National conversations would benefit from addressing the root cause: fatherlessness. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

June 26, 2020

Dear Friend,

2020: the year of clarity.

As the nation wrestles with how to remedy cases of brutality and criminal justice reform, it’s important to recognize the root cause of many of the issues that our nation perceives as systemic in nature; really, it is a lack of fathers in the home.

For generations, since no-fault divorce was widely accepted, children, who have a God given right for both a resident mom and dad, have been taught that the nuclear family is ‘fragile’ and  non-essential to a good life. Ironically, this is one of the points championed by the Black Lives Matter Organization – that a nuclear family unit is not necessary.

We couldn’t disagree more!

The abandonment of marriage and children via divorce and out-of-wedlock birth contributes to a predictable decline in social wellbeing for children. Make no mistake, our sins will find us out; they will cause damage to our families and our society for generations to come.

Our colleagues at The Family Policy Institute of Washington just released this video highlighting the issue of fatherlessness as it relates to the ongoing national unrest. They contend that our nation isn’t facing a skin problem; it’s facing a sin problem.

As we pray about what we must do to make our country “the land of the free, and the home of the brave,” FOR EVERYBODY, we should consider the root causes of the issues impacting human hearts and broker in Truth – not mere facts! And only then ‘you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

Here are a few stories we think deserve attention as we head into the weekend:

LFF will host a Virtual Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, June 30th with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum. We’ll discuss what Phase 2 means for churches, Louisiana’s pending case before SCOTUS, and discuss federal paid family leave legislation. You can click here to RSVP.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling Monday or Tuesday in June Medical Services v. Russo, Louisiana’s case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case focuses on healthcare standards for abortion clinics, and whether or not Louisiana’s bipartisan law requiring doctors to have admitting privileges in hospitals will stand.

Louisiana’s fire marshal will again begin compliance visits, and may issue citations to businesses or churches that are violating the governor’s social distancing orders. We haven’t heard back yet on whether they intend to enforce these at abortion clinics.

Governors in some states are encouraging residents to report their neighbors who aren’t complying with social distancing or masking requirements to the authorities. Thankfully, Louisiana is not on that list.

Legislative Update

This week, the Legislature sent SB 5 by Sen. Johns to the Governor, which grants a projected $83 million tax break for casinos over the next five years. They have also completed final regulation and taxing of internet gambling on fantasy sports. Only a small amount of revenue is expected to be generated for the state from this new form of gambling. Sadly, as has been noted by various legislators, the state of Louisiana is in partnership with the gambling industry.

Sen. Beth Mizell is sending the Governor SB 10, which seeks to improve internet access for rural areas. This will be a big help to churches who wish to use the internet to reach out to members and also to homeschoolers who use the internet for classwork.

Today, the state Senate takes up budgetary matters.  Following that, a conference committee will iron out differences between the House and Senate versions of the bills.

The 1st Special Session of the Legislature ends on Tuesday. LFF will be following until the final gavel.

We continue in our mission to be salt and light to culture, and to protect and defend the values and institutions that make America a shining city on a hill.

Thank you for sharing this commitment with us.

In His Service, 


Gene Mills
President
Louisiana Family Forum

 
 

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