Recently FHA received a call from a distraught chaplain at the Fort Meade Chapel. It seems that the beautiful Christian-themed stained glass chapel windows have been covered to create a “religiously neutral” space.
In fact, the Veterans Health Administration’s Directive 1111 requires that VA facilities’ chapels be “religiously neutral, reflecting no particular faith tradition.” Fort Meade has opted to keep these windows covered at all times, unless a religious service is occurring.
FHA contacted Congresswoman Kristi Noem’s staff to advise of this situation. The response was immediate as the Congresswoman wrote a letter to the Veterans Administration Secretary Shulkin.
Please see the letter and News Release by clicking here.
FHA appreciates the prompt response and willingness of Congresswoman Noem to advocate for the veterans who have expressed their desire that these impressive stained glass windows not be mostly hidden from view.
We will remain engaged in this situation and we hope to report good news soon.
Used by permission from Family Research Council
Editor’s note: Family Heritage Alliance Action would like to recognize our U.S. Representative Kristi Noem for her YES vote on this!
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Conscience Protection Act to stop government discrimination against pro-life Americans who object to being forced to participate in abortion. Family Research Council urged Congress to pass this significant pro-life legislation.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement:
“Only one day after the Republican Party’s platform committee adopted a plank protecting conscience rights, the House of Representatives stepped in to do the same. I applaud the House for voting to codify longstanding federal conscience protections, and to give pro-life victims of government discrimination the right to sue in court. No person, organization or healthcare provider should ever be forced by the government to participate in the abhorrent act of abortion.
“Since the federal Department of Health and Human Services has dragged its feet and is now ignoring the federal law, known as the Weldon Amendment, this legislation is necessary to enable victims of government discrimination over their pro-life views, including churches, doctors, and nurses, to pursue legal action against the state for violating their consciences. The Conscience Protection Act is about basic fairness for everyone.
“I want to thank Rep. John Fleming, M.D. in particular for his work drafting this legislation, and Rep. Diane Black for sponsoring it. Also, our thanks go to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Leader Kevin McCarthy for bringing this bill to a vote, and to Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Rep. Joe Pitts for their tireless work on this legislation. Now that the Conscience Protection Act has passed the House, we are one step closer to providing judicial relief from California’s unlawful and discriminatory abortion mandate. We are one step closer to ensuring that if the federal government and states discriminate against pro-life health care providers and even churches which object to abortion they can sue to obtain relief. I urge the Senate to follow the House’s example and pass this legislation and force President Obama to decide whether the freedom to believe still has a place in American society,” concluded Perkins.
The House has voted the will of the majority of Americans with this legislation, which makes Planned Parenthood ineligible to receive federal tax dollars and redirects those funds to support the thousands of better low-cost healthcare options for women and families.
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The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox regarding the U.S. House’s passage Wednesday of the Senate’s budget reconciliation bill that includes a provision terminating federal funding for Planned Parenthood:
“The House has voted the will of the majority of Americans with this legislation, which makes Planned Parenthood ineligible to receive federal tax dollars and redirects those funds to support the thousands of better low-cost healthcare options for women and families. This historic vote recognizes the many issues of a scandal-plagued organization with a long track record of abusive and potentially fraudulent billing practices, caught in authenticated undercover videos trafficking aborted babies’ body parts, and that has repeatedly failed to report the sexual abuse of girls. For the first time, a bill will reach the president’s desk that will end taxpayer subsidies of an abortion business that has enjoyed nearly a billion dollars in profits over the last decade while taking more than $4 billion from American taxpayers. It is time to end this immoral partnership that has been forced upon the American people.” (#DefundPP)
The bill now goes to President Obama.
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Editor’s Note: South Dakota’s Representative to the U.S. House was one of those who voted in favor of this bill. Click here to send Mrs. Noem a note expressing your appreciation!
On Friday, December 18, Congress approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill (2000+ pages) with a pair of overwhelming bipartisan votes, capping a frenzied final few weeks of legislating before lawmakers head home for the holidays and gear up for the 2016 election year.
The House moved first, passing the government-funding bill on a 316-113 vote. The Senate followed suit just a few hours later, clearing the legislation —which also included a $680 billion tax package that the House cleared on Thursday — on a 65-33 tally.
VOTING NO: South Dakota Senator John Thune
VOTING YES: South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds and Representative Kristi Noem
The Family Heritage Alliance views the vote on the omnibus bill as a ‘Family Value’ and we applaud Senator John Thune’s principled stand in opposing its passage. We consider his vote…bold leadership.
Wikipedia defines an omnibus bill as: “a proposed law that covers a number of diverse or unrelated topics. Omnibus is derived from Latin and means “for everything”. An omnibus bill is a single document that is accepted in a single vote by a legislature but packages together several measures into one or combines diverse subjects. Because of their large size and scope, omnibus bills limit opportunities for debate and scrutiny.”
Congressman Mark Sanford, (R-NC) wrote the following concerning the passage of this omnibus bill:
“That the debt, deficit, and budgetary constraints continue to be issues in Washington – as elusive as Taliban fighters in the mountains of Pakistan – was evidenced this week by the omnibus bill. It’s a 2,000-page bill with $1.1 trillion in spending that we had but three days to review. Like any of these bills that combine many areas of government spending, there is enough good and bad to give all members of Congress a reason to vote for or against – and that generally means the taxpayer is the one losing in the process.”
Thank you again Senator Thune for your vote!
Click here for the Heritage Foundation’s Press Release on this topic
Click here to send send your appreciation to Senator Thune