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Madison, WI –In a 9-0 decision issued today in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, the United States Supreme Court ruled that government cannot discriminate against a foster-care agency on the basis of that agency’s religious beliefs.
The case involved Catholic Social Services (CSS) in Philadelphia which refused to place children in same-sex-parented foster homes. The city had refused to refer any children to CSS because of this religious belief, even though at the time the city made this decision, they were issuing an urgent call for more foster parents.
Wisconsin Family Council president, Julaine Appling, notes, “Today’s decision is about both respecting religious freedom and also protecting children. Children deserve and need a forever home. Shutting out CSS from referrals actually reduced the number of foster homes available, thereby depriving children of the opportunity for a foster home or potentially even adoption. The City of Philadelphia showed they were more devoted to an ideological position than to the well-being of children. The US Supreme Court did the right thing in upholding the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment and considering the best interest of children.”
Chief Justice John Roberts authored the majority opinion and was joined by 5 other justices. In that opinion, Roberts wrote, “Maximizing the number of foster families and minimizing liability are important goals, but the City fails to show that granting CSS an exception will put those goals at risk. If anything, including CSS in the program seems likely to increase, not reduce, the number of available foster parents.”
“The high court still has some important issues to resolve when it comes to religious freedom and the free exercise of one’s faith, but at least in today’s decision the justices recognized that faith-based foster-care and adoption agencies have a right to operate according to the dictates of their faith,” commented Appling.
Wisconsin Family Action, Wisconsin Family Council’s sister organization, was part of an amicus brief filed in support of CSS.
Wisconsin Family Council is a statewide organization engaged in strengthening, preserving and promoting marriage, family, life and religious liberty in Wisconsin.
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Yesterday the Wisconsin Assembly passed three important bills. These bills are now in the state Senate, and if passed there, will make it to the governor’s desk.AB 299: This bill protects the rights of individuals to choose not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by banning businesses and government from requiring their customers and employees be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus or any of its variants.
AB 195 and AB 196: These are the Protecting Women’s Sports bills. They are designed to protect women and girls from having to compete against biological males in college and K-12 athletics. AB 195 protects women’s sports in UW System schools and technical training schools. AB 196 protects girls in K-12 public schools, as well as private schools participating in Wisconsin’s Parental Choice programs.
Wisconsin Family Action president, Julaine Appling, commented, “We’d like to thank the authors, as well as the Assembly leadership, for moving these essential bills. … It’s encouraging to see so many legislators understand these ideas and act on them. We urge the Senate to do the same and give Governor Evers an opportunity to also protect our freedom and to ensure fairness for girls and women.”
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Last Friday, the Supreme Court on a 4-to-3 vote struck down the Dane County health department’s school closure order issued last August, an order that applied to both public and private schools. Writing for the majority, conservative Justice Rebecca G. Bradley noted that Article I, Section 18 of the Wisconsin Constitution controls this issue because the department’s order violated the “free exercise of religion” of the private schools that filed the lawsuit. Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty represented the plaintiffs.
Julaine Appling explained, “Article I, Section 18 of our State Constitution is very clear about religious freedom and the right of conscience when it states, ‘the right of every person to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of conscience shall never the infringed.’ This lawsuit is a real victory for religious freedom in our state and appropriately respects and retains the rule of law.”
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Earlier this month Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) launched a statewide digital ad campaign through its affiliate, WMC Issues Mobilization Council, Inc. The ad calls on Gov. Tony Evers to end the federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits that are encouraging people to stay home amid a workforce shortage emergency.
The Bible is clear that it is good for us to be diligent in working to make a living. Proverbs 12:11 says, “Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.” And Proverbs 13:4 says, “The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.”
Julaine Appling explained that God’s plan for us to provide for ourselves also keeps us strong and independent, “Policies that give people an incentive not to work hurt individuals, families, communities and ultimately the entire state. God designed us to work; work is to be the means by which families provide for themselves and remain strong and independent of government. When families rely on the government for income, they have sacrificed their independence and become beholden to the state.”
Read more HERE.
Wisconsin Family Council is pleased to announce the launch of its biblical leadership summer camp for teens: LEAD Wisconsin. It is a unique week-long camp built on a government and civics platform and designed to equip teens to become effective godly leaders who engage the culture from a biblical perspective. The camp will be on the campus of Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, August 1-6.
Julaine Appling said she was excited about this new opportunity to intentionally invest in our youth: “Investing in the next generation of Christian leaders in partnership with parents and churches is an honor and a responsibility. We’re excited to take the campers to the state capitol where they will debate real bills on the Assembly floor. They’ll also hear speakers like Charlie Kirk, Carl Kerby, former Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Dan Kelly.”
While LEAD Wisconsin was designed for youth 13-19 years old, volunteers who are 19+ are crucial to the success of the camp. If you’re passionate about investing in the next generation as a volunteer connect with us HERE or apply to be a chaperone HERE (application deadline is June 23)!
Fatherhood is a paramount theme in Scripture: God the Father, God’s instructions for fathers, admonitions for children to obey their fathers, the joys and pains of fatherhood, the relationship between the Father and the Son. Like the institution of marriage, fatherhood was designed by God and illustrates a unique aspect of His character.
More than 40% of children in this nation are born out-of-wedlock every year. This means more than 40% of children don’t have a mother and father. As a result, more and more children and young adults have no earthly concept of fatherhood — or they have one that is absolutely contrary to biblical fatherhood. Thus the concept of the heavenly Father is lost on them.
Here are three ways we can stand up for children who don’t have fathers:
- Actively engage with Boys and Girls Clubs, Vacation Bible School, Sunday School, church youth groups, sports clubs, and prison ministries.
- Find a young person in our church or community who needs a father image and get involved.
- Oppose state policies that create an environment where fatherlessness is encouraged.
Furthermore, Julaine Appling explained, “We need to hold parents accountable for the welfare of their children. And the social science data, to say nothing of common sense, says that on all the wellbeing indicators, children raised by a married mother and father, are the best by far.”
Over the last few months, our team has been hard at work creating a project to effectively introduce the scope of what Wisconsin Family Council does to defend God’s plan for marriage, family, life and religious freedom in the state of Wisconsin.
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WEEKLY RADIO COMMENTARY. “WISCONSIN FAMILY CONNECTION” – Airing this week on over 20 stations statewide. Click HERE to listen to this week’s Wisconsin Family Connection, “Fatherhood & the Heart of God.” Read the transcript of this week’s commentary HERE. Subscribe to our podcasts HERE!
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HOME FRONT – VCY AMERICA
WFC President Julaine Appling hosts VCY America’s “Home Front” program every Wednesday afternoon (Sept.-May) at 3:15 p.m. CLICK HERE to listen to the archived episodes. Home Front will resume after Labor Day.
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VCY AMERICA TV30 “InFocus”
Julaine Appling, WFC president, is a regular guest (one Monday per month) on VCY America’s TV 30 “InFocus” live, call-in program with Jim Schneider which airs on Monday evenings from 7:00-8:00 p.m. (Sept. through May). Click HERE to watch archived episodes. Julaine was a guest on Monday, May 10, 20201. Click HEREto watch this most recent episode where Jim and Julaine discussed many Wisconsin legislative issues. Livestream “InFocus” HERE. The last “InFocus” for the season is next Monday. Julaine’s appearances will resume in September when “InFocus” begins a new season.
STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH – Q90FM
Julaine Appling is a regular guest on Q90’s “Stand Up for the Truth” program hosted by David Fiorazo (9-10 a.m., M-F). Julaine most recently joined David on Thursday, June 17, 2021. CLICK HERE to listen!