When Murder is Disguised as Compassion

Euthanasiaby Pastor Seth Polk

There is an ongoing struggle for life in the United States. Sometimes those who value life, and desire to honor and protect it from its natural conception to its natural death, wonder if any progress is being made at all, and if it really matters in the big picture of the world. I can assure you it does. What is at stake, is not only the value of an unborn child, but the value of life at every stage.

In the country of Belgium, euthanasia is legal for people over the age of 18. Now, the government is considering extending this to children who are in pain, and also to adults who have early dementia. An article appeared in The Washington Post recently about this. In it, the slippery slope toward death is readily apparent. People are weighing in on the debate from all over the world. John Harris, a professor of bioethics at the University of Manchester said, “It’s unfair to provide euthanasia differentially to some citizens and not to others (children) if the need is equal.” Professor Harris and those who agree with him are advocating for murder, on the basis of fairness, and disguising it as compassion.

This is outrageous, and illogical thinking. The Christian Democratic Flemish party is opposing the legislation and has pledged to challenge it in the European Court of Human Rights if it were to pass. The legislation takes the position that if a child is in pain, it is permissible to take the life of that child. If an adult has the onset of dementia, it is permissible to take the life of that adult. [Read more...]

Planned Parenthood Helping ObamaCare While Breaking the Law

“A Planned Parenthood chapter operating as an official Obamacare navigator location gives out abortion pills too late in pregnancies and allows non-physicians to give out the pills…Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) – which received U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant money to enroll people in the Obamacare exchanges — ignored FDA safety protocols by giving out abortion pills past 49 days of pregnancy and allowed non-physicians to give out the pills…”

Not surprising that Planned Parenthood is helping get people into ObamaCare. You might not know it, but Planned Parenthood stands to gain millions of dollars from people who enroll in ObamaCare and then seek abortions. But as usual, Planned Parenthood is breaking the law and acting like it’s no big deal. I guess when you have the president as an ally it doesn’t really matter what laws you obey and break. If the president can do it, so can his allies. Click here for original article.

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Texas Judge Says Women Can Be Endangered by Abortion

A texas judge has struck down one of the most critical parts of the new abortion law passed earlier this year. The admitting privilege provision requires an abortionist to be able to admit patients to a local hospital in the event of a botched abortion. But the judge argued that this statute:

“does not bear a rational relationship to the legitimate right of the State in preserving and promoting fetal life or a woman’s health and, in any event, places a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion of a nonviable fetus and is thus an undue burden to her. The court concludes that admitting privileges have no rational relationship to improved patient care.”

In other words, an abortionist can perform an invasive medical surgery on a woman, but doesn’t have to be able to get her needed medical help at the hospital should something go wrong. Furthermore, this leaves the door open for non-doctors to perform abortions. And of course this is a decision Planned Parenthood applauds as they continue to put women in harm’s way. 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.

Nebraska Supreme Court Uses Common Sense in Pregnant Teen Abortion Case

A pregnant 15 year old living in foster care sought an abortion without the consent of her foster parents. She said they were “religious” and she feared they would be biased against her desire for abortion or tell her foster siblings that she is a bad person. But in Nebraska a minor must have consent from at least one parent before an abortion can be obtained. The teen sought to invoke a little used clause that would allow her to go around the law, but the Nebraska Supreme Court wasn’t having any of it.

Sticking to the intent of the law the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that the pregnant teen did not meet any of the requirements for the exemption and refused to grant the petition for an abortion without parental consent. This is a victory in a number of ways. First, this is a victory for pro-life laws. The Nebraska Supreme Court held to the letter and intent of the law and did not create a right of even perception of a right to abortion. Second, this is a victory for parental consent laws. No minor should be allowed to obtain a medical procedure without parental consent. Such an idea is beyond ludicrous. The Nebraska Supreme Court recognized that and held to the law, giving a victory for parents and setting precedent for future cases. We applaud Nebraska for their ruling. 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.

Congressman Tells Obama “You Can’t Break the Law”

LifeSiteNews: ”An Obama administration decision to force taxpayers to finance insurance plans that cover abortion for Congressional staffers violates the law and could provoke a lawsuit, prominent pro-life activists have said. Congressional staffers will be able to use hefty taxpayer subsidies – ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 according to Fox News – to purchase insurance through the ObamaCare state health exchanges that covers elective abortions. Taxpayer funds finance about 75 percent of staffers’ premiums. But under a 1983 ordinance that is still in effect, such funds can in no way cover abortion except in the cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.”

This move by the Obama administration to appear to be following the law while actually subverting it prompted pro-life Congressman Chris Smith to tell President Obama “you can’t break the law.” Amazingly, the Obama administration is seeking to in fact break the law, or even re-write the law without going through Congress. This shows just how pro-abortion Obama is, and why he has certainly earned the title as the “most pro-abortion president in U.S. history.” 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.

The Future of America: Support Homosexuality or Else

An interesting case from Canada should serve as another example of how redefining marriage will eventually infringe on the religious freedoms of Christians. Essentially, a law dean is mounting a crusade against a private Christian university law school that requires its students to abstain “from sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman.” Seems pretty standard for nearly every reputable, evangelical Christian school.

The law dean leading the charge against the school doesn’t like this part of the student code. But what is frightening is that this is a private school, not publicly funded, much like a church or other private religious entity. And yet this law dean believes it is appropriate for the government to step in and require the school to change its policy. I guess that whole “my gay marriage doesn’t interfere with your life” argument just went out the window. Ay! 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.

U.S. Recognizing Same Sex Marriage on VISA Papers

It seems the U.S. is recognizing same-sex “marriage” on VISA papers in light of the Supreme Court’s rulings in June. A recent report says: ”If you are in a country that doesn’t recognize your same-sex marriage, then your visa application will still be treated equally at every single one of our 222 visa processing centers around the world.”

What makes this interesting is the possibility that a “married” same-sex couple would come to the U.S. on a VISA and move, even temporarily to a state that does not recognize same-sex “marriage.” Will that state be forced to recognize their union, or will the state have sovereignty to require the couple to adhere to state law? 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.

Should America Be Projecting Christian Values?

Rubio PaulDoes America have a moral responsibility to “project Christian values” to the world? It’s an interesting question that is being discussed more often as the current administration  sends resources and funding to countries that do not like America or Christians; countries such as Egypt and Syria.

Senator Marco Rubio recently said America has an obligation to “project Christian values” to the world. Rand Paul lamented that America is “funding wars on Christianity” by giving money to countries like Syria and Egypt. So the question remains, if we as Christians believe in religious freedom, and we certainly do, do we then have a responsibility to project our Christian values to the world, or to protect Christianity worldwide?

Joe Carter, writing at The Gospel Coalition asks “If our options are these two choices—protecting Christians or promoting Christian values—which should we choose? While Christians may differ on the question—and some will claim we should choose neither—it seems the morally responsible answer is that we should choose both.”

Carter goes on to explain that while some would argue religion should play no part in public policy, the fact is that all policies are rooted in Christian principles and values of some sort. This fact is hard to deny considering the Bible predates most written records and commands such things as “don’t kill,” “don’t steal,” and “don’t lie.” We believe in the social and civic laws of our country, we believe in our founding documents and ideals of our Founders. Does advocating those ideals and laws worldwide constitute advocating for Christianity? [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.

Citizenlink: What’s Going on in California?

Citizenlink’s Bruce Hausknecht explains the state of marriage in California in light of the SCOTUS ruling on Prop 8. There’s been confusion on whether or not same-sex “marriage” is legal or not in light of that ruling. This is a clear explanation of what is going on and what the next steps will be. Watch the video below. If the video doesn’t appear automatically, please refresh your browser.

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.

It Begins: Marriage law Challenged in Arkansas

An Arkansas newspaper writes: “Three couples have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Arkansas marriage law, known as Amendment 83…The suit, filed Monday, says the plaintiffs seek a declaration that Amendment 83 violates the right to equal protection and due process of law under the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It cites the recent overturning of a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), in which the U.S. Supreme Court found that section 2 of DOMA violated the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses in the fifth amendment of the U.S. Constitution.”

In the wake of the SCOTUS marriage rulings we can expect more state laws to be challenged. The court left such a possibility open. The defense of marriage will require vigilance on the part of those who believe in the traditional family as the best environment for children. As Attorney General’s refuse to defend state laws, legislatures take action, and more lawsuits are brought, this is surely just the beginning. 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.