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

SCR129:

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!

Shawn Hyland
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:

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,
Amanda Banks
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.

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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:

Autumn LevaA 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:

Blaine Conzatti.jpg“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?

SaveGirlsSports padded leftWhile 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!

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Autumn Leva

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Blaine Conzatti

Friends,

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,

Blaine Conzatti
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!

Shawn Hyland
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!

Sincerely,

Nathan Winters
Executive Director

Dear Friend,

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?

Sincerely,


John Paulton


Meridian Baldacci

 

 

 

Last week we shared about the Supreme Court’s narrow but disastrous ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, and the effects this decision now has for business owners. This week we want to address the two other major issues that the Majority of the court tried to minimize: Religious freedom and girl’s achievements.

How Bostock effects religious freedom:

While we are disappointed with the outcome of the Bostock case, we remain optimistic that this narrow decision dealing with public employment leaves room for future rulings that will take a different approach to protecting religious freedom. And in fact, the decision almost asked for future cases when the Court specifically noted how “doctrines protecting religious liberty interact with Title VII are questions for future cases.”

How Bostock effects girls’ sports and privacy:

When it comes to how this will affect protections for girls and women, we just don’t know yet. One ominous note is that the Majority did indicate that it may not be willing to protect women in other areas of the law. One of those areas is Title IX of the United States Education Act which was clearly enacted to protect women, not men.

This ruling has also diminished the real lived experiences of women all across our country who have fought for the right to vote, to be recognized in the work force, and to have the opportunity compete in sports. This was even noted by Justice Alito in his dissent.

Just this year, our sister organization in Idaho, Family Policy Alliance of Idaho, helped enact a law that protects the ability for girls to compete in sports. The law is now being challenged in court by the ACLU. If you would like to read more about our efforts and support girls’ sports across the nation, visit our Save Girls Sports website  and participate in #SaveGirlsSports Week which runs through tomorrow.

Here are some things that Kansas women are saying about #SaveGirlsSports:

Rep Barb Wasinger (R-Dist. 111)

My senior year of high school (1976) I was a member of the Student Council. Before Title IX was implemented in the early 70’s there were very few choices for girls to be involved in athletics.

As a member of the Student Council, I got to be part of discussions of how to implement Title IX effectively for the young women in the District.  No one understood how important this was more than I did.  Throughout my school years, I was active as a swimmer and competed in the summer months. Yet, I was never able to compete in sports during the school year because swimming wasn’t available for women. We can’t go back to a time when girls had limited opportunities to grow and excel through sports.

I saw these advances play out for my daughter as she was able to play volleyball throughout middle school. The joy of her being able to choose – and be able to compete against other young women was amazing.  There is good competition and not unfair competition.  We cannot turn back the clock back 48 years and undo the progress we’ve made.”

Rep. Susan Humphries (R-Dist. 99)

“Our daughter Grace was an incredible track athlete. This is photo was taken in 1999, when she got second in state in the long jump. Just imagine if she would have had to compete against a biological boy –she would have given up, and never gone to the AAU Nationals track meet.”

Rep. Kristey Williams (R-77)

“When I was just a young girl, Title IX came into effect to provide equal opportunity for female athletes that attended any school that received federal funding. No longer could schools provide disproportional opportunities for males over females. Fast forward to present day and we now have a movement to reverse this decision by allowing biological males who identify as females to compete against our daughters. I have three daughters and one son and can easily see their innate differences. On so many levels, this is an inequity and an injustice for girls and does nothing to protect their ability to fairly and safely compete. If we really stopped to examine the issue with eyes wide open, there would be no dispute of the facts and the harmful ramifications of allowing this unfair treatment of girls to progress.”

We are so appreciative of each of these women who are willing to speak up for girls. I encourage each of you to join myself and these women by signing our petition and posting on social about #SaveGirlsSports this week!

As a woman, this case only inspired me to fight to protect hard-won victories for girls so that the girls that come after me can have the same opportunities that I have had. More than ever we need to stand up for religious freedom and for the dignity of women. This decision does not get the final word on this topic and we will continue to work to protect the God given dignity of every Kansans to live out their faith.

Sincerely,

Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy

 

Did you know? A 2019 Rasmussen poll revealed that a majority of Americans oppose letting biological males play in girls’ sports. We know you’re in that majority.

But sadly, American laws and practice don’t represent that majority viewpoint. Instead, only one state in the country (Idaho) has a law ensuring girls’ sports are reserved for girls, and that law is under attack from the ACLU.

That’s why we’ve led the #SaveGirlsSports Week this week: to build awareness for the issue and highlight the voices of those who believe in fair opportunities for female athletes.

But #SaveGirlsSports is so much more than a single awareness week. At Family Policy Alliance, it’s something we’re working on year-round, in Idaho and other states.

With enough funding, we will help defend Idaho’s law, push back against the ACLU’s attempt to destroy girls’ sports, and get to work in other states to pass laws to save girls’ sports like Idaho’s. But we need your support to do that. As a non-profit ministry, we rely on the generous and sacrificial support of people like you who care about the family and who care about protecting opportunities for the next generation. It was your sacrificial support that made the victory in Idaho possible. And it will be your sacrificial support that will win future victories as well.

Would you be willing to give a sacrificial gift to help #SaveGirlsSports? Your support will help us as we work to protect girls – and fight for families on other pressing issues around the nation.

With all that’s happened for girls’ sports – and even on sex and gender issues more broadly – we have our work cut out for us. But by God’s grace, it’s a challenge we want to meet – and one we hope you’ll join us for.

Would you partner with Family Policy Alliance?

Gratefully,

Meridian Baldacci
Policy and Communications Strategist

I went to school with girls and young women who had incredible God-given talents and abilities. I’m sure you probably did as well. Some were National Merit Scholars or excelled at certain subjects they loved. Others were excellent musicians, and still others amazingly gifted athletes. Most had hopes and dreams of going to college and perhaps even someday having a career in their areas of specialty.

I think we can all agree that it should not matter whether you are male or female, if you want to be a musician or intellectually excel in some field or be a star athlete. You should be able to pursue your hopes and dreams without discrimination.

Years ago, it was a definite disadvantage to be female and try to achieve these things, so Title IX, part of a suite of civil rights laws, was passed in 1972. It ensures that girls have the same access to educational and athletic opportunities as boys. Title IX states, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” As a result, the examples of intellectual, musical, or athletic prowess I noted above are all protected under Title IX. Until now that is.

Sports have now been targeted as one activity where it would be fine undoing almost 50 years of Title IX equality for girls. All in the name of how “sex” is defined. The new definition of sex would be interpreted as gender, and so it includes transgender individuals competing in girls’ sports. The sad irony is that girls are now to be discriminated against using the same law that gave them equal rights decades ago!

Why is this so unfair? Biological males have advantages like greater bone density, muscle mass, and cardiovascular capacity than girls. This remains true even after males who want to be female have undergone hormone treatment, such as transgender individuals.

What if your daughter or granddaughter is gifted in track and field or perhaps swimming? Along comes a boy who identifies as a female and competes in her races. There go your daughter’s/granddaughter’s chances of winning, and in some cases, chances of getting college scholarships. Scholarships in sports such as track and field and swimming can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands, and some are multiyear, so we are not talking about just a few dollars.

That is why we need to #savegirlssports. Allowing fair and equal opportunities for biological males and females was the point of Title IX and we need to preserve it, instead of some revisionist history of what it meant.

Are you willing to get involved? If so, there are some quick and easy things you can do.

Thank you for helping to save girls’ sports and thank you for protecting the hard-won Title IX equality our daughters and granddaughters enjoy!

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director