PARENTS BRING LAWSUIT AGAINST MADISON SCHOOL DISTRICT

PARENTS BRING LAWSUIT AGAINST MADISON SCHOOL DISTRICT
Represented by Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, parents seek to protect their rights

 

MADISON, WI – Today a group of parents with children attending school in the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) pushed back against the District’s unconstitutional overreach and usurpation of their rights as parents.

Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) is representing fourteen parents from eight families in a lawsuit filed in Dane County. The lawsuit challenges MMSD policies that allow children as young as kindergarten to change their gender identity while at school without any parental notification, let alone consent. Beyond that, the policies require MMSD employees to keep from parents, even to the point of deceiving them, anything about the gender identity their child has chosen to display at school. While this case is specific to MMSD, the decision will have statewide implications.

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, commented: “These policies are wrong. They don’t just violate the constitutional rights of parents, which is certainly bad enough, but they are harmful to children. No school should have any policy that keeps parents in the dark about anything that concerns their children.

“For several years our organization has been alerting parents across the state to the possibility of these types of policies being formed and implemented in school districts in their communities. While Madison’s policy has come to the public’s attention, we believe parents should be contacting their local school boards to find out what policies, whether explicit or implicit, are being followed in their schools on this important issue of gender identity and parent notification and consent.
“We are grateful to these Madison parents and to WILL for taking this much-needed action. Parents don’t jettison their rights when they send their children to a public school. Protecting those rights is essential to the health and well-being of the children.”

The complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court is available HERE.

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Wisconsin Family Action is a statewide organization engaged in strengthening, preserving and promoting marriage, family, life and religious liberty in Wisconsin.

Online version here.

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.)

Wisconsin Family Action PAC Endorses Justice Dan Kelly

Madison, WI – Wisconsin Family Action PAC (WFA PAC), the state’s only conservative pro-family PAC, announced today it has endorsed incumbent Justice Dan Kelly for a ten-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

 

WFA PAC director Julaine Appling, commented, “Justice Dan Kelly has everything we look for in a judge, especially for our state’s highest court. He has made it very clear and very public that his judicial philosophy is that the courts are not lawmakers; that’s the job of the legislature. The role of the judiciary, as Justice Kelly puts it, is to interpret the laws according to the clear language of state statutes and the Wisconsin Constitution and the US Constitution. Deciding a case based on a political or personal agenda is outside the purview of a justice.

 

“Justice Kelly well understands that the rule of law is not just a nice-sounding phrase but is a pillar of our form of government. Part of the rule of law is respecting the unique role of each branch of our government. He also has the judicial temperament, the legal background, and the character that make him the best qualified candidate for this position on our state’s Supreme Court.”

 

Two challengers are facing off against Justice Kelly in this race, with one making it clear that she will advocate for “social justice issues” and the other making his Hispanic heritage and the “diversity” he would bring to the court the centerpiece of his campaign. Both candidates have been backed by known liberal groups and individuals.

The primary election for this race will be on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. The two candidates receiving the most votes in the primary will move on to the general election on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

“We are proud to endorse Justice Kelly and urge citizens across the state to support him with their votes and influence. He’s exactly the kind of judge we need to keep on our State Supreme Court,” said Appling.

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Authorized and paid for by Wisconsin Family Action PAC, Leslie Harrison, Treasurer.  Not authorized by any candidate or by any candidate’s agent or committee.

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.

STATE ASSEMBLY PUTS ADULT DESIRES ABOVE BEST INTEREST OF CHILDREN

STATE ASSEMBLY PUTS ADULT DESIRES ABOVE BEST INTEREST OF CHILDREN
Vote this week weakens institution of marriage & removes protective measure for children

MADISON, WI – This past Tuesday during its floor session, the Wisconsin State Assembly, under its Republican majority leadership, rammed through a bill that not only weakens the institution of marriage but puts children involved with a divorce at a much greater risk of confusion and trauma.

Assembly Bill 439, authored by Republicans Representative Cindi Duchow (Pewaukee) and Senator Alberta Darling (River Hills), completely eliminates the waiting period for remarriage after a divorce is finalized. Currently the waiting period is six (6) months and has been that for decades. The vote on the bill was done by a voice vote, which is quickly called for and accomplished by the gaveling of the speaker pro tem who is in charge of the session. Using a voice vote means individual representatives do not have an opportunity to record an identifiable “yes” or “no” vote on the bill, which essentially means no one can be held individually responsible or accountable.

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, responds to the vote.

“It was obvious from the moment this bill was introduced that Republican leadership was determined to pass it. In the public hearing I offered two very reasonable ideas for amendments: keep a waiting period of some sort for couples with minor children and rather than eliminate the waiting period entirely for everyone, reduce it to 3 months. The authors were not in any way interested in those ideas, nor was the committee chair.”

“Divorce, even in the best of circumstances, takes a toll on everyone involved. The adults need a cooling-off period and children definitely need some processing time before one or both parents launch into a new marriage. The state has a vested interested in marriage primarily because the state cares, or should care, a great deal about the next generation. Research, anecdotal evidence and common sense all show children are tremendously impacted when their parents divorce. They are at risk of negative outcomes in basically every area of their lives. When a remarriage happens, it’s another whole set of adjustments and realities children must deal with, like the total realization that their mom and dad are never going to get back together again, in addition to blended family challenges. Their world really is off kilter. A judicious waiting period helps protect children. The state Assembly just jettisoned that protection. Essentially, the Republican leadership forced a vote on its members that puts adult desires ahead of the well-being and best interest of children.

“Marriage as institution is weakened by this bill, as well. Statistics continue to show that second marriages are at a higher risk of divorce than are first marriages. Wisconsin already has the worst divorce laws in the country.  With our “no-fault/no-contest” divorce laws, getting a divorce is as simple as telling a court you want one. Passing such a bill contributes to more second, third and beyond marriages that are more likely to dissolve than go the distance, thereby weakening the foundational institution of marriage. From an economic perspective, more divorces, means more taxpayer money spent on the high public costs associated with each divorce.

“I heard from a good number of legislators prior to the floor period that they were opposed to this bill, but unfortunately because of fear of repercussions, no one was willing to go to the mat on this bill and call for a roll-call vote. We can only hope the Senate will understand the truth about this bill and not force its members to vote against the best interests of children.”

 

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Wisconsin Family Action is a statewide organization engaged in strengthening, preserving and promoting marriage, family, life and religious liberty in Wisconsin.

Copy available online here.

Pro-Family PAC Endorses Tom Tiffany for Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District

Madison – Wisconsin Family Action Federal Political Action Committee (WFA PAC) announced today that it has endorsed Tom Tiffany and his candidacy for Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District seat in the US House of Representatives.

Julaine Appling, Director of WFA PAC, commented, “Tom Tiffany has served in our state legislature since 2010, both in the Assembly and currently in the Senate. Over those years, he has taken a number of tough votes involving our core issues of marriage, family, life and religious freedom. His voting record clearly shows he is reliably conservative in every sense of the word.

“To receive WFA PAC’s endorsement, candidates have to meet stringent requirements, which Tom has done. He has shown that he understands that to lead Wisconsin and our nation properly and to ensure our future, our best natural resource—our families—must be strengthened and preserved.  He is committed to doing that by working to, among other things, reduce government regulation, improve the business climate in order to encourage job creation, ensure families can make their own health-care choices, protect human life, and strengthen the institution of marriage.  These are values WFA PAC shares with Tom and with thousands of Wisconsin citizens in Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District.

“We are pleased to endorse Tom Tiffany and encourage the citizens of the 7th Congressional District to support him in this special election. We have no doubt they will be well-served by him.”

The primary for this special election will be held on Tuesday, February 18, with the general election on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

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Authorized and paid for by Wisconsin Family Action Federal PAC, Leslie Harrison, Treasurer.  Not authorized by any candidate or by any candidate’s agent or committee.

Copy available online here.

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.

Photo credit: appleton.org

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.

ACTION ALERT: City of MKE endangers public employees/residents with new “gender-inclusive” resolution

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.

Several important observations:

Justice Dan Kelly on “InFocus”

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.

Click HERE to watch Justice Kelly on “InFocus.”

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?

DECEMBER 3, 2019 IS GIVING TUESDAY

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.

Like us on Facebook HERE and Follow us on Twitter @WIFAMILYACTION.

Of Bounce Houses & Drag Queens

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.

Video|Justice Dan Kelly on inFocus discusses run for high court

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.

Click HERE to watch Justice Kelly on InFocus.

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.

Christmas Gets the Boot: State Capitol Will Host “Holiday” Tree

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.


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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.”


ACTION ALERT: A Bill That Needs to Die

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!

Wisconsin DPI Test Results “Shocking”

“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, November 25-29

“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.

PARENT ALERT: Planned Parenthood Targets Youth With New Sex Book

“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.

The Child Porn Distribution Epidemic

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).

What does this mean? Learn more HERE.

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 Atty General Delivers Bold Religious Freedom Speech

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

Fetal Dignity Laws: Why We Need Them

From Family Research Council:

“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!