Tony Perkins Comments on the SCOTUS Rulings (VIDEO)

In light of the marriage rulings from SCOTUS last week, Tony Perkins was on “Face the Nation” to discuss his perspective and share comments on why traditional marriage is not a thing of the past. If the video doesn’t appear automatically please refresh your browser.

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.

Pro-Life Groups Respond to House Passing 20 Week Abortion Ban

While liberals and their organizations blast the House of Representatives for passing a common sense measure aimed at protecting women and children from the torture experienced at the hands of Kermit Gosnell. Pro-Life groups are praising lawmakers for what they call the most important pro-life bill passed in a decade. The issue of life often gets more attention during election cycles than during actual legislative sessions; as lawmakers tend to focus on economic and security issues. But this bill sends a message to the minority of Americans that support abortion on demand that Americans want stricter abortion laws. Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council commented:

“I applaud the House vote on a bill that is truly informed by modern science, which shows unborn children are fully capable of experiencing pain by 20 weeks after fertilization. Unborn children in their sixth month of pregnancy or later are routinely given anesthesia during prenatal surgery, so this legislation conforms federal abortion law to modern science. It’s disappointing that the president is stuck in the Roe v. Wade science of the ’70s and has threatened to veto the bill. Ignoring modern science is harmful to both unborn children and mothers, as we know babies can survive as early as 22 weeks after gestation. The horrific pain of being ripped apart limb by limb must be stopped.” 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.

Engaging Weekend: White House Says Americans Can Opt Out of ObamaCare, Teachers Want to Make School Curriculum “Gay Friendly,” Doctor Can Kill Child But Boyfriend Can’t

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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.

White House: All Americans Can Opt-Out Of ObamaCare

A recent article shares the details of an exchange between a journalist and the White House in which, after being asked about keeping their individual health-care plan, the White House responds by saying that if you have private health insurance you should be able to keep the plan you like. The writer then shares the implications of this news: “What this quite clearly means is that people who object to being forced to pay for abortifants and abortions as part of their “health” insurance plan can simply keep their current plan that doesn’t offer them. It clearly means that we can all have plans that don’t keep our twenty-five year old “children” feeding out of our pocketbooks. Best of all, this obviously means that–unlike ObamaCare plans that none of us have to use–the cost of our premiums will not be going up!” This sounds like great news to me. It remains to be seen if it is in fact true, because to date, all I’ve been able to learn is that private insurance will be overtaken by ObamaCare plans and the plans we currently have will be replaced. This is why so many states are opting out of ObamaCare. Too bad West Virginia has been eating it up and forcing it on West Virginians. Maybe we’ll see something change in the near future. Click here for original article.

Teachers to vote on making everything LBGTTQ friendly [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.

Same Sex “Marriage” is Neither Conservative Nor Christian

Supreme Court marriageRight now the Supreme Court has heard arguments on behalf of two cases: Perry v. Hollingsworth, and Windsor v. United States. The first deals with California’s Prop 8 ballot measure wherein voters determined marriage to be the union of one man and one woman. The court is seeking to determine whether such a measure is constitutional or not; the obvious implication is that if the court finds Prop 8 unconstitutional then it will effectively nullify every other state constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

The Windsor v. United States case involves the federal DOMA law which prevents same sex civil unions from being eligible to receive federal benefits such as social security and other benefits inherent to heterosexual marriages. However it is understood that DOMA also protects individual religious liberty and holds consequences for religious objectors to same-sex “marriage” if overturned.

I will quickly confess my growing anxiety over this issue. What I fear most is the ability of some very deceptive people to further muddle and confuse people on the issues of sexuality and marriage. Already plenty of “Christians” and “preachers” are claiming that it’s entirely acceptable to be a proud, practicing homosexual and be a Christian. I see no evidence of this at all in Scripture. I can’t even begin to pretend it’s possible to defend such a position using actual Scripture.

But already skewed polls claim that a majority of religious people now embrace homosexuality and same-sex “marriage.” I say garbage. Further reports claim that a majority of “conservatives” now support same-sex “marriage.” Again, garbage. These skewed polls with carefully crafted wording further muddle the issue and create a perception that has no bearing in reality. As Family Research Council president Tony Perkins recently wrote: [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.

FRC’s Tony Perkins Speaks to the Boy Scouts

In a recent interview FRC’s Tony Perkins shared his thoughts on the possible policy change the organization will be voting on this week. Perkins said the Boy Scouts have an obligation to protect boys from a political agenda and to stay true to their principles. Click here for original article. If the video doesn’t appear automatically, please refresh your browser.

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.

Podcast: Faithful Christian Citizenship – Tony Perkins on Engaging the Issues

With the election behind us for this cycle, those elected to office not begin the business of governing.  While legislative debates take place, what is the role of the American citizen?  More importantly, what is the role of the Christian citizen of this country?

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, joins us on this week’s edition of Engaging the Issues to explain what a faithful, Christian citizen looks like.

Click here to listen now.

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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.

Don’t Tell Me There’s No Threat to Religious Freedom

by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/24/2012

Chuck NorrisI will confess that I get a little more than irritated when I run into Christians that try to tell me that religious freedom is not really under attack. Honestly, I want to summon all my Chuck Norris abilities and do a round-house kick to knock some sense into them. The idea that any Christian would imply, let alone say that religious freedom is not under attack is preposterous and shows an incredible degree of negligence and ignorance.

To emphasize my point that religious freedom is indeed under attack I want to highlight a new study just released by our partners the Liberty institute and the Family Research Council (FRC). If anyone knows that religious freedom is under attack it is, after last week’s shooting, the Family Research Council. Considering that the gunman told people inside FRC that he didn’t like their politics (i.e. their position on social issues) it is evident that this is more than a simple attack, this is an all-out war.

The new study says that hostility toward religious expression is growing as about 600 incidents have been reported in the last 10 years. Liberty Institute president Kelly Shackelford 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.

Here’s Why We Are Labeled a “Hate Group”

by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/23/2012

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FRC president Tony Perkins comments after the shooting at the FRC headquarters.

It has been reported that the shooting at Family Research Council (FRC) last week is the logical result of groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) labeling FRC a “hate group.” This assertion carried a certain amount of weight as the group is renowned for labeling anyone that opposes their ideology as a “hate group.” What any rational person is trying to figure out is why is SPLC lumping groups like FRC with white supremacist groups? Because, in case you didn’t know, SPLC “specializes” in following and exposing racist white supremacist groups. But do Tony Perkins and FRC really constitute a “hate group” in the same vein as these dubious groups?

Daniel Horowitz wonders the same thing is his recent article for Red State:

“[T]hey use their reputation as the authority on white supremacist groups as a front to assail legitimate conservative policy organizations by seamlessly lumping them in with white supremacists and labeling them as hate groups…In 2010, SPLC labeled the Family Research Council as a hate group and listed them together with no-name neo-Nazi groups on their site.”

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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.

Calling Out SPLC for Labeling FRC a Hate Group

by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/17/2012

FRC logoThe Family Research Council, located in Washington, D.C., is a trusted ally and valued partner of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia. They have served us through offering training, resources, and support on numerous occasions and we consider them friends and family. So the shooting that took place at their headquarters this week was more than shocking and we were thankful to know no one died and the shooter was arrested.

FRC’s Tony Perkins said that groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) have played a part in enabling shootings like this one to take place as a result of their rhetoric of hate against other groups that disagree with them, like FRC. Others have joined in the outcry over the use of hate by these groups and called for the SPLC to apologize.

Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin 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.

Video: Obama Insurance “Compromise” a Slick Trick?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 02/12/2012

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Dr. Richard Land of the SBC

Martinsburg, WV – We’ve been doing our best to keep you  up to date on the situation with the Obama administration demanding religious employers violate their convictions and consciences by offering contraception/sterilization/abortifacients in insurance plans. First Obama was resolute and unwilling to give any ground or change the narrow definition of “religious exemption” that excluded churches and religious institutions.

Then, Friday, Obama announced via White House press conference his “compromise” that was supposed to secure religious freedom and conscience protections. The problem is that the president may have made the situation worse with a “compromise” so poorly constructed that it essentially changed nothing from the original mandate.

So where do we stand? Below you will find a couple on the developing story that should offer some insight into the situation and the outrage taking place across the country over this blatant attempt to force citizens to violate their conscience, religious convictions, and trample the 1st amendment.

This video from CBN.com has commentary from Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. In it, Mr. Land explains how this “compromise” is not a compromise at all but an “ignorant” attempt to stifle religious freedom. Click here to view the video.

This second video from Family Research Council president Tony Perkins explains the problem with the Obama administration “compromise” and how it will affect every person in America. Perkins show, through nothing more than common sense, that religious employers will still be paying for the services they oppose and the cost will be passed on to every person. In the end, this “compromise” is a lose-lose for employers and insurance companies; not to mention everyone that pays a monthly premium.

Take a moment to watch this video and pass it along to someone that is still trying to make sense of this whole mess. (If the video doesn’t appear please refresh your browser.)

We will continue to bring you updated coverage of this situation because this issue touches us all and the outcome will affect us all. No should be able to choose between their religious convictions and penalty under the law. Yet the Obama administration is demanding such a choice. What’s next? Where does this slippery slope of lost freedoms end?

If we refuse to stand up for the rights and freedoms we have been fortunate enough to enjoy in America we can be sure that those seeking to destroy our country will systematically remove them. This is just one example of religious liberty being threatened and our actions may very well determine the safety or loss of this freedom.

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.