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On Friday’s edition of “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins” Director of FRC Action, Josh Duggar guest hosts for Tony. Congressman-Elect Barry Loudermilk will join Josh to discuss what he hopes to accomplish in Congress and spotlight what he feels are the issues that matter most to the American voters. Parents of the TLC hit show, 19 Kids and Counting, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar join their oldest son to highlight the true meaning of Christmas and the importance that America turn back to God. Also, Alliance Defending Freedom’s Senior Legal Counsel and Director of Legal Advocacy for the Center for marriage and Family, Austin Nimocks is here with the latest in the Arlene’s Flowers case where owner Barronelle Stutzman declined to use her creative skills to participate in and design custom floral arrangements for a long-time customer’s same-sex ceremony.

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December 13, 2014

On this weekend edition of “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins” Nebraska’s US Senator-Elect Ben Sasse joined Tony to discuss his upcoming tenure in the Senate and his recent trip to Israel. Senator Rick Santorum joined the show to discuss unrest in the Middle East and his documentary “One Generation Away”. Also, Fox News’ Todd Starnes joined the show to discuss his upcoming Christmas special and the story of an Army chaplain who was disciplined for sharing his faith.

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Commentary

December 19, 2014

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

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  • Minnesota Transgender

    December 19, 2014
    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)
  • Satanic Angels We Have Heard on High!

    December 18, 2014
    In Tallahassee, Santa isn't the only thing coming to town. So is Satan. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. If you're looking for a devil's advocate, one liberal group plays a pretty good one. At the Florida Capitol, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State scared leaders into adding Lucifer to the Christmas display. Starting December 22nd, the state nativity will have a scary-looking neighbor: a statue from The Satanic Temple. An angel falling from the sky into burning flames doesn't exactly scream season's greetings-unless you're part of the politically correct crowd. When Florida turned down the idea as "grossly offensive" last December, the Left tried a legal snow job. And this year, it worked. Of course, the Satanists said they were just advocating for "religious tolerance." But what they were really doing is trying to distract people from the real meaning of Christmas. A goal that, like their ridiculous display, is sure to go down in flames. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Grandma Got Run over by a Lawsuit...

    December 17, 2014
    Lots of families take a trip to grandma's house over Christmas-but in Washington State, Barronnelle Stuzman may not have a house to host people! Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. There's a floral quarrel in Washington State-and it might just cost one woman everything. When Barronnelle turned down a same-sex "wedding" order, the long-time customers sued her. But as soon as she started fighting that lawsuit, the state attorney general launched another. Now the florist of 40 years is being hauled before a court in a Christian inquisition that could cost her the business she spent her life building. "Plenty of other florists are willing to provide flowers for same-sex ceremonies, yet the state attorney general insists on going after... her personal finances [and assets] as well." Obviously, this isn't about flowers -- but about exacting a price from anyone who holds a biblical view of marriage. But fortunately, this florist isn't wilting in the face of persecution. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Atheists We Have Heard on High

    December 16, 2014
    For people who say God doesn't exist, atheists sure spend a lot of time talking about Him! Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. This Christmas, it hasn't exactly been peace on earth, goodwill toward Christians. Last week, atheists took their war on the North Pole south-with special billboards aimed at the 90% of Americans who celebrate Christmas. From December 1st to the 24th, cities like Memphis, Nashville, and St. Louis are getting a big dose of "bah humbug." Next to a photo of a little girl, the signs say, "Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is to skip church! I'm too old for fairy tales!" For American Atheists, the billboards are as much of a tradition as figgy pudding. But just because they're expected doesn't mean they're effective. In Jackson, Mississippi, leasing companies were so afraid of backlash that they wouldn't offer the space. They understand what we do: that all atheists are doing is using their religion to shut down everyone else's! For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Nut Case Tries to Stop Nutcracker

    December 15, 2014
    If you're wondering what the latest four-letter word is, try "tree!" Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. In Massachusetts, there's a "Nutcracker" crackdown! The politically correct crowd is so out of control this winter that it almost banned a school trip to the ballet because kids might be "exposed" to a Christmas tree. No joke. At Butler Elementary School in Belmont, the PTA President said a handful of parents complained about the annual field trip. What for, writes Lenore Skenazy? "Kids can be exposed to ideas and cultures different from their own and not immediately feel offended... 'The Nutcracker' is a ballet, not fundamentalist propaganda." But liberals only know one definition of "tolerance," and it isn't two-sided. Apparently, it's not enough to ban nativities and Christmas parties-now we have to defend the sugar plum fairy! An emergency meeting of the school was called, and fortunately, common sense prevailed. But not before people across the country agreed: this is nuts! For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Liberals Try to Change the Blood Policy in Vein

    December 12, 2014
    Are you willing to contract HIV to prove how "tolerant" you are? If the FDA repeals its blood donor policy, you may not have a choice. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. A group of liberals is asking the government to make some risky deposits in America's blood bank. In a hearing at the FDA, activists pushed for reversing a policy that bans gay men from giving blood because of the higher risk of HIV. Critics call the rule "discriminatory." But the FDA created the rule out of precaution-not prejudice. Homosexual men are 60 times more likely to be infected with the virus than heterosexuals. If the FDA wants to protect people's health, it has to be selective. The government can't afford to contaminate the blood supply just to validate people's risky sexual behavior. Even if the new screening can detect tainted blood, no test is completely safe. And the government shouldn't be willing to risk America's blood supply to prove it. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • For Planned Parenthood, Abortion Is a Black and White Issue

    December 11, 2014
    Believe it or not, the biggest killer in the black community isn't heart disease or diabetes. It's abortion. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. In the aftermath of Ferguson, plenty of people said they were worried about the violence against African-Americans. But unfortunately, a lot of those same people were turning their backs on the biggest culprit of all: abortion. Planned Parenthood, one of the profiteers of that violence, continued its scam as a defender of minorities when it tweeted the hashtag "BlackLivesMatter." To pro-lifers, it was either cruel, ironic, or both. After all, the only reason black lives matter to Planned Parenthood is the money they represent. A whopping 94% of its clinics are built in minority neighborhoods. Why? Because they know that 40% of all black pregnancies end in abortion-and their clinics want to be the first to cash in. If black lives really mattered to Planned Parenthood, then let's face it: they'd stop targeting them. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Fire Chief's Rights Go Up in Smoke

    December 10, 2014
    Atlanta's Kelvin Cochran may be a fireman, but a new controversy proves he's not fireproof. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. In the debate over religious liberty, the case of one local fire chief isn't dousing the flames, it's fanning them. Chief Cochran wrote a book on biblical sexuality-and he'll have plenty of time to promote it, now that he's suspended from his job. City officials claim he doesn't have a right to talk about his beliefs or give his book away to coworkers. Even the Mayor blasted the Chief, insisting that he wouldn't "tolerate discrimination of any kind..." But when did holding a mainstream religious view become discrimination? So much so, that Cochran is losing a month's pay and undergoing "sensitivity training." Obviously, Mayor Reed's message is that city employees have to check their beliefs at the door of public service. And if Americans don't stand up and demand their First Amendment rights, this fire chief's career won't be the only one that's extinguished. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Oklahoma Not OK for New Bible Course

    December 09, 2014
    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)
  • Thanksgiving Regs Just Gravy for This White House

    December 08, 2014
    Turkeys weren't the only thing getting stuffed at Thanksgiving. So were the government's rulebooks. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. "Good gravy," was all political experts could say. If you're wondering what was on the White House menu for Thanksgiving week, try legislating. While everyone else was hitting the roads for the holiday, the President was hitting the books-adding a whopping 3,415 new regulations to government agencies. And these aren't insignificant changes either. They affect everything from greenhouse gas policies to labor rules. Even liberals like Matt Schudtz think it's ridiculous that the administration is trying to slip these changes past when nobody's looking. "It's become an unfortunate tradition of this administration and others to drop these regulatory agendas late on a Friday and right before a holiday," he said. The American people were clear on Election Day that they were fed up with this administration's agenda. This Thanksgiving, there's no appetite for lawlessness! For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Left Zooms in on Photographers' Values

    December 05, 2014
    If there's anything photographers dread, it's negative exposure. And in California, one couple got plenty of it. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Their business was called UrLoved, but owners Nang and Chris Mai sure didn't feel much love after a brush with same-sex "marriage." Like other wedding vendors, the photographers turned down a job for a gay ceremony-and they've been paying for it ever since. After a Facebook smear campaign, they took to their website to explain that since their morals wouldn't give, their business would have to. "We have been flooded with hate calls, emails, and accusations that inaccurately depict our business," they wrote. "On top of that, we have come to a difficult decision that we will no longer be in the wedding photography business." Like many Christians, the Mais know that the marriage debate isn't just about love-it's about liberty and livelihoods too. And until more Americans get the big picture, these photographers won't be the only ones getting cropped. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Saving Trees or Saving Souls?

    December 04, 2014
    The Left's been preaching climate change forever-and now, they want local pastors to join in! Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. They call it the "rain tax." In Maryland, it's the ridiculous levy leaders invented to take advantage of Maryland property owners. And in PG County, the loophole to get out of it is raining down something else: criticism. Under a new rule, Maryland will waive the fee for churches if pastors launch a "green" ministry. That means everything from planting trees to delivering environmentally-friendly sermons. People everywhere are shocked. For starters, the rain tax shouldn't have applied to nonprofits in the first place. But the government should never, under any circumstances, be dictating what the church is preaching. That's the worst violation of the separation of church and state there is! Obviously, every congregation should care about preserving His creation. But when God said he makes us to lie down in green pastures, He didn't say anything about bowing to government in the process! For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Abortion Funding: Out of Site, Out of Mind

    December 03, 2014
    It may be the season of giving-but abortion isn't a gift most taxpayers had in mind! Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Remember "we have to pass ObamaCare to find out what's in it?" Well, now, "you have to buy it to find out what's in it." And what's in it, the government says, is exactly what FRC warned about: taxpayer-funded abortion. The good news is that pro-lifers have options. The bad news is that they didn't know what those were-until now. Together with the Charlotte Lozier Institute, FRC is putting the spotlight on the ObamaCare exchanges. We're launching a special website designed to tell you what the administration won't: which state plans include abortion. At ObamaCareAbortion.com, users can search through insurance carriers to find out which ones cover abortion on demand and which don't. Thanks to this website, the White House won't have the luxury of fooling Americans much longer. So check out ObamaCareAbortion.com and make sure you're informed before you're insured! (More Details)
  • Happy Holidaze, from Maryland

    December 02, 2014
    In Maryland, one local school district is making the Grinch look like an amateur! Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Christmas has officially been cancelled in Montgomery County, thanks to some not-so-wise men in charge of the local schedule. Last month, the Board voted to wipe the calendar clean of all religious holidays-regardless of how widely celebrated they may be! Christmas, Easter, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and others were all part of the politically-correct casualties. "By stripping the names of [these holidays]" one Muslim mom complained, "they've alienated other communities now, and we are no step closer to equality." Unfortunately, this should have never been about "equality" or diversity. It's about honoring America's cultural and Christian heritage. That doesn't mean ignoring other religions -- but it also doesn't mean surrendering our identity to a small minority either. Parents need to rise up against this political correctness. Maybe then we can celebrate a silent night for censorship! For more, go to TonyPerkins.com (More Details)
  • Without a Vision

    November 28, 2014
    Where there is no vision, the people perish. Americans have been shocked to see the brutality and barbarism of the Islamic militants of ISIS, and they've been stunned by the revelations that radicalized Americans have joined their ranks and taken up the cause of the Caliphate. (More Details)
  • In 1620 or 2014, Plenty of Reason for Thanks

    November 27, 2014
    A lot of us are probably too upset about the turkeys in Washington to focus on the ones at Thanksgiving! Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. After the last few years, I know a lot of Americans are probably asking what we have to be thankful for. I'm sure the Pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving were wondering the same thing. They'd traveled across the ocean on a ship the size of a volleyball court. And in the cold, nearly half died. But even in the hard times, the Pilgrims understood that they were a part of God's great plan. I know that ObamaCare, same-sex "marriage," and attacks on religious freedom weren't what we'd hoped for from this President. But in times like these, we have to keep an eternal perspective. The White House might reject the values that have sustained America-but one administration isn't going to change the sovereignty of God or his timeless truths. And as far as I'm concerned, that's plenty of reason to give thanks. (More Details)
  • Fish Controversy a Red Herring

    November 26, 2014
    At one Missouri war memorial, people are mourning a new loss-of religious liberty. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Desert Storm may be over, but the firestorm over two of its casualties isn't. When Marsha and William Connor buried their son, Patrick, they had no idea that 22 years later, they'd have to fight for the same rights he died defending. Two decades after Boone County built a monument to the Navy Lieutenant; Americans United for the Separation of Church and State is intent on desecrating it. Under pressure from the atheist group, local officials agreed to cover up the Christian "ichthus." Like a lot of people, William Connor is upset. "The memorial stood for 22 years with the fish symbol facing Walnut Street. But after a group from Washington complained, we suddenly cower in our boots and spend money and time and labor" to cover it, he said. Burying a child was enough. They shouldn't have to bury his beliefs along with him. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Kellogg's Politics: A Cereal Killer?

    November 25, 2014
    In the culture wars, at least one cereal company is going against the grain. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. There's no sugar-coating the changes at Frosted Flakes. Last month, shoppers were surprised to see Tony the Tiger pitching more than cereal at last month's Atlanta Gay Pride Parade. "Wear your stripes with pride," the signs said, as the long-time mascot stood next to the rainbow letters with a familiar grin on his face. When people complained, Kellogg's said the company is "evolving" and wants to embrace "employees' sexual orientation and gender expression." But respecting people's choices and publicly celebrating homosexuality are two very different things. Kellogg's didn't need to pick sides in the debate and alienate half the country just to prove it had compassion. And it certainly didn't need to take a beloved cartoon and turn it into a mascot for a controversial cause. It's time for companies like Kellogg's to stop flaking out-and focus on their products-not politics. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Making Womb for Motherhood

    November 24, 2014
    If you want to know where the real war on women is, try India. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Twenty-three dollars. For the desperate women of India, that's how much their fertility is worth. Worried about overcrowding, officials are launching government-run health camps to sterilize as many women as possible-whether they want the procedure or not. Earlier this month, the international community was shocked to read the horror stories coming out of makeshift health clinics, where doctors were performing 80 sterilizations a day-50 more than the law allows. By the end of a single day, the medical conditions were so awful that 12 women were dead, dozens more were hospitalized, and 13 were fighting for their lives. "They said nothing would happen. It was minor surgery," said one victim's brother. But there's nothing minor about the exploitation of women. This isn't family planning, it's family ending. And the sooner our country gets that message, the better it can help others. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Global Warming: Another Titanic Disaster

    November 21, 2014
    What do the Titanic and global warming have in common? Nothing -- except the ending. (More Details)
  • Truck Ministry Fuels Goodwill for Troops

    November 19, 2014
    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)
  • On Election Day, Marriage Is Still Elect-ric!

    November 18, 2014
    Republican voters don't just support natural marriage-they expect their candidates to! Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Forget what the media's saying. If there is a cultural shift on marriage, you could've fooled us. In exit polls across America, voters made it clear they aren't budging on an institution that the courts are so anxious to redefine. When asked, seven out of every 10 voters in Louisiana and Arkansas said they opposed same-sex "marriage." More than 55% in Georgia, South Carolina, and Ohio agreed-and elected leaders who reflected those views. In North Carolina, new Senator Thom Tillis knows how important natural marriage is-because he owes his seat to it! Tillis was trailing in his race until he promised to defend the state's marriage amendment. So what's all this talk about marriage being dead? As plenty of candidates will tell you, supporting marriage doesn't just put you on the right side of history-but the right side of the win column too! For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Hanging Hymn out to Dry in Colorado

    November 17, 2014
    "Amazing Grace" was not so sweet a sound to administrators at Pine Creek High School. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Singing grace didn't result in grace for Senior Chase Windebank. The Colorado student was hauled into the principal's office for daring to pray and sing hymns during regular school hours. "He was told that he could no longer pray with his fellow students during free time because of the separation of church and state," said Alliance Defending Freedom. To drive their point home, school officials hauled Chase back in the next day to reiterate that his First Amendment rights didn't apply during school hours. No one seems to know why Pine Creek decided to crack down on the gatherings. What we do know is that it's unconstitutional censorship. "Students have the right to pray during the school day," ADF explains. It's ironic. In class, we teach kids to embrace their freedom. Of course, it would help if Pine Creek's principal knew what that meant. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Smithsonian Has LGBT Agenda Down to a Fine Art

    November 14, 2014
    At the Smithsonian's museums, the only thing on display is political correctness. Is it the Museum of Natural History or Unnatural History? You can't blame people for asking after the Smithsonian's decision to add a special exhibit on the LGBT movement. (More Details)
  • Global Warming or Global Warring?

    November 13, 2014
    At the Weather Channel, the forecast isn't exactly sunny for the global warming crowd. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. There's a 100% chance of skepticism on climate change, as far as the Weather Channel's John Coleman is concerned. The long-time meteorologist didn't pull any punches on CNN, where he called the movement a "whole lot of baloney." The only thing that's heating up, Coleman says, is the debate. "[The media] says [there's] a consensus," he argued. "Well, there is no consensus in science. Science isn't a vote. Science is about facts... [and] science is on my side... Hello everybody! There is no global warming!" As someone who's studied weather patterns, Coleman's opinion is an important one. "Climate change is not happening. There is no significant, man-made global warming now, there hasn't been any in the past, and there's no reason to expect any in the future." The more people hear experts like this, the more fair-weathered friends the Left will have! For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Raiders of the Playground Ark

    November 12, 2014
    On one Delaware playground, the religious bullying is in full swing! Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. In Newark, they're saying "no ark" for local kids, thanks to Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. The atheist group is targeting a local playground for a display they say is unconstitutional. Officials say the Noah-themed display had been at the park for years, and it wasn't until a couple of grandparents complained that they considered taking it down. With help from the atheist group, they sent a letter demanding the piece's removal. And remove it they did-despite the fact that it didn't cross the line of church and state separation. If people are offended Noah's story, I'm sure there are plenty of other playgrounds to choose from! In the meantime, it's just another example of the intolerance liberals claim to oppose. Unless we stand up for our freedom, this playground won't be the only see-saw battle for the First Amendment. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Apple Fritters Away Influence with Polarizing Views

    November 11, 2014
    Apple's old logo was colored by the rainbow-and it looks like their top management still is. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Talk about upsetting the Apple cart! When Tim Cook announced that he's gay, the CEO of America's biggest tech company grabbed plenty of headlines. As far as I'm concerned, Cook's sexuality only became an issue when he made it one and announced that he'd use his business for radical activism. See, when companies get involved in cultural battles, every consumer is forced to take part. As conservatives, we aren't looking for businesses to take our side. We don't want them to take either side! Of course, Tim Cook has every right to express his views. But consumers have rights too-including the right to respond. As Christians, we're called to be good stewards God's money. And apps like 2nd Vote and Faith-Driven Consumer help shoppers do exactly that. Because let's face it, money talks. And you can bet corporate America is listening. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • We Love Jesus, So Sioux Us!

    November 10, 2014
    Students in South Dakota wanted to paint plows-not get plowed by political correctness. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Winter is just around the corner, but locals are already taking a cold hard look at religious liberty. As part of the Sioux Falls annual "Paint the Plow" contest, students from Lutheran High School used their art to talk about faith. "Happy birthday, Jesus" was on one, and then a takeoff on the Coke logo was another. That didn't sit well with an atheist group called the Siouxland Freethinkers who demanded the city repaint the plows. Overnight, the debate snowballed-hitting the city council, the high school-even the mayor's office. And so far, the consensus is to fight back. "We are not going to be painting over those... plow blades," Mayor Mike Huether told a local radio station. "Unless, I guess, I get some Supreme Court case that says I have to." Maybe by then, the tensions will have thawed! For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Christian Rapper Changes Her Tune on Sexuality

    November 07, 2014
    Hip-hop artist Jackie Hill-Perry is used to getting a bad rap. But lately, the critics have nothing to do with her music. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. She may be a famous musician, but Jackie is putting the real spotlight on her faith. After being sexually abused at a young age, Jackie turned to homosexuality. That all changed one day, when the 25-year-old said God spoke to her and told her to repent. She did, and now the once-regular at gay pride parades is married and pregnant. But that doesn't mean the culture's happy about it. "I think we've made God very little if we believe that He can't change people," she said. "If He can make a... galaxy... how can He simply not change my desires?" While she gets heat from both sides, Jackie says, "The true church of Jesus Christ will stick to the Scriptures." In the meantime, this brave musician is quite content being God's instrument-for change. For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)
  • Puerto Rico Oceans Apart from U.S. on Marriage

    November 06, 2014
    Puerto Rico may be a little island, but it made a big splash in last month's marriage debate. Hi, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Puerto Rico is separated from the U.S. by a lot more than miles. In a rare bit of good news in the courts, a federal judge shocked everyone by actually upholding marriage law. Unlike American courts, this one called marriage "the fundamental unit of the political order," and said "the very survival of the political order depends on... [it]." Tired of the P.C.-first mentality, the court said, "It is demeaning to the democratic process to presume that the voters are not capable of deciding an issue of this sensitivity on decent and rational grounds." After all, if the people can't be trusted to decide marriage, what can they be trusted to decide? Once the courts start substituting their own views for voters', every issue is fair game. At least in Puerto Rico, ignoring the law doesn't come with the territory! For more, go to TonyPerkins.com. (More Details)