Engaging Weekend: Legendary Rock Star Defends Tim Tebow, Facebook Post About Islam Gets Employee in Trouble, Most HIV Cases Linked to Gay Sex

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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.

LEGENDARY ROCK STAR EVISCERATES MEDIA IN BOLD DEFENSE OF TIM TEBOW

It’s not often that I agree with KISS front man Gene Simmons. But when I do, it’s when he stands up for Tim Tebow being a Christian. Simmons recently unloaded on the media for constantly harassing Tebow simply for being a Christian with values. He said: “He’s got a religious passion, as well he should, we’re in America…He’s proud to be a Christian, what’s wrong with that? And yet, with sports media and pop culture media, they make fun of his religion. Really? In America? If he was wearing a burqa, they wouldn’t dare say anything. But if you’re a Christian, you get to be picked on?…The guy’s got family values. I never saw the media picking on Michael Vick for torturing dogs. Or this other football player, who’s alleged to have killed, committed murder. That’s ‘cool.’ But a guy who’s religious and has got family values isn’t ‘cool?’ He’s cool to me.” This statement is emblematic of media today who find no trouble in poking fun at Christians, but call anyone poking fun at Islam a bigot. Such hypocrisy is the result of a politically correct agenda intended to drive God out of the public. Click here for original article.

COUNTY EMPLOYEE FACES DISCIPLINE FOR POST CRITICAL OF ISLAM HE MADE ON HIS PRIVATE FACEBOOK PAGE [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.

How Baseball, Football, Miss USA, and American Idol Are Relevant

Mariano RiveraI’m not a Yankee’s fan…at all. Now that we have that out of the way you might be wondering how the Yankee’s and baseball relate to our mission and vision here at the Family Policy Council of West Virginia.

Well, technically, they don’t. But let me throw some names out and see if things become a bit clearer: Colton Dixon. Carrie Prejean. Tim Tebow. Chris Broussard. Mariano Rivera. Any bells starting to ring?

I read an article recently about Yankee’s closer Mariano Rivera. Not only is he one of the longest tenured Yankee’s and baseball players, he is the greatest closer in MLB history. He’s not just one of the best, he is THE best. Rivera has been feared by batters in the 8th and 9th innings for nearly two decades. When he comes to the mound batters almost inwardly surrender and assume they will lose the game. But it’s not his baseball accolades that made this article so interesting.

Rivera is retiring after this year. At a time when most baseball players enjoy their fortunes and spend a lot of time playing golf, the plans Rivera is making cause him to stand out. As New York magazine reports:

“When the season ends…Rivera will devote himself to working in an actual church—his church, the wreck of a long-ago Presbyterian congregation purchased from the City of New Rochelle in 2011 and renovated, he says, at a cost of $2.5 million. It doesn’t look like much now—a stone shell with a shingled roof surrounded by heaps of dirt—but Rivera says it will be open for business in a month or two. New stained-glass windows were recently installed, he says, and inside the sanctuary, ‘that church is glowing, a kind of yellow-goldish color because the sun hits the stained glass and it looks, oh my God, fantastic.’ The church is named Refugio de Esperanza, or Refuge of Hope.” [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.

Some Good News: Help Your Kids Choose Proper Role Models – Like These!

by Nathan A. Cherry, 02/16/2012

Martinsburg, WV – I spent some time watching the Grammy’s this week. Thankfully I had the forethought and wisdom to record it so I could simply fast-forward through some of the garbage. (Dear Nicki Minaj, please retire. Please) (Dear Lady Ga Ga and Katy Perry, please see note to Nicki Minaj). I started out wanting to see the Grammy’s in order to watch Adele perform. I must admit I have a thing for her musical ability; not to mention the fact that she is real. As in, she doesn’t look like a twig about to faint because she has lived on ice-cubes and crackers all week.

I couldn’t help but transition my watching into a sociological exercise to see who I would actually enjoy my kids watching and looking up to. You know, as a role model. Before I go any farther let me say I do hope my kids will see my wife and I as role models and will find Jesus Christ and other Biblical characters to look up to as well. But let’s face it, kids are enthralled by pop-culture and we all at one time looked up to someone in music, television or movies.

And if you have been paying attention lately, there is a distinct shortage of role models in our society. It seems far too many stars end up on drugs, overdosing, being arrest for any number of crimes, or simply lack any substantive character worth emulating. So I was hoping the Grammy’s would showcase someone worth looking up to, someone, anyone? Should I choose Nicki Minaj, Lady Ga Ga, or Katy Perry?

Well, the Grammy’s don’t seem to have anything to offer. But I ran across some stories that I thought were worth sharing because they feature some currently high-profile people that are standing for their faith. These are men and women that believe life is sacred, that religious freedom is important, that the Bible is more than just a book of stories.

Ex-Victoria's Secret model Kylie Bisutti

Maybe you heard about the Victoria’s Secret model that quit because her faith convicted her about her own profession. Kylie Bisutti had a dream job that countless other models only hope to gain. She was working for the world’s most recognized lingerie company and had achieved success and wealth doing so.

Then her heart began to convict her that what she was doing didn’t honor the Lord. So she quit. CBN.com reports:

“The 21-year-old model recently decided to leave one of America’s most well-known lingerie companies because showing off her body left her feeling convicted…‘The jobs that I choose are going to be honoring the Lord.’”

The Gospel Coalition reports that Kylie’s desire to honor her husband also played a factor in her decision:

“But the more I was modeling lingerie – and lingerie isn’t clothing – I just started becoming more uncomfortable with it because of my faith. I’m Christian, and reading the Bible more, I was becoming more convicted about it…My body should only be for my husband and it’s just a sacred thing.”

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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.

Tim Tebow Brings John 3:16 to the NFL

by Nathan A. Cherry, 01/27/2012

Tim Tebow John 3:16Martinsburg, WV – As a die-hard New England Patriots fan I am accustomed to being the only one rooting for my team. As with other great dynasties, if you are not a fan you have no trouble rooting against the dominating team. One team I have never been a fan of is the Denver Broncos. It is easy for me to root against them and enjoy watching them lose. Until recently…

I have to admit that I am an unashamed Tim Tebow fan. I love his competitive spirit and never-give-up attitude. But most of all I love how he refuses to separate his faith from his public life as a football player. He is a Christian first and a football player second. He boldly shares his faith whether he wins or loses and does so without apology. Even when the critics bash him – for his faith or his football – he smiles and gives all the glory and credit to his “Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

So when the Broncos beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first play of overtime during their first playoff game this year I was jumping and screaming like a crazy man. Then it hit me, they were headed to New England for a round two matchup that would be epic. And I was okay with that because either my team would win, or Tim Tebow would continue to write a Cinderella story that God is authoring in the life of this bold Christian.

And while some people would eagerly claim that Tebow has had no effect on the NFL and his lasting legacy would not be one very well remembered, such a claim, for me, came crashing down during the Patriots/Broncos game when I saw a commercial of a bunch of kids reciting John 3:16. I can’t begin to share all the amazing things about this video and the fact that it aired on national television during one of the most watched games of the entire year. (For more coverage on this amazing story please see this article or this one.)

But when cirtics of Tebow and his faith start railing against this young man that simply desires to live out his faith in a real way I get a little hot under the collar. The fact is, this is what we all should be doing, boldly sharing our faith with anyone and everyone that will listen. And just in case you think it doesn’t make a difference take a look at these quotes Focus on the Family received as a result of the commercial:

“Both my sons just saw your commercial and gave their lives to Christ as a result…Thank you. #John316.”

Similarly, another woman said:

“Thanks for running the John 3:16 ad during the Broncos/Patriots game. My husband is not a believer, but he was so taken by those precious kids that he became emotional watching it. Thanks for reaching out in such a warm, compassionate way.”

The religious freedom we enjoy today is a direct result of bold Christians that fought for the right to express their faith in every facet of their life, public and private. Tim Tebow is merely a visual reminder of how every Christian should be living out their faith. That visual reminder is threatening to those that oppose religious liberty and the religious convictions that many Americans hold dearly.

In a world where liberals and atheists are seeking to remove all mention of God from the public sector – like schools, sports leagues, clubs and the work place – Tim Tebow is a threat. His boldness is inspiring millions to exercise their faith and that just won’t do for religious suppressors.

Watch the video below and be inspired by one of the most famous verses in the Bible. But, be reminded of the fact that we as Christians are supposed to be “salt and light” in a dark world. Be reminded that we can’t be either if we suppress our convictions or allow threats to stifle the grace and truth that lives in us. (If the video doesn’t appear please refresh your browser).

As for Tebow’s impact on the NFL, when was the last time you saw the Bible read during primetime television? Enough said.

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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 Backfire Heard Around the World

Ok, seriously, I’m trying to be gracious to our neighbors at WV Free, Planned Parenthood, and NARAL, but part of me is wondering this morning if they’re waking up with red faces over their multiple week crusade tirade against Focus on the Family, the Tebows, and the First Amendment.

As it happened, I missed the Tebow ad during the game last night.  But, I just watched it this morning and found myself incredibly surprised at how . . . corny it was!  If you haven’t watched it, here it is:

Ok, let me explain my comments.  I liked the commercial.  It’s cute and, in keeping with the majority of Super Bowl commercials, it has an element of silliness to it.  Sure, it’s a little corny, but that’s what makes it endearing.

But, it’s not Tim Tebow’s gushing smile or his Mom’s parting line that has me laughing.  I’m incredibly amused that “reproductive justice” organizations spent so much time, money, and energy bemoaning THIS ad as an insult to women and their sacred “right to choose.”  Talk about giving legs to a story!  In fact, the marketing team at Focus on the Family might get an historical award for having the most memorable lead-up to a Super Bowl ad in history, but the reality is, the actual ad was far, far different from what the leftists lead us to believe – and through their rhetoric against life, they actually served to promote the sanctity of human life (and the First Amendment)!

Beyond the (accidental) genius marketing by Focus, our Colorado Springs friends have succeeded in their goal: raising the discussion about the importance of life and calling for real solutions to a societal problem that has dispatched – without offering them a choice – 52 million children to an eternity beyond this physical world.

Super Bowl 44 will long be remembered for a quarterback who is yet to play his first NFL football game.  Long after Colts fans commit to forgiving Peyton Manning for throwing an interception with less than 2 minutes left in the game, and long after New Orleans returns to normal, Americans will remember that expectant women do, indeed, have a choice – one difficult and seemingly lonesome to make, but one that pits self verses selflessness, life verses death, potential verses present.

For that message, we say thank you to Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and WV Free for helping to promote.

By the way, if you haven’t watched the longer, remarkably poignant interview with Bob and Pam Tebow, please go to www.FocusOntheFamily.com to watch today.

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.

Personal Foul – Unnecessary Roughness On NOW and Pro-Aborts

By Nathan A. Cherry

Martinsburg, W.V. – What if I told you that a mother was counseled by doctors to abort her unborn child for medical reasons? What if I told you that this same mother was in a foreign country and had contracted an illness that doctors told her could cause birth-defects? What if I told you the mother believed so strongly in life that she completed the pregnancy and gave birth to her newborn son? What if I then told you that son would go on to become one of the greatest college quarterbacks in NCAA history? This is the true story of Tim Tebow and the decision his mother, Pam, made in 1987 as a missionary.  

The Tebow’s along with Focus on the Family are set to air a 30 second pro-life commercial during the Super Bowl. Pro-abortion groups have been hounding the Tebow’s, Focus on the Family, and pressuring CBS to pull the spot from the Super Bowl lineup. To show support for Tim and his courage to stand for life a website, www.blockhardfortebow.com has been started where you can view Tim’s testimony and ESPN interview, as well as send Tim a note of support for his pro-life stand.

All that to say, below is an article by Susan B Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser which appeared on FOXNews.com. Ms. Dannenfelser combats the silly and ludicrous attacks by NOW and other pro-abortion groups over the pro-life message of the ad. Please take a moment to read the article and then click this link to see the original article at FOXNews.com or click this link to view an interview with Ms. Dannenfelser about the controversy. 

Why Is NOW So Afraid of a Pro-Life, Pro-Family Ad?
By Marjorie Dannenfelser

What is the National Organization for Women afraid of? Apparently a touching story about a courageous woman who chooses life in the face of adversity is just too much to take. And when her football star son decides to share that story on Super Bowl Sunday, well, that goes too far. It’s “divisive.”
NOW and its affiliate organizations the Feminist Majority and Women’s Media Center are condemning the Super Bowl advertisement featuring Tim Tebow and his mother Pam, calling it an offensive “anti-choice” ad.
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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.

Afterthoughts: What I should have said . . .

If you’re anything like me, you always remember your strongest arguments after you are done arguing.  That happens more often than I like when I get the chance to be on shows like Talkline, the state’s largest radio talk show.  It’s in part due to nerves, in parts due to time crunches (you just can’t get everything you want to get into the show, on air), and in part due to strategic efforts to get folks to remember your main points.

So, with that said, here’s some thoughts from this morning’s interview with Hoppy Kercheval as he moderated what was a debate that fizzled with me and Margaret Chapman-Pomponio from WV Free:

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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.

A Bright Spot in SEC Football

Fascinating article about homeschooled, pro-life, unapologetic Christian, football phenom, Tim Tebow.  As a loyal Mountaineer, I’m supposed to root against all things SEC.  In Tebow, I make an exception.

Full disclosure, the Family Policy Council of WV is proudly associated with Focus on the Family.  And, no, I know nothing about any super bowl ad (nor have I been offered tickets to said game).

With his unconventional pass delivery and a physical style that seems just as comfortable running the ball anyway, some wonder if University of Florida star quarterback Tim Tebow will achieve NFL glory. But football fans just may get to see the story of the Heisman Trophy winner and unapologetic Christian impact the pro sport's biggest game of the year.

Colorado-based conservative group Focus on the Family reportedly may buy a Super Bowl spot for an ad about how Tebow’s mother carried him to term despite a difficult and dangerous pregnancy.

If true, it would be just another example of Tebow annoying the secular left. The quarterback is as famous for wearing Bible passage citations on his game-day eye black as for winning an NCAA championship. As NewsBusters has detailed, that practice – and the faith it symbolizes – is irksome to some commentators.

Almost a year ago, CBSSports.com columnist Gregg Doyel wrote, “Tebow’s religion is seen as good because it is the religion of the majority. But it’s not the religion of everybody. It’s exclusionary, and just because you share Tebow’s faith, that doesn’t mean you’re right.”

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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.