It’s not often that we hear of government bodies agreeing on a decision. But yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a UNANIMOUS judgement in favor of children and religious freedom.

What happened? Here are the facts.

The case: Fulton v. City of Philadelphia

Catholic Social Services (CSS) is a longstanding faith-based nonprofit that serves the foster children of Philadelphia. They exist to help children in need, particularly hard-to-place children, find forever homes. They have many guidelines for the families who are receiving children in their homes – including that there be a married mom and dad in the home.

Their beliefs are essential to their identity and cannot be separated from their work. But the city of Philadelphia thought otherwise.

When the city discovered CSS’s beliefs about marriage, they forced the organization to make a decision: change your beliefs, or the city will stop contracting with you.

CSS chose a third option: seek legal help.

The organization rightly recognized that this was a violation of their constitutionally protected religious freedom, and – represented by our friends at Becket Law – they took that argument to court.

After years of litigation, Catholic Social Services ultimately got their day in court before the U.S. Supreme Court last year. And today, the Justices issued their verdict: Philadelphia violated CSS’s religious freedom.

The implications: good news for children and religious freedom

This decision is good news not only for CSS, but for the many children they serve. When CSS is allowed to participate in Philadelphia’s foster care system, it not only offers a distinctly Christian option, but also increases the sheer number of foster providers – and that matters greatly.

In the U.S., more than 400,000 children in the foster system are waiting for homes. Around 4% of children are adopted within a year of entering foster care, and 85% of children in foster care have at least two placements in their first 12 months. In fact, the foster crisis is so extreme that some states are hosting foster children in hotels and office buildings because there is nowhere else to place them.

Today’s decision is a strong affirmation that foster homes like Catholic Social Services should be able to place children in loving homes while abiding by their religious convictions. Religious freedom is a precious gift afforded to all Americans. The belief that children should be in homes with a married mother and father should not be punished — and the Court affirmed that today.

The decision also reminds us of why the federal Equality Act – which could be up for a vote anytime in the Senate – is unworkable and inadvisable. The Act would redefine “sex” to include a person’s self-declared “sexual orientation and gender identity” throughout federal civil rights law. By doing that, the Act could be used to force foster and adoption agencies into similar dilemmas to Catholic Social Services – something that that the entire Supreme Court rejected today. The Equality Act would threaten religious freedom and the wellbeing of children and must be rejected.

We applaud today’s Supreme Court decision and are thankful for the work of Becket Law representing Catholic Social Services!

Joyfully,

Meridian Baldacci
Policy and Communications Strategist

 

P.S. Want to speak out against the Equality Act? Send a message to your Senator now.

“Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” -1 Peter 2:16

 

Dear Friends—

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett has only been on the high bench for a month and half; and yet, she has already made her mark on history by voting to uphold the religious freedom in America.

On the eve of Thanksgiving, Justice Barrett was the deciding vote in a narrow 5-4 decision which temporarily blocked New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s attendance limits in houses of worship. In the majority opinion, Justices Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett ruled that limiting churches, synagogues, and mosques to just 10 to 25 worshippers violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.

“Members of this Court are not public health experts, and we should respect the judgment of those with special expertise and responsibility in this area. But even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten. The restrictions at issue here, by effectively barring many from attending religious services, strike at the very heart of the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty.”

In a concurring opinion, Justice Gorsuch strongly denounced the disparate treatment between houses of worship and other “essential businesses,” noting that while a large New York synagogue in the red zone would be capped at just 10 people, a small liquor store or bicycle shop in the same red zone would have no such restriction. Justice Gorsuch concluded:

“It is time—past time—to make plain that, while the pandemic poses many grave challenges, there is no world in which the Constitution tolerates color-coded executive edicts that reopen liquor stores and bike shops but shutter churches, synagogues, and mosques.”

The impact of Judge Barrett’s deciding vote and the high court’s decision in this case quickly rippled from one coast to another – from New York to California. On December 3rd, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated a federal judge’s ruling that allowed the State of California to impose harsher restrictions on worship services than comparable secular activities. The restrictions in California remain in place. However, they may not stand when the federal judge applies the new precedent.

Though questions remain about the government’s power to limit constitutional rights during a pandemic, the U.S. Supreme Court has now sent a clear message to our nation’s governors. Though the state may burden the free exercise of religion to further a compelling government interest (e.g. mitigating the spread of COVID), the state may only do so using the least restrictive means available. And under no circumstance should houses of worship be slapped with more severe restrictions than secular businesses, gatherings, and/or activities.

To all the pastors, ministry leaders, and volunteers working faithfully each week to prepare and offer a safe worship environment for your congregants – thank you! As my pastor recently shared, “It is our job to minister to the things that a vaccine cannot help…and to point people to the truth and hope we have in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

To that end, we press on!

Pastor Vince Torres
President & Executive Director

 

P.S. Our $25,000 year-end challenge grant is well underway, and thanks to the generosity of ministry partners like you, we are very close to meeting our goal. As of today, we have raised $20,827.

If you have not yet given, would you please consider helping us raise the remaining $4,173 today by sending a gift of $50, $100, $250, or $500?

Thank you for your faithful prayers and support!

 

Today was an exciting day on Capitol Hill.  After 30 hours of debate – including a Sunday overnight session – the Senate voted 52-48 to confirm Amy Coney Barrett as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

Find out how your state’s two senators voted below.

As my colleagues and I put it in our recent op-ed, Barrett is a unicorn to the Left but the future to us.  A woman isn’t supposed to achieve great professional success and raise a large family, and a person of faith isn’t supposed to earn acclaim from legal scholars of every political persuasion and land a seat on the highest court in the land, right?  Wrong.  As Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said, Barrett has not “punch[ed] through a glass ceiling, but a reinforced concrete barrier.” Justice Amy Coney Barrett personifies the extraordinary capability of a woman and the hope of America at this pivotal time in our nation’s history.

The addition of a young, originalist justice to the Supreme Court indeed gives Americans of faith and pro-life values specific hope for the potential undoing of Roe v. Wade..  Barrett’s confirmation also provides optimism for the future of religious freedom in our country and the ability of people of faith to exercise their deeply held beliefs without reprisal.

It is expected that Justice Barrett will sit on the bench next Wednesday (the day after Election Day) to hear oral arguments in the case of Fulton v. City of Philadelphia.  This landmark case centers on two foster care moms – Sharonell Fulton and Toni Simms-Busch – and the City of Philadelphia. In 2018, the city ended its partnership with Catholic Social Services because the agency would not bow to the city’s demands to change its religious practices and place children with same-sex couples.  Sharonell and Toni are both single women of color who have been called to help at-risk children break the cycle of foster care, but today their homes sit empty.  They have fostered more than 45 kids between them, and are more than willing to continue this heroic work if the agency that aligns with their faith and values – Catholic Social Services – is allowed to reopen with its mission intact.

In addition to the likelihood of the current Supreme Court affirming laws to protect human life and religious liberty, there is also great reason to hope the addition of Amy Coney Barrett will usher in a  return to the Court’s proper role of interpreting laws and the Constitution as written.  If the judiciary fulfills its Constitutional mandate instead of legislating from the bench, pro-family, pro-life and pro-religious freedom Americans can expect to be pleased with the outcome.

Even as we celebrate the positive potential outcomes of Justice Barrett’s confirmation, we remain cautious given the unknown outcome of next week’s election.  It is wise to acknowledge that the significant gains made possible by the newest Supreme Court justice could be undone if the next president of the United States determines to “pack the court.”  Joe Biden has said we’ll “find out after [he’s] elected” what he thinks about court packing.  He’s also voiced his intention to assemble a commission to research the issue.  These messages provide no comfort to pro-life Americans who know Biden’s position on abortion includes support for codifying Roe v. Wade and if given a chance, will appoint pro-abortion, activist judges.  The threat this poses intensifies with the possibility of Democrat leadership growing the number of justices on the Supreme Court with the intention to make it a super-legislature.

Meanwhile, we know President Trump’s record of federal court nominations.  He has appointed more than 200 jurists – including three Supreme Court justices – to the federal bench who are committed to interpreting the law and Constitution faithfully.  Appreciation is due to President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and all senators who have voted to confirm these individuals – and Justice Amy Coney Barrett in particular.

As we look expectantly to the future of the federal judiciary, we do so prayerfully and hopefully as Election 2020 nears.

Sincerely,

Amanda Banks
External Relations Manager

 

Here’s how your state’s 2 Senators voted on confirming Justice Amy Coney Barrett:

Alabama Vote Montana Vote
Jones, Doug – D N Daines, Steve – R Y
Shelby, Richard – R Y Tester, Jon – D N
Alaska Nebraska
Murkowski, Lisa – R Y Fischer, Deb – D N
Sullivan, Dan – R Y Sasse, Ben – R Y
Arizona Nevada
McSally, Martha – R Y Cortez Masto, Catherine – D N
Sinema, Krysten – D N Rosen, Jacky – D N
Arkansas New Hampshire
Boozman, John – R Y Hassan, Margaret Wood – D N
Cotton, Tom – R Y Shaheen, Jeanne – D N
California New Jersey
Feinstein, Dianne – D N Booker, Cory – D N
Harris, Kamala – D N Menendez, Bob – D N
Colorado New Mexico
Bennet, Michael – D N Heinrich, Martin – D N
Gardner, Cory – R Y Udall, Tom – D N
Connecticut New York
Blumenthal, Richard – D N Gillibrand, Kirsten – D N
Murphy, Christopher – D N Schumer, Charles – D N
Delaware North Carolina
Carper, Thomas – D N Burr, Richard – R Y
Coons, Christopher – D N Tillis, Thom – R Y
Florida North Dakota
Rubio, Marco – R Y Cramer, Kevin – R Y
Scott, Rick – R Y Hoeven, John – R Y
 Georgia Ohio
Loeffler, Kelly – R Y Brown Sherrod – D N
Perdue, David – R Y Portman, Rob – R Y
Hawaii Oklahoma
Hirono, Mazie – D N Inhofe, James – R Y
Schatz, Brian – D N Lankford, James – R Y
Idaho Oregon
Crapo, Mike – R Y Merkley, Jeff – D N
Risch, James – R Y Wyden, Ron – D N
Illinois Pennsylvania
Duckworth, Tammy – D N Casey, Robert – D N
Durbin, Richard – D N Toomey, Patrick – R Y
Indiana Rhode Island
Braun, Mike – R Y Reed, Jack – R Y
Young, Todd – R Y Whitehouse, Sheldon – D N
Iowa South Carolina
Ernst, Joni – R Y Graham, Lindsey – R Y
Grassley, Chuck – R Y Scott, Tim – R Y
Kansas South Dakota
Moran, Jerry – R Y Rounds, Mike – R Y
Robert, Pat – R Y Thune, John – R Y
Kentucky Tennessee
McConnell, Mitch – R Y Alexander, Lamar – R Y
Paul, Rand – R Y Blackburn, Marsha – R Y
 Louisiana Texas
Cassidy, Bill – R Y Cornyn, John – R Y
Kennedy, John – R Y Cruz, Ted – R Y
Maine Utah
Collins, Susan – R N Lee, Mike – R Y
King, Angus – I N Romney, Mitt – R Y
Maryland Vermont
Cardin, Benjamin – D N Leahy, Patrick – D N
Van Hollen, Chris – D N Sander, Bernie – I N
Massachusetts Virginia
Markey, Edward – D N Kaine, Tom – D N
Warren, Elizabeth – D N Warner, Mark – D N
Michigan Washington
Peters, Gary – D N Cantwell, Maria – D N
Stabenow, Debbie – D N Murray, Patty – D N
Minnesota West Virginia
Klobuchar, Amy – D N Capito, Shelly Moore – R Y
Smith, Tina – D N Manchin, Joe – D N
Mississippi Wisconsin
Hyde-Smith, Cindy – R Y Baldwin, Tammy – D N
Wicker, Roger – R Y Johnson, Ron – R Y
Missouri Wyoming
Blunt, Roy – R Y Barasso, John – R Y
Hawley, Josh – R Y Enzi, Michael – R Y

 

 

 

President Trump has made his nomination and now it’s time for us to act!

President Trump has been very transparent with all Americans about the type of jurist he would select—one who will faithfully apply the law and protect the Constitution as written. In naming Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to our high Court, he continues to fulfill his promise to Americans.

Judge Barrett’s record not only demonstrates her faithfulness to interpret the law as written and as its authors intended it—but she has also written extensively about this concept, known as “originalism.” Her professional resume is stellar, leaving no question she is qualified for the position. Her personal life reveals a working mom of seven, including two adopted children and a child with Down Syndrome. And, she’s a woman of deep faith.

In fact, California Senator Dianne Feinstein attacked Judge Barrett for her faith in 2017, and Judge Barrett has already proven she can withstand the brutal attacks of the Senate confirmation process. Senator Feinstein meant it as an insult when she said to Judge Barrett about her faith that “the dogma lives loudly within you.” Yet for all of us who are believers, we want—and are called—to live out our faith in such a way that it’s recognizable to the world around us. Judge Barrett is about to face even more brutal attacks on her faith and reputation than she already has, and she will need her faith to sustain her.

In naming Judge Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee, President Trump has done his part to keep his promise to Americans. Now, the brutal Senate confirmation process will begin, with political shots being fired about the nominee within hours of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death—before Judge Barrett had even been named. We know the vote will be close.

The Left is scared of Judge Barrett because they know she won’t assist in their strategy to make sweeping changes to our laws and Constitution from the bench. And, she may even provide the vote needed on the Court to undo prior bad decisions that did “legislate from the bench,” leaving both legal and real life devastation in their wake—like Roe v. Wade.

Your help is urgently needed to convince the Senate to quickly confirm Judge Barrett as our next Supreme Court Justice. Will you please take 1 minute to send a letter to your Senators? We’ve made it easy through our Action Center.

TAKE ACTION NOW

For law and for life,

 

 

Autumn Leva
Vice President of Strategy

P.S. Every Senator needs to know that the full weight of the American people is behind Judge Amy Coney Barrett—and that voters are watching every senator’s vote. Please email your senators now!

“…and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.” –Deuteronomy 16:18

Dear Friends—

On Friday, September 19, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, passed away following complications of metastatic pancreas cancer. She was 87. Upon learning of her passing, President Donald Trump said of Justice Ginsburg, “She was an amazing woman” who “led an amazing life.”

The passing of Justice Ginsburg further enflamed what was already an extremely heated election season. Democratic leaders immediately called for a delay in the nomination process until after the election. Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate, however, have stated their intent to commence the confirmation process immediately upon the President’s nomination.

Earlier this week, President Trump indicated that he will announce his Supreme Court Nominee this Saturday at the White House, and according to multiple sources, there are three women at the top of his shortlist.

Meet Federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Judge Barrett sits on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. She graduated top of her class at Notre Dame Law School and clerked for the late-Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Judge Barrett is a devout Catholic and a married mother of seven children (2 adopted).

Meet Federal Judge Barbara Lagoa. Judge Lagoa currently sits on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School, and prior to joining the federal bench, she was the first Hispanic woman to sit on the Florida Supreme Court. Judge Lagoa is a devout Catholic and the married mother of three children.

Meet Judge Allison Jones Rushing. Judge Rushing sits on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a graduate of the Duke University School of Law and previously clerked for Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch. Judge Rushing is also a devout Catholic and the married mother of one child. At age 38, she would be the youngest confirmed Justice since the early 1800s.

For those committed to the pro-life cause, this nomination represents perhaps the most significant moment in our history since the infamous Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. Some legal scholars suggest that one more conservative Supreme Court Justice may finally pave the way for the Court to overturn Roe (without relying on Chief Justice John Roberts), and thus, overturn one of the gravest human injustices in American history.

Will one of these women be the next Supreme Court Justice? Will one of these women be the vote needed to protect future generations of unborn babies in the womb?

All eyes will be on the White House this Saturday and on the U.S. Senate in the coming weeks.

During this time, I ask you to join me in prayer for our Nation; for our President and members of the U.S. Senate; for these potential nominees and others; and for the upcoming election. While some may use this time to further promote fear and chaos, let us sow hope and faith – knowing that God Almighty is in control, and that we can rest because He never does.

Prayerfully,


Vince Torres
President & Executive Director

Over the past few weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down three significant decisions involving the First Amendment freedom of religion.

In Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the Court ruled that a discriminatory Montana rule prohibiting students from using tax-credit scholarships at religious schools violated the Free Exercise Clause of the U.S. Constitu­tion. (5-4 decision; Roberts, joined by Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh)

In Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru, the Court upheld the “ministerial exception,” preserving the staffing decisions and rights of religious institutions to “decide for themselves, free from state interference, matters of church government as well as those of faith and doctrine.” (7-2 decision; Alito, joined by Roberts, Thomas, Breyer, Kagan, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh)

And finally, in Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania, the Court determined that the Little Sisters of the Poor are exempt from the Obamacare contraceptive mandate so they can continue serving the poor and the elderly without violating their sincerely held religious beliefs. (7-2 decision; Thomas, joined by Roberts, Breyer, Alito, Kagan, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh)

What do these three recent cases tell us? – that while religious freedom is winning, religious hostility is on the rise.

Dr. Ryan T. Anderson, Senior Research Fellow at our national ally, The Heritage Foundation, pointed this out recently in response to a tweet touting 15 straight religious freedom victories at the U.S. Supreme Court this decade. Dr. Anderson replied, “The fact that there were 15 flagrant religious liberty violations that rose to the Supreme Court in a decade is a sign not of a winning streak at large, but new and heightened hostility.”

We agree with Dr. Anderson, noting that multiple defeats at the nation’s highest Court have not deterred anti-religious activists and politicians from continuing to target people of faith – whether they be single mothers (Espinoza), Catholic schools (Our Lady of Guadalupe School), or even nuns (Little Sisters of the Poor). In fact, following these recent losses, the hostility from the far-left immediately continued.

The ACLU quickly condemned the Court’s decision in Espinoza while praising the anti-Catholic “Blaine Amendment” in Montana’s constitution. Meanwhile, in response to Little Sisters of the Poor, former Vice-President Joe Biden announced his intentions to reinstate President Obama’s policy which would require the Little Sisters to provide access to birth control and abortifacients for employees.

It is also worth observing that two Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court dissented in all three cases – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice Sonia Sotomayor. So, while the First Amendment may have survived another term at the U.S. Supreme Court, the effort to defend our first freedom – the freedom of religion – is more critical than ever.

Together with our state and national allies, Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico® will continue to defend our constitutional rights so that the Gospel of Jesus Christ can continue to be proclaimed and lived out in our homes, churches, schools, and places of employment. Our vision is a state and nation were religious freedom flourishes, and with your partnership and support, we will preserve that freedom for generations to come.

Financial Update: Given the unprecedented times in which we live, one of the encouraging stories has been the faithfulness of local Ministry Partners like you. Though COVID impacted our giving in the Spring, we wrapped up the month of June in a much better financial position than expected and, believe it or not, we are now on track to meet our target for the fiscal year ending September 30!

Entering the month of July, we had just $35,000 left to raise and thanks to your generosity, we have already raised $13,500 in the past three weeks. If you have not yet given this year, or if you would like to further help us reach our goal, I invite you to do so today by becoming a monthly Ministry Partner or by making a one-time gift of $100, $250, or $500.

Thank you for your prayers and support!


VinceTorres
President and Executive Director

Women deserve better than the treatment they received today. In its June Medical Services v. Russo decision today, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the radical abortion agenda by striking down a bipartisan law that protected women.

The law in question should not have been controversial. It was a bipartisan response to the horrors committed by abortionists like the infamous Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell was found guilty of manslaughter of a woman who died as a result of an abortion at his hands. He committed many other atrocities toward the women and unborn children in his clinic, treating them not as people but as mere commodities to be exploited.

In light of these horrors, Louisiana’s legislature passed a law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. This law, a bipartisan effort and the result of tireless work from the Louisiana Family Forum and other pro-life groups in the state, ensured that women would have the chance to receive continuous care if they suffered physical complications after an abortion.

Soon, abortion clinics filed a lawsuit on behalf of “women” – without actually representing a single woman in the lawsuit. This has never been about women. It has always been about the abortion industry’s bottom line. It’s the same reason the industry defied orders during COVID-19 lockdowns, and it’s the reason the industry will keep fighting against any restriction on abortion.

But today, the majority of the Court failed to recognize any of that. Instead, the Court fell back on an old, unworkable rule that virtually anything hindering access to abortion is an “undue burden” on women.

It’s a far cry from reality –Louisiana’s law was designed to protect women’s lives, not burden them. Today, the Court has allowed the abortion industry to continue putting profits over the health of women, providing sub-standard “care,” and appropriating the voice of its victims by illegitimately speaking for them in Court.

Abortion already creates victims among the unborn, but Justice Alito’s dissent in this case was right: “Today’s decision claims new victims.” Women lose when the abortion industry repeatedly gets a pass on following basic healthcare standards. Women deserve better than that.

Today, some may be left asking: Where do we go from here?

While we are saddened by this decision, it is a clear call to action in three ways.

First, we are called to prayer. As the family of believers, our hope does not rest on any law or decision of the Supreme Court. Our hope rests in the Lord, and we trust Him with the injustices abortion has done to women and millions of their unborn children.

Second, we are called to action in the November 2020 election. Today, five Supreme Court justices agreed to strike down a good law crafted by pro-life lawmakers in Louisiana. But four justices – including both Trump nominees – dissented from the majority’s decision. With one more courageous and conservative justice, today’s outcome likely would have been different. It takes good U.S. Senators to confirm these courageous justices.

Third, good policy work must continue at the state level. It takes prolife lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to pass a good law like Louisiana’s. While the Supreme Court continues to chew on old bones,  our mission is to work with good state lawmakers to pass good laws that protect mothers and their babies, and to change the abortion conversation in a way the Court can’t ignore. No matter what, we will continue to fight for the dignity of every human life—including the women the abortion industry continues to exploit.

Will you join us?

Brittany Jones, Esq
Policy Manager


Meridian Baldacci
Policy and Communications Manager

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

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

We need to raise an additional $6,300 By July 15, so if you recognize the importance of this work, please partner with us today by clicking here!

Thank you for your faithful support and prayers.

Blessings,

Nathan Winters
Executive Director

 

In the News: Life

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

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

In the News: Family

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

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

In the News: Religious Freedom

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

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

 

I refuse to give up. I reject the notion that post-modern lies are impenetrable by eternal truth. I resist the temptation to draw back as an alienated imbittered cultural observer and allow the inevitable to cripple society. Despite the challenging times biblical Christians are experiencing, we must not lose heart.

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
Romans 15:4

The Apostle Paul was writing to believers facing intense persecution by the hands of Imperial Rome. Pax Romana (i.e. roman peace) was based on Greek logic, human conscience, and their gods of power. It was not based on objective moral truth as revealed by the Creator. In the eyes of Rome, monotheism was a simplistic concept practiced by the unassimilated Jewish people. Their commitment to their temple God in Jerusalem was tolerated by the emperors but converted gentile Christians were required to adhere to the polytheistic religious views of Roman tradition or face legal repercussions. Yet, this oppressed religious minority of faithful Christ followers had hope! As those believers in the first century, we also must lean on the historic truths that were recorded for our encouragement.

The recent ruling by the Supreme Court to redefine the word “sex” to include sexual desires and subjective non-binary identities is an assault on the Constitution. The courts can not legislate from the bench. Their limited power can only rule if a current law is unconstitutional and must be readdressed by the Legislative branch – Congress. Monday’s decision did not send the 1964 Civil Rights Act back for further debate and congressional deliberation. It simply changed the meaning of the word “sex” as the Supreme Court changed the meaning of the word “marriage” in 2015.

This is the post-modern view of reality – a world where words have no clear objective meaning.

As significant as this is for the nation, New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination already included sexual orientation in 1991 and gender identity in 2006 as protected classes of employment. The aftermath of the Supreme Court’s ruling is unknown but troublesome. Religious organizations, such as churches, are protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. Unfortunately, religious employers – people of devout faith who own private businesses – are not. Sadly, there are extreme voices on the Left, such as Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney D- N.Y., who claims “religious liberty is as a bogus term for discrimination.”

This is why our work at Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey® is so important to you, your family and your church. We are committed to advocating for public policies that protect life, religious liberty and parental rights in education; in addition to identifying and electing legislators who will uphold your values in the legislative chambers in Trenton.  Would you consider a gift this week to strengthen our efforts?

Let’s make NJ better,

Shawn Hyland
Director of Advocacy

Dear Friends—

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

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

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

Thank you for your faithful support and prayers.

Blessings,

Vince Torres
President & Executive Director

In the News: Life

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

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

In the News: Family

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

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

In the News: Religious Freedom

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

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