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On Monday's edition of "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins" Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is here with the latest on the Graham/Cassidy legislation, which would repeal and replace large portions of Obamacare. Louisiana State Rep. Kenny Havard is here to highlight his proposal to prevent state tax dollars from going to the NFL’s New Orleans Saints because of the team’s protest of the national anthem. Also, See You at the Pole’s National Field Director Doug Clark, joins Tony to highlight this year’s See You at the Pole, on September 27th. 

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{dear_name}, keep the IRS out of your sermons

Each year, we hear from a number of pastors who have received letters threatening to report the pastor and his church to the IRS if he mentions political figures or candidates. These letters threaten to wrap churches up in audits and litigation in an attempt to scare pastors into silence on moral issues that have been turned into political issues. However, in an ever-changing culture, it is important for pastors to speak to their congregations about how Scripture applies to current events. Some pastors may even want to endorse a candidate for public office because of his faithfulness to God’s Word and the church, and the pastor should be free to make that endorsement.

Not every pastor will want to endorse political candidates, but everyone should be able to agree that it is not the government’s role to police pulpits. Nonetheless, the Johnson Amendment has been censoring pastors’ constitutional rights for decades. It is time Congress ends the censorship.

In order to protect pastors’ speech, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Representative Jody Hice (R-Ga.), and Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) introduced the Free Speech Fairness Act of 2017 (H.R. 781, S. 264), to roll back the Johnson Amendment. The Free Speech Fairness Act would essentially allow political speech in the ordinary course of a church or other 501(c)(3) ... (more)

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Abortion Activists are Still Trying to Put David Daleiden in Jail for Exposing Planned Parenthood

by Tony Perkins

Tony Perkins is President of Family Research Council. This article appeared in Life News on June 21, 2017. If abortion groups are trying to keep a low profile, they’re not doing a very good job of it. While Congress debates whether taxpayers should fund the likes of Planned Parenthood, the industry has spent the last six months trying to avoid headlines. That will be impossible now, thanks to a federal judge who’s threatening to send the man responsible for exposing the grisly business to jail. At issue now is whether ... (more)

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Trump's right: Transgender patriotism isn't the issue - military readiness is

by Tony Perkins

Tony Perkins is President of Family Research Council. This article appeared in The Hill on July 28, 2017. At a campaign event with veterans in Virginia, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump responded to a question about “social engineering and political correctness” in the military — including “transgender rights” — by saying, “We’re gonna get away from political correctness … some of the things they’re asking you to do and be politically correct about are ridiculous.” ... (more)

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Can a Christian Serve as a Judge Anymore?

by Travis Weber

Travis Weber is Director of the Center for Religious Liberty at Family Research Council. This article appeared in The Daily Signal on September 13, 2017. Earlier this month, during a judicial confirmation hearing for 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Amy Barrett, who is a Catholic law professor, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., questioned whether Barrett could be a Christian and a judge at the same time: Why is it that so many of us on this side have this very uncomfortable feeling that—you know, dogma and law are two ... (more)