Category archives: Social Conservative Review

The Social Conservative Review: April 10, 2014

by Krystle Gabele

April 10, 2014

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Dear Friends,

As we go throughout the year, there is no shortage of news concerning issues vital to social conservatives. FRC has, as usual, been working hard on many of these issues, seeking to advance both the needs of families and the priorities of the Judeo-Christian tradition in the public square. Here are a few of our recent efforts:

Marriage on Trial: State Laws Defining Marriage as the Union of One Man and One Woman Are Valid under the Constitution of the United States: Peter Sprigg, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, wrote this paper to explain why state definitions of marriage as the union of one man and one woman are consistent with the U.S. Constitution and with existing Supreme Court precedents.

Understanding Windsor: What the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act Did — and Did Not — Say: This paper by Peter Sprigg examines the court case, United States v. Windsor and the ramifications it had on the Defense of Marriage Act.

Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance Project: SPLC has been at the center of a controversy recently in Hawaii, as public school teachers in the Aloha State have accepted money from the group to push their agenda in the classrooms. This paper examines the negative impact of SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance project.

This is only a small cross-section of recent FRC actions on behalf of faith, family, and freedom. Go to www.frc.org to learn more. And thanks, as always, for standing with us. With God’s help, we’re not going anywhere but forward.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council

P.S. Be sure to join us on April 23 when the Director of FRC’s Center for Human Dignity, Arina Grossu, gives a lunchtime presentation on the state of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide in the U.S. You can join us here at FRC HQ or watch online at no charge. Just register here.


Human Dignity and the Sanctity of Life
Abortion

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Stem Cells and Biotechnology

Marriage & Family
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Family Life

Human Sexuality

Homosexuality and Same-Sex “Marriage”

Pornography

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International Religious Liberty

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The Social Conservative Review: March 27, 2014

by Krystle Gabele

March 27, 2014

Dear Friends,

This week’s historic hearing at the Supreme Court, testing whether or not private for-profit businesses have any religious rights the federal government should respect, was a landmark event.

FRC’s Senior Fellow for Legal Studies, constitutional attorney Cathy Ruse, was in the Court listening to the arguments. Her piece in USA Today captures the key arguments well. And the Director of FRC’s Center for Religious Liberty, respected legal analyst Travis Weber, explains the stakes involved in “Not Just for Profit.”

This battle is not about contraception, reproductive rights, or women’s health. It’s about whether a company that deliberately follows biblical teachings has the right to apply those teachings to the way it does business. In other words, it’s about the very foundation of religious liberty and freedom of conscience.

Let’s pray that God will guide the justices of the Supreme Court as they weigh this critical decision. And regardless of the outcome, let’s always remember that the duty we have to obey Him in all things is primary.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council

P.S. Sign FRC’s petition to the Air Force Academy that calls on the Academy to continue to allow its cadets to enjoy the very religious freedom they have sworn to uphold!


Human Dignity and the Sanctity of Life
Abortion

Euthanasia/End of Life Issues

Stem Cells and Biotechnology

Marriage & Family
Common Core

Family Life

Human Sexuality

Homosexuality and Same-Sex “Marriage”

Pornography

Human trafficking

Religious Liberty

Religion in Public Life

International Religious Liberty

Other important articles

Book Reviews

The Social Conservative Review: March 13, 2014

by Krystle Gabele

March 13, 2014

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Dear Friends:

The director of FRC’s Center for Human Dignity, Arina Grossu, was in New York this week for the U.N.’s Conference on Women. At event in a packed room, co-sponsored by our friends at the Catholic Family Association and REAL Women of Canada, Arina gave a convincing presentation on lowering maternal mortality around the world and how the UN should not focus on abortion legalization or “reproductive rights” but on real medical solutions to lower the risk of maternal mortality.

Abortion remains one of our great national shames, and is extending well beyond surgical procedures. As Arina wrote earlier this week in The Daily Caller, “Early medical abortions are on the rise … Using gestational data from the CDC, Guttmacher estimated that 36 percent of abortions up to nine weeks’ gestation in 2011 were early medication procedures compared to 26 percent in 2008.”

But there’s good news, too: Last week, the Alabama state legislature passed four bills designed to curtail abortion, including “a fetal heartbeat bill, which would ban abortion when the fetal heartbeat is detected at about six weeks.”

The fight for life continues. The unborn deserve the protection of law. Their mothers deserve better than the exploitation of the abortion industry. Whether at the U.N. or in the states, FRC is working with our pro-life allies to achieve those great goals. Thanks for standing with us as we stand with the most vulnerable of us all.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council

P.S. Download (at no charge) Senior Fellow Peter Sprigg’s new study, “Understanding Windsor: What the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act Did - and Did Not - Say” here.


Human Dignity and the Sanctity of Life
Abortion

Euthanasia/End of Life Issues

Stem Cells and Biotechnology

Marriage & Family
Common Core

Family Life

Human Sexuality

Homosexuality and Same-Sex “Marriage”

Pornography

Human trafficking

Religious Liberty

Religion in Public Life

International Religious Liberty

Other important articles

Book Reviews

The Social Conservative Review: February 13, 2014

by Krystle Gabele

February 13, 2014

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Dear Friends,

Joergen Kristiansen likely is not a familiar name. Maybe it should be.

Mr. Kristiansen is the deputy mayor of a community called Krisitansand (yes, I know, the alliterative possibilities are endless). He is also a courageous man who posted a “picture on Facebook showing him holding a plastic doll that is a likeness of an unborn baby at 12 weeks of pregnancy to make a point about how abortion takes the life of a tiny baby.”

The inception of life remains a beautiful and profound source of wonder. FRC’s Dr. David Prentice, recognized as one of the world’s leading cell biologists, recently wrote that “Since the first umbilical cord blood stem cell transplant over 25 years ago, over 600,000 cord blood units have been stored away around the globe for future lifesaving transplants.” Cord blood stem cells have been used to treat myriad patients, from tiny children to ailing adults.

Joergen Kristiansen and David Prentice speak different languages, have different backgrounds, and even live on different continents. But they stand as one in the battle for the sanctity for life. I hope you will join all of us at FRC in standing with them.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council

P.S. Be sure to watch FRC’s Dr. Pat Fagan discuss his fourth annual “Index of Belonging and Rejection,” a compelling study of marriage and family in the U.S., here.


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The Social Conservative Review: January 30, 2014

by Krystle Gabele

January 30, 2014

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Dear Friends,

On Tuesday evening, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) gave a moving address about the hope and opportunity all Americans share. Responding to the President’s State of the Union message, she spoke of the grandeur of “a nation where a girl who worked at the McDonald’s Drive-Thru to help pay for college can be with you from the United States Capitol.”

She also talked about her wonderful son Cole, a little boy with Down Syndrome. She described him as “a 6-year old boy who dances to Bruce Springsteen; who reads above grade level; and who is the best big brother in the world. We see all the things he can do, not those he can’t. Cole, and his sisters, Grace and Brynn, have only made me more determined to see the potential in every human life — that whether we are born with an extra 21st chromosome or without a dollar to our name — we are not defined by our limits, but by our potential.”

Last summer, Rep. McMorris Rodgers’ former staffer, now-U.S. Rep. Jaime Beutler Herrera (R-WA), gave birth to a little girl with Potter’s Syndrome, “a kidney and lung condition that’s typically fatal.” Both of these brave women have shown that every child is a precious gift. One week after the March for Life, let’s keep remembering that.

Sincerely,
Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council

P.S. FRC’s Executive Vice-President, Lt. Gen. (ret) Jerry Boykin, earlier this week submitted eloquent testimony to the House Armed Service’s Military Personnel subcommittee regarding “Religious Accommodations in the Armed Services.” Read the full text of his timely comments here.


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The Social Conservative Review: January 16, 2014

by Krystle Gabele

January 16, 2014

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Next week, America commemorates a grim anniversary: It was on January 22, 1973 that the Supreme Court opened the doors to legalized elective abortion-on-demand with its decision in Roe v. Wade.

The historic teaching of the Christian faith is that personhood begins at the moment of conception. Consider some quotes from a widely diverse group of theologians:

Clement of Alexandria, church father (circa 150 - 215 AD): “Abortion is killing human life that is under God’s care, design and providence.”

John Calvin, Protestant Reformer: “…the unborn, though enclosed in the womb of his mother, is already a human being, and it is an almost monstrous crime to rob it of life which it has not yet begun to enjoy.”

Orthodox Church in America: “Because we believe that each of us is willed to be, by God, we cannot accept the belief that the humanity which starts at conception is accidental, or has no value … Every life is valued infinitely by God. This includes the life of the unborn child.”

And last but certainly not least, the media’s favorite “liberal,” Pope Francis:

Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenseless and innocent among us. Nowadays efforts are made to deny them their human dignity and to do with them whatever one pleases … the Church cannot be expected to change her position on this question.

Protecting the unborn and their vulnerable mothers has always been, and always will be, essential to Christian faith. The Apostle Peter, in one of the earliest sermons ever given, called Jesus “the Prince of Life” (Acts 3:15). Let’s keep working to honor that glorious title as we celebrate and defend the precious lives He creates.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council

P.S. Listen to two of America’s leading pro-life champions, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and FRC’s own Dr. Pat Fagan, discuss some of the latest developments in the pro-life movement here.


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The Social Conservative Review: December 13, 2013

by Krystle Gabele

December 13, 2013

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Dear Friend,

It’s common this time of year to ask, “Are you ready for Christmas?”

Usually what’s meant by this is, have you purchased all the presents you wish to give? Are your travel plans all set? Will you be taking time off between Christmas and New Year?

Shorthand expressions save time and unneeded explanation, but sometimes they misstate the very question they ask.

In a recent talk at FRC, Dr. Kenyn Cureton got to the real meaning of how to be ready for Christmas and invited us to consider how to truly prepare for “the Word (Who) became flesh.” Dr. Cureton, who leads FRC’s Church Ministries department, invested 20 years as a pastor after earning his Ph.D. in theology. His message is informed by a scholar’s eye and a pastor’s heart, and most supremely by love for Jesus Christ. You can listen here.

Get ready - and Merry Christmas!

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council

P.S. Adult stem cell treatments save lives, and FRC’s Dr. David Prentice offers proof in his fascinating recent talk here at FRC.


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The Social Conservative Review: November 14, 2013

by Krystle Gabele

November 14, 2013

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Dear Friends,

Adult stem cells are living evidence that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139). FRC’s prestigious Dr. David Prentice, who leads our adult stem initiative, has just released a moving new video, “Adult Stem Cell Success Story - Terry Killman.”

Terry was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia almost three years ago. Even though Terry’s cancer was diagnosed early, it escalated dramatically.  At one point, his oncologist told him he had to start treatment immediately or be dead within days.

An adult stem cell transplant from Terry’s brother, Vic, saved his life. Terry’s wife, Michelle, says “And to know now what they’re doing with adult stem cells is absolutely amazing.” Now the former Navy engine man is back to college studying to be a teacher, and fishing with his grandson. As Terry says, “If it wasn’t for the love of my family, I wouldn’t be here. We’re very tight. You trust in God to carry you through, because between family and faith, you’ve got to have both to survive.”

We can save lives through ethical adult stem cell research and treatment. Join FRC in this vital effort by going to StemCellResearchFacts.org.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council

P.S. Watch Tennessee Congressman Phil Roe describe a conservative alternative to Obamacare, which he shared at FRC this week.


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The Social Conservative Review: October 31, 2013

by Krystle Gabele

October 31, 2013

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Dear Friends,

There will never be a time when conservatives can heave a sigh of relief, sit back, and declare victory in the battle for our country and our culture.

There can be victories, of course, significant ones, but the only permanent victory in all of history was achieved on Calvary. In that triumph, we find the courage and confidence to keep making persuasive arguments about the benefits of faith, family, and freedom.

There’s a lot happening on every front. But the eternal battle already has been won. Let’s never lose sight of that as we seek to “do good to all people” (Galatians 6:10).

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council

P.S. Our fall lecture series has begun! Watch online at no charge, here.


Educational Freedom and Reform
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College Debt

Government Reform
Regulation

Waste/Fraud/Abuse

Health Care
Abstinence

Health care reform: ACA/Obamacare

Homosexuality

Human Life and Bioethics
Abortion

Bioethics and Biotechnology

Euthanasia and End of Life Issues

Stem Cell Research
To read about the latest advances in ethical adult stem cell research, keep up with leading-edge reports from FRC’s Dr. David Prentice, click here.

Human Trafficking

Marriage and Family
Adoption

Family Economics

Family Structure

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The Social Conservative Review: October 17, 2013

by Krystle Gabele

October 17, 2013

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Dear Friends,

As the movement for life and human dignity advances, the consternation of the Left only increases. Consider:

With the closure of two more abortion clinics and a third on the brink of shutting down, Ohio women will have fewer places to terminate pregnancies than perhaps any time since the years after the Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973.”

This report from the Columbus (OH) Dispatch almost has the tone of a lament. Yet for those of us who value the sanctity of life from conception to natural death, the closure of abortuaries means that unborn lives will be saved and women will be treated with greater dignity.

We celebrate the growing erosion of the abortion-on-demand mentality that has claimed far too much of the American mind since Roe. Yet even as we continue to make strides in the battle for life, the battle for marriage shows no sign of immediate victory. Lifting the confusion over human sexuality, marriage, and male/female complementarianism remains an enormous challenge for social conservatives.

The bottom line is simple: The Bible calls Christians to be wise, gentle, strong, and faithful. We use our best judgment, seek actively to obey the God of Scripture, and then leave the results to Him. Knowing and practicing those truths creates hope and animates action. The Triumphant One will not be defeated, even if we experience setbacks in our fallen, finite world.

So, with His strengthening grace, let’s get to work.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council

P.S. Watch highlights of FRC’s just concluded Values Voter Summit, including speeches by top conservative leaders, here.


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College Debt

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Health Care
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Health care reform: ACA/Obamacare

Homosexuality

Human Life and Bioethics
Abortion

Bioethics and Biotechnology

Euthanasia and End of Life Issues

Stem Cell Research
To read about the latest advances in ethical adult stem cell research, keep up with leading-edge reports from FRC’s Dr. David Prentice, click here.

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Family Economics

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Check out Dr. Kenyn Cureton’s feature on Watchmen Pastors called “The Lost Episodes,” featuring how religion has had an impact on our Founding Fathers.

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