Marriage is Under Attack and It’s Our Fault

divorce ringsBy now I think we can all agree on the fact that marriage is under attack. Not merely traditional marriage, that would, at this point I dare say be a good thing if we were simply talking about defending traditional marriage. What is taking place now is an all-out attack on marriage as a fundamental institution and cornerstone of our society.

Some want to redefine marriage. They argue that traditional marriage, the union of one man and one woman, is discriminatory and want to include homosexuals. Others argue that if homosexuals get to marry then others, polygamists, polyamorists for example, ought to have the same “right.” Such concessions would alter the foundational makeup of the family unit into something wholly unrecognizable.

Still others, though they are thankfully few at this point, argue that “love” between an adult and child should be acceptable. This idea that pedophilia ought to be considered in any way “normal” would reduce the understanding of what it means to be a parent and rob children of their innocence. It’s unconscionable.

And yet, that is exactly the goal for advocates who believe marriage, fundamentally, is flawed and against human nature. So rather than engaging in holy matrimony and wedlock, we should now encourage “wedleases,” which are akin to leasing a car or apartment. Allowing people to commit to one person (or two, or three) for a period of time (1-3 years) makes more sense in our consumer driven culture, according to advocates. Consider what one such “advocate” wrote: [Read more...]

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More Evidence of U.S. Military’s Open Hostility to Christians

AFA hate groupA week or so ago, I relayed the story of how the Air Force has begun aggressively promoting (not just accepting) homosexual conduct as a positive lifestyle to be supported by all within their ranks.   They have made it clear with the case of SMSgt. Monk that they are playing for keeps and anyone not toeing the line is subject to having career problems.

Now the Army has come “out of the closet” with their view toward anything resembling traditional family values or Christian principles.  Thanks for an unidentified soldier who took a risk and sent some images of a power-point presentation conducted this week at his duty station, we might not have heard about this one right away.

According to the instructor conducting the training session on “identified hate groups” the American Family Association has been declared comparable to the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, the Nation of Islam, and Black Panthers.  Who’d have guessed it?

All kidding aside, this is no laughing matter.  When a Christian chaplain spoke up in the meeting repeatedly, the instructor continued repeating his belief that the association was a “hate group” because they identified homosexuals as “sinners, heathens, and other derogatory terms.”  [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

A College Education: How to Find the G Spot and Nudity

college raised handsWhat is one lesson from college you will never forget? How about a particular professor who inspired you and propelled you forward in your academic and professional life? Many of us can probably remember a rousing lecture, a class, or a professor that had significant impact on our young mind.

We can also probably remember a lecture, class, or professor that we wish we could forget. A bizarre lecture that seemed to have no point. A professor that never seemed “all there.” It seems to come with higher education that you will experience these highs and lows. But the American education system has reached a particular low when our universities are proud of classes on female orgasms, nudity, and coloring books of female genitalia.

Is it just me or does the American education system seemed obsessed with sex?

Where once academic studies such as ancient history, calculus, and earth science dominated the landscape of education, it seems today that more classes, forums, and events dealing with sex and sexuality are taking place.

The description of one class happening at Marquette University reads as follows:

“The workshop is produced by FemSex, a student-led group with a presence on many college campuses, and will be hosted in university buildings by the University Honors Program for its 12-week run. Each week will feature a different topic, such as ‘Masturbation, Orgasm, and Pleasure,’ ‘Power and Privilege,’ and ‘Gender and Identity.’ Participating students will complete raunchy homework assignments, like coloring anatomical pictures in ‘The Cu*t Coloring Book’ and writing about their sexually pleasurable experiences.” [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.

Will Mountaineers Redefine Marriage?

WV WeddingThe fight to redefine marriage has finally come to West Virginia.

Remember back in 2010 when we held our petition drive to ask our lawmakers to defend traditional marriage with a sate constitutional marriage amendment? We said that our DOMA law was good, but not enough to ensure that marriage defined as one man and one woman would be securely defended. Our lawmakers  didn’t care that we delivered thousands of petitions from West Virginians asking for a constitutional amendment, they didn’t see the need. So they said not to worry about it and if an effort to redefine marriage ever came up they would oppose it and secure traditional marriage.

Well, what are our lawmakers going to do?

Lambda Legal, a gay rights group, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of three homosexual couples alleging that our DOMA law is unconstitutional and seeking to overturn it and redefine marriage in West Virginia. The couples, from Huntington and St. Albans say they were denied marriage licenses in accordance with state law, but believe the law is discriminatory.

In response to this lawsuit, the Family Policy Council of West Virginia released the following statement: [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.

W.Va. Couples Suing to Overturn Same Sex Marriage Ban

WvGazette: “Three West Virginia couples are suing in federal court to overturn the state’s ban on gay and lesbian marriage. Lambda Legal, a national civil rights organization, announced today it will file a lawsuit on behalf of a St. Albans couple…and two Huntington couples.”

It was only a matter of time before the marriage battle came to West Virginia. It’s here now. We are now fighting to bring the abortion industry under common sense health and safety regulations, and to defend traditional marriage. Those seeking to overturn the state ban on homosexual marriage will be well funded and most likely have plenty of favorable press coverage. In order to preserve marriage in our state we need the prayers and support from the vast majority of West Virginians that recognize that marriage is a union of one man and one woman. 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.

Can You Defend Traditional Marriage? These Arguments Will Stump You Unless You’re Prepared

puzzledIt has been said that the reason marriage redefinition is gaining ground is simply because traditional marriage supporters have not done a very good job defending traditional marriage. It’s not that our arguments are bad. It’s not that we don’t have majority support. It’s simply that we don’t know how to adequately articulate the arguments.

As a result there is a growing number of people saying things like this:

“Those arguing slippery-slope ‘if we legalise gay marriage, where will we stop? Three men and two women? Turtle marriage?’ fail to appreciate that society doesn’t actually think ‘one man, one turtle’ forms a loving, stable family unit. The fact that its opponents suggest otherwise degrades the perceived legitimacy of these relationships…Famously-touted ‘anti-religious’ litigation by gay couples, after all, hasn’t actually come to much overseas, and there are safeguards in New Zealand’s version of the bill.”

By all accounts this is an absurd statement with little standing in reality. For anyone to say that “anti-religious litigation by gay couples…hasn’t actually come to much overseas,” shows an incredible lack of honesty and a great degree of bias. One needs only to look to Washington State where a florist is being sued for refusing to offer her services to a gay wedding. In New Mexico a photographer has been convicted for refusing to serve a lesbian wedding. These and many other cases similar are happening because the people involved have a religious conviction against homosexuality and are being sued for that conviction.

When Ryan T. Anderson was asked about what’s at stake in the battle to defend marriage he not only cited the threat to religious freedom, he said that the redefinition efforts would not stop with homosexuals: [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.

Do You Support Traditional Values? This is the Event for You!

If you support life, traditional marriage, and religious freedom, this is the event for you. The Values Voter Summit is the premier conservative event held each year. Sponsored by the Family Research Council, this even features some of our nation’s leading voices for conservative, traditional values. See the image below for more information. Or go to www.valuesvotersummit.org for details.

VVS 2013

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.

Duck Dynasty: A (Happy Happy Happy) Family Built on Jesus

Duck DynastyPeople continue to be both impressed and stunned at the success of A&E’s record setting show Duck Dynasty. How in the world can a show about an often eccentric family of country folk from Louisiana who simply make duck calls for a living be so incredibly popular? They make duck calls.

To be fair the stars of the show don’t really make many duck calls these days. Every time the camera shows Willie, Jase, Jep, Godwin, and Uncle Si in the “work room,” they are doing little more than talking, cutting up, and harassing one another. I am fairly certain they are good small business owners and others are making the now famous Duck Commander Duck Calls.

I am also fairly certain that it’s more than just the incredible one liners from Uncle Si, dazed and confused look of Jase, and “happy happy happy” of Phil and Ms. Kay that keep viewers coming back for more. In fact, I think it is the intangibles of this family that most of America is in love with, intangibles that are being attacked from all sides by progressives and liberals alike.

We live in a culture that seeks to convince us that morals, values, and faith are worthless ideals of a bygone era. Revisionists want to rewrite our nations history in order to remove God from the founding of our country and the lives of our Founders. Liberals want to indoctrinate our kid into a worldview that includes casual sex and abortion. Progressives want to remove all gender lines and erase any memory of the traditional family in order to create an “anything goes” picture. [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.

Incredible Letter by a Conservative Professor

When a conservative professor, Mike S. Adams, was recently called “the biggest embarrassment to higher education in America,” he took the opportunity to prove otherwise. The result was a letter that is going  viral and being called an “epic” response. Adams listed just 10 incidents, all happening in North Carolina, to show he is not the biggest embarrassment in higher education by a long shot. Part of his letter states:

“While I respect your right to conclude that I am the biggest embarrassment to higher education in America, I think you’re wrong. In fact, I don’t even think I’m the biggest embarrassment to higher education in the state of North Carolina. But since you’re a liberal and you support ‘choice’ – provided we’re talking about dismembering children and not school vouchers for those who weren’t dismembered – I want to give you some options. In fact, I’m going to describe the antics of ten professors, official campus groups, and invited campus speakers in North Carolina and let you decide which constitutes the biggest embarrassment to higher education.”

Click here to read this brilliantly written letter in its entirety.

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.