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The Southern Poverty Law Center began its work in the 1970's with noble intentions. But years ago, pernicious internal corruption began to undermine the organization's original mission, while contributing to a climate of fear and hostility in America.
Iran's prominent place in the current news cycle has put its human rights violations on full display. Meanwhile, Iran's shameless persecution of religious minorities continues to be too egregious to ignore. On a regular basis, Christians are arbitrarily detained, arrested, tortured, and sentenced to lengthy prison terms. Converts from Islam to Christianity are specifically targeted by the regime and labeled a national security threat, while the historic Assyrian and Armenian Christian communities are treated like second class citizens. This religious oppression continues unhindered, and the current international attention on Iran presents an opportunity to raise the issue of religious freedom violations in Iran.
On January 24, 2020, pro-life digital activists gathered at Family Research Council headquarters for the ProLifeCon Digital Action Summit, the premier conference for the digital pro-life community. At our 15th annual event, we hosted the most successful digital activists, saw their strategies of the past year, and looked ahead to opportunities in the new year. Activists, policy experts, and legislators were on hand to discuss the issues impacting the pro-life movement and shared practical ways to make a difference for life on prominent digital channels and platforms like blogs, social media, podcasts, and digital entertainment.
Right now, as we celebrate Religious Freedom Day in the United States, an unprecedented attack against this fundamental right is occurring in China.
Identity politics has a firm hold on our culture and our politics, and its destructive grip seems to tighten every year. Why does this ideology have so much power today?
It is a simple fact that some people who have same-sex sexual attractions experience those feelings as something unwanted. Some of those people, in turn, seek the help of counsellors or professional psychotherapists to resist or overcome those unwanted feelings -- what critics often call "conversion therapy."
Tongil Mom will present the results of research that began in 2018 based on interviews of almost 40 women who defected from North Korea who were forced to leave behind their offspring in China before coming to South Korea, and who also suffered the fate of forced repatriation to North Korea. The event will feature the testimonies of some of the defectors who participated in the survey.
"Why Meadow Died: The People and Policies That Created The Parkland Shooter and Endanger America's Students"
As Bill Bennett has written: "Why Meadow Died is the untold, almost unbelievable story of how the moral corruption wrought by politically correct policies and willful blindness made the most avoidable school shooting in history somehow inevitable."
In the wake of the Syria civil war, Northeast Syria has developed into a semiautonomous zone with a surprising degree of religious freedom for the Middle East.
In 2017 and 2018 the U.S. men's and women's soccer teams required players to wear an LGBT rainbow on the national U.S.A. jersey. A Christian player declined to wear this and thus did not play. Dr. Jennifer Bryson, founder of Let All Play, will discuss the religious freedom issues at stake in U.S. and international sports, using soccer as a case study, and examine how the politicization of sports threatens our civic fabric in America.
Recently President Trump signed an Executive Order that has the potential of lowering the suicide rate in our military/veteran community for the first time. Donald Trump is the first President in modern times to see the potential of faith-based solutions to this national health crisis of military/veteran suicide.
We all know that North Korea is a country where everyone is at risk, and where religious freedom is nonexistent. The government does little to help its own people and actively works to oppress them. But among them, North Korean orphans, or kotjebi, are among the most vulnerable. Under current conditions there is little chance for escape, but there are those working to rescue and resettle these children.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is a leading voice for religious freedom both domestically and internationally. He is the new Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Most religious liberty legislation and court nominees, who are vital to protecting religious freedom, come through the Judiciary Committee. He will be discussing his work in his new role as Judiciary Chairman and what Congress is doing to promote religious liberty.
Parents across America are fighting for the lives of their children, and losing. Doctors, judges, and hospitals are ignoring parental decisions for their children in myriad situations which have created some major lawsuits around the globe. This presentation puts forward the notion that an international children's rights framework pulls kids away from parental protection to instead be guarded by the state.
On the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) began a radical abortion trend across the states by signing into law the Reproductive Health Act which allows abortion through all stages of pregnancy and removes explicit protections for babies born alive following a failed abortion.
The "de-linking" of trade and human rights in China decades ago has not advanced human rights and religious freedom in that country; indeed, recent developments show a trend for the worse.
Millions of parents with children in public schools can't believe they're asking this question. But they are. What is different now? The gender revolution. It's a game-changer - and it affects every child.
In her new book, The Sexual State, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse rips the mask off the Sexual Revolution to expose the toxic ideologies which are destroying families and killing our society.
On January 18, 2019, pro-life digital activists will gather at Family Research Council headquarters for the ProLifeCon Digital Action Summit, the premier conference for the digital pro-life community. At our 14th annual event, we will be joined by the most successful digital activists, see their strategies of the past year, and look ahead to opportunities in the new year. Activists, policy experts, and legislators will be on hand to discuss the issues impacting the pro-life movement and share practical ways to make a difference for life on prominent digital channels and platforms like blogs, social media, podcasts, and digital entertainment.
This January 16, we again celebrate the passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, written by Thomas Jefferson and passed by the Virginia General Assembly 233 years ago on January 16, 1786. In doing so, we commemorate the role religious freedom has played in the founding of our nation and continues to play in our society today.\r\rWhile it has long been woven throughout the fabric of American life, religious freedom is not merely our right, but an inherent human right for all people everywhere. This leads us to protect it at home and abroad - and to recognize the inextricable link between the two. If we fail to protect it at home, we will be unable to protect it abroad.\r\rJoin us this Religious Freedom Day as we celebrate religious freedom here in the United States and highlight current efforts to share it around the world.
The American republic is facing its gravest crisis since the Civil War. Conflicts, hostility, and incivility now threaten to tear the country apart. \r
Anti-faith policies on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage have led some states to start discriminating against faith-based adoption providers. These emerging threats to faith-based adoption providers are occurring at a time when the number of children being adopted in the U.S. is declining.
The public world we inhabit is made up of two spheres: power and authority, or politics and morality. The United States is undergoing a profound change in the sphere of authority/morality. What does this change herald for the future of America?
Why the call to Love Thy Body? To counter the hostility toward the human body and biological facts of life driving many of today's headline stories. Many people absorb pre-packaged media mantras on watershed moral issues without being aware of their hurtful real-world implications.
Should your tax dollars be used to fund abortions? Congressman Ron Estes talks Title X funding with David Christensen, Vice President of Government Affairs at Family Research Council.
Gen Z was born between 1999 and 2015, making the oldest of them 18 this year. Gen Z is the second largest generation and the most ethnically diverse generation alive today. In the U.S. there are 69 million of them, compared to 66 million Millennials, 55 million Gen Xers and 76 million Boomers.
Over 1.5 million people have already been treated by advancements derived from adult stem cell research.
Social libertarianism is one of the fastest growing and most powerful political forces in America. Its influence is captured in studies by Gallup finding that, "Americans Hold Record Liberal Views on Most Moral Issues."
Can the state force pregnancy resource centers to act in contradiction of their beliefs?
In recent history, United States foreign policy has approached the issue of religious freedom as a humanitarian issue-to be addressed when possible, but not incorporated into any wider, strategic thinking about security in the world order.
Faith-based adoption providers have historically played an extraordinary role in caring for our country's most vulnerable children. Sadly, liberal state and local governments -- with the help of activist groups like the ACLU -- are targeting these providers and forcing them to choose between renouncing their religion or shutting down.
In an era when 69% of American adults use social media platforms to express themselves, the free market powers of digital giants like Facebook, Google, and Twitter have collided with the free speech rights of citizen internet users.
The four hundredth anniversary of the arrival of the Pilgrims will soon be upon us in 2020. The Pilgrims have had little notice for decades, comprising only footnotes in most history books.
This February, one of the most notable African-American Statesman and Abolitionists, Frederick Douglass, will be honored for the bicentennial of his birth.
"Social emotional learning" (SEL) is a new catchphrase that now permeates public education policy. An organization called the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is SEL's primary mover. CASEL claims that injecting its SEL agenda into all pre-k and K12 curricula will cultivate in children the attitudes, feelings, and behaviors necessary for academic achievement, such as empathy and regulation of emotions.
On January 19, 2018, pro-life digital activists gathered at Family Research Council headquarters for the Pro-LifeCon Digital Action Summit, the premier conference for the digital pro-life community. At our 13th annual event, we were joined by friends old and new as we discussed the most successful online strategies of the past year and looked ahead to the opportunities before us under a new administration. Activists, policy experts, and legislators were on hand to discuss the issues impacting the pro-life movement, and share practical ways to make a difference for life on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and your online platform of choice.
citizenship when Progressives who had entered Academe were given free rein during the Great Depression to change the content of courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Last year, without any systematic study of the consequences, the Obama administration reversed longstanding policies that excluded those who identify as transgender, on both psychological and medical grounds, from serving in the U.S. military.
A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century
John Paul II and Ronald Reagan, a pope and a president, two leaders, one spiritual and one temporal, both shot and nearly killed just six weeks apart in 1981 -- only to survive and come together one year later, at the Vatican, in June 1982, where they confided to one another that they believed that God had spared their lives for a special purpose: to confront and defeat an atheistic and genuinely evil Soviet empire.
What's the Only Thing More Dangerous Than Fake News? Fake Science.
What has happened to the American spirit? We've gone from "Give me liberty, or give me death!" to "Take care of me, please." Our colleges were once bastions of free speech; now they're bastions of speech codes. Our culture once rewarded independence; now it rewards victimhood. Parents once taught their kids how to fend for themselves; now, any parent who tries may get a visit from the police.
In a free country such as ours, it's easy to forget that slavery still exists: human beings are being trafficked and sold for sex against their will. Human trafficking is a horrifying scourge that continues to haunt America, particularly through the proliferation of illegal online transactions between traffickers and buyers.
Religious liberty has always been controversial. Even in America, with its history of religious dissent and with the Constitution's affirmative protection of the right to the "free exercise" of one's faith, the very idea of positive religious liberty is objectionable to a great many persons. Religious liberty is on the defensive today, now perhaps as much as ever in our nation's history.
Many committed conservatives tend to believe that being right, in the sense of being correct, is sufficient to win. But, political history proves otherwise.
By authorizing doctors to violate the Hippocratic Oath of "do no harm," physician-assisted suicide undermines a key safeguard that protects our nation's most vulnerable citizens and ensures our loved ones receive the best medical care when they need it most.
For nearly 40 years, Washington and much of the American public have held up disclosure and campaign finance laws as ideals, and the path to cleaner and freer elections.
Fairfax County, VA is ground zero in the efforts to impose transgender ideology on American school children. The Fairfax County school system is one of the largest and richest in the United States, and its close proximity to Washington, DC has made it a target for the efforts to mainstream this radical ideology. Even after the Trump Administration revoked the Obama directive threatening the nation's public schools, the fight rages on at the state and district level.
Religious liberty is an indelible thread woven into the fabric of America. Without it, the American experiment will fail. Yet time and again, the freedom of Americans to believe and live out those beliefs has been attacked by government action. Now more than ever, our First Freedom of religious liberty needs protection at the highest levels of government in the form of an executive order that protects the rights of individuals and businesses to believe and live according to those beliefs.
The Free Speech Fairness Act is a bill that restores free speech and religious liberty to churches and other nonprofits by allowing them to make political statements, so long as they are (1) made in the ordinary course of the organization's regular and customary activities in carrying out its exempt purpose, and (2) any expenditures related to this are de minimis.
In 2013, a group of advocates from multiple pro-life organizations started heavily experimenting with a different way of arguing for the personhood of the unborn. There was genuine shock at how much more effective it was at changing the minds of pro-choice people than any other argument that had used before. It is called the Equal Rights Argument.
In the last three years India has leaped in ranking from the 28th worst to the 15th worst country for severe Christian persecution, according to the World Watch List. Why has persecution dramatically increased since Prime Minister Modi was elected in 2014? What is Hindutva, and why should it concern us? If Modi's past is an indicator of India's future, what can Indian Christians expect in the way of increased persecution?
When the Department of Homeland Security was founded in 2003, its stated purpose was "preventing terrorist attacks within the United States and reducing America's vulnerability to terrorism."
From ToddStarnes.com:\r"Winning was just the beginning.\rIn The Deplorables' Guide to Making America Great Again, Fox News Radio host Todd Starnes reports from the front lines of the culture war in America and provides insights on what you can do to bring about real and lasting change in our nation.\r
Each year, there are approximately 1.4 million pregnant women in the U.S. who are abortion-determined. Most of them are unreached and under-served apart from the abortion industry. Finding them, communicating with them, serving them, and caring for them long-term is essential to the increasingly successful effort to make abortion no longer sought and even more, unthinkable.
Throughout human history, people of all cultures have sought freedom. Many religious and political views emphasize a freedom from all constraints. The biblical view of freedom paradoxically involves throwing off the bondage of sin and becoming a servant of Christ.
Giving a Voice to the Voiceless: The Role of Film and Media in Equipping Churches to Pro-Life Action
Join the director and producer of the powerful pro-life film, Voiceless, for a panel discussion about the role of movies and media in motivating churches to take an active role in promoting a culture of life. Care Net and Human Coalition will join to discuss practical ways that churches can become equipped to provide compassion, hope, help, and discipleship to women and men considering abortion.
Bernard Nathanson was a former abortionist and co-founder of NARAL (NARAL Pro-Choice America). He worked with Betty Friedan and others to legalize abortion in the U.S. After killing more than 60,000 babies, he had a profound conversion after seeing the development of the pre-born baby via ultrasound.
A first step to have a substantial and sustainable impact in addressing poverty is to accurately diagnose the problem. While situational poverty caused by a setback such as a job loss or death of a breadwinner needs temporary assistance until families and individuals can regain their footing, the most entrenched and devastating form of poverty is rooted in something deeper than financial loss and requires a restoration of vision and values before funds or programs can make a significant difference.
It's happening everywhere, and not just in "blue" states. Radical LGBT activists are forcing potentially dangerous policies on schools, businesses, and other public places, violating the safety and privacy of women and children and threatening religious freedom. How can churches help protect their community and be a voice for the vulnerable on these issues?
Everyday children are being inundated with messages that stand in opposition to traditional family values. Moral relativism and secular progressivism are waging an all-out war for the moral integrity of America's children.
On January 27, 2017, pro-life digital activists will gather at Family Research Council headquarters for the ProLifeCon Digital Action Summit, the premier conference for the digital pro-life community. At our 12th annual event, we will be joined by friends old and new as we discuss the most successful online strategies of the past year and look ahead to the opportunities before us under a new administration. Activists, policy experts, and legislators will be on hand to discuss the issues impacting the pro-life movement and share practical ways to make a difference for life on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and your online platform of choice.
Abortion was first authorized in 1920 by the former U.S.S.R., and is currently authorized, partly or fully, by 136 nations, but the 60 nations still prohibiting abortion face relentless international pressure to permit abortion without restriction.
What happens when an abortion survivor finds her birth mother... who never knew her daughter was alive?
Attachment is the bonding process that God ordained for us as humans, from infancy and throughout our lives. Children who receive the tender gaze, physical affection, and consistent emotional presence of a parent will develop a settled confidence that bolsters them in life.
The 2016 Presidential Election brought an unexpected result that shocked people on both sides of the political aisle, but it also opened a window of opportunity to accomplish a host of policy initiatives that would repair some of the damage done to the sanctity of life, natural marriage, and religious liberty through eight years of the Obama administration's liberal elite special interests. We are now at a critical juncture. Each presidential administration has the opportunity to impact everyday Americans in significant ways by issuing executive orders, agency regulations, and administrative guidance through memoranda, letters, and other internal documents issued by the agencies and departments of the Executive Branch, as well as making judicial appointments.
"What might the election result in 2016 mean for America's first freedom -- religious liberty? \rMary Eberstadt, author most recently of It's Dangerous to Believe: Religious Freedom and Its Enemies, argues that the present moment offers religious believers and moral traditionalists several new opportunities for pushing back against the intolerance generated by years of secularist-progressive ascendency. \r
The American system of higher education has been watered down by historical and ideological forces so that seldom do we find organized efforts to pursue questions about the history of Western Civilization nor do we educate college students in their importance.\r
The pursuit of biological "perfection", or transhumanism, has captured the human imagination for ages. Modern eugenics has a similar underlying philosophy as its predecessor, manifesting itself differently through prenatal and genetic screening with the aim to abort a child with adverse conditions, sex-selective abortions, in-vitro selection, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), aborting extra embryos via "selective reduction," three-parent embryo technologies, genetic engineering, and gene editing.
Students are told they can't pray, read their Bibles, or talk about their faith in class, but it turns out that most educators who repress religious expression do so because they are unaware of the U.S. Department of Education's clear guidelines which protect students' religious freedom.
Addiction is most commonly discussed in the context of substance abuse, but in recent years, mental health professionals have also recognized other compulsive, destructive behaviors as warranting the designation.
Is it ever acceptable to put a child in harm's way in order to advance ideology? School should be a safe place for children, and yet the Obama administration's vague new interpretation of Title IX enshrines in law a loss of student privacy and safety inside our nation's public schools.
With the cost of healthcare and college tuition on the rise, efforts to offer such services for free through government programs are understandably attractive to many. However, the utopian, socialist principles behind such ideas are inherently flawed, and in reality, their ends can only be achieved through unfettered government overreach.
Since September 11, 2001, America has been at war. And that's about all anyone can say with certainty about a conflict that has cost 7,000 American lives and almost $2 trillion. As long as the most basic strategic questions -- Who is the enemy? What are we fighting? -- remain unanswered, victory is impossible. Yet this war is eminently winnable if we remove our ideological blinders and apply basic strategic principles.
Much has happened legally and culturally in the year since the Supreme Court constitutionalized same-sex marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges in June 2015. While the ruling itself concerned same-sex marriage licenses, it symbolized much more, and continues to have implications for the family, the church, and for religious freedom.
Despite longstanding protections in federal law to keep pro-life doctors, nurses, churches, and religious organizations from being forced to pay for or perform abortions, President Obama's HHS has repeatedly ignored and refused to investigate clear violations of the law.
Since October 2015, following the release of the Center for Medical Progress' shocking undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood's illegal sale of aborted baby body parts, the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives has been investigating the grisly practices of big abortion providers.
As a young attorney, Virginia Prodan searched for the truth. When she finally found it in the most forbidden book in all of Romania, she accepted the divine call to defend fellow followers of Jesus Christ against unjust persecution in an ungodly land.
At a time when faith and religious liberty are the subject of much debate, it is glaringly obvious that many members of the media are not aware of the essential role religion plays in our society.
The ink on the Supreme Court's Obergefell decision was barely dry before the nation's focus was shifted from the "L" and "G" to the "T" in LGBT. Bruce Jenner's announcement that he identifies as a woman named Caitlyn came to dominate the entertainment news cycle, giving the transgendered community a place in the national spotlight. In keeping with its agenda of so-called "tolerance", the Obama administration jumped on the bandwagon, working to elevate the cause of these individuals who believe their observable, biological sex does not match their gender identity.
Even before the Supreme Court ruled in favor of legally redefining marriage to include any two consenting adults with mutual affection for one another, the American marriage was in deep trouble. The cultural embrace of radical sexual expression, institutionalized no-fault divorce, and a basic misunderstanding of marriage's sacred purpose could only serve to weaken the foundation on which the building block of society - the family - is built.
Sweeping across the Middle East, fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are savagely brutalizing and annihilating Christians. Where did the terrorists come from? Why are they targeting the faithful? And what can be done to stop them?
Before Secretary of State John Kerry designated ISIS' ongoing brutality against Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities in the Middle East as genocide, a resolution calling for that action passed the House 393-0.
It's easy to get discouraged by the headlines. It can often feel as if God has left the building and we are on our own. As a response, Warren Cole Smith and John Stonestreet have co-authored Restoring All Things, a soul-stirring book that cuts through the chaos and uncertainty to show you how God is powerfully active and intensely engaged in fulfilling His promise to restore all things.
While many are aware of ISIS' barbaric practices and the ongoing violation of minority groups' religious liberties in Iraq and Syria, the future of religious liberty also hangs in the balance in many other parts of the world. Religious believers around the world experience violence, repression, and exile of various forms and degrees. This persecution may be supported by law and/or driven by culture, but it is never acceptable. It deserves our attention and America's action.
Jihad, caliphate, sharia...words with which most Americans were not familiar until the 9/11 terrorist attacks. They inspire fear, not only because of their link to the brutal attacks now occurring regularly around the world, but also because many of us do not fully understand how these words animate a radical Islamist vision of the future.
It's no secret the sexual revolution of the 1960s laid the groundwork for the post-gender age in which we now find ourselves. The path from free love to transgenderism and the "alphabet soup" of the LGBT movement was a relatively straight one, made even smoother by several landmark Supreme Court decisions that favored unfettered sexual license. What was once unthinkable is now promoted and celebrated in our culture, and woe to you if you do not join in worshipping the new categories of self-identification. The temptation is strong to flee the ever-darkening landscape, but Christians are called to bring "grace and truth?" to a society in crisis.
The transgender movement-the demand that society accept, protect, and subsidize the choices of those who reject their inborn biological sex-was brought into bold relief last year when Bruce Jenner announced he now identifies as a woman named Caitlyn.
What do Herbert Hoover and Barack Obama have in common? Very little, except one word: Statism. The earlier President opposed it as vigorously as the current President advances it.
While the state of the union waxes and wanes with changes in government leadership, the American family has always been the backbone that makes this country strong.
"During the First World War," said the anti-fascist politician Gaetano Salvemini, "we used to say that the situation in Germany was serious but not desperate, in Austria desperate but not serious, and in Italy desperate but normal."
Malevolence or Benevolence? Fetal Tissue Research, Planned Parenthood's abortions, and Embryonic Stem Cells
The impact of this summer's Planned Parenthood undercover video scandal continues to reverberate in the halls of Congress and, thanks to pro-life groups, into our daily lives through clever marketing and social media. The revelation that the abortion giant has apparently profited off unborn baby body parts sold for research has been deeply disturbing to millions of Americans.
Threats to religious liberty in the United States did not begin with the Supreme Court's Obergefell v. Hodges decision, but they have become more pronounced since last summer's ruling.
Religious Practice and Marital Stability: Launching MARRIpedia, an online social science encyclopedia
At the October meeting of the World Congress of Families, Dr. Patrick Fagan unveiled MARRIpedia, a newly-launched online social science encyclopedia of all matters related to family, marriage, religion, and sexuality. MARRIpedia synthesizes and translates the work of myriad social scientists into concise, issue-specific entries that are intelligible to the lay reader.
As religious liberty becomes a topic of greater concern in our nation, some might assume this freedom only affects those who espouse faith and a desire to exercise their sincerely held beliefs. However, religious freedom is just one facet of liberty. If it suffers, so does the whole. As an example of this principle, there are now data which show the inextricable link between religious and economic liberty. Each supports and impacts the other, providing a reason for libertarians and fiscal conservatives to join the cause of defending and promoting religious liberty as a matter of practice, not just intellectual belief. Join the Family Research Council and Jay Richards as he comes to share a unifying perspective on the many reasons religious liberty is worth protecting.
Marriage and sexuality, religious freedom, abortion, assisted suicide, stem cell research and human trafficking: The stands we take and the choices we make on such vital issues, as individuals and as a nation, matter now and for eternity. Faith Steps encourages and equips people of faith to winsomely engage friends and the culture on critical matters --not as partisans but as ambassadors. \rDecisively rejecting the stifling notion that Christians should remain mute on controversial social issues and shun the political arena, Faith Steps reveals how courageous and compassionate engagement can help our neighbors and transform culture.\r
Recent news reports have been filled with the stories of masses of refugees fleeing the Middle East as radical Islamic militants continue their death march across the region. Christians and other religious minorities bear the brunt of the radicals' wrath, facing captivity at best and death at worst because of their beliefs. Between the spread of fanatical Islamist ideology and the looming likelihood of a nuclear Iran, the implications for the region and the rest of the world are dire.
The First World War laid waste to a continent and permanently altered the political and religious landscape of the West. For a generation of men and women, it brought the end of innocence-and the end of faith. Yet for J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, the Great War deepened their spiritual quest. Both men served as soldiers on the Western Front, survived the trenches, and used the experience of that conflict to ignite their Christian imagination. Had there been no Great War, there would have been no Hobbit, no Lord of the Rings, no Narnia, and perhaps no conversion to Christianity by C.S. Lewis.
A tragic suicide, a likely murder, wrongful imprisonment, and gripping courtroom scenes draw readers into this compelling story giving them a frightening perspective on justice corrupted and who should be accountable when evidence is withheld. Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice is the true story of the strong-arm, illegal, and unethical tactics used by headline-grabbing federal prosecutors in their narcissistic pursuit of power. Its scope reaches from the US Department of Justice to the US Senate, the FBI, and the White House. This true story is a scathing attack on corrupt prosecutors, the judges who turned a blind eye to these injustices, and the president who has promoted them to powerful political positions.
The Supreme Court has issued a decision, but that doesn't end the debate. Now that the Supreme Court has ruled, Americans face momentous debates about the nature of marriage and religious liberty. Because the Court has redefined marriage in all 50 states, we have to energetically protect our freedom to live according to conscience and faith as we work to rebuild a strong marriage culture. In the first book to respond to the Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage, Ryan Anderson draws on the best philosophy and social science to explain what marriage is, why it matters for public policy, and the consequences of its legal redefinition.
Persecution and genocide of Christians at the hands of radical Islamist groups like ISIS and Boko Haram have seen exponential growth in recent years.
Is there a connection between the pornography and sex trafficking industries? As a matter of fact, pornography use has been shown to fuel the demand for sex trafficking. What about the incidence of abortion in the sex trafficking industry? Join FRC's Director of the Center for Human Dignity, Arina Grossu, to learn more about the links between pornography, sex trafficking and abortion.
Religious Liberty after Obergefell: Why Congress Must Act Now to Pass the First Amendment Defense Act
During April's oral arguments for the now infamous Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court case, the Solicitor General tipped the government's hand and removed any doubt about the threat which is now posed to the First Amendment's guarantee of religious liberty.
Most people avoid using the word "addiction" in reference to uncontrolled impulses like hyper-sexuality, overeating, or gambling, but neuroscience has shown that pornography use creates a biological reaction in the brain not unlike what is found in drug addicts. Porn use has become a pervasive part of American life, but many give this particular addictive behavior a "protected status." We know porn is damaging, but if we talk about it openly, we will either have to fight it or normalize it. Join us as Dr. Donald Hilton speaks about the neurological effects and societal consequences of rampant pornography use and addiction.
The Supreme Court and Marriage: What Happens after the Decision?
Chelsen Vicari serves as the Evangelical Program Director for the Institute on Religion and Democracy. She earned her Masters of Arts in Government from Regent University and frequently contributes to conservative outlets. She is also the author of Distortion: How the New Christian Left is Twisting the Gospel and Damaging the Faith.
Join FRC and Dr. Mark Regnerus as he discusses the ways in which Americans relate, particularly in matters of marriage and sexuality.
Exactly fifty years ago, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan declared a crisis in race relations. The only remedy, he declared, was to focus on "a new kind of national goal: the establishment of a stable Negro family structure." Unfortunately, the deterioration of the black family has only grown worse, and white, Hispanic, and Asian families have followed right along. Let us use this Valentine's season to start a revolution of love, especially within our families, that produces a "happily ever after" ending for ourselves, our children, and our nation.
Persecution is real in the 21st century. For nearly 60 years, Open Doors has worked in the world's most oppressive countries, empowering Christians who are persecuted for their beliefs. Open Doors equips persecuted Christians in more than 60 countries by providing Bibles, training, programs to help women and children who have been marginalized because of their beliefs and status in society, and helping to restore communities that have been destroyed because of faith.
Some observers argue that Christian public policy is dead or dying. Young Evangelical conservatives are called a rare breed and soon become irrelevant old conservatives. Are these perceptions right? And how should Christians navigate the changing social landscape of 21st century America? Is it possible to stand firmly for Christian principles in a hostile culture? Should we retreat from the culture wars for the sake of cultural approval? Is it possible to remain faithful to historic Protestant faith and engage in public policy? FRC has assembled an exciting panel of young conservatives who are active in public policy and are passionate about their Christian faith. Come hear them as they discuss the challenges of remaining faithful to Christ and influential in shaping public policy in America.
City officials in Houston subpoenaed sermons from area pastors to see what they've said about sexuality and gender. Christian ministries are being pushed off college campus for having Christian statements of faith. A New Mexico Supreme Court justice wrote in an opinion that Christian businesspeople "compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives" are simply paying a "price of citizenship."
Dr. Paul Kengor takes a fresh look at Reagan conservatism in his latest book, 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative.
The Coalition written by counter-terrorism expert LTG (Ret.) William "Jerry" Boykin and terrorism expert Kamal Saleem will be released by Post Hill Press on Nov. 11, 2014. The Coalition describes a world where Muslims have succeeded in becoming the majority populace of several European Countries, adding to their dominance in the Middle East. With the spread of radical Islam accelerating and Sharia law as the backdrop, this character-driven novel tells the story of a divided world and two men who epitomize opposite sides of an ideological chasm.
Religion is growing and will continue to grow globally, with about 9-in-10 people projected to be affiliated with religion in 2030 compared with 8-in-10 in 1970, according to the World Religion Database.
Rally with Christians from all 50 states on Sunday, October 12th for iPledge Sunday 2014, a historic nationwide simulcast originating in Washington D.C. and a church in your state!
Can Christian faith change lives and change cultures, or is that only a cliche we must abandon?
Values Voter Summit was created in 2006 to provide a forum to help inform and mobilize citizens across America to preserve the bedrock values of traditional marriage, religious liberty, sanctity of life and limited government that make our nation strong. It has drawn as many as 3,000 plus attendees from around the nation and foreign countries. Garnering national and international media attention, CNN named it "one of the conservative movement's marquee annual events" and Sean Hannity called it "the premier conservative event now in the country."
Did you know that America has seen darker days in the past than those we are facing right now? 200 years ago we were in the midst of the War of 1812. The U.S. Capitol and the White House were burning. Average citizens like us hung their heads in shame. Then God intervened and a series of events occurred that saved America and led to the writing of the Star Spangled Banner.
On Tuesday, September 9th from 8 to 9pm EST, the Family Research Council will host a webcast to inform parents, teachers, and officials on the coming overhaul in testing and curriculum that is part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
In Federalist 2, John Jay argues for the ratification of the Constitution on the grounds that the Americans of his day naturally--and providentially--formed one people, united by a common heritage, language, religion, set of political principles, and sacrifice during the Revolutionary War.
Join FRC and Dr. William Jeynes in a discussion on the Bible and prayer in public schools.
Jeffersonian Walls and Madisonian Lines: The Supreme Court's Use of History and the First Amendment's Religion Clauses
In Everson v. Board of Education, Justice Wiley Rutledge observed that "[n]o provision of the Constitution is more closely tied to or given content by its generating history than the religious clause of the First Amendment.
Please join the Family Research Council on Wednesday, July 30th at 12:00 pm for our forum, "Common Core: Uncommon Dilemma," in which we'll be hosting some of the finest minds in the American education arena as they discuss their concerns about this ongoing federal program and its impact on signatory states.
The Family Research Council will host Rev. Richard Owen Roberts (see bio below) as our special guest speaker in our Lunchtime Lecture Series at FRC Headquarters. He will address the ever growing cry, \u001CSomething must be done!\u001D Following his message, Rev. Roberts will be available for questions and discussion. Attendees will enjoy a complimentary buffet lunch. Rev. Roberts believes that despite the spiritual confusion and even judgments of God we see around us, it is not too late for America. But our problems are, at their root, spiritual, and to be resolved they must be addressed at the root.
The conservative movement has gone through several phases in the post World War era. From the Eisenhower years of the immediate post-war era to the Reagan revolution to the neo-conservatism of George Bush, conservatism has carried many labels.
Human cloning has already happened. Over the last 14 months, there have been three published successes at creating human clones in the laboratory.
On May 5, 2014, in Town of Greece v. Galloway, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and upheld the Town of Greece's practice of opening its meetings with public prayer.
Dr. Gagnon will address the myth that we have radically new knowledge today about homosexuality that allows us to discount the biblical witness on homosexual practice or to claim its affirmation of loving homosexual relationships.
Pornography and Sex Trafficking: Stopping Online Advertisers of Trafficking Victims with the SAVE Act
Join Congresswoman Ann Wagner, U.S. Representative for Missouri's Second Congressional District and Cathy Ruse, FRC's Senior Fellow for Legal Studies, for a discussion of how the demand for online pornography contributes to the advertisement and exploitation of sex trafficking victims.
Collateral damage in the 'war on women' debate: Sexual risk avoidance education caught in the crosshairs
The phrase "war on women" is an agenda-driven attempt to give victim status to women while ignoring their victimization by dangerous sexual messages.\r
Join FRC and Dr. John Fleming, U.S. Representative for Louisiana's Fourth Congressional District, for a discussion of challenges to religious expression in the military and ongoing legislative responses.
Join FRC and Dr. Brown as we discuss many important questions including: Why the church cannot avoid the subject of homosexuality; how we can respond to this controversial subject with love and truth together; our best biblical approach to the subject; and a look at what we can expect from gay theologians in the coming days. \r
Join FRC for a Men's Bible Study on the National Day of Prayer.
Belgium recently passed a child euthanasia law, making it one of the most liberal countries in the world when it comes to euthanasia. What is the state of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide in the U.S.?
In what countries are Christians persecuted today? Who is persecuting them? How has persecution changed over the past 100 years? What is likely to happen in the future? These and other questions will be examined in the context of the global persecution of Christians.
A committee working under the auspices of the U.N. has recently chided the Vatican for its failure to properly implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the Church. A panel will examine the implications of this committee report as well as the dangers of U.N. overreach in the area of religion. The report goes well beyond abuse and cites the need for the Roman Catholic Church to reexamine its teachings on moral issues such as abortion.
FRC's Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, Bob Morrison, will discuss the relationship between President Lincoln and Abolitionist Editor/Orator Frederick Douglass in a lecture titled: The Douglass-Lincoln Debates.
Join us for the annual release of the Fourth Index of Family Belonging. The Index charts the present intactness of the family in the U.S. by examining the proportion of seventeen year olds who live in an intact married family.
Come listen to the FRC's Marriage and Religion Research Institute team as they discuss the National Survey of Family Growth's numbers on aborting women in America.
Like Congress, state legislatures, and local communities across America, the town of Greece, NY, opens its town board meetings with prayer. Any town resident can pray, regardless of their faith.
Stem cells and the policy debate over stem cell research and funding are not as prominent in the news lately, and many people still don't know the differences between types of stem cells, their ethics, and their practical effectiveness.
Why do some societies thrive and others perpetually struggle? How can we alleviate poverty most effectively and help underdeveloped nations grow strong and self-sufficient?
November 19th is the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. This speech is widely acclaimed as one of the most eloquent in American history.
Come join FRC for a discussion of the Republican Study Committee's alternative to the Affordable Care Act, known as "Obamacare." Dr. Phil Roe, the Congressman representing Tennessee's First Congressional District, will present an overview and answer questions about the RSC's patient-centered and free market alternative, the American Health Care Reform Act.
Divorces in the United States continue to take a devastating toll on the health of society. While much focus is given to the results of failed marriages such as poverty, lower educational outcomes, and increased delinquency in children, little attention is paid to the role divorce plays in many of these problems.
With increasing regularity the public square is being purged of all mention of God and Christianity. Religion is sadly become something of a clandestine activity in the U.S.A. What can Christians do in the face of such pressure to hide their faith? Is there a way to bring God back to the public square? Come join FRC and Larry Taunton as he explains the challenges of a secular society that increasingly rejects Christ and the opportunity we have to shine the light.
What do the new Common Core educational standards mean for education in America? What about the Obama Administration's recent push for universal preschool funding? Will they help us compete better in the global arena? Will they help lessen inequalities in states and other locales?
The U.S. Armed Forces are facing a threat to their ability to defend this country as serious as any since Pearl Harbor. But this one comes from their own Commander-in-Chief.
For many students, a bachelor's degree is considered the golden ticket to a more financially and intellectually fulfilling life. But the disturbing reality is that debt, unemployment, and politically charged pseudo-learning are more likely outcomes for many college students today than full-time employment and time-honored knowledge.\r
FRC and The Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education (The Center) invite you to join us for a presentation by Dr. Patrick F. Fagan, on the impact of pornography on college campus life.
There is a case that has caught the attention of homeschool advocates on an international level. The Romeike family of Germany was granted asylum by a U.S. judge due to the persecution they had experienced for homeschooling their children in Germany.
Come join FRC to hear about one woman's unlikely journey to faith in Christ and find ways to graciously discuss some of the toughest questions on sexuality with your friends, neighbors and family members.
Thanks to the wonders of ultrasound technology, women considering abortion have the opportunity to see their child in the womb and the power of this visual tool forms a bond with their child that often changes hearts to choose life over death.
There was a time when humanity looked in the mirror and saw something precious, worth protecting and fighting for - indeed, worth liberating.
Pro-life internet activists will gather at Family Research Council headquarters on January 24th, 2011 for ProLifeCon, the premier conference for the online pro-life community. The event will be webcast live, and will feature experts and legislators to inform you about the cutting edge of the pro-life movement and give you ways to make a difference on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and the rest of the online world.
Over the past century Western Civilization, including the United States, has experienced profound social, culture, and sexual changes. Many of these changes run counter to deeply-held Christian moral teaching.