. Please give our lawmakers the wisdom and courage to do the right thing”

You have heard from me regarding these issues throughout this session of the Maine Legislature and have acted as requested. Now is the time to make that final push. We must intervene for our kids and grandkids so they can grow up in a culture that will benefit them, and not in one that would be harmful to them.

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org
207-465-6015

Partner with CWA of Maine through your financial support. We are continually grateful for those who give to the work of CWA of Maine. When you give to the state, not CWA national, all funds are used for state projects. To contribute your tax-deductible gift to CWA of Maine, please send a check written out to “Concerned Women for America” with “CWA of ME” on the memo line, and send to CWA of Maine, 864 Manchester Rd., Belgrade, ME 04917. Or, click here to contribute online.

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

Mainers – Tell HHS You Support the New Regulations on Title X – Funds Not for Abortion

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The Title X program is a voluntary grant program that was created to educate and provide family planning services. Even though the law says that abortion is not family planning, abortion giants like Planned Parenthood have used this grant program as their own personal slush fund. But now we have the chance to stop it!

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, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will review the comments and issue a final rule based on the public’s feedback.  The deadline is July 31, but we want to comment right away and then use the remainder of the time to encourage those we know to comment as well.

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 Maine.
  • Please send this e-alert to your like-minded friends, pastor, lawmakers, family and acquaintances.

Please Pray: “Father, 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. 

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected] 
me.cwfa.org

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

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

Maine June Primary Voter Guide for Governor

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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 Tuesday, June 12, in the 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 we want to keep the momentum going to make Maine great again.  Gov. LePage is termed out.

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 is a candidate survey for governor. We are blessed, honored and thankful to partner and share the Christian Civic League of Maine’s voter guide with you for candidates running in Maine.  Click here and follow the instructions to learn the candidates’ positions on issues we care about from those who responded to the questions.
  2. Attend candidate forums or watch them online.
  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 Maine!

Penny Morrell
State Director
CWA of Maine
[email protected]
me.cwfa.org