The New Normal: Is It Really “New” or “Normal”?

New Normalby Nathan A. Cherry, 08/31/2012

There is just about any kind of garbage you can imagine on television these days. What was once considered pornography is now primetime television designed to “educate” all of us on what exactly society should look like. At one time society looked like “Leave It to Beaver” and “Happy Days.” The media moguls, however, would like us to believe those “happy days” are long gone and the “new normal” is what America is all about now.

Hence, we have dating shows like the Bachelor/Bachelorette that show us how to be sleazy with lots of people before failing miserably at our relationship. Then there’s the token sitcom portraying father’s as useless idiots while the female is the capable, brilliant, talented parent. We even have shows that make us believe in realities that don’t even exist, because, I suppose, this one is so bad? Even sports have become politically correct, agenda driven episodes where obvious facts can’t even be stated without reprisal (Rush Limbaugh on Monday Night Football anyone?).

And while series like “Big Love,” “Sister Wives,” and “The Playboy Club” seek to glamorize lifestyles that are both alternate and immoral, a new show wants everyone to know what the “new normal” is all about.

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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.

Should Child Porn Victims Be Paid for Image Downloads?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/30/2012

Child pornography is a growing problem. the amount of child porn on the Internet is growing, along with the number of victims. We can thank television, movies, and homosexual activists for the sexualization of our children to the point that normalizing pedophilia has become a spoken goal for many. Thankfully child pornography is still illegal and those caught  possessing it are prosecuted. (Prosecution is too good for them, in my opinion.) But, should those caught with these horrific images have to pay their victims as a sort of retribution for the continual victimization many feel as a result of the pictures? A recent article at abajournal.com says: “By holding those who download child pornography civilly liable, he thought he could stop the spread of the images as well as get some compensation for his client. That work eventually turned him into an advocate for Masha’s Law, part of the 2006 Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which permits young adults to sue those who download images of their childhood sexual abuse.” This allows victims of child pornography to be paid for their continual victimization. It’s the least that can be done for these innocent children tormented by perverse adults. Click here for original article.

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 Case Against DOMA and SCOTUS

by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/30/2012

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that several cases are seeking a hearing before the Supreme Court all related to DOMA and the definition of marriage. Out of the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals comes Gill v. Office of Personnel Management; where benefits are being sought for legally married same-sex couples. Then of course there is the Perry v. Brown case from the 9th Circuit, also known as Prop 8. Both of these cases ultimately seek to overturn or strike down DOMA in an effort to weaken marriage and open the door to marriage redefinition. Also at stake here is every state that has voted to legally define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Every state constitutional amendment that has been added by voters will be in jeopardy if SCOTUS overturns DOMA or rules it unconstitutional. Not simply because the SCOTUS ruling would invalidate those state amendments, but because it would open the door to challenges by activist groups and judges. Click here for original article.

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.

Regnerus Study on Kids Raised in Homosexual Homes Vindicated

by Nathan A Cherry, 08/30/2012

When Mark Regnerus released the findings of his study into the effects being raised in alternate lifestyle homes has on kids there was a firestorm of controversy. Liberals pounced on Regnerus and his study and called for everything from his dismissal from the University of Texas at Austin to a retraction of his results. Through the encouragement of one gay blogger the university launched an investigation into allegations of scientific misconduct. The university has now publicly stated that no scientific misconduct was committed by Regnerus; effectively vindicating Regnerus and his study. The official statement says: “Professor Regnerus did not commit scientific misconduct when designing, executing, and reporting the research reported in the Social Science Research article. None of the allegations of scientific misconduct put forth by Mr. Rose were substantiated either by the physical data, written materials, or by information provided during the interviews.” This is a big blow to the homosexual agenda as it further evidences the fact that children need a home with a mother and a father. Click here for original article.

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.

BREAKING: Judge Halts Single Sex Classes At W.Va. Middle School

by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/30/2012

We mentioned recently that a school in Parkersburg, West Virginia was under attack from the ACLU after it was revealed the school was utilizing single sex classes in order to maximize academic achievement. Studies have shown that single sex classrooms are very effective in maximizing academic achievement because. frankly, it removes the distraction of the opposite gender. Of course, the ACLU isn’t interested in what is best academically for students, they just want to make sure everyone follows their sordid definition of political correctness. So, at their urging, an injunction has been granted by a federal judge that effectively halts the single sex classes while their constitutionality is determined. Good luck finding anything in the Constitution about mixed sex classrooms, you will however find mention of God. Too bad the ACLU doesn’t fight to uphold those claims. Click here for original article.

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.

A New Resource to Measure Bullying in the Classroom

by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/30/2012

In a joint announcement by Focus on the Family and Alliance Defending Freedom, a new tool designed to measure bullying in your child’s classroom has been announced. The announcement says: “Parents now have access to tools that can help them evaluate anti-bullying policies in their children’s respective schools through a new ‘policy yardstick’ available on Focus on the Family’s website TrueTolerance.org.” The director of the TrueTolerance website, Candi Cushman spoke plainly about bullying:  “We believe the best anti-bullying policies are those that equally protect every single child in that school by prohibiting bullying of any kind against any child for any reason…It can and should be done without politicizing taxpayer-funded classrooms and introducing controversial sexual topics to kids against their parents’ will.” In light of recent policy adoptions by the West Virginia Board of Education I would suggest taking a look at this website and the tools inside. Click here for original article.

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.

A 12 Year Old Boy Fights for Life…Against Doctors!

Baby in Handby Nathan A. Cherry, 08/30/2012

Abortion, contrary to popular belief, is not about “women’s rights.” If it was, then the rights of the females being killed would actually matter to abortion advocates. Abortion is a moral issue with greater ties to the civil rights movement than homosexuals could ever imagine. The fight to defend life from conception to natural death is one that concerns and involves every living person because, at some point, whether before we were born or before we die, we will have to fight for our right to live.

Just ask a family in Texas that is fighting to have their 12 year old son receive basic needs, food and water, after the hospital refused to treat him following a brain injury. Details are still emerging from this case, but so far we know that doctors issued a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) order without the parent’s approval, then refused to do more testing after the boy began breathing on his own, and pressured the family to allow doctors to harvest his organs. Finally, after refusing to give even food and water to the child the family had him moved to another facility.

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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.

War on Women Not Working for Obama

by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/29/2012

President Obama would have us all believe that conservatives are waging a war on women and determined to remove all women’s rights concerning health care. Never mind that he removed the rights of religious women concerning contraception in insurance and the rights of all of us concerning abortion funding; it’s the evil conservatives that hate women. Well, his rhetoric isn’t working. A new poll shows that pro-life Romney has a 15% lead with married women. That might sound small, but in reality it is a huge percentage lead. A recent report says: “Christian Heinze, a reporter for The Hill, indicates that means Romney is running ahead of the pace at which John McCain ran against Obama in 2008…Compare that with 2008 exit polls when Obama won married women with children, 51%-47%, while McCain won married women with no kids 53%-44%. Romney’s 15% margin soundly beats both numbers.” Considering a majority of Americans are self-identified as pro-life this is not surprising. Click here for original article.

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.

Schools Violate Parental Rights Concerning Sex Education

by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/29/2012

I’m sure you’ve figured out by now that I believe it is the parents responsibility to teach their kids about sex education and not the school’s or the government’s. I do not support comprehensive sex education and believe abstinence education is far better. Unfortunately most of our government run schools want to push explicit sex education and condoms to our kids rather than teaching safe, sound, common sense sex education. And the worst part is that they don’t involve the parents in any of it. A recent Citizenlink.com article asks: “…why are lawmakers and government school officials trying to take control of these decisions without the involvement of parents? Shouldn’t it be up to parents and children’s legal guardians to determine when, how and if these sensitive subjects are approached with their kids— especially at young and vulnerable ages?  Why not work alongside parents instead of against them—and seek to give more respect to parents as the primary educators and guardians of their own children?” Citizenlink has some resources to help parents know their rights and communicate with their school on this subject. Check them out here. I highly recommend parents look at the section dedicated to parental rights. Click here for original article.

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.

Here We Go Again – Town Threatens Couple Over Home Bible Study

by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/29/2012

By now you know about the man in Arizona serving jail time for hosting a Bible study in his home. Add Florida to the dubious list of states that threaten religious freedom. The city of Venice, Fla. is threatening to levy fines and penalties against a family for hosting a Bible study with 6-10 people in their home on Friday nights. The city says it is illegal for a “House of Worship” to exist on property less than 2.49 acres. We might say, well, they are breaking the law and need to stop. But that isn’t the point and is a misplaced argument. The point is that a town doesn’t have the right to tell people they can’t meet for worship. Meetings of 6-10 people occur every day for football parties, Mary Kay demonstrations, and 31 Gifts gatherings. So the number of people is irrelevant and the town is blatantly discriminating against religious people and preventing the “free exercise” of their faith. On top of it all, the town is saying a small sign advertising prayer in the front yard is illegal; even though political signs are all over the neighborhood. This is a case of religious discrimination and what the town is doing is unconstitutional. Click here for original article.

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.