Category archives: Other Issues

Statement on Sen. David Vitter

by Tony Perkins

July 12, 2007

The statement by my friend and former colleague, Louisiana Senator David Vitter, was very disappointing. He admitted to a serious sin in a statement he released to the press on Monday, prior to news reports revealing that his phone number appeared on a long list of clients numbers of the now infamous DC Madam, Deborah Jeane Palfrey.

In the release David assumed complete responsibility for what he did and that he asked for and received forgiveness from God and [his] wife in confession and marriage counseling. These allegations first surfaced about 4 or 5 years ago when David was considering running for governor of Louisiana. He backed away from the race admitting to marital problems and he and his wife sought counseling. This public revelation coincides with that time frame.

While I commend him on assuming personal responsibility and working to make things whole in his life, I cannot defend Davids behavior. Adultery is a serious matter that affects not only the individuals involved but families and the well being of the entire community. Voters have the right to consider issues like this when they assess the character of an elected official.

Having said that, the American people have shown themselves to be very forgiving toward a public official who admits their failures and takes redemptive steps. And despite what some have said since he released his statement, so does God. Proverbs 24:16 reads For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity. I hope to see David back on his feet again.

Evidence the people were right on immigration

by Tony Perkins

July 11, 2007

A good example has just come to us from Boston of why people did not trust Washington on its recent promises to enforce a new and improved immigration law and assimilate immigrants into the American family. USA Today reports that Massachusetts officials are suing the federal government in court to stop the U.S. Justice Department from forcing the state to publish the 2008 election ballot in both English and Chinese in certain polling areas.

According to USA Today, this bilingual ballot is the result of a settlement reached between the state and the federal government back in 2005 when DOJ accused Boston poll workers of mismarking the ballots of Asian voters who didnt speak English. Did I miss something? I thought you had to be an American citizen to vote. And I thought that to become an American you had to be able to read, write and speak English.

Americans are OK with walking into the local ethnic restaurant and navigating a bilingual menu; thats a cultural experience. But walking into a voting booth and navigating a bilingual (and someday, inevitably, multilingual) ballot threatens something that is truly an American experience. The phrase e pluribus unum captures it, and the way we vote is one of its most important symbols and expressions.

Ken Blackwell on “Sicko”

by Jared Bridges

June 27, 2007

FRC’s Ken Blackwell takes on Michael Moore’s new film Sicko in a New York Sun op/ed:

Mr. Moore correctly identifies health care reform as a pivotal issue for this country, but he dives off the liberal deep-end by claiming the Cuban health care system is somehow superior to ours.

Let’s put it this way. While Major League Baseball scouts may dream of free access to Cuban pitchers, shortstops, and clean-up hitters, few Americans would consider drafting a Cuban doctor for a critical surgery.

Read the rest here.

U.N.S Theory on Darfur Drought Prompts Downpour of Criticism

by Tony Perkins

June 25, 2007

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

For the United Nations, the 80s hit Blame it on the Rain is more than a songits a political statement. The U.N.s Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, published an outrageous editorial last week blaming the Darfur genocide on climate change and drought. In an article that read more like a spoof from Saturday Night Live, he says the lack of rain in the Sudan caused tempers to flare and is ultimately responsible for the mass murder of millions of innocent people. Ban said, The Darfur conflict began as an [environmental] crisis. What an absurd statement! The problem in the Sudan is theologynot ecology. When African Arabs started killing off non-Arabs, the reason had nothing to do with global warming and everything to do with Islams radical crusade. If climate change is what sparks ethnic cleansing, where was the Holocaust heat wave? Unfortunately, global warming has become an international scapegoat. Rather than deal with the real problems, like Muslim-sponsored terrorism, the U.N. and other liberals are willing to blame everything on the environment.

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O Say, Does That Star Spangled Banner Yet Wave?

by Tony Perkins

June 14, 2007

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

While most Americans are celebrating Flag Day, a little town called Clarksburg, New York reminds us that Old Glory still faces new threats. Last month, the city tore down a $400 display of American flags that Joe Hoehmann bought to line the town causeway. The 22 year-old wanted to honor the military with a mile-long display of American pride. Joe got permission to decorate from the company who owns the property. And decorate he didwith over 100 U.S. flags. Later that week, he noticed that 70 of the flags were missing. How could someone do that? people asked. It turns out that someone was a local official. According to an attorney, the flags violated a city ordinance that bans the posting of signs. But the Star Spangled Banner isnt a signits the symbol of our country for which thousands of soldiers have died. Flying the flag is one way to show the world that were united in support for our nations men and women who are in harms way. And its how we pay tribute to the many weve lost. While our military marches under Old Glory, daily risking their lives to defend what it stands for, here at home patriotism should be praisednot punished!

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A Vote of Confidence for ONE Vote ‘08

by Family Research Council

June 12, 2007

Saving Lives, Securing our Future Yesterday” is the ingenious motto of the nonpartisan ONE Vote 08 campaign, which launched yesterday in a church in Washington D.C. In a stroke of brilliant marketing, ONE Vote 08—an offshoot of the ONE Campaign—combines two quintessentially American traits: moral idealism (The worlds poorest countries are in crisis and we have a moral obligation to act) and strategic pragmatism (Fighting poverty is in the strategic interest of the United States).

ONE is a grassroots organization which attempts to mobilize supporters to pressure elected national leaders, particularly Congress, to fund more of the U.Ss international development and relief programs. The ONE Vote ‘08 Campaign extends that focus to the upcoming presidential race.

Although my favorite charity (World Vision) is a founding member of the coalition, I’ve tended to view the ONE Campaign with a degree of skepticism. The problems of humanity are too complex to be solved by government programs or increased funding of NGOs and no amount of money can substitute for the world’s most pressing need: the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Still, international aid can help alleviate the rampant poverty and disease that ravages our neighbors in Africa and threatens the security of the West. That is why I’m giving my tentative support for this campaign.

Here are five more reasons I support ONE Vote ‘08:

1. Because they have the right prioritiesONE Vote ‘08 wants presidential candidates to agree to focus on the following five goals in the fight against extreme poverty:

  • Save 15,000 lives a day by fighting HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, three of the world’s most devastating diseases.
  • Prevent 5.4 million young children from dying each year from poverty-related illnesses and 400,000 women from dying in childbirth each year.
  • Provide free access to primary education for 77 million out-of-school children with a special emphasis on girls.
  • Improve the living conditions of vulnerable populations by, for example, providing access to clean water for 450 million people and basic sanitation to more than 700 million people.
  • Reduce by half the number of people in the world who suffer from hunger, resulting in 300 million “fewer” hungry people each year.

2. Because they have a planONE Vote ‘08 has developed a presidential-platform of achievable solutions that if championed by the next U.S. president could have a profound impact on the poorest people in the world. The platform is built on the foundation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agreed to in 2000 by the United States and 188 other nations to achieve poverty reduction and sustainable development by 2015. The plan isn’t perfect—no policy solution ever is—but it is workable. Until a better plan is presented, I’ll support this one.

3. Because helping the poor is a national security issue. As former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist told a group of us bloggers, “People do not go to war with people who have saved their children’s lives.” While that might not always be true, the Senator’s underlying point remains valid. Extreme poverty promotes extreme instability. The poorest nations on earth are breeding grounds for radicalism. But by providing aid and improving living conditions, we can curtail future threats.

4. Because its a true nonpartisan coalition — Yesterday I sat in a stuffy room in an Episcopal church with rival former House Majority Leaders (Senators Frist and Daschle), policy wonks from the left and right (John Podesta and Michael Gerson), and bloggers both liberal (Matthew Yglesias, John Aravosis) and conservative (Soren Dayton, Matt Lewis). We may not can agree on much else, but we all agree that these issues worthy of our time, money, and attention. Fortunately, we aren’t alone. ONE Vote ‘08 has been endorsed by both the RNC and the DNC, by religious leaders and Hollywood secularists, and by millions of ordinary people across the country.

Bipartisanship is not inherently virtuous. But in a country as politically divided as America is today, it is comforting to know that there are still some issues that we can all agree upon.

5. Because the church hasn’t done enough — Conservative Christians often claim that feeding the hungry, comforting the afflicted, and tending to the orphans are roles that belong to the church, not the government. I completely agree. But I’m left with uncomfortable questions: Why then are so many people around the globe still in extreme poverty? Why are so many people dying of AIDS and malaria? Why are so many children still hungry? Either the church has failed to obey the commands of Jesus or we are doing the best we can and are still falling short. For whatever reason, the church needs help in carrying out our duty to our global neighbors. Hopefully, one day the ONE campaign will no longer be needed. But until then, I’ll welcome whatever help we can get.

The Evolution Of Political Correctness

by Tony Perkins

June 6, 2007

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

Cavemen have feelings too. At least thats what two groups are saying about GEICOs prehistoric spokesmen. For the last two years, the insurance giant has made a series of commercials that are meant to show how simple it is to save money with GEICO. In the spoofs, a group of Neanderthals are offended by the slogan, So easy a caveman could do it. Well, it turns out that in real life some people are offended. The British-based Association of Social Anthropologists is denouncing language like GEICOs, saying that words like Stone Age and primitive are racist and imperialist. Another outfit called Survival International says that the words directly contribute to the suffering of… indigenous people around the world. How absurd! Weve gone so far down the path of political correctness that were protecting the interests of people who dont even exist! What next? Will we soon see a Caveman Anti-Defamation League? The world wastes so much time trying not to offend that real threats are slipping by right under our noses. If we were as sensitive to the truth as we are to sensitivity training, America would be much better off.

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Faith and Science in the Global Warming Debate

by Family Research Council

June 1, 2007

FRC hosted a policy discussion on global warming with panelists Dr. E. Calvin Beisner, Dr. Kenneth Chilton, Dr. Jim Ball, and Dr. Lowell Pritchard. Ball and Pritchard are associated with the Evangelical Environmental Network and advocate a strong response to human-caused climate change. Beisner is at Interfaith Stewardship Alliance. He and Chilton advocate environmental stewardship that avoids significant economic impacts on the poor, and crafted a rebuttal to EENs Urgent Call to Action on climate change.

Don Bosch of The Evangelical Ecologist live-blogged the event and had a number of interesting comments, including:

I thought the discussion was very civil, at least what I caught of it. Happy about the concensus that climate change must not be an issue that divides the Church. Debating the issue is good, and we may have different ideas about how to deal with climate change (human-caused, naturally-occurring, or some combination), but that shouldnt divide the family of God.

Click here to listen to the audio online.

Gideons replaced by Gore

by Tony Perkins

May 8, 2007

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

According to one hotel, saving souls isnt nearly as important as saving the environment. Under a policy that started last month, guests at the Gaia Napa Valley Hotel wont find the Gideon Bible in their nightstand, but they will have a copy of Al Gores book on global warming. Apparently, hotel executives have decided to replace absolute Truth with An Inconvenient Truth, or better titled Incomplete Truth. As one spokesman says, its the hotels attempt to go green. Theyve also switched out traditional room features with solar lighting, recycled paper, and low-flow toilets. Thirty-five miles south, the Orchard Garden Hotel is following suit and others say theyll do the same. But not everyone thinks Al Gores truth will set them free. Lets face ita lot more people believe the prophetic events of the Bible will come to pass before the shaky predictions of An Inconvenient Truth. Now Im not against Christian stewardship, but when nature worship takes the place of real worship, then America has bigger problems than people realize. When it comes to global warming, these hotels should be less worried about the heat and more concerned about the Light.

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