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The Annual Values Voter Summit

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The Annual Values Voter Summit

The Annual Values Voter Summit

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By Nathan A. Cherry

 Martinsburg, WV – I am looking forward to attending one of the most anticipated events of the year, the Values Voter Summit of 2009. The summit will be held in Washington, D.C., on September 18 – 19 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

 The Values Voter Summit is a gathering of socially conservative thinkers, politicians, and other professionals drawn together to discuss the hot-topic issues of our day. Topics such as “Defunding Planned Parenthood,” “Obamacare,” “Illegal Immigration,” and “Marriage,” are just some of the many topics that will be explored and discussed during this weekend.

 The sponsors, groups such as the Family Research Council, American Family Association, and American Values, have joined together to bring a stunning, all-star event to the D.C., metro area.

 With over 40 confirmed speakers of the highest caliber in American Politics and civil rights scheduled to share during the weekend, guests will not find a dull moment during this event. Consider, that gathered in one place will be the likes of Mike Huckabee, Ken Blackwell, Gary Bauer, Bill Bennett, Ergun Caner, Bishop Harry Jackson, Bill O’Reilly, Star Parker, Tony Perkins, Carrie Prejean, Lila Rose, Mitt Romney, Stephen Baldwin, and on the list goes.

 You may remember that Carrie Prejean is the former Miss California and Miss America pageant contestant who caused national attention with her answers on same-sex marriage.

 Lila Rose is the UCLA student that caused a stir in the Planned Parenthood ranks by secretly taping herself posing as a 13 or 14 year old minor being told by Planned Parenthood Read the rest of this entry »


Children Benefit From Intact Families that Worship Weekly

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CHARLESTON – A new study released Tuesday by the Family Policy Council of West Virginia finds that children have fewer problems at school and home when they live with both biological parents and frequently attend religious services.  Drs. Nicholas Zill and Philip Fletcher co-authored the new study which analyzes data from the National Survey of Children’s Health.

“This study reminds us that the government should promote and encourage strong families,” said Jeremy Dys of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia.  “It is a reminder that the family ought to be the first priority for our leaders, not an afterthought.  Good policies start at home and in church, influencing government.  Bad policies start in government and seep into the home.”

Zill is the founding president of Child Trends and the former vice president of Westat.  Fletcher is a research psychologist at Westat.

Among their remarkable findings:  children in this group are five times less likely to repeat a grade, less likely to have behavioral problems at home and school, and are more likely to be cooperative and understanding of others’ feelings.  Parents of these children report less stress, healthier parent-child relationships, and fewer concerns about their children’s achievement. These differences hold up even after controlling for family income and poverty, low parental education levels, and race and ethnicity.

Dr. Pat Fagan, senior fellow and the director of Family Research Council’s Center for Family and Religion, commented on the study’s findings in a statement:

“Social science data continue to demonstrate overwhelmingly that the intact family that worships weekly is the greatest generator of human goods and social benefits and is the core strength of the United States.  Policy makers should strongly consider whether their policy proposals give support to such a family structure.  Children are not the only beneficiaries but also their parents, families, communities, and all of society.”

A copy of the study is available for download at

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

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Written by Jeremy Dys

December 16, 2008 at 5:36 pm

The Theft of the Family

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Guest blog commentary by Nathan A. Cherry.

After God made Adam and Eve and placed them in the Garden of Eden, He gave them a simple directive: “be fruitful, and multiply.” (Gen 1:28) And multiply they did, which is how the human race came to be. But if we read further we will learn that God had a greater plan in mind for the man and the woman. He knew that is was not good for the man to be alone (Gen. 2:18), which is why He created a helper who would stay by man’s side through this life. This was the establishment of the traditional family as we know it today.

Why is this so important? When God established the family I have to assume that as the Creator of all things He knew what He was doing. So when others come along and try to tell me that a family is any number and combination of people living under the same roof according to whatever agreement suits them all; I just have a hard time swallowing such a bitter pill. I can’t imagine that people are better off doing things their own way rather than following the plan of the One who created them. And it would seem that I am not alone in my conclusion.

Recently the Family Research Council ( conducted a confidential survey on the topic of family structure and theft. They concluded that “Adolescents who live in an intact married family are less likely to steal than those living in step-families, those whose parents are divorced, or those raised by cohabiting parents.” In fact, the highest rates of theft among adolescents were those living in a step home, or with a single, cohabiting parent.

Lest I be accused of stereotyping, the facts speak for themselves.

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Written by Jeremy Dys

October 9, 2008 at 3:53 pm

Standing for Marriage and Religious Liberty

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Recently there has been much said here at Family Voice about the importance of marriage and why we must stand for it (click here for those articles).  As we stand together for marriage we are also standing together for religious liberty.  The redefinition of marriage will inevitably impact everyone and not just a select few.  For example, in an e-mail sent yesterday from the Family Research Council, we can readily see how the redefinition of marriage will impact religious liberty and different stratospheres of society.

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Written by Jeremy Dys

September 24, 2008 at 3:07 pm