Should Christians Compromise to Receive Government Money?

government moneyOne article has stayed with me since I first read it last week. I’m having a hard time even processing what I’ve read, much less any sort of biblical foundation for the decision.

The Kentucky Baptist Convention’s president of children services is urging the convention to change their hiring policy for Sunrise Children’s Services to allow the hiring of homosexuals. In a recent closed-door meeting the president, Bill Smithwick told trustees that “federal protection for homosexuals in the workplace as a ‘civil right’ just as race, gender, national origin, etc., is certain to become law sooner than later. Sunrise will comply or lose.”

Smithwick then presented three options to the leaders including “Follow current policy and terminate the employees. Then refuse to hire homosexuals even when doing so becomes a condition of receiving federal funding. (2) Terminate the employees according to current policy, wait until the government mandates a change, then comply. (3) Change the employment policy now.

Smithwick advocated the third option, arguing that Sunrise cannot operate without government funds and that it risks losing major secular sponsors if it fires homosexuals.

“A church or religious organization can hire all Christians and hold them to their standards…but they cannot accept state/federal monies. Sunrise cannot meet the needs of today’s abused and neglected children without public assistance.” [Read more...]

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Defend Religious Freedom – Our Vets Did

Attacks on the religious freedom of our military service members continue to increase. Family Research Council president Tony Perkins commented: ”More and more service members are facing harassment, demotion, and formal reprimands simply for being Bible-believing Christians. They’ve been prohibited from sharing their faith, forbidden from praying publicly, and dismissed from duty for refusing to surrender their religious convictions…Defending America’s freedom shouldn’t mean surrendering theirs, especially given that the Constitution they have sworn to uphold guarantees religious liberty as all Americans’ first freedom.”

It’s deplorable that our military must now be concerned about attacks from the enemies of America as well as attacks from their own government for simply being a Christian. The military has a long, rich history of honoring the faith of its members and that tradition should be fiercely defending and protected. Americans need to step up and demand that military personnel be given the same religious freedom rights every other American now enjoys. Such has always been the case and should always be true. Click here for original article.

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Challenge to Dangerous California “Bathroom Bill” Coming

A recent article reports: “Organizers are challenging the new California law that gives transgender students a long list of rights. They’ve collected 620,000 signatures to get the initiative on the ballot next November.  At least 505,000 valid signatures are needed. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law in September, making California the first state to give new rights to transgender students in elementary and high school. Those rights include being able to choose to play on boys’ or girls’ sports teams, as well as being able to use boys’ or girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms. Opponents say the law violates the privacy of other students.”

Efforts by groups such as the Faith and Public Policy organization are making a difference as they seek to overturn this dangerous piece of legislation. How can parents have any peace of mind knowing their children are safe and secure when such “rights” have been extended? Is it really in the best interest of students to allow boys in the girls locker rooms? Or to allow boys on the girls basketball team? Bills such as this run afoul of common sense and safety for students. Click here for original article.

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Atheist “Churches” Popping Up Around the Country

In a twist of irony I’m not sure even makes sense, atheists are seeking to start churches around the country. When a movement by two atheist comedians in the U.K. caught steam, they decided to bring their form of “religion” to the U.S. and duplicate their churches of unbelief. Now, meetings are happening in many cities around the country and some atheists are left scratching their heads. One article reports the comments of an atheist on this idea:

“The idea that you’re building an entire organization based on what you don’t believe, to me, sounds like an offense against sensibility…There’s something not OK with appropriating all of this religious language, imagery and ritual for atheism.” It seems even atheists get blasted by their own for doing things that not everyone agrees with. What is so ironic about this whole scenario is that these atheist “churches” are doing many of the same things religious churches do: sing, coffee, meet and greet, offerings; and yet they are doing from a position of non-belief.

I feel sorry for these people. They are seeking to belong to a community and engage in practices that will empower and validate them as people. Yet they never realize that their church will at some point become a hollow waste of time because it begins and ends with man, rather than placing Christ at the center. Click here for original article.

 

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Moving Tribute to American’s Veterans

From the Family Policy Council of West Virginia to all our veterans we say “thank-you!” Your sacrifice does not go unnoticed and your legacy will live on as we daily fight to defend the freedoms of the United States.

Please take a moment to watch (and share) the video below honoring America’s veterans on this year’s Veterans Day. If the video doesn’t appear automatically, please refresh your browser. Click here for original article.

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Join a New American Heritage Girls Troop! Here’s How

AHG-ReimertAs the Girl Scouts become a liberal, progressive camp for teaching girls all about homosexuality, abortion, and casual sex. You might consider an alternative that believes in strong values and morals. The American Heritage Girls is just such a group and they are starting a new troop right here in Kanawha County.

The troop, WV0413 will be holding an open registration day on Monday, November 18th, from 6:30 – 8 PM at St. Timothy Lutheran Church.

Registration for the following ages will take place:

Pathfinders: (Parent /Daughter program) 5yrs and in Kindergarten
Tenderhearts: 1st-3rd grade
Explorers: 4th-6th grade
Pioneers: 7th & 8th grade
Patriots: 9th-12th grade

Payment is due at the time of registration. The fees are minimal and depending on the age of your daughter you can start from scratch and be fully involved for between $75-$95. That’s an incredible value.

Regular meetings for troop WV0413 will start on December 2nd and be held every Monday from 6:30-8:00 PM.

For more information you can contact the troop coordinator, Kelly Reimert at 304-545-6548, or via email at rkalways@suddenlink.net. Here’s those details one more time.  [Read more...]

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New Jersey’s Change Therapy Bill Results in Lawsuit

therapy banDuring their last legislative session, the State of New Jersey passed a bill, which Governor Chris Christie signed, into law making it illegal for a therapist to offer change therapy to a minor who wanted to rid themselves of same sex attractions.

The homosexual lobby is very powerful.  Couple that with a Governor who has “flexible principles” and you have a formula for passage of such a ridiculously unconstitutional law as this one is.

Less than six months later, a Southern New Jersey couple who remains unidentified in court documents has filed a suit against the state claiming violation of their first amendment rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

Their claim includes their concerns that their son was given to unwanted same sex attractions that so disturbed their son that he had threatened to take his own life because of these attractions.  Given the circumstances and the potential harm to their child, it is difficult to imagine their angst and fear over the passage of this law.  Effectively, the State of New Jersey had cut off their only viable means of dealing with their son’s problem effectively to prevent serious harm from coming to him. [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

Gay Rights Threatening Business Rights

Remember the old sign on the door of a business: “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service”? I wonder how long before someone declares that such a sign violates his constitutional rights. That is exactly what is happening to businesses across America. Private business owners are being sued for refusing to violate their religious convictions and lend services to homosexual wedding ceremonies. Have you heard of any of them on the news? Do you know about Elane Photography, Masterpiece Cake Shop? These are just two of the dozens being sued for what some cal “discrimination” and what others call conviction.

A recent article states: “The concept of ‘gay rights’ has trampled religious liberty, but the network news media haven’t noticed. In fact, when Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins was on CBS in June, Bob Schieffer said he was ‘unaware’ of such cases.” How is it possible for someone in media to be unaware of such a growing trend as this? It’s called willful ignorance. That’s why we continue to publish stories about these events, in order to do the job the mainstream media is failing to do. We’re not government funded so you can be sure no one is buying our opinion. Click here for original article.

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What the Virginia Governor’s Race Teaches Us

A recent article states: “According to the exit poll published by CNN, Cuccinelli defeated McAuliffe among married women 51 percent to 42 percent…Cuccinelli also defeated McAuliffe among married men, 50 percent to 44 percent…Thus, according to the exit poll, Cuccinelli was the clear victor among married people (defeating McAuliffe 50 percent to 43 percent among this demographic), and was slightly more popular among married women than among married men.”

The lesson is that marriage provides a very different picture of life than being single does. A person’s entire worldview can change via marriage, and change again when children come into the picture. This is the reason President Obama concentrated much of his campaign efforts on the young, single demographic. It’s also why many polls show strong support for life, traditional marriage, and religious freedom among older, married demographics.

If we ever hope to see change happen in our country we must make an intentional effort to teach our kids. Liberal groups are doing all they can to teach our kids and exit polls show they are doing a great job. At some point we have to counter those efforts with our own effort to impart conservative, biblical, moral truth to our kids. It obviously makes a difference. Click here for original article.

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Supreme Court to Decide Another Public Prayer Case

Remember the most infamous public prayer case the Supreme Court decided? It was the one that took prayer out of our public schools. We all see how that turned out. But now the court is preparing to hear arguments in the Town of Greece V. Galloway case that could permanently remove prayer from town council and other public meetings. The idea of it somehow being “unconstitutional” for our local government to open meeting in prayer ids absurd, and really it shows a lack of history knowledge. The executive director of the Congressional Prayer Caucus recently wrote:

“Consider for a moment the very Constitution that should be the pivot point in the Supreme Court’s deliberations this week, was crafted by our Founding Fathers in a spirit and atmosphere of solemn prayer. After a contentious start to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 in Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin implored the delegates to seek the face and benevolence of Almighty God. This ‘appeal for God’s intervention’ suggested the appointment of a chaplain and beginning each day’s business with prayer for discernment and wisdom at a decisive period in our first steps as an independent nation. With George Washington leading the way, the result was the forging of one of the greatest documents the world has ever witnessed to guide and direct the affairs of men with just and balanced governance.”

So our Founding Father’s daily relied on prayer as they began our government, but now people want to claim this is somehow unconstitutional? It’s absurdity at its finest. The article went on to say:

“In late 1800, Congress actually allowed church services to be held in the U.S. Capitol, something that continued until well after the Civil War and in the same building where our nation’s legislators still convene, debate and vote. Leaders throughout our history have regularly called the entire nation to days of prayer, fasting and repentance, and our most recognized monuments and capitol buildings are covered with declarations of our trust in God. The writings of our Founders clearly emphasized their collective belief that religion and morality were indispensable supports of this Constitutional Republic. Your First Amendment rights are at stake once again and decades of clashing world views have brought us to another July 4, 1776 moment.”

Let us be in prayer for the Supreme Court as they determine whether public prayer will continue. If they are students of the Constitution, history, and the Founding Father’s, they will no doubt rule that prayer is more than constitutional. If not, we may very well see the end of yet another American freedom and tradition. Click here for original article.

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