Author archives: Family Research Council

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of November 28)

by Family Research Council

December 3, 2021

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

1. Update: Gratitude: The Power to Transform

This isn’t the idyllic Norman Rockwell backdrop to Thanksgiving that most Americans would have chosen. With every negative headline, every crisis, gratitude is probably the last thing on most people’s minds. How many of us are actually stopping to look beyond the sting of the present to reflect on our true blessings—and what kind of difference would it make if we did?

2. Update: To Whom It May Ignore: U.S. Abandons Terror-filled Nigeria

When Pastor Silas Yakubu Ali didn’t show up to preach on Sunday morning, there was one overriding feeling: dread. As the hour grew later, people in the congregation left to search—each one praying that his disappearance wasn’t what they all feared. In Nigeria, being a Christian or going to church could be a death sentence—one that had been carried out thousands of times this year already.

3. Blog: International Olympic Committee Abandons Women Athletes

Imagine that you are a top administrator at a track meet and you notice that in the 17-year-old category there appears to be a boy running in the girls’ race. What course of action you would take? Well, according to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), your approach would depend upon what year you noticed such a thing.

4. Blog: 10 Things You Can Do to Defend the Unborn Ahead of Dobbs

On December 1, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. This case concerns the constitutionality of Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act, which prohibits elective abortion after 15 weeks. Because Mississippi’s law directly challenges the abortion jurisprudence of Roe v. Wade, the Dobbs case presents the greatest opportunity to overturn Roe.

5. Washington Watch: Andy Biggs, Gordon Chang, Owen Strachan

Tony Perkins was joined by Andy Biggs, U.S. Representative for Arizona, to discuss Fauci saying that we should be “prepared to do anything and everything” in response to the Omicron COVID variant. Gordon Chang, author of “The Coming Collapse of China,” talked about China’s Belt and Road Initiative. And, Owen Strachan, Senior Fellow with FRC’s Center for Biblical Worldview, author, and provost and research professor at Grace Bible Theological Seminary, unpacked the woke agenda in the Salvation Army’s curriculum.

6. Washington Watch: Roger Marshall, Chris Smith, Gordon Chang, Mike Johnson

Tony Perkins was joined by Roger Marshall, U.S. Senator from Kansas, who shared his efforts to stop President Biden’s vaccine mandate in the upcoming spending measures being considered by the U.S. Senate. Chris Smith, U.S. Representative for New Jersey, responded to the Biden administration’s removal of Nigeria from the Countries of Particular Concern list. Gordon Chang, author of “The Coming Collapse of China,” talked about the Women’s Tennis Association suspending all its events in China. And, Mike Johnson, U.S. Representative for Louisiana, analyzed Justice Sotomayor’s comments in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization oral arguments.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: Dobbs: The Beginning of the End of Abortion?

On this episode of Pray Vote Stand, Tony Perkins was joined by Erin Morrow Hawley, Mary Szoch, and David Closson to discuss the Supreme Court oral arguments in Dobbs and to pray for the beginning of a new day for the unborn in America.

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

by Family Research Council

November 19, 2021

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

1. Update: Kerry Signals Lane Change on China

A Chinese official revealed he’s met with Biden’s climate negotiator, John Kerry, as many as 30 times. During all of these conversations, a reporter asked Kerry if he’d ever bothered to bring up the Uyghurs? Slave labor? His response: “That’s not my lane.” Tell that to the young men who’ve been sodomized and tortured and the young women who’ve undergone forced abortions and have been forcibly sterilized on the CCP’s watch.

2. Update: The Plane Truth about Vax Tyranny

What air travel needs right now is more restrictions, said 37 Democratic lawmakers in a letter to President Biden. Their call for further travel restrictions doesn’t just unhappily coincide with the holiday travel season; they explicitly cite that as a reason to enact the restrictions.

3. Blog: 5 Bible Passages That Affirm the Personhood of the Unborn

Abortion continues to be a hot-button issue in America. As the country awaits the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions in upcoming abortion-related cases, Christians should take the time to consider what exactly the Bible teaches about human dignity and abortion. Here are several Scripture passages that affirm life beginning in the womb and the personhood of the unborn child.

4. Blog: Women Must Be Protected in the NDAA

In the Senate’s preparation to take up the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 (NDAA, S. 2792), hundreds of amendments to the bill have been offered. One of the most crucial for senators to support is the amendment which removes the provision changing registration for the Selective Service to require young women to register alongside men.

5. Washington Watch: Garret Graves, Phil Robertson, Al Robertson

Tony Perkins was joined by Rep. Garret Graves, U.S. Representative for Louisiana, who discussed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit extending the injunction against President Biden’s vaccine mandate on private employers, Biden signing the infrastructure bill, and the letter sent by congressional Democrats to Biden demanding a vaccine requirement or a negative test prior to boarding an airline flight. Also, Phil Robertson and Al Robertson, co-hosts of the “Unashamed” podcast, shared their thoughts on current issues, including the vaccine mandates, indoctrination in schools, and the Republican National Committee announcing its first-ever “RNC Pride Coalition.”

6. Washington Watch: Steve Daines, Andrea Lucas, Roger Severino, Andy Biggs, Lela Gilbert

Tony Perkins was joined by Steve Daines, U.S. Senator from Montana, who discussed the NDAA provision forcing women into the military draft. Andrea Lucas, Commissioner on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, commented on the Biden administration’s intrusive questionnaire for evaluating requests for religious exemptions to vaccine mandates. Roger Severino, of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, lamented a memo showing that HHS is expected to roll back Trump-era religious liberty protections. Andy Biggs, U.S. Representative for Arizona, shared what an internal email provided by an FBI whistleblower reveals about the DOJ using counterterrorism tools against parents. And, FRC’s Lela Gilbert discussed the Biden State Department removing Nigeria from its Countries of Particular Concern list.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: A Time for Gratitude

On this episode of Pray Vote Stand, Tony Perkins was joined by Dr. Kenyn Cureton and Dr. Jeffrey Froh ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday to pray for America and look at the long-term impact a culture of gratefulness can have on a nation.

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

by Family Research Council

November 12, 2021

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

1. Update: Lacking Infrastructural Integrity

It was shaping up to be one of Joe Biden’s worst weeks yet. Humiliated in Virginia and nearly so in New Jersey, then came the news that the president’s approval rating had collapsed. By all rights, Biden’s radical agenda was done—kaput. Until late recently, when—for reasons no one can fathom—13 Republicans decided to give the sinking party a life raft.

2. Update: Tailoring Suits to Stop Biden

The president used his “emergency” powers to file the vaccine mandate but there has been absolutely no hurry to put it into effect. If COVID is that urgent, Joe Biden has sure taken his sweet time showing it. But then, that’s one of the most outrageous parts of this whole process. The virus is no longer the emergency—the attacks it enables on our freedoms are.

3. Blog: House Democrats Want to Fund… Companies That Oppress Uyghurs?

Democrats have released their latest version of President Biden’s budget-busting reconciliation bill, taking it from bad to worse. This bill, nearing $1.75 trillion in new spending, covers programs that will fund abortions, imposes a one-size-fits-all approach to childcare, and now includes language that would allow taxpayer funding to subsidize Chinese companies that engage in human rights abuses.

4. Blog: Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan Oppress Another Victim

Masih, an Arabic word meaning “messiah,” is a common family name among Pakistani Christians. One of them is Stephan Masih, a Pakistani man with a psychological disability. Sadly, Masih is one of too many Christians in Pakistan who has become a victim of the country’s blasphemy laws.

5. Washington Watch: Mark Green, Todd Rokita, Vicky Hartzler, Dave Yost, Brent Keilen

Tony Perkins was joined by Mark Green, U.S. Representative for Tennessee, to discuss the Democrats’ massive spending bills. Todd Rokita, Indiana Attorney General, unpacked Biden’s recently released vaccine mandate rule. Vicky Hartzler, U.S. Representative for Missouri, talked about the role critical race theory and education played in the Virginia governor’s race. Dave Yost, Ohio Attorney General, gave his thoughts on the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate rule. And, Brent Keilen, Vice President of FRC Action, reacted to the election results in Virginia and around the country.

6. Washington Watch: August Pfluger, Roger Severino, Todd Nettleton, David Closson

Washington Watch guest host Joseph Backholm was joined by August Pfluger, U.S. Representative for Texas, who gave an update on the reconciliation and infrastructure bills and the Biden administration saying they would pay illegal immigrants $450,000. Roger Severino, Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, called out the Biden administration for improperly using an emergency rule provision to push mandates. Todd Nettleton, of The Voice of the Martyrs, shared how we can pray for persecuted believers during the upcoming International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians. And, David Closson, FRC’s Director of the Center for Biblical Worldview, discussed how Christians can think biblically about freedom.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: Honoring God and Caesar in the Age of Government Mandates

On this episode of Pray Vote Stand, Tony Perkins was joined by Ryan Tucker, Robert Destro, and Owen Strachan to pray and weigh in on the upcoming deadlines for Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate rules. Many are facing a profoundly unfair choice between their convictions and their career. So how do we honor God and Caesar? Watch to find out.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of October 31)

by Family Research Council

November 5, 2021

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

1. Update: The Night Is Youngkin

Parents are not just caretakers on behalf of the state. They are the men and women entrusted by God with the nurturing—physical, mental, and spiritual—of the little ones they raise. That’s why public schools are designed to serve families, not the other way around. That is why Virginia moms and dads across the state decided they’d had enough.

2. Update: Big-City Mandates Hose Firefighters

As vaccine mandates kick into effect in places like New York, the time everyone was dreading is here. Firefighters, ambulance drivers, police, and even waste management employees will have to prove they’ve been at least half-vaccinated or be forced into unpaid leave. While Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) insists that he isn’t having “second thoughts” about the dictate, plenty of locals are.

3. Blog: Why the Rush to “Reassign Gender”?

In the past few years, there has been a sharp increase in pushing puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and reassignment surgeries on minors. But why the rush? Are there any associated health risks for children, and if so, what are they? In the insightful documentary, Trans Mission: What’s the Rush to Reassign Gender?, the filmmakers reveal the pressure children are facing from the transgender agenda.

4. Blog: Thinking Biblically About Freedom

What is freedom? It’s a question at the heart of the American experiment. Our national anthem dubs us “the land of the free.” In a country where everyone is free to decide for themselves what the definition of freedom is, how long can that country maintain some semblance of unity before devolving into either fascism or an anarchy of moral relativism?

5. Washington Watch: James Lankford, Chuck Grassley, Jeff Barrows, Josh Hawley

Tony Perkins was joined by James Lankford, U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, to discuss the Marine Corps’ announcement that marines who refuse the COVID vaccine will be discharged after November 28, and his new memo detailing how the Democrats’ spending bill would expand using taxpayer dollars to fund abortions. Chuck Grassley, U.S. Senator from Iowa, talked about the Beth Robinson confirmation vote and Attorney General Merrick Garland’s memo targeting parents. Dr. Jeff Barrows, of Christian Medical & Dental Associations, discussed the American Medical Association’s newly released document saying that doctors should use language inspired by critical race theory. And, Josh Hawley, U.S. Senator from Missouri, shared how liberals’ attacks on masculinity are driving men to pornography and video games.

6. Washington Watch: Thomas Catenacci, Louie Gohmert, Heather Hacker, Jim Lee, Brent Keilen

Tony Perkins was joined by Thomas Catenacci, a reporter for the Daily Caller, who shared what’s happened at the COP26 climate change conference. Louie Gohmert, U.S. Representative for Texas, unpacked what would happen if the Biden administration moved forward with making $450,000 payments to illegal immigrants who sued the Trump administration. Heather Hacker, Partner at Hacker Stephens LLP and former Assistant Solicitor General of Texas, shared what happened during the U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments on the Texas Heartbeat law case. Jim Lee, CEO and Founder of Susquehanna Polling & Research Inc., talked about a new NBC poll showing 71 percent of Americans believe the country is on the “wrong track.” And, Brent Keilen, Vice President of FRC Action, discussed the Virginia gubernatorial election and how the education issue is shaping the race.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: Praying for a Post-Roe America

On this episode of Pray Vote Stand, Tony Perkins was joined by Leslie Rutledge, Abby Johnson, and Roland Warren to discuss and pray over the two major abortion cases heard by the Supreme Court this term. There’s more speculation than ever that the days of Roe v. Wade are numbered, and Christians must be prepared to ramp up their outreach to mothers in crisis.

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

by Family Research Council

October 29, 2021

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

1. Update: How the White House Will Steal Christmas

The Grinch may have stiff competition in President Biden. Retailers, industry leaders, and labor groups aren’t sending their requests to the North Pole—they are sending them to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, asking the president to push pause on the deadline for workers to comply with the COVID vaccine mandate, which has been set for December 8.

2. Update: Biden’s Department of Injustice and Intimidation

The Loudoun County School Board may be in the market for a new superintendent. According to emails, not only did Scott Ziegler know about the sexual assault by a boy in a girls’ restroom, he alerted the board to it that same day—which, for people keeping track, was three weeks before he publicly told parents there’d been “no incidents” related to gender neutral bathrooms.

3. Blog: Thinking Biblically About Politics in Church

Churches should have greater freedom and flexibility constitutionally, and they should carefully and prayerfully consider how to steward their freedom well. Christians should engage politically, but that engagement must be done biblically, which is why churches (and particularly pastors) need to be wise and discerning, especially during election season.

4. Blog: Homemaking Is a Sacred Calling, Despite What Society Says

Recently, two hearings took place in the U.S. Senate to review the legality and the morality of the Texas Heartbeat Act (S.B. 8). The hearings made clear that pro-abortion Democrats think that a woman must have the ability to choose abortion to truly be free and equal. Implicit in their arguments was a belief that women who choose homemaking over a career are somehow unequal in this country.

5. Washington Watch: Haris Alic, Chuck Holton, Pat Fallon, Ben Carson

Tony Perkins was joined by Haris Alic, reporter for the Washington Times, who shared the latest on the reconciliation bill. Pat Fallon, U.S. Representative for Texas, discussed the State Department admitting there are 363 Americans trapped in Afghanistan. Chuck Holton, freelance reporter for CBN News, gave an update on the caravans heading for the U.S.-Mexico border and 52 Al-Qaeda suspects who were captured heading towards the United States. And, Dr. Ben Carson, Founder and Chairman of the American Cornerstone Institute, talked about his Little Patriots initiative and new children’s book “Why America Matters.”

6. Washington Watch: Michael Ginsberg, Randy Weber, Meg Kilgannon, Jim Inhofe, Sam BrownbackGordon Chang

Tony Perkins was joined by Michael Ginsberg, Congressional correspondent at the Daily Caller, who shared the latest on the reconciliation bill negotiations taking place in the U.S. Senate. Randy Weber, U.S. Representative for Texas, talked about business groups asking the Biden administration to delay the upcoming COVID vaccine mandates. Meg Kilgannon, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Education Studies, gave an update on what’s happening in Loudoun County after a student was found guilty of sexual assault in a school bathroom. Jim Inhofe, U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, discussed his letter to the Pentagon urging a suspension of the vaccine mandate on servicemembers. Sam Brownback, former Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, reacted to the military coup in Sudan and the implications on religious freedom. And, Gordon Chang, author of The Coming Collapse of China and The Great U.S.-China Tech War, discussed the Biden administration’s policy toward Taiwan and President Biden’s plan to attend the G20 Summit in Rome.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: A Nation Bordering on Lawlessness

On this episode of Pray Vote Stand, Tony Perkins was joined by Rep. Mary Miller, Dr. Dave Brat, and Pastor Jorge Tovar to take a deeper look at the border crisis. We’ve witnessed heartbreaking scenes along the southern border and the Biden administration’s refusal to act is making things worse. Join us as we pray for solutions that balance charity with our commitment to law and order.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of October 17)

by Family Research Council

October 25, 2021

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

1. Update: The Great American (Vaccine) Purge

Democrats have a new strategy to enhance the security of Americans: fire those who provide it. Recently, the U.S. Navy became the latest branch of the military to announce it will discharge sailors who don’t meet their definition of “fully vaccinated” by November 28. As the deadline looms nearer, the military is now forced to deal with the reality that many service members will not comply.

2. Update: Republicans Beat the Buzzer with Girls’ Sports Win

Plenty of parents have been fed up with Joe Biden’s fixation on letting boys into girls’ private spaces. But after the rape of one teenage girl in Loudoun County schools and the sexual assault of another, even fewer states are buying the line that the Left’s radical transgender policies don’t hurt anyone. If anything, it made states like Texas even more motivated to keep the two sexes separate.

3. Blog: How Should Christians Think About Biden’s Vaccine Mandate?

On September 9, President Joe Biden announced new executive action concerning COVID-19 vaccines. According to the president’s plan, all employers with more than 100 employees must require their workers to be vaccinated or submit to weekly testing. Currently, it is unclear what type of medical, religious, or conscience exemptions will be granted concerning the vaccine mandate.

4. Blog: How Should Christians Use Religious Exemptions for Vaccine Mandates?

Revelations of radical activism by a teacher in California with an Antifa flag in his classroom and marking student’s papers using stamps with images of communist leaders roiled Sacramento area parents. In a shocking and at times profane 12-minute video, Inderkum High School AP Government teacher Gabriel Gipe explained that he has “180 days to turn [students] into revolutionaries.”

5. Washington Watch: Steve Daines, Chad Wolf, Mat Staver, Connor Semelsberger

Tony Perkins was joined by Steve Daines, U.S. Senator from Montana, who gave an update on negotiations over the reconciliation bill and the removal of the Hyde amendment in the Labor, Health and Human Services Senate bill. Chad Wolf, of the America First Policy Institute, talked about what’s happening at the southern border with arrests soaring to an all-time high. Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, discussed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer denying the emergency injunction pending appeal on behalf of more than 2,000 Maine health care workers. And, Connor Semelsberger, FRC’s Director of Federal Affairs for Life and Human Dignity, unpacked what’s really in the reconciliation bill’s Green New Deal.

6. Washington Watch: Vicky Hartzler, Edward Graham, Mike Berry, Bob Fu

Washington Watch’s guest host, Joseph Backholm, was joined by Vicky Hartzler, U.S. Representative for Missouri, discussed reports of China’s advanced space capability, the threats that China poses to U.S. national security, and the Democrats $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. Edward Graham, of Samaritan’s Purse, gave an update on the U.S. missionaries who were kidnapped by a notorious Haitian gang. Mike Berry, of First Liberty Institute, shared that Navy SEALs seeking religious exemptions to the vaccine mandate are facing harassment and intimidation. And, Bob Fu, Founder and President of China Aid Association and FRC’s Senior Fellow for International Religious Freedom, discussed the U.S. rejoining the UN Human Rights Council and China shutting down Bible apps and Christian WeChat accounts as new crackdown policies go into effect.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: Biden’s Anti-Family Budget Buster

On this episode of Pray Vote Stand, Tony Perkins was joined by Rep. Bob Good, Connor Semelsberger, and Pastor Gary Keesee to discuss the threat Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act poses to life, families, children, and our future as a nation. Listen as they unpack the top harms of the most expensive bill EVER considered by Congress and join us as we pray for men and women to rise up and stop it!

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of September 26)

by Family Research Council

October 1, 2021

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

1. Update: How Should Christians Use Religious Exemptions for Vaccine Mandates?

After months of promising that his administration would not mandate COVID-19 vaccines, President Joe Biden issued an executive order requiring millions of federal employees to either get the vaccine, get tested weekly, or face dismissal from their job. Shortly after the executive order, the president handed down another mandate, requiring all employers with more than 100 employees to mandate their workers be vaccinated or submit to weekly testing. Businesses that do not comply with the rule can be fined up to $14,000 per violation.

2. Update: House Dems United in Death

People say it’s hard to find consensus in Washington, but Democrats have found plenty on one issue: abortion. At least in the House, the idea of middle ground has vanished. When it comes to the taking of innocent life, the battlelines are clear: Republicans are 100-percent opposed, and all but one Democrat is in favor.

3. Blog: Unconscionable: New Bill Proves Democrats Are Okay With Abortion Up Until Birth

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed an abortion expansion bill that deserves the full attention of the American people. This bill is so morally bankrupt that the hackneyed terms used to express political outrage, such as “extreme” and “radical,” fail to capture the gravity of the bill’s implications.

4. Blog: Radical Progressive Ideology Has Become Normalized in Schools. It’s Time to Act.

Revelations of radical activism by a teacher in California with an Antifa flag in his classroom and marking student’s papers using stamps with images of communist leaders roiled Sacramento area parents. In a shocking and at times profane 12 minute video, Inderkum High School AP Government teacher Gabriel Gipe explained that he has “180 days to turn [students] into revolutionaries.”

5. Washington Watch: Vicky Hartzler, Michael Burgess, Robert Cahaly, William Lee

Tony Perkins was joined by Vicky Hartzler, U.S. Representative for Missouri, who discussed the Pentagon leadership’s testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee over the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan and the atrocities that have followed. Michael Burgess, U.S. Representative for Texas, gave an update on the debt ceiling debate and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s push for massive spending bills. The Trafalgar Group’s Robert Cahaly shared the findings of a poll showing a 65 percent majority believe Americans who refuse the vaccine should not lose their jobs. And, William “Dean” Lee, retired Vice Admiral of the United States Coast Guard, shared his thoughts on the military vaccine mandates and the leaked documents showing how Coast Guard chaplains are being used to enforce the mandate.

6. Washington Watch: Ron Estes, Mike Berry, Jerry Boykin, Arielle Del Turco, Meg Kilgannon

Tony Perkins was joined by Ron Estes, U.S. Representative for Kansas, to talk about the massive spending votes in the House of Representatives. Mike Berry, with First Liberty Institute, discussed leaked documents showing the Coast Guard plans to grill service members about their religious beliefs over religious vaccine exemptions. Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, FRC’s Executive Vice President and former commander of the U.S. Army’s Delta Force, shared how imposing a vaccine mandate on the military will harm recruiting and retention. Arielle Del Turco, FRC’s Assistant Director of the Center for Religious Liberty, talked about the recent March for Martyrs in Washington, D.C. And, Meg Kilgannon, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Education Studies, discussed the graphic material a Fairfax High School mother found in school library books and what happened when she read them during a Fairfax County School Board meeting.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: Biden’s Mandates and Your Freedom

On this episode of Pray Vote Stand, Tony Perkins was joined by Christopher Ferrara, Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Jennifer Bridges, and Pastor Jack Hibbs to discuss and pray over what America soon might look like if President Biden’s vaccine mandate is not stopped.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of September 19)

by Family Research Council

September 24, 2021

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

1. Update: President’s Prison Rule Cells Out Women

Joe Biden may be headed for the beach, but don’t expect it to be a vacation from his problems. When the president got on the plane this afternoon, the White House was frantically trying to clean up another mess of Biden’s making—this time on the southern border. In Del Rio, Texas, where more than 10,000 migrants are wading in the water on the U.S.-Mexico border.

2. Update: Pentagon Can’t Camouflage True Vaccine Agenda

Trapped in a sinkhole of Left-wing radicalism, our troops are so busy fighting climate change, white supremacy, conservative “extremism,” and COVID to deal with America’s real enemies. Now, as if the embarrassment of Afghanistan and a feeble commander-in-chief weren’t enough, the president says he’s ready to fire anyone who won’t get the vaccine.

3. Blog: How Should Christians Think About Biden’s Vaccine Mandate?

On September 9, President Joe Biden announced an executive action that all employers with more than 100 employees must require their workers to be vaccinated or submit to weekly testing. Businesses that do not comply with the rule can be fined up to $14,000 per violation. Currently, it is unclear what type of medical, religious, or conscience exemptions will be granted concerning the vaccine mandate.

4. Blog: Google Finds Innovative New Method of Exploitation

After a four-month runtime on the internet, Google has banned all of Live Action’s advertisements about the abortion pill reversal treatment. Google’s attempt at censoring Live Action is sadly unsurprising given the tendency of Big Tech companies to cater to the whims of the abortion lobby.

5. Washington Watch: Vicky Hartzler, Pete Ricketts, Mike Berry, Chad Robichaux

Tony Perkins was joined by Vicky Hartzler, U.S. Representative for Missouri, to discuss what’s happening at the southern border. Pete Ricketts, Governor of Nebraska, explained how he is fighting President Biden’s vaccine mandates. Mike Berry, Deputy General Counsel and Director of Military Affairs for First Liberty Institute, decried the Department of Defense’s requirement that military members must receive the COVID vaccine or face removal. And, Chad Robichaux, Founder of the Mighty Oaks Foundation, shared the latest on evacuations and the state of Afghanistan.

6. Washington Watch: John Joyce, Mo Brooks, Dave Yost, Travis Weber

Tony Perkins was joined by John Joyce, U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania, who gave an update on the reconciliation bill. Mo Brooks, U.S. Representative for Alabama, responded to reports that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley made secret calls with his Chinese counterpart, circumventing President Trump. Dave Yost, Ohio Attorney General, talked about how state attorney generals are fighting back against federal vaccine mandates. And, Travis Weber, FRC’s Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs, shared the results of a survey on fairness for all.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: America’s Foreign Policy: The State of Faith & Freedom

On this episode of Pray Vote Stand you’ll get a closer look at President Biden’s foreign policy record and what the consequences may be at home and abroad.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of September 12)

by Family Research Council

September 17, 2021

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

1. Update: Vaccine Mandate Sticks It to Freedom

Twenty years ago today, Americans experienced a once-in-a-generation nightmare carried out by extremists. It would have never occurred to us then that two decades later one of the greatest assaults on our sovereignty would come from our government itself. That the man we’d elect as president would one day tell us that confronting a deadly threat is “no longer about freedom and personal choice.”

2. Update: Open Treason on Trump?

General Mark Milley wasn’t exactly inundated with friend requests after he helped botch the disastrous situation in Afghanistan. In fact, when President Biden said it was on the general’s advice that he closed Bagram Air Base, entire editorial boards were calling for the Joint Chief Chair’s resignation. But long before Kabul, an unflattering image of Milley had already emerged.

3. Blog: A Profile of Moral Collapse: President Biden, Abortion, and the Culture of Death

Almost 50 years after Roe v. Wade, abortion remains the moral issue in American public discourse and politics. There are very few profiles in courage in American politics. The political predicament of a pro-life politician is this—the political class and the New York-Hollywood-Silicon Valley axis reward those who abandon pro-life positions and condemn those who refuse to surrender.

4. Blog: Biden Wants Us to Forget about Afghanistan. We Must Not.

Even as the front pages of newspapers have noticeably shifted away from focusing on Afghanistan, reports from that country are increasingly troubling. Taliban fighters have hunted down and killed four elite Afghan counterterrorism agents from American and British-trained units. The UN has warned that one million Afghan children face possible starvation in a humanitarian disaster of epic proportions.

5. Washington Watch: Sam Brownback, Jerry Boykin, Carter Conlon

Tony Perkins was joined by Sam Brownback, former Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, who responded to President Biden’s vaccine mandates. Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, FRC’s Executive Vice President and former commander of the U.S. Army’s Delta Force, reflected on 9/11 and discussed the threat of terrorism today. And, Pastor Carter Conlon, General Overseer of Times Square Church, shared what the Lord put on his heart prior to 9/11 and how the events of that day changed his church and its members.

6. Washington Watch: Greg Murphy, Brian Kemp, Robert Cahaly, Jack Hibbs, David Closson

Tony Perkins was joined by Greg Murphy, U.S. Representative for North Carolina, to discuss Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s testimony about Afghanistan. Brian Kemp, Governor of Georgia, shared how he is fighting back against President Biden’s vaccine mandates. Robert Cahaly, Senior Strategist and Chief Pollster at the Trafalgar Group, shared what his polling reveals about how Americans view President Biden’s vaccine mandates. Jack Hibbs, Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, talked about the religious liberty implications of President Biden’s vaccine mandate. And, David Closson, FRC’s Director of the Center for Biblical Worldview, discussed how Christians should think about the role of government in light of President Biden’s vaccine mandate.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: Immune to Reason: Biden’s Mandate Ignites a Nation

As many as 100 million Americans could be affected by the Biden administration’s new vaccine mandate. Many will lose their jobs. And we are left to wonder: what else will the heavy hand of government under this president, or the next, compel Americans to do against their will or their moral conviction?

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of September 5)

by Family Research Council

September 10, 2021

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

1. Blog: Messing with Texas: Biden Not the Women’s Advocate He Claims to Be

In a statement issued on September 2, President Biden called the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision allowing Texas’s six-week abortion ban to remain in effect “an unprecedented assault on women’s constitutional rights.” Unfortunately, the president’s track record makes it abundantly clear that he is not the champion of women he purports himself to be.

2. Blog: “Christianity Is Neither Left nor Right,” Part 2: Re-envisioning Conscience Issues As Discipleship Issues

Many have held the belief that because Christians inevitably disagree over political matters, we should simply attribute those disagreements to differing consciences and move on. But as it turns out, our convictions matter tremendously. Elections have consequences, as we are now witnessing in Afghanistan after the U.S. military’s withdrawal and the Taliban’s swift takeover of the country.

3. Blog: A Closer Look at Virtue: Chastity

Properly defined, chastity is intentionally choosing to refrain from immoral sexual activity. It is possible to be a chaste, sexually active married person; it is also possible to be an unchaste virgin. This virtue applies to married couples and singles alike.

4. Blog: A Closer Look at FRC’s Viral Tweet: The Bible Really Is Pro-Life (Part 1)

Last Friday, FRC posted a tweet that stated: “The Bible is ardently and unequivocally pro-life.” For an organization whose mission is to “advance faith, family, and freedom in public policy and the culture from a biblical worldview,” tweeting support for the Bible’s pro-life ethic was hardly controversial—or at least it shouldn’t have been.

5. Washington Watch: Kevin Brady, Dan Gainor, Marty Makary, Gordon Chang

Tony Perkins was joined by Kevin Brady, U.S. Representative for Texas, to discuss President Biden’s push for the largest tax increase since 1968. Dan Gainor, Vice President for Free Speech America and Business at Media Research Center, talked about a survey showing a decline in trust in the media. Marty Makary, Professor of Health Policy at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, shared the findings of an Israeli study showing natural immunity is 13 times stronger than the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. And, Gordon Chang, author of “The Coming Collapse of China,” discussed why we must hold Beijing accountable for Afghan militants’ crimes.

6. Washington Watch: Dan Patrick, Chad Robichaux, Ronny Jackson, Ronnie Floyd

Tony Perkins was joined by Dan Patrick, Lieutenant Governor of Texas, to discuss the Biden administration pledging that its best lawyers will fight the Texas Heartbeat law. Chad Robichaux, Founder of the Mighty Oaks Foundation, shared his on the ground perspective of the evacuations in Afghanistan. Ronny Jackson, U.S. Representative for Texas, talked about his efforts to evacuate American citizens and others from Afghanistan. And, Ronnie Floyd, President of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, discussed the Southern Baptist Convention’s hurricane relief efforts.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: The Left Wants You to Pay for Abortion

On this episode of Pray Vote Stand, you’ll learn the history of the Hyde Amendment and why it is one of the most significant pieces of pro-life legislation in our country.

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