Today’s Lesson: Sex Between Students and Teachers Should Remain Illegal

Teacher studentMaybe we, as a society, should make sex between teachers and students legal and acceptable. Perhaps we can even do away with the crime of rape and make non-consensual sex just another “sexual orientation” in need of tolerance.

If your face is getting red and your blood is beginning to boil it means you have an ounce of moral fiber within that recognizes the absolute absurdity of such statements. And yet…

The Washington Post recently printed an article by Betsy Karasik, a former lawyer turned writer, in which Karasik asserts that laws which punish teachers for sex with students are perhaps outdated and in need of change. Karasik relies on her own experience growing up in the 60’s and 70’s during which “the sexual boundaries between teachers and students were much fuzzier. Throughout high school, college and law school, I knew students who had sexual relations with teachers.”

This experience has led Karasik to ponder if we need to simply rehabilitate teachers that engage in sex with students rather than criminalize them; in order to remove stigma and shame for both the teacher and student.

Here’s a summary of Karasik’s thoughts:

I don’t believe that all sexual conduct between underage students and teachers should necessarily be classified as rape, and I believe that absent extenuating circumstances, consensual sexual activity between teachers and students should not be criminalized… I do think that teachers who engage in sex with students, no matter how consensual, should be removed from their jobs and barred from teaching unless they prove that they have completed rehabilitation… Many teenagers are, biologically speaking, sexually mature. Pretending that this kind of thing won’t happen if we simply punish it severely enough is delusional.” [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.

Engaging the Issues: The Reality of a Transgender Worldview – Nancy Pearcey

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The next big push in sexual orientation rights is for transgender people. There’s an idea that one’s physical body has nothing whatsoever to do with who a person really is.
Professor Nancy Pearcey believes that affirming the transgender lifestyle is damaging to a persons self-image. She talks about how our view of our physical body is linked to our worldview and, consequently, the laws we advocate for.

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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.

Who’s Really Tolerant? – FPCWV’s Capitol Update

Religious liberty survives a threat from H.B. 2856 this legislative session.  But, in their demand to require tolerance from the intolerant, it may be that it is our lawmakers who are the most intolerant of religious liberty in West Virginia.

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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.

WV State Journal Omits Important Details on Pending Bill

Clergy pack capitolTo read a recent West Virginia State Journal article on the pending EHNDA bill in the legislature, you would think the capitol was overrun by supporters of the bill. But according to an eye-witness I spoke with, there was more people being presented to on the stage than in the audience. This is just another instance of a mainstream news outlet using semantics to create a favorable perception.

On top of it all, proponents of the bill have been publicly parading “church leaders” and other “religious leaders” into the public eye to help drum up support for their bill. I guess they assume that if they can put the leaders of dead and dying denominations out front, that others will follow. Or, as one astute observer noted, they are seeking to “create a favorable perception as a defense against opposition.”

The State Journal claimed that “clergy pack Capitol to support non-discrimination bill.” The article goes on to say:

“The local clergy in attendance, including the Rev. Shauna Hyde, the Rev. Joseph Allen Hill and the Rev. Kay Alright, presented a letter of support on behalf of 72 religious leaders to the members of the West Virginia Legislature. Those leaders came from several denominations, including Baptist, Presbyterian, Jewish, Episcopal, Evangelical Lutheran, Quaker and Catholic.”

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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 Weekend: Boy Scout Leader Sodomizes Young Boy, Lawmakers Want to Ban Reparative Therapy for Minors, Focus President Makes Unsettling Comments on Marriage

Engaging Weekend

Engaging Weekend is a collection of article 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.

Former Boy Scout leader arrested, charged with sodomizing boy

The Boy Scouts have come under fire in recent years for refusing to allow homosexuals into their membership or as leaders. But stories like this one should make it crystal clear why the Boy Scouts maintain this position and why parents of Scouts should support the Boy Scouts decision. After a Scoutmaster was accused of sodomy with an underage boy the Scouts responded:  “The abuse of anyone, especially a child, is intolerable and our thoughts and prayers go out to anyone who may be a victim of this type of behavior…The behavior included in these allegations runs counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts of America stands…This individual has been removed from Scouting and has not been involved in the program for several months. He has been permanently banned from participating in the Scouting program.” We continue to support the Scouts and their position in defense of our sons that would be at risk if the policy was altered. Click here for original article.

House Dems look to end practice of treating children for sexual orientation

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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.

The Fourth Sexual Orientation: None of the Above

Four?  I bet you didn’t even know there were three!

Well, don’t feel too badly.  I met with two Ph.D.’s and a J.D. recently and asked them to give me the legal or medical definition of what constitutes a, “sexual orientation.”  Like you probably would, they struggled to put a cohesive definition forward, probably because there is no settled legal or medical definition for such a term.

But, that doesn’t often stop the media.  Adding to the media/activist-driven categories of sexual orientation that, so far, include heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality (I think), they now add . . . asexuality.  In this category is, according to one author, roughly 1% of the world population who feels no sexual attraction to another person.

But, then this story ends with this confusing paragraph:

The asexual community is made up of people who define themselves as hetero-romantic, meaning they feel romantic feelings towards the opposite sex, though no sexual desire, homo-romantic, meaning they feel affection for the same sex, and bi-romantic.

 You say, “attraction.”  I say, “affection.” Let’s call the whole thing . . . awfully misunderstanding the nature and purpose of sexuality.

Note, however, that when calls for “nondiscrimination laws” come into play, you will not hear about asexuality.  Odd that, in an effort to be inclusive, the inclusivists portend to be exclusive.

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.

6 Year Old Sex Offender? Is that Where We’re Headed?

By Tom Stark, 02/15/12

children playing tagParkersburg, WV – How do people get to be principals of elementary schools and still believe that a six year old child can be guilty of sexual battery on another student by playing tag on the playground?  Don’t believe it, read the story.

That is exactly what happened recently in a California Elementary School where the very young and tender are now routinely exposed to sex education and homosexual indoctrination which magically extends a child’s ability to commit sex crimes against his classmates.  It’s so crazy it frightens a sane mind to know these people walk among us on a regular basis.

Seriously, though, isn’t this just the ultimate extension of the theory behind granting homosexuals “protected class” status under the new West Virginia Board of Education regulations regarding “bullying?”  Under the new rule (see Page 52,  Category 3 offenses), effective on July 1, 2012:

Acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying that are reasonably perceived as being motivated by any actual or perceived differentiating characteristic, or by association with a person who has or is perceived to have one or more of these characteristics, shall be reported using the following list: race; color; religion; ancestry; national origin; gender; socioeconomic status; academic status; gender identity or expression; physical appearance; sexual orientation; mental/physical/developmental/sensory disability; or other characteristic (emphasis added).

Don’t get me wrong, bullying is wrong when committed against another within the population of any school or community.  However, if our Constitution is to be given even cursory lip service, it states very clearly that the law shall apply equally across the entire population.  It is clear in more than one place within the document that everyone must be treated with “equal protection under the law.”  It does not say everyone except the largest majority class.  It does not say everyone except this group or that group because there are fewer of them in the country than another group.  It does not single out anyone that deserves more protection from the law than another.

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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 Makes “Historic” Efforts to Advance LGBT Agenda

by Nathan A. Cherry, 12/15/2011

president ObamaMartinsburg, WV – In 2012 Americans will take to the voting booths to elect our next president. Maybe you are pulling for someone even now (I know I am), or maybe you are still undecided. I know a number of people that voted for Barack Obama in 2008 believing he would bring real “hope and change” that would unite Americans. What has happened in the last three years is nothing short of polarizing, class warfare that has only further divided our nation.

So I, for one, am watching the election race very carefully. It is with careful scrutiny that I read articles like this one detailing the radical, liberal policies of our current president. We already know Obama is the most pro-abortion president in American history (something he was vague about on the campaign trail), but there is no doubt that he is also the most pro-homosexual president in American history as well.

The above mentioned article describes Presidential Executive Order 13583:

“A commitment to equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion is critical for the federal government as an employer…By law, the federal government’s recruitment policies should ‘endeavor to achieve a work force from all segments of society.’”

What segments of society is the Obama administration seeking to build a work force from? The LGBT segment!

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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.

School Kids Being Put in Danger – by the Government!

by Nathan A. Cherry, 06/17/2011

Danger Street SignMartinsburg, WV – At one time school was considered a safe place. That time seems to be vanishing quickly. But with the school shootings and terrorist attacks it is incredible to think that one of the biggest threats facing our children in school is the classroom curriculum!

The Obama Administration, led by Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings is organizing the first ever LGBT youth summit. The summit is designed to address issues facing LGBT people. The summit will push for more gay-friendly advocacy in the classroom among students as young as elementary ages.

What doesn’t make any sense whatsoever is the involvement of the CDC in this process to add more LGBT advocacy in the classroom. This is especially true in light of a recent study that concludes:

“CDC Report Finds Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Students at Greater Risk for Unhealthy, Unsafe Behaviors.”

Citizenlink.com commented on the recent study released by the CDC:

“One of the largest studies ever done on the topic—involving seven states and six large school districts—it revealed that students who identify as gay, lesbian and bisexual are significantly more likely than heterosexual students to engage in high-risk behaviors like drug and alcohol use, actions that lead to violence, suicidal behavior and sexual experimentation that can expose them to diseases, just to name a few.”

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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.

Outrageous! Young Boy Told to Change Genders!

by Nathan A. Cherry, 04/26/2011

Martinsburg, WV – Have we lost our blasted minds?! In what sane, rational, reasonable society is advocating for sex-reassignment surgery on a 10 year old boy a logical idea? How

10 year old kids should not be encouraged to change genders!

 could anyone think that this form of child abuse is not only acceptable, but that it should be celebrated?

In this story out of Australia we have a child, a 10 year old child that parents and authorities says is “confused” about his gender identity and therefore needs immediate surgery to change him from a male to a female in order to help him. How is that  helping? Here’s a thought, mom and dad, if you want to help clear up the confusion, stop dressing him like a girl and get him a haircut. Then teach him what it means to be a male.

No, I’m not insensitive; though I’m sure someone will say I am, over the plight of those struggling with gender identity issues. The difference is that this is not a 20 something or 30 something adult male that wants to be a female. This is a, wait let me quote from the article, boy that “for the past two years, had been allowed to use the girls’ toilet at school and was ‘presenting as a very attractive young girl with long, blonde hair.’” This is a boy, a child.  

You know, children tend to be confused about a lot of things. They want to be cars, should we surgically attach wheels to their limbs? They want to be fairies, should we surgically attach wings and ensure they can’t grow taller than 2 feet? They are confused because they are children living in a society that says they should be confused and not accept their biological sex, but rather should consider changing sexes to appease all those striving for an androgynous society.

Unfortunately for this young man, rather than having parents that recognize what could be an unbelievable mistake due to youth, immaturity, and confusion generated by societal worship of alternate lifestyles, and steering him into a proper understanding of his biological sex, young “Jamie” has parents that want to help him become a female. I consider should action a form of child abuse that should be punished, not celebrated.

Parents are tasked with protecting their children. We do not cheer parents that allow their kids to engage in risky or dangerous behaviors. We report them to DHHR. And yet these parents are willingly complicit in a politically motivated scheme to alter their precious little boy and do serious harm to him. And society wants to cheer.

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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.