Coronavirus and Our Future: What is Next?

COVID-19. At this point, it’s almost all you hear about on the news. It’s a serious health issue here in Washington State – and it affects some of the most vulnerable people in our society. It’s worthy of our attention and our concern.

If you’re like me, you’ve received dozens of emails from stores, churches, restaurants, and the like explaining what they’re doing to combat the illness. While some of them have chosen to close down altogether, most of them have chosen to deep clean, disinfect, and remain, cautiously, at your service.

These stores and restaurants are protecting you and your family from a threat that you cannot see, hear, or taste. And that’s actually what FPIW is doing, too.

But we aren’t fighting against disease or infection (though we have disinfected our office) – we’re fighting to protecting you from apathy, distraction, and political agendas being pushed as a result of the public’s rightful preoccupation with COVID-19.

I’m not saying that the coronavirus isn’t worthy of our attention – it is. But there are other things that must be watched, too.  

Last week, our Democrat-controlled legislature passed, in the wee hours of the morning, a highly-controversial “SeXXX Education Reform” package. That package, once signed by Governor Jay Inslee, will mean that school children will be learning about sex, genitals, gender identity, and sexual orientation next school year.

While many thousands of concerned Washington parents showed up to oppose the bill, it received almost no attention in the media. Too many parents still don’t know what their children will be facing next year.

Thankfully, this battle isn’t over – we’ve joined with allied groups to file for an initiative to repeal the SeXXX Education Bill, which means we have roughly three months to compile 129,000 signatures to push this issue onto the ballot. We will need your help.

They radical progressives and leftists didn’t stop pushing their agenda just because the public was preoccupied by the coronavirus – in fact, if anything, they did the opposite. They saw an opportunity to impose their agenda and they took it.

My point is this: our political opponents, the ones that will be endorsed by Planned Parenthood, are still running for office this fall. The groups who oppose life, marriage, religious liberty, and parental rights are still going to spend money to advocate against the candidates who support those foundational principles. Radical activists in Hollywood aren’t going to stop investing their money in progressive advocacy groups like the ACLU simply because the stock market is down. Their world isn’t going to stop spinning because of the coronavirus.

If we want to see our culture move in a direction that protects and promotes respect for the constitution, free speech, and limited government, we cannot withdraw or retreat, or become tight-fisted. We have to compete. We have to invest in the future we want to see. We have to push ahead.

If we allow apathy to set in and our side doesn’t turn out to advocate on the issues that matter or show up to vote – if fear motivates them to stay home – conservatives could lose major ground nationwide.

We can exercise caution and still be engaged in creating a world that we are proud to leave to our children. Together, we can protect and preserve the things we care most about, and we must – because the alternative is unacceptable.

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