Archives for May 2015
15Th Annual Angler’s Port Marin Memorial Weekend Open House
When: Sat May 23 2015 – Sat May 23 2015
Where: Angler’s Port Marine, Warsaw, Mo
by Mike Ferguson
(St. Charles, MO) – The debate isn’t just in Indiana. It isn’t just in Colorado or Alabama. It’s in the Show Me State.
Where does your right to run your business based on your religious values end? Should it end?
Those are among the questions behind the effort to pass Religious Freedom Protection Act laws across the country, including in Missouri.
The viewpoints are based on moral, religious, political, economic and legal reasons and are very personal to Missourians in some way. Lawmakers and judges will decide the state’s official positions on these in the coming months and years and that will likely impact everyone in some way.
Ryan Johnson from the Missouri Alliance For Freedom and Jeffrey Mittman from the ACLU of Missouri offer two very different perspectives on how the law and the courts should prioritize whose rights are protected first when values clash in business, on campus and in society overall.
Johnson and Mittman also discuss a proposal to allow student groups on state college and university campuses to set their own criteria for membership. Specifically, faith-based clubs would be protected by law if they require members to be of the same beliefs.
While supporters of religious freedom protection laws say it’s about the right to live your life in accordance with your personal values and beliefs even if those beliefs require you to decline business with someone, as is the case with the Christian businesses who find themselves in conflict with the law in other states. A bakery in one, a florist in another and a wedding chapel somewhere else turned down business because they did not want to take part in a same-sex wedding.
Opponents of the religious freedom protection laws say that’s discrimination and should not be legal regardless of the business owners’ personal convictions.
On the web:
Missouri Alliance for Freedom: www.MissouriFreedom.com
ACLU of Missouri: www.aclu-mo.org
Take a ride around in Kenny Carroll’s Racecar during the first race of the Lucas Oil Speedway season.
ST. LOUIS – The Missouri National Guard Public Affairs Office will host a press conference for the daughter of Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. William Shemin at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. Sgt. Shemin will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his courage, his daughter, Elsie Shemin-Roth, is accepting on his behalf.
Sgt. Shemin will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his courageous actions while serving as a rifleman with G Company, 2d Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, American Expeditionary Forces, in connection with combat operations against an armed enemy on the Vesle River, near Bazoches, France from August 7 to August 9, 1918. Sgt. Shemin left cover and crossed open space, repeatedly exposing himself to heavy machine-gun and rifle fire, to rescue wounded. After Officers and Senior Noncommissioned Officers had become casualties, Sgt. Shemin took command of the platoon and displayed great initiative under fire until wounded on August 9.
Media are encouraged to attend the press conference on Wednesday, May 20, at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, 12 Millstone Campus Dr., St. Louis, Mo., 63146. Media are asked to arrive no later than 9:45 a.m. and the press conference is scheduled to begin promptly at 10 a.m. Please allow time to get through security.
Ms. Shemin-Roth will not be available for interviews or comments prior to this press conference and media are asked to respect her privacy and not contact her directly. There may be limited opportunities for individual interviews after the news conference by request. At the request of the family, all media requests for subsequent interviews should be made through the Missouri National Guard public affairs office at (573) 638-9846 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camden County Farm Bureau Federation annual Farm Day. The purpose of the day is to show kids where there food comes from.