Nothing can sound more outrageous than the subject line to this email: “NJ Diversity lessons linked to domestic terrorism.” Conspiracies and overblown rhetoric too often circulate in entrenched political corners. This is dangerous because unbalanced people might take extreme actions in response to the labels and defamations, they have been convinced are true. For example, in 2012, a man entered the headquarters of our friends at the Family Research Council in Washington D.C. and shot a security guard. The shooter told officers after the incident he intended to shoot as many people as possible. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to terrorism charges.
But what was his justification for such targeted political violence? The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) labeled the Family Research Council as a “Hate Group” because of their Biblical beliefs regarding sex, gender, and the nuclear family. This was not an oversight by SPLC leadership. In their worldview, if you believe in in the goodness of God’s creation in Genesis 1 & 2 – you subscribe to a hateful ideology. Therefore, according to the SPLC, there is no difference between antisemitic and racist Neo Nazis compared to Focus on the Family or Alliance Defending Freedom! It’s a classic case of left-wing insanity!
And now the New Jersey Department of Education, under the leadership of Governor Murphy, and Acting Commissioner of the Department of Education, Angelica Allen-McMillan, is recommending local school districts use lessons developed by the Southern Poverty Law Center to teach Kindergarteners to 2nd graders about gender identity and human sexuality.
Learning for Justice is the educational arm of the Southern Poverty Law Center. On their website, they make their mission statement clear: Learning for Justice seeks to uphold the mission of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Originally, when the SPLC started in 1970, it focused on fighting poverty and racial discrimination. In 1981, they started a project called Klanwatch to monitor the KKK. This project is now titled Hatewatch. It is no longer limited to violent right-wing extremism, but now includes mainstream Christian organizations that advocate for parental rights in education and the Biblical family unit.
How can diversity and tolerance lessons be handed over to controversial political groups that have a long track record of slandering Christians? We share this information with state legislators each week when we meet with them to discuss curriculum issues and pending bills in Trenton. In future emails, we will analyze some of these lessons to point out the illogical indoctrination that is now becoming more prevalent in NJ public schools.
ULTIMATELY, this insanity needs to stop! That is why our ultimate goal is aligned with the efforts of pro-family state legislators to Repeal the Sex Ed Learning Standards, Replace the so-called “Diversity” Curriculum Law, and Restore Parental Rights.
Fighting for your families here in the Garden State!
When you’re facing opposition from radical activists and the Biden Administration, you must be doing something right.
This afternoon, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Parental Rights in Education bill into law. The new law ensures parents are not kept in the dark about what is happening with their children in schools and protects kids in kindergarten through 3rd grade from sexualized classroom instruction.
And, in the words of John Stemberger, President of Florida Family Policy Council, “The Florida parents rights law is necessary because schools have become places more concerned with indoctrination than they are with education.”
Florida Family Policy Council, our ally in Florida and a trusted voice for parents and families, shepherded the bill through the Florida legislature. We are grateful for their work on this bill, and for Governor DeSantis’s bold leadership in signing this bill in the face of pressure.
If you’ve been following this story, you know that Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek pressured Governor DeSantis to veto the bill – and some LGBT activists both outside and within Disney want the company leadership to go further. In fact, the well-funded and largest LGBT activist organization, the Human Rights Campaign, rejected a $5 Million donation from Disney in an attempt to pressure Disney to do more to oppose Florida’s pro-family bill.
But Disney clearly picked the wrong side in this fight. Not only did Governor DeSantis sign the bill this afternoon, but polling indicates that the law is strongly supported by Floridians – including by Democrat primary voters—and by Americans generally.
Disney leadership weren’t the only ones who missed that memo, though. Today, President Biden put out a tweet clearly targeting the new Florida law. And now the Human Rights Campaign is raising even more “emergency money” where every dollar is matched to “fight back.”
This activism isn’t limited to Florida. Of course, the Biden Administration and Human Rights Campaign have each committed themselves to an activist agenda across the nation. But now Disney has publicly insinuated that it wishes to “take action” against other states with pro-family laws and has even said that its goal “is for this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts.”
As a company that caters to families, Disney needs to hear from you that their stance is anti-family and opposed to public values. We’ve sent this open letter to Disney, along with Florida Family Policy Council, and thousands of you have already added your names to it. If you haven’t yet, though, it’s not too late. Disney will keep facing pressure from LGBT activists to oppose good pro-family laws, so they need to keep hearing from you, too.
After you sign the letter, we have more good news from the states: Utah’s legislature just passed a law to protect female athletes in their state, making Utah the 12th state to Save Girls’ Sports!
But the full story is remarkable. After the bill passed the Utah legislature, the Republican Governor vetoed the bill, even in the wake of male Lia Thomas winning a women’s swimming title in the NCAA. But rather than giving up, lawmakers in Utah voted to override the Governor’s veto and make it law anyway!
It’s an inspiring story for Indiana, where the Save Girls’ Sports bill was also vetoed by its Governor (and is awaiting a potential override vote) and for other states still hoping to get similar bills into law this year.
But even more than that, it’s inspiring for each of us who want to see a better, more pro-family America. It’s a reminder that no matter how much the Biden Administration tries to push its radical agenda on America, and no matter how much woke companies rattle their fists and pocketbooks against pro-family laws, they’re out of touch.
The American people are on the side of parents and children, truth and fairness. And when we stand together, those values will win the day.
So, we’re looking ahead with hope. Today, parents and children in Florida are protected. Female athletes in Utah and 11 other states know their state believes in them and stands for fairness in sports. And really, this is only the beginning.
Will you join us?
Director of Strategy
P.S. Don’t forget to sign our open letter to Disney today!
Recently, there has been nationwide media coverage concerning a bill in the state of Florida that prohibits teaching gender identity and sexual orientation to young children ranging from 5 to 8-years old. Get ready to read the controversial portion of the bill that has LGBT activists, woke corporations, and Disney employees raging with blind resistance:
“Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.”
Let me ask you, when did it become improper and objectionable to protect little children from losing their innocence? The answer is – it has not! According to a recent Rasmussen Reports survey, 62% of Americans agree with this Florida bill. Tragically – despite the support this bill has – education unions, leftist legislators, and Disney still demand teachers inject confusing and complicating gender ideology into kindergarten classrooms. Why are they so obsessed with sexualizing incredibly young children?
Here in New Jersey, we are working with pro family legislators to stop Governor Murphy from depriving parents of the education and health care records of their children. In the past two weeks, many legislators have signed on as co-sponsors of bills that provide greater transparency in education. I look forward to sharing with you a full list of bill sponsors in the months ahead.
|We are searching for “School Observers” to investigate whether their local school district is teaching CRT or how they are implementing gender identity in the lower classes (kindergarten through third grade) in their child’s school. This helps us share real stories with legislators of parents in their district who have to face time-consuming obstacles in accessing school curriculum. If you are interested in being a “school observer,” please fill out this form and we will be in contact with you. Please keep in mind, your child must be in grades K-12 in a NJ public school to be one of our observers.
Fighting for your families here in the Garden State!
If you haven’t heard yet, here’s what Disney has been up to the last few weeks:
- Trying to donate millions of dollars to an LGBT activist organization
- Pressuring Florida’s governor to veto a pro-parent, pro-child bill in Florida
- Making statements that they will oppose similar bills in other states
At the center of the controversy? A Florida bill that ensures parents know what’s happening with their kids in schools, and protecting kids under age 10 from sexualized instruction at school.
In other words, a company that caters to families believes parents should not know what’s going on with their children at school—and that children under age 8 should receive sexualized instruction at school.
But Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has refused to bow down to this radical agenda.
Join us TODAY to hear from John Stemberger, the leader of Florida’s premier pro-family organization, Florida Family Policy Council. His organization has been at the center of advocating for families in Florida, not only in this bill but across issues. He’ll share what’s going on – and what you can do to help!
Disney vs. DeSantis: Live with John Stemberger
Streaming at 2 pm ET/1 pm CT/12 pm MT/11 am PT
John Stemberger is President and General Counsel of Florida Family Policy Council, our valued ally in the Sunshine State. John shepherded the “Parental Rights in Education” bill through the Florida legislature and is a longtime friend to Family Policy Alliance and a trusted leader for families in Florida and around the nation.
Your support to Family Policy Alliance and the alliance of state family policy councils we host is making family policy THE issue on the ballot.
For decades we have seen our culture decline while the far Left targets our parents and kids. Our parents have been told they don’t matter. They want families to forego the hopes and dreams we have for our children and allow them to be indoctrinated by the divisive and failed ideology of state-controlled thought.
At Family Policy Alliance, we were encouraged by the election results in Virginia and New Jersey. We know that the ground that was gained yesterday for families in America was huge. We also know that it was just a beginning—the opening battles in a much larger fight as we head into 2022.
The far Left and their leaders don’t want the voice of parents to matter. They aren’t going to stand down or change direction willingly. We know this. There is too much at stake for them and their decades-long plan to erase families—from conception of our children through their education and how they choose to live, work and enjoy the greatness of America that God has blessed us with.
The time is now, and our moment is here. We need to rise to this challenge and make sure that the victory in Virginia and gains in New Jersey are not just one-and-done events. You saw for yourself the power of leaders who don’t shrink from standing up for our values in family policy. The far Left threw everything and the kitchen sink at the candidates yesterday. They even resorted to calling Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin and Lt. Governor-elect Winsome Sears (the first African American woman elected statewide in Virginia) racist because they believe in – you guessed it – families and parents.
Family Policy Alliance is America’s leading national organization standing up for the civil rights of parents and families in state, local and federal policy. What makes us unique is our focus on organizing, educating and mobilizing around family policy.
We host an alliance of the most talented, impactful and amazing organizations working to advance the rights of families in America. What made the success possible yesterday was the work two of the forty state organizations in that alliance. The Family Foundation in Virginia and Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey organized, educated and mobilized voters like never before. And the leaders in Washington DC, pundits and news stations all took notice. It was their work and the good people who support it locally that ushered in this huge change in the national conversation about families.
And this work is just beginning. FPA hosts this alliance so the lessons learned that led to the victories for families last night can be shared across America as we head into 2022. Together, our organizations will invest more than $30 million just this year in the cause of family policy. Our alliance has more than 300 employees, dozens of lawyers, millions of advocates and more than 40,000 churches.
If you don’t already support the work of your state Family Policy Council Alliance member, we encourage you to get involved now!
Thank you again for your amazing support of Family Policy Alliance. Praise God that he is using each of us in such a powerful way for families today!!
Please, stay plugged in. Look for the videos and invitations we send for you to participate. Support your state organization, and if you are in one of the states yet to have its own organization (OR, NV, IL, VT, OK, – help us create one there now!
Thanks again and may God bless your family,
President and CEO
By: Jonathan Lange
It was Joseph Heller’ 1961 novel that introduced the term “Catch-22” into America’s modern vocabulary. In Heller’s “Catch-22,” he satirized a bureaucratic loop that prevented a military man from requesting a psychological evaluation because, according to the “catch-22” rule, the very act of asking proved he didn’t need one. Merriam-Webster defines the essential meaning of this phrase as “a difficult situation for which there is no easy or possible solution.”
The American Library Association (ALA) touts Heller’s novel among the famous “banned books.” However, it was only temporarily banned in one Ohio library from 1971-1974.
Banned Books Week, which takes place the last week of September every year, gives a platform for libraries to treat parental concerns with utter contempt. They ban classics while housing sexually explicit books in children’s libraries.
|First, it gives woke school administrators—not parents— the ability to remove classics like John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” and Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” from a high school English curriculum.This enables them to claim that these books are “censored.” Second, the ALA uses the dubious claim to include these kinds of books on their “Top 10 #BannedBooksList.”
Third, the same ALA then puts eight other books on the list that are truly objectionable but makes it look on a par with American classics.
This brings us to the real Catch-22: The pornographic language and pictures found in the children’s book section of Wyoming’s libraries. This obscenity is so over-the-top that these books would never be printed in any respectable newspaper.
Any teacher or librarian unable to see why sane parents would object to the open display of “Doing It,” “The V-Word,” and “This Book is Gay” in the children’s section of a library has no business being around our children. Despite what progressive ideologues will tell you, this has nothing to do with “sexual identity” and everything to do with exposing children to inappropriate sexual content.
So, what can we do about it in Wyoming?
|First, educate yourself. Concerned citizens should use the card catalogue of every child’s library to search for books of a sexual or otherwise objectionable nature. Work with other people in the community to share this workload.Second, go and talk to administrators to discuss your findings. Seek a solution that protects the community’s children. Sexually objectionable books should, at the bare minimum, not be displayed on the direct eye-level of your average seven-year-old. These books must be moved to the adult part of the library.
Third, learn the library’s policies that pertain to your concerns. If it is not being followed, correct the abuse. If the policy itself is inadequate, go to the appropriate oversight board—either the school board or the library board. Schools and counties are not answerable to the American Library Association. They are answerable to the voters.
Finally, remember that it is not only the business of parents to make public libraries safe for their children. It is the business of the entire community.
Your voice must be heard. This should not have to be a Catch-22.
By: Jonathan Lange
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.”
This week, the Biden Administration directed the FBI to conduct meetings in every federal judicial district related to “threats” and “terrorism” in local school districts.
Why? Because parents are standing up and speaking out against radical ideologies like gender theory, critical race theory, and more at their local school board meetings. Now, the Department of Justice is deploying the FBI to investigate your community.
To be clear, acts or threats of violence against school boards members are wrong.
However, the federal government is now extending its long arms to areas that should be handled by local mayors, school principals and school boards, and law enforcement.
This an attempt to undermine families and self-governance—even corrupting America itself. We are a splendid chaos of tens of thousands of local civic governments made of the people, by the people and for the people. When people are allowed to dissent, that political pain can bring about much needed change. When the political leaders don’t improve things, people can vote with their feet and simply move. But that’s what extreme liberals, particularly the Biden Administration, seem to be afraid of. Their plan unravels if Americans are allowed to exercise their freedoms.
For example, Detroit Public Schools went from having 169,363 students in the year 2000 to only 47,959 students in 2015. This is what freedom looks like when parents believe that school curriculum, policy and instruction fail their kids and the school boards don’t hear their voices. Nearly all the parents took their kids to neighboring public schools that would listen to their concerns and teach their children properly.
The far Left wants to create an America where the people in Detroit can’t leave bad decision-making behind for other cities and states, and they can’t put their kids in different school districts—where parents can’t even raise their voices in the first place. They want to take away dissent and choice, spreading instead failure, flawed ideology, and the consequences of foolish decisions.
Deploying the FBI to investigate parents who are speaking against radical agendas is a grave sign that the federal government intends to create a chilling effect for those who oppose their ideologies. But parents won’t back down when it comes to their children.
Family Policy Alliance is committed to protecting the freedom of parents to dissent.
We’re actively working to thwart the Biden-Harris Department of Education’s agenda to exploit Title IX, the federal law intended to ensure equal opportunities for women and girls in education, to advance the transgender agenda. We pray for bold citizens and parents, especially those with daughters in school, to stand with us.
We’ve also heard the requests for help from countless parents over the years, asking for information about their rights, what’s going on at their child’s school, and how to protect their children. In partnership with Focus on the Family, we’ve released the first-ever Back to School for Parents Guide designed to help parents protect their children—and their parental rights—in every area of the school. Whether in the classroom, sports fields, counselor’s office, on school devices or internet, or beyond, this Guide is full of practical help for busy (and concerned!) parents. American College of Pediatricians described this Guide as “the most important book a parent will ever read.”
If being a concerned parent makes you “wanted,” then we’re honored to stand with you as fellow “fugitives.”
For the America our kids deserve,
President & CEO
Garden State Equality (GSE) is the statewide advocacy organization that developed a pilot program schools can use to fulfill the LGBT curriculum law. This specific “contribution” law is separate from the new sex ed learning standards, and the recently approved sexual orientation and transgender diversity lessons in kindergarten. This was a requirement for middle and high school classes to share about the “contributions” of those who identify as LGBT. We repeatedly warned parents that the pilot program material far exceeded fact-based historical contributions. However, all of GSE’s downloadable lessons were limited to 6-12th grade.
GSE has developed same-sex diversity lessons for 2nd grade. Click here to view their lesson that teaches 7-year-old children that there are no fixed gender characteristics, nothing is morally wrong with same sex relationships, and that they need to reflect on their new thinking regarding family structures. 7-Year-Olds…?
This is completely unconstitutional. Parents have the right to teach their own moral framework to their children. When the state government imposes a morality that contradicts the values that are taught in the home, it violates the long-established constitutional rights of parents. Please understand, if your ethnic culture or world religion teaches the importance of fathers and mothers, the government schools will tell your young children your family is morally wrong for holding such a view.
It would be a different case if schools taught older students that same sex relationships and marriages exist – but that is not what is happening in our schools. Instead, they impose an ideology with the written intended goal for students to revise and rethink their moral and religious beliefs regarding sex and gender.
For a practical example, it would be allowable to teach Jewish students that pork roll and cheese sandwiches exist. It is unavoidable to see the many roadside signs across our state that promotes them. However, schools cannot teach Jewish students that it is morally good that people eat pork combined with cheese. That is a total violation of their deeply held beliefs about kosher meal requirements.
In the end, diversity and inclusion are banal words repeatedly used with no true meaning or purpose. If students remain faithful to adhere to the practices and teachings of their religion, they will be stigmatized and unaccepted by their peers.
We should teach students to be tolerant of other beliefs, respectful of our differences, and to be kind to their classmates. You must not compel them to adopt new sexual beliefs in contradiction to the deeply held religious beliefs of their families. New Jersey schools must do better.
Protecting your family,
The images will not be forgotten. The fall of Afghanistan to Taliban Islamic Extremists is devastating to watch. I am sure this grief is equally shared among all faiths and cultures. Women and children will once again suffer unspeakable oppression. Our Christian brothers and sisters’ lives are at risk.
The collapse of the secular government was inevitable, but the chaos was not. What foreign policy analysts failed to predict was how quickly the Afghan military would give up the fight. They overestimated the will and preparedness of the armed forces and were therefore unprepared without a contingency plan to get Americans and our allies safely out of the country.
Some members of the Afghan military might have thought, “If we are not going to win, then why try?” If you cherish freedom, such a pessimistic surrender is unthinkable.
But do you cherish it?
I am concerned today that many people in New Jersey feel the government is going to do what they want. Families think, “They will eventually, either incrementally or abruptly, take away our religious and parental rights – so why try? Why protest? Why send letters? Why vote?”
It is true that Governor Murphy’s administration is actively working against the rights of parents and people of faith.
- In January 2020, they removed the religious exemption that protected churches from paying for abortion inducing drugs in their insurance plans.
- In February 2021, they passed a law that prohibited police from informing parents if their child was caught using marijuana. *This has now been changed due to public outcry.
- In July 2021, they passed a law that removed the parental consent requirement to distribute health surveys about sex and sexuality to students.
In addition, they have tried to remove the religious exemption from mandatory vaccinations and codify into law forever, a ban on parental notification for a minor seeking an abortion. These bills have not been passed, but the lame duck session this November will most likely see them arise as possible priorities for the current administration.
Are you willing to fight to maintain your religious and parental rights? Or will you become discouraged and walk away? Our struggle is not equivalent to the atrocities experienced by the Afghan people. There is no comparison, but our response when we see our constitutional freedoms at risk might be similar. We give up too easily! I want to encourage you to stay committed. Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey, along with our coalition partners across the state, is ready to protect your religious and parental rights.
Praying for you and the people of Afghanistan.