I love this quote: “Common sense is like deodorant. People who need it most never use it!” Another that makes me chuckle is: “Common sense is not a gift; it’s a punishment – because you have to deal with everyone who doesn’t have it.”
It’s true, some days watching the news can seem like a punishment because there is little that reflects common sense. But recently the Brazilian government exercised some common sense that we here in the U.S. could learn from.
According to the New York Times, Brazil’s government has a message for adolescents as that nation struggles with high teen pregnancy rates and rising H.I.V. infections. That message is: Save Sex for Marriage!
Wow! I haven’t heard a public figure say that in a long time. But that is what Damares Alves, Brazil’s minister of human rights, is encouraging as she promotes abstinence. She says Brazilian youth are having sex because of social pressure, and she is working closely with a campaign called I Chose to Wait. Now that’s common sense!
Schools here in the U.S. should take a lesson from her playbook. Parents can no longer assume that schools will act in their best interest when it comes to moral values. Schools often bypass parents and cater to Planned Parenthood and LGBT activists when it comes to sex education. And that validates this quote: “It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have an education with no common sense.”
Another area to watch is transgender sports. This could be one of the most blatant violations of common sense. Watch this clip to get a feel for how this lack of common sense is frustrating and discouraging for our young athletes in schools all across America.
Did you know that every Democratic 2020 frontrunner supports legislation that would freely allow male athletes into girls’ sports? They will do this by passing the so-called Equality Act. Don’t let the name fool you. There is nothing “equal” about it and certainly no common sense. It would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” protected under federal anti-discrimination laws.
Thankfully, there are legislators who don’t want this to happen here and Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming® is helping support them.
Our youth are a priceless gift, and we want to pass on to them a Wyoming where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.
Your prayer and financial support will help us do just that.
Director of Advocacy
On Friday, a GOP congressman from Utah introduced a bill that is fashioned as a grand compromise between the LGBT movement and proponents of religious freedom.
The backers of the bill, who have titled it “Fairness for All,” may be well intentioned. But as famed economist Milton Friedman once stated: “One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.”
And the results of “Fairness for All” would be very similar to its close cousin, the so-called “Equality Act” that is being pushed by LGBT activists. Just like the Equality Act and similar SOGI laws in 21 states, “Fairness for All” enshrines “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” into civil rights laws, alongside race.
One would expect a meaningful compromise to include, at the very least, a religious exemption for wedding vendors who have been targeted by LGBT activists. But no, the only religious exemptions are for churches and other religious non-profits – the very groups that least need them, as they are already protected under longstanding legal precedents.
Though this bill is put forward by a Republican, it’s reminiscent of the Obama doctrine of “freedom of worship”: What you believe inside the four walls of your church is just fine, but don’t expect “freedom of religion” to live out your beliefs in everyday life.
“Fairness for All” also punishes parents who believe in biblical marriage and sexuality – in some cases requiring that children be placed in homes that affirm liberal views on sexual orientation and gender identity. And if a child is a ward of the state, only counseling that affirms the child’s transgender identity is allowed.
What are the roots of this mostly one-sided compromise?
Some believe that the LGBT movement’s SOGI laws are inevitable, so we just need to get whatever protections we can now. But there are big problems with this view:
- Other than Utah, no state has passed a SOGI law in nearly a decade. And Utah was a unique situation in which a compromise was pushed through by the LDS (Mormon) church, whose leadership has been increasingly accommodating of the LGBT agenda.
- Even at the local level, the LGBT lobby’s progress in passing SOGIs has slowed, as they have already achieved most of their “low-hanging fruit” – big cities, university towns, etc.
- Plus, we are beginning to win in the courts, with more wins likely. This is no time to raise the white flag in order to “get what we can.”
Encouragingly, only a handful of Republican members of Congress have co-sponsored this legislation. In addition to the primary sponsor, Chris Stewart (UT-02), the following Republicans are co-sponsors: Mark Amodei (NV-02), Rob Bishop (UT-01), John Curtis (UT-03), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), David Joyce (OH-14), Mike Simpson (ID-02), Elise Stefanik (NY-21) and Fred Upton (MI-06).
Still, it is very important that other Republicans (and Democrats as well) hear from their constituents who are opposed to this one-sided compromise.
Thanks for making your voice heard and spreading the word.
For religious freedom,
As expected, by a vote of 236 to 173, the U.S. House of Representatives today passed HR 5, Nancy Pelosi’s so-called Equality Act. The bill, if enacted, will decimate religious freedom, conscience rights, women’s rights, parental rights and education policy all across the nation.
We have been updating you on the dangerous effects of this legislation for some time now. While the fight over HR 5 heads to the U.S. Senate, we will continue to keep you abreast of new developments. To that end, we have already set up a page where you can urge your two U.S. senators to oppose HR 5.
In a good development yesterday, the Trump administration announced that it was opposed to HR 5, noting its troubling provisions related to conscience rights and parental rights. However, the fight in the Senate remains critical, as it’s very important to minimize the number of Republican senators who declare their support for the bill. In the House vote today, only eight Republicans voted for HR 5, while 173 voted against it.
Many reading this email took action to let their member of Congress know that they wanted them to oppose HR 5.
How did your member vote? You can find out here. (If you are unsure who your representative is, you can find their name and contact information in our Action Center by entering your zip code and/or address.)
If your member of Congress voted against HR 5, please let them know that you appreciate their stand for religious freedom, parental rights and conscience protections.
The Family Policy Alliance Team
The United States House voted on Friday, 236-to-173, to advance the “Equality Act” which, if passed by the Senate and signed by the President, places “gay rights” in direct conflict with religious liberty. In fact, it actually elevates gay rights above religious rights. But then again, perhaps this was the goal all along.
In a widespread 2014 interview, then-Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner Chai Feldblum was asked if she could conceive of a legal matter in which religious liberty rights would trump gay rights. She answered: “I’m having a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win.”
Feldblum is openly lesbian. To her credit, she made no attempt to hide her agenda. And while progressives try to sugarcoat their poison pill in sweet expressions of “Equality,” Christians should take notice that it is anything but equality for those who express a Christian faith. The provisions of this legislation open the door to:
- Parents losing their right to direct medical care when their minor child seeks experimental “gender transition” drugs and genital reconstruction surgery
- Parents being kept uninformed when their child seeks counseling for struggles with gender identity or unwanted same-sex attraction
- Biological males competing in girls’ athletics and for girls’ scholarships
- Christian business owners being required to choose between their faith and their business
- Christian adoption agencies being forced to choose between their faith or continuing to serve children and birthmothers in need
While the Senate is unlikely to give a hearing to the so-called Equality Act, that’s not the end of the story. First, the House, under Speaker Pelosi’s leadership, is likely to tack it onto other legislation, potentially forcing big votes in the Senate.
And even with the threat of a Presidential veto, this is an all-too-familiar strategy of the Left—promote corrosive legislation in one session and get as many legislators as they can on record supporting it. Then actively press the issue forevermore in the court of public opinion to wear down people’s natural concerns and values. And finally, ensure the radical legislation passes in the most progressive states to lay the groundwork for passage in other states and eventually Congress.
To their shame, Nancy Pelosi’s House voted to subvert religious liberty to gay rights even though the former is fundamentally protected in our First Amendment. Strikingly, at the same time and for the 44th time, Pelosi prevented the House from voting on legislation to protect a child who survives an abortion. Instead, Pelosi’s policy allows that child to perish by withholding medical assistance. Where’s the equality for children born alive?
If that doesn’t awaken the church, what will?
Family Policy Alliance exists to be the voice for people of faith—in the church, the Christian business community and in legislatures across the nation and in D.C. We amplify your voice to stand firm and take action. But we can only stand for you when you stand with us!
Won’t you give today to have your voice—and those of your children—amplified today and heard tomorrow?
Standing for the Family,
President and CEO
Nancy Pelosi is not your child’s mom, but she’s certainly trying to be.
With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it is important to honor mothers and grandmothers—and the irreplaceable, God-given roles they have in children’s lives.
Mother’s Day is also a powerful reminder that children are given to their mothers by God to be intimately known and lovingly protected. That’s why Family Policy Alliance® believes that parental rights are also God-given, intrinsically known, and should be protected—not taken away—by our government.
Yet, Nancy Pelosi has made a bill that is one of the worst violations of parental rights we’ve seen one of her top-five priorities this year. By advancing H.R. 5, the so-called Equality Act that promotes a radical LGBT agenda, Pelosi is choosing to please powerful special interest groups over honoring mothers and fathers.
We’ve shared with you about how Pelosi’s Equality Act would impact schools, businesses, churches and ministries, and healthcare.
We’ve shared with you how Pelosi’s Equality Act will work its way into your child’s curriculum—with no option to opt-out your child.
And, we’ve shared with you about how Pelosi’s Equality Act will harm your parental rights—including even the risk of losing custody if you don’t sign off on your child’s “gender transition.”
Yet, Pelosi is pushing her Equality Act forward for a final vote in the full U.S. House next week. That’s why we need your help.
This Mother’s Day, we honor, celebrate, and thank God for all mothers. But, we’re also asking every mom and grandma to join with us in opposing Nancy Pelosi’s Equality Act because it is a direct attack on God-given parental rights.
Here are 3 ways you can help RIGHT NOW:
- If you haven’t yet, send an automatic letter to your member of Congress asking him/her to vote NO on Nancy Pelosi’s Equality Act. It only takes 1 minute through our action center, and it doesn’t matter who your member of Congress is. EVERY member needs to know that moms are not behind this bill!
- Join us in using the power of social media to show Nancy Pelosi and the U.S. House that moms do NOT support the Equality Act! Share your short letter to Nancy Pelosi and use the hashtags: #MomsKnowBest and #EqualityAct.Here’s a great example from a mom we know, our very own attorney and policy manager, Stephanie Curry!
- Share this article with other moms and grandmas you know and invite them to take action too!
Because YOU, not Nancy Pelosi, know best how to raise your kids,
Vice President of Strategy
With Nancy Pelosi’s dangerous Equality Act facing a vote on Thursday in the U.S. House, it has become even clearer that this is a clash between D.C. lobbying powerhouses and grassroots America.
Two major factions are pushing the Equality Act: the LGBT lobby and big business.
The LGBT lobby, led by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), has been ratcheting up pressure from the Left. But they are joined by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has been pushing Republicans to support the bill, despite the fact that it imperils religious freedom, parental rights and more.
The Chamber has even threatened to “score” this vote – meaning that each representative’s vote would be factored into the Chamber’s rating of how pro-business that member is.
But while this strange-bedfellow coalition works the D.C. swamp, grassroots America is heating up in strong opposition to the bill. Congressional offices report that this bill is generating the most constituent opposition to a bill that they have seen in a long time.
Family Policy Alliance® supporters like you have played a significant part in that growing grassroots opposition. And you still have a chance to make your voice heard!
You can send an email in just moments on our Action Center. Then you’ll receive a follow-up email with your representative’s name and number so you can easily make a quick call, asking them to vote NO on the so-called Equality Act.
Thanks for speaking up!
The Family Policy Alliance Team
The so-called Equality Act (H.R. 5) is moving very quickly through Congress. Despite the bill’s name, the Equality Act would dramatically elevate the rights and privileges of a select few while dealing a devastating blow to parental rights.
Speaker Pelosi has signaled that a vote on H.R. 5 will take place on or before May 17, so time is of the essence for people of faith and conscience to contact their Member of Congress and implore them to vote NO on this radical bill.
H.R. 5 is far-sweeping; it would amend several federal civil rights laws including the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968 to make sexual orientation and gender identity protected classes equal to immutable and inborn characteristics like race, age, sex and national origin.
The results of this radical legislation will be widespread and disastrous. We need only look to the states or our neighbor to the north with similar laws to predict what we’re in for should the Equality Act become law.
In 16 states now, parents do not have a choice when they seek counseling for their children struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion. In other words, counseling that encourages children to change their gender – even to go through irreversible “genital reconstruction” operations – would be protected by the state. But counseling to help children accept their God-given birth sex would be outlawed. These therapy bans interfere with parents’ right to direct their children’s upbringing and completely disregard family faith or values. What’s worse—the bans were passed with no regard for what type of therapy may actually be best for children long-term.
In Ohio — a state without legislation of this sort — a judge already removed custody from parents of a 17-year-old for their refusal to allow her to undergo life-altering gender transition hormone treatments. This decision came after a two-year custody battle which started with family services alleging parental neglect and abuse for their religiously held beliefs about gender. When the child was placed in temporary custody of family services, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital recommended the 17-year-old undergo hormone therapy at its Transgender Health Clinic, which she did.
This hospital tells first-time patients that their healthcare providers may speak to minors without their parents because “Sometimes young people also have questions that they are afraid to ask in front of their family or guardians.” The clinic also conducts a psychosocial interview to “help understand how the patient and family or guardians are functioning and see if there are any needs.”
It’s not far-fetched to surmise that what they really mean is “see if parents support the gender transition of their young son or daughter, and if not, we’ll take you to court.”
That’s exactly what happened to a Canadian dad earlier this year. In February, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Canada ruled that a 14-year-old girl would be administered testosterone injections by her doctor against her father’s wishes and consent. Despite a parent’s insistence that his minor daughter should wait until she was older — not a child anymore — to make this life-altering decision, the court said the child had the right to decide for herself. The judge, who ruled on the basis of federal law, blatantly dismissed parental objection to the medical treatment of his minor child.
As if the case couldn’t get any worse, it did. Just last month, the judge declared the father guilty of “family violence” due to his “expressions of rejection of [her] gender identity.” In other words, a dad refused to refer to his daughter as a boy. As a result, he was convicted of a crime against his daughter, given a gag order and ordered not to expose his daughter to any resources which may bring her gender identity or treatment into question.
These cases seem to say everyone other than parents knows best! We believe differently.
We know that parents have a God-given and Constitutionally protected right to direct the upbringing of their children—including their moral values, faith, education and healthcare. We cannot allow misguided legislation to threaten that right!
We believe families should have the right to pursue mental health counseling consistent with their beliefs and religion — be it for depression, anxiety, gender confusion or any other condition.
We believe parents must have the right to prevent their children from accessing experimental puberty-blocking hormones, cross-sex hormones (which can lead to sterilization), and certainly irreversible, life-altering “genital reconstruction” surgery.
Will you stand with us today to ensure that parents across our nation retain their ability to guide the moral upbringing and medical care of their children? If so, please contact your Member of Congress today and urge him or her to vote NO on the Equality Act.
Because parents, not Nancy Pelosi, know best how to care for their children,
Vice President of Strategy
Today, H.R. 5, the so-called Equality Act—the bill that will manipulate schoolchildren to carry water for the LGBT agenda, whether their parents like it or not—heads to its first hearing in the U.S. House Education Committee.
H.R. 5 is one of Pelosi’s top priorities for this year, and that is deeply concerning. The radical changes to children’s curriculum the bill seeks to make will concern millions of families. But even beyond the specific curriculum changes, it is extremely rare for the federal government to so deeply insert itself in the specifics of children’s curriculum in K-12 schools. This is Big Government at its finest, flexing its muscles to force the LGBT agenda in every classroom in America.
If Pelosi and the LGBT activist groups who fund her campaign succeed in pushing H.R. 5 forward, what will be the practical implications for our children?
For starters, major changes in your child’s curriculum:
- The importance and seriousness of the Civil Rights Movement to achieve racial equality in schools will no longer be taught.
H.R. 5 by its very nature is not about achieving equal educational opportunities for all. It’s about forcing every administrator, teacher, child, and parent involved in schools to give any person who identifies as LGBT a platform in our schools, and special rights above and beyond everyone else.
H.R. 5 will change what it means to achieve equal rights for all in America. Our students, who will no longer be able to distinguish between the heroism and sacrifice of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and the rainbow flag poster of a sexualized political agenda on their school wall, deserve better.
If “equal rights for all” now means ensuring young children are informed that “little boys can become little girls,” then the power of the Civil Rights Movement ends with H.R. 5.
- Schools will be required to cover “LGBT sexual experiences” in sexual education.
Colorado and California both already have laws similar to H.R. 5, and those states require teaching “LGBT sexual experiences” in sex ed.
And California sex education guidelines include teaching children about having multiple sexual partners, and warning children about “religion abuse” that would include “forcing others to adhere to rigid gender roles [or] [n]ot allowing a partner to do things they enjoy.”
As if that weren’t bad enough, California prohibits any teaching that would reflect adversely on the LGBT community. And Colorado has introduced legislation that refers to traditional perspectives on sexuality as shameful, fear-based, and bigoted.
H.R. 5 would force this type of sexual education curriculum on the entire country—not just states with liberal leadership.
- Schools will be required to weave LGBT ideology into every class—not just sex ed.
Sadly, the changes envisioned in H.R. 5 don’t stop at sex education class. The idea is to weave LGBT-centric themes throughout the school’s entire curriculum.
Take, for example, New Jersey’s new “LGBT curriculum” policy. Imagine a literature or history class where students are not just taught the historic contributions of literary giants like Emily Dickinson or former U.S. presidents, but the curriculum also questions the sexual preferences of our historic figures.
One textbook example ponders the fact that President James Buchanan may have been gay because he never married and maintained close male friends. A former American president is reduced to the sort of suspect commentary found in newspaper tabloids and gossip magazines.
What’s worse, parents really would have no opportunity to opt-out their children from exposure to this type of teaching or the topic of gender transition, because it is woven into every aspect of the curriculum.
If H.R. 5 were to pass, parents who object would have no voice in their children’s classrooms, and children’s precious academic time will be consumed by nonsense speculation over what kind of sexual exploits any given historical figure was having.
Please help us ask the Congress to STOP H.R. 5 today!
It will only take one minute through our automatic action center.
The Family Policy Alliance Team