August 2018 CALL TO ACTION - Part 2
Our ability to make a difference in our nation is directly tied to our willingness to get involved.
The rapid rate of the daily news cycle and the frenetic pace that seems to dictate our daily lives requires that we must adjust our efforts to impact political decision-making.
In short - we must do more.
To that end, I'm adjusting our publication of the Call to Action based upon important issues as they come to our attention. What that means is we may publish more than one per month.
The format of our Call to Action will now include a specific date, and may include more than one topic of concern for you to respond to. Although I would hope that all of you would engage with each of the issues brought to your attention, I'm counting on all of you to respond to at least one issue - the one that most resonates with you as you read through the options.
Today, you'll find three items of interest that all have been negatively impacted because our governing officials have abdicated their responsibility to govern according to the Constitution. Each of these will have a link to follow, and in some cases, suggested wording for you to cut/paste in your email to elected officials.
Our time is growing short, the Leftists are growing more violent, and our Republic is in peril. The USFA's impact and influence are only as great as the number of our members who engage.
I'm pleading with you to do so.
BACKGROUND FOR ACTION FROM ACT FOR AMERICA
Rest in Peace Mollie
ACT for America stands with the Tibbetts family in mourning the loss of their precious, 20-year-old daughter, Mollie Tibbetts. Mollie, who disappeared while jogging in Brooklyn, Iowa, had her entire life ahead of her.
A young student, with dreams of graduating from the University of Iowa, is now permanently separated from her family. Iowa police officials believe Christhian Rivera is responsible for the death of Mollie.
Christhian Rivera, is not a US citizen. In fact, he is a criminal illegal alien who had no business living within our borders. Mollie's tragic death is yet another direct result of failed immigration policies that Congress has purposely ignored to fix over the last several decades.
We are calling on Congress to finally, once-and-for-all secure our borders and enforce strict immigration policies that put the safety and security of American families first. Enough gridlock, enough partisan politics. This is a matter of life and death.
It's time for Congress to do the job they were elected to do. Click below to sign our petition demanding border security now. This petition will be hand delivered to members of Congressional Leadership.
TAKE ACTION NOW!
This one is for Mollie Tibbetts, Kate Steinle, Kayla Cuevas, Nisa Mickens and every other innocent American who has suffered at the hands of a criminal illegal alien.
Your thoughts and prayers alone are not enough this time - we need your action. Please join us in this fight.
ACT for America
ACT for America is the nation's largest national security grassroots organization with over 1 million members dedicated to keeping America safe and it's citizens secure from all threats foreign & domestic. Click here to support our efforts.
FROM FIRST LIBERTY
I’m writing to ask you to sign First Liberty’s Petition to President Trump on behalf of a U.S. Army chaplain threatened by elements of the “deep state” for simply obeying his faith.
Last week, an Army investigator formally recommended a charge of “dereliction of duty” against Chaplain Scott Squires, with possible court martial and military prison.
Scott, a decorated soldier of 25 years—including multiple tours in Afghanistan, Africa, and the Middle East—is stationed at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.
How did a hero like Scott Squires get in such hot water?
He politely declined to conduct a “Strong Bonds” marriage retreat that was to include a same-sex couple. Leading the retreat would have violated his religious beliefs on marriage and the beliefs of his “endorsing agency,”the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. In fact, Army regulations require chaplains to follow the rules of their endorsing agencies.
So Scott simply arranged for another chaplain (who had no conscience conflict) to do the retreat instead. That way, he followed military regulations and his endorsing agency’s rules!
Problem solved, right? Wrong.
The Army hit Chaplain Squires with a full-blown investigation—last week recommending he be punished for dereliction of duty.
This is a serious charge. As I said, it could mean court martial and military prison.
Thankfully, Scott contacted First Liberty’s Military Affairs Division. First Liberty is “first” in the defense of religious freedom in the U.S. Military. We have more than a 90 percent win rate in military legal battles due to our elite-level First Liberty Attorney Network and our experience in military law.
But Frank, something sinister is happening in this case. And that’s why I’m asking for you to add your name to our Petition to President Trump.
You see, On May 4, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order which said, in part:
“All executive departments and agencies (agencies) shall, to the greatest extent practicable and to the extent permitted by law, respect and protect the freedom of persons and organizations to engage in religious and political speech.”
These departments include the U.S. Military. Why, then, did the Army violate Chaplain Squires religious liberty—provoking this heated legal battle?
The answer largely lies with the “deep state.”
The deep state includes government employees who simply oppose policies like the widespread exercise of religious freedom.
Many powerful “deep state” officials scattered throughout government agencies, such as the U.S. Military, don’t want religious freedom to exist if government is anywhere nearby. And now they are defying the order of the commander in chief!
It’s a showdown. Will an executive order that mandates religious freedom win? Or will a rogue faction opposed to religious freedom force its anti-freedom view on everyone else and get away with it?
That’s why I’m asking you to donate now to help First Liberty’s legal team as we defend Chaplain Squires. And when you donate, you can also add your name to First Liberty’s Petition to President Trump, alerting him to the violation of Chaplain Squires’ religious freedom (and other violations we are fighting in the military)...and requesting the President step in and enforce his religious liberty order.
Just think: If the government can force a chaplain—and ordained minister—to violate his or her faith, and even destroy their career for obeying their faith, then where will it stop? We need to put the brakes on this dangerous attack right away.
Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq.
President, CEO & Chief Counsel
First Liberty Institute
BACKGROUND FOR ACTION FROM THE AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION
Target Still Hasn't Learned Its Lesson
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
As the nation prepares for the back-to-school season, Target still hasn’t learned its lesson.
Earlier this summer, a voyeur was caught taking pictures of two sisters in a Detroit-area Target changing room. This frightening incident is not the first to happen at Target because of its dangerous and misguided restroom and fitting room policy—and it won't be the last.
What was Target thinking when it proudly announced to the world in April 2016 that it allows men to use women's restrooms and changing areas in its stores? Certainly not that voyeurs and predators are looking for places where they can victimize women and children, otherwise, the retailer would have never made such a perilous business decision.
Just days after that announcement, the American Family Association initiated #BoycottTarget, a movement that has brought together American families who have said "enough is enough." More than 1.5 million people have signed the boycott pledge, vowing not to shop at Target until the company reverses its politically correct but potentially dangerous policy. These families—and AFA's boycott—have had a significant effect on both Target's foot traffic and sales.
As millions are doing their back-to-school shopping, AFA continues to remind families that shopping at Target just isn't worth the risk. Even though Target continues to be unapologetic, the #BoycottTarget efforts are having impact. But beyond the financial implications for the company, this is an important cultural issue, and Target chose to make itself the example by issuing a proactive statement on its not only controversial but alienating policy.
AFA has made it clear since the boycott began that our worries do not stem from fear of the transgender community, but rather from the very real threat that predators and voyeurs, or anyone with evil intentions, would take advantage of the Target bathroom policy to harm women and children. And they have.
Besides the incident near Detroit this summer, there are other frightening examples of predators taking advantage of Target's policy. You can find some of those examples on our #BoycottTarget webpage at www.afa.net/Target.
Despite the dangers, Target has not budged on its policy, other than to state that family restrooms would be installed in stores not already equipped with them. That's not enough. Women’s restrooms and fitting rooms still have an open door to potential predators, putting mothers, daughters, wives and children at risk.
This boycott will not end until all are safe in Target restrooms and changing areas. With enough pressure, I truly believe America’s families can stop this insanity before more women and children become victims and are scarred with experiences they can never forget.
Here's the bottom line: Target is still presenting risk and danger to women and children. But since the start of the #BoycottTarget initiative, concerned families and shoppers are making an unprecedented impact on a corporation whose policy is to allow men to use women's restrooms and dressing rooms.
Target's actions are unacceptable for families, and this policy continues to put women and children in harm's way. We must keep the pressure on Target by avoiding stores during back-to-school shopping and educate Target to the fact that its bathroom policy earns a failing grade.
- If you haven't already, sign the #BoycottTarget pledge. Invite your family and friends to sign the pledge too.
- Forward this information to friends and family. Invite them to sign the boycott pledge at www.afa.net/target.
- Call Target headquarters at 612-304-6073 and personally let them know you are boycotting their stores.
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Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association
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