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Deborah Leininger

Your Voice is Needed: Illinois Poised to Offer Inclusive Pre- K-12 Comprehensive Sex Education

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The two mandated sex-education bills below have been introduced into the Illinois House and Senate.  The so-called “grade-appropriate” instruction will expose adolescents and young teens to terminology and practices of the LGBTQ lifestyle. They will remove outdated language and build on the current standards for health and sexual health education courses for grades 6 through 12 which includes: pregnancy and reproduction; gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation; puberty, growth, and adolescent development; anatomy and physiology; healthy relationships and friendships; healthy decision-making; and personal safety.

Click on active links to view the text of the bills being voted on this legislative session.

  1. The Healthy Youth Act (HB 5012) – proposed in the House by State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (Democrat-Dist. 14, Chicago), State Rep. Ann Williams (Democrat-Dist. 11, Chicago); Michelle Mussman (Democrat-Dist. 56, Schaumburg) and in the Senate (SB 3788)  by Sen. Celina Villanueva (Democrat-11th Dist., Summit) and Sen. Laura Fine (Democrat-9th Dist., Glenview). The Healthy Youth Act will take effect upon becoming law.
  2. The Responsible Education for Adolescent and Children’s Health (REACH) Act (SB 2762) was introduced by Ram Villivalam (Democrat-8th Dist., Chicago). The REACH will mandate all public and satellite schools to offer comprehensive and inclusive sex education for grades pre-K through 12.

“‘Comprehensive sex education’ means instruction in a comprehensive school health education approach that addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and social dimensions of human sexuality and is designed to motivate and assist students in maintaining and improving sexual health, preventing disease, and reducing sexual health-related risk behaviors and to enable and empower students to develop and demonstrate developmentally and culturally appropriate sexuality and sexual health-related knowledge, attitudes, skills, and practices.”

“‘Inclusive’ means a curriculum that ensures students from historically marginalized communities that include, but are not limited to, communities of color, immigrant communities, people of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions, people who are intersex, people who have disabilities, people who have experienced sexual victimization, and others whose experiences have been traditionally left out of sex education programs and policies are included in classroom materials and lessons.”

A detailed list of objectives and subject matter for the specific grade levels are available in the active link to the bill (SB 2762). One of many alarming subject matters: “Unbiased information and non-stigmatizing information about the options regarding pregnancy, including parenting, adoption, and abortion.”

If passed, this legislation would make Illinois the 30th state to mandate sex education. If passed, the REACH Act would begin no later than July 1, 2021.

Please take action:

  1. Read the bills in their entirety. This is the curriculum Illinois children Pre-K through 12 will be mandated to learn. We have a God-given responsibility to guard their hearts and minds.
  2. Contact your state representative and state senator and urge him/her to opposethe Healthy Youth and REACH Acts. Click here to find your senator and state representative’s contact information. Be sure to tell them you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Illinois.

Forward this alert to your family, friends, as well as churches in your area.

Please join me in prayer that the Church will wake up to LGBTQ indoctrination via the public education system and speak out against the Healthy Youth and REACH Acts.  Pray also for the hearts of the Illinois legislators that they will courageously vote against the bill.

Debbie Leininger
State Director

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Prayer Project Update: CWA of Illinois Committed to Praying for All Legislators

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We are pleased to announce that encouragers throughout the state of Illinois have answered the call to be a part of this year’s Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Illinois Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) program! The EAL packets have been mailed, and 285 state legislators, elected officials, and county board/commission chairs will soon be receiving monthly encouragement cards containing a Scripture, notable quote, and a prayer.

Thank you for the outpouring of support for this incredible project where we pray for and encourage our Illinois elected officials. We are also grateful for this year’s partnership with Illinois National Day of Prayer.

Prayer is important not only for the legislators for whom we pray but for our own benefit. Legislators’ decisions impact our lives and the communities in which we live.

Time to take action:
For those who are unable to participate in the EAL program, we still would love to have you join us in praying for our legislators and governor. Here are prayer points you can use:

  • Safety and Good Health
  • Family Unity
  • Wise and Godly Decisions
  • Suppression of Weariness and Pride
  • Godly Counsel and Sensitivity to God’s Leading
  • Salvation
  • Continued Strength in the Lord
“For what great nation has a god as near to them as the Lord our God is near to us whenever we call on him?” – Deuteronomy 4:7

Thank you for your willingness to pray and encourage!

Debbie Leininger
State Director

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Volunteers Needed for Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Program

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Prayer moves the hand of God in the affairs of this nation!  In fact, we are commanded to pray for those in authority. 1 Timothy 2:1 says, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  This is good and pleases God our Savior…”

And because Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Illinois believes prayer is crucial to revival and restoration of a nation, we are asking you to participate in our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Program for the 2020 Illinois legislative session. We are so excited to see what God is going to do in the hearts and minds of our state legislators and other elected officials as we pray for them each day and encourage them through our weekly postcards.

We are also pleased to announce that Illinois National Day of Prayer (NDP) is partnering with this year’s CWA of Illinois’ EAL program. It is important to have many intercessors praying on behalf of our legislators!  Welcome aboard NDP!

Here are the details:
Volunteers will receive twelve self-addressed postcards per legislator containing a Founding Father quote, Scripture, and encouraging prayer.  Your responsibility will be to PRAY for your assigned legislator, sign the card, and mail it. The EAL program is never used to lobby and, therefore, is never confrontational. It is simply a great way to lift up those in authority and encourage them in their responsibilities.

Time to take action:

  • Prayerfully consider volunteering for this important ministry.  A grateful thank-you goes out to those who have already answered the call!
  • Email me the following information: Name, physical mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number (optional) and the number of legislators for whom you would like to pray. We will mail your EAL packet, complete with instructions, in mid to late February once the 2020 Illinois General Assembly completes their room and committee assignments. CWA of Illinois will assign your EAL legislator.
  • Recruit your friends and family to Encourage-A-Legislator.
Thank you for your willingness to prayer and encourage! I look forward to hearing from you.

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois

Update on Palatine School District Transgender Policy

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Palatine School District Votes in Favor of Unrestricted  Transgender Access in Public School Locker Rooms

 

Last month, I wrote you about a special meeting of the Palatine School District to consider opening restrooms, locker rooms, showers, etc. to those of the opposite sex.  I wanted to provide you a quick update as to the outcome of the meeting.

Approximately 500 parents and students attended the Palatine District 211 board meeting to discuss the pros and cons of the controversial policy which states:

“Students shall be treated and supported in a manner consistent with their gender identity, which shall include students having access to restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity.”

Though some parents called for a district-wide referendum, the board approved the policy by a vote of 5-2, with two board members dissenting. This ends a four-year battle to lift a requirement that transgender students use privacy stalls in District 211’s five high schools.

The new rule will take effect when second semester classes begin in January 2020.

Please pray for the protection of the children of the Palatine School District. Pray for their safety and for their minds and souls as they are taught the indoctrination of the LGBTQ lifestyle.

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois

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CWA of Illinois Commemorates National Day of Fasting, Repentance, and Prayer

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Before we get caught up in the upcoming season of busyness, let us cultivate a humble heart with fasting, repentance, and prayer on Thursday, November 21.

We invite you to join us in a National Day of Fasting, Repentance, and Prayer in honor of the 156th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation 97 – Appointing a Day of National Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer. Together let us observe and reaffirm our 16th President’s heartfelt plea to the supreme authority and just governance of Almighty God.
“Now, therefore, in compliance with the request, and fully concurring in the views of the Senate, I do by this my proclamation designate and set apart Thursday, the 30th day of April 1863, as a day of national humiliation, fasting, and prayer. And I do hereby request all the people to abstain on that day from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite at their several places of public worship and their respective homes in keeping the day holy to the Lord and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion.”

Fasting before we feast is a reminder that God provides everything that we need. It reminds us of who we are and who God is. It also reminds us that as we hunger physically, we also hunger spiritually. And when we repent, we are promised forgiveness. Not any ordinary forgiveness, but a complete pardon from our sins and the payment they require. Now that draws us to our knees in Thanksgiving. God has fully provided for us in Christ!

This is why our hope is not in government or elected officials or even in a grateful attitude. But, instead, our hope is firmly in Christ alone.

Mark your calendar on Thursday, November 21, the week before Thanksgiving. Whether in your car, home, classroom, or office, let us repent and seek God on behalf of yourself and our nation
Click here to view the double-sided informational flyer.  Feel free to print and distribute liberally.

Blessings to you and yours during this Thanksgiving season.

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois

October 10 Special Meeting: Unrestricted Transgender Access

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A special meeting is set for Thursday, October 10, 2019, for the public to speak up on whether transgender students should be allowed unrestricted access to locker rooms in the District 211 high schools. District 211 is the largest high school district in Illinois with 12,000 students and five high schools.

The 6:30 p.m. closed session, followed by citizen appearances at 7:30 p.m., will be held at the G.A. McElroy Administration Center, 1750 S. Roselle Road, Palatine, Illinois 60067.  This will be the last public meeting before the school board votes on the policy change.

What’s at stake?
Under the current school district policy, transgender students being accommodated by being allowed to change in privacy stalls in the locker rooms meant for the gender for which they identify. However, the proposed policy states:

“No student shall, based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity be denied equal access to programs, activities, services, or benefits or be limited in the exercise of any right, privilege, advantage, or denied equal access to educational and extracurricular programs and activities.”

What does this proposed policy mean? If passed, transgender females (boys who believe themselves to be female) and transgender males (girls who believe themselves to be male) will be allowed to openly dress in the opposite biological sex locker rooms.

QUESTION:  What about the rights of thousands of biological females and males attending Palatine high school who may feel threatened, embarrassed, or violated with transgenders openly changing in full view in open dressing areas?

Parents and citizens living within the District 211 school district are urged to attend this Thursday’s hearing to oppose the policy. 

Prayer requests:

  • Ask forgiveness for the complacency of Illinois Christians for not standing for their faith and for electing ungodly elected officials to make policy in the public schools and state legislature.
  • Raise up an army of Christians to champion the cause of Christ.
  • Put a halt to the anti-Christ LGBTQ agenda in Illinois and America.

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois

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