US Army Calls Christian Group a “Hate Group”

A recent article reports: “Several dozen U.S. Army active duty and reserve troops were told last week that the American Family Association, a well-respected Christian ministry, should be classified as a domestic hate group because the group advocates for traditional family values. The briefing was held at Camp Shelby in Mississippi and listed the AFA alongside domestic hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, the Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam. A soldier who attended the briefing contacted me and sent me a photograph of a slide show presentation that listed AFA as a domestic hate group. Under the AFA headline is a photograph of Westboro Baptist Church preacher Fred Phelps holding a sign reading ‘No special law for f***.’ American Family Association has absolutely no affiliation with the controversial church group known for picketing the funerals of American service members.”

When challenged, the army instructor told the group that AFA could be considered a hate group because it calls homosexuals sinners. The group was then told that any association with the group could result in discipline. This should be shocking and angering to anyone holding to biblical values, and anyone that believes in the 1st Amendment. The army has absolutely no right to tell service members who they can and cannot affiliate with. Furthermore, the army has no right to declare a Christian organization a “hate group” for simply adhering to biblical morals. If this is the case, every Christian organization, and every bible-believing church in America is now considered a “domestic hate group” for their position on marriage. Outraged yet? Click here for original article.

Update: According to a recent post by the American Family Association: “The slide was not produced by the Army and it does not reflect our policy or
doctrine. It was produced by a soldier conducting a briefing which included info acquired from an internet search.  Info was not pulled from official Army sources, nor was it approved by senior Army leaders, senior equal opportunity counselors or judge-advocate personnel. The Soldier, after being challenged on the information, recognized that the information was incorrect.  The briefing has been updated and any reference to American Family Association has been removed. Soldiers who attended the briefing will be notified that the information regarding AFA was incorrect. I am unaware at this time about the intervention of an Army Chaplain. We consider the matter closed.”

Is anyone else worried that the military is allowing propaganda to be taught without verifying its accuracy? Glad they “corrected” the situation.

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.

Study Shows Alternate Lifestyles Put Kids at Disadvantage

student gradeLet’s embark on a little exercise. Let’s see if we can make sense of the data being published on the role of parents in the lives of children. Now, for starters we have to understand that homosexuals and their advocates, as well as liberal lawmakers and talking heads are telling us that moms and dads don’t matter, all that matters is a “loving family.” The question now becomes, “Does the data support this assertion?”

First we can look to the studies of Mark Regnerus, the Texas professor that blew the lid off parenting studies with his own work in the field. He recently analyzed a study out of Canada in which the study shows “children of gay and lesbian couples are only about 65 percent as likely to have graduated from high school as the children of married, opposite sex couples.”

This is important data because homosexuals have been legally allowed to marry in Canada since 2005. The study is also important because it uses a sampling size that is 20 percent of the Canadian census.

Next, statistics from the Office for National Statistics in Europe shows a 20 percent increase in divorce among homosexuals in 2012. A recent article states:

“The number of same-sex couples ending their civil unions leapt by 20 per cent last year, seven years after their introduction in 2005. Overall there were 794 dissolutions in 2012, almost 60 per cent of which were female couples…” [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.

Miss World Says Sex is for Marriage, Doesn’t Believe in Abortion

The newly crowned Miss World, Megan Young, had some surprising views to share at a recent interview. She told the world that she is pro-life, and believes sex is for marriage. She also made it clear that she doesn’t believe in divorce and that marriage is a life time commitment. We appreciate someone taking a stand for life and marriage on such a large stage. In recent years the beauty pageant scene has created controversy with some of the questions asked. It is encouraging when young women share these conservative values on a stage as big as “Miss World.” Click here for original article. 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.

Should Christians Even Be Allowed to Adopt?

AdoptHave you noticed the hoopla that the entertainment media makes over all the ethnic children being adopted by Hollywood stars?  Angelina Jolie, Jane Fonda, Michelle Pheiffer.  This is just a partial list provided by the author of a new article on the Godfather Politics website.

I truly pray that God blesses those who are willing to step in where others have shirked their responsibilities as parents and take a child in need into their home and nurture that child to adulthood.  This is commendable on several levels regardless of how far to the left or right on the political spectrum the parents might be.

What tends to get me twisted into knots of exasperation is when those from the secular side of society choose to use their bias in making decisions about who is permitted to adopt.  Why is there any difference between a parent who is conservative choosing to adopt and a liberal doing the same thing?  They have both acted on their choices in a positive way and have both done the child, themselves and society a great bit of good.

This is simply because society gains the benefit of a productive citizen instead of a dependent, the parents gain a loving child that returns their love and becomes a part of them just as much as if they had borne the child themselves.  I know that for a fact because my late wife and I adopted a one-year-old little girl in 1977.  [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

Tell Obama Not to Court Martial Sgt. Monk

Yesterday we brought you the case of Sgt. Monk, an air force officer currently facing punishment for refusing his commanding officers request to support homosexual marriage. When Sgt. Monk was asked by his commanding officer if he supported homosexual marriage, he said he could not answer that in a way that would make his commanding officer happy. It should be noted that his CO is a lesbian. Sgt. Monk’s CO promptly relieved him of his duties and now he is being investigated and could face court martial. This egregious infringement of a Christians first amendment right is pathetic. To think that any military member can be forced to agree with another view is preposterous and in direct violation of the Constitution.

Now, the Family Research Council is asking all those who believe in religious freedom to sign a petition standing with Sgt. Monk. Sign the petition here. The Obama administration has waged a war on our military and their religious freedom. We believe the men and women who serve to protect our country deserve better. They deserve to know, just as every other American deserves to know, that free speech and religious freedom are sacred components of our nation. Take action now and stand with Sgt. Monk. 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.

Billboard Reaches out to Atheists in NYC

Answers in Genesis is seeking to reach out to atheists in New York City using a billboard stating “Thank God You’re Wrong.” Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis says they want to share the message of Christ using the billboard. To that end, the web address on the billboard directs viewers to an article called “How Do We Know There is a God?” Answers in Genesis makes an important point that, without Christ and the hope of eternal life there is no purpose or meaning to this life. I would also say that without Christ, without purpose or meaning, there is no basis to defend life, marriage, or religious freedom. If life has no purpose them there is certainly no point in protecting the unborn from meaninglessness. And there is no reason to defend traditional marriage, the method of procreation which allows a mom and dad to pass on their faith and share the meaning of life. And our faith is meaningless so there’s no point in defending its freedom. However, thanks to Christ and the eternal life found in Him, there is meaning to this life and these critical biblical moral issues are worth defending. 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.

Engaging the Issues: Religious Freedom in the Military Takes a Shot – Michael Berry

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The military is experiencing an unprecedented level of attack on religious freedom. These attacks go beyond Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and are striking at the heart of our nations defense. Michael Berry is uniquely qualified to discuss the issue as he spent a number of years as a Marine Corps attorney before joining Liberty Institute. In this edition of Engaging the Issues Mr. Berry discusses the case of Sgt. Monk and why this critical case has implications for the religious rights of every American. Click here to launch the podcast.

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.

Massachusetts Decides to Discriminate Against Christians

AdoptionGiven the number of specific incidents in which government entities from school boards to employment offices have expressed prejudice against conservative (read, Christian) values and beliefs, this one doesn’t come as a real shock. Other than the fact it was (perhaps unintentionally) openly admitted in a meeting that was being video-taped.

An article that appears on the WND.com website includes a video in which it is clearly stated that the Massachusetts department that controls foster-care and adoptions has adopted a policy that will “weed out” people who do not fully embrace and accept the homosexual lifestyle and reinforce the positive view of homosexuality to any child placed in their care either as a foster parent or as an adoptee from Massachusetts.

This is clearly another perfect example of government policies that discriminate against anyone who holds a Biblical view regarding the sin of homosexual behavior.

First of all, children old enough to understand the meaning of homosexuality are the most difficult children to place for adoption and there are huge numbers of those children who “age out” of the foster system at age eighteen because they were never successfully placed for adoption. [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

Will Mountaineers Redefine Marriage?

WV WeddingThe fight to redefine marriage has finally come to West Virginia.

Remember back in 2010 when we held our petition drive to ask our lawmakers to defend traditional marriage with a sate constitutional marriage amendment? We said that our DOMA law was good, but not enough to ensure that marriage defined as one man and one woman would be securely defended. Our lawmakers  didn’t care that we delivered thousands of petitions from West Virginians asking for a constitutional amendment, they didn’t see the need. So they said not to worry about it and if an effort to redefine marriage ever came up they would oppose it and secure traditional marriage.

Well, what are our lawmakers going to do?

Lambda Legal, a gay rights group, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of three homosexual couples alleging that our DOMA law is unconstitutional and seeking to overturn it and redefine marriage in West Virginia. The couples, from Huntington and St. Albans say they were denied marriage licenses in accordance with state law, but believe the law is discriminatory.

In response to this lawsuit, the Family Policy Council of West Virginia released the following statement: [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.

W.Va. Couples Suing to Overturn Same Sex Marriage Ban

WvGazette: “Three West Virginia couples are suing in federal court to overturn the state’s ban on gay and lesbian marriage. Lambda Legal, a national civil rights organization, announced today it will file a lawsuit on behalf of a St. Albans couple…and two Huntington couples.”

It was only a matter of time before the marriage battle came to West Virginia. It’s here now. We are now fighting to bring the abortion industry under common sense health and safety regulations, and to defend traditional marriage. Those seeking to overturn the state ban on homosexual marriage will be well funded and most likely have plenty of favorable press coverage. In order to preserve marriage in our state we need the prayers and support from the vast majority of West Virginians that recognize that marriage is a union of one man and one woman. 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.