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FPCWV Endorsed Logan County Democrat Switches To Independent

Logan, WV— On Thursday, Logan County Delegate Rupert “Rupie” Phillips, switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Independent. According to an on-air interview with Hoppy Kercheval, Phillips stated that he “hasn’t caucused with the Democrats in two years.”

While praising President Donald Trump, Mr. Phillips stated that he felt the liberal Democrat party no longer supported coal, guns or God.

Allen Whitt, president of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, said the switch doesn’t surprise him.

“Delegate Rupie Phillips has been a consistent voice for faith, family and freedom. He was one of the few Democrat sponsors for the Restoration of Religious Freedom Act. Mr. Phillips has been a staunch defender for private spaces for women and children and we fully expect him to continue this as an independent,” Whitt said.

The Family Policy Council of West Virginia officially endorsed Delegate Phillips during the 2016 General Election cycle.

Mr. Whitt said he fully expects other Democrats will follow Delegate Phillips lead as the party has become very far left in West Virginia.

“We don’t expect the Democratic Party to be in the majority party again in West Virginia for a long, long time with their anti-faith, pro-homosexuality, anti-family platform. And in two years if a respectable businessman or woman who truly respects the faith held by 93% of our voters, declares as a Republican for the governor’s race in 2020 I expect that Governor Justice’s continuance of the Democratic platform will limit him to a single term,” he said.

The new House of Delegates numbers will be 63 Republicans, 36 Democrats and one Independent.

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 The Family Policy Council of West Virginia is The Mountain State’s leading conservative policy group championing social issues. The group positively influences state laws, state lawmakers and state elections to defend the constitutional right of religious freedom for the state’s families and churches.

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Family Policy Council of West Virginia Releases Video Pointing to Deceptive Practices by Political Activists That Hijacked Their Logo to Confuse Conservative Family Values Voters.

 Charleston, WV—On Wednesday the first day of early voting, the Family Policy Council of West Virginia released a video exposing a union and trial attorney activist group called West Virginia Family Values for taking their logo and running political ads possibly trading on a variation of The Family Policy Council name. The Family Policy Council of West Virginia then released their own voter guide to help faith and values voters determine the best candidates despite the misinformation by the deceptive political group.

Allen Whitt, president of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, said the response was needed after his office received calls and emails from confuseDD voters and candidates. “A far-left political group made up of labor unions and trial lawyers altered and then hijacked one of our non-profit logos. Now they are running political ads falsely leading voters to believe their candidates are advocating for family values,” Whitt said in a press release Wednesday morning. “We are investigating this deception and our legal options on trademark infringement.”

“They are exploiting a variation of our name –The Family Policy Council of West Virginia. This labor union funded, anti-freedom, pro-slip-and-fall lawyers group are marketing themselves as West Virginia Family Values. How morally bankrupt must political activists become to mimic a Christian organization and then unleash deceptive smear campaigns against mostly Christian candidates?” he stated?

Whitt admitted, “We discovered them in the primary elections but then they were attacking Senate republicans Mitch Carmichael and Chris Walters. Since both were key players in the assassination of the much-needed religious freedom bill last session we didn’t step up and call the unions out then.”

But the old adage of an enemy of my enemy is not necessarily my friend proved accurate when they swiped The Family Policy Institute’s logo and altered it for their messaging. Family Policy Institute is the 501-C3 sister organization of The Family Policy Council of West Virginia.

Now while attempting to appear as if they are us this union and lawyer group’s ads have spread like canker sores to attack actual conservative, faith-defending senate candidates like Kenny Mann in the 10th, Senator Greg Boso in the 11th, Dr. Mike Maroney in the 2nd and others.

The misleading ads actually go so far as to declare Stephen Skinner; a prominent, radical, homosexual activist, is a defender of families. Then they accuse his challenger Patricia Rucker, an apple pie, home-schooling mom, of being too extreme to be a state senator in the 16th. Skinner has been the figurehead of the movement forcing cities to give men access to private areas like women’s restrooms, locker rooms and changing areas. How much more extreme could a candidate be yet the union-backed West Virginia Family Values group touts him as the ‘family values’ candidate.”

Whitt said the AFL-CIO, carpenters and other unions, along with liberal trial lawyers, are spending millions to deceive the public.

“When you hear the ads with sweet little old ladies and sweet gentlemen touting themselves as West Virginia Values, they have nothing to do with family and they probably don’t share your values,” Whitt says in the video.

The drama intensified yesterday when two republican candidates for senate, Chris Walters and Kenny Mann began legal action against West Virginia Family Values because they ran ads falsely accusing each of testifying on behalf of an admitted child molester in court.

It’s a matter of record that current Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael acted as a character witness for an admitted child predator in his home County, Jackson. He was the correct target of those attack ads.

With all this intentional confusion it’s necessary to have an organization to provide guidance on which way to vote. So on the first day of early voting for the general election the Family Policy Council of West Virginia also released its 2016 voter guide for the upcoming general election.

We strongly encourage voters to print a copy of our online Voter Guide, which is available at www.familypolicywv.com. This voter guide is the most comprehensive guide for pro-life voters because it clearly states who will defend rights of conscience protections. “That’s the true definition of which candidates are pro-life,” Whitt added. “It’s more accurate than the West Virginians for Life guide because they don’t score conscience protections. If a citizen opposes abortion because of a sincerely held religious belief then refusing to participate in abortions or refusing to rent space to an abortion clinic or refusing to dispense abortion drugs then a religious freedom law is needed to protect those citizens against law suits for following their beliefs.” Ultimately that is the pro-life bill that’s going to matter.

The Family Policy Council of West Virginia endorsed more than 100 candidates in federal and state races.

West Virginia voters can review the 2016 General Election Voter Guide as well watch the video response on the Family Policy Council of West Virginia website: www.familypolicywv.com

About The Family Policy Council of West Virginia

 The Family Policy Council of West Virginia is The Mountain State’s leading conservative policy group championing social issues. The group positively influences state laws, state lawmakers and state elections to defend the constitutional right of religious freedom for the state’s families and churches.

 

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Telephone: 304-756-8567                                      DATE: September 23, 2016

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Four Horsemen Of The Zeitgeist Appear To Have Endorsed Trump

 Charleston, WV—This week, some may have believed Biblical prophesy may have come true as the unlikely foursome of Kim Kardashian, Louis Farrakhan, Caitlyn Jenner and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz have all endorsed Donald J. Trump for president.

Family Policy Council of West Virginia President Allen Whitt responded to this news stating, “Anybody with ANY biblical awareness can see we are nearing the rapture and the tribulation period detailed in the Book of Revelation but I sure didn’t see that coming!”

In the Bible, the Book of Revelation states, “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.”

 “Even for the devout Christian, Revelation has some pretty unnerving prophesies and this weeks political endorsements by the four horsemen of the present-day American zeitgeist could not have been predicted. Now the actual four horsemen that carry out God’s wrath will be much scarier…but still,” Allen said.

 About The Family Policy Council of West Virginia

 The Family Policy Council of West Virginia is The Mountain State’s leading conservative policy group championing social issues. The group positively influences state laws, state lawmakers and state elections to defend the constitutional right of religious freedom for the state’s families and churches.

 

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Family Policy Council of West Virginia Launches Privacy Act Petition

Group urges Governor, legislative leaders to call special session to address student safety and privacy

 Charleston, WV- On Thursday, the Family Policy Council of West Virginia launched a statewide petition demanding Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and the Legislature call a special session before November’s election to pass a new privacy act clarifying discrimination.

The new law would also prevent any federal guidance or regulation that forces members of both biological sexes to share the same showers, locker rooms, changing areas, or overnight accommodations, etc.

Allen Whitt, president of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia stated, “The attacks on religious freedom in West Virginia have grown to a crisis level. Almost every week now we here of a new renegade city council or mayor of one of our towns and cities that believes they know more than the legislature when it comes to civil liberties and the first amendment right of religious expression.”

In the last 48 hours, residents across West Virginia learned that West Virginia University had become the scorn of free speech advocates and proponents of common sense all over the country after the university informed students they would be treated as criminals if they fail to learn (and use) a whole new set of pronouns. These pronouns have been created at the whim of political activists who demand that those who self -identify as neither gender (male nor female) should be addressed by brand-new words in our English language. Any student failing to use these new words shall be treated as if they are federal law -breakers with all due penalties.

“Just this week, we learned that both Wheeling and Beckley announced they were pushing forward with a new nondiscrimination ordinance that would elevate sexual behavior to the same protections currently afforded to African-Americans and women. These ordinances have been used as a hammer all over the country to smash people’s first amendment rights of religious expression and neither seems willing to hear this truth. Both mayors are strangely pushing forward on this ordinance that is opposed by an overwhelming majority of their citizens. If these ordinances were put to a vote on a local referendum, they would fail dramatically in every city in West Virginia, “ Whitt added.

The Privacy Act would also ensure no city council, county commission, political subdivision or board of education shall have the right to usurp state law and add additional classes of people.

West Virginians from all backgrounds are unifying in opposition to these unconstitutional ordinances.

John Buckley, Libertarian Party nominee for Secretary of State and an openly gay man in a same-sex marriage, believes the federal government should not be engaged in discriminatory behavior.

“A little more common sense and a lot less left-wing ideological rigidity would go a long way to help everyday citizens in West Virginia cope with the sensitive matter of “gender-inclusiveness.” I’m a member of the “sexual-minority” community myself and I feel compassion towards all sides in this gender-identity/bathroom/locker-room/showers debate that is going on,” he said.

“But let’s get real; dictatorial mandates from government boards and bureaucrats are making things worse, not better. Let’s respect privacy, private property, religious and moral values, and of course, differences of opinions,” he added.

The full text of the petition can be found at www.familypolicywv.com

“We are urging all West Virginia citizens to join our petition and demand that the West Virginia legislature follow Tennessee, Arkansas and North Carolina in passing a privacy protection act that would protect the privacy and dignity of our most vulnerable; our women, our children and our students,” Whitt said.

About The Family Policy Council of West Virginia

The Family Policy Council of West Virginia is The Mountain State’s leading conservative policy group championing social issues. The group positively influences state laws, state lawmakers and state elections to defend the constitutional right of religious freedom for the state’s families and churches.

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Federal Judge Stops Obama’s Transgendered Student Guidelines in West Virginia

 Charleston, WV- Today, as children are going back to school across West Virginia, a Texas federal court judge has stopped the enforcement of Obama’s bathrooms direct, which would have forced West Virginia schools to allow boys into girls bathrooms, shower rooms and locker rooms. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey joined the Texas lawsuit requesting a temporary stop to the enforcement of the Obama administration’s dangerous school guidelines issued for public schools earlier this year.

Allen Whit, President of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia says, “Today is a day to celebrate, albeit briefly, that common sense has not completely left every seat of the Federal judiciary. This ruling in favor of West Virginia’s public school students proves that safety first should be the driving force in these types of decisions. Now county board’s of education like Marion County, who have rushed into acceptance of President Obama’s dangerous guidelines out of fear they may lose a few federal dollars, will be required to return to a student first and safety first approach. “

The judge’s order applies to 13 states: TEXAS, ALABAMA, WISCONSIN, WEST VIRGINIA, TENNESSEE, ARIZONA, MAINE, OKLAHOMA, LOUISIANA, GEORGIA, UTAH, MISSISSIPPI and KENTUCKY.

President Obama’s administration sent a non-binding letter to schools across the nation threatening to take away Title IX funding if schools do not adopt the administration’s rule to allow boys into girls’ showers, locker rooms, bathrooms, etc. Texas is leading a lawsuit of 13 states to stop the Obama administration’s attack on public schools. A total of 23 states are suing the Obama administration because of the dangerous guidelines.

“This is a victory but no victory is permanent and we must press forward at the legislature to pass laws preventing county boards from making these types of dangerous decisions that could permanently scar our children,” Whitt added.

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on the issue by implementing a temporary hold on a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit that would have forced a Virginia school district to implement a school bathroom policy that would allow boy’s into girl’s bathrooms.

Whitt stated, “Every parent of every public school student should thank Attorney General Patrick Morrisey for wisely choosing to join in with Texas in this suit on behalf of student safety. Because of his prudent actions, West Virginia students will now benefit from this Texas Federal Judge’s ruling.

About The Family Policy Council of West Virginia

The Family Policy Council of West Virginia is The Mountain State’s leading conservative policy group championing social issues. The group positively influences state laws, state lawmakers and state elections to defend the constitutional right of religious freedom for the state’s families and churches.

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New Wheeling Mayor Makes Good on Campaign Promise to Force LGBT Ordinance Onto Citizens

 Wheeling, WV— Newly sworn in mayor of Wheeling West Virginia, Glenn Elliot, Jr., made good on the first step of his promise to force an LGBT ordinance onto the citizens of Wheeling. According to public comments, many residents and business owners believe the only purpose for this ordinance is to silence the voices of those who hold sincerely held religious beliefs and wish to operate their business according to those beliefs.

Allen Whitt, President of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia said, “In a time when West Virginia’s business owners are already struggling with burdensome regulations- Elliot, an attorney, is pushing forward with a so-called “civil right’s” ordinance that is a trial attorneys dream.

West Virginia has already begun to see the swath of destruction these ordinances can wreak on the state’s economy.

Last year, a private business owner in Charleston was sued and forced to pay more than $500,000 in total out-of-pocket expenses because she was caught between state employment law and the indefensible liability of that city’s ordinance which elevates homosexual and transgendered behavior to a level of special legal protection.

Whitt added, “Wheeling’s Human Rights Commission is the only commission in the state of West Virginia that has the authority to fine its citizens, its businesses and even some churches, thousands of dollars for simply operating according to their religious beliefs. And if you fail to pay the fines then you go to jail.”

The proposed ordinance language will be discussed in a joint meeting of the Wheeling Human Rights Commission and the city council on September 1.

“It’s clear by limiting the first draft to protections in hiring and rental properties, Wheeling hopes to avoid the bathroom controversy seen in other cities and states. The West Virginia state legislature has rejected this same language several years in a row. But the ultimate goal of all of these ordinances is to institute a new “sue and settle” shakedown scheme, so trial attorneys have a new revenue stream since high unemployment has driven workman’s comp claims down,” Whitt said.

Whitt stated the one issue that is never addressed is safety and privacy.

“They will eventually open up bathrooms, changing rooms and other private areas to predators even if they have to start slow with just an ordinance that “protects” against “discrimination” in housing and employment. The increased risk of those posing as transgendered individuals using these ordinances to prey upon our women and girls is well documented,” he added.

Whitt said that because so many of Wheeling’s citizens and those that do business there reached out, The Family Policy Council has joined the growing number of people, businesses and faith-based organizations who oppose this power grab by Mayor Elliott.

“Years of monitoring these types of ordinances in more liberal states like Washington have resulted in proof that they are not needed. Washington has had a statewide version for more than eight years and only 76 claims have been filed. That’s a state with several million people, far more than West Virginia. And of those 76 claims of “discrimination” against an LGBT plaintiff, the very left-leaning Washington courts found that there was probable cause to proceed in ZERO of the 76 claims,” he added.

“This LGBT “civil rights” ordinance is nothing more than a Trojan horse that will ultimately only benefit trial attorneys as they use new government regulations to sue good people who disagree with his views on homosexuality,” Whitt said.

On Friday, the Family Policy Council of West Virginia officially filed a Freedom of Information Act request to the mayor, Wheeling’s City Council and the Human Rights Commission asking for any emails, phone logs, meeting agenda minutes where sexual orientation or gender identity or gender expression have been discussed.

About The Family Policy Council of West Virginia

The Family Policy Council of West Virginia is The Mountain State’s leading conservative policy group championing social issues. The group positively influences state laws, state lawmakers and state elections to defend the constitutional right of religious freedom for the state’s families and churches.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 25, 2016

MORRISEY SUES OBAMA TO PROTECT THE PRIVACY AND SAFETY OF WEST VIRGINIA’S STUDENTS

The Family Policy Council of West Virginia is proud that our state joined a new lawsuit filed by Texas against the Obama Administration and its Department of Justice. With it’s release of “guidelines” on Title IX, the Administration has proven it will stop at nothing to push its agenda — even if it means sacrificing the privacy and safety of the nation’s children. Elected officials in Texas, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Arizona, Maine, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Utah all stepped up today to protect kids in their states.

Allen Whitt, President of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia applauds Attorney General Patrick Morrisey for repeatedly being a defender of the mountain state’s most precious resources, our women and children. By joining with officials from 10 states to sue the DOJ our attorney general is sending a strong message that mountaineers will always be free from federal bullying. Not just on economic and environmental overreach but we will defend our freedom against federal social policy overreach as well.

Whitt says, “It seems that same-sex marriage wasn’t enough social deconstruction for one presidency. Now President Obama wants your daughter to have to room with a biological male when she goes away for her freshman year at WVU or Marshall. His edict would see her kicked out of school if she refused that roommate assignment. The President’s policy if adopted by school boards would force your daughter into the same showering rooms as any male student who even for a day, say’s he identifies as female or transgender. This lawsuit joined by Attorney General Morrisey seeks to halt that redefinition of privacy and restore common sense safety on this issue.”

Whitt issued this caution towards West Virginia’s current school board members. “Any county school board that pushes forward in adopting the President’s politically motivated and dangerous policy suggestions, especially during the midst of this current litigation, should be seen as activists for a selfish political agenda and no longer as trusted administrators of public school funds. Accordingly then they should be removed by the voters or their power redistributed by the legislature for intentionally disregarding student safety.”

The Family Policy Council of West Virginia and the national Family Policy Alliance have been working to tell the stories of women who have been victims of transgender policies in the very places affected by Obama’s decree – bathrooms, locker rooms and showers. Kate is one of those women.

“Nobody asked me first,” Kate said. “I felt completely violated. I left there shaking because I felt, ‘No one is looking out for me.’ There are no safeguards in place whatsoever. There’s no reassurance that somebody can’t legally come in with harmful intentions.”

“This is confirmation,” said Autumn Leva, policy director for the Family Policy Alliance, a national group working with 40 state-based family policy groups. “that lawmakers and elected officials are listening to the people in their states – people who are concerned about an administration that would place an agenda over the best interests of children.” For news coverage see this link. http://www.fox7austin.com/news/local-news/144899004-story

About The Family Policy Council of West Virginia

The Family Policy Council of West Virginia is The Mountain State’s leading conservative policy group championing social issues. The group positively influences state laws, state lawmakers and state elections to defend the constitutional right of religious freedom for the state’s families and churches.

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March 1, 2016

93% of West Virginia Voters Favor Religious Freedom Law

News Release:
Contact: Allen Whitt
awhitt@familypolicywv.com or (304) 756-8567
West Virginians overwhelmingly support religious freedom, support political candidates who would pass laws to protect freedom

CHARLESTON, W.V. A new poll of registered West Virginia voters shows overwhelming support for a state law that provides legal protections for religious freedom. West Virginians will also take this strongly held belief in protecting religious freedom to the ballot box, the poll found. Citizens are far more likely to vote for candidates for public office who act to protect religious freedom, according to the Norman Analytics and Research poll released March 1 by Freedom West Virginia.

“West Virginians believe in religious freedom and want to protect citizens from government overreach,” said Family Policy Council President Allen Whitt. “The polling data indicates West Virginia voters are significantly more likely to vote for a candidate for public office who supports a law that upholds a person’s freedom to peacefully live and work according to their religious beliefs.”

The telephone survey of 403 registered West Virginia voters was conducted February 28-29. Respondents were asked three questions in relation to religious freedom in West Virginia and how those beliefs will impact how they vote in the next election cycle.

93 percent said that every West Virginian should be able to peacefully live and work according to their religious beliefs without fear of being unjustly punished by the government. 82 percent said they strongly agreed with this.

Furthermore, 90 percent of voters agree that any individual or organization must be given a fair legal hearing if they believe that the government has interfered with their religious freedom. This is exactly what passage of the West Virginia Religious Freedom Restoration Act would achieve.

 

Finally, 75 percent said they would be more likely to vote for an elected official who protects religious freedom and supports a law like RFRA. In fact, only 4 percent of voters said that they would be strongly less likely to vote for a candidate who supports a law to protect religious freedom.

 

“Religious freedom is a basic human right that deserves protection under the law,” Whitt said. “The government shouldn’t have unchecked power to intrude on West Virginians’ freedom. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act helps prevent that.”

• Summary of polling results

• Full question cross-tab matrix and respondent results

June 26, 2015
Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Activism Levies Blow to Religious Liberty 
Same-sex activists who oppose the biblical view of marriage now have law on their side to persecute religious citizens in West Virginia who believe the definition of marriage should be one man and one woman for life. In 29 ballots on this issue nationwide more than 62 million votes have been cast against redefining marriage to only 35 million votes for. But five handpicked lawyers in Washington, D.C. have now forced their progressive view…

October 7, 2014
Seven Pro Same-Sex House Candidates Given Reason to Celebrate by SCOTUS Non-Decision
Seven candidates for the West Virginia House of Delegates hoping to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples were given reason to celebrate by yesterday’s non-decision by the US Supreme Court. McGrath (13th), Wong (35th), Flowers (42nd), Manypenny (49th), Sponaugle (55th), Barrett (61st), Lawrence (65th) and Skinner (67th) are all running campaigns funded in part by contributions from same-sex activists….

June 30, 2014
Supreme Court Delivers Momentous Religious Freedom Victory
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Family Policy Council of West Virginia (FPCWV) praises today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold religious liberty and protect the conscience rights of family businesses who object to being forced to pay for the coverage of sterilizations, contraception and drugs that have the potential to destroy an unborn child…

May 22, 2014
Overturning Governor’s Veto One Step Closer with Imminent Pro-Life Special Session
The Family Policy Council of West Virginia, on behalf of the allied community of pro-life citizens, is thrilled to announce that we are very near the minimum threshold needed on the historic petition put forth by West Virginians for life….

March 21, 2014
Former Cuban Freedom Fighter and father of Texas Senator Ted Cruz Headlines May 9th Family Policy Council Celebration
The Family Policy Council of West Virginia is inviting pastors, church members and all West Virginia patriots to join them on Friday night May 9th indowntown Charleston. Pastor Rafael Cruz will headline the event at the Marriott Pavilion…

January 6, 2014
Former Billy Graham Writer To Lead Family Policy Council of West Virginia
The Board of Directors of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia has formally named Allen Whitt as the new President of the state’s leading faith-based public policy organization. Whitt is a former media writer and consultant for Dr. Billy Graham…