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CWA Calls for President Trump to Ensure Full Release and Religious Asylum to Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi

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Washington, D.C. — In 2010, Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman, was sentenced to “death by hanging” for blasphemy against Islam. Her crime for the death penalty was allegedly making derogatory remarks about Islam to her neighbor. After this mother of four spent eight years on death row, Pakistan’s Supreme Court overturned her conviction on October 31, 2018.  However, this decision was condemned by Pakistani Islamist parties — most prominently by the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) party, which sparked mass protests in major cities and continued to call for her imprisonment and death.  Succumbing to pressure, on November 2, the Pakistani government signed an agreement with TLP to bar Asia Bibi from leaving Pakistan while the Supreme Court ruling in her favor is under review for possible error.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, issued this response:

“Asia Bibi’s life is obviously in grave danger.  Islamists are calling for her beheading. Two Pakistani politicians, Governor Salmaan Taseer and Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, were assassinated for supporting her release and opposing Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. Dozens more people in Pakistan have been killed as a result of blasphemy accusations.

“If any religious persecution case is critical and in need of quick attention, it is the case of Asia Bibi. This is a landmark verdict in Pakistan as two distinct groups — those promoting religious tolerance and the fundamental Islamists who oppose it — battle over the future of Asia Bibi. It is extremely rare that a blasphemy case is overturned in Pakistan, and we must act quickly.

“As the leader of religious freedom around the world, the U.S. must remain committed to promoting the tolerance of religious minorities and respect for the fundamental human right of religious freedom. As the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, with religious freedom as one of our core issues, we ask President Trump to call for the full release of Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi to allow her to exit safely from Pakistan. And as she is in dire fear for her life, we ask President Trump to grant Asia Bibi religious asylum in the U.S. as soon as possible.”

 


For an interview with Penny Nance contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.
Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the legislative arm of Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with members across the country, over 450 Prayer/Action Chapters and Home Teams, 600 trained leaders, and over 30 years of service to our nation. For more information visit www.concernedwomen.org

Matthew Whitaker steps into U.S. Attorney General position at crucial time

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Washington, D.C. — Last week, Matthew Whitaker was appointed Acting-United States Attorney General following Jeff Sessions’ resignation.

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

“Matthew Whitaker is an outstanding choice for acting Attorney General. His time serving at the Department of Justice was highlighted by his dedication to expediting the settlements of key Supreme Court cases, including Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and the State of California v. Little Sisters of the Poor. These two cases were deeply important to the hundreds of thousands of members of Concerned Women for America.

“Whitaker is known for being tough on crime and is described as “a lawyer’s lawyer.” This is exactly what the Department of Justice needs. There is a whole host of bipartisan issues that must be tackled by Congress and, with a split House and Senate, now is the perfect time to confront those issues.

“Concerned Women for America has repeatedly called on the DOJ to address the rape kit backlog. I had the honor of testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee this past summer, urging the reauthorization of the Debbie Smith Act with a focus on processing rape kits. The DOJ, especially, should care for victims of rape and sexual assault. CWA asks that Whitaker make good use of his time in this important position.”

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

Midterms Prove Kavanaugh Vote Key to Senate Gains

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Washington, D.C. — Last night wrapped up the 2018 midterm elections. Results continue to roll in, with important races still to be determined.

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

“There are many takeaways from last night’s election, but looming large among them is the reality that the circus that was Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation was a reckoning for U.S. senators. The conservative women behind CWA’s Women for Kavanaugh campaign were largely responsible for the demise of Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota), Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), and Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana).

“Meanwhile, Sen. Manchin (D-West Virginia), the only Democrat to vote in favor of Kavanaugh’s confirmation, held his seat. The message is clear. The voters rejected the mob mentality that tried to destroy an honorable man in the name of political power. This is good news for our political discourse going forward.

“Democrats gained control of the House of Representatives, but this was expected, given the historical precedent of mid-term elections. Concerned Women for America asks them to use this power responsibly and in the best interest of this great nation.”

At the end of the day, we can all be proud of the fact that early numbers show voter turnout exceeded previous midterms by a significant amount, with women making up 52% of voters. Americans showed up to exercise what Ronald Reagan rightly called the ‘crown jewel of American liberties.'”

 


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

CWALAC Endorses Rick Scott for Florida U.S. Senate

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Washington, D.C. — Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, has endorsed Governor Rick Scott for U.S. Senate for Florida.

Penny Nance, CEO and President, said, “Concerned Women for America LAC has worked alongside Rick Scott for many years on crucial issues impacting Florida. As Governor he has been a leader on issues impacting l both the state and the nation. Not only does Rick Scott show outstanding leadership in times of crisis but he is tireless every day in striving to protect life and safety for the most vulnerable Floridians.  As a successful business man, he has put that experience to work for Floridians never losing sight of the need for more jobs and more economic prosperity for Florida.  Rick Scott isn’t about just talking he is about doing the hard work for Florida.”

Google Blocks Rep. Blackburn’s (R-Tennessee) Digital Ad

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Washington, D.C. — This week, Google blocked a digital ad in favor of Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) claiming it violated their standards.

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

“Google’s recent decision to block Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s digital ad is one more example of google showing viewpoint bias. Concerned Women for America, made up of 500,000 individuals nationwide, is asking Google to correct this issue. We are calling this what it is – censorship and discrimination. Sadly, this is not a new, nor is it an isolated, incident.

“Twitter blocked Blackburn’s Senate campaign announcement in October 2017 because its pro-life message had the potential to offend some viewers. During CWA’s Women for Kavanaugh campaign, supporters were blocked from liking Concerned Women for America Instagram posts in support of Justice Kavanaugh. Just today, our friends at Susan B. Anthony had a 30-second ad supporting Blackburn’s pro-life stance banned by Facebook. This is a reckoning time for all of Silicon Valley.
“While it’s easy to be discouraged by this censorship and discrimination, exposure is the key to fixing the problem. Google has some important work to do, both internally with its treatment of employees and with the way it treats consumers. CWA asks that these changes come sooner, rather than later.”
For an interview with Penny Nance contact Annabelle Rutledge at [email protected] or 916-792-3973.
Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the legislative arm of Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with members across the country, over 450 Prayer/Action Chapters and Home Teams, 600 trained leaders, and over 30 years of service to our nation. For more information visit www.concernedwomen.org
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CWA Stands in Solidarity with Jewish Communities across the Nation

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Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, eleven people were murdered and six more were wounded in a senseless act of violence against a Jewish community in Pittsburgh. This shooting in a synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood was a blatant act of anti-Semitism.

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

“Today, the over 500,000 Concerned Women for America’s activist supporters around our nation join hearts and hands with the nation’s Jewish communities. We are deeply saddened by this evil attack. We pledge our love, prayers, and support and will continue to fight anti-Semitism, especially on college campuses though our over 40 (and growing) Young Women for America chapters. This Sunday, we call on Christians everywhere to make your support known to your local Jewish communities so that they know love abounds.”

 


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

CWALAC Endorses Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith for U.S. Senate for Mississippi

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Washington D.C. – Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, has endorsed Cindy Hyde-Smith for U.S. Senate for Mississippi.  Sen. Hyde-Smith is running in a special election to retain the seat vacated by Sen Thad Cochran in April 2018 to which she was appointed by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant.

Penny Nance, CEO and President, said,

“Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is proud to endorse Cindy Hyde-Smith, a champion of Mississippi values who embody America’s values.  As the first woman to represent Mississippi in Washington, D.C., Sen. Hyde-Smith has proven herself a leader among her peers in the U.S. Senate, standing strong for due process and the presumption of innocence in confirming Justice Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court and standing courageously for the unborn and for American greatness at home and abroad.  Conservative women need Cindy Hyde-Smith’s voice in the Senate for such a time as this. Cindy is a fighter for family values and committed to tackling the tough issues in Congress with hard work, courage, and integrity.

“Our members are honored to stand with Cindy Hyde-Smith in this election, confident that she will stand up for women across Mississippi and the nation who are passionate about protecting life, religious freedom, and our economic and national security.  We want her to stay!”

CWALAC Endorses Dr. Tony Campbell for U.S. Senate for Maryland

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Washington D.C. – Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, has endorsed Dr. Tony Campbell for U.S. Senate of Maryland.

Penny Nance, CEO and President, said,

“Concerned Women for America LAC is pleased to endorse Dr. Tony Campbell to represent the citizens of Maryland in the U.S. Senate.  Dr.  Campbell is an inspiring educator and community leader who served our nation honorably as a chaplain in the United States Army.   American families are looking for leaders like Dr. Campbell who care deeply about future generations and are committed to tackling the tough issues in Congress with hard work, courage and integrity.

“Our members are proud to stand with Dr. Tony Campbell in this election, confident that he will stand up for women across Maryland and the nation who are passionate about protecting life, religious freedom, and our national security.”

Justice Kavanaugh Confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States

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Washington, D.C. — Today, the Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court 50-48.

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

“This confirmation journey has been unlike anything I have ever witnessed. Thank you, President Trump, for choosing such an outstanding and exemplary nominee. What we saw play out over the last month was nothing more than an outrageous display of partisanship at the cost of a good man’s reputation.

“But at the end of the day, truth and justice were victorious. I have been honored to stand alongside and represent half-a-million women who have supported Brett Kavanaugh since July 9. His record and his life of service withstood every salacious and unfounded attack.

“To the senators who endured threats for doing what is right, thank you. Thank you to Sen. Susan Collins who stood up for all women in that historic speech yesterday. To the staff on the hill who dealt with angry mobs at your desks, thank you. To Chairman Grassley, who saw the Judiciary Committee through this unprecedented charade, thank you for your strong and steady leadership. To Leader McConnell, who refused to be bullied, thank you.

“Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee showed up. Our happy warrior/activist ladies did what they do best. Across the United States, hundreds of thousands of our leaders fought unwaveringly for months. They wrote letters, held rallies, traveled to town halls, and even showed up in D.C. I am proud to stand with them.

“Justice Kavanaugh, thank you for not giving up. We are praying for you and your beautiful family. You made a choice to sacrifice yourself for the good of this nation, and the American people saw that. There is no one more qualified or worthy to sit on this esteemed bench at this time.”

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

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Kavanaugh Testify Under Oath Amid Politicized Process

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Washington, D.C. — Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee heard Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testify under oath. Judge Kavanaugh offered his defense and was questioned immediately following.

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

“Today’s hearing was difficult for everyone.  Judge Kavanaugh’s testimony was powerful, sincere and appropriately emotional.  As a woman who is a victim of attempted rape and a physical assault, a member of the #MeToo movement, I still believe in the presumption of innocence for everyone.

“The process was politicized from even before he was named when abortion activists held up signs opposing “XX (insert name).” After Judge Kavanaugh was named, they stooped to screaming and interrupting the hearings, dressing as handmaids (and not kidding, condoms) and disrupting senate business by harassing senate members and staff.

“The level of nastiness I have observed in the past few weeks is shocking. Add all of this to the games played by Senator Feinstein and Senate Democrats, and it becomes clear that the politics of personal destruction has made a mockery of the Senate.  Senator Charles Grassley has done an heroic job of patiently working to be fair and thorough.  Enough!  It’s time to vote.  And Concerned Women for America urges the swift confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh.”

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