February 18, 2022

Dear Friends,

Big Gambling is expanding its reach in Louisiana. Lafayette Parish Council members are considering a vote on local gambling. 

Five councilmen said they were interested in letting voters decide (read: be outspent 3-1 by gambling forces to convince public on benefits of gaming) whether sports better should be legal or not. They are specifically focused on the revenue that they think betting could bring in, as opposed to the potential adverse effects

Meanwhile, LSU came under fire after it sent an email to students with regard to the legalization of sports betting. Rather than warning its students about the dangers of gambling, LSU promoted Caesars Sportsbook App and encouraged its students to participate in sports betting. 

“Tiger fans, rejoice!” read the email.The time to place your first bet (and earn your first bonus) with Caesars Sportsbook — the greatest sports betting app of all time — has finally arrived!”    

Sports betting is known for being extremely addictive and leading to severe mental health problems. The suicide rate among gambling addicts is one of the highest of any group, and it’s estimated that 60% of addicts will commit a crime as a result of their addiction. Further, many prolific gamblers have gotten themselves into serious debt with just a few clicks. In fact, the average amount of debt for a male gambling addict is between $55,000 and $90,000.

It is reckless for state and local government to promote sports betting.

 

Black Democratic State Rep. Travis Johnson has been under attack by his fellow Democrats for supporting Republicans’ redistricting plan which is sailing through the legislative process. The Republicans' plan redraws the state’s congressional map without including a second Black district. 

Activists within his party have even called for Johnson’s removal from his position as Vice Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party. 

Democrats are intent on keeping thought and opinion within their party and throughout the country scripted. Rep. Johnson has every right to disagree with his party, serve his constituents as he sees fit and retain his position. After all, he was voted into office by the people of his district for a reason. 

 

A new report from Politico claims that Democrats will soon “concede defeat” in their effort to fund abortion with taxpayer dollars. Congress is rushing to pass another resolution or bill to provide funds for the government through the rest of the year. They are currently deciding whether the Hyde Amendment will be included in the proposal or not

Since 1976, the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funded abortions, has been included in Congress’ spending bills. Last year, however, Congress passed a spending bill that did not include the vital amendment. 

Thankfully, this year will likely be different. Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin has joined Republicans in supporting the inclusion of the Hyde Amendment. The Senate is currently divided 50-50 between the two parties, meaning Manchin’s support may be the deciding factor. 

In more pro-life news, we are currently awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision on the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, which could overturn Roe v. Wade. There are rumors circulating that we may receive a decision as early as March. 

In the meantime, please visit LFF’s #AfterRoe campaign website, which is an effort to inform Louisianans about our state’s abortion laws and how we need to engage pro-life work after Roe!

 

Friends, God has called each one of us to stand up for Truth in the face of evil. With so much sin and corruption plaguing our country, responding to our call can often feel overwhelming. Never forget that God will sustain us and give us exactly what we need to do as He has asked. Remember also to celebrate each of our victories! Hopefully, we will be celebrating a major pro-life victory very soon. 

In His Service,


Gene Mills
President
Louisiana Family Forum

P.S. Don’t forget about our 2022 Legislative Briefing! Christian leaders from across the state will be informing us on important matters of faith being discussed this legislative session. It will take place on March 15th at First Baptist Church in Baton Rouge. RSVP here!

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