Month Archives: March 2013

FRC in the News: March 7, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

March 7, 2013

Obama’s Acrobatics on Homosexual ‘Marriage’

Peter Sprigg, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, wrote an article in The Washington Times about how the President changed his mind multiple times on the definition of marriage. Sprigg also addresses the White House amicus brief given for the upcoming Supreme Court hearing for California’s Proposition 8.

Rep Diane Black Discusses Bill Against HHS Mandate at FRC Press Conference

Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) appeared via video at FRC’s press conference to discuss Black’s new bill that will stop the HHS mandate forcing many employers to go against their conscious. You can watch the press conference and read about Black’s proposition in the article featured on The Tennessean’s website.

Ken Blackwell Reveals how Obama Dropped His Family Friendly Mask

Ken Blackwell, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment, discusses in his recent article in The Patriot Post about how President Obama used to be seen as pro-family, but is nowadvocating for policies that go against ideal and beneficial child-rearing. Blackwell also exposes untruth that surrounds the same-sex ‘marriage’ debate.

Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison Battle the Brennan Nomination

FRC’s Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison discuss how Brennan’s nomination is not in the best interest of the United States and her ally, Israel in their recent article in American Thinker. As Blackwell and Morrison state:

John Brennan speaks of “our Saudi partners.” Partners in what? Mr. Brennan won’t speak of a global war on terror. He rejects the use of jihadism to describe Muslim terrorists, since he regards jihad as a legitimate expression of a religion of peace and tolerance.

The New Dred Scott Case

FRC’s Senior Vice-President Rob Schwarzwalder compares the story of the Dred Scott case to today’s civil rights issue, the right to life, in his article featured in Religion Today. Schwarzwalder states:

…racial equality has not been “perfectly attained,” as Lincoln put it. For such attainment all believers should continue to work. Should we not also affirm that God-given rights extend to all persons, regardless of gestational state, size, physical formation, intellectual development, or capacity for self-sustenance? And should we not awaken the morally deaf, humbly but insistently, however much they resist honor’s voice?”

What Republicans Should be Doing with Spending Bills

In a recent Politico article, FRC’s Tony Perkins shows how Democrats have been able to try to defund Obamacare via spending bills and ‘must-pass’ legislation, but Republicans have not. As Perkins states:

It was the best instrument to use to get these issues over the Senate and to the president’s desk…The defunding of Obamacare, if Republicans are serious about it, this was the place.”

Translator’s Notes

by Robert Morrison

March 7, 2013

In a recent column, my colleague Ken Blackwell and I raised an alarm about the appointment of John Brennan to head the CIA. We are deeply concerned when a top American intelligence official sends a signal to the entire Arabic-speaking world that the city he loves most is al Quds, the Arabic name for Jerusalem.

Ambassador Ken Blackwell served at the highest levels in America’s diplomatic corps, working with the legendary Max Kampelman on human rights, negotiating with the Soviets in Moscow.

I served at the lowest levels of negotiation—with the Soviets on their fishing trawlers in the Bering Sea. But Ken and my perceptions of the Soviet Union and of today’s threats to religious liberty are remarkably congruent.

My service in the 1970s was as a Russian language interpreter. My skills have become as rusty as those rusting hulks I used to board, but I remember some essentials about language interpretation.

One of Ronald Reagan’s very skilled Russian language experts told me before I ever set foot on board a Soviet ship never to let the other side drive the conversation. When you let our adversaries do the translation—even if they are more skilled in English than you are in Russian—you surrender the initiative. It’s the reason Americans don’t want the football to be intercepted.

Reagan’s adviser told me that Sec. of State Henry Kissinger made it his practice to enter into high stakes negotiation with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko attended by only one interpreter—a Russian. The Reagan man taught me what a disastrous idea that was. Gromyko, who understood English very well, had plenty of time to calculate his answers while his interpreter was taking notes on the translation.

When everything hinges on the meaning of a single word, a single foreign language phrase, you want Americans doing that translation.

Which is what makes John Brennan’s statement that the city he “loves most in the world is al Quds” so alarming. How many Americans would choose a foreign city, even one so beloved as Jerusalem, as their favorite city? But if they chose Jerusalem it would be because it’s the city where the Temple was built or the city where Jesus walked and rose from the dead. Then, would they call it al Quds?

John Brennan in his very convincing Arabic-language address to an appreciative audience said “don’t tell the non-Arab speakers what I said.” It was said in a humorous vein, obviously, but it still gives us a chill—or should.

I would sometimes go off script. To ease tensions as we set foot on what was legally Soviet territory, I would cheerily call out “Ribaki fsyeck stranh soyedyenyeetyes!.” It was a joke: “Fisherman of the world unite!.” It was a play on “Workers of the World Unite!” That was the first line in the Communist Manifesto and the banner of the Communist Party newspaper, Pravda. (It was also a nod to Scripture, where Jesus calls us to be “fishers of men.”)

During my time as translator, I spent hours faithfully interpreting what my Coast Guard seniors wanted translated to the Soviets. And I was always careful to keep my senior officers informed of whatever the Soviets were saying to me—or to each other.

The idea of using my skills to keep a secret between those Russian speakers and me is repugnant. I cannot dream of saying—even in jest—don’t tell the non-Russian speakers what we’re saying.

To be able to speak a foreign language is a great gift, especially helpful in ministry. Americans would be helped if we spoke more foreign languages. But we must never use this strength to talk behind our countrymen’s backs.

We are seeing the unraveling of America’s national security. Barack Obama was close friends with Frank Marshall Davis, a lifelong Communist. This Grove City College professor Paul Kengor has admirably shown. John Kerry negotiated—in violation of the Logan Act—with Vietnamese Communists in Paris.

With known associations like that, these men could have been banned from setting foot on my cutter. And those were not Ronald Reagan rules, or even Eisenhower rules. The security regulations that governed these matters were set in place by liberal Democrat Harry Truman.

Let us pray the Senate will follow the brave lead of Sen. Rand Paul and reject this dangerous nomination of John Brennan to lead the CIA.

Cheating Advice: Try Love!

by Family Research Council

March 5, 2013

I recently read a column detailing ways to protect a marriage from adultery. The article identified many problems that can lead to infidelity but the advice they gave for avoiding it was severely lacking. The article notes (as does our own MARRI team) that couples who cohabit are much more likely to be unfaithful after marriage. However, instead of advising couples that they should not live together before marriage, the article advises them to avoid using cohabitation as a test run for marriage. The article also notes that the internet makes cheating easier and encourages women to watch pornography with their husbands. Once again, instead of avoiding the cause of the problem, the article suggests participating in it together.

This is gripping, and sad: When facts are ignored in favor of what is popular, society is endangered. Couples who live together or watch pornography together have not addressed the underlying problem of each - selfishness. If we choose to love our spouses unconditionally and invest in them daily, we will have successful marriages. We can’t control our spouses or manipulate sinful behaviors for our own ends, but we can demonstrate a profound love that fosters the feelings many couples seek.

Love isn’t a feeling, it is an action. The best way to have a happy marriage is to love your spouse whether you feel like it or not. And you know what? Loving a spouse when you don’t feel like it will make your life a much more fulfilling adventure.

FRC in the News: March 5, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

March 5, 2013

FRC Will Hold Press Conference in Nashville, Tennessee TODAY on HHS Mandate

FRC will hold a press conference today at the National Radio Broadcasters annual convention. The press conference will include FRC’s President and Executive Vice President, Tony Perkins and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, as well as Janet Parshall, Bishop Harry Jackson, and Dr. Richard Land. Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) will join via video to discuss the HHS mandate that will force employers to cover abortion-causing drugs, sterilizations, and contraceptives in health insurance plans, even if it is against their religious convictions as well as Rep. Black’s new bill. The Press conference will be at 3:00 p.m. (CST) in the News Conference Room, Delta Ballroom B, at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center.

Sprigg Discusses the Numbers of Homosexuals in America

FRC’s Peter Sprigg was quoted in The Denver Post regarding the numbers of homosexuals in America. There seems to be some debate on the numbers, and as Sprigg states:

I think serious data on this is important to inform the debate…People have an exaggerated view of how many homosexuals there are in the population. They don’t realize what a relatively small population it is.”

General Boykin Addresses the Nomination of Brennan to CIA

In yesterday’s press conference featured on American Thinker’s website, FRC’s Executive Vice President, Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (Ret.-USA), joined security experts to address the nomination of John Brennan as the director of the CIA (17:00-20:07). General Boykin states that:

“My concern is that John Brennan is not a man that has demonstrated that he truly understands the full magnitude of the threats against this nation today. His unwillingness to recognize that the Muslim Brotherhood is operating in America and poses an existential threat to our Constitution and consequently to our freedoms and liberty I think disqualifies him. It was John Brennan who forced the purging of some very accurate information in the FBI’s curriculum that talked about what the Koran and Hadith say about the basic tenants of the Islamic religion, but more importantly the aspects of Islam that deal with their geo-political system, their determination to perform jihad, their financial system, and their legal system called Sharia.”

Why the Family Research Council Has Not Supported the Nomination of Chuck Hagel

FRC was quoted in a recent Huffington Post article because of their disappointment in the nomination of Chuck Hagel. Hagel has not been supportive of the state of Israel and as FRC stated:

Students of Bible prophecy have said that amid America’s declining American faith and morals, our support for Israel has slowed the advance of God’s judgment since 2001. But each step we take farther away from Israel has repercussions with respect to that balance.”

March 5, 1953: Stalin Dies

by Robert Morrison

March 5, 2013

Israeli political leader Natan Scharansky remembers this day sixty years ago vividly. He was a kindergartener living in a crowded Moscow apartment then. His father woke him up to hear the news: Stalin was dead. The man who ruled twelve times zone with an iron grip for twenty-five years had died in his Kremlin apartments. Scharansky’s father whispered to him that when the children in school cry, you cry. When they compose songs and poems to the Communist leader, you join in. But remember this: Stalin was going to send all of us Jews to Siberia.

It was necessary for that father to whisper those words to his little boy because he could not be sure that the other apartment dwellers, with whom the Scharanskys shared a kitchen and a bathroom, would not turn him in to the NKVD, Stalin’s secret police predecessor of the KGB.

I grew up in the shadow of the USSR. As a young boy, I envisioned an Iron Curtain looking like a venetian blind, closing off an entire people. There was much to fear in those days. Even as a grade school student, I had heard about the concerns of my parents, our relatives. Stalin had gotten the atomic bomb, we were told, by stealing America’s secrets. Our Polish-American relatives were especially concerned about Poland under Stalin’s rule. World War II, fought for such high ideals by America and Britain, had “liberated” the Poles from Nazi rule, only to see them slip behind that Iron Curtain.

My dad woke me up, too, to hear the CBS World News Roundup relating the news of Stalin’s death. My father had been to the USSR as an American merchant seaman. He told me that the American crew of his ship that docked in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) were held on a bus before being allowed to visit the famous Hermitage. This tsarist palace had been converted to an art museum.

The Soviets went through the list of American seamen. Anyone with a German-sounding name was taken off the bus and ordered back on board his ship. For the rest, they were conveyed in a bus with windows papered over. My father described the long hallways of the Hermitage. The floors were parquet and the walls were plastered white with real gold decorations. The paintings on the walls were priceless canvases by Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian and other Renaissance artists.

Afterward, the Americans were taken to a canteen, where they got to dance with uniformed Russian women. My dad said none of them spoke English and they seemed afraid to be seen with foreigners.

Those women had good reason to fear. No one knew in the USSR when Stalin might decide to have everyone shot who had consorted with Americans—even though he had ordered them to do it.

Hollywood then and now made a joke of Stalin’s purges. “We will have fewer, but better, Russians,” says famed actress Greta Garbo in the hit 1939 comedy “Ninotchka.” The movie posters said: “Garbo laughs!” Few Russians off the screen laughed in those days.

Historian Timothy Snyder’s grim volume, Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin, tells why. This book tells the story of millions of people being killed by their own governments. Stalin’s purges in the 1930s destroyed millions of Byelorussians, Ukrainians, and Russians. He deported whole peoples to Siberia, including Volga Germans who had farmed peacefully along that river for two hundred years, including Crimean Tartars. Snyder puts the death toll in these Bloodlands at fourteen million.

The history of the Holocaust is well known, and should be. The fate of six million Jews was a singular horror of Hitler’s Third Reich. But less well known is Stalin’s Gulag, where uncounted millions also died. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn recorded the story of the Gulag Archipelago in three massive volumes. Some of the “islands” in this allegorical chain of islands—Stalin’s slave labor camps—were as small as a telephone booth at a railway station. Big enough to shove you in to arrest you. Other islands were larger than metropolitan France. Freezing, starving, this is how most of Stalin’s victims died. But there were also the Killing Fields of Kiev. Day and night, for more than ten years, trucks would bring Stalin’s prisoners to be shot outside this Ukrainian capital city.

Stalin’s vast empire stretched from Vladivostok in the East to the borders of West Germany. He also had millions of sympathizers in the West, people who admired his project of building socialism in his sphere and wanted to bring the decadent democracies under his control. In the French National Assembly, when a debate resulted in fistfights, a left wing delegate denounced the many Communists who had been freely elected, he yelled: “You are not of the left, but of the East!” He meant, you are not real socialists, but Stalinists.

Why recall all this now? What has Stalin to do with us in 2013? President Roosevelt hoped that Stalin’s early training as an Orthodox Priest might make him behave “as a Christian gentleman ought to behave.” FDR was spectacularly wrong in that assessment.

But was he any more wrong than Secretary of State John Kerry is today? Kerry went to Egypt and doled out another $250 million in foreign aid to Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood cohorts. These people run U.S.-supplied armored personnel carriers over unarmed demonstrators. Muslims who protest the new jihadist government are being suppressed. So are millions of Coptic Christians.

The United States must borrow that $250 million from Communist China—a regime that never disavowed its allegiance to Stalin. And for what? So that our fellow Christians might be murdered by an ideology of slavery and murder? All over North Africa and the Middle East, Christians are fleeing from the jihadis whom the Obama administration is supplying. Another $60 million has just been showered on the Syrian opposition to the tyrant in Damascus. But that opposition contains elements that are tied to al Qaeda.

One thing can be said for America’s victory in World War II. We took the unconditional surrender of our enemies. Perhaps that’s because we were only funding one side in that war.

Knowing something of the history of cruelty and oppression of the last century should make us all the more determined to preserve, protect and defend America—this last best hope of men on earth.

Obama DOJ Says Moms Aren’t Important to Kids? Go Ask a Kid

by Cathy Ruse

March 4, 2013

Can you imagine what your life would have been like without your mom? It’s almost impossible. What if someone could turn back the clock and, without asking your permission, take away your mother. How unjust that would be.  How cruel.

Yet the same-sex marriage debate is always framed in terms of the “rights” of the adults, and never of the children. The children have no voice in this debate. They don’t even seem to count.

The Obama Justice Department recently filed a brief with the Supreme Court in the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry, arguing that the U.S. Constitution does not permit Californians to define marriage inCalifornia as a union between one man and one woman.

The lawyers defending theCalifornialaw argue, among other things, that both mothers and fathers are important in the raising of children. The Obama administration disagrees.

The Obama lawyers quote the following, from the politically-charged American Psychological Association:  “Members of gay and lesbian couples with children have been found to divide the work involved in childcare evenly, and to be satisfied with their relationships with their partners.”

Well bully for them! How wonderful that they are satisfied! What about the child? Is a daughter of two married men “satisfied” that she will have to go through life without a mother? Is she “satisfied” that she will have to face cuts, bruises, puberty, her first kiss, and her first heart-ache without a mom? 

As a mom, I find the administration’s indifference to the importance of mothers offensive. And on behalf of my daughters, I call it an injustice.

For more on the Obama administration brief, and the God-given rights of children, see Terrence Jeffries’ recent column for CNS News.  

FRC in the News: March 4, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

March 4, 2013

FRC Tips Their Hat to Texas for Standing Strong

FRC applauds more than 60 elected officials from Texas who signed a letter with Governor Rick Perry calling for the Boy Scouts to keep their timeless values and not change their stance on homosexuality, according to The Christian Post. FRC’s President, Tony Perkins, stated that:

“As leaders from the Boy Scouts organization meet in Texas, we hope that seeing the solidarity of so many Texas leaders will encourage them to reaffirm their current policy on homosexuality. Gov. Perry and these Texas officials… are putting parents’ rights first, and we applaud them for it.”

Peter Sprigg Testifies Against Maryland Gender Identity Bill

Peter Sprigg, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, testified against Maryland Senate Bill 449 which would add “gender identity” to be protected against discrimination in “public accommodations, housing, and employment” in Maryland according to a Charisma News article. Sprigg stated the following in the hearing:

“I understand the motivation behind this bill—the sponsors are concerned about the pain in the lives of these individuals, and hope that this intervention will ease that pain. While I share that motivation, I must oppose this bill because it will not work. This bill would force the state and private actors—employers, landlords and others who provide public services—to officially and legally affirm the very delusion that puts these suffering individuals at odds with reality. Not only will it not make their lives better, but it will prevent them from getting the very help they do need to make their lives better.”

Dr. David Prentice Congratulates the Kansas Senate’s Ethical Stem Cell Therapy Bill Passage

Dr. David Prentice, Senior Fellow & Director, Life Sciences at FRC, congratulated the Kansas State Senate on passing S.B. 199. According to PR Newswire, the bill establishes “the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center, a regional hub to advance and deliver adult cord blood stem cell therapies to patients and serving as a resource for adult and cord blood stem cells for therapies. The Center would also inform professionals and the public about such therapies.” Dr. Prentice testified in the Kansas Senate Committee on Public Health and Welfare supporting the bill last week and stated:

“There are significant opportunities right now for Kansas … to benefit from the establishment of a center of excellence specializing in the application of adult stem cell therapies for certain diseases, as well as educating physicians as well as the public about the advantages and availability of stem cell treatments.”

FRC in the News: March 1, 2013

by Nicole Hudgens

March 1, 2013

Tony Perkins Addresses the “Flip Flop” on the White House’s Marriage Stance

FRC’s President Tony Perkins was cited in USA Today, The Washington Times and McClatchy regarding the Obama Administration’s recent amicus brief that voiced for Proposition 8 be overturned by the Supreme Court. Perkins was quoted saying that the briefing was a “flip-flop” from the President who previously stated last year that marriage was “an issue that is going to be worked out at the local level.” Perkins also pointed out that the President is “putting allegiance to extreme liberal social policies ahead of constitutional principle.”

The Supreme Court will hear California’s Proposition 8 Case on March 26th.

MARRI’s Index of Family Belonging in The Baltimore Sun

MARRI’s recent release of the third annual Index of Family Belonging was highlighted in The Baltimore Sun. The index discusses the impacts of broken and intact families and their effects on society. MARRI’s Pat Fagan points out that sadly, according to the study, “The majority of American adults can’t stand each other enough to raise the kids they brought into existence.” You can read the Index of Family Belonging here.

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