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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Values Voter Summit: Ted Cruz for President

Ted CruzAt the Values Voter Summit last week, one thing became apparent to me: Ted Cruz would make a great president. He more than dominated the event in the presidential straw poll, he dominated the event, period. Cruz was the only speaker to be heckled. But he wasn’t just heckled by one or two, but by at least 20 people during his 30 minutes on stage. Yet he, in a very Reagan-like way used humor to ease the tension and never let it rattle him.

A meeting I attended with the Senator proved to me that whether he is with 30 or 3,000 people he is the same. He is a genuine man of character and conviction. His faith in Jesus Christ is not a token talking point, it is an overriding factor in his life that drives what he is doing. He doesn’t hide his faith or talk about it arbitrary and contradicting terms. He talks boldly about the fact that he is a Christian and that this country was founded upon the Bible.

Ted Cruz might be a first-term senator, but he is easily winning the hearts of conservative America with his principles stand for faith, family, and freedom. After speaking with us at the Values Voter Summit he was leaving for a meeting at the White House. Someone jokingly said “Mr. Cruz is going to the White House.” Come 2016 that may not be a just a punchline anymore. Let’s hope and pray. Click here for more coverage of the Values Voter Summit.

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.

PA County Issuing Marriage Licenses Illegally

When the President decides which laws he will and will not defend, the logical result is judges, lawyers, and entire states that ignore the law and do what they please. That is the sort of anarchy lying in the wake of President Obama’s decision to refuse to defend DOMA despite it being the law of the land. Now, homosexual couples in Pennsylvania are seeking marriage licenses even though the state doesn’t recognize same-sex “marriage.” A recent article reports:

“A suburban Philadelphia woman who tied the knot with her longtime partner Sunday with a county marriage license despite the commonwealth’s ban on same-sex marriage…The ceremony was the latest to take place in the county where officials began issuing licenses last week – licenses that could be ruled invalid if officially challenged…” Considering the attorney general in PA has declined to defend the states DOMA law it appears no one will challenge the illegal marriage licenses. Thanks for setting a great example Mr. President. 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: Gosnell Lined to Planned Parenthood and Obama, Mormons Approve of Allowing Homosexuals in Boy Scouts, Obama Thanks Planned Parenthood

FPC-BlogUpdate-EngagingWeek

Engaging Weekend is a collection of articles from the weekend you might have missed. But we thought they were important and wanted to make sure you had a chance to read them.

Six Degrees of Kermit Gosnell: Links to Planned Parenthood, Obama

If you didn’t know better, you would think Kermit Gosnell, Planned Parenthood, and President Obama were three separate entities unrelated in any way. Of course, informed people know better. What informed people know is that Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia was well aware of Kermit Gosnell and his “House or Horrors” operating in town. They were aware due to the numerous complaints from women who would visit, then decide to go to Planned Parenthood and complain about the squalid conditions. Planned Parenthood “encouraged” women to complain to the Department of Health, but did nothing else. Planned Parenthood cares nothing for women, outside of their ability to take their money in exchange for abortions. So it’s no wonder Planned Parenthood did nothing to protect women from the horrors of Gosnell’s clinic. And President Obama, well, we all know he loves Planned Parenthood and continues giving them millions of our tax dollars. That’s a great circle of friends there. Click here for original article.

Mormon Church Approves Boy Scout Proposal [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.

White House Silent on Gosnell Trial – Is Anyone Surprised?

A reporter asked White House press secretary Jay Carney this question: “There is a murder trial in Pennsylvania, that I know you know is getting a lot of attention — more attention that the media was not getting on it — Kermit Gosnell, this doctor who is accused of having delivering some babies who were literally screaming and then beheading them. He’s facing murder charges on that and it hasn’t been decided yet obviously, since he’s still on trial. Is the president following this at all, does the White House have any reaction to that kind of situation?”

Did our president instruct Carney to condemn Gosnell’s actions? Was a statement released about the horrors and how it must be stopped? Did our president surround himself with infants and small children and plead for the violence against innocent children to cease? Nope. The White House and our President have “no comment” on the Gosnell trial. But it’s not all that surprising considering Obama, on more than one occasion as a Senator voted against bills to save the lives of children born alive as a result of botched abortions. Obama is at least staying consistent in his approval of abortion up to and even moments after birth. 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.

Rep. Chris Smith Blasts Obama and Media for Gosnell Cover Up

TheBlaze.com carried this video of Rep. Chris Smith blasting Obama and the  media for covering up the Gosnell murder trial and trying to sweep it under the rug. Smith says if Gosnell had walked into a classroom and used a gun it would be all over the news, but using medical instruments moments after birth is somehow acceptable; something he finds hypocritical. Watch the video and share it with others so America can see and hear what abortion is really all about: money and killing. 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.

Should Christians Be Involved Politically? Here’s the Correct Answer

Christians politicsShould Christians care about being involved politically? Does it really matter or make a difference? We know the world is going to gravitate towards sin, corruption, and chaos, so shouldn’t we just concentrate on spreading the Gospel and leave the politics and litigation to “the other guys”?

Those are some questions many of us who are active in politics get asked by those who seem far less interested. They are fair questions that deserve honest answers. Thankfully, Benjamin Bull, senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom decided to answer those questions. Writing for the Christian Post, Bull says:

“Christians sometimes ask me, ‘Shouldn’t Christians, including Christian lawyers, try to avoid conflict, such as litigation in the courts, and spend their time on prayer and Christian fellowship and evangelism?’ In return, I pose some different questions: ‘What would have happened without Christian litigation in the courts over the last 20 years or so? And if we’re ready to turn back the clock on litigation, which legal victories are we willing to surrender?’”

Hopefully Bull’s counter-questions have caused you to start thinking about the court victories won by Christians over the last 20 years that, without Christians involved, would have been lost. Can you imagine the ramifications? Bull goes on to answer his own questions: [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 False Analogy of Homosexual = African American Civil Rights

gay rights civil rightsIn his second inaugural address, our President made a statement that is unprecedented for such a speech.   A recent article in Townhall.com quotes it this way…

“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal, as well.   We the people declare today that the most evident of truths that all of us are created equal—is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forbearers through Seneca Falls and Selma and Stonewall…”

This places it in the category of false analogy because it makes it appear that a homosexual not being treated “equally” under the law is purely a civil rights issue.  It is clearly not.

But this practice – using false analogy to justify a position or policy – is not uncommon among those who would re-make America to suit their own humanist/atheistic/hedonistic lifestyles and beliefs because they have no real facts with which to make their case.

The contrast being made in the President’s statement is that homosexuality is equal or comparable to the civil rights struggles of black Americans before and during the Civil War.  Nothing could be further from the truth for a number of reasons. [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

Engaging Weekend: Is Charleston WV One of America’s Most Biblically Minded Cities, Photos From March For Life in D.C., Pastor Mark Driscoll Doesn’t Believe Obama Knows God, Shelley Moore Capito Leads Race to Fill Rockefeller Seat

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 see them.

America’s Most and Least ‘Biblically-Minded’ Cities

Where does Charleston, WV fall on this scale of the most and least biblically minded cities? A recent article shares the purpose and variables of the study: “The study, based on 42,855 interviews conducted nationwide, attempts to determine the overall openness or resistance to the Bible in the country’s largest markets. The report ranks the most and least ‘Bible-minded’ cities based both on weekly Bible reading and who strongly asserts the Bible is accurate in the principles it teaches.” The fact that Charleston is on the list surprised me, which list it was on surprised me even more. My takeaway from this is that if Charleston is going to be on this list then I think we need to see some policy action that reflects the values they supposedly affirm. Click here for original article.

PHOTOS FROM FRIDAY’S MASSIVE PRO-LIFE RALLY IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

The recent March for Life saw a record number of people march in Washington, D.C. to show our lawmakers that Americans support life. More than 500,000 people ignored the cold weather to make a statement. As The Blaze.com: shares; “Thousands of pro-life demonstrators marched through Washington to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to protest the landmark decision that legalized abortion. The annual event took on added significance for many in the crowd since it coincided with the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that created a constitutional right to abortion in some circumstances. The demonstrators, carrying signs with messages such as ‘Defend Life’ and ‘Defund Planned Parenthood,’ shouted chants including ‘Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Roe v. Wade has got to go.’ They packed the National Mall and surrounding streets for the March of Life.” Click here for original article.

Mark Driscoll on Inauguration Day: Obama Likely Knows Neither God nor Bible

Many people watched President Obama put his hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution at his second inauguration last week. But for many, the fact that he placed his hand on the Bible, claims to be a Christian, then speaks of abortion rights, supporting marriage redefinition, and other policy positions that stand in opposition to the Bible leaves a bad taste in our mouths. But, as one article shares, at least one pastor in America is willing to vocalize what many of us are thinking: “Arguably the most impassioned remark came from Pastor Mark Driscoll, founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Wash., who wrote that Obama knows neither God or the Bible. ‘Praying for our president, who today will place his hands on a Bible he does not believe to take an oath to a God he likely does not know,’ Driscoll tweeted. The Mars Hill Church pastor’s tweet was retweeted by more than 2,100 people.” These honest sentiments are shared by many as we see the fruit of our president’s life, which does not line up with Scripture. But it should also cause us to pray for our president, that God would encounter him, and show him the truth. Click here for original article.

Poll: Capito has wide lead over possible challengers

According to The Hill.com: “The Harper Polling survey found Capito leading each possible Democratic challenger by double digits. The poll found Capito leading Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) 50 percent to 31 percent with about 18 percent saying they are not sure. In a matchup between Capito and former Sen. Carte Goodwin (D-W.Va.), Capito leads 53 percent to 19 percent with 27 percent saying they aren’t sure. The Harper Polling survey also found Capito with a wide lead against West Virginia State Supreme Court of Appeals Justice Robin Davis (D), 51 percent to 24 percent with about 24 percent saying they are unsure.” Keep an eye on this race as it will become a very important one for the 2014 mid-term elections. Liberals will aggressively seek to retain the seat while conservatives will eagerly seek to place someone like Capito. With a closely divided Senate, and a number of seats up for grabs, you can be assured that every race is significant. 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.

Obama “Commemorates” Religious Freedom Day! Don’t Make Me Laugh

Obama religious freedomI heard a really funny joke the other day. It went like this, “Obama declares religious freedom day.” What makes it so funny is that Obama is the most hostile U.S. president toward religious freedom in our nation’s history. What makes it not-so-funny is that Obama is the most hostile U.S. president toward religious freedom in our nation’s history.

Nevertheless, on Wednesday of last week President Obama commemorated the day in 1786 when the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, a statute drafted by Thomas Jefferson, was enacted. I dare say that Thomas Jefferson and Barack Obama have two very different understandings of what religious freedom means to individual citizens. This is easy to conclude when one examines the words of President Obama:

“Foremost among the rights Americans hold sacred is the freedom to worship as we choose. Today, we celebrate one of our Nation’s first laws to protect that right — the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. Written by Thomas Jefferson and guided through the Virginia legislature by James Madison, the Statute affirmed that ‘Almighty God hath created the mind free’ and ‘all men shall be free to profess . . . their opinions in matters of religion.’ Years later, our Founders looked to the Statute as a model when they enshrined the principle of religious liberty in the Bill of Rights.”

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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.