The Social Conservative Review: August 1, 2016

August 1, 2016

Dear Friends,

The murder of Rev. Jacques Hamel as he celebrated Mass at a small village church in France last week was a tragic event that was also historic. It “marked the first time that [Isis has] targeted a church in the West.” Paradoxically, it is also a hopeful sign in dark times. That the terrorist group would see an elderly 85-year-old priest along with two nuns and two worshippers who were present as a threat that must be targeted with deadly violence is proof that the ideology driving the terrorist group is spiritually bankrupt; it does not bother with attempting to participate in an exchange of ideas, and has no interest in appealing to the hearts and minds of those who don’t share their ideology. Every act of terrorism is therefore an act of desperation. It is an ideology without hope and without a future.

Pope Benedict XVI once wrote, “One who has hope lives differently.” Rev. Hamel was one of these. By all accounts, he was a “quiet” and “discrete” priest who went unassumingly about his daily duties of “baptizing infants, celebrating Mass and tending to parishioners.” When he reached retirement age of 75, however, he refused to stop his ministry, humbly continuing to serve despite his advancing age. In doing this, Rev. Hamel can now rejoice in his martyrdom, as was foretold by Christ in Matthew 5:11-12, “Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.”

Christians are a people of hope. By martyring Rev. Hamel, the terrorists only strengthen our resolve to live hope-filled lives of self-sacrificial love, with the faith that Christ’s final victory on earth is forthcoming and that our reward will indeed be great in heaven.

Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.


Dan Hart
Managing Editor for Publications
Family Research Council


Religious Liberty

"Free to Believe"

Macy’s Fires Catholic Employee for Disagreement With Transgender Bathroom PolicyLydia Goerner, The Stream

AZ Official Tim Jeffries Attacked for Offering to Take Employees’ Prayer Requests to Holy Site in FranceRachel Alexander, The Stream

Colorado cake artist asks US Supreme Court to protect his freedom of expressionAlliance Defending Freedom

Catholic College Reinstates Pro-family Employee after ‘Hate Crime’ Investigation – Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNews

International Religious freedom

Russia's Ban on Evangelism Is Now in EffectSarah Eekhoff Zylstra, Christianity Today

One Woman’s Struggle for Freedom in Castro’s CubaAndrew Egger, The Daily Signal

Concern grows for Christians in Turkey after failed coupRuth Gledhill, Christian Today

The UN Funds Repressive Regimes at the Expense of US TaxpayersBrett Schaefer, The Daily Signal

Christian law school standing strong after win at Nova Scotia Court of AppealsAlliance Defending Freedom

Military Religious Freedom

Atheist wants military chaplains punished for wearing uniforms to a chaplains’ event – Fr. Mark Hodges, LifeSiteNews

Secular Civilians Assault Warfighters’ Faith – Andrew Harrod, Juicy Ecumenism

Religious Liberty in the public square

Pastor Banned From Advertising Jesus Because It’s Too OffensiveCasey Harper, The Stream

A History of Religious FreedomJames Hitchcock, Touchstone

Lovers of Religious Liberty Will Find Scant Comfort in the New Democratic Party PlatformMark Kellner, The Stream

Why Are Progressives on an Anti-Christian Witch Hunt? – Rachel Lu, The Federalist




New Poll Finds Americans Strongly Support Abortion Restrictions – PR Newswire

Texas dismisses felony charges against David Daleiden and Sandra MerrittBen Johnson, LifeSiteNews

How Can Pro-Life Liberals, Conservatives, and Libertarians Work Together? – Jason Scott Jones, The Stream

State Legislatures Have Passed 334 Pro-life Laws in the Past 5 Years – Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews

Democrats for Life Leader Wants to ‘Take Back’ the Party – Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews


Abortion, euthanasia, Nazis: Irish bishop connects the dots, and faces blowbackSteve Weatherbe, LifeSiteNews

New Study, Social Media Humanize Disabled Babies That Doctors Once Left to DieLindsey Tanner, The Stream

Cancer Center Bows the Knee to Assisted Suicide – Wesley J. Smith, National Review

AMA Wants to Empower Doctors to Refuse Treatment to Terminally Ill – Wesley J. Smith, LifeNews

2-year-old Claimed ‘Brain Dead’ Continues to Improve – Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews


16 Obamacare Co-Ops Collapsed. Here’s How the Rest Are FaringMelissa Quinn, The Stream

Will Pence’s Obamacare Perfidy Damage Trump?David Catron, The American Spectator

How Democrats Came to Embrace Taxpayer-Funded AbortionsFred Lucas, The Daily Signal




What Are Young Non-Working Men Doing? – Derek Thompson, The Atlantic

Lower Middle Class Hurt Most by Gov't Marriage Penalties, Study Finds – Brandon Showalter, The Christian Post

You Could Pay More to Fly Under This EPA Climate Change Rule – Katie Tubb, The Daily Signal

Here’s How Americans Can Curtail ‘Autopilot’ Spending and Take Back the Federal Budget – Mollie McNeill, The Daily Signal

Low employment levels affect children too – Angela Rachidi, AEI


Solutions for Black Americans, Beginning With the Need for DadsWalter E. Williams, The Daily Signal

Millennial Marriages: Surprisingly StrongChristina Deal, Lifezette

In sickness and health: A picture of Christ-centered marriage – Andrew T. Walker, ERLC


Students' Broken Moral CompassesPaul Barnwell, The Atlantic

Do God’s Will, Not His WorkBethany Jenkins, The Gospel Coalition

A time for Christian heroesFr. Robert McTeigue, Aleteia

Want to change the world? Stay homeMichael Rennier, Aleteia

Human Sexuality

These 24 States Are Calling on the Obama Administration to Stop Imposing Its Agenda on StudentsAlliance Defending Freedom

Amid Complaints From Parents, Virginia School Board Pauses New Transgender PolicyKelsey Harkness, The Stream

The Problem with Gender Studies – Matthew Tuininga, The Public Discourse

The Endless Muddle of Transgender Policy – John Rosenberg, Minding the Campus

100,000 Panamanians March Against UN-Style Sex EdMarianna Orlandi, C-Fam


4 revelations about porn from your wife’s perspective – Nikki Daniel, ERLC

Hotels: Pretty Okay With Their Customers' Porn-Watching Habits – Adam Chandler, The Atlantic

To Filter Public WiFi, or Not? Starbucks and the Librarian of Congress Weigh In – National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Romance Porn: More Women are Addicted Than You Think – Leah Z. Singh, Crisis

You know what’s actually America’s most relentless propagator of racism? The porn industry – Jonathon Van Maren, LifeSiteNews