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CWA Joins Chris Gard and Connie Yates to ‘Pray for Justice’

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This past summer, the short but impactful life of one little boy in the United Kingdom (UK), Charlie Gard, captured the attention of the world. Charlie was born with a rare mitochondrial disease, and just shy of his first birthday, he was removed from life support against his parents’ wishes.

It was a lengthy legal battle between Charlie’s parents who desired treatment and the UK government who ruled he should be forcibly removed from life support. Much of the world, including Pope Francis and President Trump, expressed support for Charlie.

Concerned Women for America was also on the frontline of the U.S. support for Charlie and his parents. CWA, along with other pro-life organizations, organized a press conference at the National Press Club in D.C. urging the Great Ormond Street Hospital and the UK High Court to allow Charlie’s parents to pursue potential life-saving treatment. Penny’s speech at the press conference can be seen here and the full video can be seen here.

It seemed that the whole world was on Charlie’s side – the whole world except the hospital and the UK court system. Ultimately, Charlie was removed from life support, and his parents were not even allowed to take him home for his last moments here on earth.

Recently Penny Nance, CWA CEO and President, was invited to the White House for a meeting with Chris Gard and Connie Yates, Charlie’s parents. She had the opportunity to ask how each of us at CWA headquarters and each of you at home could best pray for them. They answered, “Pray for justice.”

Chris and Connie will not allow baby Charlie to die in vain. Currently, the government in the UK can intervene if it is deemed in the best interest of the child. Chris and Connie are working to change the law in the UK from government intervention at the best interest of the child to government intervention only if it is shown that a child is being caused serious harm and needs an outside advocate.

Please join us in lifting up Chris, Connie, and the work they are doing to ensure no one else has to endure the pain they have been forced to endure through the loss of their baby at the hands of the government.

If You Just Believe

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During the holiday season, there seem to be signs that say “Believe” at every turn. This became popular after the 2004 Christmas movie Polar Express and the theme song “Believe” by Josh Groban. Since then, even Macy’s department store uses “Believe” as part of their theme and advertisements.

But, this saying goes back much further than that. More than 2,000 years ago, Jesus’ mother, Mary, went to visit Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. At the time, Elizabeth was in her 80s and pregnant with her son. Mary was also pregnant with baby Jesus. When Mary greeted Elizabeth, the baby in Elizabeth’s womb leaped for joy. These two women who were both miraculously pregnant experienced a divine moment with their two unborn babies in their wombs!

Then Elizabeth said to Mary, “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her!” (Luke 1:45) The Christmas story began with the word “Believe”! Elizabeth had to believe that she could conceive her promised child in her old age with a barren womb. And Mary had to believe the angel Gabriel when he told her that she would have a Child by the power of the Holy Spirit and that He would be the Son of God. Without faith, neither one of these two women would have been able to give birth to their promises!

This Scripture would encourage me many times throughout the years as I prayed that God would bring the right man of God into my life. Years would come and go, and sometimes it was very difficult to believe and keep the faith. The holiday season would be the most difficult time of the year for many reasons. One reason was because, like most women, I wanted to have someone special in my life with whom to share this beautiful time of year. It was also difficult, because the holidays always mark the end of another year — a year that I hoped would be “the year” when my prayers would be answered and God’s promises for my life would be fulfilled. However, each year ended with a sense of disappointment without the promise coming to pass.

As a result, believing and keeping the faith seemed to be the hardest thing to do at times. As Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” Hoping and believing year after year for something that seems so out of reach has that effect on us. Longing for something we don’t have can make us very heartsick. At times, we just want to give up on hoping and believing. Zechariah 9:12 says this state is being a “prisoner of hope.” It’s a place where we’ve hoped and prayed for so long, and we know we can’t give up now. Yet, continuing to hope and believe for one minute longer seems to be the most painful and difficult thing to do.

Year after year, this went on — for about 20 years. Eventually, I finally came to a place where I felt more content than I ever had before, by God’s grace. Maybe the dream died; I’m not sure. But I was thankful that it wasn’t as painful to be unmarried somehow. I still believed God had someone for me, but it wasn’t always at the very forefront of my mind.

Then, suddenly, my prayers were answered, and the promise was fulfilled! Last December, a special relationship began to blossom with a widower who is also a minister. He was the kindest and most loving man I had ever met! Exactly nine months later, on September 4, 2017, we were married. Just as a woman is pregnant for nine months, as Mary and Elizabeth were, the promise was born! It’s interesting that our relationship began around the time of year that was always the hardest for me. Somehow I don’t think that was a coincidence. God is so faithful and good!

When going through hard times and living through unanswered prayers, the enemy of our souls would want us to become depressed and discouraged during this time of year. But, I share this story with you to encourage you: Don’t stop believing for whatever you are waiting on the Lord to do. As we enter the New Year, purpose in your heart to keep the faith and put all your hope and trust in the Lord. And in due time, He promises you will also see the best answer to your prayers … just BELIEVE! He will work all things together for your good!

For America— Day 87 (A Christmas Prayer)

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Oh Lord, Our God,
Your Majestic Holiness
Fills us with joy
Throughout the Christmas season.

Your wondrous works displayed
On that day in Bethlehem
Keep our hearts and minds engaged still today,
Amazed at the extent of Your Love.

The sounds of that “Silent Night,”
Are forever on our lips.
Let the people hear us sing,
“Gloria, in excelsis Deo (Glory to God in the highest!)”

Let the “thrill of hope” be felt
In the midst of our weary world.
“Born is the King of Israel,”
The babe — the King of the whole world.

Glad tidings, You brought,
A Gospel of Truth, salvation for all,
If we only believe.
What joy; what peace!

Immanuel — God with us.
God with us.
How can this be?
You, here, for me?

There is no other comfort,
Apart from this —
Apart from You: the Prince of Peace,
Eternal Father, Mighty God.

Of Your kingdom, there shall be no end.
We stand as a testament,
Moving and breathing, hoping and longing
In You, through You, and for You.

May Yours be the glory and honor,
Majesty and power,
Forever and ever,
Amen.

Click here for more prayers from our For America Prayer Journal.

Anita Hill is not Hollywood’s answer. Her ‘they all do it’ defense of Clinton doesn’t fly.

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Aspiring actresses and Hollywood career women may have cheered when they heard Show Biz execs tapped Anita Hill to lead a sexual harassment commission examining issues of sexual misconduct and inequality in the entertainment industry.  As a former victim of an actual physical attack and attempted rape over 20 years ago, all I can say is, “I wish this was truly a win for women.”

Besides the obvious problem of Hollywood big wigs choosing to politicize this problem, the deeper issue is that Ms. Hill is not the advocate for whom women are looking, especially in an industry that is led by many clearly hypocritical men.  The women of Hollywood may have grown up learning about Anita Hill as a heroine, but as we’ve come – all too painfully – to learn, academia and media have painted a picture of her over the past quarter century that is conveniently divorced from reality.

Ms. Hill had the chance to stand up for numerous women who were being sexually mistreated by a powerful man. Instead she chose to defend that man and cast doubt on his accusers.  So much for every woman deserving to be believed.

During President Bill Clinton’s sexual misconduct scandals, Ms. Hill was interviewed by Tim Russert and Gwen Ifill of NBC News on Meet the Press.  They asked her directly about accusations made by Kathleen Willey, Paula Jones, and others. Her reaction would cause a great deal of shock today, and the women of entertainment need to know what she said then, because it affects how much confidence they should invest in her now.

Kathleen Willey, once an enthusiastic fundraiser for, and supporter of, Bill Clinton’s successful presidential campaigns, came to see him in the Oval Office. She was in financial trouble.  He chose this moment to assault her.  When asked about Willey’s accusations on Meet the PressMs. Hill dismissed them.

“We don’t have Ms. Willey claiming that this behavior was severe and ongoing, or pervasive enough that it became a condition of her employment. She’s not making that claim at all. And, in fact, no one has made that claim. She says in the deposition, I believe, that she was not given any particular favor at the White House because of this incident nor could she say that she suffered any disadvantage because of this incident.”

Russert pushed: “So, do we dismiss the president’s alleged behavior … because he backed off when he was told ‘no?’ It’s acceptable.”

Hill: “Well I’m not sure. I think that we have to evaluate it not on the basis of whether it’s sexual harassment, but evaluate it on the basis of what we would like to see in terms of the behavior and the moral decisions and judgments of the president.”

She then inexplicably launched into the “they all do it” defense, citing Presidents Kennedy and Johnson among others.

“I think the American public has heard so much about the sexual activities and the sex lives of these individuals, and we’ve sort of become cynical and said, ‘Well, if he did it, maybe that’s OK; they all do it.”

If you’re a woman in the entertainment industry – or any victim of sexual misconduct or physical assault – and you’re watching this or reading the transcript, it does not inspire confidence.  Quite the opposite, especially in light of the revelations about Harvey Weinstein and others.

Hill kept going and even more inexplicably compounded the “they all do it” defense with the now unfathomable double-standard reasoning that President Clinton should get a pass because … he’s a liberal and supports so-called “women’s issues.”  Sound familiar?

This is utterly ridiculous given today’s revelations. Before he was outed as a predator, Harvey Weinstein took a back seat to no one as a liberal advocate on what Hill referred to as “women’s issues generally.”

When Ms. Hill had the opportunity to step up and defend the powerless against the most powerful man in the world, her instinct was to defend him, because his politics happened to be liberal. Well, it’ll come as no shock to every woman in Hollywood that their town is replete with countless powerful men whose politics just happen to be liberal.

It doesn’t take a great intellectual leap to posit this is why, in all their insecurity (and condescension), the Hollywood moguls picked her to lead the commission in the first place.  If these leaders truly care about the women in their industry, they’ll find someone way better to lead this effort than Anita Hill.  As it stands, with Anita Hill at the helm, this effort must be viewed as unserious.

Editor’s Note: A version of this article was published by USA Today. Click here to read it.

Christmas Celebrates the Unborn; We Should, Too

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“In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary.” So begins the story of Gabriel’s visit to Mary in the Gospel of Luke. “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” the angel said to her.  “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.”

Mary is puzzled, to say the least, but after the angel explains that the Holy Spirit will come upon her to enable the miracle, “For nothing will be impossible with God,” Mary opens her heart in adoration. “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word,” she reverently says.

Things are set in motion then.  Things foretold long ago. The Word will become flesh. Him through Whom all things were created will become part of His creation, taking the form of a man for love. The light of the world, coming to His own to be rejected and crucified for the sins of the world.

But before all that, as Mary heard the news, she went to visit Elizabeth her cousin, who was with child (with John the Baptist), in the hill country in a town in Judah.  And there we witness a very special encounter that serves as one of the most compelling pieces of evidence pointing to the value of the unborn child. It is a joyous occasion leading to that glorious Christmas Day, so it is good and appropriate to remember it as we prepare to remember the day this year.

[W]hen Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”

Can you believe it? One unborn child leaped as he recognized the presence of another unborn child.

Yes, Jesus was Lord, the Christ coming to offer redemption and salvation to all who believe, inside his mother’s womb. He was not a blob of tissue. He was not a choice.  Sure, it would have been better for Mary to wait until a more opportune time to have a child, but she recognized, as did Elizabeth and her unborn child, that what she carried within her was valuable.

And so does every mother pregnant with her unborn child. If you are one, struggling at this very moment, I want to offer the peace of Immanuel — God with you.  What you carry within you is valuable.  You are valuable.  And though things may seem bleak at the moment, God will see you through it all.

The prospects for Mary were also bleak on the personal side.  She was not married yet. Her husband could leave her after hearing the news.  She could be rejected by the community.  Where would she go? Who would receive her?

As things went, you may remember, she ends up giving birth in a stable! That is not how she envisioned it. It is not how anyone envisioned it. It must not have been easy.

But it was all according to God’s plan.  He will use every single detail for our benefit.  And today, we celebrate Christmas with glad tidings of great joy, for the Savior of the world is born!

The unborn child. The Christ. Our Lord.

Israel and the Embassy Move: the Administration Heard Your Voice

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December 6, 2017 was an historic day – President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel, 22 years after the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 was affirmed by the Senate. The Jerusalem Embassy Act urged the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and respond by moving our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem but for 22 years formal recognition and our embassy move were put on hold.

No one is naïve to the reality that moving the U.S. embassy is a bold move with potential ramifications. Nevertheless, it is a necessary move – this move says that the United States will not be bullied into inaction but we will stand by our strongest and only democratic ally in the region, that our presidents will uphold their campaign promises and listen to the voices of the American people.

CWA was honored to be your voice on this issue. Concerned Women for America has been advocating for the U.S. embassy to move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem since President Trump took office.

Penny Nance was on CNN early this spring urging the President to “stand in lockstep with Israel” especially in the area of any disputed territory.

In May, before President Trump signed the Jerusalem Embassy Act waiver, CWA participated in the twitter campaign, #MoveTheEmbassy, in an effort to engage the public on the issue.

On behalf of each of you, Penny has personally discussed the issue with U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy, Dina Powell, Ivanka Trump, and President Donald Trump, thanking them for their work to repair our damaged relationship with the state of Israel.

Finally, CWA was party to letters sent to the administration regarding support for Israel which urged that our embassy be moved in acknowledgement that Jerusalem is the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish state. One such letter can be read here.

We could not be more thankful for the supportive stance the Trump Administration has taken towards the state of Israel. Moving the United States embassy will leave a lasting impact in the Middle East.

Better than the Twelve Days of Christmas

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The United States Senate has now confirmed the 12th circuit court judge under President Donald J. Trump. Just yesterday, they confirmed the nomination of James Ho to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He joins 11 others who were confirmed for the appellate level:

Stephanos Bibas to the Third, Don Willett to the Fifth, John K. Bush, Joan Larsen and Amul Thapar to the Sixth, Amy Barrett to the Seventh, Ralph Erickson and L. Steven Grasz to the Eighth, Allison Eid to the Tenth, Kevin Newsom to the Eleventh, and Gregory Katsas to the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

This is simply an impressive display of judges, all seriously committed to the Constitution and their limited role as judges. President Trump has now set the record for appellate court confirmation in the first year of a presidency.

That list, as you may have noted, does not even count the “morning star” of the Trump Era appointments, Justice Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Add to that six more nominations to the district court: Donald Coggins Jr. to the District of South Carolina, David Charles Nye to the District of Idaho, Scott Palk to the Western District of Oklahoma, and Dabney Langhorne Friedrich, Timothy Kelly and Trevor Neil McFadden to the District Court for the District of Columbia.

President Trump and his team are to be commended for their commitment in this area that often goes overlooked once the innumerable pressures of a young presidency take hold of a new president’s calendar.

Also to be commended are Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who have faced a wide array of tactics from the other side of the aisle to try to slow down the process.  Yet their commitment to a fair and dignified process has been exemplary.

Personally, I would like to commend you, the supporters of Concerned Women for America, for your support of the efforts to confirm constitutional nominees. There is no question in my mind that you have had a considerable impact in making sure the Senate did not play into the liberal media’s hand by getting distracted with the latest talking points.

The attacks on Judge Barret, because of her faith, were particularly disturbing, and your voice was crucial to making sure things didn’t go down a wrong path, establishing an embarrassing and regrettable precedent for future nominees.

But the battle is not over, as you know. The early success of the Trump Administration only means we can expect increased opposition to future well-qualified, constitutionally minded, principled candidates. As we celebrate today, the left is furious, and we can expect them to increase the pressure on liberal senators to obstruct nominees for any or no reason.

Let us continue to pray and remain diligent as the new year approaches.  Talks of a possible vacancy at the Supreme Court continue here in Washington, D.C., and we must be ready at any minute to demand and support a candidate committed to the Constitution as written, instead of someone embracing a so-called “living Constitution” that they can manipulate to fit their preferred policy choices.

 

Judicial Excellence Shines Under Trump, McConnell

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Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Senate, under the leadership of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), has confirmed the 10th judicial nominee to a circuit court: Leonard Steven Grasz to the Eight Circuit.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, issued the following statement:

“I want to commend President Donald J. Trump and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on their leadership and commitment to constitutional principles as they continue their excellent work on the confirmation of judicial nominees.

“I hear it everywhere I go. The excitement is palpable. President Trump has delivered on this issue, which was one of the primary reasons they voted for him.

“And Majority Leader McConnell’s commitment has not gone unnoticed. His steady handling of nominees, even when faced with fierce Democrat opposition, has been stellar.

“Judge Steven Grasz is just the latest example. Here is a nominee with excellent credentials, impeccable character, and professional reputation, and a commitment to the proper constitutional role of a judge. We are thrilled with his confirmation and commit to lifting him and his family in prayer as he undertakes this new public service challenge.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.

Passing Tax Reforms Will Benefit America’s Working Families

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As an organization with a long history of advocating for working families, we are pleased to see that Congress is on the verge of passing comprehensive tax reform legislation. Reform is long overdue and will benefit all Americans.

With Senate and House leadership negotiating what will ultimately be included in a final tax reform package, we urge them to take the best aspects of each of their bills to create a pro-investment environment where businesses can grow, innovation can flourish, and more Americans can get and keep good paying jobs.  The future economic prosperity of American families – especially the middle class – depends on it.

To help accelerate economic growth across the country, it is critical for the GOP leadership to lower the corporate tax rate as they are proposing and preserve interest deductibility.  Doing so will create the right incentives for U.S. corporations to invest the billions of dollars in new investments needed to create more jobs and improve America’s infrastructure.

We are encouraged that the Senate and House both recognize the importance of lowering the corporate tax rate to around 20 percent.  With respect to interest deductibility, both chambers rightly adopted “thin cap” approaches to maintaining interest deductibility, but with some differences.  And those differences will have a significant impact on economic growth.  The House approach provides companies with maximum flexibility to deduct interest on loans used to finance capital projects.  This will allow more investment, more innovation, and create more jobs.

Getting tax reform policy right for interest deductibility is critical, especially for much-needed infrastructure improvements and expansions in this country.  For example, the ability of companies to deduct interest paid on debt is what has helped broadband service providers make the multi-billion-dollar investments necessary to create and maintain today’s robust U.S. broadband ecosystem.

To support continued expansion of broadband infrastructure and spur economic growth across the country, it is going to require significant future investment in next-generation broadband networks and technology.  Accordingly, providing incentives for companies to invest new money in future capital projects, particularly broadband service providers, is critical to help ensure America’s global competitiveness for years to come, to create millions of good-paying U.S. jobs, to help companies – large and small alike – grow their businesses, and to provide more Americans with access to the Internet.

Moreover, access to high-speed broadband is a key component to strengthening the U.S. economy and making sure our children have access to a quality education that will enable them to compete for jobs in their field of study and succeed in a modern U.S. workforce. High-speed broadband is the lifeblood to unleashing innovation in numerous industry sectors across the broadband supply chain and creating a better life for all Americans.

Both the Senate and House have advanced extraordinary reform proposals, and we strongly support the bill.  On the important issue of interest deductibility, however, we believe the House bill strikes a better balance and will not inhibit investment in capital projects unnecessarily, thereby spurring investment in ultra-fast broadband networks, as well as our roads and bridges, and energy grid and waterways, while contributing greatly to economic growth.  This will improve commerce and help America’s working families build successful lives with jobs rooted in their local communities.

We’re excited about tax reform and what it means for the American economy.  It takes bold leadership and a strong will to turn big policy ideas into reality.  Thankfully, the Republican Congress is close to doing just that.

We urge both chambers of Congress to come to an agreement and pass a comprehensive tax reform package that President Trump can support and sign into law. Now is the time to get this done. America’s working families are counting on it.

 

 

Justice for Jack Recap

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Today was an exciting day at the Justice for Jack Rally while the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. It was a peaceful but lively morning with a large crowd there to show support for Jack Phillips, Masterpiece Cakeshop, and religious freedom. Almost every member of the CWA staff was able to be there with signs, including some CWA people from out of state!

It was my honor to represent each of you and your support for Jack today as I spoke at the rally. Here is part of what I said:

“The question they face is: do men and women of faith still have the right to abstain from an action that merely inconveniences another based on their view of what the Bible tells them to do?  In this particular case, should Jack Phillips be forced to use his craft in celebration of a same sex marriage? Is there a compelling government interest that should force a baker to use his God-given talent in a way that violates his conscience?  There is no question that Phillips is a sincere believer.  He willingly serves homosexuals, hosts AA meetings and cares for the poor.  He simply asks to not be forced to bake a cake for a gay wedding.  Based on his faith, he also won’t make cakes for bachelor parties or for Halloween. Let’s be clear, this is not a refusal of service case:  Jack has often served the same couple who filed suit.”

Watch my full statement at the Supreme Court here and a video overview of CWA at the rally here.