Thursday night, I witnessed something so disturbing I had to share it with you.
Here was the scene: A mom of two young children stood up during former Vice President Biden’s town hall event, and shared that her younger child (age 8) identifies as transgender –a boy who feels he’s a girl. As she listed various conservative policies on sex and gender (to which she was opposed), it was clear that this mother was concerned for the future of her child.
My heart goes out to that mom. We should have incredible compassion for those who are struggling to accept their God-given sex, and for their families. People who identify as transgender or who have gender dysphoria suffer not only with accepting their own bodies, but also with a myriad of other challenges including high suicide rates. Often, there’s also an underlying problem, such as abuse or challenges fitting in with a social group.
This is no small issue. Christians should be eager to help those who are suffering in this way.
But when someone is struggling to accept their body, our answer should not be to affirm that something is wrong with their body – to tell them that they need surgeries and hormones to “fix” what is “wrong” with them. Instead, it should be to reach out with compassion, find out what’s causing these feelings, and provide meaningful counseling to help individuals see that their bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made – just the way they are.
It’s not a “quick fix,” but we know that it can provide the lasting healing that transgender-identifying people so desperately need. And for moms like the one who spoke on Thursday night, they should receive the truth that around 85% of children who are struggling to accept their sex in childhood will reconcile with their biological sex by adulthood if they are not pushed to transition.
What is “transitioning”?
It’s a quick “fix.” It takes deep emotional pain and answers it with surgery and some pills. It offers the initial celebration of the LGBTQ + lobby – followed by the slow realization that the underlying pain is still there. Ultimately, initial evidence shows that long-term suicide rates are exponentially higher among those who “transition.”
That is a tragedy, and to push that outcome on a vulnerable child is so abhorrent some have called it child abuse.
So as this mom stood before former Vice President Biden, asking how he would respond to people like her 8-year-old child, there was much on the line. It was his opportunity to show that he wouldn’t cow-tow to the radical Left’s push for “transitions,” to show his compassion by speaking the truth in love.
But that’s not what happened.
Biden’s response? “I will flat out just change the law, and eliminate [President Trump’s] Executive Orders, number one.” He continued by talking about “the idea that an eight-year-old child, or a ten-year-old child, decides, ‘you know I want to be transgender, that’s what I think I’d like to be – it would make my life a lot easier.’”
Whether that comment was tongue-in-cheek or meant as support for the idea of “choosing to be transgender,” it’s clear it was supporting the idea of children identifying as transgender. And sadly, Biden’s words represent just the lie that the Left wants children to believe: that transition will make their lives easier, or at least better. But it won’t. It sets children up for a life of struggle and disappointment, scars of the body and the heart.
Meanwhile, the Trump Administration has taken the unpopular, but important, position of making policies based on the truth: we are born male and female, no amount of surgeries can truly change that, and to deny that hurts not only the people struggling with their gender, but others with whom they interact.
One clear example: if a male identifies as a female and wants to compete in a female sports division, he will naturally have physical advantages over the female athletes that place them at a disadvantage in their own sports division. It’s fundamentally unfair.
While President Trump’s Justice and Education departments have spoken in support of policies that ensure girls’ sports are reserved for girls, the Biden/Harris campaign says on their website that “transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time,” and supports “transgender students’ access to sports, bathrooms, and locker rooms in accordance with their gender identity.”
The lines have been drawn. Now it’s our time to speak through voting.
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November 3 is coming quickly, and the stakes are high. Will you join us in prayer, and in sharing our voices through voting?
Policy and Communications Strategist
Are we going to be a nation that mutilates our children?
That’s the Biden Plan. During a townhall Thursday night, Biden confirmed that he believes that children struggling with their gender identity should be able to mutilate their bodies to conform to their feelings.
He was talking about 8-year-olds. Making a permanent, life-changing decision. One that has no basis in science. One that is on-its-face-absurd.
The idea that a major party candidate for President of the United States is throwing around such a reckless, hateful, and truth-hostile concept is alarming. However, the reality of 8-year-olds making decisions that would irreparably harm their bodies and feed into major psychological consequences is very present and could be on the ballot.
So what can you do to protect children?
- VOTE – This issue is on the ballot at the federal level and here in Georgia with the legislative races. Make your voice heard!
- SHARE – The horrifying reality that Joe Biden supports the mutilation of children should drive every swing voter away from Biden and the liberal agenda. Make sure your friends, colleagues, and fellow church members understand this barbaric reality!
- PRAY – Our children need it now more than ever!
- DONATE – We need to make Georgia a safe place for children. Whether it’s protecting children from these life-redefining and biology-defying surgeries or Saving Girls Sports, we are ready to lead the charge to pass child-protecting legislation this session. Please consider donating to help us fight this battle.
Our children deserve better than the Biden Plan. Yes, some kids are suffering. However, it’s our job, as believers, to provide them help and support rather than endorsing mutilation – which will lead to discontentment and major problems throughout the life of the child.
To Protect Children,
President and Executive Director
P.S. Did you know that studies show that the vast majority of children suffering from gender identity issues will re-identify with their biological gender on their own? Putting these children through life-changing surgery is beyond cruel. Protect these children by donating to our policy initiatives today.
The nationwide movement to #SaveGirlsSports has never been stronger, and today there’s a big development.
Family Policy Alliance is excited to stand with Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) in her effort to #SaveGirlsSports by introducing new federal legislation that would make sure schools keep girls’ sports for girls if they receive federal funds.
The bill would make it a violation of Title IX for these schools to allow biologically male students who identify as female to play in girls’ sports. Title IX is the federal law that protects equal educational opportunities – including school athletic opportunities – for girls.
This common sense and scientifically sound legislation would follow in the footsteps of the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, the groundbreaking Idaho law passed this year with the help of Family Policy Alliance of Idaho and the thousands of you who emailed and called to make your voice heard.
Here are three reasons why federal law should explicitly protect school sports for girls:
- Throughout the nation, girls are losing athletic competitions and scholarships to biological men. Female track-runners at Idaho State University lost to a biological man in a women’s event at the Big Sky Conference Track and Field Championships. In Connecticut, four female high school athletes sued their state interscholastic athletics conference after two biologically male athletes won 15 girls’ state championships. These are only two examples of the numerous instances across the nation of males competing in girls’ school sports—placing females at a sharp disadvantage.
- Americans overwhelmingly support protecting girls’ sports. Recent polling shows that most Americans – including majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and independents – agree that female athletes should not be forced to compete against biological men.
- Preserves the spirit of Title IX for future generations of girls. Title IX has made a world of difference for female opportunity in sports: before the law only 1 in 27 girls played sports, versus the 2 in 5 that play today. Forcing female athletes to compete against biological men effectively cancels out Title IX protections for girls. If Title IX means anything, athletic opportunities for girls must be protected.
The Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act builds on Senator Loeffler’s impressive pro-family legislative portfolio, and we are incredibly grateful for her boldness in introducing this important and timely legislation. As we saw in Idaho, the political Left is bound to respond with vitriol, hostility, and a deep disregard for biological realities.
At Family Policy Alliance, we’re working hard to advance policies like these that can help #SaveGirlsSports. Idaho was the first state to protect girls’ sports, but we have a vision to help protect all female athletes around the nation, too.Will you help us make that vision a reality? With a sacrificial gift of $100, $50, or even $25, you can help us #SaveGirlsSports by guaranteeing fair play and equal competition for our daughters.
The extreme Left wants to ignore biology in the name of a radical agenda, but here at Family Policy Alliance we are working every day to recognize God-given realities and help give families – including female athletes – the opportunity to thrive. Will you join us?
Standing for our girls,
Family Policy Alliance of Georgia
President and Executive Director
Family Policy Alliance of Idaho
Director of Advocacy
P.S. Endorsed early on by Family Policy Alliance of Georgia, Senator Loeffler has been an ally for our organization throughout this fight. Earlier this summer, she recorded a video in support of Family Policy Alliance’s #SaveGirlsSports social media campaign. Watch below:
Legislators Object to Sex Ed Standards
Last week, Senator Steve Oroho (R) and Senator Mike Testa (R) introduced a Senate Concurrent Resolution objecting to the obscene Sex Ed standards adopted on June 3, 2020 by the NJ Department of Education. This new learning standard obligates all public schools to require 13-year-old students to define and describe several explicit sexual acts not related to intercourse. Schools have until 2022 to fully implement this new learning standard but may choose to start immediately.
Sexual activists at Planned Parenthood and Garden State Equality applaud these new standards. As they ardently celebrate the systematic sexualization of children, we must equal their energy to praise Senator Oroho and Senator Testa for their leadership in opposing this learning standard and supporting parental rights in education.
Please read Senate Concurrent Resolution 129 below and call their offices to express your gratitude. Tell their staff that you want to thank them for sponsoring SCR129!
Senator Steve Oroho: (973) 300-0200
Senator Mike Testa: (609) 778-2012
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION opposing the State Board of Education revised New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education on sex education.
WHEREAS, Parents, as their child’s first and most important teachers, work hard to instill values and beliefs that will guide their children throughout life; and
WHEREAS, Even after a child undertakes formal education outside of the home, parents continue to play a key role in the child’s education, with the parents providing valuable support and guidance; and
WHEREAS, On June 3, 2020, the State Board of Education readopted the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education which include extensive changes to the standards regarding sex education; and
WHEREAS, The revised standards include certain controversial topics on various social issues that interfere with the right of parents to teach their own children about these sensitive matters in a manner that comports with their core family values and beliefs; and
WHEREAS, These revised standards further erode parental autonomy by promoting age-inappropriate sexual content which usurps a parent’s ability to determine whether a child is emotionally and intellectually prepared for instruction in sex education; and
WHEREAS, The Department of Education’s response to criticism of the standards is to note the availability of the opt-out provision, but the opt-out provision is not a sufficient protection to ensure that a student is not exposed inadvertently to graphic sexual lessons; and
WHEREAS, Any State policy governing instruction in sex education must promote parental autonomy and respect for family values and beliefs; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the State of New Jersey
The Legislature of the State of New Jersey opposes the State Board of Education’s sex education standards included in the revised New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education due to the significant negative impact that these standards have on a parent’s right to educate his child on sensitive sex education topics in a manner that comports with the family’s core values and beliefs. The Legislature calls upon the State board to revise these standards.
Thank you for taking action to protect the students of NJ!
Director of Advocacy
You made a difference (again)! During June’s #SaveGirlsSports Week, you took action and asked President Trump and Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to reject the Left’s demands to allow biological boys to compete in girls’ sports. Thousands of you wrote to President Trump and Secretary DeVos with appreciation for their strong stand up to that point and a call to continue leading to ensure women’s sports were not destroyed on the mantel of political correctness.
At that time, we were encouraged by the Department of Education’s May 15 decision that said a Connecticut policy allowing biological males to play in female sports violated Title IX – the federal law that made women’s sports possible at the level we enjoy today. However, we knew in June that the Trump Administration was under intense pressure to walk back its stand for female athletes in light of the Supreme Court’s Bostock decision which redefined “sex” to include “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” for purposes of employment law (Title VII).
On June 26 Family Policy Alliance sent a coalition letter to President Trump and Secretary DeVos on behalf of 46 pro-family organizations and ministries which echoed the call to action that so many of you responded to on the very same day.
We were very heartened this week to receive a reply from the Department of Education to our letter. A direct response from an Administrative agency is rare – but a substantive, definitive letter of support from a department is nearly unheard of. That is why we were so encouraged by the Department’s letter and wanted to share it with you. Allow me to provide a few highlights:
- It unequivocally states the Department’s “commitment to ensuring Title IX is vigorously enforced at every level of education”.
- It provides the legal justification for why the Bostock decision does not control the Department’s interpretation of Title IX or its regulations.
- It affirms the Department’s view that “single-sex teams [are] based only on biological sex at birth – male or female – as opposed to a person’s gender identity.”
Once again, let me say that YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE. When pro-family Americans come together and make their voices heard, great things happen. This is what biblical citizenship is all about!
Thank you for standing with us to defend God’s design for family, the inherent worth of every life – male and female, and our most prized freedom of religion.
For freedom and fairness,
Director, External Relations
P.S. The fight to #SaveGirlsSports continues! We must protect the integrity of Title IX at the federal level as well as fairness in sports at the state level. If you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to sign our petition to #SaveGirlsSports by enacting laws in every state in the nation to protect female athletics by ensuring that only biological girls can compete in girls’ sports.
Over the last few months, you helped pass the first law in the nation to reserve girls’ sports for biological girls. As you may know from our previous updates, there’s an ongoing lawsuit surrounding that important law. Last night, a federal judge issued an initial ruling in the lawsuit. Here’s what you need to know.
What law is at stake?
Idaho’s groundbreaking “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,” championed by Family Policy Alliance of Idaho since its legislative inception, is designed to ensure that girls’ sports are reserved for biological girls. Without the law, biological males who identify as female were competing in girls’ high school and college sports—placing female athletes at a disadvantage.
What’s happening in the lawsuit?
The ACLU sued the state of Idaho over the law, seeking to allow males to play in female sports categories. Last night, a federal judge temporarily halted the law’s enforcement – but that’s not the end of the story.
The injunction is only a temporary measure while the lawsuit moves forward. Going forward, the state won’t be alone in defending this important law: the judge also allowed two female athletes from Idaho State University to intervene in favor of the law. The women, represented in court by Alliance Defending Freedom, were forced to compete against a biologically male athlete at the Big Sky Conference Indoor Track & Field championships last year. All women in the event placed behind the biological male.
The law also has the backing of the Trump Administration.
The US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights issued a ruling earlier this summer that a Connecticut policy allowing boys to play in girls’ sports violates Title IX (the law that ensures girls have access to equal educational and athletic opportunities with boys) and could result in loss of federal funding. Similarly, the US Department of Justice filed a motion in support of Idaho’s law.
How is Family Policy Alliance responding?
Even as the lawsuit continues in Idaho, Family Policy Alliance will continue to stand for fair sports for girls in Idaho and beyond. This morning, we issued the following statements to the media.
From Autumn Leva, Vice President of Strategy for Family Policy Alliance:
“A young girl should never be placed in the position of losing out on a championship or scholarship simply because a male was allowed to compete in the female sports category. Yet that potential outcome is held in the balance today in Idaho. The eyes of the nation are on Idaho as a federal judge takes steps to decide whether female athletes can count on a fair playing field – or whether years of work to advance female athletic opportunities will be sacrificed on the altar of political correctness. In a court of law, where justice ought to guide the judge’s decisions, we hope the final outcome will uphold fairness. But as we await that decision – and whatever form it ultimately takes – Family Policy Alliance will continue to fight to Save Girls’ Sports wherever we have opportunity. Our daughters are counting on us.”
From Blaine Conzatti, Director of Advocacy for Family Policy Alliance of Idaho:
“We know this law is constitutional, and we remain confident that ultimately it will be vindicated in court. The Trump Administration supports this law as essential to preserving the spirit of Title IX for future generations of girls. We know the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act is on strong legal footing.”
What happens next?
While we await further developments in the Idaho lawsuit, Family Policy Alliance is already looking toward advocating for similar laws in other states wherever we have opportunity to do so. This summer, we launched a nationwide “Save Girls’ Sports” campaign to build awareness around the issue of males competing in female sports. As part of that, thousands of you have signed our petition to state lawmakers asking for laws similar to Idaho’s.
And it’s no wonder that so many of you signed. Recent polling shows that a majority of Americans – including majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and independents – agree that female athletes should not be forced to compete against biological men.
Americans know that female athletes deserve a fair playing field in sports. There is nothing discriminatory about laws that protect equal opportunities for female athletes – and we firmly believe that protecting that equal opportunity is an important step for state legislators to consider in the time to come.
Family Policy Alliance continues to fight for these laws in Idaho and elsewhere!
Should biological males with their countless physiological advantages compete against girls in women’s sports? Most Americans consider it a question of fairness. According to recent polling, big majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters alike believe women’s sports should be reserved for girls.
So why did someone on the NCAA Board of Governors “dox” female athletes who want to #SaveGirlsSports?
When more than 300 college and professional female athletes sent a letter last week asking the NCAA to reject a call to boycott Idaho over its newly passed Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, they knew they could face stiff consequences—broken friendships, online harassment, and even retaliation on the sports field or in the college classroom.
That’s why these brave women expected the NCAA to keep their names private. Imagine their shock when Outsports (an imprint of the large sports news website SB Nation) somehow acquired and published their names, demanding that they “be held accountable” and “answer” for their belief that men don’t belong in women’s sports.
Newsflash: Doxing female athletes and subjecting them to ruthless harassment on the internet and elsewhere is nothing less than bullying.
Most certainly, one or more members of the NCAA Board of Governors violated the confidence of these girls by leaking their names to Outsports. But these bullying tactics aren’t new. Opponents of the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act have made a habit of labeling female athletes who don’t want to compete against biological men as “bigoted” and “intolerant.”
Enough is enough.
Use our Action Center to quickly and easily send a letter to the NCAA Board of Governors voicing your support for these girls and their message. The NCAA needs to hear and respect the legitimate concerns of female athletes who are tired of biological men intruding into women’s sports.
It’s time for all of us to stand with female athletes who want to #SaveGirlsSports. Please send an email to the NCAA right now—and please forward this message to your friends, asking them to do the same!
Standing with our girls,
Director of Advocacy – Idaho
Symbols are loud. Silent, but not unheard. For example, LGBT agenda flags celebrating sexual pride flying over a business or local town hall, communicate that Biblical beliefs are unwelcomed and unaccepted inside those doors. Post-modern sexuality has taken that battle hill in this eternal war for truth.
The confederate flag in similar fashion is a symbol of cultural southern pride to some, and a message to others of being unwelcomed and unaccepted. If the Mason-Dixon line were to have been extended directly due east, it would run near Penns Grove, NJ on the Western part of our state and Barnegat, NJ on the East. Despite racial tensions in south Jersey in the early 20th century and in Newark in the 1960’s, we now live in the most diverse state in the union. I am Jersey Proud!
Today, America is at odds not over symbols but over statues. It is a struggle over history. American Exceptionalism or American Fatalism? Who will win the war for the soul of our nation? If Garden State Equality lessons are used, middle school students may not know if they are a boy or a girl after sitting through Health class, but they know America is an evil oppressive nation after sitting through History class.
NJ is not absent from the conflict. Woodrow Wilson’s name is being removed from Monmouth University’s marquee building, and in Trenton, Governor Murphy has now abandoned the desk of President Wilson in his office.
Let’s remember history, President Woodrow Wilson (D) is the father of progressivism – holding fast to a globalist, elitist, racist view of the world. Margret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood was his contemporary and held identical racist ideologies. She founded the largest most powerful abortion provider in the world to systematically target people of color. Will the radical left demand the dismantling of Planned Parenthood? In NJ, our legislature awards them with 20 million dollars per year! Woodrow Wilson most assuredly would be proud.
Presidents and founding fathers who built our nation on the foundation of religion and morality will forever be tainted for their possession of slaves. Should their relative experience of a global widespread historic wrong that predated their existence, sweep away their contributions to the concepts of individualism and religious liberty? If yes, does this same standard of collective condemnation apply to modern progressive Presidents who support the destruction of tens of millions of human lives in the womb through abortion?
I am proud to be an American. Some surveys rank NJ as the least patriotic state in America, but this is not the NJ I know. This independence weekend be intentional about your patriotism. Vote in the primaries by July 7, display an American flag, serve in your church, love your neighbor, pray for your leaders.
Enjoy this Independence Weekend!
Director of Advocacy
In 1938 a British play entitled “Gaslight” premiered at the Richmond Theatre in London. The story was set in the 1880s when streetlamps and gaslights were cutting edge technology in the fog shrouded streets and dim parlors of London.
In the story, Jack Manningham uses deceptive tactics to convince his wife Bella that she is losing her mind. Jack covertly turns down the gas-lamps occasionally and mutters to himself as he searches for jewels in an empty apartment just above the one in which he and his wife have made their home.
When Bella questions Jack about the voices she hears from the empty upstairs apartment and why the lights dim at the strangest times, he insists that everything is okay and questions whether her grasp on reality is slipping.
The play became an international sensation. It crossed the Atlantic in 1941 and became a tremendous hit on Broadway under the name “Angel Street.” The show ran continuously through the war years and even found success on the silver screen in both Britain and America.
Though it closed in 1944, it achieved immortality by coining a term that found its way into the lexicon where it is used to describe a specific kind of psychological manipulation where a victim becomes convinced that what they clearly see is wrong and possibly even the result of their own misperception; That the lies of the victimizer are right because they must be seeing things more clearly.
Last week, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra declared that state-sponsored travel to the state of Idaho would be banned because Idaho voted to save the promise of Title IX and reserve girls’ sports for girls. The legislation that preserves this promise does not restrict anyone from playing sports, it just makes sure that biological girls will compete on a level playing field as they strive to earn sports scholarships for the dream of higher education.
The California Attorney General used a method that has become all-too common in our society today. In the Cheyenne paper just last month, two articles were reprinted from the Los Angeles Times praising what they term “queer” ideology and implying that a scientific view of human sexuality was demeaning. Wyoming and American citizens are bombarded by movies, articles, concerts, and rallies proposing that science and objective reality are wrong and that anyone who would believe such a thing is morally wrong as well.
I raise this concern because Christians and conservatives can sometimes grow dispirited under such a horrifying onslaught. Time and again, this year, I have heard Christians share the sadness in their hearts. Whether it is the Superbowl halftime show, the marches that go on in celebration of the extremes of the sexual revolution, or the challenge of being called a bigot when it is genuine love that truly defines our character, some Christians start to wonder if reality is worth fighting for.
At Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming®, we are committed to encouraging you in the struggle for truth. We challenge you to put on your spiritual armor every day and be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.
God’s pure light shines through the dimming lamps. Keep your eyes on Him!
If there were any doubt about the timeliness of Save Girls’ Sports Week, the Left has erased that with their latest attack – and your help is urgently needed to stop it!
As you may recall, last month President Trump’s Department of Education released a decision that a Connecticut policy allowing biological males to play in female sports violated federal law. Which law did it violate? Title IX, the federal law that made women’s sports possible at the level we have them today, and whose anniversary we’ve honored this week with Save Girls’ Sports Week. The Department’s decision was a significant step in support of female athletes.
But now Trump’s Administration, and especially the Department of Education, is under intense pressure to walk back its stand for female athletes. Why? Because, in the view of Left-wing lobbyists, the Supreme Court’s Bostock decision from last week that redefined “sex” to include “gender identity” should expand to permit boys’ (who identify as girls) to compete in girls’ sports. In fact, though, the Court (thankfully) refused to deal with other issues like girls’ sports in the Bostock decision. If Bostock were applied to girls’ sports, it would indeed have disastrous effects on women’s opportunities. The Court did not discuss girls’ sports, and we cannot let left-wing activists act as though it did.
Here’s our urgent request for you today: will you send a message to President Trump and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, thanking them for their support for female athletes and urging them to STAND STRONG?
So far, the Trump Administration hasn’t buckled, but the pressure is enormous. Your voice – combined with thousands of others – will help bolster any doubters in the Administration.
Finally, thank you for your participation in Save Girls’ Sports Week. Because of you, the #SaveGirlsSports message has spread, we’ve gathered thousands of signatures on our petition to state lawmakers, and geared up for efforts to Save Girls’ Sports in Idaho (the only state with a proactive law to protect girls’ sports) and other states. And it’s not too late to add your voice via social media if you haven’t done so yet!
But most of all today, will you take one minute to make your voice heard to President Trump and Secretary DeVos?