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On Thursday's edition of "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins," FRC's Assistant to the President, Craig James guest hosts for Tony. FRC's Executive Vice President and founding member of the Army's Delta Force, Lt. General (ret) Jerry Boykin, will join Craig to discuss the decision today by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to add 16,000 more ground troops in the fight against Hamas. Also, Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) will be on to talk about his bill, the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2014, that would ensure that the federal government and state governments receiving federal funding for certain child welfare programs do not discriminate against faith-based adoption and foster care providers in licensing, funding, or contracting.

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Urge Your Member to Co-Sponsor Bill Protecting Faith Based Adoption Providers

In California, Massachusetts, Illinois, and D.C. religious adoption and foster care providers have had their government funding pulled and have been forced to end services, simply because they continue to believe in the importance of a child having a mom and a dad.

It's a sad sign of the times that some states have preferred to sever longstanding partnerships with faith-based providers rather than allow them to continue caring for and placing children informed by traditional moral beliefs about the family.

This important legislation sponsored by Congressman Mike Kelly in the House and Senator Mike Enzi in the Senate will ensure that the interests of children are placed ahead of political correctness. Specifically, this bill will prohibit discrimination against faith-based child welfare service providers by the federal government and by states receiving federal funds for adoption and foster care services.

The Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act will prohibit such discrimination against faith-based child welfare service providers and will threaten states continuing such discrimination with a loss of federal funding. This important legislation will ensure that the maximum number of child welfare service providers can continue to advocate for children and will ensure that many adoptive families can continue to work with a provider which shares their core ... (more)

Meriam Saved! FRC Thanks American People, Members of Congress for Taking Action

Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins expressed deep gratitude and relief early this morning after learning that Meriam Ibrahim and her family arrived in Italy.

Meriam is a Sudanese Christian, married to a U.S. citizen, who was sentenced to death by a Sudan court for the "crime" of converting from Islam, and 100 lashes for "adultery." Meriam spent months in a notoriously rank Sudanese prison with her 21-month-old son and her newborn daughter. More than 53,000 people signed a WhiteHouse.gov petition launched by FRC asking President Obama to grant her expedited safe haven in the United States. Yesterday, Perkins testified before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations regarding her case. Read more from FRC President Tony Perkins

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An 'accommodation' for Mother Angelica that really isn't Forcing Catholics into contracts for birth control violates their religious freedom

by Cathy Ruse and Travis Weber

Cathy Ruse is Senior Fellow for Legal Studies, and Travis Weber is Director, Center for Religious Liberty at Family Research Council. This article appeared in The Washington Times on July 24, 2014. Despite hysterical rhetoric to the contrary, the Supreme Court last month did not deny a single woman access to contraception. Neither was any method of contraception made illegal, as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi falsely claimed. In fact, the Hobby Lobby case was not about "access" or legality at all, but about who can be forced to pay for ... (more)

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Maryland's New Show and Tell

by Tony Perkins

Tony Perkins is President of Family Research Council. This article appeared on Accuracy in Academia, May 19, 2014. If you need proof that same-sex "marriage" is about more than "love," look no further than Montgomery County, Maryland. There, parents are dealing with the fallout of the state's redefinition of marriage with a sweeping new sex education curriculum. Moms and dads, who were already fighting an uphill battle on the content of the lessons, are now coping with the news that homosexuality will be woven throughout - shattering ... (more)

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Hostility to Religion: The Growing Threat to Religious Liberty in the United States

by Family Research Council

Many of the first European settlers on American shores sought freedom from religious persecution. Decades later, the Founding Fathers considered religious liberty to be a paramount principle in the new United States. Religious liberty is our "first freedom," not only because it is listed first in the Bill of Rights but because without it, all other freedoms are impossible: The Founders affirmed that allegiance to God precedes allegiance to the state, and that our rights come from our Creator, not the government. This is the essential ... (more)