ObamaCare Explained with a Hamburger

Some folks are having trouble understanding why ObamaCare is such a bad bill and needs to be repealed. Recently, a doctor sought to find a way to explain the bill in a way that would make sense to normal folks who don’t speak political double-speak. His analogy using a hamburger does just that. He said:

“Suppose a customer orders a $3 quarter-pounder. The clerk says, ‘Well, you’re in luck because the government has just said that you can buy it for $2.50. But, 15 percent of the population basically can’t afford the $2.50, so we need you to contribute the mandatory voluntary contribution’ of $1.00. It’s really popular with the 15 percent group, and so we don’t have as many. So we’re losing money, so we’ve had to decrease the value to an eighth-pounder, from a quarter-pounder, and by the way, you can only have two even though you wanted four, and you can pick it up in three or four days,’”

Did you notice the use of terms such as “mandatory voluntary”? ObamaCare is doing what the Constitution strictly forbids, forcing people to buy a product. In addition to this very well worded example, ObamaCare will force millions of Americans to violate their conscience and religious convictions by funding abortion. So we have a bill that violates the Constitution in at least two ways. That’s why we’re upset and opposing it. Click here for original article.

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Senate ENDA Vote Looming

The Senate is said to be considering a vote on a looming ENDA bill aimed at making LGBT people a protected class under the law. Such bills only serve to pave the way for lawsuits against Christians and people with religious convictions against homosexuality. It is these bills that allow cases like the one in New Mexico where a photographer was sued for not rendering her services to a gay couple, and in Washington where a florist was sued for the same, and in Colorado where a baker was sued for the same. And yet LGBT advocate any protection for religious convictions. An article states:

“…gay activists are objecting to a religious exemption in the ENDA bill…The groups leaders praised the Senate’s progress toward a vote but said, ‘The bill continues to excuse religious bigotry as acceptable under the law. We’ve seen this insistence on religious exemptions and conscience clauses play out before. Religious bigotry will continue to trump LGBT equality.’” Evidently LGBT bigotry trumping religious convictions is acceptable, whereas religious convictions are not worth protecting. This once again shows that conscience clauses in these bills are nothing more than smoke and mirrors to get votes before they are eventually removed. LGBT groups have no intention of protecting the religious convictions of anyone, they would gladly force every Christian to violate their convictions if it would mean a victory for them. 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.

Will You Pay the Price of Citizenship?

The case of Elane Photography is now one of the most infamous in U.S. history. These simple folks that desired to live in accordance with their faith were told to either violate their convictions in order to do business, or close up shop. To think that religious freedom would be under this sort of assault in America is unfathomable, and yet here it is. Read the chilling words of the justice that penned the decision:

“In the smaller, more focused world of the marketplace, of commerce, of public accommodation, the Huguenins have to channel their conduct, not their beliefs, so as to leave space for other Americans who believe something different. That compromise is part of the glue that holds us together as a nation, the tolerance that lubricates the varied moving parts of us as a people. In short, I would say to the Huguenins, with the utmost respect: it is the price of citizenship.”

Does citizenship have so high a price? Our Founding Father’s certainly did not think so. They would be appalled at the thought of asking anyone to violate their religious convictions. And so too should we. 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.

Hobby Lobby Asks Supreme Court to Hear Case

The Hobby Lobby case took an interesting turn recently when the family owned craft giant agreed with the government and asked the Supreme Court to take the case. After finally receiving a temporary injunction against the pro-abortion HHS mandate, the federal government asked the Supreme Court to consider taking the case. Hobby Lobby agreed and filed their own petition asking for the high court to hear the case. An attorney from the Becket Fund for Religious Freedom representing Hobby Lobby explained this decision:

“Hobby Lobby’s case raises important questions about who can enjoy religious freedom…Right now, some courts recognize the rights of business owners like the Green family, and others do not. Religious freedom is too important to be left to chance. The Supreme Court should take this case and protect religious freedom for the Green family and Hobby Lobby.” This case, along with the many others suing the federal government over the HHS mandate, is among the most important in recent years. The outcome has implications for every person with a religious convictions against abortion in deciding whether the government can force you to violate your religious convictions. 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.

Atheists Attacking Program to Lower Crime

Leave it to atheists to attack a program aimed at lowering crime. Yet, that is exactly what they are doing in Alabama because of a program to bring clergy to crime scenes to counsel people. A recent article states: “Operation Good Shepherd aims to send Christian clergy to crime scenes to counsel victims and witnesses.  The clergy are volunteers. Members of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and American Atheists oppose the program.  They say it raises constitutional concerns because it favors one belief system.”

I don’t see where the atheists have offered any alternatives, just complaints that this “might” violate the constitution. Let me help. First, it doesn’t violate the constitution for pastors to voluntarily go to a crime scene to offer help to victims. Secondly, this seems to be an outpouring of compassion – why would anyone complain about that? Last, atheists should try and find the words “separation of church and state” anywhere in the Constitution, Bill of Rights, of Declaration of Independence. If they do, they can resume their complaining, until then, leave the people trying to help and do good in the world alone. 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.

Supreme Court to Decide Fate of Religious Freedom?

Coming on November 6th, the Supreme Court will hear a case involving legislative prayer, the first in 30 years. At stake is whether or not a town council can open its meetings with prayer or, more to the point, whether such a practice is Constitutional. Our Founder’s would not doubt be shaking their heads to think that we are now trying to determine if praying for our government officials is Constitutional, considering they invoked God through prayer many times in writing the Constitution. And yet here we are.

A recent article explains the situation: “The town of Greece, New York, with a population of close to 100,000, has been holding Christian prayers at town meetings since 1999. But in a unanimous 2011 decision, the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals decided that the prayer practice was unconstitutional. The Town of Greece v. Galloway case is the first legislative prayer case the Supreme Courts have taken since the Marsh v. Chambers in 1983, which upheld the constitutionality of government funding for chaplains.”

Also being heard and with heavy implications for religious freedom, is the Hobby Lobby case. The article states: “Another case with a similar controversial issue is Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius, in which the Christian-owned company argues that using certain types of birth control violates their religious beliefs…Hobby Lobby is one of the 40 lawsuits filed across the country asking federal courts to exempt the Affordable Care Act’s contraception requirement.”

These two cases will carry significant implications for religious freedom for every American. If the court rules against Hobby Lobby it is effectively saying the government can force us to violate our religious convictions and pay for abortion. If the court rules against the town of Greece, it is removing the right of citizens to openly pray before government meetings. The effects will be chilling. Pray for these cases. 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.

Are Christians Ready to Pay the “Price of Citizenship”?

Elaine HugueninWho would have ever thought the time would come in America when Christians would be convicted of discrimination for living according to their faith? Certainly most Christians are not prepared for such a time. And yet, as events in New Mexico have shown us, that time is not in the near future, that time is here right now.

In case you’ve been under a rock or out in the bush the last week, the shocking ruling came from the New Mexico Supreme Court concerning a Christian photographer, Elaine Huguenin, and her refusal to render her services for a same-sex ceremony. When the homosexual couple contacted her company, Elane Photography, about photographing the ceremony, Huguenin told them her Christian convictions would not allow her to celebrate their union as it violated her faith.

Even though the couple quickly and easily found another photographer for their ceremony, they decided to file a complaint with the New Mexico Human Rights commission. That complaint has led, at this point, to a conviction for Huguenin. She was found guilty of discrimination and fined $7,000 for simply living according to her beliefs.

When the decision came down the headlines immediately echoed the shock of Americans at the reality that being a Christian and living by biblical convictions was now a punishable offense. Headlines read: “New Mexico Court: Christian Photographer Cannot Refuse Gay-Marriage Ceremony,” and “NM Court Says Christian Photographers Must Compromise Beliefs.”

Perhaps no other comment from the court has gained as much attention as this one from Justice Richard Bosson: [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.

Are You joking? Feds Want to “Promote Religious Freedom”?

LaughingA report says that the federal government is launching a new Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives. The article says: “Secretary of State John Kerry is launching the new Office of Faith-based Community Initiatives Wednesday…The State Department says the new office will work with faith communities on “development objectives” such as fighting poverty and promoting international religious freedom.”

Excuse me? The federal government is going to develop “objectives…such as…promoting international religious freedom”? Here’s a novel idea, if the federal government wants to promote religious freedom around the world, how about it starts by setting an example the rest of the world will want to model? It seems to me that the world won’t care what we are saying, or suggesting to them if we aren’t first modeling those ideas and principles first.

So rather than forcing people to violate their convictions by funding abortion through their taxes, or forcing Christian business owners to violate their religious convictions by offering abortion services and drugs in their employee health-care plans, we should “promote religious freedom” by allowing those people to opt out. The fact that the government does indeed have to “force” people to fund abortion or provide services they are morally opposed to is quite a large infringement of religious freedom.

Instead of demanding Christian business owners and religious organizations provide facilities and services for same-sex ceremonies, how about we “promote religious freedom” by allowing them to decline such involvement. And to show how sincere we are about wanting to “promote religious freedom” we will not threaten those who opt out with lawsuit, fines, or prison. [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.

Courts Forcing ObamaCare Toward the Supreme Court?

A number of corporations and privately owned businesses have challenged the HHS mandate, among other things, inside ObamaCare. Right here in West Virginia, the FPCWV is representing a local auto dealership whose owner believes his religious freedoms are being infringed if the federal government forces him to provide abortion drugs and services in health care plans to his employees. What appears clear is that most businesses want the HHS mandate repealed in favor of liberty and religious freedom. What is becoming clearer is that the matter will likely be taken up by the Supreme Court.

A recent article comments on the new deadline for compliance with the HHS mandate saying: “…the mandate’s compliance deadline has been pushed back to 2015, giving companies more time to settle their affairs, or simply more time to allow this issue of the mandate and free exercise of religion to reach the Supreme Court. Several circuits have attempted an answer in this arena, and SCOTUS’ attention may finally suss out whether corporations can assert free exercise claims.”

Apparently popular opinion believes this case will ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court. 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.

Delaying ObamaCare: Forcing People to Violate Their Religious Convictions…Later

Stop ObamaCareObamaCare is about as popular as a root canal. I still can’t find one person paying for their own insurance that is excited about it or think it will fix anything. Most people I talk to already despise it, and others are fearful of how it will hurt their current insurance. So the consensus agrees that ObamaCare needs to go.

Even a recent Gallup poll found that more than 50% of adults disapprove of the new healthcare overhaul, with a portion of those being those that are uninsured. You know something has to be bad when the people it was supposedly to help the most don’t even like it.

One of the most unpopular aspects to ObamaCare, the HHS mandate requiring all employees be given access to contraception and abortion drugs at no cost (more accurately at the employers cost), is still just as unpopular today as it was when first presented. The HHS mandate I a clear violation of the religious freedoms and convictions of religious business owners. It has been taken to court and lost nearly every case in court, so much has it been beaten and battered that many speculate it will eventually have to be removed from ObamaCare.

Click here to read about the Family Policy Council’s lawsuit against ObamaCare on behalf of a WV business owner.

In seeking to “accommodate” religious employers, the Obama administration has written and re-written the HHS mandate a number of times. It finally released what it is calling the “final rules” on the HHS mandate not long ago which explains the rules for exemption from the mandate: [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.