In Case You Missed It . . .

If you weren’t able to catch my interview on Talkline this morning live, through the magic of YouTube, you can listen to it below.  When you’re done (or if you caught it live) what’d you think?

 

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.

Outrageous! Government Funding Homosexual Group in Schools!

by Nathan A. Cherry, 06/29/2011

GLSEN Safe Space Kit logo

This is the logo for GLSEN's Safe Space Kit.

Martinsburg, WV – Here’s a little quiz for you. Question one, should the government be funding controversial (even dangerous) groups that promote anti-family values in public schools? Questions two, what is one of the most dangerous organizations that the government could fund (with your tax dollars) that will seek to strip traditional gender lines and destroy traditional marriage?

Do you know the answers? Answer number one is no! The government should not fund any private organization. If it does it creates a hypocritical double standard when it decides not to fund other groups; or all groups. Answer number two is GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network).

It seems, according to a recent report, that GLSEN has been awarded a government grant that will last the next five years. So, to be clear, your tax money will now be funding one of the most liberal homosexual activist groups in the nation.

But this is not just an activist group. This group seeks to push, normalize, and indoctrinate school children of all ages in the ways and lifestyle of homosexuality. They seek especially; it would seem, to get into elementary and primary schools. There is no doubt that one of their goals is to “train” children in the “joys” of the homosexual lifestyle from a very young age. Here are some of the things that GLSEN’s “Internal Implementation Team” will include in their program for students:

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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.

The Engaging Essentials

She Went by ‘Daddy’ – Glenn Stanton gives a vignette of what happens when marriage is redefined and gender confused.

For Many Immigrants, Marriage Vote ResonatesThe New York Times suggests that immigration may be linked philosophically with the struggle for same-sex marriage.  It’s a reminder of how connected many liberal causes are and how quickly both have become ipso facto causes for civil rights.

Five Impacts of the NY Same-Sex Marriage Vote – Looks like great minds think alike.  Yesterday, I outlined 5 lessons for WV to learn.  Later that day, my friend Chuck Donovan outlined 5 more.

Truth and Power: Planned Parenthood, HHS, and IN Law – NRO’s Gerard Bradley evaluates the ongoing legal battle to defund Planned Parenthood.  What started as an internal battle within the state has seen the Federal government elbow its way into the fight . . . ideologically on behalf of the $1.1 billion dollar industry that is Planned Parenthood.

Top Legal Issues that Concern the Church: #4 Church Autonomy – Kevin Theriot from ADF pens the 4th installment of how church legal rights are being compromised across the country.

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.

SHOCKING: Truth About Homosexuality Exposed

This is a frank, even explicit article sharing goals of the homosexual agenda and statistics related to homosexuals.

by Nathan A. Cherry, 06/28/2011

same sex marriage rallyMartinsburg, WV – The full force of this article is alarming, to say the least. Maybe shocking is more appropriate. There’s no need for me to comment on this or add my two cents. Read the article and consider the implications of a society where all boundaries to marriage are removed. And do me a favor, remember the facts and statistics shared here the next time you vote.

Why Same-Sex Marriage Poses Greater Threat to Society Than You Think

With New York at the center of same-sex marriage debate, you may want to cool down and consider whether the new social norm proposed here is merely an issue of personal choice.

Why not? Even aside from religious or moral view on homosexuality, there are numerous factors that voice against giving full rights to same-sex couples.  

Let’s admit the reality here. While homosexual activists attempt to portray their lifestyle as normal and healthy, and insist that homosexual relationships deserve equal rights as heterosexual ones, the real world may suggest a quite opposite picture.

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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.

PRESS RELEASE: Candidates for Governor to Face-Off for First Time at FPCWV Sponsored Event

Debate to be held July 5th in Morgantown as part of “Faith and Freedom Forum”

CHARLESTON, W.Va.— As voters prepare for the upcoming special election for governor, the Family Policy Council of West Virginia (FPCWV) is providing West Virginians with the opportunity to learn more about the candidates at a FPCWV sponsored debate to be part of the “2011 Faith and Freedom Forum”, to be held July 5, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA) Church in Morgantown.

Participating in the debate will be Mountain Party gubernatorial candidate, Bob Baber, and former businessman and Republican candidate for governor, Bill Maloney.  Acting Governor, and Democratic nominee, Earl Ray Tomblin was invited, but declined to attend.

“West Virginians want to know more about the candidates that are asking for their vote,” said Jeremiah Dys, president and general counsel of the FPCWV. “The Faith and Freedom Forum will help West Virginians make an informed decision when casting their vote this October.”

The debate will cover a variety of topics based on questions submitted by an ad hoc committee of clergyman from throughout the State of West Virginia assembled by the FPCWV.  Each candidate will separately have a one-hour, sit-down discussion with Dr. Andrew Hawkins, associate pastor at the Morgantown CMA Church to respond.

The FPCWV’s education and accountability programs reached over 50,000 voters in 2010 with critical information about where candidates stood on important issues affecting West Virginia’s families.  Uniquely positioned at the center of a coalition that includes national, state, and local organizations, the FPCWV advances, defends, and equips its statewide network of churches and families by mobilizing them to engage culture through education, legislation, and accountability.

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.

 

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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.

Lessons West Virginia Should Learn in a New York Minute

Unless you managed to escape all radio, TV, or Internet signals over the weekend, you know by now that the New York Legislature has redefined marriage to include same-sex couples.  There are, and no doubt will be, plenty of opinions offered on the matter.  For a good place to start, consider Al Mohler.

For my part, I’d like to ask you to consider with me some of the lessons that we can learn from New York’s experience.  What follows is no doubt incomplete, but it is a good start as we consider how to move forward in the face of what seems an inevitable (though it is not) cultural change:

First, the protection of marriage is not a ‘Republican thing.’ One of the most thoughtless criticisms of efforts to define marriage as between one man and one woman in West Virginia’s constitution is that it is a ploy by a secret society of Republicans to unseat Democrats.  That’s not unique to West Virginia, of course.  Most every state who has defended marriage has had to endure this criticism that is grounded only in political narcism, not reality.  For instance, in West Virginia, a supermajority of registered Democrats favors defining marriage as between a man and a woman, but ask party leadership and you will be quickly convinced that this is the new McCarthyism!

No, what we learned in New York is that – despite one of the most pro-marriage platform’s in GOP history – Republicans can and will abandon their party tradition, and the voters who placed them in office, to redefine marriage.  Call it ideology, call it anticipating change (at least one of the GOP state -senators in NY is facing redistricting, making his district significantly more Democratic), call it whatever you wish, Republican politicians are still politicians and will often act, even unpredictably, in self-interest ahead of party platform and voter direction.  What happened in New York could happen in West Virginia. Republican politicians are just as capable of redefining marriage as are Democrat politicians.

Second, Governors matter, but shouldn’t. A few years ago, same-sex activists tried to redefine marriage in New York, but their efforts were stymied.  Switch to a governor who uses the bully pulpit for the same-sex agenda and suddenly the vote is up-ended.  One could argue that by force of personality or political chicanery, Gov. Andrew Guomo engineered the passage of this legislation.  Yet, oddly, beyond his signature, he did not have a single role to play in the matter.  He could not draft legislation, introduce it, move it through committees, and, certainly, he could not vote one way or the other on it.  What he could do was keep the political and media spotlight on the topic for as long as he pleased.

West Virginians face the election of a governor in October.  He, in fact, may have less of a legal role to play in the defense of marriage.  For West Virginians to have the opportunity to vote on the definition of marriage, only state-senators and delegates will vote on a resolution; it bypasses the governor’s desk completely on its way to the ballot box.  Still, as was the case with Gov. Cuomo, how a governor’s voice – silently or loudly – is used on this matter may, and likely will, affect the ultimate outcome.

Third, follow the money. The reason Republicans can betray party and voters comes down to money.  This is especially true when one considers where the predominant pressure was applied to GOP lawmakers: fundraising.  The chief Republican political fundraiser in New York is NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  He is also a proponent of redefining marriage.  Offend him – which he said you would if you defended marriage – and suddenly your re-election money dries up.  The donor base for the WV GOP is not that deep.  Though less likely, what happened in New York could happen again in West Virginia.

Fourth, beware the direct flight to New York. In the last year or so, American Airlines has begun flying direct flights from Charleston’s Yeager Airport to New York City.  This is important because New York has no residency requirements when it comes to obtaining a marriage license.  So, conceivably, same-sex couples from West Virginia can hop a flight to New York, get ‘married,’ and be ‘honeymooning’ at the Greenbrier by night fall.  While that’s good for American Airlines, it spells doom for a West Virginia law that will now be compromised by same-sex activists seeking to have their New York ‘marriage’ recognized under state law.

New York reminds us that same-sex activists prefer to wage this battle outside the direct grip of the popular vote.  Rather than submit the question to the 62% of Americans who support traditional marriage, same-sex activists would rather continue the discussion in the judge’s chambers and the legislative committee room – out of the immediate reach of the people.

Finally, no matter the outcome, the faithful must be faithful. I was impressed by the fervor I saw in many protestant pastors speaking on this issue.  A prominent, former New York Giants football player even staked his reputation on his faith to support marriage as between a man and a woman.  The Catholic Church was quite active in defense of the institution of marriage, as were thousands of faithful Catholics and protestants across the state.  Whether or not their efforts were ultimately successful it not the point; their faithfulness to Scripture is.

Likewise, I encourage West Virginia’s pastors, priests, and parishioners alike to continue in their faithful defense of marriage as the sacred and lifelong union between one man and one woman.  Firmly, I believe that if we are to be successful in defining marriage as one man and one woman in our state constitution, we must have the active, ongoing support of pastors and churches across the state.  More firmly, I believe that, in this day of moral confusion over gender, sex, and the meaning of marriage, we must have men faithfully preaching the truth of Scripture from their pulpits – now perhaps more than ever!

What the outcome will be for West Virginia is not dependent upon what happened in New York, but there are lessons to be learned.  One lesson ought to be painfully clear: what we have said from the beginning, what we have continued to predict would be the case has come true.  Now is not the time for West Virginia’s lawmakers to ignore the issue.  It is the duty of every lawmaker in West Virginia to secure the right of all West Virginians to vote on the definition of marriage.

 

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.

The Engaging Essentials

Sexual Revolution: Built Upon Sand – Here is a thoughtful, and thought-provoking, piece for you to start your Monday, in it, Anthony Esolen examines what the corruption of the gift and design of sex has wrought upon us.

Bumbling Criticism – Brian Raum examines one of the most common – and most silly – lines of criticizing a poll with which one disagrees: the methodology.

No Satisfaction in Same-Sex “Marriage” – In light of Friday’s vote in New York (more on that shortly), this is an interesting article.  Maybe, just maybe, getting the word “marriage” to be redefined is not enough for same-sex activists.  If not, it reveals an interesting fact of the human condition: man’s search for meaning.  It’s almost like they’ll be ever seeing and never perceiving.

“Women’s Rights”: the Tragic, Ironic Consequences for Baby Girls – Randy Alcorn (h/t Challies) examines more closely sex-selective abortions.  In related news, NPR’s “All Things Considered” is expected to take up a series of broadcasts examining reproductive rights and birth rate declines across the globe.  It will be interesting to see if they fairly portray the war on little girls through abortion (personally, I have my doubts).

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.

POLL: Guess Who the Minority Is?

Happy married coupleby Nathan A. Cherry, 06/27/2011

Martinsburg, WV – Conservative Americans are constantly made to feel as though their timeless, traditional views are old, outdated, even bigoted and prejudiced. You would think that those espousing conservative views are in the minority and need to simply “get with the program.” Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Consider the issue of marriage. Undoubtedly one of the hot topics in socio-political conversations it would be easy to assume – from what is heard on talk shows and news programs – that more Americans believe in same-sex “marriage” than traditional marriage. Again, you would be wrong.

Even as I write this New York is preparing for a vote on the issue. The issue was said to be a slam dunk in the very liberal state until conservative activists began rallying for marriage. Now, what was once considered a “sure thing” is only a question mark. (One I hope is firmly resolved with a period in favor of traditional marriage).

Also for consideration is the results of a recent poll that found 62% of Americans believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman! I bet you won’t see that on CNN or MSNBC.

More specifically, the poll concluded:

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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.

Romney, Cain Refuse Pro Life Pledge

Five other presidential hopefuls sign.

by Nathan A. Cherry, 06/24/2011

SBA List LogoMartinsburg, WV – By now you know that here at the Family policy Council of West Virginia (FPCWV) we are committed to bringing you the relevant news regarding those that plan to run for President in 2012. In particular we want to make sure you know where candidates stand on the issues of life, marriage, and religious freedom. As we advocate for policies that seek to defend the sanctity of life, enrich marriage and safeguard religious freedoms, we want to make sure you know which candidates have views similar to ours.

To that end I want to bring and update on the issue of life as it relates to potential GOP candidates. Last week I reported on some initial comments by the presidential hopefuls from the New Hampshire debate.  While those are strong comments, they are, after all, just words. Some candidates have chosen to put actin behind their words and further strengthen their pro-life position; others, not so much.

It has been reported that the Susan B. Anthony List, one of our nation’s most respected pro-life organizations, has asked each of the 2012 candidates to sign its Pro-Life Leadership Presidential Pledge. Of the seven frontrunners five signed the pledge while two, Mitt Romney and Herman Cain, did not.

Lifenews.com reports:

“Signers of the pledge include Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum and the pro-life organization is calling on pro-life activists to put pressure on those candidates who have refused to sign, Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, and Gary Johnson. Johnson’s not signing is no surprise given his pro-abortion views but Romney has been campaigning as a pro-life candidate since converting to the pro-life position before the 2008 presidential election. Cain has said he holds pro-life views and has repeatedly excoriated Planned Parenthood for targeting the black community with its abortion facilities.”

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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.

The Engaging Essentials

My Ex-Gay Friend – This is a very intriguing article about a homosexual man visiting his ex-homosexual friend, a man who had moved from homosexual militancy to Bible school after being confronted by the cross.

When the Church Bows to the State – Al Mohler comments on the situation in the Church of England and, with it, signals a warning cry to the churches of America.

USDA Gay-Sensitivity Training – Not clear why the USDA needs to engage in this, but the spread of this type of training has massive potential reach.

The Growing Divide Between the Religious Right and the “Young Restless and Reformed” – My friend Matt Rawlings makes some very good points between the disconnect, if not dissonance, some pastors are experiencing between efforts to be relevant and political activity.  Worth a careful read.

Al Gore and ‘Fertility Management’ – There’s a joke in there somewhere, but in case you needed one more reason to distrust the rhetoric of Al Gore, consider his connecting “climate change” to overpopulation and his Orwellian solution: “fertility management.”  What a wretched euphamism for abortion and, frankly, euthanasia!

 

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.