Month Archives: June 2007

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.

A Collar, a Headscarf, and a Circus of Misunderstanding

by Tony Perkins

June 26, 2007

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

Baseball humorist Yogi Berra once quipped, “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Well, one Seattle woman is taking Yogis advice to heart. Episcopal priest Rev. Ann Holmes Redding recently announced for the last 15 months shes been both a Christian and a Muslim. In Reddings mind, the distance between her cathedral and the mosque is not far. Says Redding, “I am both Muslim and Christian…I’m 100 percent both. At the most basic level, I understand the two religions to be compatible. That’s all I need.” Perhaps someone should inform Rev. Redding that the two faiths are anything but compatible. Even the president of the Islamic Center of Washington said, I don’t know how that works. Whats more disturbing is that Reddings bishop accepts her as both a priest and a Muslim, and finds the interfaith possibilities exciting. What her bishop finds exciting is another tragic example of the decay of truth in a culture that wants to have it both ways. Reddings misled desire to have it both ways makes a mockery of Christians throughout the world who endure extreme persecution when they leave Islam to embrace Christ.

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Everything I Needed to Know I Learned From Bugs Bunny

by Tom McClusky

June 26, 2007

Examples of life imitating Warner Brothers:

Squirrels start house blaze twice

Press Assoc. - Monday, June 25 12:08 am

Alan Turcott’s house in Blue Island, Illinois, has caught fire twice in the space of eight days, thanks to squirrels. Twice squirrels have knocked high-voltage wires loose from a utility pole and onto his house, causing severe damage to his house and fence. Blue Island Fire Chief Robert Copp said: “This is unbelievable. I’ve seen where squirrels have shorted things out or blown a fuse, but nothing like this before.”

Injured coyote chases Orrington woman mowing lawn

By Nok-Noi Hauger

Monday, June 25, 2007 - Bangor Daily News

ORRINGTON A woman mowing her lawn Monday morning says she was chased by an injured coyote.

Asked for comment the woman said Beep! Beep! pecked at some Acme birdseed and raced down the highway.

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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No wedding, no benefits

by Jared Bridges

June 25, 2007

FRC’s Vice President for Policy, Peter Sprigg, pens an op-ed in today’s edition of USA Today on the benefits of marriage to society. Here’s an excerpt:

The legal and financial benefits of marriage are not an entitlement for every citizen regardless of lifestyle. They give an incentive to enter into the socially beneficial relationship of authentic marriage and give protection to the social institution of marriage.

Awarding such benefits to the unmarried makes no more sense than giving veterans’ benefits to people who never served in the military.

Read it all here.

Manchester Schools Having a Field Day with Planned Parenthood

by Tony Perkins

June 18, 2007

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

The program may be called STAY, but New Hampshire parents are calling for it to go! Two weeks ago, the Manchester group, which is associated with a middle school, took 41 at-risk kids to Planned Parenthood for a field trip. The middle schoolers were supposed to be taken on a tour of social service agenciesbut thats hardly how Id describe the citys biggest abortion provider. Although STAY is sponsored by the YMCA, the local president says hed have never authorized such a visit. Neither would parentsthat is, if theyd been given the opportunity. According to reports, the principal in charge didnt bother to inform parents. And regardless of how families feel about abortion, almost everyone objected to having their kids exposed to the clinic without their consent. Manchester residents are so outraged that the mayor is calling for an immediate investigation. But imagine the controversy if these kids had visited a pro-life group! The ACLU would have been in Manchester faster than you can say viewpoint discrimination. The bottom line is that schools should be teaching children, not indoctrinating them. And if STAY really wants to help at-risk kids, it should give them the tools to change their behaviornot perpetuate it!

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The Professional Scape Goat*

by Tom McClusky

June 18, 2007

The religion of global warming is well known for some outrageous claims, however when I saw this I almost thought it was an Onion headline:

THE slaughter in Darfur was triggered by global climate change and that more such conflicts may be on the horizon, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says in an article published today.

Other headlines I expect to appear:

O.J. Simpson catches the real killers: If the glove doesnt fit, you can blame the climate

Global warming caused the sinking of the Titanic. Iceberg cleared of all charges.

Father of Anna Nicole Smith’s baby is actually Al Gore!”

WMDs found! Saddam had a stockpile of SUVs and Aerosol cans!

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On Matters Of Conscience, The Price Isnt Right

by Tony Perkins

June 15, 2007

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

Liberals may believe in a womans right to choose, but what about a pharmacists? A new bill by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney would fine pharmacies a half-million dollars for choosing not to dispense Plan B. Although liberals say its just birth control, Plan B has been medically proven not just to prevent pregnancies, but to end them. Maloney said, Access to [contraception] is a constitutional right. Many Americans may agree with her. But the fundamental problem is that Plan B isnt contraceptionits an abortifacient. And for seven out of ten pharmacists, that poses a serious moral dilemma. Until now, employees have been protected by a right of conscience clause. That means theyre exempt from doing things on the job that violate their personal or religious beliefs. Maloneys bill changes all that by threatening to make criminals out of anyone who refuses to stock the drug. To me, thats absurd. These pharmacies arent denying women life-saving treatment or medication. Theyre simply asking them to go elsewhere for pills that can destroy innocent human life. In the abortion debate, safety and ethics continue to take a backseat to politics. And all too often what ends up in short supply isnt birth control, but conviction.

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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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Swearing Off Decency? Court Strikes Down FCC Policy On Profanity

by Tony Perkins

June 12, 2007

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

After a new ruling, it looks like broadcast television will be airing on the vulgar side. Just a year after the FCC cracked down on indecency, a three-judge panel decided the policy on fleeting expletives was too vague. According to the court, profanity thats live and unscripted shouldnt be bannedor even punished. Although the court said the FCCs rules are arbitrary, the reality is that the policy was finally helping to clean up network television by holding broadcasters responsible. Its ironic. Courts are defending the right to curse on primetime television but want to censor words like traditional values. Not too long ago, the Ninth Circuit Court ruled words like natural family should be banned in the workplace. The court sided with a supervisor who ordered employees to take down a flier that advertised a forum on faith and current issues. Why? Because it contained words like traditional marriage that the court considered hate speech. Americans had better start seriously questioning the direction of our country if the only controversial word that begins with f is family.

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