Senate ENDA Vote Looming

The Senate is said to be considering a vote on a looming ENDA bill aimed at making LGBT people a protected class under the law. Such bills only serve to pave the way for lawsuits against Christians and people with religious convictions against homosexuality. It is these bills that allow cases like the one in New Mexico where a photographer was sued for not rendering her services to a gay couple, and in Washington where a florist was sued for the same, and in Colorado where a baker was sued for the same. And yet LGBT advocate any protection for religious convictions. An article states:

“…gay activists are objecting to a religious exemption in the ENDA bill…The groups leaders praised the Senate’s progress toward a vote but said, ‘The bill continues to excuse religious bigotry as acceptable under the law. We’ve seen this insistence on religious exemptions and conscience clauses play out before. Religious bigotry will continue to trump LGBT equality.’” Evidently LGBT bigotry trumping religious convictions is acceptable, whereas religious convictions are not worth protecting. This once again shows that conscience clauses in these bills are nothing more than smoke and mirrors to get votes before they are eventually removed. LGBT groups have no intention of protecting the religious convictions of anyone, they would gladly force every Christian to violate their convictions if it would mean a victory for them. 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.

70% Say Delay the Mandate

Washington Examiner: “American voters overwhelmingly support a delay of Obamacare’s individual mandate to purchase health insurance, according to a portion of a new Republican poll shared with the Washington Examiner…in a survey conducted for the GOP group Crossroads GPS from Sunday through Tuesday, found that 70 percent of “registered voters” support delaying the individual mandate in the wake of problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Fifty-five percent said they “strongly favor” such a delay.”

It’s no secret that a majority of Americans are disappointed with the roll out of ObamaCare. It’s also no secret that most Americans don’t even want the bill to stand. ObamaCare is such an awful bill that even President Obama’s most ardent supporters are looking for a way to repeal it. Perhaps it’s that ObamaCare expands abortion and forces every citizen to fund the abortion industry. Or maybe it is that it threatens our religious freedom by violating our convictions on abortion. One thing is for sure, it is a terrible bill that needs to be repealed. 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.

When Boys Can’t Decide What Gender to Be Today

boy in girls bathroomOn our most recent podcast, our guest, Denny Burk made the statement that transgender issues are the next wave if same-sex “marriage” is legalized for all fifty states. I mostly agree with his statement, other than the timing. It won’t be after same-sex “marriage” is legalized as evidence reveals the incredible push to grant transgender people special rights under the law right now.

The most recent incident, one that has gained national attention, is that of a transgender boy in Colorado accused of harassing girls while using the girls’ restroom at his school. It has been reported that the boy is older and that younger female students feel threatened by his presence and have even experienced harassment. A letter from the Pacific Justice Institute states:

“This is a nightmare scenario for the teenage girls—some of them freshmen—and their parents at this school. This is exactly the kind of horror story we have been warning would accompany the push for radical transgender rights in schools, and it is the type of situation that LGBT activists have been insisting would not happen.”

Indeed this is a nightmare. To entertain the notion that it is somehow logical or reasonable to allow a boy that merely says he is transgender access to female facilities in a public school setting is nothing short of reckless endangerment. Another article commenting on this case bears witness to every father’s worst nightmare for his daughter: [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.

Are Anti-Bullying Laws Necessary or Just a Distraction?

A recent article makes this statement: ”As school districts and some states implement policies aimed at curbing the so-called “bullying epidemic,” experts continue to insist that bullying is no more common than before, cyberbullying is not a rising threat and bullying does not necessarily cause suicide.”

If this is the case and, as the article asserts, “There is no scientific evidence that bullying causes suicide…It is journalistically irresponsible to claim that bullying leads to suicide.” What is the point of anti-bullying laws? Could is be to infringe on the religious freedoms of others? After all, if a school makes it illegal to disagree with someone’s lifestyle then Christians won’t be able to share the Gospel with their friends. And the school will be able to further push an agenda riddled with pro-LGBT material. Sure, it sound strange. But is there another explanation? 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.

Hawaii Considering Major Mistake for Silly Reasons

Hawaii is thinking about legalizing same-sex marriage. That’s not really a big surprise given the liberal nature of the state. What I find surprising is the reported reasons for this change. Is it because they want “equality for all,” or to “let loving people marry”? Not exactly, according to one recent article the reasons are as follows:

“Gov. Neil Abercrombie says passing the bill would put Hawaii in line with Supreme Court rulings that granted federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. Proponents say gay marriage is a civil right, and have argued it could be a boon for tourism in Hawaii as an appealing destination for ceremonies and honeymoons.”

The stated reasons are (1) based off of a badly misunderstood Supreme Court decision. Many have said that SCOTUS has struck down DOMA, granted marriage redefinition to all states, etc. Nothing could be further from the truth. The court simply gave the issue back to states to decide. Nothing more, nothing less. And (2) to boost tourism. Yep, that’s a great reason to deprive kids of a mother and father and overturn centuries of what it means to marry and be a family. 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.

Texas Judge Says Women Can Be Endangered by Abortion

A texas judge has struck down one of the most critical parts of the new abortion law passed earlier this year. The admitting privilege provision requires an abortionist to be able to admit patients to a local hospital in the event of a botched abortion. But the judge argued that this statute:

“does not bear a rational relationship to the legitimate right of the State in preserving and promoting fetal life or a woman’s health and, in any event, places a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion of a nonviable fetus and is thus an undue burden to her. The court concludes that admitting privileges have no rational relationship to improved patient care.”

In other words, an abortionist can perform an invasive medical surgery on a woman, but doesn’t have to be able to get her needed medical help at the hospital should something go wrong. Furthermore, this leaves the door open for non-doctors to perform abortions. And of course this is a decision Planned Parenthood applauds as they continue to put women in harm’s way. 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.

November: A Time to Pray for the Persecuted Church

What group of people is the most widely persecuted in the world? No, it’s not women or homosexuals. Christians are the  most widely persecuted in the world. This fact won’t be talked about on the news or most radio programs, but Christian persecution is at all time highs in the world. November has been set aside as month to pray for the persecuted church as we join with our brothers and sisters in Christ to ask for God’s divine intervention and protection.

Joe Carter, writing at the Gospel Coalition has penned an article discussing at least nine things you may have not known about the persecuted church worldwide. One of the facts Carter mentions is: “The bloodiest attack on Christians in Pakistan’s history occurred in September 2013. Two suicide bombers exploded shrapnel laden vests outside All Saints’ Church in the old city of Peshawar. Choir members and children attending Sunday school were among 81 people killed. The attack left 120 people wounded, with 10 of them in critical condition.” I encourage you to read the article and spend time praying for the persecuted church. 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.

Join the #BeTransparent Tweetfest on Wednesday

The Obama administration and DHHR is not being honest with the American people about abortion coverage in the ObamaCare bill. They are also deliberately misleading people regarding plans that do and do not cover abortion. This is an attempt to get pro-life Americans enrolled in plans that will cover abortion without them knowing. In response to this deception, a Tweetfest has been arranged to coincide with a hearing in Congress on the issue. Our friends at American United for Life and Susan B. Anthony List shared information on the Tweetfest, which is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, October 30, from 9-12 noon.

To help you get involved we are sharing some sample tweets you could use to ask President Obama, DHHR, and Congress to be transparent regarding the issue of abortion in insurance plans. Take a look:

Tell #Sebelius to #BeTransparent.  Why won’t #Obamacare tell us which plans include abortion?
If u want to pick an #Obamacare plan without abortion, 2 bad b/c the exchanges won’t give you that information #BeTransparant
If u buy a plan with abortion, u have 2 pay a abortion surcharge, but #Obamacare won’t tell you which plans include abortion #BeTransparent
Tell Congress to #BeTransparent & pass #HR3279 so consumers can find out if they have to pay #Obamacare abortion surcharge
#Obamacare exchanges hide abortion surcharge.  Why won’t #Sebelius #BeTransparent?

Friends, we hope you will tweet, Tweet loud, and tweet often. Let’s make sure our lawmakers know just how opposed to abortion coverage in insurance plans we truly are. Tell them to #BeTransparent while we show them Americans are #ProLife.

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.

Government Seeking Pastors to Help Enroll People in ObamaCare

Wait a minute, isn’t there some “separation of church and state” thing that Mikey Wienstein, Barry Lynn and other atheists groups are always yelling about? Where are those shrill voices opposing the government’s attempt to get people to sign up for ObamaCare?

“Community organizers are joining pastors across the country to educate and help parishioners sign up for Obamacare. The coordinated initiative, called “Health Care from the Pulpit,” is being implemented by Enroll America, a non-profit with the goal of maximizing ‘the number of uninsured Americans who enroll in health coverage made available by the Affordable Care Act.’ The program has already reached a number of churches across the nation. In Jacksonville, Fla, Pastor John Newman is among those who invited community organizers from the group to his church to talk about the cost of Obamacare and the enrollment process. During the event, Enroll America invited congregants to fill out cards with basic information about themselves or people they knew who might be in need of health care.”

And the reason the government is turning to pastors? as the article states it is because they know that pastors are a “trusted voice” in their communities. I guess that only applies to ObamaCare since the government vehemently opposes those same trusted voices telling their congregations about ‘political” matters like life, marriage, religious freedom, and where lawmakers stand on such matters. Hypocrisy at its finest. 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.

Will You Pay the Price of Citizenship?

The case of Elane Photography is now one of the most infamous in U.S. history. These simple folks that desired to live in accordance with their faith were told to either violate their convictions in order to do business, or close up shop. To think that religious freedom would be under this sort of assault in America is unfathomable, and yet here it is. Read the chilling words of the justice that penned the decision:

“In the smaller, more focused world of the marketplace, of commerce, of public accommodation, the Huguenins have to channel their conduct, not their beliefs, so as to leave space for other Americans who believe something different. That compromise is part of the glue that holds us together as a nation, the tolerance that lubricates the varied moving parts of us as a people. In short, I would say to the Huguenins, with the utmost respect: it is the price of citizenship.”

Does citizenship have so high a price? Our Founding Father’s certainly did not think so. They would be appalled at the thought of asking anyone to violate their religious convictions. And so too should we. 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.