Month Archives: April 2007

Courting Victory

by Tony Perkins

April 23, 2007

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

After some very dark days for America, the people in this country who value life are celebrating the news that the Supreme Court finally upheld the partial-birth abortion ban by a vote of 5-4. It took 73 pages for the courts majority to come to the same conclusion that most Americans already hadthat U.S. law shouldnt support the senseless killing of innocent, partially-born babies. After years of debate in Congress and the courts, this decision to end the bloodshed of this horrific procedure is a welcome one for millions of Americans. The truth is, this issue shouldnt have been in the hands of the Court in the first placebecause its not in the Constitution that was written by our Founding Fathers. At least with this decision, the justices are finally beginning to grant the peoplethrough their elected representativesa say in important public policy matters. This rare gleam of sanity in the abortion debate is a long-awaited triumph for FRC, marked by years of hard work on Capitol Hill. We can hope and pray that this Supreme Court majority will continue to recognize the interest of the people in protecting mothers and their children in the womb.

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Like mother, like daughter, like daughter-sister?

by Jared Bridges

April 20, 2007

A story from Canada could give new meaning to sibling rivalry:

MONTREAL - In what is considered a world first, Melanie Boivin has donated her eggs to her daughter who is sterile because of a genetic condition called Turner’s syndrome.

The Montreal lawyer’s eggs are to be frozen until her seven-year-old daughter, Flavie, becomes of age to bear a child through in-vitro fertilization.

If she chooses to become pregnant, Flavie will be giving birth to her genetic sister and Boivin will simultaneously become mother and grandmother.

The possible outcomes from this scenario boggle the mind. Would this make Flavie’s spouse (assuming he consented to fathering a child with his mother-in-law’s eggs) a stepfather-husband to Flavie? Would he be progenitor to his own sister-in-law? Would the child have a brother-in-law-father, a sister-mother, and a mother-grandma? My head hurts just from thinking about all the possible permutations.

What’s equally bizarre is the apathy some ethicists have toward the matter. University of Toronto philosophy professor and “moral scholar” Wayne Sumner argues:

When it comes to donor gametes, it is “irrelevant” who donates the eggs, Sumner said.

I don’t see it as all that significant - the scrambling of generations .I don’t have concerns about whether it’s natural or normal.

It’s a little odd for (Boivin), who will have both a child and a grandchild simultaneously, but people wrap their heads around these things.”

Just a little odd? Consider my head unwrapped.

Internet porn on the decline?

by Jared Bridges

April 20, 2007

The Economist is reporting a study by internet market research firm Hitwise that suggests pornography on the ‘net may be in decline:

…the Hitwise data suggest that sex sites are now being dethroned. In Britain search sites overtook sex sites in popularity last Octoberthe first time any other category has come out on top since tracking began, says Hitwise. In America, the proportion of site visits that are pornographic is falling and people are flocking to sites categorised net communities and chatchiefly social-networking sites such as MySpace, Bebo and Facebook. Traffic to such sites is poised to overtake traffic to sex sites in America any day now.

Good news, right? Not necessarily. As the article suggests, “adult” material — like the rest of the internet at large — may simply be changing venues. A decline pornographic websites has corresponded with an increase in porn in other areas of the web, such as peer-to-peer file sharing networks, social networking websites, and “virtual worlds” like Second Life.

Parents, don’t stop monitoring your kids’ internet usage just yet…

Homeland Security: Global Warmings Fair Weathered Friend?

by Tony Perkins

April 20, 2007

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

Talk about giving global warming the cold shoulder. Last weekend, there were dozens of events planned for a group trying to raise awareness on climate change. But hows this for irony? Some of the rallies were canceled because of freezing temperatures and snow! Despite the doubts about global warming, Congress insists on debating the bogus national security risks of climate change. According to a new study, it could lead to border tensions, the spread of disease, and conflicts over food and water. The whole thing is laughable, considering that more people are concerned about their rising heating bills than they are about global warming. Of course, its no small coincidence that the same liberals who endorse these so-called security threats are the very ones who want to cut and run in the face of a very real dangerterrorism fueled by radical Islam. If the government wants to spend money on defense strategies, how about funding real national security effortslike the war in Iraq? If they want to get serious about protecting Americans, then its time they turned up the heat on things other than global warming!

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The Great Divorce?

by Tony Perkins

April 19, 2007

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

For years, theres been big money in helping people tie the knot. But a new trend shows theres also a small fortune to be made untying it. For the two million people divorcing this year, theyll have several options for commemorating it. One woman made headlines by manufacturing wedding ring coffins. Apparently its one way you can literally bury your past. Another trend is throwing divorce celebrations. In other words, its your party and you can cry if you want to. How about turning new singles into happy campers? In Minnesota, Jennifer Morris runs Daisy Camps to help kids and parents heal. And while youre there, pick up a copy of Divorce Magazine. Their goal is to add some comedy to this stressful milestone. Thats rightmilestone, as if divorce were a coming-of-age landmarklike getting 12-year molars or graduating from college. And maybe for Americans it is. Unfortunately, these days, marriage seems more like a legal contract than a sacred union. But even legal contracts arent taken this lightly. And if we dont act quickly to restore some meaning to our vows, we wont need the wedding ring coffin. Traditional marriage will have dug its own grave.

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ABC Refuses To Dethrone The Queen Of Nice

by Tony Perkins

April 18, 2007

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

Every Rosie has its thorn. And the newest member of ABCs show The View proves it. In her latest gig, its obvious that Rosie ODonnells goal is to alienate as many people as possible. In the last few months, Rosies used her television soapbox to equate Christians to terrorists, blame 9-11 on the American government, call for the Presidents impeachment, and denounce the Bible for its sexual improprieties. And since her rage is directed at religious groups and George Bush, producers defend her, saying shes just exercising her First Amendment rights. That may be, but Americans are growing tired of the personal attacks. According to an AOL poll, 62% think she should be fired for it. Unfortunately, ABC doesnt have enough sense to agree. As Jonah Goldberg says, Rosies gotten a pass because, She isnt [just] a wackoshes a left-wing wacko. Thats the problem with a media as biased as ours. The first step of holding someone to a higher standard is actually believing in one. And until morality makes a primetime comeback, the future of network television doesnt look quite so Rosie.

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FRC Responds to Supreme Court Decision

by Jared Bridges

April 18, 2007

Here’s FRC’s press release:

FRC Praises Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Partial-Birth Abortion Ban

April 18, 2007

Washington D.C.- Today, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement welcoming the Supreme Court decision upholding the Partial-birth Abortion Ban.

This is a victory for a commonsense measure that is overwhelmingly favored by over 70 percent of the American people who increasingly support protections for unborn children. This brings the nation’s abortion policy one step closer to the views of the American people. Americans are against unlimited abortion and the partial-abortion ban is the first meaningful limitation on abortion in over thirty years.

We applaud the Court for recognizing the legitimate interest that Congress has ‘in ensuring so grave a choice is well informed.’ The Court rejected the idea that a group of partial-birth abortion doctors should hold veto power over the abortion policy of the entire country. The Majority is to be commended for respecting the intent of Congress who represent the American people. This is a violent and inhumane act that is never medically necessary according to the American Medical Association.

I want to thank President Bush, Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH), and former Senator Rick Santorum for all their hard work over the years to pass this legislation.”

Might be time to find a new job

by Family Research Council

April 18, 2007

Talk about a bad first day . . .

A 17-YEAR -old rookie plumber has burned down a 5 million ($12 million) waterside mansion in southwest England, after a soldering task during his first day on the job went horribly wrong. More …

State Leaders: Abstinence-Minded Oppressors?

by Tony Perkins

April 16, 2007

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

Usually, the news that more people are practicing abstinence is a good thing. Not this time. The Boston Globe reported that states are abstainingabstaining from federal funding for programs that tell kids to save sex for marriage. Connecticut, Rhode Island, Montana, New Jersey, and Wisconsin have all either dropped out of the program or plan to by the end of the year. In Ohio, Governor Ted Strickland announced that he was slashing the half-million dollars in his budget for abstinence education. Quite frankly, I dont believe abstinence work[s], he said. Theres not data that shows it prevents… sexual activity outside of marriage. But Strickland ought to spend more time researching and less time criticizing. Since President Bush started funding abstinence programs, teenage pregnancy rates have dropped almost 10%. And thats no coincidence. Americans may disagree about how effective contraception is, but every study says the same thing about abstinencethe kids who practice it dont get diseases and they dont get pregnant. Its time we all reminded our leaders that when it comes to sexual relationships, the best investment is teaching kids to just say no.

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