By almost any measure, this was a difficult week for faith & family-focused conservatives. Aside from the unrest around the nation, the U.S. Supreme Court brought to us an unthinkable decision – one where Christian views on human identity have been labeled, for the first time in American history, as bigoted.
Of course, we don’t place trust in a secular Court to deliver the will of God, but for those of us who have enjoyed the freedoms and free speech protections offered by America’s promises for their entire lifetimes, this week’s developments are unfortunate.
Within days, we expect the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a ruling on Louisiana’s own case, June Medical Services v. Russo, which challenges Louisiana’s bipartisan state law that requires abortionists to pass certain women’s safety standards, such as retaining admitting privileges at local hospitals. Please join us in praying for a favorable outcome on this case.
Outside of recent developments, we have major opportunities – especially here in Louisiana.
We’re excited to share that the Love Life Amendment, which would enter language into Louisiana’s constitution clarifying that there is no constitutional right to abortion or funding for abortion, will be on the ballot across the state on November 3rd. We urge all Louisianans to vote YES on this Amendment.
Here are a few stories we think deserve some attention as you head into the weekend:
Conservatives in Congress are starting to express concern over the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent propensity to legislate from the bench, and are asking questions about how Congress can properly enforce the separation of powers that is supposed to exist. President Trump is expressing outrage that conservative justices seem to be voting with liberals on all the important issues, and plans to release a new list of conservative justices.
There’s a major battle going on behind the scenes between big tech/mainstream media and the federal government over whether big tech should be allowed to take an active role in censoring views that elitist liberals do not agree with. This is a brutal double standard. The media has always taken a position against censorship – except for when they don’t like what’s being said.
The 1st Legislative Special Session of 2020 is over halfway completed. The Legislators have been dealing with a lot of technical issues including the state budget and other financing matters, as well as reforms aimed at lowering auto insurance premiums.
This week, the House passed HR 6 by Rep. Danny McCormick, a simple and respectful urge and request of our current Governor and future Governors to ensure that the religious liberty and right to assemble without restriction of Louisiana citizens is protected at all times, including during states of emergency. The United States Constitution, the Louisiana Constitution, and the Louisiana Religious Freedom Act all guarantee the free exercise of religion by the citizens of our state.
HR 6 urges and requests that the governor not authorize, restrict, or otherwise impose a penalty for individuals who wish to assemble for religious purposes, according to their constitutionally-bestowed rights and liberties. Churches and houses of worship are essential to the physical, emotional, and spiritual health and safety of our communities. LFF joined in respectfully urging the Governor and the Legislature to recognize that and affirm the necessity of the freedom to assemble and to freely minister within our communities.
This Special Session ends on June 30. We will continue to monitor and to be present in the halls of the Legislature. Thank you, as always, for walking aside LFF to promote all that is good, true, and beautiful about our world.
In His Service,
Gene Mills President Louisiana Family Forum
P.S. Pastors, I am hosting an LFF Town Hall next Tuesday, June 23rd in Covington, from 11:30-1:00 p.m. I’d love for you to join me. A catered lunch will be provided and we will discuss recent events impacting churches, the SCOTUS decision, and outstanding legislative issues. Please RSVP here.
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