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NEW SEX ED LAW IN INDIANA INVOKES GREATER PARENT INVOLVEMENT
A new sex ed law in Indiana requires that parents sign two written consent request forms before any sex ed course can be taught to a student. VAIB hopes to see similar laws passed in Virginia. Click the link below to read more. https://www.onenewsnow.com/education/2018/07/30/indiana-involving-parents-in-their-kids-education
PARENTAL RIGHTS AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Read this article for an update on parental rights, as addressed during the recent U.S. State Department’s “Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom” event. The event was attended by such Christian-based organizations as Alliance Defending Freedom and the James Dobson Family Institute. Click below to read the article: http://adflegal.org/detailspages/press-release-details/adf-international-addresses-parental-rights-during-state-department-religious-freedom-event...
REPUBLICAN DELEGATE GREG HABEEB RESIGNING
Del. Greg Habeeb, R-Salem, will be resigning effective August 31, 2018. A special election will be held to elect a new delegate, ushering in an opportunity for Democrats to potentially upset the 51-49 Republican majority in the Virginia House. Read more here: https://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/general-assembly/republican-to-resign-from-virginia-house-of-delegates-raising-chance/article_3f5226ed-4bc3-552a-8270-0231ec74a079.html
U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS SPEAKS OUT IN SUPPORT OF FREE SPEECH ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently spoke to the Turning Point USA High School Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., warning the attendees of the increasingly hostile environment on college campuses against conservative students. Read more here: https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/07/24/a-threat-to-our-freedom-jeff-sessions-warns-of-hostile-environment-on-college-campuses/
INDIANA TRANSPORTATION SERVICE DECLARES PRO-LIFE MESSAGE AS “TOO POLITICAL”
Read the following article about CitiBus, a government run transportation system in Indiana which has denied a pro-life organization who wished to pay for advertising on its city buses. https://adflegal.org/detailspages/blog-details/allianceedge/2018/07/23/see-the-ad-with-baby-pictures-that-government-officials-rejected-as-too-political
JUDGE RULES IN FAVOR OF AFTER SCHOOL CHRISTIAN PROGRAM
"By The Hand Club For Kids" is a ministry of Moody Church in Chicago which provides Bible studies, chapel services, free food, clothing, and medical care to underprivileged children. The state of Illinois recently attempted to collect unemployment compensation taxes from the club, which is clearly a religious organization. However, a judge ruled in favor of the ministry's tax exempt status. Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/legal-courts/2018/07/24/judge-rules-in-favor-of-moody-after-school-program...
HOUSE PASSES MEASURE BLOCKING IRS FROM REVOKING CHURCH’S TAX-EXEMPT STATUS OVER POLITICAL ACTIVITY
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a measure that blocks the IRS from taking away a church's tax-exempt status if they are involved politically. The measure is an attempt to block the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits religious groups from getting involved politically. Read more here: http://thehill.com/policy/finance/domestic-taxes/397996-house-passes-measure-blocking-irs-from-revoking-churches-taxhttp://thehill.com/policy/finance/domestic-taxes/397996-house-passes-measure-blocking-irs-from-revoking-churches-tax...
VIRGINIA’S ATTORNEY GENERAL DEFENDS PRO-LIFE LAWS
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring as filed a motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit challenging Virginia's common sense pro-life laws. The current Virginia law states that abortions should be conducted by a physician in a medical environment. VAIB is grateful for the Attorney General's common sense decision to dismiss the federal lawsuit challenging the existing law. Click below to read more: https://mailchi.mp/a24932b3b7b6/statement-of-house-majority-leader-todd-gilbert-on-attorney-general-mark-herrings-defense-of-virginias-pro-life-laws?e=1eccb56c7b...
A JOURNEY FROM HOMOSEXUALITY TO CHRIST
This engaging article chronicles the spiritual journey of a former national LGBT activist who came to Christ. What an encouraging testimony to read about someone whose life has been transformed by the saving power of Jesus Christ! Read more here: https://answersingenesis.org/family/homosexuality/journey-from-homosexual-lifestyle-to-christ/?utm_source=articlesmedia&utm_medium=email&utm_content=2-banner-cta&utm_campaign=20180714&mc_cid=2f552f83f6&mc_eid=788bcda7ae
VIRGINIA SCHOOL BOARD DEMANDS BIRTH CERTIFICATES BEFORE HOMESCHOOLED FAMILIES ARE GRANTED APPROVAL
The Franklin County School Board in Virginia has initiated a new policy requiring that homeschool families provide a birth certificate and proof of residence before being approved for homeschool. However, this policy is in violation of state law, as Virginia does not require these documents. As the Home School Legal Defense Association lawyer points out, such policies open the door for the state to require even more information about homeschool families in the future. Read more here:...
PROPOSED AMENDMENT WOULD PROTECT RELIGIOUS BELIEFS OF ADOPTION PROVIDERS
In several states, religious-based adoption agencies have been forced to close or have lost contracts due to their belief that children should be placed in a home with a mother and father. A new amendment has been introduced that would provide protection for such religious-based adoption providers. Read more here: https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/07/11/amendment-to-protect-religious-freedom-of-adoption-providers-attached-to-appropriations-bill-in-house/
ANDREW CUOMO ATTACKS CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIAN LEADERS IN SPEECH
During a recent speech announcing free contraception under all insurance plans of New York, the governor attacked conservative Christian leaders, describing them as those who “have their views about what religion is right and wrong, what lifestyle is right and wrong, what sexuality is right and wrong,” and impose on the people by law “their view of what God says should be done.” How sad that many of our government leaders no longer uphold the Biblical principles...
TRUMP THREATENS SANCTIONS AGAINST TURKEY FOR CONTINUED DETAINMENT OF AMERICAN PASTOR
Andrew Brunson, an American pastor from North Carolina, was arrested in 2016 in Turkey, unfairly charged with terrorism and espionage. However, the charges have not been proven, and Turkey continues to detain Andrew Brunson. As a result, President Trump has threatened sanctions against Turkey until the pastor is released. VAIB continues to pray for Pastor Brunson's safety and soon release. Read more here: https://world.wng.org/content/brunson_ordeal_prompts_us_sanctions_on_turkey...
FREEDOM FROM RELIGION FOUNDATION STRIKES AGAIN
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is at it again, this time with attempts to remove prayer from school graduations, a clear violation of the First Amendment rights of students who were responsible for planning the graduation. The school is not caving in however, stating that " that graduation ceremonies were and would continue to be planned by students, and therefore the involvement of prayer was legal." Read more here: https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/07/09/freedom-from-religion-foundation-tries-to-bully-school-into-removing-prayer-from-graduation/...
NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL ALLOWING BIRTH/DEATH CERTIFICATES TO REFLECT GENDER IDENTITY
The Governor of New Jersey has signed a bill allowing birth and death certificates to reflect gender identity instead of a person's biological sex. This could likely pave the way for other states to do the same. Read more here: https://christiannews.net/2018/07/06/new-jersey-governor-signs-bill-allowing-birth-death-certificates-to-reflect-gender-identity-instead-of-birth-sex/
PROTECTING FREE SPEECH ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES
Read the article below by Alliance For Defending Freedom, an institution committed to defending the First Amendment Rights of Christians across the U.S. The article below discusses the steps that are being taken to protect free speech across college campuses. Click the link below to read more: https://adflegal.org/detailspages/blog-details/allianceedge/2018/07/06/how-adf-is-protecting-free-speech-at-these-4-universities
FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT SIDES WITH CHRISTIAN COLLEGE OVER ENFORCEMENT TO PROVIDE ABORTION PILL
Geneva College in Pennsylvania scored a big victory when a U.S. Federal District Court overturned the Obama administrations mandate requiring all all employers to offer abortion pills, regardless of religious convictions. "Religious organizations have the freedom to operate peacefully according to their beliefs without the threat of punishment by the government," says Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) senior counsel Gregory S. Baylor." Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/legal-courts/2018/07/09/christian-college-gets-long-delayed-legal-justice...
PASTOR UNDER FIRE FOR SHARING BIBLE DEVOTIONAL AT FOOTBALL CAMP
The Freedom From Religion Foundation has attempted to take aggressive action against a Pastor in Arkansas who was invited by the school district to share a Bible devotional at a football camp, stating that the devotional us an "unconstitutional endorsement of religion". Read more here: https://www.toddstarnes.com/faith/out-of-town-agitators-furious-over-preachers-message-to-students/
“THANK GOD FOR ABORTION” FLOAT APPEARS IN NEW YORK CITY HOMOSEXUAL PARADE
A recent homosexual parade in New York City featured a float with the words "Thank God For Abortion", in an attempt to " push back against the Christian beliefs that stand against both homosexuality and abortion". VAIB is saddened at such a hostile display directed towards people who hold to biblical values. Read more below: https://christiannews.net/2018/07/04/thank-god-for-abortion-float-appears-in-new-york-city-homosexual-pride-parade/
HIGH SCHOOL COACH WHO LOST JOB FOR PRAYING ON THE FIELD APPEALING TO U.S. SUPREME COURT
Coach Joe Kennedy, a high school football coach is now appealing to the U.S. Supreme court, hoping to protect his First Amendment rights to pray at publicly held events. Coach Kennedy was fired in 2016 for praying at the 50 yard line on the football field. Read more here: https://christiannews.net/2018/06/27/high-school-football-coach-who-lost-job-for-praying-on-field-petitions-u-s-supreme-court-to-hear-appeal/
JUSTICE KENNEDY’S POTENTIAL REPLACEMENTS FOR THE U.S. SUPREME COURT
Justice Kennedy has announced his retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court. Trump has several potential candidates in mind, as discussed in the article below. As the article points out, Trump's choice "has the potential to remake the court for a generation as part of precedent-shattering decisions on abortion, health care, gay marriage and other issues." Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/ap/politics/trump-closes-in-on-supreme-court-pick-3-judges-top-list
FREE SPEECH WINS AGAINST CALIFORNIA FACT ACT
The U.S. Supreme court has ruled against the California FACT Act, concluding that Pro-life centers cannot be forced to advertise abortion services, as it violates the free speech of the workers. Read more here: https://world.wng.org/2018/06/free_speech_wins
U.S. SUPREME COURT’S RULINGS ON PRAYER IN TWO CASES
The U.S. Supreme court released two decisions regarding prayer - one decision supporting private prayer and one condemning public prayer by county officials. The right to pray anywhere should not be censored. As the article states, “As has been true throughout history, Americans don’t give up that First Amendment freedom when they become public servants.” Read more here: https://world.wng.org/content/supreme_court_issues_orders_in_two_prayer_cases
WASHINGTON D.C.‘S GAY PRIDE PARADE
The article below outlines the recent "Gay Pride" parade that took place in Washington D.C. VAIB is saddened by the hostility to people who hold to biblical values by those who support LGBT lifestyles. Read more here: (Note: The article below contains offensive content) https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/06/11/i-went-to-dcs-gay-pride-parade-here-are-9-things-i-saw/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Top5&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWkdVM05qRmhaVFl4TURBdyIsInQiOiJUMGd4dU1vSnFNNFFTbElcLzYzV01xN1pNZFNjOUdpZWdmSmRnV0FxdkRpVW1rVExMY3E5UUdCN0NtNmU5TDZ1NUNRSkl6UVwvNWdNcmVCNVUyUStQNUh2SEwzM0J0dWdURkVJRE9Ucm82VWVrRHFDMGFEcFRaM1ZLZ2tGS3R2dk8yIn0%3D...
U.S. SUPREME COURT REFUSES TO HEAR CASE OF CHRISTIAN FLORIST
VAIB previously posted a story about Baronelle Stutzman, a Christian florist in the state of Washington who refused service to to a long-time customer who wanted flowers for his same-sex wedding. The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to decline hear the case, ordering the state of Washington to re-consider the case to determine if Baronelle's rights were violated by he state of Washington (as was the case of the recent U.S. Supreme court ruling on behalf of the Christian baker, Jack Phillips). ...
BLUE STATES RAISING BARRIERS TO FAITH-BASED ADOPTIONS
In several states, faith-based adoption agencies are being forced to close due to their beliefs that children should be placed in a home with a mother and father. The political correctness in discriminating against those who hold "traditional beliefs" is compromising the overall safety and well-being of children. Read more here: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jun/20/faith-based-adoptions-hampered-liberal-officials/
SOME U.S. PUBLIC LIBRARIES PROMOTING GENDER FLUIDITY
While this has not occurred in Virginia (yet), some public libraries in the US are promoting gender fluidity by allowing drag performers to read books. Theses books typically promote their agenda. Some states have named June as LGBT Month, so be aware of this if you send your children to the library, even in states where it is not officially recognized. Read more here. https://world.wng.org/content/once_upon_a_man_in_a_dress
ABORTION-RIGHTS ACTIVISTS SUE VIRGINIA
Abortion rights groups have banned together to bring a federal lawsuit against the state of Virginia in an attempt to challenge existing regulations that "create unjust restrictions on access to abortion." The plaintiff's definition of "unjust restrictions" includes requirements that second trimester abortions be performed in hospitals, a mandatory ultrasound before abortion, and ensuring that abortions are performed by licensed doctors. http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/abortion-rights-advocates-file-federal-lawsuit-challenging-virginia-restrictions/article_3cacaf12-16a6-5436-a065-1bdf201cdc48.html?utm_source=RTD%20Email&utm_medium=_Breaking%20News&utm_campaign=_Breaking%20News...
COLLEGE STUDENT IN GEORGIA CHARGED WITH “DISORDERLY CONDUCT” FOR SHARING GOSPEL IN “FREE SPEECH ZONE
A federal judge in Georgia has dismissed charges against Georgia Gwinnett College who is being sued by a former student who at the time was forced to stop sharing the gospel in a "free speech zone". The judge dismissed the charges against the school because the student had graduated by the time the court hearing took place. VAIB does not support the judge's rationale in dismissing the case, as it appears that the student's First Amendment Rights were violated. Read more here:...
CITY OF DALLAS REFUSES TO ALLOW “AMERICA IS A CHRISTIAN NATION” BILLBOARD
The First Baptist Church of Dallas has been denied its request to purchase billboard space because its "America Is A Christian Nation" message is "offensive and bigoted" according to the Mayor and other news organizations in Dallas. As the Pastor of the church states "“It should greatly concern people of any faith when those in the press or government proactively seek to defeat, censor or silence any religious message with which they disagree." Read more here: https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/06/21/dallas-mayor-fights-church-over-billboard-stating-america-is-a-christian-nation/...
UNIVERSITY IN MICHIGAN PROHIBITS GROUP FROM CHOOSING A CHRISTIAN TO LEAD ITS CHRISTIAN GROUP
The InterVarsity Christian Fellowship chapter of Wayne University in Detroit, Michigan has been accused of discriminating against non-Christians for requiring that the leader of their group be a professing Christian. Other non-Christian organizations at the University are allowed to choose their own leaders without restriction, indicating that the InterVarsity group is being ostracized for it's Christian beliefs. Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/education/2018/06/12/university-cant-pick-christian-to-lead-christian-group...
HOUSE OF DELEGATES LEADERSHIP OPPOSES PRO-ABORTION LAWSUIT
The Republican leadership of the House of Delegates issued a statement opposing the lawsuit brought by Planned Parenthood challenging some abortion clinic regulations which have been in place for decades. You can read the full statement here: https://mailchi.mp/9f2d6ed6fc0a/statement-of-house-leadership-on-pro-abortion-lawsuit-challenging-virginias-commonsense-pro-life-laws?e=1eccb56c7b
THE HARM OF PUSHING INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY
Two words which often pop up in today’s news are inclusion and diversity. These are key words used by certain groups to gain acceptance and approval. These seem to be good words to use. Should we exclude people? Isn’t it better that there be acceptance of different types of people in every circle of life? This is neither true nor practical. Is “just anyone” able to play professional sports or can “everyone” attend Harvard? These are rhetorical questions because...
CROSSFIT EMPLOYEE FIRED AFTER EXPRESSING LGBTQ PRIDE AS “SIN”
The Chief Knowledge Officer of CrossFit, a fitness training company, has been fired after labeling pride as a "sin", regarding a LGBTQ "Pride Month" workout session that was canceled in Indianapolis, Indiana. VAIB stands by the First Amendment rights of employees to freely express their convictions in such cases. Read more here: https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/06/07/crossfit-spokesman-says-lgbt-pride-is-a-sin-subsequently-fired/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CapitolBell&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTmpReVkyVmxNV1JoTW1NMyIsInQiOiJRZkxyOWE5cHV1XC9ROXFcL2VwNDJPaE5YQ3Y4U3BBc0N2TTlJNlZlK1BORXdYVURDc1wvVE1WTjVXOExQRnNGU1FteVwvK2RcL2NLSWhMdFo1SUY4emdiRDhacGc3UUlLbHV3aytZS2ZjNVpYa1hOYVdjUXd6UWU5eGVud0g3VXYyRFptIn0%3D...
NEW LAW IN LOUISIANA MANDATES ADOPTION AS A CHOICE FOR WOMEN CONSIDERING ABORTIONS
A new law in Louisiana now mandates that women seeking abortion be presented with another option: adoption. VAIB stands for policies such as this which encourage the protection of the unborn. Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/pro-life/2018/06/14/adoption-law-helps-babies-find-families
PROFESSIONAL SOCCER PLAYER REFUSES TO WEAR JERSEY SUPPORTING LGBTQ
Read this inspiring article about Jaelene Hinkle, a Christian professional soccer player who refused to wear a jersey supporting LGBTQ. VAIB is grateful for athletes who stand by the Word of God no matter the cost. Read the article here: https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA18F09&f=WU18F04
GLOUCESTER COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD SEEKING APPEAL IN TRANSGENDER BATHROOM CASE
The Gloucester County school board is seeking an appeal in an effort to preserve its bathroom policy currently in place which states that a student must use the restroom of their biological sex. The appeal is necessary because a federal judge ruled that a transgender student can challenge the existing policy. VAIB supports the rights of students' privacy in being able to use the restroom according to their biological sex as assigned by God. Read more here: http://click.heritage.org/GaH0Th30NzAIM0se0310Wrx...
FAIRFAX COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD CHANGES SEX ED CURRICULUM AGAINST 90% OF PARENTS’ WISHES
The school board of Fairfax County, Virginia has voted to change their sex ed curriculum to include "the replacement of “biological sex” with “sex assigned at birth” and the teaching of an HIV drug". The vote passed 10-0, despite disapproval from 90% of respondents to a survey asking for input. VAIB is disturbed by the decision of the school board, as it goes against God's clear creation of male and female. Read more here: https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/06/18/virginia-school-board-ignores-parents-concerns-changes-sex-ed-program/...
GOVERNOR OF HAWAII SIGNS BILL BANNING HELP FOR SEXUAL ORIENTATION ISSUES
The Governor of Hawaii has signed a bill which bans any organization from offering counseling to those under 18 who are seeking help due to confusion about their sexual orientation. VAIB supports the rights of all individuals to seek Christian counselling for such issues. Read more here: https://christiannews.net/2018/05/27/hawaii-governor-signs-bill-banning-help-for-homosexual-youth-claims-sexual-orientation-is-not-an-illness/
PEDOPHILE RUNS FOR CONGRESS IN VIRGINIA
Nathan Larsen, running for congress in Virginia's 10th Congressional District, wants to make it legal for adults to have sex with children. VAIB disagrees with any candidate who would support what the Bible calls a sexual perversion. Read the details in the article below: https://christiannews.net/2018/06/05/convicted-felon-and-admitted-pedophile-running-for-congress-wants-to-legalize-incest/
CHRISTIAN FILM MAKERS THREATENED WITH PUNISHMENT FOR SUPPORTING “TRADITIONAL” MARRIAGE
The Larsens are Christian film makers in the state of Minnesota, who have a vision of making movies that support the traditional role of marriage. However, the state of Minnesota has passed a law mandating that such films also embrace same-sex marriage. The couple is presently filing a lawsuit against the state law. VAIB continues to stand with Christian business owners in cases such as this where their First Amendment rights are being violated. Read the article here: https://www.adflegal.org/larsens-story?sourcecode=061L0002&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=ad&utm_campaign=830-29545&utm_content=larsens_link...
ATHEIST ATTEMPTS TO REMOVE “IN GOD WE TRUST” FROM AMERICAN CURRENCY
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, OH has ruled against an atheist who has repeatedly attempted to remove "In God We Trust" from American currency. The court ruled that the "complainants in the case have ample alternatives to cash if the motto bothers them that much." VAIB supports the oath placed upon our currency by our Founding Fathers. Read more here: https://christiannews.net/2018/06/04/appeals-court-rejects-atheists-attempt-to-remove-in-god-we-trust-from-american-currency/...
U.S. SUPREME COURT SIDES WITH CHRISTIAN BAKER IN LANDMARK CASE
The U.S. Supreme court ruled in favor of Jack Phillips, the Christian baker who was being sued because he refused to make a cake for a homosexual couple's wedding. VAIB is pleased to know that in this case, the First Amendment rights of Jack Phillips has been upheld. Read the articles below for the details: https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/06/04/in-cake-case-7-supreme-court-judges-uphold-free-exercise-of-religion/ https://www.adflegal.org/detailspages/blog-details/allianceedge/2018/06/04/victory-win-for-cake-artist-jack-phillips-at-the-supreme-court...
UPCOMING BOY SCOUTS JAMBOREE WILL FEATURE FREE CONDOMS
The upcoming Boy Scouts World Jamboree to be held in West Virginia will be offering free condoms to all attendees, according to the article below. VAIB stands against any policy that encourages sexual promiscuity. Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/culture/2018/05/23/a-new-world-for-scouts-indeed
HIGH SCHOOL GIRL SPEAKS UP FOR PRIVACY
Read this important article featuring Alexis Lightcap, a high-school student in PA who is speaking up for the privacy rights of all students. VAIB continues to support policies that protect the rights to privacy for individuals, especially in areas such as school bathrooms and locker rooms. Read more here: https://adflegal.org/detailspages/blog-details/allianceedge/2018/05/24/watch-why-this-high-school-girl-is-publicly-speaking-up-for-student-privacy
CONGRESSMAN THOMAS GARRETT WILL NOT RUN FOR SECOND TERM
Congressman Thomas Garrett has announced that he will not be running for a second term. VAIB is praying for Garrett’s healing from this addiction. Read more here: http://www.richmond.com/news/local/government-politics/rep-tom-garrett-says-he-is-an-alcoholic-and-will/article_c2b2b2f6-a743-57c6-8c93-38ba0693c18a.html?utm_source=RTD%20Email&utm_medium=_Breaking%20News&utm_campaign=_Breaking%20News
FORMER HOMOSEXUALS SPEAK OUT AGAINST CALIFORNIA’S AB2943
California's AB2943 bill,designed to punish any effort to change someone's sexual orientation, has the attention of former homosexuals who are speaking out against the bill. Such individuals view the bill as a "blatant violation of my first amendment rights". VAIB is keeping a close eye on bills such as this one in California, designed to completely strip away the First Amendment rights of individuals and churches who wish to help others with a Biblical solution to their homosexuality....
A PRINCIPLE OF CONVICTION, NOT PREFERENCE OR CONVENIENCE
If you were taught history regarding the founding of America’s colonies, you may recall that Rhode Island was founded by Roger Williams. As a Baptist, he instituted in the laws of the colony that …”all men may walk as their consciences persuade them, every one in the name of his God. And let the lambs of the Most High walk in this colony without molestation in the name of Jehovah their God forever.” This quote and other material is from This Day in Baptist History (1993),...
LOUISIANA PASSES PRO-LIFE LEGISLATION BANNING ABORTION AFTER 15 WEEKS
The Governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards (D), is expected to sign into legislation a pro-life bill banning abortion after 15 weeks. VAIB is encouraged by legislation such as this which takes steps in protecting the unborn child. Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/pro-life/2018/05/21/pro-lifers-applaud-lawmakers-dem-governor
CONSERVATIVE GOP CANDIDATES WIN BIG IN FOUR STATES
With the Virginia Primary elections ahead next week, it appears as if conservative GOP candidates have done well in other states. Read the article below for further information: https://www.onenewsnow.com/politics-govt/2018/05/23/conservatives-win-big-in-tx-ga-ky-ar-primaries
LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
University of Michigan has instituted a policy designed to "suppress and punish speech other students deem ‘demeaning,’ ‘bothersome,’ or ‘hurtful’." In opposition to the suppression of free speech, a lawsuit has been filed against the university in an attempt to reverse the policy. VAIB continues to support those who fight for the right to free speech as guaranteed by the First Amendment. Read more here: https://www.heritage.org/education/commentary/its-now-1984-the-university-michigan...
CHILD WELFARE PROVIDER INCLUSION ACT
Legislation has been reintroduced in an attempt to prevent discrimination against faith-based adoption providers who refuse to place children in same-sex couples' homes. Under the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act "the federal government and states receiving certain federal child welfare funds would be prohibited from discriminating against a child welfare provider simply because the provider declines to provide a service that conflicts with their religious or moral convictions." ...
WHEN GOOD IS CALLED EVIL
As Christians, we should be aware that the world-system does not agree with biblical values. Therefore, it should not shock us when those who promote nondiscrimination protections for LGBT call us “wicked.” I have personally had the same accusations thrown at me when I speak on behalf of VAIB to oppose such bills in Virginia. And because of elections, Virginia is seeing more money backing organizations like Equality Virginia which are pushing for LGBT nondiscrimination legislation. That...
THE NEXT STEP IN CALIFORNIA’S AB 2943 BILL
This article by Alliance Defending Freedom addresses the stripping away of our freedoms as the next step in the process should the bill pass. AB 2943 attempts to "outlaw anyone in the state from selling any goods or services to adults to help them address unwanted same-sex attractions or questions over gender identity." VAIB is opposed to any bill that strips away the rights of any individual or organization as guaranteed by our Constitution. Read more here: https://adflegal.org/detailspages/blog-details/allianceedge/2018/05/07/california-s-next-step-in-the-sexual-revolution-silencing-certain-beliefs...
THE LATEST NEWS ON PARENTAL RIGHTS
Read this article highlighting the latest news regarding parental rights, including Alfie Evans, who was recently pulled from life support despite his parents' wishes to remain on life support. VAIB supports the rights of parents to direct the lives of their children in all areas, including health, education, and religion. Read the article here: https://parentalrights.org/april18-news/
THE WAR ON WISDOM
Read this insightful article which addresses the general lack of wisdom among leaders and those in our society today. VAIB recognizes God's Word as the only source of true wisdom, and supports leaders that align themselves with Biblical principles. Read the article here: https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/05/08/the-war-on-wisdom/
NEARLY 200 CONGRESSMEN PETITION HHS IN ATTEMPT TO DISQUALIFY PLANNED PARENTHOOD FROM FUNDING
Nearly 200 U.S. Congressmen have petitioned the Department of Health and Human Services in an attempt to disqualify Planned Parenthood from funding. The specific request is that "Title X programs may not promote, counsel, or refer clients for abortion or co-locate or combine family planning services with abortion activities". VAIB supports the de-funding of any organization which promotes abortion. Read more here: https://christiannews.net/2018/05/08/nearly-200-congressmen-ask-hhs-to-amend-title-x-regulations-to-disqualify-planned-parenthood-for-funding/...
WHEN GOOD IS CALLED EVIL
As Christians, we should be aware that the world-system does not agree with biblical values. Therefore, it should not shock us when those who promote nondiscrimination protections for LGBT call us “wicked.” I have personally had the same accusations thrown at me when I speak on behalf of VAIB to oppose such bills in Virginia. And because of elections, Virginia is seeing more money backing organizations like Equality Virginia which are pushing for LGBT nondiscrimination legislation. That...
TEACHER IN ALABAMA ASKED TO COVER UP “JUST PRAY” T-SHIRT
A teacher in Alabama was asked to cover up her "Just Pray" T-shirt by the principal of the school, stating that the shirt could potentially offend someone. VAIB supports the religious freedom of teachers and other government employees to express their religious beliefs. Read more here: https://christiannews.net/2018/05/08/alabama-governor-says-it-is-unacceptable-to-disallow-teacher-from-wearing-just-pray-shirt/
CONSERVATIVES FEAR OFFENDING “THE LEFT”
Read this perceptive article discussing the fear that conservatives have about speaking out against the "left". VAIB continues to stand for the First Amendment rights of free speech for all Americans. Read more here: https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/05/01/the-left-is-merciless-at-keeping-conservatives-in-the-closet/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CapitolBell&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiT1dKak1EaG1NekV6Tm1SayIsInQiOiJzdDlqWVVXeG9pWEY5ZmIySlM2YXdTcUxtcXhlYUVUSDRyN1REYXRreUxIOFJIQlhtMm1pUUlSaDhOV2NTRktma1ozajBzaWQ2a3Nub1Z6NFkxbGQxYzFFenFnZkZkTzc1eUxCXC9DbHpDcERTQngxZVlSTjBCRUF0Tm05eTlFeDkifQ%3D%3D...
PARENTS SUPPORT CHILDREN IN “SEX ED SIT OUT”
On April 23rd, parents across the country pulled their children out of school for the "SEX ED SIT OUT", described as "a grassroots awakening of frustrated parents who are sick of the sexualization of children in their taxpayer-funded schools." VAIB supports the rights of parents to direct their children's education, including that of sex ed. Read more here: https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/04/25/parents-stand-up-for-children-in-sex-ed-sit-out/
ARMY CHAPLAIN TARGETED FOR REFUSING TO CONDUCT MARRIAGE RETREAT FEATURING SAME-SEX COUPLE
A military investigation at Fort Bragg is disciplining a chaplain for his failure to include a lesbian couple in ta marriage retreat. The chaplain is fighting back, citing that the Army has violated his First Amendment rights. VAIB supports the First Amendment rights of Pastors and Chaplains in such cases to serve in their ministries according to their faith-based convictions. Read more here: https://www.toddstarnes.com/values/lawmakers-say-army-may-have-violated-law-by-targeting-baptist-chaplain/...
PREACHING FROM A CHESTERFIELD JAIL
(Material taken from This Day in Baptist History (1993), January 4 entry, pages 5-6. Article written by E. Wayne Thompson) The colonial era in Virginia saw many Baptists and other dissenters suffer persecution for their faith. William Webber and Joseph Anthony were church planters from Virginia. The magistrates in Chesterfield County issued warrants for their arrest and “[Webber] was seized in Chesterfield County, December 7, 1770, and imprisoned in the county jail until...
UPCOMING ELECTIONS CRUCIAL FOR PRO-LIFE ADVANCEMENT
The upcoming November elections will play a critical role in the advancement of pro-life policies, as outlined in the article below. VAIB continues to fight for the rights of the unborn. Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/pro-life/2018/05/01/guess-who-aims-to-control-abortion-debate-in-senate
ARIZONA PASSES LAW TO PROTECT FREE SPEECH ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES
A law has been passed in Arizona resulting in stronger policies to protect the right to free speech on college campuses. The law also "prohibits a school from forcing faculty and students to take specific positions on controversial subjects." VAIB supports efforts such as this to protect students and faculty members' First Amendment rights to free speech. Read more here: https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/04/27/arizona-passes-law-to-protect-free-speech-on-campus/
PROPOSED BILL TO PROTECT ADOPTION AGENCIES
A bill has been introduced in the U.S. House (with a similar bill in the Senate) aimed at protecting the freedom of charitable based adoption agencies to operate according to their beliefs. Such agencies have already been forced out of Massachusetts, Illinois, the District of Columbia, and San Francisco because of their beliefs. VAIB fully supports bills such as this, which protect an organization's right to operate according to their convictions. Read more here: ...
HOMESCHOOLING UNDER ATTACK IN CALIFORNIA
Read the article below regarding California's proposed bill, AB2756, introduced as an effort to restrict homeschooling as a knee-jerk reaction to one incident in California. VAIB continues to stand with the rights of parents to direct their children's education. Read more here: https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA18D48&f=WU18D15
SEXUAL RISK-AVOIDANCE EDUCATION
This article by Arina Grossu and Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council highlights the reasons of teaching children the value of not engaging in sexual activity until marriage. The continuing decline of traditional families is obvious and Family Life Education in our public schools seems to focus on anything but what a real family should be. Read more here. https://www.frc.org/SexualRiskAvoidance
CALIFORNIA BILL THREATENS FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS
A bill has been introduced in California seeking to put a stop to any efforts or practices that would address someone with gender confusion or anyone seeking to change their sexual identity. However, the bill, known as AB2943, "would impose widespread censorship that could implicate authors, speakers, counselors, colleges and universities, and even religious leaders seeking to address unwanted same-sex attraction or gender identity confusion." VAIB is opposed to such bills, as they seek to strip...
THREE SENATE GOP CANDIDATES SPAR AT LIBERTY UNIVERSITY DEBATE
Del. Nick Freitas of Culpeper County; Corey Stewart, Prince William County Board chairman; and Chesapeake minister E.W. Jackson recently met at Liberty University to debate topics such as taxes, immigration and the ongoing Justice Department investigation of the 2016 election. VAIB remains committed to keeping you up to date on the latest election news. Click below for further information on the debate: https://pilotonline.com/news/government/politics/virginia/article_48fdf485-9c00-5a68-b73b-da5bfb95703d.html...
SCHOOL BUS DRIVER IN MINNESOTA REMOVED FROM ROUTE AFTER PRAYING WITH STUDENTS
A school bus driver in Minnesota who has participated in student-led prayer on his bus has been removed from his route, after the school received complaints that he “was influencing minors to the point where he was forcing them to pray.” VAIB supports the First Amendment rights of school employees to pray while on the job. Read more here: https://christiannews.net/2018/04/21/minnesota-school-bus-driver-removed-from-route-for-praying-with-students/
PASTORAL HOUSING ALLOWANCE FACING COURT CHALLENGE
Read this relevant article outlining Freedom From Religion's attempt to put a stop to a law that provides ministers of the gospel with tax-exempt housing. VAIB supports tax exempt status for churches nationwide. Read more here: https://adflegal.org/detailspages/blog-details/allianceedge/2018/04/12/how-your-church-pays-its-pastors-may-change-because-of-this-case
RESPONDING TO THE TRANSGENDER ISSUE
The transgender issue is spreading into so many areas. Holding to the truths of the Bible in this area does not negate our responsibility to treat all people as Christ would. This article by Owen Strachan was first published July 1, 2017 by Answers in Genesis and has valuable insights in this area. Read more here: https://answersingenesis.org/family/gender/bringing-clarity-confused-world/?utm_source=articlesmedia&utm_medium=email&utm_content=2-banner-cta&utm_campaign=20180407&mc_cid=02db283a03&mc_eid=788bcda7ae ...
CANDIDATES SEEKING NOMINATION TO RUN AGAINST SEN. TIM KAINE
Republican state legislator Nick Freitas is battling two other candidates for the Republican nomination to run against Senator Tim Kaine for his seat in November. Read the article below and stay tuned to VAIB for the latest election news. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/va-legislator-freitas-raises-nearly-350000-in-bid-to-take-on-tim-kaine/2018/04/19/dafec5ce-4373-11e8-bba2-0976a82b05a2_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.c6633c73f0c8
U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE SUPPORTS ABORTION FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
A U.S. District Court Judge has ruled that notices be posted in dorms where illegal immigrants are being housed stating that they have a right to abortion. The Office of Refugee Resettlement is fighting the ruling, stating that "Federal law is very clear on giving the director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement the legal responsibility to decide what is in the best interests of a minor in the unaccompanied alien children program..." VAIB is opposed to any ruling which promotes abortion. ...
IN IOWA, CHRISTIANS NEED NOT APPLY
A Christian conservative woman in Iowa has been denied nomination to the Iowa Board of Medicine because of a comment she made regarding an article on traditional marriage that she agreed with. VAIB stands for the rights of free speech in cases such as this. As the article states " No one should be required to choose between their career and their convictions." Read more here: https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA18D24&f=WU18D08
PASTOR FROM NORTH CAROLINA FACES UP TO 35 YEARS IN TURKISH JAIL
A pastor serving in Turkey for over 23 years has been accused of spying, conspiracy and terrorism, and is facing a sentence of up to 35 years in jail. Although 78 members of Congress have called for his release, who is innocent of all charges. VAIB continues to pray for this pastor and the members of his family for his soon release. Read more here: https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA18D24&f=WU18D08
PENNSYLVANIA DENTIST THREATENS PARENTS
Read the article below about a dentist in Pennsylvania who has threatened to report parents for neglect if they do not schedule their next cleaning appointment with his practice. VAIB supports the rights of parents as given by God to direct the lives of their children. Read more here: https://parentalrights.org/dentist_threats/
AN INTERVIEW WITH A PRO-LIFE PREGNANCY CENTER OWNER
In 2015, California passed a state law (AB775) that forces pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise for the abortion industry. On March 20, 2018, Alliance Defending Freedom argued for these pro-life centers' rights to conscience before the U.S. Supreme Court. The article below contains an interview of a pro-life pregnancy center owner. VAIB stands for the rights of pro-life institutions across the U.S. to operate their organization according to their religious convictions. Read...
PASTOR IN OHIO BANNED FROM TEACHING VOLUNTEER LUNCHTIME BIBLE STUDY
An Ohio pastor has been banned from offering a voluntary lunchtime Bible study for students at a local middle school after the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a letter of complaint. VAIB supports the rights of students and Pastors in cases such as this to conduct volunteer Bible studies in a public school setting. Read more here: http://christiannews.net/2018/04/09/ohio-pastor-no-longer-allowed-to-offer-lunchtime-bible-study-at-school-following-complaint/
A REVIEW OF JUSTICE NEIL GORSUCH’S FIRST YEAR
Justice Neil Gorsuch was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court one year ago. Read the following article summarizing his cases from the past year. VAIB supports appointments of judges who properly interpret the law and uphold the Constitution. Read more here: https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/04/11/neil-gorsuch-just-finished-year-1-on-the-supreme-court-heres-how-hes-making-his-mark/
CHURCH SAFETY AND SECURITY RESOURCE
As more incidents of violence occur, pastors probably feel concerned for the safety of their congregations. Over the years, VAIB has had conference speakers to help in this area. One such speaker was David Gibbs III of the National Center for Life and Liberty. Follow this link to access a free resource from NCLL with suggestions on what to do. (VAIB makes no endorsement of this or any organization. There are various good resources available from other organizations as well. We simply provide this...
U.S. COURT OF APPEALS HEARS CASE IN PENNSYLVANIA REGARDING COUNTY SEAL CONTAINING A CROSS
A county in Pennsylvania whose seal contains a cross is the subject of a case being heard in the U.S. Court of Appeals in an attempt to overturn a previous ruling that the seal was unconstitutional. VAIB supports the historical significance of religious symbols in government seals and property. Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/legal-courts/2018/04/03/tradition-of-religious-symbolism-isnt-unconstitutional
KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY FACING LAWSUITS LIMITING FREE SPEECH
Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit on behalf of Christian students whose right to free speech was limited to a “free speech zone.” VAIB stands for free expression of opinions and religious convictions without fear of retribution. Read more here: https://adflegal.org/detailspages/press-release-details/kennesaw-state-declares-pro-life-display-controversial-exiles-it-to-tiny-speech-zone
AIR FORCE COLONEL HAS CAREER RESTORED AFTER BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS RELIGIOUS BELIEFS
On January 1, 2018, VAIB posted a story about Colonel Bohannon, a 20 year veteran of the Air Force, who, when faced with a "certificate of appreciation" to endorse a same-sex union, refused to sign the certificate, costing him his job. VAIB is pleased that the Air Force has reversed the decision and will uphold Colonel Bohannon's right to hold to his religious conviction in the matter. Read more here: https://www.toddstarnes.com/show/exonerated-air-force-restores-career-of-colonel-punished-for-religious-beliefs/...
IOWA LEGISLATURE HEARS TESTIMONY OF WOMAN WHO REFUSED TO ABORT HER SON
A woman who refused to abort her son who was conceived by rape testified before the Iowa legislature in an attempt to plead against the "genocide of the innocent". Her plea was “Do not use me and my rape and my story—and the story of all of us, mothers from rape who love our children—as a banner to hide behind and excuse a genocide of the innocent. We love our children.” VAIB continues to stand for the rights of the unborn. Read more here: http://christiannews.net/2018/03/30/he-has-a-right-to-be-here-woman-who-refused-to-abort-son-conceived-in-rape-speaks-before-iowa-legislature/...
IT WASN’T ALWAYS LIKE THIS
This editorial by Walter Williams is on target. While VAIB has no position on gun rights, the essence of the escalating gun violence and other societal ills are not solved by more laws and more restrictions. As Williams states, “Gun ownership is not our problem. Our problem is a widespread decline in moral values that has nothing to do with guns.” He further explained: “That decline includes disrespect for those in authority, disrespect for oneself, little accountability for anti-social...
CAFE OWNERS FACE EVICTION FOR PLAYING CHRISTIAN MUSIC
A small cafe in Rancho Cucamonga, California is facing eviction after being warned to stop playing Christian music in their establishment. The cafe, which has been in operation for over 11 years, received the warning from the landlord of the property after atheists filed a complaint. VAIB stands by small business owners in cases such as this where religious liberty of the business owners is clearly at stake. Read more here: https://www.toddstarnes.com/show/courthouse-cafe-owners-face-eviction-for-playing-christian-music/...
PLANNED PARENTHOOD WANTS DISNEY TRANSGENDER & POST-ABORTION PRINCESSES
Planned Parenthood is under fire for tweets containing content desiring Disney to create transgender and post-abortion princesses. After receiving negative feedback, the organization removed the tweets from its account. VAIB is completely opposed to any effort to push abortion or transgenderism, especially to children, as these issues are in opposition to God's Word. Read more here: http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/health/2018/march/in-case-you-missed-it-planned-parenthood-wants-disney-to-create-post-abortion-transgender-princesses...
PARENTS ARE LOSING RIGHTS WHEN IT COMES TO TRANSGENDERISM
Read this insightful article below summarizing how parents are losing rights to direct the lives of their children whenever transgenderism is the issue at stake. VAIB fully supports parents to have complete authority when it comes to directing the lives of their own children. Read the article here: https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/03/26/courts-legislatures-disempowering-parents-push-transgender-agenda/
PROPOSED BILL IN MASS WOULD STRIP FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS FROM BUSINESSES
House Bill 671 has been introduced in Massachusetts which, if passed, would strip the First Amendment rights from businesses. The bill would make it illegal to conduct business in a way that would be deemed as "discriminatory", even if done so out of religious convictions. VAIB is opposed to any bill that attempts to deny a business owner or employee their First Amendment right to conduct business based upon their religious convictions. Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/legal-courts/2018/03/26/a-naked-attempt-to-repeal-religious-rights...
BAPTISTS AND THE FEDERAL BILL OF RIGHTS
From time to time, I want to relate some historical perspective on Baptists influencing government. Only by staying conspicuously involved in government can we expect to see a government “of the people.” For this reason, VAIB continues to be your voice for Christian liberties. Eddy Aliff, Executive Director VAIB The following was written by E. Wayne Thompson, noted historian on religion and Baptist preacher from Virginia. I am thankful for Dr. Thompson’s diligence in researching...
VIRGINIA INDIAN TRIBES CONSIDER BUILDING CASINOS
While VAIB works at the General Assembly to oppose casinos in Virginia, federally recognized Indian tribes have complete control over such matters. Please pray that all Indian tribes in Virginia will not seek to build casinos. The promised benefits never materialize. Read more here. http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/indian-tribe-s-plan-would-give-virginia-its-rst-casino/article_c87e4290-ebe1-5af0-83fb-d2d0f6dabc13.html?utm_source=RTD%20Email Rev. Eddy Aliff Executive Director Virginia Assembly...
CHURCH IN LAUREL MD ENCOUNTERS OBSTACLES TRYING TO OPEN ITS DOORS
A church in Laurel, MD that wants to open downtown is encountering many obstacles in the form of newly imposed "city ordinances" that are prohibiting them from moving forward. In response, the church is suing the city "to ensure this church, and all churches, are treated equally and have the freedom to live and preach the Gospel in their community." VAIB stands with the rights of churches in such cases to be free from government interference. https://adflegal.org/detailspages/blog-details/allianceedge/2018/02/09/this-new-church-wants-to-open-its-doors-downtown-but-the-city-is-standing-in-its-way...
COREY STEWART AND NICK FREITAS GO HEAD TO HEAD IN GOP FORUM
epublicans Corey Stewart and Nick Freitas appeared at a forum hosted by the VA Tea Party, going head to head on issues such as guns, illegal immigration and taxes. Both candidates are running for the GOP nomination against Senator Tim Kaine this November. Read the article below for a summary of the "debate", and stay tuned to VAIB for election news. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/corey-stewart-and-nick-freitas-bring-the-heat-in-first-gop-senate-forum/2018/03/17/c128eb14-292b-11e8-b79d-f3d931db7f68_story.html?utm_term=.874cd6c2794c...
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS ALL FOR PROTECTING FREE SPEECH ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES
Read this article below summarizing how the Trump Administration views the importance of protecting free speech on college campuses. VAIB fully supports efforts such as this to protect the right to free speech as guaranteed by the First Amendment. Read more here: https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/03/22/trump-administration-protecting-free-speech-college-campuses/
WHAT IS YOUR CHILD READING AT SCHOOL?
Public schools typically put out reading lists for students. These books are supposedly age-appropriate. But might these books promote issues that directly conflict with values being taught by parents? For example, an Oregon library was promoting a book for third through fifth grades explaining how a boy who wants to be a girl can go through the process of changing his sex. Most Christian parents I know would be shocked to find their children reading such a book. For that reason, I ask the question:...
BILL IN CALIFORNIA WOULD ALLOW GOVERNMENT TO ENTER HOMESCHOOL HOMES
A bill has been introduced in California that would require fire inspections for homeschooled students. However, the Home School Legal Defense Association fears that the bill is really empowerment of the government "to enter a home without a warrant, reasonable cause, or consent". VAIB stands with the rights of parents to direct the education of their students within the privacy of their own home without government interference. Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/education/2018/03/19/hello-homeschoolers-hows-your-fire-safety ...
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION DROPS OBAMA’S BULLYING POLICY
The U.S. Department of Education has announced that is will no longer respond to transgender student's complaints regarding "lack of accommodations" on their behalf. VAIB supports decisions that protect the rights to privacy of students. Read the article below to find out more. https://www.onenewsnow.com/education/2018/02/21/dept-of-ed-drops-obama-era-bullying-policy
CONSCIENCE PROTECTION ACT (H.R. 644) INTRODUCED
Congressman Rob Wittman (Virginia District 1) co-sponsored legislation to further protect those of faith from discrimination by the government. VAIB fully supports this legislation which will help protect people of faith who oppose abortion. Congressman Wittman released the following statement on March 14: “As a member of the Values Action Team and the Pro-Life Caucus, I am committed to working hard for families in the First District by upholding the values of faith, family, and freedom....