Category archives: FRC in the News

FRC in the News: March 11, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

March 11, 2013

The Supreme Court’s First Assault on Marriage  

Dr. Pat Fagan, Senior Fellow and Director, Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI), recounts the Supreme Court case, Eisenstad v. Baird, which ruled “that states could not restrict the sale of contraceptives to married people in his article featured in The Public Discourse. Dr. Fagan also shows the link to this ruling and its detrimental impacts on marriage and society today.

Ken Klukowski Discusses Sulaiman Abu Ghaith and Rand Paul

FRC’s Ken Klukowski’s article on discusses how Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, al-Qaeda’s spokesperson, has been tried under habeas corpus and, even though he is a terrorist, he has the same rights as a citizen on trial. Klukowski also highlights how Rand Paul’s filibuster shows the shifting policy that allows a terrorist to be tried in a civilian court, but may permit drone strikes on U.S. citizens.  

Peter Sprigg on the Upcoming Marriage Cases

Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at FRCwas quoted in a recent Washington Times article which compares Roe v. Wade to the upcoming cases on DOMA and California’s Proposition 8. Sprigg stated:

“If the Supreme Court rules that those kinds of man-woman marriage laws violate the U.S. Constitution, then the effect ‘would be to change the definition of marriage for all 50 states, and impose same-sex marriage on all 50 states,’… ‘That’s why these cases are like the Roe v. Wade of same-sex marriage.’”



FRC in the News: March 8, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

March 8, 2013

Tony Perkins to GOP Leadership: Stop the ‘Government Assault on Our First Freedom’

FRC President Tony Perkins was quoted in a CNS News article concerning the GOP House leaders who could have stopped the HHS mandate requiring employers to provide abortion drugs and contraceptives, even if it goes against their conscience. Perkins stated:

“Our message to the Republican leadership is: We are not interested in another vote on this issue that ‘addresses our concern.’ …We want a resolution on this government assault on our first freedom. The House leadership should reconsider its decision not to place this language on the Continuing Resolution.”

Pat Fagan’s Research Highlighted in the Topeka Capital-Journal

Dr. Pat Fagan, Senior Fellow and Director, MARRI, was highlighted in the Topeka Capital-Journal for his research on intact families. In the article, Dr. Fagan’s research shows that intact families who worship regularly will have better chances of prospering in life. As Dr. Fagan states:

“Kids thrive in marriage. The more family intactness, the more you get the positive outcomes… When nested in the religious community, they thrive even more…Intact marriage, high religious worship and fertility. Key to a functioning society. Key to a thriving child. Key to all the outcomes you want — income, savings, health, mental health, less crime, more education,”

FRC in the News: March 7, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

March 7, 2013

Obama’s Acrobatics on Homosexual ‘Marriage’

Peter Sprigg, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, wrote an article in The Washington Times about how the President changed his mind multiple times on the definition of marriage. Sprigg also addresses the White House amicus brief given for the upcoming Supreme Court hearing for California’s Proposition 8.

Rep Diane Black Discusses Bill Against HHS Mandate at FRC Press Conference

Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) appeared via video at FRC’s press conference to discuss Black’s new bill that will stop the HHS mandate forcing many employers to go against their conscious. You can watch the press conference and read about Black’s proposition in the article featured on The Tennessean’s website.

Ken Blackwell Reveals how Obama Dropped His Family Friendly Mask

Ken Blackwell, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment, discusses in his recent article in The Patriot Post about how President Obama used to be seen as pro-family, but is nowadvocating for policies that go against ideal and beneficial child-rearing. Blackwell also exposes untruth that surrounds the same-sex ‘marriage’ debate.

Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison Battle the Brennan Nomination

FRC’s Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison discuss how Brennan’s nomination is not in the best interest of the United States and her ally, Israel in their recent article in American Thinker. As Blackwell and Morrison state:

John Brennan speaks of “our Saudi partners.” Partners in what? Mr. Brennan won’t speak of a global war on terror. He rejects the use of jihadism to describe Muslim terrorists, since he regards jihad as a legitimate expression of a religion of peace and tolerance.

The New Dred Scott Case

FRC’s Senior Vice-President Rob Schwarzwalder compares the story of the Dred Scott case to today’s civil rights issue, the right to life, in his article featured in Religion Today. Schwarzwalder states:

…racial equality has not been “perfectly attained,” as Lincoln put it. For such attainment all believers should continue to work. Should we not also affirm that God-given rights extend to all persons, regardless of gestational state, size, physical formation, intellectual development, or capacity for self-sustenance? And should we not awaken the morally deaf, humbly but insistently, however much they resist honor’s voice?”

What Republicans Should be Doing with Spending Bills

In a recent Politico article, FRC’s Tony Perkins shows how Democrats have been able to try to defund Obamacare via spending bills and ‘must-pass’ legislation, but Republicans have not. As Perkins states:

It was the best instrument to use to get these issues over the Senate and to the president’s desk…The defunding of Obamacare, if Republicans are serious about it, this was the place.”

FRC in the News: March 5, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

March 5, 2013

FRC Will Hold Press Conference in Nashville, Tennessee TODAY on HHS Mandate

FRC will hold a press conference today at the National Radio Broadcasters annual convention. The press conference will include FRC’s President and Executive Vice President, Tony Perkins and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, as well as Janet Parshall, Bishop Harry Jackson, and Dr. Richard Land. Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) will join via video to discuss the HHS mandate that will force employers to cover abortion-causing drugs, sterilizations, and contraceptives in health insurance plans, even if it is against their religious convictions as well as Rep. Black’s new bill. The Press conference will be at 3:00 p.m. (CST) in the News Conference Room, Delta Ballroom B, at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center.

Sprigg Discusses the Numbers of Homosexuals in America

FRC’s Peter Sprigg was quoted in The Denver Post regarding the numbers of homosexuals in America. There seems to be some debate on the numbers, and as Sprigg states:

I think serious data on this is important to inform the debate…People have an exaggerated view of how many homosexuals there are in the population. They don’t realize what a relatively small population it is.”

General Boykin Addresses the Nomination of Brennan to CIA

In yesterday’s press conference featured on American Thinker’s website, FRC’s Executive Vice President, Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (Ret.-USA), joined security experts to address the nomination of John Brennan as the director of the CIA (17:00-20:07). General Boykin states that:

“My concern is that John Brennan is not a man that has demonstrated that he truly understands the full magnitude of the threats against this nation today. His unwillingness to recognize that the Muslim Brotherhood is operating in America and poses an existential threat to our Constitution and consequently to our freedoms and liberty I think disqualifies him. It was John Brennan who forced the purging of some very accurate information in the FBI’s curriculum that talked about what the Koran and Hadith say about the basic tenants of the Islamic religion, but more importantly the aspects of Islam that deal with their geo-political system, their determination to perform jihad, their financial system, and their legal system called Sharia.”

Why the Family Research Council Has Not Supported the Nomination of Chuck Hagel

FRC was quoted in a recent Huffington Post article because of their disappointment in the nomination of Chuck Hagel. Hagel has not been supportive of the state of Israel and as FRC stated:

Students of Bible prophecy have said that amid America’s declining American faith and morals, our support for Israel has slowed the advance of God’s judgment since 2001. But each step we take farther away from Israel has repercussions with respect to that balance.”

FRC in the News: March 4, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

March 4, 2013

FRC Tips Their Hat to Texas for Standing Strong

FRC applauds more than 60 elected officials from Texas who signed a letter with Governor Rick Perry calling for the Boy Scouts to keep their timeless values and not change their stance on homosexuality, according to The Christian Post. FRC’s President, Tony Perkins, stated that:

“As leaders from the Boy Scouts organization meet in Texas, we hope that seeing the solidarity of so many Texas leaders will encourage them to reaffirm their current policy on homosexuality. Gov. Perry and these Texas officials… are putting parents’ rights first, and we applaud them for it.”

Peter Sprigg Testifies Against Maryland Gender Identity Bill

Peter Sprigg, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, testified against Maryland Senate Bill 449 which would add “gender identity” to be protected against discrimination in “public accommodations, housing, and employment” in Maryland according to a Charisma News article. Sprigg stated the following in the hearing:

“I understand the motivation behind this bill—the sponsors are concerned about the pain in the lives of these individuals, and hope that this intervention will ease that pain. While I share that motivation, I must oppose this bill because it will not work. This bill would force the state and private actors—employers, landlords and others who provide public services—to officially and legally affirm the very delusion that puts these suffering individuals at odds with reality. Not only will it not make their lives better, but it will prevent them from getting the very help they do need to make their lives better.”

Dr. David Prentice Congratulates the Kansas Senate’s Ethical Stem Cell Therapy Bill Passage

Dr. David Prentice, Senior Fellow & Director, Life Sciences at FRC, congratulated the Kansas State Senate on passing S.B. 199. According to PR Newswire, the bill establishes “the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center, a regional hub to advance and deliver adult cord blood stem cell therapies to patients and serving as a resource for adult and cord blood stem cells for therapies. The Center would also inform professionals and the public about such therapies.” Dr. Prentice testified in the Kansas Senate Committee on Public Health and Welfare supporting the bill last week and stated:

“There are significant opportunities right now for Kansas … to benefit from the establishment of a center of excellence specializing in the application of adult stem cell therapies for certain diseases, as well as educating physicians as well as the public about the advantages and availability of stem cell treatments.”

FRC in the News: March 1, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

March 1, 2013

Tony Perkins Addresses the “Flip Flop” on the White House’s Marriage Stance

FRC’s President Tony Perkins was cited in USA Today, The Washington Times and McClatchy regarding the Obama Administration’s recent amicus brief that voiced for Proposition 8 be overturned by the Supreme Court. Perkins was quoted saying that the briefing was a “flip-flop” from the President who previously stated last year that marriage was “an issue that is going to be worked out at the local level.” Perkins also pointed out that the President is “putting allegiance to extreme liberal social policies ahead of constitutional principle.”

The Supreme Court will hear California’s Proposition 8 Case on March 26th.

MARRI’s Index of Family Belonging in The Baltimore Sun

MARRI’s recent release of the third annual Index of Family Belonging was highlighted in The Baltimore Sun. The index discusses the impacts of broken and intact families and their effects on society. MARRI’s Pat Fagan points out that sadly, according to the study, “The majority of American adults can’t stand each other enough to raise the kids they brought into existence.” You can read the Index of Family Belonging here.

FRC in the News: February 28, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

February 28, 2013

Having Lunch with History

Bob Morrison, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, had an article that was featured in Human Events, which recounts his recent luncheon with Rick Valentine, who is related to President Lincoln’s Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton. Morrison clears up the misconceptions about Stanton and his involvement with the Mary Surratt’s case as well as reflects on the celebration of those who have gone before us and will come after us.

Defending Marriage in Business

FRC’s Tom McClusky was cited in a recent Boston Globe article regarding an amicus brief that the Family Research Council presented for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and its impacts on businesses. McClusky states that even though redefining marriage “might be attracting some business” it is “also detracting lots of other business.” The DOMA will be presented to the Supreme Court this month.

A “Stupid” Defense to Religious Liberty

FRC’s Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison point out in their recent article on that the new Secretary of State, John Kerry, used a poor choice of words to talk about America’s religious freedom. In a meeting in Germany, Kerry told German students that Americans “have the right to be stupid”, in reference to why Americans have the right to religious freedom. Blackwell and Morrison point out notable responses that the Secretary could have used instead.

Getting Lincoln Right

Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison tackle the issues President Lincoln faced during his presidency, such as succession vs. revolution, slavery, and founding principles in their article featured in The American Thinker. As Blackwell and Morrison also point out:

“…if conservatives today surrender Lincoln to the Hollywood left and Barack Obama, we will be giving up a vitally important cultural icon and one of our two greatest presidents.”

FRC in the News: February 26, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

February 26, 2013

The SPLC and Violent Bullying

FRC’s President, Tony Perkins, wrote an article featured in the The Christian Post about how the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) claims to have an anti-bullying message, yet their recent actions have shown the opposite. The SPLC has promoted bullying and harassment in the cases of  Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota, Eugene Delgaudio, who is the president of the Public Advocate of the United States, and in the case of the attempted mass shooting at FRC.

The Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Debate is not “Inevitable”

FRC’s Peter Sprigg explores how the same-sex ‘marriage’ debate is not “inevitable” in his article featured in The Christian Post. Though opponents of heterosexual marriage claim that they have the upper hand, yet the evidence proves otherwise. Sprigg also discusses the current White House administrations changes on the issue.

FRC in the News: February 25, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

February 25, 2013

Schwarzwalder Reminds Warriors of Victories

Robert Schwarzwalder, Senior Vice President at FRC, reminds Godly warriors in his recent article featured in Religion Today, that those who are fighting for God’s causes should know that hope is alive and it can be seen in many recent victories across the nation.

Religious Freedom Lecture Highlighted in The Christian Post

Ken Klukowski, FRC’s Director, Center for Religious Liberty, hosted a public policy lecture last week, Religious Liberty in America which was mentioned in a recent article by the The Christian Post. Klukowski was joined by Adele Keim from The Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty and Kellie Fiedorek from Alliance Defending Freedom. Klukowski stated:

“It is imperative that we make ourselves aware of the battle fronts and support those who stand as sentinels against encroachment on our first freedom.”

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Assisted Reproduction Case in the Senate Health Committee

Dr. David Prentice testified in a recent Senate Health Committee concerning the issue of assisted reproduction as highlighted in the Topeka Capital-Journal’s recent online article. Dr. Prentice’s statement in the hearing included the following:

“While the technique has helped some infertile couples to have children, the practice of manipulating human embryos has also opened the way to areas of ethical concern and to cavalier views of nascent human life and of women.”

Panetta Gives Same-Sex Partners Benefits

FRC’s Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, Peter Sprigg, commented recently in a Fox News article and on Fox News Special Report regarding Panetta’s decision to give benefits to same-sex partners. Sprigg believes that benefits should be limited to opposite-sex married couples only, but also points out that  Panetta’s decision

“does qualify as discrimination against opposite sex couples who are essentially in the same position [as same-sex partners], unmarried but living together.”

What Will Kerry Do About Christian Persecution in China?

FRC’s Kenneth Blackwell and Bob Morrison co-wrote an article featured in The Huffington Post addressing why the new Secretary of State, John Kerry, should not sit back while Chinese Christians are persecuted.

What Children Need (Hint: It’s Not Universal Preschool)

FRC’s President Tony Perkins was cited in USA Today regarding Obama’s proposal for universal preschool. Tony’s statement included that:

“What a 4-year-old needs more than anything is a loving, secure home with a mom and dad who love each other. There is no better way to start a young life. We cannot have secure, well-prepared, confident children if we continue to sustain a culture where no-fault divorce, cohabitation and out-of-wedlock births are the norm.”

FRC in the News: February 19, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

February 19, 2013

Head Start: Study Proves How Not to Get Our Kids Ahead

In an article on The Tribune-Review’s website, Cathy Ruse, Senior Fellow for Legal Studies at FRC discusses how the Head Start Program is a perfect example of why government should not provide universal preschool.Ruse cites the recent study released about Head Start and how much taxpayer money is contributing to the program, and argues that it would be much better to strengthen family units to benefit the lives of the young children.

The Ten Commandments Shall Not be Moved

Ken Klukowski, FRC’s Director, Center for Religious Liberty, wrote an article for Breitbart about a lawsuit from the ACLU representing a man who supposedly wanted to buy property near a Florida courthouse. The courthouse had a large Ten Commandments display, and the plaintiff claimed that the display caused “injury.” However, the plaintiff later revealed that he really did not want to buy the property and the case was dismissed.