April 26, 2013
CNS News and Newsbusters Report on FRC Shooting
CNS News has given some of the best coverage so far concerning the release of the video of the shooting at Family Research Council that took place on August 15, 2012. Their recent article shows the video release and gives accurate information about the shooting incident, interrogation, and trial.
Newsbusters’ Matthew Balan wrote an article detailing how CBS News “This Morning” had a special 18-second news brief on the security video, while the morning shows on both ABC News and NBC News ignored the footage.
General Boykin Quoted About Pentagon Blocking Access to SBC Website
FRC’s Executive Vice President, Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (Ret.-USA), was quoted in a recent Fox News article about the Pentagon blocking access to the Southern Baptist Convention website. According to the article, “Southern Baptist chaplains reported that SBC.net had been blocked at military installations around the nation.”
General Boykin, who served in the Army for 36 years stated:
“This is another example of the growing hostility toward evangelical Christians in the armed forces…Ironically, the very people who are sworn to support and defend the rights provided in the U.S. Constitution are being denied the right to exercise those rights individually.”
Obama Admin Asks SCOTUS to Take NLRB Recess Appointment Case
Ken Klukowski, FRC’s Director for Centerof Religious Liberty, wrote an article featured on Breitbart.com about a recent ruling in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The ruling stated that the President violated the Constitution when he “declared the U.S. Senate to be in recess….and that therefore he could fill top-level execute-branch positions without Senate confirmation.” This was considered unconstitutional, because the Senate was really in session “and was holding periodic sessions to meet constitutional requirements.” The U.S. Solicitor General filed a petition with the Supreme Court asking if they would reverse the unanimous ruling given by the U.S. Court of Appeals ruling. Klukowski states:
“A win would send the issue back to the D.C. Circuit, for them to decide whether a president has the power to declare the Senate to be in recess anytime there are not enough senators on the Senate floor to conduct business. (Which, taken to its logical conclusion, means that any time the Senate breaks for lunch or goes home at night that the president could appoint Cabinet secretaries or even Supreme Court justices, though all such recess appointments are for less than two years.) It is very likely the High Court will grant Verrilli’s petition in this major separation-of-powers case, and so this matter can be expected to be argued at the Court late this year, with a decision before July 2014.”