A Call to Action – Hearing this Friday, March 8th

As I send along the following notice from the Family Institute of Connecticut I am chilled to the depths of my being.  A law is actually being proposed that would mandate that all public school and home-schooled children get a state-sponsored psych evaluation with or without parental approval.  This may be proposed with best of intentions and motives, but you don’t have to be a prophet to see that a secular state could declare all manner of faith attitudes and values to be unhealthy and dangerous.  This could then lead to the state intervening to “rescue” children from fanatical parents.  We all need to be alarmed and take action!  Liberty is under assault in ways we would have thought unimaginable just a few years ago.

I encourage you all to pray against this bill.  I urge you to contact FIC for more information.  I hope many of you will be well prepared to attend this hearing and speak against the entire concept.

Praying with you,  
~ Pastor Rick


Stop S.B. 374, Mandated Assessments of Children

In all the years we have been fighting for pro-family values at the state Capitol, we have never seen as invasive a bill as S.B. 374, An Act Requiring Behavioral Health Assessments for Children. This bill would mandate that public school children in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 and home-schooled children at ages 12, 14 and 17 be given behavioral health assessments, whether or not parents approve.

S.B. 374 will have a public hearing on Friday, March 8th at 11:00 A.M. at Wesleyan University. We need parents to be prepared, to attend the hearing and to help defeat this bill.

No one has the right to force children to have psychological evaluations that are against the will of their parents and possibly unnecessary. This bill may violate Connecticut’s HIPPA privacy law. What does the government intend to do with these assessments? If a child gets a “bad” assessment, the state is empowered to do…what, exactly? What will the test be? How will it be administered? These and other questions remain unanswered by S.B. 374.

S.B. 374 is a significant attack on homeschooling and public school families, interference by the government in compelling the upbringing of a child, something the State Board of Education does not have the authority to do.

Here are four ways you can help FIC Action stop the Mandated Assessments Bill and protect our parental rights:

  1. Use our Grassroots Action Center to send an e-mail directly to your state senator and state representative by clicking on the link at the bottom of this message (then click “take action” at the bottom of the next screen). We have provided some basic points, but please either put the message in your own words or add a brief introduction and conclusion!  Personalized and polite messages have a much greater impact. Let our legislators know that you oppose any bill that forces children to be “assessed” without their parents’ permission.
  2. Attend the public hearing and testify against S.B. 374. The Public Health Committee will hold a public hearing on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at Beckham Hall, Wesleyan University, 55 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown. The Committee is accepting electronic testimony via email at phc.testimony@cga.ct.gov. Please submit electronic testimony no later than 5:00 P.M. on Thursday, March 7, 2013. If you are unable to submit electronic testimony, please submit 10 copies of written testimony at the time of sign-up. Sign-up for the hearing will begin at 9:00 A.M. on the Second Floor of Beckham Hall. The first hour of the hearing is reserved for Legislators, Constitutional Officers, State Agency Heads and Chief Elected Municipal Officials. Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony.
  3. Click here to donate to the Family Institute of Connecticut Action. FIC Action, the lobbying arm of Connecticut’s pro-family movement, is your eyes and ears at the state Capitol. Your support allows us to continue to be your voice for faith and family.
  4. Forward this message to every like-minded state resident you know and ask them to do likewise.  Share the link to this message on Facebook and Twitter.  We need as much support as possible to protect our children from unwanted state-mandated “assessments.”
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