Ours Is Not A Bitter Zeal
"You must love Connecticut if you want to win Connecticut. You
cannot win without love."
It is that time of year again.
A group of generous donors have offered Family Institute of Connecticut
a seven-week, $30,000 Summer Matching Grant.
Any donation FIC receives between now and July
31st—up to $30,000—will be doubled. That means we could
raise $60,000 by mid-summer to carry on the fight for life, liberty and
marriage here in our home state.
You know the incredible victories God has granted FIC, even in 2013,
even in Connecticut. It is important for us to acknowledge it: that our
victories come from God. Thanks be to Him.
And it is important to let you, our members, know of our needs. FIC has
a reputation for being the group "that does a lot with a little." People
are frequently shocked when they learn the small size of our annual
budget. "But you do so much," they tell us. Yes...and we can do so much
more to win Connecticut, if we have greater funding.
But about that: "winning" Connecticut. It's been on my mind lately.
Haunting me, really.
The reason is a Pastors' Breakfast I attended in Bridgeport three weeks
ago, a follow-up to the
Healing and Hope for Newtown concert. (As the six-month
anniversary of the Newtown shootings approaches, the horror of that day
is still very much with all of us.)
At that breakfast we heard a message from David Wagner, a prophetic
voice among evangelical Christians. His message:
love Connecticut if you want to win Connecticut. You cannot win without
I have been thinking about it ever since. And what I want to say is:
Yes, I do love Connecticut. And I think you do too.
We mourn the setbacks to faith and family that have occurred on our
watch: the court-mandated re-defining of marriage and the passing of a
"transgender" law that denies basic reality.
But we also celebrate the victories: securing the strongest religious
liberty exemptions to same-sex "marriage" in the nation and defeating
And we are not going away. The pro-family movement is sometimes allied,
but not to be confused with, other movements that oppose the status
We are not the ones calling talk radio to say we are leaving
Connecticut. We are not sitting on our front porch, shaking our fist at
our neighbors and hollering "What is wrong with you people?"
Ours is not a
We are in Connecticut's pro-family movement because Connecticut is our
home. It is where we live and work. It is where we raise our children
We want to leave to our descendants a Connecticut that is a blessing to
them and not a curse. And we are not going anywhere. We are staying
right here and fighting for our home.
And our opponents? They are not our true enemies. They are in the grip
of our true Enemy. We love them too and we pray for their liberation.
This is not a normal email kickoff for FIC's Summer Grant Campaign. But
it has not been a normal year for Connecticut.
I wanted to break from our normal email template to share with you what
is in my heart this morning. And to tell you how much I do love
Connecticut...and all of you.
We have come a long way together over this past decade. And someday we
will look back on it as just the beginning. I hope you share my love for
our home state and that you will continue to fight for her by clicking
the link below. Thank you so much - for everything, for all that we have
been through together, shoulder-to-shoulder in good times and bad - and
God bless you.
This is the only fundraising link in this email alert. Please click here
to make a tax-deductible donation to Family Institute of Connecticut's
2013 Summer Matching Grant Campaign. Thank you!
2013: The Good, The Bad and The
In the six years since Peter Wolfgang became president of Family
Institute of Connecticut Action, we have suffered only one major
legislative defeat: the passage of the 2011 Bathroom Bill. 2013 marks
the resumption of FIC Action's winning streak and, indeed, of an FIC
Action that is better than it has ever been. Here is our list of the
good, the bad and the ugly for the 2013 session of the Connecticut
We can't do it without your support! Click here to support FIC Action:
Leading the fight for marriage, life, faith and family in Connecticut!
In all the years of FIC Action's existence, we have
never defeated a bill as decisively as HB 6645, the
Assisted Suicide bill. This
was, quite simply, some of the best work FIC Action has ever done. Op-eds,
fact sheets, press conferences, expert testimony, social media
youtube videos, excellent coalition-building and exceptional
lobbying resulted in the best public hearing FIC Action has ever been
involved in...and a bill that was crushed so badly that it was not even
voted out of the first of several committees needed to pass it.
Sen. Ed Meyer, the Assisted Suicide bill's sponsor, admitted to the
media that the committee didn't have the votes to pass the bill. Sen.
Gayle Slossberg, D-Milford, the committee’s Senate vice chairwoman, went
further, telling the media that
even close." Our defeat of this bill was all the more
remarkable given the revelation of what FIC Action and our allies are
really up against in Connecticut:
Big Suicide, funded by George Soros.
FIC Action members rose up and defeated SB 374, an outrageous attack on
parental rights that would have mandated psychological
Public School and Homeschooled Children with or without
their parents' consent. Many of you contacted your legislators,
submitted electronic testimony or even braved a big winter storm to
testify in person at a public hearing against SB 374. Defeating this
bill was one of our biggest priorities for 2013, involving op-eds, media
interviews and social communications campaigns with cheeky "memes."
FIC Action's biggest pro-active victory in 2013 was the passage of HB
5666, which changes the definition of
Trafficking in Connecticut, strengthening the laws
against human traffickers and making prosecution of these crimes a
reality in our state. Human trafficking is an anti-family scourge in
Connecticut that must be stopped. FIC Action is proud to have joined
with others to pass this law protecting women and children against
Help us keep the victories coming! Click here to make a donation to
Family Institute of Connecticut Action!
As expected, anti-family activist
McDonald was confirmed to the Connecticut Supreme Court
by the legislature. But confirmation votes like McDonald's are usually
rubber-stamp affairs and even a higher-than-normal 'no' vote on
McDonald's confirmation sends a message. That is what FIC Action
'no' votes in the House (our most ever on a nomination) and three in the
passed, a bill which puts the Department of Children and Families in
charge of developing an "implementation plan" for meeting the "mental,
emotional and behavioral health needs of all children in the state."
This bill does not require mandatory health assessments, like the bill
FIC Action defeated, but we will be monitoring its implementation to
make sure parental rights are respected. (On a related note, you will
also be hearing more from FIC Action in opposition to the
"Common Core" curriculum.)
Regarding national issues on which FIC Action is currently active: The
HHS Mandate, which will require religious organizations
and believers to pay for abortion drugs in violation of their
conscience, is still moving forward. And the
Boy Scouts of
America caved into financial pressure, allowing open
homosexuals into its membership and paving the way for further
promotions of "alternative lifestyles." FIC Action will connect its
Connecticut members to national pro-family responses to these and other
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There was no ugliness from state legislators, staff or opposition
lobbyists at the state Capitol in 2013. That is a "first" in FIC
Action's experience. Instead, the ugliness this year came from op-ed
For reminding our members that Andrew McDonald supported same-sex
"marriage" and the Bathroom Bill--matters of public record--FIC Action
was accused by
of being "arch-conservative," "apoplectic," "bogus," "paranoid" and
"probably bigoted." Cowgill, believe it or not, is considered a
"conservative" writer in what passes for Connecticut opinion media.
But FIC Action is not cowed by media bias.
a bizarre op-ed published a month after assisted suicide was
professor (!) accused FIC Action of being "zealots,"
feeling "godlike," wanting to "control lives" and "gloating." He offered
non sequiturs about the death penalty, claimed falsely that the bill
required two doctors to certify that a patient was terminal and
competent (it only required one) and made straw-man arguments about
making people suffer against their will, blurring the distinction
between nature taking its course and actively killing someone. He
disagreed with a doctor's description of assisted suicide supporters as
"lacking compassion" but was more than happy to caricature FIC Action's
advocacy and to downplay the role of our allies in the disability rights
them accountable: The session is over but the challenges remain! Please
click here to give FIC Action the support we need to fight for life,
liberty and marriage in Connecticut's courts, legislature, media,
educational institutions and elsewhere. Thank you!
Stop Human Trafficking in CT
Tell Your Legislators: Pass HB 5666
to Fight Human Trafficking!
FIC Action joined with others to pass a bill that helped speed the
demise of thinly-disguised newspaper ads for encounters with underage
prostitutes. We told you in February that we would join with those same
human rights activists this year to fight for new legislation that puts
an end to the scourge of human trafficking in our home state.
time to act on that bill is now!
HB 5666, AN ACT CONCERNING THE FORFEITURE OF MONEYS AND PROPERTY RELATED
TO SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING, is a unified version
of several previous bills we have been tracking throughout the
legislative session. Passing it into law could be FIC Action's biggest
pro-active pro-family victory for
H.B. 5666 will:
• Strengthen the laws against human
traffickers, making prosecution of these crimes a reality in
• Increase the penalty against
those who solicit and pay for victims of human trafficking.
• Seize property and funds from
those convicted of prostitution, promoting prostitution and human
trafficking. These funds will be used directly to aid the victims of
• Alert victims of their
options by posting informational signs in the areas where they are most
likely to see them.
Establish a Task Force to make the best possible recommendations
for future Connecticut legislation with the goal of eradicating human
trafficking in Connecticut.
The previous complicity of the newspaper industry, the exploitative
world of the pimps, the suffering of the victims of what is essentially
a human slavery ring right here in Connecticut are all deeply
disturbing. But what struck us most in the fight against human
trafficking was one former prostitute's description of the local men who
paid to have sex with her. Engineers, politicians, accountants, lawyers,
etc. "All of them loved their wives," she noted dryly.
This is an anti-family
scourge. It must be stopped.
Here are three
things you can do to pass HB 5666:
1) Use our Grassroots Action Center to send an e-mail directly to
your state senator and state representative by clicking on the link at
the bottom of this message.
provided some basic points, but please either put the message in your
own words or add a brief introduction and conclusion!
Personalized messages have a much greater impact. Let your state
legislators know that you want human trafficking in Connecticut stopped
and HB 5666 passed.
Click here to donate to the Family Institute of Connecticut Action.
FIC Action, the lobbying arm of Connecticut's pro-family movement, is
your eyes and ears at the state Capitol. Your support allows us to
continue to be your voice for faith and family.
3) Forward this message to every like-minded state resident you
know and ask them to do likewise.
Also, AND THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT, share this message on Facebook and
Thank you for making your voice heard in the fight to stop human
trafficking in Connecticut. Click on the link below (then click "Take
Action" at the bottom of the next screen) to contact your state senator
and state representative.
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HB 6645, Connecticut's Assisted Suicide Bill, Defeated in
We told you that defeating the Assisted Suicide bill was the highest
legislative priority of the Family Institute of Connecticut Action in
2013. Earlier this afternoon, FIC Action and our allies accomplished
In fact, in all the years I have been involved with FIC--as volunteer,
public policy director and president--we have never defeated a bill as
decisively as this one. This was, quite simply, some of the best work
FIC Action has ever done.
Just yesterday, Compassion and Choices, the pro-Assisted Suicide group,
sent an email pleading for the Public Health Committee to at least allow
an up or down vote on their bill. That that they could not even
accomplish a first step in legalizing Assisted Suicide in
Connecticut--that their bill "died in committee" without a vote by today's
deadline--shows how decisively FIC Action and our allies won this
And why did we win so decisively? Because
our allies conducted a spectacular press conference that included Prof.
Stephen Mikochick, the national disability law expert that testified
against Assisted Suicide on behalf of FIC Action. Because we had the
best public hearing in the history of FIC Action. Because you, our
faithful members, contacted your legislators. Because those legislators
listened and were genuinely open to being educated on the dangers of
Our opponents are claiming that the bill only failed because they ran
out of time. Unfortunately for their talking points, pro-Assisted
Ed Meyer has admitted the truth to the media: the bill failed
because they did not have the votes.
Our opponents claim that the majority supports Assisted Suicide. If that
were true, they could have at least voted the bill out of the
first of several committees it had to go through before
becoming law. But they could not even do that.
We must continue to be on our guard. Though it is unlikely, the Assisted
Suicide bill could return as an amendment on another bill before the
close of the legislative session on June 5th. Even if it does not, our
opposition has vowed to bring it back next year.
Click here to share this message on Facebook and Twitter.
That is a threat we take very seriously, especially in light of an
article by veteran pro-life author Anne Hendershott, revealing what FIC
Action and our allies are really up against in Connecticut: Big
Suicide, funded by billionaire George Soros.
Despite our decisive victory today, the war is not over. Indeed, it has
just begun. FIC Action is grateful to know that in the battles ahead we
are not alone. We have you, our faithful members. We have our allies,
especially the people with disabilities and advocates for the elderly
that did so much to make today's victory possible. And we have God--or
rather, He has us--the One through Whom all good things come, including
today's success. Thank you, almighty God.
~ Peter Wolfgang, President
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FAMILY INSTITUTE OF CONNECTICUT ACTION
Press Conference Tomorrow March 20th!
Pray for Newtown
Words cannot describe the heartbreak we at the Family Institute of
Connecticut feel upon hearing of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary
School in Newtown, CT. According to
the most recent news reports, twenty-seven people, including twenty
children between the ages of five and ten, have been killed.
We have said before that when tragedy strikes Connecticut, FIC feels it
right alongside you. That has never been more true than now. FIC
research assistant Jessica DeVivo, a Newtown native,
attended Sandy Hook. And
as I told One News Now, we are making inquiries to learn who else
among our membership has been affected and what we can do to help.
Please join us in praying for God’s protection upon all the people of
our home state,
children, and that He console the victims of this atrocity
and their families.
And let us not forget, even in this dark hour, that evil never has
the last word.
light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."
Man Convicted of
Threatening Peter Wolfgang
For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Contact: Peter Wolfgang,
Executive Director (860) 548-0066
MAN WHO THREATENED PETER WOLFGANG’S LIFE PLEADS GUILTY TO TWO FELONY
Daniel Sarno of Enfield, CT pleaded guilty today in U.S. District
Court in New Haven to two felony charges of mailing threatening
communications. Mr. Sarno mailed over 300 anonymous letters to the
Family Institute of Connecticut from November 2011 to May 2012 that
included threats on the life of FIC executive director Peter Wolfgang.
FIC executive director Peter Wolfgang stated, “I want to thank the
authorities for their response and actions in this situation, and for
ensuring the safety and protection of my family and the employees of the
Family Institute of Connecticut. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated
incident. In fact it is part of a growing and disturbing intimidation
campaign among some proponents of same-sex ‘marriage.’ It is clear that
their pretense of ‘tolerance’ is over.
“Using death threats to stifle debate is un-American. These types
of tactics won’t work. The Family Institute of Connecticut will continue
its work to strengthen and protect marriage, life and religious
Sarno addressed the letters “Attention: Peter Wolfgang,” identified
himself as homosexual and made it clear that he was threatening Peter’s
life because of Peter’s beliefs and public advocacy. (“Are ‘family
values’ worth dying for, Mr. Wolfgang?...I suggest you make your funeral
arrangements real soon, Mr. Wolfgang. Trust me, I know…Yer Dead.”)
The Family Institute of Connecticut is a non-profit, non-partisan
organization dedicated to creating a family-friendly environment in our
state. We are working to encourage and strengthen the family as the
foundation of society and to promote sound ethical and moral values in
our culture and government. You can learn more about the Family
Institute of Connecticut at our web site,
, or by
calling our Hartford office at (860) 548-0066 or you may call us toll-free (877)
Big Success in New Haven!
Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally a Big Success in New Haven!
At noon this past Friday the Family Institute of Connecticut helped
gather over 520 people on the New Haven Green for a second Stand Up for
Religious Freedom Rally. This was one of hundreds of rallies occurring
simultaneously in about 150 cities to protest the federal mandate
requiring religious institutions to pay for and provide
abortion-inducing drugs and other violations of conscience, and it was
the only rally in Connecticut.
You can see the magnificent photo album of the rally, 77 pictures sent
to FIC by those who attended, on this facebook page. (For
those who do not have facebook, these photos will soon be available on
You can see Peter Wolfgang's interview
with Channel 3 here and
When the print media ignored the six hundred people who attended the
last Religious Freedom rally in Hartford, FIC called them out. This time
the media covered us, albeit with some bizarre omissions.
otherwise good article the New Haven Register put our numbers at a
laughingly inaccurate 200. The Hartford Courant counted double the
Register, putting our numbers at 400, though both the
first Courant article and
Courant article avoided any reference to FIC or Peter Wolfgang, even
though we organized the Rally and Peter presided over it as master of
ceremonies. You can also see the Associated Press article here.
Our two favorite accounts of the New Haven Rally are the National
Catholic Register article and the
account by David E. Dowd that
was published on the official Stand Up for Religious Freedom website.
FIC wishes to thank all those who spoke at the Rally: Catholic Bishop
Emeritus Peter Rosazza and Evangelical Bishop Terry Wiles; Fathers
Robert Rousseau, Joseph Looney and Greek Melkite Deacon Tom Davis;
Nicole Peck of Silent No More; Attorneys Wayne Winsley, Vincent McCarthy
and Martha Dean; State Rep. T.R. Rowe and State Senator Michael
McLachlan. We also wish to thank Norma Contois and the pro-life ministry
at St. Mary's Church in New Haven, the co-organizers of the rally, and
the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, who filmed the whole event and
provided a much-improved sound system.
Thanks to FIC, the media is finally covering the growing outrage over
the federal attack on our religious liberties. There is a new attack on
the state level, also related to Obamacare, that we will be telling you
about in the coming days.
But our ability to rally the troops, educate the public and defend faith
and family depends on you. FIC does not run automatically, we do not
have any cash reserves to draw upon to do this work. Our ability to
carry on literally depends on your willingness to donate to our work.
At this time of year, when we are doing our best work but our funds at
their lowest, would you please consider making a tax-deductible donation
to the Family Institute of Connecticut? Now
is the time, while we have our matching grant campaign, to double your
donation to FIC.
If you are someone who can afford to give $500, $1,000 or more, please
do not wait until the last day of our summer campaign. We
really need your support right now.
Whatever you can give, no matter how large or how small, is greatly
appreciated. Checks can
also be mailed to: Family Institute of Connecticut, 77 Buckingham
Street, Hartford, CT 06106. Thank you and God bless you!
Pro-Abortion Rally Backfires!
"Unite Women CT" Rally Backfires!
Question: What if they held a pro-abortion rally and almost no one came?
Answer: It would still receive front page attention in the Hartford
Courant. And that is what happened last weekend.
NARAL and Planned Parenthood, juggernauts of Connecticut’s abortion
industry, were outshined and nearly outnumbered by a band of pro-life
and pro-religious-liberty witnesses at a rally this past sunny Saturday
in Hartford. Despite being sponsored by 20 organizations (many
subsidized by our own state and federal governments), receiving weeks of
free advertising by The Hartford
Courant, and having several of Connecticut’s pro-abortion
glitterati as speakers, the “Unite Women Rally” was
estimated to have only around 100 people. This, in contrast to a
spontaneous group of people that held cheerful yellow balloons sporting
the word “LIFE” and prayed at the rally, giving witness to religious
freedom and the unborn.
You can see the Courant's coverage here.
You can see a
live on-the-spot video made by Peter Wolfgang here. More pictures
from that rally and the prayerful and jubilant counter-witness, are
available on FIC’s
Thanks to quotes from FIC members Bill and Sophie Brown,
participants in the counter-witness, the Courant finally reported what
it had been keeping from its readers: Hartford's
March 23rd Stand Up for Religious Freedom rally had over 600 attendees. A
letter to the editor published in Tuesday's Courant,
"Women's Rights Rally a Failure" contrasted that number with Unite Women
CT, noting that "'at least 100' attended [Unite
Women CT] --
including children -- and it was sponsored by 20 organizations. How
embarrassing for abortion rights advocates." Another
letter on Wednesday, noting the Courant's front-page
photo of the pro-abortion rally, called for equal representation: "I
don't recall seeing a similar front-page picture appearing in The
more than 600 anti-abortion demonstrators gathered on March 23."
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Disappointing as it was to rally organizers, the weak attendance by even
the members of their various sponsoring organizations, shows that
grassroots momentum lies with the majority of people that support
parental notification and religious liberty.
This is just the beginning. Building and
organizing grassroots enthusiasm into public policy that supports
families and the unborn takes resources and money. The Family Institute
of Connecticut is the nexus that that can channel grassroots activism
into public policy victories. But we need your support. Please consider
making a tax-deductible donation today!
March 25th, 2012 by
Contact: Peter Wolfgang, Executive Director, Family Institute of
HARTFORD, Conn., March 25, 2012 / — Family Institute of
Connecticut co-hosted the Hartford Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally
on Friday, March 23rd in front of the Ribicoff Court House. This was one
of 140 rallies happening the same day across the country.
FIC executive director Peter Wolfgang stated, “The Stand
Up for Religious Freedom Rally Friday drew 615 people in Hartford and
another 200 in New Haven. That is over 800 Connecticut citizens who
understand that the federal mandate requiring religious institutions to
provide abortion-inducing drugs is a threat to the First Amendment. On
the same day that Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro demonstrated cruelty
with talk of ‘unnecessary children,’ 800 of her fellow state
residents, including hundreds of women, cared enough to take time out of
their busy weekday to stand up for life and liberty.”
Peter Wolfgang was the master of ceremonies for the
Hartford Rally, which was co-hosted by Connecticut Right to Life and
included the following speakers: Fr. Joseph Looney of Church of the
Nativity in Bethlehem, CT; Joseph Scheidler, president of the Pro-Life
Action League; Martha Dean, former candidate for Connecticut Attorney
General; Rep. TR Rowe, R-Trumbull; Sen. Michael McLachlan, R-Danbury;
Sen. Joe Markley, R-Southington; Theresa Krankowski of St. Gerard’s
Center; Fr. Gregg Markey of St. Mary’s Church, Norwalk; Fr. Robert
Rousseau of the Archdiocese of Hartford Pro-Life Ministry; Peter Lumaj,
U.S. Senate candidate; and Bill Brown, East Hartford evangelical
Partial Victory, Immediate Backlash
Back Down on Forcing Attendance at Gay Play
Kiss, Despite Uproar" says the front page headline in today's Courant.
But the subheading provides the real story: "Controversial Play Is Now
Optional." The reason the school changed its policy is buried deep in the
Family Institute of Connecticut, a conservative group that opposed gay
marriage in the state, sent a mass email Monday with the subject "Forced
Pro-Gay Indoctrination at Hartford Public High School," criticizing what
it considered "an outrageous attack on parental rights." Principals of
the nursing and law and government academies decided against requiring
permission slips for the opening performance.
That won't be
the case for Friday's show. Jack Baldermann, the executive principal of
Hartford High who also heads the school's Engineering and Green
Technology Academy, said that all the freshmen need an OK from their
parents and that he expected more than half to attend. The sophomores,
juniors and seniors in his academy can choose to opt out and work on
That is what a single email from FIC Action can help to accomplish.
Following our Monday alert, FIC Action President Peter Wolfgang did
interviews with CitizenLink, Family News in Focus, American Family Radio
and Fox 61 (see
the video here). Other outlets such as LifeSiteNews picked
up the story. Many of you took the initiative and contacted school
The result is most visible in the Fox 61 story, which begins with the
claim that school officials are standing by their decision to make
attendance at the gay propaganda play mandatory, but ends with the
admission that they will now allow opt-in/out-outs.
is a partial victory for parental rights and against the gay agenda in
Hartford's public schools. But
the rage of our political elites at suffering even this minor setback in
their campaign to force pro-gay indoctrination on the state's youth is
Though FIC has been headquartered in Hartford for a decade, the Courant
claimed the calls and emails to the school came "mostly from
The Courant managed to find two football players who approved of the
play and then pitted them against their fellow jocks. One of them calls
his teammates "disrespectful" for leaving the play, adding that "you
have to accept" what the play was promoting. Another called into
question the "character" of his teammates who chose to leave. Not a
single one of the dozens of students who walked out are interviewed for
More disturbing, though the Courant reports that school officials say
attendance "is now considered optional," it is clear that those same
school officials are still pressuring students to attend another showing
of the play:
going to force them to come," [Jack] Baldermann [executive principal of
Hartford High] said...But Baldermann has told his students that he
would like them there..."
The counter-attack continues throughout today's Courant. The photo
accompanying the main story depicts the two men kissing. In an op-ed,
local writer Gina Barreca says "a
handful of outraged parents of Hartford High students, some football
players and a coven of conservative community members" were
acting out of "inherited,
unexamined and brittle prejudice" against a genre of play "unduly
causing people to think." (The irony in Barreca's refusal to
engage people with differing views was clearly lost on her.)
Most disturbing of all is today's
Hartford Courant editorial. The editors scolded the students who
walked out of the play, saying they "have
a lot to learn" and that the walk-out was "a
shocking display of intolerance," while students who cheered
the play's propaganda had it counted "to
their credit" by the paper. The editorial allowed that some
come from homes with inflexible views on same-sex affection,"
noting that one angry parent returned to the school with a Bible. But,
sniffed the editors, coming from a home where the Bible is taught is "no
excuse for poor student behavior."
By "poor student behavior" the editors mean the brave refusal of a few
dozen students to be indoctrinated against the values of their parents
by the public officials whose salaries their parents pay for.
It gets worse. The editorial ends by noting that "More
acceptance is needed all around, even in the strictest households."
What does this mean? Who would the Courant propose to enforce this
"greater acceptance" against the will of Connecticut's
traditional-minded households? The government? The
schools? Will they be
knocking on our door to see if we conform to standards of "greater
tolerance" as defined by the Courant's editors? At a bare minimum, the
Courant calls on the city's high schools to add more events "like
this play" to "broaden
students' perspective" so that they will think less
independently and more like the editors of the Courant.
Ironically, the same edition of the Courant includes a farewell piece by
departing columnist Helen Ubinas, who says her writing was motivated by
a desire "to keep the powerful honest and give those without power a
voice." In the matter of Hartford High's forced pro-gay indoctrination,
who is the powerful and who is the powerless?
Are the kids who were forced to see this play "the powerful"? Or the few
dozen who walked out? Or their parents who were not given the
opportunity to opt-out their children? Or the one angry parent who
returned to the school with a Bible?
Are the school officials who forced students to see this play and kept
their parents in the dark "the powerless"? Or the gay advocacy group
that colluded with them and collects public money for its efforts? Or
the Courant editors? Are the Courant editors "the powerless" and those
few students who resisted their agenda somehow "the powerful"?
Fortunately, there is a voice for traditional households buffeted by the
cultural aggression of Connecticut's political and media elites. Family
Institute of Connecticut Action helped make Hartford Public High School
back down from forcing gay propaganda on its students. Every single letter in
the print edition of today's Courant criticizes Hartford High's
propaganda because you answered our call to speak up. And FIC Action
will continue its three year old fight to pass a
law requiring an opt-in for
Resistance to no other left-wing cause, not even abortion, enrages the
cultural elites like our refusal to kowtow to the gay agenda. In
Connecticut, FIC Action is virtually alone in leading that resistance.
We hope you will stand with us.
Forced Pro-Gay Indoctrination
at Hartford Public High School
Just As We Warned: Outrageous Attack on Parental Rights.
Hundreds of students at Hartford Public High School were
forced Friday to watch a play promoting approval of homosexual activity,
including a scene with two men kissing:
actors kissed and a piercing clamor rang through the auditorium. There
were screams and loud voices and a bit of feigned or real disgust.
Dozens of students, mostly male and a few in their Owls football
jerseys, hurried out of their rows and walked out. A few jumped over
seats to leave."
Even more disturbing is this:
"[Adam] Johnson [principal
of Hartford High's law and government academy] and
David Chambers, principal of the nursing academy, said the students had
heard ahead of time that there might be same-sex affection in the play.
Some asked to be excused. Chambers considered sending an opt-out letter
to parents but
decided against it."
What an outrageous attack on parental rights. FIC Action has been
anticipating it for a long time.
Earlier this year Sen. Kevin Witkos (R-Canton) proposed a bill at our
request that might have prevented this situation, if the bill had become
law. This is from our February, 2011 legislative breakfast agenda:
same-sex 'marriage' has been undemocratically imposed on Connecticut, we
must pass a law requiring schools that provide instruction on marriage
or human sexuality to inform parents that they may opt to remove their
children from such instructions without penalty against the student."
That bill, tragically, was never given a public hearing. We will fight
for it again next year and every year until it is passed.
In the meantime, we suggest that you send
a letter to the Hartford Courant politely
expressing disagreement with Hartford Public High School's decision to
indoctrinate students in the homosexual agenda, particularly
without even notifying parents that they have the right to opt-out their
How did your legislator vote
on the "Bathroom Bill"?
HOLD YOUR LEGISLATORS ACCOUNTABLE,
Click this link to see
how your Representative Voted!
New York Defeat,
Last week, pro same-sex "marriage" activists accomplished something
in New York that they were never able to accomplish in Connecticut. They
redefined marriage through the state legislature.
These same forces repeatedly tried and failed to redefine marriage at
the Connecticut General Assembly, eventually achieving their goal in our
state only by court order. Family Institute of Connecticut defeated
same-sex "marriage" at the legislature every year prior to the court's
ruling and even defeated our opponents after the
ruling, when we won the strongest religious liberty exemptions against
same-sex "marriage" in the nation.
The media will not tell you the true history of how marriage was
redefined in Connecticut, choosing instead to play down the court's
ruling and play up a supposed legislative "sign off" on the ruling. The
truth is that our legislature explicitly defined marriage as between a
man and a woman in the 2005 civil unions law, let a same-sex "marriage"
bill die in 2007 and only acquiesced to same-sex "marriage" in 2009
after the court had already redefined marriage in 2008.
FIC saw an opportunity in the 2009 codification vote and we seized it.
What was supposed to be a pro forma legislative "sign off" of the
court's redefinition of marriage became instead the vehicle through
which we enacted some of the strongest religious liberty exemptions
against same-sex "marriage" in the nation.
Because of our work, same-sex "marriage" never came to Connecticut
through the legislative process and could only be imposed by a 4-3 vote
of our state Supreme Court. Because of our work, same-sex "marriage"
will never have the democratic legitimacy in Connecticut that it
unfortunately now has in New York.
FIC's Point Was Made
Below is a newspaper article on
Judge Lubbie Harper's confirmation, which we are reprinting with the
publisher's permission. Without FIC, Harper would have faced no
resistance for his outrageous decision to redefine marriage. We are very
grateful to all of you who contacted your legislators about this
confirmed despite objections to ruling
BY PAUL HUGHES
HARTFORD — State Rep. Alfred C. Adinolfi suspects a spot on the Supreme
Court is a “political reward” for Appellate Judge Lubbie Harper Jr. for
voting to legalize same-sex marriage.
Adinolfi, R-Cheshire, was among 20 representatives and senators who
voted against Harper’s appointment to the state’s highest court on
Wednesday. The nomination passed overwhelmingly.
Harper was tapped to hear the appeal that led to the Supreme Court’s
landmark 4-3 ruling in 2008 that legalized same-sex marriage. He was
called up from the Appellate Court after two justices recused
Harper proved to be the swing vote in the case, and that bothered a
number of the 20 dissenting lawmakers Tuesday.
Harper is Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s first nominee to the Supreme Court.
“Governor Malloy respects that there will be differing opinions on
issues like these, but believes that Lubbie Harper is the right man for
the job,” said Colleen Flanagan, a Malloy spokeswoman.
On the Senate floor, Sen. Kevin D. Witkos, R-Canton, said he could not
support a nominee whom he considers to be an activist judge.
Sen. Joan V. Hartley, D-15th District, had objections along the same
line. The Waterbury lawmaker was the only Democratic senator to vote
Hartley said the Supreme Court overstepped in legalizing same-sex
marriage. The dissenting justices in the case said the decision should
have been left to elected lawmakers.
“It was absolutely an issue within the purview of the legislature,”
A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled that the state constitution
prohibits the state government from denying same-sex couples the right
The three dissenting judges concluded no such fundamental right exists.
Adinolfi said the Supreme Court appointment smacks of payback for the
gay marriage ruling because the 68-year-old Harper is close to
retirement age. He will turn 69 on Nov. 30. Under state law, judges must
retire at age 70.
Adinolfi said the promotion assures Harper will retire with a higher
pension. Judges on the Appellate Court now earn a salary of $152,637 a
year. A justice on the Supreme Court makes $162,520 annually.
“A lot of us looked at it as a political reward where he would get the
higher pension in year and a half,” Adinolfi said.
Sen. Robert J. Kane, R-Watertown, said he shared the concerns about
Harper’s age. He also said he voted against him because of the same-sex
Kane said it did not make sense to vote to appoint a Supreme Court
justice who would serve 18 months. He said he would have opposed the
Harper nomination on that basis alone, regardless of the same-sex
Reps. Anthony J. D’Amelio, R-71st District, and Selim G. Noujaim, R-74th
District, also voted against the Harper nomination. The two Waterbury
lawmakers said Harper’s age and his role in legalizing gay marriage
colored their decision.
“Many of my constituents called me regarding his stance on the same-sex
marriage vote. That was one of the issues that weighed on me,” D’Amelio
said. Noujaim said he also had concerns about Harper’s constitutional
views based on his responses to questions posed during his confirmation
The House voted 124-16 to confirm
Harper’s appointment, and then Senate followed with a 24-7 vote. Three
Democrats and 13 Republicans opposed Harper in the House. Hartley and a
half dozen Republican senators voted against him.
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