Month Archives: November 2010

Watch the Recap from FRC’s Family Policy Lecture

by Carrie Russell

November 18, 2010

Yesterday, FRC had a family policy lecture called, “The Puritan Gift: Reclaiming the American Dream Amidst Global Financial Crisis.” We had the opportunity to sit down with William Hopper to discuss “The Puritan Gift.”

To learn more about our upcoming Family Policy Lectures, click here.

Planned Parenthood: All in a Day’s Work

by Cynthia Hill

November 17, 2010 reported last Thursday that Planned Parenthood received $349.6 million in taxpayers dollars for fiscal year ending June 30, 2008 and that its organization paid Cecile Richards, its president, $385,163, plus an additional $11,876 in deferred compensation and benefits a whopping total of $397,039. This payment was for overseeing the machinations of 324,008 abortions the population of the city of Chicago at the time of the Great Fire in 1871. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood continues to work hard to convince us that we actually want to fund their version of an honest day’s work. Its finally time that we de-fund Planned Parenthood. Our nations children would appreciate it.

The Best Sex of Your Life

by Peter Sprigg

November 17, 2010

Opponents of abstinence-until-marriage education argue, among other things, that it is unrealistic. As evidence, they point to survey data indicating that a majority of Americans now do, in fact, have sexual relations before marrying.

However, the message of the abstinence movement (and related movements favoring the words purity or chastity) is not so simplistic as to say that if a person loses his or her virginity before marrying, that person is then beyond redemption. On the contrarywhile any premarital sex can have lasting consequences, it is never too late to begin the practice of abstinence/purity/chastity, regardless of ones past mistakes.

A beautiful testimony to that truth appeared November 14 in, of all places, the Washington Post. The story begins like this:

Gareth Warren didn’t know what to think in the summer of 2008 when the grandmother of his godson handed him a book titled “The Best Sex of My Life.”

Then he read the subtitle: “A Guide to Purity.”

She just said, ‘I want to give this to you,’ ” says Warren, who wasn’t exactly focused on sexual purification at that point.

In his dating life, the 26-year-old assistant vice president at GE Capital had always gravitated toward models and cheerleaders. His relationships were usually fun, but ultimately unfulfilling.

Warren gradually became persuaded by the message of the book and changed his lifestyle. Then he was introduced to the young, female author of the book, a medical doctor named Lindsay Marsh.

(Spoiler alert!)

As you might have guessed, Warren and Marsh ended up together, and were married on October 30.

Read the whole story. You can read about Marshs organization, Worth the Wait Revolution, here. Jumps the Shark on Palin and Tea Party Bashing

by Chris Gacek

November 11, 2010

If you want to read the latest installment of anti-Palin, anti-Tea Party derangement by the Left, read the online Time article that attempts to pre-emptively blame both conservative villains for yes, you guessed it: hyperinflation.

Apparently, hyperinflation wont come from the people who control the money printing (Bernanke and Obama) and are set to create massive amounts of money. No, the real threat is from lower taxes supported by Palin and the Tea Party movement. This is too comical for words. (FYI, Mr. Gandel Sarah Palin et al. seem to have noticed that the price of gold and many commodities have budged upward a great deal in the past year.)

Martin Luthers Mighty Fortress

by Robert Morrison

November 10, 2010

Today is the birthday of Christian reformer Martin Luther. Luther was born November 10, 1483. His father wanted him to become a lawyer, but young Luther instead entered Catholic holy orders and became an Augustinian monk in Saxony.

In 1517, Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Church door, in the university town where he was serving as a teacher. Young Luther had earned his doctorate in theology, at a time when doctorates were rarer than Nobel Prizes are today.

Luthers 95 Theses disputed the church practice of selling indulgences. Luther read in the book of Romans that the just shall live by faith. It was faith, then, and not the purchase of indulgences that led to salvation, Luther maintained.

His bold move sparked a reformation of the Church. The still-new printing press soon spread Luthers ideas around Europe.

He was always in grave jeopardy. An earlier reformer, the Bohemian Jan Hus, had been burned at the stake for heresy for saying some of the things that Luther was saying. Hus (goose) said today you burn a goose, but there will come a swan. To millions, Luther became the Swan of the Reformation.

In 1521, Luther was ordered to appear before the Diet of Worms. Thats the name given to the imperial council of the Holy Roman Empire. That body consisted mostly of representatives of petty German states, what Churchill called pumpernickel principalities.

Fearing for his life, his friends warned Dr. Luther not to go. But he was adamant: I would go if there were a devil on every roof tile. When he was ordered to renounce his writings, and commanded to write no more, Luther refused. Before the Holy Roman Emperor, young Charles V, and the assembled nobles and clergy of the German nation, Luther proclaimed:

Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen.

On leaving the city of Worms, Luther was kidnapped and taken for protection to the famed Wartburg Castle. Here, he translated the New Testament into German.

This was a great event in the life of the Christian Church, making the Word of God accessible to the poorest of the poor. Luthers translation of the Bible powerfully influenced the development of the German language and culture. It even helped inspire the translation of Holy Scripture into English with the King James Version.

Luthers legacy is honored today in his voluminous writings, his many hymns, and his love for the Christian life and home. Some of his more controversial writings and sermonsespecially his anti-Semitic rants and his more vulgar denunciations of the Popeare rejected. But his brave stand in defense of Scripture inspires us still. It is a tribute to his gifts that one can even hear his great hymnA Mighty Fortress is Our Godsung at Roman Catholic Masses.

By taking a stand for Christian liberty, Luther helped shape the life of Europe and the world. The concluding scene in the film Luther shows the nobles of Germany ceremonially bowing before the Holy Roman Emperor as they presented him with their copy of their evangelical statement of faith, The Augsburg Confession. Each of the nobles comes forward, bows, and offers to let their ruler strike off his head.

It is a powerful testament to their faith that they were willing to give up their lives for the Lord. It is also to be noted that Emperor Charles V did not have them put to the sword.

Europe, it is true, suffered greatly from wars of religionbetween Catholics and Protestants. But it is also true that the jewel of liberty is dearly won and never fully secure.

In many struggles over bioethics, human sexuality, religious liberty, and foreign missions to persecuted lands, we see Evangelical, Catholic and Lutheran Christians in our time working hand-in-hand against moral relativists and militant secularists.

Today, Christian liberty is very much in dangerin Europe and around the world. Even this day, Christians are being murdered in Iraq by fanatical Muslim jihadists who do not hesitate to strike off the head of those whose religious faith differs from theirs.

In Afghanistan, Pakistan, and throughout the Bloody Crescent, Christians are suffering for their faith. Let us speak for them. Let us stand with them. God helping us, we can do no other.

November 9, 1989: The Fall of the Wall

by Robert Morrison

November 9, 2010

The Fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989Retired Gen. Colin Powell came to the Naval Academy a few years ago. He bounded onto the stage, looking fit and trim, and very energetic. He launched into a prepared addresshis Forrestal Lecturewithout notes, without the slightest hesitation, and without a teleprompter. The 4,000 Midshipmen who are required to attend and some of whom, frankly, doze off during these Bore-us-all lectures, were sitting on the edge of their seats. Gen. Powell is a polished orator and a most engaging speaker. His use of self-deprecating wit is most effective.

He related his great careerfrom Army Second Lieutenant all the way to four-star General and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He didnt have to mention that when he was born, nearly seventy years before, no black man could have aspired to lead the greatest military in the world.

He said that his career was defined by one word: containment. Containment of the Soviet Union was what he was doing when, as a junior officer in the Army he was stationed in West Germany. Ten years later, as a major, Powell was told again. Go to the Berlin Wall, turn left. Stop at the Fulda Gap. And dont let any Soviet tanks come through.

Finally, he said, as a four-star general, he was still engaged in containment. Except now, under President George H.W. Bush, his job was to oversee the entire scene of the East-West face-off. Gen. Powell was responsible for making sure that the United States and NATO would not be surprised by any Soviet thrust into Western Europe.

All of this was most impressive. Gen. Powell is the kind of smart, courageous, skilled professional you would want guarding the Fulda Gap, standing watch for our freedom at the Wall.

If that is all we wanted to do.

For nearly fifty years, that is all we wanted to do. Containment was our goal until Ronald Reagan became President. Reagan was not content with containment. Ronald Reagan did not consent to a permanent division of Europe into captive and free nations. Ronald Reagan was all about prevailing. He was about Freedom Rising.

Twenty-one years ago today, the Berlin Wall came down. It seemed a miracle at the time.

Tom Brokaw, the former NBC news anchor, was in West Berlin when the Wall fell. He thinks it was all an accident, that some East German Communist official mixed up his instructions and erroneously opened the floodgatesand the puppet regime couldnt put it back together again.

President George W. Bush doesnt see it all as an accident. He recognizes what Reagan meant. He said Reagan never urged the Soviets to knock the three top bricks off the Berlin Wall; instead, Reagan stood at the Brandenburg Gate and publicly challenged the Soviet ruler. He proclaimed to the whole world: Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall. Open this gate.

He did more than that. When President Reagan delivered his famous speech at the Berlin Wall, he also described the East Berlin radio tower the Communists built to overshadow all the church steeples in their sector. There was, the President pointed out, an unfortunate defect in that tower. The Communist authorities had tried, with paint, with acid, by sandblasting, to get rid of the defect.

Still, when the sun shines on the globe of that radio tower, it reflects the Sign of the Cross.

Ronald Reagan was the only President in our history to invoke the Sign of the Cross in a public address.

Americans love Babe Ruths called shot. We love the story of the bambino pointing to the right field stands and hitting a home run on the next pitch, just where he had pointed.

We also love the story of young President John F. Kennedy pointing to the Moon and saying we would get there first, we would land a man there before 1970. We did it and we beat the Soviets in the process.

Ronald Reagans speech at the Berlin Wall was the third in this trilogy of called shots.

Twenty-one years ago today, his great purpose was achieved.

I SwearHomosexual Activists Do the D***edest Things

by Peter Sprigg

November 9, 2010

(Caution: Some of the information below, and the website it describes, are not appropriate for children.)

Some homosexual activists are their own worst enemies.

The latest evidence of that fact is a website recently brought to my attention by someone who wrote to the Family Research Council. I refuse to post an actual link to this website, but you can easily type it in yourself. It follows the form of f**, with letters in the second and third positions.

The beginning of that web address is the three consonants of a well-known four-letter obscenity known as the f-word. The h8 at the end of that address stands for hate.

Homosexual activists have been spelling it h8 ever since the successful 2008 campaign in California to pass Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Twenty-nine of the fifty states now have such amendments.

Leave aside, for the moment, the mystery of how treating uniquely the human relationship that is uniquely capable of reproducing the human race, and believing that children deserve a mother and a father, could possibly constitute hate.

If you go to the website, you will find a short (two minutes or so) video. It consists of several people ranting and raving against the opponents of same-sex marriage—while repeatedly dropping the f-bomb.

Is this supposed to be funny? Do homosexual activists really think that the way to persuade opponents of same-sex marriage to support it is—to swear at people? Repeatedly?

During the Proposition 8 campaign, one of the most effective issues for advocates of Prop. 8 was the concern that children would be taught to affirm and celebrate homosexuality and same-sex marriage in the public schools. Opponents vehemently insisted that same-sex marriage would have no impact on schools or on children whatsoever. So then what happened? A class of first-graders was brought to San Francisco City Hall to witness the wedding of their lesbian teacher. So much for the no impact claim.

Another example occurred in the recent debate over legislation that would repeal the current law against open homosexuality in the military. To break a filibuster, liberals had targeted two Republican senators—Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine. To sway the votes of Collins and Snowe, homosexual activists staged a major rally in Maine the day before the vote. The headline speaker was Stefani Germanotta, the 24-year-old, strangely-dressed, boundary-pushing pop singer better known as Lady Gaga. The effort failed, as Collins and Snowe voted with the rest of the Republican caucus. But did homosexual activists really believe that the gentleladies from Maine would be persuaded by Lady Gaga?

Actually, the point of the anti-H8 web video is not to change minds—its to raise money. You can buy t-shirts, buttons, or stickers bearing the F**H8 message, or milder and less cryptic ones like, Some dudes marry dudes. Get over it. Proceeds will help fund the fight for equal marriage rights.

Five dollars from the sale of each thirteen-dollar t-shirt is donated to one of four pro-homosexual activist groups (none of which sponsor or endorse the website). One is the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which was founded by Hollywood actor and director Rob Reiner (yes, the meathead from All in the Family) to hire Republican and Democratic super-lawyers Ted Olson and David Boies for a federal lawsuit to overturn Proposition 8. So the August decision by Judge Vaughn Walker (now on appeal), that same-sex marriage is a right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, was funded (at least in some small part) by f-bombs on the web.

But what is really shocking about the video is this: three of its participants are children. Not teenagers—young, pre-adolescent children. One is a boy who appears to be about six years old. Another is a girl who looks to be perhaps nine. The third is a girl who is perhaps eleven. And yes—the children drop the f-bomb too.

Is this supposed to be funny? Its not. Its child abuse.

Two of the children make specific reference to their gay parents. I dont know if this is true, or if they are just young actors reading a script.

But either way—can they really believe that swearing children are a good tool to expand support for their cause? Are we to understand that this would be the brave new world under gay parenting and same-sex marriage—a world in which parents teach obscenities to their children, then put videos of them using those obscenities on the web to raise money?

If so—God help us. And God save the children.

Gardasil Linked to 16 Deaths in US in Less than a Year and a Half

by Family Research Council

November 9, 2010

Judicial Watch recently uncovered critical information about serious adverse events related to the controversial HPV vaccine, Gardasil.

Judicial Watch received this information through a freedom of information act (FOIA) request for the time period of May 2009 to September 2010. From the FOIA results, Judicial Watch learned that the FDA has received over 3500 adverse event reports related to Gardasil in this short time period. The adverse event reports gravely include 16 deaths and 213 cases of permanent disability.

According to the CDC, Gardasil is safe and has only minor side effects. On their website today, one will read that “The most common side effects [of gardasil] are pain and redness where the shot is given (in the arm). About 1 person in 10 will get a mild fever. About 1 person in 30 will get itching where they got the shot. About 1 person in 60 will experience a moderate fever. These symptoms do not last long and go away on their own.”

Blood Cells from Skin

by David Prentice

November 8, 2010

Canadian scientists have shown that they can turn human skin cells into blood cells, without going through an intermediate stem cell stage. The technique, called “direct reprogramming”, used only one (Oct 4) of the four “Yamanaka factors” used previously to reprogram skin cells into iPS cells (pluripotent stem cells that behave like embryonic stem cells). Further treatment with specific cytokines induced various types of blood cells to form. Direct reprogramming from one cell type to another avoids the problems inherent in pluripotent stem cells, including the problems of tumor formation, as well as the ethical problems of embryonic stem cells.

The study was published online in Nature. Previous studies have shown success of direct reprogramming in mice, producing neurons, cardiomyocytes, and insulin-secreting cells, but the McMaster University team is the first to show that direct reprogramming can work with human cells.

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