You Might Be “Offended” by Reading This

OffendedIf I said something like “I wish we still had segregation,” or “women shouldn’t be allowed to vote,” you would probably be offended. And rightly so. But why?

Would you be offended because you understand the context of my words and recognize the inherent harm they convey? Or would you be offended because society has decided that some things should simply be labeled as “offensive”?

The difference is important.

We once lived in a free society where people were allowed to “agree to disagree” on all sorts of topics; and did so in a civil, respectful manner. It’s called tolerance. But the word has been hi-jacked to mean “affirmation and acceptance of a politically correct view or position.” Consequently people don’t know how to actually be tolerant anymore. The ability to have civil discourse on topics while respecting the right of people to disagree with your position has been lost. Also predictably, certain views are expected to be tolerated while it is acceptable to be intolerant of others.

For example, it is perfectly acceptable to be intolerant of a cross being in a public place, funded by tax dollars, for any reason at all. A good example is the 9/11 memorial where a display of steel from the rubble in the shape of a cross is being protested. This is a publicly funded memorial and no vestige of religion should be present, some say. However, when Christians and other people of faith protested a publicly funded “art exhibit” featuring a cross submerged in urine, they were told to tolerate it as free speech. [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.

Tolerance on Display: Cake Shop Owners Close Shop

Those who continue asking us all to be “tolerant” and support their lifestyle evidently have no intention of doing the same. A cake shop owner in Oregon has closed after refusing to offer services to a lesbian couple caused nation-wide backlash. A recent article from TheBlaze has more:

In May, TheBlaze told you about Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, an Oregon-based bakery that has fallen under intense scrutiny. Throughout 2013, the Christian couple and their business have been in the midst of a media firestorm after refusing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. From threats to vicious phone calls and e-mails, the Klein family has been inundated with angry responses. Now, Aaron and Melissa have announced that they are shutting down their shop…It’s no secret that Sweet Cakes by Melissa has been struggling since Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman, the lesbian couple at the center of the debate, waged a complaint with the state over the cake debacle. In May, the bakers told TheBlaze that they were inundated with hateful messages. 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.

Making a Yawn Newsworthy: the Curious Case of ‘Courageous’ Collins

Historic HistoryWow, were the talking points well distributed this week following a carefully choreographed “coming out” party for Jason Collins.

If you hadn’t heard, Jason Collins announced this week that not only is he a multi-millionaire who is paid to put a ball into a hoop that is about 2 feet from the tips of his fingers as he stands under it, but also living a homosexual lifestyle.  In this case, his has been trumpeted – by the President of the United States, no less – as an act of, “courage” in, “coming out” in a world supposedly dominated by womanizing jocks.

Now, here is where the talking points kick in.  As the media runs with open mic and focusing camera to the sports elite, they are supposed to repeat, evidently, one of two lines.  Let’s look at them closely.

“I look forward to a day when this is no longer newsworthy.”

That’s the first one.  I’ve heard it here locally, I’ve heard it on SportsCenter, from politicians and aging sports stars.  Each one first begins by using some form of praise for the boldness, courage, or other type hero language that really ought to be reserved for men like those who stormed Normandy, not a guy who is paid $1.5 million to average 1 point per game.  Then, they turn their commentary to the shocking nature of the revelation.  Feigning surprise (but not really being surprised) they remark how amazing that this is news and finish off by wistfully pining for the day when such a thing won’t be news.

Here’s the thing: it’s only “newsworthy” to them.  That is, if they pine for the day when this won’t be news anymore, then why have they created the story?  Why did Collins become the feature story in Sports Illustrated to announce this news that we’re supposed to be unsurprisingly shocked about?  Why did the press immediately run to commentary to the nearest athlete and the President if this was so, “ho-hum,” old hat to them?

The reality is that I agree with them, to some extent.  My first reaction when I found out that this Center is inclined to have sex outside of marriage with other men was, “So what?”  I think, in fact, I yawned between the “so” and the “what” too.  It is not newsworthy.  Gentleman should never discuss their sex life publicly.  I suppose its only shocking in the way that Wilt Chamberlain’s supposed 5-figured peccadilloes were surprising: we tend to have a cultural fascination with sex.  Call it the pornification of the news for that’s what it has become.

The sad reality is not the “outing” here, but that most of us have grown up around a sex-dripping culture for so long that we have to feign surprise when someone admits to having sex outside of marriage.  We’ve been so desensitized to what is immoral that we yawn rather than recoil.

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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.

The Intolerance of Tolerance – Dr. D.A. Carson on Engaging the Issues

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Tolerance used to allow room for disagreement. Today, the word, “tolerance” is a loaded term and often seems to replace our pursuit of the truth as our societ’s chief virtue.

Author and theologian Dr. D.A. Carson explains how a Christian committed to the worship of an absolute God and to His absolute Truth is to respond to a world dedicated to tolerance at all costs.

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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.

Rick Warren Explains “Tolerance” to Morning News Show

I have been saying for some time that liberals have hi-jacked the word “tolerance” and redefined it to suit their agenda. At one time, tolerance meant that though I may disagree with the view of someone else, I respect their right to have that view; it meant we can agree to disagree with respect. But, as Rick Warren explained, tolerance has been given a new meaning, Warren said: ”The problem is that tolerant has changed its meaning. It used to mean ‘I may disagree with you completely, but I will treat you with respect. Today, tolerant means – ‘you must approve of everything I do.’ There’s a difference between tolerance and approval. Jesus accepted everyone no matter who they were. He doesn’t approve of everything I do, or you do, or anybody else does either. You can be accepting without being approving.”

Warren was speaking on the issue of homosexuality and same-sex “marriage” and how he can be truly tolerant without accepting or affirming things the Bible calls sin. Warren is right, it is entirely possible to be tolerant without being accepting and affirming – just as Jesus does. I hope more people will re-learn the true definition of tolerance and begin employing it. 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.

Seeing the Future from Canada – Engaging the Issues with Prof. Bradley W. Miller

Click to listen to this week’s edition of Engaging the Issues.

A decade ago, the nation of Canada redefined marriage with the promise that religous liberty would be strengthened and the families made more secure. As arguments in America swirl over the issues of marriage, toleration, and religious liberty, what can we learn from Canada? Has religious liberty been strengthened with more inclusive nondiscrimination laws? Has the redefinition of marriage brought more and better marriages?

Canadian professor of law, Bradley W. Miller engages those issues by surveying the data gleaned from Canada’s ten year social experiment. Listen to Professor Miller explain what American might expect should it adopt whole scale the agenda of tolerance

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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.

Op-Ed: Civil Disagreement

by B.J. Erps, 08/16/2012

chainsWill homosexuality be the dividing line for our society? Without a doubt there are few hot-button issues in our country that incite emotional fervor the way the topic of homosexuality does.

On the side of public education, academic institutions, Hollywood, and mass media, to raise any objection to the right of the individual to choose behaviors that operate within the scope of sexual appetites and preferences is at best naive and at worst hate-mongering persecution. We like to demonize our detractors.

As a social experiment, test this one for yourself. Attend a WVU game wearing a University of Pittsburgh jersey or a Pride Parade with a sandwich board etched with the word “Repent.” Admittedly, neither would be advisable.

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The Intolerance of the “Tolerant Left” and Chick-Fil-A

by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/06/2012

Chick-Fil-AWere you at Chick-Fil-A last week? If you were, you joined about a million other folks that decided to show their support for free speech and religious freedom by eating one of the best chicken sandwiches around. The record setting sales and attendance are great, but the underlying purpose for most people visiting famed chicken chain is far more important.

First let’s be clear, what Dan Cathy said in support for traditional marriage represents the views of more than half of the American people. So if anyone wants to be offended they need to look around and realize that a majority of the people agree with his position. Just in case you’re not sure Americans really support traditional marriage in such large numbers, just remember that every single state, including California, given the opportunity to vote on the issue of marriage has affirmed the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. That’s no fluke, that’s credible evidence.

And if liberals and LGBT advocates want to get outraged they need to look in the mirror and realize it was they who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 who, at the time, also did not support same-sex “marriage.” Obama only three months ago “came out” in support of same-sex “marriage,” but I don’t remember anyone ever calling him “hate-filled,” or a bigot. That’s the sort of hypocrisy and double standard no one respects.

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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.

GLSEN Demands Town Teach Homosexuality to Kindergarteners – Town Fights Back! (Video)

by Nathan A. Cherry, 06/28/2012

GLSEN logoI don’t think I will ever understand how the people screaming for tolerance and anti-bullying legislation can be the worst perpetrators of bullying and intolerance. It’s so hypocritical that it’s hardly believable. And yet it’s truer than most people realize. The latest example of this truth can be seen in what GLSEN is doing to a town in Illinois.

Aaron Sweeney, writing for Citizenlink.com shares the story of Eerie, Ill, a small, 1,500 person town most people have never heard of:

“We’ve never experienced anything like this—where for the last several weeks our town has been the target of a national pressure campaign launched by gay activists and liberal media. People in our town have been called insulting names by angry bloggers. They’ve gotten phone calls to their home and hate emails from people who don’t even live here…So what was our town’s big crime…Well—we just dared to say no…No, that is, to GLSEN’s (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) materials coming into to our pre-kindergarten through fourth grade elementary school. (Read more about that here). And our local school board had the courage to listen to the concerns of the majority of parents, voting 5-2 to reject the materials.”

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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 the Issues: Gerry Chipeur


Canada has redefined marriage and expanded their laws on hate crimes.  Has it made for a more or less tolerant society?  One of Canada’s foremost religious liberty attorneys, Gerry Chipeur, explains what such cultural changes have wrought on our neighbors to the north – and what it might mean for America.

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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.