As we prepare to launch our new effort and new name of our organization, this will be the last email you will receive from this account. Tomorrow, as we start a busy week, I’ll send you an email from our new account. Here’s what lies ahead this week…
Monday, 9:15am – Tune into the Martha Zoller Show to learn more about our efforts to build on what we’ve achieved since we first came to Georgia in 2017. You can listen online here: http://www.wdun.com/marthazoller (HINT: I may be sharing some info about our Launch Gala speaker so if you want a heads up, be sure to listen in!)
Monday, Mid-day – You’ll receive an announcement email from me from our new system and our new email account.
Monday, Afternoon – John Paulton with Family Policy Alliance will send you an email with his thoughts on our new endeavor.Tuesday morning – I’ll share BIG news regarding our largest ever event, our Launch Gala, and our top notch keynote speaker. You won’t want to miss it so make sure to get your ticket or let us know you want to sponsor ASAP!
Wednesday – For those of you in the region, we’ll share news about our next Biblical Citizenship Academy.
Friday – We’ll announce our new political organization, in addition to the education entity.
It’s going to be a great week, and it’s the start of something really special.
For His Glory,
President and Executive Director
|“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer|
In November of 2020, Chuck Schumer declared the strategy of the political Left – “now we take Georgia, then we change the world.”
What kind of change did Schumer have in mind? In the months since liberals “took Georgia,” it’s meant a major push for federal funding for abortion, an order to redefine biology in our schools – denying the fact of gender – and an all-out attack on state election integrity laws.
That’s just the beginning, and that’s just the federal level.
In Georgia various school boards and liberal fringes are trying to impose Critical Race Theory on our kids.
The education institutions are opposing efforts to get obscenity out of our schools.
The Chamber of Commerce and “Big Medicine” worked to oppose basic human dignity “Right to Visit” legislation.
Big business and the NCAA are fighting back against efforts to Save Girls Sports.
The adversaries of God’s Word are emboldened, well-funded, and setting a big agenda.
Since 2019, the Left has ramped up efforts to take over Georgia. Stacey Abrams and her machine, the media, the Chamber of Commerce, Big Education, Big Medicine, and all sorts of special interests have opposed steps to strengthen our values, defend families, and advance freedom in our state.
And, as Georgia has become the nation’s frontline, we have been at the frontline doing battle.
Since being launched by the national organization, Family Policy Alliance, in 2017, Family Policy Alliance of Georgia has become the premier force for families in our state. We’ve won elections. We’ve been at the forefront of good policy. And, we’ve worked to strengthen God’s Church.
Yet, it has become clear – the forces of those who oppose us are marshalling toward Georgia. Our state is on the verge of becoming unrecognizable. If the Church stays silent, if God’s people let this moment pass by, if we don’t wake up and take action, the future of Georgia is bleak.
I firmly believe God will not hold us guiltless if we fail to be salt and light in our state at this pivotal time in its history.
That’s why we are committed to doing more and being more. That’s why we have a big announcement Monday – a new name for our organization and a new way forward – that will help us grow and rise to the challenge facing our state.
We’re fired up!
Our efforts are aimed at maximizing the opportunities before us, doing all we can, serving Him, awakening the Church, and boldly proclaiming the Gospel in a world racing away from His truth. To do so, we are strategically committed to having the resources and independence needed to be such a force in our state.
I look forward to sharing our new name and more about our efforts with you next week (by the way, we’ll also have a BIG event to announce as well).
President and Executive Director
PS. I look forward to sharing our new name and big vision with you. As we fight here in Georgia – as the frontline – we do need additional resources. Next week, we’ll be asking for your support. Please prayerfully consider how you can help this ministry be what God has called us to be.
|Barronelle Stutzman, great grandmother and Washington State florist, was prosecuted and could lose everything, simply for declining to create custom flower arrangements for a same-sex wedding. A similar law is about to be voted on in Columbus, and your action is needed.|
Columbus is neighborly and welcoming – a great place to raise a family and to live out your faith. It’s right in the heart of our state and shouldn’t remind anyone of radical cities like New York and San Francisco.
But now, some legislators are pushing an amendment that would punish people for their ideas and beliefs. This is a battle that needs the attention of all Columbus residents. A vote is being taken on Tuesday, May 11tgh, so action is needed today!
The Georgia Non-discrimination Ordinance is known as a SOGI law because it offers special protections for “sexual orientation and gender identity” classes. This directly attacks the rights of Columbus citizens – or anyone traveling through Columbus – ranging from the Christian business owner whose faith will be discriminated against to the young girl who simply wishes to use a restroom for females only. That’s right, this SOGI requires local businesses to allow biological males to use the same restrooms as the daughters in Columbus!
Do you remember Jack Phillips? He is the Colorado baker who recently won a Supreme Court case, after being prosecuted under a SOGI law for declining to bake a cake celebrating a same-sex wedding.
Do you remember Barronelle Stutzman? She is the florist in Washington State (pictured above) who is also being prosecuted under SOGI laws for declining to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding. She, like Jack, is at grave risk of losing her home and business from fines and legal costs.
Over and over again, SOGI laws have been the leading tool used by the Left to attack religious freedom. And the gender identity component puts the privacy and safety of women and girls at risk by opening women’s bathrooms, showers, dressing rooms and other public accommodations to men.
This bill will be heard by the Columbus City Council on Tuesday, May 11th. You can send a message to each of the council members – urging them to vote NO – with just a click on our Action Center.
Please also take a moment to call Mayor Skip Henderson at (706) 225-4712 and politely ask him to OPPOSE the Georgia Non-discrimination Ordinance.
Please make your voice heard for freedom! Thanks for taking action and spreading the word!
President and Executive Director
Never has there been a greater need for Christians to engage culturally than right now. So much hangs in the balance and it is the Body of Christ – awake, alert, and on fire for the Lord – that holds the key to restoring our state and our country.
As believers it is important to remember that it is not just that we engage, but that we engage right. God wants us to engage in a way that is honoring to Him. He wants us to bring Him glory in all we do; even when we are doing “political” work our labors are to advance the Kingdom.
As we continue the fight for a Georgia where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished we are excited to be launching a new program to train fellow Christians in Biblical Citizenship. It is aimed at exactly this call– to equip believers to glorify God in the public square.
Biblical Citizenship Academy is a one-day intensive training seminar designed to provide you with the tools needed to engage in the community and in the political arena in constructive ways that both honor God and affect positive change in our state.
As our guest, you will hear from a number of well-respected leaders and experts from around our state and country that know what it means to stand up for life, families, and religious freedom.
You will leave with a deeper sense of what it means to be a Biblical citizen, have tools in your belt to do so, and opportunities to apply what you have learned in your community and at the Capitol.
Biblical Citizenship Academy will help answer the question, “Besides voting, what else can I do?”
This is your chance to learn how YOU can be part of the solution.
We’re excited about this program – one that we are going to continue throughout the state and over the years – as a means to empower, embolden, educate, and equip Christians in Georgia. There is no cost to attend, and we will even buy you lunch!
All we ask is that you register at fpaofga.com/academy so we can get a firm headcount and come ready to Unleash Biblical Citizenship for His glory across our state!
To Honor Him,
When looking at congressional candidates, I measure them on the “Jody Hice Scale” because, quite frankly, he’s the gold standard.
Jody Hice is a devoted follower of Jesus, a bold conservative, a winsome and fearless communicator, compassionate, engaged in the movement, and humble. He’s not about politics, doesn’t perform for the camera, isn’t phony, and never shies away from doing the right thing. He is, in short, the embodiment of Christian statesmanship.
My genuine prayer for the United State House of Representatives is that more leaders like Jody Hice will be elected, but we need to start with the original. That’s why we’re proud to endorse this outstanding patriot’s bid for re-election.
For those who may be downtrodden when they look at the state of political affairs in this country, Jody Hice is the kind of official who provides hope. His decency, character, and boldness is a shining example, and he is a force for change even within our Georgia congressional delegation – providing leadership to shift it in a more conservative direction.
Congress’ foremost defenders of life, faith, freedom, and opportunity, Congressman Hice can be trusted to fight for what’s right, stand up to the radical left, and discern the truth in the midst of conflicting information and interests.
As the left comes for Georgia, they will no doubt attempt to make gains in the 10th Congressional District. We cannot let this happen! It’s imperative that we send a clear message that Jody Hice is exactly the kind of representative Georgia needs, and it’s important that Hice voters lift up those with similar values both above and below him on the ballot.
I’m proud to call Jody Hice a friend, and he’s been a strong ally of our efforts since we launched here in 2017. And, I’ll forever be grateful for all he did to help support and encourage our push for the Heartbeat Bill.
Our nation and our state are better because Jody Hice answered the Lord’s call to public service, and I pray that you join us in sending him back to Congress with a resounding victory!
President and Executive Director
I am thrilled to announce that Family Policy Foundation® will be hosting the 2019 Statesmen Academy™ right here in Atlanta!
This intensive week of training is a pivotal part of our strategy as we build a coalition of pro-family advocates in a position of leadership around the nation.
Now, here’s even better news: Georgia has SIX spots to fill in the class for Statesmen Academy, more than any other state!
However, the cost of this conference is substantial, and I am asking you to consider helping us fund this exciting event. Your support today will be matched dollar for dollar, be tax-deductible, and help bring godly legislators from all over the country (including 6 from Georgia) to our state for training on how to stand strong and rise in influence.
This is a big honor for our state, and we will be providing updates on the Academy in the near future. I hope you will keep this event in your prayers and consider supporting this endeavor.
President and Executive Director
As I shared with you last week in “Are We Stuck in a House of Cards America?”, winning an election doesn’t matter for the sake of winning an election. When our preferred candidate wins an election, the real winning is what happens when those good elected leaders work tirelessly to pass strong prolife, pro-family, pro-religious freedom laws that build a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. Now that is what we call winning.
That’s also why I want to share with you the story of what you helped bring about in primary elections across the country.
But first—what is a primary election anyway, and why does it matter?
Too often, many of us—myself included—have voted only in the general election in November, and maybe only then if it’s a big presidential election year. But the truth is, sometimes the biggest difference can be made in the primary election, especially at the state level.
This is because primary elections are where the members of the major political parties, Democrats and Republicans, select a candidate who best represents their values for that district. The winner will go on to the general election in November. Primary elections are why many in the Democratic party, for example, are seeing more and more of their candidates with socialistic ideas—because those candidates are being selected at the primary level in districts that tend to lean Democratic. On the other hand, many Republicans are seeing candidates called “RINOs,” or Republicans In Name Only. These candidates claim membership in the Republican party but reject some of the platform’s key components, such as being prolife.
In other words, if we want to see more conservative, prolife, pro-family leaders represent us, then we need to vote for the more conservative, prolife, pro-family candidate in whichever party we belong to in the primary election. Primary elections are why it’s also helpful to belong to a party—so that you can vote in the primary election and send the more conservative candidate onto the November election. In many states, you must declare a political party in order to vote in that party’s primary election.
Now onto the great results you helped achieve in the 2018 primary elections, which just concluded this week!
Your partnership with Family Policy Alliance helped 39 stronger pro-family candidates win critical primary elections in 8 different states.
To influence these 39 races, we communicated with voters nearly 850,000 times through knocking on doors, phone calls, email, targeted digital ads, and good old snail mail!
I can’t thank you enough for making the country, state-by-state, more conservative and family-centered by voting for the more conservative pro-family candidate in these key races!
I now want to share with you two examples of how your involvement in the primary election is writing a new story in two different states.
9 votes. We often hear “well my one vote doesn’t matter anyway.” And, it’s easy to think that when you consider the large number of voters in your state, and certainly in the country. But a race in Kansas was won by only 9 votes!
Our ally in Kansas, Family Policy Alliance of Kansas, identified five key primary races there. In these five races, the incumbent Republican legislators had voted against one of the biggest wins for religious freedom from this year—a simple law that ensures that faith-based adoption agencies can continue to run their ministries in a way that aligns with their faith. The law is necessary because groups like the ACLU are trying to shut down Christian and other adoption agencies that believe children do best when placed with a married mom and dad—leaving birth moms and children with less opportunities and choices
Family Policy Alliance of Kansas, with the help of pro-family Kansans, helped the pro-religious freedom candidate win in 4/5 of those races! Candidate Paul Waggoner was one of those winners—he’s the candidate who won by 9 votes. That means that because nine people showed up to vote in the primary election, Kansans in that district will now have the chance to elect someone in November who will stand strong for them on religious freedom.
And in Georgia, our ally Family Policy Alliance of Georgia supported three primary candidates who were attacked by business associations in the state for supporting religious freedom and other pro-family legislation. Business associations spent big money to try to defeat these good legislators, and no other pro-family groups in Georgia stood up to support these four candidates.
Despite well-funded opposition, all four won their primary elections! Two of these legislators attended our sister Foundation’s Statesmen Academy training program for Christian legislators, and we know that all four will go on to lead the way with pro-family policies in Georgia.
So thank you for supporting pro-family candidates in the primary elections!
And congratulations to all those who now head to the November 6th general election!
We ask now that you prepare for November 6th. We saw many good candidates achieve victory in the primaries. Now we need these pro-family candidates to carry that momentum into November 6th, winning their elections, so that we can go on to see the real winning—where these leaders will pass policies that restore an America where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.
Make sure you know who your candidates are and where your polling place is.
If you’d like to help pro-family candidates win on November 6th in 60 different critical races, state and federal, across the country please consider giving to rally pro-family voters—and right now your gift will be DOUBLED up to $130,000!
For winning what really matters,
Vice President of Strategy
It is my privilege to announce the Family Policy Alliance of Georgia endorsement of Representative Ed Setzler in his campaign for re-election to the State House.
Our Georgia House of Representatives has many fine leaders as members, but Ed Setzler is one who stands out. He is not only one of the most impactful pro-family leaders in Georgia; he is one of the foremost champions nationally.
Each of us have people in our lives we are truly honored to know. Ed Setzler is one of those people. His faithfulness to our God, intelligence and grasp of policy, and commitment to genuine servant-leadership is unique and a blessing to all who encounter him.
As a legislator, Ed exhibits the qualities of a true statesman. He is unwavering on conservative principles, winsome in his delivery and ability to foster relationships, and impactful in his leadership. His ability to articulate our principles in a positive way is unmatched, and he is universally respected. As the Chairman of the Science and Technology Committee, he has cultivated a key leadership position that allows him greater impact for Georgia and for his district. It is essential that we keep Ed Setzler in the State House.
Now, as we all know, the radical Left is doing everything it can to set up shop in Georgia. Organizations like Planned Parenthood and leftists from San Francisco have repeatedly poured big money into our state to elect leaders hostile to our values. Because of his stellar conservative record, Ed, like others in Cobb County, has become a target.
To forge a Georgia where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished, we need Ed Setzler in the State House. He is a cornerstone of the conservative movement here- someone who recruits other leaders, has established trust, and makes a difference. His impact cannot be overstated.
I am genuinely honored to know and call Ed Setzler a friend. Ed and others like him are a great source of hope and inspiration for me, and I look forward to more years partnering with him in the fight for families. To enjoy that privilege, however, I am committed to doing all I can in his re-election fight, and I hope you will join me in doing the same.
Standing with Ed Setzler,
President and Executive Director
Paid for by Family Policy Alliance of Georgia
Meet Cole Muzio, President of Family Policy Alliance’s allied organization in Georgia—Family Policy Alliance of Georgia.
After an out-of-state atheist group has repeatedly attacked teachers and even students for praying at school, Cole and his team—and two bold Georgia legislators—decided to do something about it.
Since making laws is the job of the legislature (not activist groups or courts), they are working to advance a bill that would protect the right of teachers and students to freely pray and express their faith in school.
Please pray for Cole and his team! We hope their work catches fire in other states!
Hear from Cole in his short Facebook Live video from this week.
Almost everyone I speak with in my travels- and likely the majority of you receiving this email- share a common frustration: the status quo politics of the Gold Dome. Therefore, many are surprised when I tell them that one of the great hopes I have for our state is some of its political leaders.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m as “anti-establishment” as they come, and I’m still proud of the fact that I ran one campaign against a sitting US House Majority Leader that saw him defeated and replaced with Conservative Review’s #1 Most Conservative Congressman and also the campaign of the man who replaced Speaker Boehner- who is ranked 16th on that list. Politicians are still a major part of the problem both for our country and for our state.
But, here in Georgia, we have a strong contingent of faithful, godly, conservative leaders who give me hope every day. One such leader is State Representative Sam Teasley.
Representing District 37, which covers a portion of Cobb County, Sam has managed to be an unashamed Christian and outspoken advocate for our values, while also rising to a leadership position. How rare it is to have someone like Sam who is able to stand so firm for families yet still be in a spot of influence!
Sam Teasley’s impact goes far beyond any official position. He is the unique leader who travels the state to support causes and candidates he cares about. He mentors others and facilitates strategic conversations. And, he brings an energy and passion to promoting families that leads to activity extending far beyond what happens under the Gold Dome.
Georgia undoubtedly has a long way to go before it becomes a God-honoring state. But, leaders like Sam Teasley give me cause for optimism. I genuinely hope to see his influence grow, to see him lifted up, and be used by the Lord.
Serving in my role, I see plenty of reasons to be discouraged. But, leaders like Sam are a source of encouragement for me. Over the next several months, I plan to spotlight other leaders that are fighting for Georgia families.
Please pray for: Sam, like most Georgia legislators, does not depend on the pennies he gets for his public service for his sole income. He provides for his family as a realtor, so please keep his business in your prayers, that the Lord brings new clients, and that he can prosper while he sacrifices to serve. Pray also that His influence grows, that he is encouraged, and that his family thrives and is blessed for the faithfulness of their husband and father.
Legislation to Track: We have been and will continue to send out Action Alerts regarding key legislation we are engaged in. Here are some of the bills we are supporting: HB 217 (school choice tax credit), HB 482 (educational savings accounts), HB 882 (private right of action for wrongful death of unborn child), SB 339 (campus free speech), SB 361 (religious freedom in schools), SB 375 (protections for faith-based adoption agencies), SB 384 (equal opportunities for home schoolers) and SB347 (Simon’s Law).
President and Executive Director