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August 24, 2020

 

Idaho Named “Most Pro-Family State of the Year” By Family Policy Alliance 

The national partner of Family Policy Alliance of Idaho recognized Idaho and several other states in its annual “All-Star Awards”

BOISE, Idaho – The State of Idaho has been named the “Most Pro-Family State of the Year” by Family Policy Alliance, the national partner of Family Policy Alliance of Idaho.

“This year, Idaho proved that their state puts family first,” wrote Meridian Baldacci, Policy and Communications Strategist for Family Policy Alliance.

“I’m proud that Idaho has reasserted itself as a place that promotes the family values and sound policies that help everyone thrive,” said Blaine Conzatti, Director of Advocacy for Family Policy Alliance of Idaho. “We’re excited about the groundbreaking new laws that were signed this year. Family Policy Alliance of Idaho will keep working hard until the Gem State is a place where all families flourish.”

Family Policy Alliance cited several new laws that demonstrated why Idaho deserved the coveted “Most Pro-Family State of the Year” award. These pro-family laws include Simon’s Law, the Vital Statistics Act, the first-in-the-nation Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, and the new “Choose Life” license plate that will be available for purchase at Idaho DMVs next year.

The “2020 Family Policy Alliance All-Star Awards” can be found at https://buff.ly/32dbFSi.

 

Media Contact:

Robert Noland, (719) 308-2822, Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com

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Family Policy Alliance of Idaho works to advance biblical citizenship and promote good public policy that protects religious freedom, families, and life.

Friends,

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. But some public officials, including Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, have “canceled” traditional Thanksgiving celebrations.

“Simply put, it’s just too dangerous to gather with anyone outside our household right now,” said Gov. Inslee. “This year, our family will celebrate the holidays virtually.” Some Washingtonians have deemed Inslee the “Grinch” in social media memes and blog posts—a title he has undoubtedly earned for himself.

It’s not any better in the Windy City, where Mayor Lori Lightfoot recently told Chicagoans to “stop having guests over—including family members you don’t live with” and to “cancel traditional Thanksgiving plans.”

Why is it so important that we celebrate Thanksgiving? And why are the actions of Inslee and Lightfoot so lamentable?

The first Thanksgiving festival took place when Governor William Bradford of Plymouth Colony invited ninety Native Americans to join the Pilgrims for a three-day harvest celebration in 1621. Those faithful Christians had experienced considerable trials, including the loss of half of their company from sickness and starvation, but they were determined to praise God, trust in His providence, and impact the world for His gospel.

Thanksgiving celebrations quickly spread to other American colonies, becoming a fixture of early American life. The Continental Congress declared several “days of solemn thanksgiving and praise” during the American War for Independence, and state governors issued Thanksgiving proclamations encouraging public prayer, special worship services in churches, and civic events at town squares.

When the first US Congress met in 1789, founding father Elias Boudinot of New Jersey recommended that they direct the president to declare a day of national thanksgiving and provide “an opportunity to all the citizens of the United States of joining with one voice in returning to Almighty God their sincere thanks for the many blessings He had poured down upon them.”

President Washington heeded their advice and issued the first federal Thanksgiving proclamation for November 1789. He encouraged Americans to earnestly seek God in prayer, confessing their sins and thanking Him for His bountiful blessings, including the inalienable rights He had given them and the constitutional system of government that protects those rights.

Americans continue these traditions even today. We recognize Thanksgiving as a day to worship and give thanks to God for the innumerable ways He has blessed us. Many churches continue to host special Thanksgiving worship services. And no one ever forgets the Thanksgiving turkey when families gather around the table to feast and reflect upon the goodness of our Lord!

Don’t let the Grinches take away this precious opportunity to gather at church and celebrate at home with family and loved ones. God is worthy of our praise and gratitude. Ain’t nothin’ changin’ that.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family,

Blaine Conzatti
Director of Advocacy

 

P.S. I’ve included President Washington’s 1789 Prayer Proclamation below for those who want to read it:

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be– That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war–for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed–for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions– to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually–to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed–to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us–and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go: Washington

ABORTION – Amends existing law to require certain information about abortion to be posted on the Department of Health and Welfare website.

TAXES – Amends H.B. 463 to revise the child tax credit and to provide legislative intent.

ABORTION COMPLICATIONS REPORTING ACT – Adds to and amends existing law to enact the Abortion Complications Reporting Act.

PORNOGRAPHY – Stating findings of the Legislature and recognizing that pornography is a public health hazard and encouraging all state and local government agencies to ensure that pornographic materials are not accessible from their Internet connections.

TAXES – Amends H.B. 463 to revise the child tax credit and to provide legislative intent.

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August 18, 2020

Family Policy Alliance of Idaho Responds to Ruling on Idaho’s “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act”

Although an Idaho judge granted a temporary injunction against the groundbreaking new law, Family Policy Alliance is confident that ultimately the law will be vindicated in court

BOISE, Idaho – Family Policy Alliance of Idaho – a pro-family ministry – is disappointed that a federal judge has temporarily enjoined the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, a groundbreaking Idaho law that protects fair play in school sports by preventing biological males from competing in girls’ high school and college sports. Medical experts have indisputably demonstrated that biological males have physiological advantages over female athletes.

“We know this law is constitutional, and we remain confident that ultimately it will be vindicated in court,” said Blaine Conzatti, director of advocacy for Family Policy Alliance of Idaho. “Attorney General Bill Barr and the US Department of Education both support 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.”

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 and could result in loss of federal funding. Similarly, the US Department of Justice filed a motion of support in the court proceedings for the Idaho law, arguing that the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution cannot be interpreted to “entitle” transgender athletes to “benefits at the expense of their peers.”

The preliminary injunction granted yesterday against the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act is only a temporary measure while the lawsuit moves forward. Importantly, the judge also allowed two female athletes from Idaho State University, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, to intervene in favor of the law. The female athletes 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.

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. “Idaho families know that every female athlete deserves a fair playing field in sports. There is nothing discriminatory about laws that protect equal opportunities for female athletes,” concluded Conzatti.”

 

Media Contact:

Robert Noland, (719) 308-2822, Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com

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Family Policy Alliance works to advance biblical citizenship and promote good public policy that protects religious freedom, families, and life.

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June 23, 2020

On 48th Anniversary of Title IX, California Bans Travel to Idaho

BOISE, Idaho – Family Policy Alliance of Idaho – a pro-family ministry – honors the 48th anniversary of Title IX, the federal law protecting equal access to educational and athletic opportunities for girls, with the launch of its #SaveGirlsSports campaign. The campaign promotes policies like Idaho’s new “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,” which ensures girls’ sports are reserved for biological girls. But while Family Policy Alliance of Idaho is grateful for laws like Idaho’s, others are determined to shame the state for its pro-woman stance.

Just yesterday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra banned taxpayer-funded travel to Idaho because he disagrees with the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. For the same reason, the ACLU is also pressuring the NCAA to relocate the 2021 Men’s Division I Basketball Championships, which is currently scheduled to be held at Boise State University’s ExtraMile Arena.

“It’s a surprising move to make the day before the anniversary of Title IX,” said Blaine Conzatti, Director of Advocacy for Family Policy Alliance of Idaho. “Title IX was designed to protect women’s opportunities, and one of the key ways it’s been used to accomplish that is through giving women their own sports teams. The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act protects the spirit of Title IX by ensuring that girls’ sports are reserved for girls.”

Title IX played a significant role in women’s sports participation. Prior to its passage, only one in 27 girls played sports. Today, thanks to Title IX, nearly two in five girls play sports. Conzatti believes that’s a precedent we should continue to build on.

“Girls deserve fair play and equal opportunities in sports today just as much as they did in 1972 when Title IX was implemented. California liberals and the ACLU are sending the message that female athletes who don’t want to compete against biological men are ‘bigoted’ and ‘intolerant.’

“In reality, they just want to compete in sports on a level playing field. This gaslighting of Idaho girls needs to stop. There is nothing discriminatory about laws that protect fair play and equal opportunities for female athletes.” Conzatti concluded.

Family Policy Alliance has launched the #SaveGirlsSports social media campaign to bring attention to great progress female athletes have made since the advent of Title IX in 1972. More information about the campaign can be found at the campaign’s webpage.

Media Contact:

Robert Noland, (719) 308-2822, Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com

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Family Policy Alliance works to advance biblical citizenship and promote good public policy that protects religious freedom, families, and life.