I sent it. I resent it. I tried again – still no success. The email server for the New Jersey state legislature repeatedly rejected my email as spam. This routine form of communication that I engage in daily suddenly became difficult, if not impossible. After a productive and healthy conversation with a legislative aide to a prominent state senator, I promised to email him the revised NJ Comprehensive Health Learning Standard for public schools. The Senator’s office and I could not figure out the reason this particular email was blocked after multiple attempts.
Then it hit me…
I copied and pasted the exact words of the learning standard into the body of the email. That was a tragic mistake, because the exact words and explicit sex acts required for school age children to learn in New Jersey public schools were flagged as “pornographic” by government state computers.
The government does not allow adults to discuss these pornographic acts on state computer servers because they are obscene and inappropriate, yet the New Jersey Department of Education requires 12-year-old children to define and describe the very same objectionable material.
The systematic sexualization of young children in our society must end.
But it doesn’t end there…
I had another conversation this week with a state coordinator for the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) to learn how these pornographic standards got approved without a public hearing disclosing them. Unfortunately, public review and discussion are just a formality in the process. There are several bureaucratic layers within the NJDOE that are unnamed and unaccountable. They ultimately write the standards to impose their post-modern view of sexuality on young children – public comment aside.
One of our allies on the phone call asked this NJDOE staff member to define the specific act that is required by the state’s learning standard for school age children to define. It was a sincere request. We wanted to know exactly what these students will be required to learn. Embarrassed and uncomfortable, he respectfully declined. Admittedly, such conversation is rightfully awkward among adults. Imagine the conscience of vulnerable students being forced to endure this in a classroom setting.
Thankfully, legislators are taking the lead.
In last week’s email, we informed you that Senator Steve Oroho (R) and Senator Mike Testa (R) introduced SCR129 – a Senate Concurrent Resolution objecting to the obscene sex ed standards. After being involved in numerous advocacy meetings, I am pleased to announce more state senators are adding their name as co-sponsors. This week, Assemblyman Wirth (R) and Assemblyman Space (R) introduced ACR193 – an identical bill in their chamber.
As I urged you to thank our brave senators last week, please call these two Assembly members and tell their staff you appreciate them sponsoring ACR193! It only takes one call to thank both.
Assemblyman Harold Wirth and Assemblyman Parker Space: (973) 300- 0200
Thank you for taking action to protect the students of NJ!
Director of Advocacy
Legislators Object to Sex Ed Standards
Last week, Senator Steve Oroho (R) and Senator Mike Testa (R) introduced a Senate Concurrent Resolution objecting to the obscene Sex Ed standards adopted on June 3, 2020 by the NJ Department of Education. This new learning standard obligates all public schools to require 13-year-old students to define and describe several explicit sexual acts not related to intercourse. Schools have until 2022 to fully implement this new learning standard but may choose to start immediately.
Sexual activists at Planned Parenthood and Garden State Equality applaud these new standards. As they ardently celebrate the systematic sexualization of children, we must equal their energy to praise Senator Oroho and Senator Testa for their leadership in opposing this learning standard and supporting parental rights in education.
Please read Senate Concurrent Resolution 129 below and call their offices to express your gratitude. Tell their staff that you want to thank them for sponsoring SCR129!
Senator Steve Oroho: (973) 300-0200
Senator Mike Testa: (609) 778-2012
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION opposing the State Board of Education revised New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education on sex education.
WHEREAS, Parents, as their child’s first and most important teachers, work hard to instill values and beliefs that will guide their children throughout life; and
WHEREAS, Even after a child undertakes formal education outside of the home, parents continue to play a key role in the child’s education, with the parents providing valuable support and guidance; and
WHEREAS, On June 3, 2020, the State Board of Education readopted the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education which include extensive changes to the standards regarding sex education; and
WHEREAS, The revised standards include certain controversial topics on various social issues that interfere with the right of parents to teach their own children about these sensitive matters in a manner that comports with their core family values and beliefs; and
WHEREAS, These revised standards further erode parental autonomy by promoting age-inappropriate sexual content which usurps a parent’s ability to determine whether a child is emotionally and intellectually prepared for instruction in sex education; and
WHEREAS, The Department of Education’s response to criticism of the standards is to note the availability of the opt-out provision, but the opt-out provision is not a sufficient protection to ensure that a student is not exposed inadvertently to graphic sexual lessons; and
WHEREAS, Any State policy governing instruction in sex education must promote parental autonomy and respect for family values and beliefs; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the State of New Jersey
The Legislature of the State of New Jersey opposes the State Board of Education’s sex education standards included in the revised New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education due to the significant negative impact that these standards have on a parent’s right to educate his child on sensitive sex education topics in a manner that comports with the family’s core values and beliefs. The Legislature calls upon the State board to revise these standards.
Thank you for taking action to protect the students of NJ!
Director of Advocacy
Over the years at Family Policy Alliance, we’ve had the privilege of being entrusted with some of your (parents & grandparents) deepest concerns about your children. You’ve given us the privilege of praying for your children and of helping you decide how to best handle issues that have arisen affecting your children.
Through the course of this partnership with you, some of the saddest situations you’ve shared with us are what your children have been exposed to at school. And we’ve had the heavy responsibility to warn you about what is happening in schools across the nation.
Remember Planned Parenthood’s radical sex education curriculum that they’re pedaling in public schools or now through your children’s phones? We partnered with a diverse coalition to expose the transgender policies being sprung on children in schools, providing parents with a comprehensive guide to understanding and addressing concerns. We’ve helped rally parents to oppose a radical new LGBT curriculum requirement And lately, we’ve been fighting to save girls’ sports from becoming targets in the latest round of political attacks. And so much more.
Now we’re excited to invite you to attend a virtual event: The Protecting Children in Education Summit
The virtual summit is a one-day-only event on August 12th, from 10:00AM – 12:00PM Eastern Time. The event is FREE, but you do need to register online!
Family Policy Alliance® is joining with our friends at The Heritage Foundation, Alliance Defending Freedom, California Family Council, Family Research Council, Family Watch International, and Massachusetts Family Institute to provide this first-ever event for parents and grandparents.
The first session will alert parents to state and federal—and even international—efforts to sexualize children using school curriculum. The second session will expose the curriculum itself and how it fails to meet legal standards.
This is sure to be an eye-opening event! And, you can watch and learn online from home or work.
We hope you’ll join us virtually!
Vice President, Strategy
Because of COVID-19, everyone is homeschooling. Bringing school closer to home may be a good thing, considering what many kids are learning in schools.
Ian Rowe, who is the CEO of the Public Prep charter school network in New York, tells of moving their headquarters to the South Bronx, an area that is impoverished both economically and educationally. While scouting out the area, they noticed a blue Winnebago truck that was a welcome fixture in the neighborhood.
On the truck, in graffiti, was “Who’s Your Daddy?” The truck turned out to be a mobile DNA testing center charging $350-$500 to answer questions such as: “Is she my sister?” or “Are you my father?” Demand was so high that a second truck was added. The owner said, “For years, many were carrying around a huge burden. They live daily without the assurances most people take for granted, such as: Who is my mother? Who is my brother? Am I really who I think I am?”
Rowe’s research showed that the severe educational disparities between this district and others were not due to geography, economics, and race, but were related more to family structure. In its 2010 report, “Family Structure and Children’s Health in the United States,” the National Center for Health Statistics reported that children showing the most consistently positive health outcomes were raised in nuclear families, “with two married parents, who are each biological or adoptive parents to all children in the family.”
The well-known challenges effecting children in single-parent homes makes me wonder why schools seem to be so bent on promoting Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE), which in reality teaches and encourages students to have sex. CSE perpetuates the cycle that brings about consistently negative outcomes. I believe we can raise the bar for better outcomes.
I recently spoke with Maryann Mosac, president of a wonderful organization called ASCEND. ASCEND promotes SRA curriculum or Sexual Risk Avoidance, another name for abstinence. What she said thoroughly surprised me, but she had the facts to back her up: “Teens say they feel pressured to have sex in most sex-ed programs.”
- 40 percent of 18- and 19-year-olds say their contraceptive-focused sex-ed classes make sex seem like an expectation.
- More than 1 in 5 teens say classroom condom demonstrations make them feel sex is expected. Check out the stats for yourself.
By law, abstinence is the preferred curriculum in Rhode Island, yet that is not followed in many school districts. When schools re-open, FPA will be working with conservative family-oriented legislators (yes, they do exist) to ensure better outcomes for children. Making Rhode Island a state where God is Honored, Religious Freedom Flourishes, Families Thrive and Life is Cherished begins in the family!
Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island
There is no question that comprehensive sexual education in public schools has become increasingly more graphic and political in recent years. Thankfully, parents have had enough, and they are getting involved and working together to defend their children.
One such example is Battle Ground, Washington, a suburb of the Portland-Vancouver Metro Area. Just as the 2016 school year was nearing its end, Washington State education officials released what was considered then to be the most radical comprehensive sex ed standards in the nation.
Parents were outraged, and understandably so. The new “sexual health education outcomes” ensured that kindergarteners would learn about crossdressing as a form of gender expression. By third grade, students would be taught that they could choose their own gender. Fourth graders would be expected to explain the differences between heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual orientations.
Not only were the topics age-inappropriate, but the whole process seemed designed to exclude parents from the conversation surrounding sex and how it would be taught to their children in schools. Astonishingly, state education officials had drafted, approved, and implemented the state standards in secret without informing parents or any public comment period.
This was a step too far for many parents, even in relatively liberal Washington State. It became a cause célèbre of the local news cycle, even making national news for a time, causing a highly contentious showdown between parents, school districts, and state education officials.
Thousands of parents offered their disapproval by means of signing petitions and contacting the state department that oversees public education. Parents turned out en masse to school board meetings, only to be told that school districts believed they were legally responsible for implementing the state education standards.
Unfortunately, it soon became clear that the education bureaucracy had no intention of rescinding the standards. Many parents reluctantly resigned themselves to the latest diktat and moved on.
Not so in Battle Ground, Washington, where concerned community members and churches rallied to protect their children from the indoctrination being mandated from above. After learning that Washington law allows schools to avoid teaching the new standards if schools decide to no longer teach comprehensive sex ed altogether, parents began putting pressure on the school district to drop its comprehensive sex ed requirement.
Family Policy Institute of Washington (FPIW), a state ally of Family Policy Alliance®, worked with parents to develop the winning strategy. The school board ended up voting 3-2 to stop teaching comprehensive sex ed.
“Family Policy Institute of Washington has been privileged to be involved with the parents of Battle Ground for two years as they have stood firm for parental rights and not sexualizing children,” said Chris Platte, the policy director for FPIW.
The developments in Battle Ground, Washington, should give hope to other parents involved in related disputes in other parts of the country. This includes Austin, Texas, where distraught parents have found themselves in a similar battle.
Earlier this month, the Austin Independent School District (AISD)—the same school district that recently hosted a drag queen for “Pride Week Story Time” in one of its elementary schools—adopted a radical comprehensive sex ed curriculum, containing elements designed by Canadian abortion providers.
According to Texas Values, a state ally of Family Policy Alliance, the curriculum includes lessons teaching students how to engage in anal sex ‘comfortably’ and how to procure birth control, abortions, and other ‘healthcare’ without the knowledge of their parents.
Like in Washington, AISD officials shut parents out of the process and ignored their concerns once the new curriculum came to light. But hundreds of parents have shown up to AISD meetings and over 8,000 people have signed a Texas Values petition against the curriculum.
What does all this tell us? We need to be on notice that radical education bureaucrats want to socially engineer cultural perceptions of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Many in the educational establishment don’t think parents should be trusted to make decisions about when and how to introduce these tremendously sensitive and intimately personal topics to children. Instead, schools keep pushing the envelope, undermining the role of parents and introducing sexual topics at earlier and earlier ages.
But we should also take heart. As the events in Battle Ground, Washington, show us, when parents get involved to defend the values they hold dear, real change can happen.
It’s worth it, after all. Our children are worth fighting for. And Family Policy Alliance, along with our network for over 40 state-based allies, will be standing with you side-by-side.
Director of Advocacy – Idaho
As every parent knows, children are exposed to sexual messages, images, and themes at increasingly younger ages. This certainly happens through media and culture, but social media, school curriculum and controversial medical interventions are also leading drivers of child sexualization.
But thankfully, many diverse individuals and groups are joining together, recognizing the need to protect our children from becoming targets for early sexualization.
Family Policy Alliance is committed to partnering with our friends at The Heritage Foundation, our state family policy council allies, feminists with Women’s Liberation Front, medical professionals, policy experts, concerned parents, lawyers, lawmakers, faith leaders, and more to develop solutions that protect children from sexualization in culture, education, and healthcare. Each of us brings our own strengths that we hope to leverage, working together to protect the most vulnerable.
We would like to invite you to join this group committed to protecting children from sexualization. One way to get involved is by attending an upcoming event called the Summit on Protecting Children from Sexualization.
The event will be held at the Heritage Foundation on October 9th in Washington, D.C. But, for those who don’t live in that area, the event will be livestreamed here.
Here is your invitation with all the details:
You! And anyone who cares about how children are being sexualized, but especially parents.
Wednesday, October 9th, from 9:00AM – 12:00PM Eastern Time
In person: The Heritage Foundation, Washington D.C.
Live online: Click Here
RSVP to attend in person OR online HERE
The panelists will discuss the problems faced by parents and children, educators, and medical professionals and highlight why it’s critical to preserve parental rights, freedom of conscience, and free speech in order to protect children from unwanted sexualization. Please join us for these important conversations!
We hope to see you there or join us for the livestream!
The Family Policy Alliance Team
As students return to the classroom this week, the battle for the minds of the emerging generation is escalating. The sexual agenda of activist groups and leftist educators must be exposed and restrained. Their attempt to indoctrinate children to reject God’s objective creative order and replace it with subjective undefined identities is a serious social overreach that has parents, pastors and teachers troubled. The moral revolutionaries’ endless obsession with sexuality is unhealthy and unnecessary.
New Jersey Family Policy Council, in partnership with engaged parents and local elected officials, is on the frontlines advocating for parental rights and conscience protections for your children and grandchildren.
This month our team has, or will:
- Publicly testify at the Barnegat Township City Council Meeting (see image on right) in support of Mayor Al Cirulli’s statement challenging the implementation of LGBT curriculum in public schools beginning in the 2020-2021 school year. Sexual relationships normally taught in health class with a parental opt-out will now be taught in history class without any conscience objections allowed. The over sexualizing of our students must end.
- Meet the NJ Commissioner of Education to discuss the pornographic illustrations of lesbian sex in Fun Home – a tragicomic. This book was originally assigned as required reading for 12th grade Literature in the Watching Hills School District. In spite of hundreds of outraged parents who signed petitions or testified at school board meetings, the book continues to be available for students as an option of three books to choose from. The over sexualizing of our students must end.
- Organize our first Parental Rights Coalition phone conference. This new focus group will meet monthly to discuss our plan of action to address overly sexualized curriculum across school districts and proposed bills by our NJ State Legislature that violate long held parental rights. Currently, NJ bills A5577/S3968 would permit 13-year-olds to start a treatment of puberty blockers without their parent’s consent or knowledge. The over sexualizing of our students must end.
This is what you can do:
Know your rights! Download this Parental Rights Resource Guide specifically developed for the state of NJ by our national legal team at Family Policy Alliance.
Get involved! Consider joining our parental rights coalition. We are looking for clergy, parents, grandparents, and current or former educators to communicate with local school boards. Email: email@example.com for more information. Please include your county and school district in your inquiry email.
Give Today! Summer is normally a slow season of giving as families are on vacation and enjoying weather friendly activities. We have been busy all summer meeting key legislators regarding upcoming legislative priorities possibly voted on this fall. We are serving your family and protecting your church across the state. Would you please consider a gift this month to strengthen our ability to works towards a state where God is honored, religious liberty flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.
Let’s make NJ better,
Founder and President
New Jersey Family Policy Council
Director of Advocacy – New Jersey
Family Policy Alliance
P.S. Make plans to join us for our 2019 Guardian of the Family Gala on November 13th at the Venetian in Garfield, NJ.
Our special guest will be Abby Johnson – author of the best-selling book and recent hit movie Unplanned which chronicles her experiences with Planned Parenthood and her dramatic exit. Come hear her inspiring story of standing firm for the pre-born.
Find out how to get tickets or to help sponsor our gala.
The radical sex ed bill, HB 1032, is now the law in Colorado. Last Friday, Governor Polis signed the contentious legislation that bans religious, moral, and ethical perspectives on sex and gender from being taught in the classroom and prohibits teachers from stressing abstinence as a healthy sexual choice.
Governor Polis (who is an openly gay LGBT-activist) also signed three other controversial pieces of legislation many of you opposed including:
- HB 1129—which will prevent families from getting certain licensed mental health counseling for their child. Colorado youth struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction and unwanted gender dysphoria are now only allowed to get counseling that encourages homosexuality and transgender identities, even if that’s not what the teen wants.
- HB 1039—which will allow transgender-identifying people to change their biological sex on their birth certificates without any indication of an amendment or proof of a sex-change operation. It also provides an avenue for minors to change their sex without parental permission or consent.
- HB 1120—which allows children as young as 12 to consent to outpatient mental health care services without the knowledge or consent of their parents under most circumstances.
The Battle is Not Over!
Though these laws are an affront to our rights, the battle for healthy families and robust religious freedoms is not over in Colorado. In fact, the real work begins now! There is still a lot we can do to protect our children, our parental rights, and our families! You must know that most Coloradans do not agree with or support the extreme legislation that our legislature is passing or what the Governor is signing into law. We are seeing what happens when both branches of our legislature and the governorship are controlled by one party with a sweeping radical agenda to force their ideology onto others.
Tens of thousands of you voiced your concern and even outrage to your legislators, objecting to these bills through letters, phone calls, and testifying. We can and must take that momentum and energy from fighting these bad bills and direct all our efforts towards the 2020 election and restoring pro-family values in Colorado.
We must stay alert, vigilant, and well-informed. We must work together to ensure that as Coloradans we are electing representatives who will actually advance legislation that represents our values in office.
Parents and families joined together to make their voices heard in a big way this year—tens of thousands of you! So we know that together, by God’s grace, we can make a difference in Colorado. This is why we are committed to you and working hard to see pro-family changes throughout our state in the next year!
Our Commitment to You!
We are committed to supporting legislators and candidates in Colorado who will uphold your traditional family values and religious liberties.
We are committed to ensuring you have up-to-date information on not only the issues that matter to you but also on legislators currently in office who may claim they’re conservative but do not vote for conservative and pro-family values.
We are committed to supporting candidates who will not tolerate or accept the chipping away of our rights but will stand firm for biblical principles and not be swayed.
We can make a difference in Colorado and we hope you’ll join us! The 2020 elections in Colorado can turn this state around and be momentous for families that wish to live in a state where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.
Will you invest today in our efforts to ensure better leadership in our state, to keep Colorado families informed about important policies and elections that affect them, and to help families like yours take action in the Centennial state with your gift?
The Family Policy Alliance Team
The capitol got a lot quieter last week when the legislature went home. And now that the session is done, it’s time to examine how the legislature did.
To answer that question, let’s look at it through the grid of the Family Policy Alliance of Idaho mission statement – building an Idaho where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. How did our policy makers do on that scorecard?
Protecting Religious Freedom
Going into the session, it was clear that this was the year that there would finally be a much-discussed push for an LGBT “Add the Words” compromise that would undermine religious freedom. Right on cue, the powerful Senate leader announced early in the session that he would be introducing that bill in a couple of weeks.
What happened next was a testament to people like you whose support allowed us to work the halls of the capitol every day. We held countless meetings with key legislators and even hosted people like Barronelle Stutzman, the Washington florist who told lawmakers her powerful story of how “Add the Words” continues to threaten her with losing everything.
In addition, hundreds of you responded to our alerts and got the clear attention of lawmakers backing the measure. Ultimately, to the relief of many, the senator backed away from the proposal and announced that he would not be introducing it this year.
Sometimes, victories at the capitol are measured in terms of what doesn’t happen, and no official action on this bill was a momentous victory for the religious freedom of Idahoans.
Helping Families Thrive
Other times, victories are measured in terms of progress made. That’s especially true with bold new proposals that often take more than one session to get passed.
That was certainly the case on a bill to help Idaho parents better deal with some terrible problems in sex-education programs. Revelations of pornographic material in some Idaho sex-ed curricula sparked a bill to give greater control to parents.
Currently, in most Idaho school districts it is assumed that all kids will participate in sex-education programs unless a parent takes action to opt their child out. But parents may never even know that such a sex-ed program is happening, much less know its content.
The legislation would have created an opt-in policy, giving parents more control and better access to review content in advance. Despite heavy opposition from Planned Parenthood and others, the bill sailed through the House before hitting some roadblocks in the Senate. But building on the terrific progress, this bill will be back for a stronger push in 2020.
Early in the session, news broke that New York had legalized abortion right up to birth. Then the Virginia governor defended “abortions” after a baby is born.
Like many around the nation, Idaho pro-lifers (including legislators) were shocked at these developments and were determined to take action. Thankfully, some good new policies were enacted, including reinstating the ban on partial-birth abortions. Family Policy Alliance of Idaho was pleased to assist our pro-life allies in Idaho to move this and other pro-life policies forward.
This 2019 pro-life counter-reaction – with dozens of pro-life bills, including Idaho’s, becoming law around the nation – is extremely encouraging.
“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty”
Every legislative session either builds on or undermines previous sessions. Much work lies ahead of us this year to prepare for more advances in 2020. Thank you for your support that allows us to work for an Idaho where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.
Director of Advocacy
By Brittany Jones, Esq., policy manager for Family Policy Alliance
Parents know their kids best. They know their moods, their sensitivities, their learning styles, and when they should be taught about things like sexuality. However, the government has largely decided that its job is to teach our children not just basic anatomy and biology, but also about sexual orientation and gender identity under the guise of “sexual education.”
It’s no surprise that parents’ rights in schools have been increasingly under attack. In California, the so-called “Healthy Youth Act” was passed in 2016 and requires that all California public schools teach children in grades 1-12 Comprehensive Sexual Education. The law requires, “[i]nstruction and materials shall teach pupils about gender, gender expression, gender identity, and explore the harm of negative gender stereotypes.”
The law does allow a parent to opt out their child from sexual education material that pertains to human reproductive organs and their function. However, there is one key instructional piece that parents are not allowed to excuse their children from—instruction on gender, gender expression, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.
Apparently, allowing parents to decide when their children are introduced to these complex topics is “discrimination” according to the ACLU and the California School Board Association. As the Orange County Department of Education General Counsel, Ronald Wenkart, made quite clear, parents cannot keep their children out of these portions of the teaching, but of course they are welcome to tell their children that they disagree with the material their teacher just spent all day teaching them. The General Counsel’s memo went so far as to say that once the legislature passes a law regarding what material children are taught in schools that parents have no right to interfere in that material.
The sheer breadth of this definition of “discrimination” is shocking, but the fact that a parent has no recourse to their first-grader being exposed to information about sexual orientation and gender identity is appalling.
In order for parents to reclaim their God-given right and responsibility to raise their children according to their faith and values, parents must first know what curriculum schools are considering—and what mandates schools are receiving from the government. Family Policy Alliance loves to partner with parents by providing them with easily digestible, easy-to-use information about harmful sexual education bills your state’s legislature may be considering.
Together, we can defeat bad sexual education bills like the one Idaho faced this year. We know your ministry is training up your children and grandchildren according to God’s Word. Our ministry is to alert you when your state’s legislature or Congress in D.C. is considering a bill that will protect (or harm!) your parental rights or have an impact on your family.
We are so thankful for your partnership and dedication to raising godly children—America’s next generation of godly leaders!