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Gender and Sexuality Issues and Critical Race Theory Conference

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Missouri invites you to the Gender and Sexuality Issues and Critical Race Theory Conference Saturday, July 16, in Nevada, Missouri. These are two issues hitting the Christian community hard. This event will provide a Biblical worldview approach to these issues. Men, women, and teens are invited to attend.

 

The goal of this conference is to equip parents and concerned citizens with the necessary information to make informed choices. Parents are alarmed at the organized plan sweeping across Missouri and the nation to indoctrinate children on these issues. Please attend to be equipped with the facts and to find out what you can do to protect the children in your district.

 

Gender and Sexuality Issues
Alan Branch, Ph.D., Professor of Christian Ethics at Midwestern Seminary, will speak on Gender and Sexuality Issues. As Christians, we celebrate the beauty of God’s creative design for manhood and womanhood. However, we are witnessing moral anarchy as Western nations abandon all semblance of Biblical authority by embracing the transgender identity. An untold number of boys and girls are being harmed. Most significantly, God is not honored or obeyed. Dr. Branch will discuss how to train our children to thrive in a sexually confused society; and how to respond biblically to the sexual chaos in our culture. Dr. Branch is the author of Born This Way? and Affirming God’s Image: Addressing the Transgender Question with Science and Scripture.

 

Critical Race Theory
Mary Bryne, Ed.D. will make her presentation, “Critical Race Theory Exposed.” Dr. Byrne’s presentation explains how current events, most notably the recent violence ignited by claims of systemic racism, are grounded in critical race theory; and how critical race theory is grounded in Karl Marx’s writing instructing followers how to start a revolution in a nation. Her presentation will reveal how almost two centuries of Marxism have infiltrated the U.S. government, the law, churches, the military, and education. She will explain how there is a current concerted effort to indoctrinate Missouri school children by instilling the Critical Race Theory curriculum into the public school system.

 

Dr. Byrne is a national speaker and co-founding member of Missouri Coalition Against Common Core. She has an M.A. in special education and an M.Ed. in curriculum and instructional design, as well as a doctorate in special education from Teachers College at Columbia University.

 

The Work and Ministry of CWA of Missouri
Bev Ehlen, Missouri State Director for Concerned Women for America, will speak on the work and ministry of CWA of Missouri and update attendees on the 2022  Missouri Legislative session, that concluded in May.

Details:
Date: Saturday, July 16
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Enchanted Prairie Farm, 17557 East Stockade Road, Nevada, Missouri.
RSVP: The event is free, but registration is required. To register, please call Edith McReynolds at 918.527.7604.
Contact: For additional information, call Bev Ehlen at 314.608.0168.

 

Conference Schedule
1:00 p.m. Welcome and Opening Prayer
1:10 p.m. Dr. Alan Branch: Gender and Sexuality Issues
2:00 p.m. Questions and Answers with Dr. Branch
2:30 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Dr. Mary Byrne: Critical Race Theory 
4:00 p.m. Questions and Answers with Dr. Byrne
4:30 p.m. CWA of Missouri State Director Bev Ehlen: An Introduction to CWA of Missouri

 


 

Join Us At A CWA of Missouri Event

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(Descriptions of the events are located at the bottom.)

Critical Race Theory Exposed with Dr. Mary Byrne 

Date: 6:00 p.m., Thursday, August 19
Location: The Elks Lodge No. 919, 1705 Christopher Road, Mexico, MO 65265
Contact: Jennifer Gore 573-473-0079

Date: 9:30 a.m., Saturday, August 21
Location: Heritage Bible Church, 301 Droste Road, St. Charles, MO 63301
Contact: Bev Ehlen 314-608-0168

Date: 6:30 p.m., Monday, August 23
Updated Location: Eagles No. 3775, 321 North Spring Street, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Contact: Bev Ehlen 314-608-0168

Date: 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 24
Location: Historic Post Office, 204 East Main St., West Plains, MO 65775
Contact: Bev Ehlen 314-608-0168

Date: 6:30 p.m., Monday, August 30
Location: Wallace Center, 325 Harwood Avenue, Lebanon, MO 65536
Contact: Karen Nixon 417-322-5918
This event is hosted by the Lebanon Tea Party

Date: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 2
Location: Church of the Word, 801 Hawkins Road, Fenton, MO 63026
Contact: Bev Ehlen 314-608-0168

Date: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 16
Location: Convergence Point, 4220 S. Hocker Drive, Independence, MO 64055
Contact: Shelley Lowery 417-861-9646

Date: 9:30 a.m., Saturday, September 25
Location: Mannah Fellowship Church, 17617 Route 291, Pleasant Hill, MO 64080
Contact: Bev Ehlen 314-608-0168


Protecting Young Minds Online Act with Alissa Johnson 

Date: 6:30 p.m., Friday, August 13
Location: First State Community Bank, 1022 Highway 47, Warrenton, MO 63383
Contact: Bev Ehlen 314-608-0168

Date: 9:30 a.m., Saturday, August 14
Location: Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Road, Ellisville, MO 63011
Contact: Bev Ehlen 314-608-0168

Date: 7 p.m., Thursday, September 2
Location: Granny Schaffer’s Restaurant, 2728 North Range Line Road, Joplin, MO 64801
There is an optional dinner at 6 p.m. at the guest’s expense, in the Trolley Room.
Contact: Bev Ehlen 314-608-0168


Update on All Things Israel with Jon Bierman 

Date: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 9
Location: Convergence Point, 4220 S. Hocker Drive, Independence, MO 64055
Contact: Shelley Lowery 417-861-9646


 

Event Descriptions:

Critical Race Theory Exposed with Dr. Mary Byrne, Ed.D.
Dr. Byrne’s presentation will explain how current events, most notably the recent violence ignited by claims of systemic racism, are grounded in critical race theory; and how critical race theory is grounded in Karl Marx’s writing instructing followers how to start a revolution in a nation.

Please plan to attend to find out what Critical Race Theory (CRT) is, why it is very concerning for our public schools, and what you can do to protect the children in your community.

Dr. Byrne’s presentation will reveal how almost two centuries of Marxism have infiltrated the U.S. government, the law, churches, the military, and education. She will explain how there is a current concerted effort to indoctrinate Missouri school children by instilling the Critical Race Theory curriculum into the public school system.

Dr. Mary Byrne, Ed.D., is a national speaker and co-founding member of Missouri Coalition Against Common Core. She has an M.A. in special education and an M.Ed. in curriculum and instructional design, and a doctorate in special education from Teachers College at Columbia University.

Protecting Young Minds Online Act with Alissa Johnson 

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Missouri invites you to a presentation by CWA of Missouri’s Legislative Liaison Alissa Johnson, on the Protect Young Minds Online Act (PYMOA).

Alissa leads the CWA of Missouri legislative team at the Missouri State Capitol advocating for the passage of PYMOA – legislation that will require internet service providers in the state to add a filter to protect children from viewing pornography/obscenity online.

More than forty years ago, Missouri lawmakers created a Missouri statute that would make furnishing pornographic material to minors a Class A misdemeanor. The statute has never been updated to include the internet. Presently, minors are accessing pornography/obscenity via the internet on their cell phones, home computers, friends’ laptops/tablets, etc. The PYMOA will help remedy this.

Update on All Things Israel with Jon Bierman 

Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Missouri is excited to announce that Jon Bierman will be back with us to share what has been happening in Israel. There were a few good, calm years during the Trump Administration, but in the last eight months, things are once again erupting – from the change in Prime Ministers, the newly seated Knesset, continued threats from Hamas, and COVID-19 restrictions.

Jon has practiced law as a commercial litigator in St. Louis, first at the law firm of Gallop, Johnson & Neuman and then with Polsinelli, P.C. Bierman’s degree in history from Washington University focused on the history of the Middle East. He has a J.D., magna cum laude from Saint Louis University School of Law, 1998, and a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, 1995.

More about the event

The discussion of “All Things Israel” will include the results of the recent election. Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party were unseated after 12 years of service as Prime Minister. Netanyahu was replaced by Naphtali Bennet. Bennet assembled a fragile coalition of eight diverse political parties to attain power. He won by one vote in the Knesset vote.

Hamas recently depleted their stockpile of 4,300 Iranian supplied rockets, firing at populated areas, including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. During the current “cease-fire,” Hamas reverted to launching helium balloons carrying firebombs, along the Gaza border.

The chairman of one of the Arab political parties, in the newly seated Knesset, recently declared, “Jerusalem will one day be the Capital of Palestine. Our people will cause them (Jews) to be ashamed and withdraw from these places.” This indicates the new Prime Minister will be tested as he seeks to lead the State of Israel.

Israel is leading the world in Covid-19 injections, with a goal of 100 percent citizen participation. Policies that restrict employment, activities, and travel are in place. This has been a severe blow to their lifestyle, economy, and tourism business, which is most critical to the Israeli economy.

Critical Race Theory Exposed Events in Missouri

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Missouri has scheduled Critical Race Theory Exposed (CRT) events in Missouri. The CRT event is an important educational presentation presented by Mary Bryne, Ed.D.

Dr. Byrne’s presentation explains how current events, most notably the recent violence ignited by claims of systemic racism, are grounded in critical race theory; and how critical race theory is grounded in Karl Marx’s writing instructing followers how to start a revolution in a nation.

Dr. Byrne’s will reveal how almost two centuries of Marxism have infiltrated the U.S. government, the law, churches, the military, and education. She will explain how there is a current concerted effort to indoctrinate Missouri school children by instilling the Critical Race Theory curriculum into the public school system.

Dr. Byrne is a national speaker and co-founding member of the Missouri Coalition Against Common Core. She has an M.A. in special education and an M.Ed. in curriculum and instructional design, and a doctorate in special education from Teachers College at Columbia University.

Plan to attend to find out what Critical Race Theory (CRT) is, why it’s very concerning for our public schools, and what you can do to protect the children in your community.

Click here for the CRT events listing.

Bev Ehlen
State Director

Texans: Calls Needed on Critical Race Theory

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Is it OK with you that Critical Race Theory is being taught to our children?

Legislation currently filed in the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate addresses the issue of educating Texas school children about issues of race. These bills, SB 3 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-District 1), have passed out of the Texas Senate, and HB 178 Rep. Steve Toth (R-District 15) has yet to have a hearing before a House Committee. Concerned Women for America of Texas have been compared both bills. We support HB 178 and oppose SB 3.

You need to consider these points:

  1. All curricula in Texas are established by the State Board of Education, a single-member district board elected by the constituents of the respective districts.
  2. Those curricula are adopted in alignment with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills metrics established by that board in conjunction with the reports by evaluating committees in each discipline every ten years.
  3. Curricula from different disciplines are designed to allow concepts from one discipline to input education in another discipline,e., social studies words are learned in the language arts studies; social studies concepts are integrated into math problems.
  4. The options offered within this curricula are adopted by local independent school district school boards and supplied to their school district classrooms.
  5. The issue of race is controlled by the United States Constitution (Fourteenth Amendment) and the Texas Constitution. This prohibits prejudice toward or against anyone on the basis of race, color, creed, or nationality.
  6. The issue of Critical Race Theory is being used to teach our students that those who have light skin are the oppressors and those who have dark skin are the oppressed, thereby tainting the next generation with racists prejudices.
  7. CWA of Texas believes that the Texas Legislature must guard our school children against divisive concepts that create anger and distrust between citizens of all ages.

CWA of Texas is supporting HB 178 and opposing SB 3 for these reasons:

  1. SB 3 provides no prohibition of teaching the concepts of Critical Race Theory; it simply allows Independent School Boards to make the determination for each school district.
  2. While SB 3 appears to address the major issues of Critical Race Theory, however, it attaches no penalty on school districts adopting it.
  3. HB 178 would establish the constitutionally appropriate curricula concept and require that the State Board of Education incorporate that concept into all Texas Public School curricula, Kindergarten through Grade 12.
  4. Because concepts flow from discipline to discipline, i.e., Social Studies to Language Arts or to Mathematics, we believe that the bill must address curricula in all disciplines. HB 178 will do this, and SB 3 will not.
  5. SB 3 allows Independent School District Boards to adopt resolutions that integrate this flawed theory into policies that impact hiring, procurement, and awarding of contracts.

Read more information on CTR here.

Take Action:

To halt this damaging theory in Texas:

  • Contact your State Senator and urge him or her to vote for HB 178. Contact your State Representative and urge him or her to oppose SB 3 and vote for HB 178. Also, ask your legislators how they intend to vote on the bill. If you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Texas, be sure to let them know.
  • Share this information with like-minded friends and family. Educate those around you who share our values about this threat and ask them to take action.

Please pray:

May God help us protect the citizens of our state and nation, particularly our children, from this incendiary, anti-American concept.

“Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, rebuke and expose them. It is shameful even
to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. But when the light shines on them, it becomes
clear how evil these things are. And where your light shines, it will expose their evil deeds.” Ephesians 5:11-14  NLT

Ann Hettinger
State Director

Why Christians should reject Critical Race Theory

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What is Critical Race Theory (CRT)? CRT is a lens through which people can choose to view the world, and it presents a society in which there are two categories oppressor (white) and oppressed (non-white). CRT has grown under the false notion that it seeks to provide empathy and reconciliation for past wrongs in America. Many believe that it is an avenue to discuss injustice, history, race, and civil rights.

Supporters claim, “The movement champions many of the same concerns as the civil rights movement but places those concerns within a broader economic and historical context. It often elevates the equality principles of the Fourteenth Amendment above the liberty principles of the First Amendment.” However, CRT is the antithesis of the civil rights movement. It does not seek equality—it seeks equity. Critical Race theorists actually stand against some of Martin Luther King Junior’s founding ideas.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” – Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.

Critical Race theorists believe this concept of colorblindness in itself is racist because it “ignores” disparities toward black and brown people of color. CRT theorists believe that people should and must see color in order to combat white supremacy.

“Colorblindness neutralizes non-neutral baselines. It makes it seem like race is introduced when we think about racial disparity as if race is not already there,” – Kimberlé Crenshaw, co-pioneer in the CRT movement.

Many Christians are allowing Critical Race Theory to shape their worldview, albeit actively or passively, but there are three distinct reasons why Christians should reject CRT outright.

First, CRT teaches the sin of partiality. The theory leaves little to no room for other factors in disparities; instead, it separates based on skin color. CRT shares the fundamental belief with the concept they claim to fight against—white supremacy. Both concepts share the foundational belief that white skin is superior and, therefore, results in benefits in society. Followers of Christ are instructed to not partake in favoritism or partiality toward any group— including based on economic status, ethnicity, or race, as seen in Leviticus 19:15, 1 Timothy 5:21, and Deuteronomy 1:17.

“If you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers” (James 2:9).

The CRT lens of oppressor (white) – oppressed (non-white) offers no forgiveness to those who look like people who committed past wrongs. The theory claims that white Americans, regardless of their personal experiences, must unlearn their inherent racism and are responsible for the disparities in society. This concept imparts guilt to the guiltless. Believers should reject this as we know racism is a sin problem, not a skin problem, and we cannot justify hatred toward our fellow man (1 John 4:20).

Further, CRT states that our core identity is in our skin color rather than Christ. Christians, on the other hand, place Christ as the center and embrace all peoples because God created us all. All people are fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image (Psalm 139:14). Our core identity is in Christ, not the color of our skin (2 Cor 5:17). I may be fearfully and wonderfully brown, and a brother or sister may be fearfully and wonderfully white. However, these characteristics are not our identities.

Third, CRT justifies covetousness. CRT claims to advocate for equality and equal opportunity, but, in reality, it advocates for equity and equal outcomes. Those are not the same. Equal opportunity guarantees that we are all treated the same, but equity demands that we all obtain the same success, regardless of circumstances. It encourages us to see our success in terms of my neighbors, promoting envy. If I am not as successful as my white classmate, it must be because the school is discriminating against me for being brown.

Equity is not Biblical. In Luke 12:13-15, Jesus warns us about the dangers of coveting:

“Then one from the crowd said to Him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to
divide the inheritance with me.’ But He said to him, ‘Man, who
made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?’ And He said to them,
‘Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does
not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.’”

The man in the crowd assumed that Jesus would split the inheritance because of the injustice or unequal outcome, but Jesus saw it far more important to warn of the root problem of the issue—the condition of his heart. The sin of covetousness is masked under the false sense of “equality.” Christians should beware of CRT’s perhaps unintended push towards covetousness.

As British author and evangelist Campbell Morgan once said, “To divide property between covetous men is to prepare for future strife. To make men free from covetousness is to make peace.”

CRT does not teach true history, nor does it seek to unify people; rather, it reaches far into the past of American history to blame injustices on one particular group that, in reality, had nothing to do with the injustices of the past. Why would we, as believers, hold bitterness and animosity toward our white brothers and sisters who have not committed these injustices? Scripture tells us, “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice” (Ephesians 4:31).

As believers, we should speak the truth in love as we pray for wisdom and boldness to speak against these social theories that go against the Gospel. Samuel Sey, author of Slow to Write, said it well, “The most tempting thing about critical race theory for me isn’t that I will sin by embracing its false Gospel. The most tempting thing about it for me is that I’ll sin by reacting against it in a manner unworthy of the Gospel.” Let us remember his words and stand against CRT in a manner worthy of our calling to be disciples of Christ.

Stop Racist Critical Race Theory in Maine

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Radical liberal elitists have been hard at work co-opting local school boards and departments of education for years in order to spread their ideology. But parents and concerned citizens are waking up, speaking up, and fighting back against the Left’s extremist goals to indoctrinate and sexualize students in school systems across America, including here in Maine.

Concerned Women for America (CWA) has outlined some of the reasons why, as Christians, We Must Reject Critical Race Theory (CRT). You can also download our CRT Talking Points.

Here in Maine, the Gardiner school board is actively promoting CRT. The board has scheduled a public hearing for this coming Monday, July 12, at 4:30 p.m. But instead of holding an in-person public meeting, they have opted to move it to Zoom, citing concerns over COVID.

Call to Action!

#1. Attend a non-partisan grassroots sign holding event to speak out against CRT. Event details: Saturday, July 10, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at 131 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner, ME  04345. Please arrive by 10:45 a.m. to receive your assignment of where you will be sign waving in downtown Gardiner. For more information, please contact me at the email or phone number listed in my signature.

#2. If you live in Gardiner, please contact the following people and respectfully ask them to pull CRT from all curricula.

  • Patricia Hopkins, Superintendent: (207) 582-5346 | phopkins@msad11.org
  • Becky Fles, School Board Chair: (207) 582-5346
  • Angela Hardy, Director of Curriculum and Instruction: (207) 582-5346

#2. Forward this information to friends and family.

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Please Pray: Dear Father, You are right when You say children are a gift from You. You loan them to us for a little while to teach them Your ways before they go out into the world.  Please help us as parents and grandparents to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of You and be aware of what they are being taught in America’s schools. We are responsible for the education of our children. May we do it as unto You and not allow our government or any ideology contrary to You to do it.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen

Thank you.
Penny Morrell
State Director
director@maine.cwfa.org
(207) 465-6015

Webinar: How to Lobby the Education Bureaucracy

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Date: Thursday, July 8
Time: 4:00 p.m. Eastern [3:00 p.m. Central; 2:00 p.m. Mountain; 1:00 p.m. Pacific)

Webinar Description:
Navigating and influencing the education bureaucracy can be very confusing and somewhat intimidating. It is vital to know when and how to approach your local and state school boards. This webinar will teach citizen activists effective techniques on how to go before school boards, state committees, or teacher groups with pressing concerns in order to cause change. You will walk away knowing you can make positive changes for your children and the community.

Register here.

 

School Districts: The New Ground Zero

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Critical Race Theory. Project 1619. Girls and boys using the same bathrooms and locker rooms. Biological males competing as female athletes. Preferred pronouns. Sex education.

Radical liberal elitists have been hard at work co-opting local school boards and departments of education for years in order to spread their ideology. But parents and concerned citizens are waking up, speaking up, and fighting back against the Left’s extremist goals to indoctrinate and sexualize students in school systems across America.

Case in point: Concerned Women for America (CWA) was in the trenches with parents last night at two separate school board meetings fighting against transgender issues and Critical Race Theory. I wanted to share with you our front-line report from the meetings and CWA action items.

Loudoun County Virginia
Don’t believe the national media hype about the Loudoun County School Board meeting last night. CWA staff and interns joined over 300 parents and concerned citizens of Loudoun County to stand in opposition to the school board’s rush to push two transgender policies: allowing transgender students to use the bathroom corresponding to their preferred gender and to participate in sports with biological males and females based on that preference.

Per our staff, the board room was filled to capacity with parents and citizens attending to peacefully oppose the proposed transgender policies. It was evident from the beginning of the meeting that the Leftist board chair was intent on stoking the fires to get a reaction out of the parents with the aim of gaining “newsworthy” coverage. The chairwoman shut down public comments because the attendees booed an LGBT activist who said there was “hate dripping from the followers of Jesus in this room” and by causing “chaos” by applauding the impassioned comment by former State Sen. Dick Black (R-Loudoun County). Before the crowd began to disperse, the crowd sang the national anthem. Unfortunately, a disturbance was made by a couple of individuals after the meeting ended, which the media latched on to for their stories.

Ft. Worth, Texas
Compare that to the meeting in Texas where passionate parents in Fort Worth rose to speak in opposition to the school district’s emphasis on radical ideology over academics. Danielle Buck, CWA employee and mother, spoke out against Critical Race Theory and urged the school board to stop investing in divisive, politically charged ideologies. Danielle commented, “CRT is an ideology that is wrong. More than that, it is abusive, racist, and discriminatory. I will not be silent anymore. I am a mom teaching my son that how we treat others should be based on who they are and not on the color of their skin.” Though cheers are heard there, the board was much more accommodating to the parents’ concerns and there was no need for law enforcement to get involved.

Take Action!

Here are a few strategic ways you can engage to help stop the Leftist’s radical ideology freight train that is moving 100-mph heading straight toward our children.

  1. Run for your local school board or recruit someone else to run.
  2. Attend your local school board meetings. Everything that relates to schools is decided at these meetings – standards, curricula, budget, hiring, and firing.
  3. Form a network of concerned parents and citizens to monitor and speak out on issues.
  4. Attend CWA’s free webinar “How to Lobby the Education Bureaucracy.” Details and registration below.

How to Lobby the Education Bureaucracy
Date: Thursday, July 8
Time: 4:00 p.m. Eastern [3:00 p.m. Central; 2:00 p.m. Mountain; 1:00 p.m. Pacific)
Register here.

Webinar Description:
Navigating and influencing the education bureaucracy can be very confusing and somewhat intimidating. It is vital to know when and how to approach your local and state school boards. This webinar will teach citizen activists effective techniques on how to go before school boards, state committees, or teacher groups with pressing concerns in order to cause change. You will walk away knowing you can make positive changes for your children and the community.

 

Critical Race Theory – Racism Under New Management

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Critical Race Theory (CRT) is the radical new ideology taking our culture – and schools – by storm. Wrapped up in pretty packaging, this dangerous worldview seeks to deconstruct America as we know it and reconstruct it into a Marxist society based on social equality.

As people of faith, we must lean into understanding these terms and what they really mean so that we can combat the idea that CRT is something virtuous to support.

On today’s episode of Concerned Women Today, theologian Darrell Harrison joins Penny Nance and Annabelle Rutledge to answer all of your questions and explain the true roots of what CRT is and for what it stands. Listen below or by searching “Concerned Women Today” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you normally stream your podcasts.

We Must Reject Critical Race Theory

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“America is not a racist country,” said Sen. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) as he delivered the response to President Joe Biden’s first address to Congress. He is right. Racism is not uniquely American; it is uniquely human. It is uniquely sinful. It existed before America and will live after.

The now-famous Critical Race Theory (CRT) is spreading the problem further by merely changing the assailant and the target of racism. In the name of ending discrimination, critical thinkers have managed to develop a program that is itself racist. It just flips the equation.

But the targets of CRT are varied. Ibram X. Kendi, one of the chief proponents of CRT who directs the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University, has said that “In order to truly be antiracist, you also have to truly be anti-capitalist.” That is why many have rightly traced the roots of CRT to Marxism.

Thankfully, parents are waking up to this pernicious ideology, especially as it is being applied in education, and they are rising up. One Virginia mom’s video went viral, as this African American mother spoke truth to power at her local school board meeting:

 

“In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., ‘I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they would be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.’ Now I have a dream that we will implement love, not hate, or supporting another Jim Crow’s agenda.

CRT is not an honest dialogue. It is a tactic that was used by Hitler and the Ku Klux Klan on slavery very many years ago to dumb down my ancestors— so we could not think for ourselves.

CRT is racist. It is abusive. It discriminates against one’s color. Let me educate you. An honest dialogue does not oppress. An honest dialogue does not implement hatred or injustice. It is to communicate without deceiving people.

Today we don’t need your agreement; we want action and a backbone for what we ask for today: to ban CRT. We don’t want your political advertisement to divide our children or belittle them. Think twice before you indoctrinate such racist theories.

You cannot tell me what is or is not racist. Look at me! I had to come down here today to tell it to your face that we are coming together, and we are strong. This will not be the last greet and meet. Respectfully.

She expresses the frustration that millions of parents from all racial and cultural backgrounds are feeling.

Christians, in particular, believe Scripture which teaches us that we were all made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) and are all the descendants of Adam (Romans 5:12-14). We have a God Who commands us to love one another (John 13:34). A God Who loves righteousness and justice (Psalm 89:14). Therefore, we are uniquely positioned to stand up against injustice, wherever it is found—whether in the racism of old or in the new CRT form.

Because of the strong foundation in truth we profess, we can call ourselves back to that eternal truth when we fail to live up to it. That is how the great abolitionists of old were able to bring about the lasting progress we see today. Here is how Fredrick Douglass expressed it in a speech he delivered in Rochester, New York, on July 5, 1852:

You profess to believe “that, of one blood, God made all nations of men to dwell on the face of all the earth,” and hath commanded all men, everywhere to love one another; yet you notoriously hate, (and glory in your hatred,) all men whose skins are not colored like your own. You declare, before the world, and are understood by the world to declare, that you “hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; and are endowed by their Creator with certain, inalienable rights; and that, among these are, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness;” and yet, you hold securely, in a bondage, which according to your own Thomas Jefferson, “is worse than ages of that which your fathers rose in rebellion to oppose,” a seventh part of the inhabitants of your country.

So yes, let us fight racism and injustice wherever we find it. And in that spirit, we must resist this new racist CRT ideology.

We commend the states that are already taking action against it and encourage all our members to communicate with their state representatives to make sure they are aware of the pernicious nature of CRT ideology.

Let us resist the forces that insist on dividing us and further aggravating the wounds of our past racism and let us fight together for unity and true diversity in Christ.

Penny Nance on Cyber-attacks, Critical Race Theory, and the Impact on American families

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Penny Nance, our President and CEO, joined America’s Voice Live to discuss the news of the day, including the cyber-attack on the Colonial pipeline, Critical Race Theory, and how all these factors together break down the American family. Her message to America: “We were all created in God’s image and have intrinsic value, let’s get to that, and then we can talk about the beauty of this country and what we are all given. We are all given, at this time in history, equal opportunity. Let’s help all of us get to a win.”

Watch Penny’s interview here.

Christian Institutions Adopting Anti-God Rhetoric?

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By Rachel Culver, YWA Ambassador, Fresno Pacific University

In August of 2020, I had just entered my freshman year at Fresno Pacific University, a Christian college. Only one week into my freshman Bible course, Jesus and The Christian Community, my professor analyzed the Bible through a Marxist lens. We spent 85% of our class time reading from a book that was full of heresy. I was taught that the woman of Matthew 15 was oppressed, that capitalism was oppressive, and colored people were disadvantaged.

The adoption of anti-God rhetoric as a mainstream narrative has been a slow process. Critical Theory emerged in the 1960s from the Frankfurt Philosophy school in Germany. In response to the failure of Karl Marx, the Frankfurt philosophers sought “to address structural issues causing inequity.”[1] Ultimately, Critical Theory was a framework designed to identify broken systems rather than sinful hearts.

Over two decades later, academia began to adopt critical studies. Critical Theory, as defined by the Frankfurt School, evolved into what is commonly known as Critical Social Justice or Critical Race Theory (CRT). According to UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, “CRT recognizes that racism is engrained in the fabric and system of the American society … Legal discourse says that the law is neutral and colorblind; however, CRT challenges this legal ‘truth’ by examining liberalism and meritocracy as a vehicle for self-interest, power, and privilege.”[2]

This theory is no longer just an idea taught in schools; it has become a worldview, a lens through which our students are being trained to see themselves, our nation, and the world.

Christian colleges are not exempt from this worldly influence. In recent years, Christian colleges around the nation have chosen to adopt Critical Race Theory, which is often disguised as standpoint epistemology. This analytical tool focuses on the opinions and experiences of the reader based on their social location rather than the truth of God’s Word.

During the spring semester of 2021, I was enrolled in a Medieval History course that included an overview of Muslim philosophy. My professor invited a Muslim leader to provide pathways to peaceful racial reconciliation. The leader said, “We first must be willing to dig into our own selves to break down biases. We need to understand that just saying we are not racist is not good enough if we uphold the painful realities that exist.”

Two months later, my Bible Literature professor assigned reading from a book titled Story Formed Pathways to Peace by Dalton Reimer. In the book, Dalton said, “Given the disproportionate prospects for people of color, one can understand why the slogan ‘Black Lives Matter’ is so compelling.” Reimer inserted Black Lives Matter without sufficient evidence or reason to believe his claim.

In another instance, my Bible Literature professor required attendance at a lecture on the Joseph narrative. The speaker claimed that the Joseph story of the Bible demonstrated open borders and a pathway to racial reconciliation. However, Genesis 40-50 never mentioned racial reconciliation or national sovereignty. The Joseph narrative demonstrates God’s faithfulness, exemplifies brotherly forgiveness, and exemplifies Daniel 2:21. The Joseph narrative is not a guide to racial reconciliation, open border immigration, or social justice.

Ultimately, Marxism “is a repudiation of common grace … It militarizes society and makes ordinary life a theater of war, turning civilians into terrorists.”[3] Remember that Marx called religion “the opium of the people.” [4] Marx not only despised religious people, but he hated God. In the eyes of Karl Marx, “man himself is mutually of no value.” [5] So if Marx advocated for a governmental system that would declare humanity as worthless scum, why should it be used to analyze the Bible? Marxism must be denounced and disregarded.

Marxism has infiltrated our churches, schools, and Christian academia through the disguise of Critical Race Theory. Pastors are preaching systemic racism from their pulpits. Christian colleges are preaching systemic racism in the classroom. Students are being taught to read their Bibles through a worldview that is antithetical to the Gospel.

Jesus did not come to advocate for social reform. Jesus lived, died, and rose again so that sinful humanity could be reconciled to a holy God. Paul said, “You were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you once walked, following the course of this world … But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us … raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” [6] The Gospel of Jesus Christ brings hope to the sinner and life to a dead, calloused heart. Social reform will not save a dead soul. Only Jesus Christ can save.

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Sources:

[1] Baucham, Vodie. “Thought Line.” Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe, Salem Books, 2021, pp. xi -xiv.
[2] “What Is Critical Race Theory?” UCLA School of Public Affairs | Critical Race Studies, 4 Nov. 2009, spacrs.wordpress.com/what-is-critical-race-theory/.
[3]Strachan, Owen. “Marxism Is a Repudiation of Common Grace. Not Only Is the Human Heart Sinful by Nature, but Oppression Is Truly Everywhere. Marxism Annihilates and Extinguishes Common Grace. It Militarizes Society and Makes Ordinary Life a Theater of War, Turning Civilians into Terrorists.” Twitter, Twitter, 24 Apr. 2021, mobile.twitter.com/ostrachan/status/1386057754188603394.
[4]Marx. Marx, A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right 1844, 2009, www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1843/critique-hpr/intro.htm#05.
[5] Marx, Karl. “Comments on James Mill, Éléments D’économie Politique.” Economic Manuscripts: Comments on James Mill by Karl Marx, www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1844/james-mill/index.htm#078.
[6] Ephesians 2:1-6

President Biden Delivered a Partisan Speech; Sen. Scott Brought Hope

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It was supposed to be President Joe Biden’s big night as he delivered his first address to Congress last night, but it was Sen. Tim Scott who delivered light through his hope-filled response. If you did not get a chance to hear it, I urge you to take a moment.

This is the message the country needs at this moment.

We are not adversaries. We are family! We are all in this together. And we get to live in the greatest country on Earth. The country where my grandfather, in his 94 years, saw his family go from cotton to Congress in one lifetime.

So I am more than hopeful — I am confident — that our finest hour is yet to come.

Original sin is never the end of the story. Not in our souls, and not for our nation. The real story is always redemption.

Amen! That is the truth. While President Biden continued to lean in on our divisions, to strengthen his political position further, Sen. Scott focused on our blessings, even ending by proclaiming one over our nation:

I am standing here because my mom has prayed me through some very tough times. I believe our nation has succeeded the same way. Because generations of Americans, in their own ways, have asked for grace — and God has supplied it.

So, I will close with a word from a worship song that helped me through this past year. The music is new, but the words draw from Scripture.

[May] the Lord bless you and keep you,
Make His face shine upon you
And be gracious to you.
May His presence go before you,
And behind you, and beside you.
In your weeping and rejoicing,
He is with you.
May His favor be upon [our nation] for a thousand generations
And your family … and your children …
And their children.

It was a stark contrast. While President Biden continued to malign those who disagreed with him, even continuing his pernicious mischaracterization of conservatives’ election integrity efforts, Sen. Scott tackled the issue with dignity and sincerity.

A hundred years ago, kids in classrooms were taught the color of their skin was their most important characteristic — and if they looked a certain way, they were inferior.

Today, kids again are being taught that the color of their skin defines them — and if they look a certain way, they’re an oppressor. From colleges to corporations to our culture, people are making money and gaining power by pretending we haven’t made any progress. By doubling down on the divisions we’ve worked so hard to heal.

You know this stuff is wrong. Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country.

It’s backwards to fight discrimination with different discrimination. And it’s wrong to try to use our painful past to dishonestly shut down debates in the present.

I’m an African American who has voted in the South all my life. I take voting rights personally. Republicans support making it easier to vote and harder to cheat. And so do voters! Big majorities of Americans support early voting, and big majorities support Voter I.D. — including African Americans and Hispanics. Common sense makes common ground.

But today, this conversation has collapsed. The state of Georgia passed a law that expands early voting; preserves no-excuse mail-in voting; and, despite what the President claimed, did not reduce Election Day hours.

If you actually read this law, it’s mainstream. It will be easier to vote early in Georgia than in Democrat-run New York. But the left doesn’t want you to know that. They want people to virtue-signal by yelling about a law they haven’t even read.

Fact-checkers have called out the White House for misstatements. The President absurdly claims this is worse than Jim Crow. What is going on here?

I’ll tell you. A Washington power grab.

This misplaced outrage is supposed to justify Democrats’ sweeping bill that would take over elections for all 50 states; send public funds to political campaigns you disagree with and make the bipartisan Federal Elections Commission partisan!

This is not about civil rights or our racial past. It’s about rigging elections in the future.

Sen. Scott also called liberals out, including the President, for their reckless and untruthful characterization of the filibuster.

And, no — the same filibuster that President Obama and President Biden praised when they were Senators, that Democrats used just last year, has not suddenly become a racist relic just because the shoe is on the other foot.

Race is not a political weapon to settle every issue the way one side wants.

It’s too important.

His focus was on common ground and common sense. And he exposed how the liberals’ increasing radicalism on issues that should unite us is hurting our country.

The President is abandoning principles he held for decades. Now, he says your tax dollars should fund abortions. He’s laying groundwork to pack the Supreme Court.

This is not common ground.

Indeed.

On issue after issue, he showed that common sense and common ground should be possible. Yet, it is continually being rejected by a hyper partisan Administration that seems to believe the national divide benefits them. His words on education were yet another inspiring example.

Locking vulnerable kids out of the classroom is locking adults out of their future.

Our public schools should have reopened months ago. Other countries did.

Private and religious schools did. Science has shown for months that schools are safe. But too often, powerful grown-ups set science aside. And kids like me were left behind.

The clearest case for school choice in our lifetimes.

I conclude by asking you to pray for Sen. Scott. There is no question he stole the spotlight and delivered the message the country deserved today. And you can bet that the left will hate him for it. Let us pray that his light may only increase in the months and years ahead.

Rulemaking Is Your Chance to Make an Impact

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Use your voice to help Concerned Women for America hold the line against the Biden Administration’s aggressive, pro-abortion, anti-American agenda. Action items below.


The Biden Administration is rapidly translating President Biden’s radical and far-reaching agenda into new federal rulemaking. The goal of these proposed rules is to enshrine President Biden’s executive orders into regulations that will dictate the terms for federal programs. Where Executive Orders and Dear Colleague letters have limits, federal regulations offer legitimacy and permanency.

Federal rulemaking requires an administrative process established by law that includes a comment period of at least 30 days where the American public can weigh in on the proposed rules.  A federal agency must review all comments and adapt them in revising and finalizing any rule. Public comments that are not sufficiently taken into account can be used to challenge the final outcome. Rules stay in force until comparable action is taken to make changes.

It is vital that concerned citizens voice their position by commenting on proposed rules. Whereas letters to Congress are critical to influence members’ votes on legislation, comments through rulemaking are how citizens can impact the actions of the executive branch. This is perhaps the most significant way your voice counts in policymaking under the Biden Administration.

President Biden wants to overturn the progress made by the Trump administration in federal rulemaking, especially in the area of pro-life policy. He also wants to force progressive mandates across all federal agencies and programs, including redefining sex as gender identity, not biology, and forcing critical race theory and training in education, health care, law enforcement, and more.

Two proposed rules on these subjects with deadlines in mid-May have been published that provide a vital opportunity for your input. Our CWA Action Center provides the information, bullet points, and avenue you need to write a comment and submit it to the Federal Register.

  1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Proposed Rule revoking Trump’s 2019 Title X rule to reinstate Planned Parenthood, remove separation from abortion requirements, and encourage abortion counseling and referral.
    COMMENT HERE
    Deadline: May 17, 2021
  2. U.S. Department of Education Proposed Rule requiring 1619 Project and Critical Race Theory curriculum priorities in federal American History and Civics Education grants
    COMMENT HERE
    Deadline: May 19, 2021

Please be counted in opposition to each of these proposed rules by submitting a comment today.