Concerned Women Through History: National Sovereignty — Deborah, Joan of Arc, and Bev Ehlen

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There is a deep valor in standing up for one’s own nation.  Believing in a nation’s sovereignty literally means believing in the state’s right to “self-govern.”  It is the patriotism that protects one’s own nation against those who seek to oppress or destroy it.

We could, at first, think national sovereignty has more to do with men.  Men are often in governing positions; men are often the ones on the battlefield. We are told by the left that women care mostly about “women’s issues” like reproductive “freedom.”  But this worldview misses a long legacy of women who are deeply involved in their country’s governing and protection.

Deborah, the Bible’s only female judge, was so important to Israel’s history that she was known as the “Mother of Israel.” She was a judge in the land, an amazing civic responsibility, but she became concerned that the Israelite people had been so long enslaved by the king of Canaan and his army commander Sisera. Deborah knew God was calling Israel’s army, led by Barak, to come against Sisera.  She was brave enough to demand that Barak follow God’s call and brave enough to accompany him.  Yet she was humble enough to not be the head of the army herself, and to share in the victory with another woman — Jael — who slew Sisera with her tent peg!  It’s a remarkable story (read more in Judges 4 & 5) about protecting one’s nation.

Then there is Joan of Arc whose love for France led her to a battle of her own.  Born a poor shepherd girl, she felt directly called by God to defend France from English oppression.  In chapter one of his book, 7 Women, Eric Metaxas tells of the situation France faced: “It was not unusual for English soldiers to march into French villages, killing civilians, burning homes, and stealing crops and cattle.” This situation called Joan out of her comfort zone and into great acts of bravery: “Although I would rather have remained spinning at my mother’s side,” she said, “yet must I go and must I do this thing, for my Lord wills that I do so.” Her sacrifices eventually led to victory and the restoration of the King of France before her own capture and trial.  Her ultimate martyrdom speaks highly of her commitment to God and country at all costs.

Whilst Deborah was “Mother of Israel,” Joan was “The Maid of Orleans.”  Whether married or single, whether judging the laws or leading the troops, whether Israel or France, Deborah and Joan protected national sovereignty. They are an inspiration for concerned women who wish to protect America today.

In today’s world, women like Bev Ehlen protect America by educating our leaders, so that the loyalty of those leaders to America can grow against any internal or external threat.

Bev is standing up for America by working on the ground to educate individuals across Missouri regarding the Christian history and foundation of our country. Because of Bev’s work, each member of the Missouri General Assembly (MOGA) is given a copy of The Five Thousand Year Leap when they take office, which explains the twenty eight principles that the Founders used to create our republic and write our U.S. Constitution.  Bev believes that protecting America requires renewed commitment to these principles and to the governing structure of federalism where each sovereign state makes up a wonderful sovereign nation.

In what way might God be calling you to protect America today?

 

UPDATE: CWA of Hawaii Continues to Stand Up to Onslaught of Physician-Assisted Suicide Bills – Urgent Action Requested!

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CURRENT STATUS OF SB1129: On March 7, SB 1129 passed the Senate 22-3. It is now in the House. We just got word that it is scheduled for a hearing in the House Committee on Health this Thursday, March 23, at 8:30 a.m. A vote is expected. Click here to read the bill, note its sponsors, and track its status.

SB1129, Death with Dignity, “Establishes a death with dignity act under which a terminally ill adult resident may obtain a prescription for medication to end the patient’s life.”

The Sixth Commandment: “Thou shalt not murder,” (Exodus 20:13).

Please contact the members of the House Committee on Health today!

They can call it “death with dignity,” “medical aid in dying,” or “informed health care decision,” but suicide is still suicide, and murder is still murder — no matter how it’s spun!

Take Action: Contact each member of the House Committee on Health and ask them to vote “NO” on SB1129. Email each member, and then give them a call. Call and leave a message after hours if that works best for you. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii.

 Please Pray:  Please pray that the eyes of these committee members are opened to the reality of this legislation.  Pray SB1129 fails.

 CURRENT STATUS OF HB150, HB201 & HB550: They were referred to the House Committee on Health as well as the House Committee on Judiciary in January and, as of yet, there has been no action. Click on each bill above to read it, note its sponsors, and track its status. The official description of each can be found at the end of this e-alert.

Take Action: If you haven’t already taken action based on our February 14 e-alert, please do so now. Contact the members of each committee and ask them to vote “NO” on HB150, HB201, and HB550. Call and leave a message after hours if that works best for you. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii. The House Committee on Heath members are, of course, listed above.  Here are the members of the House Committee on Judiciary:

Please Pray: Please pray that the eyes of these committee members are opened to the reality of this legislation. Pray that these bills will remain dead through the end of the 2017 state legislative session.

Here are just some of the many concerns we continue to have about physician-assisted suicide:

  • There are not sufficient safeguards against coercion and elder abuse. At least one-in-ten elderly people is the victim of domestic abuse, which is difficult for a health care provider to identify. Because any doctor can write a lethal prescription, an abuser can “doctor shop” until they find a provider willing to assist them in killing their victim.
  • Oregon, the first state to legalize assisted suicide, provides the most complete data available on the practice of assisted suicide in the United States. Oregon reports that the dominant reasons motivating patients to choose assisted suicide have nothing to do with pain management. The primary concerns center around having a disability: losing autonomy (92%), being less able to engage in activities making life enjoyable (90%), and losing dignity (79%). Fear of inadequate pain control is one of patients’ least cited reasons.
  • Modern medicine has made significant advances in pain control. Doctors now have a range of options to treat pain in terminally ill patients, including even palliative sedation as a last resort.

Though there are many sound academic reasons to oppose physician-assisted suicide, as believers, the most important reason is because God, and God alone, is the author of life.   We cannot take on the role of God and take life based on our inconsistent judgment.

The Official Description of HB150, HB201 & HB550:

  • HB150 – End of Life Option Act, “Establishes a person’s ability to choose the End of Life Option when afflicted with a terminal illness; provides safeguards for the affected person; and repeals penalties for participating in the End of Life Option Act.”
  • HB201 – Death with Dignity; Aid in Dying; Patient Choice; Physicians, “Allows a terminally ill adult with the capacity to make an informed healthcare decision to request a prescription for aid in dying medication from their attending physician to facilitate a peaceful death. Ensures that physicians who assist patients in obtaining aid in dying medication are not subject to civil or criminal liability.”
  • HB550 – Death with Dignity, “Authorizes terminally ill adults seeking to end their life to request lethal doses of medication from medical and osteopathic physicians.”

We don’t understand why God allows pain and suffering, but we know God is good; God is love, and His ways are higher than ours.  God has appointed a time for each of us to be born and to die.  He is with us in all things and has a purpose for every situation that comes our way. God has a plan for each and every one of us.

Please do all you can to support God’s gift to us: life.

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
P.O. Box 10732
Hilo, HI 96721
[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org
808-965-9834

Wilma Youtz
Legislative Liaison
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]

The State of Hawaii Wants to Force Church to Put an Abortion Referral on Church Wall – watch video

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Calvary Chapel Pearl Harbor:

“The Hawaii’s House of Representatives is trying to pass SB501 SD1 which would require limited service pregnancy centers to post an abortion referral sign on their walls or hand out where a client could obtain no or low cost abortions. This bill is will affect pro-life religious non-profits that receive no federal or state funds and charge nothing for their services.

“Our pro-life pregnancy center, A Place for Women in Waipio, is located in our church. The State of Hawaii wants to force Calvary Chapel Pearl Harbor to put an abortion referral on the church wall.”This is against our Church’s First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and religion. This bill could set a disturbing precedence for all churches in America.

“Stand up for your rights and the rights of the church by calling the Hawaii State Representatives and tell them you OPPOSE SB501.”

View excellent video statement.  Please like it!

Capitol Hill Brief — Bill O’Reilly and a Day without Women

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The so-called “day without women” was a poor representation of what womanhood is all about.  I was glad to be your voice in a variety of national media shows for the past week to express our fundamental disagreement with this form of radical feminism.  Here is a clip from my appearance on Bill O’Reilly on Fox News:

[Audio Clip] Penny Nance: This message is so wrong; it should be the opposite. You don’t make the board room by staying home and pouting. We have told women, “Go to work and kill it today. That is how you become CEO.”

[Audio Clip] Bill O’Reilly: Alright. Are you disenchanted with America, because more women aren’t leading in certain industries?

[Audio Clip] Penny Nance: No. We have more opportunity than anywhere in the world.

[Audio Clip] Bill O’Reilly: Alright, so you’re optimistic.

[Audio Clip] Penny Nance: Very optimistic.


Our next Supreme Court justice will shape America’s future for generations to come. Judge Neil Gorsuch will uphold conservative, constitutional values. Tell the Senate to confirm him by signing our petition at www.CapitolHillBrief.org today. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

 

Three Takeaways from Day One of the Gorsuch Hearings

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1)    Neil Gorsuch was stupendous

Once again, Judge Neil Gorsuch showed why he is such a stellar choice for the Supreme Court.  He was graceful, poised and patient with all members and had prepared a thoughtful opening statement that captivated the audience.

Here are some excerpts:

My Mom was one of the first women graduates of the University of Colorado law school. As the first female assistant district attorney in Denver, she helped start a program to pursue deadbeat dads. And her idea of day care sometimes meant I got to spend the day wandering the halls or tagging behind police officers. She taught me that headlines are fleeting – courage lasts.

My Dad taught me that success in life has little to do with success. Kindness, he showed me, is the great virtue. He showed me too that there are few places closer to God than walking in the wilderness or wading a trout stream. Even if it is an awfully long drive home with the family dog after he encounters a skunk. …

When I put on the robe, I am also reminded that under our Constitution, it is for this body, the people’s representatives, to make new laws. For the executive to ensure those laws are faithfully enforced. And for neutral and independent judges to apply the law in the people’s disputes. If judges were just secret legislators, declaring not what the law is but what they would like it to be, the very idea of a government by the people and for the people would be at risk. And those who came to court would live in fear, never sure exactly what governs them except the judge’s will. As Alexander Hamilton explained, “Liberty can have nothing to fear from” judges who apply the law, but liberty “ha[s] every thing to fear” if judges try to legislate, too. …

As a student many years ago, I found myself walking through the Old Granary burial ground in Boston where Paul Revere, John Hancock, and many of our founders are buried. I came across the tombstone of a lawyer and judge who today is largely forgotten — as we are all destined to be soon enough. His name was Increase Sumner. Written on his tombstone over 200 years ago was this description —

As a lawyer, he was faithful and able;

as a judge, patient, impartial, and decisive;

in private life, he was affectionate and mild;

in public life, he was dignified and firm.

Party feuds were allayed by the correctness of his conduct;

calumny was silenced by the weight of his virtues,

and rancor softened by the amenity of his manners.

These words stick with me. I keep them on my desk. They serve for me as a daily reminder of the law’s integrity, that a useful life can be led in its service, of the hard work it takes, and an encouragement to good habits when I fail and falter. At the end of it all, I could hope for nothing more than to be described as he was. If confirmed, I pledge that I will do everything in my power to be that man.

2)    Democrats want to debate Donald Trump’s record, not Gorsuch’s

It started with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) setting the stage, “We are here today under very unusual circumstances.”  Because “President Trump repeatedly promised to appoint someone in the mold of Justice Scalia.”  The horror!

Someone should have told her speech writer that that was one of the main reasons why President Trump won the election!  But I digress.

It continued with almost every other Democratic senator.  Here is Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota):

You come before us this afternoon not only as a nominee sitting at a table with your friends and family behind you but in the context of the era in which we live. From the highest level of government, we have heard criticism of journalists. Seventeen intelligent agencies have confirmed that Russia attempted to influence our most recent election.  At the same time, voting rights …

She continued to complain about President Trump for a while, until she finally admitted, “You are not the cause of these challenges, Judge.”  Then why are you talking about that?  Have a hearing on President Trump, if you like.  But this will be a recurring theme.

A theme that will ultimately fail, but they’ll push it nonetheless.

3)    Sen. Whitehouse should be ashamed of himself 

Sure, no one but legal geeks like me pays close attention to Senate Judiciary Committee Members’ statements, but Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s (D- Rhode Island) opening statement should be highlighted and decried (by senators from both parties) as the worst form of partisan chicanery.

He essentially accused conservative justices (and conservative judges in general) of being bought by corporations.  You can watch his shameful statement here:

“There is no coincidence here,” he said, “Business has groups trolling for cases to get them before the friendly court. … It’s kind of a machine.  They set up and fund front groups, the front groups appear before the court, they tell the court what the special interest wants and the court follows the brief and the decision favors the special interest and they pour more money to the front groups.”

In other words, conservative justices are beholden to big businesses because they give money for them to get them elected and selected.  He even insinuated that was the case with Judge Gorsuch.  Those same groups, he told Gorsuch looking straight at him, “are spending millions of dollars in a dark money campaign to push your confirmation.”

Gorsuch is a humble, respectful man.  And frankly, almost all senators-Republican and Democrats- were at least dignified in their statements, even as they expressed some apprehension to Gorsuch’s nomination.  But not Sen. Whitehouse.

He dishonored the Senate and insulted an honorable man to score cheap political points.  He should be ashamed of what he did, and he should apologize to his Senate colleagues, the nominee, and the American people.

He, above all, should apologize to Chief Justice Roberts for whom he reserved most contempt.

Sen. Whitehouse’s conspiracy theories are typical of the most fringe groups of the radical left.  But for him to bring them into a confirmation hearing as important as this, is simply reprehensible.

Capitol Hill Brief — Good News on Transgender Bathrooms Issue

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Here’s a headline you don’t hear every day: “The Supreme Court did the right thing.”

After the Trump Administration wisely rescinded President Obama’s transgender bathroom mandate, the U.S. Supreme Court has vacated and remanded a case dealing with the issue back to the lower court.

That’s great news because it means that a lower court’s erroneous ruling forcing a Virginia school to open restrooms beyond biological sex is no longer valid and no school is bound by it.

Let us pray the lower court does the right thing now and protects the rights and safety of all students — not just the few that our culture deems worthy.  Our young women deserve no less.


Our next Supreme Court justice will shape America’s future for generations to come. Judge Neil Gorsuch will uphold conservative, constitutional values. Tell the Senate to confirm him by signing our petition at www.CapitolHillBrief.org today. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

Speak Now to Save Hawaii Pregnancy Care Centers – Oppose SB501 SD1

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 “For You formed my inward parts; you covered me in my mother’s womb.

 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:13-14a)

SB501 SD1 “Requires all limited service pregnancy centers to disclose the availability of and enrollment information for reproductive health services; establishes privacy and disclosure requirements for individual records and information; authorizes civil penalties and civil actions for enforcement and remedy.”

Bottom line, pregnancy care centers will be required to provide information on local abortion clinics to their clients or break the law and face civil penalties and civil actions.

This bill is a battle for survival of the innocent unborn and the pregnancy care centers that advocate for them. Each pregnancy successfully carried to term is one less abortion to be performed.

Unfortunately, SB501 was passed by the Senate and moved to the House where the House Committee on Health has deferred it until 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, March 21. Turnout and testimony at the hearing last Thursday was overwhelmingly in opposition, so the deferment indicates there is still a chance that committee members can be persuaded to vote NO on this bill. We must keep the pressure on!

Please Take Action Immediately. Contact each committee member and ask him/her to vote NO on SB501 SD1. Email each committee member and then give them a call. Feel free to call and leave a message after hours. Please act now; the hearing is 10:15 a.m. this Tuesday.

Consider the wise words of Proverbs 24:11, 12, “Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.  If you say, “Surely we did not know this,” Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?”

  1. Contact as many legislators as your time allows. Every contact you make counts!  Join the chorus in opposition to this bill.

House Committee on Health:

Rep. Della Au Belatti, Chair: [email protected]/ 586-9425

Rep. Bert Kobayashi, Vice Chair: [email protected] / 586-6310

Rep. Sharon E. Har: [email protected] / 586-8500

Rep. Dee Morikawa: [email protected] / 586-6280

Rep. Marcus Oshiro: [email protected] / 586-6700

Rep. Chris Todd: [email protected] / 586-8480

Rep. Andria P.L. Tupola: [email protected] / 586-8465

  1. Please forward this e-alert to friends and family and ask them to pray and take action.
  1. Please click here for a printable copy of this e-alert and distribute. Consider handing it out at church this Sunday.

More about SB501 SD1:

  • Requires pregnancy care centers to do what is in direct opposition to the centers’ very mission.
  • Is an attack on religious freedom.
  • Is an attack on free speech.
  • Is a “one-way street” that imposes no such requirement on abortion providers to advertise the services of pregnancy care centers.
  • Seeks to further the agenda of abortion providers.

Know that this is not a two-way street.  There is no such law in the legislature being considered that requires abortion clinics to give information out about pregnancy care centers.

Please, make your phone calls and send your emails now.  The very survival of pregnancy care centers and therefore the lives they seek to save and minister to depend on it.

Please Pray. Pray for the defeat of SB501 in the House Committee on Health. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:16)

For life!

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org
 

Wilma Youtz
Legislative Liaison
[email protected]

Concerned Women Through History: Religious Liberty — Miriam, Anne Hutchinson, and Tanya Ditty

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Freedom.  It’s something for which every human heart longs.  That opportunity to connect with God and seek Him.  Women throughout history have taught the world something about the need for freedom.

Miriam, from the book of Exodus, helped her brother Moses lead their nation out of slavery into freedom.  Retellings of this epic story often leave out that Israel’s freedom was fundamentally tied to the Israelites need to freely worship God which they were not allowed to do in Egypt: “Then say to [Pharoah], ‘The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has sent me to say to you: Let My people go, so that they may worship Me in the wilderness. But until now you have not listened,’” (Exodus 7:16).  Israel’s Exodus reminds us that the freedom of nations is tied to the freedom of religion; one begets the other.

And God’s people, once free from Egypt’s grasp, had to make a conscious, willful decision to follow God.  Their religious freedom allowed them to choose rightly or wrongly: “But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD,” (Joshua 24:15).

Likewise in America, people must choose whether to follow God, and be free and unhindered to do so according to their conscience.  In the early days of the colonies, Anne Hutchinson fought for our nation to be one founded on the principle of religious freedom, not one particular sect or denomination against others. In what would become the nation of “E Pluribus Unum (Out of Many, One),” Ann was ahead of her time in respecting conscience.  After her own specific religious beliefs lead her to part with the majority religion, she moved to Rhode Island and helped establish freedom of religion there.  She was laying the groundwork for what would become a great American value outlined in the eloquent words of the Bill of Rights: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

And today it’s Concerned Women for America of Georgia State Director Tanya Ditty who carries on this American legacy of religious freedom. She has stood up for our fundamental right to freedom of conscience — the right to think and believe what we want without fear of punishment.  She has fought tirelessly for religious freedom legislation in Georgia that ensures broad-based religious protections for all its citizens. She had this to say about the importance of religious freedom: “It is the bedrock of all liberty, and it must be protected now for the sake of the generations that come behind us.”

Blessings for future generations are such an important concept to America.  Ask God how you can be a part of ensuring a legacy of religious freedom in America.