Chris Christie Proves America is Indeed Pro-Life

LifeNews.com: “New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is pro-life and vetoed Planned Parenthood funding five times before he ran for re-election in a state that is not known as a bastion of conservatism. While abortion activists and the media elite claim Republicans can’t win on a pro-life platform — saying they are supposedly engaging in a War on Women instead, Christie proved them wrong. Christie decisively won a second term in office in a heavily Democratic state and media outlets wasted little time calling the state for him almost immediately after polls closed. He defeated pro-abortion Democrat Barbara Buono handily, despite the kind of attraction groups like Planned Parenthood, NARAL and Emily’s List say pro-abortion women are supposed to have. Christie won 56% of women, 45% of Hispanics, and 21% of black voters, according to CNN exit polling data.”

These election results blow all the abortion industry talking points out of the water. Women overwhelmingly supported Christie, so did minorities. Once again the message that Americans are pro-life is coming through loud and clear. I wonder why more West Virginia lawmakers don’t run a strong pro-life campaign and then follow it up by vetoing bills that make tax payers pay for abortions? Currently, every citizen in West Virginia helps to fund the abortion industry and our lawmakers don’t seem interested in changing that. Perhaps we need our own Chris Christie to run. Click here for original article.

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New Jersey Doesn’t Want to Help Kids with Unwanted Same Sex Attractions

New JerseyCitizenLink provided this bit of sad news on Monday, announcing that once-thought-to-be-conservative Governor Chris Christie – often touted lately as a potential Presidential candidate in 2016 for the Republican Party – without a bit of protest, signed a bill into law making New Jersey the second state to outlaw the totally legitimate practice of  Sexual Orientation Change Effort (SOCE).

This effort to assist children who possess same sex attractions through proven therapy under the supervision of a licensed psychologist has come under intense fire by the homosexual lobby based on an isolated incident or two where children have been taken against their will to “re-education camps” run by private or religious organizations to force them to give up their homosexual attractions.

Little documentation proving these allegations true is available, but those opposing it take it another step further and claim that any effort to change someone’s mind by telling them that homosexual behavior is “abnormal, sinful, unhealthy, etc.” is bigoted and should not be permitted.   There is also plenty of evidence that the homosexual lobbyists have never been squeamish about using the “bigot” and “homophobe” label on anyone or anything that opposes public/societal acceptance of such activities as “normal” and “mainstream.” [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

One Battle at a Time: The War on Abortion

by Nathan A. Cherry, 07/08/2011

Martinsburg, WV – Sometimes victories are large and everyone for miles knows about them. Other times they are smaller and not as well publicized. Unless you are well connected you might not know of the small victories on the war against abortion taking place across America. Allow me to share some of these victories so you, like I, can be encouraged to continue fighting this war to preserve and protect life.

One of the biggest victories to date comes from Indiana. The state revoked all funding to Planned Parenthood and the new law was signed by Gov. Mitch Daniels. While there is still contention in Indiana, a temporary injunction has halted implementation of the law; there is optimism that the vote of the state legislature will prevail.

In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker signed legislation that redirects at least $1 million in federal and state funding away from Planned Parenthood. Another notable aspect of this victory is that “the state budget contains a provision which puts the University of Wisconsin Health Care Authority (UWHCA) under the provisions of state law, which prohibits the use of state tax dollars for the performance of abortions,” according to a Lifenews.com article.

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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.

Is Planned Parenthood a Sinking Ship? I Hope so!

By Nathan A. Cherry, 02/14/2011

Martinsburg, WV – It seems Planned Parenthood has been the subject of nearly every headline for the last week or so. It’s understandable when video after video after video of the abortion merchant breaking state and federal laws keep popping up in the media. Although it is interesting that mainstream  media networks – NBC, CBS, ABC etc. – largely ignored the criminal activities of PP (With the exception of Fox News).

And by now most everyone knows of the immediate fallout from these undercover videos by pro-life Lila Rose’ group Live Action Films. Examples of this fallout include the immediate firing of the branch manager in New Jersey where the first video was taken. Speaking of New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie once again defunded Planned Parenthood of all public funding after members of the state legislature sought to reinstate those funds. And Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and AG Ken Cuccinelli said they were “shocked” by the videos and plan to investigate.

Planned Parenthood leaders claimed the whole thing was a hoax and tried to laugh it off. This was no doubt a strategy attempted at reducing media coverage and public scrutiny; it didn’t work. Besides, no one is buying that it’s a hoax if you fire an employee, that doesn’t make any sense. Another reason no buys the “hoax” excuse is that Planned Parenthood released statements saying they would be retraining their staff after seeing incidents on the videos. Why would they need to retrain their staff if, first, this is just a hoax, and second, they believe their staff acted professionally and according to the law? (Something they continue to claim) This doesn’t make any sense either.  

More bad news hit the media waves as New Hampshire has now introduced a bill to cut all federal funds from Planned Parenthood. First New Jersey, now New Hampshire. I wonder how many other states will follow suit and decide that their tax-payers don’t need to fund the criminal and immoral activities of the nation’s largest abortion merchant.

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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.

UPDATE: Fallout From Videos Exposing Planned Parenthoods Criminal Activity

By Nathan A. Cherry, 02/08/2011

Martinsburg, WV – Yesterday I brought you the recent videos released by Lila Rose and the Live Action Films group that expose the criminal exploitation of underage girls by five different Planned Parenthood facilities throughout Virginia and New Jersey. Now let me share some other events that have taken place as a result of these videos making waves across the United States.

The battle in New Jersey between Gov. Chris Christie and some state lawmakers that want to use tax-payer funds to fund Planned Parenthood and abortion has been widely reported. Gov. Christie cut the funds once, but lawmakers continued to seek access to those funds through various political maneuvers. A bill recently came back to Gov. Christie seeking to restore the public funding once again, but after seeing the videos release last week Gov. Christie rightly vetoed that bill and permanently cut public funding for Planned Parenthood and abortion in New Jersey. And we applaud Gov. Christie for doing so.

The very day the first video was released the manager of the New Jersey Planned Parenthood where the video was recorded found herself fired. Now, you might be a skeptic like me and believe she is just being moved to another position in another clinic somewhere, but let’s not go there. I’m just happy her criminal behavior is being investigated by the New Jersey Attorney General and several state authorities. If she is charged with criminal action you can bet she will turn on Planned Parenthood and show how this sort of behavior is not “inconsistent with our standards of care and is completely unacceptable,” as they claim. Rather, this is normal conduct for the criminal organization.

And how did Planned Parenthood respond to the videos being released? Initially they said the whole thing was a “hoax” and laughed it off. But as more videos were released they realized they would have to address the situation and bean looking for ways to do “damage control.” I’m curious though, if the whole thing was a “hoax” why did PP suspend the New Jersey manager immediately? Do you suspend someone over a hoax?

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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.

The Engaging Essentials

Marshall U Re-Examines Speech Policy – Apparently, our friends at FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) have listed Marshall as one of it’s “12 Worst Colleges for Free Speech” in the country.  So, The Herd are taking a long, hard look at how to improve that ranking.  We hope they do.  Whenever the First Amendment is squelched, so is religious liberty.

Dueling Election Bills – The State Senate and the House of Delegates have each passed their own version of a special election bill.  Both give voters a primary and general election to elect a new governor, but they vary on when that vote should take place.  We’ll see where the negotiations end up.

Christie to Veto Planned Parenthood? – One can only hope, I suppose.  As you will see in the video below, Planned Parenthood appears complicit in assisting pimps obtain abortions for their internationally trafficked, underage girls.  This, appropriately, has Gov. Christie of NJ (where the video was taken) considering striking the state-funding of the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Live Action Busts Planned Parenthood . . . Again! – Live Action has once again gone undercover to expose the nefarious works of Planned Parenthood.  As you can see in the video below, this time they catch a PP staffer giving advice on how to get around the laws on parental consent, statutory rape, and even immigration, to a pimp of underage, internationally trafficked prostitutes.  Shameful doesn’t quite encapsulate the vulgarity here.  Watch and share.

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.

Op-Ed: Jeremiah G. Dys – Marriage a Key Issue in Senate Race

Published in today’s WV Gazette and previously appearing in the Sunday edition of the Dominion Post in Morgantown:

Governor Manchin may be facing a politically explosive situation ahead of his long hoped-for election to the United States Senate.  It’s not the economy, nor is it the over-regulation of the coal industry that has the potential to be a political powder keg for him this November.  It’s marriage.

Don’t dismiss it lightly.  If the elections since 2008 are any indication, the issue of whether a candidate supports marriage as one man and one woman has received more voter attention than the economy and “cap-and-tax” combined.

It started with Virginia in 2009, where Bob McDonnell defeated Creigh Deeds by a substantial margin.  What was one of the motivating factors to voters?  Bob McDonnell strongly supported marriage as one man and one woman.  Creigh Deeds did not.  It’s Governor McDonnell now.

At the same time New Jersey Governor Corzine seemed to be cruising to re-election.  Then, the New Jersey legislature redefined marriage.  Corzine came out proudly for same-sex “marriage.”  Chris Christie bravely defended marriage as one man and one woman.  And, in typically bold fashion, Christie vowed to veto any bill that redefined marriage.

The result?  Jon Corzine is back at the brokerage house and Chris Christie has taken up residence in the New Jersey governor’s mansion.

Let’s not forget the race in Massachusetts for the late Ted Kennedy’s seat earlier this year.  It was Martha Coakley’s seat to lose.  She touted the lawsuit that she brought as the Massachusetts Attorney General in 2009 that sought to invalidate the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Voters, who almost universally disfavor candidates who seek to circumvent or side-step the democratic process when it comes to defining marriage, chose to keep Martha Coakley in Boston and send Scott Brown to Washington, D.C.

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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.

Gov. Christie Stands Out in New Jersey

By Nathan A. Cherry, 07/27/2010

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoes $7.5M "Family Planning" bill.

 Martinsburg, WV –  Seriously, we need more politicians like Chris Christie. I don’t know if he is considering a 2012 presidential run, but I do know that the more I read about him, the more I like him. He has a sort of Reagan-esque persona about him that detects garbage from a mile away and refuses to cave to political pressure. He stands by his convictions and doesn’t apologize for that. More pols could learn a thing or two from him.

In this piece published last week by Nj.com, Gov. Christie has once again vetoed bills that are not sound financially, or socially, for New Jersey. The headliner is the $7.5M grant to restore “family planning” funding to clinics – primarily operated by Planned Parenthood – throughout the state. Christie’s critics will say that he vetoed this particular bill over ideological differences, and they may be right, in part.

While Gov. Christie has made no secret of his opposition to abortion and Planned Parenthood, he has not shown favoritism either. He said, “The state simply cannot fund every worthy program,” and then vetoed the family planning bill, a $100M home buyer tax credit bill, and moved nearly $25M from a hospital charity fund in order to enroll 39,000 poor parents into the “Family Care health insurance plan.”

Like him or not, one thing that can’t be said about Gov. Christie is that he is dishonest, two-faced, double-minded, cowardly, or a whole lot like other politicians in Washington and state capitals around the country. I applaud Gov. Christie for keeping his word. Read the rest of this story below.

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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.