Are We Entering “A Brave New World”?

Brave New WorldIf you’ve read Aldous Huxley’s near prophetic tale “A Brave New World” you are familiar with the term Bokanovsky’s Process.

For those unfamiliar with this term let me explain. Bokanovsky’s Process refers to a process of creating children that does not involve humans. The process allows the controllers and creators to manipulate every aspect of conception including eye and hair color, height, weight, and intelligence. So precise is the process that there is no need for a mother and father.

In fact, the concepts of mother and father are so foreign in this tale that just the mention of the word elicits expressions of horror from the young students receiving an education.

You see, in this tale the children are not raised by families, mothers, and fathers, in homes where they can be taught the values of their parents. Children are raised by the collective in institutions; where they are “taught” the “correct” version of everything from history to the reason for their social status. So engrained are these ideals that trying to work against them is like trying to breathe without inhaling oxygen.

These children are taught that they should never aspire to be anything other than what they are, to loathe those in lower social classes, that promiscuity is normal, and that “everyone belongs to everyone else.” Does that sound familiar? It was not too long ago that Melissa Harris-Perry said the same thing. She told the world parents need to stop thinking of their children as just theirs, and start considering that children belong to the community. [Read more...]

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Sex Education Part 2: The Practical Implications of Explicit Sex Ed Absent Morality

sex educationIn the first part of this essay I highlighted a new European Sex Education program that is nothing short of pornographic in what it seeks to teach children as young as four. The “Standards for Sexuality Education” guidelines seek to teach “skills” that would allow students to “self-determine their sexuality.” Rather than relying on absolute truth and biology the authors of this campaign want to further the flexi-sexual model of flexible sexuality and morality.

The education guidelines described in the program are offensive and completely lack any moral basis. In fact, there is nothing absolute within the education at all, it is devoid of absolute truth of any kind and instead filled with arbitrary ideas. These ideas lead us to wonder what a society devoid of absolute moral standards would look like.

If several generations were educated according to these standards, what is the best possible outcome we could hope for? First, if students became accustomed to schools becoming involved in the intimate details of their lives, gathering information on some of these sensitive topics would be easy. For instance, a survey that was distributed in a Maryland High School asked such questions as:

What religion do you identify with?
What is your household income?
What is your sexual orientation?
What is your parents’ political identification?
Your feelings on ObamaCare?
Should assault rifles be banned?
Who is to blame for the government shut down? [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.

Sex Education Part 1: Teaching 4 Year Olds About Masturbation

sex educationIf parents don’t stay actively engaged in the education of their child and accept responsibility for teaching them sex and morality, you can be sure someone else will. It is an absurd idea to send a child to school day after day never paying attention to what he or she is learning, the information being asked for by schools, or the fact that schools have decided to be a “role model” and primary teacher of “morality.”

What is the result of this madness called public education? How about a “Standards for Sexuality Education” program that teaches 4-year-olds about masturbation?

The new education program being unrolled in Europe has been called “A holistic approach based on an understanding of sexuality as an area of human potential helps children and young people to develop essential skills to enable them to self-determine their sexuality” says the document.

Hold on a minute. Why is it necessary for a school to teach “skills to enable them [kids] to self-determine their sexuality”? First of all, can any school legitimately claim the need to teach any “skills” related to sexuality as essential? It seems skills in math, reading, science, and other academic areas are far weightier and necessary over “skills” in sexuality. Second, why does a student need any direction from a school in order to “self-determine their sexuality”? Call me old-fashioned but I am fairly certain that sexuality is determined at birth with the genetic, biology of a child.

Does that make me hetero-normative? Traditional? I’ll accept those as compliments. [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.

Belgium Wants to Allow Parents to Kill Their Kids

If a parent can choose to kill an unborn child, or even a child that has just been born, why not allow that same parent the right to kill their teenage child? That’s the debate taking place in Belgium where a proposed law to legalize euthanasia of minor’s will most likely pass. The new law says that a terminally ill, or suffering minor has the right to seek death with parental consent. It is the next step in a culture of death that sees no value in any human life that is not considered “perfect.” A recent article states:

“The child does not have the maturity to get married or to buy alcohol or to buy cigarettes if he is 14. Now we are saying that because he is suffering, he might have the possibility to ask for euthanasia…Who will give the suggestion to the child that one of the solutions is euthanasia? A child doesn’t know what euthanasia is. A child doesn’t know what death is.” Who indeed? I’m sure it will be the “concerned and caring” health care professionals working for the government. And what happens when a parent wants death for their child but he child doesn’t want to die? Or the government wants death but neither the child or parents want death? The human and civil rights battles looming are endless. 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.

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.

Parents Oppose Common Core as Disastrous Education Decision

The Common Core standards were developed and implemented without any notification or involvement from parents. Noe one was asked for their input and no hearings were held to determine support or opposition. It is clear now that parents are opposed to the new education standards, and seemingly, for good reason. As a recent article reports, so far it has been nothing short of disaster.

“Dr. Joe Rella, superintendent of the Comsewogue School District in Long Island, N.Y., initially welcomed the standards, but quickly lost faith in them. ‘Pretty early on, it was clear there wasn’t going to be a dialogue on this between districts and the state education department. It was a one-way communication and we began to receive a lot of materials, edicts, scripts.’ This spring, New York and Kentucky were the first to administer state-wide testing in alignment with the new standards. The results were disastrous. In New York, less than one-third of the students in 3rd through 8th grades passed in English and math — down about 50 percent from their traditional test scores the year before.”

Incidentally, West Virginia is now implementing Common Core standards as quickly as possible. The fact that parents are shut out and have no say in the education of their children is unconstitutional. The fact that these standards will seek to control those who choose private or home schooling is a direct infringement on parental rights and religious freedom. But you won’t see that in the evening news. 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.

What a Little Mouse Can Teach Us About God’s Image in Transgender People

Thomas Lobel and his parents

Thomas Lobel and his parents.

I was watching a cartoon with my kids the other night that presented sound arguments against sex-change operations and the transgender lifestyle.

Of course it wasn’t anything overt or obvious and my kids never made the connection. We watched three mice talking as two of them asked why the third was acting funny. The third mouse said to call her “jumbo” because she had decided she no longer wanted to be a mouse and was now going to be an elephant.

The other two mice looked puzzled and asked why their friend wanted to be an elephant. She proceeded to tell them she was unhappy being a tiny mouse and wanted to be something bigger and had decided to be an elephant. She then said she would make a trunk and worked to fashion a long sock as a trunk. The little mouse was quickly disappointed as the sock didn’t actually work or function as a trunk…and didn’t even really look like one. The little mouse became further frustrated because she was still small and there wasn’t much she could do to change her size.

Her friends did the most intolerant, bigoted, and uncool thing possible by encouraging the mouse to be proud of who she really was and not try to change her appearance. I mean, how awful are her friends?

And yet the connection is easy to see. [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.

The Desires of Deviant Adults for Our Children

pedophileSeveral months ago in the course of commenting on the general issue of homosexual marriage and how it can do damage on so many levels, I mentioned that one of the major points for potential damage that official approval for this ignoble choice was that it opened the door for other self-interested minority lifestyles to jump on the bandwagon in an effort to carve out some more “protected class” territory for their belief-system.

Right along the same path homosexuals took, those who support “intergenerational romance” – a sick euphemism for pedophilia – are coming out of the woodwork, the closet, from under the rocks, or other dark places to proclaim that they no longer need protection for consenting adults to engage in lurid abnormal sexual escapades.  Now all they need is “consenting” anyone….man, woman,  girl, boy, it matters not the age.  As long as they “consent” there should be no limits on such behavior and it should all be accepted as normal by society as a whole.

According to an article from Matt Barber, the poster child for this is Kaitlyn Hunt.  The student from Florida was charged with repeatedly committing sexual assault on a 14 year old.  As Barber relates, [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

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