June 28, 2022

Dear Friends

The Supreme Court decided in favor of the religious rights of Americans in a decision that came down Monday. Washington high school football coach Joseph Kennedy argued that the Bremerton School District violated his religious freedom when the district barred him from privately praying at mid-field after football games. Ultimately, SCOTUS decided that Bremerton School District violated Mr. Kennedy’s rights under the First Amendment and that Kennedy’s actions are indeed protected!

Louisiana Family Forum filed a critical amicus brief in support of Coach’s religious freedom and free speech rights. Because of your support, LFF is able to help propel these monumental cases forward. 

This is a significant win for Americans of faith and enormous progress from a legal perspective. This decision validates the 1st Amendment right of public employees to express their religion in a public place. Coach Kennedy was wrongfully accused; his prayer after the game with students who chose to join was well within his rights. 

The Constitution and the best of our traditions counsel mutual respect and tolerance, not censorship and suppression, for religious and nonreligious views alike…" - Neil Gorsuch

 

Welcome to post-Roe America! Last Friday, the US Supreme Court handed down the historical and just decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Thanks to the Supreme Court, abortion is significantly limited in 19 states, including Louisiana. 

Notwithstanding, abortionists fight on.

And get this: an abortion clinic filed a lawsuit to block Louisiana's pro-life trigger law in an Orleans Parish district court rather than in Caddo Parish where their abortion facility resides. It seems pretty clear to us they are looking for a friendly judge to help them. With very little consideration and only a couple hours after the lawsuit was filed, an Orleans judge temporarily blocked our pro-life laws from going into effect. It appears the judge didn't even permit the Attorney General's office an opportunity to refute the claim.

From Congressman Mike Johnson:

"This frivolous pleading will ultimately fail because LA law is crystal clear. This trigger provision has been a part of our statutes since 2006, & it was strengthened most recently this year. In 2020, LA voters agreed to amend our state’s constitution to affirm our commitment to life, and the abortion industry here has been well aware of—and lobbied against—these legal provisions all along. It is disingenuous for them to now claim they do not understand our statutes."

Sadly, this ridiculous decision could lead to abortion businesses reopening for a short time. We know Attorney General Jeff Landry and his office are working right now to fight the decision.   

President Biden made several false claims about the Dobbs decision, such as that the Supreme Court took away a “constitutional right” when the decision to overturn Roe was announced. Of course, the right to abort a fetus is nowhere to be found in our country’s founding document, but unfortunately, myths, lies, and propaganda are spreading like wildfire.

The Dobbs decision is reason for celebration and joy, but the work is not yet done. LFF  invites you to join us in the work to transform the culture and celebrate life!

 

To the choirmaster. A Song. A Psalm.

Shout for joy to God, all the earth;
 sing the glory of his name;
    give to him glorious praise!
 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
    So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you.
 All the earth worships you
    and sings praises to you;
    they sing praises to your name.” Selah

 Come and see what God has done:
    he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.
 He turned the sea into dry land;
    they passed through the river on foot.
There did we rejoice in him,
    who rules by his might forever,
whose eyes keep watch on the nations—
    let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah

Psalm 66: 1-7

 

 

Friends, after much waiting, working, and prayer, God sent us these victories of life (Dobbs) and liberty (Coach Kennedy). Let’s praise Him and seek courage to persevere as we work for to build a Louisiana where God is honored, life is cherished, families flourish and liberty reigns!

In His Service, 


Gene Mills
President, Louisiana Family Forum

 

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