November 2017 Newsletter

Confederate Monument Bills Prefiled for 2018 Session

“During the period which begins on November 15 of each calendar year and ends on the Friday before the second Monday in January of the following calendar year, bills and resolutions considered for introduction in the General Assembly may be prefiled with the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House as authorized in this Code section.”
– O.C.G.A. 28-1-17, Prefiling Law, 1994

At this writing, one Senate bill and three House bills have been prefiled for the next session of the Georgia General Assembly, which convenes January 8, 2018. Although prefiled bills receive permanent identification numbers, they must be officially introduced during the session. Then, they are assigned to committees for appropriate action. Two of those prefiled bills alter current laws that protect Georgia’s Confederate monuments and memorials.

Prefiled Legislation, Confederate Monuments, State Symbols

S.B. 302, Public Monuments, prefiled by Senator Elena Parent on November 15th, and H.B. 650, State Symbols, prefiled November 15th by Representative Mary Margaret Oliver, change current law as follows: (a) A state or local governmental agency or department that owns a monument, plaque, marker, or memorial, may not remove, alter, or conceal it from display until a resolution is adopted to authorize the change. (b) Also, if a private entity owns a monument, plaque, marker, or memorial that’s located on public property, the public property owner may remove such object from display and return it to the private owner. A lawsuit may be filed by any person or entity that suffers injury or damages as a result of violations.

ACTION – Contact your senator and representative in the Georgia General Assembly to comment on this issue.

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December 1, 2017 Radio Commentary

Visas and Terrorism

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, December 1, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Last year, when Governor Nathan Deal asked for an immediate halt to the sending of refugees into Georgia, a U.N. official rejected his request, increased the allotment, and sent even more refugees to Georgia, and they’re in no danger of being sent back.  Often, they are sent in the dead of night without local notification.  So, communities don’t know when they’re coming or where they’ll be placed, but they’re here to stay and thrive on generous welfare benefits – from cash to job training and everything in between.

The terrorist who rented a pick-up truck to mow down New York pedestrians and bicyclists was the contact for 23 others to come from Uzbekistan to join him here.  But he was not a refugee.  He got a visa in 2010 through the 1990 Diversity Visa Program that annually brings in 50,000 nationals from six different regions.  To qualify for the program, refugees must have a high school education or two years of work experience.  Once a refugee enters the U.S. under the that program, an unlimited number of relatives can come, too, but that may change soon.

On February 13th U.S. Senators Cotton of Arkansas and Perdue of Georgia introduced, S.354, the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act, also known as the RAISE Act.  It was assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee of eleven Republicans and nine Democrats.  Republican Senator Chuck Grassley is chairman. Continue reading

November 24, 2017 Radio Commentary

Thank you, Heroes of Faith!

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, November 24, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Sometimes Thanksgiving comes and goes with not much thought about the wonderful gift of salvation provided by our Lord Jesus Christ when He died on the cross.  But let’s not let that happen this year. 

As I thank Him for paying for my sins with His blood, I am, also, thankful that so many Christians are standing in the gap for nation-wide religious liberty.  These heroes of faith include men and women whose refusal to compromise their faith resulted in untold personal hardship, economic loss, and undeserved repercussions in the workplace.

Most of you have heard of Jack Phillips, who owns Masterpiece Cakeshop, where he told two men he could provide other products for their wedding reception, but he could not do a wedding cake for them.  So, they sued him and two courts ruled against him.  Despite that, Mr. Phillips is still standing on his Christian beliefs, and Alliance Defending Freedom will represent him before the U.S. Supreme Court in early December.  The Trump administration filed a brief, urging the Supreme Court to rule in Mr. Phillips’ favor on free speech grounds.  Continue reading

November 17, 2017 Radio Commentary

Mainstreaming Alternate Lifestyles

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, November 17, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

It took 39 years, but the education establishment has reached its 1978 goal to transform culture.  1978 was the year the president of the National Education Association, boldly, “spilled the beans” in a magazine interview with this statement, “We will need to recognize that the so-called ‘basic skills,’ which currently represent nearly the total effort in elementary schools, will be taught in one quarter of the present school day … the teacher will be a conveyer of values, a philosopher .… Teachers no longer will be victims of change; we will be agents of change.”

In 1982, the Georgia Department of Education published and implemented a three-volume Middle School Seminar Series for teachers.  The first volume was Psychological Education; second, Personal Education; third, Achievement Education.  On page 9 of Psychological Education is the “Group Contract” for each student to sign, pledging to keep the class work confidential, even from parents.

Fast-forward another ten years to 1992 when the Georgia Department of Education revealed Georgia’s Sexuality Education Training guidelines based on “universally held values.”  Note the change from sex education, concerning undisputed biological facts, to sexuality education, about variant sexual behavior. Continue reading