Why I Oppose Same Sex “Marriage,” Polygamy and Polyamory

by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/30/2011

Martinsburg, WV – It seems many traditional marriage advocates don’t know why they support traditional marriage other than it’s what they’ve always supported. They can’t tell you why, unless it is a religious belief, and don’t have a clue as to how legalizing same-sex “marriage” will affect their own marriage; or society in general. This is an unfortunate reality that often causes confusion and debate in the absence of clearly communicated truth.

Think about it. How would you answer if someone asked you how legalizing same-sex “marriage” would affect your own marriage? Maybe I can share some thoughts that will provide insight to the answer of this question.

One of the biggest problems with legalizing same-sex “marriage” is that it opens the door to a whole “menu” of possible options for legalized relationships. This is presented in a recent article featuring the comments of a number of high profile law professors and journalists.

One Columbia Law Professor said she didn’t want to marry her longtime lesbian partner and that “marriage ought to be one choice in a menu of options by which relationships can be recognized and gain security.”

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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.

Rights at Risk: Religious and Conscience Rights Under Attack Again

by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/29/2011

Nurse

Conscience rights of medical proffesionals, like this UK nurse, are under attack here in America.

Martinsburg, WV –

Nearly two months ago I shared a story with you related to religious exemptions and conscience protections. If you remember, the main point was that religious exemptions and conscience protections are not safe and would never be safe; especially under the current administration. I will restate it, anyone that believes the current president and his administration has any intention whatsoever of protecting religious or conscience rights of any organization or person is sadly mistaken; dangerously misled may be a better phrase.

It would seem that we are seeing further proof that religious and conscience rights are indeed under attack and by no means safe; even when the administration “assures” us they are.

I came across this story highlighting the implementation of contraceptive coverage in insurance plans for organizations and individuals alike. When you read the details of what the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), under direction from the Obama administration is doing, it should send a clear message: religious and conscience protections are under attack. Take a look at these excerpts.

“The press’s misnomer of the year, ‘free contraception,’ is being compounded by a supposed ‘religious employer’ exemption offered by Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Monday in its “preventive services” regulation.   HHS disregarded the conscience concerns of many  Americans, bypassed significant requirements of Administrative law, and severely muddied the truth when it mandatedeffective immediately – that health insurance plans (with few exceptions) provide coverage for the ‘full range of FDA approved contraceptives’… without a co-pay!

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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.

For the Record: Gov. Perry and Abortion

by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/26/2011

Rick Perry presidential candidateMartinsburg, WV – In our continuing effort to bring you critical information regarding potential presidential candidates I am highlighting the latest GOP candidate to toss his hat into the ring; and a big, Texas sized hat it is. Texas Governor Rick Perry has officially declared that he will seek the GOP nomination to run for president against president Obama in 2012. Many details are yet to emerge about Gov. Perry, but one thing is crystal clear, he is a staunch pro-life advocate.

I have finally realized that there is no such thing as a “perfect candidate.” There will never be candidate for office that you or I will agree with 100% on every issue. However, what we can do by learning where candidates stand on the issue most important to us as Christians, as conservatives, or as citizens, it elect the best candidate for the job. Of the issues most important to me, including marriage, religious freedom and fiscal policy, the issue of life is at the top of the list. And, based on what I see from this recent report from Lifenews.com and The National Right to Life Committee, Gov. Perry has taken a stand for life.

On the issue of life the NRLC recently released a document comparing the position of President Obama with eight possible GOP candidates. This PDF document, which the NRLC encourages people to copy and distribute, is an excellent tool showing the facts of candidates’ position on life. Incidentally, I would encourage you to view this document and utilize it in educating yourself and others on this issue.

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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.

Mom Ignores Doctors Abortion Advice After Water Breaks at 16 Weeks

by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/25/2011

Mom holding baby handMartinsburg, WV – Sometimes it’s easy to get discouraged with all the terrible news we are confronted with each day. It seems news outlets are far more eager to report the grim and horrible over the warm and uplifting. But, despite what some may think, heart-warming stories do exist and, when they get reported I like to pass them along. This is just such a story.

When 20-year old Laura Hill’s water broke at 16 weeks into her pregnancy, she was told by a physician that it would be best to have an abortion. But Hill, already a mother to a little girl, ignored the advice of the physician and decided to continue to carry her baby. In her own words:

“‘I was told I was likely to go into labor within two weeks and that the baby only had a one per cent chance of survival and if he did survive there would be a chance of brain damage or lung deformities,’ she said. ‘I said one per cent is still a chance he could live and I didn’t want to give up on my baby.’”

Sometimes I wonder if we miss the miracle of a child born abnormalities, such as downs’ syndrome, or even mental handicaps. It’s almost as if our society wants to secretly eliminate any person not deemed “normal” before they have a chance to live. (Hmm, sounds like a famous person in history that considered a particular race inferior and sought to eliminate them).

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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.

Election 2012: Vote for…Jesus

by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/23/2011

Vote for JesusMartinsburg, WV – American politics sure have changed in the last century. There was a time when you could vote for a Republican or a Democrat and, aside from slight differences in economic policies, you were basically voting for the same thing. The Democrats of years gone by were far more socially conservative; many were even regular church attenders that believed in God and the Bible. And there was no such thing as a “moderate” Republican where names like “RINO” were applied (you might have to do a Google search if you don’t follow politics regularly).

But, as candidates in the 2008 elections made it perfectly clear “this is not your grandparents’ Democratic party.” This might explain why so many senior citizens are Republicans. Then again, if the GOP isn’t careful it will very quickly resemble the “new” Democratic party rather than the socially, politically, physically conservative group it has always been.

Modern Democrats have strayed far from principles that once composed the party’s platform, such as, support for traditional marriage, defending life, and religious freedom (even supporting Israel has been a problem lately). In fact, the current administration under President Obama is the most anti-life, anti-traditional marriage, anti-religious freedom administration in recent history…perhaps in all of history!

But Republicans face similar problems within their once staunchly conservative ranks. Where one time decidedly pro-life lawmakers formed a powerful alliance for life among Republicans we see where waffling and outright abortion supporters have been sent to Washington and caused problems in defending life. Then you have groups like GOProud and the Log Cabin Republicans that are seeking to weaken the conservative social foundation that has characterized the Republican Party for generations.

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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.

Children In Lingerie! Why Do Four Year Olds Need Bras?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/22/2011

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Do 4 and 7 year olds need lingerie? (Photo: originally published at Fashionista.com)

Martinsburg, WV – There seems to be an ever growing list of things parents have to protect their kids from these days. It starts with commercials for inappropriate television shows shown during “family” hours. Then you have the indecent content of the Internet to regulate and keep out of sight. And let’s not forget all the movies, music and magazines that are just waiting to ensnare our kids. (Oops, don’t want to forget the dangers facing kids at school with Planned Parenthood and GLSEN invading our classrooms with unwanted explicit sex education and homosexual indoctrination.)

And parents know all too well the struggle it is to maintain modesty in a world that seems bent on revealing every part of the body with what it flippantly calls “fashion.”

Well now, mom and dad, a new line of clothing aimed at girls 4-12 years old would like to see your daughter hanging out around the house in lingerie! This line of clothing aimed at young girls carries bras, panties, and camisoles for toddlers and young girls. I wish this was a typo, I would be so happy for that last line to be a mistake. But unfortunately, this is all too real.

As distasteful as this line of clothing is, it’s not the only problem. Another major problem is the photos of the young girls posing in the clothing looking far older than they should. This is the blatant sexualization of children for profit; otherwise known as prostitution.

If you think my reaction is too strong or off base you would be in the minority. I was pleasantly surprised to see that many moderate to liberal news outlets were as equally disturbed by this as I am. For instance, Fox news carries the story as has a tone of condemnation for the “fashion” line.

The outlet that first broke the story, Fashionista, squarely denounces the line and its readers are unanimously outraged at the mere existence of such apparel. One reader’s comment made her position clear:

“Is no one deemed worthy of protection in today’s society? Six-year-olds don’t need matching bra and panty sets, red lipstick, teased hair, or ropes of pearls! It should be obvious that the styling of these pictures will only appeal to Humbert Humbert wannabees. Buying from this company supports the gratuitous sexualization of pre-pubescent girls. These photos only celebrate perversion.”

Fashionista went on to say:

“What’s disturbing about Jours Après Lunes is not just the fact that it’s lingerie for people who probably shouldn’t be old enough to even know what lingerie is, but the photographs on their website. The little ‘filles’ are styled like grown women with Amy Winehouse hair, sunglasses and pearls and there are a few instances of Thylane Blondeau-esque seductive gazing and reclining poses.”

At what point, as a society, do we say “enough is enough”? How far do we let things go? We live in a world where child pornography is out of control and pedophiles are writing books on how to have a “responsible” sexual relationship with a child. We’ve seen sex-trafficking given a slap on the wrist by our own government when Planned Parenthood is involved, and groups like Planned Parenthood and GLSEN would love nothing more than to remove parental rights and teach kids about sex (and homosexuality) when they hit first grade.

We wonder why our kids “grow up” so much quicker than many of us did and yet, with programming, the Internet, sexting, and “fashion” like this it should be no surprise.

Parents must be vigilant in protecting their kids. There must be standards of conduct, behavior and dress that apply to every member of the family. Imparting morality, self-respect and character must be more important that being “buddies” with your kids. Sure, they may not like you a whole lot now, but they will love you for your wisdom and protection when they are older.

I can assure you my daughter will never wear something like this, nor will I support any brand, store, retailer, marketer, or anyone else that thinks sexualizing young girls is ok. It’s not ok.

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.

Playboy Going Out of Business!!

by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/19/2011

Martinsburg, WV – Wouldn’t you love to wake up one day and learn that Playboy is no longer making pornography? Wouldn’t it be so satisfying to learn that this empire of moral degradation that facilitates perversion, broken marriages, abuse, disease and corruption has closed its doors?

Well, it looks like your dreams have come true!

According to a recent CBS story Playboy and other porn companies are floundering fast and many have decided to close their doors and get out of the industry. With falling profits and looming bankruptcy for many of the companies the decision to walk away is far preferred.

But, unfortunately this story has a down side to it. Though it seems to be a moral victory that a company like Playboy has decided to stop making pornography, any celebration would be a little premature. As our friends at the Family Research Council explain:

“Wouldn’t you just like to gloat?  I sure would.  That reaction might be misplaced. As for Playboy, while it will no longer actually make pornography, CEO Scott Flanders says the company is moving into ‘brand management,’ licensing its name and logos.  So it could survive and thrive yet. And the assumption from every quarter is that the hits to this vile industry are due not to some beneficent cause but to the glut of free porn on the Internet and elsewhere.  It could be even worse than that.  My friend Donna Rice Hughes, who heads Enough is Enough, believes it’s not quantity but content:  the big industry leaders can’t compete with the type of deviant hard-core material that is now available on the Internet.”

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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.

Does Your Marriage Have What It Takes to Last a Lifetime?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/18/2011

Martinsburg, WV – The fact that marriage is under attack from all sides is undeniable. A simple look around society, peering into the halls of our government, or even time spentElderly couple swinging on hammock watching cable television will quickly reveal that marriage has many enemies. An aspect to the fight to protect marriage that is often overlooked is the critical part gender roles play in marriage. The belief that there are some things men are responsible for and some things women are responsible to handle.

Now, before you start distorting your face and throwing objects in closest proximity, bear with me for a few moments. What this is not, is a treatise on proper gender roles. True, I have written about the subject and you can view those articles here, or here, even here. What I do want to do is comment on a recent article discussing how divorce trends are changing in light of the “divorce boom” of the 70’s and 80’s.

 Divorce and gender roles do go hand in hand. So when I read about changing divorce trends I instantly begin looking for the gender role trends that accompany the change and seek to evaluate it. This article did not disappoint in this aspect. The writer uses comments from an author, Iris Krasnow, whose new book ‘The Secret Lives of Women” is due out in October. Ms. Krasnow immediately shares one of her main conclusions form her research on what it takes to have a happy and lasting marriage.

“The happiest marriages are the ones where both partners have their own life, their own income, their own interests.” The unhappiest marriages are the ones where someone is swallowed by the other.”

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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.

Giving Students Bullets and a Gun

by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/16/2011

Martinsburg, WV – Here’s a question for you. What is the best way to ensure students are properly taught about sexuality while encouraging them to take every precaution and doDanger street sign what is best for their overall health and well-being?

Your choices are:

1 – Explicit sex-education in public schools with free condoms and access to birth control and abortions!
2 – Abstinence education in partnership with parents so that sexuality is taught according to parental standards!

Can you guess which answer I am going to advocate? Of course answer two makes perfect sense to me for a few reasons. First, elementary and middle school students are far too young to understand the complications that come with sex. The theory that “everyone is doing it,” or “since they’re going to do it anyway we might as well give them condoms” is absurd. Polls show that not everyone is doing it and, in reality, abstinence is on the rise. But the idea that we should “equip” those that are going to have sex by exposing all children to explicit sex education is simply dangerous; not to mention it usurps parental rights in teaching a key component of their child’s development.

Just consider a recent report that says schools in New York are now going to make sex-education courses mandatory. Up until now sex-education courses have been in the hands of each individual principal to do what is best for his school. This seems wise considering the principal would know his school and his students and how to best meet their needs.

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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.

Gallup Poll: Pro-Abortion Advocates Support Life Laws

by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/15/2011

Martinsburg, WV – To watch the news, listen to pundits, or sit through an interview with any Planned Parenthood employee, you would think that most Americans favor abortion and want it legalized for all occasions. Such a view would be incorrect. In fact, not even most pro-abortion advocates want abortion legalized for all occasions.

It seems we are constantly being told by politicians and Planned Parenthood that partial birth abortion bans, informed consent laws, and 24 hour waiting periods on abortions are not needed or wanted by Americans in general, but definitely not wanted by pro-abortion advocates. Again, this is patently false.

Proof that these claims are false came in the form of a recent Gallup poll released, showing that pro-life and pro-abortion advocates are not so divided on a number of issues. To be specific, nine issues found mostly common ground between the two different positions.Gallup Poll Image

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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.