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On Friday’s edition of “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins” FRC’s Vice President of Government Affairs, David Christensen, joins Tony to highlight this week on Capitol Hill. With Majority Leader McCarthy opting not to run for Speaker, the race is now wide open. Executive Director of the U.S. Pastor’s Council, Dave Welch, is here to discuss the effort in Houston to stop Proposition One, a bathroom bill that would allow the opposite sex access to each other’s restrooms. Pastors across the city met this week to educate their congregations on how to vote. Also, FRC’s Executive Vice President and founding member of the Army’s Delta Force, Lt. General (ret.) Jerry Boykin, joins Tony to highlight the 130,000 petitions he took to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Senator John McCain earlier today on behalf of Sgt. Charles Martland -- the Green Beret who is under threat of discharge for simply protecting an Afghan boy from sexual abuse by an Afghan police officer.

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The career of a warrior is now at risk because he did the right thing.  When Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland was told by a 12 year-old Afghan boy’s mother that an Afghan military leader had chained her son to his bed in order to repeatedly rape him, Sgt. Martland and his captain confronted the Afghan leader.

While most of us would consider the act of trying to stop the sexual abuse of a child as a normal human response, Sgt. Martland was reprimanded for this action. This winner of two Bronze Stars, including one for valor, has been told he will be dismissed from the military in November.

Sgt. Martland’s case is unfortunately not unique. While the sexual abuse of children is widespread in Afghanistan, the New York Times reports, "Among American military personnel and civilians who served in Afghanistan, it was well known that many wealthy and prominent Afghans rape boys, often making them dress up as women and dance at gatherings during which they are assaulted -- and that Western officials often turned a blind eye to the practice for fear of alienating allies."

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by Rob Schwarzwalder

Rob Schwarzwalder is Senior Vice President at Family Research Council. This article appeared in The Stream on October 2, 2015. Selma Cohen is not dead. Who is Selma Cohen and why is this news? Due to a computer error, Medicaid declared Mrs. Cohen deceased. Here’s what happened: Cohen said she came to the Medicaid office in Crown Heights, Brooklyn where a clerk told her they could not help her, and she would have to go to the Social Security office to apply for a state ID to prove she is alive. The process could have taken ... (more)

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by Rob Schwarzwalder

Rob Schwarzwalder is Senior Vice President at Family Research Council. This article appeared in the Courier-Post on October 7, 2015. It’s been said that bedtime is the perfect time for kids to ask questions, request food, require additional bathroom breaks and need a nightlight. All parents can identify with that! Sometimes the simple act of tucking a little one into bed seems like the implementation of a military campaign. Another thing all parents share is the desire for a quality education for their children. Preparing our ... (more)

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Obama Welcomes the Pope but Not the Pope's Core Beliefs about Life and Liberty

by Rob Schwarzwalder

Rob Schwarzwalder is Senior Vice President at Family Research Council. This article appeared in The Stream on September 24, 2015. President Obama’s remarks upon greeting the Pope at the White House generally were lovely. There was also, within them, a great deal of moral irony. Consider the following excerpts: From my time working in impoverished neighborhoods with the Catholic Church in Chicago, to my travels as President, I’ve seen firsthand how, every single day, Catholic communities, priests, nuns, laity are feeding ... (more)