Freedom From Religion Foundation–Bullying Again

The Madison-based Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) is seemingly on steroids these days–as are most leftist groups since the November elections.   Recently, FFRF has sent letters to at least 4 WI governing bodies, telling them they cannot begin their sessions with an invocation.   Dodge County, Vernon County, La Crosse Common Council and the WI State Assembly have all been thusly informed (aka, “threatened”).

Say what?  Elected bodies can’t pray before they deliberate on behalf of the people they represent?  FFRF president Annie Laurie Gaylor says, “If our Founding Fathers did not find it necessary to pray when they adopted our secular and godless Constitution, we cannot imagine why local government boards need to request divine intervention over sewers or liquor licenses, or Wisconsin law.”

Not only is this position demeaning to units of government and those serving, it’s historically wrong.   Apparently, Mrs. Gaylor is a great example of just how bad revisionist history in our public schools has been. 

Anybody remember Ben Franklin calling for prayer during the Constitutional Convention?  It’s true that the body at that point declined to formally implore “the assistance of heaven,” but  that first Congress did institute a chaplaincy program in both the Senate and the House–a program that continues today.  (Read David Barton’s of WallBuilders excellent analysis of this moment in history.)

FFRF is really just another neighborhood bully, using fear and intimidation to get its way.  

Wisconsin Family Council is working with Alliance Defense Fund to equip and encourage these units of government to stand strong.  Invocations are not unconstitutional.   Is your municipality or county government in FFRF’s crosshairs? Contact WFC.   We don’t believe bullies should go unchecked!

He’s Not Joking

We’ve decided we’re going to take up Rep. Mark Pocan’s (D-Madison) approach to the media–tell them exactly how you want them to talk about your opponents and put in a plug for your good looks. No really, you at least have to give the guy credit for boldness because there’s no doubt he’s emboldened in his new position in the majority party of the Assembly.

Pocan is worth paying attention to because he has an agenda and he’s motivated, dedicated, and powerful (member of the Joint Finance Committee, the first group of legislators to get a crack at the executive budget). Fully two weeks before Gov. Doyle unveiled his budget proposal for health-care benefits for state employees’ domestic partners and a statewide, marriage-like, same-sex domestic partner registry, Pocan was talking about it as “a top UW-Madison priority.”

Pocan and his ilk realize that the only way to get something like this on the books is to shut the opposition up. The gov’s budget is a prime example that attacks on the institution of marriage are not going away and the only way for us to protect marriage is to show up, stand up and speak up on the issue.

WFC’s Day at the Capitol – Tuesday, March 31


 Wisconsin Family Council announces its first ever, “Day at the Capitol.” 

Tuesday, March 31 – 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Click here for details!

This is not a typical lobbying day or legislative conference.  It’s a day for pro-family citizens from all across the state to come together in Madison, pray for our elected officials, hear about important issues, and begin or strengthen a relationship with your legislators.  It’s a day to fellowship with people of like heart and mind! 

Call 888-378-7395 to register!

Family Shout Outs

Well, “they” tell me it’s my turn!  I’m Julaine Appling–and “they” tell me I’m the leader of this merry band of pro-family zealots here at Wisconsin Family Council.  Actually, leader or no, I love working with the WFC team.   We laugh a lot, spar as necessary, stick together on the bad days, enjoy good-natured teasing, watch each other’s back, sharpen each other as iron sharpens iron, and in general loosely resemble–a family, but not the kind of family that our organization is dedicated to “strengthening and preserving.”  That’s a unique institution–and well worth all the effort we put into “strengthening and preserving” it.

We want Wisconsin Family Voice to be yours–a place you can speak up and share ideas, information, encouragement–and even laughs–as we together seek to shore up God’s plan for marriage and family in our state.  I think you’ll enjoy getting to know our staff, as they lend their voices to this blog.   (Eventually, we’ll convince them all that this is fun.) Our goal is have this blog heard around around the state as we join our individual voices in championing Wisconsin’s most valuable natural resource:  her traditional families.

Look, I’m adopted–so family is especially important to me.   I often think about what might have happened to me if I had not been adopted by Bob and Mary Appling when I was 5 months old.   I had been in a foster home and an orphanage–and I’m really glad I have no recollection of either, although I have no reason to think either place was bad.   God mercifully had a different plan.  He had prepared a “forever family” (as my friend Kelly Rosati calls them) for me–and how blessed I’ve been because of that!

By the way, the other day I was giving an interview to a young reporter at one of our universities.  The subject was the horrific decision by the UW-affiliated Madison Surgery Center to begin doing late second-trimester abortions.   As we were winding down, the young lady said, “Well, what do you think these women who are 23 or 24 weeks along should do if you don’t want them to have an abortion?”  I could tell she was trying hard to imagine what I would say, because she couldn’t think of an option.

I wanted to say, but controlled myself, “Hey, I’m the other option–it’s called adoption!  I’m really glad my birth mom knew there was another choice!”   I did give her that sentiment, just not in that way!  I said, “The option is to have the baby and then put him or her up for adoption.  We don’t kill the baby because we are inconvenienced!  We make some other couple ecstatic by adding a bundle of joy to their lives, and give the baby life.”   It was almost as if this gal had never thought of this!  Amazing…sad.  What lies these poor kids are being told by the likes of Planned Parenthood (don’t get me started).  Adoption v. abortion–only two letters difference in those words–but life and death are in the difference!

Anyway, I value family in a way that is likely a bit different from the way those of you who are blood-related to your mom, dad, children, and siblings do.  And, I’m truly honored to be part of an organization that is doing everything it can to give “shout outs,” if you will, to adoptive and natural “forever families” all across the state, reminding them that they are important–to their family members and to all of us who benefit from their strength.  When Wisconsin’s individual families are strong–our state is strong!

I gotta quit…”they” told me I have to keep it short, that no one will read a long blog.  Ok, ok…so I just wasted a half hour and 652 words.  If you read this, know that I apologize.  I’ll do better next time–or “they” might not let me play in this great cyberspace sandbox!  On, families!  On, Wisconsin!

“Subject to significant margins of error”

Hello there. My name is Amy and I do research and writing at WFC, which means that I get to spend hours pouring over material on all manner of subjects from the mundane to the sublime.  Which is one of the reasons I was watching President Obama’s address to Congress last night on CNN’s Facebook page (don’t ever do that). You get to guess where on the spectrum from mundane to sublime that registerd.

As I listened to his speech and watched the unending stream of comments, I realized there were only two things all the Facebook users agreed on: Obama is promising a lot and Nancy Pelosi needs to stop jumping up every two seconds.

AP did a “Fact Check” on some of the president’s statements and promises last night–it’s pretty interesting. What struck me was the administration’s disclaimer : the president’s estimates on the impact of the stimulus package are “subject to significant margins of error.” Fascinating, no?

So, what does all this mean for common Americans struggling to pay the bills? At the best–short-term benefits and long-term consequences. Time will tell how the stimulus plays out. Right now, we await the president’s budget to see exactly how he intends to fulfill his campaign promises (and how it will affect marriage, family, life and liberty).

The bottom line is: no matter who is in power, we put our faith in God, not man. The president mentioned “responsibility” ten times last night. It’s a good idea: let’s hold our elected officials responsible for how they spend our money.

Marriage & Family

Hello.  Thanks for checking out our blog.  My name is Eric and I am the most recent member of the WFC team.   As marriage missionaries, our family has been called by God to serve communities, churches and pastors throughout the state of Wisconsin with their marriage ministries.  One of my primary responsibilities is working with the communities of Waukesha, Brookfield, Northwest Milwaukee and Racine to create Community Marriage Agreements.  I feel a lot of energy for valuing and strengthening marriage as I travel around the state.


Family Talk

I’m happy to announce that we’ve finally taken the step to publish a blog here at Wisconsin Family Council! So, why are we blogging, aside from the fact that everyone else is doing it?  Our hope is that Wisconsin Family Voice will become a place for Wisconsinites to rally around marriage, family, life and liberty.

Our office is made up of a variety of talents and personalities who share a common passion for advancing Judeo-Christian principles and championing the family in Wisconsin. We come from diverse backgrounds, families, geographic locations, political persuasions, vocations and churches. Often, we even vote for different candidates (which is why I always enjoy the office talk around elections).

At some point or another, you’ll get a chance to “meet” everyone from our staff on this blog as they post on their area of expertise and/or experience (still working on selling that to certain people in the office). Most of all, though, we’re looking forward to your feedback on the posts. (Quick note on comments: we retain the right to decide whether to post comments or not based on the content of the comment. We’re happy to post comments that do not contain profanity/obscenities and that pertain to the issues discussed in the blog.) We’re here to help you, to be a resource for you on all things pertaining to marriage, family, life and liberty in Wisconsin.

Let the blogging begin!