2019 State of the Union

On Tuesday evening, February 5, 2019, President Trump delivered his second State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress.

In this State of the Union address, President Trump voiced his pro-life stance and stated the following:

“Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments from birth."

"These are living, feeling, beautiful babies, who will never get the chance to share their love and their dreams with the world."

"And then, we had the case of the governor of Virginia where he stated he would execute a baby after birth."

"To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in a mother’s womb."

"Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life."

"And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: All children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of God.”

                                   - President Trump, 02/05/2019

To see a 2-minute highlight of the President's speech: Click ">Play" on the Video to the right.

Presidential Correspondence

Later in February 2019, at a State Council Religious and Civil Rights Committee meeting, the Committee requested State Deputy Robert E. Hatler to write a letter to President Trump thanking him, on behalf of the Knights in New Jersey, for his pro-life stance and for voicing these beliefs during his State of the Union message.  Although State Deputy Hatler had not expected a reply to his letter, on August 12, 2019, President Trump did respond with the attached letter, affirming his stance in protecting the lives of every American, including those not yet born.

Subsequently, on September 4, 2019, at a State Council Religious and Civil Rights Committee meeting, Past State Deputy Robert E. Hatler brought President Trump's reply letter to the attention of the Committee and State Deputy Vincent Tavormina recommended, with the entire Committee's approval, that this letter be distributed in a state-wide e-mail and posted on the State Council website for all members to see and read.

Click HERE to see President Trump's Letter to PSD Hatler.


Additional Information

For information of the reader, the State Council's Religious and Civil Rights Committee was created in the 1950s, and is comprised of the State Officers, the Past State Deputies, the Culture of Life Director, the Respect Life and Morality in Media Chairmen, and designees of the State Deputy.  For most of its history, the Committee has maintained a watch on public policy issues affecting Catholics.  Until about six years ago, it functioned entirely at the State Council level.  Then, recognizing the significant rise and seriousness of the threats to the ability of Catholics to live their lives according to their faith values, it was successfully expanded to the local council level, with a Religious and Civil Rights Council Representative in every active New Jersey Council.

The duties of these Council Representatives are simple, but extremely important.  Each month, the Council Representatives and their Grand Knights are emailed talking points from the State Council on a public policy issue of importance, and they are expected to report to their council on that issue and have the talking points distributed to the membership in a council-wide email.  Often, Council Representatives are asked to encourage their membership to contact their legislators on an issue.  This program design has lead to an extremely successful program.  The New Jersey State Council asks for the continued support of all Knights and their families in these critically important issues that are fundamental to our Catholic faith.

Councils may report the appointment of a Religious and Civil Rights Council Representative by logging into www.njkofc.org and selecting “2019-2020 State & Supreme Reporting Forms”.

For additional information about the New Jersey State Council Religious and Civil Rights Committee, contact State Chairman Andrew Lipenta, PSD, FM, Vice Supreme Master.

For additional information regarding Culture of Life matters, go to: www.prolife.njkofc.org or contact Culture of Life Director Steve Richardson, FM.

For the latest information regarding NJ House and Senate Bills and Sessions go to: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us.

The New Jersey State Council encourages ALL men, over the age of 18 years of age, who are practical Catholics, to JOIN US in our mission to uphold our Catholic values and demonstrate our faith.  Read more at this LINK and learn about our Faith In Action service programs at this LINK.  Faith In Action service program categories include: Faith, Community, Family, and Life.

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