Category archives: FRC in the News

FRC in the News: January 31, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

January 31, 2013

Rob Schwarzwalder Speaks Out on Boy Scout Issue

FRC’s Senior Vice President, Rob Schwarzwalder, was recently interviewed on Fox News  about the possible Boy Scout policy change that would go against the BSA’s “scout honor.” The Boy Scouts of America announced in July that after a 2-year study they would keep the current policy, one they’ve had since the beginning. Yet, they once again are being pressured to reconsider their decision.  

FRC Files Amicus Briefs for the Upcoming Supreme Court Cases on Marriage

As seen in the Herald Online Article, FRC filed amicus briefs to oppose previous court decisions regarding marriage. Hollingsworth v, Perry (California’s Proposition 8) and United States v. Windsor (a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act) will be presented to the Supreme Court in about a month. Tony Perkins stated that:

“The health of our nation’s families determines the strength of our nation. Redefining marriage only undermines the societal purpose of marriage which has always been to build healthy families and provide children with both a mom and a dad. The Supreme Court must strike down the lower court decisions against the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8.”

FRC Event on Human Slavery Teaches Justice

The recent FRC event entitled Human Trafficking: Modern Slavery was highlighted in an article featured in Juicy Ecumenism. The event featured the Honorable Linda Smith, founder and president of Shared Hope International, and Mark Blackwell, who is the founder and president of Justice Ministries. They spoke about the horrific injustice of human trafficking that takes place here in the U.S. and called the church to action. As Blackwell stated, “Jesus is the author of abolition and if he is not included in this fight there is no hope.”

FRC in the News: January 30, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

January 30, 2013

Anna Higgins Defends Life in North Dakota Senate

Anna Higgins, Director, Center for Human Dignity at FRC, testified before the North Dakota Senate concerning Senate Concurrent Resolution 4009. The resolution will amend the North Dakota Constitution by adding “the inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be recognized must be recognized and defended.” Read some of Anna’s statement, Senate Concurrent Resolution 4009, and more about the hearing  here.

FRC Stands for Boy Scouts Morality

Recently, the Boy Scouts of America have considered ending its ban on allowing homosexuals to serve as leaders. FRC is choosing to stand for the code that the Boy Scouts have held for about a century:

“On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.”

Rob Schwarzwalder, FRC’s Senior Vice President, and Tony Perkins, have strongly supported the morality of the Boy Scouts and released a statement to show their strong concern over the possible changes.

Ken Blackwell Applauds Loyalty to Life

Ken Blackwell’s article, which was featured in World Magazine, commends Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) for standing up for life in the House of Representatives even though his party typically does not. Rep. Lipinski addressed the attendees of the March for Life via video and encouraged the enormous crowd to stand for human life. Rep. Lipinski believes that life is a bipartisan issue and those who stand for the unborn are thankful for his leadership!

FRC in the News: January 28, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

January 28, 2013

The Most Important Policy Issue of Today

In his recent article in Religion Today, FRC Senior Vice President Rob Schwarzwalder reflects on the recent March for Life and the anniversary of the decision of Roe v. Wade. He presents abortion as the most the most critical and important issue of today, comparable to the issue of slavery in the 1860s. Schwarzwalder also shows how those who are pro-life must go beyond just belief in the pro-life movement. We must put our beliefs into action. As Schwarzwalder points out:

Adoption clearly is essential. So are public education efforts and legislative initiatives at every level of government. The more than 2,000 pregnancy care centers around the country offer practical hope to countless women who feel trapped in a pregnancy they do not want. Shelters and clothing orchards and ultrasounds and medical care and stay-in-school programs and being taken-in by caring Christian families: these and all things related to them should be advanced by believers in Christ with energy and love”

Why Women in Combat is a “Dangerous Social Experiment”

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is allowing women in the military to go into combat roles. Certainly women have been in combat roles already after the horrific events of 9/11 and many have already lost their lives. They are to be acclaimed for their courage and capabilities. So, should the new policy be commended? Absolutely not, according to Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (Ret.), Executive Vice President at FRC, who has served in the Army for 36 years and was an original member of the Delta Force. He says that, “Under the policy, women may end up being placed in infantry and Special Forces battalions and other front line combat units.” Boykin goes on to state in his recent article for CNN that:

This combat environment — now containing males and females — will place a tremendous burden on combat commanders. Not only will they have to maintain their focus on defeating the enemy in battle, they will have to do so in an environment that combines life-threatening danger with underlying sexual tensions. This is a lot to ask of the young leaders, both men and women, who will have to juggle the need to join and separate the sexes within the context of quickly developing and deadly situations.”

The “1 Percent” of Abortions Speak Out and Making a Difference

Bob Morrison, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, highlights the life of Ryan Bomberger, a key speaker at the recent pro-life gathering at the Virginia State Capitol. Bomberger was conceived through rape. Because of a brave and loving mother, he is alive, well, and exposing the lies of Planned Parenthood. As Morrison states:

Ryan’s life is dedicated to life. He and his wife have adopted some and given birth to some. They are the model for how God’s love transforms lives. Planned Parenthood says unplanned means unwanted and unwanted means unloved. And if you’re unloved, it’s better for you never to have lived at all. This is what my friend, the late Rev. Richard Neuhaus, called their ‘lethal logic.’”

You can read more of Ryan’s incredible story and how he exposes Planned Parenthood’s lies in Morrison’s recent article in National Review.

Ken Blackwell Comments on the GOP Message

Ken Blackwell, Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment at FRC, comments on the message of the GOP as well as the need to keep the principles of limited government.  You can view his video here.

Rob Schwarzwalder Quoted in Article Commending New March for Life President

Rob Schwarzwalder is quoted in a National Catholic Register article about his former co-worker, Jeanne Monahan, who is now president of March for Life.

FRC’s MARRI Program is Cited in Steven Crowder Article on Fox News

Read this humorous and informative Fox News article that cites the research conducted by FRC’s own MARRI program.

FRC in the News: January 25, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

January 25, 2013

The Pro-Life March Continues

Jessica Prol, FRC’s Managing Editor for Policy Publications, wrote about the history and the dangers of legal abortion in an op-ed that appeared in The Washington Times. She celebrates life on the day of the famous March for Life today in Washington, D.C. and tells the story of a sweet baby girl, Naomi, who will prayerfully experience one of God’s greatest gifts—life.

Robert Morrison, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, wrote an op-ed that appeared in Human Events today about abortion giant, Planned Parenthood, and the future of the pro-life movement.

General Boykin in the NY Times and on Fox News Sunday

This Sunday, Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (Ret.-USA), Executive Vice President at FRCwill be featured on Fox News Sunday and was recently quoted in the New York Times with his expertise concerning women in combat roles. Boykin, whose long career includes much time in the Special Forces Operations, made the statement that “the people making this decision are doing so as part of another social experiment.” Read Boykin’s response on the FRC website and op-ed that appeared in USA Today about women in frontline combat.

You Can Fight for the Country’s Freedom, But be Denied Your Own

FRC President Tony Perkins commented on a story done by Fox News Radio that explained how the Army ordered a cross and steeple to be taken off of a chapel in Afghanistan. Tony stated that “Under this Administration, the military has become a Christianity-free zone. As a veteran, there’s an irony here. You put on the uniform to defend freedom — chief among them is freedom of religion. And yet, you are stripped of your own freedom to practice your faith.”

FRC Experts in the News: January 24, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

January 24, 2013

Pro-Life Group Honors Unborn with Flags, but Vandals Tear Them Down

With permission from the university, pro-life students erected 500 blue and pink flags around DePaul University’s campus to honor the victims of abortion on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. During the night, a group of twenty students tore the flags down and threw them away in trash cans. It was an attack of vandalism on the free expression of pro-life students and their freedom of speech. Cathy Ruse, Senior Fellow for Legal Studies at FRC responded in this Fox News article stating that, “The abortion lobby and their defenders increasingly run away from debate and try to shut down debate,” and “Destroying this display is just one example (assuming abortion supporters are behind the destruction).” She also states that, “Peaceful public displays like this one, using pink and blue flags to represent the individual girls and boys whose lives were taken unjustly but legally, are classic free speech: they invite discussion and debate, and that is all to the good.”

What the polls really say about Roe V. Wade

FRC’s Director of the Center for Human Dignity, Anna Higgins, exposes the truth concerning a recent poll by NBC and The Wall Street Journal. The poll shows that 70% of people don’t want to overturn Roe v. Wade. However, what is Roe and the ruling?  According to Anna, “The question asked in the poll states that Roe “established a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion, at least in the first three months of pregnancy.” What the Roe decision actually legalized was abortion-on-demand in all nine months of pregnancy, as a result of the “health exception,” defined in Doe v. Bolton.

Planned Parenthood is Abandoning “Choice”

Cathy Ruse explains why Planned Parenthood is abandoning the word “Choice” in their PR campaigns. Parents can now see their children in each developmental stage and know what happens to mothers who have abortions.  The campaign word “choice” is losing in the so-called “war on women.” Click here to read Ruse’s article!

Anna Higgins to Planned Parenthood: Don’t Mess with Texas!

In her recent article on Townhall.com, Anna Higgins tips her hat to Texas and explains how the Lone Star state has defunded Planned Parenthood and still created a way to provide women’s health without discriminating against the taxpayers’ conscience. The Obama administration even threatened to take away Texas’ federal funding, but Texas won’t back down.

Join Us in Congratulating Tony Perkins on a Job Well Done!

Dr. James Dobson commended FRC President Tony Perkins in his recent newsletter for Perkins’ contribution of faith, family, and freedom to the Republican Platform.  Dr. Dobson stated:

The Republicans’ Platform, by contrast, was one of the finest conservative documents of this era. It was strongly pro-life, pro-marriage, and contained other components that conservatives cheered. Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, chaired the writing committee and he is to be commended for his work.”

Should Women be allowed in Combat?

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s decision to intentionally allow women in direct combat positions raises the question as to whether or not it is in the best interest of the military and women. Lieutenant General (Retired) Jerry Boykin, FRC’s Executive Vice President, states this is not in the military’s best interest and “has nothing to do with [women’s] courage or capabilities.” He states that, “The people making this decision are doing so as part of another social experiment, and they have never lived nor fought with an infantry or Special Forces unit.” You can read Lt. General Boykin’s full response to Panetta’s decision here. He has also been featured in articles such as Fox News, Talking Points Memo, and the Star Tribune.

Support Hobby Lobby as they Take a Stand Against the Obamacare Abortion Drug Mandate

by Krystle Gabele

January 9, 2013

Obamacare has been in the news lately, as the new regulations are being enacted in a swift manner.  Now, employers must decide whether or not to abandon their principles and comply with the regulations which include a mandate requiring coverage of the morning after pill, a drug that can cause an early abortion.  One company, however, refuses to surrender its religious freedom and is disobeying the mandate.  The owners of the Hobby Lobby retail chain is facing daily fines of $1.3 million for their refusal to comply with the mandate.  As of today, they have incurred fines totaling $ 11.7 million.  Unless the courts intervene, the company will accumulate a half a billion dollars in fines by the end of this year.

FRC released a video today regarding Hobby Lobby standing for their beliefs, and you can also support them by visiting our Facebook page.

Also, my colleague, Ken Klukowski, has been covering the news regarding Hobby Lobby and the Obamacare mandate’s attack on religious liberty.  You can read his recent op-eds, which were featured on Breitbart.com.

We commend Hobby Lobby, as they take a stand for religious liberty. 

 

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