Category archives: Religion & Culture

Close ties to Planned Parenthood = Common Ground?

by JP Duffy

May 2, 2008

One of the participants in this recent Pew Forum interview is Jennifer Butler - the Executive Director for Faith in Public Life.  You may remember that this group organized the Compassion Forum  early last month.  Faith in Public Life said they would discuss the abortion issue at the forum and issued this statement: “We hope to get to the heart of the issue and why it’s so divisive. We hope to try to pry the door open to potential common ground and ask if the political labels we use when it come to abortion really capture where Americans are on the issue.”

However, in this Pew Forum interview,  Ms. Butler proudly points to her strong connections with Planned Parenthood and her speaking engagement at the “Planned Parenthood prayer breakfast”:

BUTLER: Yeah, well, it is interesting you asked that. I am

speaking at the Planned Parenthood prayer breakfast tomorrow. And

we have worked very closely with some think-tanks in

town with Third Way and with Center for American Progress. Many of these groups

are also very interested in connecting more strongly with faith communities. And

I’d say there has been a resurgence in their interest, an intensification since

2004. So I think it is extremely important to build those bridges there…

…There has been some recent progress in that arena because it has

been a point of tension. I mentioned earlier our work with Third Way. And they

worked with leading evangelicals and progressives to outline a strategy for

approaching the abortion issue which, interestingly enough, did not involve

compromise. And they were very clear that they didn’t want a

watered-down solution to the problem, nor did they want

people having to compromise on their ideals…

Butler should explain how working “closely” with Planned Parenthood helps achieve

common ground” to solve the “problem” of abortion.

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.

A Collar, a Headscarf, and a Circus of Misunderstanding

by Tony Perkins

June 26, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

Baseball humorist Yogi Berra once quipped, “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Well, one Seattle woman is taking Yogis advice to heart. Episcopal priest Rev. Ann Holmes Redding recently announced for the last 15 months shes been both a Christian and a Muslim. In Reddings mind, the distance between her cathedral and the mosque is not far. Says Redding, “I am both Muslim and Christian…I’m 100 percent both. At the most basic level, I understand the two religions to be compatible. That’s all I need.” Perhaps someone should inform Rev. Redding that the two faiths are anything but compatible. Even the president of the Islamic Center of Washington said, I don’t know how that works. Whats more disturbing is that Reddings bishop accepts her as both a priest and a Muslim, and finds the interfaith possibilities exciting. What her bishop finds exciting is another tragic example of the decay of truth in a culture that wants to have it both ways. Reddings misled desire to have it both ways makes a mockery of Christians throughout the world who endure extreme persecution when they leave Islam to embrace Christ.

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Waders Of The Lost Ark

by Tony Perkins

May 30, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

Some people have accused environmental crowd of going overboard on global warming. But this time, they mean it. In a massive publicity stunt, Greenpeace is rebuilding Noahs ark on Mount Ararat where the Bible said it landed after the flood. According to liberal theories, global warming is causing the seas to rise and envelop the earth. Theyre hoping this ark will serve as a warning of what could happen if mankind doesnt act quickly on climate change. But even if Greenpeace is rightand many scientists doubt they arethe ocean is only predicted to rise 20 feet, hardly enough to make the ark necessary. And of course, if Greenpeace had read biblical account from start to finish, theyd understand why the idea is so ironic. In Genesis, climate change didnt cause the floodmans wickedness did. And what saved Noah wasnt his boatbut Gods mercy. Unfortunately, Greenpeace is using the ark to call on man to save himself. But the reality is, without faith in God, there is no salvationnot from global warming, and certainly not from sin. Believing in anything else than the Lords benevolent rule is bound to leave people high and dry.

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A Tribute To Rev. Jerry Falwell

by Tony Perkins

May 22, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

American writer Walter Lippmann once said, The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on. For the Rev. Dr. Jerry Falwell, building a legacy of conviction started long before his death. It began more than 50 years ago with his burning desire to serve Jesus Christ. By founding a church of thousands and, in 1971, Liberty University, Dr. Falwell has helped generations learn and live for Christ. As a spiritual giant in the political world, Dr. Falwell stood for family, faith, and freedomeven when the stands he took were unpopular. While I was a student at Liberty, I met Dr. Falwell at a Wednesday night prayer service at Thomas Road Baptist Church. I asked him to pray with me because I believed God was calling me away from my law enforcement background and into politics. Im pleased to say that 20 years later, after serving in public office, I had the opportunity to thank Dr. Falwell for his friendship, his influence on my life, and his impact upon our nation. I hope youll join me and the entire staff here at the Family Research Council in praying for Dr. Falwells familyand thanking God for the powerful vision he left behind.

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Of Mice And Terrorists

by Tony Perkins

May 14, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

What does Walt Disney Corporation have in common with Hamas terrorists? According to Palestinian television, their spokesmen are both mice. A giant black and white rodent, named Farfour has appeared on Al-Aqsa TV looking identical to Mickey Mouse. But unlike Minnies friend, the Disney knock-off is being used to indoctrinate kids with hate. You and I are laying the foundation for a world led by Islamists, the mouse squeaks on a recent episode. We will return the Islamic community to its former greatness, and liberate Jerusalem… liberate Iraq… and liberate all the countries… invaded by murders. At one point in the program, children call into the show and sing songs, but dont expect to hear Zip a Dee Doo Dah or Youve Got a Friend in Me. These radical mouseketeers use lyrics about jihad and AK-47s like Oh, Jerusalem, its… time [for] death. On Wednesday, Diane Disney, Walt Disneys only child, called the propaganda pure evil. But this is nothing new for Hamas. Anyone who truly believes that Islam is a religion of peace needs to wake up and realize this is no Mickey Mouse organization.

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Whats So Important About May 3rd, Pray Tell?

by Tony Perkins

May 3, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

In Congress, the new leadership has given Americans plenty of reasons to get down on their knees and pray. From hate crimes legislation to bills on domestic partnerships, our country is under attack. But, we should remember that no piece of legislation or ruling by the courts is more capable of changing this nation than prayer itself. The Bible says, Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. The National Day of Prayer is set aside for our country to humble ourselves before the Lordto ask for His mercy on us, our families, and our nation. Every morning, newspaper headlines remind me of how much we as a nation, and as individuals need Jesus. So today, join millions of people all across America in asking God to heal our land. As I meet with our nations leaders here in Washingtonmany of whom are Christianstheir request is often the same: pray for us. Ask Him to bless our president and our leaders in Congress with wisdom. But most importantly, ask the Lord to draw the hearts of the people of America into a personal relationship with Him. God is all-powerful and all-loving, and Hes made a way for us to come boldly before the throne of gracenot just today, but every day.

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Secularists Losing Their ‘Hare’ Over Easter

by Tony Perkins

April 13, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

Easter may be over, but Rhode Island’s still a basket case. It started two weeks ago, when a superintendent banned the Easter Bunny from a school craft show, saying he was “too religious.” Since the Easter Bunny was scheduled to visit, school officials had to change his name to Peter Rabbit. But the decision has one legislator hopping mad. State Representative Richard Singleton told Good Morning America that he’s “frustrated by people who try to change American traditions.” And he’s not alone. These days, even the Easter Bunny—who’s purely secular—isn’t safe from religious profiling. Liberals have become so touchy about Christianity that they’ve gone from banning meaningful symbols like the cross to banning symbols that have no religious significance whatsoever. After all, the Easter Bunny has no more connection to Christ’s resurrection than Bugs Bunny. It’s a pagan symbol of spring and new life. A symbol that Singleton has vowed to protect. He’s introduced a bill called “The Easter Bunny Act” that would protect holidays and holiday symbols from being redefined. If he’s successful, other states that want to encourage religious freedom should be “all ears.”

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Religion & Politics

by Jared Bridges

April 12, 2007

They’re the proverbial topics you’re told never to speak of at the dinner table, yet the pervasiveness of both ensures that they can’t help but intersect. I’m speaking, of course, about religion and politics.

To further this often forbidden conversation, The Pew Forum on Religion and Public life has launched a new microsite devoted to the 2008 presidential candidates and their views on religious issues. Right now, there are only three Democrats and three Republicans represented, but the site states that there’s more on the way. You can peruse a candidate’s “religious biography,” and find out what they’ve said on issues like abortion, church and state, faith-based initiatives, stem cell research, gay marriage, and more. The site also links to worthy news articles related to a candidate’s religious stance.

Terry Mattingly at has more to say.