Author archives: Tony Perkins

Childless in Seattle

by Tony Perkins

February 19, 2007

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

In Washington state, a group of same-sex activists say that if heterosexuals want to protect marriage, theyd better be ready to deliver. Literally. Gregory Gadow is collecting signatures for a proposal that would force newlyweds to have children in their first three years of marriage. If they refused, the law would dissolve their union. Gadow said that if homosexuals cant get married because they cant have kids, then reproducing should be requirement of those who can. The move may be a publicity stunt, but its raised some important questions. In todays world, we increasingly view childrennot as blessingsbut as burdens. How else can we explain the birth rate reaching record lows? While not every married couple can or should have kids, creating and raising the next generation should be high on Americas priority list. Obviously, this proposal is too extreme, but in the end, its an important reminder that our public policy should encourage a pro-procreation environment.

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Pro-Life Members Work to Make “Amends” on GINA

by Tony Perkins

February 16, 2007

Despite support by pro-life Republicans and Reps. Dale Kildee (D-MI) and Jason Altmire (D-PA) an amendment to expand the definition of “family member” to include the unborn and adoptive children in the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act failed in the House Education and Labor Committee. Chairman George Miller (D-CA) did offer a provision that would include “fetuses” in the bill. However, this does not address children in the process of being adopted and unborn children younger than nine weeks’ gestation. Also, it does not remedy the dilemma for IVF embryos. FRC will continue to urge House members to close this devastating loophole.

Internet Porn: Accidents Waiting To Happen

by Tony Perkins

February 16, 2007

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

When kids are cruising the Internet, its not the surf but the turf that parents are worried about. A new study by the journal Pediatrics says that the waves of sexual content are at an all-time highand its getting harder for kids to swim against the tide. Researchers found that 42% of 10 to 17 year-olds saw online pornography in the last yearand 66% of them werent even looking for it! To parents, its probably more disturbing that a majority of kids said they werent disturbed by what they saw. But somethings got to be done to regulate how these adult sites advertise. A lot of them use gimmicks like pop-up ads. And while a little nudity may seem harmless to some, it puts kids at risk of being targeted by sexual predators. The government can do more to regulate the content onlinelike passing the SAFETY Act, which would help stop the Internets exploitation of our kids.

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UNICEF’s Incomplete Mirror on Families Reflects Poorly on U.S.

by Tony Perkins

February 16, 2007

A new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) paints an unflattering picture of the United States and the United Kingdom. In “An Overview of Child Well-Being in Rich Countries,” UNICEF claims that the two nations rank dead last in providing for young people’s welfare. Citing the lack of government-sponsored day care and “economic inequality,” a spokesman for UNICEF said, “They don’t invest as much in children as continental European countries do.” The U.S. should take some exception to this comment as money is not the only accurate measure of a child’s well-being. Unlike most Europeans, Americans don’t rely on a socialist system to provide for their families’ needs. In this study, only government funds were measured. The money provided from other sources was ignored. Assessing factors such as health, safety, family relationships, risk behaviors, and education, the study did cite the overwhelming number of single parents in the U.S. as cause for concern. Coupled with the alarming rates of teen promiscuity and substance abuse, the breakdown of the family must be addressed. Having said that, the government is not most Americans’ first choice when it comes to creating wealth, raising children, or making decisions about their health. As we’ve seen from the recent HPV vaccine mandates, Americans are not ready to let the government decide every issue for our children. If that’s the benchmark for high grades from UNICEF, then the U.S. is far better off than this study suggests.

Older Adults Are A ‘Dead Giveaway’ For HIV/AIDS

by Tony Perkins

February 15, 2007

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

The latest news on AIDS gives new meaning to the phrase “midlife crisis.” According to research, more heterosexual people over the age of 50 are contracting HIV. Why? Well, for the same reason the disease has reached record numbers in young people. Older couples are having promiscuous sex. And if you’re intimate at all, no matter what your age, you’re not immune from HIV or AIDS. But unfortunately, the typical 50-plus crowd believes they’re not at risk. The Washington Post interviewed one 55 year-old who said, “the chance of me coming down with AIDS is about the same as me winning the lottery.” Well, if that’s the case, then you ought to start buying tickets, because research says that the cases of HIV in Baby Boomers has increased 106 percent in the last 10 years. The older generation thinks that HIV is a young person’s disease. But whether you’re 18 or 80, sex outside of marriage could still be the kiss of death.

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A Liberal Sleight of Hand on Life

by Tony Perkins

February 14, 2007

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

When Bill Clinton was president, the first lady was always the last person to protect life. Now, after joining the race for the White House, Hillary Clinton wants to convince America shes changed. This month, Hillary sponsored a bill that she promises will decrease pregnancies without increasing abortion. But the reality is her bill doesnt reduce abortionit funds them through a little loophole called family planning. That means groups like Planned Parenthood, the countrys biggest abortion provider, would more than double their federal funding. Under Clintons plan, the government would boost Planned Parenthoods income from $284 million a year to $647 million. In a nutshell, liberals are saying they want to reduce abortion through funneling more money to Planned Parenthood. Of course that claim just doesnt hold water, since Planned Parenthood is in the abortion business.

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When Being ‘Pro-choice’ is a Good Thing

by Tony Perkins

February 13, 2007

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

Have you noticed that when it comes to parental control in education that many of the folks on the political left leave their pro-choice mantra behind? Case in point is President Bushs request for Congress to reauthorize his No Child Left Behind educational program. Ill be frank; I opposed the plan from the very beginning because its a big government program. But, the new version has at least one redeeming component: vouchers for students who are stuck in failing public schools which will allow them to attend a private school. In some states the very idea has raised the scores and the hopes of many low-income kids. But that doesnt seem to matter if some are more interested in preserving an ailing system than educating children. According to them, we should forget vouchers and keep pouring money into failing schools. The underlying issue is that they dont want to give parents a choice in education because they are fearful of a loss of control that might leave them behind.

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At GEICO, Protecting Kids Is So Easy A Caveman Could Do It

by Tony Perkins

February 12, 2007

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

At GEICO insurance, they’ve got families covered—in more ways than one. When parents pressured them to pull their ads from a vulgar TV show, GEICO listened. Last month, people who watched the FX program “Dirt” were horrified. Not only did the actors use profanity after profanity, but part of the story involved an explicit gay sex scene. Onemilliondads.com contacted the show’s sponsors and said “Dirt” was dragging their names through the mud. Of all of the corporations involved, GEICO was the only one to pull their ads. Their marketers agreed that an insurance company, of all places, should put a premium on kids’ innocence. And supporting shows that promote sex and homosexuality is a huge liability for the family. If anything, this is a great reminder of how important it is to contact companies when they support something that’s offensive. It only takes a few minutes. And with GEICO, those 15 minutes could save your kids 15% or more in graphic content.

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