Social Conservative Review: An Insider's Guide to Pro-Family News - June 3, 2016

June 3, 2016

It was about six years ago that FRC launched The Social Conservative Review. We began publishing the SoCon to provide serious social conservatives with articles about the issues critical to FRC’s agenda of advancing and defending human dignity.

We have grown from a small audience to about 15,000 subscribers, including people affiliated in some way with nearly 300 colleges and universities. We feature stories not only by Evangelical and Catholic writers but leading secular journalists. My colleagues in FRC’s Policy Department and I have sought to offer timely, informative, and motivating coverage of such things as the defense of the unborn and their mothers, the social and political redefinition of human sexuality, the trafficking of persons at home and abroad, and domestic and international religious liberty.

This is the last SoCon Review I will be editing and publishing, as at the end of this month I will be leaving FRC to take a full-time teaching post at Regent University, a wonderful school that is becoming one of the premier institutions of Christian higher education in the world. I am honored to be joining this select band of scholars and students.

I know that as editing duties for the SoCon fall into the very capable hands of my colleague Dan Hart, the Managing Editor for FRC Publications, you will continue to profit from the articles and commentary our colleagues and he will be collating every two weeks.

All the blessings of our country—liberty and security, peace and opportunity, prosperity and community—exist for us because of the benevolent and wise guidance of a loving and just God, One Who has bestowed upon this unique nation gifts unknown to all but a handful of people in the long history of life on earth. Thousands of men and women have sacrificed their lives to ensure the well-being of ours, and every day brave Americans put themselves at grave risk for our sakes. We owe them an inestimable debt.

America’s imperfections, historic and present, are real and apparent. We grieve for them. Yet with God’s direction and strength, may we always work to create a more perfect Union for ourselves and our posterity.

I would be remiss not to close with this: Jesus Christ is real. He is not some imaginary friend whose existence and meaning are obscured in the fog of antiquity. The biblical accounts of eternal deity, His virgin birth, sinless life, atoning death, and justifying resurrection are true. Jesus calls all of us to trust in the forgiveness He offers as a free gift to all who will receive it.

My prayer for SoCon’s readers is that you will accept this gift without delay. There is no greater or more joyous decision any of us can ever make.

With great appreciation,

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice-President
Family Research Council


Religious Liberty

"Free to Believe"

Phoenix Artists Threatened With Jail Time If They Don’t Serve Gay Weddings – Leah JessenThe Daily Signal

Judge Faces Removal, $40K Fine Because of Her Beliefs About Marriage – Ken McIntyre, The Daily Signal

Obama Threatens Hospitals: Perform ‘Sex Changes’ or Lose Federal Funding – Bre PaytonThe Federalist

The Left is Now Targeting Christian Schools in its Potty Crusades – Holly Scheer, The Federalist

Dispense Contraception or Pay U.S. $1000 – Wesley J. Smith, National Review

Christian Student Groups In America Require A Permit To Speak To Other Students? – Vinay Patel, University Herald


International Religious freedom

The Chinese Christian Crackdown – The American Interest

Four Reasons Why We Leave – Andrew Knight, Desiring God

Christian Refugees in Germany Report High Levels of Religious Violence – Kate Shellnutt, Christianity Today

US official warns ‘door for Christians in Iraq is closing’ – Ines San Martin, Crux


Military Religious Freedom

Memorials Under Assault: The Left’s Depraved War on America’s Heroes – Nate Madden,Conservative Review    

Why military chaplains need the Russell Amendment – Mike Berry,The Hill

Making Memorial Day About More Than Grills – Daniel Briggs, Alliance Defending Freedom


Religious Liberty in the public square

A new evangelical political alignment: The Liberty Party – D.C. InnesWorld Magazine

Atheist Relents; Enters Legal Agreement to Cease Filing Lawsuits Over Free Exercise of Religion – First Liberty Institute

Group of Atheists, Humanists Sues to Remove National Motto “In God We Trust” from U.S. Currency – First Liberty Institute





Fetuses Are People, Hillary Said; Let's Make Sure Our Laws Agree – Debby Efurd, The Christian Post

Evangelicals Cheer Pro-Life Vote at Methodist Conference – Kate ShellnuttChristianity Today

Sex-Selection Abortion: The Real War on Women – Anna Higgins, Charlotte Lozier Institute

New Report Wildly Inflates Global Abortion Numbers – Arina O. Grossu & Thomas Jacobson, The Federalist

Why Abortion Supporters Try to Silence Men – Kira NelsonThe Federalist

Humanizing Aborted Fetuses Through Burial – Wesley J. SmithNational Review



Abortion and the Problem of Personhood – Jonathan Leeman and Matthew Arbo, Canon and Culture

Lawmaker: Adoption Doesn't Have to Be This Expensive – Diane Black, Christianity Today

Why It Can Be So Hard to Choose Adoption Over Abortion – Emily CarringtonThe Federalist

How to Address America’s Foster Care Crisis? It Takes a Village – Kelly Rosati, Christianity Today



Scientists Creating Human-Animal Embryos Raises Ethical Concerns – Anugrah KumarThe Christian Post

Millions of Chinese Parents Turn to In Vitro Fertilization as One-Child Policy Relaxed – Louise Watt, The Stream

When Doctors Kill Patients to Harvest Their Organs – William M. Briggs, The Stream

Democrats Demand GOP Stop Investigating Fetal Harvesting Industry – Dustin Siggins, The Stream



Little Sisters of the Poor Win Big in Obamacare Case – Roger Severino, The Daily Signal

Explainer: What you should know about the Little Sisters religious liberty case – Joe Carter, ERLC

Congress Receiving Unconstitutional Obamacare Subsidies – Robert E. Moffit, Heritage Foundation




Family Economics

Obama’s Overtime Rule Tried at IBM, and It Didn’t Work – James Sherk, The Daily Signal    

Ticketing Children for Selling Lemonade Highlights Overcriminalization Problem – John-Michael Seibler, The Daily Signal

Empty nests are an endangered cultural phenomenon – Ashley Bloemhof, World Magazine



Sins of their fathers & mothers – Mary Jackson, WORLD Magazine

The Divorce Revolution has Bred an Army of Woman Haters – W. Bradford Wilcox, The Federalist

We All Make This Marriage Mistake—But Here’s How I Overcame It – Kathleen O’Beirne, Verily Magazine

Healthy Individuals Create Healthy Marriages – Jill Savage, Focus on the Family


Human Sexuality (homosexuality/ gender issues)

Our Constitutional Right to Privacy Is Missing From Bathroom Debate – Matt SharpThe Daily Signal

Out of Lesbianism, Into Complementarianism – Jackie Hill-Perry, Council On Biblical Manhood & Womanhood

Why You Should Stop Using The Word “Gender” – Stella Morabito, The Federalist

A Former Transgender Person’s Take on Obama’s Bathroom Directive – Walt Heyer, The Daily Signal

Women fight for a safe space in their restrooms – Leslie Loftis, The Conservative Woman

Beware of ‘trans movement’ as patriarchy in disguise – Pia de SolenniCrux

Give Elsa a girlfriend? No, give the kids a break – Carolyn Moynihan, Mercatornet

A De-Sexed Society is a De-Humanized Society – Stella Morabito, The Public Discourse


Human Trafficking

45.8 million people are enslaved in the world today–

Daughters for Sale: How Young American Girls Are Being Sold Online – Gloria Riviera, Jackie Jesko, and Sally Hawkins, ABC News



The anti-porn movement is growing. The public is just catching up – Haley Halverson, The Washington Post

The case for banning pornography – Matthew Schmitz, The Washington Post

Why Can't I Quit Porn? – Eddie Capparucci, The Christian Post

This Research Reveals the Real Side Effects of Our Sexualized Culture – Mary Rose Somarriba, Verily Magazine