Engaging Weekend: Girls Should Use Private Bathroom at School, Colorado College Invents New Genders, New York City Mayor Opposes Care Pregnancy Centers

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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.

High school: Girls should avoid restroom if they’re bothered by transgender boy in the stalls

The future of our politically correct public schools is so backwards it’s hard to imagine. The case of a “transgender” boy in Colorado using the girls’ bathroom and being accused of harassing female students is just the beginning. The school has denied any harassment took place, threatened the girls complaining with hate crimes for speaking out, and then concluded the matter was closed when police could not get any of the girls to talk. If that sounds strange wait until you hear what the school suggests the girls do if they are bothered by having a boy in their bathroom. “What the school officials have told the girls is that in order to maintain their privacy they can use a single restroom at the office which is not always available and is some distance from a lot of classes.” That’s right. The school told the majority that they should use a private bathroom while the single minority is given free access to the public school bathroom. And while transgender people scream with anger when such a suggestion is given in order to accommodate them, the school seems happy with such a solution for their large majority of girls. What happens when 200 girls want to use that bathroom? Absurdity at its finest. Click here for original article.

Colorado College lists five genders, including ‘queer,’ on applications [Read more...]

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Morality and Marriage Equal Economic Prosperity

family povertyMuch has been written here and in other venues regarding the deplorable state of the traditional family.  No, I’m not saying that all traditional families are in deplorable shape.  What I am addressing is the lower and lower percentage of children being born into traditional families in America.

There are a lot of different moral arguments that can be made for why this is happening.  Things like the general breakdown of morality, the promotion of sex in every possible form and the promiscuity that it has bred, and the blatant encouragement of our youth to “explore” their sexuality far earlier than is advisable. Not to mention the decimation of the necessary underpinning of the marriage relationship that keeps sex within its boundaries where it is safe, loving, and natural as an expression of love for one’s spouse.

But let’s suppose – for a moment – that we are speaking with someone who chooses to “blow off” all of these extremely important aspects to the problem.  How do we demonstrate the evils of out-of-wedlock childbirth?

The Gartman Report, a newsletter targeting investors and traders in the stock market, tends to lean toward the conservative side of the political spectrum, but for the sake of their subscribers, is also careful to examine issues from all angles. [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

Do You Have Fecundophobia?

A recent article explains: “In her recent article at The Federalist, Hemingway points to a headline in the sports blog Deadspin about San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, whose wife is about to give birth to their seventh child—unusual, perhaps, in these days of ‘family planning,’ but definitely not weird.” Well, not unless you have a phobia known as “fecundophobia.” Never heard of it? The article goes on to explain what it is:

“…fecundophobia, the irrational fear of—or, better, contempt for—people who have lots of kids. In other words, those who don’t like people unusually fertile or fecund.” In a culture that now sees children as a punishment or curse, those with large families are looked at as strange. And yet it was not long ago that an average family would easily have 5, 7 or 10 children. The culture of death spread by people like Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, has taken such a hold that even those who believe children are indeed a “blessing and a gift” are thought odd. Sad, isn’t it? Click here for original article.

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More Evidence of U.S. Military’s Open Hostility to Christians

AFA hate groupA week or so ago, I relayed the story of how the Air Force has begun aggressively promoting (not just accepting) homosexual conduct as a positive lifestyle to be supported by all within their ranks.   They have made it clear with the case of SMSgt. Monk that they are playing for keeps and anyone not toeing the line is subject to having career problems.

Now the Army has come “out of the closet” with their view toward anything resembling traditional family values or Christian principles.  Thanks for an unidentified soldier who took a risk and sent some images of a power-point presentation conducted this week at his duty station, we might not have heard about this one right away.

According to the instructor conducting the training session on “identified hate groups” the American Family Association has been declared comparable to the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, the Nation of Islam, and Black Panthers.  Who’d have guessed it?

All kidding aside, this is no laughing matter.  When a Christian chaplain spoke up in the meeting repeatedly, the instructor continued repeating his belief that the association was a “hate group” because they identified homosexuals as “sinners, heathens, and other derogatory terms.”  [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

Study Shows Alternate Lifestyles Put Kids at Disadvantage

student gradeLet’s embark on a little exercise. Let’s see if we can make sense of the data being published on the role of parents in the lives of children. Now, for starters we have to understand that homosexuals and their advocates, as well as liberal lawmakers and talking heads are telling us that moms and dads don’t matter, all that matters is a “loving family.” The question now becomes, “Does the data support this assertion?”

First we can look to the studies of Mark Regnerus, the Texas professor that blew the lid off parenting studies with his own work in the field. He recently analyzed a study out of Canada in which the study shows “children of gay and lesbian couples are only about 65 percent as likely to have graduated from high school as the children of married, opposite sex couples.”

This is important data because homosexuals have been legally allowed to marry in Canada since 2005. The study is also important because it uses a sampling size that is 20 percent of the Canadian census.

Next, statistics from the Office for National Statistics in Europe shows a 20 percent increase in divorce among homosexuals in 2012. A recent article states:

“The number of same-sex couples ending their civil unions leapt by 20 per cent last year, seven years after their introduction in 2005. Overall there were 794 dissolutions in 2012, almost 60 per cent of which were female couples…” [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.

Should Christians Even Be Allowed to Adopt?

AdoptHave you noticed the hoopla that the entertainment media makes over all the ethnic children being adopted by Hollywood stars?  Angelina Jolie, Jane Fonda, Michelle Pheiffer.  This is just a partial list provided by the author of a new article on the Godfather Politics website.

I truly pray that God blesses those who are willing to step in where others have shirked their responsibilities as parents and take a child in need into their home and nurture that child to adulthood.  This is commendable on several levels regardless of how far to the left or right on the political spectrum the parents might be.

What tends to get me twisted into knots of exasperation is when those from the secular side of society choose to use their bias in making decisions about who is permitted to adopt.  Why is there any difference between a parent who is conservative choosing to adopt and a liberal doing the same thing?  They have both acted on their choices in a positive way and have both done the child, themselves and society a great bit of good.

This is simply because society gains the benefit of a productive citizen instead of a dependent, the parents gain a loving child that returns their love and becomes a part of them just as much as if they had borne the child themselves.  I know that for a fact because my late wife and I adopted a one-year-old little girl in 1977.  [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

Values Voter 2013: A Room Full of Patriotism

Are you at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C.? If you are a pro-family, pro-life, pro-religious freedom American this is the place to be. This summit features some of the nation’s leading conservative voices such as Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Dr. Ben Carson, and more. The level of patriotism at this summit can hardly be matched anywhere in the U.S. as freedom loving people from around the country pack the largest ballroom the Omni Shoreham Hotel has to offer.

If you did’nt make the trip, you can watch events live through the live feed. But consider making the trip next year. I can promise that if you come, you won’t be disappointed.

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.

Remember to Say Thank-You to Your Pastor

October is “Pastor Appreciation Month.” This is a month set aside to saying thanks to the men God has called to shepherd the hearts of people in full time ministry. We encourage you to find a way to let your pastor know just how much you appreciate him and support his ministry to you and your family. You might write him a letter, send a card, bake him a home made treat, watch his kids so he can take his wife out to dinner, or invite him and his family over to your house. Whatever you do, be sure and let him know you love him.

From all of us at the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, we say “thank-you” to the pastors of West Virginia. Your faithful ministry to God and your community is of eternal importance and we are grateful for your dedication and sacrifice. We pray God blesses you and your family as you seek to serve Him and glorify our Savior Jesus Christ.

Pastor Appreciation Month

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.

Derick Dickens: What Really Helps a Child Become Socialized?

family around tableSocialization – the word is not a bad word, but it is often used poorly to make a point about the need for children to be around other children.  But when you look at the evidence, you must conclude that socialization has little to do with the amount of time they have with other kids.  The key to socialization is the amount of time kids spend with parents.

Take a few of these studies.  In a previous article written a few weeks ago, I showed a study from Penn State that found kids are better adjusted with their father in the home.  Other studies have shown that even as children get older, social interaction with their parents result in them being more socially adjusted.  Countless studies have found that families who eat dinner together and interact around meals have children who excel in school, are physically healthier, show a reduction of stress for the entire family, and the kids are better socially and emotionallyFindings are surfacing that consistent, timely, and good interactions with kids are what makes the key difference.

In reality, the studies are conclusive.  The more quality time parents spend with their children, the better off they are socially, physically, and emotionally.  [Read more...]

Do You Support Traditional Values? This is the Event for You!

If you support life, traditional marriage, and religious freedom, this is the event for you. The Values Voter Summit is the premier conservative event held each year. Sponsored by the Family Research Council, this even features some of our nation’s leading voices for conservative, traditional values. See the image below for more information. Or go to www.valuesvotersummit.org for details.

VVS 2013

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.