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CWA in California

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CWA at University of California, Berkeley

CWA’s Communications Coordinator, Annabelle Rutledge, and CWA’s National Field Director, Janae Stracke, were able to set up a meeting with the Vice President of the College Republicans on Berkeley’s campus in Oakland. Anti-Semitism has been on the rise on college campuses, and we had hoped to be a resource to students as they engage their peers in dialogue. This meeting was intended to find out what the greatest need is and to assess what CWA’s role could be.

The student with whom we met has himself been attacked on campus several times and every day has a target on his back for his conservative views. Other students will tweet his location so he can be targeted. He was incredibly grateful and encouraged by CWA’s interest and support.  He was also able to connect us with the only two outspoken conservative professors on campus and students at other universities, such as Stanford and San Francisco State. He invited us to speak at one of their meetings and gave a lot of insight on Berkeley regulations for tabling and demonstrations. We were surprised at how easy it is for groups, even groups not affiliated with the campus, to table on UC Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza. The key to success being large, eye-grabbing banners and pop-ups, a plethora of materials for both hanging up and handing out, as well as support for students who are opening themselves up to persecution from their peers by standing for their beliefs.

CWA on the ground in Montecito, California

Last week our latest Prayer Action Chapter co-leaders, Joy Bohlinger and Naomi Van Wyk hosted an event in Montecito, California, which drew around 50 women from the surrounding area! Each one of these women are God-fearing world changers ready to fight for their values. Each woman has a unique circle of influence—whether it is as the wife of a prominent pastor, connections to Hollywood elites, a background in the policy realm, or a mother in a homeschool group.

We spent time worshipping before showing a few videos and giving them an overview of Concerned Women for America.  We closed the event by going over action items and pouring praying over our country, the state of California, CWA, and the action items shared. Two of the action items discussed were the upcoming Governor’s race and AB 2756.

AB2756 was a bill that would place strict regulations on homeschooling families, including curriculum specifications and required teaching certification for parents, among other regulations. We spent a good portion of time praying over this bill and asking the women to contact their State Assembly members.

The very next day, Wednesday, April 25, in a stunning late-night victory for California homeschoolers and parental rights, AB 2756 was defeated in the Assembly Education Committee.

All of the attendees were also urged to vote in the June 5 primary election, knowing California will only allow the top two candidates on the final ballot, no matter their party.

 

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.

President Trump Declares Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital and Announces Embassy Move

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Washington, D.C. – Today, President Donald Trump made a statement officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel. He ordered the State Department to begin the process of moving the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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

“Today, I am thankful for President Trump’s courage in declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel and for his directive to the State Department to begin the process of moving our embassy. This has been years in the making, but no president has prioritized our relationship with Israel enough to take this important step.

“The United States has done little for Israel over the past eight years – this move will be restorative to U.S./Israeli relations.

“Thank you, President Trump, for working to fulfill your campaign promises. Moving our embassy will create a new legacy in the Middle East and prove the United States’ support for our strongest and only true democratic ally in the region.”

President Trump to Declare Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

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Washington, D.C. – President Donald Trump is expected to make a speech next week recognizing Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, had this to say:

“I happily anticipate President Trump’s upcoming statement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital city of the Jewish state of Israel. Six months ago, UNESCO chose to ignore history when they passed a resolution denying Israel any claim to the city of Jerusalem.

“Such a responsive statement from our nation will send a clear message – we support Israel, our strongest and only true democratic ally in the Middle East, despite the U.N.’s attempt to undermine Israel’s very existence. Concerned Women for America is thankful for President Trump’s dedication to the Jewish state.

“This is an excellent first step, and I hope it is exactly that – a first step in fulfilling President Trump’s campaign promise to move the U.S. Embassy to Israel’s eternal and indivisible capital city of Jerusalem. Recognizing that Jerusalem is the capital assumes that the United States respects Israel’s capital city and will at some point move our embassy.”

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

Capitol Hill Brief — Peace for Israel

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This week, we’ve been discussing the good news of the restoration of the U.S.’s strong relation with Israel under the Trump Administration.

America’s relationship with Israel is vital to our national security, as well as our foreign policy strategy in the Middle East. Israel is among the United States’ closest allies and is the nation that most closely shares our values of freedom and democracy in the Middle East.

I was so grateful to share with the president CWA’s thanks for the White House’s unequivocal support and commitment to Israel’s security in such an important part of the world.

As Christians, we also know and trust in God’s promise to bless those who bless Israel. And so, pray for Shalom, peace for Israel.


Join us on the front lines. Fight to defend critical issues like Support for Israel and Religious Freedom. Together, we’ll bring Biblical, constitutional values back to our nation. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org to give today. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

Capitol Hill Brief — Israeli Anthem

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I hope you realize that anti-Semitism is alive and growing in some parts of the world.  Did you see the recent video of Israel’s Tal Flicker who won the gold medal in judo at a recent event in Abu Dhabi?

Flicker took his place atop the winner’s podium, gratefully accepted his gold medal, and stood straight for the playing of winner’s national anthem, as it is customary. But, Israel’s anthem was not played. Instead, they played the anthem of the International Judo Federation. The Israeli flag was not raised either.

In the video you saw Flicker humbly singing the anthem for himself, while they publicly humiliated him.

Friends, this makes me fighting mad. We must stand against anti-Semitism wherever it is found.


Join us on the front lines. Fight to defend critical issues like Support for Israel and Religious Freedom. Together, we’ll bring Biblical, constitutional values back to our nation. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org to give today. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

Capitol Hill Brief — Trump Administration’s Support for Israel

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It’s been refreshing to witness the Trump Administration’s unabashed commitment to support Israel. And I’m so grateful I got to thank the president at a dinner. Their latest action involved withdrawing from UNESCO, citing their unquestionable anti-Israel bias.

The U.S. owed $550 million to it, and it contributed annually about 70 million, which compromised about 22 percent of its budget.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised President Trump, saying, “This is a courageous and ethical decision because UNESCO has become a theater of the absurd; instead of preserving history, it distorts it.”


Let us continue to pray for the Trump Administration, Israel and the overall situation in the Middle East. Join us on the front lines. Fight to defend critical issues like Support for Israel and Religious Freedom. Together, we’ll bring Biblical, constitutional values back to our nation. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org to give today. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

Capitol Hill Brief — U.N. Moves Against Israel

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Believe it or not, the United Nations has earmarked millions of dollars for Palestinian efforts to pursue international legal action against Israel over the next several years.  The U.N. said it “will also strengthen its own advocacy on the impact of Israeli violations.”

Both President Donald Trump and U.N Ambassador Nikki Haley have shown steadfast support for Israel and we are grateful to them.

I was able to thank the president personally for his support for Israel at a dinner I attended with him recently. But you and I must join in our support through much needed prayer efforts and also by calling our congressmen and asking them to stand boldly for Israel against those who openly seek its destruction.


Join us on the front lines. Fight to defend critical issues like Support for Israel and Religious Freedom. Together, we’ll bring Biblical, constitutional values back to our nation. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org to give today. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

State Department announces United States’ departure from UNESCO

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Washington, D.C. — This morning, the U.S. State Department announced its intention to withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at the end of 2018 due to UNESCO’s continued anti-Israel bias. The United States would remain a nonmember observer state, being privy to discussions on culture, education, science, and communication.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), had this to say:

“Today, our State Department made a crucial decision to stand up for our closest and greatest ally in the Middle East by choosing not to align the U.S. with an organization that is blatantly biased against Israel. It is critical that Americans support Israel — the only country in the region that reflects the democratic ideals of our nation.

“UNESCO has demonstrated their anti-Israel bias again and again – proving their dedication to being politically correct is greater than their dedication to advancing human rights globally. The U.S. halted funding to the organization after it admitted the Palestinian Authority as a full member in 2011. And yet, UNESCO still chose not to expel Syria from its human rights committee inspite of their 2012 civil war and repeated resolutions inciting violence against Israel as an occupying power.

“Enough is enough. Although the United States helped found UNESCO in 1945, our nation’s concern about human rights abuses in the Middle East are continuously ignored. UNESCO must know that their resolutions against Israel have consequences. I applaud the President, Secretary Tillerson, U. N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and our State Department for taking a stand.”

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

Capitol Hill Brief — Persist in the Fight for Israel

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As the leader of the free world, the United States has a unique role in standing in solidarity with the nation of Israel.

Unfortunately, it is becoming less and less politically correct to stand with God’s people, and our leaders are hesitant to express their support for fear of being targeted by the radical left.

They should know better.  Prime Minister Netanyahu said it best, “History has shown us time and again that what is right is not what is popular.”

The fight for Israel may not be a popular one, but it is a fight Concerned Women for America will continue to persist and highlight in our summer of perseverance, clinging to God’s promise that blessings will follow.


Now is not the time to resist; it is the time to persist.  This summer, find out how you can support a positive agenda that protects our Biblical values. Visit www.CapitolHillBrief.org today. If you’d like to hear these commentaries on the radio, find me on your local radio station.

 

What a Trip to the Grocery Store Taught Me About Israel

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I have been in Israel for less than a week and I have already learned so much! In the Holy Land, God and history permeate the atmosphere wherever you go.

It’s Ramadan, the Muslim month-long religious observance, and tensions are noticeably high. At the Shabbat (Sabbath) meal my friend Anna and I were invited to, the host made it clear she would not recommend we go anywhere on our own.

I can’t help but be nervous as I remember stories I’ve heard on the news about terror attacks. In Israel, the possibility of an attack is a daily reality. How do Israelis live this way? I suppose they get used to it – but the fact that they have to get used to it is a tragedy in itself.

Keren, a Fellowship staff member who lives in what most of the world would call a “settlement,” drove us around her neighborhood the second day we were here. Two things she showed us stood out to me.

First, we saw the bus stop where three Jewish boys – Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali – were kidnapped in 2014. They were murdered – today, at the spot where their bodies were found, there is a beautiful park built in their honor. Kids play and family events are held in this park, and the mothers of the boys attend regularly.

The second site was a grocery store where Keren shops with her beautiful family. Here, Arabs, Jews, and Christians stand side by side as they pick out their items, and stand in the check-out line together just like any other country.

But this isn’t any other country. In this country Jews are threatened, hurt, or killed regularly by Palestinian terrorists, simply because they are Jews. Yet Jews and Arabs still stand next to each other in mundane places like the grocery store.

In light of the tension I can feel here during Ramadan, and the fact that terrorists have been waging war against Israel for decades, this seems like a miracle. Maybe, after the recent attacks in London and Manchester, the world is getting a taste of why it’s such a miracle that Israelis are still able to go about day-to-day life – that Jews and Arabs are able to mix freely and peacefully at places like that little grocery store.

There’s so much to learn here in Israel and I’m so excited to see what God has in store. I’ve already seen Him move and I’m confident He’ll show me more. God has such a heart for Israel, and I can’t wait to see more of it through His eyes.

Editor’s Note: Claire Nance is a Christian college student interning with The Fellowship in Israel this summer. She’s from Washington, D.C., and studies Communications with a minor in International Relations at Liberty University in Virginia. This post was first published on the blog of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.

Senate Reaffirms Support for Israel and Move of Embassy to Jerusalem

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Washington, D.C. – Monday evening, the Senate voted 90-0 to pass Senate Resolution 176 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War as well as the reunification of Jerusalem. In this resolution, the Senate also reaffirmed the importance of the American-Israeli relationship.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, said today:

“This unopposed, bipartisan resolution is a resounding declaration that the United States stands with Israel with renewed resolve under this new administration.

“The unified support in the Senate is a beautiful testament to the significance of the American-Israeli relationship, especially in light of the hyper-partisan division that has plagued the Senate as of late.

“On behalf of Concerned Women for America’s hundreds of thousands of members, I want to thank the Senate for clearly demonstrating America’s support for Israel.
Thank you for having the courage to call on the president to abide by current law, as well as his campaign promise, and move the United States embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

“The 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem is a celebration of the persevering spirit of the Jewish people. For over 3,000 years, Jerusalem has been the heart of Judaism and had continuous Jewish presence.

“The Jewish people are faithful protectors of religious liberty; enabling Jews, Christians and Muslims in Jerusalem to have access to the holy sites of their respective faiths-a freedom denied prior to the reunification of Jerusalem under Israeli control.

“We stand with Israel, while continuing to work and pray for the peace of Jerusalem.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Janae Stracke at [email protected] or 712-269-1724.

CWA Disappointed in POTUS Delay in Moving Israeli Embassy

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Washington, D.C. – Today, President Trump signed a six-month waiver instead of honoring the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 which required the U.S. Embassy to be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, said today:

“CWA’s members are very disappointed that the president chose to sign the waiver in direct contradiction to his campaign promise to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. In 1967, Arab armies declared war on Israel. Until that time, Jordan had occupied east Jerusalem for 20 years, destroyed most synagogues, and did not allow religious freedom. Israel won the 1967 war and liberated east Jerusalem, thus re-uniting their ancient, 3,000-year-old capital. Under the Israelis, Muslims, Christians, and Jews enjoy religious freedom.

“Israel is the only country in the world that does not have the U.S. Embassy in its own designated capital. It’s an unjust anomaly. We believe it is a mistake to tie the U.S. Embassy move to any possible peace agreement, since Palestinians remain unwilling to negotiate directly with Israel.

“In my presence, both U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, said the move is 50 years overdue. (The 1967 Six-Day War gave Israel the old city.)

“81% of Evangelicals voted for President Trump, and the vast majority also support the Jerusalem Embassy Act. In December we will once again ask the president to keep his word when this waiver expires.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Janae Stracke at [email protected] or 712-269-1724.

Our One Motivation

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As women who are concerned for America, why do we do what we do? Why support lobbying efforts, write letters to Congress, make phone calls to the White House, and give our money to support these endeavors?  And why do we pray? It’s because we know the one true God.

We support human life from conception, because we know that every child is “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalms 139).

We reject gender fluidity, because we know “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27).

We work against sexual exploitation and homosexual “marriage,” because we know that marriage is God’s good design, a mystery that points beautifully to Christ and His church (Ephesians 5:32).

We oppose overbearing government control of education, because God instructs parents to teach their children diligently (Deuteronomy 6:7) and bring them up in the instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).

We advocate for religious liberty, because we know that, ultimately, the truth will win out and will set people free (John 8:32).

God created the universe. He put every star in its place. He designed the Earth and sculpted the mountains. He established the seas and fashioned a diversity of animals. He formed man out of the dust of the Earth and breathed life into him. Trying to live without acknowledging our Creator is like covering our eyes and ears and stumbling about in the dark. Knowing God brings us into the light. His word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Ps. 119:105).

Knowing the God who brings meaning to life motivates us to continue to lobby, write letters, make phone calls, give money, and pray! We must persevere to glorify Him. And we must persevere in knowing Him through His Word.

Keri Folmar was press secretary for Concerned Women for America in the 90’s and now lives in the Middle East where her husband, John, is the pastor of the United Christian Church of Dubai. She has recently written The Good Portion: The Doctrine of Scripture for Every Woman and has published several Bible studies for women.

Penny Nance Calls on President Trump to Move Israel’s U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

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Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, has joined her voice with those of other Christian leaders in calling on President Trump to “uphold American law by moving the U.S. Embassy to Israel’s eternal and indivisible capital city of Jerusalem.” In a letter dated May 16, 2017, Mrs. Nance and others remind President Trump that the Republican National Convention’s official 2016 Platform rightly states, “We recognize Jerusalem as the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish state and call for the American embassy to be moved there in fulfillment of U.S. law,” and that President Trump specifically pledged during his campaign to uphold this policy.

To read the letter and view its signatories, please click here.

Tim LaHaye, Evangelical Leader and Husband of CWA Founder, Passes at 90

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Washington, D.C. -Penny Young Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, said today regarding the death of Dr. Tim LaHaye, husband of CWA’s founder and Chairman Dr. Beverly LaHaye:

“My heart is heavy today with the news that Dr. Tim LaHaye has passed from here into his eternal home in Heaven. I have so many fond memories of him, including going running together in California and China when we were both younger. He cared about everyone, whether a prisoner or a billionaire, the same. He was a true Biblical scholar with a fascinating intellect and a deep love for his wife and children.

“He was always so kind and encouraging to me. Before I submitted the final draft of my book, Feisty and Feminine: A Rallying Cry for Conservative Women, he generously agreed to review the chapter on why Christians must support Israel and give me thoughts and feedback. It was a privilege to receive advice from one the all-time best-selling Christian writers. In the last couple of years, I would call to talk to my boss, Mrs. LaHaye, and end up having lovely conversations with Dr. LaHaye, which he would always end them with a word of encouragement. He would say, ‘Penny we love you, and we are proud of you, and we pray every day for you.’ I join his family and people around the nation in mourning our loss, but I know he is in Heaven enjoying worshiping at Jesus’ feet and refining his knowledge and views on eschatology.”

For an interview with Penny Nance contact Janae Stracke at [email protected] or 712-269-1724.

CWA Response to Thursday’s RNC Speeches

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CWALAC_MediaStatementCleveland, OH -Thursday, July 21, Penny Nance CEO and President of Concerned Women for America said:

“Donald Trump made further gains with American voters by powerfully challenging the narrative that America’s best years are behind us.  He presented an inspirational vision for Americans on key issues including national security, crime, taxes, the economy and education. His reaffirmation of his promise to only appoint constitutionalists to the courts and to support Israel will resonate again with Evangelical Christians.  I believe that as Americans begin to pay closer attention to this race, Donald Trump will continue to attract new voters to the Republican party.

“Perhaps the Trump campaign had new voters in mind with two speakers in particular.  In Peter Thiel’s (PayPal Co-Founder and Venture Capitalist), address he brought up the recent controversy surrounding transgender bathroom usage in his speech. He said, ‘Now we are told that the greatest debate is about who gets to use which bathroom. This is a distraction from our real problems. Who cares?’ Concerned Women for America respectfully disagrees. Though our country faces many issues, it does not diminish the importance of other issues such as protecting the safety and privacy of women and children.

“While trying to make one minority group comfortable, open bathroom and shower policies ignore the feelings of women who have been abused or who have cultural and religious modesty concerns which make them uncomfortable with men in their bathroom or showers. Concerned Women for America cares about this policy because it creates an enormous opportunity for abuse, as other men may use it to gain access to the vulnerable. There are currently about 850,000 sexual predators on the national registry who will use any pretext to access innocent women and children.

“The Obama Administration began this conversation by working to coerce states and schools into abandoning common sense. Mr. Thiel shares some of our conservative principles, and we are happy to work with like-minded people in the areas where we can agree and specifically for his safety from Islamic fascist.  But we must respectfully disagree with his statements tonight. We take comfort in knowing that there are better solutions which consider everyone’s needs.

“In addition, despite Donald Trump’s clear promise to clean up America’s 19 trillion dollars in debt, Ivanka Trump’s speech may have hinted at new government entitlements.  She suggested in her speech that her father, Donald Trump, as President would work towards equal pay and affordable child care. She is correct in her assessment that motherhood is the dividing line in the pay gap.  For single mothers, this is particularly difficult.  We look forward to market-based approaches to this issue instead of more warmed over, bureaucratic solutions.   Seventy percent of parents with children five and under say that one parent at home is the best child care arrangement during a child’s earliest years. When parents were asked to rank nine childcare options for pre-school children, they ranked government-run childcare centers dead last. Mothers often prefer home care by a relative, even when other childcare is convenient. Rather than imposing more government, lets lower the tax burden on families as a means to achieve the affordable childcare of their choice.”

 

*For more information and statistics please see CWA’s A War No More: The Truth Behind the “War on Women” booklet here.

American Hostages Released – Our Work is Not Done

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Iranian media announced they will release four U.S. citizens in a prisoner swap. The prisoners include Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post journalist; Amir Hekmat, a former U.S. Marine; Pastor Saeed Abedni, and a fourth unnamed American. Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance had this to say:

“It is always a great day when Americans are freed and reunited with their loved ones. We praise God for His protection of these men while they were held by the Iranians.  We are rejoicing in the safe return of these men and our answered prayers.  But our work is far from done. Concerned Women for America was at the front of the fight opposing the deal with Iran last summer and petitioned for the release of our American hostages. Our Yellow Ribbon Rally was held in front of the White House and was attended by Ted Cruz and other leaders who joined our fight. Our rally made national news and our voices were heard.  We thank our members who wore yellow ribbons to remind them and others to pray for the release of these men.

“There are still more American hostages being held: ex-FBI Agent Robert Levinson and two others. We also have great concern about the $150 billion and the prisoners being released to the hands of some of our greatest enemies. Make no mistake, the Iranians are not our friends, and our fight is not over.

“Concerned Women for America and our half-a-million members will not easily forget the choices our current administration has made, and we will work to educate the public to see an administration in place in our country who will put the safety of Americans first.”

For an interview with Penny Nance, please contact Janae Stracke at [email protected] or 712-269-1724.

Obama’s State of the Union: Little Has Changed

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weatheredpressealObama has given his very last State of the Union address in his last year as president.  Despite a few moments of bipartisan approval, it revealed the same kind of biased rhetoric, emphatic tone, and distorted policies that we have come to expect of the president.

Regarding the economy, Obama claimed recovery and ignored that the benefits he expanded increased dependency, resulting in crippling debt down the line.  Speaker Ryan is appropriately cynical, explaining that wages aren’t increasing and that the poverty rate is near a generational high — signs of a weak economy, not a recovering one.  The Wall Street Journal reported this week that 93% of U.S. counties haven’t fully recovered from the recession.  Yet Obama says, “All the talk of America’s economic decline is political hot air. Well, so is all the rhetoric you hear about our enemies getting stronger and America getting weaker.”

By the time he gave the speech, developing events of the previous day had thrown into question his scheduled talking points.  Ten sailors were in the custody of Iran (later released); ISIS killed ten tourists.  The idea that the president has kept America safe is laughable.

Americans feel threatened by the looming possibility of a terrorist attack any day.  Obama is dismissing our concern, saying we are World War III extremists, but his unwillingness to face reality is increasing fears.  He simultaneously admitted this is a “dangerous time” but also claimed that this is not because of “diminished American strength,” refusing to take any responsibility for it.  He took several passes at associating ISIS with Islam in any way, saying we should simply call them what they are “killers and fanatics.” This is an implication of some exaggerated assumption that those who call ISIS radical Islam are somehow against all Muslims.  ISIS continues to commit terrorist attacks and humans rights atrocities around the world.  We cannot think America is somehow immune to them; in fact, we are a target.  Obama praised his efforts with Iran, but his Iran deal funds terrorist groups, endangers our ally Israel, and leaves American hostages behind.  Obama believes he can make a deal with those who are our enemies and cannot be trusted.

Also interesting is the social policy on which Obama didn’t dwell.  He only briefly mentioned “gay marriage.”  In addition to hurting our children, the new cultural and legislative shift has put our fundamental religious liberty in jeopardy by trying to push us beyond toleration into celebration.  He also ignored the Little Sisters of the Poor, who were featured GOP guests.  All they want is for their religious liberty to be left alone by Obama’s healthcare policies.  And Obama also neglected the issue of scandal-ridden Planned Parenthood, probably because the efforts against it are working, stalled now by his veto.  He dared to talk about how terrorists don’t “value human life” when he himself is pro-abortion.

A major theme was that Obama wanted a new politics, more civility. More “basic bonds of trust” and believing our opponents have good motivations:  “Our public life withers when only the most extreme voices get all the attention.”  Much of that is true! But is Obama willing to live by this himself?  Why is he the one constantly shutting down debate, refusing to work with Republicans, and being that extreme voice?  Why did he critique a pandering to special interests and divisions when he constantly panders to and illuminates them?

But conservatives are not intimidated by Obama’s sweet-talking, self-aggrandizement.  Speaking directly after Obama, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R) expressed her well-founded concern over the economy, healthcare, civil unrest, and dangerous terrorism, but also laid out hope for an alternative: an economy that truly soars while controlling debt, and a foreign policy that celebrates Israel, not Iran.

Obama says his goal, like ours, is to help America’s future, to keep it prosperous and respected.  But his solutions only make America poorer and weaker by the day.  The fact is he ignored the important social issues of marriage, abortion, and religious freedom.  But as Nikki Haley explained, we have a chance to erase liberal policies and recover the heritage of our nation.  Our true hope in these times rests in God, in praying, in actively doing His will, and in earnestly beseeching Him to still bless America.

Chaney Mullins serves as Special Projects Writer for Concerned Women for America.