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Men in Women’s Bathrooms?

No men in women’s bathrooms seems pretty obvious to most reasonable people.  As the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, Concerned Women for America (CWA) has led the effort to raise the numerous safety and privacy concerns of women and young girls targeted by the newest leftist cause— to appease radical transgender activists by allowing them to utilize the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice.

As a father of two girls, I can’t tell you how disturbing this is.  Aside from the fact that we are putting our families at risk (see a recent example here, where a “man dressed as a woman spied on a woman and her 5-year-old daughter … under a bathroom stall”), the net result of this misguided policy is the loss of freedom for most clear-thinking parents who will, understandably, never allow their daughter to go into any public restroom or locker room where they might be put in such a situation.

Enter Houston Proposition 1, which seeks to force just this type of irresponsible nonsense on its citizens.  And for what?  Are transgender people going to stop forcing their agenda on Houston after that?  Will they be content?  Of course not.  The measure is aimed at dissenters, especially Christians, who continue to insist on believing our Creator when it comes to matters of how we were created.  Crazy, I know.

You would think Houston of all cities would know better after Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s recent attempt to subpoena pastors’ sermons in connection with this referendum.  She ultimately backed off from the unconstitutional effort, but the threat this movement represents to religious liberty could not be clearer.

Pro-family organizations are united in decrying these efforts and upholding religious liberty for all Americans.  CWA of Texas is one of our most active chapters and has a strong presence in Houston (get involved today by visiting

Our friends at FRC Action have produced this excellent ad to raise awareness for people to vote NO on Houston’s Prop. 1:

The ad is also available in Spanish, Vota NO en la Prop. 1:

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Cochran v. City of Atlanta Update

cochranrally1Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran was in court today at a hearing on the case he has brought against the city after it terminated him because of his Christian beliefs. Chief Cochran is being represented by attorneys at the Alliance Defending Freedom. Following the hearing, Chief Cochran said:

Today’s hearing is just one step in a larger, national struggle. All across our country, people of faith are finding themselves increasingly at risk of losing their jobs, their businesses, and more because certain segments of society find them and their beliefs intolerable.

I’m here today not just for myself, but for every religious person in America who does not want to live in fear of facing termination for expressing their faith. I’m here today to vindicate the God-given freedoms every American is guaranteed under the United States Constitution and federal law.

CWA of Georgia State Director Tanya Ditty was at the hearing today and will have an update for us soon. So be sure to check back!

Please continue to pray for Chief Cochran and his attorneys as they boldly stand for God and religious freedom.

Update: CWA of Georgia State Director Tanya Ditty sends us this insight from her experience at the hearing yesterday.

Today's hearing was a large dose of reality for what is at stake in regards to religious freedom in our nation. The City of Atlanta requested several months ago that the discrimination case by Kelvin Cochran against the city be dismissed. The hearing today was on that motion to dismiss by the city.

The comments made during the hearing by Robert Godfrey, the chief counsel for the City of Atlanta, were sobering. Here is Mr. Godfrey’s exact quote regarding a person’s religious beliefs, “Keep it to yourself. Keep it at home. Keep it at your Bible study.” That is code for, “You can believe what you want behind closed doors, but don’t you dare live out your faith in public service.” Basically, the sign in front of Atlanta City Hall reads, “No Christians allowed.”

Judge Leigh Martin May did not rule on the motion yesterday, but she is expected to do so in a couple of months.

The line has been drawn for all of us concerning freedom of conscience. The goal is to put to death the right to live out our faith beyond the four walls of our homes and places of worship. We must not retreat in fear or defeat. I walked out of that courtroom today more determined than ever to be an influence for God’s Kingdom and His truths.

Click here to read more from Tanya's report of the hearing.

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