Wisconsin Family Connection Transcript


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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2018 | Week of January 22 | #1239 A year ago the Wisconsin state legislature was just beginning its two-year session. Republicans were elated. They had unprecedented majorities in both houses. Republicans in the Assembly held a 64-35 majority, and in the Senate, they enjoyed a 20-13 cushion. Having the majority means having sufficient votes to pass what you want, and it also means chairing every committee and assuring that the...

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2018 | Week of January 15 | #1238 School choice. It used to be there was no choice—at least no real choice for the vast majority of Americans—regarding where their children would attend school. The local public school was pretty much it—unless you were very wealthy and could afford elite private schools. I distinctly remember my parents several times choosing where we would live based on three primary considerations: proximity to my...

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2018 | Week of January 8 | #1237 This month we recognize and repudiate the 45th year of the legalized killing of unborn children in America, foisted on us by a rogue US Supreme Court. Seven justices essentially concocted a constitutional right for this heinous brutality out of nothing and then arrogantly wrote of “penumbras” and “emanations,” as if by such words they could cover the debauchery they legalized. The truth is this...

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2018 | Week of January 1 | #1236 Like you, as 2017 came to a close my email inbox was filled with messages from all sorts of organizations seeking some portion of my hard-earned money.  Subject lines vie for our attention—some humorous, some pun-filled, some pleading, others challenging, some questioning. And so it happened, in the waning days of 2017 as I was checking my ever-growing inbox, a subject line brought me to an abrupt...

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2017 | Week of December 18 | #1234 Politician involved in scandal. Prominent citizen caught in prostitution ring. Innocent man killed in deadly fight. Infant left to die in the cold. Mother sells daughter for drugs. Man embezzles money to pay for gambling debts. Do those headlines sound familiar to you? They’d fit the first page of any major newspaper today.  That’s true, but I’m actually describing life in the Roman Empire at the...

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2017 | Week of December 11 | #1233 Hey, Milwaukee, did you know your county executive, Chris Abele, is the chairman of the board of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, an organization whose sole purpose is to get lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people elected to all levels of office, from school board to federal level? Beyond that, Chris Abele was the primary funder for the transgender man who last month won an election to the...

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2017 | Week of December 4 | #1232 This week the US Supreme Court hears oral arguments in two cases that definitely have our attention. One of the cases deals with whether or not a federal ban on sports betting is constitutional. New Jersey is challenging this prohibition based primarily on a state’s-rights argument. While this sports gambling case is definitely of interest to us, even more prominent for us is the Masterpiece Cakeshop...

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2017 | Week of November 27 | #1231 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 November 20 | #1230 While on hold with a phone call recently, I was doing some mindless, muted channel surfing and caught a commercial that reminded me of the lack of Christian worldview in our society.  The ad was something about Thanksgiving, but that word never was mentioned. A series of pictures and words flashed on the screen proclaiming what the fourth Thursday in November is not.  The last image was a turkey...

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2017 | Week of November 13 | #1229 November is here and this is the month we recognize nationally Adoption Month. While we’ve had this national recognition month only about 20 years, adoption is, of course, an ages-old means by which children are given an earthly forever family. Adoption is a great option to abortion, but it’s also how some of us get brothers and sisters. I’ve told my personal adoption story before in this commentary...

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2017 | Week of November 6 | #1228 Consider this commentary a statewide alert. The transgender agenda is likely coming to your community, especially if you live in a Wisconsin city, as opposed to a village or town. In states like Wisconsin where those pushing this dangerous and unconstitutional agenda know they can’t advance their cause through state law because of the makeup of the state legislature, they are turning to local...

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2017 | Week of October 30 | #1227 Over the last six years, Wisconsin has enacted a number of pro-life laws that appropriately proscribe abortion, most of which are helping women be better informed before they take the life-taking action of aborting their baby. We’ve also made some very good progress in defunding Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, the state’s largest abortion provider.  As a result of all of this and in concert with...

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