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Why is He Yelling? Reflections on the 2023 State of the Union Address

By | LBB, News and Events | No Comments

You usually yell when people can’t hear you. Perhaps that is why President Joe Biden spent an hour yelling at the country in his State of the Union Address. No one is listening.

 

Frankly, I fear no one believes him. No one buys the D.C. narrative anymore. Americans are hurting. But you wouldn’t know it from the chest-pounding bloviating in the President’s speech. There is a chasm between the empty words in Washington and the reality that Americans face day in and day out.

 

The President gave lip service to everything from jobs and the economy to healthcare to the “existential threat” of climate change. You have heard of unprecedented problems at the border, but those miraculously disappeared for that hour last night. Instead, the Democrats celebrated their incredible work at the border. Seriously.

 

President Biden even mustered a line or two touting bipartisanship when he has been one of the most radical partisans in history. His shtick almost made him lose control of the floor at one moment when he lied about “Republicans wanting to get rid of Social Security and Medicaid.” The pushback was so strong he had to acknowledge Congress was unanimous in wanting to protect these essential programs. Oh, he kept the pre-written lines about saving the programs from some strawman trying to take it away, but he was forced to admit, “I guess no one is opposing this now.”

 

He had a line about protecting “Roe v. Wade.” It does not make any sense, Roe is already gone, but we all know he was just trying to throw a bone at the radicals among his base. The same was true when he uttered a sentence for LGBTQ+ “rights.” Hearing him yesterday, you would think these was not a big part of the President’s agenda. But it is all a façade. The fact is that President Biden has been the most radically pro-abortion President in history. He even supports the taxpayer funding of abortion, something he opposed for his whole career as something too extreme even for Democrats.

 

His plan to promote abortions in every way possible is immoral and unconstitutional, violating even the most basic principles of federalism. In a recent opinion, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) tries to circumvent federal law to spread the use of the mail to deliver abortion pills.

 

The President has been just as radical on the LGBTQ+ issue. President Biden is pushing for men who self-identify as a woman to be able to compete in women’s and girls’ sports. He is pushing for early, life-altering, and irreversible puberty blockers for children looking to “transition.” He has even mobilized his DOJ to go against those who oppose what he calls “gender-affirming care.”

 

But, again, you wouldn’t know that listening to him scream the speech tonight. Perhaps that is by design. Polls show the President’s disapproval is at 53%. Only 40% of Americans approve of the job he is doing. I suspect no amount of yelling will overcome that.

 

As they say, sometimes actions speak so loudly it is hard to listen to the words being said.

The ABCs of “ESG”

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You have either heard of it, or you will, but the radical ideology known as “ESG” is harming you.

 

ESG stands for “Environmental, Social, and Governance.” It is a set of standards used to measure, at its core, a company’s “wokeness.” The more woke a company is—think Green New Deal policies, abortion travel policies, and diversity quotas—the better its “ESG score” they will get, and the more access the company attains for capital, credit, and other financial perks.

 

The economic pressure is real. Companies are increasingly changing internal policies to meet these leftist standards, and the impact is all around us. Here are the top three areas of concern:

 

Asset Management: Many companies offer investment portfolios that are ESG-friendly to bolster businesses that are sufficiently woke. And it does not stop with private companies. The Biden Department of Labor, for example, is encouraging fiduciaries for retirement plans and pensions “to consider climate change and other environmental, social, and governance factors when they select retirement investments and exercise shareholder rights, such as proxy voting.” Without even knowing it, shareholders who are not careful support woke companies that hate their values and punish the companies that they support. It is no matter that ESG-focused investments have many times resulted in a worse economic return for shareholders. Nor are financial firms very concerned about enforcing ESG in China as long as the investment there is profitable.

 

Banking: Poorly scored companies risk experiencing reduced or eliminated access to capital and credit. If your bank fully embraces the ESG model and you want a loan, it will look at your business not only for its pecuniary value but also for its alignment with ESG. Your business may be a “bad” investment, no matter how well it does financially. Does your business provide abortion coverage? Does it support LGBTQ+ causes? Does your business align with the Black Lives Matter idea of “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” (DEI)? Unless there are abortion travel policies or race quotas, expect low marks. An ESG-controlled economy means capital withheld from profitmaking business activity and capital funneled to underperforming business activity. Left unchecked, the end result is that all American companies—including Main Street small businesses—are weak and woke.

 

Consumers: ESG reinforces corporate “wokeism.” The consequence is a culture that devalues the unborn, commodifies women and sex, harms children through indoctrination, etc., and also punishes any consumer who does not show allegiance to this radical, leftist ideology.

 

What can be done? Put the pressure back on the financial institutions rather than the other way around. We support states that are fighting back by barring state pension funds from considering ESG factors in investment decisions. If you are a shareholder, pay attention to your vote. If you have a relationship with your bank, learn their views on ESG. And if you are a consumer, as best you can, pursue alternative options to woke companies.

 

Nance: Give parents the power of the purse – educational savings accounts.

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) believes every child deserves educational freedom and that a zip code should not determine a student’s success. In her just published op-ed for Newsweek, Penny Nance, CWA’s CEO and President, discusses the important option of Educational Saving Accounts.

 

Penny had this to say in the article, “Give parents the power of the purse. Education Savings Accounts allow parents to use their tax dollars to pay for education that best supports their children. Nine states have already adopted ESA policies, including five in the last two years, and more will consider it this year. Let’s make it happen.”

Out Now: National Girls & Women in Sports Day with Macy Petty and Chloe Satterfield

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On National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Young Women for America leaders Macy Petty and Chloe Satterfield joined Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-California) on a panel with fellow female athletes to share their stories about being forced to compete against biological males.

 

Shortly after the panel, Macy and Chloe joined Concerned Women Today with Concerned Women for America’s CEO and President Penny Nance to reflect on the day.

 

Listen to the new episode below. Check out more Concerned Women Today podcasts here.

 

Young Women for America Joins Speaker McCarthy in Celebration of National Girls & Women in Sports Day

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To commemorate National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Young Women for America leaders Macy Petty and Chloe Satterfield were invited by Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy to tell their stories about competing against biological males in their field.  Both were honored to be with Members of Congress to bring this growing problem to light and to encourage them to act to protect female athletes.  They joined Rep. Claudia Tenney earlier in the day for the reintroduction of the “Protecting Women and Girls in Sports Act.”

 

Read our media advisories:

Women’s Group Endorses Legislation to Protect Female Athletes on National Girls & Women in Sports Day

 

YWA Leaders to Join House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to Champion Women’s Sports

Watch National Girls and Women in Sports Day Panel

Women’s Group Endorses Legislation to Protect Female Athletes on National Girls & Women in Sports Day

By | Legislative Updates, News and Events, Press Releases, Women's Sports | No Comments

For Immediate Release
February 1, 2023

Contact:  CWA Communications Team
comms@cwfa.org

MEDIA ADVISORY:

Women's Group Endorses Legislation to Protect Female Athletes on National Girls & Women in Sports Day

Prevents males from stealing their trophies, their scholarships, and advancement in sports

Washington, D.C. – On National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), representing hundreds of thousands of women and girls across the country, has endorsed the Protecting Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2023 to ensure women’s sports are protected under Title IX.

 

The bill, authored by Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) and introduced by Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) today, recognizes the discrimination taking place against female athletes in sports when male athletes identifying as women are allowed to participate in their competitions.

 

“Female athletes are losing their rightful places to advance and win in their own sports when they are forced to compete against biological males,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWALAC. “Women and girls deserve to have Title IX, the 50-year-old civil rights law that respects female athletes and guarantees equal opportunities and benefits for all athletes, be reinforced by this important legislation.”

 

The Protecting Women and Girls in Sports Act will clarify the responsibility of schools receiving federal funds to prohibit discrimination against female athletes based on biological sex. Title IX’s prohibition of sex discrimination is based on sex – male and female. It does not define sex based on “gender identity.” It does not sanction males, with distinct physiological advantages regardless of treatment, to compete in female sports. 

 

“No male, however he identifies, will ever shed his XY chromosomes, menstruate, or give birth,” says Nance. “Male bodies have larger hearts and lungs and higher hemoglobin levels that enable the body to oxygenate muscles faster. Science tells us they have bigger bones and muscle capacity, larger feet and hands. To deny these facts is to deny science.”

 

Policies allowing for inclusion in sex-specific sports on the basis of “gender identity” have no substantiation in biological fact or valid medical research to defend males competing in female athletics.

 

“Female athletes are under attack by an insidious form of sex discrimination driven by identity politics and condoned by schools and sports officials who are denying women and girls equal rights to their own sports. Sadly they are unwilling to stand up to protect fairness and inclusion for female athletes,” said Doreen Denny, CWA Senior Advisor. “Rep. Steube and his colleagues are working to make sure that does not continue to happen.”

 

CWA has filed three discrimination complaints against colleges, including a civil rights complaint under Title IX against the University of Pennsylvania for allowing Lia Thomas, a biological male swimmer, to compete in the NCAA championships in female competition.v

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America. Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich 40-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.

States Rejoice for School Choice

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Every child deserves educational freedom. At Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), we saw landmark developments in the states for the school choice movement during National School Choice Week.

 

Gov. Kim Reynolds (R-Iowa) listened to the voices of parents in Iowa and signed key education policy into law. Under Iowa’s Students First Act, state education funding—an estimated $7,598 per student—can go to K-12 students who choose to attend private schools and pay for their schooling and other qualified education expenses.

 

Gov. Spencer Cox (R-Utah) signed into law the Utah Fits All Scholarship Program. Eligible students can apply for and receive an $8,000 per-year scholarship for qualified education expenses, with preference for lower-income families and a program cap of $42 million per year.

 

In Arkansas, Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ (Republican) signed an executive order—her first in office—that directs the Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Education and the Arkansas State Board of Education to create “policies that streamline processes to continue, expand, and replicate effective charter schools.”

 

No student should be forced to attend failing schools or schools that denigrate their beliefs and values. Unfortunately, parents have seen far too much of this, and the problem accelerated during the pandemic. These actions by Govs. Reynolds, Cox, and Sanders empower parents to choose the best education for their children and advance education freedom. A key component of education freedom is educational choice—at CWALAC, we focus on choice in the forms of education savings accounts and open enrollment. CWA has already identified target states to advance the mission for educational choice: Florida, Louisiana, South Dakota, Texas, and Virginia. In each of these states, more can be done.

 

Iowa’s Students First Act, as mentioned, above, creates an education savings account (ESA). ESAs vary from state to state, but generally speaking, ESAs are publicly funded, are administered by the state government, and use state funding already allocated for the student. ESAs are used to provide an education in reading, grammar, mathematics, social studies, and science. ESAs allow a parent to purchase vetted educational services to tailor a learning experience that meets a student’s needs.

 

Every student must have access to an ESA, like in Iowa and the nine other states that have adopted ESAs that are publicly funded: Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. An ESA helps fulfill the proper goal of education to impart knowledge to students and teach them how to think, not what to think.

 

Open enrollment refers to the policy of allowing students to request to transfer to another school either within a school district (intradistrict open enrollment) or outside of the school district (interdistrict open enrollment) in which the student resides. Over half of the states have policies permitting intradistrict or interdistrict open enrollment. Fourteen states require interdistrict open enrollment for all grade levels.

 

Of those 14 states, five states—Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, South Dakota, and Tennessee—have the strongest policy because they require schools to accept transfer requests, subject to capacity of the receiving school. Gov. Sanders’ executive order builds on Arkansas’ strong foundation in what is sometimes called “public school choice.”

 

Every student must have access to transfer-request acceptance as in Arkansas and the other four states. Without it, there is a risk of open-endedness in transfer policies that give schools the latitude to create policies that prioritize the preservation of an institution rather than an individual student’s quality of education.

 

The remaining nine states require schools to have policies for transfer requests but do not require acceptance of transfer requests: Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wisconsin. Open enrollment that is interdistrict, available for all grade levels, and available for any reason (subject to capacity) gives even more options to the parents and the student to achieve maximum educational outcomes.

 

A zip code should not determine a student’s success. The pandemic, despite its many tragedies, has resulted in an opportune climate for change in education policy. For this year’s National School Choice Week, more parents are experiencing more meaningful choice in their student’s education.

YWA Leaders to Join House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to Champion Women’s Sports

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For Immediate Release
January 31, 2023

Contact:  CWA Communications Team
comms@cwfa.org

MEDIA ADVISORY:

YWA Leaders to Join House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to Champion Women's Sports

Will expose unfair treatment of female athletes

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, February 1, Concerned Women for America (CWA) and Young Women for America (YWA) leaders Macy Petty and Chloe Satterfield will join other female athletes in an event with Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-California) and House leadership to mark National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

 

The first Wednesday of February is designated to honor female athletes around the country. Yet a growing trend of males who identify as women are allowed to play women’s sports despite scientific studies that prove testosterone suppression cannot eliminate the male athletic advantage.

 

“I am honored to join Speaker McCarthy to honor female athletes, many of whom feel forsaken by their schools that are putting the safety and opportunity for girls to compete on an equal playing field at risk to cater to the desires of a few,” says Petty, an NCAA volleyball player and YWA Ambassador. During USA Volleyball junior qualifiers, Petty competed against a male athlete identifying as a female.

 

“Macy, Chloe and many other young female athletes have lost their trophies, their scholarships, and their opportunities to advance in their sports,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWA. “We are grateful Speaker McCarthy and leaders in Congress are going to make championing women a priority.”

EVENT DETAILS:

What: National Girls and Women in Sports Day

Who:

Speaker Kevin McCarthy

Riley Gaines, NCAA swimmer

Macy Petty, NCAA volleyball player

Chloe Satterfield, former high school tennis player

When: February 1, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. EST 

Where: U.S. Capitol Building, Rayburn Room next to the House floor

“Women have come so far in the past one hundred years, and Title IX was a significant turning point for women which increased athletic, scholastic, and financial opportunities for women,” says Satterfield, a former high school tennis player who competed against a male athlete in high school.  “By speaking out today, we hope to continue progress for women and prevent being dragged fifty years backwards by allowing men to participate in our athletic competition.”

CWA has filed three discrimination complaints against colleges, including a civil rights complaint under Title IX against the University of Pennsylvania for allowing Lia Thomas, a biological male swimmer, to compete in the NCAA championships in female competition.

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America. Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich 40-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.

YWA Leader Testifies on Virginia Girls’ Sports Bill

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On January 30, 2023, Young Women for America Ambassador Halli Gravley testified before the Virginia House of Delegates Higher Education Subcommittee Hearing in support of HB 1387, a fairness in women’s sports bill.

 

As a current female athlete on a college synchronized skating team in Virginia, Halli provided a much-needed perspective in this discussion. Furthermore, as an Ambassador for Young Women for America, Halli was able to “represent not only myself as an athlete but also young women across this state and this country who believe one of the most foundational truths that have existed from the beginning of time – God created two distinct sexes male and female. Allowing biological males to compete in women’s sports is an attack on science— on physical reality— and a betrayal of women’s rights.”

 

You can watch Halli’s shortened testimony here or read her statement in full here.

 

Halli is no stranger to the fight to defend the integrity of women’s sports as she testified a year ago in her home state of Kentucky in support of HB 23, the Save Women’s Sports Act, which passed and was signed into law.

 

HB 1387 passed the Higher Education Subcommittee, and we are looking forward to the day when the option to protect women’s sports in Virginia ends up on Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s desk.

Left to Right: Riley Gaines, Halli Gravley, Marshi Smith, and Abi Prudent. Riley and Marshi are some of our friends in the fairness in women’s sports coalition. Abi is a classmate of Halli’s, and she also testified in support of HB 1387.

Moral Apathy and Moral Corruption: Two Sides of the Same Coin

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Thanks to the outstanding investigative work of Mia Cathell at Townhall, the public got a glimpse into the heinous crimes committed by a radical LGBTQ+ activist couple against their two adopted children (9 and 11 years old now). A grand jury indicted William Dale Zulock, Jr. and Zachary Jacoby Zulock on charges including “incest, aggravated sodomy, aggravated child molestation, felony sexual exploitation of children, and felony prostitution of a minor.”

 

The two, explains Cathell, were “darlings of the LGBTQ media” who were “part of an anti-gay hate campaign promoting ‘# NOH8′” and whose pictures were featured several times on the largest LGBTQ+ monthly publication in the nation, Out magazine.

 

The alleged charges must suffice for our purposes; the investigation details are too upsetting (see Cathell’s entire series, being mindful of their content warning—it is hard to get through). We can simply say this is the worst type of abuse against children. These poor children were in third and fourth grades. Some abuse was allegedly filmed to satisfy the perverted desires of the men. And they even allegedly offered their children up to other men. All the while threatening them, saying things like, “Our business is our business. What happens in our home, stays in our home.”

 

To think of what these children have gone through is genuinely heartbreaking. So, you can imagine how my heart sank to discover that the adoption of these children, which opened the door to this unimaginable abuse, was facilitated by a “Christian special-needs adoption agency.” I’m sorry, what? Yes, Cathell didn’t specify at first but later revealed it was an agency called “All God’s Children, Inc.”

 

So, here is where I’d like to focus your attention as Christians for a moment and appeal to your sense of righteousness and zeal for the Name of our Lord. We simply cannot stand silent while so many Christians today celebrate and support sin in the name of Christ. It is heresy. Those who choose to identify themselves as Christians bear the name of Christ. They cannot condone and celebrate sin in any of its forms. Not within and not without.

 

As Christians, we are tacitly complicit in the worst types of abuses when we remain silent to the trampling of God’s loving standards for us in the name of tolerance or anything else. Put another way, we cannot violate the first commandment of Christ (to love God above all, with all our hearts, soul, and mind) to promote the world’s distortion of our Lord’s second command (to love our neighbors as ourselves). See Matthew 22:37-40.

 

When we manipulate God’s Word, we weaken the only good and perfect standard for any sort of sustainable moral order. If Christians agree with the world that there is no objective standard, that God’s law is relative to our personal preferences, then it is impossible to establish some arbitrary human-created line of morality further along because we believe, oh now, “that” is too far. Says who? That might be too far for you, but I have my own truth. Isn’t that what we say? Isn’t that what millions of Christians go along with every day here in America?

 

To be clear. The connection I want us to draw is not between sexual orientation and child abuse and pedophilia (see this recent encounter for other examples of this depravity). Instead, the connection is between moral apathy and moral corruption.

 

As Cathell investigated the now conveniently defunct agency, she found a post of “All God’s Children, Inc. at the First Presbyterian Church of Athens, GA.” The report does not go into more detail about the church, but I got curious.

 

Not surprisingly, a quick search of First Presbyterian Church of Athens, GA, reveals that it is hosting (just as I write this on January 26, 2023) an event alongside PFLAG, “the nation’s largest family and ally organization for LGBTQIA+ people.” Here is the description of the event:

 

In partnership with Athens Pride Queer Collective, Pflag Athens Area will host a discussion circle during the LGBTQ+ youth group meeting time. We will meet separately from the youth group to have a free and open conversation between family members, parents, and LGBTQ+ allies. Mask wearing at your discretion.

 

Now you can see how a “Christian” adoption agency, like All God’s Children, Inc., would be eager to place children in a pro-LGBTQ+ home when it is born out of their theology. To affirm LGBTQ+ relationships is to do the work of their god. It is a work of the heart. Forget the Word of God. This is love to them.

 

The many red flags in these prospective parents (including accusations of “alleged pedophilic behavior”) were really part of the stigma attached to them by a cruel society. It is something they needed to break through, not explore further, to be extra diligent in order to protect these children. We wouldn’t want to upset the prospective couple. Everyone was surprised at how fast they moved through the adoption process (#diversity!).

 

Liberal Christians are not like those other Christians. One of the perpetrators in this case was very public in his criticism of Rev. Billy Graham’s daughter, Cissie Graham Lynch, because she spoke in favor of protecting the religious freedom of Christian organizations that are constantly harassed by government to abandon their faith if they want to do charity work. Cathell quotes Zachary as saying in a Facebook post, “What about all the LGBTQ couples out there that have been stopped from adopting?! What about their rights?”

 

The church that helped them adopt would agree. So would many other Christians today— even famous pastors. Your local pastor may use some of the teaching materials from these churches.

 

Andy Stanley, who has been on the pro-LGBTQ+ line for many years and whose materials are used all over this country, was recently featured praising the faith of his LGBTQ+ friends over any of his other congregants. The church needs to learn from them. “I know the verses; I know the clobber passages,” he said.

 

But again, the authority of Christ is the issue. Belief in God’s Word (His standards) is the issue. Stanley actively advocates diminishing God’s Word, especially the Old Testament, to be more appealing to the world. Moral apathy will give you a better hearing.

 

But this new form of liberal Christianity is the theological force behind the moral corruption we are all witnessing. And we must ask whether we are part of the problem. Am I showing signs of moral apathy in my own life?

 

David describes the workers of iniquity as those “Who speak peace to their neighbors, but evil is in their hearts” (Psalm 28:3). He prays to God against their efforts because “they do not regard the works of the Lord, nor the operation of His hands” (Psalm 28:5).

 

Are we doing the same? Are we showing so little regard for the Word of God that we are really promoting a false sense of peace? Again, we must ask, has my moral indifference given space to the moral corruption I see all around me?

 

If the answer is “yes,” we must repent. We must turn back to the God of Scripture – the whole of Scripture. We must proclaim His standards are best. Indeed, we must attest there is no other foundation for liberty and freedom known to man. True love protects.

 

There is only one way – the Jesus way.

Nance: Conservatives Keep Missing The Key To Winning The Big Culture Battle

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“For 50 years, the American people have been fed a disgusting lie that the best and reasonable solution to an unplanned pregnancy is to have an abortion, to get rid of the human life inside a mother’s womb and it will be as if it never happened,” stated Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance in her op-ed featured in The Daily Caller.

 

Read the entire op-ed here.

Roe v Wade-50th Anniversary March and Media

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CWA Celebrates a Post-Roe America

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CWA’s Director of Government Relations Alexandra McPhee joined host Tia Mitchell of Washington Journal about the 50th Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, the overturn of Roe in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, and the future of the pro-life movement.

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Programming Alert: Nance to Appear on Fox News Sunday

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Exclusive: On the 50th anniversary of Roe v Wade, Penny Nance will give her insights on the work to protect life in this country on Fox News Sunday with Shannon Bream this Sunday, January 22. We encourage you to watch live or set your DVRs if you are not home Sunday.

 

There are two broadcast options on Sunday to watch the show:

  1. Sunday morning when Fox News Sunday is broadcast on local Fox affiliates. Check out the Fox News Sunday Local Air Times.
  2. Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. EST on the Fox News Channel.

 

Please pray for Penny. She asks that we pray for clarity of thought and wisdom of words.

 

Please forward this to your friends and family and encourage them to watch Fox News Sunday this weekend.

 

Thank you!

CWA Cosigns Letter to CVS and Walgreens

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Concerned Women for America cosigned a letter to Walgreens and CVS regarding the recent changes by the government to allow pharmacies to dispense chemical abortion. CVS and Walgreens announced their plans to seek certification to stock and fulfill prescriptions for mifepristone (the first part of a two-part regimen to complete a chemical abortion). The letter outlines a long list of potential legal, policy, media, and cultural concerns these pharmacies should consider when deciding on becoming abortion businesses.  

 

Read letters to Walgreens and CVS.

Fighting the Government-Big Tech Manipulation

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One of the most concerning aspects of President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice’s malicious targeting of parents and others that merely disagree with the government-approved narrative as “domestic terrorists” is that it undermines the actual war against terrorism. The fact is that terrorist organizations like ISIS have pledged harm to our country, and our government has a duty to remain diligent in protecting our citizens from that clear and present danger.

 

Instead of wasting resources in going after political opponents, we must continue to unite against those who hate our American values. Yet, as the Twitter files have exposed, the U.S. Government’s intelligence apparatus has colluded with Big Tech, not to fight terrorism and protect U.S. citizens but to suppress free speech. This is wrong. We must be able to fight for our constitutional rights without losing our ability to focus and distinguish between these and genuine national security threats.

 

In a brief before the United States Supreme Court, Concerned Women for America (CWA) argues for such a distinction, and we seek to hold Big Tech accountable for turning a blind eye to real terrorist threats facing the nation, claiming technical inability and lack of resources, while displaying great power against our own citizens. In it, we say:

 

Because conservative organizations and other individuals and institutions that do not conform to conventional wisdom are increasingly likely to be silenced for expressing what government agencies and Defendants regard as “extreme and polarizing content,” CWA has a strong interest in protecting free speech, including on Defendants’ near monopolistic platforms. Simultaneously, however, CWA believes that foreign terrorist organizations (“FTOs”) like ISIS, and state sponsors of terrorism like Iran – rather than American citizens who disagree with COVID-related school closures or with policies allowing biological males to compete in women’s sports – pose an actual threat to our national security.

 

One must admit we have a problem when a social media company like Twitter, virtually controlling the modern public square, dares to remove a sitting President of the United States, preventing him from speaking freely to its citizens, while giving full access to the Taliban and several of its most prominent spokespeople even as they simultaneously conduct violent attacks against our country. Given that clear choice they have made, affirmatively taking steps to discredit one voice and give legitimacy to another, the company should not be free to wash its hands for the foreseeable consequences of its actions.

 

In Twitter, Inc. v. Taamneh, the U.S. Supreme Court will wrestle with the fact that though we now know that Big Tech is fully capable of removing content when they want to, it has chosen not to act in the case of straightforward illegal content choosing instead to focus its vast resources on the protected speech of its political opponents, hiding all the while under the alleged special liability protection the federal government has promised them under some laws, like the infamous Section 230.

 

One example has been especially evident since the takeover of Twitter by Elon Musk. In just a few months, Musk cleaned up Twitter of its child pornography problem simply by making it a top priority. The previous owner claimed this was impossible to do, despite their concerted, decades-long efforts to “do everything possible.”

 

Big Tech companies like Google and Meta (formerly Facebook) have become too powerful on the backs of the American people while avoiding the responsibilities that are required of U.S. companies in every other context. Mark Zuckerberg’s nearly half-a-billion dollars investment in the 2020 election, while controlling and manipulating political speech through its platform, is another timely and concerning example.

 

It is a complex problem that will undoubtedly need Congressional action too, but let us hope the U.S. Supreme Court can take steps to start curtailing its growing dangerous power.

 

CWA Takes Message Directly to the NCAA: Stop Discriminating Against Female Athletes

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) and Young Woman for America (YWA) joined allies in the fight to preserve a fair playing field for college female athletes by taking our message straight to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at their annual convention in San Antonio, Texas. The rally showcasing female champion athletes and women’s organizations representing the voices of Americans across the political spectrum received nationwide coverage and put the NCAA on notice for legal action should it continue its discriminatory policy allowing male athletes identifying as women to participate and compete in the women’s category of sport.   

 

A petition urging the NCAA to stop discriminating against female athletes was hand-delivered to NCAA officials with nearly 10,000 signatures.    

 

As reported by the Daily Signal, CWA Senior Advisor Doreen Denny, YWA Ambassador and current NCAA volleyball athlete Macy Petty, and CWA of Texas State Director Ann Hettinger spoke at the rally. They were joined by Deanna Drogan, CWA’s Digital Media Specialist, Cassidy Comer, basketball player from Midwestern State University in Texas, and other local CWA/YWA supporters.

 

Speakers also urged the Texas Legislature to pass a bill sponsored by Rep. Valoree Swanson (R-District 150, the Save Women’s Sports Act, which would protect female athletics at all levels, including college.

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Local Restaurant Hosts Disney-Themed Drag Show

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By YWA Ambassador Hannah Gebhardt

 

As a former staff member at a children’s summer camp and the wife of a children’s minister, I have had the pleasure of getting to experience the innocence and joy that comes from the mind of a child. It is for this reason that news like the following breaks my heart. On January 15, 2023, Moondog Pizza, a local restaurant in downtown Morganton, North Carolina hosted a Disney themed drag show for all ages. The show consisted of several “drag queens” who engaged in Disney themed performances, aimed at fans of the well-loved franchise. Many local supporters of the restaurant posted comments showing support of Moondog’s drag show, emphasizing how “kid-friendly” the event was. Disney was created and still is by design a company whose target audience is young children and teens. Through using a childlike theme, the restaurant encouraged parents to bring their children and expose them to indecent sexual performances under the guise of a family experience.

Businesses and individuals across the country are promoting what they believe to be a culture of acceptance, but the sad reality is that events like this attack the most vulnerable members of society, our children. Karl Marx believed that the destruction of the nuclear family was necessary for the creation of a socialist society, the stepping stone to his ultimate goal of a communist utopia. Sadly, Marx was exactly right. Whether we want to accept it or not, our culture is determined to destroy the nuclear family in order to reshape morality. But this is where every single individual should draw the line.

 

The apostle Peter writes, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) The enemy is real and as Christian’s we are called to use reason in order to discern the truth among the evil that prevails in our society. I refuse to sit back and let corrupt businesses like this destroy morality by exploiting innocent and impressionable young children. It’s time for all of us to stand together and use our voices in order to fight for the protection of children against sexual exploitation.