Nevada Families for Freedom
State Affiliate National Eagle Forum
186 Ryndon Unit 12, Elko, Nevada 89801
775-397-6859, Sparks 775-356-0105
Editor: Janine Hansen
Sept 2017, In the Year of Our Lord
Volume 43, Number 7-8, Email Version
National Eagle Council
Eagle Forum’s annual national convention, Eagle Council, will take place in Washington D.C. on September 14-17. Lynn Chapman, Nevada Families State Vice-President and Janine Hansen will be attending. We will also be lobbying our Nevada Congressional Delegation while we are there. Janine will be speaking at Eagle Council on the Threat of an Article V Constitutional Convention as the Eagle Forum National Constitutional Issues Chairman.
National Eagle Forum Controversy
Many of you may be aware of the severe problems that have encompassed National Eagle Forum since the death of our beloved leader Phyllis Schlafly in 2016. In Nevada, after extensive and prayerful consideration and personal experiences, we have chosen to align ourselves, as have almost all long time Eagle Leaders, with the original Eagle Forum Board. This includes lifetime Eagle Eunie Smith as President (she was on the board for many years and also served as Alabama Eagle Forum President) and Anne Schlafly Cori, Phyllis Schlafly’s daughter. Unfortunately, the whole matter has ended up in court with numerous lawsuits, all which have been decided in favor of the original Eagle Forum Board.
However, there is tremendous rancor on the part of those who still maintain control of the Eagle Forum Education and Legal Defense Fund. They have, in order to consolidate their power and harm their former sister organization Eagle Forum, formed an organization called Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagles. I have been horrified by the lies and smear campaign they have perpetrated against national Eagle Forum and the original Board of Directors.
This situation is heartbreaking to me. However, it has not affected our work in Nevada for which we are grateful. This is the legitimate website of national Eagle Forum www.eagleforum.org We invite you to subscribe to the Eagle Forum Report and to the alert emails. They have a full time Eagle Forum lobbyist in Washington, D.C. and keep us abreast of what is happening in the Capitol. The website is a treasure of information on the critical issues facing America. Regardless of the difficulties, Eagle Forum continues as a vibrant effective national organization.
During the 2017 Nevada Legislature I experienced, as never before during the Legislature, continual assaults on our religious liberties. Some of those battles we won. Many we did not. If you believe in Biblical morality, all the bills giving special “rights” to LGTBQ individuals put religious liberties and religious freedom of speech at risk. This is especially true of SB201 which passed and was signed by the Governor. Supposedly it prohibited “Conversion Therapy” but what it really did was prohibit parents and counselors from helping their children who may have ”gender confusion” unless you were helping them to choose to be something other than what their biological sex was, in other words choosing LGTBQ.
AB249 and SB233 were horrible bills that passed and were signed by the Governor. The worst portions were removed after extraordinary effort. Originally they removed from state law the religious exemption which allowed businesses (like Hobby Lobby nationally) to refuse to provide insurance which covered contraceptives especially abortifacients. This religious exemption was restored in the bill. Originally both bills included tax funded Medicaid abortifacients which cause an abortion for up to 70 days or 10 weeks. In addition, it required insurance companies to cover this same abortifacient. The requirement for this abortifacient was removed.
Nevada Families Website: Early this year our nevadafamilies.org website was hacked. It took months to resolve the problem. We are finally up and running again. This is the second time in two years we have been seriously hacked. We have done all we can to prevent that. We appreciate your continued support. Our Final Legislative Report is on the website for your convenience.
A PETITION TO DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO
FREE THE POLITICAL PRISONERS
by Joel F. Hansen, Esq., State Chairman, Independent American Party of Nevada
We, free Citizens of the United States of America, do hereby exercise our God given right, protected by the First Amendment, to petition the government for redress of grievances. Our grievances are as follows:
The Bundy family pioneered the ranching industry in Southern Nevada, having raised cattle in the Gold Butte area since the 1850's. They did this successfully without government assistance or interference for many decades. In doing so, they transformed an unproductive wilderness into a successful ranching operation, raising millions of pounds of beef to feed a hungry America. And in so doing, they improved the natural environment, providing water and food for the native plants and animals, in particular for the desert tortoises, which thrive and grow in the presence of cattle, whose cow pies are the tortoises' favorite dessert.
In 1934, Congress enacted the Taylor Grazing Act, which directed the Bureau of Land Management to assist ranchers in raising cattle for the American consumer by building fences, developing water sources, distribution networks, etc. This worked well for many years until the BLM-ocrats gradually assumed the role of adversaries of the ranchers, taking the attitude that ranching was bad for the environment. The BLM gradually raised grazing fees, limited the ranchers' allotment of cows, and shortened the grazing season until they put over 50 ranchers in Clark County, Nevada out of business, leaving Cliven Bundy the last man standing. Cliven realized that the BLM was no longer doing its job of assisting him, but instead was bent on destroying him, and so he fired the BLM for incompetence, malfeasance, and insubordination. (Remember, the government is supposed to be our servant, not our master.).
Undaunted, the BLM obtained several federal court orders telling Rancher Bundy and his family to abandon his ancestral land, based upon the false premise that his cattle were endangering the desert tortoise. When Cliven Bundy continued to recognize Nevada's claim to the land rather than that of the federal usurpers, the BLM invaded the Bundy ranch with its private army of mercenary soldiers, armed to the teeth with automatic weapons and body armor.
Hearing of this unlawful assault on American liberties, ranchers, farmers, and other patriotic citizens gathered from around the country to Bunkerville (rhymes with Bunker hill) to exercise their First Amendment right to peaceably assemble and their Second Amendment right to bear arms. They stood bravely before the menacing federal invaders, who, when they saw the courage and determination of these peaceful cowboys to stand up for liberty, turned tail and ran like scared jack rabbits. And the "cowboys" did all of this without ever firing a shot.
Now, for their courageous acts, many of these brave, liberty loving men are being held without bail as political prisoners, while the government, refusing to give up in the face of a complete acquittal in the related Oregon case and a hung jury in Las Vegas, interminably drags out their prison time, while the federal judge, determined to see them convicted, rules astoundingly that the First and Second Amendment are no defense to the charges against them.
It is clear from the above that Cliven Bundy and his sons Ryan, Ammon, Mel, and Davey and their co-prisoners, are, like Nelson Mandela, political prisoners of a government which has been bent on stifling all dissent against its unconstitutional and tyrannical policies.
After the above paragraphs were written, the second trial of the first group tried ended in an acquittal on almost all charges. Steven Stewart and Ricky Loveland were acquitted on all charges, while Eric Parker and Scott Drexler were acquitted of all but four charges. All were acquitted of conspiracy. Of the four charges remaining against Parker and Drexler, two were identical--Count Six and Count Nine were for "Use and carry of a firearm." Pardon me--read that again, please. "Use and carry of a firearm." That's right--directly in the face of the Second Amendment the federal government charged all four of these patriotic citizens with the "use and carry of a firearm." It's no wonder Judge Navarro ruled before the second trial that the First and Second Amendments could not be used as defenses against these charges. In the first case the defendants were allowed to use the First Amendment Right to Peaceably Assemble and the Second Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms as defenses to the charges. So in the second trial, having learned her lesson, incredibly Judge Navarro threw out the Constitution and prevented any mention of the First or Second Amendment before the jury!!! She also ruled that all of the witnesses the defense wanted to call could not testify because they had nothing to add that was relevant. Eric Parker, the subject of the famous photograph where he is pointing his rifle through a narrow space in the barricades on the side of the bridge over the freeway (no evidence was ever presented that any of the government agents were ever aware of his presence, and no evidence was presented that he actually pointed his rifle at anyone)--Eric Parker was only allowed to testify as to what he actually did--the actions he took. He could not testify about what he saw, what he heard, or what his intentions were. And he was summarily yanked off the witness stand because of not answering the questions within the judge's illegal parameters. What little testimony he gave was stricken from the record. Scott Drexler was the only defense witness the jury heard, and his testimony was very limited. The judge sustained all prosecution objections to his testimony, whereupon his answer would be stricken. No other defense witnesses were allowed to testify. None.
The defense attorneys, having been prevented from presenting a defense by a judge determined to see the defendants convicted, refused to give a closing argument. What's the point when you have not been allowed to present any evidence?
And then the miracle happened. The Bill of Rights, not to be dismissed so easily, came to the rescue. The Sixth Amendment requires that all criminal cases be tried before a jury. The jurors, seeing the hypocrisy of the judge who consistently sustained all of the prosecutions objections and overruled all of the defense's objections, and obviously knowing that the defendants had not received a fair trial, voted to acquit on all charges as to two defendants, voted to acquit Drexler and Parker on all but four charges, and voted 11 to 1 to acquit on the remaining charges. We need to thank God for the wisdom of the Founding Fathers in requiring jury trials in all criminal cases. Juries are one of the last bastions of freedom in America. We can't control the judges, we can't control the prosecutors, but we have juries whose job it is to stand between these honest patriotic men and the most powerful government in the world. And the jurors did their job. All but one, who refused on four counts.
And then the evidence that these men are political prisoners of the Amerikan government, and that the judge and the prosecution are determined to "get" these innocent men at all costs, became even clearer when U.S. attorney Steve Myhre announced that the prosecution is going forward with the remaining charges and will try Scott Drexler and Eric Parker for the THIRD TIME!! It appears that the real criminals here are not the remaining defendants. The real bad guys occupy other seats in the court room.
Now that Barack Obama has been turned out of office, we are petitioning President Trump to free these innocent political prisoners by directing the department of justice to dismiss all charges against them and/or by pardoning them of any and all crimes alleged against them. The holding of innocent men on political charges has no place in the American Republic. All they are guilty of is relying on the First and Second Amendments. Since when did that become a crime? Please join us in this great American cause to "FREE THESE POLITICAL PRISONERS" by signing the petition.
The Assault on Our Religious Liberties Intensifies
Fighting Back: Christian Group Sues the Leftist Southern Poverty Law Center for Defamation
On Tuesday, August 23, 2017, D. James Kennedy Ministries (DJKM) filed a lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the charity navigation organization GuideStar, and Amazon for defamation, religious discrimination, and trafficking in falsehood. The SPLC listed DJKM as a "hate group," while GuideStar also categorized it in those
"We embarked today on a journey to right a terrible wrong," Dr. Frank Wright, president and CEO at DJKM, said in a statement Tuesday. "Those who knowingly label Christian ministries as 'hate' groups, solely for subscribing to the historic Christian faith, are either woefully uninformed or willfully deceitful. In the case of the Southern Poverty Law Center, our lawsuit alleges the latter."
The SPLC has labeled DJKM an "anti-LGBT hate group" for its opposition to same-sex marriage and transgenderism. "These false and illegal characterizations have a chilling effect on the free exercise of religion and on religious free speech for all people of faith," Wright declared.
"After having given the SPLC an opportunity to retract, we have undertaken this legal action, seeking a trial by a jury of our peers, to preserve our own rights under the law and to defend the religious free speech rights of all Americans," the DJKM president concluded.
The lawsuit laid out charges against the SPLC, GuideStar, and Amazon. "SPLC acted knowingly, intentionally, and with actual malice in publishing the Hate Map that included the Ministry and in publishing the SPLC Transmissions to GuideStar that included the ministry," the suit alleged. "SPLC's conduct in making these publications was beyond the reckless disregard for the truth standard required by Alabama law for punitive damages."
The suit claimed that "the Ministry suffered special damages in its exclusion from the AmazonSmile program as a result of SPLC's publication of the Hate Map and the SPLC Transmissions."
Specifically, DJKM brought the suit under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for religious discrimination, under the Lanham Act for trafficking in false or misleading descriptions of the services offered under the ministry's trademarked name, and for defamation under Alabama common law arising from "the publication and distribution of information that libels the Ministry's reputation and subjects the Ministry to disgrace, ridicule, odium, and contempt in the estimation of the public." END Article
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