Defend Religious Freedom – Our Vets Did

Attacks on the religious freedom of our military service members continue to increase. Family Research Council president Tony Perkins commented: ”More and more service members are facing harassment, demotion, and formal reprimands simply for being Bible-believing Christians. They’ve been prohibited from sharing their faith, forbidden from praying publicly, and dismissed from duty for refusing to surrender their religious convictions…Defending America’s freedom shouldn’t mean surrendering theirs, especially given that the Constitution they have sworn to uphold guarantees religious liberty as all Americans’ first freedom.”

It’s deplorable that our military must now be concerned about attacks from the enemies of America as well as attacks from their own government for simply being a Christian. The military has a long, rich history of honoring the faith of its members and that tradition should be fiercely defending and protected. Americans need to step up and demand that military personnel be given the same religious freedom rights every other American now enjoys. Such has always been the case and should always be true. Click here for original article.

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Moving Tribute to American’s Veterans

From the Family Policy Council of West Virginia to all our veterans we say “thank-you!” Your sacrifice does not go unnoticed and your legacy will live on as we daily fight to defend the freedoms of the United States.

Please take a moment to watch (and share) the video below honoring America’s veterans on this year’s Veterans Day. If the video doesn’t appear automatically, please refresh your browser. Click here for original article.

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Take Action: Tell Senate to Reject ENDA

Citizenlink: “The so-called Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would force businesses and organizations with 15 or more employees to provide special privileges to workers based on ‘actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.’ If passed into law, employers would not be able to consider the possible consequences of a man dressing as a woman, or a woman identifying as a man. The bill is expected to pass a key procedural vote this evening that requires 60 votes. That would lead to an up-or-down vote later this week.”

Already our very own Sen. Manchin has said he will support the ENDA bill. He needs to hear from us and know we don’t approve of creating a special class of citizen, limiting employers’ and employee’s freedom of religion, and the curtailing of free speech. Don’t sit back and let this opportunity to take action pass you by. Take a few moments to let Manchin and other lawmakers know just how opposed to ENDA West Virginian’s are. Click here for original article.

TAKE ACTION
Tell your lawmakers to reject ENDA: Click here to take action.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Learn more about ENDA.

Read “ENDA Threatens Fundamental Civil Liberties.”

Read “Public Policy Think Tank: ENDA Bill Threatens Civil Liberties.”

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President Obama and Joe Manchin Support ENDA

ManchinOver the weekend President Obama wrote an op-ed which appeared in the Huffington Post encouraging Congress to pass the ENDA bill. ENDA stands for Employment Non-Discrimination Act. on the surface this sounds like a great bill to support. But like most things out of Washington it is filled with traps for many people. Bills like ENDA can be used to force religious employers to hire people who oppose their religious convictions. For example, a Christian school might be forced to hire a transgender teacher though said teacher’s lifestyle stands in opposition to the school doctrine.

Many lawmakers like to use ENDA as a hammer to bash religious employers over the head with discrimination charges. But it’s not discrimination to require employees to adhere to specific doctrinal positions. In fact, many churches are now writing into their Constitution and By-Laws protections against such laws which state any employees must adhere to specific church doctrines as a requirement for employment. This is not discrimination, it’s called religious freedom. But ENDA will threaten churches and religious organizations with lawsuits for simply desiring to live and do business according to their faith.

News also came out last week in which Sen. Manchin, after assuring us he would never support ENDA, has decided to vote in favor of the bill. Once again proving that he will do anything to advance his career even if it means lying to the people that elected him to office, Manchin has promised to support the bill when it comes to the Senate for a vote. Turning his back on West Virginians in favor of Washington, D.C. applause, Manchin is flip-flopping on his promise to oppose ENDA.

I think it’s time we let Sen. Manchin know what we think about his decision to flip-flop and support such a dangerous bill. You can reach Sen. Manchin at:

Washington D.C. Office: 306 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 / (202) 224-3954

West Virginia Office: 300 Virginia Street, East Suite 2630, Charleston, WV 25301 / (304) 342-5855 / http://manchin.senate.gov

You can also click here to see a listing to contact information for Sen. Manchin.

 

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The Army Identifies Terror Threats: Christians, Pro-Lifers and Tea Party Groups

soldier prayingAre you a Christian? Pro-life? Are you part of a Tea Party group? The Army wants you to know that it now considered YOU a terror threat that is “tearing this nation apart.”

In a recent pre-deployment meeting at Fort Hood, a group of soldiers listened for nearly a half hour as an instructor informed them that Christians and Tea Party members were a terror threat to the nation. They were then told that anyone supporting or donating to these groups would be disciplined under the military uniform code of justice.

This outrageous occurrence comes just a couple of weeks after another group at Camp Shelby was told that the American Family Association should be labeled a “hate group.” The Army, after a public backlash backed down and said they made a mistake in labeling the AFA a “hate group” and apologized.

Fox News’ Todd Starnes first reported the incident and spoke of what the unidentified soldier told him:

“The soldier told me he fears reprisals and asked not to be identified. He said there was a blanket statement that donating to any groups that were considered a threat to the military and government was punishable under military regulations. ‘My first concern was if I was going to be in trouble going to church,’ the evangelical Christian soldier told me. ‘Can I tithe? Can I donate to Christian charities? What if I donate to a politician who is a part of the Tea Party movement?’” [Read more...]

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ENDA: A Lousy Bill for Religious Freedom

ENDA billIf you are a Christian and a small business owner, brace yourself.  Another wave in the endless attacks on your right to operate your business based on your personal faith and belief-system.  A year or two ago, a bill was introduced in Congress that would require employers to treat homosexuals, so-called transgender, gender-confused, and other deviant life-style-professing applicants for employment just like any other applicant who walks in off the street.

The fact that someone happens to be biologically male but walks into your establishment for his interview in a dress, high-heels, and a necklace must not be taken into consideration in the hiring or subsequent employment decisions regarding that person.  This bill was dubbed the “Employment Non-Discrimination Act” (ENDA).

Well, that time the bill was beaten back and defeated, but like a bad penny, it’s back.  Senator Harry Reid has vowed to introduce the bill in the Senate again before the end of the year in hopes of getting it rammed through this time. (Read more about it here).  There is also confirmation of the detrimental effects of this bill on personal liberty here.

Unfortunately, I believe that this bill will be far less likely to be defeated through a legal challenge than the abortion drug mandate will be.  Those who support the ENDA want people to believe that such “lifestyle” choices are not really choices and therefore the person living that way has no choice.  And since he/she has no choice, then they should not be denied employment simply because they live differently than others.  Sounds almost believable as an argument in favor of the bill, right? [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

Don’t Fix the Website – Repeal ObamaCare

LifeNews.com: “Obamacare is a disaster for American families coast to coast. We don’t need a website fix. We need real healthcare reform — starting with an end to Obamacare. In her testimony to Congress this morning, Sebelius did her best to best minimize the problems, pledging to fix the website. But no amount of spin can change the nightmare just now beginning…As the country continues to debate the botched rollout, I have included 5 simple reasons to share with your family and friends why Obamacare is bad for America.”

1) Taxpayer-funded child killing

2) Assault on religious liberty

3) An end to privacy

4) Slow road to single-payer, socialized medicine

5) Millions losing their current coverage. Lower quality care, fewer doctors, rationing of care

Click here to read the original article and to see the expanded explanation of each of these common sense arguments against ObamaCare. The pressure is one many vulnerable lawmakers seeking re-election. We must continue to hold them accountable for this nightmare and for the fact that they exempted themselves from it. If ObamaCare is so good, why are lawmakers exempt?

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Persecution of Christians, Part ?? I Lost Count!

speak upPastor Mark Baker of Harvest Baptist Church suffered the loss of his wife from cancer recently, but while this grief alone could have been terrible enough, the local politically correct element made it that much more acute, and you’d probably never guess how the local Cemetery Director went about it.

As reported in Godfather Politics, Baker and his daughter visited the municipal cemetery to arrange for his wife’s tombstone to be engraved.  As his wife had requested, they asked that a Christian Ichthus fish and the word Jesus be prominently placed on the stone.

This is where it went all upside down again. One might begin to expect such things from liberal bastions like Sterling, Colorado, but even for that area, this was over-the-top.

Shawn Rewoldt, the director of the city cemetery in Sterling, Colorado, refused to include the name Jesus on the tombstone. To make matters worse, when challenged by the Bakers, he made the ridiculous claim that the name would not fit on the stone.

When pressed further, Rewoldt changed his tune and admitted that he was making the decision to prevent anyone from being offended by the name, Jesus. [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

Military Chaplains Banned by Obama Administration During Shut Down

A lapse in appropriations should not restrict the First Amendment rights of American citizens. However, furloughed chaplains are not being permitted to minister on base even voluntarily, thus denying our military personnel access to religious practices. Chaplains exist to facilitate the free exercise rights of our service members, a role which is critical for service members who do not have access to civilian priests or pastors.  Unfortunately, many military bases have indefinitely suspended religious services.  Contract chaplains must be permitted to continue their duties to ensure that members of the military may continue to exercise their First Amendment rights.

 

Representative Doug Collins, member of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, recently sponsored a resolution in the House of Representatives to protect the First Amendment freedoms of our military service members. The House passed H.Con.Res. 58, by an overwhelming vote of 400-1, emphasizing the total support for continued availability of religious services to service members and their families during the government  shutdown. The Senate has yet to vote on this essential measure. 

Two members of Congress have expressed their concern through the following Press Releases:

  • Representative Tim Huelskamp stated, “Time and time again this Administration demonstrates it is waging a war against the very religious freedoms upon which America was founded. This is exactly why we worked to pass legislation (House Concurrent Resolution 58) this past weekend – to protect the religious liberties of all those who bravely serve in our Armed Forces.” Read full Press Release 
  • Representative Doug Collins stated, “Denying the free expression of religion on military bases is unprecedented during a government shutdown and another shameless political ploy by President Obama’s administration to make average Americans suffer the most from Senate Democrats’ refusal to negotiate.  Congress is duty bound to act as quickly as possible to protect the rights of the American people, and I am proud that we did so today.” Read full Press Release

For more information go to www.cpcfoundation.com.

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.

Muslims Seeking to Make Holy Day a School Holiday

A recent article explains: “Muslim families in Montgomery County are pushing to make the Islamic holy day Eid al-Adha a full-fledged school holiday. Muslim leaders have started a petition in recent weeks and have won support from some elected leaders and religious groups. Montgomery County has a growing Islamic population, though there are no county or census figures on the Muslim community.”

I recently had a conversation with someone about this. If America is going to be a land founded and based on religious freedom, does that mean every religion must be honored? If we are going to close schools for Christian holidays, aren’t we obligated to close them for other religious holidays. This might be a bitter pill for some to swallow, but the reality is that consistency matters and creates a foundation of freedom for all. For instance, if Muslims are allowed to wear religious clothing, then certainly Christians and Catholics are also allowed. If one group is allowed to bring their holy books into the school and freely pray, then all should be allowed. The fair treatment of all religions is perhaps the only way to ensure religious freedom. 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.