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America Changing: Washington’s vision for your life

If it seems like changes are coming out of Washington DC faster than you can keep up, you’re not alone. Multi-trillion dollar spending bills with hidden pet projects, directives that undermine the foundation of American values, government overreach, and much more threaten our way of life and our children’s future. We get an update from Arizona’s U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko on federal policies being considered that directly affect each one of us, and what we can do about them.

CAP in Ohio: CAP’s connection to a growing movement

There are organizations in almost every state committed to advocating for families at the state legislature. Like CAP, those organizations work strategically to protect life, marriage and family, and religious freedom. We learn from each other, share what works, and support each other’s efforts. The Center for Christian Virtue is Ohio’s CAP, per se. At a time of much unrest and hostility toward our values, you’ll be encouraged to hear about the fruitful efforts unfolding in Ohio, as an example of what is also happening in other states across the country.

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Life: What will SCOTUS do with Dobbs?

The U.S. Supreme Court has an opportunity to finally overturn Roe v Wade and send the issue of abortion back to the states. But the case they will hear in December may not go that far. What is likely to come from the Dobbs case? Cathi Herrod asks Alliance Defending Freedom attorney, Kevin Theriot for the answer to that question and others burning in the minds of pro-lifers everywhere. Whether Dobbs is it or a steppingstone to pro-life goals, there are other cases on the horizon, including one in Arizona, that could play a pivotal role in righting a decades-old wrong.

Good to know

State lawmakers introduced about two thousand bills this past session. Only a fraction made it through committees and onto the House and Senator floor for a vote, and then to Governor Ducey’s desk. Among those that did, were 14 CAP-supported laws that protect life and preserve families, parental rights and religious freedom. As those and other new laws take effect, we discuss the important changes impacting Arizonans on this week’s Engage Arizona.

Life on the Line

It was yeoman’s work getting a major pro-life law passed in Arizona with a slim pro-life majority in the House and Senate, especially when the abortion industry feels its power slipping. As expected, abortion activists sued and asked the court to stop the law from going into effect. The hearing was revealing and unique in some ways. In this episode of Engage Arizona, CAP’s policy team recaps the hearing, the arguments, and what we can expect next in the fight for life.

Leadership Lost

Just days after a devastating retreat from Afghanistan, America marks a solemn anniversary of the historic terrorist attacks that originally led the U.S. Military to Afghanistan years ago. Most have their vivid memories from the morning of 9/11/2001. Those who lost loved ones, security, or peace that day vow to never let America forget what is at stake. Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William G. Boykin comes with a unique perspective on the events of 9/11 and where we are now 20 years later. With 36-years in the Army, one of the original members of the U.S. Army’s Delta Force, Gen. Boykin knows combat, danger, and what makes it all worthwhile. He does not hold back his lament of how we gave up 20-years of accomplishments – and left Americans and allies behind in danger. 

 

300 lives and counting

The U.S. Supreme Court’s surprise decision to let the Texas heartbeat law remain in effect is the biggest pro-life victory since 1973 – it’s a game-changer. Every day the law remains in effect, up to 150 lives are potentially saved. Each of the women not seduced into abortion are spared the pain and regret of abortion. But this is only the beginning. The novel approach to this particular heartbeat law can serve as a roadmap for other states looking to save the lives of the preborn and protect their mothers.

Liberty for All

Christians are often thought of as defending only their own religious interests in the public square. They are viewed as worrying exclusively about the erosion of their freedom to assemble and to follow their convictions, while not seeming as concerned about publicly defending the rights of Muslims, Hindus, Jews, and atheists to do the same.

Joining CAP’s VP of Advancement is Dr. Andrew T. Walker, an emerging Southern Baptist public theologian, who argues for a robust Christian ethic of religious liberty that helps the church defend religious freedom for everyone in a pluralistic society. Whether explicitly religious or not, says Walker, every person is striving to make sense of his or her life. The Christian foundations of religious freedom provide a framework for how Christians can navigate deep religious difference in a secular age.

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