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Talking Points, Experiments & Economics

AFAIN: Talking Points, Failed Experiments, Economic Doom - AFA-IN

AFAIN: Talking Points, Failed Experiments, Economic Doom – American Family Association of Indiana

The Pro-Abortion Talking Points

It is no great claim to point out that the media mostly leans toward the pro-abortion side of the debate over life. After all, they won’t even use the term “pro-life.” It is always “pro-choice” and “anti-abortion” wording in their news stories. Add this to the overall liberal culture in which we live where conservatism is opposed, faith is mocked, and the idol of self-desire above everything else, and it is no surprise that the pro-life argument is seldom well or fairly presented in the public arena.

Since the Dobbs ruling, numerous pro-choice arguments have been repeated constantly. Emotional appeals with issues of rape or incest to oppose restrictions on abortion are among the most common right now.

There are several resources out there in response to pro-choice claims, but here is a very brief item addressing eight common arguments often heard since the overturn of Roe.

Some time ago, I put together an AFA-IN “fact sheet” on life that is called, The Question that Matters Most. You may also find it of interest here:

Factsheets

Incidentally, last week, Governor Eric Holcomb indicated that he is likely to sign any pro-life bill passed by the legislature this summer. Still, we need to know how to defend life and will need to contact our state legislators when they go into session on the 25th.

A Rapid and Major Economic Downturn

A new annual survey of business leaders has recorded a pessimism about the economy not seen before in the twelve years JP Morgan began their Business Leaders Pulse polling.

Only 19% of business leaders responding in their survey are currently optimistic about our nation’s economic condition in the near future. This pessimistic result is particularly concerning considering their survey just one year ago when 75% of business leaders were optimistic about our economy looking forward.

The top concern among business leaders is inflation which is at a 40-year high under President Biden. Rising costs are cited as their most significant business challenge among 99% of those surveyed, with 70% also citing employee recruitment and retainment as another major problem for running a business right now.

Well, That Didn’t Turn Out So Well . . .

The Heritage Foundation noticed something disturbing in their weekly news story wrap-up. They noted that a liberal experiment in the state of Oregon has had disastrous results.

Last year, Oregon became the first state to decriminalize small amounts of hard drugs to get addicts more treatment and less time in jail. That experiment came through a first in the nation ballot referendum where voters approved the decriminalization of drugs.

Since that policy change took place in February 2021, drug overdoses have skyrocketed. Overdose deaths in Oregon are now up 41% at 1,069 deaths. By comparison, overdose deaths nationally rose roughly 15%.

Oregon now has the second-highest substance abuse rate in the nation. Almost one in five adults in the state are drug-addicted. Oregon ranks dead last in treatment access, perhaps because of the overload on the mental health/medical system under such easy access to and flippancy toward illicit drugs.

Drugs, Mental Health & Crime

Last week, a Danish researcher released a new study at the International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, finding that marijuana is now likely responsible for 25 percent of all new cases of schizophrenia in young men.

There has long been a connection found in various studies between marijuana use and schizophrenia, but this figure is higher than previous estimates. It would translate into tens of thousands of additional cases of new cases each year in the United States. Untreated, this could also equate to individual harm and high social costs with unemployment and disability very common among those with this condition. Unfortunately, too, violent crime is also common.

About half of all those with schizophrenia self-medicate with drugs, the most common being alcohol, marijuana, and/or cocaine. Those who have schizophrenia and use drugs such as marijuana are at least 400% more likely to commit a violent crime than the regular population.

Some authors and researchers are beginning to question if there is a connection between mental health, marijuana use, and violent crime, including school or mass shootings. It is interesting, if not necessarily a proven connection (yet), that the first four states to legalize marijuana, Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, have all seen “sharp increases” in violent crime since 2014. (While cause and effect are not yet sufficiently medically documented, marijuana use is undeniably common among large percentages of criminals as studied and noted by even the Obama administration.)

Town Hall with Indiana Atty General Rokita

The Indiana Family Institute and Life Church in Noblesville are hosting a town hall with Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita on Tuesday, July 12 at 5:30 pm at Life Church, 2200 Sheridan Road, Noblesville.

There has been a lot of legal action surrounding numerous issues of faith, life, family, and education from the AG’s office about which you will want to hear the latest updates and good news.

You can get tickets online here.

In Their Own Words:

“It’s alright all of us all living saying, ‘oh well there’s enough of us so we won’t have anymore, don’t let anybody else live.’ I don’t believe in that.” – John Lennon

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SCOTUS & Future Elections

U.S. Supreme Court Takes Case That Could Impact Future Elections

By Michelle Edwards • July 1, 2022 • UnCoverDC

In a groundbreaking move that could upend future federal elections, the U.S. Supreme Court announced Thursday that it would take up a case out of North Carolina that could potentially give state legislatures nationwide control over their states’ elections. After the court returns from summer break, it will hear Moore v. Harper, a case that emerged out of North Carolina’s latest redistricting cycle. The case saw the state Supreme Court’s Democratic majority reject voting maps drawn by the state’s Republican-led General Assembly.

On March 17, 2022, North Carolina’s GOP lawmakers petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to get involved and rule that—because of a critical clause in the U.S. Constitution that defines the independent state legislature theory—state courts do not have the power to reject congressional voting maps. Republican lawmakers want to resurrect the map that the state courts struck down. Meanwhile, a court-drawn map is being used for the 2022 midterms.

The issue has surfaced repeatedly in cases from North Carolina and Pennsylvania, where Democratic majorities on the states’ highest courts have invoked voting protections in their state constitutions to thwart the plans of Republican-dominated legislatures.

Read more here.

U.S. Supreme Court Takes Case That Could Impact Future Elections - Vote Stickers

U.S. Supreme Court Takes Case That Could Impact Future Elections – Vote Stickers

Life, Trans, and Lawlessness

Not Celebrating Life, Trans Kids Harm, Lawless Indy - AFA-IN

Not Celebrating Life, Trans Kids Harm, Lawless Indy – American Family Association of Indiana

Celebrating Life? Not So Much

I really thought I’d be overjoyed with the overturning of Roe after fifty years of a flawed ruling and 62 million aborted babies. After all, I have fought for the right to life for 30 years in the Indiana public square and the halls of government. So why do I feel so gloomy?

I think it is because I love America, and I am hurt by what I see.

This ruling tore the lid off the shocking state of spiritual darkness and evil that has poisoned the minds of a huge number of Americans. There’s no hiding from it or putting a good spin on it. We are becoming a nation of barbarians.

Some states, not all, perhaps half, will restrict abortion. This reality has people losing their sanity because the protecting life of the unborn might outweigh the ability to terminate the innocent.

The Bible talks about sin becoming so pervasive in a culture that people are “given over to a reprobate mind.” These are wicked people who cannot discern right from wrong. We have people who are violent in their desire to be sexually irresponsible in a time of unprecedented access to contraception. The callus things they say about sex, life, and abortion are incredibly illogical and shockingly vile.

It was Dietrich Bonhoeffer who said, “The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.” For a large swath of America, morality is simply gone. That fact saddens me.

This is a spiritual war. It needs spiritual weapons. Please make a point of regularly praying for our nation and for a return to God that we so desperately need.

(My friend Peter Heck hit the nail on the head with his article expressing some similar feelings.)

Headed Back to the Statehouse

The battle over life will soon shift to our state capitol.

Last week, Governor Eric Holcomb signed a proclamation calling for a special legislative session that may occur on July 6th. The session concerns a tax refund stemming from record tax revenues and helping Hoosiers from inflation and high gas prices (which most legislators underwrote by making Indiana among the highest gas tax states in the nation.). The two measures should equate to a $350 refund per taxpayer.

It seems likely that this return will lead soon thereafter to the legislature returning for a week to address the issue of abortion.

The additional session will be in response to the US Supreme Court’s Dobbs ruling on Friday allowing states to significantly restrict elective abortions.

This will be a major battle, as intense as the marriage amendment or RFRA. It is highly unlikely that the media will give the pro-life movement a fair or equal balance of coverage. (Most media outlets won’t even utter the words “pro-life.”)

We will need to pray and act by contacting our legislators in support of the life of the unborn.

AFA-IN will be there to advocate for the right to life. We could use your financial support for this critically important fight.

You can donate here.

You can contact your State Representative and State Senator through this link.

Ask your legislators to protect the life of the unborn here.

Americans Don’t Like Pro-Abortion Corporations

You may have heard that several corporations like Dick’s Sporting Goods, Disney, Nike, Salesforce, Starbucks, and others are now offering to pay for employees’ abortion and travel expenses in response to the SCOTUS ruling.

Such a radical announcement won’t go over well with most customers according to a new national poll. A USA Today poll finds that 68% of Americans do not want businesses weighing in one way or another on the abortion issue.

Picking and Choosing Supports Lawlessness

Marion County (Indianapolis) Prosecutor, Ryan Mears, has announced that he will not prosecute any doctor who performs an abortion. He also signed a pledge with over 80 other leftist prosecutors and attorneys general in 29 states in support of abortion.

Instead, the Soros-backed liberal, who also ignored the crimes of BLM rioters, claims he will focus on “violent crime and public safety issues.” Under Prosecutor Mears’ tenure, Indianapolis reached 100 murders in the first six months of this year, the earliest time ever to cross that mark. For example, in 2019, it was September before there were 100 murders in Indy. Last year Indianapolis set a tragic record of 271 homicides.

Creating a culture that respects life in our capital city seems beyond this prosecutor’s grasp. Ignoring the termination of the unborn won’t help.

Advocating for Children Harmed by Leftist Fantasies

Indiana Congressman, and Chairman of the Republican Study Committee, Jim Banks announced last week that he is introducing a bill called the “Protecting Minors from Medical Malpractice Act.” The legislation is designed to help individuals seek legal redress in court from medically dangerous and potentially sterilizing effects of gender transition experiments when they were minors.

Banks stated, “The Biden administration released official guidance recommending irreversible and life-altering surgery for minors too young to apply for a learner’s permit. These procedures lack any solid evidence and have been rejected by public health agencies around the world. Ten years from now, there will be hundreds of thousands of Americans who were permanently scarred by the radical left’s agenda before they reached adulthood. If Democrats truly supported gender-confused children, they’d support our effort to give them legal recourse.”

Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton is the sponsor of the Senate version. He noted, “Gender-transition procedures aren’t safe or appropriate for children. Unfortunately, radical doctors in the United States perform dangerous, experimental, and even sterilizing gender-transition procedures on young kids, who cannot even provide informed consent. Our bill allows children who grow up to regret these procedures to sue for damages. Any doctor who performs these irresponsible procedures on kids should pay.”

Both the House and Senate bills create a private right of action allowing people who had gender-transition procedures performed on them as minors to sue the medical practitioner who performed the procedure.

In Their Own Words:

“The fetus, though enclosed in the womb of its mother, is already a human being and it is a monstrous crime to rob it of the life which it has not yet begun to enjoy. If it seems more horrible to kill a man in his own house than in a field, because a man’s house is his place of most secure refuge, it ought surely to be deemed more atrocious to destroy a fetus in the womb before it has come to light.” – John Calvin, 1509-1564, French Theologian, Pastor, and Reformer

The NGO Project: Catholic Charities

A multibillion dollar affiliation.

By . June 25, 2022

Introduction

Catholic Charities (CC) first came on my radar growing up. They were in the community, I thought little of it. Fast forward many decades, the next time I can remember even thinking about this group was when they started greeting illegal migrants in DC that had been bused there by TX Governor Abbott.

TX Governor Abbott

TX Governor Abbott

The article is here.

“They (Catholic Charities) provide food, an opportunity to shower, and gift cards for migrants to spend at their discretion. They also bought toys for a family with young children, and have helped migrants with bus tickets to continue their journey. It’s split fairly evenly between migrants who are met by family or friends and stay in Washington, D.C., and those who have plans to travel elsewhere in the country….”

There was so much to unpack in this paragraph. What? Wait? A 501(c)(3) is giving away resources to illegal immigrants? Do the private donors of Catholic Charities know this? I could ask a lot of questions here.

Read more here.

 

 

Was the Gov Rejected? Disney Flops, Gun Laws

Was the Gov Rejected? Disney Flops, Gun Laws - AFA-IN

Was the Gov Rejected? Disney Flops, Gun Laws – American Family Association of Indiana

 

And Your Candidate’s Will Be . . .

Over the weekend nearly 1,800 delegates gathered for the Republican state party convention at the Indiana fairgrounds in Indianapolis. There were three candidates selected to be on the November ballot for statewide offices.

There were several good candidates running in the Republican convention for Treasurer and Secretary of State. The office of Auditor had only one candidate (Tera Klutz) who is running for re-election.

Perhaps the big story out of the convention was that former Mike Pence aide, Diego Morales, upset Governor Holcomb’s appointed incumbent Holli Sullivan for Secretary of State. Diego led right out of the gate by 286 votes, coming roughly 70 votes short of winning it outright. Diego, who had run a strong campaign for nearly two years, easily won the nomination on the second ballot. This was portrayed by several media sources as a rejection of Governor Holcomb.

The race for Treasurer was very close between Morgan County Republican County Chairman Dan Elliott and Boone County Councilwoman Elise Nieshalla. The race went back and forth with Dan Elliot winning on the third ballot by three votes. I believe that Elliot was competitive in large part due to his leading the fight to protect the marriage/pro-family plank in the party platform four years ago. Delegates remembered that and it was one of the items that drew his loudest applause line in his presentation speech.

Diego Morales will face Democrat Destiny Wells and Libertarian Jeff Mauer in November. For Auditor, Tera Klutz will face Democrat ZeNai Brooks a controller at Cummins Engine, and Dan Elliott will face Jessica McClellan the Treasurer of Monroe County. A Democrat has not held any of these statewide offices in 30 years. Both Morales and Elliott were endorsed by AFA of Indiana’s PAC.

Will it Make America Safer?

There is a lot of attention in the media on a group of Senate Republicans who are siding with Democrats to pass legislation for more gun control like magazine capacity limits, red flag laws, and more restrictions on so-called “assault weapons.”

Will it work to make America safer? If one looks to California as an example the answer is probably not. An FBI report finds that in the last two decades California has had more “active shooter” and mass shooting incidents than any other state. Yet, the Golden State has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation.

For starters, California has universal background checks, an “assault weapons” ban, a “high capacity” magazine ban, a 10-day waiting period on gun purchases, a red flag law, gun registration requirements, a “good cause” requirement for concealed carry permit issuance, a ban on carrying a gun on a college campus for self-defense, a ban on K-12 teachers being armed on campus for classroom defense, a background check requirement for ammunition purchases, and a limit on the number of guns a law-abiding citizen can purchase in a given month.

Interestingly, one site placed these active shooter incidents on a state chart with California at the top. Indiana was ranked at the very bottom.

Disney’s Gay Flop

The “woke” folks at the Disney Corporation blew it with their new kids’ movie Lightyear. There wasn’t much box office buzz about Buzz Lightyear this opening weekend after news leaked of a homosexual kiss scene being inserted into the popular Toy Story series.

Box office experts predicted that Lightyear would gross about $85 million in the US during its opening weekend a few days ago. Instead, it took in a dismal $51 million. It fared poorly across the globe too, taking in only $34 million overseas. This was far short of the $60 million predicted in global box office openings.

Once again, the adage comes true – “Go Woke, Go Broke.”

Secular Recognition of America’s Spiritual Decline

For the past two decades, Gallup Polling has tracked Americans’ perception of the nation’s “moral values.” Gallup’s Values and Beliefs poll conducted last month recorded the highest ranking ever as rating America’s moral values as bad. The lopsided finding reveals that 50% of Americans rate our moral values as poor (the highest on record by one percentage point.) Thirty-seven percent of those polled say U.S. morals are “only fair.” A mere 12% say the state of moral values is “good,” and only a mere 1% say America’s values are “excellent.”

Gallup claims Republicans’ “increasingly negative assessment” of the country’s moral values is mostly responsible for this record-high rating. However, 36 percent of Democrats also say the state of moral values is poor, with only 48 percent rating the condition of US values as only fair. Only 15 percent of Democrats say America’s moral condition is either excellent or good.

Both Republicans (93 percent) and Democrats (68 percent) say moral values in the U.S. are going downhill. Gallup noted that Democrats have gotten “significantly more pessimistic” since President Joe Biden took office when 49 percent thought values were declining. Seventy-four percent of independents say morals are getting worse.

There is not a great deal of clarity or unity on the major problems contributing to our low values. Most Americans (18 percent) point to “consideration of others” as the “most important problem with the state of moral values in the country today.”

Lack of faith/religion, lack of morals, sense of entitlement, and lack of family structure as a reason for the degeneration of morals in America are also cited.

Republicans are more likely to cite a lack of faith or religion than Democrats or Independents both of whom point to a lack of consideration.

I wonder if those pointing to a lack of consideration might agree with the suggestion to “love your neighbor as yourself” as one of the greatest teachings cited by Jesus in the Bible. Unfortunately, we can’t teach that in schools anymore, and our culture routinely mocks true followers of Christ.

Indiana Could Go Dark

A new report from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) shows the power grid covering Indiana facing a risk of disruption from a combination of factors like drought, heat, potential cyber-attacks, geopolitical conflicts, and supply chain problems. The report warns that there is a risk of possible electrical energy shortfalls or interruptions this summer during peak energy use times that might impact many Hoosiers.

Stand for Life

A huge battle for life is about to break out with the pending Supreme Court ruling turning this issue back to the states. You can take a stand for life this Saturday at the Indiana Statehouse at 2 pm on the south lawn. Learn more about this here.

In Their Own Words:

“Men will be free no longer than while they remain virtuous.”

“Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals.” – Samuel Adams

The NGO Project Part XXXV: CTCL in IN

Published by Election Data Analyzer (EDA) Newsletter

May 25, 2022

The NGO Project Part XXXV: CTCL in IN - Indiana Seal

The NGO Project Part XXXV: CTCL in IN – Indiana Seal

Introduction

Question: Is CTCL misrepresenting the information on the IRS Form 990 stating that the PURPOSE of the grants were to help support the SAFE administration of public elections during the Covid-19 pandemic?

Answer: It appears so given the results of both aggregate, state and county by county analysis as we will see below. It appears this is a quantifiable democrat ballot harvesting operation.

Background

This is Part XXXV in The NGO Project series which examines the role NGOs had in determinative outcomes in the 2020 Presidential Election. In prior articles, I focused on the effect the Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) had on AZ, CO, CT, GA, IA, IL, ME, ME, MI, MN, MT,NC, NH, NJ, NE, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA and WI.

This article will solely focus on CTCL in Indiana (IN).

Read more here.

Angry Indiana GOP Delegates Make Waves

Angry Indiana GOP delegates defeat sitting Secretary of State, nominate conservative

Governor Holcomb-appointed Secretary of State Holli Sullivan suffered an embarrassing defeat as activists at the State GOP Convention voted for Diego Morales, who promised to secure elections

by Margaret Menge • June 18, 2021 • Crossroads Report

Diego Morales, the insurgent conservative candidate for Secretary of State, has won the Republican nomination, defeating the incumbent Secretary of State, Holli Sullivan, who was appointed to the position last year by liberal Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb.

It’s a stunning defeat for establishment Republicans in the state, and a sign that Republican voters do not have confidence in the security of elections in Indiana and want change.

On the first ballot at the State GOP Convention, where nominees for Secretary of State, Treasurer and Auditor are chosen by elected delegates, Morales got almost 47% of the vote of delegates, compared to 34% for Holli Sullivan.

Read more here.

Diego Morales

Angry Indiana GOP delegates defeat sitting Secretary of State, nominate conservative – Diego Morales

Holli Sullivan, you have been served!!

Holli Sullivan, you have been served!!

Holli Sullivan, you have been served!!

If you are interested in viewing the complete letter of intent which was served to Holli Sullivan, Indiana’s current Secretary of State, please click on the link below. Sullivan was served by Indiana First Action with ’44 Notices of Intent to File’ against her surety bond.  This happened at the GOP State Convention. Sullivan lost her incumbency race on 6/18/2022 to Diego Morales at the GOP State Convention.  Morales will be on the ballot for the November general election.

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