When Boys Can’t Decide What Gender to Be Today

boy in girls bathroomOn our most recent podcast, our guest, Denny Burk made the statement that transgender issues are the next wave if same-sex “marriage” is legalized for all fifty states. I mostly agree with his statement, other than the timing. It won’t be after same-sex “marriage” is legalized as evidence reveals the incredible push to grant transgender people special rights under the law right now.

The most recent incident, one that has gained national attention, is that of a transgender boy in Colorado accused of harassing girls while using the girls’ restroom at his school. It has been reported that the boy is older and that younger female students feel threatened by his presence and have even experienced harassment. A letter from the Pacific Justice Institute states:

“This is a nightmare scenario for the teenage girls—some of them freshmen—and their parents at this school. This is exactly the kind of horror story we have been warning would accompany the push for radical transgender rights in schools, and it is the type of situation that LGBT activists have been insisting would not happen.”

Indeed this is a nightmare. To entertain the notion that it is somehow logical or reasonable to allow a boy that merely says he is transgender access to female facilities in a public school setting is nothing short of reckless endangerment. Another article commenting on this case bears witness to every father’s worst nightmare for his daughter: [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.

The Real Bullies Are Anti-Bullying Advocates

bullyingAn interesting thought occurred to me not long ago as I sifted through hundreds of headlines: it seems the ones most in favor of anti-bullying laws are the biggest bullies. Of course when I say “anti-bullying laws” I mean the kind that include sexual orientation or gender identity in them. These are a particular brand of anti-bullying law that elevates one group above another by placing non-biological traits above biological ones.

To be more specific, including sexual orientation and gender identity in these laws elevates the “rights” of homosexuals and transgender people above the religious freedom of others. So, for example, where such inclusions exist in anti-bullying laws the right of a Christian to not render services to a homosexual same sex ceremony in order to avoid violating his or her religious convictions becomes secondary to the “right” of a homosexual couple not to be “discriminated against.”

As a result of such laws the ones demanding to be catered to and not bullied have become the biggest bullies. This includes not just homosexuals, or transgender people, but their advocates of every stripe. And it seems at least four groups are at the end of this ironic bullying: students, business owners, military, and ex-gays.

Obviously the thing that most often ties these groups together is the fact that they are people of faith with religious convictions against the homosexual lifestyle. That is not always the case, as students and military are simply prisoners of their surroundings. But a large part of those bullied by the new bullies are indeed religious people. [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.

When Men Cross-Dress – Bad Things Happen

man in dressYou know how conservatives are always warning against non-discrimination laws that include sexual orientation and gender identity language? We try to communicate that such laws are unnecessary, but also pose a threat to other freedoms. For example, they will prevent a Christian school from requiring its teachers adhere to a statement of faith. Such laws also lack common sense and will lead to abuse by disturbed individuals that pose both privacy and safety concerns for people.

Adding sexual orientation or gender identity to non-discrimination laws eventually leads to allowing transgender and cross-dressing persons into bathrooms, locker rooms, and other facilities for the gender they are biologically the opposite of. So, in the end, cross-dressing men get to go into women’s locker rooms, and transgender females are allowed into men’s bathrooms.

Our opponents try to laugh it off, as if that sort of thing has never happened and will never happen. Enter Rodney Kenneth Peterson. A recent article explains that Mr. Peterson decided to get

“dressed up in women’s clothes — and a brunette wig — and unsuccessfully attempted to sneak into student-only areas of a women’s residence hall on the campus of Loma Linda University in Southern California…Eventually, dormitory staff members noticed a cross-dressing, middle-aged man in their midst and confronted him.”

It has been determined that Mr. Peterson sought to take pictures with his cell phone of the females in the residence hall and that he has tried this stunt in other places. Evidently Mr. Peterson hasn’t been listening to the politicians that assure us these things never happen as a result of adding sexual orientation and gender identity to non-discrimination laws. [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.

Is This a Good Non-Discrimination Law?

ConstitutionA number of states, Washington, Colorado, and New Mexico have passed anti-discrimination statutes that bar discrimination by individuals or businesses dealing with housing, restaurants, other public accommodations, event services on account of race, sex, nationality, etc. – you know, the usual things or traits over which any individual is powerless to change.

As far as it used to go, these laws were well-intentioned and often justified because nobody should be treated unfairly or differently simply because they are somehow physically “different.”

However, in many cases recently, states have added one more category of “protected class” to these anti-discrimination laws that directly conflicts with a fundamental freedom that all Americans have an unalienable right to enjoy.  Freedom of association, speech, and religion are all protected rights under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and therefore cannot be superceded by any state law.

This has been established law for over two centuries in America and it totally amazes me that any state legislature and/or governor could be so naïve as to believe that these laws will not be struck down and declared unconstitutional once someone is wronged by the law and chooses to sue the state and pursue that case to the highest courts in the federal system. [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

Major League Sports Wading Into Sexual Orientation Debate

First the NHL, then the NFL, now Major League Baseball has dipped its toe into the sexual orientation debate. A recent article says that MLB executives are crafting a new discrimination policy: “Major League Baseball already has an anti-discrimination policy, but the new one specifically will prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. Commissioner Bud Selig said baseball won’t allow any discrimination.”

What does this mean for the Mariano Rivera’s, the Tim Tebow’s, the outspoken athletes whose faith is more than just marketing? Will they be denied the right to live according to their faith, or share their faith with team mates to avoid someone being offended? That remains to be seen. But, there is no doubt that this is a bad move for sports. 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.

Oregon School Creates Bathrooms for a Few Transgender Students

It’s just bad practice to create policy and procedures based on “fluid” sexual orientation or gender identity. It elevates the “rights” of a few people above all others and creates a special class of citizens that the government has take a special interest in. But that doesn’t stop some, like a school in Oregon from creating bathrooms for their 5-10 transgender students. Such a move opens the school up for liability based on discrimination, and abuse claims. But here’s what a school principal said of the move:

“We just need to make sure that all students are safe and comfortable here, and that they have their needs met…If they feel unsafe using the bathroom, that’s a problem.” Hmm, so if another student somehow “feels unsafe” will the school create a special bathroom, locker room, or water fountain for that student? What if a student’s exercise, porn, or ice-cream “needs” aren’t being met, will the school accommodate? These absurd guidelines are helping drive down academic performance among American schools while increasing the political propaganda in our schools. 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.

WV State Journal Omits Important Details on Pending Bill

Clergy pack capitolTo read a recent West Virginia State Journal article on the pending EHNDA bill in the legislature, you would think the capitol was overrun by supporters of the bill. But according to an eye-witness I spoke with, there was more people being presented to on the stage than in the audience. This is just another instance of a mainstream news outlet using semantics to create a favorable perception.

On top of it all, proponents of the bill have been publicly parading “church leaders” and other “religious leaders” into the public eye to help drum up support for their bill. I guess they assume that if they can put the leaders of dead and dying denominations out front, that others will follow. Or, as one astute observer noted, they are seeking to “create a favorable perception as a defense against opposition.”

The State Journal claimed that “clergy pack Capitol to support non-discrimination bill.” The article goes on to say:

“The local clergy in attendance, including the Rev. Shauna Hyde, the Rev. Joseph Allen Hill and the Rev. Kay Alright, presented a letter of support on behalf of 72 religious leaders to the members of the West Virginia Legislature. Those leaders came from several denominations, including Baptist, Presbyterian, Jewish, Episcopal, Evangelical Lutheran, Quaker and Catholic.”

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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.

Arizona Transgender Bill Causes Stir During Public Debate

A proposed bill in Arizona seeks to make it illegal for transgender people to enter a bathroom or locker room opposite of the sex on their birth certificate. Opponents call it discrimination. But proponents say it is designed to protect the public from abuse by perverts. Watch the video below. If the video doesn’t appear automatically, please refresh your browser. 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.

Why Have Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts? The Importance of Gender Lines

Gender LinesI dare you to do a study on sex-segregated learning environments. What most people don’t know, and most lawmakers don’t want to admit, is that sex-segregated learning environments are far more successful that mixed-sex environments. When you remove the distraction of sexual attraction, learning ability increases. This was common practice until feminists complained that it was unfair and demanded equality. The next thing you know our teen pregnancy rate skyrockets. That’s some great equality right there.

Fast forward nearly a century and the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are on two very different paths. The Girl Scouts have caved to cultural pressure and become advocates for abortion, homosexuality, and other morally objectionable views. The Girl Scouts have seen declining membership over the last decade as parents with moral fiber refuse to allow their daughters to be indoctrinated by Planned Parenthood, GLSEN, GLAAD, and every other liberal social group funneling money into the Girl Scouts in exchange for access to young, impressionable girls.

What will the Boy Scouts do? No one will know for sure until the May meeting where a vote will be held to determine whether or not the BSA will reverse a long-standing policy of excluding openly homosexual members and leaders. At this point, it’s anyone’s guess.

But here is where this is all leading. If the BSA is forced through cultural pressure to allow homosexuals, you can bet others will seek to invade the group. Just as the Girl Scouts now allow transgenders into their group, we can rightfully expect the BSA to do the same. And if homosexuals and transgenders are allowed in then surely feminist girls, bi-sexuals, and others will demand to be let in. What’s left? [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.

Why Are Schools Placing So Much Emphasis on Sexuality?

chalkboard sexSex is a serious subject, not to be taken lightly; as the inherent responsibilities and consequences demand mature treatment. Sexuality is an even broader, far more serious subject. One would think sexuality would be reserved for, perhaps high-school students; and even then treated with delicacy and maturity. The idea of implementing explicit sexuality into the classroom before high school seems reckless at best.  But the idea of introducing homosexual indoctrination intended to make classes “gay friendly” for pre-schoolers is moral negligence at its worst.

Imagine if your child’s pre-school asked about your sexuality in an effort to make the classroom more “gay friendly.” Parents in the UK found out just how that would feel. As one article reports:

“Parents in the East End of Glasgow were shocked to be asked about their sex lives, so that their pre-school children would get ‘gay-friendly’ lessons…The aim of the Platform charity’s questionnaire, was to help “monitor the degree to which our programmes are gay-friendly.”

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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.