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Update: Georgia Attorney General Back Off Demand for Sermons.

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Thank you for your phone calls and e-mails made last week to Gov. Nathan Deal and the Attorney General’s office concerning the ludicrous demands that Dr. Eric Walsh turn over copies of his sermon notes and transcripts to the State of Georgia. Because of public pressure, the Attorney General withdrew their request for Dr. Walsh’s sermon notes and transcripts!

While this was a huge victory, there is still work to do! The demand that Dr. Walsh turn over his sermon notes and transcripts was only one of five egregious requests on the part of the state against its own citizen. As was pointed out by First Liberty Institute’s Senior Counsel Jeremy Dys at the October 26, 2016 press conference, the State of Georgia is also demanding that Dr. Walsh submit the following:

  • Validation of Dr. Walsh’s credentials as a minister
  • Proof that Dr. Walsh has served as a minister with the Seventh-day Adventist denomination
  • Production of any and all contracts Dr. Walsh has, or has ever had, with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, its subsidiaries or affiliates
  • A report to the State of Georgia on how—and how much—he has been compensated for producing and delivering his sermons

This invasive request by the State of Georgia (even though the state claims that Dr. Walsh was not fired on religious grounds) is a disturbing display of injustice, intolerance and outright government overreach into the sacred life of a pastor. The state’s actions in this case are reminiscent of the sort of “monitoring” the great German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer experienced in his time. We must demand an immediate end to this type of anti-religious bigotry on the part of state authorities.

Take Action Today!
On November 1, 2016, Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Chris Carr to replace Sam Olens as Georgia’s Attorney General.  Contact Gov. Deal and urge him to instruct his newly appointed Attorney General to settle Dr. Walsh’s case.
Phone: 404-656-1776 | Online contact form

Contact Attorney General Chris Carr and urge him to settle Dr. Walsh’s case.
Phone: 404-656-3300 | Email

If you made calls last week, please call again. Gov. Deal and Attorney General Carr must hear from you!

Pray that Gov. Deal and the Attorney General will be God-fearing and recognize that they are accountable to Him for each decision and act. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10

Tanya Ditty
State Director

Gov. Deal buckled to bullies – important press conference planned

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Gov. Nathan Deal held a press conference this morning to declare that he is going to veto the religious freedom bill, HB 757, the Free Exercise Protection Act.  Click here to read CWA of Georgia’s press release.

Attend press conference on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

In response to Gov. Deal’s threat to veto the legislation, a press conference is planned for Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. on the South side of the second floor of the State Capitol.  CWA of Georgia will join other faith leaders and pastors to discuss the veto and a call to action.  Click here for media advisory alert.

Please make every effort to attend!

New! Georgia’s Religious Freedom Bill

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Resource Page for Georgia’s Religious Freedom Legislation

Latest news: 5-22-15
The Georgia GOP passes resolution in support of SB 129. We are waiting for the GaGOP to post the resolution.

The legislative session wrapped up on Thursday, April 2.  Here is a short synopsis for SB 129:

  • SB 129 passed the Senate. Click here for Senate scorecard.
  • SB 129 passed out of a “special” subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, but was tabled in the full House Judiciary Committee after three Republicans voted with the Democrats to add an amendment that would have gutted the bill. Click here for House subcommittee and full committee scorecard.
  • SB 129 is currently in the House Judiciary Committee and is active legislation for the 2016 legislative session.

Click here for legislative history of SB 129 and HB 218.

Educate yourself on the need for a state Religious Freedom Restoration Action in Georgia. Read through the resources provided by below.

Pray that our state legislators, Speaker, Lt. Governor, Speaker of the House and Governor will stand on the side of religious liberty and not buckle to the pressure of corporations who do not see the need to pass a religious liberty bill.

Online Resources

CWA of Georgia Talking Points: Why Georgia need a religious freedom bill.

State Religious Freedom Restoration Act Resources:
This document contains the following:

  • View Historical Timeline of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (As a result of 1997 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Georgians have been left vulnerable to state religious discrimination lawsuits.)
  • Read Remarks by President Bill Clinton (Remarks by President Bill Clinton on signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.)
  • What a Religious Freedom Restoration Act Does and Does Not Do
  • Recent Examples in Georgia of Religious Discrimination (Read actual examples of religious discrimination in Georgia.)

 

Federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act Resources:
The Hobby Lobby/Conestoga Woods Decision

Others:

Religious Liberty is one of CWA’s seven core issues on which we focus our efforts. CWA is concerned about the trend of government to diminish and disregard the God-given inalienable rights of individuals, and are working to see our government strengthen and renew its commitment to respect and protect each individual’s exercise of his God-given inalienable rights. Click to read more.

CWA of Georgia is supporting efforts by State Representative Sam Teasley (R-Marietta) and State Senator Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) to pass legislation that provides religious liberty protections for people of all faiths living in Georgia. As a reminder, the effort to pass similar legislation in 2014 was met with vicious opposition by Georgia-based corporate giants such as Delta, UPS, Coca-Cola and Home Depot. The companies bought into the media hype and misinformation, and used their lobbying power to kill the bills.

Urgent! Calls needed to defeat stall tactic on the religious freedom bill.

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SB 129 passed out of the Senate and is now in the House.  By all appearances, it looks like Rep. Wendell Willard, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is trying to run out the clock on the bill. There are only ten days left in the state legislative session, which means SB 129 needs to be heard in committee IMMEDIATELY.

Please call Chairman Willard’s office on Thursday, March 19, and respectfully urge him to allow SB 129 to be heard in the standing subcommittee chaired by Rep. Barry Fleming no later than Friday, March 20.

Phone: 404-656-5125

E-mail: [email protected]

Subject: Light Up the Switchboard for Religious Liberty!

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The Georgia State Senate passed SB 129, the “Georgia Religious Freedom Restoration Act” by a vote of 37-15.  SB 129 now moves to the House where it will face a tough battle. We are asking everyone to help light up the State Capitol switchboard by making two phone calls this week:

  1. Speaker David Ralston – urge the Speaker to allow SB 129 to move forward.
    Phone: 404-656-5020/E-mail: [email protected]
  2. Rep. Wendell Willard, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee – urge him to allow SB 129 to be scheduled for a hearing.
    Phone: 404-656-5125/E-mail: [email protected]

Religious freedom is the bedrock of all other liberties and valued as one of our most cherished constitutional rights.  Protecting religious freedom was so important to our Founders they placed it at the top of the list of the Bill of Rights. Isn’t it time that we step up to protect religious freedom here in Georgia?  Future generations are depending on us. Contact your state legislators today and urge them to stand on the side of religious freedom and support SB 129.

Click here for CWA of Georgia talking points.
Click here for CWA religious freedom resources.

Save the date! Religious Freedom Rally – Let the Followers of Christ Arise!

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Join believers from around the state and rally for religious freedom!

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Time: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Georgia State Capitol – south side of the second floor

–Encourage your pastor to bring a church bus of members!

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Dr. Alveda King, Priests for Life
  • Bishop Wellington Boone, Senior Pastor of the Father’s House
  • Attorney Jonathan Crumly, Co-counsel for former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran
  • Jeremy Dys, Esq. Senior Counsel with Liberty Institute representing Dr. Eric Walsh.
  • Dr. Ernest Easley, Sr. Pastor of Roswell Street Baptist Church
  • Bishop Garland Hunt, Pastor of the Father’s House
  • Dr. Gerald Harris, Editor,  The Christian Index
  • Pastor Derik Lawrence, Senior Pastor of Victory Baptist Church
  • Rev. Paul Smith, Founder/Executive Director of Citizen Impact

Bible believing Christians are facing challenges to our fundamental right to freedom of religion and freedom of conscience – the right to think and believe what we want without fear of retaliation. Free exercise of religion and free speech are the constitutional rights that protect the hands & feet of freedom of conscience.

We cannot sit quietly any longer.  We cannot remain passive in the face of a government that acts as if religious faith must remain within the walls of the church building on Sunday. Our nation was founded on the principles of freedom and the free exercise of religion has always been recognized as an active, vibrant part of all society.

Bus information:
Bus drop off: Washington Street directly across the street from the main entrance of the State Capitol
Bus parking ($30 fee) – Archives Building – 359 Fraser Street, Atlanta

You will need an ID to enter the Capitol.

Please take your stand for the righteousness of God to be alive and active in the public square.

Click here for more information on this issue of religious liberty, and to watch a video about the legislation, click here.

Click here for all the details.