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!
On February 6, 2019, Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) along with his Assembly colleagues took a public stand against the new efforts to loosen abortion restrictions during a news conference in GAR hall at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, WI. Recently, a law was enacted in New York; another was proposed in Virginia. Last Session, Wisconsin Democrats introduced a similar proposal introduced in the Legislature.
“So we’ve seen this week all across the country, unfortunately, is the lack of concern and really what I would say is the outrageous position that people are taking in protecting human life. So why are we here today. First of all we have a reason to be concerned in Wisconsin because there is obviously, all across the nation a nationwide, an attack on the unborn. And I am here to say that, along with my colleagues, we are not going to allow that to happen in Wisconsin…”
The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) released its second annual report comparing school academic performance across Wisconsin, apples to apples. In this new peer-reviewed study, control variables—such as student economic status and demographics—are included to level the playing field and make the clearest possible comparisons between schools for policymakers and parents.
Also included for the first time is WILL’s Performance Ranking, which ranks the performance of every K-12 school in the state from all sectors while controlling for socio-economic status. The report shows that schools participating in the Parental Choice Programs are doing quite well in several areas.
WFA president Julaine Appling sends accolades, “Thanks to WILL for doing this analysis of school performance data. Its release is very timely since the deadline for parents to apply to be part of one of the parental choice programs—the voucher programs—is this Friday. It’s good to see these private schools that are so often maligned by liberals doing well in their first priority: educating children.”
CLICK HERE to visit the Department of Instruction Online Parent Application for School Choice.
Governor Scott Walker proclaims January 21-27 as School Choice Week in Wisconsin
Wisconsin will celebrate National School Choice Week 2018 (January 21-27, 2018) with 563 events, meetings, and activities across the Badger State.
Joining dozens of other governors and hundreds of city and county leaders nationwide, Gov. Scott Walker has officially proclaimed Jan. 21-27 School Choice Week in Wisconsin.
Wisconsonians have planned 563 events and activities for the week to celebrate educational opportunity and spark conversations about the options parents have, or want to have, for their children.
This year, more than 32,000 independently planned school choice events and activities will take place nationwide across all 50 states. Events include rallies, roundtable discussions, coffeehouse meet-ups, festivals, school fairs, and more.
Since 1991, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has surveyed teens every two years in order to identify trends in risky adolescent behaviors.
Recently, in West Bend, a concerned resident and grandmother who is also a registered nurse, raised some very valid concerns before her local school board about the survey. She stated, “How would you feel if you were asked [these questions]?” She added, “What does this have to do with educating our children?” She went on to suggest a more positive approach such as asking, “Are you aware that you are more likely to live in poverty as a single parent?” and “Are you aware of the negative physical and emotional aspects of having sex before marriage?”
Watch the short video of this testimony on this issue from the West Bend School Board meeting HERE.
“The Youth Risk Behavior Survey has been around quite a while,” says WFA president Julaine Appling, “I dare say most school districts in our state give the survey. There is no question that the questions are leading and the subject matter invasive. It’s important for parents to know they can opt their child out of taking the survey. Make sure you know if and when your child will be asked to take this survey.”
An ordinance that has been deemed “anti-discriminatory” has been proposed and is awaiting a vote by the De Pere Common Council on November 7 at 7:30 p.m.. Click HERE to read the earliest public reference to the ordinance.
Essentially the proposal adds gender identity and gender expression to the list of protected classes in the city’s anti-discrimination laws related to housing, employment and public accommodations. There are some exceptions in the housing policy—for instance it doesn’t apply to religious organizations that own homes used for their members or rented to their members; and it doesn’t apply to a home owner who owns no more than 3 single-family dwellings that he may rent or live in. It also doesn’t apply to a situation where an owner of a duplex, triplex or quadplex lives in one of the units and rents out the others. The main group the housing ordinance appears to be going after is owners of condominium developments, apartments, townhouses, etc…or we suppose a builder who develops a subdivision and is looking to sell the homes built in that development. (more…)
WHAT: De Pere Common Council Meeting WHEN: Tuesday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: City Hall, Council Chambers, 335 S. Broadway, De Pere, WI
HERE’S THE “WHY”: Your De Pere Common Council will be voting on Tuesday, November 7, on an ordinance they declare is “anti-discriminatory” in nature. The ordinance prohibits discrimination in housing, employment and places of public accommodation against some 20-odd groups of protected classes of citizens. Included among those classes is “gender identity/gender expression.”
Do you think private businesses in De Pere should be forced to allow men in the women’s restrooms or changing rooms? Should churches or religious organizations that encourage the public to attend their services be forced to allow men in the women’s restrooms or changing rooms or vice versa?
The City of De Pere proposed ordinance was recently introduced by Alderperson Casey Nelson, who just this past April was elected to the Common Council. The earliest reference we can find to this policy is in the minutes from the September 12, 2017 Finance/Personnel Committee meeting.
The Board of Health passed the proposed ordinance on Monday, October 23. Alderman Nelson and Alderman Ryan Jennings are on the Board of Health. Now the full Common Council will consider the ordinance for a vote on Tuesday, November 7. The public will be given an opportunity to express their opinion on this proposed policy/ordinance.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
1)Call your common council member, the mayor and all of the members of the council expressing your concern and opinion. Click HEREto access contact information for the De Pere mayor and Common Council members.
2) Share this information with other residents of De Pere. Encourage them to contact their council member and also attend the meeting on Tuesday, November 7.
3) Make sure your pastor and ministry leaders know about the meeting on Tuesday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall in the Council Chambers, 335 S. Broadway, De Pere.
4) Pray! Pray that God will change hearts and minds of the decision makers the good people of De Pere have elected to the Common Council.
For more information on how this ordinance could impact local businesses, religious ministries, etc., clickHERE.
Leaders in Sun Prairie are considering two ordinances that would protect people based on their gender identity or gender expression.
The city would be one of only a handful in Wisconsin to have an ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression.
Read a media account HERE.
Proposed ordinances are available HERE. (Go to pp. 21-29. They are in the report from the Diversity Ad Hoc Committee)
WFA president, Julaine Appling, weighs in, “This idea is wrong and dangerous. Local government has no right to force private businesses to allow men to use the women’s restrooms and changing rooms and vice versa. This is also a gross violation of the privacy rights of all citizens. Sun Prairie citizens concerned about this proposed ordinance need to show up at the May 2 city council meeting.”
Note: The meeting will take place in the Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall at 300 E. Main St. in Downtown Sun Prairie at 7 p.m.
Next Tuesday, February 21, is Wisconsin’s Spring Non-Partisan Primary Election. Early in-person voting ends this Friday, February 17. Absentee ballots are also available. A primary for State Superintendent of Public Instruction will be on everyone’s ballot statewide. This is a 4-year term. Incumbent Tony Evers, who has served two terms, is running again and has 2 challengers: Dr. Lowell Holtz and Mr. John Humphries. Other local races could be on voters’ ballots. Check myvote.wi.gov to see a sample ballot. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. statewide.
Wisconsin Family Action Political Action Committee (PAC) has endorsed Dr. Lowell Holtz (photo, left) for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. See endorsement here.
“This race for State Superintendent of Public Instruction is critical,” says Julaine Appling, WFA president, “Whoever holds this office is responsible for determining state model academic standards, model policies on issues such as bullying, sexual orientation, gender –identity and more. Check the candidates websites, get informed and then be sure to vote.”
Wisconsin Family Council/Wisconsin Family Action’s biennial “Day at the Capitol” is scheduled for Thursday, March 23, 2017. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to connect directly with your government. You’ll hear from key legislators, get legislative updates, visit your legislators in their capitol offices— and much, much more! Space is limited!
Click HERE to learn more about the event and sign up for a personal invitation when they become available OR….
“Another offering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, this one on masculinity, is drawing fire from conservatives as an example of ideological excesses at the school.
The target is the Men’s Project, a six-week voluntary discussion program that “aims to explore masculinity and the problems accompanied by simplified definitions of it,” according to a UW Health Service news release.”
WFA president Julaine Appling says, “This situation reminds us there are many eager to tell your son what masculinity is. How much better coming from a loving father who purposefully in both word and example instructs his son on what it means to be a man. And Dads have the best instruction manual available–the Word of God. Be assured, our Creator isn’t silent or confused about masculinity.”
Wisconsin Family Action calls on Attorney General to stop the lawlessness
Madison – Last Friday, Milwaukee County Clerk Joe Czarnezki and Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell announced they are now issuing domestic partnership registrations to opposite-sex couples, in direct violation of existing state law.
In 2009, Governor Doyle and the state legislature enacted as a part of the state’s budget a statewide, same-sex-only domestic partnership registry that in many ways mimics marriage. Chapter 770 of the state statutes clearly includes the requirement that the two persons involved in this domestic partnership must be “members of the same sex” S.770.05 (5).
“It is unbelievable that these arrogant county clerks think they can just ignore the law and do what they want,” said Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action (WFA). “This is an amazing overreach of power. They are simply taking matters into their own hands and saying the State Constitution and any other binding law doesn’t matter. County clerks have absolutely no authority to unilaterally make law. None whatsoever.”
Wisconsin Family Action has fought against this registry from the time it was proposed. WFA sued alleging the registry violated the Marriage Protection Amendment passed by nearly 60% of the people in 2006. The case went to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, where WFA lost in 2013. At no point in these protracted legal proceedings was there anything in any court opinion, including in the Supreme Court’s ruling, indicating that the registry had to include opposite-sex couples. Likewise, the state legislature has not taken any action whatsoever regarding this registry.
Since last June, WFA has repeatedly asked elected officials, from the Governor down, to dissolve this domestic partnership registry, arguing that in light of the US Supreme Court in June 2015 legalizing same-sex marriage, the registry was no longer needed and was in fact discriminatory against heterosexual couples. Other than State Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), no official was inclined to take action.
Appling continued, “This registry was in retaliation against the marriage amendment. Proponents said it wasn’t ‘fair’ that same-sex couples couldn’t get benefits. The liberal progressives wrote and passed this law to try to erode marriage—and now liberals are trying to take it a step further with no legal authority again using the ‘fair’ argument. Clearly, making marriage utterly meaningless is their endgame. And clearly they will stop at nothing to get what they want—including ignoring the law. We are calling on Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel to issue an immediate injunction against this lawlessness.”
Wisconsin Family Action is a statewide, not-for-profit organization actively strengthening, preserving
and promoting marriage, family, life and liberty in Wisconsin.
Straight couples and roommates no longer need to be married in order to potentially qualify for health insurance or family leave.
Beginning Friday, domestic partnership declarations are available for opposite sex couples, Milwaukee County Clerk Joe Czarnezki said. “Gender discrimination is not allowed in marriage, so it cannot be permitted for domestic partnerships,” Czarnezki said in a statement.
Julaine Appling, WFA president responds, “By law this is a same-sex-only domestic partnership registry. The state legislature has done nothing to change the law to include opposite-sex couples, nor has a court. These clerks are blatantly usurping their authority and taking it upon themselves to break the law. It’s as if they are daring authorities to stop them. This anarchy needs to end and end now.”
Just days after filing legal action against North Carolina for the recently enacted bathroom safety and privacy law, House Bill 2, today the Obama Administration is attempting to force its “All In” bathroom policy on EVERY STATE in the nation. A joint press statement issued by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education today seeks to provide “guidance” to all public schools, colleges and universities across the U.S. In the statement and related documents, the Obama Administration seeks full implementation of its radical and unlawful attempt to redefine the word “sex” in federal laws and regulations to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”
The document verifies that “gender identity” is entirely subjective when it states that the Departments of Justice and Education, “interpret Title IX to require that when a student or the student’s parent or guardian, as appropriate, notifies the school administration that the student will assert a gender identity that differs from previous representations or records, the school will begin treating the student consistent with the student’s gender identity. Under Title IX, there is no medical diagnosis or treatment requirement that students must meet as a prerequisite to being treated consistent with their gender identity.”
The document also states that public schools, colleges and universities must permit:
Males to use female bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers, and vice versa. According to the document, “A school may provide separate facilities on the basis of sex, but must allow transgender students access to such facilities consistent with their gender identity. A school may not require transgender students to use facilities inconsistent with their gender identity or to use individual-user facilities when other students are not required to do so.”
Males to play on female athletic teams, and vice versa. According to the document, “Title IX regulations permit a school to operate or sponsor sex-segregated athletics teams when selection for such teams is based upon competitive skill or when the activity involved is a contact sport. A school may not, however, adopt or adhere to requirements that rely on overly broad generalizations or stereotypes about the differences between transgender students and other students of the same sex (i.e., the same gender identity) or others’ discomfort with transgender students.”
Males to share dormitories and other housing facilities with females, and vice versa: According to the document, “Title IX allows a school to provide separate housing on the basis of sex. But a school must allow transgender students to access housing consistent with their gender identity and may not require transgender students to stay in single-occupancy accommodations or to disclose personal information when not required of other students.”
Although the U.S. Justice Department has said that it will not withhold education tax dollars from North Carolina while litigation over House Bill 2 is taking place, the clear language of these documents is that the Administration intends to use the “power of the purse” to force states and individual schools, colleges and universities to comply with these radical policies:“As a condition of receiving Federal funds, a school agrees that it will not exclude, separate, deny benefits to, or otherwise treat differently on the basis of sex any person in its educational programs or activities unless expressly authorized to do so under Title IX or its implementing regulations. The Departments treat a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex for purposes of Title IX and its implementing regulations. This means that a school must not treat a transgender student differently from the way it treats other students of the same gender identity.”
Again, these “guidance documents” assert the policies of the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education on THE ENTIRE COUNTRY.
Apparently this unconstitutional overreach by the Obama Administration to redefine the word “sex” is the legacy this president wants to leave behind. The outcome of the five lawsuits currently pending in federal courts in North Carolina will likely determine whether or not this is a lasting legacy on our nation.
Click HERE to read Wisconsin Family Action’s press release on this issue.
Madison – Today President Obama formalized what he has been threatening for several weeks. Through a letter from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Education (DOE), every public school district in the country has been at least implicitly threatened with loss of federal funding if they don’t provide for transgendered students’ unfettered, unquestioned access to the restrooms and changing rooms of their choice.
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, commented, “President Obama has once again overstepped his authority. The administration cannot unilaterally decide to change the meaning of the word sex as used in Title IX. Congress, which established Title IX 44 years ago, and the Courts, have never defined sex to include ‘gender orientation.’ Regardless of what he thinks, President Obama is not a king. He doesn’t get to change the law and issue decrees based on his whims and wishes. That’s not how America works.
“This issue is about the privacy, safety and dignity of all students. With his edict today, President Obama has essentially put a price tag on the privacy and safety of students—especially female students. He’s threatened to withhold federal funding if schools don’t conform to his extreme political agenda that includes allowing males in the girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms and girls in the boys’ facilities. This puts the privacy rights, safety and well-being of all students at risk. And what about girls who have been sexually assaulted? This decree says their fears are meaningless and should not be considered. At a time when our society is decrying campus and date rape and rails against a so-called ‘war on women,’ you would think the government wouldn’t be interested in putting these women in situations that could easily re-traumatize them.”
Wisconsin Family Action asserts that today’s mandate is completely unnecessary. Common-sense accommodations are called for, not a blatant usurpation of the right of states and local school districts that takes an extreme and dangerous approach.
Wisconsin Family Action calls on all Wisconsin elected officials and public school administrators to stand against this most recent dictate from President Obama and his administration. Wisconsin schools must reject this extreme political agenda foisted on our state and our schools by an out-of-control federal government and take reasonable measures to safeguard the privacy rights and safety of all students.
Appling noted, “North Carolina has led the way on this issue and has stood firm; we need to follow their lead.”
Wisconsin Family Action is a statewide, not-for-profit organization actively strengthening, preserving
and promoting marriage, family, life and liberty in Wisconsin.
Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit last week on behalf of 63 minor high-school girls in Illinois. The lawsuit is filed against the US Department of Education and the school district where the girls attend school and has ramifications for Wisconsin.
According to Alliance Defending Freedom:
The district secretly opened its schools’ restrooms to the opposite sex and then opened the girls’ locker room to a boy after the U.S. Department of Education threatened the district’s federal funding. The agency based its threat on its inaccurate interpretation of Title IX, a 1972 federal law that, contrary to the agency’s opinion, actually authorizes schools to retain single-sex restrooms and locker rooms. The lawsuit, filed by families representing 73 parents and 63 students, contends that the DOE is unlawfully redefining the terms of Title IX, something that only Congress can alter, and is illegitimately forcing its political will on school districts.
“Because this lawsuit is filed in Illinois, its ultimate outcome will directly affect us here in Wisconsin,” explains Appling, “It is filed in the northern district of the federal court in Illinois. Once that court makes it’s decision (either in favor of the girls or in favor of the Department of Education), the decision will be appealed to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals headquartered in Chicago, and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals covers Illinois, Indiana and, yes, Wisconsin.
“Any ruling that comes out of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Will affect Wisconsin. Of course, any appeals will also be challenged and eventually the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will be asked to take up this issue.”
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Pray for the families involved.
Pray for the legal team that will present the case in writing and in oral arguments before the court.
Pray for the judge who will hear the case first in the district court.
Julaine Appling issues this final message, “I hope you as a Christian are absolutely incensed by this entire situation. If you are not, I beg you to ask yourself if you aren’t just the frog in the pot of hot water slowly being boiled without even realizing it. This situation ought to be of great concern to all of us. We know this is not in student’s best interests.”
The Obama Administration is bullying our friends in North Carolina,
and we need your help!
As you may remember, Charlotte passed a city ordinance that would’ve threatened women and children’s privacy and safety by permitting men to access their restrooms and locker rooms if they simply claim to identify as female. Thankfully, the North Carolina legislature acted quickly to protect their citizens and passed a law simply undoing the unsafe Charlotte ordinance and ensuring that schoolchildren all across the state would not be forced to encounter someone of the opposite sex in their restroom or locker room. (more…)
Madison – Today, North Carolina, under the leadership of Governor Pat McCrory (R), responded full-force to the Obama Administration’s bullying regarding the state’s recently enacted, common-sense law (H.B. 2) that protects the bodily privacy and safety of its citizens, especially women and girls. The state filed a lawsuit today alleging that the federal government has overstepped its bounds with this “baseless and blatant overreach” in threatening to withhold millions of federal dollars to the state if the state doesn’t comply with its interpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling commented, “Led by President Obama, this administration continues its pattern of capriciously circumventing Congress and making law with its outrageous and egregious declarations. This time the Department of Justice is the hammer. Fortunately for all of us, North Carolina has a courageous governor in Pat McCrory—a governor who refuses to be bullied by an out-of-control federal government.
“This issue isn’t just in North Carolina. It’s right here in Wisconsin in various municipalities and in our public schools. Representative Jesse Kremer and Senator Steve Nass authored a bill this last session to address this issue in our public schools. Unfortunately, the bill died in committee. But Rep. Kremer has made it clear, he’s coming back next session with a similar bill that will protect the bodily privacy of students in our public schools.”
The May 4 letter from the Department of Justice to Governor McCrory alleges that H.B. 2 is discriminatory. The letter references federal Title IX education programs and funding as it relates to the University of North Carolina, which is a veiled threat of stopping the millions of dollars in Title IX funding to UNC. H.B. 2 requires, among other things, that all state employees use the restrooms and changing facilities that correspond to their biological sex as stated on their birth certificates. Title IX is generally interpreted in light of how Title VII is interpreted.
“The net result of the Obama Administration’s action will be the rewriting of Title IX without authority and thereby forcing Obama’s ‘bathroom agenda’ in schools across the country, including in Wisconsin. This is constitutionally wrong, and it is definitely not in the best interest of students. Wisconsin Family Action stands firmly with Governor McCrory against the Department of Justice’s bullying,” Appling stated.
Wisconsin Family Action is a statewide, not-for-profit organization actively strengthening, preserving
and promoting marriage, family, life and liberty in Wisconsin.
The Obama Administration is bullying our friends in North Carolina, and we need your help!
As you may remember, Charlotte passed a city ordinance that would’ve threatened women and children’s privacy and safety by permitting men to access their restrooms and locker rooms if they simply claim to identify as female. Thankfully, the North Carolina legislature acted quickly to protect their citizens and passed a law simply undoing the unsafe Charlotte ordinance and ensuring that schoolchildren all across the state would not be forced to encounter someone of the opposite sex in their restroom or locker room.
And, North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory has stood strong defending this law protecting the safety and privacy of women and children, despite being bullied by the media, celebrities and businesses making false claims about the law.
But now the Obama Administration sent a letter on May 4th to Governor McCrory threatening over $1 BILLION in federal education funding for North Carolina’s schoolchildren if North Carolina refuses to agree with Obama’s bathroom agenda.
Yes, you read that correctly. The Obama Administration is threatening every child’s education if Gov. McCrory doesn’t permit men to go into girls’ bathrooms because some of them might identify as transgender! And, the Obama Administration said Gov. McCrory has until Monday, May 9th to respond!
This must be stopped, and we need to stand with Gov. McCrory and the families in North Carolina TODAY!
Here’s how you can help (pick 1 or more!) today:
Please call Gov. McCrory’s office at 919-814-2000. Tell him to stand strong against the Obama Administration’s bullying, and that you stand with him in protecting women & children in NC!
Tweet to Gov. Pat McCrory thanking him for standing strong!
Use his handle: @PatMcCroryNC
Use this hashtag: #istandwithpat
Consider sending Gov. McCrory a thank you card!
NC Governor Pat McCrory
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301
Thank you for helping our friends in North Carolina! And, remember when others around the country stand strong against the pressure to permit men in women’s restrooms and locker rooms for the sake of political correctness, that helps our efforts here in Wisconsin.
Here at Wisconsin Family Action, we have been working hard to protect women’s and children’s safety and privacy!
UPDATE 4/27/2016: The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has jumped into the fray offering free pizza to counter the Christian “Jesus Lunch.” Taking things one unnecessary step further, FFRF is offering pizza during the off-campus event to apparently lure students away from the Christian message and lunch offerings.
It appears the Middleton-Cross Plains, WI, School District is not taking favorably to a free lunch provided by local moms at a public park next to the local high school. Since its inception, the “Jesus Lunch” has grown from just a small gathering of mothers with their children to hundreds of participants. Middleton School District states the gathering is “in violation of school policy,” cited “food safety” issues, and the need to “register” at the school office as “visitors” as the purported violations.
Jesus Lunch is a group of Middleton High School (MHS) students that meet 8 weeks in the spring and 8 weeks in the fall at Fireman’s Park on Lee Street in Middleton, WI. Moms of some students provide lunches and have a 3-minute discussion about something Biblical. Students may choose to listen or not listen to the message and all attendance is entirely voluntary.
The “Jesus Lunch” organizers continue to meet at Fireman’s park, have obtained an attorney, and have an online petition that anyone may sign in support of their efforts to continue to provide food for the body and soul free of charge for students during their lunch breaks.
Watch this video from EAGnews HERE that shows school district officials blocking off the park to the lunch group.
You may find the petition HERE, which has nearly 2500 signatures to date.
This is a fantastic once-a-week opportunity for students and teachers to get some fresh air and fellowship away from the school buildings. Has either the principal and superintendent even attended the lunch? – Joan M.
Can’t believe this is even an issue! I only wish there was a Jesus Lunch near our HS. – Kim B.
It is voluntary, not on school property, not during instructional class time. So…what exactly is the problem? No one has committed any crime. No laws were broken! This is a positive activity that should definitely continue! – Rachel M.
I fail to understand how those who for years have cried for tolerance for all, now have tolerance for none except their own cause. – Donna R.
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Julaine Appling, WFA president, responds, “I am encouraged that Congress held this hearing yesterday. The sale and use of the body parts of aborted babies is absolutely reprehensible. We have proof that Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin has supplied the UW with such specimens. Thanks to State Representative Andre Jacque for keeping this issue before our state legislature. We need to stop this heinous practice in The Badger State.”
“The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACU) recently released its 2015 ratings of Wisconsin and was pleased to find that the Legislature passed a number of bills that work toward conservative solutions….
“Legislators who scored above 80% in ACU’s 2015 Ratings of the Wisconsin Legislature will receive awards for their hard work toward passage of legislation that reflects conservative principles.”
Click HERE to read more and learn which Wisconsin legislators received the ACU Ratings Award.
On Monday, April 4, the Eau Claire Area School Board on a 6-1 vote passed a policy adding “gender identity” and “gender expression” to its anti-discrimination policy. The policy was pushed by Commissioner Joe Luginbill, who was elected to the board last year. The policy gives the district superintendent broad authority for developing rules and regulations to implement the policy district-wide. While the policy doesn’t specifically mention restroom and locker room access, Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Council, warns parents that doesn’t really matter, “There is no way this policy can ignore the restroom and locker room issue if the board wants the policy complied with. A couple commissioners mentioned single-user facilities—but they didn’t say who would be asked to use those. It should be the very small percentage of students who say they are trans-gendered; not the well over 99% of the students who don’t have gender issues.”