President Trump can make a real and immediate difference for religious freedom. You should join with us in urging him to do it.
You’ve heard the stories. Faith-based foster-care and adoption agencies being forced to stop their ministry to children simply because they operate according to their religious beliefs about marriage. And the government forcing a religiously run home for the elderly and faith-based universities to violate their beliefs by providing abortion-inducing drugs in their insurance plans.
But now there is an opportunity to ACT and MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE!
President Trump can sign a much-needed executive order that will protect the religious freedom of these organizations and their vital work. Exercise your free speech rights and encourage him to do just that.
Here’s what you can do to help.
Write an email to President Trump. Tell him to sign the religious freedom executive order and remind him that there are THREE vital reasons he should do it:
President Trump has repeatedly promised to protect religious freedom. At a Faith and Freedom forum in 2015, President Trump promised that the “first priority” of his administration would be “to preserve and protect our religious liberty.” Tell President Trump that you look forward to him making good on that promise. And if President Trump’s stance on religious liberty is one of the reasons you supported him, either before or after the election, tell him so.
Let President Trump know that you want the executive order because you don’t think anyone should be forced to provide abortion-inducing drugs that violate their convictions.
Tell President Trump that the executive order is important because shutting down religious charities that serve needy families and abandoned children helps no one. Remind the President that freeing those organizations to love and serve their neighbors is good for all of us. In fact, a recent study concluded that “the fair market value of goods and services provided by religious organizations” and “businesses with religious roots” is over $1 trillion annually in the United States.
CLICK HERE NOW and the email is already written for you; all you need to do is fill in your information and click “SEND MESSAGE.” It’s that easy!
If you have a Twitter account, we encourage you to join us in tweeting messages using the hashtag #ReligiousFreedom.
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Wisconsin Family Council/Wisconsin Family Action’s biennial “Day at the Capitol” is Thursday, March 23, 2017. You’ll hear from key legislators, get legislative and organizational updates, visit your legislators in their capitol offices— and much, much more! Space is limited!
CLICK HERE to learn more about the event and register today!
Democrats in the Wisconsin Legislature are circulating a bill to legalize medical marijuana.
The proposal by state Sen. Jon Erpenbach and Rep. Chris Taylor comes after Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he would be open to the idea. Republicans have typically been against any attempts to legalize marijuana.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he is against medical marijuana. And Gov. Scott Walker also says he opposes it.
WFA president Julaine Appling says, “I’m not sure why Republican Speaker Robin Vos is open to the idea. Most Republicans oppose this idea and the slippery slope it creates. While some claim this is an important medical treatment, many others point out the legal issues for doctors, remind us of the addictive nature of marijuana and point out other treatments exist that don’t involve this addictive narcotic.”
On January 22, 1973, on a 7-2 vote, the US Supreme Court handed down the now infamous Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion on demand all across America. That evening, CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite led off with the court decision. He noted that a religious leader had called the decision an “unspeakable tragedy.” Now, 44 years later, the decision is still an unspeakable tragedy. Nationwide, since the wrong-headed ruling by 7 judicial activists, nearly 60 million unborn—and irreplaceable–children have been legally killed while still in their mother’s womb.
WFA president Julaine Appling says, “Nothing about abortion is anything less than tragic. In Wisconsin, we have lost over 500,000 future citizens, which equals the populations of Green Bay, Appleton, Racine, Eau Claire, Wausau, Fond du Lac, and Kenosha. As we observe the anniversary of this horrific court decision this Sunday, may we renew our personal dedication to restoring a culture of life in our state.”
Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling was a guest panelist Wednesday evening, January 11, participating in “A Nation Engaged,” a live pre-inauguration community conversation, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The forum was put on by National Public Radio (NPR) and Wisconsin Public Radio. Similar panels were also held in Sacramento, Houston and Raleigh-Durham this same evening.
During the forum, community leaders were invited to speak to the questions: What are your hopes for the Trump Administration? What should the country know about your community? The moderator also took questions and comments from the audience during the one-hour panel.
The program aired nationwide on NPR on Monday, January 16. Click HERE to listen.
My stock answer to those who ask me what I think about President-elect Donald Trump and the coming four years is, “I’m cautiously optimistic.” I am prepared to give President Trump the benefit of the doubt on this journey of making America great again.
I believe as a result of this past election, America has been given yet another opportunity to right some wrongs and to get back on track in important areas. The question is how will we use this opportunity? Millions of Americans said with their vote that they are tired of what we’ve had the last eight years. We are hopeful real change will happen — good changes that will make America great again. In light of that, here are my hopes for our new president and his administration. (more…)
Wisconsin Family Council/Wisconsin Family Action’s biennial “Day at the Capitol” is scheduled for Thursday, March 23, 2017. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to connect directly with your government. You’ll hear from key legislators, get legislative updates, visit your legislators in their capitol offices— and much, much more! Space is limited!
Click HERE to learn more about the event and sign up for a personal invitation when they become available OR….
Contact our office to pre-register for this event! Call 888.378.7395 or email our office at [email protected].
“Another offering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, this one on masculinity, is drawing fire from conservatives as an example of ideological excesses at the school.
The target is the Men’s Project, a six-week voluntary discussion program that “aims to explore masculinity and the problems accompanied by simplified definitions of it,” according to a UW Health Service news release.”
WFA president Julaine Appling says, “This situation reminds us there are many eager to tell your son what masculinity is. How much better coming from a loving father who purposefully in both word and example instructs his son on what it means to be a man. And Dads have the best instruction manual available–the Word of God. Be assured, our Creator isn’t silent or confused about masculinity.”
From the Beloit Daily News: “Parties involved with the Ho-Chunk Nation’s Beloit casino project are testing the waters to see if there’s support to move the plan ahead at the federal level after President-elect Donald Trump takes office January 20. … The move follows the tribe’s request to Beloit city staff asking for local state legislators to reaffirm support for the project and to help line up Wisconsin’s congressional delegation behind the plan. If approved at the federal level, the plan would head for Gov. Scott Walker’s desk for approval or denial.”
WFA president Julaine Appling says, “This would be the first off-reservation casino in WI—opening a huge door for many more. The Ho-Chunk are proposing a 145,000 square foot gaming facility, with a 300-room hotel and 35,000 square foot convention center right off I-90/39 in Beloit.”
She adds, “Wisconsin does not need another casino—anywhere. We already have over 20. Right now no one in Wisconsin is more than a 2-hour drive from a casino. Gambling is not an innocent, victimless activity. Studies show the nearer people live to a casino the more likely they are to become problem gamblers—which destroys individuals, families and communities. That makes it bad for Wisconsin.”
Our friends at Pro-Life Wisconsin are calling for the state’s Legislative Audit Bureau to conduct a full audit of Wisconsin’s Medicaid family-planning providers, including Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. Recent open records requests have found limited audits that show Planned Parenthood facilities alone have overbilled the state and its taxpayers more than $100,000 between 2006 and 2014. Matt Sande, Pro-Life Wisconsin legislative director says it’s bad enough family planning funds pay for surgical and chemical abortions in Wisconsin; it’s intolerable that taxpayers are ripped off in the process.
Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling agrees, “Pro-life organizations, including Wisconsin Family Action successfully supported a bill authored by Rep. Andre Jacque and Senator Chris Kapenga that stops Planned Parenthood from Medicaid overbilling in the future, but that law doesn’t address past fraud. An audit is very appropriate and the governor or the legislature should order it.”
Did you know you make the IMpossible possible? You do!
We won’t sugarcoat it. This year has been unusually challenging in many ways, not the least of which is financially. But because you and many others like you have stepped up, and because we made tough but necessary internal adjustments, and of course because of our great God, we have have been able to stay the course. Frankly, that’s kind of an IMpossible made possible–and it’s only by God’s grace and your generosity.
Here are some other things that looked pretty much IMpossible at some point this year but in partnership with you were made POSSIBLE.
Two pro-life bills that were never supposed to even see the light of day this past session were passed and signed into law earlier this year. Both of them deal with taking millions of your hard-earned tax dollars AWAY from Planned Parenthood of WI.
After nearly 10 years since the original idea and after 6 years of legislative efforts, Wisconsin will have a Choose Life license plate available. We partnered with our good friends at Pro-Life Wisconsin on this project–and just a couple of weeks ago we received official notice that at last–and after a great deal of work–the plate has gone from dream to reality. WFA was and is the only organization in the state that has stood strong and even pushed back against the invasion of the privacy of students in restrooms, locker rooms and shower rooms. In the media, the legislature, and everywhere else, WFA has worked to stop special rights and protections for boys who say they’re girls and vice-versa.
WFA’s ambitious 2015-2016 Legislative Scorecardwas produced and published. Because of the breadth of issues we cover, this is one of the best indicators available regarding how a legislator has done this past session.
WFA and WFC conducted major educational and voter-turnout efforts for the spring election.
Between mid-August and Election Day, November 8, WFA/WFC –personnel traveled over 8000 miles (all in Wisconsin!) –was involved with 45 different events –published a robust online voter guide –produced and distributed 20,000 get-out-the-vote fliers to nearly 500 churches, in addition to 18,000 copies of the October “Church Connection” distributed dealing with why Christians should vote. –maintained a significant social media presence regarding the election. –endorsed and supported numerous candidates running for state legislature and several for congress. –sponsored 7 days of pro-life radio ads in Milwaukee the last week before the election. –and all this was in addition to our regular work.
In so many ways, you have, through your financial investment and your prayers, made the IMpossible, POSSIBLE.
The bottom line is this: we are running behind budget, and we need to finish this year strong so we can go into the new year, with its unique legislative and cultural opportunities, ready to again, in partnership with you, make the IMpossible POSSIBLE.
Some would say even our vision is impossible: a Wisconsin where God is honored, families thrive, life is cherished, and religious freedom flourishes. However, we believe that in partnership with you we can keep making good strides toward having this ambitious goal become POSSIBLE.
In 2017, our plans include
Championing legislation that recognizes the humanity of the unborn by preventing the sale and use of the body parts or tissue of aborted babies, while still maintaining important research to help treat and cure diseases that plague humanity.
Supporting legislation that protects the privacy rights of all students in our public schools, not just a small special group.
Increasing the number of churches Wisconsin Family Council directly serves from 300 to 360.
Supporting conservative candidates for State Superintendent of Public Schools and State Supreme Court (spring election).
“Abortion and race, two of America’s most volatile topics, have intersected in recent flare-ups related to the disproportionately high rate of abortion among black women.
In Congress, Rep. Sean Duffy, a white Republican from rural Wisconsin, lambasted black members of Congress for failing to decry these high abortion numbers. The next day, Rep. Gwen Moore, a black Democrat from Milwaukee, fired back — accusing Duffy and his GOPcolleagues of caring about black children only before they are born.”
Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling (photo, left) responds, “How sad that Representative Moore is fighting Congress’s efforts to fully investigate Planned Parenthood. Representative Moore represents Milwaukee. As an African-American woman she surely must know that abortion numbers in her community are disproportionately high in comparison to the population. She should welcome an investigation of the nation’s largest abortion provider.”
NEW PRO-LIFE LICENSE PLATE WILL BE AVAILABLE IN 2017
A Choose Life Wisconsin license plate is becoming a reality. The red, white and black plate features an ink print of a baby’s foot and the words Choose Life. The effort began years ago as a cooperative project of Wisconsin Family Action and Pro-Life Wisconsin. $25 from the sale of each plate will go to Choose Life Wisconsin, an independent not-for-profit corporation. Choose Life Wisconsin will then distribute those funds to various Wisconsin Pregnancy Resource Centers. Over $23 million has been raised nationally from the sale of Choose Life plates in various states.
Gov. Scott Walker’s family commission is calling for a series of state law and policy changes to alleviate poverty by strengthening families.
The Future of the Family Commission on Thursday recommended the state expand taxpayer-funded vouchers for private schools, offer marriage tax credits, increase access to quality child care, and teach financial and family planning skills in school and parenting and relationship skills in prison.
The commission also suggested that Wisconsin schools employ and promote the “Success Sequence,” an idea promoted by the conservative Heritage Foundation that emphasizes graduating from high school, getting a job, and turning 21 and getting married before having children.
WFA President Julaine Appling responds, “We certainly echo the commission’s recommendations on marriage. Strong families start with strong marriages. Using this report in tandem with our Wisconsin Family Prosperity Index charts a clear path for strengthening Wisconsin’s best natural resource—her families. With the governor’s backing, I trust the state legislature will make strengthening families a high priority this session. “
Today, Wisconsin Family Action and Wisconsin Family Council kicked off the Christmas season by putting a traditional nativity display and a Merry Christmas sign in the State Capitol. This year marks the 20th year Wisconsin Family Council has had a sign in the capitol and the fifth year of the nativity display. The Madison-based Freedom from Religion Foundation has also had its Winter Solstice sign up for all 20 years (photo, right) and has added a blasphemous nativity display in recent years. The displays join the State Christmas tree in the rotunda and will be up all month.
“We are honored to exercise our freedom of speech and religion with these displays each year, ” says WFA president Julaine Appling, “The thousands who come to the capitol this month will see our sign and our beautiful nativity declaring the Truth that Jesus Christ really is the reason for the season. Unlike Freedom From Religion’s dark and hopeless message, our display brings light and offers hope.”
We had help with setting up from Erica and Gennavive Meisel of Baraboo.
If you thought the November Election was over, think again. Wisconsin is preparing to count your votes all over again starting as early as this Thursday, December 1, at 9 a.m.
Because apparently those who lost simply cannot accept the final results of the election. Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has requested a recount in three states, Wisconsin being one of them. Her reason? She does not “trust” our election system. Interestingly, if the 46 electoral votes from these 3 states go to Hillary Clinton rather than Donald Trump, then Trump goes from 306 electoral votes to 260–10 below the required 270–while Clinton goes from 232 to 278, and would therefore be the winner.
“Our message to pious politicians is: Get off your knees and get to work. The answers will not come from above. Nothing fails like prayer.” -Annie Lord Gaylor, Freedom From Religion Foundation
“A Republican legislator has been holding weekly Bible study sessions for lawmakers in his state Capitol office for the past three years, raising questions again about where the line between church and state lies in the building.
Administrative rules require state employees to use state buildings only for official work. Critics say the meetings are inappropriate, even though praying before legislative session days and religious displays in the Capitol rotunda have been upheld as legal.”
WFA president Julaine Appling responds, “Freedom From Religion Foundation is once again doing what it does best—being the neighborhood bully. We have nothing but the highest praise and regard for Representative Tittl and the Bible Study. He’s totally within his legal rights to do this, as are those who attend. Frankly, I can’t think of anything better for our state legislature than prayer & Bible study!”
Parents, grandparents, taxpayers, and community members of Appleton Area and Neenah Joint School Districts need to pay close attention to this information.
These two school districts in Wisconsin have advisory committees in place that are currently in the midst of determining the “sex ed” curriculum for those districts’ Human Growth and Development (HG&D) program.
On one hand, both of these district committees have the option of recommending the HG&D curriculum be terminated and the resources directed elsewhere. On the other hand, the committees may consider offering the curriculum on an Opt-In basis versus the current Opt-Out basis. Meaning, parents would need to purposefully choose to let their children be part of the HG&D classes, whereas currently, parents must purposefully choose to keep their children out of those classes.
In Neenah, in order for either of these recommendations to reach the school board for consideration and a vote, they must receive 75% approval from the committee.
It is important to again emphasize that Wisconsin state law does not require school districts to offer such courses at all.
Under existing law, local committees which are required by law and must include often a mix of parents, educators, clergy and others from the community, act in an advisory capacity to school boards as they make decisions about HG&D curriculum for their schools.
Wise parents will take time right now to find out exactly what the school their children attends is doing regarding human growth and development programs—and any planned changes. State law requires schools make that information available to parents. Don’t assume; be vigilant.
IMPORTANT: It is critical that parents and citizens attend the next HG&D committee meetings in Appleton and Neenah.
Following is a list of dates and times for both Neenah and Appleton School Districts as well as links to contact school board members.
Focus on the Family offers helpful talking points that may assist you as you address school board and committee members. Click HERE for these resources.
NEENAH: Monday, November 28, 2016 Neenah Joint School District Administration Building 410 S. Commercial Street Neenah, WI 54956
Click HERE for more information on this meeting as details become available.
CLICK HERE for Neenah school board member contact information.
Thursday, December 1, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. – Morgan Building
Thursday, January 12, 2017, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. – Morgan Building
Thursday, April 6, 2017, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. – Morgan Building
CLICK HERE for Appleton school board member contact information.
Conservative radio host, author and speaker, Todd Starnes writes, “A lay minister who is suing the Georgia Department of Public Health for religious discrimination has been directed by the state’s attorney general to relinquish his sermons to the government, according to federal court documents.
“Please produce a copy of your sermon notes and/or transcripts,” Attorney General Samuel Olens wrote to attorneys representing Dr. Eric Walsh.”
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action responds,”This story reminds us the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Apparently, our government, at every level, thinks it is empowered to ignore our constitutionally guaranteed religious freedom. While this is in Georgia, remember a similar situation has already occurred in Texas. Who’s next? Madison or Milwaukee, Wisconsin? Pastors, are you ready to stand strong?”