Author archives: Family Research Council

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of January 16)

by Family Research Council

January 21, 2022

Here are “The 7” top trending items at FRC over the past seven days:

1. Update: Virginia Finds Hope in the Gov Compartment

Of all the things in short supply right now, optimism may be the hardest to find. After 12 disappointing months of an administration whose domestic and foreign policy failures are rivaled only by the number of illegals crossing the border, Americans everywhere are desperate for some sign of hope, some indication that the country they love isn’t completely lost.

2. Update: Hollow the Leader: Biden’s Empty Year Takes Its Toll

If you thought your week was bad, Joe Biden’s was worse. In a matter of hours, Biden witnessed the end of the private employer vaccine mandate at the Supreme Court—followed, that same afternoon, by a death blow to two of the Left’s signature priorities: the crusade to end the Senate filibuster and his raging attempt to takeover U.S. elections.

3. Blog: Is Diversity a Biblical Goal?

While racial tensions reached a fever pitch in the aftermath of George Floyd’s tragic death, the issue is not new. Two thousand years ago, Paul addressed the issue of race in his letter to the Galatian church when he said, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28).

4. Blog: Religious Freedom Day: The Biden Administration Is Failing To Uphold Our First Freedom

Since 1993, the United States has formally observed Religious Freedom Day on January 16. President Joe Biden released a proclamation acknowledging the day. Although the president’s comments on religious freedom were mostly encouraging, it is difficult to appreciate his rhetoric when many of his actions throughout the first year of his presidency have undermined the freedoms he claims to support.

5. Washington Watch: Michael Waltz, Ken Blackwell, Greg Phares, Meg Kilgannon

Tony Perkins was joined by Michael Waltz, U.S. Representative for Florida, who discussed the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. Ken Blackwell, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Human Rights and Constitutional Governance and former Ohio Secretary of State, shared how President Biden is misusing Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy to push a federal government takeover of elections. Greg Phares, former Baton Rouge police chief, shared, in light of the terrorist hostage situation at a Texas synagogue, how security training saves lives. And, Meg Kilgannon, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Education Studies, commended newly inaugurated Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin for his first executive actions on education.

6. Washington Watch: Bob Good, Mike Rounds, Caroline Downey, David Closson, Nury Turkel

Tony Perkins was joined by Bob Good, U.S. Representative for Virginia, who gave an overview of President Biden’s education policies in his first year in office. Mike Rounds, U.S. Senator from South Dakota, discussed the Democrats pushing an elections takeover bill and gutting the filibuster. Caroline Downey, News Writer for National Review, talked about emails showing that Dr. Fauci and NIH Director Collins dismissed prominent scientists who endorsed the lab-leak theory on the origins of COVID. David Closson, FRC’s Director of the Center for Biblical Worldview, reflected on President Biden’s first year in office. And, Nury Turkel, Commissioner for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and Chairman of the Board for the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), discussed the Golden State Warriors co-owner saying that “nobody cares” about China’s persecution of Uyghurs.

7. ProLifeCon Digital Action Summit

As we look forward to the overturn of Roe v. Wade, pro-life legislators, organizations, and activists share resources and hope for digital activism in the #prolife movement.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of January 9)

by Family Research Council

January 14, 2022

Here are “The 7” top trending items at FRC over the past seven days:

1. Update: Swimmers Pool Their Resources to Fight Trans Onslaught

For parents in the stands at a recent Ivy League swim meet, there was only one way to describe it: “messed up.” In the head-to-head match-up of two “transitioning” athletes (one male-to-female, another female-to-male), most of the sports world is still rattled. Moms and dads who were there to witness it say they still can’t shake the image of one swimmer’s scars from a recent mastectomy.

2. Update: Dems’ Comparison to Pearl Harbor Bombs

The best person to host a “democracy summit” probably isn’t someone who wants to undermine elections, use the courts to subvert the rule of law, and thinks the best kind of government ignores individual freedoms. But then, Joe Biden probably isn’t the best person to lead a democracy either.

3. Blog: Don’t Let Biden Off the Hook for the Disaster He Left in Afghanistan

The media has largely moved on from the Afghanistan debacle, and many are all too eager to sweep the consequences of President Biden’s botched withdrawal under the rug. Yet, the repercussions will last lifetimes. Currently, hundreds of Afghan parents and family members are seeking help for their starving children.

4. Blog: China’s Tragic War on Uyghur Women

Recently, an independent tribunal in the United Kingdom released a judgment that found the Chinese government’s treatment of Uyghur people to be consistent with the legal definition of genocide. Multiple governments have made the same pronouncement, including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, and Belgium.

5. Washington Watch: Roy Blunt, Ken Paxton, Kevin Miller, Hayden Ludwig

Tony Perkins was joined by Roy Blunt, U.S. Senator from Missouri, to discuss the upcoming vote in the U.S. Senate to change the filibuster and pave the way for the elections takeover bill. Ken Paxton, Texas Attorney General, discussed President Biden’s Atlanta speech pushing the Democrats’ elections takeover bill. Kevin Miller, Administrative Pastor of Foothills Church in El Cajon, California, gave an update after California state government officials shut down his church’s preschool over COVID protocols. And, Hayden Ludwig of Capital Research Center shared his research showing how left-wing ‘dark money’ groups are funding Senator Schumer’s secretive anti-filibuster campaign.

6. Washington Watch: Jeff Landry, Simon Calvert, Connor Semelsberger, David Closson

Joseph Backholm was joined by Jeff Landry, Louisiana Attorney General, to analyze the Supreme Court oral arguments regarding two of President Biden’s vaccine mandates. Simon Calvert, Deputy Director for Public Affairs at the Christian Institute, discussed a European Court of Human Rights ruling in favor of a Christian bakery that declined to create a same-sex wedding cake. FRC’s Connor Semelsberger detailed how American opposition to the Build Government Bigger Bill has dampened support among Democrats in competitive races. And, David Closson, FRC’s Director of the Center for Biblical Worldview, explained why Christians must form a biblical worldview and what the Bible says is the role of government regarding vaccine mandates.

7. Washington Watch: Katherine Johnson, Joni Ernst, Todd Rokita, Mike Braun, J. Christian Adams

Tony Perkins was joined by FRC’s Katherine Johnson to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court blocking Biden’s OSHA vaccine mandate for businesses but allowing the vaccine mandate for health care workers to go into effect. Joni Ernst, U.S. Senator from Iowa, talked about Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer moving forward with votes on an elections takeover bill and radically altering the filibuster. Todd Rokita, Indiana Attorney General, gave an update on his lawsuits against the Biden vaccine mandates and discussed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Biden’s vaccine mandates. Mike Braun, U.S. Senator from Indiana, commented on the Senate HELP Committee voting to advance Robert Califf’s nomination to head the Food and Drug Administration. And, J. Christian Adams, President and General Counsel of Public Interest Legal Foundation, responded to Senator Schumer’s claim that the GOP is passing voter suppression laws at the state level.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of December 12)

by Family Research Council

December 17, 2021

Here are “The 7” top trending items at FRC over the past seven days:

1. Update: Here Comes San Jose Right down Tyranny Lane

All they did was meet for worship in obedience to the Word of God. Then the government started fining them. Now, officials have shown up with a warrant and are interrogating their employees. The Supreme Court has twice ruled in favor of Calvary Chapel San Jose, yet the government is still harassing them.

2. Update: Biden on State Voting Protections: Dash Away, All!

The best person to host a “democracy summit” probably isn’t someone who wants to undermine elections, use the courts to subvert the rule of law, and thinks the best kind of government ignores individual freedoms. But then, Joe Biden probably isn’t the best person to lead a democracy either.

3. Blog: Fact Check: 5 False Claims Corrected in the Dobbs Oral Arguments

On December 1, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Julie Rickelman argued that the Court should strike down Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act—the bipartisan legislation banning abortion after 15 weeks. Although Rickelman’s arguments occasionally aligned with the truth, the majority of what she said does not pass a fact check.

4. Blog: The Public Is Being Primed To Feel Groovy About Psychedelic Drugs

Right now, there is a concerted effort to change the American public’s attitude towards psychedelic drugs. Turn on Netflix, Hulu, or other streaming services, and you’re likely to find shows and documentaries on the usefulness of these drugs. This is the first public sign that we are being primed to accept the recreational and “prescription” use of psychedelics to solve both our mental and spiritual ills.

5. Washington Watch: James Comer, Luther Harrison, Paul Schmitt, Meg Kilgannon

Joseph Backholm was joined by James Comer, U.S. Representative for Kentucky, who shared about the devastation from the recent tornadoes and relief efforts across Kentucky. Luther Harrison, with Samaritan’s Purse, discussed their relief efforts in the states devastated by tornadoes. Paul Schmitt, of Alliance Defending Freedom, celebrated a victory for a church school after Maryland officials revoked the school’s eligibility to participate in a voucher program based on the school’s beliefs on marriage and sexuality. And, FRC’s Meg Kilgannon warned of school districts across the U.S. screening teaching applicants about their political beliefs and commends parents for successfully persuading an Arizona school district to cancel a “Transgender Awareness Week.”

6. Washington Watch: Ron Estes, Ronnie Stinson, Mike McClure, Andrew Bostom

Joseph Backholm was joined by Ron Estes, U.S. Representative for Kansas, to discuss the Congressional Budget Office’s numbers showing the true cost of the Build Back Better bill. Ronnie Stinson, with Trace Creek Baptist Church in Kentucky, talked about how the church is responding to the worst tornado destruction in the state’s history. Mike McClure, Senior Pastor of Calvary Christian Fellowship in California, shared about the California government serving a warrant and demanding information on COVID compliance. And, Dr. Andrew Bostom, Associate Professor at Brown University, questioned why COVID policies are drifting further and further away from what clinical data shows about the virus.

7. Washington Watch: Dan Bishop, Sarah Perry, Virgil Walker, Arielle Del Turco, Gordon Chang

Joseph Backholm was joined by Dan Bishop, U.S. Representative for North Carolina, to discuss the House holding Mark Meadows in criminal contempt. Sarah Perry, with Heritage Foundation, warned of LGBT indoctrination promoting “Two Spirit” sexuality and child mutation happening to four-year-olds in L.A. schools. Virgil Walker, of G3 Ministries and co-host of the Just Thinking Podcast, called out a Denver elementary school for planning a racially segregated playground night in the name of “equity.” FRC’s Arielle Del Turco talked about the House passing legislation banning imports from China’s Xinjiang region. And, Gordon Chang, author of The Coming Collapse of China, discussed the video summit between Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of December 5)

by Family Research Council

December 10, 2021

Here are “The 7” top trending items at FRC over the past seven days:

1. Update: Senate Strikes Funding Deal in the Saint Nick of Time

No one is turning off the government’s lights any time soon, thanks to a deal struck in the Senate recently. With a shutdown deadline breathing down Democrats’ necks, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) decided that maybe it wasn’t such a good idea for his party to preside over another disaster and finally caved to the conservatives’ demand: a vote on the vaccine mandate.

2. Update: Republicans in Top Form on Draft Day

In a Congress run by Democrats, it’s not every day that conservatives can celebrate a common-sense victory. So, when word leaked that there’d been a dramatic change to the military spending bill, most Republicans were waiting for the other shoe to drop. The rumors turned out to be true: language forcing women in the military draft has been completely eliminated.

3. Blog: The Trend Toward Normalizing Pedophilia Must Be Halted

Americans are awakening to the call to protect children from being sexualized. Following the national news coverage of local school board meetings, U.S. citizens are shocked to learn that taxpayer dollars have been used to make sexually explicit materials available in school libraries and attendance to pornographic sex-ed lessons mandatory.

4. Blog: Listen to the Young, Female Voices of the Pro-Life Movement

On the day of the oral arguments in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, thousands of advocates flocked to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court to vocalize their convictions about abortion. The pro-life side featured a diverse crowd, but one of the most numerous demographics in attendance at the pro-life rally was one for which the pro-abortion side claims to speak—college-aged women.

5. Washington Watch: Jerry Boykin, Lela Gilbert, Chip Roy, Chuck Grassley

Tony Perkins was joined by Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, FRC’s Executive Vice President and former commander of the U.S. Army’s Delta Force, who discussed President Biden’s call with Vladimir Putin. Lela Gilbert, FRC’s Senior Fellow for International Religious Freedom, talked about the letter signed by religious freedom advocates calling for the Biden administration to put Nigeria back on the list of Countries of Particular Concern. Chip Roy, U.S. Representative for Texas, gave an update on what’s happening in Congress after the NDAA provision forcing women to register for the military draft was removed. And, Chuck Grassley, U.S. Senator from Iowa, discussed the status of Biden’s vaccine mandates.

6. Washington Watch: Michael Waltz, Jeff Barrows, J. Marie Griffin-Taylor, Meg Kilgannon

Tony Perkins was joined by Michael Waltz, U.S. Representative for Florida, who discussed the Biden administration announcing a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Dr. Jeff Barrows, with Christian Medical & Dental Associations, detailed what is known about and the proper response to the Omicron variant. J. Marie Griffin-Taylor, of Truett McConnell University, talked about the crime wave sweeping California and the policies that led to the lawlessness. And, Meg Kilgannon, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Education Studies, shared about the push back by state chapters against the National School Board Association (NSBA) for accusing parents of “domestic terrorism.”

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: The Hope of the World

On this episode of Pray Vote Stand, Tony Perkins reflected on the hope that believers have through Christ and how we can be confident that all things work together for good.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of November 28)

by Family Research Council

December 3, 2021

Here are “The 7” top trending items at FRC over the past seven days:

1. Update: Gratitude: The Power to Transform

This isn’t the idyllic Norman Rockwell backdrop to Thanksgiving that most Americans would have chosen. With every negative headline, every crisis, gratitude is probably the last thing on most people’s minds. How many of us are actually stopping to look beyond the sting of the present to reflect on our true blessings—and what kind of difference would it make if we did?

2. Update: To Whom It May Ignore: U.S. Abandons Terror-filled Nigeria

When Pastor Silas Yakubu Ali didn’t show up to preach on Sunday morning, there was one overriding feeling: dread. As the hour grew later, people in the congregation left to search—each one praying that his disappearance wasn’t what they all feared. In Nigeria, being a Christian or going to church could be a death sentence—one that had been carried out thousands of times this year already.

3. Blog: International Olympic Committee Abandons Women Athletes

Imagine that you are a top administrator at a track meet and you notice that in the 17-year-old category there appears to be a boy running in the girls’ race. What course of action you would take? Well, according to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), your approach would depend upon what year you noticed such a thing.

4. Blog: 10 Things You Can Do to Defend the Unborn Ahead of Dobbs

On December 1, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. This case concerns the constitutionality of Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act, which prohibits elective abortion after 15 weeks. Because Mississippi’s law directly challenges the abortion jurisprudence of Roe v. Wade, the Dobbs case presents the greatest opportunity to overturn Roe.

5. Washington Watch: Andy Biggs, Gordon Chang, Owen Strachan

Tony Perkins was joined by Andy Biggs, U.S. Representative for Arizona, to discuss Fauci saying that we should be “prepared to do anything and everything” in response to the Omicron COVID variant. Gordon Chang, author of “The Coming Collapse of China,” talked about China’s Belt and Road Initiative. And, Owen Strachan, Senior Fellow with FRC’s Center for Biblical Worldview, author, and provost and research professor at Grace Bible Theological Seminary, unpacked the woke agenda in the Salvation Army’s curriculum.

6. Washington Watch: Roger Marshall, Chris Smith, Gordon Chang, Mike Johnson

Tony Perkins was joined by Roger Marshall, U.S. Senator from Kansas, who shared his efforts to stop President Biden’s vaccine mandate in the upcoming spending measures being considered by the U.S. Senate. Chris Smith, U.S. Representative for New Jersey, responded to the Biden administration’s removal of Nigeria from the Countries of Particular Concern list. Gordon Chang, author of “The Coming Collapse of China,” talked about the Women’s Tennis Association suspending all its events in China. And, Mike Johnson, U.S. Representative for Louisiana, analyzed Justice Sotomayor’s comments in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization oral arguments.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: Dobbs: The Beginning of the End of Abortion?

On this episode of Pray Vote Stand, Tony Perkins was joined by Erin Morrow Hawley, Mary Szoch, and David Closson to discuss the Supreme Court oral arguments in Dobbs and to pray for the beginning of a new day for the unborn in America.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of November 14)

by Family Research Council

November 19, 2021

Here are “The 7” top trending items at FRC over the past seven days:

1. Update: Kerry Signals Lane Change on China

A Chinese official revealed he’s met with Biden’s climate negotiator, John Kerry, as many as 30 times. During all of these conversations, a reporter asked Kerry if he’d ever bothered to bring up the Uyghurs? Slave labor? His response: “That’s not my lane.” Tell that to the young men who’ve been sodomized and tortured and the young women who’ve undergone forced abortions and have been forcibly sterilized on the CCP’s watch.

2. Update: The Plane Truth about Vax Tyranny

What air travel needs right now is more restrictions, said 37 Democratic lawmakers in a letter to President Biden. Their call for further travel restrictions doesn’t just unhappily coincide with the holiday travel season; they explicitly cite that as a reason to enact the restrictions.

3. Blog: 5 Bible Passages That Affirm the Personhood of the Unborn

Abortion continues to be a hot-button issue in America. As the country awaits the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions in upcoming abortion-related cases, Christians should take the time to consider what exactly the Bible teaches about human dignity and abortion. Here are several Scripture passages that affirm life beginning in the womb and the personhood of the unborn child.

4. Blog: Women Must Be Protected in the NDAA

In the Senate’s preparation to take up the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 (NDAA, S. 2792), hundreds of amendments to the bill have been offered. One of the most crucial for senators to support is the amendment which removes the provision changing registration for the Selective Service to require young women to register alongside men.

5. Washington Watch: Garret Graves, Phil Robertson, Al Robertson

Tony Perkins was joined by Rep. Garret Graves, U.S. Representative for Louisiana, who discussed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit extending the injunction against President Biden’s vaccine mandate on private employers, Biden signing the infrastructure bill, and the letter sent by congressional Democrats to Biden demanding a vaccine requirement or a negative test prior to boarding an airline flight. Also, Phil Robertson and Al Robertson, co-hosts of the “Unashamed” podcast, shared their thoughts on current issues, including the vaccine mandates, indoctrination in schools, and the Republican National Committee announcing its first-ever “RNC Pride Coalition.”

6. Washington Watch: Steve Daines, Andrea Lucas, Roger Severino, Andy Biggs, Lela Gilbert

Tony Perkins was joined by Steve Daines, U.S. Senator from Montana, who discussed the NDAA provision forcing women into the military draft. Andrea Lucas, Commissioner on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, commented on the Biden administration’s intrusive questionnaire for evaluating requests for religious exemptions to vaccine mandates. Roger Severino, of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, lamented a memo showing that HHS is expected to roll back Trump-era religious liberty protections. Andy Biggs, U.S. Representative for Arizona, shared what an internal email provided by an FBI whistleblower reveals about the DOJ using counterterrorism tools against parents. And, FRC’s Lela Gilbert discussed the Biden State Department removing Nigeria from its Countries of Particular Concern list.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: A Time for Gratitude

On this episode of Pray Vote Stand, Tony Perkins was joined by Dr. Kenyn Cureton and Dr. Jeffrey Froh ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday to pray for America and look at the long-term impact a culture of gratefulness can have on a nation.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of November 7)

by Family Research Council

November 12, 2021

Here are “The 7” top trending items at FRC over the past seven days:

1. Update: Lacking Infrastructural Integrity

It was shaping up to be one of Joe Biden’s worst weeks yet. Humiliated in Virginia and nearly so in New Jersey, then came the news that the president’s approval rating had collapsed. By all rights, Biden’s radical agenda was done—kaput. Until late recently, when—for reasons no one can fathom—13 Republicans decided to give the sinking party a life raft.

2. Update: Tailoring Suits to Stop Biden

The president used his “emergency” powers to file the vaccine mandate but there has been absolutely no hurry to put it into effect. If COVID is that urgent, Joe Biden has sure taken his sweet time showing it. But then, that’s one of the most outrageous parts of this whole process. The virus is no longer the emergency—the attacks it enables on our freedoms are.

3. Blog: House Democrats Want to Fund… Companies That Oppress Uyghurs?

Democrats have released their latest version of President Biden’s budget-busting reconciliation bill, taking it from bad to worse. This bill, nearing $1.75 trillion in new spending, covers programs that will fund abortions, imposes a one-size-fits-all approach to childcare, and now includes language that would allow taxpayer funding to subsidize Chinese companies that engage in human rights abuses.

4. Blog: Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan Oppress Another Victim

Masih, an Arabic word meaning “messiah,” is a common family name among Pakistani Christians. One of them is Stephan Masih, a Pakistani man with a psychological disability. Sadly, Masih is one of too many Christians in Pakistan who has become a victim of the country’s blasphemy laws.

5. Washington Watch: Mark Green, Todd Rokita, Vicky Hartzler, Dave Yost, Brent Keilen

Tony Perkins was joined by Mark Green, U.S. Representative for Tennessee, to discuss the Democrats’ massive spending bills. Todd Rokita, Indiana Attorney General, unpacked Biden’s recently released vaccine mandate rule. Vicky Hartzler, U.S. Representative for Missouri, talked about the role critical race theory and education played in the Virginia governor’s race. Dave Yost, Ohio Attorney General, gave his thoughts on the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate rule. And, Brent Keilen, Vice President of FRC Action, reacted to the election results in Virginia and around the country.

6. Washington Watch: August Pfluger, Roger Severino, Todd Nettleton, David Closson

Washington Watch guest host Joseph Backholm was joined by August Pfluger, U.S. Representative for Texas, who gave an update on the reconciliation and infrastructure bills and the Biden administration saying they would pay illegal immigrants $450,000. Roger Severino, Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, called out the Biden administration for improperly using an emergency rule provision to push mandates. Todd Nettleton, of The Voice of the Martyrs, shared how we can pray for persecuted believers during the upcoming International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians. And, David Closson, FRC’s Director of the Center for Biblical Worldview, discussed how Christians can think biblically about freedom.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: Honoring God and Caesar in the Age of Government Mandates

On this episode of Pray Vote Stand, Tony Perkins was joined by Ryan Tucker, Robert Destro, and Owen Strachan to pray and weigh in on the upcoming deadlines for Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate rules. Many are facing a profoundly unfair choice between their convictions and their career. So how do we honor God and Caesar? Watch to find out.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of October 31)

by Family Research Council

November 5, 2021

Here are “The 7” top trending items at FRC over the past seven days:

1. Update: The Night Is Youngkin

Parents are not just caretakers on behalf of the state. They are the men and women entrusted by God with the nurturing—physical, mental, and spiritual—of the little ones they raise. That’s why public schools are designed to serve families, not the other way around. That is why Virginia moms and dads across the state decided they’d had enough.

2. Update: Big-City Mandates Hose Firefighters

As vaccine mandates kick into effect in places like New York, the time everyone was dreading is here. Firefighters, ambulance drivers, police, and even waste management employees will have to prove they’ve been at least half-vaccinated or be forced into unpaid leave. While Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) insists that he isn’t having “second thoughts” about the dictate, plenty of locals are.

3. Blog: Why the Rush to “Reassign Gender”?

In the past few years, there has been a sharp increase in pushing puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and reassignment surgeries on minors. But why the rush? Are there any associated health risks for children, and if so, what are they? In the insightful documentary, Trans Mission: What’s the Rush to Reassign Gender?, the filmmakers reveal the pressure children are facing from the transgender agenda.

4. Blog: Thinking Biblically About Freedom

What is freedom? It’s a question at the heart of the American experiment. Our national anthem dubs us “the land of the free.” In a country where everyone is free to decide for themselves what the definition of freedom is, how long can that country maintain some semblance of unity before devolving into either fascism or an anarchy of moral relativism?

5. Washington Watch: James Lankford, Chuck Grassley, Jeff Barrows, Josh Hawley

Tony Perkins was joined by James Lankford, U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, to discuss the Marine Corps’ announcement that marines who refuse the COVID vaccine will be discharged after November 28, and his new memo detailing how the Democrats’ spending bill would expand using taxpayer dollars to fund abortions. Chuck Grassley, U.S. Senator from Iowa, talked about the Beth Robinson confirmation vote and Attorney General Merrick Garland’s memo targeting parents. Dr. Jeff Barrows, of Christian Medical & Dental Associations, discussed the American Medical Association’s newly released document saying that doctors should use language inspired by critical race theory. And, Josh Hawley, U.S. Senator from Missouri, shared how liberals’ attacks on masculinity are driving men to pornography and video games.

6. Washington Watch: Thomas Catenacci, Louie Gohmert, Heather Hacker, Jim Lee, Brent Keilen

Tony Perkins was joined by Thomas Catenacci, a reporter for the Daily Caller, who shared what’s happened at the COP26 climate change conference. Louie Gohmert, U.S. Representative for Texas, unpacked what would happen if the Biden administration moved forward with making $450,000 payments to illegal immigrants who sued the Trump administration. Heather Hacker, Partner at Hacker Stephens LLP and former Assistant Solicitor General of Texas, shared what happened during the U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments on the Texas Heartbeat law case. Jim Lee, CEO and Founder of Susquehanna Polling & Research Inc., talked about a new NBC poll showing 71 percent of Americans believe the country is on the “wrong track.” And, Brent Keilen, Vice President of FRC Action, discussed the Virginia gubernatorial election and how the education issue is shaping the race.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: Praying for a Post-Roe America

On this episode of Pray Vote Stand, Tony Perkins was joined by Leslie Rutledge, Abby Johnson, and Roland Warren to discuss and pray over the two major abortion cases heard by the Supreme Court this term. There’s more speculation than ever that the days of Roe v. Wade are numbered, and Christians must be prepared to ramp up their outreach to mothers in crisis.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of October 24)

by Family Research Council

October 29, 2021

Here are “The 7” top trending items at FRC over the past seven days:

1. Update: How the White House Will Steal Christmas

The Grinch may have stiff competition in President Biden. Retailers, industry leaders, and labor groups aren’t sending their requests to the North Pole—they are sending them to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, asking the president to push pause on the deadline for workers to comply with the COVID vaccine mandate, which has been set for December 8.

2. Update: Biden’s Department of Injustice and Intimidation

The Loudoun County School Board may be in the market for a new superintendent. According to emails, not only did Scott Ziegler know about the sexual assault by a boy in a girls’ restroom, he alerted the board to it that same day—which, for people keeping track, was three weeks before he publicly told parents there’d been “no incidents” related to gender neutral bathrooms.

3. Blog: Thinking Biblically About Politics in Church

Churches should have greater freedom and flexibility constitutionally, and they should carefully and prayerfully consider how to steward their freedom well. Christians should engage politically, but that engagement must be done biblically, which is why churches (and particularly pastors) need to be wise and discerning, especially during election season.

4. Blog: Homemaking Is a Sacred Calling, Despite What Society Says

Recently, two hearings took place in the U.S. Senate to review the legality and the morality of the Texas Heartbeat Act (S.B. 8). The hearings made clear that pro-abortion Democrats think that a woman must have the ability to choose abortion to truly be free and equal. Implicit in their arguments was a belief that women who choose homemaking over a career are somehow unequal in this country.

5. Washington Watch: Haris Alic, Chuck Holton, Pat Fallon, Ben Carson

Tony Perkins was joined by Haris Alic, reporter for the Washington Times, who shared the latest on the reconciliation bill. Pat Fallon, U.S. Representative for Texas, discussed the State Department admitting there are 363 Americans trapped in Afghanistan. Chuck Holton, freelance reporter for CBN News, gave an update on the caravans heading for the U.S.-Mexico border and 52 Al-Qaeda suspects who were captured heading towards the United States. And, Dr. Ben Carson, Founder and Chairman of the American Cornerstone Institute, talked about his Little Patriots initiative and new children’s book “Why America Matters.”

6. Washington Watch: Michael Ginsberg, Randy Weber, Meg Kilgannon, Jim Inhofe, Sam BrownbackGordon Chang

Tony Perkins was joined by Michael Ginsberg, Congressional correspondent at the Daily Caller, who shared the latest on the reconciliation bill negotiations taking place in the U.S. Senate. Randy Weber, U.S. Representative for Texas, talked about business groups asking the Biden administration to delay the upcoming COVID vaccine mandates. Meg Kilgannon, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Education Studies, gave an update on what’s happening in Loudoun County after a student was found guilty of sexual assault in a school bathroom. Jim Inhofe, U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, discussed his letter to the Pentagon urging a suspension of the vaccine mandate on servicemembers. Sam Brownback, former Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, reacted to the military coup in Sudan and the implications on religious freedom. And, Gordon Chang, author of The Coming Collapse of China and The Great U.S.-China Tech War, discussed the Biden administration’s policy toward Taiwan and President Biden’s plan to attend the G20 Summit in Rome.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: A Nation Bordering on Lawlessness

On this episode of Pray Vote Stand, Tony Perkins was joined by Rep. Mary Miller, Dr. Dave Brat, and Pastor Jorge Tovar to take a deeper look at the border crisis. We’ve witnessed heartbreaking scenes along the southern border and the Biden administration’s refusal to act is making things worse. Join us as we pray for solutions that balance charity with our commitment to law and order.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of October 17)

by Family Research Council

October 25, 2021

Here are “The 7” top trending items at FRC over the past seven days:

1. Update: The Great American (Vaccine) Purge

Democrats have a new strategy to enhance the security of Americans: fire those who provide it. Recently, the U.S. Navy became the latest branch of the military to announce it will discharge sailors who don’t meet their definition of “fully vaccinated” by November 28. As the deadline looms nearer, the military is now forced to deal with the reality that many service members will not comply.

2. Update: Republicans Beat the Buzzer with Girls’ Sports Win

Plenty of parents have been fed up with Joe Biden’s fixation on letting boys into girls’ private spaces. But after the rape of one teenage girl in Loudoun County schools and the sexual assault of another, even fewer states are buying the line that the Left’s radical transgender policies don’t hurt anyone. If anything, it made states like Texas even more motivated to keep the two sexes separate.

3. Blog: How Should Christians Think About Biden’s Vaccine Mandate?

On September 9, President Joe Biden announced new executive action concerning COVID-19 vaccines. According to the president’s plan, all employers with more than 100 employees must require their workers to be vaccinated or submit to weekly testing. Currently, it is unclear what type of medical, religious, or conscience exemptions will be granted concerning the vaccine mandate.

4. Blog: How Should Christians Use Religious Exemptions for Vaccine Mandates?

Revelations of radical activism by a teacher in California with an Antifa flag in his classroom and marking student’s papers using stamps with images of communist leaders roiled Sacramento area parents. In a shocking and at times profane 12-minute video, Inderkum High School AP Government teacher Gabriel Gipe explained that he has “180 days to turn [students] into revolutionaries.”

5. Washington Watch: Steve Daines, Chad Wolf, Mat Staver, Connor Semelsberger

Tony Perkins was joined by Steve Daines, U.S. Senator from Montana, who gave an update on negotiations over the reconciliation bill and the removal of the Hyde amendment in the Labor, Health and Human Services Senate bill. Chad Wolf, of the America First Policy Institute, talked about what’s happening at the southern border with arrests soaring to an all-time high. Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, discussed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer denying the emergency injunction pending appeal on behalf of more than 2,000 Maine health care workers. And, Connor Semelsberger, FRC’s Director of Federal Affairs for Life and Human Dignity, unpacked what’s really in the reconciliation bill’s Green New Deal.

6. Washington Watch: Vicky Hartzler, Edward Graham, Mike Berry, Bob Fu

Washington Watch’s guest host, Joseph Backholm, was joined by Vicky Hartzler, U.S. Representative for Missouri, discussed reports of China’s advanced space capability, the threats that China poses to U.S. national security, and the Democrats $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. Edward Graham, of Samaritan’s Purse, gave an update on the U.S. missionaries who were kidnapped by a notorious Haitian gang. Mike Berry, of First Liberty Institute, shared that Navy SEALs seeking religious exemptions to the vaccine mandate are facing harassment and intimidation. And, Bob Fu, Founder and President of China Aid Association and FRC’s Senior Fellow for International Religious Freedom, discussed the U.S. rejoining the UN Human Rights Council and China shutting down Bible apps and Christian WeChat accounts as new crackdown policies go into effect.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: Biden’s Anti-Family Budget Buster

On this episode of Pray Vote Stand, Tony Perkins was joined by Rep. Bob Good, Connor Semelsberger, and Pastor Gary Keesee to discuss the threat Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act poses to life, families, children, and our future as a nation. Listen as they unpack the top harms of the most expensive bill EVER considered by Congress and join us as we pray for men and women to rise up and stop it!

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