Summer Challenge Campaign
LFF Commentary | June 2018

Despite the official start of summer last week now is not the time to stop and rest. LFF is committed to fighting for traditional family values in Baton Rouge and Washington, D.C., but we need your help.

The end is finally here – we hope – for the 2018 legislature that has basically been in session since February 19th. It’s hard to fathom that there have been a record ten sessions since Governor John Bel Edwards took office in January 2016. One thing is certain – Team LFF left it all on the field! As a result, our resources have been depleted.

We have launched a Summer Challenge Campaign – and we're asking you to please stand with us! Your gifts are tax-deductible and essential to our work. Help us restore our financial reserves during this crucial season.

We have fought many battles this year. Our team has worked long hours and invested in strategies, expert counsel, and on-the-spot research to accomplish our goals. The Lord has honored that effort by moving mountains every step of the way! His light shined at the Capitol as we championed issues with honor and truth against well-funded interest groups like the army of gambling lobbyists (we lost count around fifty!) and Planned Parenthood. Make no mistake, the secular progressive agenda was and continues to be on 'full speed ahead' with their attempts to restrict religious expression, limit liberty, harm children, regulate business, and expand government’s red tape into every area of our lives. However, these progressives met a more formidable force, made up of only a resolved band of brothers and sisters carrying the torch for faith, family, and freedom advocates across our great state! Our efforts must continue!

We keep pressing on as God gives us the opportunity to shine His truth across the Bayou State. Don't let the opponents of essential liberty hide our light under a bushel! Together, we can bring God's truth to those who so desperately need it. Click the image above or the button below and support Team LFF with your best possible gift today!

 

An End to Big Ideas?
Jeremy Alford - BR Business Report | June 2018

If you believe political trends from recent history routinely repeat themselves, then what we’ve seen from this current crop of state legislators may be all we’re going to see.

After nearly two and a half years, and just days following the Louisiana Legislature’s latest adjournment, it’s safe to assume the two chambers aren’t sitting on any big ideas—particularly for budgeting and taxes—that’ll be sprung on voters in 2019.

To be a bit repetitive, we may have seen everything we’re going to see from this current crop of state legislators. But don’t forget that this is the same Legislature that elected the first independent House speaker in generations and the same Legislature that worked more consecutive days than any other since statehood. The present membership seems to like surprises.

 

Liberty and Justice for All –
U.S. Supreme Court Update

Alliance Defending Freedom | U.S. Supreme Court  | June 2018

In a big win for free speech, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has handed down its decision in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra, the case challenging a California state law that forces pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise abortion. The Court ruled in favor of the pro-life pregnancy centers.

The law requires medically licensed pregnancy centers to post or distribute a statement pointing the way to abortion. Unlicensed pregnancy resource centers are required to post signs and state in all their digital or print advertising they are not medically licensed clinics – squelching their ability to get their own message out. 

Louisiana Family Forum (LFF) President, Gene Mills, said that "Respect for differing opinions is essential in a diverse society like ours. It’s sometimes necessary to agree to disagree. The Court’s decision makes clear that the government must respect pro-life beliefs. We protect freedom by extending it to others. No one should be targeted by the government for peacefully living out their beliefs." 

LFF joined with other pro-family family policy organizations around the country to file an amicus curiae brief on behalf of these pro-life pregnancy centers. We commend Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) for their commitment to fighting court battles on behalf of religious freedom and free speech.

Yesterday, SCOTUS also breathed new life into the case of Arlene’s Flowers v. the State of Washington, in which floral artist Barronelle Stutzman was unfairly sued for her Christian beliefs on marriage. The Court sent the case back to the Washington Supreme Court Monday, after vacating that court’s decision and instructing it to reconsider her lawsuit in light of the recent decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

In other news, Trump v. Hawaii, SCOTUS upheld the administration’s "travel ban." National Review describes how the Court upheld President Trump’s ban on migration from a number of nations deemed heightened security risks. Chief Justice John Roberts authored the decision for the 5-4 majority, writing that the travel ban, which was the third iteration that has been put before the courts, is "squarely within the scope of Presidential authority."

 

The Red Hen,
The Murder of Southern Hospitality, and
The Spirit of Destruction

The Stream | June 2018

Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Finally, it’s Friday. TGIF! Escape! You head out I-66 with the job and the nation’s Capitol in your rear-view mirror. You head south down I-81. Way south. With each mile, you lose the stench of the Swamp, the weight of your responsibility, the burden of a boss who works 17 hours a day and rarely on script.

Up ahead is a nice dinner with some friends – a couple’s night!

You arrive in a quaint town tucked in the Shenandoah Mountains. A haven. You sit down at your table. You breathe. Perhaps for the first time in a month, you breathe.

The owner comes over. Not to say hi. Not even to discuss the night’s specials. She’s there to throw you out. Throw your whole party out (literally and figuratively). Why? Because she hates your boss, and by extension hates you.

What happened to Sarah Sanders Friday night at the Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia is an abomination. It is a violation of all standards of decency and hospitality. Worse, it is the latest vile display of the unrepentant and unhinged spirit that says “Those I disagree with politically I must destroy.” (Actually, not the latest. Florida’s Attorney General got verbally assaulted inside a screening of the new Mr. Rogers documentary Saturday. It’s an ugly day in the neighborhood.)

 
 

"Governments must not be allowed to force persons to express a message contrary to their deepest convictions. Freedom of speech secures freedom of thought and belief. This law imperils those liberties."

—Justice Anthony Kennedy's concurring opinion in National Institute of Family and Life v. Becerra

 

Is it OK for a local restaurant owner to deny service to someone on the basis of their political views?

  • Yes, the owner has the right to refuse service.
  • No, politics and business should not mix.
  • Whatever they feel like doing in the moment.
  • No, this is different than baking a cake for a same-sex marriage ceremony.
 

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