Religious Freedom Day


The President’s official proclamation of Religious Freedom Day recognizes the basis for the First Amendment.  On January 16, 1786 Thomas Jefferson’s Statute for Religious Freedom was passed by the Virginia General Assembly repudiating the status of The Church of England as the official religion of Virginia.

Jefferson was motivated by the infringement on religious freedom for any other than Anglicans (Episcopalians) in Virginia.  His ideas for religious freedom originated with his experiences with Baptist congregations who suffered persecution in the state.

Jefferson’s efforts led to freedom of religion for all Americans.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is recognized each year on January 11th.   Activities occur around the state to build awareness of human trafficking.  Victims may be sexually exploited, endure forced labor, or be financially indebted.

Normally we would not recommend symbolism over substance, but the Dept. of Homeland Security’s #WearBlue campaign is designed to bring attention to the growing – and profitable – scourge of human trafficking.  Many of our neighbors and friends are unaware of how large a problem we face.

Let’s help raise some awareness.  Strike up a conversation with someone else about the types of trafficking.  Share on social media.  Use the hashtag.  Find out more here.

Anyone can participate, all you need is a piece of blue clothing!

January Book of the Month: Make Your Bed

“Start your day with a task completed.”

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…and Maybe the World

Admiral William H. McCraven, US Navy Retired

 

Written by a career military man who took the lessons learned in his SEAL training to push past obstacles to success, Make Your Bed is a collection of stories punctuating core principles that upon becoming habits empowers us to face adversity and challenges, and thrive.

 

 

 

January Meeting

Our January meeting was a conference call in case of snowy weather.  It didn’t work out that way this year, but a productive call ensued.

We reviewed our ongoing projects and decided to investigate others.  2019 is going to be an exciting year.

Please pay your dues by January 20.  New members welcome!

First GOP Women to Serve on US Senate Judiciary Committee

 

US Senators Marsha Blackburn (TN) and Joni Ernst (IA) are reported to be new additions to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Pro-life women’s groups are hailing the appointments.  Blackburn, newly elected to the Senate after spending 16 years in the US House, is a fierce advocate for life.  Ernst, considered one of the most conservative senators, introduced legislation to defund Planned Parenthood.

Blackburn, Ernst become first GOP women to serve on Senate Judiciary

Senate Judiciary Committee to get first female GOP members

 

 

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