STATEWIDE SUPPORT OF THE PASSAGE OF THE ‘ANTISEMITISM AWARENESS ACT” URGED FOR MONDAY, MARCH 16 LEGISLATIVE SESSION IN NASHVILLE

 “WE ARE ENCOURAGING CONTACT WITH LEGISLATORS AND A SHOW OF PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR THIS BILL—WE CANNOT AFFORD THE LOSS OF OUR NATION’S FUTURE LEADERSHIP TO THE EVILS OF HATRED”

Nashville, Tennessee (13 March 2020) -- Laurie Cardoza-Moore, founder and President of global pro-Israel Christian advocacy organization, Proclaiming Justice to The Nations (PJTN), is calling national media attention this week to the action being taken next Monday on the Antisemitism Awareness Act, Senate Bill 1250, set to reach a vote in the Tennessee Senate Education Committee on March 16 at 1:30 PM. CT.

PJTN is urging a show of public support at 1:30 PM CT on Monday at the Cordell Hull Building located at 425 5th Street Avenue North in Nashville where Laurie Cardoza-Moore will be on hand with staff.

She noted in a statement today: “We need all concerned citizens in the State of Tennessee to show their support of this bill by emailing or calling the members of the Senate Education Committee and asking their support of the passage of the Antisemitism Awareness Act and the amendment to the bill.  They can be contacted via phone or email on the points of contact noted at www.capitol.tn.gov/senate/committee/education.html  

This is a high priority passage that has meet with opposition in the past. With the rise of anti-Semitism being seen at alarming rates both nationally and within the state of Tennessee, we must show our support next week in demanding the bill be passed.”

Support of the Antisemitism Awareness Act  is being championed in the current Tennessee legislative session by Tennessee State Senator and Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, Dolores Gresham, and State House Chairman of Education Committee, Mark White.  

The legislation being introduced to the House, HB0600 and Senate SB1250 in Tennessee is in keeping with President Trump’s recent Executive Order and will adopt the U.S. State Department’s definition of antisemitism. It will invoke punishment for antisemitic attacks and incidents within the state of Tennessee, including those committed on college and universities campuses. The failure to rein in these unlawful acts may result in private law suits as well as the loss of federal funding. By enacting the Antisemitism Awareness Act, the Tennessee Department of Education can apply the U.S. State Department’s definition of antisemitism to determine if a federal investigation is warranted due to violations of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. 

Notes Cardoza-:“From the antisemitic indoctrination in our children’s K-12 textbooks to violence against Jewish students on college campuses, we must not tolerate acceptance this age-old hatred against our Jewish communities in the state of Tennessee.  We cannot afford the loss of our children and our future generation of American leadership to the evils of hatred. We must not wait until the insidious antisemitic vitriol and the violence being seeded by both inside and outside forces on Tennessee’s university campuses spills over into our communities.”

In discussing the legislation being proposed, the bill’s sponsor, Senator Dolores Gresham has stated:  “In keeping with the tradition of Tennessee’s unequivocal support of our friend and ally, Israel, Tennessee became the first state in the nation to pass legislation condemning the Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement.  Whether it is our secondary schools, or schools of higher learning, the Constitutional rights of all students will be protected in providing a safe environment for our children to excel.  No individual will be denied that right.” House Education Chairman, Rep. Mark White has also expressed concern stating that, “administrators throughout Tennessee must take these threats seriously by strongly condemning the antisemitic activity on their campuses.  Our decision to address this issue in the Tennessee General Assembly is to send a message throughout our education system that incidents will not be tolerated, and we will utilize our ability as law-makers to ensure our voice is heard clearly on this issue.”

In a 2018 report made released by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) violence against Jews showed an increase of 86%, the largest single yearly increase registered since the ADL began research tracking polls on the focus of antisemitism. A sharp increase of harassment and vandalism incidents against Jews were recorded in Tennessee with a particular alarming rise noted on the state’s university campuses.

In recent memory news making anti-Semitic incidents were reported on the campuses of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, UT Knoxville, a prominent Jewish synagogue in Chattanooga, and on an open trail park in Johnson City. The Gordon Jewish Center in Nashville was listed as one of the 163 Jewish institutions subjected to bomb threats tied to antisemitism in the U.S. last year.

Of her organization’s support, Laurie Cardoza-Moore notes:  “Members of organizations such as the Students for Justice in Palestine and Muslim Students Association on Tennessee campuses have literally deluged social media in peddling the age-old anti-Semitic conspiracies against Jews. PJTN is continuing to call for organizations like SJP and MSA to be closely monitored by authorities. These groups have often used violent attacks and intimidation tactics to push Jewish and Christian-Zionists into submission, thus silencing suppressing their right of free speech and diminishing their right to a safe and secure educational environment.”  

Cardoza-Moore added: “As the founder of a Christian pro-Israel organization whose global mission is to educate Christians to stand against antisemitism, we in Tennessee have reason for profound concern over the renewed global rise of anti-Semitism and the acts of bigotry and violence against Jews that have re-visited our generation and our children. With the new challenges Israel and the Jewish people are facing, we must with one voice as Tennesseans and as Americans say, ‘Never again!’” 

ABOUT PJTN: Proclaiming Justice to the Nations (PJTN), a 501c3 non-profit organization, was established to educate Christians about their Biblical responsibility to stand with their Jewish brethren and Israel, utilizing powerful film and video presentations, a variety of grassroots rallies, events and speaking engagements to facilitate dialogue between the Christian and Jewish communities in support of the State of Israel and against global genocidal anti-Semitism. In recent months the organization has led the struggle against BDS in America with a wave of state resolutions and the upcoming release of a new documentary film that will expose the truth behind the BDS movement.


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