Author archives: Krystle Gabele

Social Justice: How Good Intentions Undermine Gospel and Justice

by Krystle Gabele

May 31, 2013

FRC has released a new booklet that examines the unintended consequences of redistribution and looks at the meaning behind justice.  Dr. E. Calvin Beisner, Founder and National Spokesman of The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, brings to light how we should be carefully examining what the Bible says about meanings behind justice and how redistribution can be harmful to society.

Click here to download our new publication and learn about the Biblical meaning of justice.

FRC in the News: May 30, 2013

by Krystle Gabele

May 30, 2013

With the IRS it’s now your money and your life

FRC President Tony Perkins recently wrote an op-ed that appeared on Fox News discussing the recent IRS scandal.  Perkins noted that it is not just the IRS investigating conservative groups, but the overreach into our personal lives as well. 

The vast powers of this agency are not limited to taxing us. They can demand and get a vast amount of information about our personal lives. Applicants seeking to register with IRS were required to divulge what they read, whom they hired, what they talk about, even what they pray about. One pro-life group was instructed to abstain from protesting the abortions performed by Planned Parenthood. In short, they had to agree to give up their constitutional right to petition for redress of grievances as a condition for exemption from taxes. As the editors of the Associated Press are learning, under this administration, First Amendment freedoms of religion, press, assembly, and petition are all at risk.

Preventing the suffering that abortion inflicts

Anna Higgins, Director of the Center for Human Dignity at FRC, wrote an op-ed that was featured in The Washington Times today regarding the pain that is inflicted on unborn children through late-term abortion.  Higgins mentioned, in the light of the Gosnell trial, we should be actively trying to stand for the sanctity of human life by eliminating the practice of late-term abortion.

For too long, we have accepted the violent and inhumane practice of late-term abortion as a “reproductive right” instead of condemning the practice for what it is — a violent assault on the most vulnerable among us. Late-term abortion places women at high risk and violently ends the life of an unborn child who is capable of experiencing pain. Studies have shown that unborn infants can experience pain by at least 20 weeks gestation. This is why fetal anesthesia is routinely administered to unborn children who undergo pre-natal surgery. Killing a child in the second or third trimester, and thereby inflicting excruciating pain on him, is unconscionable and disturbing. More compassion is bestowed on animals and convicted criminals.

The Social Conservative Review: May 23, 2013

by Krystle Gabele

May 23, 2013

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Dear Friends,

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to determine whether or not prayers can be offered at government meetings (local, state, and federal). The act of prayer being offered at the beginning of official government meetings is as old as the Republic, and as important as ever.

On January 8, 2013, FRC submitted an amicus brief on behalf of 49 Members of Congress supporting the Alliance Defending Freedom’s petition to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case, Town of Greece v. Galloway. In Galloway, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that public prayer before town meetings in Greece, N.Y. was an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment. The Second Circuit court ruled this despite the town’s highly inclusive policy that allowed even practicing Wiccans and atheists to offer civic prayers.

According to FRC’s Ken Klukowski, “It is likely that the town of Greece will prevail before the U.S. Supreme Court in this case, and a victory for them will be a victory for all Americans of faith and for the Constitution itself.”

Let’s pray that Ken’s prediction holds true: That God would work in the hearts and minds of our Justices such that one more ridiculous attack on our religious liberty will enter the dustbin of bad ideas, and that the right to pray to our Creator will not be diminished in an era so desperately needing His help.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council

P.S. Be sure to watch FRC’s latest webcast, “Inhuman: Undercover in America’s Late-term Abortion Industry.”


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The Social Conservative Review: May 9, 2013

by Krystle Gabele

May 9, 2013

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Dear Friend,

It’s human nature to wish every victory could be final and decisive. For example, when we defeated Nazi Germany, it was a complete win. Clean, neat, done.

The battle for our culture is not like that. We can win heartening pro-life victories at the state level even as legislatures legalize same-sex “marriage.” The pregnancy care center movement is growing, even as abortion providers get federal money.

Two steps forward, one step - and sometimes two - back. So why do we keep fighting? Because the lives of the unborn and those of their mothers have value. Because without strong families, we unleash chaos and brokenness. Because without religious liberty, all other liberties are in jeopardy.

Vindicate the weak and fatherless,” commands the God of the Bible. “Do justice to the afflicted and destitute” (Psalm 82:3-4). This is not a recommendation. It is a demand from our Creator and Redeemer. Thank you for helping FRC obey it.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council

P.S. Download (at no cost) Dr. Wayne Grudem’s valuable new booklet, “Why Christians Should Seek to Influence Government for Good.”


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The Social Conservative Review: April 25, 2013

by Krystle Gabele

April 25, 2013

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Dear Friends:

As the father of two Boy Scouts, it’s been hard to see the BSA teeter on the edge of moral irrelevance. The proposed “compromise resolution” regarding “open and avowed” homosexuality in Scouting is not the reaching of a middle ground. It is little more than a fall off of a cliff. As FRC President Tony Perkins put it:

The resolution requires all Scouting families and faith-based organizations that object to homosexuality on religious grounds to affirm its moral validity. It introduces open and overt sexuality into an organization that is designed to foster character and leadership, thereby clouding Scouting’s most fundamental purposes. And the proposal says, in essence, that homosexuality is morally acceptable until a boy turns 18 - then, when he comes of age, he’s removed from the Scouts. The policy is incoherent and, sadly, an affront to the notion that Scouts are brave, reverent, and “morally straight.”

It’s in the spirit of the Scout Oath and Law that FRC will be hosting a simulcast titled, “Stand with Scouts Sunday,” at 7:00 PM on May 5th. The program will feature Eagle Scouts and religious and political leaders from across the country. Join us to learn what steps you can take to keep Scouting as its founders envisioned it - as a resource for boys and young men to develop in character, confidence, and leadership, without the intrusion of sexual controversy. Click here to register.

Theodore Roosevelt is the only American in history designated as Chief Scout Citizen. His words about the Scouts hold true today:

The Boy Scout movement is distinctly an asset to our country … It is essential that its leaders be men of strong, wholesome character; of unmistakable devotion to our country, its customs and ideals.

The Rough Rider had it right. Do we still, in our time?

On my honor,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council


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The Social Conservative Review: April 11, 2013

by Krystle Gabele

April 11, 2013

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Dear Friends:

In recent days, major media outlets have been highlighting politicians who, while once supportive of marriage as it always has been known, now support same-sex “marriage.” They are doing so in much the same enthusiastic way as the sports pages keep a tally of basketball teams during “March Madness.”

Well, Christian teaching has never been a popularity contest. Rather, it has been about affirming, applying, and standing upon what the Bible teaches. That includes marriage, designed by God as the union of one man and one woman, for life, a teaching confirmed by Jesus Himself (Mark 10:7-8).

My distinguished colleague Ken Blackwell, who has served in many leading public roles including U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Commission, a few days ago wrote a counterintuitive and very persuasive op-ed titled, “The illiberalism of assailing traditional marriage.” Take a few minutes to read Ken’s piece and learn why redefining marriage will hurt families and children in profound ways.

Basketball is one thing, but let’s not bring “madness” to marriage. Instead, let’s do all we can to make sure that the intact, stable family - headed by a husband and a wife - becomes once again the treasured norm for all Americans.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice-President
Family Research Council

P.S. Be sure to join FRC on April 24 to hear Bob Fu, one of the world’s leading opponents of religious persecution, speak about “Freedom and Christianity in China.” If you can’t be with us in D.C., be sure to register, at no cost, and watch online.


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Margaret Thatcher: An Inspiration to Women

by Krystle Gabele

April 10, 2013

With the recent news of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s death, we are mourning the loss of a great leader, whose legacy will rest on her relentless strength. She was truly the Iron Lady.

While I didn’t agree with some of her stances, she was an inspiration to women who sought to climb the corporate ladder, as well as those seeking to serve in a public office. I can think of few (outside my Mother and Great-Grandmother) who better exemplifies what is to be strong and lead a moral life. For both the non-feminist and feminist alike, she paved the way by showing that hard work is essential to success.

However, Thatcher’s legacy has been downtrodden by feminists, the ones who should be admiring her for being in a role of leadership and shattering the so-called “glass ceiling.” Yes, Thatcher may have made some bad policy decisions over time, just as all of us have made some erroneous choices.

Shouldn’t we be looking back on Thatcher’s ascendancy to power as something all females should admire and seek out, if it is their calling? Rest in peace, Margaret Thatcher! Your legacy has proven that with a hard work ethic and strength that women can do anything.

The Social Conservative Review: March 28, 2013

by Krystle Gabele

March 28, 2013

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Dear Friends,

Christianity teaches that all of us are born with a natural bent to do wrong and defy the God Who made us. “Indeed, I was guilty when I was born,” writes the Psalmist; “I was sinful when my mother conceived me” (51:5). It is the curse of the fall that renders us incapable of redeeming ourselves and makes us wholly reliant on salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

Anglican theologian J.I. Packer explains it this way:

The phrase total depravity … signifies a corruption of our moral and spiritual nature that is total not in degree (for no one is as bad as he or she might be) but in extent. It declares that no part of us is untouched by sin … We cannot earn God’s favor, no matter what we do; unless grace saves us, we are lost.

Sounds pretty hopeless, except for a truth that can transform us: Through faith in Christ, God offers us new life and eternal hope. This Easter, may that hope be renewed as you consider a great, glorious fact: He is risen indeed!

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice-President
Family Research Council

P.S. This week’s historic Supreme Court hearings on same-sex “marriage” have been covered carefully by FRC’s team of top legal and policy experts, some of whom were in the Court during oral arguments. Get their first-hand takes on what happened by going to FRC’s Website, www.frc.org.

P.P.S. Download, at no cost, FRC’s new brochure on the battle for the Boy Scouts, and learn both what the stakes are and how you can help.


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The Social Conservative Review: March 14, 2013

by Krystle Gabele

March 14, 2013

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Dear Friends,

Parents matter.

That truth increasingly is not self-evident in a society where gender identity, marriage and even any common cultural understanding of what masculinity and femininity mean are up for grabs.

So, let me go out on a limb and assert that children need a female mother and a male father who stay married and create a home where love, discipline, fidelity, work, and worship are the steady undercurrents of life. And that masculine and feminine, derived fundamentally from one’s gender, are terms with objective meaning.

Can children survive without a mom and a dad who live together in the covenant of marriage? Sure. Can they do as well psychologically, economically, educationally, or spiritually without a traditional parental arrangement? No - check out the data documented by FRC’s Marriage and Religion Research Institute.

The Boy Scouts of America is under attack by those who want to pretend that gender, sexual attraction, and parental guidance in matters of human sexuality don’t matter. FRC is leading the charge to stop them. Why? Because of our enduring confidence that (get ready) men are men and women are women, and that the differences (a) are real and (b) should be celebrated and honored.

This is not about denying opportunity, stereotyping, misogyny, or anything appertaining thereto. It’s about common sense, and the future of our children. Thanks for partnering with us in their defense.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice-President
Family Research Council

P.S. Please plan to join FRC - in person at our DC headquarters or online, at no cost - for an event next week featuring two of America’s leading historians. On March 20th, we’ll be joined by Drs. Daniel Dreisbach (American University) and James Hutson (chief manuscript historian at the Library of Congress) as they talk about “Scripture, Rights, and Religion in American History.”


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The Social Conservative Review: February 28, 2013

by Krystle Gabele

February 28, 2013

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Dear Friends,

Orthodox Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein has written a startling column on Patheos.com called, “Are Christians the New Jews?” Consider these words:

Even where Jews were tolerated, they were treated as the refuse of mankind … Today, Christians—especially those who take their faith most seriously—report that they feel like a scorned stepchild within general culture. They are mocked and derided, and treated as intellectual pygmies who have nothing to offer the better, more enlightened people around them.

The Rabbi’s perceptive comments reflect the growing sense among many American Christians that the collaboration of social and governmental forces working to diminish religious liberty is becoming stronger and more purposeful. We are not facing the physical persecution so many believers experience around the world, but rather its precursors: cultural isolation, political marginalization, and a general stereotyping that would be unacceptable were it directed toward virtually any other self-identified community.

Where does this leave us? Do we retreat into the quiet precincts of home and church, reducing our faith to an innocuous pietism, hoping that the forces that disdain us will leave us alone if only we keep to ourselves? Or do we face the reality that aggressive evil has an all-consuming appetite, and continue to labor “with grace and truth,” both, for our God-given rights and hard won liberties, not only for ourselves but for all of our fellow citizens?

Readers of The Social Conservative Review know what my answer to that question is, as it reflects their own. Cowardice and complacency are not part of the Gospel. Thanks for standing, bravely and for right.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council

P.S. Be sure to sign FRC’s petition to the Boy Scouts of America in which we urge the Scouts to “show character and courage in the face of adversity.”


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