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Sharia Law Talking Points

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On International Women’s Day (Monday, March 8), Young Women for America (YWA) National Director, Annabelle Rutledge, was honored to interview Mariam Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to renounce her Christian faith. During our interview, we were inspired by Mariam’s boldness and gained a better understanding through her story of what it is like living under Sharia Law.

If you missed YWA’s leader call and want to watch it back, you can view it here. Below are key talking points on Sharia law.

  • Sharia is the fundamental religious concept of Islam – namely, its law is derived from the Qur’an, Hadiths, and Sunnah.
  • For any nation under Sharia law, the idea of separation of church and state is non-existent and Islamic concepts govern all areas of life.
  • The Islamic law includes extreme facets that degrade the value of human life, such as:
    • A Muslim who leaves Islam must be killed immediately.
    • Non-Muslims are forbidden to marry Muslim women.
    • Sharia dictates death by stoning, beheading, amputation of limbs, flogging, and even for crimes of sin such as adultery.
    • There is no age limit for the marriage of girls. The marriage contract can take place any time after birth and can be consummated at age eight or nine.
    • Rebelliousness on the part of the wife nullifies the husband’s obligation to support her, gives him permission to beat her, and keeps her from leaving the home.[1]
  • Thankfully, here in the United States, we do not embody the principles of Islamic law. Muslims living in the U.S. are free to practice their religion, but like every other citizen, they are only permitted to do so within the bounds of the U.S. Constitution.
  • Even still, the United States has seen several instances of Muslims acting within the Sharia law and outside the bounds of the Constitution.
    • For example, on January 1, 2008, an Egyptian living in Texas shot his own two daughters in a parked car simply because they were dating Americans. [2]
  • Of course, not every Muslim living in the United States abides by Sharia law; however, it is important that we understand that Islamic law is dangerous and that we fight against any effort to allow it to creep into American society and courts.
  • There have been instances of Islamic husbands trying to use Sharia law as legal foundation in United States courts.
    • In 2010, a New Jersey court saw a case in which the husband had repeatedly abused his wife and told her their religion (Islam) was the basis for his abuse. The court allowed an Imam to offer expert testimony in which he said, according to Islamic law, the wife is required to submit to the husband’s demands and that there was no criminal intent since the husband was operating within his religious beliefs.
    • The judge allowed this testimony to supersede state law. Thankfully, the decision was reversed, but it highlights a legitimate concern as Islam is antithetical to the ideas of freedom in the U.S. Constitution. [3]
  • Though we are called to love those practicing different religions and do, that does not mean we should disregard dangerous and evil practices. We should be alert in making sure that political correctness is not weaponized to allow for evil.
  • As Christians, we should ultimately be praying for those in the radical Islamic faith who are stuck in a system that does not value human life. Despite the dangers they may face for leaving the Muslim faith, our strongest desire should be that they find salvation in Jesus Christ.

[1] Nonie Darwish, “Sharia for Dummies,” Front Page Magazine, August 26, 2010, https://archives.frontpagemag.com/fpm/sharia-dummies-nonie-darwish/.

[2] Claire Cardona, “Video offers glimpse into relationship slain Lewisville sisters had with father accused of killing them in taxi,” Dallas News, February 2, 2017, https://www.dallasnews.com/news/2017/02/03/video-offers-glimpse-into-relationship-slain-lewisville-sisters-had-with-father-accused-of-killing-them-in-taxi/.

[3]Maxim Lott, “Advocates of Anti-Shariah Measures Alarmed by Judge’s Ruling,” Fox News, August 5, 2010 https://www.foxnews.com/us/advocates-of-anti-shariah-measures-alarmed-by-judges-ruling

 


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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!

Big Tech & Censorship Talking Points

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On February 9, 2021, Young Women for America (YWA) National Director Annabelle Rutledge was honored to host Rachel Bovard, Senior Director of Policy at the Conservative Partnership Institute, on the topic of Big Tech and Censorship. Rachel is also a senior adviser to the Internet Accountability Project and has submitted testimony to Congress on the dangers of viewpoint discrimination and censorship from Big Tech.

If you missed YWA’s Leader Call and want to watch it back, you can view it here. Below are key talking points from our time learning from Rachel.

  • The issue of Big Tech and Censorship is no longer merely a debate on what we can say on social media, but about power colluding to control free speech and the marketplace of ideas in the United States.
  • Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, etc., control the public space and thus, control the narrative.
  • These platforms aren’t even just social sites anymore; they are market access retail sites, which means their censorship has an impact on small businesses.
  • The way that they control access to information has an unparalleled effect on society. We saw this most dramatically when the platforms collectively engaged in a total blackout on the New York Post Hunter Biden story.
  • Original – (As a result, Americans couldn’t access information on corruption in a presidential candidate’s family that has a significant impact on how we vote in this country. This is no small thing!)
  • We have also seen censorship in regards to COVID- 19. Social sites decided what information you were allowed to access, even censoring medical professionals. They seemingly declared themselves smarter than medical doctors by deciding what information you have access to about the disease and its treatments.
  • As Conservatives, we were ill-prepared for this moment. It was a slow fade until it wasn’t! Our propensity towards the free market tends toward a hands-off approach, but in this case, the level of market manipulation demands change.
  • When people say that these platforms are just private companies making content moderation decisions, there is a gross misunderstanding of the one-sided viewpoint discrimination taking place at the behest of the government and veiled by private companies.
  • The government is hiding behind Big Tech and relying on them to censor the American people as an extension of the government.
    • In the summer of 2020, Facebook interfered with private citizens’ constitutionally protected free speech by not allowing anti-lockdown protesters to organize using their platform.
    • In this case, Facebook was working on behalf of the government. The government could not shut down constitutionally protected free speech, so Facebook, acting as the arm of the government, took care of it for them. This is a real danger.
    • Google, Facebook, and Amazon worked together to get Parler taken off of the App Store, the Play Store, and Amazon Web Services because “It was used to plan      insurrection.” In reality, Facebook, and Instagram by proxy, were more widely used in the planning leading up to January 6.
  • When Michelle Obama tweeted out that she wanted Donald Trump banned from the big tech platforms, Big Tech did it. This should scare us. Big tech should not have the ability to silence political opponents.
  • When corporate power fuses with government power, it is the literal definition of fascism in that it is dictatorial power and forcible suppression of opposition.
  • A healthy government, and even private companies, should recognize that there is room for everyone in the marketplace of ideas.
  • The answer to bad speech should be more speech by allowing our ideas to flourish and having a healthy debate. Big Tech is trying to put an end to that – to a deliberate and one-sided end.

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Write Prayer for CWA’s Prayer Journal

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YWA Challenge: Write Prayer for CWA’s Prayer Journal.

Would you like to be published in Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) For America Prayer Journal? CWA is in the process of collecting 365 written prayers that will be turned into a published prayer guide. We would be honored to have your submission.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Pick an issue close to your heart and write a half-page or one-page prayer.
  • Ideas for topics: pray for one of CWA’s seven core issues (Sanctity of Life, Defense of the Family, National Sovereignty, Religious Liberty, Education, Sexual Exploitation, Support for Israel), our government, our federal and state governmental leaders, your peers, high school and college campuses, teachers, censorship, etc.
  • Submit your prayer to [email protected] with the subject line “For America Prayer Journal Submission.”

Read samples of the prayers that have already been written to get an idea.

Praying the Full Armor of God
A Prayer for Congress
Prayer for our Cities

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 26, 2021

Make a Video. Stand up for Title IX. Protect Women’s Sports.

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YWA Challenge: Make a Video. Stand up for Title IX. Protect Women’s Sports.

The Left’s attempt to undermine Title IX by allowing biological men to compete in women’s sports is a direct attack on you, your generation, and the lives of women to come. Attacks on Title IX set back decades of progress. NOW is the time for you to lead this conversation.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Film a 30-second video of yourself sharing why Title IX and the protection of women’s sports is so important to you.
  2. Orient your phone horizontally.
  3. End the video with this statement: “Protect Women’s Sports. Stand up for Title IX.”
  4. Send the video to [email protected]
  5. Invite your friends to do the same!

Get creative with the backdrop and/or your attire. You can film anywhere BUT if you play a sport, utilize that as a backdrop (basketball court, volleyball court, track, etc.)

Ideas for talking points:

  • Men and women are biologically different. Men have a proven biological advantage over women.
  • Title IX was created for the express purpose of ensuring a fair playing field for women and girls.
  • Female athletes are actively losing championship spots to male-born athletes.
  • The loss for girls goes beyond high school sports as it impacts college scholarship opportunities.
  • Most of all – make it personal. This is a short video, and people need to hear why this topic matters to you.
  • Don’t forget to end with “Protect Women’s Sports. Stand up for Title IX.”

Impeachment 2.0: What are Dems so scared of?

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Remember in 2019 when the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump? In a blatant display of how out of touch the average American is when it comes to matters of civics, Gen Zers and Millennials took to the internet to celebrate that Donald Trump was no longer president. Yikes! Civics professors everywhere were cringing and hopefully revising their syllabi to cover the U.S. Constitution. That’s a stretch, but we can hope. As we all know, Trump was acquitted by the Senate and remained in office.

Here we are, two years later, experiencing an embarrassing déjà vu as the House gets ready to start President Trump’s impeachment trial 2.0 with about as much of a chance for success as the first time. On January 11, 2021, House Resolution 24 proposed the impeachment of President Trump on the basis that he incited insurrection. The critical difference this time around – Donald Trump is no longer the president.

First, a basic review of impeachment. Impeachment is an important tenet of our system of checks and balances, which is found in Article II, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution. “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” The House has the sole power of impeachment, but the Senate has the sole power to try all impeachments and actually remove individuals from office. Two-thirds of the Senate must agree in order for removal to take place. In light of the fact that 45 Senators have vowed not to vote in favor of impeachment, this whole process is DOA and a complete waste of time. By the way, a former president has never, in the history of our nation, been impeached.

So why are Democrats, and a few Republicans, so insistent on wasting their most critical first 100 days of a new Congress trying to impeach a former president? The short and most probable answer – they are afraid of you.

A president who is impeached is barred from ever running for public office again, and as Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) expressed last month, that is their exact intent. The Biden Administration and Democrats on the Hill know that the “blue wave” was a myth. Seventy-four million Americans voted for Donald Trump, and while Biden, Harris, and the Dems talk a big talk, they’re scared it could happen again. If they were confident that their policies are truly better and their administration had more support among the American populace, they wouldn’t have to worry about Trump running again. He would just lose, right?

In fear, they are trying to bypass you, the people, by illegitimately and unconstitutionally removing someone from the possibility of public office. They do not trust you and are desperate to control the outcome of our future elections.

They might have sent Trump to the Sunshine State, but half of America voted for Donald Trump because they love this country, respect the Constitution, and stand on their convictions. They aren’t going anywhere. There is no concern that this impeachment trial will result in anything except a colossal waste of time, but it should make us ask why? Here the Democrats are with the White House, the House, and the Senate, and they’re playing defense and a bad one at that.

Why are they willing to waste their time and our money? Could it be that they are scared? I think so. They’re scared of Donald Trump and you.

By Annabelle Rutledge, National Director, Young Women for America

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.

Why Join Young Women for America?

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Why Join Young Women for America?
A Community for Politically Conservative, Christian Women in College

“The Harvard of Christian schools” —that’s Wheaton College. I chose to attend Wheaton College for many reasons, mainly because I felt called by the Lord. It is known as an academically challenging institution that prioritizes students’ faith development. From school chapels, to all school communions, to prayer in class, Wheaton clearly demonstrates its commitment to growing students intellectually and spiritually.

Even in 2021, Wheaton was named one of the most conservatives schools in the country by the Princeton Review and Niche. As someone who was interested in the political realm, I took note of that. In comparison to other colleges, Wheaton is relatively conservative. Truth be told, dancing in public just became permitted in 2003. The campus is dry. Wheaton does not have fraternities and sororities, but we find our ways to have fun.

In comparison to other secular schools, Wheaton is in fact pretty politically conservative as well, although not to the extent I expected. I have learned that even at conservative colleges, it is important for politically active, Christian, conservative women to find and support one another. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to begin a Young Women for America (YWA) chapter at Wheaton. Young Women for America seeks to educate young female leaders on Biblical and conservative issues, equipping them to then educate their peers while surrounding themselves with a community of women who share their core beliefs.

Although I identified as more politically conservative than politically progressive, I was concerned that I would not be around people with differing perspectives. I soon realized I was wrong. Whether it was politically or theologically, people across the campus shared varying stances on political issues. Even though we were brothers and sisters in Christ, we disagreed on how to approach policy. From discussions on economic systems to abortion rights, it became clear that students held a wide range of perspectives.

As I began my freshman year, I started realizing that I was one of the more politically conservative people on campus. It seemed like most of the politically engaged students tended to be more left leaning. One of my closest friends at Wheaton, for example, is pro-choice, and she is anything but alone in her thinking. In all honesty, I was surprised by how many people at Wheaton favored more liberal stances on social issues.
I expected a few people who favored pro-choice policy but did not realize their presence would be as popular as it turned out to be.

As I entered into my sophomore year, it became increasingly clear that the conservative voice on campus was relatively quiet. Whether it was faculty, students, or staff, I started to question who I could go to and discuss politics. I was wrestling with these issues. “How can I honor God politically?” “Have I been thinking about things incorrectly my entire life?” “How can so many people follow God and support abortion rights?” I was and still am in need of guidance; I am only 21.

However, I found it difficult to find support and encouragement when approaching these topics. I found it difficult to be transparent about my political views, because the conservative perspective in classes frankly seemed to be less popular among students. I felt like I had a hard time articulating my thoughts in one of my classes in particular because I did not want to be cast as insensitive or non-empathetic. In all candor, I questioned where the other politically conservative people were at Wheaton. Maybe they just are not as politically involved? Maybe they also feel isolated in their thinking? Have they already found their community of politically like-minded people?

Yes, I wanted to hear other perspectives, but I also wanted to grow in my own values and beliefs. For any person, it is important to have a community of people who support you in your beliefs. On college campuses across the country, conservative voices are lacking. Many young women, especially, feel disheartened by their inability to find people who view life through a similar ideological lens. It can be pretty discouraging to consistently face push back for possessing unpopular opinions. Young Women for America seeks to create a community for like-minded women to engage and depend on one another. There is something special and empowering about a group designed especially for Christian women. Not only does Young Women for America seek to foster members’ knowledge of political issues, but to also grow their faith. This is not simply a political group or a ministry, but a way to incorporate the two. It is unique to have a set community for young women who share the same faith which then informs their political ideology.

This marriage of Christianity and conservative principles is one of the reasons I wanted to begin a Young Women for America chapter at Wheaton. It was clear that the women’s voices on campus needed to be heard. I have found that there are many women who tend to be more conservative but are concerned about how to articulate their beliefs. That is why groups like YWA are so necessary.
Politically conservative women should be equipped to engage with those who think differently than them. Whether that be learning about special topics or hosting speakers, we need to foster and grow in our knowledge on how to have conversations with those who think differently.

YWA focuses on seven issues particularly, approaching them all from a Biblical perspective. The hope is that we can affect change in our colleges, communities, and beyond by educating, advocating, and praying for these principles. With colleges becoming more politically progressive, it is crucial that politically conservative women are able to find their voices. And YWA helps in that effort.
When it comes to political issues, it is important that we utilize research and arguments from a Biblical foundation as well. We should have an active voice that is not silent, even if society claims that being socially progressive is morally right.
In order to better represent the conservative voice, we have to surround ourselves with those who will help us engage with those who are more hesitant to hear our perspective. With an edifying community, we can grow in our ability to communicate our views and amplify our voices.

Ultimately, Young Women for American offers a place for young women to learn, support, and pray for the country and greater world.

By Hayden Sledge, YWA Chapter President at Wheaton College 

Heritage Foundation and Concerned Women for America Unite to Reach Young Women

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Heritage and CWA presidents announce collaboration effort to grow Young Women for America

WASHINGTON—Heritage Foundation President Kay C. James and Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Young Nance announced today that the two organizations have launched a combined effort to energize young women to advocate for fundamental American principles—freedom, faith, and strong families and communities—on college campuses across America.

Concerned Women for America began Young Women for America in 2011 in response to a growing need to invest in young women leaders on campus. Young Women for America has grown to 36 chapters across the nation, but the leaders of Concerned Women for America and Heritage don’t think it is enough. The two organizations have joined together to serve as a force multiplier for the conservative movement to reach even more young women.

“We are at a pivotal point in our nation’s history and for the future of freedom in America. The Heritage Foundation has the intellectual firepower and resources for training and developing this new generation of young women,” said James. “Working together, Heritage and Concerned Women for America will empower and activate thousands of women to do the hard but necessary work of keeping our republic.”

recent survey by Gallup found that 52% of young adults have a favorable view of socialism compared to 47% who have a favorable view of capitalism. This alarming trend is being played out on the national stage with the rise of political leaders who espouse socialist policies. This follows the last 40 or more years during which billions of dollars have been poured into women’s studies programs on campuses.

“The Heritage Foundation is the nation’s premier conservative research and educational institution,” said Nance. “Concerned Women for America is humbled and grateful for the support from Heritage under the leadership of Kay James. With the incredible support of this great institution, our current and future Young Women for America chapters and women will gain invaluable exposure to your scholars and resources that will equip them to be better informed and engaged citizens and leaders throughout their lives. Thank you, Heritage Foundation, for your incredible collaborative support.”

The partnership will help Concerned Women for America expand its reach to bring young women from around the country to Washington, D.C., to give them access to mentors, elected officials, and learn the true history of our great nation. Creating a more robust presence of Young Women for America leaders on America’s campuses will answer the careful and patient cultivation and indoctrination by the political and institutional Left which allows no dissent from radical dogma such as intersectionality.

Young Women for America leaders not only engage in rich and meaningful discussions with fellow students, hold outreach events, and invite top thinkers to campus, but also volunteer in their local communities, hold fundraisers, and build deep friendships.

Click here to learn more about Young Women for America and locate a campus chapter to get involved.

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Need a Primer on Socialism? CWA’s Got It!

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You’ve heard all this talk — in the media and on college campuses — about why we need socialism in America today. Do you want to understand what socialism is and how it impacts society? Or, how to respond to socialist promises like – Free Stuff! – healthcare and college?

For answers to these and many other questions, read our Concerned Women for America’s YWA Socialism lesson written by our Vice President of International Affairs, Dr. Shea Garrison and designed by CWA’s Graphic Designer, Julia Curtis.

Socialism Study Digital Copy

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YWA Had Quite a Week – Let’s Recap

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Young Women for America chapters across the country have had quite a week – let’s recap.

  • YWA National Director, Kelsey Good, met with current YWA leaders at Liberty University and Clemson University, and with prospective YWA leaders at Virginia Tech and James Madison University.
  • Several Pensacola Christian YWA leaders ran a half marathon together to benefit an anti-trafficking safe house. Afterward, they met and discussed the U.S. Constitution and the Founding Fathers.
  • YWA at Liberty University discussed our new “The Truth about Socialism” lesson with Chick-Fil-A and sweet tea.
  • Clemson University’s YWA chapter hosted a “Caffeinated Conversations” while Texas A&M’s chapter hosted a “Pumpkins and Politics” meeting!
  • YWA at Sam Houston State had a promotional table at three events over the past week which ranged from selling cinnamon rolls and passing out YWA cards, to Nerf gun target practice.
  • YWA at Louisiana State University chapter volunteered at a church’s shelter and made a meal for 50 people.
  • Oh, and, YWA ladies voted! What a week.

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Young Women for America (YWA) responds to VT College Republicans on Leftist Indoctrination on College Campuses

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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:

 

Teen Vogue Gonna do its Thing but will Parents do Parenting?

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CWA’s National Coordinator for Young Women for America (YWA), Kelsey Good, was interviewed by One News Now about a recent article in Teen Vogue.

“A teen magazine known for its outrageous left-wing articles is at it again but a family advocacy group says parents are ultimately responsible for pushing back.

OneNewsNow has reported how Teen Vogue is seemingly obsessed with promoting abortion to impressionable teen girls, and the latest abortion apologetics story advises them on how to hide a life-altering abortion from their parents.”

Read the Entire Article Here:

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Road to Majority Conference 2019

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Concerned Women for America attended the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road To Majority Policy Conference last week. CEO and President Penny Nance addressed the attendees and introduced one of our fellow women conservative leaders, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa).

Our Young Women for America coordinator Kelsey Good participated in the conference along with our summer interns manning our CWA/YWA booth. They answered questions, handed out our materials, and presented our Christian Conservative values to those visiting our booth.

WIN: Trump on College Campuses

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CWA CEO Penny Nance with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

President Trump signed an executive order to protect free speech on college campuses today. Because of our Young Women for America chapters and efforts across the country, we were asked to be there when he signed it! Our YWA leaders have been effected by, and watched first-hand, the attack on the First Amendment on college campuses. Because of YOU we have a seat at the table to promote constitutional principles and fight for the future of America. We are thankful for the President’s commitment to ensuring that the rights of every student be protected.

President Trump promised that “agencies will take appropriate steps to ensure that college and university campuses are places of free thought and debate.” The Trump administration believes that “public schools should fulfill their obligation to uphold the First Amendment,” and “schools should be transparent about their speech policies.”

He also discussed information transparency and student loan debt. Read the executive order here.

An Open Letter to Governor Cuomo

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Dear Mr. Cuomo,

Do you remember the day in the hospital room when you held your daughters, Cara and Mariah, for the first time?  And then the day you held Michaela? Those are the babies you are allowing to be killed. Fully developed, feeling, dreaming, cognitive, valuable, unique, and American. Right before they are to make their appearance, you are celebrating that they can be killed.

I am a woman, a New Yorker, and a millennial. Every single fiber of my being disapproves of what you signed on Tuesday.

I and thousands of other New Yorkers are absolutely horrified and disgusted by your blatant disregard for the value of life.

You are hurting women in the name of “reproductive health.”

You just made it legal to kill fully developed 7-, 8-, 9-, 10-pound babies.

You just made it more dangerous for the women that do end the life of their child by allowing non-doctors to perform abortions. This is a Kermit Gosnell-type of disregard for women.

You also just made it more unsafe, painful, and deadly for the babies who survive abortions.

This is most definitely NOT a victory for all New Yorkers.  It is a grave loss. A dark, discouraging, and horrifying time for New Yorkers and all Americans.

You say that you want “to ensure a woman’s right to make her own decisions.” Under your new law, more New York women will never be able to make a single decision. You have denied her the most fundamental right. Her right to life.

We will continue to fight for vulnerable babies in the womb, sir. I will continue to stand up and be a voice for the voiceless. We are endowed with certain unalienable rights, and it is an unthinkable evil that we do not protect the fundamental right to life in America.

This was not a win for women. It was the worst of losses.

-Kelsey Good


Note to readers:

New Yorkers, get involved.  Christians, rise up.  Churches, speak out.

Join an organization. Get news alerts from different news stations. Pick up a book.

Get off your couches and go to the state capitol. Stop scrolling on Instagram, and keep up with the legislation in your capitol and in D.C.

You have a choice to make a difference. Stand up for truth. Be part of the solution.

 

Young Women for America at TPUSA Student Action Summit

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Happy New Year! I hope that you had a restful and blessed Christmas and New Years with your families and friends. The week leading up to Christmas, I traveled to West Palm Beach, Florida, where Young Women for America had an exhibitor booth at TPUSA’s Student Action Summit. The conference was filled with great speakers who came and encouraged the students to be leaders on campus, to educate themselves and engage in dialogue. The speakers included Laura Ingraham, Dr. Jordan Peterson, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, Dennis Prager, Allie Stuckey, Tucker Carlson, and Donald Trump, Jr.

This event was a great opportunity to share our YWA program with a couple hundred students and give them some of our educational and promotional materials. It is always such a blessing to discuss the rich history of CWA, how Mrs. LaHaye started our organization, and how someone can get involved with us on their college campus. Faces light up and they often respond, “Wow! This is what we need! I’m so glad you’re here!” We have received a number of new contacts, girls who want to start YWA chapters, and even some adults who want to get involved with CWA.

There were two of our YWA chapter leaders at the conference, as well. Being able to connect with our girls is always the highlight of every trip for me. Please pray for God to use this conference to grow Young Women for America. Pray that God sustains their desire to start YWA at their university or high school, that He would use them to educate and impact their peers, and that they would stand up for righteousness.

Grayce McAllister, the graduating YWA President at Emporia State University in Kansas, and the incoming President, Mackenzie Haddix.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open letter to Berkeley Student, Isabella Chow, from YWA President at Texas A & M

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Dear Isabella,

First and foremost, I would like to say thank you. Thank you for being a brave and strong representative of our Christian faith. Thank you for standing up for what is right and what is true. Thank you for giving a voice to those who are not as forthcoming with their beliefs due to the fear of being ridiculed and berated by the masses. Thank you for being a true leader of the conservative movement. I pray that you will be blessed beyond measure in the long run because of the decision you made. Many adults, much less students, would not dare stand up for their conservative beliefs in this day and age, but rather just go along with the majority in fear of standing out. But you, at 20 years old, decided that this issue goes against your faith and you would not just go along with it.

My name is McKenna, and I am founder and president of Young Women for America at Texas A&M University.  Daily, I see the indoctrination and spread of the liberal agenda among college students. We are being flooded with the notion to think with our hearts instead of our minds. In your case, reading off the names of transgender people who were murdered is a prime example of that. Rather than presenting facts to the Senate, they want to use solely pathos to tug at people’s heartstrings so that those who go against their cause will be viewed as monsters. No one wants to be labeled as a heartless person, thus young person after young person are roping themselves into the Democratic narrative so that they can avoid ostracization.

Fifty years ago, there was not even a thought (in either the public or legislative realm) that gender was not defined by simple biology. Now, we are being brainwashed by the mainstream media, professors, and even our lawmakers that gender is fluid and it is a social construct. Where did this come from? Why is the mere 0.6% of the adult population who identify as transgender deciding elections and dividing political parties? I do not know the answer to this other than the Democrats are in need of a new victim group, because African Americans are leaving the left in record numbers. Rather I would pose an alternate question that should be causing moral abhorrence: where is the outrage that 89.3% of African American murders are committed by other African Americans? Where is the outrage that 3,000 babies are aborted every day in this country?

No, it is not a women’s right issue. No woman should have the rightto terminate another human being’s life just because it is inside of her, but I digress. Instead let’s just focus on the 0.06% of the population that disagrees with simple biology and if you do not support them, you are a “bigot, sexist, homophobic, transphobic” disgrace. How is it that supporters of this fraction of the population can have and share their opinion, but opposers cannot have theirs? Newsflash liberals, this is America; the First Amendment protects ALL speech not just speech you don’t find offensive (which is very rare these days).

Now don’t get me wrong, I fully believe that anyone has the right to disagree with you and anyone can speak out against you. This is exactly what you made clear in your address. Where it gets dangerous though, is when people want to shut you down and quiet your speech. The true liberals in the past would have celebrated you speaking up for your beliefs and that you have the freedom to do so. They would be ecstatic for differing thoughts and a presence of pluralism in our country.

However, the current “liberals” just want to shut you up, because you do not fit in their mold. I do not recall you calling for their resignation or conjuring up propaganda to demonize their lives. You did not scream at them, discredit/deny their existence (like they often claim conservatives do), or claim they offended you in any way. But rather, you politely disagreed and voted how you thought right. My question to the liberals is, who decides what is offensive and what is not offensive? I thought you were all for freedoms and self-expression; however, if our nation continues in the direction of shutting down speech certain people don’t like, the only thing that will result is tyrannical rule. There would have to be one supreme ruler deciding what is a pass and what is a fail. If anyone can be silenced, then everyone can. Is that what you really want? There is hope for America though, because of truefreedomloving patriots like you.

To all those who say you should have just abstained and not given a reason behind your abstention, I pose to them a question. Why is it that you can spew your beliefs and give your reasoning, but Ms. Chow cannot? Those who voted in favor of this condemnation did not need to explain why, because their vote said it all. If Ms. Chow would not have given a reason, she would have had no recourse against your slandering.

Isabella, do not be dismayed by all those who have left your side through this. As Tomi Lahren says, “The trash takes out itself.” Keep showing people that having different opinions and being able to share them is what makes America the greatest and freest nation ever to exist. Nowhere in the world are citizens afforded the amount of freedoms we are afforded here in the United States. Just know, Isabella, you have the backing of millions of American patriots out here, and we are here to fight right alongside you. The fight is far from over, but as 2 Timothy 4:7-8 reveals,“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” Keep this in mind and fight on! God brings the greatest blessings out of our most tragic circumstances. God knows what He is doing here, and I have a feeling something great is coming your way!

Stay strong,

~McKenna

 

McKenna Dallmeyer is a freshman Political Science major at Texas A&M University. McKenna started the Young Women for America chapter at Texas A&M in the fall of 2018 and is serving as the chapter’s president.