The Deception of Morality and Civil Rights in Abortion

Martin Luther King Jr.How twisted is the logic of pro-abortion advocates? When science unilaterally agrees that unborn children can feel pain at 20 weeks, newer science suggesting as early as 12 weeks, pro-abortionists still don’t want to ban late-term abortions. But they don’t merely seek to keep this torturous procedure legal; they want to pretend it is a “loving” thing to do. Blinded by liberal feminist rhetoric and money they delude themselves into believing that torturing an unborn child before killing him is somehow moral and loving.

To illustrate the point is an article written for the New York Times by a former Seattle city council member in which she asserts that the late-term abortion of her unborn son allowed him to die in a “warm, loving place.” She writes:

“I felt my son’s budding life end as a doctor inserted a needle through my belly into his tiny heart. As horrible as that moment was — it will live with me forever — I am grateful…We made sure our son was not born only to suffer. He died in a warm and loving place, inside me.”

This is nothing short of self-aggrandizing delusion. There is absolutely nothing loving about killing an innocent child before he has a chance to live life outside the womb. This woman has been so deceived by the culture of death and the militant rhetoric of pro-abortion groups that she can’t even see the absurdity of her statement. [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.

The False Analogy of Homosexual = African American Civil Rights

gay rights civil rightsIn his second inaugural address, our President made a statement that is unprecedented for such a speech.   A recent article in Townhall.com quotes it this way…

“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal, as well.   We the people declare today that the most evident of truths that all of us are created equal—is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forbearers through Seneca Falls and Selma and Stonewall…”

This places it in the category of false analogy because it makes it appear that a homosexual not being treated “equally” under the law is purely a civil rights issue.  It is clearly not.

But this practice – using false analogy to justify a position or policy – is not uncommon among those who would re-make America to suit their own humanist/atheistic/hedonistic lifestyles and beliefs because they have no real facts with which to make their case.

The contrast being made in the President’s statement is that homosexuality is equal or comparable to the civil rights struggles of black Americans before and during the Civil War.  Nothing could be further from the truth for a number of reasons. [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

Harry R. Jackson, Jr.: The NAACP No Longer Speaks For Me

by Nathan A. Cherry, 07/17/2012

Townhall.com: Bishop Harry Jackson is calling the NAACP out and letting them – and everyone else – know that the civil rights group no longer speaks for him and a majority of the black community. After years of moving from it’s original mission of securing civil rights for minority people in America, the NAACP has become more or less a political shill for the liberal left. Bishop Jackson and others are not being represented as the NAACP voices support for same-sex “marriage” and other liberal political positions. Jackson notes that a majority of people in the black community don’t support same-sex “marriage” so it doesn’t make sense for the NAACP to support the position. Unless of course it’s just playing politics. 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.

Engaging Weekend: Christians Burned, Gay Parenting Study Attacked, Black Reject Gay Rights as Civil Rights

by Nathan A. Cherry, 07/16/2012

A round up of some of the weekend’s most engaging headlines to make sure you stay informed and equipped this week.

50 CHRISTIANS BURNED TO DEATH IN PASTOR’S HOME

Professor’s Study of Gay Parents Prompts Investigation

Most blacks don’t equate gay rights with civil rights

GROOMING KIDS IN A ‘GAY’ IDENTITY

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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.

Ladies Beware! Your Restrooms May Be Co-ed Sooner Than You Think!

By Tom Stark, 06/02/2012

unisex bathroom

This image might be appearing on more bathroom door across America soon.

The University of Arkansas (UA) is know for it’s “Razorbacks” football team but little else of any national import.  It may be a fine school, but it is not particularly outstanding from all the many other state universities.

So why do I bring them up?  They have just been thrust into the middle of another case of government over-reach into the area of traditional values versus the demands of the sexually confused  - a man, in this case –  who believe in their twisted minds that they are really women in the wrong body.

It seems that a student at the UA (Fort Smith), identifying “herself” as Jennifer Braley but who is actually a man, decided to offer his services to his instructor by offering to conduct a lecture on the challenges faced by transgender individuals.  The instructor, as might be expected in liberal academia, took him up on his offer allowing him to provide the lecture to three classes of students in a General Psychology class.  It was then that the troubles began.

It seems that a number of female students realized that a person they thought was a woman wasn’t and also realized that they had been sharing the university’s restrooms with him.  This, for obvious reasons made them feel uncomfortable so they complained to the administration.  The administration, attempting to appease Braley, made a number of the restrooms on campus designated as open to either sex.  This, of course, was not enough for Braley.

As noted in a May 26, article on Godfather Politics, one student is quoted as saying,

“I disagree with allowing a male to use the female restrooms. Even if they are a transgendered person, they are still a man, and should have to use the men’s restroom.”

Apparently none of the designated unisex restrooms were in the main building where some of this man’s classes were conducted.  Therefore, Braley further complained to the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.

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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.

Shocking! Man Arrested for Reading the Bible!

The video below should outrage every person that believes in religious freedom.

by Nathan A. Cherry, 04/29/2011

Martinsburg, WV – You hear about things like this in China, Egypt, or other communist or Muslim countries. People preach, read the Bible, share their faith and are severely

Reading the Bible in public in California could get you put in these.

 persecuted for it. But when was the last time you heard of someone in the United States being arrested for simply reading the Bible in public?

In the video below you will see a pastor begin reading the Bible to the people waiting outside a California DMV. Shortly after he begins reading a security guard tells him he needs to stop. When he continues to read the police are called. An officer walks up, takes the Bible out of his hand and begins to arrest the pastor without telling him what he is being arrested for. In fact, it is unclear from the video footage that a clear explanation of why the pastor was arrested was ever given. When the pastor’s friends press to find out why he was arrested the officer threatens them with arrest if they don’t leave and never explains what they or their pastor did that was illegal.  

Don’t be naïve enough to think this is an isolated incident. This is what is happening now in America as those that scream for tolerance and equality work overtime to silence Christians and anyone that dares oppose a radical, liberal agenda. While they speak about tolerance they have nothing but intolerance for Christians. While they demand equality they are more than happy to perpetrate inequality against conservative morals, values and traditions.

Why would an officer, who should know about free speech, arrest men for simply reading the Bible out loud? (Because I doubt he would have arrested them for reading from the Koran, the Wall Street Journal, or a Superman comic) Lawyers with the Advocates for Faith and Freedom think it was to censor them.

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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.

Some Positive News to Engage Yourself In

by Nathan A. Cherry, 03/24/2011

Martinsburg, WV – It’s happened once again. An enormous amount of stories have come across my desk and I want to share them all with you. I could not possibly write a detailed piece about each one of these articles so I have posted a brief summary and the link to each one so you can take a few moments and read them for yourself. Despite the mainstream media’s concentration on negative news, these are some uplifting stories that are sure to brighten your day.

“Abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women”

This is a collection of quotes that were read on the floor of the House or Representatives in celebrating Women’s History Month. They center on the issue of abortion and how it is truly the “ultimate exploitation of women.” These very powerful quotes are from some of the most prominent women in history that truly believed in the rights of women, but believed those rights revolved in many ways around life.

As Susan B. Anthony once said: “Guilty? Yes. No matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her conscience in life; it will burden her soul in death.” Click here to read the full article.

‘Gay community, stop hijacking the civil rights movement’

This must be the homosexual and liberal communities worst nightmare: a conservative black preacher that condemns any equation of gay rights and the civil rights movement. This video is just awesome to watch as Rev. Keith Ratliff uses very strong language denounce the homosexual community for daring to equate their struggle with the struggles of blacks during the civil rights movement. He said:

“For the few victories that the gay community is claiming they have won it mostly based on the hijacking of them trying to parallel themselves on the backs of the civil rights movement, here in America.” Watch the video here.

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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.

Taylor Harris: Gay activists demand help from blacks  – Charleston Daily Mail

From today’s Charleston Daily Mail, a great piece on why the analogy of the struggle for civil rights among the black community to the current press for the redefinition of marriage is as incorrect as it is insulting:

And here is the crux of the problem, the point at which we cant deny the separate and unequal treatment of blacks:

What race-based fire can activists put under white Americans who refuse a new definition of marriage? None.

At best, the message to black Americans is one of skewed motivation:

You were once treated as second-class citizens. You should feel flattered by the two movements similarities and compelled to join the fight.

At worst, the message is insulting.

In a recent column on same-sex marriage and those who would play the race card, the Boston Globes Jeff Jacoby summed up the linkage as:

“For if opposing same-sex marriage is like opposing civil rights, then voters who backed Proposition 8 are no better than racists, the moral equivalent of those who turned the fire hoses on blacks in Birmingham in 1963.”

Im sorry, Julian [Bond].I wasnt there with you in 1963 to fight, but I still cant be your George Wallace today.

via Taylor Harris: Gay activists demand help from blacks  – Commentary – Charleston Daily Mail – West Virginia News and Sports -.

Harris’ excellent editorial reminds me of this video:

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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.

FPC Media Blitz: Abortion Harms Women, Mother’s Rights Triumph Over Former Lesbian Partner, Same –Sex Marriage Not the Same as Civil Rights Movement

By Nathan A. Cherry

 Here are some of the top headlines from around the country that you may, or may not see anywhere else.

 “Poll Shows Abortion Harms Women” – This poll from Marist College shows that over 50% of respondents believe that abortion harms a woman, and does not improve her life. It’s hard to joke about the murder of innocent children. I applaud the brave women speaking out regarding their personal experiences of post-abortive struggles. The government may turn their blind eye to the damage abortion produces in women, but at least someone is speaking up.

 “ACLU Expresses Concern Over Creationism In Schools” – I am not sure what the problem is. Maybe they are concerned with kids learning the truth. Maybe they are concerned with kids developing faith and living as responsible, productive adults. Maybe they are concerned that kids will abstain from sex and not need their government indoctrinating sex-ed classes. Well, whatever concerns they have about creationism being taught in schools, one thing is for sure, the science education will get a lift in quality.

 “Utah Court Upholds Mother’s Rights over Former Lesbian Partner” – A Utah court has correctly rules that the best interest of a child is more important than anything else. They have said that biological parent’s rights are of greater value than the wishes of a “legal stranger.” Finally a court ignores political pressure and stands firm in doing what is in the best interest of a child rather than caving in to absurd ideas of allowing the wishes of strangers to carry weight in custody matters.

 “Same-Sex Marriage and the Civil-Rights Movement: A Problematic Analogy” – Same-Sex marriage proponents love to use the ole’ ‘we are undergoing the same struggles as the blacks of the civil rights movement’ cry. But in this wonderfully written article by Carson Holloway, this idea is given an in-depth look that should embarrass every same-sex marriage advocate for even thinking of using such an analogy. Indeed the two ‘struggles’ are not even remotely the same and should never be linked. I have said it before and I will say it again, I know many former homosexuals, but I have never once met a former black person

 “Pre-Born Babies Have Short-Term Memories” – You read that correctly. A new study out of the Netherlands has shown that babies have can log short-term memories at 30 weeks of around 10 minutes. By 34 weeks they can remember up to four weeks. Why is that studies continually show that children in the womb are vital human beings, and that many countries are banning abortion for this reason, and yet here in the U.S. lawmakers continue to ignore the will of the people and the evidence? Could it be that abortion is such a large money maker for Uncle Sam that they cannot ‘afford’ to see it shut down? It’s sad when money trumps the protection of life.

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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.

Sour Grapes Turn More Bitter: How the Opponents of Proposition 8 Show That They are Getting More Desperate in their Fight Against the State Marriage Amendment

 

 

Before the November ballot measure was voted on, the supporters of same-sex marriage were fired up because they just knew they would win this vote. Then the votes were tallied; they lost.

But did losing a statewide ballot measure bring opponents of Proposition 8 back to reality to realize that their state was just not ready to see same-sex marriage legalized? No. They instead decided to fight back with vandalism, harassment, threatening, intimidation, anything and everything they could think of to show their disdain for the people who voted to support Proposition 8.

Then they had a brilliant idea. They would claim that the measure was unlawful and that the people had no right to even be voting on the issue. But after such action even some of their staunchest supporters, such as Justice Joyce L. Kennard, were not interested in hearing arguments against the new state amendment. (Click here for an article relating to Justice Kennard)

So the final straw has been plucked, the last line crossed, a last-ditch effort to gain some legal ground in the fight to overturn Proposition 8. The new assertion is that churches “violated their tax-exempt status” by supporting Proposition 8, says an article in the San Francisco Chronicle. (Click here for the full article).

Well, this just shows the desperation that same-sex supporters are feeling. Without a doubt it is ridiculous to even entertain the idea that a church has violated its tax-exempt status for supporting a statewide ballot measure. And even Proposition 8 opponents are willing to admit to that.

Barry Lynn, Executive Director of American United, a very vocal supporter of same-sex marriage, and very strong advocate against churches in the political arena, said:

“They almost certainly have not violated their tax exemption. While the tax code has a zero tolerance for endorsements of candidates, the tax code gives wide latitude for churches to engage in discussions of policy matters and moral questions, including when posed as initiatives.” (Read the above referenced article in the San Francisco Chronicle for the full article).

I do not agree with Mr. Lynn on many issues, but he nailed this one right on the head. But it would appear that many in the general public are confused about the legal boundaries afforded to non profit organizations, 501c(3), which include churches and schools. One person in the San Francisco Chronicle article said “The Mormon church overstepped its boundaries by being a tax-exempt organization. They clearly are not supposed to be involved in political activities.”

This is a fundamental misnomer that is driving many pastors and churches, out of fear and intimidation, to be silent on political matters. The truth, however, is that churches are free to be involved, and pastors are free to support candidates. Churches, as a non-profit organization are not allowed to endorse any candidates, though pastors themselves are free to do so.  

Matt Staver, President of the Liberty Council, has published some very informative, educational, and legal documents on where churches stand with politics and the IRS code. (Click here for information from the Liberty Council website). (Also check out the Alliance Defense Fund website for more information).

But what is the greater issue at stake here? It’s simply that more and more a liberal minority is seeking to silence the voices in the church and do anything and everything possible to keep those voices from reaching streets and communities.

Many, like Mr. Lynn, would like to believe that this is simply a civil rights issue that will not negatively affect the church. But the reality, even according to same-sex supporters, is that this is just a stepping stone that will eventually limit free speech and expression of religion. (Read this article for an interview with Family and Marriage analyst Jenny Tyree of Focus on the Family).

Here are a few tips from Matt Staver and the Liberty Council that every pastor and church should keep in mind when threatened with their tax-exempt status:

- Since the 1954 IRS Code changes were made there has NEVER been a church lose its tax-exempt status for pastors evaluating candidates in the light of Scripture from the pulpit.

- No church is required to carry a letter from the IRS to prove that it is tax-exempt. Churches, by their very nature are tax-exempt.

-The tax-exemption of churches is renewed daily. So, if a church were to somehow lose their tax-exempt status on Monday for some violation, it would be renewed on Tuesday.

- “The government can’t demand that a church give up its right to tax-exempt status simply because the pastor exercises his First Amendment rights in the pulpit.” (Read the full article at World Net Daily).

It seems it would do us all well, church member and non church member alike, to remember that we are all entitled to our opinion. And we are free to disagree with one another. And we should be willing to respectfully agree to disagree with those who hold to opposing viewpoints.

To be able to look someone in the eye and disagree civilly is perhaps the highest issuance of respect one person can give another.

Food For Further Thought:

Read this World Net Daily article on pastors in politics.

Check out the web pages of the Alliance Defense Fund and the Liberty Council for more information on the legal freedoms of pastors, churches, and politics.

Read this article Could Democracy Be Getting a Black Eye? for remarks and comments out of California on the Proposition 8 fight.

 

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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.