Month Archives: May 2007

One Hundred Million and Counting

by Tony Perkins

May 21, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

Americans love technology. From flat-panel TVs to satellite radios, we love machines that are bigger, stronger, faster and better than what we had before. But we know that technology offers mixed blessings. That handheld device that makes it possible to call home from almost anywhere also makes it possible for the Boss to find you at any hour. So it is with the technology that has become available to pregnant Moms and Dads. The ultrasound machine has given us a window into the womb, and couples are discovering that what some call just a blob of tissue is a living, swimming, sometimes thumbsucking son or daughter.

Around the world today, however, ultrasound technology is being deployed for a sinister purpose. In many parts of the world, where the culture or the economy favors a preference for sons, ultrasound technology is being used to identify and to abort female children. In fact, according to demographer Nick Eberstadt, this targeting of girls has led to a huge gap. One hundred million fewer baby girls who should have been born have been killed for the sole reason that they are female. Its time the U.S. Congress looked into this human rights debacle and acted to stop it.

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The Disney Family Model

by Family Research Council

May 19, 2007

Jae Ran Kim applied a “social workers perspective to the wholesome characters in popular Disney movies” and asked, “How many of these beloved characters live in a married, two-parent (hetero) household?”

  • Aladdin (Aladdin) orphaned and homeless; petty crimes for food and shelter
  • Annie (Annie) orphan adopted by rich single dad
  • Ariel (The Little Mermaid) dead mother, rebellious teen who runs away to be with a man
  • Aristocats Marie, Berlioz and Toulouse three kittens raised by a single mother
  • Bambi (Bambi) raised by single mother who is murdered, has never met his absent father
  • Belle (Beauty and the Beast) dead mother, raised by single father
  • Cinderella (Cinderella) dead mother, raised by abusive Stepmother and neglectful, absent father
  • Dumbo (Dumbo) raised by a stigmatized, depressed single mother
  • Elliot (Petes Dragon) orphaned, runaway from abusive foster parents, adopted by single mother
  • Hercules (Hurcules) son of gods transracially adopted by humans
  • Lilo (Lilo and Stitch) orphaned, raised by older sister
  • Mowgli (The Jungle Book) orphaned, raised by 2-male heads of household (bear and panther)
  • Mulan (Mulan) cross-dressing teen girl with intact, multi-generational family unit
  • Nemo (Finding Nemo) dead mother, raised by single overprotective father
  • Oliver (Oliver & Company) orphaned kitten transracially adopted by rich girl
  • Peter Pan (Peter Pan) orphaned, troublemaker and gang leader of Lost Boys
  • Penny (The Rescuers) orphaned girl kidnapped from orphanage
  • Pinocchio (Pinocchio) wooden toy adopted by aged creator Gepetto
  • Pochahontas (Pocahontas) dead mother, raised by single father
  • Quasimoto (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) physically disabled male adopted by evil church minister Frollo
  • Simba (The Lion King) father murdered by uncle, raised by 2-male heads of household (meerkat and warthog)
  • Sleeping Beauty (Sleeping Beauty) parents transferred custody to 3 fairies
  • Snow White (Snow White & the 7 dwarves) dead mother, raised by abusive Stepmother and neglectful father
  • Tarzan (Tarzan) orphaned, transracially adopted by gorilla family

God Save George Washington*

by Family Research Council

May 17, 2007

Apparently Hillary Clinton is trying to find a new campaign song and she has asked people to vote on her web site for which song she should use (after my run in with her staffer I looked for John Michael Montgomerys I Swear but it wasnt there.) I thought it might be fun to start a contest for the other candidates. This is not the place to give your opinions on the candidate (the IRS would love that!) but give a song and a brief explanation of why. Such as Im Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair for Senator John Edwards of the $400 coiffure; or Lits My Own Worst Enemy for Newt Gingrich; or Who Are You by The Who for Mike Gravel (or a number of others.) Self described environmentalist Al Gore can have It Aint Easy Bein Green by Kermit the Frog and Rudy Giuliani (who seems to dress up a lot in dresses) can campaign to Dude (Looks Like a Lady) by Aerosmith. Here is list of the candidates sing away:

Joe Biden

Sam Brownback

Hillary Clinton

Chris Dodd

John Edwards

Jim Gilmore

Newt Gingrich

Rudy Giuliani

Al Gore

Mike Gravel

Chuck Hagel

Mike Huckabee

Duncan Hunter

Dennis Kucinich

John McCain

Barak Obama

Ron Paul

Bill Richardson

Mitt Romney

Tom Tancredo

Fred Thompson

Tommy Thompson

*The earliest known American election campaign song was God Save George Washington, issued in 1780 and sung to the tune of God Save The King.

When It Comes To Defending Marriage, This Patrick Is No Saint

by Tony Perkins

May 17, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

The people of Massachusetts are having a Deval of a time on marriage. Governor Deval Patrick, to be exact. Since taking office, Patricks been a big supporter of gay rightsbut not everyone in the state shares his enthusiasm. When the court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage, voters started a massive petition drive to put the issue back where it belongsin the hands of the people. Last week, Patrick said, Rather than turn Massachusetts into a political circus… we [should] resolve this… so that it stays off the ballot. Lets face it. Massachusetts is already a circusand as the liberal ring leader, Patrick has no one to blame but himself. Hes been busy juggling the demands of homosexuals when he should have been taming the left-wing lions. The truth is, Patrick doesnt want to put the issue on the ballot because he has a pretty good idea of what the outcome will be. In every state but one, Americans have voted to preserve traditional marriage. Instead of walking a tightrope to please gay activists, the governor should support the democratic process. Join us in asking Patrick to stop clowning around and give voters a voice.

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Spending Too Little on Abstinence

by Moira Gaul

May 17, 2007

A new study by the research firm Mathematica has been hailed by advocates of the sexual revolution and groups that have spent decades providing contraceptives and abortions to minor children without parental knowledge. Funded by the federal department of Health and Human Services, Mathematica examined four abstinence education programs for elementary students and middle-schoolers. The study found that after an average of five years, the students who had taken the abstinence instruction were no less likely to engage in sexual intercourse than students who had not received the instruction at all.

At first glance, the results appear disappointing. It would have been a relief to find that a small investment in a middle school program could overcome the raw messages of our sexualized culture. It would be especially encouraging because of the ever-higher stakes associated with premarital sex today.

But that’s not the whole story - either of abstinence education or of the need for intervention in the lives of vulnerable teens. The researchers chose to ignore the abstinence programs most recommended for study, and focused on programs that have since been revised. The scope and the depth of abstinence programs were ignored, and a narrow few chosen for examination. These are not minor points because the stakes in sexual politics today are life and death.

Fueled by multiple sexual partners, the number and variety of sexually transmitted diseases are growing. One virus, HPV, includes strains that cause cervical cancer. The human immuno-deficiency (HIV) virus is lethal and incurable. Latent chlamydia infections are rendering an increasing number of women infertile. Standard antibiotics are proving less effective against gonorrhea. Out-of-wedlock childbearing is rising (more than 36% of all births in the United States according to the National Center for Health Statistics).

Every government official, no less than every parent, would have been thrilled if a 6th grade course of study that warned of these deadly risks were enough to avert them, or reduce their prevalence sharply. It isn’t. Still, there is no reason to gloat and call for the end of abstinence, as liberal groups like the Sexuality Information and Educational Council of the United States and Advocates for Youth have done. William Smith of SIECUS crowed that Mathematica’s work “should serve as the final verdict on the failure of the abstinence-only industry in this country.”

That’s a hypocritical point of view when considering the fact that our government has spent 12 dollars on the Planned Parenthood approach for every dollar spent on true abstinence projects as STDs and out-of-wedlock births have skyrocketed.

Planned Parenthood would, of course, like to zero-fund its competitors. Abstinent kids don’t spend any time in the clinics PP has erected in urban centers across America.

With lives at stake, abstinence programs face the challenge of improving the services they deliver, and fortunately most have done so. A recent HHS-sponsored conference in Baltimore unveiled evidence from more than two dozen studies that such programs produce significant results in adolescent behavioral outcomes. The truth is, programs that are more intensive, that are genuinely comprehensive (that is, they address the need for risk elimination across a range of behaviors, including alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence prevention), are showing real benefit. Moreover, it is crucial for risk elimination programs that they not “give up” on kids and discount them as forever prone to high-risk behaviors. Older teens need powerful reinforcing messages whether or not they have experimented with drugs, tobacco, or sex. Youth who respond to reinforcement are often the most effective peer educators of all.

One example of intensive programming is Best Friends in Washington, D.C. An independent study of this program was published in the peer-reviewed journal Adolescent and Family Health in 2005. The young women who participate in the program are called “Diamond Girls,” and they hail from some of the District’s toughest wards. Study author Robert Lerner Ph.D. found that the Diamond Girls “are substantially less likely to smoke, drink, take illegal drugs, and have sex than a comparable sample” of youth in the Centers for Disease Control’s surveys.

Lerner goes on to say that the finding that Diamond Girls are 120 times more likely to abstain from sex than their peers “is a result so strong that it is unheard of in practically any empirical research.” Programs like Best Friends are succeeding because they aim high and sell no one short. Apparently, this message is getting through more broadly, as macro U.S. statistics have shown steady increases in the proportion of teens practicing abstinence and decreases in teenage pregnancy and abortions.

Congress should take note. It’s time to take the sexual revolution head on and to redress the terrific damage it continues to do to boys and girls. It’s time to give today’s wise and effective abstinence programs more funding, not less.

The Slippery Slopes Of “Brokeback Mountain”

by Tony Perkins

May 16, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

To what extent will the public schools go to indoctrinate our children? They apparently will ford every stream and climb every mountain, including Brokeback Mountain. That is why one family is suing the Chicago Board of Education. Twelve year-old Jessica Turner was forced to watch the movie about illicit homosexual behavior during class. Her grandfather said, This was the last straw. [T]he lawsuit was necessary because… [this] was against our faith. According to reports, a substitute teacher showed Brokeback Mountain at Ashburn Community Elementary School without parents knowledge or consent. The lawsuit claims the woman shut the classroom door and told students, What happens in Ms. Bufords class stays in Ms. Bufords class. The film, which follows two gay cowboys, is rated R for nudity and sexuality. In other words, the movies hardly appropriate for adultslet alone children. But unfortunately, these are the drastic measures teachers are willing to take to indoctrinate our kids with the homosexual agenda. And unless more families tell the school to take a hike, these attacks on childrens innocence will continue to climb.

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School Punishment A Bitter Pill To Swallow

by Tony Perkins

May 15, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

Tylenol is supposed to relieve headachesnot cause them. But for the parents of Gabriella Nieves, one little pill led to a world of pain. Gabriella, an eighth grader at Northside Middle School in Norfolk, Virginia, took a Tylenol from her friend during history class, but she never had a chance to swallow it. When her teacher saw the exchange, she sent Gabriella to the office and called security. Apparently, Gabriella violated the schools policy that says only a nurse or administrator can dispense medication. Later that day, she was suspended and ordered to complete a drug and alcohol program. Whats worse, the incident will show up on Gabriellas permanent record. Obviously, teachers want kids to get over-the-counter medicine from a school official to make sure its legitimate. But, if safety is the first priority, how can schools justify handing out everything from free birth control to abortion pills without a parents consent? Encouraging promiscuity poses a far greater risk to childrens health than pain relievers. If these schools honestly believe that Tylenols more dangerous than promoting safe sex, then they need a good, strong dose of reality!

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Of Mice And Terrorists

by Tony Perkins

May 14, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

What does Walt Disney Corporation have in common with Hamas terrorists? According to Palestinian television, their spokesmen are both mice. A giant black and white rodent, named Farfour has appeared on Al-Aqsa TV looking identical to Mickey Mouse. But unlike Minnies friend, the Disney knock-off is being used to indoctrinate kids with hate. You and I are laying the foundation for a world led by Islamists, the mouse squeaks on a recent episode. We will return the Islamic community to its former greatness, and liberate Jerusalem… liberate Iraq… and liberate all the countries… invaded by murders. At one point in the program, children call into the show and sing songs, but dont expect to hear Zip a Dee Doo Dah or Youve Got a Friend in Me. These radical mouseketeers use lyrics about jihad and AK-47s like Oh, Jerusalem, its… time [for] death. On Wednesday, Diane Disney, Walt Disneys only child, called the propaganda pure evil. But this is nothing new for Hamas. Anyone who truly believes that Islam is a religion of peace needs to wake up and realize this is no Mickey Mouse organization.

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So Much For Mother Earth

by Tony Perkins

May 11, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

You might be surprised to learn that the latest threat to the planet isnt global warming or climate changeits your kids. At least thats what a group of radical environmentalists are saying. A new paper by Optimum Population Trust claims that children are bad for the planet. The group says that if couples had one less child, they could seriously reduce CO2 emissions. In a May 4th editorial, Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Society is taking things a step further. Hes calling on the world to decrease its population by more than five billionan agenda that would only be possible with forced abortion and sterilization. Its ironic. People on the Left want to keep the government out of their private lives, but they have no problem pushing Uncle Sam to fund Planet Parenthood and worldwide family planning. Some are blaming the bio-threats on a spiritual crisis. But the real crisis isnt that were having too many children, but too few. If we arent careful, the endangered species wont be whalesbut humans. Which makes me wonderif we take the advice to stop having kids, just who would we be saving the earth for?

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