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Unprecedented Raid-CWA Responds

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Enough is enough. The unprecedented raid of the personal residence of former President of the United States Donald J. Trump strikes at core foundational principles of liberty. Americans, regardless of political persuasion, must stand against it. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) must be held accountable for these destabilizing and seemingly politically motivated actions against the political opponent of the current Administration.

 

But congressional accountability will not happen without our voices demanding the sort of bold action that this historic moment demands. We need to band together to make our voices heard.

 

This is not a time for the faint of heart. Many may shy away from the big bureaucratic state, with its promise of many more IRS agents in the near future, but with your help, Concerned Women for America (CWA) will not back down. We will fight for your rights and stand up to their abuses, as we have done before.

 

Would you please prayerfully consider supporting our efforts at this crucial time?

 

We have stood up to Big Government before. CWA was audited by the IRS during the Clinton years, coming out of the ordeal stronger than ever. And just last year, when reports of the FBI’s unjust targeting of CWA surfaced, we immediately stood up to their abuses, prompting senators into action.

 

We will not be bullied. And that is why the voice of conservative women standing together is so crucial now that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI seem to be prioritizing their work by political persuasion. We saw it with the targeting of parents at school board meetings as “domestic terrorists,” and we are seeing it now with this abuse of power in what is allegedly a record dispute.

 

If we allow this sort of action to go unaccounted for, there is no question that escalation and manipulation of government agencies for political gain will only increase in the years to come, putting all our liberties at risk.

 

Please, consider giving sacrificially to make sure we can present a robust challenge to these unprecedented attacks. And continue to pray for our nation.

Liberty Without Religious Freedom is Bondage

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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 years 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; 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

A Proclamation-Prayer for Peace

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Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, May 21, 1987

 

By the President of the United States of America

 

A Proclamation

 

Any American who has ever listened to a bugler sound Taps, the last salute, whether on a green and grassy hillside, a muddy field halfway around the world, or a lonely tarmac stateside or anywhere freedom is cherished and defended, knows exactly why we set aside a special day each year to honor those who have died for our country and to pray for permanent peace.

 

We do so for the sons and daughters of our land who have perished in the cause of liberty, country, and peace, the cause that has called Americans from generation to generation. We do so for the Nation that was home to these heroes and heroines, the Nation that gave them their birthright of freedom. We do so for the sacred trust they have left us, to revere, defend, and preserve all that they have revered, defended, and preserved for us.

 

And we pray for our dead; we ask God to bless them and take them to Himself and reward their patriot’s love. We pray for those who gave their lives in the hope of a future of freedom and peace for their countrymen. We pray for peace and for the devotion and strength of soul to build it and to protect it always. We pray and we resolve to keep holy the memory of those who have died for our country and to make their cause inseparably our own. We pray and we promise, so that one day Taps will sound never again for the young and the brave and the good.

 

In recognition of those brave Americans to whom we pay tribute today, the Congress, by joint resolution approved May 11, 1950 (64 Stat. 158), has requested the President to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer.

 

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby designate Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 1987, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at eleven o’clock in the morning of that day as a time to unite in prayer. I urge the press, radio, television, and all other information media to cooperate in this observance.

 

I also direct all appropriate Federal officials and request the Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff during this Memorial Day on all buildings, grounds, and naval vessels throughout the United States and in all areas under its jurisdiction and control, and I request the people of the United States to display the flag at half-staff from their homes on this day.

 

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and eleventh.

 

Ronald Reagan

 

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 11:16 a.m., May 22, 1987]

U.S. Senators Request Reform to the United Nations Human Rights Council

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Sixty-eight U.S. Senators Request the U.S. Government’s Engagement to Reform the United Nations Human Rights Council.

On April 1, the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) closed its 49th session with the adoption of four resolutions condemning Israel. As a result, 68 U.S. Senators requested the U.S. engage with the HRC to ensure that the discriminatory treatment from the UN Human Rights Council towards Israel stops.

The HRC has a long history of disproportionate condemnation of Israel. “The Human Rights Council has attacked Israel with 95 resolutions. Compared to 142 against all other countries combined,” said H.E. Gilad Erdan, the Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations.

These resolutions were described as disproportionate because none of them make any reference to the Hamas group or any mention of the attacks in which Israel has been the victim. Obviously, by ignoring this information, they are omitting Israel’s right to self-defense, according to Article 51 of the United Nations Charter[1].

Most importantly, the HRC has created a special commission of inquiry (COI) to investigate Israel, appointing “experts” that had made statements that “pre-assumes Israeli violations of international law rather than presuming innocence as is required.”

One of the main reasons why former President Trump withdrew U.S. membership from the HRC was its continuous condemnation of Israel, and, at the same time, staying silent on the hideous violations of human rights in countries like Venezuela.

“The council ceases to be worthy of its name,” Nikki Haley, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN said in explaining the U.S. withdrawal. “Such a council, in fact, damages the cause of human rights.” But this was ignored by the Biden Administration as they renewed U.S. membership in the HRC.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken recognized the HRC’s bias towards Israel but has not taken any actions to change the situation. For this reason, 68 senators sent the letter to request that the U.S. prioritize reversing the HRC’s discriminatory treatment of Israel and end the COI. Two other pieces of legislation were introduced in the House of Representatives, one to require certain actions relating to the United Nations Human Rights Council (United Nations Human Rights Council Reform Act). A second one is to provide for the abolition of certain United Nations groups (COI Elimination Act).

Concerned Women for America applauds the efforts of our lawmakers to stand for Israel and ensure that our taxpayer money will be used to help U.S. allies and not attack them.  

[1] United Nations Charter. Signed on June 26, 1945. Article 51 “Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence [sic] if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security. Measures taken by Members in the exercise of this right of self-defence [sic] shall be immediately reported to the Security Council and shall not in any way affect the authority and responsibility of the Security Council under the present Charter to take at any time such action as it deems necessary in order to maintain or restore international peace and security.” https://www.un.org/en/about-us/un-charter/chapter-7

CWALAC Opposition to the Global Respect Act

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Please email, call, or tweet (perhaps all three) your representative through our Action Center HERE and urge him or her to oppose this weapon of intimidation to persecute those holding differing views on biological sex, marriage, and the family. Vote NO on H.R. 3485, the Global Respect Act.

The problem that the current Global Respect Act claims to resolve is already addressed in and covered by the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, which imposes robust sanctions on those who engage in human rights abuses. 

The Global Respect Act purports to protect the rights of those who identify themselves as LGBTQI, but in essence, it undermines rights to freedom of conscience and religious belief for those who disagree. The bill could be used to punish individuals for viewpoints on sexual behavior and gender as a “flagrant denial of the right to life, liberty or the security of such persons.”  Moreover, H.R. 3485 threatens countries’ democratic processes and risks peace between nations.

The protection and respect of fundamental freedom are essential for a society to flourish. All human beings are born equal in dignity. To respect, promote, and guarantee fundamental freedom is a role of government, but to do so, governments should use legitimate ways that promote understanding and peace among individuals and nations.

As drafted, the current Global Respect Act does not promote respect. Instead, it creates a method of ideological colonization in which the U.S. government attempts to impose an agenda upon governments and individuals, undermining legitimate freedoms of expression and belief and attacking counties’ national sovereignty. 

People continue to be persecuted for their religious beliefs about marriage–declaring the sacred union between one man and one woman—or the biological reality of being male or female. Priests, pastors, and other individuals are accused of hate speech when they respectfully express their rights of conscience and beliefs. As written, the so-called Global Respect Act provides a weapon, using intimidation as the method to persecute those who maintain historically accepted, Biblically foundational, and scientifically accurate beliefs concerning human sex and sexuality. H.R. 3485 requires the State Department to blacklist individuals whom it accuses of causing “restrictions on the enjoyment of fundamental freedoms in foreign countries based on actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex characteristics.”  

Beyond sanctioning individuals, the language included within the bill could be used as a pretext to pressure countries to legalize same-sex marriage, adoption for same-sex couples, legalization of gender-affirming therapies for minors, and more.

Although this bill has not yet been enacted, we have received information that in the Dominican Republic, lawmakers have been threatened by the U.S. government with taking away their visas for not including sexual orientation and gender identity within their new criminal laws.

Countries worldwide, including the United States, are debating these issues, and they should not be punished because they are acting in respect of legitimate differences of opinion and internal democratic processes. 

International law is based upon the fundamental principles of non-intervention and sovereign equality for all countries. As drafted, the Global Respect Act infringes on these principles.

Just as the U.S. government demands respect for its institutions and representatives and for the self-determination of peoples, we as a nation have an obligation to respect the national sovereignty of other nations.

Conflict between Ukraine and Russia

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Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, is threatening to invade Ukraine. He has sent 100,000 troops to prepare for the invasion. Ukraine, which had been a part of the Soviet Union, became an independent country in 1992 after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Putin has always considered Ukraine a part of Russia and is serious about bringing Ukraine back into the fold.

To Putin’s displeasure, Ukraine seems to be more attracted to the European Union (EU) than to Russia. The only reason why they have not joined the EU is that Russia has gotten in their way.

Russia’s primary demand in this situation is that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) withdraws its offer to Ukraine to become one of its members; that has not happened. NATO is an intergovernmental military alliance between 27 European countries, two North American countries, and one Eurasian country that share common principles and values. The goal of NATO is to secure the Euro-Atlantic area. An attack against one country is considered an attack on all the nations.

During the past few days, the international community has come together to find a solution through diplomatic negotiations, but so far, no solution has been found on which Russia and Ukraine can agree.

The EU and the United States have announced that they are ready to deploy troops to support Ukraine. They have also threatened Russia with economic sanctions. But Russia does not seem to care about the economic sanctions; they know that just like China and other countries, they can survive without relations with the EU and the U.S.

It seems apparent that Vladimir Putin has perceived the weakness of President Biden and his diplomacy. While the U.S. President has made climate change a priority for his national security policy, our enemies are using this as an opportunity to advance their interests.

We need the current administration to show firmness and resolve in this situation. Currently, President Biden is considering deploying troops to Ukraine. Unfortunately, this may be necessary, but it is not a solution. The NATO nations must stand firm in their protection of the sovereignty of each of its member nations.

As we as a nation navigate through these uncertain times, we invite you to join us in prayer. We need to pray for peace and to pray for our leaders and the leaders of the world that God will grant them the wisdom to protect their nations and their people before their own interests.

CWALAC Holds the Line to Defend Election Integrity

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In the latest attempt to institute a federal takeover of our elections, House Democrats recently hijacked an unrelated bipartisan National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) bill as a vehicle to expedite Senate consideration of so-called voting rights legislation. This was a futile “moon shot” towards Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-New York) goal of passing sweeping reforms by Martin Luther King Day. H.R. 5746, a Frankenstein creation combining elements of the hyper-partisan For the People Act (H.R./S. 1), John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4), and Freedom to Vote Act (S. 2747), passed the House on January 13, 2022, in a party line vote.

All momentum was soon lost as Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) and Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) reiterated their opposition to eliminating the 60-vote threshold of the filibuster—the only means for the Democrat Majority’s voting rights bill to advance without support from Republicans. Even a last-minute Capitol Hill visit from President Biden failed to generate enthusiasm. Leader Schumer soon sent members home for the weekend with the promise that H.R. 5746, renamed the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act, would be their first order of business come Tuesday. The bill will not pass without a change in the Senate filibuster rules, so both are on a path to certain defeat.

H.R 5746 forces states to implement online, automatic, and same-day voter registration measures, opening the door for fraud and expands the unchecked power of the U.S. Attorney General to object to legitimate voter integrity efforts among states. The bill also opens the door to publicly funded political campaigns and candidate campaign salaries, meaning Americans’ tax-dollars are at risk of funding career politicians and candidacies with whom they disagree. The list of poisonous policies continues.

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is holding the line on election integrity. This week, we continued to underscore our strong objections to the latest version of a federal takeover of state voting laws and have declared our unequivocal opposition to abolishing the filibuster. Do not expect this futile mission to end anytime soon. CWALAC will continue to stand against the Democrat majority’s vain crusade to mandate unconstitutional changes to our election laws.

CWALAC Celebrates Removal of NDAA Provision Drafting Our Daughters

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For Immediate Release
December 7, 2021
Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
[email protected]

CWALAC Celebrates Removal of NDAA Provision Drafting Our Daughters

Washington, D.C. – Last night, harmful language requiring women to register for the Selective Service was removed from the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) and House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mike Rogers (R-Alabama) were instrumental in opposing this monumental reversal in military policy. Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is grateful for their steadfast leadership. We also thank Reps. Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri) and Chip Roy (R-Texas) and Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri), Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), and Mike Lee (R-Utah) –all integral, vocal players in the efforts to defeat this proposal.

Lastly, we want to extend our sincerest gratitude to our leaders in the states and our Young Women for America leaders on college campuses around the country. Your voices were key to ensuring this issue made it to the forefront of debate.

CWALAC will continue to stand for the inherent dignity of women and against the destructive lie that women’s equality means sameness with men. We admire and support the patriotic women who volunteer for military service. Conscripting our daughters and granddaughters to the frontlines of war is entirely different. Assigning priority to “equity” over military necessity would only hinder critical national defense objectives in a wartime crisis.

CWALAC applauds Members for rejecting the shameful fallacy that Congress must rubber stamp the social experimentation of our military to secure critical funding for our troops and national security.

We are thrilled that our leaders have chosen to respect women and their role in serving our nation without sacrificing our daughters on the altar of political correctness. Thank you for eliminating language to draft women.

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America’s Leadership in a Tailspin

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Just recently, the Biden Administration announced the U.S. strike on Afghanistan killed civilians among those seven children from the same extended family. The same day France announced the recall of their Ambassador to the U.S. This week President Biden appeared in front of the United Nations, claiming the success of the “end of war” in Afghanistan and flaunting U.S. leadership worldwide. A lie that only his Administration believes.

The General Assembly of the United Nations is its central body; this is where the heads of the 193 countries that are part of the UN gather once a year to deliberate on the current problems that the international community faces.

President Biden gave a speech with empty words. His speech was intended to show the world that the U.S. is still the world’s top leader. Unfortunately, his words fell short. He was not even capable of clearly addressing the current threats that America is facing. This lack of clarity makes America’s enemy rejoice.

Just minutes after the President’s speech, the President of Iran, Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi, took the stand and openly stated in front of the UN General Assembly that “from the Capitol to Kabul, one clear message was sent to the world: The U.S. does not have credibility inside or outside the country.” He said that the world does not care about “America First” or “America is back” after what happened in Afghanistan.

After our NATO allies were not consulted on Afghanistan, after France recalled its Ambassador from the U.S., and after the E.U. accused Biden of disloyalty, the closest American allies are skeptical of U.S. leadership.  Sadly, the criticism that the Biden Administration is getting from the world does not denote that America is the world’s leader.

Ignoring the criticism, President Biden’s speech emphasized that America is back at the table of the international forums, especially the UN to face the global challenges.

Biden’s strategy towards the international organizations has been as poor as his approach to Afghanistan. One of the first actions from his Administration was to rejoin and restore funding to the World Health Organization (WHO), $893,004,000 to be exact, despite their poor performance in handling the pandemic and the lack of response on China’s responsibility. The U.S. is the top contributor to the WHO, which gives it the possibility of negotiation, but no condition was imposed in exchange for its money.

During his speech, Biden reaffirmed his commitment to retake a seat at the United Nations Human Rights Council, failing to mention its remarkable anti-Israel bias and to address the human rights violations by countries like China[1].

Instead, he did mention that the U.S. “will stand up for their allies and friends, opposing attempts of stronger countries to dominate weaker ones through economic coercion.” This being said while the U.S. is using its money to impose abortion upon developing countries worldwide against people’s will.

Lastly, he said, “I stand here today, for the first time in 20 years, with the United States not at war. We have turned the page.” He indeed turned the page, forgetting about the current crisis that is still happening in Afghanistan, forgetting about hundreds of people who are facing death because they were left behind.

CWA has not turned the page. We are doing everything in our power to rescue those who have been left behind by joining efforts with other private organizations, especially to rescue Christian families that are facing death because of their faith in God.

The lack of clarity, the vagueness, and the ambiguity of President Biden’s speech, showed the world that America leadership is in a tailspin.


[1] Currently China, Cuba, and Venezuela have a seat on the Human Rights council, despite their human rights violations committed against their own people. https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/CurrentMembers.aspx

 

Nance: 135 House Republicans Capitulate to the Left’s Social Agenda for Our Military

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2021  

Contact: Jacklyn Washington
[email protected]  

Washington, D.C. — Last night the U.S. House of Representatives voted 316-113, including 135 Republicans, to approve H.R. 4350, the FY2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), that requires young women to register with the Selective Service for a potential military draft.  Democrats blocked House floor consideration of proposals to strike the provision from the bill.  Action moves to the Senate where a similar provision reportedly was adopted by the Democrat-led committee in July.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, had this to say:

“The House has capitulated to the Democrat’s radical social agenda for our military and forced our daughters to sign up for the draft. Shame on them. There is no justification for reversing established military policy that protects young women from gambling their lives on a Biden-declared national emergency.

“Concerned Women for America rejects the destructive lie that women’s equality means being the same as men and the left’s bankrupt ideology that erases the dignity and status of women entirely.

“We will not accept the ‘go along to get along’ attitude of elected leaders willing to sacrifice common sense and tie the hands of our military with costly mandates for social experiments in our armed forces.

“We will continue to reject cheap calls for ‘equality’ at the expense of young women’s lives and critical national security priorities.

“We call on the Senate to reject this reckless crusade to draft our daughters.”

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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.

Concerned Women: Biden’s Vaccine Mandate Unwise & Unconstitutional

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For Immediate Release
September 14, 2021

Contact: Jacklyn Washington
202-748-3501
[email protected]   

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.

9/11 Twentieth Anniversary: More reasons to mourn.

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Just a few days shy of the 20th commemoration of September 11, 2001, America is staring down a new tragedy waiting to unfold with the situation in Afghanistan. Our people, fellow American citizens, have been left behind. Their future, along with the future of our nation, are in jeopardy.

Twenty years ago, the world was changed forever by the terrorist attacks of 9/11 perpetrated by Al Qaeda. Two thousand nine hundred and ninety-six Americans were killed in those attacks. In response, the U.S. government led a military operation to oust the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and to destroy Osama Bin Laden’s network. The U.S. armed forces overthrew the Taliban after just two months, but the war continued as terror groups used to use Afghanistan as a terrorist base. Osama Bin Laden was killed in 2011. This served as a small consolation for the families of those killed in the 9/11 attacks, and the American people were proud of the strong U.S. response and its leadership on the global stage.

Today, just a few days before September 11, 2021, Americans mourn and fear again. The world is changed forever because of the decision by President Biden to leave American citizens trapped behind enemy lines and to empower the enemy. For the first time, the Taliban dictated the orders, and they are claiming a victory over the U.S. The Biden administration was incapable of negotiating; they just surrendered to the enemy’s demands.

Today, the Taliban is stronger thanks to the arsenal that the U.S. government has left behind. Around $83 billion worth of equipment that the U.S. spent over two decades was abandoned – rifles, Humvees, machine guns, Black Hawk Helicopters, and more – all seen being exhibited by Taliban fighters in their victory parades claiming victory over the U.S. and sending a message to the world that they are back and fortified than ever.

Meanwhile, President Biden and his officials continue to lie to the American people and claim how successful this mission was. A fact that even the President himself does not believe since in the same breath right after he proclaimed success, he blamed the Afghan security force, the American people who didn’t want to leave, and former President Donald J. Trump.

President Biden plans to deal with the Taliban through diplomatic channels like the United Nations. But even the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned about the imminent humanitarian catastrophe that this situation has unleashed.

The future of our country and the world is uncertain. Our moral credibility is gone; allies around the world have condemned President Biden. The U.S. is seen as a weak nation. “We thought America was back, while in fact, America withdraws,” said French parliamentarian Nathalie Loiseau.

It is reprehensible that on the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the American people have more reason to mourn and to fear. Just as reprehensible is the loss of credibility of the U.S. on the world stage because of the weak leadership being displayed.

Now more than ever, it is time to hold our government accountable for their decisions and ensure that they will fight for the lives of the Americans they have left behind.

Press Release: Don’t Draft Our Daughters

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 31, 2021 

Contact: Jacklyn Washington
202-748-3501
[email protected]   

Organizations Representing Millions of Americans Send Message to Congress:  Don’t Draft Our Daughters

 Washington, D.C. – As the House Armed Services Committee prepares to mark up the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on September 1, national and state women’s groups, military and pro-family organizations, veterans, faith and medical leaders sent a letter to Members of Congress calling on them to reject any provision amending the Military Selective Service Act to require women to register with the selective service, the mechanism for conscripting America’s 18-25 year-olds in a military draft.

Penny Young Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, had this to say:

“America has just witnessed the horror and heartbreak of the brutal terrorist attack in Afghanistan and the solemn return of thirteen fallen service members, including two female marines who paid the ultimate sacrifice.  Women today are free to serve and proud to serve in the U.S armed forces, but they should not be forced to serve.  We stand united against making our military a social experiment.

“Our daughters should not be forced to register for the draft to prove they are equal, and our military should not be forced to compromise its focus on our national security to placate liberal activists who don’t respect the intrinsic value and dignity of women.  Concerned Women for America supports the courageous women who commit their lives to military service, but a country that requires its daughters to gamble their lives on the lottery of war also risks the foundations that make our country strong.”

The letter, “Special Message to the 117th Congress: Don’t Draft Our Daughters” can be found HERE.

In addition to the leaders listed, numerous concerned citizens from across America heard about this effort and signed on to take a stand, among them a retired firefighter in California, a Nebraska constituent, a father of six girls, mothers of daughters in the U.S. Army, a family physician in New Jersey, and countless others.

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This is personal for us.

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Members of our Concerned Women for America staff are deeply impacted by yesterday’s terrorist attack at the Kabul airport that took the lives of 13 U.S. servicemembers. This is the worst loss of American lives in Afghanistan in over a decade.

Today, our Chief Administrative Officer is heartbroken, recalling the times when the service of her husband, an officer in the U.S. Army, kept her waiting anxiously for the phone to ring and know that everything in her world was still okay. She understands how these military families feel today as they wait for the call.  Today, I sit by the phone waiting for news of my nephew, who is a Marine and was deployed to Kabul just days ago. My son and the daughter of CWA’s Vice President of Government Relations are training today to be the Army officers of tomorrow who will be on the frontlines of the war against terrorism.

The U.S. service members who lost their lives or were wounded in action yesterday are American heroes. They may be the latest casualties in the war on terror, but they likely will not be the last. Our mission against Islamic terrorism to redeem their loss is far from over.

Our hearts break for the families of these young men. They will grieve deeply over the next days, weeks, and years; their lives will never be the same again.  We pray for God’s blessings and peace for each of these families; we pray for grace, protection, and provision for our military and for healing for the wounded.

Please join us in those prayers.

Penny Nance
CEO and President

Biden’s Foreign Policy Plans: Humanitarian Crisis

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Waking up this morning felt like being trapped in a nightmare or a scene straight out of a Hollywood film. Just short of 20 years after the terror attacks of 9/11, the Taliban, in a matter of days, has taken over the country of Afghanistan.

Videos have emerged showing people jumping on the side of planes taxing down the runway just for the hope of escaping the impending rule of the Taliban.

The Taliban was created in 1994 by Mulla Mohammad Omar gathering a group of students educated in traditional schools. The international community has labeled the Taliban a terrorist group due to their extreme enforcement and misinterpretation of the Islamic religious law.

In 1996, the Taliban ruled Afghanistan. During this time, women were prevented from attending schools or working outside their homes (except those working in healthcare), and it was required to wear a burka to cover a woman’s body and face. Any attempt to break their laws was punished publicly with lashing or by death.

After September 11, the U.S. with the support of the international community, mainly England and Canada, deployed military and civilian personnel to extinguish the disruptive Taliban threat and build up the government of Afghanistan.  In later years, the  allies reached a point where they felt that the Taliban had been neutralized and the Afghan army had been strengthened to the point that the allies could move into an advisory position doing training for both military and civilian personnel. Since then, U.S. troops have stayed in Afghanistan to help local allies fight back against the Taliban regime that has not given up on their efforts to take back the power.

Former President Trump negotiated a deal reaching an agreement with the Taliban, setting some conditions to withdraw U.S. troops, among those to respect the lives of the American people and refrain from committing any terrorist attacks.

Instead of following through with this plan, President Biden rushed to undo everything that his predecessor did, bringing him to a disastrous decision: withdraw troops without making sure to agree to some conditions. His decision has left behind those who risked their lives fighting the Taliban regime alongside the U.S.  Now, our Afghani allies left behind face a grim future – if any future at all.

Among those people, we also find women and girls who, most of the time are forgotten. Women and girls will return to a regime of oppression. They will face brutal violations of their most fundamental rights, such as having access to education, the opportunity to work, the freedom to express their views.

The world is in shock after the videos circulating where men risk their lives to escape the upcoming situation under the Taliban regime. Women and girls do not have that opportunity. They are forbidden to be out.

During this looming humanitarian crisis, CWA will keep alive the voices of those women, girls, and children who are among the most vulnerable.  Voices who are screaming to the world for help, facing death, sex slavery, and other situations will leave a mark in their lives for the rest of their lives.

Congress Inquires on FBI’s Targeting of CWA

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News of FBI Targeting Concerned Women for America Sparks High Profile Congressional Inquiries

Last month we learned that in 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had considered targeting Concerned Women for America (CWA) for an investigation without cause or justification. This revelation, published July 14, 2021, in the Orange County Register, emerged from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from the Cato Institute. CWA had no awareness of the FOIA request or the case, so when this news broke during the dog days of summer, it was news to us, too.

The article sums up Cato’s discovery with an alarming description of the FBI’s action:

“It was a pure FBI domestic surveillance ‘fishing expedition’ for the digital age, with the agent focused on CWA’s alleged ‘two-star rating’ from Charity Navigator, as well as searches of other commercial and government databases (all conveniently redacted by the FBI).”

The predicate for what was classified as an “Assessment” had no foundation, but neither was it required.  “Unlike a normal FBI investigation,” explains the Cato author, “an Assessment requires no criminal basis to be opened – just the broad and nebulous formulation of an ‘authorized purpose.’” He concludes, “At no time was there an allegation of actual fraud or embezzlement – just an FBI agent looking to meet a quota for how many Assessments they had opened during the reporting period.”

The last five years have shown where a lack of transparency and accountability involving powerful government agencies led by faceless government bureaucrats can lead, especially with then-Director James Comey at the helm. CWA was shocked and disappointed by the unjustified actions of the FBI and the reality that any powerless organization could be the subject of such an act of surreptitious and baseless government action at the cost of American taxpayers.

As CEO and President Penny Nance explained in an opinion piece for Fox News, nothing in CWA’s storied history or our respected work as a public policy organization advocating for the values of conservative women and families would ever warrant such scrutiny. Maybe the very fact we are a notable presence in our nation’s capital had something to do with it.

Our allies on Capitol Hill agreed. That is why the two most powerful Republican elected officials on the U.S. Senate and U.S. House Judiciary Committees have written letters to the chiefs of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI, Attorney General Merrick Garland and Director Christopher Wray, demanding answers to critical questions about the fishing expedition targeting CWA and a full accounting of other such assessments.

Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) penned a letter to Attorney General Garland and Director Wray on July 20, 2021, asking for details and unredacted information “no later than August 3, 2021”.  We can report that this deadline for responding was not met.

House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) followed with a letter dated August 11 demanding more information about the use of FBI charity assessments and a briefing on our case “as soon as possible but not later than 5:00 p.m. on August 24, 2021.”

Will the FBI meet this deadline?  Stay tuned.

Don’t Force our Daughters to Gamble Their Lives on the Lottery of War

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 6, 2021

Contact:
Jacklyn Washington
202-748-3501, [email protected]

Don’t Force our Daughters to Gamble Their Lives on the Lottery of War

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced a “Don’t  Draft our Daughters” Resolution (S. Res 340) joined by Sens. Daines (R-Montana), Hawley (R-Missouri), Lankford (R-Oklahoma), Rubio (R-Florida), and Wicker (R-Mississippi) in response to recent Senate Armed Services Committee action that added a reckless amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2022 requiring all young American women to register for the Selective Service. The Selective Service is the mechanism by which male citizens are conscripted for military service to secure combat replacements during a war, also known as the draft.

Forcing young women into the draft is a complete reversal of established, justified military policy upheld by the Supreme Court that subverts our societal values and national security and carelessly disregards the critical requirement for military readiness during a wartime crisis.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), applauded the introduction of this resolution:

“Concerned Women for America has always stood for the inherent dignity of women and against the wrong-headed and destructive lie that women’s equality means being the same as men. Today, the Left has erased women entirely, declaring any male can claim our status, compete in our sports, and have access to our locker rooms, dorm rooms, shelters, and prisons. Now they want to force our daughters on the frontlines of war. That’s not equality; that’s insanity.

“American women are free to serve and proud to serve, but they shouldn’t be forced to serve. Young women today need to know they are respected for their female status and the many essential roles women embrace in all seasons of life as workers, wives, mothers, and caregivers. Setting women up to be sent to war shouldn’t be one of them.

“The selective service is not a social experiment. Women do not need to be conscripted to fight on the frontlines of war to prove their worth. Nor should we be denied the respect of our intrinsic value based on the inherent physical differences we embody. God-given distinctions between the sexes have everything to do with military readiness in wartime.

“Our military servicewomen volunteer under oath to defend our country and serve with great courage and distinction. They are trained for mission and take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion. Our military is stronger because our female soldiers, sailors, airmen, coast guardsmen, and marines serve under the American flag, not the tired symbol of the ERA.

“Supporters say requiring women to register for the selective service simply provides an avenue for using their talents in wartime. That excuse belies the singular purpose of the draft, which has not changed: calling up combat replacements in a time of war. Congress has never justified as a matter of military readiness or national security a reversal in selective service policy that would force our daughters under penalty of law to gamble their lives on the lottery of war.”

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization dedicated to impacting the culture for Christ.

We must stand for Cuba Libre

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We must stand for Cuba Libre. As the world’s model for a truly free nation, America’s silence amid the outcry from the Cuban people is deafening.

Cuba’s communist regime has suppressed its people in extreme poverty and misery for 62 years. Even worse than the poverty and misery is the regime’s suppression of their most basic, fundamental freedoms, including religion, speech, association, and movement. Citizens in Cuba are not treated as people but as objects at the service of their government.

For many years, I traveled to Cuba to help priests in their mission to spread the Gospel. While there, I was immersed in the reality of what the Cuban people face every day. Their reality: breakfast is coffee made from peas, not beans; their clothes are whatever we discard; it is a crime to eat meat, and hospitals don’t have plates or glasses to feed the ill. Their reality is truly heartbreaking.

Today the Cuban people are saying enough is enough. United as one nation, they are taking to the streets demanding a better life for themselves.

Those who pretend to know Cuba’s reality are blaming the U.S. economic embargo as the reason for the inhuman life Cubans are facing. Black Live’s Matter’s recent statement squarely places the blame on the United States. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was unwilling to even say the c-word (communism) in a recent press conference. Instead, she said the Cuban people were protesting “the mismanagement of government.”

Despite all of these transgressions against their own people, Cuba still has a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council and gets defended by oblivious leftists who cannot see past their desire to bring these disastrous policies to America.

In truth, the only one to blame for the situation in Cuba is the totalitarian government whose sole interest is to keep power and control over their people, using them as instruments to lift up a regime they hope to spread worldwide.

It is more than time for the free world to stand with Cuba, raising our voices and prayers for the end of a cruel, inhuman regime and for the recognition of their most basic, fundamental freedoms.  #SOSCuba #CubaLibre

Why Christians should reject Critical Race Theory

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What is Critical Race Theory (CRT)? CRT is a lens through which people can choose to view the world, and it presents a society in which there are two categories oppressor (white) and oppressed (non-white). CRT has grown under the false notion that it seeks to provide empathy and reconciliation for past wrongs in America. Many believe that it is an avenue to discuss injustice, history, race, and civil rights.

Supporters claim, “The movement champions many of the same concerns as the civil rights movement but places those concerns within a broader economic and historical context. It often elevates the equality principles of the Fourteenth Amendment above the liberty principles of the First Amendment.” However, CRT is the antithesis of the civil rights movement. It does not seek equality—it seeks equity. Critical Race theorists actually stand against some of Martin Luther King Junior’s founding ideas.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” – Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.

Critical Race theorists believe this concept of colorblindness in itself is racist because it “ignores” disparities toward black and brown people of color. CRT theorists believe that people should and must see color in order to combat white supremacy.

“Colorblindness neutralizes non-neutral baselines. It makes it seem like race is introduced when we think about racial disparity as if race is not already there,” – Kimberlé Crenshaw, co-pioneer in the CRT movement.

Many Christians are allowing Critical Race Theory to shape their worldview, albeit actively or passively, but there are three distinct reasons why Christians should reject CRT outright.

First, CRT teaches the sin of partiality. The theory leaves little to no room for other factors in disparities; instead, it separates based on skin color. CRT shares the fundamental belief with the concept they claim to fight against—white supremacy. Both concepts share the foundational belief that white skin is superior and, therefore, results in benefits in society. Followers of Christ are instructed to not partake in favoritism or partiality toward any group— including based on economic status, ethnicity, or race, as seen in Leviticus 19:15, 1 Timothy 5:21, and Deuteronomy 1:17.

“If you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers” (James 2:9).

The CRT lens of oppressor (white) – oppressed (non-white) offers no forgiveness to those who look like people who committed past wrongs. The theory claims that white Americans, regardless of their personal experiences, must unlearn their inherent racism and are responsible for the disparities in society. This concept imparts guilt to the guiltless. Believers should reject this as we know racism is a sin problem, not a skin problem, and we cannot justify hatred toward our fellow man (1 John 4:20).

Further, CRT states that our core identity is in our skin color rather than Christ. Christians, on the other hand, place Christ as the center and embrace all peoples because God created us all. All people are fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image (Psalm 139:14). Our core identity is in Christ, not the color of our skin (2 Cor 5:17). I may be fearfully and wonderfully brown, and a brother or sister may be fearfully and wonderfully white. However, these characteristics are not our identities.

Third, CRT justifies covetousness. CRT claims to advocate for equality and equal opportunity, but, in reality, it advocates for equity and equal outcomes. Those are not the same. Equal opportunity guarantees that we are all treated the same, but equity demands that we all obtain the same success, regardless of circumstances. It encourages us to see our success in terms of my neighbors, promoting envy. If I am not as successful as my white classmate, it must be because the school is discriminating against me for being brown.

Equity is not Biblical. In Luke 12:13-15, Jesus warns us about the dangers of coveting:

“Then one from the crowd said to Him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to
divide the inheritance with me.’ But He said to him, ‘Man, who
made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?’ And He said to them,
‘Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does
not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.’”

The man in the crowd assumed that Jesus would split the inheritance because of the injustice or unequal outcome, but Jesus saw it far more important to warn of the root problem of the issue—the condition of his heart. The sin of covetousness is masked under the false sense of “equality.” Christians should beware of CRT’s perhaps unintended push towards covetousness.

As British author and evangelist Campbell Morgan once said, “To divide property between covetous men is to prepare for future strife. To make men free from covetousness is to make peace.”

CRT does not teach true history, nor does it seek to unify people; rather, it reaches far into the past of American history to blame injustices on one particular group that, in reality, had nothing to do with the injustices of the past. Why would we, as believers, hold bitterness and animosity toward our white brothers and sisters who have not committed these injustices? Scripture tells us, “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice” (Ephesians 4:31).

As believers, we should speak the truth in love as we pray for wisdom and boldness to speak against these social theories that go against the Gospel. Samuel Sey, author of Slow to Write, said it well, “The most tempting thing about critical race theory for me isn’t that I will sin by embracing its false Gospel. The most tempting thing about it for me is that I’ll sin by reacting against it in a manner unworthy of the Gospel.” Let us remember his words and stand against CRT in a manner worthy of our calling to be disciples of Christ.