The Words on Your Duck Dynasty T-Shirt Are “Threatening”

Duck Dynasty shirtI read a piece today from the Western Center for Journalism that discussed another child with conservative Christian values being tossed from class and told to change his shirt because someone felt that it was “threatening” toward others.

In this case, laughably in one sense, the shirt was one produced as a novelty item by “Duck Dynasty.”  That show, a veritable hit on the A&E cable network bears a likeness of the bearded duck call manufacturer featured on the show.  The family owned business is remarkable for both its popularity with viewers but also it’s “hard not to notice” Christian values that are clearly on display.

As the mother of the child commented for the article it was hard for her to understand what the fuss was about concerning the shirt her son wore to school.  As the article pointed out, those who are familiar with the series understand, the comment on the shirt “I will hurt you physically and metaphysically” was not at all threatening in the context in which it is spoken almost as a slogan for the family business featured on the show.

I am loath to provide aid and comfort to the enemies of Christianity and freedom under the First Amendment. However, it is also possible that the words could, in their own right and taken as a personal statement of the wearer of the shirt, become potentially threatening if (and that word is important here) the wearer were to make some move toward another in such a way as to suggest that he were about to make good on the “threat” expressed on the shirt. [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

Another Student, Another T-Shirt, More Trouble

In the wake of a story about a girl being told she cannot wear a pro-abstinence t-shirt to school, another student has been told to remove his t-shirt because it had what school officials are calling an “anti-gay” message on it. I would actually call it a pro-traditional marriage message, but that’s me. The student complied with school officials when asked to remove his shirt, but then the ACLU got involved to defend the student’s free speech right. The school has since backed down and said the shirt would be allowed after the ACLU sent a letter explaining the First Amendment. A recent article explains:

“Sandra Staub, legal director of the ACLU of Connecticut, said the district’s reversal teaches students that the First Amendment ‘is not merely a theoretical discussion topic but a real and vital guarantee’ of free speech rights. The ACLU prepared a lawsuit to be filed in federal court demanding that the school district be stopped from enforcing its T-shirt ban and that no disciplinary measures be taken against Groody. Without elaborating, school lawyer Christine Chinni wrote to the ACLU on Feb. 14, saying Groody may wear the T-shirt. She declined to comment beyond what she wrote in the letter.” 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.

Human Rights Commission Tells Business to “Stop Discriminating”

A Kentucky Human Rights Commission has told a Lexington based business to stop discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. The advice comes after the commission determined that “Hands On Originals” a local printing company, was guilty of discrimination for refusing to print t-shirt for a “gay pride” festival. The owner of the printer said that his business is a Christian company and printing the shirts would violate his faith. The commission did not agree and found the business owner and his business guilty of discrimination.

A recent article on the events says: “In a document released by both the GLSO and Hands On Originals, the commission found the company violated the city’s fairness ordinance, part of which prohibits businesses open to the public from discriminating against people based on sexual orientation. The commission also noted the company should stop “discriminating because of sexual orientation.” Efforts to settle the matter out of court are now under way. If they are unsuccessful a public hearing could happen next. 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.

Video: Target, YouTube and Same Sex “Marriage”

by Nathan A. Cherry, 05/31/2012

gay pride shirts from Target

These are the shirts Target is selling to support marriage redefinition

I continue to be amazed at the dialogue taking place over homosexuality and same-sex “marriage” in America right now. Previously it was a conversation that took place in hushed tones where opponents were afraid someone might hear and yell “bigot” at the top of their lungs. All while supporters marched down streets and rallied across state capitals to the secret dismay of a vast majority of Americans.

But ever since president Obama decided to weigh on the issue and throw his full support behind marriage redefinition it seems the conversation has gone public and everyone is now freely talking. For this I suppose we should thank President Obama as this is the only good I can see coming from his recent announcement. Still, the fact that Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to support marriage redefinition (while refusing to uphold the laws of the land, such as DOMA) is not something I can applaud.

What has necessarily taken place is people, organizations and companies alike are being pulled into the debate whether they had intended to or not. I don’t think this is a bad thing, I see it as being positive because it gives everyone a chance to dialogue on the issue. The fact that pastors are now preaching and teaching on marriage as God designed it, between a man and a woman, and rebuffing the president for his position is also a positive. And as more people talk, the realization that despite repeated “polls” and “reports” from the media that a majority of American support same-sex “marriage” the truth is that an overwhelming majority in fact supports traditional marriage. The best evidence to support this claim is in the fact that out of 32 states that have voted on the definition of marriage, all 32 have voted to define it as the union of one man and one woman.

Even Target is once again wading into political waters. Nearly two years after the retail giant found itself in hot water for supporting a gubernatorial candidate in its home state of Minnesota that opposed same-sex “marriage,” Target is now pushing a line of “pride” t-shirts and donating all sales to the LGBT activist group Family Equality Council. The Star Tribune reports on the recent promotion:

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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.

No Room for Pro Lifers in the Girl Scouts

by Nathan A. Cherry, 01/26/2012

Renise Rodriguez

Former Girl Scout volunteer Renise Rodriguez proudly wears her pro-life shirt.

Martinsburg, WV – I’ve been criticized for articles like this one, linking the Girl Scouts and the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Well intentioned people have tried to convince me there is no such link and that I am simply misplacing my disdain for abortion onto a “very well respected organization.”

Whatever.

Trying to deny the concrete relationship between the Girls Scouts and Planned Parenthood is like trying to nail jello to the wall; futile. There is absolutely no doubt that a partnership between the two organizations exists and that the Girl Scouts are now advocating for abortion. Brochures with the Planned Parenthood and Girl Scouts logos are being distributed, their annual convention features pro-abortion speakers, and even the former Planned Parenthood CEO admits that a partnership exists. So denying it just makes someone look naïve or under-informed.

Here’s another example of the Girls Scouts advocating for abortion while suppressing the message of life. Recently a 21 year old pro-life volunteer went to her local Girl Scout office where she regularly serves as a Girl Experience Associate. She was wearing a pro-life t-shirt as she went in to prepare for a meeting. It would be her last day as a volunteer.

Renise Rodriguez never imagined that she would be told by a supervisor that in order to stay in the office or take part in any troop activities she would have to turn her t-shirt inside out. Stunned, she did what many in her situation would do; she complied and compromised her beliefs.

Oh wait, Renise did what many in her situation wish they would have done – she quit in order to stand up for her belief that life is sacred. Renise recounts her experience:

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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.