Family Research Council

April 29, 2013 - Monday

Silencing the Cavalry over Calvary?

The Obama Pentagon may not have been responsible for blocking the Southern Baptist Convention website, but there's no mistaking their involvement in the military's latest anti-Christian offensive. (Emphasis on the word "offensive!") In an absolute stunner, the Pentagon is meeting with Mikey Weinstein--a man who compared Christian evangelism to "rape"--to vet its new instructional guide on religious tolerance in the military.

Weinstein, who heads up the cross-crushing, prayer-prosecuting Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), is the same man who just published a blistering rant calling evangelicals "fundamentalist Christian monsters." (And that's the nice part!) "We must," he writes, "vigorously support the continuing efforts to expose pathologically anti-gay, Islamophobic, and rabidly intolerant agitators for what they are: die-hard enemies of the United States Constitution. Monsters, one and all. To do any less would be to roll out a red carpet to those who would usher in a blood-drenched, draconian era of persecutions, nationalistic militarism, and superstitious theocracy."

And this is the man the Pentagon heeded to create its policy on faith? An anti-Christian militant who's threatened by gift collections for needy children? Based on what we know of the document, which has yet to be distributed, the regulations have Weinstein's fingerprints all over it. Among other things, the Washington Post explains, it threatens to treat service members caught witnessing as enemies of the state. "Leaders at all levels," the document says, "must avoid the actual or apparent use of their position to promote their personal religious beliefs to their subordinates or to extend preferential treatment for any religion." Non-compliance, the Pentagon suggests, even from ordained chaplains could result in court-martialing on a case-by-case basis.

Sally Quinn, who highlighted Weinstein's meeting with the military's brass, quoted MRFF Board member Larry Wilkerson comparing the act of rape to sharing the Gospel. "Sexual assault and proselytizing are absolutely destructive of the bonds that keep soldiers together... This is a national security threat," Wilkerson insisted. "What is happening [aside from sexual assault] is spiritual rape. And what the Pentagon needs to understand is that it is sedition and treason. It should be punished." As Wilkerson probably knows, the punishment for treason in America is death. Are we to assume that MRFF would be lobbying for that as well?

To say that their quotes are outrageous is an understatement. But to hear that the Obama administration is not only meeting with--but taking counsel from--these men is downright shocking. It's an insult to our Constitution, and it's an insult to the men and women in uniform--many of whom subscribe to the "putrid theology" that he claims "directly threatens the national security of our beautiful nation." And the military wonders why people would jump to conclusions about the blocking of the SBC website? Like us, they understand that these aren't "isolated incidents." These episodes of religious persecution are spreading through the branches of the military like a disease. "God help us," writes FRC's Ken Klukowski, "when someone with such visceral hatred of conservative Christians--literally tens of millions of Americans--who says sharing the gospel is 'spiritual rape' is helping develop policies for how to deal with Christians in the military."

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Congress that these attacks on Christians "shouldn't be happening." This is his opportunity to do something about it. It's time for every freedom-loving American to demand the end of this administration's war on religious liberty. Click here to sign our petition to Secretary Hagel!

The King's Speech to Planned Parenthood

President Obama's speech to Planned Parenthood on Friday was more than 1,600 words--but not one of them was "abortion." If verbal gymnastics were a sport, the President could have medaled for his pep talk to the country's largest abortion profiteer! His speech, the first to Planned Parenthood by a sitting President, was surprisingly affectionate toward a group that's currently in court for defrauding Medicaid, botching abortions, and overbilling the government for birth control. What's more, the President spoke to Planned Parenthood even though its staff knew about Kermit Gosnell's butcher shop and refused to report it.

Among other things, he praised the group for "providing quality health care to women across America" and lamented the fact that pro-lifers were fighting to make that "care" safe. "...[A]fter decades of progress, there's still those who want to turn back the clock to policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century. And they've been involved in an orchestrated and historic effort to roll back basic rights when it comes to women's health. Forty-two states have introduced laws that would ban or severely limit access to a woman's right to choose... When you read about some of these laws, you want to check the calendar; you want to make sure you're still living in 2013."

Of course, in the 1950s, doctors didn't know that babies could feel pain at 20 weeks in the womb--or that ultrasounds would be advanced enough to show tiny children yawning or sucking their thumbs. If anything, it's the abortion movement that's stuck in the past--performing back-alley type abortions in the comfort of their legally-protected clinics and refusing to bring their facilities up to date with common-sense medical standards. They lobby to kill born-alive children like barbarians and somehow we're behind the times? "No matter how fierce the opposition," President Obama promised, "if there's one thing the past few years have shown, it's that Planned Parenthood is not going anywhere. It's not going anywhere today. It's not going anywhere tomorrow."

Unfortunately for America, Planned Parenthood isn't going anywhere until Congress and local legislatures decide to stop propping it up with millions of taxpayer dollars. Until then, pro-lifers can take comfort in the huge strides made by leaders in several states, who continue to do everything they can to give women and children the protection they deserve.

Stand with Us as We Stand with Scouts!

There are just six days left until the most important Boy Scout event of the year! Circle your calendar for May 5 at 7:00 p.m.(EDT) when FRC hosts "Stand with Scouts Sunday," a national simulcast designed to teach Americans what they can do to preserve the Scouts as their founders intended it. There's no fee to watch or host the event--and we encourage you to do both! For information on hosting a viewing party at your home or church, click here. Governor Rick Perry (R-Texas), OnMyHonor.Net's John Stemberger, Pastor Robert Hall of Calvary Chapel Rio Rancho, and Moms of Boy Scouts's Zina Hackworth are confirmed to speak. With time ticking down until the National Council votes on the Scouts' membership policy, we need all hands on deck. Visit our website for special materials and information on all things Scouting!

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*** In case you missed it earlier today, Drudge Report pointed readers to a Washington Examiner editorial calling on the Justice Department to investigate the Southern Poverty Law Center, the anti-Christian group linked to the domestic terrorist shooting in our building.

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

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