Tim LaHaye, Evangelical Leader and Husband of CWA Founder, Passes at 90

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Washington, D.C. -Penny Young Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, said today regarding the death of Dr. Tim LaHaye, husband of CWA’s founder and Chairman Dr. Beverly LaHaye:

“My heart is heavy today with the news that Dr. Tim LaHaye has passed from here into his eternal home in Heaven. I have so many fond memories of him, including going running together in California and China when we were both younger. He cared about everyone, whether a prisoner or a billionaire, the same. He was a true Biblical scholar with a fascinating intellect and a deep love for his wife and children.

“He was always so kind and encouraging to me. Before I submitted the final draft of my book, Feisty and Feminine: A Rallying Cry for Conservative Women, he generously agreed to review the chapter on why Christians must support Israel and give me thoughts and feedback. It was a privilege to receive advice from one the all-time best-selling Christian writers. In the last couple of years, I would call to talk to my boss, Mrs. LaHaye, and end up having lovely conversations with Dr. LaHaye, which he would always end them with a word of encouragement. He would say, ‘Penny we love you, and we are proud of you, and we pray every day for you.’ I join his family and people around the nation in mourning our loss, but I know he is in Heaven enjoying worshiping at Jesus’ feet and refining his knowledge and views on eschatology.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Janae Stracke at jstracke@cwfa.org or 712-269-1724.

CWA Response to Thursday’s RNC Speeches

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CWALAC_MediaStatementCleveland, OH -Thursday, July 21, Penny Nance CEO and President of Concerned Women for America said:

“Donald Trump made further gains with American voters by powerfully challenging the narrative that America’s best years are behind us.  He presented an inspirational vision for Americans on key issues including national security, crime, taxes, the economy and education. His reaffirmation of his promise to only appoint constitutionalists to the courts and to support Israel will resonate again with Evangelical Christians.  I believe that as Americans begin to pay closer attention to this race, Donald Trump will continue to attract new voters to the Republican party.

“Perhaps the Trump campaign had new voters in mind with two speakers in particular.  In Peter Thiel’s (PayPal Co-Founder and Venture Capitalist), address he brought up the recent controversy surrounding transgender bathroom usage in his speech. He said, ‘Now we are told that the greatest debate is about who gets to use which bathroom. This is a distraction from our real problems. Who cares?’ Concerned Women for America respectfully disagrees. Though our country faces many issues, it does not diminish the importance of other issues such as protecting the safety and privacy of women and children.

“While trying to make one minority group comfortable, open bathroom and shower policies ignore the feelings of women who have been abused or who have cultural and religious modesty concerns which make them uncomfortable with men in their bathroom or showers. Concerned Women for America cares about this policy because it creates an enormous opportunity for abuse, as other men may use it to gain access to the vulnerable. There are currently about 850,000 sexual predators on the national registry who will use any pretext to access innocent women and children.

“The Obama Administration began this conversation by working to coerce states and schools into abandoning common sense. Mr. Thiel shares some of our conservative principles, and we are happy to work with like-minded people in the areas where we can agree and specifically for his safety from Islamic fascist.  But we must respectfully disagree with his statements tonight. We take comfort in knowing that there are better solutions which consider everyone’s needs.

“In addition, despite Donald Trump’s clear promise to clean up America’s 19 trillion dollars in debt, Ivanka Trump’s speech may have hinted at new government entitlements.  She suggested in her speech that her father, Donald Trump, as President would work towards equal pay and affordable child care. She is correct in her assessment that motherhood is the dividing line in the pay gap.  For single mothers, this is particularly difficult.  We look forward to market-based approaches to this issue instead of more warmed over, bureaucratic solutions.   Seventy percent of parents with children five and under say that one parent at home is the best child care arrangement during a child’s earliest years. When parents were asked to rank nine childcare options for pre-school children, they ranked government-run childcare centers dead last. Mothers often prefer home care by a relative, even when other childcare is convenient. Rather than imposing more government, lets lower the tax burden on families as a means to achieve the affordable childcare of their choice.”

 

*For more information and statistics please see CWA’s A War No More: The Truth Behind the “War on Women” booklet here.

CWALAC of Kansas 2016 Primary Election Voter Guide

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee of Kansas
August 2, 2016 Kansas Primary Election Voter Guide

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee of Kansas sent a nine question survey to every candidate running in the August 2, 2016, Kansas primary election for the following positions: U.S. House of Representatives, Kansas Senate, Kansas House of Representatives.

Survey questions:

      1. Should life be protected from conception until natural death?
      2. Should students, teachers, business owners, state employees, or any American be restricted from exercising their First Amendment rights in the public sector?
      3. Kansas passed a constitutional amendment in 2005 defining marriage as being between one man and one woman. Will you vote to uphold this amendment to the Kansas Constitution?
      4. Will you vote for legislation to combat violence, abuse and sex trafficking of women and children?*
      5. Will you support legislation for tax credits or other programs to be used by parents to educate their children in the school of their choosing?
      6. Would you support legislation to take fewer federal education dollars for Kansas schools?
      7. Would you support a Constitutional Amendment for direct election of the judges to return to Kansas?
      8. Do you support the judicial branch’s decision to legislate school finance by mandating the state dollars?
      9. Do you support the power delegated by the U. S. Constitution to the states and to the people in the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Notes:

      • Question 4, 6 and 7 were eliminated from the final voter guide. Question 4 was eliminated because every candidate that answered the questions answered “Yes”.  Question 6 and 7 were eliminated because the candidates generally found the question unclear.
      • If a candidate is an incumbent, his/her name is italicized.
      • If the candidate made a comment on the survey, it is on the bottom of the page.

How to use the voter guides:

      1. Find out the following districts for where you live:

U.S. Representative ______
Kansas Senate ______
Kansas Representative ______

To do so click HERE, select your county in the “UPCOMING ELECTIONS” box, click “POLLING PLACE” and fill in your address, click the “Search” button and scroll down to “Districts”.

      1. You are now ready select the voter guide for your area. Based on the U.S. congressional district, click on one of the of the following:

1st Congressional District
2nd Congressional District
3rd Congressional District
4th Congressional District

      1. View those running in the primary for senate by using your Kansas Senate district number and Representative by using your Kansas Representative district number. There may or may not be primary elections in your area for these three offices.
      2. Now, as you see, only some of the candidates filled out and returned the survey. If you would like to know where any of the candidates stand on these issues who did not answer, then go to his/her campaign website and/or call their campaign headquarters to find out.
      3. Once you have educated yourself on the candidates, pray. Pray for the candidates in your districts by name.   “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” (Proverbs 29:2)
      4. Share this survey with friends and family.
      5. Vote on August 2.

 

 

Thank You Maine Rep. Bruce Poliquin for Voting to Protect Pro-Life Doctors

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Our representative, Bruce Poliquin, (R-Maine) supported the Conscience Protection Act (S-304) legislation that will protect pro-life healthcare providers from forced complicity in an abortion and would also provide a private right of action, enabling victims of governmental discrimination to seek redress in court.

This attack on conscience protection is not merely an empty threat from the Obama Administration; this is happening today in California, where officials have blatantly ignored longstanding bipartisan language known as the Hyde-Weldon Amendment. This language provides conscience protection for individuals, such as doctors and nurses, who choose to not perform abortions; while protecting pro-life pregnancy clinics from being forced to advertise abortion clinics. Additionally, it provides protection for insurance plans that do not cover abortions.

Although the Hyde-Weldon Amendment outlaws such violations, there exists no private right of action for victims to seek relief in court. Administrative enforcement by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is a bureaucratic nightmare and can take years. The Conscience Protection Act provides a way for victims to receive justice through the court system, not through years of Washington bureaucracy.

The right of conscience should be guaranteed as an inalienable right, given by God, and protected by the First Amendment, but the Obama Administration has twisted it to fulfill the left’s political agenda. Discrimination against entities that do not want to provide for abortions must stop. Healthcare providers should not have to sacrifice their conscience rights and convictions under the farce of “healthcare rights.”

Under current California law, churches are forced to subsidize elective abortion through their healthcare plans. Pastor Chris Lewis from Foothill Church in California rightly stated, “Jesus said, ‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s,’ but neither human conscience nor human life belong to Caesar.”

Churches should not be forced to pay for abortions through their healthcare plans. There must be protection for the religious convictions of institutions and individuals. Healthcare professionals should not be forced to violate their conscience and help facilitate abortions. Instead of protecting religious liberties, the Obama Administration is protecting the abortion industry.

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) pushed for support of this crucial piece of legislation.

We are pleased to report that our representative in the Second District supported it and ask that you take the time to thank him.  Click here to contact him.

SB 1146 Continues to Threaten Our Faith-Based Colleges … Act Now!

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The California Legislature is currently on its July recess. That makes now the perfect time to contact your assembly member and ask that he or she oppose SB 1146 when the Legislature reconvenes August 1.

SB 1146 (see the text here) has already passed the Senate and both of its Assembly policy committees. It will be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee on either August 3 or 10.

Pray: Ask the Lord to work in the heart of SB 1146’s author Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) so that he would understand that true diversity means that students should be free to use their Cal Grants at the college or university of their choice. Further that it means these fine institutions should continue to be free to follow their faith in all areas of curriculum, student life, housing, restrooms, locker rooms, and employment and more. Ask that he would be moved to withdraw the bill or amend it so that it no longer poses this existential threat. (This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. ~1 Timothy 2:3-4)

Act: First, please call your assembly member and ask him or her to oppose SB 1146. (Find your assembly member here.)

Second, if your assembly member sits on the Assembly Appropriations Committee, your calls are particularly important! But anyone can call these members and ask for their opposition. Phone calls make a greater impact than e-mails, so please just make two or three calls a day for a few days over the next few days. The most you will be asked to provide is your name, your city (or ZIP code) and your position. You may even leave a message after hours. (See the list below.)

Finally, share this e-mail and the website opposesb1146.com with others. The site was created by Biola University, one of the schools on the forefront of this battle. It contains action items, talking points and even a sample letter to help you.

 Background:

The most recent amendments to SB 1146 have clarified that the bill does, indeed, affect Cal Grants, limiting the choices of the state’s lower-income students – potentially some 25 percent of the student population at faith-based schools. Not only will students be unable to obtain their education at the schools they most desire, but also those very schools may not survive the drastic cut in enrollment.

To avoid losing Cal Grants students, schools would be forced to abandon many of their Biblical tenets, particularly in terms of student housing. Dorm, restroom, and locker room accommodations would be based on gender identity, rather than biological sex. Married housing would have to include same-sex couples.

Student life and the whole campus environment make faith-based institutions what they are and under current law there have been very few complaints. Students who prefer a different campus environment have hundreds of other schools in the state from which to choose. We are asking that freedom of choice be available for all Christian students who desire a pervasively Christian environment, too!

Other elements of the bill involve notification requirements, the majority of which are not of great concern. Students should know the type of school to which they are applying – and most campuses are already very open about their Biblical foundations.

Read more at opposesb1146.com.

Assembly Appropriations Committee Members:

Lorena S. Gonzalez, Chair (D-San Diego)         (916) 319-2080

Frank Bigelow, Vice Chair (R-Placerville) (916) 319-2005

Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica)                     (916) 319-2050

Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord)                           (916) 319-2014

Rob Bonta (D-Oakland)                                   (916) 319-2018

Ian C. Calderon (D-City of Industry)                 (916) 319-2057

Ling Ling Chang (R-Brea)                                (916) 319-2055

Tom Daly (D-Anaheim)                                    (916) 319-2069

Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton)         (916) 319-2013

James Gallagher (R-Chico)                              (916) 319-2003

Eduardo Garcia (D-Imperial)                            (916) 319-2056

Chris R. Holden (D-Pasadena)                         (916) 319-2041

Brian W. Jones (R-Santee)                                        (916) 319-2071

Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia)                             (916) 319-2033

Bill Quirk (D-Hayward)                                     (916) 319-2020

Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles)                     (916) 319-2053

Donald P. Wagner (R-Tustin)                           (916) 319-2068

Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego)                       (916) 319-2079

Jim Wood (D-Eureka)                                      (916) 319-2002

Please pass this on to like-minded California friends and family.

Thank you for your prayers and action on this dangerous bill!

Tell Gov. Rauner to ‘VETO’ the Muslim American Advisory Council

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“Illinois to Create Official State Government Muslim Council”

 SB 574 – MUSLIM AMERICAN ADVISORY COUNCIL– http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=574&GAID=13&GA=99&DocTypeID=SB&LegID=84537&SessionID=88  is on Gov. Rauner’s desk.  If it becomes law, Illinois would become the first state with a law on the books that gives Muslims a formal voice in government.

The 21-volunteer member council

  • would be appointed by the governor and leaders in the House and Senate.
  • would advise the governor and the General Assembly on issues affecting Muslim Americans and immigrants, including relations between Illinois and Muslim-majority countries.
  • would serve as liaisons between state agencies and communities across Illinois through monthly meetings and two public hearings per year.

Members would serve two-year terms to advise in areas that include higher education, business, international trade, law, immigration and health care. Staff members from certain state agencies would serve as ex-officio members.

WHY VETO SB 574?

  1. There are no councils to represent the interests of other faiths in Illinois. SB 754 states: “Muslims are the third largest religious group in the State of Illinois after Roman Catholics and independent Evangelical Christians.”  Where are the councils to represent the other faiths?
  2. SB 574 violates Article One, Section three of the Illinois Constitution.

. . . No person shall be required to attend or support any ministry or place of worship against his consent, nor shall any preference be given by law to any religious denomination or mode of worship.

  1. Sharia Law is incompatible with the U.S. Constitution and every State Constitution.

“Muslims are the only immigrant group that comes to Western countries with a ready-made model of society and government (sharia) which they believe to be superior to what we have here, and they work to institute it”. – Pamela Geller

Tell Gov. Bruce Rauner to VETO this bill.  Without a VETO, SB 574 will become law.  He has 60 days, but could act sooner.

Prayer:

  • Pray that Gov. Rauner will ‘VETO’ the Muslim American Advisory Council.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to move in the lives of our Governor, his family, and the Illinois General Assembly.
  • Pray that the original intent of the Illinois U.S. Constitution will be upheld by lawmakers.

Action:

  • Contact Bruce Rauner. Strongly request that he VETO SB 574.
  • Urge your friends, family, and your church to contact Gov. Rauner. Tell him to ‘VETO’ SB 574.

 

The governor’s public comment lines are 217-782-0244 and 312-814-2121. They are not taking names and addresses – only tallies that they send to the governor at the end of each day.

Be strong and courageous!  Don’t be afraid or discouraged … for there is a power far greater on our side!  We have the Lord our God to help us and fight our battles for us.  2 Chronicles 32:7-8

Living Together Before Marriage? God’s Best Is Worth the Wait, Research Shows

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They say some of the smartest people in the world move to D.C., but take one look at the housing costs, and you may beg to differ. If you’ve ever lived in the vicinity of our nation’s Capital, you know it’s not cheap.

My fiancé took one for the team and recently moved to the D.C. Metro area — the plan being that he’d rent a one bedroom apartment for half a year, then I would move in after the wedding. When we told people, they were shocked and even a professing Christian was slightly surprised.

We got questions like, “Don’t you want to test it out first and see if you’re compatible?” or “Don’t you want to save money?”

I felt like responding, “Is the Pope Catholic? Does Hillary delete e-mails?” Of course we want to live together, but instead we simply replied, “To us, it’s worth it.”

The wait, that is.

But “wait” is not a word we hear often today.

We Americans have developed a short attention span; whether it’s social media, fast food, or even relationships (thanks to the hook up culture), the more quick and “hassle-free” the better. As a result, people both inside and outside the Church are becoming increasingly willing to settle for substitutes of God’s best — especially regarding sex and marriage.
Click here to read the rest of this article on The Christian Post.

“A Woman’s Right to Know” Revision Is Underway – CWA of Texas Encourages You to Comment – July 29 Deadline

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TX A Womans Right to KnowA woman seeking an abortion in Texas is required by law to receive a copy of “A Woman’s Right to Know” booklet before the procedure is performed.  This booklet, published by the Texas Department of State Health Services, provides general information for the patient about pregnancy, abortion procedures and health care choices and applicable state laws.  That booklet is under revision, and the public is invited to comment.  You have the opportunity to read the material and make your comments available to State Health Services.  The process is explained below.  The following has been released by the Department for your convenience.

Draft version of “A Woman’s Right to Know” (2.3 mb, PDF)

The draft version of “A Woman’s Right to Know” was published online June 28, 2016. Proposed revisions are available for stakeholder comment for 30 calendar days after posting. Comments provided by stakeholders that pertain to the proposed revisions will be considered. Revisions to the booklet will be guided by peer-reviewed scientific and medical literature, resources from professional medical organizations, and government health sources.

Comments should be emailed to WRTK@dshs.state.tx.us comment by Friday, July 29, 2016.

At the conclusion of the 30 days comment period and the final review process, the revised edition of the booklet will be announced through the stakeholder email distribution list and on the website. The revised edition of the booklet will be posted to the DSHS Woman’s Right To Know website and will be made available in print in English and in Spanish.