A Review of “In Justice” by Alan Sears

Fiction is a story that describes imaginary people and events.  After reading through this captivating legal thriller penned by Alan Sears, President, CEO, and General Counsel of the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), you will walk away wondering if you have actually read a fictional work, or just pulled yourself away from current events.    .

41NcmsnIsOL._SL110_In Justice begins with the appointment of an ambitious young attorney, John Knox Smith, to head the newly created Diversity and Tolerance Enforcement Division (DTED).  The DTED is an organization within the Department of Justice that carries the responsibility of enforcing what it believes to be equality and tolerance by ridding the U.S. of supposed hate speech.  The DTED has a multipronged approach in accomplishing their end that will penalize individuals, non-profits, and businesses alike who adhere to any form of conservative Judeo-Christian values.

The protagonist standing in the eye of this new storm is a former collegiate friend of Mr. Smith, Pastor Pat Preston.  Pastor Preston ministers at a mega church, Rogers Memorial Church, in TN, and his weekly messages are heard around the country on the radio and internet.  As his peers, board, and even his wife, succumb to this tide of pressure, Pastor Preston finds himself nearly standing alone in his struggles with Mr. Smith, the DTED, and preserving religious freedom.

During these difficult times Pastor Preston reaches out to another former collegiate friend working within the Department of Justice, Matt Branson.   After growing despondent of DTED’s policies and tactics, Matt decides to resign from his position in order to provide personal legal counsel for Pastor Preston.

With the support of Larry Jordan and the Alliance Defense Fund, a Legal Organization that affirms religious liberty, protects life, and defends marriage, will Pastor Preston, Matt, and religious freedom survive an attack of secularization that is claiming more than their conscience, but perhaps their very lives?

This fictional fight and struggle over religious freedom is one that is very real today.  People from all walks of life are presently facing such secularization and the erosion of religious freedom.  We are readily observing this in various sectors, such as hospitals where Doctors and Nurses have to question their vocation; Catholic Adoption Agencies being inhibited from placing children, and students being inhibited from using the name of Jesus Christ during graduation commencement.

With keen insight and a mastery of his topic, Alan Sears navigates the tumultuous seas of secularization and provides us with a glimpse of what may be if we surrender to its torrent of ideas and practices.

My Little War with Health-Care

How the government advocates death to save money.

By Nathan A. Cherry, 03/22/2010

Martinsburg, W.V. – Last week I did something that really irritated our government. I allowed my pre-born daughter to be born! Rather than “save the earth,” “save the environment,” and help save some money by sentencing her to death by abortion since I already have one healthy child, I welcomed her into this world.

Is it too outrageous to think that our government is more concerned with money than with life? I don’t think so. Consider a blog I wrote last week and something said by then “Defender of Life” Bart Stupak:

“If you pass the Stupak amendment, more children will be born, and therefore it will cost us [the government] millions more. That’s one of the arguments I’ve been hearing [from Democrat leaders]… Money is their hang-up. Is this how we now value life in America? If money is the issue — come on, we can find room in the budget. This is life we’re talking about.”

I’m sorry the birth of my daughter is so disconcerting to lawmakers. But unlike now infamous Bart Stupak and the other so called “pro-life” dem flip-floppers, when I say that I am pro life, I mean it. I place responsibility squarely on my own shoulders, and refuse to punish an innocent human life for my actions.

As the process of birth was taking place last Tuesday, March 16th, I couldn’t help but be awed and amazed at how miraculous the process truly is. With all that can go wrong – as in the case of baby Isaiah – to give birth to a healthy baby is truly a blessed miracle worthy of joy.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Engage Family Minute – March 23

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PRESS RELEASE: Mollohan, Rahall Fail to Protect WV’s Families, the Pre-Born

Vote following abortion “compromise” will penalize married couples, fund abortions.

CHARLESTON, W.Va., – On Sunday, Congressmen Al Mollohan (D-1) and Nick Rahall (D-3) joined other supposedly pro-life congressmen to announce that their vote for healthcare reform had been secured by a final solution offered by our nation’s most pro-abortion president ever.  The Family Policy Council of West Virginia’s president and general counsel, Jeremiah G. Dys, Esq., issued the following statement:

“All innocent human life is worthy of protection.  That Reps. Mollohan and Rahall were complicit in a phony compromise that will fail to protect the pre-born is unconscionable.  As the cases of Hamden v. Rumsfeld and Commerce of U.S. v. Reich make clear, executive orders that contradict statutory law will be invalidated.

“If our representatives in Washington, D.C. were truly committed to protecting innocent human life, they would not have voted for the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade.  By funding community health centers across the country – to the tune of $11 billion – our congressmen have ensured the abortion industry will continue to have a steady income stream to conduct their life-ending mission well into the future.

“Moreover, we are deeply disappointed that our representatives have failed to enrich marriage by supporting this legislation that expressly penalizes married couples.  Add that to the additional financial strain by means of extreme taxation on West Virginia’s hard-working families, and it is clear that West Virginia’s families will yet again bear the burden of their political compromise.

“The Family Policy Council of West Virginia remains committed to advancing, defending, and equipping West Virginia’s families.  In 2010, we will encourage our statewide network of churches and families to oppose candidates who cheapen the sanctity of human life through political compromise and devalue the importance of marriage to the stability of our society for political gain.”

The Family Policy Council of West Virginia is a servant organization that advocates for policies that embrace the sanctity of human life, enrich marriage, and safeguard religious freedom.

www.familypolicywv.com

About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.

Al Mohler: Can Christian Organizations Remain Christian in a “Tolerant” Age?

From AlbertMohler.com, comes serious questions that should be asked in light of the upcoming SCOTUS case, CLS v. Martinez.  The most poignant question is that posed by the title of his piece and this blog entry, but the rest are worthy of consideration and contemplation.  Here’s the critical section of Dr. Mohler’s latest:

The case pitting the Hastings College of Law against the Christian Legal Society presents the nation — and its highest court — with an inescapable question: Are Christian organizations to be allowed to remain Christian, or must they all morph into secularized associations?

Must the Christian Legal Society surrender its biblical convictions in order to remain a recognized campus organization? Does religious liberty now stop at the law school door?

Obviously, much is riding on this case. The same logic used against the Christian Legal Society in this case can be used to argue that any Christian organization, school, or institution no longer serves the community’s welfare if it holds such policies. How long before similar arguments are made against churches and Christian schools?

Can Christian organizations remain Christian in an age of ideological “tolerance?” All eyes will soon be on the U. S. Supreme Court as the Christian Legal Society’s appeal is heard. Far more than one CLS chapter in one law school is at stake here.

via www.AlbertMohler.com.

About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.

ACTION ALERT: Say NO to Funding Abortion

We need to act quickly!

Focus on the Family Action, with whom we are proudly associated, has today announced that two of our Congressmen in Washington, D.C. may vote in favor of funding abortion through President Obama’s proposed healthcare legislation.

The U.S. House is scheduled to vote on the “reconciliation” bill on Saturday, March 20. This bill includes abortion funding and must not pass. If passed, it would be the largest abortion expansion since Roe v. Wade.

Here is how to reach Congressmen Mollohan and Rahall:

The Hon. Alan B. Mollohan (D-1st)
Washington: 202-225-4172
Clarksburg: 304-623-4422
Morgantown: 304-292-3019
Parkersburg: 304-428-0493
Wheeling: 304-232-5390

The Hon. Nick Rahall (D-3rd)
Washington: 202-225-3452
Logan: 304-752-4934
Huntington: 304-522-6425
Bluefield: 304-325-6222
Beckley: 304-252-5000

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About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.

Engage Family Minute – March 18

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Matt Bowman: $11 Billion for “community health centers” that won’t promote abortion? Don’t bet on it.

Good friend and transplanted West Virginian, Matt Bowman, has written an interesting piece for the Alliance Defense Fund, his employer.  Specifically, Matt is talking about the potential for abortion funding in the current healthcare overhaul that is now before us.

Here is how Matt starts and finishes.  You’ll have to (should) follow the link to read what’s in between.  There’s a lot within the ellipses:

Advocates of the Senate health bill have been saying that President Obama’s proposed $11 Billion for “community health centers” (CHCs) won’t promote abortion even though the bill contains no restriction on its use for abortion. Bill advocates also contend that the Senate bill doesn’t threaten to force doctors to assist abortions, even though the bill fails to restrict the government from violating conscience rights.

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So when NACHC says its clinics don’t intend to perform abortions, it should be taken with a grain of salt. NACHC clinics already partner with Planned Parenthood, and they successfully lobbied to be able to disobey federal law prohibiting them from violating health provider consciences, precisely so they could offer potentially affected “services” to low income women. Nothing in the Senate health reform bill stops them and new CHCs from using $11 Billion to pay for abortions.

via ADF Alliance Alert » Matt Bowman: $11 Billion for “community health centers” that won’t promote abortion? Don’t bet on it..

About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.

Al Mohler: Is Social Justice Forbidden Territory?

Al Mohler recently offered commentary against Glen Beck’s hyper call for men and women to leave their church if they hear the words, “social justice” anywhere therein.  Within his comments, Mohler makes an excellent case for why we are to be faithful in both the presentation of the gospel and its societal (or social) implications.

Do you agree with Mohler?  After you read the quote below, post a comment to share your thoughts.

The church is not to adopt a social reform platform as its message, but the faithful church, wherever it is found, is itself a social reform movement precisely because it is populated by redeemed sinners who are called to faithfulness in following Christ. The Gospel is not a message of social salvation, but it does have social implications.

Faithful Christians can debate the proper and most effective means of organizing the political structure and the economic markets. Bringing all these things into submission to Christ is no easy task, and the Gospel must not be tied to any political system, regime, or platform. Justice is our concern because it is Gods concern, but it is no easy task to know how best to seek justice in this fallen world.

And that brings us to the fact that the Bible is absolutely clear that injustice will not exist forever. There is a perfect social order coming, but it is not of this world. The coming of the Kingdom of Christ in its fullness spells the end of injustice and every cause and consequence of human sin. We have much work to do in this world, but true justice will be achieved only by the consummation of Gods purposes and the perfection of Gods own judgment.

Until then, the church must preach the Gospel, and Christians must live out its implications. We must resist and reject every false gospel and tell sinners of salvation in Christ. And, knowing that Gods judgment is coming, we must strive to be on the right side of justice.

via Glenn Beck, Social Justice, and the Limits of Public Discourse – AlbertMohler.com.

About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.

Engage Family Minute – March 17

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