Appling responds to GA battle over religious freedom: The price of freedom is eternal vigilance

religious freedomConservative radio host, author and speaker, Todd Starnes writes, “A lay minister who is suing the Georgia Department of Public Health for religious discrimination has been directed by the state’s attorney general to relinquish his sermons to the government, according to federal court documents.

“Please produce a copy of your sermon notes and/or transcripts,” Attorney General Samuel Olens wrote to attorneys representing Dr. Eric Walsh.”

Read the rest HERE.

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action responds,”This story reminds us the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Apparently, our government, at every level, thinks it is empowered to ignore our constitutionally guaranteed religious freedom. While this is in Georgia, remember a similar situation has already occurred in Texas. Who’s next? Madison or Milwaukee, Wisconsin? Pastors, are you ready to stand strong?”

#Wisconsin – Brand NEW Voter Guide is READY

 Equipping Christians to Vote Wisely

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Is your candidate truly a reflection of your convictions and vision for America? iVoterGuide will be your biggest asset and tool that will guide you through the next election, answering every question that is important to you.

The General election is Tuesday, November 8.  Contested races are in U.S. Senate, U.S. House districts, and state legislative districts.

Compare candidates’ answers on over 20 survey questions.  Look at who has endorsed them.  You can see facts on the issues that are the most imperative to you, like religious liberty, life, immigration, defense, and the candidate’s spiritual beliefs.

WHY IVOTERGUIDE? An unsettling trend is dramatically affecting elections. During the last presidential election, between 20-30 million Christian voters did not vote!  Many voters don’t feel they have access to factual information on the candidates. Many consider the information they do obtain to be marred by the candidate, big money, or the media. Wisconsin Family Action wants iVoterGuide to be the solution to that problem, encouraging all value voters to judge a candidate based on what they do and not on what they say.

How does ivoterguide work? CLICK HERE for simple instructions, then go straight to ivoterguide to review information on your candidates.

This iVoterGuide is appropriate for use and distribution within churches. Read legal letter HERE and obtain downloadable bulletin inserts/fliers HERE.

Please share this valuable resource on social media with all your like-minded friends and family.

Care Enough to Compare BEFORE You Vote

vote smartWe like to call this our D.A.R.E. page simply because it provides:

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Before you go to the polls on Tuesday, November 8, or if you are voting early/absentee voting, it’s important to know what the party platforms are so you can see how they align with your core values.

Q. What is a “political platform?”

A.  A political platform is a formal set of principal goals which are supported by a political party or individual candidate, in order to appeal to the general public, for the ultimate purpose of garnering the general public’s support and votes about complicated topics or issues.

Q. Why is it important for me to compare the party platforms before I vote?

A. Because each platform is a product that is a reliable statement of what grassroots voters care about.

Go ahead and access your D.A.R.E TODAY!

To read the Republican Party platform, CLICK HERE.

To read the Democratic Party platform, CLICK HERE.

A Single Phrase Saved This Marriage

After years of fighting and unhappiness in his marriage, author Richard Paul Evans in desperation tried doing something seemingly simple but really quite profound. He began each day asking his wife, “What can I do to make your day better?” At first his wife angrily rebuffed even the question but then would give him a task—which he did. Eventually, this form of love in action broke down walls between them and resulted not in a perfect marriage but in a much stronger, happier marriage that now weathers differences and sets a good example for their children.

Read more HERE

WFA president Julaine Appling says, “What Evans did was to begin truly loving his wife. True love is an act of our will. We purposefully commit to meet the legitimate needs of the cherished person, even sacrificially, without thought of ourselves or reciprocation. If your marriage is struggling, may God give you grace to do something as simple as asking how you can make your spouse’s day better.”

Wausau School Board Makes “Huge Mistake”

wausau-sdThis past Monday, the Wausau school board decided to let administratively proposed guidelines for dealing with transgender students continue to be implemented. Among other provisions, the guidelines permit boys who identify as girls to use the girls’ restrooms, locker rooms and shower rooms and even on school-sponsored trips stay overnight in the girls’ rooms and vice versa, and call on staff to use the pronouns the students request and warn school officials not to inform parents their child is transgendering unless the student agrees to letting them make that contact.

WFA president Julaine Appling says, “The Wausau school board made a huge mistake here. They are pandering to a vocal minority. Many concerned citizens have contacted board members and showed up at 4 different meetings letting them know these special protections compromise the privacy rights and well-being of the vast majority of the students. The board has chosen to ignore the citizens and the safety and protection of the students.”

URGENT! CONTACTS NEEDED TO THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (AMA)

action-alertWhy it is Important to Contact the AMA by letter, email, phone or FAX:

For decades, the official position of the AMA has been to oppose the legalization of assisted suicide. The AMA will have an interim meeting to discuss its policy on assisted suicide in November 2016. At its July 2017 annual meeting, the AMA will consider taking a “neutral” position which essentially sends a green light to the states that legalizing is acceptable. It is imperative that the AMA retain and affirm its current position.

CLICK HERE to learn more about what YOU can do!

Clearing the Air on Absentee Voting in Wisconsin

Alert1Last month due to a lawsuit filed by one of Wisconsin’s most liberal organizations, One Wisconsin Now, the state’s rules for early in-person voting changed. The lawsuit alleges the law providing for a 10 day early-in person voting window is discriminatory against minorities, especially those in Milwaukee. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed, ordering that all 1,855 Wisconsin municipal clerks could decide for themselves when early voting would begin as well as the days and hours the office would be open for such voting. Some municipalities will begin yet this month.

Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling has this to say, “This has made it more difficult for Wisconsin voters to take advantage of early in-person voting. Now instead of knowing that opportunity is 10 business days before any election, citizens must find out that information directly from their municipal clerk. The State Elections Commission will not be compiling that information. We urge all Wisconsin voters to be aware of this change.”

IMPORTANT! According to Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board, each city, village and town in Wisconsin is responsible for setting the dates and hours of in-person absentee voting for their municipality.  To find the dates and hours for in-person absentee voting where you live,  contact your municipal clerk.

If you need more information, visit Your Election Central on our website by clicking HERE.

Event: The Time is Now!

What’s going on in Wisconsin and how can you get involved?

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Our sister organization, Wisconsin Family Council, invites you to hear WFC president Julaine Appling provide political involvement training for individuals and policy guidance for Pastors and their churches. Come join us for a great supper and a great challenge.

UPCOMING DATES AND LOCATIONS:

Fond du Lac  9/22    5:45 to 8 p.m.  MORE INFORMATION HERE  

**SPECIAL NOTE FOR FOND DU LAC EVENT! Wisconsin Family Council is teaming up with American Majority at this event to provide political involvement training for individuals and policy guidance for Pastors and their churches. Come join us for a great supper and a great challenge.

Eau Claire  10/11 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. MORE INFORMATION HERE (information coming)

Waupun  10/27/16  6:00 to 8 p.m.  MORE INFORMATION HERE

UPDATE: Wausau School Board Discusses Transgender Bathroom Policy

Wausau_School_District_emblemTONIGHT, 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.

HERE IS THE LINK to the draft  of the Administrative Guidelines for Compliance with the Office of Civil Rights with regard to Transgender Students Associated with Policy 5400 Equal Educational Opportunities Compliance Statement that will be read for the second time at the Wausau District School Board Meeting.

PARENTS AND TAXPAYERS NEED TO SHOW UP AND STAND UP at this meeting in an effort to preserve the privacy rights of the students they serve.

Here are some helpful resources that may be helpful in assisting to those who would take a moment during the public speaking portion of the meeting to address the Wausau School Board – CLICK HERE.

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.

Last week in an email and in a letter we sent through USPS, we launched a campaign to raise $100,000 as soon as possible, certainly over the next couple of months. The email theme was “Big Goal. Bigger God.” The letter’s theme was “storming the gates of hell…with a squirt gun.” We are excited to report that to date we have had 10 people give $1000 or more, and they have been joined by many others who have given as well. As of today, God has, through His people, seen fit to have just over $20,000 of the $100,000 be invested in either Wisconsin Family Action and Wisconsin Family Council! We have a ways to go, to be sure, but we thank all of you have invested thus far; and we invite others to prayerfully join us in this challenge.

UPDATE 9/13/2016: 

“A group of parents and community members came out in force Monday to protest the Wausau School District’s new rules that allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their chosen gender — regardless of their gender at birth.” Read the rest of the article from the Wausau Daily Herald HERE.

WFA president Julaine Appling states, “This meeting was a great example of what can be accomplished when people work together. Once citizens found out about these guidelines, they began to take action—letting others know about the guidelines and the board’s plan to have them on the agenda. I hope these citizens will continue to be involved. This issue is far from over in Wausau or any other district. The well-being of all students is at stake.

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Click HERE to make a secure donation TODAY!

 

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. 

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.”

 

Election Day is November 8 – Be Prepared!

The next opportunity to vote in Wisconsin is the General Election NEXT WEEK on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

VOTER ID IS REQUIRED for the November General Election. CLICK HERE to learn what acceptable forms of identification are for voting.

EARLY IN-PERSON/ABSENTEE VOTING: According to Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board, each city, village and town in Wisconsin is responsible for setting the dates and hours of in-person absentee voting for their municipality.  To find the dates and hours for in-person absentee voting where you live,  contact your municipal clerk.

ABSENTEE VOTING: All voters in Wisconsin can request an absentee ballot be mailed to them for any reason.  Voters must be registered before they can request an absentee ballot.   Voters may request their absentee ballot in writing.  To request an absentee ballot, CLICK HERE.  You must provide a photo ID with your absentee ballot request.

CLICK HERE to learn where to vote and what’s on your ballot.

WFA PAC ENDORSEMENTS will appear on this website before the election. Check back later!

STAY TUNED for more General Election information on your ELECTION CENTRAL!

Wisconsin & 12 Other States Ask US Judge to Halt Transgender Recommendation by Obama Admin

Wisconsin & 12 Other States Ask US Judge to Halt Transgender Recommendation by Obama Admin

wisconsinflagWisconsin and 12 other states will ask a U.S. judge in Fort Worth today to halt a recommendation regarding transgender use of bathrooms in public schools put forth by the Obama Administration.

Read more HERE.

WFA president Julaine Appling, “Today in Fort Worth, TX, a federal court hears arguments from our side regarding the “Dear Colleague” letter sent from the Federal Departments of Justice and Education last May telling every school district in the country how they are to provide special rights and protections for students identifying with a sex different from their biological one. Wisconsin is part of this lawsuit. Thank you, Governor Scott Walker and AG Brad Schimel. Please pray! It would be nice to win at the district court level for a change!”

WFA Helps WI Voters Find Information on Candidates

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

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 by visiting wifa.ivoterguide.com.

Vote Before You Float!

Early in-person (absentee) voting is under way in Wisconsin through close of business August 5. If you are going to be on vacation on Election Day, August 9, or if you know you cannot get to the polls that day, now is the time to drop in and cast your ballot. Remember to use your very informative Voter Guide before you go! CLICK HERE.

VOTE BEFORE YOU FLOAT

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.”

 

WI Family Prosperity Index Shows Employment Related to Marriage and More

Increasing the level of entrepreneurship in Wisconsin is vital to assuring that the economy can sustainably generate well-paying jobs which will, in turn, boost family prosperity. To put this into perspective, in 2013, if Wisconsin had been at the national average for entrepreneurship, the state’s economy would have created another 37,281 new jobs and 2,603 establishments.

 

WI FPI 2016As the recent Wisconsin Family Prosperity Report shows, good employment is very closely related to marriage, having children after marriage, and to strong and independent families, which are the very backbone of our state and nation, says Julaine Appling, Wisconsin Family Council president, “Wisconsin needs to do everything it can to encourage private sector jobs that pay these middle-level, living wages.

You can find the Wisconsin Prosperity Family Index by clicking HERE.

 

House Passes Conscience Protection Act: Kudos to Speaker Ryan & Others

“Mr. Speaker, I think we can all agree, that in this country, no one should be forced to perform an abortion.
I know we disagree about when life begins.” – Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI)

paul ryanThis week, the House voted on legislation to protect health care providers that decline to be involved in abortions as a matter of conscience. The legislation was ntroduced by Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), and is called the Conscience Protection Act.

In a largely party-line 245-182 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Conscience Protection Act on Wednesday of this week.

The legislation provides that federal, state, and local governments “may not penalize, retaliate against, or otherwise discriminate against a health care provider on the basis that the provider does not perform, refer for, pay for, or otherwise participate in abortion.”

Read more HERE.

Julaine Appling, Wisconsin Family Action president, responds, “I am proud of Wisconsin members of congress Sean Duffy, Glenn Grothman, Reid Ribble and Jim Sensenbrenner for voting in support of this important bill and of Speaker Paul Ryan (photo) for getting the bill to the floor and supporting it. Wisconsin representatives Ron Kind, Gwen Moore and Mark Pocan joined all but 3 Democrats and voted against it. This is a good reminder: elections have consequences.”

The legislation now goes to Congress who must move this vital legislation forward as part of this year’s appropriations package.

Wisconsin Needs Both Marriage and Babies – In That Order

Church wedding4baby in handsEgg freezing is a fertility treatment that is gaining traction in the United States. The process is billed as a way to stop the biological clock, but it’s not that simple.

Although doctors are generally confident that egg freezing can increase a woman’s chances of pregnancy above a certain age, the very pricey process is far from guaranteed to produce a baby. But it does illustrate the extreme measures that couples will take to have a baby.

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, says, “Fertility rate is actually becoming a serious Wisconsin problem. Our state has been below the 2.1 children per woman replacement rate for 40 years. The lack of younger generations is beginning to show up in our schools, our workforce and our taxpayers. Wisconsin needs both marriage and babies and in that order for the good of everyone.”

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.

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…)

Parents: NOW is the time to check on YOUR child’s curriculum

From The Daily Signal:

Kaeley Triller Haver is no stranger to the transgender bathroom debate. After being sexually assaulted as a child and going public with her story, the single mom from Washington state now opposes shower, locker room, and bathroom policies that she believes leave her and her daughter vulnerable and unsafe.

So earlier this month, when she found out that Washington public schools quietly adopted a new set of health education standards that include teaching kindergartners about gender expression and identity, Triller Haver was shocked she wasn’t involved.

READ MORE HERE.

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action says, “These types of curriculum changes are not going to be just in Washington state. They are going to be everywhere. Wise parents will take time this summer to find out exactly what the school their children attend teaches in human growth and development programs—and any planned changes. State law requires schools make that information available to parents.  Don’t assume; be vigilant.

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