Louisiana to Legalize Sports Betting?
Wall Street Journal | April 2018

Louisiana lawmakers, who face deep spending cuts when $1 billion in temporary tax measures expire this year, have two sports betting bills under consideration. "Adding sports betting to the state’s horse-racing tracks would bring in needed revenue and create jobs," said Democratic State Rep. Major Thibaut, who sponsored a sports-betting bill.

Mr. Thibaut said the state should tax something many people are doing already, especially since Louisiana allows other forms of gambling.

“Do we want a piece of the pie? And do we want this to go on in a regulated way that we can have some control over?” he said.

But some in Louisiana and elsewhere think more gambling would be a mistake.

Gene Mills, president of the conservative Louisiana Family Forum, said the argument that sports betting should be allowed because the state already permits other gambling is like an obese diabetic deciding to eat more sugary food because they already do so anyway.

He said state legislatures should oppose it. “It’s not just morality, it’s responsibility,” Mills said.

The Louisiana State Legislature is currently considering a number of measures that will change the rules under which gaming is regulated and which dramatically expand gambling statewide.

CLICK HERE for an explanation of this Gambling Package! CLICK HERE to hear LFF's radio ad broadcasting across the state!

 

President Proclaims April
Second Chance Month

Prison Fellowship | April 2018

Every person has dignity and potential. But one in four American adults has a criminal record, which limits their access to education, jobs, housing, and other things they need to reach that potential..

This spike cost has broad implications, affecting everything from demographic trends and human capital to family consumption.

President Trump has taken a bold move in helping more than 135 organizations fight for those who have paid their debt to society. "This proclamation gives us hope in our work to help people with a criminal record reach their God-given potential in life," said Craig DeRoche, senior vice president of advocacy and public policy at Prison Fellowship.

CLICK HERE to view a copy of President Trump's declaration.

 

Christian Colleges in LGBTQ Crosshairs
Breakpoint | April 2018

If you think that Christian colleges are important, especially in this culture, you should be concerned.

A recent NPR web headline ran “Christian colleges are tangled in their own LGBT policies.” A more accurate headline would have been “Christian colleges struggle to maintain their identity in the face of pressure from without and within.”

The pressure from without is financial. While there are some elite universities living off enormous endowments, most schools, including almost every Christian college, don’t have endowments. They depend on government assistance to students, through things like Pell Grants and guaranteed student loans. Which, of course, come with strings attached.

What is the string causing the most trouble for Christian colleges these days? Click the "continue reading" button below to find out!

 

Know and Pray: Crisis in Syria
The Denison Forum | April 2018

Syria is one of the oldest countries in the world, with cultural artifacts in the region dating to 10,000 BC. It is also one of the newest countries in the world, achieving autonomy from occupying French troops in 1946.

This war-torn country is making headlines again with reports of a horrific chemical attack against civilians. According to this morning’s New York Times, President Trump could order airstrikes in retaliation as soon as today.

  • What do you need to know about Syria?
  • How can you pray in response?
  • Who is fighting?
  • Why?

Continue reading to find the answers!

 
 

"This, indeed, is probably one of the Enemy's motives for creating a dangerous world — a world in which moral issues really come to the point. He sees as well as you do that courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means, at the point of highest reality. A chastity or honesty, or mercy, which yields to danger will be chaste or honest or merciful only on conditions. Pilate was merciful till it became risky." —C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

 

What do you think we should do with TOPS in Louisiana?

  1. We should make it merit-based.
  2. We should make it need-based.
  3. We should eliminate it.
  4. We should make the student repay it if they don't graduate.
  5. Other
 

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