Author archives: Family Research Council

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of June 13)

by Family Research Council

June 18, 2021

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

1. Update: In Mother Words, Biden Disses Women

Joe Biden ran on an absurdly radical platform for a “moderate,” but it looks like he saved a lot of his truly crazy ideas for the White House. Just when Americans think his policies can’t get any more deranged, he unleashes a budget that cancels moms! In a bizarre attempt to transgender the English language, Biden has decided to bleep out the word “mother” and replace it with “birthing people.”

2. Update: At DOJ, a Brief Encounter with LGBT Outrage

The Biden administration has pledged allegiance to the LGBT cause so completely that it can’t even give religious freedom a passing nod without being skinned alive by the radical Left. Recently, when the Justice Department hinted at defending the constitutional rights of Christian colleges, the fringe wing of the Left blew a gasket. The DOJ is “aligning itself with anti-LGBTQ hate,” they cried.

3. Blog: Thinking Biblically About Trends in Worldview

Today in America, there is a staggering disparity between those who claim to have a biblical worldview and those who actually have a consistent worldview shaped by Scripture. A recent survey conducted by FRC’s Senior Research Fellow George Barna indicates that a mere 6 percent of American adults possess a biblical worldview, despite 51 percent thinking they have one.

4. Blog: Book Review: Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe

The call for social justice is flooded with many voices advocating for various political solutions to our society’s perceived injustices. Many wonder what is the solution? In Fault Lines theologian Voddie Baucham Jr. equips Christians to identify the errors underlying Critical Social Justice ideology and encourages us to pursue biblical social justice instead.

5. Washington Watch: Marsha Blackburn, Steve Daines, Mark Brnovich, Vicky Hartzler

Tony was joined by Marsha Blackburn, U.S. Senator from Tennessee, to discuss the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration. Steve Daines, U.S. Senator from Montana, talked about President Biden’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and overviewed his bill that would protect babies with Down syndrome from selective abortions. Mark Brnovich, Arizona Attorney General, urged U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to respect state sovereignty. And, Vicky Hartzler, U.S. Representative for Missouri, warned of the military and economic threats by China and the human rights abuses by the Chinese Communist Party.

6. Washington WatchChris Mitchell, Mary Szoch, Tony Perkins, George Barna

Guest host Joseph Backholm was joined by Chris Mitchell, Middle East Bureau Chief for CBN News, to discuss the Israeli Parliament’s approval of its new government and prime minister. Mary Szoch, FRC’s Director of the Center for Human Dignity, shared an update on North Carolina’s HB 453, a bill which would ban selective abortions of babies with Down syndrome. Tony Perkins, President of FRC and Vice Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, responded to the latest threats to religious freedom in both Finland and Nigeria. And, George Barna, FRC’s Senior Research Fellow for the Center for Biblical Worldview, explained recent research that identifies dramatic changes in long-term faith commitments over the past 30 years.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: Life is Winning in America

On this edition of Pray Vote Stand, Tony Perkins was joined by Phil Bryant, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), Gary Bauer, and Flip Benham to discuss and celebrate the success of many pro-life efforts across the nation and pray for the day when the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision will be sent to the dustbin of history.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of June 6)

by Family Research Council

June 11, 2021

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

1. Update: RNC Pride Tweet: The Elephant in the Room

A handful of days into this rainbow deluge, the air of LGBT pride is so suffocating that people could choke. It’s plastered across social media, corporate logos, cereal boxes, even big box stores’ pandering displays. But one place conservatives thought they were safe from all this nonsense was the Republican National Committee. Turns out, their chairwoman is just as happy as anyone to pull on the LGBT jersey.

2. Update: Virginia District Hears Parents Loudoun Clear

The parents of Loudoun County, Virginia who were packed into every available chair at a recent school board meeting were angry. For months, they’d been warring with the district over its woke curriculum in a feud so bitter that it made the national news. But it was the suspension of Tanner Cross, a P.E. teacher who spoke out about a new transgender policy, that turned the local temperature from hot to boiling.

3. Blog: Kim Jong Un Encourages Workers to Maintain “Communist Faith”

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un recently encouraged workers to build up their “communist faith.” In a letter released by North Korean state media last month, Kim wrote to a federation of trade unions, claiming that such communist faith is required to attain the utopian society supposedly possible in the world’s last true communist dictatorship.

4. Blog: Book Review: Desist, Detrans, & Detox: Getting Your Child Out of the Gender Cult

If you think writing a book to challenge the idea of “affirmative care” for children makes her mean, cold or uncaring, you’d be very wrong about that. It is precisely her compassion for others that compelled Keffler to write this book. Many desperate parents are searching high and low to find authentic help for their struggling child—this book serves this very real need.

5. Washington Watch: Chris Mitchell, Warren Davidson, Gordon Chang, Beth Mizell, Gabrielle Clark

Tony was joined by James Comer, U.S. Representative for Kentucky, who called for an investigation into the origins of COVID-19. Chad Wolf, former Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, discussed how the Biden administration has managed recent crises. Tanner Cross, an educator in Loudoun County Public Schools who was suspended for objecting to new school policies on gender identity, and Tyson Langhofer, Senior Counsel and Director of the Center for Academic Freedom at Alliance Defending Freedom, praised the court decision ruling that Tanner’s constitutional rights were violated when the school board suspended him. And, Travis Weber, FRC’s Vice President for Policy & Government Affairs, and Katherine Johnson, FRC’s Research Fellow for Legal and Policy Studies, talked about church victories in court cases over COVID restrictions, and spoke out against the San Jose, California government authorities who continue to harass churches.

6. Washington WatchKen Ham, Dr. Brad Jurkovich, Burgess Owens, Ray Comfort

Guest host Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) was joined by Ken Ham, CEO and Founder of Answers in Genesis, to discuss the root causes behind the decline in U.S. church membership. Dr. Brad Jurkovich, Senior Pastor of First Bossier in Bossier City, La., addressed the present challenges faced by America’s churches. Burgess Owens, U.S. Representative for Utah, advised Christians on how they should think about and approach issues regarding race. And, Ray Comfort, CEO of Living Waters, urged Americans to turn to the gospel as the only real answer to the challenges and difficulties facing our nation.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: A Christian Response to LGBT Pride

On this edition of Pray Vote Stand, Tony Perkins was joined by Dr. Wayne Grudem, Sarah Perry, and Pastor Ken William to discuss the designation of June as “Pride Month” and how Christians are to think biblically about pride, parenting tips on how to fight back against LGBT indoctrination in schools, and how believers can open the doors of dialogue with those struggling with an LGBT identity.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of May 30)

by Family Research Council

June 4, 2021

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

1. Update: Gym Teacher Exercises Faith in Woke District

Tanner Cross may teach P.E., but it might be grammar that costs him his job! That’s the unbelievable situation playing out in Loudoun County, Virginia, where an elementary gym teacher dared to put himself on the wrong side of the gender wars during the public comment session of the local school board.

2. Update: MLB’s Political Bunt Faces Court Challenge

Woke corporations are learning the hard way that their social activism has a price. Monday, Major League Baseball was slapped with a $1.1 billion lawsuit for pulling the 2021 All-Star Game out of Atlanta, Georgia. The Job Creators Network (JCN), an organization that advocates for small businesses, filed the lawsuit—arguing that the MLB’s decision cost Georgia businesses $100 million in lost revenue.

3. Blog: Thinking Biblically About “Pride Month”

If you are on the internet, you likely know that June is “Pride Month.” Your social media feed will be filled with promotions, companies will temporarily change their logos to show that they are down with the struggle, and city streets will be lined with rainbow flags in solidarity with the sexual revolution. Meanwhile, many Christians will struggle with knowing how to respond. If you’re one of them, here are a few things to remember.

4. Blog: Fidelity to the Constitution Requires Roe’s Reversal

The biggest challenge many face when reasoning how the Supreme Court ought to rule on any given case is the understanding that justices should rule based in the United States Constitution, not in personal opinion. Americans must recognize the role and purpose of the highest court in the land, and why the United States Constitution must be its standard.

5. Washington Watch: Chris Mitchell, Warren Davidson, Gordon Chang, Beth Mizell, Gabrielle Clark

Tony was joined by Chris Mitchell, Middle East Bureau Chief for CBN News, to discuss the recent leadership tensions in Israel as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s opponents form a coalition deal to remove him from office. Warren Davidson, U.S. Representative for Ohio, shared his thoughts on what Dr. Fauci’s recently released emails reveal. Gordon Chang, author of The Coming Collapse of China and The Great U.S.-China Tech War, explained what the public needs to know about the U.S. government funding in Wuhan. Beth Mizell, Louisiana State Senator, urged Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards to sign the Louisiana Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. And, Gabrielle Clark, head of the Nevada chapter of No Left Turn in Education (NLTE), discussed her lawsuit against Critical Race Theory in her son’s public school.

6. Washington Watch: Mike Pompeo, George Barna, David Closson, Travis Weber

Tony was joined by Mike Pompeo, former United States Secretary of State, who discussed the Biden administration’s response to mounting questions about the COVID-19 pandemic’s origin. George Barna, FRC’s Senior Research Fellow for the Center for Biblical Worldview, highlighted the findings of FRC’s recent national worldview survey. David Closson, FRC’s Director of the Center for Biblical Worldview, and Travis Weber, FRC’s Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs, introduced FRC’s new Center for Biblical Worldview.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: Critical Race Theory

On this edition of Pray Vote Stand, Tony was joined Todd Rokita, Jonathan Koeppel, Dr. Owen Strachan, and Pastor Iverson Jackson to discuss how Critical Race Theory (CRT) has taken over society and invaded schools, and how we can stand for truth against CRT.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of May 23)

by Family Research Council

May 28, 2021

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

1. Update: Unequally Woked: One Teacher’s Stand to Stop the Left

It took a young, courageous Spanish teacher to stand up and say, “Not in my school district” to open the eyes of Americans all across the country. Now, a month later, his viral video is sparking a nationwide movement to expose the Left’s biggest lie: it’s not happening here. It is, Jonathan Koeppel insists. People just don’t know it.

2. Update: The Fighting Irish Fight Back

The White House called it a “scheduling conflict.” But people at Notre Dame knew it was something else: a conflict of values. When Joe Biden didn’t give the keynote address at Sunday’s graduation ceremony, his absence was enough to make headlines. The only truly controversial visit was Barack Obama’s in 2009, but that would be nothing—protestors warned—compared to the backlash over Biden.

3. Blog: Why I Don’t Use Preferred Pronouns

Demi Lovato has “come out” as non-binary. Being non-binary seems to mean that someone does not feel entirely masculine or feminine so they choose to be neither male or female—non-binary. With this label comes preferred pronouns. The thing is, pronouns contain a statement of belief about the nature of reality, so how do we navigate using preferred pronouns that defy reality?

4. Blog: Thinking Biblically About Judging

On this edition of “Worldview Wednesday” we unpack what scripture says about “judging.” Even people who don’t know the Bible have opinions about it. A favorite verse of many who want a get-out-of-jail-free card is Matthew 7:1, which says, “Judge not, that you be not judged.” But what does this Bible verse, and the rest of Scripture, say about the issue of “judging”?

5. Washington Watch: Chip Roy, Rand Paul, Mat Staver, Anthony Wade, Tom Cotton, Jerry Boykin

Tony was joined by Chip Roy, U.S. Representative for Texas, and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, FRC’s Executive Vice President, who cautioned against the influx of Critical Race Theory in military training. Rand Paul, U.S. Senator from Kentucky, discussed the small business committee hearing about Planned Parenthood unlawfully obtaining Paycheck Protection Program loans. Anthony Wade, Lead Pastor of Faith Building Church in Lebanon, Ohio, praised his City Council for making Lebanon Ohio’s first sanctuary city for the unborn. And Tom Cotton, U.S. Senator from Arkansas, talked about new intelligence showing that three researchers from China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology became sick in November 2019.

6. Washington Watch: Mike Johnson, Scott Rasmussen, David Bullard, Jonathan Koeppel

Tony Perkins was joined by Mike Johnson, U.S. Representative for Louisiana, who discussed the Israeli-Hamas ceasefire agreement and the Biden administration’s efforts to revive the Iran deal. Scott Rasmussen, Pollster and Publisher of ScottRasmussen.com, emphasized the importance of the abortion issue ahead of the midterm elections. David Bullard, Oklahoma State Senator, explained his bill that banned Critical Race Theory from being taught in Oklahoma public school classrooms. And Jonathan Koeppel, a high school Spanish teacher, objected to his school’s radical gender theory curriculum.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: How to Pray for America

On this edition of Pray Vote Stand, Tony Perkins was joined by Mike Berry, Jay Johnston, and Michele Bachmann to discuss government policies that have created hostility and even opposition towards biblical Christianity and how Christians should respond.

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

by Family Research Council

May 21, 2021

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

1. Update: Funny You Should Mask, Biden Says

Public Relations 101: When you’re getting hammered by critics, give the media something else to talk about. After the worst week of his presidency so far, Joe Biden resorted to that ploy Thursday with his “Hey, look over here!” decision on public masking. The CDC, who really has no power to impose a mandate to begin with, chose this week to inexplicably lift its guidance for anyone who’s vaccinated.

2. Update: Biden Goes off the Deep Spend

The worst campaign ad is a bad economy. And right now, that’s exactly what the Democrats in charge are worried about. While President Biden seems quite content to blow through trillions of dollars on programs Americans don’t need—or want—the party’s leaders are starting to exchange nervous glances about what the economic indicators are saying about the storm ahead.

3. Blog: The Prayer That Saved America

The United States was a mere six years old and was on the brink of collapse. Our first form of government, the Articles of Confederation, proved to be an abysmal failure due to a weak central government that failed to keep the young nation united. In May of 1787, the states decided to send delegates to Philadelphia to draft a new governing document—what is today known as the Constitutional Convention. It was at this point that the aged delegate from Pennsylvania offered his sage advice.

4. Blog: A Growing Number of States Are Protecting Minors from Transgenderism

The cultural phenomenon of transgenderism is growing at an astonishing rate. In her book, Irreversible Damage, Abigail Shrier reports that most Western countries have seen a 1,000-5,000 percent increase in teenage females seeking treatment from gender clinics and psychologists—many of whom recommend that these girls socially and physically transition through hormones and sometimes surgery.

5. Washington Watch: Chris Mitchell, Tom Cotton, Mat Staver, Phil Bryant, Travis Weber

Tony was joined by Chris Mitchell, Middle East Bureau Chief for CBN News, who shared the latest on the situation in Israel. Tom Cotton, U.S. Senator from Arkansas, blasted the Associated Press for claiming to be unaware they were sharing office space with Hamas militants in Gaza. Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, discussed the first state-wide permanent order in the country against COVID restrictions on churches. Phil Bryant, former Governor of Mississippi, discussed the significance of the Mississippi abortion law on which the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments. And, Travis Weber, FRC’s Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs, unpacked the Equality Act and why it cannot be fixed.

6. Washington Watch: Ralph Norman, John Joyce, Connor Semelsberger, Jim DeMint

Joseph Backholm was joined by Ralph Norman, U.S. Representative for South Carolina, who talked about the gas crisis. John Joyce, U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania, recalled a hearing at which HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra was asked about partial birth abortion. Connor Semelsberger, FRC’s Director of Federal Affairs for Life and Human Dignity, discussed how the Biden administration is pushing hard on abortion. And, Jim DeMint, former U.S. Senator for South Carolina, shares about his new book, Satan’s Dare.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: Praying and Standing With Israel

On this edition of Pray Vote Stand, Tony Perkins was joined by Christ Mitchell, Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), Caroline Glick, and Heather Johnston to pray over and discuss the siege on the Holy Land that has sparked debate around the world and how the fate of this tiny nation and the world’s Christians are inextricably linked.

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

by Family Research Council

May 14, 2021

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

1. Update: Biden Isn’t Fueling Anyone with His Useless Agenda

Joe Biden wants to be FDR, but he may be a Jimmy Carter. The lines for gas up and down the east coast were so long that the traffic jams spilled onto the main streets. Along the southern border, the state of emergency hit a fever pitch when the surge hit a two-decade high. In Israel, Arab terrorists are on the verge of “full-scale war” and what is the president’s response? “This is progress.”

2. Update: Biden’s Big Government Works Overtime for Unemployment

The evidence of it is everywhere—at restaurants, factories, and construction sites. A couple in Chattanooga couldn’t even go out to dinner without being greeted by a sign that read: “We are short staffed. Please be patient… No one wants to work anymore.” Employers offer to pay more, give night and weekend incentives, and still—they can’t seem to find any applicants.

3. Blog: Thinking Biblically About Cancel Culture

Over the past few years, “cancel culture” has overtaken social media platforms with language urging us to “cancel” someone or declare that they are “over.” Whether the context is politics, sports, entertainment, or business, no one seems safe from the reach of the so-called cancel culture movement. How should Christians think about “canceling” people, institutions, or ideas?

4. Blog: God Is the Solution to a Declining Birth Rate

The Centers for Disease Control released new data showing the American birth rate in 2020 fell to its lowest point in history, continuing the general trend that began in 1971 of American birthrates falling below the replacement level. Certainly, instability caused by COVID-19 impacted the birthrate, but COVID-19 did not cause the instability—it simply magnified a problem that already existed.

5. Washington Watch: Chris Mitchell, Jason Smith, Chip Roy, Dan Celia

Tony was joined by Chris Mitchell, Middle East Bureau Chief for CBN News, who shared the latest on the rocket attacks against Israel. Jason Smith, U.S. Representative for Missouri, gave his take on President Biden’s spending proposals. Chip Roy, U.S. Representative for Texas, talked about the House Republicans’ upcoming vote to recall Rep. Liz Cheney as House GOP Conference Chair. And, Dan Celia, President and CEO of Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries, detailed what the April Jobs Report and President Biden’s spending proposals mean for the economy.

6. Washington Watch: Jackie Walorski, Roger Severino, Ken Harrison, David Closson

Tony was joined by Jackie Walorski, U.S. Representative for Indiana, to answer the question: are unemployment checks keeping people from finding work? Roger Severino, Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, responded to the Biden administration’s redefinition of sex discrimination. Ken Harrison, Chairman and CEO of Promise Keepers, reacted to a USA Today columnist calling for the cancellation of a Promise Keepers rally. And, David Closson, FRC’s Director of Christian Ethics & Biblical Worldview, shared how followers of Christ should respond in situations like the one faced by Promise Keepers.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: What You Need to Know About Biden’s “American Families Plan”

On this edition of Pray Vote Stand, Tony Perkins was joined by Joy Pullmann, Mary Szoch, Charmaine Yoest, and Rep. Vicki Hartzler (R-Mo.) to discuss President Biden’s massive and far-reaching proposal that will usher in a government takeover of childcare and education.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of May 2)

by Family Research Council

May 7, 2021

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

1. Update: Dems Race Awareness of Hypocrisy with Scott Smear

Thanks to Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.), we finally found all of those racists Joe Biden keeps talking about. They’re on the Left, right under the president’s nose. After Scott’s inspirational response to the president’s speech, in one of the most vile displays of hypocrisy, Democrats have apparently decided that it’s okay to be prejudiced—as long as the black man is a conservative.

2. Update: Voters Have a Vax to Grind with Dems

The New York Times wasn’t laughing at Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan. But the host of the paper’s podcast was laughing at how popular the president’s team thinks it is. In a sit-down with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, the former candidate estimated that “20 or 30” Republicans might vote for the president’s $2 trillion joke of a public works bill.

3. Blog: H.R. 1: A Religious Test for Redistricting?

Tucked away in H.R. 1, a bill intended to enact sweeping election reforms, is a problematic religious test for public service—this time on redistricting commissions set up by the bill. H.R. 1 requires states to establish a nonpartisan agency in the state legislature. This nonpartisan agency will establish an independent redistricting commission to organize electoral districts.

4. Blog: The Staggering Reach of Billionaire Transgender Activists

The first billionaire we have to thank for pushing trans propaganda on our children is a man named James Pritzker. Pritzker came out as transgender in his 60s and now goes by the name Jennifer. The Pritzker family has been on the Forbes magazine Top 10 list of “America’s Richest Families” since 1982. And now it’s the medical industry where the Pritzkers have staked a lot of their current investments.

5. Washington Watch: Scott Perry, Tom Cotton, Andy Barr, Kelsey Bolar

Tony was joined by Scott Perry, U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania, on President Biden’s proposed spending of more than $4.3 trillion. Tom Cotton, U.S. Senator from Arkansas, discussed foreign policy in the first 100 days of the Biden administration. Andy Barr, U.S. Representative for Kentucky, shared his call for an investigation into John Kerry after audio surfaced of him leaking sensitive intelligence. Kelsey Bolar, Senior Policy Analyst at Independent Women’s Forum, weighed in on the problems with President Biden’s daycare plan.

6. Washington Watch: Mike Rounds, Paul Coleman, Greg Steube, George Barna

Tony was joined by Mike Rounds, U.S. Senator from South Dakota, on a possible deal between the United States and Iran. Paul Coleman, Executive Director of ADF International, discussed a bishop in Finland who was charged for hate speech for sharing what the Bible teaches about human sexuality. Greg Steube, U.S. Representative from Florida, highlighted hostilities to religious expression here in the United States. George Barna, FRC’s Senior Research Fellow for Christian Ethics and Biblical Worldview, discussed worldview formation and what parents need to do to counter the indoctrination that is accelerating in our culture.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: Praying For Our Foundations

On the eve of the National Day of Prayer, Tony Perkins was joined by two top leaders in the Trump administration, Reince Priebus and Jennie Lichter, who worked to protect religious liberty, and Ronnie Floyd to lift up our nation in prayer and pray for President Biden and his administration, believing that the Lord can turn hearts toward Him.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of April 25)

by Family Research Council

April 30, 2021

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

1. Update: A Word of Warming on the Border Crisis

It’s been blamed for everything, so it makes sense that if the White House needs a scapegoat on immigration, global warming would fit the bill! America’s supposed border czar, Vice President Kamala Harris, blamed the cause of the surge at the border not on Joe Biden’s ridiculous open-borders policy, but on the environment.

2. Update: Red States Get Seat Revenge in Census

There’s more than one way to get good government: move to it! According to the latest Census data, that’s what a massive number of Americans who are sick of higher taxes, lockdowns, and regulations are doing. Many are moving from states like California and New York, to freer, cheaper states like Texas.

3. Blog: Big Money Is Driving the Transgender Trend

The children’s section in Barnes & Noble recently featured a display table of books written by or about “notable women.” Included in the display is the book I Am Jazz. Author Jazz Jennings is a transgender teen (boy) who authored a picture book to explain to preschool age children that their gender identity may not match their biological sex.

4. Blog: Texas Takes a Stand for Religious Belief

Liberal states have been attempting to demand total adherence to their ideology for a while now. The Left is no longer interested in co-existing, but rather in demanding every person adheres to their views on sexuality and marriage. The latest target? Texas. But California should know better than to mess with Texas. The Lone Star State is fighting back.

5. Washington Watch: Claire Culwell Emphasizes the Importance of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act

Claire Culwell, twin abortion survivor, joined Tony Perkins to discuss the importance of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. Check out Claire’s new book, Survivor: An Abortion Survivor’s Surprising Story of Choosing Forgiveness and Finding Redemption.

6. Washington Watch: Michael Burgess, Ron Johnson, Roy Blunt, Jerry Boykin

Tony was joined by Michael Burgess, U.S. Representative for Texas, on President Biden’s address to Congress and Senator Tim Scott’s (R-S.C.) response. Ron Johnson, U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, discussed his assessment of foreign policy in the first 100 days of the Biden administration. Roy Blunt, U.S. Senator from Missouri, examined President Biden’s domestic agenda. And, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, FRC’s Executive Vice President and former commander of the U.S. Army’s Delta Force, broke down President Biden’s address to Congress.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: Mike Pompeo & Dr. Ben Carson Reflect on Biden’s First 100 Days

President Joe Biden has now been in office for over 100 days. Tony Perkins, Mike Pompeo, Dr. Ben Carson, and Michele Bachmann reflect on Biden’s 100 days and the direction this White House is driving America’s policies, at home and abroad.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of April 18)

by Family Research Council

April 23, 2021

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

1. Update: Troubled Waters: California Rep. Eggs on Rioters

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) doesn’t represent the people of Minneapolis. In fact, when she stands in front of a crowd and spews dangerous rhetoric, she doesn’t even represent Los Angeles County. When she travels to Minnesota to tell the mob to “stay in the streets” and “get more confrontational,” she only represents one thing: the fringe Left.

2. Update: A Border Boiling Over

When the 10 Republican lawmakers arrived before midnight to tour the migrant holding facility in Donna, Texas, they were shocked by what they saw. In March, border guards encountered 172,331 unaccompanied minors, family units, and single adults on the southern border, and the flood keeps on coming. And yet, Democrats still insist: there is no crisis.

3. Blog: Urgent Prayer Alert: Six Somali Christians Face Life-or-Death Trial for their Faith

The East African country of Somalia is infamous for many reasons, one if which is for hosting the vicious Islamist al-Shabaab terrorist group. And now, according to Open Doors’ World Watch List, Somalia is the third worst persecutor of Christians in the world.

4. Blog: Terrible News for Nigeria’s Christians as Violence Increases

The stories that emerge from Nigeria are always terrifying and similar: heavily armed jihadis suddenly appear in the dead of night. They attack house after house, breaking down doors, shouting “Allahu Akbar.” They shoot the elderly and able-bodied men. Women are raped or murdered. They kidnap young boys and girls. Then they torch houses, schools, and churches.

5. Washington Watch: Michael Waltz, Jeff Duncan, Ken Blackwell, Larry Taunton

Tony was joined by Michael Waltz, U.S. Representative from Florida, on President Biden withdrawing troops from Afghanistan; Jeff Duncan, U.S. Representative from South Carolina, on Major League Baseball removing the All-Star game from Georgia; Ken Blackwell, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Human Rights and Constitutional Governance and former Ohio Secretary of State, on concerns about violence ahead of the Chauvin verdict; Larry Taunton, Executive Director of the Fixed Point Foundation, on the Marxist takeover of big business.

6. Washington Watch: Marsha Blackburn, Jason Johnson, Rand Paul, John McLaughlin

Tony was joined by Marsha Blackburn, U.S. Senator from Tennessee, on the annual report released by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; Jason Johnson, former Deputy Police Commissioner for Baltimore and President of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, on the verdict in the Chauvin case; Rand Paul, U.S. Senator from Kentucky, on the letter he and a group of GOP senators sent to the Department of Justice and the Small Business Administration urging an investigation into Planned Parenthood; and John McLaughlin, Pollster for McLaughlin and Associates, on his survey showing that 78 percent of all voters support voter ID requirements in elections.

7. Washington Watch: John Boozman, James Comer, Quena Gonzalez, David Closson

Tony was joined by John Boozman, U.S. Senator from Arkansas, on his legislation that increases penalties for those who attack law enforcement officers; James Comer, U.S. Representative from Kentucky and Ranking Member on the House Oversight Committee, on the U.S. House of Representatives approving D.C. Statehood legislation; Quena Gonzalez, FRC’s Director of State & Local Affairs, on recent state legislation impacting faith, family, and freedom; and David Closson, FRC’s Director of Christian Ethics and Biblical Worldview, on the media criticizing evangelicals for vaccine hesitancy.

FRC’s Top 7 Trending Items (Week of April 11)

by Family Research Council

April 15, 2021

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

1. Update: Candy Jarred: Nestle, Mars Join Woke Wars

Some companies just can’t resist touching the hot stove. Despite all of the grassroots pushback in Georgia—all of the boycotts and outrage and public opinion polls—two major U.S. brands have decided to wade into an even more controversial debate by launching a massive pro-transgender push for minors. Mars and Nestle recently announced they are coming for your kids.

2. Update: Arizona, Georgia Double-Team on Woke Sports

It’ll be months before Major League Baseball knows how much its decision to move Atlanta’s All-Star Game cost them financially. Fortunately, Americans won’t have to wait nearly that long to understand how much it hurt the MLB politically. Thanks to Governor Doug Ducey (R-Ariz.), they already know.

3. Blog: Why Is Religious Freedom So Uniquely Important?

At the heart of many recent contentious debates from the Equality Act to COVID-19 church restrictions is the issue of religious freedom. But what exactly is religious freedom, and what makes it so uniquely important?

4. Blog: 4 Tips for Praying for the Persecuted

Global persecution of religious believers is an immense and complex problem with diverse causes, legal factors, and cultural and historical dynamics. This can make the scriptural mandate to remember and pray for persecuted believers an intimidating task. But it doesn’t have to be.

5. Washington Watch: Sen. Tom Cotton Unpacks Biden’s Order to Establish a Commission for So-Called ‘Court Reform’

Tom Cotton, U.S. Senator from Arkansas, joined Tony Perkins to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court striking down California’s restrictions on in-home religious gatherings, President Biden’s commission on court packing, and his letter to the Department of Defense on its use of the Southern Poverty Law Center as a resource.

6. Washington Watch: Rep. Robert Aderholt Calls for Bipartisan Unity in Supporting the Hyde Amendment

Robert Aderholt, U.S. Representative for the 4th District of Alabama, joined Tony Perkins to discuss the letter signed by GOP members of the House appropriation committee urging support for the long-standing, bi-partisan Hyde Amendment.

7. Pray Vote Stand Broadcast: Corporate Woke-ism in Election Reform

On this edition of Pray Vote Stand, Tony Perkins was joined by Gov. Brian Kemp (R-Ga.), former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, and Michael Lancaster, the state director for the Frederick Douglass Foundation in Georgia to discuss and pray over the recent opposition from corporations on election security laws like the one Georgia just passed.

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