Welcome to a special edition of the Social Conservative Review.
Celebrating Independence Day, as we did last Friday, is an important way of remembering those who have given so much for our liberty. Yet our gratitude for our country and the brave men and women who defend it cannot be measured only by an annual commemoration. Upholding the virtues that have made America a nation like no other, the virtues of integrity and family, faith and liberty, self-control and initiative, work and resourcefulness among them, helps us honor our country every day.
Those virtues sometimes still resonate on the federal bench, as well. Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down an important ruling upholding religious liberty and protecting the conscience rights of family businesses who object to being forced to serve as a conduit for coverage of sterilizations, contraception and drugs that can kill an unborn child. FRC has produced careful analyses of this decision so critical to our First Freedom, the freedom of religion.
Commenting on the ruling, FRC President Tony Perkins said, "All Americans can be thankful that the Court reaffirmed that freedom of conscience is a long-held American tradition and that the government cannot impose a law on American men and women that forces them to violate their beliefs in order to hold a job, own a business, or purchase health insurance."
When victories happen, defeats can also occur. A case in point is the recent ruling in Kentucky, in which a U.S. District Court Judge overturned the Commonwealth's marriage amendment. Kentucky voters voted overwhelmingly for the amendment with 75 percent of the vote. That's why we keep on advancing faith, family, and freedom, whether we win or lose.
Those who have won the liberties we enjoy deserve no less.
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council
P.S. Here are some other recent free FRC resources on issues important to our country's future:
- Abortion Funding and Obamacare, which examines how Obamacare uses taxpayer dollars to subsidize abortions
- Our new report, "Hostility to Religion: The Growing Threat to Religious Liberty in the United States," is a must-read for those concerned with our "First Freedom."
- Don't miss out on our upcoming lectures in July. Click here to register for these lectures and other events.
Watch for the next edition of the Social Conservative Review on July 17, 2014.