Category archives: Social Conservative Review

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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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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The Social Conservative Review: February 3, 2011

by Krystle Gabele

February 4, 2011

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Dear Friend,

This week, FRC played a pivotal role in a federal judge’s ruling that the Obama health care law is unconstitutional. FRC’s Special Counsel and Director of our Center for Religious Liberty, Ken Klukowski, drafted an amicus brief cited by Federal Judge Roger Vinson in his ruling. The Judge said he relied “heavily” on Klukowski’s carefully-reasoned argument that the Obama measure’s mandate that all Americans hold health insurance cannot be severed from the rest of the Obama plan — and that, thus, the entire law has to be jettisoned. Read more here.

Also, Tom McClusky, FRC Action’s talented Senior Vice President, has provided this valuable summary of key congressional pro-life legislation. As the new Congress moves forward, urge your elected representatives here in Washington to support these important measures.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder

P.S. On February 6, America will celebrate the 100th birthday of one of her greatest sons — Ronald Reagan. To read President Reagan’s speech to the National Association of Evangelicals about the moral foundations of his historic fight against Communism, click here. Also, visit the Reagan Library site for a bracing review of the life of this remarkable, heroic American.


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FRC’s friends at the Independent Institute have developed a ‘Government Cost Calculator.’ Created by economist Craig Eyerman, the calculator is a bracing reminder that government is just too big and costs far too much.

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Natural Law, Natural Rights, and American Constitutionalism” is a new project by scholars associated with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.” Dr. Robert George, an FRC Board member, directs the Madison Program. This important new Web site provides important information about the philosophical foundation of the American Founding — a foundation as important today as it was at America’s beginning. Learn more about this new initiative by clicking here.

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The Social Conservative Review: The Insider’s Guide to Pro-Family News

by Krystle Gabele

January 20, 2011

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Hello Friends,

This week came the sad news that R. Sargent Shriver, founder of the Peace Corps and Democratic candidate for Vice President, has died. Shriver had a rich career of public service, but virtually all of the media are neglecting to report a key fact about this distinguished American: he was strongly pro-life. In 1992, he signed a statement, published in the New York Times, that included these moving words:

The advocates of abortion on demand falsely assume two things: that women must suffer if the lives of unborn children are legally protected; and that women can only attain equality by having the legal option of destroying their innocent offspring in the womb. The cynicism of these assumptions reflects a terrible failure of moral imagination and social responsibility and an appalling lack of respect for women.

Shriver was right: Nothing is more important to our society than valuing the dignity of every person. From the moment of conception, the image of God is stamped on even the tiniest life. That’s why FRC is engaged in a full spectrum of activities during next week’s commemoration of the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing abortion. We are partnering with policymakers, bloggers, and citizens from across the nation to keep up the fight to defend the unborn and support their mothers. Click here to learn more about our efforts.

Thanks standing for life — and for reading, and sharing, The Social Conservative Review.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice President

Family Research Council

P.S. FRC’s outstanding lecture series, featuring speakers like Eric Metaxas, Jay Richards, and Os Guinness, is available online. Join us in learning more about Christian faith and public policy from these superb speakers.


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The Social Conservative Review: The Insider’s Guide to Pro-Family News—December 9, 2010

by Krystle Gabele

December 9, 2010

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Hello Friends,

Too often, our young people are not taught well — or taught virtually at all — the story of our amazing country. Instead of learning about the founding principles that animated the American Revolution or about how we became the world’s leader in freedom, they are taught a negative or even hostile version of America’s history.

Former Congressman George Nethercutt (R-Wash.) is out to change that with his new book, In Tune with America: Our History in Song, a wonderful guide to American history. As he writes, “In Tune with America melds music and words to tell a story of hope — from all four verses of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ to the lyrics of ‘Tin Pan Alley.’” Very creatively, Congressman Nethercutt has produced a playlist of these great American melodies through iTunes.

Through a special arrangement, we are offering the book at a discounted price of $25 (including shipping and handling). It would make a great Christmas gift, and $10 of every purchase goes to FRC. To place your order, click here.

Thank you for your continued commitment to advancing faith, family, and freedom, and for your readership of The Social Conservative Review.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder

Family Research Council


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Health care reform: Political and Legislative efforts

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The Social Conservative Review: The Insider’s Guide to Pro-Family News—November 5, 2010

by Krystle Gabele

November 5, 2010

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Hello Friends,

This week’s elections remind us that ideas matter and that social conservatives have a very potent weapon to make their convictions heard: The vote.

One of the issues influencing the outcome of Tuesday’s referendum on the past two years was the President’s effort to repeal the current ban on homosexuals in the military. FRC President Tony Perkins commented on Mr. Obama’s insistent post-election drive to overturn the ban in a statement you can access here.

In addition, when you visit our website, be sure to click on our “Events” tab to find out about upcoming lectures and also view previous lectures by some of America’s top conservative scholars, writers, and thinkers.

As always, thank you for working to advance faith, family, and freedom.

Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice President

Family Research Council


Educational Freedom and Reform

Homeschooling

Private and Religious Education

Legislation and Policy Proposals

Health Care

Abstinence

Conscience Protection

Health care reform: Political and Legislative efforts

Homosexuality

Homosexuals in the Military

Sexually-transmitted disease

Human Life and Bioethics

Abortion

Bioethics and Biotechnology

Euthanasia and End-of-Life Issues

Stem Cell Research

Women’s Health

Marriage and Family

FRC’s Marriage and Religion Research Institute, led by Dr. Pat Fagan, is a premier venue for the understanding the contemporary American family. As Dr. Fagan notes, “The Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI) organizes data in a form accessible to the lay reader. As the Institute makes clear, 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, and a norm to be considered again, first for those who worship God, but also for all men and women of good will.”

Three times annually, MARRI offers a report on its research concerning the American family, which you can access by clicking here.

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Check out RealClearReligion for updates on Religious Liberty

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The Social Conservative Review: The Insider’s Guide to Pro-Family News—October 21, 2010

by Krystle Gabele

October 21, 2010

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Dear Friends,

Welcome to this edition of the Social Conservative Review. This week, in addition to our usual compilation of articles and stories relevant to conservatives, we want to highlight a recent debate in which FRC Special Counsel and Director of the Center for Religious Liberty, Ken Klukowski, participated at the University of Michigan School of Law.

A frequent lecturer at law schools around the country, in these debates Ken makes a compelling case that Left-wing activist groups lack standing to bring lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of prayer at public functions. Click here to listen to Ken debate UM law professor Don Herzog on this important religious liberty issue.

Family Research Council is working to advance and protect religious liberty for all Americans. That’s our ongoing and unwavering commitment to you and your family. Thank you for standing with us.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder

Sr. Vice President, Family Research Council


Watch FRC’s important new Webcast on the danger imposed by upcoming tax increases, ‘The Taxman Cometh,’ featuring FRC President Tony Perkins, Congressmen Tom Price and Jim Jordan, and leading tax and fiscal policy experts.


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Articles by Dr. David Prentice

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The Social Conservative Review: The Insider’s Guide to Pro-Family News: September 23, 2010

by Krystle Gabele

September 23, 2010

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**Read FRC Action Board Member Rick Santorum’s remarks at the University of St. Thomas, “A Charge to Revive the Role of Faith in the Public Square.”

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