Action Alert: Ask Representatives to Vote No on HB 1386, the Sexual Orientation and Transgender Bill

The House Human Services Committee has given a “do not pass” recommendation for House Bill 1386. That means it will now head to the full House for a vote.

The Catholic Church rejects unjust discrimination, but HB 1386 would provide special legal recognition based on sexual acts and expressions as well as infringe upon religious freedom.

Contact your Representatives and ask them to vote NO on HB 1386.

Contact them here: https://www.legis.nd.gov/…/pub…/publicviewpointormessage.htm

Conference Testifies in Defense of Religious Freedom

The North Dakota Catholic Conference today told the House Judiciary Committee that a bill that purports to merely protect constitutional rights actually restricts a person’s freedom to contract in accordance with religious beliefs.

For example, HB 1425 would interfere with the implementation of Catholic canon law and other religious laws.  It would also interfere with person’s right to have an  health care advance directive that reflects their religious wishes.

Proponents of the bill from the Center for Security Policy — an organization widely criticized by both conservative and liberal groups for its extreme anti-Muslim positions — attempted, but failed, to answer committee questions about how the bill could, on the one hand, be needed and, on the other hand, not change existing law.

Christopher Dodson, Executive Director of the North Dakota Catholic Conference, explained to the committee that the bill does, in fact, interfere with religious and contractual rights and that any other interpretation of the bill would render it meaningless.

Read the conference’s testimony.

Contact the House Judiciary Committee and ask them to give the bill a Do Not Pass recommendation.

Conference Testifies Against Killing for Property Bill

The North Dakota Catholic Conference testified against legislation that would allow people to use deadly force to protect property or when a person is fleeing a scene.

Executive Director Christopher Dodson noted that the bill violates the fundamental moral rule that a person cannot use deadly force except when it is necessary for self-defense.  The testimony is here.

 

 

 

New Testimonies Posted

Two new testimonies have been posted to the North Dakota Catholic Conference website.

House Bill 1383 – is an anti-loitering bill. The conference is concerned that it could be used a tool to harass pro-life prayerful persons, sidewalk counselors, the homeless, persons with mental illnesses, and religious minorities.

House Bill 1386 – is a bill to give enhanced legal rights to persons based on sexual orientation and “gender identity.”

Why Drug Testing Welfare Recipients is a Bad Idea

SB 2279 and HB 1308 would subject poor families to drug testing and treatment as a condition for receiving economic assistance. Though well-intentioned, would be counter-productive to helping poor families and fails the basic test of a Christian society.

(1) Asking why a person is poor has its value, but not for the purpose of determining whether the person deserves help.  The person deserves help because he or she needs help.

(2) SB 2279 makes our social assistance system do the job of law enforcement.

(3) States that tried drug testing found very few drug users, but testing costs a lot to administer. The money wasted is money that could be spent on treatment.

(4) The research tells us that we cannot treat substance abuse problems unless we first take care of the family’s basic needs.

(5) Temporary Assistance for Needy Families is not a cash hand-out program.  It is a comprehensive program that requires work participation.  If those jobs require drug testing for safety reasons, the participants will be tested.

(6) The state does not currently have enough drug treatment programs. Poor persons should not be hurt further because, of no fault of their own, they can’t get into a program.

Freedom of Worship Space

The North Dakota Catholic Conference testified January 26, 2017 against a bill that would mandate churches to allow firearms on its premises or post gun prohibition signs at every entrance on the grounds that it impossibly infringes upon the religious and property rights of religious organizations.

Read testimony here.

 

 

Wisdom from St. John Chrysostom

Action Alert – No on SB 2279 and HB 1308

Why Drug Testing Welfare Recipients is a Bad Idea
SB 2279 and HB 1308 would subject poor families to drug testing and treatment as a condition for receiving economic assistance. Though well-intentioned, would be counter-productive to helping poor families and fails the basic test of a Christian society.
(1) Asking why a person is poor has its value, but not for the purpose of determining whether the person deserves help.  The person deserves help because he or she needs help.
(2) SB 2279 makes our social assistance system do the job of law enforcement.
(3) States that tried drug testing found very few drug users, but testing costs a lot to administer. The money wasted is money that could be spent on treatment.
(4) The research tells us that we cannot treat substance abuse problems unless we first take care of the family’s basic needs.
(5) Temporary Assistance for Needy Families is not a cash hand-out program.  It is a comprehensive program that requires work participation.  If those jobs require drug testing for safety reasons, the participants will be tested.
(6) The state does not currently have enough drug treatment programs. Poor persons should not be hurt further because, of no fault of their own, they can’t get into a program.

Contact Your Senators and Representatives Now!
There are TWO bills in separate chambers.  Please send separate action alerts for each.
Contact your Senators NOW and ask them to VOTE NO on SB 2279.
Message: Please vote no on SB 2279. Poor families need help, not punishment.
SB 2279 could be voted on as early as Thursday, January 26.
 
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Contact your Representatives soon and ask them to VOTE NO on HB 1308.
Message: Please vote no on HB 1308. Poor families need help, not punishment.

ACTION ALERT – NO ON HB 1163 (REPEALS SUNDAY LAW)

ACTION ALERT – NO ON HB 1163 (REPEALS SUNDAY LAW)

Contact your House Representatives NOW and ask them to VOTE NO on HB 1163.

HB 1163 would repeal the state’s Sunday closing laws.

Setting aside a common day of rest and recreation puts families and communities first.  It is part of the “North Dakota Way of Life” that makes this state great.

Contact your Representatives