ISSUES

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2009 Texas Legislative Summary

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Legal Cases on Faith, Family & Freedom issues:  https://texaslegislativeupdate.wordpress.com/?s=court

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Texas Legislative Summary:  Taxes Rejected, Family Values Protected- 2009 Texas Legislative Summary

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Childrens’ & Parental Rights At Stake-CPS Expansive of Power Needs to Stopped-Thank You Gov. Perry For  the VETO of SB 1440!

SB 1440, which is an unconstitutional attack on children and parental rights as a result of a drastic 4 page amendment on the last days of the session, has still not been acted on by Gov. Perry.  Children should not be torn from their homes and be traumatized because of an uncorroborated, anonymous tip.  Gov. Perry has just a few days left to sign or VETO SB 1440.  click here to read more about this issue details from previous posts. https://texaslegislativeupdate.wordpress.com/2009/06/08/parental-rights-in-jeopardy-ask-gov-perry-to-veto-sb-1440/

Today, a broad coalition of groups sent a letter urging Gov. Perry to VETO SB 1440.  Click here for Letter to Gov. Perry SB1440 VETOrequest TheHonR Perry 06 15 09

Click here to see the long list of very diverse groups/entities/persons calling for a VETO of SB 1440(we keep updating it as it keeps growing!): VETO SB1440

Also, in the letter is a statement from the House Sponsor of SB 1440, Rep. Jerry Madden (R-Plano) who now says he expects for Gov. Perry to VETO SB 1440 and that a mistake was made by accepting the amendment with the unconstitutonal language.  Please call Rep. Madden and thank him (512) 463-0544.

Please Call Gov. Perry TODAY and ask him to VETO SB 1440  (512)-463-2000.

2009 Texas Legislative Session Summary

From the front lines of the Texas Legislature:  Despite a change in D.C. and a more liberal coup in the Texas House (which helped many dangerous have progress that would have previously never moved an inch), there is good news to report, but also some unfinished business. 

Taxes:  The business/franchise tax now exempts from the tax, businesses with a revenue of less than $1 million and property tax appraisers now must include foreclosure sales when computing the market value of a homestead.  Also, TEA Party groups, FMF and others, helped end the local-option transportation tax on the last day. This was HUGE!

Science Prevails, Censorship Rejected: We answered the call and defeated efforts to censor and ban discussion and criticism of evolution in the classroom, before the SBOE.   This issue was intertwined with the Legislature as House members signed a letter supporting our position and filed a bill to protect these freedoms, if necessary. Over 10,000 emails and many phone calls made a difference!  This affects 4 million students and was covered internationally!

 State Board of Education (SBOE) Attacked: FMF fought successfully against liberal bills that stripped textbook and curriculum authority away from the elected SBOE and another, HB 710, would have taken power away from the voters to decide the future and existence of SBOE members and the entity itself.  We were the key to the demise of these and many other SBOE attack bills, with your help. We are outraged that SBOE Chairman, Don McLeroy, was blocked from confirmation by 11 Democrat Senators. Despite our best efforts to the contrary, the Senate discussion focused on his Christian beliefs and the opinion of the N.Y. Times.  Outrageous.

Planned Parenthood Failed Takeover of Texas Sex Ed:  Planned Parenthood and other groups put all their efforts toward forcing Texas students to learn more about condoms, contraception, and various sexual lifestyles, and less about abstinence.  Almost every day at the Capitol, you could see small groups of women and children carrying Planned Parenthood bags, working on this issue.  But, we provided key testimony and documentation and pulled together a strong and united coalition of groups across the state in opposition to these bills, which we defeated.

New Hate Crimes  Law for Children? Not On Our Watch: Can you image your ten year-old child being charged with a “hate crime”?  That’s the bill that almost became law this session, HB 824.  This bill passed the full House, and passed the Senate State Affairs Committee.  Just last week, it was one step away from heading to Gov. Perry’s desk before we were finally able to stop it.  We also stopped a hate crimes bill and a “bullying” bill that would have given special class protection to “transgender’ persons.

Pro-Life, Pro-Family Legislation: Some Gains, Some Setbacks:  The Pro-Life Lobby Day was a huge success with hundreds of you in attendance.  The Ultrasound and Choose Life license plate bills had a majority of support by the House & Senate, but the Ultrasound bill was blocked by liberal delays related to Voter I.D. and the Choose Life plate fell victim to political posturing on the last day. Adult Stem cell treatment and research funding of $5 million will continue and the Alternatives to Abortion fund was increased from $5 to $8 million. Adult Stem Cell and Divorce Reform bills ran out of time before a House vote.  We also stifled efforts to undermine parental and informed consent and embryonic stem cell/cloning bills

Attack on Voters Guides & Others Dangerous Legislation Averted:  HB 2511, which we were able to stop after it passed out of the House, would have had a dramatic negative impact on our voters guide.  I even heard one legislator tell me that he was working on a way to ban our Voters’ Guides from being passed out in churches, something federal law clearly protects!  We also knocked down efforts to create a new Infanticide law (mother who murders her infant could have receive only 6 months jail time if she claimed postpartum stress, currently this is a Capitol Murder crime) and multiple bills that sought to bring casino gambling to Texas. 

14 Responses to ISSUES

  1. John P. Gibson says:

    Where do we go from here? That’s the question we’ve been asking repeatedly over the past year because we feel that we have lost the power to be heard by our government.

    While many Americans are looking to the new president to turn things around, you and I both know that the problems facing this nation will never truly be solved by politicians. We can’t afford to sit around waiting for politicians to make things better, because that won’t happen. The solution rests with you and me. Indeed, we must never discount the part that ordinary citizens play in our nation’s future. You and I, as citizens of this land, are an important part of the process by which our nation’s leaders will make pivotal decisions about the future of our country.

    As Robert F. Kennedy observed in a 1966 address at the University of Cape Town: “Everything that makes man’s life worthwhile–family, work, education, a place to rear one’s children and a place to rest one’s head–all this depends on decisions of government; all can be swept away by a government which does not heed the demands of its people.”

    Thus, we must make sure our government officials hear us–and the way to do that is by never giving up, never backing down and never remaining silent. Attend school board and city council meetings. Write letters to the editor of your local newspaper. Contact your government representatives. Most importantly, partner with groups who oppose injustice and stand strong for the things that matter. We have a voice to the nation. And we can speak truth in the battle for our God-given freedoms.

    We strongly believe that the time to act is right now. The future, so to speak, is in our hands. What we do today will determine whether the America we love will survive as a free and moral nation. That’s why we not only continue to speak out against injustice but actively stand in defense of those who are exercising their precious freedoms such as John Miska, the Vietnam veteran who was threatened with arrest for distributing Buddy Poppies on the National Mall in Washington, DC, and the many others you can read about in this month’s Faith and Freedom by the Rutherford Institute.

    As Kennedy reminded his listeners, “Each time a man stands for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

  2. Message to the Texas Legislation: Don’t even think about introducing an Ammunition Accountability Act as has been done in: Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington.
    http://ammunitionaccountability.org/Legislation.htm

  3. Bob Puharic says:

    The FMF has forgotten that the founding fathers DID believe in one form of censorship: censorship of the government. The government can not use our tax dollars to propagandize us.

    However, the FMF, by buying into the ridiculous creationist nonsense of ‘strengths and weaknesses’ of evolution has betrayed the founding fathers, our Constitution, and the bedrock principles of religious liberty on which this nation was founded.

    Creationism has, for 2000 years, failed to explain anything. That’s why scientists don’t use it. It’s the most commonly used failed idea in history.

  4. jonathansaenz says:

    Bob, the strengths and weaknesses langauge was put in the Texas Science standards by a Democrat in 1988. I was in middle school when this happened. Why are you and other scientists so sensitive about teaching all aspects of science and the theory of evolution? What are you afraid of? I thought you were for progress, questioning, tolerance? Surely you can tolerate students asking critical questions about evolution. If it is as solid as you think it is, you have nothing to worry about. Why do you want to censor students when it comes to science, but you want the doors to be wide open when it comes to teaching grade school kids about sex? What are you hiding?

  5. Bob Puharic says:

    There is no SCIENTIFIC debate about evolution any more than we chemists debate whether atoms exist. Both are facts.

    And it’s no accident that evolution was singled out as a target for ‘questioning’ (euphemism for creationism). Why not atomic theory or the germ theory of disease?

    As to tolerance, no, I am NOT in favor of tolerance for the government. The Constitution specifically requires that the government censor itself in the matter of establishing a religion, which is what creationism is.

    Sex is not a scientific subject. There are many views. Here, questioning is appropriate and tolerance is needed.

    But the only people questioning evolution are religious fundamentalists. It’s no coincidence their target is evolution.

  6. jonathansaenz says:

    From the beginning, we advocated for questioning of all scientific theories, that’s what TEKS requires. Your friends on the left are the ones trying to take the strengths and weaknesses langauage out and they have focused on evolution and religion. The language has been there for 20 years. Your firends are the ones who want to do something new. We stood up and said teach students all the information for all science subjects. It’s the elite scientists who have focused on evolution and said no criticism.

    By the way, Dr. Ron Wetherington of SMU doesn’t agree with your first statement. He testified that the theory of evolution is incomplete. That we are always leanring something new about it.

  7. Bob Puharic says:

    There are no ‘friends on the left’. There are simply people who want the integrity of science to be respected and the Constitution to be obeyed. The law as written in Texas (and I lived in Dallas for 2 years) focused on evolution.

    Perhaps if you read about Mel and Norma Gabler and their war on science you’d be a bit more educated.

    As to ‘elites’, it’s the elite preachers who, while raking in their millions, strive to keep children ignorant of facts.

    And I’m a scientist. I look at the data objectively and don’t need the creationist hired gunmen…the 2 or 3 scientists who, due to religious influences, compromise their scientific objectivity to tell me what is or isn’t science. I suggest you do the same

    That’s what America needs. We don’t need a Saudi type religious government here.

  8. Carol Renner says:

    I support FMF and want to help any way I can (we supoort all the issues but importantly, School choice). Our children enjoy the Texas Virtual Academy and the Bible for history and literature. Thank you for the work you do!

  9. jdg says:

    # Carol Renner Says:
    March 25, 2009 at 8:27 AM

    I support FMF and want to help any way I can (we supoort all the issues but importantly, School choice). Our children enjoy the Texas Virtual Academy and the Bible for history and literature. Thank you for the work you do!

    God doesn’t exist. You are delusional. Take some thorazine.

  10. jdg says:

    # jonathansaenz Says:
    January 30, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    By the way, Dr. Ron Wetherington of SMU doesn’t agree with your first statement. He testified that the theory of evolution is incomplete. That we are always leanring something new about it.

    …. This doesn’t mean that there is an “other side” to evolution. Nor that it is a “weakness”. I can’t believe you actually passed (or the teachers passed you) high school.

  11. how’s our hb 480 & hb1 funding, Jonathon?

  12. Marc Wedding says:

    Jonathan/Kelly,

    Thank you for your tireless work and diligence. Your information provides a great platform for all citizens to interact with their representatives so their voice can be heard. We must be diligent !

    Blessings

  13. jonathansaenz says:

    Thanks Marc, the encouragement is always welcomed. Keep being a great example to follow in your community.

  14. Bob Shane says:

    #jdg
    The fool says their is no God.

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