Engaging Weekend: Catholic Teacher Fired After Gay Wedding, House Votes to Defund ObamaCare, Media Ignores Planned Parenthood Fraud

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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.

Catholic high school cans teacher after his big, gay wedding

In a state like California, this is sure to start some controversy. But this is an important story and the results of the events taking place could have ramifications for us all. It seems a Catholic school employed a homosexual teacher for a number of years, and knew he was gay. But then he decided to get married in a very public way and pictures were published in the local newspaper. The Catholic school then decided not to renew his contract. The school said their decision was based on doctrine: “While the school does not discriminate against teachers or other school employees based on their private lifestyle choices, public displays of behavior that are directly contrary to church teachings are inconsistent with these values.” This, to me, is a very tentative position to take. If a faith-based school is going to employ a homosexual and say that their “private life” is of no consequence to them, but then fire that same teacher for making his private life public, it seems inconsistent. Not just morally and biblically inconsistent, it seems legally inconsistent. What I am most concerned about is the possible challenge to the church’s autonomy in hiring based on adherence to doctrine for churches. The Hosanna-Tabor case has set a precedent, but as we’ve seen recently, that doesn’t seem to be an obstacle for the Obama administration and our current Supreme Court. This is one to watch. Click here for original article.

House votes 232-185 to block the IRS from enforcing ObamaCare

The House of Representatives is trying once again to defund ObamaCare and prevent government over-reach into healthcare. A recent article reports: “The House voted Friday to prevent the IRS from enforcing any aspect of ObamaCare, a bill meant to exact revenge against an agency that Republicans say is incapable of neutral enforcement of the law. Members approved the Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act in a 232-185 vote. Four Democrats supported the bill along with every Republican.” Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem any of the representatives from West Virginia voted for this much needed measure. Americans have overwhelmingly displayed contempt for ObamaCare and desire to see it repealed and replaced with measures that will actually benefit hard-working families. Republicans in the House have responded by trying to defund ObamaCare, which would effectively halt enforcement of the bill, but Democrats have continued to push it through despite its harming effect on health care and the economy. One has to wonder, if this bill is so great for Americans, why is Congress exempting themselves and their staff from it? It seems to me if it was truly a great bill they would set the example and be the first to follow its requirements. Actions speak louder than partisan rhetoric. Click here for original article.

Mainstream Media Ignores Massive Fraud at Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

Our readers know by now how much I detest Planned Parenthood. Those who try to convince me that they “do some good” quickly get my response of “I don’t go to the garbage can to find a little ‘good food.’” Planned Parenthood has done more harm to women and children in America (and the world) than most organizations. And they are doing it with the help of President Obama and out tax dollars. Speaking of our tax dollars, Planned Parenthood is abusing our money.  You wouldn’t know that Planned Parenthood is setting fraud cases in various states because the mainstream media isn’t covering it. They love Planned Parenthood and will quickly cover for them. Not us. We are seeking to bring the abortion industry into the spotlight, fraud and all. Next time you pay your taxes, remember that Planned Parenthood will get a lot of your money and will then abuse it, the media will cover it up, and President Obama will then give them more. Click here for original article.

Majority of Americans Back 20-Week Abortion Ban, Women More Than Men

As liberals continue to claim conservatives are waging a “war on women,” a new poll shows that a majority of Americans support a ban on abortions at 20 weeks. A recent article says:  “A total of 55 percent want a 20-week limit while 30 percent favor the current 24 week limit.” The best part about this new poll is that it shows the 20 week abortion ban is supported by more women than men. So if conservatives are waging a war on women, why are women supporting a 2o week abortion ban? Oh, that’s right, because people in general, but women specifically know that unborn children, not masses of tissue are growing inside them. And to subject that very real human to the torture of abortion after 20 weeks when they can feel pain, would be inhuman. Click here for original article.

New poll: Born again evangelicals by far most likely to support a child’s right-to-life

Bonus: A new poll shows that evangelicals are the group most likely to be pro-life and support restrictions on abortion. It must have something to do with recognizing that every person is made ‘in the image of God” and that whole “thou shalt not kill” thing. Click here for original article.

Public college freshmen forced to read comic book starring lesbian, child molester

Bonus: Before you send your high-school graduate to a public university, make sure you know what he or she will be reading and learning. The list of “required reading” for incoming freshmen includes books that better belong in the trash. 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.

Is This the Last Chance to Defund ObamaCare?

According to Sen. Ted Cruz, the continuing resolution is the last chance to defund or repeal ObamaCare. He is calling on lawmakers to refuse to vote for or support any resolution that has funds for ObamaCare in it. He recently said: “If there is ever a time to defeat Obamacare, it is now…Moreover, we have, I believe, the best opportunity we will have, and possibly the last good opportunity we will have to defund Obamacare with the continuing resolution.”

The health care law has been incredibly unpopular with Americans as they watch their expenses go up and their options go down. European countries have warned America not to adopt the system that has ruined their healthcare. Morally, a majority of Americans oppose the abortion funding in ObamaCare, not to mention the HHS mandate which forces employers to provide abortion drugs and services against their religious convictions. Overall it’s a bad law that needs to be repealed. 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.

Susan G. Komen Cuts Walks in 7 Cities

After the PR disaster of last year, the Susan G. Komen foundation has been relatively quiet. The breast cancer research group sought to cut funding from Planned Parenthood, a move which pro-life organizations hailed as a victory. But after a media frenzy fueled by Planned Parenthood ensued, Komen reversed its decision and decided to continue funding an organization that contributes to the cause of breast caner through abortion. Pro-life people nationwide (myself included) have boycott Komen ever since. Now the group says it is cutting fundraising walks in 7 cities nationwide:

“A Komen spokeswoman said in an email that participation in the three-day walks declined by 37 percent in the past four years, without specifying whether that was the number of participants or dollars raised. The group decided to remove the cities from next year’s schedule that have not been meeting fundraising goals, the spokeswoman said.” Who said actions don’t have consequences. 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.

Engaging Weekend: Woman Killed in Botched Abortion Told Not To Go To ER?, Parental Notification Laws for Abortion, Canada Seeks to End Funding for Group Opposing Homosexuality

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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.

Was Woman Killed in Botched 33-Week Abortion Told Not to Go to ER?

Papers recovered from the abortion clinic where a 29 year old woman died after having a late-term (33 weeks) abortion reveal information that is dangerous to any person. The information reveals the depth of misinformation, danger, and indifference shown to women that obtain abortions at these clinics. One article reports: “Of greatest interest…Carhart’s instructions not to go to the ER in the event of an emergency, but instead to ‘call and we will meet you at the clinic,’ which is clearly dangerous medical advice… Carhart left the state the afternoon Morbelli’s abortion was completed…Morbelli’s family tried several times to unsuccessfully contact Carhart before going to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital’s ER, then this document is at the very least misleading, stating, ‘One of our staff is on-call 24 hours a day.’ Again, that staff does not necessarily include the doctor himself…Carhart’s self-serving motive at the expense of patient safety is to contain publicity about negative reactions to abortions.” Click here for original article.

Panel OKs parental notification abortion bills

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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.

Look What West Virginia is Doing to Curb Abortion Funding in ObamaCare

A graph released by LifeNews.com shows what measures states are taking to curb abortion funding in ObamaCare. Americans overwhelmingly agree that public funding – tax dollars – should not be used to fund the abortion business. Though a bi-partisan majority of Americans believe this, President Obama and liberals in the Senate continue to throw money at groups like Planned Parenthood. So states have taken matters into their own hands and began enacting measures to strip abortion funding from ObamaCare. As the article states, the reason for this is “Buried within the individual mandate is the ‘abortion premium mandate.’ This mandate requires that all who are enrolled in insurance plans which cover elective abortion must pay a separate premium which serves as a direct abortion subsidy. This mandate could potentially leave many Americans stuck between a rock and a hard place as they must choose between following their consciences and providing for the healthcare needs of their families.”

So what is West Virginia doing? Nothing. Though our citizens overwhelmingly support life and don’t want public funding being used for abortion, though measures exist to remove public funding from ObamaCare, our lawmakers – to date – have done nothing at all. See for yourself in the graph below. Click here for original article.

 

State Abortion Funding Limits

STATE Public Funding for Indigent States Employee Insurance Exchanges Private Plans
Alabama X X
Alaska
Arizona X X
Arkansas X
California
Colorado X X
Connecticut
Delaware X
District of Columbia X
Florida X X
Georgia X
Hawaii
Idaho X X X X
Illinois X
Indiana X X
Iowa X
Kansas X X X X
Kentucky X X X X
Louisiana X X
Maine X
Maryland
Massachusetts X[ii]
Michigan X
Minnesota
Mississippi X X X
Missouri X X X X
Montana
Nebraska X X X X
Nevada X
New Hampshire X
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina X X
North Dakota X X X X
Ohio X X X
Oklahoma X X X X
Oregon
Pennsylvania X X
Rhode Island X X X[iii]
South Carolina X X X
South Dakota X X
Tennessee X X
Texas X
Utah X X X X
Vermont
Virginia X X X
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin X X
Wyoming X
TOTAL: 34 states prohibit public funding of abortions for indigent women. 18 states restrict abortion coverage in insurance plans for public employees. 20 statesprohibit coverage in plans offered through the exchanges. 8 states have laws restricting insurance coverage of abortion in private insurance plans.

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.

Lawsuit Over Public Funding of Religious Schools

Evidently, according to the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, it is perfectly acceptable to take money from citizens in order to fund public schools that are teaching things parents are morally and religiously opposed to. However, it is not acceptable, to these groups, for that same money to go to religious schools teaching things that others are opposed to. Does anyone else see the blatant hypocrisy in this philosophy? And yet, a lawsuit in New Hampshire over a tax credit program that would divert some funds to religious schools is being brought by these very hypocritical groups. A recent article by the ACLU states:

“The Education Tax Credit Program allows businesses to reduce their tax liability by receiving an 85 percent tax credit in exchange for donations made to K-12 scholarship organizations, which will pay for tuition at religious and other private schools. Since there is no state oversight of the schools receiving funds, religious schools will be able to use the donations for religious instruction, indoctrination and religiously based discrimination…The program, passed by the New Hampshire Legislature last year, took effect Jan. 1. It allows up to $3.4 million in tax credits to be claimed in the first year and $5.1 million during its second year.  It provides for additional increases in tax credits in subsequent years.” Frankly, if I have to pay taxes to public schools that I ardently disagree with, why shouldn’t others pay taxes to religious and private schools they disagree with? 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.

Texas Cuts Off Planned Parenthood

This is a great way to start the new year; Planned Parenthood being cut off from the public funding well that has fueled their death machine for far too long. Considering that Planned Parenthood is a “non-profit” organization, I can’t figure out why they feel entitled to tax-payer funds on a state and federal level at all. Thankfully, Texas has decided that it’s time to say goodbye to the abortion giant and refer women to doctors that do not support abortion. A recent article says:

“A court ruling has cleared the way for Texas to end public funding for Planned Parenthood and other groups that support abortion. Republican lawmakers passed the ‘Affiliate Ban Rule’ in 2012, but Planned Parenthood sought a temporary injunction to keep it from going into effect on Jan. 1. On Monday, a Texas District Judge denied that bid. The abortion provider says the rule prevents poor women from getting the health care they need. Texas officials note, however, that women can still get help through a state program that refers them to doctors and clinics that don’t support abortion.” Hopefully others will follow the example of Texas and refuse to fund a corrupt, criminal organization like Planned Parenthood any longer. 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.

UPS No Longer Supporting Boy Scouts

If you are a fan of the Boy Scouts you might want to think twice before sending that next package with UPS. The Shipping giant announced it will no longer support the Boy Scouts through it’s philanthropic branch in light of the Scouts position on homosexuals within its organization. The Boy Scouts have made quite a name for themselves by refusing to change their policy refusing to recognize homosexuals as members or leaders. We have praised the Boy Scouts for their willingness to be publicly maligned by liberals and homosexual advocates for their position, while others – like UPS – have decided to stop supporting the Scouts. Interestingly, UPS decided to end their support after an online petition gained a mere 80,000 signatures. That’s less than 10% of 1% of the population of the U.S. It seems a super minority is able to affect change for the more than 2.7 million Boy Scouts and their families. I wonder what would happen if all those Boy Scouts and their families never used UPS again? 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.

Planned Parenthood is Happy About SCOTUS/ObamaCare Ruling

by Nathan A. Cherry, 07/03/2012

All you need to know about the SCOTUS/ObamaCare ruling right now is that Planned Parenthood is happy. If they are happy then pro-lifers have plenty of reason to be unhappy. All those promises about “no money for abortion” are worthless because, let’s face it, if not one dime was going to groups like Planned Parenthood for abortion funding then they have no reason to be happy. The fact that they are happy says money is on the way. Anyone believing this law will lower insurance and/or taxes on already struggling families just doesn’t know how economics truly works (nothing is free). The moral atrocities contained in the law are equally unsettling. LifeNews.com carries the story.

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.

U.S. House Committee Votes to Remove Abortion Funding from Obamacare

by Nathan A. Cherry, 07/02/2012

Lifenews.com reports that as the Obamacare issue continues in light of the recent Supreme Court decision, it is worth mentioning that conservative, pro-life lawmakers in the House of Representatives continue their efforts to ensure no funding for abortion remains. A House committee voted to pass a GOP backed amendment that would extend the current ban on abortion funding under Obamacare and ensure no tax dollars are used.

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.