Dear Friends,

Over the past few years, it has been clear that the mainstream media does not have a clue about the real world implications of the attacks on religious liberty that believers, particularly Christians, have been suffering. People like Donald Vander Boon and groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor have been repeatedly bullied by their own government into forced participation of an extreme LGBT and abortion agenda. For too long, the media has either ignored these stories or falsely portrayed believers as the “extremists.”

Now, a few cracks in this one-sided façade are starting to appear. A recent New Yorker article about Rod Dreher (author of The Benedict Option) quotes Andrew Sullivan, a Catholic writer who identifies as homosexual: “‘There is simply no way for an orthodox Catholic to embrace same-sex marriage,’ he said. ‘The attempt to conflate that with homophobia is a sign of the unthinking nature of some liberal responses to religion’ … ‘Rod forces you to understand what real pluralism is: actually accepting people with completely different world views than your own.’” The author goes on to restate Rod Dreher’s position: “You [progressives] wouldn’t sue Orthodox Jews or observant Muslims. Please don’t sue us, either.”

This echoes the point that believers have been making for years: that “tolerance” and “equality” must apply to those with sincerely held religious beliefs in a free society. In view of the vast number of people and organizations that have been persecuted for their beliefs, the highest levels of government must take action to protect their First Amendment rights. That is why FRC is hosting a special program “Free to Believe: Religious Liberty in the Land of the Free” that will be webcast on May 2nd at 2 pm EDT to discuss the need for positive protections for religious freedom, and steps that can be taken to secure religious liberty for all Americans.

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

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Where Are the “Equal Rights” of Unborn Babies?Dan Hart

 

Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty in the Public Square

Protecting Religious Liberty Safeguards All Children on the Playground Equally – Nathaniel Bruno, Public Discourse

Florida Teacher Bans Cross Necklaces in Class, Promotes LGBT Day of Silence – Samuel Smith, The Christian Post

A popular public school Bible class in West Virginia faces legal challenge – Joe Heim, The Washington Post

At Berkeley, the Mob Wins Again – David French, National Review

Religious liberty still at risk under TrumpNick Eicher, WORLD

International Religious Freedom

Forgiveness: Muslims Moved as Coptic Christians Do the UnimaginableJayson Casper, Christianity Today

Nearly One Christian Killed Every Hour for Practicing FaithEdwin Mora, Breitbart

Anti-Christianity In FranceJean Duchesne, First Things

Religious Freedom Watchdog For the First Time Urges Blacklisting for RussiaPatrick Goodenough, CNS News

USCIRF names China flagrant religious freedom abuser in annual reportChinaAid

Military Religious Freedom

Military Chaplains Turn 100 Years Old as 'Attacks' on Service Rise – CBN News

House Dems Push To Derail Mark Green For Army Secretary, Call Him ‘Homophobic’Jonah Bennett, The Daily Caller

 

Life

Abortion

New study finds preborn babies may feel pain in the first trimesterCassy Fiano, Live Action News

Planned Parenthood honors abortion “champions”Nick Eicher, WORLD

Video: Abortions increasing, services decreasing at Planned ParenthoodLive Action

Trump Admin Looking at Stopping Obama Ruling Forcing California Churches to Pay for AbortionsSteven Ertelt, LifeNews

10 Reasons Congress Should Defund Planned Parenthood, From Women Who Have Been ThereTheresa Bonopartis, The Federalist

Adoption

Girl adopted with all 5 siblings: 'This is just what I wanted'Kevin Grasha, USA Today

As Number of Adoptions Drops, Many US Agencies Face StrainsDavid Crary, Associated Press

Bioethics

Shocking Report Shows Almost 6,100 People Were Killed in Assisted Suicide in the Netherlands Last YearAlex Schadenberg, LifeNews

Trading on the Female Body: Surrogacy, Exploitation, and Collusion by the US GovernmentKathleen Sloan, Public Discourse

970 People Were Killed Killed in Canada Last Year in Euthanasia or Assisted SuicideAlex Schadenberg, LifeNews

Obamacare

Running The Numbers On Mortality Rates Suggests Obamacare Could Be Killing PeopleBrian Frankie, The Federalist

 

Family

Economics/Education

On Tax Day, Let’s Work Toward More Family-Friendly Tax Policies – Alysse ElHage, Family Studies

Education Is A Market Whether Liberals Like It Or Not – Joy Pullmann, The Federalist

A Bipartisan Case for School Choice – Melissa Moschella, Public Discourse

Putting First Things First in a College Education – Michael Scaperlanda, Crisis

Should Mothers’ Labor Force Participation Be a Policy Goal? – Amber Lapp, Family Studies

Millennials Are Embracing Traditional Gender Roles in Record NumbersRelevant

More education means less religious commitment — unless you’re Christian – Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News Service

Marriage

Why Millennial Women Delay MarriageJennifer Murff, The Christian Post

Census: More Americans 18-to-34 Now Live With Parents Than With SpouseTerence P. Jeffrey, CNS News

Marriage is still the gold standard of family stabilityKiley Crossland, WORLD

Who is at Risk for a Gray Divorce? It DependsNaomi Cahn, Family Studies

Faith/Character/Culture

Is this the most destructive element in human nature?David Mills, Aleteia

The Too-Small Story of HomeJen Pollock Michel, The Gospel Coalition

Why Isn’t There More Evidence For God?Fredric Heidemann, Word On Fire

Human Sexuality

Harvard: Students can change gender daily, saying otherwise is ‘violence’Fr. Mark Hodges, LifeSiteNews

Why Are So Many Lesbians Getting Pregnant?Glenn Stanton, Public Discourse

Bravo to the Truth: What’s Wrong with Transgender IdeologyWalt Heyer, Public Discourse

Sex Education in California Sparks Culture ClashJoan Frawley Desmond, National Catholic Register

Why Is Female Genital Mutilation Still Happening in the U.S.?Phyllis Chesler, Middle East Forum

Transgender Kids: Are We Doing More Harm Than Good?Todd A. Whitworth, First, Do No Harm: Youth Gender Professionals

Human Trafficking

The Battle against Sex Trafficking of MinorsGeorge Will, National Review

Mom’s story of ‘attempted sex trafficking’ goes viral — but is it the whole story?Ashley Jonkman, Aleteia

U.S. Lawmakers Seek to End Impunity for Online Sale of ChildrenLisa Correnti, C-Fam

India’s human trafficking and rape survivors make their own justiceCalah Alexander, Aleteia

Pornography

In War on Child Porn, US Turns Wounded Soldiers Into Hunters – Victoria Macchi, VOA News

Group pushes back on pornography with science – Rob Rogers, Billings Gazette