Author archives: Daniel Hart

Question of the Week - July 25, 2016

by Daniel Hart

July 25, 2016

Question: I was told that California’s Senate Bill 1146 will strip the state’s faith-based colleges and universities of their religious liberty to educate students according to their faith convictions. Is this something that FRC is fighting? How can I get involved?

FRC: SB 1146 is something that we are fighting to defeat. We wrote about it in our June 10th Washington Update. This bill is an attack on the religious liberty of Californians and could set a dangerous precedent for other states to enact similar laws restricting the religious freedom of faith-based colleges and universities to set their own policies. Please go to the “Oppose SB 1146” website to learn how you can help stop this bill from becoming law.

Question of the Week - July 18, 2016

by Daniel Hart

July 18, 2016

Question: Ok, so the House passed the Conscience Protection Act last week. Doesn’t the Senate have to do so as well, and then the President sign it? If Obama vetoes, will there be an override? If the above is true, why is FRC so happy at this point?

FRC: The Senate does have to pass the Conscience Protection Act (CPA). We don’t have the votes to override a veto by President Obama. However, this is the first time since 2004 that Congress has voted on conscience. This CPA vote gets members on record. In addition, if the Senate passes CPA, it builds momentum and puts pressure on President Obama. Finally, if support for CPA remains in Congress, then it hopefully has a strong chance of becoming law if we have a pro-life president in the future.

The Social Conservative Review: July 15, 2016

by Daniel Hart

July 15, 2016

Dear Friends,

People are not problems to be solved, they are souls to be loved. In our times, in which deadly mass violence seems to occur on almost a weekly basis, this powerful Christian principle is something that desperately needs to be lived out and spread to others.

In today’s society, huge swaths of people live insular lives fed by non-stop media exposure, materialism, and a host of false ideologies, hoping that these things will somehow fill the God-sized hole in their hearts. Believers know that it is only in giving all the glory to our Creator and living out a life of love as Christ did that brings us true happiness.

This means that as Christians, we will have to get out of our comfort zones and reach out as never before to those in need, whether they be in our schools, in our workplaces, in the grocery store, and even those we may encounter on the streets. As Christ said in Luke 10:2, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” Don’t be afraid to be a laborer for the Lord and witness to the truth in love.

Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.

Sincerely,

Dan Hart
Managing Editor for Publications
Family Research Council


FRC Articles

Religious Liberty

Free to Believe”

International Religious freedom

Religious Liberty in the public square

Life

Abortion

Adoption/Bioethics

Obamacare

Family

Family Economics

Marriage

Human Sexuality

Human Trafficking

Pornography

Question of the Week - June 28, 2016

by Daniel Hart

June 28, 2016

Question: I don’t understand how [The Supreme Court’s Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt decision] is an attack on women or children. It seems this ruling was intended to remove burdensome obstacles for women needing a safe and legal medical procedure. There seems to be a disconnect between what you find safe and legal and what the Supreme Court deemed safe and legal. Could someone tell me why admission rights make this procedure more safe? Thank you.

FRC: The law in question [Texas’ H.B. 2] that was struck down would have required abortion facilities to have the same health and safety standards as ambulatory surgical centers (such as trained staff, corridors that could accommodate a stretcher in case of an emergency, up-to-date fire, sanitation, and safety codes) and for abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital not further than thirty miles from the abortion facility. This law would have helped to provide women protection from substandard medical care and in many cases criminal activity of abortion facilities. Over the last six years, “more than 150 abortion providers in at least 30 states and the District of Columbia have faced criminal charges, investigations, administrative complaints, and/or civil lawsuits” related to substandard practices or substandard operation of these abortion facilities. When abortion facilities are not held to the same standards as other facilities, women’s lives are endangered. For example:

  • In 2011 alone, 26,500 women experienced abortion-related complications, and close to 3,200 women required post-abortion hospitalization. 
  • As Federal Judge Edith Jones noted in her opinion for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on this case: “Planned Parenthood conceded that at least 210 women in Texas annually must be hospitalized after seeking an abortion.”

Further, abortionists with admitting privileges in hospitals could seamlessly assist their patients to a hospital in case of an emergency and no precious time would be lost that could cost the woman her life. Twenty-nine year old Jennifer Morbelli died at the hands of abortionist LeRoy Carhart following complications. After the abortion, Carhart released her to return to her hotel and he left town. Morbelli’s condition deteriorated, but Carhart could not be reached by family members or by hospital emergency room staff.

These are just a few of the reasons why the Supreme Court’s decision is so tragic for women. The pro-life movement is pro-woman and pro-child. We will continue our efforts to protect them both.

We will be releasing more information on this topic in the coming days.

Social Conservative Review - June 16, 2016

by Daniel Hart

June 16, 2016

Dear Friends,

In the wake of the atrocity that occurred in Orlando this past Sunday, there have been many words spoken and much written on who is to blame, which has only deepened ideological divisions and intensified an already toxic political climate in America.

It is yet the latest reminder that there is only one answer to evil, suffering, and brokenness in this world: Jesus Christ. It is only in Him that America will be able to find healing, forgiveness, and unity. That is why it is so critical for all believers to turn to Him in prayer during this dark time in our country and in the world. Family Research Council is encouraging Christians across America to participate in our 8th annual Call2Fall National Prayer Movement. We are asking pastors and churches to consider setting aside time during worship on Sunday, July 3rd to call their people to get on their knees before the Lord in prayer and ask Him to restore and renew our country.

Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.

Sincerely,

Dan Hart
Managing Editor for Publications
Family Research Council

 

Religious Liberty

Free to Believe”

Punching Down – Charlotte Allen, First Things

An Open Letter for Preserving the First Freedom of Religious Liberty – Jason Duesing, Canon & Culture

Judge Rules in Favor of Christian Student Group Against NC State’s “Speech Permit” – Faith Vander Voort, The Daily Signal

 

International Religious freedom

Christians Harassed in German Refugee CampsThe Catholic Thing

French and Belgian Catholics Under AttackThe Catholic Thing

Remembering Those Who Suffer – Ian Speir, Ethika Politika

How A 10-Year-Old Refugee Forgave ISIS – Nikolas Grosfield, The Federalist

UZBEKISTAN: Fines for “Illegal” Religious Literature – Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18

In Secretly Written Book, Christian Chinese Lawyer Describes Resisting Communist Torture – Isolda Morillo, The Stream

 

Military Religious Freedom

Drafting Women is Not Only Immoral, it is Disruptive – Daniel Horowitz, Conservative Review

Conservatives Have a Plan to Block Women in the Draft – Philip Wegmann, The Daily Signal

Boykin bounced: Fort Riley cancels Delta Force hero’s prayer breakfast speech – Todd Starnes, FOX News

 

Religious Liberty in the public square

LGBT Bill Threatens California’s Religious Schools – Andrew Egger, The Daily Signal

Judge Rules in Favor of Christian Student Group Against NC State’s ‘Speech Permit’ – Faith Vander Voort, The Daily Signal

The Benefits of Religious Liberty – Rick Plasterer, Juicy Ecumenism

Religious Liberty in the Eyes of Evangelicals, Catholics, Mormons, & MuslimsJuicy Ecumenism

School Sends Sheriff to Order Child to Stop Sharing Bible Verses – Todd Starnes, FOX News

Compelling Reasons to retain Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions – Michael J. DeBoer, Canon & Culture

 

Life

Abortion

Judge Dismisses Bogus Charge Against David Daleiden for Exposing Planned Parenthood – Steven Ertelt, LifeNews

A Baby’s Kick Changes Everything About Abortion – Georgi Boorman, The Federalist

What Happens When People Share Their Abortion Stories – Cullen Herout, The Federalist

New Evidence Indicates Planned Parenthood’s Organ Harvesting Scheme Broke the Law – Bre Payton, The Federalist

Can Feminists Really Be Pro-Life? Meet Two Women Who Are – Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews

Amnesty International Pushes Abortion in Ireland – Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews

Her Doctor Told Her to Abort Her Baby With Down Syndrome – Ericka Andersen, National Review

More Americans Call Abortion “Morally Wrong” Than “Morally Acceptable” – Lisa Bourne, LifeSiteNews

Christian College offers Certificate in Pro Life Activism, Pregnancy Center Management – Samantha Watkins, The College Fix

Does Carrying Signs Really Save Babies? – Sean DeMars, Desiring God

That Place Where Babies are Aborted? Don’t Call It a ‘Clinic,’ Because It’s Not – David Mills, The Stream

A Mother’s Open Letter to a Doctor Who Told Her to Abort Her Unborn Child – Nancy Flory, The Stream

 

Adoption

Getting Involved in Foster Care by Serving Families – Chelsea Patterson, ERLC

Why Being a Pro-Life Church is Messier Than You Think – Daniel Darling, Christianity Today

Generosity Is … Taking Six Children Into Your Family – Carolyn Moynihan, The Stream

 

Bioethics

Next Station Stop: The Embryo Farm? – Gene Tarne, Lozier Institute

Who May Die? California Patients and Doctors Wrestle With Assisted Suicide – Jennifer Medina, The New York Times

The New Hobbesians – Jeffrey Collins and Douglas Farrow, First Things

Would Hollywood Want the Disabled Dead? – John Knight, Desiring God

 

Obamacare

California Could Become the First State to Expand Coverage to Illegal Immigrants Under Obamacare – Melissa Quinn, The Daily Signal

Obamacare’s 13th Co-Op Is Closing. Why More Could Follow – Melissa Quinn, The Daily Signal

How the Insurance Market Is Responding to Obamacare – Gregg Keller, The Daily Signal

The Less Affordable Care Act? – Vann Newkirk, The Atlantic

Obamacare Is Forcing People into Part-Time Work – Chris Pandolfo, Conservative Review

 

Family

Family Economics

Ryan’s Anti-Poverty Agenda is Disappointing – Oren Cass, National Review

Hurting the Poor is No Way to Help Them: Payday Lending Rules Edition – Veronique de Rugy, National Review

Church of England: Maybe Margaret Thatcher Wasn’t So Unchristian After All – Joe Carter, Acton Power Blog

The Key to Understanding Christian Advocacy of Free Markets – Joe Carter, Acton Power Blog

For Love or Money? – Jason Carroll, The Family in America

Socialism Attacks the Family, Just as Its Inventors Intended – Paul Kengor, The Stream

 

Marriage

Report: To Divorce-Proof Yourself, Don’t Have Pre-marital Sex – Joy Pullmann, The Federalist

Aristotle, True Friendship, and the “Soulmate” View of Marriage – Angela McKay Knobel, Public Discourse

Would Your Kids Recognize an Ideological Kidnapper? – Anna Mussmann, The Federalist

A Dangerous Fairytale for Future Wives – Liz Wann, Desiring God

10 Top Reasons You Should Have Kids Before 30 – Joy Pullmann, The Federalist

Latest Out-of-Wedlock Birthrates – Roger Clegg, National Review

Couple Vows to Stay Together After Husband is Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at 29FOX News Health

Parents’ Marital Status Boosts Children’s Self Esteem – John Bingham, Telegraph UK

 

Human Sexuality

A Christian Message to LGBT Americans in the Wake of the Orlando Shooting – Michael Brown, The Stream

Born This Way – Jon Bloom, Desiring God

ACLU leader quits over daughters’ safety in bathrooms – Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel

Trans Theory Is A War Against Reality – David Sorrell, The Federalist

Why You Should Stop Using The Word ‘Gender’ – Stella Morabito, The Federalist

Ohio school district sues feds for demanding that students have access to opposite-sex locker roomsAlliance Defending Freedom

I Wish I Had Been Told About These Risks Before I Had Gender Surgery – Walt Heyer, The Daily Signal

Reality Check: Gender Diversity is Driven by a Top-Down Ideological Movement – Mary Rice Hasson, MercatorNet

Being a Stanford Athlete is No Excuse for Rape – Holly Scheer, The Federalist

 

Human Trafficking

Exposed: Planned Parenthood’s Disturbingly Common Practice of Covering Up Child Sex Abuse – Cassy Fiano, LifeSiteNews

Petition Against Amnesty International’s Prostitution Policy Breaks 35,000 Signatures – National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Fighting for the Protection of Young Kenyan Girls at the United Nations – Palmer Williams, ACLJ

Meet the Man Saving Yazidi Slaves From ISIS – Arwa Damon, CNN

 

Pornography

John Paul II, Porn, and the Stanford Rapist – Matthew Sewell, Crisis Magazine

Comcast Refuses to Remove Racist and Exploitive PornographyNational Center on Sexual Exploitation

Why is Amazon.com Hosting Pornographic Websites? National Center on Sexual Exploitation

A Woman Won’t Fix Your Porn Habit – Joshua Rogers, Boundless

Question of the Week - June 7, 2016

by Daniel Hart

June 7, 2016

Question: I tried calling the Fort Riley base to tell them about my feelings regarding the fact that they would cancel the prayer breakfast and disinvite Gen. Boykin, but their lines are completely full and it won’t let you leave a message. Are there any other numbers to contact the base? 

FRC: Thank you for trying to call Fort Riley. Many others have told us they could not get through on the phones as well. You can try calling the Commanding General of the 1st Infantry Division, Maj. Grisby, at (785) 239-3516.

You can also send a message through Fort Riley’s contact form on their website at http://www.riley.army.mil/Contact-Us/.

In addition, you can write to Fort Riley in the Visitor Posts section of their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FortRiley/.

Thank you for all that you’re doing to help us stand for faith, family, and freedom in the public square!

Question of the Week - June 1, 2016

by Daniel Hart

June 1, 2016

Question: Where can I find a suggested letter to send to my local school board about my outrage over Obama’s transgender bathroom agenda?

FRC: We are unaware of a suggested letter to send to your school board. However, our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom have legal resources that your school can use to fight this policy. They are also willing to legally represent local school districts for free. Thank you for standing up for children’s safety and religious freedom.

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Send us your questions about how you can better live out your faith beyond the four walls of your church, or about any specific value that FRC continues to stand for, whether it be life, marriage and family, or religious liberty. Go to frc.org/contact-frc and enter “Question of the Week” in the Subject line. Thank you for standing with us!

Question of the Week - May 16, 2016

by Daniel Hart

May 16, 2016

Question: I want to effectively protest the killing/genocide of Christians around the world. How do you suggest I do that? Thank you.

FRC: Thank you for asking how you can protest the genocide of Christians around the world. While believers face growing hostility in America, we have experienced nothing like the mistreatment, displacement, violence, rape, crucifixions, and beheadings experienced by followers of Jesus in Iraq, Syria, Libya, other parts of the Middle East and beyond. The most tangible form of helping persecuted Christians is to participate in practical ministries. If possible, you might consider following the example of a church in Indiana who sent a group of church members to Iraq along with donated medical supplies and additional money to purchase much needed food and bedding. Obviously, most churches would not be capable of this kind of direct aid, so we primarily recommend donating to the organizations listed on World Magazine’s “Aid for Iraqis” site. These organizations have provided aid to those in need ever since the beginning of the conflict, and through this lasting presence in the region have intimately gotten to know the communities they are involved with. It is also very important to promote policies that protect the persecuted. You can help do this by supporting the ministries that we have partnered with like Open Doors USA, Institute on Religion and Democracy, and others listed here. Finally, please pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters throughout the world. Thank you for standing with us!

Question of the Week

by Daniel Hart

May 9, 2016

With every passing day, it seems, Christian values are increasingly being pushed out of the public square and out of public policy. What can ordinary Christian citizens do to make their voices heard in their day to day lives and in Washington? FRC is here to help. Every Monday starting today here on the FRC Blog, we will publish a Question of the Week that we receive, along with our answer.

Feel free to send us a question you may have about how you can better live out your faith beyond the four walls of your church, or about any specific value that FRC continues to stand for, whether it be life, marriage and family, or religious liberty. Go to frc.org/contact-frc and enter “Question of the Week” in the Subject line. Thank you for standing with us!

 

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Question: FRC seems to be good at getting information out. This is great, but I feel helpless in the grand scheme of things. There is so much discussion and it does not seem to get us anywhere. How can we stand up for ourselves together as a Christian family, in a respectable Christian manner? It’s the first time in my life that I am sometimes afraid to wear my cross. I do it anyway, because I am very strong in my faith and I love Jesus, but I do feel a bit uneasy at times. Thank you for your time.

FRC: We’re encouraged by your desire to glorify God in the public square. As God’s stewards on earth whose entire purpose for living is to give all glory, honor, and praise to Him in every sphere of life, God has called many of us to work for Him in the public square—some of us in Washington, D.C., others at the state level, and still others at the local level. Thank you for realizing the importance of Christians being active members of society who are willing to promote biblical family values to our government officials. First, do your civic duty by voting according to your Christian conscience. In addition, you can write emails or make calls to public officials at the local, state, and federal levels, and encourage neighbors, friends, and co-workers to do the same. (You can do this by signing up for our Alerts here.) For more information on how you can get involved in the public square, please go to the volunteer page on our website at frc.org/volunteer. Please also ask your pastor if he would like to join our pastors network at watchmenpastors.org, and consider creating a Culture Impact Team at your church: cultureimpact.org. Please continue to pray for our nation and its leaders. This is the most influential action we can take: may God’s will be done. God’s Word is a source of great comfort and hope. Proverbs 21:30-31 says, “There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord. The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.” Thanks again for your desire to help us transform our culture for God’s glory. May He bless you.

The Left’s (Papal) Selective Hearing

by Daniel Hart

April 15, 2016

In yet the latest example of cognitive hypocrisy by the Left, Sen. Barbara Boxer berated a Catholic priest during a hearing on Wednesday for not explicitly agreeing with Pope Francis’s views on the causes of climate change.

It’s at once a maddening yet unsurprising phenomenon: to trumpet the Pope’s stature as a moral authority whenever it is most convenient by belittling those who disagree with him on a scientific issue like climate change, while at the same time remaining entirely silent and apparently having complete disregard for anything he says about matters of faith and morals, like abortion, cohabitation, same-sex marriage, etc.

As the priest pointed out during the hearing, Pope Francis does not and would never claim to be “infallible” or even have any sort of professional expertise in matters of science. It is only “when he speaks on moral issues, such as abortion and contraception and the like, then he speaks on magisterial authority.”

In his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”) released on April 8, Pope Francis wrote these eloquent words in regard to the weakening of marriage and the family:

No one can think that the weakening of the family as that natural society founded on marriage will prove beneficial to society as a whole. The contrary is true: it poses a threat to the mature growth of individuals, the cultivation of community values and the moral progress of cities and countries. There is a failure to realize that only the exclusive and indissoluble union between a man and a woman has a plenary role to play in society as a stable commitment that bears fruit in new life. We need to acknowledge the great variety of family situations that can offer a certain stability, but de facto or same-sex unions, for example, may not simply be equated with marriage. No union that is temporary or closed to the transmission of life can ensure the future of society. But nowadays who is making an effort to strengthen marriages, to help married couples overcome their problems, to assist them in the work of raising children and, in general, to encourage the stability of the marriage bond?

Some societies still maintain the practice of polygamy; in other places, arranged marriages are an enduring practice… In many places, not only in the West, the practice of living together before marriage is widespread, as well as a type of cohabitation which totally excludes any intention to marry.” In various countries, legislation facilitates a growing variety of alternatives to marriage, with the result that marriage, with its characteristics of exclusivity, indissolubility and openness to life, comes to appear as an old-fashioned and outdated option. Many countries are witnessing a legal deconstruction of the family, tending to adopt models based almost exclusively on the autonomy of the individual will. Surely it is legitimate and right to reject older forms of the traditional family marked by authoritarianism and even violence, yet this should not lead to a disparagement of marriage itself, but rather to the rediscovery of its authentic meaning and its renewal. The strength of the family “lies in its capacity to love and to teach how to love. For all a family’s problems, it can always grow, beginning with love.”

On the one hand, it’s great that the Left is so eager to revere the Pope’s words (Sen. Boxer emphasized several times in the hearing that she wasn’t just citing anyone, but “the Pope”). Maybe someday they will find the time to actually engage and wrestle in their souls with what Francis says in the area of faith and morals, not just in the cherry-picked topics that happen to align with their agenda.

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