Get Ready to Defend Your Rights

January 16

Get Ready to Defend Your Rights

The NJ Legislature’s lame duck session lived up to its dreaded hysteria by passing unconstitutional laws in a direct violation of religious liberty. Churches are now forced to use tithe money to fund abortion inducing drugs in their insurance plans. Planned Parenthood received a substantial raise of now 20 million dollars per year in state aid as a gift of gratitude from incumbents who seek their abhorrent endorsement during election season. Even Governor Murphy bragged in his State of the State address about his success in increasing Planned Parenthood’s funding and how he wants to codify in law women have the “right” to abortion to make sure the nation knows (if anyone had any doubts) exactly where New Jersey stands regarding abortion.

Parental rights were also trampled last session as parents were almost completely removed from their child’s medical decisions concerning vaccinations and mental health care. State lawmakers deem themselves as superior authorities in our children’s lives, transcending the parent-child relationship instituted by God.

Fortunately, the removal of religious exemptions for vaccinations succumbed to a brutal defeat on the last day of the legislative session. The solidarity of thousands of parents in opposition to the bill shook the statehouse for weeks leading up to the vote.

Equally troubling was a depression screening bill that was nearly passed out of the Assembly Appropriations committee on Monday, Jan 6 that removed the parental opt-out from the original bill. We contacted the primary bill sponsor in the Assembly and Senate to reinstate the parental rights of New Jerseyeans. In a cooperative spirit, Assemblyman Herb Conoway (D) and Senator Troy Singleton (D) agreed to amend the bill to include a parental opt-in. We are thankful for their understanding of our position.

However, this constant effort to assault parental rights in NJ is becoming repetitive, if not coordinated, by our state leaders. I must warn you to get ready for more debate and more defiance from our legislators over the next two years. They will attempt to strip away your role and responsibility as parents to incrementally create a culture of allegiance belonging to the state and not the family. The Marxist worldview of statism believes the State is supreme to the individual. This unbiblical view must be rejected by the people of NJ!

I want to reassure you that Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey® will be advocating for you as the person responsible for your child. Your child does not belong to the state. Furthermore, your rights do not come from the state. We will not allow big government to disrupt the family structure in their historical failed attempt to change society. Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey is uniquely structed with our national team to advance biblical citizenship and successfully engage our legislators. Your prayers and support will help build a New Jersey where God is honored, religious liberty flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.

A new two-year legislative session commenced this past Tuesday as Governor Phil Murphy held a joint session of the Legislature to give his state of the state address. Now the work begins.

The best is yet to come!

Shawn Hyland
Director of Advocacy

Len Deo
Director of Alliances, Family Policy Alliance
Founder & Past President, New Jersey Family Policy Council