Author archives: Jared Bridges

Watch ProLifeCon Live This Morning

by Jared Bridges

January 24, 2011

We’ve got a great lineup of speakers this morning for ProLifeCon, FRC’s Pro-Life Conference designed to educate bloggers and social media users on the cutting edge of the pro-life movement and to equip them to take action. You can watch the live stream from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. EST, and follow the Twitter stream using the hashtag #ProLifeCon. An archived webcast will be made available a few hours after the event concludes. Schedule is below:

If you want to embed the live feed into your own blog, use the code found here.

Show ProLifeCon on your blog

by Jared Bridges

January 22, 2011

If you’d like to display Monday morning’s live feed (8:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. EST) of ProLifeCon on your blog or website, paste the embed code below into your site. (We’ll start the webcast about 10 minutes before the event, so before then you won’t get much):

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Upsetting the Apple Cart

by Jared Bridges

December 3, 2010

In a Breakpoint commentary, Chuck Colson’s comments on the recent attacks upon FRC by the SPLC, along with Apple’s pulling of the Manhattan Declaration app from the iTunes store:

Some in the gay community arent angry at the signers of the Manhattan Declaration because we hate themwe dont! Ive cradled many prisoners dying of AIDS in my arms. Theyre angry at us because we disagree with them. But civil, open discourse is what keeps our society free. We can air our disagreements in public. Thats what democracy is all about. And its tragic that a leading culture-shaper like Apple would suppress that kind of discussion.

Listen to the full commentary…

Press Conference on DADT

by Jared Bridges

December 1, 2010

Watch the archive webcast below:


WHAT: News Conference of organizational leaders and military experts in support of the current law on homosexuality in the military, commonly referred to as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The speakers will discuss the release of the report by the Pentagon’s Comprehensive Review Working Group (CRWG) on the issue of open homosexuality in the military as well a new survey showing 63 percent of military families oppose overturning the current law. An amendment to the Defense Authorization Act that would turn military medical facilities into abortion clinics will also be discussed.


* Tony Perkins, Marine Corps Veteran and President, Family Research Council

* Retired Colonel Dick Black

* Lt. Colonel Bob Maginnis, FRC’s Senior Fellow for National Security

* John Hagan, former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy

* Frank Gaffney, President, Center for Security Policy

* Elaine Donnelly, President, Center for Military Readiness

* Rep. John Fleming, M.D.(R-La.), former Lieutenant Commander of the Navy

* Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO, Americans United for Life

Is There a War Between Social and Economic Conservatives?

by Jared Bridges

September 24, 2010

Below is video for panel held today at FRC headquarters with Ross Douthat, Lawrence Reed, and Bob Patterson:

Below is the lowdown, and you can find embed code for the video and an audio download here:

Are social and economic conservatism at odds? According to political journalists Jonathan Martin and Ben Smith, … the battles over morality-based cultural issues such as gay rights, abortion and illegal drugs that did so much to drive the conservative movement and dominated the political conversation for more than 30 years have abated, giving way not just to broad economic anxiety but to a new set of emotionally charged issues. (Politico, August 20, 2010 )

Are they right? To answer that question, Family Research Council is hosting an important symposium on the relationship between economic and social conservatism featuring three of the nation’s leading observers of the political scene.

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, formerly a senior editor at The Atlantic, has written extensively about religion, family, and public life. Douthat is the co-author, with Reihan Salam, of Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream (Doubleday, 2008).

Lawrence Reed is president of the Foundation for Economic Education and formerly led the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Under his leadership, the Mackinac Center emerged as the largest and one of the most effective and prolific of over 40 state-based free market-oriented think tanks in the country.

Bob Patterson is a adjunct research fellow at the Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society of Rockford, Ill. and editor of The Family in America, which recently published his important article, “Fiscal Conservatism is Not Enough: What Social Conservatives Offer the Party of Lincoln.”

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Press Conference with Bishop Harry Jackson

by Jared Bridges

September 21, 2010

Below is video of Bishop Harry Jackson’s press conference hosted yesterday (September 20, 2010) at FRC Headquarters in Washington, D.C.:


Bishop Harry Jackson, Chairman, High Impact Leadership Coalition

Pastor Aubrey Shines, Tampa, FL

Pastor Christopher Brooks, Detroit, MI

Bishop Leon Benjamin, Richmond, VA

Reverend Dean Nelson, Washington, DC

Austin Nimocks, Senior Counsel, Alliance Defense Fund

Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council

A Stem Cell Victory for Patients

by Jared Bridges

August 25, 2010

FRC Senior Fellow for Life Sciences David Prentice, comments on this week’s court injunction against federal funding of embryonic stem cell research in an op-ed at AOL News:

(Aug. 25) — The U.S. District Court injunction that stops federal taxpayer funding of human embryonic stem cell research should make patients happy.

The judge ruled that federal funding for embryonic stem cell research violates a current law, passed annually since the Clinton administration, prohibiting government funding for research that involves the destruction of human embryos.

He added that there is a limited amount of federal funding for stem cells, and funding embryonic stem cells competes with adult stem cells. But only adult stem cells are treating people. The good news is that this ruling should free up more funding for adult stem cell research — which is legal, uncontroversial and already helping treat thousands of patients.

Here are just a few examples of the published scientific successes of adult stem cells:

  • Italian doctors used patients’ own adult stem cells to grow new corneal tissue to restore sight to people blinded by chemical burns, including one patient who had been blind for 50 years.
  • German doctors reported in June the results of a five-year study on patients with chronic heart failure. The 191 patients treated with their own bone marrow adult stem cells showed significant improvement in heart function, with decreased death and no side effects.
  • Another recent Italian success involved growing new windpipes for cancer patients. Doctors used cadaver windpipes stripped of their cells, bathed the cartilage with the patients’ bone marrow stem cells and then transplanted the reconstructed windpipes. The two young women were released from the hospital just weeks after their surgery, and are now in good condition.
  • In August, University of Minnesota scientists transplanted donor adult stem cells into children with a fatal genetic skin disease and repaired the damage. The scientists said regarding adult stem cell treatments, “Patients who otherwise would have died from their disease can often now be cured. It’s a serious treatment for a serious disease.”

Read the rest at AOL News…

President Obama’s assault on Americans’ first freedom

by Jared Bridges

August 16, 2010

CNN’s Belief Blog has published FRC President Tony Perkins’ op-ed today on the effect the current administration has had on religious freedom in America:

President Obama has shifted centuries of U.S. diplomatic parlance. We no longer speak of freedom of religion; now, it is only freedom of worship that our government defends.

This is a radical departure, one that threatens to make true religious liberty vulnerable, conditional and limited. As some have said, it is a freedom “only within four walls.” That is, you are free to worship within the four walls of your home, church or synagogue, but when you enter the public square or go abroad, leave your religion at home.

In international forums, President Obama and Secretary Clinton repeatedly have retreated to this “freedom of worship” formulation. This is no accident.

Read the rest at CNN