Governor Murphy had 45 days to veto the transgender identity lessons in kindergarten bill (assembly bill 4454). That day was today! However, the Assembly was not in session and by state law, the chamber of origin must be in session on the 45th day or the governor has until the next time that chamber meets to veto the bill. In other words, he has to take action by day the Assembly meets after the 45th day – Monday, March 1. If he decides to take no action, the bill becomes law by default.

We must continue to urge him to VETO THIS BILL!

Thankfully, his office has been inundated with over 18,000 emails in the past month as people across New Jersey urge him to veto it. There has been a diverse group of voices pressuring the governor to not allow these harmful and objectionable lessons to be taught to 5-year-olds.

Last week you heard from Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano from Brick, and Pastor Ed Ramirez from Paterson. We continually hear from more pastors, legislators, and parents who are calling on Governor Murphy to let kids be kids and not be subjected to this sexual ideology at such young ages.

Legislators are speaking out – “It is outrageous to foist concepts on school children as young as kindergarten that even many adults struggle to understand. Schools are supposed to be places of academics and scholarly pursuits which prepare students for college and eventually a place in the work world. Teachers are becoming overwhelmed with non-academic requirements, leaving less and less time for traditional learning.  This bill once again would allow the state to usurp the duties of the parents. It is imperative that this bill be vetoed and return the duties of teaching morals where it belongs, with parents and clergy.” – Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger, District 13, Middletown

Pastors are speaking out – “Please veto the bill (A4454) that sits on your desk that mandates sexual orientation and gender identity diversity lessons starting in kindergarten! As a parent, a grandparent, a pastor, and an African-American, I am appalled that this bill has made it as far as your desk! I am totally opposed to the bill on faith, family, cultural, and educational grounds.  From the perspective of my faith and culture, the topic of sexual orientation and gender identity is one for parents to handle with their children, not educators.  I feel that the introduction of such topics is totally inappropriate for 5–6-year-old kindergarteners, and highly disrespectful of parental rights and freedom of religious expression.” – Pastor Kedrick Brown, Middletown, NJ

Now you must speak out!

Please email and text your friends this information.

Let’s make New Jersey better!

Shawn Hyland
Executive Director

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February 18, 2021

 

 

Murphy Urged to Override Sexuality Lessons as Veto Deadline Looms

Parents, clergy, and legislators want Governor Murphy to protect kindergarten children from transgender identity lessons

 

TRENTON, N.J. (February 19, 2021) – Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey – a pro-family ministry – is urging Governor Murphy to veto Assembly bill 4454 before the 45-day deadline on Thursday, February 25. The bill was passed by the Assembly on January 11 and fell almost entirely along party lines with every Republican voting against the bill and every democrat voting in favor of the bill – except Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D-Union), voting against the bill.

Governor Murphy’s office has been inundated with over 16,000 emails in the past month as people across New Jersey urge him to veto it. This outcry was made possible by organic petitions started by faith communities and the action alert center of Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey.

Assembly bill 4454 requires school districts to include instruction on diversity and inclusion as part of implementation of New Jersey Student Learning Standards. Originally the bill only required sexual orientation and gender identity lessons starting in the ninth grade where it was limited to Health class. The Senate Education Committee amended the bill on December 7, 2020 to include school aged children as young as kindergarten.

Shawn Hyland, Executive Director of Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey, offered the following statement:

“This bill would require transgender and sexual orientation lessons be taught to children who are so young they are just learning to tie their shoes. This will only complicate and confuse their understanding of human sexuality. We strongly urge Governor Murphy to respect the rights of parents and let kids be kids. Discussions regarding various sexual attractions and subjective gender identities have no place in the kindergarten classroom.”

Legislators are also opposing the bill as they have heard the concerns of their constituents.

“The government does not have the right to impose a certain way of life or belief system onto our children, especially kindergarteners. These topics are being forced upon students to affirm and adopt these lifestyles, regardless of their individual religious beliefs. This is a very sensitive issue which should be addressed by parents and not schools, which is why we will continue to vote ‘no’ against this bill.”– Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano, District 10, Brick, NJ

“Over the past several months, our Delegation has been contacted by a number of constituents who are deeply and justifiably concerned about the harmful impact this legislation will have on children, families and schools.  Teaching children, beginning in kindergarten, about sexual orientation as part of their school curriculum is irresponsible, inappropriate and misguided. This should be a responsibility of parents, not educators, as provisions of this legislation have no place in our schools.” – Senator Chris Connors, Assemblywomen DiAnne Gove, and Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, District 9, Forked River, NJ

“Government should never be a substitute for parents.  Allowing four- and five-year-old’s to be taught things parents historically have protected their children from is wrong.  The same government that caused commuters to have a six-to-eight-hour commute for a six-inch snow storm is now dictating what our children should or should not be exposed to in their early years.” – Senator Joe Pennacchio, District 27, Montville, NJ

“It is outrageous to foist concepts on school children as young as kindergarten that even many adults struggle to understand. Schools are supposed to be places of academics and scholarly pursuits which prepare students for college and eventually a place in the work world. Teachers are becoming overwhelmed with non-academic requirements, leaving less and less time for traditional learning.  This bill once again would allow the state to usurp the duties of the parents. It is imperative that this bill be vetoed and return the duties of teaching morals where it belongs, with parents and clergy.” – Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger, District 13, Middletown

Parents and members of the clergy also offered statements on the bill:

“As a lifelong resident of NJ and a mother of five, I’m in shock of the overreach of legislators and what they are mandating on the most vulnerable – our children all under the guise of tolerance. I’m pleading with Governor Murphy to please veto Bill A4454! Teaching kindergarteners every form of sex and gender identities is child abuse! It’s sexualizing our babies and taking away my rights as a parent. I’ve had three children go through NJ public school system and two more young children rapidly approaching, however, if this is passed, I will be forced to find alternative education or even leave the state of NJ.” – Kelly Johnson, parent, Cape May, NJ

“The current legislation will unconstitutionally impact parent’s religious liberty rights. Given that I am a Muslim parent the Tourah, Injeel (Gospel) and Holy Quran teach the importance of worship to Allah’s creation. Women are honored within the Holy Quran and this legislation would disrespect Al Islam, growing children and parents’ constitutional rights. Violation of religious freedom is something parents across New Jersey’s Interfaith community must organize around to protect. – Che’ J.T. Colter, co-founder We The Parents – Newark. NJ

“As a Latino Pastor and Hispanic leader, I feel that the sexualization of children at the age of 5 and 6 is totally inappropriate.  Not only is this inappropriate but it’s very offense to our Latino culture, which is very conservative, sensitive and protective of our children.  We ask that you please veto this inappropriate bill.” – Pastor Edward Ramirez, Harvest Outreach Ministries, Paterson, NJ

“Please veto the bill (A4454) that sits on your desk that mandates sexual orientation and gender identity diversity lessons starting in kindergarten! As a parent, a grandparent, a pastor, and an African-American, I am appalled that this bill has made it as far as your desk! I am totally opposed to the bill on faith, family, cultural, and educational grounds.  From the perspective of my faith and culture, the topic of sexual orientation and gender identity is one for parents to handle with their children, not educators.  I feel that the introduction of such topics is totally inappropriate for 5–6-year-old kindergarteners, and highly disrespectful of parental rights and freedom of religious expression.” – Pastor Kedrick Brown, Middletown, NJ

“As an orthodox priest of the Coptic Orthodox Church and scientist by training, I am extremely astonished by the lack of scientific understanding of child development, complete disregard to culture sensitivity and religious freedom in forcing an unprecedented curriculum on children who can’t discern at age 5 what eat and what to watch.   We are the only State that is forcing these curriculums to such a level.  The State of NJ is known for its diversity; thus, we must get everyone involved in the education of their children.  We need to accommodate all people, allowing family values and structure be taught by parents.  We urge Governor Murphy to veto this bill”. – Father Mina Dimitri, Saint Mary Coptic Orthodox Church, East Brunswick, NJ

Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey hopes Governor Murphy will respect the fundamental religious beliefs of millions of New Jersey citizens by vetoing A4454.

Media Contact:

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

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October 2, 2020

BREAKING: Gov. Murphy Takes Hypocritical Stand On Infant Loss and Abortion

After making October “Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Month,” Murphy announces support for pro-abortion bill – in October

TRENTON, New Jersey – Today, Governor Murphy made clear his support for the Reproductive Freedom Act. In response, Shawn Hyland, Director of Advocacy at Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey issued the following statement:

“Just this past January, Governor Murphy declared October to be “Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Month.” At the beginning of the solemn month, it is the epitome of hypocrisy to today announce his support for a radical abortion proposal. We expect that if this plan is like similar proposals (now laws) in New York and Illinois, it would allow the taking of life up to the moment of birth for any reason in New Jersey.

“It is indisputable that Governor Murphy and so many others in Trenton are beholden to the senseless taking of life through abortion and the industry built around it. From increasing Planned Parenthood funding to $20 million per year when New Jersey could least afford it, to refusing to enforce important health and safety standards in standing-room-only abortion clinics during the Coronavirus pandemic, his stance is clear – abortion anywhere, anytime regardless of cost, safety of the mother, or the lives of babies in the womb.

“During a month when countless New Jersey parents mourn the tragic loss of unborn children and infants, it is sobering that efforts to advance the publicly funded and virtually limitless killing of children would be the singular focus of the Murphy administration.

“We call on Governor Murphy and the pro-abortion contingent in the NJ legislature to stop promoting policies that legally advance genocide in the Garden State.”

Media Contact:

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

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

 

Time is quickly running out. The clock started to tick on January 11th. On that tragic day, the Assembly passed bill A4454 requiring sexual orientation and gender identity (transgender) lessons be taught in all public schools beginning in kindergarten. Governor Murphy had 45 days to veto the newly passed legislation or it would become law. We are approaching that moment. The clock will expire on Thursday, February 25th. As of today, he has not taken any action to veto or approve this bill. It will become law by default, even without his authorization, if he refuses to veto it.

Thankfully, his office has been inundated with over 16,000 emails in the past month as people across New Jersey urge him to veto it. This outcry was made possible by organic petitions started by faith communities and our action alert center. Honestly, this is not enough. Truly, it is a historic milestone of engaged constituents, but it barely scratches the surface of the overwhelming number of citizens who oppose their tax money being used to teach sexuality lessons to five-year-olds.

Governor Murphy needs to hear from you, your family, and your friends – take action today! Let him know that New Jersey won’t stand for this.

Legislators are speaking out – “These topics are being forced upon students to affirm and adopt these lifestyles, regardless of their individual religious beliefs. This is a very sensitive issue which should be addressed by parents and not schools, which is why we will continue to vote ‘no’ against this bill.” Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano, District 10

Pastors are speaking out – “As a Latino Pastor and Hispanic leader, I feel that the sexualization of children at the age of 5 and 6 is totally inappropriate.  Not only is this inappropriate but it’s very offense to our Latino culture, which is very conservative, sensitive and protective of our children. We ask that you please veto this inappropriate bill.” Pastor Edward Ramirez, Paterson, New Jersey

Please, use your voice to speak out NOW. Our children are counting on you.

Please email and text your friends this information.

Let’s make New Jersey better!

Shawn Hyland
Executive Director

The Covid crisis has reminded us of many things in New Jersey. One lesson we’ve re-learned: state government will happily seize unconstitutional power and tighten its grasp unless challenged by their own political party. And modern education does not work because it has a misplaced priority on unionized adults instead of the students. I urge us to take this Covid moment and change how we do education.

I believe children should not be required to attend failing school districts simply because of their zip code or financial status. In other words, I believe in Education Equality. Fourteen states recently passed bills approving Education Savings Accounts. This allows money to follow the student to whichever school the family determines is in the best interest of the child. Education Savings Accounts put the student first! It’s a parent driven, child-centered plan of education. How innovative!

New Jersey spends on average over $20,000 per pupil – the fourth highest in the nation behind New York, Washington DC, and Connecticut. Yet, with so much money invested in schools (notice I did not say in students – there is difference), the legislature and Governor Murphy are afraid to give parents a choice. They are aware of the data. According to Real Clear Opinion Research, 77% of people surveyed support school choice (educational equality).

This week, I had the opportunity to join school choice advocates from across the political spectrum. Together, we discussed how we can influence our legislature to put the health and future of children above the special interest of elections and political donations. In addition, I led a strategy conversation with key denominational and church affiliation leaders. We are working to mobilize the faith community to engage with their legislators on these issues: namely, to support parents’ rights in determining how and where their children are educated.

I look forward to making Education Equality a major emphasis of the 2021 elections. Candidates for office face a brutal and burdensome vetting process by the powerful New Jersey Education Association. Tragically, they fiercely oppose equal opportunities for students. Let us support those candidates who will give parents the ability to decide what is best for their children.

Let’s make New Jersey better!

Shawn Hyland
Executive Director

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May 29, 2020

BREAKING: Pastors Sue Governor Murphy for Not Deeming Churches Essential and Preventing Them from Immediately Reopening

Lawsuit comes after Governor Murphy failed to respond to two letters asking to responsibly reopen churches

TRENTON, New Jersey – Today, 27 churches sued New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, in District Court, over his failure to deem churches as essential, which prohibits them from reopening, even under CDC guidelines. The complaint argues Governor Murphy is unconstitutionally preventing the free exercise of faith of hundreds of thousands of New Jersey citizens by keeping church doors forcibly closed.

As of this week, New Jersey church doors have been closed for more than nine weeks. While Governor Murphy had initially named a variety of other entities in his reopening plan – including restaurants and entertainment – he had not included churches with the exception of “drive-in” services, where congregants must remain in their vehicles with doors and windows closed or with vehicles six feet apart, a requirement that effectively prohibits many worshipers from gathering. Though today, Governor Murphy projected lifting the current restrictions on indoor religious services on Friday, June 12, he failed to define these limits.

The lawsuit comes after Governor Murphy failed to respond to two separate letters from pastors throughout the state respectfully requesting the Governor deem churches as essential so believers throughout the state can begin to freely worship together again while following all CDC guidelines.

The first letter, sent two weeks ago, was spearheaded by Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey and signed by 100 pastors who reminded Governor Murphy being permitted to gather together was an absolute essential aspect of their faith. They implored Governor Murphy to trust churches to exercise their faith “responsibly and compassionately” as they serve the needs of communities in crisis.

When the Governor failed to respond to the first letter, 67 pastors sent a second letter last week, once again asking Governor Murphy to include churches in his reopening plan by this past Wednesday or face this lawsuit.

As of this writing, Governor Murphy has not directly responded to either letter.

Demetrios Stratis, the attorney representing multiple churches who are now plaintiffs in the lawsuit, offered the following statement:

“Today we filed a Federal lawsuit seeking the courts to override the Orders of the Governors which restrict our House of Worship and citizens of this State from going to church to pray and worship Almighty God.  Most importantly, if our Governor will not declare that churches are essential, we ask our Federal Courts to do so for him.  Our President has done so, but unfortunately, our State Governor does not believe in what our New Jersey Constitution says, that ‘No person shall be deprived of the inestimable privilege of worshipping Almighty God in a manner agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience… .’ (N.J. Const. Art. I, par. 3.) The language in our Constitution could not be more clear. That churches are not deemed to be essential is a terrible statement about the Governor’s priorities being in the wrong place.”

Rev. Walter E Nistorenko of Abundant Life Church in Ocean View, New Jersey, one plaintiff named in the lawsuit, offered the following statement:

“The freedom to exercise our faith is a right given to us by Almighty God and protected by the First Amendment of our Constitution.  I have been quite saddened that Governor Murphy has chosen to ignore this right during the pandemic.  He has chosen to keep open the liquor stores and abortion clinics, calling them essential as he has governed this crisis, yet has chosen to keep houses of worship closed.  We know that churches are beyond essential. It is where hope, encouragement, and a Divine solution can be found, especially during this challenging season. As the church, we minister to every soul, including those who contracted the COVID-19 virus and those who are struggling in various other ways because of the lockdown. If a second wave reemerges this fall or if another future crisis appears, our essential right to function should not be encumbered again.  I am asking Governor Murphy to recognize the value of churches as essential by opening them immediately, and in doing so, providing a critical solution to help New Jersey residents navigate these pressing times.”

Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey applauds the courage of the pastors as they stand up for their fundamental right to freely exercise their faith by worshipping together. Though we are disappointed churches had to sue to have their fundamental rights protected, there’s still time for the Governor to do the right thing and protect the First Amendment rights of all New Jerseyans.

Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey is not party to the lawsuit.

The complaint is available for download here.

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.

“So come, let’s attack him with our tongues and pay no attention to anything he says.” – Jeremiah 18:18b

Jeremiah, known as the weeping prophet, dared to tell the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, the hard uncomfortable truths that disrupted their echo chamber. Something was wrong – very wrong – but they did not want to hear it. A mild form of totalitarianism leveraged all their collective power against him. The priests, the prophets, the king, and his officials colluded to slander and silence the prophet. Only their words would be allowed in the marketplace of ideas. His prophecies were de-platformed for being incompatible with the approved narrative the mainstream wanted to hear. In other words, he was cancelled.

Tragically, New Jersey legislative committees are sometimes prime examples of disinterested politicians refusing to hear all sides of a policy issue. Committee hearings regularly start late, and therefore, voices registered to testify in opposition to a bill are limited to two minutes though the normal committee rules allow five minutes.

Less than two months ago, New Jersey State Senator Michael Doherty had his microphone shut off because the Chair of the Committee, Senator Teresa Ruiz, was infuriated by his defense of parents. He believed parents were motivated by love in protecting children from learning about transgenderism in kindergarten. The Chairwoman instructed the Education Committee staff to, “Mute his microphone.” It was a modern paraphrase of the biblical verse found in Jeremiah, ‘pay no attention to anything he says.’

Cancel culture, in its current form, has been gaining ground for years. First, it was academia banning conservative speakers. Then it was the mainstream media refusing to give equal time to conservative elected officials. Now it is Big Tech banning any person, organization, or ministry from stating a fact not approved by the Totalitarian state. Our friends at Focus on the Family were blocked on Twitter just last week, leading our national allies to ask – “Are We Next?”

Thankfully, there are New Jersey legislators who recognize the threat unchecked social media companies have to silence speech. Assemblyman Bob Auth, along with five co-sponsors, introduced the “Stop Social Media Censorship Act” over a year ago! The Act predated Big Tech’s flurry of bans and blocks. It creates a private right of action for users of social media websites whose political or religious speech has been deleted or censored by social media websites.

What does that mean for us? I want to encourage you to share our weekly communications through text or emails. Don’t give up on using social media to spread our message but don’t depend on it either. Analytics show that for every person who shares our post, on average 8-10 of their friends might see it. You must be proactive to use all methods of communication.

Help us each week to spread the word!

Shawn Hyland
Executive Director

 

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May 22, 2020

 

Pastors Ask Governor Murphy to Let Them Reopen – or Face a Lawsuit

TRENTON, New Jersey –Today, 67 pastors signed a letter to Governor Phil Murphy asking him to let churches reopen in some manner by next Wednesday – or face a lawsuit. The letter, which includes the prospective lawsuit, was a partnership between Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey,  attorney Demetrios Stratis of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and Pastor Walter Nistorenko of Abundant Life Church in Seaville who mobilized pastors from across the state to add their name to this joint good-faith appeal.

This is the second letter pastors have sent to Governor Murphy asking for permission to reopen. In the first letter, sent last week by Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey, 100 pastors expressed their commitment to follow CDC and local health guidelines and asked to be included in Phase 1 of New Jersey’s reopening plan. The Governor did not respond to that letter.

Shawn Hyland, Director of Advocacy for Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey, reacted to the Governor’s silence: “It is disappointing that Governor Murphy has disregarded the request of 100 pastors who respectfully requested to be treated equally in reopening and who have committed to following CDC guidelines in caring for their community. New Jersey would not be alone if it were to allow churches to safely reopen. Many states across America, including most recently Massachusetts, acknowledge that houses of worship can safely practice their faith with more than 10 people present.”

The new letter asks for a special designation separate from for-profit businesses. “As a threshold matter,” the letter reads, “houses of worship such as churches should not be relegated to the category of ‘business’ – essential or not. Houses of worship warrant separate and independent consideration given the sacred constitutionally protected activity that takes place inside.”

It stands out that churches were not named in the Governor’s reopening plan. “The Governors Phase reopening plan listed libraries, museums, indoor restaurants and entertainment, but not churches,” said Hyland. “We hope the Governor does not deem tax paying businesses more essential than charitable organizations that are ministering to the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health of their members. That would be religious discrimination.”

Mr. Stratis, the attorney representing the pastors, elaborated on the constitutional claims.

Governor Murphy has violated the First Amendment of our US Constitution and our New Jersey Constitution, two documents he swore to uphold when he took office.  Freedom to exercise our religion does not take a vacation during a pandemic and, in fact, is needed even more so during those times.  We can debate whether Governor Murphy should dictate business closures, but the First Amendment protection of religious liberty is not debatable.  No one, including our Governor, can dictate to churches and their congregants when and how they choose to worship.”

The pastors’ full letter is available for download here.

Media Contact:

For general media inquiries:  Robert Noland, (719) 308-2822, media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com

For legal inquires: Demetrios Stratis, dstratis@stratislaw.com

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Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey is a Christ-centered organization whose vision is a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.

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May 14, 2020

New Jersey Churches Ask Governor Murphy to Include Houses of Worship in Phase 1 Reopening

100 pastors signed a letter asking to be included in the forthcoming reopening plan

TRENTON, New Jersey – Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey – a public policy partner of Focus on the Family – on Wednesday sent a letter to Governor Phil Murphy, signed by 100 pastors who expressed their commitment to follow CDC and local health guidelines, and who asked to be included in Phase 1 of New Jersey’s reopening plan. The signatures were gathered in less than 24 hours in response to Governor Murphy’s announcement that he will begin to release “hard dates” for reopening by the end of the week. This follows the Governor’s initial reopening plan, which some viewed as noncommittal due to its lack of specifics.

To obtain signatures, Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey – a Christian advocacy organization – contacted pastors to communicate their shared commitment to exercise extraordinary care and precaution in protecting congregants who attend services.

Shawn Hyland, Director of Advocacy for the organization, offered the following statement:

“There is no greater commandment than to love God with all our heart and to love our neighbors as ourselves. People of faith should lead by example in their practice of safe social distancing recommendations. I believe local churches have done that, thanks to the leadership of pastors from across the Garden State.”

The letter cites both the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the preamble to the New Jersey Constitution as evidence of the “essential” status of houses of worship.

On this point Hyland added, “Temporary restrictions upon Constitutional rights in times of emergency are allowed, but the government must restrain its own power by ensuring these limits are the least restrictive means possible. Sadly, that is no longer the case. Until today, churches have been prohibited from holding drive in services, where congregants remain in their car, separate from all person-to-person contact, while other business entities continue to serve customers. We are thankful for Governor Murphy’s decision today to lift restrictions concerning drive-in worship services, but we urge him to allow the churches to open following the same safety guidelines as essential businesses.

Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey hopes Governor Murphy will honor the respectful request of these pastors and allow them to safely reopen their doors when other essential “Phase One” reopenings are permitted.

The full letter is available for download here.

Media Contact:

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

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Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey is a public policy partner of Focus on the Family. As a Christ-centered organization, our vision is a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.

Last Friday, we were honored to join New Jersey Right to Life and numerous other pro-life organizations for the New Jersey Rally for Life and Walk for Life in Trenton. Senator Michael Doherty and Assembly members Erik Peterson, John DiMaio, and Ron Dancer joined hundreds of people at the statehouse annex on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. This gathering could not be more urgent.

I had the opportunity to address the attendees concerning the so-called Reproductive Freedom Act.  You can view a short video clip of my public comments on our Facebook page by clicking here. It was encouraging to see the passionate response of those gathered as we jointly told Governor Murphy to “Let the Children Live.”

As this radical abortion bill continues to stagnate awaiting a committee hearing, the Governor’s wife Tammy Murphy introduced the Nurture NJ Strategic Plan this week. It’s goal is well intentioned – “New Jersey will be the safest and most equitable place in the nation to give birth and raise a baby”. This 94-page plan addresses well-documented disparities that minorities and women living in lower economic areas might experience concerning their pregnancy and pre-natal care. Though the vision and mission of such a massive undertaking is admirable, the details are troubling if not hypocritical.

The plan states – “All children will be nurtured from conception in environments that always support and never inhibit their well-being

However, such language is quickly undermined by the plan’s call for immediate funding of all abortion services up to the point of birth: “New Jersey should affirmatively provide for comprehensive family planning services and reproductive autonomy through policy and in funding.”

You can’t make this stuff up!

In other words, pass the so-called Reproductive Freedom Act and fund Planned Parenthood to provide free abortions up to the point of birth. Sadly, children’s wellbeing from the point of conception was never the priority.

To be clear, we do applaud Tammy Murphy’s objective to address the real concerns of maternal health, and in particular the social and economic differences in infant mortality. But the unwavering allegiance to the Big Abortion Industry and their agenda flies in the face of her stated mission to make New Jersey the safest place for babies in the womb!

We can do better!


Shawn Hyland
Director of Advocacy