The transgender ideology running rampant in our culture is promising a lot of freedom to our children but is only delivering regrets. Increasingly, teens around the country have declared that they identify as transgender. And, unfortunately, I have spoken with high schoolers who say that identifying as “trans” draws attention and affirmation from their peers, guidance counselors, and teachers. But this movement – painted as a happy and exciting thing in culture – has a dark side. Once an adolescent starts down the path of puberty blockers – typically followed by cross-sex hormones – many effects are irreversible or long-lasting. That once healthy body may never function as it did originally. As people who have “transitioned” become aware of this, they are often filled with deep regret. There are many of these stories – check out sexchangeregret.com to hear about some of them.

Tragically, those who choose to “transition” may even have much higher suicide rates than the general population in the long run.

Planned Parenthood even gets involved in these fights!

Family Policy Alliance is fighting to protect kids from these dangerous interventions through education, outreach, and working with legislators right here in Rhode Island. This year, we are working to keep minors from sex-change surgeries and hormone treatments. There has been an outright attack on our youth and we are engaged in working for your family, but we need your help to win.

Family Policy Alliance of Rhode Island is ending our fiscal year on September 30th. Would you consider a generous one-time donation or monthly support? Your partnership helps us to fight on behalf of your family here in Rhode Island!

What exactly are we up against? You can learn more by watching this webinar with Family Policy Alliance’s Meridian Baldacci. She spoke with Andrè Van Mol, MD in a conversation titled, “The Truth About Transition. Dr. Van Mol is the co-chair of the American College of Pediatrician’s Committee on Adolescent Sexuality. What he has to say should prove to you ”transitioning” is a dangerous fad to avoid – and protect children from!

I also strongly encourage you to register for the Ministry Training Network’s upcoming conference that we are a part of on October 29-30: “The Bible, Gender, and Sexuality.”  This is a first in Rhode Island and you don’t want to miss it! Dr. J Alan Branch, Professor of Christian Ethics at Midwestern Seminary, and Dr. Michelle Cretella, Executive Director of The American College of Pediatricians, are our plenary speakers. You will also find the workshops extremely spiritual and practical. I will be teaching one entitled, “This is Not the Sex-ed Your Mother and Father Got When They Were in School!”  Register early for a great discount.

For Faith & Family in RI,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Directors – Rhode Island

 

P.S. Want to join us in our vision of protecting children? Partner with us today!

 

There is a rising tide of voices that want the Governor’s vaccine mandate for health care workers reversed. The chorus is growing louder for many different reasons, not the least of which is conscience rights. It’s time to take action.

Many of us see it as a religious freedom issue. I worked as a medical technologist for more than forty years, but it was just a little over a year ago that I learned many vaccines are developed from or tested on aborted-derived cell lines. The sale of the remains of these babies is a very lucrative byproduct of the abortion industry that many are unaware of. For some, taking vaccines in general is a conscience issue and being forced to take one could violate their 1st Amendment Rights.

Another factor to consider with the mandate is that it violates our personal freedoms. Some friends who support the work of Family Policy Alliance here in Rhode Island are from South America. They watched the gradual Marxist takeover of their native country and see the same signs of government overreach and loss of personal freedom taking shape in America.

Governor McKee’s emergency state regulation (216-RICR-20-15-8) enacted on August 17 requires all licensed healthcare workers and providers be vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 1, 2021 – with only a narrow exemption. Non-compliance will result in some losing their jobs at a time when there are already shortages in key segments of the state’s workforce.

According to GoLocalProv.com over 30 members in House of Representatives have asked Gov. McKee to reverse his mandate. House Speaker Joseph Shekarchi acknowledged during a recent on-air interview, “I have a concern about mandatory vaccines, and I have expressed concerns with the governor and the Senate president”.  The pushback on the senate side is also growing. The Providence Journal yesterday reported the governor is moving towards a more flexible position on the mandate. Let’s pray he does!

Sen. de la Cruz referenced Rhode Island founder Roger Williams in her appeal, “This sweeping policy ignores legitimate religious and medical concerns of individuals. It also is an affront to Rhode island’s founding principles. Roger Williams established Rhode Island as a colony to be set apart for its respect for the individual. Uniquely, RI became a haven for those whose conscience and convictions could be faithfully and freely followed. Sadly, today’s leadership is turning its back on our proud heritage and what made Rhode Island great.”

Here at Family Policy Alliance in Rhode Island, we are asking you to join other voices in our state and send the same message to Governor McKee. Let’s ask him to rescind the vaccine mandate for Rhode Islanders.

Please take action here.

For Faith & Family in Rhode Island,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Directors – Rhode Island

P.S. Mark the date and register for a special conference on “The Bible, Gender & Sexuality” on October 29-30. It’s the topic of our times, so invite pastors and church leaders. Register now and receive the Early Bird Discount!

 

It used to be that “family friendly” was part of many advertising campaigns, but it is rarely used today. Could it be that we have forgotten what it means to be a “family” in today’s postmodern culture? The postmodern mind re-defines things, and often the end product no longer looks anything like the original nor does it function as well. I would venture to say this has been the case with the redefining of the American family.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Britannica/Merriam Webster definition of family was something I could still identify with: “At its most basic, a family consists of an adult and his or her offspring. Most commonly, it consists of two married adults, usually a man and a woman (almost always from different lineages and not related by blood) along with their offspring, usually living in a private and separate dwelling. This type of unit, more specifically known as a nuclear family, is believed to be the oldest of the various types of families in existence.”

Many in recent years have tried to remake the family with variations of all kinds: two women, two men, a biological man and a man who believes he is a woman, a biological woman and a woman who believes she is a man. I think you get the picture; it would seem there are endless possibilities in today’s postmodern world. Also, did you know that men can get pregnant today and bear children? That is, provided the man is a biological woman who believes she is a man. Massachusetts, ever the pacesetter, has gone further: two cities in that state have changed the allowed number of participants in a marriage from two to three, adding further damage to the family.

These experiments in redefining the family – and the very idea of our God-given sex – have left a lot of collateral damage and gender confusion in America’s youth. Today, some young people struggle with gender identity disorder – a discomfort with one’s biological sex and a strong desire to appear as the other sex. It is real and affecting young people in tragic ways.

When a young person is struggling to embrace their biological sex, they may need real and loving help in order to reconcile with their God-given body.

Instead, many children are pushed toward dangerous hormones and surgeries.

These hormone treatments and the surgeries don’t deliver the kind of peace and contentment they promise, and America’s children are suffering the consequences. It’s time, with God’s help, to stop the experimentation and help our children. That is why the Family Policy Alliance is launching a new initiative: Help Not Harm.

It’s our vision to protect America’s children from dangerous transgender interventions and offer them real help instead. Please join us by visiting our website to learn more, sign a petition to leaders, and spread the word. “Transition” is dangerous, and it can have irreversible consequences. It’s time to stop subjecting our children to it. Will you be part of the solution?

Click here to sign our petition NOW, then help spread the word by forwarding this email and posting on social media using hashtag #HelpNotHarm.

Time is of the essence: our kids are in danger. Will you join the fight to protect them?

For Faith and Family in Rhode Island,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Directors – Rhode Island

 

P.S. Texas Heartbeat Law Makes History As It Takes Effect Today!

The late Peter Marshall once opened a session of the United States Senate with this prayer; “Our Father, when we look for life without trials and work, without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure. With stout hearts may we see in every calamity an opportunity and not give way to the pessimist that sees in every opportunity a calamity.”

Good advice if you live in Rhode Island. With all that is going on in our state as well as our world, you could say that opportunities to become oaks and diamonds abound. One of these opportunities to grow and make a difference comes with the opportunity to protect our children from being over-sexualized in our public schools.

In 2021 Senator Tiara Mack introduced a bill (S 0463) and Rep. Kislak its companion bill to change the recommended current sex education curriculum from Sexual Risk Avoidance (abstinence) to a ‘Pleasure Based’ curriculum also called CSE or Comprehensive Sex Education.  From grades 6 through 12, these curriculums would affirmatively recognize pleasure based sexual relations, different sexual orientations and be inclusive of same-sex relationships in discussions and examples. In addition, comprehensive course instruction would include gender, gender expression, gender identity, and the harm of negative gender stereotypes. In other words, if legislators Mack and Kislak were to have their way Rhode Island children in grades 6-12 will be given instruction and encouragement on how to have sex in any, and all, ways.

These comprehensive sex curriculums come with different names, and many like ‘Get Real’ originate from Planned Parenthood. It’s the perfect business plan for them: teach children to have sex early, and when they get pregnant, they can find their way to one of their clinics. It becomes a revolving door. I am part of a Pro-Life Coalition and our members have seen Planned Parenthood staffers active in after school programs. So much of what is being taught in various schools is under the radar.

But, with your help we can change that. Download this form (Word document) that can be filled out and then mailed or emailed to your child’s health teacher, health coordinator, principal, or superintendent, respectfully requesting info about the sex-ed curriculum your child will be taught this year. Here is the link to the form

This is a fact-finding endeavor, and the results will vary greatly depending on the district and whether the school is rural or urban. We need to know what our children are getting, and this is the way to find out.  Please help, and when you receive the information from your school, email me your findings ( Dave.Aucoin@familypolicyalliance.com ).

I will compile them for sharing with our RI Informed Parents Group in the future. Another reason to do this is that we do have good Rhode Island legislators who will help keep our children safe. This information will empower them to pass good legislation to protect our children from CSE.

Here is a link to an article listing the terrible effects of CSE and why this is important to know what is being taught in your local school.

For Faith and Family in Rhode Island,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Directors – Rhode Island

 

P.S. Here is a link to our ‘Back to School for Parents’ publication, another helpful resource for parents.

Friend,

Our Governor Dan McKee made the decision NOT to mandate masks or vaccines in public schools, or for access to businesses. Now, he’s under fire for that decision.

I know that you and other families around Rhode Island are grateful that he has chosen not to move in the direction of mandates. Governor McKee needs to hear your voice on this issue at a time when so many are pushing back.

Would you share your thanks with the Governor? It only takes one minute at our Action Center!

Send a message now to let Governor McKee know how grateful you are for his decision.
Dave Aucoin
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Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Directors – Rhode Island

 

P.S. Want to spread the word? Be sure to share this email with friends who agree that masks and vaccines should not be mandatory!

 

 

 

P.S. Want to spread the word? Be sure to share this email with friends who agree that masks and vaccines should not be mandatory!

“Try to imagine what a nation and its government would look like if all Christian influence on government were suddenly removed. Imagine what it would be like if all the churches and all the Christians in a society stopped seeking to have any kind of influence on laws or on government. What would such a government and such a society look like? Within a few years very few people would have any moral absolutes beyond their own moral sentiments and moral intuitions, which can be so unreliable.” – Wayne Grudem, Politics According to the Bible (2010)

It would seem Dr. Grudem was prophetic. As our Christian influence wanes so do the moral constraints of society.  John Adams was also prophetic when he said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” That’s why at Family Policy Alliance our vision is a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished. And we are seeing the fruits of that work! Here are just a few ways we’re engaging right now.

Last month, Christian leaders from across the country gathered in Washington, D.C. at the Statesman Academy, a project of Family Policy Foundation. These men and women received encouragement and education, and they heard from prominent Christians in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate as those leaders shared their hearts and experiences while serving God in government. Often stated at this gathering is our definition of a statesman, “A statesman stands for what is right, regardless of the personal consequences.” Here in Rhode Island, we are looking to send future leaders from our state to the Statesmen Academy where they can learn to stand for a bedrock set of principles that will not be compromised for personal or political gain.

That same week in D.C., nearly forty independent policy councils came together simultaneously for our own conference. We had in-depth panels and group discussions regarding policy initiatives and different strategies in blue and red states, how to build meaningful Christ-centered relationships with elected officials, and how to engage young conservatives on the importance of the family unit.

Education and training is also taking place at the state level here in Rhode Island. I will be teaching a new class for Northpoint Bible College beginning August 21 called “Engage the States.” This course is to equip Christians to effectively and winsomely engage our culture on many of the “hot button” issues of the day that are challenging our shared faith and family values: religious liberty, separation of church and state, abortion, assisted suicide, homosexuality, transgenderism, and much more. Check it out here.

One more thing to save the date for locally is the “Bible, Gender & Sexuality Seminar.” The dates are October 29-30. It is sponsored by the Ministry Training Network of Southeastern New England. I have been privileged to be on the planning committee.  It’s a first-of-its-kind effort in Rhode Island to host a conference to help church leaders deal with sexuality from a Biblical perspective. It is well worth your time and investment.

We can be an influence in our state – and that’s made possible by giving people like you. The summer months have been a challenge. Please consider a generous donation to Family Policy Alliance here in Rhode Island so we can continue to be the influence God has called us to be in the Ocean State.

For Faith and Family

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Directors – Rhode Island

Have you ever wondered whatever happened to those men who signed the Declaration of Independence? The late Paul Harvey once recorded a video about the founders of our nation (you can Google “Paul Harvey Sacred Honor” to find many versions of this video online).

Some have disputed the accuracy of parts of this story. That should come as no surprise: where true patriots have acted, stories often rise from simple fact to the stuff of legends. Even so, it is worth reflecting on the patriotic spirit of this inspiring story.

Here is part of what Harvey reported…

“Five signers were captured by the British as traitors and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons in the Revolutionary Army. One of the signers had two sons captured. Nine of the fifty-six fought and died of wounds or the hardships of the War.”

“But what kind of men were they, these men who boldly wrote their names to the Declaration that lit the fires of liberty in souls of men throughout the world? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists, eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners, men of means, well-educated. Their security, their incomes, and their worldly possessions made them substantially well off. But they signed the Declaration of Independence even though they knew the penalty would be death on the gallows if they were captured. They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes…and their sacred honor.”

“Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and his properties to pay his debts and died in rags. Thomas McKean was so hounded by the enemy that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward. Vandals or soldiers or both looted the properties of Ellery Clymer, Hall, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Rutledge, and Middleton. At the Battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson Jr. noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. The owner quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. His home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt. His grave is unmarked and unknown.”

“Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months. John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their thirteen children fled for their lives. His fields and his grist mill were laid waste. For more than a year he lived in the forests and caves, returning home after the war to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart. Morris and Livingston suffered similar fates. Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were soft spoken men of means, wealth, and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more.” Standing tall, straight and unwavering, they pledged: ‘For the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of the Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.’”

I remember being taught about those sacrifices in my early elementary school education and the positive impact it had on me. Given the culture war going on in America, I would venture to say that If America is going to have a bright future, it will take that same kind of sacrificial commitment. So, as you are celebrating this weekend remember the sacrifice of those who made the celebration possible.

For Faith & Family

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island

P.S. Critical Race Theory… Heritage Foundation video, Dr. Voddie Bauchman. If you want to have a clear understanding of this hot topic, this is for you…watch the video HERE.

P.S.S. The Bible Gender & Sexuality… October 29-30, 2021. It’s another hot topic and because of my involvement with Family Policy Alliance, I was asked to be part of the planning committee. If you are a Pastor or Leader, this is a must attend…learn more HERE.

 

There is a raging battle going on between the SECULAR and the SACRED in America. For a while now it seems that the secular has had the upper hand but recently the sacred – namely, an acknowledgement of religious freedom – has scored some victories worth noting.

The First… the highest court in the land, the Supreme Court, ruled in favor of a faith-based foster care agency in Philadelphia saying that the state could not disqualify it because their religious beliefs prevented them from working with same-sex couples. The court noted that Catholic Social Services has “long been a point of light in the city’s foster-care system” and that the agency simply wishes to be allowed to “continue serving the children of Philadelphia in a manner consistent with its religious beliefs.”  This may set a precedent for other states like Massachusetts that forced other faith-based ministries to close their doors.

The Second… Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a new law mandating that public schools in the Sunshine State have a daily moment of silence. It requires teachers to set aside at least 2-4 minutes each day in the first period of school for a moment of silence. The Governor’s comments about the law were a welcome breath of fresh air. Here is what he said: “It’s important to be able to provide each student the ability, every day, to be able to reflect and to be able to pray (or not pray) as they see fit,” DeSantis said. “The idea that you can just push God out of every institution, and be successful — I’m sorry, our founding fathers did not believe that.”

American history, before the secular shift of recent years, is replete with times of government leaders calling for prayer: praying to God in faith is an important reminder that even our nation’s success is dependent on the grace of God. . The more secular we have become the less we have relied on what the Almighty can do.

A friend of mine just posted on Facebook the cover of Time Magazine during the “Jesus People Movement” of the 60’s-70’s, featuring an image of Jesus with the words, “The Jesus Revolution.” I was in the army and stationed in Germany at the time, and there I saw a related cover on Life Magazine:  hundreds of young people being baptized in the Pacific Ocean. I had planned to re-up my military service at the time, but instead I accepted Christ and chose to come home because I knew my family needed Christ, too.

My friend followed the Facebook post with this question, “Could this happen again?”  I don’t know if you can post something vehemently, but if you can, my vehement response was YES! America was birthed by leaders who in the Declaration of Independence, appealed “to the Supreme Judge of the world.” America has surely been blessed in the years since – despite many struggles in between.

Maybe we just need to put our faith into action. Faith is not just believing God can do something. Faith is not just hoping he will do something. Faith is thanking God in advance for what he is going to do.

Let’s ask God for more SACRED victories, believing that he will do it and begin thanking him in advance.

“When you pray and ask for something, believe that you have received it, and you will be given whatever you ask for.” Mark 11:24 (GNT)

For Faith & Family in Rhode Island,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Directors – Rhode Island

 

 

When There Is No More Father’s Day!

As strange as that may sound, that day may be closer than you think! If we listen to transgender activists, politicians, and some educators, “gendered” words are outdated, antiquated and oppressive vestiges of a bygone era, despite being the norm for all of human history up to this point! The push to replace sex-specific words in our vocabulary is just the latest iteration of the radical sexual ideologies that stretch back to the same-sex marriage battle – and even before in the Sexual Revolution.

Recently, moms were the victims of this push to change language. Over Mother’s Day weekend, mothers were appalled to hear that they were being referred to as “birthing people” in an extreme effort to separate language from biological sex. I guess that would make fathers “non-birthing people”?

Whatever labels the Left tries to use to replace the word “father,” nothing can replace how important that word – and the person of a father – really is.

Jesus used the word far more often than I realized. Check it out for yourself with a concordance and you will be surprised. He used it both in the context of his relationship with his Father and of ours as well.

“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21 (NIV)

Even outside of Scripture, the word “father” is rich with meaning. The Online Etymology Dictionary traces its origins to the Old English fæder, “he who begets a child, the nearest male ancestor;” also “the Supreme Being,” and by late Old English, “one who exercises parental care over another.”

God the Father “exercises parental care” for us perfectly, better than any earthly father. In fact, according to Acts 17:28, “… in him we live and move and have our being…’We are His offspring.’” (NIV). He not only cares for us now, but is the very reason for our existence!

Sadly, the last few generations of public school students have not been taught that God is their Creator, let alone their heavenly father. Instead, they’ve been taught the theory of evolution – specifically, without God in the picture at all. We are, according to popular theory, just random accidents – not the creations of a loving God. Yet Biblically speaking, we know that we were created in the ‘image of God’ with both purpose and relationship in mind.

The feminist and transgender movements may have sought to disassociate the word ‘father’ from anything good. But this Sunday, millions of children in families across America will show appreciation for fathers and celebrate their dads with cards and gifts that will strengthen their family bonds. To be sure, our earthly fathers are not perfect, and all have made mistakes, whether big or small. But love and forgiveness are keys to making families work the way God intended. I’ve seen that in my own life: my earthly father was an alcoholic for many years, but my Heavenly Father redeemed that situation and turned it into a blessing.

Please help us to continue having a strong influence on legislation affecting faith and family. Our mission is to help families in Rhode Island to thrive. With our Heavenly Father’s help and your prayerful support, we are making a difference.

Sincerely,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Advisors – Rhode Island

 

P.S. This Father’s Day, I encourage you to visit All-Pro Dads.  It is a great resource for Dads. Former Super Bowl Coach Tony Dungy is their spokesman.

Children are our most valuable resource. They are the next generation, and we need to protect and nurture them. With that in mind, here’s the good and bad news for our Rhode Island kids:

The Good News. I’m glad to share this from GoLocalProv News: “McKee has now directly inserted himself into the negotiations of the Providence teacher’s union, fired the old Providence superintendent, and has personally hired the new interim superintendent. Governors don’t usually take on such an active role. He also dropped the freeze on new charter schools that was in place before he became governor in Rhode Island.”

We may have a more family friendly governor than we have had in quite a while!

You can send him a personal thank you here and encourage him to remain this way!

At the same time, though, things are far from rosy for children here in Rhode Island.

Drag Queen Story Times. It’s Pride Month and Drag Queen Story Times are once again knocking on the doors of our public libraries. They are obscene, perverted, and nothing to be proud about. On June 26th, the West Warwick Public Library will host ‘Ninny Nothin’. He’s not a role model for your child, and this is certainly not an event that deserves our tax dollars.

Family Policy Alliance has joined with two other groups to stop this event from happening.

Here’s how you can help: Let the Town Council of West Warwick know that a child’s safety is more important than perverse fads that sexualize children right in our own libraries. Email and call David Gosselin, Jr. (Democrat) Council President to say NO to putting children at risk!

David Gosselin, Jr.
Council President
401-821-8994
dgosselin@westwarwickri.org

School curriculum update. Not far away in North Kingstown, RI a mom made national news in her quest to obtain records of Critical Race and Gender Curriculum in the school her daughter will be attending. Now the school committee may sue to stop her! This is the story.

Your voice has an impact. We can make a difference when we take a stand for Faith and Family. Our national office reports that in 2021, more than 30 states introduced legislation to preserve female sports and 8 of them are law today! That is in large part thanks to your voice along with the voices of Americans across the country, and to the hard work of many state Family Policy Councils! In addition, legislators in more than 20 states authored bills to prohibit puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and mutilating surgeries on minors. Rep. Robin Lundstrum, an alumna of Family Policy Foundation’s Statesman Academy, sponsored the SAFE Act in Arkansas. We hope bills like this will become law throughout the country – even in Rhode Island – next year and in years to come!

Please consider helping us continue to hold the Faith and Family flag high with your financial help during the summer months. We can’t do it without you!

Looking ahead,

Dave Aucoin
Chairman, Board of Advisors, Rhode Island