Engaging the Issues: The Social Issues and Conservatives – Gary L. Bauer

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Political parties are helpful, but when politicians and parties refuse to discuss an issue just because it is controversial, how should we respond?  For Bauer, he is speaking out – time against a GOP establishment that does not just ignore the social issues, it’s starting to abandon one of the central planks in its platform.  Is there hope for the social issues in politics today?

Gary Bauer once served in the Reagan administration and has served as the past president of the Family Research Council and a Vice-President at Focus on the Family.  Today, he is still quoted broadly on a range of topics as he provides leadership to American Values, an organization that seeks to unite Americans around the vision of our Founding Fathers.

Click here to listen to Gary Bauer on Engaging the Issues . . .

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.

GOP Platform Condemns China’s One Child Policy

by Nathan A. Cherry, 09/06/2012

There is a distinctly different attitude toward abortion on the part of the Democratic and Republican parties. One of the biggest contrasts is the view of China’s one child policy. A recent article states: “Last week, Republicans adopted a new party platform that condemns abortion, but it also takes China to task for its one-child policy…The coercive policy not only limits the number of children couples can have but has been accompanied by human rights abuses ranging from forced abortions to sterilizations to home detention…The 2012 version [of the GOP platform] condemns ‘religious persecution’ and forced abortion linked to the ‘barbaric’ one-child policy.The platform says:  ’The Chinese government has engaged in a number of activities that we condemn: China’s pursuit of advanced military capabilities without any apparent need; suppression of human rights in Tibet, Xinjiang, and other areas; religious persecution; a barbaric one-child policy involving forced abortion; the erosion of democracy in Hong Kong; and its destabilizing claims in the South China Sea.’” Obama remains the most pro-abortion president in history, and the DNC continues to promote abortion on demand through partnerships with Planned Parenthood and Emily’s List, all while making tax-payers fund abortions in violation of their religious freedom and conscience. 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.

Black Pastors Thank GOP for Marriage Position

by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/28/2012

About 3 hours ago I reported on a video recorded for the National Organization for Marriage by a black pastor in North Carolina urging the black community to vote against Obama for his support of same-sex “marriage.” Now, a major coalition of African American pastors and Christians are thanking the GOP for continuing to stand for traditional marriage. The Blaze.com reports“‘We thank the GOP for ensuring that al least one party is willing to stand up for the common sense, biblical understanding of marriage,’ Rev William Owens, head of the ‘Coalition of African-American Pastors,’ said.” Others went on to say that Christians failed to stand boldly when people sought to remove prayer in schools and legalize abortion, the results are obvious. Believers must now be willing to stand boldly for God’s definition of marriage in the face of increasing attacks. Perhaps Obama neglected to count the cost in supporting same-sex “marriage,” believing that the black community would simply support him because he is black. But evangelical believers of all colors are coming together to stand for marriage and oppose redefining marriage in a show of conviction for biblical principles. 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.

Proposed GOP Platform Opposes “Gay Rights” in Military

by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/22/2012

It’s no secret that most Americans and most of our military opposed ending “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” The policy was put in place to protect religious freedom and military cohesion on based and in combat. But the Obama administration is more interested in social experimentation and weakening our military than doing what is best for our soldiers and our country; so he was happy to end the policy. Now, the GOP platform proposes positions that would “push back” against the homosexual agenda in the military. A report says: “…language included affirming ‘cultural values…team cohesion, including intra-military special interest demonstrations’ that Donnelly told Secrets was meant to stop same sex marriages and wearing uniforms in gay pride events, two hugely controversial changes under Obama…The GOP also OK’d language blocking attempts to remove Bibles from military facilities; would exempt women from ground combat units and infantry battalions; and support for the Defense of Marriage Act. The GOP votes on the platform Monday, the opening day of the Republican National Convention.” These are critical positions on difficult issues, but they are the correct positions and should be implemented. 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.

Efforts to Redefine Marriage in GOP Platform Fail

by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/22/2012

Two efforts to redefine marriage in the GOP party platform failed on voice votes yesterday. As the election heats up some members of the GOP want to be more “inclusive” on the issue and find ways to accept same-sex civil unions or recognize same-sex “marriage.” But those committed to the true definition of marriage stood firm and defeated the measures. The Washington Wire reports: “The first, proposed by Rhode Island delegate Barbara Fenton, called for ending government-recognized marriage and replacing it with civil unions for both homosexual and heterosexual couples. Ms. Fenton, a Roman Catholic, said she was personally opposed to same-sex marriage but ‘those are my religious beliefs and this country was founded on the separation of church and state’” Ms. Fenton needs a history lesson and to learn what the “separation of church and state” actually means since she clearly has no idea of it’s actual meaning. Thankfully, men like Tony Perkins stood firm for marriage, saying: “This would move us away from a party that recognizes the benefits that marriage extends to a society…We recognize nature, we recognize history, that nature is the union of one man and one woman.” 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.

UPDATE: GOP Candidates Talk About Planned Parenthood, Cloning, Stem Cells and Personhood

by Nathan A. Cherry, 01/03/2012

Martinsburg, WV – Once again I am doing my best to make sure you are kept up to date with candidates’ positions as they enter the 2012 presidential election. This election could very well be one of the most important in America’s history and, for a number of reasons; conservatives need to be informed and ready to cast their vote. Below is some of the latest developments regarding where the current candidates stand on social and moral issues.

The Family Research Council (FRC) has compiled a very useful guide on where GOP candidates stand on a number of issues. Here are some of the highlights.

ABORTION: On the question of “Do you support or oppose taxpayer funding of abortions?” FRC has every one of the seven remaining Republican candidates listed as opposing direct taxpayer funding of abortions.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD:  When it comes to providing taxpayer funding for the nation’s biggest abortion business, six of the seven Republican candidates are listed as opposing federal funding. Jon Huntsman’s position is listed as unknown — although he recently told Red State, likely after the guide was compiled, that he would veto any congressional legislation that contains Planned Parenthood funding.

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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.

Do You Know Where the GOP Candidates Stand on Gay Rights and Same Sex “Marriage”

by Nathan A. Cherry, 12/16/2011

Gop Presidential candidatesMartinsburg, WV – Presidential primaries are drawing closer. Very soon Americans will take to the polls to nominate the person they believe is the strongest candidate to be our next president. Do you know who you will vote for? Do you know where the candidates stand on the critical social issues that will affect each of us? In our continuing coverage of 2012 presidential hopefuls and where they stand on the issues I want to highlight the candidates’ position on LGBT rights and same-sex “marriage.”

Perhaps no other issue is more polarizing in American today than this. People on both sides of this issue hold strong convictions for why they believe their view is right. As a Christian, my view is shaped by the Bible and what it says about homosexuality and marriage. Consequently I pay close attention to what candidates say about marriage in order to see whose view most resembles my religious/moral convictions, and allow my convictions to guide me as I vote.

With that said the Daily Iowan published an article detailing the candidates’ positions on LGBT rights and same-sex “marriage” that I thought was worth passing on to you. Below you will find a concise statement on where each candidate stands. This may be new information for you; it may cause some Internet searches for more information. Ultimately, though, I hope it informs you and gives you the information you need to cast an intelligent vote.

Ron Paul: Paul has said the definition of marriage is an issue for states, but is in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act. Though he initially opposed overturning the U.S. military “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, Paul chose to vote in favor of the repeal.

Mitt Romney: Though Romney opposes same-sex marriage, he does not believe in discriminating against people based on their sexual orientation — particularly when it comes to employment or other opportunities. Romney favors gay rights, but not same-sex marriage.

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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.

Romney or Perry? GOP Presidential Frontrunners on the Issues

by Nathan A. Cherry, 09/12/2011

Martinsburg, WV – The GOP Reagan Library debates have made one thing clear, in my opinion, the 2012 presidential election will be between President Obama and either Mitt Romney or Rick Perry. The question that remains for many of us that hope to see a new – conservative – administration take the White House next year is, who will stand for the issues that matter most to Americans?

We already know that President Obama is not a friend of conservatives, or religious folks that have deeply held moral convictions. In less than three years our president has done more to harm marriage, life, and religious freedom than any president in recent history (on the issue of life Obama has done more harm than any president in history, ever!)

So it goes without saying that conservatives and religious Americans desire a president that will uphold the values that have helped shape our land; and our Constitution. As we look to the forthcoming presidential race it seems almost inevitable that either Mitt Romney or Rick Perry will be squaring off against President Obama. If that is the case we need to make sure we learn all we can about these two men and where they stand on these all important issues.

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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.

Presidential Hopefuls Refuse to Pledge

by Nathan A. Cherry, 07/19/2011

election 2012Martinsburg, WV – Unfortunately a clear front-runner for the GOP presidential race has not emerged. It won’t necessarily take another Reagan to beat Obama in the 2012 election, but it will take a strong, proven leader; because America desperately wants a strong leader in the White House. Social conservatives particularly want a strong leader that will steer America back to the morals and values that helped shape this country. Issues like abortion and marriage will be front and center during the upcoming presidential race.

With that in mind we want to try and keep you informed on where current candidates stand concerning these issues that you and I hold so dear.

I recently told you about the pro-life pledge issued by the Susan B. Anthony List. This pledge asks candidates to commit to standing firm on issues related to life and the unborn. Several candidates, such as Mitt Romney and Herman Cain, came under fire for refusing to sign the pledge. But relatively unknown candidate Thaddeus McCotter joins the list of conservative candidates that decided it was important to sign the pledge. This list includes Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul.

The pro-life pledge asks candidates to promise the following: “To support only judicial nominees who won’t interpret the Constitution in a way that supports Roe v. Wade, select pro-life Cabinet members on positions affecting abortion policy, supporting legislation to stop taxpayer funding of abortions and Planned Parenthood, and to support a fetal pain bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.”

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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.

Presidential Candidates and Life: A Single Issue May Define an Election

by Nathan A. Cherry, 07/05/2011

Martinsburg, WV – We are committed to bringing you as much information about perspective presidential candidates as we possibly can. We believe that in order to vote responsibly you must know the facts about candidates and where they stand on important issues. One such issue is that of life. At the FPCWV we believe that life is sacred, given by our Creator, and must be protected to the fullest. For this reason we also believe in voting for candidates that hold these same values.

With that said take a moment and read the article below concerning current GOP presidential candidates. When it comes to this issue of life, I don’t think we can be too careful. We saw in the last election what happens when a candidate says he is pro-life (or something similar) but never truly clarifies the point and his record says otherwise. The result is, of course, the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade in American history. For this reason I believe it is imperative that we pay attention to what our state and federal lawmakers say, and more importantly, to how they legislate before we choose to vote for them.

GOP Presidential Candidates Must Affirm Pro-Life Principles

In modern politics, the “single issue voter” gets a pretty bad rap.  He is seen as unrealistic and intellectually myopic, a disservice to his party and, ultimately, his cause.  Politics, after all, is about pragmatism; it is the art of the possible, and no thinking person allows themselves to be guided by their feelings on one single issue.  

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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.