June 08, 2018
As summer begins and children around the nation look forward to a break from their studies, there is at least one American in this interlude who is left anxiously hoping he will be able to go back to school in the fall. As we shared yesterday, orchestra teacher John Kluge has been forced out of his job that he loves at Indiana's Brownsburg High School because he respectfully refuses to cave to political correctness and address students who identify as transgender by their "preferred" names.
Rather than encourage his students on a path that his conscience believes to be harmful, John for a few months was allowed to address all students simply by their last names. "I wanted to present an environment where I wasn't going to push one way or the other," he told the Indianapolis Star. The compromise that upheld his religious convictions and the dignity of his students appeared to be working. That is, until school administrators changed their tune and insisted that he must face the music: either submit, resign, or be fired.
After 35 years of Family Research Council standing for truth in the public square, we're not surprised by this change of events. We've heard this song of intolerance to religious expression before, and the theme seems to be rising in countless communities across America. However, as the Supreme Court's decision Monday in favor of Colorado baker Jack Phillips illustrated, we can win against anti-faith bullies -- if we don't give up.
To stand against the radical Left's orchestrated attacks takes extensive resources. As FRC approaches our fiscal year end in just three short weeks, we must finish this fiscal year strong and surge forward in the months ahead to continue advancing a culture in which all human life is valued, families flourish, and religious liberty thrives.
We cannot slow down or pullback on our strategies in the nation's capital and around the country because of budgetary needs. Not when there are courageous individuals like John Kluge who are trying to humbly live out their faith. We must not let faithful believers -- whether in the schools, pulpits, military, or their own neighborhoods -- stand alone. But to translate this vision into reality, we need your help!
To meet our fiscal year budget goals, friends of FRC have generously put forward a $650,000 Matching Challenge through the end of the month. That means that any gift you give before midnight June 30 will be combined with these challenge funds to have double the impact for faith, family, and freedom.
The needs and opportunities are great, but we know we serve the living God who is great, and greatly to be praised (Psalm 145:3, ESV). Will you help us complete the mission? Join us today!
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.