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On Friday's edition of "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins" former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee joins Tony to share his reaction to Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis being jailed yesterday for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses bearing her name. Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) joins Tony to discuss efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, the nuclear negotiations with Iran and the Day of Prayer for police officers. Also, Louisiana State Representative Mike Johnson joins the show to highlight his efforts to keep Louisiana State University's football chaplain.

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Help free Kim Davis from jail

Kim Davis is the county clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky.  She has been jailed by a federal judge for refusing to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple.  And Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear (D) wants to keep her there.

Her refusal is based on her belief that God has ordained marriage as the union of one man and one woman.  Regardless of the recent Supreme Court decision claiming same-sex marriage is a constitutional right, Kim is standing on a higher law, one she believes derives not from the decision of any court but from the hand of our Creator.

Our Constitution guarantees Kim Davis the right to practice her faith.  It’s called “freedom of religion,” and is the first freedom listed in the Bill of Rights.

The couple demanding she issue them a marriage license claims Kim’s exercise of her freedom of religion has imposed a burden on them.  Yet they have had many other options for obtaining a license and have, in fact, now gotten one.

Apparently Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is more concerned with imposing a moral and personal burden on Kim Davis than he is with accommodating her deeply-held Christian convictions.  So, he is keeping her in jail.

This is wrong.  We jail criminals, not people of conscience.  We penalize wrong-doers, not people who simply decline a service ... (more)

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Why Women's Health Care Will Thrive When Planned Parenthood Is Defunded

by Arina Grossu

Arina Grossu is Director of the Center for Human Dignity at Family Research Council. This article appeared in The Daily Signal on September 2, 2015. Planned Parenthood does not offer any women’s health services that are not offered by other health care centers. None. The same services it provides are abundantly available, especially serving low-income individuals in urban and rural locations, while at the same time they don’t perform abortions. Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) offer ... (more)

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On Clear Biblical Teaching, Non-Essentials and Homosexuality

by Rob Schwarzwalder

Rob Schwarzwalder is Senior Vice President at Family Research Council. This article appeared on The Stream on July 17, 2015. Christians disagree about many things, some more important than others. Among Evangelical Protestants, there is universal concurrence on the core issues of the faith. The key aspects of our theology are well-expressed in the historic Lausanne Covenant, for example. On secondary issues, disputes begin. The covenantal versus dispensational hermeneutic, eschatology, whether or not to drink alcohol, head-coverings ... (more)

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Favoring some claims of conscience over others

by Travis Weber

Travis Weber is Director of the Center for Religious Liberty at Family Research Council. This article appeared in The Washington Times on August 27, 2015. We face a crisis of conscience today — a crisis forced upon us by elites in Washington who would pick and choose who is allowed to follow their deeply held beliefs and who is to be punished by the government for doing so. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently indicated it is issuing policy guidance expanding the conscientious objector provision exempting new ... (more)