On a Friday in November, some of our staff had the honor and opportunity to meet President Trump as he boarded Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House. The President expressed his great appreciation of our work at Concerned Women for America and took the time to pose for pictures. Thank you Mr. President.
Our CEO and President, Penny Nance and Cathy Ruse, JD, Senior Legal Fellow for the Family Research Council partnered together to write an opinion article for The Christian Post about the impacts of liberal indoctrination and ‘gender fluidity’ on college campuses.
“We are Christian women, mothers of college students and college-bound children, who have serious concerns about how the “gender fluidity” movement has taken root at public schools and universities.
The idea that gender is fluid and self-determined, as opposed to biologically determined, has been germinating for decades. But today it has grown into a multi-million dollar political cause that threatens the privacy, safety, and religious freedom of all students, and especially women.
One of us, Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women for America (CWA), in a recent op-ed, gave a first hand account of how students, beginning at orientation, are being indoctrinated into this anti-Christian ideology at Virginia Tech (VT), the hard science school of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The response was overwhelming. CWA received emails from many VT students, parents, employees, professors, alumni, and state elected officials upset about the indoctrination. Many complained of coercive “diversity training” and policies. Some students reported fear of reprisal, and some school employees fear job loss. Many feel bullied into silence and believe their First Amendment rights are being infringed. The school is opening itself up to a variety of lawsuits.
VT’s response has been to post their mantra regarding civility, saying students were not forced to share their pronouns. But coercion comes in many forms, and the pressure is palpable. It is sad to say, but if you express traditional Christian beliefs at VT, you will be left outside of the community. Of course, VT is far from alone in this new woke trajectory.”
CWA’s Founder and former Chairman of the Board, Mrs. Beverly LaHaye, addressed the Board, CWA staff and employees, volunteers and former staff at the organization’s 40th Anniversary Gala. She credited God with the success of CWA.
TRANSCRIPT: “A lot of credit has been given to individuals but I want you to know that it was not Beverly LaHaye. It was my Heavenly Father. I was very happy and content where I was placed as Tim LaHaye’s wife, a pastor’s wife.
But God put something on my heart. It was in January of 1979 when we signed the official documents to make Concerned Women for America legal. And that was the beginning of Conservative women of faith to have a voice that would affect the future for our families and for our nation.
You know, as you’ve already seen – prior to this – the feminists had all the attention. They had the news, they had the television, radio, in the newspapers. Everytime you opened it up, they were there speaking.
But, Praise God – today we’ve got conservative Christian women who are speaking out and taking leadership and I thank each one of you for all that you’re doing.
You know God has opened CWA step by step. If He had revealed to me, back in January of 1979 what he was going to do with Concerned Women for America, I would have probably said, “God, you got the wrong girl. I can’t do that.” But God only takes us one step at a time. And, as we are faithful and obedient to obey His leadership, then He will do great things for each one of you. But, don’t expect the big picture to start with. You’re not going to get it. He wants you to go one step at a time. And, I very humbly say that that’s what I had to do.
Let me give you some of Paul’s words in Ephesians chapter 6 verse 12 where he describes it so well. He stated that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against the rulers of the darkness of this age…..”
Mrs. LaHaye explained how the organization got started and what it became.
TRANSCRIPT: “We began to grow after we got started and 2 years after we were legally established we sent out a newsletter and we sent it out to 80,000 women across the nation who were eager to know what we were concerned about and what they could do about it. And, I’m thrilled that that number has grown and grown and grown. You know some have said that the growth of CWA is a miracle. So, I went to Webster’s collegiate dictionary and I wanted to see what was the definition of a miracle and here’s what it said. A miracle is a extraordinary event manifesting a supernatural work of God — and that’s CWA.
During those 40 years, I had many influential people giving me encouragement and helping me along the way. But one I will never forget and that was the late Doctor Francis Shaeffer who was a forerunner of the pro-life issues. One day I had the privilege to sit and talk with him and he said to me, “We must use our freedom to preserve our freedom while we still have our freedom or neither our children nor our grandchildren will rise up to call us blessed.”
And today I’d say Dr. Shaeffer, I’d have to add my great grandchildren, too – which I have 19 and I want them to always know that we were fighting for the freedom for their life and for their country. In fact, Dr. Shaeffer went on to say to me, “Beverly, what would you think when your grandchildren said to you, “Grandma, what were you doing when they were killing all those babies?”” I want my grandchildren to know I was doing everything I could to save the lives of babies following them….”
Mrs. LaHaye finished her remarks with a special charge to the current leaders and volunteers of CWA and YWA from Ephesians 6.
And, lastly as an ambassador for Christ and also for CWA, I say according to Paul, “Speak boldly for truth that is taught in God’s word; do not shy away from the truth and ladies and gentlemen, never, never, never compromise the truth that you boldly proclaim.
We have been fighting against aborting babies for 40 years. I want to say to you, Ladies and Gentlemen, … it’s time for us to stop that. It’s time for us to put an end to the killing of babies in America.
And while you’re still standing I just want to close by saying… I tell you I will pray for you – that you will be strong, noncompromising and speaking boldly for truth across the United States coming from areas where maybe there is no CWA chapter maybe there is no prayer chapter that you’ll go back and we will stir it up and wake up Americans and wake up women to stand strong in this evil day.
And be assured that as I leave this position, you will all be in my prayers that we will be effective. May God bless you all. You may be seated.
Dr. Shea Garrison, CWA’s Vice President of International Affairs, was recently invited to Hungary to present at the Budapest Demographic Summit III, September 5-6. Hosted by the Hungarian government, the conference brought together leaders from all over the world to share their ideas and experiences in strengthening families and promoting effective family policies.
Among those presenting were Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Minister of State for Family and Youth Affairs Katalin Novak, as well as other senior officials from Serbia, Australia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Brazil. Religious representatives included leaders from both Christian and Jewish congregations.
Dr. Garrison spoke about CWA’s commitment to both family and life and how research and practice demonstrate that women’s full and “meaningful” participation in other areas of society—such as within the economy and in peace and security processes—greatly contributes to stable societies, sustainable economic growth, and family development. She was quoted as saying, “We believe the best way to preserve the family is to defend the sanctity of life, particularly the life of an unborn child. In addition, we value motherhood and strong, cohesive families. Women have a unique role in building strong societies that goes beyond the care and nurturing of a family.”
Dr. Garrison discussed two U.S. strategies–the Women’s Global and Development Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP) and the U.S. Women, Peace, and Security Strategy (WPS)–as examples for how governments and civil organizations can support stronger families and communities by taking significant steps to ensure women’s full participation in all areas of society.
Other U.S. representatives included Valerie Huber, Senior Policy Advisor for the Office of Global Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Emilie Kao, Director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, the Heritage Foundation.
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YWA is CWA’s collegiate initiative with chapters all across the country. YWA is this generation of Christian, conservative women fighting to protect and promote Biblical values and conservative principles on campuses and in the community. These young women on college campuses around the country educate themselves on current issues, they gather to pray for our country, and they act to influence society.
Addressing Virginia Tech College Republican’s response to Penny Nance’s recent article in The Federalist, YWA released the following statement:
CWA’s Dr. Shea Garrison, our Vice President of International Affairs was interviewed on One America News Network about her recent article featured in The Washington Times on Women, Peace, and Security Strategy.
Neomi Rao is President Trump’s nominee for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, a federal court that is generally recognized as the second-most important court in the nation. Four sitting Supreme Court justices previously sat on the D.C. Circuit.
There is no question that Rao is well qualified for this position. A graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School, she clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas, served in the Office of the White House Counsel for President George W. Bush, founded the Center for the Study of the Administrative State at the Antonin Scalia Law School of George Mason University and currently heads the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for the Trump administration.
As these last two positions, in particular, indicate, she is an expert in administrative law, with which the D.C. Circuit is deeply involved.