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

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

In an age when assisted suicide has been deemed acceptable public policy, it becomes necessary for Christians to unapologetically stand up for the dignity and worth of every human being, no matter what stage of life they are in or what occupation they have.

In the professional world, it’s easy to view jobs through the prism of worldly prestige and monetary worth—a film actor in Hollywood is seen as a much more important person than the cashier behind the counter at a grocery store. As Christians, however, we see these two jobs as equal in dignity and value, because God makes no distinction in worth between them. The actor is called to use his or her skills to further truth, goodness, and beauty through the art form of their acting abilities, thereby imparting new and cathartic insights about the mysteries of existence to the public. In a different but no less valuable way, the grocery store cashier is called to further truth, goodness, and beauty by being knowledgeable, kind, and helpful to his or her customers, thereby creating a life-giving and positive experience to every individual they serve.

Analogously, all people, no matter how old or young, have a role to play in furthering the kingdom of God on earth. As Chris Hazell has written, we discover our role primarily by living in community with others. One of the great tragedies of modern times is the increased isolation that many in our society live in. What we often fail to understand is that instead of taking away our freedom and autonomy, living in community with others actually strengthens our sense of self. God created us for communion, declaring that “it is not good that man should be alone” (Gen 2:18). In the above referenced article, Hazel relates a beautiful quote from Henri J.M. Nouwen: “That is the great joy of being chosen: the discovery that others are chosen as well. In the house of God there are many mansions. There is a place for everyone - a unique, special place.”

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

Sincerely,

Dan Hart
Managing Editor for Publications
Family Research Council

FRC Articles

Trump's right: Transgender patriotism isn't the issue — military readiness is – Tony Perkins

Why We Were Right to Pray for President Trump – Tony Perkins

6 Ways Governor Brownback Can Prioritize International Religious Freedom – Travis Weber

11 Reasons Why Assisted Suicide Must End – Dan Hart

Backpage.com and Human Trafficking: What is Christian America’s Response? – Mary Beasley

No, Rev. Barber, Prayer for a President Is Not “Heresy” – Travis Weber

Religious Liberty

"Free to Believe"

Bible verse plaque displayed at Tennessee police department to be moved – Fox News

Police officer disciplined for refusing to call a ‘transgender’ man a woman – Fr. Mark Hodges, LifeSiteNews

Lesbian mom asks Christian judge to recuse himself from her divorce case citing his stance against homosexuality – Megan Cerullo, NY Daily News

Religious Liberty in the Public Square

FRC Speaker Series: Four Objections to Religious Liberty... and some Possible Answers! with Michael Stokes Paulsen

A Demagogic Bully – Mark Pulliam, City Journal

Indiana school district kowtows to atheist group, promises to end graduation prayers – Tre Goins-Phillips, TheBlaze

Ultra-Rich Gay Activist On Targeting Christians: It’s Time To ‘Punish The Wicked’ – Bre Payton, The Federalist

Students sue school for hushing pro-life speech – Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD

Conservative Students More Afraid to Speak Up on Campus Than Liberals, Study Finds – Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post

Christie Signs Bill Requiring NJ Schools Use Preferred Pronouns for Transgender Kids – Rob Shimshock, The Daily Signal

State Directs Schools To 'Segregate' Students Uncomfortable With Transgender Bathrooms – Amanda Prestigiacomo, The Daily Wire

Millennials approve of religious freedom as a choice, but don't know what it means – Scott Taylor, Deseret News

International Religious Freedom

8 Churches Close in Baghdad Amid Shrinking Iraqi Christian Population – Samuel Smith, The Christian Post

China’s Censorship Powers Are Bigger And More Dangerous Than You Know – Helen Raleigh, The Federalist

Spanish Cathedral Targeted for Reversing the Reconquista – Matthew E. Bunson, National Catholic Register

Pakistani Christians Fear Rise in Persecution After Ouster of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif – Anugrah Kumar, The Christian Post

Google’s New Hate Speech Algorithm Has a Problem With Jews – Liel Leibovitz, Tablet

4 Surprising Facts About ISIS – Joshua Pease, Open Doors

Military Religious Freedom

Why Trump Keeping Trans People From The Military Is A Good Decision – Walt Heyer, The Federalist

Life

Abortion

Hawaii pro-life centers sue over abortion promotion law – Samantha Gobba, WORLD

An Effective Weapon to Reach Pro-Abortion Advocates – Patti Armstrong, National Catholic Register

Melinda Gates Commits $375 Million to Global Family Planning to Counter Trump’s Pro-Life Policy – Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart

Why 'Sidewalk Counselors' Are Crucial to the Pro-Life Movement – Patty Knap, National Catholic Register

I was told abortion would make my life more complete. But it left the biggest hole in my heart… – Bettina di Fiore, LifeSiteNews

Pregnancy Center Saves LA Babies from Abortion – Jim Graves, National Catholic Register

Dem campaign chief vows no litmus test on abortion – Ben Kamisar and Reid Wilson, The Hill

Kentucky Could Be The First Abortion Free-State By 2018 – Jeremiah Keenan, The Federalist

Adoption

Adoption: The good and hard lessons – Micah and Tracy Fries, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Why Christians Are Abandoning the Orphanage – Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, Christianity Today

How you can learn to love your birth mom – Ashton Morgan, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Bioethics

Republicans in Congress attempt to repeal D.C. assisted suicide law – Emma Kinery, USA Today

How Much Longer Do We Have? Living by Faith While Our Son Is Dying – Allison Muedder, Desiring God

Charlie Gard Dies After Life Support is Switched Off: Mother Says “Our Beautiful Boy is Gone” – Steven Ertelt, LifeNews

Charlie Gard’s Case Delivers Déjà Vu Of Twentieth-Century Eugenics – Caroline D'Agati, The Federalist

Scientists Kill Unborn Children in Human Genetic Engineering Experiments – Wesley Smith, LifeNews

Mother says adult, disabled daughter traumatized by doctor’s suggestion of assisted suicide – John Burger, Aleteia

What Charlie Gard Has Taught Us – Michael Brown, Townhall

Obamacare

41-Year-Old Father: ‘Obamacare Won’t Pay For My Back Surgery, But It Will Pay For Opioids’ – John Daniel Davidson, The Federalist

Congress Needs to Go Right Back to Work on Health Care Reform – Robert Moffit, The Daily Signal

Bipartisan Group: We Need To Break The Law To Make Obamacare Too Big To Fail – Christopher Jacobs, The Federalist

Family

Economics/Education

Why Melinda Gates Is Wrong About Contraception – John Clark, National Catholic Register

Capitalism and the Quest for Community – Brian Jones, Public Discourse

The American Dream Is in Crisis – J.D. Vance, The Daily Signal

Dodd-Frank Has Held Down the US Economy for Too Long – Rep. Jeb Hensarling, The Daily Signal

Our Cultural Waterloo – Carl R. Trueman, First Things

Conservatives are increasingly hostile to higher ed. Who can blame them? – Noah Rothman, USA Today

This Is the Way the College ‘Bubble’ Ends – Derek Thompson, The Atlantic

Marriage

Long marriage, beautiful life – Caryn Rivadeneira, Aleteia

Establishing the facts about family breakdown transforming the debate about marriage – Harry Benson, Marriage Foundation

Paper, silver and gold: How marriage shapes us – Tom Hoopes, Aleteia

The Children of Divorce Speak Out – Rachel Lu, Crisis

Staying Married Is Not About Staying in Love – John Piper, Desiring God

Young men giving up on marriage: ‘Women aren’t women anymore’ – Hilary White, LifeSiteNews

Marriage Matters – W. Bradford Wilcox, Family Studies

Faith/Character/Culture

FRC Speaker Series: Not a Day Care: The Devastating Consequences of Abandoning Truth with Dr. Everett Piper

‘Game Of Thrones’ Is The Ugliest Show On Television. That’s Why We Love It – Titus Techera, The Federalist

Children are Never a Burden – Mattias A. Caro, Ethika Politika

Limping Along the Way of Truth Word On Fire

The Democrats’ Anthropological Field Trip to Study Americans – Kyle Smith, National Review

Podcast: Race and human flourishing; Embracing diversity for the good of all people – Glenn Packiam, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Crude Language, Coarse Culture: We Need to Do Better – Rob Schwarzwalder, The Stream

Human Sexuality

Why Premarital Sex Is Wrong – Nathan Smith, Public Discourse

Sen. Patty Murray Calls For Resignation of Trump Official Over Accurate Campus Rape Comments – Joy Pullmann, The Federalist

'I felt really humiliated:' Teen blasts school district's transgender bathroom policy – Matt Miller, PennLive

Activist Mommy Starts 'Operation Pull Teen Vogue' After Mag Peddles Sexual Perversion to Minors – Charlene Aaron, CBN News

Trump Cuts Wildly Ineffective Teen Pregnancy Program, Media Flip Out – Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist

Sex Robots Are (Almost) Here. How Will We Respond? – Jay Richards, The Stream

How Embedding Women With Contraception May Keep Them In Poverty – Elizabeth Bauer, The Federalist

Human Trafficking

FRC Speaker Series: The Battle for Humanity: How Conservatives Can Fight Human Trafficking with Rep. Ann Wagner

Pornography

Twelve Days of Action: Half-Way Through This Year’s Dirty Dozen List – Ben Forsgren, National Center On Sexual Exploitation

You’d Be Surprised to Hear What Porn Is Doing to Sex – Gail Dines and Liz Walker, Verily

After 10 Years, My Partner Won His Struggle With Porn Addiction – Fight The New Drug

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