Wisconsin Attorney General Defends State Constitution

This week, United States Attorney General Eric Holder (D) made a statement indicating he doesn’t think attorneys general in states that have laws, from his perspective, banning homosexual “marriage” should feel obligated to defend them.  Wisconsin’s Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R) (photo, left) disagrees: “It really isn’t his job to give us advice on defending our constitutions any more than it’s our role to give him advice on how to do his job.”  Van Hollen further stated, “We are the ultimate defenders of our state’s constitutions.”

Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling says Van Hollen is right, “I suppose we should be used to this current administration in Washington telling the states what they will, must or at least should do.  However, Attorney General Holder’s remarks show a whole new disregard for the rule of law and states’ rights.  Fortunately, we have a state attorney general who understands his job of defending our constitution.”

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What Would MLK, JR Say?

“When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

What would King say about that promissory note today?

>>>>>find out HERE

From our friends at Heritage Foundation.

Family, not Firearms – Hasty, Emotional Appeals are Dangerous

The Heritage Foundation responds to the Newtown tragedy, and the misplaced blame on weapons.

“All individuals need to be known and cared for in relationships—a family, a neighborhood, a circle of friends, a house of worship or other community group. This is essential to thriving as a human being. The family especially shapes a person’s experience deeply. If that first community of security breaks down, it is important that others in these circles of support step in to help.”

>>>>>Read the entire article HERE at THE FOUNDRY.

Challenges Pastors Face: PODCAST

Listen to the latest podcast of WFA president Julaine Appling with Mike LeMay and Amy Spreeman on Stand Up for the Truth Q90fm.

CLICK HERE to listen to the podast.

WFC Presents Rick Green – Restoring America’s Constitution – Wausau, WI

“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers,and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”

~~John Jay (1745-1829) Founding Father

The well-attended “Religious Liberty-Restoring the Constitution” event at Highland Community Church in Wausau hosted by Wisconsin Family Council left Wisconsin folks encouraged, informed and inspired.  Rick Green of Dave Barton’s Wallbuilders was the keynote speaker for the evening.

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Rick Green of Wallbuilders

Green walked attendees through Constitutional history, making note of the steps our Founding Fathers put into place to ensure government remained “the people,” reminding all that if freedom comes from the government, the government can surely take it away.

Green further explained how the Founders wanted future generations to “live out” their faith, and that each must “earn” their freedom to pass on to the next generation, and the next.

The younger crowd was also addressed by Green, who called them the “salt and light” of our world.  He invoked the passion and talent given by God Himself as something to hone and use to preserve the freedoms being passed on to them.

Green also challenged the full house to “study the Constitution,” stating, “If you don’t know what your freedoms are, how can you defend them?”  He called upon all to know and understand the Constitution furthering, “Our Founding Fathers gave their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor.  What will you give to preserve freedom?”

Wisconsin Family Council president Julaine Appling affirmed Green’s call to action, pointing out the myriad of ways a citizen may take part in protecting Constitutional freedoms.  For her opening speech to the event, click HERE.

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Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling with Rick Green of Wallbuilders

“One of the reasons I do what I do is because I believe it would be reprehensible and unforgivable for us to give up what God has so richly blessed with, which is the freedom to share the gospel around the world.” ~~Julaine Appling

Brian Sikma of MediaTrackers Opens “Liberty in Peril” Event for Wisconsin Family Action – Waukesha

Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land

This week’s radio commentary:

“Proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants.”  You may recognize that phrase—it comes from Leviticus 25:10 and refers to the year of Jubilee for the Hebrews. The phrase is also inscribed on the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, in Independence Hall—where 56 delegates signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776—or thereabouts.

God is the author of liberty; freedom is His idea, not man’s. Consider this language from the Declaration of Independence.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

The framers of our country understood that God is the One Who bestows liberty—unalienable rights they called them. Government does not bestow liberty! Listen to the next sentence from the Declaration.

“That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

Yes, you heard that right. Governments are instituted to protect those rights, not to bestow or withdraw them. We’ve heard a great deal of rhetoric about rights and liberties over the past six months in Wisconsin. But what we find is that when government creates certain supposed rights—such as the “right” to health care or collective bargaining for instance–guess what happens? If government grants the so-called “right,” government can take that “right” away.

But life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness—those rights are unalienable and government does not have the jurisdiction to take them away because government did not create those rights. That’s the way it’s supposed to work, anyway.

Freedom and liberty are as important now as they were 235 years ago when the signers of the Declaration pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honors for liberty. And many of them never fully realized the liberty for which they sacrificed their lives, sacred honor and fortunes.  But they did know they were sacrificing for future generations so that their children and grandchildren could enjoy freedom. Now, over two hundred years later, Americans are still known for our independent streak. We like our freedom.

And yet in spite of our love affair with liberty, we’ve allowed government to incrementally siphon away our freedoms, making us—and our children—more and more dependent on government. In fact, many of our families are more dependent on government than we may even realize. Government provides free education, it provides food and necessities for our children, and it provides day care and health care.

Why should we be worried about that? Because families are the bedrock of our country, of our state! When families are strong, our state is strong economically and socially. Families are Wisconsin’s best natural resource and we need to be strengthening the independence and integrity of the family unit, not keeping that unit dependent on government hand-outs.  That’s not freedom.

That is why we have to hold our elected officials accountable, and why we must be actively engaged in the happenings of our government. Politicians are happy to expand entitlement programs that increase dependence on government because it creates voters who want to keep them in power. But families, and children, are the ones harmed by the vicious cycle of poverty that government dependency creates.

The 2011-2013 budget Gov. Walker signed on Sunday is a good start for reducing families’ dependence on government. The budget defunds Planned Parenthood—an agency that thrives on making people dependent on government. The budget also does not include staggering government spending and the irresponsible borrowing that saddles the next generation with enslaving debt. That’s significant!

When our Founding Fathers envisioned freedom for us—they were not envisioning lifestyles funded by the state or federal government. Quite the contrary. The Declaration of Independence is about self-government and, naturally, independence. They were “proclaiming liberty throughout the land, to all the inhabitants thereof.”  Now, it’s our turn. Let’s celebrate this Independence Day with a renewed commitment to strengthening the independence and integrity of the family.

This is Julaine Appling for Wisconsin Family Council reminding you the Prophet Hosea said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”