Thursday, August 2, 2012

Information About Amendment 2 In Missouri (and info about the election)

If you haven't registered, for the love of everything sacred and holy REGISTER!

The ballot summary for Amendment 2 sounds innocent enough. But, dig a little deeper and you'll find disturbing provisions that actually threaten religious liberties. Take this quiz to see if you can spot the truths from the lies.

Unable to go to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 7? Request an absentee ballot, but hurry because your local election authority must receive your mailed request by 5 p.m., on Aug. 1.

Help us stand up for religious freedom. Vote NO on Amendment 2!

Test Your Knowledge

True or False:

1.) Missourians already have the right to pray in public schools, work places and government settings.

TRUE: The Missouri Constitution already offers this protection. Amendment 2 is unnecessary and adds vague language that is sure to invite litigation that will cost taxpayers dearly.

2.) Amendment 2 is right in saying that religious speech should be treated like all other speech.

FALSE: If passed, this provision could violate the U.S Constitution and create great confusion. Religious speech has unique limits. For example, public school teachers can't pass out Bibles in their classroom for religious purposes. Blurring that distinction could lead to religious discrimination.

3.) Amendment 2 may compromise the education of students in our state.

TRUE: Amendment 2 allows students to opt out of assignments and educational presentations with which they disagree, which potentially leads to more complicated, expensive litigation.

4.) Amendment 2 will increase protection of religious liberties for all Missouri citizens.

FALSE: This amendment doesn't broaden anyone's liberties. It actually removes religious protection for one class of citizens — prisoners — who may lose their ability to practice their faith and receive religious materials while incarcerated.

5.) Missouri's constitutional protection of religious liberties has been unchanged since 1820, one year before Missouri became a state.

TRUE: Our constitution has protected our religious freedom for nearly 200 years. Why "fix" something that isn't broken?

Voting Information About the August 2nd Primary

Your Representatives US Senator - Claire McCaskill (Democrat)
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-6154 DC Phone

US Congress - Emanuel Cleaver II (Democrat)
1641 Longworth Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-4535 DC Phone

US Senator - Roy Blunt (Republican)
260 Russell Senate Office Buil
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-5721 DC Phone

State of Missouri - GOVERNOR Jay Nixon (Democrat)
State Capitol Building Rm 216 PO BOX 720
Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 751-3222 - Jeff. City

State of Missouri - LT. GOVERNOR Peter Kinder (Republican)
State Capitol Building Room 121
Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 751-4727 - Jeff. City

State of Missouri - SECRETARY OF STATE Robin Carnahan (Democrat)
State Capitol Building Rm 208 PO BOX 778
Jefferson City, MO 65101
(800) 669-8683 - Jeff. City

State of Missouri - STATE AUDITOR Thomas A Schweich (Democrat)
State Capitol Building - 121 PO BOX 869
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-4824 - Jeff. City

State of Missouri - STATE TREASURER Clint Zweifel (Democrat)
State Capitol Building Rm 229 PO BOX 210
Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 751-2411 - Jeff. City

State of Missouri - ATTORNEY GENERAL Chris Koster (Democrat)
Supreme Court Building PO BOX 899
Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 751-3321 - Jeff. City

City at Large
City of Kansas City - Councilmember Scott Wagner
414 East 12th St. - 24th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64106
(816) 513-1624

City of Kansas City - Councilmember Ed Ford
414 East 12th St. - 24th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64106
(816) 513-1601

City of Kansas City - Councilmember Melba Curls
414 East 12th St. - 24th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64106
(816) 513-1605

City of Kansas City - Councilmember Jim Glover
414 East 12th St. - 24th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64106
513-1616

City of Kansas City - Councilmember Cindy Baker Circo
414 East 12th St. - 24th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64106
(816) 513-1633

City of Kansas City - Councilmember Scott Taylor
414 East 12th St. - 24th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64106
(816) 513-1602