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CWA Thanks Sen. Heitkamp for Providing Bipartisan Support of Justice Gorsuch

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Justice Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit has been confirmed to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia and is now an Associate Supreme Court Justice of the United States!

CWA of North Dakota is grateful for Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s (D) vote to confirm Judge Gorsuch.  CWA of North Dakota agrees with Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America,
“Today we witnessed a historic victory for our country. One that proves government ‘for the People, by the People’ is alive and well. The Senate overcame historic partisan obstructionism and restored original Senate precedent.

“Judge Gorsuch will elevate the proper role of the judiciary and refuse to legislate from the bench. He is what America needs in this time of partisan dysfunction and obstructionism from the far left – the bipartisan support for his confirmation is proof.”

Go to our webpage to read our April 7 letter of thanks to Sen. Heitkamp.

Act: Please contact Sen. Heitkamp and thank her!  It is as Penny Nance stated, “I would be remiss not to thank the Democrats who had the conviction to listen to their constituents rather than toeing the party line. I applaud their willingness to rise above the political fray in favor of their constituents.  In spite of partisan gridlock, we see the symphony of the three branches of government and their checks and balances function as our Founders intended.”

Send an email message thanking Sen. Heitkamp for her vote to confirm Judge Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court:   https://www.heitkamp.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-heidi

 Pray:  Let us now follow the example of David in I Chronicles 29: 10-13 and praise God for His good favor!

 “David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying,

‘Praise be to you, Lord,
the God of our father Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
 Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name.’”

Grateful for Answered Prayer!

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
P.O. Box 213
Park River, ND 58270
[email protected]
nd.cwfa.org

We Made a Difference! Sen. Heitkamp Announced She Will Vote to Confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch!

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What does it mean?  It means through the ministry of CWA of North Dakota, together, we were part of persuading Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) to support Judge Gorsuch.  We regularly highlighted Judge Gorsuch’s qualifications in our communications to her.  We continually expressed that, similar to Scalia, he is a constitutionalist, who believes the Constitution should be interpreted as written and rejects the liberal proposition of a “living, breathing document.” Plus, we wouldn’t let Heitkamp forget the fact that no one on either side of the aisle opposed Gorsuch when he was up for confirmation for the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Since January of 2017, CWA of North Dakota and its members have asked Sen. Heitkamp  to support the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch.  We have sent countless emails and phone calls to her office.  I have met with her staff and repeatedly asked for a meeting with her in person which I never did obtain.  I’ve written letters to the editor that were published expressing our desire for Heitkamp to support Gorsuch and to meet with me concerning it.  On March 1 we met on the steps of the Bismarck Capitol Building for the Support Gorsuch Rally at which I spoke.  CWA national sent me to Washington, D.C., to participate in their Support Gorsuch Rally.

Thank you!  Thank you all for your participation in these efforts.

Please take a quick minute and email Sen. Heitkamp.  You can be sure that she is hearing from the opposition today.  She needs to know that we appreciate her decision to support Gorsuch!

Click here to e-mail her right now.

CWA of North Dakota will continue to shine the light on the issues of our day: sanctity of life, defense of the family, education, religious liberty, sexual exploitation, support for Israel, and national sovereignty.

Have you joined the team?

  • Please share who CWA of North Dakota is with friends and family! I have been asked when giving testimony during the 2017 North Dakota Legislative Session about our membership rolls. Let’s keep Concerned Women for America the largest public policy women’s organization in our nation!  Anyone who shares our passion for the issues above is welcome to join – women, men and teens are all welcome to participate.  Know that we welcome like-minded men as well.
  • Continue responding to our e-alerts and forward them on to like-minded friends, family and pastors. It is your prayers and action that make all the difference.
  • Participate in a local Prayer/Action Chapter in your area.
  • Consider being a Prayer/Action Chapter Leader. The Prayer/Action Chapter Leader plans and oversees monthly Prayer/Action Chapter meetings in a church or community. The emphasis is threefold: pray, educate and act.  Each leader is provided with a monthly Prayer/Action Newsletter that includes an inspirational piece, legislative updates and action items and prayer and praises.  The newsletter is designed for use as a guide for the monthly meetings.
  • Partner with us by giving a tax-deductible gift towards the work of CWA of North Dakota. We are run by all volunteers. Therefore all contributions go straight to the work at hand for education materials, gas money for trips to the state capitol, postcards for our Encourage-A-Legislator project, events and more.  Click here to contribute online to CWA of North Dakota or send us a check to the address below written out to “Concerned Women for America.”  Be sure to put “CWA of North Dakota” on the memo line.

Psalm 43: 2-4

“Oh, send out Your light and Your truth!
Let them lead me;
Let them bring me to Your holy hill
And to Your tabernacle.
Then I will go to the altar of God,
To God my exceeding joy;
And on the harp I will praise You,
O God, my God.”

Blessings,

Linda Thorson

State Director
CWA of North Dakota
P.O. Box 213
Park River, ND 58270
[email protected]
nd.cwfa.org

Senator Heitkamp May Support Gorusch, and She Should

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Senator Heitkamp shows encouraging signs of being open to the idea of voting to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court following the hearings starting on March 20.

It would not only be the right thing for Sen. Heitkamp to do, but it would also be the best political strategy for her, being a Democratic Senator here in North Dakota, which went so heavily for President Trump.

A recent Politico article quotes her recent statements about Gorsuch: “We should be open to supporting any nominee. … I wasn’t sent here to respond to [the] pressure [from my fellow Democrats to vote against him].”

People in our state have shown not just support, but downright enthusiasm for Gorsuch.  I see it in the ladies I lead as the state director for Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota, the largest public policy organization for women in the country. CWA women understand and appreciate the limited role of judges, and they love Judge Gorsuch’s embrace of judicial restraint.

As he said the day of his nomination:

I respect, too, the fact that in our legal order it is for Congress and not the courts to write new laws. It is the role of judges to apply, not alter, the work of the people’s representatives. A judge who likes every outcome he reaches is very likely a bad judge stretching for results he prefers rather than those the law demands.

Gorsuch puts the law above politics.  That is why he enjoys bi-partisan support.

Liberal Democratic lawyer David Frederick rightly wrote in a recent Washington Post article that there is “no principled reason” to vote against Gorsuch.

And Frederick is not the only liberal supporting Gorsuch.  In a recent letter, more than 50 of his Harvard Law classmates, spanning the political spectrum, expressed the same sentiment, writing:

We are Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians and independents; progressives, conservatives and moderates; religious and non-observant; married, single and divorced; men and women; straight and gay. … What unites us is that… we unanimously believe Neil possesses the exemplary character, outstanding intellect, steady temperament, humility and open-mindedness to be an excellent addition to the United States Supreme Court.

Another letter featured more than 150 of his Columbia classmates who also span the political spectrum but were, “united in [their] belief that [Gorsuch] would serve our country with honor and distinction on the Supreme Court.”

Even the liberal American Bar Association recently gave Gorsuch its highest rating of “unanimous well qualified.”

This is simply a non-controversial nominee.

Gorsuch was even confirmed to the Tenth Circuit appeals court by a simple voice vote — unopposed.  Why should Heitkamp oppose him now?

Thankfully, I don’t think she will.  Some liberals continue to pressure her to vote against him, but their arguments are hollow or plain dishonest.  Heitkamp knows she’s in the Senate because North Dakota voters put her there, and we want her to confirm him.

Furthermore, it looks like Heitkamp won’t try to filibuster or stop Gorsuch with some extreme political antic.  When asked directly if Gorsuch should get a vote instead of being blocked by filibuster, she said, “Absolutely.”

CWA of North Dakota supports her in that stance, and we will continue to urge her to resist extreme liberal pressures to disregard the facts and record of this well-qualified nominee and vote against him because of party loyalty or some sort of symbolical stance against President Trump.  That is the sort of irrational, political gridlock with which North Dakotans are so fed up.

Heitkamp should actually change her openness to Gorsuch to downright support and, in that way, lead the Senate in a new kind of approach to politics — one that puts loyalty to constituents ahead of party. It would be quite a statement.

School Prayer Bill In Jeopardy – Please Contact Legislators Today!

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HB 1275 makes it clear that prayer at athletic activities at parochial and private schools is allowed.  Some say we don’t need this legislation because schools already have the right.  Untrue.  Just last year, private schools Shiloh Christian School in Bismarck and Shanley Catholic School in Fargo were prohibited from having students pray over the public address system during a home game when previously it was allowed. Click here to read more about it.

Earlier this year I testified on behalf of HB 1275 before the House Judiciary Committee. Click here to read it.

Our children must speak and hear the Truth, even in the middle of much darkness, because this Truth is the light of the World and it will shine forth as the only hope for them personally and for our country as a whole.

Take Action: Please e-mail and/or these Senators on the Education Committee:

Sen. Donald Schaible at [email protected] or call 701-824-3168

Sen. David Rust at [email protected] or call 701-216-0270

Sen. Kyle Davison at [email protected] or call 701-261-8703

Sen. Jordan Kannianen at [email protected] or call 701-421-8813

Sen. Erin Oban at [email protected] or call 701-955-3188

Sen. Shawn Vedaa at [email protected] or call 701 626-7495

Please Pray: Pray for our legislators by name.  May God give them wisdom and confidence to allow prayers to be heard in our schools.   “Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’” Luke 18:16,17

Question: “Will this bill open the doors to prayers of other faiths?”

Answer: “We do not fear anyone praying to any other god.  We know there is only One True God, Creator of all things visible and invisible.  So, as Elijah on Mt. Carmel, we invite “the prophets of Baal” to pray to their god, that perhaps they might realize that no one is listening because there is no such god.

“As a matter of public policy, it would be disastrous for us to suppress the Gospel (which we have been commanded to take to the ends of the earth) because we want to suppress other religious speech.  On the contrary, our children must speak and hear the Truth, even in the middle of much darkness, because this Truth is the light of the World and it will shine forth as the only hope for them personally and for our country as a whole.”  Mario Diaz, CWA Legal Counsel

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
[email protected]
nd.cwfa.org

Urgent – Please Oppose the Repeal of North Dakota Sunday Closing Law

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Thank you, CWA friends, for responding to the e-alerts sent out from CWA of North Dakota! Our legislators listen.  Every email and phone call is counted.

 Your voice is needed again, this time, on  HB 1163, a bill to repeal our Sunday Closing Law.  The Senate Political Subdivision Committee gave the bill a Do Pass recommendation on March 9 reporting that they had not heard from constituents! It is now due to be voted on by the full senate in the very near future. 

 The time to act is now!  Setting aside a common day of rest honors God and allows the majority of retail employees’ opportunities to worship on Sunday mornings.

“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.  Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”  Genesis 2: 2, 3

Take Action:

  1. Call your specific state senator and urge him/her to oppose HB 1163. To find out who your senator is and how to contact them click here.
  2. E-mail all the senators and ask them to vote NO on HB 1163. Simply cut and paste these addresses below.

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  1. Forward this e-mail onto friends and family and ask them to pray and act on this important issue.

Please Pray:  Pray that our state leaders do not change our laws in our state Century Code to uphold the Sunday Closing Law.  

Thank you in advance for your diligent prayers and actions.

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
[email protected]
nd.cwfa.org

CWA of North Dakota Asks You to Respond to Sen. Heitkamp’s Call for Input Concerning Gorsuch!

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I passionately addressed a crowd at the North Dakota State Capitol on March 1, 2017, concerning President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch.

CWA of North Dakota Joined Susan B. Anthony List and the North Dakota Family Alliance friends to ask Sen. Heidi Heitkamp to support Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court.

A special thanks to all of you who attended the Rally on the Capitol steps in Bismarck!

This is our time to speak up, as it is of great importance that Judge Gorsuch be confirmed. He is a man of impeccable character and has the highest of qualifications. Click here for more information on why we support him.

Sen. Heitkamp is asking for North Dakotans input on the Presidential Nominee.   Let’s respond today!

ACT:

  1. Ask Sen. Heitkamp to vote to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch as our next Supreme Court Justice! Click here to make your voice heard.
  2. Read my opinion piece recently published in the Fargo Forum, Urge Senators to Support Gorsuch.
  3.     Forward this e-alert to others and ask them to support Judge Gorsuch by praying and acting on his behalf.

PRAY:  Thank you for your diligent prayers and actions.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  (I Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Sincerely,

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
[email protected]
nd.cwfa.org  

CWA of North Dakota Attends Rep. Kevin Cramer’s Town Hall Meeting in Fargo, February 23

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State Director Linda Thorson joined other Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Dakota ladies at U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer’s (R-North Dakota) Town Hall meeting. You’ll spot us standing in the front of the room.  Beginning at the 35:45 spot, listen to our cheers when Rep. Cramer answers a question concerning the plans in Congress to defund Planned Parenthood! He said this: “Last week, the House passed a bill returning Title X flexibility authority to the states, so rather than the Federal Government and the HHS  (Health and Human Services Secretary) saying you have to use Title X funding here, we’re returning it to the states.  We trust states a lot more than the Federal Government.  Secondly, North Dakota doesn’t have a Planned Parenthood here.  Third, we do have about seventy-two other community and local Health Clinics that do provide services to women in vulnerable situations and are underserved.  The money that does not go to Planned Parenthood can go to those.  I think the Repeal and Replace in the House in a few weeks will include defunding of Planned Parenthood.”

CWA of North Dakota is grateful for Rep. Cramer’s leadership!  Watch the video again at the 33:05 spot!  You’ll hear our cheers when Rep. Cramer asks, “What could be more vulnerable than an unborn child in the womb?  What’s more vulnerable than that?!”  The truth was spoken to anyone in the room willing to listen!

We have been clearly instructed to pray for our leaders: “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”  I Timothy 2:1-4

Pray for Rep. Cramer and others like him who stand for truth and in defense of the unborn.  May the Lord give him wisdom and grace as he fights on the frontlines.

Pray for the groups you see in this video that are very angry, as well as other groups you see in the news doing all they can to thwart righteousness.  Pray for their plans to be foiled and most importantly, that they will come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Action:  Go to our recent e-alert for the plan of action!  CWA of North Dakota Calls for the Shifting of Taxpayer Funds from Planned Parenthood to Federally Qualified Health Centers.

Prolife Advocate Jody Clemens, me, Rep. Cramer,
First Choice Director Angie Wamback and
CWA Encourage-A-Legislator Coordinator Karen Anderson

For Him,

 

Linda Thorson
State Director
CWA of North Dakota
[email protected]
nd.cwfa.org