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February 24, 2021

House Set to Vote on Equality Act as Unprecedented Alliance Forms to Stop It

Leading national and state organizations unite together to stop so-called Equality Act

NATIONWIDE – Today, with the U.S. House set to vote on the Equality Act (H.R. 5) Thursday, 13 leading national and state organizations  joined together in an unprecedented alliance to hold a virtual rally in opposition to H.R. 5–#EqualityActExposed. U.S. Senator Mike Lee (UT), Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04), and Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) also made guest appearances.

Family Policy Alliance hosted the event. Craig DeRoche, President & CEO for Family Policy Alliance, explained why a diverse collection of groups spanning the ideological spectrum came together in a united front to oppose the so-called Equality Act:

“The sponsors have to call the bill the Equality Act in order to hide what’s really lurking in it—a broken proposal that sets us back decades when it comes to America’s long and hard-fought march toward equal justice for all. We may not agree on all of the issues, but one thing we do agree on: the Equality Act is a deeply broken proposal that amounts to a massive federal government power grab into the most intimate parts of American life and family, intentionally silencing all of us who disagree along the way. There is no other option. Congress must reject it.”

The #EqualityActExposed virtual rally was broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube, and has so far garnered over 32,000 impressions across the accounts on which it streamed. Many of the organizations participating in the rally, including Family Policy Alliance, asked constituents and viewers to send a message to their U.S. Representative to “Vote NO” on the Equality Act. Together, these organizations are generating tens of thousands of messages into congressional offices.

View full rally here.

 

The rally featured powerful statements exposing the harmful aspects of the Equality Act that Democratic leadership will not allow Congress to debate and consider through the amendment process.

Congressional Guests

 

“This is a bill that poses a very serious threat not just to women everywhere, including your wives, your sisters, your daughters; but it also poses a threat to religious and liberty loving people everywhere—and to people who are concerned about the overreach of government in general and the federal government in particular, and what can happen when people in pursuit of what might be at heart a laudable goal forget to stop and look at the adverse consequences they could be creating.”

 

[on ensuring girls can continue to compete in their own divisions]

“Not only are these girls denied the ability to be able to stand on the stage and be able to compete and get their awards, they are also being denied scholarship potentials. And, if this is allowed to continue across the country, or even as we look at the upcoming Olympics, we are in big trouble as far as all the gains we have made in women’s sports will be wiped away. We’ve got to stand up and stop this right now.”

Representative Hartzler also attempted to add an amendment to the Equality Act that would protect parental rights, but Democratic leaders prevented her amendment from going forward in committee.

 

“With this Equality Act, women will have no privacy—not even in women’s domestic violence shelters. Can you imagine a woman that has been beaten up or maybe raped having to be forced to sleep next to a biological male or go to a shower with a biological male? This is ridiculous. And that’s why I’m asking all of you to spread the word about dangerous and radical this Democrat bill is—and how it will hurt the values that made our nation great.”

 

National Organizations

“What we need everybody in America to understand is this is not really about ending discrimination. This legislation is about creating conformity with a very specific way of thinking, with a very specific worldview. And in fact, these are fundamentally religious disagreements, different ways of seeing the world, and how that affects our views about gender, sexuality, and marriage. Is America a place that will tolerate those differences, or is America a place where the government will be taking a side and a position and saying you must feel this way?”

“I am really perplexed frankly by women that are self-identified feminists that fought so hard for Title IX protections for women’s sports that aren’t speaking up. I truly believe many of them are being bullied into silence. But we can’t let that happen and we’ve got to link arms, and we’ve got to speak for these young athletes. We’ve got to speak for women in prisons and women in domestic violence shelters for young girls in their safe spaces, in their private spaces, in their locker rooms, the places that we all went as young moms to nurse our children. We have a right to that. We have a right to our own privacy.”

“[The Equality Act is] a bill filled with lies. The title in itself is a lie. It doesn’t support families. It doesn’t support children… This bill attacks the very agencies that seek to support and serve birth families. This bill attacks the very agencies that have come to government and said to government ‘How can we serve you as you serve the families in our community?’ This bill attacks children who are vulnerable who are in need of help every single day.”

“We’ve spent years fighting to defend the unique differences between men and women and now not only are those differences being erased biologically, they will be eliminated legally. We must cry out ‘Nonsense. Nonsense!’”

 

State Organizations

Hear from state leaders on why the Equality Act is wrong for their states.

(Due to technical challenges, Eva’s remarks were unable to stream live but a video will be posted online soon)

All participating organizations will continue their work to stop the Equality Act and exposing the bill’s counterfeit equality that ultimately harms Americans, regardless of the outcome of the upcoming vote in the U.S. House.

 

Media Contact:

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

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Just a little while ago, the U.S. House voted 225-208 to pass H.R. 5, the deceptively named bill that is actually the biggest current threat to freedom and the sanctity of life.

What now?

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

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

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

Will you help us ramp up even more to defeat this scheme in the Senate? Your gift of support is needed – not just for general pressure on the Senate – but specifically to reach and mobilize citizens in the states of certain senators who could decide the outcome. It worked in the House. Now it’s urgently needed in the Senate!

So much is on the line, it’s hard to overstate:

Thank you for helping us build momentum against the Equality Act to this point! We couldn’t have done it without you. And now – as we head into the thick of the battle – we need you more than ever.

As God has enabled you, will you join in the action with your gift today?


Craig DeRoche
President and CEO

 

P.S. Today’s outcome in the House was virtually certain, but the battle to stop the dangerous Equality Act could go either way in the Senate. Your gift will help build the public momentum against it and mobilize citizens in the states with swing-vote senators. Thank you for your gift to make it possible!

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January 30, 2021

 

#AreWeNext: Twitter Faces Backlash After It Bans Focus on the Family-Owned Account

It’s one in a series of Twitter bans – and national and state leaders are firing back

Twitter, USA – Twitter jail is getting full, and the latest detainee is an account owned by major national ministry Focus on the Family. The group’s news outlet, The Daily Citizen, was recently banned from Twitter after a tweet about Biden’s Assistant Health Secretary pick, Dr. Rachel Levine. The tweet described Levine as “a transgender woman, that is, a man who believes he is a woman.”

When The Daily Citizen attempted to seek clarification on what they could say that would restore their account, they were not given an answer, but instead a choice to delete the tweet or continue having their account blocked.

In response, allies of Focus on the Family are firing back. National ministry Family Policy Alliance, a public policy partner of Focus on the Family, yesterday tweeted:

Craig DeRoche, President and CEO of Family Policy Alliance, said of the tweet, “Censorship of the truth is something none of us should experience – and yet, it’s something that conservatives have grown increasingly familiar with. When it happened to a close ally like Focus on the Family, we knew we couldn’t stay silent. People want the truth, and Twitter needs to know that.”

At the time of writing, yesterday’s tweet from Family Policy Alliance has been shared by many including five members of Congress (Rep. Jim Banks, Rep. Ted Budd, Rep. Rich Hudson, Rep. Ralph Norman, and Rep. Jodey Arrington), the Republican Study Committee, leading national organizations (Concerned Women for America, the American Principles Project, Family Research Council, the Centennial Institute, and the Women’s Liberation Front, among others), thought leaders including John Stonestreet and former Trump counsel Jenna Ellis, and state Family Policy Council organizations from around the country.

Their common question: “Are we next?”

The question is well-founded, as this isn’t the first time Twitter has taken such actions. In fact, explaining that Dr. Levine is a biological male who believes he’s a woman seems to be of particular concern to the tech giant. In the last two weeks, multiple conservative organizations and news outlets have reported being blocked over similar factual content about Levine. Known accounts that were blocked (fully or in part) include pro-life news source LifeSiteNews, Christian writer Michael L. Brown, Catholic news source Catholic World Report, and pro-family organization Minnesota  Minnesota Family Council Council

Family Policy Alliance has called upon the public to contact Twitter through a petition that asks the company, “If you are going to ban [The Daily Citizen], are you going to ban millions of others like me who believe that biology is reality—and that freedom of speech matters in America?”

Within only two hours of posting, the petition had already garnered around 3,000 signatures.

“We’re grateful for the support of so many tremendous friends and allies who share our deeply held convictions about our God-given first freedoms,” said Paul Batura, Focus on the Family’s Vice President of Communications and editor-in-chief of The Daily Citizen.  “Social media gatekeepers can try to silence and censor, but the truth will always eventually and inevitably come out.”

Many of the same leaders who led the Twitter campaign plan to send an open letter to the company detailing their concerns.

Organizations and individuals who have experienced similar censorship over biological sex are encouraged to share their stories with Family Policy Alliance. Family Policy Alliance asks that all who are concerned consider signing their petition.

Media Contact:

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

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This morning, thousands of you tuned in to Facebook and YouTube for the #EqualityActExposed rally. Since the event first aired live, it’s garnered more than 32,000 impressions – and counting.

If you joined us live or afterward, thank you for joining to speak out to Congress. Today we made a clear statement that Americans oppose the dangerous Equality Act for a myriad of reasons.

If you haven’t watched the video yet, we encourage you to check it out here. And, don’t forget to share with friends!

We were honored to be joined by 12 other leading national and state organizations, as well as U.S. Senator Mike Lee (UT), Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04), and Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ-08).

Throughout the rally, speakers shared many reasons they opposed the Equality Act – ranging from its harm to children, to its destruction of girls’ sports, to the implications for medical professionals. We even had the privilege of being joined by Natasha Chart of the Women’s Liberation Front – a self-styled radical feminist group that opposes the Equality Act because, in their words, it would “erase” women!

Here were some of our favorite moments:

Craig DeRoche, President & CEO for Family Policy Alliance, explained why a diverse collection of groups spanning the ideological spectrum came together in a united front to oppose the so-called Equality Act:

“The sponsors have to call the bill the Equality Act in order to hide what’s really lurking in it—a broken proposal that sets us back decades when it comes to America’s long and hard-fought march toward equal justice for all. We may not agree on all of the issues, but one thing we do agree on: the Equality Act is a deeply broken proposal that amounts to a massive federal government power grab into the most intimate parts of American life and family, intentionally silencing all of us who disagree along the way. There is no other option. Congress must reject it.”

When we experienced technical difficulties at the start of the stream, Joseph Backholm of Family Research Council stepped up to the plate and opened the rally with a great overview of the Equality Act’s many harms. Thank you, Joseph!

Senator Mike Lee (Utah), who has authored a great bill to protect women’s sports (S. 251), spoke about why we must defend girls’ and women’s sports:

“Not only are these girls denied the ability to be able to stand on the stage and be able to compete and get their awards, they are also being denied scholarship potentials. And, if this is allowed to continue across the country, or even as we look at the upcoming Olympics, we are in big trouble as far as all the gains we have made in women’s sports will be wiped away. We’ve got to stand up and stop this right now.”

Dr. Charmaine Yoest, Vice President of the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, The Heritage Foundation

“We’ve spent years fighting to defend the unique differences between men and women and now not only are those differences being erased biologically, they will be eliminated legally. We must cry out ‘Nonsense. Nonsense!’”

Dr. Sharen Ford, Director for Foster Care and Adoption, Focus on the Family shared an inspiring message about the importance of faith-based adoption and foster care – and how the Equality Act would hurt that.

Due to technical challenges, we were unable to stream these messages, but we’re thrilled we can share them with you now:

Many of the organizations participating in the rally, including Family Policy Alliance, asked constituents and viewers to send a message to their U.S. Representative to “Vote NO” on the Equality Act. Together, these organizations are generating tens of thousands of messages into congressional offices!

Here’s a full list of participating organizations, including links they provided to viewers during the rally.


All participating organizations will continue their work to stop the Equality Act.

What comes next? We expect that the Equality Act vote will take place this afternoon (Thursday), and we will be sure to update you of the outcome. If you haven’t already, please send a message to your member of Congress in our Action Alert now. It only takes a minute!

Thank you all again for showing up in force today. This is how we make a difference.

Don’t forget to contact your member of Congress and share the rally recording with friends!

Together in the fight,

Meridian Baldacci
Policy and Communications Strategist

 

 

REMINDER:

At 10:00AM Eastern Time this morning, Family Policy Alliance will be hosting a LIVE virtual rally to show our strong and united opposition to the Equality Act! This is a don’t-miss event—be sure to tune in.

WHAT IS THE EQUALITY ACT?

The Equality Act is a huge federal overreach that is the most dangerous piece of legislation we’ve seen come out of Congress. And it’s easy to see why.

Here are just some of the consequences if the Equality Act passes:

It’s a huge threat, and we need your help to EXPOSE it and to STOP it!

We’re hearing that Democratic leadership will not allow any amendments on the Equality Act before they vote on this unprecedented, dangerous piece of legislation. That means there will be no opportunity for members of Congress to vote on individual threats and concerns within the bill, nor a chance to improve the bill in any way.  And, we know mainstream media will make the bill sound completely harmless. That’s why we’re holding the rally—we need your help to EXPOSE what’s really going on! Don’t forget to RSVP!

WHO WILL BE AT THE RALLY?

We’re inviting pro-family Americans all across the country to attend and be a part of the united opposition against this dangerous bill!

We will hear from an incredible and diverse group of speakers from allied organizations. We can’t wait to hear from them, and we know you will enjoy hearing from them as well!

Here are some of the confirmed participating organizations and individuals:

RSVP and then tune in on Facebook or YouTube

Perhaps at another time, Americans would have gathered outside the U.S. Capitol to peacefully express their opposition to this dangerous legislation.

But right now, the U.S. Capitol is surrounded by guards and wire fencing. At a time when Congress most needs to hear our voice, we can’t go there to share it. So instead, we’re gathering online. The rally will stream live across Facebook and YouTube, and in order to send a strong message to Congress, it’s critical that many people join.

See you at 10:00AM Eastern time/9:00AM Central time/8:00AM Mountain time/7:00AM Pacific time!


Autumn Leva
Vice President for Strategy

MEDIA ADVISORY
December 15, 2020

 

Family Policy Alliance to Host Live Q&A With CEO Craig DeRoche

Facebook Live Event – 8 PM ET – December 17, 2020

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – This Thursday, Family Policy Alliance – a pro-family ministry – invites friends and partners of the ministry to join a live Q&A session with new CEO and President Craig DeRoche. During the event, Mr. DeRoche will share about his background, his heart for the ministry, and what lies ahead in 2021.

Reporters are cordially invited to attend.

Live Q&A with Craig DeRoche
When: Thursday – December 17, 2020 – 8 PM ET
Where: Facebook Live Event

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions during the event. All are encouraged to RSVP at the event page.

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

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December 8, 2020

 

Family Policy Alliance Names Craig DeRoche as New CEO
DeRoche is a former Michigan Speaker of the House and most recently served as president of Justice Fellowship

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – Family Policy Alliance – a pro-family ministry – today announced that its board has named Craig DeRoche as the ministry’s new CEO and President. Craig has nearly 30 years of experience advancing the dignity and worth of all human life, religious freedom, and family values in public policy—including having served as Speaker of the House in the Michigan legislature. He also served as President of Justice Fellowship, where he focused on advancing the value of life through second chances and redemption for those in America’s justice system.

General Patrick Caruana, chairman of the Family Policy Alliance Board, shared his confidence in the board’s decision:

“Craig has deep experience in public policy and over a decade of experience bringing coalitions together to advocate for our justice system to reflect godly principles. Most importantly, he is a man whose life and family have been transformed by Jesus Christ.  We are deeply grateful for Paul Weber’s leadership and years of sacrificial service with this ministry, and we know he will continue to support us through this transition and to lift us all up in prayer.”

DeRoche is the author of Highly Functional, in which he shares his fall into and triumph over addiction through surrender to Jesus Christ. That experience informed his recent justice reform work at Justice Fellowship, a ministry founded by Chuck Colson. DeRoche additionally served on the Charles Colson Task Force on federal prison reform that was created by Congress. He also worked personally on the issue with the three most recent U.S. Presidents.

As he joins Family Policy Alliance, DeRoche looks forward to working on policy issues that are, as he describes it, “upstream” of many justice issues.

“After advocating for biblical principles in our nation’s justice system for many years,” said DeRoche, “my heart is to advocate for strong families—because strong families are the best way to prevent lives from ending up in the justice system in the first place. God’s design for the family is the most loving, most prolife, safest, and best catalyst for success for children in the world. God led me to Family Policy Alliance where we are ready, by His grace, to make an even greater impact for families, life and religious freedom in our nation.”

DeRoche greeted supporters and allies with a similarly warm message in a video posted today.

Chief Operating Officer Sonja Swiatkiewicz told supporters, “We are thankful the Lord has brought Craig to Family Policy Alliance, and can’t wait to work with him on your behalf – and for a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished!”

Craig DeRoche is available for interview.

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

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December 2, 2020

 

   

Back to School for Parents? New Guide Offers Parents Help and Hope to Face Challenging School Situations

One expert describes it as “the most important book a parent will ever read.”

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – “The most important book a parent will ever read”—that’s what Dr. Michelle Cretella, Executive Director of the American College of Pediatricians has called it. Back to School—for Parents is a new parent guide released today by national ministries Family Policy Alliance and Focus on the Family. Designed to help parents address issues students may face in the classroom (and beyond), the guide could not be timelier as the classroom comes home again for many families.

School closures have given parents a unique glimpse into classrooms, and they may not like what they’ve seen. Classroom content may be overly sexualized, teach radical viewpoints as fact, or shut down faith-based perspectives – just to name a few concerns. Family Policy Alliance and Focus on the Family hope the guide will help parents navigate these challenging waters.

“Families today face unprecedented challenges at school—from highly sexualized curriculum, to men in their daughters’ locker rooms, to counselors encouraging children that abortion or cross-sex hormones are the right choice, without ever talking to a child’s parent,” said Stephanie Curry, Esq., Policy Manager for Family Policy Alliance. “We receive questions every week from parents about what their rights are, how to navigate the bureaucracies responsible for passing these harmful policies, and how to talk about these issues with children at home. We’ve created Back to School—for Parents to answer these questions, because we firmly believe that parents—not any government entity—are truly best at parenting.”

“As a former high school English teacher, I know that many educators have deep faith, are hardworking, and remain dedicated to their profession,” said Jeff Johnston, Culture and Policy Analyst at Focus on the Family. “But I also know that many legislators and education professionals have a social and political agenda that is antagonistic toward Christianity and biblical values. This agenda affects school curriculums, textbooks, and resources. Many parents are outraged and appalled when they discover what their children are actually being taught in school. This new education resource helps parents know what to watch out for and gives valuable guidance for protecting children.”

The guide is chock-full of surprising facts and helpful resources. Did you know that in some schools, a counselor could coach your child to “transition” genders or get an abortion without your consent or even your knowledge? Or that the school devices your child uses at home may not have the type of content filters you would install in your own home? The guide offers these and other important and eye-opening information for parents, together with practical help for parents who want to prevent or address these situations.

Back to School—for Parents comes highly endorsed from leading organizations, including the American College of Pediatricians. Executive Director Dr. Michelle Cretella said of the guide, “I can authoritatively say that Back to School—for Parents … is the most important book a parent will ever read. Download one for yourself, and for each of your family members and friends who cherish their kids!”

Other endorsees include: Christian Medical & Dental Associations, Concerned Women for America, Gateways to Better Education, American Principles Project, and Save Women’s Sports.

For parents who have concerns about a particular aspect of their child’s school, the guide is conveniently organized into sections based on areas and activities within the school: classrooms, counselors and health clinics, bathrooms and locker rooms, sports teams, lunch time and free time, school-owned internet, and school libraries and research databases. Importantly, it also contains a section dedicated to schooling options available to families should they decide their child’s school is not a good fit for their family.

Described by others as “wonderful,” an “invaluable resource,” “much-needed,” and a “wake-up call,” Family Policy Alliance and Focus on the Family hope Back to School—for Parents will help many families prevent, identify, and solve the difficult situations they face every day at school.

The guide is FREE for download from both Family Policy Alliance and Focus on the Family.

Media Contact:

Family Policy Alliance:
Robert Noland, (719) 308-2822, Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com

Focus on the Family:
 Kirsten Hochstetler 719-531-3386 Kirsten.Hochstetler@fotf.org

 

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Family Policy Alliance advances biblical citizenship and promotes good public policy that protects religious freedom, families, and life.

Focus on the Family is a global Christian ministry dedicated to helping marriages and families thrive, working to protect life and freedom, and encouraging Christians to engage the culture.

Tomorrow, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the so-called Equality Act.  If you haven’t heard, this bill would create new protected classes based on a person’s self-identified sexual orientation and gender identity.

This bill poses serious threats to Americans, especially women and children. If it becomes law, the Act will serve as a backdoor way to sanction abortions, introduce explicit content in school curriculum, let boys win in girls’ sports, pressure children toward experimental cross-sex hormones – and silence all of us who disagree.

We must expose this Act for all that it really is.

Unfortunately, Democrat leadership is not expected to allow any amendments on the Equality Act.  That means that there is no real opportunity for members of Congress to improve the bill in any way.

The best way to make sure the Equality Act is exposed is to contact your member of Congress directly.

Please take one minute and send a message now in our Action Center!

Standing Strong,

Meridian Baldacci
Policy and Communications Strategist

 

 

P.S. After you’ve sent your message, don’t forget to mark your calendar and set your alarm for our virtual rally tomorrow ahead of the vote. We’re streaming live at 10 AM ET/9 AM CT/8AM MT/7 AM PT on Facebook and YouTube. Let’s show up in force to let Congress know that Americans oppose the Equality Act. This bill is not what equality looks like.