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“Legal Stranger” Given Parental Rights in Custody Case

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Adoptive mother must share children with former roommate and girlfriend

By Nathan A. Cherry

Martinsburg, W.V. – Below is the story of a recent court decision in Montana where, for the first time, parental rights were given to a non-parent. Not just a non-parent, a “legal stranger,” as Alliance Defense Fund legal counsel Austin Nimocks stated it. This is more than frightening; this is a shocking picture of where our judicial system is headed as they seek to purposely play culture wars in cases involving former homosexual partners.

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Written by Nathan Cherry

October 14, 2009 at 4:15 pm

POLL: Homosexuality is Morally Wrong, Majority Oppose Gay Marriage

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Recent polling shows that most Americans still oppose homosexuality/gay marriage.

By Nathan A. Cherry

 Martinsburg, W.V. – A recent poll by the Pew Research Center is telling the story mainstream news and other left-leaning organizations don’t want you to hear: the majority of Americans are still opposed to same-sex marriage. The poll concludes;

“Of 4,013 adults…shows that 49 percent say that homosexuality is morally wrong, 9 percent morally acceptable and 35 percent say it is not a moral issue. That’s little changed from a February 2006 Pew poll, when 50 percent said it was morally wrong, 12 percent morally acceptable and 33 percent said it was not a moral issue.”

“Among races, blacks in the Pew poll were most likely to say homosexuality is morally wrong (64 percent morally wrong, 5 percent morally acceptable), followed by whites (48 percent, 8 percent, respectively) and Hispanics (43 percent, 15 percent).”

“The poll also found that among all adults, 53 percent oppose “gay marriage” and 39 percent support it. Blacks again led the way in opposition, with 66 percent saying they oppose changing the definition of marriage; 52 percent of whites and 49 percent of Hispanics said likewise.”

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Written by Nathan Cherry

October 13, 2009 at 8:27 am

Activist Judge in Texas Highlights Need in West Virginia

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By Nathan A. Cherry

Martinsburg, W.V. – Did you hear the one about the arrogant activist judge in Texas that had the audacity to declare that both a state amendment and statute defining marriage as between one man and one woman along with the federal DOMA law are unconstitutional in order to preside over a gay marriage divorce case? Unfortunately this is no laughing matter.

 When two gay men married in Massachusetts and now living in Texas sought a divorce, the state Attorney General stepped in and declared that no judge in Texas had jurisdiction to hear the case since Texas does not recognize same-sex marriage. But that didn’t stop family law judge Tena Callahan from ignoring the Attorney General but also from declaring that Texas’ state constitutional amendments defining marriage between one man and one woman were unconstitutional according to the Constitution of the United States. (Click here for full story)

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Written by Nathan Cherry

October 8, 2009 at 10:02 am

WV Family Still Fighting for Life

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Judge grants restraining order, gives family time to make informed decision.

By Nathan A. Cherry

 Martinsburg, WV – The fight of Angela Lanciano-Moreno to keep her son, 22 year old Chris, alive is still ongoing. The family received good news this week when Martinsburg Circuit Judge Gina Groh granted them a 10 day temporary restraining order; which will give the family time to have tests done, and seek an alternative facility for care.

 I told you of my visit with Angela and her son in the Martinsburg City Hospital intensive care unit last week. Angela, who does not agree with City Hospital doctors’ prognosis that Chris is brain dead and being kept alive by artificial means has been researching alternative facilities and treatments since her son was admitted to the hospital on August 22nd.

 I spoke with family friend Michelle Duerr, who has been by Angela’s side through most of the past week in helping to fight for Chris, and in making phone calls to pro-life groups such as the Right to Life organization in Washington, D.C., and the Alliance Defense Fund. Ms. Duerr told me,

“Angie will fight like a lioness for her child, especially Chris, he is her baby.”

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Written by Nathan Cherry

September 1, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Abstinence Education Gains a Victory in Croatia

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Feminists and Abortion groups failed to produce credible evidence of programs failure.

By Nathan A. Cherry

 Martinsburg, WV – I’ve never been to Croatia. I am not entirely sure where Croatia is on the globe either. But I can tell you this; I am a big fan of Croatia at the moment. Recently the Croatian school system adopted a pro-abstinence sex-education program for teaching throughout the country, much to the delight of the vast majority of Croatian families. Of course you know that was unacceptable to the leftist groups within the country that felt the choice of curriculum violated the European Social Charter, a human rights document binding on all states within the Council of Europe.

 In come the feminists groups, and the abortion groups to challenge the decision. They would assert that “a sex education curriculum preferred by most Croatian families violated the charter.” (Click here for the article) And why did they oppose this particular curriculum? According to the article released by the ADF, whose legal counsel Roger Kiska represented the organization which produced the curriculum, the complaint was,

“The curriculum teaches that abstinence is the only guaranteed means of preventing sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.”

 Now, I’m not a biologist, or sex-therapist, or any other sort of medical professional that can be called an “expert” in these matters. But, being a human being with logical common sense I can rightly conclude that abstinence is indeed the only guaranteed way of preventing STD’s and pregnancy. In fact, I am willing to lay my reputation on the line to back that statement up. Barring freak circumstances and acts of God abstinence is the most effective way to prevent these occurrences.

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Romania Gets Marriage Right, U.K. Getting Silly with Tax-Payers Money:

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By Nathan A. Cherry

 Have you ever been to Romania? Ever wanted to visit Romania? After today I have decided that not only do I want to visit Romania to have a conversation with their lawmakers, but, I would like every U.S. lawmaker to do the same. Why? Simply to get a better perspective on same-sex marriage.

 Last week Romania enacted new legislation that creates a stronghold for traditional marriage in the European country. Alliance Defense Fund attorneys, together with the Alliance for Romania’s Families helped secure passage of the bill.

 Just listen to the sane, logical words of Peter Costea of the Alliance for Romania’s Families:

“At this time in history, we should be strengthening marriage, not tearing it down. Government officials take notice when the people make their will known.  That’s what happened in Romania.”

 Did you hear that Mr. Obama? Did you hear that talking heads in Washington, ACLU, liberal, left-leaning lawmakers in congress? He said that “government officials take notice when the people make their will known.” Well when will that start happening in the United States? (Let’s start in West Virginia where citizens want to vote for themselves on the definition of marriage in their state). Let’s recap.

 In every poll and every time citizens are given the chance to vote they decidedly oppose same-sex marriage and its legalization. (Just check out the last vote in California, Arizona, and Florida). Not only that, but without question every citizen believes it is their duty to decide the definition of marriage in their state, not a judge, not lawmakers, the citizens. Just ask the citizens in Iowa, Connecticut, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire if they would have liked to vote on this issue rather than watch activist judges and legislatures ignore them and make the decision for them.

 So, in Romania the people voice their will and the lawmakers listen; it kind of sounds like a democracy to me. Maybe we should send our lawmakers over there for some lessons.

 Let me add this last quote from this article just for those politicians and others who are strong supporters of looking abroad for examples of how we should be doing things in the U.S. (Which, by the way I am not in favor of and think is a silly practice):

 “Americans told by same-sex ‘marriage’ advocates that the rest of the world considers the U.S. out of step when it comes to affirming marriage as the union of one man and one woman need only point to examples like Romania to demonstrate that such an assumption is false:  ‘Romania is one country where American judicial activists will find no support.’” (Click here for source of quote).

 If only judicial activism found no support here in the United States.

 The point always comes back to why? Why are so many so opposed to same-sex marriage? Sure, we can point to the moral aspect of it, but there’s more to it than even that. The point of contention for so many people is making homosexuals into a class of specially protected, and necessarily privileged, citizens. This is why many disagree with hate crimes bills – they say – because all citizens should be protected against crimes of any kind. Furthermore, when you strip people of their right to personal opinion, whether for or against, you remove their first amendment right to free speech, which is particularly devastating for Christians and Christian organizations.

 Finally, perhaps the biggest sticking point is that most citizens do not believe that homosexuals simply want to be allowed to marry. Most citizens believe homosexuals seek universal endorsement of their lifestyle from everyone; which categorically contradicts the conscience and beliefs of many. I personally don’t think it will stop at marriage. Just consider what is taking place in the UK, where recently a lesbian couple won a lawsuit awarding them tax-payer funding for their IVF treatment!

 Are you kidding me? If homosexuals just want to “live a normal life like everyone else,” as they claim. Then pay for your own treatment like everyone else does. Get pregnant like everyone else does. Or is that the point? Is it really fair and balanced to award treatment to couples who choose a lifestyle which makes pregnancy impossible? When thousands of infertile couples are in desperate need of treatment, is it really fair to pay special attention to couples that deliberately leave out key ingredients in the procreation process? Something is amiss.

 Read the article for a profound and wise look into the absolute necessity of fathers AND mothers on a child’s health and well-being.

 Further Food for Thought: “Romania Stiff-Arms Same-Sex ‘Marriage’”
“A Contentious Debate: Same-Sex Marriage in the U.S.” – An excellent article on where the issue began and how we have arrived at this point.
Read the newly adopted Romanian Civil Code, which will take effect on January 1, 2010, here.

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S.B.909: Federal Hate Crimes Could Put Pastors, Christian Business Owners Under Arrest

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Have you ever considered the implications of a key word in S.B. 909, the federal hate crimes bill, being considered for approval right now? The word I am referring to is “perceived.”

The language of this bill would “allow federal prosecution of violence committed because of the actual or perceived gender, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity of the victim,” according to an article on the One News Now website.

Sure it sounds good to say that such a bill would ensure equality for all Americans and help to stop violence and discrimination. But is that what it would really do, or is there more to the story?

Andrea Lafferty, of the Traditional Values Coalition, was present when Attorney General Eric Holder was questioned about the need for a bill like S.B. 909. She said, “The attorney general failed to adequately explain why the bill is necessary. He was repeatedly asked about the need for…could he tell the senators where there was a failure among state and local officials in prosecuting hate crimes. Where was the epidemic? Where was the problem? Which states were systematically ignoring this problem? And he couldn’t answer that…”

Now generally speaking, if you are going to stand before a government committee and vouch for the absolute need of a particular bill’s passage into law, you will make sure you can answer any and all questions that are thrown at you. Particularly the easy ones like, “Why do we need this?” And yet Holder could not answer these questions.

 Ashley Horne, federal policy analyst at Focus on the Family Action seems to have a fairly logical answer to the questions Mr. Holder could not answer. She said, “There is no evidence of an epidemic of sexual-orientation ‘hate crimes’ in this country. So, what’s the real reason for this bill? Gay activists want to silence those who speak out against homosexuality.”

If you don’t believe that this is a possibility, consider what happened to Elaine Huguenin of Albuquerque, New Mexico when she, as the owner of a private photography business, declined to do the commitment ceremony of a lesbian couple, citing her religious beliefs. No one doubts that a homosexual would be allowed to decline to do business for a Christian event, and yet when the shoe is on the other foot lawsuits seem to run amok.

Many legal experts say that S.B. 909, if allowed to become law, has damaging implications for many freedoms, in particular is the freedom of religion. Alan Sears, writing for the Alliance Defense Fund commented,

“If S.B. 909 becomes law, ADF attorneys and many legal scholars say it could seriously curtail our constitutional rights to freedom of religion and freedom of expression – while creating unique legal protections for those engaged in homosexual behavior.”

And here is where the reality of the hate-crimes bill gets shockingly dangerous for many peaceful people. Listen to the words of ADF Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot,

All violent crimes are hate crimes, and all crime victims deserve equal justice. So-called ‘hate crime’ laws actually serve only one purpose: The criminalization of citizens based on whatever thoughts, beliefs, and emotions they have that are not considered to be ‘politically correct.’ No one should fall for the idea that this bill does anything to bring about greater justice for Americans.”

Anytime you begin making laws underscored by perceptions and thoughts a dangerous game based on “political correctness” ensues. The only ones that lose are those that believe in the freedoms America was founded on. The freedom to have an independent thought and share it; the freedom to agree to disagree, peacefully; the freedom to be an independent mind capable of making a decision by oneself. But a bill like S.B. 909 would seek to stifle these freedoms we hold so dearly. Let the reality of these words sink in, and take action before it is too late.

“The reality is that ‘hate crime’ laws are designed to punish people for what they think, feel, or believe.”
                                                                                                                – ADF Letter to the House Judiciary Committee

Use this link: Contact Your Senators to ask your Senators to oppose S.B. 909.

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