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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

Eagle Forum Press Release – 4/11/16

 

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Eagle Forum Press Release

The Board of Eagle Forum, a 501(c)(4) corporation, held a Board meeting in accordance with and pursuant to the Eagle Forum By-Laws and Illinois State Law at 2 pm CDT on April 11, 2016.

Pursuant to the By-Laws, Eagle Forum First Vice President, Eunie Smith, presided over the meeting.  Eagle Forum Founder, Mrs. Phyllis Schlafly, the Chairman of the Board, was present during the entire meeting, including expressing herself on all seven votes.  In Schlafly’s opening statement she said she has spent her life building Eagle Forum as a unique organization of volunteers.  She also said that paid staff cannot order volunteers around.

Mrs. Smith said,  “The purpose of the meeting was to ensure that Eagle Forum will continue long into the future as a viable force for all the causes we have addressed in the past, for God, family and country.”

The Board of Eagle Forum voted to remove Mr. Ed Martin as President of the corporation; effective immediately.  Mrs. Eunie Smith is serving as President until a new President is elected pursuant to the Eagle Forum By-Laws.

Mrs. Smith appointed Eagle Forum Board Vice Chairman, Anne Schlafly Cori, daughter of Phyllis Schlafly, as Executive Director of Eagle Forum.  Anne Schlafly Cori has worked with our state organizations and worked alongside Phyllis for some time.

Anne Schlafly Cori said, “I am honored and excited to be working with our wonderful state volunteer leaders from across the country.  We are continuing the incredible legacy of our Founder Phyllis Schlafly.”

Dr. Shirley Curry was directed to lead a Search Committee for a new president of Eagle Forum.

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Ed Martin’s Slander Against Eagle Forum of Alabama

Dear friends and supporters,

I am writing you to set the record straight.  You may have received an email from Ed Martin, who has been employed for approximately 16 months by the National Eagle Forum board on which I serve.  He made statements against me personally as well as Eagle Forum of Alabama. These statements from Mr. Martin are slanderous, libelous and without merit. Does it make sense that six long term board members with a total of 219 years of collective volunteer service to the organization would “hijack Eagle Forum”?  (I have personally served over 44 years.) Certainly not!  These board members have fought tirelessly for many years for the values we hold dear under the leadership of Phyllis Schlafly.

Phyllis Schlafly nominated me to the position which I have served for many years as First Vice President of the National Eagle Forum C4 Board. To accuse me of calling for her removal is also slanderous, libelous and without merit.  Her legacy is legendary and ongoing. It is because of our love and respect for Phyllis and our years of camaraderie that we remain dedicated to protecting her legacy and Eagle Forum.

The “rogue meeting” which Mr. Martin references is a duly called meeting of the full board of directors to conduct necessary board business.  The Martin email with its baseless name calling was not signed by Phyllis Schlafly and is totally uncharacteristic of Eagle Forum.  Eagle Forum has always been an organization that exemplified respectful dialogue and free speech.  The email was apparently designed to intimidate and to thwart six patriotic Americans from doing their fiduciary duty.  These women love God and country and have sacrificed selflessly as volunteers to serve both through Eagle Forum.  To make private Board matters public and slander these women in the process is unconscionable.

Mr. Martin’s letter asserts that Eagle Forum of Alabama “allowed Alabama to pass a Constitutional Convention (Con Con) in 2015.”  While Eagle Forum of Alabama’s goal is to influence the legislature on a myriad of public policy issues, it is beyond absurd to hold this organization accountable for all actions of the state legislature. As you well know, Eagle Forum of Alabama and I personally have faithfully fought any form of Con Con brought to Alabama since our founding. Eagle Forum of Alabama’s reputation of opposing Con Con is well known to those in Alabama. For examples, search our state chapter’s website (alabamaeagle.org) using the term “Constitutional Convention” where a smorgasbord of entries regarding our activities will be readily apparent.

Eagle Forum of Alabama is committed to protecting the integrity of America’s divinely inspired Constitution.  We were instrumental in the Alabama legislature’s resolution rescinding all Con Con calls as far back as 1981. On May 6, 2015, I sent a letter via email to Alabama legislators stating Eagle Forum of Alabama’s position against a Con Con. Included in that letter was Andy Schlafly’s statement against it, as well.  Please see the Con Con question contained in the attached candidate questionnaire and official response from Deborah Love, Executive Director of Eagle Forum of Alabama here.  It is well-known that Eagle Forum of Alabama has consistently opposed any call for a Federal Con Con as well as State Con Cons.

Eagle Forum of Alabama immediately calls on Mr. Martin to cease making slanderous remarks about Eagle Forum of Alabama. If Mr. Martin does not stop making these false statements, we will be forced to take further action on behalf of Eagle Forum of Alabama. If anyone has questions about Eagle Forum’s stance on issues or activities, please contact me or the staff of Eagle Forum of Alabama.  Please be assured that we will continue as we have done for more than 44 years to stand for truth.

Sincerely,

Eunie Smith
President

Eagle Forum of Alabama

Office (205) 879-7096

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Some of Eagle Forum of Alabama’s Educational Resources on the Dangers of Constitutional Conventions

This is not a comprehensive list of our publications or work on the dangers of Constitutional Convention.

 

Video Library Resources on Constitutional Convention

alabamaeagle.org/resources/video-library

 

Print Resources on Constitutional Convention and Constitutional Education.  All resources in print and media library are listed our website and are available to the public at no charge.

alabamaeagle.org/resources/print-library

 

Question on Candidate Questionnaire on Constitutional Conventions

http://alabamaeagle.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Stacy-Lee-George.pdf

 

Eagle Forum of Alabama Website Articles on Constitutional Conventions

http://alabamaeagle.org/?s=Constitutional+Convention

 

Executive Director, Deborah Love’s Response to Ed Martin’s False Accusations

http://alabamaeagle.org/2016/04/11/executive-director-deborah-loves-response-to-ed-martins-false-accusations

 

Eagle Forum of Alabama’s Position Statement

http://alabamaeagle.org/issues/alabama-constitution

 

Eunie Smith’s letter to Alabama Legislators on an Article V Convention

http://alabamaeagle.org/2016/04/11/andy-schlafly-on-a-compact-for-a-balanced-budget-article-v-convention

 

Executive Director Deborah Love’s Response to Ed Martin’s False Accusations

Dear Eagle Forum Members and Friends,

Eagle Forum of Alabama has always very strongly opposed every form of Constitution Convention (Con Con) brought to Alabama’s doorstep. Since my employment began with Eagle Forum of Alabama and before, our state organization has worked tirelessly to stop Con Con. I have always fought, as Executive Director of Alabama Eagle Forum, to oppose Con Con.  Here is a list of my activities to fight Con Con on behalf of Eagle Forum of Alabama since my employment began about a year and half ago.  I have participated in numerous conference calls led by Janine Hansen on Con Con and also participated in Eagle Forum State leaders’ calls opposing Con Con, led by the national office.   I have always joined in the calls when able, provided information about the Con Con fight in Alabama and shared our plans with national leaders and activists.  The Alabama Teen Eagles’ Handbook expressly opposes Con Con. When I participated in Teen Eagles in high school, I learned about the problems with the national popular vote, Con Con, and challenges to the Electoral College.  The handbook makes it very clear that Eagle Forum of Alabama opposes all forms of Con Cons.

-Dec. 15, 2015 I Spoke to Members of the Lauderdale County Republican Party against Madison Coalition efforts, Roman Buhler push for Con Con when he presented to the group.

-Jan. 14, 2016 Spoke to Huntsville Tea Party on Con Con and Legislative Issues.

-Addressed SB10 and spoke in opposition

-Handed out Phyllis’s pamphlet on Con Con

-2016 Testified at Senate Hearing on SB10 in opposition

-Opposed Compact for America false claims about Eagle Forum

-Handed out Andy’s letter to members of the Committee

-Handed out Judi Caler summary of Compact for America problems and bill summary to members

-2016 Lobbied Members to oppose SB10 and handed out the materials to members who skipped the hearing

-Handed out Andy letter, summary, and Janine Compact write up.

-2016  Murfee Gewin, Eagle Forum of Alabama representative testified in opposition to HB42

-2016 Murfee Gewin lobbied House Committee Members before vote and after

-April 5, 2016 Deborah Love, Visited with Senator Hotzclaw staff on sponsoring a rescission bill to repeal all Con Con calls in Alabama and lobbied other legislators on the issue

-Murfee and Deborah Love continuing to approach about meeting and rescission bill

-April 5, 2016 -Drove Alabama John Birch Society Representative, Mr. Jim McLendon with me to Montgomery to distribute his organizations materials to oppose Compact for America

-2016 -monitored the Con Con resolutions from Senator Pittman upon their discovery. Currently they are dead and have not been placed on calendar. We are continuing to monitor this resolution and its House companion.

This is not a complete list and of course, only covers primarily this year and my activities, but the state organization has a strong reputation on this issue.  Please let national leaders know that Eagle Forum of Alabama has a solid record opposing Con Con and actively educating the public and members of the legislature on this issue.  Eagle Forum of Alabama has always actively opposed any form of Con Con in Alabama from our organization’s inception. As Executive Director of Eagle Forum of Alabama, I would direct Ed Martin to cease making slanderous statements and libel against Eunie Smith and Eagle Forum of Alabama.  If these slanderous statements and libel continue from Ed Martin, I will be forced to take further action.

 

Sincerely,

Deborah Love

Executive Director

Eagle Forum of Alabama

Office (205) 879-7096

deborah@alabamaeagle.org

 

Bi-Partisan Legislation Provides Critical Protection for Students and Parents

The Student and Parent Privacy Protection Act HB267 was filed yesterday by 
Rep. Arnold Mooney, with 35 co-sponsors.  The bill is a result of a large 
bi-partisan effort to protect student privacy in Alabama. Thirty-three 
states have already passed similar legislation.

The bill must pass out of the Education Policy Committee. Its members need 
to hear from us. Please encourage the following members to vote HB267 out 
of committee ASAP: Chairman Collins, Vice-Chairman Rich, Robinson, Butler, 
Drummond, Fincher, Henry, Moore (B), Patterson, Pringle, Scott, Todd and 
Williams (P). 

Please contact your State Representative 
(http://alabamaeagle.org/find-your-legislators). Tell him your child's 
privacy is important to you and your family. Ask him to support this 
bi-partisan effort to protect the privacy of our children.

Thank the co-sponsors: Fridy (M), Moore (B), Wingo, Black, Hammon, Beech, 
Williams (P), Daniels, Farley, Whorton (R), Holmes (M), Hanes, Todd, 
Fincher, Williams (JW), Whorton (I), Shedd, Ainsworth, Ledbetter, Scott, 
Drake, Pettus, Warren, Knight, Harbison, Hall, Polizos, Henry, Carns, 
Brown, Martin, Standridge, Beckman, Wadsworth and Givan.
 

What does this bill do?

This bill sets limits as to what data may not be collected and shared. It 
provides for what data may be used on the local level to a minimum degree 
for clearly stated academic purposes.  It sets limits on the State 
government and data collection systems and programs in order to protect 
students and parents from invasive government practices.  It protects the 
civil liberties of students and parents which are foundational to strong 
academics, freedom of speech and progress. It limits the collection of 
certain sensitive information and the disclosure of personally identifiable 
student information to third parties. It provides for enforcement and 
penalties.


Why is it needed?

There is not adequate privacy protection at the state or federal level 
currently to protect student privacy in Alabama’s Public Schools.  As 
technology has developed rapidly the laws are not in place to address 
the pressing civil liberty violations facing students and parents. 
Students are being used as pawns in experimental programs, tracked by 
the government and tracked by corporations targeting these students to 
sell and research their products.


What protections will be provided by HB267?

•	Keeps data and student information on the local level where it 
was intended to be used for the benefit of the student and not outside 
agencies or corporations. Prohibits the broad sharing of personal data 
collected on Alabama’s students.
•	Protects personal identifiable student information from being 
shared without specific protections. Requires the state and third party 
contractors to follow certain security and privacy protection measures.
•	Prohibits the collection of highly sensitive information on 
students, such as religious affiliation or political beliefs from being 
collected by the school system.
•	Requires parental and student notification for the use of their 
personally identifiable student information.
•	Removes loopholes which stop parents and students from having 
real accountability once a privacy violation occurs.
•	Prohibits invasive overreach of outside parties obtaining 
personally identifiable student information.
•	Provides parents and students with access to monitor their 
child's personal record so that they can ensure information is correct 
and that violations have not occurred.
•	Protects parents and students from unfair treatment from the 
state for exercising their privacy rights.


How can you help?

E-mail or call your State Representative today. Ask them to support 
House Bill 267! We need the Student and Parent Privacy Protection Act 
passed this session! Please go to our website to find your legislators. 
http://alabamaeagle.org/find-your-legislators

Listen to enlightening testimonies from the Senate Education Committee hearing on SB60 to repeal Common Core/College and Career Ready Standards

Here are six testimonies in support of SB60.

 

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B3Wek6ICT38eVkprckg5Q0ZUUWM&usp=sharing_eid&ts=56b68a3f

FOURTH PROJECT VERITAS VIDEO: Common Core Insider Reveals Info About LA Bid Rigging Scandal

The fourth video of this Project Veritas series on Common Core shows a former executive for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the country’s second leading textbook publishing company, alleging that the textbook industry is more about politics and money than education. Again, Project Veritas undercover journalists used hidden video cameras to capture what text book executives would never say in public.  See entire video here.

THIRD PROJECT VERITAS VIDEO: COMMON CORE EXEC REVEALS ANTI-AMERICAN AGENDA: Guns, STDs & Islam

The third video of this Project Veritas series on Common Core shows a former executive for Pearson, the country’s leading textbook publishing company, admitting that elements of Common Core intentionally push elitist indoctrination upon students.

In James O’Keefe’s latest video, Kimberly Koerber, a former executive for Pearson who now works for National Geographic, was caught on camera justifying the Common Core curriculum on the grounds of anti-American and unconstitutional values.  See video here.

SECOND PROJECT VERITAS VIDEO: HIDDEN CAM: ANOTHER PUBLISHING EXECUTIVE CAUGHT DISHING DIRT ON COMMON CORE

This second video of this series shows an account executive at Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt, the country’s second leading textbook publishing company and profiteer of Common Core, admitting that Common Core is never about the kids.

“It’s never about the kids,” is how Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt Strategic Account Manager Amelia Petties reveals how the textbook industry prioritizes profits over students, echoing the comments of her colleague Dianne Barrow who was featured in the first Project Veritas Common Core video of this series. Barrow’s employment with Houghton-Mifflin was terminated at the time of the release of that video.  See entire video here.