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:

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:

On Monday we did a podcast with the director of Resermon, a long time friend, Chris Mann.  You can hear that conversation here:

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:

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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