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On this special Independence Day edition of “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins” Founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association and Patrick Henry College, Dr. Mike Farris, joins Tony to highlight his new book: History of Religious Liberty: From Tyndale to Madison. Pastor and father of Senator Ted Cruz, Rafael Cruz, is here to tell his amazing story of how he came to America. He frequently states how thankful he is for America’s freedom and how things are much different in his home country of Cuba. Also, Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, Jack Hibbs, discusses the important role pastorsplay in today’s America. As we look at current culture, a voice of righteousness has never been more important. 

Related Radio Resources

  • Buy your copy of Dr. Farris’s new book: Religious Liberty: From Tyndale to Madison
  • Follow Mike Farris – @michaelfarris
  • Follow Pastor Jack Hibbs on twitter @Jack_Hibbs
  • Watch Pastor Jack’s sermon as he reacts to the Supreme Court's redefinition of marriage
  • Visit the Free to Believe website
  • Click here to register for Values Voter Summit
  • Watch Tony's Sermon from when he preached at First Baptist Dallas
  • Find out what many members of the GOP said after the marriage ruling

Weekend Edition

July 04, 2015

On this special Independence Day weekend edition of “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins” Founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association and Patrick Henry College, Dr. Mike Farris, joined Tony to highlight his new book: History of Religious Liberty: From Tyndale to Madison. Pastor and father of Senator Ted Cruz, Rafael Cruz, was here to tell his amazing story of how he came to America. He frequently states how thankful he is for America’s freedom and how things are much different in his home country of Cuba. Also, Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, Jack Hibbs, discussed the important role pastors play in today’s America. As we look at current culture, a voice of righteousness has never been more important. 

Related Radio Resources:

  • Buy your copy of Dr. Farris’s new book: Religious Liberty: From Tyndale to Madison
  • Follow Mike Farris – @michaelfarris
  • Follow Pastor Jack Hibbs on twitter @Jack_Hibbs
  • Watch Pastor Jack’s sermon as he reacts to the Supreme Court's redefinition of marriage
  • Visit the Free to Believe website
  • Click here to register for Values Voter Summit
  • Watch Tony's Sermon from when he preached at First Baptist Dallas
  • Find out what many members of the GOP said after the marriage ruling

Commentary

July 02, 2015

They say that 91 percent of Americans don't trust Washington. My only question is: what's wrong with the other eight? Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Last year's Congress is topping a new list-but according to Gallup, it isn't one they'll be proud of. One point off of its worst score ever, only 8% of Americans have confidence in Congress-which beats out every other institution for the lowest rating, including unions, big business, and the media. "Americans' frustration with the government's performance has eroded [their] trust in all U.S. political institutions," Gallup said. And Congress isn't the only one in the doghouse. There's been a 10-point drop for the presidency and a 12-point drop for the Supreme Court. Sounds a lot like the warning of Proverbs 29:2 "When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan." As William Penn once said, "Government, like clocks takes its motion from men." Improving the standing of government requires changing the character of government and that starts with us. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com.

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  • America: Born on the Fourth of July

    July 03, 2015
    Ronald Reagan said it best: If we forget what we did, we will forget who we are. Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Are your children being taught about the First Continental Congress? That's the gathering of our forefathers who met in Carpenters Hall in Philadelphia in 1774. They met, they said, to protect their "civil and religious liberties" from British oppression. When one delegate called Congress to unite in prayer, some objected. We're too diverse, they said. But Sam Adams, a bold Christian patriot, replied: "I can hear the prayer of any man of piety and virtue who is a friend to his country." Our First Continental Congress began its great work on their knees, united in prayer, united in their love of liberty. Have we grown too proud to pray? I hope not. This July 4th, more than any, America needs it. Join me in lifting up our nation, remembering the words of Thomas Jefferson, that "The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time." (More Details)
  • Washington's Biggest Deficit: Public Confidence

    July 02, 2015
    They say that 91 percent of Americans don't trust Washington. My only question is: what's wrong with the other eight? Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Last year's Congress is topping a new list-but according to Gallup, it isn't one they'll be proud of. One point off of its worst score ever, only 8% of Americans have confidence in Congress-which beats out every other institution for the lowest rating, including unions, big business, and the media. "Americans' frustration with the government's performance has eroded [their] trust in all U.S. political institutions," Gallup said. And Congress isn't the only one in the doghouse. There's been a 10-point drop for the presidency and a 12-point drop for the Supreme Court. Sounds a lot like the warning of Proverbs 29:2 "When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan." As William Penn once said, "Government, like clocks takes its motion from men." Improving the standing of government requires changing the character of government and that starts with us. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • JP Morgan Banks on LGBT Conformity

    July 01, 2015
    Having done all to stand firm stand... Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. The apostle Paul was speaking to first generation Christians who were living in a culture that was openly hostile to biblical teaching. Christians in corporate America would do well to find direction and strength in Paul's words. Take JP Morgan where they may be concerned about equity-but not when it comes to moral or political views. In a memo to employees, the banking firm isn't asking-it's ordering-employees to support homosexuality. As part of the directive, staff are told to "listen to music, see movies, or read books about gay people." "Attend gay pride events," executives say, "incorporate LGBT issues into your everyday conversations," and even put dollars into pro-gay companies. But that's not the worst of it. The memo included a rainbow "ally" sign that workers are supposed to post in their personal workstations. Non-compliance, the company implies, will be noticed. Followers of Jesus - it is time to stand. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Dixie Makes a Play for Home Plates

    June 30, 2015
    The Dixie company that helps set the table is also helping to clear it of distractions! Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. These days, what's for dinner may not be nearly as important as who's at dinner. "Dark for Dinner" is a new movement by Dixie to help parents unplug from their phones and connect with their kids instead. Believe it or not, only 20% of families eat dinner without the distraction of TVs or other devices. The slogan is "be more here," and Dixie hopes more parents will be. In government studies, kids who eat with their parents at least five times a week are three times less likely to use drugs and two and a half times less likely to drink alcohol. The message for moms and dads couldn't be clearer: Kids thrive when we give them quality time-not just the leftovers of our busy schedules. Try going dark for dinner and give your family what they're really hungry for: attention! For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • SPLC's Jihadists Hit List

    June 29, 2015
    Would a legitimate civil rights organization try to intimidate and silence women? Hello, this is Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. Last week the infamous Southern Poverty Law Center made a target out of 12 women by putting them on a list of what they call extremists. What do these 12 have in common? Besides being women, they are all conservatives and they have all spoken out against radical Islam that abuses and kills women. What the SPLC has done is put these women on a Jihadist hit list. Speaking from experience this is dangerous and SPLC's reckless labeling of their political foes should stop. As Americans we can and will have disagreements, but we should be able to dialogue and even debate issues of importance - not silence our opponents with tactics like the Southern Poverty Law Center that literally put lives at risk. The SPLC claims they are a protector of the poor when in reality they are a liberal leviathan that stalks and tries to scare conservatives into silence. For more go to Tonyperkins.com (More Details)
  • In Loo of Common Sense...

    June 26, 2015
    Is it a lavatory or a laboratory for social change? Depends on who you ask. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Under the Obama administration, what happens in the bathroom is an issue for the boardroom. Big Brother has already been a big nuisance, piling on regulations under ObamaCare, the EPA, IRS, and now OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This month, OSHA is demanding the W.C. become P.C. by allowing workers to use the restroom they think fits their gender best. Apparently, OSHA is concerned with everyone's safety except the 99.7% of the country forced to live in this brave new world of bathrooms. Is this really a priority of the American people? With the real wages of American workers continue to decline, American cities are erupting in deadly violence and ISIS and Iran threaten our security and that of our allies, forcing businesses to change their indoor plumbing is the priority of the White House? For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • 'Morally Acceptable' Doesn't Mean Socially Good

    June 25, 2015
    Morality is reportedly on the move and not in the right direction. Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington. According to a Gallup poll, Americans are shifting on morality -away from it. Huge majorities of people now believe that premarital sex and homosexuality are "morally acceptable." Even support for polygamy has doubled! Divorce topped the list as the "most moral"-with 71% approval. But here's how backwards we've become. Ending a marriage is more popular than wearing fur-by 10 points! Interestingly, the biggest taboo is still infidelity. Could it be that what is at the heart of this shift in morality is spiritual infidelity - a rejection of God's standard? The same Bible that calls cheating immoral does the same for premarital sex, homosexuality, and divorce. We all have fallen short of God's standard. But just because we can't reach God's standard without His grace, does not mean we jettison it for the prevailing standard of today that anything goes. Because this prevailing standard is passing, but God's standard is eternal. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • From Bibs and Diapers to Caps and Gowns

    June 24, 2015
    Most teen moms don't graduate high school and become valedictorian. But most teen moms aren't Trameka Pope! Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Trameka Pope said she didn't want to be a statistic. But now she is-as the top 1% of her class! The teen mom, who was pregnant and homeless in the 8th grade, has a message for kids in trouble: don't give up. "I was told that God [doesn't] make mistakes, and he wouldn't give anyone a child who wasn't ready for one." It took five years of hard work, but Trameka says her baby motivated her. Now, the graduating senior's been accepted to over 26 universities and has $60,000 in scholarships. When other people told her having a baby would ruin her future, she ignored them. "...[I]t doesn't matter if you have a child as a teen. No matter what people say about you, you can make it. And you can become something." In Trameka's case, that something is a role model. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Time for Parents to Face Facts about Facebook

    June 23, 2015
    Is social media leading to social mania? Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. More than 1.3 billion people are on Facebook-and chances are, your teenager's one of them. After 11 years, psychologists are just starting to study the effects of the site-and not all of them are good. A team in Poland just found that "excessive involvement" with Facebook was linked with higher levels of depression, feelings of shame and rejection. Is it time for a digital detox in your house? Summer's here, and with Twitter, Instagram, tablets, TVs, laptops, and game systems, kids' screen time is at an all-time high. One family in North Carolina dealt with it this way: they went on a month-long technology fast. At first, the kids complained, but in a video that went viral, the Robinsons explain that boredom gave way to creativity. Unplug and give them a healthy perspective. Maybe then they'll be more apt to "like" the life they have! For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Jesus Weeps with those Who Grieve

    June 22, 2015
    Jesus Wept. Hello, this is Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. That may be the shortest verse in the bible, but it expresses in an undeniable way the love and humanity of Jesus. Arriving at the home of his dear friends Mary and Martha upon the death of their brother Lazarus, Jesus was move with deep compassion at their loss. Even though He knew that in just moments He would raise his friend Lazarus from the grave, where he had been for four days, he wept, not for Lazarus, but for those whose hearts were broken by their loss of a dear friend and brother. For the families and friends of those who were slain by a gunman in Charleston, SC, you do not weep alone. As believers in Jesus Christ they have entered into eternal life, so we weep not for them, but for those whose hearts have been broken and their lives turned upside down by this horrendous act of evil. Our prayers, our tears are with you. For more go to tonyperkins.com (More Details)
  • The Glory of Children

    June 19, 2015
    The Glory of Children are the fathers. Proverbs says "Children's children are the crown of old men and the glory of children are their fathers. (More Details)
  • Preference vs. Persecution

    June 18, 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)
  • Truck Ministry Fuels Goodwill for Troops

    June 17, 2015
    At Truckin4Troops, the pick-ups are for picking up soldiers' spirits. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Finding an avenue to do good wasn't tough for one transportation ministry. Scott Mallary, the man behind Truckin4Troops, says he wanted to do something to show his appreciation for our veterans. So he bought a pick-up truck and starting shuttling wounded troops to and from the airport. Pretty soon, he realized that these brave men and women needed more than a ride. So Scott dipped into his retirement and bought a fleet of trucks and started taking wounded vets out to ballgames, cookouts, and parades. "These guys would be in tears, it was really cool," he said. "...One kid said that we saved his marriage. That was a turning [point]-where we realized we weren't just having fun with these guys, we were making a huge impact." We salute Scott's group for giving back! Hopefully, Truckin4Troops will inspire more Americans kick their generosity into high gear. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • New Movie Ratings Have Parents Reeling

    June 16, 2015
    Hollywood has a killer business going-and that's exactly what parents should be worried about. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Ticket prices aren't the only things going up in theaters-so is the violence. According to the Washington Post, there's been a serious "ratings creep" of late-and movies that used to be 'R' are passing for PG-13. Over the last 30 years, the amount of violence in PG-13 movies has tripled-so much so that in 2012, PG-13 had "more gun violence than R-rated films." As part of a new study, Dan Romer said he exposed parents to more sex and brutality in movies, and found that-over time-they became a lot more accepting. And gradually, that spills over into what their kids watch. "We need people to think about what's happening here with the huge increase in violence in movies." When it comes to protecting kids, moms and dads don't just buy the tickets, they are the ticket to wholesome entertainment. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Divorce over 50: Just an Old Wives' Tale?

    June 15, 2015
    For older couples, there's more than empty nests to worry about -- there's no nest! There are a lot of gray areas in divorce -- at least when it comes to the older population. (More Details)
  • Gallup Breathes New Life into Abortion Debate

    June 12, 2015
    Are President Obama's radical pro-abortion policies increasing the number of pro-life Americans? Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Despite 6 ½ years of Planned Parenthood approved abortion policies from the Obama Administration, more Americans are advocating for stronger pro-life laws. According to the latest survey of Gallup, 55% of respondents said abortion should be illegal in all or almost all circumstances. That's the 37th straight poll by Gallup that's shown a pro-life majority! In 21 years, Terry Jeffrey writes, the level of pro-life responses has never dropped below 54%. If the Left is going to push a hard-core agenda, they shouldn't be surprised when Americans push back. After nearly seven years of the President's in-your-face anti-life agenda, the country's running away from the abortion movement-and fast! There's no better evidence of that than the hundreds of pro-life laws popping up in the states. It turns out that in the abortion debate, common ground isn't so uncommon after all! For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Semper Fi-red

    June 11, 2015
    Can a scrap of paper end your military career? It can if it has a Bible verse on it. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Over the 240 year history of the Marine corps, the few, the proud have been the vanguards of defending freedom. But things have changed in the Obama military. Now even the freedoms of their own are not only unprotected, they are threatened. Just ask Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling who was ordered to remove a piece of paper from her work station with Isaiah 54:17 written on it. When she refused, she was court-martialed. In the tribunal, Sterling was found guilty and discharged. Now, a year later, she's unemployed-and fighting to clear her record. "This is a very scary time when you aren't allowed to have a small printed Bible verse in your own personal workspace," said her attorneys at Liberty Institute. It's outrageous. The First Amendment-and the Pentagon's own policy-protects religious beliefs and expression. Those who protect our essential freedom should not have their's taken away. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • The Creature and the Creator

    June 10, 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)
  • Gift of the Magi(strate)

    June 09, 2015
    In North Carolina, help is wanted-but conscience isn't! Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. When the courts trashed North Carolina's marriage amendment, liberals tried to chuck the First Amendment along with it. Fortunately, state leaders didn't bite. They passed a bill that said judges could opt out of performing all weddings to protect their faith. Other magistrates would fill in. "If a same-sex couple wants to get married in North Carolina, they [can] get married in North Carolina," said the bill's sponsor. But, he qualified, "just because someone takes a job with the government doesn't mean they give up their First Amendment rights." Tell that to the Left! They think conservatives should be forced to check their values at the door. They want "tolerance" but refuse to give it. It's like driving around with a "coexist" bumper sticker while you run over people with different beliefs! "Conscience," James Madison said, "is the most sacred of all property." Don't let the government steal yours. Visit FRC's site FreeToBelieve.com for more. (More Details)
  • The Glory of Children

    June 05, 2015
    The Glory of Children are the fathers. Proverbs says "Children's children are the crown of old men and the glory of children are their fathers. (More Details)
  • Good Samaritans Get Bad Rap

    June 04, 2015
    If you want to help poor people, prepare to become one! When Joan Cheever started feeding the homeless, a $2,000 ticket isn't the thanks she had in mind. (More Details)
  • Government S'more Guide Whispers Sweet Nothings

    June 03, 2015
    The government loves promoting moderation -- but it sure doesn't like practicing it! These days, you can't even make s'mores without government supervision!  Last August, more taxpayer dollars went up in smoke when the agency published an official "Guide to Roasting Marshmallows." (More Details)
  • In Crisis, Graduate Shows Degree of Maturity

    June 01, 2015
    At one Alabama graduation, the most important prayer wasn't the one in the program! For once, a public prayer is getting attention for something other than a lawsuit!  While seniors were getting their diplomas at Clay-Chalksville High School, the focus suddenly shifted off stage. (More Details)
  • Family in the First Degree

    May 29, 2015
    Most colleges don't care about traditional values--but if they want more students, they'd better start! If you want to strengthen education, start by strengthening the family. In FRC's Mapping America, Dr. Pat Fagan explains that some kids have an academic edge: it's called married parents. (More Details)
  • Commencement of Controversy

    May 28, 2015
    America's colleges are showing their true colors-and they're blue! Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Most kids don't get the conservative perspective in college-and that isn't changing graduation day. Liberals have dominated the classroom, and now they're getting the last word at commencement ceremonies too. According to Young America's Foundation, liberal graduation speakers outnumber conservatives 6-1 at the top 100 schools. And in the top 10, they're even rarer: zero. While a dozen Obama officials were invited to speak this year, only President George W. Bush made it to the podium from the Right. "...[T]he conservative blackout on college campuses has only gotten worse," YAF said. Which is even more interesting, they say, when you consider what happened in November. "While conservatives won the national elections by a wide margin, campuses have doubled down on liberal speakers..." It's an ironic twist for higher education. The same liberals giving the speech don't believe in the freedom of it. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Boy Meets Girl (Scouts)

    May 27, 2015
    There are Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and now everything in between! Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Everything about the Girl Scouts has changed-including, it turns out, the girl part! Under a new transgender policy, boys who dress like girls can join. "If a child is recognized by the family and school/community as a girl and lives culturally as a girl," the organization says, "then Girl Scouts can serve her in a setting that is both emotionally and physically safe." And people wonder why the 100-year-old organization has lost a million of its members! When they aren't partnering with Planned Parenthood, they're promoting sexual confusion. Leaders say the "welfare and best interests of the child in question are a top priority." But in this case, their cultural experiment impacts the troops' real girls. If you're disillusioned with the message your kids are hearing and want something wholesome, log on to AmericanHeritageGirls.org-where character building-not political correctness-comes first. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Memorial Day

    May 25, 2015
    Every night, Americans sleep in peace because of brave men and women we've never met. And in too many cases, never will. Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council. "A few months ago," General John Kelly said, "these soldiers were delivering your paper." Today, they're Marines. He tells the story of two of them, standing guard at an Iraqi checkpoint with orders not to let anyone pass. "A truck turned down the street where the two men were posted and detonated... [The soldiers] never hesitated. They never stepped back... [T]hey leaned into danger, firing as fast as they could... Six seconds. Not enough time to think about their families, their country... or their deaths... but enough time for them to do their duty-into eternity." "'Sir,' a choked up soldier said later. 'No sane man would have stood there and done what they did. They saved us all.'" Those are the kind of people on watch all over the world for us. The least we can do is be on our knees for them. (More Details)
  • Paralegal or Paralawless? Gov't Employees Get Paid to Do Housework

    May 22, 2015
    There's a laundry list of problems with the Obama administration -- and it includes actual laundry! President Obama isn't the only thing getting hung out to dry. So are the clothes of Patent Office employees. (More Details)