Category archives: Government

She Can’t Be Syria-ous

by Tony Perkins

April 5, 2007

Splashed across this morning’s newspapers are photos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) sporting a headscarf as she visited Syria, which included a stop at a mosque. While it is troubling that the leader third in line for the presidency (behind only the Vice President) would kowtow to a country that is a major purveyor in the trafficking of women, illegal drugs and terrorism, it’s even more disturbing that she would concede by covering her head—which is usually seen as a sign of submission in the Muslim world.

On the home front we continue to uncover the anti-family efforts of this new Congress. The major accomplishments the new Democratic Leadership in the House can point to are furthering taxpayer funding of destructive human embryo research, de-funding (and demoralizing) our troops fighting the war against terrorists and passing a budget that would raise our taxes by at least $400 billion.

Unfortunately, this is only the beginning. Waiting in the on-deck circle are bills that would treat homosexuals as a special protected class, eliminate abstinence funding and use tax money for abortions—just to name a few. The more this Congress attacks the values important to American families, the clearer it is that they have strayed from their mandate.

Hoosiers Seek New Game Plan on Marriage

by Tony Perkins

April 5, 2007

Due to some backroom machinations by Indiana State House Speaker Patrick Bauer (D), it looks like Hoosiers will be denied a right to amend their constitution and protect marriage. Despite Bauer’s promise that the full House would be given an opportunity to vote on the marriage protection amendment, members of the House Rules Committee failed to pass the amendment in a 5-5 vote. Although several conservative leaders have vowed to reintroduce the amendment, it’s uncertain whether they can do so in time to ensure that the issue appears on the 2008 ballot.

FRC Action has been heavily involved in the fight, publishing an ad in a local newspaper last week and promoting it in an audio/radio alert throughout the state over the weekend. As Indiana’s pro-family leaders regroup, we urge citizens across the state to encourage Speaker Bauer to revive the proposal—before time runs out.

Time to Toot ACF’s Horn

by Tony Perkins

April 4, 2007

Since his unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate in 2001, Dr. Wade Horn has served admirably as the Assistant Secretary of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the Department of Health and Human Services. As he announces his departure, we commend him for his unwavering commitment to the intact family and abstinence.

Under his watch, ACF has promoted positive, life-changing programs for adolescents, parents, and married couples, including several new partnerships with faith-based organizations and abstinence educators. His principled leadership will be sorely missed. As the administration considers a replacement to fill the big shoes that Wade is leaving behind, we urge the White House to select a person who shares his commitment for putting the family first.

On Personal Choices, Whos The Boss?

by Tony Perkins

April 3, 2007

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

Does this sound familiar: You cant eat that! Put that phone down! Drop the bat, it might hurt someone! No, thats not your mother talkingits the local government. Lately, lawmakers have introduced bills that regulate everything from French fries to iPods. Last year, New York City banned trans fats in restaurants, and now its working on policies that would limit the music people listen to in crosswalks and the kind of bats they use to play baseball. In California, leaders tried to make spanking a crime, and thirty-five other states introduced bills to punish drivers for doing everything from putting on make-up to text-messaging. Obviously, the point is to promote health and safetybut it seems a little ironic. The government doesnt mind telling people what they can do with their bodiesbut on issues like abortion, they refuse to interfere. Or what about homosexuality? If leaders really wanted to outlaw dangerous behavior, abortion and sodomy would be the first to go. These states may have the nerve to ban grease, but when it comes actions that clog the moral arteries of our society, few have the willpower to speak the truth.

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A shameful surrender to pornographers

by Jared Bridges

April 2, 2007

Also in the op/ed department, FRC’s Cathy Ruse, Senior Fellow for Legal Studies, writes in today’s Christian Science Monitor about the recent overturning by the courts of the Child Online Protection Act:

Another federal judge has struck down the Child Online Protection Act. Had it taken effect, the 1998 law would have done one simple thing: require Internet pornographers to verify the age of customers through the use of adult-access codes or credit cards.

Last month, Judge Lowell Reed Jr ruled out even this basic measure of accountability as a violation of the free-speech rights of porn purveyors and their often addicted customers.

Continue reading here…

Congress: We Do Chicken Right (Protecting Minors Is Another Story)

by Tony Perkins

April 2, 2007

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

Why did the chicken cross the road? Well, if hes trying to get to the other side, Congress just made a lot more difficult. Instead of using their power to promote education or national security, the new leadership decided to pass a ban on cockfighting. Now it may be a vicious sport, but surely we have better things to do in war time than protect chickens. The bill would make it a felony to transport animals across state borders for animal fighting. Meanwhile, some conservatives are crying fowl. After all, 181 Democrats sponsored this bill, but only nine offered their support in banning the transportation of young girls across state lines for an abortion. Apparently, Congress is more concerned about chickens flying the coop than children. An animal rights group said they were proud of the House for taking a stand for humane treatment. But wheres this same concern for young, pregnant girls? When two congressmen offered an amendment that gave minors the same protection as roosters, their colleagues couldnt see how it was relevant. I suppose thats the kind of double standard you get when pro-choicers rule the roost.

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Feeling a Draft?

by Family Research Council

March 30, 2007

Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) is a highly decorated former Marine and Vietnam veteran. He’s also the chairman of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee and one of the most outspoken opponents of the Iraq conflict. Recently he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he supports reinstating the military draft and said that he believes “everyone ought to be obligated to serve”:

Before you would-be draft dodgers rush off to buy a one-way bus tickets to Canada, keep in mind that hardly anyone—including the military and Murtha’s fellow legislators—agrees that a draft is desirable.

On a Congressional Wing and a Prayer

by Tony Perkins

March 30, 2007

When it comes to promoting faith on Capitol Hill, there is safety in numbers—”219” to be exact. That’s the House meeting room where a group of members gather each week to ask the Lord’s blessing on our nation. In 2005, Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) made it official by creating the Congressional Prayer Caucus, a group of leaders committed to praying for our nation and protecting the rights of all Americans to pray. In the past two years, the number of Caucus members has grown to 42 (almost a 10% of the representatives in the House).

Yesterday, FRC attended the press conference in which the Caucus announced its plan to spread what they call “219 prayer groups” across America. They hope that as the faithful meet to pray these “spiritual blocks” will form a powerful wall of protection around America. We applaud Rep. Forbes’ leadership in helping to fulfill 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, who are called by my Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and heal their land.” We invite you to join with the 219 group and FRC, which also has a prayer initiative as part of our Church Ministries Program. Both are keys to the revival our country so desperately needs.

King of the Hill

by Tony Perkins

March 29, 2007

Somewhere between the November elections and this week’s debate, the GOP must have rediscovered its backbone. Apart from the runaway pork, which a handful of Republicans did support, the new minority has used its humble status to block several unconstitutional anti-family measures on everything from emergency contraception to D.C. voting rights.

Tuesday, the GOP’s latest move, prompted by the Minneapolis lawsuit filed by the “flying imans” against their fellow plane passengers, managed to take liberals completely by surprise. Using a procedural vote, introduced an amendmentRepublicans to the Rail and Public Transportation Security Act that would protect passengers from being sued when they report suspicious activity. Although the debate was heated, the provision proved extremely popular among Republicans and nearly half of the Democrats, passing 304-121. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) dismissed the claims that the bill would lead to racial profiling. When Americans “see something,” they should be free to “say something,” King argued.

Unfortunately, the suit in Minneapolis is just a symptom of the broader strategy by radical Islamists to manipulate American law. The Twin City taxi drivers, three-fourths of whom are Muslim, now refuse to transport passengers carrying alcohol. Likewise, Muslim clerks at Target stores are refusing to scan items that contain pork. In both instances, Islamic law forbids the consumption of these foods—not the handling of them. But until their agenda is challenged by leaders like Rep. King and the freedom of Americans upheld, these determined radicals will continue to use our own code of tolerance to chip away at Western law.

Liberals’ ERA Denotes Screwball Politics

by Tony Perkins

March 29, 2007

Despite suffering several rounds of defeat on the state level, the Senate’s pro-abortion dream team of Sens. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) reintroduced an archaic (and unnecessary) Equal Rights Amendment for consideration. In conjunction with the Feminist Majority Foundation, liberals hope their transparent ploy for women’s rights will ultimately nullify parental notification laws and the Hyde Amendment, which bans the use of taxpayer funds for abortions.

As an added bonus to same-sex marriage advocates, a federal ERA would create a legal avenue for attacking traditional marriage. Already a Maryland state court has ruled in favor of same-sex unions on the grounds that the state’s ERA prohibits a “sex-based classification.” If feminists were truly concerned about women, they would concentrate their efforts not on achieving a status they already enjoy but on policies that will reverse the worldwide phenomena of sex selection abortion and infanticide that have resulted in an estimated 100 million missing girls. It is clear that what radical liberals lack in principle, they certainly make up for in persistence.

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