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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Nathan Winters
Executive Director

Dear Friend,

We have an urgent request for your help.

Along with our friends at Center for Arizona Policy, we are calling your attention to a very concerning bill in your state and asking you to urge your legislators to oppose it. The Arizona House is considering H.B. 2802, a bill that undermines the rights of religious believers, licensed counselors, and small business owners.

H.B. 2802 would ban so-called “conversion therapy” and mandate counselors adopt an “affirmative care” approach towards minors struggling with sexuality-related issues. The bill seeks to silence professional speech by licensed counselors and compel them to provide a specific type of treatment that violates the consciences of some therapists and even some of their patients. This is a First Amendment violation, but worse than that, it harms children struggling with gender dysphoria or unwanted same-sex attraction by denying them the true help they need from professional counseling.

Beyond that, this bill also adds “gender identity” and “sexual identity” to Arizona’s current nondiscrimination law. Civil rights laws like these are meant to protect people and organizations like small businesses from unjust discrimination, but H.B. 2802 does the exact opposite by turning Arizona’s civil rights laws into a sword to punish people or organizations who hold a historic understanding of marriage and sexuality.

We need your help to prevent this.

Please send a message to your representative today urging that they reject H.B. 2802.

Together with our friends at Center for Arizona Policy, you can help ensure that Arizona law helps, not harms, children by preserving their access to the healthcare they need, and that the rights of professional counselors and all Arizona citizens are protected.

Now is the time to speak up for them to your state representative.

Sincerely,Joseph Kohm
Joseph Kohm
Joseph Kohm
Policy Director

 

 

P.S. For further updates, be sure to connect with our friends and allies at the Center for Arizona Policy. They are in the halls of the state capitol working on your behalf!

Dear Arkansas Friend,

Family Policy Alliance joins with our allies at Family Council in calling on legislators to override Gov. Hutchinson’s veto of H.B. 1570, sponsored by Statesmen Academy alum, Rep. Robin Lundstrum.

H.B. 1570 is critical legislation that is needed to protect children from abusive and permanently damaging “gender-reassignment surgeries.”

Will you please take a moment to speak up to your legislators? Here’s a message from Jerry Cox at Family Council with details on making your voice heard:

Please call your state senator and state representative right now, and urge them to override Governor Hutchinson’s veto of H.B. 1570, the SAFE Act by Rep. Robin Lundstrum and Sen. Alan Clark.

You can leave a message for your senator at 501-682-2902.

You can leave a message for your representative at 501-682-6211.

H.B. 1570, the SAFE Act, prohibits sex-reassignment procedures on children in Arkansas.

Gender-reassignment surgeries can leave children sterilized and scarred for life. Medical researchers do not know the long term effects these procedures and therapies can have on kids. That is why many people equate them with experimenting on children.

The Arkansas Legislature passed this bill, but on Monday Gov. Asa Hutchinson vetoed it.

It is impossible to overstate how much pressure your lawmakers face from national groups on this bill.

Please contact your legislators right now — especially your state representative — and urge them to override the governor’s veto on H.B. 1570, the SAFE Act.

You can leave a message for your senator at 501-682-2902. You can leave a message for your representative at 501-682-6211.

Again, please urge your legislators to override Governor Hutchinson’s veto of H.B. 1570, the SAFE Act by Rep. Robin Lundstrum and Sen. Alan Clark.

Sincerely,

Jerry

Thank you so much for speaking up and for spreading the word about this urgent matter!

John Paulton
Mobilization Manager

In a well-earned triumph for children and their families, the 11th Circuit has struck down local laws in Florida that prohibit licensed therapists from providing basic talk-therapy to children who want to reduce or eliminate their same-sex attracted behaviors or feelings of confusion regarding their gender identity. The bans forced children into therapy that only guides them toward “gender transition”—including stopping their natural onset of puberty to instead pursue taking sterilizing cross-sex hormones or even life-altering surgery to remove healthy body parts. Any basic talk therapy to help children accept the bodies they were created with was banned.

In the past several years, there has been a concerted effort by LGBT-lobbyist organizations to ban therapy that allows families to receive treatment in line with their religious, ethical, or conscience beliefs. Currently, 20 states, Washington, D.C., and numerous cities and counties ban this kind of basic talk therapy, often claiming they are banning professional conduct and not speech.

These bans are devastating to families who want to seek out a licensed counselor for their child who is struggling with gender identity or sexual orientation confusion and want unbiased treatment that is tailored to their child’s needs and religious, moral, and conscience beliefs about sex and sexuality.

On Friday, the 11th Circuit ruled against the two Florida  talk-therapy bans on the basis they violated the First Amendment in several ways. The three-judge panel (in a 2-1 decision), wrote that just because a therapist is providing medical treatment doesn’t automatically mean what he says can be labeled as “professional conduct” instead of “speech,” the latter having far more protections under the First Amendment.

Circuit Judge Britt Grant wrote, “the enterprise of labeling certain verbal or written communications ‘speech’ and others ‘conduct’ is unprincipled and susceptible to manipulation” (page 7 of published opinion). He went on to say the legislative power to regulate medical professions “does not include a free-floating power to restrict the ideas to which children may be exposed” just because “a legislative body thinks [those ideas] unsuitable for [children]” (p. 20).

Judge Grant also declared these bans unconstitutionally forced the government’s viewpoint onto families and their children that “sexual orientation is immutable, but gender is not,” (p. 12) by prohibiting therapists from saying anything opposing the government viewpoint. This is because these laws allow therapists to provide talk-therapy that supports permanent, radical gender transition or change but not basic therapy to facilitate sexual orientation transition or change.

Today, families in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia can breathe a little easier knowing the “bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment” that “the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable” (p. 27) has been upheld.

This federal circuit judgment can now be used to strike down state laws that ban talk therapy, which stifle and obliterate the fundamental right for a minor to obtain licensed professional help to reduce or eliminate unwanted same-sex attraction and gender identity confusion. It affirms that laws cannot impede the constitutional right to seek out the help they desire.

We applaud Liberty Counsel’s monumental efforts in bringing forward these cases and working on behalf of all families to ensure their rights are protected. We hope this is the first victory of many more to come.

Sincerely,

Stephanie Curry
Policy Analyst

A Kansas City (MO) city council committee is about to consider an ordinance that would push many minors towards transgenderism.  Your quick help is needed to stop it!

Ordinance 190902 is what is known as a “counseling ban.”  It would censor professional counseling for children and teens who are struggling with their gender identity.  But the ban would ONLY forbid counseling that is designed to help them identify with their birth sex.

In other words, counseling that encourages them to change their gender – even to go through irreversible sex-change operations – would be protected by the city.  But counseling to help them accept their God-given birth sex would be outlawed.

Incredibly, such laws have already passed in California and a number of other localities.  But it has also been stopped in many.  That’s why your help is so urgently needed!

The ordinance would also affect counseling for unwanted same-sex attraction.  This type of counseling has helped thousands of young people deal with unwanted same-sex attraction, which often arises out of sexual abuse.  But if this ordinance passes, these young people will only be allowed to get counseling that encourages homosexuality.

In addition, bans in other cities have recently faced costly legal challenges. In Tampa, such an ordinance was recently overturned.

Here’s what you can do:

Emails to the council members are encouraged even after the hearing is held, as a vote by the full council will happen at a later date.

Thank you for taking action!

The Family Policy Alliance Team

 

The radical sex ed bill, HB 1032, is now the law in Colorado. Last Friday, Governor Polis signed the contentious legislation that bans religious, moral, and ethical perspectives on sex and gender from being taught in the classroom and prohibits teachers from stressing abstinence as a healthy sexual choice.

Governor Polis (who is an openly gay LGBT-activist) also signed three other controversial pieces of legislation many of you opposed including:

The Battle is Not Over!

Though these laws are an affront to our rights, the battle for healthy families and robust religious freedoms is not over in Colorado. In fact, the real work begins now! There is still a lot we can do to protect our children, our parental rights, and our families! You must know that most Coloradans do not agree with or support the extreme legislation that our legislature is passing or what the Governor is signing into law. We are seeing what happens when both branches of our legislature and the governorship are controlled by one party with a sweeping radical agenda to force their ideology onto others.

Tens of thousands of you voiced your concern and even outrage to your legislators, objecting to these bills through letters, phone calls, and testifying. We can and must take that momentum and energy from fighting these bad bills and direct all our efforts towards the 2020 election and restoring pro-family values in Colorado.

We must stay alert, vigilant, and well-informed. We must work together to ensure that as Coloradans we are electing representatives who will actually advance legislation that represents our values in office.

Parents and families joined together to make their voices heard in a big way this year—tens of thousands of you! So we know that together, by God’s grace, we can make a difference in Colorado. This is why we are committed to you and working hard to see pro-family changes throughout our state in the next year!

Our Commitment to You!

We are committed to supporting legislators and candidates in Colorado who will uphold your traditional family values and religious liberties.

We are committed to ensuring you have up-to-date information on not only the issues that matter to you but also on legislators currently in office who may claim they’re conservative but do not vote for conservative and pro-family values.

We are committed to supporting candidates who will not tolerate or accept the chipping away of our rights but will stand firm for biblical principles and not be swayed.

We can make a difference in Colorado and we hope you’ll join us! The 2020 elections in Colorado can turn this state around and be momentous for families that wish to live in a state where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.

Will you invest today in our efforts to ensure better leadership in our state, to keep Colorado families informed about important policies and elections that affect them, and to help families like yours take action in the Centennial state with your gift?

The Family Policy Alliance Team

 

 

The Massachusetts Governor must either veto or sign a bill that would push many minors towards transgenderism. Your quick help is needed to stop it!

This bill is a “counseling ban” that would make illegal professional counseling for children and teens who are struggling with their gender identity. But the ban would ONLY forbid counseling that helps teens identify with their birth sex.

In other words, counseling that encourages them to change their gender — even to go through irreversible sex-change operations — would be protected by the state. But counseling to help them accept their God-given birth sex would be outlawed.

The bill would also affect counseling for unwanted same-sex attraction. This type of counseling has helped thousands of young people deal with unwanted same-sex attraction, which is correlated with childhood sexual abuse. If the governor signs this bill, these young people will only be allowed to get counseling that encourages homosexuality, even if that’s not what the teen wants.

Here’s what you can do:

Thank you for taking action and making your voice heard!

The Family Policy Alliance Team
(in alliance with Massachusetts Family Institute)

A Maine legislative committee is scheduled to consider a bill that would push many minors towards transgenderism. Your quick help is needed to stop it!

The bill (LD 1025/ME HB755) is what is known as a “counseling ban.” It would ban professional counseling for children and teens who are struggling with their gender identity. But the ban would ONLY forbid counseling that is designed to help them identify with their birth sex.

In other words, counseling that encourages them to change their gender – even to go through irreversible sex-change operations – would be protected by the state. But counseling to help them accept their God-given birth sex would be outlawed.

Incredibly, such laws have already passed in California and a few other states. But it has also been stopped in many. That’s why your help is so urgently needed!

The bill would also affect counseling for unwanted same-sex attraction. This type of counseling has helped thousands of young people deal with unwanted same-sex attraction, which is correlated with childhood sexual abuse. If this bill is enacted, these young people will only be allowed to get counseling that encourages homosexuality, even if that’s not what the teen wants.

The bill has a wide-ranging scope applying to not only professional counselors but also school psychologists and guidance counselors, alcohol and drug counselors and aides, social workers, pharmacists and pharm techs, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, speech language pathologists and assistants and audiologists.

Here’s what you can do:

Thank you for taking action!

The Family Policy Alliance Team

A Massachusetts bill that would push many minors towards transgenderism is about to get a vote on the Senate floor. Your quick help is needed to stop it!

This bill, SB 70, is even worse than the House bill we told you about last week. Both are “counseling bans” that would ban professional counseling for children and teens who are struggling with their gender identity. But the ban would ONLY forbid counseling that is designed to help them identify with their birth sex.

In other words, counseling that encourages them to change their gender — even to go through irreversible sex-change operations — would be protected by the state. But counseling to help them accept their God-given birth sex would be outlawed.

Yet this Senate bill is even worse in that it contains a child-abuse provision that would allow the state to remove a child if parents obtain counseling for their child that affirms the child’s birth sex.

The bill would also affect counseling for unwanted same-sex attraction. This type of counseling has helped thousands of young people deal with unwanted same-sex attraction, which is correlated with childhood sexual abuse. But if SB 70 passes, these young people will only be allowed to get counseling that encourages homosexuality, even if that’s not what the teen wants.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Please click here to send a note to your senator. You can reach him or her with just a click at our Action Center.
  2. After you send the note through our Action Center, watch for a follow-up message that contains your senator’s name and phone number. Please also call them and ask them to vote No on SB 70.
  3. Please pass this email along to friends so they can make their voice heard as well.

Thank you for taking action!

The Family Policy Alliance Team
(in alliance with Massachusetts Family Institute)

A Massachusetts legislative committee could vote any day on a bill that would push many minors towards transgenderism.  Your quick help is needed to stop it!

House Bill 110 is what is known as a “counseling ban.”  It would ban professional counseling for children and teens who are struggling with their gender identity.  But the ban would ONLY forbid counseling that is designed to help them identify with their birth sex.

In other words, counseling that encourages them to change their gender – even to go through irreversible sex-change operations – would be protected by the state.  But counseling to help them accept their God-given birth sex would be outlawed.

Incredibly, such laws have already passed in California and a few other states.  But it has also been stopped in many.  That’s why your help is so urgently needed!

The bill would also affect counseling for unwanted same-sex attraction.  This type of counseling has helped thousands of young people deal with unwanted same-sex attraction, which is correlated with childhood sexual abuse.  But if H 110 passes, these young people will only be allowed to get counseling that encourages homosexuality, even if that is not what the teen wants.

Here’s what you can do:

Thank you for taking action!

The Family Policy Alliance Team

(in alliance with Massachusetts Family Institute)