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Protecting What God Designed

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 10:24am

By Stephanie Curry, Policy Manager

He created them male and female and blessed them. Genesis 5:2 (NIV)

First Woman Mayor! Julie Lemieux elected “only female mayor in Tres-Saint-Redempteur’s 137 year history.”

Canadian headlines excitedly reported Julie’s “remarkable” accomplishment last month as the “first female mayor” in over a century. Yet, the sad reality is that a man who calls himself Julie and identifies as a woman was elected. Electing a male mayor in this Canadian municipality is not particularly noteworthy. And, a woman still has never been elected to this mayoral office.

Sadly, now a woman can never achieve the title of “First Woman Mayor” in Tres-Saint-Redempteur because a man stole the accomplishment. And, there are many more stories like this one. Allowing men to identify as women gives them permission to take opportunities (like scholarships, grants and clubs) and spaces (like locker rooms, showers, and restrooms) that have been specifically tailored for women. American law has put into place legal safeguards and protections to remedy centuries of preventing women from accessing the same opportunities as men.

With your help, Family Policy Alliance partnered with unlikely ally WoLF (Women’s Liberation Front), a radical feminist group, to make this very point. We submitted a brief to the Supreme Court together, helping the Court understand that erasing “woman” and redefining “sex” in the law is wrong and harmful to all. We may disagree with WoLF on many other issues, but we can join together when it comes to protecting women from being “legally erased” by gender identity politics.

Family Policy Alliance also works closely with our state allies to reinforce the truth that women are inextricably and historically linked to their biology, just as God designed us, and this reality cannot be appropriated by a man simply because he “feels” like a woman. This year, we tracked over 133 bills that would change the meaning of “sex” in the law and in society. These bills are all directly related to questions like whether men can enter female spaces such as bathrooms and locker rooms, be entitled to public funding for drastic surgeries to make their bodies more feminine, or take advantage of jobs intended for women all based on their feelings instead of biology. The good news is that with your partnership, our efforts to educate and equip families to stop these harmful bills, the hard work of our state allies advocating for families at capitols across the country, and with families like yours speaking out, only 5 of those 133 bills became law!

We, like you, believe women and men both reflect the image of God, have their own unique purpose in creation, and should remain free to pursue their purpose without fear of oppression or being erased by “gender identity politics.”

Thank you for partnering with us as Family Policy Alliance seeks to bring compassionate truth to this politically and emotionally charged issue so near to God’s heart and who He designed us to be.

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Transgender Facts That Shocked This Blue State Crowd!

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 8:59am

 

A few weeks ago, Family Policy Alliance was proud to partner with state ally Cornerstone Action of New Hampshire in hosting a Legislative Briefing and Gender Identity Forum centered around the hot-button issue of gender identity. Stephanie Curry, Manager of Public Policy for Family Policy Alliance, spoke to legislators and the public on how changing the definition of “sex” in the law negatively impacts everyone. Shannon McGinley, Executive Director of Cornerstone, stated: “Stephanie’s information was a real eye-opener to everyone who attended Cornerstone’s briefing and forum on gender identity. She gave a clear and valuable explanation of how gender identity laws will affect education and public policy. Even after the forum was over, she was happy to stay and answer questions. We’ve been hearing ever since from attendees who appreciated her presentation.” Curry was joined by David Pickup, a licensed psychotherapist, who addressed what true healing looks like, and Rene Jax who shared her life-long struggle with gender identity, even after a sex-change operation.

Read more about how Cornerstone has spoken truth into the lives of hundreds of people, directly engaging decision-makers who will be responsible for laws that will impact our nation.

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TEXAS: U.S. Supreme Court Rejects the City of Houston’s Request to Review Same-Sex Benefits Case

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 8:44am

Family Policy Alliance is proud to work alongside Texas Values, one of our 40 state-based allies.

In the only case of its kind, and in a major victory for Texas Values and Houston taxpayers, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the City of Houston’s request to review whether Houston taxpayers may challenge the city’s policy of providing spousal benefits to the homosexual partners of city employees.

The Texas Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that Houston taxpayers Jack Pidgeon and Larry Hicks may proceed with their lawsuit challenging the city’s policy, and the high court’s action leaves the state supreme court’s ruling in place.

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VICTORY: U.S. Supreme Court Rejects the City of Houston’s Request to Review Same-Sex Benefits Case

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When Leaders Misbehave…

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:17pm

When leaders misbehave, what should be the role for followers of Christ? We believe that it’s time for Believers to do more as salt and light in our culture, not less!

By Paul Weber, President & CEO

In the midst of frustrating circumstances, it’s human to withdraw—to take our ball and go home.

Like you, I see the news and each day another powerful man is accused of sexual misconduct. Rumor has it that many more will come to light in weeks ahead. Whether in Hollywood or Capitol Hill, misdeeds of days gone by are being exposed with voracity and that’s a good thing.

What’s perhaps even more frustrating is that this behavior is not limited to those opposed to family values. Leaders who for years have championed dignity for women, life from conception to natural death, and a faith in Christ are not immune to this behavior. Many, to their credit, have confessed and immediately stepped down. We pray for their reconciliation to their families and to our Lord—especially at this Christmas time.

However, don’t you find it peculiar that in a culture as hyper-sexualized as America’s, that men are being forced from their lofty pedestals because of sexual misdeeds?  Think about it for a minute… we have lived most of our lives in a culture where sex is used for almost everything except for the beautiful act God designed it to be—to sell cars and toothpaste, to make porn easily accessible for even kids on any device, to escalate divorce, to pass for “love” in a hookup culture, and more. Yet, despite this, our culture still holds that sexual harassment is wrong! Perhaps there is still reason to be hopeful!

But, in our world where leaders are falling Left and Right (pun intended!), who will replace them?

Frankly, that depends on you and me and what we decide to do next. In the midst of struggles, will we take our ball and go home? Or, will we continue to engage; continue to provide resources; continue to join in the cultural debate and hold ourselves and those within the body of Christ to higher standards?

It’s for these very reasons that Family Policy Foundation—our tax deductible, sister organization—launched the Statesmen Academy.  The Statesmen Academy is dedicated to identifying and training Christian men and women who want to run toward the battle of politics and serve as missionaries within the system. To ultimately bring about transformation from within.

And, a vital part of the Statesmen Academy is accountability; to the Lord, to each other and to our constituents. While the training we offer is one week long, the fellowship, community, and guidance are intended for a lifetime. Your continued financial support can make that happen.

So, in this time of challenge, uncertainty and scandal; will we step up and do more… or less? Imagine if the Father had decided to do less over 2,000 years ago. What a state we would be in. Instead, He chose to do abundantly more and sent His only Son.

Thank God for more, not less!

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Victory! Huge Outcry Stops Dangerous Attack in Blue State

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 4:10pm
Nicole Theis, Family Policy Alliance’s allied leader in Delaware, delivers petitions to the Governor and Department of Education.

Last month, we told you about a push by the Delaware Department of Education to allow school children to self-identify their sex – as well as their race – without their parents’ input.  With backing from the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and the leading LGBT lobbying group, it looked like this policy would sail through.

But then the radical policy ran into a wall of opposition orchestrated by Nicole Theis, who heads Family Policy Alliance’s allied organization, Delaware Family Policy Council.  She reached out to parents and other concerned citizens to inform and rally them to action – and even made an appearance on Fox & Friends.  As a result, in the last week Nicole and her team delivered 8,000 comments and petitions to the Governor and the Department of Education.

In response to the overwhelming opposition, the state announced that it is pulling the proposed regulation and sending it back for “substantive changes.”

The proposed rule (Regulation 225) would have, among other things, forced schools to let teenage boys use girls’ locker rooms and bathrooms.  “Regulation 225 is an example of the direct conflict between transgender ideology and parental authority,” said Theis.

While the battle certainly isn’t over in Delaware, Theis is very encouraged with the way parents responded.  “We’ve never seen so many people engage on an issue in such a unified way as we did with this regulation. We gave people tools to make it easy to take action, and citizen activists went to work all over the state, as much as they could in such limited time. We’re thanking God for the media opportunities to inform people and sound the alarm to wake up parents.”

If you live outside of Delaware, stay alert for related efforts by your state’s department of education.  Similar regulatory attempts have already been undertaken in Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. We know the Left is targeting other states as well. Check out our piece Your State’s Education Department – Do You Know What’s Going On? to learn more. Families in Delaware proved that when they work together to call on elected leaders to stand for godly, family-centered values, they can make a huge impact in a state!

Finally, your support of Family Policy Alliance alerts and mobilizes people all over America, including in Delaware through our assistance to Nicole Theis and her team.  Thank you for making a difference!

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Top 3 Reasons Why a Cake Artist Is in Court…And Why It Matters to You

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 9:57am
 
Photo courtesy of Alliance Defending Freedom
By Autumn Leva, Director of Policy & Communications

Jack is a small business owner from Colorado. He’s a cake artist who has loved art all his life. And, he’s a Christian who wants to live out his faith in the way he runs his business—and every aspect of his life. You could be Jack. I could be Jack.

Today, Jack is at the Supreme Court defending his freedom and faith, and the decision in his case will likely be the most anticipated Court ruling in the summer of 2018—similar to the ruling on Obamacare in 2012, the Hobby Lobby religious freedom case in 2014, and the decision on same-sex marriage in the Obergefell case in 2015.

Jack has been defending these rights ever since he told a same-sex couple he couldn’t design their wedding cake. The couple filed a complaint against him with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, forcing Jack to defend his faith, freedom, art and family business in a long legal battle.

But, what most people don’t know about this case is why Jack is in Court in the first place.

Here are the top 3 reasons:

  1. Colorado’s Legislators Passed a Bad Law.

The law putting at risk Jack’s religious and artistic freedom was passed by Colorado legislators in 2008. Simply put, the law adds the classifications of “Sexual Orientation” and “Gender Identity” to the state’s civil rights code, giving those classifications the same level of protection as race, disability, and national origin. This is often called a “SOGI” law.

When Colorado legislators were debating this law, they received lots of warnings from groups like Focus on the Family and Family Policy Alliance (under its former name, Focus on the Family Action) that the law would harm freedom for all Coloradans. But, the majority of Colorado legislators and then-Governor Ritter decided to sacrifice religious and artistic freedom for the sake of a progressive agenda—harming family businesses like Jack’s.

  1. Colorado’s Liberal Civil Rights Commission Failed to Protect Religious & Artistic Freedom.

The Colorado Civil Rights Commission determined that Jack’s decision to follow his conscience by not designing a same-sex wedding cake was unlawful, even though a person’s “religion” is a protected classification in Colorado, freedom of religion and expression are protected in the Colorado Constitution, and freedom of religion and expression are protected in the United States Constitution.

The liberal Commission ordered Jack to design all wedding cakes (or stop designing them altogether, losing 40% of his business), to educate his staff that living by his beliefs was wrong, and to report to the state government every time he declined a business order for a cake.

Does this seem outrageous to you? The Colorado Civil Rights Commissions, like similar bodies in most states, is made up of members who aren’t even elected by you –the voters—yet they have the power to pick and choose which civil rights to protect (or fail to protect), to require business owners to “educate” their employees on how living out their faith is wrong, and to dictate even which cake orders to fill.

  1. Colorado’s Legislators Didn’t Protect Jack.

Colorado legislators could’ve passed a law to protect Jack—and other business owners and artists in the state like him. They’ve had an opportunity every year since the SOGI law passed in 2008 to clarify that religious and artistic freedom are protected in Colorado.

In fact, that’s what they should be doing, rather than standing by while family businesses are harmed in the state. The legislative body is charged with making laws—not the judiciary. Using their law-making power (and taxpayer resources) to protect freedom should be lawmakers’ top priority.

Instead, Jack was forced to turn to the courts to protect his freedom through a long legal process where nine Justices, primarily Justice Kennedy, will decide how he can run his business in his state.

And here’s why Jack’s story matters to every family:

Maybe you’re thinking:  Yes, I could be Jack, but my state would never do what Colorado did.

Check out our map below.

  • States in blue are states with laws already in effect similar to the law that harmed Jack.
  • States in red are states where liberal activists would love to pass a SOGI law and claim a victory in 2018. In fact, in many of those states, a SOGI bill like the one that harmed Jack was introduced at the Capitol this year!

In other words, if you live in a state marked in blue or red, you or your loved ones could face a situation similar to Jack’s because of your faith.

And what about Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission with unelected members who aren’t accountable to the public? Yes, most states have a similar administrative body, and they almost always lean liberal—meaning they’ll tend to favor a liberal agenda over protecting religious and artistic freedoms.

With liberal activists fighting hard to influence state lawmakers and administrative bodies like Civil Rights Commissions, families in most states may see their lawmakers passing bad laws or failing to protect freedom and families.

So what can we do about it together?

My team and I at Family Policy Alliance don’t believe you, me, Jack, or anyone else should have to go to court to protect their freedoms. The first stop for protecting freedom should always be with the people we elect to represent us and pass good laws—whether at the local school board level, in the state government, or at the U.S. Capitol in D.C.

So, we invite you to partner with us as we work with our state allies in 2018 to (1) advocate for legislators to pass good laws that protect freedom for people like you, me and Jack when most state legislatures get back to business in January; and (2) elect the right people who will pass good laws that protect freedom in November.

You can help in two ways right now.

  1. Know your state & work together!
    We work hard to know what’s going on in each state that will impact freedom and your family. We’re making more maps like the one above to help you know where your state is at on each issue, and we work with our local ally in your state. But, we can’t send you special alerts about your state and if your legislators are trying to pass a SOGI law like the one that harmed Jack without knowing your district. Please take a moment to enter your zip code. And, passing laws that protect freedom and holding legislators accountable for the laws they pass needs the help of the whole Body of Christ. Please encourage your friends in your state (or in other states) to know their own state & enter their zip codes as well.
  1. Prepare for 2018!
    We need your help in our mission to equip families to understand each state’s laws and hold each state’s lawmakers accountable for protecting freedom. These efforts take a lot of hard work and resources. As we prepare for 2018, please consider Family Policy Alliance in your year-end giving and double your gift here!

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The Last ‘Stoplight’

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 2:33pm

No, really. After a decade of producing his popular video commentaries, we’re sad to share that our colleague, Stuart Shepard, is moving on.

We asked if he would do one final Stoplight® to wrap up the long-running series. He summarizes what we’ve all learned together, and what we should all be doing next.

But, the best part may actually be after the credits. You’ll want to watch to the end.

If you would like to tell Stuart, “Thank you,” please send him a note at mail@familypolicyalliance.com

 

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Adopting Maria Pearl

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 2:30pm

It is still National Adoption Month.

As we come to the close of November, we wanted to share with you one last story of how this amazing process blesses so many who need forever families and the families they join.

Jeremy Samek serves as Senior Legal Counsel with Family Policy Alliance’s state ally Pennsylvania Family Council. He and his wife, Sarah, share the story of adopting Maria Pearl, a precious little girl with Down Syndrome.

 

 

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Back to School in January?

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 12:10pm

While families send their children back to school each fall, for Family Policy Alliance our “back to school” time comes in January— when Congress and state legislatures go back into session. All summer and fall, we’ve been preparing and training for the new legislative session. Now, we can protect your family and advance your values.

As we anticipate January 2018, we wanted to share with you both the policy threats that you need to be aware of for your family, as well as some key opportunities where your partnership will protect and strengthen families.

Parental Rights

This year, the world watched with shock and heartbreak as U.K. baby Charlie Gard’s parents were denied their right to fight for his life. Parents everywhere felt their grief—What if Charlie were my son?

We’ve seen decisions about medical care for children taken out of parents’ hands here in the U.S., too, with doctors placing “do not resuscitate” orders on children’s medical files or performing abortions on underage girls without even notifying parents. Even in the world of mental health care, LGBT activist groups are pushing to prevent families from accessing basic talk therapy for children struggling with sexual integrity—bringing their sexual orientation or gender identity into alignment with their faith and values.

We believe parents are best equipped to love and protect their children. That’s why we’re working to protect your rights as a parent and to prevent a Charlie Gard tragedy here in the U.S.

Education

No two children are alike—not even twins—and God has a calling and a purpose for each one. That’s why we’re working to make sure policies guard the right of parents to guide their children toward their calling—and to prevent any political agendas or red tape from getting in children’s way as they launch into their calling. In 2018, we will work with our state allies to enhance school choice opportunities for families, protect Christian colleges from being forced to violate their faith so that students can choose a higher education that aligns with their values, and prevent state licensing bodies from restricting students who go on to get professional licenses (such as medical, legal or technical) from living out their faith in their professional calling.

Life

January 2018 marks the 45th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. Despite that sober reminder of millions of preborn babies lost, we have much to be thankful for. We are now living among the most pro-life generation since Roe, and we have a new Supreme Court Justice, Neil Gorsuch, who values the sanctity of life. We continue to work with our state-based allies to strategically chip away at Roe until we live in a nation where every life is cherished.

Our fight for life doesn’t stop at Roe, though. We also defeated dangerous assisted suicide legislation in all 27 states where it was introduced this year. In 2018, we will continue our work opposing assisted suicide and instead work to pass legislation affirming that every life is worth fighting for—regardless of health condition, disability or socioeconomic status.

Your faithful partnership with Family Policy Foundation—especially at year-end—is key to educating pro-family Americans about these (and many more) issues, and equipping them with the tools they need to make their voices heard at just the right time.

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South Carolina: What’s Happening with Pastors in This State Is Incredible!

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 12:05pm

By Erik Corcoran, Coalitions Director, Palmetto Family Council

Family Policy Alliance is proud to be allied with Palmetto Family Council – our ally in South Carolina.

Last August, Palmetto Family Council launched a new initiative to reach pastors and churches across South Carolina—we call it the Nehemiah Network. Today, it’s a coalition of over 260 pastors, from 14 denominations, from every county in our state. We have a passion to live out 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If My people which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

We believe God desires to heal South Carolina—and every state—so we have been proactive to bring pastors to the forefront of the political world in our state. In February, 150 pastors met with our governor and members of the legislature for Pastors Day at the Statehouse. The Lord did a powerful work as pastors met and prayed with their respective lawmakers in the statehouse.

Watch the video of the Nehemiah Network as they host the first-ever powerful Pastors’ Day at the South Carolina Capitol!

These pastors have helped influence legislators in enormous legislative wins including, in the last session, an 89-17 victory over dismemberment abortion. The Network is now standing up for the religious liberty of 29 Anglican churches in their battle to keep their property. The Nehemiah Network is on the front lines for the needs and concerns of Christians all across our state.

God continues to grow the Network and Palmetto Family Council in ways we never imagined. God is on the move in South Carolina and we can’t wait to see what HE has in store! We are also grateful to Family Policy Alliance for advancing these ideas and training to their alliance exceeding 40 states. When the church engages, the gates of hell cannot withstand it!

 

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Consider It Pure Joy…

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 10:23am

Has everything gone your way in 2017?

No anxiousness over family? Your finances? Your health?  No conflict in your church or amongst friends?  No concerns about what your grandchildren and children are taught in school; whether our nation’s future affords them the same blessings as it did to you or if they will be able to live out their faith in an increasingly hostile culture?

In the midst of trials, do we find it natural to stop and give thanks?

Our founders chose to do so. The first Pilgrims fled persecution and ventured out for the new world in search of religious freedom with 102 faithful in all… 53 survived the cross-Atlantic voyage and the following bitter winter to give their first thanks in their new land. Their survival was only made possible by the help of Native Americans—one in particular, named Squanto, who was captured and enslaved by the English years earlier, spent time in Europe and learned English.

Squanto, whose original tribe perished while he was in captivity, just happened to return to Plymouth in time to mediate between Native Americans and the new arrivals. This is all purely coincidental as modern historians would have us believe. Believers know better.

In the midst of hardship, the Pilgrims—with their new friends—chose to give thanks through their trials for their blessings.

It wasn’t until 1863 (240 plus years later), that President Abraham Lincoln officially instituted Thanksgiving as a national holiday in the middle of the Civil War, in hopes of bringing some unity to a bitterly divided nation.

Do we see any division and hardship in our nation today? Of course, we do.

Paul Weber

Perhaps our best response, as the family of believers, is to lead our nation this year and beyond in Thanksgiving, just as the Pilgrims did, to our Creator and our God for His continual blessings despite any temporal challenges, knowing with certainty our future is secure.

May His promise found in Scripture give us peace and comfort: Count it all joy, my brothers when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing (James 1:2-4).

Thank you for standing with Family Policy Alliance throughout 2017 and into 2018. Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family and to the One truly deserving of thanks.


Paul Weber
President & CEO

 

 

 

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Adoption Gave Me My Brother

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 10:16am
The Appling family with both adopted children, Julaine and Jack

 

Family Policy Alliance is proud to partner with Julaine Appling, president of our state-based ally Wisconsin Family Council.

November is Adoption Month!

While we’ve had this national recognition month only about 20 years, adoption is, of course, an ages-old means by which children are given an earthly forever family. Adoption is a great option to abortion, but it’s also how some of us get brothers and sisters.

My parents wanted 6 children, but as it turned out couldn’t have any biologically. They trimmed their sails a bit on that number as they began considering adoption. I was adopted first, and they immediately set out to adopt again. This time they wanted a baby boy…

Please take a moment to read Julaine’s beautiful adoption story.

 

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Adoption: A Reflection of God’s Love for Us

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 2:27pm

In honor of National Adoption Month, Family Policy Alliance President Paul Weber, along with his wife Lois and their daughter Molly share how it has touched each of their lives.

Their personal experience is just one reason our organization works to protect the freedom of Christian adoption agencies to operate in harmony with their faith.

After the Supreme Court decision that unconstitutionally redefined marriage, these organizations have come under fire. Why? Because of their belief that God’s timeless design for marriage is the best environment for raising children.

Your partnership with Family Policy Alliance will help protect the First Amendment freedoms of Christian adoption agencies.

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Impressive Museum of the Bible Opening in Washington, D.C.

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 11:44am

Just two blocks off the National Mall, within walking distance of the U.S. Capitol and the sprawling Smithsonian Institution, The Museum of the Bible will open its doors to the public on November 17.

Members of the Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby, are the driving force behind the 430,000-square-foot Museum. You may recall, they challenged pro-abortion aspects of Obamacare all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court – and won. It was a precedent-setting, religious-freedom victory for every Christian family-owned business in the nation.

No doubt, visitors who just finished strolling through the Museum of Natural History or the Air & Space Museum will have extremely high expectations when they step through the enormous main entrance to the Museum.

By all accounts, those expectations will be met – and exceeded.

Even the reliably liberal Washington Post praised the exceptional quality of the architecture, the exhibits and the technology – acknowledging it sets a Smithsonian-challenging standard. Not surprisingly, in the midst of those accolades, the Post maintained its establishment-media snark:

The Bible Museum has come to town, in all its technical splendor, bearing with it something that most historians and museum professionals may have thought was long discredited: the “master narrative” idea of history, that there is one sweeping human story that needs to be told, a story that is still unfolding and carrying us along with it. It tells this seductive story well, in many places with factual accuracy, and always with an eye to clarity and entertainment. It is an exciting idea, and an enormously powerful tool for making sense of the world.

Unless, of course, you don’t believe it.

Please add our names to the list of people who believe it.

The Museum of the Bible underscores in great detail, with original artifacts, remarkable transparency and even-handedness, why the Bible is true, reliable and worth our time to study. We are all, indeed, living within God’s larger story for humanity.

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Connect with the Museum of the Bible on the Web, Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Iowa: The Church’s Rightful Relationship to Government

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 11:42am

by Greg Baker, The Family Leader

Family Policy Alliance is proud to be allied with The Family Leader of Iowa.

Throughout history there has been a debate over the role of the Church as an institution when it comes to public policy. Does the Church even have a role to play in government?

The United States has largely bought into the motto of “separation of church and state,” but what does that practically mean?

According to the Bible, government is an institution established by God with the primary purpose to punish evil and praise those who do good. Yet how can government determine good and evil without God? Without the voice of the Church rightly proclaiming the truths of Scripture? To do its job successfully, the government needs the Church to fulfill the proper role of spiritual guide and counselor.

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The Timeless Voice: The Church’s Rightful relationship to Government

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Christian Conservatives Impacting a Blue State | Family Policy Briefing

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 11:58am

For values voters to succeed in a Blue State, they must have patience, persistence and the ability to find agreement on specific issues with lawmakers who may disagree with them on most everything else.

Len Deo, president of New Jersey Family Policy Council, shares how Christian conservatives in his state stay motivated, and what issues they’ll focus on in the coming year.

Stuart Shepard spoke with him on Nov. 8. It was right after Election Day and just before an event where hundreds of New Jerseyans gathered.

Learn more about New Jersey Family Policy Council.

Find our ally in your state.

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A ‘Jersey’ Juxtaposition

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 11:55am

by Paul Weber, President & CEO

What last week’s elections tell us about what’s ahead for 2018

Full disclosure: I grew up in Jersey.

And while it breaks my heart to see the Garden State continue its liberal slide, it’s not surprising that the Left ran the table last week. Outgoing Governor Chris Christie has only a 14-percent approval rating — proof that political scandal (Bridgegate), constant cross-party fighting, and undermining your voter base has consequences.

But the election outcomes in Virginia, Georgia and Washington should cause Christians alarm.

Here’s why:

  • Virginia: The liberal candidate won the open governorship, winning with higher than expected margins. But the real surprise was that liberals appear to have picked up at least 15 seats in the state House. And this is not just a partisan change. Several defeated conservative legislators were strong family advocates, while the liberals who won ran in the opposite direction – including the nation’s first openly transgender lawmaker.
  • Washington: Liberals also won a special election giving them control of the state Senate. Now, the House, Senate and Governor’s office are controlled by the Left.
  • Georgia: In special elections, liberals won three state legislative seats that were previously held by conservatives.

Nationwide in 2017, Democrats have now won 30 legislative seats that had been held by the GOP.

Is this a preamble to what will happen in 2018? To listen to the media, it certainly is! But it doesn’t have to be that way if you — and friends like you — determine to take a stand and generously support Family Policy Alliance, today!

 Yes, we could try to justify that these gains are explained by the natural pendulum swings following presidential elections. Or — as the establishment media would have you believe — that this is a referendum on President Trump’s policies.

But remember, conservatives added more than 900 state legislative seats during the Obama era. That demonstrates that when we stay engaged and activate voters to the polls, we can impact the leadership of our nation.

Still, Tuesday’s elections should set off alarm bells for those who care about life and religious freedom.

  • A deeper dive in Virginia shows that, although conservative areas of the state voted just as conservatively as usual, or even more so, turnout in those areas was down. That reveals a lack of engagement is a significant problem. This will continue in 2018, unless we get engaged, today.
  • On the other hand, the widely reported voter enthusiasm on the Left was evidenced by Democrats’ claim that they doubled the number of voter contacts in Virginia compared with four years ago. That only happens as a result of two things: more donations and more volunteers.
  • The results of the last three mid-term elections illustrate how voter engagement makes a difference. In 2006, Democrats took control of the U.S. House, gaining 31 seats. In 2010, Republicans reclaimed control of the U.S. House, with a net gain of 63 seats. And in 2014, Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate by adding 9 seats, the largest gain in the Senate in decades.

You and I can help shape what happens in 2018.  Your support of Family Policy Alliance will motivate pro-family voters to be engaged in key races throughout the nation.

Since 2009, our targeted and strategic election work has provided a measurable and significant lift to pro-family voter turnout.  That will be more important than ever in 2018. Can I count on your support today?

True — I grew up in Jersey. But I – and our alliance of state organizations – will never give up on serving and protecting the family and the values we hold dear nationwide.  Won’t you stand together with us today with your financial support?

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The Adoption Tax Credit – Restored!

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 12:53pm

Family Policy Alliance’s Director of Policy & Communication, Autumn Leva, wants to thank you for helping convince Congress of how important the adoption tax credit is for children who need forever homes!

Earlier this week, we told you that the Adoption Tax Credit – which has helped vast numbers of children find “forever homes” – had been eliminated in the GOP tax-cut bill.  We asked you to speak up to Congress, and you did!  Your response through the Family Policy Alliance Action Center was part of a national outpouring that encouraged Rep. Kevin Brady, Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, to restore the Adoption Tax Credit.  What’s more, the Senate legislation that was just introduced also includes the credit.

Leaders on Capitol Hill listened to you, and now it’s time to say thank you!  We’ve made it easy for you to tell Rep. Brady thanks through our Action Center.

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We Are Thankful for Our Veterans!

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 2:35pm
Family Policy Alliance’s President & CEO Paul Weber with son, Gunnar and wife, Lois.

Family Policy Alliance and our network of over 40 state family policy groups (check to see if you have one in your state!) care deeply about freedom. Our mission every day is to protect the freedom of families to make their own education choices for their children, to guide their children’s medical care (not government), and to ensure parents know what’s happening in their children’s schools. We advocate for people of faith in state capitols across the country, so that every child at school, every charity and ministry, every church, every business—every person—will have the right to freely live out their faith in every aspect of their life.

Because we care so deeply about our freedoms at home, we want to pause from our mission to honor our Veterans who fight and sacrifice to protect our freedoms from external threats. These men and women, and their families, have given so much, and we are incredibly grateful.

Our team is especially thankful for the Veterans in our families. We wanted to share some of our family photos with you. Will you share some of your photos of Veterans you hold dear with us on our Facebook page?

Family Policy Alliance’s Vice President of Finance Rich Caldwell’s daughter Laura with her husband Daniel Tucker at his Air Force Academy commissioning ceremony. L” Eric Teetsel, President of Family Policy Alliance of Kansas, with his father, Col. Robert Teetsel. R: Col. Robert Teetsel with a child in Afghanistan. Col. Teetsel is retired from the Army after 29 years in the JAG Corps. President of Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico Vince Torres’s mother Yolanda who served over 20 years in the Army. Family Policy Alliance’s Dir. of Policy’s Communication Autumn Leva’s grandfather William Carman after he graduated from Navy boot camp in 1954, with his father. L: Family Policy Alliance’s Mobilization Manager John Paulton with his son Matthew at West Point. R: Jack Paulton, father of Family Policy Alliance Mobilization Manager John Paulton, fought in the Navy in World War II and dropped the depth charges that sunk a Japanese sub off Okinawa L: President of Family Policy Alliance of Georgia Cole Muzio’s great uncle Joe (left) and grandfather John Allman in Africa R: John Allman John Liggin, Army veteran and grandfather of Brittany Jones, Policy Manager for Family Policy Alliance

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Your State’s Education Department…Do You Know What’s Going On?

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 10:52am

“There is no way that my state would threaten my daughter’s safety by allowing boys in her bathroom.”

Many parents in Rhode Island, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Minnesota probably thought the same thing. Yet, these are all states where the state Department or Board of Education has decided to issue a rule mandating that schools in the state change their policies on gender, at the risk of the privacy and safety of all students in the state. This is typical tactic of the Left. Activists know they would not be able to properly pass legislation changing the rules on gender through the state legislature, so they look to administrative departments, like Departments of Education, to issue directives with minimal public input from parents and families.

Just this summer, the Minnesota Department of Education released a “Transgender Toolkit,” forcing schools to allow students to use the bathroom or shower facility of whichever sex they identify with, regardless of their actual sex. The Toolkit also comes with implications to freedom of speech, directing schools to stop referring to students with sex-specific pronouns like he, she, him or her.  A decision to use a pronoun other than the ones preferred will likely be considered verbal harassment.

John Helmberger, President & CEO of Family Policy Alliance’s state ally in Minnesota, Minnesota Family Council, shared how they’re working hard to help families in his state: “No student should ever be pressured to undress, shower, or share a bedroom with someone of the opposite biological sex, or be forced to use language that’s false and contradicts their sincerely held beliefs – nor should parents ever be threatened with investigation for abuse if they don’t affirm their child’s gender confusion – yet these are exactly the kind of situations the Transgender Toolkit promotes. We’re encouraging parents to watch their school districts closely to ensure student privacy, free speech and parents’ rights are protected.”

Delaware’s Department of Education is now considering a new regulation that would also force schools to allow students to use the bathroom or shower facility of their choosing, regardless of sex, and permit boys to access girls’ sports teams. The Delaware rule would also permit students to select their own sex and race—without requiring that parents give consent or even be notified!

Nicole Theis, president of Family Policy Alliance’s state ally in Delaware, Delaware Family Policy Council warned parents: ““It’s a safety and privacy concern when any student of any age, at any time, can claim or self-identify as the opposite gender and have access to the locker rooms, showers, restrooms, overnight accommodations, and any school activity, such as sports teams, that is gender specific. No federal law requires school districts to grant students access to facilities dedicated to the opposite sex.”

Even beyond the important privacy and safety concerns for students, these policies that change the rules on gender could subject teachers, staff, and even students to disciplinary actions or censored speech if they use the “wrong gender” pronoun when referring to a student or express a Christian view of gender and sexuality. Some of these policies go so far as to require teachers and staff to have “sensitivity training.”

Here’s the bottom line:  Every child, including children struggling with gender identity, deserves to be safe and valued at school. Local school districts can work to accommodate the needs of these individual students without issuing state-wide mandates that violate the privacy and safety rights of all students.

The question is—do you know what’s going on in your state that will impact your children’s or grandchildren’s schools?

This information is not meant to scare, but rather is meant to encourage you to stay involved and not allow similar policies to slip into your child’s school. If you haven’t had a chance yet to update your information with us, please make sure we have your address (not just your email) so that we can send you alerts and information about what’s happening specific to your state!

And, if you don’t mind, please forward this message to friends who would want this information too so that they can sign up for state-specific alerts!

Thank you for joining our alliance to protect life, families and religious freedom in your state—and every state!

TAKE ACTION Update Your Information

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