Wisconsin Family Connection Transcript


2019| Week of September 2 | Radio Transcript #1323 Remember how we began the summer in Wisconsin? Governor Evers proclaimed June as “Gay Pride Month” and issued an Executive Order authorizing the “Rainbow Pride Flag” to be flown over the state capitol and giving other state and public buildings the right to do so as well if they chose. Like so many citizens, we were appalled by the Governor’s decision regarding the flag.  We...

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2019| Week of September 9 | Radio Transcript #1324 “He’s an originalist.” “He’s a modernist.” “She’s a ‘living document’ proponent.” Some, upon hearing those statements, might think they are referring to what people believe about the Bible.  Others will immediately recognize them as referring to how people view the US Constitution. And more specifically, these statements would especially refer to how judges view the constitution. Next...

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2019 | Week of September 16 | Radio Transcript #1325 “Do you know what they are teaching to kindergarteners in our local public schools?” an irate parent said to me at one of our community events recently.  Sadly, I was pretty sure I did know what that school was teaching in kindergarten, especially when this mother went on to say it was part of the so-called “human growth and development” program. If you’re not aware, in Wisconsin we...

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2019 | Week of August 26 | Radio Transcript #1322 “Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.” So said John Adams, Founding Father and 2nd president of the United States. We owe much to the fact that Adams was himself a student of the principles of freedom. He firmly believed that the only way to preserve and protect our American heritage of freedom was to train the next generation in the ways of liberty....

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2019 | Week of August 12 | #1321 This commentary is dedicated to the proposition that what we don’t know really can hurt us. So what do you know about the Electoral College, the brilliant provision contained in Article 2, Section 1 and in the 12th Amendment to our US Constitution? This means by which we elect a president and vice-president protects federalism, the important concept of sovereign states united by a federal government....

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2019 | Week of July 22 | Radio transcript #1318 Author George Orwell opined that “[t]he most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” Orwell’s statement should give us serious pause. Are we being effectively destroyed because we have either been denied the truth about our American history or that history has been essentially obliterated by our educational system and our media...

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2019 | Week of July 8 | #1316 “Ok. Let’s pray. Fold your hands and bow your head. Ready? ‘Come Lord Jesus and be our Guest and let these gifts to us be blest.’ Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for this good food you have provided and for taking care of us today. Be with Daddy while he’s at work and bring him home safely to us tonight. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” That’s what I overheard recently at a restaurant when a mom with a toddler and...

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2019 | Week of July 1 | Radio Transcript #1315 This week we have the incredible privilege of commemorating Independence Day, and it is certainly appropriate that we do so, complete with, as John Adams said in a letter to his wife Abigail, “solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty….[and] solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from...

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2019 | Week of June 24 | Radio Transcript #1314 What a week it’s been!  Maybe better said, what a month it’s been! Governor Evers raises for the first time ever in Wisconsin’s history the so-called “Rainbow Pride” flag over the state capitol and shortly after making the announcement, sends out an email letting people know he’s started his own petition drive seeking support for his decision. Seriously? Who has ever heard of a sitting...

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2019 | Week of June 17 | #1313 The last couple of weeks have been a bit topsy-turvy in Wisconsin, what with Governor Evers abusing his power and raising the so-called “Rainbow Pride Flag” over our State Capitol. Unless you have zero access to the news, I’m sure you’ve heard about this issue. We responded organizationally by immediately issuing a press release denouncing the governor’s action and encouraging people to call his office...

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2019 | Week of June 10 | #1312 This year our Director of Church Relations, Dave Lingle, wrote a great piece on being a Christian dad. I think it’s worth sharing here. At a time when fatherlessness is truly epidemic in our society and is playing a major role in so many of the ills we are experiencing, encouraging Christian fathers is time well spent. With that, here’s what Dave writes, “On Fathers’ Day last year a friend remarked that...

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2019 | Week of June 3 | Radio Transcript #1311 If wedding bells aren’t ringing in your ears then you haven’t been watching Hallmark movies recently. While jokes about Hallmark movies abound, I assure you Hallmark and all the actors associated with that company are laughing all the way to the bank! They are making a handsome profit and a pretty penny (excuse the puns, please) off what many would say are formulaic, predictable, and even...

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2019 | Week of May 27 | #1310 Joining the ever-growing bandwagon of those pushing to ensure 100% of children are fully vaccinated, Democrat State Representative Gordon Hintz and Democrat State Senator Tim Carpenter, joined by Republican Representative Tyler Vorpagel, are introducing a bill that removes the personal conviction option as an exemption from vaccination. Currently, Wisconsin is one of seventeen states that has three...

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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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