Take Action: Tell Senate to Reject ENDA

Citizenlink: “The so-called Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would force businesses and organizations with 15 or more employees to provide special privileges to workers based on ‘actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.’ If passed into law, employers would not be able to consider the possible consequences of a man dressing as a woman, or a woman identifying as a man. The bill is expected to pass a key procedural vote this evening that requires 60 votes. That would lead to an up-or-down vote later this week.”

Already our very own Sen. Manchin has said he will support the ENDA bill. He needs to hear from us and know we don’t approve of creating a special class of citizen, limiting employers’ and employee’s freedom of religion, and the curtailing of free speech. Don’t sit back and let this opportunity to take action pass you by. Take a few moments to let Manchin and other lawmakers know just how opposed to ENDA West Virginian’s are. Click here for original article.

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President Obama and Joe Manchin Support ENDA

ManchinOver the weekend President Obama wrote an op-ed which appeared in the Huffington Post encouraging Congress to pass the ENDA bill. ENDA stands for Employment Non-Discrimination Act. on the surface this sounds like a great bill to support. But like most things out of Washington it is filled with traps for many people. Bills like ENDA can be used to force religious employers to hire people who oppose their religious convictions. For example, a Christian school might be forced to hire a transgender teacher though said teacher’s lifestyle stands in opposition to the school doctrine.

Many lawmakers like to use ENDA as a hammer to bash religious employers over the head with discrimination charges. But it’s not discrimination to require employees to adhere to specific doctrinal positions. In fact, many churches are now writing into their Constitution and By-Laws protections against such laws which state any employees must adhere to specific church doctrines as a requirement for employment. This is not discrimination, it’s called religious freedom. But ENDA will threaten churches and religious organizations with lawsuits for simply desiring to live and do business according to their faith.

News also came out last week in which Sen. Manchin, after assuring us he would never support ENDA, has decided to vote in favor of the bill. Once again proving that he will do anything to advance his career even if it means lying to the people that elected him to office, Manchin has promised to support the bill when it comes to the Senate for a vote. Turning his back on West Virginians in favor of Washington, D.C. applause, Manchin is flip-flopping on his promise to oppose ENDA.

I think it’s time we let Sen. Manchin know what we think about his decision to flip-flop and support such a dangerous bill. You can reach Sen. Manchin at:

Washington D.C. Office: 306 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 / (202) 224-3954

West Virginia Office: 300 Virginia Street, East Suite 2630, Charleston, WV 25301 / (304) 342-5855 / http://manchin.senate.gov

You can also click here to see a listing to contact information for Sen. Manchin.

 

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Sen. Manchin Wants to Delay ObamaCare Mandate Until 2015

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is now supporting a bill to delay the implementation of the ObamaCare HHS mandate until January 1, 2015. The mandate demands every citizen to purchase insurance or face fines and penalties. But with the recent debacle in rolling out ObamaCare and all the glitches with the website and phone system, delaying the HHS mandate is becoming a very popular position. Polls show a majority of Americans support delaying the mandate.

While I am happy that a bi-partisan effort is being made to delay the mandate, I am also skeptical. First, delaying the mandate can be a distraction to remove the focus from the primary need of repealing ObamaCare in its entirety. Second, this effort can also be a shelter for vulnerable democrats running in 2014. Such a shelter would allow these democrats to get re-elected where they will then support ObamaCare and its full implementation. So while I am hopeful that the mandate will be delated, I remain resolute in the position that it needs to be repealed entirely and urge Sen. Manchin, along with others in Congress to work to that end. Watch Sen. Manchin’s interview with Bill O’Reilly 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.

Engaging Weekend: Democrats Vote to Fund ObamaCare and Abortion, New Jersey Judge Allows Gay Marriage, Obama Asks for Pastor Saeed to be Released

FPC-BlogUpdate-EngagingWeek

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.

Senate Democrats Block Republicans’ Effort to Defund Pro-Abortion Obamacare

The Senate voted on Friday to return funding for ObamaCare to the continuing resolution bill. A recent article states: “With the Senate voting 54-44 on a party-line vote today, Senate Democrats blocked an effort by Republicans to de-fund the Obamacare legislation that pro-life groups oppose because it will fund abortions and presents rationing concerns.” What this means is that every Democrat voted to fund ObamaCare and force the horrible legislation on Americans once again; including forcing Americans to fund abortions. Even though a super majority of Americans despise ObamaCare and want it repealed, Democrats don’t seem to care about the wishes of the American people. Furthermore, this means that Sen. Joe Manchin can never again claim to be pro-life. This is without a doubt a heavily pro-abortion bill that anyone claiming to be pro-life could not support. Evidently Manchin likes to tell West Virginians he is pro-life and then support abortion funding with his vote. Now we know where he stands. Click here for original article.

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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.

ACTION ALERT: Tell the Senate to Pass the 20 Week Abortion Ban

take actionThe information below came to me via email from the Family Research Council yesterday. It is too important not to share with you and ask you to take action. You want to protect women and save children? Here’ s how you can do it. Don’t sit on the sidelines when you have a real opportunity to make a difference in the fight to defend life.

Read the information below, then, at the end is a link where you can email your Senators and let them know you want them to support the 20 week abortion ban. Sens. Rockefeller and Manchin need to hear from West Virginians, and know we support life. I did this yesterday and it took about 3 minutes to send the prepared email. Click the link. Save lives.

In June, a bipartisan majority in the House passed a nationwide ban on abortion after 20 weeks — the point medical science has determined an unborn child experiences pain — and now the Senate has the chance to do the same.

Momentum has been building since a similar measure passed in Texas during a highly publicized special session, where we once again heard the tired refrain that this is a “war on women.” It’s not! Recent polls show a majority of Americans favor the ban with some of the strongest support coming from women! Two-thirds, in fact, when asked by Quinnipiac pollsters if they backed the ban said they would support prohibiting abortion on children developmentally capable of feeling pain.

It’s been years since the Senate has been poised to respond to the pro-life majority like this and make a meaningful impact for the cause of the unborn, saving upwards of 15,000 babies a year. Much like the ultrasound, medical advancements have helped humanize the smallest among us. As Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) put it, “These aren’t just fetuses, science now tells us that they can feel pain. These babies are just like the ones we see in Neonatal Intensive Care Units in hospitals in our area struggling for life, needing love.”

Contact your Senators and urge them to support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a popularly supported bipartisan bill that would end the gruesome abortions of children after 20 weeks.

Link: Urge your Senators to prevent abortions on pain-capable babies after 20 weeks

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.

Manchin and Rockefeller Support Bill Which Could Force Sterilization and Abortion of Disabled

A recent pro-life victory was celebrated as the United Nations Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) treaty was not ratified by the U.S. Senate and will not become the law of the land. A recent article shares: “Now, that CRPD is defeated, we know that United Nations won’t have oversight of how we care for our special needs kids. This treaty would have given the U.N. oversight of the healthcare and education choices parents with special needs kids make. Had it passed, CRPD would have become the law of the land under the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause, and would have trumped state laws, and could have been used as precedent by state and federal judges.” 

The article goes on to comment on how this treaty, if ratified, could have harmed the pro-life movement in America: “This is a misleading measure in that it does nothing to protect life. It is disguised as a way to ‘help’ the disabled. Instead it intentionally sacrifices the most vulnerable – the disabled and the unborn – all in the name of population control…Many don’t realize that this international treaty could potentially supersede future attempts to overturn Roe v. Wade.” But these concerns did not stop WV Senators Rockefeller and Manchin from voting to support the bill. Evidently Manchin’s “pro-life” position is more words than actions. Click here for original article and to see how all U.S Senators voted.

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.

West Virginia Sends Strong Message Supporting Life in Primary Elections

by Nathan A. Cherry, 05/11/2012

VoteThe upcoming election is one of the biggest in our nations’ history, of that I am sure. After nearly four years of the most pro-abortion, pro-homosexual president in U.S. history, our nation is being pushed away from the traditional values it was founded upon. But, while economic and healthcare issues are sure to be front and center in debates, don’t think for one minute that life and marriage are unimportant.

Events of the last few weeks along with this week’s election results have told me that social issues like life and marriage are still major factors in people’s mind as they decide who they will vote for. Even president Obama is leveraging social issues like marriage with his announcement this week that he now fully supports legalizing same-sex “marriage.” This could also be a political chess move to distract American voters from his failed record, who knows.

The fact is these issues have always been important to the American people. Now more than ever, more Americans identify as pro-life and support restrictions on abortions, limiting abortions to rare and emergency cases, and removing all tax funding from abortion. Yet with a super-majority of Americans in favor of such measures, our pro-abortion president has given more money to fund abortion than any other president, has fought any and all restrictions of abortion, and generally done all he can to ensure groups like Planned Parenthood can continue their criminal activities.

But West Virginia sent two very clear messages during Tuesday’s election.

According to West Virginian’s for Life, fully 88% of endorsed pro-life candidates passed the primary election to get on the ballot in November. This means 130 of 147 endorsed candidates will now be on the ballot in November. You can read this article to see the full list of those making it past the primary on Tuesday. Regarding Sen. Manchin the article states:

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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.

Wake Up Senator Manchin! You Can’t Stay Ignorant Forever

by Nathan A. Cherry, 05/24/2011

Joe ManchinMartinsburg, WV – With all due respect to Senator Manchin, this is a load of garbage! As I read through this article and the comments made by Manchin, I found my blood pressure rising as the senator defended his vote to continue giving millions of tax-payer dollars to Planned Parenthood. His comments are nonsense. His comments aren’t logically compatible with the reality true of Planned Parenthood. Here, let me walk you through some of what he said.

“I did everything humanly possible. At the end of the day, I could not in all my good conscious, when I knew not one penny of your taxes was being used at Planned Parenthood to pay for abortions… I couldn’t tell the women who were dependent upon that health care, ‘I’m sorry, I can’t take a chance on giving you your health care.’ I just couldn’t do it.”

First, you didn’t do everything humanly possible. You could have supported the Pence amendment in the budget to remove all tax money from abortion businesses. But you didn’t. Second, only a willingly ignorant person would ever admit where living people can hear that no money is being used for abortions. Oh, let’s be clear, “not one penny” may physically be used to pay for an abortion, but our money is used to subsidize the infrastructure of Planned Parenthood so they are free to use other money to pay for abortion. In other words, our money pays for abortion. Come on Senator, don’t be so naïve, you’re in Washington, it’s time to wake up and join reality.

“Manchin said after his vote for Planned Parenthood funding that he offered the ‘Title X Transparency and Verification Act’ as a ‘lifelong abortion opponent’ to ‘ensure that all West Virginians and all Americans can easily access and independently verify information that not one single federal taxpayer dollar is used to fund abortions in this country. I believe there needs to be a strict firewall around the vital services that Title X funds provide — such as cancer screenings and family planning — so that those federal funds are never, ever used for a single abortion, except in the case of rape, incest and life of the mother.’”

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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.

Who Is The Best Candidate for West Virginia?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 05/19/2011

WV FlagMartinsburg, WV – West Virginians once again voiced their strong support for life by nominating two pro-life candidates for Governor. Republican Bill Maloney and Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin won the primary held last Saturday and will begin their respective campaigns to finish the term of Joe Manchin, who was elected to Congress last November.

It’s a quiet byline in most stories, but needs to be highlighted and screamed from every Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountain in the state. Both Tomblin and Maloney are strongly pro-life and believe in the sanctity of human life. And while I suspect that social issues could be relegated to the back seat of this special gubernatorial election in favor of economic policies, Obamacare, and other issues at the forefront of many minds during this struggling economy; I hope it gets plenty of press.

I am also hoping that we get a strong, truly devoted pro-life Governor. While Joe Manchin did not do anything to harm life while in office, he did not do all that he could have to protect it either. He took a more passive stance rather than actively seeking to protect the innocent lives of the unborn. Now, as a Senator it seems Manchin is falling in line with the liberals in Washington on abortion and even voting to support Planned Parenthood. Frankly, the last thing West Virginia needs is another soft pro-life Governor.

 As recently reported:

“Tomblin has compiled a pro-life record which encompasses voting for passage of these successful bills: the Women’s Right to Know Law, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act and an Ultrasound Option Requirement, and Partial-Birth Abortion Ban. He has also voted to secure Parental Notice and in 2005 sponsored a Respect Life Day resolution.”

 That’s good news for Mountaineers. What concerns me is the lack of information on other very important social issues on Mr. Tomblin’s website. (If you haven’t checked his website out, click here and learn more about where Tomblin stands on several 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.

Urgent: Manchin Fails First Pro Life Test

by Nathan A. Cherry, 04/15/2011

Martinsburg, WV – Maybe you heard about the vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate yesterday on pro-life issues. The votes were primarily on the Continuing Resolution that was agreed upon last week in order to avert a government shutdown. But, as part of that agreement abortion issues were debated and voted upon as well.

FAIL: First pro-life test is a failure for Sen. Manchin.

The House of Representatives voted 241-185 (a mostly partisan vote) to defund Planned Parenthood. The measure then went to the Senate where another partisan vote of 58-42 saw the measure defeated. And even though several pro-abortion senators voted to defund Planned Parenthood in the interested of economic intelligence and in listening the desires of the American peoples, sadly, not all followed suit.

In particular it is interesting to note that “pro-life” Senator Joe Manchin voted to support Planned Parenthood and continue funding the abortion industry with our tax money. Less than a year after being elected and proclaiming himself to be pro-life, here, in his first test of moral fortitude and conviction he chooses to support abortion and the corrupt Planned Parenthood organization rather than life.

To be honest, I didn’t have high expectations for Sen. Manchin to begin with. I was of the opinion that once he got to Washington he would fall in line with the other rank and file liberals in further damaging life, marriage, and religious freedom in America. So far he has acted as a good caucus member and done exactly what was expected of him.

One bit of good news from this vote is that the amount of Title X (family planning) funding available was reduced. This might sound like a bad thing at first. But remember that this is the fund Planned Parenthood draws from; which means that the amount available to them will be less. I support whatever gives them less of my money.

In case you are not sure why defunding Planned Parenthood is a good idea, consider this information shared by Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life:

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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.