Category archives: Social Conservative Review

The Social Conservative Review: July 16, 2014

by Krystle Gabele

July 16, 2014

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Dear Friends,

FRC is blessed to have classes of interns composed of some of the finest, brightest, most promising young men and women in America.

They come from every size and type of college and university, and work on every facet of the public policy issues we address here at the Family Research Council. Whether in doing analysis for our Marriage and Religion Research Institute, research for our pro-life initiatives, supporting our Government Affairs department, or advancing FRC’s message in the media, their contributions are important and their work is substantive.

Many of them are talented writers whose additions to the FRC Blog and publications in newspapers of all kinds help showcase not only their talent but their deep commitment to faith, family, and freedom. Here are some of their recent articles:

  • Haley Halverson (Hillsdale College) has written a moving piece on her family’s adoption of her brother Eli in, “Adoption Made Me Love Superman.”
  • Rachel Del Guidice of the University of Akron offers a powerful description of the value of religious liberty in, “Keeping the Freedom Fire Ignited.”
  • Emma Vinton, also of Hillsdale, shared a wonderful reflection on how her Dad has shown her the love of a Heavenly Father in a piece titled simply, “Our Father.”
  • Connor Headrick (Louisiana College) charges Christians to stand strong for the truth in “Finding a Firm Foundation.”
  • Bob Jones University’s Elizabeth Folger discusses the importance of sexual abstinence in, “Why Avoid Sexual Risk?.”
  • Regent Law School’s James Wheeler ranks first in his class. He discusses the recent Hobby Lobby decision in, “Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.”
  • And Liberty University’s Hannah Solem writes about Planned Parenthood’s desperate, irreverent effort to “Use God to Boost Abortion Sales.”

To learn more about FRC’s internship program, visit our Internship page and share your interest with us.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council

P.S. Join U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, M.D.(R-Md.) and our own Dr. David Prentice for a noontime lecture, “Human Cloning and Bioethics: Restoring Ethics in a Crazy World” on July 17. Register to attend or watch online, both at no charge, 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

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Special Edition: The Social Conservative Review - July 10, 2014

by Krystle Gabele

July 10, 2014

Dear Friends,

Welcome to a special edition of the Social Conservative Review.

Celebrating Independence Day, as we did last Friday, is an important way of remembering those who have given so much for our liberty. Yet our gratitude for our country and the brave men and women who defend it cannot be measured only by an annual commemoration. Upholding the virtues that have made America a nation like no other, the virtues of integrity and family, faith and liberty, self-control and initiative, work and resourcefulness among them, helps us honor our country every day.

Those virtues sometimes still resonate on the federal bench, as well.  Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down an important ruling upholding religious liberty and protecting the conscience rights of family businesses who object to being forced to serve as a conduit for coverage of sterilizations, contraception and drugs that can kill an unborn child. FRC has produced careful analyses of this decision so critical to our First Freedom, the freedom of religion.

Commenting on the ruling, FRC President Tony Perkins said, “All Americans can be thankful that the Court reaffirmed that freedom of conscience is a long-held American tradition and that the government cannot impose a law on American men and women that forces them to violate their beliefs in order to hold a job, own a business, or purchase health insurance.”

When victories happen, defeats can also occur. A case in point is the recent ruling in Kentucky, in which a U.S. District Court Judge overturned the Commonwealth’s marriage amendment. Kentucky voters voted overwhelmingly for the amendment with 75 percent of the vote. That’s why we keep on advancing faith, family, and freedom, whether we win or lose.

Those who have won the liberties we enjoy deserve no less.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council

P.S. Here are some other recent free FRC resources on issues important to our country’s future:

Watch for the next edition of the Social Conservative Review on July 17, 2014.

The Social Conservative Review: June 19, 2014

by Krystle Gabele

June 19, 2014

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Dear Friends,

Does the Affordable Care Act subsidize abortion?

As many of you will recall, President Obama signed an Executive Order stating that the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, would not fund abortion or abortion-related services. Of course, this was legally meaningless, as later admitted by Rahm Emanuel, since no EO can override the content of enacted legislation.

FRC has been concerned that from its inception, the ACA would subsidize abortion through the state insurance plan exchanges, and has now produced a study quantifying that concern.

Abortion Coverage in State Health Care Exchanges,” authored by the Director of FRC’s Center for Human Dignity, Arina Grossu, demonstrates that Obamacare uses taxpayer funds to subsidize abortion by various means, as noted in the bullet points below.

You can download the publication here. A PDF is available here. Please review this new study and share it with colleagues and peers concerned about the ongoing battle for the lives of the unborn and the safety and dignity of their mothers.

Thanks for standing with FRC for the most vulnerable among us. Whatever the momentary wins or losses, the right to life is one we can never surrender.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council

P.S. Be sure to watch Dr. Robert Gagnon’s superb FRC lecture on the Bible and homosexuality 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: June 5, 2014

by Krystle Gabele

June 5, 2014

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Dear Friends,

As summer approaches, our experts here at Family Research Council continue to produce valuable research on issues impacting faith, family and freedom. Here are some of our latest contributions to the public debate:

Marriage, Polygamy, and Religious Liberty: Peter Sprigg, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, and Travis S. Weber, FRC’s Director, Center for Religious Liberty, examine the “slippery slope” arguments used by conservatives on the redefinition of marriage as it relates to homosexual marriages and how it would further expand that definition.

FRC’s Common Core Coalition Manager, Sarah Perry, has released three publications on the dangers of Common Core. Common Core State Standards examines FRC’s position, which encompasses the lack of parental control over the quality of education, the impact of the costs on state and local governments, and the overreach by the Federal government. Additionally, we look at the impact of Common Core in Mathematics and English, Language Arts, and Literacy.

With the topic of legalizing marijuana being focused on in the media, FRC has released two publications examining the impact this would have on families. The Effects of Marijuana by Donal O’ Mathuna looks at the impact marijuana usage has on the human body. My own Christian Faith and Marijuana Use looks at the impact of marijuana from a Judeo-Christian perspective.

Conservatives and the Constitution: The Political Imperative of Retaining our Allegiance to Constitutional Governance looks at how conservatism has been at the forefront of arguing for representative self-government and how it should be rooted in an accurate understanding of the Constitution.

Lastly, Arina Grossu, Director of FRC’s Center for Human Dignity, provides insight on how unborn babies can feel pain by 20 weeks post-fertilization in her new publication, Fetal Pain.

Thank you for standing by FRC, as we continue to be in the frontlines of faith, family and freedom.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council

P.S. Don’t miss our upcoming lectures in the month of June by visiting our events page. Join us here at FRC or watch online at no charge.


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: May 22, 2014

by Krystle Gabele

May 22, 2014

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Dear Friends:

Revealed truth is not adaptable to the preferences of culture or the demands of the elites.

God has revealed what He has chosen about Himself, His plan, and His standards. He is not looking for human approval or a favorable editorial in a secular publication.

Quite the contrary: Of the nations of the earth, David writes, “But You, O Lord, laugh at them; You hold all the nations in derision” (Psalm 58:8).

Here is what Isaiah says God thinks of human endorsement of Who He is and What He declares:

Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,

And are accounted as the dust on the scales;

Behold, He takes up the coastlands like fine dust …

All the nations are as nothing before Him,

They are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness …

(He) brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness. (Isaiah 40:15, 17, 23)

This truth is not “adaptable.” It does not conform itself to the spirit of the age and the expressions of that spirit in opinion polls or the arguments of the self-anointed.

None of the Bible’s truths are malleable. We accept and submit to them or find ourselves under God’s judgment.

Sound harsh? Take it up with Jesus: “Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets” (Luke 6:26). He loves us immeasurably, which is why He became “sin for us” on the cross, taking the eternal punishment we deserve on our behalf (II Corinthians 5:21). He also is imponderably holy, and His standards of right and wrong are not defined by democratic consensus.

When the Left calls on Christians to accommodate to evil, whether related to human sexuality, marriage, the destruction of unborn human life, the commodification of women, conscience-violating federal law or whatever else, faithful believers will graciously but firmly say “no.” For this immovable stand, we invariably will face difficult if not painful consequences.

Jesus did. He told His disciples that “no servant is greater than His master” (John 13:16), and He was crucified. The path of discipleship is the way of the cross, whether that means the loss of social position, professional attainment, family approval, or physical persecution, even death. In the power of God’s Spirit, Christians need to get ready.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council

P.S. Do chastity and marriage still matter? Be sure to read the latest from Dr. Pat Fagan, head of FRC’s Marriage and Religion Research Institute, on “Chastity, Monogamy, and Later Divorce.”


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: May 8, 2014

by Krystle Gabele

May 8, 2014

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Dear Friends,

This week the Supreme Court, which too often strikes out on behalf of faith, family, and freedom, hit a home run for religious liberty.

In its ruling in Town of Greece v. Galloway, a 5-4 majority upheld the constitutionality of legislative prayer and affirmed the long-held right of Americans to pray in the public square. In January, FRC submitted an amicus brief on behalf of 49 Members of Congress supporting Alliance Defending Freedom’s petition in this case.

Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy said, “Our tradition assumes that adult citizens, firm in their own beliefs, can tolerate and perhaps appreciate a ceremonial prayer delivered by a person of a different faith.”

Amen! A victory for the Constitution, liberty, and the traditions of millions of ordinary Americans: Not bad. Let’s pray that all of our courts will remember that our “first freedom,” religious liberty, is something to be cherished and advanced if our country is to remain a beacon of hope for all mankind.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council

P.S. Marijuana use and legalization are increasingly significant issues in our country. Download FRC’s new publication, “The Effects of Marijuana,” to learn more about the dangers of the “drug culture.”


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: April 24, 2014

by Krystle Gabele

April 24, 2014

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Dear Friends,

Want to start an emotional discussion? Ask people what they think of “Common Core.”

The new federal education standards being advanced by the Obama Administration are of great concern not only to parents and teachers but all who fear big government intrusion in American education. As President Eisenhower said years ago, federal aid to education leads to dependence by states and localities on Uncle Sam and also to Washington-based control of what’s taught. His prophecy is coming true before our eyes.

FRC has just published three new studies of Common Core that will help you understand what’s really happening and what’s at stake. Written by our talented Common Core Coalition Manager, attorney Sarah Perry, you can download these relatively brief but thorough and carefully-researched documents at no cost:

Ten Things to Know About Common Core

Common Core State Standards: Mathematics

Common Core State Standards: English Language Arts & Literacy

Parents, not the government, are entrusted by God with the education and care of children. FRC is committed to keeping it that way, and we value your partnership with us in this effort.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council

P.S. Be sure to watch a presentation by Arina Grossu, Director of FRC’s Center for Human Dignity, on the current state of euthanasia initiatives in the U.S. and how you can oppose them.


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: 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

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 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

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