I know it probably doesn’t feel like it, but 2021 has truly been an amazing year of wins—wins that you helped bring about! And we didn’t want to close out 2021 without pausing to thank you, and the Lord, for the incredible momentum in the family policy movement we saw this year.
Thank you for partnering with Family Policy Alliance this year and for making this Top 10 list possible! We are praising God for these 10 wins and invite you to join us!
10. Your voice inspired lawmakers to remove “woke” language from the national defense funding bill.
Our federal lawmakers’ top priority in Washington, D.C. should be the nation’s defense. Instead, this year, some lawmakers tried to take advantage of the all-important defense spending bill to add in “Equality Act” language (elevating the LGBT agenda in the defense bill) and requiring women to register for the draft.
You took action through the Family Policy Alliance action center and made your voice heard—empowering some brave lawmakers to speak out against this radical language. The result? This harmful language was removed from the bill, allowing the defense funding bill to move forward in a much cleaner form!
9. You stopped the radical Left’s push to pack the courts.
In the early days of the Biden Administration, there was a lot of talk about “adding judges” to the courts—basically creating a scenario where the far Left could guarantee a win on their radical policies in court because they pick their own judges. You made it clear that this idea was wildly unpopular among American families, and it has gained no traction—even in the President’s own commission formed to consider such a court-packing proposal.
8. You are forcing lawmakers to take a stand on whether they will protect babies who survive abortions.
Of course, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is blocking a bill that would protect babies who survive botched abortions. So prolife House members initiated a procedural move called a “discharge petition” that would force the bill to come forward for consideration. A record number of lawmakers signed onto this petition this year—thanks to your advocacy calling on them to take a stand for these precious babies fighting for their lives!
7. You made it a rough year for Twitter!
You may recall that Twitter cancelled our friends at Focus on the Family earlier this year, and you helped us rally to their defense. Your voice elevated the issue all the way to Congress and national media. Later, they canceled Statesmen Academy alum and prominent U.S. House member Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03). Focus on the Family’s and Jim Banks’s crimes? Correctly identifying a Biden cabinet pick as a biological male who identifies as a woman.
You raised your voice to help us launch a campaign in support of Focus on the Family and Representative Banks, send a petition to Twitter, and build a coalition to stand against these cancelling policies. Now, Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey has stepped down after a tumultuous year.
6. You set in motion the movement to save our kids from harmful “gender transition” procedures.
Just this year, Statesmen Academy alum Rep. Robin Lundstrum led the nation’s first successful effort to ban harmful and experimental “gender transition” procedures on children in her home state of Arkansas. It was a groundbreaking piece of legislation!
Your support for the Statesmen Academy, your advocacy in Arkansas, and your partnership with Family Policy Alliance and the network of state family policy council allies in standing for the truth that biological sex cannot change made this a win! Now, more states are ready to consider taking the same stand to protect children!
5. You are saving girls’ sports for our daughters and their daughters.
In 2020, you helped make Idaho the first state in the nation to reserve girls’ sports for only biological girls—as a matter of fairness. This year, over 35 states considered the same legislation to save girls’ sports—and a version of that bill is now law in 9 states! Plus, even mainstream media credits the movement to save girls’ sports (that you have made possible) as the reason the dangerous Equality Act is stopped in the U.S. Senate!
4. You stopped a far-Left takeover of elections nationwide!
The far Left made clear that legislation to “redo” elections (and thereby secure policy wins for their agenda) would be a top priority in 2021. Despite relentless attempts to take over elections at the federal level by one political party, these multiple bills have gone nowhere. No matter how many times they tried to bring forward these bills, you continued to engage and raise your voice, calling on them to vote NO every time. You are saving our country’s elections with generational impact!
3. You helped parents and families raise their voices—and change the future in their states.
It’s been a year where parents and families have faced unbelievable indoctrination in their children’s schools. Radical gender theory policies have touched the classroom, locker room, and sports field. Critical race theory has divided children and communities. And parents have been deeply concerned about the impact on their children.
After a number of deeply concerning incidents in Virginia—including sexual assault against a female student in the girls’ bathroom by a male student wearing a dress—parents had had enough. They raised their voices and voted against politicians that believe schools—not parents—should direct children’s education. They flipped control of their state from politicians who discount parents to leaders who pledge to honor the role of parents in their children’s education. It was a stunning win that caught the attention of the nation, especially ahead of the 2022 election.
We also recently learned that the National School Board Association, which has supported these radical curriculum proposals and treated concerned parents as “terrorists,” is at risk of losing millions as their own state chapters withdraw over the controversy.
You are changing the narrative and forcing lawmakers to return to considering parents and families before political agendas!
2. You stopped the #1 priority of the Biden-Harris Administration and the far Left.
The Biden Administration made clear that the Equality Act was their #1 priority for 2021—a “must-accomplish” in the first 100 days. Here we are in the waning days of the year, and the Equality Act has clearly been stopped in the U.S. Senate! Tens of thousands of you took action through the Family Policy Alliance action center calling on lawmakers to stop this bill.
We’ve identified this bill as the most dangerous piece of legislation we’ve seen come out of Congress because it would force the LGBT agenda into homes, schools, doctors’ offices, businesses, and nearly every area of law and life. THANK YOU for making clear to D.C. that this is a nonstarter for American families!
1. Life is winning!
And, for the #1 praise for 2021, at the end of the year and on the eve of the 49th anniversary of the deadly Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, we stand on the brink of seeing Roe overturned (perhaps even in 2022). This would give all of us in the states more power to protect the lives of babies in the womb than we’ve had in decades!
In addition, Texas passed a strong pro-life “heartbeat” law that, despite being challenged in court, has already saved thousands of lives. And the Supreme Court allowed it to stay in effect by—despite the ongoing challenges against it by the abortion lobby and the Biden Administration. Life is truly winning in America.
As you and your family head into the Christmas season and wind down your year, we pray you are as encouraged by these wins as we are! And thank you for being an encouragement to us in our ministry! When you take action and raise your voice for family values, standing on biblical truth, you shine brightly—despite any level of darkness around us in our nation.
Thank you for your support and engagement that make these wins possible!
May God bless you and yours,
Craig DeRoche, CEO
A school district in Virginia has been making national news since this summer when a teacher was suspended for refusing to use opposite-sex pronouns to refer to his students. The Loudoun County School District has continued to make headlines over Critical Race Theory debates, passage of a new “transgender and gender fluid student rights policy,”* and more.
Most recently – and most disturbingly –the district is under fire for transferring a male student charged with sexual assault (forcible sodomy) from one high school to another, and attempting to cover up the incident. The boy is accused of rape in both schools. He allegedly assaulted one girl in a classroom and one in the girls’ restroom, where he was allowed to enter under the district’s transgender policy.
While news like this can evoke discouragement and even hopelessness, a group of engaged parents in Loudoun County is giving us all reason to hope.
Fight for Schools is comprised of caring parents who are locking arms and collectively saying “enough is enough” in their school district. They are making waves—and making a difference—as they fight for truth and safety in their schools. One way they are doing so is through recall campaigns for five out of nine school board members. As they pursue accountability in Loudoun County, they’ve also called for the resignation of Superintendent Scott Ziegler. The latest good news is in the form of a resignation: Loudoun County school board member Beth Barts issued her resignation one week ago—and even the liberal media is giving credit to these parents.
If Loudoun County is front and center in the battle for our schools, the backdrop is liberal politicians and political appointees advocating against parental involvement in schools.
A few weeks ago, Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe unbelievably said in a campaign debate, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach” and then doubled down on his view in media interviews following. The same week, President Biden’s Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona refused to agree with the premise that parents are the primary stakeholders in their children’s education during a congressional hearing on Capitol Hill. If that wasn’t enough, the Biden Administration has taken shocking action to “show parents who’s boss” by directing the FBI to investigate parents who speak up in their local school districts!
These events are disillusioning (to say the least), but they also underscore why the actions of parents – like those who comprise Fight for Schools in Loudoun County – have never been more important.
As a parent myself, I’ve come to realize that it is not enough to complain and despair about the battles being waged against our children in school. If I am not willing to engage, voice my opinion, and advocate for my kids’ safety and for truth taught in our schools, who will?
If you agree but feel uncertain about what to do or how to do it, let me encourage you to download a copy of FPA’s Back to School for Parents guide. I’ll draw your attention to pages 5-9 which explains in simple terms who has educational authority in our schools and how parents can effectively advocate for their children in public schools.
If you are a parent with children in public school, I hope you will consider making your voice heard. We at FPA stand ready and willing to help you do so, and we’re thankful for those of you who partner with us to make resources like the Back to School for Parents guide possible.
For our kids,
Vice President, Education
*According to the Loudoun Times, “Loudoun’s Policy 8040 allows students to use their chosen name and gender pronouns that reflect their consistently asserted gender identity without any substantiating evidence, regardless of the name and gender recorded in the student’s permanent educational record. The policy also allows for access to a number of student activities and facilities such as restrooms and locker rooms. Further, the policy states that all school mental health professionals shall complete training on topics relating to LGBTQ+ students, including procedures for preventing and responding to bullying, harassment and discrimination based on gender identity and expression.”
It’s time to celebrate!
Texas recently passed its “Heartbeat Act,” which prevents abortions for babies with a heartbeat – a law that will save countless lives. The law was set to go into effect yesterday, but abortion activists sought for the Supreme Court to stop that from occurring. Late last night, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that it would NOT halt the law from enforcement. Because of that decision, babies with a heartbeat are protected from abortion across Texas.
Here’s our response:
“It’s a momentous day for human rights and babies in the womb. Because of the Supreme Court’s decision last night, babies throughout the state of Texas will have a chance to taste their first breath. We are grateful for our friends at Texas Values who worked tirelessly to make this day a reality. Now it is time for more states to follow suit. Together, we can end abortion and protect precious lives across the nation.”-Meridian Baldacci
Well done, Texas! It’s a great day to celebrate life!
Policy and Communications Strategist
In recent years, the far Left has been pushing radical policies in local school districts. This agenda forces girls to share locker rooms with boys, allows boys to steal sports opportunities from girls, and forces children to learn about gender ideology at a young age.
Now, the U.S. Department of Education is working to do the same thing- nationwide.
But you can help STOP THIS.
Similar to a local virtual school board hearing, on June 7-11 the President Biden’s Department of Education will be hosting a public hearing about incorporating “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in national education policies. These policies will force girls to share locker rooms and showers with boys, impact girls’ sports opportunities, and punish those who disagree.
You can weigh in at this “national school board meeting” and tell the Department of Education you STRONGLY OPPOSE ANY CHANGES in their education policies that redefine “sex” to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” Biden’s Education Department has no place attempting to implement this radical agenda into every local school district in the country.
Click here to submit your comment NOW! We’ve provided some comments for you to use, but the more personalized you can make your comments, the better!
Thank you for using your voice to protect children!
You can also sign up to speak for 3 minutes and tell the Department of Education to STOP their implementation of these radical and dangerous policies that violate children’s privacy, steal girls’ sports, and implement radical ideologies in schools.
- You can only choose 1 topic to speak on (We recommend speaking on “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in K-12”)
- Registration is still open to be added to the waitlist.
- The Department states, “Even after all slots are filled, we anticipate that a small number of slots may become available prior to or during each day of the hearing as a result of cancellations. We encourage those who do not register in time to receive a hearing slot to recheck the registration link for slots that become available in this way.”
Don’t want to speak? No worries – simply submit your written comments here to make sure the Department of Education hears your voice!
For our children,
While the Wyoming Legislative Session was slowed down by two snow days, it has finally reached the crossover point in the session. Crossover is the time in the middle of the session when the House Bills that passed all the way through the House “cross-over” to the Senate and the Senate Files “cross-over” to the House of Representatives.
Things are moving very fast in the legislature and so I will provide a chart to show where the legislation we are following is in the process.
Status of the Bill (Committee)
|HB 070||Abortion-Informed Consent||
|HB 085||Unlawful Dissemination of Intimate Image||
|HB 106||Wyoming Education Options Act||
|Died in Education Committee|
|HB 147||Education Expenses||
|Died in Education Committee|
|HB 161||Human Life Equality-Prohibiting Discriminatory abortions||
|HB 218||Bias Motivated Crimes||
|Died in Committee|
|HB 235||Human Life Protection Act||
|HB 253||University of Wyoming-ban on funding for abortions||
|SF 034||Born Alive-Amendments||
|SF 087||Voyeurism Amendments||
|SF 096||Homicide Amendments||
|SF 100||Internet Freedom-Prohibiting Discrimination||
|SF 123||Lottery games-Keno||
|SF 128||Temporary Delegation of Parental Authority||
|Died in Committee|
|SF 130||Charter Schools||
|SF 133||Prohibit Abortifacients and Chemical Abortions||
|SF 133||Prohibiting abortifacients and chemical abortions.||
|SF 138||School board trustees-party affiliation.||
Each of these bills has been selected because of the particular impact they can have on life, religious freedom, and family values.
After a milestone like Crossover Day, I want to make sure that our attitudes reflect how God wants us to view things – grateful for the blessings He gave, confident and hopeful in His promises, committed to steadfast walking with Him, giving Him all the glory, not anxious, yet also diligent, strategic, and realistic in our preparations to meet the enormity of the challenges ahead.
We will continue to inform you as things progress.
The House Labor, Health and Social Services Committee has been scheduled to hear four life-related bills on Monday morning. This is the best time during the session to let your voice be heard in support of life! During the legislative cycle, citizens get to participate directly by speaking to their legislators in committee hearings.
There are two ways to participate:
- Come in person! If you are in town, you may come in person and sign up to speak.
- Listen in online. If you cannot make the drive you can listen into the proceeding here. You can even sign up to testify via Zoom using this link!
The four bills that will be presented for debate are:
- HB70, Informed Consent before an Abortion
- HB134, Human Heartbeat Protection Act
- HB161, Prohibiting Discriminatory Abortions
- HB253, To Ban Abortion Funding at UW
Please participate and share this information with your friends. This is how we “Advance Biblical Citizenship!”
I have many Jewish friends. I have proudly and publicly defended them against anti-Semitism. I love them. I am concerned for their welfare. I am aware of the historical mistreatment and marginalization they have suffered.
In our friendship, we acknowledge our disagreement regarding the identity of Jesus – my Lord and Savior. Despite our different religious beliefs that strike at the core of who I am as an evangelical Christian, we live life together.
That is tolerance of beliefs. That is diversity of people. That is not public school.
Increasingly in society, and particularly in education, students are taught that different religions and cultures have different beliefs about the identity and definition of God. Furthermore, these religious differences should be celebrated as part of a diverse and inclusive environment. We are told that many beliefs about God are acceptable and welcomed in a self-proclaimed pluralistic society. To be clear, I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died for our sins, rose again from the dead, and will return one day.
Yet, this same “diversity and inclusiveness” is not extended to religious and cultural beliefs about sex and sexuality. Students must quickly conform to the sexual views of government or face isolation, harassment, and intimidation. In my advocacy with legislators, I have often encouraged them to make schools inclusive for all students. If it is determined that sexual orientation and gender identity must be taught in higher grades despite parents’ objections – then let’s at least present sexuality in a truly diverse way so students can decide what they believe.
What would this look like? Something like: “Some people based on their religious, cultural, and family backgrounds believe gender is biological and binary – male and female determined at conception. The act of sex is reserved for two unrelated adults of the opposite sex in a lifetime covenant relationship (marriage). Other people believe gender is fluid and not fixed, and that it has been historically assigned at birth. This group of people usually believe that the act of sex is normal and healthy no matter the parties involved as long as there is mutual consent. Whatever your beliefs are, please respect and be kind to your classmates.”
Yet even a pragmatic and compromised approach like this is flatly rejected and dismissed. Why? The agenda is not about diversity. Do not let their words and messaging persuade you otherwise. Just a few days ago, famed Princeton professor, Robert George urged parents to flee New Jersey public schools because of the sexual indoctrination that happens there.
Our organization advocates for an unbiased, neutral public school system. That is all we ask for. I am hopeful one day New Jersey will achieve it. Until then, we will continue to stand for your children and serve your family.
Working for a better New Jersey!
Last week, we got the news. The dangerous “Equality Act” – the biggest current threat to freedom and the sanctity of life – has been put on the fast track in the U.S. Senate!
That makes it all the more urgent that we move our mobilization into full throttle ASAP.
We are mobilizing in nine states with swing senators who are most likely to decide whether this scheme passes the Senate – and then goes to President Biden for his promised signature.
With Democrats now in charge of the Senate – and some Republicans having supported the same bill in the past – the situation is urgent.
Will you help us turn up the heat on the Senate with your donation?
Let me encourage you. Despite the grim situation, there is hope! Just look at what happened in the House with your help.
Yes, the so-called “Equality Act” passed the House as expected, but the real story is what happened behind the scenes. With your help, we mobilized citizens in the districts of House Republicans who had voted for it in the past. Two of the five representatives changed their position and voted against it!
On top of that, the explosion of grassroots opposition that you made possible is simply phenomenal. For example, your support helped us put together an online rally that, in just days, gathered thousands of live viewers – and brought together a Who’s Who in a diverse coalition working to stop this.
And the Promise to America’s Children – the policy and parental statement we developed in partnership with The Heritage Foundation and Alliance Defending Freedom – has reached hundreds of thousands of Americans with a message pushing back on the “Equality Act.”
Will you help us ramp up even more to defeat this scheme in the Senate? Your gift of support is needed – not just for general pressure on the Senate – but specifically to reach and mobilize tens of thousands of citizens in the states of certain senators who could decide the outcome. It worked in the House. Now it’s urgently needed in the Senate!
So much is on the line, it’s hard to overstate the threat the Equality Act poses to:
- The sanctity of life, by undercutting abortion restrictions nationwide
- Religious freedom of individuals, churches, Christian schools and colleges, etc.
- The well-being of children who are in the crosshairs of the transgender agenda
- The privacy and safety of women and girls – and the relevance of girls’ sports
- Silencing anyone who disagrees with the bill’s agenda
Thank you for helping us build momentum against the Equality Act to this point! We couldn’t have done it without you. And now – as we head into the thick of the battle – we need you more than ever.
As God has enabled you, will you join in the action with your gift today?
President & CEO
P.S. The news that the Equality Act is on a “fast track” in the Senate is grim. But there is truly hope! Your gift will help build the public momentum against it and mobilize citizens in the states with swing-vote senators. Thank you for your gift to make it possible!
This is the Speaker’s Chair in Independence Hall. George Washington sat there in 1787 as the Constitution was being debated, drafted, and adopted. Ben Franklin, in his 80’s, had to be daily carried in. When Washington declared the document adopted, Franklin stood and said,
“Throughout these months, Mr. Chairman, I have listened to the arguments pro and con while my eyes constantly looked up at the top slat of your chairback where there is carved a sunburst. I have wondered during these days whether that sunburst represented a setting or a rising sun. With the adoption of this Constitution, I am now persuaded it is a rising sun.”
Would Ben Franklin have a different perspective about that sunburst carving were he living today? I think he would be amazed at the dramatic shift in moral values, from redefining marriage to declaring abortion and euthanasia a right. Christian values were the standard in his day, but every Christian value is being challenged in our day, even the distinction between male and female at the Pre-K and K level. If the federal Equality Act passes the sun may indeed set more rapidly for us as a nation. The U.S. House of Representatives has already voted on this bill. Sadly, it passed and will now be heading to the Senate. We will keep you posted on our next steps to try and defeat this bill.
How do we determine right from wrong? Is it by a vote of the legislature? Or by an act of the president through executive order? Or by a decision of a judge or the judiciary? Someone has said, “Human society ultimately breaks down when laws derive from the politics of the moment rather than the standards of Almighty God. Any branch of government losing this perspective descends into the quicksand of moral relativity and ethical chaos. Culture ultimately breaks down when politics determine moral values and that is precisely where we find ourselves as a nation, in a quagmire of moral relativity. It’s a slippery slope!”
But there is always hope even if it is the “mustard seed” size. The Bristol County Concerned Citizens (BCCC) are one such ray of hope. They took a stand against the formation of a “Diversity, Equality and Inclusion” committee for the town of Bristol. They said, Bristol is already a very welcoming and diverse community. Many of Bristol’s citizens rightly perceived the true purpose of this committee which was to implement a socialist agenda especially for the public schools and took a stand. Check out their website and get on their mailing list. Also, check with your legislators as other Rhode Island towns are also beginning to wake up to these “Trojan horse” committees.
God raised up America to be that city on a hill but just as he raises up nations, he can bring them down. “Don’t be fooled, God is not mocked; for whatever a man shall sow, that also shall he reap.” (Galatians 6:7)
Please support the efforts of the Family Policy Alliance of RI a monthly gift to keep the sun from setting on Rhode Island.
Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island
Here it is! While the Legislative session has already convened in the virtual world, Next week starts the beginning of the in-person session for 2021. We have been waiting for this moment.
With the opening of legislative deliberation and lawmaking upon us, I thought I would share with you Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming’s priorities for the next month. We will advocate for bills that will:
- Champion the sanctity of human life through pro-life legislation;
- Defend the rights of parents to make medical decisions for their children, especially in instances where a medical doctor attempts to discontinue life-sustaining treatment for a child without the consent of the parents;
- Protect the privacy and rights of girls in the face of the transgender movement, especially in school sports;
- Uphold the integrity of government identification documents by requiring that only a person’s biological sex, and not their subjective gender identity, be printed on driver’s licenses and birth certificates;
- Preserve religious freedom by opposing “Add the Words” and other SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity) compromises.
Of course, Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming will help you stay updated as specific bills are introduced during the next couple months. And we will ask for your help, too! Biblical citizenship involves you and your friends contacting your representatives and making your voice heard on the legislation being considered.
These are exciting times. Please be praying.
Standing for Truth at the State Capitol,
P.S. With legislative session now underway, please commit yourselves to pray for your state legislators (every state legislative district has two representatives and one senator; you can enter your zip code and/or address to find yours in our Action Center).
Scripture instructs faithful believers that it is their biblical duty to “pray for those in authority” (1 Timothy 2:1-2), knowing that God can guide the hearts of civil rulers (Proverbs 21:1). Ask that He give them an understanding of biblical justice, wisdom to make the appropriate decisions, and courage to stay committed to first principles (Exodus 18:21). And don’t forget to pray for their personal and spiritual wellbeing and for their families, too!
Use our Action Center to send a message to your legislators that you are praying for them. It is an easy way to bless them, and it only takes a minute!