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Nothing but “Cover”

Posted in Religious Liberty on: November 20th, 2013
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Following the U.S. Senate’s passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), some, including Arizona Senator John McCain, have pointed to the adoption of the amendment put forward by Senator Rob Portman as evidence that the religious exemption in the bill was “beefed up” or amended to more fully protect religious freedom under the bill. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The Portman Amendment, available here (subsection (b) on pages 10-11), does nothing to expand the religious exemption under ENDA, and it merely says that those originally exempt under the bill (basically only churches) cannot be penalized by the government. The amendment does nothing to protect business owners and employers with sincerely held religious beliefs, and it is likely this amendment was a way for some senators to gain “cover” for voting yes for ENDA. As a sign that the Portman Amendment was meaningless, it was reported that LGBT advocates from the Human Rights Campaign as well as the ACLU quickly stated they did not oppose the amendment, saying that it was an unnecessary provision.

In contrast to the Portman Amendment, Senator Pat Toomey offered a much more meaningful amendment to expand the protections in the religious exemption, see Senator Toomey’s amendment here. Although Senators McCain and Flake both voted for the Toomey Amendment, after the amendment failed to be adopted, both Arizona Senators voted for the final passage of ENDA nonetheless.

One other important point: some have said that ENDA’s religious exemption can be strengthened in the House of Representatives, yet this seems highly unlikely. In fact, as an example of the growing disdain by some and lack of respect for religious liberty, backers of ENDA would prefer to completely eliminate the religious exemption, as this New York Times editorial says.

ENDA is bad public policy and threatens the religious freedom rights of every American.

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Intern with CAP

Posted in Uncategorized on: November 11th, 2013
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Interning with Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) provides students with real-life experience working in public policy. We have two great opportunities to get undergraduate or graduate students involved in defending life, marriage and family, and religious liberty right here in Arizona. See the two descriptions below and email us with any questions.

Policy Intern Overview

Program Goal – The Internship Program at CAP provides students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in non-profit government relations and participate in the daily operations of a policy organization. Students will become familiar with the intricacies of the Arizona legislative process and the philosophy behind and methodology of implementing pro-family public policies.

Terms of the Program – Internships demand 15-25 hours each week and typically last four to five months. Daytime availability is a must. College credit is available, but the intern is responsible for making the appropriate arrangement with his or her college. Internships do not include compensation.

Internship Duties – The intern works primarily in the policy, research, and grassroots divisions of CAP. During the legislative session, the intern will monitor a large number of bills as they move through the legislative process, attend committee hearings, assist with policy-related projects, and complete research projects as assigned. During times when the legislature is out of session, interns will primarily be assisting with the compilation of CAP’s Voter Guide and researching potential legislation for the next session. Additionally, the intern will assist with various administrative tasks in other areas of the organization.

Qualifications – Applicants must:

Be enrolled in college either at the undergraduate or graduate level.
Exhibit a basic understanding of the legislative process.
Exhibit computer competency in Excel, Word, Outlook, and web-based research.
Have strong written and oral skills.
Have access to transportation.

Agree with and adhere to CAP’s Statement of Faith.

To apply, email your resume, a writing sample, a college transcript, and the name, position, and contact information for two references to intern@azpolicy.org and put “Policy Intern Application” in the subject line.

Communications Intern Overview

Program Goal – The Communications Internship Program at CAP provides students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in communications and public relations for a nonprofit public policy organization. Students will be a part of the team responsible for communicating CAP’s mission and message to promote and defend foundational principles in the press, online, and at events.

Terms of the Program – Internships require 15-25 hours each week and typically last four to five months. Daytime availability is a must. Because of the hands-on nature of the internship, particularly during the legislative session, applicants will spend some time out of the CAP office. College credit is available, but the intern is responsible for making the appropriate arrangement with his or her college. Internships do not include compensation.

Internship Duties – The intern works primarily in the communications, marketing, and public relations divisions of CAP. The internship will be writing intensive, as interns will be creating content for CAP’s Foundations blog, weekly emails to CAP’s statewide list, talking points for media interviews, op-eds, letters to the editor, and much more.

Interns will also be responsible for monitoring local and national media for coverage on CAP’s issues of life, marriage and family, religious liberty, and judicial reform. This will include monitoring activity on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

Additionally, depending on the intern’s familiarity with audio and video editing software, interns will assist in recording and editing Public Service Announcements and online content. The intern will assist with various administrative tasks in other areas of the organization as well.

Qualifications – Applicants must:

Be enrolled in college either at the undergraduate or graduate level.
Exhibit a basic understanding of the legislative process.
Exhibit computer competency in Excel, Word, Outlook, and web-based research.
Be well acquainted with the Associated Press stylebook.
Have strong written and oral skills.
Have access to transportation.

Agree with and adhere to CAP’s Statement of Faith.

To apply, email your resume, a writing sample, a college transcript, and the name, position, and contact information for two references to intern@azpolicy.org and put “Communications Intern Application” in the subject line.

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Mike Stafford: Lost Fatherhood

Posted in Life on: November 4th, 2013
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-This post was written by CAP Communications Coordinator Tyler Hudgins

In my last blog post, I talked about the dripping irony that I witnessed as I walked up to the late-term abortion clinic, Family Planning Associates, to interview volunteers of the 40 Days for Life Movement. I was personally moved by the stories of Vanessa Tedesco and Nancy Brady. But, there was someone else who stuck out of the crowd like a sore thumb – that was Mike Stafford.

Mike wasn’t sure if he wanted to interview with me initially. But, as I began to walk away, he stopped me and asked to share his story. He said he had only shared the story once before in his life. Yet ultimately he decided it might help people understand how abortion also impacts men through lost fatherhood.

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Here is Mike’s story:

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