The Church

The following is are the summary key points that follow from my previous publication A Message To The Church: COVID19 Restrictions and Freedom of Religion.  For the full document please visit https://bit.ly/CovidReligiousLiberty

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The Church: A Refuge in A Time of Need

By KrisAnne Hall, JD

  • Throughout all of history the church has been an essential part of society.
  • Throughout American culture and tradition the church house was not just the place for spiritual gatherings but the hub of society.
  • In American settlements the churches were often the very first buildings to be built in a community.
  • Churches have been, for generations, the common meeting place where the local community received key information about cultural and political events, and even world affairs.
  • The Church is a place where people turn for help and for comfort in a climate of fear and uncertainty.
  • Even people who do not attend church regularly, or perhaps never go to church, commonly view the church as somewhere for them to go when they need help.
  • Throughout history the church has been viewed as an essential part of society, a refuge in time of trouble or need, a place of peace and a sanctuary for the weary, even a place of healing and provision.
  • Because of the historical and cultural role of churches in American history, the church house is the perfect place for a safe haven to be established in this current time of need.
  • Not only are churches culturally viewed as a place of refuge:
    • The facilities of the church are designed to accommodate large groups of people in need of assistance, shelter, and nourishment.
    • The people of the church are trained to facilitate large gatherings of people
    • The body of the church is practiced in the function of efficiently and equitably distributing aid
    • Churches are established throughout communities and can easily become coordination centers to aid in crisis recovery
    • Many churches already have established ministries that are already established distribution centers for clothing or bulk food items, a shelter, a childcare center, a communication center, or an information center for other organizations.
  • Churches make the perfect place for information staging areas for volunteers or work units and often provide their own ready pool of volunteers; providing transportation, assistance for services needed, and certain staff and members are already trained to provide counseling and assistance for special needs.
  • Because of the nature of the church as a body of those in service to others, the church can also serve as a training ground for those who wish to volunteer but have no previous experience in that service.
  • The church is not only historically a place of spiritual deliverance but an essential part of the organization of society and its physical preservation.
  • The church may not be the only place where people can gather, but it is traditionally one of the first places people turn to for help and one of the few places where many feel free to receive the help they need.

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New Illinois Palos Heights

By: Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner

The squeeze residents of Palos Heights, Illinois are feeling is the same as what’s playing out in communities across the state. Higher property taxes, falling home values and stagnant incomesare the fallout of Illinois’ burgeoning crisis.

The worsening situation has become increasingly obvious to the residents who live there. “I’ve had neighbors moving out, taking losses on their home,” a resident said at a Palos Heights gathering we attended recently.

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Wirepoints was in the southwest Chicago suburb at the invitation of New Illinois, a nonpartisan group dedicated to creating a new state independent of the Chicago area. While Wirepoints doesn’t endorse New Illinois’ mission, we understand the frustration of its supporters, many who feel disenfranchised and forgotten by Illinois politicians.

After looking at the pain of those in Palos Heights and the refusal of Illinois politicians to fix anything, it’s no wonder some residents are looking for a fresh start.

The pain in Palos Heights

Property taxes were, of course, a sore spot for many of the attendees. Effective property taxes in Palos Heights are 2.2 percent. That’s higher than the state’s average and more than double what residents in neighboring Kentucky, Indiana and Missouri pay. 

Several residents warned that the taxes they faced could drive them out of the community.

Dolores Kramarski, one of Palos Heights’ Aldermen said: “There’s a tax on everything. I’m very disappointed in this state. I was born and raised here. I thought I could retire here, but for the same amount of money I could have twice the home in Florida.”

And while not all city residents understand why their property taxes are so high, they certainly know there’s a problem. They’ve seen both their home values fall and their incomes stagnate at the same time.

Median home values in Palos Heights are still down 12 percent when compared to 2009, according to the U.S. Census. That’s bad compared to the rising home prices in states all around Illinois. Home values in Wisconsin are up 10 percent, while in Kentucky – the neighbor with the largest increase – they’re up 26 percent. And in Tennessee, where many Illinoisans now call home, home values are up 29 percent.

Incomes in Palos Heights haven’t done much better. Median private-sector earnings are up just 9 percent since 2005, not enough to even keep up with inflation, up 29 percent over the same period. 

Residents have been forced to pay more taxes with less income, with some of what they pay going toward ever-higher public safety salaries. The average wage for public safety workers has grown 34 percent, to nearly $100,000 a year, over the past 13 years. Those increases are the result of guaranteed raises provided by the state’s union-friendly collective bargaining rules.

And those aren’t the only public sector salaries residents have to pay for. There are also superintendents with $200K-plus annual salaries that will turn into $6-million-plus in lifetime pension benefits when they retire.

A worsening crisis

What’s tough is that while taxpayers in the Palos Heights area are paying more and more money for their government, the crisis only seems to deepen.

Take public safety pensions. Despite a quadrupling of taxpayer contributions into the three local public safety funds since 2005, their unfunded liabilities have tripled to $29 million. 

And at the state level, nothing is being done about multi-million-dollar pension benefits for teachers and district administrators. The top beneficiaries from Palos Heights two elementary school districts, for example, are expected to receive anywhere from $3 million to $5 million in pension benefits over the course of their retirements. The average, career teacher that has recently retired receives a starting benefit of $65,000 a year and can expect lifetime pension benefits exceeding $2.1 million. 

The crisis across Illinois

Palos Heights residents are not alone in their troubles. A vast number of residents across the state experience the same pressures every day. They’re seeing their property taxes rise year after year. Their home values are stagnating or falling. Their neighbors are leaving. And the state and local pension debts they’re on the hook for continue to skyrocket.

With no relief in sight – politicians aren’t calling for a pension amendment, labor reforms, or a real reduction in the number of local governments – it’s no wonder that groups such as New Illinois are gaining traction with disaffected Illinoisans.

The separation movement’s influence is now big enough that Gov. J.B. Pritzker felt compelled to call them and their legislative sponsors out in his 2021 budget address: “Also, trying to separate Chicago from the rest of Illinois, whether rhetorically or literally, will not solve the economic challenges of downstate Illinois. Quite the opposite. Some of you need to stop pretending that one part of Illinois can exist without all the others. We are one Illinois.”

But the only thing Illinoisans have gotten from politicians is more taxes and higher fees. And now Gov. Pritzker and others want a progressive tax scheme.

That’s a bad idea, according to former State Sen. Patrick O’Malley, who attended the meeting. Though he now resides in Florida, the 2002 gubernatorial candidate emphatically told the crowd: “Anybody who says any tax increase is going to be constructive for Illinois truly doesn’t know the reality. There is no tax increase anybody in Illinois should vote for.” 

Ald. Kramarski agreed. “Anybody who thinks any tax is going to be in their favor is sadly mistaken,” she said.

Pritzker seems content to dismiss the concerns of ordinary Illinoisans. In response, Illinoisans are either leaving the state – or looking for a way for the state to leave.

Even some Cook County residents are looking for a new Illinois – Wirepoints

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Vaccinations

Mandatory Vaccinations & Their Impact Upon Religious Liberty

By KrisAnne Hall, JD

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America was established upon the principles of Liberty.  James Madison said wrote in 1792:

"Conscience is the most sacred of all property; other property depending in part on positive law, the exercise of that, being a natural and unalienable right. To guard a man's house as his castle, to pay public and enforce private debts with the most exact faith, can give no title to invade a man's conscience which is more sacred than his castle..."

A new plea of "necessity" is sweeping across America that could change all of that.  State Legislation that eliminates the essential exception to mandatory vaccinations would remove the right of free exercise of religion for Americas all across the country by mandating them to engage in behavior contrary to their religious beliefs.  Americans must prevent this unreasonable intrusion and head the warning of those who founded America.  William Pitt, The Younger warned in 1783:

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom: it is the argument of tyrants, it is the creed of slaves."

Mandating vaccinations without offering parents religious exemptions threatens religious freedom for all.  Vaccinations have been available to Americans since the early 1800s.  Once governments began attempting to mandate vaccinations upon citizens, many people began to object.  This is not simply an issue of eradicating disease; it goes much deeper than that. 

Many religious faiths hold murder to be a violation of their beliefs and hold abortion to fall into the category of murder.  Shockingly, the list of mandatory vaccinations for children include vaccinations that are derived from aborted fetal tissue.  Vaccinations for Chicken Pox, Hepatitis-A, and Rubella, are produced from aborted fetal tissue and at this time, pharmaceutical companies offer no alternatives. According to a report issued by Liberty Counsel, most physicians who oppose abortion do not realize these vaccines are produced from aborted fetal tissue. 

The Rubella vaccination know as RA/27/3,  developed during the Rubella epidemic of 1964, is so named based on the fact that it is derived from aborted fetal tissue: R stands for Rubella, A stands for Abortus, 27 stands for the 27th fetus tested, and 3 stands for the 3rd tissue explant.  In layman’s terms, there were 26 abortions prior to identifying the right formula for the vaccination.  Aborted babies were sent to two scientists at the Wistar Institute by the names of Plotkin and Hayflick.  By dissecting the kidneys and lungs of these aborted babies Plotkin and Hayflick developed the  virus strain identified as WI-38 (Wistar Institute 38).  Further development of this vaccination was created in the 1970’s from a male baby at 14 weeks gestation. (HistoryOfVaccinies.org – Human Cell Strains in Vaccine Development)  The cells from these aborted babies have also been used to create many other commonly used vaccinations, two of which are the Hepatitis-A and Chicken Pox vaccinations.  With these facts we can discern that even vaccinations that may not actually contain aborted fetal tissue, were actually developed initially using the cells of aborted babies. (see Liberty Counsel report).

Not only does the Chicken Pox vaccination contain strains derived from aborted babies, it also contains monosodium glutamate (MSG), a chemical compound the FDA has identified as dangerous to infants, children, pregnant women or women of child bearing age, and people with mental or emotional disorders.  According to the Liberty Counsel report, Dr. Arthur Lavin of the Department of Pediatrics at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, strongly opposes the chicken pox vaccine.  Some experts believe the Chicken Pox vaccination can actually signal a more serious underlying chronic condition called “Atypical Measles.” (see Liberty Counsel report)  Although the FDA claims less than a 10% chance that serious illness and death caused by vaccinations, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (a federal government program) pays nearly $100 million per year to victims and families for vaccine related disabilities and deaths.

In addition to the dangers and use of aborted babies to create vaccines, many people simply hold sincerely religious beliefs against vaccinations in general.  One religious objection is the firmly held belief that God created the human body as a temple and that the body should not be destroyed by injecting a virus into it. 

Although a few of the vaccinations containing aborted babies have alternatives that do not contain aborted baby tissue, those alternatives do contain animal bi-products.  There are many people in Florida that have firmly held convictions against ingesting any animal products into their bodies. 

Mandatory vaccinations that are designed to prevent sexually transmitted diseases also create problems for those with particular religious convictions.  These parents believe sexually transmitted diseases ought to be prevented through abstinence and not injections into the body that condone sexual activity contrary to their religious beliefs.

There are less intrusive ways to deal with these issues and the courts are not inconsiderate of the rights of those with deeply held religious beliefs.  For example, Liberty Counsel won two cases in New York City where the school system attempted to mandate the Hepatitis-B vaccination on the children of two families.  These families expressed their sincerely held religious beliefs against vaccinations and the schools expelled the children of both families.  Liberty Counsel filed a federal law suit on behalf of both families and the federal court held that the children had to be readmitted to school and the school could not force the parents to vaccinate their children. 

In another case, Liberty Counsel filed a lawsuit against Arkansas’s law mandating vaccinations and denying religious exceptions.  Because of Liberty Counsel’s law suit, the Arkansas legislature promptly passed new legislations providing for exemptions for philosophical and religious objectors, as well as objectors who claim medical necessity.

We cannot allow our State Representatives to simply disregard the Religious Liberty of the people.  America’s founders fought desperately to establish a place where all could be equally free to live true to their religious beliefs without government intrusion.  The very principle of separation of church and state requires government to not infringe upon the religious beliefs of the people. 

John Witherspoon, a founder of America and former president of Princeton University said, “There is not a single instance in history in which civil liberty was lost, and religious liberty preserved entire.” The People of Florida intentionally established religious exemptions to mandatory vaccinations to protect the essential rights embodied in religious liberty. For the preservation of civil and religious liberty for all, Americans must preserve our Right to conscience: we must protect religious exemptions!

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