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On Friday’s edition of “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins” FRC’s Assistant to the President, Craig James guest hosts for Tony. Rep. Mike Pompeo, (R-KS) joins Craig to discuss the latest on the on-going nuclear negotiation between the P5+1 and the Iranians. The White House believes they will get this deal through, in spite of growing opposition in Congress. The Daily Signal News Producer, Kelsey Harkness, is here to highlight her latest story on how schools are faring in New Orleans ten years after Hurricane Katrina. Also, FRC’s Director of the Center for Religious Liberty, Travis Weber, joins Craig to discuss his Washington Times commentary regarding how sexual rights are trumping religious freedom.  

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Weekend Edition

August 29, 2015

On this weekend edition of “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins” CNS News Editor in Chief, Terry Jeffrey, joins Tony to discuss the latest effort by the ACLU to force a Catholic hospital in California to violate their faith in performing sterilizations. Also, Rep. Vicky Hartzler, (R-MO) is here with reaction to this latest Planned Parenthood video where a Stem Express employee is making jokes and laughing in her commentary surrounding a baby’s severed head. Congresswoman Hartzler is determined to see this group defunded when members return from August recess.

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Commentary

August 06, 2015

His way is in the whirlwind and the storm. The clouds are the dust at His feet. Hello, I'm Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington.  The words of the prophet, Nahum, should make you stop in your tracks.  The God of the Universe, who walks in storms and treads upon the clouds knows each one of us intimately.  The book of Nahum is a prophecy against Ninevah, a city which had turned away from God.  The lengthy and detailed description of God's wrath and the coming destruction is chilling to read.  Above all else, the writer makes it abundantly clear that we serve a mighty God, who holds the power to exact justice.  But just prior to beginning his pronouncements against the city, Nahum writes "the Lord is slow to anger and great in power."  Though we are not worthy of His forebearance, God sees believers through the shed blood of His sinless son, Jesus.  His might deserves our respect, but it is His mercy that inspires worship.

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  • Exchange the truth of God

    August 14, 2015
    "They exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator..." Hello, this is Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. A recent Gallup poll suggests a troubling trend in American culture. According to Gallup support for the use of human embryos for stem cell research has increased some 12 percent over the last decade to 64% of Americans being in favor of the destruction of a latent human life. Keep in mind that at one point each of us were human embryos with everything present at that point to become who were are today. These embryos carry the mark, the imprint, of the Creator, which is what gives human beings their intrinsic value. What is most troubling about this trend is that the same survey revealed that support for the use of animals in medical testing had declined almost as much as support for using humans increased. We have come to a morally dangerous place when greater concern is expressed for soulless animals than eternal human beings created in the image of God. For more go to Tonyperksin.com (More Details)
  • The B-I-B-L-E-Yes, That's the Mandate for Me

    August 13, 2015
    Obeying God's law sometimes means fighting the government's. Just ask Tyndale Publishers. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Like most of the country, Tyndale Publishers didn't appreciate being forced to pay for pills that can destroy a pregnancy. If anyone knows that life is a valuable creation of God, it's a Bible publisher. For months, the President's team had argued that Tyndale wasn't religious enough to be exempted from ObamaCare's pro-abortion mandate. That all changed in July, when the 10th Circuit Court gave the company permanent protection from the government. It was a huge victory for pro-lifers, who've been fighting for their First Amendment rights ever since ObamaCare passed. The court agreed with ADF that "Americans should be free to live and work according to their faith without fear of punishment by the government. That includes Bible publishers, who should be free to do business according to the book that they publish." Let's hope other Americans win that same freedom soon. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • An Acre a Day Keeps the Government Away!

    August 12, 2015
    Atheists have been taking their battle against religious liberty to new heights-822 feet above San Diego, to be exact. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. A half-acre may be a small space, but it's making a big statement in San Diego. After a 25-year battle, an enormous white cross can finally call Mount Soledad home. The 43-foot veterans' memorial had been tied up in courtrooms for almost three decades as the target of radical atheists. Now, thanks to some clever thinking, the two sides have resolved the dispute. Instead of moving the cross off government land, the government sold the land it was on! After raising enough money, the memorial's association bought the half-acre from the Defense Department for $1.4 million. Atheists can't complain that the military is endorsing a religion-and veterans aren't losing their 60-year-old cross. It's a great victory for our country's bravest-who, in my opinion, had already paid for the land with their blood, sweat, and tears. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • The Company Planned Parenthood Keeps

    August 11, 2015
    It's not just your tax dollars that are supporting Planned Parenthood-proceeds from your coffee and shampoo may be too! Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Planned Parenthood isn't exactly hurting for cash-not when you consider that almost 40 companies are giving directly to the scandal-plagued group. Add that to the millions Planned Parenthood banks from abortion, and the organization could manage just fine without the government's support. If liberals want to continue lining Planned Parenthood's pockets, let them do it with their own money! But after these videos linking them to baby organ harvesting, it's time for corporations and Congress to cut ties. Taxpayers already fork over billions of dollars to Planned Parenthood unwillingly. How much more will you give willingly by doing business with its corporate partners? Visit 2ndVote.com and find out where your favorite brands stand on Planned Parenthood. You may not be able to end their exploitation, but you can definitely end your support of it! (More Details)
  • Saving Sex Saves Lives!

    August 10, 2015
    There's a reason Congress just agreed to fund more abstinence education-the alternative isn't working! Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. President Obama has been pouring money into liberal sex ed programs, but there's not much to show for it. Over the past 25 years, the percent of sexually active teens dropped-but not during the Obama years. When President Obama took office, the new administration decided to interrupt the progress abstinence was making with a radical new approach. But instead of stopping intimacy, it encouraged it. And so far, STDs are through the roof! Part of the problem is the emphasis on morning-after pills like Plan B. These drugs might prevent a pregnancy, but they'll never prevent disease. It's like putting on a seatbelt after you get where you're going! Twenty percent of sexually active girls are using these pills, believing Plan B will protect them. It won't. In the end, Plan B is no substitute for Plan A-and that's abstinence! For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • In the Whirlwind and Storm

    August 06, 2015
    His way is in the whirlwind and the storm. The clouds are the dust at His feet. (More Details)
  • Policeman Catches City in the Act -- of Kindness

    August 05, 2015
    Police sergeant Mark Horsley went undercover to find the worst in society. His failure, he says, was inspiring. (More Details)
  • Dress Yourself for Work

    August 04, 2015
    When you dress yourself for work, arise and say to them everything I can imagine. (More Details)
  • Wilson Quarterbacks Abstinence Plan

    August 03, 2015
    Quarterback Russell Wilson is an expert at throwing passes, but when it comes to his girlfriend, he's not making them. (More Details)
  • There's Strength in Pro-Marriage Numbers

    July 31, 2015
    When the White House turned on the rainbow lights, it flipped a switch on public opinion too. (More Details)
  • Wisdom to the Wise

    July 30, 2015
    He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. (More Details)
  • A Farewell to (Nuclear) Arms?

    July 29, 2015
    Apparently, the United States does negotiate with terrorists -- just not for the release of our citizens! (More Details)
  • NEA's Extra Curricular Activities? Fighting Freedom

    July 28, 2015
    It may have taken place over the July 4th weekend, but the annual meeting of the National Education Association, focused on advancing an anti-freedom agenda. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Over the July 4th weekend, America's biggest teacher's union decided to celebrate freedom by condemning it. At its annual meeting, the NEA passed a resolution targeting state Religious Freedom Restoration Acts. As part of the measure, it promises to develop materials about the dangers of doing what the First Amendment protects: living and working according to your faith. How does this possibly concern teachers? It doesn't. And while millions of them are forced to join the NEA by state law, they aren't forced to sit by silently while the union uses their own dues to attack them. It's time for members and parents to stand up to one of the nation's biggest bullies. If the NEA is active in your schools, urge elected officials to send the group away-and take their radical agenda with them! For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Pentagon Skirts Real Issues with Transgenders

    July 27, 2015
    No wonder President Obama isn't putting boots on the ground. He's too busy putting heels there instead! Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. When the President said he wanted to makeover the military, lifting the ban on transgenders isn't what most people had in mind. But, that's exactly what the Pentagon is planning over the next six months. Calling it an "outdated" policy, Defense leaders are fast-tracking the repeal to let the gender confused into our ranks. "Considering the abysmal condition of our military, why is this a top priority for the Obama administration?" General Jerry Boykin asked. The world is literally imploding and all this White House cares about is catering to the sexually confused. If this President were as focused on the world's threats as he is on LGBT activism, America and the world would be the safest in modern time. Rather the White House is too busy using the troops as carriers for his social agenda leaving the real enemy unchecked. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Oklahoma's Ten Most Wanted

    July 24, 2015
    You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. Hello, this is Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. The Bible is clear that teaching our children God's ways should be at the core of our instruction, not simply a spiritual afterthought. The reason for this is because God knew the only way to keep a nation focused on God, was for the people to have that focus. While many Christian lament the removal of the 10 Commandments from schools, courthouses and event State Capitols, like the recent case in Oklahoma, the reality is the truth of those commandments and its centrality to our lives was carted off a long time before the tablets. I applaud Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and state attorney general, Scott Pruitt, for defending the historic display. But more importantly, I applaud the moms and dads who are helping to inscribe these truths on the hearts of their children - beyond the reach of a court. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Free Speech in De-Klein

    July 23, 2015
    It used to be speak now or forever hold your peace-now it's just hold your peace! Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. If you're invited to work a same-sex "wedding," Oregon says you'd better not RSVP "no." In that state, it'll cost you more than money. It'll cost you your voice. Ask Aaron and Melissa Klein. The Christian bakers thought $135,000 in fines was a lot for turning down a same-sex "marriage," until they realized they'd lost their free speech too! Commissioner Brad Avakian ordered the couple to "cease and desist" talking about their case-or face further punishment. His order made the Kleins speechless all right-but not for long. Once the shock wore off, Aaron made it clear they wouldn't stop speaking out, no matter what the government threatened. "We will not be silenced," Aaron vowed. Unfortunately, liberals won't be satisfied until they have silenced Christians like the Kleins. Which, based on Aaron's statement, means they won't be satisfied any time soon! For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Casey at the Bat for Marriage

    July 22, 2015
    If you're wondering what could possibly stand between same-sex marriage and America, try local leaders living out their faith. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. For many local clerks and judges, it wasn't a question of if their beliefs would come under attack, but when. From small counties in Arkansas to busy towns in Texas, hundreds refused to choose between their convictions and their careers. If that means losing his job, Kentucky Clerk Chris Cockrell explained, so be it! "Five lawyers have imposed their personal view of... marriage... on us," said Kim Davis. "As a Christian, I have strong views too. And I don't stand alone." She's right. In Decatur, an entire office resigned. Others, like Casey Davis, vow "I'll go to jail before I quit my job." Liberals probably thought the country would just roll over and accept the court's redefinition of marriage. But they were wrong. Christian everywhere agree: marriage law may have changed, but the First Amendment has not. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • The Sum of Planned Parenthood's Parts

    July 21, 2015
    Baby bodies aren't the byproduct of abortion at Planned Parenthood. They're a product--period. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. It sounds like a scene from Frankenstein-but it's actually a video of Planned Parenthood. In it, the group's medical director talks about their secret business of selling body parts. Baby body parts. In a shocking undercover video, she explains that they charge thirty to a hundred dollars per piece, depending on demand. Livers, hearts, lungs, and legs-they all sell on the group's black market. And in perfect condition, she brags. Why? Because clinics are coached on aborting babies without damaging their profitable parts. "[You say] 'I'm not gonna crush that part, I'm going to [crush above and below], and I'm gonna see if I can get it all intact.'" Human harvesting isn't just a federal crime-it's a crime against humanity. It is time Congress put an end to taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood. You can help, call Congress today. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Planned Parenthood Caught

    July 20, 2015
    For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. Hello, this is Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. Yet another official with Planned Parenthood is caught in an undercover video describing actions of Planned Parenthood, which on their face appear to be not only federal crime-but a crime against humanity. A top medical official with the nation's largest abortion provider was caught describing how the Billion dollar a year organizations traffics the body parts of aborted babies. This is not the first time, as Planned Parenthood officials have been caught aiding sex trafficking, covering up rape and suspected sexual abuse of underage girls. Unlike liberal activists who twist the words of Christians and even fabricate things they attribute to them, these are the very words of the abortion advocates themselves. I encourage you not to listen to what people say people said, but do your best to hear what they said for yourself. What comes out of their mouth is important, because it reflects what is in the heart. For more go to Tonyperkins.com (More Details)
  • Cardiologists Take Marriage to Heart

    July 17, 2015
    When couples vow to stay together in "sickness and health," a new study says it's mostly health! (More Details)
  • The Internet: A Natural Porn Leader

    July 16, 2015
    It used to be that kids had to go outside to play in the dirt. But surveys say that there's plenty of filth online to keep them busy. (More Details)