The LGBT curriculum mandate is still on schedule to be implemented in the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. I want to share with you this dangerous agenda each week by exposing the lesson plans of Garden State Equality. They are using the power of government coercion to force radical sexual and political beliefs onto students.

My forthcoming weekly emails will include images of actual lessons Garden State Equality has developed and are offering to schools. This information will help to explain why these lessons have no place in our public-school classrooms.

Please download and share the weekly resource that is linked to the email to parents, educators, legislators, and others.

We believe public schools should be neutral in their presentation of religious beliefs, worldview, and political ideology.

This week’s GSE lesson reveal is on “Transgenderism and Gender Identity

GSE Curriculum Revealed: Transgenderism


Click on any images to download a printable version of this week’s resource.

THE LESSON: Presentation of Transgenderism and Gender Identity to Parents

These slides present a subjective view of sexual ethics and gender identities

1) GSE’s FAQ’s teach against millennia of human knowledge — that sex presents itself as male and female — is a social falsehood that oppresses everyone who disagrees. This “gender ideology” actually forces already vulnerable students to question their own identities which causes great unnecessary confusion and distress for students who already struggle with anxiety or confusion about their bodies or sense of self.

2) GSE’s FAQ’s teach “gender identity” is how one feels about their sex, even if that is opposite to their biology. They also teach “gender expression” is based on “appearance, behavior, or mannerisms.” According to GSE one’s sex, gender identity, and gender expression might all be different. These lessons would force a boy student, for example, who has interests in traditionally “feminine” things, to reconsider his “gender identity” and “expression”. These radical social ideas are unscientific beliefs about human sexuality and should not be forced into the public-school classroom. GSE regards any dissension or disagreement as discriminatory and oppressive. Here is a link to a video GSE shares as a resource for teachers to help explain gender identity to students.


THE PROBLEM: Disregard of science and documented health risks

First Problem: Studies show that 80-95% of children suffering from confusion about their gender identity, that do not receive medical intervention outgrow these feelings by the time they reach adulthood. Yet, 100% of children who receive medical intervention will have gender identity disorders persist into adulthood. Tragically, after sex reassignment surgery, people are 20x’s more likely to die from suicide. GSE’s curriculum teaches students it is good and healthy to ask themselves if their “gender identity” matches their “biological sex” in spite of all medical evidence to the contrary.

Second Problem: GSE’s dangerous agenda persuasively convinces children to deny objective reality in exchange for a falsehood. The lesson teaches and encourages all children to question biological reality and consider whether they are living life as their true selves. The view that people can choose their “gender” is wildly controversial and has no basis in science. Radical social ideology should not be in our classrooms.


THE HARM: Indoctrinates our children

This so-called inclusive view of gender identity indoctrinates our children forcing them to “rethink” their understanding of the biological differences of male and female. GSE’s curriculum teaches the very real concepts of male and female is arbitrary and has no basis in anatomy or genetics—the exact opposite of what is true! In their eyes, the historic, global, and scientific view of human sexuality is ignorant and bigoted and this is taught to our children. GSE’s curriculum demands students become allies, if not activists, to promote a new sexual ethic despite their prior beliefs.

Worldview: GSE’S curriculum instructs students to adopt a postmodern worldview of human sexuality and gender identity. Postmodernists question the fundamental meaning of words like “boy” and “girl” and the role of language in how our children think. GSE’s curriculum is thoroughly postmodernist and tells our students they must break down the relationship between a word and its meaning, in order to understand the world. This is senseless. For example, if you claim a boy is not a boy what truth have you left our students with? None. For postmodernists objective truth does not exist and feelings, not facts, determine personal reality and truth.


THE SOLUTION: Parental Rights in education

Support the right of parents to opt their child out of lessons and materials that violate their religious or moral beliefs regarding sex, sexuality or gender identity. Email to sign our petition and to contact NJ Legislators to pass legislation to protect families from this dangerous agenda.


Download a printable version of this information

I want to encourage you to join one of our legislative district mobilization teams to contact elected officials about this curriculum. Please email me your interest at Finally, I urge you to share this email or the downloadable lesson file with your network of friends and pastors.

Together, we can make NJ better,

Shawn Hyland
Director of Advocacy


Read other articles in this Series:

#2 – GSE Curriculum Revealed: Gender Norms Are Oppressive

#3 – GSE Curriculum Revealed: The Spanish Language is Discriminatory

#4 – GSE Curriculum Revealed: Access Points to Third Graders

Dear Friends,

On Sunday, I will celebrate my first Mother’s Day with my daughter outside the womb. As I reflect on the joy, exhaustion and blessing from the first few months of my daughter’s life, I have been given a new and deeper perspective on how critical the work of Family Policy Alliance® is in striving toward the kind of nation I desire my daughter to grow up in: a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.

I know many of you share that same vision, so I thought I would share with you the prayers I wrote for my daughter on this day. 

I pray you will grow up in a nation where taking the life of a preborn baby is unthinkable.

America is more prolife now in your first year of life than it has been since Roe v. Wade in 1973, so I am filled with hope. Your life is precious, and our desire is that every child is given the same chance at the miracle of life.

Every child is a gift from God, and that is why we work every day to advance laws that both support mothers and protect the lives of their babies. Even if (when!) the law from Roe changes, there is still much work to be done in making abortion unthinkable. That is why our work is so important as we help states pass laws that reveal the humanity of every baby and build a support system around every mother.

A nation where life is truly cherished is one of the most important gifts we could give you, setting right decades of wrong done to mothers and their babies.

I pray we can guide you in your calling by giving you the best education suited for you.

To give you a future full of opportunity, I want to give you a present full of choices. I pray that you will grow up in a state and nation where every parent is free to choose the education that works best for their child.

God has a calling on your life, and it is your daddy’s and my responsibility to steward that in you. Having educational options enables us to do our job well.

I pray that your school and government will never force harmful curriculum or lessons on you.

I’ve watched in horror as parents have sent Family Policy Alliance examples of the types of curriculum their children are being exposed to in schools. In the name of “equality,” many schools are attempting to teach even kindergartners that “little girls can become boys” or that a girl can really be a boy in a girl’s body. These are lies. You, my daughter, are born exactly right the way God designed you—you do not have to change to “become who you are.”

Some lessons teach third graders how to “consent” to sexual acts—as if children can really consent. And some lessons can be described as nothing less than pornographic.

No child should ever have to be exposed to this kind of “teaching,” and that is why I work every day to equip parents and lawmakers to stand against this harmful propaganda and for children. Now that I have you, I understand even more the undeniable drive parents have to protect their children—and that parents, not schools or government, are indeed best at parenting.

I pray you will one day be able to compete fairly in a sport of your choice.

Whether you choose to run track and cross country (like your mama) or to play volleyball (a sport your daddy would far prefer to watch), I pray you will take joy in competing on a level playing field.

Right now, many activists, including the ACLU who once championed equal opportunities for women, are attempting to undo decades of work by advocating for biological men to compete in women’s sports. There’s no question this is unfair.

It is my prayer—and our work every day—that girls’ athletic opportunities will be saved for girls.

I pray you will be free to “shine your light” and share your faith at school, at work—and everywhere you go.

And, perhaps most importantly, I pray you will always shine your light—without being told by any government leader that you cannot. We named you Aurora, meaning light, as we pray and trust that your life will reflect the True Light of Christ.

You were born in a country with the greatest protections for our God-given religious freedom in the world. I pray this nation will continue to respect its founding and nurture that right. We work to keep America open for the Gospel, knowing that a country where you are free to live out your faith is the greatest gift we can give you—because your faith is the greatest thing you can share with others.

I know many of you share the same prayers for your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. So today, I thank you for your partnership with Family Policy Alliance, for your prayers, and for your work in making this the kind of nation we can be proud to leave to the next generation.

I pray you and your family have very blessed Mother’s Day!


Autumn Leva
Vice President of Strategy


P.S. Follow Autumn & the Family Policy Alliance team on social media. Share your prayers for your own children, grandchildren, and nieces or nephews!




Parents often think the LGBTQ curriculum developed by Garden State Equality (GSE) only focuses on sexual preferences, gender expression and gender identity. Unquestionably, it does those very things, but that is not the most dangerous portion of their curriculum. Most students will never struggle with their gender identity or their sexual attractions because of these lessons. However, what most students will question and become critical of is the institutions of the church and the family – the moral foundation of western civilization.

According to GSE lesson plans, the long-standing social structures created over many centuries by individuals and like-minded groups, such as natural marriage between a man and a woman, is a problem and these types of social norms must be “dismantled”. That is their language. That is their agenda.

To further inform you of the harmful contents within Garden State Equality’s LGBTQ curriculum, we have posted two new videos on our LGBT Curriculum series on YouTube and Facebook. Please LIKE our Facebook page today to stay current on our video series!

NJ LGBT Curriculum: Social Structures

NJ LGBT Curriculum: Collectivism

The Judeo-Christian world view places a strong emphasis on the rights and responsibilities of individuals. Over time, this has become a key and distinctive benchmark of Western Civilization. It is also one of the reasons communist governments dislike Christianity. Because it was Christianity in Western Civilization that promoted individual human rights and values. In Marxism, the State is supreme to the individual.

This radical curriculum overturns that Judeo-Christian value of individualism and replaces it with collectivism– the practice or principle of giving a group priority over individuals. In collectivism the emphasis is not on the individual, individual rights or responsibilities. Instead it is on the group and group power. The collective group is what matters and society is nothing more than opposing groups striving for power and creating structures in society to purposely maintain their group’s dominance over others.

It is Karl Marx’s theory applied to sociology known as Cultural Marxism.

It is social unrest passionately leveraged to produce social conflict.

It is a NJ public school assignment, if schools adopt Garden State Equality’s radical social activism for their lesson plans.

Please watch our video series and forward the information to others who are independent and open minded. It will take many allies across the political spectrum to successfully persuade the legislature to give parents the right to opt their children out of biased political propaganda.

Making NJ better for families,

Shawn Hyland
Director of Advocacy

Dear Friends,

In recent months, thousands of New Jerseyans have taken action to oppose New Jersey students being forced to endure radical LGBT sexual indoctrination in the classroom. Over 10,000 people from a wide range of ethnic and religious backgrounds joined together in signing  our petition. The English and Spanish petitions were delivered to the pro-family primary sponsors of the opt out bill and will soon be delivered to the entire Legislature and Governor Phil Murphy.  In addition, we presented the petition to the NJ Commissioner of Education, Dr. Lemont Repollet, to make his office aware of our request.

We now move to our second phase of mobilization – calling specific members of the Legislature who will determine if our opt-out bill dies in committee or moves to the floor for a full vote. Are you willing to volunteer by making frequent phone calls to key elected officials and mobilizing with other advocates in your legislative district?   It will take an organized and persistent effort to convince NJ Senate and Assembly members to hear our bill that will give parents the right to opt their child out of any lessons that violate their religious beliefs regarding sex, sexuality and gender identity.

Each legislative district will be organized into teams and coordinated by a dedicated captain.  Are you willing to serve the families of NJ? Sign up today to volunteer!


Advocacy Director
Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey

“God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory.”
(1 Timothy 3:16, NKJV)


As we approach the holiest day of the year, let us not forget the “Great Mystery” written about by the Apostle Paul in 1 Tim. 3:16:

  1. Jesus Christ, fully God, took on human flesh and dwelt among us
  2. He lived a sinless life, entirely fulfilling all the obligations of God’s law on behalf of those who would have faith in Him
  3. After giving His life as a sacrifice for those deserving death because of their sins, Jesus conquered death and was resurrected bodily
  4. He then appeared to hundreds of people before ascending into Heaven to sit at the right hand of God the Father, where He awaits the full inauguration of His Kingdom
  5. Many people, recognizing the impossibility of the resurrection apart from a divine miracle authenticating the identity of Christ as the Son of God, believed in Him as their Lord and Savior

For years I taught theology and apologetics at a Christian high school. Unbelieving students would sometimes tell me that Jesus was nothing more than a great moral teacher.

But here’s the thing: good moral teachers don’t rise from the dead after resting in the grave for three days. Indeed, it is because of the resurrection that we know our faith is reasonable and set upon a firm foundation. As the Apostle Paul told the church at Corinth, “And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain” (1 Cor. 5:14).

We worship a risen savior. When a group of women went to the tomb of Jesus only to find his body missing, two angels calmed their fears and told them:

“‘He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ And [the women] remembered His words” (Luke 24:6-8, NKJV).

Let us celebrate this good news — the good news that invigorates our hope and verifies our faith.

In Christ,

Blaine Conzatti
Director of Advocacy

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” -1 Peter 5:6-7

Dear Friends—

Awhile back, my young daughter and I were unloading groceries from Sam’s Club. As we began to unpack the car, I remember telling her to let me carry the heavy things. However, being the strong, independent minded child she is, she insisted on trying to carry a box of hot dogs that weighed almost as much as she did. I again encouraged her to let me carry the heavy things and I proceeded to take some other boxes inside. As I came back to the car, I saw her briefly lift the box of hot dogs before it quickly fell to the ground and smashed her foot. She immediately cried out in pain and frustration, “I can’t carry this, daddy!”—to which I replied, “You don’t have to carry that, Brooklyn. Give it to me.”

In 1 Peter 5:6-7, the Apostle Peter heartens us: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

During these challenging and uncertain times, do you find yourself feeling like you can’t bear the burdens of this pandemic any longer? Do you feel like you can’t carry the weight of your anxieties? Have you reached the point of crying out, “I can’t do this!”?

You are right—you can’t.

You need your Father to do the heavy lifting for you.

Too often, friends, we try to bear the burdens of life and carry our anxieties on our own, when all the while, we have a loving Father in Heaven who is saying, “Give them to me, you don’t have to carry those.”

This Easter weekend, I invite you to join me in casting all anxieties on God our Father as we celebrate the victory of Jesus over life’s greatest burdens—the burdens of sin and death. As the Apostle Paul writes in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

This is our hope. This is our joy. This is our peace.

Jesus is risen!

Vince Torres
President & Executive Director

There is an elderly couple that lives in our neighborhood. They have a number of medical concerns and as you might imagine, have been spending a disproportionate amount of time at home these days because of the COVID-19 virus. Our family knows them, and so our daughter Stephanie, the most creative of our family, decided to do something. Above is a picture of the sidewalk chalk art she drew on their path and driveway.

In my mind, sidewalk chalk art is something elementary school kids thrive on. I never had the idea of making a drawing outside someone’s house to brighten their quarantine, but she did, and I think it certainly turned out really good.

I was grocery shopping this week and an elderly lady was breathing hard through her facemask to reach something on a high shelf. I got it for her, something you do a lot in grocery stores when you’re six feet tall. However, she thanked me profusely and apologized for her face mask. I assured her that it was perfectly fine and that I understood wanting to take protections.

Along the same lines, you hear about groceries, toilet paper, paper towels, and other scarce items being left on the doorsteps of households with needs. Were these all great acts of compassion? No, they were little things, but they were people trying to help others out of love and service.

We’ve been seeing a lot of these stories crop up in the media of late; a welcome relief from all the other media coverage of COVID-19. However, I am confident that for every “heartwarming story” on TV and social media, there are hundreds or thousands more that never make the news. As Gandalf says in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, “I have found that it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folks that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.”

Why am I focusing on this? It seems that in many aspects of life, and particularly in the policy world, things can get nasty very quickly – the opposite of the aforementioned stories. People sometimes have less-than-honorable intentions, tell only parts of the truth that are useful to them, or hold grudges far too easily. That is not how God ordained us to live, and certainly not how He wants us to conduct ourselves on policy issues, even if you read only a small portion of the Scriptures.

It’s also not the way Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota® operates. With us, “what you see is what you get”. We conduct ourselves in ways that seek to honor God and recognize that each person has worth and dignity in the eyes of God. This sometimes means swallowing our pride or at other times letting things roll off our backs.

Not too long ago, an internet site generally opposed to our stance on key issues, wrote a disparaging blog about one of these weekly emails. It used words like “self-righteous”, “sanctimonious”, “pathological liar”. My wife and children found it upsetting; I found it a bit humorous since it was so over the top that it actually became entertaining. More importantly though, I wear it as a badge of honor. Although certainly not my intent, if we at Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota are generating that level of dissonance, we must be having an effect in promoting family values here in our state.

I want to close by extending an offer. If the blog writer is ever quarantined and needs sidewalk chalk pictures to lift his spirits, if he wants someone to go with him and run errands, or if he needs extra paper towels, we will do our best to help him out. Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota is there for everybody, including him.


Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

How much news coverage has there been on the coronavirus in the past few weeks? I’d be interested to know the number of hours spent telling the American people about the virus, explaining social distancing, telling us how to wash our hands, how to “flatten the curve”, etc. Much of this information is very necessary and good, helping us to contain this pandemic, and I hope you are following the guidelines. On the other hand, there has been an incredible amount of speculation, “overcoverage”, and experts who provide conflicting messages to all of us. As a result, fear rules the day for most Americans.

In response, I could provide you verse after verse from the Bible that says God watches over his children and we have nothing to fear, but I’m not going to do that. We all know that truth, believe it, and if Facebook is any indication, have already seen a meme with every one of these verses on it. We know that our Heavenly Father is sovereign, and He has a purpose for the coronavirus, even though it’s impossible to see right now.

What I am going to do is try and focus on the positive. I really appreciate that Governor Burgum in his press conferences (4pm every day on local TV stations) mentions some things you can do during this time at home. He is truly trying to help North Dakotans make the best of it. Here are a few more ideas.

Don’t spend the whole day watching the news! I guarantee you’ll live in fear. Tune in to perhaps just the presidential and North Dakota briefings to get the facts and then call it good.

Don’t spend the whole day on social media! While social media can provide a lot of helpful information and resources, it can quickly turn into an intellectual cesspool during times like these. Always consider the source and their motivation. “I was told by …”, should be a red flag for all of us.

Spend time engaged in helping your children learn. I realize that for many of you this has just become nonoptional, but consider this. When was the last time you sat down and actually taught something to your children that made their eyes grow wide with amazement? Make it happen, then treasure the moment.

Call a loved one, particularly if they are in the high-risk group. It’s easy for people to feel alone and have to deal with depression during a time like this. A phone call can mean the world to them and let them simply know you love them.

Get out for walks or other exercise. Since our son Chris is now working from home, he and I can take walks outside, chat, and break up the monotony of sheltering in our home. Plus, there’s the calorie and cardio benefits, right?

Do something you’ve been putting off. Change the oil in the car, do some heavy-duty spring cleaning, prepare some meals and freeze them for emergency purposes, do that home repair you’ve been putting off, and so on.

Other things: Read a book, do a puzzle, watch a movie, learn a new language, play a board game, go online and learn a new skill or craft, play an instrument, organize your closet, play with your pet and/or take them outside, and the list goes on.

Let’s make the best of this that we possibly can. Having spare time is a luxury most of us in our country rarely get. As the saying goes, seize the moment! Live in the “now”.

Please be assured that Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota is not shut down. We may be spending much more time on the phone than in person, but we are still working to ensure North Dakota remains a state where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. Thank you for your continued prayers and financial support, and know that you and all North Dakotans are in our prayers as well.


Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of National Institute of Infectious Diseases, has become a household name and face in these uncertain times. His daily commentaries in TV media interviews and Presidential press conferences reassures many that the federal government’s approach to mitigating the impact of the coronavirus is unprecedented and comprehensive. In his expert opinion, gained from thirty-five years of medical and scientific experience, he believes that the government’s extreme measures in interfering with the spread of the coronavirus will lessen the impact, flatten the curve, and control the outbreak.

“Although you can’t predict accurately, the way you interfere with that and not only diminish the peak of the curve but even perhaps the duration depends on the effectiveness in which you do the kinds of controls that we’ve been talking about, the containment and the mitigation,” Dr. Anthony Fauci.

In NJ, Governor Murphy has closed all public schools to interfere with spread of the virus. Students being contained to their homes decreases the likelihood the coronavirus will spread.

This intentional strategy to interfere with the spread of the coronavirus should also be used over the next few weeks by parents to interfere with the spread of post-Christian beliefs that your child might unknowingly pick up in a normal school setting. For many parents, having students at home during this time presents unique challenges. However, it is a unique opportunity for parents to be even more engaged in the curriculum and lessons their children are learning. Don’t let it go to waste! This is a great chance for parents to counteract and contain any influence that contradicts their faith.

According to Barna Research, families have a greater influence on their child’s worldview than schools. Furthermore, a person’s belief system is well formed by the age of 13.

I want to encourage you to use the resources below to help use this time to educate, train and talk to your students about what they are learning. For families that home school their children throughout the school year, please encourage others in your faith community with practical steps to help ease the burden and stress.

Let’s make NJ better,

Shawn Hyland
Director of Advocacy

Educational Resources for Parents*

*Disclaimer: The educational resources mentioned here do not indicate an official endorsement by Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey.

Dear Friends:

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump launched a 15-day national effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19. (The details can be found at the bottom of this email.) Locally, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and state leaders have also taken steps to curb the spread and assist those directly impacted by the virus.

This is what you need to know:


The New Mexico Department of Health is encouraging all New Mexicans to practice social distancing and to stay home, especially if you are sick. If you exhibit the symptoms of COVID-19—such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath—please call your healthcare provider or the COVID-19 hotline immediately at 1-855-600-3453.

Seniors in need of healthcare, meals, or medical transportation should call 1-800-432-2080.


Last week, Governor Lujan Grisham announced that K-12 public schools would close for three weeks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Schools and USDA-approved meal sponsors are now employing efforts to continue feeding children. Many school cafeterias will remain open and workers will prepare meals that parents or students can grab and go at specified times. Other districts are arranging delivery by school bus or National Guard to students in remote areas. The website is being updated in real time. Families can click on the “Information About Education” tab for a list of sites that will provide breakfast and lunch to students between March 16 and April 6.

To help families find child care, the state has established a Child Care Resource and Referral line at 1-800-691-9067. Families can also contact the New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department to let them know they need full-time care. In addition, all parents receiving child care assistance will have their copays waived during the public health emergency.


This week, the state extended eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits to workers affected by COVID-19. To file a claim, impacted workers can visit or call 1-877-664-6984.

The state of New Mexico has also adjusted its business loan guarantee programs in order to make capital available to business owners whose operations are severely impacted by COVID-19. Information on the programs is available on the COVID Business Assistance page on the EDD website.

We hope this information helps!

If there is one thing we can be certain of—it is that our God is still on the throne. We all know “this too shall pass” and to that end, we will continue to pray and trust in Him as we anxiously await the brighter days which lie ahead.

At Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico, our vision is a state and nation where religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. And though we find ourselves in challenging times such as these, we will never waiver in our efforts to turn that vision into reality.

On that note, and on behalf of my family, thank you for your continued prayers and financial support. They mean more to us than words can express.

God bless you,

Vince Torres
President and Executive Director