Category archives: FRC in the News

FRC In the News: April 12, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

April 12, 2013

In Defense of Religious Liberty

Ken Blackwell, Senior Fellow, Family Empowerment at FRC, wrote an article in The Huffington Post in which he addresses an article by Jay Michaelson entitled “The ‘Religious Liberty’ Bullies and Their Fight Against LGBT Equality.” Blackwell states:

“One, there can be no comparison between the fight for racial equality and the movement for same-sex marriage. Two, supporting the traditional definition of marriage is not the same (or even akin) to supporting institutionalized racism. Three, concerns about religious liberty are both sincere and valid, especially regarding the social trends Michaelson discusses in both his article and a related report he recently released.”

Flower Shop Sued for Not Providing Services to Homosexual ‘Wedding’

FRC’s Peter Sprigg was quoted in a recent Fox News article concerning the owner of a flower shop in Washington who declined to provide service for a homosexual wedding. The shop is now being sued by the state of Washington.

“People need to be aware this is the underlying motive for the push for same sex marriage,” he said. “It’s not just about legal rights and benefits. It’s about forcing everyone in society to recognize their relationships as being one hundred percent equal to opposite sex marriages. It also reflects a narrow view of religious liberty where people may have freedom to exercise religious liberty in their church but they don’t have that right when they go outside those four walls.”

Speaking Across the Chasm

Rob Schwarzwalder, Senior Vice President at FRC, explains the balance of reaching those immersed in culture while still holding fast to the faith in his recent article on Religion Today. Schwarzwalder states:

“My suggestion: Rather than always going for the moral jugular – “How can you support that, you evil idiot?” – go back to the “assumptions of the assumptions,” per Kevin DeYoung. So when in conversation someone says, “What’s the big deal with same-sex ‘marriage,’” it’s likely not going to be convincing to rattle off what are, to you, obvious statements of fact and reason. Such things might be wholly new thoughts to someone raised in the culture of sentiment, mass media, and fluid morality. Instead, maybe say, “What do you think of same sex ‘marriage’? Sounds like you’ve got some strong opinions.” And then affirm what you can about your opponent’s argument: That all persons deserve to be protected by the law and treated with civil and social respect, that cruelty to someone based on sexual orientation is wrong, etc. Inviting into dialog those with whom we disagree affirms their value before God and us, and provides us with a credible platform from which to make our case.”

How Do We Measure ‘Progressives’

Rob Schwarzwalder discusses what “progressives” really are in his recent article in The Christian Post. Schwarzwalder states that “liberal” has lost appeal and that progress itself is not bad. He asks important questions about progress and states:

“Is it progress to make the definition of family so amorphous as to be practically and legally meaningless? Is it progress to dehumanize the unborn child and assert that its value is based on nothing more than the judgment call of her mother? Is it progress to diminish religious liberty and the exercise of the conscience, to use the courts to invalidate legitimate legislation and public policies, or to employ science as a pretext for endangering women and girls through ready access to dangerous contraceptives? Our descent into moral anarchy, once almost imperceptible, is picking up speed. But speed, while temporarily exhilarating, is fatal when the steering wheel and brakes don’t answer and a high cliff appears. Such “progress” we can live without.”

FRC in the News: April 8, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

April 8, 2013

FRC Teams with Ted Cruz to Fight HHS Mandate
As cited in a recent Washington Times article, FRC Action is raising funds to “‘stop Obamacare in its tracks.’” They are doing this by lobbying for Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) bill to overturn Obamacare. As FRC Action President Tony Perkins stated:

“With your help today, we will shine the light of truth and turn up the heat in Washington in the days ahead…We will engage in political guerrilla warfare to stop Obamacare piece by piece.”

Swallowing Camels and Straining at Gnats

FRC Senior Fellows, Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison, use Jesus’ saying to show how the Obama administration has not been defending religious freedom in their recent article featured on American Thinker and Blackwell and Morrison highlight the Administration’s actions towards the Romeike family, a German family who has sought asylum in the United States so that their children can be homeschooled. Instead of helping this family, the administration is now “seeking their deportation.” As Blackwell and Morrison state:

HSLDA recognizes that the position being taken by the Obama administration poses a grave threat to religious freedom for all Americans. The Obama view has recently been advanced that “freedom of worship” may be conceded, grudgingly, but freedom of religion—a broader right—is seriously questioned.”

Anna Higgins Speaks Out Against Plan B Ruling

Anna Higgins, Director of FRC’s Center for Human Dignity, was quoted in a recent article in The Examiner which discussed the recent ruling by the U.S. District Court that allows girls under 17 to get Plan B without a prescription. Higgins stated:

“Making Plan B available over-the-counter for any age will put many of these young girls at further risk because it circumvents necessary medical screening for sexually active girls.”


FRC in the News: April 2, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

April 2, 2013

Christians and Religious Liberty in America on Easter Sunday, 2013

In his recent article featured in Breitbart News, FRC’s Ken Klukowski discusses recent religious liberty, how we’ve neglected the Constitution, the real meaning of free speech, and how important it is to recognize who Christ really is. Klukowski states:

“Freedom of speech is about freedom to disagree. Moreover, in this country you also have the legal right to be theologically wrong. God may not let you be wrong about him, but that’s between you and God; it’s not for the government or for society to decide. For Christians, things in this country are increasingly difficult. Historically Christianity has not been for people who are lukewarm about it. There can be a real cost to identifying yourself with Jesus Christ, and for millions in America many wonder if the time is coming for difficult choices.”

Defending Carson on MSNBC

Ken Blackwell, FRC’s Senior Fellow, Family Empowerment, defends Dr. Ben Carson’s recent remarks on MSNBC about marriage and explains how Dr. Carson’s comments actually help the conservative movement and the GOP.  Blackwell also addresses the issue of young people’s opinions by stating:

“Just as we have on the issue of life, we will, in fact, win at the end of the day with traditional marriage.”

A ‘Nation of Chasms’

Rob Schwarzwalder, FRC’s Senior Vice President, discusses in his recent article featured in Religion Today how the deterioration of values and morality has caused us to do the unthinkable in this country, yet there is hope in Christ. As Schwarzwalder states:

“It is one thing to be horrified by an act of murder. It is something altogether different to have one’s moral sense so confused or so dulled that such things as the ever-earlier sexualization of children in popular culture, the public celebration of homosexuality, obscenity and pornography as normative elements of daily life, and cohabitation as a routine activity are accepted as a matter of course…Where do Evangelicals go from here?  Some ideas will be forthcoming in next week’s column, but the most central of them is true whatever the culture or era: Jesus is Lord and Savior. He has risen from the dead, and is the conqueror of death and sin. He offers abundant and eternal life to all who will trust in Him and Him alone, for their salvation.”

FRC in the News: April 1, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

April 1, 2013

The Media’s Mistake and How the March for Marriage included Thousands

Last week during the Supreme Court’s hearing on Proposition 8, thousands of pro-traditional marriage supporters crowded the National Mall to let the nation know that traditional marriage and the voice of the people is important. Unfortunately, the media only reported that “dozens” of marchers came. This video shows differently.

Tony Perkins Defends Traditional Marriage on TV

FRC’s President, Tony Perkins, was on CBS’s Face the Nation, Fox Business’ Lou Dobbs Tonight, and MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports to explain why traditional marriage is so important to society. Perkins discussed why it is critical for DOMA and Prop 8 to be upheld by the Supreme Court.

Ken Klukowski on PBS

Ken Klukowski, Director, Center for Religious Liberty at FRC, discussed the DOMA case and the federal issue of marriage, and how the Obama Administration has dealt with DOMA on PBS’s News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

SCOTUS May Throw Out DOMA Cases Due to DOJ Refusal to Defend

Ken Klukowski discusses how the Supreme Court used an hour of the DOMA case to discuss if the case should even be in court. Klukowski states in his article featured in Breitbart News that:

“As Justice Antonin Scalia noted… when a defendant agrees with a plaintiff, typically a federal court will only enter a consent judgment, making it official that the parties agree to something and will be bound to continue abiding by that agreement. The Court does not have the power to then consider striking down a law—any law. If that happens here, all the current DOMA lawsuits would be dismissed, and DOMA would remain on the books until Congress repeals it or a new administration tries to defend it in court.”

SCOTUS: DOMA’s Fate in the Hands of Justice Kennedy

Ken Klukowski wrote an article featured on Breitbart News’ website that discusses the Defense of Marriage Act. He points out that Justice Kennedy’s vote could make or break the ruling and states:

“If Kennedy sticks to his standard in earlier gay rights cases—notably Romer v. Evans in 1996 and Lawrence v. Texas in 2003—both of which failed under this minimal rational-basis test, then he could be the fifth vote to save DOMA. Or he could conclude that Congress and well-meaning, but nonetheless ignorant, and deficient because it fails to serve important public interests.”

FRC in the News: March 28, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

March 28, 2013

It’s For the Kids

Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at FRC, wrote an article featured in U.S. News about how overturning Proposition 8 would be harmful to children and society. Sprigg states:

“In order to encourage, protect and regulate this most fundamental relationship of a mother, father and child, the state recognizes and supports marriage and defines it as the union of one man and one woman. Liberal activists are now asking the Supreme Court to unilaterally change this most basic definition of our most fundamental social institution. They would have us believe that the authors of our Constitution enshrined within it the right of a man to marry a man and a woman to marry a woman.”

Let Voters Decide on Marriage

Ken Klukowski, FRC’s Director, Center for Religious Liberty, discusses in his recent CNN article the details and impact of both recent Supreme Court cases, Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. Klukowski states:

Windsor would alter America’s system of federalism. Only the states determine who can get married. But the federal government is free to decide whom to confer federal benefits on — largely economic entitlements and federal issues such as immigration. Federalism is a two-way street. But if DOMA Section 3 is invalidated, the states will be able to dictate whom the recipients of federal benefits are. If Windsor is historic, Hollingsworth is earth-shattering. If the Supreme Court declares a constitutional right to marriage other than one-man, one-woman, then all traditional marriage laws in all 50 states will be invalid, and there will be a serious debate (already in a lower federal court) of whether polygamists also have a constitutional right to national recognition.”

The Supreme Court Can’t Unilaterally Change the Definition of Marriage

FRC Senior Fellow, Chris Gacek’s article featured in U.S. News and World Report addresses the recent DOMA case and discusses the impacts of DOMA as a federal decision. Gacek states:

“The fact of the matter is that after the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) became law under President Clinton’s signature in 1996, a large majority of states affirmed the male-female definition. Many have done so by amending their state constitutions, and this all took place within the past 20 years.”


FRC in the News: March 22, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

March 22, 2013

Tony Perkins in USA Today

FRC’s President Tony Perkins was highlighted in a recent USA Today article that highlights leaders who stand for traditional marriage. Perkins was quoted saying that “there will be collateral damage to other freedoms” if gay ‘marriage’ is legal.

New Report: Women’s Average Age for Child Bearing is Lower than Marriage

Dr. Pat Fagan, Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI) at FRC, was quoted in a recent article in CNS News which discussed a new report that reveals the median age of women having their first child is lower than the age of women who get married. Dr. Fagan stated:

“The prevailing social ethos in today’s culture that ‘anything goes’ results in a disconnect between this kind of data and its moral implications…The social science data reflects the reality…So we have a contrast between the reality and the moral discourse about the reality…We can look at the numbers, but we can’t discuss the principles behind them…Even though they may be glaring at us, we cannot talk about them.’”

FRC in the News: March 21, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

March 21, 2013

Conservatives Don’t Just Oppose Gay ‘Marriage,’ They Strongly Oppose It

FRC’s President Tony Perkins wrote an article recently featured on about how the RNC should care about all Americans, but they should not compromise their principles, specifically on the issue of marriage. Perkins states:

“Values issues are not just the backbone of social conservatism, but the gateway to minority outreach. If the GOP wants to improve its relationship with Hispanics, Asians, and African Americans, it had better start by emphasizing the family issues they care about - instead of dividing the Republican family it already has.”

Boykin: America’s New Pollyanna War Tactics

FRC’s Executive Vice President, Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (Ret.-USA), discusses how America’s missile defense system is vital to the protection of its citizens in an recent article in The Washington Times. According to the article, North Korea “just detonated its third and largest nuclear bomb and proudly acknowledges it is ‘targeted at the United States.’” Boykin shows how sequestration could weaken our defense systems and the severe threat that North Korea poses on the United States. Assuming that North Korea will disarm simply because we do is a serious mistake. Boykin points out that for now,

“All we need to do is modernize our nuclear deterrent and slowly improve our missile defenses — affordable, achievable goals if they are not sabotaged by a Pollyanna-style foreign policy or partisan budget gridlock.”

FRC in the News: March 20, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

March 20, 2013

On Being a Radical Evangelical

Rob Schwarzwalder, FRC’s Senior Vice-President, wrote an article featured in Religion Today regarding how young and old Evangelicals can learn from one another and encourages the younger generation to continue with their enthusiasm as long as it is done with humility and sound theology.

Perkins and Blackwell Speaks Out on Senator Rob Portman’s Statement on Marriage

FRC’s President, Tony Perkins, was interviewed on Fox News regarding Senator Rob Portman’s change on the marriage policy. Perkins stated: “Unconditional love is not the same as unconditional support.”

Ken Blackwell, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment, was interviewed on CNN News about his relationship with the Portman family and how public policy on marriage should still be between a man and a woman.

Florida Governor Rick Scott’s Record of Success

Ken Blackwell discusses how the Florida Governor Rick Scott has successfully helped boost the state’s economy in his recent article featured on Blackwell highlights how Scott has reformed government, cut taxes, and helped grow personal income for residents. Scott has also helped strengthen the pro-life movement, the Second Amendment, and education.

FRC in the News: March 13, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

March 13, 2013

Citizenship Defined

Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison, Senior Fellows at FRC, help clear the mud in the citizenship debate in their article featured in American Thinker. Recent questions have been risen concerning the eligibility of people such as Senator Rubio, Senator Cruz, Governor Haley, and Bobby Jindal to run for President. Blackwell and Morrison cite AT Section 8 § 1401 of the United States Code to help readers understand that these people are eligible.

Friendship Reaching Beyond Political Bounds

FRC’s Ken Blackwell was featured in an article on WVXU Cincinnati for his friendship with Jerry Springer. The two men spoke at the University of Cincinnati Medical School for a lecture series that promotes dialogue between people with opposing political views.They have chosen very different ways to address political issues, but still remain friends.

FRC in the News: March 12, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

March 12, 2013

The Fight for Marriage

Peter Sprigg, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, was interviewed in a story featured on Fox 5 News (DC affiliate) that discussed former President Clinton’s change of mind on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Peter Sprigg compared the upcoming DOMA appeal case to the decision of Roe v. Wade in 1973 and stated the Supreme Court:

thought they were going to settle once and for all time a controversial social issue. Instead all they did was inflame it and it’s still as hot today as 40 years later as it was then. I think the court, even the liberal members of the court, learned from that mistake.”

FRC Applauds Arkansas on Strictest Abortion Ban

FRC was cited in the New York Times for their support for Arkansas recent bill that outlaws abortions at 12 weeks, when a baby’s heartbeat can be detected. The author of the bill, State Senator Jason Rapert, stated that “Hopefully we can awaken the nation.”  The article states that:

Evangelical groups like the Family Research Council in Washington are among the enthusiastic promoters of fetal-heartbeat limits.”

On the Eligibility of Ted Cruz

Ken Klukowski, Director of the Center for Religious Liberty at FRC, discusses the requirements and definitions of natural-born citizenship and how that applies to Senator Ted Cruz’s eligibility for President. Klukowski’s article on concludes by stating:

“If Cruz runs for the White House, then one of his opponents in the primary would have standing to sue in federal court to argue Cruz is ineligible. But the smart money would be on a court agreeing that Cruz is as eligible as anyone else who was born an American citizen.”