Canada, our friendly neighbor to the north just recently passed a nationwide ban on “conversion therapy.” Similar ordinances have been passed in 24 states, including Columbia, South Carolina.
The purpose of this legislative push is very easy to identify. In towns, cities and states across our country, councilmembers, legislators, and governors are moving to silence pastors, therapists and doctors from providing a biblical worldview. As councilmember Shannon Kang in West Lafayette, Indiana recently stated, “Ordinances and resolutions like this are intended to change the culture…”
Senator Josh Kimbrell (Spartanburg) has responded to this growing move by crafting and sponsoring S.811, more commonly known as the Medical Rights of Conscience bill. This legislation would protect healthcare workers and Christian counselors from having to choose between their paycheck and their deeply held religious or moral beliefs. This bill is currently in the Medical Affairs Subcommittee.
Watch as Senator Kimbrell answers a line of questioning from Senator Brad Hutto of Orangeburg:
Please call the members of the Senate Medical Affairs Committee and tell them that you believe healthcare workers should not have to choose between their faith and a paycheck. Let them know that, while we love all people, we are willing to stand firm on the Word of God as our strong foundation, and that pastors, nurses, doctors, and counselors should be able to practice their faith without reservation.
Here is the list of the members of the full SC Senate Medical Affairs Committee:
We can’t protect and defend our Biblical worldview as the Cultural Guardrails of South Carolina or rebuild its Spiritual Infrastructure without you. Please share this information with your like-minded friends at church and work, and help us build a strong voice of support for our Values in South Carolina.
This morning, Palmetto Family Council and its partner organizations in the One Message group held a press conference in the second-floor lobby of the South Carolina State House.
During this press event, we outlined the eight priorities we believe are most important for the legislature to tackle during the second half of the legislative session that began on January 11th.
“We kept hearing the same thing over and over again,” President Dave Wilson stated. “These are the issues that are most important to South Carolinians.”
These eight priority items included
Transparency in Education
Saving Women’s Sports
Religion is Essential
Medical Rights of Conscience
Several representatives and senators joined us including Representative RJ May, Senator Josh Kimbrell, Representative Melissa Oremus, Representative John McCravy, Representative Russell Fry and Representative Richie Yow.
The One Message group consists of Palmetto Family Council, Alliance Defending Freedom, South Carolina Citizens For Life, South Carolina Baptist Convention, Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce, Concerned Women for America, and Carolina Pregnancy Center.
On Monday, January 3, 2022, Palmetto Family joined 30 other family policy groups across America to file a Friend of the Court brief in the US Supreme Court to protect religious liberty and counter efforts by the Biden Administration to force vaccine mandates on companies with 100 or more employees.
Our argument: Left unfettered, government bureaucracies will naturally attack religious liberty like a dog devours Christmas dinner leftovers. In an unprecedented move last November, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) bypassed normal review procedures and issued a sweeping regulation that came through Executive Order from President Biden compelling companies with 100 or more employees to mandate vaccinations or risk fines of $10,000 per unvaccinated worker — despite an employee’s request for a religious exception.
With this new regulation, OSHA is following the progressive playbook of the administrative state, empowering unelected government bureaucrats to interpret their agency’s own ambiguous authority and bypass standard rulemaking requirements to put massive new regulations into effect.
No matter what side you come down on in the vaccine debate, the fundamental concept that we should protect a person’s right to religious liberty is at the core of America. The Founding Fathers enshrined it in the Constitution, going so far as to call it an “unalienable right.”
In fact, President George Washington, in his farewell address, said, “reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
But, as our brief to the Supreme Court clearly outlines, had Congress (which is elected direct by the people) created a law, it would have gone through the legislative process where religious liberty would likely have been protected. Had OSHA followed standard rulemaking requirements, a public comment period would have allowed religious exemptions concerns to be aired. Had the Administration left this issue to the states (as outlined in the 10th Amendment), OSHA would not have given a backhand to religious liberty of Americans to begin with.
Our recent podcast goes into this issue with more detail. Please take the time to listen to it and read our Amicus Brief for yourself. The fight to protect your religious liberty is one we take very seriously, and we appreciate your support in this work that we do.
Palmetto Family Matters Podcast, S.3 Ep.1: Fighting OSHA’s Vax Mandate
If we expect the Body of Christ to have a significant impact in South Carolina, we as Christians have to focus our attention on the core infrastructure that supports our communities.
We have to look beyond the surface, though. Our state has made a massive investment in the last few years in our transportation infrastructure — rebuilding and expanding our interstates from Gaffney to Beaufort and nearly every city in between, deepening our harbor at the Port of Charleston to accommodate the massive new ships that feed the national supply chain, and bringing new investment to our airports to keep us competitive and connected. And there are broader aspects that many people don’t consider — infrastructure for things like safe drinking water, communications networks, and the power grid.
While all of these are important to support the 5.1 million people who call South Carolina home, there’s a infrastructure system that truly needs our focus in South Carolina as we enter 2022 — the Spiritual Infrastructure.
The Body of Christ — the “Big C” Church as we often call it — is, by it’s nature, an interwoven system of Christ followers, filled with the Holy Spirit, being the hands and feet of Jesus in and throughout our communities. We invest in each other, bridge relationships, and connect a world that is searching for a solution with a Savior who has the answers.
All too often, though, we get siloed — chiseling our niche under the guise of church denomination, political affiliation, or civic association. We all-too-easily slap a label on those who are “different” from us and miss the simple fact that God created each of us differently to complement, not compete with, each other.
Palmetto Family Matters Podcast Ep. 30 : Building South Carolina’s Spiritual Infrastructure
Paul spelled this out clearly to the the church in Corinth when he said, “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body… But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.” (1 Corinthians 12:12-13a, 18 NIV).
If we are going to impact people for Jesus in South Carolina, we have to invest together in the Spiritual Infrastructure of the Body of Christ in our state. Understanding that every church is uniquely different in each in community, we recognize the complementary ways we fit together — in God’s great design — to impact the spiritual temperature of our communities, and together address the real and growing needs that people are feeling and dealing with on a daily basis.
That’s where The Gospel meets the road, so to speak.
God has laid out an exciting road map for Palmetto Family for 2022 — a Spiritual Infrastructure plan that will begin to connect people together for the sake of the Gospel. As we roll out this plan in the coming days and weeks, we trust that you’ll see it is truly an investment worth making.
On Wednesday December 1st, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, a critical case that represents the best chance at overturning Roe v. Wade that the pro-life movement has ever seen. The seven Supreme Court justices who decided Roe v. Wade had no idea the decision would cost 62 million American lives and counting. They didn’t know what we know from ultrasounds. And they certainly didn’t know about the incredible pro-life movement that would rise up. But now they do.
Check out our social media coverage from the rally on Facebook.
After 49 horrific years, Roe’s reign of terror may soon end—either with this Dobbs case or another future case. But that doesn’t mean abortion will end right away. Instead, the battle for life could quickly shift to the states. Many legal experts believe that the Justices will not completely ban abortion in America. Rather, they will return the issue to every state.
Each state would be responsible for regulating abortion. Each state would decide the destiny of their unborn children.
Our mission? Plan for a pro-life America and a pro-life South Carolina after Roe.
In South Carolina, should Roe be overturned, the Heartbeat Bill that was signed into law by Governor Henry McMaster in February of 2021 would become law. This would protect the lives of unborn children once a heartbeat is detected. This law would prevent 98% of the abortions performed in 2021.
“While the overturning of Roe is a vital step in the pro-life movement, we know there is much more to be done for children across South Carolina,” Palmetto Family president Dave Wilson stated. “At Palmetto Family, we are widening the focus to the adoption and foster care crisis in our state. Permanence is a key to life after Roe in South Carolina.”
Palmetto Family is proud to partner with the other state family policy councils across the country and Family Policy Alliance to launch the After Roe campaign, dedicated to raising up a movement of people ready to protect the most vulnerable in more powerful ways than ever before.
Take a look at what South Carolina will look like After Roehere.
After Roe, your pro-life vote matters even more. Our lawmakers are even more responsible for the lives protected or the lives lost in South Carolina, without Roe to blame. And, we have more work to do than ever supporting babies and their mothers in embracing the sanctity of life.
Even before Roe ends, the work of After Roe has already begun in South Carolina.