|Posted by JJ The Psychotherapist on June 16, 2021 at 2:30 PM|
A conservative group is rolling out a new effort to form a "Big Family" lobby in Washington, D.C., to pressure politicians to vote in favor of families' interests. In the same way that the National Rifle Association fights for gun owners across the country.
The American Principles Project (APP) is introducing a recruitment drive and a new ad campaign in an effort to reach a million members and form what it calls "the NRA for families"
While there were plenty of family groups working on research, legislation, and education, Founder Terry Schilling saw a lack of a political arm "that would come in and kick the s—- out of people when they hurt the family, and that's what we wanted to change because that's where the left was making so much progress." He told Fox News in an interview.
After a year in which many states' schools were closed for the majority of the year due to pressure from powerful teachers unions, efforts to allow males to participate in girls' sports if they identify as transgender, and a fight over the teaching of radical critical race theory in schools, conservatives are re-energized on issues concerning the family and schools.
Schilling wants to harness that zeal and channel it into a powerful political force.
He said, "The NRA organizes gun owners in politics to help protect the Second Amendment; we want to organize families in politics to protect children, their education and their innocence and save the American family,"
He cited conservative groups' previous victories on issues such as limiting women's sports to females rather than those who identify as women. Following the APP's $7 million effort during the last election cycle, a number of states have now introduced, passed, or signed into law bills on the subject.
According to Schilling, the group is concentrating on four issues in particular. The first is schools, which includes giving parents a say in which school their children attend and what they learn.
Second, there are issues relating to transgender rights, both in terms of ensuring that females have access to girl sports and bathrooms, as well as what he refers to as the "indoctrination of children into gender ideology" in the classroom.
The third is critical race theory, which, according to Schilling, is "aimed at making our kids think in terms of race." This comes amid widespread parental opposition to curriculums that include the controversial and frequently criticized 1619 project.
Finally, Schilling stated that protecting children online, particularly from online pornography, is a major concern for many parents.
"Parents feel helpless when it comes to protecting their kids from porn online; there’s no meaningful age verification right now," he said, citing polling that shows such efforts have widespread support.
Unlike many other family organizations, the APP does not emphasize a religious motivation, opting instead to be a secular organization. This, according to Schilling, is to reach a broader group of Americans across demographic lines.
"We are deliberately choosing to be a secular, pro-family organization," he explained.
Schilling claims that the radical left is winning issues not because they are more numerous – only a small minority supports them, according to Schilling – but because they are better organized, and that if conservatives push back, the radical left's push on issues like critical race theory will come to an end.
"There are over 130 million families in America. I don't need all 130, I need a million," he said. "If we get a million families involved and loud and active in the process, we will change things fast, and they will start to retreat."