Category archives: Social Conservative Review

Social Conservative Review: An Insider’s Guide to Pro-Family News January 21, 2016

by Rob Schwarzwalder

January 21, 2016

Click here to subscribe to the Social Conservative Review


As Washington, DC braces for an onslaught of winter weather, hundreds of thousands of people are coming here from around the country for the annual March for Life.  The March’s president, Jeanne Mancini, previously led FRC’s Center for Human Dignity.  We are deeply grateful for her life’s dedication to the little ones and their mothers.

Those coming will be here to celebrate the beauty of life and mourn for the loss of so many millions of unborn children over the past 43 years.

Along with unborn children, millions of women have been victimized by a predatory abortion industry.  Many others have believed one of the great lies of our time, one that deceives men and women of every age and station: Professional attainment and personal satisfaction outweigh in value not just all other priorities, but other people.

That’s why there are so many broken marriages, casual intimacies, addictions, pathologies, and wounded young people and children. Avarice and greed are rampant. Radical autonomy is the god of the age.

The good news is that the true and living God offers new life to everyone.  Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). 

That gracious invitation is extended to all.  Have you accepted it yet?

Sincerely,
Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice-President
Family Research Council

P.S. Be sure not to miss FRC’s “ProLifeCon 2016,” the premier conference for the online pro-life community. Hosted by the Director of our Center for Human Dignity, Arina Grossu, activists, policy experts, and legislators will be on hand to discuss the issues impacting the pro-life movement, and to share practical ways to make a difference for life on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and your online platform of choice.  Register online or join us here at FRC headquarters.


Religious Liberty

International Religious freedom-

Military Religious Freedom

Religious Liberty in the public square –

 

Life

Abortion

Adoption

Bioethics

Healthcare conscience

 Obamacare

 

Family

Family Economics

Human Sexuality (Homosexual/ gender issues)

Human Trafficking

Marriage

Pornography

Social Conservative Review: An Insider’s Guide to Pro-Family News January 7, 2016

by Rob Schwarzwalder

January 8, 2016

Click here to subscribe to the Social Conservative Review


The new year opens with big events here at Family Research Council:

For the Nation: “State of the Family” address by FRC President Tony Perkins - webcast January 11

While the state of the union waxes and wanes with changes in government leadership, the American family has always been the backbone that makes this country strong. Strong families make a strong America. Family Research Council is in a unique position to examine the state of the family in our nation. From the group’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., FRC President Tony Perkins will deliver a 30-minute State of the Family address on January 11, 2016 at 7:00 PM EST. Perkins will examine how the family is doing in the areas of religious freedom, life, and marriage. In attendance at the event will be families and individuals who have been uniquely affected by the erosion of religious liberty. Register to watch here.

For Churches: “Free to Believe” - webcast January 16

In a world where two out of every three people live in regions lacking religious liberty, America is still one of the brightest lights on freedom’s shore. But that light has dimmed of late, as the current administration continues to diminish religious liberty. On January 16, 2016 from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST, FRC is helping to reignite the flame on National Religious Freedom Day during a special Saturday broadcast event. This is an excellent opportunity to gather a group of leaders interested in joining or forming a Culture Impact Team in your church. Saturday’s broadcast will be an inspiring, practical, hands on event that will give you the tools need you to impact the culture in your community and beyond. Register to watch here.

For Pro-Life Advocates: “ProLifeCon” – webcast January 22

On January 22, 2016, pro-life internet activists will gather at Family Research Council headquarters for ProLifeCon, the premier conference for the online pro-life community. As Americans grow increasingly aware of the abortion industry’s agenda, we believe 2016 is a Year for Hope. At our 11th annual event we will be joined by such friends as U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Ryan Bomberger of The Radiance Foundation, Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life, Alliance Defending Freedom’s Alison Howard, and the Center for Medical Progress’s David Daleiden. Activists, policy experts, and legislators will be on hand to discuss the issues impacting the pro-life movement, and to share practical ways to make a difference for life on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and your online platform of choice. Register to watch here.

All of these events can be viewed at no charge. We hope you will join us as we begin 2016 strong for faith, family, and freedom.

Sincerely,
Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice-President
Family Research Council

P.S. Don’t miss the Marriage and Religion Research Institute’s “Family Findings,” a unique weekly summary of research on marriage, the family, and human sexuality.  Subscription – just like the SoCon Review – is free!


Religious Liberty

Free to Believe” –

International Religious freedom-

Military Religious Freedom

Religious Liberty in the public square –

 

Life

Abortion

 

Adoption

Healthcare conscience

 

Family

Human Sexuality (Homosexual/ gender issues)

Human Trafficking

Marriage

Pornography

 

FRC Publications

Op-eds

Policy publications (booklets, Issue Analyses, Issue Briefs)

Social Conservative Review: An Insider’s Guide to Pro-Family News December 3, 2015

by Rob Schwarzwalder

December 3, 2015

Click here to subscribe to the Social Conservative Review


Over the past few days, we’ve learned the story of a newborn baby left in a Nativity scene at the Holy Child Jesus Church in Queens, New York.  The babe was found lying in a manger, wrapped in towels.  Sound familiar?

Thankfully, the baby was found within an hour of being left in the crèche, discovered by a custodian.  It’s good to know that “under NY safe haven law, which permits a parent to leave a child in a safe place (such as a hospital or church) with hope of their being taken care of, (the baby’s mother) will not be charged with child abandonment. And as it turns out, there are parents in the parish who have already asked to adopt the baby.”

A baby rescued in the representation of a manger.  Of course, another Baby came to a manger, but the difference in the stories is that Jesus came to rescue us.  As Paul the apostle wrote the church in Galatia, Jesus “gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father” (1:4).  Born in a stable, laid in a feeding trough, the Lord of the universe came to us as a baby.  Fragile, vulnerable, tiny.  No words can capture the dimensions of this miracle.

Last week, we were reminded that the fragility of human life is not limited to the little ones among us.  A maddened shooter murdered three people at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado.  Ironically, one of them was police officer Garrett Swasey.  In addition to his service protecting and defending his community, Officer Swasey also served, part-time, as a pastor (take a few moments to listen to his compelling, Gospel-rich last sermon). 

Those murdered in Colorado were as precious as the baby found in Holy Child Jesus Church.  So were those aborted in the clinic in which the victims were killed.  So are their mothers.  So is every life, within the womb and outside it.  As FRC President Tony Perkins said last week, “Only through peaceful means –not violence— can we truly become a nation that once again values all human life, born and unborn.”

Sincerely,
Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice-President
Family Research Council

P.S. Be sure to watch Dr. David Prentice’s presentation this week at FRC, “Malevolence or Benevolence? Fetal Tissue Research, Planned Parenthood’s abortions, and Embryonic Stem Cells.”


Religious Liberty

Free to Believe” –

International Religious freedom- 

Religious Liberty in the public square –

Note: U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has given a number of thoughtful speeches on the centrality of religious liberty to our country.  His most recent, delivered in the Senate on December 1, is titled, “Hatch Affirms that Religion is Indispensable to Democracy.”

Tax Exempt Status

 

Life

Abortion

Adoption

Federal funding of abortion

Fetal Pain

 

Family 

Human Sexuality (Homosexual/ gender issues)

Human Trafficking

Marriage

Pornography

 

FRC Events and Publications

Blogs

Op-eds

 

Social Conservative Review: An Insider’s Guide to Pro-Family News November 12, 2015

by Rob Schwarzwalder

November 12, 2015

Click here to subscribe to the Social Conservative Review


This week at the National Press Club here in Washington, D.C., Baylor University’s Institute for Religion Studies held a fascinating seminar titled, “The End of Religion? An Essential Correction to the Secularization Myth.”

Led by Dr. Byron Johnson, who gave an outstanding lecture at FRC several years ago on how religious faith diminishes crime, the scholars who presented debunked the notion that religious faith is on the wane in the US or the world generally. They noted that more than 80 percent of the world’s population identifies with an organized religion. And in the US, the rise of the so-called “nones”— younger Americans with no professed faith — is a much more complex matter than is often present.

As Baylor professor J. Gordon Melton observed, “Are ‘nones’ to be equated with irreligious? That’s not the case. We have a large segment of the ‘nones’ who are atheists and irreligious, but we have a large segment that fall into (the) spiritual but not religious category. … The largest group are ones who say Christianity is not a religion.”

People long for the vitality of a rigorous faith, not simply some undemanding, self-created religion-of-choice.  As William Voegli, writing in the Claremont Review of Books, says, “If and when people who turned to moralistic therapeutic deism for spiritual nourishment come to regard that creed as a starvation diet, they are likely to seek out, or return to, more fortifying alternatives. In that sense, the serious problem of replenishing moral and religious capital may prove to be self-correcting.”

Christianity is the one true “fortifying alternative.”  It’s the only one that endures and fulfills, since it is grounded in the historic Person Jesus of Nazareth, Who claimed to be God in the flesh and the only way to the Father.  That’s good news, especially since His claim possesses the advantage of being true. 

Sincerely,
Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice-President
Family Research Council

P.S. Many of the results of last week’s election were encouraging to conservatives. As FRC President Tony Perkins’ “Washington Watch” newsletter reported on Nov. 4, “If social issues are dead, you could have fooled U.S. voters … the enormous impact of issues like marriage and religious liberty” echoed throughout the nation.  That’s why Molly Ball asserts in The Atlantic that “Liberals Are Losing the Culture Wars.”  One thing is certain: Social conservatives are here to stay.  Regardless of next year’s election outcomes, we’re going to keep both defending and advancing faith, family, and freedom in the public square.


Religious Liberty

Free to Believe” –

International Religious freedom-

Military Religious Freedom

Religious Liberty in the public square –

 

Life

Abortion

Adoption

Fetal Pain

Federal funding of abortion

Healthcare conscience

 

Family 

Marriage

Human Sexuality (Homosexual/ gender issues)

Human Trafficking

Pornography

 

FRC Events and Publications

Lectures

Blogs

Op-eds

 

Publications (booklets, Issue Analyses, Issue Briefs)

 The Government Nondiscrimination Act is focused on preventing government discrimination at the state level.  Like the First Amendment Defense Act at the federal level, states need to pass legislation now to protect individuals and entities from state discrimination on the basis of their beliefs in natural marriage.

As Millennials become more prominent in the workforce, companies are spending small fortunes researching their interests, from specific jobs to new products. Social science studies reveal that the Millennial generation is drifting away from traditional family values towards acceptance of all views as equally valuable. Even so, the strong sense of justice that most Millennials possess provides a glimmer of hope.

 The purpose of the “Inequality Act” is to give special privileges to people based on homosexual behavior or based on gender identity dysphoria by adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” into a number of federal laws. These changes affect “any” provider of goods, services, and programs. This is sweeping legislation that does not provide any protections based on religion, even stripping individuals of a Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (“RFRA”) claim.

Social Conservative Review: An Insider’s Guide to Pro-Family News October 1, 2015

by Rob Schwarzwalder

October 1, 2015

Click here to subscribe to the Social Conservative Review


The First World War began a little more than 101 years ago.  It shattered a generation and its cost in lives and treasure remains stunning to contemplate.

Yet out of the war came C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, two of the 20th century’s greatest proponents of the importance of Christian virtue for all of culture.  Unlike a generation of young writers who lost faith in the God of the Bible, Tolkien and Lewis produced epic stories infused with the themes of guilt and grace, sorrow and consolation. Giving an unabashedly Christian vision of hope in a world tortured by doubt and disillusionment, the two writers created works that changed the course of literature and shaped the faith of millions. Dr. Joe Loconte’s new book, A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918 is the first book to explore Tolkien and Lewis’ work in light of the spiritual crisis sparked by the conflict.

One of the things these men came to value was a core Christian commitment to the dignity of every person.  As image-bearers of God, each of us has a primary duty to Him – which is the very foundation of the religious liberty which undergirds all of our other freedoms.  As Lewis wrote in The Screwtape Letters, “Every Government consists of mere men … if it adds to its commands ‘Thus saith the Lord,’ it lies, and lies dangerously.”

At noon on Thursday, October 8th, join us at FRC or watch online as Dr. Loconte shares the circumstances which bound together and inspired these two dearly loved authors.

Joe Loconte (Ph.D., King’s College, University of London) teaches history at The King’s College in the heart of New York City.  He has written thoughtfully on many of today’s most pressing issues, and his commentary on religion and democracy, human rights, and international religious freedom appears in the nation’s leading media outlets, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New Republic, the Weekly Standard, and National Public Radio. He is also a regular contributor to the London-based Standpoint Magazine and Italy’s La Stampa.

To register for this important lecture (either to attend or watch online), go to http://www.frc.org/events/book-event-with-joseph-loconte-phd.  We hope you can join us. 

Sincerely,
Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice-President
Family Research Council

P.S. Be sure to watch the speeches of leading presidential contenders and other compelling panels and events at this year’s Values Voter Summit. The stakes for the 2016 election are high, and VVS helps us understand what they are and how each of us can make a difference.


Religious Liberty

Free to Believe” –

International Religious freedom-

Military Religious Freedom

 Religious Liberty in the public square –

Threats to Religious Institutions

 

Life

Abortion

Adoption

Fetal Pain

Healthcare conscience

Obamacare

 

Family

Human Sexuality (Homosexual/ gender issues)

Human Trafficking

Marriage

Pornography

Social Conservative Review: An Insider’s Guide to Pro-Family News September 18, 2015

by Rob Schwarzwalder

September 18, 2015

Click here to subscribe to the Social Conservative Review


One could not watch the Republican presidential candidate debate Wednesday evening, nor can one scan the headlines of today’s papers, without realizing that protecting the unborn has become one of the most decisive issues of our time. 

The horrific videos of Planned Parenthood personnel coldly discussing income from selling the body parts of the unborn have struck the conscience of the nation, and moved pro-life lawmakers to demand a complete end to federal funding of the abortion giant.  FRC stands with them in this effortAs FRC President Tony Perkins has said, “FRC is demanding that Congress zero-out Planned Parenthood’s funding on a must-pass piece of legislation.” This is what legislation by U.S. Rep. Diane Black of Tennessee would do.  As she wrote recently in National Review, her bill would “ultimately increase available funding to community health centers by $235 million during this one-year period. The legislation further prioritizes women’s health care over abortion by reallocating federal funding to the more than 13,000 facilities nationwide that provide preventive care to those who need it most and do not perform abortions.”

Pro-life champions like U.S. Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona have offered legislation to curtail the destruction of unborn life. Rep. Franks, who spoke about his efforts yesterday at FRC, has authored the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 3504), which is scheduled to be considered in the House over the next several days. And next week, the Senate will consider U.S. Sen. Lindsay Graham’s “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” the House version of which was also authored by Rep. Franks. The bill, which has already passed the House, would protect unborn children from abortion in almost all cases for two reasons: one, as documented by the Director of FRC’s Center for Human Dignity, Arina Grossu, these little ones feel pain — intensely. And two, they have inherent value as little lives created by a loving God. 

FRC will never compromise our commitment to those whose precious, God-given lives are treated by the abortion industry merely as revenue sources and saleable commodities. The image of God they bear, from conception onward, calls us to defend them. Protecting unborn babies and their mothers from the predatory abortion industry is one of the highest callings of our time.  Affirming the value of life is a privilege.  And we can rejoice that in our time, we have the honor of standing for it. 

Sincerely,
Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice-President
Family Research Council

P.S. Are you coming to FRC’s annual Values Voter Summit?  It’s not too late to register to hear leading presidential candidates and key conservative leaders lay-out their agendas for the coming year.  And don’t miss Chelsen Vicari’s excellent review of Tony Perkins’ important new book, No Fear.   


Religious Liberty

Free to Believe” –

International Religious freedom-

Marriage Licensing

 Religious Liberty in the public square –

Tax Exempt Status

 

Life

Abortion

Adoption

Federal funding of abortion

Fetal Pain

Healthcare conscience

Obamacare

 

Family

Family Economics

Human Sexuality (Homosexual/ gender issues)

Human Trafficking

Pornography

Pro-Marriage divorce reform

Social Conservative Review: An Insider’s Guide to Pro-Family News August 3, 2015

by Rob Schwarzwalder

August 3, 2015

Click here to subscribe to the Social Conservative Review


Planned Parenthood’s assault on the unborn outrages our sense of justice, a sense engraved on the hearts upon which the “works of the law” have been “written” (Romans 2:15). Our hearts.

A lot of the articles in this edition of the Social Conservative Review pertain to the sustained and graphic portrayals of human evil depicted in the Planned Parenthood videos. Yet we take comfort in knowing those precious little lives are now in the arms of a loving Savior, their creator and eternal comforter.

It’s up to us, and those we’ve elected, to seize this moment to further focus the national conscience and end these atrocities. Christians are picketing PPFA “clinics,” urging Congress to defund this unseemly behemoth of the culture of death, and calling its justifiers to public account. Don’t let upand keep checking www.frc.org for the latest updates.  And pray for those within PPFA and for their advocates, whose blindness is so clear and whose need of Christ is so great.

On a different note, one of the challenges we at FRC face in producing the Social Conservative Review is trying to sift-through the growing volume of outstanding conservative writing and speaking pouring-forth on-line. A whole new crop of Christian writers and thinkers are emerging to articulate anew the reasons for “a culture in which human life is valued, families flourish and religious liberty thrives.”

Many of those voices are featured in this edition. Read them – and contact them, as many are readily accessible and can always use encouragement. The same encouragement they give us through their bold, thoughtful, promise-bearing young voices.

Ultimately, of course, Christians take encouragement in reflecting on the One of Whom Isaiah said, “He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might, He increases power” (Isaiah 40:29). That strength and power are always there for those “who for refuge to Jesus have fled.”

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice-President
Family Research Council

P.S. The Social Conservative Review will be on hiatus until the end of August. In the interim, be sure to listen to FRC President Tony Perkins’ daily “Washington Watch” radio program for interviews with leading conservatives from across the country. And don’t miss FRC’s August 4 panel on international religious liberty – “Radical Islam and Christian Persecution: What’s Happening in the Middle East and Africa.”


Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty in the Public Square

International Religious Liberty

 

Life

Abortion

Adoption

Federal funding of abortion

Fetal Pain

 

Healthcare conscience

 

Family

Human Sexuality (Homosexual/ gender issues)

Abstinence Education

Pornography

Human Trafficking

 

FRC Publications

Policy publications (booklets, Issue Analyses, Issue Briefs)

Op-eds and Blogs

Social Conservative Review: An Insider’s Guide to Pro-Family News July 16, 2015

by Rob Schwarzwalder

July 17, 2015

Click here to subscribe to the Social Conservative Review


The events of the past few days have been hard not just for conservatives but everyone with a sense of decency..

We have seen the repulsive video of Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, talking happily about her group’s practice of selling the body parts of late-term, aborted babies. She boasts, “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, (and) liver” of unborn children.

We have seen a growing attack on Christian liberty as some policymakers and advocates of radical sexual autonomy openly ponder churches and religious institutions losing their tax-exempt status.

The good news is that there are brave national leaders working to address these issues. Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) gave a moving speech in the Senate today on Planned Parenthood’s brutality, and conscientious Members of Congress like ‎Fred Upton (R-MI) are planning to hold hearings on the organization’s activities.

Sen. Mike Lee’s (R-UT) First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), which would prohibit any kind of federal penalties against churches or individuals practicing their faith with respect to marriage, was the subject of an address he gave this week here at FRC. The historical case for religious liberty received a powerful review, also this week, at an FRC lecture by distinguished historian Dr. Mark Hall of George Fox University.

And FRC led the successful charge to have the House leadership cancel “a vote … on H.R. 2722, the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act, a measure that would have poured up to $4,750,000 into the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a major donor to Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider.” Instead, all of the funding went to non-controversial breast cancer research organization.

The news can be overwhelming. The fight for faith, family, and freedom can be exhausting. And the results are often unpredictable.

But whatever the outcome, unborn children are worth defending, religious liberty is worth sustaining, and prudent, principled political action can make a difference. Maybe not a final or comprehensive difference in the here-and-now, but for Christians, the battle is far more than temporal.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice-President
Family Research Council

P.S. FRC’s Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment, the Hon. Ken Blackwell, was featured on C-SPAN on Monday of this week.  Be sure to watch and gain wise counsel from a distinguished Christian statesman.


Human Dignity and the Sanctity of Life

Abortion

Bioethics

Obamacare

 

Marriage & Family

Economy and the family

Fatherhood

Homosexuality and Gender Issues

Human Trafficking

Marriage

Pornography

 

Religious Liberty

 

Religion in Public Life

 

Education

Social Conservative Review: An Insider’s Guide to Pro-Family News July 2, 2015

by Rob Schwarzwalder

July 2, 2015

Click here to subscribe to the Social Conservative Review


The World Turned Upside-Down” reportedly was the tune the British played when Cornwallis surrendered to Washington at Yorktown. Perhaps close listeners could have heard the strains of the tune emanating from the Supreme Court last week.

Those who understand that marriage is the union of one man and one woman for purposes of natural procreation, child-rearing, and male-female complementarity were heartbroken by the specious constitutional and moral reasoning captured in the majority’s opinion making same-sex unions legal nationwide.

The Court’s rulings in Obergefell and the Affordable Care Act case jettisoned the text of the Constitution and institutionalized subjectivism as the only consistent interpretive grid the Supreme Court now applies to the nation’s charter text.

Many of the entries in this week’s Social Conservative Review address these two landmark decisions. Analysis is replete in conservative journals, magazines, and blog sites. Perhaps Justice Antonin Scalia offered the most penetrating summary of the implications of the rulings. Writing of Obergefell, Mr. Justice Scalia said:

Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court … This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves.

Speaking of 1776, FRC hopes you and your family have a glorious Fourth celebrating the many benefits of life in our beloved country. Although some of the foundational freedoms we have long enjoyed are under growing threat, we can look back on our long history with gratitude and our future with the confident knowledge that Jesus Christ remains Lord.

This truth transcends national boundaries, human endeavors, all time and all places. No court, human institution, or leader of any political party can ever change it.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice-President
Family Research Council

P.S. FRC President Tony Perkins and Senior Fellows Ken Blackwell and Peter Sprigg have been making the rounds of places like CBS, ABC, and CNN to discuss last week’s rulings. Go to FRC’s Newsroom to get their take on these historic events.

P.S.S. The nightmarish shootings South Carolina and the burning of several Black churches in the South have prompted renewed consideration of race among Christians nationwide. In “Taking the Charleston Shooting Personally,” writer Hope E. Ferguson (the great-granddaughter and granddaughter of AME ministers) calls on her “brothers and sisters in Christ, be they white, black, brown, or any other color, would put down our differences at the foot of the cross.” Amen.


Social Conservative Review

Human Dignity and the Sanctity of Life

Abortion

Assisted Suicide

Bioethics

Obamacare

Marriage & Family

Economy and the family

Fatherhood

Homosexuality and Gender Issues

Marriage

Pornography

Religious Liberty: Domestic

Religious Liberty: International

Education

Other Stories of Note

Social Conservative Review: An Insider’s Guide to Pro-Family News June 18, 2015

by Rob Schwarzwalder

June 18, 2015

Click here to subscribe to the Social Conservative Review


Transgenderism is much in the news, animated in large part by Bruce Jenner’s reportedly air-brushed photograph of himself as a woman on the cover of a leading magazine.

On Wednesday of this week, the New York Times carried an above-the-fold, front page article, complete with an eye-catching photograph, about an 18 year-old boy who now goes by the name of Katharine. It describes the surgery and drug treatments that have caused him to have a body simulating a girl’s. However, the author notes, given that the surgery took place only within the past year, “It was too late to change some things, like Kat’s tenor voice and facial hair. ‘I hate my voice,’ she said. ‘I shave.’ She chose not to save sperm — to her, a revolting reminder of masculinity — so she cannot have children, the one sacrifice that gave her father a pang.”

The article describes the boy’s physical alteration this way: “The operation involved deconstructing her male genitals and repurposing the nerves and skin as female anatomy.” Historically, this kind of surgery has been rejected by the medical establishment as mutilation.

All Christians should grieve for this young man and his family, and pray they find hope and healing in Christ — the same hope and healing all of us find when we come to know His great love and decide to follow Him.

FRC’s latest publication, “Understanding and Responding to the Transgender Movement,” addresses the many aspects of this phenomenon and includes a seven-page executive summary. It’s available online now and can be downloaded at no cost.

People struggling with their biological identity need counsel and compassion, not surgery, social empowerment or media acclaim. And, like all of us, they need the redeeming grace of a loving Savior. Let’s be sure to extend it to them.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice-President,
Family Research Council

P.S. There’s only one radio program in the country that almost every day features a Member of Congress — FRC President Tony Perkins’ “Washington Watch.” Just in the past week, Tony’s program has hosted two Senators, three current U.S. Representatives, and two presidential candidates, not to mention Christian leaders like Franklin Graham and the Benham brothers. Watch it online or listen on your local radio station — it’s a unique resource for all who care about faith, family, and freedom.


Human Dignity and the Sanctity of Life

Abortion

Abstinence

Adoption

Assisted Suicide

Bioethics

 

Marriage & the Family

Marriage

Economy and the family

Fatherhood

Homosexuality and Gender Issues

Human Trafficking

Pornography

 

Religious Liberty and Persecution

Domestic

International

 

Religion in Public Life

Christian faith and public policy

 

Education

 

Other Stories of Note

Archives