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The Social Conservative Review: October 11, 2012

by Krystle Gabele

October 11, 2012

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Dear Friends,

America’s leading abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, is at it again.

Increasingly notorious for its massive abortion business (its clinics performed about 330,000 last year), Planned Parenthood is involved in what pro-life champion Lila Rose calls “a rebranding scheme.” Trying to position itself as a compassionate purveyor of women’s healthcare, the organization is attempting frantically to derail the growing movement to end its huge government subsidies at the state and federal levels. These funds enable Planned Parenthood to retain its infamous position as the nation’s leading provider of abortion.

FRC has recently published an updated version of our booklet on Planned Parenthood called, “America’s Abortion Provider: What Everyone Should Know About Planned Parenthood.” You can download this informative and compelling booklet at no charge. We urge you to do so - and forward it to others committed to standing for the lives of the unborn and their mothers.

As FRC’s friend Ryan Bomberger says, “No one knows the beautiful possibility of Life: planned or unplanned.” Amen - so let’s keep standing and praying and working for it.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice-President

Family Research Council

P.S. The director of FRC’s Center for Religious Liberty, Ken Klukowski, makes the case that “the ban on discussing politics” from the pulpit is unconstitutional. Read his op-ed on this critical subject here.


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The Social Conservative Review: September 27, 2012

by Krystle Gabele

September 27, 2012

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Dear Friends:

Faith, family and freedom: it’s a formulation FRC uses all the time, with good reason. Each one of these key components of our culture is under attack.

To help provide you with resources to keep sustaining the battle for what the ancients called “the good, the true, and the beautiful,” FRC continues to publish top-of-the-line research and user-friendly material we provide at no costs. Here are three of our most recent:

  • Modern Slavery: How to Fight Human Trafficking in Your Community.” Author and attorney Robert Flores, formerly an official in the Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, explains the seriousness of the crisis in human slavery - right here at home - and how we can fight it.
  • Non-Marriage Reduces U.S. Labor Participation,” by Drs. Henry Potrykus and Pat Fagan of FRC’s Marriage and Religion Research Institute. This careful analysis demonstrates that given the ” long decline of adult male labor participation … the risk of depression will be exacerbated over time.”
  • Hunger, Plenty, and Population.” In this brief new study, I explore the link between hunger, malnutrition, corruption, and the extreme environmental movement.

The challenges we face as a nation are large and looming. We need not just good and courageous hearts but informed and ready minds. FRC honors each of our supporters for the former, and we’re working to provide you with the resources needed for the latter.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice-President

Family Research Council

P.S. Check out FRC’s lecture series, including most recently our star panel of experts on college debt, by clicking here.


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The Social Conservative Review: September 13, 2012

by Krystle Gabele

September 13, 2012

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Dear Friends,

Barry Brown is a bear of a man. A veteran and an athletic trainer, he is also the recipient of adult stem cell therapy.

When Barry learned he needed triple bypass surgery, he began working with Dr. Joshua Hare of the University of Miami’s Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute. While undergoing heart surgery, Barry’s adult stem cells - harvested from his bone marrow - were injected directly into his heart.

Did the treatment work? Well, on the third anniversary of his adult stem cell transplant, Barry ran a half-marathon of more than 13 miles.

Ethical stem cell research and treatment is working. As David Prentice, Ph.D., director of the Family Research Council’s Center for Human Life and Bioethics, said earlier this year in congressional testimony:

Numerous peer-reviewed papers document improvement in patient health after adult stem cell treatment, including a paper published in 2008 in the Journal of the American Medical Association reviewing 10 years of studies and 69 published patient trials that documented the benefit to patient health of adult stem cells for autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis, juvenile diabetes, systemic lupus, and Crohn’s disease, as well as acute and chronic heart damage and peripheral vascular disease.

You can view a video about Barry and other short films about patients treated successfully with adult stem cells here. FRC believes that sound science and moral integrity not only can coexist, but necessarily complement each other.

Adult stem cells save lives. Take a jog with Barry Brown and see for yourself.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice-President

Family Research Council

P.S. Read FRC President Tony Perkins’ Washington Times op-ed on party platforms and the fall election to learn more about the stakes involved this coming November.


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The Social Conservative Review: August 30, 2012

by Krystle Gabele

August 30, 2012

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Dear Friends,

We hear much these days about “tolerance” and “acceptance.” Too often, when used by the Left, these terms really mean, “Agree with me - or else.”

Consider: In 2011, a young woman in suburban Seattle had to go to federal court to be allowed say something during her high school valedictory address. That “something” was a simple prayer, offered in Jesus’ Name. Does the mention of the Savior so threaten religious sensibilities that it must be adjudicated from the bench? Really?

Last week, FRC President Tony Perkins partnered with Liberty Institute President Kelly Shackleford to launch our new joint study, “Religious Hostility in America.” A catalog of 600 cases of anti-religious - and predominantly anti-Christian - bigotry, the report demonstrates how expressions of traditional faith increasingly are under assault in many realms of public life. You can download the report, and learn more about FRC’s efforts on behalf of religious liberty, here.

It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor,” wrote the then-new President George Washington in 1789. Those words were true at the nation’s founding. We would do well to heed them, carefully and completely, today.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice-President

Family Research Council

P.S. Join Tony Perkins and other Christian leaders as they share in a nationwide simulcast called, “iPledge Sunday 2012.” Learn how you and your church can participate in the upcoming election faithfully and effectively by clicking here.


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The Social Conservative Review: August 20, 2012

by Krystle Gabele

August 20, 2012

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Dear Friends,

There are times when the power of the moment crowds lesser things off the page.

Last Wednesday, my colleague Leo Johnson got between a gunman and his access to the rest of FRC’s DC staff, including me. Despite being shot in the arm, Leo subdued the shooter.

DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier said that Leo “is a hero.” Some have dubbed him “the Hero of G Street.” And House Speaker John Boehner sent out this message: “Prayers are w/injured guard, his family, & everyone at (FRC) …DC police chief says ‘security officer is a hero’ - couldn’t agree more.”

Neither could any of us here at the Family Research Council. Please join us in praying for a quick and complete recovery for Leo and for his wonderful family during this difficult time. And thanks be to God for a brave man who acted in the finest traditions of American courage.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice-President

Family Research Council


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The Social Conservative Review: August 2, 2012

by Krystle Gabele

August 2, 2012

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Dear Friends,

This week’s massive Indian blackout demonstrates again how reliant all of us are on an intricate and largely unseen web of hyrdo-electrical, electronic, and computer-related support systems.

A similar network, one seldom celebrated in media or academia, is composed of families, churches, synagogues, associations, charities, corporations and businesses. They form the undercarriage of our society and are equally critical to the well-being of us all.

As conservatives, it’s our job to strengthen this essential cultural power-grid. At the Family Research Council, our job is to help sustain and empower the institutions of marriage, church, and family so that the moral power failures we are experiencing don’t become overwhelming. With your God’s help and yours, we will continue doing just that.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice-President
Family Research Council

P.S. As this week marks the beginning of the Obama Administration’s contraception/abortifacient mandate on health insurance plans, be sure to visit FRC’s website to learn what we’re doing to support religious liberty and the rights of conscience.


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The Social Conservative Review—July 19, 2012

by Krystle Gabele

July 19, 2012

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Dear Friends,

As the father of two Boy Scouts, I was grateful for this week’s announcement by the Boy Scouts of America that they would retain their ban on homosexuals from serving in leadership.

This isn’t about hate, intolerance, or bigotry. It is about:

** Protecting boys from predation. Historically, many thousands of boys were sexually abused while in Scouts. Not all homosexuals are predators - but all but a small number of the predators who have molested boys and young men in Scouting have been homosexual. All parents want their children protected from sexual assault, which is why the prohibition on homosexuals in Scouting helps prevent the participation of men who would take advantage of trusting young boys.

** Fiscal sanity. The BSA has paid-out tens of millions of dollars to boys who have been abused and to their families. Perhaps the advocates of homosexuality within Boy Scouts will offer to pay the organization’s massive litigation insurance premiums; so far, I’ve not heard such an offer made.

** A private organization upholding the moral standards on which it was founded. To this day, every Boy’s Life magazine features a Bible story, and biblical values of loyalty, honor, truthfulness, etc. are celebrated as Scout norms. The Scout promises to do his best to do his duty “to God and my country.” That moral foundation is why, in 2004, the Scouts’ National Council issued this statement: “Boy Scouts of America believes that homosexual conduct is inconsistent with the obligations in the Scout Oath and Scout Law to be morally straight and clean in thought, word, and deed.” Moreover, 70 percent of Scout troops are chartered by religious institutions, the majority of which teach that non-marital sexual intimacy is immoral. Are those who would open Scouts to homosexuality prepared to see hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of boys lose their troops because the churches and synagogues that sponsor them will not accept homosexuals in Scouting leadership?

The final line of the Scout Law is an affirmation of a Scout’s obligation to be “reverent.” The leadership of the Boy Scouts of America has affirmed its commitment to revere God and protect boys over the demands of the secular elite and homosexual activists. May the God of the Bible bless them for it.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice President

Family Research Council

P.S. Listen to FRC President Tony Perkins’ interview with Gov. Mike Huckabee on the Scouts’ decision here.


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The Social Conservative Review: July 5, 2012

by Krystle Gabele

July 5, 2012

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Dear Friends:

Last week’s Supreme Court decision on President Obama’s health care plan has been the subject of much commentary and controversy. Along with the extensive legal and political commentary about it, a longer-term view might be in order.

John Steele Gordon, writing in Commentary, offers a valuable historical perspective:

Never before that I know of, has a federal tax been placed on inactivity. If you buy something, you pay a sales tax. If you earn income, you pay an income tax. If you do business as a corporation, you pay an excise tax. Now, if you don’t buy health insurance, you pay a tax on not doing so. What else then can be taxed? Not exercising?

This seems far afield of where the brave men and women of 1776 wanted our country ever to be. But it’s in their spirit - one committed to an ordered liberty based on rights given by God, not the government - that conservatives, undaunted, press ahead.

We owe our Founders nothing less.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice President

Family Research Council


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The Social Conservative Review: June 21, 2012

by Krystle Gabele

June 21, 2012

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Dear Friends:

Good things are happening in government - state government, that is.

  • In Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal signed legislation requiring “the fetal heartbeat be made audible to, and ultrasound images be displayed for review by, a pregnant woman at least 24 hours prior to an abortion.”
  • In Michigan, the state legislature has approved what some pro-life leaders are calling “the largest collection of pro-life legislation ever addressed at one time” in the Wolverine State.
  • In New York, a bipartisan coalition came together to “again make viewing all child porn online illegal under state law.”

Conservatives should not be surprised that the federal system established by our Founders - one where states have great constitutional latitude to order their own affairs - actually works. The closer government is to the people, the greater its accountability to them.

The powers delegated by (the) Constitution to the federal government are few and defined,” wrote James Madison in Federalist 45. “Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”

Those advancing faith, family, and freedom in the states are proving the validity of Mr. Madison’s argument every day. Let’s take heart from them.

Sincerely,
Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice-President
Family Research Council

P.S. Earlier this week, FRC Action President Tony Perkins was joined by national leaders in the fight against “new federal regulations that would force health-care plans to cover abortion drugs, contraceptives and sterilizations.” Be sure to watch it here.

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The Social Conservative Review: June 7, 2012

by Krystle Gabele

June 7, 2012

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Dear Friends,

Recently in Bekasi, Indonesia, “a mob of 300 Islamic extremists threw bags of urine and ditchwater, rotten eggs, stones and dirt” at Christians trying to hold an Ascension Day service. In places as diverse as northern Nigeria, Vietnam, North Korea, Egypt, and China, believers are persecuted daily for proclaiming their belief in Jesus.

Could such persecution ever happen here in the U.S.? As far-fetched as this might seem, it’s not too much of a leap to ask if the seeds for such oppression are not being sewn. From the Obama Administration’s contraception mandate to the recent New Mexico court ruling that a local photographer be fined for refusing to photograph a same-sex “wedding,” violations of our cherished religious liberty are becoming increasingly widespread and, thereby, increasingly dangerous.

Last week, FRC Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell gave an eloquent address at a major Washington, D.C. conference on the growing threats to America’s “first freedom.” As Ken noted, many of the battles for religious liberty are taking place at the state level. Contact your local elected representatives to learn what’s being done either to threaten or strengthen the freedom of religion in your home state - and get primed to engage, graciously but firmly, in the struggle for it.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice-President
Family Research Council

P.S. Student debt in the U.S. is roughly $1 trillion - an incredible burden for young Americans. FRC is committed to helping students find better ways to obtain a college education than indebting themselves so early and so greatly. That’s why we’ve launched a new web site, http://www.savemefromcollegedebt.com/. Visit the site to learn about this fiscal and family crisis and what you can do about it.


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