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ACLU Orders Mass Exodus Of Ten Commandments

by Tony Perkins

February 27, 2007

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

In Florida, the ACLU has issued its own commandment: Thou shalt remove thy biblical monument. The liberal group is referring to a granite sculpture of the Ten Commandments outside the Dixie County court. It was installed last November after a businessman donated it and the City Council approved it. Because the display invokes the name of God, the ACLU argues that it violates the Establishment Clause. But ironically, its the same God that kicks off the national motto, In God We Trust. Several states have passed bills to protect similar monuments. As one legislator said, I just think its a darn good moral code. And hes not alone. The public strongly supports posting the Ten Commandments on government property. Some polls have shown as much as 77 percent approve of the displays. Thats why its a little surprising that the ACLU resurrected their campaign. All of these lawsuits should have taught them that its hard to get a guilty verdict on the ten most wanted list.

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Deal Of A Lifetime? Abortion Clinics Offer Coupons

by Tony Perkins

February 26, 2007

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

In Illinois, abortions may be cheaper by the dozen. The online clinics have issued a coupon thats literally to die for. As part of their gimmick to attract new customers, the Illinois Abortion Clinics site is offering $20 off their first visit. Unfortunately, the discount will come in handy for the states minors, who, thanks to a federal ruling, can still have abortions without their parents knowledge or consent. Two weeks ago, a U.S. District judge refused to enforce a parental notification law that was passed back in 1995. And those online coupons show why the law is an important one. For years, the abortion business has been using the lack of family involvement to lure teens to their clinics for secret abortions. Now other young girls are crossing state lines to take advantage of Illinois loose laws. And until the legislature steps in, theyll have to learn the hard way that abortion is a costly mistakedeal or no deal.

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Gum Game Shows Kids That Extra Restraint Lasts Extra Long

by Tony Perkins

February 23, 2007

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

A parent in one Maryland school district say an abstinence program has bitten off more than it can chew. Because of something called the gum game, schools in Montgomery County banned the curriculum. As part of the lesson, instructors handed kids a stick of gum and asked them to take turns chewing it. The idea sounds disgusting, but thats exactly the point. Teachers were trying to get students to understand that if they wouldnt share gum because of the germs, why would they share their beds and risk catching an STD? One official said, This exercise showed a terrible lack of judgment. But the same can be said of pulling the program. Instead of asking instructors to stop playing the game, the Country used it as an excuse to shut them down. Its ironic. These schools have no problem showing kids how to engage in so-called safe sex, but a gum game crosses the line? Montgomery County should restore the abstinence message instead of bursting this programs bubble.

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Cloning Concerns Still Cropping Up in Iowa

by Tony Perkins

February 23, 2007

On Wednesday night, before a packed Statehouse gallery, the Iowa legislature held public hearings on an issue that has spawned debate all across the country. The three-hour proceedings on human cloning illustrated just how divided Iowans are. Most of the scheduled speakers favored overturning the state’s human cloning ban, but they were clearly not representative of the crowded audience who voiced strong opposition to the bill.

While researchers insisted that the law would promote embryonic stem cell research, not human cloning, critics point out that the bill would not only promote human cloning but would legally protect it. State Senator Pat Ward (R-West Des Moines) says the repeal is “not needed, period” because stem cell research without cloning is already happening.

Although scientists argued that the current cloning ban hinders Iowa’s ability to treat disease, one biotech executive disagreed, saying, “The fact that we’re located in Iowa has not hurt our ability to do business with other scientists… [even under] Iowa law.” In an effort to expose this deceitful “stem cell” bill, the Iowa Right to Life Committee and Catholic-based Fidelis have launched a radio campaign to educate citizens before today’s vote. In neighboring Kansas, the House has introduced a bill that forbids the government from funding human cloning research.

Unlike measures elsewhere, this version accurately defines cloning in the terms used by the President’s Council on Bioethics. The state’s scientists are outraged by the language because they fear that the reality of the procedure will deter voters from supporting “progressive” research.

Parental Rights Should Reign ‘Supreme’

by Tony Perkins

February 23, 2007

On Wenesday, FRC filed a “friend-of-the-court” brief with our friends at the Alliance Defense Fund in the U.S. Supreme Court case Fausey v. Hiller. We are arguing that the Court should review the case, which would determine if parents can control “third-party visitation rights.” These cases pit a third party (often a grandparent) against a parent in determining whether visits with the parent’s children will be permitted, and on what terms.

Some states have sought to use a standard (“best interests of the child”) that was developed for mother-and-father disputes and to expand that standard to other relatives and parties. In today’s world these disputes can enmesh families where the grandparents are in fact loving in their intentions.

While recognizing this, FRC maintains that before the state intervenes in a decision made by what the law deems “a fit parent,” the only reasonable standard is to put the burden on the third party to show that the child would suffer harm if such visits were denied. Only such a standard can preserve the fundamental right of parents to supervise the upbringing of their children, a right long ago recognized by the Supreme Court as fundamental under the U.S. Constitution. Churches, counselors and other resources can and should employed to help families achieve reconciliation and enjoy the important cross-generational ties that strong families experience.

Washington Briefing 2007: Be Our Guest!

by Tony Perkins

February 23, 2007

FRC Action is joining with some of the most influential faith-and-family groups, to host an event guaranteed to change the debate in 2008. Focus on the Family Action, American Values and other invited cosponsors are teaming up with us to host The Washington Briefing 2007: Values Voter Summit October 19-21 at the Hilton Washington in downtown D.C. Last year’s event attracted more than 1,800 attendees from 47 states, and coverage from every major media outlet in the country. With a stellar line-up that featured speakers such as Dr. James Dobson, Sean Hannity, Tony Snow, Bill Bennett, Ann Coulter, Newt Gingrich, House and Senate leaders, and dozens more, The Washington Briefing 2006 exceeded all expectations. This year’s event promises to be even bigger. Registration for 2007 opens March 15. Book your registration before May 15 and receive a $25 Early Bird discount.

On Religious Freedom, Justice Is Served

by Tony Perkins

February 22, 2007

Stating that “nothing defines us more as Americans [than] our religious liberties,” Attorney General Alberto Gonzales unveiled the Justice Department’s “First Freedom Project” to the Southern Baptist Executive Committee in Nashville on Tuesday. His new Religious Freedom Task Force will step up enforcement of laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of religion and will educate churches on how to file complaints about violations of their rights. We applaud Attorney General Gonzales for recognizing the ongoing threat to religious freedom and for taking firm steps to defend our “first freedom.”

Hate Crimes: An American Debate In Paris

by Tony Perkins

February 22, 2007

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

Since Congress started debating the new hate crimes bill, some people are seeing the French connection. In Paris, an Islamic mosque is suing a magazine for printing cartoons about the prophet Mohammed. The comic was one of twelve that have been published around Europe, but French Muslims say the cartoon is no laughing matter. Lawyers for the Paris Mosque are charging them with slander, a crime thats punishable by six months in jail. If the mosque wins, then its bon voyage for the countrys freedom of speech. Several French citizens support the magazine. One said, If we cant laugh at the terrorists, what weapon is left? Obviously, not all humor is appropriate, but who gets to decide whats acceptable and what isnt? The case against these cartoons has serious consequences for Europe. Hate crimes is definitely making a tour de France, but it could soon become American law. Call your representatives and tell them to vote no on hate crimes legislation in Congress.

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Iowa Puts Cloning Bill under the Microscope

by Tony Perkins

February 21, 2007

The state of Iowa is synonymous with farming, but if a dangerous bill passes the House, it could be cloned human embryo farms, not traditional agriculture, that the Hawkeyes will become known for. Yesterday, legislation that would repeal Iowa’s current ban on all human cloning passed through one of the state’s House committees.

The issue is reaching critical importance in the state, as the Senate narrowly voted to lift Iowa’s human cloning ban last week. A vote by the full House is next. Supporters of the bill are using deceptive tactics, similar to the campaign in Missouri, to convince citizens that the bill would not allow human cloning but only permit SCNT (somatic cell nuclear transfer) to generate embryonic stem cells.

Unfortunately, what some voters and legislators may not understand through the fog of scientific jargon is that SCNT is human cloning. This fact shouldn’t be lost on the University of Iowa, yet school officials are urging alumni to support the bill, writing, “Opponents of the bill are saying it will lead to human cloning. It [cloning] is unethical, immoral, and we will never support it.” As the University well knows, the bill under consideration will not lead to human cloning, but instead will legally protect human cloning.

Some legislators have been convinced by lobbyists that the SCNT process directly creates stem cells. That’s not true. Under SCNT an embryo is cloned. Period. If the embryo is intended for scientific experiments, that embryo is later destroyed for its stem cells.

SCNT is the same process used to create Dolly the cloned sheep; it’s merely a matter of what’s done with the resulting cloned embryo. Either supporters of the repeal are medically delusional or they are simply bluffing their way into the confidence of state leaders and voters.

Please take a minute to call your representatives at the Iowa State House, (515) 281-3221, and urge them to vote against House File 287.

There Are Some Things Money Cant BuyAnd That Should Include Mastercard

by Tony Perkins

February 20, 2007

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

At the Bank of America, interest rates are skyrocketing. But the interest has nothing to do with money and everything to do with the national attention the companys getting for its latest decision. Last week, Bank of America announced that it would start offering credit cards to illegal immigrants. Anywhere from 12 to 20 million people are said to be living in the country illegally, and the bank says its decision will help them put down roots. But the moves caused outrage from lots of citizens who say the bank should not be in the habit of lending to illegalsand that includes lending the wrong impression. Offering them credit only legitimizes millions of lawbreakers. Obviously, the company has a vested interest in expanding their base. But someone should remind them that the Bank of Americaof all placesshouldnt be giving special treatment to people living here illegaly. On an issue like this, banks should only give credit where credit is due.

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