Indiana Crosses Center Lane with Genderless Drivers Licenses

“We’re Only One of Five States” . . . Crossing the Center Line to Appease the Gender Benders

Governor Holcomb, the mainstream media, and liberal business groups have been wringing their hands for months allegedly concerned that Indiana “is one of only five states without a hate crime law.”

In reality, Indiana judges have the broadest sentencing abilities for hate crimes of almost any state in the nation.  But because our law is allegedly “different,” (actually, they are all different), we are to follow the other 45 states where in two-thirds of them they have a bigger hate crime problem than we do in Indiana.

We have a better law than most states because it provides equal justice for all victims of hate crimes.  But critics of this propose limiting judges to a victim category list.  Why? Because 45 other states do it that way.

If that doesn’t frost you . . . now comes news that Indiana has done something that 45 other states have not.  Indiana is just one of perhaps five states that are offering genderless drivers licenses!   Why would this be, if our policies are supposed to follow the bulk other states?

A driver’s license is the most often used and common government document of a state.   You now have to take every document under the sun, that you haven’t needed in decades, as proof of your identity for a “secure driver’s license.”  Yet, the gender confused no longer have to be male or female, they can “identify” as gender “X.”    Our state is now appeasing that mental fantasy.  How secure is that?

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles falls directly under the purview of Governor Eric Holcomb.  This, along with hate crimes, is another of his major concessions to the LGBT (“letting go of biological truth”) crowd.

You can call the Governor and let him know your view of this move at 317-232-4567.

Interestingly, the very first person officially declared “non-binary” (genderless) has now called it all a huge mistake.  He was used by LGBT activists for their political purposes and suffered serious medical, emotional, and psychological problems from his lifestyle decision.   You can see a short interview about this here.  It will make you wonder why our state thinks this mental health problem is worth a change in driver’s licenses.   https://video.foxnews.com/v/6012842932001/?fbclid=IwAR3aFEAjvJvv7oFA4YRIdhacbruJ7tqDNIhHOV48ZW-B9j8BS5PPwAvU7tE#sp=show-clips

This is a also good reminder to call your State Representative and ask him or her to support Senate Bill 12as is, with NO VICTIM LISTat 317-232-9600.

You can find your legislator here:      http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/

Ignorant and Free, Can It Really Be?

In January of 1816, Thomas Jefferson warned,“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free. . . it expects what never was and never will be.   If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.”

In a free society where the people choose their government and are an important participant in it, knowledge of basic history and civics should be a part of the life of a student, let alone a voter.

A recent poll from the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvaniafound that 63% of Americans cannot name one single right mentioned in the 1stAmendment.   (Those rights are speech, religion and assembly.)

Indiana Senate Bill 132 has been sent to the Indiana House Education Committee where Chairman Rep. Bob Behning has killed it the two previous times that it passed the Senate.  This bill requires Indiana high school students to take the same basic civics test that new legal immigrants must pass for citizenship.   Your calls to your State Representative asking them to support SB 132 would be very helpful.

You can find your legislator here:   http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/

You can call your State Representative about supporting SB 132 at: 317-232-9600.

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Alert: Your Voice Needed on Two Indiana House Bills

ALERT # 1  
Let your State Representative Know “Equal Justice Under Law”  Matters

The Indiana Senate has passed a good bias crime law reaffirming the longstanding ability of Hoosier judges to add to a sentence for any victim of a hate crime.    Senate Bill 12 is now before the Indiana House.  Liberals are pushing to put a victim list back into the legislation because they want justice for some, but apparently not for all.

Let your State Representative know that SB 12 should be passed, as is with no victim list giving equal justice to all victims of such crimes.    (A list of victims will leave many Hoosiers off a government-favored list for sentencing enhancements.)

Please call your State Representative at 317-232-9600 and ask them to pass SB 12 with no victim list, giving justice to all hate crime victims.  You can find your legislator here:  http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/

ALERT # 2  
Bill Before the Indiana House Undermines Parental Rights

The Indiana Senate has passed a far-reaching bill that would assess all school children for mental health, social and behavioral issues and track them from birth through age 22.   Senate Bill 266 does not have adequate protections of parental and student rights.

SB 266 could result in all public-school students being screened for social, emotional, and behavioral issues, terms that are not clearly defined in the bill.

Even though most school teachers already know which students may be struggling, SB 266 could result in labeling for life  tens of thousands of children as having mental, emotional or behavioral problems.

SB 266 requires a school to develop social, emotional and behavioral health plans for students who then may be referred for comprehensive mental health services and interventions.  It is unclear what kinds of procedures, issues, beliefs, practices or treatments might be involved in this effort.

Language to protect parental rights was added to SB 266, but the meaningful penalties for violation of these rights were removed.    Senate Bill 266 should be rejected by the House.  Please ask your State Representative to vote no on this “big brother” legislation. 

You can call your State Representative at 317-232-9600.
You can find your legislator here:   http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/

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AFA-IN: Statehouse Updates, Parental Rights & Pastor’s Event

House Leadership Not Buying the Media Hysteria 

As you know, the Indiana Senate bravely put policy above politics by passing a bias crime bill that includes every victim of a hate crime, rather than be drawn into the identity politics game that is dividing our nation.   The Senate overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill 12 on a strong 39-10 vote.  This is a big victory for equal justice under the law.

The media is continuing to flip out over this and claim that the bill stripped protections from victims of such crimes.   It did just the opposite.   None have mentioned that the original version of SB 12 containing a list of politically preferred victims was cut in the committee hearing by those wanting a list they removed victims in the military, law enforcement or those targeted due to their political beliefs.   The hypocrisy is incredible, but it shows that all along many hate crime law supporters really only want justice for a select few.

The day after the Senate passed SB 12, Speaker of the House Brian Bosma told WIBC radio that the House is not likely to put a victim list back into the bill.  He praised the legislation as it is because “it avoids the thorny arguments over which groups should be included.”

One interesting item in this news story pointed out that Utah has a similar law without a list.  Someone needs to tell the Governor this because Utah is not one of the states being shamed for “not having a hate crime law.”  Democrat supporters of a list in the Senate, as well as Governor Holcomb, are claiming that passing SB 12 as is does not take us off the list of five states without a hate crime law.  Utah proves otherwise.

We have to be diligent to make sure SB 12 is not changed in the House.  It should be passed as is, with no amendments.

Is There is a Way to Ban Abortion in Indiana?

Many people have differing views of Indiana House Bill 1430 which failed to receive a hearing this year.  That bill by Rep. Curt Nisly would ban all abortions in Indiana.  Indiana Right to Life is not supportive of this bill because they believe that its legal viability in the courts is as precarious as an unborn child in a New York abortion clinic.

There may be another way to legally ban abortion in Indiana.  It is something around a dozen states have already done.  Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Wisconsin all have laws banning abortion that would go into place if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court.   In addition, Louisiana, North and South Dakota have constitutional language making abortion legal if Roeis overturned.

It could be honestly argued that this is premature, and does not save lives now, which is the first priority of the pro-life movement.   Still, it is worth watching or considering since the overturning of Roe would likely not ban abortion. It would simply send the issue back to the states to decide. You can read about the latest state to do this and the debate on that move here:   https://www.westernjournal.com/arkansas-passes-law-banning-abortion-except-save-mothers-life-roe-v-wade-overturned/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=libertyalliance&utm_campaign=dailyam&utm_content=libertyalliance

As a side note, it must truly sadden the heart of God that only 53 US Senators voted Monday night against infanticide.  It was not enough to stop the Democrat’s filibuster against the Infant Born Alive Act (S. 311).

Can Pastors Do More to Reach the Culture?

There is an interesting conference on March 15thin Fort Wayne that you or your pastor may want to attend, put together by The Resermon Institute.  It features speakers like author R.C. Sproul, Jr.,  Dr. Les Sillars of Patrick Henry College and World Magazine and many others with specific media and Christian communication experience.

The purpose of the conference is to help pastors and churches make sermon content more accessible, searchable and projectable, reaching people far beyond posting last week’s sermon on the church web site.

The conference is at Pathway Community Church.   You can find all the information on this event at: http://www.resermon.com/rsi-fort-wayne-031519.html

On Monday we did a podcast with the director of Resermon, a long time friend, Chris Mann.  You can hear that conversation here:  https://www.afain.net/2019/02/indiana-family-forum-chris-mann-from-resermon-institute/

Parental Rights: A Constant Concern

Last week I mentioned Senate Bill 266 which concerns mental health screening and referrals involving all 330,000 public high school students in Indiana. This is a broad bill covering a lot of mental health issues under the guise of school safety.  There are database and privacy concerns in it.  Perhaps the biggest concern is the issue of parental rights and notification about the kinds of things students will be asked or upon what they may be counseled.

SB 266 had good parental rights language in it, but the enforcement or teeth of it were weakened significantly.  The bill passed the Senate yesterday on a 29-20 vote.

Parental rights are a constant concern with the growth of government.  There are all sorts of examples I could cite involving not just schools, but courts, various federal agencies, the Department of Family and Social Services, and more.

Indiana Congressman Jim Banks is the author of House Joint Resolution 36, a parental rights amendment to the US Constitution.   This is a tall mountain to climb, but you can help by learning more about this legislation and asking your member of congress to co-author this resolution.   The language is brief and simple.  It affirms that parents have the fundamental right to direct the education and upbringing of their children.

I would encourage you to read the short news release on this from Fort Wayne Congressman Banks here:  https://banks.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=451

In Their Own Words:

          “It is no accident that every totalitarian movement of the 20th century has tried to destroy the family.  The essence of modern totalitarianism has been to substitute the power of the State for the rights, responsibilities and authority of the family.  Everywhere the equation holds true: Where there are strong families the freedom of the individual expands and the reach of the State contracts.  Where family life weakens and fails, government advances, intrudes and ultimately compels.”  – President Ronald Reagan’s report on the Family, 1982

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Fake News Freak Out Over Equal Justice Hate Crime Bill

An Update on Hate Crimes that You Won’t Get from Fake News

As you know either from my email last night or the media freak out, the Indiana Senate put policy above rhetoric and amended Senate Bill 12 to include everyone in our hate / bias crime laws.   Rather than limit a judge’s ability to extend a sentence in such a crime to a list of politically favored victim categories, the Senate affirmed a 2005 state Supreme Court ruling giving judges the widest latitude possible.  It was a strong statement for equal justice under the law rather than stooping to the identity politics that divides our nation.

Indiana Senators should be thanked for their support of this amendment that passed with a very strong 33-16 vote.  SB 12 will likely pass on Thursday.  It will then go to the House in a few weeks where a victim list is also not popular.

The media is really doing a disservice to Hoosiers on this.  Almost every headline and news story implies that their favored groups lost protections, when in fact SB 12 now protects everyone.

Here is something you won’t read or hear in the media.  If anyone bothered to read the SB 12 amendment to look at what sections it cites in current law, they would find this code citation.  This should also raise questions as to why the Governor has been, and still is, demeaning Indiana with his rhetoric.  This was Governor Holcomb’s unfortunate and misleading reaction to the Senate vote last night, “The version of the bill approved today by the Senate does not get Indiana off the list of states without a bias crime law.”

That is false. We should never have been on such a list from the start.  This has been part of Indiana law since 2003:

IC 10-13-3-1  “Bias crime” Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, “bias crime” means an offense in which the person who commits the offense knowingly or intentionally: (1) selected the person who was injured; or (2) damaged or otherwise affected property; by the offense because of the color, creed, disability, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation of the injured person or  owner or occupant of the affected property was associated with any other recognizable group or affiliation. As added by P.L. 2 – 2003.

Because of this law and court rulings, you might conclude that this whole issue has been a political and media driven hoax upon the people of Indiana.   You are correct.   SB 12, as amended, calls this bluff and restates the truth that we already protect anyone who might be the victim of a bias or hate crime.

I am posting the vote on the amendment yesterday at the bottom of this email.  You should thank Senator Aaron Freeman who authored this amendment, and every Senator who voted for it to affirm equal justice under law.

It’s not Over:  Another Dangerous Bill

There is a very bad bill in the Senate that is one of the biggest intrusions into parental rights I’ve ever seen.  Keep your eyes on Senate Bill 266.  It is loaded with heavy-handed proposals to do mental health screenings of all public-school students and to set up databases for this information.  Senators Kruse and Raatz added some very good language on this in regard to parental notification and consent, but the enforcement of it was removed in the Appropriations Committee after it went through the Education Committee.  We are watching this one very closely.  There are a lot of things in this bill that might concern you. You can review it here:http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2019/bills/senate/266#document-50427342

Protecting Children in a Non-Intrusive Way

Yesterday, I testified on Senate Bill 64 authored by Senator Jim Tomes.  It would require those who work or hold events in Indiana libraries to pass a background check.   The bill passed out of committee on a 9-1 vote.

In Their Own Words:

“We cannot have it both ways. Either businesses are coming to Indiana because Indiana is good for business, or businesses are avoiding Indiana or leaving because of our hostility.  Which is it?  Hoosiers are loving people and we have a great culture.  If we base our laws simply upon what others are doing, I do not believe it would improve our state.”  – State Representative Curt Nisly, on the issue of passing the kind of hate crime bill that liberal states have passed.

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Big Win on Hate Crimes ! Victory for Equal Justice

BREAKING NEWS:  Big Win on Hate Crimes in Indiana!

You made a big difference today!

The Senate just voted to amend Senate Bill 12 to remove all government approved victim categories granting equal justice for any and every Hoosier victim of a bias or hate crime.    The vote was a strong 33-16.

This battle is not over, but I wanted to thank you for all you have done to make this positive change.

Yesterday, outstanding editorial cartoonist Gary Varvel had an outstanding cartoon on this that I wanted to share with you.

Again thank you for standing with AFA of Indiana.

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Alert: Call Your Senator Today – Equal Justice for All, Not Some

Alert:  Senate Needs to Hear from You in Defense of Equal Justice for All Hoosiers

Indiana Republican leadership is rolling over to the media and liberal special interests again.

The Indiana State Senate is holding a hearing this morning on a “hate crime” proposal that creates a list of politically favored crime victims.  They are fast-tracking this, hoping that your voice isn’t heard before they can push through a bad bill.

For more than a decade Indiana Judges have had the ability to extend a sentence for ANY victim of a hate or bias crime.   Senate Bill 12 would limit this to a government-approved list of victims.

Senate Bill 12 is not necessary, and it is bad law.  Judges’ wide latitude in sentencing in a case by case basis should not be discarded by politicians as a reaction to a media-driven crisis.   There is no evidence that the few hate crimes that do occur in Indiana are not adequately prosecuted and sentenced already.  (Most states with laws like SB 12 have higher rates of such incidents than Indiana.)

I will be citing an expert in judicial opinion about the problems with this bill in my testimony this morning.  However, SB 12 may easily pass out of the Senate Public Policy Committee today.  It is a committee dominated by RINO’s and liberal Democrats. However, this battle is far from over.  Please call your State Senator today, and let them know that SB 12 is poorly crafted legislation that is not needed.   Ask them to vote “no” on SB 12.

You can call your State Senator at 317-232-9400.

You can find your Senator and email them too, from this link:  http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/

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AFA-IN Quick Statehouse Update as Deadline Nears

Indiana Legislature Nearing an Important Deadline

The Indiana General Assembly is nearing its first major deadline in the legislative process.   The last day for a bill to receive a committee hearing and a vote is Tuesday the 19th or Wednesday the 20th.

Any bill that has not had a hearing and a vote by this date will be “dead” in the 2019 session.  For perspective, of the nearly 1,400 bills filed in this “long” (budget year) session, only around 300 – 350 will make it beyond this first stage.  By session end, only about 200 – 250 will make it to the Governor’s desk for his signature or veto.  These “live” bills will have to go from the committee stage, to the floor amendment stage, to a final vote.  They will then switch chambers (the bill numbers remain the same) and go through this same three-step process again.

Two issues we are watching closely this week could use your help.  First, pray for House Bill 1211. This afternoon the House Public Health Committee will take up this primary abortion bill of the session. It would follow the lead of eleven other states in banning the risky dismemberment abortion procedure in which a baby is torn apart in the womb and removed piece by piece.   There is no humane abortion procedure, but since we might be able legally to ban this method, it needs to go.  It is risky to the woman in terms of harm the tools can cause and infection that is possible in a botched abortion.

Second, with the hearing deadline one week away, it is very important that you call your legislators again and let them know that Indiana does not need a politically correct “hate crime” law.  Tell them to say “no” to a hate-crime bill.  Indiana judges already have the best possible means of addressing hate crimes because they can enhance the sentence for ANY victim of a hate crime. They do not need the legislature sending them a preferred victims list for sentencing enhancements.

I am hearing that the Senate is the most likely to try to act on a hate crime measure within the next week.  Please call your Indiana State Senator today at 317-232-9400 and ask him/her to reject these hate crimes proposals.

You can call your State Representative at 317-232-9600.

You can find your legislator at this link:       http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/

Missing Persons & Human Remains

It might surprise you to learn that in 2017 there were 651,226 missing persons in the United States according to the National Crime Information Center.  Many of these cases date back years, if not decades. Many will be found alive, some may never be found, and others will be found dead.

There are many Hoosier families who are hoping and praying for lost loved ones to be found alive.  Others may be hoping for closure after years of searching for a lost family member who may be deceased.

Along a somewhat similar line, my family has an MIA/KIA who disappeared in North Korea after his plane went down on a reconnaissance mission less than a month before the war ended.  Large parts of his plane are in a communist museum in Pyongyang called the Victorious Fatherland Liberation Museum.  He, and his crew’s remains have never been returned. Finding them, decades later, would still be helpful to our family.

I mention this because Fort Wayne Representative Bob Morris is expected to offer an amendment this morning to a bill concerning funerals. His amendment concerns the proper identification, tracing, and notification of found human remains.

Never one to shy away from an issue, Rep. Morris has not written his amendment to exclude the possibility that found human remains could include an illegal abortion, a discarded infant, or fetal human.  This could cause a political firestorm, but one has to ask why a procedure regarding missing persons should not include all persons.

In Their Own Words:

          “Knowledge is, in every country, the surest basis of public happiness….to discriminate the spirit of liberty from that of licentiousness – cherishing the first, avoiding the last.”  – President George Washington, January 8, 1790, from his First Annual Message to Congress.

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Alert: IN State Senate Needs to Hear from You

Call your Legislator
The Battle over an Unnecessary Hate Crime Bill Pivots to the State Senate

Indiana has been in the middle of a liberal smear campaign for allegedly not having a “hate” or “bias” crime law.   Don’t let the media or liberal special interests drive our public policy.  Contact your State Senator an tell him that a “hate crime” bill is not needed.

For more than a decade Indiana judges have had the ability to enhance a sentence for any victim of a bias crime, when they deem it helpful.   There is no evidence that hate crimes are not already being effectively prosecuted in Indiana.

Multiple bills have been filed in the 2019 Indiana legislature creating a new hate crime statute. However, it seems likely that this issue is moving to the Indiana State Senate.

These proposals may limit justice to a politically-correct list of victims favored by the government.

Equal justice under law” is a principle etched in stone above the US Supreme Court entrance.  Under current practice, Indiana sentencing can address hate crimes for every targeted victim.

States with the kind of hate crime law being pushed by liberal activists actually have higher rates of hate crimes than Indiana.

AFA of Indiana opposes crimes against everyone. We believe justice belongs to all victims, not just for those on a favored list granting special protections for groups fitting a “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” category.

AFA has concerns regarding how hate crime laws have been cited against non-violent people who simply expressed their religious or traditional values.  These laws often lead to allegations of “hate speech.”   In America people are punished for what they do, not for what they think, say, or believe.

Please call your Indiana State Senator today at 317-232-9400 ask him to reject these hate crimes proposals.

You can find your State Senator at this link: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/

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