Want to have your religious freedom protected? Well, here in Georgia, the freest place for people of faith is in our prisons – where federal religious protections apply. There, convicted felons receive stronger protections than you, your pastor, business owners, and the students, teachers, and coaches that enter our schools.
As Georgia remains one of the minority of states around the country lacking Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) protections, Stacey Abrams and the radical leftists running around Georgia will aim to create false arguments around the issue leading into the fall. Don’t let your friends, family, or neighbors be fooled!
To help others learn the truth about what RFRA really is, help us by sharing the compelling informational video found HERE.
Lies abound in this debate, and the George Soros/Tom Steyer funded liberals campaigning against pro-family conservatives will argue that protecting the First Amendment rights of all Americans is somehow discrimination or anti-business. That’s utterly false! Electing leaders who will protect our most fundamental rights is beneficial to ALL Georgians- even those who disagree with us.
Legislative Update: Many of you rallied with us around SB 361, sponsored by Sen. Michael Williams, and its House version, HB 922 sponsored by Rep. Kasey Carpenter. This legislation is critical to securing religious freedom for students, teachers, and coaches- all of whom are being bullied into surrendering their First Amendment rights upon entering a school.
While we look forward to updating you regarding our continued push on this issue over the coming legislative session, we are also thrilled that Georgia was one of 13 states that filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in the case of Coach Joe Kennedy, who coaches football in Washington. Like many of the sources of inspiration here in Georgia, Coach Kennedy had his First Amendment rights stripped away simply because of his job. No American should ever be told that they cannot acknowledge their God!
The Freedom from Religion Foundation and the leftists that are trying to infiltrate Georgia will continue bullying school districts and faithful individuals until we act with strong legislation. We are thankful that Attorney General Chris Carr has positioned Georgia on the right side of this issue, but we are prayerful that we can pass legislation that protects religious freedom in schools and removes the need to continue litigating the issue in court.
Because the First Amendment is for Everyone,
President and Executive Director
Family advocates are likely to make some big gains in state legislatures in 2016.
Family advocates are likely to make some big gains in state legislatures in 2016. At the same time, harmful legislation is threatening families and biblical values in other states.
That puts CitizenLink and our Family Policy Alliance in the center of the action. Here’s a look at the battles that will be decided over the coming weeks and months.
Thanks to political gains in state legislatures in recent elections—made possible through your support of CitizenLink—a number of states stand ready to pass important pro-family measures.
Prospects are especially strong for passing pro-life bills. Following the release of the Planned Parenthood videos last summer, some states, such as Wisconsin, are working to stop taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood. Others are working to ensure that aborted babies are handled humanely, which helps focus attention on the humanity of each preborn baby.
With the growing attacks on religious freedom, CitizenLink and our state family policy allies are also advancing religious liberty protections. Some, such as in West Virginia, would give broad religious freedom safeguards, while others provide very specific protections. With a strong lobbying effort, several have a good chance of passing.
The bulk of the Left’s attacks at the state level are coming in two areas. First, the homosexual lobby is pushing hard to advance their agenda even further, following the Obergefell same-sex marriage decision. At the top of their agenda is forcing more states—among them Idaho—to give special protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. These laws are at the cutting edge in the assault on religious freedom. Gay activists are also looking to ban counseling that would help lead minors away from homosexuality. Similar bills have already been signed by Gov. Chris Christie in New Jersey and in three other states, with Massachusetts among several targets this year.
Meanwhile, euthanasia zealots are trying to build momentum off of their lone victory last year—an assisted suicide bill that had to be rammed through a special session to get it passed in California. CitizenLink and our state allies are part of a strong and diverse coalition that is looking to build on last year’s successes in exposing and defeating these threats to the sanctity of life. Dozens of such bills could be introduced this year, with New York and Maryland facing especially tough battles.