Video: Children React to Homosexual Marriage Proposal’s (And the lesson it teaches)

The video below is priceless in my opinion. It is the reaction of children as they watch gay marriage proposals. The looks on their faces and their comments are worth a thousand words. Some show a very innocent and genuine surprise over what they are watching while other look almost bored like they’ve seen this a thousand times before.

Watch the video below and see for yourself. If the video doesn’t appear automatically please refresh your browser.

While we might watch this video and derive some inward satisfaction knowing that left to themselves and nature children will generally resist the idea that homosexuality is “normal.” What we cannot be quick to do is ignore the warnings this video provides. [Read more...]

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Pedophilia Officially Labeled “Sexual Orientation”?

NAMBLAHave you seen this headline: “Pedophilia Officially Classified as Sexual Orientation by American Psychiatric Association”?

The headlines grabbed attention and caused a buzz across the blogosphere and social media on Thursday last week. Many of the sites carrying the article later updated their posts after the source citing the change to the APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) could not verify their research. Whoops.

So for now it seems apparent that things have not changed. But this does not mean this subject should be ignored or pushed under the rug. It seems many people do that with pedophilia, which is understandable considering the particularly heinous nature of this sexual mental disorder. The reality is that only by facing the topic can we steer the discussion towards defending the victims, the children, rather than approval for the predators.

I found myself engaged in lengthy discussions on social media with folks who were both startled and angry that pedophiles could find approval among any part of civilized society. One commenter during my discussion asked “what will this mean in the legal system?” To which I responded:

“Right now Child Protective Services (CPS) intervenes when there is evidence of abuse such as pedophilia. If pedophilia is no longer a mental illness but now just a sexual orientation, how can they intervene? They will be accused of discrimination. So where is the protection for those kids? It also means that in custody disputes a child could actually be placed with a pedophile predator because his “sexual orientation” cannot be counted against him.” [Read more...]

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Reality Check: Polygamy and Polyamory Will Be Legalized Next

PolyamoryHere’s a phrase I’ve said countless of times and will continue to repeat: If the government redefines marriage for homosexuals it will have to continue redefining marriage for other groups or be guilty of the same discrimination it now accuses traditional marriage supporters of.

I want you to memorize that statement and come to terms with the reality of its truth. The government cannot simply redefine marriage one time for homosexuals and then say, “There, now everyone’s happy.” For starters polygamists and polyamory advocates will be the first to stand up and say, “No, we’re not happy at all.” They will then begin an even greater push – because they are already pushing to some degree – for their relationships to be legally recognized.

And what ground will the government then have to deny them the right to “marry” and gain legal status? The moral ground? Please, they will have surrendered that ground along with the traditional definition of marriage. Besides, what would possibly be the basis for the government’s “moral ground”? If the definition of marriage is not inherently and morally tied to the traditional one man one woman definition, what possible moral objection could be raised against other “alternative lifestyles,” and “loving couples who just want to get married”?

None. [Read more...]

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Are We Entering “A Brave New World”?

Brave New WorldIf you’ve read Aldous Huxley’s near prophetic tale “A Brave New World” you are familiar with the term Bokanovsky’s Process.

For those unfamiliar with this term let me explain. Bokanovsky’s Process refers to a process of creating children that does not involve humans. The process allows the controllers and creators to manipulate every aspect of conception including eye and hair color, height, weight, and intelligence. So precise is the process that there is no need for a mother and father.

In fact, the concepts of mother and father are so foreign in this tale that just the mention of the word elicits expressions of horror from the young students receiving an education.

You see, in this tale the children are not raised by families, mothers, and fathers, in homes where they can be taught the values of their parents. Children are raised by the collective in institutions; where they are “taught” the “correct” version of everything from history to the reason for their social status. So engrained are these ideals that trying to work against them is like trying to breathe without inhaling oxygen.

These children are taught that they should never aspire to be anything other than what they are, to loathe those in lower social classes, that promiscuity is normal, and that “everyone belongs to everyone else.” Does that sound familiar? It was not too long ago that Melissa Harris-Perry said the same thing. She told the world parents need to stop thinking of their children as just theirs, and start considering that children belong to the community. [Read more...]

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Morality and Marriage Equal Economic Prosperity

family povertyMuch has been written here and in other venues regarding the deplorable state of the traditional family.  No, I’m not saying that all traditional families are in deplorable shape.  What I am addressing is the lower and lower percentage of children being born into traditional families in America.

There are a lot of different moral arguments that can be made for why this is happening.  Things like the general breakdown of morality, the promotion of sex in every possible form and the promiscuity that it has bred, and the blatant encouragement of our youth to “explore” their sexuality far earlier than is advisable. Not to mention the decimation of the necessary underpinning of the marriage relationship that keeps sex within its boundaries where it is safe, loving, and natural as an expression of love for one’s spouse.

But let’s suppose – for a moment – that we are speaking with someone who chooses to “blow off” all of these extremely important aspects to the problem.  How do we demonstrate the evils of out-of-wedlock childbirth?

The Gartman Report, a newsletter targeting investors and traders in the stock market, tends to lean toward the conservative side of the political spectrum, but for the sake of their subscribers, is also careful to examine issues from all angles. [Read more...]

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

Marriage is Under Attack and It’s Our Fault

divorce ringsBy now I think we can all agree on the fact that marriage is under attack. Not merely traditional marriage, that would, at this point I dare say be a good thing if we were simply talking about defending traditional marriage. What is taking place now is an all-out attack on marriage as a fundamental institution and cornerstone of our society.

Some want to redefine marriage. They argue that traditional marriage, the union of one man and one woman, is discriminatory and want to include homosexuals. Others argue that if homosexuals get to marry then others, polygamists, polyamorists for example, ought to have the same “right.” Such concessions would alter the foundational makeup of the family unit into something wholly unrecognizable.

Still others, though they are thankfully few at this point, argue that “love” between an adult and child should be acceptable. This idea that pedophilia ought to be considered in any way “normal” would reduce the understanding of what it means to be a parent and rob children of their innocence. It’s unconscionable.

And yet, that is exactly the goal for advocates who believe marriage, fundamentally, is flawed and against human nature. So rather than engaging in holy matrimony and wedlock, we should now encourage “wedleases,” which are akin to leasing a car or apartment. Allowing people to commit to one person (or two, or three) for a period of time (1-3 years) makes more sense in our consumer driven culture, according to advocates. Consider what one such “advocate” wrote: [Read more...]

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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.

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.

Can You Explain Your Support of Traditional Marriage?

wedding rings BibleHere’s my really unscientific analysis: I think most people support marriage as the union of one man and one woman. So why is the effort to redefine marriage gaining such traction?

It’s interesting to note that this slice of the liberal pie does seem to be gaining steam while others, such as abortion on demand are failing. This dichotomy creates turmoil in trying to figure out the overall political temperature of our culture. But it also provides us with the point that these are more than just “issues,” they are battles over values and consciences.

I believe one reason the effort to redefine marriage is succeeding is that many are afraid to speak out against it. This can be seen in the varied results of public surveys and anonymous phone surveys where people are asked whether they support marriage redefinition. In every case phone surveys record far more supporters of traditional marriage. The logical conclusion is that a phone survey is anonymous.

This can also be seen in the effort to bypass the people of a state and redefine marriage via judicial or legislative activism. If the merits of marriage redefinition are so positive then why wouldn’t advocates make their case to the people and let them vote? Simply because in nearly every case when people are allowed to vote they choose traditional marriage. Once again the combination of anonymity and a vote support traditional marriage.

So if the majority of Americans support traditional marriage and need only to speak up in order to become the vocal majority, why don’t they? [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.

Sex Education Part 2: The Practical Implications of Explicit Sex Ed Absent Morality

sex educationIn the first part of this essay I highlighted a new European Sex Education program that is nothing short of pornographic in what it seeks to teach children as young as four. The “Standards for Sexuality Education” guidelines seek to teach “skills” that would allow students to “self-determine their sexuality.” Rather than relying on absolute truth and biology the authors of this campaign want to further the flexi-sexual model of flexible sexuality and morality.

The education guidelines described in the program are offensive and completely lack any moral basis. In fact, there is nothing absolute within the education at all, it is devoid of absolute truth of any kind and instead filled with arbitrary ideas. These ideas lead us to wonder what a society devoid of absolute moral standards would look like.

If several generations were educated according to these standards, what is the best possible outcome we could hope for? First, if students became accustomed to schools becoming involved in the intimate details of their lives, gathering information on some of these sensitive topics would be easy. For instance, a survey that was distributed in a Maryland High School asked such questions as:

What religion do you identify with?
What is your household income?
What is your sexual orientation?
What is your parents’ political identification?
Your feelings on ObamaCare?
Should assault rifles be banned?
Who is to blame for the government shut down? [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.