Governor Signs College Free Speech Bill!
Alliance Defending Freedom | The Advocate | June 2018

Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed a bill aimed at ensuring free speech on college campuses. The new law requires colleges and universities to spell out free speech rights, publicize those rights in student handbooks and on school websites, and make clear that students cannot expect colleges to shield them from opinions that they find offensive or disagreeable.

The legislation signed by Edwards was sponsored by Sen. Rick Ward III, R-Port Allen, who said his measure was based on U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the issue. "Once it is written that way then it is pretty certain that you are not going to have any fear of any constitutional issues going forward," said Ward, who is an attorney. 

Passage of this bill was imperative for Louisiana Family Forum. LFF President, Gene Mills, said he is "encouraged that efforts to educate the public and lawmakers on the importance of this bill were successful. Protecting free speech on college campuses is essential, which is why LFF made this bill a top priority."

Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Tyson Langhofer, director of the ADF Center for Academic Freedom, testified before the Louisiana House Education Committee on the bill. Regarding Louisiana’s passage SB364, he states, "The free and open exchange of ideas is essential to democracy, and perhaps no place is it more important than on public university campuses. Public colleges and universities are meant to be the marketplaces of ideas—where our future teachers, lawyers, judges, community leaders, and voters can exercise their constitutionally protected freedoms. This new law ensures that public universities remain these marketplaces where intellectual diversity flourishes and all students are able to engage in the exchange of ideas rather than censorship on campus. We commend Gov. Edwards for signing legislation that Louisiana’s lawmakers passed to help protect students’ First Amendment freedoms."

 

Higher Ed… Public Funded Bullies?
Prager U | June 2018

Dangerous people are filling the heads of young people with dangerous nonsense. Who are these people? They are what Jordan Peterson calls “the post-modernists:” neo-Marxist professors who dominate our colleges and universities. And here’s the worst part: we are financing these nihilists with tax dollars, alumni gifts, and tuition payments. Time to wise up.

If you're a taxpayer—or paying for your kid's liberal arts degree—you're underwriting this gang of nihilists. You're supporting ideologues who claim that all truth is subjective; that all sex differences are socially constructed; and that Western imperialism is the sole source of all Third World problems.

 

AMA – Suicide Facilitator?
Patients Rights Action Fund | LifeNews.com | June 2018

Last year, Louisiana Family Forum (LFF), along with Focus on the Family, Family Policy Alliance and nearly forty other state policy organizations signed two letters urging the American Medical Association (AMA) Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) to recommend a position on assisted suicide that respects the sanctity life and honors the oath to do no harm. The committee report was very favorable to our recommendation and refused to adopt a position embracing "aid in dying."

The AMA House of Delegates voted not to affirm the report and sent the report back to committee for further review. In the interim, the AMA remains opposed to assisted suicide, absent a vote to actually change the position. There will likely be another battle at the next annual meeting in June of 2019. 

Executive Director of Patients Rights Action Fund, Matt Vallière says, "The American Medical Association’s decision to not confirm their own Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs' recommendation – namely that they maintain their opposition to assisted suicide – does not take into account that this bad public policy puts vulnerable patients at high risk for coercion, mistakes, and even abuse. Although the AMA's opposition position still stands, for now, a referral back to CEJA is a lost opportunity and a failure to stand against a policy that has grave consequences for everyone, but especially persons living with illness, disabilities, or socio-economic disadvantage. Assisted suicide is not medical care."

CLICK HERE for Louisiana suicide hotlines! Other national suicide helpline information and numbers can be found here.

 

Welcome Back, Steve!
LifeNews.com | June 2018

Image: @JeffFlake / Twitter

Nearly one year ago House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot at a GOP congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia – now he is back on the baseball field!

Scalise’s colleague, Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, tweeted the above photo of Scalise throwing a baseball in a full uniform. It shows Scalise’s cane in the dirt, which he still uses.

Flake said seeing Scalise back on the field "does my heart good." The shooting took place on June 14, 2017. After a year of recovery, Scalise is back on the field throwing the ball with his colleagues.

Click here to view a video of Congressman Scalise reporting on the North Korea Summit and his return to the ballfield!

 
 

"Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner or later… that the man before him was not an aging father but a boy, a boy much like himself, a boy who grew up and had a child of his own and, as best he could, out of a sense of duty and, perhaps love, adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector, who would keep a lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life."

—Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire

 

Who is responsible for America's deep cultural divide?

  • Mainstream Media.
  • Progressives.
  • Academia.
  • Elected Officials.
  • Indifferent Christians.
  • Conservatives.
  • Global warming.
 

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