Month Archives: April 2018

Cardi B Chooses Life

by Patrina Mosley

April 12, 2018

I don’t know that much about Cardi B or listen to her music, but you gotta give props where props are due when a pop culture icon is speaking truth and just keeping it real!

I first saw her go viral on Twitter for her rant against the government, basically asking, “What are you doing with my money?” when she sees nearly 40 percent of her paycheck gone because of taxes, something most of us probably wondered about when we got our first pay check.

Cardi B has now confirmed the unexpected news that she’s pregnant at the height of her success, and to the apparent surprise of many of her fans, she is keeping her baby.

It just really bothers me and it disgusts me because I see a lot of women online like, ‘Oh, I feel sorry for you. Oh, your career is over,’” Cardi B said. “And it’s like, why can’t I have both? Like as a woman, why can’t I have both? Like, why do I gotta choose a career or a baby?… I want both… I don’t want people to make me feel like a blessing should be a regret.”

She also said that the people around her in the entertainment business wanted her to abort her child. This is yet another tragic example of the fact that women commonly feel pressured into abortion, either by other people or by circumstances. A recent study found that 73.8 percent of women who have had abortions said that they felt pressure from others to abort.

She did admit to being a “schmillionaire” and that she is prepared to accept responsibility for her lifestyle choices. Most importantly, she said that she “didn’t want to deal with the whole abortion thing,” intimating that she didn’t want to face the emotional and psychological injury that comes with having an abortion.

And she’s right. According to the same study referenced above, 67.5 percent of post-abortive women sought out professional counseling services after their first abortion, compared to only 13 percent who reported seeking counseling before their first pregnancy that resulted in an abortion. Only 6.6 percent of the women reported using prescription drugs for psychological health before their first pregnancy that ended in abortion, compared with 51 percent who said they used prescription drugs after their first abortion.

A 2011 peer-reviewed research study on the mental health effects of abortion included a survey of 22 published studies combining data on 877,181 participants, showing that abortion increases the likelihood of depression, anxiety, and reckless behavior such as alcoholism, drug use, and sadly, suicide.

Few women in the survey spoke of the contemporary feminist rhetoric of “empowerment” or the need to be competitive in the workplace when it came to their abortion. They instead reported carrying a toxic mix of negative emotions. Both the aforementioned study and Psychology Today attest to the fact that Post Abortion Stress Syndrome (PASS) occurs for women who’ve had an abortion—the symptoms include guilt, anxiety, numbness, depression, flashbacks, and suicidal thoughts. Nearly 32 percent of them expressed no positives from their abortion experience, except to note that it led them to either spiritual growth or pro-life advocacy to persuade other women not to get an abortion.

The vast majority of these respondents were older women who are continuing to seek out help, which shows how that one choice is still affecting them to this day. Most women seek an abortion between the ages of 20 and 34, which is typically the education or career engagement season of our lives. Over half of abortions are committed by women who claim a religious affiliation, which is a wake-up call to all of us in the church to be more aware of the needs of those in our own congregations.

If you or someone you know is suffering from the emotional aftermath of having an abortion, there is help for you. The number one thing you can do today is repent and receive the forgiveness that is offered in Jesus Christ. There is nothing he won’t heal and nothing he can’t make new again. Allow him to give you a fresh start and an assurance of eternal life. Secondly, it’s okay to admit that you need help, even if you already profess to knowing Christ as your Lord and Savior. Salvation is the starting point, healing is the journey. There are ministries out there who are waiting to hear from you to help walk you through the healing of God’s forgiveness.

Cardi B – Congratulations, and thank you for speaking a truth that’s unpopular but is truly empowering for women.

If you or someone you know needs to start the healing process of a post-abortive experience, here are some resources to help:

Books:

Retreats/Community:

Other Resources:

FRC Resources to Combat the Extreme Sex Ed Agenda in Schools

by Family Research Council

April 9, 2018

On April 23, 2018, students across America and in other countries will participate in the Sex Ed Sit Out. Here are some resources from FRC that illustrate the reality of what is being taught regarding sexuality in schools and what parents and students can do to combat the extreme and perverted sexual ideology that is being pushed on children in the classroom.

For the Sake of Our Security at Home, We Must Focus on Religious Freedom Abroad

by Travis Weber

April 5, 2018

In recent history, our foreign policy elites have primarily viewed religious freedom concerns as the parochial interest of humanitarian-minded pastors and religious freedom-focused human rights activists. Concerns were addressed when possible, yet the government handled problems on a one-off basis, usually to solve the annual flare-up over some imprisoned pastor somewhere. However, these religious freedom challenges haven’t been incorporated into any consistent, long-term, strategic thinking on foreign policy.

But what if they should be? One could argue the one-off approach hasn’t really advanced religious freedom worldwide, and that we should change the way we try to protect this right. Regardless, the assumption is that we are operating from a humanitarian basis. But what if the appeal was made on other grounds—that religious freedom is not simply a humanitarian concern, but that it is in the interest of our own security to advance it around the world?

Emerging evidence suggests that it is. As Professor William Inboden (who formerly served on the State Department’s Policy Planning staff and as senior director for strategic planning at the National Security Council) points out, “[t]here is not a single nation in the world that both respects religious freedom and poses a security threat to the United States.”

In a new FRC analysis released just yesterday, “Religious Freedom and National Security,” we make the case that the United States should not only promote religious freedom for its own sake, but also because it ultimately keeps us safer in the long run.

For a template, we can draw on the example of President Reagan, who unapologetically defended religious freedom on the world stage—confronting the Soviet Union, China, and others on this issue. Today, we face our own challenges posed by the spread of radical Islam and rising authoritarian governments—menaces whose suppression of religious freedom correlates with their threat to our national security.

With ongoing threats around the world which show no sign of abating, shouldn’t we at least be open to the possibility that we need to change our thinking on this issue, and address religious freedom violators because of their threat to our national security?

Just in the last several days, news has broken that China appears to be restricting the sale of Bibles and is also pushing a deal with the Vatican that would ultimately keep it in charge of appointing bishops.

It seems some of the same religious freedom problems President Reagan faced are rearing their heads today. It is time that we reclaim America’s historic role in engaging them, and firmly and strategically defend religious freedom around the world—for this will ultimately keep us safe at home.

Social Conservative Review - April 4, 2018

by Daniel Hart

April 4, 2018

Dear Friends,

When I was attending mass a number of years ago, the priest said something that I’ll never forget. He thanked God for giving us “the consolation of the truth.”

Since then, I have thought often about how knowing the Truth and believing in it has indeed been a tremendous consolation to me. I’m the kind of person who inclines toward a more melancholic view of the world, and I find that I have a tendency to easily get discouraged about life. This is why I am especially grateful for my faith. When I find myself getting a little down, I know exactly what I need to do: to turn to the Lord, thank him for all he has done for me, and ask for his help. This simple act gives me tremendous peace of mind—I know that I’m not the one in control of anything. God alone holds all of our lives in the palm of his hand.

Knowing the peace that my faith has brought to my life, it’s greatly saddening to know that there are so many in our culture who don’t have any belief in the eternal to fall back on, which according to Pew, is now at roughly 23 percent of the country. Even though there are so many who are not believers, one thing I do know is that we all long for the eternal. In the words of Bishop Barron: “No matter how much we know, we want to know more; No matter how much we love, we want greater love; No matter how much beauty we attain, we sense that there is a perfect beauty that we haven’t seen.”

In this Easter season of the Lord’s defeat of death, let us proclaim what we know to be true: that the longing we all have for our lives to be perfect is not mere silly sentimentality. This longing was built into us by our Creator—it reflects the fact that we are longing for unification with he who is Perfect. It is only in surrendering our lives to this Perfect Truth that we find true happiness and true consolation.

Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.

Sincerely,

Dan Hart
Managing Editor for Publications
Family Research Council

 

FRC Articles

Bolton could be the first national security chief to prioritize religious freedom – Ken Blackwell and Frank Wolf

Citizenship Matters – Ken Blackwell

Supreme Court should spare pro-lifers from compelled pro-abortion speech – Cathy Ruse and Patrina Mosley

Dems refuse to recognize Trump’s first-rate federal court picks – Ken Blackwell

As Science Advances, the Pro-Life Movement Grows – Patrina Mosley

Ben Shapiro: America Must Have a Shared Duty to God to Survive – Dan Hart

Drug Addicts Need Treatment and Tough Love, Not Facilitation of Their Habit – David Krayden

How to Find Healing When Your Spouse is an Addict – Caleb Anderson

Attacks on Counseling Threaten Pastors and Churches – Travis Weber

Does Down Syndrome Keep the “Good Life” Out of Reach? – Patrina Mosley

Of Guns and Prodigal Fathers – Peter Sprigg

 

Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty in the Public Square

University Reverses Ban on Conservative Student Who Said There Are Only 2 Genders – Samuel Smith, The Christian Post

Archdiocese appeal over Christmas ads on Metrobuses back in federal court – Chantalle Edmunds, WTOP

Google defeats lawsuit claiming YouTube censors conservatives – Jonathan Stempel, Reuters

Google snubbed Easter with no doodle for 18th year in a row, Christians say – Frank Miles, Fox News

International Religious Freedom

Jesus is Building His Church’ Inside Iran, Millions Watching Christian Satellite TV – George Thomas, CBN

Nigerian Christians call for abducted schoolgirl’s freedom – Onize Ohikere, WORLD

America shouldn’t send endangered religious minority refugees back to Iran – Nina Shea, Fox News

After the fall: the church in Vietnam – June Cheng, WORLD

Ambassador Brownback: World faces a ‘critical moment’ for religious minorities – Courtney Grogan, CNA

Court: Pakistani Christians Must Reveal Religion to Vote or Apply for JobsChristianity Today

Young Mom Clings to Christ as Tolerance Shifts in India – Brian Orme, The Gospel Coalition

Xi Jinping’s Village – Dan Hitchens, First Things

Religious Totalitarianism, Secular Totalitarianism, and Other Threats to International Religious Freedom – Daniel Mark, Public Discourse

China makes ‘major change’ in religious freedom oversight – Mindy Belz, WORLD

Military Religious Freedom

Exonerated! Air Force Restores Career of Colonel Punished for Religious Beliefs – ToddStarnes.com

Air Force veteran sues after being pulled from ceremony mid-speech – Cristina Corbin and Perry Chiaramonte, Fox News

 

Life

Abortion

An Open Letter to Pro-Life Sidewalk Witnesses – Constance J. Thatcher, First Things

Mississippi enacts strongest pro-life law in the country – Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews

Family welcomes sextuplets after refusing selective reduction abortion – Nancy Flanders, Live Action

Forcing Pro-Life Pregnancy Care Centers to Advertise for Abortion is Unjust and Unconstitutional – Andrew T. Walker, Public Discourse

Video: How can parents instill a pro-life ethic in their children? – Rachel Metzger, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Planned Parenthood showed this photo in court…and promptly lost lawsuit against pro-life group – Jay Hobbs, LifeSiteNews

Washington Gov. signs law forcing insurers to cover abortion, contraception – Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews

Planned Parenthood: Force Christian Doctors and Nurses to Perform Abortions – Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews

Obama HHS Abortion Mandate Suffers Massive Defeat, Can’t Force Catholic Employers to Fund Abortions – Steven Ertelt, LifeNews

Adoption

The beauty of open adoption: Birth mother wipes tears of son’s adoptive mother – Nancy Flanders, Live Action

Bucking Trump Deregulation Agenda, State Department Chokes International Adoption – Jayme Metzgar, The Federalist

Catholic Social Services Refuses to Change LGBT Adoption Policy After Philadelphia Halts Program – Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian Post

Family Finds, Adopts Abandoned Baby Just Three Weeks After International Move – Kara Bettis, Faithwire

In the War Against Faith-Based Adoption Agencies, Children Lose – Autumn Leva, The Daily Signal

Bioethics

Report reveals Oregon assisted suicide law crafted with deadly loophole – Anna Reynolds, Live Action

Euthanasia Aloha: Death Laws Come to Hawaii – John Zmirak, The Stream

Obamacare

Abortion Over ObamaCareWall Street Journal

 

Family

Economics/Education

America’s Quiet Carnage – Nathan Nielson, First Things

A Tragic Abandonment of Identity: The Secularization of America’s Religious Colleges and Universities – Arthur Goldberg, Public Discourse

Marriage

7 Things the Easter Story Teaches Us About Marriage – Lisa Lakey, Family Life

6 Tools for Healthy Communication in Marriage – Mike Bechtle, Focus on the Family

Resilient Commitment: Overcoming the Intergenerational Effects of Parental Divorce – D. Scott Sibley, Family Studies

Does Faith Reduce Divorce Risk? – Glenn Stanton, Public Discourse

Why you need to hug your kids … even when they try to squirm away – Calah Alexander, Aleteia

For Black Boys, Family Structure Still Matters – W. Bradford Wilcox, Family Studies

No Ring, No Baby: How Marriage Trends Impact Fertility – Lyman Stone, Family Studies

A Good Marriage May Help Keep You Thin, Study Says – Jamie Ducharme, Time

Faith/Character/Culture

We are failures, mired in mediocrity. Then comes Easter – Tom Hoopes, Aleteia

What’s Happening to Men is Alarming for Everyone – Jennifer Hartline, The Stream

Reports Of Christianity’s Death In Europe Have Been Greatly Exaggerated – John D. Martin, The Federalist

It All Comes Back to God – Alan Shlemon, The Stream

The Deficits of the iPhone Generation – Christopher O. Tollefsen, Public Discourse

The Left’s Doomed Crusade to Erase Gender Differences – Ben Shapiro, National Review

Human Sexuality

Should Those Seeking Freedom From Unwanted Sexual Attractions Be Denied Therapy? – Judy Roberts, National Catholic Register

Parents Barred From Questioning ‘Gender Identity’ Changes at Virginia School District Meeting – Samuel Smith, The Christian Post

Walmart removes Cosmopolitan magazine from checkout aisles – Fox Business

Human Trafficking

Power of FOSTA-SESTA Felt within 48 Hours of Senate Passage: Websites Move Swiftly to Shutter Prostitution Ads – Lisa L. Thompson, National Center on Sexual Exploitation

The Fight to Stop Child Sex Trafficking Far From Over – Jeff Brodsky, The Christian Post

Pornography

Fortify: The New Online Platform That’s Changing Recovery – Fight the New Drug

Resources to Help You Fight Pornography Addiction – Doug Burford, Focus on the Family

There is Nothing ‘Adult’ About Pornography – Rob Schwarzwalder, The Stream

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