What Percentage of Americans Are Gay?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 06/23/2011

Martinsburg, WV – If you only watch mainstream news outlets or pay attention to the liberal talking heads on your television you would be inclined to think that at least 25% of the American population was homosexual. The way advocates are fighting for their rights and everyone from politicians to pundits are calling for a celebration of this lifestyle it would seem this is a major group of people. And yet, it’s not. In fact, a new study says that it is a tiny fraction of the American population.

While I don’t fully agree with every statement made by the author of this article, I do agree on a number of his thoughts and am equally surprised by the conclusions of recent studies. It would seem that the figure or 25% or even the commonly cited 1 in 10 as the percentage of homosexual Americans is considerably wrong. The more accurate and updated figure is 1.4%! What a small minority.

The author writes, “The results….suggest that choice and change play larger roles in sexual identity than commonly assumed.”

The argument over whether a person “chooses” to be gay or not has raged as far back as I can remember. I can agree with many that factors during early childhood and adolescent years contribute heavily to a person’s identifying as homosexual. I also believe that the decision to act on those homosexual inclinations is solely in the hands of that person; in essence, it is their choice.

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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

Survey: 7 in 10 Say Kids Need their Dad – My wife and I were disappointed to see a book we inadvertently checked out of the library for our kids have, among different families, a male homosexual couple posing as a family within it.  We shut the book and returned it without reading it, but I was reminded of how important a mom AND a dad are to kids.  Two moms may make great moms, but they’ll never be able to make an even mediocre dad.

Watch Out for ‘Christian Militants’ – At least that’s what one Congresswoman would like our government to consider.

Os Guinness: A New Christian Renaissance – An intriguing proposal by an intriguing author.

Homosexuality and the Gospel – Justin Taylor reminds us of some exceptionally wise words from Dr. Albert Mohler.

Record on Abortion Full of Gaps – Illinois has been trying to keep track of how many abortions are performed annually, but they’ve found that the data is incomplete.  Up to as many as 17,000 abortions may have been performed and unreported to the state.

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

Been a busy few days working on projects that I am excited to launch with the FPCWV in the next few days.  Stay tuned.  For now, enjoy a late Engaging Essentials.

Homosexual Hate Speech – Good thoughts about the latest Google partnership with Dan Savage and Woody from Toy Story.

Motherhood as a Mission Field – I know it was father’s day recently, but, as a Dad, I cannot possibly be a reasonable father without my wife being my sons’ mother.  This is a good word on the sacrificial, Kingdom building work of Moms.

Six Truths on Christian Involvement in Society – A great recap of John Piper’s exposition of I Peter 2:9-17.  Learn.

When Does Life Begin? – During the legislative session, we delivered copies of Dr. R.C. Sproul’s book, Abortion: A Rational Look at an Emotion Issue, to every lawmaker.  Here is part of the talk given by Dr. Sproul that inspired his writing of that book:

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.

Guest Post: What About Dads?

Renee Ayala Jones is my friend.  As a professional woman, she is a force to be reckoned with.  As an advocate for the unborn, nearly unstoppable.  I am grateful for her willingness to submit the following guest post.  We hope you enjoy it.

I guess by now, everyone has heard about the guy that put a billboard up with the outline of him holding a baby that is accusing his ex-girlfriend of aborting their baby. Her friends are now rallying around her saying that it was a miscarriage (wouldn’t the father have been notified of this fact?), but, who am I to be skeptical? This whole event speaks to a broader issue—-that of Father’s rights of their unborn children.

Rarely are the father’s rights discussed or even mentioned and I, as a woman, shout “UNFAIR!” Come on, it takes “two to tango” and two to make a baby; that new life, a brand new blip on the radar in the universe that just perhaps could make a difference in the human race as a whole! But, although the father-to-be has responsibility to the unborn baby, he has no rights in regards to the decision making whether the child lives or dies while inside the mother’s body!

Let’s put this in perspective. When I was 18 the guys my age were being drafted into the war (responsibility), but they couldn’t vote or drink (privilege). Everyone began screaming, “if we have the responsibility to serve & die for our country, we should be able to voice our opinion in how our country is run!” This seems reasonable, I think everyone would agree.

So when does the screaming start over Father’s rights? This whole issue of the “Mother’s right to choose what happens with her own body” reminds me of preschool. “I don’t want this toy but I don’t want you to have it either, so I’m gonna put it away so you can’t play with it” Are you starting to get the picture? It’s like saying, “I don’t want it, but you can’t have it either.”

But this is a baby we’re talking about not a toy doll or stuffed animal but a real, living, viable, tiny baby that God created. It is simply trying it’s best to develop and grow into a little person that will one day breathe on its own, eat, look around at the world, learn to walk, ride a bike and drive. And hopefully it will grow up to be a productive member of society enjoying all of the happiness that life on this earth has to offer; even having a family of their own.

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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.

Susan G Komen: Race to Fund Abortion

by Nathan A. Cherry, 06/21/2011

Komen for the CureMartinsburg, WV – Planned Parenthood has made a fortune selling lies in order to advance their abortion industry. If they were completely honest – which seems like far too much to ask – they would admit that their number one priority is performing abortions. We all know this to be true, but they are still having trouble fessing up. Other services, say, mammograms, aren’t important enough for Planned Parenthood to actually perform; they just want to say they do in order to get money from the government (our money) and other organizations.

Enter the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization.

We’ve all heard of Komen for the Cure and perhaps you’ve even taken part in one of their marathons or other fundraising venues. But did you know you might have been raising money for abortion?

We’ve mentioned this before, but it is becoming more of an issue that Komen for the Cure gives money to the Planned Parenthood abortion industry. Specifically, Komen says they give money for mammograms. The problem is that Planned Parenthood doesn’t do mammograms…at all!

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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.

Presidential Hopefuls Weigh In on the Issue of Life

by Nathan A. Cherry, 06/20/2011

2012 electionMartinsburg, WV – You know where the Family Policy Council of West Virginia (FPCWV) stands on the issue of life. We believe unapologetically that life should be protected from conception to its natural end. But we’re not running for President, so what these potential candidates have to say is very important to us; and should be important to you as well.

The recent debate in New Hampshire proved to be a starting point for critical issues such as life and abortion. The candidates were asked direct statements and, for the most part, answered very directly and honestly on the subject.

The former Pennsylvania senator, Rick Santorum, was the first to state that he was absolutely pro-life.

“You can look at my record…A lot of folks run for president as pro-life and then that issue gets shoved to the back burner. I will tell you that the issue of pro-life, the sanctity and dignity of every human life, not just at birth, not just on the issue of abortion, but with respect to the entire life, which I mentioned welfare reform and — and the dignity of people at the end of life, those issues will be top priority issues for me to make sure that all life is respected and held with dignity.”

Governor Mitt Romney was next given the opportunity to state his position:

“People have had a chance to look at my record and look what I’ve said as — as I’ve been through that last campaign. I believe people understand that I’m firmly pro-life…And I believe in the sanctity of life from the very beginning until the very end.”

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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.

School Kids Being Put in Danger – by the Government!

by Nathan A. Cherry, 06/17/2011

Danger Street SignMartinsburg, WV – At one time school was considered a safe place. That time seems to be vanishing quickly. But with the school shootings and terrorist attacks it is incredible to think that one of the biggest threats facing our children in school is the classroom curriculum!

The Obama Administration, led by Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings is organizing the first ever LGBT youth summit. The summit is designed to address issues facing LGBT people. The summit will push for more gay-friendly advocacy in the classroom among students as young as elementary ages.

What doesn’t make any sense whatsoever is the involvement of the CDC in this process to add more LGBT advocacy in the classroom. This is especially true in light of a recent study that concludes:

“CDC Report Finds Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Students at Greater Risk for Unhealthy, Unsafe Behaviors.”

Citizenlink.com commented on the recent study released by the CDC:

“One of the largest studies ever done on the topic—involving seven states and six large school districts—it revealed that students who identify as gay, lesbian and bisexual are significantly more likely than heterosexual students to engage in high-risk behaviors like drug and alcohol use, actions that lead to violence, suicidal behavior and sexual experimentation that can expose them to diseases, just to name a few.”

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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.

62% of Americans: “Marriage is ONLY Between One Man and One Woman”

Thanks to our friends at the Alliance Defense Fund for undertaking one of the most rigorous and wide-ranging polls of its kind on the topic:

Results from what is likely the most extensive national research survey of its kind show that 62 percent of Americans believe that “marriage should be defined only as a union between one man and one woman.” Fifty-three percent of Americans strongly agreed.

The scientific survey, sponsored by the Alliance Defense Fund and completed by Public Opinion Strategies May 16-19, was part of a comprehensive examination of American attitudes toward marriage.  In addition to the national survey, the research included 14 focus groups completed across the country.

“Americans recognize that marriage provides a strong foundation for a thriving society,” said ADF Senior Counsel Brian Raum. “The union between husband and wife benefits society–especially children–in unique ways that cannot be duplicated by any other relationship. Throughout history, diverse cultures and faiths have recognized this universally defined ideal as the best way to promote healthy, natural families for the good of future generations.”

The survey results mirror American voter behavior when faced with the decision to either affirm marriage in their state constitutions or leave it open to legal challenges or other attacks.

“These numbers are not surprising,” said Public Opinion Strategies partner, and the survey’s director, Gene Ulm. “More than 63 million Americans in 31 state elections have voted on constitutional marriage amendments. Forty million Americans in all—63 percent of total voters–have voted to affirm marriage as a union between a man and a woman.”

“Americans strongly affirm the lifelong, faithful union of a man and a woman as the fundamental building block of civilization,” said Raum. “This survey, along with the nearly 80 percent win rate in ADF marriage cases, shows the opposition has created an illusion of momentum but not a real base of support or track record of victory in the courts.”

Via ADF News Release.

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.

There is Never a Convenient Time to Have a Baby

Have you ever thought how you might describe an intimate and serious surgery?

One young woman has done just that in regards to abortion.  In an admittedly “glib” and often foul description, this young woman recounts her experience in getting pregnant, choosing to abort, and recovering from it.  In the process, she ranges from outright anger, to internal turmoil resulting in hours of tears, post-op pain, and, finally, what looks like moral justification.

As I read it, I was stunned by the honesty of the post.  Putting aside for the moment the usual sound bites we hear about abortion, here was a woman writing of her experience in a way that says, “I need to write this.  I need to process what just happened.”  In her words:

There’s a reason I’m sharing this story with you: politically, the rights of women are being chipped at, again and again. Other people are dictating how people’s lives should be lived. So I figured, the best way to showcase what these rights mean is to tell the real story of a woman who has actually gone through this situation. I apologize in advance if I come off as glib. It was a stressful situation, and the way I deal with things is with humor. This is the first time I’ve ever written this out before.

After discovering “a fetus growing inside” of her, she reaches out to her sister and mother.  At least one encourages her to call the dad, but there is not admission that she did.  While both mom and sister offer support, neither appear to offer support for keeping the child.

While it may be difficult, I encourage you to read her description of the procedure itself.  Her words are laced with fear and undertones of regret and pain that she attempts to mask with acerbic humor.  As I read it, I could not help but pray for her knowing that all is not even now whole with this young lady.

Here is how she concludes in a way that sounds more like she is on the psychologist’s couch than writing a letter to a friend:

That was 2010 in a nutshell. I spent a lot of time being angry, pondering if I made the right decision, trying to imagine how a baby would fit into my life now, trying to think if I can handle the academic rigors of going to grad school.

When I consider it though, ultimately, I made the right decision. I love children and someday want to have a child. But I want to give that child opportunity, and love, and all the chances that having a baby right now, by myself, with no financial security or even situational security, would never have. To me, it was the only responsible thing, and the kindest thing, that I could do.

I never really gave consideration to adoption because I didn’t want to go through all of the rigors of pregnancy and give up the baby at the end. I also feared that I would change my mind, and do the child a disservice by trying to keep it, or that the baby would never be adopted because I am a person of color, and people of color don’t always have the best luck in foster care, or that I’d lose my job by having to go on maternity leave to recover.

I may be wrong, but I have the political right, and the moral right, to make that decision for myself. I know I’m lucky as hell to live in an urban area with medical providers who know how to provide these services, and the right to access them.

It was hard as hell to do, and live through, even with my liberal mindset and luckiness in location. When you consider the conflicting emotions a woman has to go through in this situation already, without factoring in the political and moral debate/posturing that goes on, you know it’s not something any person goes into lightly. It’s a serious decision, and I’m better off having made the choice I did, but I wouldn’t wish this situation on anyone.

Did you notice something in that second paragraph?  In describing getting pregnant, choosing the abortion, and then having it, this young woman refers to the child as, “a fetus” repeatedly, even going as far as suggesting that it might be, “a theoretical child.”  But, in her final analysis, as she reflects on what has happened – after it has happened – and as she tries desperately to morally process it, she calls it, “a baby” and “a child.”

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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.

The Engaging Essentials

French Parliament Rejects the Redefinition of Marriage – What?  You hadn’t heard?  Weird. Though scant media coverage of it in the states, the French Parliament rejected the redefinition of marriage earlier this week.  One of the lawmakers, Michael Diefenbacher, observed, “”We are against homophobia but we do not want to alter the image and function of marriage in the collective subconscious.”

Did America Have a Christian Founding – Interesting article.  Here’s the conclusion, read the article to see how the Heritage Foundation’s Julie Shaw gets there: “In short, while America did not have a Christian Founding in the sense of creating a theocracy, its Founding was deeply shaped by Christian moral truths. More importantly, it created a regime that was hospitable to Christians but also to practitioners of other religions.”

Mohler on Weiner – Really, I wanted to avoid any more posting about this guy, but I was impressed by this coverage of Mohler’s tweet that urged disgraced Congressman Weiner to find solution in Christ, not rehab.  You have to read the article (and some of the comments) to get a flavor for what this is so interesting.

SBC Meets with Homosexual Activists – Good on the Southern Baptist Convention!  Not only did the leadership not cave to pressure from same-sex activists, but they also model a lovely balance of grace and truth.

‘The Catch’ Stands for Marriage – Former NY Giants player David Tyree – known for “the catch” in Super Bowl XLII – has put his career and reputation on the line for marriage.  He makes one of the most essential and wise points, “Marriage is the only relationship that mirrors a relationship with God.”  Pray for New York.  Yesterday, the New York Assembly voted to redefine marriage.  This week, probably, the New York Senate will have a close vote on the matter.  (H/T: NOM):

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.