Month Archives: April 2007

Secularists Losing Their ‘Hare’ Over Easter

by Tony Perkins

April 13, 2007

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

Easter may be over, but Rhode Island’s still a basket case. It started two weeks ago, when a superintendent banned the Easter Bunny from a school craft show, saying he was “too religious.” Since the Easter Bunny was scheduled to visit, school officials had to change his name to Peter Rabbit. But the decision has one legislator hopping mad. State Representative Richard Singleton told Good Morning America that he’s “frustrated by people who try to change American traditions.” And he’s not alone. These days, even the Easter Bunny—who’s purely secular—isn’t safe from religious profiling. Liberals have become so touchy about Christianity that they’ve gone from banning meaningful symbols like the cross to banning symbols that have no religious significance whatsoever. After all, the Easter Bunny has no more connection to Christ’s resurrection than Bugs Bunny. It’s a pagan symbol of spring and new life. A symbol that Singleton has vowed to protect. He’s introduced a bill called “The Easter Bunny Act” that would protect holidays and holiday symbols from being redefined. If he’s successful, other states that want to encourage religious freedom should be “all ears.”

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Family Facts #11

by Family Research Council

April 13, 2007

Adolescents living at home with two parents were 20% less likely to have ever had sexual intercourse when compared to adolescents not living at home with two parents.

Source: “Friends religiosity and first sex.” Adamczyk, A., Felson, J.

Social Science Research Vol. in press, Number . , 2006. Page(s) NA.

(HT: FamilyFacts.org)

Religion & Politics

by Jared Bridges

April 12, 2007

They’re the proverbial topics you’re told never to speak of at the dinner table, yet the pervasiveness of both ensures that they can’t help but intersect. I’m speaking, of course, about religion and politics.

To further this often forbidden conversation, The Pew Forum on Religion and Public life has launched a new microsite devoted to the 2008 presidential candidates and their views on religious issues. Right now, there are only three Democrats and three Republicans represented, but the site states that there’s more on the way. You can peruse a candidate’s “religious biography,” and find out what they’ve said on issues like abortion, church and state, faith-based initiatives, stem cell research, gay marriage, and more. The site also links to worthy news articles related to a candidate’s religious stance.

Terry Mattingly at GetReligion.org has more to say.

House Endorses Homosexuality, Relatively Speaking

by Tony Perkins

April 12, 2007

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

The latest news on congressional trips shows that congress is headed in the wrong direction. Although it didnt make headlines, Democrats quietly changed the rules on their travel perks. The definition of people who accompany Hill members and staff on trips has been expanded from child or spouse to any relativeincluding same-sex partners. Under the new guidelines, the federal government is recognizingand taxpayers are subsidizinghomosexual couples. And, as one attorney said, [The House doesnt] currently define relative, so they could just say our interpretation includes domestic partners. Since the rules dont need to be approved by anyone but the ethics committee, theres little or no accountability. Unfortunately, any questions are handled on a case-by-case basis by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. But just because these leaders write the law doesnt mean theyre above it. And the Defense of Marriage Act, passed by congress in 1996, makes it clear that the government cant recognize same-sex marriage. If the new majority continues to travel down this path, theres little doubt that come next election, theyll have plenty of political baggage.

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Bloggers’ Briefing with Sen. Norm Coleman

by Family Research Council

April 11, 2007

Every Thursday Family Research Council hosts a Bloggers’ Briefing conference call that gives bloggers the opportunity to communicate directly with politicians, policy makers, religious leaders, and others who set the agenda within our nation’s Capital. Tomorrow at 12:00 PM EST (9:00 AM PST / 10:00 AM MST / 11:00 AM CST) we’ll be talking with Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) about the embryonic stem cell bill currently being debated in the Senate.

If you’re a conservative and would like to join us please send me an email at jpc[@]frc.org. Because the issue is so important we’ll also be opening up the call to non-bloggers so please pass this invite along to anyone you think might be interested.

When You Wish Upon A Star, It Really Makes No Difference Who You Are…

by Tony Perkins

April 11, 2007

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

It looks like Disney had another goofy idea. Last Friday, the company announced that same-sex couples can now participate in its Fairy Tale Wedding program. Until this month, Disneys policy banned homosexuals because the packages required a valid marriage license from California or Florida. But Disney now says that to create an inclusive environment, the Fairy Tale Wedding guidelines will include commitment ceremonies. But as far as American families are concerned, this is no magic kingdom. For decades, Disney has been the ultimate kids vacation. Now the innocent fun will be dwarfed by a politically correct celebration of homosexuality. Since Disney hosted its first Gay Day, it was obvious that Disney stopped reflecting the values of America and began trying to shape them. We arent in the business of making judgments… about our guests, said one spokesman. But for these couples, the same-sex lifestyle leads to anything but a storybook ending. This latest move by Disney shows that instead of creating wholesome entertainment for children, as Mr. Disney did, the Disney enterprise is now seeking to create fantasies for homosexuals.

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DefCons Protest Of Bible Classes: A Testament Of Ignorance

by Tony Perkins

April 10, 2007

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

A liberal organization Defending the Constitution, or DefCon must be dealing with some serious separation anxiety. The group, which says its committed to the separation of church and state, is protesting a recent Time magazine article about the benefits of teaching the Bible in public schools. In the article, writer David van Biema argues that there are cultural and social benefits to understanding Scripture that todays teenagers are missing out on. And hes not alone. Polls show that 60% of Americans agree with teaching Bible literacy in a secular setting like public schools. Why? Not because its a chance to preach to studentsbut because its an opportunity to teach them about Americas biblical foundation. Posting the Ten Commandments in public or reading the Bible doesnt constitute a religionany more than our national motto does. Theyre simply elements of U.S. history. And without them, its impossible to understand Western civilization. So the DefCons, the Barry Lynns, and the ACLUs of the world can try scaring Time magazine into submission. But in the end, all theyll have to show for it is a generation who, like the popular song says, Dont know much about history…

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The sonogram’s secret is out

by Jared Bridges

April 10, 2007

Caitlin Flanagan is one of those talented writers for whom I imagine it is hard to find an ideological home. Feminists and liberals despise her for suggesting that feminism might not have worked out for the benefit of women. Likewise, she doesn’t quite fit the conservative mold —- she is, for example, regrettably on the pro-choice side of the abortion debate.

However one chooses to label Flanagan, she is nevertheless refreshingly honest at times. Writing in the latest issue of The Atlantic, she argues that while, “a thousand arguments about the beginning of human life will never appeal to me as powerfully as a terrified pregnant girl desperate for a bit of compassion,” there is one effort by pro-lifers that gives her pause:

But my sympathy for the beliefs of people who oppose abortion is enormous, and it grows almost by the day. An ultrasound image taken surprisingly early in pregnancy can stop me in my tracks. In it is much more than I want to know about the tiny creature whose destruction we have legalized: a beating heart, a human face, functioning kidneys, two waving hands that seem not too far away from being able to grasp and shake a rattle. One of the newest types of prenatal imaging, the three-dimensional sonogramwhich is so fully realized that happily pregnant women spend a hundred dollars to have their babies first photograph takenis frankly terrifying when examined in the context of the abortion debate. The demands pro-life advocates make of pregnant women are modest: All they want is a little bit of time. All they are asking, in a societal climate in which out-of-wedlock pregnancy is without stigma, is that pregnant women give the tiny bodies growing inside of them a few months, until the little creatures are large enough to be on their way, to loving homes.

These sonogram images lay claim to the most powerful emotion I have ever known: maternal instinct. Mothers are charged with protecting the vulnerable and the weak among us, and most of all, taking care of babiesthe tiniest and neediestfirst. My very nature as a woman, then, pulls me in two directions.

The secret of the sonogram in preventing abortions is out, and both sides of the debate know it. The South Carolina House of Representatives has even passed a bill to require women seeking an abortion to have ultrasounds before proceeding with an abortion. Not surprisingly, many pro-abortion advocates want what amounts to censorship, and therefore seek to keep distressed pregnant women as far away from ultrasound machines as possible.

Indeed, in this debate there is much to lose. For the abortion industry, business is in jeopardy. For humanity, there is much more.

Same-Sex Parents Rolling Back Family Values

by Tony Perkins

April 9, 2007

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

This year, the White House Egg Roll isnt the family event its cracked up to be. For the second year in a row, same-sex parents have used the egg roll as a platform for the homosexual agenda. Until 2006, the event was one of few parties in Washington that had not been exploited for political purposes. Now the hundred-year-old tradition has some people walking on egg shells. In part because liberal organizations like Family Pride are planning to have a big presence at the White House. According to one mom, We want to show the public that gay parents are just like everyone else. But thats exactly the problem. Homosexual parents arent like everyone else. The Egg Roll paints a rosy picture, but the reality is, same-sex parents are unequally yolked. Study after study shows that no amount of love or money can compensate for the missing presence of a married mother and father. Its a clever scheme. Homosexuals know that normalizing gay families at the White House puts them one step closer to legitimizing it in everyones house. This Easter, people in Washington should be huntingnot just for eggsbut obviously for the truth.

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Americans Question The Pelosi Cover Up In Syria

by Tony Perkins

April 6, 2007

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

With the White House opposed to her trip, Speaker Nancy Pelosis visit to Syria was bound to come to a head. More specifically, the headscarf Pelosi agreed to wear to accommodate Muslim tradition. Pelosi toured Damascus and an 8th Century mosque as reporters snapped several pictures of the House leaders headwhich is leading many Americans to scratch theirs. Apart from dealing illegal drugs and supporting terrorism, Syria has a history of oppressing women. And while its troubling that Pelosi would make the trip and defy the Presidentits even more disturbing that she would try to embrace a culture that denounces family, faith, and freedom. In the Muslim world, covering your head is considered an act of submission. If thats the case, American feminists should be outraged. Even Condoleezza Rice refuses to follow Muslim tradition, making her a better ambassador for womens rights than Nancy Pelosi. Unfortunately, for those who look to America as a leader in equality, Pelosis undone several years of progress. She said she hopes to rebuild lost confidence. If thats the case, then she ought to start at home.

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