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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ObamaCare Explained with a Hamburger

Some folks are having trouble understanding why ObamaCare is such a bad bill and needs to be repealed. Recently, a doctor sought to find a way to explain the bill in a way that would make sense to normal folks who don’t speak political double-speak. His analogy using a hamburger does just that. He said:

“Suppose a customer orders a $3 quarter-pounder. The clerk says, ‘Well, you’re in luck because the government has just said that you can buy it for $2.50. But, 15 percent of the population basically can’t afford the $2.50, so we need you to contribute the mandatory voluntary contribution’ of $1.00. It’s really popular with the 15 percent group, and so we don’t have as many. So we’re losing money, so we’ve had to decrease the value to an eighth-pounder, from a quarter-pounder, and by the way, you can only have two even though you wanted four, and you can pick it up in three or four days,’”

Did you notice the use of terms such as “mandatory voluntary”? ObamaCare is doing what the Constitution strictly forbids, forcing people to buy a product. In addition to this very well worded example, ObamaCare will force millions of Americans to violate their conscience and religious convictions by funding abortion. So we have a bill that violates the Constitution in at least two ways. That’s why we’re upset and opposing it. Click here for original article.

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Senate ENDA Vote Looming

The Senate is said to be considering a vote on a looming ENDA bill aimed at making LGBT people a protected class under the law. Such bills only serve to pave the way for lawsuits against Christians and people with religious convictions against homosexuality. It is these bills that allow cases like the one in New Mexico where a photographer was sued for not rendering her services to a gay couple, and in Washington where a florist was sued for the same, and in Colorado where a baker was sued for the same. And yet LGBT advocate any protection for religious convictions. An article states:

“…gay activists are objecting to a religious exemption in the ENDA bill…The groups leaders praised the Senate’s progress toward a vote but said, ‘The bill continues to excuse religious bigotry as acceptable under the law. We’ve seen this insistence on religious exemptions and conscience clauses play out before. Religious bigotry will continue to trump LGBT equality.’” Evidently LGBT bigotry trumping religious convictions is acceptable, whereas religious convictions are not worth protecting. This once again shows that conscience clauses in these bills are nothing more than smoke and mirrors to get votes before they are eventually removed. LGBT groups have no intention of protecting the religious convictions of anyone, they would gladly force every Christian to violate their convictions if it would mean a victory for them. 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.

Will You Pay the Price of Citizenship?

The case of Elane Photography is now one of the most infamous in U.S. history. These simple folks that desired to live in accordance with their faith were told to either violate their convictions in order to do business, or close up shop. To think that religious freedom would be under this sort of assault in America is unfathomable, and yet here it is. Read the chilling words of the justice that penned the decision:

“In the smaller, more focused world of the marketplace, of commerce, of public accommodation, the Huguenins have to channel their conduct, not their beliefs, so as to leave space for other Americans who believe something different. That compromise is part of the glue that holds us together as a nation, the tolerance that lubricates the varied moving parts of us as a people. In short, I would say to the Huguenins, with the utmost respect: it is the price of citizenship.”

Does citizenship have so high a price? Our Founding Father’s certainly did not think so. They would be appalled at the thought of asking anyone to violate their religious convictions. And so too should we. 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.

Will Congress Delay ObamaCare HHS Mandate?

ObamaCare is a nightmare, that much is sure. From how it was passed to the mountain of paperwork, the confusing language, the fact that Congress is exempt, the fact that Obama has given waivers to his closest friends and allies while requiring Americans to abide by it, it’s a nightmare. It also seeks to force Americans to violate their religious convictions by helping fund the abortion industry. In that respect it is unconstitutional. But at least some in Congress are working to fix it. A recent article reports:

“Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will introduce a bill to delay the health law’s individual mandate, requiring people without health insurance to buy it, until Obamcare’s numerous and serious technical problems are fixed…GOP lawmakers tried to delay the individual mandate during negotiations over the government shutdown, but Democrats refused to budge. Since then, a series of bombshell revelations about the failures of the Obamacare website has created such an uproar, Republicans hope Democrats will see the benefit in a delay.” This is a good first step that should only be the first step in repealing this awful bill. Otherwise we can expect the American health care system to get even worse. 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.

Where is West Virginia When it Comes to ObamaCare?

A recent article writes: “South Dakota is joining 17 other states in a lawsuit against Obamacare’s employer mandate. The suit challenges a lower court’s decision that the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act does not violate religious principles in the operation of family-owned businesses. The plaintiffs, however, say the mandate infringes on individual and state rights. They also argue that the U.S. Supreme Court did not authorize the Department of Health and Human Services to implement the mandate and therefore it infringes upon people’s freedom of religion.”

A total of 18 states are now suing against the ObamaCare employer mandate. They are doing so because the mandate violates individual and states rights, along with the religious freedoms of individuals. Last I checked we have business owners with religious convictions against abortion in West Virginia. We certainly have individuals with religious convictions against abortion. Is West Virginia doing anything to protect the religious freedoms of citizens and business owners? According to this list I found, nope.

Why is West Virginia not protecting the religious freedoms of its citizens? 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.

Hobby Lobby Asks Supreme Court to Hear Case

The Hobby Lobby case took an interesting turn recently when the family owned craft giant agreed with the government and asked the Supreme Court to take the case. After finally receiving a temporary injunction against the pro-abortion HHS mandate, the federal government asked the Supreme Court to consider taking the case. Hobby Lobby agreed and filed their own petition asking for the high court to hear the case. An attorney from the Becket Fund for Religious Freedom representing Hobby Lobby explained this decision:

“Hobby Lobby’s case raises important questions about who can enjoy religious freedom…Right now, some courts recognize the rights of business owners like the Green family, and others do not. Religious freedom is too important to be left to chance. The Supreme Court should take this case and protect religious freedom for the Green family and Hobby Lobby.” This case, along with the many others suing the federal government over the HHS mandate, is among the most important in recent years. The outcome has implications for every person with a religious convictions against abortion in deciding whether the government can force you to violate your religious convictions. 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.

The Importance of Mediation Documents for Churches

A recent article states: “In Spivey v. Teen Challenge of Florida, Inc.…a Florida state appellate court upheld a trial court’s enforcement of a Christian-based arbitration/ mediation agreement, requiring a mother to resolve her wrongful death action against a residential substance abuse program under the agreement that invoked rules of the Association of Christian Conciliation Services. The court observed that ‘private religious arbitration … is exceedingly common in our pluralistic religious society….’ Holding that the mother, as the personal representative of her deceased 19-year old son, was bound by the agreement he signed, the court rejected several constitutional challenges to enforcement of the arbitration agreement.”

This is one of the reasons we encourage all churches to use materials from the Association of Christian Conciliation or the Institute for Christian Conciliation. Such materials are designed to protect religious non-profits and churches in the event of a court case. Especially important for churches regarding how disputes with members are resolved, these documents and guidelines for procedures will create a legal protection from outside or court interference. This allows the church or ministry to conduct affairs in accordance with their biblical convictions and doctrine. 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.

How Many Homosexuals Live in America?

Most people would answer that 10-20% of the American population is homosexual. Those are incredibly inflated and wrong numbers. The reality is that the numbers are much lower, but you wouldn’t know that by the emphatic push to normalize this lifestyle and force everyone, including those with religious objections to accept and affirm it. A recent article shares the data:

Mr. Gates is demographer-in-residence at the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, a think tank based at the University of California, Los Angeles. For the institute’s 10th anniversary this week, he took a scholarly stab at answering the question that has been debated, avoided and parsed since sex researcher Alfred Kinsey said in the 1940s that 10 percent of the men he surveyed were ‘predominantly homosexual.’ Mr. Gates‘ best estimate, derived from five studies that have asked subjects about their sexual orientation, is that the nation has about 4 million adults who identify as being homosexual, representing 1.7 percent of the 18-and-over population. That’s a much lower figure than the 3 percent to 5 percent that has been the conventional wisdom in the last two decades, based on other isolated studies and flaws noted in Kinsey’s methodology.” This begs the question, if this is such a minority group, why the push to normalize and affirm their lifestyle? 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.

Will Christian Doctors Leave Medicine Over ObamaCare?

Many doctors are Christians that believe anything having to do with abortion is wrong. That means prescribing abortions drugs, such as Ella and Plan B, referring for abortion services, or performing abortions. These same Christian doctors are now concerned that they will be forced by the government – thanks to ObamaCare – to violate their moral and religious convictions. A recent article explains:

“Dr. Gene Rudd, senior vice president of the Christian Medical Association, says they’re worried they could be forced to facilitate abortions or prescribe drugs that violate their convictions. Rudd says many of them have avoided hiring and taking on new patients due to uncertainty over Obamacare.” I can’t help but wonder if this is an intended consequence of ObamaCare. If there are no Christians in medicine then the opposition to abortion is decreased significantly. Was this the point all along? 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.