GA Clergy Applaud Governor Deal’s Forceful Commentary Against “Religious Freedom” Bill

March 7, 2016, 1:41 pm | Posted by

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March 7, 2016
Contact: Michelle Nealy, (202)735-7123, mnealy@faithinpubliclife.org

PRESS CONFERENCE: GA Clergy Applaud Governor Deal’s Forceful Commentary Against “Religious Freedom” Bill

Georgia clergy praise Gov. Deal’s strong words against discrimination and call for comprehensive civil rights legislation

Atlanta, GA – On Tuesday, March 8th at 1 p.m. a group of prominent Georgia clergy will gather at Central Presbyterian Church to commend Gov. Nathan Deal’s forceful denunciation of any legislation that uses religion as the basis for discrimination. Fueled by his personal faith, Deal’s recent comments regarding the need for tolerance and inclusion underscore the urgent need for both civility and legislative inclusion, not only for members of the LGBT community, but for every citizen in the state.

Nearly 300 Georgia clergy stand in firm opposition against the overly broad, discriminatory “First Amendment Defense Act” (FADA) and are calling for comprehensive civil rights legislation as Georgia is one of 3 states without a broad civil rights law. The clergy cite their faith, as well as concerns about the potential for discrimination and unintended consequences in their opposition to the bill.

The press conference is part of an ongoing statewide campaign by Georgia clergy to lobby against the passage of controversial, broad religious exemption legislation. More than 286 clergy have publicly spoken out against these dangerous religions exemption bills in 2015 and 2016.

WHAT: Press conference

WHO:

Rabbi Joshua Heller, Congregation B’nai Torah

Rev. William Flippin Jr., Emmanuel Lutheran Church

Pastor in Residence Molly McGinnis, Central Presbyterian Church

Rev. Susan Taylor, Starrsville United Methodist Church  

WHERE: Central Presbyterian Church Courtyard. 201 Washington St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

WHEN: Tuesday, March 8th at 1:00 PM

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Clergy decry ‘First Amendment Defense Act’ at GA state capitol

February 25, 2016, 2:28 pm | Posted by
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11 Alive Ga. clergy members voice opposition to religious freedom bills

WSB Religious liberty bill divides faith community

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February 23, 2016
Contact: Graham Younger, 678-739-8584gyounger@faithinpubliclife.org 
 

PRESS CONFERENCE: Following senate vote, clergy decry FADA

Georgia clergy speak up for business and for their faith, calling legislature to reject First Amendment Defense Act

 

Atlanta, GA  – On Wednesday, February 24th at 11:00 AM, a group of prominent Georgia clergy will gather at the State Capitol to speak out against the overly broad, discriminatory “First Amendment Defense Act” (FADA) that just passed the Georgia senate. 

Immediately following the senate vote, there was an outcry from the business community, with several groups saying they will have no choice but to leave the state if the bill becomes law. This reaction echoes the reaction in Indiana that cost the state more than $60 million.

FADA is one of several religious exemption bills in the legislature. Our speakers are disappointed that these bills are attempting to create a divide. Even our Lt. Gov., speaking on a religious freedom bill that passed, declared it a victory over “radical atheist groups.” This kind of rhetoric comes from only some of the religious community, and does not speak for these clergy. 

More than 286 clergy have joined these businesses in publicly speaking out against dangerous religions exemption bills in 2015 and 2016.

WHAT: Press conference

WHO:

Rabbi Joshua Heller, Congregation B’nai Torah 
Rev. Timothy McDonald, III, First Iconium Baptist Church
Nan Orrock, Senator, 36th District
WHERE: Coverdell Legislative Office Building, Room 203, 18 Capitol Square, Atlanta, GA 30334
WHEN: Wednesday, February 24th, 11:00 AM
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Ohio Senate Women Unite to End Pregnancy Discrimination

February 18, 2016, 1:35 pm | Posted by

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 18, 2016
Contact: Allison Walter, awalter@faithinpubliclife.org(913) 375-7730

Ohio Senate Women Unite to End Pregnancy Discrimination

TUESDAY 11AM: senators, faith leaders, small business owners and doctors introduce bipartisan legislation in OH senate

Columbus, OH – Tuesday, February 23rd at 11AM, Ohio senators, faith leaders, small business owners, and doctors will gather at the statehouse to introduce bipartisan legislation to end workplace discrimination against pregnant women.

For the first time ever, all of the Ohio women senators have come together around a single piece of legislation. 

This coalition knows that no woman should ever have to choose between her job and her pregnancy. In Ohio it is still perfectly legal to deny pregnant women reasonable accommodations that let them work safely as they carry their child, but these leaders say no longer. It’s time for the state legislature to stand up for workers and family values by providing reasonable, temporary accommodations for pregnant women

Ohio Family Values is made up of Republicans and Democrats, pro-choice and pro-life advocates, and clergy from across the theological perspective, including Catholics, Jews, Evangelicals, Muslims, Mainline Protestants and Unitarian Universalists.

The clergy have come together around the Compact for Ohio Families, signed by over 150 clergy from across the state that are committed to passing pregnancy discrimination legislation. More information about the coalition can be found at: http://www.ohiofamilyvalues.com/

WHAT:

Press conference introducing the bipartisan Pregnancy Reasonable Accommodations Act into the Senate

WHO:

Ohio Senator Shannon Jones, R-Springboro

Ohio Senator Capri Cafaro, D-Hubbard

Rev. Joshua Stoxen, Vineyard Central Church, Cincinnati

Dr. Wayne Trout, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Maria Galloway, PM Gallery owner and member of Main Street Alliance

Amanda Hoyt, Faith in Public Life

WHERE:

Harding Press Conference Room

Ohio Statehouse

1 Capitol Square

Columbus, Ohio 43215

WHEN:

Tuesday, February 23rd at 11AM

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Georgia clergy oppose FADA at state capitol

February 17, 2016, 10:39 am | Posted by

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Baptist News Global Georgia clergy oppose First Amendment Defense Act

Atlanta Jewish Times Rabbis Help Battle Hybrid Religious Liberty Bill

Fox5 Protests over First Amendment Defense Act

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February 17, 2016

CONTACT: Graham Younger, 678-739-8584gyounger@faithinpubliclife.org 

PRESS CONFERENCE: Clergy Oppose Controversial Religious Exemption Bill

Diverse clergy call on legislators to reject divisive “First Amendment Defense Act”


Atlanta, GA  – On Wednesday, February 17th at 1:00 PM, a group of prominent Georgia clergy will gather at the State Capitol to speak out against the overly broad, discriminatory “First Amendment Defense Act” (FADA). The clergy cite their faith, as well as concerns about the potential for discrimination and unintended consequences in their opposition to the bill. The press conference takes place just ahead of a full senate vote on FADA. 


The press conference is part of an ongoing statewide campaign by Georgia clergy to lobby against the passage of controversial, broad religious exemption legislation. More than 286 clergy have publicly spoken out against these dangerous religions exemption bills in 2015 and 2016.


WHAT: Press conference at capitol ahead of senate vote
WHO:

Rabbi Joshua Heller, Congregation B’nai Torah 
Rev. Kimberly Jackson, Chaplain of the Diocese of Atlanta; Absalom Jones Episcopal Center
Rev. Trey Lyon, a pastor at Park Avenue Baptist Church
WHERE: Georgia State Capitol (Faith leaders will meet at the entrance facing Washington St and Central Presbyterian)
WHEN: Wednesday, February 17th, 1:00 PM
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Faith leaders stand with Pope Francis at the border

February 12, 2016, 11:41 am | Posted by

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Univision interview with Sr. Norma Pimentel

Faith Leaders Stand with Pope Francis at the Border; Mass, Rosary set for Tuesday

Sr. Norma Welcomes Pope to El Paso

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Feb 12, 2016

Contact: Allison Walter, awalter@faithinpubliclife.org(913) 375-7730

Faith leaders stand with Pope Francis at the border

Local faith leaders, immigrants & workers hold rosary welcome event

El Paso, TX – A coalition of faith leaders, immigrants, and workers will gather in prayer on Tuesdayevening to welcome Pope Francis to the border. The pope will be visiting Juarez on Wednesday and is expected to walk to the border fence and give a blessing to both the El Paso and Juarez sides of the border in solidarity with immigrants.
“The Church has always been a place where the excluded can find refuge. We know that Pope Francis’s visit to the border will help give a face to the suffering of immigrants, and we’re happy to welcome him and stand with him in solidarity,” said Sara Benitez, Latino Outreach Director at Faith in Public Life.
Spokespeople will be on hand to give interviews.
WHAT Pope Francis welcome rosary and interview opportunity
WHEN Tues. Feb 16th – Mass 5:00pm ; Rosary 5:30pm
WHERE Sacred Heart Church, 602 S Oregon St, El Paso, TX 79901
WHO Faith leaders, immigrants, workers
Rosary led by: Sr. Norma Pimentel, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, met Pope Francis during his visit in September, and was recognized by him during the ABC 20/20 Papal Virtual Audience for her response to vast numbers of women and child refugees on the Texas border in 2014. She will be on the border Feb. 17th as a “Francis VIP” when the Pope gives a blessing for immigrants after mass in Juarez and will be available at the levee with the “Francis VIPs” for interview.
 Event organized by: Sara Benitez, Latino outreach director at Faith in Public Life where she works with Latino clergy and lay leaders of all faith traditions on civic engagement and immigration reform advocacy.

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