We Must Reclaim Parental Rights

“In both the United Kingdom and the United States, the fundamental rights of parents have dangerously eroded, undermining the ability of parents to protect the welfare of their children, instill moral values, and pass on religious beliefs and practices.”

READ MORE HERE

Parental rights are foundational to a strong Wisconsin and a strong America. We support the parental rights amendment at the federal level, but that’s a long, hard process. In the meantime, we need to do what we can here. That’s why we are not too keen on bills that are being passed in our state legislature that cut parents out of knowing what their children are doing.

WFA PAC endorsed Judge Michael Screnock Advances in WI Supreme Court Primary

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Michael Screnock, endorsed by Wisconsin Family Action PAC, was the top vote-getter in yesterday’s Spring Nonpartisan Primary Election. WFA president Julaine Appling stated, “We believe he is exactly the kind of person we need on the Supreme Court. His background and family life, community involvement, legal experience, and judicial philosophy all align with what we are looking for in a judicial candidate.” Screnock currently serves as Sauk County Circuit Judge and will face off against Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet in the General Election on April 3. Congratulations to Judge Michael Screnock!

 

Celebrate National Marriage Week! February 7-14


NATIONAL MARRIAGE WEEK USA is this week, February 7-14. It is a campaign to promote the benefits of traditional marriage, increase marriage education nationwide and build more marital success, which reduces poverty and benefits children.

Goals of National Marriage Week USA
  1. To elevate marriage as a national issue in the media and with policy leaders.

  2. To promote the benefits of marriage, that stronger marriages bring economic stability to individuals and to the nation, and provides the best environment for thriving children.

  3. To create a national calendar for existing, trusted marriage classes, conferences and events where people can find the help they need, or reach out to help others.

Julaine Appling, WFA president, shares, “It’s February. Hallmark tells us it’s time to think about love. It’s also when we celebrate National Marriage Week. With that in mind, thinking about what real love is and about God’s design for marriage is important. Young, in-love couples need to know crises will happen to them in their marriage, but true, godly love endures and grows through these crises.”

LEARN MORE about National Marriage Week USA HERE!

 

 

CALL NOW: Speaker Vos Moves to Kill Fetal Tissue Bills; Removes Them from Committee

Without notice, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) has moved two fetal tissue bills out of their original committees and into the Committee on Assembly Organization. These bills make up the Heal Without Harm Legislative Initiative, (SB 423/AB 549 and SB 424/AB 550), authored by Sen. Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls) and Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc), that would ban the sale and use of body parts from aborted babies and inform parents about the ability to donate their miscarried or stillborn child’s tissue.

If Speaker Vos and the Committee on Assembly Organization do not advance the Heal Without Harm Legislative Initiative, then it can only be assumed that this move is intended to kill these bills.

READ MORE HERE from the Heal Without Harm Coalition.

Make your call NOW.

 

Action Alert: WI Pro-Life Bills moved – why? No vote? #HoldThemAccountable

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 the body parts of aborted babies and instead encourage the donation of tissue for research from children who are stillborn or miscarried.

Without notice, AB 549 and AB 550 have been pulled from their previously assigned committees and put into the Committee on Assembly Organization.

The public has a right to know why these bills were moved and if the committee has any intention of sending them to the floor for a vote.

Please call the members of the Committee on Assembly Organization and ask them:

  1. Why were AB 549 and AB 550 moved to this committee?
  2. Does the committee intend to advance these bills so they can receive a floor vote?

There is precious little time left this legislative session for these bills to advance, so please take action now!

CALL NOW:

Representative Vos (Chair) – (608) 266-9171

Representative Steineke (Vice-Chair) – (608) 266-2418

Representative R. Brooks – (608) 267-2369

Representative August – (608) 266-1190

Representative Knodl – (608) 266-3796

Representative Hintz – (608) 266-2254

Representative Hesselbein – (608) 266-5340

Representative Spreitzer – (608) 266-1192

Primary Election Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate Voter Information Publication

 

CLICK HERE for your downloadable
Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate Primary Election Information Publication!

Less than 20% of voters actually vote in the primary elections in their state. Yet did you know…
• Primaries determine the election?
• In the case of low-voter-turnout elections, your vote matters more than ever?

Wisconsin’s Primary Election is Tuesday, February 20.

That’s less than 3 weeks away! How do you know who to vote for? Who are the candidates? How have incumbents voted in the past?

Click for your Wisconsin Voter Guide. It’s a combination of:
• Voting records/ratings
• Financial contributions
• Endorsements
• Candidate website

Each candidate is evaluated by a panel of volunteers, people like you, who are dedicated to helping others vote wisely.
For general voter information and to see if you have a primary on your ballot, click here.

How Can You Help?
• Access the Voter Publication TODAY. Take a close look.
• Print off and be prepared for the Wisconsin Primary Election on February 20!
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Rejection of Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is both tragic and irresponsible

“I am disappointed that tonight, 46 Senators voted against a motion that would have respected the
majority of Americans’ convictions- including those of President Trump- by refusing to
advance a bill that would restrict abortions on babies
when they are capable of feeling pain”. – Vice President Mike Pence

From LiveAction.com:

“On January 29, the U.S. Senate voted 51-46 on the question of whether to proceed with the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The bill needed 60 votes cast to continue, but failed to find that number. Sponsors of the bill’s House version had called for doing away with the 60-vote requirement.

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) estimated that the federal bill, if passed, would save 12,000-18,000 babies annually. The bill would have protected preborn children at 20 weeks and after from painful late-term abortion procedures, such as the D&E procedure.”

Read more HERE.

Abortionists kill about 13,000 babies every single year through late-term abortions when, according to overwhelming evidence, the babies can feel excruciating pain. The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S.2111) would have brought this gruesome practice to an end.

The rejection of this life-saving bill is both tragic and irresponsible.

 

Wisconsin Homeschooling Law Working Just Fine

State Representative Christine Sinicki (D-Milwaukee) of the 20th Assembly District sent out an email this week which reads as follows:

Rep. Sinicki is planning to submit a request today to the Joint Legislative Council Committee requesting a Legislative Study Committee to review Wisconsin’s 1984 Home Schooling Law.

Please let us know by 4 pm today if you would like your name added to this request.

About 20,000 children in Wisconsin are homeschooled, according to one estimate. The opportunity to homeschool can provide valuable flexibility for parents and children, and many students flourish in a homeschool environment. Some child welfare advocates argue, however, that lax oversight of homeschooling can allow some abused or poorly educated children to slip through the cracks.

Oversight of homeschooling varies widely among states, and some have far more stringent requirements for parents than does Wisconsin. For example, a number of states require standardized tests, portfolio reviews, or other check-ins, while Wisconsin requires only that homeschoolers register with DPI. Some advocates argue that additional oversight could help authorities identify children who are being abused, neglected, or underserved by their parents or guardians.

With these thoughts in mind, we are calling for a Study Committee to review the 1984 Homeschooling Law. The Study Committee would include stakeholders from the homeschooling community. The intention is not to pass anti-homeschooling legislation, but to review this 34-year old law to see how it is working and what could be improved upon.

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45 Years After Roe v Wade: Stronger Than Ever

It’s been 45 years since Roe v. Wade, and the pro-life movement is stronger than ever.

Last week, thousands of pro-life Americans took a stand for life at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. This year’s theme, “Love Saves Lives,” reminds us that women facing unplanned pregnancies have options besides abortion—like adoption—that protect life and demonstrate love.

>>>>>Read more HERE.

“Including the “first freedom,” as our founders called freedom of religion, as a part of the pro-life movement really is critical,” says Julaine Appling, WFA president, “For the sake of children, faith-based adoption agencies need to flourish, not operate under the threat of having the government close their doors. A private enterprise acting consistently on a set of religious beliefs should not even be questioned, let alone threatened.”

Wisconsin Celebrates National School Choice Week 1/21-1/27

Governor Scott Walker proclaims January 21-27 as School Choice Week in Wisconsin 

Wisconsin will celebrate National School Choice Week 2018 (January 21-27, 2018) with 563 events, meetings, and activities across the Badger State.

Joining dozens of other governors and hundreds of city and county leaders nationwide, Gov. Scott Walker has officially proclaimed Jan. 21-27 School Choice Week in Wisconsin.

Wisconsonians have planned 563 events and activities for the week to celebrate educational opportunity and spark conversations about the options parents have, or want to have, for their children.

This year, more than 32,000 independently planned school choice events and activities will take place nationwide across all 50 states. Events include rallies, roundtable discussions, coffeehouse meet-ups, festivals, school fairs, and more.

READ MORE HERE

CLICK HERE to view and download the current (2017) form, Schedule PS, for the Wisconsin tuition tax deduction

 

 

Breaking: Efforts to Advance Ethical Research Thwarted by Senate Leaders

Though cosponsored by nearly a third of the Wisconsin Legislature, the Heal Without Harm Initiative – a set of bills that would ensure fetal tissue research in Wisconsin continues without controversy – lingers in committee without action.  The Fetal Remains Respect Act (SB 423/AB 549) and the Unborn Child Disposition and Anatomical Gift Act (SB 424/AB 550), authored by Sen. Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls) and Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc), would ban the sale and use of body parts from aborted babies and inform parents about the ability to donate their miscarried or stillborn child’s tissue.

Initial introduction of the Senate bills was delayed by legislative leaders for months.  Even though the bills received a hearing before the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety in early November, Committee Chair Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) has yet to hold a vote on the bills.  Senator Wanggaard’s office has indicated that the Chair will not schedule a committee vote until a majority of Senators consent to vote for the bill on the Senate floor. (more…)

Action Alert: State Senators Fitzgerald and Wanggaard

Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) and Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) need to hear from you immediately!

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 the body parts of aborted babies and instead encourage the donation of tissue for research from children who are stillborn or miscarried.

Currently, SB 423 and SB 424 have received public hearings, but Senate Judiciary and Public Safety committee Chair Senator Van Wanggaard has indicated he will not advance the bills out of committee unless Senators make their support for these bills known.  However, Chair Wanggaard has advanced numerous bills through his committee with fewer Senate co-sponsors and with far less Senator support at the public hearing.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald supports this highly unusual delay in getting these bills out of committee. However, there are no Senate rules requiring bills to have sufficient floor votes in order to be voted out of committee; and many bills advance out of committee without prior knowledge of who will vote in favor of or against them on the floor.

The public has a right to know what committee members think about the Heal Without Harm Initiative.

Please:

  1. Call Senator Fitzgerald at 608-266-5660 and urge that a committee vote on SB 423 and SB 424 be held ASAP.   
  2. Call Senator Wanggaard at 608-266-1832 and urge him to hold a committee vote on SB 423 and SB 424 ASAP.

The Senate will convene on January 23 for one of the last times this session. Tell Senators Fitzgerald and Wanggaard to support the democratic process and hold an executive session on these bills now!   Committee action now means the Senate could vote on these bills on January 23!

Questions?  Take some time to visit the HWH Q&A to learn more about this critical issue.
Thank you for standing with us for life!

Take Action: Responsibility for education lies with parents

The Senate Education Committee recently held a public hearing on two bills regarding federal- and state-mandated standardized tests in public, charter, opportunity and choice schools. Senate Bill 222 requires school districts to consolidate and publicize information about each test, including grades administered in, reason for the test, and what the district will do with the results. Senate Bill 234 makes it clear that no matter the grade-level where a state or federal standardized test is given, parents can opt their children out of these tests.

Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) and Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) are the lead authors on the bills. They believe parents are responsible for the education of their children and that schools should take reasonable actions to help them in making wise educational decisions. Both of these common-sense, parent-focused bills have already passed in the state assembly; they just need a senate vote.

Call your state senator today and ask them to support Senate Bills 222 and 234.
Find your legislator HERE. (Simply enter your address into the search box in the upper right-hand corner.)

West Bend “Privilege Survey” indoctrinates, doesn’t educate

A parent with a child in the West Bend School District contacted police today after a survey was given to 8th graders questioning their sexuality.
“If I walked up to a 13 year old on the street and started asking these questions I’d be put in the back of a squad,” said the parent, who prefers to remain anonymous to protect his child.
The parent noted he called police because “that teacher and that school subjected all these kids to child abuse today. I was told this was a segue into a new lesson plan about civil rights. The part that concerns me is a whole lot of questions have nothing to do with education whatsoever, especially the ones about parent finances.”
Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling states, “Parents have every right to be concerned about this survey. The idea of these “white privilege” surveys is basically to indoctrinate, not really educate, students regarding so-called civil rights issues. This is a reminder that parents need to make sure they have open communication with their kids and that they are doing all they can to be aware of what’s going on in classrooms.”

WFA sends letter to House asking to repeal Johnson Amendment

From Alliance Defending Freedom:

At its core, the Johnson Amendment should deeply offend religious leaders.

The Johnson Amendment, passed in 1954, is a speech restriction in the tax code that prohibits all nonprofits—including churches—from “participating” or “intervening” in elections (though no one, including tax experts, really knows what that means). President Donald Trump has repeatedly pledged to repeal the Johnson Amendment. And now, the House of Representatives has included an amendment to the law in its tax bill that would fix the Johnson Amendment’s unconstitutional speech restrictions.

The bottom line is that the Johnson Amendment infringes on the First Amendment rights of churches and pastors because it allows federal bureaucrats to determine what pastors can and can’t say. Alliance Defending Freedom has long advocated for a fix to the Johnson Amendment because of this.

READ MORE HERE

Last week, Wisconsin Family Action joined over 40 other state and national leaders in sending a letter to the House of Representatives leadership urging them to be sure the tax reform bill repeals the Johnson Amendment especially since the senate version leaves the Johnson amendment intact. Now we wait to see if our collective efforts paid off on this important free speech matter.

Pregnancy Resource Centers > Abortion Centers

From LiveAction.org:

The New York Times reported that nationally, pro-life pregnancy centers outnumber abortion facilities. At the time, there were reportedly 2,500 pro-life centers compared to around 1,800 abortion centers.
Read more HERE.

WFA president Julaine Appling shares, “How exciting is this?! Wisconsin is tracking the same type of numbers. According to Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, they have 21 sites, while we have at least 80 life-saving, woman-helping Pregnancy Resource Centers statewide. These centers are why we love the Choose Life Wisconsin license plate that helps fund their awesome work!”

West Bend taxpayer confronts school board about invasive survey

Since 1991, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has surveyed teens every two years in order to identify trends in risky adolescent behaviors.

Recently, in West Bend, a concerned resident and grandmother who is also a registered nurse, raised some very valid concerns before her local school board about the survey. She stated, “How would you feel if you were asked [these questions]?” She added, “What does this have to do with educating our children?” She went on to suggest a more positive approach such as asking, “Are you aware that you are more likely to live in poverty as a single parent?” and “Are you aware of the negative physical and emotional aspects of having sex before marriage?”

Watch the short video of this testimony on this issue from the West Bend School Board meeting HERE.

“The Youth Risk Behavior Survey has been around quite a while,” says WFA president Julaine Appling, “I dare say most school districts in our state give the survey. There is no question that the questions are leading and the subject matter invasive. It’s important for parents to know they can opt their child out of taking the survey. Make sure you know if and when your child will be asked to take this survey.”

Pro-Family, Pro-Liberty Organizations Share Christmas Message in State Capitol “Merry Christmas” sign and nativity sets greet visitors this season

MADISON—Each year for the past 22 years, Wisconsin Family Council (WFC), the educational arm of Wisconsin Family Action (WFA), has displayed a Merry Christmas sign in the State Capitol Rotunda. The sign not only wishes everyone a Merry Christmas, but reminds viewers of the real reason for the season—Jesus Christ, mankind’s Savior.

Today Wisconsin Family Council once again put up the sign in the capitol while Wisconsin Family Action placed an accompanying nativity display.

“Celebrating Christ’s birth is a Christian celebration, an American holiday and a Wisconsin tradition,” said Julaine Appling, president of WFA and WFC.  “The Germans who played such an important role in settling our state brought this great tradition with them.”

The First Amendment to the US Constitution prohibits government from interfering with religion and guarantees citizens the right to exercise their religion, including celebrating Christmas, both in the privacy of their homes and in the public square.

Appling continued, “Thousands of visitors come to our beautiful state capitol during the holiday season to enjoy the gorgeous state Christmas tree with all the handmade ornaments. We are honored to be able to exercise our religious freedom and have our display in the rotunda as a silent but powerful witness to the truth of Christmas and to offer hope to all those who see it.”

The sign and the nativity will be on display on the First Floor Rotunda from today through December 31, 2017.

Merry Christmas to all!

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Wisconsin Family Action is a statewide, not-for-profit organization actively strengthening,
preserving and promoting marriage, family, life and religious liberty in Wisconsin.

Copy available online here.

Giving Tuesday: It’s about YOU making a difference

As we spent time in celebration this past Thanksgiving 2017, we thought it appropriate to give special  thanks to God for you ~ our volunteers, supporters and friends. Your prayers,  messages and financial partnership have allowed us to continue to make a difference in your community, in the culture and in our great state.

We give thanks, as well, for generous friends of Wisconsin Family Action and Wisconsin Family Council who have given us a $30,000 matching grant, something that blesses and empowers not only WFA and WFC but doubles the amount of your giving instantly today – Giving Tuesday – a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Giving Tuesday is celebrated annually on the first Tuesday following Thanksgiving in the U.S. right on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. CLICK HERE to double your donation instantly, right now!

If you’re looking for an easy way to make a real and significant impact in The Badger State, today – Giving Tuesday – is the day to take action and double your giving at the same time! CLICK HERE to double your gift today – up to $30,000!

Your contribution on Giving Tuesday tells us that you stand with us, allowing us to be your voice, as we work each to day strengthen, preserve and promote marriage, family, life and religious freedom.

Partnering with us on Giving Tuesday will make every $10 you give into a $20 gift, every $50 into $100, and every $500 into $1,000 up to $30,000. Your alliance with Wisconsin Family Action & Wisconsin Family Council is essential in order to achieve victories such as:

—Our new “Choose Life” Wisconsin license plates. After 10 years of pursuing a pro-life license plate for The Badger State, this dream has become a reality! The purchase of these plates gives financial assistance to our woman-helping, life-saving Pregnancy Resource Centers. It doesn’t get better than that! CLICK HERE to double your giving – up to $30,000 – and join us as we stand for LIFE in Wisconsin. CLICK HERE to learn more about how to obtain your Choose Life license plate.

—The very positive outcome for religious freedom resulting from a referral we made to our legal ally Alliance Defending Freedom,. When Madison photographer Amy Lawson (photo, left) of AmyLynn Photography Studio contacted us about a city ordinance and state law that prevented her from speaking and creating in accordance with her beliefs and would have forced her to photograph same-sex “weddings,” we were able to put her in contact with some of the best lawyers in the country. This past August a Dane County judge heard Amy’s case and decided in her favor, essentially allowing creative professionals in Wisconsin who don’t have storefronts the freedom to determine what ideas they will promote using their artistic talents. CLICK HERE to partner with us today – Giving Tuesday – to double your donation up to $30,000!

— And in the state budget, our work resulted in eliminating two domestic partnership registries that undermine marriage and in giving Bible/church camps the same amount of tax-exempt property as all other camps in the state.

You made these victories possible! And there’s so much more that has been done and is needing to be done. In partnership with you, Wisconsin Family Action and Wisconsin Family Council are uniquely positioned to keep getting the job done. We are your voice in The Badger State to strengthen, preserve and promote marriage, family, life and religious liberty. Won’t you CLICK HERE on this Giving Tuesday to join us as we work hard in partnership with you and on your behalf to uphold your core values and principles? When you do, your giving will double – up to $30,000 – and your partnership will grow the presence of Wisconsin Family Action and Wisconsin Family Council and–God wiling–will result in more victories such as those mentioned above.

We give thanks, today and every day, for you and for your continued encouragement and financial support. We ask you to prayerfully and sincerely consider making every opportunity of this generous $30,000 matching grant today – Giving Tuesday.

 

City of De Pere, Wisconsin put on notice for legal action; ordinance unconstitutional

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.”

Signs of Christmas at the Wisconsin State Capitol

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 License Plates Are HERE | VIDEO

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]

Your Voice is Needed at the Wisconsin State Capitol Tomorrow

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.

Lowering drinking age will feed Wisconsin’s dangerous endemic

From the Journal Sentinel:

Wisconsin’s beer-loving reputation would get a boost under a proposal to lower the state’s drinking age to 19.

But teenagers shouldn’t reserve those kegs just yet.

The bill, circulated Wednesday by three Republican lawmakers including the former president of the Wisconsin Tavern League, has to overcome at least two big hurdles before it could become law.

Read more HERE.

Photo courtesy: Parenting blog

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.

Abandoned at Birth, Adopted to Life

Written by Stephanie Curry, policy manager for Family Policy Alliance:

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…)

November is National Adoption Month

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.

Wisconsin Bill Could Eliminate Remarriage Waiting Period

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.”

Dangerous De Pere Ordinance Requires Citizen Input on November 7

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…)

De Pere, you have a problem – and it’s up to you to TAKE ACTION

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 HERE to 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., click HERE.

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