New Video: Why Christians Must Remain Vigilant and Involved

Last week’s election results may have brought a bit of relief for Christians concerned about the government’s assaults on their religious freedom, but it’s critically important — now more than ever — that we remain vigilant in keeping our leaders accountable to their promises, and to the values we all hold dear.

In case you missed it, we released a new video last week, entitled, “Why Christians Must Remain Vigilant and Involved,” featuring Pastor Brant Bosserman from Trinitas Presbyterian Church in Everett.

New Video for Pastors and Churches: Don’t Be Afraid of the IRS

We’ve heard from a number of Washingtonians who are frustrated with their church’s lack of engagement in the ongoing culture battles. Pastors commonly cite IRS rules as a reason to stay quiet on the issues, afraid that their church might lose its non-profit status if they say or do the wrong thing.

What they don’t know is that thousands of pastors have been deliberately challenging the IRS to come after them, and to this point, the IRS has refused to do so.

FPIW has just released a new video, entitled, Why Your Church Won’t Lose Its Tax-Exempt Status. We’d be grateful if you’d watch the video, and then pass it on to your pastor and church leadership.

Please feel free to call our office at (425) 608-0242 if you have any questions, or email us at info@fpiw.org.

New Video: Why We Must Still Vote

Given the widespread dissatisfaction across the political spectrum for this year’s presidential nominees, we’ve heard from a number of registered voters who are considering tossing out their ballot. But before you make that decision, please check out this quick, 2-minute video:

Good people with good values need to vote on a number of other races and issues than just who will occupy the White House.

Washington residents can still register to vote at their county elections department, until October 31st.

For more information on the candidates running for office, races to watch, issues at stake, and more, you can visit FPIW’s Elections Hub, or text your Zip Code to 77039 for a personalized non-partisan voter guide.

 

New Video: Did Planned Parenthood Just Break the Law…Again?

FPIW has released a new video following the discovery of a document that appears to show Planned Parenthood’s New York-based 501(c)(3) non-profit giving $75,000 to the Planned Parenthood Votes Washington PAC, in direct violation of federal law.

Planned Parenthood’s 501(c)(3) non-profit receives an average of $500 million per year from government sources. The fact that these taxpayer dollars are now being used to directly influence elections here in Washington is highly concerning.

The Planned Parenthood Votes Washington PAC that received the donation from Planned Parenthood’s non-profit has, so far in 2016, donated to the campaigns of Governor Jay Inslee, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, a candidate for State Auditor, and ten other legislative candidates.

Watch the video:

Regardless of your feelings towards Planned Parenthood, it isn’t hard to conclude that when the officials who are supposed to be enforcing the law are being funded by those who break the law, it’s a definite conflict of interest.

Planned Parenthood is already suing FPIW to keep the records we’ve requested from being made public. You can learn more about that lawsuit and support the legal fund here.

FPIW ‘College Kids’ Video Featured on O’Reilly Factor, National Review

 

FPIW’s newest ‘College Kids Say the Darndest Things‘ video was featured Wednesday night on FoxNews’ The O’Reilly Factor. You can watch the segment with Bill O’Reilly and comedian Dennis Miller below:

The video then made its way to National Review Online, where columnist David French wrote, “…it’s hard to deny reality, but these students give it a valiant effort. And to think — this nonsense now has the force of law, sanctioned as objective “fact” by the Department of Justice. It didn’t take long for progressives to lose their minds.

Across video platforms, the College Kids Say the Darndest Things series has reached over 3 million people since mid-April.  You can watch the first episode (on identity) and second episode (on gender) below:

You can help us fund the next episode by clicking here: wafami.ly/1OtsOX2.

FPIW’s Zach Freeman to Appear on BBC Northern Ireland

 

FPIW Communications Director Zachary Freeman will appear tonight on Nolan LIVE, a late-night talk program on BBC One in Northern Ireland.  The live broadcast will take place at 10:45pm GMT (3:45pm PT).

If you aren’t able to watch the program live, you can catch the segment following the broadcast on the BBC, and on our Facebook page Thursday morning.

Zachary will join award-winning host Stephen Nolan for a discussion of transgenderism, and give some insight into the first episode of FPIW’s viral video series, College Kids Say the Darndest Things.

 

FPIW’s Second ‘College Kids Say’ Video Launches with 15k views

 

The second episode in FPIW’s wildly popular College Kids Say the Darndest Things series launched Monday afternoon, just hours after the federal government inserted themselves into the battle between the unrealistic social justice agenda and biological science.

This episode, filmed near Seattle University, a Jesuit private school, asks college students if there is a difference between men and women.  Some of the answers are hilarious, bizarre, and alarming.  Is this really what our institutions of higher education are teaching?

If you want to be a part of creating culture-changing conversations, please consider helping to fund the next episode.

New FPIW Video to be Released Monday

 

The next installment in FPIW’s wildly popular College Kids Say the Darndest Things series will be released on Monday, May 9th at 7:00pm Eastern/4:00 pm Pacific.

The first episode of the series, which aims to generate conversation about some of the most pressing issues in our culture, has been played more than 2.1 million times in over 220 countries.  In the episode, filmed on campus at the University of Washington in Seattle, FPIW Executive Director Joseph Backholm asked students questions about identity; specifically, whether or not he should be able to identify as a 6’5″ Chinese woman. The answers he got were both hilarious and highly concerning. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here.

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Episode 2 was filmed near Seattle University, a private, Jesuit Catholic school located about three miles from the University of Washington.  In it, Joseph, a law-school alumnus of Seattle University, asks students about the difference between men and women.  Like in the first episode, the answers are hilarious, but also highlight the strange world view students are being taught by the academic establishment — both in secular and faith-based institutions.

Episode 2 will be screened Friday night at FPIW’s Annual Dinner, Beyond Football: An Evening with Steve Largent.  A limited number of tickets and sponsorships for that event are still available (click here for tickets).  

For continuous updates, be sure to follow @FPIW on Twitter.

College Kids Say the Darndest Things Hits 1.35 Million Views

 

Since its release one week ago, FPIW’s video, College Kids Say the Darndest Things: On Identity, has amassed over 1.35 million views on YouTube and Facebook.

It has been covered by a number of individuals and media outlets around the world: Washington Times, National ReviewRush Limbaugh, HotAir, TownHall, Breitbart, Allen West, Mandiner (Hungary), Christian News Network, College Fix, The HayridePatheos, Twitter).

In case you haven’t had a chance to see it, you can see the video and the transcript below.

 

Transcript

Joseph Backholm: There’s been a lot of talk about identity lately. But how far does it go, and is it possible to be wrong? We went to the University of Washington to find out.

Backholm, to student: Are you aware of the debate happening in Washington State around the ability access bathrooms, locker rooms, spas, based on gender identity and gender expression?

Student 1: I think people should be able to have access to the facility…

Student 2: I think bathrooms could and potentially should be gender-neutral because there doesn’t need to be a classification for differences…

Student 3: I think people definitely should have the ability to go into whichever locker room they want…

Student 4: Uh, I feel like at least public universities should try and do their best to accommodate for those who do not have a specific gender identity…

Student 5: You know, whether you identify as male or female and whether your sex at birth is matching to that, you should be able to utilize the resources…

Backholm: So if I told you I was a woman, what would your response be?

Student 6: (shrugs shoulders) Good for you, okay! Like, yeah!

Student 2: Nice to meet you…

Student 7: I’d be like…what? Really?

Student 8: I don’t have a problem with it…

Student 4: I’d ask you how you came to that conclusion…

Backholm: If I told you that I was Chinese, what would your response be?

Student 6: I mean I might be a little surprised but I’d say, like, good for you! Yeah, be who you are!

Student 3: I would maybe think you had some Chinese ancestor?

Student 4: I would ask you how you came to that conclusion and why you came to that conclusion…

Student 5: Um, I would have a lot of questions (laughing), just because on the outside, I would assume that you are a white man…

Backholm: If I told you that I was seven years old, what would your response be?

Student 6: (struggles to answer)

Student 3: Um, I wouldn’t believe that immediately…

Student 1: Uh, I probably wouldn’t believe it but I mean, it wouldn’t really bother me that much to go out of my way and tell you, “no, you’re wrong.” I’d just be like, “oh, okay, he wants to say he’s seven years old…”

Student 6: If you feel seven at heart, then…so be it, yeah! Good for you.

Backholm: So if I wanted to enroll in a first grade class, do you think I should be allowed to?

Student 1: Uh, probably…not, I guess? I mean, unless you haven’t completed first grade up to this point and for some reason need to do that now…

Student 6: If that where you feel mentally you should be then, I feel like there are communities that would accept you for that…

Student 4: I would say so long as you’re not hindering society, and you’re not causing harm to other people, I feel like that should be an okay thing…

Backholm, If I told you that I am six feet, five inches tall, what would you say?

Student 8: (long pause)

Student 5: Now that, I would question…

Backholm: Why?

Student 5: Because you’re not… (laughing) No, I don’t think you’re six foot five.

Student 3: If you truly believe you’re 6’5”, I don’t think it’s harmful…I think it’s fine if you believe that…it doesn’t matter to me if you…think you’re taller than you are.

Backholm: So you’d be willing to tell me I’m wrong?

Student 3: I wouldn’t tell you you’re wrong…

Student 8: No, but I’d say that I don’t think that you are…

Student 6: I feel like that’s not my place, as like another human, to say someone is wrong or to draw lines or boundaries…

Student 1: No, I mean, I wouldn’t just go like, “oh, you’re wrong and it’s wrong to believe in it,” because again, it doesn’t really bother me how you want to think about your height or anything…

Backholm: So, I can be a Chinese woman…?

Student 5: (laughing) Um, sure…

Backholm: But I can’t be a 6’5” Chinese woman?

Student 5: (long pause) Yes…

Student 4: If you thoroughly debated me or explained why you felt that you were six foot five, I feel like I would be very open to saying that you are six foot five…or Chinese…or a woman.

Backholm: It shouldn’t be hard to tell a 5’9” white guy that he’s not a 6’5” Chinese woman, but clearly, it is. Why? What does that say about our culture? And what does that say about our ability to answer questions that actually are difficult?

Closing slide: If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything.

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Former Professor’s Warning About Nonjudgmental Students

FPIW received this letter from a former professor in response to our video, College Kids Say the Darndest Things: On Identity


Dear FPIW,

I’ve just seen your interesting interviews with “nonjudgmental” students at the University of Washington.

Your question about our ability to answer the questions that really are difficult remains up in the air, but I can tell you that people can’t deal with life-and-death issues even when someone’s life is at stake.

While teaching linguistics at a university in Michigan, I routinely had young damsels walking up to me after class from a group of 85 students to ask for personal advice.

One of them had been sleeping in the bed with a drug addicted boyfriend whom her parents had inexplicably allowed to move in when she was a teenager.  Now she wanted to get him out, but she couldn’t.  I gave her my best advice and the courage to kick him out. (More than courage, I gave her the realistic fear of how things may end up if he didn’t.)

Another one had become the “girlfriend” of a procurer and pornographer who took a class or two on campus so that he could recruit women for his operation. He had falsely convinced her he was “protecting” her from the sex industry, when in fact, he was following all the steps routinely used to break a woman into prostitution or pornography. At this point, he was at the step of trying to create an obligation that she could not earn enough in a normal way to pay back. I blew the lid off the whole thing for her and told her how to get away from the guy, which she did.

Now, the question is, why were these girls going to their professor with this? Why not a counselor or even a friend?

The reason, they told me, was that nobody in their lives, but me, would be judgmental.

Even when a young woman’s life was in danger, nobody did anything more than encourage her to clarify her feelings, and some even encouraged the one girl to discuss her concerns with the pornographer to find out how he felt!

So people now can’t make judgments even when it’s necessary.

Signed,

[Professor K.]


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