“I will never think of Thanksgiving the same way again…”

After listening to this extraordinary interview, I will never think of Thanksgiving the same way again. In fact, it seems as if almost every stereotype I had about the first Thanksgiving was wrong! Continue reading

John Stemberger: Here is my response to President Obama’s mandate

BREAKING NEWS: Since the time we drafted this email alert days ago, Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson announced that Nebraska along with 9 other states would be joining in the lawsuit (with the original 11 states) to push back on … Continue reading

Eleven US States File Lawsuit Against Feds Over Obama Transgender Bathroom Mandate

Florida Family Policy Council President John Stemberger is calling for Florida Governor Rick Scott to show leadership on this issue by following these 11 states to take action and stand up publicly to protect our children and join the lawsuit against the US Department of Justice and Department of Education’s unilateral redefinition of Title IX to include “gender identity.” Continue reading

As a father of two daughters this makes me LIVID!

This week Governor Scott made a statement in a small press gaggle expressing “concern” over President Obama’s mandate threatening to deny federal funding to public schools that did not comply with allowing men to use women’s bathrooms. This was largely due to YOUR taking action to call and email the Governor’s office and signing our petition. We must keep the pressure on to PROTECT OUR CHILDREN. Continue reading

Take Action Now to Push Back Against Obama’s Radical Sexual Agenda

President Obama and his administration are working to turn our taxpayer-funded schools into a social laboratory experiment that puts children at risk. Will you stand with us today as we refuse to surrender our children’s privacy and safety to President Obama’s political agenda? Declare with us, “Enough is enough!”
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Spaghetti Sauce, Family Traditions, Christmas, and the Amazing Grace of God…

What is truly sad on this Christmas is that an increasing percentage of our children, families and communities in Florida and across the country will have no life experiences with a family to relate any tradition, values or future generations to. Inner cities devastated by unwed moms with absent fathers; children whose lives were unexpectedly shattered through the tragedy of a divorce; the elderly who will in greater numbers pass on prematurely in loneliness with no one to care for them; and children who have never been to a wedding much less seen how a “marriage” operates in their little worlds, will have no vision of marriage or family to even consider for the future.

But this is why we fight. This is why we labor. This is why the Board and the staff of the Florida Family Policy Council will not rest until we have used every resource entrusted to us to see life protected, marriage defended and the family strengthened. Families are an amazing gift of common grace from God. This Christmas season, we who have any semblance of a family at all in this broken world, should be humbled and grateful for this great gift from our heavenly Father. Continue reading

Is it hopeless? Here is how we reclaim hope…

Here is how we reclaim hope: We look at the whole picture, not at just what we feel… and we look at the facts of history. Continue reading

Final Decision By Boy Scouts Of America To Allow Openly Homosexual Adult Leaders Places Sponsoring Churches At Greater Legal Risk

(Orlando, FL) The pending final and binding decision today by the top leadership of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to allow openly homosexual adults and youth within the program reverses over a hundred years of tradition and values and alters years of the youth protection policy within the organization. Continue reading

2nd Annual Coalition To End Sexual Exploitation 2015 Summit

Thursday September 10, 2015 – Saturday September 12, 2015 Map and Directions | Register Description: JOIN the Coalition To End Sexual Exploitation at the 2nd Annual Coalition To End Sexual Exploitation 2015 Summit, September 10–12, 2015 at the Renaissance Orlando at … Continue reading

Faith Based Agencies at Risk After Governor Signs HB 7013

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law and approved a bill which removed Florida’s long standing law prohibiting homosexuals from adopting which also leaves Florida’s faith based adoption agency at risk of being legally attacked and shutting down. Catholic Charities and other faith-based agencies have closed in Massachusetts, Illinois, California and Washington, DC for similar reasons like having polices preferring placements of children with married mothers and fathers. Continue reading

A Summary Response to the Memorandum Issued by the Office of the General Counsel to the Florida Senate Regarding Conscience Clause for Adoption Agencies and Why HB-7111 is Needed to Protect Florida’s Faith-Based Child Placement Agencies

On April 14, 2015, the Office of the General Counsel for the Florida Senate released a legal opinion in a memorandum regarding “Conscience Clause for adoption agencies.” (Hereinafter referred to as the “Opinion.”) In the opening paragraph of the Opinion, the primary conclusion of the 5 page document states: “I believe that religious organizations would be granted no significant legal protection by House Bill 7111 in light of the Florida Religious Freedom Restoration Act (FRFRA) and its interpreting case law.”

There are a number of legal issues overlooked by the Opinion and therefore the following “Additional Comments” are being presented to members of the Florida Senate for their consideration: Continue reading

An Open Letter to the Florida Legislature: Regarding Florida’s Law Prohibiting Homosexual Adoptions

Dear Florida Legislators,
There appears to be a fair amount of misleading information regarding Florida’s long standing law prohibiting homosexual persons from adopting children and the legal consequences of striking that language from the statutes. Please consider the following seven legal facts, arguments, and perspectives on this very important aspect of Florida law. Continue reading

Regarding: CS/HB 7013: Adoption & Foster Care

Analysis

The Florida Adoption Act provides, in pertinent part, “No person eligible to adopt under this statute may adopt if that person is a homosexual.” Fla. Stat. § 63.042(3).

In 1993, Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal held the statute constitutional on both due process and equal protection grounds, under both the Florida Constitution and the United States Constitution. Florida Dep’t of Health & Rehabilitative Servs. v. Cox, 627 So. 2d 1210 (Fla. 2d DCA 1993). The Florida Supreme Court approved the decision on due process grounds, but remanded the case for the development of an evidentiary record as to equal protection. Cox v. Florida Dep’t of Health & Rehabilitative Servs., 656 So. 2d 902 (Fla. 1995). No further proceedings occurred, however, leaving the Florida Supreme Court opinion undisturbed. Continue reading

Far As the Curse is Found: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Gospel in Christmas Carols

When we sing powerful Christmas songs that declare “God and sinners reconciled,” the “Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing,” and the “dawn of redeeming grace,” the focus of our hearts should not just be emotional sentiment and fond memories from our childhood. The focus should be on the majesty and power of these words which point us to the Baby who was born to die. These Christmas carols scream the heart of the gospel—“I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.” This Christmas, lead your family in rediscovering the beauty of the gospel by mediating on the powerful words of the truly great Christmas carols that speak of extending God’s grace and blessing far as the curse is found. Continue reading

Florida Family Action Field Offices’ Grand Openings

Join us for food, fellowship, special speakers, networking, and making a difference! Continue reading

We need hundreds of volunteers over the next four months

Here are NINE ways you can help right now! Continue reading

“Sine Die” Victories

We had a great run this session with some solid victories. Below is a summary of the legislative victories of the good bills that passed which now await the Governor’s signature or veto. Continue reading

Would you help us now with an end of year gift?

There are only 5 days until 2013 year-end giving opportunities come to a close at midnight on December 31st. Make your year-end tax deductible gift to the Florida Family Policy Council. Continue reading

Christmas Teaches Us That God is Near

As we approach Christmas this year I am provoked by the thought that our God is near. He is not a far away God, distant or remote. Instead, the God who exists is one who came to seek and save the lost. He does not want distance or enmity between Him and His people. Continue reading

2013 Accomplishments

A couple of the videos from our Annual Policy Awards Dinner showcase some of what we’ve accomplished this year. Continue reading

As if the whole struggle depended on me alone

It was a cold day on January 20th, 1981 in Washington, D.C. Newly-elected President Ronald Wilson Reagan was giving his first inaugural address and, in closing, he pulled from history the story of a little-known hero named Martin Treptow. Continue reading

Final 2013 Legislative Report

The FFPC will continue standing for what’s right– even if at times we are standing alone. Thank you for joining us in our mission. Continue reading

Let Scouting Principles Stand

If the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) departs from its longstanding policy and allows openly gay scoutmasters and scouts, it will destroy the legitimacy and security of this American institution. Continue reading

Faithful to the End

Mother Teresa said “We do nothing. God does everything. All glory must be returned to Him. God has not called me to be successful. He called me to be faithful.” Would that we could all have this same steady and eternal perspective when we face the wins and losses of life. Continue reading

The 40-year Price Tag of No-Fault Divorce: States consider laws to lower divorce rates

Something has to be done. Not only are pre-marital counseling and education more important now than ever before, but the faith-based community and government must take steps to help divorce-proof more marriages. Continue reading

Marriage is good for your health

Research shows that marriage is good for your health.

Married people live longer, have better access to health care, enjoy a more satisfying sex life, experience less stress, live a healthier lifestyle, and have lower rates of heart disease, diabetes, and depression compared to their single counterparts. Continue reading

Gender-Based Abortions Are Just the Beginning

While many now balk at the idea of gender-based abortions (still legal in 46 states), within a few years a new type of DNA testing may mean parents can find more “reasons” to kill their babies. Continue reading

Liberalism’s Impact on Moral Character

I recently found this great article by conservative radio commentator, Dennis Prager. We really can learn a lot by knowing the impact the up and coming liberal agenda and policies being presented in the U.S. have already had in other countries: Continue reading

Did Blankenhorn really change his view on same sex marriage?

Social scientist and Proposition 8 Expert Witness David Blankenhorn recently announced he now “accepts gay marriage” but contradicts himself by insisting he did not retract any of his previous views to the contrary on traditional marriage. Continue reading

Children Raised by Intact Biological Family Better in 77 out of 80 markers

A new study published in the July issue of Social Science Research shows that children raised by homosexual parents have distinct disadvantages compared to those raised by their married mothers and fathers. Continue reading

Citizens Protest Mandated Contraceptives and Abortion Drugs

On June 8th citizens gathered in more than 150 rallies around the country to protest the new healthcare mandate that requires businesses, schools and institutions to provide coverage for contraceptive and abortifacient drugs.
On June 15th the Catholic Health Association withdrew its support of the contraceptive mandate with its religious exemption… Continue reading

Governed not by polls, politics nor profits….

Since I cast my first rather misguided vote in 1980, I have given much thought and consideration toward developing a principle based grid for political decision making. What are the moral “first principles” to consider when deciding who to vote for and why? These points below represent an attempt to develop a principled approach for social conservatives exercising active citizenship as we choose and support candidates. Continue reading

Our Opposition to Gambling, Pt. 1

  A Three-Part Series by the Florida Family Policy CouncilIs Gambling Morally Wrong? By John Stemberger Most Americans are concerned about the moral state of the nation, yet few consider whether or not gambling — a wager of money, property … Continue reading

Florida Election Brings Huge Victory for Pro-Life and Pro-Family Conservatives

The results from the 2010 elections have produced exciting results for pro-life and pro-family Floridians in state and federal races.  Nationwide voters sent a clear signal that the far left leaning economic and social policies of President Obama and the … Continue reading

A Perspective on Winning and Losing Elections

So your guy didn’t win the election? Maybe several of your candidates didn’t win. What about all of the time, money and effort you spent? What about the credibility of your personal support? Or what about the countless hours of … Continue reading

>In defense of ideological opposition to gambling

>Our problem-solver-in-chief who occupies the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee rebuked ideological opponents of all sorts in his March 2 State of the State Address, arguing that Florida’s challenges will not be fixed by public officials adhering to dogmatic principles but … Continue reading

>Commentary by Thomas hits Florida Legislators on Gambling proposals

> The Orlando Sentinel’s Mike Thomas had an excellent piece yesterday about the proposals that FL Legislators are making to bring a multitude of Las Vegas Casinos to Florida. He makes a strong and compelling case why this is bad … Continue reading

>Understanding The Legal Challenge to Florida’s Ban on Homosexual Adoption

>By John Stemberger What Exactly Did Miami Judge Cindy Lederman’s Decision Do? In November of 2008, Miami Circuit Court Judge Cindy Lederman ruled in a 54 page decision that (in her opinion) Florida’s ban on homosexuals adopting children is somehow … Continue reading

Response to Christopher Scolese

Christopher J. Scolese, the Acting NASA Administrator who was appointed by President Obama earlier this year, encouraged NASA employees to become active gay rights proponents which he claimed reflects “American Values”. His agency wide memo stated: “I encourage you to … Continue reading

Gambling Our Way To Prosperity

The latest symptom of the prevailing new ethic of “something for nothing” has appeared….the scratch card vending machine. Without a doubt this can attract more losers for Florida. Not having done enough to expand gambling with the Seminole Tribes and … Continue reading

Testimony Regarding Seminole Indian Compact

February 12, 2009 Statement to theHouse Select Committee on Seminole Indian Compact ReviewBy Nathan Dunn – Vice President of Public PolicyFlorida Family Action My name is Nathan Dunn and I represent Florida Family Action. We are associated nationally with Focus … Continue reading

>Judge Lederman’s Top Ten List: Bad Arguments for Homosexual Parenting

>1) REGURGITATES THE ARGUMENTS TYPICALLY OFFERED BY PRO-HOMOSEXUAL ACTIVISTS, INSTEAD OF ENGAGING IN AN OPEN-MINDED AND THOUGHTFUL ANALYSIS. 2) MAJOR MYTHOLOGICAL FLAWS IN STUDIES CITED TO ARGUE THERE IS “NO PROOF” THAT CHILDREN RAISED BY HOMOSEXUALS ARE ANY WORSE OFF … Continue reading

Anti-slots campaign targets Jan. 29 vote

From the Miami Herald: A new anti-casinos group that includes greyhound advocates, mothers against gambling and conservative Christian organizations declared Wednesday that ”Miami is not for sale” as it announced plans to fight the Jan. 29 slot machine referendum. Miami-Dade … Continue reading

IN DEFENSE OF SOCIAL CONSERVATIVISM

The Case for Continuing our Focus on the Family in Matters of Public Policy By John Stemberger Today’s evangelicals are at a crossroads. There is a movement afoot among more moderate evangelicals advocating that conservative Christians adjust our policy focus … Continue reading

Governed not by polls, politics nor profits…"

A Principle Based Manifesto on Voting for Social Conservatives Since I cast my first rather misguided vote in 1980, I have given much thought and consideration toward developing a principle based grid for political decision making. What are the moral … Continue reading

In Everything Give Thanks

“During a cold day in November, the week of thanksgiving in 1959, we had no heat in the house, mother was very ill with asthma, and daddy had left at 6:00 a.m. for work as he faithfully did every morning, … Continue reading

Because You are My Son

Tonight, my son asked me a profound and interesting question. He wondered, “How do we turn to dust when we die?” Now, how do you respond to a question like that in terms that a five year old can understand? … Continue reading