Category archives: Social Conservative Review

The Social Conservative Review: The Insider’s Guide to Pro-Family News—Special July 4 Edition

by Krystle Gabele

June 29, 2011

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Dear Friends,

Welcome to a special Fourth of July edition of the Social Conservative Review.

As our nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day, our gratitude for our country and the brave men and women who defend it is great. There is no nation like American, one founded upon the belief that our rights are gifts of God, not bestowals of the state.

Yet the direction of our country remains troubling. In New York , legislators succumbed to extraordinary political pressure to pass, on the last day of an extended legislative session, a measure allowing homosexual “marriage” in the Empire State. Wrong for a host of reasons in itself (see FRC’s new video, “The Problem with Same-Sex Marriage“), this law now opens the door to all manner of living arrangements, each of which further corrodes the family as we have known it (see George Weigel’s compelling article on this theme).

Upcoming votes on same-sex marriage in Minnesota and elsewhere also promise to be hard-fought battles. Of course, it is worth bearing in mind that whenever same-sex marriage has been put to a vote of the people, the people have said no.

Still, with all the bad news, much good is also taking place. For example, earlier this week the Ohio legislature “voted to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which can be as early as six weeks.” As Reuters reports, “The Ohio House also passed two other abortion restrictions Tuesday, one that would ban late-term abortions after 20 weeks if a doctor determines that the fetus is viable outside the womb. Another bill excludes abortion coverage from the state insurance exchange created by the federal health care law.”

FRCAction has produced a comprehensive, 28-page State Legislative Report on all the family-and life-related measures and initiatives in the states so far in 2011. Read it and be encouraged: Many governors, state representatives, and attorneys general are working actively to strengthen families and protect unborn life.

The establishment of Civil and Religious liberty is the Motive which induced me to the field,” wrote George Washington at the close of the American Revolution. Does the preservation of these precious liberties still motivate us to contend — graciously, wisely, and courageously - in the field of political engagement today?

May God guide and strengthen each of us to this end, this Fourth of July and always.

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 14, 2011.

The Social Conservative Review: The Insider’s Guide to Pro-Family News—June 23, 2011

by Krystle Gabele

June 23, 2011

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Dear Friends:

The voice of Love seemed to call me,” wrote British humorist P.G. Wodehouse, “but it was a wrong number.”1

This is the lament of many a young man whose ardent hopes have been dashed by an indifferent young woman. Such laments usually are short-lived, as one crush almost invariably leads to another.

Real love does not disappoint. The enduring love of a husband and wife, of a parent and child, of loyal friends for one another and of patriots for their country: Such loves are always true, even if they sometimes can be hard.

Of course, there is one love that surpasses all others - the love of God, most profoundly demonstrated in the redeeming death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That’s a love that never misdials.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice President

Family Research Council

1 From “The Spot of Art” in Very Good Jeeves!

P.S. Tonight, watch FRC Action’s Webcast, “Cut, Cap, and Balance: Why Congress must Cut the deficit, Cap the spending, and Balance the budget.” Co-hosts FRC Action president Tony Perkins and “Let Freedom Ring” president Colin Hanna will be joined by Senators Jim DeMint and Orrin Hatch, House Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan and other leaders.


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The Social Conservative Review: The Insider’s Guide to Pro-Family News—June 9, 2011

by Krystle Gabele

June 9, 2011

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Dear Friends,

As fiscal pressures mean the public sector must contract, organized religious groups are stepping into the void.” So argues Lewis M. Andrews in “Religious Alternatives to the Public Sector” in The American: The Journal of the American Enterprise Institute.

Andrews notes that “congregations of all faiths” are helping in many ways, ranging from initiatives to help young women who have been sexually trafficked to providing food to needy families. Churches provide homeless shelters, job training programs, free clothing and household goods, marital counseling, palliative care for the sick and dying, and a host of other expressions of Christ’s compassion.

This goes on throughout the country, in communities large and small. But it is not new: from its earliest days, Christians have sought to help those in need, whether those needing assistance are themselves Christian or not. The early church leader Tertullian, writing in 197 AD, wrote that he and his fellow Christians gave “to support and bury poor people, to supply the wants of boys and girls destitute of means and parents, and of old persons confined now to the house.”

In addition to serving in your own local church, visit FRC’s www.RealCompassion.org for links to ministries that are addressing the great needs of our time, at home and abroad. The early Christians reshaped their culture through persistent, effective ministries to those society had rejected. Let’s all follow their example.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice President

Family Research Council

P.S. Today, Dr. Carol M. Swain came to FRC to speak about her book, “Be the People: A Call to Reclaim America’s Faith and Promise.” Click here to watch her remarks.


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Check out our recent edition of the Social Conservative Review

by Krystle Gabele

May 26, 2011

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Dear Friends:

In an era when divorce rates are high and 55 percent of America’s children live in homes missing at least one biological parent, the imperative of strong marriages — of one man and one woman becoming “one flesh” — has never been higher. Family Research Council is committed to strong marriages, which is why the work of our Marriage and Religion Research Institute, led by internationally recognized scholar Dr. Pat Fagan, is so important.

As Dr. Fagan has written, “the overwhelming majority of social science data supports the premise that the intact married family that worships weekly is the greatest generator of human and social goods and the core strength of the United States.”

Take a few moments to visit the MARRI Web site to find a trove of materials demonstrating why worship, marriage, and family are so vital to one another and to society. A strong, vibrant America needs strong, vibrant marriages. There are no substitutes.

Sincerely,
Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council

P.S. Read FRC scholar Peter Sprigg’s executive summary of his thoughtful and compelling publication, “The Top Ten Harms of Same Sex Marriage,” here. You can download the entire booklet, at no cost, at this same site.


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The Social Conservative Review: The Insider’s Guide to Pro-Family News—May 12, 2011

by Krystle Gabele

May 12, 2011

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Dear Friends,

In May 1607, the first Anglican service ever held in North America took place in the nascent colony of Jamestown, Virginia.

This reminds us that from our earliest days, religious liberty has been the cornerstone of all our freedoms. Why? Because if our rights come from God, then it is safe to assume our first duty is to Him — and, thus, that religious liberty is the foundation of all other liberties.

Yet just this week, the Department of the Navy sought to require its chaplains either to perform same-sex unions or refer those desiring them to someone who would. As FRC president Tony Perkins commented, “Opening the military to same-sex weddings would not only violate federal law but also seriously threaten the religious liberty of military chaplains. If the Navy enforces its referral policy, any chaplain declining to perform a same-sex wedding would be required to find someone who would perform the wedding.”

Thankfully, the Navy has backed away from its plan, and the House Armed Services Committee has passed a measure that states, in the words of the bill’s author, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), ” U.S. military bases may not be used to solemnize same-sex unions, nor may military chaplains perform these unions in the course of their official duties.”

In 1776, Princeton theologian and Declaration of Independence signer John Witherspoon wrote, “There is not a single instance in history in which civil liberty was lost, and religious liberty preserved entire.” He was right, and the implication of his observation is profound: The defense of religious liberty is essential.

That’s our challenge and our calling. Thank you for joining Family Research Council in working to fulfill it.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice President

Family Research Council


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The Social Conservative Review: April 28, 2011

by Krystle Gabele

April 28, 2011

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Dear Friends,

Welcome to the one-year anniversary edition of The Social Conservative Review! Over the past 12 months, our twice-monthly compilation of the articles most relevant to faith, family, and freedom has grown into a reliable, and relied-upon, source of news and information for social conservatives across the country.

One of our recurrent concerns is one that affects every American: Religious liberty. In a letter to a congregation in New York City shortly after the British surrender at Yorktown in 1783, General Washington wrote, “The establishment of Civil and Religious Liberty was the Motive which induced me to the Field; the object is attained, and it now remains to be my earnest wish and prayer, that the Citizens of the United States would make a wise and virtuous use of the blessings placed before them.”

Family Research Council remains committed to these principles, which is why we are coordinating a nationwide support effort for the State of Utah in the case Davenport v. American Atheists, one of the most important religious liberty cases to be offered to the U.S. Supreme Court in decades.

The State of Utah permits the Utah Highway Patrol Association (UHPA) to commemorate patrolmen who die in the line of duty by erecting a roadside cross at the site of the tragedy with the patrolman’s name and badge number. A militant atheist organization, American Atheists, Inc., sued the State of Utah in federal court for allowing UHPA to erect these crosses.

If successful, this suit could require not only the removal of religious symbols on public buildings and lands but even that crosses and Stars of David be excised from the headstones at Arlington Cemetery. We are supporting legal efforts to overturn a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit that held any stand-alone cross on public land is automatically an unconstitutional endorsement of Christianity in violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.

To help us, please join our effort to send a message to the U.S. Supreme Court that they need to hear the Utah case and make clear America’s allegiance to the public expressions of faith which are an essential part of our birthright.

George Washington would be proud to stand with you for our God-given rights of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” as we are here at FRC.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice President

Family Research Council


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The Social Conservative Review: April 14, 2011

by Krystle Gabele

April 14, 2011

Dear Friends,

In 2009, Barack Obama appointed then-Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. This was a troubling pick for conservatives, given her support for abortion-on-demand and support from abortion giant Planned Parenthood. Since her appointment, Sec. Sebelius has justified these concerns, as she has advocated for federal funding of abortion, abortifacient drugs and stem cell research using human embryos.

Yet there is a significant bright side to Sec. Sebelius’ departure from Topeka: Former Senator Sam Brownback, a champion for life, is now Governor of Kansas. And what a difference that has made.

Yesterday, Gov. Brownback signed legislation that “strictly limits abortions after 22 weeks based on the fact that fetuses can feel pain beginning after the 21st week of pregnancy” and another measure, “the Abortion Reporting Accuracy and Parental Rights Act,” which “requires minors who seek abortions to obtain consent from both parents and places certain prohibitions on late-term and partial birth abortions.”

Kathleen Sebelius would have fought these bills from their introduction. Sam Brownback not only signed but celebrated them.

To those who say that Christians should withdraw from political engagement and concentrate on private acts of charity or work solely with church or ministry groups, consider Sam Brownback and his allies in the Kansas Legislature.

These bills are part of a larger legislative mosaic that is building, gradually but steadily, a culture where the personhood of the unborn child is being recognized in law and in the American conscience.

Does political engagement bring complete resolution of every problem? No. But political action can make a decisive, if incremental, difference in a host of areas — most importantly those involving the sanctity of life from conception until natural death, the dignity of marriage, and the centrality of religious liberty to American public life.

Elections matter. Just ask Sam Brownback — and, in years to come, the children whose lives are saved through the bills he just signed into law.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice-President

Family Research Council

P.S. Be sure to read FRC President Tony Perkins’ Daily Caller op-ed on the budget crisis, Planned Parenthood, and the effects of abortion. To learn more about Planned Parenthood’s assault on the American family, read, “Planned Parenthood—What Every Parent, Teacher, Woman, Community Leader and Elected Official Needs to Know,” by FRC’s Director of the Center for Human Dignity, Jeanne Monahan.


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The Social Conservative Review: March 31 Edition

by Krystle Gabele

April 1, 2011

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Dear Friends,

The seasons are changing. Here in Washington, DC, winter is slowly giving way to spring. The cherry blossoms are out and buds are appearing on the trees.

Some things — character and family, life and liberty — never change. Neither does the faithfulness of God, “the Father of lights, with Whom there is no variation or shifting shadow” (James 1:17).

At FRC, we count on that faithfulness day by day, not because it means God will always give us the victories in culture or politics we wish, but because His faithful compassion and guidance mean we will have the strength to keep championing the unchanging values we believe in so deeply.

Enjoy this edition of The Social Conservative Review, and thank you for your readership.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice President

Family Research Council

P.S. FRC’s dynamic lecture series continues with events celebrating Spain’s resurgent pro-life movement in the face of strong government opposition and the growing vibrancy of the Homeschooling movement. Join us in our Washington, DC building or view online.


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Homosexuality

Human Life and Bioethics

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The Social Conservative Review: March 3, 2011 Edition

by Krystle Gabele

March 4, 2011

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Dear Friend,

On this day in 1931, the Star-Spangled Banner was formally adopted as our national anthem.

Most of us are familiar with the wonderful story of how Francis Scott Key, a prisoner on a British ship in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, rejoiced at seeing the Stars and Stripes “yet waving” over Ft. McHenry despite a ferocious assault of “bombs bursting” from John Bull’s men-of-war.

The final stanza of America’s song is especially relevant for our time: It encourages “free men” to “stand,” and “Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.” It reminds us that “In God is our trust.”

Nearly two centuries after Mr. Key saw Old Glory still flying, we are, with you, still standing — for liberty and the Constitution, for faith and family, for our children and their future. And since God remains our trust, we always will.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice President

Family Research Council

P.S. Pat Fagan, Ph.D., the distinguished Director of FRC’s Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI), recently has published a massive study of what’s really happening in families across the country. The “Annual Report on Family Trends 2011” is designed to “inform the reader about the American family in its current state, including its behaviors in the five major institutions … of society: family, church, school, marketplace, and government.” A superb resource for educators, students, political and civic leaders, and concerned citizens, you can download it free by clicking here.


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Earlier this week, FRC President Tony Perkins sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice requesting records of communications between the Obama Justice Department and various legal groups seeking to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Why? Because the President has now said federal attorneys would no longer defend DOMA in court. In Tony’s words, “The President’s failure to defend DOMA is also a failure to fulfill his oath to ‘faithfully execute the office of President of the United States.’ What will be the next law that he will choose not to enforce or uphold?” We are looking forward to Attorney General Holder’s response to FRC’s letter.

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The Social Conservative Review: February 17, 2010 Edition

by Krystle Gabele

February 18, 2011

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Dear Friend,

The early Christians lived in a culture that was aggressively hostile to the sanctity and dignity of human life. In Rome, for example, the abandonment of unwanted infants — simply leaving them in the street to die — was commonplace.

Yet as theologian Michael Craven has written, it was those brave believers in Jesus who put their faith into unmistakable and very public action in rescuing unwanted little ones and the many other desperate and destitute people of ancient Rome:

The early Christians, acting in obedience to Christ, began to care for the poor, the sick, and the marginalized. So alien were their charitable acts and self-sacrificial lives that the Romans referred to them as “the third race” … They expressed their opposition to infanticide by rescuing the abandoned children of Rome and raising them as their own—an enormously self-sacrificial act at a time when resources were limited and survival was in doubt.

Are we members of that “third race?” As we defend the unborn and stand with their mothers, support families and the institution of the family, and protect the religious liberty without which all other freedoms are in jeopardy, let’s keep speaking, and doing, the truth in love (Ephesians 4:12) — within the public arena. To abandon that arena would be an act of lovelessness, something we must never do.

The early Christians were so effective that when the pagan Emperor Julian died in AD 363, his last words were a veiled tribute to the Man from Galilee , the Lord Jesus Christ: “Vicisti Galilaee ” — “You Galileans (Christians) have won!”

Let’s not forget the odds our early Christian brothers and sisters faced - persecution, famine, nakedness, danger and the sword, as Paul the Apostle wrote in Romans 8. Yet they kept on — and so must we.

After all, we know Who wins in the end.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice President

Family Research Council

P.S. FRC’s Government Affairs department has produced a thorough summary of what’s happening across the country as courageous legislators, leaders and activists advance faith, family, and freedom in the states. Learn about these important battles, and consider how you can help, by clicking here.


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In May, the Christian Alliance for Orphans will be holding its national summit meeting in Louisville. Learn more about this important event by clicking here.

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