Judge Amy Coney Barrett was on the proverbial “hot seat” in the US Senate Judiciary Committee for four days during the hearing to confirm her as an associate justice on the US Supreme Court. She had been the target of vitriol and even ridiculous statements and questions from liberals on the committee. Through it all, this wife and mother of seven, who is by everyone’s account a brilliant legal mind and excellent jurist, conducted herself with confidence without arrogance, dignity without defiance, and grace without groveling. We believed Judge Barrett would welcome receiving some encouragement from thousands of Wisconsin citizens who appreciate who she is and what she believes about the rule of law and the role of the courts. And so did you!
A campaign was launched by our organization to send a letter to Justice Barrett to let her know Wisconsin was thinking of and praying for her. Hundreds of you signed on to the letter and added your own personal notes. It was truly heartwarming to witness the outpouring of love and kindness towards Justice Barrett!
On October 21, 2020, we made a trip to our local post office to send off pages and pages containing all of these beautiful expressions of gratitude, commitments to prayer and more. Your words touched the heart of Justice Barrett who responded just this week with a personal letter!
WFA president Julaine Appling said, “Justice Barrett continues to show us she is a classy and gracious person. I must admit; getting a letter from a sitting US Supreme Court justice is a first for me. We are glad we took time to do this thank you to Justice Barrett and are certainly grateful for her kind acknowledgement. We wanted to be sure we shared her letter so those who signed could see Justice Barrett received the card and signatures and appreciated them. Thank you to all of you who participated!”
How do those on the Left determine right from wrong? Since Marx, they’ve relied on a formula based on status, skin color, and wealth. But is that the way to reach a moral conclusion? Dennis Prager uses Israel and the United States to provide an illuminating perspective on this question.
Watch the video from Dennis Prager of PragerU HERE.
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin was in federal court Monday challenging three state abortion restrictions that the organization believes unconstitutionally limits access to care.
If successful, the lawsuit would broaden the ability to have an abortion in Wisconsin, particularly in rural areas of the state, where the procedure is not available.
Planned Parenthood provides abortion care at three of its 21 locations in Wisconsin: Madison; Milwaukee; and Sheboygan.
Tanya Atkinson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, said deciding to start a family, delay becoming a parent, or end a pregnancy are personal decisions.
“It’s our responsibility, and we are always looking for ways to ensure people have access to the health care they need,” Atkinson said. “Part of that means that if we prevail in this lawsuit, we could expand (abortion) access to other parts of the state.”
The lawsuit was filed in January 2019 and challenges several Republican-backed state laws, including one that allows only doctors to perform abortions. The group argues advance practice nurses, including nurse practitioners and midwives, should be able to perform abortions.
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, a pro-life organization based in Madison, said claims that women don’t have access to abortions are untrue.
“We believe this is a dangerous road for the state to go down,” Appling said. “Medical abortion is not without risk. If Planned Parenthood prevails, and they open up all of their sites to do these, women will suffer from that, and certainly their unborn children will be killed because of the courts.”
TOUR ARRIVING IN MADISON, WI ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 2, 2021
Every year, an average of 130,094 babies die in the Midwest because of the tragedy of abortion.
Sometimes, numbers like this are incomprehensible and we don’t truly take in the enormity of this loss.
That’s why this year Wisconsin Family Council is a proud co-sponsor (along with Pro-life Wisconsin, Wisconsin Right to Life, and the Wisconsin Catholic Conference) of the March for Life of Chicago’s Moving the Movement Tour, which is helping to collect 130,094 diapers for pregnancy resource centers across the Midwest.
Together, we can make a very real difference in the lives of babies and their mothers.
You’re invited to bring diapers of any size (we want to help babies throughout their first year) to any of the stops on the March for Life tour. Bring 1 pack or bring 3; each and every one will be a gift to those who receive it!
If you can’t attend in person, there is an easy option to donate diapers online!
This is a simple, yet powerful, way to witness to the gift of life and to serve families who need our help. Join us by SAVING THE DATE to drop off your diapers in Madison, WI, on Saturday, January 2, 2021.
Register by clicking HERE and you’ll receive updates on logistics, speakers, and more in the coming weeks.
This will be an exciting, strong, pro-life event, that is also safe and will follow guidelines from civil authorities.
CLICK HERE to learn more or to donate diapers securely online.
We’ll share more information on time and location as we get closer!
We’ve had a number of people ask what they can do to help with the US Senate run-offs in Georgia on January 5.
Typically, no state can have both US Senators up for election in the same year. However, due to a death, Georgia had to have both a regular race for one US Senate seat and a special election for the other US Senate seat, both held earlier this month.
Georgia election law requires that to win a race, a candidate must get at least 50% of the vote. In both US Senate races, no candidate received 50% or more of the vote, forcing a run-off, where the top 2 vote getters in both races face off in an election scheduled for Tuesday, January 5.
The Republicans currently hold a slight majority in the US Senate. If the Democrats win these races in Georgia, that majority is gone; and the US Senate will be split 50-50. If Joe Biden becomes president, then Kamala Harris as vice-president becomes the tie-breaking vote in the US Senate.
Ideas for what you can do to help in Georgia?
Pray that conservative, pro-life, pro-family, pro-freedom candidates prevail.
Engage with MyFaithVotes, which is coordinating several options for people living outside of Georgia who want to help get-out-the-vote for these runoff elections. More information is available HERE.
Give financially. Our sister organization in Georgia is working hard to turn out the vote and to make sure people are fully educated on the candidates and the critical issues. Secure online donations can be given HERE.
Thanks for remaining engaged as our nation continues to sort through this contentious election. Be assured that we are monitoring the Wisconsin recount and any lawsuits that may be filed here regarding the presidential election. We remind ourselves regularly that even in this, our great God is truly in control. We remain informed and involved, mindful of John Quincy Adams’ sage words: “Duty is ours; results are God’s.”
The Charlotte Lozier Institute, the research arm of the Susan B Anthony List, has been tracking COVID-19 vaccine research and development. One concern regarding the ethical assessment of viral vaccines is the potential use of abortion-derived cell lines in the development, production or testing of a vaccine. In a recent update, available HERE, the researchers verify that a number of vaccine developers are using such cell lines. The Lozier Institute hopes by providing accurate data, recipients can make well-informed decisions regarding any vaccine choices.
WFA president, Julaine Appling, says, “Moderna Virus vaccine is very much in the news right now touting a nearly ninety-five percent effective rate. Lozier institute shows this vaccine did not use abortion-derived cells lines in the development or production but some tests have used such cell lines. Pro-life citizens need to know this information as we move closer and closer to an available vaccine. Ethics really do matter.”
We are going to all need to exercise some patience as this election continues. The election is clearly not over. If nothing else, the Trump campaign has said they are going to ask for a statewide recount. The parties will be looking for people to volunteer to be observers of the process wherever the recount is happening. Every vote has a paper trail; at a minimum, that should be investigated during the recount. If possible, volunteer some time.
In December 1776, Thomas Paine wrote, “THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” I think what’s going on with the election results here in Wisconsin is definitely trying our souls. Reports of questionable results and reporting have surfaced, but it seems no one is doing much to investigate. We need real patriots to show up right now.
The integrity of our election system is paramount to retaining our constitutional republic. All voters, regardless of their party or political persuasion, need to have confidence that their vote will count—and not be negated by fraudulent ballots or unqualified voters.
We want you to know that we are not sunshine patriots. We are launching an effort to call all true Wisconsin patriots to stay engaged in this election process.
We’ll have more to say about this effort soon, but here are some action steps you can take right now: 1) Please email us any reports or stories you have heard of voting irregularities or questionable voting activity. Send your email to email@example.com.
2) Pray! If there has been any fraud, pray that God will reveal it and will bring justice to bear. Enlist others to join you.
3) Call your state representative and senator (enter your address in the upper right-hand corner and search) and ask them to make election integrity reform an immediate priority.
4) Share this information with other Wisconsin patriots who want to be sure every vote is counted and counted lawfully.
It’s time…it’s time for the true patriots in Wisconsin to stand strong! We hope you will join us as we make a reasonable demand for a truly fair election. The citizens of Wisconsin deserve a transparent election process so that we can have confidence in the outcome.
Today is Election Day 2020. We know you have likely been reminded of that and of the importance of your vote multiple times by now. Please know, those of us sending those messages are doing so out of the very best of intentions—because we really do know how important this election is and how important your vote is! Soon, the opportunity to vote in this election will be done. The messaging will stop; the decisions will have been made.
At Wisconsin Family Action and Wisconsin Family Council we really have done all we could to encourage Christians in Wisconsin to honor God with their vote. On this Election Day, we issue one final call to action related to this election: please join us in prayer today. We have identified 5 specific areas to focus on for this special prayer emphasis.
We urge you to pray individually multiple times during the day today and, if at all possible, to gather your family together (maybe at a meal?) and pray specifically for these requests. Our WFA/WFC team will be praying as well throughout the day and into the evening.
You know the verse well, I’m sure…II Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and will turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
In principle, this verse applies as much today to us in America as it did in promise to the children of Israel. In essence, the verse is calling the faithful to revival…and that’s really what we need in our country.
Thank you for standing with us in prayer as Election 2020 draws to a close. May God be honored not just by our vote but by our earnest and faithful prayers.
Through a new Executive Order, President Trump is establishing the President’s Advisory 1776 Commission, which will work to improve understanding of our nation’s history and founding principles among America’s rising generations. Below please find links to the text of the Executive Order and a fact sheet describing the mission of the Commission.
Click HERE to read the Executive Order on Establishing the President’s Advisory 1776 Commission.
Click HERE to read a fact sheet describing the mission of the Commission.
October 30, 2020 – Madison, WI – Wisconsin Family Action and Wisconsin Family Council will not be able to display the annual nativity scene and Christian Christmas message in the State Capitol this December. According to the Wisconsin State Capitol Visitor Information Center, as of today there will be no Christmas tree in the rotunda this year. Additionally, no decorations or exhibits will be allowed in the Capitol building which is expected to remain closed through at least January 2021.
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section1. Purpose. Every infant born alive, no matter the circumstances of his or her birth, has the same dignity and the same rights as every other individual and is entitled to the same protections under Federal law. Such laws include the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), 42 U.S.C. 1395dd, which guarantees, in hospitals that have an emergency department, each individual’s right to an appropriate medical screening examination and to either stabilizing treatment or an appropriate transfer. They also include section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Rehab Act), 29 U.S.C. 794, which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities by programs and activities receiving Federal funding. In addition, the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, 1 U.S.C. 8, makes clear that all infants born alive are individuals for purposes of these and other Federal laws and are therefore afforded the same legal protections as any other person. Together, these laws help protect infants born alive from discrimination in the provision of medical treatment, including infants who require emergency medical treatment, who are premature, or who are born with disabilities. Such infants are entitled to meaningful and non-discriminatory access to medical examination and services, with the consent of a parent or guardian, when they present at hospitals receiving Federal funds.
Despite these laws, some hospitals refuse the required medical screening examination and stabilizing treatment or otherwise do not provide potentially lifesaving medical treatment to extremely premature or disabled infants, even when parents plead for such treatment. Hospitals might refuse to provide treatment to extremely premature infants — born alive before 24 weeks of gestation — because they believe these infants may not survive, may have to live with long-term disabilities, or may have a quality-of-life deemed to be inadequate. Active treatment of extremely premature infants has, however, been shown to improve their survival rates. And the denial of such treatment, or discouragement of parents from seeking such treatment for their children, devalues the lives of these children and may violate Federal law.
Sec. 2. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to recognize the human dignity and inherent worth of every newborn or other infant child, regardless of prematurity or disability, and to ensure for each child due protection under the law.
Sec. 3. (a) The Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) shall ensure that individuals responsible for all programs and activities under his jurisdiction that receive Federal funding are aware of their obligations toward infants, including premature infants or infants with disabilities, who have an emergency medical condition in need of stabilizing treatment, under EMTALA and section 504 of the Rehab Act, as interpreted consistent with the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act. In particular, the Secretary shall ensure that individuals responsible for such programs and activities are aware that they are not excused from complying with these obligations, including the obligation to provide an appropriate medical screening examination and stabilizing treatment or transfer, when extremely premature infants are born alive or infants are born with disabilities. The Secretary shall also ensure that individuals responsible for such programs and activities are aware that they may not unlawfully discourage parents from seeking medical treatment for their infant child solely because of their infant child’s disability. The Secretary shall further ensure that individuals responsible for such programs and activities are aware of their obligations to provide stabilizing treatment that will allow the infant patients to be transferred to a more suitable facility if appropriate treatment is not possible at the initial location.
(b) The Secretary shall, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, ensure that Federal funding disbursed by the Department of Health and Human Services is expended in full compliance with EMTALA and section 504 of the Rehab Act, as interpreted consistent with the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, as reflected in the policy set forth in section 2 of this order.
(i) The Secretary shall, as appropriate and to the fullest extent permitted by law, investigate complaints of violations of applicable Federal laws with respect to infants born alive, including infants who have an emergency medical condition in need of stabilizing treatment or infants with disabilities whose parents seek medical treatment for their infants. The Secretary shall also clarify, in an easily understandable format, the process by which parents and hospital staff may submit such complaints for investigation under applicable Federal laws.
(ii) The Secretary shall take all appropriate enforcement action against individuals and organizations found through investigation to have violated applicable Federal laws, up to and including terminating Federal funding for non-compliant programs and activities.
(c) The Secretary shall, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, prioritize the allocation of Department of Health and Human Services discretionary grant funding and National Institutes of Health research dollars for programs and activities conducting research to develop treatments that may improve survival — especially survival without impairment — of infants born alive, including premature infants or infants with disabilities, who have an emergency medical condition in need of stabilizing treatment.
(d) The Secretary shall, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, prioritize the allocation of Department of Health and Human Services discretionary grant funding to programs and activities, including hospitals, that provide training to medical personnel regarding the provision of life-saving medical treatment to all infants born alive, including premature infants or infants with disabilities, who have an emergency medical condition in need of stabilizing treatment.
(e) The Secretary shall, as necessary and consistent with applicable law, issue such regulations or guidance as may be necessary to implement this order.
Sec. 4. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
Presidential Message on the National Day of Prayer and Return, 2020
On this inaugural National Day of Prayer and Return, the First Lady and I join millions of Christians here in the United States and around the world in prayer, as we turn our hearts to our Lord and Savior.
Our great Nation was founded by men and women of deep and abiding faith—a faith that has stood the test of time. Four hundred years ago, early American settlers trusted their lives to His providence and braved a voyage to a New World. From the pilgrims who sought His protection aboard the Mayflower to the countless believers who today bow their heads to ask for His guidance during these unprecedented times, our country continues to turn to the Lord. Following in our ancestors’ footsteps we continue the “firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence” that provides us enduring strength and reassurance in our times of need.
The trials and tribulations the American people have faced over the past several months have been great. Yet, as we have seen time and again, the resolve of our citizenry—fortified by our faith in God—has guided us through these hardships and helped to unite us as one Nation under God. As we continue to combat the challenges ahead of us, we must remember the sage words of President George Washington during his first Presidential Address: “propitious smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.” As a country and a people, let us renew our commitment to these abiding and timeless principles.
Today, I am pleased to join my voice to yours in thanking God for blessing this nation with great power and responsibility. With reverence, humility, and thanksgiving, we beg for His continued guidance and protection.
We have been in contact with legal experts on whether the governor has authority to issue yet another statewide emergency declaration. They have advised us that just as his second declaration was illegal, so this one is as well. At a minimum, this order raises questions about whether, for instance, churches and private schools have the right to exercise autonomy in this matter.
We want to reiterate that Wisconsin Family Action has not and will not take a position on masks or other the other aspects of the order that the governor issued under the authority of this declaration. However, we will oppose illegal actions by elected officials. Please understand it is the emergency declaration order that gives the governor the authority to issue the mask mandate and it is that order that is illegal. How many 60-day emergency declarations dealing with one issue does he get? We agree with the legal experts: he gets one such order, not multiple ones done in a serial manner.
Meanwhile, while the attorneys deliberate regarding a possible legal challenge, the state legislature does have a way to stop the governor’s order. The law that gives the governor authority to issue a Public Health Emergency (Chapter 323.10) states that the Order can be revoked by the Governor issuing another Executive Order or by the state legislature passing a Joint Resolution. Obviously the governor is not going to revoke his own emergency declaration order. So, the quickest way to stop this illegal power grab by the governor is for the state legislature to take action by passing a joint resolution..
We believe this legislative approach is the best option to quickly counter the Governor’s newest edict.We are asking that you AS SOON AS POSSIBLE make 3 phone calls to help make this special legislative session and a joint resolution a reality:
You can find contact information for your elected officials HERE (just put your address in the area at the top right of the page).
We know this is a confusing and challenging time for everyone. We are hoping our state legislators will step up and do the right thing in this instance and act as a “check and balance” to the executive branch. This is yet another powerful reminder that ELECTIONS HAVE VERY REAL CONSEQUENCES. Remember that as you vote this fall!
The sanctity of life, religious freedom including the right to openly worship in church, a society governed by law and order, and traditional family values are all under attack in America and hang in the balance as we head toward November 3, Election Day.
One of the most important ways to protect the values we hold dear is to vote.
But you can’t vote if you aren’t registered. It’s just that simple.
Today, on National Voter Registration Day, we are urging Christians in Wisconsin to register to vote; and for those who are already registered, to encourage their unregistered family and friends to get registered to vote.
We honor God by acknowledging that He gave us government for our own good. We’ve been blessed with a Republic—a participatory form of government. Honoring God with our vote is an acknowledgment of His gift to us, and your vote will help preserve these precious values and freedoms for generations to come.
PARENTS BEWARE, is sex on the school calendar in your district?
All year long there is a day, week, or sometimes even month set aside to promote sexual ideology. Many public schools advertise and promote these national and international events.
When you look at these events listed together in the info graph posted below, the picture becomes very clear. There is a real and persistent agenda aimed at sexualizing our children and pushing dangerous and harmful transgender ideology on them.
Schools need to go back to teaching academics and stop inundating our children with sexual content.
Parents, it is time to show up and speak up to protect our kids. If we don’t, who will?
The US Supreme Court’s decision to write transgenderism into federal nondiscrimination law does not create a right for gender-confused male students to compete against actual girls, the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) concluded in a letter explaining how the divisive ruling factors into its own judgment.
Julaine Appling, WFA president, says, “The recent court decision is just plain wrong; it’s already been positively cited several times in other lawsuits. So this is really great news from the Trump administration’s Department of Education and is another reminder that elections have very real consequences. One presidential candidate has very publicly said he would do everything he could to advance the LGBTQ agenda.”
The fall election officially began this week with the Democratic Convention, which while headquartered in Milwaukee, will now be completely virtual. In addition to speeches from prominent Democrats, party delegates will approve the party platform. The proposed Democrat 2020 platform, among other things, calls for raising taxes, universal health care, gun control, restoring taxpayer funding for abortion, restricting school choice, passing the Equality Act and making America a world-leader in LGBT rights. Party platforms are typically reviewed and renewed every four years during the party conventions where presidential candidates are officially nominated. While the Democrats are adopting a new platform, the Republicans have decided to reaffirm the platform they adopted in 2016, which many who were involved with shaping that platform, say it is one of the best Republican platforms they have ever seen or worked on.
Party platforms aren’t just formal documents that gather dust on a shelf or are buried deep in a website. In essence, a party platform is a world-view statement. It provides a blueprint for policy initiatives at the state and the federal levels and states a party’s official position on key issues that impact American citizens. The words and ideas in party platform matter greatly.
Have you ever taken time to compare party platforms before you vote? Click HERE to see the most recent party platform comparison to help you decide how to best vote your values. This chart compares the GOP’s 2016/2020 platform with the proposed 2020 Democrat platform on some core, foundational issues.
CLICK HERE to view and download Party Platform Comparisons.
COMMIT TO VOTE! Pledge, right here and now, to committing your voice, your choice, your values by ballot in the upcoming elections! Click HERE to sign the pledge today.
“Houston, we have a problem!” Those words came from Apollo 13 as the astronauts headed towards a major disaster—a disaster that was averted because of the quick responses by both astronauts and NASA headquarters in Houston. Imagine if either had ignored the problem.
Well, we have a problem in Wisconsin and in America right now…and it’s up to us working with our great God to deal with it.
Today is the first day of our statewide mandate from Governor Evers regarding “facial coverings,” part of his second Public Health Emergency declaration dealing with COVID-19. We believe the emergency declaration itself is an overreach of the governor’s authority. If nothing else, this is a great reminder that elections have consequences—huge, far-reaching, long-lasting consequences. And we are on the brink of crucial elections!
We cannot ignore the problem! We need to act NOW. We are the astronauts here—and God is “Houston,” if you will.
Friends, we have a truly awesome, “big” God! We need to pray to our pray-hearing, prayer-answering God; and we need to act. We need to put faith, feet and, yes, finances, to our prayers.
Wisconsin Family Action and Wisconsin Family Council have a solid, aggressive election plan built on proven, cutting-edge strategies and tactics and on our years of experience in making a difference in elections. We will do everything we can to get President Trump re-elected and to keep conservative majorities in our state legislature for GOOD consequences.
Wisconsin is a targeted state both for the presidential election and for those wanting to turn our state legislature from red to blue. That’s a problem! But with your help, working together, we can ensure that doesn’t happen.
Elections are expensive, with this election likely the most expensive in history because the stakes are so high. Our election plan starts at $300,000 over and above our normal budget. To fully implement our plan will take considerably more. But $300,000 ensures we are in the game.
Today we are launching our “Big Goal. Bigger God” campaign. (Or maybe we should call it, “Houston, we have a problem”!) We are asking for 300 people in The Badger State to commit to a $1000 investment for our election work—work that won’t happen without you!
Why 300? Well, remember when God pared Gideon’s army to just 300 special soldiers for an important victory? We are looking to build a modern-day Gideon’s Army—right now, starting today, with 300 special, engaged and motivated people who understand WE HAVE A PROBLEM and who want to be part of the solution.
You can invest $1000 (or more if you are especially blessed) in a single gift, pledge to give the $1000 over the next 4 months or even combine with others to get to $1000. (As always, we are grateful for investments of any amount—no gift is too small or too large.) We welcome everyone to be a part of this “Big Goal. Bigger God” effort and watch what God does with a even a small group of people!
PS. We already have $10,000 committed from 10 people on our board and our staff who joined me in immediately saying, “I want to be part of this unique Gideon’s Army and trust God to make this big goal.” So now we need just 290 people! Join us!
Congratulations to the following Wisconsin Partisan Primary Election candidates that are endorsed by Wisconsin Family Action PAC: Scott Fitzgerald – Congressional District 5, Joan Ballweg – Senate District 14, Rachael Cabral-Guevara – Assembly District 55, Robert Brooks – Assembly District 60, Donna Rozar – Assembly District 69.. These candidates will now move on to the General Election on November 3. For more election information and to view our endorsements for the General Election, go to https://voterightwi.com/
While the Order does include a number of exemptions or exceptions (such as, you don’t have to wear a mask when eating, drinking or sleeping. Yes, these are specifically delineated in the order), the order raises questions about whether, for instance, churches and private schools have the right to exercise autonomy in this matter.
We have been in contact with constitutional attorneys who tell us it will take some time to completely assess the Order and to determine if a lawsuit is warranted and if so to get it filed, etc. One major legal question is whether the Governor even has the authority to issue a second 60-day Public Health Emergency for the same issue (COVID-19 in this instance).
Meanwhile, while the attorneys deliberate regarding a possible legal challenge, the state legislature does have a way to stop the Governor’s Order. The law that gives the Governor authority to issue a Public Health Emergency (Chapter 323…) states that the implementation of the order can be stopped by the Governor issuing another Order or by the state legislature passing a Joint Resolution.
Thursday afternoon, State Senator Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) issued a press release in which he said the Governor’s Order was “illegal and unnecessary” and called for a special legislative session to stop the Order.
We believe this legislative approach is the best option to quickly counter the Governor’s newest edict. We are asking that you AS SOON AS POSSIBLE make 3 phone calls to help make this special legislative session and a joint resolution:
You can find contact information for your elected officials HERE (just put your address in the area at the top right of the page).
We know this is a confusing and challenging time for everyone. We are hoping our state legislators will step up and do the right thing in this instance and act as a “check and balance” to the executive branch. Wearing a mask should not be forced on everyone; the government can make recommendations, but ordering mask wearing and imposing a fine for not doing so is a breach of our individual freedoms and just may also encroach on our religious freedom as well. This is yet another powerful reminder that ELECTIONS HAVE VERY REAL CONSEQUENCES. Remember that as you vote this fall!
ELECTION DAY 2020 is coming! There’s so much at stake for our country in November. We can’t afford to go backward—and by promising to vote and then making sure you do you are taking an important step in making sure we can continue moving forward. CLICK HERE NOW to solidify your commitment to VOTE on November 3, 2020. Then be a friend and share this pledge with your family, friends, neighbors, church leadership and community! Join with thousands of Wisconsin citizens in pledging to be part of the solution, not part of the problem!
It’s been a whirlwind of decisions coming out of the US Supreme Court in the last few weeks. Last Thursday, the high court released its last round of opinions for this term, wrapping up months of dealing with numerous high-profile decisions that impact immediately or will impact in the future millions of Americans. Religious freedom was the crux of three recent decisions—and in all three cases the high court ruled in favor of respecting the First Amendment’s clear intent to give Americans the right to freely exercise their religion and conscience.
Our founders called religious freedom our “First freedom” because it is the underpinning of all of our other freedoms. In light of that, these decisions are encouraging. However, one other case the court decided this session that wrongly redefined the word sex to include sexual orientation and gender identity puts religious freedom and so-called civil rights on a collision course. We must remain vigilant.