(I thought you might like to see and discuss this letter which I sent to one of our La. Representatives.)
Representative Mike Johnson
Louisiana District 8
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CONGRATULATIONS on your unopposed election. What a mighty work God has done for you, your constituents, and for Louisiana citizens. I rejoice with you in giving Thanks to God.
I notice that your emphasis for the Life March on January 17 is “Defend The Defenseless”.
I have a deep concern for our unborn defenseless citizens, and continue to do all that I can to stop the Torture-Murder of our unborn. But I also have a deep concern for our Living defenseless citizens.
You know from our previous communications that this concern is for the ones who go into a civil family court with no defense against a No Fault divorce, usually Fathers and children.
If your neighbor were to file suit against you for killing their dog, and you knew before you got to the courtroom that
…no proof would be presented that you are guilty,
…you would not be permitted to offer a defense,
…the judge would rule in their favor, and
…no appeal would be possible…
that something is seriously wrong with the procedures.
There would be an absence of Due Process, something that is protected by our U.S. Constitution.
There would also be an absence of Equal Protection under the law, a protected right.
You would also know that a person’s rights cannot be taken away under “color of law”.
Our Louisiana marriages and families MUST be protected from our ILLEGAL No Fault Divorce laws.
This approach to divorce - this 40 year Experiment - has been a total Disaster, and the children have been the ones who have suffered the most.
Divorce is not in the “best interest of the child”.
La. Act 743 went into effect January 1, 2007, which was a step toward eliminating the devastation that divorce heaps on the children.
It was enacted in the “best interest of the child”, but statistics indicate that it had little effect on the number of divorce suits filed.
This means that our children need additional help to prevent the breakup of their home and family. Our fathers and children need legal help against these unjust laws.
We are still seeing the fallout from divorce in the lives of our children. You know from the evidence of Facts that are presented by Judge Darrell White and Gene Mills of our Louisiana Family Forum, as well as from our Louisiana Commission on Marriage and Family, that a child in a single-parent family is:
…twice as likely to drop out of school,
…three times as likely to become pregnant as a teenager,
…six times more likely to be in poverty
…12 times more likely to be incarcerated and
…three times as likely to be expelled.
As a result the State continues to have to deal with teen:
- pregnancy and births
- alcohol and drug abuse
- violence in the home
- street violence
- school dropouts
- homelessness and runaways
- state institutionalization.
All of these resultant conditions continue to put a strain on our state budget.
We who care about our citizens must give attention and protection to ALL of our citizens, not just the unborn and those who need adoption.
[COLOR=#652191][COLOR=#440062][COLOR=#000000]J. Shelby Sharpe, a lawyer with more than 40 years of litigation experience involving federal and state constitutional issues, has written: “No-fault Divorce is the only claim recognized in the state courts of the United States where the due process clause for
protecting a fundamental right (which marriage has been found to be by the United States Supreme Court) is ignored and patently disregarded”. [/COLOR][/COLOR]
Snipers, murderers, drug dealers, rapists and pedophiles get to hear what they have done wrong, and offer a defense, but there is no defense against a divorce.
[COLOR=#000000]Saddam Hussein was afforded more justice in his trial as a criminal than are Americans challenging the granting of a divorce in defense of their marriage and family. [/COLOR]
We MUST restore Due Process and Equal Protection to our Family Courts in order to truthfully end our Pledge of Allegiance with “liberty and justice for…all”…
…or continue to tell a lie each time we repeat that Pledge.
(“Carpenter”), advocate for divorce law reform