Engaging Weekend: Nancy Pelosi Told to Leave the Catholic Church Over Abortion, Reconciling Non-Discrimination Principles with Civil Liberties, Exodus International Calls It Quits

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Engaging Weekend is a collection of articles you might have missed over the weekend. But we thought they were important and wanted to make sure you had a chance to read them.

Priests to Pelosi: condemn abortion or leave the Church

Nancy Pelosi and others of her ilk often try to act as if their Catholic doctrine approves of abortion. It is absurd and everyone knows the Catholic Church vehemently opposes abortion as murder. So when Pelosi once again tried to tie her faith to approval for abortion Father Frank Pavone shot her down in a letter that demanded she either condemn abortion or leave the Catholic Church. Here’s part of what he said: “Abortion is not sacred ground; it is sacrilegious ground. To imagine God giving the slightest approval to an act that dismembers a child he created is offensive to both faith and reason,” Pavone wrote. “And to say that a question about the difference between a legal medical procedure and murder should not ‘have anything to do with politics’ reveals a profound failure to understand your own political responsibilities, which start with the duty to secure the God-given right to life of every citizen. Whatever Catholic faith you claim to respect and practice, it is not the faith that the Catholic Church teaches,” Pavone continued. “And I speak for countless Catholics when I say that it’s time for you to stop speaking as if it were.” Click here for original 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.

The Boy Scouts: They Gave Us No Other Choice

end of the Boy ScoutsI’ve been trying to keep up with all the news happening with the Boy Scouts. But, to be honest, it’s tough. It seems just about every day another story surfaces about leaders leaving, troops closing, or sponsors bailing. I said this would happen if the Boy Scouts reversed their policy banning open homosexuality in the BSA. Conservative family groups and churches alike aren’t going to support an organization that condones a lifestyle contrary to their most basic, core convictions.

The only choice for them was to part ways with an organization they deeply cared about in order to be true to their beliefs. Frankly, that’s the kind of society we are living in today; one in which often we are forced to choose between our faith convictions and something else.

A pastor had to make this choice after the policy decision by the BSA and ultimately decided to resign from his position with the Trapper Trails Council (the 3rd largest group in the country). In his resignation letter he said: “We will not follow the BSA, Trapper Trails Council nor Mormons in endorsing what scripture and the church of Jesus Christ through the ages has defined as sin.” I doubt this was a decision made lightly or in the heat of the moment. Nonetheless people of faith recognize that more and more we are being asked to decide between our convictions and some aspect of society.

It is noteworthy that churches across America are split on how to handle the BSA policy decision. Conservative denominations like the Baptists and Catholics increasingly are severing ties with local troops. And while certain Methodist and Presbyterian churches are making independent decisions to sever ties, some are opting to accept the changes and continue their partnership. Few, as the pastor formerly with the Trapper Trails Council, are chartering independent troops that will not comply with the new policy. [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.

If Sexuality is Fluid – There Can Be Ex-Gays

fluid sexualityI like the way Matt Barber put it when he said that homosexual advocates want to “have their cake and eat it too” in defining sexuality. He said that they want to tell us all that sexuality – particularly homosexuality – is fluid and constantly evolving. But they also, for political and legal purposes want to tell us that sexuality is fixed. This strange double speak is the obvious marker of a desperate group seeking to advance a political agenda more than a a social cause.

Barber isn’t alone in his belief that homosexual advocates are embroiled in double speak as they try to convince us all that homosexuals are “born that way.” The surprising thing is that the person who most recently threw a wrench into the “once gay always gay” argument was a homosexual conference presenter. I bet no one saw that coming. At the “Beyond Sexuality: Living Between the Labels” seminar, one of the presenters said:

“Sexuality is fluid, especially when it goes beyond the binary of ‘gay’ and ‘straight’ labels…The way a person experiences it may change over time and with monogamy, which may make labels confusing and ultimately unnecessary.”

Sure, she’s also saying that the binary labels of “gay” and “straight” may one day be unnecessary, a claim I categorically reject. But she also admitted that sexuality is fluid. If this is the case then it becomes entirely possible for a person to be an “ex-homosexual,” a label the homosexual lobby has vehemently fought to discredit and deny exists.

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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.

Yes! There are people who don’t want to be homosexual anymore

by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/11/2011

Martinsburg, WV – The article below by Focus on the Family Issues Analyst Jeff Johnston, originally posted at Citzenlink.com is an excellent defense against the mainstream media and homosexual advocacy groups’ attacks on reparative therapy and the ability to leave

© 2011 CitizenLink.

 homosexuality in favor of heterosexuality. There is a definite bias against reparative therapy and those seeking to help people struggling with unwanted same-sex attractions conquer their attractions. But the fact that it is possible to leave homosexuality and live a healthy, fulfilled heterosexual life is impossible to deny. In reality, the only way to deny this fact is to call every person currently living such a life a liar, or crazy, or both.

Take a moment to read this well-reasoned, expertly written piece by Jeff Johnston. While you’re at it, take another couple minutes to read parts 2 and 3 of this series (links at the bottom). It’s a tragedy that anyone would tell a person they don’t deserve or have a right to be rid of their unwanted same-sex attractions. What business is it of yours or anyone else if someone wants to be rid of their same-sex attractions? I wonder if these same people would deny alcoholics treatment, or drug addict’s rehab? If someone is unwanted, and treatable, the way same-sex attractions are for many people then therapy should be available, accepted, and appreciated.

 Therapy for Unwanted Homosexuality – Part 1

by Jeff Johnston

There is a constant stream of criticism in the gay-activist community, and from many in the mainstream media, toward men and women who claim to have come out of homosexuality. Some work to undermine the religious beliefs of these men and women, and some even try to take away their right to therapy. Also disparaged are the mental health professionals who work with people to change same-sex sexual behaviors, identity and attractions – one activist group calls them “fraudulent” and “quacks.” In addition, the wide variety of ministry groups that work with those who want freedom from homosexuality are also attacked.

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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.

An Interview on Family and Marriage

An Interview on Family and Marriage: Some thoughts from the Focus on the Family Camp.

By Nathan A. Cherry

 

                Recently I had a chance to chat by phone with Jenny Tyree, the Marriage Analyst at Focus on the Family. We specifically discussed same-sex marriage as this is the “hot button” issue in media and society at this moment.

                Focus on the Family, and more specifically James Dobson, have been center stage in the media recently as the FCC announced it will induct Dr. Dobson into the radio hall of fame. Outrage from the gay and lesbian community poured due to Dr. Dobson’s strong stance against homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

 

                To read articles and blogs posted in opposition to Dr. Dobson’s induction into the radio hall of fame please click here, or here.

 

                We hear so much in the media that seems, in my opinion biased (anyone surprised?) regarding the issue. I wanted to hear from Ms. Tyree what her research and studies on the issue had produced. So the first question I asked was what, according to her research is the main goal of the Gay and Lesbian community, specifically in regards to marriage.

 

Answer: “Ultimately they are seeking social approval. They talk about rights and benefits, but the status that is given to heterosexual couples and the social approval they receive is what they are seeking.”

 

                As we discussed this further she explained that “they won’t get that social approval from many people because the gay and lesbian community is going about it the wrong way.” By this she is referring to going to activist judges and seeking the overturning of laws by side-stepping the will of the people. And the vandalizing of property, intimidation at the work place, firing of people for their views, all the things we are seeing out in California at this time.

 

Read this article or this article for news out of California regarding the vandalizing of churches that helped support and pass Proposition 8.

 

                But Ms. Tyree also acknowledged that we can all empathize with same-sex couples who are seeking this social approval because in reality “we all want approval.” Certainly from the time we are kids we seek approval at the various stages in our lives. One of the most profound events which culminate that approval is our wedding.

                Next I asked Ms. Tyree what the broad implications for Christian, or an even just traditional family was if same-sex marriage were to be legalized.

 

Answer: “The first is children. If marriage is redefined there will be kids deprived of a mother and a father and biological parents. And the second is religious liberty. The 1st Amendment right of freedom of religion will be brought to a head with legislation giving special rights to homosexuals. This is where even liberal scholars believe that in the direct conflict of homosexual “marriage” and the expression of a religious view that opposes gay “marriage,” that religious liberties will lose. That’s when it becomes illegal to give your opinion or to share your religious views.”

 

                I have to be honest; through medical advances such as sperm donation and artificial insemination we could presumably see an entire generation where a child’s uncle is actually his or her father. What could information like that do to a child’s psychological development?

                Next I wanted to know what Focus on the Family was doing to combat media bias and cultural stigma in the gay and lesbian community that Christians are all ‘homophobic,’ or ‘gay-bashers.’ How are they reaching out and embracing homosexuals?

 

Answer: “The Biggest thing we do is our Love Won Out ministry, which seeks to inform friends and family as to what could have led a person to this lifestyle.”

 

A brief description of Love Won Out from the Focus on the Family Website:

Focus on the Family is promoting the truth that change is possible for those who experience same-sex attractions — a message routinely silenced today. We want people to know that individuals don’t have to be gay and that a homosexual identity is something that can be overcome. That’s why we’ve developed a one-day conference for those seeking answers on this often confusing and divisive issue. Whether you have a gay friend or family member, are an educator, pastor or concerned citizen — or even self-identify as gay — Love Won Out will inform, inspire and offer you hope. For more information: click here. Or, go to www.lovewonout.com.

 

                Ms. Tyree and Focus on the Family, as so many others, believe that homosexuality is not genetic, or something you are simply born with. Citing God as the Creator of all human beings, and homosexuality as a sinful behavior, along with the fact that there exists testimony from so many “ex-homosexuals,” Focus on the Family seeks to help those struggling with unwanted same-sex attractions and their family members and friends by providing a biblical understanding of the issue and helping to connect them with local support ministries through Focus’ relationship with Exodus International.

 

                As well, she said, that Focus on the Family tries to point out the “inadequacy of the other sides arguments.” She mentions the fact that “Dr. Dobson has never said that he hated a gay or lesbian person. The more people dig and find out what we say the more they will see how much we love people.”  

                In talking with Ms. Tyree I gained a sense that she truly cares for people, all people, regardless of any social or religious differences. And no doubt Focus on the Family embraces the same kind of love towards people.

                We can see in the Bible where Jesus did not agree with every person He ran into. But He loved them all. He even asked for forgiveness for those who placed Him on the cross.

                That kind of love has the ability to transcend any barrier and break down the walls that exist between people of opposing viewpoints. Jenny Tyree and the folks at Focus on the Family are trying very hard to break down those walls and reach out to people of all walks of life, with many and varied needs, with love.

                My thanks to Ms. Tyree and the good people at Focus on the Family for their work and many years of service to thousands throughout the United States and the world.

 

 

 

 

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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.