Letters From My Elected Officials – Re: I oppose the ‘Equality’ Act


February 25, 2021

Dear Mr. Boston,

Thank you for contacting my office regarding the Equality Act. I appreciate hearing from you on this piece of legislation.     

The Equality Act (H.R. 5) was introduced on February 18, 2021 to the U.S. House of Representatives. This legislation significantly expands the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation. While I admire efforts to end discrimination in this country and believe that the government should strive to protect all Americans’ basic human rights, the Equality Act is not the way forward.     

First, the legislation is an example of federal government overreach. The federal government is not the most efficient or effective driver of change, nor should it be. When it institutes broad sweeping policies for the whole country, the federal government limits the ability of schools and communities to create individualized policies. Importantly, allowing local communities to fashion individualized responses to local problems will ensure that specific needs are addressed and allow the flexibility to address the particular complications of any one situation or case.     

The Equality Act also has religious liberty implications. The bill prevents religious schools, groups, and other organizations from creating policies that reflect their own sincerely held beliefs. The right to the free exercise of religion is fundamental to the idea of what it means to be an American. It is something that I will not vote to abridge as a United States Senator.     

Additionally, this legislation would require that all schools, athletics, and businesses allow participation in what are typically activities restricted by biological sex to those who assume an alternate gender identity. There have already been a number of issues across the United States where policies of this sort are implemented. These problems are now isolated but would only increase in frequency should this policy become federal.     

The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 5 on its floor the week of February 22, 2021. Should this bill come before the Senate, I will be sure to keep your comments in mind. Given the aforementioned concerns, I do not plan to support this bill in its current form.     

Thank you for contacting me. It is an honor to serve as your U.S. Senator from Indiana. Please keep in touch with me on issues of concern to you. You can also follow me on Twitter or Facebook for real-time updates on my activities in the U.S. Senate. If I ever may be of service, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,


Mike Braun
U.S. Senator
P.S. This message was sent by email to save taxpayer dollars.


February 25, 2021

Dear Mr. Boston,

Thank you for contacting my office regarding H.R. 5, a bill that would amend the Civil Rights Law Act of 1964 to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” along with race, sex, and religion as protected classes in federal anti-discrimination law. I strongly oppose this legislation, and I welcome the opportunity to respond.

I wholeheartedly agree that this bill is a blatant violation of Americans’ safety, privacy, and civil liberties and that is why I voted no on H.R. 5. This bill takes discrimination out the realm of the objective, observable characteristics and redefines discrimination—not in terms of fact, but of perception of ideology, forcing all Americans to conform to the beliefs of liberal politicians in D.C.

As a man of faith, there is a zero percent chance I would support a bill that limits our nation’s founding principles of freedom of religion, conscience, and speech. We are a nation that allows and embraces diverse thoughts and opinions, but this bill would grant special privileges to individuals at the expense of the freedoms of others. Americans would be forced to forgo their deeply held religious beliefs. This means requiring healthcare professional to perform procedures that violate their moral convictions and taking federal funds away from thousands of houses of worship, schools, and charities—the establishments that make up the fabric of our Hoosier community—solely because of their beliefs. That is not equality.

As your representative in Congress, I am committed to preserving Hoosiers’ right to express and practice their faith and returning the federal government to the limits of the Constitution. If you would like to speak further regarding my position on H.R. 5, please call my Washington D.C. office at 202-225-3021. It is an honor to serve Hoosiers of Indiana’s Sixth Congressional District. You can visit my website at www.pence.house.gov to learn more about how I am representing you in Congress.


        Sincerely,

       Greg Pence
       Member of Congress

Contact Your Senators on Behalf Of Judge Amy Coney Barrett

I got the following email today, and believe that this topic is too important not to share with you. – Pastor Ed

Hi Ed,

I need you to take action right away…

Today, the U.S. Senate will begin hearings on confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

As you may know, if confirmed, Judge Barrett could be the deciding vote on the court when it comes to possibly overturning the disastrous Roe v. Wade decision.

With Judge Barrett’s impressive legal credentials and judicial track record, and her acknowledgment of the medical and scientific fact that life begins at conception, we have good reasons to trust that she will lend her qualifications to the work of justice – on Roe v. Wade and beyond.

Ed, that’s why I am reaching out to you – will you join me in contacting your U.S. Senators today to urge them to vote to confirm Judge Barrett to the Supreme Court?

With the confirmation vote in the U.S. Senate promising to be an intense fight, it is critical that we let our senators know that they must swiftly confirm Amy to the Supreme Court.

With Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry doing everything to stop Judge Barrett from being confirmed, we must take action NOW!

Ed, your action today can make a critical difference. Every person who you can also get to take action will make a difference.

When you click below, here are two things you can do:

  • Email your U.S. Senators
  • Call your U.S. Senators

A quick note: when you select this option, you will receive a phone call from 571-475-9275 that will directly patch you through to your state’s senators. Simply follow the prompts!

We’ve provided a pre-filled e-mail and a phone script to make it easy for you to directly contact both of your senators.

Ed, you can contact your U.S. Senators to urge them to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court here:

Contact your U.S. Senators

Ed Boston Ministries Presents – Nightly Online Prayer Service

Beginning tonight, March 18th, Ed Boston Ministries will begin hosting an online Prayer Service at 7 pm eastern for the indefinite future. The world is experiencing situations like no other in our lifetime and the answer to this is PRAYER.

We would like to give you the opportunity to have your prayer requests prayed over during these nightly times of prayer. Please submit your requests to ed@edbostonministries.com; or the Ed Boston Ministries Facebook Page.

We will try to bring comfort to all through obedience to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I know this scripture is difficult for many, but here is the answer!

Philippians 4:6 New International Version (NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

This is exactly what we plan to do each night until the Lord leads us differently.

 

Pastor Ed and Amy Boston

Recent Videos From Ed Boston Ministries

Check out the most recent short videos that Pastor Ed Boston has shared on YouTube. While you are there will you Like, Comment, and Subscribe to our channel. You can also tap the notification bell and you will know when a new video is online. We are working to get to 100 subscribers and that opens some additional doors to use for our ministry work.

 

Podcast: Pastor Ed’s Thoughts About Drag Queen Story Time at Public Libraries

Here is the link to our latest podcast: “Are You Kidding Me? Drag Queen Story Hour???”

Since the podcast was recorded this story about a church in California that was vandalized after opposing Drag Queen Story Time at their local library.

Interview: Hoyt And Suzy Tidwell

Hoyt & Suzy Tidwell Have A New Cookbook And Discuss The Importance of Families Having Dinner at the Table

Pastor Ed interviews Hoyt and Suzy Tidwell and they discuss several topics including Hoyt’s new cookbook and the importance of having the family eating together at the dinner table.

https://anchor.fm/ed-boston-podcast-network/episodes/Hoyt–Suzy-Tidwell-Have-A-New-Cookbook-And-Discuss-The-Importance-of-Families-Having-Dinner-at-the-Table-e4be1j

In late 2017, Suzy Tidwell taped her husband, Hoyt, making his chicken and dumplings in his trademark overalls and posted it on Facebook. There were no expectations for the 28-minute video, which quickly went viral. To date, 71 year-old Hoyt Tidwell’s chicken and dumplings video  has been viewed over 5 MILLION times on Facebook alone. Hoyt and Suzy started posting additional recipe videos, and before long, an unlikely celebrity was born. From their home kitchen south of Nashville, Tennessee, Hoyt and Suzy now post a weekly video offering viewers some country cookin’ and a dose of inspiration.

Hoyt Tidwell

The videos have developed an international fanbase, with over 20 million views to date. The videos typically feature Suzy behind the camera, admonishing Hoyt if he doesn’t wash his hands, and instructing him to get a bigger bowl because he just can’t seem to make small batches of anything. Much like his old-fashioned southern recipes, Hoyt’s videos themselves are comfort food, reminding us of a simpler time and the magic that can be found around the family dinner table.

Hoyt and Suzy (who once “won big” on the Newlywed Game) just celebrated their 50th anniversary. If you ask the happy couple about their long term goals, they are quick to point out that Hoyt’s Kitchen isn’t about cookbooks or view counts… but about bringing people together.

New this month… Hoyt’s Kitchen, Volume 2: Favorite Recipes from Hoyt, Family & Friends (The Cookbook Specialists). The all-new collection of recipes follows 2018’s Hoyt’s Kitchen: Favorite Recipes from Hoyt and Family. Both books are available now at HoytsKitchen.com.

Hoyt's Kitchen

 

Latest Podcast: Ed And Amy Talk Abortion Laws in the News

Here is the link to our Latest Podcast.

Ed and Amy give their opinions on the recent laws that passed in 5 different states that have heavily restricted abortions. Ohio, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama and now it looks like you can add Missouri to the list. We give our reaction and comment on the reactions of others as well.

When you are finished listening, here’s a link where you can give your opinion about this show or any other topic you would like to share. Who knows, we may even play your comment on a future broadcast.

https://anchor.fm/ed-boston-podcast-network/message

National Day of Prayer from Ed Boston Ministries

Pastor Ed and Amy Boston shared a National Day of Prayer podcast today. Click here to listen.

The theme for the 2019 National Day of Prayer on May 2, 2019, is Love One Another. The theme comes from the words of Jesus in John 13:34, “Love one another. Just as I have loved you.” 
 
The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was unanimously amended by both the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on Thursday, May 5, 1988, designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer. Every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.
Our hope is that individuals, churches, and spiritual leaders in America, will humble ourselves and unify in prevailing prayer for the next great move of God in America. We can come together in clear agreement that this is our greatest need. We can become a visible union, standing together in prayer. We can pray more than ever before, and practice extraordinary prayer for the next great move of God in America that will catapult the message of the gospel nationally and internationally.