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Poll Position

by Tony Perkins

March 6, 2007

At the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), every GOP presidential candidate but Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) tried to stake a claim for conservative support. The results of CPAC’s presidential straw poll indicate that voters are grappling to find candidates whose platform addresses both the crisis abroad and the dilemmas at home.

Of 1,705 registrants, 21 percent backed former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) for President. Rudy Giuliani, who was given a prime-time slot at the event, came in second-place with just 17 percent of the vote. Senator Sam Brownback received 15%. The poll also surveyed conservatives for their opinion on what the government’s priorities ought to be. Half responded that “their most important goal is to promote individual freedom by reducing the size of government.”

However, what voters considered the second biggest concern wasn’t national security or immigration, but “promoting traditional values by protecting marriage and the life of the unborn.” Although attendees deemed marriage and life priorities, CPAC organizers did not. Neither issue was highlighted during the three-day conference. These results are indicative of the greater divide in the GOP.

Contrary to what pundits said in the aftermath of the 2006 election, values voters are still a force to be reckoned with. This is even more evident in the CPAC split over the 2008 conservative frontrunner. Social conservatives are looking for a Commander-in-Chief who will provide bold leadership in tackling both the internal threats brought about by social decay and the external threats posed by radical Islamists.

Planned Parenthood Wireless: Cell-ing Out Women

by Tony Perkins

March 5, 2007

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

Planned Parenthood is working the phones, all right. As part of the groups desperate push for money, theyve introduced a new service: Planned Parenthood Wireless. This cell phone coverage would donate 10% of the monthly charges to the biggest abortion provider in America. Their email says that proceeds would help give women medically accurate information. But if people believe that, what they need isnt a cell phone service, but a wake up call! Planned Parenthood has always cared more about protecting its profits than protecting women. Maybe thats why the country is more skeptical about giving them money. A Zogby poll found that 68% of voters think that federal funds shouldnt go toward abortionand that includes money funneled to groups like Planned Parenthood. No wonder theyre looking for a better reception from cell phone users. Obviously, they dont get the message that the country has serious concerns about their motives. But as support keeps dropping, Americans will be sayingas the commercial goescan you hear us now?

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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Telling of Congressional Priorities

by Tony Perkins

March 2, 2007

You may not have asked, but I’ll tell you any way. Wednesday, Rep. Marty Meehan (D-MA) reintroduced legislation that would not only repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy but also the 200-year-old law that bans homosexuals from openly serving in the military. Citing opinion polls, Meehan says the general support for his bill is growing. However, what matters in this case is not what the latest poll says, but what’s best for our military and the men and women who serve. The same study that found higher civilian backing for the repeal also showed overwhelming opposition to change among our servicemen. Only 26 percent of soldiers support a move to allow gays to serve openly. With the demands on the Armed Services, Meehan estimates that over 40,000 homosexuals would join the military if the ban is lifted.

What he doesn’t address are the tens of thousands who would not join or who would leave the service if the legislation is passed. As a veteran of the Marine Corps I can say that the defense of our country should not be sacrificed for the promotion of a political agenda.

On Clean Air, Hollywood Continues To Blow Smoke

by Tony Perkins

March 2, 2007

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

When it comes to setting a good example, Hollywood stinks. Literally. For all the anti-pollution celebrities, there seem to be even more environmental hypocrites. A new study by UCLA found that the entertainment industry is one of the biggest reasons for L.A.s filthy air. Turns out that all of those studios use diesel generatorsand that means lots of smog. Then theres Al Gore, winner of two Oscars for his documentary on global warming. The Tennessee Electric Company just made his power bills public and lit the fuse of conservatives everywhere. His home in Nashville uses more electricity in one month than the average American house uses in an entire year. Meanwhile, stars like Brad Pitt brag about driving electric cars but ride in plenty of private jets. His travel from L.A. to Africa guzzled 11,000 gallons of gas, and burned enough fuel to drive his Prius to the moon. Obviously, Hollywoods campaign for the environment has been a toxic waste… of time.

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No Aid to AIDS Groups That Promote Prostitution

by Tony Perkins

March 1, 2007

In a commonsense ruling, the D.C. Court of Appeals sided with the Bush administration yesterday saying that the president can deny AIDS funding to groups that condone prostitution and sex trafficking. The case, now a year and a half old, was brought by DKT International, Inc., a family planning group that, among other things, provides condoms to Vietnamese sex workers. When DKT refused to sign a pledge that it would honor the President’s anti-trafficking policies, the administration denied it taxpayer support. A lower court sided with DKT, stating that the nonprofit’s First Amendment rights were violated because the funding conditions “insisted that the groups ‘parrot’ the government’s position on prostitution.” Fortunately, a three-judge panel reversed the decision and restored President Bush’s authority to fund only those organizations that communicate the U.S. government’s opposition to sex trafficking.

U.K. Pro-Lifers Take Baby Steps in Legislature

by Tony Perkins

March 1, 2007

The miraculous story of little Amillia Taylor, who is said to be the youngest surviving premature baby, has prompted Britain to reconsider its abortion policies. As it stands, the U.K. allows women to abort through the 24th week of pregnancy. Until recently, experts argued that unborn children could not survive outside the womb before that period, a theory that Amillia’s existence has completely discredited.

Tory MP Nadine Dorries has sponsored bills in the past that would impose a tighter limit on late-term abortions. In light of the Taylors’ story, Dorries intends to reintroduce legislation that would make abortions illegal after 21 weeks. As one doctor said, “To me it seems utterly illogical that one doctor is struggling to save a baby delivered at 23 weeks while another is aborting a healthy baby of the same age.”

In Hawaii, Coast Is Clear from Civil Union Threat

by Tony Perkins

March 1, 2007

After a grueling five hours of testimony, Hawaiian lawmakers refused even to vote on a bill in committee that would have allowed same-sex unions. Later, the state’s legislators refused to offer an explanation for the move, but we applaud the Hawaii Family Forum for motivating voters to voice their opposition to this dangerous measure. The vote in Hawaii is more evidence that legislatures are reluctant to change the public understanding of marriage when they are free to debate and vote in the absence of a judicial decree that puts a finger on the scales of justice.

Hawaii is a politically liberal state, but it was one of the first in the nation to grapple with a pro-homosexual judicial ruling upsetting the man-woman character of marriage. When Hawaii courts first ruled on the matter roughly a decade ago, voters amended the state constitution to require that any changes in state law on the nature of marriage could only be made by the elected branches of government, not judges.

This stands in sharp contrast to the judicially-driven outcomes in Vermont, Massachusetts, and now New Jersey. It also has the virtue of being more honest: elected officials must account for themselves, and not point to another branch of government and say, “They made me do it.” Whatever your position is on this issue, or any other controversial matter, voters should expect their elected officials to stand on the courage of their convictions, not the convenience of coercion.

Abstinence Programs Worth Their Wait In Gold

by Tony Perkins

March 1, 2007

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

Some pro-abortion groups are arguing that Congress is spending too much money on a good thingabstinence education. This year, if the Presidents budget passes, funding for abstinence programs will be at an all-time high. And for good reason. A study in the journal Adolescent and Family Health says classes that teach kids to save sex for marriage are responsible for a 66% reduction in teen pregnancies. Researchers are finding proof that the best weapon against promiscuity isnt contraception but urging kids to abstain from sex altogether. And if President Bush gets his way, more students will get the message that the safest sex is within marriage. His budget includes a $28 million increase in abstinence fundingwithout putting extra money in the hands of people whose only answer to pregnancy and disease is more safe sex! Join with me in asking Congress to invest in what works. Otherwise, well be paying an even bigger price for a generation of mistakes.

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Government Agencies Caught In The Act

by Tony Perkins

February 28, 2007

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

At the Sundance Film Festival, Americas government ensured that the show would go on. According to the American Family Association, two U.S. agencies helped to sponsor the eventand, until this week, they had managed to get away without publicizing it. Reports show that the National Endowment for the Arts and Public Broadcasting gave as much as $350,000 of your tax money to an event that featured graphic films on bestiality and child rape. The 2007 festival highlighted the documentary Zoo about sexual relationships between a man and his horse. The truth is, independent films should have independent support. You and I shouldnt have to pay for Hollywoods pet projects. Our money should be spent keeping Americas families safenot exposing them to radical ideas that harm society. They may be partnering with filmmakers, but when it comes to understanding right from wrong, its apparent our government doesnt get the big picture.

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What a Tangled Web We Weave…

by Tony Perkins

February 27, 2007

Two years after FRC helped to defeat the idea, the push for a “Triple X” domain for pornographic web sites is on again. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) continues to debate whether or not to establish an online .xxx domain specifically for the adult industry. While supporters argue that it would help regulate pornography, FRC strongly disagrees. Instead of relegating it to a specific domain, the government would actually be facilitating the adult industry’s growth. Without the necessary enforcement, pornographers would simply retain their .com sites and add to them. If successful, ICANN could be responsible for potentially doubling the number of porn sites on the Internet. Proponents claim the .xxx domain will make it easier to filter out these graphic sites, while web experts say it will make it more difficult because the sites will be operating under dual domains.

The .xxx would also establish a virtual red light district or “safe haven” for illegal, hardcore obscenity. Rather than legitimize an industry that exploits women and endangers children, ICANN should focus its efforts on making the web safer for families.

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