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The Social Conservative Review: March 13, 2014

by Krystle Gabele

March 13, 2014

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Dear Friends:

The director of FRC’s Center for Human Dignity, Arina Grossu, was in New York this week for the U.N.’s Conference on Women. At event in a packed room, co-sponsored by our friends at the Catholic Family Association and REAL Women of Canada, Arina gave a convincing presentation on lowering maternal mortality around the world and how the UN should not focus on abortion legalization or “reproductive rights” but on real medical solutions to lower the risk of maternal mortality.

Abortion remains one of our great national shames, and is extending well beyond surgical procedures. As Arina wrote earlier this week in The Daily Caller, “Early medical abortions are on the rise … Using gestational data from the CDC, Guttmacher estimated that 36 percent of abortions up to nine weeks’ gestation in 2011 were early medication procedures compared to 26 percent in 2008.”

But there’s good news, too: Last week, the Alabama state legislature passed four bills designed to curtail abortion, including “a fetal heartbeat bill, which would ban abortion when the fetal heartbeat is detected at about six weeks.”

The fight for life continues. The unborn deserve the protection of law. Their mothers deserve better than the exploitation of the abortion industry. Whether at the U.N. or in the states, FRC is working with our pro-life allies to achieve those great goals. Thanks for standing with us as we stand with the most vulnerable of us all.


Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council

P.S. Download (at no charge) Senior Fellow Peter Sprigg’s new study, “Understanding Windsor: What the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act Did - and Did Not - Say” here.

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The Social Conservative Review: April 25, 2013

by Krystle Gabele

April 25, 2013

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Dear Friends:

As the father of two Boy Scouts, it’s been hard to see the BSA teeter on the edge of moral irrelevance. The proposed “compromise resolution” regarding “open and avowed” homosexuality in Scouting is not the reaching of a middle ground. It is little more than a fall off of a cliff. As FRC President Tony Perkins put it:

The resolution requires all Scouting families and faith-based organizations that object to homosexuality on religious grounds to affirm its moral validity. It introduces open and overt sexuality into an organization that is designed to foster character and leadership, thereby clouding Scouting’s most fundamental purposes. And the proposal says, in essence, that homosexuality is morally acceptable until a boy turns 18 - then, when he comes of age, he’s removed from the Scouts. The policy is incoherent and, sadly, an affront to the notion that Scouts are brave, reverent, and “morally straight.”

It’s in the spirit of the Scout Oath and Law that FRC will be hosting a simulcast titled, “Stand with Scouts Sunday,” at 7:00 PM on May 5th. The program will feature Eagle Scouts and religious and political leaders from across the country. Join us to learn what steps you can take to keep Scouting as its founders envisioned it - as a resource for boys and young men to develop in character, confidence, and leadership, without the intrusion of sexual controversy. Click here to register.

Theodore Roosevelt is the only American in history designated as Chief Scout Citizen. His words about the Scouts hold true today:

The Boy Scout movement is distinctly an asset to our country … It is essential that its leaders be men of strong, wholesome character; of unmistakable devotion to our country, its customs and ideals.

The Rough Rider had it right. Do we still, in our time?

On my honor,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council

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To read about the latest advances in ethical adult stem cell research, keep up with leading-edge reports from FRC’s Dr. David Prentice, click here.

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Check out Dr. Kenyn Cureton’s feature on Watchmen Pastors called “The Lost Episodes,” featuring how religion has had an impact on our Founding Fathers.



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(True) Opportunity and Election 2012

by Rob Schwarzwalder

November 16, 2012

Here is one of the most simple yet compelling sentences yet written about election 2012: The overall picture from the last few election results is pretty equivocal, writes Sean Trende, Senior Elections Analyst for RealClearPolitics, and is suggestive of substantial strengths and weaknesses for both parties.

That about says it ambivalence are us. Both Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney did well among some segments of the population. Their stark differences and the relative close race between them indicate the serious philosophical divide that is emerging as the single strongest element of the current political narrative.

Yet perhaps amidst in the somewhat turgid churn of post-election beard-stroking there is one fact that is being undervalued. This year, President Obama received 62.6 million votes; Mitt Romney received 59.1 million. In total, including ballots for third-party candidates, about 123 million American voters came to the polls to vote for a president.

In 2008, that number was higher, substantially. About 131 million Americans voted either for John McCain or Barack Obama that year.

The math is simple and startling: In the neighborhood of eight million fewer Americans went to the voting booths than only four years before. Particularly striking is that the population has grown by more than nine million people (from 305 million to 314.6 million during that same time).

Millions who voted in 2008 stayed home, as did millions eligible to vote in 2012. Why?

Let me offer a rather plebian explanation for the variance in vote totals: The people stayed home because they found neither candidate compelling. Neither the President nor the Governor so captured their aspirations, imaginations, and hopes, so ignited within them a glimmer of confidence about his leadership and its potential for the country, that they made the time to cast a vote.

This is not a matter of superficial charisma, but of heartfelt belief. That millions of Americans sat this one out is, perhaps, a referendum on our countrymens apathy. It is also a demonstration that millions of our fellow citizens were sufficiently skeptical, or even cynical, about the two major candidates that they couldnt be bothered to vote.

This is a sad commentary on the inattention of many Americans to critical issues, on the lethargy of many Americans regarding their own future and the well-being of their children, and on the growing belief that politics is about personalities too distant and issues either too complex or too painful about which to make a choice for voting to matter.

What can conservative Christians say to such attitudes? In terms of political salvation, there will never be the comprehensive hope and change offered by Mr. Obama in 2008 without the reign of Christ on earth. Jesus shall reign, not anyone else.

The ennui of much of the electorate presents Christians with a great opportunity to talk about where true and eternal hope lies not in princes, politicians, or parties, but in the King of kings. This is not to suggest we should stop standing for life, liberty, and family in the public arena, but rather that as we reach out to disaffected voters, we should remember that their citizenship in heaven might be animated, at least in part, by their frustration with their citizenship on earth.

Conservatives are people who believe in opportunity. Lets not miss this one.

What is a Reagan Conservative?

by Family Research Council

February 1, 2012

Everyones grabbing at the Reagan mantle these days.

Under the Wikipedia entry What would Reagan do? one can find the following summary:

The phrase on occasion has been used by iconoclastic conservatives to claim the mantle of Reagan as they criticize mainline conservatives, by some liberal commentators as a way of chastising Republicans whom also they believe fall short of Reagan’s ideals and also by non-partisan public policy organizations that seek to emulate aspects of Reagan’s leadership.

But one Reagan historian doesnt find that surprising at all. Professor and author Paul Kengor notes that Reagan won the presidency in 1980 by defeating an incumbent in a landslide, winning 44 of 50 states, and then got reelected in 1984 by sweeping 49 of 50 states. Few presidents enjoyed such decisive success at the ballot box and, more broadly, in changingAmerica and the world for the better.

Tomorrow, Dr. Paul Kengor will address the question, What did Ronald Reagan believe? Or, even more specific: What would Reagan do if he were president right now?

Dr. Kengor will lay out the underlying thinking that formed the basis of Ronald Reagan’s political philosophy and the policies (foreign and domestic) that he pursued. Dr. Kengor will share what he calls his “Reagan Seven;” that is, seven beliefs that undergirded Reagan’s actions as president and as a public figure. These core principles get us closer to the crux of what Ronald Reagan’s conservatism was about, and what his GOP emulators today might take to heart.

To RSVP for tomorrows event, click here: What is a Reagan Conservative?