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CWA Files Brief on Important Religious Liberty Case

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Aloha Bed & Breakfast v. Cervelli

Phyllis Young operates the “Aloha Bed & Breakfast” out of her home, renting about three rooms to guests in Hawaii. The house is a four-bedroom house that is not sectioned off. Guests are treated as part of the family during their stay.

For these reasons, as a Christian, Phyllis applies the same rules to guests that she would to family members. She does not facilitate sexual relationships outside of marriage as defined by her Christian beliefs. This means that she would not rent one room to unmarried couples or those in a same-sex relationship.

When two women in a same-sex relationship sought to rent a room with her, Phyllis declined, and they filed a complaint with the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission for sexual orientation discrimination.

The Alliance Defending Freedom, representing Phyllis, argued that Hawaii’s public accommodation law, which makes sexual orientation discrimination unlawful, did not apply in this situation because of the nature of the business (renting only three rooms in her primary residence).

The Constitution also protects the free exercise of religion so that Phyllis should have the right not to promote behavior that her faith teaches is immoral. She should be able to conduct her small business in a way that can respect her deeply held religious beliefs.

As we have seen in other cases, the lower courts have ordered Phyllis to violate her Christian beliefs if she wants to make a living. This is a plain violation of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Americans should be able to operate a business according to their deeply held religious beliefs and without being compelled to endorse a government-approved view that contradicts those.

That is why Concerned Women for Americas has joined a brief asking the United States Supreme Court to take the case and reverse the lower court’s decision penalizing Mrs. Young for refusing to condone that which is contrary to her faith. In it, we argue:

Mrs. Young, the homeowner, acted out of her religious conviction that renting a single room to other than a married husband and wife would engage her in facilitating and endorsing immoral sexual conduct. She not only held a sincere belief to that effect, well buttressed by Biblical teaching, but her action in refusing quarter to the unmarried and same-sex cohabitants was conduct protected by the First Amendment’s prohibition of state interference with her free exercise of religion and with its similar prohibition of interference with her freedom of assembly, which incorporates the right not to associate with those engaging in behavior with which one disagrees.

The brief was filed alongside the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Samaritan’s Purse, the National Association of Evangelicals, the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, the National Legal Foundation, and the Pacific Justice Institute sending a strong message to the Court of the importance of the religious liberty interests and concerns at play.

Please continue to pray for this case and the justices as they consider this case in the coming weeks.

Prayer Action Alert – November 24 – Take Up the Whole Armor of God

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Dear CWA of Hawaii Friend,

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm” (Ephesians 6:13).

As I watched and listened to the dreadful attacks on Judge Kavanaugh, I couldn’t help but remember the time Beverly LaHaye spoke about how, when watching feminist Betty Friedan on TV claiming that she represented all American women, Mrs. LaHaye jumped up and said, “That’s it! She doesn’t speak for me or any of the women I know!” She then gathered like-minded women around her kitchen table and Voila, CWA was born in 1979! Mrs. LaHaye stood up against the anti-God, anti-family feminist movement, and now, nearly forty years later, the organization she founded is stronger than ever, still protecting and defending the family unit God created, sanctity of human life, parental authority, religious liberty, respect for Biblical values, national sovereignty, support for Israel, and more, all through the prayers and actions of our members!

We’ve Had Enough! Over the past few weeks, I understood how Mrs. LaHaye felt over 40 years ago as I witnessed multiple women in their diatribes against men, the rule of law, and even us, conservative Christian women. You know what I’m talking about; you felt the same way.  We’ve had enough! Christian women do not live on the left’s thought plantation, and we’re not enslaved by feminism’s, nor the media’s, perspective of the world.

Did you know that there were 400 women praying and rallying behind the Russell Senate Bldg. during the Kavanaugh hearings at CWA’s Women for Kavanaugh event? Some even dared to go into the Russell Senate Building and pray in the middle of all the chaos. I wish the mainstream media outlets had picked it up to counter the other side’s disrespectful and furious behavior. Penny did, though, do some great interviews on Fox. And President Trump tweeted about Women for Kavanaugh on the day of the vote as a group was in the Russell Senate Building once again!

Many Thanks! I thank Mrs. LaHaye for starting CWA, CEO and President Penny Nance, staff in Washington, D.C., and members around the nation for continuing to stand for Biblical principles through prayers and actions! CWA is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, and since 1979 CWA has stood firmly and consistently for our shared Judeo-Christian values and for our faith in the one, true God of the Holy Bible, knowing He is our Creator and has the best guidance for all of His people.

The 40 Days for Life Campaign is up and rolling with some amazing results to save the unborn. The current campaign runs until November 4. Click here for more information about 40 Days for like and here for information about the vigil in Honolulu.

Remember to VOTE!  As CWA Legal Counsel Mario Diaz writes in his book, Be Spent: Winning the Fight for Freedom’s Survival, “If we as Christian citizens apply these (leadership) principles when exercising our right to vote, America would have a better chance of continuing to be that ‘city set on a hill.’  Remember what the Proverbs say, ‘When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan.'”

Please remember to PRAY FOR AMERICA! Pray for all those in leadership that they will acknowledge God’s prominence in the founding of this nation. As so many founders and others have stated, this nation cannot exist without religion and morality.

“If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” -President Ronald Reagan

Pray for those who continue to stand and fight for their and our religious liberty and the free exercise thereof: Florist Baronelle Stutzman of Washington state, Coach Joe Kennedy of Washington state, Baker Jack Phillips of Colorado, and the Kleins of Oregon.

Pray for the upcoming elections.

Stand fast therefore!

Barbara J. Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
15-682 Puni Mauka Loop S.
Pahoa, HI  96778
[email protected]
cwfa.org
(808) 965-9834

Thank you for supporting CWA through your prayers, actions, and financial support.

CWA of Hawaii: Human Trafficking in Our Back Yard

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Saturday, October 13, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

New Hope Christian Fellowship Church Pahoa
15-3084 Government Main Road
Pahoe, HI 96778

Human Trafficking
in Our Back Yard
We defend the unborn, support the traditional family, fight sexual exploitation, and most importantly, we stand on Biblical principles. We are feisty; we are feminine, and we are making an impact in today’s culture.

This Feisty & Feminine Workshop will be on the status of human trafficking in Hawaii. It will include how to recognize it and what to do. We are honored to have Naomi Whitney, who is a member of an anti-sex trafficking group called Hoʻōla Nā Pua (hoolanapua.org) based on Oahu with members and various people involved on the other Islands as well.  Naomi is one of the main contacts here on the Big Island for this organization.

Light refreshments will be served.

If desired, for a $20 donation, attendees will receive both a Feisty & Feminine book and a CWA membership.

Time to Pray and Act on Behalf of Judge Kavanaugh

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Dear friend,

Balance between both prayer and action is vital for all believers.  James speaks of this when commending heroes of the faith, “You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone,” (James 2:24). Let us keep this in mind as we consider the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Time to Pray and Act on Behalf of Judge Kavanaugh
The circus continues with regards to the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U. S. Supreme Court.  As you know, his opponents continue to promote confusion and hysteria about Judge Kavanaugh’s character day after day.

CWA CEO and President Penny Nance wrote about Christine Blasey Ford’s recent accusation against Kavanaugh in USA Today: Kavanaugh, too? Christine Blasey Ford’s Account is Missing Key Details of Assault.

Our own U.S. Senator and Judicial Committee member Mazie Hirono (D) has been outrageous in this process, demanding, “men of this country and the men in this committee” need to “just shut up and step up.” This is unacceptable! CWA’s Doreen Denny, Director of Government Relations, had a great comeback to Hirono’s comments, Sen. Hirono Should Step Up for Justice.  (Note that since the writing of this article a date of this Thursday has been set for the accuser to testify.)

Please continue to contact Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) about this nomination, despite their public statements of opposition to Kavanaugh.  Just as with nominations to lower courts, the opposition is attempting to obstruct this nomination by using delay tactics.  If our senators don’t hear from us and only hear from the other side of the debate, they’ll be able to say that we don’t appear to care or have given up on this nomination. Please do not give them reason to oppose President Trump’s second nominee to our highest court in the land.

If you don’t do it, who will?

Take Action:

  • Call and email both of our Hawaii Senators Brian Schatz (D) and Mazie Hirono (D), and politely ask them to confirm the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii.

Sen Schatz: email and call 202-224-3934 (D.C.) or 808-523-2061 (Hawaii)

Sen. Hirono: email and call 202-224-6361 (D.C.) or 808-522-8970 (Hawaii) As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, please ask Sen. Hirono to both vote for the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh as committee member as well as when it goes to the Senator floor for a vote.

  • Please send this e-alert to friends and family and also encourage them to both pray and act.

Please Pray: “Dear Father, thank You for Your mercy on our nation. We pray right now that You will lead the senators to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to continue that mercy. Help us thirst for justice and remember its true meaning. Forgive us for perverting it and seeking our own prideful ways, instead of what is truly good and true. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke

Barbara J. Ferraro, State Director
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]
808-965-9834

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Your involvement, financial gifts, and prayers could not be more appreciated. Thank you!

Sen. Hirono Needs to Do the Responsible Thing – Meet the Nominee

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Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) is on the Judiciary Committee and has the responsibility of advise and consent on nominations. She cancelled her meeting last week with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a political statement against President Trump. This is rude and irresponsible. Sen. Hirono should give Brett Kavanaugh the courtesy of a meeting and perform her duties for the people of Hawaii.

This confirmation is too important for political games, Hawaiians expect more.

Act:
•Please contact Sen. Hirono and express your disappointment in her for cancelling her meeting with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Encourage her to reschedule the meeting. Be sure to let her know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii.
• If you would like more information on the credentials of Judge Kavanaugh, review these talking points.
• Please pass this e-alert onto friends and family.

Pray:
• Pray for Sen. Hirono. May she see the wisdom in meeting with Kavanaugh.

Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org

Celebrating Independence Day

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For many people today, July 4th is a holiday filled with picnics, friends, and fireworks. But it is also a commemoration of America’s Declaration of Independence. The freedom call was not only against a political and economic system, but it was also a cry for independence from the spiritual tyranny of the Anglican Church.

In 1775, there were 668 congregational churches in America.  Seventy-five percent of all Americans, at that time, belonged to churches of Puritan derivation. The religious makeup was 98.4 percent Protestant, 1.4 percent Roman Catholic, and three-twentieths of one percent Jewish. America was a nation deeply concerned with religious freedom.

Religious freedom today is far from what the original founders intended. What Americans wanted was a government that did not favor one Christian sect over another. The idea was never to erode Christianity through the separation of church and state. John Jay, after the war, described the homogeneity of America in Federalist 2 (*see below).

 

Competition between the various churches, early Americans thought, was healthy; it kept them from becoming complacent, comfortable and arrogant like the nationally endorsed Anglican Church. In 18th century America, men and women adhered to the Protestant conviction that all men and human institutions were fallible. Americans fought hard for seven year during the Revolutionary War to rid themselves of the shackles of imperial England and her state controlled church.

The men who called the people of America to independence were men committed to their country and the freedom of her people. They paid a great price for our independence and religious freedom: five signers were captured by the British army and tortured; 12 men’s homes were destroyed; two had sons who died during the Revolutionary War; one had two sons taken prisoner by the British; and nine signers of the Declaration died in the war.

This July 4th, let us remember those courageous men who helped to establish a free nation. Let us thank God for religious freedom won and exercise that freedom by reaching our generation with the Gospel. Liberty without religious freedom is bondage.

*Federalist 2

I have taken notice that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people – a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs, and who … fighting side by side throughout a long and bloody war, have nobly established their general liberty and independence. This country and this people seem to have been made for each other … Similar sentiments have hitherto prevailed among all orders and denominations of men among us. To all general purposes we have uniformly been one people. — John Jay

Blessings to you on this Independence Day, 2018.

Barbara J. Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org

New Brochure Now Available: The Constitution is NOT the Problem

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More and more on a state level we are seeing both conservative and liberal groups wanting to change the constitution with a Con Con (Constitutional Convention, Article V Convention, Convention of States, Amendments Convention or a Con Con: Different names, but same concept. All done under Article V of U. S. Constitution.) Though on the surface it may sound like a good idea, it is a dangerous one.
Be informed, check out our new brochure, The Constitution is NOT the Problem.

Prayer Alert: Supreme Court of the United States Decision Soon to Affect Hawaii

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We at CWA of Hawaii anxiously anticipate a decision from the Supreme Court of the United States on NIFLA v. Becerra regarding a current California law in which pro-life clinics must post printed notices in several languages urging women to contact state facilities where they can get a free or low-cost abortion.  In addition it asks unlicensed pregnancy centers to put up large signs saying: “This facility is not licensed as a medical facility by the State of California and has no licensed medical provider who provides or directly supervises the provision of services.”

CWA of Hawaii fought diligently against an almost identical law, S.B. 501, and lost.  Therefore, the outcome of this case will affect the free speech of the crisis pregnancy centers of Hawaii and ultimately the unborn of Hawaii.

A decision is expected sometime between now and the end of June.

We are grateful for CWA national going all out in its defense of free speech in this case.  CWA national presented an amicus brief, staff rallied outside the court on the day of the hearing, articles were written, etc.  Click here to read about it.

Please join with us in prayer, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm” (Ephesians 6:12-13). May we stand firm together.

Pray for each Supreme Court justice by name:

  • Chief Justice John Roberts, appointed to the high court by President George W. Bush
  • Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, appointed by President Ronald Reagan
  • Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, appointed by President George H.W. Bush
  • Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, appointed by President Bill Clinton
  • Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, appointed by President Bill Clinton
  • Associate Justice Samuel Alito, appointed by President George W. Bush
  • Associate Justice Sonya Sotomayor, appointed by President Barrack Obama
  • Associate Justice Elena Kagan, appointed by President Barrack Obama
  • Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, appointed by President Donald Trump

Pray that each Justice will see clearly the serious issues in this matter and will rule in favor of the prolife pregnancy resource and medical clinics in California, and subsequently those in Hawaii.

Pray for the continuing battle against abortion nationwide.

Thank you for your diligence in this matter.

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]
hi.cwfa.org

Legislative Update on Physician-Assisted Suicide and Conversion Therapy Prohibition

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HB2739 HD1, Relating to Assisted Suicide, Establishes a regulated process under which an adult resident of the State with a medically confirmed terminal disease and less than six months to live may choose to obtain a prescription for medication to end the patient’s life. Imposes criminal sanctions for tampering with a patient’s request for a prescription or coercing a patient to request a prescription.

 CWA of Hawaii Opposes HB2739. Click here to read and track the bill.

 Update: HB2739l was passed in the House (with 12 representatives voting against it) and then passed Thursday by the Senate Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce. Gov. David Ige has stated that he ready to sign this bill into law if it reaches his desk. It is now on the calendar for a public decision hearing Friday, March 23, at 9:00 a.m. in the Senate Judiciary Committee (JDC).

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9

Take Action by Thursday:

  1. Please contact the members of the JDC and encourage them to vote NO on HB2739 HD1. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii. Click here for their names and contact information.
  2. Contact Gov. Ige and tell him of your disappointment in hearing that he plans to sign HB2739.  Ask him to reconsider. Click here to contact him.
  3. If time allows, and you haven’t already, thank the 12 representatives who voted against HB2739: Henry Aquino (D-District 38), Romy Cachola (D-District 30), Isaach Choy (D-District 23), Ty Cullen (D-District 39), Sharon Har (D-District 42), Aaron Johanson (D-District 31), Sam Kong (D-District 33), Bob McDermott (R-District 40), Sean Quinlan (D-District 47), Andria Tupola (R-District 43) and Gene Ward (R-District 17).  To send each one an email simply enter each one like this “rep (last name) @capitol.hawaii.gov. For example: [email protected]. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii. It is important that we support those who vote right.

Pray: Please pray that the plans of those pushing this bill will be thwarted.

Here are just some of the many concerns we have about physician-assisted suicide:

  • There is no guarantee in this bill, or anywhere else, that the adult resident as defined, would not give this same medicine to someone else, whether that other person was even aware that they had been given this medicine.  In other words, there is no guarantee that the original adult who obtained the prescription, would not somehow decide to encourage or force someone else, even a child, to consume this medicine.
  • There is also a possibility that the adult resident might have been given the prescription due to a misjudgment or an error in the diagnosis of their disability or illness.  There is much room for error in this situation, since any drug that the adult resident receives a prescription for could also be used for detrimental purposes.
  • Oregon, the first state to legalize assisted suicide, provides the most complete data available on the practice of assisted suicide in the United States. Oregon reports that the dominant reasons motivating patients to choose assisted suicide have nothing to do with pain management. The primary concerns center around having a disability: losing autonomy (92%), being less able to engage in activities making life enjoyable (90%) and losing dignity (79%). Fear of inadequate pain control is one of patients’ least cited reasons.
  • Modern medicine has made significant advances in pain control. Doctors now have a range of options to treat pain in terminally ill patients, including even palliative sedation as a last resort.

Though there are many sound academic reasons to oppose physician-assisted suicide, as believers, the most important reason is because God, and God alone, is the author of life. We cannot take on the role of God and take life based on our inconsistent judgment.

SB270 SD1, Prohibits Conversion Therapy, Prohibits specific state-licensed persons who are licensed to provide professional counseling from engaging in, attempting to engage in, or advertising sexual orientation change efforts on persons under eighteen years of age.

CWA of Hawaii Opposes SB270 SD1. Click here to read and track the bill.

Don’t let our Hawaii legislators take away our religious freedom! It is not only the children that will be affected by this bill if passed, it is the Christian therapists. It will be illegal for a therapist to read what the Word of God has to say about homosexuality.  We still live in a country that “allows” religious freedom.  Don’t we?  Note that I didn’t say “welcomes.”  More and more I see our religious freedoms being taken away from us piece by piece.  If we don’t show strong opposition to these types of bills it lays the groundwork for them to go after other professionals and businesses in Hawaii.  One thing leads to another.  Who do you think they will go after next? Churches? Pastors? Individuals?  No, they wouldn’t dare . . .

Update: Nothing has changed on this since our last e-alert on March 15. This bill was passed in the Consumer Protection & Commerce Committee and is now headed to the Judiciary Committee.

Take Action: If you have not already, please encourage the members of the Judiciary Committee to vote NO on SB270. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Hawaii. Click here for their names and contact information.  We are unsure when this bill will be voted on, so please contact the committee members as soon as you are able.  Thank you!

Pray: Please pray that the plans of those pushing this bill will be thwarted.

For good health and life!

Barbara Ferraro
State Director
[email protected]
http://hi.cwfa.org
808-965-9834

Wilma Youtz
Legislative Liaison
CWA of Hawaii
[email protected]