Month Archives: May 2007

Family Facts #13

by Family Research Council

May 10, 2007

Teens from intact families with frequent religious attendance were the least likely to have ever run away (5.2 percent) when compared to (a) their peers from intact families with low to no religious attendance (8.1 percent), (b) peers from non-intact families with frequent religious attendance (8.5 percent), and (c) peers from non-intact families with low to no religious attendance (13.1 percent).

Source: Fagan, Patrick, A Portrait of Family and Religion in America: Key Outcomes for the Common Good, (Washington, D.C.: The Heritage Foundation 2006), pp. .

(HT: FamilyFacts.org)

May 10, 1940: The Day When Western Civilization Was Saved

by Robert Morrison

May 10, 2007

Adolf Hitler and his top Nazi cohorts rode through the night on the Fuhrer’s special train, code named “Amerika.” In the pre-dawn hours, the train quietly changed course, heading west to take its passengers to the jumping off point for what would become the German army’s stunning blitzkrieg through Belgium, Luxembourg and France.

On this same day, in London, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain went to Buckingham Palace to resign his office. There was some last-minute hesitancy on Chamberlain’s part, based on the powerful German offensive in France, but he was persuaded to go ahead with his plans to give up his post. King George VI asked Winston Churchill to form a new British government. Churchill later said: I felt as if I were walking with destiny, and that all my past life had been in preparation for this hour and this trial.”

As Americans, we can celebrate this tenth of May as the day when Western Civilization was saved. Churchill knew the stakes. He warned the British people what would happen to America and the world if Hitler won: “If we fail, the whole world, including the United States, and all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new dark age made more sinister and perhaps more prolonged by the lights of a perverted science.”

They did not fail.

Law Firm Held In Contempt For Glamorizing Divorce

by Tony Perkins

May 10, 2007

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

In the Windy City people are getting blown away all right, but not by the weather. A controversial new billboard is mocking marriage to turn a profit. The ad features photos of a woman in lingerie, a mans muscular chest, and the message, Lifes short. Get a divorce. The ad, sponsored by a Chicago law firm, hopes to attract new clients by encouraging couples to trade in their spouses for a newer model. Fetman, Garland, and Associates have taken a lot of heat for their approach, and rightfully so. Divorce isnt a product that needs marketing especially in America. At a time when half of all couples split, these lawyers hardly need to drum up more business. Partner Corri Fetman said the ad promotes happiness. But happiness for whom? Not the adults, who suffer physically and financially from divorce. And certainly not the children, who grow up with deep emotional scars. Come to think of it, the only people who benefit from divorce are lawyers. The real irony of their billboard is that its true. Studies show that life is shorter for couples who dont stay married.

To download this commentary as an MP3, follow this link. For an e-mail subscription to the Washington Watch Daily radio commentary, go here.

More children “fine” by some Chinese

by Jared Bridges

May 8, 2007

Many urban Chinese kids are discovering for the first time the meaning of sibling rivalry—and the government is taking notice. Since the late 70s, China’s family planning policy has dictated a one-child policy for city-dwellers (two children for rural citizens), with fines for those who do not comply. The BBC reports, however, that due to China’s rising wealth, many couples are opting to pay the fines and proceed with more children:

[China] is keen to curb its population growth, and the controversial family planning policy, implemented in the late 1970s, is meant to limit urban couples to one child and rural families to two.

But rising incomes mean that some newly rich couples in urban areas can easily afford to break the rules and pay the resulting fines.

In fact, last month, a survey by the National Population and Family Planning Commission found that the number of rich people and celebrities having more than one child was on a rapid increase, and nearly 10% of people in this category had three children.

The story also brings to light a fact of which I was previously unaware: the Chinese government prohibits early marriages. In the United States, the oldest marriageable date without parental permission is 19 (Nebraska). In China, men are permitted to marry at 22, and women can tie the knot at 20.

Granted, that’s well below the average age of marriage in most in developed countries, but it’s also a much higher legal age than any other developed nation. This late marriage policy is also becoming increasingly ignored:

But according to [a spokesman for the PRC’s National Population and Family Planning Commission], “early marriages are still prevailing in some parts of the country, especially in rural areas, which goes against the family planning policy”.

Part of the reason why rural families refuse to comply is because of the traditional preference for sons.

Experts say this preference has led to the under-reporting of female births, as well as abortion of female foetuses and female infanticide.

As we have written here before, when mixed with a cultural preference for sons, a maximum child policy can be lethal. Now that the Chinese government has seen that its systems of fines is failing as the economy grows, it will face some tough decisions. While we don’t know whether or not the government will stiffen or loosen its penalties, it is good to see that some families see that no matter what the fine, the value of life and marriage is priceless.

Gideons replaced by Gore

by Tony Perkins

May 8, 2007

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

According to one hotel, saving souls isnt nearly as important as saving the environment. Under a policy that started last month, guests at the Gaia Napa Valley Hotel wont find the Gideon Bible in their nightstand, but they will have a copy of Al Gores book on global warming. Apparently, hotel executives have decided to replace absolute Truth with An Inconvenient Truth, or better titled Incomplete Truth. As one spokesman says, its the hotels attempt to go green. Theyve also switched out traditional room features with solar lighting, recycled paper, and low-flow toilets. Thirty-five miles south, the Orchard Garden Hotel is following suit and others say theyll do the same. But not everyone thinks Al Gores truth will set them free. Lets face ita lot more people believe the prophetic events of the Bible will come to pass before the shaky predictions of An Inconvenient Truth. Now Im not against Christian stewardship, but when nature worship takes the place of real worship, then America has bigger problems than people realize. When it comes to global warming, these hotels should be less worried about the heat and more concerned about the Light.

To download this commentary as an MP3, follow this link. For an e-mail subscription to the Washington Watch Daily radio commentary, go here.

Women On Waves Making Waves With Abortion Ship

by Tony Perkins

May 7, 2007

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

I suppose when it comes to abortion, some countries are still waiting for their ship to come in. Well, in Europe they wont have to wait long. According to reports, the Dutch government is lifting its three-year ban on the floating abortion clinic. In 2004, Dutch officials shut down the campaign, deciding that the Women on Waves Foundation was rocking the boat on international abortion policy. Last week, the new Dutch leaders reversed coursewhich means that Women on Waves could set sail as early as this month. When it does, the ship will be stocked with cases of abortion pills like RU-486 for women up to seven weeks pregnant. Since the ship is flown under a Dutch flag, women who live in countries with tighter abortion laws can come aboard. Women on Waves plans to dock as well. Among other things, theyll provide abortion advice and contraceptives. Rebecca Gomperts, the director of the Foundation, says theyve been in touch with organizations in several different countries. Considering the threat that RU-486 poses to women and children, the pro-life movement is going to need all hands on deck to throw this bad idea overboard.

To download this commentary as an MP3, follow this link. For an e-mail subscription to the Washington Watch Daily radio commentary, go here.

A Lesson in Web Etiquette for the Huffington Post (Part II)

by Family Research Council

May 4, 2007

Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly. — Proverbs 26:11

(UPDATE: Scroll down to the bottom to see Max’s hilarious response.)

Yesterday we had a bit of fun at the expense of professional gadfly Max Blumenthal. We enjoyed providing a lesson in web etiquette by showing what can happen when you hotlink images without permission. Although it took almost four hours, Max caught on and pulled the image from the Huffington Post. Thinking our prank had run its course, we returned the original image.

Then he did it again.

Not only did he hotlink the same image to the Huffington Post, he included it on The Smirking Chimp, Talk2Action, and on his own website, MaxBlumenthal.com. We’ve decided to provide a remedial lesson by exposing some of Max’s favorite blogs and websites. Listed below are srceenshots of the various sites (click on the link to view the image):

Thanks, Max. You’ve provided us with hours of amusement here at FRC.

UPDATE: After about six hours, Max finally caught on and posted this amusingly angry response:

KKK paypal and friend of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens, Tony Perkins, has orchestrated the hacking of this post. In doing so, he has drawn greater attention to his links to and ideological support for white supremacists. The photo of Christopher Hitchens posing with the Family Research Council’s Witherspoon Fellows was scrubbed from FRC’s site today out of fear that I would link to it again. The Family Research Council is a paper tiger that fears me and employs juvenile pranks to attempt to silence me. Father forgive them for not knowing that I won’t stop bringing the pain.

Max has a gift for packing a lot of nonsense into a short space so let’s separate it out and take it a little at a time:

First, for almost three years Max has been trying to peddle his nonsense about Tony Perkins being associated with David Duke and other white supremacists. In fact, he gets hopping mad that no one seems to pay attention when he repeats such scurrilous charges. The fact is that FRC has responded to that first claim about Duke back in 2005 and yet Max still repeats this lie. He also makes much ado about a speech before the CCC. It is true that when Perkins was a state legislator he spoke at lunch that was sponsored by that group. At the time he did not know of the groups racist agenda (be honest, have you ever heard of the “Council of Conservative Citizens?”). After he found out, he forcefully denounced the group. One question that Max never seems to ask is that if Tony Perkins is a racist, why do so many African-American churches and pastors support him?

Second, he claims that “Tony Perkins, has orchestrated the hacking of this post.” Actually, my web editor Jared Bridges and I are the one who orchestrated this prank. We did it mostly because it would be fun and because we suspected you wouldn’t have a sense of humor (boy, were we right about that!). Also, “hacking” implies that we broke into your website rather than just changed a picture that you stole from our site.

Third, he says “In doing so, he has drawn greater attention to his links to and ideological support for white supremacists.” Stop and think about that for a second, Max. If your claims had any truth to them wouldnt we try to avoid bringing attention to your article? Besides, since no one seems to have noticed what was going on it appears no one is reading your site anyway.

Fourth, he says, “The photo of Christopher Hitchens posing with the Family Research Council’s Witherspoon Fellows was scrubbed from FRC’s site today out of fear that I would link to it again.” It wasn’t “scrubbed” from our site. In fact, you are welcome to download a copy and post it on your site…if you ask nicely. All you had to do is ask, Max.

Fifth, he goes nuts when he says, “The Family Research Council is a paper tiger that fears me and employs juvenile pranks to attempt to silence me.” Was it a juvenile prank? Absolutely. And a pretty funny one, if I may say so myself. Also, how is linking to your posts (all four of them) an attempt to “silence” you?

The absolute best part of the post, though, is when he says, “Father forgive them for not knowing that I won’t stop bringing the pain.”

Why bring your daddy Sidney into this?

A Lesson in Web Etiquette for the Huffington Post

by Family Research Council

May 3, 2007

Hotlinking images, defined as using the graphic image of an external site in your own code, is an violation of internet etiquette. As Kevin Aylward from Wizbang! says, “It’s all fine and good to give a hotlinker a break, but the best way to turn newbie hotlinkers into respectable Interweb citizens is a dose of public embarrassment.”

Unfortunately, The Huffington Post hasn’t learned its lesson so when they hotlinked to this:

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We decided to replace it with another image:

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(Note: No kittens were actually harmed in the making of this prank. The kitty is only sleeping. Here is a closeup of that image.)

Here’s the direct link to that page. Eventually they should be smart enough to take it down…or not.

(UPDATE: After 3 1/2 hours, Max finally caught on and removed the image.)

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