Newsletter August 2021

   August 2021 


Religious Freedom Victory for Medical Care Providers 

  In a major victory for health care providers, a federal court has blocked an Obama-era mandate requiring physicians to participate in abortions and sex reassignment procedures despite personal religious objections. The mandate was previously blocked by the courts, but the Biden administration attempted to resurrect it. 


Recreational Marijuana is now legal in Connecticut.


 What is your town doing to control it?

Better find out.

  When the Connecticut General Assembly legalized recreational marijuana they left it to the Planning and Zoning Commissions in individual towns and cities as to whether or not to allow the sale or manufacturing of recreational marijuana within their borders. Although the first permits for selling recreational marijuana will not be issued until sometime in 2022, many towns are preparing for it. In addition to actions taken by Planning and Zoning Commissions, some City Councils and Boards of Selectmen are setting restrictions on where the drug could be used. These restrictions primarily focus on use on public properties, such as parks. The new state law already bans use on state properties and school grounds.

     The potency of legal marijuana is not anyway similar to what one would call the "Woodstock" generation of marijuana. In the 70's and 80's  marijuana contained only 1 - 3% of THC, the component that gives a person the high sensation. The recreational marijuana THC limits allowed by the new law are 30% for plant based products and 60% on products made from concentrates, such as edibles. Towns and cities are worried about the impact authorizing these stores will have on the quality of life and safety of their citizens. Should they be located near schools or churches, where many children may gather? Will they cause a safety problem with intoxicated drivers? 

     Click below to see some of the towns and cities already taking action. What is your community doing? 


Churches Receive Security Grants from State


   The Archdiocese of Hartford announced this week that 13 parishes received security grants from the State of Connecticut through the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (CT NSGP). The State issued awards from a $5M fund. These 13 parishes received just over $500,000 in grant awards or 10% of the available funds.

   Chris Healy, Executive Director of the Connecticut Catholic Public Affairs Conference, stated that "The right to pray is absolute and praying safely is an essential to our way of life. These funds will help add another level of confidence for all those of faith." The funding was promoted and supported by the Conference after several acts of vandalism against houses of worship. Healy worked with other religious leaders and legislators to make these resources available to protect the safety of places of worship.

   CT NSGP is a new state-funded competitive grant program that provides awards to nonprofit organizations for security infrastructure improvements.  Eligible applicants are 501(c) (3) organizations with a heightened risk of being the target of a terrorist attack, hate crime, or other violent act.  Applications were ranked and awarded based on the demonstrated need for security improvements.


        The Transgender Movement and its Harm to Youth 


   As the acceptance of the self-identification by individuals of their gender identity grows in our society, one group that may suffer irreputable harm are young children. The medical drugs and procedures used in changing a young person, who has not completed the puberty stage of their lives, can cause permanent mental and physical be harm. No matter how you feel on the transgender issue, please read this eye opening article recently published in Commentary magazine. The article was authored by Paul McHugh, University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University and Gerard V. Bradley, Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame.