GOOD NEWS: Ohio’s pro-life Heartbeat Bill, H.B. 248, has just been referred to the Ohio House Health Committee! The Health Committee chair is Rep. Lynn Wachtmann, one of the bill’s prime sponsors. And several pro-life champions serve on this committee!
But we need YES votes from other members of the committee.
ACTION: Call and email these Health Committee members. Leave a short message urging them to “Please pass the Heartbeat Bill before Thanksgiving.”
-Rep Barbara Sears, 614-466-1731, Email Rep Sears HERE
-Rep Anne Gonzales, 614-466-4847, Email Rep Gonzales HERE
-Rep Tim W. Brown, 614-466-8104, Email Rep Brown HERE
*Rep Ryan Smith, 614-466-1366, Email Rep Smith HERE
*Rep Brian Hill, 614-644-6014, Email Rep Hill HERE
*Rep Jay Hottinger, 614-466-1482, Email Rep Hottinger HERE
*Rep Terry Johnson, 614-466-2124, Email Rep Johnson HERE
*Rep Kirk Schuring, 614-752-2438, Email Rep Schuring HERE
*Rep Ron Hood, 614-466-1464, Email Rep Hood HERE
*Rep Ron Maag, 614-644-6023, Email Rep Maag HERE
*Rep Matt Lynch, 614-644-5088, Email Rep Lynch HERE
*Chairman Lynn Wachtmann, 614-466-3760, Email Rep Wachtmann HERE
*Asterisk/Green indicates co-sponsors–Thank them!
Hours after posting this four and a half minute video, YouTube posted the message: “Your video has been removed as a violation of YouTube’s policy prohibiting hate speech.” We moved the video over to Vimeo and it did not take long for them to censor it as well.
Faith2Action President Janet Porter issued the following statement to the Press: “The censorship by both YouTube and Vimeo has made the point of the film we’re now producing–the homosexual movement seeks to silence all those who disagree,” stated Porter.
“Here’s what Christians must know: if they can silence the truth, they will silence the Gospel.”
***NOTE: No Children smoked a cigarette in this video or were encouraged to do so.
Gary Glenn, Director of the American Family Association of Michigan, explained in the video: “Oxford University’s International Journal of Epidemiology says for college age men who engage in homosexual behavior, they risk losing 8-20 years of their life. That’s up to three times more years of life put at risk by engaging in homosexual behavior as smoking tobacco.”
“While censoring scientific evidence as ‘hate speech,’ YouTube and Vimeo have no problem hosting hundreds of videos that berate, insult, and vilify Christians,” stated Porter. “YouTube and Vimeo postings which do not violate their ‘hate speech’ regulations include calling Christians every profane and insulting word imaginable–and videos entitled, ‘I Hate Christians’. YouTube and Vimeo have NO PROBLEM with that,’” she added.
Porter warned of this threat in her book, The Criminalization of Christianity, published in 2005. She also initiated the pro-life Heartbeat Bill, now the nation’s most protective laws in Arkansas and North Dakota.
Despite what we’ve been hearing for months, the battle for marriage isn’t about “equality.” It’s about the freedom. Not the freedom to marry, which already exists. Everyone in America is free to marry. What we oppose is changing the definition of marriage. Take a look at the video below to find out why and to get a glimpse of what happens if the battle for marriage is lost:
On March 26th, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple signed into law a bill that would protect unborn children with beating hearts from as early as six weeks after conception. It is scheduled to go into effect in August. North Dakota joins Arkansas as the two states in which heartbeat legislation has become law. In Arkansas, after an initial loss in 2011, State Senator Jason Rapert successfully led the charge to pass the nation’s first Heartbeat Law! Despite the veto of Governor Mike Beebe, who claimed the bill was “unconstitutional,” the Arkansas Senate voted 20-14 on Tuesday, March 5, and the House voted 56-33 on Wednesday, March 6, in favor of overriding his veto.
Be encouraged and inspired as you find out how the Arkansas Heartbeat Bill became law in the video below!
It gets better: On Friday, March 15th, North Dakota passed a Heartbeat bill through their Senate and is sending it to their Governor for his signature!
Heartbeat Bills are also pending in Mississippi, Kentucky, and Wyoming, and soon to be introduced in Michigan and re-introduced in Ohio! The wildfire has begun!
Last November voters in Maine, Maryland, and Washington voted for same-sex “marriage” which not only re-defines marriage, but will re-define how children are taught and how businesses and churches can legally operate.
What’s at stake? Obama-appointed Commissioner to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Chai Feldblum said it best. When asked about the rights of Christians to hire employees of their choice, her answer was simple: “Gays win, Christians lose.”
View the Trailer to “The Criminalization of Christianity Documentary”
In addition, the Supreme Court is expected to hand down a decision on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 pro-marriage vote, by June of this year–critical decisions for the future of marriage and our freedoms.
You can see a snapshot of where we are in the marriage battle across the country in the map below. But just because your state may be a dark blue, constitutionally-protected marriage state does not mean you’re safe. Signatures are now being gathered to put homosexual “marriage” on the ballot in states like Ohio and Pennsylvania–despite the voters’ clear decision to protect marriage in their state constitution as the union of one man and one woman.
*Courtesy of: the National Conference of State Legislatures
But it’s more than marriage. When a state redefines marriage it affects everyone. As we saw in Massachusetts, once marriage was redefined, the curriculum was changed to teach homosexual marriage as “normal” and “acceptable” beginning in kindergarten. When Massachusetts parent, David Parker tried to remove his child out of class during this indoctrination, he was thrown in jail. Businesses like Elane Photography in New Mexico have been fined thousands of dollars and are still battling in court for refusing to photograph “same-sex ceremonies” because of their Christian beliefs.
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship has been kicked off yet another campus, Rollins College in Orlando Florida, for refusing to put homosexual activists in leadership roles. As I said in my book, if they can silence the truth, they will silence the Gospel. In the last election pro-marriage advocates were outspent seven to one. Millions are now being spent to attack marriage elsewhere. What can be done to help? There is a way you can impact the battle in every state by providing the tool for churches, pro-family groups, and the grassroots fighting for marriage: A documentary film. Faith2Action would like to produce a documentary film entitled The Criminalization of Christianity, the same title as Janet (Folger) Porter’s book which was released by Multnomah in 2005. Why make this film? Why fight this battle? Because the Criminalization of Christianity is what happens if we lose. There are those who say it’s too late for marriage…too late for America. But, our nation began with an under-funded remnant devoted to God. What can happen if we make the case for marriage in time to save it?