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I recently received an email from a very trusted source that frankly scared me. It was about a bill in Congress called the Equality Act – a horrible piece of legislation that would actually increase inequality by penalizing everyday Americans for their beliefs about marriage and biological sex. However, it was not the bill itself that scared me the most. What scared me were these points:

Does that scare you? It should.

It has certainly been disappointing, to say the least, that the current administration seems antithetically opposed to every value you and I hold dear. However, we all know there will always be those on the other side of every issue. What scares me is the fact that nobody will hear our voices.

We live in a free country where free speech is Constitutionally guaranteed and has been encourage over our country’s history. But things have changed. Now, those who disagree with the new social agenda, who believe in traditional life and family values, and who simply want a fair debate on issues, are being silenced. Silenced in the halls of Congress, in the public square, and in the media. I’m angry.

We are losing the heart of our country by bits and pieces. In four years it may not look anything like what it does today. Family Policy Alliance will always fight on Capitol Hill for biblical values on your behalf, but I’ll be honest, the outlook is not good. However, what we can control is that our voices will be heard in North Dakota.

North Dakotans will be heard in the halls of Bismarck. Why do you think we have bills in our legislature guaranteeing free speech on public college and university campuses, protecting our state’s Second Amendment rights, ensuring we don’t have to follow federal rules/regulations/Executive Orders contrary to the beliefs of our citizens, making sure that the Pledge of Allegiance is always allowed in our schools, and more? To appropriate Dylan Thomas, we will not “go gentle into that good night”.

So I say to you, make your voice heard! Email and call your legislators, talk to your friends and neighbors about bills, testify on key pieces of legislation, and count on us to also always be your voice when it comes to pro-life and pro-family values.

This I can tell you. Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota will not be silenced. We will not quietly acquiesce. We will not shirk from issues, mollify rather than stand for beliefs, or choose comfort over truth. Our voice – your voice – will be heard!

Thank you for all you’ve done so far this legislative session to help us move forward and make your voice heard. We deeply appreciate your prayers, responses to our Action Alerts, and financial support in being your voice. Please help us ensure that North Dakota does not become a place where, “nobody hears your voice”. I don’t ever want to tell my grandchildren that our state lost its moral bearings because I failed to speak up.

Blessings and hopes for a brighter tomorrow,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

P.S. If you want to learn more about the Equality Act, you can watch this week’s #EqualityActExposed virtual rally here.

AN ACT to create and enact a new subdivision to subsection 2 of section 57‑38‑30.3 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to an individual income tax deduction for a birth resulting in stillbirth; and to provide an effective date.

AN ACT to amend and reenact section 15.1‑19‑03.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the recitation of prayer at activities for public and nonpublic schools.

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact subsection 1 of section 12.1‑23‑09, subsection 6 of section 13‑04.1‑09.2, sections 14‑03‑01, 14‑03‑08, 14‑05‑06, 14‑05‑18, 14‑07‑01, 14‑07‑03, 14‑07‑04, 14‑07‑06, 14‑07‑07, 14‑07‑08, 14‑07‑12, 14‑07‑13, and 14‑07‑14, subsection 9 of section 14‑12.2‑28, subsection 4 of section 14‑14.1‑30, sections 14‑15‑03, 14‑15‑20, 14‑18‑08, and 20.1‑03‑06, subsections 8, 29, and 32 of section 20.1‑03‑12, subdivision b of subsection 1 of section 30.1‑10‑04, sections 35‑01‑04, 47‑18‑04, 47‑18‑05, 47‑18‑14, and 50‑25.1‑10, subsection 3 of section 54‑52.4‑02, subsection 2 of section 57‑38‑31, subsection 5 of section 57‑40.3‑04, section 57‑40.3‑07, and subsection 3 of section 57‑40.5‑03 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the definition of marriage and the recognition of marital relationships.

AN ACT to create and enact a new subdivision to subsection 2 of section 57‑38‑30.3 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to an individual income tax deduction for a birth resulting in stillbirth; and to provide an effective date.

AN ACT to amend and reenact section 15.1‑19‑03.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the recitation of prayer at activities for public and nonpublic schools.

Religious freedom and free speech are under attack on college campuses around the country, including right here in North Dakota. For example, on some campuses of the North Dakota university system, religious clubs are not allowed to require that its leaders agree with the club’s beliefs. This is unacceptable.

The issue of free expression on public campuses has now devolved into speech codes, safe spaces, trigger warnings, and fears of “microaggressions”. Political correctness is winning over free speech.

HB 1503 provides much needed protection to exercise religious and free speech rights on the state’s college and university campuses.

Your action is needed now to help protect these fundamental rights. PLEASE CONTACT THEM NOW – THEY COULD VOTE ON THIS BILL AS EARLY AS TOMORROW MORNING!

Please contact your Representatives and ask them to vote “YES” on HB 1503. Thank you for helping keep free speech truly free!

For freedom,

Mark Jorritsma
President and executive Director

 

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact sections 14‑02.4‑01, 14‑02.4‑02, 14‑02.4‑03, 14‑02.4‑04, 14‑02.4‑05, 14‑02.4‑06, 14‑02.4‑08, and 14‑02.4‑09, subsection 1 of section 14‑02.4‑14, sections 14‑02.4‑15, 14‑02.4‑16, and 14‑02.4‑17, subsections 1 and 2 of section 14‑02.5‑02, sections 14‑02.5‑03, 14‑02.5‑04, 14‑02.5‑05, 14‑02.5‑07, and 14‑02.5‑08, subsection 3 of section 14‑02.5‑10, subsection 11 of section 26.1‑04‑03, subsection 1 of section 26.1‑30.1‑01.1, subsection 1 of section 26.1‑39‑17, subsection 1 of section 26.1‑40‑11, and sections 26.1‑47‑04 and 27‑09.1‑02 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Senate Bill 2288 would give taxpayers an income tax credit in exchange for contributions that provide educational scholarships to low-income students. The credit would be equal to 75% of the amount contributed by the taxpayer.

Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota strongly believes that the best educational system is one that gives children a wide-open future and the tools to explore God’s calling in their lives. We want to advance policies that empower parents to have decision-making power when it comes to their children’s educational opportunities. This bill would help accomplish that.

This is an important bill, so please contact our Senators and ask them to vote “YES” on SB2288. The fastest way to do this is through our email alert system. Simply click here, fill in your information, and click send.

Thank you!

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director