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Penny Nance Stops by Dr. James Dobson’s “Family Talk”

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Penny Nance, CEO & President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), was recently featured on Dr. James Dobson’s popular radio talk show, “Family Talk.” Dr. Dobson has been a close friend of CWA and a champion of the Biblical principles we stand for. Penny was featured in a two-part broadcast discussing her new book “Feisty and Feminine: A Rallying Cry for Conservative Women.”

Click below to listen to the broadcasts:
Part 1

Part 2

And be sure to click here to get your copy of Feisty and Feminine today!

Capitol Hill Brief — Religious Discrimination

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Yesterday, I told you about a very important case before the Supreme Court. Trinity Lutheran v. Pauley is the only religious freedom case before the high court this term.

It is a case about a religious preschool that was rejected from a state program that provided reimbursement grants to purchase rubberized surface material for children’s playgrounds.

The children at the school were denied the grant solely because they were affiliated to a religious organization.

To be clear, religious people are not exempted from the fee on the tire purchases that funds these grants.  The government apparently has no problem with taking a religious person’s money, but they then feel free to discriminate against them with impunity.  This simply can’t stand and Concerned Women will be your voice in front of the Court.


Protect your First Amendment rights. Speak out, and tell President Trump how important religious liberty is to you and your family. Sign our powerful petition at www.CapitolHillBrief.org. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

Capitol Hill Brief — Our Only Hope

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Concerned Women for America is first of all a Christian organization.  We will never apologize for that!

We are “not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…”

CWA believes that God’s ways are best.

This week, as we remember the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on the cross, I hope you will join CWA in prayer in lifting our nation.  Let us ask God for a great awakening where thousands may see the beauty of the cross and come to Him for salvation.

He is risen!  He is risen indeed! And He is our one and only hope!


Join us on the front lines. Fight to defend critical issues, like the sanctity of life and religious freedom. Together we’ll bring Biblical, constitutional values back to our nation. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org to see how you can help.  If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

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 [email protected] 712-269-1724.

Gorsuch a Justice

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You did it.  The U.S. Senate has just confirmed Judge (now Justice) Neil Gorsuch to be the 113th Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.  This is great news for all Americans, whatever their political affiliation.

Justice Gorsuch is the type of judge who will strive for judicial restraint and has demonstrated he respects the Constitution as written.  This is all we can hope for in a Justice of the Supreme Court.

He was confirmed by a bipartisan majority 54-45.  The 45 voting against him played to their extreme, radical base, but they failed miserably to present any credible evidence that their vote was a sincere reflection of Judge Gorsuch’s record.  It was shameful to see them behave in this way.

Still, Justice Gorsuch is on to the Supreme Court and reports tell us he will be ready to tackle the important cases that are set to come before the court this month.  Let us continue to keep him and his family in prayer.

A lot of the credit of this nomination has to go to President Donald Trump for keeping his promise and nominating someone in the mold of the late, great Justice Scalia.  Also to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) who led the senate through a flawless process that ultimately got us such a qualified nominee on the court.

Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) CEO & President, thanked them both on behalf of CWA members around the country in her statement:

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.

Bottom Line, The Right Thing Will Happen: Gorsuch Will Be Confirmed

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The 24/7 media cycle made this much more dramatic than it needed to be, but the bottom line is Judge Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed as the next Justice of the Supreme Court.

The radical left was mad about many things (Trump, Garland, etc.), but their objections to Judge Gorsuch never passed the laugh test.

So, as predicted, the majority of the Democrats (though not all) foolishly and unnecessarily decided to deploy the first partisan filibuster in U.S. history.  But it was all for nothing, his confirmation will go through to the final vote.

Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America’s CEO & President, said, “The left needs to respect the American peoples’ choice in November and start listening to their constituents instead of special interests.”

The senate, therefore, is scheduled to have the final vote on his nomination on Friday, following the 30 hours of required debate.  That will put the vote, sometime around 7:00 p.m. (earlier if Democrats yield back time).

This development also opens the door for Judge Gorsuch to be seated on the court for oral arguments in a couple of weeks (the week of April 17) when some important decisions will be heard, including a very important religious liberty case.

Let us pray for Judge Gorsuch as he prepares to very quickly deal with such important issues.

Gorsuch Appointment Needed to Guard Our Liberties

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As Senate Democrats continue their childish pouting over the inevitable confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, a new decision by the Seventh Circuit reminds us why the nomination of Judge Gorsuch is crucial to guarding our liberties for years to come.

Before I tell you more about that decision, I will remind you that today is the day the Senate will go “nuclear.” The vote on the cloture motion will be happening around 11:00 a.m. (EST).  And this is where we expect Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) will be forced to deploy the “nuclear” or “constitutional” option that will end the debate with 51 votes, so that we may finally have a vote for confirmation (on Friday after the required 30 hours of debate have passed).

But back to the Seventh Circuit decision that reminds us what’s at stake.  I will spare you the details of the case for now (I will write about them in an upcoming post), as they might cloud the most important point.

The point being that the court re-writes a law (the 1964 Civil Rights Act), and it boldly and passionately admits it is doing so — at least one judge, writing a concurring opinion.

Judge Richard Posner’s hubris in some ways should be applauded, for he finally states for all of us to see, what so many other liberal judges deny doing, while they do it.  Here is what he wrote (emphasis mine):

I would prefer to see us acknowledge openly that today we, who are judges rather than members of Congress, are imposing on a half-century-old statute a meaning of “sex discrimination” that the Congress that enacted it would not have accepted. This is something courts do fairly frequently to avoid statutory obsolescence and concomitantly to avoid placing the entire burden of updating old statutes on the legislative branch. We should not leave the impression that we are merely the obedient servants of the 88th Congress (1963-1965), carrying out their wishes. We are not. We are taking advantage of what the last half century has taught.

Notice the three highlighted passages.

  • He admits they are re-writing the law to say something that would not have even passed. Think about that.  Not only, Judge Posner argues, does he have the power to re-interpret a statute to “adapt to new situations,” as liberals usually argue, he is saying they can re-write it to say the exact opposite of what Congress intended.  After all, they are not “merely obedient servants.”
  • Part of his reasoning is that poor Congress has too much on its hands, so judges are just alleviating their burden by taking on some of their legislative duties — duties, of course, THAT THE CONSTITUTION NEVER GIVES POWER TO THE COURTS TO PERFORM (yes, I’m yelling).
  • The “taking advantage” phrase must not be ignored. This is the revelation of an agenda-driven decision and an agenda-driven judge.  Laws are sometimes passed in order to bring stability and certainty and, indeed, to avoid the flimsy whims of culture.  Judge Posner and other liberal radicals like him stand in stark opposition to that, believing judges can just manipulate any law to say anything they think is good, according to the latest cultural fads.  The Constitution is nothing but a joke in the hands of such judges.

Reader, I don’t care if you are a Republican or a Democrat, a conservative or a liberal, we must stand together and reject this dangerous judicial philosophy.  It is judicial tyranny.

What is the recourse for “We the People” with the law in the hands of such a judicial despot?  To pass new laws, when the judge can make it mean whatever he or she wants?

This is why we need Judge Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court.  What a contrast!  Gorsuch says he will abide by the laws enacted by the people, even when they conflict with his personal policy preferences.  Therefore, when we elect people to Congress to enact a law and a law is passed, we can be confident in that law.  And if we don’t like what they are doing, we can elect new people to pass the kind of laws we want.  That way, the power remains with “We the People,” and not with unelected judicial supremacists.

So, support judges like Gorsuch and reject the “Posners” and their “living, breathing Constitution” that they can manipulate at will.

Freedom and liberty depend on it.

How the Left’s “Inclusion” Rhetoric Excludes

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I have been bombarded by the media pushing a leftist political agenda my entire life.   Since my high school years, when I first noticed their deliberate attempts to push their particular perspective on me, they seem to be getting even more crass and up front in their efforts.

I remember the first time Snapchat got its new update adding magazine subscriptions for users to scroll through, read, and enjoy.  I was kind of irritated that there was only CNN and no other option for news.

This was also around the time that Twitter introduced the discover page and would only display stories from the left’s points of view.  It gets old after a while.  There have been numerous stories of Facebook pushing the same leftist ideology.

The trend continues today, and it seems to be only growing since the election of President Donald Trump.  These social networks seem to be personally invested in defeating the president and conservative values at all costs.

This is not a scientific study, so I am not 100% certain if there has been a measurable increase since then, or if I am just more politically in tune, but I am amazed at the continual efforts of the left to brainwash and influence young adults like me.

Magazines like Cosmopolitan and Teen Vogue specifically and purposely hone in on why women’s health and wellness means I must be “pro-abortion.”  More than once, I have clicked on the Snapchat Cosmopolitan story that seemed interesting, only to discover it was just spoon feeding me the abortion industry’s propaganda. Not only is abortion a choice, it’s apparently the best choice.

Young women and girls today are being influenced across the country from this undeniably exclusive rhetoric.  Teen Vogue recently published an article called “What to get a friend Post-Abortion.”  The end of the article states, “… she will need you — not because the act itself is so terrible, but because sometimes the world can be.”  Nothing wrong with that per se; pro-lifers are often the ones who come alongside post-abortive women.  But the article listed and encouraged gifts like an “F-U-terus” pin.  Lovely.

I wonder if the women writing these articles ever question why an abortion can be so traumatizing.  It is not something to take lightly.

According to one study, an alarming 50% of women who have an abortion show immediate negative responses.  The emotional impact is significant not only for the women but for anyone closely involved with the pregnant mother.

Abortion does not seem empowering to me.  In fact, the entire article proves how discouraging and dismantling it can be for someone.  To feel empowered is to feel accomplished.  What do abortions accomplish?

Does that disqualify me from being a woman?  That’s what these media influencers would like me to believe.  They do everything in their power to silence and shame young women like me by acting as if we do not exist.

What they are discovering, though, is that we will not go away.  Programs, like Concerned Women for America’s Young Women for America, are giving young women like me a voice and the space to express our views in a respectful, thoughtful, intelligent way with those who agree and disagree with us.

This gives us a great opportunity to reach other young women with a message of true diversity and inclusion that allows them to be who they want to be and not who the media elite demands.

Samantha Stohlman is an alumna of Concerned Women for America’s Ronald Reagan Memorial Internship Program. Learn more about this program by clicking here.

 

Fact: Both Republicans and Democrats Support Gorsuch

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It might be hard for some to believe, given the continuous drumbeat by the media, but Judge Neil Gorsuch has bipartisan support to be confirmed as the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

He, of course, has the full support of Republican senators, but Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana), Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) have also expressed their support of his nomination.  In addition, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) is not standing with his Democratic colleagues in support of a filibuster, instead committing to vote for cloture.  I expect him to ultimately vote for final confirmation as well.

This is a testament to Judge Gorsuch’s incredible credentials.  They are simply undisputed by all who have examined his record, including the liberal American Bar Association, which gave him its highest rating for the position, “unanimously, well qualified.”

These facts are enough to see right through the radicalism of the opposition and its media enablers.  Judge Gorsuch is objectively a consensus nominee.

The only purely partisan effort surrounding him is the efforts of Democrats crying “uncle” to the radical left’s phony indignation against anything and everything even remotely related to President Trump.

Or are they really accusing their fellow Democrats voting in support of Gorsuch of being part of the “right-wing”?

No, they know Judge Gorsuch does not deserve the treatment they are giving him.  They know their Democratic colleagues are doing the reasonable thing.  In years past, Judge Gorsuch would have received little opposition.  But we live in the times of President Trump, and emotions are running unreasonably high.

The Democrat elite are trying to rebuild the party after President Obama, and it looks like they feel they do not have the strength to withstand the radical left, believing instead they can use their anti-Trump energy to form a sort of “tea party” of the left.

Remember, in 2009, having just won the presidency, Democrats held commanding majorities in both chambers — 55 seats in the Senate and 256 seats in the House.  Slowly, they lost the House, the Senate and, ultimately, the presidency.

Bottom line: the left is furious and out for blood.

So you see, opposition to Gorsuch has nothing to do with the nominee and everything to do with political resentment.  They’ve been tempted to just lay the blame on the treatment of Judge Garland, but that is just an excuse to justify their actions.

To lay the blame for the judicial appointments wars, one must go way beyond the last year of President Obama, where they conveniently start the narrative to oppose Judge Gorsuch.  The discussion includes Sen. Harry Reid abolishing the filibuster in 2013 and names like Miguel Estrada and Robert Bork.  But you don’t hear discussion of any of that from Democrats or from their media enablers.

And again, all of it continues to confirm that, despite what their lips are saying about Gorsuch’s record, it is not about him at all.  He should be swiftly confirmed.

His filibuster is about appeasing and keeping the radical left energized, blatantly ignoring whether it is the right thing to do for the Senate, the Supreme Court, or the American people in general.

That is why Donnelly, Manchin, and Heitkamp deserve a lot of credit.  They represent the type of leaders that we need in the Senate — leaders who are confident enough to stand up to unreasonable pressure from their own side.

Sure, we don’t agree with them on most issues.  But they are doing the right thing on this nomination.  Their constituents should be pleased with them on this.

You want a leader who responds to pressure, but resists unreasonable pressure.  And that is what the opposition against Judge Gorsuch is, unreasonable and extreme.

Judge Gorsuch showed throughout the hearings that he is a man who will abide by the Constitution and the laws as enacted.  This means either party can advance their agenda through the proper channels provided by the constitution to do so.  This is a win for all Americans, regardless of their political views.

That is why we can all feel confident and proud as we look forward to Justice Gorsuch taking his spot at 1 First Street, NE, Washington, D.C.