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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!

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.

Click HERE to support the very important work we do each and every day in partnership with you and on your behalf in The Badger State. 

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.”