News: Release: First Annual Day of Prayer for Arkansas Students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 22, 2021

One week from today on September 29, 2021, will mark the first annual Day of Prayer for Arkansas Students. The Arkansas Legislature passed Act 902 this past legislative session establishing an annual Day of Prayer for Arkansas Students.

This good law by Senator Ricky Hill (R – Cabot) and Representative Cameron Cooper (R – Romance) directs the Governor to annually proclaim the last Wednesday in September of each year as “A Day of Prayer for Arkansas Students,” and it calls upon the citizens of Arkansas to pray for students, teachers, administrators, and schools.

Jerry Cox, President of Family Council, said that establishing an annual day of prayer for our students, teachers, administrators, and schools is now needed more than ever. “We are grateful to Senator Hill and Representative Cooper for sponsoring this good bill and for the legislature for passing it into law,” said Cox. “We also want to thank Governor Hutchinson for issuing a Proclamation declaring September 29 as the first annual Day of Prayer for Arkansas Students.”

Many communities are unaware of this new state law that will be observed statewide, and we want to make sure we spread the word to make this day a success. The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education is required to notify public school districts of the day of prayer. “You can let your pastor know, notify your school board, superintendent, principal, or teachers and let them know about the new law,” said Cox. “If the school has any Christian clubs such as FCA, notify the faculty sponsor or member of the group and remember to pray for students in private school and those enrolled in a home school.”

Family Council is a conservative education and research organization based in Little Rock.

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Frequent Marijuana Users Under 45 Twice as Likely to Suffer Heart Attack: New Study

A new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal indicates that adults under age 45 who frequently use marijuana are roughly twice as likely to suffer from a heart attack as adults who do not use marijuana.

Researchers examined health data from more than 33,000 adults ages 18 – 44, of whom more than 4,600 reported using marijuana in the past 30 days.

The study noted that a history of heart attack was more frequent among recent marijuana users than among nonusers, and that a history of heart attack was associated with using marijuana more than four times per month.

The study’s authors even observed that marijuana’s association with heart attack appeared to be similar to tobacco’s, writing, “The association between recent cannabis use and MI [heart attack] was similar in magnitude to associations with MI [heart attack] observed for current tobacco smoking.”

It’s important to point out that this is certainly not the first study to link heart problems with marijuana use.

All of this underscores what we have said for years: Marijuana may be many things, but “harmless” simply is not one of them.

Faulkner County Declares Itself Pro-Life

On Tuesday night the Faulkner County Quorum Court passed a resolution affirming that it is pro-life.

The resolution reads,

A RESOLUTION AFFIRMING THE COMMITMENT OF FAULKNER COUNTY, ARKANSAS TO PROTECTING THE UNALIENABLE RIGHT TO LIFE OF EVERY PERSON; AND, DECLARING FAULKNER COUNTY, ARKANSAS TO BE A PROLIFE COUNTY.

WHEREAS, the Declaration of Independence declares that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, including the right to life; and

WHEREAS, Amendment 68 to the Arkansas Constitution states that the policy of the State of Arkansas is to protect the life of every unborn child from conception until birth; and

WHEREAS, it is the duty of state and local governments to protect the unalienable right to life of every person within their respective jurisdictions; and

WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court stated in Poelker v. Doe, 432 U.S. 519 (1977), that the United States Constitution does not forbid a municipality, pursuant to democratic processes, from expressing a preference for normal childbirth instead of abortion;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE QUORUM COURT OF FAULKNER COUNTY, ARKANSAS:

Section 1: It is the policy of Faulkner County, Arkansas to promote and protect the dignity and humanity of all persons at all stages of life from conception until natural death.

Section 2: The Faulkner County, Arkansas declares itself to be a Pro-Life County. Passed by the Quorum Court on September 21, 2021.

Faulkner County is the eighth in Arkansas to pass a good, pro-life resolution like this one.

Similar measures have passed in Washington, Benton, Crawford, CleburnePope, Jackson, and Saline counties.

Any city, town, or county in America can pass a pro-life resolution like the ones that these municipalities have passed.

If you would like to learn more about how you can pass a pro-life resolution in your community, give Family Council a call at (501) 375-7000.