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.

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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!

National coalition releases first-ever Gender Resource Guide for parents

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.

Tonight: CNN/HRC hosts LGBT-focused Democratic Presidential Town Hall

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.”

The LGBT Agenda: You, President Trump & 19 Candidates for President

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. 

READ MORE HERE

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!

 

Will SCOTUS Redefine Sex?

From our allies at Center for Arizona Policy:

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 consolidated Zarda 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.”

To read the brief, click here.

Concluding thoughts…

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.

ICYMI and Noteworthy News and Articles

US Abortion Rate Lowest Since Roe v Wade: Still Not Enough

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.”

Read more HERE.

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.

Assisted Suicide Revived AGAIN in Wisconsin

It’s not the first time. 

Wisconsin lawmakers have introduced legislation that gives terminally ill patients the option to have doctors help them end their lives. The first time this was tried in The Badger State was 1993.

The so-called End-of-Life Options Act (LRB 1624-1) would allow “mentally capable, terminally ill adults with less than six months” to live the ability to end their own lives.

Read more HERE.

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.

Action Alert: It’s About Children.

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.

Background

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

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” 

Read more HERE.

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. Click HERE for the list of Shorewood Board Trustees and contact information.

Celebrating Christian Heritage Week

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.”

As of today, no proclamation regarding Christian Heritage Week is on Governor Tony Evers’ website.

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! 

It’s legal to bring “this” to school

The Bible is now a must-have school supply for students like Ethan, who considers it essential for surviving the school day.
“When you have the Bible right out in front of you … when it’s sitting out on the corner of your desk, or in your backpack,” said Ethan, a 16-year-old student in Colorado, “it’s a constant reminder of what God has in store for you and to do what God wants you to do, rather than doing things off of your own selfish ambitions.” 

Thursday, October 4, 2019 is the annual “Bring Your Bible to School Day.” Encourage your child/children to carry their Bible to school not only on October 4, but every day. Make it a part of their routine to make time for God’s Word between classes, at lunch time or while riding the bus.

Learn more about “Bring Your Bible to School Day” HERE.
Click HERE to access your free back-to-school resources.

The Fight Is On For School Choice in Rural Wisconsin

Like a number of rural Wisconsin communities, Mattoon recently lost its only school due to consolidation. The building remains empty, but a local Christian group wants to acquire the building to start a Christian school and become part of the statewide voucher program. However, the Antigo School District owns the building and is blocking their efforts, refusing to let the building be used for any competing educational purpose. Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty is representing Mattoon and another community in a lawsuit against the school district.

The voucher program is designed to give parents an important educational option, especially lower-income families. The Mattoon area has a lot of families that would qualify for the voucher program and would support this private school. What the Antigo school district is doing is wrong in depriving this community of a school and depriving parents of a local and viable educational option.

Read more HERE and HERE.

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Why Public Schools Need To Engage the Spiritual Side of Students

From Gateways to Better Education (GTBE) for Christians teaching in public schools: “The majority of your students come from homes with religious backgrounds. Yet, too often this is not acknowledged or affirmed in a public school environment.

“The U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reported that, 80 percent of high school seniors indicate that religion plays a role in their lives.”
Read more HERE.

Gateways has assembled everything you need to help guard your children’s hearts and minds. In the comfort of your home and at your convenience learn how to guide your children through the public schools so they keep their faith and values intact.

CLICK HERE to obtain your “Public School Parenting Kit.”

Planned Parenthood’s Noncompliance Will Cost Them Big Tax $$’s– And that’s just fine with us.

The Planned Parenthood abortion business said this week it will not comply with President Donald Trump’s new pro-life rules that require any recipient of federal taxpayer dollars for family planning to separate out any abortion business it does.

Because the nation’s largest abortion company is so wedded to its abortion business and refuses to separate it from its family planning operations, Planned Parenthood will lose as much as $60 million dollars in taxpayer funds. 

“Frankly, I’m glad Planned Parenthood refuses to comply with the new rule,” says Julaine Appling, WFA president. “Such a position makes it very clear what Planned Parenthood is really about—and it’s not women’s healthcare. Every taxpayer dollar the abortion giant does not get means a better opportunity for the life of an unborn baby to be saved and his/her mother spared years of emotional and maybe even physical distress.”

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Wisconsin Family Council Releases Cultural Indicators 2019

Fresh off the press! Wisconsin Cultural Indicators, 2019 Edition is a unique, Wisconsin-specific document that looks at cultural and policy trends that impact the well-being of the state.  This publication clearly shows how important intact, married  mom-and-dad families are to Wisconsin’s well-being, both now and in the future.  It is designed to assist leaders and decision-makers as they deal with policy, programs and cultural situations. 

WFC has distributed print copies to all state legislators, members of the executive branch, secretaries of several state agencies, the Wisconsin congressional delegation, over 300 pastors/ministry leaders in WI, all school district superintendents, all public libraries and to the mayors in Wisconsin’s major cities.

Topics include family structure and economics, childbearing and poverty, K-12  per pupil costs, voucher enrollments, marriage and divorce rates, abortion statistics and much, much more!

Wisconsin’s Cultural Indicators, 2019 Edition is now available online HERE or by contacting our office at 608-268-5074.

Millennials Buying the Lies about Socialism

“We are so well off here in the United States that our poverty line begins 31 times above the global average. Thirty. One. Times. Virtually no one in the United States is considered poor by global standards. Yet, in a time where we can order a product off Amazon with one click and have it 

at our doorstep the next day, we are unappreciative, unsatisfied, and ungrateful.”
 Millennial Alyssa Ahlgren with Foundation for Economic Education says her generation is buying the lies about socialism because they have never experienced anything other than prosperity and therefore have nothing to compare it to.  She strenuously objects to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s recent comment that her entire generation, “which is…becoming one of the largest electorates…, came of age and never saw American prosperity.” Ahlgren vigorously disagrees. She says, her generation has an entitlement problem and an ungratefulness problem.

Families can help by building into their children true gratitude and a real sense of what poverty is. Talk about God’s goodness and the opportunity we have to be good stewards of the blessing of living in this country. Teach and show children the relationship between work and earning money; trips to foreign countries where true poverty exists can be life-changing.
Read the rest of the article by Ahlgren HERE.

10,000 Signed Petitions Delivered to Governor Evers “Take Down the ‘Pride’ Flag; Unite, Don’t Divide Our State”

10,000 Signed Petitions Delivered to Governor Evers “Take Down the ‘Pride’ Flag; Unite, Don’t Divide Our State”

MADISON, WI –This morning Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Council, and a group of concerned citizens in delivering 10,000 signed petitions to Governor Tony Evers’ office in the East Wing of the State Capitol. The petition addresses the Governor’s decision earlier this month to fly the LGBT “Rainbow Pride Flag” over the State Capitol and authorizing other state and public buildings to do the same, if they choose to.

“When the Governor issued his Executive Order regarding this flag on Friday, June 7, we immediately responded by encouraging people to call the Governor’s office and share their opinion on this decision.  On Tuesday, June 11, Wisconsin Family Council launched this petition drive to make it easier for people to express their opinion. In just two weeks we have had 10,000 Wisconsin citizens sign the petition calling on the Governor to remove the ‘Rainbow Pride Flag’ from the state capitol. That’s an incredible response,” Appling commented.

“Obviously many citizens are very concerned about this inappropriate and divisive decision and are reminding the Governor that the State Capitol or any state or public building are places representing all Wisconsin citizens, not just a select special-interest group, and that any flag that flies over these buildings should reflect that truth.”

The petition drive was conducted online, with a print version also available that people could download and circulate for multiple signatures.

Appling further remarked, “Governor Evers said during his campaign and has repeated since he took office, that he wants to unite Wisconsin. Flying this special-interest-group flag over the seat of government belonging to all Wisconsin citizens is anything but unifying. Our state affords Governor Evers many opportunities to find common ground and work together for the benefit of all our citizens.”

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

Copy available online here.

View WFA/WFC president Julaine Appling as she hand delivers all 10,000 petitions to Governor Evers’ office today, 6/25/2019, below:

Governor Evers Gives Special Recognition to LGBT Community Over All Other Citizens

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                          June 7, 2019
Contact:     Julaine Appling, President – 608-334-6435
Fax:      608-256-3370
Email:   info@wifamilyaction.org

 

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.”

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

Copy available online here.

Wisconsin Teacher Outs Himself as Trans to Minors at Public School

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.