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Hudson, Wisconsin, parents force local library board to protect kids from Drag Queen Story Hour

A fearless Hudson, Wisconsin pro-family group staged a bold preemptive action. They forced their local library board to enact a strong new policy that would make it nearly impossible for Drag Queen Story Hour to come to their public library.

Last summer, citizens from the St. Croix Valley noticed that “drag queen” events were happening in several public libraries in the area. They became very concerned that it would soon spread to towns like theirs.
READ MORE HERE

Julaine Appling, WFA president, says, “Way to go, Hudson! This is how the multiplied power of one works. When one citizen gets involved and helps another citizen who in turn engages someone else, incredible things can happen. Keeping these unwholesome and brainwashing events out of public libraries ought to be happening in every community in our state. Hudson has given everyone a great example to follow.”

Suggestions for Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

Suggestions for Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

By Dave Lingle, Wisconsin Family Council Church Ambassador

SPECIAL TIME-SENSITIVE OPPORTUNITY:  The Colson Center is offering “A CrashCourse in Culture and Worldview” next week. Five daily 1-hour-and-15-minute webinar sessions presented by John Stonestreet, Sean McDowell, and Brett Kunkle. You can register for it HERE.

  • Do as many of the things you would normally do as possible. For the sake of your own emotional, and I would say spiritual health, don’t develop a cave mentality (crawling into the cave, close yourself in and don’t come out for any reason). Be wise, practice the recommended guidelines for limiting the spread of germs, but don’t become hermits. That isn’t a healthy or normal way to live. I went out the other day and early-voted, picked up a salad for our supper and filled the tank with gas. It felt good to do normal kinds of things.
  • Don’t “panic buy” supplies, and don’t make any decisions based on emotional responses to this crisis. “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound [sober] mind” (II Timothy 1:7).
  • Check on your neighbors; you can do this with a phone call or a text message. My neighbors were recently on a vacation trip and I texted them to see if they were back and doing okay; people appreciate the contact.
  • Contribute to a local food bank. With work cutbacks, closings or layoffs, more people than ever will need assistance. Help as you are able.
  • Check on your neighbors; you can do this with a phone call or a text message. My neighbors were recently on a vacation trip and I texted them to see if they were back and doing okay; people appreciate the contact. WFC President Julaine Appling was on a White House briefing call this week regarding the COVID-19 situation. One of the doctors on the President’s task force astutely said, “Don’t let social distancing become social isolation.”
  • Maintain your Bible reading and devotional commitment. Now is not the time to sit around watching TV.  Read some good books. Listen to some good music. Lesson to some good podcasts. I personally like The World and Everything In It, from World News, and The Briefing, from Al Mohler. And be sure to add our WFC podcasts to your list: Wisconsin Family Minute, Wisconsin Family Connection, and Home Front.
  • Tackle some projects around the house. Maybe you have been thinking about painting a room, or making some repairs, or doing some upgrades. Now is a great time to tackle those things. Go out and purchase those needed supplies, which helps the economy and local businesses, and then make those improvements.
  • FaceTime or Skype with friends and family. We miss holding our grands and hanging with them, but they have been sick (NOT with COVID-19) and school is closed; so they have been staying home, and we see them via FaceTime.
  • No one knows if you are live-streaming your church’s services or not, but do it anyway. It will help you stay connected with your local body of believers. If your church does not have this technology, then the next best thing is to participate in what someone else is doing.
  • Maintain your financial support of your local church. I have said this in several venues−this thing isn’t going to last forever. If we want our pastors and ministries to survive, we MUST continue to support them.
  • Ask the Lord for wisdom (James 1:5).
  • Pray. “Be careful [anxious] for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6).
    • Pray for healthcare workers who are on the front lines. Pray for protection of their health and protection of the health of their families. Pray for your pastors and the leaders of your church.
    • Pray God will use this crisis to draw people to Himself.
    • Pray for your local, state and national elected officials. Download the If 7:14 app on your smart phone, if you have one, as a reminder to pray twice a day for them.

Today is the last day for online voter registration in Wisconsin. Here’s what you need to know!

You don’t have to wait until April 7 to vote!  Some municipalities in Wisconsin began early in-person voting this week, and more will begin early in-pereson voting next week.  To find details for your early voting polling location, visit:  www.my.wi.gov.  You will need to call your municipal clerk to find out what days and hours early in-person voting is available.

Not registered to vote?  The deadline to register online or by mail is today. You can still register to vote after today’s deadline, but you will have to do so in-person.  Registering to vote is easy and can be done online at myvote.wi.gov.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is April 2.  However, we highly recommend you request your absentee ballot no later than March 27, if you plan to return it to your municipal clerk via the mail, as it must be received by 8 p.m. on April 7.  To request an absentee ballot, visit myvote.wi.gov.

In the event you’re unable to make it to the polls on election day, early in-person or absentee ballot voting is the best way to make sure your vote counts.

We urge you to create a plan to vote that best accommodates your individual situation.  President Trump and Justice Daniel Kelly are counting on your vote!

President Trump Declares Sunday, March 15, National Day of Prayer for All Americans

 
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR ALL AMERICANS AFFECTED BY THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND FOR OUR NATIONAL RESPONSE EFFORTS
 
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
 
A PROCLAMATION

In our times of greatest need, Americans have always turned to prayer to help guide us through trials and periods of uncertainty.  As we continue to face the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans are unable to gather in their churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other houses of worship.  But in this time we must not cease asking God for added wisdom, comfort, and strength, and we must especially pray for those who have suffered harm or who have lost loved ones.  I ask you to join me in a day of prayer for all people who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and to pray for God’s healing hand to be placed on the people of our Nation.

As your President, I ask you to pray for the health and well-being of your fellow Americans and to remember that no problem is too big for God to handle.  We should all take to heart the holy words found in 1 Peter 5:7:  “Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you.”  Let us pray that all those affected by the virus will feel the presence of our Lord’s protection and love during this time.  With God’s help, we will overcome this threat.

On Friday, I declared a national emergency and took other bold actions to help deploy the full power of the Federal Government to assist with efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic.  I now encourage all Americans to pray for those on the front lines of the response, especially our Nation’s outstanding medical professionals and public health officials who are working tirelessly to protect all of us from the coronavirus and treat patients who are infected; all of our courageous first responders, National Guard, and dedicated individuals who are working to ensure the health and safety of our communities; and our Federal, State, and local leaders.  We are confident that He will provide them with the wisdom they need to make difficult decisions and take decisive actions to protect Americans all across the country.  As we come to our Father in prayer, we remember the words found in Psalm 91:  “He is my refuge and my fortress:  my God; in him will I trust.”

As we unite in prayer, we are reminded that there is no burden too heavy for God to lift or for this country to bear with His help.  Luke 1:37 promises that “For with God nothing shall be impossible,” and those words are just as true today as they have ever been.  As one Nation under God, we are greater than the hardships we face, and through prayer and acts of compassion and love, we will rise to this challenge and emerge stronger and more united than ever before.  May God bless each of you, and may God bless the United States of America.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim March 15, 2020, as a National Day of Prayer for All Americans Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic and for our National Response Efforts.  I urge Americans of all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to offer prayers for all those affected, including people who have suffered harm or lost loved ones.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourteenth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.
DONALD J. TRUMP

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The White House · 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW · Washington, DC 20500-0003 · USA · 202-456-1111

BREAKING: Wisconsin Family Council & DaySpring Church Close Supreme Court Candidate Forum to Public

March 13, 2020 – Madison, WI – Wisconsin Family Council and DaySpring Church in Pewaukee are hosting a Candidate Forum this Monday, March 16th at 7 pm.  Candidates for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice have been invited to share their views on the role of the court, the upcoming election and their qualifications.  Due to precautions stemming from the Coronavirus and in consideration of the Governor’s request that there be no events with over 250 people gathered, this event is being closed to the public.

However, the forum will be held.

VCY America as the media host will be providing live coverage starting at 7 p.m. Monday on VCY America Radio.  Live streaming will be featured on Wisconsin Family Action’s Facebook page, and the forum is being videotaped for airing on WVCY Television, TV30, Tuesday night at 7 p.m.  Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Council will moderate the event and will be joined by panelists Pastor Daniel Reehoff of DaySpring Church and Jim Schneider, executive director of VCY America.

Media outlets wishing to cover the forum should contact Wisconsin Family Council by phone (608-334-6435) or by email (media@wifamilycouncil.org) no later than noon on Monday, March 16.

Wisconsin voters are encouraged to view the forum online or via radio, starting at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020.

Marsy’s Law Amendment Referendum on Wisconsin’s Statewide Ballot

On Tuesday, April 7, every Wisconsin ballot will have a referendum regarding the rights of victims of crime, commonly referred to as Marsy’s Law. According to the web site for Marsy’s Law for All, the law is named for Marsalee (Marsy) Nicholas, a “beautiful, vibrant University of California Santa Barbara student, who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983.”

The referendum, if passed, would give victims the constitutional right to enforce their rights in the court of law if their rights have been infringed upon during the criminal justice process.

Wisconsin Family Action is not taking an official position in support of or opposed to this referendum. We are simply alerting you that it will be on your ballot and encouraging you to get prepared to vote on it.

Below are some links to articles you can reference to help you make your decision at the ballot box.

From the Department of Justice (DOJ) – Click HERE.

From Ballotpedia: Click HERE

From the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) – Click HERE (in opposition to the referendum)

From State Senator André Jacque (R-De Pere) – Click HERE (in support of the referendum)

 

April 7 ballot, statewide referendum re: Marsy’s Law Amendment – what you need to know #MarsysLaw

On Tuesday, April 7, every ballot will have a referendum regarding the rights of victims of crime, commonly referred to as Marsy’s Law. Marsy’s Law would give victims the constitutional right to enforce their rights in the court of law if they have been infringed upon during the criminal justice process.

According to the web site for Marsy’s Law for All, the law is named for Marsalee (Marsy) Nicholas, a “beautiful, vibrant University of California Santa Barbara student, who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983.”

Republicans in the state senate and assembly have authored and supported this proposal and it has passed now in two consecutive legislative sessions per the law with a good measure of bipartisan support.

The wording of the question as it will appear on your ballot is as follows:

Additional rights of crime victims.
Shall section 9m of article I of the constitution, which gives certain rights to crime victims, be amended to give crime victims additional rights, to require that the rights of crime victims be protected with equal force to the protections afforded the accused while leaving the federal constitutional rights of the accused intact, and to allow crime victims to enforce their rights in court?”

Essentially, according to those supporting this proposal, Marsy’s Law would strengthen some of the rights guaranteed the victims of crimes in state law by putting them into the state Constitution. It also adds a couple of rights to those currently recognized for victims of crime. Supporters say it is intended to level the playing field between the rights and protections that alleged criminals have and the rights and protections victims of crime have.

Those opposing the amendment say it will somehow affect the rights of the accused, that it’s unworkable and counterproductive, and claim it somehow violates the US Constitution.

Tuesday, April 7, is Election Day. Early in-person voting begins across the state on March 23. In Milwaukee, early voting begins Monday, March 16 and will run through Sunday, April 5. If you’d like to vote early, contact your municipal court for specific dates and times. Find your local municipal clerk’s information HERE.

 

State Rep Chris Taylor (D) calling for doors to open wide to abortion in Wisconsin – kicking women to the curb @ChrisTaylorWI

State Representative Chris Taylor (photo left), a Democrat from Madison and formerly the lobbyist for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, is calling for the legislature to pass what she calls the Respect Women Act. In an op ed published this week in the Cap times, Taylor lauds Governor Evers for vetoing pro-life legislation that the legislature has passed this session. The bill she is pushing would essentially undo all restrictions on abortion in Wisconsin, including the 24-hour waiting period, requiring an ultrasound, and the current ban on abortions after 20 weeks.

Wisconsin’s abortion numbers sadly ticked up a bit this year, but imagine what those numbers would be without the restrictions we currently have. Elections really do have consequences. Planned Parenthood has included Wisconsin in its targeted states for this election cycle. They are spending millions to try to flip conservative state legislatures to liberal, pro-abortion legislatures.

Note: Taylor is also the mother of two children.

WI Supreme Court Justice CANDIDATE FORUM Hosted by WI Family Council & DaySpring Church 

Monday, March 16, from 7-8:30 p.m., Wisconsin Family Council (WFC) and DaySpring Church will be hosting, for the first time ever, the Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate Forum at DaySpring Church in Pewaukee. Our media host for this event will be VCY America. WFC president Julaine Appling will be the moderator and a panelist, along with Pastor Daniel Reehoff of DaySpring Church and Jim Schneider, Executive Director of VCY America.

This Candidate Forum is the perfect opportunity for you to hear the candidates’ views on the role of the court, the upcoming election, and their qualifications. The Candidate Forum is free and open to the public.

Find all the information you need to know about our Candidate Forum on our brand new Vote Right Wisconsin website by clicking HERE!

Mark your calendar and plan to fill your vehicle with friends, family and neighbors. Get the word out now and plan to arrive early as we expect a full house for this event!  Light refreshments will be available before the Forum.

Report Shows Abortions Increasing Across Wisconsin

The state Department of Health has released the newest abortion data, and they don’t fare well for Wisconsin. The number of induced abortions reported for Wisconsin residents in 2018 was 6,042, an increase of 7 percent over induced abortions reported in 2017. Women ages twenty to twenty-four accounted for the largest proportion, thirty percent, of abortions in 2018. Eighty-six percent of reported induced abortions were obtained by women who were not married at the time of the abortion. Eighty two percent of women who had abortions have never been married.
READ THE REPORT HERE

Julaine Appling, WFA president, says, “It’s discouraging to see the number of abortions increasing. We still have a lot of work to do to change hearts and minds. However, the data once again clearly show that the safest place for an unborn baby is in the womb of a married woman. Only 14% of these abortions were obtained by married women. While that’s still much too high, it reminds us marriage really is a difference-maker.”

SPEAKING OF ABORTION…
This week the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments about a Louisiana law that requires abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges to treat women who have emergency complications. Opponents say this requirement places an “undue burden” on women’s access to abortion. Louisiana state attorneys, with backing from the Trump administration and support from pro-life groups, contend the law is aimed at improving health and safety measures at abortion clinics. This will be the first abortion case President Trump’s appointees, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, will hear.

Wisconsin has a similar law that has never been enforced because Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit against it shortly after Governor Walker signed the bill. The decision of the court will have implications nationwide. Wisconsin Family Action was honored to join with a number of other pro-life family policy councils from around the country in submitting a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the law.

Listen to the update to the case on this week’s Home Front radio program HERE.

Direct Primary Care Bill Passes Senate, Goes to Wisconsin Governor’s Desk

Last week the state senate gave the needed final vote on a bill, SB 28, that helps families control their health care. The direct primary care bill, authored by Republicans Representative Joe Sanfelippo and Senator Chris Kapenga, exempts direct primary care agreements from the state’s insurance laws. Direct primary care agreements are contracts signed between a health-care provider and an individual in which the health-care provider agrees to provide primary care services to the individual for an agreed-upon fee and period of time. Governor Evers vetoed the bill last Friday.

“Direct primary care agreements offer families more flexibility and very often more affordability in their health care,” says Julaine Appling, WFA president. “It’s part of how we keep or help families become self-sufficient and independent. Getting insurance companies out of these agreements assures more control by the people directly giving and receiving the health care. Apparently Governor Evers isn’t interested in truly helping Wisconsin’s best natural resource–her families.”

Trump Administration “Protect Life Rule” Upheld

From LiveAction.com: “In a 7-4 decision, an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has lifted injunctions that blocked the Trump Administration’s Title X rule change. Dubbed The Protect Life Rule, it requires that abortion businesses separate their abortion services from their family planning/birth control services both physically and fiscally in order to qualify for Title X family planning federal funding.”
Read the rest of the article HERE.

WFA president Julaine Appling says, “President Trump’s decision about Title X funds has saved taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. The Ninth Circuit’s decision is definitely a good one. Planned Parenthood’s reason for existence is not women’s health care; it’s abortion. Over the years they have found ways to hide that reality; but each year they continue to lead the nation and our state in the number of babies killed by abortion.”

WFA Testimony in Support of Assembly Joint Resolution 130 (Personhood Amendment)

Thank you, Chairman Sanfelippo and committee members, for the opportunity to testify on Assembly Joint Resolution 130.

Wisconsin Family Action strongly supports this joint resolution.

Currently, Article I, Section 1, of the Wisconsin Constitution provides that only those who are “born” are afforded certain “inherent rights,” including the right to life.

Joint Resolution 130 proposes to amend the language of Article 1, Section 1 of the Wisconsin Constitution to reflect that, as applied to the right to life, the term “persons” applies to every human being in any stage of development, born or unborn.

We support this change for five main reasons:

(Click below on official document to read the entire testimony. Feel free to download and share.)

Action Alert: WFA president asks citizens to weigh in on dangerous ban on talk therapy/counseling by 11 a.m. Tuesday 1/28

TODAY, Tuesday, January 28, at 11 a.m. the Wisconsin Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling and Social Work Examining Board will hold a public hearing at 4822 Madison Yards Way (Hill Farms State Office Building), Room N208, in Madison.

CLICK HERE to send email NOW

(SEE TALKING POINTS BELOW)

Also, send an email to Jon Derenee, Director at DSPSAdminRules@wisconsin.gov.  

The purpose of the hearing is to consider a permanent rule relating to unethical and unprofessional conduct.

Administrative Code Chapter Affected: Ch. MPSW 20 (Revised)

Part of the changes being proposed greatly concern us:

  • Adding gender and gender identity to the list of protected classes in the anti-discrimination language. (section (8) of the proposed rule change)
  • Determining that using or promoting “any intervention or method that has the purpose of attempting to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, including attempting to change behaviors or expressions of self or to reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same gender” would constitute unethical or unprofessional conduct.

Essentially this rule would ban talk therapy or counseling that warns people that certain behaviors related to sexual behavior or gender identity can be dangerous or that offers a different approach or way of thinking (including exposing people to God’s design and plan) could result in the therapist, counselor or social worker being disciplined, up to and including losing their license.

CLICK HERE to send email NOW

(SEE TALKING POINTS BELOW)

Also, send an email to Jon Derenee, Director at DSPSAdminRules@wisconsin.gov.  

This proposal is uniquely different from the bill that is before the state legislature (AB 111/SB 107) that would prohibit certain mental health providers from engaging in so-called “conversion therapy” (i.e., talk therapy/counseling) with minors dealing with unwanted same-sex attraction or unwanted gender confusion and from similar ordinances that have passed in several communities in the last couple of years. First, this rule is not restricted to minors; it applies to anyone at any age. Second, nothing about a “fee for services” is mentioned, meaning whether or not money for services is exchanged, this rule would apply. Third, the rule provides no religious exemption/exception.

Citizens wanting to be part of the public record on this issue, must submit their written comments by email no later than 11 a.m. tomorrow morning, or they can make an appearance before the Board.

Eventually, the state legislature will have an opportunity to review this proposal; but that is down the road a bit.

CLICK HERE to send email NOW

(SEE TALKING POINTS BELOW)

Also, send an email to Jon Derenee, Director at DSPSAdminRules@wisconsin.gov.  

We believe this is an end-run around the normal legislative process, done to expedite these changes and keep people like the governor from having to actually sign-off on the language.

Wisconsin Family Action strongly opposes this proposed rule change, which if passed, will have the full weight and effect of a law in our state. Christians who have a license as a marriage and family therapist or a professional counselor or a social worker would be directly impacted by this rule, even to the point of losing their license and thereby potentially losing their livelihood.

CLICK HERE to send email NOW

Also, send an email to Jon Derenee, Director at DSPSAdminRules@wisconsin.gov.  

Below are some helpful “talking points” to assist you with your message:

  • Removing the word sex and replacing it with gender and gender identity in the discrimination rule changes the meaning of sex, which the federal government has affirmed refers to one’s biological makeup. Gender and sex are not the same. Gender is a politically correct idea that is not founded in science, whereas sex is a biological, scientific reality. The state has not equated these terms either. No agency should get to make this decision.
  • Marriage and family therapists, professional counselors and social workers have First Amendment rights of freedom of speech. Section 25 essentially forces all holding these licenses to give only one form of speech when it comes to treating someone dealing with unwanted same-sex attraction or unwanted gender confusion. Talk therapy is an intervention or method used by many therapists, counselors and social workers to help people make wise decisions. Their not being able to warn people about what can happen as a result of acting on their attractions and/or confusion is irresponsible at best.
  • We all agree that bullying, intimidation, shock therapy, or any kind of truly abusive behavior is wrong and is truly unethical and unprofessional conduct. But talking to people about realities, about biological truth, and educating them on risks is what good counselors, therapists and social workers should all have the right to do.

Critical Elections on the Horizon for Wisconsin

WI Spring Primary is Tuesday, February 18, 2020 

From last week’s Wisconsin Family Connection radio program, Julaine Appling WFA president states, “The spring primary that is fast approaching will have only one statewide race and that will be for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  Incumbent Justice Dan Kelly, who was appointed to the state’s high court by Governor Scott Walker when Justice David Prosser resigned, is up for election.  To date, Justice Kelly is opposed by Dane County Judge Jill Karofsky and Marquette University law professor Ed Fallone.  The primary will reduce the field to two candidates.  In addition to this statewide race, many areas will have local primaries in addition to this statewide race.”

Click HERE to read “Election Year, Here We Come!” that gives extremely valuable information from WFA president Julaine Appling regarding the Supreme Court race as well as other statewide races. Share this information far and wide with friends, family and neighbors. Many are not aware of the critical nature of the Supreme Court race or the spring primary. You can be a voice in your community!

NOTE: Our new Voter Information Publication (Voter Guide) will soon be available so you can compare the Supreme Court candidates. Stay tuned!

Visit YOUR ELECTION CENTRAL by clicking HERE for everything you need to know about the upcoming spring primary and more!

What are YOU doing for Sanctity of Human Life Month?


January is Sanctity of Human Life Month, officially designated as such in 1984 by then-President Ronald Reagan. During this month, we recognize the importance and value of every life, while also mourning the legalizing of abortion on demand all across the country by a rogue US Supreme Court on January 22, 1973—a court that acted in a judicially activist manner, resulting in the extinguishing of over 61 million babies while still in their mothers’ womb.On Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, January 19, it is important for churches to preach and teach on the sanctity of life, which is a biblical issue not a political one. We hope churches all across Wisconsin will do something during a Sunday service either this Sunday or next Sunday to reinforce God’s Truth about life and the atrocity of abortion.

In other recent pro-life developments…

Benjamin Yount, author for The Center Square, writes, “U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and Republican Congressmen Jim Sensenbrenner, Bryan Steil, and Glenn Grothman this week all signed a letter along with about 200 other Republicans asking the Supreme Court to reconsider the case that has legalized abortion in this country for more than 45 years….Only Republican Congressman Mike Gallagher from Green Bay didn’t sign the letter.”

Julaine Appling, WFA president, says, “I am deeply appreciative of those of our congressional delegation who signed this timely letter to the high court. It’s regrettable that Representative Gallagher took a pass on this and is relying on his very limited voting record. Senator Johnson and Representatives Sensenbrenner and Grothman have strong, long-standing pro-life voting records and still saw the importance of this letter.”>>>>>Listen to this week’s Wisconsin Family Connection “Children: A Gift From God” HERE.

>>>>>Read, download and hand out this month’s Church Connection HERE. It’s free and ready to go as a bulletin insert! Share, share, share!

Did you know? Wisconsin’s “Choose Life” license plates have raised over $65,000 to date that has been disbursed to our valuable life-affirming, woman-saving pregnancy resource centers across the state? Click HERE to learn more or get yours today!

How You Can Help — We are currently in the process of collecting information about pro-life events being held across Wisconsin to honor the sanctity of life as well as mourn the devastating loss of life since Roe v Wade. If you know of an event, plan on attending one or would like to promote an event you are offering, please contact our office as soon as possible but no later than Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Email us HERE or call us at 608-256-3228 (Madison) or 888-378-73

Madison School District Put on Notice

From the Wisconsin State Journal:

“A conservative legal group is giving the Madison School District 45 days to change a policy the organization says unconstitutionally bars parents from finding out from school staff if their child is transitioning genders or it will sue the district.

“The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, or WILL, sent a letter Wednesday to the district laying out its legal arguments against portions of a ‘guidance document’ for working with transgender and non-binary students, which prohibits staff from revealing to parents if their child is transitioning genders unless the student gives permission.
Read more HERE.

“The Madison School District has been put on notice: they cannot trounce on the rights of parents,” says Julaine Appling, WFC president, “Issuing and enforcing guidelines that keep critical information about their children from parents is patently wrong and is harmful to the well-being of the children. Thank you to Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty for this letter and for being willing, if necessary, to bring a lawsuit.”

Impeachment: What You Need to Know

On Wednesday, December 18, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump. The Wisconsin delegation vote was along party lines, with Democrats Mark Pocan, Ron Kind, and Gwen Moore voting to impeach; and Republicans Bryan Steil, Jim Sensenbrenner, Glenn Grothman and Mike Gallagher voting against impeachment. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is now saying she isn’t going to release the impeachment articles to the Senate until she is satisfied that the rules the Senate establishes for how that body will handle the impeachment trial are “fair.” The Constitution requires that the House send the articles of impeachment to the Senate, but does not specify when that must be done.

Much confusion exists about the next steps and about whether or not the House vote means the president is removed from office. To be clear, the House voting to impeach the president, does not mean he is removed from office.  The Constitution requires that after the House votes to impeach, the next step is, once the Senate receives the articles of impeachment, that the Senate acts as a kind of court, conducting some type of trial to determine whether the president would be removed from office.

The Daily Caller explains the impeachment process in a step-by-step manner that is easy to understand. CLICK HERE to learn more. Be sure to follow us for updates on this current issue.

What’s happening in Wisconsin?; YOUR WFA Legislative Update

Wisconsin Family Action has been working hard on your behalf throughout the 2019-2020 legislative session and provides a comprehensive legislative update so you can track the issues.

What legislative topics are in this update? Wisconsin bills that have passed, failed or are currently in progress and that pertain to our core issues of marriage, family, life and religious freedom, such as:
Decriminalizing child prostitution
Possession of child pornography
Prohibiting so-called “conversion therapy” for minors
Creating a nonrefundable tax credit for adoption expenses 
Removing “personal conviction” exemption from vaccination requirements 
Funding character education in public schools
Born Alive Bill
And so much more….

CLICK HERE to read about these, and other, very important issues that WFA has been working on and where we stand on each bill.

Sheboygan Wife/Mother Shares Story of Transformation after Considering Assisted Suicide

In an editorial published recently online at The Cap Times, Cori Salchert (photo left, holding “Charlie”) boldly asserts from personal experience that assisted suicide is not the answer. Salchert says in 2012, had assisted suicide been legal in Wisconsin, she probably would have done it to escape the pain she was in. However, it wasn’t available; and she is alive today, even mothering special needs children and helping others with serious illnesses. She reminds everyone that every human life is valuable and worth fighting for, and that doctors don’t know with surety when anyone is going to die.

“The story of this wife and mother is poignant and timely,” says Julaine Appling, WFA president, “Proponents of assisted suicide in Wisconsin are increasing their efforts to legalize this form of killing, hoping that if the legislature flips from conservative to liberal next year, they will get their way. We need more real-life testimonies like Cori’s to highlight the reality that assisted suicide is truly not the answer.”

Photo courtesy: today.com

Christmas Arrives at the Wisconsin State Capitol

Each year for the past 24 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.

On Monday, December 1, Wisconsin Family Council once again put up the sign in the capitol, while Wisconsin Family Action placed an accompanying nativity display.

Click HERE to view our slide show from the capitol rotunda.

“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,” remarks Julaine Appling, president of WFA and WFC.

Click below to view our Facebook LIVE video as we put up the nativity scene. You’ll get to see all the activity taking place with the initial trimming of the rotunda Christmas tree and other beautiful decorations donning the building. Follow us on Facebook HERE!

Appleton next Wisconsin city to push BAN on so-called “conversion therapy” for minors

The City of Appleton could become the next Wisconsin city to enact a ban on so-called “conversion therapy” for minors. The Board of Health is scheduled to vote on the proposal next Wednesday, December 11. Similar to such ordinances in other communities, this policy makes it illegal for counselors, who in some way take a fee, to tell minors struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion that there is truly real help and real hope and that going down those paths is not God’s best plan for them. What constitutes a fee is unclear legally.

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These proposals are aimed at only one group and that is Christians. The Appleton proposal is deceptively called the Youth Mental Health Act. But if city leaders were really concerned about the mental health of the youth in their community, they would not be pushing a proposal that promotes the LGBT agenda and trounces on parents’ rights and religious freedom. This should be a wake-up call to citizens across our state.

IF YOU LIVE IN APPLETON:

MAKE THE CALL to the Members of the Board of Health TODAY! Contact information below.

Members:

Council Members (Click on name for contact information)

District 1 – William Siebers, Alderperson District 9 – Alex Schultz, Alderperson
  
District 2 – Vered Meltzer, Alderperson and Council Vice President  District 10 – Christine Williams, Alderperson
  
District 3 – Brad Firkus, Alderperson  District 11 – Patti Coenen, Alderperson
  
District 4 – Joe Martin, Alderperson  District 12 – Cathy Spears, Alderperson
  
District 5 – Katie Van Zeeland, Alderperson  District 13 – Kyle Lobner, Alderperson and Council President
  
District 6 – Denise Fenton, Alderperson  District 14 – Christopher W. Croatt, Alderperson
  
District 7 – Maiyoua Thao, Alderperson  District 15 – Corey Otis, Alderperson
  
District 8 – Matthew Reed, Alderperson  

EASILY EMAIL ALL 15 APPLETON ALDERPERSONS for APPLETON by clicking HERE.

BLACK FRIDAY, CYBER MONDAY AND…

As we spent time in celebration this past Thanksgiving 2019, 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.

After a weekend spent with eating, visiting and shopping..
TODAY, Tuesday, December 3, is dedicated to giving.

WHAT IS GIVING TUESDAY?

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.

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. CLICK HERE to partner with us right now!

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. 

Your financial investment on Giving Tuesdayensures we can stay on statewide Christian radio every day, that we can continue to work with legislators to promote policies that strengthen, preserve and promote our shared core values and to stop policies that would negatively impact those values–and much more!  

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! CLICK HERE to invest in Wisconsin Family Action now! 

Won’t you CLICK HERE on this Giving Tuesdayto 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 partnership will grow the presence of Wisconsin Family Action and Wisconsin Family Council.


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 opportunity today – Giving Tuesday.

Wisconsin Should Lend a Hand UP to Adoptive Families

Adopting a child today is expensive.  The Adoptive Family Magazine reports that the average cost of adopting domestically through an adoption agency is $35,000 and through an adoption attorney, it’s $38,000. The average cost of an international adoption is $36,000. Foster care adoptions are much less expensive but often take longer and have more twists and turns for the adoptive family. State legislators have introduced a bill that would give adoptive parents a $5000 tax credit, as well as several bills designed to streamline foster-care adoptions.

Julaine Appling, president of WFA, adds, “I’m pretty sure when I was adopted, I was cheap for mom and dad! Unfortunately, the cost of adoption today has sky-rocketed; and that has become an impediment for some families. Some foundations offer grants to help off-set these costs, and the federal government has a tax credit for adoptive families. Wisconsin currently has a tax deduction, but not a more helpful tax credit.”

Read this week’s Wisconsin Family Connection transcript HERE —->Adoption: Pure Religion.