Take Action: Tell Senate to Reject ENDA

Citizenlink: “The so-called Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would force businesses and organizations with 15 or more employees to provide special privileges to workers based on ‘actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.’ If passed into law, employers would not be able to consider the possible consequences of a man dressing as a woman, or a woman identifying as a man. The bill is expected to pass a key procedural vote this evening that requires 60 votes. That would lead to an up-or-down vote later this week.”

Already our very own Sen. Manchin has said he will support the ENDA bill. He needs to hear from us and know we don’t approve of creating a special class of citizen, limiting employers’ and employee’s freedom of religion, and the curtailing of free speech. Don’t sit back and let this opportunity to take action pass you by. Take a few moments to let Manchin and other lawmakers know just how opposed to ENDA West Virginian’s are. Click here for original article.

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President Obama and Joe Manchin Support ENDA

ManchinOver the weekend President Obama wrote an op-ed which appeared in the Huffington Post encouraging Congress to pass the ENDA bill. ENDA stands for Employment Non-Discrimination Act. on the surface this sounds like a great bill to support. But like most things out of Washington it is filled with traps for many people. Bills like ENDA can be used to force religious employers to hire people who oppose their religious convictions. For example, a Christian school might be forced to hire a transgender teacher though said teacher’s lifestyle stands in opposition to the school doctrine.

Many lawmakers like to use ENDA as a hammer to bash religious employers over the head with discrimination charges. But it’s not discrimination to require employees to adhere to specific doctrinal positions. In fact, many churches are now writing into their Constitution and By-Laws protections against such laws which state any employees must adhere to specific church doctrines as a requirement for employment. This is not discrimination, it’s called religious freedom. But ENDA will threaten churches and religious organizations with lawsuits for simply desiring to live and do business according to their faith.

News also came out last week in which Sen. Manchin, after assuring us he would never support ENDA, has decided to vote in favor of the bill. Once again proving that he will do anything to advance his career even if it means lying to the people that elected him to office, Manchin has promised to support the bill when it comes to the Senate for a vote. Turning his back on West Virginians in favor of Washington, D.C. applause, Manchin is flip-flopping on his promise to oppose ENDA.

I think it’s time we let Sen. Manchin know what we think about his decision to flip-flop and support such a dangerous bill. You can reach Sen. Manchin at:

Washington D.C. Office: 306 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 / (202) 224-3954

West Virginia Office: 300 Virginia Street, East Suite 2630, Charleston, WV 25301 / (304) 342-5855 / http://manchin.senate.gov

You can also click here to see a listing to contact information for Sen. Manchin.

 

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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.

Historic Australian Election Defends Marriage

While news outlets would have us believe marriage redefinition is accepted worldwide, Australia is proving such is not the case. In a historic election this the ruling Australian Labor Party, led by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, lost to the Coalition, led by Tony Abbot, with Labor receiving its lowest primary vote since 1903. The belief is that the Labor Party’s recent change to support same-sex marriage cost them the election as Australians overwhelmingly voted for the party supporting marriage between one man and one woman.

A recent article states: “Dr. David Phillips, National President of Family Voice Australia, said the following day, ‘One of the reasons for such a clear defeat was Labor’s change of mind and support for same-sex marriage.’ Kevin Rudd promised to legislate for homosexual ‘marriage’ within one hundred days of being re-elected.” Australia has shown, once again, that marriage redefinition is not a universally accepted norm, but a plank in a liberal humanist platform. 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.

U.S. House of Representatives Set to Vote on Bill Banning Abortion After 20 Weeks

In a political climate that mostly centers on economic and foreign policy issues, a small victory for social conservatives is on the horizon. A bill banning most abortions after 20 weeks is expected to receive a vote in the House of Representatives this week. Supporters of the bill believe that after the Gosnell incident legislation like this is appropriate and needed to protect women and unborn children. Opponents aren’t so concerned with either.

The bill is called the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act because it is widely accepted that unborn children at 20 weeks are capable of feeling pain. That means abortion procedures performed on children of this age amount to torture before death. Such actions are inhumane at best. Let your representatives know you support this bill and want them to vote for 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.

Major Vote Happening Today To Defend Life

LifeNews.com: “The full House Judiciary Committee will vote on Wednesday on a Congressional bill that would ban abortions nationwide at 20 weeks of pregnancy. Last week, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice voted on a party-line vote 6-4 for the bill, with Republicans supporting the ban on late-term abortions and Democrats opposing it…During the hearing, former abortion practitioner Anthony Levatino told members of the committee the gruesome details of his former abortion practice and how he became pro-life following the tragic automobile accident of his child. Another bombshell dropped during the hearing came from Dr. Maureen Condic, who is Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She testified that the unborn child is capable of reacting to pain as early as 8-10 weeks. This is when most abortions in America take place.” 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.

Surprise: Illinois Upholds Marriage!

I have to admit that I thought there was no way the Illinois legislature would uphold the traditional definition of marriage and refuse an effort by homosexual lobbyists to redefine it. But, in what can only be described as a surprising outcome, the legislature defeated a bill to redefine marriage. Kelly Fiedorek of the Alliance Defending Freedom said of this outcome:

“The ongoing, robust debate about marriage continues. Today Illinois’ elected officials represented the position of the people of Illinois that marriage–the union of husband and wife–is timeless, universal, and special, particularly because children need a mother and a father. That’s why 37 states affirm marriage as the union of a man and a woman, just as diverse cultures and faiths have throughout history.”

We applaud the Illinois legislature for not removing the debate from the hands of the people, where it belongs. By refusing to usurp the will of the people and act outside their boundaries as an elected body, Illinois has set an excellent example to other states. We hope West Virginia will return this issue to it’s citizens and quit refusing to allow them to vote for themselves. We also applaud the ADF for being involved in cases like this nationwide and standing for biblical moral values. 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.

SBC Churches to Vote on Disassociation with Boy Scouts

The great exodus from the Boy Scouts for churches has already begun. This summer will see many churches across the nation end their affiliation with the Boy Scouts and refuse to open their facilities to local troops. According to Richard Land, the long-time president of the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, more is to come: “There’s a 100% chance that there will be a resolution about disaffiliation at the convention, and a 100% chance that 99% of people will vote for it. Southern Baptists are going to be leaving the Boy Scouts en masse.”

One local pastor summed it up succinctly when he said “It’s not a hate thing here…It’s a moral stance we must take as a Southern Baptist church.” The Boy Scouts voted in May to overturn their longstanding ban on open homosexuality in the organization, and, in doing so, opened themselves up for greater compromise on the issue of homosexuality. As well they will now be pressured by atheist and transgender groups to further compromise their moral integrity. With the initial compromise by the BSA there is no reason to believe they will stand against these further attacks. 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.

Linda Harvey: Texas Boy Scout Massacre

Linda Harvey, president of Mission America recently wrote her opinion of the outcome of the vote in Texas by the Boy Scouts to allow open homosexuality in their organization. One of the most pertinent parts of her article says:

“The vote in Texas was 61 percent in favor. Yet about a year ago, the Scout organization strongly reaffirmed its long-standing ban on open homosexuality. That declaration resulted from a two-year review, and the group claimed parents drove its decision. What happened? Why the schizophrenia? Did some alien force take over the Scouts later in 2012? And who could now trust this leadership on anything with such an adulterous track record? Well, ‘gay activism’ happened, and the pressure was apparently too much. It just goes to show you how much influence this lobby has, with tactics that increasingly resemble childish middle-school bullies morphing into terrorists. And Boy Scout parents and leaders who actually believe the pink mafia will stop here are beyond naïve.” I couldn’t agree more. 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.

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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.