Are Parents to Blame? I Certainly Hope So

By Nathan A. Cherry, 12/31/2010

Father and son talking

Parents that talk to their kids about sex should be commended

 Martinsburg, WV – I wanted to do a brief follow up on yesterday’s story regarding the record setting teen birth rate from 2009; record setting in a good way for being the lowest in 70 years. I find this to be important because these statistics are directly related to our children. If we, as parents, are doing our jobs well we will not rely on the government or Planned Parenthood to teach our children a sordid view of sexuality; a view that no doubt contributes to higher teen birth and abortion rates.

While the media scrambles to give credit to comprehensive sex education, the economy, or other quirky factors, one possible factor has gone unnoticed: parents!

That’s right, I want to talk about the possibility that parents are teaching their children a conservative, moral – dare I say biblical – view of sexuality. For years it seems that the idea of parents talking to their kids is just too uncomfortable, too awkward to happen. For these reasons it has been assumed that no parent would dare broach the subject – let alone it in a comprehensive way – so school programs and government intervention is necessary.

 But what if parents are talking to their kids and teaching them moral values that include waiting for sex until marriage? The possibility has to be given some weight in light of recent statistics. It’s no secret that more parents are homeschooling their children; not just for the academic advantages over public schools but for moral and religious reasons as well. Students being homeschooled are present for neither comprehensive sex education nor abstinence courses. That leaves one possibility – parental education.

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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.

Teen Birth Rates Down – Abstinence Hopes Up

By Nathan A. Cherry, 12/30/2010

 Martinsburg, WV – It seems the message of abstinence is getting through to teens. Or maybe the condoms are finally working 100%of the time. It could be that abortion rates are up, or the economy is causing it all. Each of these is a possible reason for the lowest teen birth rate in 70 years; but what’s really the driving cause?

Well, we know that there is no such thing as a condom that works 100% of the time. So that silly notion as a possible cause of low teen birth rates is out.

Abortion is always a possible contributing factor to this statistic – though I certainly hope not. And while Planned Parenthood has released their annual report with no mention of abortion statistics, Lifenews.com reports:

The National Center for Health Statistics did not compile nor release any abortion information, but the last national report was issued by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute in January 2008 and it showed abortion levels reaching historic lows in terms of the abortion rates.”

So it’s very probable that abortion is not playing a factor in this record setting statistic. And the idea that the economy is somehow responsible for low birth rates doesn’t make much sense considering the poor have always been poor and it has never stopped anyone from having kids. Though economic factors might stop families from having more kids, the idea that it plays a part in teen birth rates is erroneous at best.

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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 – December 30

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Everything You Wanted to Know About DADT – And More

By Nathan A. Cherry, 12/28/2010

Don't Ask Don't Tell Martinsburg, WV – One of our goals here at the Family Policy Council of West Virginia is to make sure you are kept up to date on local, state, and national issues taking place. Some of those issues receive a great deal of coverage, and others, not so much.

One such issue we have been following very closely is the push to repeal the military “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” ban on open homosexuality. The repeal effort became a reality this week as Congress narrowly voted to repeal the longstanding ban. Maybe you did not follow the coverage as closely as we did and want to know what all the hoopla is about. Or perhaps you are interested in the long-term implications of repealing the ban.

Below you will find several articles from a number of respectable sources. The information in them will bring you up to date on what has happened and even some speculation on what may or may not happen in the future. I hope these articles serve to keep you informed on this key issue.

Christian Groups React to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal – Reactions by various organizations on the decision to repeal the DADT policy and their plans to appeal the decision.

 ’Don’t Ask’ repeal raises concerns for chaplains – An article dealing with chaplains in the military and how repealing the ban will affect their work and ministries.

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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 – December 28

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You Want a Reason to Detest Planned Parenthood? I’ll Give you Seven

By Nathan A. Cherry, 12/27/2010

Planned Parenthood Logo Martinsburg, WV – I’ve been asked on occasion if there is a reason not to like Planned Parenthood. Even well-meaning pro-life, pro-family people have inadvertently supported Planned Parenthood or other organizations that work with and support them. I find this unfortunate. And to answer the question I have listed several recent articles on Planned Parenthood and their actions.

Each article is another reminder of why I despise everything this organization stands for and seeks to accomplish. This is not a “family planning” organization, this is an abortion business. This is a money-making, propaganda machine with a bottom line of destroying the soul of girls and women while simultaneously breaking every law and covering up every crime they can.

When I get tired of fighting this group I read articles like these and rekindle the fire of life that desires to see them defunded, discredited, and shut down. There is nothing honorable, respectable, or otherwise praiseworthy about this group. They are, without a doubt, one of the most reprehensible organizations in existence. But don’t take my word for it. Read. See if you don’t come to the same conclusion after reading this very small sampling of that hundreds of articles I have read about Planned Parenthood.

After you’re done reading these articles, send them to someone that needs to know more about this awful group and let’s rally the troops in the fight to protect innocent human life.

Planned Parenthood Chapter Quits, Forced by National to Do Abortions – One PP chapter disassociates itself with the group after learning that the national headquarters will now force all affiliates to perform abortions.

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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.

If You Advocate Hurting Kids This Could Happen to You

By Nathan A. Cherry, 12/23/2010

 
Keep Kids safe from Pedophiles

Every effort must be taken to keep our kids safe from predators.

 Martinsburg, WV – In what I will happily call a “Christmas miracle” Polk County Florida Sheriff’s deputies are headed to Colorado to arrest Philip Ray Greaves on charges stemming from his obscene book “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-Lover’s Code of Conduct.”

I first told you about this outrageous and dangerous book last month when the book went on sale at Amazon.com where it sold close to 300 copies in the first 24 hours on the retail giant’s site. But after more than 3,000 complaints and nationwide press coverage Amazon.com pulled the e-book from their site; even after defending it. (At which time it was brought to light that Amazon.com has been and is currently selling several other books advocating pedophilia. Click here for my story on these other books).

Foxnews.com is reporting that Florida authorities are “able to arrest Greaves on Florida charges because Greaves sold and mailed his book… directly to undercover Polk deputies. Greaves even signed the book.” The book and Greaves actions are both crimes in Florida – though presumably they are not in Colorado considering Greaves has not been arrested there (What’s wrong with Colorado?). Because they are crimes in Florida, authorities will seek to have Greaves extradited to stand trial for his criminal acts.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is not mincing words about Greaves or his book:

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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 – December 23

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PORN: Your Child Is Looking

By Nathan A. Cherry, 12/22/2010

 
dangers of pornography

Kids can find porn on the internet easier than you think.

 Martinsburg, WV – If you think for a minute that your kids can’t access pornographic images just because you have “parental controls” on your computer you are dangerously naïve. In this digital, technological age we live in, images are as accessible as a few keystrokes. And don’t even get me started on how easy it is to access porn through a smartphone.

So the question becomes one of protecting our children from the harms of internet pornography in more than a passive way; more than just setting some parental controls and then believing we’ve done our part. It becomes about teaching responsible internet surfing, moral conviction, and education on the harms pornography causes both emotionally and mentally; not to mention the egregious amount of violence to women and STD’s within the pornography business.

The following article out of the UK is an interesting dialogue on the need for government regulation of internet pornography. However, the first thing we all think of when such a statement is made is “great, more government oversight and regulation to reduce freedoms and raise taxes.” Yeah, that’s what I thought when I first read it as well.

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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.

A Sickening Group that Needs Defunded of Taxpayers Money

By Nathan A. Cherry, 12/21/2010

Martinsburg, WV – By now it should be obvious to anyone that has followed my writing for any length of time that I am not a fan of Planned Parenthood.  In fact, I despise their

Mike Pence

Rep. Mike Pence is seeking to defund Planned Parenthood.

 organization and look forward to the day when federal funds are cut off and more of their death houses are closed. The very idea that my tax -dollars help fund their murderous efforts is sickening.

Every bit of news concerning this “family planning” group seems more devious than the previous story. Each year PP releases an annual report of their activities from the previous year. It’s stats that geeks like me enjoy because we like to crunch numbers and work with percentages. However, this year PP has released their annual report with some key facts missing.

Citizenlink first reported that the annual report for the 2008-2009 year is missing statistics for categories such as number of abortion, adoption referrals, and prenatal services.

This is important because in recent years the ratio of abortions to adoption referrals for PP has become increasingly lop-sided. That fact has caused alarm among centrist supporters that don’t necessarily oppose abortion, but want to see life given a chance. (I’m not sure how you can be on the fence concerning the issue of life, yet somehow people find they are walking that fine line).

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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.