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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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,

Cole Muzio
Family Policy Alliance of Georgia
President and Executive Director


Blaine Conzatti
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:

Election season is fully underway, and, if you’re like me, you’re feeling a bit anxious. I look at so much of what’s happened in our nation – and the discourse that we constantly see – and I’m deeply saddened. And, I look at this election cycle and I see the grave threat the Harris-Biden ticket (c’mon y’all, we all know who’s really going to be running the show) poses to the last recognizable vestiges of our United States of America.

It’s scary.

It’s frightening, and it’s easy to look at “the other side” as this powerful force that would bring ruinous havoc on all we hold dear. It’s easy to be angry, partisan, and fearful.

I’m reminded in times like these that it is human nature to define the enemy as something outside of oneself, something we can see, understand, and hate.

This aspect of human nature has long permeated our churches.

I’ve long been convinced that many churches – and cultural Christianity as a whole – have given too much credence to the devil. Yes, he’s powerful. But, ultimately, he’s the best player on the low-level high school team that finds itself going up against the New England Patriots. He gets trounced in the end. And, when you compare his power to the might of the One whom he wishes he could rival, he is utterly helpless to do anything to thwart Him or act contrary to His plans.

Satan cannot win. He cannot separate you from God. He cannot force you to sin. He cannot deny your ability to worship. He cannot compel you to be a witness against your true King.

Only your sin can do those things. The number of times sin is mentioned is Scripture dwarfs references to Satan or his work. The wages of sin is death. Only sin brings death, not the devil. While he seeks to twist your heart, prey upon your nature, and feed into your desires, it is your action and yours alone that denies you communion with your Savior.

Too many Christians have fallen into the trap of loosely ascribing too much power to the devil. Is he important? Yes. Can he do great harm? Absolutely. Can he ever be truly in control? Absolutely not.

A similar view should guide us when we look at angst at a particular outcome politically.

The Harris-Biden agenda cannot defeat the Lord’s way. They cannot separate you from God. They cannot force you to sin. They cannot, truly, deny your ability to worship. They cannot compel you to be a witness against your true King.

They and their agenda can do great harm, yes. Fighting against their election and opposing their policies should they take control of our nation is important, certainly. But, they will never, ever be truly in control.

As we look at their agenda, in all its wickedness, it’s not fueled by the devil – it’s rooted in sin and it feeds into the sinful desires of those who would support that agenda.

So, as we look ahead to this election, understand who/what the “enemy” is. It’s not Sleepy Joe or Krazy Kamala. It’s not the socialists or the Democrats. It’s sin!

Understand that God calls you to reject sin and to be a light unto this world. You are called to engage – strongly and fiercely for His glory.

Understand that nothing that happens in this world can rob you of your place with the Savior. No matter what darkness surrounds you, it cannot overcome. It doesn’t have the power to.

Look with hope to the future. Know that the outcome is already written and we know the ultimate victor. As you approach an uncertain and frightening outcome, look upon it with inspired hope knowing that your enemy is not a person or a group but it is your own sin nature – and your Savior has defeated that for you, giving you new life. His death and resurrection give us hope in all things, including knowing that our bought and purchased soul can never be in jeopardy based on the politics of the day.

In no way do I seek to diminish the threat to our nation and the concern we should have for the generations to come should we fail to win in November. I merely seek to direct you against your true “enemy,” to point you to hope and confidence, and to assure you that nothing will happen outside His purpose and plan.

In Him we Trust,

Cole Muzio
President and Executive Director

Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much,
and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.
(Luke 16:10 NIV)

Christians in the First Century did not vote. Of course, back then, there was no voting. Now there is. For me, it is a civic responsibility. During this election timeframe, it is important to know what churches can and cannot do. Here is what they can do:

Even if you do not have a voter registration table in your church building, you can encourage people to vote by adding the following to an email, to your website, or in your bulletin:

To encourage Christians regarding voting, please watch the following 1-minute video (feel free to share):

Let me know if you have any questions.

Blessings,

Pastor David Beauchamp
Director of Church Ambassador Network of Kansas
Email: David.Beauchamp@FamilyPolicyFoundation.com
Cell: (913) 981-3253

 

Friends,

Happy Constitution Day! Today is a day of federal observance celebrating the signing of the U.S Constitution by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention on September 17th, 1787.

We often forget, however, that the Constitutional Convention almost failed spectacularly. The earliest days of the convention were fraught with contentious disagreements among the delegates, who together comprised an assembly of the greatest political and intellectual minds of the founding generation.

Realizing that the increasingly fractious clashes risked breaking the convention apart, Benjamin Franklin offered his best hope for finding unity and agreement — recommending that they pursue God’s intervention and favor through prayer.

Bemoaning the “small progress” made during the first several weeks of the Convention as “melancholy proof of the imperfection of human understanding,” Franklin made a motion to hold morning “prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations” to be led by local clergymen:

In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings?

Harkening back to “the frequent instances” of God’s intervention on behalf of the Americans during the War for Independence, Franklin asked his fellow delegates whether they had forgotten that God was the reason for their previous success:

In the beginning of the [War for Independence], when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection. Our prayers were heard, and they were graciously answered…. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? I have lived a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth – that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?

While Franklin knew godly wisdom would lead to national flourishing, he worried relying on “human wisdom” alone would be disastrous:

We have been assured in the sacred writings, that ‘except the Lord build the House they labor in vain that build it.’ I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages.

Thankfully, the delegates heeded Franklin’s wise words by humbling themselves in prayer and seeking God’s wisdom and favor. Benjamin Franklin later remarked that the Constitution they drafted was “influenced, guided, and governed by that omnipotent, omnipresent, and beneficent Ruler in Whom all inferior spirits ‘live and move and have their being.’”

Steeped in biblical truth and full of courageous faith, the delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention came together to petition God for guidance and unity as they framed the government under which we still live today. That, my friends, is worth celebrating this Constitution Day.

Celebrating with you,

Blaine Conzatti
Director of Advocacy

“Vanishing Vows” was the title of a recent article in Christianity Today that underscored the decline of marriage around the world.  “Family Life” articles always draw my attention because that it is where we live: we are all part of a family. For some, that has been a good experience and for others, not so good.  As a pastor I came to realize early on that healthy families make for a healthy church. Staying healthy as a family is a lot of work but the bottom line is that family health is key to so many aspects of life and culture as a nation.

The subtitle to the article was, “Can the Church save what is left of marriage?”  Yes, it can, but the Church must be free and unencumbered by government to do that.  Many of our Founding Fathers came to America, seeking religious freedom to raise their families according to their values, free of government control. But, that has changed and without realizing it we often elect lawmakers who make ungodly laws that restrict parents and even persecute Christians for abiding by biblical values. So, your vote – and who you vote for – is very important!

America still chooses leaders democratically and you can do more than you think.  Make sure you and your fellow church members are registered to vote.  Our country has a crisis of low voter turnout and Christian voter turnout is no exception to this. It is estimated that over 25 million Christians did not vote in the 2016 election, and an estimated 15 million Christians are not even registered to vote.

While there is no verse in the Bible which states, “thou shall vote,” God’s Word does challenge us as followers of Christ to influence our communities for our own good and, more importantly, for the good of others (Jeremiah 29:7; Galatians 6:10). We can do that in part by voting – not principally as Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, or Independents – but as Christians.

This November, we have the opportunity to elect leaders — from the White House in D.C., to the State House in Providence — who will determine our future on critical issues including protecting babies in the womb, preserving our First Amendment rights, strengthening the family, and extending care and compassion to those in need.
Here are the steps you need to take.

  1. Compare party platforms with an eye for Christian values. You can do this here.
  1. Visit our voter registration webpage to make sure you are registered to vote, then share the link with friends and family members.

Lastly, and most importantly, PRAY that we can return Rhode Island to a place where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.  This is the mission of Family Policy Alliance, and the mission that you participate in when through your generous gifts.

Blessings,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island

I sent it. I resent it. I tried again – still no success. The email server for the New Jersey state legislature repeatedly rejected my email as spam. This routine form of communication that I engage in daily suddenly became difficult, if not impossible. After a productive and healthy conversation with a legislative aide to a prominent state senator, I promised to email him the revised NJ Comprehensive Health Learning Standard for public schools. The Senator’s office and I could not figure out the reason this particular email was blocked after multiple attempts.

Then it hit me…

I copied and pasted the exact words of the learning standard into the body of the email. That was a tragic mistake, because the exact words and explicit sex acts required for school age children to learn in New Jersey public schools were flagged as “pornographic” by government state computers.

Think.

The government does not allow adults to discuss these pornographic acts on state computer servers because they are obscene and inappropriate, yet the New Jersey Department of Education requires 12-year-old children to define and describe the very same objectionable material.

The systematic sexualization of young children in our society must end.

But it doesn’t end there…

I had another conversation this week with a state coordinator for the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) to learn how these pornographic standards got approved without a public hearing disclosing them. Unfortunately, public review and discussion are just a formality in the process. There are several bureaucratic layers within the NJDOE that are unnamed and unaccountable. They ultimately write the standards to impose their post-modern view of sexuality on young children – public comment aside.

One of our allies on the phone call asked this NJDOE staff member to define the specific act that is required by the state’s learning standard for school age children to define. It was a sincere request. We wanted to know exactly what these students will be required to learn. Embarrassed and uncomfortable, he respectfully declined. Admittedly, such conversation is rightfully awkward among adults. Imagine the conscience of vulnerable students being forced to endure this in a classroom setting.

Thankfully, legislators are taking the lead.

In last week’s email, we informed you that Senator Steve Oroho (R) and Senator Mike Testa (R) introduced SCR129 – a Senate Concurrent Resolution objecting to the obscene sex ed standards. After being involved in numerous advocacy meetings, I am pleased to announce more state senators are adding their name as co-sponsors. This week, Assemblyman Wirth (R) and Assemblyman Space (R) introduced ACR193 – an identical bill in their chamber.

As I urged you to thank our brave senators last week, please call these two Assembly members and tell their staff you appreciate them sponsoring ACR193! It only takes one call to thank both.

Assemblyman Harold Wirth and Assemblyman Parker Space: (973) 300- 0200

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


Shawn Hyland
Director of Advocacy

My wife and I spent a few days last week visiting one of our neighboring states: South Dakota. It was very relaxing and a much-needed break from the current busyness around elections and legislative session preparation. A few things struck me on our trip.

First, we visited Mount Rushmore. It is really an amazing site and well worth a few extra hours of drive time if you are crossing the county and have never seen it. It is a great tribute to some of our founding fathers and the vision they had for our country, despite their character faults and issues. I am so glad that this monument has been spared the defacing so many other monuments have suffered lately.

Mount Rushmore is carved out of granite, one of the hardest materials on earth, second only to diamonds, and a rock that is actually tougher than diamonds. That’s pretty impressive, and undoubtedly one of the reasons why it has been used since ancient Egypt for statues and building purposes. It was meant to last, like our country. We have been through many trials as a nation: wars, the great depression, government scandals and instabilities, internal strife, but by God’s grace we’ve survived, just like the granite that symbolizes the immovable rock of faith and democracy.

The carving of Mount Rushmore took roughly 14 years to complete, and the gentleman who started it never got to see the finished product, which his son eventually finished. And that is an important point. He instilled in his son such a love for our country and the monument, that his heir was willing to finish the enormous task that his father started. How many of our sons and daughters have been taught to love our country at that level?

The second major thing I observed were the prairies. They seem to go on forever, and to be honest, sometimes in a tiresome way when you are driving for hours on end. However, my father taught me something at a young age, particularly as we moved around the country from church to church. He would say, “There is beauty in every place you find yourself, you just need to look for it.” He was a wise man.

After a while, we began to see and appreciate more of the rolling hills on our journey. We noticed the fields of crops that feed millions of people here in our country, and that also make us the largest exporter of food in the world – twice as much as the next highest country. We witnessed the diversity of wildlife that makes this land their home. In the end, we were not traveling through barren territory, but through beautiful hills that make up the heartland of our country.

As Midwesterners, we should be proud of our heritage, faith, defense of liberty and freedoms, and contributions to our country. From Mount Rushmore to the hills of grain, we are truly blessed. Let’s always remember to fight for what we have and cherish. Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota will always be there with you, fighting for the same values.

Thank you for your love for our country and the Midwest.

This land is your land, and this land is my land
From California to the New York Island
From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf stream waters
This land was made for you and me

When the sun come shining, then I was strolling
And the wheat fields waving, the dust clouds rolling
The voice come in chanting and the fog was lifting
This land was made for you and me

Select verses from This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

 

 

 

We’re excited to announce a first-of-its-kind event called “Answering the Call” ahead of this November’s critical election! Join us to rally with other believers and families to Answer God’s Call to engage in the public square and commit to the preservation of life and freedom!

This event is for you, your neighbors, your friends, your fellow church members, and, yes, your whole family – bring the kids! You don’t have to be super-political or a regular attendee of Party meetings or gatherings. All you need is a spirit that desires to honor God in how you stand for His glory in how you vote and in how you take a stand in these critical times.

We are hosting this event on October 11th from 5pm-7pm at the Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater and Pavilion in Newtown Park (Johns Creek).

Already, we have confirmed Senator Kelly Loeffler as a speaker, and we’ll hear from other great pro-family officials, candidates, and leaders. Dinner is provided, and the whole event is FREE – though we will encourage donations to help fight for our values this November!

To sign up for this great event, please visit FPAofGA.com/RSVP TODAY and please pass this invitation along to your friends and neighbors. We’d love to see them there!

 

After an inspiring Convention week where there was more national affirmation for life, faith, and school choice than ever before, we see even more incredible opportunities this election cycle.

But, it’s all on the line – every pro-family win our nation has seen under President Trump and our state has seen under Governor Kemp – and our organization has taken a leadership position in defending our sacred freedoms and values.

We are $15,880 short of our goal to reach by September 30th, and, if you can help us fight to elect the candidates who have and will fight for us, we humbly ask that you consider a generous donation today to help us WIN BIG on November 3rd.

Because this election matters,

Cole Muzio
President and Executive Director

The obvious answer is, “To Get a Good Education.” But is that what our children are getting in today’s public schools?

Mary Ellen Siegler of Massachusetts Family Institute began a Facebook Group called Massachusetts Informed Parents. The group, which brings awareness to the push for “comprehensive sex education,”  has grown exponentially because moms and dads are finding out that public school curriculum is often a “Trojan Horse” for ideologies to which most parents would strongly object and which are harmful to children and youth. Mary Ellen’s most recent post highlighted the dangerous days on many public school calendars meant to promote a radical sexual ideology. These celebratory days are not the ones you or I celebrated in school growing up!

Parents, be sure to check if any of these days are on your child’s school calendar (Click on the image to the right to get a larger printable version of this list)::

If you’re concerned that public school is not a good option for your child – whether because of COVID confusion or because of the radical ideologies taught in school – it might be a good time to think about alternatives like homeschooling or a Christian school. Below is a list of some of the Christian schools in Rhode Island you might consider. While we don’t specifically  endorse these schools – and you should find out if there are other good Christian schools in your area – hopefully this list can help you start your hunt! The costs range from $2,500 to $15,000.

North Stonington Christian Academy

West Bay Christian Academy

Barrington Christian Academy

Dayspring Christian Academy

Seekonk Christian Academy

New Hope Christian Academy

Catholic Schools in Rhode Island

Family Policy Alliance® is here to help you when your faith and family values are threatened.  We are working with legislators so that Rhode Island can once again be a state where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.  Our fiscal year ends September 30th and we are still short of our goal of $50,000 for our first year. Please consider a generous gift to help us continue fighting for you in Rhode Island. If you are interested in donating, signing up for this newsletter, or inviting me to speak at your church or small group, check out our new web page: Unleashing Biblical Citizenship in Rhode Island.

Family Policy Alliance would like to respond to the dangers of Comprehensive Sex Education in Rhode Island public schools by beginning a RI Informed Parents Facebook Group.  If this is something you would like to see happen and would join please respond by email to dave.aucoin@familypolicyalliance.com.

Thank you for standing with us in our fight to protect faith and family in our state!

Working for you and with you,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Directors – Rhode Island