Wisconsin Family Connection Transcript


2019 | Week of May 20 | #1309 Next Monday, May 27, will be my fifteenth Memorial Day without my dad, who was a World War II veteran. I always think of him as we prepare to commemorate this special day. Dad very rarely talked about his war experience because it was unbelievably horrific. Consequently, as a family, we did little to recognize Memorial Day or Decoration Day as it was called in Georgia where I grew up.  Unfortunately, I...

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2019 | Week of May 13 | Radio Transcript #1308 If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it hundreds of times—and generally from well-meaning people: “You can’t legislate morality.”  Every time I hear this, I take vigorous exception. First let’s clarify what morality is. Morality is someone’s view of what’s right and wrong. Those views can be based on anything or nothing. Morality can and does shift with time and people. A great example would...

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2019 | Week of May 6 | #1307 A Family Circus comic strip back a number of years ago pictured a Census employee interviewing the mom surrounded by her four children. He’s filling out the form for her and answers his own question as to her occupation with, “just a housewife.” The mom is frowning, and we see her thoughts as she fills in the job description for “just a housewife:” teacher, cook, gardener, nurse, veterinarian, accountant,...

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2019 | Week of April 29 | #1306 For biblical Christians, what is more powerful than prayer lifted up to the Creator God? As Christians, we are instructed to pray without ceasing, to pray faithfully for those in leadership in our country, to pray about everything.  Praying should be second nature to us, as should be praying for our nation.  Often, National Day of Prayer goes unnoticed and rather “untouched” by Bible-believing...

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2019 | Week of April 22 | #1305 In 2015, I saw “The Drop Box,” a powerful film telling the story of South Korean Pastor Lee who one day found an abandoned infant on his church steps. He and his wife took the baby in. Pastor Lee knew there were thousands of babies in Seoul just like this one he had rescued; and he determined to do something about it. So he built a drop box outside his church where people needing a safe place to do so...

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2019 | Week of April 15 | #1304 All of life makes sense in light of what we commemorate this Friday and celebrate this Sunday.  Do your children know that?  Are you taking advantage of what this week offers to not only build and honor your family’s traditions but also to build your family’s faith?  Are you purposefully using this week to help your children share their faith? As we pause this week to reflect on the final week of Jesus...

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2019 | Week of April 8 | #1303 We shouldn’t be surprised given our sex-crazed society, but I confess I blanched when I read recently that human sex-trafficking is in all 72 counties, from major population centers like Milwaukee County to decidedly rural counties like Rusk or Taylor.  No area of our state is safe from this insidious business. What’s making this preying on, in particular young women and even girls, so widespread in our...

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2019 | Week of April 1 | #1301 It’s budget time in Madison—the time when our elected officials are looking at how to spend our money over the next two years. Governor Evers introduced his executive budget, his dreams and plans for spending your hard-earned tax dollars—and now the Republican-controlled state legislature is now determining what it wants to do with the governor’s ideas: scrap them entirely and start over or use his with...

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2019 | Week of March 25 | Radio Transcript #1301 Let’s start off with some good news this week—and it comes to us from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago which has jurisdiction over Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana. A number of years ago, Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the long-time Congressionally approved ministerial housing tax exemption that thousands of ministers across the country,...

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2019 | Week of March 18 | Radio Transcript #1300 On April 2, Wisconsin voters will be asked to decide who will be the next justice on our state supreme court. Other important local races will be on ballots, but the supreme court race is the only statewide race. In my opinion, electing a justice to the Wisconsin Supreme Court is one of the most important duties I have as a citizen. While it’s often challenging to get reliable and clear...

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2019 | Week of March 11 | #1299 March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month. So let’s talk about gambling in Wisconsin. A 1996 survey revealed that less than 1% of Wisconsin citizens, or about 32,425 residents were problem gamblers and that the social costs related to those problem gamblers was over $300 million, or $9,469 per problem gambler in general and over $10,000 per casino problem gambler. Those numbers clearly should...

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2019 | Week of March 4 | #1298 An AP headline in Wisconsin media statewide this week says, “Wisconsin births decline to lowest point in 40 years.”[1] The report notes that the number of babies born in The Badger State in 2017, which is the most recent available data, is the lowest since 1973. Part of me wants to shout, “Hallelujah! Finally someone other than our organization is figuring out we have a birth-rate problem in this state!”...

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2019 | Week of February 25 | #1297 I’m not sure what people expected when the former State Superintendent of Public Instruction was elected governor of Wisconsin this past November. Tony Evers earned all his college degrees from UW-Madison. He spent years teaching and being an administrator in public schools in our state. In 2001, he was appointed by deputy state superintendent of public instruction and in 2009 was elected...

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2019 | Week of February 18 | #1296 In an attempt to discredit Brian Hagedorn, candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, One Wisconsin Now last week declared Hagedorn “unfit to hold public office” because he co-founded a Christian school that seeks to follow orthodox Christian beliefs and standards. One Wisconsin Now owes Judge Hagedorn an apology for smearing his character and discriminating against him based on his religion. The...

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2019 | Week of February 11 | #1295 Do you have anything highlighted on your calendar for Tuesday, February 19? Do you know that Tuesday, February 19 is Spring Primary Election day in Wisconsin?  Do you know that low-voter-turnout elections mean every vote is especially important and can make a huge difference in the results of any given race? Whether you could answer yes to any or all of these questions, the truth is next Tuesday,...

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2019 | Week of February 4 | #1294 As harsh as it may sound, I believe those who advocate for and push children to question their biological sex are guilty of child abuse. Fifteen years ago, we were in the throes here in Wisconsin of getting an amendment to our state constitution passed—an amendment that clearly declares that marriage in this state is one man and one woman.  During that 2-year debate and work, I recall saying that the...

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2019 | Week of January 28 | #1293 Do you celebrate God’s plan for marriage? Does your family? Does your church? I certainly hope the answer to all three of those questions is a resounding, enthusiastic, “Yes!” because every marriage that reflects God’s design of one man and one woman should be celebrated because God’s plan for marriage is universally good and well worth celebrating. Because we have so much biblical illiteracy both...

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2019 | Week of January 21 | #1292 My last assignment as a school board member in Wisconsin was to represent the school board at an exploratory meeting regarding whether the district should add a four-year-old kindergarten program. In the room were stakeholders of all sorts. I mostly listened for the first part of the program. But then one of the county workers began making the argument that parents don’t really know how to take care...

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2019 | Week of January 14 | #1291 On January 13, 1984, then-President Ronald Reagan issued a presidential proclamation designating January 22nd as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. January 22, 1984, marked the 10th anniversary since the infamous Roe v Wade decision by the US Supreme Court, a decision that legalized abortion on demand across the country. I’m sure the pro-life movement, who had been extremely important in Reagan’s...

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2019| Week of January 7 | #1290 On Monday, Tony Evers was sworn in as Wisconsin’s 46th governor. Whether you like him or not, for the next four years, he is Wisconsin’s chief executive officer. With that comes duties, responsibilities and authority. One of the duties and responsibilities the governor in Wisconsin has is to make appointments to various boards. Under the Scott Walker administration, generally people who held values and...

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2018 | Week of December 31 | #1289 If you watch any TV at all, you’ve likely seen the commercial from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). It’s especially run at this time of year. I just saw it again the other day as I was getting my daily treadmill experience. Trust me…news or even a Hallmark movie makes that time MUCH more pleasant! I’m an animal lover. Always have been. But as I listened to...

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2018 | Week of December 24 | #1288 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” If you think that verse sounds out-of-place—you’re right. Usually, I quote Hosea 4:6 at the end of this program. This week of Christmas, I think it’s very appropriate to talk about why that verse is so important to us at Wisconsin Family Council and to families in Wisconsin. Hosea 4 is God’s indictment of Israel for wandering away from the knowledge of...

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2018 | Week of December 17 | #1287 The headline on the press release declares, “Christmas Comes Early for Churches as Court Strikes Down Restrictive Ordinance.” The dateline noted Green Bay, Wisconsin. Needless to say, it all caught my attention. This is a case that began in late 2017. It was just over a year ago that I received a call from friends in De Pere letting me know the City Council there was considering what we call a...

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2018 | Week of December 10 | #1286 I had an early Christmas this year! Recently Dan Miller, director of Pro-Life Wisconsin and I, in our capacity as vice-president and president of Choose Life Wisconsin hand-delivered checks to twelve of Wisconsin’s Pregnancy Care Centers. It’s an incredible experience to give money to these fantastic life-saving organizations! This is the second round of funding from sale of the Choose Life Wisconsin...

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2018 | Week of December 3 | #1285 This past Monday, our staff made our annual early December trek to the state capitol first floor rotunda, laden with bins and easels, tables and signs and, yes, permits from the state giving us permission for our errand.  Unlike some other trips we make to the state capitol from time to time, we make this one very happily because we know we are bringing the truth directly to thousands of people who...

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