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Who Will Stand for American Families?

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Weak leadership in Washington is unnecessarily wreaking havoc on American families. At the same time President Joe Biden held a tone-deaf, high-class celebration of the passage of the crookedly titled “Inflation Reduction Act,” a dismal inflation report came out saying the consumer price index, a measurement of the price of everyday items such as groceries, rent and gasoline, rose more than expected, once again, to 8.3%. According to a recent analysis, Americans have to pay an extra $717 monthly due to “Bideinflation.”

 

And it is not just our pocketbooks that are hurting. The stress on parents and the entire household unit is almost unbearable. Our current situation is taking a toll on Americans’ mental health, especially for minorities. A recent LifeWorks Mental Health Index report revealed that “20 percent of Americans are unable to meet basic needs due to inflation.” It also found that those under such pressure “have a mental health score more than 16 points below the national average.”

 

But Washington is not focused on that; instead, the so-called Inflation Reduction Act will only further aggravate inflation by doling out billions for “green energy” special interest groups. Again, helping families is not the priority.

 

In the middle of all this, Senate Democrats took time to try to pass radical pro-abortion legislation to force the gruesome procedure on the nation up to the point of birth — something most Americans oppose. The latest Knights of Columbus/Marist Poll tracking the issue shows 71% of Americans support legal limits on abortion, with a whopping 81% believing laws can protect both the mother and her unborn child.

 

Americans want laws that support hard-working families—fathers, mothers, and children. Many in Washington seem insistent on destroying the American household.

 

It is not just Democrats going along with this cruel, unfocused legislative agenda. Some House Republicans let themselves be used recently to pass what should be called the (Dis)Respect for Marriage Act (H.R. 8404) on a 267-157 vote. This anti-family legislation has become a top priority for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York), even though it is entirely unnecessary. The pernicious act seeks to further erode the American family unit by destroying its very definition.  This radical law would force the acceptance of any definition of “marriage” sought by any state. Plural marriages, open marriages, marriages involving minors or relatives, literally any definition adopted anywhere in one state. Considering the extent of the radical gender ideology permeating our culture today, there is no limiting principle here.

 

The impact on federal and state law would be seismic. All laws relating to husbands and wives, children and parents would suddenly be up for reinterpretation. The law will open the door for radical activist groups to sue religious individuals, organizations and businesses that the Left knows will seek to abide by the original meaning of marriage as established by God. Religious families and organizations, which are such a stabilizing force in our nation, and desperately needed in such times as these, are continually being held out for special contempt and primed for special interest attacks under legislation such as this one. Who will stand up for these families?

 

Sen. Schumer says he will force a vote “in coming weeks.” Word on Capitol Hill is that he may try to move on it as early as next week. All senators should stand against it and instead demand the sort of family-supporting legislation that can alleviate the current burdens on American families.

 

Of course, the upcoming election is the backdrop to all this shameful political gamesmanship. The goal is to manipulate the American people into voting against their own interests by scaring them with lies about Christian, conservative principles. I remember this summer standing outside the Supreme Court in defense of the Texas heartbeat law and fielding the arguments that “Women will die” if the law goes into effect. All lies meant to manipulate the unsuspecting public. Yet, a year later, estimates are that more than fifty thousand babies have been saved from abortion, and no woman has died as a result.

 

Expect the same political manipulations related to the “Respect for Marriage Act” in the coming weeks. And demand that your senator vote not by the lies and intimidations of the Left but in support of the American families that desperately need it.

Act Now: Tell Your Senator to Vote NO on Disrespect of Marriage Act

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The Senate is poised to vote on S.4556, the so-called “Respect for Marriage Act” (more like the “Disrespect of Marriage Act”). Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), the nation’s largest public policy organization for women, stands for the undisputed foundation of family as the union of a man and woman in marriage who together raise children, and the importance of mothers and fathers. This Act is an attack on millions of Americans, many whom are people of faith, who affirm Biblical morality when it comes to marriage and sexuality.

 

The Disrespect of Marriage Act would require federal recognition of any one state’s definition of marriage without any parameters whatsoever, even beyond anything that is recognized right now—plural marriages, open marriages, or even marriages involving minors and adults. Anything goes. And the Act purposely ignores any sort of religious liberty protections.

 

Take action TODAY and email, call, or tweet your senators through our Action Center HERE and urge them to Vote NO on the Disrespect of Marriage Act. 

 

Here is the truth: the Disrespect of Marriage Act is a political tool for the Left and its mainstream media enablers to challenge the historic overturning of Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. They know that Americans reject their abortion-on-demand agenda, so they are making the Dobbs decision about anything and everything, except about the fundamental, intrinsic value of every human life.

All Senators should treat this legislation with the contempt it deserves. Marriage, the union between one man and one woman for life, strengthens social norms and best promotes children’s welfare.

The Left continues to ignore the facts to the detriment of the American people. They won’t  even say what a woman is anymore, so we are not surprised they are taking this ridiculous step right now. Senators should stand strongly against their continued denigration of women, mothers and fathers, and the institution of marriage.

 

Take action TODAY and email, call, or tweet your senators through our Action Center HERE and urge them to Vote NO on the Disrespect of Marriage Act. 

Pro-Family Groups to Mitch McConnell: Disrespect for Marriage Act Is A Trap

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) unapologetically proclaims the foundation of family as the union of a man and woman in marriage who together raise children. That is why we joined pro-family groups in strongly opposing S.4556, the so-called “Respect for Marriage Act” (more like the “Disrespect of Marriage Act”). We sent a letter to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), stating in part:

 

The truth is, while H.R. 8404 does nothing to change the status of, or benefits afforded to, same-sex marriage in light of Obergefell, it does much to endanger people of faith. Justice Alito was right when he predicted the Obergefell decision would “be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy.” We are seeing this play out more and more against those who decline to openly embrace extreme views regarding marriage and human sexuality. This legislation will only hasten and intensify hostility against them. As such, anyone who supports this measure is crossing a line into aiding and abetting the persecution of people of faith.

 

See the full letter here.

 

There should be no question in Senators’ minds on why they should oppose the bill. For starters, The Disrespect of Marriage Act would require federal recognition of any one state’s definition of marriage without any parameters whatsoever, even beyond anything that is recognized right now—plural marriages, open marriages, or even marriages involving minors and adults. Anything goes. And the Act purposely ignores any sort of religious liberty protections.

 

CWALAC is also hard at work making the case for policy that honors marriage while also encouraging Senators to use this conversation about marriage as an opportunity to address a crippling disease in our society: absent fathers. Children who grow up without a father in particular are vulnerable to becoming adults with behavioral problems, mental and physical health problems, and challenges forming healthy relationships.

 

That is why in addition to opposing the Disrespect for Marriage Act, we are calling on Senators to support the Unborn Child Support Act and the Standing with Moms Act. The Unborn Child Support Act incentivizes states to have a child support program that provides for costs of parenting that many know begin well before the baby’s first birthday. The Standing With Moms Act, which CWALAC worked closely with legislative staff to create, would create a website called life.gov that would list local resources available for expectant moms and families at all levels of government and the private sector.

 

But here is the bigger picture: the Disrespect of Marriage Act is a political tool for the Left and its mainstream media enablers to challenge the historic overturning of Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. They know that Americans reject their abortion-on-demand agenda, so they are making the Dobbs decision about anything and everything, except about the fundamental, intrinsic value of every human life.

 

All Senators should treat the Disrespect for Marriage Act with the contempt it deserves. The Left continues to ignore the facts to the detriment of the American people. We look forward to continuing to work with you all in advancing pro-family policy at the federal and state level.

Here’s Why Fathers Matter on this Father’s Day

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By Mattie Harris, University of Arkansas PhD student in Education Policy
Young Women for America Ambassador

 

“What did the plumber say to the singer? … He said, ‘You have nice pipes, ma’am.’” This joke falls into the classification of dad jokes, and I’m sure that we’ve all heard our fair share of them. As one father, Joshua Seaman, put it to me, “There’s a certain kind of humor that develops when a man becomes a father.” That is, entering fatherhood may shift one’s perspective in life, and with that, bring an appreciation for a distinct type of humor. As Jason Jacques added, “We call them dad jokes, because dads usually find the joke funny when no one else does.”

 

Fathers contribute much more to society than corny jokes. In fact, when fathers don’t participate in the lives of their children, their absence is sorely felt. Societal shifts in America have created a pandemic of fatherlessness, and research suggests that for children to wholly thrive academically, physically, and emotionally, involved fathers are paramount.

 

Let’s not forget that traditional family values of having a mother and father in the home dovetail with faith values, specifically Judeo-Christian values, which are the values on which our nation was founded. The US historically ranked high in religiosity among other western nations until recent years. Now, the number of faith-based individuals is steadily declining. As religious movements become less important to the public, secular movements gain ground. For instance, Black Lives Matter (BLM), arguably one of the most popular social movements of our time, is recorded as using its platform (prior to 2020) to advocate for the breakdown of the nuclear family. The BLM website stated:

 

“We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially [our] children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.”

 

There are numerous negative outcomes associated with children growing up without a father in the home. Father absence (more than poverty, race, and social class) positively correlates to a slew of negative outcomes for children—behavioral problems, truancy, poor academic performance[1], teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness, exploitation and abuse, physical health problems, mental health disorders, health of future relationships, and mortality among others.

 

Research indicates two important facts regarding fathers. First, absentee fathers are harmful to the academic, economic, and socio-emotional outcomes of their children. Second, an involved father positively impacts his children in numerous ways. Wherefore children with involved fathers are more likely to have higher high school and college graduation rates, lower incarceration rates, fewer occurrences of teenage pregnancies[2], better academic outcomes, and healthier self-confidence as compared to children who grow up without a father in their home.

 

We must view and treat father absence in America as a public health crisis, because on average, one in four children grow up without a father in America. This percentage is far greater for the African American community. That is, nearly one in two black children are fatherless. Why do we have such a shortage of fathers in our country? Tragedies relating to incarceration and death contribute some to this phenomenon, although cultural changes and secularism may provide the strongest explanation surrounding father absenteeism. When culture says that fathers aren’t necessary for children to thrive, then it should be no surprise when children in the mass grow up without fathers.

 

As secular ideologies crowd out religious and traditional faith values, children suffer the consequences. We may not be able to cure father absence overnight, but we can improve this plague by celebrating the successes of good fathering and promoting fatherhood as an honorable status in society. Until secular society is willing to acknowledge and promote the traditional faith values in America, which include the necessity of fatherhood, then we will always suffer from an epidemic of fatherlessness.

 

So, let’s begin today, and never stop, celebrating our fathers!!!

 

Happy Father’s Day, American fathers.

 


[1] https://www.researchgate.net/publication/336288140_Fathers’_contributions_to_children’s_social_development

[2] https://www.researchgate.net/publication/336288140_Fathers’_contributions_to_children’s_social_development

DeSantis-Disney Debate Has Raised Needed Awareness about Gender Radicalism

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Florida has become ground zero in the cultural battle over gender radicalism. Gov. Ron DeSantis does not disappoint. Staking ground on principle while taking principled policy action is the strongest mark of courageous leaders. America needs more of them. 

 

To defeat destructive gender ideology, governors of courage like DeSantis must be willing to lead the fight, not sit on the sidelines. They must work to unmask its dangers and act to protect women, children, and the rights of parents over institutions bent on indoctrination. That is exactly why Gov. DeSantis and Florida officials get high marks. What sets DeSantis apart is an ability to communicate clearly about fundamental principles backed by clear policy actions that address the problem. Here are some: 

First principle in Science: Physical differences between women and men are enduring. 

Policy action: Enact Florida’s Fairness in Women’s Sports Act

 

First principle in Medicine: Do No Harm. 

Policy action:  Issue Florida Department of Health guidance protecting children from deceptive and harmful gender medicine.  

 

First principle in Education:  Teach academics, not ideology.   

Policy action: Enact Florida law preventing sexualized curriculum for young students.

 Reject basic subject textbooks that seek to indoctrinate students.      

 

First principle in Parenting: Protect your child from dangerous influences. 

Policy action:  Fight Disney’s destructive influence on kids by forcing Disney to fight for itself.  

 

Ladies and gentlemen, Mickey and Minnie Mouse know who the boys and girls are. And so did Walt Disney. Walt Disney’s brilliant version of wholesome family-style entertainment that sparked childhood imagination, made good triumph over evil, and offered endless days of make-believe fun is something on which we all grew up. But we knew it wasn’t real.    

 

21st Century Disney is bent on turning childhood imagination into realized, sexualized fantasy. Disney’s President attests to being “the mother of two queer children” identifying as pansexual and transgender. How did they get that way? 

 

Disney executives are feeding young minds with gender radicalism as a normal and necessary experience for all children. Telling boys they can be girls is totally okay – in fact should be promoted. In woke Disney World, focusing messages on gender fantasy and sexual attractions is what every impressionable four-year-old needs to hear. 

 

Let’s be real. Poisoning the innocent minds of children, whether with pornography or trans- and sexual pathologies, should come at a high price. If this is the Disney agenda, it’s time for Disney to stand on its own and face the consequences. Gov. DeSantis and Florida elected officials are revoking Disney’s special self-governing status over its 40-square-mile district and face the real accountability of state regulators.  

 

Levers like this might force Disney to return to its Small World roots, but in the meantime, parents must also say no to the Disney vacation and opt for Florida’s beautiful beaches instead. And please turn off the Disney channel and PBS children’s programming which routinely pushes gender ideology including the idea of being “nonbinary” and depicting characters with trans flags and mastectomy scars.   

 

Real Florida is working to take back childhood innocence from the all-to-real evil of gender radicalism. What’s happening in your state?    

ERA is Dead, and so is Virginia’s Lawsuit

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For Immediate Release
February 18, 2022
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
Keverett@cwfa.org
(571) 420-2488

ERA is Dead, and so is Virginia’s Lawsuit

CWA Praises New Virginia AG for Championing Women

Washington, D.C. – Today, Virginia announced it will no longer participate in the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) lawsuit it joined with the states of Illinois and Nevada under Gov. Ralph Northam’s Administration. This decision comes after a recent legal decision by the Biden Administration and an Obama-appointed federal judge that affirmed that the deadline for ratification of the ERA had passed decades ago.

Concerned Women for America Legislative (CWA) has opposed the ERA since it was first proposed in the 1970s when women activists across the country rose up to oppose it and fight for the dignity of women. Radical activists have made it clear they hope that adding an equality amendment based on “sex” would allow federal courts and legislatures new powers to reinterpret every law making a distinction based on gender. Current trends to neutralize the unique differences of males and females in policy and law and redefine “sex” to include “gender identity” could be weaponized by the ERA to the detriment of biological females.

“Women are already equal under U.S. law and in our Constitution,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWA, the largest public policy organization for women in the nation. “The ERA seeks to erase women from the law under the guise of ‘equality.’”

The 14th Amendment states, “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor … deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor … the equal protection of the laws.” Women can and have used established law to make progress. These include Title IX, the Equal Opportunity Act of 1963, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and the Equal Pay Act, laws in which women have made huge strides against institutional discrimination in education, employment, sports, politics, and many other aspects of society.

“Virginia’s new Attorney General, Jason Miyares, rightfully sees this lawsuit as a futile exercise and blatant waste of taxpayer dollars,” said Nance. “The ERA is dead. CWA applauds the AG for dropping this unconstitutional effort and standing up for the rule of law and for women.”

For interviews or additional information, please contact Katie Everett, Press Secretary at 571-420-2488 or at keverett@cwfa.org.

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Bipartisan Senate Majority Bucks Biden’s Private Sector Vaccine Mandate

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On December 8, 2021, a bipartisan majority in the U.S. Senate voted 52-48 to invalidate the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) emergency temporary standard (ETS) imposing President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate on private sector employers with 100 or more employees. Democrat Senators Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) and Jon Tester (D-Montana) joined all 50 Republicans in passing Sen. Mike Braun’s (R-Indiana) resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, a critical tool at Congress’s disposal to check executive overreach.

Prior to the vote, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee sent a letter to Senators condemning the OSHA ETS rule and urging members to support the resolution. “President Biden’s vaccine mandate exceeds the authority granted to OSHA by Congress and is yet another attempt to circumvent the law and implement through federal government coercion what the American people have rejected,” declared CEO and President Penny Nance. The Senate agreed.

This marks yet another key repudiation of President Biden’s tone-deaf decree, coming soon after the Fifth Circuit Court’s stay on the mandate and a series of district court injunctions nationwide. Should the U.S. House of Representatives also pass the disapproval resolution and send it on to the President’s desk, the question arises whether Biden will have the sense to admit defeat and repeal his order or choose instead to veto and overrule the will of the people, their representatives, and the courts.

To date, nearly 110,000 public comments have been submitted to the Federal Register regarding the OSHA vaccine mandate, with some noting that it is their first time taking formal action to oppose federal rulemaking. Such engagement clearly demonstrates the burdensome toll the mandate has taken on hard-working citizens.

Americans are pushing back with one unified message: We refuse to choose between our livelihoods and our civil liberties. Public health must always be balanced with individual freedom. We will continue to share the latest developments on this unconstitutional rule.

Nance in Townhall: The One Area Where Youngkin Should Follow Former Govs. McAuliffe and Northam’s Lead

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Parents’ rights in education won Glenn Youngkin (Republican) the 2021 Virginia gubernatorial election. Now, in order to live up to the promises of his campaign and turn the tide of Virginia’s leftward lurch in the education system, Governor-Elect Youngkin should follow the lead of his predecessors. He must appoint stalwart members to Virginias Higher-ed institutions governing boards who will stand up for the rights and interests of the people who voted for him.

Read the latest from Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America’s CEO and President, entitled “The One Area Where Youngkin Should Follow Former Govs. McAuliffe and Northam’s Lead” in Townhall Opinion here.

CWA Stands with Religious School and Parents

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Today, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Carson v. Makin. The case involves a Maine tuition assistance program that discriminates against religious institutions. As Concerned Women for America (CWA) explains in its brief, the case involves serious violations of religious freedoms. The program takes important educational decisions away from families in Maine, treating parents who desire a religious education for their children like second-class citizens.

CWA CEO and President Penny Nance said:

“This state infringes on foundational constitutional rights by denying tuition assistance based on a family’s desire to raise their children according to their faith. Maine’s law seeks to remove religious institutions from the education choices of parents and families who reside there. Parents should have freedom when it comes to their children’s education, whether secular or religious.

“A school’s eligibility to receive funds should not be contingent on the educational institution’s religious beliefs. The state of Maine should honor funds promised in the tuition assistance program regardless of the educational choice of the parent.”

House Passes Biden’s Build Back Broke Plan Despite Americans’ Rejection

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The U.S. House of Representatives voted 220-213 on Friday morning to pass the so-called Build Back Better (BBB) Act, a $1.75 trillion tax and spend spree implementing President Biden’s far-reaching agenda. This after Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy held the floor for over eight hours to dismantle deceptive claims on the bill’s contents and highlight several of the nearly 600 amendments Republicans offered only to be rejected by a one-party rule. The bill now heads to the Senate, where critics on both sides of the Democrat spectrum are calling for changes.

The BBB Act would cement the largest expansion of the federal government in 50 years. President Biden and members of his party have haggled over the final price tag and featured progressive policies for months, oblivious to the hardships of everyday Americans facing rising costs at the gas pump and dinner table as they gather for the holidays. Proponents peddled the outright lie that the plan would not add a single penny to our national deficit and continued their spin even after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) delivered a score of $367 billion. One fact rings clear, even if our leaders refuse to recognize it: Cradle to grave government intervention is the last thing we need.

Despite the budget gimmicks its proponents continue to peddle, the BBB Act is a one-way ticket to bankruptcy. The plan institutes over 150 costly new programs at the taxpayer’s expense, many branded as temporary but intended to be permanent. As the CBO noted in September, “Inflation has eroded the purchasing power of families.” This bloated bill is set to further drive-up prices of goods and utilities, undermine wages, and raise taxes on working families and job creators.

While the fiscal ramifications are bleak, the policies behind these sky-high numbers are even more devasting. The BBB Act is a widespread expansion of the nanny state via federal mandates that overrule parents and families in raising and educating their children. In a recent op-ed, CWALAC President and CEO Penny Nance highlighted the bill’s $400 billion proposal for universal (aka federally controlled) childcare and Pre-K. Overburdensome regulations like minimum wages and degree requirements for staff would raise the cost of care and push private providers out of the market. Further, faith-based providers would be forced to forfeit their beliefs or close their doors. The absence of religious organizations would leave over half of our nation’s families with no place to turn.

The trampling of our conscience rights continues as the federal government seeks unlimited avenues to finance abortion on demand with our tax dollars. This includes a $30 billion fund for states to pay all out-of-pocket costs and subsidize insurance plans that cover abortion. All to target those states that declined to expand Medicaid under the iron fist of Obamacare.

The BBB Act may be the Left’s dreams fulfilled, but it is the American people’s worst nightmare. According to recent polling, 61% of Americans believe President Biden is asking Congress to spend too much money. Furthermore, just over three-quarters of Americans favor capitalism over big government socialism. This bill is an afront to our core values. CWALAC issued a letter in strong opposition to the BBB Act and will continue to fight it every step of the way.

Disturbing Astroworld incident is a reminder

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Disturbing Astroworld incident reminds us that the cultural battle we face is a spiritual battle

Nine dead. Many more hospitalized. Shallow breath. Loss of vision. Screams for help. But the show must go on, right?

Writing this was complicated because I don’t think anyone, including attendees, truly knows what happened at American rapper and record producer Travis Scott’s chilling Astroworld Festival on November 5.

What seems to be a consistent story is that the crowd surged towards the stage, and people were trampled and shoved, resulting in multiple fatalities and many injuries.

The world wants us to believe that it doesn’t matter what we consume, the people with whom we surround ourselves, or the atmospheres in which we engage, but the tragedy at Astroworld proves the opposite is true.

According to the Wall Street Journal, it was towards the beginning of the performance that concertgoers began to compress towards the front of the stage, causing panic. “People began to fall out, become unconscious, and it created additional panic,” stated Houston’s Fire Chief, Samuel Peña.

Fox News reported over 300 were treated at a field hospital on site. Investigations into whether attendees were stabbed with syringes and injected with drugs are being held.

As if this event could not get even more disturbing, it was reported that the youngest individual to be injured and hospitalized was just nine years old, and among the victims who died, the youngest was just 14-years old.

Unfortunately, this kind of barbaric atmosphere is nothing new for Scott. In fact, in the past, concert chaos has been encouraged by the 30-year-old rapper. In 2017, Scott was arrested for inviting fans to rush the stage. Scott also has a history of publicly bragging about injured concert members.

Multiple concert attendees have described demonic energy and satanic symbolism at the event. The mainstream media has quickly relegated these firsthand accounts as QAnon conspiracies.

While we cannot confirm all of these theories, the deaths, injuries, claims that attendees felt like they were in Hell, stage styled like the gates of Hell, Scott’s shirt that appeared to look like people walking through a portal and turning into demons – and last but not least, the absolute profane music being performed, could lead us to believe that maybe, just maybe, there was quite a bit of Satanic activity going on at this event.

This brings us back to the very issue we continue to see become a more and more consistent pattern in our society: the poisoning of the minds of our youth.

Where are the parents? Who in the world is allowing their young child to listen to “songs” filled with horrendous profanity, let alone attend a whole event dedicated to listening to them?

But this is not just an issue for youth. It is an issue for all of us.

One of the sneakiest lies that the Enemy continuously whispers to this culture is that it really doesn’t matter much with what we fill our minds, what we put in front of our eyes, what we let pass through our ears, the atmospheres in which we put ourselves.

However, science and the Word of God tell us otherwise. Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” 

It matters what we think; it matters to what we listen to; it matters where we place ourselves.

In a depraved culture that lacks a fear of God, it is no surprise that media sources are making a joke out of the satanic theories about Astroworld. Little do they know that an atmosphere where the Enemy is not only present but welcomed is a recipe for absolute chaos and confusion.

No one deserved to die or be hospitalized at this horrific event. It should be a reminder to all of us that this cultural battle we fight is not one of flesh and blood. It is a spiritual battle. Pray for all who were hurt, pray for the families who lost loved ones, pray for Scott’s salvation, pray for parents to better protect the minds of their children, and ultimately pray for our society to wake up and call out evil for what it is.

Nance in Fox News: Hey Joe Biden and Democrats, leave our kids and childcare alone

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In recent years, the American system of self-governance has shifted to an all-powerful watchdog that seeks to control every aspect of its people’s lives. But it may have just taken its most egregious overstep: a federal power grab to control childcare.

Read the latest from Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America’s CEO and President, entitled “Hey Joe Biden and Democrats, leave our kids and childcare alone” in Fox News Opinion here.

Nance to American men: “Put on a real pair of pants, and get a job”

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At a recent high-profile conservative conference, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) gave a speech in what he referred to as the deconstruction of American men.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, defended the Senator’s remarks in a recent Atlantic piece. From the article: “I do think that we have a very confused generation of young men, and they live in a swipe-left and swipe-right world, and all of the choices they are given are often not good for them. I speak for a whole group of women who feel like saying ‘Put down the mocha latte whip, put down the game console, put on a real pair of pants, and get a job.’”

Read the full piece here.

Concerned Women for America to DOJ: Knock it Off

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For Immediate Release
October 12, 2021

Contact: Jacklyn Washington
comms@cwfa.org

Concerned Women for America to DOJ: Knock it Off

Washington D.C. – Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the largest public policy organization for women in the nation, sent the letter below to Attorney General Merrick Garland in response to the October 4 memorandum to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and federal prosecutors “to address threats against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff.”

From the letter:

“However well-intentioned, the practical effect of your memorandum is to violate the most foundational principles of the First Amendment by creating a chilling effect on protected speech by concerned parents over the education of their children… 

“The federal government has no business injecting itself between a mother and the approach to educating her children. There has been no ‘disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence’ against school officials that would warrant this broad and aggressive step by DOJ and the FBI.”

At a time when anger against the monumental failures of the DOJ and the FBI is at new heights, it is unconscionable that this manufactured emergency is the focus of these departments and using valued and limited resources. Read the letter in full here.

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Concerned Women: Biden’s Vaccine Mandate Unwise & Unconstitutional

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For Immediate Release
September 14, 2021

Contact: Jacklyn Washington
202-748-3501
comms@cwfa.org   

Concerned Women: Biden’s Vaccine Mandate Unwise & Unconstitutional

Washington, D.C. — Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), had this to say on the news that President Joe Biden has instructed the Department of Labor to develop emergency regulations giving the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) the authority to enforce a national vaccine mandate for employers with at least 100 employees:

“Disastrous rollouts of seemingly well-intentioned policy has become the defining feature and legacy of the Biden-Harris Administration. One look at the withdrawal from Afghanistan tells you everything you need to know, but the incompetence has been on full display in their handling of the COVID pandemic as well.

“Worse yet, the authoritarian instincts surfacing with the employee vaccine mandate go well beyond incompetence and into outright violation of Americans’ civil liberties. Public health must always be balanced with individual freedom.

“This proposed mandate shows a complete disregard for these freedoms. It reveals to us a President who has lost touch with the people he represents and who now seeks to impose his policy choices by abusing the constitutional powers granted to him by ‘We the People.’

“I chose to be fully vaccinated, but regardless of individual views on taking the vaccine, this unnecessary federal mandate must be met with full-throated opposition from all freedom-loving Americans. It is wrong to force people to choose between feeding their families and following their consciences on this issue. Employees and employers have hard choices ahead, and we support them regardless.

“CWA employs well under 100 women, but should the threshold change, we would not comply. The nanny state needs to back off, and President Biden needs to be reminded that the American people are not the enemy. At a time when the country needs to come together to fight a multitude of threats at home and abroad, this weak and divisive action leaves our nation vulnerable and discouraged.

“We are confident the Biden Administration will lose in court; however, he should reconsider his ways now before he inflicts further damage on the country.”

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Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich history of over 40 years.

Do You Know Who is Teaching Your Children?

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America is changing. Perhaps you have noticed. Our cities, our communities, our schools do not reflect American values, let alone Christian ones. We must begin to pay attention to who is teaching our children if we have ordinarily not paid attention in the past. A series of recent exposures have put an exclamation point to the urgency of this development.

Meet Kristin Pitzen, English teacher at Back Bay High School in Costa Mesa, Orange County, California. Ms. Pitzen proudly posted the video on one of her social media accounts (now deleted), saying this:

“Okay, so during third period, we have announcements, and they do the pledge of allegiance. I always tell my class, ‘Stand if you feel like it; don’t stand if you feel like it. Say the words if you; [sic] don’t have to say the words.’ So, my class decided to stand but not say the words. Totally fine. [Grin] Except for the fact that my room does not have a flag. It used to be there [points toward a wall]. [More grinning] But I took it down during COVID because [whispers] it made me uncomfortable. And, ugh, I packed it away, and I don’t know where [more grinning] and I haven’t found it yet [laugh]. But my kid today goes, ‘Hey, it’s kind of weird that we just stand and, you know, we say it to nothing.’ And I’m like, ‘Oh, well, you know [sarcastically] I gotta find it. Like, I’m working on it. I got you.’ [Shaking head mocking the kid that she is deceiving while laughing hysterically] ‘In the meantime,’ I tell this kid, ‘We do have a flag in the class that you can pledge your allegiance to.’ And he, like, looks around and goes, ‘Oh, that one?’ [pointing at a big LGBTTQQIAAP (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, pansexual) flag the teacher is proudly displaying for the class].”

She could not stop laughing…

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Senate and House Committees Set Stage to Draft Our Daughters

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“Certainly I will go with you,” said Deborah. “But because of the course you are taking, the honor will not be yours, for the LORD will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman.” Judges 4:9

Like Deborah, the prophetess, women have been called to fulfill God-ordained missions throughout history. Whether to meet family needs or respond in a crisis, women step up to serve. From Queen Esther to Rosie the Riveter and beyond, females continue to fill the critical roles God sets before them, including to defend their country.

Many American women proudly serve in our all-volunteer armed forces. Females comprise 19% of the current officer corps. But this does not mean we should force young women to sign up for the military draft. Sadly, Congress is on track to overturn long-standing military policy that established the all-male draft and will diminish women’s intrinsic value and worth under a false banner of “equality.”

In July, the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) advanced the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) behind closed doors with an amendment that would force young women to register for the Selective Service (SS). The SS is the mechanism by which male citizens are drafted for military service to meet combat needs during a national security crisis. Conscripting young women to the frontlines of war is a complete reversal of established and justified military policy upheld by the Supreme Court.

In response to this action, CWA Legislative Action Committee led a coalition letter to Congress asking members to oppose any legislation that would draft our daughters. Nearly 30 states were represented on the letter through a diverse group of national and regional pro-family organizations, former military, faith leaders, mothers, fathers, and more.

On September 1, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) followed the Senate’s course in approving an amendment to force women into the draft. Five of the 28 Republicans joined 30 of the 31 Democrats in passing the amendment, effectively co-opting our military into an ideological project that undermines primary objectives for our national defense.

We celebrate the many critical roles women embrace in every stage of life, but we reject the baseless notion that women’s equality means sameness with men. Inherent distinctions between the sexes have everything to do with military readiness in a wartime crisis. We must maintain a united front against this policy as the House and Senate return from recess later this month. Our daughters should not be forced into the draft as a social experiment.

You can learn more by reading our fact sheet on this issue. Visit our Action Center here and contact your members of Congress today.

Standing for the Logos

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You will find one of the most stunning mysteries of life in John 1:14. Καὶ ὁ Λόγος σὰρξ ἐγένετο, in the original Greek, the Apostle John reveals to us in the most beautiful language that, “The Word,” the Logos, “became flesh.” He is speaking of Christ, of course, but as the Logos? Yes.

God spoke, and it was created (Genesis 1). What else would He speak but “logos.” After creating man, God could have related to us in any number of ways, but again He chooses the word—the logos. Rational thoughts and ideas, blessings and warnings, come to us through words with specific meanings. Yes, even in the beginning, it was understood.

The fall of man comes through the serpent’s word games. “Did God really say?” it asked Eve (Genesis 3:1). God communicates His covenant through words. He gave us prophets to announce and pray, yes, with words.

Even after Christ, Christians are to herald the good news (the Gospel) by using the miracle of God’s Word (the Bible) to tell the story of redemption. “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” asked the Apostle Paul (Romans 10:14).

Looking at all this, one might begin to think that words (the logos) matter.

Which brings us to the problem of this present age…

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