October 2017 Newsletter

Women in Combat Deemed “Job Opportunities”

“They’ll be allowed to drive tanks, fire mortars, and lead infantry soldiers into combat. They’ll be able to serve as Army Rangers and Green Berets, Navy SEALs, Marine Corps infantry, Air Force parajumpers, and everything else that was previously open only to men.” –Department of Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, April 2016

Although Marine Corps officials asked former Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to keep women out of positions such as infantry, machine gunner, and fire support, the request was denied. Mr. Carter declared that the rule placing women in combat would “apply without exception.”

Background. The Women’s Armed Services Integration Act of 1948 excluded women from combat. In 2012, during the Obama administration, Pentagon policies were changed to allow women to serve in 14,000 military positions formerly restricted to men, leaving 238,000 men-only positions. Soon, women were admitted to Navy submarines and the Army Ranger School which graduated three women in 2015 – two in August and a third several weeks later.

Also in 2012, three years after a group of servicewomen sued the Pentagon, then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced a subsequent rule, that “just happened” to come two months after the suit was filed, and “just happened” to allow women to serve in combat.

By January 24, 2013 the Combat Exclusion Policy was lifted, as recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff in that Administration. To avoid the term “women in combat,” the Pentagon ordered all services to admit women into all jobs by January 2016. Also that date was the deadline for all military services to change to gender-neutral physical tests and adopt a policy that requires men and women (without exception) to serve in front line combat and complete combat operations. Therefore, front-line combat positions became co-ed and mandatory.

Under current military policy, both men and women deemed fit for combat are eligible for assignment to front line combat positions, the Pentagon calls “job opportunities” for women.

In April 2016 the U.S. Army announced the first 22 women to become infantry and amour second lieutenants in charge of units of 40 troops. Also in April 2016, of the 29 women who tried to complete the Marine Corps Infantry Officer Course, all 29 of them failed.

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October 6, 2017 Radio Commentary

Two Study Committees: Homelessness and Growing Marijuana

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, October 6, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

You may be interested to know that our state senators will be formally studying homelessness in Georgia as authorized by S.R. 352 that passed last session with only two dissenting votes. The 15-member committee includes two appointees of the governor, three senators appointed by the Lt. Governor and ten state agency commissioners.

To learn how much homelessness costs the state, the committee will require input from three of those agencies – the Departments of Human Services, Community Health, and Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.

Their discussions will include the many factors that may contribute to homelessness, such as a lack of affordable housing, a shortage of supportive housing and family wage jobs, domestic violence, high debt, substance abuse, mental illness, access to affordable healthcare, and release of individuals from institutions. Continue reading

September 2017 Newsletter

Act Now! Decatur City School Board to
Consider Transgender Policy

“This attempt at indoctrination and harm to our children must be stopped in its tracks. It’s a battle that we must all be engaged in – either through prayer or showing up to the school board meeting. If passed in Decatur, I can assure you it will be your school district one day.” – Tanya Ditty, Director, Concerned Women for America of Georgia

In a July 26, 2016 memo to his staff City Schools of Decatur Superintendent David Dude quietly began implementing radically new transgender guidelines. That memo, reprinted verbatim in bold font, is as follows: “To be clear, here are some examples of situations related to gender identity and how I expect them to be handled in compliance with this policy. For purpose of these examples, assume this student was assigned the sex of male at birth and now identifies as female.

  • This student should be treated the same as any other female student.
  • She should not be identified as anything other than female.
  • She should be allowed to use the female restroom.
  • She should be allowed to use the female locker room. · She should be allowed to try out for ‘female’ sports.
  • She should be allowed to room with other females on field trips.”

ACTION – Oppose. Attend CSD Bd. Meeting October 10, 6:30 p.m., 125 Electric Ave., Decatur, GA 30030. (b) Before the board meets at 6:30 October 10, call CSD Board members Mrs. Annie Caiola, Ch., 404 849-3919; Mr. Garrett Goebel, 678 561-0027; Mrs. Bernadette Seals, 404 377-8907; Mr. Lewis Jones, 404 862-3234. Email addresses are online.

A Parental Rights Amendment to the Constitution is LONG Over-due!
Since 2008 Congress has rejected at least a dozen¹ proposed Parental Rights Amendments, but a new bill to restore parental rights was introduced on August 1, 2017 by Senators Graham, Blunt, Isakson, Risch, Grassley and Rubio. S.J. Res. 48 refers to six areas U.S. parental authority may be or is being restricted, minimized, threatened, or globally influenced. S.J. Res. 48 states:

Senate Joint Resolution, S.J. Res. 48
“SECTION 1. The liberty of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children is a fundamental right.
“SECTION 2. The parental right to direct education includes the right to choose, as an alternative to public education, private, religious, or home schools, and the right to make reasonable choices within public schools for one’s child.
“SECTION 3. Neither the United States nor any State shall infringe these rights without demonstrating that its governmental interest as applied to the person is of the highest order and not otherwise served.
“SECTION 4. The parental rights guaranteed by this article shall not be denied or abridged on account of disability.
“SECTION 5. This article shall not be construed to apply to a parental action or decision that would end life.
“SECTION 6. No treaty may be adopted nor shall any source of international law be employed to supersede, modify, interpret, or apply to the rights guaranteed by this article.”

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August 2017 Newsletter

A Pardon, A Directive, A N.J. School Law, A Transgender Doll

A Pardon: After former Sheriff of Arizona, Joe Arpaio, was pardoned, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) warned that requiring U.S. officers to enforce immigration law puts them at “risk of being found guilty of significant legal violations.” The charge against Sheriff Arpaio was racial profiling while enforcing immigration law.

That was the issue in December 2011 when a U.S. District Judge ordered Sheriff Arpaio and his deputies to stop detaining Latino drivers suspected of being illegal aliens. When the sheriff continued his strategy another 18 months, he was charged with civil contempt. Almost six years later on July 31, 2017 he was found guilty and, at age 85, he faced six months in jail. His sentencing was scheduled for October 5th, but President Trump pardoned him August 25, 2017.

A Directive: In a directive on the same day, President Trump banned transgender individuals from military service. Section 1 of the directive explains the last president’s June 2016 reversal of military policy. That reversal authorized transgender individuals to join and serve openly in the military, where they would receive unlimited healthcare, such as sex-reassignment surgery and hormone therapy. For transgenders already enlisted, the directive cancelled military-funded sex reassignment surgery, unless interruption of treatment would be harmful to the patient.

Full implementation is set to begin 2018, under a plan the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Homeland Security will develop. It must (a) uphold military effectiveness and deadly force, (b) work within the budget, (c) adhere to law, and (d) address enlisted transgender personnel issues.

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