On behalf of everyone at Family Policy Alliance, I want to wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving. 2023 has given us much to be thankful for. God blessed us with historic legislative success and unprecedented ground gained by the pro-family movement. But you and your support are what we are most thankful for, because without you, none of this year’s success would have been possible.
Gratitude is at the heart of our faith: our entire lives are to be lived as one great expression of gratitude to Christ for His sacrifice on the cross to make us holy. And your support is a direct reflection of that gratitude-driven life. We are so honored to partner with you to support and further pro-life, pro-family values in America, and we want to particularly express that gratitude on the day our nation focuses most on thankfulness.
We pray you and your family have a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving ! May God shower you with grace and favor this holiday season and in 2024.
Joseph Kohm III
Director, Public Policy
Can you imagine your elementary-school-aged child or grandchild going to their school’s book fair and finding pornographic material available to purchase and take home? That could be happening in a school near you, if your local school hosts Scholastic book fairs.
Scholastic Books, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, recently decided to offer a collection of books to elementary school students that covered controversial topics including pornographic LGBTQ+ material. After controversy with the Left, Scholastic buckled under pressure, possibly resulting in an even more dangerous policy regarding these books.
Join our Joseph Kohm and Amanda Banks as they take a deep dive into this controversial story and provide you with the information you need to take action and help protect kids. Tune in to our video podcast and ask your questions LIVE this morning!
You might be thinking, “I’ll watch the podcast and share it with my friends, but what can I do now?” Sign our open letter to Scholastic Books, telling them that selling sexualized, pornographic material in schools is unacceptable. You can do that here.
At Family Policy Alliance, our vision is a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. To stay up to date on the fight to protect families and learn how to take action, follow us on social media!
See you in the comments section!
Communications Specialist – Producer
Earlier this week, we alerted you to the story that iconic Scholastic Books had scrapped plans to protect elementary children from certain pornographic and sexually explicit titles appearing in their school book fairs. If you missed it, you can read more about the situation HERE.
Already, thousands of our readers have taken action by signing our open letter to Scholastic! If you have done so, thank you!
If you have not yet signed the open letter to Scholastic, please do so by clicking HERE now. (But please come back to finish reading this important message…because there is more!)
Right now, we do not know if Scholastic will do anything. That means that we need to continue to press upon them how dangerous it is to sell sexualized, pornographic content to children of any age.
Much like Target and Bud Light, some large corporations really don’t care what people think until they see their bottom line being affected. Ultimately, it’s all about the money.
But we have a plan, and you can help.
Family Policy Alliance is asking you to help in one more simple way – and this one will require just a little homework from you, but we think it will be worth it.
Because schools must invite Scholastic into their buildings to sell a single book, school board members have the power to tell Scholastic that they cannot sell books to any student. The message is that Scholastic must change their policy, or they will not be allowed back into schools.
To send that message, we must notify school board members who share our values and want to protect children. They must be informed about the harmful material Scholastic sells in schools and they must be willing to take action to stop it.
Here is where you can make a difference.
We need to know who the strong, reliable, conservative school board members are in your area so we can provide them with the background material and tools they need to protect children from harmful materials.
There are over 90,000 local school board members in 14,000 school districts across the nation, and knowing who to reach out to is a daunting task. Your help in narrowing our focus to those best positioned to take action on this issue will be immensely helpful.
Here is where your homework comes in.
For any school board member whom you feel should be involved, CLICK HERE and provide the following: Their name, an email address and the name of your school district, city and state. If you do not have all of this information, share as much as you can! If you are fortunate enough to have several good school board members, please send us contact information for all of them.
We appreciate your help in firing up elected officials at the grassroots level!
Your input here is key to activating what we hope is a national effort to stop schools and corporations from pushing pornography on schoolchildren of any age.
Again – click HERE to give us contact information for any reliable, conservative school board member(s) in your area and we will reach out right away to equip them with the tools they need to take action on this issue.
Director, Audience Engagement
Recently parents across the country have been taking action to eradicate pornographic material in school libraries and curricula. Such content simply has no place in our schools. Pornography is deeply destructive in a child’s life; and in a time when the average age of first exposure to pornography is between 8 and 11 years old, schools need to be sure they are not facilitating such exposure.
But can you imagine your elementary-school-aged child or grandchild going to their school’s book fair and finding that same pornographic material available to purchase and take home?
What school would allow this and ask parents to pay for such content?
Scholastic Books, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, has been iconic in the school book fair realm, having sold books to young readers for over 80 years. Scholastic is, however, not the wholesome company you might think.
Scholastic recently decided to offer a collection of books to elementary school students that covered controversial topics including LGBTQ+ material. Scholastic had proposed steps to ensure that these controversial, pornographic titles were segregated as a special category of books. Schools could even decline to sell the titles in this category outright if they wished.
The policy was short-lived when last month, Scholastic buckled under pressure from the Left to scrap the policy. They fell to outlandish (woke) claims that by protecting children, they were being discriminatory and banning books.
In fact, Scholastic apologized for their efforts to protect elementary children when they promptly reversed course.
Scholastic should not offer such content to children in the first place, but now, given this recent policy reversal, it is presumed that students of any age will eventually be able to find and preview pornographic content at Scholastic books fair without restriction. (Note: Scholastic already provides controversial, pornographic titles for sale to older children without restriction.)
What can you do?
We are asking you to sign our open letter to Scholastic Books telling them that selling sexualized, pornographic material in schools is unacceptable and asking them to stop selling pornography to children of any age.
Book fairs are usually fantastic opportunities for children to fall in love with reading, however pornography and gender politics appear to be tainting this once wholesome realm and endangering children.
Director, Audience Engagement
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Family Policy Alliance (FPA) congratulates Congressman Mike Johnson (R-LA) on his election as the 56th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. Speaker Johnson garnered unanimous support from the GOP Conference and was elected with 220 votes from the House.
But, most importantly, we wanted to alert you to Speaker Johnson’s heart for life and family, and where it originates. He was born to an unwed seventeen-year-old mother a year before Roe was decided. You can watch him explain this as the foundation for his pro-life position in an interview with FPA on the Capitol steps as we fought to overturn Roe v. Wade last year.
Our President and CEO, Craig DeRoche, shared this about Speaker Johnson:
“With the election of the U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson, our nation has one of the strongest Christian and social conservative advocates we could have hoped and prayed for. Speaker Johnson is a personal friend to FPA and has worked very closely with us on issues for many years. As a proven constitutional attorney, he is one of the strongest voices and hardest workers protecting the lives of the pre-born. He also stands in the gap to protect families and children from radical transgender ideology. He is a person of integrity who finds his truth in Scripture. Family Policy Alliance looks forward to continuing to work with Speaker Johnson in the days and weeks ahead.”
In short, this is a big deal for our country.
In electing a principled Christian leader to the Speaker’s chair, there is hope that families will thrive and religious freedom will be protected.
Director of Audience Engagement
Family Policy Foundation launched the Social Conservative Academy (SCA) on-demand last week. This brand-new offering is for people just like you who want to be part of the solution… make a difference… for the good of our nation and culture… to honor God. Family Policy Foundation is pleased to present the strategies and experts to instruct you on how best to make your voice heard from the schoolhouse to the halls of Congress and everywhere in between.
SCA’s first course “How to Beat the Radical Left” is available now for all social conservative citizens. The four-part series is regularly $49, but for a limited time, you can learn from Riley Gaines, U.S. Rep. Josh Brecheen, and top state leaders for just $29. We’ve packed this course with valuable insights and proven tactics that will immediately boost your confidence and equip you to make a difference in our culture and government.
Click below to watch a preview clip.
I hope you will check out the first SCA course and start learning How to Beat the Radical Left today!
Vice President, Education
P.S. It’s no secret that more winsome, confident voices are needed to change our culture and return America to a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. Join us as we become equipped for such a time as this!
You are invited to a special Prayer & Update Call for Israel featuring Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Joel Rosenberg tomorrow, October 11, at 2:30 p.m. Eastern (1:30 p.m. Central / 12:30 p.m. Mountain / 11:30 a.m. Pacific). Space is limited so register for this exclusive event as soon as possible!
Gov. DeSantis and Joel Rosenberg will be providing updates on the evolving status on the ground in Israel, as well as efforts on behalf of Americans — especially family and friends of Floridians — who are currently in Israel. They will be joined by Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship as well as leaders of our state-based Family Policy Council allies who will offer prayers for Israel and those impacted by the terrorist attacks that continue there.
Please register for this special Prayer & Update Call as soon as possible to secure your seat.
Standing in prayer for Israel,
The Family Policy Alliance Team
As you know, this weekend, the nation of Israel was suddenly and viciously attacked by Palestinian terrorists. While many Jews were celebrating their holy days, terrorists infiltrated the country at numerous places and began killing and kidnapping Israelis indiscriminately.
As a former U.S. Army officer, I know: these are days you train for and then pray never come. But the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have mobilized quickly and are valiantly fighting to push the terrorists back at every point. However, many Israelis and foreign allies in-country remain sheltered in place, anxious moment-to-moment for their safety and how they will escape this tragic conflict. Today we went LIVE with one Christian who is currently in Israel – you can watch our interview with him on Facebook, X, YouTube, our website, or SoConReport.
As you listen, we invite you to join us in the following prayer:
“Heavenly Father, we pray first and foremost for your peace to cover the land of Israel, the Holy Land. We pray for Israel’s political and military leaders, that you give them wisdom and courage to act decisively and courageously. We pray for confusion and disagreement to reign among the terrorists and those supporting them; may they turn against each other as Israel’s enemies did numerous times in Scripture. We pray for unity amongst the people of Israel, and that the gospel would break powerfully into Israeli and Palestinian hearts alike. You have used dark times to shine the light of your truth in even the most unexpected places throughout history, and we pray you would do so again. Finally, we pray that you would be defender of the innocent, as you always have been. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you be secure.
May there be peace within your walls
and security within your citadels.”
For the sake of my family and friends,
I will say, “Peace be within you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your prosperity. — Psalm 122:6-9
Thank you for your prayers and compassion for the people caught in this horrible conflict, and those fighting nobly to end it. May the peace of God cover your hearts as you lift up the Holy Land and its inhabitants with us.
Joseph Kohm III
Director, Public Policy
Israel is under attack. Please join us NOW for an update from a fellow Christian LIVE in Israel.
Join on any of these platforms to watch:
We’re sending this on short notice as our contact is actively seeking a path to safety and may not be able to join later. If you’re able, please join us now to get an update and prayer points.
Praying with you,
If you’ve ever asked, “How can I make a difference in the direction of my school, state, or nation?” … we have good news for you!
The first Social Conservative Academy series is now in the books, and it’s available for you today! How to Beat the Radical Left featuring All American NCAA swimmer Riley Gaines, Oklahoma Congressman Josh Brecheen, The FAMiLY Leader President Bob Vander Plaats, and The Family Foundation President Victoria Cobb, will give you the know-how and tools to effectively advocate your values in the public square, organize at the grassroots level, tell your story, and work with unlikely allies.
To see a preview clip here.
You won’t want to miss the pro tips and expert strategy shared by some of the nation’s top pro-family spokespeople and advocates—all available to watch from the convenience of your home or office, on your own time! Each mini course is approximately 20 minutes long and includes summary points and key takeaways for people like you who want to understand what’s at stake and make your voice heard.
The entire four-part series is now available to social conservative citizens for $49. But for those who act quickly, How to Beat the Radical Left is yours for just $29!
The Social Conservative Academy was designed for busy moms, dads, grandparents, full-time businessmen and businesswomen, and concerned citizens of all walks of life. If you are a social conservative who wants to make a difference, the Social Conservative Academy is for you!
How to Beat the Radical Left is the first of many courses in the newly developed Social Conservative Academy from Family Policy Foundation. Stay tuned for more opportunities to understand the critical issues facing our nation, get equipped to effectively respond to them, and become a changemaker in our culture and government.
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Vice President, Education