Our culture has recently accepted two beliefs previously seen as conflicting. Come to our June luncheons for a discussion of what caused this worldview shift, and how we should respond!
Challenger Natalie Stites Means & Mayor Steve Allender answer questions from the audience at a recent forum in Rapid City hosted by The Rapid City Chamber, The North Rapid Civic Association, The Black Hills Works A Team, Homeslice Media Group & Western Dakota Tech.
During the 2019 Legislative Session the SD House of Representatives adopted House Resolution 1003, which denounced the recent passage of New York’s abortion law and requested that Governor Noem declare a day of prayer and fasting to atone for the unspeakable crime of abortion. The Governor agreed, and has declared May 4th as a statewide day of prayer and fasting for all.
State of South Dakota Office of the Governor
Whereas, On the forty-sixth anniversary to the day of the Roe v. Wade decision, the Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, the fifty-sixth Governor of the state of New York, signed into law an act that permits nearly limitless abortion of a child in utero, even in the last moments before that child’s eyes see the light beyond the womb; and,
Whereas, Other states in our Union may seek to follow this path. All life is sacred and that every person has dignity and worth. We are speaking of fully-formed babies. We are speaking of human beings with fully-formed hearts and lungs, eyes and mouths, hands and feet, utterly indistinguishable from our own children and grandchildren; and,
Whereas, Life is sacred from the moment of conception. We know, by the eternal law and the evidence of history, that the destruction of innocent life cries out to heaven for justice. With all humility and in fitting fear for perdition, it is thus proper to bow before the unseen Author of all life and beg mercy in atonement for our sins and the sins of our countrymen, that the cause of our sadness might be lifted from this land and harmony among all restored; and,
Now, Therefore, I, Kristi Noem, Governor of the state of South Dakota do hereby proclaim May 4, 2019, as
A DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING FOR ALL
In South Dakota and I respectfully request people of all creeds or none at all to observe this day with solemn mourning and pleas to heaven as best their consciences do direct.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the state of South Dakota, in Pierre, the Capitol City, this First Day of April in the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Nineteen.
Kristi Noem, Governor
Attest: Steven J. Barnett, Secretary of State
Due to weather we rescheduled our Aberdeen Legislative Report Luncheon, and added dinner in Mitchell to the agenda! On April 29 we will be joining SD Right to Life in Aberdeen for a luncheon, then going to Mitchell that evening for dinner! Click the links below for more information on each event and to register!
Every year we put together a scorecard to show how each legislator voted on the issues FHA Action took a position on during the Legislative Session. Click the link below to see how your legislator scored!
“The person who agrees with you 80% of the time is a friend and an ally – not a 20 percent traitor.” -Ronald Reagan
Governor Kristi Noem, Governor Doug Burgum, Governor Kim Reynolds and Governor Pete Ricketts have called each of their states to prayer on April 7 in response to the recent flooding.
PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem has declared Sunday, April 7, 2019, a Statewide Day of Prayer for South Dakotans affected by the flooding and disastrous conditions. “In the last few weeks, South Dakota has been deeply impacted by extreme weather and severe flooding,” said Noem. “As a result of these storms, many communities have been left with destroyed roads, bridges, and culverts, stranded livestock, and flooded homes.” Continue Reading
LINCOLN –Governor Pete Ricketts has signed a proclamation declaring Sunday, April 7, 2019 as a Statewide Day of Prayer for Nebraskans affected by the flooding and disastrous conditions throughout the state.“Nebraska has experienced the most widespread natural disaster in state history,” said Governor Ricketts. “The unprecedented flooding and severe weather have led 81 of our 93 counties to issue disaster declarations.” Continue Reading
We are partnering with South Dakota Right to Life to bring you 3 Legislative Report events! Sioux Falls, Rapid City & Aberdeen. Come for a detailed discussion of the issues FHA and RTL worked on during the 2019 Legislative Session! RSVP today!
Sioux Falls – April 2 – Click Here for more information
Rapid City – April 5 – Click Here for more information
Aberdeen – April 11 – Click Here for more information
Resolutions passed by the Legislature have no weight of law, but simply send a message from the body. Here is one from week 9 that deserves the spotlight:
HR1006 “Recognizing the deleterious effects of gambling and video lottery.”
A RESOLUTION, Recognizing the deleterious effects of gambling and video lottery.
WHEREAS, at the time of statehood, in 1889, the framers of the Constitution of South Dakota recognized the dangers inherent in gambling and sagaciously prohibited the activity under any pretense or for whatever purpose; and
WHEREAS, approximately a century later, an insatiable desire for revenue opened the door to gambling, including a lottery that is devoted to the operation of state government and then video lottery; and
WHEREAS, more than 1,300 video lottery casinos are now situated across this state; and
WHEREAS, video lottery annually contributes between eighty-eight and one hundred ten million dollars to the coffers of this state, thereby accounting for six to seven percent of the state’s annual revenue; and
WHEREAS, video lottery is often referred to as the crack cocaine of gambling because it is recognized as the most addictive form of gambling; and
WHEREAS, South Dakota is now estimated to have between 13,000 and 26,000 pathological gamblers; and
WHEREAS, South Dakota now has the undesirable distinction of being ranked second in the nation with respect to gambling addiction; and
WHEREAS, research indicates that the annual cost to a state for each pathological gambler is in excess of fourteen thousand dollars; and
WHEREAS, crime statistics confirm significant increases in armed robbery, burglary, theft, embezzlement, and family violence, as well as suicide, since the institution of video lottery; and
WHEREAS, since the institution of video lottery, the exorbitant and ever-increasing social costs associated with this form of gambling have taken their toll both directly and indirectly on individuals, on families, on our businesses and communities, and on the health and well being of our state:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the House of Representatives of the Ninety-Fourth Legislature of the State of South Dakota, that the Legislature recognizes the deleterious effects of gambling and particularly of video lottery and that the Legislature invites and encourages the Governor and representatives of various public and private sector entities to join together for the purpose of responsibly reducing and ultimately eliminating this state’s reliance on revenues that are generated through the video lottery and other forms of addictive gambling.
Image and content from DayofMourning.org:
The state of New York just voted to expand abortion access right up to the birth of the baby! To celebrate this unbelievable
depravity they lit the One World Trade Center in pink! Women used to celebrate motherhood and find joy in their children. Today, in places like New York City, they are taking joy in destroying their children. The state of New York has crossed a line of inhumanity that should drive us to our knees. Forty-six years of the state-sanctioned killing of our most helpless and defenseless children should cause us to weep, to mourn, and to take action. What is to be thought of a society that kills her own children? What will the future be of such a heartless society that celebrates such barbaric inhumanity?
“If the foundations be destroyed what shall the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3) We are calling for a national Day of Mourning and repentance. We are in desperate need for God to move upon the hearts of young and old in our nation. If our hearts do not break over the killing of these little image bearers of God in the womb, then how can we expect those growing up in this lost, confused and decadent culture to take our message seriously? Join us February 23rd for a “Day of Mourning.”
– WEAR BLACK
– DON’T SHOP
– CLOSE BUSINESSES
– REPENT FOR ABORTION
The first winter storm of the season is always a bit of a surprise. The day starts sunny and bright; construction workers run around on roof tops in t-shirts; moms take their kids to the park; homeowners put their plants on the porch to squeeze the last few rays of sunshine out of the fall. Then the storm front builds on the horizon. The roofers throw down tiles as fast as army ants; moms hurry their kids back home in strollers and bouncing on their hip; homeowners hustle their plants inside as the wind kicks up, blowing leaves from one yard to the next. There is a bite in the wind. And the storm descends. The snow swirls, then the white begins to accumulate, visibility ranges from vague to nothing. Whatever needed to be done is done, and everyone hunkers down to wait out the storm. Except for Eddie. And Phil and me.
We were heading home from Billings to Rapid with a stop off in Sheridan for fuel. The main difference between us and Eddie was that we were on four wheels and Eddie was on two. Of course, Phil had to connect. The front surfaces of Eddie’s bike were caked with ice and snow. The only part of him that we could see were his eyes.
“You remind me of my sons! I’m Phil.”
“Where are you headed?”
“Billings to Denver.”
“Eddie, I have to ask. Are you doing this because you have to or because you want to?”
“Because I have to.” Bold, determined sigh.
“Eddie, do you know God?”
His eyes lit up. “Yes!”
“Can I pray for you?”
Again his eyes showed his approval.
Phil prayed for Eddie’s safety and courage and then gave him his cell number.
“Let me know when you get there. We’ll be praying for you all the way to the finish line.”
This isn’t just a cool, epic story. There is a parallel here that we don’t want you to miss.
The team at Family Heritage Alliance works on public policy. Much like the seasons of the year, politics has an ebb and flow, a dynamic of preparation, accomplishment, regrouping, planning. And much like Eddie, despite all the planning we can end up doing our work in some very uncomfortable climates. Not all our work is because we want to; much of it is because we have to. In order to see God honored in South Dakota, we have to take a stand, at times even opposing our friends. In order to see life being valued, we battle for the unborn and the elderly. In order to see families thrive, we support the education of our children from a Biblical worldview. And the climate is not always favorable.
But like Eddie, people come alongside us at FHA to pray for us, to point us toward resources and contacts, and to support us financially towards our goals. In this season in America and in the state of South Dakota, we cannot do this work without you. Your prayers and financial support are key in the success of this journey.
You may be wondering what happened to Eddie. He texted us late that night. He stopped in a small Wyoming town to spend the night. The hotel receptionist gave him a room and a meal at no charge. I’m sure that not only fed his body, but his soul as well. Eddie told Phil that he had no idea how his tires stuck to the road, but they did. “God must have done that.”
We are thankful that we reached out to Eddie and didn’t miss being a part of his adventure. Will you join us in being a part of what we can accomplish this year through FHA?
Today is #GivingTuesday, and the beginning of our end-of-year fundraiser. The recent Stand Banquets gave us a much needed boost, but we need an additional $20,000 in 501c4 Non-tax-deductible funds in order to be successful in the 2019 Legislative Session. We also are in need of $20,000 in 501c3 tax-deductible funds to support our continued work! Whether you are looking for a year-end tax-deduction or have a desire to support our efforts at the capitol, we need your help to reach our goal of raising $20,000 in 501c3 and $20,000 in 501c4 funds by January 31st!
As always, checks to Family Heritage Alliance or FHA Action can be sent to PO Box 329, Rapid City, SD 57709. Thank you for standing with us through all types of weather!
-Phil & Charlotte Shively