Category archives: FRC in the News

FRC in the News: February 15, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

February 15, 2013

Schwarzwalder: Don’t the Boys to Compromise

FRC’s Senior Vice-President, Rob Schwarzwalder, is a father of two sons who are active Scouts and are working towards the honor of becoming Eagle Scouts. However, those dreams could be crushed due to pressure that is being placed on the Boy Scouts of America to compromise their long-held Judeo-Christian beliefs. Schwarzwalder shows in his article featured in The Arizona Republic that morals dictate conduct, something with which parents of scouts are concerned.

The Extreme Party

Tom McClusky, FRC’s Vice President of Government Affairs, addresses in his article featured in The Christian Post about the misconception of which party is “extreme” in the United States. McClusky points out that it is not the party that lost in last November’s elections. Rather, it is the party that promoted a man who had the chance to prevent infanticide in Illinois, but instead he spoke for it. It is also the party represented by the administration who informed a religious group that they would cease to receive funds to help human trafficking victims. 

Why a Woman Died due to a Late-Term Abortion

Ken Klukowski, FRC’s Director, Center for Religious Liberty, discusses the recent tragic death of Jennifer Morbelli, who died due to a late-term abortion, in his article featured on Klukowski also exposes the abortionist Dr. LeRoy Carhart for who he really is as well as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, who supports him. 

The Truth of the Vote

FRC Senior Fellows, Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison discuss the truth of how Democrats truly believed and stood during the civil war in The American Thinker. Certainly, both sides of the aisle now believe that slavery is wrong and both try to identify with Lincoln. Yet during the Civil War, it was not so. Blackwell and Morrison propose that the same group who would now defend the 13th amendment should consider defending the lives of the unborn. 

FRC in the News: February 13, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

February 13, 2013

Grieving the Deaths of a Woman and her Daughter

Jennifer McKenna Morbelli was a beautiful, young, pre-school teacher. She was 33 weeks pregnant when she went to have an abortion in Maryland. Jennifer’s daughter, Madison, was killed in the abortion clinic. A few days later, Jennifer died due to the fatal complications of the late-term abortion. It is a tragic loss and our hearts go out to the Jennifer and Madison’s family. Anna Higgins, FRC’s Director of Center for Human Dignity, spoke at the memorial and press conference hosted by Maryland Coalition for Life. She called for the state of Maryland to uphold their laws put in place to protect women, both inside and outside of the womb, as well as to end the horrible practice of abortion in the state.(29:30-33:00)

Impact of Intact Families

The Index of Family Belonging and Rejection, authored by Pat Fagan, Ph.D., Nicholas Zill, Ph.D., and Henry Potrykus, Ph.D., was cited in CNS News and The Washington Examiner. The Index’s research shows that children of intact families are more likely to succeed in education. Intact families also increase employment, especially for males between the ages of 25-54. Marriage is an important key in creating a stable and flourishing society. Fagan and Potrykus state:

The state has hitherto ignored the importance of the intact married family in shaping the outcomes of its social policies. This neglect of marriage is an error of historical proportions.”

On the Renunciation of Pope Benedict XVI

Ken Blackwell, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment, describes the recent renunciation of the Pope to that of George Washington. Blackwell shows in his article featured on that both honorable men chose to give up the power they had for the betterment of the people. Blackwell honors Pope Benedict by stating:

Pope Benedict XVI has never marched to the media’s drumbeat. He did not seek to satisfy the agenda of the hour. Instead, the Pope reminded the City and the World what it was in danger of forgetting: God is love.”

FRC in the News: February 12, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

February 12, 2013

Schwarzwalder: Boy Scouts Issue Marches On

FRC’s Senior Vice President, Rob Schwarzwalder, was quoted in the New York Times regarding the Boy Scouts decision to possibly change its policy that requires members and leaders to be “morally straight.” The leaked announcement from the Boy Scouts of America, as Schwarzwalder states, has caused the “emergence of widespread grass-roots movement…It’s something that has animated many people because of their religious convictions and concerns about their children.”

Media Ignores Terrorism Towards Conservatives on Capitol Soil

Ken Klukowski, FRC’s Director for Religious Liberty, recently wrote an article for Breitbart News about how the media ignored the trial of Floyd Corkins, the man who attempted a mass murder at the FRC headquarters in D.C. Klukowski poses the question:

“How many stories have you seen on the broadcast networks or cable networks—any of the networks—about the first-ever domestic terrorism conviction in our nation’s capital? Is same-sex marriage such a politically correct issue that no one wants to inform the public when a gay-rights political activist shoots someone in an attempted mass-murder?”

Lincoln: Is His Legacy Still Alive?

FRC’s Senior Fellows, Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison, highlight Lincoln’s legacy and compare it to that of the current White House resident in their recent article featured in American Thinker. Blackwell and Morrison point out that though both former senators stood in Springfield, Illinois, one firmly stood to free innocent human lives. The other firmly stood against protecting innocent children who survived abortion assault and were left in closets to die. As Blackwell and Morrison state:

We will continue to pray for President Obama, but today we honor the Lincoln Legacy. He spoke clearly to us when he said the Founders believed: “Nothing stamped in the divine image was sent into the world to be trod upon.” We must continue respectfully to confront President Obama with this question: “Mr. President: Are not unborn children so stamped?”’

On the Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

Cathy Ruse, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Legal Studies, commended Pope Benedict XVI for his service in her recent interview on CNBC. Ruse also wrote a recent article about Pope Benedict as well as the choosing of the next pope in Human Events. Ruse stated that,

“One thing is certain: The next pope will be in the mold of John Paul II and Benedict XVI since every one of the cardinals who will do the choosing was chosen for this role by them.  And whoever that is, everyone – Protestant, Catholic, and Jew alike – will care.”

FRC in the News: February 8, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

February 8, 2013

General Boykin Discusses FRC Shooting

FRC’s Executive Vice President, Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (Ret.-USA), was on the Mike Huckabee Show yesterday to discuss the court hearing of Floyd Corkins II, the man who attempted a mass murder shooting last August at FRC. Corkins had planned to kill as many people in FRC as he could and stuff Chick-fil-A sandwiches in their faces as a protest for FRC’s stance on marriage. He was stopped by FRC’s Leo Johnson who suffered a shot to his arm. Corkins chose FRC and other organizations he planned to target from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “hate group” list.

Rob Schwarzwalder on Hatred, Bigotry, and Truth

FRC’s Senior Vice-President, Rob Schwarzwalder, writes in his article featured in Patheos about how Christians truly view the issue of homosexuality. Schwarzwalder points out that even though sometimes the Bible’s truths are not always easy to accept, its truth cannot be denied. He also states that evangelical Christians, Catholics, and Jews who believe the Bible to be the moral standard will stand for its morality, not in a way of hatred or homophobia, but because they fear God. They will also speak God’s truth in love because of their love for Him and their love for others.

Blackwell and Morrison Say Goodbye to the Secretary of State

FRC’s Senior Fellows, Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison, wrote an article that appeared in American Thinker commending former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton for her heroic accomplishments. Blackwell and Morrison also recognize her heart-breaking lack of care for the unborn around the world as well as Clinton’s “open hand policy” towards Iran and her inexcusable testimony concerning Benghazi.

FRC in the News: February 7, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

February 7, 2013

FRC Shooter Pleads Guilty to Three Charges

Floyd Corkins II, the shooter who attempted a mass murder at FRC in August, plead guilty yesterday to “interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition, assault with the intent to kill while armed, and act of terrorism while armed” as seen in this CBS News article. In a statement Corkins gave, he “intended to smear the [Chick-fil-a] sandwiches in the faces of his victims to make a statement about gay rights opponents.” FRC President Tony Perkins, pointed out in his radio show, Washington Watch that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) had listed FRC as a hate group, and Corkins admitted that SPLC’s website was where he found the FRC and other groups he intended to target. FRC’s Executive Vice President, Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (Ret.-USA), was interviewed by Glenn Beck this morning concerning the shooting and the court case.

Tony Defends Stand for Morality on CNN

FRC President Tony Perkins, was interviewed yesterday on CNN about the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) possibly changing their policy on allowing open homosexuals to become members or leaders. Perkins stands firm and points out that the Boy Scouts stand for honor and morality, which explains why so many faith-based organizations sponsor them. The Boy Scouts of America are choosing to delay their decision until May. We ask you to pray for them and contact them to encourage them to stand for morality!

The Government Cannot Trump Religious Liberty

Ken Blackwell, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment, wrote an article in USA Today about the HHS mandate that still forces religious groups, businesses, and non-profits to provide contraceptives to their employees—even if it goes against their conscience. The HHS recently tried to “clarify” the mandate, but it still only applies strictly to churches and houses of worship. This violates citizens’ rights to religious liberty. Blackwell also cites a recent court case in which the administration tried to tell churches who to hire and fire. Thankfully, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of freedom of religion and voted the administration’s argument down 9-0.

Anna Higgins, FRC’s Director of the Center for Human Dignity, wrote a piece in Townhall concerning the HHS mandate as well and states:

“Since HHS and the Obama administration appear to be unwilling to protect religious liberty despite numerous court decisions against their violations, Congress must act again to preserve the constitutional right of religious freedom. Until Congress or the courts solve this problem, institutions must decide between violating their faith or engaging in civil disobedience coupled with large fines.”

FRC in the News: February 6, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

February 6, 2013

Hot Off the Press: Tony Perkins on CNN News

FRC’s President Tony Perkins, was on CNN this morning discussing the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) vote that would allow open homosexuals to become members and leaders. Perkins points out that the BSA has stood for moral principles for decades and that the boys should not have to worry about being with men or boys who are attracted to them. The BSA is designed to help raise boys into manhood. The Associated Press and the Washington Post has just reported that the BSA will not vote on the decision until May. Please be in prayer for the BSA that they would stand firm in their timeless values. You can share the ad from FRC via email, Facebook, Twitter and any other favorite media sites!

When it Comes to Religious Rights, “Accounting Gimmicks” Won’t do!

After the outcry of “foul play” from religious organizations, the Obama administration is offering a proposal which will allow faith-based organizations to be exempt from paying for contraceptives. Churches and synagogues can choose not to provide contraceptives. However, “non-profits with religious affiliations” are not exempt. Anna Higgins, FRC’s Director for the Center of Human Dignity, was quoted in a recent CBS News article and stated that:

“The accounting gimmicks HHS is now proposing under the latest regulation fail to satisfy the religious freedom protections that exist in other current laws and in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution”

How to Really Help the Economy: Save the Family

Dr. Patrick Fagan, Senior Fellow and Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI) at FRC, wrote an insightful article in The Public Discourse. Fagan’s research shows that even if the best of conservative economic plans were put into action, it still would not be enough to fix the economy. We must promote solid marriage, which produces solid children and productivity. As Fagan states:

“The intact married family with children is the household that generates the productive work, income, and savings that purchase houses, food, cars, and clothing, use energy, send children to school, and save for college and weddings.”

FRC in the News: February 5, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

February 5, 2013

Looking at the Boy Scout Ban from an Eagle Eye’s-View

FRC’s Government Affairs Intern, Lance Clevinger, wrote an article featured in The Washington Times from his unique perspective—that of an Eagle Scout. Clevinger describes his journey to earning the highly esteemed award that is based on character. He challenges the Boy Scouts of America to stand on their timeless values and show the boys what true character is: bravely standing strong for what is right.

Schwarzwalder to Boy Scouts: Stand on Principle and Don’t Bow to Pressure

Rob Schwarzwalder, Senior Vice-President at FRC, discusses how the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) should stand for morality in his article featured in The Christian Post. Schwarzwalder quotes the BSA’s handbook which states:

‘“While the BSA does not proactively inquire about the sexual orientation of employees, volunteers, or members, we do not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the BSA.”’

Schwarzwalder also talks about how the BSA was founded on “a Judeo-Christian moral structure” and therefore should continue to promote these important values to their youth.

Boy Scouts: Will They Stand Strong for Timeless Values?

Watch our new video that questions whether the Boy Scouts will stand strong for timeless values, especially in light of their leadership considering changing the policy to allow homosexuals to become troop leaders. Also, visit our webpage and learn how you can take action today.

Obamacare and the Long Road Ahead

FRC’s Senior Fellow for Religious Liberty, Ken Klukowski, writes about the Obamacare HHS Mandate losing in the courts in his article featured on Breitbart’s website. As Klukowski states, “there are now at least 12 HHS Mandate cases in the federal court of appeals.” All of these court cases challenge the regulation requiring that employers who have a total of 50 employees or more “must offer healthcare plans that include birth control, sterilization, and abortion-related services.”

FRC in the News: February 4, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

February 4, 2013

Tony Perkins on Fox News

FRC President Tony Perkins, was interviewed on Fox News to address the policy reconsideration of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). During the inteview, Perkins shared the long-standing morals of the BSA and the need for them to stand firm in their values. He also discussed the BSA’s 2-year study that lead to their decision last July to keep the policy that members and leaders are to be “morally straight,” as well as the importance of parental input. Perkins stated that the policy reconsideration is “a choice between the boys and the corporate dollars.”

FRC’s Ad to Boy Scouts: Show Courage

FRC’s new ad takes a stand for morality and urges the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to do the same. The ad states reasons as to why the BSA should stand firm in their moral values and has been signed by 41 other organizations. It has been featured on the websites of Fox News and CNS News. Please read and share the ad, contact the BSA, and stand for moral values! The decision is expected to be reached this week and your participation is vital!

On the Nomination of Chuck Hagel

FRC’s Senior Fellows, Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison, discuss the recent nomination from the Obama administration of Senator Chuck Hagel to Secretary of Defense in this Huffington Post article. Blackwell and Morrison state that Senator Hagel “made alarming statements” during his senate career and “opposed economic sanctions against Iran,” a current threat to the United States and its allies. Senator Hagel also “opposed naming the Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization.” You can read more of Blackwell and Morrison’s key insight concerning the important issue of the nation’s defense and why Senator Hagel is not the best pick for the position here.

Sen. Marco Rubio on Washington Watch Radio

by FRC Media Office

February 1, 2013

Yesterday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) appeared on Washington Watch Daily with Tony Perkins to provide an update on fiscal negotiations and the Hagel nomination. You can listen to his interview here. Below is the transcript of his remarks:

Transcript for Interview with Senator Marco Rubio

Tony: Senator Senator Rubio, thanks for joining us

Senator Rubio: Thanks for having me on

Tony: First, a couple of things, we’re talking about the fiscal measure that made its way through the Senate today. I might ask your comment on that then I want to go quickly to the nomination of Chuck Hagel.

Senator Rubio: Well first of all, you know, obviously I appreciate what the House trying to do to move this issue forward and prevent a meltdown of the economy or all the things that people predict will happen with default ect. No one is in favor of default. I just don’t support these short-term deals anymore. This has been my position now for about a year and a half since I got here. We just have such a serious problem that we’re facing in terms of the need to get our long term debt under control, finally pass a budget, ect. I hope we can start the work of doing that this year because we’re really running out of time to get our fiscal house in order before we start to experience some of the chaos that you’ve seen in other economies around the world.

Tony: I agree with you 100%. I think we continue to “kick the can” down the road and eventually we’re going to “kick the bucket” financially if we don’t get a grip here.

Senator Rubio: That’s right.

Tony: As the House leadership has explained as we’ve talked with them, though we’re not necessarily on board, but listening to what their strategy is, is that there will be a show down coming up in March over the sequestration over the budget. The House is supposed to produce a budget. The Senate is supposed to produce a budget. It hasn’t done so under Harry Reid. Do you think the Republicans will stand firm when we come down to that next deadline?

Senator Rubio: I do. I think that if you look at the sequester, it’s already there. In essence, that will happen unless something happens. I don’t want to see, and I think the position most have taken, is that the sequester was designed intentionally to be very painful and very unsustainable. It’s supposed to force action. But in the absence of action, it’s going to happen. I’m just saying to the people: I believe the House will hold the line on it. I believe there’ll be enough votes in the Senate to hold the line on it. It’s not good for our national defense, there’s no doubt about it. But at the end of the day, neither is our runaway national debt and I think we have to deal with that issue. Perhaps the sequester is the only way we’re going to get people to move on it.

Tony: I think you could be right. Let me shift gears. You came out yesterday or today saying that you would not support Chuck Hagel as the President’s selection for Secretary of Defense. Just before you joined us earlier in the program we had Pastor John Hagee who brought hundreds of pastors here this week from across the country expressing concern. The hearing today did not go well for the President’s nominee. Tell us why you have problems with Chuck Hagel.

Senator Rubio: Well I’ve been concerned about a number of statements he’s made in the past. Let me begin by saying that Secretary of Defense is probably one of the top two or three cabinet posts that the President will name. It’s the face of America’s national defense. In over the last few years I would say it’s risen in prominence to almost equal as Secretary of State if not, on some occasions, more so. So it’s not just a quality of the person, it’s the comments that they’re going to make. All of that is analyzed and viewed by foreign governments in terms of how they make their decisions with regards to us. And so I have tremendous respect for Senator Hagel’s service to our country in Vietnam and his military service, ect. But, he’s made a number of comments in the past that are very concerning and, in particular, when it comes to Israel. And today when he was asked about those questions, and that’s what I wanted to hear, I thought he did a very poor job of answering. In fact, I think he made things worse. He couldn’t cite a single example of what he had called the “Jewish Lobby” or the “Israeli lobby intimidating people into voting a certain way.” He was asked questions. In fact, Senator Ted Cruz played an audio tape of an interview he did with Al Jezeera where someone accused Israel of war crimes and he did not dispute it. The problem with that is not just the policy disagreement. The problem with that is that Israel’s enemies look for daylight of any kind in order to move forward on actions.

Tony: Yes

Senator Rubio: Just today we are reminded of that. There was a joint statement by Iran and Syria threatening to attack Israel. Probably the only thing that keeps them from doing that, other than the Israeli’s abilities to defend themselves, is their relationship with us. I think in a very dangerous world if we have a Secretary of Defense who says things that are counter-productive to that relationship, it might actually lead to some terrible miscalculations, which may actually end up pulling us into an armed conflict in that region and we would like to avoid that if at all possible. So I just don’t think he’s the right person for this job.

Tony: I couldn’t agree more. I go with President Reagan- it’s a “peace through strength” and I do not think that he puts our strongest foot forward as Secretary of Defense. I know you’re busy, Senator. Thanks so much for taking time to be with us and give us your insights on today’s happenings on the Hill.

Senator Rubio: I appreciate you having me on.

Tony: That’s Senator Marco Senator Rubio from Florida, one of the conservatives in the Senate doing a great job over there. You’ll hear more from him I’m sure in the days ahead.

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FRC in the News: February 1, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

February 1, 2013

FRC Urges People to Continue Calling the Boy Scouts

FRC, along with many other groups, have committed to promoting values and religious freedom for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The BSA is being financially and politically threatened to change their policy that requires members and leaders to be “morally straight.” Despite the phone lines possibly being tied up, FRC urges people to contact BSA’s headquarters to tell the BSA to keep their timeless values. Last July the Boy Scouts came to a sound decision that after a two-year study, including parental input, the BSA would stand with its founding principles. However, they are reconsidering again and should release a statement next week. Tony Perkins stated:

“The BSA national leadership were not prepared for the thousands of Americans who were shocked to hear that an organization that could always be counted on for standing for what’s right was about to cave in to homosexual activists and corporations…It is so important that you keep the pressure on, to show them how devastating this moral collapse will be for the Scouts and the country.”

Peter Sprigg Addresses Religious Discrimination

FRC’s Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, Peter Sprigg, was recently seen on Fox News regarding a story where Muslim students cited the pledge of allegiance in Arabic, but referred to “one nation under God” as “one nation under Allah.” Other instances across the country were mentioned including students being taken to mosques on a school field trip and another school allows students to leave class for Muslim prayer. Yet, a first grader was told by her district to remove the word “God” in a poem she wrote about her grandfather and a substitute teacher was fired because he gave a Bible to a student who asked for one.

FRC’s Scout Dad and Peter Sprigg Report on Possible Boy Scout Policy Change

Rob Schwarzwalder, FRC’s Senior Vice-President, was quoted on NPR this morning regarding the Boy Scout’s possible policy change. As a father of two sons in the Boy Scouts, he stated that even letting individual troops decide the policy would cause much division and because a strong majority of troops are sponsored by churches, “Many will simply lose their charters.” Peter Sprigg was also interviewed by Southern California Public Radio (starting at the 7:30 minute mark) regarding the issue in which he states that the policy change would be a “grave mistake” and would bring “disaster for membership” because of so many parents who support the current policy.