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Thanksgiving is over and now we enter the Christmas season. It seems like a good time to reflect back on 2020, but that’s not where our focus is at Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota. Our focus is on the future. What I am talking about is the 2021 North Dakota legislative session.

Senators and representatives are already undertaking orientation and pre-session organizational work, which includes in many cases identifying bills they will sponsor and/or support. The chess pieces are already being put on the board. So, what can we expect this session?

The state budget is always front and center during every legislative session and we have no reason to believe it will be any different this year. But what about bills regarding family values that I know deeply matter to you as well?

As it stands right now, we anticipate that there will be bills on subjects such as protecting unborn children, defending religious liberties, and providing additional resources for families to help educate their children, especially during this time of dealing with COVID-19. Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota® hopes to play key roles in helping to shape these efforts; we will be hard at work with legislators to advance the bills addressing these issues. There may also be bills addressing human trafficking, child abuse, sanctity of life for the elderly, and other topics. Rest assured, we will be there fighting for your values all the way.

On the other side, there are always bills that our organization challenges by testifying, rallying legislators, calling for your help in contacting your senators and representatives, and more. There will most certainly be at least one bill addressing sexual orientation and gender identity, given that the LGBTQ lobby has been emboldened by the Supreme Court’s finding in the Bostock v. Clayton County case. While that case stated that employers cannot discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, the LGBTQ lobby would like to push even further. There will also most likely be bills on things like abortion expansion and restrictions on religious liberty.

The legislative session will be soon be upon us and we need your help. It takes a lot of resources to do research, draft bill language, testify in hearings, update you and help you engage, and other similar tasks. Won’t you please consider helping us advance your beliefs in the halls of Bismarck this legislative session?  Your support will go a long way in making sure your children and grandchildren grow up in a state based on your biblical values.

Thank you for your continued generosity and prayers. We look forward to representing you and your family in this upcoming legislative session!

Working for you,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

Kevin Cramer is committed to protecting your deeply held biblical beliefs, just as we at Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota are here to protect your values. Both Kevin and our organization are fighting for a North Dakota where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.

Senator Cramer knows that Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota is on the front lines in the current cultural war. Please take a minute and hear what he wants you to know about our organization.

We are deeply appreciative of Senator Cramer’s support and his kind words. We hope that you too can join us.

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

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.

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.

Thanksgiving is next week. I’ll be honest, I’m having a really hard time being thankful this year. While I wrote a few weeks ago how God being in control gives me comfort in the long run, right now things are a mess.

I really don’t need to list the mess that 2020 has become – you all know it. From riots, to political hate on a grand scale, and of course our ever-present COVID virus. We even hear health experts suggesting that we have family members use something like Zoom to be part of our Thanksgiving celebration, instead of coming over in person. Are you kidding me? And they’re not talking just about high-risk persons, which I could understand. They are talking about any relative or friend. Thank you for letting me rant a bit.

George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1789, just a few years after the Revolutionary War and two years after our Constitution was enacted. The fact that it was proclaimed almost contemporaneously with the founding of our country tells you something of its importance to our founding fathers. In case you’ve never read the Proclamation, I’ve included it below. It is fascinating, particularly given our current circumstances [underlining and brackets are mine].

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be– That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war–for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed–for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions– to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually–to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed–to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the [i]ncrease of science among them and us–and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Source: Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789

What a statement about what our country should be thankful for! Does that sound like us right now? I’m afraid it doesn’t in many respects. But before we start pointing fingers and complaining, keep in mind that Washington had just been through a war, seen many of his men killed for these beliefs, and spawned a fledgling nation that was essentially a big experiment. He knew what mattered: that God was the source of his nation’s thanksgiving.

When I compare my situation to that of Washington’s, I really have much to be thankful for, including being able to live in this nation birthed over 200 years ago. Our duty is to make sure we preserve that nation and what it stood for. To protect our ability to gather with our families and celebrate holidays. To worship and conduct business according to our religious beliefs. To protect all life, given that it’s a gift from God.

Preserving this nation gives rise to the thankfulness Washington expressed. It is both a strong foundation and a delicate thing that can be lost. Let’s make sure that never happens.

Thankfully,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director