As strange as that may sound, that day may be closer than you think! If we listen to transgender activists, politicians, and some educators, “gendered” words are outdated, antiquated and oppressive vestiges of a bygone era, despite being the norm for all of human history up to this point! The push to replace sex-specific words in our vocabulary is just the latest iteration of the radical sexual ideologies that stretch back to the same-sex marriage battle – and even before in the Sexual Revolution.

Recently, moms were the victims of this push to change language. Over Mother’s Day weekend, mothers were appalled to hear that they were being referred to as “birthing people” in an extreme effort to separate language from biological sex. I guess that would make fathers “non-birthing people”?

Whatever labels the Left tries to use to replace the word “father,” nothing can replace how important that word – and the person of a father – really is.

Jesus used the word far more often than I realized. Check it out for yourself with a concordance and you will be surprised. He used it both in the context of his relationship with his Father and of ours as well.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” Matthew 7:21

Even outside of Scripture, the word “father” is rich with meaning. The Online Etymology Dictionary traces its origins to the Old English fæder, “he who begets a child, the nearest male ancestor;” also “the Supreme Being,” and by late Old English, “one who exercises parental care over another.”

God the Father “exercises parental care” for us perfectly, better than any earthly father. In fact, according to Acts 17:28, “… in him we live and move and have our being…’We are also His offspring.’” He not only cares for us now, but is the very reason for our existence!

Sadly, the last few generations of public-school students have not been taught that God is their Creator, let alone their heavenly father. Instead, they’ve been taught the theory of evolution – specifically, without God in the picture at all. We are, according to popular theory, just random accidents – not the creations of a loving God. Yet Biblically speaking, we know that we were created in the “image of God” with both purpose and relationship in mind.

The feminist and transgender movements may have sought to disassociate the word “father” from anything good. But this Sunday, millions of children in families across America will show appreciation for fathers and celebrate their dads with cards and gifts that will strengthen their family bonds.

To be sure, our earthly fathers are not perfect, and all have made mistakes, whether big or small. But love and forgiveness are keys to making families work the way God intended. I’ve seen that in my own life: my earthly father was an alcoholic for many years, but my Heavenly Father redeemed that situation and turned it into a blessing.

Please help us to continue having a strong influence on legislation affecting faith and family. Our mission is to help families in Wyoming to thrive. With our Heavenly Father’s help and your prayerful support, we are making a difference.

Sincerely,

Nathan Winters
Executive Director

 

P.S. This Father’s Day, I encourage you to visit Fathers in the Field.  This is a wonderful, national ministry helping the fatherless that was started right here in Wyoming.

As Senator Cynthia Lummis took the main stage to address the graduating class of the University of Wyoming this year, she came with practical and heart-felt advice for each student. Mrs. Lummis spoke with the clarity and authority of a lady who understood her times and cared enough for Wyoming students to give sensible advice to live by.

As she opened, she spoke directly to future moms and dads and called them to “teach children to work hard.” Mrs. Lummis has undoubtedly considered the world through the love and concern of a grandmother. In true statesmanlike fashion, she addressed the present generation of Wyoming graduates and called on them to meet the challenge of raising the next generation with diligence.

After addressing the importance of families, Mrs. Lummis achieved a new level of statesmanship as she warned of the challenges facing today’s graduates. Lummis stated, “There are those in government who believe not that the Creator endowed us with inalienable rights …but that government created those rights, and that government should redefine those rights—including our rights to freedom of speech, religion, property, assembly, and to keep and bear arms.”

Then, while bravely standing on a modern American college campus, Senator Lummis chose to speak truth. She chose to illustrate the attack on the truth by saying, “Even fundamental scientific truths, such as the existence of two sexes, male and female, are subject to challenge these days.” No such statement of self-evident truth is allowed to go unchallenged by the modern purveyors of radical gender ideology, and she received some boos and catcalls. But Mrs. Lummis continued to the end of her speech and stayed strong.

Over the following days, radical leftists savaged her in the press. One editorialist tried to make fun of her by stating that she “should get out more.” He then appealed to the great arbiters of truth at Google as he condescendingly said, “Hey Cynthia, in the information age, it’s not that hard. Ask Google, ‘How many genders are there?’”

In trying to make his point, the author blames the whole modern construct of “woke” sexuality on the existence of intersex individuals. This argument should be addressed. Mayo clinic explains “Ambiguous genitalia is a rare condition in which an infant’s external genitals don’t appear to be clearly male or female.”

How rare? The Intersex Society of North America states, “If you ask experts at medical centers how often a child is born so noticeably atypical in terms of genitalia that a specialist in sex differentiation is called in, the number comes out to about 1 in 1500 to 1 in 2000 births.” This rare condition should never be blamed for the radical theories taught in “Gender Studies” departments of the modern American campus.

There is a great takeaway from the entire exchange: Statesmen are willing to stand for truth regardless of the personal consequence. The act of blaming the totality of the sexual revolution on a rare condition found in infancy should be stood up to in our society, and Senator Lummis demonstrated for us all what true statesmanship looks like.

For truth,

Nathan Winters
Executive Director

In a rare leak from the Supreme Court, potentially unprecedented in modern history, a draft of Justice Samuel Alito’s majority opinion overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey was leaked to the news outlet Politico in an apparent attempt to exert pressure on conservative justices to change their minds.

The 98-page draft, written by Justice Samuel Alito, reveals a sweeping repudiation of almost a half-century of appalling precedent from the Supreme Court.

Justice Alito argues powerfully and persuasively:

“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.

“It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”

These words sum up countless hours of work and prayer from men and women across the nation who, since 1973, have poured themselves into saving the lives of the unborn.

In the Wyoming legislature this year, a special bill called a “Trigger Bill” was passed to return Wyoming laws back to the pre-1973 understanding of a baby’s right to live, regardless of which side of the womb it was on. It overwhelmingly passed and was signed into law.

It’s called a “trigger” bill because it will go into effect (triggered) when Roe v. Wade is overturned, which, as the leak indicates, could happen anytime. The men and women who worked so diligently to pass this bill have ensured that in Wyoming, we value life. I am asking you to reach out to your State Senator and State Representative and say, “Thank you.”

We should also note that these legislators stand on the shoulders of many who went before them, struggling to pass legislation even when no hope appeared in sight. Many of them, already passed on into eternity, may not be here to celebrate the victory, but they stood on principle and voted for what was right, despite the nay-sayers.

At the end of the day, it was you, men and women who “stand firm and take action” – who prayed, worked, voted and endured – who have been the backbone of this victory. The battle isn’t over; it has switched to a different battlefield. Roe v. Wade may be overturned, but that would mean that the decisions simply return to state legislatures across the nation. It is more imperative than ever that we elect Godly men and women to stand.

We will be releasing our candidate scorecard this summer to help you determine who will stand for life, religious freedom, and family values. Please consider supporting us with a gift of any amount as we help you stand for the next generation.

For Life,

Nathan Winters
Executive Director

A pike was placed in a large tank. At feeding times, minnows, its favorite food, were poured into the water and the pike would gobble them up in a burst of energy. Next, a clear glass cylinder was placed in the center of the tank and the minnows were placed within. The pike, unaware that an invisible barrier now separated him from his prey darted for the first minnow only to slam into the glass. Stunned, he backed away and tried again. Same result! The process went on for a few hours and finally in defeat, the pike settled to the bottom of the tank. The glass cylinder was then extracted, freeing the minnows. They swam right by the nose of the pike, but conditioning had convinced him that the minnows were inaccessible. Eventually he wasted away and died.

The lesson of the pike could be applied to the forced acceptance of transgender propaganda. We are told that we must affirm a lie that we can choose our gender rather than accept the biological evidence. Parents are being conditioned in cult-like fashion, to accept a new norm despite how destructive it is. Adolescent bodies are being irreversibly damaged by puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, top and bottom surgeries. Little to nothing is being done to help them, despite studies by reputable medical organizations showing more than 80% of gender confused adolescents eventually move on to adulthood and accept their biological gender without drugs and surgery.

The seriousness of the issue begs the question, “what causes gender dysphoria?” and how is it treated? Last year in Washington, D.C., at the Family Policy Alliance conference, Dr. Roger Hiatt a Pediatric Child Psychiatrist for Youth & Families in Little Rock, Arkansas, addressed this issue. In dealing with transgender adolescents, he stated that almost all the transgender clients he has worked with were sexually abused and would greatly benefit from counseling and therapy. Considering rampant internet porn and the obvious over-sexualization of our children in our culture, especially our schools, this should be no surprise.

It may seem as if “resistance is futile” and we “will eventually be assimilated” to borrow a line from Star Trek but, “resistance is NOT futile” and our children don’t have to be assimilated. Shockingly, across the nation, some legislators have tried to pass legislation banning any professional form of therapy to help minors under 18 deal with gender confusion (dysphoria) or unwanted sexual feelings toward individuals of the same sex. The title “Conversion Therapy Ban” was cleverly used to make it appear to be a religious issue, but it has become obvious this has nothing to do with religion but everything to do with political ideology.

A similar ban in Florida was repealed by a 2-1 decision in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which sided with two therapists who said the laws in the city of Boca Raton and Palm Beach County violated their free speech rights.

Here in Wyoming, we must work to never let the left’s glass cylinder into our state. Would you join me in praying and giving as we stand for truth in a broken world?

Sincerely,

Nathan Winters
Executive Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2021

Born Alive Bill Signed Into Law

Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming Thankful for bill protecting babies born alive.

CHEYENNE, Wyoming – Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming, a pro-family ministry, applauds the enactment of the Born Alive-Infant Means of Care (SF 34) with the Governor’s signature.

The bill, which is sponsored by Senator Cheri Steinmetz (R-Lingle) and Representative Flitner (R-Greybull), ensures that any baby born alive after a failed abortion will receive the same level of care as any other infant.

A statement from Nathan Winters, Executive Director for Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming:

“With the resounding support of the Wyoming legislature and endorsement of the Governor, Wyoming has taken the important step of protecting these vulnerable citizens taking their first breath of Wyoming air.

“This legislation will stand as a silent but strong guardian over any infant surviving an abortion by requiring that medical professionals carry out their ethical and medical duty to provide appropriate medical care or genuine comfort care for a newborn. While physicians can determine what “appropriate and reasonable steps” should be taken, this new law ensures that the next step can’t be to do nothing.

“We are honored to have been a part of this effort and applaud the legislature and Gov. Gordon for advancing this new law.”

 

Media Contact:

For questions or to schedule an interview with Nathan Winters, please contact Robert Noland at 719-308-2822 or Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com.

 

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

Tall, in a crowded room, a Lincolnesque man, with oil-stained coat and hands, stands alone. He is surrounded by the finer dressed; citizens who respectfully listen, even as they disagree.

This scene, immortalized in one of my favorite Norman Rockwell paintings, was published as a series of four, as World War II raged across the globe. It was Rockwell’s way of reminding his generation of the great American ideals they were sacrificing their sons and daughters to protect.

That painting, entitled, “Freedom of Speech,” was based upon a true event Rockwell had witnessed as a young man, and yet it resonates with us today because of the unmistakable point it was trying to make. The right to stand and respectfully speak, no matter your education, age, race, wealth or faith is a historic right for which so many Americans have died to secure for ourselves and others.

That right has rarely been acknowledged in the long history of the world. Most people simply lived under the inherited political model into which they had been born. Whether it was a monarchy, principality or oligarchy, most Christians in the past never had to think about their government much because they had very little voice in it.

The image, so ably depicted by Rockwell, could have never happened in 17th century England, or anywhere else in the world for that matter. If an oil-stained laborer would have attempted to speak out in a public forum back then, he would have been shouted down with, “Know your place,” or “mind your betters!”

In America, where we acknowledge “that all men are created equal,” we have the opportunity to participate in the governing of our lives. Yet, as Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

We must speak up, ask questions, and hold accountable the men and women whom we select from among ourselves to represent our values in government at the state and federal levels. As a Christian, this is vital because we recognize our biblical responsibility to be faithful to our calling in Christ. Every generation has to engage in the great struggle for themselves. We must lift our link in the great chain of history.

The challenge for the Christian is often, “How do we find the candidate that best represents our biblical values when there are so many to consider?” Have you ever considered if that candidate is you? At Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming, we are looking for men and women who will stand for truth.

If you know someone who would be a good candidate, let them know and send their contact information to our team. Also, please consider giving to the Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming as we partner with candidates who will stand for a state where God is honored, Life is cherished, Religious Freedom flourishes, and Families thrive.

Sincerely,

Nathan Winter
Executive Director

 

News that Disney would stand against legislation in Florida hit the news earlier this month. The legislation would simply ensure that young children in the Florida Public Schools are not exposed to discussions of sexual practices.

It blew up in the press recently when Florida Governor Ron DeSantis called out Disney’s corporate activism. DeSantis said, “You have companies like Disney that…criticize parents’ rights.” He went on to add, “Our policies must be based on the best interest of Florida citizens, not on the musing of woke corporations.”

This latest skirmish between families and corporations comes after years of watching “progressive” activism rise within some of the largest companies on the planet. They threaten, lobby, spend millions of dollars, and pressure state and local governments to rewrite the laws to reflect some of the most anti-free-speech arguments of the modern age.

In a 1971 memo to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, future Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell warned that “the American economic system is under broad attack.” He wrote, “One of the bewildering paradoxes of our time is the extent to which the enterprise system tolerates, if not participates, in its own destruction.”

Powell referenced a 1971 article from The Wall Street Journal highlighting how General Motors was “plainly in trouble” because of its refusal to stand up to the Marxist bromides of that day. As a result, business executives were learning what college administrators had to learn; “One radical demand was conceded… only to be followed by a fresh crop which soon escalated to what amounted to a demand for outright surrender.”

Sadly, Justice Powell’s warning seems to have been forgotten. This month, the Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce took special pains to advocate for a “bias-crimes” ordinance to be on “the right side of history.” The argument from the Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce has been that large corporations like Wal-Mart, Amazon, Microsoft, and others will not do business in Wyoming unless we bow to the woke demands of some within their corporate structure.

Such an idea makes little sense. The massive Wal-Mart distribution center in Laramie County and the numerous Wal-Mart stores across the state are not likely to close if Wyoming refuses to go woke. Amazon will not cease its sales to Wyoming citizens if we refuse to go with its woke agenda. Microsoft is unlikely to shut down its data facilities because Wyoming stands up to the Marxists within its corporate structure.

Like Ron DeSantis, it is time that Wyomingites stand up to call out those who demand conformity to radical ideology and say that “Our policies must be based on the best interest of Wyoming citizens, not on the musing of woke corporations” or of radicalized Chambers of Commerce for that matter.

Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming is gearing up for the election season across the state this year. We are looking for men and women who will stand firm for truth in their local communities. We need you to help us find men and women who will stand up for school boards, town councils, and the state legislature and help them get elected – to stand up for families and children in the public arena.



Nathan Winters
Executive Director

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a cataclysmic decision that has caused the deaths of an estimated 63,459,781 babies across our country. At the time it happened, The New York Times declared that “a historic resolution of a fiercely controversial issue” had been reached. History has demonstrated that Roe v. Wade brought anything but resolution.

As ultrasounds became widespread in mainstream culture, they demonstrated what Christian Scriptures and the laws of nature made apparent – babies in the womb are babies.

An increasing outcry in American culture began to grow in the decade that followed Roe v. Wade. In 1976, with the passage of the Hyde Amendment, federal money was prohibited from being used to fund abortions. At the state level, more and more people began to see the importance of standing for the most vulnerable young Americans.

Over the years, as awareness was raised on the issue, people began to pass laws that did not contradict Roe v. Wade, yet restricted it in individual states. In 2005, 34 laws were passed across the nation, limiting abortion. That number more than doubled in 2011. Over the past three years, many states began passing “fetal heartbeat” legislation, ensuring that no abortions would take place if a heartbeat could be detected.

In recent years, many states began to work on “trigger bills” that would take effect if Roe v. Wade was overturned to any extent. While some of those states began their work with the hope that Roe v. Wade would be challenged, they had to act purely on hope. As of December 2021, such a challenge has been made in the Supreme Court. This means that states now truly have a chance to stop the terrible death toll of innocent babies.

That all leads to this week, when Wyoming made one of the most potentially consequential decisions to protect human life our state has seen. Governor Gordon signed a bill that was the hard work of a team of state legislators who worked for months. This new law will – when the Supreme Court overturns Roe, which could happen in June – largely return Wyoming to pre-1973 laws that made abortion illegal.

Rep. Rachel Rodriguez-Williams and Senator Lynn Hutchings worked hard to carry this legislation forward as the prime sponsors, but an amazing team of pro-life legislators spoke and worked to make sure the bill passed. Months before the session started, Rep. Chip Neiman began to study and plan for potential pitfalls.

Groups such as Americans United for Life and Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming worked to support and help through the process. Very importantly, thousands of you sent emails and called your legislators to help them see the value of standing for life.

There is still more to come, the struggle isn’t over, but a major victory has been won in Wyoming!

Here at Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming, we will always stand for a state where God is Honored,  Religious Freedom Flourishes, Families Thrive, and Life is Cherished.

Thank you for standing with us!

NathanWinters
Executive Director

The extraordinary pace of the Session has almost drawn to a close.

First, the good news. I am thrilled to report that HB 92 Abortion Prohibition-Supreme Court Decision passed through the House (43-16) and through its first reading in the Senate. This “trigger bill” would properly position Wyoming for the eventual overturning of Roe v. Wade by the United States Supreme Court. When that happens, it would trigger a mechanism that automatically returns protection for the unborn to the status of Wyoming law before 1973.

In a very exciting development, we partnered with pro-life advocates to bring Rebecca Kiessling to Wyoming as an internationally known spokeswoman for those conceived in rape. Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming arranged a press conference with her and bill sponsors. In her testimony before the Senate Labor Committee, Rebecca gave powerful testimony explaining that in the horrible circumstance of rape, we should punish the guilty party, not the innocent. This bill is proceeding through the Senate. We need you to contact your Senator and ask that they pass this vital bill.

But we also have two very sober reports for you.

First, the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act” overwhelmingly passed the Senate with 25 out of the 30 Senators voting Aye.  Sadly, the Speaker of the House “pocket vetoed” the bill by keeping it on his desk and not allowing it to be sent to a committee. This bill has broad support from across the population. It isn’t considered Left or Right, Democrat or Republican. It simply protects the opportunities of our young ladies to play on a fair playing field, earn scholarships, and know that Wyoming understands the biological differences between boys and girls. Be assured, we will be bringing this very popular bill back and we are confident that, with new pro-family representatives elected this year, we will not be stymied by House leadership again.

Secondly, after passing the Senate, the Civics Transparency Act likewise was killed in the House.  The Civics Transparency Act is a bill designed to help parents see if theories such as Critical Race Theory or the radical ideas of the Sexual Revolution are present in their children’s classrooms. Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming stands for the principle that schools serve families rather than the other way around. Sadly, when the Speaker of the House designed the House Education Committee, he placed several of the most liberal members in the House on the committee to kill good bills like this. The bill died 5-4 in the Education Committee. We want to thank the sponsors and supporters for their hard work. Until we elect legislators who care more for families than for the education industry, we will continue to see good education policy die.

The powerful news is that all of the bills that FPA supports have passed with large margins when they are given a fair chance to be heard. While we will continue to push against procedural barriers, public support is strong and growing. We will continue to advocate for women, children, and families as the session draws to a close.

Sincerely,

Nathan Winters
Executive Director

With the news echoing around the globe of the brave and defiant stand of the people of Ukraine as they battle for their lives and liberties, it is easy to overlook the very real battles and victories taking place closer to home.

Tuesday was “Crossover Day” in the Wyoming Legislature. Crossover is the point at which a bill that starts in the House of Representatives must be all the way through the process in the House and have “crossed-over” to the Senate or it dies (and vice versa with bills starting in the Senate).

At this point, we are happy to report several wonderful victories!

It is amazing to think that we are just a little over a week away from the end of the 2022 Session of the Wyoming Legislature! So much is happening, and changes take place hourly in Cheyenne.

Know that we are working hard on your behalf, and thank you for the prayer and support during this very busy time!


Nathan Winters & Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming Team