Wisconsin Family Connection Transcript


2018 | Week of July 30 | #1266 Slippery slopes. For all the 20-plus years I’ve been doing this work, I’ve warned about them.  Many times in response I’m told even by well-intentioned people, I’m just fear-mongering when I warn people that some law or some cultural acceptance is a slippery slope that will take us farther and faster than we’ve ever imagined.  I’m saying it again, however. Slippery slopes are real. They should be avoided...

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2018 | Week of July 23 | #1265 Family structure matters. It really matters. Family structure matters to children. It matters to adults. It matters to churches. It matters to communities, states and even nations. We’ve been saying that at Wisconsin Family Council for decades.  We’re glad some others in Wisconsin are finally picking up on this bedrock truth.  It’s too bad it has taken the tragedy of the opioid crisis to do it. I don’t...

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2018 | Week of July 16 | #1264 For years one of the secular humanists’, aka liberal progressives’ lies has been that we have a population problem—to be more specific, they assert we have an overpopulation problem. Surely you’ve heard that if we don’t start having fewer children, we will run out of food and water and destroy the environment completely. Over the years many have bought this mantra, not just in the United States, but...

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2018 | Week of July 9, 2018 | #1240 (Re-airing episode #1240 program from Week of January 29, 2018) Ever heard the term “social construct”? I suspect lots of people hear the term but aren’t really sure what it means. The first time I ran into it overtly was in a public forum several years ago. I had been asked to be on a panel to talk about adoption and in particular adoption by same-sex couples. I was the only panelist, of course,...

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2018 | Week of July 2 | #1262 “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.”...

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2018 | Week of June 25 | #1261 Recently The Family Prosperity Initiative publicly released the 2018 version of its hallmark work, The Family Prosperity Index. Wisconsin Family Council is a state partner with The Family Prosperity Initiative. This ground-breaking and game-changing project clearly shows the interrelationship of economic and social issues, in particular as they impact a state’s most important natural resource—her married...

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2018 | Week of June 18 | #1260 Yes, I know Father’s Day was this past Sunday—and I hope all you fathers had a great day! However, it’s never the wrong time to talk about the importance of fathers. God’s Ten Commandments as given to Moses in the Old Testament clearly instruct us to honor our father and mother.  Funny how today we don’t hear so much about that commandment. We hear a lot about fatherlessness and the staggering negative...

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2018 | Week of June 11 | #1259 Just how important are faith-based agencies in child welfare, especially when it comes to adoption?  We’ve had such organizations around for so long and been so blessed by them that too often we take them for granted. We shouldn’t.  Laws and court cases dealing with religious freedom could make it harder for these agencies to continue to operate. In 2004, shortly after the Massachusetts Supreme Judiciary...

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2018 | Week of June 4 | #1258 On Monday, the United States Supreme Court released its opinion in one of the major cases of this term, the Masterpiece Cakeshop case originating in Colorado and involving owner Jack Phillips who declined to design a cake for a same-sex wedding. The high court ruled 7-2 in favor of Jack and his Masterpiece Cakeshop, overturning the State of Colorado’s decision, which had punished Jack for declining to...

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2018 | Week of May 28 | #1257 Recently the Boy Scouts of America made news because they are renaming their cornerstone program. That program which had been historically exclusively for boys went from being “Boy Scouting” to “Scouts BSA.” As reported, the change takes place early next year and is being done to promote inclusiveness. The decision comes after the Boy Scouts of America decided to admit openly gay-identified boys and...

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2018 | Week of May 21 | #1256 It’s time for some more good news—some from here in Wisconsin and some from the national level, but all difference-making in a good way. First, I hope you at least vaguely remember that the Choose Life Wisconsin license plates have been available for sale since late October last year. The extra $25 per plate tax-deductible donation that buyers pay to get the plate goes to Choose Life Wisconsin, Inc., an...

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2018 | Week of May 14 | #1255 Believe it or not, often I hate being right. Seriously.  Way too frequently I have to be the one who is saying this is a slippery slope, or if this city does this certain thing, watch out because other cities in Wisconsin will soon follow.  I hate it when such words turn out to be true—especially when it happens so fast. Last month the city of Milwaukee Common Council passed an ordinance on a 12-2 vote...

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2018 | Week of May 7 | #1254 When she stretched out full-length standing on her tip-toes, my mom was almost five feet tall.  She always lamented that she had a belt-buckle view of the world—and eyed with a certain envy those of us who saw considerably above belt buckles. When I was two years old, knowing I was adopted, a pediatrician told Mom, “You’d better be ready for this one and have her under control quickly, because she’s going...

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2018 | Week of April 23 | #1252 Today’s big question: how can the church equip parents to lead well and do more by being spiritual leaders at home? A recent article in the Baptist Bible Tribune deals with this very important question. In fact the entire edition of this magazine was given to God’s plan for family.  Since no specific author is noted on the article entitled “Partnering with Parents,” I can’t give any person accolades for...

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2018 | Week of April 16 | #1251 Are you starved for some good news? In the midst of ongoing allegations of scandals, US missile strikes in Syria, disturbing election outcomes in our state, uncertainty in many areas, a stock market swinging on a pendulum, income tax time and who knows what else, I know I am ready for some good news. So today’s commentary is devoted to only good news. First good news truth: God is still God. Elohim, El...

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2018 | Week of April 9 | #1250 This past Friday news broke[1] that a man from Hartford was charged in federal court with sex trafficking, fraud and coercion. According to the criminal complaint, Christopher Childs worked out of the TNT club in Lebanon and the Hardware Store in Clyman. What may not be readily obvious from the names of these businesses, is that both of them are strip clubs. The technical name for the TNT joint is the...

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2018 | Week of April 2 | #1249 Most often, it would be nice if what happens in Milwaukee stays in Milwaukee.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t usually happen, and I seriously doubt it will with this latest debacle. Last month, we learned the Milwaukee Common Council’s Public Health and Safety Committee was holding a hearing on a proposed ordinance that would ban, as it relates to minors under the age of 18, what is commonly referred to as...

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2018 | Week of March 26 | #1248 Do you really believe that what you believe is really real? Need that repeated? Do you really believe that what you believe is really real? When we believe that what we believe is really real, our actions show it. So, do you really believe that your values are important? By values, I mean the ideas and beliefs that anchor you, those things that guide and direct you daily—like what you believe about...

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2018 | Week of March 19 | #1247 Pregnancy Centers are hope-giving, life-saving, women-helping places. Wisconsin is blessed to have well over 60 of these terrific organizations located all around the state. Unlike Planned Parenthood, with now just 20 facilities and with the bulk of those being in major population centers, pregnancy centers are in both rural and urban areas, each offering help and hope to women—and men—experiencing an...

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2018 | Week of March 12 | #1246 Violence in our schools. It’s on everyone’s mind these days—and rightly so. What’s happening in our schools much too frequently is horrific. In reaction, there’s as many ideas on what we need to do as there are people talking about the problem. In my opinion, most ideas being bandied about are band aids. They are just attempts at stopping or controlling the symptom rather than curing or at least...

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2018 | Week of March 5 | #1245 As our state’s largest city, Milwaukee has a lot of entertainment options. However, one tourist attraction surpasses them all in terms of number of people who visit each year—and that’s the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino with nearly 6.5 million people visiting in 2016.  In fact, this so-called “destination,” has more people visit annually than the next 4 ranked attractions in Milwaukee combined. And those...

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2018 | Week of February 26 | #1244 I was surveying greeting cards recently just kind of casually looking at the humorous ones when a a subject heading caught my attention: divorce. What had been a time of enjoying some good humor came to an abrupt halt. I don’t see anything humorous in divorce. I don’t see any reason to celebrate it, as I’ve heard some doing with having divorce parties. Divorce is ugly. It breaks up the most intimate...

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2018 | Week of February 19 | #1243 A long-time friend and former employee of Wisconsin Family Council earlier this month wrote an op ed for the Lexington Herald Leader. Thanks to a mutual friend who sent me the link, I was able to enjoy Richard Nelson’s most excellent article, “When Did Abstinence Become a Dirty Word?”[1] Richard Nelson is now in Kentucky, where he is the Executive Director of The Commonwealth Policy Center. Nelson’s...

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201 8| Week of February 12 | #1242 How would you react and how would you advise your teen if he or she came home with this news? “At my school 50% of the girls say they are lesbian or identify as boys.” Or how about this: “A guy came to school today wearing heels, a dress, and make up. I decided out of respect, I should talk to this student using feminine pronouns. He told me, ‘I am not a girl. Just because I am dressed like a girl,...

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2018 | Week of February 5 | #1241 It’s 2018, which means it’s a big election year in Wisconsin—and it starts in just two weeks. On Tuesday, February 20, we have a primary election to settle who will be on the ballot for the spring general election on Tuesday, April 3. Our spring elections include races for mayors, city councils, village and town boards, county boards, school boards, and sometimes state-level offices. This year, we...

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