A professor in a college ethics class presented his students with a problem. He said, “A man has syphilis, and his wife has tuberculosis. They have had four children: one has died, the other three have a terminal illness. The mother is pregnant. What do you recommend?” After a spirited discussion, most of the class voted that she should abort the child. “Fine,” said the professor. “You’ve just killed Beethoven.”

Beethoven’s life is not an isolated case! Here are three similar scenarios. The first is Pattie Mallette. She was sexually abused as a child and, by age 14, was using drugs and alcohol. She attempted suicide by throwing herself in front of an oncoming truck. Then, while staying in a psychiatric hospital, a friend led her to faith in Christ, and she became a Christian. But after just six months, she relapsed and, at age 17, discovered she was pregnant. Because of her young age and difficult situation, many people encouraged her to end her pregnancy. Pattie, however, insisted abortion was never an option. Today her son, Justin Bieber, can sing to millions of fans and inspire them as a living example of the sanctity of a human life. She tells her story in her book Nowhere But Up: The Story of Justin Bieber’s Mom.

Then there is Ethel Waters, a famed singer and actress and the second African American ever nominated for an Academy Award. Ethel was conceived in rape. She wrote about her birth in her autobiography, His Eye Is on the Sparrow: “So John Waters, my father, forced my mother to submit to him. She tried to fight him, but he raped her. She was only twelve, and that is how I was conceived.” Her talent and success only led to brokenness, but in her later years, she gave her heart to Christ at a Billy Graham Crusade. She went on to literally bless thousands while often touring with Graham in his crusades.

One more example would be Tim Tebow. Doctors told his mother Pam to abort her son after she became ill because of her pregnancy. Pam refused, instead asking God for a healthy baby. He answered her prayers with a future NFL player. Tim has used his success as a platform to share the gospel all over the world. He has also funded building a hospital in a needy part of the Philippines where he grew up. His “saved” life has “saved” the lives of many others!

Decisions to keep babies in dire circumstances instead of aborting resulted in Beethoven, Justin Bieber, Ethel Waters, Tim Tebow and who knows how many others. Every abortion stops a beating heart. Every abortion ends a life. Every abortion robs the world of someone who could have made a real difference in the lives of others. And every abortion robs a person of the opportunity to live life.

On Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, churches throughout the United States celebrate God’s gift of life, commemorate the lives lost to abortion, and commit to protecting human life at every stage. This year, the date is Sunday, January 23, 2022. Alliance Defending Freedom has developed tools for pastors and church leaders to use, and you can access them here.

I will be attending the Annual March for Life this Friday in Washington D.C. PLEASE PRAY for the safety of those attending and that our Supreme Court reverses the infamous Roe decision from 1973 that has resulted in the death of more than 63 million pre-born babies.

Also, visit Family Policy Alliance at www.AfterRoe.com to see the challenges ahead as we work to make Rhode Island a state where LIFE IS CHERISHED! To that end, please consider supporting this ministry monthly in 2022.

For Faith and Family in RI,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Directors – Rhode Island

If freedom is something you value, then you need to pay attention – as you may not have it for long if our nation continues to embrace socialism. According to an AXIOS poll, only half of younger Americans now hold a positive view of capitalism, while socialism’s appeal continues to grow. When AXIOS compared their poll results from 2019 with 2021, the results were alarming.

Today, 18 to 34-year-olds are almost evenly split between those who view capitalism positively and those who view it negatively (49% vs. 46%). Two years ago, that margin was a gaping 20 points (58% vs. 38%). It’s amazing to me how an ideology like socialism can become so popular when historically it has been so deadly. In 1999, a group of European researchers published The Black Book of Communism, an international best-seller. They calculated the Socialist-Marxist impact on the 20th century in terms of lives lost and found that the death toll from World War I and World War II would have to be combined and then doubled just to get near it.

Regardless of historical fact, liberal school boards are introducing curricula that paints socialism in a positive light. But parents are waking up and battles are raging in school districts that are embracing Socialist-Marxist ideology. Parents are also realizing that the socialist view of “equity” is inextricably linked to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) and that their children will also be taught to embrace transgenderism and LGBTQ lifestyles.

Here is what’s happening in a few Rhode Island school districts:

In summary, some Rhode Island school districts have declared war against parents who challenge them on CRT, and they have key allies in the media who join in the attack on parents. The unions and union-controlled school committees have decided to make examples of any parent or legislator who questions CRT. Rep. Patricia Morgan has been viciously attacked and slandered for bringing attention to the indoctrinating material and the pornography in our school curricula.

Let’s remember that God answers prayer, and there is much to PRAY about. Each week I will have a prayer corner to highlight a few needs. Here are two: 1) Pray for health and safety of those attending the annual March for Life in D.C. on January 20-21. There are still seats available on the bus with Tyler Rowley’s group: text (401) 290-7201 or email t3rowley@gmail.com. 2) Visit www.AfterRoe.com and pray that SCOTUS overturns Roe v. Wade.

For Faith and Family in RI,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Directors – Rhode Island

‘What Would You Do’ is a long-running television program that is in its 17th season. The premise of the show is to create a scenario that puts people in an uncomfortable position and films their response with a hidden camera. Unlike similar programs, the staged scenarios are meant to be intense not comical. For instance, one scenario focused on a man in a park yelling at his wife. The responses of the passerby were across the spectrum. Some completely ignored the man, some slowed down and watched, while some intervened.

Someone recently compared the TV series to the story of the Good Samaritan. In that story, Jesus was clearly attempting to awaken the conscience of his listeners by describing an emotional situation. Jesus told his story in response to the question, ‘who is my neighbor?’  Just as in the TV series, there were those who passed by and did nothing; but finally, someone walked by who had enough love and compassion to stop and help.

Our culture abounds with injustice and the question is, ‘what will you do?’ Here’s what the Family Policy Alliance (FPA) in Rhode Island is planning to do in the New Year 2022.

As this year ends and a new year begins, ‘WHAT WILL YOU DO?’ As we wrap up this year, we are praying you’ll give one last generous gift now! There’s just so much at stake when it comes to families, human life, and religious freedom! Please prayerfully consider your most generous gift to support Family Policy Foundation so we can have an impact on our future for your family and your values in 2022.

Give by midnight on Friday, December 31 and your gift will be DOUBLED by the $150,000 challenge grant.

For Faith and Family in RI,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island

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If you enjoy the tradition of Christmas Lights as much as I do, you can thank a man named Edward Johnson for that. He was Thomas Edison’s assistant, and he has the distinction of being called the ‘Father of Electric Christmas Tree Lights.’  One Christmas he had 80 red, white, and blue electric incandescent light bulbs the size of walnuts made especially for his Christmas tree. On December 22, 1882, Johnson invited the public to his home on 5th Avenue in New York City and proudly displayed his tree. The rest is history! As the electric light bulb started to be mass-produced and became affordable, Christmas lights invaded the darkness and illuminated homes across America.

The spiritual analogy should not be missed. Christmas lights symbolize Jesus, the true light, who gives light to everyone (John 1:9). He told his followers in no uncertain terms, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life” (John 8:12). Christmas is a time to refocus and let our light shine. The world is a dark place, but we have the ability and the responsibility to bring the light to bear on that darkness, especially here in our own state of Rhode Island.

This past year the Family Policy Alliance of RI joined with the Ministry Training Network of N.E. to bring you the ‘Bible, Gender and Sexuality Conference.’  Many pastors and ministry leaders attended it and the feedback was tremendous. Dr. J. Alan Branch and Dr. Michelle Cretella were our main speakers, who addressed the theological and medical aspects of sexuality with a special focus on the rise of transgenderism amongst teens and young adults.

They covered these topics: Born this Way, Celebrating the Gift of Sex and Gender, Good News for Broken lives, and Transgender Belief: Healing Minds, Embracing Bodies, Saving Lives. A highlight of the conference was when Brenna Simonds shared her own very moving story of same sex attraction and leaving the LGBTQ lifestyle. She now leads a ministry called Alive in Christ that helps others do the same.

These six sessions were individually recorded and are available here for your viewing. Please watch them and share this helpful resource with others. I can assure you that these speakers shed immense light on these dark areas our culture that are affecting so many families. And they bring HOPE!

The Family Policy Alliance is networking with other organizations, legislators, and community leaders to strengthen the family. We have accomplished a lot this year and with your help we can do more in 2022. Because of a generous donor you can DOUBLE YOUR GIFT with a $150,000 Matching Grant. We can do more to make our state and our nation a place where religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.

From my family to yours, have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas!

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island

 

Recently I had a conversation with someone about the difference they experienced between living in Rhode Island and other Midwest states that are more conservative. They remarked that the culture in New England is darker and more oppressive, and they can feel the difference. Why is that?

Well, it seems that when Christian values dominate a geographical area, they bring light and life to their surroundings. There is a bible verse that validates this, and it’s often found on Christmas cards this time of year. “The people living in darkness have seen a great light, and for those living in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned,” Matthew 4:16 states. That verse is a quote from the prophet Isaiah describing the effect the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, would have on the ungodly cosmopolitan area around him where he lived and would preach.

Darkness and light are metaphors often used to describe the impact those living by godly values have on the ungodly culture around them. The mission of the Family Policy Alliance is to protect, preserve, and promote those godly values in Rhode Island as well as in 40 other states. And we are making a difference!

Our Alliance is heavily involved in the current efforts to overturn Roe V. Wade with the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case debated in the Supreme Court earlier this month. This case challenges the Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks. We have also been strategically involved with the recent pro-life victory in Texas regarding their heartbeat bill. Nicole Hudgens, Government Affairs Director of Family Policy Alliance, said in a statement recently: “Today, the Court has ensured that more Texas children will have the chance to celebrate a birthday. We celebrate today’s victory with our friends in Texas, and eagerly await the day when every child across America has a chance to celebrate a birthday. By dismissing the Biden-Harris administration’s attack on preborn children – and the attacks of many others – the Court has sent a clear signal that life is winning!

It is the Bible that sheds light on the truth that God is the Creator of life. Evolution darkens our understanding of life, devalues it, and affects so many aspects of the family and society. The efforts of Family Policy Alliance in Rhode Island next year will be to continue fighting for life as well as other areas affecting family values, morality, parental rights, and religious freedom.

A few years ago, the Barna Research group found that of The 10 Most Post-Christian Cities in America, Providence ranked #3. That means there is a lot of darkness that we must shine the light on. This coming year we will once again work with legislators to expose bills and policies that adversely affect families and our freedoms. We will provide them with resources to pass bills that will honor God, cause religious freedom to flourish, and help families thrive and cherish life. We are growing and we need your help. If you have never given to the Family Policy Alliance, would you consider doing so and join our ‘Year End Matching Gift Campaign.’

For Faith and Family in Rhode Island,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island

In 1994, the Colorado Buffalos were playing against the Michigan Wolverines. They were down 26-21 with 6 seconds left to go. Coach Bill McCartney called time out to give his quarterback Kordell Stewart last-minute instructions. Coach McCartney was well-known for his Christian faith and the founder of Promise Keepers, an organization focused on helping men live with integrity. A few rows back from the Colorado bench a fan yelled, “Hey Coach, so where’s your God now?”

In Rhode Island, many of us hear that taunt on a regularly basis even though it is not audibly expressed. The odds are overwhelmingly against passing laws with godly values. And yet, ungodly laws promote abortion, pornographic sex-ed, the redefinition of gender, over-sexualization of children, loss of parental rights, government control of churches, and the loss of religious freedoms. It really is a spiritual battle! It feels like time is running out and the opposition is using every play in the book against us. The foundational Christian values that made America great are crumbling and one can hear the taunts, “so, where is your God now?”

Coach McCartney later confided in a friend that when he heard the taunt, he knew his team would win. Quarterback Stewart threw a 74-yard pass on the fly to the goal line. It was tipped and caught by a Colorado Buffalo who fell into the endzone just as the game clock ran down to zero. I would love to have been sitting next to that fan and seen his response. I’m not sure I could have resisted shouting “hallelujah” loud enough for him to hear.

That story reminded me of the words Jesus spoke to his disciples after they expressed their personal concern over the odds of winning a spiritual victory. Jesus said to them, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible” found in Matthew 19:26. I might add those words even apply to Rhode Island. You may have missed it but last year there were more efforts to pass God-honoring legislation than I’ve seen in a long time, and we made national news with parents holding school boards accountable. On top of that there were also more pro-life bills introduced and more legislators willing to take a stand for life. We have every reason to be optimistic for this coming year as we continue helping with model legislation and resources such as: Save Girls’ Sports, Help Not Harm, and “After Roe.”

There’s still time on God’s clock for victories. I am asking for your prayers and financial support to end this year strong and get us ready for the next. And between now and December 31, your gift will be DOUBLED by a $150,000 challenge grant – will you DOUBLE your gift today?

With your help, we can still make Rhode Island a state where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.

For Faith and Family in Rhode Island,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island

 

 

 

 

 

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, a critical case that represents the best chance at overturning Roe v. Wade that the pro-life movement has ever seen. The seven Supreme Court justices who decided Roe v. Wade had no idea the decision would cost 62 million American lives and counting. They didn’t know what we know from ultrasounds. And they certainly didn’t know about the incredible pro-life movement that would rise up. But now they do.

After 49 horrific years, Roe’s reign of terror may soon end — either with this Dobbs case or another future case. But that doesn’t mean abortion will end right away. Instead, the battle for life could quickly shift to the states. Many legal experts believe that the Justices will not completely ban abortion in America. Rather, they will return the issue to every state.

Each state would be responsible for regulating abortion. Each state would decide the destiny of their unborn children.

Our mission? Plan for a pro-life America and a pro-life Rhode Island after Roe.

In 2019 the Rhode Island Senate passed the Reproductive Privacy Act, H5125B, a bill to codify the protections of Roe v Wade into Rhode Island State Law. Like New York and Virginia, all restrictions on abortion up until birth and even after were essentially removed. To pass the bill, the Senate had to stand firm against a series of proposed amendments from 2 courageous legislators, Senators Jessica de la Cruz (Republican) and Elaine Morgan (Republican).

  1. An amendment requiring the anesthetization of the fetus before beginning the abortion procedure.
  2. An amendment requiring that late term abortions be done “in cases of emergency” rather than “in the judgement of the physician.”
  3. An amendment requiring abortion clinics to maintain facilities comparable to those in hospital surgical units.
  4. A state level “Hyde” Amendment, that would prohibit state funding for abortions except in the case of rape, incest or the life of the mother.

A new opportunity may be forthcoming! The Pro-life community came together back in 2019 with rallies numbering 300-400. We will need those courageous voices once again when the time comes. Remember this is a spiritual battle, and the Word of God and Prayer are our weapons in this battle for the lives of the unborn.

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The Family Policy Alliance chapter in our state is proud to partner with the other state family policy councils across the country to launch the After Roe campaign, dedicated to raising up a movement of people ready to protect the most vulnerable in more powerful ways than ever before.

After Roe, your pro-life vote matters even more. Our lawmakers are even more responsible for the lives protected or the lives lost in Rhode Island, without Roe to blame. And, we have more work to do than ever supporting babies and their mothers in embracing the sanctity of life.

Even before Roe ends, the work of After Roe has already begun in RhodeIsland.

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For Faith, Family and Life,
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David Aucoin

Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island

P.S. Our vision is a nation of 50 pro-life states, including Rhode Island! But we can’t do this without YOU. Join After Roetoday!

 

This was the title of an article by my friend Nathan Winters who leads the Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming. It jolted me when I read it and I hope it does the same to you. It literally made me stop and realize that despite all the craziness in today’s world, we must slow down and celebrate a truly American holiday.

I needed to be reminded that of the 102 original Mayflower passengers, only 44 survived. It was the kindness of the local Native Americans that saved them from a cold, wintery death. The Pilgrims’ modeled remarkable courage and faith in a God of providence that we could learn from. Did you know that the following Spring (1621) when the Mayflower returned to Europe, not a single Pilgrim deserted Plymouth? Read about it here.

Nathan’s piece further reminded me that George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1789, a few years after the Revolutionary War and two years after our Constitution was enacted. This holiday was important to our founding fathers. Here is the Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789

“Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be– That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war–for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed–for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions– to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually–to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed–to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us–and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.”

The last two years has made us more aware than ever before that the governments of this world are flawed but we can still be thankful. Thanksgiving is a reminder that Christmas is coming, and that Child born 2,000 years ago will one day set things right….

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the
government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to
uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and
forevermore.” – Isaiah 9:6-7

My prayer for you is that despite the losses you may have experienced these last few years, you will be reminded that God’s love and promises will ultimately be fulfilled in His Son Jesus Christ.

Blessings,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island

My wife and I tend to watch movies that have happy endings. Yes, I know what you’re going to say, that’s not reality, that’s fantasy! But the fact is that for many, reality can be painful, and fantasy offers a welcomed relief.

According to Dr. Michelle Cretella, grappling with painful realities is often the underlying cause of gender confusion in young people. When that’s the case, shouldn’t our response be to provide the help needed to deal with the pain? Dr. Cretella’s message at our recent Bible, Gender and Sexuality Conference was titled: ‘Healing Minds, Embracing Bodies, Saving Lives.’ 

She said in life sciences, sex is defined according to an organism’s role in reproduction. Men produce sperm, women produce ova. Women receive sperm to fertilize ova to produce offspring. The facts and realities according to science are:

So, if the facts and realities are clear, where does gender confusion come from? A 2021 study from Australia (Kozlowska K et. al) found that traumas and mental Illness often precede gender dysphoria/confusion. Here were their findings.

We are often told that young people will take their lives unless their dysphoria is affirmed and we allow them to be cosmetically altered. But now that we have had more time to study this trans phenomenon, researchers find that is NOT the case. On average, 75% of confused children resolve and accept their biological sex by adulthood. Some studies even show 85-95%. On the other hand, the suicide risk for trans identified youth exceeds other ‘at risk’ groups (see here).

Once the facts are known, it becomes clear that the compassionate response to gender dysphoria/confusion would be counseling to help them deal with real pain in their lives. In Rhode Island right now it is illegal for a paid professional to discourage a minor from irreversible life-altering surgeries or chemical hormones.

This year, Family Policy Alliance will be working with RI legislators to pass ‘Help Not Harm’ legislation to prevent giving hormones to minors and subjecting them to gender altering surgeries (see here).

Please pray for compassionate and courageous legislators to change this law and pass legislation that will help, not harm our youth.

Next year comes with its own challenges, but we must continue to fight for truth in our state. Please consider supporting our efforts prayerfully and financially to make Rhode Island a state where…God is Honored, Religious Freedom Flourishes and Life is Cherished.

For Faith and Family in RI,

Chairman
Board of Directors – Rhode Island

The family is the basic unit of society. There is no substitute for it. When families are healthy, society is healthy. In recent years, parents have abdicated their parental responsibilities by allowing the public school system to step in and play parent. But that seems to be changing given the woke brainwashing plaguing our schools.

North Kingstown Rhode Island has become the focal point in the debate of who has control over or children – the parents or the public school. It began with school boards introducing Critical Race Theory, a curriculum of Marxist ideology. But it hasn’t stopped there. Parents became aware that school libraries, and classrooms, were highlighting pornographic books promoting transgender and LGBTQ+ lifestyles with graphic images. Public and school libraries were once places where you wanted your children to spend time, but that is sadly no longer the case. You would be surprised by what your tax dollars are being used for.

The Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) of the American Library Association (ALA) posted this on their blog to help librarians stand against parental pushback: “Forget Tide Pods and cinnamon swallowing. The latest dangerous fad sweeping the nation is book challenges.” The OIF went on to give instruction on how to withstand challenges to young adult books like Lawn Boy and Gender Queer They acknowledged that most of these books were from an organization that claims, “We are loud. We are tenacious. We must be heard. We won’t be denied.” Read the article here.

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The reality is that the character and values of children and young adults are being shaped in these formative years. Proverbs 22:6 is very clear: “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Could we be seeing a reviving of the ‘family’ in Rhode Island? Personally, I think it’s coming. Parents are waking up and putting their foot down to this woke indoctrination.

I have already begun working with legislators on policies that would stop schools from oversexualizing our children and teenagers with pornographic curriculum. The Family Policy Alliance’s Help Not Harm’ campaign has already been passed on to key legislators here in Rhode Island to prevent gender surgeries on minors. Our ‘Save Girls’ Sports’ legislation will be reintroduced this next legislative session too. Girls on sports teams need to know they are safe in showers and that their titles and scholarships will not be stolen by boys who pretend to be girls.

Good things are happening because of your prayers and your partnership. Please consider supporting us monthly so we can continue making an impact to preserve strong family values in Rhode Island. Last week, I was invited to speak to an adult Sunday School class in North Kingstown, and if your church or small group would like me to share, please let me know.

For Faith and Family in RI, 

 

 

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island