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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.

Trump Ticket: GOP Frontrunner Announces Running Mate Tomorrow

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CWALAC_MediaStatementWashington, D.C. – Friday morning, Donald Trump will officially announce his running mate. Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance had this to say about the possible presumptive Vice President pick of Gov. Mike Pence (R-Indiana):

“I applaud Donald Trump’s expected decision to choose Gov. Mike Pence as his Vice Presidential running mate. This would indicate Trump is moving in the right direction and is showing that he’s taking the Evangelical Christian voting bloc seriously by choosing Pence, who has a proven record as a respected veteran of the House of Representatives and as Gov. of Indiana. During his time in the House, Pence made a name for himself as a pro-life champion, leading the fight to defund Planned Parenthood of taxpayer dollars. Additionally, he co-sponsored and voted for numerous pieces of pro-marriage legislation and had a reputation as a respected, policy-oriented member.”

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

War is not a Social Experiment – Do Not Draft Our Daughters

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CWALAC_MediaStatementWashington, D.C. – Tuesday, the Senate will vote on the National Defense Authorization Act, which currently includes a provision to expand the Military Selective Service requirements to female citizens aged 18-26. Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) has offered an amendment, which would strike the provision which forces our young women to register with the Selective Service. Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee supports the senator’s wise provision, which puts America’s national security first. Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance had this to say:

“We have gone from debating whether or not women should serve in combat to some advocating that they should be forced to serve in combat. Leadership should know better than to disregard basic biology in order to embrace political correctness.

“Our military’s sole purpose is to protect our nation, not to serve as this administration’s laboratory for social engineering.

“We firmly believe in the equality of men and women, but that does not require us to ignore the physical differences and unique risks to women in combat particularly in the case of capture. The female draft discussion should revolve around combat readiness, efficiency, and national security, and weeding through applicants that are overwhelmingly biologically unable to meet combat standards would be a logistical nightmare and would force the lowering of combat standards.

“We strongly support the heroic, capable, and honorable women who chose and will choose to serve our country in the military. However, this issue centers around whether or not women are to be forced to register to serve in tip-of-spear combat roles should our nation reinstate the draft. Forcing women to serve in combat against their will is a deep departure in U.S. policy. Uncle Sam needs to keep his hands off of our daughters.”

Click here to read a longer version of this statement.

Stop the Move to Force our Daughters into the Selective Service!

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UPDATE: The CWALAC team has put together a letter from a coalition of conservative leaders and activists. Read it here.


Has the world lost its mind? John McCain, Mitch McConnell, and other senators think your daughter should be drafted into combat. We have gone from debating whether or not women should serve in combat to some advocating that they should be forced to serve in combat. Leadership should know better than to disregard basic biology in order to embrace political correctness.

Yet, this Tuesday, the Senate will vote on the National Defense Authorization Act, which currently includes a provision to expand the Military Selective Service requirements to female citizens aged 18-26. But, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has offered an amendment which would strike the provision which forces our young women to register with the Selective Service. Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee supports the senator’s wise provision which puts America’s national security first.

Our military’s sole purpose is to protect our nation, not to serve as this administration’s laboratory for social engineering. Peak childbearing years for women continue to be cited1 at 20-35, an age range in line with the 18-26 age group affected by this policy that ignores basic biology. We firmly believe in the equality of men and women, but that does not require us to ignore the physical differences and unique risks to women in combat particularly in the case of capture.

There are exceptional women who are capable of meeting or exceeding the combat standards put forth by each branch. We support them as we do all individuals willing to put their lives on the line for the greatest nation in the history of the world. However, the female draft discussion should revolve around combat readiness, efficiency, and national security, and weeding through applicants that are overwhelmingly biologically unable to meet combat standards would be a logistical nightmare and would force the lowering of combat standards. The capabilities of these rare women should not mean all appropriately aged women are involuntarily eligible for combat.

Perhaps the greatest threat to our national security is radical Islamic terrorism. Radical Islamists view women as less than men and as property. The torture, repeated rape, and humiliation that would face female POWs would be unthinkable. Women who understand these risks and who bravely choose to serve regardless are different from women who are chosen to serve based on the day they were born.

Women are not clamoring for this “opportunity.” Only 15 percent of our active-duty military forces are women.2 We find it demeaning to suggest that women who have instead chosen to serve our nation in other civilian roles – such as manufacturing, commerce, medicine or even caring for their children – are not contributing to our nation. They are indeed!

We strongly support the heroic, capable, and honorable women who chose and will choose to serve our country in the military. However, this issue centers around whether or not women are to be forced to register to serve in tip-of-spear combat roles should our nation reinstate the draft. Forcing women to serve in combat against their will is a deep departure in U.S. policy.

Penny Nance and CWALAC’s legislative team have been meeting with key Republican senators and now those senators need to hear from you.

ACTION: Call your senators now and urge them to support Sen. Lee’s amendment to strike the portion of the National Defense Authorization Act which would require women to register with the Selective Service. Click here to find your senators’ contact information.

Thank you in advance for your important action!

 

ENDNOTES
1 “Best age for childbearing remains 20-35 – Delaying risks heartbreak, say experts,” Medical News Today, September 16, 2005, accessed at http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/30737.php, May 18, 2016.
2 “See Women’s Progress in the U.S. Military,” Time Magazine, September 8, 2015, accessed at http://labs.time.com/story/women-in-military/ on May 18, 2016.

Some Republicans Cower to President Obama’s Bathroom Agenda

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CWALAC_MediaStatementWashington, D.C. — Last night, 43 Republicans helped pass an amendment to the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill (H.R. 5055) offered by Rep. Sean Maloney (D-New York) which codified Obama’s transgender Executive Order (13672) seeking to trample religious liberty and force anyone involved in business to affirm the transgender lifestyle. Read More

Once Upon a Time Features Lesbian Kiss, Devalues Friendship

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oncedorothyrubyABC boasts one of the most popular, family-friendly shows in Once Upon a Time.  This fairy tale characters mash-up has given five seasons of an exploration of family, belonging, love, and even redemption.  Orphaned Emma has found family; the Evil Queen has become good, and love has persevered through hardship – again and again.

However, a recent episode saw Ruby (Red Riding Hood) wake Dorothy (from Oz) with the “true love’s kiss” of lesbian love.

The writing decision was already strange, as Ruby has previously had a boyfriend earlier in the show (they clearly left the question of chosen vs. inborn sexuality aside) and even some on the left felt the story was too rushed to justify the designation of “true love.”  But the plot’s decisive offense lies in its intentional normalization of homosexuality on prime-time, Sunday night, TV-PG, family-friendly television.

The creators justified their decision by saying “This is the world we live in” and “True love’s kiss has been a staple of this show since the beginning, this past Sunday’s episode was just another example of how in a fairy tale, as in life, love is love.”

But does their own writing hold up to that standard?

Indeed, the show has featured several kisses of “true love” breaking sleeping and other curses in typical Snow White/Sleeping Beauty fashion.  Most notably, the show has already established how familial love is strong enough to break any curse.  In the same episode as the lesbian kiss, Belle said her father could wake her from her own sleeping curse, and the characters had first sought Aunt Em to break Dorothy’s curse.  Most notably, even the non-blood-related love of Regina for her adopted son Henry broke a curse!

But if “love is love” then – according to the show’s own standards – love is not sex!  And if love is not sex – if adopted family love is powerful enough to break a curse – then why isn’t platonic love able to as well?

There are a lot of different kinds of love.  True, deep, caring love.  And if love is wanting the good of another, than sometimes that love would be sexual, other times it certainly would not be.

As I watched the episode, I kept wondering why the love the cluster of storybook characters were showing Dorothy wasn’t enough to awaken her.  What does it take for love to be “true”?  Cannot a genuine care constitute true love?  It did for Regina to Henry.  The definition of true love has already expanded beyond sex.  Why not between friends?  And can’t we all speak of friends who become so close to us, we describe them as “chosen” or “spiritual” family?

The episode, thus, is not only tragically normalizing homosexuality, but oversexualizing all love, while especially devaluing the love of friendship.

Both women in the plot were lonely.  In this story retelling, Ruby had failed to find other human/wolves like her, and Dorothy had been abandoned by her family when she told them about Oz.  It is natural that their human need for relationships would drive them towards one another. But there is no need for this to take on a sexual nature.  Their relationship didn’t need sex to be love, and it didn’t need a kiss to be deep and true.

This lesbian kiss would never have aired even five years ago, which is when the show began.  But now “this is the world we live in.”

So what can we as Christians, saddened by this drastic cultural turn, do in the face of such a world?

Many of us continue to pray and fight for religious freedom protections and fight to protect our own marriages.  We are learning to talk in age-appropriate ways with our children about healthy sexuality and its perversions.  We maintain ultimate hope in the Savoir who longs to redeem sexual brokenness and all of culture.

Let us add to these responses that we also work to advance the beautiful truth of chaste friendship as a valid form of love.

Chaney Mullins serves as Special Projects Writer for Concerned Women for America.