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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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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Morality and Marriage Equal Economic Prosperity

family povertyMuch has been written here and in other venues regarding the deplorable state of the traditional family.  No, I’m not saying that all traditional families are in deplorable shape.  What I am addressing is the lower and lower percentage of children being born into traditional families in America.

There are a lot of different moral arguments that can be made for why this is happening.  Things like the general breakdown of morality, the promotion of sex in every possible form and the promiscuity that it has bred, and the blatant encouragement of our youth to “explore” their sexuality far earlier than is advisable. Not to mention the decimation of the necessary underpinning of the marriage relationship that keeps sex within its boundaries where it is safe, loving, and natural as an expression of love for one’s spouse.

But let’s suppose – for a moment – that we are speaking with someone who chooses to “blow off” all of these extremely important aspects to the problem.  How do we demonstrate the evils of out-of-wedlock childbirth?

The Gartman Report, a newsletter targeting investors and traders in the stock market, tends to lean toward the conservative side of the political spectrum, but for the sake of their subscribers, is also careful to examine issues from all angles. [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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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.

Will You Pay the Price of Citizenship?

The case of Elane Photography is now one of the most infamous in U.S. history. These simple folks that desired to live in accordance with their faith were told to either violate their convictions in order to do business, or close up shop. To think that religious freedom would be under this sort of assault in America is unfathomable, and yet here it is. Read the chilling words of the justice that penned the decision:

“In the smaller, more focused world of the marketplace, of commerce, of public accommodation, the Huguenins have to channel their conduct, not their beliefs, so as to leave space for other Americans who believe something different. That compromise is part of the glue that holds us together as a nation, the tolerance that lubricates the varied moving parts of us as a people. In short, I would say to the Huguenins, with the utmost respect: it is the price of citizenship.”

Does citizenship have so high a price? Our Founding Father’s certainly did not think so. They would be appalled at the thought of asking anyone to violate their religious convictions. And so too should we. 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.

Uncle Si: “It ain’t gun control we need, it’s sin control”

Those words were recently spoken by the outspoken uncle of the Robertson clan, Uncle Si. He was talking about recent calls for greater gun control laws, but those same words could easily be applied to a number of issues. Uncle Si shares some of his life story and reminded people that he isn’t perfect, still makes mistakes, and at one time turned to “alcohol and whoring around” in life. But Uncle Si found that those are not the answers and turned to Jesus to help.

Many won’t like Uncle Si’s words. Some in our culture don’t believe there should be any boundaries, and nothing should be off limits. But Uncle Si is right, the answer is not more government control or regulations, the answer is a changed heart that recognizes sin. Murdering an unborn child is sin. Homosexual acts are sin. Punishing people for adhering to a biblical definition of marriage is sin. While those seeking to change our nation want to distract us by calling these political issues, the fact is they are biblical moral issues. 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.

Marriage Was Redefined in New Jersey Yesterday

A federal judge in New Jersey ordered the state to allow same-sex “marriage.” Gov. Chris Christie appealed the decision to the state Supreme Court which refused to hear the case or reverse the lower court ruling. That means that marriage was officially redefined in New Jersey via judicial activism without the consent of the people. Monday morning couples began seeking marriage licenses as the majority of the state was blocked from having a say in the decision.

I can’t help but wonder if the same thing will happen in West Virginia. We currently have a federal case challenging our state DOMA law and seeking to overturn it. Our lawmakers, as recently as 2010 have said that if anyone tried to overturn our DOMA law they would lead the defense of marriage as one man and one woman. Have they undergone an “evolution” on the definition of marriage like our president, or will they keep their word and defend traditional marriage? I suggest you, the citizens of West Virginia, remind them of their promise and hold them accountable to it. Go to www.legis.state.wv.us and click the “contact” tab to find the contact information for your state lawmaker. You want to make a difference? Make a call. 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: Dead Baby Found In Teen’s Bag Inside Manhattan Victoria’s Secret, Same-sex marriages to begin Monday in NJ, Planned Parenthood Tells Teens Nothing Wrong With Multiple Sex Partners

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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.

 Dead Baby Found In Teen’s Bag Inside Manhattan Victoria’s Secret

A shocking story out of New York City happened over the weekend when police, stopping a young woman suspected of shoplifting at a Victoria’s Secret store, found the body of a dead infant in her bag. The woman told police she gave birth to the child and “didn’t know what to do” so she carried the lifeless body in her shopping bag while shopping. The young woman has shown no remorse or even sense of shame for such a cruel act. But how can we expect people to care when Planned Parenthood continues to tell us that these are not babies, just non-living fetuses, or blobs of cells? A subsequent article states that the child was born alive, asphyxiated, and then carried around in a bag. While the young woman has not yet been charged with murder, it seems hypocritical to charge her with doing what abortionists do every day. What’s the difference between a doctor killing the child or the mother doing it? This is the ironic world we live in when it’s legal for one person to kill a child but illegal for another to kill the same child. Click here for original article.

Same-sex marriages to begin Monday in NJ [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.

More Evidence of U.S. Military’s Open Hostility to Christians

AFA hate groupA week or so ago, I relayed the story of how the Air Force has begun aggressively promoting (not just accepting) homosexual conduct as a positive lifestyle to be supported by all within their ranks.   They have made it clear with the case of SMSgt. Monk that they are playing for keeps and anyone not toeing the line is subject to having career problems.

Now the Army has come “out of the closet” with their view toward anything resembling traditional family values or Christian principles.  Thanks for an unidentified soldier who took a risk and sent some images of a power-point presentation conducted this week at his duty station, we might not have heard about this one right away.

According to the instructor conducting the training session on “identified hate groups” the American Family Association has been declared comparable to the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, the Nation of Islam, and Black Panthers.  Who’d have guessed it?

All kidding aside, this is no laughing matter.  When a Christian chaplain spoke up in the meeting repeatedly, the instructor continued repeating his belief that the association was a “hate group” because they identified homosexuals as “sinners, heathens, and other derogatory terms.”  [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