A pike was placed in a large tank. At feeding times, minnows, its favorite food, were poured into the water and the pike would gobble them up in a burst of energy. Next, a clear glass cylinder was placed in the center of the tank and the minnows were placed within. The pike, unaware that an invisible barrier now separated him from his prey darted for the first minnow only to slam into the glass. Stunned, he backed away and tried again. Same result! The process went on for a few hours and finally in defeat, the pike settled to the bottom of the tank. The glass cylinder was then extracted, freeing the minnows. They swam right by the nose of the pike, but conditioning had convinced him that the minnows were inaccessible. Eventually he wasted away and died.

The lesson of the pike could be applied to the forced acceptance of transgender propaganda. We are told that we must affirm a lie that we can choose our gender rather than accept the biological evidence. Parents are being conditioned in cult-like fashion, to accept a new norm despite how destructive it is. Adolescent bodies are being irreversibly damaged by puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, top and bottom surgeries. Little to nothing is being done to help them, despite studies by reputable medical organizations showing more than 80% of gender confused adolescents eventually move on to adulthood and accept their biological gender without drugs and surgery.

The seriousness of the issue begs the question, “what causes gender dysphoria?” and how is it treated? Last year in Washington, D.C., at the Family Policy Alliance conference, Dr. Roger Hiatt a Pediatric Child Psychiatrist for Youth & Families in Little Rock, Arkansas, addressed this issue. In dealing with transgender adolescents, he stated that almost all the transgender clients he has worked with were sexually abused and would greatly benefit from counseling and therapy. Considering rampant internet porn and the obvious over-sexualization of our children in our culture, especially our schools, this should be no surprise.

It may seem as if “resistance is futile” and we “will eventually be assimilated” to borrow a line from Star Trek but, “resistance is NOT futile” and our children don’t have to be assimilated. Shockingly, across the nation, some legislators have tried to pass legislation banning any professional form of therapy to help minors under 18 deal with gender confusion (dysphoria) or unwanted sexual feelings toward individuals of the same sex. The title “Conversion Therapy Ban” was cleverly used to make it appear to be a religious issue, but it has become obvious this has nothing to do with religion but everything to do with political ideology.

A similar ban in Florida was repealed by a 2-1 decision in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which sided with two therapists who said the laws in the city of Boca Raton and Palm Beach County violated their free speech rights.

Here in Wyoming, we must work to never let the left’s glass cylinder into our state. Would you join me in praying and giving as we stand for truth in a broken world?

Sincerely,

Nathan Winters
Executive Director

A few days ago, our nation celebrated the lives and leadership of Presidents Washington and Lincoln. These two men rose to the challenge facing this nation during their time. Washington sacrificed a good portion of his life to humbly serve a fragile new nation emerging from war. Lincoln spent a good portion of his life keeping this nation from being torn asunder while abolishing slavery. Sadly, the moral stain of slavery was hard to overcome. It took America literally 100 years to pass the Civil Rights Act after the end of the Civil War.

Now, under the guise of “civil rights”, activists are pushing forward a sexual ideology that deconstructs the gender binary of male and female. They insist that protecting biological girls from competing against biological boys is a violation of the self-identified girl’s (biological boy’s) civil rights. This is a clear denial of truth and a gross distortion of reality, which brings me to my next point.

Last week, I started recapping the journey we have been on for the past couple of decades. If you missed last week’s email, please click here.

Another step in the wrong direction took place in August of 2013, when the New Jersey legislature along with Governor Chris Christie banned counseling for minors with unwanted same-sex attraction or transgender identity (what the Left inaccurately calls “conversion therapy”). Radical activists attacked and eventually outlawed the ability of parents to bring a minor child for counseling that would in any way help the child to overcome gender confusion or same-sex attraction. This undermined the rights of parents to control the upbringing of their children – nearly a decade ago!

The assault on parental rights did not start over controversial curriculum or mandated vaccines. It began when the state government prohibited parents from exercising their right to be involved in their child’s health care.

Within a few years from that moment, the “T” in the list of sexual identities began challenging standard cultural norms and public policies by demanding access to the locker rooms and bathrooms of the opposite sex. We will pick up next week on that topic.

Sincerely,

Len Deo
Founder

 

As we head into the weekend, we wanted to share a quick update on what’s happening in “Woke D.C.” and beyond—because you and many other pro-family Americans continue to make your voices heard:

The Good News

The Bad News

  • The Biden Administration announced their plan to create a database of federal employees’ religious beliefs.
    • Senator Lankford (OK), Senator Scott (FL), and 40 Members of Congress are seeking answers.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services recently created the “Reproductive Healthcare Access Task Force.” This task force is charged with:
    • Promoting abortion access through the Department’s policies, research, and programs.
    • Countering the record-breaking number of pro-life laws in the states (While these ongoing efforts to counter pro-life laws is certainly alarming, it’s extremely good news that there are so many new life-affirming laws that have been passed in the states in the first place—laws that wouldn’t be possible without you.)
  • H.R. 4521 the America C.O.M.P.E.T.E.S Act, passed the House.
    • 221 Democrats and 1 Republican voted for the bill.
    • Instead helping the American economy compete with nations like China, this legislation is a Trojan horse containing elements of:
      • The so-called “Build Back Better Act”
      • Critical race theory
      • Climate change
      • Equality Act language to promote LGBT ideology
    • Stay tuned for more updates on this legislation.
  • H.R. 3485, The Global Respect Act, passed the House.
    • 221 Democrats and 6 Republicans voted for the bill.
    • This bill uses broad language that could allow the Biden Administration to revoke or deny entry to the U.S. for foreign individuals, like pastors, who do not agree with radical gender ideology.
    • The bill has been sent to the Senate, where it will likely be harder for the bill to pass.

While we are still seeing bad news coming from D.C., here’s the GREAT news: YOUR continued engagement is making a difference! With state legislatures in session and elections just around the corner, we’ll continue to help you make your voice heard to your elected officials at the right time. Stay tuned for more updates!

For Family and Freedom,Nicole Hudgens
Nicole Hudgens Signature
Nicole Hudgens
Government Affairs

Dear Friend,

Your efforts stopped the Equality Act in Congress last year—a bill focused on forcing the LGBT agenda throughout our nation’s laws. But now, the Left is turning its sights to the global stage.

Tomorrow, the House plans to vote on H.R. 3485, the Global Respect Act. If passed, this bill could be used to promote the LGBT agenda by targeting nations and individuals within those nations who have religious or moral objections to LGBT ideology. In reality, it should be titled the “Equality Act: Global Edition.”

The bill uses broad language that could allow the Biden Administration to revoke or deny entry to the U.S. for individuals who do not agree with radical gender ideology. This could apply to pastors who preach and teach God’s design for gender, family, and human sexuality.

Who else could the Biden Administration target with this bill? They could target someone who…

This bill is allegedly about stopping human rights abuses. Without a doubt, every human is made in the image of God, and our foreign policy should reflect that. But U.S. law already protects against human rights abuses.

In other words, the Left is trying to send the message: If you don’t buy into LGBT ideology, you’re not welcome in America.

TAKE ACTION NOW.

Tell your Member of Congress to VOTE NO on H.R. 3485 in our Action Center here! This bill is unnecessary and not a reflection of American values. The United States government, under the Biden Administration, should not coerce other nations and their citizens to accept gender ideology.

For Family and Freedom,


Nicole Hudgens
Government Affairs

P.S. After you contact your member of Congress, don’t forget to forward this message to a friend!

 

 

Woke Capitol is more woke than ever.

If you recall, our team found nearly 100 bills containing the term “gender identity.” What does that mean? Democratic leadership realizes that the full Equality Act doesn’t have enough support. That is in heartfelt thanks to many of you who have helped stall that dangerous bill with your prayers, taking action, and financial support!

Now, Democratic leadership has employed their backup plan: force through the tenets of the Equality Act piece-by-piece. In many ways, this is even more dangerous because there are so many bills to keep track of that touch nearly every area of law.

For instance, just this week, the House passed the Appropriations Bill for the Departments of Labor, Health, and Education that includes Equality Act language. Specifically, this language could punish or deny federal grants to faith-based child welfare providers that hold Biblical beliefs about marriage and biological sex.

But that’s not all. For the first time in nearly 45 years, House Democrats eliminated the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer dollars paying for abortion. House Democrats also eliminated the long-standing Mexico City policy, meaning taxpayers will be forced to fund abortions overseas.

We are thankful 208 House Republicans fought back and called for a vote to include the Hyde Amendment, but their effort was opposed 208 – 217. Now, all eyes are on the Senate to determine if taxpayers will be forced to pay for the deaths of preborn children.

If you haven’t spoken up to save the Hyde Amendment yet! Sign our petition HERE.

Speaking of the Senate, you’re probably hearing a lot of talk about the Infrastructure package. This week, the Senate voted to move this legislation forward in the process- without being able to read the text of the bill. Yes, you read that correctly- they’re moving forward a bill that the Senators haven’t seen! Our team will be monitoring this major piece of legislation (once they finally have the language!) for impacts on important family values.

This week, the Senate Armed Services Committee also voted to add an amendment to the big “National Defense Authorization Act” (NDAA) that would require women to register for the draft. It’s another misguided proposal from DC that not only demeans, but also erases women.

Family Policy Alliance and the alliance of state-based family policy councils released a joint statement in response and will continue to oppose this amendment as the NDAA heads to the full Senate floor for consideration.

Now Woke DC is canceling Rosie the Riveter? Men and women are equal under the law and equally made in the image of God, but Woke DC has an agenda to erase any differences between men and women. Insisting that women need to be drafted in order to fully participate in our nation’s defense demeans women who have kept our country safe and on track on the front lines in our manufacturing plants and labor force, with our families, and by their voluntary service in the armed forces.“To win a war but have no American families left at home would be doing the enemy’s job for them…

 

Read our full response HERE.

Now, Representatives and Senators head back to their states for August break, which means we’ll all get a break from the steady stream of “wokeness” in Congress. And, hopefully they will be reminded of how real America feels about the issues at stake today.

However, the Biden Administration has been hard at work implementing a radical agenda through administrative action—getting around doing the hard work of the legislative process. Be assured, we will continue to watch, respond, and bring believers together to take action when the Administration attempts to write rules that harm life, religious freedom, and families.

Thank you for your ongoing support and prayers!

The Family Policy Alliance Team

 

The lyrics are rather disturbing…

You say we all lead lives you don’t respect. But you’re just frightened. You think that we’ll corrupt your kids if our agenda goes unchecked. Funny, just this once, you’re correct.”

“We’ll convert your children – happens bit by bit, quietly and subtly and you will barely notice it…”

“Just like you’re worried, they’ll change their group of friends, you won’t approve of where they go at night. And you’ll be disgusted when they start finding things online that you kept far from their sight…”

In case you missed it,  the San Francisco Gay Men’s Choir (SFGMC) released a video on July 1, proclaiming to America that they are going to convert your children. The well-produced song declares that it is only a matter of time before the gay agenda “comes home” – to your home that is.

While it is hard to listen to this message, it is essential that parents do in fact listen and take heed.

The Choir claimed after its release that the song was completely “satirical” and intended as “tongue-in-cheek humor,” but the video belies the truth of a persistent agenda playing out daily in entertainment, pop culture, corporate America, public policy, politics and education.

The song happily tells parents that regardless of the spiritual values children are taught at home, the LGBT movement has aims to unapologetically undermine those values in order to advance their cause.

From the Biden Administration all the way down to your city council and local school board, LGBT activists are working to quietly write public policy that will coerce not only a tolerance of LGBT lifestyles, but also in many ways, require an acceptance and affirmation of those lifestyle choices. Corporate America, Hollywood and Big Tech are all there too.

Here are just a few ways this is playing out before our very eyes:

Government

The Equality Act – currently under consideration in Congress – would place sexual orientation and gender identity into the US Civil Rights code as a protected class along with race, national origin, veteran status and others. This would make any disagreement with this sexual ideology considered “illegal discrimination”—by parents, in schools, in doctor’s offices, on sports teams, in the marketplace, in any public place, and even in churches and faith-based schools or other organizations. It is the most dangerous legislation we’ve seen come out of Congress.

In a stunning act of administrative action, the Biden administration has now—without the real authority to do so—rewritten Title IX to require public schools across the US to validate gender identity – that means bathrooms, locker rooms and sports teams no longer must conform to children’s real biological sex as male or female. It’s a sad irony, given that Title IX was originally enacted to ensure that girls had equal access to educational and athletic opportunities with boys.

Similarly, many school systems have adopted policies that validate same-sex attraction or even transgenderism among students. A child may leave home as a boy but live and be treated as a girl at school. By design, parents generally have no idea this is happening as schools will not tell parents about the child’s new identity. It is all a secret, and the school is on board. The LGBT lobby frequently advances this very secret and subtle tactic, and it damages not only the transitioning child, but also leads to the indoctrination of all other classmates aiming to normalize homosexuality and transgenderism in public schools.

Local governments and even your Chamber of Commerce are in on the agenda too – passing so-called nondiscrimination ordinances that provide new protections for sexual orientation and gender identity under local laws that compromise changing rooms, locker rooms and bathrooms at public locations. These local efforts allegedly aim to benefit “equality” and even “economic development” but ignore religious beliefs, parental rights and safety.

Entertainment/Hollywood

American children can hardly watch children’s programming, much less television commercials, without being exposed to homosexuality or transgender ideology.  The entertainment industry is using popular cartoons such as Arthur, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Sponge Bob Squarepants and Doc McStuffins, just to name a few, to target children as young as toddlers with sexualized content. Through very subtle yet crafty portrayals, and “bit by bit” as the song goes; they are seeking to normalize homosexuality and transgenderism through their messaging to children – and you.

Social Media/Technology and Corporate America

Lastly, big tech, Google, YouTube, Facebook, Tik-tok and most other social media platforms seek to advance the LGBT agenda. Whether it is actively celebrating so-called PRIDE month in June, or more subversively censoring or downgrading content critical of the LGBT agenda, big tech is engaged in the persistent indoctrination process. The same goes for numerous corporations, many of whom classify a biblical view of human sexuality as hate, instantly dismissing parental rights and Christian beliefs.

So yes, parents, the SFGMC was telling the truth. The LGBT agenda is looking to change the values you are teaching your children.

So what do we do?

1. Engage our government –
We call this “biblical citizenship.” Our mission at Family Policy Alliance is to equip believers to easily take a stand on important issues like the Equality Act.So, when we send out an alert that something important is happening where your voice is needed to impact legislation or the outcome of an election, please take action!
  2. Learn –

Along with our friends at Focus on the Family, Family Policy Alliance produced a critical guide for parents called Back to School—for Parents on how to protect your child in the classroom, in sports, in the school clinic, and more! It also includes tips on how to talk to your child about these issues.

Download a copy today for free!

3. Pray –

Check out the first video in our new Ask Meridian video series! Meridian explores the important questions about how to share your faith and beliefs about sexuality with your LGBT-identifying neighbors, a prayer for them, and talks about how to show genuine love while disagreeing.

Watch now!

For truth,

Robert Noland
Communications Manager

You probably know by now that June is being celebrated as LGBTQ Pride Month. The purpose of the month is to celebrate and promote the LGBT culture, to recognize the Stonewall riots that happened in 1969, and to acknowledge the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on local, national, and international history and culture. Have LGBTQ individuals made significant contributions to our society? Undoubtedly.

Let me state at the outset that I have no animosity towards members of the LGBTQ community. I’ve said it before, but will restate, that I have friends who identify as LGBTQ and I love them dearly. As you might imagine, we don’t talk politics too often, but that’s ok with all of us. If those who identify as LGBTQ want to celebrate their lifestyle, they are certainly entitled to do so, given the freedoms in our country. However, there is a larger issue I want to address: our country’s transformation that has led us to Pride Month.

For those of us who have lived a few decades, we have the benefit of hindsight. While it’s not always the 20/20 it’s purported to be, it does often help put things in perspective and give insights not readily observed when things happen in real time.

In the 1980s, the LGBTQ movement came out of the shadows in many ways as something that needed to be recognized, whether one agreed with it or not. Americans were asked implicitly and sometimes explicitly to accept that the LGBTQ community was part of society, and Americans did, under the premise of pluralism and the freedoms embodied in our country’s foundational beliefs (which are rooted in Christian thought, by the way).

As time moved along, the focus shifted. During the latter ‘80s and early ‘90s the topic became HIV/AIDs. Disproportionately affecting those who identified as LGBTQ, due to lifestyle choices, the disease ravaged the community and Americans were soon forced to focus on a cure for this terrible disease. While HIV/AIDs certainly did put the LGBTQ identity in the spotlight, it also engendered much research, medical attention, and eventually some level of empathy for those suffering from the disease.

There were also high-profile cases such as tennis player Arthur Ashe and Ryan White who contracted HIV from blood transfusions, highlighting that nobody was entirely protected from the disease. As a result of all these factors, our country moved from acceptance to the beginnings of empathy for the LGBTQ community.

In the 1990s, we also started to see Hollywood stars and other high-profile individuals such as Ellen DeGeneres, George Michael, Melissa Etheridge, and Tammy Baldwin, the first openly lesbian candidate ever elected to Congress, come out as gay or lesbian. The dialogue moved from advocating for medical care and empathy for those who identified as LGBTQ, to advocating for tolerance and equal rights. LGBTQ advocates stated they only wanted to be treated the same as everyone else, not as an abnormal part of society.

In the 21st century things have changed considerably. More high-profile individuals have come out as LGBTQ and more groups have surfaced to advocate for their cause. The LGBTQ movement has successfully taken over the debate terminology (e.g., you are cisgender, not simply male or female; we’ve all adopted LGBTQ, not LGBT and even add +), the media have become loud advocates for the LGBTQ cause, and businesses have been shamed into jumping on the bandwagon and virtue signaling they are not only nondiscriminatory, but sometimes unbelievably promoting of the LGBTQ lifestyle.

Those who wish to speak out against anything having to do with LGBTQ talking points are labeled homophobic, ignorant, or part of a hate group and are shamed by the media. The entertainment industry is bending over backwards to show how inclusive and accepting they are. In broadcast television, roughly 10.2% of all regular expected series characters identify as LGBT. For movies, the LGBT percentage has ranged from 14%-17% in recent years, with the percentage rising each year. That said, LGBT-identifying Americans comprise only 5.6 percent of the American public, per a recent Gallup poll. Agenda. You think?

We are now at a point where the federal government, as well as some other levels of government, actively promote and enforce the advancement of the gay and lesbian identity. Schools are being required to teach LGBT curriculum to kindergartners. The Biden Administration has indicated that boys identifying as transgender girls will be allowed to compete on girls’ athletic teams. And the list goes on.

My point in all this is not to provide a history lesson of the LGBTQ+ movement, but to show the transformation of thought and practice that has slowly and almost imperceptibly occurred over the past few decades. Our country and its value system have been led from acceptance to empathy to normalization to forced promotion of the LGBT lifestyle. And that’s how we’ve gotten to today’s celebration of LGBT Pride Month.

We have been asleep at the wheel. While the American people generally try to be accepting, our country has been led down a path where more and more demands are placed on you and your family by the LGBTQ cause – demands that now or very soon will violate your values and beliefs.

So, back to LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Should a Christian participate in the normalization of something that is actively trying to eradicate our values? No. We should be kind, always. But we should never bow to today’s social intimidation and contempt for traditional values which break down the very fabric of Liberty.

For truth,

Nathan Winters
Executive Director

As COVID has once again brought school home for many students, some parents may be surprised at the content their children are learning. It may be overly sexualized or otherwise objectionable, it may present radical viewpoints as fact, or it might be used by a teacher to belittle a child’s values.

Most parents will agree that’s not right – but they may not know what the next steps are to remedy the situation. Or they may not know these concerning situations are arising in the first place.

That’s why Family Policy Alliance and Focus on the Family created our Back to School—for Parents guide. Parents – not schools – are best at parenting, and they should be equipped to address situations their children may face at school. Our FREE guide gives parents the information they need to understand what may be happening at their child’s school and how to address it.

We’re honored that many leading voices have commended this new resource . Here’s what they’ve said so far:

American College of Pediatricians

“Given how pervasive socialist ideologies and online technology have become in our culture and public institutions, it has never been harder for parents to know our rights, and to properly educate and protect our children. As a pediatrician and mother of four adolescents, I can authoritatively say that Back to School—for Parents by Family Policy Alliance and Focus on the Family is the most important book a parent will ever read. Download one for yourself, and for each of your family members and friends who cherish their kids!”

Michelle Cretella, MD, Executive Director
American College of Pediatricians

American Principles Project

“Left-wing activists have completely infiltrated our schools and are doing everything they can to indoctrinate our kids into their dangerous ideology. We have to stop them. Kudos to the Family Policy Alliance and Focus on the Family for developing this wonderful educational guide to help parents protect their children.”

Terry Schilling, Executive Director
American Principles Project

Christian Medical & Dental Associations
(Endorsement of the guide’s school health rooms, clinics and counseling offices section)

“There is far more going on in school clinics today than most parents recognize. The ‘Know Your Rights in School Health Clinic and Nurses Office’ section of Family Policy Alliance’s Back to School-for Parents will give parents the important wake-up call and preparation they need as their children enter into the pre-adolescent and adolescent years.”

Jeffrey Barrows, DO, MA, (Ethics)
Senior VP Bioethics and Public Policy
Christian Medical & Dental Associations

Concerned Women for America

“Concerned Women for America stands with Family Policy Alliance and Focus on the Family on the front lines of these challenging cultural issues.  It is critical that parents be equipped with the information they need to understand and confront the gender ideology being promoted through our schools.  CWA commends Back to School—for Parents as an invaluable resource to educate and engage families and policymakers in your community.

Doreen Denny, Vice President of Government Relations
Concerned Women for America LAC

Gateways to Better Education

“Today, more than ever, Christian parents with children in public schools need to be involved. This handbook is a valuable, and much-needed, resource for every parent! It gives practical advice on how to advocate for children regarding a variety of crucial issues.”

Eric Buehrer, President
Gateways to Better Education

Save Women’s Sports
(Endorsement of the guide’s sports section)

“The issue of males competing in female sports is serious threat to women. We need to protect the rights, privacy, and safety of the future generations of females. If we continue to allow males to compete as females, female sports will cease to exist. We applaud Family Policy Alliance’s and Focus on the Family’s efforts to Save Women’s Sports.”

Beth Stelzer, Founder
Save Women’s Sports

We are so thankful to these leaders for sharing their endorsements of this guide. Download your FREE copy today and be sure to share with friends!

Parents, as you head into this Christmas week, giving your children the gift of being prepared to handle situations that arise in their public school setting is a wonderful one! And so is sharing this Guide with a fellow parent you know could use this information.

Back to School—for Parents  is Family Policy Alliance’s gift to all parents and grandparents this 2020!


Autumn Leva
Vice President for Strategy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Friends,

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 eventThe 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.

RSVP NOW

We hope you’ll join us virtually!

For children,

Autumn Leva
Vice President, Strategy

Symbols are loud. Silent, but not unheard. For example, LGBT agenda flags celebrating sexual pride flying over a business or local town hall, communicate that Biblical beliefs are unwelcomed and unaccepted inside those doors. Post-modern sexuality has taken that battle hill in this eternal war for truth.

The confederate flag in similar fashion is a symbol of cultural southern pride to some, and a message to others of being unwelcomed and unaccepted. If the Mason-Dixon line were to have been extended directly due east, it would run near Penns Grove, NJ on the Western part of our state and Barnegat, NJ on the East. Despite racial tensions in south Jersey in the early 20th century and in Newark in the 1960’s, we now live in the most diverse state in the union. I am Jersey Proud!

Today, America is at odds not over symbols but over statues. It is a struggle over history. American Exceptionalism or American Fatalism? Who will win the war for the soul of our nation? If Garden State Equality lessons are used, middle school students may not know if they are a boy or a girl after sitting through Health class, but they know America is an evil oppressive nation after sitting through History class.  

NJ is not absent from the conflict. Woodrow Wilson’s name is being removed from Monmouth University’s marquee building, and in Trenton, Governor Murphy has now abandoned the desk of President Wilson in his office.

Let’s remember history, President Woodrow Wilson (D) is the father of progressivism – holding fast to a globalist, elitist, racist view of the world. Margret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood was his contemporary and held identical racist ideologies. She founded the largest most powerful abortion provider in the world to systematically target people of color. Will the radical left demand the dismantling of Planned Parenthood? In NJ, our legislature awards them with 20 million dollars per year! Woodrow Wilson most assuredly would be proud.

Presidents and founding fathers who built our nation on the foundation of religion and morality will forever be tainted for their possession of slaves. Should their relative experience of a global widespread historic wrong that predated their existence, sweep away their contributions to the concepts of individualism and religious liberty? If yes, does this same standard of collective condemnation apply to modern progressive Presidents who support the destruction of tens of millions of human lives in the womb through abortion?

I am proud to be an American. Some surveys rank NJ as the least patriotic state in America, but this is not the NJ I know. This independence weekend be intentional about your patriotism. Vote in the primaries by July 7, display an American flag, serve in your church, love your neighbor, pray for your leaders.

Enjoy this Independence Weekend!

Shawn Hyland
Director of Advocacy