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Our One Motivation

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As women who are concerned for America, why do we do what we do? Why support lobbying efforts, write letters to Congress, make phone calls to the White House, and give our money to support these endeavors?  And why do we pray? It’s because we know the one true God.

We support human life from conception, because we know that every child is “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalms 139).

We reject gender fluidity, because we know “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27).

We work against sexual exploitation and homosexual “marriage,” because we know that marriage is God’s good design, a mystery that points beautifully to Christ and His church (Ephesians 5:32).

We oppose overbearing government control of education, because God instructs parents to teach their children diligently (Deuteronomy 6:7) and bring them up in the instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).

We advocate for religious liberty, because we know that, ultimately, the truth will win out and will set people free (John 8:32).

God created the universe. He put every star in its place. He designed the Earth and sculpted the mountains. He established the seas and fashioned a diversity of animals. He formed man out of the dust of the Earth and breathed life into him. Trying to live without acknowledging our Creator is like covering our eyes and ears and stumbling about in the dark. Knowing God brings us into the light. His word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Ps. 119:105).

Knowing the God who brings meaning to life motivates us to continue to lobby, write letters, make phone calls, give money, and pray! We must persevere to glorify Him. And we must persevere in knowing Him through His Word.

Keri Folmar was press secretary for Concerned Women for America in the 90’s and now lives in the Middle East where her husband, John, is the pastor of the United Christian Church of Dubai. She has recently written The Good Portion: The Doctrine of Scripture for Every Woman and has published several Bible studies for women.

From Judge to Justice: Gorsuch Confirmed with Bipartisan Support

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Washington, D.C. –Today, Judge Gorsuch, soon-to-be Justice Gorsuch, was confirmed 54-45 to be the next Associate Supreme Court Justice of the United States with bi-partisan support.

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

“Today we witnessed a historic victory for our country. One that proves government ‘for the People, by the People’ is alive and well. The Senate overcame historic partisan obstructionism and restored original Senate precedent.

“On behalf of our members, I want to thank Leader McConnell, as well as Sen. Grassley, for their decisive leadership, which gave the American people a voice in November on the kind of justice they believed should fill the Supreme Court vacancy.

“I also want to thank President Trump for keeping his promise to nominate a constitutionalist judge to the Supreme Court. It is hard to imagine someone better suited to serve on our nation’s highest court than Judge Gorsuch.

“Judge Gorsuch follows the law wherever it leads, regardless of personal opinion or political preference. His constitutional jurisprudence makes him an ardent defender of the rights that keep us free.

“Judge Gorsuch will elevate the proper role of the judiciary and refuse to legislate from the bench. He is what America needs in this time of partisan dysfunction and obstructionism from the far left-the bipartisan support for his confirmation is proof.

“I would be remiss not to thank the Democrats who had the conviction to listen to their constituents rather than toeing the party line. I applaud their willingness to rise above the political fray in favor of their constituents.

“In spite of partisan gridlock, we see the symphony of the three branches of government and their checks and balances function as our Founders intended.”Our prayers continue to be with Judge, soon-to-be Justice, Gorsuch and his family as they begin this new chapter.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Janae Stracke at [email protected] or 712-269-1724.

Concerned Women Through History: National Sovereignty — Deborah, Joan of Arc, and Bev Ehlen

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There is a deep valor in standing up for one’s own nation.  Believing in a nation’s sovereignty literally means believing in the state’s right to “self-govern.”  It is the patriotism that protects one’s own nation against those who seek to oppress or destroy it.

We could, at first, think national sovereignty has more to do with men.  Men are often in governing positions; men are often the ones on the battlefield. We are told by the left that women care mostly about “women’s issues” like reproductive “freedom.”  But this worldview misses a long legacy of women who are deeply involved in their country’s governing and protection.

Deborah, the Bible’s only female judge, was so important to Israel’s history that she was known as the “Mother of Israel.” She was a judge in the land, an amazing civic responsibility, but she became concerned that the Israelite people had been so long enslaved by the king of Canaan and his army commander Sisera. Deborah knew God was calling Israel’s army, led by Barak, to come against Sisera.  She was brave enough to demand that Barak follow God’s call and brave enough to accompany him.  Yet she was humble enough to not be the head of the army herself, and to share in the victory with another woman — Jael — who slew Sisera with her tent peg!  It’s a remarkable story (read more in Judges 4 & 5) about protecting one’s nation.

Then there is Joan of Arc whose love for France led her to a battle of her own.  Born a poor shepherd girl, she felt directly called by God to defend France from English oppression.  In chapter one of his book, 7 Women, Eric Metaxas tells of the situation France faced: “It was not unusual for English soldiers to march into French villages, killing civilians, burning homes, and stealing crops and cattle.” This situation called Joan out of her comfort zone and into great acts of bravery: “Although I would rather have remained spinning at my mother’s side,” she said, “yet must I go and must I do this thing, for my Lord wills that I do so.” Her sacrifices eventually led to victory and the restoration of the King of France before her own capture and trial.  Her ultimate martyrdom speaks highly of her commitment to God and country at all costs.

Whilst Deborah was “Mother of Israel,” Joan was “The Maid of Orleans.”  Whether married or single, whether judging the laws or leading the troops, whether Israel or France, Deborah and Joan protected national sovereignty. They are an inspiration for concerned women who wish to protect America today.

In today’s world, women like Bev Ehlen protect America by educating our leaders, so that the loyalty of those leaders to America can grow against any internal or external threat.

Bev is standing up for America by working on the ground to educate individuals across Missouri regarding the Christian history and foundation of our country. Because of Bev’s work, each member of the Missouri General Assembly (MOGA) is given a copy of The Five Thousand Year Leap when they take office, which explains the twenty eight principles that the Founders used to create our republic and write our U.S. Constitution.  Bev believes that protecting America requires renewed commitment to these principles and to the governing structure of federalism where each sovereign state makes up a wonderful sovereign nation.

In what way might God be calling you to protect America today?

 

NDAA Female Draft Provision Removed

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CWALAC_MediaStatementWashington, D.C. – As of Tuesday evening, the final conference report for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has dropped the provision forcing women to register for the draft. Instead, there will be a study reviewing the Selective Service. Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, had this to say:

“Concerned Women for America recognized the significance and consequences of this drastic change in longstanding military policy. We immediately activated our grassroots and built a coalition to protect America’s daughters and ensure military readiness. I am grateful the NDAA conferees put America’s national security above the push for social engineering.

“In the age of political correctness, it is refreshing to see our nation’s leaders prioritize the interests of Americans, instead of caving to political pressure. Our members were instrumental in this victory. Their efforts to educate their senators and members of Congress highlighted the concerns of people across the country.

“I want to personally applaud Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) for their leadership and moral courage to stand up to political correctness for the sake of our safety.

“I also want to thank the organizations and members who partnered with us in this significant victory.”

President-elect Trump on the Right Track with Sen. Sessions for Attorney General

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CWALAC_MediaStatementWashington, D.C. – Penny Nance, CEO & President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, made the following comments on the news that President-elect Donald J. Trump has selected Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) to serve as the 84th U.S. Attorney General:

Sen. Sessions has been a champion for the conservative principles that are the foundation of liberty and freedom.  Both his academic preparation and his stellar career as a U.S. Attorney and as a senator testify of an honest, competent man with a heart towards serving his fellow countrymen, even through much personal sacrifice.

We commend President-elect Trump for his selection of such a strong candidate.  The choice speaks very highly of his commitment to conservative principles.

The hundreds of thousands of members of Concerned Women for America (CWA) around the country will urge senators to move quickly in the new year to confirm Sen. Sessions as the next attorney general, so that we may start rectifying many of the asphyxiating policies pursued by Attorney General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch.

The attacks on religious freedom and freedom of conscience in general, for example, must be at the top of the list.

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Janae Stracke at [email protected] or 712-269-1724.

CWA Response to Thursday’s RNC Speeches

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CWALAC_MediaStatementCleveland, OH -Thursday, July 21, Penny Nance CEO and President of Concerned Women for America said:

“Donald Trump made further gains with American voters by powerfully challenging the narrative that America’s best years are behind us.  He presented an inspirational vision for Americans on key issues including national security, crime, taxes, the economy and education. His reaffirmation of his promise to only appoint constitutionalists to the courts and to support Israel will resonate again with Evangelical Christians.  I believe that as Americans begin to pay closer attention to this race, Donald Trump will continue to attract new voters to the Republican party.

“Perhaps the Trump campaign had new voters in mind with two speakers in particular.  In Peter Thiel’s (PayPal Co-Founder and Venture Capitalist), address he brought up the recent controversy surrounding transgender bathroom usage in his speech. He said, ‘Now we are told that the greatest debate is about who gets to use which bathroom. This is a distraction from our real problems. Who cares?’ Concerned Women for America respectfully disagrees. Though our country faces many issues, it does not diminish the importance of other issues such as protecting the safety and privacy of women and children.

“While trying to make one minority group comfortable, open bathroom and shower policies ignore the feelings of women who have been abused or who have cultural and religious modesty concerns which make them uncomfortable with men in their bathroom or showers. Concerned Women for America cares about this policy because it creates an enormous opportunity for abuse, as other men may use it to gain access to the vulnerable. There are currently about 850,000 sexual predators on the national registry who will use any pretext to access innocent women and children.

“The Obama Administration began this conversation by working to coerce states and schools into abandoning common sense. Mr. Thiel shares some of our conservative principles, and we are happy to work with like-minded people in the areas where we can agree and specifically for his safety from Islamic fascist.  But we must respectfully disagree with his statements tonight. We take comfort in knowing that there are better solutions which consider everyone’s needs.

“In addition, despite Donald Trump’s clear promise to clean up America’s 19 trillion dollars in debt, Ivanka Trump’s speech may have hinted at new government entitlements.  She suggested in her speech that her father, Donald Trump, as President would work towards equal pay and affordable child care. She is correct in her assessment that motherhood is the dividing line in the pay gap.  For single mothers, this is particularly difficult.  We look forward to market-based approaches to this issue instead of more warmed over, bureaucratic solutions.   Seventy percent of parents with children five and under say that one parent at home is the best child care arrangement during a child’s earliest years. When parents were asked to rank nine childcare options for pre-school children, they ranked government-run childcare centers dead last. Mothers often prefer home care by a relative, even when other childcare is convenient. Rather than imposing more government, lets lower the tax burden on families as a means to achieve the affordable childcare of their choice.”

 

*For more information and statistics please see CWA’s A War No More: The Truth Behind the “War on Women” booklet here.

American Hostages Released – Our Work is Not Done

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Iranian media announced they will release four U.S. citizens in a prisoner swap. The prisoners include Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post journalist; Amir Hekmat, a former U.S. Marine; Pastor Saeed Abedni, and a fourth unnamed American. Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance had this to say:

“It is always a great day when Americans are freed and reunited with their loved ones. We praise God for His protection of these men while they were held by the Iranians.  We are rejoicing in the safe return of these men and our answered prayers.  But our work is far from done. Concerned Women for America was at the front of the fight opposing the deal with Iran last summer and petitioned for the release of our American hostages. Our Yellow Ribbon Rally was held in front of the White House and was attended by Ted Cruz and other leaders who joined our fight. Our rally made national news and our voices were heard.  We thank our members who wore yellow ribbons to remind them and others to pray for the release of these men.

“There are still more American hostages being held: ex-FBI Agent Robert Levinson and two others. We also have great concern about the $150 billion and the prisoners being released to the hands of some of our greatest enemies. Make no mistake, the Iranians are not our friends, and our fight is not over.

“Concerned Women for America and our half-a-million members will not easily forget the choices our current administration has made, and we will work to educate the public to see an administration in place in our country who will put the safety of Americans first.”

For an interview with Penny Nance, please contact Janae Stracke at [email protected] or 712-269-1724.

House Passes Syrian Refugee Bill with Veto-Proof Majority

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CWALAC_MediaStatementWashington, D.C. – Today the House passed a bill that would require a stricter screening process before allowing refugees into the United States. Concerned Women for America (CWA) CEO and President Penny Nance had this to say:

“This bill is necessary for the safety of Americans and, subsequently, the safety of the world. Congress clearly recognized this fact by passing it with a veto-proof majority. Although we do have a responsibility to care for the refugees, we must, in effect, place the oxygen mask over our own faces before we can assist others. The fact that five Syrian terrorists were just stopped in Honduras on the way to the U.S. has sealed CWA’s commitment to a short-term moratorium on Syrian refugees of any faith until we and our leaders can figure out a real strategy. We will work to support Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) efforts to pass the Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act (S. 2302) in the Senate.”

For an interview with Penny Nance, please contact Janae Stracke at [email protected] or 712-269-1724.

Members of the House Oppose Iran Deal

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Washington, D.C. – After hearing from their constituents about the extreme dangers posed by the Iran Nuclear Deal, the House voted yesterday and today on multiple measures to oppose it.  Penny Nance, CEO andCWALAC_MediaStatement President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, had this to say:

“The House abided by the views held by 56% of Americans who overwhelmingly oppose the deal with Iran, recognizing this deal is bad news for America and worse for Israel.  Ayatollah Ali Khamenei recently said that Iran would not negotiate with the Satan (the United States) beyond the recently negotiated agreement and that Israel would not exist in 25 years and ‘the spirit of fighting, heroism and jihad will keep [Israel] worried every moment.’

“The Iran Nuclear Deal was not negotiated by an honest nation but rather one that sponsors terrorism.  Once implemented, this deal will release $150 billion in sanctions relief. A good portion of that could be used to fund terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah – both groups which reside around Israel and have carried out attacks against our ally.

“Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee will continue to support every effort to ensure that the Iran Nuclear Deal is not implemented. We must fight to ensure that Iran will never have nuclear weapon capabilities.”

For additional information or to set up an interview contact Janae Stracke at (712) 269-1724 or [email protected].

Senate Democrats Obstruct Iran Deal Resolution of Disapproval

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Washington, D.C. – This afternoon, Senate Democrats filibustered and blocked a final vote on the Iranian nuclear deal. Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, hCWALAC_MediaStatementad this to say:

“Senate Democrats have heard from their constituents at home and here in Washington, D.C. over the last two months. Unfortunately, party politics won when Democrats blocked a final vote on advancing the Iran deal disapproval resolution. Constituents expect their senators to at least allow a vote on this deal. It is unacceptable that 98-1 Senators voted in May to have a vote on this agreement and now Democrats kept the Chamber from proceeding with that vote.

“This deal is unpopular with American voters; 58% say this deal will make the world less safe. Iran is the leading state sponsor of terrorism. Once implemented, this deal will release $150 billion in sanctions relief. A good portion of that could be used to fund terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah – both groups which reside around Israel and have carried out attacks against our ally.

“Iran’s Supreme Leader has reaffirmed hostility toward the U.S. and Israel. Earlier this week Ayatollah Khamenei stated that Israel would not exist in 25 years and referred to the United States as ‘Satan.’

“The ramifications of this agreement will outlive the Obama Administration. Those who support this deal will be held accountable for the part they play.”

For additional information or to set up an interview contact  Janae Stracke at (712) 269-1724 or [email protected].

Silly Season, Serious Matters

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kmuellerThere is a reason people call election time, “the silly season.”  It seems this year to have come early.   Over the top rants are getting a yawn but obvious opposition research gets treated as real.  The recent attack on Carly Fiorina I put in the latter category.   It seems that some of my friends who I respect are misinterpreting a speech she gave a few weeks after 9/11 about leadership.  The last portion of that speech recounts some history of accomplishments of the ancient Ottoman Empire as examples of leadership.  This has been grossly miscast by some people as her somehow being supportive of radical Islam or terrorism.

This is complete nonsense.   I think we should all agree this elongated “silly season” to carefully consider the entire record of the candidate we are discussing before we make a harsh pronouncement on their motives.  There are plenty of people who blatantly and emphatically deny the threat of Sharia law and radical Islam without us looking for boogey men or women who don’t exist.

We have too much at stake to play this game.

This past week’s revelations regarding the rape and torture of twenty six year-old American citizen and  aid worker Kayla Mueller and her probable murder at the hands of ISIS leader Abu Bakra Al Baghdadi should be a wake-up call to the American people.  I haven’t the words to express my disgust at this report.  Yes, I have written extensively and been broken-hearted at the vile treatment of the young Yazidi women.  The revelations on the treatment of Kayla, however, took me to a new level of outrage.  She was a U.S. citizen and innocent humanitarian worker.  Her rape, torture and murder were a direct attack on the United States.  Nothing less.

We must demand justice for her death.  And I am just going to say it.  I want Al Baghdadi dead and in hell where he belongs.  Too tough?  Well, too bad.  Radical Islam must be stopped.  They are the new Evil Empire.

We must also concentrate our rightly felt fury in the proper direction, and that is this feckless Administration who refuses to even call this particular evil by its proper name:  Radical Islamic Terrorism.  I’ve had it!  The Presidential candidate that gets my support will be the one who convinces me that these evil men (and apparently some women) will pay a price.  If Al Baghdadi isn’t already dead via our air strikes, we should finish the job and his cohorts in crime along with him. That level of evil should not be tolerated. I want to see the plan that does that.  Measured words have their place but the treatment of Kayla Mueller deserves our outrage and from me she has it!

State of the Union Assessment – So Full of Himself

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The leaks before the President’s 2014 State of the Union Speech (SOTU) threatened that Mr. Obama would take “pen and phone” to bypass Congress; instead the president gave a softer speech than was expected. The harsh partisan undertones were softened by well-polled language and tried-and-true rhetorical techniques. Income inequality was addressed in terms of providing “opportunity.” Environmental issues were presented, typically, as something we do “for children” — to give them a “safer, more stable world.” Immigration reform was couched in terms of “fulfilling dreams” and “creating jobs for everyone.” Even so, there was no softening the inevitable polarization caused by a blame-shifting President who demonizes his opponents.

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