My stock answer to those who ask me what I think about President-elect Donald Trump and the coming four years is, “I’m cautiously optimistic.” I am prepared to give President Trump the benefit of the doubt on this journey of making America great again.
I believe as a result of this past election, America has been given yet another opportunity to right some wrongs and to get back on track in important areas. The question is how will we use this opportunity? Millions of Americans said with their vote that they are tired of what we’ve had the last eight years. We are hopeful real change will happen — good changes that will make America great again. In light of that, here are my hopes for our new president and his administration. (more…)
Wisconsin Family Council/Wisconsin Family Action’s biennial “Day at the Capitol” is scheduled for Thursday, March 23, 2017. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to connect directly with your government. You’ll hear from key legislators, get legislative updates, visit your legislators in their capitol offices— and much, much more! Space is limited!
Click HERE to learn more about the event and sign up for a personal invitation when they become available OR….
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Today, Wisconsin Family Action and Wisconsin Family Council kicked off the Christmas season by putting a traditional nativity display and a Merry Christmas sign in the State Capitol. This year marks the 20th year Wisconsin Family Council has had a sign in the capitol and the fifth year of the nativity display. The Madison-based Freedom from Religion Foundation has also had its Winter Solstice sign up for all 20 years (photo, right) and has added a blasphemous nativity display in recent years. The displays join the State Christmas tree in the rotunda and will be up all month.
“We are honored to exercise our freedom of speech and religion with these displays each year, ” says WFA president Julaine Appling, “The thousands who come to the capitol this month will see our sign and our beautiful nativity declaring the Truth that Jesus Christ really is the reason for the season. Unlike Freedom From Religion’s dark and hopeless message, our display brings light and offers hope.”
We had help with setting up from Erica and Gennavive Meisel of Baraboo.
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.”
### Wisconsin Family Action is a statewide, not-for-profit organization actively strengthening, preserving and promoting marriage, family, life and liberty in Wisconsin.
Straight couples and roommates no longer need to be married in order to potentially qualify for health insurance or family leave.
Beginning Friday, domestic partnership declarations are available for opposite sex couples, Milwaukee County Clerk Joe Czarnezki said. “Gender discrimination is not allowed in marriage, so it cannot be permitted for domestic partnerships,” Czarnezki said in a statement.
Julaine Appling, WFA president responds, “By law this is a same-sex-only domestic partnership registry. The state legislature has done nothing to change the law to include opposite-sex couples, nor has a court. These clerks are blatantly usurping their authority and taking it upon themselves to break the law. It’s as if they are daring authorities to stop them. This anarchy needs to end and end now.”
Just days after filing legal action against North Carolina for the recently enacted bathroom safety and privacy law, House Bill 2, today the Obama Administration is attempting to force its “All In” bathroom policy on EVERY STATE in the nation. A joint press statement issued by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education today seeks to provide “guidance” to all public schools, colleges and universities across the U.S. In the statement and related documents, the Obama Administration seeks full implementation of its radical and unlawful attempt to redefine the word “sex” in federal laws and regulations to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”
The document verifies that “gender identity” is entirely subjective when it states that the Departments of Justice and Education, “interpret Title IX to require that when a student or the student’s parent or guardian, as appropriate, notifies the school administration that the student will assert a gender identity that differs from previous representations or records, the school will begin treating the student consistent with the student’s gender identity. Under Title IX, there is no medical diagnosis or treatment requirement that students must meet as a prerequisite to being treated consistent with their gender identity.”
The document also states that public schools, colleges and universities must permit:
Males to use female bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers, and vice versa. According to the document, “A school may provide separate facilities on the basis of sex, but must allow transgender students access to such facilities consistent with their gender identity. A school may not require transgender students to use facilities inconsistent with their gender identity or to use individual-user facilities when other students are not required to do so.”
Males to play on female athletic teams, and vice versa. According to the document, “Title IX regulations permit a school to operate or sponsor sex-segregated athletics teams when selection for such teams is based upon competitive skill or when the activity involved is a contact sport. A school may not, however, adopt or adhere to requirements that rely on overly broad generalizations or stereotypes about the differences between transgender students and other students of the same sex (i.e., the same gender identity) or others’ discomfort with transgender students.”
Males to share dormitories and other housing facilities with females, and vice versa: According to the document, “Title IX allows a school to provide separate housing on the basis of sex. But a school must allow transgender students to access housing consistent with their gender identity and may not require transgender students to stay in single-occupancy accommodations or to disclose personal information when not required of other students.”
Although the U.S. Justice Department has said that it will not withhold education tax dollars from North Carolina while litigation over House Bill 2 is taking place, the clear language of these documents is that the Administration intends to use the “power of the purse” to force states and individual schools, colleges and universities to comply with these radical policies:“As a condition of receiving Federal funds, a school agrees that it will not exclude, separate, deny benefits to, or otherwise treat differently on the basis of sex any person in its educational programs or activities unless expressly authorized to do so under Title IX or its implementing regulations. The Departments treat a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex for purposes of Title IX and its implementing regulations. This means that a school must not treat a transgender student differently from the way it treats other students of the same gender identity.”
Again, these “guidance documents” assert the policies of the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education on THE ENTIRE COUNTRY.
Apparently this unconstitutional overreach by the Obama Administration to redefine the word “sex” is the legacy this president wants to leave behind. The outcome of the five lawsuits currently pending in federal courts in North Carolina will likely determine whether or not this is a lasting legacy on our nation.
Click HERE to read Wisconsin Family Action’s press release on this issue.
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.”
Wisconsin Family Action is a statewide, not-for-profit organization actively strengthening, preserving and promoting marriage, family, life and liberty in Wisconsin.
Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit last week on behalf of 63 minor high-school girls in Illinois. The lawsuit is filed against the US Department of Education and the school district where the girls attend school and has ramifications for Wisconsin.
According to Alliance Defending Freedom:
The district secretly opened its schools’ restrooms to the opposite sex and then opened the girls’ locker room to a boy after the U.S. Department of Education threatened the district’s federal funding. The agency based its threat on its inaccurate interpretation of Title IX, a 1972 federal law that, contrary to the agency’s opinion, actually authorizes schools to retain single-sex restrooms and locker rooms. The lawsuit, filed by families representing 73 parents and 63 students, contends that the DOE is unlawfully redefining the terms of Title IX, something that only Congress can alter, and is illegitimately forcing its political will on school districts.
“Because this lawsuit is filed in Illinois, its ultimate outcome will directly affect us here in Wisconsin,” explains Appling, “It is filed in the northern district of the federal court in Illinois. Once that court makes it’s decision (either in favor of the girls or in favor of the Department of Education), the decision will be appealed to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals headquartered in Chicago, and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals covers Illinois, Indiana and, yes, Wisconsin.
“Any ruling that comes out of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Will affect Wisconsin. Of course, any appeals will also be challenged and eventually the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will be asked to take up this issue.”
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Pray for the families involved.
Pray for the legal team that will present the case in writing and in oral arguments before the court.
Pray for the judge who will hear the case first in the district court.
Julaine Appling issues this final message, “I hope you as a Christian are absolutely incensed by this entire situation. If you are not, I beg you to ask yourself if you aren’t just the frog in the pot of hot water slowly being boiled without even realizing it. This situation ought to be of great concern to all of us. We know this is not in student’s best interests.”
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…)
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.
Wisconsin Family Action is a statewide, not-for-profit organization actively strengthening, preserving and promoting marriage, family, life and liberty in Wisconsin.
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.
And, North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory has stood strong defending this law protecting the safety and privacy of women and children, despite being bullied by the media, celebrities and businesses making false claims about the law.
But now the Obama Administration sent a letter on May 4th to Governor McCrory threatening over $1 BILLION in federal education funding for North Carolina’s schoolchildren if North Carolina refuses to agree with Obama’s bathroom agenda.
Yes, you read that correctly. The Obama Administration is threatening every child’s education if Gov. McCrory doesn’t permit men to go into girls’ bathrooms because some of them might identify as transgender! And, the Obama Administration said Gov. McCrory has until Monday, May 9th to respond!
This must be stopped, and we need to stand with Gov. McCrory and the families in North Carolina TODAY!
Here’s how you can help (pick 1 or more!) today:
Please call Gov. McCrory’s office at 919-814-2000. Tell him to stand strong against the Obama Administration’s bullying, and that you stand with him in protecting women & children in NC!
Tweet to Gov. Pat McCrory thanking him for standing strong! Use his handle: @PatMcCroryNC Use this hashtag: #istandwithpat
Consider sending Gov. McCrory a thank you card! NC Governor Pat McCrory 20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301
Thank you for helping our friends in North Carolina! And, remember when others around the country stand strong against the pressure to permit men in women’s restrooms and locker rooms for the sake of political correctness, that helps our efforts here in Wisconsin.
Here at Wisconsin Family Action, we have been working hard to protect women’s and children’s safety and privacy!
“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.
“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.
UPDATE 4/27/2016: The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has jumped into the fray offering free pizza to counter the Christian “Jesus Lunch.” Taking things one unnecessary step further, FFRF is offering pizza during the off-campus event to apparently lure students away from the Christian message and lunch offerings.
It appears the Middleton-Cross Plains, WI, School District is not taking favorably to a free lunch provided by local moms at a public park next to the local high school. Since its inception, the “Jesus Lunch” has grown from just a small gathering of mothers with their children to hundreds of participants. Middleton School District states the gathering is “in violation of school policy,” cited “food safety” issues, and the need to “register” at the school office as “visitors” as the purported violations.
Jesus Lunch is a group of Middleton High School (MHS) students that meet 8 weeks in the spring and 8 weeks in the fall at Fireman’s Park on Lee Street in Middleton, WI. Moms of some students provide lunches and have a 3-minute discussion about something Biblical. Students may choose to listen or not listen to the message and all attendance is entirely voluntary.
The “Jesus Lunch” organizers continue to meet at Fireman’s park, have obtained an attorney, and have an online petition that anyone may sign in support of their efforts to continue to provide food for the body and soul free of charge for students during their lunch breaks.
Watch this video from EAGnews HERE that shows school district officials blocking off the park to the lunch group.
You may find the petition HERE, which has nearly 2500 signatures to date.
This is a fantastic once-a-week opportunity for students and teachers to get some fresh air and fellowship away from the school buildings. Has either the principal and superintendent even attended the lunch? – Joan M.
Can’t believe this is even an issue! I only wish there was a Jesus Lunch near our HS. – Kim B.
It is voluntary, not on school property, not during instructional class time. So…what exactly is the problem? No one has committed any crime. No laws were broken! This is a positive activity that should definitely continue! – Rachel M.
I fail to understand how those who for years have cried for tolerance for all, now have tolerance for none except their own cause. – Donna R.
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Julaine Appling, WFA president, responds, “I am encouraged that Congress held this hearing yesterday. The sale and use of the body parts of aborted babies is absolutely reprehensible. We have proof that Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin has supplied the UW with such specimens. Thanks to State Representative Andre Jacque for keeping this issue before our state legislature. We need to stop this heinous practice in The Badger State.”
“The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACU) recently released its 2015 ratings of Wisconsin and was pleased to find that the Legislature passed a number of bills that work toward conservative solutions….
“Legislators who scored above 80% in ACU’s 2015 Ratings of the Wisconsin Legislature will receive awards for their hard work toward passage of legislation that reflects conservative principles.”
Click HERE to read more and learn which Wisconsin legislators received the ACU Ratings Award.
On 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.”
In a recent letter to the editor of the Oshkosh Northwestern, a citizen says her community needs Planned Parenthood to prevent unplanned pregnancies, provide cancer screenings and wellness exams. She insinuates that the two bills recently signed into law that will redirect millions of taxpayer dollars away from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin will be responsible for many negative outcomes in her community.
WFA president Julaine Appling weighs in, “Look, nothing is stopping Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin from offering the services this lady is concerned about—to poor people or anyone else. If Planned Parenthood is so dedicated to the people it claims to serve, then they should do like the rest of us do, go raise the money from people who support their mission. Forcing taxpayers to foot the bill for the abortion giant is wrong.”
Madison, WI – Wisconsin Family Action Federal PAC (WFA PAC) released the following statement from WFA PAC director Julaine Appling, regarding Ted Cruz winning Wisconsin’s Republican Presidential Primary yesterday. (more…)
We especially extend a special invitation to PASTORS AND CLERGY.
Enjoy a complimentary full hot breakfast and go home full and fired up! WFC president Julaine Appling and Pastor Rafael Cruz, father of presidential candidate Ted Cruz, will be talking about the importance of our civic duty to vote, the strength in unity of the faithful, and why we must encourage others to take part in the elections.
Former Packer-great Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (KGB, above) will also be joining us and speaking!
Complimentary breakfast. Free will offering will be taken.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has pledged to hire more counselors in the wake of students claiming the state’s flagship university is fraught with microaggressions and racial bias.
“I’m accelerating the hiring of additional student support counseling services … for student mental health issues related to diversity and climate,” Chancellor Rebecca Blank recentlyannounced to the campus community. Incoming freshmen will also receive some sort of “cultural competency” training under new diversity initiatives detailed by Blank on March 15.
WFA president Julaine Appling responds, “I think this report should cause Christian parents who are looking at colleges for their kids to think again if they are considering one of Wisconsin’s UW system campuses. The hand writing is on the wall. Traditional or Christian beliefs are not going to be tolerated. And those espousing them won’t be tolerated either. And all this on taxpayer money.”
EARLY in-person voting began on March 21st and will end at 5 p.m. on April 1st. You may cast your ballot in person at your Municipal Clerk’s office. Click HERE to locate your local clerk’s office. (Select “Regular Voter” and follow the instructions.)