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Friday Video – ESG & Free Speech

Friday Video - ESG & Free Speech - AFA-IN

Friday Video – ESG & Free Speech – American Family Association of Indiana

Friday Legislative Video

Stand up for free speech.    It’s a little shocking, but in today’s video, we talk about the need to protect free speech for churches, pastors, and counselors.  Senate Bill 350 prevents a city council or county council from silencing speech in a church or private counseling situation which has been attempted in some cities around Indiana.  People voluntarily seek counseling.  They do not need the government censoring the speech of a pastor or counselor whom they chose for guidance on human sexuality or other issues.  (The left often speaks of tolerance, but in reality, you say and think what they want, or they will not tolerate you.)

I also address the issue of ESG in House Bill 1008 concerning state investments, as well as House Bill 1407 – parental rights.

Here is today’s video:

You can call your Senator about SB 350 at 317-232-9400.

You can call your Representative about HB 1008 and HB 1407 at 317-232-9600.

Attacks on Faith, No to Woke, Protect Kids

Attacks on Faith, No to Woke, Protect Kids - AFA-IN

Attacks on Faith, No to Woke, Protect Kids – American Family Association of Indiana

Protecting Hoosier Children

There are two bills I want to mention in today’s email that concern the protection of children. Both bills could use calls to Representatives in support of them. (317-232-9600)

House Bill 1646 (Morris) concerns sexually abusive materials involving children. The bill allows the Indiana Attorney General to act against corporations that knowingly make such matter available through, for example, online servers. In other words, the AG could assess massive fines against Big Tech for allowing internet pornography or crimes against children.

House Bill 1503 (Speedy) concerns the regulation of sexually oriented businesses that operate near child-centered businesses. For example, I am aware of an adult bookstore opening near a Skyzone which is a business that caters to families and children. This bill passed the House with a strong bi-partisan vote last year, but sadly, saw no action in the Senate.

Americans Not in with Woke Businesses

A new Rasmussen poll finds that only 9% of adults think that the most important issues for companies to focus on are “causes like diversity and environmentalism.” An overwhelming 82% said there are other issues businesses should focus on, for example, 69% said companies should focus on “providing quality goods and services.” (What a novel idea!)

Perception vs Reality

Last week White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre pushed for an “assault weapons” ban at the federal level, saying, “The last time we had an ‘assault weapons’ ban on the books, thanks to the President and Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) leadership, mass shootings actually went down.” Ironically, she was reacting to a recent mass shooting in California which has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, including an “assault weapons” ban.

Her claim was debunked many years ago in a study by the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice. The NIJ made clear that the ban could not be credited with any reduction in crime. University of Pennsylvania professor Christopher Koper, the author of the NIJ report, wrote, “We cannot clearly credit the ban with any of the nation’s recent drop in gun violence. And, indeed, there has been no discernible reduction in the lethality and injuriousness of gun violence. . . The ban’s effects on gun violence are likely to be small at best and perhaps too small for reliable measurement.”

Senator Young Quickly Proven Wrong

Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, has written a blistering article specifically going after Indiana Senator Todd Young for his support of the misnamed “Respect for Marriage Act” that deserves to be read.

In the article, he points out how wrong Young was and how quickly he was proven so by a Christian police officer. The officer just lost his job for a Facebook post on his personal page in which he stated that marriage is the union of a man and a woman.

This was exactly what legal experts warned would happen if this bill became law. (President Biden gleefully signed it into law a month ago.) The religious protections in the bill that Sen. Young hid behind, only really protected pastors in churches. In this case, this aspiring young police officer simply cited the Bible and what it says about marriage. Within 24 hours he was compared to a racist, required to turn in his badge, and placed on administrative leave by his superiors. So much for religious freedom and free speech. Please take a minute to read this powerful article:

https://washingtonstand.com/commentary/perkins-policemans-resignation-shows-the-fallout-over-marriage-has-begun

Faith Under Fire

Last week I saw a local headline but forgot to go back and read it. Later I read about it from former Reagan Domestic Policy Advisor Gary Bauer. He sums it up far better than I could. He wrote:

“When a criminal discovers faith and accepts Jesus, that’s usually something to celebrate. Men and women who are changed by faith are less likely to fall back into a life of crime. But if you’re a radical secular atheist such conversions are cause for concern and anger.

Over the last four years, more than 300 inmates in the Decatur County, Indiana, prison system have embraced Christianity and were baptized. I’d love to see someone follow the lives of those individuals and report back a few years from now.

Unfortunately, the intolerant bigots at the Freedom From Religion Foundation aren’t celebrating these changed lives. In fact, they’re downright indignant and demanding that the faith-based programs in the prisons be shutdown.

For decades, we’ve been told that in deference to the child in the public school who is an atheist, school prayer had to be taken away for all children. In America, it’s “live and let live,” and that child shouldn’t be forced to hear a prayer.

Well, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is a left-wing atheist group. But there’s no “live and let live” with the left. No one is claiming that an atheist prisoner in Decatur County, Indiana, was forced to be baptized. The radical atheists just don’t want religion anywhere.

The left initially says that it just wants “tolerance and inclusion.” But it quickly starts making demands and forcing its values on the rest of us, like forcing men and women of faith to perform abortions, participate in same-sex marriages or changing a child’s gender without their parents’ knowledge.”

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In Their Own Words:

“The transcendent and overruling principle of the first settlers of New England was conscience.” – John Quincy Adams

 

Attempt to Centralize Power

Our friends at Hoosiers for Medical Liberty have been monitoring this situation and have lots of helpful information, so you can learn more.  Hoosiers can have input on the local level when dealing with their county board of health, but as you can see from this article, it appears to be nearly impossible to do the same at the state level.

Alert: Indiana Senate to hold hearing on bill to centralize power over public health

Hearing on Senate Bill 4 at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis starts at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1 – testimony from the public is welcomed (and needed!)

Margaret Menge • January 30, 2023 • Crossroads Report

It’s hard to believe, but the Indiana Department of Health is not only not willing to apologize for pushing a dangerous vaccine on all Hoosiers and continuing to do so when it was evident that the vaccine was killing some people and causing serious neurological damage in others — but it’s now looking to take power away from county health departments and take more complete control over public health decisions in the state.

The bill that would allow it to do this is Senate Bill 4, authored by Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso), Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) and Sen. Chip Perfect (R-Lawrenceburg).

But the bill is not really theirs.

It’s from the Governor’s Public Health Commission, which was chaired by Judy Monroe and former state Senator Luke Kenley.

Read more here.

Attempt to Centralize Power - Stethoscope with chart

Attempt to Centralize Power – Stethoscope with chart

Call for Ban on Private Funding

You Count Indiana is happy to see Congressman Jim Banks take a stand on this issue.

House Republicans Call for Ban on Big Tech Private Funding of Elections

Fred Lucas • January 10, 2023 • The Daily Signal

House Republicans Call for Ban on Big Tech Private Funding of Elections - Congress

House Republicans Call for Ban on Big Tech Private Funding of Elections – House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California, and Representative Jim Banks (R), Republican of Indiana, holds a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 9, 2022. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

Some House Republicans are urging federal action to bar private money from bankrolling election administration after a Big Tech-aligned group that made controversial grants in 2020 is issuing another round of grants aimed at the 2024 elections.

“Private money has no place in public election infrastructure,” Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., told The Daily Signal in a statement.

The Daily Signal first reported last week that the U.S. Alliance for Election Excellence, a project of the Center for Tech and Civic Life, has given out $500,000 grants to at least two election jurisdictions—Greenwich, Connecticut, and Macoupin County, Illinois. On Friday, the Wisconsin State Journal reported that the city of Madison received $1.5 million from the group.

Read more here.

Despite Ban, Partnership Continues

It’s so very troubling to see this continue.

Despite State’s ‘Zuckerbucks’ Ban, Group Partners With Election Offices

Fred Lucas • January 27, 2023 • The Daily Signal

Despite Ban, Partnership Continues - US-VOTE-BALLOTS

Despite Ban, Partnership Continues – A Utah County election worker processes early voting ballots at the Utah County Election offices in Provo, Utah on November 4, 2022, ahead of the midterm elections November 8. (Photo by GEORGE FREY / AFP) (Photo by GEORGE FREY/AFP via Getty Images)

The group that distributed most of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s controversial election grants in 2020 has designated at least two Utah counties as part of a new effort, despite a state ban on private money funding election operations.

The two local juridictions are Cache County, with a population of 137,00, and Weber County, population 267,000.

The U.S. Alliance for Election Excellence, a group launched by the Center for Tech and Civic Life and other left-leaning organizations, designated the Utah counties as participants in its plans for 2024.

Read more here.

Update from Indiana First Action

Update from Indiana First Action

Hope you are well and that you enjoyed the blessed holidays and New Year!   The IFA team is hard at work disecting all of the election integrity bills that dropped at the Statehouse for 2023.  There are a bunch….44 to be exact   We are supporting 7 out of the 44 bills, and possibly more if some amendments/deletions are made.  Anytime electronic systems are added to our precincts, that is a nonstarter.

Senator Jon Ford has brought forth the most comprehensive and impactful bills for Hoosier voters this year, and we applaud his efforts!   SB 262 and 370 fall right in line with IFA’s 12 points for Secure Elections.  Please be sure to call, thank and support him for putting forth these measures (see graphic for details).

Representatives Mike Speedy’s HB1505 and Aylesworth’s HB1225 brought forth the strongest election bills on the House side.  Well done Messrs. Ford, Aylesworth and Speedy.  To view the bills for yourself, click here and type in the number of the bill you want to read.

NOW it is up to YOU!   Here is how you can help from the comfort of your couch.   Call the Senate/House Election Committee members and tell them you support the below bills and want a full floor vote.  When it comes time for that vote, then the process of calling YOUR elected official is imperative to get these bills passed.  Without your phone calls or VM messages, we will lose our opportunity to affect change.  If you would like to be part of our Communication Squad who receives weekly Calls to Action (more laser focused), we would love to hear from you.   Simply respond and say “I’m in!”

In other news, IFA Expose’ Rumble Video that received nationwide support has now been viewed over 29k times!!!!  Amazing, huh?!   Our newest video, the Canvassing Wrap Up, was uploaded as well.   Check it out.

Be Blessed,

Marie

Director

Indiana 2023 Election Integrity Legislation

Indiana 2023 Election Integrity Legislation

Jeremy Kappell Interview

Jeremy Kappell Interview

Dr. Shawn Benzinger of You Count Indiana interviewed meteorologist, Jeremy Kappell. He’s from New Albany, Indiana. He was in broadcast for twenty years in various states. When he was in New York, he made various advancements in his local area for the improving weather forecasting. One fateful day on the air, he stumbled over his words. Listen to the interview to hear his story.

Jeremy can be found at WXLIVE on Facebook, Patreon, and Rumble.

Jeremy’s book: The Calm During the Storm: Persevering Thru Chaos & Fear With Unwavering Faith

Jeremy Kappell Interview

Jeremy Kappell Interview

Friday Video Legislature’s 2nd Week

Friday Video Legislature's 2nd Week - AFA-IN

Friday Video Legislature’s 2nd Week – American Family Association of Indiana

Legislative Friday Video

Here is our Friday video for the 2nd week of your Indiana General Assembly. I mention four bills today. I also make note of the hearing before the Indiana State Supreme Court yesterday as Justices heard arguments concerning the new law on abortion, passed in the special session this past summer.

 

 

Voting Issues Lead Some States to Tighten Security

You Count Indiana is pleased to see some states are making corrections to their voting systems. A lack of election integrity negatively affects us all.

As mail ballots, machines mar voting in some states, others seek to tighten election security

California cannot account for 10 million ballots, while Alaska seeks to strengthen chain of custody for absentee ballots.

By Natalia Mittelstadt • Just the News • Updated January 18, 2023 • Subscribe here.

A New Jersey county realized an election was incorrectly called after a voting machine error, California rejected more than 200,000 mail ballots in 2022, and Arizona’s largest county is investigating an array of Election Day issues.

Is it any wonder that other states are seeking to tighten their election laws to avoid similar issues?

California election officials rejected 226,250 mail ballots during the 2022 primary and general elections, the first election cycle when the state did mass mail balloting, according to a report by the Public Interest Legal Foundation, an election integrity law firm. While Californians can choose to vote in person, all active registered voters will automatically receive mail ballots for elections.

Read more here.

Voting Issues Lead Some States to Tighten Security - Election Integrity Event-Voter on Election Day

Voting Issues Lead Some States to Tighten Security – Election Integrity Event-Voter on Election Day

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There is a shift in thinking when ‘WE’ understand that we are “at all times” able to “alter, reform and/or abolish” our government. We are not demanding nor asking. We’re just doing it.

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