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On Friday’s edition of “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins” former Salt Lake City police officer, Eric Moutsos, who in June of last year took issue with participating in the area's gay pride parade joins Tony to discuss the latest in the situation. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is here to highlight the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing last night where we learned more emails have been found from former IRS Director, Lois Lerner. FRC’s Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment and NRA board member, Ken Blackwell is here to discuss the President’s desire to use executive action in banning bullets of popular U.S. rifles. President and CEO of Open Doors USA, Dr. David Curry is here with the latest in the humanitarian effort surrounding those who are being persecuted in the Middle East. Also, Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy, Frank Gaffney joins Tony to discuss the Islamic terrorist group ISIS and how the U.S. should be getting involved to protect those in their evil path.

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Weekend Edition

February 28, 2015

On this weekend edition of “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins” Fox News’ Todd Starnes joins Tony with the latest from Barronelle Stutzman. The Washington State florist who declined to provide flowers for a gay wedding , has rejected a deal by the attorney general’s office that would’ve forced her to betray her religious beliefs. Also, New York Times Bestselling author and Middle East expert, Joel Rosenberg is here to highlight how this administration is handling our relationship with Israel, as well as Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech before a joint session of Congress next week.

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Commentary

February 23, 2015

God may be taboo at public schools, but apparently sadomasochism isn't!  Hello, I'm Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington.  At one school, 50 Shades of Grey is turning parents 50 shades of red.  In a story that took everyone by surprise, kids at a Pennsylvania middle school got an outrageous assignment: an X-rated word search based on the erotic movie.  Words like "bondage," "spanking," and "handcuffs" were some of the tamer clues.  Others, reporters said, were so graphic they couldn't be printed.  What was the teacher thinking?  School officials don't know, but they've launched an investigation to find out.  "It was a huge but unintentional error," one board member apologized.  One mom said, "'What professional would even hand this out to 13-year-olds?'"  Unfortunately, the same parents who are outraged by this are probably unaware that most modern sex ed is just as explicit.  It takes moms and dads getting involved on every level to stop it.  If there are words parents should be searching for, it's: we're watching! 

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  • Whoever lacks wisdom, let him ask...

    February 27, 2015
    "Whoever lacks wisdom, let him ask..." James 1:5 made it abundantly clear that if we need wisdom to tackle the challenges of life all we have to do is ask. Given the increasingly confused and challenging times in which we live it would only make sense for our leaders to ask for wisdom to do their jobs. (More Details)
  • Get out of Jail (Gender) Free!

    February 26, 2015
    Bradley Manning is in prison for treason -- and now the Obama administration wants to help him break another law: nature's. (More Details)
  • Trampolinist Jumps at the Chance to Lobby for Life

    February 25, 2015
    For Olympic gymnast Jaime Halsey, being a mom can be its own balancing act. Landing on her feet is something Jaime Halsey excels at. As Team Britain's first female trampolinist, she broke new ground in her sport. Now, the pregnant mom is in the spotlight for another reason -- her stance on life. (More Details)
  • Aiding The Persecuted Church

    February 24, 2015
    At present, I am going to Jerusalem with aid for the saints. (More Details)
  • Middle School Word Search or Strip Search?

    February 23, 2015
    God may be taboo at public schools, but apparently sadomasochism isn't! At one school, 50 Shades of Grey is turning parents 50 shades of red. In a story that took everyone by surprise, kids at a Pennsylvania middle school got an outrageous assignment: an X-rated word search based on the erotic movie. (More Details)
  • Credits Roll in Hollywood's Same-sex 'Marriage' Push

    February 20, 2015
    Hollywood has definitely played a role in the effort to redefine marriage. And we aren't the only ones who've noticed. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. There's an interesting plot in the entertainment industry-and it has nothing to do with a new show. First Lady Michelle Obama helped expose it earlier this month in a speech to screen writers. "Every day, through the movies and TV shows...you have the power to shape our understanding... Just take an issue like gay rights... [We've seen it] go from a wedge issue into a civil right in states all across the country." But the reality is, marriage is still very much a wedge issue -- everywhere. What the First Lady forgot to mention is how many voters and state leaders are pushing back on the White House's agenda-and the unelected judges doing their bidding. The President may have a good supporting cast on marriage out in Hollywood, but it's nothing compared to the real stars: courageous everyday Americans. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Higher Education's Hits and Mrs.

    February 19, 2015
    When it comes to political correctness, it's no more Mr. nice guy-or Mrs. for that matter. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. It may be a graduate school, but New York's City University has a lot to learn when it comes to pronouns-and apparently, basic anatomy. Thanks to a ridiculous new policy, the campus at C.U.N.Y. is banning the words "Mr." or "Mrs." for being offensive. The rules, which take effect this spring, outlaw the words on addresses, mailing labels, bills, or anything else. A spokesman said it's just part of the school's "ongoing effort to ensure a welcoming, and gender-inclusive learning environment." Using "Mr." and Mrs.," they argue, is too "conformist" and puts students' safety at risk. I think we all agree that the only thing that's at risk here is C.U.N.Y.'s reputation. It's ironic. Liberals say they want free speech-but they refuse to stop policing it. True tolerance means leaving this PC extremism behind. Otherwise, higher education will only sink lower. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • The Words of a Father

    February 18, 2015
    Never under estimate the power of a father's affirming words. Hello, this is Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. Study upon study point to the powerful influence that a father's affirming presence has in the life of a children. The impact upon both sons and daughters is not just emotional causing them to feel good about themselves, research actually shows it has physical and developmental effects literally causing them to "feel good." The affirming words of a father give life. When Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, when he came out of the water the Bible says, "A voice came from heaven saying, "You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Wow! If God thought that Jesus, His Son, could benefit from these powerful words of affirmation as He began His public ministry how can we as fathers do any less for our children. Take time this week to affirm your children, no matter how old they may be, For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • At Blind School, Religious Liberty Is a Welcome Sight

    February 17, 2015
    At Maryland's School for the Blind, it's administrators who are a short-sighted. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. They may not be able to see, but the kids at Maryland's School for the Blind definitely have an eye for truth. For the past 10 years, students had been a part of a campus Bible study that was put on by a local church. That all stopped last fall, when the tradition was cancelled because of "church-state issues." Pastor Ed Michaels fired back, arguing that the "equal access" clause gave them just as much right to be on campus as anyone. When he threatened a lawsuit, the school seemed to back off-saying the decision was "just temporary." Now, five months later, it's anything but temporary. Fox News talked to the principal of the school, who said he hoped to meet with the pastor and come to an agreement. Let's hope they do and end their anti-religious censorship. Otherwise, at this school, it's just the blind leading the blind. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Rebels with a Cause: Alabama ups the Stakes on Marriage

    February 16, 2015
    Alabama may roll tide, but it won't roll over when it comes to marriage. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. The Chief Justice of Alabama isn't about to let activist courts redefine marriage in his state. Instead, Roy Moore sent an order to every probate judge in Alabama, telling them not to issue same-sex "wedding" licenses-no matter what outside courts say. What happened next took the entire country by surprise. One by one, judges stood up and said, "enough!" As of last week, only nine of the state's 67 counties were marrying same-sex couples. Other probates dropped out of their wedding obligations altogether! It's been a refreshing pushback in a country that often feels pushed over by our out-of-control courts. "A lot of states in this union have caved to such unlawful authority, and this is not one," Moore said. Other politicians may play dead when the courts steamroll their laws, but in Alabama, the federal courts are overruled! For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Special Needs Get a Special Night from Tim Tebow

    February 13, 2015
    This weekend, Tim Tebow doesn't have just one Valentine. He has 7,000. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. If Valentine's Day is about love, then former quarterback Tim Tebow is spreading plenty. The outspoken Christian and former Heisman-trophy winner is giving thousands of kids a night they won't forget. Through his foundation, Tim is spending more than a half a million dollars to sponsor proms for special needs kids in 49 churches across the country. He's calling it a Night to Shine. And from the red carpet and make-up to flowers, food, and professional photographers, Tim is doing everything he can to bring love to the kids who need it the most. In California, one of the 26 states hosting tonight's event, one volunteer got teary just talking about the idea. "The whole idea has been amazing. The response for people who care for special needs kids has been overwhelming." For a guy known for his arm, Tim Tebow's heart is second to none. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • There's Nothing to Fear but Christianophobia Itself!

    February 12, 2015
    "Christianophobia" isn't something you can cure at a doctor's office, but it may be more contagious than you think! Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Think the hostility toward Christians is inside your head? Think again. Christianophobia is a real problem, and it's running rampant in higher education. "Is there an unreasonable hatred or fear of Christians?" Dr. George Yancey asks. "Our conclusion is... yes." After studying the data, researchers found a disturbing trend of "unnecessary vitriol" toward Christians in progressive circles. During interviews, quotes like "They should be eradicated!" and "They make me believe in eugenics" stunned experts, who couldn't believe the irrational anger directed toward Christians by society's elite. But of course, the people who showed the most signs of Christianophobia-the ones oppressing and berating believers-don't think they're intolerant. Ironically, researchers said, this is a small group with big influence. It's time for Christians to turn the tables and use their majority to make the kind of difference this society needs! For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • The Truth Will Set You Free

    February 11, 2015
    "You will know the truth and the truth will make you free." Hello, this is Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. The teachings and example of Jesus's life make clear that true freedom is found within the boundaries of truth. This is not just a spiritual concept that provides a pathway to the eternal, this is a principle for living. As a fan of Veggie Tales I recall the episode entitled "The Big Fib", where a little lie told to cover a broken plate grew and grew as one lie had to be told to support the earlier lie, until finally they were in bondage to a monster lie. This is not just a truism communicated to kids in a cartoon, it is a message for nations as well. Societies that embrace transcendent truth, rather than deny or suppress it, enjoy its fruits - freedom. One of the greatest threats to this freedom today comes in the form of political correctness. Political correctness and the allegiance it demands is dangerous as it requires we turn a blind eye to convicting truth while embracing a convenient lie. For more go to Tony Perkins.com (More Details)
  • Firefighter Controversy Inflames Debate

    February 10, 2015
    The Philadelphia Fire Department is generating heat all right-but not the kind most people had in mind. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. In Pennsylvania, the only thing firefighters are engulfed in is controversy. At least a dozen members of the city's squad are under investigation for sexual misconduct on duty. "It's bad stuff," said former Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers. But here's the irony. While Philly is getting punished for immorality, an Atlanta Fire Chief was fired for fighting it. Kelvin Cochran was a leader on the force with a deep Christian faith. In fact, he was such a firm believer in biblical sexuality that he wrote a book on the subject. But instead of encouraging Cochran's values, they punished him. They said he had no business bringing his faith-and its positive impact-to work! Imagine how many Philadelphias there'll be if the government kicks morality out of every office! Because when Christianity is forced out, Philadelphia knows: you're only playing with fire. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Ford Blows a Gasket over Conservative Feedback

    February 09, 2015
    Ford Motor Company's slogan may be "Go Further." But to Christians, it's just "Go!" Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. The LGBT agenda is trucking along at Ford, where Thomas Banks used to work. I say "used to work," because the product engineer was fired for not sharing the company's political views. As part of an employee newsletter, Ford cheered the special rights they'd given to homosexuals. So, Thomas went to the feedback section and replied that, "Endorsing [homosexuality] is of benefit to no one. [It's] disruptive to the workplace and is an assault on Christians... Immoral sexual conduct shouldn't be a topic for an automotive manufacturer to endorse or promote." A few days later, he was fired. "They talk about tolerance... and inclusivity, but apparently," Thomas said, "that doesn't include people of faith." With help from Liberty Institute, Thomas is fighting back with a complaint to the EEOC. Ford may be a vehicle of political correctness, but he refuses to be taken for a ride. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Taking Valentine's Day to Heart

    February 06, 2015
    Valentine's Day may be next week, but who says we can't celebrate it all month? Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Next month my wife, Lawana, and I will celebrate 29 years of marriage. Like every couple, our journey's had its share of challenges. The turning point came about six years after we were married-not because I started remembering our anniversary-but because of a marriage conference we attended. It was there that I realized my wife wasn't the problem in our relationship. Once I stopped trying to recreate her into what society says a woman should be, I began to see her for what she was-a gift from God. Obviously, there are couples who have real issues. But I also know that some spouses are settling for less than what God intended their marriages to be. Invest in your relationship! Attend a marriage conference. Ask God what you need to do to make your marriage better. Then, watch out! Because before long, you'll be celebrating Valentine's 365 days a year! (More Details)
  • Protecting the Little Ones

    February 05, 2015
    See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father. Hello, this is Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. January was recognized by our government as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. I applaud the efforts of the Obama Administration in recognizing what this blot on our national conscience that we must erase. Here in America there are thousands of girls and young women victimized in this horrible spiral of degradation each year. The scourge of trafficking is a symptom in part, due to the breakdown of the family, the proliferation of pornography and a view that others are to be used and misused. At its core is the rejection of the truth that all people, regardless of where they were conceived or their economic status, are created in the image of God and therefore have intrinsic value. Every young girl, and boy are here not by chance to be exploited, they are here by design and should be valued and protected. For more go to Tonyperkins.com (More Details)
  • Suspending Belief? District Punishes Gospel-Sharing Student

    February 04, 2015
    When Michael Leal shared the Gospel at school, he witnessed something else: intolerance! Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Teenager Michael Leal says he wants to be a missionary, but to his classmates, he already is. The Cascade High School student is known for handing out tracts during lunch-and just as known for being suspended for it. Three times, the principal has sent him home, and three times, the high schooler refused to back down. Now, his case is working its way through the courts, where his attorneys are trying to strike down a policy that bans kids from handing out anything but original material. "That would make it so he could not write out the... Constitution and hand it to people," said Pacific Justice Institute. Although Federal Judge Thomas Zilly hasn't ruled, he agreed: "Students don't lose their First Amendment rights at the schoolhouse door." Let's hope his ruling reflects it and keeps Michael's mission on the right tract. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Courage in the Cross-hairs of American Sniper

    February 03, 2015
    They say that "less is more." And when it comes to patriotism, less is certainly Michael Moore. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Navy Seal Chris Kyle devoted his life to his country-but not everyone is grateful. While American Sniper breaks box office records, Hollywood is busy taking aim at the brave men it honors. Like other liberals, Moore accuses the film of celebrating a killer-which is a little ironic coming from Hollywood, where senseless violence rakes in billions of dollars a year. Chris Kyle wasn't perfect, but he was a hero who spent four tours in the heat of battle, away from his family, to defend the country he loved. But instead of recognizing the sacrifices of these men-who put their lives on the line so that Michael Moore has the freedom to make outrageous statements-he called them "cowards." As far as I'm concerned, the only cowards are the people criticizing our troops from comfort and safety our military provides. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • No Brownie Points for Baker with Morals

    February 02, 2015
    These days, you have to be a tough cookie to own a bakery. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. If bakers can be forced to make same-sex "wedding" cakes, what about anti-homosexual ones? Denver's Marjorie Silva is about to find out She refused to make a cake that said "God hates gays," as most people would. But it did trigger a complaint to a Colorado commission, where a similar case is being heard. Jack Phillips, who declined a same-sex "wedding" request, was ordered to make cakes for homosexuals-- or pay fines of $500 a customer. Like Jack, Marjorie is refusing to promote a message she morally opposes. "This is about free speech," said one attorney. "They punished Jack Phillips for acting according to his conscience." Will they here? Obviously, this isn't just about marriage-it's about the fundamental right of every person to have and express an opinion. And that may be how this cookie crumbles-but our fundamental freedoms shouldn't crumble with it! For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Oklahoma Not OK for New Bible Course

    January 30, 2015
    The Bible may be the best-selling book of all time, but that doesn't mean American schools are buying it. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. When it comes to a Christian curriculum, one school district is desperate to change the subject. In Oklahoma's Mustang Public Schools, board members voted to add a Bible course to the students' electives. And not just any Bible course-but a curriculum developed by some of the world's greatest scholars. Everything was set to launch until the atheists demanded the class be canceled. And rather than fight, Mustang complied. The point wasn't to evangelize but to show the Bible's impact on government, art, science, and literature. And kids were anxious to learn. It was their top pick for a new elective class. Too bad the politically correct police won't give it to them. Maybe someone ought to remind these censors that the Bible wasn't just a part of the curriculum in America-it was the curriculum until secularists started imposing their religion on everyone! (More Details)
  • Lena on Me: Wedding Planner Pressured to Violate Beliefs

    January 29, 2015
    The Statue of Liberty doesn't say, "Give me your tired, your poor, your yearning to violate your conscience"-but you could've fooled Lena Rusev. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. When Lana Rusev fled the Ukraine, she was trying to avoid the religious persecution she's now experiencing in Florida! As a Christian, she's always used her wedding planning business to celebrate God's design for marriage. But when a lesbian couple approached her, the thought of being involved in every stage of planning for a ceremony that violated her faith was a non-starter. Lena apologized but said she couldn't take the job because of her "strong personal belief[s]." That enraged the couple, who launched a full-scale social media assault. Fortunately, it'll take a lot more to scare Lena. And although she isn't sorry, she is disappointed in her new home. "I fled from a country that persecuted people for their belief." She was supposed to help couples tie the knot, not be roped into a radical agenda. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Left 'Dukes' It out over Muslim Prayer

    January 28, 2015
    If you're wondering what happened to Duke's bell tower, Americans chimed in! Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. It's popular to "repurpose" things these days. But not when that thing is an 80-year-old chapel. Duke University found that out this month when it tried to turn its Methodist bell tower into a Muslim minaret. School officials said it was an "exercise in unity"-but that exercise failed miserably when Americans everywhere spoke out. They couldn't believe the preferential treatment Muslims were getting-especially in the wake of the French and Nigerian terror attacks. In the name of diversity, "other religions are getting front row," Reverend Franklin Graham said, "and Christians are being pushed... to the back of the room. And we're the majority!" Real pluralism isn't elbowing out Christianity to make room for minority faiths. It's giving everyone the same right to live and work in accordance to their beliefs -- a right sorely missing for all too many Christians in America today. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • In Marriage, Many Happy Returns

    January 27, 2015
    Who needs Prozac? According to research, marriage might be the best anti-depressant of all! Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. In a global survey of Gallup, researchers say "happily ever after" isn't as far-fetched as some people think. Tying the knot makes people happier and more satisfied with their lives than those who are single-especially during life's stressful times. Even people who were normally upbeat were more satisfied after a walk down the aisle-and years later. The companionship goes a long way for couples, the authors said. "Those who consider their spouse or partner to be their best friend get about twice as much life satisfaction from marriage as others." For one of the authors, the study made her rethink marriage as a whole. "Maybe what's really important is friendship, and to never forget that in the push and pull of daily life." If she's right-and FRC has reams of research suggesting she is-then marriage really is for better, not worse. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Army Can't Put on the Full Armor of God

    January 26, 2015
    There may not be atheists in foxholes, but there are a few at the recruiting office! Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. God may be on our money and monuments, but he can't be near our military according to an Army recruiting office. A poster with the phrase "For God and country" had been up for months in Phoenix, but was just torn down after a single atheist complaint. For most people, the controversy is a completely manufactured one. "So help me God," has been the ending for the Oath of Enlistment for years, one vet complained. "I'm still here in Afghanistan," said an Army soldier, "and I can tell you that none of us have a problem with God. Atheism runs quickly from the battlefield." Like most of our troops, they're tired of the Christian censorship and think it's time focus on the real religious extremists: the radical Muslims who are killing innocent people. Until then, the only thing we're enlisting is political correctness! For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Preference vs. Persecution

    January 23, 2015
    Should America be concerned about the persecution of Christians abroad? Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington. There is no question that Christians should be concerned to the point of action as Paul instructed the expanding church to financially aid those being persecuted in Jerusalem. But what about America as a nation? From the very beginning America has stood for religious freedom and it has historically stood against religious persecution. In fact, in 1999 Congress passed the International Religious Freedom Act which states that "it shall be the policy of the United States to condemn violations of religious freedom, and to promote, and to assist other governments in the promotion of the fundamental right to freedom of religion." Unfortunately, under the Obama administration religious freedom has not been a priority. While the State Department has conducted numerous international conferences to advance the sexual liberty of transgenders, it has been silent on the fundamental human right of religious freedom. It's time for change. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Protecting the Unborn: One Step at a Time

    January 22, 2015
    Americans aren't interested in the issue of abortion, Senator Harry Reid said. Well, tell that to the hundreds of thousands of people in Washington, DC for the March for Life! Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Unlike most anniversaries, the 42 years of Roe v. Wade is nothing to celebrate. Instead of commemorating the courage of the ruling, thousands of Americans are marching to a different drum-the one that demands justice and protection for the unborn. Since 1973, we've lived with the legacy of justices who invented a constitutional right to abortion. And we've had enough. A woman's womb shouldn't be her baby's tomb. Day after day, we lose more than 4,000 children in the war on human life. And now that America has chemical weapons in the form of RU-486, ella, and the morning-after pill, the casualties continue to grow. Join us in praying that this march will help Americans see the real steps we must take toward protecting children who can't protect themselves. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Religious Liberty Debate Sizzles at Fire House

    January 21, 2015
    At the Providence Fire Department, the only things being extinguished are employees' rights! Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Two firefighters in Rhode Island are getting burned all right-but not by flames. After a 10-year court battle, the state's Supreme Court just took a match to the men's constitutional rights. Several years ago, when the firemen were ordered to drive a truck in a gay pride parade, they asked to be reassigned. As Christians, they objected to the celebration of homosexuality. The fire chief forced them to go anyway. Now, after a 10-year court battle, the Rhode Island Supreme Court finally ruled, and not the way you might think. In a unanimous decision, the judges said violating the men's deeply held religious beliefs was perfectly acceptable. They even went so far as to call the parade a "legitimate work assignment." But fortunately, these Christians aren't giving up. They understand for the sake of religious liberty: sometimes you have to fight fire with fire. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • At Tiffany & Co., Silence on Marriage Was Golden

    January 20, 2015
    With Tiffany's on board, same-sex "marriage" has a different ring to it. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. America's most famous jeweler is doing a sterling job promoting homosexuality-thanks to a new emphasis on politics. The little blue box has given way to a big blue agenda after a new announcement that Tiffany's is launching its first-ever gay ads. After 178 years in business, the company is featuring a set of grooms in its engagement ring promotions, stunning customers who looked to the company for class and tradition. "Nowadays, the road to marriage is no longer linear," said a spokesman. Unfortunately, out of desperation or pressure-or both-some businesses are trying to woo customers with political correctness. Most of them-like J.C. Penney's or Target-find out the hard way that it doesn't work. At the end of the day, Americans respect-and reward-companies that stay neutral in the culture war. And unlike this jeweler, those are the real gems. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Planning Parenthood or Panning Parenthood?

    January 16, 2015
    There's no business like the abortion business. And according to reports, it's a booming one for Planned Parenthood. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Plenty of U.S. businesses are hurting, but Planned Parenthood isn't one of them. The abortion giant just released its annual report, and it looks like Congress helped the organization to another record year. Based on these numbers, the abortion rate is dropping everywhere but Planned Parenthood-whose clinics managed to take 487 more lives than it did in 2012. For the third straight year, the group's assets topped $1.4 billion-and almost half of that revenue, a whopping $528 million, came from taxpayers. More than 327,000 abortions provided the rest. Of course, Planned Parenthood insists that those dollars improve U.S. health care. But how is that possible when 94% of its "pregnancy services" involve the taking of innocent human life? State governments like Kansas, Texas, and Ohio have seen through the charade and defunded their local Planned Parenthoods. When will Congress? For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Troops Do an About-Face on Obama

    January 15, 2015
    As head of the military, President Obama commands plenty of things-but respect isn't one of them. If you ask most service members (and the Military Times did) trust in the commander-in-chief has never been lower. According to pollsters, the President's approval hit rock bottom, barely cracking 15 percent with men and women in uniform. That's a 20-point drop since Obama's inauguration in 2009. Although liberal presidents have never enjoyed broad support in the military, seven years of extreme social engineering is taking its toll. Most people assumed the President's numbers would rebound after pulling more troops out of the Middle East. Instead, the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," women on the front lines, religious hostility, and budget cuts have all snowballed into a deep-seated resentment. If the administration doesn't change something-and soon-they'll be fighting a much bigger battle than they bargained for. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)