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Starting today, you don't have to miss a second of our live daily radio show, "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins!" With our new app, FRC's unique perspective on inside-the-beltway news is right at your fingertips. Go behind the scenes to get the news and analysis that you won't hear from the mainstream media by downloading "Washington Watch" to your mobile device. Become a regular listener at 5:00 p.m.(ET) or get instant access to recent programs featuring some of the best and brightest on Capitol Hill--including guests like Senator Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Senator Marco Rubio, Dr. David Jeremiah, and many more. From your Apple or Android device, go to frc.org/app on your web browser or just visit the app store and search "Tony Perkins" to download. Hear what's really happening in the nation's capitol from a Christian perspective. Tune in for your daily fix of FRC and get equipped--not only to pray for our country--but to get involved in standing for truth.
Papa Don't Preach--but Madonna Sure Does
Maybe they call her the "Material Girl" because Madonna always gives the press something to write about. If so, she delivered this past weekend. Dressed head-to-toe in a Boy Scouts uniform, the controversial pop star appeared at the GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Awards to lash out at the BSA in a profanity-laced tirade that tried to discredit the organization's 103-year track record of American service and character-building.
When she wasn't swearing, the singer (who said her idea of scouting is "scout[ing] for boys!") compared the group's beliefs to terrorists'. "[I]t's no different than a white Supremacist hanging a black man from a tree before the civil rights movement. OK? It's no different. It's no different than a member of the Taliban shooting a young girl in the head for writing a blog about the importance of [getting an] education... I don't know about you, but I can't take this [expletive] anymore." At one point, the same Madonna with song titles that couldn't be read aloud on network television, even invoked Christ. " [I]t's so absurd. What did Jesus teach? 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' "
It has always amazed me how people who have done everything possible to push God and His standard from our country feel free to invoke this passage of scripture. It only works when they insert their definition of "love" not the biblical definition of love as Josh McDowell points out. In this conflict of values, Madonna is the face of the other side. As a mom or dad, whose moral compass would you want your kids to follow: a performer who strips on stage (when she isn't bashing the military) or an organization devoted to public service and character development?
Let the Boy Scouts know that Madonna doesn't speak for America. If you've already signed FRC's petition encouraging the Scouts to stand strong on their convictions, another way you can help is by completing the comment form that the BSA has distributed to its members. You can read the survey questions here. If you are a member of the Scouts, or have a son who is, please ask your local Scoutmaster to send you the survey if you have not yet received it. If you have friends who are in Scouting, make them aware of the need to complete the survey, too. When you send in your survey, be sure to write something like, "Homosexuality is incompatible with the tenets of Scouting and should not be introduced to the boys entrusted by their parents to Scout troops. Keep the current policy."
Domino's Founder Gets a Slice of the Action
At last Wednesday's meeting with President Obama, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Nebr.) seized the moment to talk about the contraception-abortion pill mandate. Is there "an opening to reconsider the administration's position?" Fortenberry asked. Although the President took Rep. Fortenberry's concerns "seriously," reassessing the administration's position may fall to the courts. So far, 50 lawsuits have been filed in opposition to the mandate--including the latest from the Southern Baptist owner of Beckwith Electric. Like so many Americans, Thomas Beckwith believes life begins at conception and says that paying for drugs that can take that life are out of the question. If his company refuses to comply, Beckwith could face $6 million in fines per year.
With any luck, his case will follow the same trajectory as Domino's Pizza owner Thomas Monaghan. Last Thursday, a U.S. District Judge blocked the mandate from taking affect at Domino's Farms Corp, where Monaghan's Catholic views were under attack. "It is in the best interest of the public that Monaghan not be compelled to act in conflict with his religious beliefs," the court explained. It was a huge victory for the founder and former owner of Domino's Pizza--one that every American could share if Congress takes up Rep. Diane Black's Health Care Conscience Act. Encourage your member to do exactly that by clicking here and sending him or her a message!
Scripture, Rights, and Religion in American History
John Adams made an important observation when he talked about the "Science of the Rights of Man." Americans, Adams said, "did not invent this foundation of Society. They found it in their religion." This week, Dr. James Hutson will help us track this concept back to its invention in the 12th Century. At FRC's next policy lecture, "Scripture, Rights, and Religion in American History," Dr. Hutson and Dr. Daniel Dreisbach will examine the importance of the Bible at the time of America's founding. No book in the American founding era was more accessible or familiar than the English Bible, especially the King James Bible. It was featured prominently in the political discourse of the founding era, cited more frequently than any European political theorists or even school of thought. This lecture will consider the prominent--but often overlooked--role of the Bible in late-eighteenth-century American political culture. Register here to join us on Wednesday, March 20, at noon in person (801 G Street, NW, Washington, D.C.) or via live webstream.
** If you missed fellow Buckeye Ken Blackwell's interview on Ohio Senator Rob Portman, check out his take on the leader's sudden support of same-sex "marriage" here. I had the chance to weigh in on the same topic on Fox News yesterday. To check out the clip, click below.
*** After yesterday's St. Patrick's Day parties, FRC's Anna Dorminey has some interesting thoughts on the nation's drinking and how religion impacts it in "Alcohol Abuse and American Faith." Also, CPAC sparked a lot of great conversations about the next Republican candidate for President. Check out Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison's take in "Cruz, Haley, Jindal, Rubio: Flight 2016 Cleared for Takeoff." Last, but not least, what will Secretary John Kerry's $250 million Egyptian "aid" buy? Find out in "Religious Freedom in Egypt? Ask the Sphinx."
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.