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On Tuesday’s edition of “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins” Grace Community Church Senior Pastor, Steve Riggle joins Tony to discuss his being subpoenaed by the city of Houston, requesting his sermons among other communications. Also, Rep Steve Scalise (R-La.) is here to spotlight the new Department of Homeland Security restrictions on all U.S.-bound travelers from three Ebola-stricken African countries, he was a part of a House hearing last week discussing this very topic.

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Stand with Houston Pastors

A church should not be required to have the government sign off on their pastor's sermons.

Yet, that's just what's happening in Houston, Texas. Mayor Annise Parker has issued an unprecedented legal demand that several key pastors turn over sermons, emails, and text messages, even communications with members of their congregations, under the threat of fines imprisonment or both. The pastors that have been targeted are pastors who have spoken out against Parker's LGBT special rights ordinance.

Mayor Parker has breached the wall of separation between the state and the church. This attack on religious freedom and the freedom of speech should be universally repudiated by all Americans who value our constitutional freedoms.

Thomas Jefferson once wrote that "religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions." The pulpit is to be governed only by the Word of God, and the chilling effect of government scrutiny of our pastors is unconstitutional, and unconscionable. Mayor Parker's use of her bully pulpit to silence pulpit freedom must be stopped in its tracks.

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Pulpit Friction: TX Leaders Rally To Pastors' Defense

Thursday may have been Boss's Day, but don't expect Houston's top leader to be flooded with well-wishes. Mayor Annise Parker hasn't exactly won Manager of the Year after her city-wide intimidation campaign of area churches. After subpoenaing the communications of local pastors, including their sermons and private messages, the Mayor got a few sermons herself from key leaders on the ridiculousness of her vendetta.

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GAO Report Confirms: Taxpayer Funding of Abortion and No Transparency

by Arina Grossu

Arina Grossu is Director, Center for Human Dignity at Family Research Council. This article appeared on Townhall.com, September 25, 2014. After numerous requests by members of Congress, including U.S. Reps. John Shimkus (R-IL) (on not one but two occasions), Andy Harris (R-MD) and Diane Black for clarity about abortion coverage in the state exchanges, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a non-partisan government agency, released a report detailing its findings. The GAO found that taxpayer funds are being used tosubsidizeabortion, ... (more)

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Adoption Works Well

by Pat Fagan

Adoption is life-alteringly beneficial for children. Such is the general conclusion from a review of the literature. Adoption in the first 12 months of the child’s life produces the best outcomes, but all children will benefit, regardless of their age at placement. Adopted children outperform their non-adopted peers and non-adopted siblings. ... (more)

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The Face of Freedom Shines at Values Voter Summit

by Tony Perkins

Tony Perkins is President of Family Research Council. This article appeared in The Christian Post on October 3, 2014. God is good. All the time. With those six words, a 27 year-old Sudanese mother opened her address to the audience of the 2014 Values Voter Summit Saturday night. It was only four short months ago that a shackled Mariam Ibraheem gave birth to a baby girl in a disease-ridden Khartoum prison as she faced a death sentence -- all because she refused to renounce her faith in Christ. Family Research Council had the distinct ... (more)