Not All Millennials Are Created Equal

By Bethany Jarrell (Guest Writer & Our Current Texas Eagle Forum Intern)

I grew up surrounded by strong women. I learned early on that women could work hard, raise children, love their husbands and pursue their passions even if it required quite a bit of juggling. I realize now how special that early childhood experience was. When I think about the young women my age who are marching and demanding that women be treated like men, I am reminded of the fact that many have only seen feminism as it is presented by the mainstream media.

In fact, as a young female born into this millennial generation, according to the media, my opinion on the current gender gap situation has apparently already been decided. The media can spin any scenario with whatever narrative best fits them, as long as the outcome is that those who represent me are still oppressed, overworked, and undercompensated. I am concerned that the questions being asked of me as a single woman only begin to scratch the surface of what I believe is actually going on in our nation.

Do I want equal treatment for men and women? Yes.

Do I think women should be treated like they are human beings with all the dignity that allows? Of course.

What I am still discovering and trying to figure out is – how do we make this happen?

When I consider my generation and what they meditate on, I see now that they believe and what they do is based on the fact that they cannot comprehend anything different. With the perspective I have, shaped by the strong men and women in my life, I can say that there is much at stake for my generation. The future is being shaped by the unimpeded, purposeless whims of a generation that have very few people after whom they can model themselves.

What my generation needs is mothers and fathers.

We need mothers and fathers ahead of us to take an interest in our development. We are not all lost causes chained to our iPhones; nor are we all so easily brainwashed by the mass opinions floating around. The young women of today need to see strong women leading with grace and dignity. Mentoring is a lifestyle that must be done by women because they are women.

I once read the book, 7 Women and the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas and I was moved by his premise. There are some women who were able to be the force for change because they were women, not in spite of it. When we think of Rosa Parks, Joan of Arc, Susan B. Anthony, and Hannah More, these women were so distinguished in their fight for what they believed to be right, because they were women. No man could have done what they did and brought about the same kind of change that was so vital to the shaping of the world in which they lived.

As I thought about what to write today, I realized that most everything had already been said on the matter. There have been centuries of men and women before me who have fought hard for the freedom we now have and I do not want to add too much to a narrative that ought to be simple.

It all boils down to the simple truth that the young people of the world and this nation are passionate and driven – but limited in their perspective. As a fellow young woman in the fight for equality, I am convinced that the key to our victory is not in one gender outshining the other, but in men and women leading together while providing the next generation with a better example of unity and strength.

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The Top 5 – February 13, 2017

What we are doing week after week is so important for our state and the cause of freedom. We prayed for the Texas House to FINALLY get committee assignments to start the business of the people and they finally did – a little late but they are now getting to work.

We are creating these TOP 5 each week so you can share them on social media to others. Let’s try to get the TOP 5 out to your TOP 5 civic minded friends. Encourage them to sign up for our email list and stay informed. We are making a difference in the state of Texas and beyond. Let’s keep up the good work!

Here is our TOP 5 for this week.

#1 Adopt a Committee and Pray – The Texas House released their committee assignments this week. Would you take a committee on the House or Senate side and pray for the work that committee, the Chairmen, and the Members of that committee? Pick one that you are interested in and would like to follow the bills coming through it. Here are the Texas House Committee Assignments for download.  Also here is the list of the Texas Senate Committee Assignments. Let’s pick one and pray for our leaders.

#2 Call the White House and ask President Trump to keep up his fight for Religious Liberty – The Left is calling the White House and we need to keep calling as well to ask President Trump to continue to stand up for religious liberties. At the National Prayer Breakfast last week – he highlighted that he wanted to safeguard religious liberty with a promise to “get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment,” a 1954 law that bars churches and other tax-exempt organizations from endorsing political candidates. You can read all about the National Prayer Breakfast here from the Baptist Press and then call the White House with a quick reminder to protect religious freedom at 202-456-1414.

#3 Read about a few Bills that we are Following – We encourage you to read about a few of the bills that we are following. Here are just a few on the Senate side.
Senate Bill 242 (Right to Know) – Relating to the right of the child’s parent to public school records and information concerning the child. View all actions
Senate Bill 252 (Prohibit Investments in Iran, Sudan, and other Terror sponsoring states) – Relating to prohibiting government contracts with a company doing business with Iran, Sudan, or a foreign terrorist organization. View all actions
Senate Bill 253 (Divestment in Sudan, Iran, and other state sponsored terror entities) – Relating to investment prohibitions and divestment requirements for certain investments of public money. View all actions
Senate Bill 256 (Confidentiality of Human Trafficked and/or abuse victims) – Relating to the confidentiality of home address information of certain victims of family violence, sexual assault, stalking, or trafficking of persons. View all actions

#4 Let’s thank the Texas Senate and Senator Van Taylor for his ethics reform bill – Senator Van Taylor has been working diligently on SB 14 which will change the way the Texas Legislature does business – making everything more transparent and shedding more light on the private dealings of elected officials. Read about the first bill that passed the Texas Senate here and then call your State Senators’ office and also call Senator Van Taylor’s office thanking him for his strong stand and commitment to transparency and ethics. Phone numbers are here. Also encourage your House Members to now pass a similar bill and stand up for transparency.

#5 MOSTLY FALSE – Texas Associations Numbers Concerning the Effects of the Bathroom Bill – This just came out this week from Politifact Texas and was touted by our Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. The study by the TBA said in late 2016 that the bathroom law to protect our women and children would cost Texas $8.5 billion in GDP and up to 185,000 jobs. Politifact Texas says that is MOSTLY FALSE and you are read their report here. We have been very clear where we stand on this issue and have a full blog post on it from January 3rd – It’s Time to Push Back, Texas. Continue to get the facts and keep fighting for the truth.

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The Top 5 – February 6, 2017

We love that people are already talking about our TOP 5 list each week. You are important and your voice is important. Thank you for sharing and getting out the word. Politics is not a dirty word and getting involved is a must. Our main goal here at Texas Eagle Forum is to empower, train, and educate the people in our communities who care about the issues that we care about. Help us do that by sharing our emails or blog posts with your friends and family.


Here are our TOP 5 for this week.

#1
Sanctuary City Ban Hearing (Get Informed) – In the Governor’s State of the State address, he threw his voice behind the ban on sanctuary cities in the State of Texas. Teresa Beckmeyer wrote a great article on the subject here on the Lone Star Voice and we want to encourage you to read it and call your legislators on this important piece of legislation.

#2 Be a Point Person in your Senate District – We are continuing to look for people in each Texas Senate District to be our point people to get information out within their areas. Most districts are covered but we need more active volunteers. We would love to have you be an active part of Texas Eagle Forum. If this is something that appeals to you- please email Trayce Bradford at trayce.bradford@gmail.com and she will get you all the information.

#3 Pray for the HOUSE – The Texas House is continuing to be a problem child with no committee assignments out yet – which will shorten the time that the House can pass bills. Let’s pray that the House leadership gets organizational items settled so that they can get about the work of the people of Texas.

#4 Let’s stand with Israel against the BDS movement here in Texas – Senator Brandon Creighton and Representative Phil King are carrying legislation HB 89 & SB 134 combating the anti-Semitic Boycott Divestment & Sanctions movement. The Jewish community is organizing a day in Austin on Thursday, supporting this legislation. Let’s join together with them and stand for Israel. If you can come to Austin – please email aeddy@jfgd.org and let her know you are with Texas Eagle Forum.

 


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Women Wednesdays – We are posting articles by amazing WOMEN on Wednesdays on our blog. This last week we heard from Andrea Taylor, President of im2more with How Are You Not for Women? Check it out and share with your friends. Conservative women ARE for women!

 
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Merry Christmas & Pressing Onward Into 2017

Dear Friends,

During this joyous Christmas season, we give thanks to God for the blessings of family, friends and freedom. And we thank you for your activism, prayers and financial support of Texas Eagle Forum during the past year.

What a year it has been! With the stunning election night victory of Donald Trump and Mike Pence, God has stirred up our nation in hope for the future, and we, as citizens, must make the most of this opportunity and continue to be faithful to pray without ceasing.

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Tim. 2:1-2

As the scripture says above, we are called to pray for our leaders, so let’s be diligent and faithful both to pray and to be engaged in the governmental process. We, here at Texas Eagle Forum, will begin the new year with thanksgiving and hope – hope for our children and grandchildren, hope for America, and hope that our nation will once again be that shining city on a hill, a true beacon of freedom in the world.

When the 85th Legislative Session opens in Austin on January 10, 2017, Texas Eagle Forum will be there to be your voice to keep Texas conservative and our families safe. We are thrilled to work alongside several other strong, liberty-minded grassroots organizations, and as a completely volunteer grassroots army, Texas Eagle Forum is uniquely positioned to make a difference in Austin.

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We believe that our political and cultural agenda is your agenda and worth fighting for.

  • Working for the passage of American Laws for American Courts (ALAC) – to safeguard our constitutional rights against foreign law that would encroach on those rights in our courts. Similar bills have already passed in ten states; it is time to add Texas to that growing list.
  • Protecting religious liberties in the state of Texas and our nation. We support the “Privacy for Women and Children” legislation which protects our most vulnerable. Everyone’s rights should be considered not just a few. Already girls are losing positions in sporting competitions to boys identifying as females and some sexual predators are using the opportunities given through these “bathroom bills” to prey on young women. This nonsense must be stopped!
  • Continuing to stand strong on the LIFE issue. There are a number of important pieces of legislation being put forward this session that deal with life from conception to the grave.
  • Fighting back against the horrendous human trafficking here in our state. We will do everything in our power to find answers for these women being used and abused, their children, and redemption for the people involved. We will be working with other effective para-church and activist groups that are making a difference and do what we can to help with this growing tragedy.
  • Securing the Texas electrical grid from a cyber or physical terrorist activity or from a natural catastrophic Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) event. Texas has a tremendous advantage here to lead the nation since we are the ONLY state with its own electrical grid!
  • Remaining vigilant to protect our borders, the Second Amendment and ending Texas sanctuary cities that are allowing illegal aliens a haven from the enforcement of immigration laws.
  • Working to expose and push back against educational and environmental fads pushed on our public-school students. Our TEF Vice-President MerryLynn Gerstenschlager, who just returned from another UN Climate Change meeting in Morocco, has kept this her number one focus throughout the years.

In 2017, Texas Eagle Forum will continue to offer a powerful and compelling, pro-family VOICE that can make a decisive difference in Austin… but we need your help.

I must be honest and say this is the hardest part for me, but it is necessary. We have many hopes and ideas to reach this state with our pro-life, pro-family and pro-liberty values and action plans but we need your voices and we need the finances to do it.

Educating activists, communicating our message, and encouraging others to get involved in this fight all cost money. Would you consider helping us with a generous year-end gift of $1,000, $500, $250, $100, or $50 online? You can also set up recurring monthly donations online as well to help us throughout 2017.

As I stated at the beginning, we have a small window of opportunity to make an impact. I am committed. Will you join us? This year has proven one thing, prayer and citizen action, produces victory…and the impact of this victory will affect generations of Americans. There was a lot at stake during 2016 and 2017 will not be any different. We are counting on you to stand strong with us.

May you and your family have a blessed Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Pressing onward into 2017,

Trayce Bradford
TEF President


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Texas Eagle Forum on the Road

dallas-webDuring the month of October – we took Texas Eagle Forum on the road with three events in three cities – Dallas, Flower mound, and Midland, inviting new people and introducing them to the vision and purpose of our cause. Trayce Bradford, the new President, with the help of our hosts, Cindi & David Castilla, Debbie & Steve Watts, and Duryn & Brandon Hodges and our special guests State Representative Matt Rinaldi and img_5280State Senator Konni Burton shared how important Texas Eagle Forum is to the State of Texas and our legislators in Austin. It is never easy to build a grassroots army across the state but we are commissioned to do it and are so greatly appreciated by the legislators that we work with and stand shoulder to shoulder with.

 

img_5282Our goals for the these evenings were to build support on the fundraising side of this organization, finding willing volunteers to join us down in Austin during the legislative session, giving people the tools to communicate with their family and friends about our issues, and working together to keep the State of Texas the beacon of freedom in our nation. We came away so blessed to meet and connect with so many – signing up monthly partners with TEF and connecting them to us in preparation for 2017.

 

img_5292If you would like to host Texas Eagle Forum in your home, church, or business, we would love to come and share what we are doing around the State. Contact Trayce and get moving.

 

Join us as we take Austin by storm in January 2017. If you can’t go, please send us as willing volunteers to get this important work done. You can donate one time or monthly re-occurring donations here.

 

Thank you for partnering with us.

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Blessed Thanksgiving!

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7


As we take time today to reflect on all we have been given in this nation, I am thanking God for faith, family and friends like you. Thankful that though many of us have never met, you are an encouragement us at Texas Eagle Forum to keep on the front lines. I hope we do that for you as well. God has blessed us with an incredible gift in this nation and the honor of working together to see that it is a place were liberty remains and hope is the basis for our next steps.

I am blessed beyond words to be an Eagle, a Texan an American, a wife, a mother, daughter, sister and above all a child of the King.

My family and I pray a blessing over each of you and your families today for peace, provision and wisdom that comes from above. There is much to do in the coming year, I look forward to this journey with you.

Thanking God for America and praying for her future!

Trayce


“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7


Overview of Recent Activities in 2016

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14479660_10154682647459309_7547747253640600999_nA variety of opportunities, like the training we held with Lt. Col. Allen West, in September are happening around the states. By working in a coalition of conservatives, we are doubling even tripling our effectiveness and learning so much more about many pertinent issues. Texas Eagle Forum wants to be a good partner in the conservative movement. We don’t have to have out fingerprints on something, we are going to work with wisdom, and when we can partner with others that have expertise in an area, it is a win win for us all.

Texas Eagle Forum has had the opportunity to sit on panels both at Tea Party meetings, Republican Club meetings, and policy think tanks alongside some fabulous patriots – for example recently Trayce was on a panel with National Center for Policy Analysis speaking to collegiate scholars about Obligations of Citizenship.

As many of you know every other year – we have a bi-annual banquet at the Republican State Convention and this year’s banquet was incredible. There were days we wondered how it would ever come together, but with prayer, planning and people that had committed to do this job with excellence, it turned out to be a delightful and inspiring evening!

Eddie Dean’s Ranch in downtown Dallas was packed, the BBQ was delish and our speakers -The Benham Brothers, Chief Justice Roy Moore, and former Governor Rick Perry really brought the passion and the truth we all needed to hear. Our state of Texas is a haven of conservative values that will be used to turn this nation around.

We closed out the evening with a blessing over the attendees from State Representative Scott Turner. We wanted to give back to each of them the encouragement needed to continue the fight and an excitement to take our stand together. We really appreciated all the support to help Texas Eagle Forum grow and prosper.

Here are a few pictures from that incredible night.

 

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Congratulations President Elect Donald Trump & Vice President Mike Pence

We here at Texas Eagle Forum want to congratulate President Elect Donald Trump and Vice President Elect Mike Pence, for the history making victory and becoming our 45th President of the United States of America. We look forward to the upcoming transition and watch with hope-filled expectations that President Trump, along with the Senate and the House of Representatives, will work to repair, unify and lead our nation back to greatness.

We are called to pray for our leaders, and we will not shrink back in our duties both to pray and to be engaged in our governmental process. Let’s continue to work to defy the odds and the pundits with results that will move our nation forward united in liberty and justice for all.

“He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.” Daniel 2:21

Praying wisdom and knowledge for President-Elect Trump and Vice President-Elect Pence and all our newly elected officials.


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