Family Research Council

Social Conservative Review: July 1, 2016

July 01, 2016

The power of prayer is an amazing thing. On a recent Delta Airlines flight, football star Tim Tebow prayed with and comforted the family of a man who suffered a heart attack during the flight. This witness of prayer to a family in need is an inspiring example of how we are all called to share our faith in a personal way with others. As Tebow explained in an interview this past February, “Our purpose is to bring faith, hope and love to those in their darkest hour of need. And those people are everywhere. You just have to open your eyes to see them.”

Even if we are not physically present during traumatic events, believers are still called to pray in a personal way for those in their darkest hour from afar. Let us remember in a particular way those who have lost their lives in the recent terrorist attacks in Orlando and Istanbul. If possible, pray for the victims by name as well as for the comfort of their families. This personal and specific prayer adds power and meaning to our efforts in finding healing from horrific events that we may leave us feeling hopeless and helpless. As Christ said in Mark 11:24, “I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours.”

FRC is making prayer a priority. Please join in our 8th annual Call2Fall National Prayer Movement. We are asking pastors and churches to consider setting aside time during worship on Sunday, July 3rd to call their people to get on their knees before the Lord in prayer and ask Him to restore and renew our country.

Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family, and may you have a happy and blessed 4th of July.


Dan Hart
Managing Editor for Publications
Family Research Council



Religious Liberty

"Free to Believe"

How Can Gay Rights and Religious Freedom Coexist? With Free Association – Ramona TauszThe Federalist

Kim Davis Notifies Court New Kentucky Law Resolves Her Case – Liberty Counsel

Wyoming town tells court: Let our judge serve! – The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Are Christians Too Focused on Religious Liberty These Days? – Trevin WaxThe Gospel Coalition


Military Religious Freedom

8th Army warns against endorsements of religion after Bible complaint – Kim Gamel, Stars and Stripes

Air Force Base Silences Veteran for Using the Word ‘God’ in a Retirement Speech – Leah Jessen, The Daily Signal


Religious Liberty in the public square

Pastor Vows to Fight Back If Colorado Springs Bans His Jesus Ads Bus Benches – Anugrah KumarThe Christian Post

Two Tales of Freedom – Matthew FranckTouchstone

California Bill Would Strip Religious Exemptions from Most Christian Colleges – Steve Weatherbe and John Jalsevac,LifeSiteNews

Vicious Anti-Christian State Action is Legal in the 9th Circuit – David French, National Review

The Other Campus Free Speech Problem – Mary Eberstadt, The Federalist




Meet the Woman Who Wants to Take Down Planned Parenthood – Robin Marty, Cosmopolitan

The Gosnell Memory Hole – Jonathan S. Tobin, Commentary

Birth Control via App Finds Footing Under Political Radar – Pam Belluck, The New York Times

Even Christian Pharmacists Have to Stock Plan B – Emma GreenThe Atlantic

Persecution of Pro-Life Doctors Isn’t Limited to Cuba. It Happens Here – Chuck Donovan, Daniel Engler, The Daily Signal

Pro-life Optimism after Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt – Michael J. New, National Review

Charge Dismissed Against Pro-life Investigator David Daleiden – Ben Johnson, LifeSiteNews

Developing a whole-life, pro-life ethic in our churches – Josh Howerton, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission



Surprised by Adoption: A Doubtful Dad Learns “God Works Out the Details” – Zoe Romanowsky, Aleteia

The Agony and Joy of Waiting for Matthew – Steve Kroeker, Desiring God

Meet the Man Who Has Helped 2,100 Families (and Counting!) Afford Adoption: 'Every Child Deserves a Family' – Tiare Dunlap, People



Family wins Reprieve as Hospital Seeks to Remove Life Support from 2-year-old Daughter – Lisa Bourne, LifeSiteNews

Quadriplegic Speaks Out After Pro-Euthanasia Film Uses His Story Without Permission – Fr. Mark Hodges, LifeSiteNews

The Splendor of Suffering: The Missing Element in the Euthanasia Debate – Claire ChretienLifeSiteNews

Be Wary of the Magical, Hyped-Up Claims About DNA & ndash; Heather Zeiger, The Stream



Republicans Offer a Plan to Replace Obamacare – Russell Berman, The Atlantic

Obama Administration Coy on Expanding Obamacare to California Illegal Immigrants – Fred Lucas, The Daily Signal

Ryan’s Way – Paul Howard, City Journal



Family Economics

11 Million Spent Half of Their Income on Rent. Why the Government Is to Blame – Patrick Tyrrell, The Daily Signal

Social Security Programs Face Depletion in Near Future – Romina Boccia, Rachel Greszler,The Daily Signal

How Obama’s Overtime Rules will Hurt Disabled Children – Eric Peterson, The Federalist

Entitlement Reform Remains an Absolute Necessity – James C. Capretta, Ethics & Public Policy Center

No, Social Security’s Annual Report Doesn’t Show that we Should Expand Benefits – Veronique de Rugy, National Review



Millennial Dads Are All In When It Comes to Parenting – Philip Kosloski, Aleteia

Many Christians Have a 'Toxic' View of Marriage, No Longer See It as Lifelong Commitment, EPPC Director Says – Brandon Showalter, The Christian Post

Why Do Some Marriages Thrive While Others Merely Survive? – Greg and Julie GormanThe Christian Post

The Father Factor: Two-parent families make a stronger America – James Lankford and Russell Moore, The Washington Times

The Consequences of Single-Mother Households – Janice Shaw Crouse, The American Spectator


Human Sexuality

Yes, we should apologize to homosexual people, and a lot of others – David Mills, Aleteia

Number of Teenagers Having Sex Has Dramatically Declined – Valerie Huber, The Daily Signal

Schools That Distribute Free Condoms Have Higher Teen Birth Rates: Study – Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNews

Christian Humility and Sexual Orientation – Timothy Kirchoff, Ethika Politika

Rape Culture and Hookup Culture are Two Sides of the Same Coin – Joseph Turner, The Federalist

How Androgynous Bathrooms Ruin Social Cohesion, and Women Can Restore It – Joy Pullmann, The Federalist


Human Trafficking

When Pimps and Abusers Target Children, Planned Parenthood Helps Them Do It – Adam PetersLifeSiteNews

It’s Time the US Military Step Up the Fight Against Child Sexual Abuse in Afghanistan – Joseph Williams, American Center for Law and Justice

Number of Victims Rescued From Human Trafficking Almost Doubled in 2016 – Olivia Enos, The Daily Signal



New Gallup Poll: How Accepted is Pornography in America – National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Soft-core Porn Viewers Unlikely to have Positive Views Towards Women: Study – Claire ChretienLifeSiteNews

Why Real Love is Sexier Than Porn – Fight the New Drug

5 Ways Barnes & Noble is Facilitating Sexual Exploitation – National Center on Sexual Exploitation