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FRC In the News: May 3, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

May 3, 2013

Pentagon Defends Unconstitutional Policy Against Soldiers Sharing Faith

FRC’s Director of Religious Liberty, Ken Klukowski, wrote an article that was featured in Breitbart News about the recent actions of the Pentagon, specifically taking advice from Mikey Weinstein. Weinstein policies include court-martialing military members for sharing the Gospel. Klukowski also clearly defines the terms are that have been used in these recent developments such as “evangelizing,” “proselytizing,” and “court-martialing.” Klukowski states:

“Military officers take an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” There are honorable Christian service members who will not in good conscience be able to abide by this unconstitutional and unconscionable decree.”

Is Patriotism Christian?

Rob Schwarzwalder, FRC’s Senior Vice President, writes about the healthy understanding and actions of how Christians should be patriots. His article in Religion Today shows explains that relationship with God should positively impact our roles as citizens. Schwarzwalder states:

“Patriotism informed by a Christian view of God, life and the world is an honorable thing. It is about love, loyalty, and thankfulness. These are Christian virtues that, held in the context of devotion to Jesus Christ and recognition of the reality of personal and national sin, inspire good citizenship and engagement in public affairs, appreciation of home, community, and nation, and a prayerful (but not uncritical) regard for one’s political leaders.”

FRC in the News: May 2, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

May 2, 2013

The Fight for Religious Freedom in the Military

FRC’s President Tony Perkins, Lt. General Jerry Boykin (Ret.-USA), Executive Vice President, and Ken Klukowski, Director for Religious Liberty, have been quoted and featured in Fox News, The New American, and Town Talk concerning the recent news that the Pentagon will court-martial military personnel for sharing the gospel. FRC has created a petition to tell Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to protect the religious freedom of troops that you can sign here. Concerning the new policy, Perkins stated:

“It threatens to treat service members caught witnessing as enemies of the state…Non-compliance, the Pentagon suggests, even from ordained chaplains could result in court-martialing on a case-by-case basis.”

FDA Approves to Sell Plan B to 15 Year Old Girls

Anna Higgins, FRC’s Director for Human Dignity, has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Catholic News Agency, and ABC-7 (DC affiliate) concerning the recent FDA approval to sell Plan B to 15 year old girls. The Justice Department is now appealing the case where a federal judge ordered to allow birth control, such as Plan B, to be purchased without a prescription and as long as the person is 15 or older. Higgins stated that the decision to sell Plan B to young girls:

“Undermines the right of parents to make important health decisions for their young daughters…teens and women will avoid necessary medical screenings” that could detect serious problems.”

FRC In the News: May 1, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

May 1, 2013

Breaking News: Anna Higgins Speaks Out about FDA Approval to Sell Plan B to Minors

Anna Higgins, FRC’s Director of the Center for Human Dignity, was quoted in the New York Times and USA Today about the FDA’s approval to sell Plan B to minors. Higgins stated:

Allowing this to young teens will be something that we will remain very concerned about” and “Making Plan B available for girls under the age of 17 without a prescription flies in the face of medical information and sound judgment.”

Pentagon Taps Anti-Christian Extremist for Religious Tolerance Policy

Ken Klukowski, Director of the Center for Religious Liberty at FRC, explains how a new consultant to the Pentagon, Mikey Weinstein, could have a detrimental impact on religious freedom in the military. In his article featured in Charisma News, Klukowski stated:

Weinstein decries what he calls the “virulent religious oppression” perpetrated by conservative Christians, whom he refers to as “monstrosities” and “pitiable unconstitutional carpetbaggers,” comparing them to “bigots” in the Deep South during the civil rights era. He cites Dr. James Dobson-the famous Christian founder of Focus on the Family-as “illustrating the extremist, militant nature of these virulently homophobic organizations’ rhetorically-charged propaganda.” Regarding those who teach orthodox Christian beliefs from the Bible, Weinstein concludes, ‘Let’s call these ignoble actions what they are: the senseless and cowardly squallings of human monsters.’ Weinstein then endorses the ultra-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), who publishes a list of “hate groups.” Alongside truly deplorable organizations like the KKK, the SPLC’s list includes a host of traditional Christian organizations (for their support of traditional marriage) and Tea Party organizations (for supporting limited government). Weinstein says SPLC correctly labels them all as ‘hate groups.’”

Lincoln, Obama, and Us

Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison, Senior Fellows at FRC, wrote an article featured in American Thinker that explains the differences between President Lincoln and President Obama. Blackwell and Morrison stated:

Lincoln faced a crisis greater than Washington’s because millions of Americans then believed that for one man to enslave another was a “sacred right of self-government.” Lincoln’s Democratic opponent, Stephen A. Douglas, described this right to choose whether another human being would be property as the essence of ‘popular sovereignty.’ Barack Obama agrees with Stephen A. Douglas that some humans are the property of others. That’s why he led the successful effort in Springfield to prevent Illinois from protecting infants who survive abortions. He has not stated that he believes the right to choose abortion implies a right to choose an effective abortion, that is, the right to a dead child. But all his actions have proceeded from that unstated premise, all confirm his rigid adherence to that doctrine.”

Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (Ret.-USA) on Fox and Friends

Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (Ret.-USA), FRC’s Executive Vice President, appeared on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” to discuss a new military policy that calls for the court martial of any service member caught “proselytizing” and our petition to Secretary Hagel which has gathered almost 30,000 signatures.

Click here to watch

FRC In the News: April 29, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

April 29, 2013

Pentagon Taps Anti-Christian Extremist For Religious Tolerance Policy

Ken Klukowski, FRC’s Director for Center for Religious Liberty, explains how the Pentagon is being advised on religious “tolerance” in his recent article on Breitbart.com. Klukowski informs readers about Mikey Weinstein’s policies on “religious tolerance.” One of those policies is “court-martialing military chaplains who share the Christian Gospel during spiritual counseling of American troops.” Klukowski states:

“Regarding those who teach orthodox Christian beliefs from the Bible, Weinstein concludes, ‘Let’s call these ignoble actions what they are: the senseless and cowardly squallings of human monsters. ‘Weinstein then endorses the ultra-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), who publishes a list of ‘hate groups.’ Alongside truly deplorable organizations like the KKK, the SPLC’s list includes a host of traditional Christian organizations (for their support of traditional marriage) and Tea Party organizations (for supporting limited government). Weinstein says SPLC correctly labels them all as “hate groups.”’

Anna Higgins Quoted in USA Today

Anna Higgins, FRC’s Director for Center for Human Dignity, was quoted in a recent USA Today article regarding the Gosnell trial and combats those who argue that the Gosnell case is “unusual.” Higgins states:

“How can he be sure? …We don’t have regular inspections in most states.”

FRC In the News: April 26, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

April 26, 2013

CNS News and Newsbusters Report on FRC Shooting

CNS News has given some of the best coverage so far concerning the release of the video of the shooting at Family Research Council that took place on August 15, 2012. Their recent article shows the video release and gives accurate information about the shooting incident, interrogation, and trial.

Newsbusters’ Matthew Balan wrote an article detailing how CBS News “This Morning” had a special 18-second news brief on the security video, while the morning shows on both ABC News and NBC News ignored the footage.

General Boykin Quoted About Pentagon Blocking Access to SBC Website

FRC’s Executive Vice President, Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (Ret.-USA), was quoted in a recent Fox News article about the Pentagon blocking access to the Southern Baptist Convention website.  According to the article, “Southern Baptist chaplains reported that SBC.net had been blocked at military installations around the nation.”

General Boykin, who served in the Army for 36 years stated:

This is another example of the growing hostility toward evangelical Christians in the armed forces…Ironically, the very people who are sworn to support and defend the rights provided in the U.S. Constitution are being denied the right to exercise those rights individually.”

Obama Admin Asks SCOTUS to Take NLRB Recess Appointment Case

Ken Klukowski, FRC’s Director for Centerof Religious Liberty, wrote an article featured on Breitbart.com about a recent ruling in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  The ruling stated that the President violated the Constitution when he “declared the U.S. Senate to be in recess….and that therefore he could fill top-level execute-branch positions without Senate confirmation.” This was considered unconstitutional, because the Senate was really in session “and was holding periodic sessions to meet constitutional requirements.” The U.S. Solicitor General filed a petition with the Supreme Court asking if they would reverse the unanimous ruling given by the U.S. Court of Appeals ruling. Klukowski states:

A win would send the issue back to the D.C. Circuit, for them to decide whether a president has the power to declare the Senate to be in recess anytime there are not enough senators on the Senate floor to conduct business. (Which, taken to its logical conclusion, means that any time the Senate breaks for lunch or goes home at night that the president could appoint Cabinet secretaries or even Supreme Court justices, though all such recess appointments are for less than two years.) It is very likely the High Court will grant Verrilli’s petition in this major separation-of-powers case, and so this matter can be expected to be argued at the Court late this year, with a decision before July 2014.”

FRC In the News: April 26, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

April 25, 2013

Preventing Future Gosnells

Anna Higgins, Director, Center for Human Dignity at FRC, wrote an article on Townhall.com about the current Gosnell case and other incidents where “choice” has cost precious lives. Higgins also points out the need for more media coverage and awareness. She states:

“Perhaps we have become so accustomed to accepting abortion as a “choice” rather than the death of a unique human being that infanticide has become simply a natural and acceptable extension of the “abortion right.” This Pennsylvania abortion facility is not the first, nor will it be the last, to be revealed as unsafe and unsanitary. In fact, many facilities around the country have been found to be in violation of basic health and safety standards. Just last week a Planned Parenthood in Wilmington, Delaware closed its doors when two employees released statements that the facility was performing abortions in an unsafe and unsanitary manner. The local TV station covered this story extensively, to their credit. However, these violations continue to go largely unreported in the media. Every American should be incensed that he cannot trust the media to cover, in a neutral manner, serious events affecting human rights without heavy pressure from the public and from Congress. We are constantly bombarded with stories of celebrities and athletes, yet this important story – the perpetration of violence against children – was largely ignored. We must remain vigilant and demand that all stories affecting our families and our values be given fair coverage.”

The Loss of Right and Wrong: What’s Worse Than Being Mean?

Rob Schwarzwalder, Senior Vice President at FRC, wrote an article featured in Religion Today about the current decrease of morality in the culture. Schwarzwalder challenges his readers stating:

“Moral incoherence is growing. Adultery is not wrong, merely unwise (or liberating, depending on one’s personal point of view, which to challenge is arrogant, not to mention mean). Confiscation of property and wealth, aka theft, is not wrong if performed by government entities, but good luck if you get caught stealing a car. Murder is a capital offense unless its victim is a 9-month-old unborn child, her life ended in an antiseptic “clinic.” Christians must continue to appeal to the conscience, to make reasoned arguments, to tell stories that subtly explain moral truth. Persuasion is a multi-pronged endeavor. And we must wed grace with truth as we make our case. We just need to be prepared for looks of uncertainty, amazement and even hostility from our peers and not to assume that our basic moral assumptions are theirs. There has never been a time when being a Christian in America has been, for so many, so very peculiar.”

Does Reason Still Matter?

Rob Schwarzwalder’s article featured in First Things addresses the need for truth, which is Christ and His teachings. Schwarzwalder shows how this truth impacts policies such as marriage. Schwarzwalder says:

“The sticking point in all of this is that when it comes to contested issues of moral value, one side wins and the other loses…such socio-moral issues as abortion on demand, the nature of marriage, and the rights of conscience and religious liberty offer us no intermediate policy outcome. Christians, then, should make their arguments carefully, winsomely, graciously, and firmly, in the hope that “the law written on the heart” will overcome emotional prejudice, intellectual laziness, and moral compromise. When we lose, we have no choice but to keep making our arguments. We are called not to political success but faithfulness to God. If we are attacked because we’ve spoken or acted like jerks, then we need to repent, seek forgiveness, and better wed truth with love. But if we suffer for Jesus’ sake, for the faith once delivered and the truth revealed with finality, we are blessed, not cursed.”

FRC In the News: April 22, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

April 22, 2013

Speaking Out on the Scouts

Rob Schwarzwalder, FRC’s Senior Vice President, was quoted in a recent Wall Street Journal article concerning the recent proposed policy for the Boy Scouts. Schwarzwalder brings up an insightful point about the link between scouts and leaders. The article states:

“Rob Schwarzwalder, a spokesman for the Family Research Council, a conservative activist group, said it makes no sense to have a different policy for youth and adults because men who become Scout leaders usually start as Scouts. Will gay Eagle Scouts ‘be denied the opportunity to be Scout Masters?’ he said.”

Egypt Persecutes Christians and Americans Pay the Bills

FRC’s Senior Fellows, Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison, write about how Coptic Christians in Egypt are being persecuted by the Muslim Brotherhood. Their recent article featured on Townhall.com explains that Coptic Christians have been burned at the stake and others have been teargassed, followed by imprisonment. Blackwell and Morrison question if it is good policy for America to be supporting such persecution with their money. They state:

“The Obama administration has never explained how it makes sense for Americans to borrow billions from China to give it to a government in Egypt that is rolling over its own citizens and turning a blind eye to those of its backers who are burning Coptic churches, shooting them down, and setting them on fire. We may not be able to protect the Copts of Egypt, but we surely should not be helping their persecutors. If the Morsi administration begins to crucify the Copts, will we pay for the nails?”

New York Times Defends Its Insubstantial Coverage of Gosnell Trial

Rob Schwarzwalder’s article, which was featured on LifeNews.com explains how an editor at The New York Times failed to recognize the horrors of “Dr.” Gosnell and other abortion providers. Schwarzwalder states:

“Mr. Rosenthal’s concern is not for the unborn and born children slaughtered like chubby pigs by Gosnell and his minions, or the women whose lives were lost and health misshapen because of grotesque treatment they received. Rather, Mr. Rosenthal’s major complaint is the unsanitary conditions of Gosnell’s clinic…With audacity so great it stifles the cry of honesty, Mr. Rosenthal goes on to write, ‘Last I checked, there’s no rule that a newspaper, or that paper’s editorial page, has to run one piece about a bad clinic for every piece celebrating a good one.’ Fair point. But I wonder why the Times, as it did with the trial of Tiller murderer George Roeder, did not cover such things as jury selection or pronounce endlessly on the assorted issues involved in the Gosnell case.”

Why the Romeikes’ Fight Is Our Fight

Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison write about how the Romeikes’ left Germany years ago, so they could have the opportunity to homeschool their children. They came to the United States for this freedom, and they are now threatened with the prospects of being deported for the very freedom they were seeking in the first place. Blackwell and Morrison state in their article featured in Patriot Post:

Imagine this scene: In October 2006, “German police officers entered the Romeike home without a written court order, forcibly removing the Romeike children, and escorted them to a public school.” German authorities laid heavy fines — upwards of $10,000 — on the Romeikes. They threatened to take the children away. The Romeikes fled to America, this home of freedom…The Romeikes fight is our fight, too! Support them now by contacting www.hslda.org/romeike. We must recognize that home schoolers defend religious freedom for all of us — whether we home school our children or not. If they can be crushed, we all will see parents’ rights and First Amendment rights hollowed out.”

FRC In the News: April 18, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

April 18, 2013

Scouts Must Defend Long Held Convictions

FRC’s President Tony Perkins wrote an article featured in The Kansas City Star that explains why the Boy Scouts must stand strong on their convictions and not cave in to pressure. Perkins states:

“Parents should be able to entrust their sons to the organization with the confidence that their desires will be honored, and that their sons will not be exposed to inappropriate sexual topics. The BSA should retain the current long-held and time-tested policy regarding gays. Changing the current policy would likely result in drastic reductions in Scouting nationwide. A similar policy, forced on Scouts in Canada, resulted in a 50 percent drop in membership. But that would not be the only consequence.”

Slate: ‘Marriage Equality’ Includes Polygamy

Ken Klukowski, FRC’s Director, Center for Religious Liberty, addresses the issue of polygamy in his article featured on Breitbart.com. Klukowski specifically addresses statements published by Slate. Klukowski states:

“I give them credit for their honesty; they admit and even embrace that if you demand a right to same-sex marriage, there’s no principled reason not to have a right to polygamous marriage. The only reason is political. The American people have been told for years now that gay marriage would not open Pandora’s Box, but they still understand at a gut level that they do not want to entirely redefine the family unit in the United States.”

Snubbing Thatcher’s Funeral?

Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison discuss why President Obama did not attend the funeral for Lady Margret Thatcher in their recent article featured in American Thinker. Blackwell and Morrison state:

“We dissent, respectfully, from our Conservative British brethren.  We are glad that President Obama is not going and not sending a senior member of his administration.  His administration is working night and day to undo the great work of President Ronald Reagan and Prime Minister Thatcher.  It is far more appropriate to send to our great ally’s obsequies a delegation composed of those Americans who were actually Britain’s allies when Mrs. Thatcher governed at Number 10 Downing Street.”

 

 

FRC In the News: April 17, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

April 17, 2013

President Obama’s View through a Gosnell Lens

FRC’s Ken Blackwell discusses in his recent article in WORLD Magazine how President Obama has been blinded by the “Gosnell lens” and neglected to recognize the horrific acts of Gosnell and the murders of millions of innocent children. Blackwell states:

“President Obama has always applied a Gosnell lens. He is justly horrified by the murder of 20 children and six adults at a school in Connecticut. He wants to take action now, Constitution or not. But Obama views the killing of 33 unborn children every day in Connecticut for 40 years through his Gosnell lens. Their deaths are constitutionally protected choices. Their deaths do not count in the larger scheme of things.”

More Regulations for Abortion Clinics

Anna Higgins, Director, Center for Human Dignity at FRC, explains in her recent article featured in The Deming Headlight how abortion clinics do not uphold health standards and have cost the lives of so many. Higgins also cites the recent deaths of women who have gone to these clinics as well as the upcoming case of Kermit Gosnell. Higgins states:

“Despite the evidence, reasonable clinic regulations have been opposed at every turn by abortion proponents. Just as an ambulatory surgical center is tightly regulated by the state to ensure that all patients are protected, so should abortion clinics be subjected to similar regulation.The “right” to abortion as expressed by the Roe and Casey court decisions is applicable only to the woman who chooses to have an abortion. There is no right for abortion facilities, owners, or operators to be exempt from legitimate state health objectives; nor is there any right to make a profit from the operation of an abortion facility.”

FRC In the News: April 12, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

April 12, 2013

In Defense of Religious Liberty

Ken Blackwell, Senior Fellow, Family Empowerment at FRC, wrote an article in The Huffington Post in which he addresses an article by Jay Michaelson entitled “The ‘Religious Liberty’ Bullies and Their Fight Against LGBT Equality.” Blackwell states:

“One, there can be no comparison between the fight for racial equality and the movement for same-sex marriage. Two, supporting the traditional definition of marriage is not the same (or even akin) to supporting institutionalized racism. Three, concerns about religious liberty are both sincere and valid, especially regarding the social trends Michaelson discusses in both his article and a related report he recently released.”

Flower Shop Sued for Not Providing Services to Homosexual ‘Wedding’

FRC’s Peter Sprigg was quoted in a recent Fox News article concerning the owner of a flower shop in Washington who declined to provide service for a homosexual wedding. The shop is now being sued by the state of Washington.

“People need to be aware this is the underlying motive for the push for same sex marriage,” he said. “It’s not just about legal rights and benefits. It’s about forcing everyone in society to recognize their relationships as being one hundred percent equal to opposite sex marriages. It also reflects a narrow view of religious liberty where people may have freedom to exercise religious liberty in their church but they don’t have that right when they go outside those four walls.”

Speaking Across the Chasm

Rob Schwarzwalder, Senior Vice President at FRC, explains the balance of reaching those immersed in culture while still holding fast to the faith in his recent article on Religion Today. Schwarzwalder states:

“My suggestion: Rather than always going for the moral jugular – “How can you support that, you evil idiot?” – go back to the “assumptions of the assumptions,” per Kevin DeYoung. So when in conversation someone says, “What’s the big deal with same-sex ‘marriage,’” it’s likely not going to be convincing to rattle off what are, to you, obvious statements of fact and reason. Such things might be wholly new thoughts to someone raised in the culture of sentiment, mass media, and fluid morality. Instead, maybe say, “What do you think of same sex ‘marriage’? Sounds like you’ve got some strong opinions.” And then affirm what you can about your opponent’s argument: That all persons deserve to be protected by the law and treated with civil and social respect, that cruelty to someone based on sexual orientation is wrong, etc. Inviting into dialog those with whom we disagree affirms their value before God and us, and provides us with a credible platform from which to make our case.”

How Do We Measure ‘Progressives’

Rob Schwarzwalder discusses what “progressives” really are in his recent article in The Christian Post. Schwarzwalder states that “liberal” has lost appeal and that progress itself is not bad. He asks important questions about progress and states:

“Is it progress to make the definition of family so amorphous as to be practically and legally meaningless? Is it progress to dehumanize the unborn child and assert that its value is based on nothing more than the judgment call of her mother? Is it progress to diminish religious liberty and the exercise of the conscience, to use the courts to invalidate legitimate legislation and public policies, or to employ science as a pretext for endangering women and girls through ready access to dangerous contraceptives? Our descent into moral anarchy, once almost imperceptible, is picking up speed. But speed, while temporarily exhilarating, is fatal when the steering wheel and brakes don’t answer and a high cliff appears. Such “progress” we can live without.”
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