Video: Target, YouTube and Same Sex “Marriage”

by Nathan A. Cherry, 05/31/2012

gay pride shirts from Target

These are the shirts Target is selling to support marriage redefinition

I continue to be amazed at the dialogue taking place over homosexuality and same-sex “marriage” in America right now. Previously it was a conversation that took place in hushed tones where opponents were afraid someone might hear and yell “bigot” at the top of their lungs. All while supporters marched down streets and rallied across state capitals to the secret dismay of a vast majority of Americans.

But ever since president Obama decided to weigh on the issue and throw his full support behind marriage redefinition it seems the conversation has gone public and everyone is now freely talking. For this I suppose we should thank President Obama as this is the only good I can see coming from his recent announcement. Still, the fact that Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to support marriage redefinition (while refusing to uphold the laws of the land, such as DOMA) is not something I can applaud.

What has necessarily taken place is people, organizations and companies alike are being pulled into the debate whether they had intended to or not. I don’t think this is a bad thing, I see it as being positive because it gives everyone a chance to dialogue on the issue. The fact that pastors are now preaching and teaching on marriage as God designed it, between a man and a woman, and rebuffing the president for his position is also a positive. And as more people talk, the realization that despite repeated “polls” and “reports” from the media that a majority of American support same-sex “marriage” the truth is that an overwhelming majority in fact supports traditional marriage. The best evidence to support this claim is in the fact that out of 32 states that have voted on the definition of marriage, all 32 have voted to define it as the union of one man and one woman.

Even Target is once again wading into political waters. Nearly two years after the retail giant found itself in hot water for supporting a gubernatorial candidate in its home state of Minnesota that opposed same-sex “marriage,” Target is now pushing a line of “pride” t-shirts and donating all sales to the LGBT activist group Family Equality Council. The Star Tribune reports on the recent promotion:

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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.

In A World Going in the Wrong Direction…More Good News!

By Tom Stark, 05/30/2012

Sanger

Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger believed in eugenics.

The latest Gallup poll as reported on Newsmax gives us all a reason to be a little more optimistic about the future of the fight for life at conception!  The numbers keep getting better and better as the months go by. Unfortunately, the numbers in the polls do not translate to babies saved and for this reason we cannot yet celebrate…just be a little more encouraged that the truth is getting through to more and more people.

A tipping point can be created as these statistics continue to mount.    In May 2009, Gallupreported that the number of  self-labeled “pro-choice” respondents amounted to 42 percent of the sample.   Two years later, we see that percentage drop to 41 percent.  Not a major shift, admittedly, but couple that with the fact that National Abortions Rights Action League (NARAL) membership among the so-called Millennial generation is falling – see my earlier article about this  and related good news – and we can be encouraged.

Kristi Hamrick of Americans United for Life told Newsmax,

“There is a growing uneasiness across America regarding the poorly regulated abortion industry and the presence of an abortion mandate and an abortion-inducing drug mandate in the healthcare law. Americans value life, and this poll reflects that.”

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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.

As Americans Support Life – Abortion Groups Get Scared

by Nathan A. Cherry, 05/28/2012

Planned Parent Girl Scouts LogoIt’s a great time to be a defender of life here in America. After years of seeing abortion numbers rise and more abortion mills open throughout the states, the tide is turning. And it is turning decisively in the direction of life. The tide has turned so much in fact that, as I reported a couple of weeks ago, even groups like NARAL are seeing membership numbers drop and support dwindle.

But rather than a slightly more passive support for life that has existed in recent years, today’s defenders of life are fierce and committed to seeing abortion end permanently. Younger pro-life advocates in particular are passionate and proactive in their desire to see innocent children protected from the cruel torture of abortion.

Proof of this trend toward life can be seen in the latest Gallup poll, which shows those calling themselves pro-life are now in the majority:

“Currently, about 41 percent of the nation supports abortion — down from 47 percent last July and just one percentage point below the previous record low in May 2009…In contrast, 51 of Americans called themselves ‘pro-life.’”

The thing that makes this trend so successful is that pro-lifers are starting to distances themselves from anything related to or supporting abortion. Boycotts for organizations and companies supporting abortion are increasing in popularity and productivity (just ask the Girls Scouts and Pepsi). And while groups like Susan G. Komen bow to the pressure placed on them by abortion groups like Planned Parenthood, even the nation’s largest abortion provider is feeling the pinch of the pro-life trend.

Speaking of the Girl Scouts, they have been under greater scrutiny from pro-life individuals and organizations for their undeniable ties to Planned Parenthood. Greater numbers of parents just don’t want their daughters involved with a group that advocates for sexual experimentation, abortion, homosexuality, and other immoral behaviors.

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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 Predictions of Military Experimentation are Hardly Exaggerated

By Tom Stark, 05/26/2012

army logoBefore the final repeal of the notorious Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) policy put into place by the Clinton administration as a means of coping with homosexuals in the military, many among us predicted that doing so would open up a can of worms when it came to issues like “right of conscience” for military chaplains, sexual conduct disruptive to good discipline and order, etc.  We were scoffed at and ridiculed as bigots, Neanderthals, and the like.

But here we are post-repeal and many of our predictions have been realized.  Gary McCaleb writes on Townhall.com that while opponents were “mocked like Orville and Wilbur Wright” for protesting that chaplains would be faced with conflicts over redefining marriage on military installations, just such issues are now coming home to roost.

The House of Representatives attached amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (HR 4310) that would protect chaplains’ rights to refuse to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies and also protect them from adverse disciplinary or career repercussions from doing so.  Now, who could object to these simple statements of logic that fall wholly in line with our First Amendment rights to believe as we choose and be protected from government sanctions?  Apparently, President Obama does.

According to McCaleb,

“So far, the administration is defending its opposition to the language in H.R. 4310 by saying the legislation contains ‘unnecessary and ill-advised policies that would inhibit the ability of same-sex couples to marry or enter a recognized relationship under State law.’ ”

So much for “no repercussions.”   Many claimed that there would be no disruption – the military would “adapt.”  Apparently, this, too, has been a failure.  Bob Unruh, writing for wnd.com quotes statistics from a report by Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness,

“Among the details in the reports:  While, since 2006, 5 percent of the violent sexual assaults have been against men, recent reports now put that figure at 12 to 14 percent.”

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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 Groups Force Youtube to Remove This Video

by Nathan A. Cherry, 05/25/2012

Harvey Milk

Homosexual activist and politician Harvey Milk

While the issue of marriage continues to be news and the debate over the definition of marriage continues to be a relevant topic open for discussion, homosexual activists continue to force their lifestyle on a public that doesn’t agree. Liberal politicians and media want us to believe that a “majority of Americans” now accept homosexuality and same-sex “marriage.” But, regardless of the polls they release, every state allowed to vote on the issue supports traditional marriage and inserts a constitutional amendment saying so.

But, that doesn’t stop activists from working to mislead the public or cover up the truth as they seek to advance their radical agenda in America. A good example comes from California where a non-profit group supporting traditional marriage had their video yanked from Youtube.

The video was a short piece on homosexual activist and politician Harvey Milk. While the recent movie lauded Milk as a hero, the group Save California is trying to tell the truth about Milk. Save California president Randy Thomasson explains:

“Homosexual activists didn’t like the truth that was in the video; they complained to YouTube and YouTube’s committee yanked it…They did the bidding of the homosexual activists and apparently don’t do their research and all of these are true facts…People around the world – they’re getting a one-sided and biased, incorrect picture of Harvey Milk. Harvey Milk is being called a hero and a role model. Actually, he was a sexual predator,”

The video is very well done and informative and I would encourage you to take a few moments to watch it and pass it on. I am sure there is information in it that you did now know concerning Harvey Milk; information you would never have gotten watching the movie. Click here to watch the video.

And while homosexual advocates are seeking to keep the truth hidden in California, others in Acushnet, Mass. are angry over the message on a church sign.

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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 “Majority of Americans” Really Support Same Sex “Marriage?”

by Nathan A. Cherry, 05/24/2012

marriage rallyOkay, I admit it; I am really wrapped up in the marriage discussion taking place across America right now. Never before have so many people talked so openly and freely about their position on the subject, and never before has so much been at stake regarding the issue. So I find myself listening to talk radio, checking my twitter feed, and reading a dozen articles each day on how the conversation is taking shape across the political and social landscape of the country.

I recently ran across several articles that deserve mention and just a little commentary, so I wanted to make sure you had a chance to look at them. One article by Lazar and Daniel Berman, writing at The American.com, says that young voters won’t tip the scales in favor of gay marriage anytime soon.

Using demographic polling from voters in North Carolina and California the Berman’s show how younger voters only support same-sex “marriage” marginally, and that their vocal support doesn’t translate into votes when it comes to ballot initiatives like Prop 8 and Amendment 1. The article makes an assertion worth noting relating to the recent vote in North Carolina on the definition of marriage:

“In fact, even if nobody over age 45 had voted Tuesday, the amendment still would have passed by around 8 percentage points, according to the adjusted data above.”

In other words, it’s not just older, conservative voters supporting traditional marriage and opposing marriage redefinition, its younger voters as well. This data makes me wonder where the media gets their information and “poll results” showing that a “majority of Americans support same-sex ‘marriage.’” Obviously the data doesn’t support this claim.

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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.

Ultrasounds as Rape, Insurance Exchanges as Vehicles, and Their Distortions

By Tom Stark, 05/23/2012

informed consent

Informed consent may be one of the biggest weapons in the fight to defend life.

Not too many weeks ago, Steven Aden, writing for Townhall.com, reported that the Virginia Legislature passed a bill requiring that a woman contemplating an abortion in that state undergo an ultrasound imaging examination and be provided the opportunity to view the image showing the child in the womb.   Sounds reasonable, right?  Isn’t this similar to what has been done in at least a dozen other states?

You wouldn’t think so by the reaction of many on the pro-abortion side of the argument.   They have aggressively labeled such requirements as “rape” and condemned it as “barbaric” and “unjustified.”  This, in spite of an admission by Planned Parenthood (PP) that ultrasounds are routinely used prior to abortions to determine gestational age for legal compliance purposes.

It is interesting that in cases where the child is within 12 weeks of conception, it is necessary to conduct a trans-vaginal ultrasound which requires a probe be inserted into the vagina and moved around until a recognizable image is presented.  It is on this medical fact that they relate the procedure to “rape.”  Perhaps in their distorted perspective they overlook (conveniently) that while this “penetration” or “violation” of the patient does no harm to the patient or the child, the similar “penetrations” by the abortionists’ probes and vacuum devices are practices that violently destroy the child and yet is encouraged by their support for abortion on demand.  What hypocrisy!

What is really at stake here is two simple words…”informed consent.”  This is one of the most effective tools in the discouragement of abortion short of abolishing the practice completely.   Over and over again, the supporters of abortion on demand have fought harder against these efforts than any other form of restriction because they know that the more a mother knows about the real facts concerning her child, the less likely she is to abort her pregnancy.

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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.

Obama Marriage Announcement Does Some Good

by Nathan A. Cherry, 05/22/2012

Obama marriage announcementI’ve been writing a lot about President Obama’s recent public support for same-sex “marriage.” I know that at times it could sound redundant or superfluous to continue writing about the same issue over again. But, if you grasp the critical nature of this particular issue and the implications of the U.S. president advocating for marriage redefinition, then you can certainly understand why I continue to write about the issue.

In case you missed recent writings, check out this detailed article on why you can’t blame Jesus for supporting same-sex “marriage.”

One of the reasons the president’s position should bother (and concern) supporters of traditional marriage comes from something the president said during his recent appearance on The View. President Obama said he would support the religious convictions and freedoms of traditional marriage supporters. And while I am sure he went on The View to tout his position and seek to do damage control for his announcement; while possibly trying to retain conservative and evangelical voters by promising to respect their beliefs, his actions speak far louder than his words.

President Obama has, so far, repealed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, refused to defend the U.S. DOMA laws, and infringed on religious freedoms by imposing a HHS contraception mandate that many Americans oppose. So it’s hard to believe that he will support religious convictions of individuals that oppose same-sex “marriage.” But, I thought, maybe I’m just being skeptical.

I wasn’t.

Just last week, mere days after making his announcement and subsequent promise to respect religious freedoms, the White House released a statement that the Obama administration “strongly objects to legislation protecting military chaplains from doing same-sex weddings or being forced to act against conscience.”

I’m confused. I thought Obama was going to respect the religious freedoms of people that oppose same-sex “marriage?” Aren’t the rights and moral consciences of military chaplains worth protecting? Are they somehow less of a person and worthy of being compelled to violate their religious beliefs or consciences?

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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.

Engaging the Issues: Dr. Thomas Kidd – State Mandated Secularism

Religious liberty was vitally important to our Founding Fathers.  Today, fending off a state supported church is among the least of our concerns.

Rather than facing the problem of Dr. Thomas Kidd Slidestate-sanctioned religion, today we face the equal and opposite intrusion upon religious liberty: state-mandated secularism.  On this week’s episode of Engaging the Issues, author and professor of religious liberty, Dr. Thomas Kidd, helps us learn from our past to navigate our future.

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: Gov. Tomblin Signs Historic Bill at Prayer Breakfast

by Nathan A. Cherry, 05/21/2012

bill signing

FPCWV President Jeremy Dys (2nd from left) signs on as Gov. Tomblin signs the Premarital Education Act.

If you haven’t yet watched the video from the first ever Gubernatorial Prayer Breakfast sponsored by the Family Policy Council of West Virginia don’t miss it! This very unique event characterizes the values and faith held by most West Virginians as we celebrated a day of prayer with pastors from around the state, lawmakers, Gov. Tomblin, and our special guest Tony Caridi.

Those that were fortunate enough to attend were treated to a wonderful breakfast, the beautiful music of the Appalachian Children’s Choir, and an amazing testimony from West Virginia University play by play announcer Tony Caridi.

Unlike many public figures that profess to be Christian but lack the fortitude or conviction to state their belief in Jesus Christ as the Savior, Mr. Caridi boldly shared his testimony of realizing he had a need to be forgiven for his sins and his subsequent faith in Jesus Christ. It was truly a faith filled, inspiring message.

It was also a pleasure to witness Gov. Tomblin sign the “Premarital Education Act” into law at the Gubernatorial Prayer Breakfast. This bill will serve to strengthen marriages in West Virginia by steering engaged couples toward pre-marital counseling before they get married. The potential marriages saved are innumerable. We are thankful for the Governor’s help in making sure this crucial bill passed as a step toward protecting marriages in West Virginia.

Take the time right now to watch the entire Gubernatorial Prayer Breakfast. Simply click this link to watch, and then pass it on to someone else.

Video: Gubernatorial Prayer Breakfast hosted by The Family Policy Council of West Virginia.

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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.