Social Conservative Review: An Insider's Guide to Pro-Family News

Dear Friends,

A few weeks ago, an event occurred on my morning commute to work that has stuck with me ever since. As I was exiting the metro car at my station stop, I noticed a man standing to the side of the door outside of the car, waiting for myself and other passengers to exit before entering. His head was turned to his right, angrily glowering at a woman who was also outside of the car waiting to get on. As I stepped out of the car, I overhead the woman say in a low, even, and slightly nervous tone, "You heard me." I instantly knew that she must have just uttered an insult, and was doubling down on it.

As I walked out of the metro station, I felt a churning clump in the pit of my stomach and a tinge of shame warming my cheeks. It was the same feeling I always get when I witness one person maltreating another, or right after I myself have wronged another person and immediately realize it. Think of those times when we observe a bitter argument, with insults and vilifications flying in every direction, or even in smaller disparagements that go unanswered but are no less cutting and hurtful. That bitterness seems to hang in the air, taking on a metaphysical reality that can be clearly sensed by our God-given consciences. Since our conscience is built in to our souls and delineated by our minds, and since our personhood is a union of mind and body, it makes perfect sense that our bodies react this way. When we witness the sins of others or commit sin ourselves, they physically manifest in our bodies, leaving a pit in our stomach and a bruise in our heart.

I say all this to emphasize an important principle of Christianity: nothing we do in life occurs in a vacuum. Every action has consequences. This reality is often ignored and rejected in our culture of individualism. Somehow, the idea of "victimless crimes" has become an accepted fact. This is wrong -- our burning cheeks and sensitive souls tell us otherwise. The fact that we identify ourselves primarily through relationships (as a son, daughter, wife, husband, member of an organization, etc.) underscores how interconnected we are with one another and why our actions affect those around us so intimately. May we always remember that great adage that the character of Maximus instills in his soldiers in the film Gladiator: "What we do in life, echoes in eternity."

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


Dan Hart
Managing Editor for Publications
Family Research Council

FRC Articles

GOP religious freedom bill restores free speech, not 'dark money' -- Mandi Ancalle

Counterpoint: Trump -- Destroying the Johnson Amendment -- Travis Weber

Motherhood is Life-Giving -- Dan Hart

Questions Abound Regarding Air Force Academy Commandant Nominee -- Peter Sprigg

Yes, Trump's HHS Appointee Charmaine Yoest is Pro-Life. Deal With It -- Dan Hart

Religious Liberty

"Free to Believe"

Geologist Denied Samples from Grand Canyon Because of His Faith -- CBN News

Professor Tells Student to Stop Reading Bible --

Christian Firefighter, Axed for Sharing His Faith, Now Heading to WA High Court -- Mark Martin, CBN News

Victory! Teacher fired for giving student a Bible -- gets job back -- Todd Starnes, Fox News

International Religious Freedom

Global Persecution Rises for First Time in Three Years -- Medium

'Under Caesar's Sword': A Project to Aid Persecuted Christians -- Jim Graves, National Catholic Register

The Land Of Athanasius and Its Lessons -- Charles J. Chaput, First Things

Persecution of Christians isn't rare -- Franklin Graham, USA Today

Catholic School Faces LGBT Backlash for Canceling Gender Show for 5-year-olds --

Sentencing is a stark reminder of the global Islamist threat -- Mischel Yosick, American Islamic Forum for Democracy

Whoever Wins Iran's Election, Its Religious Minorities Lose -- Kristina Arriaga, Wall Street Journal

Human rights lawyer unjustly tried for subversion in Hunan, pleads guilty after months of torture -- ChinaAid

Military Religious Freedom

Trump's Army Secretary nominee: The left trying to 'paint me as a hater' for my Christian views -- Peter LaBarbera, LifeSiteNews

Religious Liberty in the Public Square

Religious Liberty and the Common Good -- Gerard V. Bradley, Public Discourse

Gay couple can sue Kim Davis for damages, appeals court rules -- Lianne Laurence, LifeSiteNews

Christians Fight for Freedom of Conscience in Indiana -- Peter Heck, The Christian Post

Bible club for 1st-, 2nd-graders shut down by school district after complaint -- Dave Urbanski, TheBlaze

'Catholic' college bans Chick-fil-A over gay students' complaints -- Peter LaBarbera, LifeSiteNews



The Problem With Linking Abortion and Economics -- Lori Szala, The New York Times

Left Wants To Make Abortion An Economic Issue To Sideline Its Atrocities -- Cullen Herout, The Federalist

The Real Life of the Pro-Life Home -- Rachel Jankovic, Desiring God

Thaddeus was almost aborted because of a rare disorder. His parents chose life, and saw a miracle -- Doug Mainwaring, LifeSiteNews


Children Before Politics -- Kevin D. Williamson, National Review

Bill protecting the religious freedom of Alabama faith-based adoption agencies officially becomes law -- Jordan LaPorta, Yellowhammer

Emotional Video of Adopted Man Thanking His Birth Mother Goes Viral -- Steven Ertelt, Life News


Sex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female -- and Childbearing -- Alastair Roberts, The Gospel Coalition

The Embryo Orphanage: A Cautionary Tale -- Ana Maria Dumitru, Public Discourse

Physician-Assisted Suicide Tells People Like Me That Our Lives Are No Longer Worth Living -- Zachary D. Schmoll, Public Discourse

Canada Considering Proposal to Allow Euthanizing Mentally Ill Patients -- Eric Metaxas, Life News

International furor erupts over embryo jewelry business -- Samantha Gobba, WORLD


Aetna to exit Obamacare exchanges in 2 remaining states -- Reuters

The House Has Passed Its Health Care Bill. Here's What Senate Republicans Are Up To. -- Sen. Mike Lee, The Daily Signal



The Decline of Mobility and the Decline of the Family -- Robert VerBruggen, Family Studies

The Men Who Take 'Women's' Jobs -- Alana Semuels, The Atlantic

Hidden horror of school sex assaults revealed by AP -- Associated Press


The Norm of Marital Monogamy Is Not Crumbling -- Alan J. Hawkins, Family Studies

Stuffing Emotions is a False Way to Keep the Peace in Your Marriage -- Lysa TerKeurst, Focus on the Family

What Makes Motherhood Worthwhile? -- Rhonda Kruse Nordin, Family Studies

Video: Reclaiming Fatherhood Promotes Equality -- The Wheatley Institution

The Brain Boosting Power of Motherhood -- Ashley McGuire, Family Studies

What our stay-at-home mom taught us about human dignity -- Jill Waggoner and Allison Hucks, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission


Breaking Free From Identity Politics -- Stephen Adubato, Ethika Politika

The real tragedy in the shooting of Jordan Edwards -- Jemar Tisby, CNN

Historian George Marsden revisits C.S. Lewis's remarkable case for 'Mere Christianity' -- Richard Ostling, GetReligion

How to Take Every Thought Captive -- Rob Schwarzwalder, The Stream

Human Sexuality

4 Really good reasons 'hooking up' is a bad idea -- Chloe Mooradian, Aleteia

How Can You Live Without Sex? -- Ed Shaw, The Gospel Coalition

Democrats introduce bill to ban LGBT 'conversion' therapy -- Steve Weatherbe, LifeSiteNews

Sharing Dinner and Jesus with Strippers -- Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, The Gospel Coalition

How Conversion Therapy Bans Will Trap Transgender Children -- Marcus Gregory, The Federalist

Too young to cross a street but old enough for a sex change -- Julie Borg, WORLD

Researchers Identify 6,500 Genes That Are Expressed Differently in Men and Women -- Weizmann Wonder Wander


4 Dozen Millennials Were Asked If They'd Watch Porn With Their Partner -- Here's What They Said -- Fight the New Drug

Is Porn OK If It's Made by Women? -- Chelsea Samelson, Acculturated

More Content On Sexuality

Gender Identity
State Policy Brief: Counseling Bans
Gender Identity
State Policy Brief: Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act
Gender Identity
Protecting the Vulnerable: A Call to Uphold Ethical Standards in Treating Gender Confusion
Gender Identity
FRC Praises Arkansas Legislature for Enacting First-of-Its-Kind Bill to Protect Children from Experimental Gender Transition Procedures Over Governor's Veto
Gender Identity
Governor Noem Is Responsible for Killing South Dakota's Women's Sports Bill
Gender Identity
Let Little Girls Dream of National Championships
Gender Identity
How the “Equality Act” Is Actually Unequal, Unfair, and Unjust
Gender Identity
House of Representatives Launches Greatest Ever Assault on Faith, Family, Life, and Freedom
Gender Identity
Planned Parenthood supplies over half of reported US abortions, expands into transgender hormone therapy market, says Family Research Council
Gender Identity
FRC urges US House of Representatives to reject the far-Left Equality Act
Gender Identity
Biden's Transgender Military Order Is Based On Politics, Not Facts
Gender Identity
Should extreme pro-abortionist Xavier Becerra be in charge of America's health care?
Sexual Orientation
FRC Praises 11th Circuit Decision Striking Down Ban on Sexual Orientation Change Efforts
Gender Identity
HHS Corrects Dangerous Obamacare rule
Gender Identity
The Equal Rights Amendment Is a Fraud Using Women as the Prop
Gender Identity
FRC: 'Fairness for All' Bill Is Anything But
Gender Identity
Family Research Council Joins 'Sex, Not Gender' Rally at the U.S. Supreme Court
Sexual Risk Avoidance
'Don't kiss abstinence goodbye' How sexual abstinence before marriage can lead to a lasting marriage
Gender Identity
Opinion: 'Gender X' wages war on reality
Gender Identity
Department of Defense on Why Those with "Gender Dysphoria" Are Disqualified from Military Service
Gender Identity
Brown University is in Denial About Transgender Reality
Gender Identity
Summary of Trump Administration Policy on Transgender Military Service
Gender Identity
The EEOC's Ever-Expanding Definition of “Sex Discrimination”
Sexual Risk Avoidance
President Trump Names Abstinence Education Leader to Top Post at HHS Department
Gender Identity
Family Research Council Commends TX Gov. Abbott for Calling Special Session to Address Privacy Concerns
Gender Identity
Secretary Mattis: Focus on War-Fighting, Ditch the Social Engineering
Sexual Orientation
Family Research Council Calls on Oregon Court to Affirm Bakers' Religious Liberty
Gender Identity
Family Research Council Statement on NBA All-Star Game Re-Locating to New Orleans
Gender Identity
U.S. Supreme Court's Hold on School Bathroom Ruling Is Encouraging News for Schools Resisting Obama's Bathroom Edict
Sexual Orientation
The First Amendment Defense Act Should Not Protect Multiple Views of Marriage
Gender Identity
Family Research Council Applauds Texas, officials from 10 other States for Standing up to Obama Administration's School Bathroom, Locker Room Directive
Gender Identity
Family Research Council Statement on House Adoption of the Maloney and Byrne Amendments
Gender Identity
Family Research Council Statement on New HHS Final Rule on Obamacare
Gender Identity
The Inequalities of the 'Equality Act'
Sexual Orientation
Critical Analysis of Obergefell v. Hodges
Sexual Orientation
Marriage at the Supreme Court: Why One-Man, One-Woman State Laws Remain Constitutional
Gender Identity
Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance Project
Gender Identity
The ENDA Litigation Nightmare
Gender Identity
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA): A Threat to Free Markets And Freedom Of Conscience And Religion
Sexual Orientation
Stark Discrimination Against Faith-Based Adoption Agencies
Sexual Orientation
Homosexual Parent Study: Summary of Findings
Sexual Orientation
Ten Arguments From Social Science Against Same-Sex Marriage

About Family Research Council

For over 35 years, we've been committed to advancing faith, family, and freedom in public policy and the culture from a biblical worldview.

Learn more