Also in the op/ed department, FRC’s Cathy Ruse, Senior Fellow for Legal Studies, writes in today’s Christian Science Monitor about the recent overturning by the courts of the Child Online Protection Act:
Another federal judge has struck down the Child Online Protection Act. Had it taken effect, the 1998 law would have done one simple thing: require Internet pornographers to verify the age of customers through the use of adult-access codes or credit cards.
Last month, Judge Lowell Reed Jr ruled out even this basic measure of accountability as a violation of the free-speech rights of porn purveyors and their often addicted customers.
Chris Gacek, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Regulatory Affairs, writes at the Weekly Standard website today about the two year anniversary of Terri Schiavo’s death:
THISWEEKEND marked the second anniversary of Terri Schiavo’s death. It is widely asserted by the mainstream press, liberal activists, and some in the Democratic party that those who argued for congressional action in her case were not only wrong to do so, but acted without any reasonable justification. Quite to the contrary: The circumstances surrounding Terri Schiavo’s death demonstrate that reforms are needed to protect persons like her in the future.
Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) is a highly decorated former Marine and Vietnam veteran. He’s also the chairman of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee and one of the most outspoken opponents of the Iraq conflict. Recently he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he supports reinstating the military draft and said that he believes “everyone ought to be obligated to serve”:
Before you would-be draft dodgers rush off to buy a one-way bus tickets to Canada, keep in mind that hardly anyone—including the military and Murtha’s fellow legislators—agrees that a draft is desirable.
As this video notes, some babies are “born with something that affects more people than malaria, cancer, or even HIV and AIDS. Because of it, many of them will be denied an education and condemned to a life of poverty. Thousands of them will be killed. Millions more will be victimized and abused. Because all these babies have one thing in common…”
Interestingly, this ad by Trocaire, the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland, was banned by the The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) because it was deemed too “political.”
The Update has already noted that White House spokesman Tony Snow has learned that the cancer he thought he’d beaten two years ago is back. When Mr. Snow presented at our Washington Briefing last year he was an instant hit with his humble wit. Whether as a Washington correspondent for ABC News, a host for Fox News Sunday, the host of his own radio show or as White House spokesman Snow is a hard guy not to like, even when one disagrees with him. The news from the White House comes on the heels of the announcement that Presidential candidate John Edwards wife, Elizabeth, is also fighting a return of her cancer. Without a doubt everyone has been touched by someone who has battled cancer or been lost to the fight. Here at Family Research Council one of our own, Susan Sterenberg has been valiantly struggling against cancer for nine years and is entering a most difficult stage of the battle. I ask that you keep Tony Snow, Elizabeth Edwards, Susan Sterenberg and all their families in your prayers. Times like this we must ask Our Savoir to hold us in his hands. May we be inspired by 1 Peter 5:7, Cast your cares upon the Lord, for he cares about you.
Of all the contentious government programs, surely everyone would agree on an initiative to promote responsible fatherhood, right? Wrong. The National Organization for Women (NOW) has filed a formal complaint with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for funding fatherhood programs that “discriminate” against women. Kathy Rodgers, the president of Legal Momentum, which joined the protest, said, “What we’re asking them to do is to make sure that the grantees provide equal services to men and women.
It should be a parenthood initiative.” Theirs is an interesting suggestion, seeing as the Food and Drug Administration was recently hammered by leading feminists for providing less funds for its Office of Women’s Health. If NOW were truly an equal-opportunity watchdog, why hasn’t its leadership launched a similar grievance against the FDA? Where is NOW’s campaign for an Office of People’s Health? Unfortunately, their anti-father crusade only exposes the group’s true agenda—to treat fathers as having no special role to play in children’s lives. As HHS says, “Helping men become better fathers will benefit women and children too.”
Furthermore, the initiative is modestly funded when compared to other government programs, many of which rake in far more than $50 million—and without the direct benefit to families. As part of Promoting Responsible Fatherhood, men, many of whom are low-income, receive job and parent training, substance-abuse prevention and treatment, and educational opportunities.
What’s more, there is no official ban on women in the program. One HHS official said the programs were advised to accept females if they applied. NOW claims to be a “voice” for women everywhere, the effect of which has been nothing less than a shriek by a group of fringe “feminists” taking aim not at discrimination, injustice, or chauvinism but motherhood, healthy sexuality, and traditional families.
When it comes to promoting faith on Capitol Hill, there is safety in numbers—”219” to be exact. That’s the House meeting room where a group of members gather each week to ask the Lord’s blessing on our nation. In 2005, Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) made it official by creating the Congressional Prayer Caucus, a group of leaders committed to praying for our nation and protecting the rights of all Americans to pray. In the past two years, the number of Caucus members has grown to 42 (almost a 10% of the representatives in the House).
Yesterday, FRC attended the press conference in which the Caucus announced its plan to spread what they call “219 prayer groups” across America. They hope that as the faithful meet to pray these “spiritual blocks” will form a powerful wall of protection around America. We applaud Rep. Forbes’ leadership in helping to fulfill 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, who are called by my Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and heal their land.” We invite you to join with the 219 group and FRC, which also has a prayer initiative as part of our Church Ministries Program. Both are keys to the revival our country so desperately needs.
Kay Hymowitz has an excellent article on the “Marriage Gap” in America:
We are becoming a nation of separate and unequal families that threatens to last into the foreseeable future. On the one hand, well-educated women make more money. They get married, only then have their children, and raise them with their husbands. Those children are more likely to grow up to be well-adjusted, to do well in school, to go to college, to marry and only then have children. On the other hand, we have low-income women raising children alone who are more likely to be low-income, to drop out of school or, if they do make it to college, go to a less elite college, and to become single parents themselves.
Marriage, I think you can argue when you look at the numbers, now poses an even larger social divide than race.
The greater the fathers’ involvement was, the lower the level of adolescents’ behavioral problems, both in terms of aggression and antisocial behavior and negative feelings such as anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. Though these behavioral problems were greatest among youths who said they did not have a father, the negative emotions were at the same level among those with no fathers and those with fathers who had low levels of involvement.
Source: “Family Structure, Father Involvement, and Adolescent Behavioral Outcomes” Carlson, Marcia J. Journal of Marriage and Family Vol. 68, Number 1. February, 2006. Page(s) 137-154.