Thursday night, I witnessed something so disturbing I had to share it with you.

Here was the scene: A mom of two young children stood up during former Vice President Biden’s town hall event, and shared that her younger child (age 8) identifies as transgender –a boy who feels he’s a girl. As she listed various conservative policies on sex and gender (to which she was opposed), it was clear that this mother was concerned for the future of her child.

My heart goes out to that mom. We should have incredible compassion for those who are struggling to accept their God-given sex, and for their families. People who identify as transgender or who have gender dysphoria suffer not only with accepting their own bodies, but also with a myriad of other challenges including high suicide rates. Often, there’s also an underlying problem, such as abuse or challenges fitting in with a social group.

This is no small issue. Christians should be eager to help those who are suffering in this way.

But when someone is struggling to accept their body, our answer should not be to affirm that something is wrong with their body – to tell them that they need surgeries and hormones to “fix” what is “wrong” with them. Instead, it should be to reach out with compassion, find out what’s causing these feelings, and provide meaningful counseling to help individuals see that their bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made – just the way they are.

It’s not a “quick fix,” but we know that it can provide the lasting healing that transgender-identifying people so desperately need. And for moms like the one who spoke on Thursday night, they should receive the truth that around 85% of children who are struggling to accept their sex in childhood will reconcile with their biological sex by adulthood if they are not pushed to transition.

What is “transitioning”?

It’s a quick “fix.” It takes deep emotional pain and answers it with surgery and some pills. It offers the initial celebration of the LGBTQ + lobby – followed by the slow realization that the underlying pain is still there. Ultimately, initial evidence shows that long-term suicide rates are exponentially higher among those who “transition.”

That is a tragedy, and to push that outcome on a vulnerable child is so abhorrent some have called it child abuse.

So as this mom stood before former Vice President Biden, asking how he would respond to people like her 8-year-old child, there was much on the line. It was his opportunity to show that he wouldn’t cow-tow to the radical Left’s push for “transitions,” to show his compassion by speaking the truth in love.

But that’s not what happened.

Biden’s response? “I will flat out just change the law, and eliminate [President Trump’s] Executive Orders, number one.” He continued by talking about “the idea that an eight-year-old child, or a ten-year-old child, decides, ‘you know I want to be transgender, that’s what I think I’d like to be – it would make my life a lot easier.’”

Whether that comment was tongue-in-cheek or meant as support for the idea of “choosing to be transgender,” it’s clear it was supporting the idea of children identifying as transgender. And sadly, Biden’s words represent just the lie that the Left wants children to believe: that transition will make their lives easier, or at least better. But it won’t. It sets children up for a life of struggle and disappointment, scars of the body and the heart.

Meanwhile, the Trump Administration has taken the unpopular, but important, position of making policies based on the truth: we are born male and female, no amount of surgeries can truly change that, and to deny that hurts not only the people struggling with their gender, but others with whom they interact.

One clear example: if a male identifies as a female and wants to compete in a female sports division, he will naturally have physical advantages over the female athletes that place them at a disadvantage in their own sports division. It’s fundamentally unfair.

While President Trump’s Justice and Education departments have spoken in support of policies that ensure girls’ sports are reserved for girls, the Biden/Harris campaign says on their website that “transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time,” and supports “transgender students’ access to sports, bathrooms, and locker rooms in accordance with their gender identity.”

The lines have been drawn. Now it’s our time to speak through voting.

If you or someone you know would like more information about the candidates’ positions, please refer to our Presidential Voter Guide. It includes the candidates’ positions on issues you care about like life, religious freedom, and parental choice in education.

And, if you haven’t voted yet, check out our Voter Information Page, where you can find your polling location or request an absentee ballot. Please share with friends who could also benefit from this information!

November 3 is coming quickly, and the stakes are high. Will you join us in prayer, and in sharing our voices through voting?

Sincerely,

Meridian Baldacci
Policy and Communications Strategist

Are we going to be a nation that mutilates our children?

That’s the Biden Plan. During a townhall Thursday night, Biden confirmed that he believes that children struggling with their gender identity should be able to mutilate their bodies to conform to their feelings.

He was talking about 8-year-olds. Making a permanent, life-changing decision. One that has no basis in science. One that is on-its-face-absurd.

The idea that a major party candidate for President of the United States is throwing around such a reckless, hateful, and truth-hostile concept is alarming. However, the reality of 8-year-olds making decisions that would irreparably harm their bodies and feed into major psychological consequences is very present and could be on the ballot.

So what can you do to protect children?

  1. VOTE – This issue is on the ballot at the federal level and here in Georgia with the legislative races. Make your voice heard!
  2. SHARE – The horrifying reality that Joe Biden supports the mutilation of children should drive every swing voter away from Biden and the liberal agenda. Make sure your friends, colleagues, and fellow church members understand this barbaric reality!
  3. PRAY – Our children need it now more than ever!
  4. DONATE – We need to make Georgia a safe place for children. Whether it’s protecting children from these life-redefining and biology-defying surgeries or Saving Girls Sports, we are ready to lead the charge to pass child-protecting legislation this session. Please consider donating to help us fight this battle.

Our children deserve better than the Biden Plan. Yes, some kids are suffering. However, it’s our job, as believers, to provide them help and support rather than endorsing mutilation – which will lead to discontentment and major problems throughout the life of the child.

To Protect Children,

Cole Muzio
President and Executive Director

 

P.S. Did you know that studies show that the vast majority of children suffering from gender identity issues will re-identify with their biological gender on their own? Putting these children through life-changing surgery is beyond cruel. Protect these children by donating to our policy initiatives today.

 

Today on Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett got underway. The big takeaway is that Democrat committee members are turning this nomination into a referendum on President Trump.

As a result of Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination, voters across America are now considering judicial philosophy, “court packing,” and the balance of the Supreme Court as they head to the polls and complete mail-in ballots for the presidential election.  On that topic and several others, Family Policy Alliance has a new resource to assist voters: FPA’s 2020 Presidential Voter Guide

In addition to outlining President Trump’s and Joe Biden’s positions on appointing Supreme Court justices, the voter guide explains – in simple terms – what the two candidates believe about taxpayer funding of abortion, late-term abortions, protecting religious freedom, preserving girls’ sports, and parental choice in education.  Each subject area clearly spells out the candidates’ record on the issue at hand and provides references for statements made.

Please review the guide.  But don’t stop there!  It is equally – if not more – important to share the guide with your friends, family members, church congregation and neighbors:

We believe that when voters see the clear and factual information contained in this voter guide, they will be inspired to vote and emboldened to share their decision with others.  Please pray with us for the outcome, and please share the voter guide!

For truth,

Amanda Banks
Director, External Relations

 

 

 

The battle for the soul of the nation—I came across this phrase the other day, and I instantly clicked on the link, expecting to read something profound and deeply spiritual. Imagine my disappointment when I realized it was only the slogan for the Biden/Harris presidential campaign.

This did get me thinking, though. There is indeed a battle for the souls in our nation. And it is inherently deeply spiritual—not political—though we certainly see it playing out in the political arena.

Our spiritual enemy is very real and exists to spread darkness over light, master lies over truth, sow seeds of discord instead of peace, create confusion where there was once clarity, burn to ash what was once beautiful, gleefully seize upon disunity in place of unity, declare what is wrong right, enslave those who were free, and seek death over life. We all see this in our own lives and in the nation as a whole.

But as the family of Christ, we already know the end of the story—this enemy is defeated. Christ has already won the spiritual battle through His perfect life, death, and resurrection. He is Light, Truth and the Prince of Peace. He is a God of order and wisdom who trades ashes for beauty. He calls us to be one in Him, and only He has the authority to declare what is right. He sets captives free. And, He has defeated death once and for all, for all of us who trust in Him.

Biden and Harris have it wrong—the spiritual battle has already been won, and that certainly wasn’t the work of any political leader.

But in one sense, they’re also right. As the spiritual battle plays out in the political arena in 2020, there are real battle lines and completely divergent beliefs held by the candidates that could lead our country in very different directions.

There is truth vs. lies

One side of the political debate believes that a boy or man who says he feels like a girl can be a girl—and that he can take girls’ spots on their sports teams or share their showers with them at school. They call those who disagree “bigots” or “haters.” But the truth is, no matter how many hormones he takes or life-altering surgeries he has, a man cannot be a girl. And a man cannot become a girl no matter how many politicians declare it to be so. So, on election day, will we stand for the truth, or for a mountain of lies?

There is right vs. wrong

One side of the political debate believes that children should not be free to pray or express their Christian beliefs in school. This same side believes that healthcare professionals should be forced to participate in abortions or “gender transition surgeries” even on children—regardless of whether the procedure is in the child’s best interest or against the professional’s faith. Yet, for a believer, prayer is like breathing, and our obedience to God’s Word must come before any politician’s agenda. On November 3rd, will we pursue right or wrong?

There is freedom vs. captivity

One side of the political debate works hard to hold men and women captive to a sexual agenda that only leads to physical brokenness, mental and emotional anguish, and damaged relationships. Just ask our friend James Shupe who became the nation’s first legally-declared “non-binary man,” and has now found real freedom in Christ alone. Political decisions have real consequences in real lives. For the sake of our neighbor, I pray we choose freedom over captivity on election day.

There is life vs. death

And of course, one side of the political debate praises death as a “choice,” adding their stamp of approval as lives made in the image of God are destroyed in the womb. Political leaders truly hold life and death in their hands as they make decisions that further the devastation of Roe v. Wade or pass laws that save as many lives as possible. Even worse, Kamala Harris believes every state in the nation should get her “permission” to pass a pro-life law. For me, this decision is clearest of all. On November 3rd, I will choose life over death up and down the ticket.

As we prepare to vote this year, I pray you rejoice with Family Policy Alliance® that the spiritual battle has been won! We do not have to trust in or rely upon any political leader to defeat evil, “save the nation,” or save souls.

But I also pray that we recognize the battle lines that do have spiritual implications for ourselves and our American neighbors we are called to love. So when we vote, let us not vote for any particular political leader, but let us vote for truth, right, freedom and life.

For citizenship worthy of the Gospel of Christ,

Autumn Leva
Vice President of Strategy

 

If Joe Biden intended to distance himself from the extreme Left with his VP pick yesterday, he failed.

Sen. Kamala Harris, whom Biden tapped as his running mate, holds positions that are among the most radical in the U.S. Senate, especially on social issues.

To get a sense of where she’s coming from ideologically, just take a look at her positions on three key social issues: abortion, LGBT issues and religious freedom.

Harris on Abortion: Supports It Up to Birth – and Beyond

For starters, Harris toes the line of Planned Parenthood on every abortion issue:

But Harris goes even further. She has a plan to pre-emptively stop states from passing new pro-life legislation. Under her plan, states and localities that “have a pattern of violating Roe v. Wade” would have to seek pre-clearance from the Department of Justice before a law dealing with abortion could go into effect. Specifically, the Department of Justice would have to certify that “it comports with Roe v. Wade.”

Harris on LGBT Agenda: Zealous Advocate for Full Playbook

Harris first gained notoriety on LGBT issues when, as Attorney General of California, she refused to defend Prop 8, the constitutional amendment protecting marriage that was passed by the voters of California. Later, as AG, she personally performed same-sex weddings.

As a presidential candidate, she zealously advocated for the entire LGBT playbook, plus some of her own additions. These included:

Harris on Religious Freedom: Limit It

Sen. Harris seems to only have one approach with regard to religious freedom – limiting it. In fact, she introduced a bill to do exactly that. Her so-called “Do No Harm Act” would forbid First Amendment religious freedom protections if the religious views were deemed to be discriminatory against people who identify as LGBT. In other words, in Kamala Harris’ world, the LGBT worldview trumps religious freedom every time.

As a senator, Harris also stirred up controversy when she attacked a Catholic whom President Trump had nominated for a federal judgeship. She called him an “extremist” simply because he is a member of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization.

Most importantly, the selection of Kamala Harris says a lot about Joe Biden – what he stands for and the kind of people he would appoint to fill thousands of federal leadership positions. His pick underscores the monumental stakes in this election.

Sincerely,

John Paulton
Mobilization Manager

Dear Friends—

At Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico, we focus on three primary issues – life, family, and religious freedom. Recently, all three issues have been in the news and we are providing for you below a list of handpicked articles for your review and consideration.

Based on these stories and other current events, I think you will see that the need for our work is more important than ever. And on that note, if you would like to see us continue the fight to defend life, strengthen the family, and preserve our First Amendment rights, would you consider supporting us with a generous gift today?

We need to raise an additional $5,000 by June 30, so if you recognize the importance of this work, please partner with us today by clicking here!

Thank you for your faithful support and prayers.

Blessings,

Vince Torres
President & Executive Director

In the News: Life

Planned Parenthood Endorses Biden After Pledging to Triple Election Spending In 2020 Over 2016
“The advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood, a frequent target for Republicans, endorsed Joe Biden on Monday, calling Trump “dangerous” after pledging to spend $45 million this cycle, three times what the group spent in 2016.”

SHOCK: Documents from New Mexico facility reveal dozens of late-term, healthy babies aborted daily
“Newly obtained documents show that over a dozen elective abortions are being committed daily on babies 20 weeks and older at Southwestern Women’s Options, an abortion chain with locations in New Mexico and Texas.”

In the News: Family

Family policy group launches ‘Save Girls’ Sports’ campaign to preserve female athletics
“Family Policy Alliance announced Monday that it was launching its “Save Girls’ Sports” campaign, an effort to build support for laws that ensure that only biological females can play in girls’ high school and university athletics.”

“Who Owns Your Children?” – Summit Pushes Back Against Homeschool and Parental Rights Opponents
“Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Bartholet made headlines – and raised a lot of dissent – when an article in Harvard Magazine publicized her opposition to homeschooling. The professor, who is also faculty director of the law school’s Child Advocacy Program, argued that homeschooling was “dangerous,” giving parents “essentially authoritarian control” over their children.”

In the News: Religious Freedom

‘Seismic implications’ for religious liberty, church in SCOTUS ruling
“The ruling also will have seismic implications for religious liberty, setting off potentially years of lawsuits and court struggles, about what this means, for example, for religious organizations with religious convictions about the meaning of sex and sexuality.”

Josh Hawley calls for civil rights investigation into church restrictions over coronavirus
“Sen. Josh Hawley asked Attorney General William Barr to open a civil rights investigation into the restrictions placed on churches during the coronavirus pandemic.”

 

In less than a week, the field of major Democrat presidential contenders has shrunk from seven to two: Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.

Much of the attention on the two has focused on their economic positions. But what about key social issues? Where do they stand, and how do they compare? Let’s take a look.

Biden and Bernie on Life

When it comes to abortion, there is essentially no difference between Sen. Sanders and former Vice President Biden. Both support abortions up to birth and are committed to only nominating judges who would defend Roe v. Wade in its entirety.

For example, Sanders recently told a Texas audience: “My promise to you is I will never nominate anybody to the Supreme Court or the federal bench who is not 100 percent pro-Roe v. Wade.”

But Biden, who is often cast as a moderate, is no less committed to the abortion-until-birth policies enabled by Roe v. Wade. In fact, he’s been even more explicit in in terming his pro-abortion pre-requisites as a “litmus test” for nominating judges. And he pledged recently that if the Roe v. Wade decision is overturned judicially, he would send a bill to Congress to codify it legislatively. Last week, Biden also advocated for funding abortion internationally as a population-control measure.

Though the two are in lockstep on abortion now, that has not always been the case.

While Sanders has never deviated from his strictly pro-abortion voting record throughout his political career, Biden has changed somewhat. Even as he supported abortion rights, he had always opposed public funding of abortions. He announced a change, however, shortly after he entered the race for the presidency last year. As noted above, he now not only supports domestic funding of abortion, but international funding as well.

Biden and Bernie on LGBT Issues

It’s hard to tell who is more extreme on LGBT-related issues. At an LGBT town hall last October, Biden summed up his views with this statement: “We allow homophobes to control the agenda” – emphasizing that if he were President, he would lead the way on LGBT causes. But on issue after issue, it is impossible to find any daylight between the two.

Both strongly support the LGBT lobby’s top priority, the so-called Equality Act. Similar laws in some states have been the doorway through which the Left has targeted wedding vendors and pushed their aggressive transgender policies. The federal version would go even further – imposing transgenderism on the military, among other things. Biden has called the Equality Act his “top legislative priority,” while Sanders trumpets his role as a “proud cosponsor.”

Sanders supported same-sex marriage before Biden, even voting against the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. But as Vice President, Joe Biden preceded President Obama in supporting same-sex marriage in 2012.

And, in addition to the Equality Act, both support additional legislation that would specifically foist pro-transgender policies on all of America.

Biden and Bernie on Religious Freedom

While both naturally claim to support religious freedom, the best way to gauge their commitment is to look at their response where religious freedom is currently being threatened.

Right now, the biggest threat to religious liberty is related to the LGBT agenda, and both oppose religious freedom in that context. Biden has stated: “Religion should not be used as license to discriminate, and as president I will oppose legislation to deny LGBTQ equal treatment in public places.” Meanwhile, Sanders has pledged to “oppose any and all religious freedom claims used to deny equal treatment to LGBTQ+ people.”

Specifically, for example, both Biden and Sanders have stated their intention to force faith-based adoption agencies (that receive any taxpayer funding) to violate their conscience with regard to biblical sexuality. If they are successful, then faith-based adoption and foster-care agencies throughout the nation will face the same dark choice as others in places like Boston and San Francisco have already faced – violate their conscience or abandon the children and families that they serve.