This year’s legislature is grappling incredible issues. Part of the tension is the need to reduce the size of government and its obligations. But special interests want to protect their slice of the pie.
Many times the issue is not about money but power. Ultimately, we know that our God holds the power in heaven and earth. So when when push comes to shove on issues, I join with a host of Louisiana Baptists who say, “We choose the Lord over man.”
Today is a really busy day. Starting at 9 am there are several committee hearings of note.
1. The House Health and Welfare Committee takes up a “Personhood Bill” HB 587. This bill is may be considered “unnecessary” by some who rely on the Supreme Court decision of 1973 as their benchmark. But medical science is quickly eroding “Roe” and when it is overturned, states need to hold up the standard of what constitutes a person. This bill also says aloud that Louisiana is a culture of people who believe that life is precious from the womb to the tomb.
2. Senator Mount of Lake Charles has authored a bill to consolidate the state boards overseeing the Psychologists and Licensed Professional Counselors, SB 226. This appears on the surface to be a cost saving measure but the concern rests with the who will determine the context for assessment, diagnosis and treatment. What worldview will prevail? Will there be liberty to expresses our biblical world view? Our LBC Children’s Home operates the Granberry Counseling Center and they have some very legitimate concerns.
3.SCR 16 by Senator Walsworth is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate and Government Affairs Committee. This resolution encourages the legislature with private funding to erect a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state capitol. Surely, with so many iconic symbols present, the very foundation of our state and national laws could be represented.
Also, for today on the House floor the Representatives are discussing two items of moral and social interest:
HCR 54 by Rep. Hoffmann – Memorializes congress to defund and appropriate no future funding to Planned Parenthood.
HCR 12 CHILDREN – Provides with respect to childhood addiction to pornography.
Last week note–Louisiana Baptist despise bullying. We believe that all people should be treated with dignity and respect. Bullying has become a plague for our educational institutions and the legislature has responded with statutes to assist local school districts with establishment of protocols. However, HB 112, the bullying bill, that was discussed last week in committee, is not yet scheduled for House floor debate.
The subject of this bill has been hijacked by the Gay and Lesbian lobby by creating special classes of persons who are often victims of bullying. But if you create special classes the list never stops. One of the named classes is “sexual orientation.” Louisiana law does not define sexual orientation. Although an amendment by Representative Edwards failed to garner enough votes in committee, surely it will prevail on the floor.
During the testimony, the lobbyist brought to the table an 11-yr-old to testify that he was bullied because he was gay. The more important question overlooked in the committee was “WHO told this boy he was gay?” And if he has been a participant is homosexual activity, who did this to this boy? Has an offense of deep depravity occurred?
There are some good things in HB 112, but as long as the Gay and Lesbian lobby push this bill, it is destined for the trash heap.
Perhaps the majority of the legislators will amend this bill.
Pray for your elected representatives and senators. Many of them are good and godly people. The vast majority cherish your intercession.