The Engaging Essentials

Pro-Life Laws Result in Decrease in Abortions – Add this to the, “Duh!” file.  A new, peer-reviewed study that was just released confirms that the dip in abortions is a result of laws that promote life and restrict abortion.

Abortion Alternatives?  Egads! – Charmaine Yoest points out the angst of the left at a proposal by Congress to requires the abortion industry to make alternatives (like, say, child birth) available to its clients.

Marriage and Procreation, Avoiding Bad Arguments – Here is part 2 of an article linked in a recent Engaging Essentials post that argues the essential argument for marriage as one man and one woman boils down to the state’s interest in procreation.  Here, the authors help us navigate away from bad arguments while making good ones.

Caught in the Act . . . Again – Planned Parenthood can’t catch a break.  But, then again, I suppose my Mom was right when she told me not to lie because the truth will always haunt me.  The link here links to the coverage by Jill Stanek about the video below.  Here’s the truth: no Planned Parenthood clinic provides mammogram services.  That is bolstered by this video where someone calls 30 clinics in 27 states and gets the same answer.

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.

The Engaging Essentials

State of the State – In the midst of debates, Supreme Court arguments, and snow, Acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin delivered the State of the State address to the 80th WV Legislature last evening.  Click the link to read the text.

Al Mohler on Guttmacher Report – Mohler brings his trademark clarity and wisdom to a review of reports on abortion, including the infamous Guttmacher Report.  22% is the national abortion rate.  God forgive us!

Life and Justice Conference Simulcast – Focus on the Family, with whom we are proudly associated, is preparing to host this first-of-it’s-kind simulcast on Saturday, January 22.  Churches are encouraged to host the simulcast live.  Here’s the conference description:

Life and Justice will be a one day event that acts as a catalyst calling the Body of Christ to advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves. The conference will raise a greater awareness of the sanctity of human life as it relates to the preborn child, orphan care, those living with a special need, the elderly, human trafficking and genocide.

via Life and Justice Conference » Conference Overview.

The Rising Abortion Rate: 3 Theories – An interesting review on why the abortion rate may be raising for the first time in two decades.

What Is Marriage? – A law review article written in part by West Virginia’s own Prof. Robert P. George has been downloaded or read over 75,000 times.  Have you read it?  We are preparing to send bound copies of the article to every member of the WV Legislature.  So, I guess that will make it 75,134 times.

Isn’t Every Day “Religious Freedom Day?” – The title by ADF attorney and my friend, David Cortman says it all.

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.

The Engaging Essentials . . . Prop 8 Edition

So much to read about Judge Walker’s decision to overthrow the self-determination of 7 million voters.  Here’s a few I find worthwhile:

Local Reactions – The Gazette profiles the local reaction to the decision, including comments from me.  Favorite online comment?  ”Dys is noting more than a media prostitute.”

Local Reaction 2 – In case you missed Talkline yesterday, here’s the story from wvmetronews.com.

The Predictable Vaughn Walker – This may be the best pure legal analysis I’ve seen yet on the decision.  Plus, how can you go wrong with an article that starts with a Jack Bauer reference?!

The Gavel Falls’ by Al Mohler – Hands down the best theological/philosophical review of Walker’s decision and a compelling warning/clarion call to the church.

Flip-Flop . . . Flip? – The Atlantic examines President Obama’s ever changing position on Prop 8 and dedication to marriage.  Incidently, I think this will be the position many of our local lawmakers will look to take.  It’ll sound something like, “I’m for marriage and I’m for equality, even if that means I’m against the people deciding the definition of marriage.”

Natural Law Theory by Robert George – One of the clearest thinkers on this subject is Robert George of Princeton.  He makes the case against Walker from Natural Law here.

Your Bias is Showing – NRO’s Ed Whelan quotes Gerard Bradley as he breaks down Walker’s scorched earth approach to judicial opinion writing . . . and what the means for appeal.

Bonus Reading – Peggy Noonan writes on the Wall Street Journal’s website that America is at the point of boiling over.  Not directly related to the Prop 8 decision, but still applicable.  Favorite line, “The biggest political change in my lifetime is that Americans no longer assume that their children will have it better than they did. This is a huge break with the past, with assumptions and traditions that shaped us.”

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.

Obama on Marriage: Bigot or Liar? – Robert P. George – National Review Online

George: On marriage, President Obama is either a bigot or a liar. (Image courtesy Princeton University).

Wow.  West Virginia’s own Robert George makes a logically bold statement:

It has become a matter of orthodoxy among progressives that those who believe that marriage is properly defined as the union of one man and one woman are guilty of bigotry.

There is a problem, however: Barack Obama has assured voters that he believes marriage to be the union of one man and one woman — not two men, two women, or some combination of more than two people. As Donald Trump rather pointedly noted after the Miss U.S.A. pageant, President Obama’s position on the definition of marriage is identical to the position stated by California beauty queen Carrie Prejean.

So what do progressives think? Has the president embraced bigotry? Or has he lied to the American people about his position on what marriage is and how it should be defined?

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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.

What They’re Saying About SCOTUS Pick Elena Kagan

SCOTUS Nominee Elena Kagan takes heat from social conservatives.

In light of President Obama’s most recent nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States, I thought it would be helpful to post the reaction of some of the country’s leaders.  Below are the statements of a few respected men and women on the appointment of Elena Kagain to the SCOTUS:

“Kagan’s nomination is a triumph for liberal ideology and judicial activism,” he said. “She has never been a judge, nor written a judicial opinion. In fact, she has very limited experience in the actual practice of law. Her resume reveals her to be an academic who has served liberal judges, liberal presidents and liberal universities. Her entire career has been lived in a narrow slice of the judicial spectrum.”

- Tom Minnery, via CitizenLink: Supreme Court Nominee Draws Criticism.

“Elena Kagan’s lack of legal experience will be discussed by both sides of the aisle but her record of liberal activism should not be overlooked.

“As the Harvard Law School Dean, Elena Kagan tried to bar the military from recruiting on her law school’s campus during the height of the Iraq War based on her opposition to the federal law restricting homosexuals in the military. She fought the issue all the way to the Supreme Court which ruled unanimously against her, an extraordinary rebuke to her legal and substantive reasoning.

“Ms. Kagan’s incredibly hostile view of the military suggests she is out of touch with mainstream sensibilities and obedience to the rule of law. President Obama promised a nominee committed to the ‘rule of law’ but, instead, he appears to have nominated a hard-left activist to the Supreme Court.

“Additionally in her brief tenure as Solicitor General she argued that the federal government has the power, under campaign finance laws, to ban certain books and pamphlets. Responding to this argument of Ms. Kagan, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote,’As a free-floating test for First Amendment coverage, that (proposition) is startling and dangerous.’

“During her confirmation hearings for Solicitor General, Ms. Kagan found it difficult to be forthcoming with her answers. That should not be permitted when she is considered for a permanent position on our nation’s highest court.

- Tony Perkins, via Family Research Council.

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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.

Marriage: Some Facts You May Not Find Elsewhere

By Nathan A. Cherry

 It’s always been an interesting thing to read the data coming from the supposedly unbiased studies conducted on various topics. Everything from teen pregnancy, drug use, and the “effects” of pornography, divorce, and abortion come flying out of news venues at seemingly unfathomable paces. And every study seems to say that these things are not harmful and no one is in immediate danger of anything.

 Of particular interest to me are the “facts” and “data” concerning marriage that comes from the Obama media machine. Our president has said of course that he does not support same-sex marriage, but yet has also said he would sign legislation legalizing same –sex marriage; is that what we call hypocrisy?

 If you only read studies from these sources one would think that same-sex marriage and raising children in a single parent, or single gender household is no big deal and that “everyone is doing it.” But the facts are much more interesting than the liberal lawmakers want you to know.

 Let’s start with divorce. A recent study by the General Social Surveys says,

“Adults who grew up living with both biological parents are less likely ever to be divorced or separated than those who did not.”

The key word is “biological.” Yes it does matter to the overall, long-term health and well-being of a child to have their biological mom AND dad present and helping to rear them.

Let’s now move on to the same-sex marriage debate. Many have said that same-sex marriage is wildly popular and so overwhelming are the numbers that there is no choice but to legalize same-sex marriage in order to bring freedom to this large group of people. But, recently an ABC News story was quoted saying,

“Just under one percent of all couples in the U.S. — or 594,391 people — identify themselves as gay, lesbian or transgender.”

That’s right, just under one percent of all couples in the U.S. claim to be homosexual. And yet our government is pushing to have this group specially protected under hate crimes legislation and wants to redefine marriage just for them. Will the government push just as hard for every minority group in America? What about the polygamists? How about those in poly-amorous relationships? Or consider persons in incestuous relationships. Where will the government stop, and how will they justify denying those groups if the homosexual minority are given their “rights.”

Staying on the redefinition of marriage, we are told that there is overwhelming support for this across the United States. Let’s just suppose someone was not paying attention in the last election when three states, Arizona, Florida, and California all voted to define marriage as between one man and one woman, and would actually believe such a farcical statement. Consider this recent news out of Maine where their legislators, not the people themselves voted to allow same-sex marriage;

“The Stand for Marriage Coalition in Maine is asking for a question on the November ballot that would restore the definition of marriage as one man and one woman.  To that end, they have turned in 100,000 petition signatures.  They only needed 55,000 signatures to qualify. ‘As we’ve known for years, when this matter is made plain to the public there is huge resistance to it and opposition to it.’”

 This seems to be the case almost absolutely across the board. Whenever people are given the chance to define marriage for themselves, they define it as one man and one woman. Perhaps this is why lawmakers are taking the vote out of the people’s hands; and shame on them for doing so.

 This thinking is not confined to pastors, or ultra-conservatives. Even college professors that approach the study with an unbiased mind seem to come to the same conclusion, as in the case of a recent Princeton Law Professor that defended traditional marriage in the Wall Street Journal.

Robert George recently said, “Because marriage has already been deeply wounded, some say that redefining it will do not additional harm.  I disagree.  We should strengthen, not redefine, marriage.  But whatever one’s view, surely it is the people, not the courts, who should debate and decide.”

And we here at the Family Policy Council whole-heartedly agree with Mr. George’s statement. This is the time to strengthen marriage, not redefine it. This is the time when the people, not legislatures and lawmakers, should be given the right, which is ultimately theirs under the Constitution, to decide for themselves what the definition of marriage is to be.

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.