July 2017 Newsletter

D.C. Bible Study

Nine leaders in President Donald Trump’s 24-member cabinet, including Vice President Pence, regularly participate in a weekly Bible study for prayer and fellowship in Washington, D.C. Sponsors of the Bible Study include two cabinet members from Georgia – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price – along with three Georgia congressmen – Senator David Perdue, Representatives Rick Allen and Tom Graves.

Seven years ago, the D.C. Bible study was created by Capitol Ministries, whose founder, seven-feet-one-inch former national basketball player Ralph Dollinger, preached the gospel around the world at halftime wherever he played. Dollinger prepares and teaches the D.C. lessons that are translated into French, Spanish, and Russian, to reach national leaders in their own language. 

The Georgia Capitol Commission Bible Study meets in Capitol Room 123 weekly during the session and monthly afterward. Attendees – officials, staff and lobbyists – enjoy a light lunch. Elsewhere, almost every other Tuesday at 9:55 a.m., members of the Georgia Public Service Commission have a five-minute, typically Christian, devotional to begin their work-day. 

Officials honor Sundays in Georgia. Christian influence on Georgia legislators stops bills like S.B. 17 that would have changed Sunday-sale hours of on-site consumption of liquor by-the-drink. If it had passed, such sales could have begun at 10:30 Sunday morning. 

S.B. 85 is a liquor bill that did pass this session, but left in place current law prohibiting sales of liquor-by-the-drink until 12:30 p.m. on Sundays, which upholds current liquor-by-the drink law. Action on these bills demonstrates the Georgia legislature’s continued reverence for religious expression. 

Georgia church honors Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue: On Sunday July 9th Second Baptist Church in Warner Robins commissioned Sonny and Mary Perdue as “missionaries to Washington, D.C.” Their son, Jim, pastor of the Warner Robins Second Baptist Church, explained that the commissioning ceremony was held to recognize his parents for the “mission” they are undertaking by serving the nation in federal government.

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June 2017 Newsletter

HRC, Transgender and Local Control

 When President Donald Trump issued his April 26th Executive Order (EO) “Enforcing Statutory Prohibitions on Federal Control of Education,” it became the responsibility of the Secretary of the Department of Education (DOE). If the Secretary accomplishes the goal in the title of the EO, the end result should be (a) enforcement of current laws passed by Congress to protect local control of education and the (b) repeal of federal laws that impede local control.

The broad scope of the EO authorizes the Secretary to (a) examine and determine which regulations and guidance documents uphold local control of education materials1and which do not; (b) rescind or revise regulations and guidance documents that are inconsistent with education law; then subsequently, (c) propose and publish new regulations and guidance documents within 300 days after April 26, 2017, the issue-date of the EO.

Are Welcoming Schools Programs under local control? The Welcoming Schools Program of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) should be investigated for (a) the Pre-K2 – 12 LGBTQ inclusive programs that defy local values. Also, to be investigated should be (b) HRC-trained facilitators3 and (c) their LGBTQQ4 curricula content, (d) supplemental material and hand-outs, (e) as well as school nurse training. A Welcoming Schools facilitator, who represents the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition, also, recently trained Georgia’s Fayette County school nurses.

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May 2017 Newsletter

“Gray Death” Opioid Confirmed in Georgia

“If you put this in your body you will die, no questions asked. This is something that I want to be very clear about … it’s not a scare tactic … it’s not a shock factor. …if you put this drug into your body you will die, it will kill you.
There’s a reason why it’s been nicknamed Grey Death. It is deadly.”
– Shelby County Alabama Drug Enforcement Task Force Commander Clay Hammac

Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Russ Baer says gray death is a combination of heroin, fentanyl and other fentanyl-class substances, such as Carfentanil, a tranquilizer for use on elephants and other large animals. Atlanta law enforcement coined the term “gray gravel heroin” in 2012. Recently, the GBI confirmed Georgia’s first gray death victim as a 24-year-old female in Brookhaven who died February 10, 2017, and described the opioid as follows:

“The gray material was found to contain a toxic cocktail of opiate drugs. The ingredients vary, but often contain heroin, fentanyl, furanyl fentanyl, and U-47700, mixed together in the same powder. The solid material has the appearance of gray concrete mixing powder, with texture variations from light/powdery to chunky/rock-like.”

Reportedly, gray death can be absorbed through the skin, is 10,000 times more potent than morphine, 100 times more powerful than fentanyl, and includes Carfentanil, the elephant tranquilizer described as “crazy dangerous” by a Colorado DEA spokesman. The GBI lab first identified it as gray death in March and, so far, has found it in about 50 different drug seizures.

Three New Laws to Fight Opioid Epidemic in Georgia

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April 2017 Newsletter

Lookout for a New Book: Communism for Kids

 The Washington Free Beacon reports that “Communism for Kids,” written by a German author who specializes in political theory and “queer politics,” was released last month. The thesis of the children’s book is that communism is “not that hard,” but has not been implemented in the right way.
– “Brainwashing Shocker: MIT Press Releases ‘Communism for Kids’ Book,”
by Selwyn Duke, 4-15-17

The publication of Communism for Kids is an example of trouble on the horizon. It presents political theory in the simple terms of a children’s story, with illustrations of lovable little revolutionaries experiencing their political awakening. The press kit that comes with the book described the set-up with this: “Once upon a time, people yearned to be free of the misery of capitalism. How could their dreams come true?” Then, the author admits that the book is geared not only to kindergartners, but is perfect for all ages and all who desire a better world.

Lookout: Communism/Socialism Planned for U.S.A.

Communist Party USA has announced a “Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America.” Party members say they are planning for a “revolution” against capitalism, with violence if necessary, because they think the “present capitalist-imperialist system” should be replaced with a “radically new economic system.”
– “Unveiled: Constitution for New Socialist North America,”
Article Published 11-16-2010 at 9:39 PM

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