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Jennings On a Mission

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Czar of Safe and Drug Free Schools, Kevin Jennings, explains his mission in life while at GLSEN:

“I can envision a day when straight people say, ‘So what if you’re promoting homosexuality? . . . That is our mission from this day forward.

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Written by Jeremy Dys

September 30, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Sen. Rockefeller’s Silence Guarantees Expansion of Abortion

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Junior Senator says only “No” twice during hearing to prevent taxpayer subsidies for elective abortions, extend conscience protections.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Today, Sen. Rockefeller ignored calls from West Virginians, led by the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, to protect innocent human life and current conscience protections in the, “America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009.”

“Senator Rockefeller’s silence at today’s hearing speaks volumes for his support of abortion on demand,” said Jeremy Dys, president and general counsel of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia.  “For the pre-born and for medical professionals of conscience, Senator Rockefeller’s vote was anything but, ‘family friendly.’”

The proposed legislation explicitly includes elective abortion and would subsidize health plans that cover all elective abortions. It would also undermine current conscience protections by not protecting health plans from being forced to cover elective abortions.

“Senator Rockefeller has helped the powerful abortion lobby to create a backdoor way around current Federal prohibitions to stick taxpayers with the bill to subsidize abortion services,” said Dys.  “What may be worse, this legislation now allows for medical professionals to be coerced into performing such services – even against their own conscience.”

Today’s votes continue the trend by those in Congress to vote against the inclusion of life and conscience protections in health care reform.  So far, every pro-life amendment proposed to the health care reform measure has been defeated.

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Written by Jeremy Dys

September 30, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Remove God – and Say Goodbye to Your Rights

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Written by Jeremy Dys

September 30, 2009 at 10:28 am

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Christianity, Love, and the Democratic Process

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From Reformed and Reforming:

When contending for the involvement of Christians within the democratic process in America, we have to address the unfortunate reality that many people under the guise of Christianity have been violent, mean-spirited, and downright mean and nasty towards the very people whom God sent His Son to die, people with whom He has called us to share the Gospel with in the political realm in both word and deed.

The bombing of abortion clinics, picketing the funerals of homosexuals with signs that say, “God Hates Fags,” and calling for the killing of terrorists, saying that we should “blow them all away in the name of the Lord” (Jerry Falwell, CNN Late Edition) are not actions done in love.  This is not the way that Christians are called to submit to the government (Romans 13.1) and engage in the political process.  Those who claim that they are serving Jesus Christ and furthering His kingdom with such malice are misguided and wrong.  Our submission to and involvement in the government and political process is to be in love. 

As Christians, we have much to learn in engaging the democratic process in love.  If our political engagement is carried out in a way that does not reflect the love of God as expressed in Jesus Christ, then we run the risk of irreparably damaging the bridge between Christians and non-Christians. 

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September 30, 2009 at 10:24 am

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The Engage Family Minute – September 30

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Written by Jeremy Dys

September 30, 2009 at 6:55 am

Miss California Carrie Prejean Earned Her Crown

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Miss California Carrie PrejeanHow her answer to one question shot her into the media spotlight.

By Nathan A. Cherry

 Martinsburg, W.V. – While at the Values Voter Summit I had the privilege of hearing Miss California Carrie Prejean. Many will remember that Ms. Prejean was in the final two at the Miss America pageant and seemed to have the pageant in control and poised for victory. Then the pageant and her world changed forever with the answer she gave to one simple question: What is your opinion of same-sex marriage? (The question was asked by openly gay blogger Perez Hilton)

 Ms. Prejean would later remark that she thought the question was out of line for a beauty pageant and, to be honest I agree with her. I can’t imagine how the socio-political view on any given topic would possibly affect her reign as Miss America (Perhaps I don’t know as much about the purpose of the pageant as I thought I did).

 So, as Miss California stood before thousands, watched by cameras and millions of people across the country she found herself at a crisis of faith and desire. She had desired to be a pageant winner her entire life. She had desired to win Miss America and compete for Miss Universe. But the faith instilled in her from childhood was strong, and she knew she could not betray it.

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Written by Nathan Cherry

September 29, 2009 at 3:46 pm

FPCWV to Sen. Rockfeller: Protect Innocent Human Life

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Key vote to limit taxpayer subsidies for abortions in health care reform expected Wednesday.

CHARLESTON, WV – The Family Policy Council of West Virginia announced Tuesday that it is calling upon West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate Health Care Subcommittee on Finance, to protect innocent life in the proposed health care reform package.

“No one – including Sen. Rockefeller – should be allowed to decide that an innocent human life is worthless,” said Jeremy Dys, president and general counsel of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia.  “Though the public option portion of health care reform may be a debatable point for many West Virginians, the protection of innocent human life is not.  By allocating more taxpayer dollars to subsidize abortion activists like Planned Parenthood, Sen. Rockefeller is permitting innocent, pre-born life to be treated like a commodity to advance a political business.”

According to Tuesday’s New York Times, pro-life advocates are gaining broad support in Congress for an amendment designed to preclude government-subsidized abortion services in health care reform.  Yet, according to Dys, instead of working to ensure that the rights of the pre-born are given access to health care, Sen. Rockefeller is aligned with the controversial, liberal website to strengthen his political connections with the most liberal political base in West Virginia.

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The Family Policy Council of West Virginia is a servant organization advocating for policies that embrace the sanctity of human life, enrich marriage, and safeguard religious freedom.  On the web at

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Written by Jeremy Dys

September 29, 2009 at 3:27 pm