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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 Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, Bob Morrison, joins Craig to discuss not only the harms of the Common Core standards but the troubled history of government intrusion into education.

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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)

Send Your Ice Bucket Challenge to Ethical Research

You’ve probably heard of it by now, the Ice Bucket Challenge. Those challenged are supposed either to dump an ice bucket of cold water over their head, or donate to ALS research. Most people do both, posting a video of their icy bath. It’s a stunt, but has successfully raised awareness of ALS as well as donations for research. But people should consider where their donations go and how the money is used

So far, most of the attention and millions of dollars in donation have gone to the ALS Association. However, the ALSA has admitted that it gives some of its money to embryonic stem cell research and has no qualms about doing so in the future. Click here to read more.

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Peer-reviewed studies find state pro-life laws reduce abortion rates

by Arina Grossu

Arina Grossu is Director, Center for Human Dignity at Family Research Council. This article appeared in The Washington Examiner on August 14, 2014. A groundbreaking meta-analysis study was just published in State Politics & Policy Quarterly showing the positive impact of state-level pro-life laws in reducing abortion rates. In this comprehensive study, author Michael New, assistant professor of political science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, analyzed studies based on two sources of abortion data (Guttmacher Instituteand the ... (more)

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The Case Against Expanding Gambling

by Bob Morrison

Robert Morrison is Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at Family Research Council. This article appeared in The Daily Caller on August 27, 2014. With some state governors pushing to increase gambling, and with some Americans understandably confused about states' rights and federalism, it's time to consider whether legalized gambling should be encouraged or not. Can states ease pressure on hard-hit taxpayers by legalizing various forms of casinos and off-track betting on horse racing? And should it spread to the Internet? A personal vignette ... (more)

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On Dialog and Instruction

by Rob Schwarzwalder

Rob Schwarzwalder is Senior Vice President at Family Research Council. This article appeared in Canon and Culture on August 25, 2014. Browbeating is not the way of Jesus. As He interacted with men and women, He could be provocative, compassionate, probing, even angry. He did not employ one standard relational template as He spoke and listened and taught. However, He did not harangue. He taught the truth unequivocally but did not insist on agreement with it. His interest was not in demanding acquiescence but persuading and leading ... (more)