FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 7, 2019 Contact: Julaine Appling, President – 608-334-6435
Governor Evers Gives Special Recognition to LGBT Community Over All Other Citizens
MADISON, WI – In a flagrant abuse of gubernatorial power, Governor Tony Evers today issued an Executive Order and proclamation authorizing the Rainbow Pride Flag to be flown over the state capitol from June 7 through June 30, 2019. The order further authorizes any state buildings and any jurisdiction of the State of Wisconsin to also fly this flag throughout this month.
Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling issued the following statement regarding the Order and action.
“By ordering this flag to fly over the state capitol, Governor Evers is proclaiming one group of Wisconsin citizens as preferred over others. He may have the authority as governor to make this decision; but in our opinion, he made a blatantly bad decision. Would the Governor authorize the Christian flag to be flown over the capitol or a Nazi flag or any number of other flags representing all sorts of Wisconsin citizens and their beliefs?
“In his Order and proclamation, the Governor talks about this flag being a symbol that Wisconsin is ‘a welcoming and inclusive place.’ But his actions belie that. He wrongly says, ‘the people of Wisconsin have made critical steps toward LGBT equality.’ The people of this state have had precisely one opportunity to weigh in on this issue, and that was in November 2006, when nearly 60% of the voters openly and loudly said they wanted marriage in this state to remain exclusively between one man and one woman. We the people of Wisconsin did not change that amendment. Unelected federal judges did that, trouncing on the express will of the people of Wisconsin.
“The state capitol is a place representing all Wisconsin citizens. Singling out one group that has inordinate political power is wrong and is disrespectful to, at a minimum, those who take exception to the LGBT agenda.
“This is a governor who is apparently bought and paid for by extreme groups such as Planned Parenthood and the so-called ‘equality’ groups. In the last few weeks the Governor has said he will veto pro-life bills, including one that requires medical personnel to treat a baby who has survived an abortion just as they would any baby born alive. Now he is authorizing flying over the state capitol, the ‘equality’ groups’ Rainbow Pride Flag, a flag that does not represent the vast majority of Wisconsin citizens. Wisconsin citizens deserve better from their governor.”
Wisconsin Family Action is a statewide organization engaged in strengthening, preserving and promoting marriage, family, life and liberty in Wisconsin.
At a Madison elementary school recently, a teacher announced via a video that he is transgender.
In the nearly eight-minute video he reads a book entitled, They Call Me Mix, a story about a person who claims to be both male and female and everything in between. Formerly known as Mr. B, the teacher says he now wants to be called Mx Steel and referred to by the pronouns they, them and their.
Wisconsin Family Council has verified that the video was shown to first graders without any parental notification. Watch the video (obtained from the teacher’s public Facebook page) HERE.
View the teacher’s Facebook page and statements HERE. (Update: This Facebook page has now been made private by Mr. Steel.)
We realize Madison schools are more liberal than many schools in our state, but we also know this issue is advancing everywhere at an unbelievable pace. No parent should assume it’s not in their school just because they haven’t heard anything about it. The way Madison parents found out about this indoctrination and usurpation of parental rights was when their kids came home talking about it.
Parents, we cannot emphasize this enough… Get to know your child’s teacher(s). Know the curriculum that is being taught to your student(s). Stay involved. Don’t sit on the sidelines and allow others to indoctrinate your children.
Friday, on a 236-173 vote, the US House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, the
so-called Equality Act, a bill that adds gender identity and sexual orientation
to all federal anti-discrimination laws. Eight Republicans joined 228 Democrats
in voting in support of the bill. Sixteen Republicans didn’t vote, along with
seven Democrats. All three of Wisconsin’s Democratic representatives
supported the measure with four of the state’s five Republican representatives
voting against the it. Republican Representative Sean Duffy didn’t vote.
bill, at a minimum, does an end-run around religious freedom, allows men to
play on women’s sports teams, forces curriculum changes in public schools to
include instruction at all grade levels that affirms same-sex relationships and
gender transitions. The bill now moves to the Senate where Wisconsin Democrat
and openly homosexual US Senator Tammy Baldwin is a lead sponsor.
Two years ago, Boy Scouts of America announced an historic change. Girls would be allowed to join Cub Scout dens as the organization worked to welcome girls into their flagship program.
By February of this year, girls could become full-fledged Boy Scouts, now just called “Scouts BSA” and so far about 14,000 girls have joined.
In Southern Wisconsin’s Glacier’s Edge Council, nine girl troops have already formed including Troop 7444 in Reedsburg. Read more HERE.
For Reedsburg families who have a problem with their daughters joining the Boy Scouts but want their daughters to be part of an organization for girls that promotes the right values, you need to know Troop WI1412 of American Heritage Girls available. More information on this troop can be found HERE.
To find an American Heritage Girls troop near you, click HERE.
For the Boy Scouts alternative, Trail Life USA, click HERE to find a troop in your area.
On Tuesday, five pro-life bills were given public hearings in the state legislature. The Assembly Health Committee heard testimony on the “Born-Alive Protection” bill and on two bills stopping Medicaid funding for organizations that perform abortions, as well as on a bill that would prohibit abortions based on sex, race, or disability, and on a bill that would require that women seeking a chemical abortion be told about how they can reverse the effects of RU-486. Various senate committees heard the senate versions of the bills. The bills are fast-tracked in both houses. Wisconsin Family Action **testified on a number of these pro-life bills.
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, shares, “While no bill is perfect and each of these bills could be improved—and a couple really should be—the legislature is giving Governor Evers an opportunity to do the right thing regarding protecting human life and safeguarding women. We will soon find out whether the governor is beholden to Planned Parenthood, or if he is really all about children, as he says he is.”
Briefly, here is a short summary of the bills: **SB175/AB179: Born Alive Protection Bill – Requires any health care provider present at time of abortion or attempted abortion that results in a child born alive to exercise the same degree of professional skilled care and diligence to presrve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health provider would give to any other child born alive after an abortion or an attempted abortion.
Read WFA testimonies on SB175 and AB179 respectively.
SB173/AB182: Prohibits abortion based on sex, disability, race, color, national origin or ancestry. This bill also has an exception for so-called fatal anomalies.
SB174/AB180: Requires certain information regarding an abortion-inducing drug regimen to be given to a woman who is planning to have an abortion induced by the same. This is about the very potent RU486. Essentially, the bill requires that the woman be told that the first drug in the RU486 regimen may not result in an immediate abortion and that if she acts quickly, the woman can reverse the effects of the first drug and perhaps save her baby. This bill also requires abortion providers to report additional information. This information would be added to the “Woman’s Right to Know” publication. **AB181/SB199: Prohibits Medicaid funds from going into entities that perform abortions or are affiliated with organizations that perform abortions. This bill provides this prohibition but deals exclusively with Planned Parenthood. There is currently no senate version of this bill.
**SB187/AB183: Also deals with stopping these joint federal and state Medicaid monies from going to abortion providers but this bill has an express exemption for hospitals that perform abortions because of certain situations (rape, incest, life of the mother).
Read WFA testimonies on SB187 and AB183 respectively.
With all of these bills having had public hearings this week and the Assembly Health Committee having a vote in the committee today (Thursday, May 9) or tomorrow on these bills, it’s clear that the committee is going to move very quickly on these proposals. We suspect they will all be on the agenda next week when the Assembly convenes a floor session.
By taking action on these pro-life bills, the legislature is giving Governor Evers the opportunity to do the right thing (he has said he is “all about the kids”) and sign the bills into law. If he chooses to veto them, then the entire state of Wisconsin will clearly know where the Governor stands on life and, in some ways, on the protection of women.
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Call your state legislator to give your opinion on these bills. Find your state senator and state representative and his/her contact information HERE. Please continue to pray about these bills and for our pro-life state legislators here in The Badger State.
Wisconsin news was filled recently when a young man from West Allis won the largest Powerball jackpot in our state’s lottery history. Admittedly, the $326 million after-taxes purse will be life-changing for the winner; but the lottery is much more
about creating losers than winners. Consider, for instance, that the largest number of scratch-off tickets in Wisconsin are sold in the zip codes with the highest poverty rates and highest welfare dependency. For every winner, there are many, many losers, a situation fostered by state-sanctioned gambling.
Julaine Appling, WFA president, shares, “I sincerely wish this winner well. However, I believe the lottery is a blight on our state. It’s hard to imagine that we think it’s good governing to have a scheme that requires the citizens to lose in order for the state to win. For starters, we need to stop preying on those who can least afford to gamble and quit the heavy lottery advertising, which is unconstitutional, in those high-poverty zip code areas.”
“Rather than take a stand for the biblical definition of marriage, Michigan’s largest Christian adoption agency waved the white flag last week, informing its employees that it will comply with a decision issued by the state’s lesbian attorney general that requires faith-based adoption agencies to place children in homes of so-called “LGBTQ” couples if they want to receive taxpayer funding.
‘Bethany Christian Services (BCS), a global nonprofit founded in Michigan in 1944 that currently operates in 35 U.S. states, has announced it will facilitate the placement of foster care children into gay and lesbian households in Michigan.”
BCS president and CEO Chris Palusky penned a response to this decision HERE.
“Adoption agencies should be free to make this kind of decision if they want to; however, they should never be forced to do so. And that’s pretty much what happened,” says Julaine Appling, “Michigan told Bethany Christian Services you either violate your religious beliefs or you must close. Bethany Christian Services either doesn’t really believe what it claims or it just caved to the government bully.”
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“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is finally cracking down on organizations that sell abortion pills over the internet. Organizations such as AidAccess.org and Rablon (who host a pharmacy network that includes sites like AbortionPillRx.com and AbortPregnancy.com) were issued letters from the FDA to immediately stop selling unapproved versions of mifepristone and misoprostol, drugs used in the abortion pill regime.”
Again we see elections have consequences. The FDA is now under conservative leadership. Its rule-making is reflecting this administration’s pro-life, pro-woman positions. This ruling is a recognition that abortion is always heinous, and it’s even more so when greedy people prey on confused and stressed pregnant women. Shutting down these operations is a great move.
From Institute for Family Studies: “… there was one societal shift over the past decade that influenced the lives of today’s teens and young adults more than any other generation: the spread of smartphones and digital media like social media, texting, and gaming.
“While older people use these technologies as well, younger people adopted them more quickly and completely, and the impact on their social lives was more pronounced. In fact, it has drastically restructured their daily lives. Compared with their predecessors, teens today spend less time with their friends in person and more time communicating electronically, which study after study has found is associated with mental health issues.”
Parents really are the key in this area. Giving kids technology too early with little or no oversight and accountability is dangerous in so many ways. Parents need to act on these three words for the well-being of their children—filter, restrict, monitor. Intentional parenting in this area is absolutely required if we are going to spare our children the negative consequences of technology.
“State and local sexual orientation gender identity policies are a Trojan horse. They claim to promote equality but have been used to allow males into women’s sports and spaces, attack businesses and charities, and politicize medicine. Even though the overwhelming majority of Americans oppose the effects of these policies, politicians are rushing to expand their reach. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently introduced the so-called “Equality Act,” which would elevate sexual orientation and gender identity to protected classes in federal anti-discrimination law.”
Read the rest of the article HERE. “These laws are indeed a Trojan horse,” says Julaine Appling, president of WFA. “From H.R. 5, the so-called Equality Act at the federal level, to similar ordinances passed recently in a number of Wisconsin municipalities, they all—under the guise of equality and anti-discrimination—actually create gross and dangerous inequality and promote discrimination, especially against people of faith. We do well to defeat them at every level.”
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Governor Evers’ budget proposal includes legalizing medicinal marijuana and decriminalizing possession of what he says is a “small amount” of marijuana, 25 grams, which is the equivalent of 75 joints. As a backup plan, should the Republican-
controlled legislature not keep these provisions in the budget, Assembly Representative Melissa Sargent, a Democrat from Madison, is holding a press conference today announcing that she is introducing a stand-alone bill to fully legalize marijuana, which would include both medicinal and recreational use.
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, says, “As states across the country have embarked on this drug experiment, the evidence mounts that any legalization of marijuana comes with consequences, not the least of which is increased crime. In fact, law enforcement in Colorado deems this a public safety issue. Wisconsin lawmakers need to hear from citizens before going very far down this policy path.”
April 3, 2019 – Madison, WI – Yesterday, Spring Election Day in Wisconsin, was an historic day. Despite all attempts to discredit him for his Christian faith, Judge Brian Hagedorn garnered a hard-won and narrow victory in the race to be the next Wisconsin Supreme Court justice.
Wisconsin Family Action extends a hearty congratulations and thanks to Brian and his family for their hard work and steadfast commitment to staying the course despite the unjust attacks on their personal lives and their religious beliefs. We believe Justice-elect Hagedorn will serve us well. We also congratulate Justice-elect Hagedorn’s campaign for all they did to take this race across the finish line.
Wisconsin Family Action recognizes that victories like Brian’s don’t happen without the labor, financial support, time commitment and prayer of supporters like you and your family. Our partnership and excellent teamwork really do make a difference on election day whether the race is local, statewide or even nationwide. So we thank everyone who had anything to do with this victory, including other groups such as Americans for Prosperity, and especially you the voters!
Neubauer’s campaign said the appellate judge volunteered for Planned Parenthood in the 1990s but is uncertain whether she donated to the group. She hasn’t given to politicians or political groups since taking her seat on the bench a decade ago.
On Tuesday, April 2, Wisconsin will be looking to voters to fill the highest judicial position in The Badger State. Brian Hagedorn and Lisa Neubauer are vying for this most critical position. It is up to us as voters to be sure we know these candidates before we vote in this election.
To assist you as you prepare for this upcoming election, Wisconsin Family Council has created THIS Voter Information Publication (VIP) that compares these two WI Supreme Court candidates. Click HERE to view and download your free VIP. The publications are c3 friendly and suitable for churches to hand out to their congregations. Please be a friend and share this information either by forwarding this email or photocopying the VIP to hand out to those in your sphere of influence. WFC will be mailing over 25,000 copies of this document to well over 500 churches. If you want print copies to distribute, call 888-378-7395. Don’t wait! Early in-person voting and absentee voting starts very soon! To find out what’s on your ballot or where your polling place is, click HERE.
If you need additional assistance, Wisconsin Family Action stands ready to serve you. Call us at 608-268-5074 or (toll free) 866-849-2536.
From One News Now:
“The government controls all healthcare already in our urban core; the government controls all daycare in our urban core; it controls all housing in our urban core; it controls all education in our urban core – and what we see is distress,” says Starr Parker.
Read more HERE.
Wisconsin Family Council notes that the threat of socialism is real. We now have at least a couple of generations conditioned to believe pretty much everything should be free. What they don’t understand is someone is always paying for their “free” and that under socialism our rights and freedoms will be gone. We believe families must instill in their children Biblical truth about work, earning one’s way, and true freedom.
From the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty:
“[Last week], the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Governor Tony Evers will propose freezing enrollment in Wisconsin’s parental choice programs and curtailing the expansion of independent public charter schools in his budget proposal, set to be introduced on Thursday. The proposals represent the most brazen attack on school choice in Wisconsin in nearly a decade.”
Read more HERE.
Julaine Appling, WFC president, states, “Tony Evers has never been a friend to or a fan of any school choice idea other than public schools. The good news in this is that the conservatives who have the majority in our state legislature are committed to the voucher program and to all other educational choices. I can’t imagine they agree to any of these budget proposals. Elections continue to have consequences.”
Wisconsin Family Action is on the front lines promoting school choice and more each and every day. Won’t you click HERE now to invest in our work on your behalf today?
From Live Action:
[On Monday, February 25, 2019], the United States Senate voted on an anti-infanticide bill introduced by Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The legislation needed 60 votes to pass, and it failed by a vote of 53 in favor and 44 against. The bill stated that “if an abortion results in the live birth of an infant, the infant is a legal person for all purposes under the laws of the United States, and entitled to all the protections of such laws.”
Read more HERE.
Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson is a cosponsor of this critical legislation.
Late Monday, after Senate Democrats voted to block a bill to stop infanticide, House Democrats blocked a request by Republicans to vote on a similar bill to require medical care and treatment for babies who survive abortions.
H.R. 962, introduced by Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO), ensures that a baby born alive after a failed or attempted abortion receives the same medical care as any other newborn. It would also penalize doctors who allow such infants to die or who intentionally kill a newborn following a failed abortion.
Read more HERE.
All of this comes on the heels of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers’ pitch to reopen state funding for Planned Parenthood (previously blocked by former Governor Walker) with his so-called “Healthy Women, Healthy Babies” proposal he has included in the state budget. Read more HERE.
Julaine Appling, WFA president, says, “The Governor is obviously proud of his pro-abortion position and his relationship with Planned Parenthood, our state’s largest abortion provider. But he doesn’t really care about babies. Abortion is not health care—not for women and certainly not for their unborn babies. Giving Planned Parenthood more taxpayer money means more unborn babies killed and their mothers put at risk.”
“Governor Tony Evers announced on Monday, Feb. 18 that his budget will include proposals to legalize medical marijuana, decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use, establish an expungement procedure for individuals who have completed their sentence or probation for possession and align Wisconsin’s laws on cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil, with federal standards.
“Gov. Evers also wants to decriminalize possession, manufacturing or distribution of marijuana for amounts of 25 grams or less. This language would also prevent localities from establishing their own ordinances or penalties for possession of less than 25 grams of marijuana. The governor’s plan would also establish an expungement procedure for individuals convicted of possessing, manufacturing or distributing less than 25 grams of marijuana who have completed their sentence or probation.”
Julaine Appling, WFA president, says, “This is a policy issue and doesn’t belong in the budget. That said, we have a major opioid crisis. Many parents whose kids are involved with this epidemic will tell you the addiction started with marijuana. If we are going to deal with this issue, introduce a stand-alone bill and let’s have plenty of public debate about it. Too much is at stake to do otherwise.”
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311) which would protect infants who are delivered alive after a failed abortion procedure has been scheduled for a vote in the Senate on Monday, February 25.
This Senate action comes several weeks after the New York legislature passed, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed, the so-called “Reproductive Health Act (RHA).” Among other provisions, the RHA repealed protections for infants born alive during an attempted abortion.
“The Senate will cast a vote on [Monday] February 25th to try to break the Democrat filibuster against a bill to stop infanticide.
“…Pro-abortion Senator Patty Murray blocked a vote on a bill from pro-life Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska that would stop infanticide nationwide. And in the House, Democrats have blocked a request by Republicans to vote on a bill that would stop infanticide a total of five times.”
**Contact WI US Senator Ron Johnson (R) and thank him for co-sponsoring this bill. Let him know you are thankful for his leadership and ask him to use his influence to get others to join him in voting in support of this bill. Email Sen. Johnson or call him at (202) 224-5323. **Pray that the Senate passes the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act on February 25.
**Share this information with other WI friends and encourage them to contact Sen. Johnson and to also pray.
**Support the work of Wisconsin Family Action; we are 100% pro-life, from conception to natural death. We are YOUR voice in the legislature. Click HERE to donate TODAY.
Tuesday, February 19, is Wisconsin’s spring nonpartisan primary election when the ballots are determined for the April 2 general election. While there is no statewide race on the ballot today, many communities will have primaries for mayors, city council, village and town boards, school boards, or local and appellate judges. Wisconsin Family Council recommends visiting myvote.wi.org to see if you have a primary race you need to vote in today, or you can also call WFC at 888-378-7395 for help. The polls are open statewide from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
It’s far better to check before the polls close now to see if you have a primary election on February 19 rather than to find out after the fact. As Christian citizens let’s do our part to be knowledgeable, responsible, and prayerful voters and encourage others to join us. Here’s the reality: Every election has consequences, and every vote in every election matters.
“So, you’ve blown your stack. You admit it. You confess your wrongness to all involved parties. You apologize, asking forgiveness. And you resolve to not be that way again, to not do it again. But there’s the problem. The resolve of our own nature will fail. We need supernatural enablement for change. Overcoming anger requires something humanly impossible, something supernatural. The good news is that Jesus came to make it possible for all kinds of people—including angry parents—to be changed into people who yield their expectations to God in service to others, specifically their children.”
Click HERE to read “7 Tips for Keeping Your Cool When Kids Misbehave.”
WFA president Julaine Appling adds, “Good parenting means thinking through and planning ahead in order to respond in a godly manner to situations that try a mom’s or dad’s patience. We know discipline done in raw anger doesn’t model godliness to children; but discipline done under the control of the Holy Spirit speaks volumes to kids about the God we want them to come to know, love and serve.”
Did you know that married adults live longer lives, have better health, and greater personal happiness? Children who are raised by a married mother and father perform better in school, have fewer addictions, fewer teen pregnancies, and less trouble with the law. Research clearly shows that marriage boosts measures of human well-being for children, women, and men:
Only 4% of homes with a married mother and father are on food stamps at any given time, while 28% of single-mother homes are on food stamps.
78% of married people own their own home, while only 41% of cohabitating adults do.
Married men benefit from an average annual economic “marriage premium” of at least $15,900 per year compared to their unmarried peers.
The seismic shift in family structure over the course of the past few decades has broadened income gaps and deepened class divides. The New York Times highlighted sociological evidence of the impact of marriage on wealth, status, health, and happiness in an important article, “Two Classes, Divided by ‘I Do’”. Scholars at the National Marriage Project – a nonpartisan, interdisciplinary initiative at the University of Virginia – explain marriage as a “wealth-generating institution,” which is true for people of every race.
Research shows that marriage is the unsung anti-poverty program.
Learn how to get help for yourself, help others or form a marriage committee at www.nationalmarriageweekusa.org.
On February 6, 2019, Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) along with his Assembly colleagues took a public stand against the new efforts to loosen abortion restrictions during a news conference in GAR hall at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, WI. Recently, a law was enacted in New York; another was proposed in Virginia. Last Session, Wisconsin Democrats introduced a similar proposal introduced in the Legislature.
“So we’ve seen this week all across the country, unfortunately, is the lack of concern and really what I would say is the outrageous position that people are taking in protecting human life. So why are we here today. First of all we have a reason to be concerned in Wisconsin because there is obviously, all across the nation a nationwide, an attack on the unborn. And I am here to say that, along with my colleagues, we are not going to allow that to happen in Wisconsin…”
Given the undeniable medical and psychological risks of administering opposite-sex hormones, the physicians question how any child, adolescent, or parent can give truly informed consent.
It seems like just yesterday the sexual revolution was focused on legal protections for same-sex couples and individuals with same-sex orientations. But once that battle was won (or lost, depending on your perspective), radicals in the LGBT movement flooded the cultural zone with new demands.
The most troubling agenda item for the transgender radicals became the demand that dysphoric children be provided medical intervention to help their bodies mimic those of the opposite sex.
The doctors conclude by calling for a return to objective medicine in this highly charged political arena:
Physicians need to start examining GAT through the objective eye of the scientist-clinician rather than the ideological lens of the social activist. Far more children with gender dysphoria will ultimately be helped by this approach.
So these physicians have thrown down the gauntlet and are presumably bracing for the inevitable backlash from ideologues. But there’s safety in numbers, and their courage may catalyze more professional opposition to the politicization and corruption of medicine. Perhaps this resistance will expand to include all people, physicians and otherwise, of all ideological stripes, who will finally rise up to protect children from those who would sacrifice them as pawns in a political battle.
Julaine Appling responds, “I’m thankful for pediatricians who are willing to risk much in order to try to bring some sense to this headlong push to give children dealing with gender confusion dangerous drugs and irreversible surgeries. Parents, please be aware that those pushing this agenda are everywhere. Don’t assume your child is somehow immune. Be informed, aware and cautious.”
WISCONSIN MARCH FOR LIFE & LOVE Tuesday, January 22, 2019
State Capitol, Madison
The March for Life & Love will be starting at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. We will gather at the “Forward” Statue at the base of the State Street entrance to the State Capitol. The march will proceed around the capitol to the King Street entrance, where a brief assembly will be held.
Those attending are asked to bring a package of diapers. These will be deposited inside the capitol in various Pack & Plays set up in the rotunda. Donations will then be distributed to Pregnancy Help Centers around the state.
Pro-lifers will be asked to visit legislators’ offices to encourage them to advance legislation that preserves & protects life.
“On Religious Freedom Day, we celebrate our Nation’s long‑standing commitment to freedom of conscience and the freedom to profess one’s own faith.”
“NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 16, 2019, as Religious Freedom Day. I call on all Americans to commemorate this day with events and activities that remind us of our shared heritage of religious liberty and that teach us how to secure this blessing both at home and around the world.”
The first day of a new year offers a clean slate. Most of us start the year with anticipation and eagerness to make some changes and not sully that slate. So, as you make your new year’s resolutions, consider doing so following the model we see in Jesus Christ, who as Luke 2:52 tells us, “increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.” Reasonable resolutions for our mind, our bodies, our spirit and our human relationships made in a prayerful and purposeful way should mean at the close of 2019 we have made improvements in all areas.
I know New Year’s resolutions have become something of a joke in our culture. I get that. But, you know, it’s still true that if we aim at nothing we are sure to hit it. In this new year God has given us, let’s aim at some goals that are worth hitting. I think this is especially important for parents as they consider how they want their family to grow together in the days ahead.
You may have wondered or heard from neighbors saying: “Why do all the good plans include the abortion coverage?” If you are dissatisfied with the insurance choices in your state, you may want to consider a healthcare sharing ministry. While healthcare sharing does not fix the problem of abortion funding in Obamacare, it does provide an option that respects our consciences and moral values.
>>>Read more HERE.
Julaine Appling, WFA president, tells us, “As someone who is a member of one of these Christian healthcare alternatives, I can attest to the blessing it is to share directly in the needs of others and to never have to be concerned about whether or not the organization is supporting abortion or other policies or positions in conflict with my Christian beliefs. Families owe it to themselves to at least check out these alternatives.