Wisconsin Family Connection Transcript


2021 | Week of October 25 | Radio Transcript #1435 Addiction is powerful—especially for young people. An addiction can mean a life of unusual struggle and hardship on many levels. But parents can make a difference. It appears Americans’ newest addiction is technology, and more precisely social media. This vise-grip is especially strong on young people. A recent online poll conducted earlier this month by SocialSphere and Harvard...

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2021 | Week of October 18 | Radio Transcript #1434 I went to a public high school football game this past Friday. What caught my attention wasn’t the game itself or the marching band, which is really what I went for, but rather an entire student section dressed in pink. Since the school colors are blue and white, my mind was racing to figure out the pink showing up on both the guys and the gals. Didn’t take me long. The students were...

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2021 | Week of October 11 | Radio Transcript #1433 What does it take to make a community great? That’s the question we’ve been asking ourselves as we plan and deliver grassroots training sessions to help people do that. Answering that question requires some basic but critical understanding. First and foremost is that God has laid out a plan for humans to govern. The most basic, and I would argue the most important, level of government...

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2021 | Week of October 4 | Radio Transcript #1432 This just might be the modern-day equivalent of the “shot heard ‘round the world.” “I’m not going to let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decisions….I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.” That statement was made by Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. He was responding to said in...

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2021 | Week of September 27 | Radio Transcript #1431 Hammurabi. I hadn’t thought of this ancient Mesopotamian Babylonian King in a long time. I always enjoyed teaching about him in history of the world courses, but his name hadn’t come to mind in probably years—until last week. After all, how often does someone living in the 1700 B.C.’s affect us? Hammurabi’s main claim to fame is his code of laws.[1] Like other codes of laws that...

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2021 | Week of September 20 | Radio Transcript #1430 When it comes to bumper stickers and vanity plates, Madison rarely disappoints. Take for instance the car I saw when I was leaving the capitol recently. It was in the legislators’ parking area; so I knew it belonged to an elected official. This car sported a pro-homosexual equality sticker, an Automatic Voter Registration sticker, a Vote Climate 2020 sticker, a No Vouchers stickers,...

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2021 | Week of September 14 | Radio Transcript #1429 “A nation that forgets its past has no future,” once said the esteemed British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. Others have noted that the one thing we fail to learn from history is to learn from history and those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. This past weekend across the nation we commemorated Patriot Day, our newest national commemorative day.  A bill...

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2021 | Week of September 6 | Radio Transcript #1428 In a day when the news is often bad, frightening, maddening, disappointing and more, I offer some good news. Last week, Choose Life Wisconsin distributed $31,000 to 11 pregnancy care centers across Wisconsin. Those centers are located in De Pere, Fond du Lac, Hayward, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Mukwonago, Sheboygan, Waukesha, and West Bend. With this distribution, Choose Life...

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2021 | Week of August 30 | Radio Transcript #1427 Report after report says anxiety and stress, including depression, are becoming major problems for Americans, especially younger Americans. I was in a discussion recently with a nurse who was looking at college applications and noted how many of the incoming students are indicating they were experiencing stress and anxiety. The number was noticeably higher than in previous years. Some,...

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2021 | Week of August 23 | Radio Transcript #1426 I well remember the years in the early 2000s when I served two terms on the Watertown Unified School District Board of Education. Rarely did parents show up for school board regular meetings, let alone school board committee meetings. Only twice in over five years, do I recall significant number of parents at a regular school board meeting. Once was when we were deciding on closing one...

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2021 | Week of August 16 | Radio Transcript #1425 I haven’t seen it in a headline yet, but it should be a headline—maybe even THE headline about Wisconsin’s census data. But I suspect most people will completely lose this data point in all the hype about redrawing political districts. Let me make this clear. How political district boundaries are drawn for the next ten years pales in importance in comparison to what the data I’m...

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2021 | Week of August 9 | Radio Transcript #1424 The headline is horrific: “University may be subject of investigation after it’s caught using body parts of babies born alive.” The university is the University of Pittsburgh. Undercover operations have revealed that Planned Parenthood and the University of Pittsburgh have been delivering babies alive during abortions and then killing them by cutting out their kidneys to use for...

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2021 | Week of August 2 | Radio Transcript #1423 (re-aired from week of Sept. 23, 2019) “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?” “I know your dad and I just got divorced, but mommy really wants to marry Sam. I’ll be happy if I can just marry Sam—and I know you want a happy mommy.” Parents, hear this clearly. Your children are...

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2021 | Week of July 26 | Radio Transcript #1422 In May the US Supreme Court agreed to take up a case that some maintain could overturn the infamous 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that gave us abortion on demand in all fifty states. The case comes out of Mississippi which has just one abortion facility. The state legislature passed a law in 2018 that banned abortions after fifteen weeks gestation. Jackson Women’s Health Organization brought...

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2021 | Week of July 19 | Radio Transcript #1421 (re-aired from week of February 15, 2021) The Equality Act. What could possibly be wrong with a law that is all about equality? This question demands a response. We begin with Mary, a single mom, who has hit on hard times. She is now homeless and is looking to the local shelter in her community for a place for her and her young daughter to stay at night. One evening as she and her...

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2021 | Week of July 12 | Radio Transcript #1420 Earlier this month Governor Tony Evers and the Oneida tribal officials signed an agreement authorizing for the first time in our state, betting on professional sporting events. The sports gambling would be available at the tribe’s casino in Green Bay, but the agreement also allows for digital, meaning online, sports bets to be placed if the person is physically present on tribal land...

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2021 | Week of July 5 | Radio Transcript #1419 (Re-aired from week of Nov. 30, 2020) In general human beings don’t like being lied to. But because unregenerate, unsaved people are, according to Scripture, of their father Satan, who is the father of lies, lying happens all the time. Certainly and sadly, Christians aren’t immune to this sin that destroys trust, shatters relationships, and ensnares us. One of the hardest things to do...

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2021 | Week of June 28 | Radio Transcript #1418 Reality declares that the opening statement of the inerrant, unchanging, eternal Word of God is “In the beginning God…” It’s not “In the beginning, I” or “In the beginning me.” Functionally, however, many people operate today as if this rewrite of Scripture is reality, is truth. They believe they are autonomous beings, self-made and self-determining. That’s one of the results of decades...

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2021 | Week of June 21 | Radio Transcript #1417 In the book and film, The Wizard of Oz, we meet a tin man without a heart, a scarecrow without a brain and a lion without courage. Author Frank Baum was onto something in these characters. About a month ago I addressed some basic ideas regarding Critical Race Theory as explained by Christopher Rufo in a lecture he delivered at Hillsdale College earlier this year.[1] I’m returning to this...

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2021 | Week of June 14 | Radio Transcript #1416 Fatherhood. It’s a concept we don’t hear about all that frequently, at least positively, in our society. And yet it 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...

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2021 | Week of June 7 | Radio Transcript #1415 This is Julaine Appling for Wisconsin Family Council reminding you the prophet Hosea said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Wait! You didn’t miss this week’s commentary. It’s just really important that before I get into the meat of this commentary that I remind you that knowledge is important—and sometimes knowledge that we need can be unpleasant and tough to hear, but we...

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2021 | Week of May 31 | Radio Transcript #1414 How do six bills dealing exclusively with the COVID-19 vaccination issue land in a state legislative committee on the Constitution and Ethics? Good question. Each of these bills is about the rule of law. And the rule of law in this country and this state rests squarely on the US Constitution and the Wisconsin Constitution. The question each of these bills addresses is whether or not it is...

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2021 | Week of May 24 | Radio Transcript #1413 The following story isn’t about us. It’s really about how God used us to help parents and their daughter. A couple of weeks ago we got a call from a concerned mother with a young daughter in the Kettle Moraine school district. As the story unfolded, we learned the twelve-year-old daughter had been struggling with her gender identity. The parents called the school and instructed teachers...

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2021 | Week of May 17 | Radio Transcript #1412 It is time to roll up our sleeves! I’ve been saying that all across the state since February. It’s way more than just the title of a presentation I’ve now done fifteen times in fifteen different Wisconsin communities. It’s a declaration that the time has come for Christians in particular to go to work taking back our communities from liberals and their dastardly agendas. To put it...

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2021 | Week of May 10 | Radio Transcript #1411 Critical race theory. That phrase is being bandied about across the country. While the phrase is new, the ideas behind the words aren’t. Christopher Rufo, founder and director of Battlefront6, a public policy research center, in a speech given earlier this year at Hillsdale College, says “[c]ritical race theory is an academic discipline, formulated in the 1990s, built on the intellectual...

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