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Social Conservative Review: An Insider’s Guide to Pro-Family News March 26, 2015

by FRC Media Office

March 26, 2015

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Wes Modder holds several noteworthy titles – Reverend, Doctor, husband, father. And two more: Chaplain and Lt. Commander, U.S. Navy.

Chaplain Modder served as a Marine in the 1980s but left to pursue his calling as a pastor. He later returned to the military to serve as a pastor to some of our country’s finest but most hard-pressed men and women, those who wear the uniform of the United States, and to their families.

Yet now, after serving faithfully for 19 years, Chaplain Modder has been “hauled before representatives of the military’s Equal Opportunity board for holding biblical views on marriage and sexuality.”

This would be bad enough, but it gets worse: “In continued defiance of federal law, a U.S. Navy official denied … Chaplain Wes Modder’s request for religious accommodation this week. Although Chaplain Modder’s Marine and Navy SEAL commanders have called him ‘a national asset’ and ‘the best of the best,’ Navy officials are threatening Chaplain Modder with career-ending punishment because he expressed faith-based beliefs in private counseling sessions with sailors.”

With our friends at the Liberty Institute, FRC is standing with the Chaplain. More than 100,000 people have signed our petition calling on the Secretaries of Defense and the Navy to “restore Chaplain Modder and ensure that his religious freedom is secure.”

Please sign our petition and join us in defending this American hero. Religious liberty is our first freedom, because without it, none of our other freedoms is possible. Wes Modder understands this. Let’s hope we all do.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice-President
Family Research Council

P.S. On Wednesday, April 1 be sure to come to FRC or watch online as the Institute for Religion and Democracy’s Chelsen Vicari talks about her recent book, Distortion: How the New Christian Left is Twisting the Gospel and Damaging the Faith. Register for the event (at no charge) and join us next week!


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Homosexuality and Gender Issues

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Human Trafficking

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Social Conservative Review: An Insider’s Guide to Pro-Family News March 12, 2015

by FRC Media Office

March 12, 2015

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Whether you work caring for young children, sitting behind an office desk, or researching in a library carrel, break times are always valued. Maybe it’s when your toddler is asleep or after a long meeting or the completion of a major project. Whenever it is, we all need some time to decompress and refresh ourselves as we complete our daily tasks.

Family Research Council’s lecture series gives you a chance to recharge and reflect, to slow down the pace and consider some of the key issues confronting our culture. Whether you join us in person here at our Washington, DC headquarters, listen live on-line, or tune-in to a recorded version of the event at a later time, you’re sure to learn and draw encouragement from our leading-edge speakers and thinkers.

Here are two of our upcoming events; click on the links to register (at no charge) to attend or listen-in:

Wagner v. Jones: Faculty Discrimination and Conservative Politics - Teresa Wagner, professor, wife, mother and third-generation attorney, took the University of Iowa College of Law to court for political discrimination based on her conservative and pro-life views. Join us as she gives an account of her determination to speak truth to power, how her struggle affected her and her family, and how she ultimately was vindicated by a unanimous jury and by two decisions of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Teresa will share her extraordinary story with us on March 18.

Distortion: How the New Christian Left is Twisting the Gospel and Damaging the Faith – On April 1, Chelsen Vicari of the Institute on Religion and Democracy will talk about her book Distortion and how the Evangelical Left is damaging the church’s testimony and diminishing our ability to stand for truth in the public square. A young Evangelical leader, Chelsen’s compelling presentation will challenge Christians to stay – or, perhaps, get – involved in public life.

Thanks for your continued commitment to advancing and defending faith, family, and freedom in a society that needs them so desperately. We’re grateful to partner with you.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice-President
Family Research Council

P.S. Be sure to read FRC President Tony Perkins’ testimony on international religious liberty, given earlier this week to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs.


Education

Human Dignity and the Sanctity of Life

Abortion

Adoption

Assisted Suicide

Bioethics

Obamacare

Marriage & Family

Economy and the family

Fatherhood

Homosexuality and Gender Issues

Human Trafficking

Marriage

Pornography

Religious Liberty and Persecution

Domestic

International

Religion in Public Life

Christian faith and public policy

Other Stories of Note

ISIS

Racial reconciliation

Federalism and the Constitution

The Threat to Domestic Religious Liberties

by FRC Media Office

March 2, 2015

Anyone keeping a relatively close eye on the religious liberties landscape in this country cannot fail to sense a growing tension developing. Whether it’s anti-discrimination laws restricting the full extent of religious conscience, federal abortion coverage mandates demanding compliance from private catholic charities, or the tenacious Freedom From Religion Foundation mailing complaint letters to administrators demands the installment of laïcité in our public schools, the culture clash between church and state is anything but boring. The Christian Legal Society was fortunate to have Travis Weber of the Family Research Council come speak to us on the topic of Domestic Threats to Religious Liberty. We thank him for his time and for his commitment to fight for our first freedom.

Click here to listen to his remarks.

Houston Mayor Withdraws Subpoenas, but Political Intimidation Continues

by FRC Media Office

October 29, 2014

HOUSTON, TEXAS., October 28, 2014 — On Sunday, November 2, Family Research Council (FRC) will host a nationwide, live simulcast event from Grace Community Church in Houston, Texas. Called “I Stand Sunday,” the simulcast will reach into over 2,500 churches and home groups nationwide. “I Stand Sunday” will provide churches across the nation the opportunity to stand with the pastors and churches in Houston, Texas who have been targeted and harassed by the city’s Mayor because they publicly challenged her efforts to advance policies that are in direct conflict with biblical morality.

FRC President Tony Perkins will serve as host for the simulcast which will also feature former Governor Mike Huckabee, Duck Dynasty’s Phil and Al Robertson, the five Houston pastors who have been targeted by the Mayor’s subpoenas, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, who serves as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, along with many other national and local Christian leaders.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins made the following comments regarding the Mayor’s announcement today and Sunday’s “I Stand Sunday” simulcast:

Standing together across the nation, Christians have sent a strong message to Mayor Parker. While we are encouraged by this evidence that the Mayor is responding to pressure and withdrawing her unconstitutional subpoenas, this is about far more than subpoenas. As we have stated since the beginning of this intrusion into the private affairs of Houston churches; this is not about subpoenas, this is not about sermons, it is not even about biblical teaching on sexual immorality, it is about political intimidation and the bullying by Mayor Parker that continues.

Despite the fact that the citizens of Houston gathered over 50,000 signed petitions in 30 days, which is 30,000 more than required by the city charter, the Mayor has refused to allow the people of Houston to vote on her unfair special rights ordinance that discriminates against religious freedom within the city and endangers citizens by declaring that public bathrooms can no longer be limited on the basis of a person’s actual biological sex.

The citizens of Houston have a right to vote, and Mayor Parker has denied them that right. America must see the totalitarianism that accompanies the redefinition of marriage and human sexuality, which results in citizens being denied their most fundamental rights.

This Sunday night, thousands of Christians from across the nation will join ‘I Stand Sunday’ to support the pastors and Christians in Houston, Texas and their fundamental rights of religious freedom, freedom of speech and the right to petition their government,” concluded Perkins

Prior to the simulcast, FRC President Tony Perkins, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Pastor Steve Riggle, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, and local church leaders will hold a 4:00 p.m. CT news conference at Grace Community Church where they will offer a preview of the event.

WHO:

Former Governor Mike Huckabee

Phil Robertson, Duck Dynasty

Alan Robertson, Duck Dynasty

Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council

Steve Riggle, Founding Senior Pastor, Grace Community Church, Houston, TX

Khanh Huynh, Senior Pastor, Vietnamese Baptist Church, Houston, TX

Dave Welch, Executive Director, Houston Pastors Council

Hernan Castano, Pastor, Iglesia Rios de Aceite, Houston, TX

Magda Hermida, Founder, Magda Hermida Ministries, Houston, TX

Willie Davis, Senior Pastor, MacGregor Palm Community Baptist Church in Houston, TX

Dr. Ed Young, Pastor, Second Baptist Church Houston, TX

Dr. Ronnie Floyd, President, Southern Baptist Convention

Todd Starnes, Host, Fox News and Commentary; Contributor, FOX & Friends; Author

Dr. Rick Scarborough, Founder and President, Vision America

David and Jason Benham, Benham Brothers Companies

Erik Stanley, Director of the Church Project and Pulpit Initiative, Alliance Defending Freedom

WHAT: News conference and simulcast event: “I Stand Sunday”

WHERE: Grace Community Church

14505 Gulf Freeway Houston, TX 77034

WHEN: Sunday, November 2, 2014

News Conference: 4:00 p.m. CT

Simulcast: 6:00 p.m. CT

To register for media credentials or for more information, please call the FRC press office at (866) FRC-NEWS or for more info please visit http://www.istandsunday.com

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The Savagery and Horror of ISIS

by FRC Media Office

September 18, 2014

With the continued savagery of ISIS in the news, FRC’s Bob Morrison and Ken Blackwell have two op-eds in American Thinker that examines the stance that the U.S. has taken on this group.   Both Blackwell and Morrison’s recent article looks at how President Obama has dealt with ISIS and the growing threat that this group poses on global security.

President Obama is locked in a Westphalian mindset. That seminal 1648 Treaty of Westphalia ended the Thirty Years War in Europe and gave us the nation-state system we see today. Or most of it. What ISIS shows, however, is that the Westphalian definitions really don’t apply in the Mideast. It was an Egyptian diplomat who famously said: “There is only one nation over here; the rest are tribes with flags.”

Fortunately, President Obama realizes that you cannot give credence to a border between Iraq and Syria. He says he will hammer ISIS in Syria. Go to it. (Unfortunately, this president seems not to recognize a border between the Mexico and the U.S., either.)

You can read more from their op-ed here.

Thirty years ago, FRC’s Bob Morrison watched a beheading video. And he has never forgotten the horror of it. Here’s his column that ran in American Thinker on August 30, 2014

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