MAKE YOUR CALL TODAY. THIS RESOLUTION WILL BE VOTED ON THIS TUESDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 26.
This past January, the City of Milwaukee began exploring the possibility of gender-neutral or gender-inclusive restrooms in city buildings. In July, the Equal Rights Commission’s “Inclusive Restrooms Working Group” issued a report calling for, at a minimum, the City of Milwaukee to create gender-inclusive restrooms, locker rooms, and changing rooms in all buildings and properties owned by the City.
In early November, 3 Milwaukee alderpersons introduced a
resolution calling for the City to create policies and procedures to implement
“gender-inclusive” restrooms, locker rooms and changing rooms in all City
buildings both present and in the future.
On November 13, the Public Works Committee held a public hearing on the resolution. Appearing in support of the resolution were 3 members of the Equal Rights Commission and a City employee who is transgendered from female to male. No one spoke against the resolution. CLICK HERE TO VIEW the portion of the hearing where this resolution was considered.
CLICK HERE to read the full resolution that will be voted on Tuesday morning, November 26, 2019
Following the testimony, the Public Works Committee voted 5-0 to adopt the resolution and forward it to the full Common Council.
The Milwaukee Common Council is scheduled to vote on the resolution this coming Tuesday morning, November 26, 2019.
On Monday, November 18, during the VCY America “InFocus” program with host Jim Schneider,Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly, appointed to the high court in 2016 by then-Governor Scott Walker, following the retirement of Justice David Prosser, detailed his case before the citizens of Wisconsin regarding his seeking a ten-year term on the high court. Judicial philosophy, individual rights and the rule of law were discussed. Viewers were encouraged to call in with their questions for the Justice.
Conservative Justice Brian Hagedorn described Justice Kelly in this tweet from earlier this year, “Justice Kelly is a man of faith, family, and integrity. And he understands that the judiciary should be the least dangerous branch because it faithfully applies the law as written.”
Kelly is currently set to face two candidates openly supported by liberals: Ed Fallone, a Marquette Law School professor, and Dane County Judge Jill Karofsky. The primary for this race will be Tuesday, February 18, 2020. The general election falls on the same date as the contested Democratic presidential primary, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, assuring increased turnout among liberal voters.
A 2020 Kelly victory would maintain the court’s 5-2 conservative majority. It is critical voters save the date and plan to rally others to the polls on April 7.
What if we all gave on one day? We can! On December 3, 2019, our state (and nation) will come together for 24 hours of unprecedented giving. This is your opportunity to support the critical work of Wisconsin Family Action (WFA) through #GivingTuesday.
WFA, a nonprofit ( 501(c)(4) organization that is dedicated to strengthening, preserving and promoting marriage, family, life and religious freedom is one of the organizations participating in #GivingTuesday. Help us raise awareness and funds for WFA by saving the date and making a secure donation online on December 3, 2019 by clicking HERE.
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The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services will hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 286 this Wednesday, November 20, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 411 South of the State Capitol. Senate Bill (SB) 286, authored by Senator Kathy Bernier (R-Chippewa Falls), is the companion bill to Assembly Bill (AB) 304, legislation permitting pharmacists to prescribe and dispense hormonal contraceptive patches (the Patch) and self-administered oral hormonal contraceptives to persons 18 years of age and older. Currently, these contraceptives may only be prescribed by a physician.
Please ATTEND the public hearing and testify or register against SB 286.
Bounce Milwaukee has become a large and very popular entertainment spot for families, offering all sorts of bounce-house options, laser tag, rock climbing and more. The venue is especially popular for kids’ birthday parties. Bounce House also offers fund-raising opportunities, which Drag Queen Story Hour Milwaukee took advantage of this past Saturday,
utilizing an area right near the main entrance from 2-6 p.m., even while families were bringing in seven and eight-year-olds for a birthday party elsewhere in the facility. A portion of the entire day’s sales went to the Drag Queens.
View the event on Bounce Milwaukee’s Facebook HERE. Another similar event was held on July 18. View this event HERE.
PARENTS BEWARE. “This is a private business,” says Julaine Appling, WFA president, “and the owners have every right to host a fund-raiser for any group they want, but I believe this is a horrible business decision. Bounce Milwaukee was started by a couple with five children who wanted a place for families to have fun. Exposing children to drag queens who want to captivate the hearts and minds of young children should not be part of their business plan in any way.
On Monday, November 18, during the VCY America InFocus program with host Jim Schneider, Justice Daniel Kelly, appointed to the Supreme Court in 2016 following the retirement of Justice David Prosser, detailed his case before the citizens of Wisconsin regarding his seeking a ten-year term on the high court. Judicial philosophy, individual rights and the rule of law were discussed. Viewers were encouraged to call in with their questions for the Justice.
Conservative Justice Brian Hagedorn described Justice Kelly in this tweet from earlier this year, “Justice Kelly is a man of faith, family, and integrity. And he understands that the judiciary should be the least dangerous branch because it faithfully applies the law as written.”
Kelly is currently set to face two liberal-backed candidates: Ed Fallone, a Marquette Law School professor, and Dane County Judge Jill Karofsky. Next year’s Supreme Court election falls on the same date as the contested Democratic presidential primary, Tuesday, April 27, 2020, assuring increased turnout among liberal voters.
A 2020 Kelly victory would maintain the court’s 5-2 conservative majority. It is critical that voters save the date and plan to rally others to the polls on April 27.
“English and math are tough subjects. Maybe that’s why Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) is focusing, instead, on teaching kids about sexual preferences and how to participate in political rallies.
“MMSD just celebrated “National Coming Out Day” last month (October). The video below is still up on the MMSD home page. It features middle school and high school students talking about their “sexuality.” Start at 1:00.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
If you live in the MMSD, call your school board members and voice your opinion. Contact information may be found HERE for individual board members. OR you may email the entire board at one time using the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aaron Rodriguez writing for Right Wisconsin, “On Friday, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers chose to avoid a major controversy by replacing a Christmas tree in the Capitol rotunda with its more abstract cousin, the ‘Holiday tree.’
“Of course, the tree itself isn’t actually being replaced. It’s being renamed with the apparent hope that when people see it, they won’t be reminded that it’s the Christmas season.” Read the rest of the article HERE.
Rep. Scott Krug (R-Nekoosa) introduced a resolution this week declaring the tree the Wisconsin State Christmas Tree. The Republican-controlled Assembly passed the same resolution in 2007 but the proposal died in Senate. Krug’s resolution can’t pass before Christmas. The Assembly had its last 2019 floor session on Tuesday.
Related to the issue of Christianity, this past Tuesday on a bipartisan vote of 86-9, the state Assembly passed a resolution (AR 16) recognizing Thanksgiving week as National Bible Week in Wisconsin. All 9 no votes were from Democrats. The resolution notes that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt first declared National Bible Week in 1941 and that at that time, the National Bible Association read passages on the air at NBC between radio broadcasts during Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7, 1941. The resolution states that reading the Bible has contributed to the molding of the spiritual, moral, and social fiber of our state’s citizenry.
WFC president Julaine Appling comments, “In the over twenty years of my involvement with the state legislature, I’ve never seen a resolution like this one. I appreciate greatly Representative Paul Tittl’s leadership on this and the support of so many other representatives. It’s instructive and sad to note that the majority of the no votes came from some of the most outspoken supporters of abortion and the LGBT agenda.”
Last Thursday, November 7, on a bipartisan vote of 82-14, the State Assembly passed a bill, AB 304, that gives pharmacists the authority to write prescriptions for certain oral contraceptives and patches. The 14 “no” votes were all Republicans. Among other problems, the bill has no exemption for the religious beliefs or conscience of pharmacists and requires only that the woman complete a medical questionnaire and that the pharmacist administer a blood pressure screen. Three of the state’s pro-life organizations have been opposed to the bill, including Wisconsin Family Action.
Julaine Appling, WFA president, says, “We believe this bill is not in anyone’s best interest. Currently pharmacists in Wisconsin cannot write prescriptions for anything. That’s for good reason—primarily the well-being of the patient. We are extremely proud of the Assembly Republicans who did the right thing and voted no on this bill that will bring far more harm than good. We hope the Senate will just let this bill die.”
The Senate Health Committee will be holding a public hearing on the Senate version of this bill, Senate Bill 286 (identical to AB 304), on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. The hearing starts at 10 a.m. in Room 411 South of the State Capitol. SB 286 is last on the hearing agenda. The Senate Health Committee is chaired by Sen. Pat Testin, who is a senate co-sponsor of this bill. Once this hearing is held and the committee votes on the bill, the way is cleared for the full Senate to take up the bill passed in the Assembly last week.
What you can do: Call your senator and give them your opinion on the senate version of this bill, SB 286. Click HERE to find your senator’s contact information. (Type your address into the upper right-hand search box.) Phone calls to senators are extremely important with the public hearing coming up next Wednesday. Thank you for making a difference!
“The Wisconsin Department of Education released the statewide test scores for the 2018-19 school year, the 4th consecutive year of using the Forward exam. Test scores, while not a complete picture of a student’s learning, do serve as a guide in achievement, reading, math and basic education fundamentals.”
Republican Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), chair of the Assembly Education Committee, recently weighed in on annual test scores released last month by the Department of Public Instruction. Thiesfeldt has publicly said the “annual test scores released last month showed that 60 percent of Wisconsin students are not able to read or perform math at grade level,” and that “the vast majority of Wisconsin students cannot even read, write, or do math at grade level.” DPI 2018 statewide scores showed a drop in both math and English Language Arts from 2017 scores. Read more HERE.
In an October 16, 2019 press release, Thiesfeldt states Wisconsin taxpayers deserve better results, “Instead of just continuing to pour money into schools, it is past time for the DPI, the Legislature, and the Governor to recognize that when the pathway is flawed, increased spending does not lead to better results. Our focus needs to turn to stronger teacher training in the use of proven instructional methods, traditional roles for our schools, and engaged parenting.” Read the press release HERE.
Julaine Appling, WFA president, adds, “Perhaps if public schools spent more time on these critical academic areas than on encouraging kids to explore same-sex attraction or to try to change their sex, the situation would improve. Schools need to focus on what they are supposed to do—teaching reading, writing and math—not on the dangerous LGBT agenda. Concerned parents should be checking out the educational options we have in Wisconsin, especially the statewide Parental Choice Program which provides vouchers for students to attend private schools, including Christian schools. Their achievement records typically are markedly better than that of public schools.”
“National Family Week is a time to be thankful for the family as a national heritage and resource. It is a time to recommit ourselves to the concept of the family — a concept that must withstand the trends of lifestyle and legislation….” -President Ronald Reagan in his first National Family Week proclamation as president.
This month we officially recognize National Family Week, which is celebrated the week of Thanksgiving, which this year will be November 25 through the 29th. … “This observance was the idea of Mr. Sam Wiley, a teacher, basketball coach and school administrator in Indiana who observed the stark difference in children who came from strong, supportive families and those who were not being raised in a traditional family unit. He conceived of the idea to set aside a time during Thanksgiving — when families traditionally gather to give thanks for their many blessings — to recognize the important role family plays in our society.” Read the rest of this week’s Wisconsin Family Connection radio transcript HERE. Read more on the National Family Week website HERE.
Plan to celebrate National Family Week by creating memories. Need some ideas? Read a book. Explore the neighborhood. Turn off the television. Find 97 more creative ideas to celebrate “family” by viewing and/or downloading “100 Ways to Celebrate Your Family.” HERE.
Click HERE to access family resources from our website.
“Planned Parenthood recently released a book on sex, targeted at adolescents. “In case you’re curious: Questions about sex from young people with answers from the experts” was dedicated by Planned Parenthood to “the next generation, the youth of today.” … “Planned Parenthood writes, “The term ‘virgin’ means different things to different people… it is up to each person to define what virginity means for themselves.” … “Under the chapter on pregnancy, Planned Parenthood tells young readers about abortion as one of its pregnancy options. ‘Abortions can be done safely by getting a prescription for medication to end the pregnancy,’ PP writes, ‘or by having a doctor end the pregnancy at a clinic,’ they advise.”
Read more HERE. (Caution: This article contains extremely explicit language)
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Be diligent in knowing what books your children are reading. Find out if this book is available in your local library or school. Be a friend! Share this email with everyone you know so they are made aware of the dangerous content of this book and the possibility it may fall into the hands of their children or others they know.
WhatsApp is the most popular GLOBAL messaging app that also uses end-to-end encryption. This means that only the sender and the receiver can access the message AND images. In essence, this allows people to share child abuse images without getting caught. Facebook is planning to switch all of their other messaging platforms over to end-to-end encryption, and Google is pushing to have end-to-end encryption for all searches (leading to Dark Web-like risks).
As a reminder, technology in and of itself is not bad/evil. Many app, software and hardware developers are not out to hurt anyone; they may very well have the noblest and best of intentions. However, any technology can be and will be used for bad/evil purposes by some. Parents have a real challenge today to stay up on what is happening in this area–for their own sakes, but certainly also for the well-being and safety of their children.
What you can do:
Pray for your children/grandchildren for protection from sexually explicit content. Keep them safe. Visit protectyoungeyes.com for loads of solid information to assist you with this. Know what your children are using for apps. Be diligent in reviewing the content they are exposed to. Openly discuss the dangers of the internet and allow conversations to flow on the issue.
US Attorney General William Barr (photo, left) put the left into a veritable tailspin when he recently addressed students at Notre Dame Law School. His topic was religious freedom. He spoke about the moral decay in America and the wreckage it has caused and is continuing to cause. He discussed the “growing ascendancy of secularism and moral relativism,” and said the difference between what has happened in other times and now is “the force, fervor, and comprehensiveness of the assault on religion,” stating “[t]his is not decay; it is organized destruction.”
While this speech angered liberals, it should encourage Christians. AG Barr rightly notes that from the Founding Era onward, “[t]he imperative of protecting religious freedom was not just a nod in the direction of piety. It reflects the Framers’ belief that religion was [and we would add is] indispensable to sustaining our free system of government.” Read the transcript of AG Barr’s speech HERE.
“There is a pressing need to pass fetal dignity laws, which affirm the dignity of the unborn and add protections for women through stricter regulation of the abortion industry. In 2010, the police raided the abortion clinic of Dr. Kermit Gosnell and discovered the remains of unborn babies in jars. In 2019, it was discovered that another abortionist, Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, had also been harboring the remains of thousands of unborn children. • States should ensure the respectful burial of unborn children killed in abortion. • Women who have miscarriages should be able to receive death certificates that provide validation and dignity to the loss of their children.”
What are fetal dignity laws and why do we need them? Read more HERE.
Julaine Appling, WFC president, says, “Republican leadership in Wisconsin have several times killed bills that would stop this atrocity. Fortunately, Senator André Jacque and Representative Janel Brandtjen are trying again this session with their “Human Dignity Act” bill. While no bill is perfect, this one does clearly stop the trade and use of the body parts of aborted babies and requires appropriate disposition of their bodies.”
Wisconsin Family Council’s mission is to advance Judeo-Christian principles and values in Wisconsin by strengthening, preserving, and promoting marriage, family, life and religious liberty. Click HERE to securely partner with us today!
Family Council, along with a unique and unlikely coalition that includes our
national ally Family Policy Alliance, a self-described radical feminist group
Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF), D.C.-based The Heritage Foundation, our sister
state organization Minnesota Family Council, and two parent groups who have
children or loved ones struggling with gender confusion, have released the
first-ever Gender Resource
for parents on how to navigate the transgender issue with their children.
The Guide is endorsed by medical
professionals—including those who are experts in gender dysphoria—individuals
who have lived as the opposite sex and “de-transitioned,” faith leaders,
national policy experts, and more.
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin
Family Council, fully supports the Gender Resource Guide: “On a regular basis
we hear from parents looking for help in dealing with the transgender issue.
Prior to this Resource Guide, we had little in the way of tangible materials to
offer them that we believed were reliable and genuinely helpful. This Guide
fills a critical void. It is carefully researched and fully documented, defines
terms, is user friendly, and gives parents practical guidance in helping their own
children and for traversing this new and uncharted path with some confidence.
We urge parents to get this Guide and use it to full advantage. While this
publication is especially good for parents, clergy, community leaders, school
board members and others will likewise find it invaluable and very timely.”
powerful lobbying groups, teachers’ unions, school boards and school
administrators pushing policies that mandate the inclusion of transgender
ideology in curriculum, athletics, grammar, and even basic bathroom and locker
room privacy, parents need somewhere to turn.
The Gender Resource Guide will help
parents understand the transgender trend and its consequences, understand the
implications of transgender activism in schools, communicate with school
leaders, advocate for common sense policies and act with compassion toward
everyone involved in the transgender conversation.
Wisconsin Family Council along with a coalition that includes our national ally Family Policy Alliance, a self-described radical feminist group Women’s Liberation Front, The Heritage Foundation, our sister state organization Minnesota Family Council, and two parent groups have released the first-ever Gender Resource Guide for parents on how to navigate the transgender issue with their children. The Guide is endorsed by medical professionals who are experts in gender dysphoria, individuals who have lived as the opposite sex and “de-transitioned,” faith leaders, national policy experts, and more.
We are very pleased to offer this important resource to parents. We have already purchased over 100 copies of the print version and made those available for a suggested donation. But this needs wider distribution and online access does just that. We urge parents and pastors especially to visit HERE to download a free copy.
October 10, 2019 – Tonight CNN and the Human Rights Campaign are hosting a live Town Hall featuring nine of the Democratic presidential candidates. The candidates are Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Tom Steyer, Pete Buttigieg, Beto O’Rourke, Amy Klobuchar and Julian Castro. The title for tonight’s event is “Power of Our Pride” and will center entirely on the LGBT agenda. This is the first time in history such a presidential event has taken place focused on just this one issue. The candidates will be asked how they plan to advance the LGBT agenda.
“This is an unprecedented event and is an indicator of how aggressive the LGBT movement has become in our country,” says Julaine Appling, WFA president, “To his credit, President Trump has taken significant action to restore common sense, correct interpretation of federal laws, religious freedom, and parental rights, all of which have been threatened and even harmed by the advancement of the LGBT agenda.”
Tonight CNN and the Human Rights Campaign are hosting a live Town Hall featuring nine of the Democratic presidential candidates. The candidates are Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Tom Steyer, Pete Buttigieg, Beto O’Rourke, Amy Klobuchar and Julian Castro. The title for tonight’s event is “Power of Our Pride” and will center entirely on the LGBT agenda. This is the first time in history such a presidential event has taken place focused on just this one issue. The candidates will be asked how they plan to advance the LGBT agenda.
This is an unprecedented event and is an indicator of how aggressive the LGBT movement has become in our country. To his credit, President Trump has taken significant action to restore common sense, correct interpretation of federal laws, religious freedom, and parental rights, all of which have been threatened and even harmed by the advancement of the LGBT agenda.
Minnesota Family Council, in cooperation with several national groups, has released a resource specifically designed to assist parents in navigating the aggressive and now pervasive transgender issue. Understanding the Transgender Issue: Parent Resource Guide is fully researched and documented, defines terms, explains the issue thoroughly and gives parents practical ways to address the issue with their children and especially in schools. A free pdf of the publication is available HERE. Call our WFC office at 888-378-7395 to purchase a print copy.
According to the guide, “The goal [of this guide] is to protect students from harm stemming from irreversible treatments, privacy violations, and compelled speech, and to educate parents about the transgender issue, and to equip parents to advocate on their child’s behalf.”
Julaine Appling, WFA president, says, “Our friends at Minnesota Family Council have done a stellar job on this publication. We believe every pastor, every youth leader and certainly every Christian parent should have this resource. This issue is not going away; it’s going to get bigger and more aggressive—and the target is children. Parents need reliable help now, and it’s available in this guide.”
P.S. As the Democratic candidates for president gear up to prove who’s most radical on LGBT issues, especially transgender ideology, take a moment to download our FREE Parent Resource Guide on the Transgender Trend with everything you need to know about understanding transgenderism, advocating for common sense policies for your child, and acting with compassion toward everyone involved in the conversation!
On Tuesday, October 8, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for three cases to determine whether a federal law that prohibits employment sex discrimination includes the concepts of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against employees because of their “race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” The central issue before the Court is how to interpret the word “sex” in the statute.
Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia
In this case, Gerald Bostock alleges the county fired him as the child welfare services coordinator after it learned that he was gay, that he played on a gay recreational softball league, and that he recruited league members as guardians ad litem for children in the courts.
The federal district court and the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed his case, ruling Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did not prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Altitude Express v. Zarda
In this second case, Donald Zarda—a skydiving instructor— alleges he was fired after he told a customer he was gay and had an ex-husband. Zarda claims he revealed his sexual orientation to a female customer to ease her concerns that he had inappropriately touched her in a flirtatious manner. Zarda sued his employer, arguing in part, his employer fired him out of animus toward gay men.
Zarda lost at the federal district court level, but the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that sexual orientation is motivated, at least in part, by sex and is thus a subset of “sex” discrimination prohibited under Title VII.
The Supreme Court consolidatedZarda and Bostock (the case above), so they will be considered together before the Court during the same oral argument. The third case, discussed below, will be considered separately by the Court.
R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC
In this third case, Thomas Rost— a Christian funeral home owner and director— dismissed a longtime employee after the male employee disclosed that he now self-identified as a woman and would no longer comply with the company’s requirement that male employees wear suits. The employee filed a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), alleging he was fired because of his “gender identity” in violation of Title VII.
The EEOC agreed with the employee and filed suit against Rost, but the federal district court ruled that “transgender status or gender identity” are not protected classes under Title VII. However, on appeal, the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the EEOC, concluding that “sex” does include “gender identity.”
Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) filed a friend-of-the-court brief in this case, arguing that reading “gender identity” into the word “sex” in Title VII “poses a fundamental threat to people’s ability to speak freely—or the decision not to say something they believe to be untrue— about the issues of sex and gender.” In the brief, we provide examples of doctors, teachers, professors, and others being harassed, demoted, disciplined, or even fired for declining to use a person’s “preferred pronoun.”
If the role of the judiciary is to state what the law is, not what the law should be, then the Court should rule the word “sex” in Title VII— passed in 1964— does not include the concept of “sexual orientation” or “gender identity.”
Unelected bureaucrats and judges have once again erroneously taken it upon themselves to rewrite the law. Hopefully, the Supreme Court will correct their error. Otherwise, transgender ideology and the sexual revolution, in general, could all of a sudden permeate federal law, posing a significant threat to those unwilling to go along with the ever-evolving government-sanctioned understanding of human sexuality.
From LiveAction: “According to a new report published by the Guttmacher Institute, abortion numbers dropped nationally by seven percent from 2014 to 2017, from 926,200 in 2014 to 862,320 in 2017. Guttmacher, Planned Parenthood’s former “special affiliate,” which publishes more comprehensive abortion numbers than the Centers for Disease Control, says the abortion rate has also dropped 8% (from 14.6 per 1,000 in 2014 to 13.5 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 in 2017), to its lowest level since the Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion in all 50 states in 1973.
“’Since the early 1980s, there has been a significant increase in the percentage of unintended pregnancies being carried to term, This shows that pro-life efforts to change hearts and minds, assist pregnant women, and pass protective laws, are all playing a key role in the long-term decline in the U.S abortion rate,’ Dr. Michael J. New, Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute.”
While we celebrate every baby saved from abortion, and we are certainly glad abortion numbers are going down, the tragic reality is that nearly 2400 babies a day lose their lives to abortion in our country. Wisconsin accounts for 16 of those babies each day. Abortion needs to end; not just slow down. We must continue to do everything we can to stop this life-taking atrocity.
This bill is an example of the tenacity of those pushing a liberal agenda. It’s also a reminder of what kind of legislation would become law if the liberals were in the majority in our state legislature. Assisted suicide is wrong. It’s not compassionate. When physicians are involved, it’s a breach of their ethical code. It sends a message that some lives are not worth living. It’s a slippery slope with full-fledged euthanasia at the bottom.
Video: Do No Harm: The Peril of Physician-Assisted Suicide provides valuable information on why physician-assisted suicide isn’t just bad policy, but bad for humanity. Congressman Brad Wenstrup’s (R-OH) extensive medical background and personal experience with cancer in his own family gives him unique insight into why this policy is detrimental to society by way of its devaluing of human life. Click HERE to watch.
Our Wisconsin legislature is fast-tracking a bill we believe is harmful to minor children, the individuals comprising a marriage and the institution of marriage in general. We are asking you to consider our arguments against the bill and if you agree with us, then please call your state senator and state representative and urge them to oppose this legislation.
Wisconsin currently has a six-month (6-month) waiting period after a divorce is finalized before a person can remarry. Assembly Bill 439 and its senate companion, Senate Bill 398, would completely remove this waiting period for any divorced individual in our state, regardless of whether or not minor children are involved.
Current Situation The bill is authored by two Republicans: Senator Alberta Darling (River Hills) and Representative Cindi Duchow (Pewaukee). They are joined by eight Republican representatives as co-sponsors (Scott Krug, Amy Loudenbeck, Bob Kulp, Joel Kitchens, Jesse James, Ken Skowronski, Travis Tranel and Mary Felzkowski), two Democrat representatives (Lisa Subeck and Christine Sinicki), as well as one additional Republican senator (Dale Kooyenga) and one additional Democrat senator (Janis Ringhand).
When the bill was circulated for co-sponsors last month, WFA president Julaine Appling sent every legislator a memo explaining why we oppose this bill and urging them to not co-sponsor it. We believe that memo helped keep the co-sponsor list from being larger.
The bill was introduced on September 12 and public hearings in both the Assembly and the Senate are scheduled for today, Tuesday (9/24) and Wednesday (9/25). The Assembly Family Law Committee is chaired by Rep. Jesse Rodriguez who last session was supportive of this bill when it had a hearing and vote in her committee. (The Assembly passed this bill last session on a voice vote. The bill, however, died in the Senate committee and never became law.)
That both public hearings are happening so soon after introduction makes us believe both houses want to put this bill on the floor for a full vote in October when both the Senate and the Assembly are scheduled for floor sessions. Apparently, there’s a “full-court press” to quickly pass this bill.
In the Senate, last session the bill was assigned to a committee chaired by a senator who was not in favor of this bill. This session, however, it is assigned to the Universities, Technical Colleges, Children and Families Committee, which is chaired by Sen. Dale Kooyenga, who is a co-sponsor of the bill. Julaine has talked with his staffer who clerks this committee and was told he was quite committed to it.
Why This Proposal Is Bad for Children, Wounded Individuals Experiencing Divorce, and the State of Wisconsin
The full memo (containing numerous citations) we sent to the legislators is available HERE. We’re summarizing below some talking points you can use when you call your legislators.
Minor children should be a top concern in a divorce and remarriage situation. Research regularly and repeatedly shows minor children are very vulnerable emotionally, socially, physically, and academically when their parents are divorcing. Research also shows (and certainly common sense would confirm) that vulnerability increases when they become part of a blended family with all the changes and adjustments that brings. The well-being of a child should not be sacrificed on the altar of adult desires because a parent wants to immediately remarry after a divorce is finalized.
Divorce is very stressful in multiple ways on the adults involved. A waiting period ensures men and women take some time to recover before entering a new marriage.
Remarriages are statistically more likely to end in divorce than are first marriages. The state should do everything it can to ensure newly divorced individuals are deliberate and are fully prepared for marrying again, including time for pre-marital counseling, which when done right can take from 3-6 months.
The state has a vested interest in marriage and divorce, especially when children are involved because the state is depending on future generations being well-adjusted, healthy, competent citizens who will become the next workforce, taxpayers, entrepreneurs, leaders, etc. Safeguarding children by requiring their parents to wait before a remarriage after a divorce helps to ensure the well-being of children is considered.
Every divorce costs the taxpayers of Wisconsin. Vulnerable remarriages mean the state and its taxpayers will very likely be shouldering additional costs from divorces.
What You Can Do
If you agree with us that this bill should not become law, then please contact your state senator and state representative right away, given how quickly these companion bills are moving in both houses. You can find full contact information for your representative and senator HERE (just put your address in the search bar to the far right above the map). A phone call is especially good, but an email can do the job as well.
Summary Wisconsin has the worst combination of divorce laws in the country with our “no-fault,” “no-contest” provisions. Basically, anyone can walk away from a marriage for any or no reason. Rather than strengthening the institution of marriage, this proposed legislation to do away completely with a waiting period following a divorce before remarrying, sets the individuals up for yet another marriage failure, which hurts individuals and further erodes the institution of marriage. When minor children are involved, their well being should be the top priority.
We realize this is a very emotional issue. We’ve had people contact us who say they are Christians telling us that by opposing this legislation we are “forcing them to live in sin.” Obviously, they have allowed their emotions to completely overtake them. Those supporting the bill say the government should have no say in when a person marries after a divorce, and they always have a personal, emotional story to relate. We realize good people can disagree—and that’s why we ask you to consider the issue and our arguments and if you find yourself agreeing that the bill would not be good for children, the adults involved or the entire state, please call your state representative and state senator as soon as possible and ask them to oppose the bill.
If you would drop Julaine a quick email letting her know you made a call, we’d really appreciate that. Many thanks for carefully considering this bill and for your involvement should you find yourself agreeing.
Yes, Christmas Tree; Yes, Christmas Wreath But "NO" to Christian Nativity
On Thursday, August 8, 2019, Shorewood Human Relations Commission members unanimously voted to forward to the Village Board and Business Improvement District board their recommendation that states, “… any religious symbol of the holidays would not be permitted in public buildings and spaces, and would be subject to removal”
Julaine Appling, WFA president, responds, “Shorewood officials need to be careful to not discriminate against religion. The Supreme Court has ruled that holiday displays on public properties can include religious components as long as the religious elements of the display are part of a larger holiday expression—with Christmas trees, Santa Claus, or the like—making the overall effect of the display secular.”
If you live in the Shorewood area, make sure to weigh in with your Village Board trustee. ClickHEREfor the list of Shorewood Board Trustees and contact information.
Did you know that last year then-Governor Scott Walker officially declared September 9-15th as “Christian Heritage Week” in Wisconsin? Similar official proclamations have been made in Wisconsin going back at least as far as 1994. If you have school-aged children in your life, ask them if they have heard about “Christian Heritage Week” at school. Sadly, the most likely answer will be “no.”
Especially noteworthy, is that September 17th is “Constitution Day.” This year marks the 232nd anniversary of the signing of this remarkable document. Find more information on this special day and ideas for sharing its importance with the next generation HERE.
Read the rest of our downloadable “Church Connection” publication HERE. Encourage your church leadership to make these available each month as a bulletin insert or in the church foyer!