The FIC Difference[The following was originally an e-blast to FIC members, sent about 11:30 am on Tuesday, June 14th. ~ PW]
Family Institute of Connecticut offers our prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the mass shooting at The Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. As Connecticut residents we know too well the pain of such atrocities. As pro-family activists we also know that our nation is deeply polarized.
That is why FIC highly recommends this article by Russell Moore, the President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention:
“Let’s call our congregations to pray together. Let’s realize that, in this case, our gay and lesbian neighbors are likely quite scared. Who wouldn’t be? Demonstrate the sacrificial love of Jesus to them. We don’t have to agree on the meaning of marriage and sexuality to love one another and to see the murderous sin of terrorism…As the Body of Christ, though, we can love and serve and weep and mourn. And we can remind ourselves and our neighbors that this is not the way it is supposed to be. We mourn, but we mourn in the hope of a kingdom where blood is not shed and where bullets never fly.”
The pro-family movement is itself a diverse coaliton of people from many faiths, races, and political parties who do not necessarily agree on every issue. Family Institute of Connecticut has always sought to bridge those divisions, to build a movement rooted in love of God and neighbor that proves false the claim that people of traditional faith are motivated by “hate.”
FIC’s desire, to both stand for truth and overcome the deep divides in our society, took an unexpected turn in recent years when we joined forces with liberal gay and disability activists to defeat assisted suicide in Connecticut:
June 15th Protest of “Me Before You”
Family Institute of Connecticut members will be joining them again, adding our own pro-life voice in opposition to the pro-assisted suicide movie Me Before You. Please join FIC and our Second Thoughts Connecticut allies in a protest at Bowtie Cinema Palace at 330 New Park Avenue TOMORROW, Wednesday, June 15th at 3:45 and again at 6:30, prior to two showings of the film.
Listen to this podcast of WSDK’s Al Kim interviewing FIC executive director Peter Wolfgang on our planned protest of “Me Before You.” Hit “reply” to this email to let us know if you plan to attend!
“Right to Try” Becomes Law!
Another goal of FIC is to be proactive. It is not enough for us simply to stop attacks on faith and family. We want to accomplish good things to make Connecticut a place where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. And we are happy to have support on some of these issues from leaders with whom we differ on other issues.
That is why FIC testified in favor of “Right to Try,” a bill to allow terminally ill people to try experimental drugs that may extend their lives. While pro-assisted suicide activists claim to be about “compassion and choices,” they were AWOL on the Right to Try bills. It seems their only real concern with the end of life is to hasten people’s deaths. FIC and our disability rights allies want to help people live.
We are pleased to announce that Gov. Malloy has signed one of the Right to Try bills into law!
Family Institute of Connecticut is your pro-life, pro-family and pro-religious liberty voice here in our home state. We speak the truth, always in love and never in hate. People may disagree with us at times–viscerally, even. But when you stand up for what you believe in and do it with a smile, you never know what you might accomplish…or who might be willing to smile with you.