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Written by Jeremy Dys

October 13, 2009 at 10:45 pm

President to Address Nation’s Largest LGBT Lobby Group

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While politicians in Charleston play down the threat to the redefinition of marriage in West Virginia, President Obama prepares to address the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) 13th Annual Dinner this Saturday night.

According to several reports, HRC – the nation’s leading pro-homosexual lobbyist group – has been lobbying in recent days for legislation permitting gays serving openly in the military, extending hate crimes based upon one’s “sexual orientation,” and the repeal of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  While several such legislative initiatives will have varying degrees of success, it is clear where the President stands concerning DOMA.  According to

Obama has made many promises to gay activists.  One of those promises came at the signing of a memorandum granting same-sex benefits to federal employees.

“Among the steps we have not yet taken, is to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA),” he said.  “I believe it is discriminatory, I think it interferes with state’s rights, and we will work with Congress to overturn it.”

The debate over whether or not there is a concerted effort to redefine marriage nationwide is over.  There is no legitimate reason to prevent West Virginians from determining for themselves under which definition of marriage they will consent to be governed.

To learn more about what you can do to defend marriage in West Virginia, visit

Written by Jeremy Dys

October 7, 2009 at 9:37 am

A Modern Family Day Proclamation

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On the occasion of “Family Day,” a proclamation from the desk of the President of the United States, via (emphasis added):



Our family provides one of the strongest influences on our lives. American families from every walk of life have taught us time and again that children raised in loving, caring homes have the ability to reject negative behaviors and reach their highest potential. Whether children are raised by two parents, a single parent, grandparents, a same-sex couple, or a guardian, families encourage us to do our best and enable us to accomplish great things. Today, our children are confronting issues of drug and alcohol use with astonishing regularity. On Family Day, we honor the dedication of parents, commend the achievements of their children, and celebrate the contributions our Nation’s families have made to combat substance abuse among young people.

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Written by Jeremy Dys

September 28, 2009 at 3:28 pm

UK Christians Rights Not as Important as Muslims

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Two cases from the UK show the trend toward Islam and the trampling of Christianity

By Nathan A. Cherry

Martinsburg, W.V. – At times President Obama and other lawmakers in Washington like to look across the pond to Europe to get ideas as to how to make America better. A dubious practice at best, it’s too bad they don’t look to the pages of our history books to gain wisdom and insight from our founding fathers; men who surely know what it takes to make a country succeed.

More troubling is the news from Europe in regards to religious freedom and the implications which exist if our current president keeps thumbing through the pages of their legislation (or their newspapers) for ideas. The following headlines out of Europe should make clear my disinterest to imitate any country across the pond.

Ban any reference to God and Christianity to avoid ‘offending religious sensibilities,’ says Camden Council

I won’t even begin to comment on the phrase “offending religious sensibilities,” for its pure silliness. But in reading this article it became crystal clear that Europe is on a one way street to abolishing all Protestant religions, or at least the fundamental ones that hold to traditional morals and values.

 The hypocrisy of this particular borough in London is stunning. The Camden website advertises that “’we work hard to spread a true picture of Islam and the Muslim faith,” but God and Christianity are offensive. How does one person’s religion gain tolerance over another? What if Hindu’s are offended by Muslims, will they apologize to the Hindu’s and forsake the Muslims?

But the hypocrisy continues when a Camden Council member said; Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Nathan Cherry

September 23, 2009 at 9:44 am

President to Students: Stay in Schools I Never Attended

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Today, President Obama is to address the students of America’s schools.  A few private schools will likely tune into the address, but mostly public schools will be the ones carrying the address live across the country.  It is an address that has been met with not a little controversy.

Critics of the President cite the original “proposed lesson plans” and attendant “I Pledge” video that asked students to make a “pledge” to President Obama as attempts to indoctrinate our children in neo-socialism.  The White House has since, commendably, backed away from the controversial lesson plans.

Now, the President will simply offer a relatively benign speech, one that is commendable of any President who would dare his nation to dream bigger and do more.    (For more on this point, see Al Mohler’s insightfully balanced piece on the subject.)

Still, I have mixed feelings about this address.  It is laudable that President Obama is offering a challenge to the students of America to set goals, dream big, achieve what others say is impossible, etc.  And, I don’t have a problem with a President addressing students; in fact, I find such a speech a good lesson in civics for our students.

Yet, at the same time, I can’t help but feel a bit of an Orewellian tone to the President’s speech.  It’s also unfortunate that I see very little regard given to the parent’s role in education within his remarks.

My frustration over the President’s remarks today are not out of an irrational fear of indoctrination; if I’m concerned at all, it is over the expansion of paternalism.  Mostly, I’m entertained by the irony of the speech.  In the end, like many others, I’m left wanting something more.

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Written by Jeremy Dys

September 8, 2009 at 8:00 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.”

 And fought is exactly what Angie has done. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Nathan Cherry

September 1, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Abortion and Sex-Ed programs are Worst Option

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Recent studies show that abortion harms women, abstinence far more successful in the classroom.

By Nathan A. Cherry

Martinsburg, WV – “The thought of the word “abortion” should be unthinkable.” These words were spoken recently by Alveda King at a locally organized pro-life event at Rocky Mount High-School. I wish more people had this mind-set when it came to the murder of innocent children.

Ms. King, relative of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. became a staunch pro-life supporter after her own abortion experiences before accepting Christ in 1983. At the community event she said,

“This country was founded upon the respect for personal freedom; nobody should go against his or her conscious or moral values in order to keep their job. This is what abortion will do.” (Click here for origin)

Ms. King is referencing an open letter written to President Obama regarding his proposed health-care reform in which abortion on demand will be included at tax-payer’s expense; and doctors and nurses will risk losing their jobs for refusing to perform abortions on religious grounds.

Amazingly it would seem that all that is needed to reduce abortion rates is a little education on abstinence and the potential hazards for a woman’s health that exist from abortion.

“Abstinence is the first line of defense in preventing abortion. A woman does have the right to choose. But her moment of choice comes before she has made the choice to become sexually active. We need to educate people on that moment of choice,” said Marica Brown, director of the “Worth Waiting 4” program. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Nathan Cherry

August 25, 2009 at 7:22 pm