Your voice makes a difference. At Family Policy Alliance, we believe that and are committed to helping you speak up on key local, state and national battles.
And you have done so in a huge way! Last week, you hit a million – a million messages sent to public officials through the Family Policy Alliance Action Center.
But what’s more exciting than that big number is the impact it represents. To help you get a sense of that, let me share with you a bit of the birds-eye view that I enjoy.
I’m privileged to work with and hear from pro-family leaders around the country. They keep us informed and give us perspective on which issue battles are especially important – and where the voice of the people could make a difference.
That’s on the front end. But the back end is where it gets especially exciting. That’s when we hear from allies in state capitols about the impact that you made with your emails, calls or other engagement.
It might be a key state senator making comments in his office about the huge flood of emails he got in support of a bill, and it’s clear from the details that they are talking about your emails through our Action Center.
Or a state representative may comment in a committee hearing about the overwhelming number of calls she received on a particular bill – right after we completed a major calling campaign in her district.
When you send a message through our Action Center or make a phone call, you often don’t know what the impact is. I’m here to tell you that, combined with the actions of others, your messages often make a profound difference.
- At the national level, those combined numbers can be enormous. For example, during the Kavanaugh confirmation process, FPA supporters like you sent more than 46,000 messages to U.S. senators, with a heavy emphasis on key swing senators.
- But the bulk of our alerts are at the state level. While the numbers are naturally far smaller, the impact is often even bigger. Take last year’s battle against a major abortion expansion in New Mexico. It was the governor’s top priority, and it looked certain to pass. But FPA supporters there sent 15,000 messages and made countless phone calls – getting the attention of lawmakers in a huge way. Eight Democrat legislators joined with Republicans in sending that bill to a shocking defeat!
I could go on with examples from state after state.
And even when a legislator or congressman votes the wrong way, there can still be positive impact. For one, they may become less vocal as they realize how many of their constituents take the other side on an issue. For another, as you share the alerts with others and they take action, they become more aware of where their politicians really stand, increasing the chances of holding them accountable at the next election.
So truly, thanks a million! Together, let’s keep up the impact!
Brothers and sisters in Christ,
Is it right for Christians to involve themselves in political things? Some Christians say no. They argue that believers should focus on “spiritual” things (like evangelism, prayer, Bible reading, and church) without getting “distracted” by the things of this world (which, of course, include politics).
I affirm that we should evangelize the lost, robustly pursue prayer and Bible reading, and actively involve ourselves in a local assembly of God’s people. But to say that doing these things precludes exercising our biblical responsibilities as citizens overlooks three important biblical truths.
First, God has created government as His “ministers to us for our good” (Romans 13:4). Therefore, government is something worthy of our time and efforts—it’s one of God’s gifts given to us to help promote the common good until His return!
Second, we are to “seek the welfare of the city where God has sent us” so that we may be left free to “live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity” (Jeremiah 29:7, 1 Timothy 2:2). For us to have the space to live our lives and raise our children according to God’s revealed will, government needs to respect its limited jurisdiction—it must refrain from interfering with the biblical exercise of our God-given rights.
Third, we have been given a cultural commission to transform the society around us. In the model prayer given to his disciples, Jesus instructs us to pray, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven” (Matthew 6:10). We are to work as God’s laborers until this goal is realized, “occupying until Jesus returns” and acting as “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world” by promoting a godly vision for society (Luke 19:13, Matthew 5:13-16).
We can’t afford to be apathetic. If we engage in politics, we can make large leaps forward in building a public square where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. If we withdraw from politics, another ideology will fill the vacuum. Those who show up and speak out will achieve the victory. In many ways, the sorry state of our government today is the direct result of retreat and indifference on the part of Christians.
The Family Policy Alliance® exists to unleash biblical citizenship throughout this great state and nation. This is accomplished through educating and mobilizing voters, discipling statesmen, and promoting sound policy. We know that the reformation of the “political” will only happen when Christians exercise their biblical responsibility to inform themselves and get involved in “political” things.
The Bible tells us of faithful believers who “stood firm and took action” when faced with an out-of-control government (Daniel 11:32). Will you stand with us?
Director of Advocacy
My name is Nathan Winters and I am the new Advocacy Director for Family Policy Alliance® serving in Wyoming. I formerly served as a pastor with the First Baptist Church of Thermopolis. I am also a former, three-term State Representative, and today, I am proud to share with you an exciting opportunity for our state!
Last year, the good Lord led me to begin my search for a way to address some of the challenges we face in Wyoming. It is no secret that forces are at work in our culture to prevent Christians from living out their biblical values in the public square. Increasing attacks on religious freedom, the family, and the sanctity of life are making it more difficult for Christians to take a stand for their values. As a pastor, I have seen the negative impact that progressive culture is having on people, and as a legislator, I witnessed how bad public policy directly impacts the lives of our neighbors.
My journey for a solution to address these challenges ultimately led me to Family Policy Alliance. To claim ground and bring light into darkness, Family Policy Alliance—a public policy partner of Focus on the Family—is already carrying the banner of Christian values forward in 40 states. Their mission is to unleash biblical citizenship, equip and elect statesmen, promote policy, and work with an effective alliance, all committed to a common vision—a Wyoming and a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.
To achieve this mission and vision, Family Policy Alliance needs strong pro-family organizations in every state. Today, I am excited to inform you that they are now seeking support to launch their newest state ally—Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming!
Imagine a Wyoming-based organization that is building alliances with churches, promoting sound public policy in Cheyenne, mobilizing Christians to elect honorable candidates, and equipping citizens to understand the issues. That is the opportunity before us, and with your help, we can move from imagination to reality.
The funding needed to launch this effort is substantial and I am working hard to build a local network of support.
We have raised over half the funds required to launch Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming thanks to generous, local, ministry partners. Week by week, we have watched the momentum and excitement continue to build!
If you share this vision for our state, I invite you to join me with your financial gift to help launch Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming to advance biblical citizenship and equip and elect statesmen, so that God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.
Thank you for your consideration and support!
Standing for the family of believers in Wyoming,
Director of Advocacy – Wyoming
Hundreds signing the LGBT curriculum opt-out petition, Harvest Outreach Ministries, Paterson, NJ
“I applaud Garden State Equality for not only leading this effort, but for your continued work in helping to craft this curriculum.”
Governor Phil Murphy
Garden State Equality’s Equality Ball
According to their website, Garden State Equality in Asbury Park, is New Jersey’s statewide advocacy organization for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. They boast of implementing 222 laws and policies across our state since their founding in 2004. Unquestionably, they have been successful in influencing elected officials to subvert the traditional family by redefining human sexuality in state and local laws. However, their highest ambition is to force their sexual beliefs onto your children through the contentious LGBT curriculum that they are producing. Starting this winter, pilot programs will begin in selected schools and “curriculum coaches”, as they are referred to by Garden State Equality, will be deployed to school districts to instruct teachers how to assist their organization’s endless obsession with sexuality.
Parents should be concerned that this curriculum is not being developed by academic historians or professors writing a textbook that is peer reviewed for its correctness. It is being crafted by the most powerful LGBT advocacy group in the state. Advocacy groups have an agenda and Garden State Equality does not consider historical accuracy a part of it. The original bill language from February 2018, stated students must be taught an accurate portrayal of historical contributions of LGBT individuals in social studies. The final bill language in December 2018, and that was signed into law by Governor Murphy in Feb 2019, removed the requirement of accuracy and instead asserted students must be taught a positive view of the LGBT community, regardless of the facts.
Our state legislature has violated the public trust by allowing activists with persuasive sexual propaganda to indoctrinate the children of NJ. Therefore, in defense of parental rights, Family Policy Alliance of NJ is rallying parents, pastors and concerned community members across our state to protect students from this radical sexual agenda. I have been speaking in churches and home groups every week throughout our state to make others aware of this deceiving agenda. Currently, we have over 3,500 individuals who have signed our petition to allow parents the right to opt their child out of this curriculum. We have been in discussion with a NJ Assembly member to sponsor and introduce a parental right amendment in the new legislative session in January 2020. Statewide media has featured our efforts on this issue.
- Tri State Voice: LGBT Curriculum Opt-Out Petition Gaining Traction In NJ
- TAP into Barnegat: Advocacy Group Names Barnegat Mayor as Guardian of the Family Elected Official
Please continue sharing our online petition with your sphere of influence. The greater numbers of people mobilized on this issue; the more serious legislators will hear our concerns.
Director of Advocacy
Director of Alliances Northeast Region, Family Policy Alliance
Founder & Past President, New Jersey Family Policy Council
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.” (Psalm 31:8)
Earlier this year, thousands of pro-life New Mexicans rallied together to defeat one of the most radical pro-abortion bills in the country—House Bill 51. Our victory sent shockwaves through the State Capitol and in the days that followed, my phone was flooded with calls from people all over the country asking, “How did you do that?” My response was always the same. We prayed, we spoke up, and we showed up.
And friends—the time has come for us to do it again!
The fight for life in New Mexico is far from over and today, we begin a new effort to thwart the agenda of the radical abortion industry with the release of our 2020 “New Mexicans for Life” Pro-Life Petition. House Bill 51 will be back during the upcoming Legislative Session in January and we must again send a clear message to the Governor and the members of the Legislature—that we oppose abortion up-to-birth and infanticide, and any effort to repeal important conscience protections for our medical professionals.
Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico is proud to be partnering with Right to Life Committee of New Mexico and New Mexico Alliance for Life on this important project and we are depending on you to make it a success.
Will you help us today by doing 3 things?
- Please ADD YOUR NAME by clicking here. It only takes 30 seconds and in addition to your name being added to the petition, a message will immediately be sent to the Governor and your State Senator and Representative.
- Please SHARE THIS EMAIL by forwarding it to your family members, friends, and pastors.
- Please SHARE OUR PETITION LINK on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram – newmexicansforlife.com.
Thank you for making your voice heard and for speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves.
Standing together for life,
Impressionable students – our children and grandchildren – are about to be forced to endure radical LGBT sexual indoctrination in the classroom. That’s after state lawmakers ignored the comments of their constituents and instead bowed to the pressure of powerful lobbying groups.
Beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, a new mandated curriculum will require textbook authors to speculate about the sexual preferences and gender identity of noteworthy historical figures – and then impose this false narrative on our children in public schools. The radical left’s endless obsession with sexuality should not be forced upon our children!
Nearly 2,200 New Jerseyans have already signed the petition. If you haven’t yet done so, your voice is needed to speak out for parental rights amid these changes.
If you already have, thank you! But there is one more thing that can make a huge difference. Please take a moment to share it with friends, family and other New Jersey residents who share your values.
The sexual indoctrination of our children must end.
Parents should know that the scope of these changes affects every subject in school, and it takes away their right to opt their children out of the questionable instruction. In many ways, this instruction will directly challenge Biblical teaching on homosexuality and what parents choose to teach children at home.
Facts About New Jersey’s LGBT Curriculum Mandate
- This law violates the fundamental and constitutional rights of parents to direct the moral and educational upbringing of their children. It was written with no opt-out protection nor protections for families who have religious and moral objections to the content.
- This law forces radical sexual ideology and it’s indoctrination into the minds and hearts of our children – again, without parental recourse.
- This law encourages revisionist history and teaches children that they’re no more than the sum of their sexual desires and feelings.
Please take a moment to sign the New Jersey LGBT Curriculum Opt-Out Petition to Governor Murphy and the Legislature. We have made it simple – just follow this petition link and join us today. And please share the link with others. Thank you for spreading the word!
Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey
Director of Alliances – Northeast Region, Family Policy Alliance
Founder and Past President, New Jersey Family Policy Council
This week, I was blessed to join pastors from across the country in Washington D.C. for CURE’s National Policy Summit. CURE is a non-profit think tank founded by Star Parker with a mission to fight poverty and restore dignity through the message of faith, freedom, and personal responsibility.
The theme of this year’s summit was “Rise Again”—an encouragement to pastors to speak up and serve as the voices of clarity and truth in our culture. As we all know, biblical Christian truths are under constant attack and if the Church does not engage, we will lose the culture war in America.
Come 2020, we will need to “Rise Again” in New Mexico to push back against the radical, progressive agenda of the far-left. We know their intentions—abortion up-to-birth, infanticide, assisted suicide, the sexualization of our children, and the erosion of our First Amendment rights. Without question, 2020 will be a pivotal year for our state and you will again play a critical role in what we can accomplish.
I know you may not think of yourself as being on the “front lines” of this battle, but you are. We all have a part to play, and every prayer, phone call, email, social media post, financial gift, conversation, and vote will help us advance our vision, bit by bit.
Are you ready to “Rise Again”?
Together, let’s take back our Land of Enchantment in 2020!
President and Executive Director
“Drag Queen Storytime,” which began in places like New York City and San Francisco, is now coming to Albuquerque.
Next Saturday, June 15th, Albuquerque’s Main Library is slated to host adult male entertainers, outfitted in makeup and outfits, using their “drag” names, reading to young children. And despite what the organizers of these events claim, there is nothing innocent or family-friendly about these events. Your help is needed to send a message to city and county officials today.
These story hours have a very specific agenda and the organizers have not been coy about the intent of the program. According to advertisements in other cities, “Drag Queen Story Hour captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive and unabashedly queer models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.”
Not only is “Drag Queen Storytime” being advertised on the Main Library’s official website and social media, but it is scheduled to take place during the Library’s “Family Fun”—an event for families and children ages 0-12.
Today, we are asking concerned citizens, parents, and taxpayers to speak up and encourage the Library to cancel this event. You can do so in three ways:
- Please click here to send a message to the Mayor, the Albuquerque City Council, and the Bernalillo County Commission.
- Please call the Library Director at (505) 768-5141 and leave the following message: “Drag queen programs are inappropriate for children and the library should not host or promote them.”
- Please share this message with your friends and family.
Thank you for speaking up!
The Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico Team
Every week, social media users use the hashtags #ThrowbackThursday or #TBT to share some of their favorite memories. This week, I took some time to reflect on some of the best memories I have had since launching Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico®. Fortunately for me and my memory, I did not have to think that far back for an all-time favorite!
#ThrowbackThursday this week takes us back just 3 months to March 14, 2019—the night when 8 Democrats joined 16 Republicans in the New Mexico Senate to defeat the radical abortion bill, HB 51. This was the night when the pro-life community of New Mexico went up against the abortion industry giant…and won!
Three months later, I am still reflecting on what we learned from that historic night.
We learned that the good Lord still answers our prayers.
We learned that people of faith can be a powerful force in New Mexico politics.
And we learned the importance of having pro-life men and women serving in our State Legislature.
Come January 2020, we need history to repeat itself. The Governor has already made public her intentions to bring back this legislation in order to maintain the status quo in New Mexico—which is abortion up-to-birth, for any reason.
My question is, are you ready to do this all over again?
We are! The 2020 Legislative Session may be seven months away, but our preparation begins now.
- Please continue to pray.
- Please prepare to speak up and act again.
- Please support our pro-life legislators and candidates.
Our vision is a New Mexico where life is cherished. Together, let’s make it happen.
Standing for Life,
President and Executive Director
P.S. If you want to help us train and support pro-life, Christian legislators and candidates, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our Family Policy Foundation® Statesmen Academy℠ today! Because of the unique and powerful nature of this program, generous supporters have stepped forward with a matching grant to DOUBLE your support. This doubled investment will yield results for YEARS to come, so please consider partnering with us today!
I am going to get right to the point today—this email is about money.
I am excited to report that our ministry has had a strong fiscal year and we are growing. The good Lord has truly blessed our efforts, and together, we are making a difference in New Mexico.
Our work, however, is far from done.
Come 2020, we will once again be facing far-left, progressive efforts to hijack our state and our values. We already know they will spend large amounts of money promoting an agenda that will harm families and destroy human life. Remember abortion up-to-birth, House Bill 51? Well, it is coming back during the 2020 Legislative Session beginning in January.
Friends—this is why we need to close our fiscal year strong by raising $12,090.84 before September 30th. Can you help us reach this goal with a generous gift today?
Please note, this is not a crisis email by which if you do not respond today, the lights get shut down. Instead, this is an opportunity to meet the bold fundraising target we originally set for this year and begin our next fiscal year in a good position to defend life and freedom in our state!
Your support today will help us continue to lead this charge. Right now, we are holding the line; but with your continued prayers and financial support, we can begin to gain ground and move our values forward for a New Mexico where religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.
I hope we can count on you. Please click here to donate today!
In His Service,
President and Executive Director