WV State Journal Omits Important Details on Pending Bill

Clergy pack capitolTo read a recent West Virginia State Journal article on the pending EHNDA bill in the legislature, you would think the capitol was overrun by supporters of the bill. But according to an eye-witness I spoke with, there was more people being presented to on the stage than in the audience. This is just another instance of a mainstream news outlet using semantics to create a favorable perception.

On top of it all, proponents of the bill have been publicly parading “church leaders” and other “religious leaders” into the public eye to help drum up support for their bill. I guess they assume that if they can put the leaders of dead and dying denominations out front, that others will follow. Or, as one astute observer noted, they are seeking to “create a favorable perception as a defense against opposition.”

The State Journal claimed that “clergy pack Capitol to support non-discrimination bill.” The article goes on to say:

“The local clergy in attendance, including the Rev. Shauna Hyde, the Rev. Joseph Allen Hill and the Rev. Kay Alright, presented a letter of support on behalf of 72 religious leaders to the members of the West Virginia Legislature. Those leaders came from several denominations, including Baptist, Presbyterian, Jewish, Episcopal, Evangelical Lutheran, Quaker and Catholic.”

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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.

Religious Freedom Win! California Pastors Exempt from Performing Same Sex Unions

In a move that is surprising many, California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a law that clearly states members of the clergy are not obligated to perform same-sex unions if it violates their religious convictions. An article shares details: “The new law defines marriage as a civil, not a religious, contract. It also provides that no member of the clergy shall be required to solemnize a marriage that is contrary to his or her faith. Refusal to do so will not affect the tax exempt status of any entity.” This is a major victory for religious freedom in a state that is traditionally hostile to religion. The new law provides a religious exemption for clergy and secures their tax exempt status, which is a  major concern for many. It’s unfortunate that we have to highlight news like this considering it should be standard for clergy, individuals, and businesses. But it seems everyone is open for attack – including clergy – and laws like this are becoming more necessary. We applaud Gov. Brown for defending religious freedom in California. 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 Clergy Speak Truth They Answer Only To God, Part 2

By Tom Stark, 08/18/2012

churchOn Wednesday, I pointed out (here) some of the fallacies created by progressives in and out of our government to effectively silence many timid members of the clergy.  Groups like the ACLU and Citizens United for Separation of Church & State, among others, want to erase religion from any influence on government regardless of how peripheral it might be.

I’d like to, again, go back to 1790 and the sermon of Daniel Foster, to point out the extent to which religion should influenced politics and why, quite frankly, the loss of this fervor from the pulpit has left our country weaker and worse off than it would have been had today’s ministers continued in the mold of those of the 18th century.

Ah, you say, he wants to take the country back to the virtual Stone Age!  No, I simply want to point out that our country was far stronger (morally and ethically, at least) when our ministers took an active role in guiding the decisions of their parishioners and congregants.  They were outspoken because they knew – as today’s clergy should also know – that one cannot conduct the affairs of man fairly without a system that is grounded in something stronger and more lasting than the ideologies and whims of political office-holders themselves.

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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

When Clergy Speak Truth They Answer Only to God

By Tom Stark, 08/15/2012

johnson amendment

The most famous image connected to the notorious 1954 Johnson Amendment

I had a conversation a year or two ago with a pastor regarding the growing number of pastors who have stepped up on a particular day of the year to talk to their congregations about political candidates deliberately to push for a confrontation between the churches and the IRS/Justice Department over the 1954[Johnson] amendment tacked onto some bill – and consequently inserted into the IRS code – that forbids members of the clergy from making recommendations to their congregations about voting for or against a particular candidate.

You see, even as far back as nearly 50 years ago, there were elements within the liberal/progressive secular humanists that recognized the influence that pastors have on their flocks and took steps to silence the church to reduce its influence on politics.   To date, in the entire 58 years on the books, there has never, to my knowledge, been one case that has reached the courts or presented the opportunity that would afford a court the chance to rule it as clearly unconstitutional as it should be.

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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

Michael Norton: Planned Parenthood’s Campaign of – Prayer!?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 04/26/2012

ADF Michael NortonLast week I told you about a pathetic new campaign by Planned Parenthood out in California. They have decided to mirror (though I think mock is a better word) the “40 Days for Life” campaign that has successfully rescued thousands of unborn children nationwide with their own twisted version called “40 Days of Prayer” for abortion.

The very idea that anyone would pray for more killing of unborn children is beyond me, and yet, not only is Planned Parenthood “praying” for this, but clergy are leading the charge! A group of clergy is asking their congregations to engage in this most unholy campaign and pray “for women for whom pregnancy is not good news.”

Mike Norton, is an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund and recently joined ADF as Senior Counsel on the Sanctity of Life Team. Norton recently wrote an article at TownHall.com on this disgusting campaign by Planned Parenthood. I would encourage you to read his article, posted below.

Planned Parenthood and Prayers For Death
by Michael Norton

Planned Parenthood is known for many things, most prominent among them being death, the promotion of sexual promiscuity, a war on the nuclear family, and financial support of the homosexual agenda.

Not exactly the kinds of things your pastor asks you to pray for when you gather at church on Sunday mornings, huh?

Nevertheless, the leadership at Six Rivers Planned Parenthood in Eureka, Calif., has undertaken 40 days of “prayer” “for women for whom pregnancy is not good news” and for the abortionists who will kill many of the babies those women have been “punished” with carrying.

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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.

Planned Parenthood Engages in “40 Days of Prayer” for Abortion!?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 04/25/2012

Flier for 40 days of prayer for abortionPlanned Parenthood has been repeatedly accused and found guilty (even if only in public opinion) of perpetrating some low-down and absolutely reprehensible things. Their reputation as the nation’s largest abortion merchant and for covering up illegal activity (like sex-trafficking, parental consent laws etc.) is well documented; not to mention their recent bullying of the Susan G. Komen foundation after Komen initially decided to defund Planned Parenthood. This criminal organization is no stranger to dirty tricks and tactics to get what they want. But their most recent endeavor is so profane it makes me sick.

We are all familiar with the “40 Days for Life” campaign that seeks to rescue soon-to-be-aborted babies through intercessory prayer and sidewalk counseling. Every year thousands of innocent lives are saved through this campaign. And now Planned Parenthood has decided to copycat the campaign for its own purposes; namely, killing children.

According to several news sources, including this one from TheBlaze.com and this one from LifeNews.com, a California affiliate of Planned Parenthood is teaming up with pro-abortion clergy and other pro-abortion groups to carry out the campaign.

Some of the prayers found in fliers and brochures associated with the campaign say:

Day1: Today we pray for women for whom pregnancy is not good news, that they know they have choices.

Day 2: Today we pray for compassionate religious voices to speak out for the dignity and autonomy of women.

Day 31: Today we pray for all discrimination against women to cease.

Day 32: Today we pray for an end to the stigma perpetrated against women who have abortions.

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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.