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Thank You, Janet Robey, for Your Outstanding Service to CWA Through the Years

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Dear CWA of Virginia Friends,

For eight years, Janet Robey has been the State Director for Concerned Women for America of Virginia. We remember back in 2007 when we asked Janet to step into the position of State Director. She diligently prayed about it and eventually accepted with the understanding that she would commit to taking the position for only one year. We agreed, knowing full well the Lord was at work and that she would be with us much longer. Well, eight years later, the one year has concluded, and Janet is stepping down from the position of State Director. Though saddened, we are honored that she graced us with her tremendous work for each of those years. As of December 31, Janet will be stepping down from the position of State Director, yet will be staying with us as a local Prayer/Action Chapter.

Here is what she said on the matter:

“It is with a heavy heart that I need to share that as of December 31, 2015, I am stepping down as Virginia’s State Director for Concerned Women for America (CWA).

“The life experience, education and opportunities that CWA has provided for me over the past eight years are invaluable, and I would recommend this organization to anyone who wishes to be educated and engaged in current issues.

“As I age (I hate to admit that), I have found it is increasingly more difficult to juggle CWA, my full time job and family responsibilities. I will continue to be active with CWA including facilitating a Prayer/Action Chapter (I absolutely love my ladies and the prayer warriors that they are). This conservative activist is not stepping down from the fight, just the position.

“I look forward to our continued relationship as we battle on until HE comes. After December 31, you will be able to reach me at [email protected], and my phone number stays the same 434-401-8852.”

Through the years Janet has made countless trips to Richmond to lobby legislators on CWA’s core issues. Through the years, she has taken the time to encourage the state legislators with cookies, flowers and, when the flu was going around, hand sanitizer with a tag that said, “Stay Well. Virginia families are counting on you! Psalm 24:3-5”. She has attended multiple demonstrations in opposition to abortion, in support of marriage and many others. She has spoken in front of a myriad of groups on an array of topics and attended meetings all around the state representing CWA. Through e-alerts, Janet encouraged prayer and action on behalf of Lisa Miller as she held her ground to protect her daughter from going into the custody of a woman living in a lesbian relationship. She attended many of Lisa’s court hearings as well. Thank God with us for blessing CWA with such a godly representative.

Every month we spotlight a director on CWA national’s homepage. In October we featured Janet. Please take a moment to read what she wrote for us.

We will miss Janet tremendously, but look forward to her continued leadership with her Chapter and her involvement with CWA of Virginia. Know that we are working on a replacement. After December 31, you can contact us in the Field Department for any help you need.

Sincerely,

Kenda Bartlett
National Field Director
Concerned Women for America
[email protected]
ConcernedWomen.org

Michelle Minor
Field Organization Coordinator
Concerned Women for America
[email protected]

State Leader Spotlight: Janet Robey

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What is Your Policy Passion?
Marriage

What’s your CWA story?

VA BOH Media pic“In 2005, I began to sense God was redirecting my ministry focus after being in children’s ministry for five years.  In the fall of that year, I attended an E-Women conference, where I stumbled on a Concerned Women for America booth.  I was familiar with this organization, so I spoke to the ladies and, shortly afterwards, started attending a Prayer/Action Chapter meeting.  While attending these monthly meetings, I discovered how much I had forgotten about our governmental process.  These passionate and caring ladies began my journey to become educated on the process of federal and state government.  In the very beginning, I could not even tell you who my state representatives were.

In those early days, I was a Home Team Captain with CWA and a Church Liaison with The Family Foundation.  In those positions, I recruited individuals to be on my Home Team.  I was to disperse information via e-mail to encourage my team to take action (educating, praying, and acting on issues of importance). With the Family Foundation, I took training on how to encourage the church to be involved in passing the Marriage Amendment.  So the Marriage Amendment is what propelled me into action.

I attended my first CWA National Leadership Conference in September 2006.  Looking back to that conference, I can see how God was preparing me.

After the Marriage Amendment was passed, my husband and I attended a victory celebration.  It was to be a prophetic night.  We were talking to the grassroots director of Family Foundation and discussing the fact that the Virginia director had stepped down to run for office.  Steve said to me, “You could do that!” and I promptly said, “Oh no, I’m too new.” A few minutes later as we walked away, my husband turned to me and said, “They are going to ask you to do that.”

In June 2007, I was approached by a long-time CWA member and asked to be interim State Director.  The very next Sunday (June 17), a dear lady at church handed me a note and said she was impressed to give this to me.  She had no idea what was swirling around in my head.  Romans 8:28. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”  She said “Respond to His leading and trust; He will work it out.”

I was in a Beth Moore study “Seeking Him,” and that particular week was on grace.  I’ll share some quotes from that week God used to lead me in the decision process.  “Grace is that which God gives us to meet His requirements and to face the difficulties of life.”  “Do I take God’s grace for granted or have I lost the sense of wonder of what God has done for me?” (Or can do for me?) “God’s grace is the dynamic quality of His life within us that gives us both the desire and the power to obey God.  God is fully aware that we are incapable of Godly living in spite of our best intentions or efforts.  His grace is His supernatural supply for all we lack.  He promises to equip and empower us to do whatever He requires of us.”  Philippians 2:13 says it is God who works in you to will and to do for His good pleasure.

I had noted in the book that week, “I feel totally inadequate to do a task that God has called me to do.”

I was dumbfounded really.  So for the two weeks, I struggled; I reasoned; I questioned.  One of my main concerns was my lack of ability, education, and knowledge in this arena.

A couple weeks later, our church had a special guest — a trumpeter.  It was as if God ordained this message just for me.

I Corinthians 14:7-8 “… how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes, Again if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?”

God was calling me to sound a clear call through the vehicle of CWA.  So I answered the call.  Has it been easy? No!  Has it been convenient? No!  Has it required me to move out of my comfort zone? Absolutely! Would I change my answer to the call — most days NO!

I leave you with two verses. May they challenge you to say “Yes” to God and “No” to your doubts.

2 Corinthians 8:12 — “For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.”  God does not call the equipped, He equips the called.

Acts 4:13 — “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”

Call to Action

If you feel that you are being called to serve, make today the day that you say “yes.”  Just like Janet, God will use YOU to impact America! For more information on how to lead or join a CWA State Chapter or Prayer and Action Chapter, attend events and rallies, sign petitions, and much more, visit www.ConcernedWomen.org.

 VAGroupshotoutside2012

Join Us In Prayer For Victory In Virginia In Preparation of November 3

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On Tuesday, November 3, Virginians will cast a very important vote in our commonwealth’s history. The candidates couldn’t be more different in their positions on crucial moral issues. As the battle escalates over Obamacare, defunding and prosecuting Planned Parenthood and the threats of ISIS increase against our people through the entrance of Muslim “refugees”, we need strong Officials in our House of Delegates and State Senate to defend us. We need courageous leaders to stand up to the war against our Constitution. We need God’s divine intervention. Our help must come from God.

Please commit to pray at least once daily until all ballots have been counted. Please add anything else the Lord may lay on your heart.

Praise:
“For great is your love, higher than the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, let your glory be over all the earth. With God we will gain the victory…” Psalm 108:4, 5, 13

“The Lord foils the plans of the nations; He thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He chose for his inheritance.” Psalm 33:10-12

Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You for Your sovereign control over the destiny of Virginia.

Confession:
“Create in me a clean heart, O God & renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
Dear Heavenly Father, Please forgive us for ignoring the dishonesty that has crept into our media and culture. Forgive us for our apathy about standing for what is right and allowing the politically correct people to stifle our free speech. Forgive our Commonwealth for the slaughter of innocent babies in the name of “choice”.

Thanks:
“O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together.” Psalm 34:3

Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for abundantly blessing America and Virginia with freedom and prosperity.
Thank you for protecting us from tyrants and terror. Thank you for free elections. (Please add anything else for which you are thankful.)

Requests:
“For Thou LORD wilt bless the righteous with favor will you surround him.” Psalm 5:12

Dear Heavenly Father,
Please shine Your favor on Your candidates. Help voters to see the truth. Give all Christ-honoring candidates Your victory. Amen.

Monday, November 2
When the ancient Israelites entered the Promised Land, their first obstacle was the great walled city of Jericho. As Joshua and the men prepared to conquer the city, God gave them a clear battle strategy. They were to walk around the great city once a day for six days without speaking one word. On the final day, they silently circled the city seven times. What went through the minds of these untrained warriors as they only heard the tramping feet of their fellow countrymen? Did they hear taunts from above as Jericho citizens jeered? They saw the great wall up close. Did they tremble in fear at the overwhelming size of this fortress city? Did they feel outnumbered and unprepared? How many realized that their only hope for victory would be from God? During the silent trek, how many called out to God in prayer? How many asked Him to do the impossible?

Today, we need God to do the impossible for us. We too have the opportunity to call out to Him and ask Him to give us a fair election. May He crumble our opponents like He crumbled the walls of Jericho!

Here’s a simple strategy: on the evening of November 2 (preferably before dark) go to your local polling precinct. Take a few like-minded friends and march around the building or grounds. Pray out loud or silently asking God to make sure no fraud will succeed in the precinct the next day. Pray for only a fair vote to come from the precinct. Below are a few requests in addition to the Confession and Praise from the previous page. Please feel free to add whatever God lays on your heart. (If you can’t make it to your polling place the night before, please pray about these candidates at a convenient time as often as you can.)

Requests:
Dear Heavenly Father, We lift up this polling place. We pray there will be no tampering with machines, ballots or any confusion causing voters to mis-vote. We pray any attempts at fraud would fail and/or be caught. We ask that all ballots cast would be fair ballots.

Help voters not to be deceived but to see the whole truth.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen

Tuesday, November 3
Be sure to vote! Pray that God’s men and women will be elected.

CWA of Virginia Launches “Students, Know Your Rights” Project to Inform Students of Their Religious Liberties

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VA 2 picWe are excited to report that just days into launching a brand new project, “Students: Know Your Rights,” churches, pastors and educators are requesting our bookmarks faster than we can print and get them out the door.

The project is simple:  Get into the hands of high schoolers a bookmark that outlines their religious liberties.  It is essential that our students are aware of their right to wear and display religious jewelry, have student lead prayer, read their Bible during free time, and more.

Will you join us as we empower our Virginia youth to exercise their religious rights in the public school system?  There are two ways you can help: 1.) Contribute towards the “Students: Know Your Rights” project.  These bookmarks are not free to produce and distribute yet for only 12 cents you can put a bookmark into a student’s hand. 2.) Ask your pastor and/or youth leader if they would like for us to send them some.

For every $12 contributed we can send a youth pastor or an educator 100 bookmarks for free.  To give a tax deductible contribution simply go to our website and click the “DONATE TO YOUR STATE” button below my picture on the left.  Be sure to put “Bookmarks” in the comment section.  Or, send a check to the address below.

If the pastor or youth leader of your church would like some bookmarks, please have them contact me with the number they would like.

The requests are pouring in!  Just yesterday a church from Richmond requested 500! Will you help?

For the youth of Virginia!

Janet Robey
State Director
P.O. Box 1465
Bedford, VA 24523
434-401-8852
[email protected]
va.cwfa.org

Join Us in Building the Next Generation in Virginia Through the Work of Young Women for America

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The Problem: Have you ever been discouraged when reading about the liberal mindset being taught in colleges today?  Concerned about how this next generation is being indoctrinated against the Biblical world view in an ever increasing manner by professors that openly oppose what we hold near and dear?  Felt helpless?

The Answer: We at CWA of Virginia and CWA national have committed in 2016 to do our part in combating this anti-Biblical teachings through a project called Young Women for America (YWA).  YWA is a student-oriented initiative that is geared toward high school and college campuses to bring active groups of young like-minded women together to promote conservative values to their schools and the nation.

The good news is that there are young women out there within the 171 Virginia colleges that are Christian, conservative and passionate about the issues you and I care about.  They just need our support and a platform to spread the word and make a difference on their campuses, the state and nation.  They need to be encouraged, equipped and trained.

The Need: Christian college women.  We have everything needed to serve these young ladies.  CWA national has hired staff, created curriculum for them to use to lead their chapters and accumulated funds to enable them to do what needs to be done to have a significant impact.  All we need now is young women to answer the call.  This is where you come in.

The Action: Can you help us identify these young women?  They might be your daughter, granddaughter, niece or part of your church family or friends of young ladies you know.  Please forward them this e-alert and be sure they visit the YWA website and read through this YWA brochure.  And, encourage, inspire and urge them to make a difference in their generation through this exciting opportunity in YWA.

The Outcome: The build-up of conservative YWA chapters across Virginia will finally provide a Kingdom response to the liberal studies and programs that have been built by the left for 20 years.  We will equip young women across the state to make a difference on their college campuses and be a greater impact in their communities, state and national after they graduate.

Leave a legacy; inspire the next generation to lead a YWA chapter.

Contact us today with any questions and/or ideas on ways we can reach these Christian college women with YWA information.

Thank you in advance for your diligence in this matter.

Janet Robey
State Director
CWA of Virginia
[email protected]
va.cwfa.org

Patrina Mosley
Young Women for America Coordinator
Concerned Women for America
[email protected]
202-266-4810

Enough is enough! CWA of Virginia Calls for Planned Parenthood to Be Investigated on Both a National and State Level

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Planned Parenthood betrays women and should not be receiving federal funds.  They must be investigated on both a national and state level immediately.

View what Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America CEO and President, had to say at a press conference in Washington, D.C., yesterday

Please take action:

  1.  View all three disturbing video’s click on this link.
  2. After viewing do your part by signing our petition.  We need as many signatures as possible to present to the Senate as they take up the defunding of Planned Parenthood before they break for the August recess.  We will continue to collect signatures and want to have thousands of signatures to take to the Congress when they return in September.
  3. IMMEDIATELY – Contact Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia) 202-224-2023/e-mail/twitter, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) 202-224-4024/e-mail/twitter.  The Senate is scheduled to address the defunding of Planned Parenthood before they leave for the summer break.
  4. Contact Rep. Rob Wittman (R-1st District Virginia) 202-225-4261/e-mail/twitter, Rep. Scott Rigell (R-2nd  District Virginia) 202-225-4215/e-mail/twitter, Rep. Bobby Scott (D-3rd District Virginia) 202-225-8351/e-mail/twitter, Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-4th District Virginia) 202-225-6365/e-mail/twitter, Rep. Robert Hurt (R-5th District Virginia) 202-225-4711/e-mail/twitter, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-6th District Virginia)202-225-5431/e-mail/twitter, Rep. Dave Brat (R-7th District Virginia) 202-225-2815/e-mail/twitter, Rep. Don Byer (D-8th District Virginia) 202-225-4376/e-mail/twitter, Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-9th  District Virginia) 202-225-3861/e-mail/twitter, Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-10th District Virginia) 202-225-5136/e-mail/twitter and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11th District Virginia) 202-225-1492/e-mail/twitter. Ask for a congressional investigation into the practices of Planned Parenthood and an immediate defunding of Planned Parenthood.
  5. Your Members of Congress may be holding town hall meetings while they are in the state during the August recess.  Attend those meetings and respectfully ask them for a congressional investigation and an immediate defunding of Planned Parenthood.  Ask them where they stand on this issue.
  6. Contact Gov. Terry McAuliffe at 804-786-2211 or e-mail him. Ask him to investigate Planned Parenthood facilities within Virginia immediately due to recent developments and the over 400 health violations discovered in abortion clinics in Virginia, some of which are in Planned Parenthood facilities.  In addition ask him to return funds his PAC received from Planned Parenthood.  He continues to receive pressure; please be sure to do your part.

Please pray:  Ask the Lord to give those who end up investigating on a national level the wisdom to discover the truth and the courage to speak it. Pray the pressure on Gov. McAuliffe intensifies and he does the right thing.

Enough is enough!

 

Open Letter to 140 Virginia Legislators on the Issue of Religious Freedom and The First Amendment Defense Act

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Do you wonder what kind of America your children and grandchildren will know? I see this phrase on social media from time to time, “You will be made to care.” Are we there yet?

Americans who once settled on untilled soil, fought off adversaries, and ate only the food they harvested are now claiming they are incapable of paying for their own birth control. This year, we will add more than a trillion dollars to our debt and murder nearly four million unborn babies. And next year, and the year after. But still, America is asleep.

Perhaps the most frightening cultural decline is the recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. Obergefell v Hodges has codified religious intolerance. In the decision, the Justices said we will be able to advocate and teach our beliefs, but the black-robed lawyers made no reference to our First Amendment Right to the “free exercise of religion.”

I am asking that you do your part to encourage our U.S. Congress to pass The First Amendment Defense Act. We must protect the religious freedom of those who will continue to regard marriage as only the union between one man and one woman.

I am asking for your help to safeguard our liberties by rejecting any law that would infringe on religious liberties, often masquerading as non-discrimination ordinances on the state level. For examples of how these ordinances on the state and local level play out, check out the bakerphotographerflorist and event planner.

To paraphrase Martin Niemoeller in today’s culture: “First they came for the wedding photographer, but I did not speak out because I did not photograph weddings. Then they came for the baker, but I did not speak out because I was not a baker. Then they came for the florist, but I said nothing because I was not a florist. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.”

Sincerely,

Janet Robey
State Director
CWA of Virginia
[email protected]
va.cwfa.org

CWA of Virginia SPEAKS OUT Against the Selling of Baby Body Parts

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It is a federal felony to traffic human body parts! This week a shocking video from an undercover investigation shows Dr. Deborah Nucatola describing how selling the body parts of aborted children is part of the Planned Parenthood business plan! View disturbing video here.

Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America CEO and President, responds:

“Thirty to one hundred dollars; that’s the price Planned Parenthood appears to be profiting per dead baby. The recent video of Planned Parenthood’s senior director of Medical Services is just the latest in a laundry list of scandals, including aiding and abetting sex traffickers, giving sexual bondage instructions to children, cheating the government, sex-selection abortions, blatant racism, and the failure to report the molestation and rape of minors.

“There appears to be no depths to which this organization won’t stoop for money. When will the federal government wake up and follow the lead of the ten courageous governors who have cut funding to Planned Parenthood?

It’s time for Congress to say ‘Enough!’ If Planned Parenthood provides any worthy services, then they should have no problem raising funds like the thousands of other charities around this nation. Wake up America!”

Silence is not an option! Take action and pray on behalf of unborn babies!

Take Action: Contact Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia) 202-224-2023/e-mail/twitter, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) 202-224-4024/e-mail/twitter, Rep. Rob Wittman (R-1st District Virginia) 202-225-4261/e-mail/twitter, Rep. Scott Rigell (R-2nd  District Virginia) 202-225-4215/e-mail/twitter, Rep. Bobby Scott (D-3rd District Virginia) 202-225-8351/e-mail/twitter, Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-4th District Virginia) 202-225-6365/e-mail/twitter, Rep. Robert Hurt (R-5th District Virginia) 202-225-4711/e-mail/twitter, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-6th District Virginia)202-225-5431/e-mail/twitter, Rep. Dave Brat (R-7th District Virginia) 202-225-2815/e-mail/twitter, Rep. Don Byer (D-8th  District Virginia) 202-225-4376/e-mail/twitter, Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-9th  District Virginia) 202-225-3861/e-mail/twitter, Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-10th District Virginia) 202-225-5136/e-mail/twitter and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11th District Virginia) 202-225-1492/e-mail/twitter. Ask for a congressional investigation and an immediate defunding of Planned Parenthood.

Pray: 2 Timothy says, “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” We are reminded that it isn’t easy. 2 Corinthians 4:6-9 “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.” We should not fear man. Man cannot take our soul. We need to take heart during these times. Have courage. Put on the full armor of God and speak boldly as we speak. And having done all stand.

Dear Heavenly Father, the God of all creation, forgive us our trespasses. We will no longer be silent. Boldly we speak the truth in love, knowing that Jesus is the victory. Break the hearts of our leaders for what breaks Yours. Destroy the walls of deception and shine the light on the evilness of abortion. As we serve You our Risen Savior, we call on the surpassing power that is from You, not us.

Silence is not an option.

Action Alert: Fairfax County School Board to Hold Final Vote to Add Gender Identity as a “Special Protected Class”

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Dear Friend,

Earlier this month, despite overwhelming opposition, the Fairfax County School Board (FCSB) voted to add gender identity as a “special protected class” to their non-discrimination policy.

This brazen action happened even though 500 parents came to the board meeting to oppose this effort and many more called and e-mailed the Board with their concerns.

While we were still fuming over the FCSB’s action, we learned that this policy change was not FCSB’s only objective. The goal of FCSB is to actually incorporate the new “gender identity” curriculum into the Family Life Education (FLE) lessons, making it harder for parents to shield their kids.

Some FLE lessons are also being moved out of the family life education portion of the curriculum and placed into the emotional and social health section, which will prevent parents from opting their children out of the instruction.

Students as young as kindergarten will learn about different family structures, which could include “same-sex marriage and child rearing,” and parents will not be able to do one thing about it.

In sixth grade, students will be introduced to school and community healthcare services and how to access them. This could mean your child will learn about Planned Parenthood, America’s largest contraception and abortion provider, and parental consent may not be needed.

FCSB is moving quickly to adopt this agenda unless you act now to stop them! They want your children to be taught that “sexuality is fluid and developed throughout a lifetime.”

Act Now:

  1. Submit comments on the Family Life Education curriculum revisions to [email protected] by June 19. Also, please cc Shari Rendall at [email protected] so that we can track the number of comments submitted. You can use the sample comment or create your own.
  2. Attend the FCSB meeting on June 25, where the Board will hold a final vote on the Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee’s proposed changes. The meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. at Luther Jackson Middle School, located at 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church, Virginia 22042.
  3. Once you have taken action, please send this alert to 2-3 additional people.

Sample Comment:

Fairfax County Public School Board
8115 Gatehouse Road
Falls Church, VA 22042

Re: Comments on the Family Life Education Curriculum Revisions

Dear Members of the Fairfax Country Public School Board,

I am writing today to urge you to oppose the Family Life Education Curriculum Revisions that will be considered on June 25. Public schools should not be teaching our children a curriculum based on ideology but rather one based on facts and science.

As one of the nation’s largest public school systems, Fairfax County should not be indoctrinating our students as young as twelve or thirteen with a radical gender ideology. These new teachings will only create more confusion for students by telling them it’s permissible to be both genders, no gender, or whatever gender they want.

Further, FCSB should oppose efforts to move topics from family life education curriculum into the health curriculum because parents cannot opt out and shield their kids from this brainwashing. FCPS should make it easier for parents to take their children out of classes with objectionable content by providing opt-out forms in the orientation packets at the beginning of the school year. Parents deserve the final say on what their children learn.

Sincerely,