The Military is Under Fire…from the White House?

US MilitaryAt near the height of the Vietnam Conflict, I made the choice to serve four years in the Air Force rather than take my turn at the draft lottery at the convenience of the government.  I finished that four year stint serving as electronics support for bombing missions flown out of Thailand and left at the end of that year feeling like I had at least done my part to support the efforts of our military and done my duty to my country.

These days, the entire military is composed of totally voluntary enlistees who choose to serve their county.  Perhaps some thought of it as a means to pay for their higher education, some because of the poor labor market, but serving in our military was not their only alternative, so to them I say…thank you.

Unfortunately, politics has infused its evil into the fabric of most of the commands within the AF structure.  Recently nearly 100 airmen assigned to one of the largest AF bases in the country (Lackland AFB, TX) met at a San Antonio Church to discuss the numerous accounts of religious abuse of Christian airmen by officers and senior enlisted personnel.  All of the issues reported at the meeting were in some way or other related directly to the Obama Administration’s decision to allow homosexuals to serve openly in the military services.

In an article today, some of those problems were brought to light and are described as typical of the kinds of harassment our young men and women are facing if they do not openly and enthusiastically support homosexuality in the military. [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

Chris Broussard is Having the Kind of Homosexual Discussions We Need

Chris BroussardPersonally I’m surprised that the media and social network frenzy over ESPN analyst Chris Broussard’s comments on homosexuality has died down so quickly. I really thought it would be one of those things drug out over several weeks as network talking heads discuss what should be done about Broussard’s “horribly insensitive and discriminatory” comments.

Surprisingly the controversy over Broussard’s comments died rather quickly after a brief barrage of statements from both sides of the issue. Of course the barrage included a petition from MoveOn.org which is calling for Broussard to be suspended. This is hilariously absurd when one considers that if Broussard were suspended it would be for doing his job. After all, he was asked to answer a question, and then answered the question in a completely honest and respectful manner. And for that he is to be suspended?

On one might expect, people immediately took to Twitter to castigate Broussard and his remarks, even calling for him to be fired: “Broussard received immediate criticism on social media for the comments, with many tweeting the hashtag #firechrisbroussard and labeling the reporter’s comments as homophobic or bigoted.” But, to their credit, though they backed off of Broussards comments, ESPN stood by him and even said that Broussard had simply engaged in a “respectful discussion of personal viewpoints.”

The fact that ESPN stood by Broussard is both impressive and sad. Impressive because in our political climate it’s far more common to fire someone and dismiss their comments. It is sad that ESPN has to actually spell out the fact that Broussard was being respectful and sharing his opinion, something not just protected by the 1st Amendment, but sorely needed in the discussion of homosexuality. [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.

What We Need is a Little More Discrimination

transgender sues cal baptistI’ve been talking a lot this week about the legal discrimination that takes place each and every day around the country. We’re all part of it and we accept it without so much as a second thought. Sure, just think about the Girl Scouts not allowing boys into their club, that’s gender discrimination. Consider the WNBA not allowing men to compete, also gender discrimination. Or what about Catholic schools that won’t teach other faiths-that is religious discrimination. And we all know colleges only allow certain students into their establishment, that’s intellectual discrimination. Now that I’ve mentioned a couple of examples you’re starting to think about all the ways our society “discriminates” against itself.

But the reality is that not all “discrimination” is bad. Yes, there is malicious discrimination that is harmful and should be stopped. But am I mad that there is a network channel called BET (Black Entertainment Television) and not a CET (Caucasian Entertainment Television)? Not at all.

But cases taking place right now around the country make it seem like discrimination is a new thing that we should all be alarmed about. For example, in California, a transgender student is suing Cal Baptist University for discrimination after they expelled him for falsely stating that he is a female on his application. Though he now identities as a female, he is still biologically a male and the university expelled him for it. Attorneys for the student said: [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.

A Brief Comment, A Recommendation, and a Heartfelt Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas nativityWith Tuesday being the celebration of the birth of my (and I pray your) Savior, Jesus Christ, I thought I would pause from the steady drumbeat of writings regarding our three primary causes here at the Family Policy Council Blog – Traditional Marriage, Religious Freedom, and the Right to Life – to wish all of our readers – faithful and occasional – my heartfelt wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2013.

Additionally, I would like to strongly recommend an article by David Kupelian that appeared on WND Commentary a few days ago.  The article, entitled “Tribulation and Redemption in Obama’s America” makes some excellent suggestions for the conservative traditionalist Christians to consider in making the best of the many bad situations we have and will endure as we suffer through the next few years together.  Our attitude must be as he suggests – one of grace under fire – if we are to expect God’s support in the renewal of the America of our founders and a return to the values that made our country strong and prosperous.  Taking his recommendations to heart can only provide comfort and focus for the coming years.

We hope you and your family had a Blessed and Merry Christmas!  Lord willing, I will be back to the soap box on Wednesdays and Saturdays in the new year.  Keep visiting!

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

The Engaging Essentials

Marshall U Re-Examines Speech Policy – Apparently, our friends at FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) have listed Marshall as one of it’s “12 Worst Colleges for Free Speech” in the country.  So, The Herd are taking a long, hard look at how to improve that ranking.  We hope they do.  Whenever the First Amendment is squelched, so is religious liberty.

Dueling Election Bills – The State Senate and the House of Delegates have each passed their own version of a special election bill.  Both give voters a primary and general election to elect a new governor, but they vary on when that vote should take place.  We’ll see where the negotiations end up.

Christie to Veto Planned Parenthood? – One can only hope, I suppose.  As you will see in the video below, Planned Parenthood appears complicit in assisting pimps obtain abortions for their internationally trafficked, underage girls.  This, appropriately, has Gov. Christie of NJ (where the video was taken) considering striking the state-funding of the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Live Action Busts Planned Parenthood . . . Again! – Live Action has once again gone undercover to expose the nefarious works of Planned Parenthood.  As you can see in the video below, this time they catch a PP staffer giving advice on how to get around the laws on parental consent, statutory rape, and even immigration, to a pimp of underage, internationally trafficked prostitutes.  Shameful doesn’t quite encapsulate the vulgarity here.  Watch and share.

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.