Transgender Bathrooms in Hawaii’s Public Schools? Not On Our Watch.

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Parents: The safety and privacy of your children is in great peril!

On Friday, May 13, the Obama administration issued orders calling for all public schools and universities to permit transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their gender identity instead of their biological sex. This lawless directive – which came in a letter signed by officials with the Departments of Education and Justice — does not have the authority of law –but does contain an implicit threat: schools that do not abide by the Obama administration orders could face lawsuits or loss of federal funds under Title IX.

The Obama Administration has once again overstepped legal boundaries by redefining the scope and reach of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Obama administration has deemed “sex” an elastic term, and regards “gender” (how one feels) synonymous with “sex” (biology), and is now aggressively embedding “gender” as a part of federal policy, including Title IX funding. Lawmakers who drafted Titles VII and Title IX never even considered that the term “sex” would be anything other than biological sex. With this directive, Obama is slapping the heavy hand of government on local schools. He is using our children as pawns to accomplish his goals of social reengineering

The absurdity of girls and boys having to share the same bathrooms, lockers and showers did not go unnoticed by the ultra-left Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Writing for the Washington Post, Ginsburg acknowledges, “Separate places to disrobe, sleep, perform personal bodily functions are permitted, in some situations required, by regard for individual privacy.”

As the State Director for Concerned Women for America of Hawaii I am gravely concerned about how this dictatorial order will impact the privacy and safety of Hawaii students. I know that there are not enough adults in a school building to supervise restrooms and locker rooms.  No one will be able to fully protect your children.

Consider what is happening in Palatine, Illinois. In late 2015, a Palatine high school caved to the threats of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to strip federal funding if the school did not allow a transgender boy to have full access to the girls’ bathrooms, locker rooms and showers.   Because the school acquiesced to the federal government, 51 families have filed a federal lawsuit against the ED attempting to reverse the policy. The impact this policy is having on the girls who attend this high school is heart wrenching.  According to the lawsuit, “Every day these girls go to school, they experience embarrassment, humiliation, anxiety, fear, apprehension, stress, degradation, and loss of dignity because they will have to use the locker room and restroom with a biological male. They are afraid of being seen by, and being forced to share intimate spaces with a male while they are in various states of undress. These girls are also afraid they will have to see a male in a state of undress.”

So far, governors and state leaders in twelve states have begun to push back against this outrageous and incredibly dangerous order. HAWAII IS NOT ON THE LIST.  At the time of this writing, no one from the Hawaii government or DOE has made any statement.  Gov. David Y. Ige and  Attorney General David M. Louie, and the 11 State Board of Education members have remained silent. And to be silent is to be complicit.  Local school systems are responding by saying they will have to read over the order to determine how they will respond.  What is there to “think about?” They just need to shred the document.

Please take action.

1. It is imperative that our state leaders  hear from us TODAY.  Would you call the following people and urge them to refuse to comply with the Obama directive, even if it means losing federal dollars or the threat of a lawsuit?  We cannot sacrifice our children and grandchildren on the altar of the money.

Gov. David Y. Ige
Click here to email.

Attorney General Douglas E. Chin
808-586-1500 and/or click here to email.

State Department of Education Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi
808-586-3314 and/or click here to email. Address your comments to Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi.

State Board of Education Chairman Lance A. Mizumoto
808-586-3334 and/or click here to email.

2. Contact both your local school superintendent and school board member. Show up at the next regularly scheduled board meeting and speak in opposition to the Obama directive.

Please pray that our leaders will have the courage to resist manipulation, pressure and the fear of man.  Proverbs 29:25 tells us, “The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.”  2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

Valuable resource: Male and Female Identity in a Sexually Confused World
Aligning ourselves with God’s plan for man and woman is the solution side of the problem.  Let us pray deeply for the ability to live into our male and female identity with more fullness, that we might offer a restorative picture for all of the world.  Read more here.

Hawaii Senators Propose Resolutions Praising Planned Parenthood

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There are two resolutions set to be heard this Wednesday in committee at our state capitol that commend Planned Parenthood when they should be condemning them.

SCR85 / SR56: “Affirming the state of Hawaii’s support of Planned Parenthood, recognizing its vital role in providing health care, and denouncing violence towards abortion providers and their patients.”

Even though these resolutions do not have any power of law behind them, the state senators proposing them should be ashamed of such a statement of support for this organization of death.  The very thing this resolution proposes to oppose (violence) it advocates on an incomprehensible scale – the snuffing out of little boys and girls to the tune of over 300,000 per year across the country in horrifically violent ways.

The Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health has scheduled a public hearing this Wednesday, March 23 at 9:30 a.m.

Sponsors of SCR85 and SR56:

Sen. Rosalyn H. Baker (D-District 6)

Sen. Laura H. Thielen (D-District 25)

Sen. Jill N. Tokuda (D-District 24)

Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland (D-District 13)

Sen. Lorraine R. Inouye (D-District 4)

Sen. Michelle N. Kidani (D-District 18)

Sen. Donna Mercado Kim (D-District 14)

Sen. Maile S.L. Shimabukuro (D-District 21)

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.” (Ephesians 5:11-13)

Take Action:

  1. Call and/or e-mail the Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health and ask them to vote NO on SCR85 and SR56.  Click here for their names and contact information.
  2. If your senator is listed above, call and/or e-mail her and respectfully express your displeasure with her decision to support resolutions SCR85 and SR56. Click here to find out who your senator is.  Fill in the “Find Your Legislator” field.
  3. Submit testimony.  Click here and click on “Submit Testimony” for SCR85.  Then click here and click on “Submit Testimony” for SR56. (Testimonies are due today by 9:30 a.m.)
  4. Forward this e-alert on to like-minded friends and family now.  Ask them to pray and take action.

Prayer:  Ask the Lord to thwart the plans of those attempting to give honor to Planned Parenthood.  Ask the Lord to touch those same hearts with the truth of His love for them.

Want to read more about Planned Parenthood?  Click here to read the facts.

Pray and Take Action Concerning Obama’s Current Nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court

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Aloha dear CWA friends,

The recent nomination made by our President for Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court calls for urgent prayer and action.  I cannot stress strongly enough just how important this is, and it may very well be the most important thing we have prayed about for some time, even over and above who we want our next president to be. Prayer is our number one weapon; let’s use it!  Taking action is our second; let’s do it!

Judge Garland’s record on the D.C. Circuit proves that he would be a reliable fifth vote (or sixth, if you count Kennedy) for many extreme liberal priorities, like gutting the First and Second Amendment, unleashing the abortion industry (think legalizing partial-birth abortion), and helping to maintain unaccountable bureaucratic agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

“This is the most important battle of our lives.” – CEO and President of CWA Penny Nance

Pray that any selection or nomination President Obama makes to fill the vacancy in the Supreme Court of the United States will not be acted upon by the Senate.  Pray for the senators meeting with Judge Garland to be compassionate but forceful in expressing the deep concerns for our Constitutional Republic beyond the candidate himself (who has been caught in the middle of all this). Let us pray for truth and justice in accordance with God’s will. Amen!

I personally am going to be praying for Christians all over this country to be praying with us for the same goal.  We must remember that we are a majority not a minority and that those who believe in Almighty God have the power to move mountains if they believe they can.  Thanks be to the Lord, we are more than conquerors and we are also overcomers.

Please Take Action:

  • Call and/or e-mail our U.S. Senators and ask them to not accept or vote upon any nominations for the U.S. Supreme Court that are made by President Obama. The main goal is not to allow any Supreme Court nominations to be accepted or approved by our members of the U.S. Senate until after the elections and after the inauguration of the new President, whoever that may be.

Mazie K. Hirono (D)
(202) 224-6361

 Brian Schatz (D)
(202) 224-3934

  • Call and/or e-mail Chairman of the Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).  Thank him for his commitment to not allowing any nominees a hearing.  He needs our support now!

Chuck Grassley
(202) 224-3744

  • Stay informed, regularly read about this issue at
  • Pass this e-mail on to like-minded friends and family.

God bless America.


CWA of Hawaii Recommends Franklin Graham’s Decision America Event in Honolulu

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Franklin Graham is crisscrossing the U.S. challenging Christians to pray for the country and take a stand for their faith. This urgent mission has been dubbed the Decision America Tour, and you can be a part of it.

At each stop, Franklin Graham will hold a prayer rally, calling on Americans to boldly live out their faith and help turn the country back to God.

“I think the problem with our nation today is the failure of the Church,” Franklin Graham said. “We have gotten ourselves into a mess as a country,” he added, and said there’s only one source of hope.

“I don’t have hope in the Republican party or the Democratic party. The only hope that I have is in the Church if it would repent of its sins,” he said. “And if we confess our sins individually and then repent, then I believe God … can use us.”

Franklin will ask Christians to pray for the country, vote for people who hold Biblical values and run for public office at every level.

CWA of Hawaii recommends you attend the one in Honolulu to be held on February 24 at 1:00 p.m. on the Hawaii state capitol lawn adjacent to the statue.  Do all you can to attend and be sure to invite a friend!






Join CWA of Hawaii’s Encourage-A-Legislator Project!

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“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”  I Timothy 2:1-2

We are setting up our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Project for this coming state legislative session once again. Our prayer is that those who took part last year will be willing and eager to do it again this year and that we will have many new encouragers as well.

If you have not participated in our EAL Project in the past, know that this Project is focused solely on prayer and encouragement to our state legislators.  Participants simply pray for an assigned legislator every day of the legislative session and send a postcard once a week to their assigned legislator with encouraging words letting them know that they are being prayed for each day. The 2016 legislative session goes from January 20 to the end of April or beginning of May.  This is not a lobbying effort but a ministry to the legislators.  Whether a legislator is a believer, non-believer, conservative, liberal, democrat, republican, independent or other, they are in desperate need of prayer.  This 2016 legislative session, CWA of Hawaii plans to deliver those prayers.

Once signed up, participants receive a packet with the name and biography of their assigned legislator, one EAL postcard for every week of the legislative session, suggestions to write on the postcard (optional) and the dates on which to send the postcards.

Seen or unseen, prayer always has a significant impact. Year after year we receive letters of appreciation from the legislators expressing their gratitude for the many postcards of prayer and encouragement.  They often communicate how they need and want to be upheld in prayer as they serve the people of Hawaii.

Sign up today by e-mailing me at or give me a call at 808-965-9834.  I will need your name, address, phone number and how many legislators you would like to encourage.

Click here for flyer.  Print and distribute freely.

Please forward this on to friends and family who you think may be interested in participating.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Praying along with you,

Barbara J. Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii