Dear Friends,

The presidential election result one week ago was a cause for celebration for many and a cause of genuine shock and dismay for others. It was also a sobering reminder of how sharply and equally divided we are as a country, especially in terms of the popular vote.

In a democracy such as ours, is this really a cause for concern? After all, if we are all free to believe and vote how we want, does it really matter that we are divided? As John Cuddeback writes, sharp divisions in a society are indeed a cause for concern. Why? Because in order for friendship and community to flourish, there needs to be commonality in fundamental principles. As demonstrated by the stark differences in the Democrat and Republican platforms, much of America does not seem to share fundamental principles. As Cuddeback points out, “If people think differently they will act differently.” This reality hinders our ability to share in a true community, which in order to thrive must ultimately agree on what virtue is and focus on its cultivation.

Most of us live in communities that do not share fundamental principles, so what are we to do? The key is to focus close to home—to build up one’s own family and cultivate friendships in the immediate vicinity in our local communities. As Cuddeback writes: “[B]uilding such cells of excellence is a fundamental requirement for the renewal of the broader polity. Smaller communities with shared vision and practices are healthy, and thus they tend to grow and divide. Since they are vibrant cells, they are also cells that can share a vision—the very vision that can unite and animate the broader community.”

Can this focus on the local community really affect people who do not share our fundamental principles? The author concludes: “[V]ibrant local communities are perhaps also the last, best chance for the broader society to learn basic truths of natural law by seeing them enacted in the flesh. Especially for people growing increasingly impervious to the admonitions of rational argument, there is no witness to the truth of family life, for instance, like families that are living that truth. In a sense, when it comes to the human good, seeing is believing.”

Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.

Sincerely,

Dan Hart
Managing Editor for Publications
Family Research Council

 

FRC Articles

This Divisive Election Is an Opportunity to Share the GospelTravis Weber

The Wisdom of Trump’s Abortion AnswerCathy Ruse

Adoption: How One Life Touches Countless OthersElizabeth Hance

State-Sanctioned Discrimination in GeorgiaMandi Ancalle

 

Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty in the Public Square

Make Religious Freedom Great AgainRyan T. Anderson, Public Discourse

The War On Wedding Vendors Is Ultimately A War On Free ThoughtJames Gottry, The Federalist

Defending Conscience Rights at Hacksaw Ridge and in the HHS CasesMatthew Kacsmaryk, First Things

Trump’s Supreme Court List: Ivy League? Out. The Heartland? In.Adam Liptak, The New York Times

International Religious Freedom

British Columbia's highest court upholds religious freedom – Catholic News Agency

Medical team refuses to operate on critically ill dissidentQiao Nong, China Aid

New Film Highlights Persecution Of Christians Around The WorldJames Macintyre, Christian Today

Military Religious Freedom

Like Our Veterans, Americans Are Ones Who Draw a Line in the SandPeter Burfeind, The Federalist

U.S. Military On Trump Election: Like The Day Osama Was KilledGod and Country

 

Life

Abortion

40 Days for Life Fall Campaign Concludes With 658 Babies Saved From AbortionsShawn Carney and David Brando, Life News

Pro-Life Americans Have the Opportunity of a GenerationMelanie Israel, The Daily Signal

Kathleen Eaton Bravo is on a mission to change the pro-life movementZoe Romanowsky, Aleteia

Model Speaks Out Against Down Syndrome Abortion: ‘Life Needs To Happen’Katie Yoder, NewsBusters

Meet the 4 Siblings Behind the Designs of This New Pro-Life Apparel CompanyLeah Jessen, The Daily Signal

Adoption

Steve Jobs, Faith Hill Among 15 Famous People Featured in New Book on Adoption, 'Chosen for Greatness'Brandon Showalter, The Christian Post

Bubba Watson and the Joy of AdoptionJeremy V. Jones, Focus on the Family

Cubs player Chris Coghlan and his wife share their story of adoptionNancy Flanders, Live Action News

Sportscaster Ernie Johnson on Adopting His Son With Special Needs: ‘It’s Rooted In Our Christian Faith’Justin Taylor, The Gospel Coalition

Bioethics

Lives That Don’t MatterDavid Walsh, The Catholic Thing

Don’t Let Assisted Suicide Come to the Nation’s CapitalRichard M. Doerflinger, Public Discourse

Colorado Approves Ballot Measure Making It 5th State to Legalize Assisted SuicideSteven Ertelt, Life News

A Right to Assisted Suicide for the Institutionalized Mentally IllWesley J. Smith, First Things

Obamacare

Health care premiums will go up next year unless Obamacare is fixed, Aetna CEO says – Anita Balakrishnan, Yahoo! Finance

A Blueprint for Repealing and Replacing Obamacare with Bipartisan Support – Josh Blackman, National Review

Jonathan Gruber Discovers ‘Stupidity’ Is Wrong Word For American Voters – Ira Stoll, The Sun

 

Family

Economics

Churches Need to Combat Joblessness – Eric Metaxas, The Christian Post

Where I Was Wrong Part III: Taxes, Work, and Family – Pete Spiliakos, First Things

Better-Educated Women Still Prefer Higher-Earning HusbandsFamily Studies

Marriage

Marriage Isn’t Meant to Meet Your NeedsChristopher Ash, The Gospel Coalition

Maximizing Everyday Moments in Your MarriageGreg Smalley, Focus on the Family

This Monthly Ritual Will Refresh Your MarriageMonica Gabriel Marshall, Verily

Faith/Character/Culture

Aristotle and the ElectionsJohn Cuddeback, First Things

Everyone’s duty is to hope for Trump, work for AmericaBen Sasse, Omaha World-Herald

Ideology is the Enemy of True FaithAnthony Esolen, Crisis

Leadership in an Angry & Divided NationJohn Stemberger, The Stream

4 Things To Pray For Now That The Election Is OverHans Fiene, The Federalist

Faith is not your ticket to happiness—but something much betterMichael Rennier, Aleteia

Human Sexuality

Should Government Talk More About the Risks of Hormonal Contraception?Helen Alvaré, Family Studies

The Contraception Crisis that Isn’tRebecca Oas, C-Fam

Boulder Valley schools leading way in training teachers for LGBTQ culture changeJennifer Brown, The Denver Post

Pornography

Drinking Out of Broken Cisterns: Pornography and the Lies It Perpetuates – Stephanie Laferriere, Reformed African American Network

Walmart Removes All Eroticized Child Nudity Photography Books – Works to Protect Families – National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Why Being In Love Means Being Anti-Porn Too – Fight the New Drug