Month Archives: February 2013

About Early Childhood Ed, My Boss is Right!

by Robert Morrison

February 22, 2013

You don’t usually get in trouble saying your boss it right. But my boss, Tony Perkins, is really right about early childhood education. Tony’s column is in USA Today.

I worked in the U.S. Education Department under the Reagan administration. Yes, I know conservatives; you don’t think there should even be a federal education department. And you’re right about that. Ronald Reagan didn’t think so, either. He would have disestablished it if liberals in Congress had allowed him to.

Tony’s right because there is no better place for a young child than in a loving home with a married mother and dad. We had an interesting experience on this issue with my former boss, Sec. Bill Bennett, in the Reagan years. The Secretary had to go up to Capitol Hill regularly to testify about the zeroing out of the Department’s budget.

Liberal committee chairmen pitched a fit. One of them came to the hearing primed to beat up the administration—and Sec. Bennett in particular—over federally-funded day care initiatives. The Chairman wanted the feds to establish a national system of secular, regulated, and unionized day care centers.

He bore down on Sec. Bennett. Why even the Soviet Union is ahead of us on this, the Chairman growled.

Happily, we Reaganauts had prepped the Secretary for this.

Bennett politely rejoined. “Mr. Chairman: I can tell you why the USSR has a national system of day care.”

Once he drew everyone’s attention, Bennett informed the committee that we had a copy of Raisa Gorbachev’s Ph.D. dissertation. In it, the atheist wife of the Communist Party General Secretary made an impassioned case for Soviet day care for all dyeti—children.

It seemed that too many of the little ones were being raised by their grandparents. And their grandparents were filling their heads full of “superstition.”

Superstition is the Marxist term for religion. In order to raise a properly indoctrinated Soviet citizenry, they had to be taught atheism from the start. That was the motive behind Raisa’s strong insistence that little children increasingly be raised by the state.

So what is President Obama’s motive for pushing for more institutionalized child-rearing? I cannot of course claim that it’s because of those Marxist professors he sought out on campus. I doubt they taught the young Columbia student about day care.

Still, in order to have more “Julias,” it will be necessary to push more and more children out of the home and into institutionalized state care earlier. “Julia” is not the new Soviet man; she’s the new Obama woman. “Julia” was the fictional character invented by the Obama team last year to represent an American who finds government support—from Head Start to Social Security and Medicare—a seamless web of dependence.

In “Julia’s” life, there is no father, no brother, no husband, no father of her child, no male friend or business partner. The only man in “Julia’s” life is President Barack Obama.

And now, they want Barack Obama to be father to the nation’s pre-schoolers. Remember Mmm-mmm-mmm—Barack Hussein Obama? Head Start may not improve children’s cognitive skills, but it’s the seedbed for social engineering.

What Every Parent Should Know About Girl Scouts “World Thinking Day”

by Cathy Ruse

February 22, 2013

Today the Girl Scouts of America celebrate “World Thinking Day.”

On “World Thinking Day,” they earn badges for thinking about hunger or talking to a Peace Corps volunteer. They also “give thanks for” their membership in the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), the creator of World Thinking Day. And to really show their thanks, they collect money to send it to WAGGGS. Parents, hold on to your pocketbooks!

A noted player on the international stage, WAGGGS is an ardent advocate for controversial social policies including abortion and sex rights for children. Girl Scouts USA is its single largest organizational funder. In fact, every American girl who joins a Girl Scout troop at her neighborhood church is made a de facto member of this radical group.

If you have not read about the plans, programs, and priorities of WAGGGS, you must do so today. I promise, it will give you something to think about.

Read about WAGGGS here:

http://www.100questionsforthegirlscouts.org/100/wagggs.cfm

http://www.girlscoutswhynot.com/WAGGGS.html

http://www.honestgirlscouts.com/files/HGS2011NatlConvFlyer.pdf

Let’s Make it Washington & Lincoln Day

by Robert Morrison

February 22, 2013

Today is George Washington’s Birthday. It used to be a holiday, a unifying national celebration of the Father of our Country.

We used to teach children a lot about George Washington. When I told Ed Meese a few years back that an online poll of Americans had voted Ronald Reagan the greatest American, Mr. Meese almost spilled his coffee.

He didn’t think so! He thought George Washington was the greatest American.” Mr. Meese sadly shook his head over what was happening to civic education in our country.

It’s especially poignant to remember Ronald Reagan’s Farewell Address to the Nation. In January 1989, the president warned of a loss of our national memory. He was the only president known to have died of Alzheimer’s. George F. Will poetically compared that dreaded disease to aMidwestblizzard in which all the familiar signposts and landmarks are gradually lost to view in a mental whiteout.

Before his long goodbye, though, President Reagan said: “If we forget what we did, we won’t know who we are. I’m warning of an eradication of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit.”

One way we can see the erosion of the American spirit is through the loss of civic ceremony and a sense of our history as a people. I would point to Presidents Day as a symptom of this loss. What is this thing? Formally, it is still the federal holiday dedicated to George Washington, but what is it in the minds of the people? Is it a celebration of the presidency? Are we really celebrating James Buchanan and Millard Fillmore along with Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton? I hope not.

I was often asked by my college history students to name the greatest President of the United States. I would answer: Washington & Lincoln. No, the greatest one president. Washington & Lincoln, I would stubbornly reply.

Often, among conservatives, Washington is tops. Among liberals, it’s usually Lincoln (once they get past that inconvenient truth that Lincoln was a—shudder—Republican).

There are of course many differences between Washington and Lincoln. Washington was a wealthy planter, one of the richest. He held slaves all his life. We don’t want to celebrate that, for sure. But as president, he signed Congress’ reaffirmation of the Northwest Ordinance, which banned slavery from a vast western reserve of lands.

He also freed his slaves on his death, thus setting an example for the country. If every slaveholder had done what Washington did, there would have been no Civil War.

Washington was clearly the most unifying figure ever to occupy the presidency. He was twice elected unanimously in the Electoral College. Even Washington’s opponents, and he did have some, generally tried to blame Alexander Hamilton or John Jay for some of the administration’s policies they disliked.

If Washington was the most unifying, Abraham Lincoln was the most divisive. A bloody four-year struggle ensued almost from the day his victory was announced. That says more about us as a people, however, than it does about Lincoln. The great Southern diarist Mary Chesnut probably had it right when she pegged the root cause of the Civil War: It was “because we hated each other so.” Tragically true.

Lincoln had great faith in the power of reason to appeal to “the better angels of our nature.” He thought surely we could all recognize what Washington and the other Founders recognized: Slavery is an evil and should not be extended. But by 1860, millions had been swayed by the seductive arguments of John C. Calhoun that slavery was “a positive good” for slaveholder and slave alike.

Lincoln playfully exploded the illogic of that argument. Though volumes have been written to prove the good of slavery, he said, we seldom hear of “the man who seeks the good of slavery by becoming a slave himself.”

If only those swayed millions had heard Lincoln’s arguments. His speeches, his writings were effectively banned across eleven states. In the election of 1860, his name did not even appear on the ballot in ten states.

The reason to oppose Presidents Day is because we cannot focus on forty-four presidents. They become a blur. Ronald Reagan understood this when he led the commemoration of the Fortieth Anniversary of D-Day. He went to Normandy and invited grizzled veterans of the invasion, brave airborne rangers, to sit before him. “These are the boys of Pointe-du-Hoc,” he intoned, “these are the men who liberated a continent and left the vivid air signed with their honor.”

Scholar Douglas Brinkley understood Reagan’s sense of the dramatic. Just as Shakespeare’s Henry V immortalized “we few, we happy few, we band of brothers,” Ronald Reagan let those Boys of Pointe-du-Hoc stand for the millions who fought to free Western Europe in World War II.

By celebrating Washington & Lincoln, we give the honor due to our Founding Father and our Redeemer President. It was Lincoln who, in freeing the slaves, assured freedom to the free. And it was clear throughout his presidency that Lincoln revered Washington above all his predecessors. Lincoln fought for “a vast future;” Washington secured this haven for “millions yet unborn.” We should honor both of our greatest leaders and celebrate Washington & Lincoln Day.

Don’t Forget Our Brothers and Sisters

by Family Research Council

February 21, 2013

In a recent Fox News article, the plight of house churches in China is said to be getting worse. The government has increased its crackdown on these churches which pose a threat to its power. Bob Fu, founder and president of ChinaAid, and a former pastor himself in China, said the government is employing “new tactics of persecution.” Please remember to pray for our brothers and sisters in China that God would preserve them and strengthen them. And remember to thank God for the benefit of religious freedom that we have in America. Stand up for religious freedom here in America so that we can be a beacon of hope to those oppressed around the world.

In case you missed it, FRC recently held a panel discussion of religious liberty in America and will host Bob Fu for a further look at the Chinese church’s persecution in April.

FRC in the News: February 19, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

February 19, 2013

Head Start: Study Proves How Not to Get Our Kids Ahead

In an article on The Tribune-Review’s website, Cathy Ruse, Senior Fellow for Legal Studies at FRC discusses how the Head Start Program is a perfect example of why government should not provide universal preschool.Ruse cites the recent study released about Head Start and how much taxpayer money is contributing to the program, and argues that it would be much better to strengthen family units to benefit the lives of the young children.

The Ten Commandments Shall Not be Moved

Ken Klukowski, FRC’s Director, Center for Religious Liberty, wrote an article for Breitbart about a lawsuit from the ACLU representing a man who supposedly wanted to buy property near a Florida courthouse. The courthouse had a large Ten Commandments display, and the plaintiff claimed that the display caused “injury.” However, the plaintiff later revealed that he really did not want to buy the property and the case was dismissed. 

Surrender the Secret: Letter to Lawmakers

by Anna Higgins

February 19, 2013

Surrender the Secret “Letter to Lawmakers” highlights the government’s serious abdication of the duty to protect the fundamental rights of all citizens:

Some of the very first words written upon the conception of the United States immortalized the universal truth that all men are equal and are have the inherent right to life. As this right is given by God alone, it is not within the power of any man to infringe upon it. The Declaration of Independence goes on to note that the purpose of government is to make sure that these fundamental rights — life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — are protected. It was for these very principles that our founders and the first American citizens, in reliance on “the protection of divine Providence,” pledged their “Lives, Fortunes, and sacred Honor.”

These founding principles, so integral to the development and success of our nation, have been eroded over time as fewer and fewer of our leaders and citizens understand that the future success of this country depends on the adherence to those principles. Power, entitlements, and the almighty dollar have replaced our dedication to the protection of life and liberty. The consequences are devastating.

In the fourth episode of Surrender the Secret, KnockTV’s groundbreaking abortion recovery reality show, the women participating in the recovery Bible study reflect on anger they have dealt with following their abortions. While all the letters are incredibly moving and poignant, one particular letter stands out in that it addresses the failure of our nation’s leaders to protect women and children from the evils of abortion. The harm that has been done is immeasurable.

The woman addresses this letter to all lawmakers who participated in the passage of legislation legalizing abortion. She begins by asking the question why these lawmakers believe that what they have done is right. She then addresses the fact that many women and men have been deceived by the pro-abortion propaganda that is often touted by legislators and that massive emotional and psychological devastation have resulted. Part of the letter focuses on the many lives lost as a result of abortion and asks, “Have you ever thought about the children who were not allowed to be born? What their lives might have been like? What kind of people they might have been? … Maybe you have, maybe not. For whatever reason, what you have felt has not been strong enough to influence you to do the right thing by choosing life.” She ends the letter by emphasizing that this child they call a “fetus” is actually a human being, completely separate from his mother, and as such, has a right to life. She signs the letter, “Sincerely, still grieving after 25 years — Mother of an aborted child.”

This letter is profound in its simplicity. It obviously comes from the heart of this grieving mother and it reflects what we all know to be true if we are honest with ourselves — that abortion ends innocent life and destroys women. We will never know what the future would have been for the precious lives already taken, but we can make sure that no other life is robbed of possibility.

It is time that our leaders, past and present, address this failure to protect the most innocent of American citizens as well as the failure to acknowledge the harm that has been perpetrated on women and families in the name of “choice” and “reproductive rights.”

The fear of admitting fault is what has kept many of our judicial and legislative leaders from addressing this injustice, at the expense of millions of lives. There is no life goal, dollar amount, or legislative gain worth the price of one innocent life - let alone millions of lives. The protection of life and liberty was so important to our founders that they were willing to give their lives in pursuit of it. Are we not willing to pay even a fraction of that price? Yes, it may cost an election, a powerful position or the ability to live a life of ease and comfort, but that cost pales in comparison to the chance to put an end to the greatest human rights abuse of our time. This is a cause to which we should all be willing to pledge out lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.

The 112-Lb. “Newborn”

by Family Research Council

February 18, 2013

In case you missed it, the TODAY show recently reported a heartwarming story about a baby photo shoot that went viral. If you’re wondering why infant photos are national news—many people get irked just seeing them fill up their Facebook news feed—it’s because the “baby,” Latrell Higgins, is the 12-year-old adopted son of Kelli Higgins and her husband.

Kelli and her husband already had six children, but chose to adopt Latrell and his sister Chanya after deciding to adopt older children. When Latrell expressed feelings of loss at not having any baby pictures, one of his adopted sisters jokingly suggested that they do an infant photo shoot. Kelli, a professional photographer, took the photos herself. The result is precious and utterly hilarious and speaks of a family that deeply understands love and belonging.

TODAY also reported that, in 2011, over a hundred thousand children were in foster care and awaiting adoption and that the median age of children awaiting adoption is seven. The Marriage and Religion Research Institute, in its Research Synthesis paper Adoption Works Well: a Synthesis of the Literature, has shown adoption to be “life-alteringly beneficial for children.” Though adoption in the first year of life tends to produce the best results for children, “all children will benefit, regardless of their age at placement. Adopted children outperform their non-adopted peers and non-adopted siblings.”

For more on the importance of strong families and belonging, see MARRI’s Mapping America series.

17 FEB 43: Saving Just One Life

by Robert Morrison

February 15, 2013

My Pop did not tattoo that date—17 FEB 43—on my chest. Or even give me a bracelet with the date engraved. But we knew growing up how important that date was. Leslie Morrison and some fifty of his crew members on the S.S. Deer Lodge were torpedoed by a German U-Boat 60 miles due east of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on that fateful day.  Before that sinking, my cousin tells me, “Uncle Les” had a full head of curly brown hair.  After that, Leslie Morrison’s hair was thin and straight. He blamed it on the oil from the sinking ship.

Four years ago, I met Manual Dias, one of my late father’s shipmates. Manny told me that my dad was a true hero. He told me Pop had run around the deck of the sinking vessel unlatching the pelican hooks that secured the rubber boats, enabling them to float free as the ship went under. Manny said that was not Pop’s assigned duty: He just knew it had to be done.

No less amazing was the story of KvtKpt Gerhard Wiebe, the skipper of the U-516. My dad had always waved away any hostility I expressed toward the U-boat’s captain. “It was war,” he said mildly. Manny showed me that Captain Wiebe was more than a brave warrior; he was very humane. He waited until all the men had scampered off the sinking American vessel before sending in his second torpedo. If he had ordered Fire One! Fire Two! in quick succession, dozens might have died.

Wiebe doubtless knew the Americans’ boast: “We can build ships faster than Hitler can sink them.” That was true. So it made more sense, in brute logic, to kill the seamen. Captain Wiebe didn’t do it. Even more remarkable, he brought his U-boat alongside the men in the boats. He asked them: “Do you need First Aid? Water? Food? Charts?”   Counting U.S. Navy submariners among my closest friends, I’ve never heard of one of our WWII diesel boat skippers doing something like that.

That fateful night is now seventy years ago. Les Morrison’s son is a grandfather of three. His daughter, a grandmother of three. We all owe our lives to the humanity of that German skipper. And to our Pop’s own undaunted courage. Above all, we owe our lives to God’s mercy.

Every time I hear of a life saved, I think of that line from the Talmud: “He who saves a single life, it’s as if he saved the world entire.” When Newtown becomes our town, when we face a daily deluge of murder and casual death, it’s too easy to become discouraged, to want to withdraw within and to escape from this veil of tears.

We cannot. Recently, I was assigned to write a booklet for Family Research Council. It’s called I See You: Telling The ICU Mobile Story. This Akron-based ministry is led by Sylvia Slifko. This visionary Christian pro-lifer wanted to outfit RVs as mobile ultra-sound units. Then, the Image-Clear Ultra-Sound trained volunteers and staffers would park the units next to abortion facilities—carrying the message of life to the very gates of death.

Michael Homula works for ICU Mobile as Executive Director. Michael’s birth mother was raped but she chose life for him. And now Michael is a rescuer of many endangered little ones.

Just this week, Michael reported on a young life saved by an ICU Mobile team working in Huntsville, Alabama. We can see this story in light of that Talmudic truth: Unborn Child’s Life Spared: World Saved in Huntsville.

TIME Magazine’s columnist, Joe Klein, spoke truth when he wrote: “Sonograms have made it impossible to deny that that thing in the womb is a human being.” God bless him for that powerful statement. Still, modern liberalism is based on that impossible denial.

Modern liberalism agrees with NARAL founder Lawrence Lader. He said: “Abortion is central to everything in life and how we want to live it.” Deny reality. Deny. Deny. Deny. But truth, though crushed to the ground will arise.

Truth, though sunk in the sea, will surface. The Second World War was the most terrible ever, we learn, in countless history books, endless TV and movie dramas and documentaries.

Why so? Because it resulted in hundreds of millions of deaths, we are taught. But is it not the case that today’s war on the unborn results in as many human deaths every year as we saw in that World at War? Josef Stalin spoke for today’s media when he cynically said: “A single death is a tragedy. A million deaths is…a statistic.”

We deny the Hitlers and the Stalins their cruel victories when we stand for life, and especially life in the womb. Last year, America lost 1,200,000 of her future citizens to abortion. But in Alabama this week, the world was saved.

FRC in the News: February 15, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

February 15, 2013

Schwarzwalder: Don’t the Boys to Compromise

FRC’s Senior Vice-President, Rob Schwarzwalder, is a father of two sons who are active Scouts and are working towards the honor of becoming Eagle Scouts. However, those dreams could be crushed due to pressure that is being placed on the Boy Scouts of America to compromise their long-held Judeo-Christian beliefs. Schwarzwalder shows in his article featured in The Arizona Republic that morals dictate conduct, something with which parents of scouts are concerned.

The Extreme Party

Tom McClusky, FRC’s Vice President of Government Affairs, addresses in his article featured in The Christian Post about the misconception of which party is “extreme” in the United States. McClusky points out that it is not the party that lost in last November’s elections. Rather, it is the party that promoted a man who had the chance to prevent infanticide in Illinois, but instead he spoke for it. It is also the party represented by the administration who informed a religious group that they would cease to receive funds to help human trafficking victims. 

Why a Woman Died due to a Late-Term Abortion

Ken Klukowski, FRC’s Director, Center for Religious Liberty, discusses the recent tragic death of Jennifer Morbelli, who died due to a late-term abortion, in his article featured on Breitbart.com. Klukowski also exposes the abortionist Dr. LeRoy Carhart for who he really is as well as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, who supports him. 

The Truth of the Vote

FRC Senior Fellows, Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison discuss the truth of how Democrats truly believed and stood during the civil war in The American Thinker. Certainly, both sides of the aisle now believe that slavery is wrong and both try to identify with Lincoln. Yet during the Civil War, it was not so. Blackwell and Morrison propose that the same group who would now defend the 13th amendment should consider defending the lives of the unborn. 

The Social Conservative Review: February 14, 2013

by Krystle Gabele

February 14, 2013

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Dear Friends:

Sometimes it’s easy, as conservatives, to get discouraged. We’re not happy with the current Administration, the drift of our culture, or what’s happening in some of our churches. I fear we look like the man described by P.G. Wodehouse: “He had the look of one who had drunk the cup of life and found a dead beetle at the bottom.”

But there’s still a lot of good news, primarily in the states. Earlier this month, my FRC colleagues, Dr. David Prentice and Anna Higgins, J.D., testified before the North Dakota legislature about key pro-life measures under consideration. Subsequently, North Dakota lawmakers passed five of six pending pro-life bills. Or consider this from our friends at LifeNews and the Alliance Defending Freedom:

A newly completed U.S. Department of Health and Human Services investigation of New York’s Mt. Sinai Hospital has resulted in additional policy and procedure changes to ensure that medical personnel are not forced to participate in abortions. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing a Mt. Sinai nurse requested the HHS Office of Civil Rights investigation after the hospital forced her to assist in an abortion in violation of her religious beliefs in 2009.

These victories are not comprehensive and final, but they are real and, in their spheres, important. We must never lose sight of the fact that big victories derive from small ones - and right now, it’s at the state and local level where we have the greatest chance of making change.

On top of that, last time I checked, Jesus is still Lord, and “is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” That’s permanent good news we can always celebrate - and without ever finding a beetle in the cup.

Sincerely,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice-President
Family Research Council

P.S. Be sure to take a look at a new study by Dr. Henry Potrykus of how public policy causes change in the real world. It’s technical, but also - for policymakers and analysts, especially - important.


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