Banquet guests had the great opportunity to hear and meet special speakers Michael Reagan and Associate Justice Glenn Murdock during the reception at the banquet. Click on this link https://flic.kr/s/aHskPUhqdi to see photographs from the banquet at The Club now! Share your photos on Facebook and tag @Eagle Forum of Alabama. Make sure to not miss upcoming Eagle Forum of Alabama events and breaking policy updates by signing up for alerts and membership today at alabamaeagle.org.
We, at Eagle Forum of Alabama, are excited to invite you to our annual banquet in Birmingham on November 14th. Our special guest will be Michael Reagan, son of President Reagan. He will speak on “Lessons My Father Taught Me” as revealed in his book by this title. Also, Alabama Supreme Court Justice Glenn Murdock will make brief remarks on religious liberty which captivated attendees at the 2016 National Day of Prayer.
Eagle Forum of Alabama has worked for decades promoting conservative policies here in Alabama. In order for us to continue our vital work in these challenging times, we need your support. Below is an invitation for this event, and I would like to ask that you carefully consider supporting us by purchasing tickets ($125 each), a table for 8 ($1,000) or being a sponsor (call for more information on sponsorships).
Since Eagle Forum of Alabama Education Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization, your support is tax-deductible except for the cost of the dinner. Please don’t hesitate to call (205-879-7096) or email ([email protected]) if you have any questions or need additional information.
Please join us, and invite your friends to come, too.
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.
August 15, 2016
Open letter to Alabama State Board of Education
We congratulate you in your choice of Michael Sentance, JD, as our next superintendent. Your determination to move Alabama from its current, uncharacteristic dead last position among all the other states was made apparent in your selection of a key player from the top performing state in the nation, Massachusetts. This is a strong statement that the status quo is not good enough.
It was refreshing and hopeful to hear Mr. Sentance in his interview as he explained that Alabama’s problems are comparable to what Massachusetts faced, and as he eloquently suggested solutions like those that he implemented and that worked in Massachusetts. Alabama’s success story will be even more dramatic when, God willing, Mr. Sentance puts his prior experience, his recipe for success, to work in Alabama. We believe that the road to the finest moment in Alabama education may have just begun.
Again we applaud you for taking this bold step. To have done less would have been a real disservice to our children and their future. We all agree with Mr. Sentance that we “want all kids to realize their destinies and their dreams”.
We have already contacted Mr. Sentance with our full support!
Eunie Smith, President
Leslie Whitcomb, Education Chairman
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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]
Deborah Love, Executive Director
Eagle Forum of Alabama
In the wake of the terror attack this weekend in Orlando, our hearts go out to the families and friends who lost their loved ones. Our prayers and thoughts will continue to remain with those injured, as well as their family and friends. The facts show that this was an act of terrorism, an act of intolerance and an act of disgusting violence. What should unite all of us no matter what our perspectives or backgrounds may be, is our deep appreciation for freedom, and especially, our love and appreciation for the First Amendment. I believe the First Amendment is the greatest threat to terrorism – not force. The First Amendment protects the right of the Muslim to worship and the right of citizens to criticize the violence that has accompanied Islam. It protects an individual’s right to protest the treatment of those in LGBT community or the right of a Conservative to present their perspective on marriage and family. Many are calling for stricter measures on guns, hate crime laws or restrictions on civil liberties as a response to the attack. When emotions run high, there is a natural reaction to act boldly. However, the first hasty suggestions typically are ill-suited to either assuaging the pain at the loss of our fellow Americans, or ensuring that such an incident never happens again.
The intention of terrorism is to inflict fear and hate, and push American society away from the diverse and free culture that allows robust dialogue and expression. If we push the government to weaken our freedoms in response to the attack in any regard, then we are allowing the terrorists to succeed. Terrorism is never an existential threat by itself, but rather, it relies on an overreaction of the target country to achieve its small minded goals. We have a unique ability as Alabamians and as Americans to disagree with our fellow man, but to still love them. Ideas are powerful and so is freedom. Hate will win if we allow fear to rule our policy decisions in response to the terror attack. We must reject the hasty suggestions to the age old problem of evil in our midst, and instead rely on our institutions of free belief, action and expression. It is by and through this, the simple act of acting and thinking and behaving as Americans have whenever faced with tyranny and hate, that we will destroy the terrorists, their beliefs, their goals and their very ability to function.
Frances Wideman, long-time member and leader of Eagle Forum of Alabama, went home to be with the Lord on June 1, 2016. She was a dedicated wife and mother, true conservative warrior and lived her life for the glory of God. As Eunie Smith, President of Eagle Forum of Alabama stated in this article from The Birmingham News, “She acted out her faith throughout her life, in her family relationships, in the community, in the political arena and on the national scene.”
Frances was a blessing to all who knew her. She will be sorely missed.
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
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.