One radio station and 5 churches, represented by legal counsel, sent a letter to all 8 De Pere Common Council members and the mayor letting them know that the so-called anti-discrimination ordinance they passed on a 5-4 vote last Tuesday is unconstitutional and put the City on notice regarding legal action. The ordinance gives special rights to certain classes of citizens, including sexual orientation and gender identity and gender expression in housing, employment and public accommodation. The public accommodation portion has no religious or conscience exemption.
“This ordinance puts every business owner and every church and religious organization in De Pere in real jeopardy,” said Julaine Appling, WFA president, “not to mention threatens the well-being of citizens. I applaud the radio station and the churches that are willing to stand up to this unconstitutional ordinance that trounces on their constitutionally protected religious beliefs.”
The Heal Without Harm (HWH) Legislative Initiative – SB 423/AB 549 and SB 424/AB 550 (Sen. Terry Moulton, R-Chippewa Falls and Rep. Joel Kleefisch, R-Oconomowoc) – would ban the sale and use of aborted fetal body parts and instead encourage the donation of tissue from children who are stillborn or miscarried for use in research.
Currently, SB 423 and SB 424 have received public hearings, but Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee Chair Van Wanggaard has indicated he will not advance the bills out of committee unless Senators make their support for these bills known. AB 550 has received a public hearing and will be voted out of committee thanks to the quick action of Assembly Health Committee Chair Joe Sanfelipppo. AB 549 has been separated from AB 550 and was sent to the Assembly Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee chaired by Representative John Spiros and has yet to receive a public hearing.
Please call your State Senator ASAP and urge him/her to do the following:
Support SB 423 and SB 424 and make that support known by contacting Sen. Van Wanggaard.
Ask Sen. Waggaard to hold an executive session on SB 423 and SB 424 and vote to advance these bills out of committee ASAP.
Please call your State Representative ASAP and urge him/her to do the following:
Ask Rep. John Spiros to hold a public hearing and executive session on AB 549 ASAP.
Don’t know your State Senator and State Representative? Go to legis.wisconsin.gov and type in your home address under “Find My Legislators” or call the Legislative Hotline: 1-800-362-9472. After you call your Senator, contact the HWH Coalition with any feedback you received.
Questions? Take some time to visit our HWH Q&A to learn more about this critical issue.
This week we were fortunate enough to be at our state capitol at the very same time of the annual Christmas tree arrival. Below are some photos we captured for those who have never witnessed this event.
The tree will be placed in the rotunda in 1-2 weeks and decorated with ornaments made by schoolchildren that celebrate the Capitol’s centennial.
The Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be on Friday, December 1 from noon-1 PM in the Capitol Rotunda.
Choose Life Wisconsin/Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling received her brand new Choose Life license plates in the mail yesterday. In the video below, she demonstrates how to assemble the plate and shows how the plate looks once it is ready for attaching to your vehicle.
To learn more about how to obtain your Choose Life Wisconsin license plate, click HERE.
Did you already receive your plate? Send us your photo(s) of you with your Choose Life plate at [email protected]
Where: Wisconsin State Capitol, Room 417 North (GAR Hall)
When: 10 AM, Nov. 14th, 2017
Why: Your voice is needed at the State Capitol! Please come to register in support and even testify in favor of AB 550, one of the bills that makes up the Heal Without Harm Legislative Initiative.
AB 550, Unborn Child Disposition and Anatomical Gift Act, will make certain that families who have suffered the loss of a child due to miscarriage or stillbirth are given information about their options for the final disposition of their child, and the opportunity to donate their child’s remains. In addition, the bill requires the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to study the feasibility of developing ethical fetal tissue and umbilical cord blood banks in Wisconsin for use in research.
If you plan on attending the hearing in the Assembly Committee on Health, email the coalition at [email protected] so we can connect with you and get you more resources!
Can’t make it to the hearing?
Consider submitting written testimony! Email the coalition at [email protected] for more information.
Contact your legislators and ask them:
To co-sponsor the Heal Without Harm Legislative Initiative if they haven’t already
Ensure a public hearing is held in the Assembly for AB 549, AB 550’s companion bill, ASAP
Ensure both bills are passed in both houses ASAP
Don’t know who your legislators are? Go to legis.wisconsin.gov and type in your home address under “Who Are My Legislators” or call the Legislative Hotline: 1-800-362-9472.
Questions? Take some time to visit our Q&A to learn more about this critical issue.
Wisconsin FamilIf this bill were to become law, Wisconsin would be the first state to lower the legal drinking age. Drinking alcohol in Wisconsin is endemic. A 2015 report showed Wisconsin to be the heaviest drinking state in the country and in 2016 a report showed 12 of the top 20 drunkest American cities are in Wisconsin. I can’t imagine this bill makes things better in any way.
I was born in L.A. in 1984. The year marked the beginning of the crack cocaine epidemic that would sweep the nation, springing from South Central L.A. The Black community was hit hardest. The “Crack Epidemic” was a major factor in fetal deaths increasing by 25%, low birth weights increasing by 10%, and the number of Black children being placed into foster care more than doubling.
This was the world my identical twin sister and I were born into. Our birth mother conceived twins at age 40, was rumored to be living in a garage in South Central, and was almost certainly addicted to crack. This would be her 9th pregnancy and final delivery–identical twin girls. (more…)
For over two decades, National Adoption Month has been promoted and celebrated every November in communities across the country. Many national, State, and local agencies as well as foster, kinship care, and adoptive family groups will help spread the word through programs, events, and activities that help raise awareness for thousands of children and youth in foster care who are waiting for permanent, loving families. Currently, Wisconsin has over 1,300 children in foster care awaiting adoption.
“Adoption is close to our hearts at Wisconsin Family Council, partly because I am adopted,” shares WFA president Julaine Appling, “But also because we know adoption is often a very good option for a woman who is considering an abortion. So this month we will be doing a special emphasis on adoption through our Wisconsin Family Minute because we believe giving children a forever earthly family is life-changing!”
Click HERE to learn more from Evangelical Child and Family Agency (ECFA) about adoption, pregnancy counseling, post-legal adoption services as well as how you can help those considering adoption.
Earlier this week the State Assembly Family Law Committee held a hearing on a bill that would completely remove Wisconsin’s decades-old waiting period after a divorce before a remarriage. Currently the waiting period is 6 months from the time a divorce is finalized before remarriage can happen. The bill is authored by Republican Representative Cindi Duchow (R-Delafield) and supported by six other Republicans and four Democrats, including just one Senator, Democrat Janis Ringhand (Evansville) who is the senate author. Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, testified in opposition to the proposal.
“Statistics show remarriages are more vulnerable to divorce than first marriages,” says Julaine, “Removing this reasonable waiting period sets remarriages up for problems that could very easily result in yet another divorce. When children are involved, it’s especially important to have this waiting period. It’s time to consider children, not just adult desires.”
An ordinance that has been deemed “anti-discriminatory” has been proposed and is awaiting a vote by the De Pere Common Council on November 7 at 7:30 p.m.. Click HERE to read the earliest public reference to the ordinance.
Essentially the proposal adds gender identity and gender expression to the list of protected classes in the city’s anti-discrimination laws related to housing, employment and public accommodations. There are some exceptions in the housing policy—for instance it doesn’t apply to religious organizations that own homes used for their members or rented to their members; and it doesn’t apply to a home owner who owns no more than 3 single-family dwellings that he may rent or live in. It also doesn’t apply to a situation where an owner of a duplex, triplex or quadplex lives in one of the units and rents out the others. The main group the housing ordinance appears to be going after is owners of condominium developments, apartments, townhouses, etc…or we suppose a builder who develops a subdivision and is looking to sell the homes built in that development. (more…)
WHAT: De Pere Common Council Meeting WHEN: Tuesday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: City Hall, Council Chambers, 335 S. Broadway, De Pere, WI
HERE’S THE “WHY”: Your De Pere Common Council will be voting on Tuesday, November 7, on an ordinance they declare is “anti-discriminatory” in nature. The ordinance prohibits discrimination in housing, employment and places of public accommodation against some 20-odd groups of protected classes of citizens. Included among those classes is “gender identity/gender expression.”
Do you think private businesses in De Pere should be forced to allow men in the women’s restrooms or changing rooms? Should churches or religious organizations that encourage the public to attend their services be forced to allow men in the women’s restrooms or changing rooms or vice versa?
The City of De Pere proposed ordinance was recently introduced by Alderperson Casey Nelson, who just this past April was elected to the Common Council. The earliest reference we can find to this policy is in the minutes from the September 12, 2017 Finance/Personnel Committee meeting.
The Board of Health passed the proposed ordinance on Monday, October 23. Alderman Nelson and Alderman Ryan Jennings are on the Board of Health. Now the full Common Council will consider the ordinance for a vote on Tuesday, November 7. The public will be given an opportunity to express their opinion on this proposed policy/ordinance.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
1)Call your common council member, the mayor and all of the members of the council expressing your concern and opinion. Click HEREto access contact information for the De Pere mayor and Common Council members.
2) Share this information with other residents of De Pere. Encourage them to contact their council member and also attend the meeting on Tuesday, November 7.
3) Make sure your pastor and ministry leaders know about the meeting on Tuesday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall in the Council Chambers, 335 S. Broadway, De Pere.
4) Pray! Pray that God will change hearts and minds of the decision makers the good people of De Pere have elected to the Common Council.
For more information on how this ordinance could impact local businesses, religious ministries, etc., clickHERE.
Your help is needed NOW! Efforts are underway to end the trafficking and use of aborted unborn children in Wisconsin. The Heal Without Harm (HWH) Legislative Initiative – Senate Bill 423 and Senate Bill 424, both authored by Sen. Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls), would ban the trade and use of aborted fetal body parts and instead encourage the ethical donation of tissue from children who are stillborn or miscarried.
Neither bill has received a public hearing, and time is running short. If the bills do not receive a public hearing and pass out of the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee before November 3rd,they will not become law this session.(more…)
Seven months after two bills were given to State Senate President Republican Roger Roth, they are now finally formally introduced. Senate rules stipulate that the Senate President is to “promptly” introduce bills given to him from senate authors. Introduction includes getting a bill number and a committee assignment, the first major steps in the legislative process. (more…)
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is instructing all federal agencies to ensure to the “greatest extent practicable and permitted by law” that the religious beliefs of people, businesses, churches and other organizations are accommodated and not burdened by the federal government.
In response to President Donald Trump’s executive order in May, which called on the Department of Justice to issue guidance interpreting religious liberty protections in federal law and guide all agencies in compliance, the Justice Department issued a sweeping guidance on religious freedom that was released [last] Friday.
“It’s been a long time since we’ve seen this type of constitutional analysis of religious freedom,” says WFA president Julaine Appling, “It’s refreshing and encouraging. Hopefully it will stop some of the blatant assaults against our First Amendment rights. What we can’t afford is to assume because we have these directives now, that we will have them in the future. The price of freedom really is ongoing vigilance.”
On Thursday, October 19, Wisconsin Christian News will host an event at its new Ministry Center in downtown Marshfield. Wisconsin Family Council (WFC) president Julaine Appling will be the guest speaker that evening and will present “Punching Holes in the Darkness: Equipping Christians to Bring Light to the Critical Issues of Today” from 6 to 8 p.m. Topics for the evening will include family breakdown, sexual anarchy, sanctity of life, assaults on Christians and religious freedoms and much more. There will be a lively, interactive Q&A time following the presentation.
Find out what you can do to strengthen, preserve and promote marriage, family, life and liberty in Wisconsin.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the Wisconsin Christian News Expo. We hope to see you there!
The Heal Without Harm Coalition, comprised of Wisconsin Family Action, Wisconsin Right to Life, Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Catholic Conference welcomed the introduction this past Monday of the two-bill Heal Without Harm Initiative in the state senate. The complementary bills seek to demonstrate respect for unborn children by outlawing the future exploitation of aborted children for fetal body parts and by providing scientists with ethical sources of fetal tissue from miscarried or stillborn babies. The bills are currently in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“Wisconsin Family Action is proud to be part of this unprecedented pro-life coalition,” says Julaine Appling, WFA president. “Our state has an extraordinary opportunity to lead the nation by championing research that is ethical, innovative, and effective. We look forward to a thoughtful public debate on this issue at a public hearing and hope for this legislative initiative ultimately to become the law.”
On September 25, 2017, WisEye senior producer Steve Walters discussed ethical scientific research with members of Heal Without Harm, a coalition of organizations and citizens dedicated to working with the scientific community to encourage it toward ethical research. Click HERE to watch the interview on Wisconsin Eye.
American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks recently wrote online about the deception of state lotteries. He notes the majority of lottery tickets are sold to those in lower income brackets and that often lottery advertising is targeted in those communities. Many receive food stamps and other government benefits. They finance lottery tickets by cutting down on necessities such as food and payment of other bills, further entrenching poverty. Brooks calls for government to stop selling poor people a mirage of the American dream at the end of a convenience-store line.
The budget just passed in Wisconsin adds $1 million per year to the already bloated and unconstitutional lottery advertising budget. It just makes no sense to push the lottery on people who can least afford it and then turn around and give them taxpayer funded benefits. If we’re serious about alleviating poverty we need to ditch the state lottery.
Attend one of our upcoming events in your community. Click HERE for more information.
September 25, 2017 – Last week the Wisconsin legislature passed the state’s two-year $76 billion budget. Governor Walker, who has the nation’s strongest gubernatorial veto power, has already indicated 99 items he will be vetoing in full or in part. Included in this budget and not scheduled for any veto by the governor is the closing down of the state’s same-sex-only statewide domestic partnership registry that became law through then-Governor Jim Doyle’s budget in 2009. Another domestic partnership registry for state employees, whether same-sex or opposite-sex, is also shut down.
We are thrilled these domestic partnership registries are going away. The same-sex-only one, now that the courts have forced same-sex marriage on all states, is discriminatory and the other registry for state employees is expensive. More important, however, is that both registries very much undermine marriage, the state’s most important institution.