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Christians can now adopt in India

by Jared Bridges

December 5, 2007

I was unaware that until recently, only Hindus were allowed to adopt children in India. Thankfully, the second most populous country in the world — and one with a huge sex-selection abortion problem — has now opened the door for adoption to non-Hindus:

NEW DELHI, November 30 (Compass Direct News) Ending a long era of absence of adoption rights for non-Hindus, the government has cleared the way for all religious communities in all Indian states to adopt legally.

The government of the Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance on October 26 gave notice of new rules under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Act or JJA of 2006, making room for all communities to adopt, reported national daily The Times of India on November 17.

This has ended a long wait by the Christian community, which for many years has been urging the government to grant them the right to adopt, a representative of the Christian Legal Association (CLA) told Compass.

Christians from almost all denominations are happy with the governments move.

Hopefully, the increased availability of adoptive parents will be good news for survival chances of Indian girls.

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Expelled” Live Lecture Webcast at 11:00AM EST

by Jared Bridges

November 28, 2007

If you’re in downtown DC today, please join us at FRC headquarters at 11:00 AM for a Policy lecture on the film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. You can also view a webcast of the event by following this link. Here’s the relevant info:

In the forthcoming major motion picture Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, Ben Stein exposes the frightening efforts by the Darwinian Machine to suppress evidence of intelligent design in nature and discriminate against those who examine such evidence.

Join Todd Norquist and Dairek Morgan for a powerful presentation on this controversial documentary that chronicles Ben Stein’s quest to bring back freedom in our institutions, laboratories and most importantly, in our classrooms.

See a SNEAK PEEK of exclusive clips from Bens Expelled movie with a special guest appearance by Caroline Crocker, a biology professor who lost her job after she questioned evolution.

Follow this link to register or view the webcast at 11:00 AM.

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Now And Not Yet: Live Webcast

by Jared Bridges

November 7, 2007

Today at 12:00 pm EST, Family Research Council’s Witherspoon Fellowship will present a lecture by Jennifer Marshall. She will be discussing her new book Now and Not Yet: Making Sense of Single Life in the Twenty-First Century.

Jennifer Marshall is the Director of Domestic Policy at the Heritage Foundation. Marshall formerly worked at Family Research Council as the Senior Director of Family Studies. She has authored numerous studies of marriage, family, education, and civil society.

Follow this link to see the live webcast at 12:00 pm EST.

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Republican or Democrat, Maryland Governors Are Addicted to Gambling

by Peter Sprigg

October 31, 2007

Regardless of party, recent Maryland governors have one thing in commonan addiction to gambling as a source of new state revenue. Marylands new Democratic Governor Martin OMalley has followed in the footsteps of the Republican he defeated last year, Robert Ehrlich, by calling for legalization of slot machine gambling in the state.

OMalley has apparently broken a deadlock between the House and Senate leaders with his proposal to put the issue of slots on the ballot in November of 2008.

This is modestly good news, because such referenda have a poor record at the polls. But it would be better for the legislature to reject the slots proposal immediately. On this issue, conservatives who know that gambling destroys families are united with liberals who know that gambling preys on the poor. The revenue generated by gambling is far outweighed by the social costs it imposes (see The National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling).

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Spinning Research 101

by Family Research Council

October 31, 2007

According to a recent report by ABC News, “One in 10 Men Has Multiple Sex Partners.”:

At any given time, a significant percentage of men are engaging in multiple sexual partnerships with women — a situation that may facilitate the spread of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

The headline is dramatic but buried in the details reported is that the actual percentage was 6.6 and they “adjusted” the numbers to come up with “as high as” 11. The article also makes a number of sweeping generalizations designed to convey the idea that this is an issue the public needs to be worried about.

But then, the truth, buried near the end, comes out:

Adimora agrees that other factors could be at play, as men who engaged in concurrent sexual relationships also seemed to have other behaviors in common.

Men who did have concurrent relationships were more likely to be intoxicated on drugs and alcohol, to have relationships with women who had multiple partners, and to have had sexual relationships with men in the past,” she said.

And then the clincher - the policy recommendations that go with all this:

We need approaches that will remove health disparities caused by poverty, stigma and discrimination, poor access to health care and education,” Coleman said. “We need to develop a sexual health approach to HIV infection which will provide sexuality education, access to sexual health care, all which is culturally sensitive and relevant.”

In other words, this kind of aberrant, dangerous behavior is confined to easily identified subgroups of the population, but we are going to use it as a club to bring graphic sex ed straight to your kids.

What I want to know is why doesn’t “cultural sensitivity” extend to our values?

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Southwick Confirmed!

by Jared Bridges

October 24, 2007

After what seems like a battle without end, Judge Leslie Southwick has now been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a 59-38 vote.

Here is FRC’s press release on Judge Southwick’s nomination:

FRC Praises Confirmation of Judge Southwick

October 24, 2007 - Wednesday

Washington, D.C.- Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council, made the following comments following Senate confirmation of Judge Leslie Southwick to the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit:

We are pleased that Judge Leslie Southwick, a veteran of the Iraq war with 11 years of judicial experience, can finally move forward after struggling for a simple up-or-down vote. However, the unconstitutional use of judicial filibusters continues as other well-qualified judicial nominees are vilified and blocked by Senate leadership and their liberal allies. I urge the Senate to end the backlog of judicial nominations and allow a fair up-or-down vote for each nominee.

I thank President Bush and Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Trent Lott (R-MS), Thad Cochran (R-MS), and Arlen Specter (R-PA) for their hard work to overcome stalling tactics and confirm this highly-qualified nominee to the bench.”

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Straw Poll on the Issues

by Jared Bridges

October 23, 2007

The FRC Action Values Voter Straw Poll has been making lots of news, but one of the poll questions that hasn’t yet gained as much attention was question #3, which asked participants to rank the order of importance among a set of issues. Here are the results:

Please indicate which issue is the most important in determining your opinion of the candidate that you will most likely vote for?

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Abortion 2398 41.52%
Same-sex “Marriage” 1141 19.76%
Tax Cuts 626 10.84%
Permanent tax relief for families 563 9.75%
Federal “hate crimes” legislation 331 5.73%
No vote on this question 181 3.13%
Taxpayer funding for abortions 151 2.61%
Prayer in schools 93 1.61%
Reinstatement of the “Fairness Doctrine” 88 1.52%
Public display of the Ten Commandments 57 0.99%
Enforced obscenity laws 54 0.94%
Embryonic stem cell experiments 48 0.83%
Voluntary, student-led prayer in schools 44 0.76%
Total 5,775 100%

Now that you’ve got the numbers, feel free to crunch away.

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Washington Briefing Straw Poll Results

by Family Research Council

October 20, 2007


Which of the following candidates for President would you be most likely to vote for?

Total Straw Poll Results

Mitt Romney 1595 27.62%
Mike Huckabee 1565 27.15%
Ron Paul 865 14.98%
Fred Thompson 564 9.77%
Undecided 329 5.70%
Sam Brownback 297 5.14%
Duncan Hunter 140 2.42%
Tom Tancredo 133 2.30%
Rudy Giuliani 107 1.85%
John McCain 81 1.40%
Not Voting 67 1.16%
Barack Obama 9 0.16%
Joe Biden 5 0.09%
Hillary Clinton 5 0.09%
John Edwards 4 0.07%
Dennis Kucinich 4 0.07%
Christopher Dodd 2 0.03%
Bill Richardson 2 0.03%
Mike Gravel 1 0.02%
Total 5,775 100%

Onsite Straw Poll Results

Mike Huckabee 488 51.26%
Mitt Romney 99 10.40%
Fred Thompson 77 8.09%
Tom Tancredo 65 6.83%%
Rudy Giuliani 60 6.30%
Duncan Hunter 54 5.67%
John McCain 30 3.15%
Sam Brownback 26 2.73%
Ron Paul 25 2.63%
Undecided 11 1.16%
Not Voting 7 0.74%
Barack Obama 5 0.53%
Christopher Dodd 2 0.21%
Dennis Kucinich 2 0.11%
Joe Biden 1 0.11%
Hillary Clinton 0 0.00%
John Edwards 0 0.00%
Mike Gravel 0 0.00%
Bill Richardson 0 0.00%
Total 952 100%

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Briefing Coverage from the Washington Briefing’s New Media Row

by Jared Bridges

October 20, 2007

**UPDATED 10/22** We’ve got a full slate of bloggers here at New Media Row, which is sponsored by our friends at Americans United for Life

There are many more, and I’ll continue to add links as I get them, but this should get you started.

If you’re here blogging and are not yet listed, please alert me in the comments and I’ll add your link.

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Draw your straws before 1:00 PM EDT Today

by Jared Bridges

October 20, 2007

**UPDATE: SAT. AFTERNOON** Voting is now closed, and results are being tallied. Stay tuned this afternoon for results.

It’s Saturday morning here at the Washington Briefing, and before all the activities commence today, I wanted to remind everyone that there’s still time to vote in the online version of the Values Voter Straw Poll.

Online voting will be cut off at 1:00pm EDT sharp, so make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get through the sign-up process and hit “submit” before the clock rolls over to 1:00pm EDT!

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