The Pink Link

From this week’s “Wisconsin Family Connection,” Wisconsin Family Council’s weekly radio commentary~

So, is anyone else a bit distracted by the pink shoes, pink arm bands, and hats with pink stripes that our World Champion Green Bay Packers and other NFL teams are wearing this month?  What’s sad is that I’m sure a majority of the players and the management don’t really know what they are supporting when they’re sporting pink all October.

All of this pink display is sponsored and promoted by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, an organization that has made its fame and fortune in promoting finding a cure for and ostensibly preventing breast cancer.  Lest anyone think I am against finding a cure for this dread disease—or better yet, preventing it, rest assured that my heart goes out to those who are currently fighting breast cancer, and to their families—as well as to those who have lost loved ones to this pestilence. 

By having Major League Baseball teams use pink bats and wear pink accoutrements on Mothers’ Day, having the NFL devote October to promoting its work, and doing a host of other promos, the Komen organization is fund-raising for its work.  The money the Komen Foundation raises then goes to other groups that are doing research or are doing screening and education work in the breast cancer area. 

For several years now, the Komen Foundation has been giving to Planned Parenthood affiliates to supposedly help fund their breast cancer prevention, education and screening work. 

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Polling for truth

From this week’s “Wisconsin Family Connection,” Wisconsin Family Council’s radio commentary!

Recent polls claim that more and more Americans—including Wisconsinites—believe same-sex civil unions or domestic partnerships are just fine and should basically be treated like marriages.  And, of course, those promoting acceptance and normalization for their non-traditional relationships are touting these polls as being the barometer of what is right.

Let’s make this very clear: Truth is not subject to nor is Truth swayed by public opinion polls.  God’s Truth stands independent of all of man’s machinations. Public opinion may or may not reflect accurately where a group of people is on a certain issue, but that by no means makes public opinion right—or good for the public, for that matter.  The Word of God is the arbiter of right and wrong, especially on issues such as marriage.

It’s hardly surprising that the polls show that people are saying individuals in same-sex relationships should be treated just as if they are married. The media has done a fabulous job of beating that drum at every opportunity. The schools have opened their doors to groups such as GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network and others who want to promote and normalize homosexuality from kindergarten up.

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Safeguarding the gift that keeps on giving–the US Constitution

From this week’s “Wisconsin Family Connection,” our 5-minute weekly radio commentary airing on over 25 stations around Wisconsin~

The Constitutional Convention really was all about the kind of government this new nation would have for generations to come.   The men who represented the 12 colonies that attended –all the original colonies except Rhode Island send delegates—knew that they faced yet another defining moment in the young country’s history. 

As the summer wore on, they knew they had to get it right.  Too much was at stake.  So they stayed. They again made personal sacrifices on behalf of future generations–and on September 17, 1787, the Constitution was signed by a majority of the delegates.  And, now 224 years later, their original words still form the bulk of the rule of law in this country.  Their gift to future generations is truly a gift that keeps on giving—providing a framework for governing a country for generations, unlike any other document before or since has done or is doing.

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Family Matters

From this week’s “Wisconsin Family Connection”~

So what is a family—and does it really matter how we define family in our culture and in our law?

If you listen to the media or debates on the floor of the legislature or Hollywood, you would think that family is whatever anyone wants it to be—a traditional married mom and dad, a single parent and child, two persons of the same sex with or without children, friends living together as roommates or housemates, cohabiting heterosexual couples with or without children.  Whatever.

Government has made it clear that it is all for promoting a variety of definitions of family by enacting public policy that all too frequently treats them all the same.  For instance, State Senator Glenn Grothman has pulled together numbers that show between the state and the federal governments single mothers can get over $38,000 a year in tax-free benefits through programs such as Earned Income Credit, food stamps, state-funded day care and more.  

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Missile Threats Through the Years

This week’s “Wisconsin Family Connection,” our 5-min. weekly radio commentary aired on over 25 stations statewide:

For the most part, I loved school and felt very secure there—until the day came when we had an announcement over the PA telling us we would be having a special drill—in case of a missile attack.  “A what?  From where?”  I wondered as I took cover under my desk.

Mom picked me up from school that day and on the way home talked to me as an elementary student about Cuba, Castro, Kruschev, the Soviet Union, Communism and the Cold War.  It was the first time I felt unsafe in my home and my school.  In a sense, some of the innocence of my childhood was gone. 

From my perspective, nothing could destroy America—especially not a madman on a tiny island in the Caribbean Sea, or some man whose name I couldn’t pronounce living on the other side of the world.  And, we did avert those external threats and crises. 

But what I didn’t know until years later was that the philosophy and worldview of the Castros and Kruschevs of the world had taken firm hold in my homeland—and that those ideas, slowly worked into the fabric of our society, would one day destroy us without a missile ever being fired.  

Concealed Carry passes in the State Senate

Greg Vanevenhoven is our summer intern at WFA and we are thrilled to have him join us!  He will be attending the UW Law School this fall.

Yesterday, the Wisconsin State Senate voted on bipartisan lines, 25-8, to finally pass a law that allows the concealed carry of firearms in most places, with exceptions for schools, police stations, courthouses, and a dozen other specified locations.  It is refreshing to see the Senate pass this law, which legalizes an individual’s right to keep and bear arms, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment in the Constitution as well as protected in Article I, Section 25 of the Wisconsin Constitution. Needless to say, the law was not voted on immediately as the Senate first addressed 20+ amendments put forward by Democratic senators.

I had the pleasure of being able to listen to most of the debate and the particular amendments proposed, which allowed me to realize how strongly some members of the State Senate felt about the concealed carry law.  Some of the amendments introduced by Democratic senators concerned the fears of allowing concealed carry in places such as the State Capitol, county fairs, or polling places.

However, the bills authors’ countered that the bill addresses those fears with a permit requirement allowing citizens to carry a concealed weapon only if they pass a background check, which will effectively eliminate the concern that felons will be able to carry concealed weapons.  By providing such proposals, it ensures that individuals will not be allowed to carry a concealed weapon if they are not law-abiding citizens.

Senator Rich Zipperer (R-Pewaukee) was absolutely correct when he pointed out in the debate on the Senate floor that, “This is about allowing law-abiding citizens to protect themselves.”  A concealed carry law allows citizens the opportunity to defend themselves in life-threatening situations.  After all, let’s face it, the old adage that there is never a cop around when you need one, does sometimes manifest itself.

“Joy to the World, the Lord is Come!”

With the celebration of Christmas upon us, Wisconsin Family Council and Wisconsin Family Action wish you special moments of grateful reflection upon our Savior’s birth and the joy He’s brought to the world.  God gave His greatest gift at Christmas; and we, in turn, have the joy of giving.  I recently came across a thought-provoking list of Christmas gift suggestions, which includes giving an enemy forgiveness and a friend your heart;  offering a customer good service, giving everyone charity and bestowing a good example to a child. With this list in mind, let’s agree with Charles Dickens, “I will honour Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.”

We are taking a bit of a blogging break during this most wonderful time of the year.  We’ll do some entries as events warrant them over the next week or so, but not on a regular basis.  We’ll resume regular blogging on January 4, 2010.  In the meantime, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and may “God bless us everyone!”

~Diane Westphall

Milwaukee’s give-away, not in anyone’s best interest

We already have a situation with the Milwaukee Public School (MPS) system wanting to hand out free condoms to MPS high school students.   Now we find out that Milwaukee is already handing out free condoms, and more, to Milwaukee residents as young as 12 years old!

The Milwaukee “No Condom? No Way! Campaign,” which is geared towards teens, hands out free condoms to anyone 12 years and older at “dozens” of “distribution sites” throughout the city, including “both traditional: clinical, health focused or community-based sites and non-traditional: entertainment/music stores and venues, retail clothing and shoe stores, coffee shops, barber shops and beauty salons and body piercing/tattoo parlors.”

The stated purposed of this give-away is to encourage “teens to identify and abstain from high-risk sexual behavior” and promote “correct and consistent condom use among sexually active teens.”  If it weren’t such a serious matter, this stated purpose would be laughable.  How is giving away free condoms, to children as young as 12 years old, with nothing more than an instructive pamphlet, going to result in the behavioral changes needed for a teen to abstain from any sexual behavior, let alone “high-risk sexual behavior?”

So we have two questions.  First, if Milwaukee is already handing out free condoms to 12 year-olds at “dozens” of convenient locations, then why is the full MPS board about to vote on a provision to hand out free condoms at MPS high schools?

Second, why on earth is Milwaukee handing out condoms to 12 year-olds–or to anyone under the age of consent?!?!  We’re talking about underage sex, or even statutory rape for crying out loud!   Is there some way Milwaukee is intending to identify and actively protect the 12 year-olds picking up free, tax-payer subsidized condoms?

This ludicrous campaign is just another indicator of Milwaukee’s inept and liberal-agenda-driven approach to protecting teens from the physical, emotional and psychological consequences of teen/pre-marital sex.

Jumpstarting ObamaCare in Florida

Florida’s Department of Health officials are already out of the gate with their proposed guidelines for rationing medical care in case of a severe flu outbreak. Patients with incurable cancer, end-stage multiple sclerosis and other conditions would not even be admitted to a hospital.  Hospital staff could use their discretion to remove ventilators from seriously ill patients and give them to patients with a better chance of surviving.

Florida’s guidelines state that they seek to do “the greatest good for the greatest number.”   However, behind those high-sounding words lurks the ugly truth:  Hospitals will treat the patients who are most likely to survive and either deny or withdraw medical care from those patients who have a poor prognosis.  No “greatest good” there. A foreshadowing of death panels of faceless bureaucrats who are going to make value judgments about “quality of life” and decide that the old, disabled, and incurably ill do not deserve treatment?

Christianity teaches that all human life is sacred from conception until natural death.  An approach consistent with Christian moral principles would try to save everyone, even knowing that is not possible.

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~ Judith Brant (WFC Staff)

The Novice and the Nobel

Wisconsin Family Voice is very pleased to present the following piece, written by Sam Guzman, a Wisconsin college student and astute observer of things political.
The Novice and the Nobel
by Sam Guzman
Friday, October 9, 2009
“For what?” and “Why? ” were common questions when it was announced that Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. Some peaceniks rejoiced, but most of the world scratched its collective head in amazement. The astonishment was compounded when it became common knowledge that the nominations for the prize ended 12 days into Obama’s presidency. In those 12 days, Obama had done little but party and go to a few meetings.

But why indeed? It can’t be known for sure, but I have a theory. It goes like this. The Nobel Committee saw Obama travel the world apologizing for how mean and terrible America’s been, they saw him beginning to dismantle America’s defenses, and they saw him seek to make America less than a world leader. Being the good, anti-American Europeans they are, they liked what they saw. The best way to encourage America’s impotency, they reasoned, is to give the President a reputation to keep. Accordingly, they cursed him with an honor.

Now permanently labeled as an international man of peace, Obama will have to continue downplaying America’s importance in the world. As one commentator put it, how can a Nobel Prize winner send more troops into Afghanistan? He can’t, and that’s the point. Afghanistan is just one example of how being a Nobel laureate will affect Obama’s policy. Any sign of assertiveness, any sign of American supremacy and Obama won’t be living up to his status. He will have to continue to sacrifice America’s best interest for that of the world community, and that’s exactly what Europe wants. Score: Europe 1, America 0.

I’m not sure the Nobel Committee needed to do this. Obama likely would have continued apologizing profusely for America. And, of course, this is all just theorizing. Still, if Europeans could have done one thing to encourage the America’s growing impotency on the world stage, this was it. I wouldn’t be surprised. Congratulations, congratulations indeed.