Congressional town hall participation promoted

Baptist Press
Posted: Aug 07, 2013 3:52 PM
WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is encouraging Southern Baptists to participate in congressional town hall meetings during the August recess.

Russell D. Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's ethics entity, said in an Aug. 5 email alert to constituents the town halls conducted by members of Congress in their districts provide "a great opportunity to personally reach out to your representative to express your views on religious liberty, life, marriage, immigration, and more."

The email alert provided links to spreadsheets with information the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is aware of regarding dates, times and locations of town hall meetings. The ERLC plans to send an email each week providing details on additional town halls.

Here is a link to information at the ERLC website on town hall meetings in 20 states as of Wednesday (Aug. 7):

Each house of Congress has failed to act in this session on legislation approved by the other regarding social or moral issues.

For instance, the Senate passed an immigration reform bill in June. The House, meanwhile, has said it will not vote on the Senate-approved legislation but will chart its own course on the controversial issue.

Also in June, the House of Representatives voted to ban abortions on babies 20 weeks or more after fertilization. The Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act sets the prohibition at 20 weeks based on scientific evidence a child in the womb experiences pain by that point. The Senate has yet to act on the proposal.

Both houses of Congress are scheduled to reconvene Sept. 9.

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