New Counter Cultured Article: Interview with Chelsen Vicari

I interviewed my friend Chelsen Vicari of Institute on Religion and Democracy on August 26 about her work. You can read an excerpt from the interview below:

In our latest installment of young conservative profiles, we are thrilled to write about Chelsen Vicari. Chelsen is the Evangelical Program Director for the Institute on Religion and Democracy and author of the book Distortion: How the New Christian Left is Twisting the Gospel and Damaging the Faith. (It’s an excellent read-I highly recommend it!)

Religion often gets a bad rap from the media for being “uncool”, “oppressive,” or “too strict.” While there are some hypocrites among the faithful, it’s wrong to suggest that religion-especially Christianity- doesn’t have a place in our society anymore. Our nation was established on the pretext of Judeo-Christian values. Christianity has largely been infected by socialistic ideals and is in need of some remedying, which is where people like Chelsen come in.

Chelsen was kind enough to share her thoughts on how to encourage Millennials to come back to the Church without the sway of big government policies.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

*Cross-posted on Juicy Ecumenism.

Grateful to Have Attended My First SHOT Show

I recently had the pleasure of attending my first SHOT Show convention in fabulous Las Vegas. As a relative newbie to the gun industry, I took away so much information from the event, met various people in the industry, and made some new friends along the way.

(I especially want to thank Michelle Scheurmann of Sportsman Channel for encouraging me to attend the conference. I can’t thank her enough!)

Below are some of my pictures from SHOT Show:

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Top Shot’s Chris Cheng and I!

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Here I am testing out the MMC Armory PDW 7 rifle.

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Was honored to be covering SHOT Show as a member of the press!

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Caught up with and interviewed Townhall.com’s Katie Pavlich

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Hung out with some fellow Virginians, Ed Levine and Brian Griffiths of Virginia Citizens Defense League

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Modeling this cool gun coin at SHOT Show

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Was fun catching up with my pal Cam Edwards of NRA News

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Was also fun to run into Dana Loesch and her husband Chris at SHOT Show

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And topped off my trip to SHOT Show/ Vegas with a trip on the High Roller Wheel. It seriously has the best view of Vegas!

 

Here are some of the Counter Cultured articles I wrote for SHOT Show:

1) Counter Cultured Chats with Chris Cheng at SHOT Show

2) Katie Pavlich Talks ‘Safe Haven’, Youth Outreach at SHOT Show

3) More Women Are Flocking to the Gun Industry

4) New Documentary Exposes Dangers of Gun-Free Zones

5) The Coolest Guns from SHOT Show

Some of my tweets and photos from SHOT Show were featured in this Twitchy article. (How cool is that?!)

To learn more about SHOT Show, follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and familiarize yourself with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).

Hope to see you next year, Las Vegas!

 

New Counter Cultured Article: 10 Ways to Survive in D.C. Without Losing Your Soul

My sister and I compiled this listicle at Counter Cultured on how millennials can survive in D.C. without becoming a part of the problem. Below is an excerpt:

 

Having lived in the area for some time now, we decided to compile a listicle of advice on how to succeed in D.C. All of these points are based on our own experiences and observations. We hope this list inspires others to reform the swamp from within, through the power of their character, honesty, and decency.

1. Keep your principles.

Have you ever been told to moderate your views to be accepted in the D.C. area? Don’t listen to this nonsense. D.C. culture is mysterious, exciting, and at times, scandalous. Someone will try to chide you for your beliefs. Don’t submit to them–especially if they’re an apologist for cronyism or big government. Don’t be fake; be yourself! We encourage you to stay true to your beliefs. People–especially prospective employers–appreciate honesty rather than feigned passion. Be passionate about conservatism, and don’t hold back your views. Don’t compromise your values either.


Picture2. There’s more to life than cocktail parties.

We certainly appreciate the art of imbibing here in the D.C. area, but recommend you don’t make it a daily ritual. (Remember, you’ve got a bank account balance to maintain!) As millennials, we’re inclined to try new things. Don’t simply stick to happy hours. Be SOCIALLY conservative and encourage your fellow political friends to try new things with you. Now that summer has started, go see a concert, attend festivals, try salsa dancing, host a cook-off, or get lost in one of the many museums here. Be spontaneous!

3. Don’t take advantage of your boss to get ahead.

Unfortunately, it’s commonplace for young men and women to sleep with their superiors in hopes of getting a higher, better-paid position in this town, especially on the Hill. Ladies and gentlemen, we kindly suggest you don’t fall for this one. Set yourself apart from others when you’re advancing your career by emphasizing your talents, abilities, and accomplishments to potential employers instead. Merit is a much better sell than fulfilling sexual favors when it comes to a job promotion.

4. Go outside the concrete jungle.

D.C. can be a wild, crazy place. (It’s a swamp, after all.) However, if you’re looking for more thrills than barhopping or attending a Congressional hearing, go to the outdoors. Scout out nearby lakes, rivers, beaches, and trails. Go fishing, shoot some guns at the range, hike in the Shenandoah Valley, explore wine country, and check out the Chesapeake Bay. Looking to be more adventurous? Road-trip to one of the six states neighboring the DMV. Get some fresh air and deplug for a day or two.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

New Counter Cultured Article: 5 Ways to Be Counter Cultural in 2014

I’ve penned a new column at Counter Cultured – the first one of 2014.

Check it out!

2013 was a great year for counter cultural millennials. More young people marched for life and stood for the preborn, while many became disillusioned with “marriage equality.” More women took up firearms ownership and rejected so-called birth control “rights.” Best of all, Pajama Boy—the epitome of male effeminacy—became a nationwide laughingstock.

This year, the Left will be relentless in their push for moral relativism in the public square. We counter cultural millennials must fight back, challenge their arguments, and win people over to our side.

Here are five ways millennials can be more counter cultural in 2014:

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Conservative Women Must Continue to Fight Back

To the Martin Bashir’s and Man-Child Eunuchs of the World:

Your attacks on conservative women like Sarah Palin are unwarranted and disgusting at best. Did your mothers not teach you to treat ladies with the utmost respect and kindness? Or does your wayward ideology get in the way of any rational thinking? Your ilk, which touts itself as “pro-women,” continues to defile us and justify government-subsidized birth control/abortion to satisfy your casual sex fixes all the while telling us to settle for victimhood. How peachy. If you disagree with conservatives, be respectful and polite – not crass and unhinged. Sadly, given the violent nature of leftist movements throughout history, we shouldn’t expect any civility from most of you.

We conservative women are constantly targeted by you on the Left for defying conventional wisdom that tells us to sulk off of the government from cradle to grave, to kill the preborn in the womb whenever convenient, to behave like sexual predators, and to treat men like dirt. Believing in personal responsibility, free markets, gun ownership, traditional values, and limited government is too much for you feeble-minded folks to bear. For example, your kind has called me a c*** and stupid b**** numerous times, told me to put a gun in my mouth and pull the trigger, told me that “your parents shoulda died under Stalin,” and much more, for defying big government policies. Much to your dismay, your fighting words encourage me to expose you. The insults you invalids hurl at us won’t go unnoticed anymore. I hope more conservative women (and men) call you out for your sheer disregard of manners.

Fellow conservative females: Be fearless, continue to speak out, and have the courage to spread the good word of conservatism. Maintain class and poise when dealing with these creatures. And remember: #FightLikeAGirl!

Originally posted on Facebook.

Women Stand With Ken Cuccinelli

Despite what Terry McAuliffe and his apologists say, Ken Cuccinelli is not anti-woman. Ken believes that women should make their own decisions, independent of the government, to excel in life. The majority of us aren’t keen on aborting children or relying on the government from cradle to grave. We recognize the danger of big government, which is why we are supporting and voting for Ken Cuccinelli.

Below is a video featuring a clip of my sister and I for our support of Ken Cuccinelli.

Polls are tightening, and this race is not lost. Encourage all of your friends here in Virginia to vote for Ken and the rest of our ticket.

 

Conservative Women: The Unknown Activists

“Conservative Women: The Activist The Left Doesn’t Want You to Know Exist”

Suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton once opined, “The best protection any woman can have… is courage.

Being a conservative on campus is challenging but not impossible. Conservative activism has thrived in the unlikeliest of places – even at liberal universities. Even more startling, to the dismay of leftists, is that emerging conservative activists happen to be young women.

Unsurprisingly, the elites in academia question our intelligence and have dismissed us for rejecting the status quo. For example, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill recently denied Fox News Contributor Katie Pavlich and filmmaker Ann McElhinney the opportunity to speak on campus citing them as “nonintellectual,” “non-academic” and “unreliable.” (Whatever happened to diversity of thought?)

Not every young woman who attends college places her trust in paternalistic government. Instead of rallying for so-called birth control rights, socialized medicine, and big government, these activists stand for family, faith, and free markets.

Many conservative women hold prestigious degrees, job titles, and manage businesses. Many hold office or have held office. And many conservative women are involved in grassroots efforts and alternative media. So much for being nonintellectual, non-academic, and unreliable!

Conservative women have the moral courage to stand for what is right — even when our male counterparts cave to leftist pressure when the going gets tough. (Cough, cough Speaker Boehner.) We boldly stand up to the status quo, promote timeless values, and boldly articulate ideas guaranteed to make a Marxist’s head explode.

Conservative women are reliable and passionate defenders of freedom and liberty. They are effective weapons to unleash on big government and their wayward supporters.  Plus, we do not hate men!

If you want to be effective on campus, enlist the help of a Mama Grizzly-in-training.

Gabriella Hoffman is the North East Regional Field Coordinator for the Leadership Institute, and blogs at Counter Cultured USA. You can follow her on twitter at @Gabby_Hoffman 

Reblogged from Young Conservatives of America