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CWA Calls for President Trump to Ensure Full Release and Religious Asylum to Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi

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Washington, D.C. — In 2010, Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman, was sentenced to “death by hanging” for blasphemy against Islam. Her crime for the death penalty was allegedly making derogatory remarks about Islam to her neighbor. After this mother of four spent eight years on death row, Pakistan’s Supreme Court overturned her conviction on October 31, 2018.  However, this decision was condemned by Pakistani Islamist parties — most prominently by the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) party, which sparked mass protests in major cities and continued to call for her imprisonment and death.  Succumbing to pressure, on November 2, the Pakistani government signed an agreement with TLP to bar Asia Bibi from leaving Pakistan while the Supreme Court ruling in her favor is under review for possible error.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, issued this response:

“Asia Bibi’s life is obviously in grave danger.  Islamists are calling for her beheading. Two Pakistani politicians, Governor Salmaan Taseer and Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, were assassinated for supporting her release and opposing Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. Dozens more people in Pakistan have been killed as a result of blasphemy accusations.

“If any religious persecution case is critical and in need of quick attention, it is the case of Asia Bibi. This is a landmark verdict in Pakistan as two distinct groups — those promoting religious tolerance and the fundamental Islamists who oppose it — battle over the future of Asia Bibi. It is extremely rare that a blasphemy case is overturned in Pakistan, and we must act quickly.

“As the leader of religious freedom around the world, the U.S. must remain committed to promoting the tolerance of religious minorities and respect for the fundamental human right of religious freedom. As the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, with religious freedom as one of our core issues, we ask President Trump to call for the full release of Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi to allow her to exit safely from Pakistan. And as she is in dire fear for her life, we ask President Trump to grant Asia Bibi religious asylum in the U.S. as soon as possible.”

 


For an interview with Penny Nance contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.
Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the legislative arm of Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with members across the country, over 450 Prayer/Action Chapters and Home Teams, 600 trained leaders, and over 30 years of service to our nation. For more information visit www.concernedwomen.org

Midterms Prove Kavanaugh Vote Key to Senate Gains

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Washington, D.C. — Last night wrapped up the 2018 midterm elections. Results continue to roll in, with important races still to be determined.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, issued the following statement: 

“There are many takeaways from last night’s election, but looming large among them is the reality that the circus that was Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation was a reckoning for U.S. senators. The conservative women behind CWA’s Women for Kavanaugh campaign were largely responsible for the demise of Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota), Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), and Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana).

“Meanwhile, Sen. Manchin (D-West Virginia), the only Democrat to vote in favor of Kavanaugh’s confirmation, held his seat. The message is clear. The voters rejected the mob mentality that tried to destroy an honorable man in the name of political power. This is good news for our political discourse going forward.

“Democrats gained control of the House of Representatives, but this was expected, given the historical precedent of mid-term elections. Concerned Women for America asks them to use this power responsibly and in the best interest of this great nation.”

At the end of the day, we can all be proud of the fact that early numbers show voter turnout exceeded previous midterms by a significant amount, with women making up 52% of voters. Americans showed up to exercise what Ronald Reagan rightly called the ‘crown jewel of American liberties.'”

 


For an interview with Penny Nance, contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.

CWALAC Endorses Rick Scott for Florida U.S. Senate

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Washington, D.C. — Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, has endorsed Governor Rick Scott for U.S. Senate for Florida.

Penny Nance, CEO and President, said, “Concerned Women for America LAC has worked alongside Rick Scott for many years on crucial issues impacting Florida. As Governor he has been a leader on issues impacting l both the state and the nation. Not only does Rick Scott show outstanding leadership in times of crisis but he is tireless every day in striving to protect life and safety for the most vulnerable Floridians.  As a successful business man, he has put that experience to work for Floridians never losing sight of the need for more jobs and more economic prosperity for Florida.  Rick Scott isn’t about just talking he is about doing the hard work for Florida.”

YWA Leaders gear up for midterms!

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As Election Day approaches, our Young Women for America leaders are encouraging their friends and family and complete strangers, to vote! Our YWA leader at Lousiana State University, in her Facebook post of “Concerned Women Vote” graphics, said “Yesterday I did one of my most important duties as a United States citizen … I VOTED! Don’t vote based on a celebrity’s opinion. Don’t vote based on what your friends say. Educate yourself and make the vote you believe in.”

Our leaders are sending out CWA’s voting cards to their chapter members and posting on social media encouraging their peers to exercise their voice by voting. Some of them discussed the ballot in their chapter meetings, will be passing out voter guides on campus, and others are having a voting watch party this coming Tuesday!

YWA leader in Greensboro, North Carolina with Congressman Mark Walker.

Our YWA leader at Stephen F. Austin University wearing our Women for Kavanaugh t-shirt at a Ted Cruz rally!

YWA Leader at Louisiana State University shares on Facebook why voting is so important!

YWA at Hillsdale encourages its members to vote!

LTE: Kamala Harris was not a voice for me

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Rekha Basu’s recent op-ed about Kamala Harris was an attempt to rewrite history [Kamala Harris’ passion, optimism, warmth may be the antidote to Trump’s snide divisiveness]. I was there for the Kavanaugh hearings, and Sen. Kamala Harris’ behavior, especially her treatment of Iowa’s own Sen. Chuck Grassley, was unbecoming for a senator.

Even before Dr. Christine Blasey Ford came forward, Harris had set the tone for the hearings, and it was anything but “warm.” Just 30 seconds into Grassley’s opening remarks, Harris rudely interrupted him and spoke over him.

Throughout the nomination, she was hyper-divisive and hyper-partisan, calling Judge Brett Kavanaugh a “fundamental threat” the very day he was announced.

Basu writes that Harris “gave voice to women everywhere,” but she didn’t give a voice to me. I was one of the thousands standing up for due process in support of now-Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh, don’t I count?


Letter to the Editor submitted by CWA of Iowa State Director Tamara Scott to the Des Moines Register. 

CWA Stands in Solidarity with Jewish Communities across the Nation

By | Blog, News and Events, Press Releases, Support for Israel | No Comments

Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, eleven people were murdered and six more were wounded in a senseless act of violence against a Jewish community in Pittsburgh. This shooting in a synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood was a blatant act of anti-Semitism.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America issued the following statement in response: 

“Today, the over 500,000 Concerned Women for America’s activist supporters around our nation join hearts and hands with the nation’s Jewish communities. We are deeply saddened by this evil attack. We pledge our love, prayers, and support and will continue to fight anti-Semitism, especially on college campuses though our over 40 (and growing) Young Women for America chapters. This Sunday, we call on Christians everywhere to make your support known to your local Jewish communities so that they know love abounds.”

 


For an interview with Penny Nance, contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.

CWALAC Endorses Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith for U.S. Senate for Mississippi

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Washington D.C. – Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, has endorsed Cindy Hyde-Smith for U.S. Senate for Mississippi.  Sen. Hyde-Smith is running in a special election to retain the seat vacated by Sen Thad Cochran in April 2018 to which she was appointed by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant.

Penny Nance, CEO and President, said,

“Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is proud to endorse Cindy Hyde-Smith, a champion of Mississippi values who embody America’s values.  As the first woman to represent Mississippi in Washington, D.C., Sen. Hyde-Smith has proven herself a leader among her peers in the U.S. Senate, standing strong for due process and the presumption of innocence in confirming Justice Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court and standing courageously for the unborn and for American greatness at home and abroad.  Conservative women need Cindy Hyde-Smith’s voice in the Senate for such a time as this. Cindy is a fighter for family values and committed to tackling the tough issues in Congress with hard work, courage, and integrity.

“Our members are honored to stand with Cindy Hyde-Smith in this election, confident that she will stand up for women across Mississippi and the nation who are passionate about protecting life, religious freedom, and our economic and national security.  We want her to stay!”

CWALAC Endorses Dr. Tony Campbell for U.S. Senate for Maryland

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Washington D.C. – Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, has endorsed Dr. Tony Campbell for U.S. Senate of Maryland.

Penny Nance, CEO and President, said,

“Concerned Women for America LAC is pleased to endorse Dr. Tony Campbell to represent the citizens of Maryland in the U.S. Senate.  Dr.  Campbell is an inspiring educator and community leader who served our nation honorably as a chaplain in the United States Army.   American families are looking for leaders like Dr. Campbell who care deeply about future generations and are committed to tackling the tough issues in Congress with hard work, courage and integrity.

“Our members are proud to stand with Dr. Tony Campbell in this election, confident that he will stand up for women across Maryland and the nation who are passionate about protecting life, religious freedom, and our national security.”