Just a little while ago, the U.S. House voted 224-206 to pass H.R. 5, the deceptively named bill that is actually the biggest current threat to freedom and the sanctity of life.

What now?

In some ways, this is where the battle really begins.

It was always a longshot to stop the so-called “Equality Act” in Nancy Pelosi’s House, yet it was critical that you and I engage there. And together, we sent a reverberating “shot across the bow” of politicians in both parties who would cater to this dangerous agenda.

All of this gives great momentum as this battle now shifts to the U.S. Senate. After all, this is where the fate of the Equality Act will be decided, as President Biden has already declared that passing it is his #1 priority.

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 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:

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?


Craig DeRoche
President and CEO

 

P.S. Today’s outcome in the House was virtually certain, but the battle to stop the dangerous Equality Act could go either way in the Senate. 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!

Dear Friends,

As you have heard, the Senate and Assembly have passed a bill that mandates sexual orientation and gender identity diversity lessons starting in kindergarten. This will only complicate and confuse the understanding of human sexuality for these very young children.

Gender identity lessons present an unscientific and unhealthy view of human sexuality. It indoctrinates students with the idea that a person’s gender is different than a person’s gender expression and might be different than a person’s biological sex. This conversation should be left to parents to have with their child at an appropriate age.

We need you to contact Gov. Murphy to urge him to respect the fundamental religious beliefs of millions of New Jersey citizens by vetoing this legislation. Please protect the minds and the bodies of children in New Jersey.

Thank you for spreading the word!

Sincerely,

Advocacy Director
Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey

Friends,

The Coeur d’Alene Press is reporting that an elementary school counselor gave “guidance” on gender transition to a ten-year-old female student, encouraging her decision to live as a ‘boy’ without even notifying the girl’s family.

The counselor works for Northwest Expedition Academy, a public elementary school in the Coeur d’Alene School District. A phone recording released by the family reveals that the counselor told the student she supported her decision to identify as the other sex. The counselor even gave the student tips on how to come out as a boy to her family.

The young girl tragically lost her father three years ago in Afghanistan while he was serving in the Army. She currently lives with her mother and grandmother, who argue that the trauma and emotional pain this young girl feels will not be solved by “transitioning.”

We’re speaking out to the school district where this happened – and we invite you to do the same.

Providing so-called “gender affirming treatment” for children who struggle with gender dysphoria is not only psychologically harmful but also often puts confused children on the road to dangerous hormonal therapies and sex reassignment surgeries. Many young girls have suffered irreversible harm – including permanent , as well as the maiming of healthy body parts through mastectomies and other surgeries – while receiving “gender affirming treatment.”

Parents have an inalienable right to direct the upbringing of their children. School officials should never circumvent parents when it comes to intensely personal and very controversial topics like gender identity.

The Coeur d’Alene School District plans to review their policies for school counselors at an upcoming board meeting. Send a message now asking the school district to protect parental rights. It only takes a minute of your time—and it could make the difference for a vulnerable child and their family.

Standing for your right to raise your children,


Blaine Conzatti
Director of Advocacy

Dear Friends,

The NJ Assembly will vote Monday on a bill that would force schools to teach sexual orientation and gender identity beginning in kindergarten. Please help stop this by contacting your state Assembly member today!

The Assembly originally passed this bill on Oct. 29, but it only required these lessons in high school. Tragically, the NJ State Senate passed an amended version of the bill on Dec. 17. This revised bill now mandates these human sexuality lessons throughout the curriculum beginning in kindergarten. It now goes back to the Assembly for their agreement to lower the age of students learning about sexuality from 14 years old to 5 years old. This must stop!

Diversity and tolerance should teach people to be respectful of different beliefs and backgrounds based upon their unique experiences and cultures. However, in public schools it is the very opposite. Instead, trainings covered under these types of categories have been used as compulsion to force students to affirm and adopt the sexual beliefs of the state government – against their own religious beliefs. Tragically, students who do not “rethink” and “revise” their religious beliefs are often excluded and disliked by peers and embarrassed by their teachers.

Schools should ensure students know what kind of conduct is unacceptable, like actions that constitute bullying and harassment. Yet, this does not mean the government has a right to impose a sexual framework onto students.

Note: This is different than the LGBT contributions curriculum passed two years ago.

Use our Action Center to contact your state Assembly member to vote NO on A4454.

After emailing your Assembly member, please call their staff to encourage the member to keep NJ public schools inclusive and tolerant of all students by voting NO.

Please share the link with others. Thank you for spreading the word!

Sincerely,

Shawn Hyland
Advocacy Director

Are the kids in your life back to school, or headed there soon? Whether they’re returning in-person or online, you may find yourself concerned about the kind of material your children or grandchildren are exposed to in the classroom. Students as young as kindergarten face increasingly sexualized content and may encounter material opposed to your fundamental beliefs – and that’s just in the classroom.

Thankfully, parents don’t have to feel powerless in the face of the January back-to-school season. Our new easy-to-read guide, Back to School – for Parents, explains what you need to know about potential areas for concern in your child’s school, and helps you understand what you can do to protect your child.

In the article below, a version of which appeared in The Daily Signal, our Policy Manager and attorney Stephanie Curry shares more about the FREE guide, available for download at our website. Check it out today!

Meridian Baldacci
Policy and Communications Strategist



How to Stop Schools from Parenting Your Children
By Stephanie Curry

I’m tired of schools trying to play the role of surrogate parents.

Like too many parents across our nation, I’ve become increasingly concerned about the radical social and political ideas that are being forced upon our children in public schools.

While I’m raising my children with biblically based morals and values at home, schools are undermining and refuting those same lessons in the classroom. They’re striving to replace my role as parent, and that isn’t right.

Parents don’t just have a vague and general prerogative to parent their children. Parenting is a fundamental right. It is a foundational cornerstone of a civilized society and a right that is clearly defined and recognized by our constitutional law.

This fundamental right to parent includes the right for us to decide what kind of educational, moral, and religious upbringing our children will have, without unreasonable government interference.

Unfortunately, it seems this ancient right is lost on our modern-day school systems, which work overtime to teach our children a radical moral code of sexual identity—one that violates the beliefs of countless families.

We don’t send our children to public school so they can be forced to consider the morality of sexual lifestyle choices.

We don’t expect our first graders to be prompted to speculate about whether their biological sex is a question that has multiple answers.

We don’t expect teachers to lecture our children about the moral consequences of voting for one candidate over another or to tell our children (illegally) that they can’t pray at lunchtime.

And we certainly don’t send our children to school to be offered free irreversible medical treatments like abortions or encouraged to consider cross-sex hormones without our knowledge or consent.

Once the rare anecdote, these unexpected scenarios are now overflowing across the nation. There is an alarming trend that concerned parents need to know about. What exactly is happening in our schools, and what can parents do to protect their children?

At Family Policy Alliance®, we have released a new book, “Back to School—for Parents,” which takes parents on a journey through each part of the school system where student and parental rights violations are trending.

The guide explains the legal rights you and your child have in the classroom, school bathrooms, sports teams, the nurse’s office, and more.

For example, in the classroom, you have the federal right to view your child’s lesson plans, observe class, and review curriculum. You also have the constitutional right to opt your child out of classroom content that violates your religious and moral beliefs.

In the nurse’s office, you have the right to limit the type of medical treatment your child receives in school, such as declining all “abortion-related” materials.

You have the right to testify at local school board meetings regarding concerns you have.

“Back to School—for Parents” gives you specific suggestions you can carry out today to maintain your rights to parent and define morality for your child even when you send them to school.

“Back to School—for Parents” lays out precisely what you need to know to face the unexpected. So, if your child is silenced in class for their faith, or you encounter radical sexual rights-based education, or you discover what can only be described as pornography on your school’s research database, you’ll be empowered to know exactly what to do to ensure your child is protected.

In addition, co-publisher Focus on the Family has provided guidance for each topic on how to talk to your child about difficult issues with a compassionate, honest, and forthright perspective. The book walks you through conversations with your child on difficult topics, like sexuality, identity, pornography, and more.

With this guide, you no longer have to wonder how you can possibly protect your child’s moral, ethical, and religious beliefs at school—a place where some of the biggest controversial issues of this generation are argued.

We believe parents—not the government—are best at parenting. “Back to School—for Parents” will help provide much-needed support families are seeking so they can do what they do best—parent their child.

The guide is free for download at Family Policy Alliance’s website. Check it out and share it with friends and family today.

 

As COVID has once again brought school home for many students, some parents may be surprised at the content their children are learning. It may be overly sexualized or otherwise objectionable, it may present radical viewpoints as fact, or it might be used by a teacher to belittle a child’s values.

Most parents will agree that’s not right – but they may not know what the next steps are to remedy the situation. Or they may not know these concerning situations are arising in the first place.

That’s why Family Policy Alliance and Focus on the Family created our Back to School—for Parents guide. Parents – not schools – are best at parenting, and they should be equipped to address situations their children may face at school. Our FREE guide gives parents the information they need to understand what may be happening at their child’s school and how to address it.

We’re honored that many leading voices have commended this new resource . Here’s what they’ve said so far:

American College of Pediatricians

“Given how pervasive socialist ideologies and online technology have become in our culture and public institutions, it has never been harder for parents to know our rights, and to properly educate and protect our children. As a pediatrician and mother of four adolescents, I can authoritatively say that Back to School—for Parents by Family Policy Alliance and Focus on the Family is the most important book a parent will ever read. Download one for yourself, and for each of your family members and friends who cherish their kids!”

Michelle Cretella, MD, Executive Director
American College of Pediatricians

American Principles Project

“Left-wing activists have completely infiltrated our schools and are doing everything they can to indoctrinate our kids into their dangerous ideology. We have to stop them. Kudos to the Family Policy Alliance and Focus on the Family for developing this wonderful educational guide to help parents protect their children.”

Terry Schilling, Executive Director
American Principles Project

Christian Medical & Dental Associations
(Endorsement of the guide’s school health rooms, clinics and counseling offices section)

“There is far more going on in school clinics today than most parents recognize. The ‘Know Your Rights in School Health Clinic and Nurses Office’ section of Family Policy Alliance’s Back to School-for Parents will give parents the important wake-up call and preparation they need as their children enter into the pre-adolescent and adolescent years.”

Jeffrey Barrows, DO, MA, (Ethics)
Senior VP Bioethics and Public Policy
Christian Medical & Dental Associations

Concerned Women for America

“Concerned Women for America stands with Family Policy Alliance and Focus on the Family on the front lines of these challenging cultural issues.  It is critical that parents be equipped with the information they need to understand and confront the gender ideology being promoted through our schools.  CWA commends Back to School—for Parents as an invaluable resource to educate and engage families and policymakers in your community.

Doreen Denny, Vice President of Government Relations
Concerned Women for America LAC

Gateways to Better Education

“Today, more than ever, Christian parents with children in public schools need to be involved. This handbook is a valuable, and much-needed, resource for every parent! It gives practical advice on how to advocate for children regarding a variety of crucial issues.”

Eric Buehrer, President
Gateways to Better Education

Save Women’s Sports
(Endorsement of the guide’s sports section)

“The issue of males competing in female sports is serious threat to women. We need to protect the rights, privacy, and safety of the future generations of females. If we continue to allow males to compete as females, female sports will cease to exist. We applaud Family Policy Alliance’s and Focus on the Family’s efforts to Save Women’s Sports.”

Beth Stelzer, Founder
Save Women’s Sports

We are so thankful to these leaders for sharing their endorsements of this guide. Download your FREE copy today and be sure to share with friends!

Parents, as you head into this Christmas week, giving your children the gift of being prepared to handle situations that arise in their public school setting is a wonderful one! And so is sharing this Guide with a fellow parent you know could use this information.

Back to School—for Parents  is Family Policy Alliance’s gift to all parents and grandparents this 2020!


Autumn Leva
Vice President for Strategy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Friends,

Today, the New Jersey State Senate approved bill A4454, which if signed into law by Governor Murphy, would mandate sexual and gender identity diversity lessons starting in kindergarten. Senators were made aware before the vote that their decision would be scored and recorded for Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey’s 2021 voter guide that will be sent to 1500 churches and tens of thousands of concerned residents prior to next year’s statewide election campaigns.

Five state senators publicly spoke out against this bill, as they fought to protect your parental rights in education. It would be so helpful if you would  thank them for their bold leadership.

Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey hopes Governor Murphy will respect the fundamental religious beliefs of millions of New Jersey citizens by vetoing. Please be on the lookout for a future action alert.

Vote Tally of Senators

26 – Yes
13 – No
1 – Abstain

Addiego, Dawn Marie (D) – Yes Madden, Fred H., Jr. (D) – Yes
Bateman, Christopher (R) – No O’Scanlon, Declan J., (R) – No
Beach, James (D) – Yes Oroho, Steven V. (R) – No
Brown, Chris A (R) – Yes Pennacchio, Joseph (R) – No
Bucco, Anthony M (R) – No Pou, Nellie – (D) Yes
Cardinale, Gerald (R) – No Rice, Ronald (D) – Yes
Codey, Richard J. (D) – Yes Ruiz, M. Teresa (D) – Yes
Connors, Christopher J. (R) – No Sacco, Nicholas J. (D) – Yes
Corrado, Kristin M. (R) – Abstain Sarlo, Paul A. (D) – Yes
Cruz-Perez, Nilsa I. (D) – Yes Scutari, Nicholas P. (D) – Yes
Cryan, Joseph P. (D) – Yes Singer, Robert W. (R) – No
Cunningham, Sandra B. (D) – Yes Singleton, Troy (D) – Yes
Diegnan, Patrick J., Jr. (D) – Yes Smith, Bob (D) – Yes
Doherty, Michael J. (R) – No Stack, Brian P (D) – Yes
Gill, Nia H. (D) – Yes Sweeney, Stephen M. (D) – Yes
Gopal, Vin (D) – Yes Testa, Michael L., (R) – No
Greenstein, Linda R. (D) – Yes Thompson, Samuel D. (R) – No
Holzapfel, James W. (R) – No Turner, Shirley K. (D) – Yes
Kean, Thomas H., Jr. (R) – No Vitale, Joseph F. (D) – Yes
Lagana, Joseph A. (D) – Yes Weinberg, Loretta (D) – Yes

 

Please take 30 seconds to thank the five senators, and then share the link with others. Thank you for spreading the word!

Sincerely,

Advocacy Director
Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey

Initially it was the Senate. It quickly moved to the Assembly. This past week it was the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Everyone is speaking up at different levels of state and local government in opposition to the new sex ed learning standards for New Jersey public schools.

These standards require curriculum so graphic that when I pasted the text in an email to government officials, the government email servers flagged and blocked my email as “pornographic.”

It’s no wonder everyone is speaking up.

Sylvia Petillo, a Family Policy Foundation® Statesman Alumni, serves on the Sussex County Board of Freeholders. That Board, too passed the resolution in opposition to the new sex ed standards. Sylvia told the press, “It is extremely important that parental rights are respected and included in all sectors of education in our public school.”

I agree, and so it seems, do many other leaders in our state.

The voices of New Jersey elected officials are becoming clearer and more committed to defending parental rights in education. The Senate resolution opposing the sex ed standards now has five sponsors: Senator Mike Testa, Senator Steve Oroho, Senator Michael Doherty, Senator James Holzapfel, and Senator Robert Singer. The Assembly resolution also has five sponsors: Assemblyman Harold Wirths, Assemblyman Parker Space, Assemblyman Ronald Dancer, Assemblyman Gregory McGuckin, and Assemblyman John Catalano.

I am grateful for their public position. I am reenergized by their bold leadership. I am optimistic that we can protect students from post-modern sexual ethics and high-risk sexual acts.

But I am waiting.

Waiting for an unstoppable and influential voice to speak – The Church.

We have volunteer legislative captains scheduling virtual meetings with legislators, but they often struggle to find other parents and pastors to attend these discussions with elected officials. Most legislators are not concerned about the voice of their colleague, but they are concerned about the vote of their constituent.

In other words, they must hear from you! If you have never made a phone call to a legislator, it might seem intimidating. Maybe you avoid disagreement at all costs. Let me reassure you, our meetings with legislators and their staff are not full of conflict but graceful conversation. If you are interested in attending a meeting with your legislator, please let us know by using our online form.

If there’s one voice that must speak out, it’s the Church. Will you help make that happen?

Thank you for taking action to protect the students of NJ!

Shawn Hyland
Advocacy Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

The coronavirus disrupted routine legislative activity in Trenton over the past three months.  Though many virus restrictions have now been lifted, the statehouse continues to prohibit visitors and public testimony. The legislature convenes committee hearings on pending bills through Zoom meeting technology. Yet, one thing that has not changed in the policy making process in NJ is the familiar assault on parental rights, particularly in the realm of education and health.

Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey believes parents are the primary educators and caregivers of their children. Though the state has an interest in protecting and tracking the health of students, their recent attempt to approve Assembly Bill 970 out of the Health Committee was troubling.

A970 mandates mental health screenings of all NJ public school students in seventh through twelfth grade without the consent or notification of the student’s parents at all prior to the screening and in only limited circumstances after the screening. A failure to notify and seek the approval of parents for any physical or mental health screening of their child violates parental rights and violates current state education law (N.J. Stat. 18A:36-34). We must not allow state officials to supersede the rights of parents in making decisions regarding the health care of their children.

I contacted the primary sponsor of this bill, Assemblyman Conoway (D), to share our concerns about the absence of parental consent in the proposed law. In response to the concerns of parents across the state new language was proposed that required the school district to obtain a written consent from the parent or guardian at the beginning of the school year prior to any mental health screening. We applaud this improved language. However, during my public testimony, I reminded the legislature that parental rights should not be an afterthought in drafting legislation. Parental rights are constitutionally protected rights! But many of our own state representatives and school staff seemed to have forgotten this.

I was stunned during public testimony when multiple advocacy groups representing principals, administrators, and counselors publicly opposed the addition of language requiring that parents be notified before mental health screenings. These groups insisted that requiring parents to give consent would somehow alter the student’s answers. These education lobbyists advocated for removing you from your child’s healthcare. This is unacceptable.

Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey stood strong and will continue to stand for families and your parental rights. We will not rest until parents regain their God-given rights and responsibilities to raise their children. Would you consider a gift this week to support our efforts in defending the family?

Let’s make NJ better,

Shawn Hyland
Director of Advocacy

There is an explicit assault on your children and grandchildren. The assault is an experiment in social engineering, and not surprisingly, it’s by those opposed to life and family values. They have figured out that if they can shape young minds to their radical agenda, then advancing their agendas becomes much easier when these children grow up. They are looking at the long term, and I am sorry to say, it works.

In this vein, two articles struck me last week. One concerned how Planned Parenthood is making a movie targeted at teens called “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” that talks about how a young unwed pregnant teen gets an abortion behind her parents’ back. I’m sure in their version of the story, everything turns out great. I’m sure there is no regret, guilt, complications, etc, that are often experienced with abortions. This film is rated PG-13.

The other article that caught my attention was targeted at even younger-age children. Not unlike the “Arthur” television serious that ran a pro-LGBTQ episode, which I talked about some time ago, Disney (not surprisingly) is creating a short Pixar film called “Out”. It features a man named Greg who is living with his boyfriend, Manuel. Greg must decide how to “come out” and tell his parents he is gay. This film is in cartoon format and rated PG.

These movies and similar efforts that target our children and grandchildren are about one thing: desensitization. Once our children are desensitized that abortion and an LGBTQ agenda that infringes on religious freedoms of others are “just the way it is’, it will be part of the new normal.

I don’t want that new normal, but rather, the old normal. I want to ensure that the old normal set by our founding fathers is preserved; one where life is cherished and religious liberties are protected. The old normal, where family values that have built this country are honored. One where God and the biblical principles that are the foundation of our country are the guiding light for our society, and not social constructs and the culture of death that has crept into our society.

If you are committed to protecting your children and grandchildren from this encroaching culture, we’d appreciate your financial support. Simply click here and you can donate a tax deductible gift to help us continue our work.

Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota® is entirely funded by your generous donations. Thank you for your sacrificial giving, and please stay healthy and safe through these difficult times our country is facing.

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director