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A Piece of Cake! News, Notes and a special tribute to Phyllis!





Protecting Americans
The House passed two immigration bills last week backed by President Trump and Attorney General Sessions.  The bills tackled illegal immigrants and sanctuary cities.  Most importantly, they increase the safety of Americans across the nation.

Kate’s Law (H.R. 3004), sponsored by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Mass.), is an initiative that has been a priority of President Trump.  The bill was named after Kate Steinle who was murdered in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant from Mexico who already had seven previous felony convictions and had been deported back to Mexico five times.  The fact that he was continuously allowed to enter into the United States is a major safety concern for all Americans.  Kate’s Law lengthens the maximum sentencing for immigrants with previous convictions who try to reenter the United States.  The bill passed 257-167 mostly along party lines.

The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003), also sponsored by Chairman Goodlatte, goes hand-in-hand with Kate’s Law.  It requires that sanctuary cities cooperate with local and federal officials to detain suspects involved in criminal activity.  If a sanctuary city would refuse to cooperate, like they have in the past, the federal government would deny them federal grant money.  This bill passed 228-195 also along party lines.

As these bills move through the Senate, Eagle Forum will monitor their progress and continue these discussions with leaders.
Piece of Cake?

The Supreme Court has announced that it will hear a case regarding a Denver cake baker who refused to participate in a same-sex wedding.  We have heard many situations like this before, such as the Kleins in Oregon, where states have suppressed individuals’ religious beliefs.  Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, tried to claim a religious exemption to the state’s anti-discrimination law, but the state courts ruled against him.  The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on this case beginning in the Fall.  Eagle Forum will keep you up-to-date on its developments.


As you have questions or legislative concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Tabitha directly via email at or phone at 202/341-5737.

Colleen Holcomb will continue working with Eagle Forum as Vice-President of Government Relations. You may continue to contact her with your questions or concerns at or phone: 757/277-4848.

We will keep you posted on these and other developments as we learn new information. Until then, please stay tuned to the Eagle Forum Facebook page.

SCIENCE – OHIO – Robert Lattimer, our Eagle Forum Science Chairman reports, that Ohio requests feedback on updated academic standards.

The Ohio Department of Education is updating the state’s science, social studies, and financial literacy standards.  The Department is currently taking input on its proposed revisions (  The deadline for providing feedback is JULY 18.
Ohio’s science standards date back to 2011 (before the introduction of the Next Generation Science Standards).  The standards provide a heavy dose of materialistic philosophy, especially in the area of biological evolution.  Overall, the Ohio standards are just as objectionable and biased as NGSS.
The proposed 2017 revisions are generally minor in most areas of science.  However, the 8th grade and high school Biology standards have extensive updates.  In particular, the dogmatic coverage of biological evolution has been strengthened and extended.  You are encouraged to provide input on these standards (and others if you choose).
The on-line response form is easy to use.  A space is provided on the form for comments on the various standards.  Bob also looked at the social studies and financial literacy updates.  These are very brief and there isn’t much to object to.  Science is the real problem area.
Note that the review form asks the participant to select an Ohio county.  For those respondents who live in other states, you can check the “State Level Sites” option instead of a county.  Bob has prepared a list of suggested comments for the biology standards; you may request a copy by e-mail (
We are developing a new Facebook page for our Eagle Forum Leaders to serve as another forum to share information and strategize with one another privately. If you would like to join this closed group, please contact Liz Miller at or call 618.433.8990.

JULY LEADER CALL – Wed., July 26 @ 2 PM (CDT)

Our Monthly Leader Call is designed, among other things, to give each state leader the opportunity to share and submit their state reports so that we can all learn from each other about issues we may have currently tackled this legislative session or will face in the future.  If you have not yet shared your state report, please email Julia so that she can be certain you have 1-3 minutes during our JULY LEADER MEETING to give your report for the benefit of all other leaders on the call. 

To join our next call, please contact Julia Warton at and she will supply you with the call-in information.

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Phyllis Schlafly was my Heroine! ~ Michele Bachmann

This video interview was recorded with the Honorable Michele Bachmann as a tribute to Phyllis on her 90th birthday.  We miss Phyllis dearly and as Michele said, “She was one of a kind. There will never be another like her.”
This is why we are looking forward to gathering together September 14-17 for EAGLE COUNCIL XLVI in Washington, D.C. to honor Phyllis and to stay true to the mission of Eagle Forum launched almost five decades ago.  

Michele Bachmann will be with us, along with many, many others who loved Phyllis and worked alongside of her from the beginning and who remain faithful today.  We’ll also be joined by many others who are just joining in the fight for God, family and country.

EAGLE COUNCIL is Eagle Forum’s annual training and leadership conferencedesigned to further equip and encourage active citizenship.  Together, we look forward to honoring Phyllis’s legacy by continuing the good work of Eagle Forum and EAGLE COUNCIL is a vital training forum to help us fulfill our mission.
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HB277 is About Satisfying Federal Grants, Not Safety

Please contact your Senator NOW and ask that they vote NO on HB277.  You may reach your Senator at (334) 242-7800.  New information has come to our attention this week.  Please see below.

Eagle Forum of Alabama has received new information this week regarding HB277. We ask for you to oppose HB277 as it seriously threatens religious liberty of ministries in Alabama. We do not want to see the Federal Government controlling internal policies of church ministries.

Reviewing DHR’s application for the 2016-2018 Child Care Development Fund grant leaves zero doubt HB277 was written and presented for the sole purpose of DHR meeting requirements as set forth in the grant award.  HB277, the Child Care Safety Act, can be directly tied back to DHR.

The following is a summary of facts regarding the Alabama Child Care Development Fund (CCDF):
•    Nancy Buckner was sent a letter from Administration for Children and Families (Office of Child Care) on June 14, 2016, informing her Alabama DHR was conditionally awarded CCDF Funds for three years, beginning June 1, 2016 thru September 30, 2018.  ‘Conditionally approved’ means conditions in the grant must be met by specific dates during the grant cycle.
•    Faye Nelson, Deputy Commissioner for Family Services (DHR) is listed as the person responsible for the grant submission and oversight of distribution of funds and compliance to unmet requirements.
•    DHR received $92,297,586 in CCDF funds for 2016.  2017 and 2018 funding amounts have not been released.  (Source: )
•    Alabama DHR is contracting with Quality Enhancement Agencies (Voices?) to administer subsidy program eligibility services and quality enhancement. (p. 21)
•    Alabama DHR and Alabama Partnership for Children received $1.2 million from the Kellogg Foundation specifically to promote licensing and regulation by educating parents, providers, faith-based leaders, policy makers and the community about the benefits of regulated child care settings.  (p. 27; “Don’t Be in the Dark” campaign.  It’s about child safety, right?
•    DHR contracts with Quality Enhancement Agencies (Voices?) to provide consumer education to inform the public about quality child care and assist families in making informed child care choices.  “Don’t Be in the Dark” campaign. (p. 29)
•    A requirement for a state to receive CCDF funds is, “Each state is required to certify it has in effect licensing requirements applicable to all child care services provided within the state (not restricted to providers receiving CCDF), and to provide a detailed description of such requirements and how such requirements are effectively enforced.”  (p. 110)
•    DHR states in their grant application, “There are no current staff to child ratio or group size requirements for exempt programs.  DHR will have requirements in place by September 30, 2016 for exempt programs participating in the child care subsidy program. Exempt child care programs participating in the subsidy program will be subject to the same staff/child ratios and group size as licensed programs.” (p. 116)
•    CCDF grant requirements mandates states establish health and safety requirements for providers serving children receiving CCDF assistance.  DHR stated in the grant application they would have these health and safety requirements (Minimum Standards) in place no later than July 31, 2016.  (p. 123)
•    DHR states in their grant application they will have policies and practices implemented to ensure that providers for children receiving assistance and their facilities comply with applicable State or local licensing and health and safety requirements no later than August 31, 2016.  (p. 131)
•    CCDF grant requirements mandate license-exempt CCDF providers be inspected by DHR at least once prior to opening and at least once annually. (p.136)
•    Grant requirements mandate criminal background checks on child care staff members and prospective child care members no later than September 30, 2017.
•    DHR states in its grant application they have a statewide quality rating and improvement system in place as of March, 2016.  There are currently 26 STARS rated facilities in the entire state.  26 out of over 1,000.

Protect Vital Child Care Providers: STOP HB277

Opposition to HB277 is about protecting children by protecting some of the best, safest, and most positive child care options for children in Alabama.

If hard working Alabama parents no longer have high quality and low cost options, it harms children. HB277 will hurt poor families that depend on government subsidies to help pay for child care. An unintended consequence of HB277 will be that that many children in rural areas of the state will no longer have any positive child care options.

Eagle Forum of AL also needs to address an advertisement by the Voices organization
released earlier this week on Alabama Public  Radio. This commercial falsely claimed that half of the state’s child care facilities are completely unregulated and do not follow even basic safety standards.

Eagle Forum of Alabama along with many other policy organizations in Alabama researched these claims made by Voices. We found them to be untrue. There are at least eleven agencies that regulate all licensed exempt child care providers in Alabama.  Basic safety regulations are already required for all of these child care providers.  See “Get the Facts on HB277” analysis for more details.

We all believe in protecting children, but Eagle Forum of Alabama finds that this legislation is not properly focused on addressing the real problems at hand. We encourage you to oppose HB277 as more work needs to be done on this legislation.

Urgent Action Needed on Daily Fantasy Sports Bill

On Tuesday, the House passed HB354 (the Daily Fantasy Sports Bill). “In states that sponsor commercial gambling, all taxpayers-including the non-gamblers– end up paying higher taxes for less services and their states end up with worse budget problems over the long term. Allowing states to sponsor online fantasy sports gambling will deepen these financial problems, forcing the taxpayers who don’t gamble to foot the bill.”

During the lengthy debate, a couple of good amendments presented by Rep. Mike Jones were passed. We are concerned that those amendments, which place greater restrictions on the Daily Fantasy Sports companies may be stripped from the bill in the Senate. When the vote on final passage of the bill was taken, it only passed by a narrow margin of 5 votes. You can click HERE to see how your House member voted.


To understand how dangerous this online gambling bill is (even though proponents argue that it is not gambling), you can click HERE to read what Stop Predatory Gambling has written about this deceptive enterprise. You can also click HERE to watch the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) documentary,  _Frontline_, from 2016 about Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS). Forty-three minutes into the documentary, the producers interviewed a young man from Auburn, AL, Josh Adams, who lost $20,000 playing DFS. You can also read the New York Times story about Josh Adams by clicking HERE.

Help Save Women and Children with HB315

When Democrats ran our state, they passed a law that made it a crime to be a midwife in Alabama. Alabama is one of just six states that criminalizes midwifery. HB315, which was introduced by Moulton-Republican State Rep. Ken Johnson in February, would decriminalize Certified Professional midwives and has been scheduled on Tuesday’s special order agenda. Please contact your State legislators and let them know you would like for them to support HB315.  HB315 is legislation that is pro-life, pro-liberty, and pro-women. For women in Alabama currently facing a health crisis in rural areas of the state, allowing professional mid-wives to serve is a common sense solution.  It makes little sense to penalize a trained mid-wife who bears certification for helping women have safer births.

As registered nurse in Alabama Sarah Brown stated, “While I love my OBGYN doctor, I believe it is time that the women of Alabama have the option to hire a midwife. It puzzles me to think that I could choose to abort my baby, but that I cannot choose to hire a midwife to assist me in my pregnancy.”  The current law criminalizing a historic and safe medical practice of midwifery needs to be changed this session. Women in Alabama and families in Alabama have waited far too long for HB315 to be passed. Eagle Forum of Alabama is proud to stand up in support of this pro-life legislation which has a direct impact on helping families and women in this state. Contact your State Representative today and early tomorrow before the vote on HB315! Let them know you expect their support of this important legislation. Contact the Alabama State House (334) 242-7095 then ask for you respective member.

Urgent: act ASAP to move Common Core Repeal Bill to Senate Floor

Urgent:  act ASAP to move Common Core Repeal Bill to Senate Floor

The bill to Repeal and Replace Common Core SB415 (Sen. Harri Anne Smith) passed the Senate Education Committee today with a 4-1 vote.  (YES: Sen. Brewbaker, Bussman, McLendon, Pittman.  NO: Sen. Figures)

SB415 will replace common core (cc) standards (aka Alabama College and Career Ready Standards) in Math and English Language Arts (including history, social studies, science, & technical subjects) with proven, superior standards based on the best of the best pre-Common Core Standards.

TODAY please contact each member of the Senate Rules Committee (below) and ask them to place SB415 number one on the Senate Special Order Calendar so that the Senate will vote on it!  Also contact your senator. Let’s show the Senate that the polls are right: over 70% of Alabamians want common core repealed.

Talking points for your contacts:

  • What is more basic than educating Alabama students in Math and English?  Yet we dropped from 25thand rising in 2011 to dead last in 2015.
  • Alabama is dead last in Math and ELA.  See here.
  • Protect all children from “irreversible damage” due to 4 years of CC Math documented by California data under Phil Daro CC Math.  Alabama is ending its 4th year now!   THIS TRAVESTY MUST STOP. See pre-eminent math standards writer Dr. James Milgram letter.
  • Experimenting with education in Alabama is failing our students.  That failure correlates directly with implementation of common core.  What higher priority can there be than to correct this problem?
  • The Alabama Senate must send a message to the State School Board to fast track replacement of common core standards with what was working in Alabama and nationwide prior to common core.
  • Alabama being dead last demands drastic, urgent action. Denial won’t fix the demonstrated problem.
  • The Senate must insist that we repeal common core and replace it with proven,superior traditional standards.
  • Parents, students and educators deserve better than a regimen imposed upon our children through the ordered Obama administration incentives and regulations.
  • Please instruct and enable educators in Alabama to restore sound education practices.
  • Alabama’s economic success and growth demands repeal of common core.

Senate Rules Committee:
Sen. Jabo Waggoner  (334)242-7892
Sen. Billy Beasley (334)242-7868
Sen. Dick Brewbaker (334)242-7895
Sen. Gerald Dial (334)242-7874
Sen. Vivian Figures (334)242-7871
Sen. Rusty Glover (334)242-7886
Sen. Bill Hightower (334)242-7882
Sen. Jimmy Holley (334)242-7845
Sen. Jim McClendon (334)242-7898
Sen. Arthur Orr (334)242-7891
Sen. Trip Pittman (334) 7897
Sen. Greg Reed (334)242-7894
Sen. Paul Sanford (334)242-7867
Sen. Clay Scofield (334)242-7876
Sen Rodger Smitherman (334)242-7870
Sen. Phil Williams (334)242-7857

For documentation see or call (205)879-7096.

Imperative immediate call to Gov. Ivey

Please contact Governor Ivey ASAP and ask her to protect the freedom of religion in Alabama, her churches and their members. Ask her to sign The Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act (HB24/SB145) without any executive amendment and without delay!  To contact the Governor’s office, call: 1-334-242-7100 AND email by going to:

This act protects church and religious operated state-licensed adoption agencies from being required to make same sex adoption placements in violation of their religious beliefs based on scriptural marriage. With the 2015 Obergefell SCOTUS opinion legalizing same sex marriage, regulations are expected requiring same sex marriage placements. Already in Massachusetts, Illinois, Washington, DC and San Francisco, Christian adoption agencies have closed.

Adoption is an important alternative to abortion. We cannot afford the closing down of 30% of Alabama adoptions done by the affected agencies.

The Human Rights campaign, a heavily financed LGBTQ lobbying organization, abortion interests and others have opposed these bills, but they passed both houses with large margins. Now, we are told that Google, AT&T and Apple are pressuring Governor Ivey to add the amendment.  Please let our new Governor know that we need her to stand with the Alabama Christian Community and sign the act.

This issue is about more than protecting innocent life; it is about the very essence of religious freedom. In committee, Christians were said to be intolerant and discriminatory. Our religious beliefs were expected to be secondary to the desires of homosexuals.

This is our first confrontation in Alabama with the gay rights agenda. If we do not stand firm now, we will face increased opposition.  Those organizations that oppose us because of what we believe, will coalesce; and we will find we have little or no voice in protecting our values. Large corporations, gay rights advocates, abortion interests, gambling interests, and you name it, will be telling us how to live. Our sincerely held religious beliefs dictate against what they want.  We must act now to protect our rights for ourselves and our posterity.  We must not allow those who advocate unhealthy lifestyles to discriminate against us and against Christian ministries, nor advance their agenda at the expense of vulnerable youth and the whole of society.

We are indebted to Eric Johnston of Southeast Law Institute for much of the foregoing explanation.

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Parents Beware: Teens Enticed by Suicide Tale, “Thirteen Reasons Why”

by Krissie Allen

In 1995, Pope John Paul II issued his widely acclaimed encyclical Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), warning Christians of an emerging “culture of death.” Pointing to various political, social, and cultural norms that offer a perverse idea of freedom that sacrifices the inherent value of life in favor of individuality, the encyclical affirms that the Gospel of Christ is indeed a Gospel of life. Christians are therefore called to resist the culture of death and embrace a culture that respects, protects and serves every life because “[o]nly in this direction will [one] find justice, development, true freedom, peace and happiness.”

At times the culture of death’s attack on life is easy to identify and thereby resist. (One need only ponder the struggle over abortion-rights or euthanasia to see the menacing culture of death at work.) Other times, however, its attack seems more insidious yet equally dangerous. And one of the most recent examples is Netflix’s most tweeted about show geared towards teens:13 Reasons Why.

Based on Jay Asher’s debut novel of the same name, the series tells the story behind the suicide of a young teenager named Hannah, and according to the show’s producer Selena Gomez, is intended to offer an “honest” view of suicide so it “should never be an option.”

With teen depression and suicide on the rise, such a purported intention sounds noble enough. The series’ questionable (if not unconscionable) methodology, however, has proven to be far from noble.

Essentially, each of the 13 episodes reveals a new audiotape Hannah left behind and allows young viewers to progressively uncover (and essentially experience) the multiple mistreatments that led to her tragic decision. Viewers are accordingly lured, episode after episode, into witnessing just about every shocking teen trauma imaginable: Hannah’s homosexual kiss that becomes fodder for teen bullying, her witnessing of a friend’s rape, her own sexual assault and eventual rape, her failed attempt to receive help from a dismissive guidance counselor, and most disturbingly, her final hopeless and graphic act of slitting of her wrists in the bathtub.

Countless experts have already rung the alarm on the show and criticized its depiction of suicide as explicitly dangerous.  Everyone from suicide prevention groups, mental health experts, educators, youth ministers, and even mainstream reviewers have warned that the series’ graphic images and sensational plot lines could potentially result in harm to young viewers who have previously dealt with these serious issues and could work to desensitize people to suicidal acts in general.

One initial take away from this controversy for Christians is that the culture of death is very much alive and willing to manipulate young people. It might feign concern for human tragedy and difficulty and might even claim to pursue justice and peace. Unwilling to acknowledge Christ’s love and His redemptive powers, however, its solutions always—always—fall short. Instead of offering hope, it offers despair. Instead of offering love, it offers wrath. Instead of offering faith, it offers skepticism or doubt. And instead of seeking to raise children of light, it seeks to raise children of woe.

The more imperative take away, however, is that our culture is in desperate need of hearing, seeing and experiencing the gospel of life. While Netflix and others of its ilk might choose to capitalize off of teen tragedy and continue to promote shows such as 13 Reasons Why, Christians have unyielding power to combat its influence by living Christ-centered lives that bear witness to Jesus, as The Ultimate Reason Why Not.  


All Pro-life Bills Pass Senate

Wonderful news!  All three pro-life bills that we have supported this legislative session passed the Senate today.  They now head to the Governor’s desk for signature.

1.  The Healthcare Rights of Conscience bill (religious freedom for healthcare providers who object to abortion, cloning, stem-cell research) by Rep. Arnold Mooney/Sen. Paul Sanford

2.  Ban on Assisted Suicide bill by Representative Mack Butler/Senator Phil Williams

3.  Right to Life Constitutional Amendment (a constitutional amendment to go on the ballot declaring that abortion is not a protected right in Alabama)  by Rep. Matt Fridy/Sen. Phil


Thank you to everyone who turned out to lobby for life, and especially those legislators that voted to protect it!