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On Monday’s edition of “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins” FRC’s Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, Peter Sprigg, joins Tony to discuss the attempts by the media to portray 2016 Presidential hopefuls in an unflattering light for their continued support of natural marriage. Also, former Pennsylvania Senator and Presidential candidate, Rick Santorum, is here with analysis on Boko Haram’s adoption of the ISIS terrorist group’s practice of killing of Christians abroad. This immediately puts 70 million Nigerian Christians at risk.

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Weekend Edition

April 18, 2015

On this weekend edition of “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins” Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) joins Tony to discuss the latest surrounding the U.S. nuclear negotiations with Iran. Conflicting fact sheets from both countries suggest the White House may have spoken too soon in touting a deal with the Iranians. Also, President of Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton, is here to highlight their latest information on the shocking revelation from Mexican authorities confirming the Islamic State is just 8 miles from the Texas border.

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April 20, 2015

The President just installed some plumbing for people confused about their own! Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. If you're wondering what this White House cares about, try beds, baths, and beyond! No administration has spent this amount of time-or taxpayer money-on sexual politics. And earlier this month, they flushed even more dollars down the toilet for the White House's first gender-neutral restroom. The new "all gender" option is supposed to "eliminate the stigma transgenders face." Although there hasn't been a big demand for such a restroom, President Obama is using it as an excuse to call for even more social engineering. "This president has been the best president in history on trans issues," said one activist. Unfortunately, he's also been the worst on the actual issues of the day-like national security. While the Middle East implodes, this White House's biggest priority is whose picture is on the bathroom door. No wonder people are asking him to put a lid on it! For more, go to TonyPerkins.com.

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  • Obama's Bathroom Agenda Stalls Real Priorities

    April 20, 2015
    The President just installed some plumbing for people confused about their own! Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. If you're wondering what this White House cares about, try beds, baths, and beyond! No administration has spent this amount of time-or taxpayer money-on sexual politics. And earlier this month, they flushed even more dollars down the toilet for the White House's first gender-neutral restroom. The new "all gender" option is supposed to "eliminate the stigma transgenders face." Although there hasn't been a big demand for such a restroom, President Obama is using it as an excuse to call for even more social engineering. "This president has been the best president in history on trans issues," said one activist. Unfortunately, he's also been the worst on the actual issues of the day-like national security. While the Middle East implodes, this White House's biggest priority is whose picture is on the bathroom door. No wonder people are asking him to put a lid on it! For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • School District's First Amendment Mumbo Jumbo-tron

    April 17, 2015
    If you're keeping score in the religious liberty debate, check out the Lubbock Jumbotron. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. There's no bigger sign of intolerance than a Texas football scoreboard. Literally. That's because officials at Lubbock High School have decided that ads about Jesus are too religious. If you're wondering what's so controversial about the ad, so are organizers. They say it's an image of Jesus with "allegorical tattoos that represent the sins he bore on the cross." It shows struggling people turning to Jesus and encourages others to do the same. District officials say it violates the Establishment Clause-which is interesting since they've decided that other faith-based groups don't. With the help of ADF, the nonprofit is suing. "Public school districts should not be in the business of picking and choosing which messages will get ad space based on the views the district prefers." It is time to restore the religious freedom our constitution guarantees. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Gay mom

    April 16, 2015
    "What if your mom was gay?" Hello, I am Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. That question was posted on my Facebook page after a recent interview on Fox news in which I the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. My first response - Biology would so I likely wouldn't be here. But that wasn't their point. They were suggesting that if someone I loved was gay I would see homosexuality differently. I would argue the opposite. How can you truly love someone and not point them to biblical truth? Love does not affirm harmful behavior. Some claim, but they were born that way -- that is simply not true. Why would Jesus himself specifically say, "But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female." Had God loved us in a manner that is being suggested by this question, God would not have sent His Son to die for our sin, He would have affirmed the sinful nature of man, something he could not do. Rather He sent His Son with a call to repent, believe and experience the fullness of God's love. For more go tonyperkins.com (More Details)
  • Apple Picking... and Choosing Its Battles

    April 15, 2015
    Big business plus big government means a big loss of religious freedom! Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Corporate America isn't just drawing a line in the sand on religious liberty-they're standing on the wrong side of it with the intolerant Left! CEO Marc Benioff of SalesForce is arguing that "protecting religious liberty makes travel to Indiana unsafe." That's interesting, considering where SalesForce does business. "The company has a branch based out of... the People's Republic of China," Mollie Hemingway pointed out, "a Communist-controlled country that is a human rights nightmare." Then, of course, there's Apple, which takes exception to Indiana's law for offending homosexuals-but is perfectly okay doing business with nations that stone them. So how is it that these companies can justify boycotting Indiana, when they turn a blind eye to international partners that deal in child slavery, forced abortions, or human trafficking? When it comes to religious liberty, these companies should mind their own business! For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Local Pizza Place Gets a Slice of the RFRA Action

    April 14, 2015
    At Memories Pizza, liberals ordered something to go: freedom! Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. The debate over religious freedom got so heated in Indiana that the Left wanted to hand-toss one pizza shop out of town! When a reporter asked a hypothetical question if Memories Pizza would cater a gay wedding, the owners said, "We would have to say no. That's just our belief, and anyone has the right to believe in anything." Or so they thought. Later, the O'Connors got so many death threats that had to close their doors and go into hiding. Tired of the Left's hypocrisy on "tolerance," the Blaze started a fundraising campaign to help the family. They set a $25,000 goal-and blew past it to $850,000 in just three days! In the pizza world, that's a lot of dough! "God has blessed us for standing up for what we believe," said an emotional Crystal. Money talks. And in this case, America is saying plenty about religious freedom! For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • On Easter, ISIS Resurrects Violence against Christians

    April 13, 2015
    While the world celebrated an empty tomb, ISIS tried to fill them. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. There is no peace in war-torn Syria-not even on Easter Sunday. Until recently, ancient people of different faiths co-existed, working fields had been plowed since the Apostle Paul. Now, the only thing sown in the rich land is fear, as ISIS slaughters its way through villages. Today, much like then, the Assyrian Christians share much more than a language with the people of Jesus's time. They also share the deep pain of an ancient war. On Easter Sunday, that war took on fresh significance, as ISIS filled a church with explosives and detonated it on the holiest of days. An 80-year-old sanctuary was destroyed-and countless traditions along with it. Despite the pain, local Christians say they haven't lost faith. It's a powerful reminder that ISIS can destroy a lot of things-but the hope of those who follow the risen Savior is not one of them. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • The Heat Is on Vanilla Ice

    April 10, 2015
    At HGTV, it's not your garden-variety intolerance. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Who has a better chance of hosting a TV show: Christians or criminals? At HGTV, the answer might surprise you. When the host of the "Vanilla Ice Project" was arrested for grand theft, the network hardly said a word. "It's just blown out of proportion," the star said about robbing a house near his show's remodel site. But when David and Jason Benham were taping a show to flip houses for charity, the only thing that flipped was the network when it found out about their Christian faith. They fired the brothers before the show could even air. It's an amazing double standard: they keep a rapper with a rap sheet and sack two twins for loving Jesus. Apparently, liberal producers don't care about the image they're projecting. They'd rather give a platform to buglers than Benhams. Shame on HGTV, who proved the only thing that needs renovating is the network's own prejudice. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Videographer Gets Candid Look at Marriage Debate

    April 09, 2015
    As a videographer, Courtney is seeing the marriage debate through a whole new lens. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. In February, the owner of Next Door Stories got what Christian wedding vendors are starting to dread: an inquiry from a same-sex couple. "Unfortunately at this time," she emailed, "I do not offer services for same-sex weddings." Instead of respecting the owners' beliefs and finding another videographer, the women filed a complaint with an Ohio Chamber of Commerce to make Schmacker pay for exercising her religious freedom. "I made a business decision based on my spiritual beliefs and the biblical definition of marriage because I thought that I had a right to do that," Courtney said. "Now I am fully experiencing the consequences." Like florists, cake makers, photographers, and even churches, this video company is getting a close-up of religious intolerance. And if Americans don't wake up and do something about it, Courtney's "next door story" will be next door to them too. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Surf on the Government's Turf

    April 08, 2015
    Who'd hire workers to look at pornography all day? Try taxpayers. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Mike Rowe has a show called "Dirty Jobs," and plenty of the federal government's would qualify. It's been a parade of non-stop scandals under this President-from the Secret Service prostitutes to the DEA's wild parties. Over the past few years, the integrity problem's gotten worse. Investigators have caught workers at the EPA, Missile Defense, and the NSA downloading thousands of hours of pornography on the clock. And in most cases, they kept their jobs in spite of it! The problem is so widespread that Congressman Mark Meadows actually had to introduce a "Taxpayers Shouldn't Pay for Pornography" bill. What has America come to when we have to pass a law telling government employees not to surf adult websites? Unfortunately, this is what comes of an administration that systematically destroys the moral foundations of our country. Pretty soon, we aren't just ignoring immorality-we're subsidizing it! For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Local Clinic: Get Some R&R During Your D&C

    April 07, 2015
    What do a spa and abortion clinic have in common? Not much-but that isn't stopping one local business. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Is a nice robe and hot tea the cure for abortion guilt? A new upscale clinic in Washington sure hopes so. They're banking on a spa-like feel to give women a more enjoyable experience. From "plush upholstery" to "wood paneling," the owners are hoping to make abortion a comfortable process. But for whom? Certainly not the baby, who won't live to tell about it. And probably not for their mothers, 65% of whom suffer from depression after abortion. The goal, CaraFem says, is to "de-stigmatize" the procedure. But no amount of pampering can change the fact that abortion takes the life of an innocent unborn child. As the Washington Post says, "...Activists are seeking to normalize abortion, to put a human face-and even a positive spin-on the procedure." Unfortunately, there already is a human face on the procedure. The baby's. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Vendors that Undermine Your Values

    April 06, 2015
    Corporate America is drawing a line in the sand over America's foundational freedom and they have decided to stand on the wrong side. Hello, this is Tony Perkins with the family research council in Washington. In recent days corporations from Angie's List to Walmart have weighed in against religious freedom protections in Indiana and Arkansas. Our nation's Bill of Rights appropriately begins with the recognition of the right of the freedom of religion, the freedom to believe and live according to those beliefs. This understanding was behind the adoption of the Federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 1993 that was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. These common sense laws protecting our freedom to live according to our beliefs are now in jeopardy and as a result the foundational freedoms are at risk. And we are empowering these corporation with our own dollars. When the merchants of Nehemiah's day were jeopardizing the values and morals of the people, he had a simple solution. Stop doing business with vendors that undermine biblical values. To find out how you can take a stand go to tonyperkins.com (More Details)
  • Home School Is about Home Rule

    April 03, 2015
    Parents aren't just a child's first teacher-more often, they're a child's only teacher! Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Home is where the heart is, but in the latest homeschooling boom, it's also where the classroom is. More families are angry about what their kids are learning-and they're pulling their kids out of public school to prove it. Who can blame them? With Common Core, out-of-control sex ed, and the censorship of faith, classrooms are more like liberal incubators than schools. So parents are homeschooling-in massive numbers. Virginia, New York, California, and South Carolina are all experiencing huge leaps in homeschooling. In North Carolina, the number of kids in home schools is actually growing faster than private school enrollment-jumping 14% over the last year. "Parents feel that they don't have enough of a say when it comes to their child's education," said Will Estrada. At least at home, they can take back the control that schools are stealing from them! For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Obama Plays Hide and Sneak with Gov't Info

    April 02, 2015
    Want to know what your government is doing? Tough luck. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Under this President, FOIA doesn't stand for Freedom of Information Act-it stands for Freedom of Ignoring Act. Turns out, the most "transparent" administration is history is actually a record-setting secret-keeper. If you need proof, the government just released plenty! Instead of releasing files, this White House is "outright denying access to them," the AP says. Of the more than 714,000 requests for information, the government censored or blocked 39%. Others they just put off-sometimes for years. And at least three departments-Justice, Education, and Homeland Security-basically refused to comply altogether. As Senator John Cornyn complained, "This is hardly the mark of an administration that was supposed to be the most open in history." Obviously, the only thing that's open about this White House is its interpretation of transparency. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Good Friday on Bad Terms in Rhode Island

    April 01, 2015
    Good Friday is apparently not good enough for one Rhode Island school district. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. If you want to celebrate Ramadan in Cranston, fine. Yom Kippur? No problem. But ask for the day off on Good Friday-and its tough luck. Turns out, America's smallest state has an even smaller appreciation of religious freedom. When 200 Christian teachers asked to take Good Friday off, the Superintendent said no-despite a collective bargaining agreement that gives employees two days off for religious observance. Local officials argued that Christianity-unlike Judaism and Islam-doesn't require religious services during the school day. So, the teachers' union is suing. "If [Cranston] wants to open schools on important religious holidays, they must... respect their employees' religious beliefs..." "... they should not be telling Christians of all denominations that Good Friday is not important enough to merit religious leave." Last time I checked the freedom of religion included the religion, upon whose truths and principles this nation was founded - Christianity. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • For Christian Teacher, School's Out

    March 31, 2015
    Is it possible to be too Catholic to teach at a Catholic school? New Jersey's Immaculata High School apparently thinks so. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Like Dr. Ben Carson, teacher Patricia Jannuzzi thinks homosexual behavior is a choice. So when the popular Republican came under fire for saying as much, Jannuzzi backed him up on Facebook, saying, "We need healthy families with a mother and a father for the sake of the children and humanity!" Almost immediately, the teacher was hauled into the office and ordered to disable her Facebook page, because her views were "completely inconsistent with our policy and position as a Catholic Christian community." That's interesting, since Jannuzzi's beliefs are the same as Pope Francis's himself! More than odd that a teacher would be fired for agreeing with the Pope at a Catholic school, unless of course the school is led by political correctness rather than biblical correctness. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Boycott Hits Below the Belt for Designers D&G

    March 30, 2015
    Dolce and Gabbana are used to starting trends-not bucking them. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. When Dolce & Gabbana went public with their traditional values, people put a new label on them: intolerant! The Italian designers are openly gay-but just as open about their concerns about same-sex parenting. "The only family is the traditional one," Stefano has said. "A child needs a mother and a father." U.S. celebrities have turned on the pair, with a fierce boycott. "I wasn't expecting it," Gabbana told reporters. "[They] preach understanding. [They] preach tolerance. And then you put the knife in? All because someone else doesn't see things your way? Is that supposed to be a democratic way of thinking?" They're learning, as we all have, that there's no room in the Left's debate for both sides. Because on the Left the facts are never in fashion. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • McDonalds and Decency: Arch Enemies?

    March 27, 2015
    At McDonald's the only thing they're super-sizing is controversy. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Starbucks and McDonalds filter their coffee-but not their WiFi. Despite more than 46,000 petitions, the two businesses refuse to block pornography from their free Internet service. And in some stores, the access is already costing them. In December, detectives arrested a man in Oregon for downloading child porn at the Starbucks hotspot. And that's just one report of people using the free Internet to traffic children or solicit them for sex. An organization called Enough Is Enough pressuring Starbucks and McDonalds to do what Chick-fil-A and Panera already do: filter out pornography from their feeds. "It's about limiting the safe haven that open WiFi creates for sexual predators," they say. If customers want to click over to the dark world of pornography, let them do it on their own dime. Isn't it time that values aren't just on the menu-but in company policy too? For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Repent and believe in the gospel

    March 26, 2015
    "The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the gospel." Hello this is Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington DC. Those were the opening words to Jesus' public ministry. Repent means to change, change the way we think, the way we're headed. Not a complicated concept. We all must repent in order to receive the saving message of the gospel. In short, repentance is a prerequisite. This truth has as apparently evaded City Church in San Francisco, or maybe they're avoiding it. The city's largest evangelical church has announced they will no longer require those in homosexual relationship abstain from sexual activity to become members. To be clear the church is not talking about attending, but joining the fellowship as a member. In an open letter making the announcement, Pastor Fred Harrell said "we will no longer discriminate based on sexual orientation and demand lifelong celibacy as a precondition for joining." Harrell said the Board had been asking the central question, "What does the gospel require?" Hello! Jesus has the answer. It requires repentance, regardless of our orientation. For more go to Tonyperkins.com (More Details)
  • Birthday Can't Hold a Candle to Family's Reunion

    March 25, 2015
    Most boys want remote controlled cars for their birthday. Not Jacob Abedini. He just wants his dad. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. When Jacob Abedini blows out the candles on his seventh birthday, one person won't be there to see it: his father. That's because Pastor Saeed Abedini is in an Iranian prison, tortured and beaten for his Christian faith. Pastor Abedini was just getting settled into his family life with his wife and two children in Idaho, when went on a humanitarian mission in Iran-where he was pulled off a bus and arrested. And although Saeed is an American and a patriot, his country still hasn't negotiated his release. Here at home, his wife continues to beg the White House for his freedom. Instead, the President is sitting down with Iran to make a nuclear deal-without first demanding that this innocent citizen is free. If you want to bow on Jacob's birthday, give his dad the ultimate present: freedom. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Blessed Assurances: Greetings Are Fine

    March 24, 2015
    At Robins Air Force base, common courtesy doesn't fly. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. What's worse than an atheist activist? A grouchy atheist activist. Like the airmen at a Georgia base who can't stand to be told, "have a blessed day!" One serviceman complained, "[It implies that] I, as a non-religious member of the military should believe a higher power has an influence on how my day should go." But if there's anything more ridiculous than the complaint, it's that the Air Force listened to it-and ordered guards to say, "have a nice day!" instead. Once word got out that blessings were banned, common sense took hold. "Upon further review," base officials announced, "the Air Force determined use of the phrase 'have a blessed day' as a greeting is consistent with Air Force standards." Thank goodness for a little Air Force pushback to this parade of P.C. If more people see the Left's insanity, this might just be a blessing in disguise! For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • The Pot of Gold at the End of the LGBT Rainbow

    March 23, 2015
    Want to keep St. Patrick's Day politically neutral? Tough luck. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. In Boston, the only thing on parade March 17 was the far-Left agenda. After decades of keeping the celebration statement-free, homosexual groups finally forced organizers to drop their ban on groups with a political agenda. What used to be a sea of green turned into a mass of rainbows-forcing Catholics like the Knights of Columbus to pull out of their own parade. "We deeply regret that some have decided to use this occasion to further the narrow objectives of certain special interests..." they said. "Because the parade has become politicized and divisive... we will not be marching." Of course, LGBT activists already have their own parades-they didn't need to co-opt this one. Especially not when they openly mock Catholic teaching. But, as David Flynn pointed out, "Their real goal is to purge the religious tradition of the parade..." Any other excuse is just blarney! For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Adult Stem Cells Gets the Assist in Healing Hockey Legend

    March 20, 2015
    Gordie Howe spent 25 years in the NHL. But now the hockey legend has a new goal: recovery. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. As one of the best players in hockey, Gordie Howe is used to beating the odds. And decades after his career, he still is-with his health. Three months ago, the Howes were planning his funeral. Then, on December 8, the family got an amazing Christmas present: a clinical trial that took the 87-year-old from bedridden and mumbling-to walking and talking. Thanks to stem cells injected into Gordie's spinal fluid, Mr. Hockey is Mr. Miracle. "In 28 years of medicine," his doctor son said, "I have never seen [this] response-a recovery from a stroke in such a rapid time frame..." In describing his dad's recovery with ethical treatments, Dr. Howe used words like "astonishing," "unbelievable," and "amazing." You don't have to be a hockey player to realize: the biggest saves are from adult stem cells. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Oh, Say, Does That Star-Spangled Flag Still Wave?

    March 19, 2015
    There's a new f-word at the University of California at Irvine: FLAG. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Higher education is teaching students to think critically all right-about their own country. In an outrageous move, even by California standards, UC Irvine's student leaders voted to ban the U.S. flag in the lobby of a common area on campus. Why? Because they say it could be "construed as 'hate speech.'" As usual, the Left resorts to throwing the "hate" label on anything it disagree with-no matter how legitimate the opposition may be. "I'm firmly against what they did," said one member. "Only six people voted for this. We have 22,000 undergrads here... [They] will suffer the consequences of making that decision." America's college campuses have become so politically correct that they won't even tolerate their own country! Our troops are fighting under the same flag these students are spitting on. So maybe it's time these kids moved to a country they're proud of! For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Patriot Games: NFL Champs Drop the Ball on Marriage

    March 18, 2015
    The New England Patriots didn't just deflate footballs-they deflated Americans' respect in professional sports. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. A month after winning the Super Bowl, the New England Patriots are stepping onto another turf: the marriage debate. This month, the Patriots didn't exactly live up to their name when they joined baseball's Tampa Bay Rays and San Francisco Giants in lobbying for same-sex "marriage" in a brief for the Supreme Court. They argue that state laws protecting marriage "hamper employer efforts to recruit and retain the most talented workforce possible in these states." But if the latest polling is any indication, Americans aren't exactly fans of these teams' agenda. Now that people are starting to see the fallout of same-sex "marriage," Rasmussen is finding that more people actually oppose same-sex "marriage" than support-44% to 42%. So if the Patriots are trying to move the goal post on marriage, they might want to change their game plan. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Navy Throws Its Own Man Overboard

    March 17, 2015
    In the Navy, it's full-steam ahead on censorship! Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. If you think chaplains have some of the safest jobs in the military, think again. Men of the cloth are under some of the heaviest fire -- and it's coming from their own side! For years, Chaplain Wes Modder had served some of the most elite fighting forces in the military. I say "had," because the Chaplain's been stripped of his duties for his Christian views. He was sunk by his own assistant, who secretly documented his biblical beliefs on sexuality. In December, Chaplain Modder was served with a five-page complaint for "discrimination" and relieved of his duties. Unfortunately, this is what happens under the President's radical social policies for the military. When even Chaplains can't talk about the tenets of their faith, why bother having them at all? Take a stand. Visit FRC.org today and sign our petition for Chaplain Modder-and every service member who deserves the right to exercise the freedom they're defending! (More Details)
  • Judging in a non-judgment zone

    March 16, 2015
    "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness..." Hello, this is Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. Isaiah warned the leaders of his day about intentionally blurring the lines between right and wrong, good and evil because moral confusion would lead to rejecting God. As elected leaders, like the Mayor of Houston, establish policies like the sexual orientation and gender identify laws, which criminalizes opposition to homosexuality, we see right declared wrong. Case in point. When Yvette Cormier complained because she thought a man using the woman's locker room at Planet Fitness in Michigan was disturbing. Planet Fitness apparently found her objections disturbing, telling her they would not restrict the man from using the women's facilities because the gym is a "no judgment zone." When Cormier told other patrons of her concerns, she was informed her membership was canceled. Apparently Planet Fitness is not a completely judgment freedom zone. For more go to Tonyperkins.com. (More Details)
  • Denying the Self Evident

    March 13, 2015
    We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal. Hello, this is Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. The Declaration of Independence acknowledges truth that is beyond man or government - it is self-evident truth rooted in nature or creation itself. America rests upon the acknowledgment and understanding of this transcendent truth. Transcendent truth stands in contrast to the moral relativism of our day which says there are no absolutes. The logical rejection of absolutes leads to an illogical conclusion as is being evidenced in schools around that nation. Recently the Minnesota athletic league voted for a "transgender inclusivity" policy that erases the lines of gender in high school sports, allowing males who identify as girls to petition to play on a girls team and visa-versa. This would include using the same locker room and showers etc. Any school caught being insensitive to the request could be slapped with a lawsuit. We've come to a point that we deny the self evident, because we've denied the creator. It is time America return to God. For more go to Tonyperkins.com (More Details)
  • There Is Strength in Numbers: Marriage Numbers!

    March 12, 2015
    Sometimes it feels like nobody believes in natural marriage anymore. Well, Rasmussen has news for you-they do! Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Think same-sex "marriage" is inevitable? Think again! The media doesn't want you to know it-and the Left will do anything to hide it-but the country's a lot more divided over marriage than the headlines would have you believe. This month, support for gay marriage fell to its lowest level in over a year. When asked "do you favor or oppose gay marriage," 42% favored and 44% opposed. And that's backed up in the wave of same-sex "marriage" laws. Of the 37 states that allow it, only three were approved by voters. Obviously, the debate-which the media pronounced dead-has never been more alive! Meanwhile, wedding florists are losing their homes and CEOs are losing their jobs because of their so-called "extreme" views on marriage. Turns out, the only extremists are the ones prematurely ending the conversation! For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Ousted Policeman Earns New Badge... of Courage

    March 11, 2015
    At the Salt Lake Police Department, the only thing they're handcuffing is freedom. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Like most people, Eric Moutsos never dreamed his faith would cost him his job. But that's exactly what happened when the policeman asked for a different post at the city's gay pride parade. Moutsos was told to lead the motorcycles in a celebration at the front-something he felt uncomfortable doing because of his beliefs. Not once did he refuse to work the parade. In fact, he was trying to work out a compromise when the Department took his badge, his gun, and suspended him for discrimination. He was shocked. After a rough six months, Eric resigned. Now he's taken a new job: defending religious liberty. He came forward because he thinks his story should be a warning to every American who thinks same-sex "marriage" won't affect them. If the country doesn't wake up, the government will be policing a lot more than this cop! For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Coffee Ministry Makes a Latte Changes

    March 10, 2015
    An old Seattle strip club is baring something else: souls. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. A new store called "One Cup" used to be steamy-but not for the coffee. The space now owned by Bethany Community Church was a dark world of prostitution and drug use-but not any more. When the property was repossessed by the government, the church decided to turn it into a mission field. "We started to dream about a coffee shop that could bless the community and a way to build relationship with heroin addicts that frequent the area..." said Pastor Scott Sund. Now, the building is a hub of evangelism-seven days a week. They've started a soup kitchen, a neighborhood Bible study, and the coffee ministry. "We've sandblasted the old beams, smashed the former mirrors, cut in dozens of windows, and transformed the place of darkness into a place where God is doing amazing things." And if you ask me, that's Seattle's best. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Benjamin Netanyahu

    March 09, 2015
    "For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" Hello, this is Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened his remarks to a joint session of Congress last week referencing Esther and the plot 2500 years to destroy the Jewish people. "A courageous Jewish woman, Queen Esther, exposed the plot and gave the Jewish people the right to defend themselves against their enemies." From his mention of Esther to his closing message from Moses, the Prime Minister stirred up a remembrance of our Judeo-Christian heritage that has been lost in recent years. Netanyahu speech was a reminder of the bond between our two nations and his warning was clear; Iran is not only a threat to the peace of Israel, they are a threat to the peace of the entire world, including the United States. We must not allow them to have nuclear weapons. For more go to tonyperkins.com (More Details)