AFA-IN: Intolerant College Kids, Churches & Poverty

Churches Meeting Hoosier’s Needs


         A few years ago, I helped with the passage of a bill that would make it easier for social service agencies to work with churches.  The concept is called the Care Portal.  It makes needs known by the Department of Child Services known to churches that would like to help Hoosiers.  For example, a need for a baby crib or diapers, or other items within the welfare system would be made known through the online care portal.  Churches could then, if they like, provide those items through that system.
        You can see how the care portal works with an excellent video here: https://www.careportal.org
         The Indiana Care Portal is looking for Indianapolis area churches that may want to partner with this system.  If you are a church leader that would like to consider becoming a part of the Care Portal, let me know.


Biden Still Wins in Arizona Recount
         This headline is about all most Americans got from the mainstream news late last week when reporters gleefully saw the result they wanted.
         In November, Biden got 49.4%, to win the state’s 11 electoral votes, by about 10,000 votes more than Trump received out of over 3.3 million cast. Trump received 49.1%, according to the official results.   Those results flipped the red state to blue for the first time since 1996.
         A recounting of the same ballots is not an in-depth check of the validity of those ballots!  Doing that raises a different question of election integrity rather than just another count.  
         It is unfortunate that the Arizona question was devalued down to the sitting President and an alleged sore loser because there really was a significant news story here that deserved far better coverage out of respect for the law-abiding Arizona voter.

       The audit found that 17,126 voters voted twice, equating to a total of 34,448 duplicate ballots.

  • As many as 5,047 individuals voted in more than one county.
  • 393 voters cast ballots using incomplete names.
  • 198 individuals who registered after the Oct. 15 deadline voted anyway.
  • 2,861 voters shared a registration number with another voter.
  • 282 votes appeared to be cast in the names of dead voters.
  • 186 voters appeared to have duplicate voter IDs, both of which were presented at separate times.
       
      There were other numbers that raised integrity questions from the lengthy audit report.  Former President Trump put out a statement noting “ 23,344 mail-in ballots, despite the person no longer living at that address. Phantom voters! The official canvass does not even match who voted, off by 11,592—more than the entire Presidential Election margin.”
        Regardless of an election outcome, these types of problems should not happen in any state. American citizens deserve secure elections where not a single legal voter’s ballot is canceled out by questionable or fraudulent voters.


Justification for Bad Behavior

         
You are surely aware that free speech is under assault in America particularly on college campuses where liberalism runs rampant.  It is one reason why many parents question the benefit of spending a great deal of money to have their values undermined.
         How bad is it?  A new survey of the top 150 colleges in the U.S. has found that nearly 25% of students said it is acceptable to use violence to shut down a controversial speaker. The number jumps to nearly 50% at several elite women’s colleges. According to the survey, Claremont-McKenna College ranks best for free speech, DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana ranks the worst.
        The findings are based on the opinions of over 37,000 students at 159 of America’s largest and most prestigious campuses. The largest survey of campus free expression ever conducted was published in the 2021 College Free Speech Rankings, produced by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), College Pulse, and RealClearEducation.


        The survey found that students showed much greater intolerance toward campus speakers who held conservative views than liberal ones.  


        Many students expressed fear of sharing their views on social media or disagreeing with a professor.  “When a majority of students report that they’re fearful of speaking their minds and engaging in free debate,” Nathan Harden, editor of RealClearEducation, said, “the value of higher education is greatly diminished.”


It’s A Woman’s World . . . On Campus


       According to the latest figures from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center: as of spring 2021, women accounted for 59.5% of students attending colleges and universities nationwide. Among four-year private colleges, women now account for 61% of all students. Both figures represent new records.  If this current trend continues, within a few years there will be two women graduating from college for every one man.


       One could say “so what?”  Fifty years ago those numbers were flipped and few people complained.   However, as the Institute for Family Studies explains, this imbalance could have a negative role on marriage rates and children as college-educated women are less likely to marry men below their educational or economic status.   It is an interesting theory.  


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        “Aggressive fighting for the right is the noblest sport the world affords.” – Theodore Roosevelt


         



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AFA-IN: Family Divided by politics? Family Leave, Legislators return to Indy

They’re Back!

       The Indiana General Assembly goes back into session tomorrow to adopt the redrawn state legislative and federal Congressional districts.   The redrawing of districts to reapportion the same number of constituents per district (equal representation) occurs after every ten-year census.

      The party in the majority in the legislature draws the maps and they always draw them to favor or maintain their majority. The Republicans currently hold about 75% of Indiana’s legislative seats. The new maps reflect this breakdown. Seven of nine Congressional seats are held by Republicans. That won’t change with the new maps either.

      Some critics complain that these maps overstate the Republican vote statewide which is between 56-58%, but if the Democrats held even a 1 vote majority in either chamber, they too would draw maps to gain four or five seats. It is just a reality of holding political power.

      There are about six open seats in the new Indiana House maps. Many Hoosiers will have a new, or a different, State Representative in Indianapolis after the November 2022 election.   The new state Senate maps will be released today or tomorrow.

      Legislators are not expected to address any other issues beyond the adoption of the new maps while in session



Are Politics Dividing Families? 

         There is much talk of America being “polarized” or deeply divided over political issues.  Perhaps because of such news stories, or perhaps due to the coarse rhetoric of politics in an age when common courtesy and manners are in decline, one may assume that this divide runs deep and leads to relational problems. 

         You may have dreaded family holidays because of a political divide in your family. However, a new study finds that families being torn apart by politics are not nearly as common as the media may have you to believe. 

         New data from the American National Election Study, a seven-decade-long survey about campaigns and elections, show that narratives about family political turmoil have been overstated.  Thankfully, the overwhelming majority of Americans report that political differences in their homes or families have had little real impact on their relationships.

        The survey asked: “In the past four years, how much have political differences hurt your relationships with family members?”  Although 10% of the sample reported a moderate amount of harm to their family relationships due to political differences, the overwhelming majority said that the consequences of these differences were minimal: 18% said “a little” and 66% said, “not at all.” Only 6% said that this harmed their relationships “a little” (3%) or “a lot” (3%). 

         As for political identifications, most strong Democrats (79%) and most strong Republicans (85%) report little to no negative impact upon family relationships. 

         With this being said, a new Fox News poll finds that most Americans (54%) feel that our nation is more divided now than it was a year ago. 



More Dad’s Spending Time with Mom and Newborn

         Family leave is a topic that a lot of family policy groups discuss and debate the benefits versus the economic costs of different proposals.  As family leave becomes a perk that many businesses offer regardless of legislative actions, some interesting numbers are emerging about family leave now for new fathers too.   

        According to the US Census Bureau, an increasing percentage of men have taken leave during the 12 weeks following the birth of their first child.  In 1975 about 7.5% of men with first births took some form of leave. Today, 66.5% of first-time fathers take some form of leave.

       However, men are still significantly less likely to take some form of leave following the birth of their first child. Roughly 96% of women with first births after 2015 took some form of leave after their first child was born. 


More Moms Want to Work from Home 

       Recent findings from the Institute for Family Studies/Wheatley Institution survey of 2,500 American adults show that more than half (53%) of mothers say Covid-19 has made them more likely to prefer to work from home either most (34%) or half (19%) of the time.

       When FlexJobs surveyed 2,100 people between March and April who were still working remotely due to the pandemic, 60 percent of women identified better work-life balance and more control and flexibility over the work schedule as significant benefits from working at home. More than half (57%) said working from home meant they had more time to take care of themselves, cook healthier, and exercise.

       The pandemic presents the possibility of an entirely new work-family world—one in which both mother and father share childcare while they both work flexible schedules from home. Parents got a taste of it, and they want more. In fact, “flexible work + shared childcare” was the top choice for the best childcare arrangement for parents in the IFS/Wheatley survey. 

       Read more here: https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/women-want-to-work-from-home/


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       “No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States.”   – President George Washington, April 30, 1789



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On the Verge of a Pro-Life Victory in Indiana

Few Hoosiers may realize that the abortion industry has filed a major lawsuit challenging almost every recent pro-life measure added to our law books by the legislature.

Now, the abortion advocate’s gamble may have failed.  While lower courts sided with their request to place several commonsense measures on hold, they came up short last week.

Their lawsuit placed the following on hold:

  • a requirement that chemical abortions involve a physician;
  • a requirement that late-term abortions be performed in a hospital;
  • a requirement that counseling and informed consent questions prior to the abortion involve in-person consultation with a medical expert;
  • an in-person physical exam requirement before an abortion;
  • a prohibition of “telemed” (zoom mtg) for abortions.

The federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals unblocked these laws (prior to their formal ruling), based upon the state’s preliminary defense of them.   The court said, “[W]e hold . . . that existing precedents provide strong grounds for concluding that Indiana is likely to prevail on the contested issues.”

It is possible that the court could do something different when they officially rule, but this appears to be a good indication that our laws will withstand this liberal legal assault.

This is a huge affirmation for common sense medical care and abortion limitations that Indiana Right to Life, AFA of Indiana, and other groups fought to pass in the Indiana General Assembly.

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita said, “The appellate court’s decision in our favor at this juncture signifies the overall strength of our legal position. We would expect our commonsense laws to be upheld as the appeal continues. Protecting the culture of life is the top priority of my office, and we will continue fighting for every life alongside our legislative partners.”

Hold On Mr. President

Two top Hoosier leaders are pushing back on President Biden’s use of an OSHA regulation to force millions of people to choose between getting a Covid vaccine or losing their job, regardless of whether they have had Covid (natural immunity) or not.

Governor Eric Holcomb, who has often used the power of his office to push certain controversial Covid steps, said, “I believe the vaccine is the number one tool that will protect us and our loved ones against COVID-19. It is the tool that will end the pandemic . . . However, I strongly believe it’s not the state or federal government’s role to issue a vaccine mandate upon citizens and private businesses . . . it is fundamentally a citizen’s right to choose whether or not to get the vaccine.”

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita was even more forceful.  “My team and I, along with other like-minded attorneys general, are reviewing all legal action on how to stand against these authoritarian actions by the Biden administration.  We will be prepared to file suit if Biden seeks illegal actions restricting Hoosiers’ liberties,” he said.

Were Indiana’s Elections Accurate in 2020?

There is an incredible article posted by the Indiana Policy Review Foundation raising multiple questions about how voter rolls and election totals are verified or not verified in Indiana.   The article goes on to show some election results in Hamilton County that seem to defy common sense. . . unless you believe that support for Joe Biden was far stronger than that of Barack Obama.

The well-written article will likely get some pushback, but I think it raises some questions that deserve specific answers rather than a blanket dismissal.   You can read it here:  https://mailchi.mp/inpolicy/holcomb-wants-afghans-to-fall-in-love-with-indiana-487930?e=220ee228d8&fbclid=IwAR1xqP0ieyvvMQ6HgXfFbG5vfqBvRMfBKvBTrTeZhcNxXJrt92SaHvetVIM

The Media’s Favorite Kind of Crime

The media has long made a big deal about “hate crimes” which are crimes allegedly motivated based upon the victim’s race, gender, ethnicity, religion, or sexual lifestyle.  It is often hard to get into the mind of a criminal and come up with rational reasoning, but such crimes are tracked separately from other crimes.

All crime is tragic, but the media seems to like to make a big deal out of these as evidence of America being a racist, hate-filled, bigoted nation.   Almost every state, including Indiana, has passed specific laws addressing and tracking hate crimes.

A recent news story ranking hate crimes caught my attention.  It may surprise you to learn that Indiana ranks low in hate crimes at 1.3 for every 100,000 residents.  The national average is 2.6 for every 100,000.  Indiana ranks as the 15th lowest state for hate crimes. Interestingly, liberal states which seem obsessed with race, gender, and sexuality issues are among the worst for these crimes.  Washington, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Jersey are the top four worst states for hate crimes.  Neighboring Michigan is the fifth worse, Ohio is the 9th worst, whereas Illinois is the eighth lowest.

In comparison to the 87, or 1.3 hate crimes incidents per 100,000 residents in Indiana in 2019, there were 2,486 or 37.1 rapes per 100,000 Hoosiers.  There were 5,331 aggravated assaults or 85.7 per 100,000 Hoosiers.  In 2019, there were 132,694 property crimes in Indiana, or 1,971 per 100,000 Hoosiers.

A More Accurate Covid Count

The Centers for Disease Control appears to have quietly admitted that the Covid tests may have inflated the virus count.  The widely used PCR tests seem to do a good job finding even the smallest traces of Covid, but they also seem to have difficulty differentiating between it and the flu.

Some have noted that the CDC estimated that in 2019 between 24,000 and 62,000 Americans died of influenza.  However, in 2020, during the Covid pandemic, flu deaths dropped to such a low level that it raised questions, even with the mitigation efforts in place for Covid that probably protected us from the flu too.   Last year, reportedly, only 646 people died from the flu.

At the end of this year, upon recommendation by the CDC, a new test will appear that can differentiate between the SARS Covid virus and influenza viruses.

In Their Own Words:

“The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.” – H.L. Mencken

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AFA-IN: IN Test Score Flop, Hoosier Statesman, Work from Home?

Bad News from the Statehouse

         Last week, during a summer study committee, several legislators from the House and Senate Education Committees looked at the results of the ILEARN statewide student assessment.   (ILEARN replaced the ISTEP test.)  Legislators may want to give ILEARN a better name after this.

         According to the test administered in the Spring, only 28.6% percent of Indiana’s public-school students received a passing grade in English and math.  This is down nearly ten points from two years ago when 37% of Indiana students scored proficient in both math and English. None of the grade levels tested in grades 3 through 8 had a majority of students passing these two essential subjects.

         The news was even worse for African American students.  Only 17% in grades 3 through 8 passed the English test.  Only 12% passed the math test.  In 2019 24.7% of Indiana’s black students passed the English test and 22.5% passed the math test.

         Virtual learning due to Covid can take some of the blame for the declines, but not all.  Almost half of Indiana schools had more than 90% of students in schools for in-person learning all year in 2020-2021 and almost 80% of schools in the state had more than 60% of students in-person all year.  Only 5% of schools in the state had more than 50% of students who were learning virtually all year.

         There is a bigger problem here than Covid.  For years, only 37% of Indiana’s students have passed the national NAEP test in English, math, and science.  (This is about the same as the national average for NAEP.)

         Many legislators from both parties were upset by these results. They asked the Superintendent of Public Instruction what our schools have been spending their time teaching.  This is the same question a lot of parents have been asking school boards concerning critical race theory and social and emotional learning programs.   

         In defense of schoolteachers, for years legislators, social service advocates, and other education special interest groups have pushed things upon teachers that have little do with reading or writing as a means of fixing social issues from the breakdown of the family.  Many teachers may feel like adequate time for the fundamentals of education has been crowded out with a host of other requirements and expectations placed upon them. 
Speaking of Education

         In 1973, only about 13,000 children in the United States were educated at home.  As of March of 2021, about 5 million children, or roughly 8% of students, are home-educated.   In 2019, a report from the US Department of Education found that 41% of home-school students were Black, Asian, Hispanic, or non-White/non-Hispanic.

         Home-schooled students typically score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests.

A True Hoosier Statesman

         On Friday, Republican State Senator Dennis Kruse (Auburn) announced that he would not seek re-election in 2022.   

         When I was just out of college in 1990, I did an internship in the Indiana House of Representatives.  Dennis was a new member of the House.  We hit it off immediately.  For over 30 years, Dennis has been one of my closest friends in the legislature.  He is a quiet giant, and the epitome of a kind, Christian statesman, who lives out his faith in the public square.  

         I could fill several weeks of AFA-IN emails about the qualities of this man and the battles he has courageously fought as an economic and social conservative.   Dennis has been responsible for a great many positive public policies in place today.

        If ever there was a person who fulfilled the writings of the apostle Paul about running the race and fighting the good fight of faith it is Dennis Kruse.  You would not know it from some of the news stories trying to paint him as a far-right extremist, but legislators on both sides of the political aisle admire and respect Dennis.  He will no doubt receive a lot of accolades from legislators on the floor of the House and Senate at the end of the session this Spring.  He deserves every one of them.  I will miss him greatly following this next session.

        One interesting bit of trivia about Senator Kruse.  I believe that he was the first, perhaps the only, legislator in the nation to serve as the chairman of an education committee who was also a home school parent.  Among other things, Dennis, sometimes single-handedly in that leadership position, protected the freedoms of home school families.


A Pro-Family Benefit from Covid

         A new study from the Wheatly Institution finds that one benefit of the Covid pandemic is a possible reset for parents.  They are looking more toward home.  More than half of parents with children under age 18 said that COVID-19 has made them more likely to prefer working from home, either most of the time (33%) or half of the time (20%).  Over half of fathers said the coronavirus pandemic has made them more likely to prefer working from home. A majority (53%) of mothers would prefer to work from home most or half of the time.

        The study also found that full-time center-based childcare, the arrangement most often discussed in the public policy arena, was only desired by 11% of parents.  Most families who currently have a stay-at-home parent (57%) are practicing what they believe is the best arrangement for their families. Some families with children under age 5 who currently have one parent at home full-time have a desire for more paid work. However, instead of sending their kids to daycare full time (8%), these parents were more likely to prefer working flexible hours and sharing childcare responsibilities (23%).   

        You can read more about this here:  https://ifstudies.org/blog/homeward-bound-the-work-family-reset-in-post-covid-america


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       “If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that, too.” — Somerset Maugham

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Private Education Expands in Indiana
         A new report by Chalkboard Review has found that following Covid mandates, academic concerns, and numerous CRT or sexual content controversies, private schools are growing significantly in Indiana with the start of this new school year.
         The report found that of the 319 private schools in Indiana, 288 have seen some growth, and 154 have seen a significant enrollment increase between the 2020-2021 and the 2021-2022 school year. According to new enrollment data, 49 private schools saw at least a 150 percent increase from the previous year’s roster.  Many private schools in Indiana have waiting lists of students wanting to enroll.
         According to the publication Education Week, “America’s public school system lost almost 1.3 million students this year” to private schools or home education.


         Several specific private schools are mentioned with specific growth numbers in this news article:  https://www.dailywire.com/news/report-indiana-students-are-flocking-to-private-schools-homeschooling


Is Gun Violence the Real Crime Problem?


         It is certainly understandable that shootings make the news headlines compared to less dramatic (though still harmful) criminal incidents.  In a recent email I noted, for example, that Indianapolis is headed for a record number of homicides, many of which involve illegal firearms.   


         However, here is an interesting factoid.  While firearms are used in the majority of homicides, guns are only used in 9% of all violent criminal acts.  The vast majority of rapes, other sex crimes, and robberies involve other weapons or no weapon.  If it were possible to ban firearms, (it is not), that action would have no impact upon 91% of the crimes that occur in America.


Have You Ever Wondered?
         If you are a parent and marveled at your infant as one of the most beautiful, wonderful things in your life, you may have thought about the issue of abortion and wondered how a mother could choose an abortion after having children.   
         The abortion industry often claims that abortion is somewhat normal for women who have children already.  For example, this appears on Planned Parenthood’s web page:


         “Deciding to have an abortion doesn’t mean you don’t want or love children. In fact, 6 out of 10 people who get abortions already have kids — and many of them decide to end their pregnancies so they can focus on the children they already have.”
         This is a lie.  According to a massive new study over 15 years, involving nearly 8 million pregnancies, it is rare for a mother to abort after having a child, particularly among poor women, which is another misperception.   Researchers found that out of nearly five million women on Medicaid with at least one pregnancy, less than 6% had both births and abortions.   
         The researchers also found that, contrary to another claim by abortion activists, women almost never use abortion as a means to space their children apart.


         Abortion is in no way a normal part of motherhood.


Just a Coincidence?
         The following nine states, Connecticut, Nevada, New York, Hawaii, California, New Jersey, Illinois, D.C., Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia have the highest unemployment rates in the nation.


         They have something else in common too.  They are all governed by a Democrat.


         Nebraska, Utah, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Idaho, Vermont, Alabama, Kansas, Montana, and Oklahoma have the 10 lowest unemployment rates.  All, except for Kansas, are governed by a Republican.


         There is an old saying in the public policy world. It is: “What you subsidize you get more of.”  All of the high unemployment states are continuing their participation in the federal government’s enhanced unemployment benefits program.


Resources from AFA of Indiana
         Last week I mentioned a page where we have policy papers, we call fact sheets.  These are more in-depth looks at issues with what we hope are educational and persuasive pieces.  We have added several more to this list, including one of my favorites on the true meaning of liberty, at this link: http://www.afain.net/factsheets2/


         If you would like to know what AFA of Indiana is all about, here is a short 3-minute promotional video on us: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lN4Em2TsNM


Election Integrity Presentation  
        Polls are showing that a majority of Americans are concerned about the security of our recent and future elections. There will be a presentation in Noblesville by Dr. Douglas Frank, PHD on Thursday August 26th at 7 PM at Life Church on 2200 Sheridan Road on this topic and his recent reviews of certain state outcomes.  The event is free, but donations will be possible at the event.  Seating is limited.



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       “Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice and is as necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families.” — Dr. Benjamin Rush (1773)


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AFA-IN: Women’s Rights Hurts Women; Election Fraud

     NOTE:  Thank you to those who contacted Senator Todd Young about the infrastructure bill.  While he had voted to move the bill forward earlier, and it will pass due to 18 weak, big-spending liberal Republicans, Young changed his position over the weekend to a “no” vote.  Indiana Senator Mike Braun stood strong, opposing this boondoggle the entire time.  (The Democrat Party has moved so far to the left that there really aren’t any centrist Democrats in the Senate who won’t advance socialism or far-left social causes like the LGBT junk in this bill.  All 50 will vote with Sen. Chuck Schumer on this.)   I know this is disappointing.  Nevertheless, thank you.  All we can do as Hoosiers is influence our own Indiana delegation, and you did that! 

Do as I Say, Not as I Do


         I doubt that many people in America pay much attention to our nation’s “climate czar” John Kerry.   I am sure he often lectures audiences promoting the alarmist message of climate change and how people should change their lifestyle to be more environmentally conscious. (Legitimate environmental concerns are far more of a problem for places like China and India than they are for the US.)
         At least one group has noted that Kerry has flown on his $1 million private jet 16 times already this year.  They note that private jets like his emit 40 times more emissions than commercial aircraft according to a 2019 report by aviation firm Honeywell Aerospace.


It’s a Bigger Issue than Many Politicians May Know
         Last week there was an interesting photo circulating on Facebook of the Indiana Secretary of State’s booth at the Indiana State Fair.  It was a picture of a large sign stating that Indiana’s voting machines are secure and independently audited after every election.  I found it curious. Why was the sign made and prominently displayed?  


         This may answer why.  In a new poll from Rasmussen, an overwhelming 90% of those surveyed say that it is important to end cheating before the next election.  Contrary to some in the media and many liberal politicians, 74% of those surveyed support requiring a photo ID to vote.  They rate it a “reasonable measure” to prevent cheating. Moreover, 60% of those polled believe that politicians opposing a photo ID want cheating to continue. 


         Rassmussen noted that voters “are concerned about it [cheating] intensely,” but most do not think it was large enough to have changed the 2020 presidential election. 


         Some states are considering forensic audits of the past election. This, plus election security measures like photo ID, (where needed) and verification of mail in ballots, might do a lot to restate national confidence in our elections.


Resources from AFA of Indiana
         Part of the American Family Association of Indiana’s mission statement is to “educate and activate” Hoosiers.   We have over two dozen policy papers we call fact sheets.  These are more in-depth looks at issues with what we hope are educational and persuasive pieces.  We have a landing page where we are posting these one-page items (a couple of sheets are front and back) that you can print out and use.   For example, I just added a new sheet titled “What is Political Conservatism?” taken from an author who had a great influence years ago on leading conservatives like William F. Buckley and Ronald Reagan. 
         We will be posting more each week, but you can see 10 of them now at this link: http://www.afain.net/factsheets2/
         If you would like to know what AFA of Indiana is all about, here is a short 3-minute promotional video on us: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lN4Em2TsNM


Go Woke, Go Broke
         Americans may be sending their own personal countercultural message to the woke sports crowd.  Ratings for the NBA and other sports outlets have crashed since the politicization of sports has risen.  So has the viewership of the Summer Olympics where some athletes have disparaged our flag. 


         NBC’s Saturday night telecast of the Olympics hit the lowest number on record, according to Sports Media Watch.  They wrote:  


         “The Saturday audience ranks as the smallest on record for any night of competition at a Summer Olympics, falling below the previous mark of 15.0 million set last Wednesday.  The Tokyo Olympics now accounts for eight of the nine smallest primetime Summer Olympics audiences this century.”


        Many have predicted that sale of the television rights to the next Olympics will go for far less following this decline in viewership. 


Women’s Rights = Fewer Women


         A new study from BMJ Global Health is warning that abortion is creating a shortage of women in the world.  They write:


        “Skewed levels of the sex ratio at birth (SRB) due to sex-selective abortions have been observed in several countries since the 1970s,” declares an August 4 studypublished in BMJ Global Health. “They will lead to long-term sex imbalances in more than one-third of the world’s population with yet unknown social and economic impacts on affected countries.”


         By 2030, just nine years from now, they estimate that sex-selection abortions will account for 4.7 million fewer women in the world.   This is ironic given that abortion is often framed as a women’s rights issue, yet women are the most harmed by the practice. 
         


In Their Own Words:
        “If you ask an American, who is his master? He will tell you he has none, nor any governor but Jesus Christ.”  – Jonathan Trumbull, the British governor of Connecticut appointed by King George. Trumbull became sympathetic with the American cause in the 1770s.

TEST: AFA-IN: Crime Time Indy, Is God Judging the US?

Indianapolis Breaks the Wrong Record


         If you live in central Indiana and it seems as though almost every nightly news story involves another shooting in Indianapolis, you are correct.  Indianapolis now exceeds even Chicago in the homicide rate per 100,000 residents.  The Chicago rate, which is notorious and the subject of a lot of attention, is 8 homicides per 100,000.  The Indianapolis rate is 10.6 per 100,000.   Indianapolis’ homicide rate is roughly 30% higher than a year ago.  Indy is on track to exceed 300 homicides by the end of the year.

       Why?  Here is one possible answer.
       “We have a broken system of criminal justice that is not holding known offenders accountable at the time, and then we see that they repeat these cycles of violence. We’re seeing repeat known convicted violent felony offenders being cycled right back out into the neighborhoods,” said Rick Snyder with the Fraternal Order of Police.
       The Mayor of Indianapolis, Joe Hogsett is a former federal prosecutor. Many are wondering why, with that background, crime has become such a problem in our capitol city under Hogsett’s tenure.


The Traditional Family is Far from Dead


       For the first time in many years, the number of two-parent homes has risen 70%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  One reason for this may be due to difficult financial times.


      “Americans have kind of realized at some level that having a stable family and having a marriage as an anchor for them and for their kids is particularly crucial in a day and age when there’s so much financial instability,” notes Professor Brad Wilcox, a sociologist from the University of Virginia.


      In writing today’s email, I read a report that divorces have declined in a five-state study during Covid.  The researchers speculated that the recent and ongoing economic turmoil may have made divorce less of an option.


       Another story from Tim Goeglein, a policy expert with Hoosier roots, details more the specific improvements by demographic group. He includes a jarring stat revealing just one reason why the make-up of the family is so important:


      “Four out of every five Black children raised by a single mother live at or below the poverty line.”


A Question for Our US Senators


         You may have heard a new set of radio ads from an environmental group asking people to call Indiana Senator Todd Young to vote with Democrats in support of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.  I think a better phone call would involve a question.  Is Senator Young going to personally read the 2,700-page bill before he votes for it?  (Is that even possible?)  It seems as though that should be a basic requirement for such a massive bill when certain reports claim that there is a whole lot more wasteful spending and liberal social issues in it than just infrastructure projects.

Breaking News:  And then there is this!  Late last night, an email alert from the Family Research Council found that the “infrastructure” bill has a poison pill harming religious freedom.   They warn:

   “Besides the enormous price tag, this bill advances an aggressive leftist agenda that seeks to mandate an ideology about marriage and human sexuality across the nation. It does this by elevating “sexual orientation and gender identity” (SOGI) to protected classes in federal law. Time and again, people of faith have found themselves targeted by so-called SOGI laws; florists, bakers, and t-shirt makers were only the start. More recently we have seen the harmful effects this agenda has on women as it seeks to mandate gender identity ideology which strips women of their rights, privacy, and safety.”

        This has nothing to do with roads or bridges!

      Send Senators Todd Young and Mike Braun an email on this by clicking here:  https://frc.quorum.us/campaign/34553/

    Call Senator Young to ask him to vote “no” on the infrastructure bill at:  (202-224-5623

    Call Senator Braun to ask him to vote “no” on the infrastructure bill at:  (202) 224-4814

Is God’s Judgement Upon America?


         In looking around at the moral decline and the utter foolishness that is upon our nation, I often shake my head at what is happening.  (Yesterday morning, a legislator sent me a news story about California considering requiring feminine products in men’s restrooms on state college campuses.)
         While we are called to be light in the darkness, and found faithful to the truth, regardless of what is happening, I see nothing wrong with wondering if God is judging this nation. Here is an excellent short article on this from editorial cartoonist Gary Varvel, for your consideration:



Prominent Pastor Gives a Compassionate Message on CRT


         Dr. Tony Evans has long been one of my favorite radio preachers and Christian authors. He recently gave a very thoughtful sermon to his mostly black congregation in response to numerous questions he is receiving on Critical Race Theory.   

         I greatly respect Dr. Evans, and while I think he could have hammered a few problems with the foundations of CRT and its revisionist history of America a little more, he did an excellent job in just 45 minutes explaining CRT facets and calling the church to an understanding of racial concerns in his unique way, as well as our higher spiritual calling that supersedes race.   This message is a well balanced view of an issue that is dividing not just America, but churches too.  You can hear Dr. Evans sermon here:  https://sermon-mp3s.s3.amazonaws.com/Wednesday+Sermons/Audio+MP3s/2021/20210714-TruthAboutCriticalRaceTheory.mp3


        Speaking of CRT and its divisiveness, a new billboard is set to appear in a few days on the 465 loop around Indianapolis, on the northwest side of the city.   Here is a picture of that board.
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A Significant Change in Education Demographics


         The number of kids who home school is slightly lower as my two head off to college in a few weeks.   However, this is certainly no dent in home education.   A new report finds that even though many public schools will soon reopen for in-person instruction, the percentage of parents who are choosing to educate their children has jumped dramatically.


         According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the percent of students who will be educated at home has doubled from 5.4% in the spring of 2020 to 11.1% today.   Prior to the pandemic, the number was 3.3%.  The Bureau distinguished between households that were reporting true home education rather than virtual or remote learning from a public school.


        Interestingly, one of the biggest surges is among African American families where the rate has jumped from 3.3% to 16.1%.   


         “The global Covid-19 pandemic has sparked new interest in homeschooling and the appeal of alternative school arrangements has suddenly exploded,” wrote Casey Eggleston and Jason Fields for the Census Bureau.    


        One also has to wonder if the things many parents have observed remotely, such as critical race theory or radical sexual ideologies, have caused more to want to ensure that their values are being conveyed to their children rather than being undermined by leftist activists in the schools.


Whose-her Least Favorite Congressman?


         You have probably heard that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi threw a temper tantrum when she saw that Indiana Congressman Jim Banks, head of the influential Republican Study Committee, was among five Republicans chosen to be a part of another “investigation” into the January 6th protests in the capitol building.  In an unprecedented move, the Speaker denied the minority party the ability to appoint their desired members to a committee, particularly Jim Banks.


         There is a rumor reported in The Hill newspaper that Speaker Pelosi was furious upon learning that Congressman Banks intended to call the head of the Capitol Police Union, a loud critic of the security failures on January 6th, to testify as a GOP witness.  Such testimony could point back to Pelosi’s office role in event security.


         In response to the Speaker’s blocking him, the Fort Wayne area Congressman said, “They were never interested in asking the questions that mattered about January 6.  They wanted this to be a political witch hunt from the very beginning to go after Donald Trump, to go after Republicans in Congress, and to go after 75 million people who voted for Donald Trump.”


An Effort to Protect Life & Taxpayers Blocked Again


         A few years ago, Harvard University and Politico, two entities that can hardly be called conservative, did a poll that found strong opposition to taxpayer funding of abortion.   It found nearly 6 in 10 voters (58%) oppose federal tax dollars being used for abortion.  While supporters of tax-funded abortions, (most often through Medicaid) believe such funding is helpful to poor women, the lower the income demographic, the stronger the opposition to taxpayer funding polled.
         President Biden has repeatedly pledged to support tax-payer funding, which is a change from his past position as a Senator.  
         Lifenews recently noted that Republican-led efforts to protect the Hyde Amendment, which prevents such funding of abortion, have been blocked by Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.  She has blocked a vote to preserve the Hyde Amendment 38 times.


It is Curious what the Media Ignores
         There was a very positive, citizen-led event not long ago in our nation’s capitol.  Washington, DC has lots of members of the media.  Still, I doubt that you heard anything about this in the news.   The event was a “Black Fathers Matter” parade.  Here is a very good editorial about this and why it mattered.




Weight, Indiana Ranks Where?


            Here is a state ranking for a national problem that crosses state boundaries and has a wide variety of causes.  The obesity rate in America is now 29.7%.  To make matters worse, almost half of all US adults are projected to be obese by 2030 according to estimates published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
         Indiana ranks 10th highest in adult obesity with 33.9% of adult Hoosiers having a body mass index placing them in the obese category.  
         Interestingly, one contributor to obesity is a lack of sleep which impacts hormone balance.  Indiana ranks high also in sleep deprivation (14th) with 38% of Hoosiers saying that they do not get enough sleep.


A Ghastly Idea

       An activist for assisted suicide has written a criticism of limits on doctor-assisted suicide in the few states that allow this practice.  In her criticism, Katie Englehart, admits that her goal is to pass laws allowing doctors to harvest organs (before the patient dies) as the means of assisted suicide, rather than life-ending drugs.  (Basically, she wants to allow killing people under anesthesia as doctors remove organs for procurement.)  She doesn’t address the problem of incentivizing premature death or even murder that this idea could cause for the sake of procuring a liver or a heart.


In Their Own Words:
       “Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice and is as necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families.” — Dr. Benjamin Rush (1773)





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AFA-IN: “We don’t teach CRT” – Patriotism Polling

Not Even the Liberal Media Can Hide Biden’s Failure Here
         Despite studies showing the Biden Administration has received more favorable and less negative news coverage than any president since Bill Clinton in 1993, not even a fawning media can hide some obvious failures from America.
         A new poll from, of all places, ABC and The Washington Post found that nearly half of all Americans (48%) disapprove of the Biden Administration’s handling of crime issues.  Only 38% approve.   Contrary to the dominant media narrative, 55% of those polled believe increasing funding for police is a better approach than more gun control laws.  Likewise, African Americans were twice as likely to say that crime is a problem than any other racial demographic.   


         Republicans have a 15-point polling advantage on this issue in the Midwest. In the suburbs, they have a 10-point advantage over Democrats on the issue of crime.


         Regarding one specific crime, the poll found that only 33% of Americans say they approve of how President Biden is handling illegal immigration on the southern border.



Hoosiers Like Fireworks
         A study of spending on fireworks per person places Indiana among the top ten highest states for resident spending.   Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Alabama, and South Carolina were the five highest states where residents spent the most on fireworks   Hoosiers came in 9th, just ahead of Ohio.  


Nah, We’re Not Teaching Critical Race Theory
         Many frustrated parents, who overheard their children’s zoom classes or read their class materials during Covid, are now being told by many Indiana school superintendents and school boards that their school is not embracing divisive and corrupt racial theories. Far-left news stations like MSNBC and CNN are claiming CRT is just a right-wing boogeyman.  
        Another new poll may be an indication that CRT is far more pervasive and has been around for several years in schools across America.  While most Americans are patriotic, only 36% of young people aged 18-24 said they were very or extremely proud to be an American.  This is the only demographic polled in which pride fell below 50%.   A virtually identical percentage (35%) of this group said that they were not proud at all, or only slightly proud to be an American.
       In contrast, 86% of those 65 and older said they were very or extremely proud to be an American. Among those aged 45-64, 75% said they were very or extremely proud to be an American.
       Clearly, something has gone wrong among those most recently leaving high school.


       Political ideology has a lot to do with these findings. Conservatives (81%) as a group were more extremely/very proud to be American than moderates (66%) and liberals (55%).  


       Interestingly too, married women are far prouder (70%) to be American, than single women (51%).  Overall, 81% of men were very or extremely proud compared to women (65%).


       Much has been made of racial divisions over the past year. Many in that movement thrive on fostering a hatred of America.  Perhaps, it is not too surprising, at this time, that only 56% of Blacks and Hispanics are very proud to be Americans compared to 73% of whites. However, only 7% of Blacks and 9% of Hispanics say they are not proud at all of their nationality.


Allegedly, Indiana Ranks Low on Independence


         A new study looking at nearly 40 indicators ranks Indiana as among the most dependent states in the nation.  The self-reliance indicators included things like vice (drugs, tobacco, gambling, TV and social media time, etc.) government dependency, and personal finance.  
        The Wallet Hub survey noted: “Indiana is the sixth-least independent state. It has high foreclosure and bankruptcy rates, which translate to the financial dependency of its residents,” WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez said. “The state also depends a lot on the federal government and has the largest share of occupied subsidized housing units.”  


Who Are You?


         Here is a 3-minute video about the American Family Association of Indiana:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lN4Em2TsNM
In Their Own Words:
       “A government that can crush someone like Barronelle, who kindly served her gay customer for nearly a decade, but simply declined to create art celebrating one sacred ceremony, can use its power to crush any of us, regardless of our political ideology or views on important issues like marriage.”  
       – Kristen Waggoner, General Counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom which represented Christian florist, Barronelle Stutzman.  Last week, the US Supreme Court refused to take up Stutzman’s case, effectively allowing the state of Washington to close her business and to impose massive fines for her refusal to participate in a homosexual wedding.  This will cause Mrs. Stutzman, (who is in her mid-70s), to lose her home, her retirement funds, and her life savings.  Justices Alito, Gorsuch and Thomas wanted to take up her case, but a required fourth Justice did not join them.




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