ACTION ALERT: Ask the WVDE to REJECT its Politicized Bullying Policy Proposal

Bullying should be prohibited for any reason.  Everyone has been made in the image of God and, therefore, violence, persecution, or harassment towards another person is never acceptable.

Unfortunately, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) capitalized upon a 100 word change by the state legislature to create over 70 pages of regulations – many of which were expressly rejected by the WV Legislature earlier this year!  As a result, parental rights have been undermined and student religious liberty – at school and even at church – has been compromised.

Families in West Virginia have until November 8 to offer their public comments urging the West Virginia Board of Education to REJECT Proposed Policy 4373.  You can use the form below (refresh browser if no form is visible) to register your comment or visit one of the websites for more information.

For more information, please visit www.FamilyPolicyWV.com/bullying.

To read the entire proposal, visit http://bit.ly/4373-Proposal.

To use the WVDE’s online comment system, visit http://bit.ly/4373-PublicComment.

 

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.

Video: Mother Refuses Abortion and Cancer Treatment to Save Unborn Child

by Nathan A. Cherry, 10/31/2011

Martinsburg, WV – Stories like this one don’t seem to make the headlines very often. In fact, with prominent support for Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry so prevalent in the liberal media it’s nearly impossible to find these accounts. But the fact remains that the heroic tales of women willing to sacrifice their own life in order to save their baby need to be told.

This is just such an account.

Our friends at Lifenews.com recently shared the brave account of Stacie Crimm and the life or death decision she faced with her unborn daughter. Stacie learned, in a short period of time, that she was pregnant and also had head and neck cancer. She then faced the decision to either undergo radiation and chemotherapy, risking the baby’s life, or to forego any treatment for herself until after the baby was born; a potentially fatal path.

Stacie had no intention of ending her pregnancy or doing anything to jeopardize her daughter’s health. With steadfast resolution she decided to carry her baby girl, Dottie Mae, and give her a chance to live; even if it cost her own life in the process. Take a few moments to read Stacie’s story and watch the video below showing a healthy Dottie Mae. Though Dottie was delivered by C-section at barely over two pounds, she is now doing very well and has gone home.

Stacie’s decision is one no mother wants to make, but that every mother is willing to make in order to save the life of her child. Her decision and sacrifice will not be forgotten by the one she gave life to, Dottie Mae.

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.

Abby Johnson Recounts Her Medicated Abortion Experience: “Excruciating”

Warning: graphic details contained in this account
by Nathan A. Cherry, 10/28/2011

Martinsburg, WV – Below is the real-life account of Abby Johnson’s medical abortion experience in 2003 when she was 23 years old. As she will share in this horrific and graphic account, her experience is not abnormal, it is what most patients experience through medical abortion. Though Planned Parenthood calls this “natural,” the details certainly do not sound natural to me. Read with caution, then share this with anyone that is unsure about abortion and its side-effects.

Abby JohnsonAbby Johnson: Planned Parenthood Kept Me in the Dark on My Abortion

In 2009, I had my tonsils removed.  They had been bothering me for a while and no one knows what they are really for anyway…so I figured I might as well have them out.  I knew a lot of tonsil-less people, so I wasn’t nervous at all about surgery.

A couple days before I went “under the knife” I had my pre-op visit with my ENT.  We were going over a few things that I already knew.  Then, he started talking about the risks.  I guess I hadn’t really thought there would be risks with a tonsillectomy.  Severing vocal cords and being unable to speak…damage to teeth…extreme blood loss…damage to my tongue…and even death.

WHAT???  Um, maybe I should just keep my annoying tonsils.  I suddenly became very nervous.  My doctor assured me that my fear were kind of irrational…he just HAD to tell me those things.  Needless to say, two days later, the tonsils came out.  I had no problems.  My throat has never been happier.

Now, flashback to 2003.  I was 23 years old, a volunteer at Planned Parenthood, a college student, a woman who was 8 weeks pregnant by her husband…a husband she was divorcing.  I didn’t want a baby so I had a solution…abortion.  I had already had one abortion and it was easy.  Surely, this time it would be the same.  Instead of a surgical abortion, I thought this time I would choose a more “natural” way to abort…the medication abortion.

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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.

Cover Up? Is the Abortion-Breast Cancer Link Being Covered Up?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 10/27/2011

Martinsburg, WV – One thing you can count on here at the Family Policy Council of West Virginia (FPCWV) is our dedication to advancing, defending, and equipping the people of

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Is the pink ribbon helping spread breast cancer?

 West Virginia and the surrounding areas with the information you need to make informed decisions. At times it seems the media and other news outlets almost hide the truth and bury the evidence in order to advance some socio-political agenda.

Consider the evidence showing a link between induced abortion and breast cancer. We’ve talked about this before; you can read what we have previously written here, or here; just to mention a few. We’ve pondered why the abortion industry would cover up such vital information, or deny that a link even exists. And we asked why groups like Susan G. Komen, who are supposedly “racing for a cure” to cancer would give money to a group like Planned Parenthood, when such an obvious link between abortion and breast cancer exists.

We find all of these questions strange and difficult to answer. But the one thing we don’t have a hard time believing is that a link between abortion and breast cancer does exist. In fact, for this writer, this is a concrete fact that is impossible to deny.

Just recently I read a report that says over the last 54 years more than 80% of studies conducted show a positive link between induced abortion and breast cancer. That is a number that is hard for the staunchest skeptic to deny. The report states:

“Since 1957 there has been 66 studies done which looked at the relation of induced abortion and breast cancer, including 53 which showed a positive correlation and 25 that were statistically significant. There were only 13 which showed no association.”

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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 – 10/25


It’s a Girl! – The first line of this piece should be all you need to read to want to read the rest, “Millions of women obtain abortions because they do not want baby girls.”

Are We and Illegal Country? – This is just for fun.  Apparently there was a recent debate about whether the Declaration of Independence was legal and, thus, whether the United States of America is a legal country.  Evidently, though we won the war . . . we lost the argument!

Mandatory Sex Education – From New York: “Middle school students will be assigned “risk cards” that rate the safety of different activities, the paper says, from French kissing to oral sex.  The workbooks for older students direct them to a website run by Columbia University, which explores topics such as sexual positions, porn stars, and bestiality. The lessons explain risky sexual behavior and suggest students go to stores to jot condom brands and prices.”

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.

Freedom From Religion Foundation Threatens School Over Assembly

by Nathan A. Cherry, 10/25/2011

Martinsburg, WV – Here’s my question to you. Should a group or organization that is “overtly religious” be barred from making presentations or holding events in schools when theFFRF presentation/event is social and not religious? In other words, should a group like…say…Focus on the Family be refused the right to hold an abstinence education seminar in a school just because they are a religious organization?

This seems to be a very fine line of opinion and individual preference that is dangerously close to discrimination to me. Yet this is exactly what one organization is calling for.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is a group of atheists and agnostics that seeks to keep “church and state” permanently separated (Don’t get me started on the misinterpretation of that statement and the fact that it is not found anywhere in our Constitution or Bill of Rights).

 This group is unhappy that a Texas school is allowing the Project Seven group to come in and hold an assembly where matters such as abstinence will be discussed. The reason they are asking the school to cancel the event is because the group is, in their words, a “pervasively sectarian religious organization.”

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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 – 10/24


The Best Introduction to Homosexuality: Causes, Change, and the Gospel – Justin Taylor links to a one-hour video that he labels, “the best one-hour introduction you can find—or at least that I have found—for looking at” these issues.  Seriously, you owe it to yourself to engage this topic like this.

Religion and 2012 – Here’s coverage of how religion will play a part in the 2012 election.  Spoiler: it has nothing to do (well almost nothing) with Mormonism.

Anti-Gay Hate and Pro-Gay Terrorism – Peter Sprigg from the Family Research Council: “Family Research Council opposes the entire concept of “hate crimes,” because we believe that criminal laws should punish actions alone, not the personal opinions of those who commit those actions. We hope that both the Illinois and North Carolina incidents will be thoroughly investigated, solved, and prosecuted on that basis. Nevertheless, the selective application of the hate crime law in Illinois shows that such laws are actually not applied on a neutral basis, but are used primarily when they will advance a politically correct cause, such as the affirmation of homosexual conduct.”

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.

Lesbian Couple Allows 11 Year Old Son to Change Genders

by Nathan A. Cherry, 10/24/2011

Gender ConfusionMartinsburg, WV – This is one of the most saddening and disturbing stories I’ve come across recently. This is the story of “parents” that are supposed to be protecting their child and acting responsibly, but are, instead, behaving more recklessly than the child.

Pauline Moreno and Debra Lobel are the lesbian parents of 11 year old Tommy. They say their son is convinced that he is a girl and to support his gender identity decision they have begun calling him Tammy and allowing him to take hormone blockers. The highly controversial decision is making headlines across the nation as supporters and opponents alike line up to share their thoughts.

Many critics, like Johns Hopkins University professor Dr. Paul McHugh says that hormone blockers are the wrong starting point for treating the child.

“This is child abuse. It’s like performing liposuction on an anorexic child…It is a disorder of the mind. Not a disorder of the body. Dealing with it in this way is not dealing with the problem that truly exists. We shouldn’t be mucking around with nature. We can’t assume what the outcome will be,” McHugh said.

Also a critic, Dr. Manny Alvarez, Senior Managing Health Editor at FoxNews.com said:

“I think that it’s highly inappropriate to be interfering with natural hormonal growth patterns. There are significant potential problems necessary for growth and development…Potential long-term effects can include other abnormalities of hormones, vascular complications and even potential cancer. I think that if this child – as he finishes his puberty and teenage years – decides to undergo a transgender procedure – then there are proper channels to do so. But to do it at the age of 11 — to me — could be potentially dangerous to the health of this child.”

And while we could spend significant time talking about the health risks, and obviously someone needs to talk with the “parents” about those risks, I am more interested in talking about the elephant in the room surrounding this story.

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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 – 10/21


Does SexEd Undermine Parental Rights? – Professor George is on a roll lately.  This from his article in the New York Times: “But beyond rival moral visions, the new policy raises a deeper issue: Should the government force parents — at least those not rich enough to afford private schooling — to send their children to classes that may contradict their moral and religious values on matters of intimacy and personal conduct?”

Cain on Abortion – Yesterday, Politico ran a story questioning Cain’s commitment to the pro-life community. Today, his campaign is working to clarify what he really believes regarding abortion.  This is a politically tight spot for him to be in, no matter what he actually believes.

They Died Holding Hands – You’ve probably seen this before, but here is your heart warming story of the week.  A couple married for 72 years who die within an hour of each other, holding hands.  May all of our marriages be so intimate.

Morgantown in Motion – A photographer in Morgantown has composed this time-lapse video of a great city in West Virginia: Morgantown.  No political/social news here, just a really cool video:

 

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.

NC Marriage Poll Reflects WV Poll Results

by Nathan A. Cherry, 10/21/2011

Constitution of WVMartinsburg, WV – Here’s an interesting story out of North Carolina regarding marriage and a state constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union between one man and one woman.

The most recent poll out of North Carolina says that support for such an amendment stands at 61% while opposition is only at 34%. Most notably is the fact that the poll was conducted by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) group and has broad bi-partisan support among Republicans, Independents, and Democrats.

The reliability of this poll is strong considering it was an automated poll and studies have shown respondents are more honest when they are “talking to a machine” rather than a person. With a machine there is no fear of social pressure or stigma as there can be with a person. So it’s reasonable to assume that the results are reliable and speak accurately of the strong support for a marriage amendment. Tom Jensen of PPP reiterated this belief:

“[People are] more likely to tell their true feelings on an automated poll where there’s no social anxiety concern than to a live interviewer who they may be worried about the reaction of.”

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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.