June 30, 2017 Radio Commentary

Here and Now in the U.S.

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, June 30, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

For several years, religious freedom has been the subject of legislation in Georgia, but last year the governor vetoed the only bill that passed, while subsequent bills died in committee. So, religious liberty bills don’t become law in Georgia.

However, the new president of the United States issued an executive order that may have a positive influence on the situation.  During the May 4th observance of the National Day of Prayer, President Trump signed that executive order in the Rose Garden.  Visitors at the ceremony included two of Evangelist Billy Graham’s children – Franklin Graham and Cissie Graham Lynch.  Another Billy Graham daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, was a featured speaker for the National Day of Prayer.

Not only is it significant that Franklin, Cissie and Anne attended the national observance of the Day of Prayer, they were invited into the Oval Office, as well.  Those gestures demonstrate the protective attitude toward religion voiced by President Trump, when he said, “We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced anymore.”

A stark contrast between the new administration and the previous administration is Mr. Trump’s February 22nd reversal of the unacceptable public school directive requiring male and female restrooms and locker rooms to become all-gender facilities, regardless of community values or opposition.  Continue reading

September 16, 2016 Radio Commentary

Is Drafting Women Next? Then What?

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, September 16, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Today, I have some serious questions: Do you want the military draft reinstated? Do you want women to register for the draft? Do you want your sons OR your daughters to be drafted into the military? Do you think women should serve in front-line ground combat?

These are serious questions, because Congress is facing this issue right now, and whatever they decide will affect U.S. families. All America is affected by whatever happens in the military, whether it’s made stronger or weaker, by whatever it does or does not do. Right now, Congress is focusing on women in the military and possible reinstatement of the draft.

Three and a-half years ago, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced the end of the direct ground combat exclusion rule that kept females out of ground combat in the military. So, since January 24, 2013 all military branches have been removing any barrier that blocked women from any part of military service, including battle zones.

Subsequently, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced December 3, 2015 that the Department of Defense would lift all gender-based restrictions on military service beginning January 1, 2016. If Mr. Carter had said all “female-based” restrictions would be lifted, we would know the change authorized women to serve on the frontline. But, the term, “gender-based,” shifted the focus to alternate lifestyles and clouded the issue. Was removal of “gender-based” restrictions the basis for the implementation of transgender regulations in the military? How will DOD’s lifting of gender-based restrictions further affect the military and, therefore, all America? Continue reading

June 24, 2016 Radio Commentary

Women in Foxholes

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, June 24, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Three years ago, a decree came down from the administration that gave the military until January 2016 to integrate women into all combat jobs, but that decree also authorized branches of the military to ask for specific exemptions. Acting on that decree, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced on December 3rd that the Pentagon would open all combat jobs to women.

That was not good news to General Joseph Dunford, Jr., who is a former Marine Corps commandant and current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He skipped the Defense Secretary’s announcement ceremony, but said, “I have had the opportunity to provide my advice on the issue of full integration of women into the armed forces. In the wake of the secretary’s decision, my responsibility is to ensure his decision is properly implemented.” In other words, he will do his job.

Since the decree had an opt-out provision, the Marine Corps learned through studying its units that all-male units had much lower injury rates and higher overall performance than co-ed units. So, the Marines asked permission to exempt females from infantry and armor positions. However, Defense Secretary Carter did not honor the opt-out provision, overruled the Marines, and mandated that the military operate under a common set of standards. Continue reading

August 30, 2013 Radio Commentary

Former Georgia Legislator Making National Impact

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, August 30, 2013 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Do you ever wonder what happens to politicians that “do good” in Georgia and then leave? It could be said we’re sharing personnel or it could be the Lord puts them where they can do even more “good.” That’s the way it seems for retired military chaplain Col. Ron Crews, former Georgia Representative, now executive director of the Chaplains Alliance for Religious Liberty.

As a Representative in the Georgia General Assembly, Crews sponsored H.B. 1580 that passed in 1996, defining marriage as “only the union of man and woman.” Several years later, his co-sponsor Representative James Mills was appointed to the State Board of Pardons and Paroles. These men had such foresight that they, actually, pre-empted the passage of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, recently ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. Eight years after H.B. 1580 passed to define marriage in state law, S.R. 595, which was introduced by Senator Mike Crotts, passed the General Assembly by a two-thirds vote and was ratified by voters in the 2004 General Election. That ratification amended the Georgia Constitution as follows:

“This state shall recognize as marriage only the union of man and woman. Marriages between persons of the same sex are prohibited in this state. No union between persons of the same sex shall be recognized by this state as entitled to the benefits of marriage This state shall not give effect to any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any other state or jurisdiction respecting a relationship between persons of the same sex that is treated as a marriage under the laws of such other state or jurisdiction. The court of this state shall have no jurisdiction to grant a divorce or separate maintenance with respect to any such relationship or otherwise to consider or rule on any of the parties’ respective rights arising as a result or in connections with such relationship.”

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