ISSUES
Community Impact

We believe the Christian has a biblical responsibility to both society and our fellow man – seeking not only a government that treats others with justice and mercy, but also the opportunity to actively love our neighbors, all according to Scripture’s principles and precepts. We support, therefore, a variety of policies and initiatives that bear tangible impact on our neighbors, communities, and culture.

TFL Capitol Connection, Ep. 6: Exciting new bill aids moms in crisis

The FAMiLY Leader Capitol Team worked on several bills this week – including fighting to stop gambling expansion and working to stop gender indoctrination without ... read more ›

Business leaders, take note: Turn your work into ministry

For many business leaders and CEOs, peer-to-peer advisory groups have become a vital part of personal and professional growth. But do you have a group ... read more ›

Iowans display attitude of Christ in storm and crisis

by Greg Baker Iowa’s recent “derecho” storm – and, more specifically, the way Iowans have responded to it – reminds me of what makes this ... read more ›
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Education

We believe that parents are entrusted by God with directing the upbringing and education of their children. We believe that parents from all socio-economic backgrounds should be able to choose the type of education, whether public or private, religious or home schooling, that reflects their values and the needs of their children.

STATEMENT: Iowa Supreme Court rules against Planned Parenthood sex-ed funding

On Wednesday, June 30, 2021, the Iowa State Supreme Court issued a significant pro-life decision, upholding an Iowa law barring abortion providers like Planned Parenthood ... read more ›

VIDEO: Rep. Salmon speaks out on saving girls' sports

On Thursday, March 25, 2021, State Rep. Sandy Salmon, R-Janesville, spoke before the Iowa House on preserving girls’ sports in our state. In the three-minute ... read more ›

TFL Capitol Connection, Ep. 10: Indoctrination in schools erupts

Iowa’s parents are hearing more and more stories about how critical race theory is being taught in schools – instructing children to think of the ... read more ›
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Vander Plaats on Newsmax: The Church is still our beacon of hope

The FAMiLY Leader President and CEO Bob Vander Plaats was interviewed by Sean Spicer and Lyndsay Keith on Newsmax July 14, 2021. Asked about declining ... read more ›

WATCH: Bob Vander Plaats breaks big news on 'Iowa Press'

The FAMiLY Leader President and CEO Bob Vander Plaats appeared on Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” on Friday, July 9, 2021. Unlike other TV interview ... read more ›

TFL Capitol Connection, Ep. 13: Protect Life Amendment needs you NOW

There are only a few weeks or days left in this Capitol session, and the Protect Life Amendment to the Iowa Constitution hangs in the ... read more ›
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Life

We believe that human life is of inestimable worth and significance from conception to natural death. This reverence for the sanctity of life obligates us to actively support public policy that protects innocent life, including opposition to abortion, physician-assisted suicide, and euthanasia.

STATEMENT: Iowa Supreme Court rules against Planned Parenthood sex-ed funding

On Wednesday, June 30, 2021, the Iowa State Supreme Court issued a significant pro-life decision, upholding an Iowa law barring abortion providers like Planned Parenthood ... read more ›

Poll: Iowa support for Protect Life Amendment 'neck-and-neck'

A poll of likely voters commissioned by the Iowa Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders and completed by Public Opinion Strategies earlier this month reveals support and ... read more ›

Iowa Legislature Passes Protect Life Amendment!

On May 19, 2021, the Iowa Senate followed the Iowa House from the evening prior in passing a proposed amendment – dubbed the Protect Life ... read more ›
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Marriage & Sexuality

We believe human sexuality to be God’s gift to us, designed and intended for our good within the bond of a committed, lifelong marriage between a man and woman. We support public policy that benefits families and encourages individuals toward healthy, biblical marriages; and we oppose policy that encourages individuals to pursue alternate means of sexual expression or fulfillment, including, but not limited to fornication, pornography, prostitution, adultery, homosexuality, and transgenderism.

VIDEO: Rep. Salmon speaks out on saving girls' sports

On Thursday, March 25, 2021, State Rep. Sandy Salmon, R-Janesville, spoke before the Iowa House on preserving girls’ sports in our state. In the three-minute ... read more ›

White House responds to TFL-signed letter on girls' sports

The U.S. Department of Education has responded to a letter sent by dozens of pro-family organizations, including The FAMiLY Leader, with assurances that a recent ... read more ›
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Religious Liberty

We believe every individual is responsible before God in matters of faith and conscience, and thus we affirm a God-given right to free exercise of religion, both for individuals and organizations. We support policy that ensures faith can be freely exercised and acted upon without fear of unjust government interference, not only within personal or church life, but also in the public sphere.

Capitol Connection Special: Freedom threatened on campus

This time, the University of Iowa may have gone too far. In this special edition update to TFL’s Capitol Connection, The FAMiLY Leader’s Chuck Hurley ... read more ›

UNI pro-life group saved thanks to TFL-backed law

On Oct. 25, University of Northern Iowa President Mark Nook overturned a campus ban on UNI Students for Life, citing a free speech and religious ... read more ›
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Restoring Civility

We believe every person – regardless of their physical traits or political or personal opinion – is made in the image of God and deserves to be treated as such, with courtesy, respect, and dignity. We endeavor, therefore, to exemplify the biblical mandate that Christians “speak the truth in love”; we resist bitter, partisan division, seeking instead ways to work toward God-honoring policy regardless of political party; and we encourage mutually honoring discussion between people of diverse and even opposing viewpoints.

Restoring civility: The legacy of an unlikely friendship

“I will be forever grateful that Donna invited me for coffee,” recalls The FAMiLY LEADER President and CEO Bob Vander Plaats. Bob and Donna Red ... read more ›

Tony Evans on racial unrest: 'This is a divine moment for ecclesiological reset'

On Thursday, June 18, The FAMiLY Leader welcomed leaders of sister state organizations from around the country to a Zoom meeting on racial reconciliation with ... read more ›
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