AllProDad.com has great resources and advice for parenting. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the holiday dedicated to him, this was their ‘Play of the Day’ article… ‘3 Ways to Grow Your Child’s Good Character.’ It’s a good one and timely given the issue of racism dominating America right now.

“In the late 1930s, as segregation ruled the south, a Black father took his son to a shoe store. Upon entering, they found two open seats near the front. Immediately, the store clerk told them he would give them service when they moved to the back of the store. The dad said the seats they found were fine. When the clerk told them that they’d have to move, the dad said, ‘We’ll either buy shoes sitting here or we won’t buy shoes at all.’ He took his son by the hand and angrily left the store, muttering, ‘I don’t care how long I live in this system; I will never accept it.’ His son remarked years later that his father refused to adjust to a system that was wrong. His dad helped mold his conscience. That son was Martin Luther King, Jr.”

The 3 ways to grow your child’s good character recommended were:

Affirmation – Guidance – Belonging!

You can read the whole article here.

Dr. King’s dad made a huge impact on his son, who in turn made a huge impact on families of every race in America and who did so without violence. Character really does matter, and family life is key to passing on those character qualities from parent to child.

It should come as no surprise, then, that as fatherlessness continues to rise so do the economic and social costs to our state.

Massachusetts Family Institute did the research and found that fatherlessness corresponded with a dramatic increase of children living in poverty, the high school dropout rate, violence in neighborhoods, families needing food stamps and cash welfare, and the divorce rate.

There are no short-cuts to a healthy culture. Cancel culture, socialism and redistribution of wealth are not the solutions to our socioeconomic problems. Healing the family is!

Here’s what that means practically for our state: instead of excluding parents, school districts in Rhode Island should try creative ways to get parents, especially dads, to be involved.

For example, school districts could take a page from Tony Dungy’s ‘play book’.

Tony Dungy is the national spokesman for All Pro Dads. Tony and his wife Lauren have 11 children, so he knows what it is to lead by example. Despite being the first African American head coach ever to win a Super Bowl and being one of the winningest coaches in the NFL, he values family above it all. His book Quiet Strength sold more than 1 million copies and was on the New York Times Best Seller List for 32 weeks. I’ve used his devotional “UNCOMMON LIFE – DAILY CHALLENGE” for 3 years now and still find it to be inspiring.

Two years ago, Dungy and All-Pro Dads joined with the Department of Education in Florida in a program called “Dads Take Your Child To School Day.”

Why? While much research shows that fatherlessness leads to poor outcomes, the inverse is also true. The Journal of Family and Marriage research shows kids have better grades and fewer discipline issues when their dad, or a father figure, is actively involved in their educational experience.

If you’re involved with your local school district, I encourage you to look for ways to get fathers involved!


Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island

It would seem that BIG government is about to get BIGGER with the incoming Biden-Harris administration. The Bill of Rights (the first 10 Amendments) was added to our constitution to protect us from BIG government. It guarantees civil rights and liberties to the individual, like freedom of speech, press, and religion.  In the coming administration, we can expect to see these – and other freedoms and values – undermined. We already see censorship in media and with the rise of big tech, but we must be prepared to respond if it comes from government.

The Biden-Harris administration will likely challenge our religious freedom in the name of championing abortion and a radical LGBT agenda. Planned Parenthood Action president Alexis McGill Johnson said in an interview that Harris has “offered an inspiring vision for making abortion more accessible and expanding reproductive health care across the country.” Sadly, we may well see more billboards like this one in Massachusetts across America.

The events of the past week were very discouraging, unnecessary and inexcusable. As time goes on, we will certainly continue to learn more about the causes of and participants in the violence. And of course, there will be details we’ll never know for sure.

But what we do know is this: whether Jesus is coming in the next year or the next millennium, we are in some sense living in the “Last Days.” And, regardless of when Jesus comes back, all Christians at all times do well to live with a “Last Days” mindset.

That means living with the knowledge that many things in our culture and our world will get worse before they get better. Jesus said lots about this, even using the term “birth pangs” to describe how hard it would be! We must be ready to embrace that hard reality, knowing that “suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame”. (Romans 5:3b-5a)

Yet, ready for that reality, we do not live with despair or abandon living in our culture. A theme verse for Family Policy Alliance is Daniel 11:32, “the people who know their God will stand firm and take action.” Whatever the future holds, that’s exactly what God’s called us to do now and till his kingdom comes. He has given us everything that we need for life and godliness and to be a witness to Him during this season of His Church.

And, despite the hard things around us, there is much good news for families!

I love this recent statement from Phil Robertson (Duck Dynasty): “The worst mistake we can make as Christians is to panic, roll over and give in. As powerful as the Left’s on-off switches are, they’re nothing compared to God. At the end of the day, ‘You can’t pull the plug on Jesus.’” Some of the headlines in a recent edition of Family Watch Newswire demonstrate how true this is: Wyoming Legislature to Re-Visit ‘Born Alive’ Abortion Bill. Ohio Gov Signs Pro-Life Bill. Pro-Life Students Win Lawsuit Against Restricted Speech Policies at Oregon College. HHS Issues Final Rule Protecting Faith-Based Adoption Agencies.

These are great victories for life! And here at Family Policy Alliance, we want to bring other pro-family victories to Rhode Island.

This year, one way we hope to move toward that vision is by helping pastors, conservative legislators, and school board members rise to the challenge with virtual training seminars. Your financial support helps us to do that.

Thanks to you, we came close to reaching our Matching Challenge of $13,500 with $12,560 raised. Thank you! If you’re not already, please consider becoming a monthly supporter. Your support will help us move toward our vision of a family-friendly, God-honoring Rhode Island.

And most of all, PRAY for us as we labor to make Rhode Island a state where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.


Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island

Contrary to what most people think, the First Amendment to our Constitution does not contain the term “separation of church and state.” It is just not there or anywhere else in the Constitution for that matter. What the First Amendment does say, however, is this: ”Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…

Andrew Beckwith, the director of Massachusetts Family Institute, wrote a book entitled Engage the Bay State. In it he says, “It is the ‘free exercise’ clause that protects our right to preach, teach, pray, worship, evangelize and engage in the full work of the gospel. If we do not use the shield of law and public policy to keep the door open for Christians to share and live their faith, the church will increasingly lose the ability to reach the lost with the Word of God.”

The loss of religious freedom in our state was the foremost reason for establishing the Family Policy Alliance here in Rhode Island. We were once the most Catholic state in the U.S. and now we are one of the most secular. The reality is that because we have been silent on moral and ethical issues, our moral standards now come from the world.
Theologian Wayne Grudem warns about Christian apathy in public policy and lawmaking:

“….if pastors and church members say, ‘I’m going to be silent about the moral and ethical issues that we face as a nation,’ that will leave a moral vacuum, and it will not be long until the ultimate adversaries of the Gospel – Satan and his demons – will rush in and influence every decision in a way contrary to Biblical standards. And if that happens, then governments around the world will increasingly use their tremendous power to silence the church.”

Are we not seeing this happening? How else could our legislature pass an extreme abortion bill two years ago that can rightly be labeled “infanticide” because it included killing babies right up to birth? How could we make it illegal to counsel minors who want to move away from the LGBTQ+ lifestyle? How else could we change the definition not just of marriage, but of what it means to be male and female?

The vacuum has been growing and it will suck the spiritual life out of our state unless the church makes a difference in 2021.

Martin Luther King Jr. knew how to energize the church when he said, “The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool.”

Please pray that we will see the church awaken and arise to be what Dr. King envisioned it to be in 2021. God has already been doing some wonderful things across denominational and cultural lines this past year, but it is just the start of what He wants to do! Please help us in our mission to make Rhode Island a state where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.

I am available to speak in churches, Bible studies, and small groups about our ministry and what we are doing.  As we finish out the year and look ahead to 2021, we have reached $9,545 in our Matching Gift Challenge of $13,500.  That leaves $3,955 left to go. Please consider an end of the year gift to help us reach our goal.

Blessings,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Directors – Rhode Island

One of our family’s Christmas traditions is watching different versions of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. My favorite is the one with George C. Scott made in 1984. My son-in-law’s favorite is The Muppet Christmas Carol. Can you tell I am a Baby Boomer and he is a Gen X’er? Regardless of the version, the two major themes running throughout Dickens’ story are redemption and injustice. Those themes continue to characterize the need in our world even in the years that have passed since 1843, when Dickens wrote his much-loved story.

Government can address many of the injustices in our world, but because of our flawed human nature, the bigger government gets, the more flawed it becomes. Sir John Dalberg-Acton was a politician, historian and a contemporary of Dickens. He is best known for his remark that, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely …” This demonstrates that justice alone is not enough; we also need redemption and a change of heart.

Thankfully, that change of heart is possible through Christ: and in him will come a new, righteous government. While caught up in the Spirit, the Prophet Isaiah was given a glimpse of a “Christmas Future” where our redemption would be complete and all injustice on earth would cease. God gave him a glimpse of a world-wide government whose leader would not be corrupted by power and glory. Isaiah names and describes all the governmental offices and titles that Jesus will hold in his “Eternal Kingdom” …

“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity.” – Isaiah 9:6-7

Each Christmas, we celebrate that wonderful future by faith as we remember the birth of Jesus Christ.

Dickens’ story ends with a change of heart for Ebenezer Scrooge and his promise that, “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” When we have made Christ our Savior and Lord, that same heart change takes place in us.  There is a coming day when the “Spirit of Christmas” will permeate our government as well. But until that day comes, Family Policy Alliance® will work at making Rhode Island a place where God is honored, especially in the areas of religious freedom, family, life, and moral values.

Please remember our matching grant challenge for $13,500, through your generosity we have raised $6,100 toward that grant so far. Please consider a generous gift to help us match the remaining $7,400!

On behalf of the Board of Advisors and myself, I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas! We are honored that you have partnered with us and we look forward to greater growth and effectiveness in the coming New Year 2021.

Blessings,

Dave Aucoin
President, Board of Directors – Rhode Island

 

 

P.S. If you missed meeting our new CEO, Craig DeRoche on Facebook Live, you can still do so by watching the recording on Facebook!

 

One of the results of the COVID-19 pandemic and the popularly discussed “climate crisis” is that more and more, people are thinking globally. This has allowed some powerful individuals and entities (who have no strong national allegiance) to manipulate situation.

If you have not yet heard about “The Great Reset,” you will! It is a global movement that was made public at the World Economic Forum (WEF) back in June when participating nations issued this joint statement:

“The world must act jointly and swiftly to revamp all aspects of our societies and economies, from education to social contracts and working conditions. Every country, from the United States to China, must participate and be transformed. In short, we need a ‘Global Reset’ of capitalism.”

This may not sound bad on the surface, but in practice, this will result in a loss of religious freedom and make the way clear for outright “persecution” of people of faith.  If you think I am overreacting, a friend recently emailed me an article from the Wall Street Journal that shocked him.  The article said that Nasdaq Inc. would “require” the thousands of companies listed on its stock exchange to meet certain representation quotas, including a director who is either a racial minority or one who self-identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. Companies that do not meet the standard would be required to justify their decision to remain listed on Nasdaq. This could create a moral dilemma for Christians.

Global decrees are nothing new. Ironically, the Christmas story begins with one. The account of Christ’s birth begins with a “global” decree.  In Luke’s gospel we read, “In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.” (Luke 2:1) Back then, Caesar’s motives for this tax may have been both wealth and the consolidation of his authority and power.

There is nothing new under the sun, and the WEF may have some of the same motives: wealth and power. Former Secretary of State John Kerry was at that June meeting. He was Biden’s would-be special presidential envoy for climate control and he firmly declared that the Biden administration would support the Great Reset and that “it will happen with greater speed and with greater intensity than a lot of people might imagine.”

We really do not know how long it will be before the “Second Coming of our Lord, but we can certainly see all the signs and this “global” movement towards a One- World Government may be one of them.  But take heart! Just as God’s salvation plan was not hindered by Augustus Caesar, neither will it be hindered by the “Great Reset.”

Family Policy Alliance is committed to preserving our religious freedoms here in Rhode Island, but we need your help to do it.  We are grateful to have a matching grant challenge for $13,500, and through your generosity we have raised $5,100 toward that grant so far. Please consider a generous gift to help us match the remaining $8,400!

Sincerely,

David Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Directors – Rhode Island

 

 

Notwithstanding the outcomes of some very important lawsuits and recounts in the presidential election – which are still ongoing – it is important to note that Joe Biden has, in recent days, promised a “Return to Normal.” But that begs the question, “what does a Biden ‘normal’ look like and how will it affect Christians?”

One only needs look at the platform comparisons researched by Family Policy Alliance to see that what a Biden presidency considers normal will mean a clash with Christianity because the two are diametrically opposed.

Author Patsy Clairmont made popular a phrase that I often use, “Normal is just a setting on your dryer!” I think you will agree that this is quite true in just about any area of life today.

Kim Kerr, writing for Women in the Window International used this definition of normal to frame an article she wrote: “I wonder if there just might be a more ‘normal’ Christian life than most of us experience in the West? The book of Acts records that the earliest chapters of life for the first Christians included hardship, and yet they experienced great joy! Their daily focus was on sharing the good news of the gospel, while strengthening and encouraging one another in the faith. At the same time, it was quite common for them to be persecuted because of their faith in Jesus. They continued to serve Him, and even to suffer for Him, while still enjoying fellowship with one another. Going against the flow was normal for them and they changed the world!”

Rhode Islanders are facing that same “Book of Acts normal.”  To have a state where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished will mean going against the flow and Family Policy Alliance is prepared to help you do just that. Your financial support enables us to resource those who share our Christian values from legislators to school committees to parents.

This new resource is one example. It was a joint effort of Family Policy Alliance with Focus on the Family that was 2 years in the making and we want to share it with you today…

Back to School for Parents?
Family Policy Alliance and Focus on the Family hope the guide will help parents navigate these challenging waters.“Families today face unprecedented challenges at school—from highly sexualized curriculum, to men in their daughters’ locker rooms, to counselors encouraging children that abortion or cross-sex hormones are the right choice, without ever talking to a child’s parent,” said Stephanie Curry, Esq., Policy Manager for Family Policy Alliance.

This New Guide Offers Parents Help and Hope to Face Challenging School Situations. One expert describes it as “the most important book a parent will ever read.” The Guide is available here at no cost:  https://familypolicyalliance.com/back-to-school-for-parents/

Please pass it on and consider a generous gift that will be matched and go to our continued efforts here in Rhode Island.

Blessings,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Directors – Rhode Island

I’ve been shocked by the attempts to re-write this well-known and much-loved American tradition.  COVID-19 may require a change in the way you, your family and your friends celebrate but whatever you do… DO NOT CANCEL THANKSGIVING!

WallBuilders is an organization dedicated to presenting America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on moral, religious, and constitutional history. Thanks to them we have this Proclamation from 1806 as a record of Rhode Island’s God-honoring Thanksgiving heritage. It was encouraging back then and should be even more so today! (It’s also an interesting historical reminder that the “separation of Church and State” is not language in our Constitution).


BY HIS HONOUR
ISAAC WILBOUR, ESQ.
Lieutenant Governor of the State of Rhode-Island
and Providence-Plantations
.

A PROCLAMATION.

WHEREAS the General Assembly of the State aforesaid, on the First day of November inst. passed the following Resolutions, to wit:

“WHEREAS all men are sharers in the bounties of GOD: it is therefore their duty to acknowledge, with humility, their sense of His goodness, and with grateful
hearts to render to Him their thanks for the same. “Resolved, That it be recommended to the people of this State, to observe THURSDAY, the Twenty-seventh day of November inst. as a day of PUBLIC THANKSGIVING and PRAISE: That they unite in rendering thanks to the Great Father of all for their being, preservation, and redemption; for their exemption from the miseries of war, to which other nations, less favored at this time exposed; for the means of education, and religious improvement, which they enjoy; for the possession of their liberty; for the privilege of equal laws; for the fruitfulness of the season; and for the health of the people: And to entreat that He would continue to look upon them with an eye of favor: That He would bless the officers of the government of the United States, and of each particular State:

That He would give us Grace, duly to appreciate the blessings of a free government, happily administered, and to be duly sensible of the evils that
would result from divisions among us: — That He would take away all hatred and prejudice, and whatsoever else may hinder us from union and concord:
That as there is but one hope of our calling, one Lord, one faith, and one GOD and Father of us all; so we may henceforth be all of one heart, united in one
bond of truth, peace and charity: That He would preserve us against wars from abroad, from wasting sickness, and from the commission of any thing which
might offend against His holy Law; and with deep humility and contrition to confess their manifold sins and transgressions.


We at Family Policy Alliance are thankful for you!

David Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Directors – Rhode Island

P.S. Please remember our Matching Grant Challenge of $13,500 in your year-end giving.

A friend of mine has taken a sabbatical from listening to the news. He just needed a break! Hearing about all the craziness and uncertainty left him in an emotional pit.  The more he heard, the more it felt like the pit was closing in on him and he needed some hope.

It reminded me of a sermon illustration I once used to illustrate one of my favorite Bible verses, Romans 8:28. You may recognize this story from when I shared it here a year ago: I thought it was still so timely it was worth sharing again! See if you catch the correlation and the application for TODAY.

There was farmer who owned an old mule. One day, the mule fell into the farmer’s well.  The farmer heard the mule braying (or whatever mules do when they fall into wells).

After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving.  Instead, he called his neighbors together, told them what happened, and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery.

Initially, the old mule was hysterical!  But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling, and the dirt hit his back, a thought struck him.  It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back, he should shake it off and step up on the new layer of dirt!

This he did, blow after blow.  “Shake it off and step up…shake it off and step up…shake it off and step up!”  He kept on repeating this phrase to encourage himself.  No matter how painful the blows or distressing the situation seemed, the old mule fought panic and just kept right on shaking it off and stepping up. Further and further up the old mule climbed as he shook off each new load of dirt.

It wasn’t long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the wall of that well.  What seemed like it would bury him actually blessed him – all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity.

What’s the correlation with Romans 8:28? Well, see for yourself:

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” – Romans 8:28 (NLT2)

If you are a Christian with God-honoring values today, it can feel like shovel loads of dirt are being thrown at you. But, if we understand this verse, we can know that God is able to take the very things that are meant to destroy us and use them for our good! In light of that, we are called to face our problems and respond to them positively, refusing to give in to panic, bitterness, or self-pity.  The adversities that come along to bury us usually have within them the potential to benefit and bless us.  Remember that forgiveness, faith, prayer, praise, and hope all are excellent ways to “shake it off and step up” out of the wells in which we find ourselves!

Please check our new Facebook Group called Rhode Island Informed Parents and join us. We want to “step up” to the challenges we face in Rhode Island, and you can help do that. Two donors have generously donated $13,500 to make a Thanksgiving Matching Gift Challenge. Help us double that gift with your donation today: let’s Step Up together for Rhode Island!

Thankful for You,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Directors – Rhode Island

 

Honesty and truth are rare commodities in politics today.  Deception is often the name of the game. We’ve seen our share of “Fake News” and there’s a surge of “Fake Faith” to go along with it. Deception is one of the Devil’s favorite weapons but in the end, “Strength and success belong to God; both deceived and deceiver must answer to Him.” (Job 12:16)

Last Saturday, Joe Biden attempted to appease Christians in his speech by quoting Ecclesiastes 3:3, a Bible verse that urges there is a “time to heal.” He also referred to the hymn, “On Eagle’s Wings,” saying that, “It captures the faith that sustains me, and which I believe sustains America.  Now, together, on eagle’s wings, we embark on the work that God and history have called upon us to do.”

Nice words from the script writer. But he is deceiving himself about working with the God of the Bible!  Why? Because there are clearly things that Joe Biden stands for that the Christian’s God is NOT compatible with. Let me highlight just 2 of them…

  1. Taxpayer-Funded Abortion
    Early in his campaign, Biden vowed to do away with the Hyde Amendment, a law that prevents taxpayer (Medicaid) funds from being used to pay for abortions. It’s a law Biden had previously supported. Past presidents and members of Congress, regardless of their stance on abortion, have also supported it. But Biden would now oppose it – and his running mate, Kamala Harris, supports abortion on demand with NO restrictions even at birth (infanticide).
  2. The Equality Act
    Biden said he would push for passage of the Equality Act during his first 100 days in office. This law would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The plan would require America’s institutions to give special privileges to those who identified as LGBTQ – to the detriment of others, including women and children. For example, the Equality Act could result in boys who identify as girls being allowed to play (and win) in girls’ sports – and even to enter female bathrooms and locker rooms. For more about the Equality Act, I’d encourage you to read this piece Andrea Jones and Alex Richey wrote for The Daily Signal earlier this year.

 

Other Election News

If you love America, please pray for any voter fraud to be exposed and corrected as the Trump campaign’s cases work through the court system. The drama, however, is not reserved for the presidential election alone: Rhode Island has its share of state drama. Many conservatives had solid leads until mail-in ballots were counted.  Charles Callanan of Rhode Island Senate District 35 (and a few others) are formally requesting a verification of mail-in ballots.

There was good news, 15 pro-life candidates were either newly elected or re-elected to the Rhode Island Senate and 28 pro-life Representatives to the House. Sue Cienki, chairwoman for the GOP summed up the Rhode Island elections: “It was the first time during a Presidential election that Republicans in RI didn’t lose seats but actually gained two. We also removed the Democratic Speaker of the House who is under investigation. Rep. Pat Morgan, regained her old house seat and will be a force to be reckoned with. We invigorated the base and will fight against the sloppiness of the mail-in ballot counts and end the confusion they presented to us.”

According to online news GOLocalProv, Trump’s performance in Rhode Island was equal to 2016. In fact, Trump won nearly 17,000 more votes in Rhode Island than he did in 2016 and earned almost exactly the same percentage of the vote.

We may be a far cry from being a state where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished… but with your help, we are making progress!  Next week I will announce a “Matching Gift Challenge.” Please pray about what God would have you do!


Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island

Last week, Senator Mazie Hirono berated Judge Amy Coney Barrett for using use the term “sexual preference” during her confirmation hearing. Senator Hirono said that it was “offensive” and “outdated.”

What made the term offensive? According to the senator, “It is used by anti-LGBTQ activists to suggest that sexual orientation is a choice.” She went on to say, “It is not! Sexual orientation is a key part of a person’s identity. Sexual orientation is both a normal expression of human sexuality and is immutable (i.e. unchangeable).”

While it is true that some will identify as gay (or struggle with unwanted feelings) through life, it’s not as inevitable or fixed as Senator Hirono made it sound.

In fact, many have found hope and healing – and even a new identity – in Christ. If you want to read many heart-warming personal stories about people who have had their identities transformed by the Gospel, take a look at the work of the “Changed Movement.”

I met one of the founders of the movement, Elizabeth Woning, a few years ago in Washington D.C. She embodies the movement. There is no hate or anger. They have a simple message that, “Changed” is possible! And here is what they say about themselves.  “CHANGED is a community of friends who once identified as LGBTQ+. Today, we celebrate the love of Jesus and His freedom in our lives.”

And, “We are a growing community of men and women who have explored the depths of our identities and found freedom. We have confronted the pain, rejection, and despair that often accompany the homosexual experience; and so, our approach is sensitive, compassionate, genuine.”

The founders of the Changed Movement, Ken Williams and Elizabeth Woning, both formerly identified as gay. Yet today, they have been married to their respective spouses for over a decade and have both experienced radical transformation through the redemptive power of Jesus Christ. Ken and Elizabeth’s life experience along with many, many others would seem to contradict Senator Hirono’s suggestion that someone who identifies as gay will never be able to change.

Sadly, that’s the message that many hear. Some are told that, even if they don’t want the feelings they experience, they have no other choice.

In fact, and very sadly, that’s the law in Rhode Island. Youth are not legally free to make that choice themselves. In 2017, the Rhode Island House passed its “conversion therapy ban.” Bill 5277 prohibits a licensed health care professional from helping a minor, under 18 years of age, experience the freedom and joy that Ken and Elizabeth found. This law only allows licensed professionals to affirm the decision towards attraction to the same sex, even if those feelings are unwanted. The law bans licensed professionals from offering basic talk therapy to help those with unwanted feelings voluntarily work through those feelings and pursue a different choice.

Voting has consequences and we see it evidenced in Rhode Island and nationally as progressives have invaded the political landscape. Know where your candidates stand on moral and family issues. Family Policy Alliance has a resource to assist voters:

FPA’s 2020 Presidential Voter Guide.

Please take advantage of it. For information on early voting visit this webpage.

Remember, choices are important – in what therapy a child has access to, and in who we vote for.

Blessings,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island