New Study Says “Right-Wing” Conservatives Are Happier

If you’re not sure which way to go politically or socially, consider a recent study that suggests “right-wing” conservatives are happier than their “left-wing” liberal counterparts. One article wrote: “A study conducted at Brock University examining the association between “authoritarianism and subjective well-being” has found that individuals who think of themselves as right-wing conservatives have a much greater sense of well-being and happiness than those who describe themselves as left-wing liberals.”

I can understand this conclusion. It’s hard to be happy when you’re supporting the murder of innocent children, or redefining the family so children are deprived of a mother or a father. It’s hard to be happy when you’re trying to convince everyone that kids should be exposed to pornography in schools (aka explicit sex-ed curriculum) or that it’s acceptable for an elementary student to take birth control and get an abortion without her parents knowledge. Yep, makes perfect sense to me. 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.

And the Surprises Just Keep Coming…and Coming…

Masterpiece Cake ShopActually, we should not be at all surprised at this latest decision to thwart the sincerely held beliefs of a Christian business given the plethora of such challenges over the past two years (think Obamacare?). But when one looks at it in the broader realm of things that should never happen in any country much less so in America, it still ranks up there in the things that surprise me. Or should I say jolt me, energize me, upset me, and cause me to feel a mix of raw emotions that can sometimes bring me near the point of tears.

Never in a million years could you have convinced me that a legitimate business – in this case, a bakery – could be facing the possibility of losing the services of its owner for a year while he serves a potential jail sentence.  What was his crime, you might ask?  Nothing more than refusing to bake a cake for a customer who wanted to celebrate his same-sex “marriage.”

However, in a state like Colorado, in recent years taken over by the politically correct leftists  in the legislature and the governor’s mansion, it is not only possible, it is realistically what the owner of  Masterpiece Cake shop, Jack Phillips, might face if convicted under Colorado’s non-discrimination laws. [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

Girl Scouts Walk in Gay Pride Parade

As the buzz surrounding the Boy Scouts dies down, for now, the Girl Scouts are stepping in to fill the void. A California chapter of the Girl Scouts made history last week by walking in the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade. But don’t worry, they aren’t pushing an agenda, just supporting their community. Anyone remember the last time the Girl Scouts did a nativity, supported a pro-life event? Of course not. They don’t support “those” communities, just the homosexual and abortion communities.

A former Girl Scout said of the incident: ”There exists an intriguing discrepancy here between what the Girl Scouts say and what they do. GSUSA has promised they have ‘established standards that do not permit the advocacy or promotion of a personal lifestyle or sexual orientation…yet here is undeniable participation in an advocacy campaign. Unfortunately, this is not their first broken promise.” This former scout, Sydney Volanski has started SpeakNowGirlScouts.com, to show people just how liberal the Girl Scouts really are. I can’t help but believe the Boy Scouts will soon walk side by side with the Girl Scouts in promoting views and lifestyles dangerous to the very children they claim to serve. It’s a disservice. 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 Unfortunate Demise of Exodus International

Exodus InternationalExodus International, a 37 year old ministry seeking to help people with unwanted same-sex attractions, is shutting down. The shocking announcement came last week as Exodus president Alan Chambers issued a public apology for the “harm” caused by his group and said he is seeking to “see bridges built, we want peace to be at the forefront of anything we do in the future.” The apology and news of Exodus shutting down went viral as both supporters and detractors weighed in with their thoughts. Not surprisingly, homosexual advocates praised Chambers for his courage and honesty, applauding him while asking him to go farther and condemn reparative therapy.

Sharon Groves, a leader with the Human Rights Campaign said:

“This is a welcome first step in honestly addressing the harm the organization and its leaders have caused…Now we need them to take the next step of leadership and persuade all other religious-based institutions that they got it wrong.”

Evangelical leaders on the other hand lamented the decision and noted the further confusion and harm it would cause those dealing with unwanted same-sex attraction. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary commented: [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.

Obama Will Veto 20 Week Abortion Ban

For all the talking our president does about protecting children, he doesn’t put much action behind it (unless of course he is trying to take away guns). Even after the horrors of the Gosnell case president Obama is still not interested in guarding against a repeat incident by banning abortions after 20 weeks. On top of it all, he doesn’t seem to care that unborn children feel the pain of their own death by dismemberment and want to protect them from such cruelty. The administration released the following statement:

“The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 1797, which would unacceptably restrict women’s health and reproductive rights and is an assault on a woman’s right to choose. Women should be able to make their own choices about their bodies and their health care, and Government should not inject itself into decisions best made between a woman and her doctor.” Just your typical liberal rhetoric void of realty or truth. 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.

ESPN’s Chris Broussard Preaches Biblical Message of Sin

Chris Broussard

ESPN’s Chris Broussard

By now you are aware that NBA player Jason Collins is gay. Collins made major news headlines this week with the revelation simply because he is the first athlete in four major U.S. professional sports to admit that he is gay while still playing pro ball. Fox Sports had this to say:

“Collins became the first active player in one of the four major U.S. pro sports leagues to come out as gay. He wrote a first-person article posted Monday on Sports Illustrated’s website that begins: ‘’I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.’ ‘I think the country is ready for supporting an openly gay basketball player,’ Collins told ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ in an interview aired Tuesday morning.”

Collin’s announcement isn’t really what I want to focus on, though I find it mildly annoying that President Obama made sure to call and congratulate Collins while continuing to ignore the Kermit Gosnell trial. Just to be clear, our president thinks it is important to congratulate someone for being gay, while ignoring the atrocities of Gosnell who will be convicted of murdering living babies. Let that sink in for a moment.

What I really want to discuss is what happened soon after Collins’ announcement with ESPN analyst Chris Broussard. For clarity let me just say I have watched Broussard on a number of venues talk basketball. He has always been direct, articulate, and fair. But not once did I ever suspect he was a person of faith. Never once did he say anything – that I caught – that would lead me to believe he knows anything about the Bible, God, or sin. [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.

Bill Maher Actually Says Something Worth Reading

I rarely pay attention to anything Bill Maher says for obvious reasons. But recently he blasted a guest for comparing the violence in Islam to other faiths. A recent article says: ”Liberal talk show host Bill Maher went toe to toe with a guest Friday night taking issue with the guest’s comparing Islamic extremism with other faiths. Maher was interviewing Brian Levin, director of The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, at California State University, San Bernardino. Levin questioned the legitimacy of highlighting Islamic extremism as an anomaly among world religions…Maher went on to accuse Levin of being wrong about his facts. He said that while all Muslim people are not terrorists violence is more than just a fringe element of the Islamic faith.”

This is important because even a liberal like Maher recognizes that people are trying to spin the narrative to equate all faiths, an effort that will lead to Christians, Jews, and Catholics being called terrorists and losing their religious freedoms. When a liberal like Maher can see that this is what is happening it is evident that the attack on religious freedom in America is now a full scale war. 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.

Christians Persecuted for Their Religious Convictions – in America!

religious persecutionThe media doesn’t do a very good job of reporting religious persecution in America or worldwide for that matter. I suppose many don’t believe such a thing exists. That would be a mistake of epic proportions and provide a false sense of security that will lull the victim to sleep as those bent on destroying religious freedom enact their plans. Just in case you didn’t know religious persecutions was currently taking place in America and worldwide, allow me to share just a few of the many incidents taking place currently.

Washington Attorney General Sues Florist For Anti-Gay Discrimination:

A florist in Washington State refused to provide her services for a same-sex ceremony and is now being sued by the state attorney general. This occurrence highlights the dangers of “non-discrimination” laws that ultimately allow Christians and people of faith to be sued for simply living according to their beliefs. This also shows how the government will try to force people of faith to violate their convictions via federal or state law in order to accomplish their political agenda.

American Arrested for Anti-homosexual Statements:

A 47-year old American was on a tour in the U.K. when he was asked about his views on homosexuality by some gay couples in Scotland. When he shared his view of homosexuality being a sin he was arrested and fined substantially for his words. Consider for a moment the implications of being criminally charged for simply sharing your religious beliefs. Again, non-discrimination laws end up harming no one but those who disagree with the politically correct view. [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.

New Pope Has Enemies Already

Much fanfare and media coverage welcomed the new Pope to the national spotlight. Pope Francis I however, seems to be a Pope of a different nature. He has already been dubbed “the people’s Pope” for his emphasis on helping the poor, and the fact that his life has been an example of what that looks like. That didn’t stop liberal media outlets from seeking to discredit and hurt the new Pope by condemning his position on socio-political issues. A recent article explains the media’s attacks:

“As Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, recently chronicled, the barrage of lies, spin, and accusations has already begun. When you hate the Church, when you wish for its destruction, or at least for its transformation into another vehicle for secularization, you will naturally do all you can to hurt Her leader…Francis himself, however, actually galls them: A Jesuit who rejected liberation theology (“Oh, the horror!), a South American cardinal who opposed the government on abortion, euthanasia, and gay-lesbian adoption, and, most of all, his lifestyle provides no clubs to beat him with — he rides the bus, will not live in archdiocesan palaces, and wears the simplest of clerical robes.” I was impressed when I heard the Pope speak at the words he used and his emphasis on the sharing and spreading the Gospel. Perhaps that’s why liberals don’t like him. 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.

Groups Ask UN to Stop Pushing Abortion, Homosexuality, Sex-Ed Programs

Some groups at the UN have taken upon themselves in recent years to deviate from their purpose and push abortion, homosexuality, and controversial sex-ed programs at the general assembly. Many of these are rejected in part or whole by a large part of the UN body and have caused tension at the general assembly. Pro-life groups took time at a special forum to ask the general assembly to do a better job of regulating reform bodies that deviate from their mandates by pushing these social agenda items. A recent article states:

“Pro-life organizations spoke at a special forum at UN headquarters this week to ask the UN General Assembly to reform treaty bodies which deviate from their mandates by pushing abortion, homosexuality and controversial sex ed programs. The UN is in the midst of a full review of the treaty bodies to identify ways to reform a system riddled with backlog, inefficiencies and abuse of authority…During the forum for civil society held on Tuesday, the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), publisher of the Friday Fax, warned that when treaty bodies call for abortion rights, homosexual rights, and even the legalization of prostitution they ‘compromise their own institutional integrity and undermine the human rights project,’ adding that the independence of treaty bodies ‘is not a license to re-write treaties.’” 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.