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Don’t Let Them Win

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In late May, the world was once again struck by the evils of radical Islamic terror. Seven innocent lives were lost and countless more injured in a type of attack that is becoming all too common. In an increasingly dark and violent world, it can be difficult to find God. Where was He when three men decided to rampage through the streets of London? Where was He when innocent people died? And where was He when people cried out for help?

All around the world, people are asking these questions, longing to make sense of the chaos that surrounds them. As Christians, it is our responsibility to be ready to answer these questions, because we must “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks [us] to give the reason for the hope that [we] have” (1 Peter 3:15). We are not defeated by the darkness, and we must fulfill our calling as the salt and light of the world.

Yet, every time we doubt the sovereignty of God, and every time we allow the terrorists to strike fear into our hearts, we let them win. However, it is important for Christians to acknowledge these questions that can be difficult to answer for those who do not believe in Jesus Christ.

While the world around us continually rejects the truth, we must live out this one fact: God is sovereign. This is our comfort and our joy as we face events such as the terrorist attack in London. This is also the answer to the question, “Why?” It isn’t an answer that the world likes, and it isn’t an answer that the world accepts, but it is an answer that allows us to trust that God is in control — no matter what.

Jesus reminded His disciples that, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). But, after this warning, He offered a reminder that is extremely poignant for today: “Take heart! I have overcome the world.” For the sake of those who lost their lives, don’t let the terrorists win. We must carry on with our heads held high. One day Jesus will return in victory, and all will be made new. This promise is our hope when the world turns upside down.

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Kyle Permann is the 2017 Antonin Scalia Legal Fellow for Concerned Women for America.

CWALAC Opposition letter to S. 2578 (Anti-Religious Liberty bill)

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) wishes to express our opposition to S. 2578, the Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act. This bill would reduce religious freedom for Americans – a treacherous act that has not ever been done before – placing so-called access to birth control above citizens deeply-held beliefs. Read More

Whose Consciences and Constitutional Rights Should the Government Violate Next?

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constitutionaltargetsMany of you have heard about the Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of nuns providing care for the elderly, who are now taking on the Obama Administration over the Affordable Care Act’s (ObamaCare) contraception mandate. Religious exemptions from the ObamaCare contraception mandate are often made for government-approved entities, but the Obama Administration has deemed the nuns, who work exclusively with the elderly, unworthy of an exception.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor recently granted the Little Sisters of the Poor a temporary injunction, so they do not have to violate their religious beliefs by offering health insurance that covers contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs. The Obama Administration, however, is asking the Supreme Court to force the nuns to obey the contraception mandate.

For those who do not understand that the mandate is a violation of religious liberty and conscience or understand the outrageousness of the Obama Administration’s insistence on enforcement, perhaps these Constitution-violating suggestions for possible mandates in the future will be enlightening.

One party’s mandate is another group’s loss of freedom.

Can you imagine the reaction of groups if the government forced them to comply with these made-up mandates?

  • Animal rights activists must hunt and kill animals to make fur coats they will be forced to wear.
  • Vegetarians and vegans must eat meat.
  • Feminists must promote patriarchy.
  • College professors must campaign for Tea Party candidates, earnestly.
  • Global warming activists must take a cruise to the Antarctic, get their ship stuck in ice, and have fossil-fuel-burning ships and helicopters rescue them (oh wait … ).
  • Planned Parenthood affiliates must donate money to crisis pregnancy centers to promote adoption.
  • Teachers’ unions must pay their dues to charter schools.
  • Labor unions must pay union wages and benefits to the homeless they hire to protest businesses that won’t unionize.
  • U.S. presidents, congressmen and senators must send their children to D.C. public schools.
  • Hollywood stars supporting “climate change” legislation must drive their Prius’ cross-country for appearances and premieres; no more flying domestically or internationally.
  • Tax-and-spend advocates can no longer take deductions on their tax returns; they will send in more money than is due from them.
  • Celebrities advocating for more gun control cannot have armed bodyguards.
  • GLAAD activists must denounce marriage for homosexuals and promote heterosexuality in schools.
  • All movie and television show producers will espouse conservative principles and ideas, and the bad guys must always be heartless, greedy liberals.
  • Greenpeace activists must hunt whales, eat them, and use the blubber to provide heat and light on their ships.
  • Occupy Wall Street protestors must get jobs.
  • Billionaires decrying the fact they pay a smaller percentage in taxes than their secretaries must declare their investment income as a salary so they pay a higher percentage and take no deductions (see above.)
  • Atheists must donate (even tithe?) to a religious institution, weekly.
  • MSNBC hosts and anchors must attend re-education classes taught by Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman, Mitt Romney, and the Little Sisters of the Poor.
  • Abortion advocates have to reconstruct an aborted baby to make sure all the parts are there and not stuck inside the mother.
  • “Bro-choicers” will be mandated to become daycare providers.
  • Wind farm owners must also be bird and bat breeders to replace all the birds, especially eagles, and bats killed by the wind turbines.
  • People opposed to coal-fired power plants will no longer be allowed to charge their electric cars, iPhones, iPads, or coffeemakers with electricity from coal-fired power plants.

While these suggestions are facetious, can’t you just hear the shouts of outrage that would erupt if they were real? Well, the mandate being forced upon the Little Sisters of the Poor is real. The nuns are fighting for their rights to exercise religious freedom in the United States of America.

Right now the Obama Administration is going after the nuns; will your Constitutional rights and freedoms be next?

Editor’s Note: A version of this article was published by the American Thinker. Click here to read it.