December 14, 2021

Dear Friends

On Saturday, St. Tammany Parish voters said “No, thank you!” to the $325 million proposed casino on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain. An unofficial count showed that 63% of voters were opposed to the plan to use 120 acres of vacant lakefront property for a new casino. 

This victory belongs to the local churches and businesses who have fought the proposal from the beginning. Slidell voters heeded the warnings of the mayor and local law enforcement and recognized the dangers that gambling poses and decisively rejected the measure. The alliance of local business owners, Stand Up St. Tammany, local churches and congregations, and opposition leader and real estate developer Chris Jean “were a force to be reckoned with” said Slidell pastor John Raymond. 

“This is a message from the community that grassroots is back,” said Jean. 

 

President Joe Biden claims that his Build Back Better Plan offers “free” preschool, but the real cost is extremely high for children, taxpayers and people of faith. The federal money that would fund the preschools also funds a nationalized LGBT political campaign and curriculum. 

Schools offering religious instruction have said that if the act becomes law, they will have to decide between accepting federal money to help fund their services or continuing to teach children the faith. 

Over half of working-parent households use childcare facilities run by faith-based organizations, according to the Bipartisan Policy Center. The Center also noted that religious groups are uniquely positioned to spread information about early childhood education and advocate for families. 

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) sent a letter to Congress expressing its concern about the bill. “[W]e are concerned by several provisions in the Build Back Better Act that do not align with the principles we outlined with respect to preserving religious liberty and expanding access to early childhood education.” 

 

Attorneys General of Louisiana and Montana Jeff Landry and Austin Knudsen suggest that TikTok is a “Chinese Trojan horse” intended to grab a hold of and influence children.

According to a recent study, American children spend an average of 86 minutes a day on TikTok, a Chinese social media platform that boasts 1 billion users. Young children are consuming content full of drugs, sex, and dangerous ideas. Reports from the Wall Street Journal show that the platform encourages eating disorders, bullying, grooming, pornography, vandalism, alcoholism, and much more. 

Over a third of TikTok users are under the age of 21 and become addicted to the platform. 

If a 13-year-old boy views pornography on the platform, TikTok will continue to feed him more sexually explicit content. Further, the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found that the 100 most popular videos on TikTok that included the tag “alcohol” had almost 300 million views and the majority of them promoted excessive drinking.

This generation is in grave danger of being formed by poisonous viral videos, and the app is likely being used to send biometric data to the Chinese Communist Party. TikTok is an app that threatens American interests in more ways than one.

 

Friendsit is our duty to protect all children and rid our communities of dangerous threats. “Progressive” school curricula and dangerous internet content threaten to shape children, and we must stand firmly opposed, being the voice of reason and morality! Even if it means standing alone.

God is calling our nation to His side and He remains in control!


Gene Mills
President, Louisiana Family Forum

 

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