Christians Stabbed in the Back by Beth Beskin, Jay Powell, and Wendell Willard

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Yesterday, I encouraged everyone to call Beth Beskin, Jay Powell, and Wendell Willard to tell them thank you. They had stood with Chick-Fil-A, Hobby Lobby, and people of faith. They fought off attempts to gut the religious liberty legislation in Georgia.

After you had taken the time to call them, Beth Beskin, Jay Powell, and Wendell Willard stabbed you in the back.

A week before we remember the anniversary of Judas selling out our Lord for 30 pieces of silver, Beth Beskin, Jay Powell, and Wendell Willard have sold out people of faith.

The very amendments they stopped that would have gutted the religious liberty bill, they put back in yesterday. They saved RFRA in a subcommittee only to kill it in full committee. And they did it after you had thanked them for sparing the legislation.

This is a serious betrayal. They stabbed you in the back as you were thanking them for defending your faith.

It’s even more serious because of how it happened. Mike Jacobs, a Republican on the Judiciary Committee, made the motion to gut RFRA. Chairman Wendell Willard refused to cast a vote so that Jacobs’ amendment would pass. Beth Beskin and Jay Powell, having voted against the same amendment in subcommittee, voted for it in committee.

With the help of Beth Beskin, Jay Powell, and Wendell Willard, Christian owned businesses like Chick-Fil-A and Hobby Lobby will have less protection under Georgia’s law than under Obamacare. A municipality in Georgia could declare abortifacients in insurance a civil right and these companies would be forced to provide them.

The amendment gutting RFRA passed by one vote. Wendell Willard’s refusal to vote against it helped it pass. Then Willard, both Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and a lawyer, had the nerve to claim Roberts Rules of Order would not let him vote because a tie would have occured. That’s not true!

And you know the most galling thing? Governor Deal is now going to reward Mike Jacobs with an appointment to the judiciary. Yes, you read that right. I’m told by several people that Governor Nathan Deal has promised the man who wants to deny protection to Christian businesses, a seat on the judiciary.

The game is clearly rigged against conservatives and people of faith. And you need to express your anger at this betrayal. Beth Beskin, Wendell Willard, Jay Powell, and Governor Deal all need to hear from you.

Governor Deal needs to retract Mike Jacobs’s judiciary appointment. Call him and tell him so at 404-656-1776.

Then call and email Beth Beskin, Jay Powell, and Wendell Willard. Tell them Chick-Fil-A, Hobby Lobby, and people of faith across Georgia deserve the same protections for their religion that their free exercise of speech gets. Tell them to get rid of Mike Jacobs’ amendment gutting the religious liberty legislation.

Clicking their names will generate emails to each of them. Call them too. Demand they retract their support for Mike Jacobs’ amendment. Then call Governor Deal at 404-656-1776 about Mike Jacobs’ future in the judiciary.

A week before the anniversary of Judas betraying the our Lord, Beth Beskin, Jay Powell, and Wendell Willard betrayed you for monied special interests.  They have time to make it right.

Name

Number

Beth Beskin

404.656.0254

Jay Powell

404.656.5103

Wendell Willard

404.656.5125


The Georgia Legislative Cataclysm

Today is the day Georgia House Speaker David Ralston and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Wendell Willard have set aside to kill the Religious Liberty Restoration Act (“RFRA”) in Georgia.

It comes one day after the State of Indiana passed RFRA. Georgia’s House Leadership, which is largely bought and paid for by outside interests opposed to RFRA, is headed toward a legislative cataclysm in doing this and does not even realize it.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Willard has set up a special sub-committee to kill RFRA, pending as S.B. 129. It will be composed of two Democrats and two Republicans. At best, RFRA will be gutted with an “anti-discrimination” provision inserted. This provision, rejected by most states that have considered it, will incentivize left-wing activists to go to local governments and alter the definition of discrimination. That is how, in places like Texas, boys are suddenly “identifying” as girls to go use the girls’ bathroom.

Adding the discrimination provision guts RFRA, but then allows Wendell Willard et al to vote for it claiming they support religious liberty.

However with Willard stacking the deck against RFRA, it is just as likely that RFRA dies in committee today with the State House leadership claiming the legislation is deeply flawed. It is, if you did not know, the same language signed into law by President Bill Clinton with bipartisan support.

If S.B. 129 does not get a vote, without amendment, on the House floor, war is going to break out in the General Assembly.

Governor Deal’s education plan is going to die. Conservatives have committed to holding it hostage. Conservatives are going to lead a full scale rebellion on the budget, which guts teacher health insurance plans, and on the transportation legislation, which is a massive tax increase.

The war is going to be across chambers with conservatives blocking legislation in the State Senate and and siding with Democrats to kill legislation in the State House.

Essentially, Speaker David Ralston has asked his colleagues to vote for a massive tax increase, gutting teacher health insurance, and reject effective religious liberty legislation. That’s too much for conservatives. They’ve been punished for following rules while those close to the Speaker have not. They’ve been smacked around the Governor who will not help them with RFRA.

With S.B. 129 either dying or getting gutted, the end of this General Assembly could see a cataclysm rarely seen in an often choreographed session of the General Assembly.

In Georgia, Boys Might Soon Be Able to Use the Girls’ Bathroom

Boys are going to be able to use the girls’ bathroom in Georgia.

Churches in Georgia will be denied building permits unless they build unisex bathrooms for the transgendered.

I’m not exaggerating.  The Texas legislature has had to swing into action to roll all that back in Texas.  In Texas!!

How did it happen in Texas?  Well, Texas has a religious freedom law that has an “anti-discrimination” provision.  Once it passed, leftwing advocates went to San Antonio, Plano, Houston, and other places and had the definition of discrimination changed.

Former Rep. Ed Lindsey, Speaker David Ralston, and House Judiciary Chair Wendall Willard support Texas’s version of RFRA.  You will see church pastors subpoenaed, church buildings harassed, and Christians persecuted.  It’s all part of the leftwing plan.

But I know how to fight it.

Governor Deal supports the law, but has sat on the sidelines.  He  needs to demand Speaker Ralston put S.B. 129 to a vote without amendment.

Here is how you can help.  Below are the forty most conservative members of the state house according to their current rankings in my score card.

Call them and tell them to refuse to vote for Governor Deal’s Opportunity School District legislation until S.B. 129 passes the House without amendment.

The Governor’s plan is a great one.  But it needs to be postponed until S.B. 129 passes the House without amendment and, if S.B. 129 is amended or killed, we must be willing to kill the school reform plan.

Governor Deal has the clout and floor leaders to get S.B. 129 passed without amendment.  It’s time for him to get involved.  He’s a good man.  He has pledged to sign S.B. 129.  The time to fight is now.

Call Governor Deal at 404-656-1776.

Tell the Governor it is time to get involved to support S.B. 129 without amendment.

Then call these Representatives.  Tell them to refuse to vote on the school plan until S.B. 129 passes the House without amendment.

First

Last

Phone

Stephen

Allison

404.656.0189

Alex

Atwood

404.656.0152

Timothy

Barr

404.656.0325

Buzz

Brockway

404.656.0188

Michael

Caldwell

404.656.0152

Wes

Cantrell

404.656.0202

David

Casas

404.656.0254

Heath

Clark

404.656.0109

Kevin

Cooke

404.656.0188

John

Deffenbaugh

404.656.0202

Matt

Dollar

404.656.5138

Mike

Dudgeon

404.656.0298

Emory

Dunahoo

404.656.0152

Geoff

Duncan

404.656.0189

Chuck

Efstration

404.656.0254

Barry

Fleming

404.656.0152 

Rich

Golick

404.656.5943

Micah

Gravley

404.656.0325

Jeff

Jones

404.656.0126

Trey

Kelley

404.657.1803

Chuck

Martin

404.656.5064

Greg

Morris

404.656.5115

Larry

ONeal

404.656.5052

Jesse

Petrea

404.656.0109

John

Pezold

404.656.0188

Alan

Powell

404.463.3793 

Regina

Quick

404.656.0220

Brad

Raffensperger

404.656.0325

Matt

Ramsey

404.656.5024 

Bert

Reeves

404.656.0287

Trey

Rhodes

404.656.0325

Dale

Rutledge

404.656.0109

Ed

Setzler

404.656.7857

Jason

Spencer

404.656.0177

David

Stover

404.656.0177

Steve

Tarvin

404.656.0109

Sam

Teasley

404.656.5146

Scott

Turner

404.656.0152

Bill

Werkheiser

404.656.0126