Does “Bullying Hysteria” Cause or Prevent Suicide?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 12/08/2011

anti bullyingMartinsburg, WV – I just got done writing an article about bullying and I run across this article in the Family Research Council blog that speaks to the same issue. This time a perspective that is not mentioned very often was brought out related to bullying and suicide.

We would naturally think that discussing bullying and the fact that it can cause suicide in hurt, vulnerable young people as a good thing. A discussion we want to see continued. However, at least one expert believes that discussing it so frequently could be contributing to the problem. It is significant for this viewpoint to be highlighted because so often we hear that the conservative, religious opposition to homosexuality is what is primarily to blame for the violence against homosexuals and ultimately for those suicides.

Most liberals believe that “anti-bullying” legislation is all that is needed to ensure that violence and suicides among LGBT people decreases. But this article undermines that position by listing a number of reasons why all the bullying hype and media attention could actually be contributing more to the problem than the solution. Take a look at the following article and the very honest admission from the pro-homosexual activist; you won’t find this reported every day.

Pro-“Gay” Activist Admits It: Bullying Hysteria May Cause Suicides, Not Prevent Them

Ever since the highly-publicized suicide of a New Jersey college student in September of 2010, pro-homosexual activists have been using the issues of bullying and teen suicide as tools in pursuit of their political agenda, and as rhetorical weapons against those who oppose it. Every time another report surfaced about a suicide by a teenager who identified as or was perceived to be “gay,” and who had reportedly been bullied, the finger would be pointed directly at conservatives. Bullying causes suicides, we were told, and public expression of conservative political, social, or religious viewpoints concerning homosexuality causes bullying. Affirm homosexual conduct as morally neutral, or more kids will die.

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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.

Can You Plant a Church in a School?


Well, according to the Supreme Court of the United States . . . maybe not!

Earlier this week, SCOTUS declined to take the appeal of one of the longest running cases in the field of religious liberty, Bronx Household of Faith v. Board of Education of the City of New York.  It’s a decision that was unexpected by those of us who follow such things and one with not a small potential for impact to those motivated to plant churches.

Jordan Lorence, senior vice-president with the Alliance Defense Fund, has been the chief litigator on this case.  Jordan wrote an instructive blog post on the topic (copied below), but also took the time to join me for a brief discussion over the phone.  I hope you will listen to it – especially if you are a pastor or elder committed to planting churches in West Virginia – and share it with your friends.

[podcast]http://www.familypolicywv.com/files/familypolicywv.campaigntoolbox.org/downloads/Dys-Lorence-12-7-11.mp3[/podcast]

 

The Future of Churches in Renting Public Schools in Light of Bronx Household of Faith
By Jordan Lorence, Esq.

Churches meeting in public schools should not be apprehensive because of the recent action of the Supreme Court not to review a federal appeals court decision upholding New York City’s ban on private worship services in the public schools on weekends or weeknights. A small evangelical church, Bronx Household of Faith, has battled the New York City’s policy banning worship services, but allowing community groups to meet for anything else “pertaining to the welfare of the community.” The appeals court in New York City upheld that policy, after a lower court struck it down. The Supreme Court on December 5 declined to review the case. Here are the some points to keep in mind as the Alliance Defense Fund considers the next steps in the fight for equal access by religious groups to meet in government buildings:

  1. The Supreme Court has not repudiated its earlier decisions supporting the First Amendment rights of religious groups to meet in public buildings on the same terms as other community groups. What the Supreme Court did on December 5 is decline to review the Bronx Household of Faith decision. Although this was very disappointing, the Court’s action did not affirm the lower court ruling, or repudiate any of its earlier opinions supporting equal access for religious groups. Equal access is still the law of the land, according to the Supreme Court.
  2. The decision affects churches meeting in public schools in New York state, and there is now an effort to change state law there. New York City’s policy prohibiting private worship services is based on a state law that defines appropriate uses for school buildings during non-school hours. A New York City Councilman, Fernando Cabrera, is leading an effort in concert with New York state legislators to change the law. Although New York City won in court, it must now defend the policy in the court of public opinion. Churches like Bronx Household of Faith benefit the local communities by helping their neighbors, helping people get off drugs, stop stealing, stay married and raise their children. The policy may change by a vote of state lawmakers.
  3. Most U.S. school districts allow churches to meet in public schools, and the Bronx Household decision will not sway them to change their policies, but this is still a concern. The lower court in New York ruled that the Constitution permitted New York City to bar private religious services, but did not rule that the Constitution mandated that ban. ADF studied the equal access policies of the top 50 U.S. school districts in terms of student population. New York City was number 1, and it is the only school district in the top 50 that did not allow religious groups to meet for worship during non-school hours. The decision might entice school officials in other parts of the nation to change their policies, but that may or may not happen. If communities already allow churches to meet in their facilities, it would require a strong move to change the policies to be like the ones in New York City. Of course, we must be vigilant for any changes to equal access policies, and make sure our elected officials know of our strong support for equal access policies.
  4. Most federal appeals courts have rejected what the appeals court in New York approved. Although it is possible that other courts could join the Second Circuit (the appeals court in New York) in rejecting equal access for private religious groups, many will not because of earlier rulings won by religious liberty groups. Religious liberty groups like ADF have been litigating religious liberty cases for the past three decades. There are 13 federal appeals courts in the U.S., and the majority of those courts who have heard equal access cases have ruled to protect the rights of churches and other religious groups to meet in public facilities on the same terms and conditions as other community groups. Even in the appeals courts that have not ever heard an equal access case, they may not necessarily agree with the Second Circuit’s decision in Bronx Household of Faith.
  5. The decision does not apply to government buildings that are not schools. Many of the legal arguments in the Bronx Household of Faith case involved the fact that children attend public schools. Those arguments would not necessarily apply to other government buildings, such as recreation centers, libraries, city hall, city parks and park buildings, etc. Therefore, if your local government allows your church to meet in a non-school public building, its policy should not change in light of the Bronx decision.
  6. Call the Alliance Defense Fund if you have any questions. If you have any questions, please contact the Alliance Defense Fund at 1-800-TellADF ADF lawyers are on duty to help you to promote religious liberty, life and marriage.
  7. Remember to pray that the Lord continues to bless our land with religious liberty for all. Our First Amendment grants religious liberty, freedom of speech, press and assembly to all. We pray that God leads our governmental leaders to protect those important rights for everyone across our great nation.

 

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.

FOLLOW UP ACTION ALERT: Help is Still Needed!

 

 

 

Dear Friend,

Last week I sent you an urgent message.

I have called upon our faithful supporters to help the Family Policy Council of West Virginia raise the funds we so critically need to launch our 2012 initiatives.  In my last email, I told you that we must raise at least $130,000 by the end of 2011 in order to reach this goal.

We are encouraged that many of our loyal friends have already generously responded to this appeal.   If you are one of them, I want to personally thank you for your support.   But we still have a long way to go to reach our end-of-year goal and to replenish our depleted financial resources.

The outcome of the 2012 elections will impact our children and grandchildren for generations to come.  Those elected to office next November will determine whether we can steer our nation and our state in a direction that protects life, preserves traditional marriage, and safeguards our religious freedoms — OR, they will determine if we continue to steer away from those directions.

Did you know that only about 25% of those who identify themselves as Evangelical Christians regularly exercise their right to vote?  You and I know that there are far TOO many critical issues at stake for Christians to simply stay at home next November!

That is why the Family Policy Council of West Virginia will publish thousands of voter guides in 2012 and launch another aggressive voter registration campaign among West Virginia churches.  It is more important than ever that all West Virginians be fully informed about candidate positions on these issues and empowered to vote for those who stand on the side of truth!

Therefore, if you have not done so already, I urge you to prayerfully consider making a generous end-of-year gift to the Family Policy Council of West Virginia. Please help us stand strong in 2012!!

Please click this link to go to our ONLINE CONTRIBUTION PAGE!

Our work is ultimately about Jesus Christ.   He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  May you and your family be greatly blessed as you celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior over the weeks to come.   Thank you again for all you do to support our vital work!

 

Sincerely,

Jeremiah G. Dys, Esq.
President and General Counsel

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.

Lesbian Couple Refused Service by Christian Baker

by Nathan A. Cherry, 12/06/2011

Martinsburg, WV – The matter of religious convictions/ conscience intersecting with lifestyle is a difficult one, to say the least. For Christians, especially, that want the ability to live

wedding cake

Who knew one of these could be so controversial!

out their faith in a manner consistent with their beliefs the waters are getting deeper and more dangerous by the minute. With each passing piece of legislation it seems liberal sand activist groups are seeking to eliminate all protections for religious and moral convictions/conscience.

Take the case of an Iowa baker that is facing an uphill battle to protect her religious freedom as a business owner. Up until the day a lesbian couple came to her business seeking a cake for their “wedding” Victoria Childress had never had any trouble as a self-employed baker. But all that has now changed, as a local news outlet reports:

“The couple in question are Trina Vodraska and Janelle Sievers. They are engaged to be married and are currently busy planning for their June wedding. All had been going smoothly, but when they turned up for a cake taste-testing appointment on Thursday of last week they found themselves quizzed over the nature of their relationship. They were then told by baker Victoria Childress, who runs the bakery from her home, that per her religious beliefs about their ‘lifestyle’ she would not be making them a cake.”

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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.

Homosexual Middle School Student Shot to Death for Unwanted Flirting

by Nathan A. Cherry, 12/05/2011

No bullying signMartinsburg, WV – People often cannot picture the consequences of bullying legislation that creates a specially protected class of students under “sexual orientation and/or gender identity.” This very sad story paints a vivid image of exactly what happens when every child is not treated the same and any student’s behavior is given a pass because it is the “politically correct” thing to do.

Not long ago a young man was sentenced to 21 years in prison for shooting and killing his classmate. The reason this particular account is so heartbreaking is that it involved two middle school students; one whose unwanted homosexual flirting with other classmates went ignored by administrators.

An L.A. Times article reports:

“Brandon McInerney, who was 14 when he pulled a gun out of his backpack and shot Larry King two times at point-blank range, will be kept behind bars until he is 38 under the terms of the deal struck by Ventura County prosecutors. In an unusual arrangement, the 17-year-old pleaded guilty to second-degree and voluntary manslaughter. In return, prosecutors agreed not to go forward with a second trial, which could have resulted in a life sentence.”

The article goes on to report that McInerney killed his classmate after several days of escalating tension between the two young men. Tension which, according to witnesses at the trial, went ignored by school administrators though both teachers and the victim’s parents urged school officials to intervene.

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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.

Your Support is Urgently Needed Today!

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Dear Friend,
This ACTION ALERT is being sent to our most loyal supporters.  Thank you so much for your prayers and your generous gifts!

I am calling on you once again to help the Family Policy Council of West Virginia at this most critical time.  You see, your financial support is urgently needed today to keep our vital programs moving forward over the weeks and months to come.  We must raise at least $130,000 over the next few weeks so that we can fully launch all of our 2012 initiatives.

Our most basic family values are being challenged by groups that seek to introduce radical sex education programs into our public schools.  These self-proclaimed LGBT groups are committed to teaching our children that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender behaviors are perfectly normal and acceptable.   Even worse, these groups are now aggressively advocating for “anti-bullying” laws in West Virginia to ostracize and re-educate any Christian students who express sincere beliefs that homosexual behavior is morally wrong.

The pro-family efforts of Family Policy Council of West Virginia are needed more than ever.    We accomplished much in 2011, but those successful efforts have depleted most of our financial resources.   We must replenish these funds as soon as possible.   Therefore, I urge you to prayerfully consider making a generous end-of-year gift to the Family Policy Council of West Virginia.

Your support today will help us stand strong in 2012 so we may uphold Christian truths and preserve our moral foundations.  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO GIVE TODAY.

I also especially invite you to pray with me that God will graciously reach and change the hearts of all people who mistakenly believe that the love of Jesus is best expressed through the tolerance of sin.  May we give thanks during this Christmas season that the redemptive and transforming love of Jesus Christ is far too deep and powerful to leave His children lost in their present brokenness!
Sincerely,

Jeremiah G. Dys, Esq.
President and General Counsel

 

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.

Presidential Election News: Perry, Cain and Romney

by Nathan A. Cherry, 12/02/2011

Vote 2012Martinsburg, WV – The upcoming presidential election promises to be one of the most controversial, heavily debated, tense, and unexpected. As of right now Obama’s poll numbers have sunk below Jimmy Carter (I would hate to have that reputation) and this no doubt makes Carter a very happy man considering he’s been “the worst” for a long time. Democrats are starting to call for another candidate to run against Obama in the primaries; that can’t be a good thing for the sitting president. And a whole slew of Republican candidates seem be to trying to one up each other in order to stand out.

With all the misinformation, scandals, and talking heads yelling it can be hard to know what news is worthy and needs to be heard in order to make an intelligent vote and what is just evening news ratings fodder. But, I am trying to keep you up to date with all that is taking place so you will be well informed and equipped to make an informed vote come November 2012.

Presidential hopeful Rick Perry has decided to sign the marriage pledge issued by the Iowa based Family Leader led by conservative Bob Vander Plaat. This is a big step for Perry as his record on marriage issues has not been as pristine as many social conservatives hoped. But it also says that Perry would commit to certain guidelines in nominating judges for federal positions, and other social reforms many conservatives have been looking for.

Specifically the pledge states:

“The pledge advocates several issues, including the Defense of Marriage Act, personal fidelity to the signee’s spouse, appointment of ‘faithful constitutionalists’ as judges, and reformation of anti-marriage elements in divorce, tax and welfare laws.”

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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.

Nancy Pelosi Doesn’t Like Catholic “Conscience Thing”

by Nathan A. Cherry, 12/01/2011

PelosiMartinsburg, WV – Just when you thought you would not have to endure anymore ridiculousness from Nancy Pelosi…she strikes again. This time Ms. Pelosi has decided to proclaim her Catholic religious view while simultaneously bashing Catholics for their pro-life position. To any rational thinking person this doesn’t make much sense in light of the fact that Catholics have been and continue to be very pro-life; just as the Pope.

Pelosi said in a recent interview:

“I’m a devout Catholic and I honor my faith and love it…but they have this conscience thing.”

Umm, yes, they (Catholics) do have “this conscience thing.” In fact, just for your information Ms. Pelosi, more than 60% of Americans have “this conscience thing” that makes abortion an awful tragedy. Maybe Ms. Pelosi has a different Catholic religion than others. Maybe she has a different version of the Bible that doesn’t talk about not harming children or murdering. Or maybe she just simply doesn’t have a conscience at all anymore?

So why was Ms. Pelosi so up in arms and worried about other people’s conscience? Well it seems those with a pesky conscience in Congress are seeking to make sure no money in Obamacare can be used for abortion. Can you believe it, those ridiculous pro-life people wanting to make sure, once again, that federal money cannot be used to pay for abortions. Why would they care about that? It could be due to the fact that polls have shown more than 70% of Americans don’t want to see federal money used for abortion. Or it could just be that pesky conscience of theirs.

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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.