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Celebrating at the Supreme Court

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A historic win for religious liberty at the United States Supreme Court today in Fulton v. Philadelphia! And you know who was the only group present at the Supreme Court to celebrate this landmark decision? That’s right, Concerned Women for America (CWA) was there to be your voice and provide some much-needed context for the media. Which is why you will see CWA pictures featured in news accounts across the wires. 

Check out our Facebook Live here. 

Check out our video below celebrating the decision at the Supreme Court.

 

 

 

Where is the Church?

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If you’re a believer, you’ve probably found yourself wondering more than a few times lately, where have people of faith been throughout these pressing cultural debates? As Christians, we are called to speak out against injustice and to defend what we know to be true.

To win the battle for the soul of our nation, we must come together as one Church under the leadership of Christ. In this week’s episode of our podcast, Penny is joined by Ryan Helfenbein of Liberty University’s Standing for Freedom Center to discuss how to Biblically navigate through tough issues.

Where is the Church? 

This episode is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud, or below. Please take time to listen and share with your friends.

 

Nance’s RCP Op-ed: Cancel Culture’s Latest Victim

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Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America’s CEO and President weighed in on the Cancel Culture’s newest victim in her Real Clear Politics op-ed: “Time and again, the Left tried and failed to cancel Rick Santorum, but this past weekend they thought they had finally succeeded when CNN released him. Santorum’s crime? Saying Western European settlers founded the United States, and they did so to establish a nation premised on freedom and liberty.”

Read Penny’s entire op-ed here.

Penny on CBN: Church is Essential

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Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, discussed on CBN’s Faith Nation the CDC guidelines on churches. Penny had this to say: “We recognize that there is a First Amendment right for us to practice our faith. And beyond that, church is essential. It’s essential to our spiritual health. It’s essential to our mental health.”

To view Penny’s interview, start at 9:20 mark.

Time To Stand Up To the Corporate Bullies

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By Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America

The latest dust-up with corporate America over Georgia’s new common-sense election law is just the latest example of how corporate America has insidiously turned on the very people who have made their companies successful. According to Forbes (2019), American women control 70- 80% of consumer spending. The vast majority of these women are not the elite establishment. No, they are moms sitting down at their kitchen table each month struggling to pay their bills and care for their families.

So, what happened to make the very people dependent upon our dollars and economic well-being despise us and literally work against us via their corporate giving? The Left is nothing if not strategic. In the 1990’s they infiltrated the arbiters of corporate reputations like Forbes and Fortune, and they began the creation of “Diversity and Inclusion” (now deemed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, DEI) departments essential for recognition. Those departments are the hotbeds of leftist, woke policies and Orwellian doublespeak. They are often staffed with Marxist sympathizers. This year, an article in Forbes intoned, “First, make inclusivity a key factor in deciding who moves up and who gets rewarded. Hiring and promotion decisions, performance reviews, annual goal-setting, and compensation and bonus considerations can include assessments of whether employees and managers are meeting D&I targets and exhibiting inclusive behaviors.” Shocker, what gets counted is what gets done. The most vocal activist in corporations have worked their way to the top, and American families are feeling the fallout.

Even before Georgia, corporate giving records show millions of dollars each year filling the coffers of the most radical activist organizations possible, from the king of abortion and now sex-hormone peddling Planned Parenthood to LGBTQ bullies Human Rights Campaign, to the America-hating 1619 Project. Perhaps the most explicitly outspoken anti-family organization Black Lives Matter, specified on its website: “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement but supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.”

Finally, what happened to the Chamber of Commerce? Have they lost their minds? The CEOs largely supported Joe Biden for President, and then they are shocked, shocked, I tell you when he implements policies that harm them. As my Appalachian grandmother used to say, “Are you dumb or are you stupid?”

The end result is a vicious battle brewing between middle America and corporate America. After trusted brands like Coke, Pepsi, Macy’s, Nabisco, Delta Airlines, Frito Lay, Bath and Body Works, and, of course, all of Silicon Valley decided to figuratively lift its leg and relieve itself on its customers, we are mad. The question now is how we fight back.

First, we begin to search for alternative companies to support. Let’s be clear; we aren’t asking for them to contribute to us; we just want them to stop funding people who destroy unborn babies and hate America. The bar is very low, which shows how bad it has truly gotten.

A good example of this can be seen in Florida; Gov. Ron DeSantis has recently embraced a new company, Rumble, over the big-tech, anti-American company, YouTube. Finding alternatives is one way to put a strain on these large corporations and show them that those of us who love our families and our country mean business.

Second, we look for ways to even the score politically. This is where conservative groups like Concerned Women for America come in … we are really good at turning the heat up on our enemies when they’re down by piling on JUST when the time is right. A well-timed pile-on can be viciously impactful. The perfect example of that type of effort was Sen. Marco Rubio‘s common cause with the unions against Amazon. You’re going to see more successful efforts in the future. That was the first salvo in what I believe is a much-deserved corporate comeuppance. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, so to speak.

The dirty secret is that big corporations love to throw free bones to the DEI woke watchdogs while cheaping out on policies that actually contribute to the common good. For instance, the idea of forcing employees to add their preferred pronoun to their name badge makes the leftist happy, but women would actually benefit from a decent parental leave policy.

I remember a day when conservatives worked alongside corporate America because we all wanted the same things: jobs, a strong economy, and strong families. That day is gone. Americans are sick of the corporate sycophants of the Left taking our money while hurting our families.  Enough. American moms are mad and ready to fight back for our kids’ future.

A Special Easter Message from Penny Nance

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During this Holy Week, I have been reminded of the intentional purpose of God – of the plans He lays out for His creation well in advance of the times and seasons. Sometimes these plans are embodied in tombs, as our Savior’s was, awaiting the resurrection joy of Easter.

From the beginning, God had a plan for humankind, male and female; He called them “very good.” He had a plan for His people – those He would call His children and draw to Himself. He had a plan for those who would receive Him and those who would reject Him. He had a plan that centered on His coming into our world to seek and to save the lost.

“For God So loved the world that He gave His only Son. That whoever believes in
Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into
the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” John 3:16-17

Even today, for us here in America, His purposes remain true and His plans undeterred.  Though 2020 was a difficult year for many of us, the celebration of Easter reminds us of the hope we have in Christ.

Here at Concerned Women for America (CWA), we are holding on to that promise, standing on the firm foundation of God’s truth.

So, we invite you to celebrate with us this Easter. He lives!

Let us then not be bogged down by the darkness around us but let us walk in the light of Christ. Let us press on in faith, prayer, and purposeful action with the full knowledge that He is able to do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.

May this Easter fill you and your family with joy and peace as you trust in Him.

The Federalist: Biden’s DOJ Appointees Plan To Persecute Nuns, Police, And Female Athletes

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Judge Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s choice for U.S. attorney general, confirmed his focus on “ensuring racial equity” and “meeting the evolving threat of violent extremism” at his confirmation hearings last week.

“If confirmed, I will supervise the prosecution of white supremacists and others who stormed the Capitol,” he said in his opening statements, calling the events on Jan. 6, “a heinous attack that sought to disrupt a cornerstone of our democracy: the peaceful transfer of power to a newly elected government.”

Combined with other nominations being put in motion, the statements indicate we may be going back to the days of extraordinary politicization of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and other administrative agencies to go after Democrats’ enemies.

Click here to read the rest of this op-ed as featured in The Federalist.


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Register Today! International Women’s Day with Mariam Ibrahim

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Falsely accused, sentenced to be hung, and shackled in a prison cell while she gave birth, Mariam Ibrahim is a modern-day hero of our Christian faith, an outstanding mother, and is joining Young Women for America on International Women’s Day to share her story.

Join Young Women for America via Zoom to learn more about Mariam’s story and the reality of life in nations that uphold Sharia law.

Date: Monday, March 8
Time:
5:30 p.m. Eastern (4:30 p.m. Central; 3:30 p.m. Mountain; 2:30 p.m. Pacific)
Register here. An email with the link and information will follow registration.

About Mariam Ibrahim
Born in Sudan, Mariam was raised by her Christian mother and accepted Christ. According to Sharia (Islamic) law, religion is dictated by an individual’s father, and Mariam’s father is Muslim. When Mariam was married to her Christian husband, critics first accused them of adultery and finally accused Mariam of apostasy of leaving her father’s faith. Her story gained national attention. Here at Concerned Women for America, we were honored to take up her cause. We prayed faithfully and rallied outside the White House.

By the grace of God, the power of prayer, and the efforts of many, Mariam lives in the United States today. She uses her platform to declare the importance of human dignity and freedom of religion. You do not want to miss Mariam’s story!

Equality Act Exposes Radical Gender Ideology and Need for “Promise to America’s Children”

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The “Equality Act” (H.R. 5) just passed a Democrat-controlled House of Representatives for the second time, but for opponents, including Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), the latest result offers encouraging signs. This time, the deceptively-named Equality Act – proposing a revolutionary redefinition of sex in federal civil rights law with far-reaching and harmful implications for women, children, and people of faith – received only three Republican votes (less than half of the eight cast in 2019).

More are coming to see how radical gender ideology endangers children’s minds, bodies, and relationships with their parents—and the Equality Act would cement it into law.

Democrats bypassed any congressional hearings and denied any amendments, flexing their power muscle to force a vote but also fearing too much scrutiny. Republicans were ready to speak with conviction and clarity against the extremism of the bill.

As Penny Nance, CEO and President, said in a statement, “The gender ideology of the elitist left erases the ability to differentiate between men and women and denies the harm this inflicts on women and children. Democrats should fear any examination of the real impact of the ‘Equality Act’ because Americans reject its destructive agenda.”

As the Equality Act was being debated on the House floor, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) was questioning President Biden’s HHS nominee, Dr. Rachel Levine, in a Senate committee hearing. Dr. Levine, who is transgender, has promoted the use of gender transition medical treatments and surgeries on minors.  Sen. Paul’s questions emphasized the reckless approach of gender affirmation ideology that freely administers damaging and irreversible medical transition treatments on children who self-declare a desire for a sex change. Please watch this clip and share this shocking exchange that shows what’s at stake in the Equality Act.

Rising against these threats, the Promise to America’s Children initiative has launched. The Promise recognizes that our children are most at risk of harm in a culture sowing gender confusion and chaos. It frames the conflict and the solutions in this context: protecting children’s minds, protecting children’s bodies, and protecting children’s relationships with their parents. The 10-point Promise identifies principles that should guide policy and advocacy. It equips and invites others to take a stand against the harms of radical gender ideology endangering our children. It provides model legislation for policymakers.

Concerned Women for America is participating with the Heritage Foundation, Alliance Defending Freedom, and others as a national partner in this important movement. State legislators are signing the Promise and taking action by sponsoring legislation. Parents, citizens, and policymakers are encouraged to sign the Promise and take action in their schools and communities.

In endorsing the Promise to America’s Children, Penny Nance declared,

“America’s children are our most precious gifts. Concerned Women for America believes that as parents and leaders, it is our duty to protect their minds, bodies, and souls – all of which are under attack by a radical sexual agenda …. CWA supports the Promise to America’s Children so that our daughters and granddaughters will be assured of fairness on the playing field and bodily privacy and dignity in intimate spaces. I call upon lawmakers and other leaders to sign this pledge and commit to defending our children both personally and in the public square.”

Join the movement to protect our children and defeat the Equality Act, which is now moving to the Senate. We need every concerned citizen to rise to the challenge facing our culture through prayer AND action. Check how your Representative voted on the Equality Act here, and please contact your U.S. Senators and urge them to oppose the Equality Act through our Action Center today!


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Nance to Newsweek: Did Evangelicals Make a Mistake in Supporting Trump?

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Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee to Newsweek: “Evangelical policy leaders have been willing to work with every president. To his credit, President Trump sought our advice often—and we supported his policies because they matched our positions. We will never again settle for political crumbs from the establishment’s table. We expect conservative elected officials to live up to their campaign promises to earn our votes.”

Read Penny’s entire Newsweek piece here.


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Penny on CBN: Religious Freedom at Stake

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Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America discussed Kristen Clarke, President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division. Clarke is set to face a contentious nomination in the U.S. Senate next week. Penny had this to say when asked about the nominee, “People of faith should be very concerned about possible persecution under the kind of people that Joe Biden is appointing.”

Watch Penny’s interview.


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Rejecting the Idolatry of Safety with Faith and Faithfulness

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As in the time of Babylon, there are those in power today who, like King Nebuchadnezzar, demand we bow down to an image. It is not a golden image, to be sure, but it is an image, nonetheless. It is the image of safety—the image of security.

The two weeks to stop the spread of COVID-19 has turned into an indefinite violation of our civil liberties. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki recently said that “Even after you’re vaccinated, social distancing, wearing masks are going to be essential.”

“Essential” is a crucial word. You see, for the government, wearing a mask and social distancing is essential to public health, but faith is not. Despite mountains of evidence showing how important the church community is, they insist on unconstitutionally limiting the free exercise of religion.

Friday night, the United States Supreme Court issued an injunction on California’s draconian restrictions on indoor activities for houses of worship, affirming the churches challenging the restrictions are likely to prevail on the merits of the case. That means that the restrictions are likely to be found in violation of the First Amendment.

This is good news, but it was not enough. The Court denied the appeal for an injunction “with respect to the percentage capacity limitations,” and “with respect to the prohibition on singing and chanting during indoor services.”

At least two justices recognized that those are likely also to be violations of our religious liberties. Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch would have granted the injunction in full. Justice Samuel Alito also would have gone a lot further, giving the state 30 days to prove that “nothing short of those measures will reduce the community spread of COVID–19 at indoor religious gatherings to the same extent as do the restrictions the State enforces with respect to other activities it classifies as essential.”

Chief Justice Roberts concurred that “the State’s present determination—that the maximum number of adherents who can safely worship in the most cavernous cathedral is zero—appears to reflect not expertise or discretion, but instead insufficient appreciation or consideration of the interests at stake.” But he also unexplainably concluded, “that singing indoors poses a heightened risk of transmitting COVID–19.” The evidence of this does not come even close to withstand judicial review.

Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barret said the record was insufficient to make such a determination on singing, saying, “[I]f a chorister can sing in a Hollywood studio but not in her church, California’s regulations cannot be viewed as neutral,” which, of course, is precisely what the government has done time and again.

Black Lives Matter riots, good; religious gatherings, bad. Thanksgiving dinner for regular folk, really bad, but indoor dinner for liberal elites, completely fine. You get the picture.

When the government is trying to impose its power, there are always those who will point to the Christians and chastise them for not bowing down to the image of the age. In the times of King Nebuchadnezzar, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego defied the edict to bow down to the golden image, and they were brought before the king to be thrown into the fiery furnace.

Such is the case today. Churches are being forced all the way to the Supreme Court to fight for their religious freedoms. They ought to have a lot more support from the American public as a whole. They ought to have overwhelming support from the body of Christ— the Church at large.

But the threat of the fiery furnace is compelling to those who have their eyes set on the things of the world. Cancel culture today is an incredible incentive to comply with the Spirit of the Age.

We should learn from Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego and stand against it. Remember what they told King Nebuchadnezzar as they were about to be “canceled” by the fiery furnace? “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up” (Daniel 3:16-18).

Faith and faithfulness, that is how they pushed back against the evil in their time. Faith that God can and would deliver them from the hands of evildoers, but also the faithfulness to say, “even if He doesn’t, we will not bow down.”

That is exactly how we must fight today. We must be courageous in the face of evil. Trusting God and remaining faithful until the end.

Register! Big Tech and Censorship Webinar

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Increasingly, we have witnessed open censorship of ideas, anti-conservative and anti-Christian bias, privacy violations, and many more abuses. How can we, as Christian conservatives, stay involved on these platforms? How do we ensure we have a place in the marketplace of ideas?

Young Women for America is hosting an online webinar to discuss all things Big Tech and Censorship to answer the questions above and more. Guest speaker for this timely webinar will be Rachel Bovard, Senior Director of Policy at the Conservative Partnership Institute and Senior Adviser to the Internet Accountability Project. Ms. Bovard submitted testimony on the threat of Big Tech which was presented before the House Judiciary Antitrust subcommittee in October 2020. She has a wealth of knowledge to share on this topic and will be able to answer the questions above and so many more!

Event Details:
Date: Tuesday, February 9
Time: 5:30 p.m. EST [4:30 p.m. Central; 3:30 p.m. Mountain; 2:30 p.m. Pacific] Register here to receive the webinar link.

Changing the Rules in the 117th Congress – Amen and Awoman?

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The U.S. House of Representatives convened last Sunday for the opening of the 117th Congress. It became apparent rather quickly that we will have our work cut out for us. Mario Diaz, Concerned Women for America’s General Counsel, and Doreen Denny, Vice President of Government Relations, talk about the opening events that showcased the challenges ahead.  Read the letter that CWALAC sent to the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives opposing the rules changes.

Letters to the Church – Number Two

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Dear Church,

As you well know, humanity has a sin problem. We all do. This is the nature and essence of all the issues we face as a Church and as a country. Anyone talking about racism and justice must begin there. Be wary of those, whether inside or outside the Church, purporting to be fighting for “justice” while disregarding and even advocating sin.

It is impossible to address these problems efficiently while brushing aside the eternal principles of nature, as given to us by the Creator. We would be missing the problem entirely, and in fact, aggravating it further.

This is not just within the confines of the Church. We are talking about reality here. Social change must be sought in this manner. It is the way Martin Luther King, Jr. accomplished so much in such a short life. Remember his Letter from a Birmingham Jail? In it, Rev. King explained how we could determine whether a law is just or unjust. He wrote:

“A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.”

Justice demands a standard. And aside from God’s standard, there are only personal preferences— human preferences, to be precise. The same humanity plagued with the sin problem.

That is why so many today are committing such heinous, unjust acts of racial violence against their neighbors. They are committing such actions because they believe similar acts were committed against them or their communities. They are acting according to their evil nature and imposing their sinful preferences over another’s. Sin for sin – an atrocious exchange.

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Unjust, racist violence is wrong no matter who the victims and the perpetrators are; you can swap them around, and the same crime would persist. As Christians, we must fight against it in all cases.

We, as the Church of Jesus Christ, simply cannot support those whose whole strategy is to commit sinful acts against another in the name of “justice.” We do not repay evil with evil (1 Peter 3:9). We are not frustrated when some are “getting away” with this or that. This is not what we believe.

No one gets away with anything. We trust in the Lord Almighty (Romans 12:19), so we do not lose hope and fall into despair as the unbeliever does. And we reject the worldly, devilish dichotomy by the scornful telling us that not to join them in their wicked ways is to allow injustice to flourish.

No. There is a better way.  The way. It was the way of Dr. King and most abolitionists throughout history. They fought injustice, even as they remember the admonitions of Proverbs 3:29, “Do not plan evil against your neighbor, who dwells trustingly beside you.” There were plenty of instigators among their ranks, too, with promises of quicker resolutions. Evildoers claim victory at every chance they get.

Do not fall for their lies. Continue to heed the Proverbs (3:31, 32), “Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways, for the devious person is an abomination to the Lord, but the upright are in his confidence.”

Standing in the confidence of God, we can speak truth that is more powerful than an entire army. We extend the hands of grace and help, empathy, and longsuffering that bring healing and reconciliation. We stand up to tyrants and, yes, perhaps even give our lives for freedom.

It is “[f]or freedom Christ has set us free,” and we, therefore, “stand firm … and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” That was our previous life. We were slaves to sin. But now, we do not walk in our former ways. We do not join the sinful mob for whatever reason. We walk in the light.

We will fight injustice. You can rest assured of that. We will just not fight it the world’s way (Romans 12:21).

May the God of all hope and peace fill you with the courage and love you need for this moment, that the power of the Holy Spirit may shine in your community now as never before.

In Christ,
M


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Letters to the Church – Number One

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Dear Church,

We are at war. Everyone paying attention knows it. Some may be uncertain of the battle lines, and even of their position in relation to them, but they can certainly feel our current situation is not good. Despair has settled in on the hearts of many, even within the Church, and the streets are flooded with the consequences of our reality.

Convinced that the only way out of this state is for us, the Church, to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16), I set out to write a series of letters to my beloved brethren to try to bring some clarity to this moment.

The conflict you are witnessing is a struggle for truth. Not the watered down, infantile caricature of truth that is fed to us by the Pulitzer Prize-winning puppeteers producing the tragicomedies we see on our screens daily. Nor is it the naive wishes of attention-seeking freshmen dreaming of “world peace.” The warfare we are called to engage in is a battle to protect the basic arithmetic of life.

The spirit of this age tells us all numbers are equal. Sure, two plus two equals four. But it could also equal five and six or eight. That way, more people are right, and no one feels judged for not giving you the answer you want to hear.

“To each his own,” a young Christian told me recently as we discussed biological males breaking women’s track records in college athletics. And so, it is. The man kicking another man unconscious in a recent protest is fighting for justice. The violent protests are peaceful.

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In some ways, we are witnessing the same deception the serpent has perpetrated on us since the beginning. “Did God really say,” he still whispers (Genesis 3:1). “You will not die … you will be like God” (Genesis 3:4-5).

The serpent was lying, as was his nature (John 8:44). There is no truth in him. Remember then, the snake is still at work in our world today, presenting himself as a benevolent figure. “[W]e wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).

Should it be surprising then to discover that behind the forces at work today flows a steady stream of anti-Christian sentiment? Should we find it strange that a movement supposedly crying out for justice acts most unjustly? No. Nor should we find it odd that it considers the Christian faith repugnant. The puzzling thing is how many Christian leaders are unable to discern the spirit of the moment.

According to one of the founding voices of the Black Lives Matter movement, rioters should tear down statues of Jesus as they are a “gross form of white supremacy.” The “Black Lives Matter” organization, for its part, says on its website that they are working to “disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure” and to free themselves “from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking.”

I know this is difficult to confront. We, as the Church, will always fight injustice wherever we find it. In those instances where police abuse their power, we will speak out against it. We will cry out for justice.

But darkness cannot stamp out darkness. Only light can do that. It gains us no advantage to swap out one oppressor for another—to fight injustice with injustice. The serpent has no loyalty. He will grab you and use you for evil in your quest for justice. Indeed, he’ll grab you and use you in your pursuit of God if you allow him. Isn’t this what the Pharisees did?

Both the secularist social justice warrior and the hypocritical religious zealot fall for the enemy’s lies and stand against God’s purposes. They fall for different kinds of lies, but they are lies, nonetheless. They both believe it is their actions that can save the world. They have supplanted God with a new idol, namely themselves.

Truth, on the other hand, has a way of sitting you up straight, humbling you. It brings clarity. Wakes you up from your worthless, self-aggrandizing dreams and demands to be confronted. It puts you face to face with your own sin. It is light. We, as children of light (1 John 1:7), must walk in it. Those who live in darkness hate it.

We cannot be surprised that the spirit of this age hates us (1 John 3:13). Christian leader, for the love of God, stop trying to get the world to like you! Stand for truth. Be faithful to God and His Word. Trust in Him. Consider it an honor to suffer for His name (Philippians 1:29).

Be salt. For if we lose our saltiness, what are we good for anyway?

In Christ,

M


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International Community Condemns China’s Violations of Uyghur Human Rights

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By Jaelyn Morgan, Intern for the Department of International Affairs, Concerned Women for America

In the face of China’s gross violations against the Uyghur people and other minorities, the United States is speaking out. So is Concerned Women for America.

The U.S. State Department has accumulated mounting evidence on China’s systemic human rights violations against over one million Uyghur and other ethnic and religious minorities, particularly in the Xinjiang province. Violations include “forced disappearance, political indoctrination, torture, psychological and physical and psychological abuse, including forced sterilization and sexual abuse, forced labor, and prolonged detention without trial.” Most victims are Muslim. A significant number are Christian.

On June 17, 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 to hold the individuals and entities responsible for the “gross violations of human rights” against the Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang. On July 1, 2020, Concerned Women for America (CWA) released a statement in support of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s stance, stating, “A program of mass sterilization and forced abortion in ethnic and religious minority communities is particularly dehumanizing, and the global community cannot stay silent.”

China first denied, but has since acknowledged, the existence of “re-education” camps in Xinjiang which they claim are necessary for combatting “extremism” and “terrorism.” In 2013 and 2014, Chinese authorities labeled the Uyghurs as responsible for terrorist attacks in Tiananmen Square and Kunming, respectively. Currently, China severely restricts religious expression and interferes in the daily habits, education, weddings, funerals, and “family planning” of any person deemed a “religious extremist.”  Women undergo forced sterilizations and abortions. Individuals “disappear.” Families are arrested for having “too many children.” Parents are coerced into confessing that their personal choices show they are “lawless” and “uncivilized.”

By 2017, reports of the issue became public knowledge. On July 8, 2019, 22 Western nations formally requested for the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) to address the matter. By the UN’s own guidelines, China’s actions to prevent births within the Uyghur group constitutes “genocide.” Ironically, China was on the HRC at that time and holds itself up as a leader in human rights while being a human rights violator. As Dr. Shea Garrison, CWA’s Vice President of International Affairs, stated in The Washington Times, “as in the case of China, confusion about fundamental rights offers cover to authoritarian and totalitarian governments that provide benefits to citizens as a demonstration of ‘human rights,’ all the while censoring the press, oppressing religious freedom or imprisoning political dissidents.” Indeed, only four days later, 37 countries sent a letter of refutation to the HRC, defending China’s actions in Xinjiang and praising them for “remarkable achievements in the field of human rights.”

Currently, more progress is being made toward holding China accountable for its unjust actions. Following the release of the U.S. Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act, 50 independent UN experts sent a letter urging the HRC “to act collectively and decisively to ensure China respects human rights and abides by its international obligations.” On June 29, 2020, the Interparliamentary Alliance in China (IPAC), composed of parliaments from 15 nations, sent a statement to the UN General Assembly, calling on them to swiftly investigate the matter and determine whether  genocide is taking place.

The international community must uphold its own standards. What is taking place in China against certain minority groups is discriminatory, abusive, and wrong. Nations, including the U.S., must continue to put pressure on China and international human rights courts to bring accountability to those responsible for these horrific violations of human rights.

Little Sisters of the Poor Win, Again, at the High Court

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Washington, D.C.The U.S. Supreme Court released its opinion in Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania. Once again, the Court sides (7-2) with protecting their religious liberties from government intrusion. Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America had this to say:

“The hundreds of thousands of women I represent at Concerned Women for America (CWA) are thrilled to see the United States Supreme Court upholding the religious liberty rights of the Little Sisters of the Poor. We have been standing with them from the beginning and will continue to fight against government intrusion into matters of faith and conscience.

 “It is truly unbelievable that they continue to have to go to court to defend their constitutional rights and that the possibility still exists that they may be dragged into court once again. The Court says today that the Trump Administration has the authority under the Affordable Care Act to promulgate this religious liberty exception, leaving the door open for another more hostile administration to undo it.

“This is why Americans must continue to be fully engaged in the political process. It is why CWA is investing considerable resources urging Christians to pray and work to get out the vote this November. Our religious liberties are at risk. We must elect those who exhibit a clear track record of upholding religious liberty.

 “Today, CWA supporters celebrate this decision. Tomorrow, we are back at work to protect our freedoms.”

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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.

 

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The Bostock/Harris Debacle

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One of the most disappointing things about the recent Supreme Court decision on the definition of “sex” in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was the majority’s poor reasoning. The majority included Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Neil Gorsuch, along with the four liberal justices (Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan).

Justice Neil Gorsuch, writing for the majority, does not dispute that the word “sex” in federal law means male and female. He indeed says, “The parties concede that the term ‘sex’ in 1964 referred to the biological distinctions between male and female.” Still, the majority argues that because homosexuality and transgenderism relate to “sex,” employment discrimination based on transgenderism or homosexuality is prohibited under the law.

The Court ignored the fact that Congress has considered and rejected protections explicitly based on those categories.

Simply put, the majority did what it wanted to do, not what the law demanded. Justice Samuel Alito, joined by Justice Clarence Thomas, filed a forceful dissent making the point. “There is only one word for what the Court has done today: legislation,” he wrote. Indeed.

This is extremely disappointing, especially in the case of Justice Gorsuch, because he had been up until now, a strong proponent of originalism or textualism, a legal philosophy that emphasizes sticking to the text of a statute. Unfortunately, he has shown now that he will deviate from that philosophy depending on the topic.

Justice Alito calls him out on it:

The Court attempts to pass off its decision as the inevitable product of the textualist school of statutory interpretation championed by our late colleague Justice Scalia, but no one should be fooled. The Court’s opinion is like a pirate ship. It sails under a textualist flag, but what it actually represents is a theory of statutory interpretation that Justice Scalia excoriated––the theory that courts should “update” old statutes so that they better reflect the current values of society.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh also saw the fallacy, writing in his own dissenting opinion, “Our role is not to make or amend the law. As written, Title VII does not prohibit employment discrimination because of sexual orientation.” It was a simple interpretive exercise unless a judge brings personal emotions into the mix.

One of the signs of the weakness of the majority’s argument was its dismissive attitude towards the opponents’ arguments. Despite the glaring problems with its interpretation, the majority simply declared that it was obvious that sexual orientation and gender identity were included. It was easy to see.  Justice Kavanaugh, again, showed how unserious the argument was: “Because judges interpret the law as written, not as they might wish it were written, the first 10 U. S. Courts of Appeals to consider whether Title VII prohibits sexual orientation discrimination all said no. Some 30 federal judges considered the question. All 30 judges said no, based on the text of the statute. 30 out of 30.”

They were all merely stupid, according to the majority. Same for Congress. No one intended to include sexual orientation or gender identity in the law. They debated whether to include it or not and rejected it. But the majority says they were just too naïve to know they were actually including it in the language.

File this decision among the worse in our history, right along with Obergefell v. Hodges, Roe v. Wade, and Dred Scott v. Sandford. The consequences will be devastating for our country. It will most certainly be used as a weapon against Christian conservatives. But this does not mean we allow it to be used in this way.

We must fight to limit its impact. The Court, indeed, as it always does when it knows it is doing wrong, tells us its impact is limited. Justice Gorsuch swears it will not affect religious liberty and that it does not involve other statues (like Title IX, in the women’s sports context). We must fight to make sure that is the case.

Right now, Concerned Women for America is in the middle of a big fight in regards to Title IX. We have two complaints with the Department of Education and are working on legislative fixes that could help mitigate the damage.

This case is thrusting us into a much bigger fight that is just beginning. A battle for reality. A struggle for truth. And as you know, Truth is on our side. Do not be discouraged. In the end, we will win.

This is not a time for timidity. It is time to redouble our efforts. Strengthen our resolve and stand on the Word of God. Join us in prayer for this fight and be part of the remnant of God in our country. There is power in the unity of the body of Christ (John 17:20-23).