Category: Alerts

Pro-Life Bills Pass Out of House Health Committee

Great news!  All three of the pro-life bills that Eagle Forum of Alabama is promoting were reported out of the House Health Committee on Feb. 8th, after public hearings on all of them.

HB24 – Adoption by Rep. Rich Wingo (334) 242-7681
This bill would establish the Alabama Child Placing Agency Inclusion Act.  It would prohibit the state from discriminating against child placing agencies on the basis that the provider declines to provide a child placement that conflicts with the religious beliefs of the provider.

HB95 – Conscience by Rep. Arnold Mooney (334) 242-7744

This bill would give health care providers the following: The authority to refuse to perform or to participate in health care services that violate their conscience; immunity from civil, criminal, or administrative liability for refusing to provide or participate in a health care service that violates their conscience. It would declare it unlawful for any person to discriminate against health care providers for declining to participate in a health care service that violates their conscience. The bill would also provide for injunctive relief and back pay for violation.

 

HB96 – Suicide by Rep. Mack Butler (334) 242-7446

This bill would establish the Assisted Suicide Ban Act to prohibit a person or a health care provider from providing aid in dying to another person and would provide civil and criminal penalties for violations.

 

We are asking Representatives for a “Pro-life Day” for all three bills to come up in the House. Senate sponsors should be dropping companion bills in the next few days. Please call the numbers listed above, and thank the sponsors and Rep. April Weaver, chairperson of the Health Committee for the completion of this first step.  She can be reached at (334) 242-7731.

AL House of Representatives passes resolution mourning the death, celebrating the life of Phyllis Schlafly

Eagle Forum of Alabama would like to thank Representative Arnold Mooney for his sponsorship of Alabama House Resolution mourning the death and celebrating the life of Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly.  Phyllis passed away on Monday, September 5, 2016.

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Statement of Eunie Smith on Passing of Phyllis Schlafly

Eagle Forum First Vice President Reflects on the Life and Legacy of one of America’s Great Conservative Leaders

 

Today Phyllis Schlafly has gone home to be with her Lord after a long illness.  America has lost a great stateswoman, and we at Eagle Forum and among the conservative movement have lost a beloved friend and mentor, who taught and inspired so many to fight the good fight in defense of American values.  I have personally lost a dear friend of over forty years.

Known as the “sweetheart of the silent majority,” and the matriarch of the conservative movement, Phyllis Schlafly has been a visionary, a unifier, and a voice of conscience for more than six decades.

Phyllis has been credited with doing the impossible, when she and the army of grassroots volunteers she led and trained defeated the so-called Equal Rights Amendment, which had passed both houses of Congress and seemed destined for certain ratification among the states.

Also previously thought impossible, Phyllis not only brought together people of various faiths that historically worked separately, she brought these people of faith into the political process like never before, creating a crucial voting block of values voters.

Following the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment, many of the volunteers Phyllis trained became leaders in the organization that was named Eagle Forum.  The name was inspired by Isaiah 40:31, an encouragement to the battle weary that those who wait upon the Lord will “mount up with wings like eagles.”

Phyllis and her beloved “Eagles” are known for fighting tirelessly and for mobilizing political power for principle, not prestige or profit.  For decades under Phyllis’ leadership, Eagle Forum has led the pro-family movement through such diverse and important battles as defending the unborn, defending traditional marriage, defending American workers from unfair trade and immigration policies, defending individual inventors from losing their intellectual property to large corporations, defending women from being drafted into military combat, defending full-time homemakers, defending conservatives and grassroots activists from establishment kingmakers, defending children from politicized public education, defending American taxpayers from out-of-control federal spending, and defending against threats to American exceptionalism.

There will never be another Phyllis Schlafly.  Today is a day to celebrate her amazing legacy and to remember the profound difference she made in the conduct of American public policy.  Thank you, Phyllis.  We will not grow weary.

Lottery = full fledged casinos across Alabama

APPEAL TO ALABAMA LEGISLATORS

Legal experts are now warning legislators that the current lottery bill is a Double Trojan Horse.  It would (1) give Indians the right to demand a compact from the Governor to set up full-fledged, Las Vegas style casinos in multiple locations around the state and (2) the bill’s loose definition of “lottery” would enable the gambling bosses we have battled for years to reopen their casinos with slot machines and other games activated by so-called “lottery tickets” purchased at casinos that have been shut down in recent years based on repeated rulings from the Alabama Supreme under our constitution’s current ban on “lotteries.”

As for the Indians, a lottery is “Class III” Gaming under federal guidelines.  There is currently NO Class III allowed in Alabama.  But federal law says that if ANY Class III gaming is permitted by state law, then the Indians have the right to a compact allowing them to operate ALL forms of class III gaming. Thus, legalizing a lottery will open wide Alabama’s doors to Las Vegas style casinos, gaming, replete with table games, slot machines,  etc.

What would this ultimately mean for Alabama?  First, of course, there is the immorality of funding our state by preying upon the poor and more vulnerable, when it should be the states responsibility to look out for those same people. Second, casino profits in the hands of a handful of gambling magnates would allow them to control Alabama politics. Do we really want gambling bosses to have the hundreds of millions of dollars in profits that will allow them to control the elections of our state for decades to come? Is a state run by the hand-picked candidates of gambling bosses the kind of state we want for our children and grandchildren?

I recently heard a lecture on an upcoming book entitled “The Wickedest City in the Country: Phenix City, Alabama”.   It reminded me of that city’s 1954 horror story.  Please, legislators, don’t make our citizens relive Phenix City statewide.   Please reject the lottery and the resultant wholesale expansion of gambling in Alabama with its inevitable corrupting influence on all Alabama.  To pay for necessary state expenditures, please use reliable, sound funding streams that do not rely on the state’s effectiveness in encouraging gambling addiction for their revenue.

Contact your Senators! Tell them to vote NO on gambling

Please continue conveying to your Alabama legislators your adamant opposition to expanding gambling.

Today, two pro-gambling bills were voted out of the Senate Tourism Committee and will advance to the full Senate.  They are SB3, the Governor’s pure lottery bill and SB11, Senator McClendon’s bill that allows electronic video lottery terminals at the four dog tracks throughout the state and according to the Attorney General, could lead to casino gambling.  These were passed by voice vote (no roll call vote).

These two bills will be debated on the floor of the Senate, possibly as early as tomorrow.  Pray and contact your State Senator to urge him or her to oppose SB3 and SB11!

Another gambling bill is SB26 (Albritton-R) which would legalize on Indian reservations, types of gambling that are currently illegal under Alabama law for all other Alabama citizens.
It would thus lock in casino gambling in this state.
It would encourage casino expansion to multiple locations around the state – such as Birmingham!
It would ratchet up the pressure from the McGregors of the world to be allowed wholesale gambling rights.

Please ask your legislators to be real leaders and employ legitimate, reliable ways to fund government instead of turning to a casino environment with its multiple costs to the quality of life in Alabama.

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9Z-G9Upc7A&list=PLc9nQXd0udHERweOGgD0ZoUFQykc3O5PA

The video above is from The Alabama Policy Institute.  In these four short videos, leaders from the Gatekeepers Association of Alabama speak passionately to the fact that a lottery is not the answer for Alabama.

The Gatekeepers Association of Alabama describes itself as “a diverse group of pastors united to empower the Church to influence the government realm.” These videos feature Bishop Jim Lowe, pastor of the Guiding Light Church; Pastor Jody Trautwein, founder of the Joshua Generation, Inc.; and Pastor Randy W. Williams, pastor of Parkway Christian Fellowship.

The three Alabama pastors are joined by Bishop Robert E. Smith, Sr., pastor at Word of Outreach Christian Center and founder of Total Outreach for Christ Ministries, Inc. in Little Rock, Arkansas. Having seen what life is like before and after the implementation of a state-run lottery, Bishop Smith’s words are striking, as he enlightens us as to the harsh reality of the effects that a lottery has on a state.

 

 

 

URGENT ACTION NEEDED! We Cannot Wait Another Day!

WE CANNOT WAIT ANOTHER DAY!

Please call your state representative and your state senator today, and ask them NOT to vote for a lottery.  Joe Godfrey, Executive Director of ALCAP, has issued an alert that we think needs to passed along to you immediately, as time is of the essence.

According to a Montgomery Advertiser article (click here to read the article), the Governor is planning to call a Special Session of the Alabama Legislature in order to find funding for Medicaid.  The article implies (and we have heard from reliable sources) that a state-sponsored lottery will be the primary “solution” offered to the Medicaid funding problem, and for the lottery Constitutional Amendment to be on the November ballot, the Special Session will need to be held in early to mid-August.

If pastors and church members do not contact their House Members and State Senators NOW and urge them to oppose all pro-gambling bills during the anticipated Special Session, we will be facing a lottery referendum this November! Given our limited resources, it will be difficult for churches to stop such a vote on the November ballot.

The Alabama Supreme Court wrote several years ago that a “lottery” is defined as “any game of chance.”  That means that if the people of Alabama vote for a lottery, the Legislature could come back and establish casinos throughout the state.

No state or government has ever gambled its way out of a financial crisis.  Instead, gambling actually sucks money out of the economy and states that have legalized lotteries and casino gambling have continually had to raise their taxes to cover the lost revenue from other sources.  California and Illinois are good examples of this.

It is also important to note that if the people of Alabama vote for a lottery, that will not be the end of it.  Pro-gambling forces will continue to push for new forms of lottery ticket sales (Keno and scratch tickets, video terminals, etc.) and new types of gambling.  Once a government becomes addicted to gambling dollars, that government will have to continue to “prop up” the gambling operations and expand gambling in order to keep revenue from gambling coming into the state.

A new documentary has been produced that shows the fallacy of state-sponsored gambling, especially lotteries. The movie is entitled, “Out of Luck.”  The downloadable version from the internet contains language not suited for viewing in churches, but an “educational version” has been released that drops the sound when those words are used.

Joe Godfrey has a copy of the educational version DVD and is willing to travel to different areas of the state in order to show the 1 hour and 44 minute documentary to groups of pastors and area associations of churches.  They will also try to have DVDs of the educational version available for churches to use.  The cost of the DVDs will be $25 (their cost).

If you, or a group of area associations and churches would like to schedule a viewing in the next couple of weeks, please contact Joe at jgodfrey@alcap.com or call the ALCAP office at 205.985.9062. Or, if you wish to order the educational DVD directly, you may contact Joe directly at  jgodfrey@alcap.com

Eagle Forum of Alabama President Eunie Smith awarded the “Dan Ireland Salt and Light Award”

Congratulations to Eunie Smith on being awarded the 2016 Alabama Citizens Action Program (ALCAP) “Dan Ireland Salt and Light Award” for her many years of selfless volunteer work for God, Family and Country/Alabama.   ALCAP Executive Director Joe Godfrey cited many of Eunie’s diverse accomplishments including her having been elected by the Southern Baptist Convention to serve seven years as a Trustee and then elected as Chairman of the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Committee. He recently stated, “When our ALCAP Board discussed who should be this year’s recipient, there was no question that Eunie should be the person to receive the Dan Ireland Salt & Light Award.  She has been a strong advocate for the cause of Christ for many years and has had a positive impact on our culture that many may never realize.” Dr. Ireland himself made the surprise presentation at First Baptist Church Birmingham during the Sunday morning May 15 service.  See the story from The Alabama Baptist, here.

In attendance was State School Board Member Stephanie Bell who said of Eunie, “She is a treasure and Alabama has been blessed by the work of this sacrificial Christian servant and volunteer. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do as you stand for what is right”, and of Eagle Forum, “…they have at their center a core of beliefs about what schools should be, about the role of government.  But to accomplish their goals they are willing to work with anyone or group if they believe the result will be one that benefits children and families.”

ALCAP is a statewide interdenominational ministry that serves as Alabama’s “moral compass” and lobbies the legislature on behalf of the faith community.

Eagle Forum of Alabama was begun by Eunie Smith, who was tapped by Phyllis Schlafly to lead.  For over forty years, Eagle Forum of Alabama, under Eunie’s leadership, has sought to help citizens participate in the process of self-government and public policy making.  We seek to equip individuals with timely, reliable information from a conservative, Constitutional point of view on public policy issues which affect the family.  They will then know how, when and where to express themselves to make their voice heard.  This type of participation in self-government is essential for America to continue to be a land of individual liberty, respect for family integrity, public and private virtue, and private enterprise.  We must keep the education of our children with these principles – unalienable rights, limited government, private enterprise, a strong national defense, and traditional moral values – a major priority.

Some Eagle Forum of Alabama Accomplishments:

  • Catalyst for the Alabama Reading Initiative
  • Proposed the law for citizens’ textbook review
  • Persuaded the State Board of Education to include insert that macroevolution was to be treated as a theory
  • Drafted and pushed passage of the Alabama Abstinence Act of 1992
  • Drafted and pushed passage of the regulation that stopped psychotherapeutic techniques in classrooms
  • Stopped the so-called Equal Rights Amendment
  • Preserved women’s traditional exemption from military draft and combat
  • Retained social security benefits for widows and dependent wives
  • Passed federal and state laws to combat child pornography
  • Protected Alabama parents’ rights to decide on kindergarten
  • Defeated HillaryCare
  • Defeated the ABC Child Care bill
  • Participated in coalitions that defeated the lottery and video poker
  • Consistently advocate legislation that protects innocent human life from conception to natural death
  • Held statewide meetings educating the public on Common Core and continue to work for its repeal
  • Led the movement in 1981 that rescinded the Alabama legislature’s prior calls for a federal constitutional convention, knowing that it would jeopardize the U.S. Constitution
  • Regularly brief state legislators, Congressmen and Senators on countless issues

Crisis In American Democracy

Dear Eagle Friends,

It is entirely appropriate that the short “Crisis in American Democracy” commentary below by Dr. Albert Mohler has come out today on the National Day of Prayer.

Please join in prayer for our nation:
“If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”  II Chron. 7:14

Please see the following Scripture suggested by TN Eagle President Bobbie Patray:
Restore us to yourself, Lord, that we may return;
    renew our days as of old
unless you have utterly rejected us
    and are angry with us beyond measure.
Lamentations 5:21-22 and Daniel 9:4-19

Please go to this prayer guide today and every day.

Blessings,
Eunie Smith

Crisis in American Democracy
In this essay, Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. reflects on the on the current political scene in America and its implications for Christian faithfulness. Mohler writes:

“Political turmoil now marks the United Kingdom and also nations like France and other key American allies. Perhaps democracy itself is now facing a crucial hour of decision and a crucial season of testing. It is no exaggeration to say that democracy is being tested around the world; it is certainly being tested here at home. Yet if this is a moment of testing for democracy, it is also a crucial moment for Christian witness. This election cycle is going to be a particular test for American Christians-and we are about to find out if Christians are up to this challenge.”

To read the entire column. 

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Eagle Forum of Alabama’s Work on Student Data Privacy Highlighted by Alabama Political Reporter

From the Alabama Political Reporter, April 27, 2016

By Brandon Moseley

There are only five legislative days left in the 2016 Alabama Legislative Session, and the leadership plans on burning three of those this week.  Both of the constitutionally mandated budgets have passed, so all that is left is deciding what bills live, and what bills die, when legislators vote to sine die this session.

One of the most controversial pieces of legislation facing the Senate is HB125, sponsored by State Representative Terri Collins (R-Decatur), which would create a State longitudinal data system to track Alabama school students as they progress through schools, on to college, and into the work force.  Read the full story here.

 

 

Take Action Now to Promote Pro-Life Legislation

Act now before the end of the session to ensure pro-life legislative victories! Your voice is needed to protect human life. All you have to do call or e-mail. Your legislators need to hear that you support the pro-legislation below.

<< HB376/SB363 (Butler, House and Willams [Senate]): The Alabama Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act would, if enacted, end dismemberment abortions – This bill would stop this barbaric practice and protect babies from the harmful pain when this type takes place.

<<SB205 (Sanford, Senate): Ban on Abortion Clinics 2,000 ft. away from a school.  If enacted, this legislation would protect students from being targeted by abortion clinics.

<<HB157 (Mooney, House): Ban on Assisted Suicide outlaws assisted suicide in Alabama. Currently, Alabama has no protection to protect individuals from this practice.

<<HB158 (Wingo) Child Care Provider Inclusion Act protects adoption agencies from being closed by unfair government license requirements which violate the First Amendment.

Please find your legislators and let them know of your support for these important pieces of legislation and your support of pro-life efforts. Remember to be polite but passionate in your request for their support.

Call List:
First step – Please call your Representative and Senator.  Tell them you are their constituent and ask them if they are sponsoring any of the above bills.  Thank them if they are a sponsor.  Go to Eagle Forum of Alabama’s website to find your legislators at http://alabamaeagle.org/find-your-legislators.

Second step – Please call the leadership.  Ask Senate and House leadership to support these pro-life measures.
Speaker Mike Hubbard: 334-242-7668
Pro Tem of the House, Rep. Victor Gaston: 334-242-7663
Pro Tem of the Senate, Del Marsh: 334-242-7877 (Montgomery)
Senate Rules Committee Chairman, Jabo Waggoner: 334-242-7892 (Montgomery) (Thank Jabo for his support of Dismemberment Bill).

If you have further questions on pro-life legislation this session, please contact Eagle Forum of Alabama at (205) 879-7096.
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