FPCWV Welcomes New Director of Development

It is with great pleasure that I announce to you the hiring of our Director of Development, Jenny Entsminger.

Officially, Jenny began her work with the FPCWV on November 1, 2011, but has been working for several weeks to prepare her service to our ministry partners as we work together to advance, defend, and equip West Virginia’s families.

As a mother of three adult children and two beautiful grandchildren, Jenny understands the unique challenges that families face and has a passionate interest in protecting and defending the sanctity of human life.  Jenny served for seven years as the Vice-President of Center Advancement for Care Net, a national non-profit pregnancy center affiliation organization.

Prior to that position, she served as a national consultant, training pregnancy centers across the United States in board development, strategic planning, and volunteer management.  She has also served as the Executive Director of CareNet Pregnancy Centers for fourteen years, and played an instrumental role in birthing pregnancy centers in the former Soviet Union.

She is married to Kurt, and they attend St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Charleston, WV.

As Director of Development, I have tasked Jenny with developing, implementing, and overseeing all aspects of our fundraising program.  Jenny will also lend her expertise and years of experience with our marketing department and will be a valuable resource to the pregnancy care centers across this state whose essential work we so appreciate.

I am certain that you will find Jenny to be a humble, passionate servant to you and will value the friendships she makes with each of our ministry partners.

Among her first tasks, Jenny will be calling as many of you as possible to personally introduce herself to you.  Please take the time to share with her your thoughts and opinions about the work of the FPCWV, welcome her to her new position, and, as so many of you faithfully do, add her to your prayer list.

Would you consider getting Jenny started on firm footing by making a donation of $50 toward the efforts of the FPCWV?

 

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.

GLEE: Promoting Homosexuality and Teen Sex Through Music

by Nathan A. Cherry, 11/15/2011

logo for GLEEMartinsburg, WV – I’ve only mentioned the hit Fox show “GLEE” a couple of times in articles and blogs. If you’re really curious about what I wrote you can click here to see some of what I said. But you should know ahead of time that I am not a fan of the show. It’s sad really, because I love music and there is no doubt that GLEE has some amazing musical moments using songs that are iconic, to say the least. But the overtly pervasive messages of abortion, teen sex and homosexuality are just too much to overcome.

In fact, what has become very clear to me is that GLEE deceptively uses the medium of music to attract millions of viewers each week while simultaneously pumping pro-abortion, per-marital sex and homosexuality into the diverse and often very young audience. There is no doubt in my mind that the show is not really about music at all, but rather intends to plant these seeds of corrupt morality into impressionable viewers.

And for anyone that has pondered whether GLEE has pushed the envelope too far or crossed lines up to this point, be prepared, an upcoming episode is about to send a clear message of teen sexuality aimed at both straight and gay viewers.

According to the Fox News story “the heterosexual Finn and Rachel and the homosexual Kurt and Blaine” will be “losing their virginity” on a new episode titled “The First Time.”

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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: FPC of WV President to Provide Testimony on Non-Existent ‘Bullying’ Legislation

CHARLESTON, W.V. — Jeremy Dys, president of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, will testify Monday before the state legislature on the topic of bullying.

Even though no pending legislation exists and, earlier this year, the legislature rejected “anti-bullying” legislation, the state board of education is in the process of implementing an “anti-bullying” policy that has prompted serious concerns from groups concerned with First Amendment-protected freedoms.

“Schools should prohibit bullying for any reason, and rules on bullying should apply equally and fairly. On that there should be no argument,” said Dys. “However, when bullying is defined by the status of the victim, rather than the actions of the bully, the result is that the First Amendment-protected right to freedom of speech is placed in jeopardy. This is what the legislature was concerned about when this legislation was first proposed: that all students and the First Amendment are protected. That is what I will be testifying about, even though there is no pending action in the legislature to address this issue.”

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.

www.familypolicywv.com

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.

Three Lessons from Recent Elections and How They Impact the 2012 Presidential Race

by Nathan A. Cherry, 11/14/2011

Martinsburg, WV – Last week saw elections in several states take place along with a number of ballot initiatives. Many were predicting that these early elections would be an indicator of the upcoming presidential election and what we could expect from it. If that’s the case it becomes important to see what we can learn from the outcome of the elections and ballot initiatives.

The first key to next year’s presidential race comes from Virginia. In a major victory for pro-lifers done in stunning upset fashion, pro-life advocates now control the House of Delegates, State Senate and Governor’s office thanks to the defeat of pro-abortion Senator Ed Houck by pro-life candidate Bryce Reeves in a close senate race. This victory is crucial because Houck controlled a powerful committee that prevented every pro-life bill from ever seeing the Senate floor. Now, with a pro-life majority in all branches of government, many expect numerous pro-life bills to pass and for Planned Parenthood to be defunded in Virginia.

Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser commented on the victory:

 “Bryce Reeves’ win tonight is a tremendous victory for the pro-life movement and for the people of Virginia…Senator Houck has stood in opposition to countless pro-life legislation, preventing much of it from even reaching the floor for debate. With the election of Mr. Reeves, we expect that common sense pro-life legislation will now be able to move through the Senate and signed into law…All around the country, states have taken up the effort of defunding Planned Parenthood…With the Virginia state Senate in the hands of a pro-life majority, that effort can begin in this critical swing-state.”

Lesson number one is that life matters. You can believe that the issue of life will play a critical role in 2012’s presidential election as a majority of Americans are pro-life and ready to embrace life as a nation.

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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.

Planned Parenthood Slanders Life Saving Work of Care Pregnancy Centers

by Nathan A. Cherry, 11/10/2011

Mother and babyMartinsburg, WV – Initially I was going to share my own commentary on this article. But it is so well-written that I want to simply pass it along to you and ask you to read it. Lifenews.com contributor Marc John Paul puts together a very well-articulated account of Planned Parenthood’s recent activities in attacking Care Pregnancy Centers. While this is disgusting enough, the fact that PP uses our tax dollars to do it is just outrageous.

The Family Policy Council of West Virginia’s support for Care Pregnancy Centers is well documented. We will continue to stand with them and seek to partner with them as they tirelessly advocate for life. If PP wants to try and mislead the public and slander CPC’s in an effort to discourage women from seeking loving support and care, we will even more resolutely determine to make sure the citizens of WV (and the public in general) know how valuable CPC’s are to the cause of life.

Read the article below. Then, take a moment to let a CPC director or volunteer know how much you appreciate their efforts.

Planned Parenthood Slams Pregnancy Centers While Misleading Women

Oh dear, Planned Parenthood’s getting laughable again. Tell me, can an organization be defunded on the grounds that they’re a national embarrassment?

It seems an idea worth exploring, given that the Abortion Giant is currently making another pathetic attempt to crush the Crisis Pregnancy Centers, while continuing their awkward rhetoric of ‘choice’. “Women have the right to choose!” they scream, loud and piercing, “as long as they can only choose us!”

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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.

Protected? Think Again! Obamacare Will Force All Citizens to Fund Abortion

by Nathan A. Cherry, 11/11/2011

health careMartinsburg, WV – Finally we are starting to get the “big picture” of just how Obamacare will impact every individual on a personal level. This isn’t the first time I have talked about conscience protections and exemptions; you can click here for other articles on the subject.

What is now coming to light is the fact that Obamacare will indeed violate the pro-life conscience rights of many Americans. In fact, if recent polls are to be believed, more than 60% of Americans are pro-life. That’s not just a majority, that’s a super-majority. And yet our president (the most pro-abortion president in American history) has decided not just to ignore the pro-life views of Americans, but to blatantly attack those views with policies that would force pro-life Americans to support, and fund abortion.

Take a look at these new measures to be included in Obamacare:

“The Obama administration has initially approved a recommendation from the Institute of Medicine suggesting that it force insurance companies to pay for birth control and drugs that can cause abortions under the Obamacare government-run health care program…The IOM recommendation, opposed by pro-life groups, called for the Obama administration to require insurance programs to include birth control — such as the morning after pill or the ella drug that causes an abortion days after conception — in the section of drugs and services insurance plans must cover under ‘preventative care.’ The companies will likely pass the added costs on to consumers, requiring them to pay for birth control and, in some instances, drug-induced abortions of unborn children in their earliest days.”

What about the conscience/religious exemptions put in place to protect the moral opposition to such funding held by so many Americans and organizations? We all remember that we were assured by President Obama and others that safeguards for moral objections to funding abortion would be put in place. We were told over and over that abortion would not be funded in the new health-care laws. Right?

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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 – 11/8


Abortion is a Better Option for Many Would-Be Parents – This article, appearing in the WVU student newspaper, is just cruel.

A Modest Proposal to Reduce Unnecessary Divorce – “The Second Chances Act proposes new model legislation that includes a one-year waiting period for divorce, along with a requirement that parents of minor children considering divorce take a short online divorced parenting education course, which would include information on reconciliation. Spouses could trigger the one-year waiting period without actually filing for divorce by sending their mates a formal letter of notice. These requirements would be waived in cases of domestic violence.”

The Fortunate 10% – A picture to put the occupy wall street protestors to shame.  At least 90% of their non-chromosomally challenged brothers and sisters.

Strong Marriages = Strong Economies – “The long-term fortunes of the modern economy depend in part on the strength and sustainability of the family, both in relation to fertility trends and to marriage trends. This basic, but often overlooked, principle is now at work in the current global economic crisis.”

 

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.

What I Should Have Said . . .

This morning, I had the privilege to be on WVMetroNews Talkline with Hoppy Kercheval.  I was debating the proposed policy of the WV Department of Education related to school bullying – one that, unfortunately, fails to protect all students from bullying, while jeopardizing student and teacher religious liberty.

It’s a short interview that you can watch/listen to below, but I wanted to underscore one particular element: the concerns we are raising are not ones that are hypothetical.  We have seen them in reality across the country.

Just last week, a New Jersey teacher made a comment on Facebook saying she opposed homosexuality, based upon her religious conviction.  She is now facing charges for violating New Jersey’s bullying policy.

Last month, an honor roll student at a Texas school told another student that he opposed homosexuality only to find himself suspended from school.  It took the threat of a lawsuit to ensure his first amendment rights were protected so he could return to school.

These are just two of the many examples in which we see religious liberty suffering across this country under policies like the one now proposed by the WVDE.  We believe the policy could also unconstitutionally punish:

  • Students off campus teaching a Bible study on Romans 1,
  • Private Christian and Parochial schools whose code of ethics teaches that homosexuality is unwise, unsafe, and immoral, and
  • A teacher who encourages a student struggling with unwanted feelings of same-sex attraction to seek counseling rather than embracing homosexual behavior.

Remarkably, my debate opponent this morning casually waived off such concerns with a, “the First Amendment will protect them.”

Perhaps it will – and we will gladly defend such students or teachers – but they should not have to resort to a lawsuit for simply expressing their deeply held religious convictions.

 

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.

You Want the Facts on Planned Parenthood? Here’s the Facts

by Nathan A. Cherry, 11/08/2011

Martinsburg, WV – What is the overriding mission of Planned Parenthood? If you listen to PP president Cecile Richards you would think that it was to “help women” and provide

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards seems to have a friend in the White House

 “quality medical care.” Richards talks so often about all the wonderful “medical services” PP provides – such as mammograms, prenatal care, and cancer screenings, etc. If you didn’t know better you would think that all these wonderful things are the primary mission of PP and the main services provided.

I hope you know better by now.

 Lest there be any doubt whatsoever that PP’s mission is to perform as many abortions as possible, check out this article showing the statistics on PP services.

“According to Tait Sye, national spokeswoman of Planned Parenthood, 63 of the more than 800 Planned Parenthood facilities in America provide the option of prenatal care to pregnant clients—that’s 7.8% of the clinics.  On the other hand, 321 of the clinics—about 40%— provide abortion services, and every one refers for abortion…”

To further show exactly why PP exists, look at the breakdown of client services:

“332,278 of Planned Parenthood’s clients obtain abortions, while 7,021 of them received prenatal care, and 977 did adoption referrals through Planned Parenthood.”

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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 – 11/7


In the last two weeks, (1) I have moved offices across town, (2) charted a budget for 2012, (3) outlined a board report, (3) had a neighbor’s unmanned car run into my car and house, (4) replaced a totaled van (see #3), and (5) managed to keep the lights on with this organization.  I offer that in case you were wondering about where the Engaging Essentials had gone.  Something had to give.  Sorry it was the daily/regular editions of EE.

Salt and Light – A good reminder to us as we seek to be salt and light in the political world.

Good Intentions are Not Good Enough – “As marriage rates plummet and the percentage of intact families sharply declines, experiments that challenge the fundamental nature of the family are adding to the chaos that threatens civil society. A new report released this month by the Institute for American Values and the Commission on Parenthood’s Future explores the impact on children of such experimental arrangements throughout the world. The findings are cause for concern.”

The Limit of State’s Rights – Gary Bauer: “By invoking “states’ rights,” some Republican presidential contenders argue that national efforts to protect normal marriage and unborn life betray the federalist principles at the heart of conservatism.  I’ve always believed that the government that’s closest to the people governs best.  But the definition of society’s most vital institution and the protection of its most vulnerable persons are so basic to our understanding of democracy that they must be taken up nationally.”

Teacher Facing Discipline for Facebook Comment – This article highlights one of the many concerns we have about proposed Policy 4373 and why we have urged your action against it. Here’s the ACLU’s definition of religious freedom:”Edward Barocas, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union in New Jersey, said in a statement, ‘Although we do not agree with the sentiments expressed on Ms. Knox’s personal Facebook page, her beliefs and comments are protected by the First Amendment.’ But Mr. Barocas added, ‘Because her postings raised questions about her conduct within school, the school district can and should investigate whether she is performing her job in accordance with school policies and the state’s Law Against Discrimination.’”

Rob Reiner and a Prop 8 Movie – You can’t make this stuff up.

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.