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Monday, March 19, 2012

Laws Against Exercising Rights


TRUTH itself is under attack. Americans use print and electronic media as well as marches and rallies to publish our truths and petition the government for a redress of grievances. Pending bills out of Washington and local governments would limit free speech, freedom of press, the right to peaceful assembly, and curtail our ability to petition the government. Seven(7) links and three(3) photos for information about some of the pending bills that infringe on our freedoms appear beneath God's Word about truth-telling from "Living Truth Ministries":

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” (1 Corinthians 13:6)

There are two powerful means of influence in this world - truth and love.  When these work together, the stage is set for radical change. Have you ever had to speak the truth in love to someone? Not only is it not easy, but sometimes no matter how gentle and loving we try to voice the words, they are not received in the manner in which we hope, at least not initially.

“Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?”
(Galatians 4:16)
Continue reading this article at the Living Truth Ministries link below.

PENDING BILLS TO LIMIT TRUTH-TELLING

I.  H.R.2483 Whistleblowers Improvement Act of 2011 http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h2483/show  
This bill “...legalizes retaliation against whistleblowers whenever a company's employment agreements, policies or manuals bar employees from communicating with the government” - Daily Kos. The bill was introduced July 10, 2011, by Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY); co-sponsors: Representatives John Campbell [R, CA-48], Bill Flores [R, TX-17], Scott Garrett [R, NJ-5], Donald Manzullo [R, IL-16] and Steve Stivers [R, OH-15]. Embedded video below, YouTube link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z428H8EBRhk





II.  Georgia's Plans to Outlaw Certain Peaceful Protests
(APN) ATLANTA - SB 469, an anti-union and anti-protest bill, would turn nonviolent civil disobedience into a felony punishable by imprisonment for one year and a fine of ten thousand dollars for organizations and one thousand dollars for individuals. It also has provisions intended to weaken unions.

Martin Luther King, III has a petition against SB 469 at this link http://goo.gl/aaxFj . Please sign and distribute to your mailing list. MLK III wrote:

Hi, Extreme lawmakers in the Georgia legislature are pushing a bill designed to intimidate those who would engage in protest activities, such as picketing or sit-ins. This is an effort to silence protesters who are standing up for economic justice.

My father, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., died fighting for economic justice. Before his assassination in 1968, one of the ways he supported striking sanitation workers in Memphis was joining them on the picket line. It’s shocking to me that, 44 years after my father’s death, extreme Georgia legislators are trying to silence today’s peaceful protesters. My father would not back down from this bill and we cannot either.  That's why I signed a petition to the Georgia State House, the Georgia State Senate, and Governor Nathan Deal, which says:

"We urge all Georgia lawmakers to oppose SB 469. This bill restricts the free speech rights of Georgians. It burdens small businesses by forcing them to issue additional notices to their employees, and it puts extra strain on our already-stretched public safety forces. We need lawmakers to focus on real solutions to our jobs crisis, not push bills that take away our basic free speech rights. Again, please vote NO on SB 469." 

Will you sign the petition, too? http://goo.gl/aaxFj

MLK III
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Continue reading about truth and love at "Living in Truth Ministries" http://livingintruthministries.com/2012/03/18/speaking-the-truth-in-love 

Christian advocacy by "America's Most Censored, Mary Neal" http://goo.gl/eWMCy , director of Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill (AIMI), human/civil rights organization to decriminalize mental illness in America, based at Care2 Network and conducting a Human Rights for Prisoners March across the Internet. 


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