Wisconsin Family Connection Transcript


2017 | Week of June 19 | #1208 Domestic partnership registries undermine marriage. That’s why smart conservatives oppose them. Some will say that’s narrow-minded. Others will allege that’s archaic. Regardless of the allegations, the reality is domestic partnerships are not marriage.  While mimicking marriage, in important ways they differ from marriage and should not be afforded government recognition or sanction. In 2009,...

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2017 | Week of June 12 | #1207 I find it a bit ironic that we still have a national “Father’s Day” in a culture that is doing everything it can to deny the importance of fatherhood. We see it in the media, in entertainment, in our schools, our public policy and even in our judicial system. Dads have been given a bad rap and as a result, fewer men are choosing to marry the mother of their child or to be in any meaningful way involved...

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2017 | Week of June 5 | #1206 “Daddy is leaving. In order for daddy to be a good daddy, he needs to be happy. Daddy’s not happy right now. You want daddy to be happy, don’t you?” And I’m not really picking on dads because the lopsided conversation you just heard could, sad to say, just as easily been done by a mom. Parents, hear this clearly. Your children are not interested in your happiness. Nor should they be. They are children....

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2017 | Week of May 29 | #1205 The large billboard on a state highway boldly proclaims, “Sex Trafficking: Porn Creates Demand.” That sign isn’t in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, or Detroit. It’s not even in Milwaukee or the Fox Valley. It’s in Beaver Dam, a city of fewer than 17,000 citizens, located in Dodge County, about 40 minutes north of Madison. This billboard is sponsored by a local activist not-for-profit group,...

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2017 | Week of May 15 | #1203 I watched with amazement recently as a darling two-year-old boy took his mom’s smart phone and began using his miniature fingers to maneuver round the keys and buttons without hesitation, eyes glued to the screen, his handsome little face, complete with pursed lips, intent on accomplishing his mission. Shortly he found what he was looking for—a Muppets’ video, which he proceeded to play. In truth, he...

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2017 | Week of May 8 | #1202 Last Thursday, May 4 was a day showing elections really do have consequences. On that day, President Trump issued a proclamation[1] and an Executive Order[2], both of which deal with religious freedom. The proclamation recognizes the National Day of Prayer which was last Thursday. I was immediately struck with the tone of President Trump’s proclamation, especially in comparison to that issued by President...

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2017 | Week of May 1 | #1201 The transgender issue is not going away anytime soon. Those who think somehow that will happen are sadly mistaken and could be tragically affected. Ignoring this issue will only make it worse. But is trying to stop it worth the fight? Aggressive, well-funded and well-organized activists are bent on making this the next civil rights issue in our country. They have local grassroots advocates, along with...

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2017 | Week of April 24 | #1200 It was October 1997. I think it was my first week on the job with Wisconsin Family Council. It was certainly my first assignment having to do with legislation.  The mission? Attend a public hearing and take notes.  I remember walking up to the capitol and finally finding the North Hearing Room. I sat on the  right side of the room facing the front, on an aisle seat towards the back.  I had a legal pad...

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2017 | Week of April 17 | #1199 The March 31 edition of Wisconsin Taxpayers’ Alliance’s publication, “Focus,” had some pretty eye-opening information regarding income tax in Wisconsin.  For instance, did you know that Wisconsin’s income tax is the nation’s oldest?  It’s true. Our income tax was enacted in 1911 and even predated the U.S. income tax.  From the start, Wisconsin income tax has been what is known as a “progressive tax.” ...

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2017 | Week of April 10 | #1198 “Yeah, yeah. Judicial activist judges are judges that disagree with you. We know. We get it.”  I’ve been told that countless times. In essence, the scoffers and mockers are saying judicial activism is just in my head and is a defense mechanism I use when a court hands down a decision I don’t like. Let me put this simply. That’s a bunch of poppycock, hogwash, baloney or balderdash. I hope that’s clear...

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2017 | Week of April 3 | #1197 Child abuse of any sort is wrong. The Bible tells us it is better that a millstone be hung about a person’s neck and he or she be cast into the sea than that a person offend a child.  So why do we tolerate and consider as politically correct a certain form of child abuse today? I’m talking about parents who foster in their children the idea that their biological sex is wrong and worse, these parents sign...

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2012 | Week of March 27 | #1196 I’m not positive, but I’m fairly confident I was pretty cheap to adopt. Of course, that was a long time ago. In fact, I was adopted during the so-called Baby Scoop Era, a period following World War II and lasting to 1970 when there was, sadly, a lot of babies born out of wedlock. My adoption was through a private agency in Georgia; and therefore, it may have been more expensive than had it been a public...

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2017 | Week of March 20 | #1195 The Family Prosperity Initiative is a project of the American Conservative Union. It is based on the idea that communities, states and nations are only as strong as the married dad-and-mom families that make up these entities. Two excellent economists use their experience and expertise to analyze data—lots of data—to create an annual index ranking all 50 states as to how well off their families are....

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2017 | Week of March 13 | #1194 In one of his classic wry statements, former President George W. Bush once remarked about the budget, “It’s clearly a budget. It’s got a lot of numbers in it.” Isn’t that the truth? Government budgets can be absolutely mind-boggling. As ornery and as irritating as understanding a state budget can be, it’s important that we have at least a vague idea of how the government is spending our money and a more...

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2017 | Week of March 6 | #1193 A year ago at this time, pro-life organizations were doing last-ditch efforts to try to get the state legislature to pass a bill that would ban the trade and use of the body parts of aborted babies.  All efforts failed. In spite of having strong conservative majorities in both houses, too many legislators, and Republican leadership in particular, were too nervous about the bill to schedule it for a vote...

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2017 | Week of February 27 | #1192 “Make America great again.” Maybe it’s a pretty good campaign slogan, but what really needs to happen to make America great again?  Can a president do that on his own? Or even in cooperation with Congress? Or is America’s greatness determined by factors different from economic policies, trade agreements, immigration laws, business regulations and foreign policies?  I believe America’s past, present...

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2017 | Week of February 20 | #1191 “If they can do this to me, they can do it to anyone.” That’s what 72-year-old Christian grandmother and creative professional Barronelle Stutzman of Washington State said in a news interview recently. Barronelle was referring to the state of Washington coming after her in a no-holds-barred fashion when in 2013 she politely and graciously declined to use her God-given creative gift to beautify the...

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2017 | Week of February 13 | #1190 You, yes you, have an opportunity to be a difference-maker next Tuesday! Are you prepared to do that? Are you ready to vote knowledgeably, responsibly and prayerfully? Next Tuesday, February 21, Wisconsin has its spring non-partisan primary election. This election narrows the field of candidates to two per race.  No candidates in any race are running based on their political party affiliation, hence...

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2017 | Week of February 6 | #1189 Who is responsible to educate children? The local community? The state? The federal government? The parents? A combination of these? This really isn’t a question with lots of correct answers. There’s one correct answer, and that is parents.  I base that answer on my authority source—the same source I use for every issue we evaluate—the unchanging, inerrant Word of God. Others in answering this...

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2017 | Week of January 30 | #1188 “Where else can you buy hope for a dollar?”  I just kind of stared at the person who said that to me in a conversation about gambling. “That’s really what people say about gambling?” I asked in disbelief.  At first I wanted to scoff at the stupidity of the idea; but quickly I was saddened as I realized how easily people sell not only their dollars but almost their souls for some hope. That brief...

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2017 | Week of January 23 | #1187 The highly anticipated, much reported inauguration of America’s 45th president is now history. Now the governing begins.  It’s often difficult for elected officials, whether president or school board member, whether federal or state, to leave the campaign rhetoric, shift from transitioning and actually govern. On January 3, newly elected or re-elected state senators and state representatives took...

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2017 | Week of January 16 | #1186 I was recently asked to be part of a pre-inaugural panel for National Public Radio. NPR was doing 4 of the panels nationwide, and Milwaukee was one of the four locations. The general topic was what do we want our new president to know about our community. I was asked to representative Christian conservative families. In the audience last Wednesday evening was the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s editorial...

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2017 | Week of January 2 | #1184 Republicans in Wisconsin have unprecedented majorities in our state legislature. We have a Republican governor. But what will that mean in the legislative session that begins this week in Madison?  Will it mean we truly strengthen, preserve and promote God’s plan for marriage and family, the sanctity of human life and religious freedom? The answer to that question rests in a couple of things. First, it...

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2016 | Week of December 26 | #1183 Enjoy this week of relative national and state calm because next week the fun in Madison and in Washington D.C. begins in earnest. A newly elected state Assembly and Senate and US House of Representatives and Senate will be sworn in, and we all know what that means. News of differing agendas, driven by differing personalities and world views will fill the airwaves and internet, along with stories of...

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2016 | Week of December 13 | #1182 In the midst of this wonderful Christmas season, have you considered the “Christmas Family”?  Certainly, the preeminent message of Christmas is that the Son of God came to earth, took on human flesh and lived the human life. Christ did not just live the human life, though; He lived the ultimate, Holy Life and died the ultimate, sacrificial death, so that we could have the ultimate, undeserved...

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