Articles by David E. Smith
Biden Administration Covers Gender Confusion in New Title IX Rules
By David E. Smith   |   04.19.24
On Friday morning, the Biden administration finalized sweeping changes to Title IX, expanding federal legal protection against sex and gender discrimination in schools. The rule would also purport to overturn state laws banning males in girls’ sports.
Pro-Hamas Chants for Death to America
By David E. Smith   |   04.19.24
On April 5th, anti-Israeli activists organized for the "International Al-Quds Day" (Jerusalem Day)-  an international day to protest the existence of Israel and the Palestinian people struggle against the Jewish people. During this annual observance, large rallies were held, usually beginning after Friday Islamic prayers.
Dr. Lauren Rubal: Ethical Considerations on Fertility
By David E. Smith   |   04.12.24
It's not enough to know that we have the scientific ability to do something. We must also think about the moral significance of the thing we choose to do. The artificial reproduction technology known as IVF is no exception. If anything, it is the quintessential example; what may seem to be a miracle of science of infertile couples actually brings with it a host of severe moral complications.
Media Neglect and Presidential Betrayal
By David E. Smith   |   04.12.24
While the corporate media is hyperventilating about threats to so-called “abortion rights,” we are hearing very little about the dangerous situation that has been created by the Biden Administration's open borders policy. For example, have you even heard about the illegal immigrant from Lebanon caught sneaking over the border last month? 
Assisted Suicide: Give Us Your Poor, Weak & Disabled
By David E. Smith   |   04.05.24
The arguments used to legalize assisted suicide in California back in 2016 were solely about providing relief to those with terminal illnesses. Yet today, they are considering expanding the pool of qualified applicants to include patients with ‘early and mid-stage dementia,’ while dropping a required waiting period for this morally abhorrent practice to terminate human life.
Mandated Indoctrination on Climate Change?
By David E. Smith   |   04.03.24
Last year I was at lunch with an evangelist. After the meal, he handed our waitress a Gospel tract. I wanted to reinforce his compassion, so I told the young lady that her relationship with God was the most important thing in the world. She responded, “Yeah, that and global warming!” She proceeded to tell us that she wakes up in fear of what may happen to the earth during her lifetime. I was shocked.
Passing on Our Faith
By David E. Smith   |   03.28.24
There is no doubt about it. Satan is busy selling lies to our culture. Part of his agenda is to get people to doubt who they are created to be, their callings from God, and how He has gifted them to bless others. Today, we have scores of young people who are questioning whether they are male or female... some even identifying with a plethora of other so-called "genders."
In Vitro Fertilization – Issues You Might Not Have Considered
By David E. Smith   |   03.28.24
If a medical procedure has a 90 percent fatality rate, should it still be pursued? According to Dr. Joseph Meany, president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, this is exactly the case with the medical practice known as in vitro fertilization. While artificial conception might sound like a godsend for some couples, there are moral quandaries to consider.
Speak Out Against the Legalization of Assisted Suicide in Illinois
By David E. Smith   |   03.22.24
With the primary elections now behind us, our attention once again is focused on the Illinois General Assembly and a slew of pending bills that are decidedly anti-family. At the top of our list is SB 3499, the so-called “End-of-Life Options for Terminally Ill Patients Act.” This attempt to legalize assisted suicide is euphemistically referred to as “Death with Dignity”— don't be deceived by the spin.
CVS and Walgreens Put Profit Over People?
By David E. Smith   |   03.15.24
What Elizabeth Steele experienced with her chemical abortion was anything but safe. “Nobody warned me of the drugs’ side effects. Nobody mentioned that there was danger. They promised it was safe,” she said.
Feds Colluding With Corporate America Against Conservatives?
By David E. Smith   |   03.14.24
The U.S. House Judiciary subcommittee recently held a hearing in D.C. in which they focused on the government's use of financial surveillance. The hearing was prompted by a staff report released by the committee, which found that federal law enforcement agencies have been engaged in broad financial surveillance of Americans, without a warrant and often without any suspicion of wrongdoing.
Climate Change or Just Left-Wing Indoctrination?
By David E. Smith   |   03.09.24
Last year I was at lunch with an evangelist. After the meal, he handed our waitress a Gospel tract. I wanted to reinforce his compassion, so I told the young lady that her relationship with God was the most important thing in the world. She responded, “Yeah, that and global warming!” She proceeded to tell us that she wakes up in fear of what may happen to the earth during her lifetime. I was shocked.
Hostility Against Churches
By David E. Smith   |   03.08.24
Over the past several years, the Family Research Council has been tracking acts of hostility against churches in the United States. Between January 2018 and November 2023, at least 915 acts of hostility occurred. The types of acts include vandalism, arson, gun-related incidents, bomb threats, and more.
Frozen Embryos: Imago Dei
By David E. Smith   |   03.01.24
There has been a lot of media buzz recently about in-vitro fertilization – or IVF for short. The ripple effects of a recent Alabama State Supreme Court ruling (8 to 1) declared that frozen human embryos are human beings and are entitled to civil rights protections.
Walk-Ins Welcomed at IFI’s Worldview Conference!
By David E. Smith   |   02.27.24
Please come, learn, and be challenged to live above the fray in today's Babylonian culture. Learn how to respond to a culture that is in full rebellion against God and His ways.
David E. Smith
Executive Director
David  E. Smith

Dave Smith is the executive director of Illinois Family Institute (501c3) and Illinois Family Action (501c4).

David has 30 years of experience in public policy and grass-roots activism that includes countless interviews for numerous radio, television, cable programs and newspaper articles on topics such as the sanctity of life, natural marriage, broadcast decency, sex education, marijuana, gambling, abortion, homosexuality, tax policy, drug decriminalization and pornography.

He and his wife of 29 years are blessed to be the parents of eight children. They strongly believe that their first duty before God is to disciple their children in the Christian faith, and impress a love of God on their hearts. There is a plethora of research that suggest that parents are the primary influencers in a child’s life. In an ideal world, that’s a mom and dad. Discipleship includes not only studying God’s Word but living a life of faith and walking in obedience to God. Discipleship is also necessary for sound doctrine, love of God and others. We do this in hopes of raising healthy and productive members of society who live to honor God and love their neighbors.

Dave has also served as a precinct committeeman and served as an ordained minister/elder in his local church.

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