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Please Encourage Sens. Thune and Rounds to Continue Their Support for Judge Kavanaugh

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Dear Friend,

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12) 

What sets CWA apart from other organizations? It is 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.

Stop Now, Pray and Act
Pray: Pray for our U.S. Senators. Pray for Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), Senate Majority Leader. Pray that the schemes of those attempting to discredit Judge Kavanaugh would be thwarted. Pray for the Senate as a whole, may Judge Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed.

“The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good. As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. The heart of the wise inclines to the right but the heart of the fool to the left. Even as he walks along the road, the fools lack sense” (Ecclesiastes 9:17- 10:3a).

The Bible tells us “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4).

The armor of our warfare hangs on prayer and is activated by prayer. “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18).

Act: Contact our Sens. John Thune (R) and Marion Rounds (R) and urge their continued support for Judge Kavanaugh.

God bless you for your prayer and action,

Linda Schauer
State Director
(605) 380-6914
[email protected]
sd.cwfa.org

Attention Rapid City Residents!

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Do you, or someone you know, live in Rapid City?  We need those in Rapid City to respond by this Monday, September 17.

It has just come to our attention that the Rapid City School Board is considering the addition of “gender identity” to their non-discrimination policy at Western Dakota Tech.

CWA of South Dakota is concerned about the privacy rights of all students and staff.  This new policy would allow men to use women’s private facilities and vice versa.

Please Act Now!

  1. Contact school board members using the list below. Voice your objections to Policy #2005. Consider using some of the talking points below.
  2. If possible, attend the school board meeting on Monday, September 17, at 5:30 p.m., Western Dakota Tech.
  3. Sign the petition opposing this policy here.

Please Keep This Matter in Prayer.  Pray that the plans of the those pushing this policy would be thwarted and that it would be voted down by the school board.

Talking Points:

  • This misguided policy would likely spread to other Rapid City schools and beyond.
  • Discrimination would actually be against people with traditional and religious views.
  • This policy would place “gender identity” not only as a protected class, but also as a privileged group.
  • CWA believes all people should be treated with respect and kindness.
  • People with “gender identity” issues need compassionate counseling, not enabling or affirmation.

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20).

God bless you for your prayer and action.

Linda Schauer
State Director
Concerned Women for America of South Dakota
[email protected]
(605) 380-6914

PRESS RELEASE: Women’s Group Denounces Abortion Activists’ Behavior at Kavanaugh Hearing

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 6, 2018

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Linda Schauer
(605) 439-3630
cell (605) 380-6914
[email protected]

Women’s Group Denounces Abortion Activists’
Behavior At Kavanaugh Hearing

Leola, SD — On Wednesday, September 5, 2018, two women from South Dakota were arrested after disrupting Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C. The two women were working on behalf of NARAL Pro-Choice South Dakota.

CWA of South Dakota State Director, Linda Schauer, issued the following statement:
“It is a sad day in South Dakota history when South Dakota young women heckle United States Senators and a Supreme Court nominee in the halls of Congress. The extremely rude detractors at the hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh only embarrass themselves and their cause.
“Concerned Women for America and Young Women for America believe in the dignity of all persons, born and unborn. Pre-born women deserve equality. Giving life is the great equalizer.”

Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest women’s public policy organization.
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Kavanaugh the Right Pick for Supreme Court

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State Director’s letter to the editor posted on ArgusLeader.com:

Kudos to Senators Thune and Rounds for their support of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Thune stated that Kavanaugh “has effectively demonstrated his commitment to deciding cases based on the law, not on his own political opinions or preferred outcomes.” Rounds acknowledged that the judge “is a highly-qualified candidate who is committed to upholding the rule of law rather than legislating from the bench.”

Undoubtedly Judge Kavanaugh is eminently qualified for the Supreme Court. He is a jurist who upholds the Constitution as written, instead of relying on the notion of a “living Constitution” that some judges use to enact their personal opinions into law. Kavanaugh’s reputation for impartiality and fairness is well known. He has stood up for religious liberty, has a strong free-speech record, and has recognized that government has a valid interest in choosing life over abortion.

Kavanaugh has served on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals since 2006. Demonstrating a consistent record of fidelity to the Constitution, he has written more than 300 clear and measured opinions, showing great respect for the fundamental separation of powers as required by the Constitution.

Even many liberal scholars agree Kavanaugh is highly qualified and should be confirmed swiftly.

Linda Schauer
State Director
Concerned Women for America of South Dakota

State Director Meets Up with CWA’s Women for Kavanaugh Bus Tour

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“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5:24)

The Women for Kavanaugh bus is just completing its tour of eight key states to show our support for Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  CEO and President Penny Nance and her staff have been touring, rallying and holding meet-and-greet events at state fairs and other venues in an effort to connect with women and their families to promote and support Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Donald Trump’s presidential victory came with the support of South Dakotans who were concerned about the future of the United States Supreme Court.  Brett Kavanaugh was on the list of then candidate Trump’s possible Supreme Court nominees, and today Kavanaugh is our Supreme Court nominee.

We are grateful that Sens. John Thune (R-South Dakota) and Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota) have indicated their full support for Brett Kavanaugh as a judge who has demonstrated his commitment to upholding the Constitution as written.

One of the states CWA is targeting is North Dakota, urging Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) to vote in support of Judge Kavanaugh. I had the pleasure to meet the Women for Kavanaugh bus as CWA held an event in Fargo on August 17.  CWA North Dakota State Director Lin Thorson and CEO and President Nance listed Kavanaugh’s qualifications and rallied the crowd to pray for his upcoming hearings and ultimately his confirmation by the U.S. Senate.  Equally crucial, citizens need to phone Sen. Heitkamp’s office and urge her to vote Yes on his confirmation.

Take Action:

  1. If you have friends in North Dakota, please urge them to pray and contact Sen. Heitkamp, urging her support for Judge Kavanaugh.
  2. Contact Sen. Thune. Thank him for supporting Kavanaugh. Be sure to let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of South Dakota.
  3. Contact Sen. Rounds. Thank him for supporting Kavanaugh. Be sure to let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of South Dakota.

For more information, go to the Women for Kavanaugh page here.

God bless you for your prayer and action.

Linda Schauer

State Director

Concerned Women for America of South Dakota

[email protected]

(605) 380-6914

 

Public Comments on Protect Life Rule Favors Life

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You did it! Thank you for your participation and work submitting comments to the Department of Health and Human Services regarding the administration’s proposed Title X rule, the Protect Life Rule.

Concerned Women for America partners like you were responsible for submitting thousands of comments supporting the Protect Life Rule!  HHS received over 200,000 comments and upon our own investigation, it appears that a solid majority of these comments favor the rule.

Just a refresher:  Title X is a voluntary grant program that was enacted in the 1970s to provide low income individuals with family planning services.  The statute specifically says that abortion is not family planning and no funds can go toward abortion operations, but that hasn’t stopped the abortion industry from grabbing these funds and using them to prop up their abortion business.  This new Protect Life Rule would require Title X grant recipients to separate their abortion operations from family planning services, therefore adhering to the law.

The comment period was the first step.  Now HHS must proceed through more hoops before the Protect Life Rule is implemented.  We hope that by August 2019 the rule will be applied, and the grant program will no longer be used as a slush fund for the abortion industry.

About 6 in 10 Americans oppose taxpayer dollars being used to commit abortions, and that includes people who identify as pro-choice.  Americans want out of the abortion business, and this proposed rule is an important step to detangle the abortion industry from government funding.

We thank God for this victory.  Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise … Psalm 48:1

Linda Schauer

State Director
CWA of South Dakota
[email protected]
sd.cwfa.org

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 years 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.

Linda Schauer
State Director
CWA of South Dakota
[email protected]
sd.cwfa.org

New Brochure Now Available: The Constitution is NOT the Problem

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More and more on a state level we are seeing both conservative and liberal groups wanting to change the constitution with a Con Con (Constitutional Convention, Article V Convention, Convention of States, Amendments Convention or a Con Con: Different names, but same concept. All done under Article V of U. S. Constitution.) Though on the surface it may sound like a good idea, it is a dangerous one.

Be informed, check out our new brochure, The Constitution is NOT the Problem.

Recommended Reading: Convention of States ‘not worth the risk’

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A must read on ArgusLeader.com concerning the problems with Article V Convention, AKA Convention of States.

Convention of States ‘not worth the risk’

Polls are strange creatures. A pollster can get just about any outcome he wants just by the question’s language. “Send Message to Washington: Pass SJR3” touted that 72 percent of South Dakotans want the legislature to pass the Convention of States (COS) resolution.

Was the poll question, “Do you support limited federal spending or limited federal power?” Who wouldn’t want to send that message to Washington? Did the pollster mention that the COS scheme, in order to achieve their goal, will put our U.S. Constitution at risk? Did he cite that we currently have fiscal and power restraints clearly enumerated in our Constitution? Did he point out that the COS already has stated their ambition to “clarify” the Second Amendment as was also advocated by Former Justice Stevens? Was it mentioned that two states have proposed eliminating the Electoral College? If that can be accomplished, how easy is it to make other revisions proposed by special interests at COS?

Maybe our lawmakers who are out of compliance with the Constitution should just read and obey the document that has outlasted every government document ever written worldwide.

The COS plot sounds like pie-in-the-sky, and is it worth the risk?

Recommended Reading: Defining the ‘Swamp’

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A must read on ArgusLeader.com concerning the problems with Article V Convention, AKA Convention of States.

Defining the ‘Swamp’

A good discussion needs clear definitions, so I am going to define “swamp” for Jeffrey Church re: his March 9 letter to the editor (‘Eighteen state senators vote to keep the swamp’) and for readers, as it will clear up the issue.

The swamp is the entrenched, rut riding bureaucrats that permeate our civic institutions. It is not the institutions and it is not the Constitution that is the problem. Let us keep the focus on the problems. If we can maintain our focus, then we do the hard work of replacing bureaucrats with statesmen.

Church will not fix “decades of overreach, judicial legislation and surrender of state sovereignty” with a new Constitution and the same bad riders. Our Constitution is neither vague nor silent, our legislators are. We need new riders, not a new Constitution. Fear sits on the gate with those that beg for a new horse when all we need is a better rider. In the history of modern government, there has never been such a fine, longstanding and democratic document as our U.S. Constitution. Leave it alone. Retain the focused senators that see the problems with an Article V convention and don’t let the “swamp” change the Constitution.