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FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of February 14)

by Family Research Council

February 19, 2021

Here are “The 7” top trending items at FRC over the past seven days:

1. Update: With Cuomo, Democrats Are Fleeing a Sinking Ship

New York was America’s first and deadliest hotspot of the coronavirus pandemic, driven in large part by poor policymaking from the very top—Governor Cuomo. He forced nursing homes to accept Covid-positive patients who were discharged from hospitals, placing New York’s most vulnerable citizens at the greatest risk of exposure.

2. Update: Impeachment: A Saga Put to Rest, or a Slumbering Beast Awoken?

It certainly feels as though impeachment has eaten up America’s time, attention, and energy over the past weeks. With the Senate acquitting President Trump on the charge of “inciting” the mob who stormed the U.S. Capitol, many may be asking whether the era of impeachment is over. Others may be asking whether impeachment as a political weapon is only just being awoken.

3. Blog: Connecticut Seeks to Stifle the Voice of Pregnancy Resource Centers

Last week, the Connecticut State Senate considered a bill that is a clear violation of the First Amendment rights of pregnancy resource centers. This bill makes it harder for women who are unexpectedly pregnant to know what their choices are, and it places the state in the position of promoting abortion over childbirth.

4. Blog: Leah Sharibu: Held Captive 3 Years for Her Christian Faith

February 19, 2021, marks a grim third anniversary for a young Nigerian Christian named Leah Sharibu. In a horrifying terrorist attack in 2018, 14-year-old Leah was among more than 100 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists. Nearly all the surviving girls were freed by their captors on March 21. One girl, however, was left behind—Leah Sharibu.

5. Washington Watch: Gordon Chang Warns About the Serious Implications of Biden’s Pro-China Policies

Gordon Chang, the author of The Coming Collapse of China and The Great U.S.-China Tech War, joined Tony Perkins on the radio to share about the serious implications of Biden’s pro-China policies.

6. Washington Watch: Abigail Shrier Goes Inside Planned Parenthood’s Dangerous Gender Hormone Program for Teens

Abigail Shrier, the author of Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, joined Tony Perkins to discuss her article, “Inside Planned Parenthood’s Gender Factory” where she goes inside Planned Parenthood’s dangerous gender hormone program for teens.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: Prayer for Winter Weather Crises

As millions of Americans have been facing winter weather crises, Tony Perkins, Sen. James Lankford, and Pastor Roy Smith joined together for a special time of prayer for those affected by the storms and for those tasked with restoring power to our communities.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of February 7)

by Family Research Council

February 12, 2021

Here are “The 7” top trending items at FRC over the past seven days:

1. Update: Impeachment: No End Incite

Democrats are tossing aside every real issue facing America to take a second crack at impeaching a man who isn’t even president. This time, though, their pathetic obsession with destroying Trump comes at a steeper price.

2. Update: Mark Cuban’s Airball on Freedom

Back in November, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban suspended the playing of the national anthem before home games. Because stands sit empty due to coronavirus restrictions, nobody noticed until Tuesday.

3. Blog: Important Update about Burma/Myanmar’s Military Coup from Dave Eubank

Reports from Burma (Myanmar) have been the focus of international news recently. A military coup has overthrown the quasi-democratic government, and has placed the already-struggling Burmese people in a potentially dangerous situation. Uncertainty has gripped the country and persecuted religious minorities—particularly Christians—are at greater risk than ever.

4. Blog: “The Holy Spirit Will Be Working”: Despite Persecution, Hong Kong Christians Remain Hopeful

Well-known American pastor Francis Chan surprised many when he announced his plan to move to Asia to serve in ministry, leaving his comfortable position as a mega-church pastor to follow God’s call. In less than a year, he and his family planted three house churches in Hong Kong. Then the Chans were informed that their visas had been revoked, forcing them to leave with only a few weeks’ warning.

5. Washington Watch: NC Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson Argues That Un-American Critical Race Theory Taints Young Minds

Mark Robinson, North Carolina Lieutenant Governor, joins Tony Perkins to discuss the North Carolina Board of Education’s proposed educational standards infused with Critical Race Theory.

6. Washington Watch: Sen. Roger Marshall Shares His Firsthand Account of Trump Impeachment 2.0

The U.S. Senate recently voted to proceed with the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. Senator Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) joined Tony Perkins with a firsthand account of the trial proceedings. Also discussed was Senator Marshall’s Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act.

7. Pray Vote Stand Townhall: The Way Forward

How do believers in America successfully navigate the challenges ahead? We must pray, persist, and not lose heart. Tony Perkins, Gary Hamrick, and Mike Farris led an interactive discussion about the way forward.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of January 24)

by Family Research Council

January 29, 2021

Here are “The 7” top trending items at FRC over the past seven days:

1. Update: GOP to Biden: Come to Your Census

While most people were focused on Joe Biden’s big-ticket actions on Wednesday, things like rejoining the Paris Climate Accord and transgendering America’s bathrooms, the new president managed to slip one order through that could tilt the balance of the House and Electoral College for years. If you didn’t care about Census policy before, trust me. You care about it now.

2. Update: Woke Companies Try to Smother MyPillow

If the cancel culture thought they’d have a pushover in Mike Lindell, they were mistaken. The MyPillow founder has never lost any sleep over the Left’s attacks. When a handful of companies decided to drop the popular line over Mike’s concerns over the 2020 election, he wasn’t rattled. He just vowed to stand taller for any business who might be next.

3. Blog: Biden’s Cabinet (Part 1): Secretary of State Blinken Plans to Expand Abortion Worldwide

This is Part 1 of a blog series examining the records of President Biden’s lesser known Cabinet picks. Many think newly-confirmed Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s decades of experience make him a good fit to lead the State Department. Unfortunately, it seems likely that Secretary Blinken would aggressively support and promote abortion internationally.

4. ProLifeCon 2021: Digital Action Summit

Our digital action summit will shares strategies, resources, and stories of hope for activism in the pro-life movement. Hear from successful pro-life activists and elected officials as they discuss how they have shared the pro-life message through digital platforms and look ahead to opportunities in 2021.

5. Washington Watch: Dr. Ben Carson Shares Astonishment That Anyone Would Consider Teaching U.S. History Controversial

President Biden criticized the 1776 Commission as “offensive” and “counterfactual.” Dr. Ben Carson, a member of the commission, joined Tony Perkins on Washington Watch with his reaction.

6. Washington Watch: John Fund Explains the Aggressive Biden Agenda that Quadrupled Trump’s EOs in the First Day

Joe Biden has a list of 53 Executive Orders that he plans to sign during his first 10 days in office. John Fund, columnist for National Review, joined Tony Perkins on Washington Watch to look at President Biden’s executive order blitz.

7. Pray Vote Stand broadcast: Jesus Is Our Only Hope

On this edition of Pray Vote Stand, Tony welcomed Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, Senate candidate Mark Walker, and Pastor Mark Burns to pray for the men and women who serve in our nation’s military and their families, and also to pray for truthfulness in our nation’s media.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of January 10)

by Family Research Council

January 15, 2021

Here are “The 7” top trending items at FRC over the past seven days:

1. Update: Technically (Not) Speaking: The Conservative Purge Begins

All they needed was an opening. And for the rich Tech giants of Twitter, Facebook, Google, and Amazon, the recent riot at the Capitol building gave them one. The purging of conservative expression has begun. We knew it was coming and it will take every one of us to stop it.

2. Update: ’Heaven Is Not Shaken’

This country has seen some dark days. There have been moments of unbelievable despair, like we witnessed at the Capitol, when everything seems to come apart at the seams. Yet, in almost 250 years, even the worst of times have never defined us. And we can’t afford to let this one either.

3. Blog: A 2020 Retrospective: Violence Against Africa’s Christians

In 2020 FRC published a report documenting horrifying statistics of mass murders in Africa. In 2021 it is past time for the world to stop looking regretfully at Africa’s tragedies in the rear view mirror. Instead, a determined coalition of nations needs to step forward and develop ways and means of extinguishing the surging jihadi violence.

4. Blog: 10 Facts About Global Religious Persecution From the 2021 World Watch List

Open Doors recently released its annual 2021 World Watch List. This report identifies the 50 countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian. As the threats to religious freedom mount, it is important to know the challenges believers face around the world.

5. Washington WatchChris Cuomo Mocks Senator Marco Rubio’s Daily Habit of Tweeting Bible Verses

CNN’s Chris Cuomo mocked Senator Marco Rubio, calling him “Bible boy” for tweeting daily Bible verses. Listen to what Senator Rubio had to say about his “scandalous” practice of sharing Bible verses.

6. Washington Watch: Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin Urges Conservatives to Channel their Election Frustration Into Prayer & Action

After the violent chaos in our nation’s Capitol building, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin joined Tony Perkins to give thoughts on the way forward for our country.

7. Pray Vote Stand broadcast: Pray for our Nation

On this edition of Pray Vote Stand, Tony welcomed Pastors Carter Conlon, Jack Hibbs, and Kelvin Cochran to lead us in prayer for this nation.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of January 3)

by Family Research Council

January 8, 2021

Here are “The 7” top trending items at FRC over the past seven days:

1. Update: In Disappointment, Buoyed by Hope

Disappointment has been a familiar friend to a lot of Americans these last several weeks. More than anything, we just want something to go our way. As Christians, we have the gift of an eternal perspective that teaches us there’s a tomorrow. And no election, no power of man can take that from us.

2. Blog: Year in Review: 10 Stories From 2020

In a year dominated by the coronavirus pandemic which brought unprecedented changes into our lives, it is easy to forget what else took place. But there were other significant stories from this past year that deserve our reflection. From the perspective of two Christians working in public policy in our nation’s capital, here are 10 encouraging stories from 2020.

3. Blog: In This New Year, Let’s Be Attentive To Those Persecuted for Their Faith

Religious freedom—the freedom to choose and live in accordance with one’s faith—is foundational to human dignity. God has called Christians to care for the persecuted and oppressed, and that obligation stretches beyond our national borders. At a time when religious oppression is on the rise around the world, it is more important than ever to consider our responsibility to the persecuted.

4. Washington Watch: Rep. Mark Green Describes the Capitol Chaos from Inside the Congressional Lockdown

Congressman Mark Green, U.S. Representative for the 7th district of Tennessee, joined Tony Perkins to discuss members of Congress being evacuated as protestors stormed the Capitol building during the electoral count proceedings.

5. Washington WatchPhill Kline Explains How the Virus & Big Tech Helped Liberals Manipulate the Presidential Election

Phill Kline, Director of the Amistad Law Project of the non-partisan Thomas More Society, joined Tony Perkins to explain how the coronavirus and Big Tech helped liberals manipulate the presidential election.

6. Washington Watch: Jack Hibbs Shows Christians How to Process the Frustration of the Election and Find Hope

Jack Hibbs, Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, joined Tony Perkins with biblical insight. Also discussed is CNN’s Chris Cuomo mocking Florida Senator Marco Rubio as “Bible boy.”

7. Pray Vote Stand broadcast: Pray for the Nation

On this edition of Pray Vote Stand, Tony welcomed Louie Gohmert, Jody Hice, Jack Hibbs, Steve Riggle, and Michele Bachmann to join him in a special time of prayer for the nation.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of December 13)

by Family Research Council

December 18, 2020

Here are “The 7” top trending items at FRC over the past seven days:

1. Update: Northam Exposure on Virus Hypocrisy

While California, New York, and other states have gone off the deep end on coronavirus restrictions, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) has been unusually quiet. That changed recently, when the radical leader broke his silence with a slew of new rules. And, like every other liberal leader, he didn’t mind shaming churches in the process.

2. Update: COVID Vaccine: A Promising Start, But Freedom Must Be Paramount

In our current hyper-political climate, the recent release of the first coronavirus vaccination has created hope for some and caused moral, ethical, and medical concerns for others. Chief among these concerns are: was the vaccine ethically created? Is the vaccine effective? And finally, will taking the vaccine be mandatory?

3. Blog: China’s Bride Trafficking Problem

Countries that surround China have fallen prey to widespread bride trafficking issues. China’s former “one-child policy,” imposed from 1979 to 2015, along with a cultural preference for sons, has created a skewed male-female ratio and a significant shortage of women. This imbalance fuels human trafficking and prostitution within China.

4. Blog: A Christmas Carol for Life

In Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, a story is told of a callous man named Ebenezer Scrooge who at one point in the story, when referring to the poor and needy, retorts, “If they would rather die … they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.” Unfortunately, we see a very similar ideology playing out today when it comes to the unborn.

5. Washington WatchSec. Mike Pompeo Warns About the Network of Chinese Operatives Infiltrating American Institutions

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joined Tony Perkins to discuss China’s infiltration of American colleges and universities and the State Department’s designation of Nigeria as a Country of Particular Concern for the first time.

6. Washington Watch: Rep. Doug Lamborn Explains that His Love for America & Its Christian Values Motivates Him Every Day

On this special “Faith & Freedom” edition of Washington Watch, Congressman Doug Lamborn joined Tony Perkins to share how his father demonstrated to him what it is to be a good leader. He also shared his journey of faith and how his biblical worldview has informed his values and policy decisions.

7. Pray Vote Stand broadcast: A Call to Prayer for Georgia

On this edition of Pray Vote Stand, Tony welcomed Larry Jackson, Emir Caner, and Mark Harris to join him in a special time of prayer for the Georgia runoff election.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of December 6)

by Family Research Council

December 11, 2020

Here are “The 7” top trending items at FRC over the past seven days:

1. Update: The COVID Bait and Snitch

In the middle of a global pandemic, you’d think health officials would have better things to do than mask checks at empty churches. Well, think again. Many states are turning neighbors into government informants with absolutely no way to screen phony or politically-motivated tattling.

2. Update: New ’Woke’ Denomination is a Warning Sign to Christians

Over the weekend, the formation of a new Methodist denomination was announced during an online worship service hosted by former and current Methodist church leaders. According to organizers, the Liberation Methodist Connexion (LMX), as the group will be called, is a socially progressive denomination that will reimage what it means to follow Jesus.

3. Blog: Nigeria Is Officially Declared a “Country of Particular Concern”—and Not a Minute Too Soon

In a year when bad news seems to be relentless and unstoppable, there is still good news to report. Very good news, in fact. At long last, broken and bloodstained Nigeria has been declared a “country of particular concern” by the U.S. State Department.

4. Blog: 3 Alarming Developments for Religious Freedom in China This Year

Family Research Council has released an updated publication on the state of religious freedom in China, which, in just one year, have noticeably worsened. Bob Fu, President of ChinaAid and Senior Fellow for International Religious Freedom at Family Research Council, knows well the dangers that the Chinese government can pose to people of faith.

5. Washington WatchRep. Mike Johnson Explains Why State AGs are Calling Out Election Abuse in a New SCOTUS Case

Mike Johnson, U.S. Representative from Louisiana, joined Tony Perkins to discuss the Texas lawsuit contesting election results in four battleground states—Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

6. Washington Watch: Cleta Mitchell Talks About the Thousand Pages of Testimony That Prompted the Trump GA Lawsuit

Cleta Mitchell, Election Law Attorney, joined Tony Perkins to discuss the Trump Campaign filing a lawsuit challenging the Georgia election.

7. Pray Vote Stand broadcast: Call To Prayer for our First Freedom

On this edition of Pray Vote Stand, Tony welcomed Ryan Tucker, Jack Hibbs, and Carter Conlon to join in a special time of prayer asking God to move on the hearts of elected officials and judges to uphold our first freedom.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of November 29)

by Family Research Council

December 4, 2020

Here are “The 7” top trending items at FRC over the past seven days:

1. Update: Christian Conservatives Shatter Turnout Records for Trump

No one could have predicted the twists and turns of this election, but Donald Trump was certainly right about one thing: his deeply religious base was going to rewrite the record books. Back in January, talking to a group of evangelicals, he predicted that as high as their turnout was in 2016, Christian conservatives would “blow those numbers away in 2020.” And boy, did they.

Update: Supremes Take a Bite out of Big Apple Restrictions

While most Americans were at home prepping for Thanksgiving, nine Supreme Court justices were still at the office Wednesday night, cooking up something else: a rebuke of New York City’s COVID restrictions. New Justice Amy Coney Barrett made her presence felt — casting the tie-breaking vote that only solidified the working mom’s standing as a rock-solid defender of religious freedom.

3. Blog: Brutal Attack on Indonesian Christians Stirs Renewed Fears of Persecution

A jihadi attack recently took place against Christians in Sulawesi, one of Indonesia’s largest islands. This vicious attack resulted in the mutilation and death of four members of the local Salvation Army, including at least one beheading, along with the torching of several homes and a Christian house of worship. Thus far, however, there have been no arrests.

4. Blog: The Dying Art of Gratitude

In a trying year like this one, it can be far easier to list challenges, tragedies, disappointments, and frustrations than to focus on the blessings. This holiday season let’s challenge ourselves to look not only to the future but also to reflect upon the past. There is far more to be thankful for this year than we likely have taken the time to consider.

5. Washington WatchSen. Roy Blunt Agrees the Media Has No Interest in Honoring the Election Certification Process

Roy Blunt, U.S. Senator from Missouri, Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, and the Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, joined Tony Perkins to discuss the contested election, the prospects for Joe Biden’s nominees in the U.S. Senate, and what’s at stake in the Georgia Senate runoffs.

6. Washington Watch:State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz Describes the Last-Minute Push to Dispute PA’s Electors

PA State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz joined Tony Perkins to discuss the resolution she is co-sponsoring disputing the Pennsylvania election.

7. Pray Vote Stand broadcast: Call To Prayer

On this edition of Pray Vote Stand, Tony welcomed Bishop Garland Hunt, Stephanie Borowicz, and Michele Bachmann to lead in a special time of prayer asking God to light the path forward for America.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of November 15)

by Family Research Council

November 20, 2020

Here are “The 7” top trending items at FRC over the past seven days:

1. Update: Trump Team Looks at Cause and Elect

In courtrooms across the country, the Trump campaign fights on. Whether his efforts will be enough to save his presidency, no one knows. But could they save an election system bogged down by doubts and questions? That, in the long run, may be just as important.

2. Update: Radical ’Heroes Act’ Is a Leftist Wish-List

The Left has recently called for the passage of the Heroes Act—an act Democrats are labeling simply as coronavirus relief legislation. But, this $2-$3 trillion bill goes beyond being a relief package. The Heroes Act is serving as a trojan horse for progressive legislation that foolishly uses taxpayer dollars and undermines pro-life and pro-family values.

3. Blog: 4 Disturbing Trends in Religious Freedom Worldwide

A new report released by the Pew Research Center has found that there has been a 50 percent increase in government restrictions on religion across the globe between 2007 and 2018, the most recent year studied. Such a drastic number indicates that religious freedom is on a rapid downward spiral.

4. Blog: Nagorno-Karabakh Survivors: “My Home Is in Ruins. I Have Nothing Left”

Currently, there is a terrible war in Nagorno-Karabakh, a community of Christians residing in an historic Armenian enclave. Their homeland was invaded in late September by neighboring Azerbaijan, a majority Muslim country. This invasion broke a 1994 cease-fire between the two countries. But to make matters worse, in this latest attack, Turkey seems to have encouraged if not inspired the assault.

5. Washington WatchDr. Albert Mohler Previews Biden’s War on Christian Institutions in the Name of ‘Equality’

Dr. Albert Mohler, President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, joined Tony Perkins to discuss the Human Rights Campaign demanding that a Biden administration deny accreditation to Christian colleges and schools.

6. Washington Watch: Senator Lindsey Graham Discusses the Big Tech Hearings in the U.S. Senate

Lindsey Graham, U.S. Senator from South Carolina and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined Tony Perkins to discuss the Big Tech hearings in the U.S. Senate.

7. Pray Vote Stand broadcast: A Time of Prayer

On this edition of Pray Vote Stand, Tony welcomed Eric Metaxas, Michele Bachmann, and Rep. Jody Hice to lead in a special time of prayer for our nation.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of November 8)

by Family Research Council

November 13, 2020

Here are “The 7” top trending items at FRC over the past seven days:

1. Update: Media’s Early Call: Dancing on the Stealing?

No one expected the media to play fair, but watching the networks declare Joe Biden the winner of a race that’s still unresolved in key states was not only difficult—but frustrating for fans of the democratic process. When all is said and done, Joe Biden may very well be the winner. But first we must make sure the rule of law was respected.

2. Update: The Presidential Election: A Work in Process

There are about 100,000 votes out of 150 million cast deciding states like Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Nevada. If this were Joe Biden, trailing by such a small margin, we would be dealing with the exact same scenario—except for one thing. The media, ever eager to delegitimize Trump, would never have called the election.

3. Blog: The Media Still Doesn’t Get It: Conservatives Tend to Vote Conservative

Four years after one of the most shocking presidential upsets in American history, and after another incredibly close election, the mainstream media still has not figured out why almost half of American voters filled in the oval for Donald Trump. The primary motivating factor is as plain as day: millions of Americans are conservative, and they voted for a president that has enacted conservative policies.

4. Blog: Legitimizing Looting Jeopardizes Liberty for All

The year 2020 will go down in history for a number of reasons, one of which will be the increase of protests, rioting, and looting following the tragic death of George Floyd. While some protestors have been authentically peaceful, others have resorted to destructive actions, which some argue “liberates societies from oppressive infrastructures.” Can that be right?

5. Washington WatchMatt Schlapp Highlights New Evidence of Voter Fraud

Are there legitimate claims of voter fraud? Matt Schlapp, president of American Conservative Union, joined Tony Perkins on Washington Watch to share what he saw on the ground in Nevada and the new evidence of fraud surfacing in Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.

6. Washington Watch: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Discusses the World’s Reaction to America’s Election Drama

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joined Tony Perkins on Washington Watch to discuss the Trump administration’s religious freedom agenda, the latest on China, and the world’s reaction to America’s election drama.

7. Pray Vote Stand broadcast: A Call to Prayer

On this edition of Pray Vote Stand, Tony welcomed Pastor Carter Conlon, Michele Bachmann, and Pastor Gary Hamrick to lead in a special time of prayer as we continue to pray for election transparency, honest public discussion, truth to prevail, and peace to reign throughout our nation.

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