Family Research Council

September 24, 2013 - Tuesday

Mark Levin Steps behind the Mic -- at VVS!

What's better than listening to Mark Levin in the evening?  Hearing him live at the Values Voter Summit!  In two weeks, FRC Action and its cosponsors are proud to welcome back best-selling author, top-rated radio host, and preeminent constitutional lawyer Mark Levin.  A fixture in the movement, Mark has been motivating and mobilizing conservatives for the last decade -- bringing his trademark wit and commentary to bear on the day's biggest topics.

Join Mark and a slew of crowd favorites at next month's Values Voter Summit in D.C.  Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Gov. Mike Huckabee, Dr. Ben Carson, Sen. Rick Santorum, Reps. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), Allen West, Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Steve Scalise (R-La.), Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), Joel Rosenberg, the Duggar Family, Lila Rose, and Star Parker are all headlining what looks to be one of the best Summit line-ups yet!

For three days in October (11-13), men and women from across the country who share your passion for life, marriage, religious liberty, and limited government will join forces at the Omni Shoreham Hotel for a weekend meant to encourage and rejuvenate the conservative movement.  Don't miss your chance to be where the action is!  Tickets are just $99 for adults and free scholarships are available for students. So what are you waiting for? Make plans now to join us in October. Click over to ValuesVoterSummit.org or call 877-372-2808.

Football's Firing the Kickoff to Controversy

Sportscaster Craig James is used to being on the sidelines for games. But he's not going to stay there when it comes to his First Amendment rights. For the first time since his shocking ouster at Fox Sports, the former NFL standout spoke publicly about the story everyone should be talking about. In an exclusive with Breitbart News, the former broadcaster couldn't believe that his views on marriage -- which he never once expressed on air -- would disqualify him from breaking down football plays -- or any other job.

"I was shocked that my personal religious beliefs were not only the reason for Fox Sports firing me, but I was completely floored when I read stories quoting Fox Sports representatives essentially saying that people of faith are banned from working at Fox Sports." James went on, "I have worked in broadcasting for 24 years and have always treated my colleagues with respect and dignity regardless of their background or personal beliefs.  I believe it is essential in our business to maintain professional relationships with people from a diverse background and have tolerance for those of different beliefs.  I have never discussed my faith while broadcasting, and it has never been an issue until now."

After a single day on the job, James was called into management's office and sacked. "The reason, said [Fox Sports Southwest's Jon] Heidtke, was that somebody higher up in the chain of command had been made aware of James's comments during his unsuccessful 2012 Senate run about gay marriage" -- comments that happened to be echoed by the voters of Texas and the majority of Americans!

What Fox Sports did is much worse than censorship. What Fox Sports is doing is demanding conformity on issues that aren't even relevant to James's job -- then threatening his livelihood when he refuses.  That's not your garden variety viewpoint discrimination; it's ideological terrorism.  And it has to stop.

Fortunately, our friends at Liberty Institute are already taking steps to ensure that it does. Attorneys representing Craig James have fired off a letter to the network outlining the potential religious harassment lawsuit that awaits if Fox Sports doesn't reinstate the popular football commentator.  "Craig James believes that he, as a Christian, is called to love everyone regardless of their sexual orientation. [He] simply wants to receive the same tolerance for his religious beliefs that he himself practices toward others."

We'll see if Fox agrees.  In the meantime, if you haven't contacted the network to protest James's firing and its implications for every faithful American, click here.

Senate Deals with the Elephants in the Room...

Before today's Senate policy lunch, leaders already had a lot on their plate.  One hundred forty-four hours away from an overhyped government shutdown, Republicans broke bread in hopes of breaking through a deal on ObamaCare. For now, the clock is ticking on the Senate, which is now considering the House's continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government and defund the President's health care law.

While Senate conservatives are taking their stand, the GOP establishment is having difficulty managing the situation.  Why?  Because the political landscape of America has changed.  The grassroots are not only enraged but engaged. I've heard from Senate offices yesterday and today that their phones are being overwhelmed with calls.  The average American family is tired of hearing about the art of making deals (which has led to $17 trillion in debt); a demoralized military that's become the President's battlefield for the deconstruction of America's moral foundation; and an embarrassing standing in the international community that's not only put Russia's president at the head of the class of world leaders, but made our nation vulnerable; and more.

Yes, President Obama and his allies are to blame for leading America down this path, but the Republican establishment has served as enablers in America's slow descent.  This is a tipping point in the history of our nation. More voters than ever -- 53% -- oppose ObamaCare (41% of them very strongly). Like us, they know that the President's law is a freedom-crushing, abortion-funding, debt-inducing, job-killing disaster.  If the Senate fails to act, our country is just six days away from open enrollment in a policy that could be the nation's downfall.

It's time for true leadership that can rescue America from the brink.  I stand with Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and a host of conservative leaders in the House who forced the reluctant GOP leadership to do what they've been talking about for four years: stop President Obama from plunging America into socialism.

Rotten to the Common Core?

Common Core.It's a national curriculum so controversial that one parent was arrested simply for speaking out against it. This week, Robert Small sat in on a Maryland State Board of Education meeting in hopes of raising concerns about the universal standards and its affect on student assessments. When Small rose to voice his objections, a security guard shoved Small and tried to remove him from the meeting, later charging him with second-degree assault (only to drop those charges when the story began getting national attention). It was just the latest flare-up over the national consortium that aims to inject more government into statewide education decisions.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 25, FRC will try to unpack the problems with this latest government takeover in a special policy lecture, "Common Core: The Dangers of Federal Power in Education."  Maureen Van Den Berg of American Association of Christian Schools and Dr. Allan Carlson, President of The Howard Center, will join us at noon at FRC headquarters (801 G Street, NW, Washington, D.C.) to explain the policy and what it means for your children. Register today by clicking here!


** If you watch Fox News, chances are you saw some familiar faces these past two days. Sunday, FRC's Peter Sprigg joined "FOX & Friends" to debate school spankings. Yesterday afternoon, I joined Shannon Bream on "America Live" to discuss the latest regarding Senior Master Sergeant Phillip Monk, who was read his Miranda rights for publicly supporting natural marriage. Click the video below to watch.

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*** Now it's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' for Christians, says FRC's General Jerry Boykin in a special profile piece for CNSNews.com. Check it out here.


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

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