FREE *NEW* Guide for Pastors/Churches from Alliance Defending Freedom

adfAlliance Defending Freedom has announced the release of the newest edition of its free legal guide for churches and ministries regarding political engagement. Alliance Defending Freedom is a not-for-profit legal advocacy group that for 22 years has focused on protecting the right of individuals and churches to freely live out their faith and their mission. The guide is available online HERE or by calling 888-378-7395.

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Council, says the timing of this new edition is perfect, “With this fall’s major election now less than 60 days away, more and more people are getting informed and involved. Churches and pastors need to know what the law says about what they can and cannot do regarding elections, issues, and candidates. The truth is, as is clear in this guide, pastors and churches have much more freedom than most think they do in this area. They just need to use it.”

Transgender policies trounce on privacy rights of majority of students

Wausau_School_District_emblemOn Monday, September 12, the Wausau School Board will consider for the second time guidelines regarding giving special rights and protections to transgender students. These guidelines use the letter circulated to all US school districts by the federal government last May as the primary reason for this action. However, in a case involving Wisconsin, a federal judge recently put a hold on the implementation of the financial threats made in this letter—threats of withholding federal funds if schools don’t provide these special rights and protections.

We know this is happening in Wausau. It’s undoubtedly happening in many other Wisconsin school districts and we just don’t know about it. Parents of students      in the public schools need to remind school officials that with this federal judge’s decision there is no reason whatsoever to rush into these dangerous policies that trounce on the privacy rights of the majority of students. 

State Pro-Family PAC Releases Another Round of Endorsements

Madison, WI – Today, Wisconsin Family Action PAC announces another round of candidates it has endorsed for this fall’s general election.  Additional endorsements may be forthcoming prior to November 8.

Federal Candidates                                                        

Peter Theron, Congressional District 2
Jim Sensenbrenner, Congressional District 5
Glenn Grothman, Congressional District 6

State Senate Candidates                                                               

Tom Tiffany, Senate District 12
Dave Craig, Senate District 28

State Assembly Candidates

André Jacque, Assembly District 2
Rob Hutton, Assembly District 13
Paul Tittl, Assembly District 25
Terry Katsma, Assembly District 26
Cody Horlacher, Assembly District 33
Mary Czaja, Assembly District 35
Joel Kleefisch, Assembly District, 38
Mark Born, Assembly District 39
Jeremy Thiesfeldt, Assembly District 52
Michel Schraa, Assembly District 53
Rob Brooks, Assembly District 60
Pat Snyder, Assembly District 85

WFA PAC director Julaine Appling comments, “We are proud to endorse these candidates who have shown themselves to be true conservatives. They are pro-family, pro-life and pro-liberty, as well as pro-free market and pro-limited government. We wish each of them well as they run to win on November 8.”

WFA PAC endorses and supports candidates who support strengthening, preserving and promoting marriage, family, life and religious liberty in Wisconsin.

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WFA – A Unique Organization with a Unique Mission

Here’s an example of how unique and singular we are in this state.

In the fall of 2015, seeing everything that was happening with the transgender/gender identity issue, with our backing Rep. Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) and Sen. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) introduced a bill transgenderismthat would have required all WI public school districts to designate restrooms and changing rooms, including locker rooms, as being exclusively for either boys or girls. The bill further required that students use the facilities that correspond with their biological sex, as recorded on their birth certificate.  Students and/or parents could request special permission to use a single-user facility for any reason, and the school would have been required to accommodate that request.

When the bill had a hearing in the State Assembly Education Committee, no other group whatsoever showed up to testify in favor of the bill other than WFA and our attorney. We arranged for a couple of other individuals to join us—citizens who had fought the battle in their local schools and a family therapist who has some professional background in this issue. That was it. Of course those opposing the bill had group after group testify against the proposal.

Check out the groups that registered with the Government Accountabilibity Board on this bill. You’ll see what we mean. Start at the top and scroll all the way down, noting the red down arrows and the green up arrows.

It didn’t (and doesn’t) matter to us, really. Right is right. Good is good. Protecting all children in our public schools is vitally important. That’s why we worked with the legislators, spoke to the media, showed up and spoke at the hearing and continue to this very minute working doggedly on this issue. Though no one join us, we will keep standing for what is good and right.

FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKS OBAMA’S SWEEPING TRANSGENDER POLICY

Wisconsin is part of lawsuit initiated by Texas

Madison – Today a Texas federal judge stopped the enforcement of Obama’s “bathrooms” edict, which, among other things, would have forced Wisconsin schools to allow boys into girls’ bathrooms, shower rooms and locker rooms.  Earlier this summer, at the direction of Governor Scott Walker and Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, Wisconsin joined this lawsuit. 

This past May, President Obama’s administration sent a non-binding letter to schools across the nation with only a thinly veiled threat to take away Title IX funding if schools do not adopt the administration’s rule to allow boys into girls’ showers, locker rooms, bathrooms and vice versa. Included in the directive is allowing boys to play on girls’ sports teams and girls’ on the boys’ teams, as well as urging faculty and staff to use “appropriate” pronouns when addressing transgendered students.

A total of 23 states are suing the Obama administration because of the dangerous guidelines and the gross overreach of the federal government into the right of states and individual school districts to self-govern, especially in the area of education.  Today’s ruling can be found here: http://wifamilyaction.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Harrold-ISD-PI-Order-8.21.16.pdf

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on the issue by implementing a temporary hold on a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit that would have forced a Virginia school district to implement a school bathroom policy that forces schools to allow boys into girls’ restrooms.

Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling commented, “We are thankful Governor Walker and Attorney General Brad Schimel had Wisconsin join this lawsuit and are pushing back against this gross federal overreach. Our state and our schools should have every right to implement policies that protect the privacy rights of all students. ”

This past legislative session, Wisconsin Family Action worked with legislators to introduce legislation that would protect the privacy rights of all students, not give a select few special rights and privileges.  Unfortunately, that bill did not pass. However, lead authors Rep. Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) and Sen. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) have said they will return with a similar effort in the new session.

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WFA President Speaks Out On Milwaukee Violence

 

“What does epidemic fatherlessness look like?,” queried WFA president Julaine Appling, “It looks like what happened in Milwaukee this past weekend. Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has numerous times talked about how devastating the breakdown of the family unit is, particularly in communities like Milwaukee,” she answers. “When fathers are absent, especially in the lives of boys growing up in an inner city environment, crime—including violent crime—typically escalates. Boys in a unique way need their fathers to show them how real men act, how they resolve differences, how they treat women and how they provide for those they love.

“Today in Milwaukee, 80% of the babies are born to single moms. In many cases, these children will grow up never knowing who their father is, let alone having any relationship with him. This will pretty well doom them to poverty and will negatively impact virtually every aspect of their lives. We must begin restoring a culture of marriage and family everywhere, but especially in our inner cities.”

 

State Pro-Family PAC-Endorsed Candidates Have Good Showing in Primary Election

Madison, WI – “We are proud of the candidates we endorsed,” said Julaine Appling, Wisconsin Family Action PAC director. “And we congratulate those who prevailed in their primary contests yesterday.  We look forward to having these candidates take their pro-family, pro-life, pro-liberty message to an even bigger audience in their respective general-election races.”

WFA PAC candidates won in 4 out of 6 races in which WFA PAC had endorsed candidates.

Appling continued, “In November, we anticipate that these individuals will prevail because voting citizens will recognize that their total-package conservative positions will truly keep Wisconsin on the right track. The policies and positions they champion and will implement are good for Wisconsin’s best natural resource—her traditional families—and that means they are good for Wisconsin. We wish these candidates all the best as they gear up for the final stretch in this election cycle.”

Senate District 18

Dan Feyen

Senate District 32

Dan Kapanke

Assembly District 3

Ron Tusler

Assembly District 83

Chuck Wichgers

WFA PAC endorses and supports candidates who strengthen, preserve and promote marriage, family, life and religious liberty in Wisconsin.

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Pro-Family PAC Rescinds Endorsement of State Assembly Candidate

Wisconsin Family Action PAC responds to insinuation of “religious extremist”

Madison –  Today, the Wisconsin Family Action PAC (WFA PAC) rescinded its endorsement of Steve Whittow, candidate for the 83rd Assembly District.  WFA PAC director Julaine Appling issued the following statement:

“Wisconsin Family Action PAC vets as thoroughly as possible the candidates we endorse. In this instance, new information has very recently come to light. Steve Whittow used the term ‘religious extremists’ on his official campaign Facebook page (posted August 2; recently deleted).  In context he was referring to various people who have come into the district to help one of his primary opponents, Chuck Wichgers. Steve wrote, ‘I’ll be loyal TO YOU, NOT SPECIAL INTERESTS and religious extremists.’ (Emphasis in original)

“We have learned that those coming into the district or giving money to help Chuck Wichgers, another WFA PAC-endorsed candidate, are State Representatives Joe Sanfellipo, Janel Brandtjen, André Jacque and Pro-Life Wisconsin. In an email to Steve, WFA PAC sought to clarify just who he was referring to but received only a statement that he was saying anything about WFA PAC. However, all 3 of the state representatives are WFA PAC-endorsed candidates; and Pro-Life Wisconsin is a front-line partner for us on pro-life issues. We would by association be included in that term—a term we categorically reject in reference to these staunchly pro-family, pro-life, pro-liberty elected officials and our friends at Pro-Life Wisconsin.

“Steve also seems to be disparaging of our core issues of marriage, family, life and religious liberty. In another Facebook post (dated July 29), he touts the endorsement of Wisconsin Realtors and says, ‘A candidate supported by them [WRA] must understand the plethora of issues facing state government not just the emotional ones.’  We asked Steve to clarify what issues he was referring to as “’emotional ones.’ We assume, based on context, he must be referring to the issues of life, marriage, family and even religious freedom. Steve did not respond to our request for clarification. As we categorically reject and condemn the term ‘religious extremists’ as applied to those supporting the pro-life, pro-family position, we also categorically reject the idea that the foundational issues of marriage, family, life and religious freedom are ‘emotional.’ In the context in which Steve used this term, it is disparaging.

“We do not endorse lightly and we definitely do not take the drastic action of rescinding an endorsement lightly. But in this instance we believe reconsidering and ultimately rescinding our endorsement of this candidate is the right thing to do. We will never knowingly endorse a candidate who holds and publicly states these opinions about pro-life champions and about the critical issues of marriage, family, life and religious freedom.

“WFA PAC urges voters in the 83rd Assembly District to vote for Chuck Wichgers in the primary election this coming Tuesday, August 9.  If a candidate is known by the company he keeps and those who support him, then we are doubly proud to have endorsed Chuck in this race.”

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WFA HELPS WISCONSIN VOTERS FIND INFORMATION ON CANDIDATES

Hard-to-find background information becomes available at one online resource

Madison – As part of an ongoing voter education effort, Wisconsin Family Action (WFA) has announced today that it once again has partnered with iVoterGuide to provide Wisconsin citizens with unbiased, easily accessible background information on candidates running for state and federal office here in Wisconsin. WFA’s goal with this robust voter guide is to serve as an asset and tool for those voters looking for sometimes hard-to-find information on the candidates running for office, such as donations and endorsements from political action committees. In addition, the candidates are rated on a scale of very liberal to very conservative, giving users a general overview of how a panel of their peers believes these candidates would govern if elected.

“We are really excited about the new user-friendly interface of this exceptional online voter information resource. Over the years we have had countless voters from across the state come to us looking for a convenient, one-stop website that fairly presented background information on the candidates that would be appearing on their ballots, and we believe that the 2016 WFA iVoterguide will exceed their expectations,” said Julaine Appling, president of WFA.

The release of the WFA iVoterguide is well timed with in-person early voting having already begun for the Tuesday, August 9th Wisconsin Primary Election.

“With early absentee voting already starting, we believe this resource will be a valuable educational tool for those voters looking to cast a more informed ballot this fall, both in the primary and general elections.” Appling continued.

The Wisconsin iVoterguide can be accessed through the WFA website at: wifamilyaction.org, or simply by visiting wifa.ivoterguide.com.

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Pro-Family PAC Endorses Candidates for US House of Representatives, State Senate, State Assembly

Madison – Wisconsin Family Action Political Action Committee (WFA PAC) announced today that it has endorsed the following candidates in the respective races for the August 9 primary election:

US House of Representatives

Frank Lasee – Congressional District 8

State Senate

Mark Elliott – Senate District 18

Dan Feyen – Senate District 18

Dan Kapanke – Senate District 32

State Assembly

Christopher Schaefer – Assembly District 3

Ron Tusler – Assembly District 3

Tony Zammit – Assembly District 67

Steve Whittow – Assembly District 83

Chuck Wichgers – Assembly District 83

Julaine Appling, Director of WFA PAC, commented on the endorsements:

“WFA PAC is very pleased to endorse these candidates, who have met the stringent requirements necessary to receive our support.  They have each shown that they understand that to lead Wisconsin and our nation properly, to ensure our future, our best natural resource—our families—must be strengthened and preserved.  These candidates are committed to doing that by working to, among other things, reduce government regulation, improve the business climate in order to encourage job creation, ensure families can make their own health-care choices, protect human life, and strengthen the institution of marriage.  These are values WFA PAC shares with these candidates and with thousands of Wisconsin citizens in their respective districts.

We believe voters this fall will find themselves in agreement with these Wisconsin citizens who have stepped out and taken on the daunting job of running for office.  WFA PAC wishes them the very best as they take their message to their fellow citizens.”

WFA PAC will be releasing additional endorsements for the general election after the primary election has been completed.

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WFA Appling Pleased With 2016 national Republican Platform

From LifeNews:

On a voice vote at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland Ohio today, GOP delegates from every state and territory in the nation adopted what pro-life advocates consider to be the strongest pro-life platform the Republican party has ever adopted.

>>>>READ MORE HERE

Headshot_JulaineAppling“I am definitely not always proud of Republicans,” says Wisconsin Family Action president, Julaine Appling (photo, left), “Too often they sell out on their principles. That said, I am very pleased with the 2016 national Republican platform.  It’s truly a conservative platform. Now we the people need to hold Republican elected officials at all levels of government accountable for supporting the platform of the party with which they choose to be affiliated.”

 

Wisconsin Family Prosperity Index Shows “Lackluster” Activity, Low Marriage Rate

FAMILY PROSPERITY INDEXAccording to the Wisconsin Family Prosperity Report released yesterday, a major factor holding Wisconsin back from moving into the top 10 ranked states is our low marriage rate, which is one of the 57 datasets evaluated for the Family Prosperity Index. Marriage rate is part of the Family Structure category authors American Conservative Union economists Dr. Wendy Warcholik and J. Scott Moody use in their analysis.

The Wisconsin report is available online HERE.

A state’s marriage rate is very telling. Wisconsin’s marriage rate has dropped nearly 40% since 1980. Research continues to show marriage is good for the man, woman and children in a marriage and also very good for society as a whole.  For instance, it’s by far the best antidote to poverty. For the sake of all Wisconsin citizens, we need to begin reversing this negative trend.

US SUPREME COURT BULLIES STATES, ENDANGERS WOMEN Wisconsin’s hospital admitting privileges law for abortionists in jeopardy

Madison – Today the US Supreme Court handed down 5-3 decision that epitomizes and perpetuates the liberals’ war on women.

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is a case filed in Texas by pro-abortion activists, alleging the state had in 2013 enacted unconstitutional restrictions on abortion. The restrictions included requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges to a hospital with 30 miles of where the abortions are done. Wisconsin recently enacted a similar law.

“Among other things, this is yet another example of the federal government bullying states.  But more importantly this ruling endangers women. Instead of protecting women, this court has put them at greater risk during abortions,” said Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action.

“Pro-abortion advocates want us to believe abortion is pretty much a risk-free procedure. That’s just not true. Thousands of women suffer complications from abortions, some requiring hospitalization. A compassionate society does all it can to protect women in this situation. That’s why we passed this law in Wisconsin. We weren’t trying to inhibit a woman’s access. We were, as always, seeking the woman’s well-being and safety. This court has put its liberal political agenda ahead of what is best for women,” Appling continued.

Court experts say the impact of the high court’s ruling on Wisconsin’s law is unclear.

Under the leadership of Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, in cooperation with Governor Walker, Wisconsin filed a friend of the court brief in this case, supporting the right of the state to pass reasonable laws to protect women seeking an abortion.

Appling commented, “We are proud of and thankful for Governor Walker and Attorney General Schimel for defending our law and the women in our state. It’s beyond unfortunate that five unelected and unaccountable lawyers in black robes put our law and our women in danger.”

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New York City – Why I’m Not There Today

As I write this, many of my conservative Christian colleagues from around the country2016-Election.gif are in New York City attending a meeting billed as a “conversation” with Donald Trump. Perhaps you’ve heard about this “conversation.” It’s been talked about a fair amount in the media of late.

The “conversation” was initiated by a number of national Christian leaders, including James Dobson, Tony Perkins, Bob Vander Plaats, Phil Buress, and others.  Donald Trump agreed to attend.  If the reports I’ve received from those attending are accurate, about 700 conservative Christian leaders are there.

Perhaps you’ve wondered if I or anyone from Wisconsin Family Action (WFA) or Wisconsin Family Council (WFC) is in NYC today and if we are why you haven’t heard from us about this “historic” meeting and if we’re not there, why we aren’t attending. Those are legitimate questions. First, know that we were invited—by at least 3 of the organizing groups and by individual sponsors.  So our absence has nothing to do with our not being invited. (more…)

We Can’t Tell You What You Need to Know in 144 Characters – MUST READ

NOTE: WE KNOW THIS IS LONG! BUT PLEASE READ IT. IT’S TRULY IMPORTANT. 

On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, with a clear mission of fighting Nazi Germany. By day’s end, the Allied Forces hadD-day_-_British_Forces_during_the_Invasion_of_Normandy_6_Jun prevailed–but at a high cost. More than 9000 Allied troops were killed or wounded. BUT, the foothold they gained that day at Normandy allowed more than 100,000 troops to begin moving slowly but surely across Europe to eventually defeat Adolf Hitler and his forces.

On that June day 72 years ago, a few stood up for the many. Some of those comparative few gave the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. Their duty was to face evil head on and destroy it. They did–and we today still enjoy the benefits of their standing up for us, our way of life and our values.

Some say the culture wars are over in America. They are wrong. I know they are wrong because I know evil doesn’t rest, doesn’t sleep, doesn’t take a vacation. Evil is always with us because Satan is real and very active. He especially focuses on children–and I believe the so-called cultural war is really spiritual warfare and right now the focus is children.

Consider the following from Washington State. And please know I know it’s not fun to read this stuff. I’m sorry we have to report it, but we would be derelict in our duty if we didn’t alert you. We want you forewarned and forearmed for the sake of the children in your life.

Our sister family policy council organization in Washington State, Family Policy Institute of Washington, recently reported that the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction will be implementing a new curriculum next year that requires students to learn the following :

  • Beginning in Kindergarten, students will be taught about the many ways to express gender.  Gender expression education will include information about the manifestations of traits that are typically associated with one gender. Cross-dressing is one form of gender expression.
  • Third graders will be introduced to the concept of gender identity.  These children will be taught that they can choose their own gender.
  • Fourth graders will be expected to “define sexual orientation,” which refers to whether a person identifies as heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual; they’ll also be taught about HIV prevention.  Children in fourth grade will be told that they can choose their sexual orientation.
  • Fourth and fifth graders will learn about the relativity of gender roles and why such roles are social constructs that are not inherent to who we are as male or female human beings.
  • Seventh graders will be expected to “distinguish between biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.”
  • High school students will critically “evaluate how culture, media, society, and other people influence our perceptions of gender roles, sexuality, relationships, and sexual orientation.”

Next year, Washington State public school children as young as 5 years old will be taught about “gender fluidity” and the difference between gender and sexual identity. This is outrageous. It is wrong. It is dangerous. Is Wisconsin next? I’d say it’s only a matter of time unless and until Wisconsin citizens stand up and say enough is enough. Remember–these are children! What a vicious attack on them. 

Wondering how this ties into the opening of this email? Well, here’s how. Right now there is absolutely no organization in this state other than Wisconsin Family Action and our sister organization Wisconsin Family Council that is standing up for you on this issue. Of course, that assumes you agree with us that this uber-aggressive sexualized agenda is wrong and dangerous. No other organization is speaking up in the media, contacting members of the state legislature, the Attorney General’s office, and the Governor’s office telling them they need to push back–and push back hard–against President Obama’s unconstitutional mandate that forces every public school in the country to let biologial boys use the girls’ restrooms, locker rooms, and shower rooms and vice versa. Wisconsin Family Action is the only organization that has organized a statewide petition, created a petition citizens can use for their own school district, hosted a statewide teleconference call, written letters to the editor and more.

If you know me at all, you know I don’t brag about our work. So please know I’m not bragging now. I am simply telling the truth. Friends, we are it on this issue (and also on anything to do with marriage, family and religious freedom). If you know of others who are actually doing something and not just talking, we’d love to know so we can work with them. We are storming the beaches of Normandy with everything we have–and I am telling you our resources are meager.  This has been an amazingly tough year for us financially–and that’s not meant to alarm. It’s just true. However, we are honored more than I can tell you to stand up for you and your values right now. Your partnership with us financially, in prayer, and in doing some of what is listed below is incredibly important. Please don’t underestimate that. We believe our children are worth doing everything we can to stop this current evil insanity. 

I could never make up what you read above from Washington State. And I’m not overstating it when I say it could be in Wisconsin soon. Now…here are a few options in terms of how you can respond.

  1. Be outraged. Natural inclination but not especially productive. (But I do sincerely hope you are absolutely outraged.)
  2. Share this email!
  3. Sign our Petition – join the statewide effort we’ve initiated to protect our schools and our children.
  4. Contact the school district Superintendent in your area (click here for contact info; just choose your county from the drop-down menu and then your specific school district. Click on the school district’s name on the left of the line and the contact info will come up) and ask them what kind of policy or health and education standards they have regarding gender identity and sexual orientation. Ask to see the policy or guideline and what is being recommended/required to be taught at each grade.
  5. Contact school board members in your district and ask them the same kind of questions. (School board members can be found on the individual district’s website, which also shows up when you follow the info in #3 above.)
  6. Let us know what you find out.  Send responses you receive to [email protected], and we’ll publicize the results and provide additional ways you can affect change.
  7. Pray! Frequently, urgently, earnestly. Join with others. Pray as a family, as a church. Surely we are not content to just let this war on our children go on without praying for God to intervene.
  8. Invest financially. We need you, and we need you right now. It takes resources to fight; resources to stand. Imagine if our soldiers had stormed Normandy without guns or tanks or ships or aircraft. It’s the same in this battle; we need resources to be effective. If you want a tax deduction for your investment, click HERE.

Thank you for reading this, for sharing it, for taking action, for joining us as we together storm Normandy–on behalf of the children. Together we can face and even defeat the evil that is currently out to destroy our children. We are incredibly honored to stand up for you and your values–regardless of the cost! My prayer is that 72 years from now there will be people who will look back and be grateful we stood and stood strong.

Julaine Appling, WFA President

“Me Before You” is THEM Duping US

DON’T LET HOLLYWOOD DUPE YOU

Planning to hit the local theater to see “Me Before You?” If so, you may want to read this first before you open your wallet for this emotionally manipulative film.

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WFA president Julaine Appling warns, “The movie’s goal is for all of us to accept legalized physician assisted suicide. The movie is wrong. People who commit suicide are not loving and selfless heroes. In truth suicide is probably the most selfish act a person can do. Parents—please be proactive on this issue. Talk to your children often about the sanctity and dignity of all human life.”

CLICK HERE to read the movie review from Plugged In.

WISCONSIN JOINS STATES PROTECTING PRIVACY AND SAFETY OF STUDENTS

Wisconsin Family Action Commends Attorney General Brad Schimel and DOJ

Madison – Today the Wisconsin Department of Justice joined a lawsuit filed by Texas against the Obama Administration and its Department of Justice.  The lawsuit challenges the federal government’s recent release of “guidelines” regarding Title IX , which includes an unconstitutional redefinition of the term “sex,” to include “gender identity.”

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, commented, “We commend and thank Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel for taking the leadership on this on behalf of all Wisconsin citizens.  Governor Walker and the Wisconsin Department of Justice have repeatedly pushed back against the unconstitutional overreach of the federal government.  This time, the overreach threatens the well-being of our children—Wisconsin’s most valuable resource, to be sure.

With its recent release of the Title IX “guidelines” affecting every public school in the country, and extending to universities and colleges that receive federal funding, the Administration has proven it will stop at nothing to push its agenda — even if it means sacrificing the privacy and safety of the nation’s children.

“There’s much more at stake in this than the blatant federal government power grab.  Real students at every grade level will be affected by the policies this mandate forces on our schools.  I am sure our state leaders are as concerned as I am for the well-being, privacy rights and safety of our students.  I am especially grateful for state legislators such as Rep. Jesse Kremer, who truly understands this issue and repeatedly has provided leadership to protect the privacy rights of all students. After this attempt by the federal government to usurp Wisconsin’s authority in its own schools, I am sure many other state legislators will join him,” said Appling.

While some try to make it appear that these sweeping changes are completely innocuous, more and more women who have been victims of transgender policies in restrooms, locker rooms and showers—the very places included in Obama’s decree—are speaking up. Wisconsin Family Action and the Family Policy Alliance, a national group working with 40 state-based family policy groups, have been working to tell some of the stories of these women.  Kate is one of those women.

“Nobody asked me first,” Kate said. “I felt completely violated. I left there shaking because I felt, ‘No one is looking out for me.’ There are no safeguards in place whatsoever. There’s no reassurance that somebody can’t come in with harmful intentions.”  Watch Ask Me First: Kate.

In addition to its ongoing statewide leadership on this issue, yesterday, Wisconsin Family Action joined over 30 state level groups, as well as Family Policy Alliance and Family Research Council in sending a letter to U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other leaders in Congress, urging them to take legislative action against the Obama Administration’s mandate that puts an agenda over the best interest of children.

Read the letter here.

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MILWAUKEE & DANE COUNTY CLERKS BLATANTLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL

Wisconsin Family Action calls on Attorney General to stop the lawlessness

Madison – Last Friday, Milwaukee County Clerk Joe Czarnezki and Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell announced they are now issuing domestic partnership registrations to opposite-sex couples, in direct violation of existing state law.

In 2009, Governor Doyle and the state legislature enacted as a part of the state’s budget a statewide, same-sex-only domestic partnership registry that in many ways mimics marriage.  Chapter 770 of the state statutes clearly includes the requirement that the two persons involved in this domestic partnership must be “members of the same sex” S.770.05 (5).

“It is unbelievable that these arrogant county clerks think they can just ignore the law and do what they want,” said Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action (WFA).  “This is an amazing overreach of power. They are simply taking matters into their own hands and saying the State Constitution and any other binding law doesn’t matter.  County clerks have absolutely no authority to unilaterally make law.  None whatsoever.”

Wisconsin Family Action has fought against this registry from the time it was proposed.  WFA sued alleging the registry violated the Marriage Protection Amendment passed by nearly 60% of the people in 2006. The case went to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, where WFA lost in 2013.  At no point in these protracted legal proceedings was there anything in any court opinion, including in the Supreme Court’s ruling, indicating that the registry had to include opposite-sex couples.  Likewise, the state legislature has not taken any action whatsoever regarding this registry.

Since last June, WFA has repeatedly asked elected officials, from the Governor down, to dissolve this domestic partnership registry, arguing that in light of the US Supreme Court in June 2015 legalizing same-sex marriage, the registry was no longer needed and was in fact discriminatory against heterosexual couples.  Other than State Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), no official was inclined to take action.

Appling continued, “This registry was in retaliation against the marriage amendment.  Proponents said it wasn’t ‘fair’ that same-sex couples couldn’t get benefits. The liberal progressives wrote and passed this law to try to erode marriage—and now liberals are trying to take it a step further with no legal authority again using the ‘fair’ argument.  Clearly, making marriage utterly meaningless is their endgame. And clearly they will stop at nothing to get what they want—including ignoring the law.  We are calling on Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel to issue an immediate injunction against this lawlessness.”

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OBAMA DECREE ENDANGERS STUDENTS Wisconsin must push back against this unconstitutional power grab

Madison – Today President Obama formalized what he has been threatening for several weeks. Through a letter from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Education (DOE), every public school district in the country has been at least implicitly threatened with loss of federal funding if they don’t provide for transgendered students’ unfettered, unquestioned access to the restrooms and changing rooms of their choice.

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, commented, “President Obama has once again overstepped his authority. The administration cannot unilaterally decide to change the meaning of the word sex as used in Title IX.  Congress, which established Title IX 44 years ago, and the Courts, have never defined sex to include ‘gender orientation.’ Regardless of what he thinks, President Obama is not a king.  He doesn’t get to change the law and issue decrees based on his whims and wishes. That’s not how America works.

“This issue is about the privacy, safety and dignity of all students.  With his edict today, President Obama has essentially put a price tag on the privacy and safety of students—especially female students.  He’s threatened to withhold federal funding if schools don’t conform to his extreme political agenda that includes allowing males in the girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms and girls in the boys’ facilities.  This puts the privacy rights, safety and well-being of all students at risk. And what about girls who have been sexually assaulted? This decree says their fears are meaningless and should not be considered.  At a time when our society is decrying campus and date rape and rails against a so-called ‘war on women,’ you would think the government wouldn’t be interested in putting these women in situations that could easily re-traumatize them.”

Wisconsin Family Action asserts that today’s mandate is completely unnecessary.  Common-sense accommodations are called for, not a blatant usurpation of the right of states and local school districts that takes an extreme and dangerous approach.

Wisconsin Family Action calls on all Wisconsin elected officials and public school administrators to stand against this most recent dictate from President Obama and his administration.  Wisconsin schools must reject this extreme political agenda foisted on our state and our schools by an out-of-control federal government and take reasonable measures to safeguard the privacy rights and safety of all students.

Appling noted, “North Carolina has led the way on this issue and has stood firm; we need to follow their lead.”

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We Stand With North Carolina. Do YOU?

We Stand w NC UNBRANDED (1)

The Obama Administration is bullying our friends in North Carolina,
and we need your help!

As you may remember, Charlotte passed a city ordinance that would’ve threatened women and children’s privacy and safety by permitting men to access their restrooms and locker rooms if they simply claim to identify as female. Thankfully, the North Carolina legislature acted quickly to protect their citizens and passed a law simply undoing the unsafe Charlotte ordinance and ensuring that schoolchildren all across the state would not be forced to encounter someone of the opposite sex in their restroom or locker room. (more…)

NORTH CAROLINA FIGHTS BACK AGAINST OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S BULLYING

Wisconsin Family Action stands with Gov. McCrory

Madison – Today, North Carolina, under the leadership of Governor Pat McCrory (R), responded full-force to the Obama Administration’s bullying regarding the state’s recently enacted, common-sense law (H.B. 2) that protects the bodily privacy and safety of its citizens, especially women and girls.  The state filed a lawsuit today alleging that the federal government has overstepped its bounds with this “baseless and blatant overreach” in threatening to withhold millions of federal dollars to the state if the state doesn’t comply with its interpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling commented, “Led by President Obama, this administration continues its pattern of capriciously circumventing Congress and making law with its outrageous and egregious declarations. This time the Department of Justice is the hammer. Fortunately for all of us, North Carolina has a courageous governor in Pat McCrory—a governor who refuses to be bullied by an out-of-control federal government.

“This issue isn’t just in North Carolina. It’s right here in Wisconsin in various municipalities and in our public schools. Representative Jesse Kremer and Senator Steve Nass authored a bill this last session to address this issue in our public schools. Unfortunately, the bill died in committee. But Rep. Kremer has made it clear, he’s coming back next session with a similar bill that will protect the bodily privacy of students in our public schools.”

The May 4 letter from the Department of Justice to Governor McCrory alleges that H.B. 2 is discriminatory.  The letter references federal Title IX education programs and funding as it relates to the University of North Carolina, which is a veiled threat of stopping the millions of dollars in Title IX funding to UNC. H.B. 2 requires, among other things, that all state employees use the restrooms and changing facilities that correspond to their biological sex as stated on their birth certificates. Title IX is generally interpreted in light of how Title VII is interpreted.

“The net result of the Obama Administration’s action will be the rewriting of Title IX without authority and thereby forcing Obama’s ‘bathroom agenda’ in schools across the country, including in Wisconsin. This is constitutionally wrong, and it is definitely not in the best interest of students. Wisconsin Family Action stands firmly with Governor McCrory against the Department of Justice’s bullying,” Appling stated.

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UPDATE: Over Half Million Pledge to Plant Bulls Eye on Target for Boycott

From The Blaze:

target-logo“Last week, Target Corp. announced that it will continue to allow transgender customers and employees to use the bathrooms and fitting rooms of their preference, regardless of their biological sex. A statement released on Target’s corporate website Tuesday came amid a nationwide legal dispute over whether transgender people should receive special protection under the country’s civil rights provisions. Since that announcement, more than 500,000 people have signed an online pledge  to boycott Target.”

UPDATE 4/27/2016: The number of petition signers has increased to nearly 1,000,000 as of today’s date.

family policy alliance logoThe FAMILY POLICY ALLIANCE (formerly CitizenLink) is also circulating a petition to boycott Target. Click HERE.

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“Most managers of local Target Stores had nothing to do with this directive,” says Julaine Appling, WFA president, “I recommend concerned customers call their local Target stores and ask the manager how he or she plans to ensure the protection and privacy of men, women and in particular children under the new policy especially since it doesn’t require transgenders.”

Contact your local Target Store; contact information HERE.

 

 

Pro-Abortion Industry Escalates War On Women

From Family Research Council:

On March 30, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced changes to the labeling for the Mifeprex®(RU-486) abortion regimen.[1] With these modifications, the FDA accepted wholesale the “off-label” regimen now being used by abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. These changes will greatly lower the already inadequate safety standards that had been put in place when the drug was first approved by the Clinton FDA in 2000.

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WFA president Julaine Appling notes, “With this move, the pro-abortion industry has escalated its war on women. This is a potent combination of drugs and comes with significant side-effects. The lack of research on certain aspects of this new regimen puts women at more risk than under the original protocol. The abortion industry and the FDA should both be held liable.”

 

Eau Claire School Board Places Students at Risk

Eau Claire AreaOn Monday, April 4, the Eau Claire Area School Board on a 6-1 vote passed a policy adding “gender identity” and “gender expression” to its anti-discrimination policy. The policy was pushed by Commissioner Joe Luginbill, who was elected to the board last year. The policy gives the district superintendent broad authority for developing rules and regulations to implement the policy district-wide. While the policy doesn’t specifically mention restroom and locker room access, Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Council, warns parents that doesn’t really matter, “There is no way this policy can ignore the restroom and locker room issue if the board wants the policy complied with. A couple commissioners mentioned single-user facilities—but they didn’t say who would be asked to use those. It should be the very small percentage of students who say they are trans-gendered; not the well over 99% of the students who don’t have gender issues.”

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