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Mint Condition? Americans Question Agencys ‘Godless’ Coins

by Tony Perkins

March 20, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

Congress must have decided that when it comes to currency, you cant serve both God and money. As a result, the U.S. Mint is dealing with thousands of complaints about the new dollar coin. For the first time since 1866, they were printed without In God We Trust on the front or back. Instead, the national motto is relegated to the rimin print so small you almost need a magnifying glass to read it. Some groups are on edge about marginalizing God. But, on the flip side, supporters argue that the Presidential $1 Act allows for bigger artwork. One of the bills sponsors said, It teaches history to students… and brings billions of dollars to our treasury. Heads or tails, its a win-win proposition. The actual law, which passed Congress almost unanimously in 2005, states that [its] appropriate to move… the mottos… to the edge of the coin. But I would bet that few leaders realized the new design would short-change God.

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Switching Sides On Sudden Death

by Tony Perkins

March 19, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

In the assisted suicide debate, pro-lifers are grieving the loss of a big ally. Last week, the American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine released a statement on euthanasia that pro-lifers are calling a grave mistake. After years of opposing doctor-assisted suicide, the association announced that from now on, itll be neutral on the issue. For a group that was founded to promote dying with dignity, the announcement runs counter to everything they stand for. After all, doctors shouldnt be licensed to kill, but to cure. Some are calling the new policy cowardly, especially since it gives members the permission to practice euthanasia without punishing them for it. If the group was founded to respect life, they should respect it to the very end. Otherwise, its a slippery slope for a community called to do no harm. In the end, hospice was created to help end painnot lives. And as the association should know, a persons last rights should include life.

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Nancy Pelosi Tries To Foster ‘CAIR

by Tony Perkins

March 16, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

In Congress, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is making room for radical Islam. Literally. Last week, despite protests from other members of Congress, Pelosi gave CAIRthe Council on American-Islamic Relationsa meeting room in the U.S. Capitol to host a panel on Islam. The groups already been tied with terror groups and questionable donors. In the last few years, five of their members have either been convicted or deported. Its ironic. Earlier this year, Pelosi wouldnt give congressmen a room to hold Bible studiesbut shell give one to radical Muslims, despite their animosity toward the very government that she serves. And she did so knowing that CAIR has refused to condemn terror groups like Hezbollah and Hamas. Any organization that condones violence has no place in Americas greatest symbol of freedom and democracy. As one critic said, You cant fight a war on terrorism when [youre] acting with a terror front. In the future, Pelosi would be wise to handle CAIR with care.

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Keeping ‘Pace’ With Military Morality

by Tony Perkins

March 15, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

With a new congressional majority in Washington there are new priorities. One apparent priority shift is the military’s mission from fighting war to becoming a battle ground of social experimentation. Congressman Martin Meehan from Massachusetts is attempting to repeal the military’s ban on homosexuals openly serving in the military. President Bill Clinton attempted to remove the ban but settled for a compromise known as the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that prevents questions from being asked about military personnel’s sexual orientation. Clinton’s compromise policy was an act of accommodation for homosexuals. This week, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Peter Pace, said he supports the current policy and would not recommend the change being entertained by congress. He said that homosexuality, like adultery, has a negative impact upon the mission of the military. Gen. Pace immediately came under fire for his comments and homosexual groups demanded his resignation. Gen. Pace is being criticized for failing to salute homosexuality. Foes of the current law don’t want just service in the military—they have that. Their response makes it clear that they will not settle for accommodation, they want forced acceptance.

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CAIR But Not Paravel

by Tony Perkins

March 15, 2007

Despite protests from some members of Congress, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) allowed the radical Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an organization with reported ties to terror groups and funding from Arab regimes, to hold a discussion on Islam in America’s greatest symbol of freedom and democracy - the U.S. Capitol. Pelosi allowed CAIR access to the Capitol despite its animosity toward the very government in which she serves. The group has refused to renounce Muslim extremism or condemn fundamentalist terror groups like Hezbollah and Hamas.

Tuesday, its leaders even offered their support to a lawsuit filed on behalf of six imams who were escorted off a U.S. Airways flight after making anti-American statements, disrupting passengers with shouts to Allah, requesting unneeded seatbelt extenders, and arousing suspicion by moving from their assigned seats to a pattern associated with the 9-11 attacks. At a public press conference to announce the suit, CAIR forced Washington Times and CBN reporters off the premises saying they were “not welcome.” Perhaps CAIR’s leadership is concerned that these journalists understand the danger behind their radical agenda.

Resist Retreat

by Tony Perkins

March 15, 2007

While many in Congress apparently don’t have the stomach to battle the Islamic terrorists in Iraq, they don’t hesitate to take up a fight with the head of the U.S. military over his opposition to a proposed law that would allow homosexuals to openly serve in the U.S. military. In an interview in which Gen. Peter Pace, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, was asked about a bill introduced by Rep. Marty Meehan (D-Mass.), Pace said that homosexuality, like adultery (both of which violate military law), is immoral. Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) was quick to fire off a response saying he strongly disagreed with the General’s statement that “homosexuality is immoral.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) joined the anti-Pace volley, saying, “We don’t need moral judgment from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs.” Even administration officials, like Defense Secretary Robert Gates, signaled retreat from the General when he said “personal opinion really doesn’t have a place here.” The Washington Post accused Gen. Pace of “bigotry.”

Many Americans do not know that military personnel have a separate set of laws that govern their conduct; it is called the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Under the UCMJ homosexual behavior, like adultery, is criminal. It is immoral. The outrage should not be focused at Gen. Pace for defending the law, it should be directed at Rep. Meehan and others who in the midst of a war want to make political correctness a priority and try and turn the military into a laboratory for their liberal social ideas. As Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Pace should not have to apologize for defending the law; rather, he should be applauded for upholding it. We urge his colleagues and the administration to resist the urge to retreat and instead follow his brave leadership.

FRC Welcomes Ken Blackwell as Senior Fellow

by Tony Perkins

March 15, 2007

We are pleased to announce that Ken Blackwell, former undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Commission and mayor of Cincinnati, will join FRC as Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment. In this new role, Blackwell will lead our efforts in addressing education, tax reform, and family economics.

As one of the nation’s leading conservative voices, Mr. Blackwell has a distinguished record of service in Ohio as both treasurer of state and secretary of state. The Wall Street Journal has compared his policies and principles to those of Ronald Reagan. In the battle for family, faith, and freedom, we can think of no better teammate than Ken Blackwell whose unwavering commitment to conservative policies has advanced both family enterprise and family strength.

S.I. Publisher Pooling Its Efforts On Swimsuit Issue

by Tony Perkins

March 14, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

Thanks to Time Warner, Sports Illustrateds latest swimsuit edition wont be making a big splash with teenagers. In a surprise move, the company decided that its magazine had gone off the deep end by putting the issue in the hands of a younger audience. This year, for the first time ever, the database blocked delivery of the magazine to any subscriber that was listed as a public school or library. The decision was made because of negative feedback Time got from parents about the skimpy bikinisor lack thereof. And before anyone can cry censorship, the company was quick to say that teachers and librarians could get their copies by calling the 800 number and requesting them. In a world where magazines are trying to out-sleaze their competition and normalize soft porn, were glad that S.I. has subscribed to a new standard. If Time Warner can see the importance of protecting kids from its own swimsuit edition, then maybe the tide is turning.

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California Stem Cell Programs Told To Watch Their Waste Line

by Tony Perkins

March 13, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

If youre a supporter of embryonic stem cell research, I can think of three billion reasons why you should reconsider. And theyre called taxpayer dollars. In California, state auditors are discovering that scientists are more concerned about the royal treatment than finding treatments. A new report says the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine is wasting thousands of dollars on perks. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the agency thats responsible for $3 billion in research grants overspent on hired drivers, expensive plane tickets, and catered meals. The audit also found mistakes and inconsistencies in setting salaries. Unfortunately, Californians are getting what they paid forand in this case, thats not much. Despite the big push for fundsin Congress and the statesthis report raises some serious questions. After all, if we cant trust scientists with our money, why should we trust them with a cure?

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Hit Out of Bounds

by Tony Perkins

March 13, 2007

If you stand for marriage and family, you’re likely to face a blind-side blitz. That’s the message being sent by homosexual rights groups to Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy. Coach Dungy is scheduled to appear at a March 20 banquet where he will receive the Indiana Family Institute’s “Friend of the Family” award.

The homosexual groups are attacking the Super Bowl-winning coach because the Institute supports an amendment to the state’s constitution that defines marriage as being between one man and one woman. One aghast gay activist told The Indianapolis Star, “Dungy appears to be an upstanding guy, but the coach’s willingness to appear at this banquet strikes him as tantamount to endorsing its opposition to gay marriage.”

Such pressure even prompted the Colts to issue a statement that Coach Dungy speaks on his own and that his “feelings on the importance of marriage and family are well known.” Coach Dungy should be applauded, not condemned, for his championship role for the family.

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