Dear FFRF Member:
The Foundation sent a letter July 14 to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, on behalf of a state citizen, objecting to a Christian group’s link on the wisconsin.gov website. Please join in support of the Foundation’s request for secular government. The state must take notice that about 15% of the U.S. and Wisconsin population identifies as nonreligious (American Religious Identification Survey 2008). FFRF has over 1,300 members in Wisconsin.
In early July, FFRF received a complaint from a woman looking at the wisconsin.gov site. On the site, there is no information about the options a pregnant woman has other than a link to Care Net Pregnancy Centers under "Family" on the “Family Services" page.
Care Net is an overtly Christian anti-abortion organization that has pregnancy centers across the country. Their mission statement says: “Our vision is a culture where lives are transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and every woman chooses life for herself and her unborn child.” The Care Net website is here.
Care Net has adapted a Statement of Faith from the National Association of Evangelicals (a separate organization which takes pride in its government relations/lobbying effort, “Bringing biblical values to the political spheres”). The statement incorporates seven bullet points that dictate what Care Net believes ideologically. Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF co-president, wrote in her July 14 letter, “No state government office should have any affiliation with a group that has a 'Statement of Faith.' ”
Please consider sending a message to the governor and members of the state government objecting to the link (Even one or two direct sentences are effective, such as, “Take down the link to the Care Net organization. Keep state and church separate!”). Please keep messages brief and civil, and sign your name and address. It would also be helpful to send letters to the editor to local papers (see contact info below). For maximum effectiveness, write as an individual and not as someone responding to an Action Alert. Please do not forward this to state officials or media. We are pleased to receive “blind” copies .
TALKING POINTS (Feel free to use our wording or, better yet, use your own words):
The Wisconsin government should not be advertising a Christian ministry organization on its publicly funded “.gov” website. It is a fundamental principle of Establishment Clause jurisprudence that the government cannot in any way promote, advance, or otherwise endorse religion. By leading citizens to pervasively sectarian religious organizations, the state of Wisconsin appears to endorse religion over nonreligion, and specifically prefers evangelical Christianity over all other faiths.
Gov. Scott Walker
State of Wisconsin
115 East Capitol
Madison, WI 53702
Phone: (608) 266-1212
Letters to the editor
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Wisconsin State Journal (Madison)
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