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On Wednesday’s edition of “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins” Director of Litigation for Liberty Institute, Hiram Sasser, joins Tony to discuss the risky impact these business leaders could have by speaking out against state Religious Freedom Restoration Acts. It is likely they could drive Christian employees away from their businesses. Former Arkansas governor and author of the new book, God, Gun’s, Grits, and Gravy, Mike Huckabee, is here with his analysis surrounding Arkansas RFRA, after the Indiana firestorm, it seems like Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson is getting cold feet. Also, Arkansas state Senator and sponsor of their Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Bart Hester is here with the latest inside information on what exactly is happening in his state surrounding his legislation.

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You've heard by now that last week, Indiana passed its Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which protects people who live their daily lives according to their faith against government discrimination. The anti-faith Left went ballistic, asserting that the bill promoted discrimination - something that it does not do. The Indiana law -- like the federal RFRA that was signed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, and RFRAs in 19 other states -- reflects polling that shows 81% of Americans support the freedom to live out one's beliefs.

Angie's List, a company that lists crowd-sourced recommendations for local services, decided that religious freedom wasn't good for business and has threatened to suspend plans to expand its Indianapolis headquarters because of the passage of the law.

The company's CEO, Bill Oesterle, told the Washington Post that, "We believe that the impacts of that bill on our ability to hire and continue to build a high-growth technology company are material and are inconsistent with the state's activities to encourage growth."

Bottom line: Angie's List takes the position that religious freedom is bad for business.

We, on the other hand, think freedom is the foundation for good business. Businesses that ... (more)

FRC Statement on Governor Mike Pence's Proposed Change to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins released the following statement in response to Indiana Governor Mike Pence's news conference this morning:
 
 "The governor addressed the complete falsehood that RFRA is about denying people a seat in a restaurant or a room at a hotel. Christians would never deny people these services but being forced to participate in a ceremony that violates religious beliefs is completely un-American and uncivil...
 
"RFRAs are not intended to nor have they ever been used to deny anyone non-religious goods or services. We support such a clarification making clear RFRA does not impact non-religious goods or services."

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by Arina Grossu

Family Research Council's (FRC) Center for Human Dignity has published "What Science Reveals about Fetal Pain," an updated analysis paper presenting more than 30 scientific studies, testimonies, medical evidence, and real life experiences that demonstrate that an unborn child can feel pain by 20 weeks post-fertilization. Visit frc.org/fetalpain to read the full analysis:[1] - Late abortion is excruciatingly painful for the unborn child, regardless of the method, and it should not be legally sanctioned. - The state has a compelling ... (more)

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Psychological Association Delivers 'Snake Oil' Sociology In Latest Brief on Marriage

by Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell is Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment at Family Research Council. This article appeared in The Christian Post on March 27, 2015. The American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Sociological Association (ASA) submitted friend of the Court briefs in the Windsor case. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. If the Windsor Court majority relied on those briefs, it was reliant on snake oil, not science. The APA and the ASA should be the guardians of ... (more)

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How are clergy protected from being forced to perform same-sex marriages?

by Travis Weber

Federal-Level Protections Churches and ministers have solid protection under the First Amendment. At time of publication, there is no appreciable risk that clergy would be compelled by a court to host or perform a same-sex ceremony. Federal Constitution The First Amendment - Free Exercise and Establishment Clause In Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & Sch. v. E.E.O.C., 132 S. Ct. 694 (2012), the Supreme Court held that "religious organizations" are protected in being able to hire and fire the ministers they want under the ... (more)