Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.

Victory Over Violence Prayer Rally Coming October 9

September 21, 2017 | Posted in Current Events | By

Below is an announcement about a prayer rally coming to Little Rock this October.

Victory Over Violence is hosting a city-wide Prayer Rally to gather the churches of Central Arkansas to pray for peace.

We will worship together, pray together, and hear from key leaders about opportunities for the church to meet the needs of our city.

The event will be held Monday, October 9, at 7 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Victory Over Violence Prayer Rally is a significant opportunity for the churches of Little Rock to put faith into action. Our churches are an integral part of the community, and it is time for us to come together and engage the need. Governor Asa Hutchinson will be among those speaking at the October 9 event.

“Our churches have always been a force for change in the community,” said Victory Over Violence co-founder Austin Kellerman. “We’re at a point where we need that force to help improve the lives of people across Little Rock. If we’re going to tackle this problem, we need people of faith to lead the way and put ‘love of neighbor’ in action.”

“We are inviting all Little Rock Pastors to participate and mobilize your church to attend the Victory Over Violence Prayer Rally,” said Logan Bloom of Arkansas for Christ. “In moments like these, God calls the church to gather as a regional body with a regional response.”

We would like to include all attending pastor in the program. Pastors are asked to RSVP if you are available to attend.

Have questions about Victory Over Violence Prayer Rally? Contact Victory Over Violence

Here is a short video about the event:

Teacher Tells First-Graders Not to Talk About God

September 20, 2017 | Posted in Religious Freedom | By

Last month a public school teacher in Indiana sent notes home informing families that her classroom was not the “appropriate time or place” for students to talk about religion.

The truth is, students have a constitutionally-protected right to talk about God and share their faith at school as long as they are not being disruptive. That means students can talk about their faith, read the Bible, or pray during free time.

It also means they can tie their faith into class assignments; for example, many students assigned essays along the lines of, “What person has influenced you the most?” have written about Jesus Christ.

Fortunately in this case the school district informed the teacher that the school cannot squelch students’ free speech or religious liberty.

You can download a handy flyer about students’ religious liberties here.

And don’t forget October 5 is Bring Your Bible to School Day. We are partnering with our friends at Focus on the Family to encourage students across Arkansas to take their Bibles with them to school on this day.

This is a simple way students can exercise their religious liberty and celebrate God’s Word at the same time.

This October, don’t go to school without your Bible. You can find out more about Bring Your Bible to School Day by clicking here.

Hundreds Apply to Grow and Sell Marijuana

September 19, 2017 | Posted in Marijuana | By

Yesterday marked the deadline to apply to grow or sell marijuana in Arkansas under the state’s new “medical marijuana” program.

State officials reported that approximately 300 companies and individuals applied to grow or sell the drug as of yesterday afternoon.

Of those 300 applicants, five growers and 32 sellers will be approved by the state.

Make no mistake about it: A lot of companies are hoping to make serious money off “medical marijuana” in Arkansas. Nearly half the people who voted last year voted against marijuana. Many of those who voted to legalize marijuana still want marijuana properly regulated.

We’re working with attorneys to help cities and counties who do not want marijuana businesses in their communities.