Educational freedom, a topic that has languished in the doldrums for far too long, finally caught a fresh breeze of hope this year. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a blow against “Blaine Amendments,” which have centralized education in Western states like Wyoming and have made secularism the de facto religious perspective of government funded schools.
In August, the Trump campaign released a 2nd term agenda themed, “Fighting for You.” One item stood out: a pledge to “Provide School Choice to Every Child in America.”
This theme hasn’t been just an item tucked away among a longer list. It was arguably the most consistent theme across the RNC Convention as well – seemingly mentioned in every speech.
It’s difficult to imagine something more transformative – culturally, for families, and for individual students – than empowering families to choose the school they believe will help their children. Enabling parents and students to choose the right fit for their individual needs would enhance competition, allow for values to be protected, improve results, and help students to flourish outside of a one-size-fits-all agenda.
For years, the major parties have been too afraid to tackle this tough issue, not because it’s wrong (it’s right!) and not because it isn’t popular (it is!), but because powerful political lobbies stand in opposition. It’s time for this era to end, and it’s why Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming® is committed to leading our state into a new age in education.
We’re committed to breaking the logjam, removing the obstacles, and providing the resources to the pro-education freedom, pro-parent, pro-student, pro-family agenda – providing children with more options, more hope, and more opportunity.
Whether we achieve school choice is very much on the ballot – from the President of the United States on down to your State Representative and School Board – and the discussion will very much permeate the future of education conversation in Wyoming. It’s imperative that we elect the right leaders and have the right strategy to achieve our goals.
Changing children’s lives for the better has never been more opportune. Education freedom is wildly popular and is a key to victory. It’s also instrumental in changing lives, strengthening families, bolstering culture, and fueling prosperity. The time to act is NOW!
Because we stand with students and their parents,
For Immediate Release
February 6, 2020
Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming Launches
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming, a pro-life, pro-family and pro-religious freedom organization, announced its official launch today. The Christian ministry is part of a larger movement of state-based organizations working with national ally, Family Policy Alliance, which is located in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming will have an active presence in the capitol and across the state as it advocates for a Wyoming where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.
The organization will be led by Executive Director Nathan Winters–a pastor and former state representative–who said:
“Wyoming has worked hard over the years to stand up for the rights of the preborn, and Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming will be here to help our state persist against efforts to change that. Similarly, extraordinary amounts of money from out-of-state lobbying firms have been spent targeting our state and advocating that belief in First Amendment religious freedoms should end in the name of the advancing sexualization of our culture. Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming will be a voice that will stand for religious freedom.”
Working with voters, legislators, churches, pastors, business leaders and activists, Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming will engage on public policy at the state, local, and federal levels on a number of important social issues as well as in elections to advance pro-life, pro-family and pro-religious freedom values.
Paul Weber, president & CEO of Family Policy Alliance, expressed enthusiasm for the work in Wyoming:
“We are proud to see Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming launch today—the first such pro-family organization in the state—after much hard work on the ground. Nathan Winters is uniquely equipped to address the cultural, legislative and electoral challenges facing Wyoming. We look forward to supporting his work in advancing a Wyoming where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.”
Mr. Winters added, “Over the years serving both as a Pastor and in the State Capitol in Cheyenne, I have seen the tremendous need to articulate the historic Christian view of ‘speaking the truth in love.’ Wyoming has historically stood strong for pro-life, pro-family policy; but we know that outside forces in our national culture are seeking to change that.”
Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming is part of an alliance of state and national organizations dedicated to protecting life from conception to natural death, God’s design for family and religious freedom. Family Policy Alliance is a public policy partner of Focus on the Family. More information is available at FamilyPolicyAlliance.com/Wyoming.
For media inquiries or to schedule an interview with Nathan Winters, contact Robert Noland at: 719-308-2822 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Driving down the street recently, I noticed a sign in a front yard making a moral argument. It said, “IN THIS HOUSE, WE BELIEVE BLACK LIVES MATTER, WOMEN’S RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS, NO HUMAN IS ILLEGAL, SCIENCE IS REAL, LOVE IS LOVE.” I have seen other versions of this sign which also include something like “KINDNESS IS EVERYTHING.”
Of course, while every one of those statements are true on their face, what does it mean to the person who purchased the sign? For instance, everyone I meet believes “Science is real” but what does it mean in the mind of the sign’s author? If “Women’s rights” mean death for a pre-born baby, someone’s “human rights” are being violated. If “Kindness is everything” means abolishing the basic human right of a free mind in the name of political correctness, what kind of “kindness” is this?
These are questions beside the point I want to make here, though. What really intrigues me about every one of those statements is that they are an appeal to the moral code understood to be built into every human mind. That moral code is understood to be the “Moral Norm;” a sense of truth held in common with all humanity.
Our Founding Fathers were strong believers that such a code undergirds a free society. John Adams said it this way, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
We, as Americans, know that self-government can only be sustained by those who govern themselves. The basis of our freedom is not found in our economy; it is found in our morality.
That is why every candidate that fights to receive your endorsement tries to root themselves in a moral argument. The challenge for the thoughtful voter today is to pierce through the fog of politics and look at the truth claims made by the speaker.
Truth matters. Beware the candidate for office who claims that budgets are more important than what they derisively call “social issues.” Often the impression is given that being a mere manager of government is a far more important quality than understanding the philosophy of good government. Every candidate for political office should be a student of the morals that undergird Liberty. If they have their moral philosophy right, their economic philosophy almost always tends toward Liberty.
At Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming, we support the kind of statesmen who will affirm the statement of Benjamin Franklin, “…the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth — that God governs in the affairs of men.”
We need statesmen who will say, “In this house, we will serve the Lord!”
Pro-Life, Pro-Family, Pro-First Amendment Conservative won a number of races on Tuesday in the Wyoming Primaries. Some races had several candidates that believed strongly in biblical values. What a blessing!
Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming® strives to be impartial and objective in our rating system and so when a candidate scores an A and above, it is high praise! We assessed the candidate score based on whether the candidate pledged to: stand for the right of born and preborn life; uphold the promises of the First Amendment; support school choice opportunity that empowers families; and what their stance was on medical and recreational marijuana.
Here is a list of primary election winners who scored A or A+ on Tuesday.
Of the fifteen races this year in the Wyoming State Senate, seven winners scored an A or higher.
Brian Boner, Anthony Bouchard, Dan Dockstader, Tim French, Dave Kinskey and Tim Salazar
This is a substantial showing and we are so encouraged to know that they have moved forward.
Wyoming House of Representatives
All 60 seats were up in the Wyoming House of Representatives. 29 candidates who scored A or A+ on our scorecard will be advancing to the November general election.
Chip Neiman, Hans Hunt, Jeremy Haroldson, Aaron Clausen, Sue Wilson, John Ecklund, Jared Olsen, Clarence Styvar, Donald Burkhart, Danny Eyre, Evan Simpson, Dan Laursen, Jamie Flitner, Mike Greear, John Winter, Mark Jennings, John Bear, Timothy Halliman, Pepper Ottman, Joe MacGuire, Art Washut, Steve Harshman, Bill Henderson, Jim Blackburn, Bob Wharff, Rachel Williams, Cyrus Western, Roy Edwards, and Charles Gray.
There were several high scoring candidates who did not quite make it to the winner’s podium.
It takes courage to risk your time, finances and hard-earned reputation in a bid to serve God and your neighbors. I am so thankful for their willingness and self-sacrifice. My prayer is that God will grant them all peace and understanding of His will.
Now we turn our attention to the General Election season. This is undoubtedly one of the most vital elections in our generation! We will keep you up to date here on our website so please check in every week.
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “every vote counts.” The obvious thought behind this is that without individual votes mounting up in a particular direction, the will of the people will not be accurately represented. This applies to election of candidates in primaries and general elections, state-wide ballot initiatives, local district measures, etc. However, I’m here to tell you that sometimes your vote to advance family values may not count.
Let’s talk about electing candidates for office. When you have deeply held pro-life and pro-family values, you seek to elect candidates that hold similar beliefs. However, all is not always what it seems.
In any election, candidates typically run under a particular party’s banner and you assume that they adhere to that party’s platform. Thus, you believe you are in effect voting for the party’s platform. However, there is sometimes a disconnect between a candidate carrying the party banner, versus how closely they adhere to the platform.
I’m happy to say that most legislators in Wyoming do represent their party’s platform, but not all do. If you don’t know this and vote for them, this is sometimes when your votes may not count to advance family values.
The Wyoming Primary election is as important as the General election because many of our counties lean heavily toward one party. Knowing the difference between two candidates in the same party can be more challenging, but that’s where Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming® comes in.
We have corresponded with most of the candidates in the Wyoming Primary Election and have produced a grading system to help you. We asked new candidates questions on Life, Religious Liberty, and Family Values and for incumbent candidates we looked at their voting record. We pass this information on by way of a grade from A+ to F. We are providing this to you to help in determining the best candidate in your legislative race.
Please visit the Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming election page and look at the candidates in your State Senate and State Representative races.
If you need to know where to vote, visit the Secretary of State’s website to find your polling place.
There are races in this primary election that will determine the direction of our state and our nation for many years to come. My prayer is that on the other side of this election we will have moved more towards a Wyoming where life is cherished, religious freedom flourishes, God is honored, and families thrive!
Vote by August 18th!