Mississippi FREE, an organization dedicated to improving Mississippi’s educational system and repealing the Common Core curriculum standards, celebrated Governor Phil Bryant’s recent veto of the controversial SB 2161. SB 2161 was listed as a bill to replace the failed Common Core initiative that Mississippi had adopted in an attempt to get a Race to the Top education grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment act of 2009, commonly known as the “Stimulus Package.” However, SB 2161 did little more than rename the standards and create a new organization to make tests to implement the Common Core standards in Mississippi. All curriculum changes would have remained in place. Mississippi FREE argues that if this bill had gone into law, it would have been nearly impossible to actually repeal Common Core next year.
At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Governor Phil Bryant made it clear that he intended to repeal the Common Core standards. At a rally in front of the capital sponsored by MS FREE, Bryant told the people that he would repeal, not rename, the controversial curriculum changes. Tate Reeves, lieutenant governor, also said that he supported repealing Common Core. However, as the 2015 legislative session unfolded it became clear that Tate Reeves only intended to rename the standards while leaving all changes in place. SB 2161 was designed to do just that. While it was listed as “repealing Common Core,” it would have made no substantive changes. Governor Bryant’s veto of this bill paves the way for a full repeal next year.
"Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God." Psalm 20:7 (KJV)
Governor Mike Pence, who was standing so firmly in the face of an unbelievable onslaught by the media and liberal activists, has caved. Earlier today, he signed a so-called "fix" to Indiana's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) -- a fix that many say is worse than not having the RFRA in the first place.
How can one describe the thoughts and feelings of anyone who puts any real value on religious freedom? Disappointed? No -- it goes much deeper than that. Our hero in this battle has fallen, has given in. We are crushed. Shocked. Angry. Betrayed.
I am reminded of David's words after the death of Jonathan, in 2 Samuel 2:25 (NKJV)...
"How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle!"
Friends, we -- Christian conservatives -- have tried a variety of methods as we seek to defend freedom. We've tried ignoring politics. We've tried electing good people. We've tried passing good laws. We've tried stopping bad laws. But at the end of the day, even the greatest among us stumble. The best of laws are overturned, and bad laws are, it seems, far too often passed.
Who can we trust? Is there any hope?
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever."
Even in the midst of shocking disappointment and crushing defeat, I trust God's plan. I know that he works everything together for good for them that love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). God is constant and unchanging, even as the culture around us tosses about as waves on the sea. His plan never fails.
To paraphrase the Psalmist in Psalm 20:7... "Some trust in laws, and some trust in lawmakers, but we will trust in the name of the Lord our God."