Be Sober and Alert While Defending Biblical Values

Here’s what a recent article said about the  man who tried to commit acts of violence at the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C.: “The defense attorney for Floyd Lee Corkins, who shot up the offices of the Family Research Council, on August 15, 2012, says he wanted to kill ‘conservative right-wing Christians.’ Corkins entered the lobby armed with a loaded semi-automatic pistol, 100 rounds of ammunition, and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches. He started firing at FRC’s building manager Leo Johnson who heroically tackled the shooter after a gunshot shattered his arm.”

Corkins is scheduled to be sentenced next week for his crimes. But this is a reminder that the work of defending biblical values is a serious undertaking in need of wisdom, prayer, and always being prepared. Many would like to harm our efforts and even harm our organizations. The work of bringing evil deeds into the light to expose them is not one that will go unchallenged. We encourage all those who defend life, marriage, and religious freedom to do so under the cover of prayer. And for those who support such organizations we covet your prayers daily. 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.

Commentary: Grounding Our Right to Religious Freedom

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Do rights protect autonomy or duties? Answers to that question drive our current debate over religious freedom.

To say that rights protect autonomy is to understand rights as guarantors of the absolute freedom to define the meaning and purpose of one’s own life. One should have the “right” to devote one’s life to sculpting marshmallow chipmunks just as much as one should have the right to devote one’s life to curing cancer.

Indeed, many people favor this view of rights because of its supposed “value neutrality.” This view would have us respect other people’s freedoms by interfering with their lives as little as possible.

Of course, even if one thinks rights protect autonomy, no one is absolutely free to do whatever he wants. We all face natural limits like power and scarcity. For example, I am balding; I would like to have a full head of hair, but I am not free to have a full head of hair. I don’t have the power to grow hair. I am also limited by scarcity. I have only one head. If I were a robot, I might wear a different head every day, changing them out like wigs.

While ancient peoples, by and large, dealt with powerlessness and scarcity by developing moral virtues like patience, temperance, and hope, modernity has a new solution: technology. Technology increases our power and increases the products from which we can choose. Today I can cure my baldness with drugs, disguise it with implants, or hide it with spray paint: then I will be happy. This is the promise of technology in our day: it allows us to satisfy all of our desires and so become happy. [Read more...]

Engaging Weekend: Major Decisions After the SCOTUS Rulings, Hobby Lobby Wins Injunction, Pro-Life Men Reject the “BroChoice” Argument

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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.

Major Decisions

In this piece for Citizenlink.com, Karla Dial asked FPCWV president Jeremy Dys about the state of marriage in West Virginia after the SCOTUS rulings on DOMA and Prop 8. Jeremy told Karla that homosexual activists want to see marriage redefined in West Virginia and are making moves in that direction. He said: “Activists have been preventing the people of West Virginia from voting on the definition of marriage for years. They even tried to block opportunities for our state to improve marriage by reforming our state’s divorce laws.  Instead, they continue to press for these nondiscrimination laws that we already know are as bad for business as they are bad for religious liberty.” The Citizenlink article focuses on how the Supreme Court rulings will impact marriage on the state level. In some states we are already seeing challenges to state DOMA laws and the future of those laws in light of the SCOTUS ruling is uncertain. West Virginia does not have the strong protections for defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman that many states have. So what will happen in West Virginia in light of these rulings? Click here for original article.

Hobby Lobby Wins Injunction Stopping Enforcement of HHS Mandate [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.

Common Core: A Mistake in the Making

We’ve been bringing you updates and information on the new Common Core academic measures being forced on states and implemented by the unsuspecting. Unfortunately, West Virginia is implementing Common Core hook, line, and sinker. But the national news surrounding Common Core is all warnings, that it will remove parental rights, undermine values, expand government over-reach, and dumb down education. A recent article reports:

“The new education standards called Common Core won’t make U.S. kids any smarter. The Thomas B. Fordham Institute studied them and concluded that they are inferior to existing standards in 12 states, superior in only 16 states, and the standards of 22 states are too close to call. It would be better if states used their own revised and improved version of standards already successfully piloted in 12 states.” Why are we implementing this awful ‘standard”? 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 Motivates the Hatred of the Texas Demonstrators?

TexasA recent article on the Last Resistance web site, suggests that everyone on the progressive side of ideology are all driven by darkness, hatred, and anger, but cannot produce logical arguments to support their positions.  This, according to the author, produces a level of viciousness in the threats and demands of the demonstrators at the Texas Legislature that have included suggestions that the pro-life legislators’ daughters be subjected to rape, that legislators be killed for their views, and that anyone who shared their views against abortion should die with them.

While these expressions of disagreement are certainly over-the-top, dark, and reflect the “lost” nature of their souls at the present time, I think it is important to recognize two things:

1)       Those expressing these outrageous views are often shipped in, sometimes hired, but always recruited specifically to gain publicity for their position and the people are truly just “hired help” to those behind the curtain pulling the strings.   They are often the “low information” voters who blindly vote for whom ever will provide them with the most goodies or who looks the best and smiles the most before the cameras.

2)      These people are coached, the demonstrations are orchestrated to be outrageous and over-the-top and are totally controlled by a smaller core group of militant progressives who know what the demonstrators do not know and that is the real reason for their tactics, the goal of the progressive movement, and – most of all – that they, too, will be considered expendable pawns when those goals are reached. [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 the Issues: The Social Issues and Conservatives – Gary L. Bauer

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Political parties are helpful, but when politicians and parties refuse to discuss an issue just because it is controversial, how should we respond?  For Bauer, he is speaking out – time against a GOP establishment that does not just ignore the social issues, it’s starting to abandon one of the central planks in its platform.  Is there hope for the social issues in politics today?

Gary Bauer once served in the Reagan administration and has served as the past president of the Family Research Council and a Vice-President at Focus on the Family.  Today, he is still quoted broadly on a range of topics as he provides leadership to American Values, an organization that seeks to unite Americans around the vision of our Founding Fathers.

Click here to listen to Gary Bauer on Engaging the Issues . . .

About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.

BREAKING NEWS: FPCWV Files Lawsuit Against ObamaCare on Behalf of WV Car Dealership

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Contact: Gregg Wooding, Cell: 214.558.9455, Office: 972.941.4453, gwooding@libertyinstitute.org 

 FAMILY OWNED, FAITH-BASED WEST VIRGINIA CAR DEALERSHIP CHALLENGES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S ABORTION PILL MANDATE

Federal Lawsuit Seeks to Prevent Federal Government Forcing Christian Businessman
to Provide Abortion Coverage to His Employees

CHARLESTON, WV, June 25, 2013—Today, attorneys from Liberty Institute, the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, and Robinson & McElwee, PLLC filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a family owned, faith-based car dealership in Charleston, WV, Joe Holland Chevrolet, that is faced with $15,000 in potential fines for each day it does not provide abortion-inducing drugs to its employees.

“Faced with violating their own deeply held religious beliefs or subjecting itself to crushing fines, Joey Holland and his family business has no alternative but to seek court protection from the federal government’s unconstitutional mandate,” said Jeff Mateer, General Counsel for Liberty Institute.  “The government should not be able to coerce family owned and faith-based businesses to violate their religious beliefs.”

Joe Holland Chevrolet is a family owned and operated car dealership located in South Charleston, WV with over 150 employees. The dealership’s purpose is “to glorify and honor God by being faithful stewards for all that is entrusted to us.”   The objection to the HHS mandate stems from Holland’s commitment to operate his business in accordance with his Christian faith, which includes his conviction that his business be closed on Sundays.  [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.

Obama Admin “Strongly Objects” to Religious Freedom

Making news this weekend is the Obama administration statement in which the administration “strongly objects” to religious freedom for members of the military, including chaplains, in proposed NDAA legislation. A recent article carries these comments:

“The Obama administration has released a statement saying that it ‘strongly objects’ to an amendment in theNational Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would protect the religious freedoms of men and women in the armed forces. The amendment (Section 530), offered by U.S. Representative John Fleming (R-La.), would specifically expand the ‘protection of rights of conscience of members of the Armed Forces and chaplains,’ according to language in the amendment.” For a president that keeps claiming to be a Christian, he sure seems opposed to religious freedom. I wonder whose religious freedom he’s so opposed to? 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: High School Muslim Students Allowed to Pray in School, California Senate Votes to Revoke Boy Scouts’ Tax Exempt Status, School Ignores FFRF by Performing God-Themed Play

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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.

US high school allows Muslims time for prayer if they earn good grades

A school in Prince George’s County, MD has instituted a program designed to raise academic levels in their Muslim students by allowing them to be excused from class to pray if they reach certain academic scores. Of course this raises a whole slew of thoughts, the least of which is “Will the Freedom From Religion Foundation sue the school and demand they stop this practice immediately?” After all, it is this same organization that opposes any religious expression in public, and certainly within a government entity like a public school. The principle said she did this to help raise academic levels, and as a response to the needs of her growing Muslim population. My immediate reaction is, what about the academic levels of your Christian students? What about the needs of your Christian students? Unless she is willing to accommodate prayer and religious expression from her Christians students this is nothing short of religious favoritism and discrimination against Christians. My hope is that Christian students will rally around this program and seek the same for their religious freedom and academic excellence. Click here for original article.

Calif. Senate: Scouts didn’t go far enough [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.

Podcast: Religious Freedom and American Exceptionalism

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What makes America exceptional?  According to Dr. Chris Seiple, one of the reasons America is exceptional is its dedication to religious freedom.  Listen to Dr. Seiple explain how religious freedom in America impacts religious freedom across the globe.

Dr. Chris Seiple is the president of the Institute for Global Engagement, a research, education, and diplomatic institution that builds sustainable religious freedom worldwide through local partnerships.  He has served in a variety of advisory positions, including as a member of the board of directors for Wycliffe Bible Translators and as an advisor to the United States Secretary of State as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Click here to listen now . . .

About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.