Alliance e-Notes
Volume 1, No. 3

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April 17, 2007
Volume 1, No. 3

Dear Friends of the

Welcome to the latest edition of Alliance e-Notes!
  Please be sure to read about our trip to Poland, then link to our 
special message to European families and their supporters.

Marshall and I would love to take all of you with us
so you could share in the excitement and energy of this international movement to restore families.

We'll be thinking of you every time we share our message
and literature with someone new to the idea that families and not government should shape their children's worldview and future.

Hope you enjoy the newsletter!

Alan Schaeffer
Alliance for the Separation of School & State

Why go to Poland?

Europe is almost lost
...  If Europe goes much of the world will go with it.   - World Congress of Families

In response to a militantly anti-family ethos prevalent in the 'post modern' West, the World Congress of Families fosters an international network of pro-family organizations, scholars, and leaders that seeks to restore the natural family as the fundamental social unit and the 'seed bed' of a sane societey.   -
World Congress of Families

As anyone who follows court decisions or congressional debates knows, what happens around the world, and especially in Europe, can have a huge impact on our freedom in the United States.

We need to keep informed about the freedom struggles of our brothers and sisters around the world and help where we can.  The help we give will come back to benefit us many times over.

That's why the Alliance is going to Poland.

We'll be attending the World Congress of Families with such co-sponsoring organizations as Focus on the Family, the Heritage Foundation, Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, Concerned Women for America, Christian Film & Television Commission, Media Research Center and dozens of others in support of strong, independent families, but our message will be unique.

The one issue that many emerging democracies and struggling countries, as well as many pro-family organizations in America, have not yet addressed is government-controlled schooling.  The practice has such a long history that most people don't recognize it as the source of many of society's ills, including the "militantly anti-family ethos prevalent in the 'post modern' West."

We've developed literature especially for this trip.  It incorporates the new way of approaching people that we've been working on over the past year - an invitational approach that says, "Please, let's talk.  May I share my concerns and views?"

The response thus far to this conversational and caring approach has been very positive, and we're looking forward to engaging our global fellow-citizens in this important dialog about who should shape the minds and emotions of children.

We can hardly wait to return from our trip and report to you on what we know will be exciting happenings!  In the meantime, please read our 
special message and think about who you might share it with when we get back to the US and tweak it to create a new brochure for domestic use.

Please be thinking of us from May 11 to 13 as we mingle with and reach out to 3,500 individuals and representatives from forty major pro-family organizations gathered for the purpose of protecting and promoting the rights of families.

[Visit the World Congress of Families website!]

In the News 

As goes Europe, so goes the world?
  Here are some examples that will make you double up on your vigilance at home.

Is your baby playing with its toes yet?  If not the government wants to know why.  This is the sort of program that American child "advocates" drool over.

England Outlaws Catholic Teaching in Catholic Schools.  Government sees no limits to its justifiable reach. The U.S. can learn from this example how far the state is willing to go, whether it subsidizes a school or not.

Like to Blog? 

Senior Writer Tammy Drennan has started a great education blog - In which we discuss the meaning and means of education: Passionately, honestly and with civility.  We highly recommend that you visit the blog.

Thank you for your support

This is the corrected version of the newsletter.  Follow this link to view the
original April 17, 2007, Alliance e-Notes and the correction dated April 20, 2007.

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1991 New York State Teacher of the Year

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Former Secretary of Interior

D. James Kennedy
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Left Behind

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