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Take Back Your Government A Citizen’s Guide to Grassroots Change by Morgan Carroll

Morgan Carroll joined members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation Metro Denver Chapter on a Zoom meeting on Thursday, June 18th, 2020 to discuss her book, Take Back Your Government A Citizen’s Guide to Grassroots Change. A recording of the meeting is available here.

Morgan Carroll is an Activist, Author, and former State Legislator from Colorado and is currently the Chairwoman of the Colorado Democratic Party. Morgan represented Colorado House District 36 in the city of Aurora from 2004 to 2008, and she represented the state’s 29th Senate district from 2009 to 2017. Carroll served as President of the Colorado State Senate from 2013 to 2014 and as minority leader in 2015. In addition to her legislative work, Carroll works for the law firm of Bachus & Schanker.

From 2005 to 2016 Morgan Carroll has Prime Sponsored, Sponsored, or Co-sponsored over 2000 House Bills, House Joint Resolutions, Senate Bills, and Senate Joint Resolutions. Over 89% of these bills & resolutions have been adopted or signed into law.

Morgan Carroll has always stood up for Coloradans no matter how powerful the lobbyists or big business, and no matter how hard the fight. She has held many positions in the house & senate over the years including:

· Senate Judiciary Committee (Chair)

· Executive Committee of the Legislative Council (Vice-Chair)

· Legislative Council (Vice-Chair)

· Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy Committee

· Senate Health and Human Services Committee

· Police Officers and Firefighters Pension Reform Committee

· Redistricting Committee

Morgan Carroll’s book, Take Back Your Government, a Citizen’s Guide to Grassroots Change, is available on Amazon. – https://amzn.to/3eEXied.

Women’s Rights

FFRF Condemns assault on Women’s Rights in tax Bill

The Religious Right is stealthily attacking Women’s Rights pertaining to abortion in Congress under the cover of the proposed tax bill.women's rights

“Among the biggest wins for social conservatives is the inclusion of the words ‘unborn child’ in the legislation, “reports The New York Times“. The language is contained in an innocuous provision related to education savings vehicles — so-called 529 plans, which are state-sponsored, tax-free investment funds that allow families to put aside money for a child’s college education. The provision explicitly allows expectant parents to designate a ‘child in utero’ as a beneficiary of a 529 plan.”

On some level, the proposed proviso is meaningless, since parents already can set up such accounts for children they don’t yet have and later on transfer the funds to the child’s name. But on another, it is deeply significant. By explicitly recognizing the “unborn” in federal law, the GOP leadership is fulfilling the desire of the evangelical crowd to create a legal precedent based on the religious definition of life.

Women’s Rights — Anti-abortion forces are predictably gloating!

“It is fantastic because the unborn child is appropriately represented in the tax code,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the fervently anti-choice Susan B. Anthony List, crowed to the Times. “All of these things represent a serious commitment to treating the unborn child, as she or he should be, equal and protected in the eyes of the law.”

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is alarmed at this underhanded tactic.

The primary organized opposition to reproductive rights in this country always has been religion, as FFRF co-founder Annie Laurie Gaylor has repeatedly emphasized. Virtually every vocal opponent of contraception and abortion argues against these rights on the basis of God and the bible. In fact, the Freedom From Religion Foundation came into existence in good part because of the organized religious opposition to abortion rights. It is what opened the eyes of FFRF principal founder Anne Nicol Gaylor to the dangers of dogma being enshrined in our laws.

Ever since Inauguration Day, President Trump has promised the world to the Religious Right in response to its steadfast support for his presidential campaign. And he has kept that promise multiple times — from his stringent “global gag rule” to the proposed repeal on church electioneering (the Johnson Amendment) in the same tax bill. The “unborn” language is yet another sop that the Republican Party is throwing to its base.

“This new move may seem innocuous, but it’s actually quite pernicious,” says Gaylor. “All secular forces will be battling this sneaky attempt to undermine Roe v. Wade.”

The Trump administration invites constant vigilance on the part of freethinkers — and the freethought movement willingly accepts the invitation.