Who Endorses Mary Burke for WI Gov? No surprises here.

The pro-abortion group EMILY’s List says it’s preparing to go “all in” this year behind democratic candidate for Wisconsin governor Mary Burke.  EMILY’s List and its affiliate, Women Vote, spent more than 3 million dollars in 2012 to help elect the openly homosexual, pro-abortion Senator Tammy Baldwin (R-WI). (photo below)

Not surprisingly, Baldwin has come out with an endorsement for Burke just this week.  
>>>>>Read more HERE.

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, has this to say, “Elections have serious consequences.  It’s important that citizens know about the groups such as the strongly pro-abortion EMILY’s List, that are actively supporting the candidates.  What groups endorse and support a candidate says a great deal about where the candidate stands on the critically important and foundational issues such as marriage, family, life and liberty.”

Defending Marriage: A High Honor

From the desk of Wisconsin Family Council president Julaine Appling:

One of the highest honors I have is to strengthen, preserve and promote marriage in this great state.  From time to time, our work includes defending this God-ordained, God-designed institution, the people who share our belief in marriage, and rule of law in our state.   Last week, I and four board members of Wisconsin Family Action, our sister organization once again had the privilege of doing just that.

marriageIn the fall of 2006, nearly 60% of the voters approved Wisconsin’s Marriage Protection Amendment, which preserves God’s plan for marriage in our state law.

Basically from the moment that the amendment passed, it has been under legal attack.

In July 2007, a UW-Oshkosh professor filed a lawsuit alleging that the amendment dealt with two subjects not just one, and therefore the vote was unconstitutional.  In 2009, the State Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision that the amendment dealt with only one subject—marriage.  We were privileged to have filed a couple friend-of-the-court briefs in this case, in defense of the institution of marriage, the will of the people, the rule of law and the state constitution.

The fight didn’t end there. In 2009, Governor Jim Doyle enacted through the state budget a statewide, same-sex-only domestic partnership that at the very least is substantially similar to marriage.  Our attorneys immediately filed a lawsuit on our behalf alleging that the partnership is unconstitutional. We filed the lawsuit because it is absolutely imperative that the institution of marriage, the will of the people, the rule of law and the state constitution be defended.

Last year, the case reached the State Supreme Court and oral arguments were held this past October.  Right now we are waiting for the court to issue its ruling in this case.

But that’s not all.  On February 3 of this year, Wisconsin’s number was up.  The ACLU, on behalf of 16 open homosexuals, filed a lawsuit in federal court here in The Badger State, alleging that the amendment passed by a majority of state legislators in two consecutive sessions and then soundly approved by “we the people,” is unconstitutional.  The lawsuit alleges that the amendment violates the equal protection clause of the US Constitution, as well as the due process clause.

We were pleased that current Attorney General JB VanHollen immediately said he would vigorously defend the amendment on behalf of the state.  We also knew given that we have been uniquely and substantially involved with this amendment from the beginning that we could add to the supporting arguments.  So, our attorneys petitioned Federal Judge Barbara Crabb to allow us to file a friend-of-the-court brief in this critical case.

Earlier this month, the court granted us permission, in spite of the fact that the ACLU and its clients vigorously opposed our petition.  I am pleased to tell you that last Wednesday, May 14, we formally filed our brief in this case again defending marriage, the will of the people, and the rule of law and the state constitution.

adfIn every one of these cases, our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom have stepped up and taken us on as clients.  Their stable of extremely competent attorneys across the country and especially their local allied attorneys right here in Wisconsin have done an extraordinary job of working with us in defending marriage, the will of the people, the rule of law and the Wisconsin Constitution.  We are deeply grateful for their ongoing help.

The lesson in this history of Wisconsin’s Marriage Protection Amendment is that defending marriage is not a one-and-done deal. It requires eternal vigilance on the part of all of us.  It demands a great deal of time, money, skilled attorneys, and commitment—and certainly calls for much prayer.  It requires strategic partnerships, not the least of which is partnerships with the Christian citizens in this state who share our values.  We covet your prayers and involvement as God leads you, as we daily have the high honor of strengthening, preserving, promoting and, yes, defending marriage and family in our great state.

BREAKING: Statewide Pro-Family Group Releases New Publication TODAY

Press release from Wisconsin Family Council:

STATEWIDE PRO-FAMILY GROUP RELEASES NEW PUBLICATION
Wisconsin’s Cultural Indicators, 2014 Edition shows well-being of state closely tied to well-being of marriage and family

Madison, WI—Today Wisconsin Family Council (WFC) announced the release of Wisconsin’s Cultural Indicators, 2014 Edition.  WFC will formally introduce the Cultural Indicators at noon today at The Machine Shed Restaurant in Appleton, Wisconsin. The Wisconsin’s Cultural Indicators, 2014 Edition, is a premier publication unique to Wisconsin Family Council in the state.  It provides an overview of important indicators that impact Wisconsin and the state’s best resource: traditional families.

Image“We are pleased to provide this important resource for lawmakers, educators, pastors and ministry leaders, community leaders and concerned citizens in Wisconsin,” said Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Council. “Wisconsin’s Cultural Indicators shows long-term trends affecting the social and economic health of Wisconsin’s families and children. When our families are strong, our state is strong. And the converse is certainly true, as well.”

The seventy-page publication includes data and trends for indicators such as “Family Structure and Income,” “Childbearing and Poverty,” “Births to Teenagers Age 15-19,” “Expenditures for Public Education (K-12),” “Underage Drinking Among High School Students,” and “Juvenile Arrests,” as well as a “Government Entitlement Analysis.”

“Over and over again, the data and trends clearly indicate that married, husband-wife families, on average, are in everyone’s best interest. They bolster the state’s economy and provide the best place for children to grow up to become healthy, well-adjusted, contributing workers and citizens.” said Appling. “This publication is designed to help decision makers and leaders craft policy and programs that strengthen marriage and families and in doing so strengthen our communities and state.”   

Wisconsin’s Cultural Indicators, 2014 Edition Executive Summary and Table of Contents is available online.

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Wisconsin Family Council is a statewide, not-for-profit organization advancing Judeo-Christian principles and values in Wisconsin by strengthening, preserving and promoting marriage, family, life and liberty.

BREAKING: WFC Launches NEW Publication “WISCONSIN CULTURAL INDICATORS” at EVENT 5/27, Appleton

LAUNCHING: WISCONSIN CULTURAL INDICATORS, 2014 EDITION

(WISCONSIN FAMILY COUNCIL’S BRAND NEW PUBLICATION)

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TUESDAY, MAY 27

MACHINE SHED, APPLETON, WI

12 – 1 p.m. (FREE)

GUEST SPEAKERS: Sen. Glenn Grothman/Rep. Andre Jacque & More!

On Tuesday, May 27, Wisconsin Family Council will publicly release its newest publication. Wisconsin Cultural Indicators, 2014 Edition, is a unique, Wisconsin-specific document that looks at cultural and policy trends that impact the well-being of the state. This publication clearly shows how important intact mom-and-dad families are to Wisconsin’s well-being, both now and in the future.

You are invited to join us for this event at The Machine Shed in Appleton from noon to 1 p.m.! A complimentary lunch will be provided. Registration is not necessary; we’ll fill the room on a first-come, first-served basis. Fox Valley Conservative Forum has graciously agreed to allow us to do this public launch in cooperation with them and their weekly meeting at The Machine Shed. Attendees will receive a copy of Wisconsin’s Cultural Indicators, 2014 Edition (one per family).

In addition to WFC staff, several special speakers will join us for this special event. State Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend), Rep. Andre Jacque (R-DePere) and other community leaders will deliver brief remarks about the importance of the information in this publication to our state.
We look forward to seeing you at The Machine Shed in Appleton on Tuesday, May 27, at noon!

Brat Fest Sponsor Caves After Bullying By Madison Alderwoman

Motivational speaker, Bob Lenz, had been scheduled to talk to festival-goers at the annual Brat Fest in Madison this weekend, May 23-25.  Tim Metcalfe, president of Metacalfe’s Market, had offered to sponsor a stage at the event and feature Christian music and lectures.  Metcalfe had invited Lenz to bring a lecture on teen suicide.  However, earlier this week, Madison alderwoman Lisa Subeck, former executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, indicated she would not participate as a celebrity in the event if Lenz is involved. Subeck was unhappy with Bob Lenz’s well-known pro-life activism and involvement with “Save the Storks,” an organization that offers ultrasounds outside of abortion clinics in the hopes of saving the lives of unborn children.  After receiving the note from Subeck, Metcalf decided to pull Lenz from the event for fear of “unnecessary controversy.”

>>>>>Read more HERE

Janesville SD says “sorry” for showing video: WFA responds – “Big Deal”

On April 11, 2014, the Gay/Straight Alliance at Craig High School in Janesville showed a propaganda-laden video endorsing homosexual “marriage” to the students in support of a national Day of Silence (a pro-homosexual event held each year in many public schools).
The video was approved by school advisors and the school’s principal. After two parents (and a grandparent) complained about the activity, the school district’s superintendent, Karen Schulte, issued an apology.  


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Julaine Appling, president of WFA, responds, “So the school acknowledged the error and apologized.  On one level, big deal.  It doesn’t undo the fact that the students watched it in the first place, and where’s the video that all students now need to watch that supports traditional one man/one woman marriage? This seems to be a case of thinking it’s easier to ask forgiveness than to get permission, and it should be a reminder to all parents to stay engaged in your child’s school.”

The Reality of War: Sacrifice

From the desk of WFA president Julaine Appling:

I am, technically speaking, a daughter of the South—born and reared for the first twelve years of my life in Atlanta, Georgia.  Amongst other things, including a Southern drawl that rivaled the best of them, I grew up with a true Southern take on the Civil War or the War Between the States.  I was told repeatedly to save my Confederate money because the South would rise again.

To me, Sherman’s March to the Sea via Atlanta, wasn’t just a story.  It was very real to me as I considered that he had burned my home city en route.  I had visited numerous local historical spots made famous by the battle that essentially leveled this beautiful city.  In addition, I was a somewhat frequent visitor at the Civil War Cyclorama in downtown Atlanta.  Because it was on the top of my father’s “must-do” list for any visitor, I was able to go numerous times. Dad was smitten with it, in spite of the fact he was a transplanted Yankee from Michigan.

ImageThe Cyclorama, for those of you unfortunate Northerners who haven’t yet had the privilege of seeing it, is a huge circular oil painting and a diorama that so perfectly blends in with the painting that you can’t tell where the three-dimensional representation stops and the one dimensional starts.   It graphically and vividly depicts the Battle of Atlanta on July 26, 1864.  Music and sound and visual effects accompany the telling of the story as visitors are absolutely drawn into the scene as they sit on a rotating platform during the presentation.

Even now, many years later, I can still recall the smoke filling the room after we’d heard cannons firing.  I can see the flashes of light and the flames being highlighted.  But what I most vividly see is the bodies—the bodies of soldiers, both Confederate and Union, lying bloody, either dead or dying.  Maybe it was at the Cyclorama that I first realized that war requires sacrifice—especially the sacrifice of human life.  Now I know that those soldiers were someone’s son, father, husband, grandfather, uncle, brother, nephew, friend…and they had given everything they had and were in cause they believed in, regardless of whether they were wearing grey or blue uniforms.

Years after my last time visiting the Cyclorama, I watched a World War II movie that reminded me again of that very real and very sobering truth.   In a stunning way, I realized anew that the fact that my father survived his 2 years on the front lines in the European theater was nothing short of God’s grace.  Nearly 300,000 of those who served with Dad in World War II died as a result of injuries on the battle field.

War isn’t pretty—ever.  It’s bloody and often very costly—especially in terms of human life.  No war we’ve ever been involved with has been without American casualties.  According to the government’s statistics, well over 650,000 armed services personnel have died as a result of battlefield injuries.   These are the men and women who gave the last full measure of devotion.

ImageHonoring these fallen heroes on Memorial Day, this Monday, May 26, is altogether fitting. Whether they were coerced, cajoled, drafted or volunteered, the bottom line is each of these men and women was on some battle field defending our freedom, our form of government, our national interests, when their lives ended.

This Memorial Day, while some of us may go to a ceremony or put some flowers on the grave of a veteran, other Wisconsin families will be observing it quite differently.  For more than 127 Wisconsin families this coming Memorial Day will be different. They will be without their son or daughter who died in either Afghanistan or Iraq.  Whether this is the twelfth such Memorial Day or the third such Memorial Day, it is certain that for these Wisconsin families Memorial Day will never be the same.

How fortunate I’ve been.  I’ve never lost a loved one in battle, and I’ve never seen a battle first-hand.  Like many of you, my experience regarding war has been from the safety and distance of such things as the Cyclorama, movies, books and news clips, which, while often very realistic and sometimes even real, still aren’t the real thing.  This Memorial Day may we each recall that for some Americans war has been horribly real—the last real thing they ever knew.  May we thank God for those who on some battlefield have sacrificed their all for us.  May we pray, too, for the safety for those still standing in harm’s way on our behalf—those still willing to make the ultimate sacrifice.

WFA Responds: Wisconsin Attorney General Appeals Ruling on Voter ID

WI Atty. General J.B. Van HollenWisconsin’s Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (left) has filed with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals an appeal of a ruling striking down the state’s voter ID law.  On April 29, Judge Lynn Adelman ruled against Wisconsin’s voter ID law stating it placed an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote and violated the Voting Rights Act. Adelman has held his seat on the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin bench since 1997.
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Julaine Appling, WFA president, agrees with the AG’s move, “We applaud our Attorney General’s decision to appeal the ruling.  Requiring voter ID to cast a ballot is not an undue burden on anyone. It’s a prudent safeguard of our liberty. Free and fairelections are central and essential to our form of government and to our liberty.”

WI Rep Kleefisch Calls Out Freedom From Religion Foundation

After witnessing an offensive sign on display in the Wisconsin State Capitol rotunda a few weeks ago, Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) decided to send out a press release countering the message. The release’s headline was “Thank God, the Atheists Have a Voice.”  The sign was put up by the Madison-based organization Freedom From Religion Foundation in response to a Christian Easter display a few weeks ago.  Kleefisch remarks, “I guess if I were responsible for the FFRF marketing message, I’d find some actual proof God doesn’t exist to counter the multitudes of proof He does.”

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is in the process of enlarging their offices on W. Washington Street in Madison (photo, left) and we can expect to see more activity as they go from an old apartment complex to a four-story building near our state capitol.  Construction is being done by NCI-Roberts, general contractor who, ironically, is also in the midst of putting an addition on Door Creek Church in Madison. The FFRF building is named the “Free Thought Building,” but NCI wrongly and quite badly refers to it as “The Freedom Building.”