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Do You Know Who is Teaching Your Children?

By | LBB, News and Events | No Comments

America is changing. Perhaps you have noticed. Our cities, our communities, our schools do not reflect American values, let alone Christian ones. We must begin to pay attention to who is teaching our children if we have ordinarily not paid attention in the past. A series of recent exposures have put an exclamation point to the urgency of this development.

Meet Kristin Pitzen, English teacher at Back Bay High School in Costa Mesa, Orange County, California. Ms. Pitzen proudly posted the video on one of her social media accounts (now deleted), saying this:

“Okay, so during third period, we have announcements, and they do the pledge of allegiance. I always tell my class, ‘Stand if you feel like it; don’t stand if you feel like it. Say the words if you; [sic] don’t have to say the words.’ So, my class decided to stand but not say the words. Totally fine. [Grin] Except for the fact that my room does not have a flag. It used to be there [points toward a wall]. [More grinning] But I took it down during COVID because [whispers] it made me uncomfortable. And, ugh, I packed it away, and I don’t know where [more grinning] and I haven’t found it yet [laugh]. But my kid today goes, ‘Hey, it’s kind of weird that we just stand and, you know, we say it to nothing.’ And I’m like, ‘Oh, well, you know [sarcastically] I gotta find it. Like, I’m working on it. I got you.’ [Shaking head mocking the kid that she is deceiving while laughing hysterically] ‘In the meantime,’ I tell this kid, ‘We do have a flag in the class that you can pledge your allegiance to.’ And he, like, looks around and goes, ‘Oh, that one?’ [pointing at a big LGBTTQQIAAP (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, pansexual) flag the teacher is proudly displaying for the class].”

She could not stop laughing…

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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.

Abortion and Race in America

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After an anchor on a major news network referred to all pro-lifers as “racist” and “handmaidens,” it lit a fire under those within the movement to set the record straight and to examine how race fits into the issue of abortion in America. Concerned Women for America’s CEO and President, Penny Nance, is joined by Christina Bennett, an African American leader within the pro-life movement, who breaks this down, asks the tough questions, and shares the story of her mother’s divine intervention that changed her life forever.

Senate and House Committees Set Stage to Draft Our Daughters

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“Certainly I will go with you,” said Deborah. “But because of the course you are taking, the honor will not be yours, for the LORD will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman.” Judges 4:9

Like Deborah, the prophetess, women have been called to fulfill God-ordained missions throughout history. Whether to meet family needs or respond in a crisis, women step up to serve. From Queen Esther to Rosie the Riveter and beyond, females continue to fill the critical roles God sets before them, including to defend their country.

Many American women proudly serve in our all-volunteer armed forces. Females comprise 19% of the current officer corps. But this does not mean we should force young women to sign up for the military draft. Sadly, Congress is on track to overturn long-standing military policy that established the all-male draft and will diminish women’s intrinsic value and worth under a false banner of “equality.”

In July, the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) advanced the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) behind closed doors with an amendment that would force young women to register for the Selective Service (SS). The SS is the mechanism by which male citizens are drafted for military service to meet combat needs during a national security crisis. Conscripting young women to the frontlines of war is a complete reversal of established and justified military policy upheld by the Supreme Court.

In response to this action, CWA Legislative Action Committee led a coalition letter to Congress asking members to oppose any legislation that would draft our daughters. Nearly 30 states were represented on the letter through a diverse group of national and regional pro-family organizations, former military, faith leaders, mothers, fathers, and more.

On September 1, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) followed the Senate’s course in approving an amendment to force women into the draft. Five of the 28 Republicans joined 30 of the 31 Democrats in passing the amendment, effectively co-opting our military into an ideological project that undermines primary objectives for our national defense.

We celebrate the many critical roles women embrace in every stage of life, but we reject the baseless notion that women’s equality means sameness with men. Inherent distinctions between the sexes have everything to do with military readiness in a wartime crisis. We must maintain a united front against this policy as the House and Senate return from recess later this month. Our daughters should not be forced into the draft as a social experiment.

You can learn more by reading our fact sheet on this issue. Visit our Action Center here and contact your members of Congress today.

Conservative Women Celebrate Saving Babies in Texas

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 2, 2021

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

Conservative Women Celebrate Saving Babies in Texas

Washington, D.C. – Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), the largest public policy organization for women in the nation, had this to say on the news of the United States Supreme Court’s denial of attempts to stop the Texas Heartbeat Law:

“It is telling to see the abortion industry’s angry reaction to the Supreme Court’s refusal to play interference between the Left’s radical ideas and the American people. Texas’ heartbeat law was properly debated and passed with bi-partisan support. Texas women want this law.

“CWA of Texas worked hard to see it passed. The other side had ample opportunity to convince the public of their views. But they lost. It is as simple as that.

“Now, as usual, they seek for judicial activists to do for them what they couldn’t do through the proper legislative process. Since 1973 the militant left has used the courts to impose their fringe views of abortion at any time, for any reason, any number, and all paid for by the taxpayers of America. Those days are over. We are thankful for a Supreme Court that knows its role and refuses to be manipulated in this way, letting the democratic process continue instead.

“Bottom line, babies are being saved in Texas today. We know that makes for a rainy day for the Left, but most Americans rejoice. That’s the headline.”

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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.

What did the Supreme Court Do in the Challenge Against Texas Heartbeat Law?

By | LBB, Legal, News and Events, Sanctity of Life, SCOTUS, Texas | No Comments

The radical left and its media enablers are going berserk over the United States Supreme Court’s denial of an application for injunctive relief to stop Texas’s Heartbeat Law from going into effect. The Court simply refused to act in an activist manner and allowed the process to work as it was constitutionally envisioned.

Anyone seeking the Court to take such an extreme action that would frustrate the democratic process in this manner needs a “strong showing” that they are “likely to succeed on the merits” of the case. The pro-abortion side failed to meet that heavy burden.

Though they are fixated on Roe v. Wade, this case presents “complex and novel antecedent procedural questions on which they have not carried their burden.”

To put it simply, the Texas law is not being enforced by state officials, which the pro-abortion side is used to suing in their official capacity, given the fact that they are usually charged with enforcing the law. Not here. This law does not charge any agency or official with its enforcement. Instead, it gives private citizens the right to sue if the law is violated in the future.

The Court then, making no judgment on merits of the case, has refused to enjoin the law (meaning stopping it from going into effect) until there is an actual case or controversy with a proper defendant in order for the courts to assess it in the proper context.

The Court concluded: “This order is not based on any conclusion about the constitutionality of Texas’s law, and in no way limits other procedurally proper challenges to the Texas law, including in Texas state courts.”

Such limited action shows the Court is acting under the sort of judicial restraint envisioned by the constitutional structure, instead of as a super legislature constantly interfering and frustrating the democratic process.

It is discouraging that Chief Justice Roberts joined Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan to dissent from the decision. The Chief Justice recognizes the complex nature of the procedural question presented, saying, “We are at this point asked to resolve these novel questions—at least preliminarily—in the first instance, in the course of two days, without the benefit of consideration by the District Court or Court of Appeals.” But he would actually enjoin the law, frustrating the will of the millions of Texans who helped enact it.  This fits a pattern we have seen from the Chief Justice before, where he seems to worry about public opinion in an unhealthy way, taking steps in every major case to protect what he perceives as the “legitimacy” and independence of the Court.

Not surprisingly, the liberal side of the Court, Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan, wrote separately, eager to project that they are ready to act on behalf of the pro-abortion side. No need for them to worry about the legitimacy of the Court. That seems to always cut one way.

We are thankful for Justices Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett for their unwavering commitment to the law and showing the proper judicial restraint in such a politically charged area of law. That’s where it counts.

YWA September Leader’s Call with Rep. Chip Roy

By | Education, News and Events, Religious Liberty, Sanctity of Life, YWA | No Comments

Rep. Chip Roy (Republican) serves the 21st District of Texas. At the end of July, Rep. Roy introduced the Protecting Life on College Campus Act of 2021 alongside Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana) and Rep. Mary Miller (R-Illinois).

The Protecting Life on College Campus Act of 2021 would prohibit the federal government from funding “any institution of higher education that hosts or is affiliated with any school-based service site that provides abortion drugs or abortions to students of the institution or to employees of the institution or site.”

We are grateful to Rep. Roy for taking a firm stand for life and excited to have him join our YWA Leader’s Call on September 13.

Date: Monday, September 13
Time: 
5:30 p.m. Eastern (4:30 p.m. Central; 3:30 p.m. Mountain; 2:30 p.m. Pacific)
Register 
hereand please feel free to share the link with like-minded friends and family! An email with the link for the call and information will follow upon registration.

Best,
Annabelle Rutledge
National Director, Young Women for America

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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Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich history of over 40 years.

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

Hit and Run: House Approves $3.5T Budget Plan and Elections Power Grab

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The House took a brief hiatus from August Recess this week to consider the Left’s tax and spend wish list and a partisan power grab to federalize our elections.

Drama reigned over how the Democrats would manage a 24-hour session as leadership struggled to get their “moderate” wing in line. They could not afford to lose these ten members if they were going to have enough votes to pass the excessive $3.5 trillion budget blueprint that Senate Democrats advanced. After late-night negotiations and enough public wrangling with this group of moderate members, who were demanding consideration of the Senate infrastructure bill first, the budget resolution was put up for a vote and passed along party lines.

As members chomped at the bit to flee back to their districts, Speaker Pelosi then brought H.R. 4, the deceptively named John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, to the floor. H.R. 4 is a cheap alternative to H.R. 1, taking constitutionally derived authority away from the states for election law and transferring it to the federal government to second guess their every move. The legislation establishes a reckless formula to single out states and localities for so-called voting rights violations, requiring federal preclearance on any proposed changes to election laws or practices. In the 2013 Shelby County v. Holder decision, the Supreme Court invalidated a similar provision contained in the original Voting Rights Act of 1965. The House passed H.R. 4 by another party-line vote. Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) notified members of our opposition to the bill and our intent to include it on our scorecard. You may view the letter here. Action on this bill now moves to the Senate when it returns in September.

The House Rules Committee also set the stage for consideration of the so-called bipartisan infrastructure package passed by the Senate when members return in September. This bill is another trojan horse for trillions in wasteful spending and radical, divisive policies that have nothing to do with meaningful investments in American infrastructure. CWALAC will continue to oppose the legislation’s advancement.

We will bring you the latest updates as Congress races towards the September 30 end of the fiscal year.

Nance: It Is Demonic What Is Being Unleashed

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Concerned Women for America’s CEO and President, Penny Nance, joined CBN News this week to discuss highlights from CWA’s prayer vigil for Afghanistan outside of the White House. Nance speaks to the importance of women of faith from across the country coming together to pray for what she describes as “demonic” behavior being unleashed in Afghanistan.

Watch her full interview below:

Nance: It Is Demonic What Is Being Unleashed from Concerned Women for America on Vimeo.

 

Podcast: Chaos in Kabul with Amber Smith

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The heartbreaking chaos in Kabul, Afghanistan has the entire world holding its breath. To unpack how we got here, and what the future looks like for Americans still stranded, Concerned Women for America’s CEO and President, Penny Nance, is joined by Afghanistan combat veteran and author Amber Smith.

Listen to their full conversation below.

A Prayer for Afghanistan

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LORD,

Words fail to express the sorrow
Of the Body of Christ here in America
As we consider the fate
Of our brothers and sisters in Afghanistan.

The images are just heartbreaking.
The stories, agonizing.
We grieve for those in such perilous situations
Wondering what awaits their families.

Help! Lord.
We humbly ask for Your guidance
For our leaders and those with the
Power and means to come to their aid.

We consider, and plead especially,
For the women and children who are
Specifically targeted by the evil rule
Of the Taliban. Rise against it, Lord.

Stretch out Your mighty hand
And show Your awesome power
For all the world to see that
You are God!

Frustrate the enemy’s plans at every turn.
Let those uncommitted to freedom and liberty
Among our leaders in Washington be exposed,
Let them be removed from their posts.

Let the righteous rule again
That the people may rejoice,
As Your Word says, Lord.
And strengthen the knees of Your Church.

Give us faith to engage the spiritual fight
We so often overlook.
Give us spiritual eyes and help us
To pray fervently in the power of the Spirit.

Hear the plight of those who,
In their distress, cry out to You.
Deliver them and protect them.
Let Your wisdom increase in Afghanistan.

May the threat of persecution
Be a catalyst for Your Word to flourish,
For Your church to do as our Lord and Savior did,
To give our very lives for love.

Teach us to love, Father.
Teach us to have compassion—
To be moved as Jesus when He saw the crowds,
And give us the faith to multiply the loaves and the fish.

For what is impossible with men,
It is possible with God.
We know this to be true, Lord,
And we declare it anew.

We believe.
We believe in You, our Father.
We believe in Your Son, Jesus, in whose name we pray.
We believe in Your Holy Spirit, through whom we pray.

Amen.

Statement for the Afghan Women and Girls Rally

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I saw a video posted by the New York Times of an Afghan woman named Crystal Bayat. On August 19th she helped organize a protest to celebrate Afghanistan independence. At great risk to her life, she and six other women marched through the streets of Afghanistan raising their country’s flag in defiance of the Taliban. She grew up in the freedom Afghanistan has experienced these last twenty years. This month was her first time ever coming face to face with the Taliban. They told her she had twenty days of freedom. Her response was, “Til they shoot me, I will strive, and I will seek my goals. I will not let them deprive me of my fundamental rights. I’m raising the voice of a million women.”

It brought me to tears. In Crystal, I see the same spirit of our Young Women for America leaders. As the Director of Young Women for America, I have the privilege and honor of working with young women across this country, from high schoolers to young professionals, who have this same bold spirit. They are strong, kind, smart, motivated, Christ-honoring individuals in diverse career paths who are using their gifts and talents to impact the world. I’m amazed at how they spend their time and the ways they are impacting their communities even now. As I consider their paths with endless opportunities in front of them, I can’t help but contrast it with the plight of women in Afghanistan at this moment. We must acknowledge what is happening to women in Afghanistan now and what we know will only continue to get worse. There is no future in the public square for women under Sharia law. They cannot safely leave their homes; they cannot leave their homes at all unless they have permission from men; their bodies must be covered head to toe; they cannot hold any positions of power; they cannot have jobs; they cannot drive. Images of women are being removed from public places. They are being beaten in the streets. Women in Afghanistan face a future of subjugation, rape, persecution, and even stonings. Women are dying and will continue to die.

The feminists are silent, but we will not be. At this very moment, across the country, Young Women for America leaders are joining you in prayer. From California to Pennsylvania and Alabama and beyond, YWA leaders are gathering their chapter members and friends or bowing their heads privately to come before the throne of God in unity. We can’t physically show up in Afghanistan, but right now, we are putting on the armor of God and engaging in spiritual battle. We are going to war against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places on behalf of our Afghan sisters.

And we trust in our God. We serve an awesome, all-powerful, all knowing, loving, and present God. He is among us. He hears us.

CWA Coordinates Prayer Vigil at White House Condemning Abandonment of Americans, Women, and Children in Afghanistan

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For Immediate Release
August 20, 2021

Jacklyn Washington
[email protected] |202-748-3501

Concerned Women for America Coordinates Prayer Vigil at White House Condemning Abandonment of Americans, Women, and Children in Afghanistan

Washington, D.C. – The nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, Concerned Women for America, will gather a coalition of faithful female leaders on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, outside of the White House in Washington, D.C., to pray for the ongoing human rights crisis unfolding in Afghanistan.

WHO: Speakers include:

  • Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America CEO and President
  • Charlotte Ponticelli, Former Senior Coordinator for International Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State, Member of U.S. Afghan Women’s Council and American Council on Women, Peace, and Security.
  • Mercedes Schlapp, American Conservative Union Foundation Senior Fellow
  • Mariam Ibrahim, Sudanese Religious Freedom Activist, arrested and sentenced to death for her Christian faith
  • Andrea Bottner, former U.S. Department of State Director for the Office of International Women’s Issues and Senior Advisor, Independent Women’s Forum
  • Alyssa Farah, visiting fellow with Independent Women’s Forum & former White House Communications Director and United States Department of Defense Press Secretary
  • Tina Whittington, Executive Vice President, Students for Life
  • Jenna Ellis, Host, Just The Truth at Real America’s Voice News

WHAT: Prayer Vigil for Stranded Americans and Afghani Women and Children

WHERE: Lafayette Square in front of the White House

WHEN: Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. EST

WHY: To lift up the innocent in prayer and demand the White House protect the innocent. The focus of the prayer vigil/press conference will be to demand the rescue and protection of Americans stuck in Afghanistan and safety for Afghan women and children,  particularly dependents of our allies. Concerned Women for America CEO and President, Penny Nance provided the following statement:

“The footage and testimonials out of Afghanistan are horrific. Americans are stuck and women and children are in crisis. Interpreters who worked with us are being tortured to death, Afghani women are pleading for rescue from the Taliban, burning anything that shows their accomplishments, and handing their babies over razor wire to British soldiers out of despair. Women and young girls in Afghanistan will now be forced into a life of oppression. They will face brutal violations of their most fundamental rights and face death, sex slavery, and other grim situations at the hand of the Taliban. Leaving those who worked alongside U.S. troops for the last 20 years behind to face life under the Taliban is surely a death sentence. We must find a humanitarian solution that ensures the safety of women and children while ensuring that America is kept safe. We are witnessing the worst crisis and failure of foreign policy leadership in recent history. Concerned Women for America has a long history of working to protect women and children with a deep focus on religious freedom, educational opportunities, true empowerment and opportunities, and a commitment to ending sexual exploitation. We will not look away. The world is watching, and we will be praying for a miracle to save lives. The Biden Administration’s abrupt departure strategy will impact America’s reputation and safety for generations to come.

Media are invited to attend and asked to RSVP to Jacklyn Washington at [email protected] A mult. box will be made available for approved media personnel.

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You’re Guilty: Reparations in Light of Redemption

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By Britton Miller, YWA Ambassador at Liberty University

In June, the United Nations Human Rights Council published a report[1] concerning the necessity of responding to the issue of racial injustice. Detailing a proposal to resolve such abuses of human rights, the report called for reparations on behalf of those affected by deliberate discrimination. As cultural institutions demand reparations and retribution on behalf of history, the widespread victims of injustice seem to endlessly increase in count. Whether some member of an individual’s family tree participated in the inexcusable horror of slavery or the relocation of indigenous people, the culture will, case by case, affirm the marred past of society’s oppressors and the necessity of reparations. Even those apparently blameless or significantly applauded by the media fall short of innocence: Vice President Kamala Harris’ Brahmin ancestors[2] historically oppressed the Dalits, the lowest members of Indian society. According to this movement, the only fathomable way to right the scaring injustices of the past is to offer extravagant services and privileges to those wronged and, in doing so, deny self-respect in shame. The mantra reads: the debt incurred is unforgivable; yet, people must embrace responsibility and bear retribution. The present must be held accountable for the past. As this message gains traction, the stories of oppressed multitudes resurface, echoing the reminder that none are free from some history of oppression or innocent of association with injustice practices. All owe retribution. For a cause so progressive and emphatically collective, it rings of the core of human nature: None are without fault. The Truth is that the more society exposes the oppressed and identifies the oppressor, the more it will come to light that all are … fallen. Woven into the course of history is a simple fact written in the Book of Life[3], “There is no one righteous, not even one.” What nation, culture, or family escapes the train of oppression? Unearthed again by a societal agenda, the devastating predicament of all people looms in the light.

However, beyond the cry for reparations and retribution arises an answer. No human extravagant act of self-denial or honor could ever atone for the occurrences of injustice marked across time. People cannot wholly make right the past or place an adequate balm upon insurmountable wounds. When the weight of all of humanities’ atrocities is measured, no retribution suffices. Only, a perfect Deity could ever atone for all the sins of humanity, assuage the pain of the suffering, and clear the guilt incurred by society – and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

Even when the masses demand what some may deem an impossibility, the reality of humanity glimmers through their darkened mentality. Do we deserve retribution? Most definitely. Could human reparations ever satisfy the injustice of centuries? Only wishfully. Yet, the Just One bore our retribution and made reparations on our behalf through bodily absorbing oppression. And, we stood once again – the oppressors. Try as we might, all attempts at reparation will be insufficient and futile in atoning for humanity’s past. Even so, this anthem of atonement reveals a Truth society longs to forget … only the Lord Jesus Christ could ever rescue and redeem both the oppressor and the oppressed. A human rights council’s aim to resolve societal issues may originate from admirable intentions, but human reparations and retribution for some only reiterate the desperate need for reconciliation with the Father for all.


[1] United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner. (2021) Report: Agenda Towards Transformative Change for Racial Justice and Equality. <https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G21/122/03/PDF/G2112203.pdf?OpenElement>

[2] Mason, Melanie and Shashank Bengal. (2019, October 25.) The Progressive Indian Grandfather who Inspired Kamala Harris. Retrieved August 5, 2021, from <https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-10-25/how-kamala-harris-indian-family-shaped-her-political-career>

[3] The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

 

Nance: “Call It Like It Is: Biden’s Humanitarian Crisis”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 17, 2021

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

Call It Like It Is: Biden’s Humanitarian Crisis

 Washington, D.C. – Concerned Women for America‘s CEO and President, Penny Nance, issued the following statement regarding the recent events in Afghanistan:

“The heartbreaking events that unfolded over the weekend in Afghanistan are a direct result of the incompetence of President Biden and his administration officials. Once again, we see this administration exercise weak leadership and turn its back on the most vulnerable groups they claim to support: women and children.

” Women and young girls in Afghanistan will be forced to return to life under a regime of oppression. They will face brutal violations of their most fundamental rights and face death, sex slavery, and other grim situations at the hand of the Taliban.

“The silence of so-called ‘feminist’ and ‘women’s’ groups is deafening. There is perhaps nothing more traitorous to the female sex than Sharia Law. Every single group that claims to support women should be denouncing President Biden for his actions putting these women at risk.

“President Biden must immediately close our southern Border and use those resources to provide temporary housing to the thousands of allies and their families he has abandoned. Leaving those who worked alongside U.S. troops for the last 20 years behind to face life under the Taliban is surely a death sentence.

“If this Administration is so inept that it cannot take care of these vulnerable children, women, and girls, here’s my message: bring them to me. As Biden’s humanitarian crisis unfolds, Concerned Women for America will work tirelessly to find loving homes for these innocent lives that will be subjugated to rape, sex slavery, and other horrible conditions at the brutal hands of the Taliban.”

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