Video: Children React to Homosexual Marriage Proposal’s (And the lesson it teaches)

The video below is priceless in my opinion. It is the reaction of children as they watch gay marriage proposals. The looks on their faces and their comments are worth a thousand words. Some show a very innocent and genuine surprise over what they are watching while other look almost bored like they’ve seen this a thousand times before.

Watch the video below and see for yourself. If the video doesn’t appear automatically please refresh your browser.

While we might watch this video and derive some inward satisfaction knowing that left to themselves and nature children will generally resist the idea that homosexuality is “normal.” What we cannot be quick to do is ignore the warnings this video provides. [Read more...]

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New Jersey’s Change Therapy Bill Results in Lawsuit

therapy banDuring their last legislative session, the State of New Jersey passed a bill, which Governor Chris Christie signed, into law making it illegal for a therapist to offer change therapy to a minor who wanted to rid themselves of same sex attractions.

The homosexual lobby is very powerful.  Couple that with a Governor who has “flexible principles” and you have a formula for passage of such a ridiculously unconstitutional law as this one is.

Less than six months later, a Southern New Jersey couple who remains unidentified in court documents has filed a suit against the state claiming violation of their first amendment rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

Their claim includes their concerns that their son was given to unwanted same sex attractions that so disturbed their son that he had threatened to take his own life because of these attractions.  Given the circumstances and the potential harm to their child, it is difficult to imagine their angst and fear over the passage of this law.  Effectively, the State of New Jersey had cut off their only viable means of dealing with their son’s problem effectively to prevent serious harm from coming to him. [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

Reality Check: Polygamy and Polyamory Will Be Legalized Next

PolyamoryHere’s a phrase I’ve said countless of times and will continue to repeat: If the government redefines marriage for homosexuals it will have to continue redefining marriage for other groups or be guilty of the same discrimination it now accuses traditional marriage supporters of.

I want you to memorize that statement and come to terms with the reality of its truth. The government cannot simply redefine marriage one time for homosexuals and then say, “There, now everyone’s happy.” For starters polygamists and polyamory advocates will be the first to stand up and say, “No, we’re not happy at all.” They will then begin an even greater push – because they are already pushing to some degree – for their relationships to be legally recognized.

And what ground will the government then have to deny them the right to “marry” and gain legal status? The moral ground? Please, they will have surrendered that ground along with the traditional definition of marriage. Besides, what would possibly be the basis for the government’s “moral ground”? If the definition of marriage is not inherently and morally tied to the traditional one man one woman definition, what possible moral objection could be raised against other “alternative lifestyles,” and “loving couples who just want to get married”?

None. [Read more...]

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Gay Rights Threatening Business Rights

Remember the old sign on the door of a business: “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service”? I wonder how long before someone declares that such a sign violates his constitutional rights. That is exactly what is happening to businesses across America. Private business owners are being sued for refusing to violate their religious convictions and lend services to homosexual wedding ceremonies. Have you heard of any of them on the news? Do you know about Elane Photography, Masterpiece Cake Shop? These are just two of the dozens being sued for what some cal “discrimination” and what others call conviction.

A recent article states: “The concept of ‘gay rights’ has trampled religious liberty, but the network news media haven’t noticed. In fact, when Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins was on CBS in June, Bob Schieffer said he was ‘unaware’ of such cases.” How is it possible for someone in media to be unaware of such a growing trend as this? It’s called willful ignorance. That’s why we continue to publish stories about these events, in order to do the job the mainstream media is failing to do. We’re not government funded so you can be sure no one is buying our opinion. Click here for original article.

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Engaging Weekend: Baptists in Kentucky Consider Hiring Homosexuals, Court Reinstates Texas Abortion Laws, Rally Held to Expose Abortion in ObamaCare

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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.

Hiring of homosexual employees being considered by Ky. Baptist child care agency

A Baptist ministry to children is considering changing its hiring policy to allow for hiring homosexuals. A recent article states: “The president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s children’s services agency has recommended that the organization amend its hiring practices to ban discrimination against homosexuals, according to a PowerPoint presentation posted on the agency’s website… Trustees were scheduled to vote on the proposal during their Nov. 8 meeting. One trustee, Rick Fyffe, resigned in protest. Another, Stan Spees, is being threatened with removal from the board for voicing his opposition publicly to the change.” The heart of the issue is…federal funding. The ministry receives most of its annual budget from the federal government and while it won’t openly admit that funding is the issue, it is clear that such is the case. The embattled president of the ministry said: “A church or religious organization can hire all Christians and hold them to their standards…but they cannot accept state/federal monies. Sunrise cannot meet the needs of today’s abused and neglected children without public assistance.” First, he is dead wrong. The federal government cannot discriminate in handing out funds just because an organization is religious and adheres to the tenets of its faith. Second, you cannot serve God and money. This is a sad situation in which a leader appears willing to compromise his convictions in order to secure money. What next? Click here for the original article.

Federal appeals court reinstates most of Texas’ abortion restrictions [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

Marriage is Under Attack and It’s Our Fault

divorce ringsBy now I think we can all agree on the fact that marriage is under attack. Not merely traditional marriage, that would, at this point I dare say be a good thing if we were simply talking about defending traditional marriage. What is taking place now is an all-out attack on marriage as a fundamental institution and cornerstone of our society.

Some want to redefine marriage. They argue that traditional marriage, the union of one man and one woman, is discriminatory and want to include homosexuals. Others argue that if homosexuals get to marry then others, polygamists, polyamorists for example, ought to have the same “right.” Such concessions would alter the foundational makeup of the family unit into something wholly unrecognizable.

Still others, though they are thankfully few at this point, argue that “love” between an adult and child should be acceptable. This idea that pedophilia ought to be considered in any way “normal” would reduce the understanding of what it means to be a parent and rob children of their innocence. It’s unconscionable.

And yet, that is exactly the goal for advocates who believe marriage, fundamentally, is flawed and against human nature. So rather than engaging in holy matrimony and wedlock, we should now encourage “wedleases,” which are akin to leasing a car or apartment. Allowing people to commit to one person (or two, or three) for a period of time (1-3 years) makes more sense in our consumer driven culture, according to advocates. Consider what one such “advocate” wrote: [Read more...]

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Senate ENDA Vote Looming

The Senate is said to be considering a vote on a looming ENDA bill aimed at making LGBT people a protected class under the law. Such bills only serve to pave the way for lawsuits against Christians and people with religious convictions against homosexuality. It is these bills that allow cases like the one in New Mexico where a photographer was sued for not rendering her services to a gay couple, and in Washington where a florist was sued for the same, and in Colorado where a baker was sued for the same. And yet LGBT advocate any protection for religious convictions. An article states:

“…gay activists are objecting to a religious exemption in the ENDA bill…The groups leaders praised the Senate’s progress toward a vote but said, ‘The bill continues to excuse religious bigotry as acceptable under the law. We’ve seen this insistence on religious exemptions and conscience clauses play out before. Religious bigotry will continue to trump LGBT equality.’” Evidently LGBT bigotry trumping religious convictions is acceptable, whereas religious convictions are not worth protecting. This once again shows that conscience clauses in these bills are nothing more than smoke and mirrors to get votes before they are eventually removed. LGBT groups have no intention of protecting the religious convictions of anyone, they would gladly force every Christian to violate their convictions if it would mean a victory for them. 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.

Are Anti-Bullying Laws Necessary or Just a Distraction?

A recent article makes this statement: ”As school districts and some states implement policies aimed at curbing the so-called “bullying epidemic,” experts continue to insist that bullying is no more common than before, cyberbullying is not a rising threat and bullying does not necessarily cause suicide.”

If this is the case and, as the article asserts, “There is no scientific evidence that bullying causes suicide…It is journalistically irresponsible to claim that bullying leads to suicide.” What is the point of anti-bullying laws? Could is be to infringe on the religious freedoms of others? After all, if a school makes it illegal to disagree with someone’s lifestyle then Christians won’t be able to share the Gospel with their friends. And the school will be able to further push an agenda riddled with pro-LGBT material. Sure, it sound strange. But is there another explanation? 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.

Hawaii Considering Major Mistake for Silly Reasons

Hawaii is thinking about legalizing same-sex marriage. That’s not really a big surprise given the liberal nature of the state. What I find surprising is the reported reasons for this change. Is it because they want “equality for all,” or to “let loving people marry”? Not exactly, according to one recent article the reasons are as follows:

“Gov. Neil Abercrombie says passing the bill would put Hawaii in line with Supreme Court rulings that granted federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. Proponents say gay marriage is a civil right, and have argued it could be a boon for tourism in Hawaii as an appealing destination for ceremonies and honeymoons.”

The stated reasons are (1) based off of a badly misunderstood Supreme Court decision. Many have said that SCOTUS has struck down DOMA, granted marriage redefinition to all states, etc. Nothing could be further from the truth. The court simply gave the issue back to states to decide. Nothing more, nothing less. And (2) to boost tourism. Yep, that’s a great reason to deprive kids of a mother and father and overturn centuries of what it means to marry and be a family. 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.