Video: In Your Face – Planned Parenthood!

by Nathan A. Cherry, 04/30/2012

Planned Parenthood is one of the biggest bully’s I can think of; just ask Susan G. Komen. They want as much money to do as many abortions as possible, and they are willing to lie, steal, cheat, skirt the law and bully anyone that tries to stand in their way.

Well know they have some competition.

The new Stanton Health Care Clinic just moved in next door and is challenging the nation’s largest abortion merchant with real choice for women which includes caring workers, truth, and free services.

You simply must watch this video from CBN News or take a few moments to read this article on what is taking place in Boise, Idaho. The testimonies of people that work at Stanton and those that have already been touched by the life-saving work of the clinic will inspire you. And it will once again confirm that life is winning, and one day, I believe, we will see Planned Parenthood close its doors forever.

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Clinic Next Door Gets in Planned Parenthood’s Face

For years, Boise’s Planned Parenthood sat undisturbed and unchallenged in a quiet northern neighborhood. But in October, 2011, a new kid showed up on the block and presented a very big challenge.

The loud and proud pro-life Stanton Health Care Clinic moved in right next door to Planned Parenthood, posting big signs offering free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and other services that Planned Parenthood charges for.

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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.

Discrimination Toward Christians Is Alive and Well on College Campuses

By Tom Stark, 04/28/2012

College GraduationHave you seen the game that can be found at most arcades and carnivals called “Whak-A-Mole”?  You know, the one that has about a dozen holes from which little animals pop up unexpectedly and you try to guess which hole they will come from and hit them before they disappear again.

Well, that has to be about how Alliance Defense Fund attorneys feel when facing the increasingly frequent calls they received from college students and their parents across our country as they face the blatant discrimination of college administrators’ policies regarding membership in religious clubs on campus.

Citizen Link reported on its disappointment that the U.S. Supreme Court failed to provide a hearing on a case involving San Diego State University.  In that case, a religious club on campus was required under university policies to open membership to non-Christian students and further to allow them to run for club offices and assume leadership roles in that club.  How ridiculous is that?  Vanderbilt University in Tennessee is also trying to apply an identical policy on their campus as well.

The thing about this case that amazes anyone with a modicum of common sense is that it clearly discriminates against religious organizations.  How, you ask?  It discriminates because under the same schools policies, the campus Republican Club and Democrat Club are not under the same obligations.

The District Court that first heard this case ruled in favor of the student club stating that such a policy was discriminatory on its face.  However, as might be expected by those who know history, the highly left-wing Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals inSan Franciscooverturned the District Court and allowed the discriminatory policy to stand.  The Supreme Court refused to change that ruling.

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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.

Video: Rick Warren Says Homosexuality is Sin

by Nathan A. Cherry, 04/26/2012

The idea that religion and politics don’t mix and should be kept exclusive is one many liberals would love to propagate far and wide. The fact is, without the foundation provided by religion there is no other basis for any policy than one’s own opinion, and those, like noses, are abundant in every shape and size. The moral compass provided by religion to the political process acts as a barrier against policies and positions that nearly every human being finds atrocious (think genocide, euthanasia, polygamy, etc.).

So it comes as no surprise that many liberal, anti-religious politicians would seek to permanently separate the religious and political sectors in an effort to normalize views and opinions which stand directly opposed to the sacred religious positions held among a majority of Americans.

Unfortunately many Christians have fallen victim to accommodating culture rather than adhering to the direct teaching of Scripture on some critical social issues. Consider that many Christians now look at divorce as justifiable for almost any reason rather than the narrowly defined reasons given in the Bible. And, as appalling as it is, some Christians even take a pro-abortion position and seek to use Scripture to justify the murder of innocent children.

Perhaps one of the most polarizing issues in our society is that of marriage. With everyone from homosexuals to transgenders, polygamists and polyamorists seeking “marriage rights,” the issue is a hot bed of controversy. Yet, with even a basic understanding of Scripture it is easy to conclude that marriage is a sacred union reserved for one man and one woman for one lifetime. (Oh yeah, sex is only permissible in the confines of marriage. Yes, that means pre-marital sex is wrong).

And while the mainstream media wants us to believe that a majority of Americans accept homosexuality and think same-sex “marriage” should be legalized, more and more religious heavyweights are confessing that the Bible does indeed call homosexuality a sin.

Not too long ago, to many people’s surprise, mega-church pastor Joel Osteen told Oprah that “I believe that homosexuality is shown as a sin in the scripture.” This confession surprised many as Osteen has frequently been criticized for never addressing sin.

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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.

Michael Norton: Planned Parenthood’s Campaign of – Prayer!?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 04/26/2012

ADF Michael NortonLast week I told you about a pathetic new campaign by Planned Parenthood out in California. They have decided to mirror (though I think mock is a better word) the “40 Days for Life” campaign that has successfully rescued thousands of unborn children nationwide with their own twisted version called “40 Days of Prayer” for abortion.

The very idea that anyone would pray for more killing of unborn children is beyond me, and yet, not only is Planned Parenthood “praying” for this, but clergy are leading the charge! A group of clergy is asking their congregations to engage in this most unholy campaign and pray “for women for whom pregnancy is not good news.”

Mike Norton, is an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund and recently joined ADF as Senior Counsel on the Sanctity of Life Team. Norton recently wrote an article at TownHall.com on this disgusting campaign by Planned Parenthood. I would encourage you to read his article, posted below.

Planned Parenthood and Prayers For Death
by Michael Norton

Planned Parenthood is known for many things, most prominent among them being death, the promotion of sexual promiscuity, a war on the nuclear family, and financial support of the homosexual agenda.

Not exactly the kinds of things your pastor asks you to pray for when you gather at church on Sunday mornings, huh?

Nevertheless, the leadership at Six Rivers Planned Parenthood in Eureka, Calif., has undertaken 40 days of “prayer” “for women for whom pregnancy is not good news” and for the abortionists who will kill many of the babies those women have been “punished” with carrying.

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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 Engages in “40 Days of Prayer” for Abortion!?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 04/25/2012

Flier for 40 days of prayer for abortionPlanned Parenthood has been repeatedly accused and found guilty (even if only in public opinion) of perpetrating some low-down and absolutely reprehensible things. Their reputation as the nation’s largest abortion merchant and for covering up illegal activity (like sex-trafficking, parental consent laws etc.) is well documented; not to mention their recent bullying of the Susan G. Komen foundation after Komen initially decided to defund Planned Parenthood. This criminal organization is no stranger to dirty tricks and tactics to get what they want. But their most recent endeavor is so profane it makes me sick.

We are all familiar with the “40 Days for Life” campaign that seeks to rescue soon-to-be-aborted babies through intercessory prayer and sidewalk counseling. Every year thousands of innocent lives are saved through this campaign. And now Planned Parenthood has decided to copycat the campaign for its own purposes; namely, killing children.

According to several news sources, including this one from TheBlaze.com and this one from LifeNews.com, a California affiliate of Planned Parenthood is teaming up with pro-abortion clergy and other pro-abortion groups to carry out the campaign.

Some of the prayers found in fliers and brochures associated with the campaign say:

Day1: Today we pray for women for whom pregnancy is not good news, that they know they have choices.

Day 2: Today we pray for compassionate religious voices to speak out for the dignity and autonomy of women.

Day 31: Today we pray for all discrimination against women to cease.

Day 32: Today we pray for an end to the stigma perpetrated against women who have abortions.

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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.

Is Our Society Dying From Economic Influences or Moral Influences?

By Tom Stark, 04/25/2012

sign saying family

This might be what is needed to secure America's future.

One of the fundamental methods that the secular humanists and progressives have used to influence society through the teaching of history and indoctrination of our youth through government schools and liberal colleges is the revision of America’s history into purely economic terms.  In this way, the left is able to paint a far different picture of the USA as a “money-grubbing,” avaricious, greedy, “back-stabbing” organism rather than a self-sufficient, freedom-loving, capitalistic, free-market country full of self-sufficient, free and independent people.

But beginning around 1910, the effort was expanded.   The pace of change was agonizingly slow.  Something had to happen to speed it up.  The assault on the economy moved to high gear with the Wilson Administration, and that is what gets most of the news and place in history because it fits the liberal’s more public purposes.  However, the 1960s were the catalyst for a less obvious assault on faith to move into high gear.  Two world wars and a depression (where faith was all many people had to hold on to) got in the way of any earlier push.

Daniel Greenfield, writing for Front Page Magazine  and discussing Charles Murphy’s book “Coming Apart, The State of White America, 1960 – 2010,” zeroes in on this latter branch of their two-pronged attack on American values.  Murphy’s premise is that the economic factors and strata of society were not caused by class warfare or economic factors exclusively.  He believes that if they had some influence it was in allowing the deterioration of spiritual, Christian faith and support systems to impact the less fortunate to a greater degree – far greater than was experienced by the higher income families.

Murphy believes that the difference in the rate of marriage among upper-middle-class households (83%) versus the working class at about 48% shows the profound impact secularism had on the cohesiveness and the stability of families and society in general.   According to Murphy, a marriage rate was a strong indicator of a deterioration of “founding beliefs” that were the basis for the success of our country and our society.

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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.

Komen Apologizes for “Mistake” of Defunding Planned Parenthood

by Nathan A. Cherry, 04/16/2012

Komen Planned Parenthood logoIn the space of just a few shorts weeks the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation went on a roller coaster ride in the court of public opinion. And while many people think the ride is over, it might be that it’s just beginning. And where this crazy ride stops is, at this point, anyone’s guess.

You might remember all the drama that started earlier this year when Komen announced they were no longer funding Planned Parenthood through its grant program. This was a long-awaited announcement for pro-lifers that had a hard time understanding how a breast cancer awareness group could support an organization that performs procedures (abortion) which have been linked to breast cancer. It seems counter-productive at best. Click here for article links covering the Komen fiasco.

With all that’s happened it comes as no surprise that Komen had laid low and done everything possible to avoid media attention; even going so far as to skip their annual lobbying day at Congress. And while pundits speculate on whether this move signals that Komen is still reeling from the beating they took at the hands of the media and Planned Parenthood, Komen quietly let Congress know that they still seek funding. But first, Komen president Nancy Brinker was sure to apologize for their recent “mistakes,” as Lifenews.com reports:

“In the past few months, we made mistakes that ultimately raised questions in the community about our commitment to the mission of saving lives,” Brinker wrote. “We take full responsibility for these missteps and we extend our deepest apologies. Our commitment to ending breast cancer for all women remains unwavering and sincere.”

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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.

Why? Why Won’t Obama Just Say it?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 04/24/2012

Obama support LGBTNot too long ago I wrote an article on President Obama’s refusal to “come out of the closet” and fully endorse marriage redefinition and vocally give his support for homosexuals and homosexual advocate groups. People close to the president say it is just a matter of “when” and not “if” the president will publicly declare his support for marriage redefinition. Why he hasn’t done it yet is easy to figure out, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself.

An update on this political chess game from the New York Times says that President Obama will not sign an executive order banning discrimination of LGBT employees working for, or seeking employment with federal contractors.

“While it is not our usual practice to discuss executive orders that may or may not be under consideration, we do not expect that an executive order on L.G.B.T. nondiscrimination for federal contractors will be issued at this time…We support legislation that has been introduced and we will continue to work with Congressional sponsors to build support for it.”

It’s no secret that LGBT persons and advocacy groups are huge supporters of Obama and have contributed significantly to his re-election campaign. So this comes as a surprise to them as they continue to wait for the president to publicly endorse and support them.

Some might use this and Obama’s hesitancy to include same-sex “marriage” in his campaign platform as a reason to support the president, or to think that he doesn’t support marriage redefinition. Such trust and ideas would be terribly misplaced.

It’s not surprising to me that Obama would not fully embrace homosexuals and marriage redefinition at this time. Looking back to 2008 Obama ran on a platform of “Hope and Change” without ever specifically telling anyone what that meant. His campaign of arbitrary one-liners won him the presidency, why wouldn’t he continue with that same strategy?

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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.

Our Blog Has Been Hacked – But It’s Safe Now!

by Nathan Cherry, 04/23/2012

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Yes, our blog was hacked. But it's safe now!

I guess the news that our blog, The Engage Family Minute, is the largest, most widely read conservative blog in West Virginia ruffled some feathers. Because sometime Monday of this week we were hacked and infected with a virus. Perhaps you tried to click a link or read an article and found your computer warning you of impending doom if you continue. (We’re not sure who to blame, so we’re blaming everyone, including: The ACLU, pro-homosexual groups, pro-abortion groups, atheist groups, environmental groups, liberal groups, animal rights groups, anti-gun groups, racist groups, and sexist groups. And just to show we don’t discriminate we would also like to blame opponents of the Mountaineers, fans of the Washington Redskins, people that don’t like cats, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, and the boogeyman.)

Well, the good news is that the issue is resolved. Our fantastic IT guys took a look and were able to locate and remove the problem. So the blog is officially open for your reading pleasure once again. You might still see a warning from your Internet browser or even your virus software, but let me assure you that there is no longer any threat. As a matter of fact I have been using our site almost non-stop for the last couple of days without an ounce of trouble or a peep from my very secure virus program.

As it turns out, when an Internet browser flags a site for a virus and begins placing a warning to all who might try to access the site, even when the problem is fixed it can take a couple of days for the Internet browser to recognize that the problem has been resolved and remove the warning. So, like me, feel free to proceed right past the warning and enjoy the content of West Virginia’s most widely read conservative blog.

Thanks for supporting the FPCWV and the Engage Family Minute. This would not be the states’s most widely read conservative blog without you!

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.

I Can Give You At Least One Reason I Would Support Romney Over Obama

by Nathan A. Cherry, 04/23/2012

RomneyLast September I predicted that either Romney or Perry would be the GOP presidential nominee. Was this because of my vast political insider knowledge, or tips from “sources,” or even my academic assessment of political winds? Nope, it was just a gut feeling and I went with it. Well, it turns out my gut feeling may just prove to be true (barring any unforeseen occurrence.

I know some people across the U.S. were hoping for someone else, someone that was running like Rick Santorum, or even someone that wasn’t running like Mike Pence or Chris Christie. But the fact is Mitt Romney will – for all intents and purposes – be the nominee. So we can either choose to get behind him or we can, as our blogger Tom Stark discussed, get ready for “4 more years” of Obama. I’m still debating on whether or not to write an article titled “Why I Am Voting for Mitt Romney,” with a tag line saying “because he’s not President Obama.” It might be a short article.

The fact remains that we have an opportunity to change the course of our country in November. This is something President Obama touted, saying he was going to bring “Hope and Change.” But if this is the definition of hope and change according to our president then I submit that he has a vastly different definition of hope and change than nearly every American.

One positive aspect to Romney (among others) is that he is pro-life. I know, it’s been debated tirelessly whether or not he is truly pro-life or not. However I can’t help but believe that if elected president on a pro-life platform that Romney would behave accordingly. Some might say “that’s not true, look at Obama.” But Obama never said he was pro-life, never ran on a pro-life platform, and never received endorsements from our nation’s pro-life groups (state, federal or otherwise).  Obama had the endorsement of Planned Parenthood from the beginning and he has handsomely rewarded Planned Parenthood for their support and money by giving them more tax money than any other president in history, refusing to defund them despite efforts from Congress, ending the Mexico City policy so Planned Parenthood can pursue abortions worldwide and not just in the U.S., and ignoring their many violations of the law.

Some might call me a single issue voter, which I would deny. However, as a Christian I will happily admit that I am a staunch pro-life advocate that refuses to vote for anyone that so ardently supports abortion as President Obama does.

So you can understand how I would be encouraged to learn that Romney is picking up the endorsement of many state and federal pro-life groups. He’s not just picking up endorsements from high-ranking politicians and leaders in record numbers, but also the statewide groups that are on the front lines of the abortion issue; including West Virginians for Life, which made this statement:

“Mitt Romney’s pro-life positions are representative of the strong pro-life commitment of West Virginia voters.  We look forward to his successful campaign here in our state.”

With endorsements from Michigan, Nevada, and now West Virginia pro-life groups it seems to make sense that we can now trust Romney to be a pro-life president that will seek to advance the surging culture of life sweeping across America. But these are just a few of the states’ pro-life groups backing Romney, as LifeNews.com explains:

“Romney’s home state group — the organization that perhaps knows his conversion to the pro-life perspective and record as former governor of the Bay State better than any — is endorsing him as well. The Massachusetts Citizens for Life Political Action Committee has issued its full endorsement for Romney as he potentially looks to take on pro-abortion President Barack Obama and pro-life group’s in MissouriOhioWisconsinRhode Island, and Pennsylvania have followed suit.”

I suppose we could sit around and argue over whether or not Romney is really pro-life, but that seems like a waste of time. With these and other endorsements pouring in I think it’s time we recognize that President Obama is without a doubt a pro-abortion President and we need to replace him with someone that will defend life.

I would much rather give Romney a chance than endure another four years of our nation’s most pro-abortion president in history. I’m sure many innocent children would agree.

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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.