Family Research Council

July 15, 2013 - Monday

From Generation X to Generation XXX

Most students don't need to sneak around to see soft pornography -- they just have to show up to class! In a world where sex education is as graphic as it gets, kids are being introduced to adult subjects from an earlier and earlier age. This generation of teenagers is growing up with both television so explicit it makes their parents blush and an Internet that's the closest thing to a 24-hour free peep show. It's no wonder that more teenagers are coming of age in a culture where pornography is not only accessible -- but acceptable. Politicians and athletes who would have been disgraced by sexual scandals just a few years ago are quickly forgiven and rewarded with television contracts, new campaigns, or big name sports endorsements. Adult entertainment, once confined to magazines and videos, is flourishing in the dark corners of technology where young people spend most of their time.

For college students, the use of pornography is especially problematic. Away from home and surrounded by friends, co-eds are incredibly susceptible to an addiction that can destroy their education, their relationships, and their future. FRC's Dr. Pat Fagan is tackling this tough topic this Wednesday, July 17 in a special lecture at our headquarters (801 G Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001), "Porn in the Dorm: The Impact of Pornography on College Campus Life." The discussion kicks off at noon (ET), and we strongly encourage you to tune in and learn how you can combat the lure of "visual sex." This event is too important to miss! If you're not in the D.C. area, click over to our website to watch the event online at no charge. Or you can register to attend in person.

Saved by the Bill

Remember in the 1990s when the mantra from pro-abortionists was "safe, legal and rare?" That conflicting credo (How can any abortion be considered "safe" when a life is always destroyed?) has finally fallen by the wayside. As pro-women legislators across the country try to pass laws that require abortion facilities to abide by the same standards as other surgical centers, the pro-abortion movement is outraged.

After a bitter three weeks, all eyes were on Texas as the state senate finally passed a bill that not only banned abortions after 20 weeks, but also required all abortions to take place at surgical centers -- and all doctors performing them to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. But while the media was busy complaining about the non-existent "war on women," the war on civility went completely unreported.

A local television station, KETK, found that the pro-abortion crowd was prepared to rain down more than noise on pro-life legislators and demonstrators. "DPS officers have thus far discovered one jar suspected to contain urine, 18 jars suspected to contain feces, and three bottles suspected to contain paint. All of these items -- as well as significant quantities of feminine hygiene products, glitter, and confetti possessed by individuals -- were required to be discarded; otherwise those individuals were denied entry into the gallery." Other pro-aborts were seen on video chanting 'hail Satan' in an attempt to drown out peaceful pro-lifers singing Amazing Grace.

Meanwhile, at a women's "health care" clinic in Fairfax, Virginia, President Obama's pro-abortion friends suffered another defeat. There, a facility that performed more abortions than any other location in the state (over 6,500 babies have been aborted in Fairfax in the last two years), has closed -- thanks to similar legislation in Virginia and action by the local city council. Much like a law I passed when I was in the Louisiana state legislature, the Texas and Virginia measures have the potential to save thousands of lives and protect women's health.

And while we celebrate these hard-fought victories, as Christians, we can't stop there. Churches and congregations across America need to support the local efforts of pregnancy resource centers and adoption agencies so that every woman knows that there are plenty of alternatives when they choose life. For a firsthand account of the drama in Texas, don't miss FRC intern Hannah Solem's new post on The Cloakroom Blog, "Life Is Beautiful."

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As the victory for life in Texas shows, standing for truth is not always easy -- but it's always worth it! For over 30 years, Family Research Council has stood firm on Capitol Hill, in many state battles, and in the public square. Our dedicated staff's mission is to advance faith, family, and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview. All of our efforts are made possible thanks to the faithful support of friends like you.

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** Generations have passed since America's brave soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy -- but one thing remains the same: the deep and abiding faith of our nation's troops. FRC's Ken Blackwell talks about the military's proud tradition, and the importance of preserving it, in his new Breitbart piece, "Defending the Religious Liberty of Those Who Defend Us."


Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.

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