Matt Barber: An Open Letter to Homosexuals

by Matt Barber, writing at WND.com, 06/22/2012
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Matt BarberI write this not to professional homosexuals. That is to say, not to members of the well-funded, politically powerful homosexual activist lobby. They will mock and reject my words outright. They will twist and misrepresent what I say to further their own socio-political agenda. That’s fine. It’s to be expected. It merits little more than a yawn and an eye roll.

Instead, I write this to my fellow travelers in life – average, ordinary people, male and female, young and old – who happen to call themselves “gay.” I write this out of obedience to God.

It is my hope and prayer that you will consider what I have to say and take it at face value. My intentions are pure and my motives upright. If I can plant the seed of truth in just one person, and that seed begins to sprout, then I consider this letter a success.

I pray that you are that person.

What I write may offend you. It may even infuriate you. But I hope it makes you think. Know this: Your friends have lied to you. Christians do not hate you. We love you intensely. We love you because of who you are, not because of what you do or because of who you think you are.

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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.

Has John Piper Split the Baby on Marriage Amendment?

This Fall, voters in November will vote on whether to define marriage as between one man and one woman as the governing, constitutional law of their state.

Through a series of blog posts and a recent sermon, Dr. John Piper has been discussing the issue of homosexuality and, at least off-hand, the marriage amendment campaign.  It’d be hard for him not to.  Such amendments always capture massive media attention and proponents of them would welcome the endorsement from a pastor of Dr. Piper’s stature and following.

Still, there is something bittersweet about Dr. Piper’s announcement that you can read here on his blog.

Photo Cred: DesiringGod.org

It’s different from what we’ve seen elsewhere.  It’s not an endorsement.  It’s certainly not a, “vote against” statement.  It is instructive, thoughtful, and careful.  Perhaps too careful?  I’d encourage you to read the whole thing, but here are his main points:

  1. There is no such thing as so-called, “gay marriage.”
  2. Same-sex sexual relations are sin.
  3. Not all sins should be proscribed by human law, but some should be.
  4. The legal significance of marriage makes a statutory definition necessary.
  5. It is wise that our laws define marriage as between a man and a woman.

Those are each given some explanation by Dr. Piper and one has to commend him for his plain commitment to instruct his church as to what Scripture teaches.

One could make the criticism that Dr. Piper should endorse the marriage amendment.  I’m not one to force that position.  I would say that pastors have that right and I would defend their freedom to so speak, but that is a matter left to the church and it’s elders, deacons, or governing leadership.  There is something in me that is a bit disappointed by Dr. Piper’s decision to come to the edge of an endorsement, but not go the full way.  Not only does his church look to him, but so do many pastors across Minnesota, the nation, and the world.

Yes, I’m grateful that Dr. Piper took a very Biblical stand on the definition of marriage and homosexual behavior.  But why not go forward?  It’s my prayer that God will use this post (and other posts and messages by Dr. Piper) to motivate voters to the polls this November in favor of the amendment.  Experience could suggest otherwise, but Dr. Piper is, at least, correct to rest in God’s sovereign plan – even over constitutional amendment discussions.

There is, however, one bone I’d like to pick with Dr. Piper, if I may do so humbly.

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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.

Planned Parenthood Makes Obama Happy – Which Makes Planned Parenthood Happy – Which Makes Me Unhappy

by Nathan A. Cherry, 06/21/2012

Planned Parenthood t-shirt ad

This is how Planned Parenthood views abortion, a big laugh.

Finally people are realizing that Planned Parenthood is a despicable organization that needs to disappear permanently. This is not an organization that cares about women or women’s health. This is an organization whose sole purpose is to perform as many abortions as possible on the tax-payers dime while brainwashing girls everywhere to believe that abortion on demand is a right.

Michael Norton, writing at Townhall.com, summarizes the depths of corruption permeating Planned Parenthood at every level:

“Besides learning that they cook their books to hide financial disclosures, are doing their best to convert the Girl Scouts into a Planned Parenthood Youth Camp, and support the Obama Administration’s abortion pill mandate (it means more business for them on your dime), we’ve also learned that they refuse to denounce gender-selective abortions—the practice of killing a preborn child because he is a he or she is a she.”

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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.

West Virginia Implementing Obamacare Already?

by Tom Stark, 06/20/2012

health reformAs most of you are aware, the Supreme Court will probably rule on the constitutionality of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka, Obamacare).   Few of you probably realize that other actions are taking place in individual states that, are not only mandated by Obamacare, but are creating opportunities for abortions to be subsidized by taxpayers, as well.

These activities are perfect examples of what happens when federal dollars are dangled in the face of state officials who are so desperate for sources of funding for overblown state budgets that in some cases they will even defy their states’ constitutional separation of powers to implement federal programs.

Specifically, as noted on Townhall.com, Casey Mattox describes how Governor Chaffee ofRhode Island has taken it upon himself to curry favor with the Obama administration by initiating a plan to create a state insurance exchange that would provide federally subsidized insurance for low income families under the provisions of Obamacare.

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About Tom Stark

Tom Stark began writing for the Engage Family Minute blog in February 2012. As a small business owner Tom is passionate about the intersection of faith and politics in the life of Christians and the community around him. Having been touched by both the abortion issue and the issue of homosexuality in his own family, Tom is passionate about defending the lives of the unborn and upholding Biblical Truth. Tom also writes for www.westvirginiaconservative.com

Legal Group Says Obamacare is Worse Than You Think (Video)

by Nathan A. Cherry, 06/19/2012

ObamacareAs we wait for the highly anticipated verdict from the Supreme Court of the United States on the Obamacare case it seems more than appropriate to make sure we all know what’s at stake. This is about far more than health insurance. Yes, liberals want us to believe that Obamacare will somehow “fix” the broken health care system, but they certainly don’t want you to know what that “fix” will cost.

Opponents of the law have believed from day one that it is terrible law which will only result in higher taxes, fewer options, reduced quality, and forced participation in funding abortion. While Obamacare advocates have tried to assuage fears of these outcomes, they continue to surface; making them more likely with each passing day.

A new video produced by the Alliance Defense Fund is exposing the secrets buried in the 2,700 page monstrosity that liberals hoped to keep out of the public’s view until after it was fully implemented. One part of the video says: [Read more...]

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.

Did You Know? There Aren’t That Many Homosexuals in America.

by Nathan A. Cherry, 06/18/2012

rainbow flagI’ve always heard that “leaders are readers.” So I try to do my part to read as much as I can. So now I want to do my part to try and pass on some articles that I believe are well worth the time you would spend reading them. As we learn and increase our awareness of critical issues I believe we will be in a better position to combat misleading and deceptive rhetoric. One area this is especially needed is on the issue of homosexuality.

If I didn’t know better I would assume about 25-30% of the American population was homosexual and demanding rights. From the media coverage the political bending over backwards to accommodate this group you would think the numbers are incredibly high. With the prominence and accommodation of the homosexual agenda it would be tempting to think this is an enormous group of people ready to overtake the country.

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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.

Valuable Information When Arguing Against Same Sex Adoption

By Tom Stark, 06/16/2012

kidsQuite often, unless you can offer hard facts in the face of the never-ending onslaught of self-righteousness on the part of same-sex relationship advocates, it is difficult to succeed in changing minds.  That should change for the better with the announcement of a definitive study showing beyond doubt that children in same-sex “family” arrangements suffer greater risks than those with traditional Mom-Dad families.

While this study really doesn’t tell us anything that we do not already instinctively know to be true based on Biblical principles as well as centuries of history to support that view, it has reinforced those beliefs with cold hard facts upon which to prove the point beyond doubt.

Karla Dial of CitizenLink.com explains:

“According to data from the New Family Structures Study, led by Mark Regnerus at the University of Texas at Austin, children raised by homosexual parents are dramatically more likely than peers raised by married heterosexual parents to suffer from a host of social problems.”

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About Tom Stark

Tom Stark began writing for the Engage Family Minute blog in February 2012. As a small business owner Tom is passionate about the intersection of faith and politics in the life of Christians and the community around him. Having been touched by both the abortion issue and the issue of homosexuality in his own family, Tom is passionate about defending the lives of the unborn and upholding Biblical Truth. Tom also writes for www.westvirginiaconservative.com

A Response: Have We Lifted the Casket Lid on Abortion?


Do you ever have the need just to talk out something so you can refine your position on it?  

Yesterday, I wrote a blog post in reaction to something I read by Scott Klusendorf.  I think my post was my fingers typing through some thoughts I have in my head.  After I posted it, I sent Scott a message and asked him to weigh in on it too.  He did and, though his response is in the comments to that post, I asked him for permission to post it here too.  

I’m thankful for his contribution to this discussion and his thoughts are sharpening my own as we, together, think through this important concept and work to end the abortion industry’s grip on our country.

Jeremy,

Thank you for your thoughtful post and for your obvious concern for unborn human life. You are doing great work.

I don’t share you belief that we’ve “already” opened the lid for at least five reasons.

First, while it’s true that many non-pro-life people know the facts of abortion, it doesn’t follow that their moral intuitions are sufficiently awakened to change their behavior. For example, many pregnancy center directors will tell you that abortion-minded women claim to oppose abortion, but kill their unborn offspring anyway. As Gregg Cunningham points out, If abortion-minded women are not more horrified of abortion than they are terrified of their crisis pregnancies, their children will die.” Put simply, pictures change how people feel about abortion while facts and arguments change how they think. Both are vital for changing behavior.

Second, while you assert that the public already understands the nature of abortion, you present no empirical evidence to support your claim. Indeed, the debate over partial-birth abortion proved that many people did, in fact, harbor misconceptions about late-term abortion and when pro-life advocates displayed drawings and pictures, public opinion swayed in favor of the pro-life view. (I can present evidence for this if you like.)

Third, our opponents fear the very thing you say is no longer an issue. That is, they are terrified of graphic abortion pictures and the impact those images have on the public debate. For example, pro-abortion columnist Anne Rophie writes: “The anti-abortion forces will again display horrible pictures of the technique, which they call partial-birth abortion. Although few in the abortion rights movement take this approach seriously, it has emotional resonance and erodes public support for all abortion.”

Rophie wasn’t the only one to express concern. “When someone holds up a model of a six-month-old fetus and a pair of surgical scissors, we say ‘choice’ and we lose,” writes feminist Naomi Wolf.

Later, in a 1998 article in George Magazine, Wolf states: “The brutal imagery, along with the admission by pro-choice leaders that they had not been candid about how routinely the procedure was performed, instigated pro-choice audiences’ reevaluation of where they stood.” As a result, “the ground has shifted in the abortion wars.”

Cynthia Gorney, author of “Articles of Faith,” a book about the abortion wars, says that serious damage has been done to the pro-abortion side. “One of the dirty secrets of abortion is it’s really gruesome, but nobody would look at the pictures. With partial-birth, the right-to-life movement succeeded for the first time in forcing the country to really look at one awful abortion procedure.”

The quotes from Wolf, Rophie, and Gorney are critically important. The abortion-choice people are conceding their weakest point and we should listen. True, many people dislike abortion pictures and find them offensive. That’s to be expected, given the discomfort of admitting one’s own moral culpability in the face of injustice. The more pressing question is whether the number of people put-off by the graphic images exceeds those compelled into modifying their beliefs. If the debate over partial-birth abortion is any indication, we should bet on the pictures.

Fourth, you assume that the pictures serve only one purpose—convert those who disagree with us on the humanity of the unborn. But what about those who say they agree but do nothing about the issue? Indeed, my own testimony is a case in point. I’ve always been pro-life and never questioned that life began at conception. But until I saw abortion pictures for the first time in 1990, my behavior did not match my alleged beliefs. I said that I was pro-life but nothing in my behavior suggested that I truly believed children were dying. That all changed in November of 1990 when a skilled pro-life apologist combined persuasive logic with graphic depictions of abortion. The pictures changed how I felt and ultimately changed how I behaved. Six months later, I resigned my position as an associate pastor (with the blessing of my church) to pursue a full-time career speaking on abortion. In short, people who are not heartbroken over abortion will almost never make the lifestyle concessions necessary to support pro-life efforts at a sacrificial level.

As Gregg Cunningham points out, abortion represents an evil so inexplicable there are no words to describe it. Although the pictures are difficult to look at, they convey truth in a way that words never can.

Fifth, I know from over 20 years of public speaking that graphic pictures do in fact persuade, that the casket has not been opened for many Americans. Consider this email from 15 year-old Brittany, received after I spoke to an assembly of 1,000 high school students in Baltimore. It sums up perfectly the many comments we receive from students after an assembly:

“Dear Scott,

Yesterday you came and talked to my high school, Archbishop Spaulding, about pro-life. It made a big difference on how I thought about abortion. I was totally for abortion and I thought that pro-life was just plain stupid. I have totally changed my mind after I listened to the pro-life point of view. Upon watching the short video clip of aborted fetuses, I felt my stomach turn and I thought, “How could anybody do this? How could anyone be so cruel and self absorbed as to kill an unborn baby who doesn’t have a say in that decision?” Then I thought, “Oh my gosh, I think that!” I was totally ashamed at how selfish I had been. Before the assembly, I didn’t want to listen to what you had to say. I was going to nap during your speech…until I saw that video. Now, I am totally changed forever. Keep doing what you do!”

In short, no modern day social reform movement succeeds without the use of images depicting grave injustice. Thomas Clarkson and William Wilberforce used drawings and artifacts from the slave trade to horrify Britons in the 19th century. British citizens knew about slavery. Clarkson and company made them touch it and smell it. Only then did the laws eventually change.

The pro-life movement is no different.

All my best, SK

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.

New Study: Kids of Same Sex Couples Fare Worse

by Nathan A. Cherry, 06/15/2012

familyThe debate over same-sex “marriage” is just beginning as it relates to the upcoming 2012 election. No doubt it will continue far beyond the election, but it will also play a major role in the outcome of the election as conservative, traditional marriage supporters seek to replace Obama and his staunch support for and advancement of the same-sex “marriage” issue. And one critical aspect to this debate that is touchy, at best, for many people, involves the children of same-sex couples.

Let’s face it; biology doesn’t permit same-sex couples to have kids. The solution is sperm donors, surrogacy, or adoption. Advocates on both sides of the debate are quick to share the pros and cons of allowing same-sex couples to adopt or foster; often citing the overall health and well-being of the kids. Same-sex advocates of course don’t see any real problems in seeing kids raised by same-sex couples. Traditional marriage and family advocates however believe that a mother and a father are both needed for healthy development of a child.

Now, a new study purports to show that kids of same-sex couples do in fact fare far worse than kids of traditional marriages. As reported by TheBlaze.com;

“These purported discrepancies exist in the areas of social, emotional and relationship measures, Deseret News reports. The study, which is bound to be controversial, found lower reported income levels, poorer mental and physical health and more problematic romantic relationships, among adults who came from same-sex homes. Among 40 measures, there were 25 differences observed among this cohort when compared to kids who were raised in heterosexual households.”

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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.

WV Board of Education Welcomes GLSEN to the Mountain State

You’ll remember that last year we worked with literally hundreds of you to ask the West Virginia Board of Education to please not enact their new rules on bullying.  We even gave you a great example of why this policy – which gives schools unfettered right to censor, “offensive speech.”  Even though the Board of Education refused to even accept your several hundred comments (way more than those who spoke in favor of the measure), the Board’s president felt the need to tell every newspaper’s opinion page in the state that we were wrong.   Then, we worked with lawmakers to correct this constitutionally offensive limitation on speech, but were outflanked by unions and the Board of Education itself.

So, that new policy goes into effect on July 1, just a few days from now.  And, as you might expect, the Board of Education is working to train its teachers, administrators, counselors, and nurses on how to implement it.  That brings us to this morning where the second day of the Board of Education’s, “Kidstrong” conference which opened with a presentation on . . . you guessed it, bullying.

Of course, as you might expect, the Board’s Adrianne Marsh covers the topic in a 42 PowerPoint slide presentation.  Slide 28 is pictured above.

I raise this now to highlight one of the many predictions we made at the time: the material that the Board of Education will use to implement this policy and train teachers will come from politically motivated special interest groups like, GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network).

How do I know that’s true?  Well, for one thing look at the slide!  They don’t even mask it, but encourage those in attendance to get as a resource the GLSEN Safe Space Kit.  Not good.

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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.