Less Time = More Action?
Jeremy Alford-BR Business Report | March 2018

What happens when you take a Louisiana Legislature that’s earning a reputation for dysfunction and tell its members they have just nine weeks to do a job that usually takes three months?

That’s the question Jeremy Alford asks in his latest column. “The end result could be fantastic,” he surmises. “Goodwill—even if it’s forged by the pressures of politics—would be a welcome addition to the Capitol.”
It also would serve as a wave of momentum to transition lawmakers from the regular session into a second special session this year—the ninth session of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ term.

“That’s the plan for now,” writes Alford. “The governor is working with Senate President John Alario and House Speaker Taylor Barras to end this non-fiscal regular session ahead of schedule, possibly in mid-May, in order to convene the year’s second special session—‘at no additional expense to taxpayers.’”

The Assault On Adoption?
The National Review | March 2018

For the past decade, activists have used state governments and the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage to give faith-based adoption agencies an ultimatum: Comply with politically correct views on sexuality and marriage or shut down. We saw this recently when Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit in Texas to try to force a Catholic agency to place refugee children with a same-sex couple. In Georgia, every Democrat in the state senate opposed a bill that would protect the ability of faith-based agencies to follow their belief that every child deserves a mom and a dad.

In Massachusetts, Illinois, California, and Washington, D.C., liberal groups have successfully pressured government authorities to require faith-based agencies to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs and place children in same-sex households. In response, seven states — Alabama, Michigan, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, and Virginia — have passed legislation to prevent religious discrimination against faith-based adoption agencies. Members of Congress have introduced a bill to accomplish the same objective at the federal level.

Support Federal Conscience Protection Act
Cardinal Timothy Dolan - Russell Moore - USA Today | March 2018

In a society where many issues divide Americans from each other, abortion is often called one of the most divisive and intractable.

For many years, about half of Americans who hold a definite view have identified themselves as “pro-life” and half as “pro-choice.” While there are variations by age, race and so on, the most important factor influencing Americans’ views on abortion is religion — not denomination, but religious commitment.

If you truly believe, as the words of the Declaration of Independence proclaim, that we are all created equal, endowed by our Creator with an unalienable right to life, you will likely see the life of the child in the womb as something to be respected and nurtured, not destroyed. That child as well as his or her mother are beloved children of God, and that makes demands on our conscience.

As leaders in the nation’s two largest religious denominations, we are charged with promoting this message and defending the conscience rights of others who believe it. Not only that, but we believe that the freedom to live by one’s deepest beliefs, without being forced by government to act against those beliefs, is our first freedom and a founding value of our nation. That being the case, we find it hard to imagine how those who call themselves “pro-choice” could deny another the choice of following his or her conscience.

Boys to Men!
IntellectualTakeOut.org | March 2018

The following video produced by The Cut is a perfect example of the great deal of confusion over what true masculinity is. Using children as interview subjects, producers asked them to give an opinion as to what it means to be a boy. Many children described the male as the rough and tough individual portrayed by the idea of toxic masculinity. Others implied that the male gender was fluid and could be transformed into a female whenever a boy wished. But perhaps most revealing was the little boy who stated the following: “I don’t really know what it means to be a boy besides physical attributes.”

C.S. Lewis provides the answer in his famous work, The Abolition of Man. According to Lewis, there are two kinds of education to which students can be subjected: propaganda and propagation. If they receive the former type of training, then there’s a good chance their growth will be stunted for life and little boys will never know how to become true men: “If they embark on this course the difference between the old and the new education will be an important one. Where the old initiated, the new merely 'conditions'. The old dealt with its pupils as grown birds deal with young birds when they teach them to fly; the new deals with them more as the poultry-keeper deals with young birds — making them thus or thus for purposes of which the birds know nothing. In a word, the old was a kind of propagation — men transmitting manhood to men; the new is merely propaganda.”

So how can we ensure that we are propagating young children – particularly young boys – to have a healthy, accurate view of masculinity, instead of one simply dominated by the propaganda of the day?

 

"If masculinity were truly toxic, then kids growing up without dads would presumably be better off than those who have them. But, they're not: they tend to be more depressed, aggressive & criminal. Truth is: we need more masculinity in society, not less" —Allie Stuckey, The Conservative Millennial Blog

 

Is Governor John Bel Edwards correct to assume that a shorter regular session followed by another special session will produce superior results in the Louisiana Legislature?

  • Yes.
  • No.
  • I am undecided.
 

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