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The Social Conservative Review: May 10, 2012

by Krystle Gabele

May 10, 2012

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Dear Friends,

A few days before she died of adenocarcinoma (glandular cancer), my mother had me sit down and help her make phone calls. She could not see well enough to find the numbers, so she asked me to do it.

The calls were to a list of people in her church who were ill or in some kind of need.

This was characteristic of my Mom, whose selflessness was as profound as it was quiet. She would never think to boast to others about her commitment to sharing the good news about her Savior, her works of compassion, or her burden for the poor at home and abroad. She simply lived these things, behind the scenes.

To say that motherhood is a noble calling understates its importance. FRC celebrated mothers this year with a wonderful Webcast on the Pregnancy Resource Center movement. FRC President Tony Perkins’ moving interviews with policy leaders and with young women who have benefitted from their local PRC’s can be viewed at Pregnancy Resource Centers: Celebrating Mother’s Day Every Day.

Walking into a quiet room and finding my mother on her knees was not uncommon for me. But she would have been embarrassed if anyone else had seen her - letting anyone but the closest of friends know about her private devotion would, in her mind, have been unseemly self-display.

I remember my mother’s prayers,” wrote Abraham Lincoln. “They have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”

This is a legacy I share with Mr. Lincoln. It is one my children will receive from my wife. Can a mother give any more valuable gift to her children?

Happy Mother’s Day,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice-President
Family Research Council

P.S. President Obama has announced what has been anticipated for some time: His support for counterfeit, same-sex “marriage.” Read FRC’s take on the President’s comments here.


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The Social Conservative Review: April 26, 2012

by Krystle Gabele

April 26, 2012

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Dear Friends,

The outpouring of grief over the passing of Chuck Colson has been moving. It was for his courageous and extensive ministries that FRC gave him its James C. Dobson Vision and Leadership Award in 2008.

Somewhat neglected in the tributes has been Mr. Colson’s deep commitment to defending the persecuted, providing aid to the needy, and bringing justice to the developing world.

University of Texas scholar Will Inboden notes that, “in the 1990s Colson helped lead a broad movement of American evangelicals into activism on an array of foreign-policy issues, including religious persecution, human trafficking, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, genocide in Sudan, and human rights atrocities in North Korea.”

Dr. Inboden continues that “it would not be an exaggeration to say that the State Department offices of International Religious Freedom, Trafficking in Persons, Global Aids Coordinator, Special Envoy for Sudan, and North Korea Human Rights would not exist today without Colson’s work in generating support for their creation.”

In themselves, these achievements would have been so formidable as to constitute a remarkable legacy. Taken with his many other initiatives, Chuck Colson’s ministry has been historic.

Mr. Colson said once, “I have the only pardon I need” - the pardon won through trusting in the death of Jesus Christ for his sins and the new life won through His resurrection.

To borrow from Hebrews 11:4, Chuck Colson, being dead, yet speaketh.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice President

Family Research Council

P.S. To watch FRC President Tony Perkins’ presentation of our Vision and Leadership award to Mr. Colson, and hear Chuck’s remarks, click here.


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The Social Conservative Review: April 12, 2012

by Krystle Gabele

April 12, 2012

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Dear Friends,

South Dakota is big. A vast expanse of prairies and farmland, it is known for the Black Hills, the Badlands, and the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

But recently the home of Mt. Rushmore earned notoriety for another achievement: It became the 15th state to enact legislation not to include abortion in its federally-mandated insurance plans.

There is more good news from the states: In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker has signed a measure prohibiting abortion coverage in the state exchange of health plans and also an informed consent/non-coercion abortion bill. He also signed a bill that “requires teachers in schools that offer sex education to stress abstinence as the only sure way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.”

And in my home state of Washington, a measure that would have required “all individuals to purchase and all businesses sell abortion insurance coverage on a maternity plan” has died an unlamented legislative death.

Those who believe in a culture where the rights to life and conscience are honored can take heart from these victories. They are not comprehensive and, like everything else in politics, are battles that probably will have to be re-fought in coming years. But they show two things: (1) Incremental wins are important - they make a difference in the lives of many - and (2) elections matter.

I would urge those who argue that that voting at election time is inconsequential and that all politicians are alike to reflect on these things.

Your vote counts. So do your prayers. Let’s not lose heart, but keep moving forward.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice-President

Family Research Council

P.S. Today FRC President Tony Perkins talked with Rick Santorum in the Senator’s first interview after withdrawing from the presidential race earlier this week. Click here to listen to the conversation.


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The Social Conservative Review: March 29, 2012

by Krystle Gabele

March 29, 2012

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Dear Friends,

This week the Supreme Court spent three days hearing arguments in a legal case. That case, of course, is President Obama’s health care legislation.

The Obama plan is fraught with problems. It requires, under penalty of law, every American to hold health insurance. This is a mandate - a command - unparalleled in U.S. history. As Justice Kennedy noted in his comments, if implemented the Obama health law “changes the relationship of the federal government to the individual in a very fundamental way.”

The Director of FRC’s Center for Religious Liberty, constitutional scholar Ken Klukowski, JD, has been in the Court to listen to the arguments. You can read his analyses here. It was Ken who first raised the issue of the mandate’s inherent relationship with every other facet of the Obama health law in litigation he submitted for FRC last year (the issue of severability), and which is now regarded as central to the case by both proponents and opponents of Obamacare (read Ken’s legal brief here).

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli wrote that during yesterday’s hearing, Justice Ginsburg, no friend of conservatives, stated that “taxes are designed to raise revenues, but penalties” - fines for not having insurance, or providing it if you are an employer - “are to compel behavior, and if the penalty works perfectly (i.e., everyone buys health insurance), the penalty will raise no revenue at all” In other words, contrary to the President’s argument, the taxing power included in the U.S. Constitution is not the same as the power to impose a penalty for not participating in a commercial exercise (go to www.cuccinelli.com to listen to an audio of the AG’s remarks).

On Tuesday evening of this week, FRC Action held a webcast titled, “On Trial: Freedom vs. Government Healthcare.” Hosted by FRC Action President Tony Perkins, the forum included Members of Congress, leading medical experts, Ken Klukowski, and AG Cuccinelli, and offered first-hand insight into the Court’s deliberations.

What’s at stake is whether or not Uncle Sam can command us to do its bidding in any area of public or private life - it comes down to that. That stake is sufficiently high to drive all of us low - to our knees, to be specific.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice-President

Family Research Council


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The Social Conservative Review: March 15, 2012

by Krystle Gabele

March 15, 2012

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Dear Friends,

Vanderbilt University scholar Dr. Carol Swain, in her recent book Be the People, reminds us that, “People across the globe are still willing to risk their lives to live on American soil. The vast numbers of foreign citizens wishing to enter the United States, whether legally or illegally, tells us we are an exceptional nation.”

As usual, Dr. Swain is right: There is no country like ours, for which we should be deeply grateful - and ever vigilant. Family Research Council exists to strengthen families, protect the unborn and their mothers, sustain religious liberty, and uphold the moral convictions that have infused our nation with hope and prosperity.

One of our top priorities is restoring fatherhood to its central role in our society. Last week, FRC was privileged to host Pastor Freddie Scott, author of The Dad I Wish I Had, as he discussed the crisis in American fatherhood, and what we can do about it. Watch Pastor Scott’s gripping presentation here.

Fathers, mothers, children - all Americans - benefit when integrity is clean, respect is mutual, and virtue is exalted and practiced. “Our forebears balanced a commitment to virtue and justice with a deep awareness of the moral conflict that lies at the heart of humanity,” writes Dr. Swain. “In doing so, they forged a nation unlike any other - with a deep sense of reverence for the human spirit, yet deferential to the God who weighs the affairs of men.”

Will we, in our time, return to that vision? Let’s keep advancing it and not lose heart. America - and the culture we bequeath to our children - is well worth the effort.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice President

Family Research Council

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The Social Conservative Review: March 2, 2012

by Krystle Gabele

March 2, 2012

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Dear Friends:

The Founders of our country had what historian Ellis Sandoz has called “a paradoxical sense of the dignity and frailty of every human being.” They knew that man was unique in all creation: That God had made man in His image, had created him only “a little lower than the angels,” and had “numbered the very hairs of his head” (Gen. 1:26-27, Psalm 8:4-5, Luke 12:7). They also knew that man was a fallen being, scarred by sin, whose heart was “deceitful and desperately sick” (Jeremiah 17:9).

It was this understanding that tempered their confidence in the capacity of man to govern himself. They did not believe in pure democracy, the direct and immediate approval of the 50 percent-plus-one. Consider John Adams’ wise counsel in his 1763 work, “An Essay on Man’s Lust for Power:” “Democracy will soon degenerate into anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man’s life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure.”

The Founders believed that morally bankrupt leadership would exploit human selfishness such that coarseness, or license, would become entrenched in law. This would breed anarchy - a breakdown of civil order as people pursued, under sanction of law, ill-behavior - and this breakdown would eventually lead to dictatorship as people began to long for order and security.

Consider the words of former New York Gov. David Paterson, who was sworn-in after his predecessor, Eliot Spitzer, admitted to having had an extensive relationship with a prostitute. When confronted, Gov. Paterson acknowledged having had several extra-marital affairs, and offered this defense of his actions at a news conference on March 18, 2008: “I think (I) have a marriage like many Americans, maybe even like many of you. Elected officials are really just reflections of the people we represent.”

That’s a chilling proposition - especially since there is a ring of truth in it. “A state is nothing more than a reflection of its citizens,” said Ronald Reagan in a 1984 speech. “The more decent the citizens, the more decent the state.” Are we each sustaining and enhancing the personal character without which our lives, our families, our economy, and our country will be lost? There can be few more challenging questions for us as persons or as citizens.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice-President

Family Research Council

P.S. FRC’s Jeanne Monahan spoke on Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee on the President’s mandate that religious organizations providing health insurance offer plans including contraceptives, abortifacients, and sterilization. View her compelling testimony here.


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The Social Conservative Review: February 16, 2012

by Krystle Gabele

February 16, 2012

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Dear Friends,

Despite his claim of finding a “compromise” on requiring religious organizations that offer health insurance to include contraception and abortifacients, President Obama has only superficially cost-shifted the burden of payment.

Religious leaders across the spectrum understand the threat: If Uncle Sam can mandate that they violate their consciences through an obvious fiscal sleight-of-hand, religious liberty and the free exercise of conscience experience erosion not easily repaired and all too easily exploited. Such respected scholars as Harvard’s Mary Ann Glendon and Princeton’s Robert George - and FRC’s own Dr. Pat Fagan - have published an open letter stating, in part:

The simple fact is that the Obama administration is compelling religious people and institutions who are employers to purchase a health insurance contract that provides abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization. This is a grave violation of religious freedom and cannot stand. It is an insult to the intelligence of Catholics, Protestants, Eastern Orthodox Christians, Jews, Muslims, and other people of faith and conscience.”

Last week, FRC President Tony Perkins hosted a distinguished panel of leaders from across the theological, educational, and political spectrum to discuss the grave implications of this threat. You can view a video of the webcast, titled “Healthcare Mandate: Violating the Separation of Church and State,” here.

FRC also urges you to sign the Manhattan Declaration’s “Mr. President, I Still Believe” to let Mr. Obama know that social conservatives will not accept the diaphanous and condescending coverlet of faux accommodation. Are you prepared to take action - at the least, to write, speak out, and pray - to retain our precious liberties of religion and conscience?

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice President

Family Research Council

P.S. February is the month when we celebrate Valentine’s Day - which is the latest publication of FRC’s Marriage and Religion Research Institute, “162 Reasons to Marry,” is so timely. You can download a copy for free here.


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The Social Conservative Review: February 2, 2012

by Krystle Gabele

February 2, 2012

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Dear Friends,

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) is one of America’s most respected and learned journals. It is a forum in which some of our finest minds publish articles on everything from “Evidence for the extraterrestrial origin of a natural quasicrystal” to “In-feed antibiotic effects on the swine intestinal microbiome.” To a non-scientist like me, even the titles are intimidating.

In the most recent edition of PNAS, three Stanford University scholars argue that both liberals and conservatives engage in a “dramatic projection of one’s own views onto those of Jesus.” While it is only human for us to want the Savior to confirm our own predilections, there can be no doubt that, objectively, Jesus affirmed the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman, Old Testament teachings about human sexuality and personhood within the womb, or the dignity of every person such that liberty — religious, political, and economic — should be the normal state of society.

As theologian Andreas Kostenberger wrote in his recent FRC booklet, “The Bible’s Teaching on Marriage and the Family:”

Marriage and the family were God’s idea, and as divine institutions they are not open to human renegotiation or revision … the Bible clearly teaches that God instituted marriage as a covenant between one man and one woman, a lifelong union of two partners created in God’s image to govern and manage the earth for him. In keeping with his wonderful design, the Creator will normally bless a married couple with children, and it is his good plan that a family made up of a father, a mother, and several children witness to his glory and goodness in a world that has rejected the Creator’s plan and has fashioned a variety of God-substitutes to fill the void that can properly be filled only by God himself.

We all like it when people agree with us. Yet it’s more important that we agree with the God of the Bible, Whose path for human relationships and sexuality is clear in His written Word and evidenced in the natural order. It’s up to each of us to choose whether or not to take it.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice President

Family Research Council

P.S. FRC President Tony Perkins has been offering some sage counsel about the current state of American politics in a series of recent television interviews. To view Tony’s comments, click here.


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The Social Conservative Review: January 19, 2012

by Krystle Gabele

January 19, 2012

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Dear Friends:

A Massachusetts judge’s decision to order the abortion of “a mentally ill woman’s unborn baby and sterilize her - if it meant she had to be ‘coaxed, bribed, or even enticed … by ruse’ into the procedure” has drawn appropriate fire from officials in the Bay State.

Judge Christina Harms, who retired from the bench last week, not only wanted to compel the woman known only as “Mary Moe” to have an abortion - a procedure serious Catholic Ms. Moe said, explicitly, she did not want - but also to sterilize her. Thankfully, State Appellate Court Associate Justice Andrew R. Grainger has reversed Judge Harms’ ruling, stating that ‘No party requested this measure … and the judge appears to have simply produced the requirement out of thin air.” Justice Grainger has now given the case to another judge.

The forced sterilization of roughly 30,000 Americans occurred in our own country in the years leading up to World War II (U.S. Holocaust Museum). The inherent injustice and cruelty of the practice was not only odious to most of our fellow citizens, but its barbarity was cast into horrible relief with the rise of Nazism in Germany. Hitler’s “Law for the Prevention of Progeny with Hereditary Diseases” (July 14, 1933) compelled “the sterilization of all persons who suffered from diseases considered hereditary, such as mental illness (schizophrenia and manic depression), retardation (‘congenital feeble-mindedness’), physical deformity, epilepsy, blindness, deafness, and severe alcoholism.” In addition to the estimated 400,000 persons sterilized, by 1945 up to 250,000 people had been murdered for their real or perceived physical or mental problems.

All of this poses a troubling question: Our society’s outrage over Judge Harms’ decision, while admirable, is much too muted when it comes to the ongoing death of more than 3,000 unborn children daily in the U.S., as is our culture’s compassion for their mothers, who often are “left uninformed” of the other, non-abortion related options they have.

At FRC, we work with dedicated people across the country to provide those better options. That’s why, on Monday, January 23 - the day of the annual “March for Life” here in the nation’s capital - FRC will launch the second edition of our “A Passion to Serve: How Pregnancy Resource Centers Empower Women, Help Families, and Strengthen Communities.” Make sure to visit our website, A Passion to Serve, where you will be able to download your own free copy on January 23.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice President

Family Research Council

P.S. Be sure to watch the Webcast of FRC’s annual “ProLifeCon,” the premier gathering of online pro-life activists, on January 23.


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The Social Conservative Review: January 5, 2012

by Krystle Gabele

January 6, 2012

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When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another. Thomas Jefferson, letter to Charles Hammond, August 18, 1821

Dear Friends:

The size and scope of the federal government continues to expand. The larger government has become, the more constraints it has placed on the way we live our lives.

Most particularly, to pay for its many programs, Washington has placed a substantial tax burden on citizens and the companies where they work. As a result, families are able to retain less of their incomes and not only become more reliant on government for benefits, but also have fewer resources to provide for their own daily needs.

Economic growth and family stability are interwoven. The extensive data available on FRC’s Marriage and Religion Research Institute website prove it. As the 2012 campaign season - for everything from President to county resource commission - begins in earnest, policymakers (including would-be ones) should come to understand this.

As FRC’s distinguished Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment, Ken Blackwell, wrote recently, “We who are pro-life and pro-marriage know that families need jobs. They need a growing economy. But economic conservatives need to recognize that stable married families having children are what drive economic growth.”

Family, growth, life, and hope - they’re all part of the same package. And since it was designed by God, a wonderful package it is.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice President

Family Research Council

P.S. FRC began the new year with a bracing lecture by scholar Michael Brown on the homosexual social and political agenda and the need for Christians to stand for the truth about human sexuality in our culture. Click here to watch.


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