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Concerned Women for America is a conservative Christian political action group active in the United States. The group was founded in 1979 by Beverly LaHaye, wife of Christian Coalition co-founder Timothy LaHaye, as a response to activities by the National Organization for Women and a 1978 Barbara Walters interview with noted feminist Betty Friedan.[1] Concerned Women for America says of itself: Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... The Christian Right, is a broad label applied to a number of political and religious movements with particularly conservative and right wing views. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Beverly LaHaye is a conservative Christian activist and author. ... This article is about the organization presently operating in the United States. ... Dr. Timothy F. LaHaye is a conservative Christian minister, author, and speaker. ... The National Organization for Women (NOW) is an American feminist group, founded in 1966, with 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Betty Friedan, 1960 Betty Friedan (February 4, 1921 – February 4, 2006) was an American feminist, activist and writer. ...

We are the nation's largest public policy women's organization with a rich 28-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy. We help people focus on six core issues, which we have determined need Biblical principles most and where we can have the greatest impact.[2]

CWA does not publish membership numbers, but external estimates range between 250,000 and 750,000, depending upon how membership is defined. As of 2006, the circulation of its free bimonthly newsletter, Family Voice, was estimated to be approximately 200,000 copies.[1]

Contents

Advocacy

Concerned Women for America's major areas of political activity in recent years have consisted of opposition to gay rights and recognition of same-sex partnerships, anti-abortion law, stem-cell research bans, and efforts against human trafficking. CWA's stances include particular opposition to: Homophobia is a term used to describe: A culturally determined phobia manifesting as fear, revulsion, or contempt for desire or physical love between people of the same sex. ...

The group advocates: LGBT (or GLBT) is an acronym used as a collective term to refer to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people. ... LGBT rights Around the world · By country History · Groups · Activists Declaration of Montreal Same-sex relationships Marriage · Adoption Opposition · Persecution Violence This box:      LGBT social movements share related goals of social acceptance of homosexuality or transgenderism. ...   CA, CT, MD, NY, NJ, OR, RI, VT, WA See also Civil union Registered partnership Domestic partnership Timeline of same-sex marriage Listings by country This box:      Same-sex marriage is a term for a governmentally, socially, or religiously recognized marriage in which two people of the same sex live... An abortion is the removal or expulsion of an embryo or fetus from the uterus, resulting in or caused by its death. ... A Jewish cemetery in France after being defaced by Neo-Nazis. ... Sex education is a broad term used to describe education about human sexual anatomy, sexual reproduction, sexual intercourse, and other aspects of human sexual behavior. ... Pornographic movies Pornography (Porn) (from Greek πόρνη (porne) prostitute and γραφή (grafe) writing), more informally referred to as porn or porno, is the explicit representation of the human body or sexual activity with the goal of sexual arousal. ... Mouse embryonic stem cells. ... Wikinews has news related to: FDA to move on approval of over-the-counter sale of Plan B birth control Emergency contraception (EC), or emergency postcoital contraception, refers to contraceptive measures that, if taken after sex, may prevent pregnancy. ... Feminism comprises a number of social, cultural and political movements, theories and moral philosophies that are concerned with cultural, political and economic practices and inequalities that discriminate against women. ... The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution that was intended to guarantee equal rights under the law for Americans regardless of sex. ...

  • The elimination of homosexuality from society
  • The belief that homosexuals are sick and need to be cured[18][19][20]
  • The assertion that most forms of birth control - and all forms of hormonal birth control - are actually abortifacients, triggering chemical abortions[21]
  • Official prayer in public schools[22]
  • The teaching of intelligent design as a science in public schools[23]
  • Abstinence-only sex education in public and private schools
  • "A la carte" cable and satellite television purchasing plans, allowing individuals to purchase access to individual channels, rather than in programming packages[24]

For other uses, see Intelligent design (disambiguation). ... Abstinence-only sex education is a form of sex education that emphasizes abstinence from sex to the exclusion of all other types of sexual and reproductive health education, particularly regarding birth control and safe sex. ...

Core issues

Concerned Women for America's political advocacy efforts are policy extensions of its views on six "core issues," which they see as Biblically-based and supported by scripture. These are:[25]

  • Family - "CWA believes that marriage consists of one man and one woman. We seek to protect and support the Biblical design of marriage and the gift of children."
  • Sanctity of Human Life - "CWA supports the protection of all innocent human life from conception until natural death. This includes the consequences resulting from abortion."
  • Education - "CWA supports reform of public education by returning authority to parents."
  • Pornography - "CWA endeavors to fight all pornography and obscenity."
  • Religious Liberty - "CWA supports the God-given rights of individuals in the United States and other nations to pray, worship and express their beliefs without fear of discrimination or persecution."
  • National Sovereignty - "CWA believes that neither the United Nations nor any other international organization should have authority over the United States in any area. We also believe the United States has the right and duty to protect and secure our national borders."

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Mission statement

Its mission statement is: "The mission of CWA is to protect and promote Biblical values among all citizens - first through prayer, then education, and finally by influencing our society - thereby reversing the decline in moral values in our nation."


The CWA Statement of Faith is as follows:

  • We believe the Bible to be the verbally inspired, inerrant Word of God and the final authority on faith and practice.
  • We believe Jesus Christ is the divine Son of God, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died a sacrificial death, rose bodily from the dead on the third day and ascended into Heaven from where He will come again to receive all believers unto Himself.
  • We believe all men are fallen creations of Adam's race and in need of salvation by grace through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • We believe it is our duty to serve God to the best of our ability and to pray for a moral and spiritual revival that will return this nation to the traditional values upon which it was founded.

Controversy and criticism

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Please see the discussion on the talk page.

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Opposition to mandating cervical cancer vaccination

CWA is heavily active in opposing mandating vaccination against HPV, the virus which can lead to cervical cancer, since Gardasil, the vaccine, was released. Instead, CWA is suggesting that because there are questions about the long term effect of the vaccine, parents, not the government should be making this decision. The Center for Disease Control has withdrawn their call for mandating the HPV vaccine, as has Merck, who recently ceased lobbying efforts in state legislatures. CWA does not object to the vaccine itself, but is objecting to any mandate. It is true, however that CWA points out that this virus is only contracted through intimate sexaul contact. CWA does advocate abstinence before marriage as the best way to fight contracting viruses like HPV. However, it is still very possible that a woman could be abstinent until marriage and still contract this disease through the past sexual contact of her husband. It is for this reason, CWA does not object to the vaccine, but instead advocates it being made available. HPV is an initialism that can mean : Human Powered Vehicle Human papillomavirus a type of STD High Production Volume Chemicals Health Purchasing Victoria Hypoxic Pulmonary Vasoconstriction This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share... Groups I: dsDNA viruses II: ssDNA viruses III: dsRNA viruses IV: (+)ssRNA viruses V: (-)ssRNA viruses VI: ssRNA-RT viruses VII: dsDNA-RT viruses A virus (from the Latin noun virus, meaning toxin or poison) is a microscopic particle (ranging in size from 20 - 300 nm) that can infect the... Cervical cancer is a malignancy of the cervix. ... Gardasil is a vaccine against certain types of the human papillomavirus (HPV), created by researchers Dr. Albert Bennet Jenson and Dr. Shin-je Ghim at the University of Louisville in 2006, following on research done by Professor Ian Frazer of Australia in conjunction with Australian biomedical company, CSL Limited. ...


Homosexuality

See also: Christian views on homosexuality

CWA asserts that homosexuality is against the Christian idea of God's wishes for sexuality,[26][27] describing LGBT people as "disordered," "unnatural," and "immoral."[28][29][30] CWA has been a consistent opponent of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act,[31][32] which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in employment. Recent initiatives sponsored by CWA have placed emphasis on opposing programs geared towards LGBT teenagers on the basis that such programs "promote homosexuality,"[33] as well as opposing anti-bullying programs which explicitly mention sexual minority youth,[34] stating that "the radical homosexual lobby has done a masterful job of infiltrating our government schools to gain control of the minds of America’s youth. Their propaganda tactics are time-tested. With liberal school officials in tow, they brazenly circumvent and abuse parental authority to use good-hearted but misguided children as pawns to further their deceptive agenda."[35] CWA supports their position by claiming that homosexuals do not suffer from a history of discrimination,[36] that reports of bias crimes against GBLT people are typically fabricated,[37][38] and that such protections would violate the religious liberties of Christians.[39] The question of whether homosexuality is moral or a sin has become a matter of intense theological debate among Christians. ... The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is a proposed U.S. federal law that would prohibit discrimination against employees by their employers on the basis of sexual orientation. ... The initialism LGBT is used to refer collectively to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people. ... Teenagers is the fourth single and eleventh track from My Chemical Romances third studio album, The Black Parade. ...


Abstinence-only sex education

Critics claim that the strong abstinence-only stances taken up by CWA based upon Christian principles have not been more effective that those of secular democracies of Western Europe in terms of preventing unwise teenage sexual activity and sexually transmitted diseases among teenage segments of the population.[40] Abstinence-only sex education is a form of sex education which emphasizes abstaining from sex, often to the exclusion of all other types of sexual and reproductive health education, particularly regarding birth control and safe sex. ...


Hotel pornography

On August 22, 2006 CWA announced they "strongly believe" hotel porn is prosecutable, and have issued an "urgent appeal" to the Department of Justice to "immediately investigate" two leading in-room adult movie distributors.


In a joint effort with thirteen other groups, it released an ad "DOJ and FBI should immediately investigate whether 'adult' videos being sold in hotels by OnCommand and LodgeNet violate long-established Federal and State laws regarding distribution of obscene material." The ad continues, "Adult hardcore pornography can tragically lead to sex crimes against women and children," the ad states. "Yet sex videos are available in millions of U.S. hotel rooms which we strongly believe are prosecutable."[41] LodgeNet Entertainment Corporation (www. ...


Principals

  • Beverly LaHaye, Founder and Chairwoman, wife of best-selling author Tim LaHaye[1]
  • Wendy Wright, President, a frequent guest on national and international media discussing moral, social and political issues[2]
  • Lee LaHaye, Chief Financial Officer
  • Matt Barber, Director of Cultural and Social Policy[42]
  • Martha W. Kleder, writer and policy analyst

Beverly LaHaye is a conservative Christian activist and author. ... A panel from Tim LaHaye’s multi-million selling ‘’Left Behind’’ series, depicting the fate LaHaye anticipates for those who do not follow Jesus Christ. ...

External links

  • Official website
  • Not Our Kids.com, a coalition including CWA comprising family policy councils

Family policy councils are often, but not always, conservative, religious, state-level organizations dedicated to the promotion of traditional family values. ...

References

  1. ^ a b Gardiner, S., "Concerned Women for America: A Case Study", Feminism and Women's Studies, 28 August 2006. Online as of 19 April 2007.
  2. ^ * About CWA. Concerned Women for America.
  3. ^ Wright, W.,"New Zealand Calls for International Approval of "Sexual Orientation" Rights", Concerned Women for America, 18 April 2005. Online as of 17 April 2007.
  4. ^ LaRue, J., Why Concerned Women for America opposes the Federal Marriage Amendment, Concerned Women for America, 18 August 2003. Online as of 16 April 2007.
  5. ^ Barber, M., Massachusetts Parents Lose Right to Challenge Schools, Concerned Women for America, February 28, 2007.
  6. ^ Barber, M., as transcribed by Korra'ti, R., Today's Cultural Warfare Update, Cultural Warfare Update, 1 March 2007. Online as of 17 April 2007.
  7. ^ Pulkistenis, H.S. and Bossom, E., "Partial-Birth Abortion: A Chink in the Pro-Abortion Armor", Concerned Women for America, 22 February 2006. Online as of 16 April 2007.
  8. ^ Barber, M. False ‘Hate Crime’ Reports Fueling Calls for Federal Legislation, Concerned Women for America, 12 April 2007. Online as of 16 April 2007.
  9. ^ Barber, M., as transcribed by Korra'ti, R., Today's Cultural Warfare Update, Cultural Warfare Update, 13 April 2007. Online as of 16 April 2007.
  10. ^ Kleder, M., "Broadcasters Join Forces; Challenge FCC Indecency Rulings", Concerned Women for America, 21 April 2007]
  11. ^ Kleder, M., "Opie & Anthony Moving to XM Radio", Concerned Women for America, 9 August 2004.
  12. ^ Kleder., F., "FCC Counts Nearly 7,000 “Victoria’s Secret” Complaints as One", Concerned Women for America, 2 April 2003.
  13. ^ Vick, H., Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Ethically Wrong Treatment of the Tiniest of Humans, Concerned Women for America, 1 May 2000. Online as of 16 April 2007.
  14. ^ LaRue, J., No ‘Morning-After Pill’ for Rapists, Concerned Women for America, 16 March 2006. Online as of 16 April 2007.
  15. ^ Bossom, E., Contraception or Deception?, Concerned Women for America, 8 March 2002. Online as of 16 April 2007.
  16. ^ McGinnis, E., "The Horrifying Reality of Sex Trafficking", Concerned Women for America, 10 December 2004. Online as of 16 April 2007.
  17. ^ Rode, S., "ERA: An Outdated Icon of Radical Feminism", Concerned Women for America, 27 March 2007.
  18. ^ Knight, R., "Gay Games Get Underway in Chicago", Concerned Women for America, 13 July 2006.
  19. ^ Knight, R., as transcribed by Korra'ti, R., "Today's Cultural Warfare Update", Cultural Warfare Update, 15 July 2007.
  20. ^ Throckmorton, W., "National Mental Health Association Rejects Ex-gays", Concerned Women for America, 19 May 2004. Online as of 16 April 2007.
  21. ^ High-Tech "Birth Control": Heath Care or Health Risk?, Concerned Women for America pamphlet. Online as of 16 April 2007.
  22. ^ MacLeod, L., "School Prayer And Religious Liberty: A Constitutional Perspective, Concerned Women for America, 1 September 2000. Online as of 16 April 2007.
  23. ^ Hurlburt, C., "Design, Darwinism and the Freedom to Learn", Family Voice, September-October 2001. Online as of 16 April 2007.
  24. ^ Kleder, M., "The Case for A La Carte Cable Pricing", Concerned Women for America, 7 April 2004. Online as of 20 April 2007.
  25. ^ * Biblical Support for CWA Core Issues. Concerned Women for America.
  26. ^ Barber, M., "Breaking Homosexual 'Silence' with Truth", Concerned Women for America, 11 April 2007
  27. ^ Barber., M. "CWA: Broken Promise in the Promised Land", Concerned Women for America, 1 February 2007
  28. ^ Barber, M., "Massachusetts Parents Lose Right to Challenge Schools", Concerned Women for America, 28 February 2007.
  29. ^ Barber, M., as transcribed by Korra'ti., R., "Today's Cultural Warfare Update", Cultural Warfare Update, 1 March 2007.
  30. ^ Crouse, J., "What about the Morality of Homosexual Behavior?", Concerned Women for America, 19 March 2007.
  31. ^ Knight, R., and Ervin II, K., "The Employment Non-Discrimination Act", Concerned Women for America, 1 May 2002
  32. ^ "The Employment Non-Discrimination Act", Concerned Women for America, 18 November 1997
  33. ^ LaBarbera, P., 15 Good Reasons to Oppose 'Sexual Orientation' (Homosexuality) Codes in Schools", Concerned Women for America, 19 June 2002
  34. ^ LaBarbera, P., 15 Good Reasons to Oppose 'Sexual Orientation' (Homosexuality) Codes in Schools", Concerned Women for America, 19 June 2002
  35. ^ Barber, M., "Breaking Homosexual 'Silence' with Truth", Concerned Women for America, 11 April 2007
  36. ^ "The Employment Non-Discrimination Act", Concerned Women for America, 18 November 1997
  37. ^ Barber, M., "False ‘Hate Crime’ Reports Fueling Calls for Federal Legislation", Concerned Women for America, 12 April 2007
  38. ^ Barber, M., as transcribed by Korra'ti, R., "Today's Cultural Warfare Update", Cultural Warfare Update, 13 April 2007. Online as of 23 April 2007.
  39. ^ Morgan, K., "Recent Cases Show Homosexual Agenda’s Threat to Religious Liberty", Concerned Women for America, 7 May 2006.
  40. ^ * Compare Birth Rates, Abortion Rates and Number of Partners. Washington Post (2004).
  41. ^ * Brynaert, Ron (22 August 2006). Coalition of conservative groups believe hotel porn may be prosecutable. The Raw Story.
  42. ^ Matt Barber: Policy Director for Cultural Issues, Concerned Women for America, April 13, 2007. Last accessed 16 April 2007.

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