Dog Days of… Spring?
 
Dog Days of… Spring?
Written By David E. Smith   |   05.29.18

Recent weather trends plunged us into July-in-Illinois-type heat, making it feel like the dog days of summer, which always take a toll on the donations necessary to sustain IFI.  When the weather heats up, donations cool down.

The Illinois Family Institute relies solely on the support of generous individuals to accomplish its work. This time of year is a financially difficult time for us, yet our pro-family work and ministry do not slow down. Progressive “agents of change” are charging full steam ahead in our current cultural revolution. We cannot let them go unchallenged!

These agitators are pushing legislation and policies that permit boys to use the girls’ restrooms and locker rooms when they experience the recognized psychological condition called “gender dysphoria.” These same “progressive” agitators worked overtime to make sure that taxpayers fund elective abortions, pushed to outlaw certain types of counseling for minors, mandated that pro-life medical professionals make abortion-referrals, and approved easier access to falsified birth certificates for “trans”-identifying men and women.

All of this plus a higher rate of income tax to facilitate irresponsible government spending.

Even ten years ago, most of these issues would have been considered unthinkable, but not today. For the last few years, we have seen the established media champion these issues as local, state and national officials make it a cause célèbre. And just when we think we’ve hit the pinnacle of crazinessor depths of wickednesswe hear new stories that once again shock us.

What was recently thought of as morally absurd, is suddenly being normalized. Theologian Francis Schaeffer wrote this about the tide of relativism that is drowning American culture:

There is a “thinkable” and an “unthinkable” in every era. One era is quite certain intellectually and emotionally about what is acceptable. Yet another era decides that these “certainties” are unacceptable and puts another set of values into practice. On a humanistic base, people drift along from generation to generation, and the morally unthinkable becomes the thinkable as the years move on.

Today, otherwise intelligent adults are embracing the absurd. When we remain silent and compliant, yesterday’s outrage becomes today’s acceptableeven mandatorypractice.

As absurd and tragic as some of these cultural battles are, there is a growing realization that those pushing the radical left-wing social agenda have gone too far. Now is the time for the Illinois Family Institute to reach more people with the facts that were recently considered common sense. We simply cannot afford to let up in our efforts.

If you appreciate what we do and want to help support the mission of Illinois Family Institute, please consider this appeal for your participation. The easiest way to back our work is to become a Sustaining Partner (i.e., a monthly donor). Donations ranging from $25 – $250 a month help us tremendously as they provide a predictable source of income on which we can rely. This equips and strengthens us to fight in the public square for all of our families and the values we cherish.

Sustaining Partners enable us to keep telling the truth.

The alerts, lobbying, cultural commentaries, special forums, social media campaigns, videos, and podcasts all require money. And frankly, we need a considerable amount of it to be effective, to circumvent the deceitful mediaand to counter the lies and the ugly agenda of the Left. A serious budget enables us to be more effective and to educate even more people. Moreover, recurring contributions mean that we can focus on the important work before us, and we don’t have to keep spending valuable time raising funds.

Your monthly donations are secure and flexible. You choose the amount you wish to give each month and you can change or cancel your pledge at any time.

Sign up now and make your first donation by credit card online.

Throughout the year, we are engaged in projects, educating lawmakers and the Christian community, and scheduling events that we sincerely believe will equip, encourage, and motivate Christians in our state, thereby making Illinois a better place to live and raise families.

We are working for a more decent societyone that cherishes, encourages, and protects religious and political freedom, and one that strengthens the most basic building block of any society: the family.

We are blessed to have a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.” But our form of government has one key requirement: our participation. We need you to be involved with us to be a part of the solution.

If you are not able to become a Sustaining Partner at this time, would you please consider making a one time donation today?

IFI is a non-profit 501(c)3 research and education organization. Contributions to our work are tax-deductible. To make a secure online donation to help strengthen and protect Illinois families, click HERE.

You can also sign up to be a monthly “Sustaining Partner” by making monthly gifts to support our efforts to uphold marriage and family, life, and liberty in Illinois.

Please make a gift today and/or become a Sustaining Partner.

Your support at this time is greatly needed and greatly appreciated.

[Please click here to give your most generous gift; WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!]

Thank you for your love and kindness!

Sincerely,

David E. Smith
Executive Director

P.S. Please prayerfully consider making a tax-deductible donation of $25 or $50. You may even be able to bless us with $500, $1000 or even become a sponsor of our annual banquet. Your donations will help keep IFI in public square contending for Judeo-Christian values and the production and distribution of our 2018 Voter Guide.

Please send your gift to Illinois Family Institute at the address below, or click HERE to donate online today!

Give by mail:

Illinois Family Institute
P.O. Box 876
Tinley Park, Illinois 60477

You can also donate by phone with your credit card by calling (708) 781-9328 during normal business hours.

We simply cannot do this important work without the support of people like you!

P.P.S. We are also always looking for a few good people to help share IFI’s work on social media, specifically on Facebook and Twitter. Simply put, we need to reach more people in Illinois, and you can help us do that.

David  E. Smith
Dave Smith is Illinois Family Institute’s executive director.  He and his wife of 23 years are blessed to be the parents of seven children. David has 30-plus-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 marriage, broadcast decency, sex education, marijuana, gambling, abortion, homosexuality, tax policy, drug decriminalization and pornography. From 1996 – 2004, he worked as an aide to a City of Chicago Alderman.  During that time, he was a volunteer decency advocate for the group Citizens for Community Values of Illinois,...
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