Category archives: Misc.

A TIME to Weep

by Family Research Council

March 16, 2007

For the first issue of their new redesign, Time magazine has a cover photo of Ronald Reagan with a tear streaming down his face. Here’s how the table of contents describes the image: “Photograph by David Hume Kennerly. Tear by Tim O’Brien.”

How many people will believe that the tear is real, rather than a fabricated image? Is this a dishonest use of the image by Time?

More importantly, shouldn’t the magazine acknowledge that it ripped off the idea from Iron Eyes Cody, the “crying Indian” from those 70’s era PSAs on pollution?

(HT: Serial Bus)

The Washington Briefing 2007

by Jared Bridges

March 16, 2007

During yesterday’s FRC blogger briefing conference call, Joe mentioned that registration is now open for FRC Action’s Washington Briefing. We’re especially excited about some special events related to bloggers and blogging which are in the works. Watch this spot for updates. In the meantime, here’s the relevant information for registration:

As we face powerful attacks on our values, there is no better time to stand with FRC Action and our friends at Focus on the Family Action, American Values, and the Alliance Defense Fund for a fall event guaranteed to change the public debate. Registration is now open for the second annual Washington Briefing 2007: Values Voter Summit from October 19-21 at the Hilton Washington in downtown D.C. Last year’s event attracted 1,800 attendees from 47 states and nationwide coverage from more than 200 major media outlets. Join us for special sessions featuring the 2008 presidential hopefuls, a who’s who of the pro-family movement, a presidential straw poll, book signings, a gala dinner, and much more! For more information or to register, log on to or call 888-372-2284. Book your reservations by May 15 and receive a $25 Early Bird discount!

Sign up today!

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.

Washington Briefing 2007: Be Our Guest!

by Tony Perkins

February 23, 2007

FRC Action is joining with some of the most influential faith-and-family groups, to host an event guaranteed to change the debate in 2008. Focus on the Family Action, American Values and other invited cosponsors are teaming up with us to host The Washington Briefing 2007: Values Voter Summit October 19-21 at the Hilton Washington in downtown D.C. Last year’s event attracted more than 1,800 attendees from 47 states, and coverage from every major media outlet in the country. With a stellar line-up that featured speakers such as Dr. James Dobson, Sean Hannity, Tony Snow, Bill Bennett, Ann Coulter, Newt Gingrich, House and Senate leaders, and dozens more, The Washington Briefing 2006 exceeded all expectations. This year’s event promises to be even bigger. Registration for 2007 opens March 15. Book your registration before May 15 and receive a $25 Early Bird discount.

Our Hero the Villain

by Family Research Council

February 6, 2007

A new poll from the Associated Press and AOL News asked respondents to name the past years biggest villain. The results:

#1 — George W. Bush (25%)

#2 — Osama Bin Laden (8%)

#3 — Saddam Hussein (6%)

#4 — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran (5%)

#5 — North Korean leader Kim Jong II (2%)

#6 — Donald Rumsfeld (2%)

#7 Tie: Satan, Hugo Chavez, Tom Cruise, Dick Cheney, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Rosie ODonnell (1%).

The same poll asked Americans to name the years biggest hero:

#1 George W. Bush (13%)

#2 — The troops in Iraq (6%)

#3 Tie: Jesus Christ, Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey (3%)

#4 — Bono (2%)

#5 Tie: Warren Buffett, George Clooney, Bill Gates, Al Gore, Billy Graham, Angelina Jolie, Colin Powell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Condoleeza Rice (1%)

When a poll shows our President is considered more villainous than three dictators, the world’s most infamous terrorist, and the Prince of Darkness, and that Barack and Oprah are on par with Jesus then either (a) we don’t take polls seriously anymore or (b) Americans are boneheads.

Maybe we should take a poll to find out the answer…

Blogger’s Briefing Roundup

by Family Research Council

January 31, 2007

Each week, FRC Blog sponsors the FRC Bloggers Briefing in which we host a conference call that provides bloggers an opportunity to communicate with politicians, policy makers, religious leaders, and others who set the agenda within our nation’s Capital. Listed below are a few of the bloggers have written about previous briefings:

Dec. 14 — Ramesh Ponnuru, Senior Editor of National Review; Author of the Party of Death

Dec. 21 — Mark Earley (President of Prison Fellowship) and Anthony Picarello (Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty)

Jan. 25 — Tom Delay (Former House Majority Leader; founder of G.A.I.N.)

If youre a social conservative who blogs and are interested in participating in the briefings, send me an email at jpc[at]

Not so Pretty Woman, or Man

by Family Research Council

January 11, 2007

600,000 prostitutes, 5.7 million with AIDS and Richard Gere sees the answer in condoms- which are not completely effective in stopping the spread of the disease and doesnt stop other STDs?

Gere dances with Indian sex workers in AIDS fight

Hollywood star Richard Gere cheered on thousands of Indian prostitutes dancing to raunchy Bollywood songs on Wednesday and urged them to refuse sex without condoms to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.

No condom, no sex. No condom, no sex. No condom, no sex,” Gere hollered into a microphone as about 10,000 prostitutes gathered at a dusty Mumbai fairground joined him in chorus.

The actor, dressed in a brown jacket and black trousers, presented awards to sex workers in recognition of their work on various HIV/AIDS intervention programmes.

You’re unique. This is amazing, an unbelievable experience,” said the star of the hit movie “Pretty Woman”, also known for his support to the people of Tibet.

This is unfathomable. This will not happen in the U.S. or Europe, or even in Asia.”

The United Nations says 5.7 million Indians are living with HIV/AIDS, the world’s largest caseload. Many of those infected are prostitutes.

Mumbai has an estimated 600,000 prostitutes, but a sizeable number of them are not in brothels which makes implementation of HIV/AIDS intervention programmes difficult.