Author archives: Family Research Council

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of July 4)

by Family Research Council

July 9, 2021

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

1. Update: Celebrating America’s Birthday

When was America born? Was it when Jamestown was settled in 1607? When the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth in 1620? When the 13 colonies won the War of Independence from Great Britain in 1781? Today, revisionist historians and new progressive models claim that America was born when African slaves arrived in Virginia in 1619.

2. Update: Squad Dems: A Fourth to Be Reckoned With

Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) recently used the anniversary of America’s Independence to push the 1619 Project’s false narrative of American history, claiming America is racist. But, with an elected a black president in 2008, vice president in 2020, and many members of Congress, including Cori Bush herself, can one really believe that claim?

3. Blog: This Independence Day, Let’s Recommit to Embracing Virtue

Independence Day is a time to reflect on our Founding Fathers—brave men who boldly set out to form a great nation committed to the truth that all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Though our Founding Fathers were not all Christians, they all understood the essential need for virtue.

4. Blog: Britney Spears and Uyghur Women Share a Terrible Burden

A recent special hearing regarding the Britney Spears conservatorship revealed shocking details about how the famous pop star has endured forced contraception. No one should be subjected to forced sterilization, even a temporary kind via an IUD. Sadly, Britney isn’t the only person suffering this fate today. The Chinese government is forcing this upon Uyghur Muslim women.

5. Washington WatchLisa McClain, Kristen Waggoner, John Bursch, Meg Kilgannon

Tony was joined by Lisa McClain, U.S. Representative for Michigan, who called out President Biden for refusing to take responsibility after he pulled U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. Alliance Defending Freedom’s Kristen Waggoner lamented the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to review the court decision against floral artist Barronelle Stutzman. Also with ADF, John Bursch joined to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of protecting the privacy of donors to nonprofits. And, FRC’s Meg Kilgannon discussed over 5,000 teachers pledging to push Critical Race Theory (CRT) in their classrooms.

6. Washington Watch: Greg Steube, Sam Brownback, Lea Patterson, Dan Bishop

Tony was joined by Greg Steube, U.S. Representative for Florida, to discuss attempts to hold Big Tech accountable. Sam Brownback, former Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, previewed next week’s International Religious Freedom Summit. First Liberty Institute’s Lea Patterson applauded the IRS for reversing its decision to deny a religious organization tax-exempt status for their “Bible teachings.” And, Dan Bishop, U.S. Representative for North Carolina, urged parents to fight back against critical race theory in school curriculum.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: Hope for the Persecuted

Around the globe, it’s never been more dangerous to be open about one’s faith. Ambassador Sam Brownback, Congressman Frank Wolf, and Pastor Steve Berger join Pray Vote Stand for a special look at what believers around the world are facing, and ways you can help those far away from wherever you stand.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of June 27)

by Family Research Council

July 2, 2021

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

1. Update: Hammer Thrower Nails Contempt for U.S.A.

At the U.S. Olympic track and field trials over the weekend, a scene that’s becoming all-too-familiar played out during the medal ceremony for the women’s hammer throw. Bronze medalist Gwen Berry—who will be representing the United States of America at the Tokyo Olympics—chose that moment to show open disdain for America’s national anthem.

2. Update: Rank Hypocrisy: Top General Pushes Military CRT

Ignoring the controversy over critical race theory didn’t go so well for the Left. So, they tried denying it. That was a bust. Now, they’ve moved on to a new strategy: digging in and defending it—and, considering the latest clash over the military, that might be the worst idea of all.

3. Blog: Does the Bible Really Condemn Abortion?

The topic of abortion and the church has returned to the news due to the U.S. Roman Catholic bishops’ decision to draft a document restating the Catholic teaching that those who oppose Church doctrine on abortion should refrain from receiving Communion. This has sparked debate on whether churches should discipline politicians complicit in abortion.

4. Blog: Southern Baptist Convention Opposes the Equality Act

At the recent Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), dozens of resolutions were submitted. If a resolution passes, that means the SBC is collectively agreeing to publicly affirm the statement contained in the resolution. One of the prominent resolutions passed this year was to oppose the Equality Act.

5. Washington Watch:  Chip Roy, Mary Szoch, Meg Kilgannon

Tony was joined by Chip Roy, U.S. Representative for Texas, who discussed Vice President Kamala Harris’s visit to the southern border. Mary Szoch, FRC’s Director of the Center for Human Dignity, gave tools for talking to your pro-choice friends about abortion. Meg Kilgannon, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Education Studies, shared about the recent FRC Action School Bootcamp broadcast.

6. Washington Watch: Mike Kelly, Chris Carr, Dan Grant, Meg Kilgannon

Tony was joined by Mike Kelly, U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania, who discussed the rising crime rate across the country. Chris Carr, Georgia Attorney General, called out the Department of Justice for suing to overturn Georgia’s election integrity law. Dan Grant, CEO of 2nd Vote, shared the investment options 2nd Vote is offering for the “unwoke.” Meg Kilgannon, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Education Studies, warned parents after Planned Parenthood gave flyers to 8th graders, informing them that they can get an abortion without parental consent.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: Rewriting America’s History

On this edition of Pray Vote Stand, Tony Perkins was joined by Rev. Dean Nelson, Dr. Ben Carson, Pastor Carter Conlon, to discuss and pray about the Left rewriting America’s story with an effort to undermine and erase our nation’s history, and why it matters.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of June 20)

by Family Research Council

June 25, 2021

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

1. Update: Biden: Dragging the Military into a New Era

Recently, Nellis Air Force Base in southern Nevada, home to one of the most advanced air combat programs in the service, made the controversial decision to host its first-ever drag queen show. To the amusement of America’s enemies, some of our most skilled servicemen and women spent their Thursday night gathered around a different kind of runway.

2. Update: The Tax Man Shunneth

Joe Biden keeps saying “America is back.” But what he really means is Barack Obama is back. Everything feels like a reliving of Obama’s worst policies—right down to the former president’s favorite weapon for crushing the opposition—the IRS. Under Biden, the tax agency’s campaign of intimidation is back, and Christian organizations should brace themselves.

3. Blog: New Barna Research Reveals Extent of America’s Loss of Faith

A recent survey was conducted by research fellow George Barna examining the shift in faith commitments over the past few decades in America. The survey reveals an increase in individuals who do not want the Bible, God, or the church. How should followers of Jesus respond to this decline in individuals who hold or desire a biblical worldview?

4. Blog: Thinking Biblically About Racism

Critical Race Theory (CRT) has become the latest fight in the culture wars. Ideological battle lines are being drawn—some states are moving to ban it, while some government agencies are looking to mandate it. School board meetings have become the front lines for debate over this issue. So, what are the biblical truths to help Christians think through this?

5. Washington Watch: Michael Cloud, Mike Pompeo, Tom Cotton

Tony was joined by Michael Cloud, U.S. Representative for Texas, who called on President Biden to remove Vice President Harris as the border czar. Mike Pompeo, former United States Secretary of State, discussed how President Biden has handled foreign policy, including his weak approach to Vladimir Putin. And, Tom Cotton, U.S. Senator from Arkansas, shared what he is hearing from hundreds of military service members regarding anti-America indoctrination in U.S. military training.

6. Washington Watch:  Ted Poe, Herbie Newell, Travis Weber, Ken Starr

Tony was joined by Ted Poe, former U.S. Congressman from Texas, to discuss Iran’s newly elected president, Ebrahim Raisi, who was once sanctioned by the U.S. for human rights abuses. Herbie Newell, President & Executive Director of Lifeline Children’s Services, shared how his Christian adoption agency is reacting to the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling. FRC’s Travis Weber explained the new precedent set when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Catholic Social Services. And, Ken Starr, distinguished attorney and former U.S. Solicitor General, discussed the state of religious freedom in America.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: The Battle for America’s Schools

On this edition of Pray Vote Stand, Tony Perkins was joined by Natassia and Jolene Grover, Adam Kissel, Meg Kilgannon, and Pastor Gary Hamrick to explore the legal rights of students, parents, and teachers looking to protect our children from indoctrination in schools and to share how the body of Christ can come alongside communities and fight for truth in education.

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

by Family Research Council

June 18, 2021

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

1. Update: In Mother Words, Biden Disses Women

Joe Biden ran on an absurdly radical platform for a “moderate,” but it looks like he saved a lot of his truly crazy ideas for the White House. Just when Americans think his policies can’t get any more deranged, he unleashes a budget that cancels moms! In a bizarre attempt to transgender the English language, Biden has decided to bleep out the word “mother” and replace it with “birthing people.”

2. Update: At DOJ, a Brief Encounter with LGBT Outrage

The Biden administration has pledged allegiance to the LGBT cause so completely that it can’t even give religious freedom a passing nod without being skinned alive by the radical Left. Recently, when the Justice Department hinted at defending the constitutional rights of Christian colleges, the fringe wing of the Left blew a gasket. The DOJ is “aligning itself with anti-LGBTQ hate,” they cried.

3. Blog: Thinking Biblically About Trends in Worldview

Today in America, there is a staggering disparity between those who claim to have a biblical worldview and those who actually have a consistent worldview shaped by Scripture. A recent survey conducted by FRC’s Senior Research Fellow George Barna indicates that a mere 6 percent of American adults possess a biblical worldview, despite 51 percent thinking they have one.

4. Blog: Book Review: Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe

The call for social justice is flooded with many voices advocating for various political solutions to our society’s perceived injustices. Many wonder what is the solution? In Fault Lines theologian Voddie Baucham Jr. equips Christians to identify the errors underlying Critical Social Justice ideology and encourages us to pursue biblical social justice instead.

5. Washington Watch: Marsha Blackburn, Steve Daines, Mark Brnovich, Vicky Hartzler

Tony was joined by Marsha Blackburn, U.S. Senator from Tennessee, to discuss the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration. Steve Daines, U.S. Senator from Montana, talked about President Biden’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and overviewed his bill that would protect babies with Down syndrome from selective abortions. Mark Brnovich, Arizona Attorney General, urged U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to respect state sovereignty. And, Vicky Hartzler, U.S. Representative for Missouri, warned of the military and economic threats by China and the human rights abuses by the Chinese Communist Party.

6. Washington WatchChris Mitchell, Mary Szoch, Tony Perkins, George Barna

Guest host Joseph Backholm was joined by Chris Mitchell, Middle East Bureau Chief for CBN News, to discuss the Israeli Parliament’s approval of its new government and prime minister. Mary Szoch, FRC’s Director of the Center for Human Dignity, shared an update on North Carolina’s HB 453, a bill which would ban selective abortions of babies with Down syndrome. Tony Perkins, President of FRC and Vice Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, responded to the latest threats to religious freedom in both Finland and Nigeria. And, George Barna, FRC’s Senior Research Fellow for the Center for Biblical Worldview, explained recent research that identifies dramatic changes in long-term faith commitments over the past 30 years.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: Life is Winning in America

On this edition of Pray Vote Stand, Tony Perkins was joined by Phil Bryant, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), Gary Bauer, and Flip Benham to discuss and celebrate the success of many pro-life efforts across the nation and pray for the day when the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision will be sent to the dustbin of history.

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

by Family Research Council

June 11, 2021

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

1. Update: RNC Pride Tweet: The Elephant in the Room

A handful of days into this rainbow deluge, the air of LGBT pride is so suffocating that people could choke. It’s plastered across social media, corporate logos, cereal boxes, even big box stores’ pandering displays. But one place conservatives thought they were safe from all this nonsense was the Republican National Committee. Turns out, their chairwoman is just as happy as anyone to pull on the LGBT jersey.

2. Update: Virginia District Hears Parents Loudoun Clear

The parents of Loudoun County, Virginia who were packed into every available chair at a recent school board meeting were angry. For months, they’d been warring with the district over its woke curriculum in a feud so bitter that it made the national news. But it was the suspension of Tanner Cross, a P.E. teacher who spoke out about a new transgender policy, that turned the local temperature from hot to boiling.

3. Blog: Kim Jong Un Encourages Workers to Maintain “Communist Faith”

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un recently encouraged workers to build up their “communist faith.” In a letter released by North Korean state media last month, Kim wrote to a federation of trade unions, claiming that such communist faith is required to attain the utopian society supposedly possible in the world’s last true communist dictatorship.

4. Blog: Book Review: Desist, Detrans, & Detox: Getting Your Child Out of the Gender Cult

If you think writing a book to challenge the idea of “affirmative care” for children makes her mean, cold or uncaring, you’d be very wrong about that. It is precisely her compassion for others that compelled Keffler to write this book. Many desperate parents are searching high and low to find authentic help for their struggling child—this book serves this very real need.

5. Washington Watch: Chris Mitchell, Warren Davidson, Gordon Chang, Beth Mizell, Gabrielle Clark

Tony was joined by James Comer, U.S. Representative for Kentucky, who called for an investigation into the origins of COVID-19. Chad Wolf, former Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, discussed how the Biden administration has managed recent crises. Tanner Cross, an educator in Loudoun County Public Schools who was suspended for objecting to new school policies on gender identity, and Tyson Langhofer, Senior Counsel and Director of the Center for Academic Freedom at Alliance Defending Freedom, praised the court decision ruling that Tanner’s constitutional rights were violated when the school board suspended him. And, Travis Weber, FRC’s Vice President for Policy & Government Affairs, and Katherine Johnson, FRC’s Research Fellow for Legal and Policy Studies, talked about church victories in court cases over COVID restrictions, and spoke out against the San Jose, California government authorities who continue to harass churches.

6. Washington WatchKen Ham, Dr. Brad Jurkovich, Burgess Owens, Ray Comfort

Guest host Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) was joined by Ken Ham, CEO and Founder of Answers in Genesis, to discuss the root causes behind the decline in U.S. church membership. Dr. Brad Jurkovich, Senior Pastor of First Bossier in Bossier City, La., addressed the present challenges faced by America’s churches. Burgess Owens, U.S. Representative for Utah, advised Christians on how they should think about and approach issues regarding race. And, Ray Comfort, CEO of Living Waters, urged Americans to turn to the gospel as the only real answer to the challenges and difficulties facing our nation.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: A Christian Response to LGBT Pride

On this edition of Pray Vote Stand, Tony Perkins was joined by Dr. Wayne Grudem, Sarah Perry, and Pastor Ken William to discuss the designation of June as “Pride Month” and how Christians are to think biblically about pride, parenting tips on how to fight back against LGBT indoctrination in schools, and how believers can open the doors of dialogue with those struggling with an LGBT identity.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of May 30)

by Family Research Council

June 4, 2021

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

1. Update: Gym Teacher Exercises Faith in Woke District

Tanner Cross may teach P.E., but it might be grammar that costs him his job! That’s the unbelievable situation playing out in Loudoun County, Virginia, where an elementary gym teacher dared to put himself on the wrong side of the gender wars during the public comment session of the local school board.

2. Update: MLB’s Political Bunt Faces Court Challenge

Woke corporations are learning the hard way that their social activism has a price. Monday, Major League Baseball was slapped with a $1.1 billion lawsuit for pulling the 2021 All-Star Game out of Atlanta, Georgia. The Job Creators Network (JCN), an organization that advocates for small businesses, filed the lawsuit—arguing that the MLB’s decision cost Georgia businesses $100 million in lost revenue.

3. Blog: Thinking Biblically About “Pride Month”

If you are on the internet, you likely know that June is “Pride Month.” Your social media feed will be filled with promotions, companies will temporarily change their logos to show that they are down with the struggle, and city streets will be lined with rainbow flags in solidarity with the sexual revolution. Meanwhile, many Christians will struggle with knowing how to respond. If you’re one of them, here are a few things to remember.

4. Blog: Fidelity to the Constitution Requires Roe’s Reversal

The biggest challenge many face when reasoning how the Supreme Court ought to rule on any given case is the understanding that justices should rule based in the United States Constitution, not in personal opinion. Americans must recognize the role and purpose of the highest court in the land, and why the United States Constitution must be its standard.

5. Washington Watch: Chris Mitchell, Warren Davidson, Gordon Chang, Beth Mizell, Gabrielle Clark

Tony was joined by Chris Mitchell, Middle East Bureau Chief for CBN News, to discuss the recent leadership tensions in Israel as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s opponents form a coalition deal to remove him from office. Warren Davidson, U.S. Representative for Ohio, shared his thoughts on what Dr. Fauci’s recently released emails reveal. Gordon Chang, author of The Coming Collapse of China and The Great U.S.-China Tech War, explained what the public needs to know about the U.S. government funding in Wuhan. Beth Mizell, Louisiana State Senator, urged Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards to sign the Louisiana Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. And, Gabrielle Clark, head of the Nevada chapter of No Left Turn in Education (NLTE), discussed her lawsuit against Critical Race Theory in her son’s public school.

6. Washington Watch: Mike Pompeo, George Barna, David Closson, Travis Weber

Tony was joined by Mike Pompeo, former United States Secretary of State, who discussed the Biden administration’s response to mounting questions about the COVID-19 pandemic’s origin. George Barna, FRC’s Senior Research Fellow for the Center for Biblical Worldview, highlighted the findings of FRC’s recent national worldview survey. David Closson, FRC’s Director of the Center for Biblical Worldview, and Travis Weber, FRC’s Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs, introduced FRC’s new Center for Biblical Worldview.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: Critical Race Theory

On this edition of Pray Vote Stand, Tony was joined Todd Rokita, Jonathan Koeppel, Dr. Owen Strachan, and Pastor Iverson Jackson to discuss how Critical Race Theory (CRT) has taken over society and invaded schools, and how we can stand for truth against CRT.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of May 23)

by Family Research Council

May 28, 2021

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

1. Update: Unequally Woked: One Teacher’s Stand to Stop the Left

It took a young, courageous Spanish teacher to stand up and say, “Not in my school district” to open the eyes of Americans all across the country. Now, a month later, his viral video is sparking a nationwide movement to expose the Left’s biggest lie: it’s not happening here. It is, Jonathan Koeppel insists. People just don’t know it.

2. Update: The Fighting Irish Fight Back

The White House called it a “scheduling conflict.” But people at Notre Dame knew it was something else: a conflict of values. When Joe Biden didn’t give the keynote address at Sunday’s graduation ceremony, his absence was enough to make headlines. The only truly controversial visit was Barack Obama’s in 2009, but that would be nothing—protestors warned—compared to the backlash over Biden.

3. Blog: Why I Don’t Use Preferred Pronouns

Demi Lovato has “come out” as non-binary. Being non-binary seems to mean that someone does not feel entirely masculine or feminine so they choose to be neither male or female—non-binary. With this label comes preferred pronouns. The thing is, pronouns contain a statement of belief about the nature of reality, so how do we navigate using preferred pronouns that defy reality?

4. Blog: Thinking Biblically About Judging

On this edition of “Worldview Wednesday” we unpack what scripture says about “judging.” Even people who don’t know the Bible have opinions about it. A favorite verse of many who want a get-out-of-jail-free card is Matthew 7:1, which says, “Judge not, that you be not judged.” But what does this Bible verse, and the rest of Scripture, say about the issue of “judging”?

5. Washington Watch: Chip Roy, Rand Paul, Mat Staver, Anthony Wade, Tom Cotton, Jerry Boykin

Tony was joined by Chip Roy, U.S. Representative for Texas, and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, FRC’s Executive Vice President, who cautioned against the influx of Critical Race Theory in military training. Rand Paul, U.S. Senator from Kentucky, discussed the small business committee hearing about Planned Parenthood unlawfully obtaining Paycheck Protection Program loans. Anthony Wade, Lead Pastor of Faith Building Church in Lebanon, Ohio, praised his City Council for making Lebanon Ohio’s first sanctuary city for the unborn. And Tom Cotton, U.S. Senator from Arkansas, talked about new intelligence showing that three researchers from China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology became sick in November 2019.

6. Washington Watch: Mike Johnson, Scott Rasmussen, David Bullard, Jonathan Koeppel

Tony Perkins was joined by Mike Johnson, U.S. Representative for Louisiana, who discussed the Israeli-Hamas ceasefire agreement and the Biden administration’s efforts to revive the Iran deal. Scott Rasmussen, Pollster and Publisher of ScottRasmussen.com, emphasized the importance of the abortion issue ahead of the midterm elections. David Bullard, Oklahoma State Senator, explained his bill that banned Critical Race Theory from being taught in Oklahoma public school classrooms. And Jonathan Koeppel, a high school Spanish teacher, objected to his school’s radical gender theory curriculum.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: How to Pray for America

On this edition of Pray Vote Stand, Tony Perkins was joined by Mike Berry, Jay Johnston, and Michele Bachmann to discuss government policies that have created hostility and even opposition towards biblical Christianity and how Christians should respond.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of May 16)

by Family Research Council

May 21, 2021

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

1. Update: Funny You Should Mask, Biden Says

Public Relations 101: When you’re getting hammered by critics, give the media something else to talk about. After the worst week of his presidency so far, Joe Biden resorted to that ploy Thursday with his “Hey, look over here!” decision on public masking. The CDC, who really has no power to impose a mandate to begin with, chose this week to inexplicably lift its guidance for anyone who’s vaccinated.

2. Update: Biden Goes off the Deep Spend

The worst campaign ad is a bad economy. And right now, that’s exactly what the Democrats in charge are worried about. While President Biden seems quite content to blow through trillions of dollars on programs Americans don’t need—or want—the party’s leaders are starting to exchange nervous glances about what the economic indicators are saying about the storm ahead.

3. Blog: The Prayer That Saved America

The United States was a mere six years old and was on the brink of collapse. Our first form of government, the Articles of Confederation, proved to be an abysmal failure due to a weak central government that failed to keep the young nation united. In May of 1787, the states decided to send delegates to Philadelphia to draft a new governing document—what is today known as the Constitutional Convention. It was at this point that the aged delegate from Pennsylvania offered his sage advice.

4. Blog: A Growing Number of States Are Protecting Minors from Transgenderism

The cultural phenomenon of transgenderism is growing at an astonishing rate. In her book, Irreversible Damage, Abigail Shrier reports that most Western countries have seen a 1,000-5,000 percent increase in teenage females seeking treatment from gender clinics and psychologists—many of whom recommend that these girls socially and physically transition through hormones and sometimes surgery.

5. Washington Watch: Chris Mitchell, Tom Cotton, Mat Staver, Phil Bryant, Travis Weber

Tony was joined by Chris Mitchell, Middle East Bureau Chief for CBN News, who shared the latest on the situation in Israel. Tom Cotton, U.S. Senator from Arkansas, blasted the Associated Press for claiming to be unaware they were sharing office space with Hamas militants in Gaza. Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, discussed the first state-wide permanent order in the country against COVID restrictions on churches. Phil Bryant, former Governor of Mississippi, discussed the significance of the Mississippi abortion law on which the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments. And, Travis Weber, FRC’s Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs, unpacked the Equality Act and why it cannot be fixed.

6. Washington Watch: Ralph Norman, John Joyce, Connor Semelsberger, Jim DeMint

Joseph Backholm was joined by Ralph Norman, U.S. Representative for South Carolina, who talked about the gas crisis. John Joyce, U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania, recalled a hearing at which HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra was asked about partial birth abortion. Connor Semelsberger, FRC’s Director of Federal Affairs for Life and Human Dignity, discussed how the Biden administration is pushing hard on abortion. And, Jim DeMint, former U.S. Senator for South Carolina, shares about his new book, Satan’s Dare.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: Praying and Standing With Israel

On this edition of Pray Vote Stand, Tony Perkins was joined by Christ Mitchell, Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), Caroline Glick, and Heather Johnston to pray over and discuss the siege on the Holy Land that has sparked debate around the world and how the fate of this tiny nation and the world’s Christians are inextricably linked.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of May 9)

by Family Research Council

May 14, 2021

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

1. Update: Biden Isn’t Fueling Anyone with His Useless Agenda

Joe Biden wants to be FDR, but he may be a Jimmy Carter. The lines for gas up and down the east coast were so long that the traffic jams spilled onto the main streets. Along the southern border, the state of emergency hit a fever pitch when the surge hit a two-decade high. In Israel, Arab terrorists are on the verge of “full-scale war” and what is the president’s response? “This is progress.”

2. Update: Biden’s Big Government Works Overtime for Unemployment

The evidence of it is everywhere—at restaurants, factories, and construction sites. A couple in Chattanooga couldn’t even go out to dinner without being greeted by a sign that read: “We are short staffed. Please be patient… No one wants to work anymore.” Employers offer to pay more, give night and weekend incentives, and still—they can’t seem to find any applicants.

3. Blog: Thinking Biblically About Cancel Culture

Over the past few years, “cancel culture” has overtaken social media platforms with language urging us to “cancel” someone or declare that they are “over.” Whether the context is politics, sports, entertainment, or business, no one seems safe from the reach of the so-called cancel culture movement. How should Christians think about “canceling” people, institutions, or ideas?

4. Blog: God Is the Solution to a Declining Birth Rate

The Centers for Disease Control released new data showing the American birth rate in 2020 fell to its lowest point in history, continuing the general trend that began in 1971 of American birthrates falling below the replacement level. Certainly, instability caused by COVID-19 impacted the birthrate, but COVID-19 did not cause the instability—it simply magnified a problem that already existed.

5. Washington Watch: Chris Mitchell, Jason Smith, Chip Roy, Dan Celia

Tony was joined by Chris Mitchell, Middle East Bureau Chief for CBN News, who shared the latest on the rocket attacks against Israel. Jason Smith, U.S. Representative for Missouri, gave his take on President Biden’s spending proposals. Chip Roy, U.S. Representative for Texas, talked about the House Republicans’ upcoming vote to recall Rep. Liz Cheney as House GOP Conference Chair. And, Dan Celia, President and CEO of Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries, detailed what the April Jobs Report and President Biden’s spending proposals mean for the economy.

6. Washington Watch: Jackie Walorski, Roger Severino, Ken Harrison, David Closson

Tony was joined by Jackie Walorski, U.S. Representative for Indiana, to answer the question: are unemployment checks keeping people from finding work? Roger Severino, Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, responded to the Biden administration’s redefinition of sex discrimination. Ken Harrison, Chairman and CEO of Promise Keepers, reacted to a USA Today columnist calling for the cancellation of a Promise Keepers rally. And, David Closson, FRC’s Director of Christian Ethics & Biblical Worldview, shared how followers of Christ should respond in situations like the one faced by Promise Keepers.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: What You Need to Know About Biden’s “American Families Plan”

On this edition of Pray Vote Stand, Tony Perkins was joined by Joy Pullmann, Mary Szoch, Charmaine Yoest, and Rep. Vicki Hartzler (R-Mo.) to discuss President Biden’s massive and far-reaching proposal that will usher in a government takeover of childcare and education.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of May 2)

by Family Research Council

May 7, 2021

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

1. Update: Dems Race Awareness of Hypocrisy with Scott Smear

Thanks to Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.), we finally found all of those racists Joe Biden keeps talking about. They’re on the Left, right under the president’s nose. After Scott’s inspirational response to the president’s speech, in one of the most vile displays of hypocrisy, Democrats have apparently decided that it’s okay to be prejudiced—as long as the black man is a conservative.

2. Update: Voters Have a Vax to Grind with Dems

The New York Times wasn’t laughing at Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan. But the host of the paper’s podcast was laughing at how popular the president’s team thinks it is. In a sit-down with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, the former candidate estimated that “20 or 30” Republicans might vote for the president’s $2 trillion joke of a public works bill.

3. Blog: H.R. 1: A Religious Test for Redistricting?

Tucked away in H.R. 1, a bill intended to enact sweeping election reforms, is a problematic religious test for public service—this time on redistricting commissions set up by the bill. H.R. 1 requires states to establish a nonpartisan agency in the state legislature. This nonpartisan agency will establish an independent redistricting commission to organize electoral districts.

4. Blog: The Staggering Reach of Billionaire Transgender Activists

The first billionaire we have to thank for pushing trans propaganda on our children is a man named James Pritzker. Pritzker came out as transgender in his 60s and now goes by the name Jennifer. The Pritzker family has been on the Forbes magazine Top 10 list of “America’s Richest Families” since 1982. And now it’s the medical industry where the Pritzkers have staked a lot of their current investments.

5. Washington Watch: Scott Perry, Tom Cotton, Andy Barr, Kelsey Bolar

Tony was joined by Scott Perry, U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania, on President Biden’s proposed spending of more than $4.3 trillion. Tom Cotton, U.S. Senator from Arkansas, discussed foreign policy in the first 100 days of the Biden administration. Andy Barr, U.S. Representative for Kentucky, shared his call for an investigation into John Kerry after audio surfaced of him leaking sensitive intelligence. Kelsey Bolar, Senior Policy Analyst at Independent Women’s Forum, weighed in on the problems with President Biden’s daycare plan.

6. Washington Watch: Mike Rounds, Paul Coleman, Greg Steube, George Barna

Tony was joined by Mike Rounds, U.S. Senator from South Dakota, on a possible deal between the United States and Iran. Paul Coleman, Executive Director of ADF International, discussed a bishop in Finland who was charged for hate speech for sharing what the Bible teaches about human sexuality. Greg Steube, U.S. Representative from Florida, highlighted hostilities to religious expression here in the United States. George Barna, FRC’s Senior Research Fellow for Christian Ethics and Biblical Worldview, discussed worldview formation and what parents need to do to counter the indoctrination that is accelerating in our culture.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: Praying For Our Foundations

On the eve of the National Day of Prayer, Tony Perkins was joined by two top leaders in the Trump administration, Reince Priebus and Jennie Lichter, who worked to protect religious liberty, and Ronnie Floyd to lift up our nation in prayer and pray for President Biden and his administration, believing that the Lord can turn hearts toward Him.

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