Indiana legislators convened yesterday for the ceremonial legislative session known as Organization Day. Several activists rallied against vaccine mandates and other issues of concern. (I was unable to attend as planned due to Covid sickness in my own home.) The start of the 2022 session in January is not far away, and AFA of Indiana will continue to strive to be your eyes and ears in the statehouse.
Kudos to Governor Holcomb
You have not seen me write many headlines like this about Governor Holcomb, but I want to applaud him when he at least signals something good for Hoosier families. (I’ve known Eric for over 20 years and always considered him a friend, even though I don’t often seem to agree with him now on policy. Still, I don’t like some of the personal attacks I sometimes hear against him. Politics is looking a lot like an MMA fight these days, and often it is not helpful. BTW – I personally think Christians should not really cheer on the ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ movement or its variant. I believe God calls us to respect those in authority.)
Last week I wrote about Indiana’s record revenues. In an interview with Indiana Public Radio this week the Governor said that tax cuts are being discussed as part of his legislative agenda in 2022 or 2023 (a budget year). With inflation at a 30-year high, this is a good move that could help a lot of Hoosiers.
Indiana Schools Warned about Political Activity
Speaking of applause, Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita has provided an official legal opinion (at the request of Sen. John Crane and Rep. Michelle Davis) for Indiana schools regarding Black Lives Matter whose flags, slogans, or banners have appeared in many classrooms.
The AG notes that “Black Lives Matter is unequivocally a political organization. Promoting or displaying some politically-based materials while prohibiting the promotion or display of others could create a liability for schools and could violate the First Amendment,” Rokita warned.
By adopting neutral policies regarding the display of signs and other materials, Attorney General Rokita states in the advisory opinion, educational leaders can help “ensure the focus remains on the mission of our schools — educating our children.”
Rep. Davis applauded the clarity provided in the opinion. “The political activism and controversial ideology of this group is dividing communities rather than uniting them. While schools should provide a well-rounded education that includes differing views and perspectives, it’s not their role to persuade students to believe in one ideology over another,” she stated.
Understaffed – The New Normal?
A new Pew Center report finds that in 42 states, including Indiana, there are more job openings than there are people looking for work. In Indiana, there are 1.5 job openings per unemployed Hoosier.
Parents Have Had Enough
Last week I mentioned how the Republican national party announced a new “Pride Coalition” with LGBT activists. You can let RNC chair Ronna McDaniel know your thoughts on this tone-deaf move here: https://www.gop.com/contact-us
A new poll from Harvard University has found a dramatic double-digit shift among Americans against the radical transgender agenda. A few years ago, some polls found that Americans were evenly divided on the issue. Now, after seeing what this agenda means to girls’ sports, bathroom safety, censorship, cancel culture, and woke extremism they are soundly rejecting it.
By a 62-38 margin, Americans don’t think people should be able to choose their own genders and pronouns. Seventy-two percent of Americans (including 62 percent of Democrats) say that there are only two genders.
These results fit with the Virginia elections where parents rose to protect their children from LGBT indoctrination in schools. CRT was a big part of this too, but any school board meeting discussing CRT also had parents complaining about the push for their children to experiment or support the risky LGBT sexual practices and radical political agendas.
The Family Research Council has an excelling analysis of this poll here: https://www.frcaction.org/updatearticle/20211110/new-poll
So Much for the Born this Way Argument
A new poll from Arizona Christian University has some shocking findings regarding the indoctrination of America’s youth. For decades the percent of those who identify with the homosexual lifestyle has consistently been less than 3% of the population. However, the LGBT agenda has now thoroughly saturated our nation’s schools, pop culture, media, politics, and society.
According to this new survey, 39% of young adults ages 18-24 self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning. This result, if anywhere close to accurate, blows holes in the claim that people are born homosexual, (something science has never confirmed.) Clearly, young people are choosing this lifestyle due to cultural conditions and moral anarchy.
One caveat to this poll is that this is a self-identification poll. The researchers note that 33% of those who identified as LGBT are actually in opposite-sex relationships. In other words, identifying as LGBT is so culturally supported that many are claiming this label while living in a heterosexual relationship. It is possible that bisexuality has seen a dramatic rise as only 3.7% in the poll are exclusively homosexual. If nothing else, sexual confusion is widespread according to these results. (A recent Gallup poll placed the LGBTQ number at only 5.6%.)
No matter the actual numbers, young people following this agenda place themselves at significantly elevated mental health, medical health, and spiritual health risks. (More than 7 in 10 in the Harvard survey admitted to searching for purpose in their life. Anxiety and depression levels were also very high, appearing in 40-70% of those surveyed.)
Not long ago, I wrote a fact sheet touching on just the tip of the iceberg of the personal dangers of the LGBT lifestyle. You can read that fact sheet, “The Dangers of Pride” here: http://afain.net/factsheets/fs_gay_pride.pdf
Another fact sheet we have is titled, “Born that way?” which looks at the science or lack thereof to the claim that homosexuality is inborn. You can read it here: https://afain.net/factsheets/are_people_born_gay.pdf
This poll also found that depending upon the demographic 48-63% of these individuals consider themselves spiritual or religious. What does the Bible say about this behavior? Some say it’s OK, others disagree. You can read more on that in our fact sheet here: https://afain.net/factsheets/gay_theology.pdf
In Their Own Words:
“That no man should scruple or hesitate a moment to use arms in defense of so valuable a blessing, on which all the good and evil of life depends, is clearly my opinion; yet arms … should be the last resource.” – George Washington
Take The Biden Quiz
Author and former Fox News host, Bill O’Reilly, has a revealing quiz he has created and shared on his website and in radio interviews. The quiz is rather persuasive for the average non-political person, independent, or swing voter who may have voted for Joe Biden because they didn’t like Donald Trump.
Here is his simple, but revealing 10-question quiz. Answer “Yes” or “No” in your mind. Each question starts with:
“Does it make sense . . .?”
1. Does it make sense to allow millions of foreign nationals to enter the USA unsupervised? (Yes or No)
2. Does it make sense to abandon Afghanistan completely, leading to human rights abuses by the Taliban?
3. Does it make sense to shut down the Keystone Pipeline and then turn around and ask Saudi Arabia to expand oil sales?
4. Does it make sense to support teaching Critical Race Theory in schools that divides children based on skin color?
5. Does it make sense for the federal government to spend so much money that inflation explodes?
6. Does it make sense to support no bail laws that allow criminals to commit more crimes?
7. Does it make sense to be one of only 7 countries in the world that allow unrestricted abortions?
8. Does it make sense to oppose requiring an ID to vote?
9. Does it make sense to say that white supremacists are a larger threat to the US than Jihadists?
10 Does it make sense for a President of the United State to accuse his own country of systemic racism?I was a “no” on all 10. You probably said “no” on most or all these too, but Joe Biden and his administration say “yes, these all make sense.” Think about that! No wonder this administration’s poll numbers have collapsed to their lowest point in his presidency with 62% of Americans saying we are headed in the wrong direction. (https://politicalwire.com/2021/10/13/most-americans-think-country-is-on-the-wrong-track/)
You may want to share these questions with others, just for fun and for their consideration.
Governor Loses Early Battle Over Executive PowersA court has ruled that the Indiana General Assembly can call a legislative session if the governor declares a statewide emergency. This is another step in the debate between Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and Indiana’s GOP-dominated Legislature.
The Marion Superior Court upheld House Bill 1123, which passed this spring after Holcomb’s veto and the legislature voted to override it.
The new law arose after criticism from conservatives about mask mandates and other COVID-19-related restrictions Holcomb imposed by repeated executive orders.
Governor Holcomb sued to stop the law, claiming only the governor can call a special session. In its ruling, the court said the Legislature had the authority to schedule its sessions. Some think that the Governor may appeal this ruling to a higher court.
Concerned Parents Are Not Terrorists
Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita has joined with 16 other state attorneys general in sending a letter to the President and US Attorney General Merrick Garlandabout the administration threatening parents who speak up at school board meetings.
“Hoosier parents have a First Amendment right to speak their minds to teachers, administrators, and school board members,” Attorney General Rokita said. “That’s why I’m demanding that the Biden administration immediately stop attempting to shut down parental participation through scare tactics and intimidation.”
Garland has called for the FBI and other federal law enforcement agents to fan out across the United States and monitor activities in the nation’s school districts to suppress what they deem unruly behavior. The Department of Justice is working with the National School Board Association, which has labeled parents who raise concerns about Critical Race Theory and the radical sexualization of children as “domestic terrorists.”
“Concerned parents passionate about their kids’ education are not terrorists,” Attorney General Rokita said. “The Biden administration and its special-interest allies need to dial down the rhetoric and respect the rights of parents to be heard.”Hoosier Gets Kudos for Presidential AppointmentIndiana Senator Todd Young recently congratulated former Senator Joe Donnellyfor his nomination by the Biden Admin to be US Ambassador to the Vatican. Young noted that Donnelly (D) is a “devout Catholic and longtime public servant, and I know he will serve our nation well and represent the best of our Hoosier values.”I am not knocking Senator Young for this kind gesture. It is nice when a Hoosier leader gets presidential recognition, but let’s be blunt for a moment. Moderate Democrats are like UFO’s . . . we hear a lot about them, but never seem to really see one. Former Senator Joe Donnelly was a pro-abortion, pro-same-sex marriage, pro-LGBT agenda, anti-school choice legislator. These are all major moral matters in conflict with the Catholic church.
For example, Donnelly went from being somewhat pro-life as a congressman to being flat-out pro-abortion later as a Senator. He moved farther from his faith on this core issue the longer he was in Washington, going from a 0% voting record with abortion advocates to an 80% pro-abortion voting record in just a few years.
I doubt that the Vatican is surprised by this, as President Biden, also considered a “devout Catholic,” is against his church on these moral issues.
Has Covid Vaccination Peaked in Indiana?
Last week, in an email I said that 70% of Americans are vaccinated for Covid-19 when I mentioned that more people have died from Covid under Joe Biden than Donald Trump, even though Covid likely played a big role in Trump’s election loss. While I saw this stat in a headline (President Biden announced 70% in early August), it may be inflated.
What about Hoosiers? Are we just over all this, and ready to move on? Do we question the effectiveness of the shot?
Perhaps. Indiana seems to be trailing behind the national average. Hoosiers rank 14th lowest in the country with 49% of all residents fully vaccinated for Covid, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The national rate average for full vaccination is at 56.4% according to the CDC.
The state health department’s tracking shows Indiana giving about 6,000 shots a day through last week, the lowest rate since December. Indiana peaked averaging more than 50,000 shots a day in April as the COVID-19 vaccines became widely available. It is unknown how many Hoosiers have natural immunity after having had Covid.In Their Own Words:
“I thought when I became a Christian I had nothing to do but just to lay my oars in the bottom of the boat and float along. But I soon found that I would have to go against the current.” – Dwight L. Moody
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