Senate Strikes Funding Deal in the Saint Nick of Time
If federal workers were hoping for an early start on their Christmas vacation, they're out of luck! No one is turning off the government's lights any time soon, thanks to a deal struck in the Senate late Thursday night. With Friday's shutdown deadline breathing down Democrats' necks, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) decided that maybe it wasn't such a good idea for his party to preside over another disaster and finally caved to the conservatives' demand: a vote on the vaccine mandate.
Profiles in Courage -- and Cowardice
A global social media movement asking #WhereIsPengShuai has yet to find convincing answers. The Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai disappeared after she publicly accused a former vice premier of China of sexually assaulting her. The social media posts in which she made the accusation were removed within 20 minutes of posting. But Peng's fans were faster than Chinese censors, saving her posts and demanding answers about her disappearance.
Powerful Words about Biden's 'Unconscionable Retreat' in Nigeria
For several years, Family Research Council has focused attention on the troubled African country of Nigeria. We have frequently reported about the rampant violence and killing of Christians by radical Islamist terrorists -- in the eyes of many seen as a "slow-motion genocide." In early 2021, FRC updated an extensive report on the relentless violations of religious freedom in that vast and influential African nation.
On Life and Death Roe
There were plenty of surprises inside the Supreme Court on Thursday, but the biggest one might have been outside it. "It was like a pro-life block party," FRC's Mary Szoch beamed. "There was just a palpable sense of hopefulness in the air -- a feeling that this was the moment [we'd] been waiting 49 years for." From dawn until well after the justices adjourned, the atmosphere was almost jubilant -- a preview, conservatives hope, of the celebration to come when the court rules on Roe v. Wade this June.
Senate on the Polarized Express with NDAA
There's only one December flurry that's bigger than the snow in D.C. -- and that's the rush to pass the NDAA. The National Defense Authorization Act has been the one constant in a city where consensus is rarer than a Santa sighting. The military's spending bill passes so reliably that it hasn't missed a year since West Side Story was in the theaters, and gas cost 27 cents a gallon! But that 60-year streak is on the line right now, and there's no one to blame but radical Democrats.
School Boards Make Quantum Leap for CRT
Woke radicals administrating our nation's schools want to have their cake and eat it too when it comes to indoctrinating their students into the deceptive, destructive ideology known as critical race theory. Leftists routinely deny this, from the White House on down, insisting that conservatives are making it all up to score political points. Yet occasionally the truth leaks out. Today, the Los Angeles Unified School District, which insisted "Critical Race Theory is not taught in schools," invited the Director of UCLA's Center for Critical Race Studies in Education to give a presentation as they discuss curriculum for a class on Ethnic Studies.
A Supreme Case for Lives
In the most-watched case of a generation, the eyes of the nation's pro-lifers were on the Supreme Court this morning as oral argument was held in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, a case that will answer the question of "whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional."
COVID Shots for Tots? Leave It up to Parents
Over the course of 2021, we've heard a steady drumbeat about getting the COVID-19 shot from the Biden administration and from the mainstream media that began softly but has steadily increased in intensity. In the last few months, Biden and the media have tossed aside the drum and are now using a bullhorn: every American, without exception, must get the COVID-19 shot. Some state officials are now beginning to fall in line with this pronouncement by mandating the shot for children, following the FDA's emergency use authorization last month of Pfizer's COVID shot for children ages five to 11.
Iran from Responsibility on U.S. Nuclear Deal
Obama is no longer president, but the "team that is around Biden was the same one that was around Obama," said Congressman Michael Waltz (R-Fla.). That's why his approach to Iran seems like a blast from the past -- only weaker. This week, diplomats from six countries are meeting in Vienna to renegotiate the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the U.K. are all there, but the U.S. is participating indirectly because Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018.
Courts Don't Offer Booster to Biden Mandate
While Ronald Reagan is remembered as the "Great Communicator," Joe Biden will not be remembered as the "Great Persuader." Although he's spent months trying to talk Americans into getting vaccinated against COVID-19, roughly 30 percent of our adult population is resisting his forceful overtures. Obviously, there are a number of reasons why so many people are opposed, but one thing is clear: Americans don't want the federal government to demand they get the vaccine.
Red Kettle Chips away at Biblical Worldview
Spot the flaw in this logic: the Bible says racism is wrong, and critical race theory (CRT) says racism is wrong; therefore, critical race theory is consistent with a biblical worldview. It should be obvious. One point of similarity cannot reconcile antithetical positions. Unfortunately, it's no longer obvious to The Salvation Army, who tried to mix the two together in a study guide titled "Let's Talk about Racism," withdrawn "for appropriate review" last Thursday after donors complained. The Salvation Army published an explanatory statement that, instead of apologizing, attacked its critics, insinuating "some individuals and groups have recently attempted to mislabel our organization to serve their own agendas."
Uganda Proves Why Relying on China Is So Dangerous
Some people remember it as the site where Israeli commandos rescued a hijacked plane decades ago, in a hugely successful mission known as "Operation Entebbe." Now, Uganda's only international airport is again the site of controversy. Facing challenges in paying its $200 million loan from China -- funds it used to expand its facility -- Uganda is learning a lesson that the rest of Africa should take to heart: Financial entanglements with an authoritarian bully is beyond dangerous.
Omicron: Country Pauses for a Moment of Science
Stand by for Act III. While the rest of the world reeled with the discovery of a new COVID variant, Omicron, at least one person appears to be basking in the spotlight once again: Dr. Anthony Fauci. Reveling in his celebrity-like status on the Sunday shows, the president's pandemic mouthpiece didn't let the absence of scientific information hinder his discussion about the latest COVID variant.
In Mississippi, a Prayerful, United Stand for Life ahead of Dobbs
In the almost 49 years since the Roe v. Wade decision was handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court, abortion has sharply divided America like no other issue has. But last night, the abortion issue united leaders from coast to coast and across ethnic and faith backgrounds for a national prayer gathering in Jackson, Mississippi ahead of the monumental Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization Supreme Court case that will be heard on December 1, which could potentially reverse Roe.
This Wednesday: The Case of All Cases
On December 1, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, a case that has the potential to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion on demand in America. In the lead-up to the case, abortion will once again be in the national spotlight, and when the court announces its decision sometime next year, it will generate massive media attention. What do pastors need to know about the Dobbs case so they can educate and prepare their congregations for the national conversation about abortion that will follow? Find out in David Closson's Gospel Coalition column, "The Supreme Court Case That Could Overturn Roe v. Wade."
Gratitude: The Power to Transform
This isn't the idyllic Norman Rockwell backdrop to Thanksgiving that most Americans would have chosen. With every negative headline, every crisis, gratitude is probably the last thing on most people's minds. We're hunting for bargains on turkeys and cautiously filling up grocery carts amid skyrocketing prices, but how many of us are actually stopping to look beyond the sting of the present to reflect on our true blessings -- and what kind of difference would it make if we did?
To Whom It May Ignore: U.S. Abandons Terror-filled Nigeria
When Pastor Silas Yakubu Ali didn't show up to preach on Sunday morning, there was one overriding feeling: dread. It wasn't like the 55-year-old leader of the Evangelical Church Winning All to be late. As the hour grew later, people in the congregation left to search -- each one praying that his disappearance wasn't what they all feared. In Nigeria, they knew, being a Christian or going to church could be a death sentence -- one that had been carried out thousands of times this year already.
House Democrats Ram Through $1.8 Trillion Mistake
If Democrats are good at anything, it's sticking taxpayers with the bill for their reckless spending. The routine is getting all too familiar: they lie about the contents to get their bill passed, greet popular outrage with contempt, lose the next election spectacularly, but sit back gratified -- knowing what they've done to transform America will never be undone. ObamaCare, anyone? Ten years later, House Democrats have passed another bill that dwarfs ObamaCare in both page count and price tag -- and the Senate might be dangerously on the verge of passing it.
Thanksgiving Tyranny: Mandate Women into War?
As we prepare to gather around the Thanksgiving table with family and friends, many of us remember the old adage advising us not to talk about religion or politics. This year though, many families are likely to be discussing both for a myriad of reasons. One such topic of discussion is an issue that hits close to home. Namely, should our daughters be mandated to register for the draft and thus subject to being mandated into war?
GOP Tries to Dodge Women's Draft
If the states manage to stop the president's vaccine mandate, they can thank Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Together with Donald Trump, no one worked harder to fill the courts with constitutionally-minded men and women than the man heading up the Senate's minority party. Without those four years of record-breaking judicial confirmations, a lot of the checks on Joe Biden's power we're seeing today wouldn't be possible. Historians may have different takes on the 45th president one day, but one thing they can't deny is this: he brought balance back to the courts -- and our country is safer for it.
Taking Exception with Biden's COVID Inquisition
"How long have you held the religious belief underlying your objection?" The tone of the Biden administration's questionnaire template is aggressive and confrontational. The opening inquiry sounds more natural coming from someone with a gun to your head. Yet it is one of seven questions suggested by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force to use when evaluating applications for religious exemptions from the COVID vaccine mandates. Other questions require employees to distinguish the COVID vaccine from others they may not object to, probe their medical history, and imply that religious exercise is limited to worship.
Biden Takes Aim at Trump's Pro-Faith Policies
Elections have consequences. Many of these consequences are obvious, but not all. Some come in the form of less-noticed changes in federal government agencies that most Americans rarely think about. Yet, the actions of these agencies can have wide-reaching effects, touching the lives of average citizens. The Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) expected move to rescind a religious freedom safeguard implemented by the Trump administration is the latest example of the damage that can be done.
You've Gotta Fight for the Right in the Party
The Democrats are supposed to be the ones falling apart -- not the party that just put together the most stunning upset in an off-year election. And yet, the RNC -- for reasons no one can understand -- apparently doesn't want to follow the recipe for success that won Republicans Virginia (and got them a hair's breadth away in New Jersey). In what can only be called selfish ignorance, the committee's leadership is trying to shed the values that made their party an attractive alternative to begin with. And no one seems more surprised than the chairman who made the decision to walk away from voters in the first place: Ronna McDaniel.
When Will They Learn? Woke Loudoun District Loses Again
Loudoun County teacher Tanner Cross won a complete victory Tuesday over the most infamous school board in the country that provoked widespread pushback from parents with a radical, transgender bathroom policy. The school board had suspended Cross for criticizing the policy during a public comment period. But after the Virginia Supreme Court affirmed a District Court ruling reinstating the teacher, the school agreed to not punish him for his comments in a public forum, to remove any evidence of his suspension from his personnel file, and to pay $20,000 in attorney's fees to Alliance Defending Freedom, who represented him.
"Old Friends" or Not, Biden Must Get Tough on Xi
President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping met via video conference earlier this week for a three-and-a-half-hour discussion. Each leader's opening statements struck a conciliatory tone, pledging to work together. Yet, given the recent aggressive actions of the Chinese government and the persistent human rights abuses within its borders, the conciliatory tone is exactly the problem.
The Plane Truth about Vax Tyranny
What air travel needs right now is more restrictions, said 37 Democratic lawmakers in a letter to President Biden, saying, "as the nation approaches holiday season, we ask that you put in place requirements for airline passengers to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID or a negative test to board a domestic flight." Their call for further travel restrictions doesn't just unhappily coincide with the holiday travel season; they explicitly cite that as a reason to enact the restrictions.
In a Culture Starving for Hope, Believers Must Be Unashamed of the Truth
It's news to nobody that the Biden administration is floundering. With the president's approval rating reaching yet another new low after a fizzling vaccine mandate and an economy that continues to struggle with skyrocketing inflation, many Americans are becoming disillusioned with a government that is flirting with authoritarianism and seems hostile to the principles of capitalism and free markets. During volatile times such as these, hope can be hard to come by.
Standing Firm When the World Says, 'Give up'
"In this world, it is becoming more and more unpopular to be a Christian. Soon it may become dangerous."\rThose were the words of Melvin Laird, a former congressman and defense secretary for President Richard Nixon. He made that comment more than 50 years ago -- and if he thought it was difficult to practice his faith back then, he wouldn't believe the hostility of the culture today. The church is being pressed in from all sides, urged to abandon our faith or abandon the public square. We can do neither.
Biden's Education Problems Become A Parent
When Americans gather around the table next week, one thing they won't be thankful for -- polls already show -- is this administration. Not even the supposedly popular infrastructure bill can undo the gloom and doom for Joe Biden, who is failing where people feel it most. More than six in 10 Americans think the president hasn't accomplished much -- except maybe ruining the economy, which a whopping 70 percent say is in bad shape. Even his handling of the pandemic, a historically strong issue for Biden, is a net negative now. But that's not why the Left is panicking. His numbers on education are.
No Shots Fired: Biden Loses Emergency Mandate Duel
Unvaccinated employees in several states can mark themselves safe, for now, from OSHA's career-ending vaccine mandate after a three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals put the rule on ice Friday. The panel issued a stay on November 5 pending an expedited judicial review, and have now reaffirmed that stay in a 22-page opinion. Their emergency ruling excoriates the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) so completely that the reader is almost -- almost -- embarrassed for the Biden administration.
'This Has Been a Long Fight, But Every Life Is Worth It'
While Joe Biden's climate "negotiator" was busy telling reporters that human rights wasn't "in his lane," another former secretary of State was painting a very different picture of the job. John Kerry may not think a little thing like genocide ought to get in the way of this administration's deal on the environment, but one of his successors loudly disagrees.
Kerry Signals Lane Change on China
It's a cry that rings out behind the barbed wire towers so frequently the Chinese guards are numb to it. "Don't do this -- please, don't do this!" This time, it was a fresh blood -- a Uyghur just hauled into headquarters named Abduweli Ayup. He was crying with terror as police started in, sexually torturing him until he passed out. When he woke, he says he remembers the strangest things, like the flies buzzing around the room. For once, he wished he was one of them. "Because no one can torture them. No one can rape them."
Job or Jab? Thinking Biblically about the Looming Vax Mandates
After nearly two months of waiting, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced last week that President Biden's vaccine mandate for businesses with more than 100 workers will go into effect on January 4. Millions of Americans are now on notice that they have 53 days to decide between their job or a jab. While the legal battles are already playing out in courtrooms around the country, Christians are prayerfully considering how to respond.
Dobbs Is a Moment That Will Transcend Ethnicity, Denomination, and Politics
For the first time in 48 years, a case is before the Supreme Court that could overturn Roe v. Wade, the infamous decision that has torn the country apart over the debate about unborn life in the womb since it was handed down in 1973.
A Woman's Right to Choose... Combat
Just how big of a deal is next week's debate over the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)? One Republican says he won't support anyone in the GOP for leadership position if they vote for it. Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) called the idea of drafting women, an issue in this year's bill, "unbelievably absurd." FRC's Lt. General (Ret.) Jerry Boykin and Mary Beth Waddell, director of Federal Affairs, agree. Read why in their new column, "Women Must Be Protected in the NDAA." When you're done, your senators need to hear from you.
Veterans Day: Above All, Others
To everyone else, it was the Forgotten War -- defined by the reruns of M*A*S*H or the 19 figures on the National Mall, suspended in time on their long, cold walk through Korea. For the men who were there, fighting and dying in freezing reservoirs or snow-capped mountaintops, it was much more. It was a three-year battle -- a half a world away -- for freedom. And the echoes in our American story still linger.
Vax Mandate SEALs Military's Fate
For a man who supposedly cares about America's military, Joe Biden certainly has a funny way of showing it. While the rest of the country celebrates our nation's veterans, the president is waging war against the men and women who fight ours!
Put the Dollar on a Diet
The U.S. dollar has let out its belt a couple inches since exiting the pandemic lockdown. Newly released data for October shows consumer prices up 6.2 percent over a year ago, and wholesale (that is, supplier) prices up 8.6 percent over a year ago. The wholesale annual pace is the highest since the Labor Department began tracking the statistic in 2010, and the consumer price index (CPI) reached its highest rate since 1990. In other words, the entire control panel for the Biden administration is flashing red.
The Left Continues to Embrace Fear and Ignore Science
It's been two months since the Biden administration announced plans to require 100 million American workers to get the COVID-19 shot, and three months since the administration handed down mandates for all federal employees and military personnel. Yet in all that time, the administration still has not bothered to address the elephant in the room: Why trample on the constitutional and privacy rights of Americans to force a shot for a virus with an over 98 percent survival rate and to which nearly half of all Americans have natural immunity?
Library Associations Push Porn on Children, Parents Push Back
Books with graphic, sexually explicit content have been shelved in school libraries for years. Before social media, it was entirely up to individual parents to find this material and complain. Their complaints would sometimes result in the removal of one to two titles at one school (or perhaps on a good day, in a whole district). Other times, parents would find that the explicit book was defended on the grounds that it was "award-winning" or "inclusive." Now that parents can collaborate across state lines and share information, we can expect to see more actions taken by parents to defend children against pornography in the stacks of the school library.
Nigeria, Islamism, and the High Risks of Truth-Telling
In mid-August, all eyes were fixed on Afghanistan. The world media focused on the U.S. military's rapid and chaotic departure and President Joe Biden's awkward and contradictory explanations. And in the days and weeks that followed, the Taliban's atrocities in that country increased exponentially.
Chill for Biden in Latest Pollster Vortex
Never underestimate humanity's capacity to rationalize whatever they want to do, no matter how much evidence there is to the contrary. Take, for example, the latest spin on the 2021 elections. Last week, voters across the nation delivered stinging rebukes to Democrats, from the Republican sweep of statewide races in Virginia, to the nailbiter-that-shouldn't-have-been for the New Jersey governor's race, to the Republican victory for City Attorney in Seattle, to Leftist ballot initiatives to defund the police failing in Minneapolis and elsewhere, to the mayor of Buffalo, New York defeating an AOC-endorsed progressive with a write-in campaign. No matter the office or issue, voters voted against Democrats. The result was so stunning that even White House chief-of-staff Ron Klain couldn't help admitting, "voters sent a message on Tuesday."
Lacking Infrastructural Integrity
It was shaping up to be one of Joe Biden's worst weeks yet. Humiliated in Virginia and nearly so in New Jersey, Democrats woke up Wednesday morning reeling from rejection. Then came the news that the president's approval rating had collapsed (with a good share of his own voters saying he's done a "worse job" than expected and another two-thirds hoping he doesn't run again). By all rights, Biden's radical agenda was done -- kaput. Until late Friday night, when -- for reasons no one can fathom -- 13 Republicans decided to give the sinking party a life raft.
A Mandate by Any Other Name Is Just as Bad
"Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful," wrote George Orwell, "and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."
Pray That We Might Know Their Names: Uniting in Prayer for Dobbs
Since the Supreme Court's 1973 decision that legalized abortion on demand throughout the United States, over 60 million babies have been aborted. With a number so large, it can be challenging to feel a personal connection to each of the babies whose life has been lost. Still, it is essential to remember that each baby is a unique human being made in the image and likeness of God.
Tailoring Suits to Stop Biden
It's a good thing the White House doesn't handle 911 calls -- it might take two months to get a response! That's the irony behind the administration's vaccine mandate. The president used his "emergency" powers to write the rules and then was in absolutely no hurry to release them -- or, as we've learned by his January 4th deadline -- put them into effect! If COVID is that urgent, Joe Biden has sure taken his sweet time showing it. But then, that's one of the most outrageous part of this whole process. The virus is no longer the emergency -- the attacks it enables on our freedoms are.
Are Dems Reconciled to Their Own Spending Spree?
Top Democrats are working overtime to pass their multi-trillion dollar Build Government Bigger pork package. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi planned to hold a vote late Thursday and then postponed it until Friday. She's also evaded questions about how many votes the bill currently has. As of this writing, she still hasn't called a vote on this bill. These facts point to one conclusion: she currently lacks the votes to pass the massive spending package, and perhaps the small infrastructure package that accompanies it. "They added seven votes this afternoon," said Representative Mark Green (R-Tenn.) Thursday evening. And still it seems she hasn't reached the 218 votes needed to pass the bill.
This Sunday, Pray for the 340 Million Global Christians in Harm's Way
On the first Sunday of November, the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) is observed every year by innumerable Christian denominations. Across the world, tens of thousands of believers in over 100,000 congregations will heed that special call to prayer for individuals, families, and churches in locations where Christians are struggling with abuse and danger -- sometimes to the point of martyrdom.
Ways without Means: House Moves to Spend Big
Most politicians would have seen Tuesday's election drubbing as a reason to step back and reevaluate. Not these Democrats. After the shellacking her party took, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) doesn't seem a bit admonished about her agenda. On the contrary, she seems downright adamant about it. While her strategists panic, Democratic leaders are moving full steam ahead on a multi-trillion dollar plan that voters in even blue states just rejected. Maybe Pelosi wants to end her career "shoveling as much money out the door as possible," NRO speculates, but it's baffling why "scores of House Democrats... would elect to follow her off the cliff."
A Drop in the OSHA for Workers
The Washington Update has reported on Biden's plan to force COVID vaccines on employees of private companies since July. After months of uncertainty, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has finally published the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), which "requires covered employers to develop, implement, and enforce a mandatory COVID vaccination policy with an exception for employers that instead establish, implement, and enforce a policy allowing employees who are not fully vaccinated to elect to undergo weekly COVID testing and wear a face covering at the workplace."
Education and the Virginia Elections: Thank You, Parents!
Much will be written about the impact education had as a political issue on the 2021 election in Virginia. Many people and organizations across the country are taking credit for leadership on this or that issue. The danger of believing your own press releases is very real in the heady days after an election win. When all is said and done, voters win elections. This year in Virginia, parents and grandparents made the difference.
The Night Is Youngkin
Parents are not just caretakers on behalf of the state. They are the men and women entrusted by God with the nurturing -- physical, mental, and spiritual -- of the little ones they raise. That's why public schools are designed to serve families, not the other way around. So when former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said recently, "I don't think parents should be telling schools what they should teach," moms and dads across the state decided they'd had enough.
AMA Tries to Doctor Health Care
America's premier medical organization has grown bored of making sick people healthy and has turned its attention to making healthy people sick--in the head. At least, that's one interpretation of the motives behind the 54-page guidance the American Medical Association issued on Thursday, titled "Advancing Health Equity: A Guide to Language, Narrative, and Concepts." The title, though clearly designed to put readers to sleep, masks the real purpose of the document: the politicization of medicine and a pledge of allegiance to wokeism.
Reconstructing American Manhood -- One NDAA at a Time
In September, a startling report was published by the National Student Clearinghouse regarding college enrollment. It found that almost 60 percent of college students were women, while only 40 percent were men. In the last five years, the percentage of male college students has decreased by an astonishing 71 percent. While there are certainly many factors that have contributed to this decline, there is no denying that young men in America are struggling with finding a sense of purpose.
Since September, 9,300 More Hearts Are Beating in Texas
On Monday, pro-lifers around the country anxiously waited while the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding the Texas Heartbeat Act (SB 8), which restricts abortion after a heartbeat has been detected (and has been estimated to save the lives of 150 babies every day). In this case, the Court will not be ruling on the constitutionality of abortion. Instead, the Court is examining an underlying procedural enforcement matter, and whether the federal government can intervene to block a state law like this. Until the Court issues its verdict, the lifesaving law will remain in effect.
Out of the Lockdown and into the Fired
President Biden's vaccine mandate on employees of private companies is expected soon as OSHA finalizes the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for publication in the Federal Register. That's the subtle, non-threatening way that the bureaucracy ruins the lives of millions of hard-working Americans. But much like the old quip about the Holy Roman Empire, OSHA's vaccine mandate will be neither Emergency nor Temporary nor Standard.
Big-City Mandates Hose Firefighters
On the calendar, it's All Saints Day -- but in cities across America, it's "all shots day." As vaccine mandates kick into effect in places like New York, the morning everyone was dreading is here. Firefighters, ambulance drivers, police, and even waste management employees will have to prove they've been at least half-vaccinated or be forced into unpaid leave. While Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) insists that he isn't having "second thoughts" about the dictate, plenty of locals are. Vinny Argo, who lives across the street from one of the 26 closed fire stations, looked at Brooklyn Engine Co. 284 and shook his head. "We're going to toast like marshmallows," he warned.
Biden's Post-Halloween Bellyache
Worse than razorblades in candy was the nasty surprise awaiting President Joe Biden in the NBC poll released yesterday. When given a choice, 71 percent of adults surveyed said they believe the nation is "off on the wrong track," while only 22 percent said the nation was "generally headed in the right direction." Even 48 of Democrats agreed America is on the wrong track. American confidence in Biden's leadership has gradually decayed throughout his first year; the percentage of adults who said America was on the wrong track was 63 percent in August, and 56 percent in April. Even NBC's Chuck Todd said he was "shocked" by this "scary news for Democrats."
At SCOTUS, Texas Pro-life Law in the Balance
Judging by the typically apoplectic reaction by much of the media to the Texas Heartbeat Act being heard at the Supreme Court today, you'd think the fate of Roe was being immediately decided today once and for all. Never mind that today the Court was merely examining two legal questions not directly related to abortion at all.
As America Teeters on Fiscal Disaster, Biden Worries about the Weather
"The House and Senate majorities and my presidency will be determined by what happens in the next week," said Joe Biden yesterday. He then flew to Europe to attend a climate change summit without waiting to learn that the U.S. House once again postponed votes on both the massive Build Government Bigger spending package and the accompanying infrastructure bill. That's the Biden presidency in a nutshell: promise sweeping change on tiny majorities, without enough discipline and focus to ensure results.
Beth Robinson: A Track Record of Disdain for Religious Freedom
Yesterday, the Senate voted 51-36 to advance the nomination of Beth Robinson to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The confirmation vote will likely take place next week. Robinson is currently serving as an associate justice on the Vermont Supreme Court and was a counsel to former Gov. Peter Shumlin (D-Vt.).
From Roe to Dobbs, a Prayer for Life
On Wednesday, December 1, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, a case widely recognized as the greatest opportunity to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision in a generation.
Garland Suffers from Truth Decay
If Attorney General Merrick Garland learned anything from his House grilling last week, you wouldn't know it by the encore. Six days after he bombed in front of the lower chamber, embarrassing himself and calling the integrity of his entire department into question, Garland didn't seem eager to change people's first impressions. His second trip to the hot seat was equally disastrous in the Senate, where anyone watching would almost certainly agree with Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.): "Thank God you're not on the Supreme Court!"
X-Mess: State Dept. Approves Genderless Passports
Forget something on your trip... like your gender? No problem. Under new rules at the State Department (DOS), travelers don't have to know who they are -- or even what they are -- to get a passport. Building on Joe Biden's anti-science lunacy, DOS leaders announced this week that they've processed their first genderless passport. It's historic, they said, slapping themselves on the back. Historically dangerous, yes. Historically shrewd? Hardly.
Hero to Zero: Leftist Hate for their Heroes of Yesteryear
You've got to hand it to Joe Biden; he enacts policies no administration has ever considered before. Firing nurses in a pandemic, firing cops in a crime wave, firing truckers during a supply chain crisis, firing employees amid a labor shortage -- how does he keep coming up with this stuff? Maybe next, he'll try firing politicians amid tyrannical edicts.
How the White House Will Steal Christmas
The Grinch may have stiff competition in President Biden. Retailers, industry leaders and labor groups aren't sending their requests to the North Pole -- they are sending them to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, asking the president to push pause on the deadline for workers to comply with the COVID vaccine mandate, which has been set for December 8.
Biden's Weakness is Emboldening Authoritarians
As President Biden jets off to the G20 summit, the world leaders he'll be meeting with there have more reason than usual to doubt his commitments. Policymakers and experts are still trying to decipher the contradictory messages from the Biden administration regarding Taiwan. The answers remain unclear -- and in a tense region where any misstep can escalate into conflict, that's a big deal.
Military Coup in Sudan Alarms International Christian Community
On October 23, a shocking news story reported that a military coup had taken place in Sudan and that the prime minister had been arrested and taken captive.
The Doctor Is In... on Educating America's Children
Dr. Ben Carson is one of the most distinguished surgeons in American history. He's also a man raised in a single-parent home where his mother required him to write two book reports every week. Carson went on to earn his medical degree and become our country's leading pediatric neurosurgeon. He understands that with God's help, initiative and education can enable almost anyone to thrive. As he said on Monday's "Washington Watch," "I always say it really doesn't matter where a person comes from. A lot of it has to do with the way that they are educated."
Americans Remain Stranded in Afghanistan While Biden Looks On
On Tuesday, October 26 during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. military leaders faced intense questioning about the poorly executed American withdrawal from Afghanistan. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) told Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin that he believes they should resign.
The Rise and Fall of the Twin Terrors
If you thought the last wave of migrants to reach the southern border was big, just wait until the one currently traveling through Panama arrives. Panama's foreign minister warned that 100,000 migrants are en route to the U.S. To date this year, U.S. Border Patrol agents conducting biometric testing at migrant camps in Panama have identified 52 persons "in some way affiliated with al-Qaeda," according to reporter Chuck Holton. That's nearly three times the number of al-Qaeda operatives that perpetrated the hijackings of 9/11. And that's just the terrorists we've caught.
In Biden's Woke World, No Admiral Qualities
Joe Biden might not have a plan for the border, inflation, COVID, China, or the supply chain crisis, but don't worry! He has one thing under control. The president, who's up to his clenched fists in political problems, seems to think the best distraction for his messes is talking about the one thing he hasn't shut up about since day one -- gender equality. If you're wondering whether there are more pressing issues facing America, the answer is: not to this White House.
Bad Call: Authors of Anti-Parent Letter Phonying It in
Can a fake apology reverse political suicide? National School Boards Association (NSBA) CEO Chip Slaven and NSBA President Viola Garcia certainly hope so, after the blowback from their well-publicized letter to President Biden in which they asked the administration to open a domestic terrorism investigation into parents. On Friday the NSBA issued another letter, trying to distance itself from that previous letter. "We regret and apologize for the letter," they wrote. "We should have a better process in place."
Biden's Taiwan Gaffe Causes Confusion, But Actions Speak Louder
President Biden is back at it with his characteristic gaffes. But as leader of the free world, his gaffes can now have international consequences. Biden's latest misspeaks regarding U.S. policy towards Taiwan sent mixed signals to our allies and adversaries alike, inserting confusion into an already tense situation.
Biden's Department of Injustice and Intimidation
The Loudoun County School Board may be in the market for a new superintendent, thanks to a bombshell memo about the district's cover-up. According to emails, not only did Scott Ziegler know about the sexual assault by a boy in a girls' restroom, he alerted the board to it that same day -- which, for people keeping track, was three weeks before he publicly told parents there'd been "no incidents" related to gender neutral bathrooms. The revelation, which only confirmed most locals' suspicions, has Loudoun's leadership in a swirling mess of their own making.
Giving Shots in the Dark
Before sticking someone with an injection needle, you should be reasonably confident the results will be positive. That should be common sense, but the Biden administration has forgotten. In preparing to roll out vaccinations for children aged 5-11, the Biden administration has collected 28 million COVID vaccine doses. Not that the FDA has approved the vaccine for school-age children, but the Biden administration is ready to inject them as soon as the green light is given.
Texas Teaches Perseverance in the Fight for Life from 1973 to Today
In the Biden administration's latest attack on the Texas Heartbeat Act (SB 8), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) asked the U.S. Supreme Court to place a hold on the law until legal challenges have been heard. In addition to requesting the Supreme Court to vacate the Fifth Circuit's stay of the district court's preliminary injunction, the DOJ took the unusual step of filing a petition for writ of certiorari before judgment -- that is, the DOJ asked the Supreme Court to rule on the issues before the Fifth Circuit.
Senate Dems Abandon the Fund-amentals
After an eight-month partisan slugfest over everything from COVID "relief" to human infrastructure bills, you'd think the Hill's Democrats would be ready to drop the pugil sticks and try a little bipartisanship. Think again. When Senate leaders put their appropriations cards on the table this week, conservatives couldn't believe what they saw -- another one-sided bundle of spending plans that wasn't even a half-hearted attempt at compromise.
All Action on the Southern Front
Washington leaks more than the southern border -- and that's proving to be an embarrassment to the Biden administration. The Washington Post obtained unpublished data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) showing a record 1.66 million persons were arrested at the border with Mexico during the 2021 fiscal year that ended in September. Only one year since 2010 saw more than 500,000 arrests at the border, and the most recent anywhere close to 2021 was all the way back in 2000, which previously held the arrests record with 1.64 million.
Biden's 'Build Back Better' Plan Includes Radical Goodie Bag
If passed, Congress's hyper-partisan reconciliation bill would force Americans to pay for the Left's favorite policies surrounding environmental law, labor law, and illegal immigration. It also includes provisions that will empower the partisan IRS to get even more involved in the lives of ordinary Americans.
American Prestige Lies Buried in Afghanistan's Graveyard
Administration officials are finally performing an autopsy on America's involvement in Afghanistan. Or at least, some departments are investigating some questions. On Monday, State Department Acting Inspector General Diana Shaw notified Congress of a new investigation into the Special Immigrant Visa Program, by which America admitted, in addition to a handful of legitimately qualified refugees, virtually anyone the Taliban wanted to load into a plane.
The Left's Reconciliation Bill Would Raise Energy Prices and Erase American Jobs
During a time in America when the price of basic household goods is rising and when employees across multiple sectors of the economy are facing a vaccine mandate or loss of their jobs, the Biden administration and progressives in Congress are now doubling down on making life even more difficult for the average American household. How? By making recklessly wasteful and counterproductive Green New Deal policies "the DNA" of the reconciliation spending bill that Democrats plan to push through by the end of October.
The Great American (Vaccine) Purge
Democrats have a new strategy to enhance the security of Americans: fire those who provide it. On Thursday, the U.S. Navy became the latest branch of the military to announce it will discharge sailors who don't meet their definition of "fully vaccinated" by November 28. Following President Biden's vaccine mandate, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin directed all military personnel to be vaccinated against COVID on August 25. As the deadline looms nearer, the military is now forced to deal with the reality that many service members will not comply -- and they are increasingly turning from diktats to punishments.
Biden's Abortion-Zealous DOJ Just Won't Let Texas Go
In the latest iteration of the Biden administration's anti-Texas temper tantrum, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to place a hold on Texas' Heartbeat Act (Senate Bill 8) until the legal challenges against the law have been decided.
China's New Missiles Could Signal a New Arms Race
In a throwback to the arms race of the Cold War era, U.S. intelligence was surprised to learn last week that China had conducted tests on a new nuclear-capable hypersonic missile that circles the globe before heading to its target. American officials might have underestimated the advancements of China's military. Given the rising challenge China poses to the United States, this is not something we can afford to miscalculate.
Republicans Beat the Buzzer with Girls' Sports Win
Plenty of parents have been fed up with Joe Biden's fixation on letting boys into girls' private spaces. But after the rape of one teenage girl in Loudoun County schools and the sexual assault of another, even fewer states are buying the line that the Left's radical transgender policies don't hurt anyone. If anything, it made states like Texas even more motivated to keep the two sexes separate -- like voters demand, and students deserve.
School Boards Splinter as Anti-Parent Letter Explodes
When the National School Boards Association (NSBA) wrote to President Biden on September 29, they never expected it would blow up in their face. But given that the letter called on the federal government to investigate parents as "domestic terrorists" for speaking out at school board meetings, it's worth asking: what did they think would happen? Maybe they believed Washington's heavy jackboots would stamp out the last dying embers of the flame of liberty as they rode off into the sunset of their progressive utopia.
Apple Enables China's War on Faith in Its App Store
Last week, it was reported that a Bible app and Quran app had been removed from Apple's App Store in China following pressure from the Chinese government. This is hardly surprising behavior from the Chinese Communist Party. But now, an American company has been enlisted to do its dirty work.
Bored of Education: State Activists Team up to Indoctrinate
"I would have never dreamt a year ago that I would be caught up in something like this," Jason Martinez shook his head. "This," as Americans everywhere are finding out, is the conspiracy of top education officials to radicalize the country's children -- with the secret help of outside activists. And not, Martinez will tell you, just in places like Loudoun County and California.
Leftist Activists (and Now the DOJ) Are Tampering with Public Education
"Local control" of public schools is a hallmark of the American educational system. Community involvement and public accountability are held as paramount. In such a system, elected school boards should ensure the representation of all views in the making of school policies. Our system of government should mean that the natural tension and debate between different ideas and educational philosophies resolves into an agreement on goals that benefit all students and the community as a whole.
Biden's Plan to "Help" the American Family Is to Tax Them More
How does the Biden administration intend to pay for its proposed $3.5 trillion "Build Back Better" plan? By taxing the same hardworking American families the plan claims to help. In addition to advancing a radical progressive agenda, the plan carries a hefty price tag that will affect Americans of all backgrounds, both present and future.
America Contracts Staff Defection at Mandate Injection Site
On Tuesday, the Biden administration launched the long-anticipated process to force employees to take the vaccine. The Operational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) took twice as long to draft the "Emergency Temporary Standard" as they initially predicted, but it finally sent the text to the Office of Management and Budget for review. Still, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki refused to give a timeline for a final rule, saying only "it should be an indication that it's there and now it is being reviewed."
In Biden's "Families" Plan, Government Becomes Everyone's Caretaker
The most troubling aspect of the Biden administration's so-called "Build Back Better" plan is its unflinching attack on the foundation of society -- the family. Our nation is already grappling with the effects of low marriage and fertility rates and ever-increasing inflation that hits the working class the hardest. However, instead of fostering healthy families, the Biden administration's plan seems to favor the wealthy (often childless) coastal elites and seeks to superimpose the government into the role of caretaker and nurturer. Instead of "Build Back Better," the $3.5 trillion plan really ought to be called the "Anti-Family Budget Buster."
FRC Expert to Speak Out on Gender Dysphoria -- Be Sure to Tune-in
You won't want to miss tomorrow's appearance by our own Jennifer Bauwens, Ph.D., director of Family Research Council's Center for Family Studies, when she joins Family Policy Alliance's "Help Not Harm" Summit to discuss ethical standards for treating children struggling with gender confusion.
On Parents, Biden Sticks to His Foregone Collusions
The federal government isn't exactly a bastion of efficiency. In fact, entire late-night comedy routines have been written about the glacial pace of Washington. So how is it that Joe Biden's Justice Department managed to snap to attention and mobilize against parents within hours of the National School Board Association's complaint? That's simple, one legal group says, if it was the president's idea to begin with.
Tex Evasion: White House Fights to Stop Pro-life Law
Joe Biden may be the Left's puppet on a lot of things, but abortion isn't one of them. In the last two years, the one-time March for Lifer has become a true believer in the fringe wing of his party where destroying babies in the womb is concerned. His DOJ (when it isn't trying to prosecute parents for speaking up at school board meetings) has been frantically fighting to stop Texas's pro-life law from taking effect -- with almost eerie determination.
Biden One-Ups Obama on Taxpayer-Funded Abortion
President Biden's $3.5 trillion "Build Back Better" plan would be more aptly named the Anti-Family Budget Buster. But this bill would do more than just empty the pockets of hardworking American families. Clocking in at roughly 2,300 pages (more than twice the length of Obamacare), this reconciliation package seeks to massively expand taxpayer funding for abortion across America.
A School Horror Story That Didn't Fit the Narrative
When the phone rang, it was every father's worst nightmare. Come to campus, a school official said, your daughter has been assaulted. No one told Scott Smith that she had been sexually assaulted -- that a boy wearing a skirt had walked into the girls' restroom and raped his 15-year-old child. Then, imagine your anger as a parent to find out that the school wasn't going to involve the police -- that they'd decided to handle the matter (which ended up being two counts of forcible sodomy, one count of anal sodomy, and one count of forcible fellatio) "internally."
Here's to You, Mr. Robinson...
Talk about misreading your audience. Democrats have been scrambling for months to find an answer for the party's rift with suburban parents over Joe Biden's radical education policy. But instead of backing off and listening to the local outcry, they've dug in -- vilifying parents and deepening the divide between Washington Democrats and the rest of America. Now, by trying to sack a man who's championing the parents' cause, they've given Republicans exactly what the president didn't want: more ammunition.
The Plane Truth about Biden's Vaccine Mandate
You are not free to move about the country. No one has been since the coronavirus restrictions began. But now major airlines are piling on travel challenges above and beyond the government mandates. Beginning Friday, Southwest Airlines cancelled over 1,800 flights, leaving thousands of passengers stranded around the country. For perspective, Southwest flies approximately 3,300 flights per day; they cancelled 27 percent of their scheduled flights on Sunday alone.
PVS Summit: During Our Crisis of Leadership, Believers Must Lead
It's not news to anyone paying attention that we have a crisis of leadership in America. Our leaders in Washington, starting from the Oval Office on down, have bungled almost everything they have touched since January, often shooting themselves in both feet -- multiple times -- while the American citizenry is stuck paying the medical bills. From the Afghanistan disaster, to the fiasco along our southern border, to the vaccine mandate debacle, to the threatening of parental rights at school board meetings, to the inconceivably massive increase in our national debt, it's more than clear that our leaders are not just failing, they are threatening to bring down the country with them.
PVS Summit: As Storm Clouds Gather, Believers Must Hold the Line
For the first time, the Pray Vote Stand Summit (which builds upon the 15-year success of Values Voter Summit) is being held at a church -- Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg, Va. Why? "It's time for Christian voices to be heard," said Cornerstone's pastor Gary Hamrick. "We've been silent for too long. The church has fallen asleep, and it's time to wake up ... this is a grassroots movement among believers."
School Boards Want FBI Protection from Parents
Any parent who has watched or testified before a school board meeting understands how challenging it is to be heard and how often the work of the board bears little resemblance to the will of the people. Even with sympathetic elected officers, engaging the educational industrial complex is hard work. And recent action by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is making the job even harder.
Government Strong-Arming Fuels American Distrust
According to Pew Research, in the early 1960s nearly 80 percent of Americans trusted the federal government "to do what's right just about always/most of the time." Today, that number hovers around 20 percent.
Worldview is Central to Determining Views on Abortion
The month of October kicks off "Respect Life Month" in the Catholic Church, and with the U.S. Supreme Court scheduled to hear the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization case on December 1, Christians across the country have begun praying in earnest for the case that could overturn Roe v. Wade. How will Americans react to the possibility of the Court altering the long-standing Roe ruling concerning abortion?
Manchin Walks the (Red) Line to Courageously Defend Hyde
The infighting among progressives on Capitol Hill is palpable as discussions intensify about the inclusion of the Hyde Amendment being a red line, or non-negotiable, issue on either side of the aisle. Leftists have taken direct aim at moderates who have concerns with the Democrats' proposed $3.5 trillion spending package. Some members such as Bernie Sanders have directly attacked Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)for his defense of Hyde, while several radical activists even accosted Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) in a bathroom stall and chased her through an airport.
The Truth Will Set Us Free from Vaccine Mandates
In new footage released by Project Veritas, three Pfizer scientists admit that natural immunity to the coronavirus likely offers better protection than the vaccine. Yet the CDC refuses to even address the possibility of natural immunity, and various vaccine mandates America's tyrants are considering allow no exemption for natural immunity.
A Tribute to Todd Akin
America lost and heaven gained a champion for faith, family, and freedom this past Sunday. Former Congressman Todd Akin, who represented Missouri's 2nd congressional district, was a faithful husband, father, patriot, servant leader, and a longtime friend. He entered into eternity after a long battle with cancer.
With Biden in Crisis, Less Is Less
Republican Members of Congress on Thursday sent a letter to President Biden eviscerating the administration's heavy-handed attempt to force coronavirus vaccination on health care workers who don't want it. Last month he directed the CDC "to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all staff within all Medicare and Medicaid-certified facilities" as part of his whole-of-government approach to vaccinate "96, 97, 98 percent" of Americans.
Respect Life Month Comes at a Pivotal Time for the Pro-Life Movement
The month of October is nationally recognized as Respect Life Month; according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), this marks a 31-day opportunity to contemplate "why every human life is valuable and reflect on how to build a culture that protects life from conception to natural death." This year, Respect Life Month arrives as the national conversation on the future of abortion has reached a fever pitch -- and fortunately, the progress to build a culture that protects life is making great strides.
Tanner Cross to Speak at Pray Vote Stand Summit
Teaching physical education in Loudoun County, Virginia, Tanner Cross likely never thought he would rise to national prominence and find himself at the center of a heated debate over school policies. Yet, Cross's commonsense remarks before the Loudoun County school board propelled him to exactly that position.
Common Sense Missing in Debt Ceiling Debates
"This is an economic crisis of the Democrats' own making." This is how Congressman Kevin Brady (R-Texas), the ranking member on the House Ways and Means Committee, described the looming debt ceiling debate on "Washington Watch."
Vax Mandate Stabs Constitution in the Back
Three weeks after announcing a vaccine mandate for private companies of 100 or more employees, the Biden administration still doesn't have a timeline. When asked, Press Secretary Jen Psaki could only promise "more detail in the coming weeks." Coming from the administration that blew away previous records for the most executive orders in its first 100 days, this foot-dragging indicates there may be a reason for the delay. Law professor John Yoo suggests the biggest obstacles are constitutional. "I don't think the Biden administration is going to get through court on this one," he said on "Washington Watch."
To Summit All Up: Pray Vote Stand
For the past 15 years, around this time of the year, FRC and FRC Action held the annual Values Voter Summit. That summit served as a forum to help inform and mobilize citizens across America to preserve our bedrock values. Building upon the success of that event that stretched for a decade and a half, we see the need for an event with a sharper focus upon the true source of our strength. And just outside of our nation's capital on October 6-8, the Pray Vote Stand Summit is a conference that does just that.
Joe Manchin's Courageous Defense of Hyde
"Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities," said Winston Churchill, "because it is the quality which guarantees all others." Among those others are wisdom, tenacity, and respect for that one is called to serve. Those qualities are rarely seen in Washington these days as a result of the Left's cancel culture campaign. So, when courage is displayed, stop and take note.
A Terror in Judgment
In another testy, day-long hearing, America's top generals refused to explain how America decided to leave Afghanistan. Every horrifying detail of our withdrawal has been well publicized, but still the decision to leave doesn't make sense. The general's testimony before the House Armed Services Committee failed to rectify the glaring discrepancy between their military judgment that America should leave 2,500 troops in Afghanistan -- delivered to Congress under oath -- and President Biden's declaration that no one told him we should leave any troops there.
Against the Will of the People, the Left Pushes Ahead with Vaccine Mandates
On Monday, a statewide COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers went into effect in New York on the orders of Democrat Governor Kathy Hochul. This follows President Biden's announcement that he will attempt to put in place a vaccine mandate on all companies that employ 100 or more workers, which could potentially affect 100 million citizens. When it comes to the constitutional rights of Americans to decide whether or not to have a substance injected into their bodies, elected officials on the Left apparently can't be bothered.
A Milley-on Unanswered Questions
When President Biden's top military advisors appeared yesterday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Republican Senators gave them such a grilling that the smoke was palpable. Despite this, the American people are left with nearly as many unanswered questions as before.
With Vaccine Mandates, Personal Rights Questions Abound
In sports, "moving the goalposts" is a metaphor for altering the rules to suit one's needs or objectives, making it more difficult for someone else to succeed, keep pace, or achieve an opposing objective. When asked on Monday what percentage of Americans need to get vaccinated for the nation "to go back to normal," President Joe Biden replied, "[S]ome industries and some schools -- 96, 97, 98 percent." The president's response is just the latest indication that the goalposts have been moved again when it comes to vaccines and vaccine mandates.
Bidenomics: Over Tax, Overspend, and Inflate
It's been said that America has the greatest debt in the world -- it's all outstanding!
No One Expects the Coast Guard Inquisition
Their three weapons are coercion, confidentiality, ruthless disregard for conscience -- and an almost fanatical devotion to the Left. A leaked document shows Coast Guard top brass has directed chaplains to question servicemembers with religious objections to taking the coronavirus vaccine in a way that First Liberty's General Counsel Mike Berry describes as "nothing short of a modern-day inquisition." While most chaplains will resist, some may use it to justify psychological coercion.
Parents Stand Up to Pornography in School Libraries
For all the negative societal impacts attributed to social media, it turns out there are a few benefits to alternative media. One Texas mom's viral video about pornographic school library books is the latest example.
How Should Christians Use Religious Exemptions for Vaccine Mandates?
Understandably, many Americans are frustrated by the president's about-face on mandating vaccines. Vaccinated and unvaccinated Americans alike are concerned about what kind of precedent such a sweeping executive order could set. Those who do not want a COVID-19 vaccine are concerned about how the mandate will personally affect them. As I explained in a previous article, there are serious legal, constitutional, moral, and conscience concerns related to the president's vaccine mandate. Thus, it is no surprise that many people are asking about exemptions.
Speaking Up for Those Who Can't
Many marches and demonstrations that take place in Washington, D.C. are known for being angry and partisan. Over the weekend, March for the Martyrs broke that trend with a mission to stand in solidarity with a group often neglected -- persecuted Christians.
Do Female Athletes Need Abortion to Succeed?
Over 500 female athletes recently filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health claiming that abortion is needed to help them achieve their athletic goals. This claim is deeply troubling for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, no athletic competition or victory is worth sacrificing the life of a child.
House Dems United in Death
People say it's hard to find consensus in Washington, but Democrats have found plenty on one issue: abortion. At least in the House, the idea of middle ground has vanished. When it comes to the taking of innocent life, the battlelines are clear: Republicans are 100-percent opposed, and all but one Democrat is in favor.
Women Feel Draft through the House
The shiver that ran down your spine last night could have been the chill in the air -- or the draft in the House. Last night, over Republican opposition, Democrats passed a measure requiring all women ages 18 to 25 to register for the Selective Service, just as men are currently required to do. Or rather, Democrats stuffed that measure inside a gigantic, must-pass bill called the National Defense Authorization Act to soften Republican opposition with a cushion of $24 billion in increased defense spending.
Stop, Drop, and Role Play? Minn. Students Told to Act LGBT
Richfield, Minnesota parents and citizens have reported for duty, standing up to inappropriate and overly explicit content in their school system's sex ed curriculum. At this week's school board meeting speakers were civil, clear, and strong in their rejection of Advocate for Youth's 3Rs curriculum for their community, which is a notorious sex education curriculum that teaches children how to become sexually active.
Democrats: Hooked on a Ceiling
Convincing America to go along with their enormous spending plan has been an uphill slog for Democrats, but that's only half of the struggle. The measure is laden with so many whacky policies now that even fellow party members are opposed to it. With the country careening toward a fiscal cliff and a government shutdown on the table, House and Senate leaders have a choice: They can tamp down their $3.5 trillion shopping spree, or Democrats can go it alone and face the consequences. Either way, putting America on the path to socialism is a pricy gamble -- in dollars and seats.
Entrance for Geese Only
It takes a lot to infuriate our Arctic neighbors, but the Biden administration makes it look easy. The U.S.-Canada border is closed to Canadians for another month, said Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, although air travel restrictions were lifted for dozens of countries, including Canada. The northern border has been restricted to "essential travel" since March 2020.
School Boards Chalk up New Victories on Woke Policies
Good news! More people are responding to the need to exercise oversight of public schools. The latest example: the Stafford County Board of Supervisors in Virginia voted to revoke funds used by the school to teach critical race theory and a prohibition on requiring students to identify their pronouns. Responding to a tip from a parent, supervisors gave clear guidelines to the school system, preventing expenditures on the 1619 Project or similar programs and disallowing over emphasis on preferred pronouns.
Making Cents of America's Financial Picture
Don't miss Tony's conversation with Liberty University's Dave Brat, who breaks down the economic landscape in America -- and what kind of impact Joe Biden's policies will have on our children.
Pentagon Can't Camouflage True Vaccine Agenda
"Woke, broke, or both?" It's a question the U.S. military can't avoid these days. Trapped in a sinkhole of Left-wing radicalism, our troops are so busy fighting climate change, white supremacy, conservative "extremism," and COVID to deal with America's real enemies. Now, as if the embarrassment of Afghanistan, a feeble commander-in-chief, and their top brass's betrayals weren't enough, the president says he's ready to fire anyone who won't get the vaccine.
Biden's U.N. Speech Falls Flat
In the wake of multiple international crises of his own making, President Biden arrived on the scenes at the United Nations General Assembly this week to deliver his first address as president. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on "Washington Watch" described Biden's speech as "walking into the United Nations and slapping a giant kick me sign on Uncle Sam's back." That's not exactly the image that the leader of the free world wants to convey.
Clueless Administration Flails as Border Crisis Deepens
When it comes to the Biden administration's position on immigration enforcement, the message is clear: mixed messaging rules the day.
When a Man Drafts a Woman
When the Biden administration unveiled its new maternity flight suits this spring, a lot of people were incredulous. Why would the military waste its time on something so unnecessary? But now, with Democrats about to force women to register for the draft, it's clear: we're going to need a lot more of them.
Keeping Tabs on Jabs
After repeatedly shooting itself in the foot for months, the Biden administration has finally lurched one step in the right direction -- and two steps in the wrong. This week Biden lifted the travel ban on most of Europe, replacing it with requirements that all foreign entrants to the U.S. must be vaccinated AND have a negative COVID test within 72 hours AND cover their nose and mask for the entire duration of the transcontinental flight.
Military, Religion, and Vaccine Mandates
Under the Biden administration, the armed forces have been aggressively pushing soldiers to get the COVID vaccine or face the consequences. The new rules threaten to harm military retention and recruitment. For Christians, vaccine mandates pose a host of complex questions and conscience concerns. Monday, First Liberty Institute attorney and Marine Corps reservist Mike Berry joined Tony Perkins on "Washington Watch" to discuss the military's recent efforts to force service members to get vaccinated.\r
A Mandate for Disaster
A lot of voters underestimated Joe Biden's ability to make a mess of things. But even with depressing headlines about the border, Afghanistan, inflation, COVID, and the Joint Chiefs, the president's allies are worried that the biggest catastrophe is Biden's own reputation. "I think he's got a pretty big credibility crisis on his hands," NBC's Chuck Todd admitted frankly. "Because all of these problems, in some ways, showed up after he said something basically the exact opposite."
While the World Burns, Biden Celebrates Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal
For an administration that came to power prioritizing the symbolic over the substantive, the Biden administration is hoping that the 10-year anniversary of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" will provide some much-needed relief from a seemingly endless parade of bad news.
Biden Bungles Deport of Entry
"If the American people knew the truth at the border, they would be crying and screaming from the rooftops," insisted Rep. Pat Fallon (R-Texas). As of yesterday, nearly 15,000 migrants were huddled together under a bridge in the small border town of Del Rio (normal population approximately 35,000) due west of San Antonio, with hundreds more arriving every hour. Many migrants are simply wading through knee-deep water across a small dam in the Rio Grande. Most of the migrants arrived since Wednesday, when there were only 4,000. Border patrol has sent more agents to the area given reports that tens of thousands of migrants are on their way.
President's Prison Rule Cells out Women
Joe Biden may be headed for the beach, but don't expect it to be a vacation from his problems. When the president got on the plane this afternoon, the White House was frantically trying to clean up another mess of Biden's making -- this time on the southern border. In Del Rio, Texas, where more than 10,000 migrants are wading in the water on the U.S.-Mexico border, the president's team can't stop the flood of shocking images. It's just one more snapshot in his photo album of failures.
Biden Isn't Joe-King with Mandate
Attorneys general in 24 states sent a letter to President Biden yesterday, threatening legal action if he follows through on his threat to mandate private companies with more than 100 employees to require their employees either take the coronavirus vaccine, submit to weekly testing, or be fired. One of those attorneys general, Dave Yost of Ohio, explained further on "Washington Watch."
Who's Ready to Reconcile Spending $3.5 Trillion?
As the FRC team continues to pour over the text of the monstrous $3.5 trillion infrastructure package Democrats have assembled, we continue to find a liberal grab-bag of social policies.
Deep in Hiding, Afghan Christians Cling to Faith
They take turns staying awake, praying and walking the floor while others sleep -- blissfully unaware, at least for a few hours, that they are being hunted. They have no passports, no visas, and very little of what they need most of all: hope. For these Christians, in a safe house deep in Afghanistan, time is running out. Together, they live in fear of a single knock on their hiding place door -- from the Taliban.
Vaccine Mandate Takes Cheap Shots at Freedom
If Joe Biden thought his vaccine mandate would send Americans racing for the nearest CVS -- boy, was he wrong. People who were hesitant to roll up their sleeves before are outright adamant about it now, thanks to the heavy hand of government. Intimidation won't increase vaccinations, doctors are warning. But it will increase lawsuits -- and Arizona's is just the beginning.
Shed a Fear over Division
According to a new survey by Scott Rasmussen, more Democrats thought Donald Trump supporters (57 percent) and unvaccinated Americans (56 percent) posed serious threats than any other groups, even foreign adversaries like the Taliban (44 percent), China (44 percent), or Russia (37 percent). The survey of registered voters conducted on September 8 asked respondents to indicate which groups they believed constituted a serious threat to the nation.
Open Treason on Trump?
General Mark Milley wasn't exactly inundated with friend requests after he helped botch the disastrous situation in Afghanistan. In fact, when President Biden said it was on the general's advice that he closed Bagram Air Base, entire editorial boards were calling for the Joint Chief Chair's resignation. But long before Kabul, an unflattering picture of Milley had already emerged. His defense of critical race theory and the president's absurd climate change-as-a-security threat led many people to wonder if America's top military leader had turned woke. Now, after Tuesday's bombshells, they wonder if he's a turncoat.
Wishful Blinken: Secretary's Delusions Stun Congress
If it was humility or remorse that Congress expected on Afghanistan, they got neither. In two days of grilling from both sides, Secretary of State Antony Blinken sat through hours of criticism eerily unphased. Even when the embarrassment of the last several weeks was laid out in all of its unflattering glory, Blinken was surprisingly unemotional. The withdrawal, he insisted, was a success. The loss of life, loss of American credibility, and loss of order in the Middle East were just unfortunate side effects of what he calls "the right decision." And the scariest part, Michael Goodwin shakes his head, is that he believes it.
At Google, the Fix Is in for Silencing Pro-Life Messaging
Use of the abortion pill is surging. Reports indicate that almost 40 percent of all abortions are now carried out using the abortion pill. But as FRC and many other pro-life organizations have been pointing out, the abortion pill carries with it a substantial risk to the health of women.
Immune from Reason: Biden's Mandate Ignites a Nation
For most Democrats, creating political distractions is an art form. Not so much for Joe Biden, whose idea of changing the conversation on Afghanistan was starting a civil war over the COVID vaccine. Late last week, when the president threw down his national mandate, it was like taking people's minds off burnt toast by setting your house on fire. Sure, it got Americans to stop talking about the Taliban, but only because they were on the phone with their attorneys looking for ways to sue the government.
Congress A-Tax the American Economy
Democrats are running Congress like rowdy teenagers joyriding in a "borrowed" Lamborghini--they know they'll have to surrender the keys soon, so they'll extract every possible ounce of thrill they can. To fund their unprecedented spending proposals (running $3 trillion to $6 trillion), the House Ways and Means Committee has proposed an estimated $3.5 trillion in tax increases. While targeted at the wealthy, the brunt of the increases will fall on small businesses, families, and workers, forcing the struggling middle class down into the lower class.
Talibanned: Afghan Women Brace for a New, Restrictive Normal
When the Taliban swept through Kabul, stunning the world, leader Zabihullah Mujahid tried to soften the extremists' image. "We want to build the future and forget what happened in the past," he insisted. But forgetting will not come so easily for the West, who watched for years as hard-line Islamists brutalized their women and tortured non-conformists. Even now, reporters, former interpreters, and soldiers are being hunted down and massacred by death squads -- sparking plenty of doubts about a kinder, gentler Taliban.
Don't Forget to Remember
"Where were you twenty years ago," began my pastor, "on the morning of 9/11? If you can remember, please stand." Pews squeaked and pages rustled as hundreds stood -- a vast majority. The college students, noticeable because seated together in groups, did not stand. They hadn't been born yet, or were at least too young to remember. Forgetting is easy; all it takes is the inertia of time. Remembering is harder.
Too Much Spending -- Even for Democrats?
As the country continues to deal with converging crises in Afghanistan, at the border, and within our own economy, Democrats on Capitol Hill are set for a showdown between the radical progressive priorities of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and the sensible call from Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to pause passage of a $3.5 trillion spending package which seeks to reshape almost every aspect of American life. Just this weekend, Senator Manchin went on the record on this topic, telling CNN's Dana Bash: "I can assure you the reconciliation bill will not be $3.5 trillion."
Standing Courageous in Central Florida
The FRC Stand Courageous men's ministry team was on the road again this past weekend in central Florida. Hosted by Pastor Cliff Lea at First Baptist Church in Leesburg, Florida, over 500 men packed out the worship center to hear our stable of speakers as well as attend some standing room only breakouts.
Vaccine Mandate Sticks It to Freedom
Twenty years ago today, Americans went to sleep never imagining the next morning would change our lives forever. We woke up to a once-in-a-generation nightmare carried out by extremists who despised our way of life, our liberties, and our God. Their hatred killed 3,000 innocents that day, but it did not kill America. Unfortunately for the terrorists, the people of this country were resilient -- even in unspeakable tragedy. We mourned, flew bigger flags, and rebuilt. It would have never occurred to us then that two decades later one of the greatest assaults on our sovereignty would come from our government itself. That the man we'd elect as president would one day tell us that confronting a deadly threat is "no longer about freedom and personal choice."
9/11 Failure & Hope, Then & Now
In 20 years, a child should grow from infancy to adulthood. From helplessness to competence. But in the two decades since that grievous Tuesday in September, an America that should be wise to the ways of evil seems in many respects to have taken a leap backward. The abject failure of leadership in the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021 makes for a tragic bookend to the war thrust upon us in 2001.
Live by the Courts, Die by the Courts
Among the silliest COVID-era interventions was the D.C. city government removing the rims from community basketball courts, effectively shutting them down and forcing would-be athletes indoors where their chance of infection was increased. Now, President Biden's Department of Justice threatens a more serious interference with another kind of court -- legal courts in Texas.
The Protest of Future Past
No mob of rioters broke down the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia. The statue was removed yesterday on the order of Governor Ralph Northam. Today, the state government is opening a 134-year-old time capsule buried in the statue's pedestal, and replacing it with a new time capsule.
A Biblical Perspective on Climate Change
Last week, President Joe Biden visited New York to survey the devastation from Hurricane Ida. During his press conference, the president referenced a recent U.N. report that tracks climate change. According to the report, "Global surface temperature has increased faster since 1970 than in any other 50-year period over a least the last 2,000 years." Not surprisingly, Biden used his remarks as an opportunity to advocate for expansive, big-government climate policies, claiming that worsening weather patterns merit a wide-ranging, government-led approach.
Afghanistranded: Biden Leaves Americans at Taliban's Mercy
It must have been a relief for the White House to put Joe Biden on a plane to New Jersey Tuesday. For the first time in weeks, the president got to talk about a disaster he didn't create. And yet, while he surveyed the wreckage from Hurricane Ida, the world's attention was still 6,900 miles away on the damage that can't be undone: Biden's disastrous exit from Afghanistan.
Abortion Activists Slow on the Draw
It's not like they didn't see it coming. Texas's new law protecting unborn babies where a heartbeat is detected (SB8) was passed in May, and Democrats "were asleep at the wheel," said Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. When the law went into effect last Wednesday, "suddenly everyone woke up."
Biden's Vaccine Push: A Mandate with Destiny
Joe Biden isn't a doctor, and he's certainly not your doctor. But that hasn't stopped the president of the United States from making every Americans' health decisions for them. The "scare-monger in chief," as former Civil Rights Division leader Roger Severino calls him, has decided that when it comes to COVID, the facts, the law, and the science don't matter. You will be vaccinated, this Democratic leadership says -- and surrender every constitutional right to privacy, employment, personal safety, and free speech until you do.
House Dems Drop Hyde-rogan Bomb
How many votes does it take to kill the Hyde Amendment? House Democrats discovered the answer last night, when they voted along party lines, 219-208, to pass the first appropriations bill in 45 years (since 1976) without the Hyde Amendment. A procedural vote that would have restored the Hyde Amendment was defeated 217-208, also along party lines. The labor and HHS appropriations bill now heads to the Senate, where it remains to be seen whether moderate Democrats like Joe Manchin (W.Va.) will fight to prevent taxpayer dollars from funding abortion.
Guilty until Proven Innocent
If you think China and North Korea are the only countries with "political prisoners," think again. According to some conservatives in Congress, some of the January 6th rioters have been held in jail for months under what they consider abusive conditions. At a press conference earlier this week, Republicans warned about the possible mistreatment of some defendants and demanded that they be treated fairly.
FRC to Supreme Court: Overturn Roe!
The case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, concerning Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban, is the most consequential abortion case to come before the U.S. Supreme Court in years, and represents the best shot at overturning Roe v. Wade that we have seen in a long time.
Pelosi: The (No) Show Must Go on!
COVID doesn't care what political party you belong to -- it's an equal opportunity infector. But when it comes to how the virus is impacting both sides, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has reaped more than her share of benefits. Having control of Congress when a pandemic sweeps through the country has been unusually kind to the Democratic Party, as far as pushing their agenda goes. Turns out, setting the House rules during COVID has its advantages -- especially when you're clinging to the slimmest majority since World War II.
China Wins Gold in Human Rights Abuses
The Chinese Communist Party must be trying to win a gold medal for human rights abuses. Earlier this week, a 24-year-old received a life sentence, the first given under the 2020 security law abolishing political freedom in Hong Kong. What was his crime? He rode a motorcycle into police with a banner calling for Hong Kong's liberation, which the totalitarian regime determined deserved a life sentence for "terrorism" and "inciting secession." Last year, BLM rioters got off scot-free for considerably more violence.
Connecticut Parents Oust School Board Members over CRT
Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona withdrew a citation of a radical CRT program in documents earlier this month after embarrassing revelations about the radical nature of the materials promoted by the program. In his home state of Connecticut, parents are doing some house cleaning of their own on a local school board in Guilford.
CDC: Why Mask? Don't Ask
Yesterday new CDC guidance directed vaccinated persons to wear masks indoors over most of the country, and urged everyone in K-12 schools to wear masks in the fall. The guidance reversed the rules the CDC issued earlier this year, which recognized that people vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear masks because they are immune, at least to its most harmful effects.
With Southern Border Wide Open, Desperate Cubans Are Denied Chance at Freedom
A mere 90 miles from Florida's coast, the people of Cuba, who have been under the boot of a communist regime for over six decades, are crying out for freedom. For weeks, Cubans fed up with chronic food and medicine shortages and inflated prices brought on by their communist government, have held public demonstrations across the country. The brutal dictatorial government responded by lashing out against its own people with hundreds of arbitrary arrests and public beatings (including journalists), the disappearance of many demonstrators, and a nationwide internet outage.
Let's not Force America's Daughters to Register for the Draft
As Congress hashes out the contours of funding bills making their way through Congress this week, there is one in particular we shouldn't overlook: the Senate Armed Services Committee has approved an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would require women to register for the draft. While framed as a woman's equality issue, this is actually unnecessary, dangerous, and very revealing of America's moral decline.
Infrastructure Deal Still under Construction
When ESPN asked followers what "isn't an Olympic sport but feels like an Olympic sport," Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) half-joked: "trying to negotiate a bipartisan infrastructure deal." Except in this case, the two sides are wrestling without anything to show for it. Five weeks after prematurely announcing a deal, the two sides seem farther apart than ever.
There's No Place Like Home -- to Learn
If someone told me 18 months ago that homeschooling American households would triple in a year, I would hardly have thought it possible. Nor would I have believed the Associated Press and the Washington Post could report positively on something as beneficial as homeschooling. As it turns out, nearly anything can change in a pandemic. By the fall of 2020, 11 percent of U.S. households were homeschooling their children, up from 5.4 percent in the spring of 2020, and 3.3 percent in the years before that, according to the Household Pulse Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.
State Attorneys General Step up to Protect America's Children
Children in need of protection from harmful gender transition procedures seem to have fewer and fewer advocates these days. Whether political leaders willing to turn their backs on them or elites trying to stay in sync with the socially-liberal views of their peers, children are the ones being left to pay the price. The latest example is the ACLU's lawsuit against Arkansas's recently-enacted Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act.
CRT Shape-shifting in Education
Every once in a while, the Biden administration likes to pretend that it's listening to reason. Don't buy it. That's the message from conservatives, who are trying to keep parents from falling for the White House's line that it's backing away from critical race theory in the classroom. That's the impression Education Secretary Miguel Cardona was going for when he said that the department made an "error" promoting a radical group's CRT theories. Some people cheered, thinking the White House had finally seen the light. But if it sounds too good to be true, experts warn, that's because it is.
Faulty Censor Triggers Alarm
YouTube is a bully. Bullies like to pick on people smaller and weaker than themselves. For YouTube and its parent company, Google, that includes pretty much everyone. But bullies also back down when their targets fight back. And FRC will always fight back.
Finland Looks Reasonable on Gender Transition for Minors
Reason on the subject of gender transition for minors is increasingly prevailing on the international scene. With Finland's recent move to cut back on the practice, multiple countries in Europe, including Great Britain and Sweden, now recognize that performing potentially irreversible procedures on children that transform their endocrine systems and remove healthy sexual organs should not be the go-to intervention for treating psychological dissonance over one's biological sex.
Pelosi: On the Riot Side of History
When House Democrats started clamoring for their own January 6 commission, it was never about the facts. But the last person anyone expected to admit that is Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). But this week, the California leader showed her cards when she booted two of the five Republicans off the roster because she was terrified they'd ask some hard questions. And hard questions, we all know, is not what this probe is about. Political theater is.
To Follow the Science, Free the Science
CDC can stand for many things: Conspiracy for Deceptive Calculations, Cartel for Democrats after Coronavirus -- and probably more. But one thing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should stand for is good science. Whether they do is up for debate, as public health experts like Dr. Martin Makary have criticized the agency for public health recommendations concerning vaccination of minors that are based on "very sloppy data." There's no expert consensus behind many CDC policies. But instead of welcoming open scientific dialogue and inquiry, Makary says, the CDC "dug in early" and "dismissed" any dissenting voices. The question is, why?
Inside a Chinese Internment Camp
On Christmas Day in 2020, one Uyghur advocate in the United States was devastated to learn that her sister had been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Gulshan Abbas was a retired medical doctor in Xinjiang, where the Chinese government is launching a brutal crackdown on the Uyghur Muslim population. Detained by authorities since 2018, her sister, Rushan, believes that she was taken as a punishment for Rushan's advocacy work in the United States speaking out against human rights abuses in China.
Dems: All Good Things Must Come to a Spend
Forget reading the bill after you pass it -- now Senate Democrats want to pass a bill that doesn't exist! Taking their abuse of the legislative process to new heights, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) did something that no one learned on Schoolhouse Rock: he held a vote on nothing. Just trust us, Democrats cooed. It'll be great. Republicans, who've been stung by plenty of bills they had read, refused. Maybe Schumer needs a refresher on how Congress works -- but, as Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) pointed out, "Around here, we typically write the bills before we go."
California's Preferred Pronouns Are Free/Speech
There was no "he said, she said" in the unanimous decision issued by California's Third Circuit Court of Appeals. The three-judge panel unanimously ruled that a law requiring nursing home staff to address residents by their preferred pronouns violated free speech. The opinion calls the provision a "content-based restriction on speech," that permits some viewpoints while suppressing others. A California state court unanimously defeating such a draconian transgender mandate gives powerful evidence that liberty may not be quite dead out on the Left coast.
Protecting Life on College Campuses
The physical and psychological traumas associated with the chemical abortion regimen evince the unique horrors of the procedure -- even beyond what we are used to in the abortion context. Tammi, one victim of the abortion industry's embrace of this practice, reflected on her chemical abortion as "savage" and "horrific." She recalled extreme physical pain and fear throughout the process, ending in the ultimate delivery of her developing child, possessing undeniably human features, into a toilet bowl at her home.
Mischief Afloat in the Red, White, and Navy
A new Congressional report on the U.S. navy "found that a staggering 94% of sailors interviewed believe that the surface Navy suffers from a crisis of leadership and culture." Increased administrative burdens (750 annual reports per ship, most of them useless) and training not related to combat have eaten into the time American sailors are able to devote to honing mission-critical skills. "The noncombat curricula consume Navy resources, clog inboxes, create administrative quagmires, and monopolize precious training time," the report warns. The report highlights America's glaring unpreparedness at a time when America's primary strategic competitor, China, is beefing up its navy, threatening U.S. allies and interests around the world.
White House Economics: Inflation by Hot Air
It's been awhile since Joe Biden took math, and this week he proved he could use a refresher. During what was supposed to be a benchmark speech on the economy, the president left plenty of people scratching their heads with his Bidenomics. To stop inflation, he argued, you have to spend more. A lot more. As in, trillions of dollars more. Propping up his bloated infrastructure and family bills, the president insisted that if we pile on another $4.7 trillion in debt, "it'll take the pressure off of inflation." Nice try, but 71 percent of the country isn't buying it.
How "Woke" Culture Is Anti-Biblical
In November 1957, towards the beginning of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s leadership of the civil rights movement, he delivered a sermon at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala. In describing the biblical importance of loving one's enemies, he said this:
Cuba: Give Us Liberty, No Matter the Cost
There's one thing most Cubans can agree on: the small island nation may never be the same again. "The history of Cuba will have to be rewritten after Sunday, the 11th of July," one Catholic leader said. In just nine days, more than six decades of oppression was turned on its head, as people flooded to the streets -- risking their very lives to send a message America's forefathers know well: give us liberty, no matter the cost.
Social Media's Misinformation Overload
That of which you shall not speak shall henceforth be called "misinformation." No, that's not a pithy quote from days gone by. It's the new daily modus operandi of big tech. If they disagree with a position -- or if they merely fear a position is disagreeable, the label "misinformation" is applied.
The Boards and the Bees
The nation's eyes are on critical race theory, but just as critical is what's happening with sex ed. While parents everywhere rise up over the flood of woke curriculum, they're also getting a good look behind the curtain at what their children are hearing about sex. And it's just as shocking -- if not worse. It's so graphic, one Minnesota state representative told a reporter, that her colleagues didn't even want to look at the examples on the House floor. "We couldn't show this on the 10 [o'clock] news," she said, but "we want our fourth-grade children to be looking at it?"
Lost Religious Exemptions a Side Effect of Vaccine Laws
When some children are quiet for too long, their parents know to expect trouble. Some school systems deserve the same suspicion. Under the cover of the pandemic, the D.C. City Council passed an act authorizing schools to administer vaccines to children as young as 11-years-old without their parent's consent. It even authorizes the schools to "seek reimbursement, without parental consent, directly from the insurer."
'That Stadium Became a Sanctuary'
At a time when we truly need men to step up in our homes, churches, and communities, the "in person" return of Promise Keepers this past weekend at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, was indeed worth celebrating. Ken Harrison, whose résumé includes a tour in the Marine Corps and tough inner city assignments in law-enforcement, has persevered in leading a renewal of Promise Keepers, a ministry whose events back in the 1990s inspired millions of men to fulfill their God-given callings as husbands, fathers and sons.
The Cuban Dismissal Crisis
It took five days, but the White House has apparently had enough time to consider the question and agrees that yes, communism is a failed system. Even that admission was like pulling teeth from this president, who's been surprisingly muted in his response to the Cuban protests. But even his slow reaction was better than the outrageous responses from others on America's Left, who've decided the real villain in this crisis isn't the brutal regime -- but America!
House Dems Leave Taxpayers Hyde and Dry
The year was 1993. Republicans and Democrats flocked to the House floor, one right after another. The debate was eerily similar to the one some members of Congress had Thursday: should taxpayers be forced to pay for abortions? President Bill Clinton watched the fireworks from a couple of miles away from the White House, where he'd started this whole argument. For the first time in 17 years, he'd presented a budget with zero abortion restrictions, plunging Congress (and the country) into a furious debate that -- until this week -- had been a non-negotiable truce.
'They Need Our Faith'
"Every time I want to keep my silence, I think of our life in China." These are the words of Grace Gao, the daughter of Gao Zhisheng, a Chinese human rights lawyer who boldly defended house church leaders and Falun Gong practitioners. For his work, he and his entire family were targeted by the Chinese government. After years of suffering, Grace is speaking out -- for her family, and for all families and individuals enduring abuse for their advocacy.
From Torture to Triumph: Religious Freedom at Work
It was the middle of the night -- the only time of day when girls like Joy could slip into sleep and forget. On a dark April night, that fragile peace was shattered when she was nudged out of her dreams by a friend in her dorm. "Something is wrong," her classmate whispered. Outside, they heard the gunshots, coming from every direction. "Boko Haram is here." Startled awake, the girls looked at each other in silent terror. They all knew what the noises meant. The terrorists, the ones from their worst nightmares, had come.
Dems' Let's-Make-a-Deal More Trouble Than It's Worth
After months of gridlock in the Senate, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Democrats have reached an agreement to proceed with a $3.5 trillion -- with a T -- spending package. But their achievement may not deserve the headlines. The Democrats' agreement to spend trillions is not with Republicans, but with themselves. And, as Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) pointed out on "Washington Watch," "that's actually the Democrats on just the Senate Budget Committee."
Vaccine Acts Take a Shot at Parents' Rights
It's bad enough that President Biden wants to send the government to your doorstep to pressure your family to vaccinate. Now, his Department of Education -- and several communities around the country -- are trying to force the shots on children without parents ever finding out.
Reports of America's Death Are Greatly Exaggerated
Look up hyperbole in the dictionary, and you'll find a description of President Joe Biden's speech Tuesday at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center, warning Americans that state election security bills are a "21st Century Jim Crow assault" on democracy. Among his more ridiculous exaggerations, Biden warned: "We're facing the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War. That's not hyperbole. Since the Civil War. The Confederates back then never breached the Capitol as insurrectionists did on January the 6th. I'm not saying this to alarm you; I'm saying this because you should be alarmed."
Fear and Misinformation Drive the COVID Debate
Something strange is happening on the way out of the COVID pandemic. Instead of science and common sense leading the way, a sense of fear and an urge to shame seems to be at the heart of a push for universal COVID vaccination, particularly from the Left.
Worldview Wednesday: The Duty of Parents in Education
As the nation emerges from the set of political, health, and economic crises it has wrestled with over the past year, and as children head back to school in the fall, a battle is heating up: the fight for America's schools.
'I'm from the Government, and I'm Here to Vaccinate'
Most people were shocked when the president wanted to go door-to-door with his vaccine campaign -- but that's only the half of it. According to a Pentagon spokesman, the White House is also planning to go barracks to barracks -- requiring the men and women of our voluntary military to involuntarily surrender their freedom and take an unproven shot some of them don't want.
Biden's Big Mess on Big Tech
Free speech is getting a little more costly these days -- especially when it's offered by big tech. Case in point: just this week the American Conservative Union's YouTube account was served a seven-day suspension for allegedly violating the platform's community guidelines. Their crime? The group's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last weekend in Dallas, which was streamed on YouTube, supposedly contained "medical misinformation." The conference video contained a discussion of research from the Smith Center for Infectious Diseases & Urban Health and Saint Barnabas Medical Center -- which was apparently a bridge too far for the platform that hosts such "informative" videos as "Poodle Exercise with Humans."
Condom-Nation: Chicago's Fifth Graders Get Crash Course in Sex Ed
Chicago Public Schools' top doctor Kenneth Fox has been a pediatrician for 30 years. As Chicago schools move to make condoms available to students in the name of "prevention," Dr. Fox is leading the way. According to an article in the Chicago Sun Times, Fox believes, "Young people have the right to accurate and clear information to make healthy decisions. And they need access to resources to protect their health and the health of others as they act on those decisions."
The Boy Scouts: A Case Study in Compromise
After 100 years of teaching future presidents, explorers, and civil rights leaders to follow their moral compass, it's been sobering to watch the Boy Scouts lose their own bearings. And yet, the unhappy ending for one of America's proudest traditions was easy to predict once the organization started chasing the approval of critics it could never win. Now, eight years into this experiment in moral compromise, the country is watching one of the saddest "I-told-you-so" moments of a generation. Disgraced, bankrupt, unpopular, and on the edge of extinction, the Scouts' leadership is showing the world where cowardly conformity leads -- and it isn't where the culture promised.
What's Lost Is Foundational
Some time ago, America's political Left gave up on freedom because it realized Americans would never accept its political agenda if allowed to speak and think for themselves. Their scorched-earth campaign against America's identity has ignited cities (literally), commandeered elite institutions, muffled dissent, and atrophied masculinity. They increasingly target churches and families, the two benighted holdouts against their dystopian vision of broken relationships, broken dreams, and broken spirits.
Murkowski's Glacial Reception by Alaska GOP
In the days of Elijah, Ahab was king of Israel. Ahab's reign was so wicked Scripture records that "he did more to arouse the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, than did all the kings of Israel before him." (1 Kings 16:33). Amidst the idolatry of Ahab, Elijah went up to Mount Carmel and asked the people of Israel: "How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal is God, follow him." (1 Kings 18:21). That day the Lord answered Elijah with fire from heaven and reminded the people that the idols of Ahab and Jezebel were powerless.
All Hands on Tech!
"If they can censor me, they can censor you." That was former President Donald Trump's warning to America when he announced a blockbuster class-action lawsuit this week against the titans of Silicon Valley. Harnessing all of the outrage and grassroots anger over the treatment of conservatives these last several months, the 45th president is coming for the Big Tech Leftists at Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, with legal guns blazing. As far as he's concerned, they may be able to silence conservatives -- but they won't be able to stop them.
Teachers Learn the Wrong Lesson
America's largest teachers' unions must be competing to see who can most offend parents with their woke ideology. "How to Be an Antiracist" author Ibram X. Kendi delivered the keynote address at the American Federation of Teachers' (AFT) annual meeting Wednesday. Kendi's book says, "There is no in-between safe space of 'not racist.' The claim of 'not racist' neutrality is a mask for racism." Only last week, the National Education Association (NEA) made it clear: "we oppose attempts to ban critical race theory and/or The 1619 Project," celebrating CRT in dozens of resolutions. The NEA and AFT combined have over 4.5 million members.
Promoting Religious Freedom Even When the Government Doesn't
At 71 years old, Joseph Cheng left Hong Kong and headed for Australia following the enactment of a new national security law that essentially criminalized his pro-democracy activism. Having long been an influential figure for Hong Kong's Christians, he believes that the Christian faith motivates many Hong Kong Christians to stand against oppression: "You are ready to suffer in this life, and you seek a much more meaningful afterlife."
For Dems, It's Only a Matter of Crime
Now that America's crime wave is coming home to roost, the Left is pumping out ridiculous excuses faster than you can say "defund the police." It's Republicans' fault, the White House insists! It's the cops' fault, the media says! Or, it's no one's fault -- the violence isn't real! But the people's choice award had to go to MSNBC's Joy Reid, who compared the whole crisis to Shark Week. Because apparently, homicide and summer go together like Jaws and Richard Dreyfus.
'I Was Preparing for Death at Every Moment'
It was her worst nightmare -- come true. The mom of three had been dreading the day when the Chinese Communist officials would come after her. And one night, they did. That phone call, three years ago, feels like yesterday. It was the moment Zumrat Dawut would discover the truth that her government's officials were denying: the network of concentration camps for her people was real. Then she -- like so many millions before her -- disappeared to one.
Knock, Knock, It's Big Brother Joe
After the Biden administration failed to meet its target of vaccinating 70 percent of Americans by July 4, the president suggested he may turn to drastic measures to boost vaccination rates, including sending people "door-to-door -- literally knocking on doors." The remark earned swift criticism. Rep. Pat Fallon (R-Texas) tweeted, "BIG red flags anytime the federal government is 'going door to door.'" His colleague, Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) agreed that federal door-to-door visits are "only really contemplated in Constitution for the census."
A Fight for the History Books
"We oppose attempts to ban critical race theory and/or The 1619 Project," the National Education Association (NEA) said in a resolution late last week. At its 2021 annual meeting, America's largest teachers' union -- and largest union of any kind -- passed a slew of pro-CRT resolutions. They also approved "an already-created, in-depth study that critiques white supremacy, anti-Blackness, anti-Indigeneity, racism, patriarchy ... capitalism ... and other forms of power and oppression." The resolutions amounted to a declaration of war on parent organizations that have sprouted up as sentinels against encroaching wokeness.
Florist's Hopes Wilt with Latest SCOTUS Injustice
It was a devastating day for Barronelle Stutzman. The florist from Washington State, who's become a symbol of the struggle for religious liberty in America, learned last week that the U.S. Supreme Court will not hear her case, in which she declined to design flower arrangements for a same-sex wedding in accordance with her Christian beliefs.
A Book So Right, the Left Won't Touch It
What's wrong with good old fashioned "God and Country" patriotism and referencing the Good Book? Apparently, it's so offensive some won't stand for it.
Squad Dems: A Fourth to Be Reckoned With
Squad member Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) used the anniversary of America's Independence to parrot the 1619 Project's about continued racial oppression and fundamental injustice. She tweeted, "When they say that the 4th of July is about American freedom, remember this: the freedom they're referring to is for white people. This land is stolen land and Black people still aren't free." This is a textbook example of the 1619 Project's false narrative of American history.
LA Spa Massages the Meaning of 'Woman'
There was nothing relaxing about a trip to Los Angeles's upscale Wi Spa last Saturday. The ordinarily calm atmosphere was interrupted by a bitter protest over the shop's transgender policy, which allowed a man to expose himself in the women's locker room -- to the shock and disgust of female clients. In a video that exploded across social media, an irate customer demanded to know why it's okay "for a man to go into the women's section, show his penis around the other women, young little girls, underage? Your spa, Wi Spa, condones that? He is a man. He is not a woman!"
Louisiana, You've Come a Long Way, Baby
Right before the July 4th break, Louisiana House Bill 146 -- a lesser-known pro-life bill -- was signed into law. What the bill accomplishes, however, is not only worth noting, but championing in Louisiana and in other states.
Celebrating America's Birthday
When was America born? Was it when Jamestown was settled in 1607? When the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth in 1620? When the 13 colonies won the War of Independence from Great Britain in 1781? Today, revisionist historians and new progressive models claim that America was born when African slaves arrived in Virginia in 1619. While the American slave trade was tragic, immoral, and a grave human rights violation, it is inaccurate to say that the United States of America was founded on slavery.
China's Threat-Bare Foreign Policy
Maybe if we claimed the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) fireworks and 100th anniversary celebrations were contributing to global warming (climate change), the Biden administration might see that the CCP poses a greater danger to global peace and security more so now than at any point in its history. This week, satellite images uncovered that China is constructing what appear to be over 100 new silos to house intercontinental ballistic missiles, which could deliver nuclear warheads to anywhere on the globe.
A White House of Another Stripe
Elections have consequences. Yesterday's virtual White House Convening on Transgender Equality serves as the latest reminder. With officials like White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, director of the Domestic Policy Council Susan Rice, and Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Health Rachel Levine hosting, viewers could expect to hear fawning praise for President Biden and his 14 percent LGBTQ+ administration.
At the Southern Border, Humanitarian Crisis Escalates
It was just over a year ago, but it now seems like an eternity ago. In May of 2020, the Trump administration implemented new immigration policies that expanded the authority of federal immigration officials to more effectively enforce immigration laws by swiftly processing and returning illegal border crossers. Within weeks, the number of illegal crossers dropped dramatically, and they stayed low through the end of President Trump's term.
Let's Start Putting Our Money Where Our Faith Is
When looking at the cultural landscape from a biblical perspective, it's more than clear that America is in dire straits. But what's particularly striking in recent years is how corporate America has collectively decided to latch on to this moral decline. It wasn't that long ago that American companies were careful to steer clear of public advocacy or making donations to groups with a stake in contentious social issues such as abortion, LGBT "Pride," and "Defund the Police" in order to avoid alienating their customers.
School Board Boot Camp Was Held, and All 50 States Reported for Duty!
Yesterday, FRC Action hosted a very successful School Board Boot Camp. In response to the repeated requests of partners across the country, the four-hour training session provided information on what you need to know about running for school board or supporting people who answer the call to public service. At the end of the day, we learned that 97 percent of participants said they would definitely or probably recommend this event to others, and 66 percent said they would definitely be interested in one specifically for their state.
Does the Bible Really Condemn Abortion?
In recent weeks, the topic of abortion and the church has returned to the news. This perennial issue has reemerged due to the U.S. Roman Catholic bishops' decision to draft a document on the Eucharist. The controversy over this document is caused by the possibility that one section may reiterate the Catholic teaching that those who manifestly oppose Church doctrine on grave matters, such as abortion, should refrain from receiving the sacrament of Communion.
Southern Border: A Rio Overflowing with Crime
Kamala Harris has a big problem, and Joe Biden to thank for it. Since the president assigned his vice president to oversee the crisis at the southern border over three months ago, "thousands upon thousands of illegal immigrants have already streamed into our nation at levels not seen in two decades," according to Congressman Chip Roy (R-Texas). Yet for three months she dismissed calls to visit the border with unconvincing excuses like "we've been to the border," and "I haven't been to Europe. I don't understand the point you're making."
Cardona Challenged on Science and Women's Sports
The Biden administration continues to deny science -- this time, through the Department of Education. At a hearing last Thursday, Rep. Mary Miller questioned Education Secretary Miguel Cardona after his department claimed that affirming the biological and scientific reality of male and female in sporting events was "harassment." In an effort to safeguard teachers' ability to speak the truth, Rep. Miller asked Secretary Cardona to clarify how many "genders" there are.
Americans Are Naturally Pro-Life
At 37 weeks, I am well beyond the phase where people are afraid of offending me by asking if I am pregnant. In fact, the large, very visible "bump" that affirms the presence of another within me is almost impossible for people not to comment on.
Hammer Thrower Nails Contempt for U.S.A.
"If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail." That phrase - often attributed to Bernard Baruch - could easily be applied to the tenor of our times, especially this past week.
Ohio Dems Pound the Table Against Girls' Sports
"There's an old saying. When the law is on your side, pound the law. When the facts are on your side, pound the facts. If neither the facts or law are on your side, pound the table." So Adam Schiff summarized a quip that has been evolving for at least a century. And so the Democrats did in the Ohio State House when Ohio State Representative Jena Powell proposed an amendment to protect women's sports. It's hard to believe this ruckus took place in what is supposed to be the deliberative, rulemaking body for the state of Ohio. Where do they think they are? A zoo? A construction site? A daycare? It's almost (almost) maddening enough to make me thankful unelected bureaucrats do most of America's legislating.
Southern Baptist Convention Takes Principled Stands for Truth
Recently, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) held its Annual Meeting to elect new leaders, commission missionaries, and issue statements (known as resolutions) on the denomination's view on important issues facing their churches. Among these resolutions were meaningful statements on the Uyghur genocide, the Equality Act, and the Hyde Amendment. These resolutions are important because they reflect the denomination's careful thinking on important political and cultural issues.
Rank Hypocrisy: Top General Pushes Military CRT
Ignoring the controversy over critical race theory didn't go so well for the Left. So they tried denying it. That was a bust. Now, they've moved on to a new strategy: digging in and defending it -- and, considering the latest clash over the military, that might be the worst idea of all.
Left Tries a Veteran Move on Abortion Pills
In a House where Republicans are in the slimmest of minorities, conservatives are accomplishing a lot more than the media's giving them credit for. Some of the victories are moral ones, standing up against bad bills -- or trying to change them behind the scenes in conversations that will never make a bit of news. But this week, what might have been a blip on the media's screen became a full-scale public debate -- all because FRC blew the whistle.
The Separation of Church and Hate
The gentleman doth protest too much. On Facebook Thursday, California Representative Jared Huffman (D) doubled down on his suggestion that the Catholic church should lose its tax-exempt status if U.S. bishops withhold communion from pro-abortion politicians. He stated in part:
FRC in the Spotlight...
What is the "Mayflower Church" and how does the Biden administration's policy affect it? Find out in a new Washington Examiner column from FRC's Arielle Del Turco.
The Left's Myth Interpretation of Critical Theory
Like a lot of parents, Marlene didn't plan to drive halfway across town and wade through crowds ten-people deep just to speak her mind. But when her seventh-grade daughter came home and told her she "didn't want to be white," something inside her snapped. "This is an immutable characteristic that I cannot change. She cannot change," the Missouri mom said indignantly. "This is culturally-sanctioned discrimination..." she argued. "[It's] child abuse." But if you ask the Left, critical race theory is none of those things. It isn't even real.
The Importance of Changing Your Pro-Choice Friend's Heart
When we die, each of us will give an account of how we lived our lives. We will face the question, "What did you do for the least of these?" Certainly, unborn children -- the most vulnerable among us who truly have no voice -- will be included in "the least of these."
Rumors Aren't the Only Thing Wrong with China's Government
Rumors are circulating that a high-level Chinese government official has defected to the U.S. and offered information about the origins of the covid-19 pandemic. Yesterday on Washington Watch, Gordan Chang joined Tony Perkins to discuss the implications if such rumors are true. Reports are still unverified, but if Dong Jingwei defected, it would be the highest Chinese Communist Party official to defect to the U.S.
Biden Military Wages Culture War
When Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin issued a "stand-down" order for the military to start its witch hunt for violent extremism in the ranks, that was only the first symptom. Since then, the Biden administration has subjected America's men and women in uniform to a dizzying barrage of woke indoctrination. A whistleblower hotline set up by Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) has already received "well over 300 serious, credible complaints."
Pompeo: Biden's Weak Response to an Increasingly Dangerous Iran
Iran has been a grave offender of human rights, religious freedom, and a state sponsor of terrorism since its Islamic Revolution in 1979. Under the repressive regimes of two "Supreme Leaders" - Ayatollahs who ruled with an iron fist over their beleaguered population - thousands of Iranians have been executed, many more jailed and tortured, and millions have suffered deprivations of the most basic necessities: food, freedom, and fair treatment.
Schools vs. Parents: Va. Locals Expelled from School Board Meeting
Parents across the country are waking up to the indoctrination happening in public schools. Whether it's over the top LGBTQ+ lessons as social and emotional learning or racism promoted as racial justice, parents are not about to accept the status quo for their children. Washington elites may try to explain it all away, as Chuck Todd did on Meet the Press, but this outpouring of anger is not just "manufactured."
Biden: Dragging the Military into a New Era
At Nellis Air Force Base last week, pilots were gathered around a different kind of runway. That's because the southern Nevada post, home to one of the most advanced air combat programs in the service, made the controversial decision to host its first-ever drag queen show. To the amusement of America's enemies, some of our most skilled servicemen and women spent their Thursday night "discover[ing] the significance of drag in the LGBT+ community" at a base club -- a lesson sure to please their transgender activist-in-chief.
Dems Float Church-Exempt Status
Yet again, Democrats are outraged to discover that religious beliefs actually impact people's actions. In the latest dust-up, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted 168-55 on Friday to proceed with a draft document "on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the Church" that, when finalized, may deny the Eucharist to politicians who support abortion. Representative Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) tweeted in response, "If they're going to politically weaponize religion by 'rebuking' Democrats who support women's reproductive choice, then a 'rebuke' of their tax-exempt status may be in order." You read that right: a sitting congressman casually suggested repealing the tax-exempt status of one of the largest religious organizations in America because they are upholding biblical truth.
Protecting Religious Freedom in the Culture and the Courtroom
At the heart of Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, decided by the Supreme Court last week, lay both principles and people who will be affected -- faith-based organizations, vulnerable children, and religious freedom itself. Thankfully, the Supreme Court unanimously voted to uphold the right of Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia to serve their community without violating their conscience.
Czar Wars: GOP Demands Harris Border Replacement
By the time agents got to the truck, the 33 bodies crammed in the back were already passing out from the heat. Shirtless and dehydrated, almost half of the human cargo had to be hospitalized. At a sweltering 106 degrees, without water or air, who knows how many of the smugglers' victims would have survived? "Had our heroic agents not been able to free these trapped undocumented migrants," one Border Patrol chief said, "we could have seen 33 miserable deaths..." And they wouldn't have been the first casualties of a Biden administration living in denial about the immigration crisis. Not by a long shot.
The Lies We Pay For
The Department of Veterans Affairs hasn't wasted this many taxpayer dollars since the Obama administration. On Saturday, Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough announced the VA would start the regulatory ball rolling on conducting transgender surgeries for veterans in their taxpayer-funded hospitals. The announcement was an early Father's Day gift for the transgender lobby -- although they probably are working to have the holiday renamed Happy Care-giver 1 or 2 Day.
Stand Courageous Makes a Stop in Colorado
Stand Courageous: It really is more than just the name of a conference. It's an exhortation to men across our nation to stand, commit, and follow through to be the husbands, fathers, and spiritual leaders they were called to be. The power of transformation was on display this past weekend as we saw men from 16 different states gather in Woodland Park, Colorado to be challenged to stand courageous as men.
The Tax Man Shunneth
Joe Biden keeps saying "America is back." But what he really means is Barack Obama is back. From the military and abortion to transgenderism and education, everything feels like a regurgitation of the 44th president's worst policies. The shades of Obama run deep, right down to the IRS -- the former president's favorite weapon for crushing the opposition. Under Biden, the tax agency's campaign of intimidation is back, and Christian organizations everywhere should brace themselves.
EEOC Institutes One-Click Ordering
No lines, no waiting, no jostling with strangers -- one Biden administration official has decided that policymaking should be treated like online shopping. Charlotte Burrows, Chairwoman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) posted guidance that dramatically redefined "sex" beyond anything else in federal law. Burrows acted unilaterally, and that's a big no-no. According to former Trump official Roger Severino, "You cannot, as a commissioner alone, rule for the entire EEOC."
American Fatherhood Is in Decline. Here Are Three Ways to Build It Up.
Father's Day 2021 comes at a unique moment in American history. According to the CDC, births in the U.S. reached record lows last year, with the number of births and the general birth rate both falling by 4 percent. The number of new fathers in America is currently at its lowest point in 42 years.
Fixing the Cracks in Philly's Liberty Bail
For Sharonell Fulton, it was her faith that led her to become a foster mom in the first place. "As a single woman of color," she said, "I've learned a thing about discrimination over the years." But never in her life, she tells people, has she experienced the kind of cruel religious prejudice that's been on display from Philadelphia's politicians. When the city tried to shut down Catholic Social Services for believing what the Bible says about marriage, she was speechless. What kind of people would be more concerned with an intolerant agenda than they are about children? Not the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, it turns out. Today, they sent a unanimous message to the city of un-brotherly love: Stand down!
Baker Battered by Leftist Mob
If you think Christian persecution doesn't exist in America, talk to Jack Phillips. The longsuffering baker, who's made more trips to court than most lawyers, was back in a judge's chambers this week. Unfortunately, winning at the Supreme Court hasn't made the road any easier for the Colorado Christian, who's been dragged through the legal mud for nine years -- risking jail, his business's ruin, and his livelihood just to live out his faith doing what he loves.
Department of Education Radicals Sell out Girls, Defy Parents
True to form, the Biden Department of Education has overstepped the bounds of law and common sense with its Notice of Interpretation issued this week. As promised in one of the very first Executive Orders signed by President Biden, girls will lose protections to biological boys presenting as girls in public schools if schools abide by this "guidance" from Washington.
Tweeting a Bible Verse Should Never Result in Jail Time
The case of Päivi Räsänen, a Finnish MP being prosecuted for her religious views, is drawing increasing international attention. And rightfully so, as this prosecution is a blow against the free expression of religious faith not only in Finland, but for those beyond that country's borders as well.
Shh, Nick, Don't Woke the Baby
What is the fastest way to alienate a sizable fanbase and scuttle the reputation of a longstanding entertainment icon? Saturate it with obnoxious, woke, political messaging. The latest program to adopt this strategy is Nickelodeon, who, after watching Disney send Star Wars into a tailspin, said "hold my Kool-aid." After Nickelodeon promoted LGBT Pride Month for the first time in 2020, they decided to up the ante, as if everyone knows children's programs need more sexual content.
House Members Take a Stand for Conservative Values
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) and Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.) are to be commended for successfully blocking two dangerous yet largely overlooked bills on the floor of the House of Representatives last night. The LGBTQ Business Equal Credit Enforcement and Investment Act (H.R. 1443) and the Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act (H.R. 239) would have both pushed harmful ideologies through what should have been a routine procedural mechanism for the House to pass uncontroversial bills. While these two destructive bills were blocked last night, by votes of 249-177 and 240-188, an alarming number of Republicans (31 and 22) voted for each.
Two Nevada Counties Declare a Constitutional Course Correction
It's come to this. After a year in which America saw government bodies commit unprecedented violations against the constitutional rights of ordinary citizens in the name of "public safety" because of COVID-19, two counties in Nevada have had enough. This week, Elko County and neighboring Lander County both declared themselves to be "constitutional counties," meaning that the elected commissioners in both counties "declared that the Bill of Rights will be upheld in their jurisdictions, even if it means standing against unconstitutional acts by state and federal authorities." They are the first two counties in the entire country to make this declaration.
Christian School or State Puppet?
With all the woke ideology permeating higher education, a college faithful to God's Word might seem like a contradiction in terms. But one of the unicorns is College of the Ozarks in Missouri, whose biblical worldview has led them into direct conflict with the Biden administration. The Christian university has asked the 8th Circuit Court to grant them an injunction against the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which ordered the college to violate its sex-specific dormitory policy and house students based on their self-proclaimed gender identity.
A Pro-Life Challenge for Governor Cooper
Before June 25, Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina has the opportunity to sign a pro-life bill preventing a physician from aborting a child if the physician is aware that the mother's reason for obtaining the abortion is due to the race or sex of the baby, or a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. This prenatal nondiscrimination (or PRENDA) bill passed the state House in May, and the state Senate on June 10, with only six Democrats in total voting for it.
Israel Enters Divisive, Uncharted Waters With New PM
On Monday, Naftali Bennett was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Israel -- ending 12 years of Benjamin Netanyahu's leadership as the longest serving and most accomplished Prime Minister in Israel's history. This turning point has been far from picture-perfect; it remains controversial and even worrisome to many Israelis. But after four separate elections in which Netanyahu was unable to form a large enough coalition to continue his leadership, a new alliance was finally formed.
At DOJ, a Brief Encounter with LGBT Outrage
It's Flag Day, and we all know which one the Biden administration is flying. This president has pledged his allegiance to the LGBT cause so completely that he can't even give religious freedom a passing nod without being skinned alive by the radical Left. Last week, when the Justice Department even hinted at defending the constitutional rights of Christian colleges, the fringe wing of the party blew a gasket. The DOJ is "aligning itself with anti-LGBTQ hate," they cried. Actually, the Justice Department was just doing its job. But they won't be doing it long, if outside extremists get their way.
Where There's Woke, There's Fire
Once is an anecdote, twice is a coincidence, three times is a trend, but "several hundred whistleblower complaints" is a blaring, flashing alarm. According to Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), U.S. military personnel are being force-fed a diet of "anti-American indoctrination" marinated in critical race theory. Along with Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), Cotton recently created a web portal for whistleblowers to report "woke ideology" in the military, such as replacing military history training with lectures about "police brutality, 'systemic racism,' and 'white privilege.'" Another unit was forced to read "White Fragility," a popular critical race theory manifesto which insists certain people are inherently and unavoidably evil (racist) because of their skin color (white).
Terror by Night: The Burkina Faso Nightmare
Far from the public eye, jihadist forces have struck with little reaction from the American press. More than 160 civilians were murdered in a terrorist strike on two Burkina Faso villages this month. Another 40 individuals or more were injured in the attacks, which mark the deadliest episode of Islamic jihadism in the country in several years.
In Mother Words, Biden Disses Women
Joe Biden ran on an absurdly radical platform for a "moderate," but it looks like he saved a lot of his truly crazy ideas for the White House. Just when Americans think his policies can't get any more deranged, he unleashes a budget that cancels moms! In a bizarre attempt to transgender the English language, Biden has decided to bleep out the word "mother" and replace it with "birthing people" -- a demeaning term that reduces women to some sort of utilitarian breeding center in another effort to eradicate gender. And yet, when Biden's wokest leaders have been asked to explain the change, they can't or won't.
Eyes on the Price
If Americans are worried about inflation, they have reason to be! According to reports, prices have shot up faster and higher than they have in years. Everything from beans to burgers costs more, the Wall Street Journal says. Companies like Shake Shack, Campbell's, Smucker's, Cracker Barrel -- even Spam! -- they're all being forced to raise prices because of the broken supply chains, worker shortages, freight spikes, and just general uncertainty about how long this downturn will last. This is a "Made-in-Washington Inflation Spike," experts warn. And Joe Biden's policies are only going to make it worse.
FRC Pushes Back on Trans Indoctrination at Dept. of Ed
Thursday, FRC's Senior Fellow for Education Studies Meg Kilgannon testified before the Department of Education against proposed changes by the Biden administration that could destroy Title IX protections for girls' sports, result in the indoctrination of children, and entrench harmful transgender ideologies that threaten the health of children and the rights of parents.
Biden's Climate of Weakness
Standing in the hanger of an American airbase in England, Joe Biden had plenty of memorable moments. He botched the name of the Royal Air Force, got a bit of a scolding from his wife, and kept the troops at attention because, he chuckled, "I keep forgetting I'm president." As if he didn't have enough trouble being taken seriously, Biden wanted servicemembers to know that our biggest threat isn't China, Iran, or North Korea -- it's climate change. "This is not a joke," he said. But it sure sounded like one.
Omar's Extremism Too Much for Some Democrats
When the New York Times sat down with Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) last year, she insisted, "I wouldn't run for Congress... if I was anti-American." Well, you could have fooled us. In the two years that Omar has been a part of the U.S. House, no one has been more openly hostile to the values and traditions of this country than the representative of Minnesota's Fifth District. She calls herself "a starter of fires," and this latest one--suggesting America and Israel are terrorists--won't be easy to put out.
Parents Sound Alarm on the Left's Classroom Warfare
What's black and white and red all over? Incensed parents of every race who have had enough of the Left's deceptive indoctrination of children in public schools. Earlier this week, parents packed out a school board meeting in Loudoun County, Virginia. You may remember reading about the school district because it suspended P.E. teacher Tanner Cross for voicing his opposition, as a resident of the community, to woke ideology during a public meeting, although a judge has now reinstated him. But parents' outrage against critical race theory in their children's curriculum isn't confined to a wealthy D.C. suburb; spontaneous revolts against out-of-control, woke school boards is America's new pandemic.
Virginia District Hears Parents Loudoun Clear
One thing was for sure: they didn't come to be quiet. The parents of Loudoun County, Virginia who were packed into every available chair at Tuesday's school board meeting were angry. For months, they'd been warring with the district over its woke curriculum in a feud so bitter that it made the national news. But it was the suspension of Tanner Cross, a P.E. teacher who spoke out about a new transgender policy, that turned the local temperature from hot to boiling.
Bipartisanship Meets the Great Wall of Congress
What's $700 billion dollars between friends? Too much, Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) decided. The GOP negotiator finally called it quits on her solo talks with President Joe Biden Tuesday after their infrastructure meetings went south. It was the latest chapter in a long and messy saga over an expensive White House proposal that even Democrats are squeamish about. And while Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) has promised a deal by July, no one is quite sure how. "We're running out of time," Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) fumed. But Democrats are running out of something much more important: options.
PVS Tonight: A Christian Response to LGBT Pride
Everywhere we turn these days, rainbow colors appear in almost every nook and cranny of our society. LGBT flags hang over businesses, social media sites are decked out with colorful logos, and even cereal boxes and children's TV shows are pledging their allegiance to the red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. So how can believers navigate this culture of sexual anarchy that has become such a dominant and increasingly compulsory force in our society?
A Protest, A Prepared Church, and the Power of God
After 11 Supreme Court rulings on church closures, most government officials have realized (or been forced to realize) that their dictatorial powers to shut down churches are limited by the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights. But that acknowledgement has not settled upon Santa Clara County in California. Most churches remain shuttered in the San Jose area, because if they dare to meet in person, like Pastor Mike McClure's Calvary Chapel San Jose has been doing since last May, they will face significant fines.
Pro-Abortion Left Sets Sights on Codifying Roe
Democrats seem to have found a use for Congress again. After years of relying on the courts to do their dirty work, the far-Left has had to find other solutions after Donald Trump spent the last four years balancing U.S. benches. Now, suddenly, more liberals have seemed to awaken to the fact that there's a legislative branch too, and they're spilling all of their ink urging fellow abortion activists to use it. "The Supreme Court may toss Roe," the Washington Post tries to comfort its Leftist readers. "But Congress can still preserve abortion..."
Biden's New Weapon to Intimidate Schools
While the rest of America is racing to stop the transgender agenda, the Biden administration is on another planet -- one where the end of males and females is the only thing that matters. On one hand, the chair he appointed to lead the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is praising the Supreme Court's Bostock decision for trying to redefine the word "sex" -- and on the other, his Department of Education is going around the backs of the American people to force schools to eliminate girls' sports. Talk about selective hearing!
Twitter Blocks and Bans in Nigeria
In a telling display of social media arrogance, Twitter deleted a post by Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari after his broadcast of a public warning directed at his opponents. Buhari's Islamist regime responded to the Twitter block by banning the use of Twitter throughout Nigeria. And the president's henchmen have since broadcast threats against media outlets that ignore the ban's demands. Information Minister Lai Mohammed claimed that the government had acted because of "the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria's corporate existence."
States Push Back on Biden Abortion Funding
President Biden's budget request calls for repealing long-standing provisions preventing federal taxpayer funds from paying for abortion, but states have been working for years to protect taxpayers from having to subsidize the abortion industry. Despite the Biden-Harris pro-abortion agenda, the state momentum continues this year.
RNC Pride Tweet: The Elephant in the Room
A handful of days into this rainbow deluge, the air of LGBT pride is so suffocating that people could choke. It's plastered across social media, corporate logos, cereal boxes, even big box stores' pandering displays. This month, fans can't even go to a San Francisco Giants game without being bombarded with the league's first Pride-color uniforms. But one place conservatives thought they were safe from all this nonsense was the Republican National Committee. Turns out, their chairwoman is just as happy as anyone to pull on the LGBT jersey.
Dr. Fauci and Mr. Hide
For months, Americans were told to do what Dr. Anthony Fauci said. We shut down businesses and churches, locked up schools, and wore masks. Now, 800-pages of redacted emails later, the country's finding out that the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases hardly believed a word he said. Publicly, they were "following the science." But privately, were they hiding the culprit?
Honoring Friend and Philanthropist Foster Friess
On Thursday, May 27, the conservative movement lost a dear friend and champion, Foster Friess. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lynn, his wife of nearly 60 years, and his family.
Military Drafted into Biden's LGBT Parade
Forget the screaming children on the Rio Grande, the cyber attacks on our meat plants and pipelines. Don't worry about the overseas unrest or the price hikes on gas and food. The serious issues will have to wait. Because there's only one thing on the president's mind right now -- and that's Pride month.
Conservatives Score Big against the NCAA
For the refused-to-be-canceled crowd, it was a headline to celebrate. "The NCAA threatened states over anti-transgender bills," the big print of the Washington Post read. "But the games went on." It was the surest sign in a post-Georgia, Coke-boycotting world that fed-up conservatives were the newest force to be reckoned with. It's also the most recent evidence -- out of piles of examples -- that the Right side may be winning the woke wars.
President's Pride-orities out of Border
"Here, here! No, no! Don't go, no!" cried the 5-year-old boy. A viral video captured last Thursday showed the boy dropped off on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande, abandoned in the desert with nothing but a teddy bear. Mexican cartels are conveying unprecedented numbers of children and other migrants to America's southern border. The border was a virtual ghost town as recently as last winter, but it has lurched precipitously towards disaster since President Biden took office. As Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) described it, "It is a crisis of proportions that I have not seen, I think, in my entire professional career."
Gym Teacher Exercises Faith in Woke District
Tanner Cross may teach P.E., but it might be grammar that costs him his job! That's the unbelievable situation playing out in Loudoun County, Virginia, where an elementary gym teacher dared to put himself on the wrong side of the gender wars during the public comment session of the local school board. "I love my students," he said firmly, "but I will never lie to them regardless of the consequences. I'm a teacher, but I serve God first -- and I will not affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa... It's against my religion, it's lying to a child, it's abuse to a child, and it's sinning against our God."
Networks Change Their Toon for Pride Month
There are lots of parents today who wouldn't think twice about sitting their kids down in front of the Disney Channel or Cartoon Network. And that, conservatives warn, is exactly the problem. Like so many other moms and dads, they're expecting the same kind of harmless storylines they watched in the 70s and 80s. What their children are seeing is anything but.
God Bless (Lubbock) Texas!
On Tuesday, just one month after Lubbock, Texas became the state's largest sanctuary city for the unborn (and the only sanctuary city for the unborn with an active abortion clinic), Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas agreed to stop performing abortions within the city limits. This announcement came after a federal district judge dismissed Planned Parenthood's lawsuit citing lack of standing.
MLB's Political Bunt Faces Court Challenge
Woke corporations are learning the hard way that their social activism has a price. Monday, Major League Baseball was slapped with a $1.1 billion lawsuit for pulling the 2021 all-star game out of Atlanta, Georgia. The Job Creators Network (JCN), an organization that advocates for small businesses, filed the lawsuit -- arguing that the MLB's decision cost Georgia businesses $100 million in lost revenue and is seeking $1 billion in punitive damages.
Democrats Take a Hike Deep in the Heart of Texas
After the 2020 election, it comes as no surprise to many that state legislatures, concerned with vast irregularities stemming from an unprecedented influx of mail-in ballots, last-minute changes to election law, and other irregularities, took up the cause of election integrity. States from Arizona to Florida, Georgia to New Hampshire, and elsewhere, have passed legislation to correct weaknesses in their respective state's election system.
China's Top Experts, Cheap Goods, and a Culture of Death
On Monday, in an effort to reverse China's rapidly declining birthrate, Chinese authorities announced expanding the country's two-child policy to three. The three-child policy is the third iteration of China's one-child policy instituted in 1979 for the purpose of slowing population growth. The one-child policy was carried out with unrestrained brutality and it proved all too effective.
Biden's Brutal Budget for the Unborn
Joe Biden got a lot of exercise during the 2020 campaign sprinting to the Left. He turned himself inside-out to prove his radical cred to everyone from Planned Parenthood to Squad socialists. But his biggest surprise, at least after 40 years of saying otherwise, was his flip on taxpayer-funded abortion. Pushed and prodded by reporters and activists, the self-professed Catholic finally took a question on the Hyde amendment that sealed the deal with his party's extremists. Asked by a liberal voter about the wall between taxpayer dollars and abortion, Biden replied: "It can't stay." Two years later, the test of whether he meant it has finally come. And the answer is: he does.
Live from the Pastors Roundtable!
Thursday, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins welcomed pastors from nearly every state and nine countries to our Watchman on the Wall virtual gathering. Though COVID restrictions that persist in DC restrained an in-person meeting, it did not restrain our message. In fact, FRC has worked hard to keep pastors informed, engaged and encouraged during the pandemic for one simple reason: Spiritual leaders are in the best position to provide biblical solutions to the escalating problems we are facing in America.
PVS: Where Persecution Abounds, Courage Abounds More
A growing number of American Christians are finding themselves in courtrooms when they choose to live out their faith in public. So what should believers know about their constitutional rights in order to have solid legal footing? But more importantly, how should Christians approach worldly persecution from a biblical perspective?
Biden Tries to Shanghai Voters on China
It's been called the "largest liable case in the history of the world," but Joe Biden doesn't seem to care if we get to the bottom of it. Finding out who's responsible for COVID might upset his cozy relationship with China -- and surely no one on the Left wants to admit what conservatives have known all along: the real conspiracy isn't the speculation that the killer came from a Wuhan lab, it's that some Democrats, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the communist regime were so desperate to cover it up what they say didn't happen.
On the Front Lines of Biden's Military Extremism
As the nation heads into Memorial Day weekend, a lot of our troops are thinking about the fallen. But some of them are mourning something else: the U.S. military they knew. In just four months, the culture of our fighting force is changing -- and fast. Under Joe Biden, one of the last bastions of American patriotism is on a collision course with a radical Marxist agenda that isn't just threatening our servicemembers -- it's threatening us.
Biden Team Keeps a Tight Lip on Planned Parenthood Loans
The Biden administration has continuously dodged questions on the unlawful participation of Planned Parenthood in the paycheck protection program (PPP), and Wednesday's Senate Small Business Committee hearing provided further evidence of the administration's unwillingness to give a straight answer regarding where taxpayer dollars are going amidst the pandemic. Although two officials were required to testify at the hearing, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen did not appear at all, and Small Business Administrator Isabel Guzman refused to answer even the simplest questions from Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.).
Kellogg's Spoon-feeds Activism with Woke Cereal
Kellogg's hasn't been sugar-coating its agenda for years. But its latest venture -- a "create-your-own-pronoun" cereal for kids -- is bowling over parents. "Boxes are for cereal, not people," the company insists about its new Together with Pride rainbow edition that donates $3 from every box to an extreme LGBT group, GLAAD, who's out to recruit and confuse your children. Of course, anyone who's been online or walked the aisles of a grocery store knows that some companies will do anything to pander to the radical Left. But this June, these brands are on a collision course with a group of fired-up American shoppers who might just eat them for breakfast.
States Race to Block Woke Curriculum
The United States of America is embracing and exporting critical race theory, while the individual states of America are doing the opposite. The Biden State Department recently encouraged American embassies around the world to fly the BLM flag "on the external-facing flagpole." Yes, you read that right. The new sales pitch of America's top diplomats is: "We hate our country and everything she stands for; you should, too." With self-aggrandizing totalitarian regimes like China and Iran aggressively peddling anti-American propaganda, why couldn't our own lifelong, diplomatic professionals come up with anything better?
Despite Lawsuits, Texas Judge Isn't Backing Down from Prayer
Judge Wayne Mack is a Justice of the Peace in Texas who has been in public service for over 33 years. When he was elected in Montgomery County, there were no medical examiners in the county, so he served as the coroner for the county. When there was a death in the county, he would bring volunteer chaplains to comfort the families. To thank the chaplains, Judge Mack would invite them to open his court proceedings with a short invocation. Who could object?
Unequally Woked: One Teacher's Stand to Stop the Left
"I've been hearing about this stuff happening in California and New York and all over the place. I didn't realize it was happening in my own backyard." And in Saint Tammany Parish, Louisiana, neither did parents. It took a young, courageous Spanish teacher to stand up and say, "Not in my school district" to open the eyes of Americans all across the country. Now, a month later, his viral video is sparking a nationwide movement to expose the Left's biggest lie: it's not happening here. It is, Jonathan Koeppel insists. People just don't know it.
Men and Women Are Equal, Not Identical
If our cultural trendsetters ever think about men of former eras, they smugly dismiss them as ignorant savages and resume tweeting. But our forebearers knew what many today have forgotten: men are men, women are women, and there's a real difference between them. They didn't need an Ivy league postgraduate degree they spent the rest of their lives paying for, or even twelve years of state-mandated indoctrination. The difference between men and women has been, and always will be, as plain as the nose on your face. They are without excuse.
The Supreme Court Sets the Stage for the 2022 Midterm Elections
Instead of political party leaders setting the agenda for the mid-term elections, the Supreme Court decided to take over that role. The court's decision to review Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization and answer whether all pre-viability abortion bans are unconstitutional, placed overturning Roe v. Wade at center stage heading into mid-terms. The problem is most Americas do not know what Roe did, and consequently, as Scott Rasmussen points out on "Washington Watch," most Americas do not know what overturning Roe would do. Education surrounding Roe v. Wade will have a major impact on how the issue plays out politically.
The Fighting Irish Fight Back
The White House called it a "scheduling conflict." But people at Notre Dame knew it was something else: a conflict of values. When Joe Biden didn't give the keynote address at Sunday's graduation ceremony, his absence was enough to make headlines. After all, it's been a modern certainty that the president or vice president of any new administration is at least invited to South Bend to headline the commencement. The only truly controversial visit was Barack Obama's in 2009, but that would be nothing -- protestors warned -- compared to the backlash over Biden.
Space Force Support Craters after Commander's Ouster
Joe Biden's Pentagon isn't interested in warriors. It wants social justice warriors. That was abundantly clear last week when a Space Force commander in Colorado was relieved of his duties for sounding the alarm about the "toxic" new trainings on critical race theory in the ranks. "They're rooted in Marxism," Lt. Colonel Matthew Lohmeier warned. Three months into the Defense Department's "extremist" witch hunt, America can call off the search. We found them -- calling the shots.
For Christians, the Time Is Ripe
After just four months of the Biden-Harris administration, many concerned citizens are wondering: What will America look like after four years of this mess?
After Ceasefire, Israeli Conflict Shifts to U.S.
There may not be rockets flying over Gaza, but there are certainly verbal grenades being lobbed on Capitol Hill. While the Middle East embraces a fragile peace, the ceasefire in Israel hasn't managed to stop the internal war here at home. For the first time in generations, a major political party is openly challenging our alliance with Israel. And the fallout, as our allies know, could be deadly.
Lego Toys with More LGBT Extremism
The Left is tearing down mainstream values -- brick by brick! Lego, the latest company to pander to the woke, just decided to test the waters with a rainbow set of "LGBTQIA+" figures. "Everyone is awesome!" the iconic toy company tweeted with a picture of the pack, which also boasts a transgender-flag colored spectrum. And if you've always wanted your kids to get an early education on cross-dressers, creator Matthew Ashton says you're in luck. Although the characters are supposed to be non-conformist, the purple figure is meant as "a clear nod to all the fabulous drag queens out there."
Different Joe, Same No
Under President Joe Biden, Democratic policy ideas have gotten so radical that even so-called "compromise" proposals are toxic. Biden's climate plan is nearly identical to the Green New Deal, Fairness for All is almost the same as the Equality Act, etc., and now there's a new "compromise" proposal on election law from Senators Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) that would be more of the same. They've "tried to shift away from the comprehensive overreach" of the first election overhaul, H.R. 1, FRC's Ken Blackwell said, but the truth is, it's just as lethal.
The Sin of Commission: Dems Push One-Sided Jan. 6 Probe
Joe Biden's Democrats aren't interested in bipartisanship. So why would their January 6 "commission" be any different? This week, as the far-Left tries to turn the Capitol riots into a synonym for jihadist terrorism, Republicans want to know: what's the point? Pursuing a 9/11-type probe would only politicize the tragedy even more. Besides, there's already a nationwide investigation into the events of that horrible day. It's called law enforcement. To add another layer of expensive, partisan, government-sponsored fault-finding sounds like just another DNC fundraising gimmick. And the American people know it.
With Biden Driving, Gaslight Is on...
President Biden must have his pipelines tangled. On day one, he unilaterally canceled the Keystone XL pipeline's permit. Last week, he did nothing after a Russian cyberattack crippled the pipeline serving a swath from Louisiana to Washington, D.C. But on Wednesday his administration waived sanctions against the Russian company in charge of building the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The de facto policy of the Biden administration has become: Russian pipelines good, American pipelines bad.
Pennsylvania Power Outage: Voters Rein in Gov.
If you abuse power long enough, you'll lose it. That was the message from Pennsylvanians to Democratic Governor Tom Wolf, the first chief executive in the country to be stripped of some of his executive authority. The blowback -- which has brewing for months -- was a result of the governor's COVID policies, which voters have obviously decided were too oppressive and overreaching. To put an end to Governor Wolf's "dictatorship," as some called it, they've completely rewritten the state's emergency powers.
The Magnolia State Shines on the Unborn
We don't agree with the pro-abortion side on much, but we do agree on this: the stakes of the Supreme Court case next October are the highest they've ever been. And on the Left, there's understandable panic. The "right" to abortion was never a democratically-passed law, statute, or constitutionally-protected decision. It's an invention of activist judges, and when the Court hears oral arguments this fall on why states have a right to protect women and children, the future of unlimited, elective abortion looks uncertain for the Left.
Grassroots America Versus Biden
Near the top of President Biden's priority list is funding abortion with your tax dollars. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is working overtime to repeal the Title X rule enacted under the Trump administration, which prevents federal family planning funds from going to abortion facilities. The rule cost Planned Parenthood $60 million. President Biden has also increased the Title X funding in his proposed budget for fiscal year 2022, which means there will be even more money available to subsidize abortion businesses. This is why elections matter; it's not just about whether someone sends mean tweets.
California's Persecution of Churches Comes to a Screeching Halt
California Governor Gavin Newsom's ability to close churches or limit their occupancy due to COVID-19 restrictions came to a sharp end this week. The state of California settled a lawsuit over coronavirus restrictions placed on churches, earning religious liberty a major legal victory.
Biden Arms Israel with Mixed Messages on Attacks
For a while, the sky was still. With smoke billowing through Gaza, the overnight lull was interrupted by more rocket fire. Israeli jets, which had been grounded in hopes of longer quiet, took off -- resuming a fight that shows no signs of stopping. On the West Bank, where fuel and humanitarian aid was finally getting through, an explosion of mortars put a halt to the convoys and the government was forced to close the border. To the north, new shelling from Lebanon came to an abrupt halt when Israel fired back. "I am sure that all our enemies around us see the price we have levied for the aggression against us," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned, "and I am sure they will learn the lesson."
A Swing and a Miss for the NCAA
It looks like the NCAA is nothing but a paper tiger after all. As states around the country considered bills to protect women's sports, the National Collegiate Athletics Association threatened it would only hold championships in locations "free of discrimination." In other words, they would withhold any tournaments or championships to punish states that required athletes to compete against their same biological sex. Some politicians, like South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R), were cowed into surrender. But others boldly held their course.
Biden Makes Alphabet Soup as COVID Threatens Faith Abroad
As the country faces a crossroad of crises, from a national gas shortage to rising inflation, President Biden has made clear his priority is the liberal social groups that got him elected not the American people. Monday, to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, Biden doubled down on his support for the Equality Act. He argued that the Equality Act is necessary because "COVID-19 and rising authoritarianism around the world continue to widen economic, social, and safety gaps for LGBTQI+ people."
Biden Goes off the Deep Spend
The worst campaign ad is a bad economy. And right now, that's exactly what the Democrats in charge of every lever of government are worried about. While President Biden seems quite content to blow through trillions of dollars on programs Americans don't need -- or want -- the party's leaders are starting to exchange nervous glances about what the economic indicators (and past administrative bosses) are saying about the storm ahead.
A Supreme Chance at an Abortion Fix
Americans could use some good news right about now -- and this morning, the Supreme Court gave it to them. After 29 long years, the justices just took a case that every pro-lifer has been waiting for: a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade. For the first time since 1992, the highest court in the land has a chance to deal a death blow to the precedent that's tied this country in judicial knots -- and robbed us of 62 million unique, irreplaceable lives. That could all change by this time next year when the Supreme Court has what some legal scholars are calling "the best opportunity they'll ever have to overturn Roe."
Tanden: Too Radical for Thee but Not for Me
Neera Tanden didn't pass the Senate's muster, but apparently, she's passed the president's! Monday, the White House announced that Tanden, Joe Biden's failed Director of the Office and Management and Budget (OMB) nominee, will start as a senior advisor to the White House. Tanden withdrew her nomination for Director of OMB on March 2, after pushback from Democratic Senators regarding her radical positions and controversial social media posts.
Funny You Should Mask, Biden Says
Public Relations 101: When you're getting hammered by critics, give the media something else to talk about. After the worst week of his presidency so far, Joe Biden resorted to that ploy Thursday with his "Hey, look over here!" decision on public masking. The CDC, who really has no power to impose a mandate to begin with, chose this week to inexplicably lift its guidance for anyone who's vaccinated. The world is literally imploding, every bad Biden policy is coming home to roost, and suddenly, Americans are free to show their faces again. Coincidence? Hardly.
Shock and Law: HHS's Becerra Plays Dumb on 2003 Ban
If there were such a thing as consistent fact-checking in the media, the head of Biden's HHS would be keeping them all busy. Xavier Becerra, the man with zero experience in health care that President Biden chose to oversee the country's health agencies, proved this week that his ignorance extends well beyond HHS. His abortion radicalism, unfortunately, does too. And that's what conservatives have been warning about from the beginning.
PVS: Biden's Families Plan Doesn't Care What Families Want
The government has a plan for your family. The Biden administration is calling it the "American Families Plan." What exactly is this plan? As FRC's Pray Vote Stand broadcast revealed, Biden's plan is a cornucopia of bad ideas, but its centerpiece is a thinly veiled attempt to indoctrinate America's children with progressive ideologies by providing free universal government-run daycare for toddlers, to the tune of $1.8 trillion (that's with a "t"). As Susan Rice, head of Biden's Domestic Policy Council, revealed to the New York Times, "We want parents to be in the workforce, especially mothers." So that's what the government wants. But is this what mothers want?
Crisis Mismanagement: Biden's Struggles to Respond
Maybe the reason Joe Biden isn't responding to the world's crises is because he hasn't gotten permission to! In some of the most revealing comments about the administration to date, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki raised plenty of eyebrows when she implied that the 78-year-old is on a short leash in public. They are the ones calling the shots -- Biden admitted, not him. And if that doesn't disturb you, Joe Concha argued, it should.
A Major's Step Backwards on Religious Liberty
The Biden administration doesn't mind if the military has chaplains -- it just doesn't want them to stand for anything. That's the message from the new commander-in-chief, who seems to be picking up right where his former boss left off. Transgenderism in, religious freedom out.
The World's Faithful: Paying the Ultimate Price
Across the globe, international religious freedom (IRF) is noticeably more at risk than ever before. Freedom to gather, worship, pray, and share beliefs and traditions of faith are increasingly violated. Spanning the world from Asia to Africa to the Middle East and beyond, numerous countries are repeatedly cited year after year for inflicting dangerous and deadly abuses upon their religious minorities. And Christians continue to pay the ultimate price for their faith.
Biden Isn't Fueling Anyone with His Useless Agenda
Joe Biden wants to be FDR, but he may have to settle for Jimmy Carter. The eerie echoes of those days are starting to replay in a lot of Americans' minds as they watch the world unravel -- almost overnight. By nightfall Tuesday, the lines for gas up and down the east coast were so long that the traffic jams spilled onto the main streets. People everywhere raced to fill up tanks and whatever else they could hold, as panic spread. Along the southern border, the state of emergency hit a fever pitch when the surge hit a two-decade high. In Israel, Arab terrorists are on the verge of "full-scale war." Prices are skyrocketing, inflation is shooting fear throughout the market, and what is the president's response? "This is progress."
'A Battle for the Future of Israel'
The sirens are a common sound in Israel, but this was no ordinary attack. Since Monday night, rockets have rained down with frightening frequency on the country's Iron Dome missile defense system, as children scream and cry from bomb shelters across Israel's border towns. The sky has been "on fire," the locals have said in the scant moments when cell service works. It is the heaviest fighting between the Jewish nation and Gaza terror groups in years -- and to the horror of people around the world, it shows no signs of stopping.
Senate: Fit to Be Tied on Democrats' Voting Bill
Nine hours into a hearing on the Democrats' election takeover bill, the Senate Rules Committee finally proceeded to a vote to pass the bill out of committee. It took so long because Republicans were busy offering amendments to draw attention to the outrageous provision of the horrible bill. It even included a religious test to prevent people of faith from serving on the independent redistricting commissions the bill would establish in every state.
Biden's Big Government Works Overtime for Unemployment
The evidence of it is everywhere -- at restaurants, factories, construction sites, even want ads. A couple in Chattanooga couldn't even go out to dinner without being greeted by a sign that read: "We are short staffed. Please be patient... No one wants to work anymore." In Indiana, the head of a trailer company told reporters, "I've never seen it this bad." Employers offer to pay more, give night and weekend incentives, and still -- they can't seem to find any applicants.
Amid Calls for Cancelation, Promise Keepers Stands Strong
The cancel culture must be getting desperate. After a month of having their lunch handed to them by Georgia, Montana, Arizona, Texas, and the conservative movement in general, the bullies on the Left are frantically trying to prove they're still relevant. The trouble is, fewer and fewer people are a) intimidated; or b) paying attention. But as Promise Keepers' Ken Harrison will tell you, that hasn't stopped the mob from making a stink about the big PK event scheduled for July in Texas.
What Happens When a Sex Shop Owner Runs the School Board?
It's a story that's becoming all too common. First grade students in Bellingham, Washington, were read a book in class about a child who claims to have "a boy body but a girl brain." When concerned parents complained that six-year-olds shouldn't be confronted with such sensitive topics at school, the teacher explained that she was just following school policy. After all, the book is from the school library's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion collection, she informed the worried parents.
Building Bridges on Infrastructure
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Sunday that Democrats should push through an infrastructure package without Republican support. He didn't "agree" that Biden should wait for "consultation and dialogue" with Republicans. "The bottom line is the American people want results." You'd think from his comments that Democrats had already offered to negotiate, and that Republicans had stubbornly refused to make reasonable compromises.
HHS Announces that Ideology Is More Important than Patients
Xavier Becerra, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is wasting no time in pushing the radical Biden administration agenda. Today, HHS announced that it will begin interpreting and enforcing both Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act and Title IX's prohibition of "sex discrimination" to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
Montana Is Helping Lead the Way on Common Sense
Despite other Republican governors folding beneath political pressure, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte (R) has not shied away from taking the bull by the horns. On Friday, Gianforte signed HB 112, a bill prohibiting biological males from competing in girls' sports -- a commonsense protection that has been, sadly, recently rejected by two of his Republican counterparts.
More than a Birthing Person: Motherhood and the Dignity of Life
While the term "birthing people" grabbed most of the headlines during yesterday's hearing on black maternal mortality, Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-Mo.) -- speaking to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform -- provided a powerful pro-life testimony which should not be overlooked. She described her experience as a single mother who gave birth to two children -- one at 23 weeks, and one -- who with the help of medical intervention at 16 weeks -- was carried to term.
Population Isn't All That China Loses with Its One-Child Policy
When the Financial Times reported that China is set to announce its first population decline since the famine that accompanied Mao Zedong's Great Leap Forward, Chinese authorities rushed to dispel the report. After decades of coercive implementation of its one-child policy, which was intended to limit population growth, now the government does not want to admit population decline.
GOP: Big Tech Is Playing a Losing Game of Monopoly
They may have their own policing, their own spies, currency, and even their own court, but Big Tech isn't a government. And it's certainly not our government. After months of watching Silicon Valley decide what is and isn't speech, what is and isn't science, and who is and isn't welcome in the public square, Republicans have had it. The days of Facebook and Twitter operating like the world's ruling empire are numbered, Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) warns. And the latest high jinks over Donald Trump's account will be one of a million reasons why.
Parents Drown CRT in Southlake
Lots of people are looking for unity in this country. Well, one Texas town found it -- fighting the extreme curriculum Joe Biden wants to bring to every town nationwide. Turns out, the fastest way to bring people together is to try to radicalize education. It's also, Southlake parents say, the surest way to lose.
Religious Freedom: Looking Forward, Looking Back
With every new day in Biden's America comes more evidence of just how much damage the administration is doing to religious freedom. As FRC's Pray Vote Stand broadcast made clear last night, even though Biden has already and will likely continue to unravel the gains that President Trump made for Americans of all faiths, the legacy that President Trump established to bolster the First Amendment freedoms of all Americans will continue to endure and resonate.
Voters Have a Vax to Grind with Dems
The New York Times wasn't laughing at Joe Biden's infrastructure plan. But the host of the paper's podcast was laughing at how popular the president's team thinks it is. In a sit-down with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, the former candidate estimated that "20 or 30" Republicans might vote for the president's $2 trillion dollar joke of a public works bill.
The Real Cost of Biden's 'Families Plan'
President Biden recently announced his "American Families Plan," which proposes to "invest" $255 billion in childcare subsidies. The president said his plan will "allow roughly one million parents, primarily mothers, to enter the labor force." He promised this will save the average family $14,800 per year on childcare expenses by providing a range of affordable options for early childhood care and education -- all of which will include "developmentally appropriate curriculum, small class sizes, and culturally and linguistically responsive environments."
On the National Day of Prayer, Let's Pray for Religious Freedom
Last year, the annual National Day of Prayer was marked by the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic. Across the country, many turned to prayer out of fear, others out of habit. Some prayed as a last resort. Amid panic, prayer brought peace to many of our friends and neighbors. As our nation emerges on the other side of the pandemic, we have much to be grateful for. However, deep political divisions, threats around the world, and persistent threats to religious freedom remind us that the urgent need for prayer remains.
Biden's Government Pre-K Not Okay with Parents
If the government can't educate our kids, why would we trust it to raise them? Joe Biden doesn't have a good answer for that, but it hasn't stopped him from introducing another 13-digit spending plan to let the state babysit your toddler. He calls it the American Families Plan, a "free" daycare system that would give radical Leftists an even earlier grip on our children. But for a party who supposedly cares so much about "the science," they certainly don't give a fig here.
Pro-life Lubbock Tells Abortion: No Trespassing!
The states aren't just taking the fight to the Left on election reform. They're making it clear to the Biden administration and every national Democrat that their radical social agenda doesn't fly in America -- not on gender and certainly not on life. If this year plays out the way some liberals think, "2021 will end up as the most damaging anti-abortion state legislative session in a decade." Maybe, the Left-leaning Guttmacher Institute points out, "ever."
John Kerry's Shocking Betrayal of U.S. Intelligence and Israel Security
Since Iran's 1979 Revolution, the Islamic Republic has been widely identified as the world's number one sponsor of terrorism. From then until now, the fanatical religious Iranian regime has funded, trained, armed, and launched clandestine attacks by numerous terrorist groups. Brookings Institute reports that Iran has backed "not only groups in its Persian Gulf neighborhood, but also terrorists and radicals in Lebanon, the Palestinian territories, Bosnia, the Philippines, and elsewhere. Iran calls this "exporting the Revolution."
Biden: It's My Way or the Repaved Highway!
"We're going to work with Republicans. We're going to find common ground." If Americans had a dollar for every time someone from the Biden administration said that, we could almost pay for the president's infrastructure plan! Of course, with the president on a multi-city "Getting America Back on Track" tour, it would probably be poor form to say what the White House is really thinking -- which is all of the ways they might pass this $2.3 trillion dollar monstrosity without the GOP's support.
Left Laments Bully-proof Election Reforms
Woke America isn't having a great two months. Now that Georgia's law is in the rearview mirror, a lot of corporate bullies have moved on to bringing down election reform bills in Florida and Texas -- unsuccessfully, the mainstream media points out. These days, states aren't just unmoved by the outside threats, they actually seem motivated by them. And Tallahassee's debate is the latest proof.
Convicted for Conviction? Finnish Leader Faces Jail for Bible Quote
Quoting the Bible can't land you in American prison (yet), but in Helsinki, it's a different story. In a case that's stunned the West, Finland's former Interior Minister and leader of the Christian Democrats, has been criminally charged for posting a picture of the Bible, opened to Romans 1:24-27. She was disturbed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church joining a gay pride event and decided to remind them what God says about homosexuality. Now, after a two-year investigation, the tweet could put her behind bars.
Dems Race Awareness of Hypocrisy with Scott Smear
Thanks to Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.), we finally found all of those racists Joe Biden keeps talking about. They're on the Left, right under the president's nose. After Scott's inspirational response to the president's speech Wednesday night, we didn't have long to wait before the real party of intolerance came crawling out of its hole and attacked. In one of the most vile displays of hypocrisy, Democrats have apparently decided that it's okay to be prejudiced -- as long as the black man is a conservative.
Biden's Foreign Policy: Hanging by a Threat
For all of the rotten tomatoes that critics threw at Joe Biden's speech, there was at least one audience who appreciated it: America's enemies. Of all the dangerous, absurd things the president said, some of the worst were about our national defense. In places like Iran, China, and North Korea, the idea that racism is our homeland's biggest threat had to be music to most dictators' ears.
100 Days, 100 Reasons to Pray, Vote, Stand
Is Joe Biden a "moderate"? If one were to listen to the mainstream media leading up to the 2020 election, the answer would be a clear "yes." But 100 days into the Biden presidency, one thing is painfully obvious: Barack Obama's eight years are looking moderate compared to the extreme leftism of Joe Biden. With an approval rating the third worst of any modern president (but with glowing reviews from socialist congresswoman AOC), President Biden is failing at a historic level at "unifying" the country -- a distant promise from his inaugural address that seems centuries old already.
Figures of Speech? $11 Trillion Dollars
It was supposed to be Joe Biden's first address to a joint Congress. What it was, as anyone brave enough to tune in saw, was his first address to an almost empty room. The scene was certainly a downer, punctuated by a 100-days speech that reminded everyone just how long the next four years will be. "America is on the move again," the president insisted. In what a majority of Americans see as the wrong direction.
Woke CEOs Go Bully up in Fights
Corporate America: heavy on threats, light on action. After the big blow-up in Georgia, most businesses probably thought they'd scared the daylights out of Republicans by going on MSNBC and ranting against the state's election law. Turns out, the people who should be scared are the woke CEOs. Not only did Major League Baseball's All-Star move backfire, but fed-up conservatives seem to have universally decided to stop paying attention to the corporate rants.
As Biden Pushes CRT, More States Push Back
Red States Get Seat Revenge in Census
There's more than one way to get good government: move to it! According to the latest Census data, that's what a massive number of Americans who are sick of higher taxes, lockdowns, and regulations are doing. In other words, there's more than one set of migrant caravans in North America -- and the legal ones are pulling up to homes in places like California and New York, loading up the belongings of thousands of families and driving them to freer, cheaper states like Texas. You don't just have to vote at the ballot box, Chuck DeVore points out. You can vote with a U-Haul too.
100 Days: A Big Helping of Abortion Funding with a Side of COVID Relief
In three short months, President Biden has broken his promise to bring America together under a moderate administration and has pushed policies more so aligned with the progressive wing of the Democrat Party than with the average Democratic voter. Even Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), one of the most well-known progressives in Congress, said on Friday that President Biden has "exceeded expectations."
China's 'Sinicization' Plan Will Not Bring Down the Church
Last year, persecution adversely affected more than three million Christians in China. As the surging Christian population makes the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its General Secretary Xi Jinping nervous, Christians are increasingly targeted by the government.
Kerrying Favor with the Ayatollahs
In an audio recording leaked to a London-based news channel, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif explains that he learned of "at least" 200 Israeli attacks on Iranian targets in Syria, not from security personnel in his own government, but from former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. As Obama's top U.S. diplomat, Kerry who inked the agreement whereby we subsidized Iran's sponsorship of global terror and they pretended not to illegally advance their nuclear weapons program.
Sunlight and a Livestream Can Cure Voter Fraud Concerns
For a whole host of maladies, sunlight is the best disinfectant. In the months following the 2020 election, millions of Americans continue to harbor suspicion that many of the ad hoc changes to election law -- often without the input of the state legislature -- as part of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic negatively impacted the integrity of their state's election. For Arizonans, the 2020 election is one of the most contentious in recent memory.
California as Big Brother? The Supreme Court Isn't Having It.
California has decided to be Big Brother to anyone who wants to... donate to a charity? The state is requiring charities and nonprofits operating within California to share the names and addresses of their largest donors with the attorney general's office. Conservative groups have fought back, stating that this policy violates the First Amendment because it would discourage donors' freedom of association and speech.
Left-of-Century: Biden's 100 First Days
Joe Biden hasn't even been president for 100 days, and it already feels like an eternity. In just three months, the man absurdly dubbed a "moderate" has emerged from his campaign basement and dispelled that notion -- to the delight of the party's radicals. He has embraced the far-Left's all-out war on every pillar of democracy. Shell-shocked, Americans have watched this White House spend us into insolvency, inflame our divides, and lead a charge to radically makeover the Supreme Court, our states' election laws, the U.S. Senate, immigration policy, religious freedom, and human biology. He's exceeded expectations to be sure -- just not in the way most voters had hoped.
Republicans Pop off at Coca-Cola
"If politics isn't your business," Steve Tobak used to say, "keep your business out of politics!" That's a message Republicans are embracing a month into the Georgia election law fallout. Companies that raced into the fray, like Coca-Cola's CEO James Quincey, are finding out the hard way that getting involved in local issues isn't exactly a way to sell more soda. According to new polling, a majority of conservatives are thinking twice about quenching their thirst with a business that tried to quench America's ballot integrity.
Court-Packing Lacks Dem Backing
In the last handful of days, a surprising number of Democratic senators have decided to go on the record opposing court-packing. Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) said, "the more responsible thing to do is to keep it at nine justices." Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) followed suit. "I don't think the American public is interested in having the Supreme Court expanded. " Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) piled on, insisting "adding seats" would "politicize the court." What led to this sudden encounter with sanity? The one thing they all have in common: competitive reelection races in 2022.
A Word of Warming on the Border Crisis
It's been blamed for everything from bad acne to bad beer, so it makes sense that if the White House needs a scapegoat on immigration, global warming would fit the bill! America's supposed border czar, Vice President Kamala Harris (who's supposed to be addressing the crisis they won't call a crisis) pulled a Barack Obama this week when she was squeezed on the administration's non-action.
Dems Make Capitol Gains on Statehood
"Racist trash." Apparently, that's what you are if you object to the far-Left's policies. In an astonishing scene on the House floor Thursday, freshman Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.) so ferociously attacked Republicans for opposing D.C. statehood that members asked his comments stricken from the record -- a concession he finally made, but not before the damage had been done.
The Big Sky's the Limit on Freedom
If Republicans want the Left to leave them alone, Governor Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) has a pretty foolproof plan: Don't back down. The Big Sky leader has been signing so many good bills lately that his hand must be tired! And he's done it despite the bullies who've come knocking!
GOP to Planned Parenthood: Mind Your Loan Business
There are lots of ways to describe a business with $2 billion dollars in assets -- but "charity" isn't one of them. And yet, that's how Democrats must see Planned Parenthood, the "nonprofit" that just took in its biggest taxpayer-funded haul in history: $618 million dollars. Now, as if that weren't enough, they've stuck out their hand for more -- trying to cash in on the pandemic relief that clearly meant for small businesses. Well, Planned Parenthood isn't "small" and isn't eligible. And if the country's abortion tycoon doesn't give the money back, Senate Republicans want the government to come and take it.
H.R. 1: You Can Run, But You Can't I.D.
Senate Democrats worked themselves into a fury dressing down Georgia's election law in a hearing this week. They claimed the bill was thoroughly racist, and that 380 bills introduced in nearly every state were designed to suppress the minority vote. They insisted the only solution that would adequately counter this groundswell of racism was their federal election takeover, H.R. 1.
PVS: Justice Starts with Faith, Family, and Spreading the Gospel
In a severely divided nation, can the George Floyd verdict help garner healing and unity? It would appear not. In the wake of Derek Chauvin's conviction, many on the Left are clamoring for more police defunding. But as FRC's Pray Vote Stand broadcast revealed, the pullback from law enforcement has very little public support and highly lethal consequences.
Dems Paint Target on Georgia's Back
Democrats seem to think they can steamroll every issue by yelling "racism" loud enough. Someone needs to remind them the point of the proverb, "if you only have a hammer, everything is a nail," is to highlight the folly of applying the same solution to every problem. Earlier today, the Democrat-controlled (but not Democrat-majority) Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing titled, "Jim Crow 2021: The Latest Assault on the Right to Vote." Predictably, the hearing recycled debunked accusations about how Republicans want to block minority voters.
Pelosi's Unbalanced Justice
It's not the first time Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has had to put her foot in her mouth, but it may be the most telling.
U.S. Commission Calls out World's Worst Religious Freedom Violators
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released its annual report Wednesday, providing an overview of the world's top violators of religious freedom. The dire status of religious freedom around the globe is a call to action for the Biden administration to prioritize religious freedom in its foreign policy.
A Border Boiling Over
When the 10 Republican lawmakers arrived before midnight to tour the migrant holding facility in Donna, Texas, they were shocked by what they saw. "The migrants, dirty and exhausted, were sitting in row after row. Almost all were silent. The 'facility' was mostly benches, a line of porta-potties, some basic supplies, and a trailer with the sign MOBILE DENTAL UNIT," wrote the Washington Examiner's Byron York.
GOP House and Senate Take a Swing at MLB
If the bosses over at Major League Baseball think fans have moved on from their Georgia stunt, they're wrong. It's past time to deal with our pastime, Republicans say. And this week, a group of House and Senate leaders have unveiled a bill that would make the Commissioner Rob Manfred's All-Star move hurt. A lot.
Planned Parenthood Recommits to Founder's Eugenicist Mission
Alexis McGill Johnson, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood, recently wrote an op-ed in the New York Times titled, "I'm the Head of Planned Parenthood. We're Done Making Excuses for Our Founder. We must reckon with Margaret Sanger's association with white supremacist groups and eugenics."
Troubled Waters: California Rep. Eggs on Rioters
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) doesn't represent the people of Minneapolis. In fact, when she stands in front of a crowd and spews dangerous rhetoric, she doesn't even represent Los Angeles County. When she travels to Minnesota to tell the mob to "stay in the streets" and "get more confrontational," she only represents one thing: the fringe Left.
HHS Chief's New (Re)search and Destroy Mission
If you think destroying perfectly healthy babies in the womb is horrible, imagine letting scientists pick through the bodies for parts. Based on last Friday's announcement, Democrats are perfectly fine with both. "We believe that we have to do the research that it takes to make sure that we're incorporating innovation," new HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra insisted when he reversed the ban on fetal tissue experimentation. But just how effective is this ghoulish "innovation?" Not very, experts say.
Biden: Planned Parenthood Shall Be Funded
Last week, the Biden administration moved to revoke the Trump administration's changes to the Title X program that increased health care options for women and shielded American taxpayers from funding the killing of unborn children.
Dems: Give Them a Bench, They'll Take a Mile
Packing the courts isn't the only way Democrats can get what they want. And they know it. As disastrous as adding four more justices to the Supreme Court bench would be, threatening it is almost as effective. Joe Biden learned that from the man he desperately wants to be: FDR. The 32nd president wanted to overhaul the judicial branch, too, and never managed it. But what he did do to the courts was just as beneficial in the end -- he scared them.
States Drop the Gloves with the NCAA
At the end of the day, maybe the NCAA did conservatives a huge favor. Earlier this week, the woke collegiate sports association tried playing hardball with states that want to protect girls' sports. But so far, all they've done is motivate them!
Senate's Lack of Advice Is Leading to Consent to Biden's Radical Agenda
As the old adage goes, personnel is policy. Nearing his 100th day in office, President Biden has made it abundantly clear that he plans to implement a radically liberal social agenda in America, demonstrated by who he's nominated to run the federal government.
Dems Pave a Gavel Road to Court-Packing
Now we've heard it all. Democrats, who were already the butt of jokes for calling childcare "infrastructure," have done us one better. According to House liberals, court-packing is too! In a tweet, Congressman Mondaire Jones, a New York liberal declared: "Supreme Court expansion is infrastructure." Like a lot of people, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) couldn't believe their eyes. "You just can't make this stuff up," she shook her head. And unfortunately, Democrats aren't. They're on the march to expand the court -- no matter what they call it.
Sitting on the Dox of California's Bay
If there's anything we've learned about the radical Left, it's that their calling card is intimidation. It's been liberals' most effective weapon for holding conservatives hostage in political debates for years. And this week, California Democrats are taking the idea to the extreme -- threatening to publicize the names, addresses, and employers of anyone who signs a recall petition. Why? Because they're terrified that Americans are on the verge of taking their blue states back!
Kemp: 'Corporate America Got Played. We're Winning This Battle.'
The Democrats had a nearly flawless plan to ram through their federal takeover of elections, H.R. 1. They just had to wait for some southern Republicans to hinder poor minorities' ability to vote, play the racially-charged "victim" card, and then insist that a federal solution was needed to override racist election laws passed by Republican-controlled state legislatures. Not only was the plan sophisticated and anti-racist, they thought, but surely none of these backwater racist Republicans would see through the trap. Or so believed the out-of-touch, coastal elites who created it.
For Biden, a Game of Win, Lose, or Withdraw
You know the president's decision to pull our troops from Afghanistan isn't popular when even the liberal media is concerned. Get a behind-the-scenes look at what this move would mean for the stability of the Middle East with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) on "Washington Watch."
At the NCAA, Intimidation Is the Name of the Game
In case companies hadn't noticed, now isn't exactly a good time to drop a bombshell about radical politics. Either the NCAA hasn't been paying attention to the massive uproar in Georgia, or they don't seem to grasp the intensity of the pushback. Either way, most Americans (including the moderate ones), are fired up about the abuse Republicans are taking over election reform -- and this time, they don't mind saying so. That's bad news for a woke collegiate sports association who's used to dangling a few championship games in front of states and getting their way.
CNN's Anti-Truth Bias Exposed
You'd think by now Leftists would know better than to capture their candid comments on-camera. But the investigative geniuses at Project Veritas, in their ongoing marathon round of Liberal Scandal Whack-a-Mole, have squarely hit on another doozy. The latest victim, to no one's surprise, is CNN, once again.
Is the Vaccine Passport a Good Idea?
Last week, President Biden announced that every American adult age 18 or older will be eligible to receive the COVID vaccine by no later than April 19. Already, over 75,000,000 American citizens, or 22.7 percent of the population, have been vaccinated. As more and more individuals receive the vaccine, there has been growing conversation about whether or not proof of vaccines, or "vaccine passports," should be installed to help ensure that those who haven't been vaccinated and thus may be carriers of the coronavirus are not able to spread it outside their home state or country.
Conservatives to Leftist Elite: None of Your Business
As far as breakups go, it was a messy one. But frankly, what happened in Georgia between Republicans and the corporate woke had been brewing for months. Sick of watching Big Business swoop into states and act like the fourth branch of government, conservatives' frustrations finally boiled over. After years of fighting alongside companies for the kind of economy that helped businesses flourish, Republicans had to come to grips with the obvious: the loyalty only went one way.
Big Business Willingly Enlists as Foot Soldiers for the Left
A cartel is formed when business leaders conspire together on how to force people to pay the prices they demand. But what is it called when CEOs conspire to force people to play by their rules on voting, not prices? English has no word for it because American corporations have never attempted to override American democracy -- until now.
Think Your Tax Dollars Will Never Fund Abortion? Don't Be So Sure.
If a federal law has saved almost 2.5 million lives, you'd think it's worth keeping on the books, right? This is exactly why conservative members of Congress are on a mission to preserve the Hyde amendment.
Arizona, Georgia Double-Team on Woke Sports
It'll be months before Major League Baseball knows how much its decision to move Atlanta's All-Star Game cost them financially. Fortunately, Americans won't have to wait nearly that long to understand how much it hurt the MLB politically. Thanks to Governor Doug Ducey (R-Ariz.), they already know. If the goal of MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and his liberal pals was to scare other states into submission, Arizona's new law makes it quite clear: he's already failed.
Biden Gets Packing on the Supreme Court
Jeremy Wong has never been all that interested in politics. The young associate pastor at Orchard Community Church always tried to keep his focus on the congregation -- until COVID struck. Then, to his frustration, things changed. Suddenly, it was impossible to minister the way he and so many other pastors had under California's suffocating lockdown rules. By October, after months of trying to lead Bible studies and prayer meetings over Zoom, Jeremy had had enough. He decided to join a lawsuit to fight the state's over-the-top limits on in-home religious gatherings. Finally, late Friday night, something happened that he "never in [his] wildest thoughts" expected: they won.
California's Department of (Gender) Corrections
Just how dangerous is the effort to mainstream transgenderism? Very, liberal feminists are warning. Six months into California's so-called Transgender Respect, Agency, and Dignity Act, the fallout has been especially severe in a place most people don't think about: women's prisons.
Libs' Infrastructure: a Bridge to Nowhere
If arts funding is "COVID relief," then it's no surprise that child care is "infrastructure." In the Democrats' lexicon -- where abortion is "health care," election reform is "racism," and social justice is a "public works" project -- the fact that Joe Biden is trying to reimagine another word to fit his agenda is just par for their delusional course.
Pennsylvania Sees Dead People... on Voter Rolls
If the Left's ridiculous crusade against Georgia's election law was supposed to scare other states, it failed. Across the country, a historic number of bills are moving to keep the disaster we saw in 2020 from repeating itself. Instead of cowering under the Democrats' absurd lies about racism, leaders seem more motivated than ever to keep the Left and its pals from unduly influencing our elections. And the sweeping reforms in the Peach State were just the start.
Life and Freedom Get a Boost from the States!
Considering all of the garbage coming out of Washington, most conservatives probably need a pick-me-up -- some reassurance that the entire country isn't racing into a pit of extremism. If the election reform efforts aren't enough to cheer voters up, then there are a good many things happening on life and religious freedom that might!
Candy Jarred: Nestle, Mars Join Woke Wars
Some companies just can't resist touching the hot stove. Despite all of the grassroots pushback in Georgia -- all of the boycotts and outrage and public opinion polls -- two major U.S. brands have decided to wade into an even more controversial debate by launching a massive pro-transgender push for minors. In a stunning op-ed for USA Today, branch chiefs for Mars and Nestle announced Wednesday that they're coming for your kids in any state that's fighting for girls' sports or age limits on gender transition. We will "us[e] our influence," they warn, to crush fair competition, protections for children, and even religious freedom. And they're calling on every CEO in America to join them.
Biden's Pentagon Keeps SPLC in Reserves
The United States may not negotiate with terrorists, but it doesn't mind using resources tied to them in official military trainings. Despite being linked in federal court to a case of domestic terrorism, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) -- a favorite go-to "source" of the Obama Pentagon -- is making a comeback under Joe Biden's DOD barely two years after an explosive scandal that should have destroyed the Leftist group for good.
'We Don't Have until the Next Election. We Have to Stand Now.'
Most Americans probably don't know a lot about a rule in the U.S. Senate known as the "filibuster," but they should. Why? As was made painfully clear during FRC's Pray Vote Stand broadcast last night, the filibuster is the only thing standing in the way of America ceasing to be the free country that we know and love due to the disturbing policies that the extreme Left wants to force through the Senate and impose on all Americans without compromise.
Jim Scare-Crow: Debunking the Race Game in Georgia
"Claiming state voting reforms are racist is ridiculous. I should know." That was FRC's Ken Blackwell responding in USA Today to the absurd liberal narrative in Georgia and other states. Check out his new column here!
Coke Gets a Kick in the Can from Consumers
A week into the fiasco over Georgia's election law, most Americans want to know: just who are these woke CEOs listening to? Not to their shareholders, who can't make a profit when their companies alienate half of the country. Not to lawyers or legislators, who could set them straight on what the policy actually does. And certainly not to U.S. consumers, who are sending a resounding message that they're done with businesses who can't check their radicalism at the door long enough to read a 98-page piece of legislation.
Tucker Carlson Eviscerates Chemical Castration of Minors
Arkansas just did something historic: It's become the first state in the nation to enact the Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act. This much-maligned bill does three things: It protects minors from puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and/or masculinization or feminization surgery (all of which have permanent, life-long effects) until they are adults and can make adult decisions.
The Leftist Meltdown over Popular Election Reforms
Once Georgia joined Iowa in enacting new laws to protect the integrity of the ballot box, the Left has become increasingly unhinged. After enlisting Major League Baseball, Delta Airlines, and Coca-Cola to try to bring about economic hardship in the state, the Left is now realizing hurting minority communities -- and openly lying about what the Georgia election reform law does -- is not likely to win over Americans to their perspective. The Left and woke corporations may not care about the truth, but Americans who vote and buy things do. So, what does Georgia's new law actually mean?
MLB Can't Lay a Glove on Georgia
If the Left wanted to make an example out of Georgia, they succeeded -- just not the way they intended. Five days into the Democrats' election law hysteria, Governor Brian Kemp's (R-Ga.) grit is winning the messaging war and inspiring millions of incensed Americans to start fighting right along with him. After months of conditioning corporations to do their radical bidding, Joe Biden, Stacey Abrams, and their co-conspiring CEOs have finally overplayed their hand. The pack of lies they tried to pass off about Georgia's voting reforms is coming back to bite them. And the blowback for baseball is just the beginning.
Atlanta Braves a Sneak Attack by Dems
Democrats certainly have an interest in weaker election laws, but is that what their frenzy in Georgia is really about? Or is there another agenda at work -- a more sinister, dangerous motive for the Left? According to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), this isn't about the Peach State at all. It's about every state. "This disinformation has a purpose," he warned. And the only way to stop it is for every American to understand exactly what it is.
Arkansas Makes History with Veto Override
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) had a say in the SAFE Act -- but he won't have the final one. This afternoon, barely 24 hours after the governor tried to sink a bill to protect children from life-altering transgender surgery and drugs, the state legislature voted to override him. By a 71-24 vote in the house and 28-7 vote in the senate, leaders like Rep. Robin Lundstrum (R) sent a resounding message that they won't be deterred from doing what's right for Arkansas kids.
Fans Intentionally Walk after Baseball's Activism
The 2021 baseball season isn't even a week old, and it's already over for some fans. Why? Because, as Andrew McCarthy so efficiently put it: the Left ruins everything. Sports, entertainment, toys, snack cakes, you name it. Their wokeness is a cancer, and it's taking every enjoyable, unifying, non-political piece of American life and destroying it. In Georgia, their crusade against the state's election law is built on a house of lies. And for once, GOP leaders aren't letting them get away with it.
Hutchinson Errs with the SAFE Side
"Image is always important for a governor," Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.) admitted at the end of his Monday press conference on the SAFE Act. And unfortunately I think it was ultimately image -- not protecting children -- that drove his decision to veto a bill that would have saved Arkansas's kids from a lifetime of misery. "I hope that my statement today... causes Republicans to think again about who we are," he insisted. Let's hope it does. Because if passing a common-sense laws that stops children from being sterilized is controversial, then there are a number of Republican leaders that have some soul-searching to do.
Warnock's Tweet Misses the Point of Easter
Over the weekend, millions of Christians celebrated Jesus's resurrection and victory over sin. In many churches, after a year plagued by the pandemic, Resurrection Sunday provided hope that despite life's hardships, Jesus has defeated death and reconciled repentant sinners to God. Pastors around the country reminded their congregants that Jesus's resurrection is at the center of the gospel and the reason we celebrate Easter.
Finding Hope on Good Friday
Over the last year, our country has faced enormous challenges. A pandemic has killed hundreds of thousands of our fellow citizens and millions worldwide. Many people are still out of work. Children in many states are falling behind as school re-openings lag. There is tremendous anxiety and strife along political, cultural, and racial lines. Some churches remain closed or are only partially open. For many, the future is grim.
Biden's Infrastructure Paves the Road to Ruin
A few weeks ago, Joe Biden sat down with historians to see how he could change America in a way no other president had. Wednesday, we found out his plan: he's going to bankrupt us. The FDR wannabe didn't even wait until the ink on his $1.9 trillion dollar blue-state bailout (a.k.a. "COVID relief") was dry before trucking off to Pittsburgh and announcing he wants to spend $2.25 trillion more. Conveniently disguised as an "infrastructure bill," the White House has found a way to tuck the Green New Deal into an innocent-sounding public works package. His puppets in the media might sell it that way, but the Republican Party is calling it what it is: highway robbery.
Filibluster? Dems Big Plan to End Senate Debate
There are 44 standing rules in the Senate, but only one seems to get all of the attention: the legislative filibuster. For Democrats like Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), it's suddenly become quite a nuisance. Instead of being able to ram every outrageous idea on their wish list through Congress and on to Joe Biden's desk, they've had to confront a sobering reality -- that's not how the U.S. Senate works.
Blinken Wrong about His Predecessor's Rights
The State Department launched its 45th human rights report Tuesday -- but after Secretary Antony Blinken's latest comments, no one is quite sure what "rights" we're actually talking about. Under Biden, the administration has been pretty clear that they aren't interested in the Constitution's definitions or even moral law. They want to go back to cloaking their social activism in "freedom." And destroying the State Department's Commission on Unalienable Rights was only step number one.
This Week's PVS: Pray with Franklin Graham
While the country holds its breath on Arkansas's SAFE Act, Franklin Graham had a message for Governor Asa Hutchinson (R): sign the bill! On Wednesday night's Pray Vote Stand broadcast, the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelic Association and Samaritan's Purse prayed for common sense to prevail in Arkansas -- and every state where children are vulnerable to the transgender movement's lies.
Pelosi to Host Iowa State Unfair
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) believes she has the right to unilaterally overturn the results of a state-certified election. Faced with the smallest majority of any House Speaker in a hundred years, she now is seeking to eject Republican Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa) from Congress to give herself some breathing room. Miller-Meeks won the race for Iowa's 2nd Congressional District by six votes. While the election results from Iowa were certified after Miller-Meeks won multiple recounts Pelosi and the Democrats want to use their power to challenge and overturn the certified results.
President Biden's Biology Denial Will Ripple Throughout the Nation
Today, President Joe Biden proclaimed it to be "Transgender Day of Visibility." Decrying the supposed systemic discrimination of those who identify as transgender, Biden's proclamation only exposed just how out of touch he is with much of America.
The Radical Left's Ideology Is Being Injected into Minnesota Schools
Every 10 years, the state of Minnesota reviews and revises its academic standards, and the latest updates proposed for its social studies program in K-12 schools has turned heads for its blatantly left-wing political agenda. Although the timing of the update is unrelated to current events, the content is clearly a response to 2020's many protests and uprisings. The new curriculum is set to be steeped in left-wing ideology surrounding subjects like "whiteness," Christianity, and capitalism.
Protecting Girls: On a Need to Noem Basis
It's been a long 10 days for the people of South Dakota, who just watched everything that their legislature worked for vanish with one wave of the governor's hand. "It's maddening. It's frustrating," one statehouse member said about watching Kristi Noem (R) destroy their months of progress on girls' sports. Despite a week and a half of outcry from her constituents, Noem dug in and did not, as some people hoped, reconsider.
Arkansas: Better SAFE Than Sorry
Arkansas may have lost its bid for a national championship this week, but conservatives around the country are cheering on the state to become the first in another category: protecting minor children. Monday, after an emotional debate, the state senate voted 27-8 to send the Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act to the governor's desk, where he could make history signing it into law.
Four Pinocchi-Joes on Georgia's Election Law
Last Thursday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed into law an election reform bill designed to address the controversies and problems of recent elections. The Left, predictably, went ballistic. They claim the law ushers in a new Jim Crow era. They claim it prohibits anyone from offering water to people waiting in line to vote. Even President Joe Biden repeated, "It's an atrocity. ... They pass a law saying you can't provide water for people standing in line, while they're waiting to vote." Biden also claimed the legislation "ends voting hours early" and amounts to "Jim Crow in the 21st Century."
If you missed Tony Perkins's reaction to being sanctioned by China, check out this interview on Monday's Fox News. He talks about his work on behalf of international religious freedom and the Uyghur human rights atrocities.
GOP to Biden: Restore Law and Border
If the Biden administration won't call the border mess a "crisis," they're the only ones. Only four percent of the American people agree with the president that the surge isn't a "serious problem." As more pictures and eye-witness accounts break through the White House's blackout, the urgency on both sides is growing. After his pitiful performance on Thursday, the president's approval ratings on immigration are in an absolute freefall -- and the grim testimonies that leaders and local mayors are telling from the border aren't helping.
Going for Woke? More Businesses Say No.
The media would love for you to believe that every corporation is going woke -- but that isn't exactly reality, Zogby warns. Business leaders might feel the squeeze of the far-Left, and some might even surrender to it, but deep down, they're just as worried as the rest of us about what cultural extremists are doing to America. And now we have the data to prove it.
USCIRF Hits a Nerve on Uyghurs, China Retaliates
Some wear China's scorn as a badge of honor. Late last summer, when the communist regime lashed out at Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fl.), he tweeted, "Last month #China banned me. Today, they sanctioned me. I don't want to be paranoid, but I am starting to think they don't like me." Turns out, China's government doesn't like a lot of people, including members of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) like Gayle Manchin and me.
Biden Cracks under Presser
If Americans were concerned that Joe Biden hadn't held a press conference, imagine how concerned they must be now that he has. After smashing the 100-year record for radio silence, most people assumed that the 78-year-old president would be a little more prepared to meet the press. What they got instead was a painful, hour-long confirmation that the fragile man leading our country has absolutely none of our crises -- the border, China, COVID, or fair and free elections -- in hand.
Building an Ark. That Respects Girls' Rights
After a week of fierce pushback, Governor Kristi Noem's (R-S.D.) controversial position on girls' sports just got even lonelier. The South Dakota governor, who's been hoping for cover on her veto from other state leaders, continues to stand alone now that Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) has inked his name to a law very similar to the one Noem rejected. Thanks to the hard work of the state legislature, the Land of Opportunity State is exactly that for female athletes.
States Lead the Way on Election Integrity
In an incredibly significant move for voters everywhere, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) signed SB 202 into law Thursday, a bill that makes sweeping reforms to the state's election law and corrects some of the weaknesses from 2020. After weeks of committee hearings and public input, the policy -- much to the relief of Georgians -- is now law.
Biden Loses in Chinese (Fact) Checkers
Of all the fiction in Joe Biden's press conference Thursday (and there was a lot), one of the most ridiculous allegations was about the Trump administration supposed indifference toward China's Uyghurs. With as many connections to China as he has, the president ought to know that Donald Trump, along with Mike Pompeo and the leaders of the State Department, not only helped the Uyghurs, but led a global coalition to crack down on China's abuse of the population.
All Hounds on Deck for #ProChoicePup Campaign
The abortion industry has done some stupid things over the years -- like putting forceps on its Christmas trees, fundraising on Mother's Day, opening abortion "spas," hosting condom art contests, and offering Black Friday deals -- but NARAL's latest "#ProChoicePup" hashtag is so ridiculous that Babylon Bee had to clarify that it's not satire. "In news that should surprise no one, the abortion industry is out of its freaking mind," Joel Abbott shook his head. Apparently, the far-Left can't get people on board with their agenda, so they've resorted to man's best friend.
Noem Could Still Settle the Score on Girls' Sports
It's difficult to imagine things getting much worse for Governor Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), who's faced an avalanche of criticism since deciding not to sign the state's popular girls' sports bill. Wednesday, days after running into what one conservative commentator called "a buzz saw," her team's frustration finally boiled over. After an unsuccessful media tour, which only dug the hole deeper, Noem's communications manager lashed out that his boss had been the victim what he called "conservative cancel culture." But if anything got canceled, conservatives fired back, it was South Dakota women's rights.
HHS's Second in Command Is First in Trans Advocacy
The Biden administration made history Wednesday, but not the kind that most Americans will celebrate. In a tight, near party-line vote, the Senate confirmed the president's transgender pick for deputy secretary of HHS, Rachel Levine -- whose idea of "health care" is sterilizing and mutilating young children. "This is a scary time in American history," former HHS leader Roger Severino said. And after Levine's first statement on the job, that might be an understatement.\r
USA Today Looks to Bounce ORU from NCAA
Everyone loves an underdog. Well, almost everyone. While the rest of the country rallies around Oral Roberts University, cheering on the Cinderella of this year's NCAA basketball tournament, USA Today says the slipper doesn't fit. The small Tulsa college is evangelical, they announce, as if it's news. That means they believe the Bible. And if they believe the Bible, an editor argues, there should be no place for them on the court -- or anywhere else in polite society.
Young at Heart of Hyde Debate
Only in the modern Democratic Party could protecting African-American children be considered racist. And yet, that's the messaging du jour for the Left, who's decided to play the race card on any issue that's remotely unpopular -- like overturning the ban on taxpayer-funded abortion. Of course, the Hyde amendment wasn't racist when Barack Obama supported it. It's only now, when the nation's been beaten into submission from months of George Floyd riots, that liberals could dare to make the argument -- and demand that the president's nominees do the same.
How You Can Help Cancel the Cancel Culture
The target that the cancel culture has on the backs of Christians and conservatives is nothing new. For the past decade, the Left has been working hard to silence Christian and conservative voices and lessen their influence in the public square. At the beginning, their tactics were more subtle -- public shaming and classification of people and groups who advocated for biblical values as hate groups by organizations that used to be legitimate, such as the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Noem Forfeits Girls' Sports for Woke Corps
Donald Trump changed a lot of things about the Republican Party, but one of the biggest favors he did social conservatives was refusing to be intimidated by the issues. He took on the abortion lobby, the gender wars, LGBT extremism, the cancel culture -- and never once apologized. Say what you will about his tone or methods, but Trump didn't shy away from the hard questions. After four years of that, most conservatives have lost the appetite for compromise. That's bad news for Republicans who don't have the stomach for those fights -- because there's one thing our movement isn't willing to settle for anymore, and that's cowardice.
District of Democrats?
It's a catchy slogan -- "taxation without representation" -- but does Washington, D.C. really have a case when it comes to statehood? Anyone who's driven around the District has to wonder, following cars with that phrase plastered in protest on the bottom of the city's license plates. For decades, Democrats have tried to force a debate on D.C. statehood -- evoking strong feelings on both sides. Monday's House Oversight hearing, it turns out, was no exception.
Stand Courageous in Chino California!
The FRC Stand Courageous Men's Ministry Team was on the road again this past weekend in southern California. Hosted by our good friend Pastor Jack Hibbs at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, 3,000 men packed out the worship center and overflowed onto outdoor space to hear our stable of speakers as well as attend standing room only breakouts.
Trans Debate Hits too Close to Noem
There are defining moments in every political career -- decisions that have the power to rewrite a person's future. They can take a no-name conservative to celebrity status, or send a rising star cratering back to earth. Everyone with big dreams stands at those crossroads eventually -- and for Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), that time is now. The popular governor, who made a name for herself bucking COVID restrictions, has had her eye on bigger things in the Republican Party for a long time. But if she fails this test -- if she can't find the courage to stand up to the Left -- that's all she'll be remembered for.
Two's Company, Three's... Marriage?
What could the Left possibly want after same-sex marriage and transgenderism? Try polygamy. The media laughed off groups like FRC when we warned about that 15 years ago. Now, a decade and a half later, with American parents in the fight of their lives over girls' sports and city councils endorsing three-person relationships, it turns out we were right. The LGBT's fight was never about marriage -- it was about every sexual and social norm.
Dems Reframe Filibuster as Race Debate
It's no secret that a lot of Democrats are interested in abolishing or creating exceptions to the filibuster, a procedural rule which requires that 60 senators instead of a simple majority must agree to vote upon a proposed piece of legislation. With the Senate split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, and Vice President Kamala Harris acting as the tiebreaker vote, the filibuster is the only thing stopping Democrats from pushing their radical left-wing agenda through Congress and to the president's desk, where President Joe Biden will likely sign most of the Democrat-controlled Congress' bills into law. The Democrats' solution? Reframe a number of proposals as necessary for the advance of "civil rights," for which the filibuster should move out of the way.
Hart Failure Doesn't Stop Dems from House Dispute
So it's a "tragedy," "mockery," or "coup" if Republicans challenge an election result, but completely acceptable -- four months later -- if you're a Democrat? That's the incredible double standard on display this week in the U.S. House, where Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is throwing optics to the wind to pad her Democratic totals. In one of the grandest displays of hypocrisy this country has ever seen, the Left is actually trying to boot a sitting member of Congress, Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa) after her election was certified -- without any evidence of fraud. And the GOP is the party of subversion?
Border Wars: Biden Takes Flak from Both Sides
Joe Biden doesn't mind calling the climate a crisis -- but when it comes to thousands of trafficked kids, separated from their parents in a border mess of epic proportions, it's a "challenge." Or is it? Even White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki couldn't help slipping up Thursday and labeling the situation what it truly is. "... You said, 'crisis on the border,'" one reporter pointed out. Annoyed, Psaki corrected herself. "Challenges on the border," she insisted. "So that doesn't reflect any change in the administration's view of things?" the reporter asked. "Nope," Psaki fired back.
State Dems Join GOP in Calling out Trans Agenda
The mainstream media would love for you to believe that this wave of opposition to the transgender agenda is a one-party operation. But the truth is, there's a big disconnect between what D.C. Democrats and the rest of their party think about this controversial issue. Protecting children from this radical agenda is a lot more bipartisan than Americans realize. And the effort of at least one state Democrat is proving it.
Biden: No More Mr. ICE Guy
Joe Biden won't talk to the press -- and he won't let his administration either! In news that ought to incense the American public, the president has ordered a media blackout on anything having to do with the immigration crisis. Everyone from border patrol to sector chiefs have been told to "deny all access" to the press, no matter how friendly they may be. That means no interviews, no photos, no facilities tours or ride-alongs without the White House's express permission. Just how desperate is the situation on the border? Enough to risk an administration-wide cover-up, it seems.
California Puts the Fear of Gods into Students
When a new curriculum is too woke for the New York Times, it has to be the most wildly out-of-step model this country's ever seen. It also has to be from California, which is one of the only states capable of taking public education to places even liberals would oppose. "The idea that a tax-supported public school system would, or could, be used to unleash this vicious cultural and spiritual poison into our young people's consciousness is both extremely offensive and quite possibly illegal," the Times's Brad Stephens wrote. And yet today, that "poison" is on the verge of becoming the Ethnic Studies standard for six million U.S. students.
Fairness for Who? 'Equality Act Light' Hurts Both Sides
Are LGBT activists really interested in finding middle ground on issues like religious freedom? Some in Congress naively think so, which is why the Fairness for All Act is currently being pushed as an alternative to the radical Equality Act. But as was made clear during FRC's Pray Vote Stand broadcast Wednesday night, Fairness for All is not so much a grand compromise as it is a narrow carve-out that gives lip service to the freedom to worship, all the while trampling on the constitutional freedom to live out one's faith in all realms of society. Also during the broadcast, a powerful first-hand testimony uncovered what is at the wounded heart of those struggling with gender identity.
An Immigration Crisis Customs Made by Biden
Joe Biden hasn't abolished ICE, but he's done something just as bad. He's made it impossible for the agency to do its job. Just two months into the White House's amnesty experiment, the scene along our southern border is chaos. And who's fault is it? According to the administration: Donald Trump's.
A Cash Course in Beating the Woke
The corporate mob may have some people shaking in their boots, but a new trend says there's no reason to. After January 6th, when CEOs were tripping over themselves to say they'd stop giving to Republicans, it sounded like a death knell for fundraising. But, two months later, the threat has turned out to be an empty one. Everyday Americans pack a much bigger punch than these woke businesses, it turns out. And they're just getting started.
The Equality Act Is Bad News for Life, Family, and Freedom
Earlier this morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the infamous Equality Act, one of the Democratic Party's most radical pieces of legislation. If passed by the Left's slim majority in the Senate and signed into law by President Biden, the Equality Act would harm society at every level under the guise of fairness.
Sit in on the Conversation: Wednesday Night at 10pm ET
Tonight I'll be joining my good friend, Pastor Jack Hibbs, for a special "Happening Now" conversation at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, discussing the issues and trends facing our nation today. With the dramatic shift in our culture -- one that is increasingly hostile to followers of Jesus -- each of us needs to be informed, equipped, and ready to defend our freedoms. Click here to watch live at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT!
Biden Tells Taxes to Take a Hike
The Democratic establishment keeps gushing that Joe Biden's first months in office have been the most "consequential" in decades. Oh, they're consequential all right. Look at gas prices. And if the latest headlines are any indication, the pain at the pump is just the beginning.
Breaking News: Church Believes the Bible
Since the Supreme Court's decision in 2015 to redefine marriage, the movement to normalize homosexuality and same-sex marriage has moved at break-neck speed. While tech companies, the media, Big Business, and the entertainment and sports communities have largely fallen in line with the LGBT revolution, there has been one consistent outlier: the church. Despite calls to revise doctrine, the Catholic Church sent a strong message that they won't be bullied into capitulating on their long-standing beliefs about marriage and sexuality.
Facts Check the Washington Post
This week, the Washington Post was forced to majorly correct its January 9 report on President Trump's phone call with a Georgia elections investigator. The article's headline read "'Find the fraud': Trump pressured a Georgia elections investigator in a separate call legal experts say could amount to obstruction." In other words, one of America's largest newspapers publicly claimed that the sitting president had committed potentially criminal misbehavior.
Biden Pentagon Deploys Weaponized PR
America's biggest threat isn't China or North Korea. It isn't even Iran. According to this commander-in-chief, it's a 51-year-old talk show host who isn't afraid to call out this administration's absurd military priorities. Tucker Carlson probably had no idea how powerful he was until last week, when the Defense Department dropped everything it was doing to train its rhetorical guns on the Fox News commentator. When Tucker questioned this Pentagon's push for identity politics, he didn't just hit a nerve. He started a war -- the only kind, it seems, that this White House cares about.
Small Charges Show Big Problems with Election Fraud
Last week, an Illinois judge signed arrest warrants for five suspects on counts of forgery and perjury in the 2020 election. Such routine law enforcement of small-scale ballot fraudsters occur after every election. The warrants will therefore surprise nobody, least of all the proud pontificators who only months ago were loudly opining that election fraud never, ever happens.
Is Democracy Dead in Hong Kong?
In what looks like the abrupt end to what little democracy was left in Hong Kong, a new election law from Beijing now makes it impossible for anyone to run for political office without demonstrating their "patriotism." Of course, for Beijing, "patriotism" doesn't mean love of China. It means love of the Chinese Communist Party.
Biden's Fireside Splat
Joe Biden avoided talking to the American people longer than any president in the last 100 years. And when he finally did, it wasn't exactly worth waiting for. If you didn't watch the 23 minutes of this White House's revisionist history on the virus, count yourself lucky. It was an exercise in the dismal, partisan, hopeless rhetoric this administration was supposed to rise above. After more than 50 days of silence, all Joe Biden proved by coming out of the White House basement is that he's a sore and ungracious winner, who isn't above taking credit for the vaccine successes he inherited.
Book Battle a Prologue to More Censorship
Amazon is the world's biggest marketplace of everything -- but ideas. When Jeff Bezos's empire decided to de-shelve Ryan Anderson, dropping a book that it made plenty of money on as a best-seller, any illusions about the company being a "diverse, tolerant" business were already long gone. Now, a couple of weeks after the controversy, Amazon has decided to answer its critics. And there are a lot of them.
More Sports Bills Cross the Finish Line
"It's crazy we have to address it." That was Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves's (R) as he signed the second girls' sports protection bill in the country. But, he pointed out, that's where Joe Biden has forced this country: into a war over women's rights, privacy, fairness, and competition. At least in Mississippi, he vowed, "young girls... [will] have a fair level playing field." His daughters and every daughter will know -- "their rights are worth fighting for."
A Blunt Interview with the Missouri Senator
He's spent almost three decades in Washington, so the news that Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) has decided to retire was bittersweet. Don't miss our conversation looking back on his time in Congress, including a glimpse at what he might do back home in Missouri.
Democracy: HR 1 and Done
Mitch McConnell has served longer than any Senate Republican leader in history -- so it's safe to say he's seen some bad bills. There've been doozies like Obamacare, the Green New Deal, the Equality Act -- legislation to open the borders, ban homeschooling, and Medicaid for All. But nothing, McConnell insists, comes close to HR 1. In his opinion, the Democrats' federal takeover of elections is the most dangerous proposal of all. In 36 years, Mitch declared, "This is the worst bill I've observed in my time in the Senate."
A Dropbox That Isn't Syncing with Law
No one will ever know how much fraud there was in the 2020 election, but in states like Georgia, where new information is still coming out, there are plenty of reasons to wonder. Four months after the mess of last November, experts are still investigating what might have happened to Donald Trump's reelection bid. And what they've found is enough to get every American on the election reform bandwagon.
PVS: The Great Electoral Heist
What's the Left's version of "election reform"? It's HR 1, the deceptively named "For the People Act", a brazen attempt to force every state to turn over their election authority -- vested to them by the Constitution -- to Congress. Just how bad is HR 1? To name but a handful of the dozens of shocking ways it would subvert our free election system, HR 1 would: eliminate voter identification requirements, allow illegal immigrants and felons to vote, finance political campaigns with taxpayer dollars, invite fraud by providing universal mail-in ballots, expand Democratic seats in Congress by granting statehood to D.C., and so much more.
Two Appointments the GOP Should Cancel
It's usually an administration's cabinet nominations that get the most attention -- but two senators are making the case that Joe Biden's deputy picks may be the most controversial of the bunch. Is the president trying to slip in his most radical nominees under Americans' noses? And just how much power do the seconds-in-command at HHS and the State Department have over abortion and transgender policy? Too much, Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) warn.
These Days, Anything Can Get You Canceled -- Except Genocide
"They're not just labor camps, they are designed to strip them of their religious cultural identity." This is how Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) described the camps where 1-2 million Uyghur Muslims are detained by the Chinese government without trial and utilized as forced labor.
New Arkansas Law Sets up Direct Challenge to Roe v. Wade
On Tuesday, Arkansas S.B. 6, the "Arkansas Unborn Child Protection Act," was signed into law by Governor Asa Hutchinson (R). The act, which criminalizes abortion at all stages of pregnancy except when the life of the mother is at risk, paints a big, red target on Roe v. Wade. The bill passed the state senate (27-7) with three-to-one support and the state house (76-19) with four-to-one support. State Senator Jason Rapert and State Representative Mary Bentley worked tirelessly alongside the Arkansas Family Council to ensure the bill's passage.
Political Correctness Run a Duck
Cartoonists ought to be mocking the cancel culture -- not becoming victims of it! Apparently, not only is the mob overbearing and hypocritical, but humorless too. They've turned their corporate guns on everything from the gender-insensitive Mr. Potato Head to Pepe Le Pew, a Looney Tunes skunk the New York Times accuses of "normalizing rape culture." (What's next? A #MeToon hashtag?) Now, 27 years into a comic strip about a fictional duck, the banning of Mallard Fillmore in newspapers across the country is showing everyone where the liberal quack down might lead.
States Experiment with Un-Canceling Free Speech
Over the past few years, conservatives have noticed with increasing alarm as social media giants and other Big Tech companies pressed their thumb on the scales of public debate, muzzling one dissenting voice after another. These mega-corporations had successfully lobbied for special government carveouts on the theory that they provided a public forum that enabled free speech, but now aggressively work to censor news, facts, and opinions they don't like. But thankfully there are those working to bring their abusive behavior to an end.
Unity Need Not Apply at EEOC
For all its talk of unity, the Biden administration has proven itself to be as hyper-partisan as it gets after only a month and a half in office. The nearly two trillion dollar spending bill that passed the Senate last week was only the latest episode, as President Biden and Democrat leadership cast aside their former bipartisanship to ram through a bill that broke decades of precedent against using our tax dollars to fund abortion.
Evangelicals for Biden Lose Faith in Joe
They can't say they weren't warned. Everyone in America knew where Joe Biden stood on abortion -- because he told them. In 13 debates, multiple campaign ads, and a Planned Parenthood townhall, no one had any doubt that if this man won the White House, his folksy faith talk would take a backseat to his political deal with the far-Left. If Evangelicals for Biden want to say they never saw this COVID bill and its abortion funding coming, then they were the only ones.
Both Parties Ask for a Restraining Border
Liberals can mock the Trump border wall they want, but three months into Joe Biden's amnesty policy, even Democrats are sounding the alarm. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) has been watching what's happened along the Mexican border with absolute shock and says that if the White House doesn't do anything, there will be an immigration "crisis" in a matter of "weeks -- maybe even days."
Planned Parenthood Puts Liberal Arts to Work on Campus
If you sent your teenagers off to Christian colleges thinking they'd be safe from Planned Parenthood's tentacles, Students for Life says: think again! In a stunning new report, Kristan Hawkins's group is digging into 700 faith-based schools, and what they've found so far will surprise you. At least 25 religious colleges and universities have relationships with the abortion giant. And that, she believes, is just the beginning.
COVID Bill Is Asymptomatic of Relief
Joe Biden said he wanted to meet Republicans halfway on COVID relief. If that's the case, Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) fired back, he's a darn poor judge of distance. "This bill is dreadful," he vented. "It's an orgy of pork... The only way I know how to improve it is with a shredder."
NBA Courts China with New TV Deal
If nine percent of Americans consider China a "partner," they must all work for the NBA. The rest of the country, as the latest headlines make painfully clear, is done with the communist tyrants. Nine out of 10 Americans see China as a "competitor" or "enemy" now, and half think we should limit their power. Gallup's numbers for President Jinping are even worse. They put China's unfavorable rating at 79 percent -- the worst in the history of the polling company. And they don't have a whole lot of faith that Joe Biden's policies will help.
Snopes on the Ropes over Equality Act Review
Getting the truth out about the Equality Act hasn't been easy. As if the mainstream media isn't deceptive enough, now liberals have the fact checkers doing their dirty work attacking those who are trying to put the facts out. But who's checking the fact checkers?
Talk Is Cheat on Dems' Election Reform
The "For the People Act" -- or, as it should be called, the Stick-It-to-The-People Act -- is so bad that one Democrat was willing to risk of the wrath of his party to stop it. Wednesday, to the surprise of his entire caucus, Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) did something the Left couldn't believe: he listened to his district. When Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) put a bill on the table that would strip away every election safeguard in the country, people thought Thompson's vote was a sure thing. After all, he'd cosponsored the legislation. But when the time came to go down to the House floor, Bennie couldn't do it. His constituents opposed parts of the bill, he said later. And they're the ones he works for.
COVID Relief or Abortion Bailout?
If only nine percent of the $1.9 trillion COVID bill fights the virus, then what on earth does the other 91 percent do? Well, for starters, Senator Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) pointed out, it tears down the firewall between taxpayers and abortion. The Democrats' priority isn't getting money into the hands of people who treat life -- they want to funnel billions to the abortionists who take it.
Al Robertson: A Beard's Eye View of Intolerance
The Robertsons know a little bit about staring down the cancel culture -- they did it before almost anyone else! Eight years ago, when liberals came after A&E over the Christian values on "Duck Dynasty," the Left found out pretty quickly that it wasn't a fight they should have picked. The Robertsons refused to back down -- winning the respect of millions of Americans and becoming a symbol of courage in the entertainment world.
Bethany Services Adopts a Radical View of Family
As evidenced by its name, Bethany Christian Services is a Christian adoption organization that does the vital, God-honoring work of placing needy children in the homes of adoptive parents across 30 states and in over a dozen countries around the world. On Monday, in a reversal of its long-standing tradition of adhering to biblical teaching on sexuality, Bethany announced that it would begin offering its services to same-sex couples.
On Nominees, a Neera Miss for Biden
Here's the thing with demanding civility -- you actually have to practice it. The Biden administration just learned that lesson the hard way. After two years of insisting on a kinder, gentler Washington, the president has raised plenty of eyebrows with his abrasive nominees. Neera Tanden was the surliest of the bunch, firing off years of social media insults as head of the radical Center for American Progress. She was everything Democrats said they hated in Trump: a brash, blunt, Twitter attack dog. Because she was one of them, the White House thought she'd be safe. They were wrong.
Joe Biden: The Two Trillion Dollar Man
"I'm hoping for infinity." That's what Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) joked to a reporter about how long Wednesday night's debate over virus aid will be. "I don't want it to pass," he said seriously, so an endless debate would suit him just fine. And an endless debate is what the Senate is in for, thanks to the reconciliation process Democrats are using to ram through their miserable excuse for "virus relief." At $1.9 trillion dollars, the price tag is steep -- but is it as steep as the price liberals could (and hopefully will) pay in the midterms?
Denial of Biological Reality Engenders Pushback in the States
"Men and women have -- at a minimum -- 6,500 genetic differences between us. And this impacts every cell of our bodies -- our organ systems, how diseases manifest, how we diagnose, and even treat [them] in some cases." Biological gender, as Dr. Michelle Cretella of the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) explains, is crucial to accurately treating and diagnosing patients. This is what the science says.
Tennessee: An All-Volunteer Force for Common Sense
In one of the more colorful descriptions of the Equality Act, Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) told reporters that he doesn't believe in discrimination against anyone but said, "this bill guts religious freedom... like a fish. And anybody that's suggesting otherwise is either not telling the truth, or they didn't graduate from kindergarten." While he and the rest of the GOP brace for the bill to hit the Senate, the good news is, the states aren't waiting. They're racing to put up shields of protection now.
When Academic Freedom Becomes Censorship and Make-Believe
There was a time when schooling existed to teach kids what was true and how to think critically. Now, thinking and truth are punished, especially on college campuses. Education student Owen Stevens learned that the hard way when State University of New York (SUNY) Geneseo suspended him from required field teaching programs. What was his crime? Saying things on Instagram like, "A man is a man, a woman is a woman. A man is not a woman and a woman is not a man." Or, "I do not recognize the gender that they claim to be if they are not biologically that gender."
'Fairness for All,' Justice for None
A lot has been made about the need for Republicans to "get on board" with some sort of alternative to the ill-conceived Equality Act. However, the "Fairness for All Act," introduced by Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) one day after the Equality Act vote in the House, is just as ill-conceived as the bill it is trying to replace. To constitute an acceptable alternative, a legislative proposal should actually solve a problem. While Fairness for All (FFA) backers may mean well, their proposal solves nothing.
What's Pork Doing on the Menu of Virus Aid?
Americans want COVID relief, but is that what the Democrats' bill is? Congressman Jason Smith (R-Mo.) says no. "This is the wrong plan at the wrong time and for all of the wrong reasons." Is it about pork or the pandemic? Find out in this interview from Monday's "Washington Watch."
SCOTUS Reiterates Its Open-Door Policy on Churches
It's a battle, Pastor Mike McClure said, that he "never wanted to be in." But it's a battle that God called him to fight -- and he knows it. Keeping his church open hasn't been easy, but then being obedient in the face of controversy usually isn't. Still, Pastor Mike pointed out, it's amazing when you do what's right how "the Lord just shows up." And late Friday, He wasn't the only one. The Supreme Court decided to weigh in too -- and the Christians of Santa Clara County couldn't be happier.
Nadler on God: He's 'No Concern of This Congress'
There were a lot of powerful arguments against the Equality Act, but Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.) resorted to the ultimate authority: the Bible. During an intense debate on the House floor, the Florida representative said it was time for his colleagues to hear the truth about the transgender issue. But Democrats aren't interested in the truth -- or God. And far-Left radical Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) didn't mind saying so.
Pentagon Adds Training to Its Anti-Conservative Arsenal
There are a lot of threats in the world, but there is only one this president appears to care about combating -- conservatives. In yet another sign that America is doomed to a term of unprecedented extremism, the Biden administration just released its training materials for its "one-day military stand down" to weed out dangerous views. But what constitutes as dangerous? Good question, leaders say -- and not one they have an answer to.
Train Pork a Sign COVID Bill Is off the Rails
The bill was supposed to help America recover from COVID -- not make taxpayers sick. Unfortunately for our economy, Democrats don't seem to know the difference between a relief package and pork. The Left's 591-page excuse for a "rescue plan" is so loaded down with waste that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) might need the $112 million Bay Area transit expansion -- just to get out of town. Most voters, she ought to know, don't appreciate being railroaded.
Rand Paul Pushes for Sanity in the Transgender Debate
Keira Bell can never get her childhood back. And her body, a scarred and mangled reminder, reminds her every day. "I am living in a world where I don't fit in as male or as female. I am stuck between two sexes." Now 24, she's dedicated her life to stop teenagers from making the same mistake. Unfortunately, Keira won't get any help from the Biden administration. As Thursday's eye-opening hearing made painfully clear, this is one White House that doesn't mind how many children its agenda hurts.
Choice Words for Education in the Virus Age
If there's one silver lining to the coronavirus, it's that public education is finally being exposed for the fraud that it is. Not only are parents starting to see what their children are being taught, but the nation is waking up to the fact that teachers unions don't care about educating kids. They're about protecting and feathering their own nest. And frankly, moms and dads are tired of it.
Dems Try Turning the Cables on Conservatives
When it comes to censorship, one editorial board said, "it's about as subtle as carpet bombing." Liberals, who used to at least pretend to have some use for free speech, have dropped all pretense now. The war against a thinking culture is out in the open now, as shameless and determined as ever. To them, it's no longer enough to yank books off shelves, ban conservatives from the public square, and slap warning labels on thousands of years of proven science. They want to totally control the airwaves too. And they'll stop at nothing to force the carriers to do their bidding.
Biden Builds His Cabinet the Hard Way
Winning the Senate helped Democrats, but it sure didn't guarantee smooth sailing for Joe Biden's cabinet nominees. The party's one-vote majority has created plenty of heartburn at the White House, especially where controversial picks like Xavier Becerra, Neera Tanden, and Deb Haaland are concerned. Keeping the Democrats on board with his radical choices has been no easy task for Biden, let alone dealing with the GOP's suddenly united front. "Don't expect Senate Republicans to forget how the Democrats treated Mr. Trump's nominees," John Barrasso (R-Wy.) warned back in December. And they haven't.
'God Tells Us to Love Your Neighbor, Not Cancel Your Neighbor'
As Americans, we take pride in the fact that our forbearers gave their lives for the freedoms we hold dear. As recent events have shown, however, we can't afford to take those freedoms for granted and assume we won't have to fight for them here and now. As was made clear during FRC's Pray Vote Stand broadcast last night, the threats to religious freedom in America are real, but believers must realize that if we step up to the challenge, God will use these trials for His glory, especially when we show grace under fire.
For more on the latest headlines, check out Tony Perkins's Newsmax interview on Big Tech censorship and the Equality Act.
Biden's Pick for Stealth and Inhumane Services
Joe Biden wouldn't trust his health care to someone with zero experience, so why is he asking America to? That was one of the biggest questions at Tuesday's Senate grilling of Xavier Becerra, the president's surprising pick for HHS secretary. The California attorney general, who's never had a lick of training in medicine, science, pharma, or the health care world, is applying for a job to oversee -- not just the nation's pandemic response -- but the biggest budget of any U.S. agency as a complete novice. And Biden said Donald Trump's COVID plan was bad?
Equality Act: 'The Left's New Woke Heresy Code'
The U.S. House tomorrow will vote on the Equality Act. It will almost certainly pass, without a single Republican cosponsor. Then its fate will be decided in the Senate. It's hard to imagine just how damaging this bill would be. Essentially, it takes every issue the Left feels is a sacred cow and wraps it into one bill -- a legislative right to abortion on demand, special privileges for sexual orientation and gender identity, and the abolition of religious freedom.
Censored? Don't Get Mad. Get Gab.
He was canceled before the cancel culture. And looking back, maybe that was a blessing. Andrew Torba had a three-year head start to build his mob-proof business. Now, Gab is one of the only free speech havens still standing, giving tens of millions of oppressed Americans a social media platform to call home.
SCOTUS Fails to Blaze a Trial on Election Reform
"Befuddling." "Inexplicable." "Baffling." Those are just three of the words Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas used to describe his colleagues' latest response to the 2020 election. After three months of mixed signals, the justices finally turned down a case that had most conservatives holding their breaths -- a lawsuit against Pennsylvania's expanded mail-in balloting order. The issue, many said, was moot. But the dangers of lawlessness, Thomas fired back, is not.
Title X Marks the Spot of Latest Abortion Fight
There isn't a single pro-lifer in America who wouldn't love to see Planned Parenthood completely defunded. But without both sides of Congress firmly in the hands of conservatives, former President Donald Trump did the next best thing. He chipped away at the forced partnership between taxpayers and the abortion industry with the most powerful weapon in his executive tool box: HHS regulations. It took months of hard work, but the "Protect Life Rule" became a reality. Now, two years of liberal lawsuits later, the Supreme Court will finally decide if the policy can stand.
Canadian Beacon: Parliament Joins U.S. Fight for Uyghurs
The nine months felt like a lifetime, Tursunay Ziawudun remembered. Like most women, the nightmares from the camps still haunt her. Even in the United States, she can't escape the sound of the guards' footsteps, walking to her cell after midnight to take women to the "black rooms" where they would be raped -- over and over again. "Perhaps this is the most unforgettable scar on me forever," she said with a blank stare. "I don't even want these words to spill from my mouth."
STOP the Equality Act: Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Don't miss our own Joseph Backholm as he speaks tomorrow morning, at 10 a.m. (ET), at a rally to STOP the Equality Act hosted by our friends at Family Policy Alliance. He will be explaining why no Christian in their right mind can support this radical bill, which will be voted on in the House on Thursday. You can tune in to the rally here. Also check out Joseph's op-ed published today on the Equality Act, as well as another one published by our own Ken Blackwell.
Amazon Censorship Leaves a Plot to Be Desired
Ryan Anderson didn't even know his book had been pulled. There was no warning, no notification from Amazon that the title had been removed. A reader tipped him off when he tried to buy a copy and couldn't. That's strange, Ryan thought, logging on to Amazon to see for himself. Sure enough -- his bright blue and pink book cover, When Harry Became Sally, had been replaced with a message: this is no longer a functioning page. Because at Amazon, free speech is no longer a functioning principle.
Dems Forgo Equality Control with Radical Bill
The original U.S. Constitution can survive a bomb, a massive fire -- even a nuclear blast. But can it survive the House majority's agenda? Based on their latest bill, the Equality Act, no one is quite sure.
Florida Keys up Election Changes
Florida may not have had the same election issues as other battleground states in November, but that doesn't mean they're satisfied. Governor Ron DeSantis (R) believes the Sunshine State has a lot to be proud of when it comes to 2020, but he still thinks they can do better.
2022 Beijing Olympics Boycott: A Must for Human Rights
When President Biden took office, there was some hope he would, like Trump, be tough on China. But now, it's not so clear.
Study: Most Biden Voters Don't Know Scripture
Politically, Joe Biden's supporters skew liberal. They are more likely to support abortion, favor liberal policies on gender and sexuality, and oppose limiting the size and scope of government. Of course, this is not surprising. As a candidate, Biden ran on a liberal platform and attracted the support of people who share his political ideology. But while the political leanings of Biden's voters are clear, what do we know about their faith? A new study is revealing.
Ohio Public School Orders Teachers and Students to Lobby for LGBT Legislation
An assistant principal at a Hilliard, Ohio high school sent an email to faculty telling teachers to endorse a controversial piece of legislation and encouraged students to do the same. The Hilliard City Council is currently considering legislation that would include sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) as protected classes in the city.
Military Anti-Extremism Order Fails to Identify the Target
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. A memo from President Biden's Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin directs commanders to conduct a "Stand-Down to Address Extremism in the Ranks." The goal, ostensibly, is to flush out people with extremist views from our nation's military. But the memo never defines "extremist or dissident ideologies."
America Must Disentangle Itself From China
"We must speak up for human rights. It's who we are," President Biden said at a town hall earlier this week. This is an American tradition worth upholding. Unfortunately, Biden fumbled through an answer in which he likened China's human rights abuses to "cultural norms" at the same event. Regardless of this confusion, there is much that the U.S. government can do to promote freedom and combat China's nefarious efforts across the globe.
Oh, Canada: Pastor Arrested for Pastoring in Alberta
On Tuesday, James Coates, pastor of GraceLife Church in Alberta, Canada, was arrested and placed in police custody for violating Canada's public health orders. Police officers and representatives from the Alberta Health Service (the "AHS") arrived at the church on Sunday. After monitoring the service, they determined that the church had violated public health orders, which limited attendance to 15 percent of building capacity and required attendees to wear face coverings and practice social distancing. Pastor Coates voluntarily turned himself in to police on Tuesday after he was told that police planned to arrest him.
Pray Vote Stand: Praying for Those Affected by the Winter Storms
Severe winter storms and extremely bitter temperatures have caused an unprecedented crisis in Texas and the surrounding region, as millions are still without power after four days. Don't miss this powerful and prayerful edition of Pray Vote Stand as Tony is joined by Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Pastor Roy Smith of True-Lite Christian Fellowship in Midland, Texas.
Rush Limbaugh: A Giant of Conservatism
Rush Limbaugh passed away yesterday at the age of 70 after being diagnosed with advanced lung cancer a little over a year ago. After an extremely successful broadcasting career that brought conservatism back into the mainstream, Rush was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former President Trump. Rush will be remembered not only for his tremendous contribution to talk radio but to America. Yesterday, FRC Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell appeared on CBN News's "Faith Nation" to share his thoughts on Rush Limbaugh's life and legacy.
With Cuomo, Democrats Are Fleeing a Sinking Ship
You know you're in trouble when your own party turns against you. That's the lesson New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is learning, or should be learning, right now.
Biden Admits He's Just Paying Lip Service to China on Human Rights
At a town hall meeting yesterday, President Biden stumbled over a morally confused statement suggesting he is unlikely to take meaningful action concerning human rights in China. This is more significant than the typical gaffes he is known for. To the countless victims of China's abuses who hope the U.S. will take up their cause, Biden is becoming a great disappointment.
For LGBT Activists, Critical Thinking Has Become Offensive
There are some things LGBT activists simply don't want to learn about. That's one of the lessons from a recent and on-going attempt to torpedo a study about gender dysphoria.
Green Energy Leaves America Out in the Cold in More Ways Than One
February gave Texas the cold shoulder this weekend as an extreme winter storm pounded the entire state. As of this morning, power had not been restored to more than 4 million Texans. Hundreds of thousands have also lost water after the water treatment plants in Fort Worth, Abilene, and elsewhere suffered power outages. A handful of deaths from the cold have already been reported, although we may not know the true toll until the state digs itself out.
The Impeachment Seven
As of this writing, millions of Americans across the country, particularly in Texas, are dealing with frigid temperatures and winter weather crippling the electric grid and local economies. Experts are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 variants, and their potential to prolong the pandemic. And what has the newly minted Democrat majority in the Senate been up to? An arguably unconstitutional impeachment of a private citizen.
Utah Parents Push Back Against the Transgender Agenda - and Win
A group of Utah parents have prompted a review of an "equity book program" in their local school district after a teacher read a book favorable to transgenderism to a class of third-graders. The book, "Call Me Max", written by transgender-identified author Kyle Lukoff, follows the story of a girl wanting to be seen as a boy.
FRC in the Spotlight
After observing the first few weeks of the Biden administration, the CEO of American's largest abortion chain Planned Parenthood says she is "over the moon" about the Biden/Harris administration's "vision" for expanding abortion. And it's easy to see why...
Impeachment: A Saga Put to Rest, or a Slumbering Beast Awoken?
With Saturday's vote in the Senate acquitting President Trump on the charge of "inciting" the mob who stormed the U.S. Capitol while Electoral College votes were being counted, many may be asking whether the era of impeachment is over (at least for now). Others may be asking whether impeachment as a political weapon is only just being awoken.
California and Maine Continue Pestering Religious Freedom
Over the past year, churches have faced unprecedented challenges because of the coronavirus pandemic, and they have demonstrated remarkable resilience as they have adapted to serve their congregations in new and creative ways. Many churches initially suspended indoor worship services to comply with government mandates and protect their communities by slowing the spread of the novel illness. During the summer months, when churches began cautiously reopening, courts generally deferred to local governments by upholding restrictions on indoor worship services and gatherings.
Alabama Bill Would Protect Children From Puberty Blockers
Legislation to prohibit doctors from prescribing puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones to minors is advancing in the Alabama State legislature.
Connecticut Seeks to Stifle the Voice of Pregnancy Resource Centers
Last week, the Connecticut State Senate considered SB 835, "An Act Concerning Deceptive Advertising Practices of Limited Services Pregnancy Centers." Contrary to its title, this bill is not about deceptive advertising. In fact, there is no substantial evidence that clients seeking services at Connecticut pregnancy resource centers (PRCs) have been or currently are being deceived. No, this bill is about silencing PRCs...
The Media's Quid Pro Cuomo
When New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) won an Emmy for his COVID press briefings back in November, no one knew how ironic the award would turn out to be. Three months later, Americans are finding out just how big of a performance Cuomo gave. A killer one, some would say. Now, knee-deep into a nursing home scandal that liberals are surprisingly silent about, we're learning just how much of an act his concern for New Yorkers really was.
Behind the Curtain of Planned Parenthood's 'Gender Factories'
They come with other girls, a woman inside the clinic explains, giggling like they're at the mall. Only they aren't at the mall. They're shopping for another gender. And Planned Parenthood is more than willing to oblige.
Is Biden Going Soft on China?
The first few weeks of Biden's presidency has seen the rollback of several Trump-era policies that put pressure on China. But while Chinese leaders may feel relieved, the United States has received nothing in return for the gradual easing of tensions.
Mob Mixes Business with Pressure
They used to call it "retail therapy." But for conservatives, there's nothing therapeutic about walking the aisles of stores that want to shut down your speech, cancel your bank accounts, or send cents on every dollar to Marxist groups who despise America. In an age when conservatives can't turn on the TV, send their kids to school, check their Facebook feeds, or watch sports without being reminded about the wokeness of corporate extremists, it's no wonder they're fed up. And fed up -- Gallup warns -- is exactly what they are.
The Wed Vote Red
There were a lot of interesting storylines from the 2020 election that got lost in the mess of recounts and court cases. But now that some of the fog is clearing, and both parties have a chance to follow the trends, Republicans are coming face to face with a stunning development. It wasn't just minority voters that ran to Republicans last November. If you're looking for the sharpest dividing line in the country, it was in a place most pundits didn't look: marriage.
Pray Vote Stand: 'I'm Not Going to Wave Anything White'
With election integrity concerns, a raging "cancel culture" on the prowl, and an administration in power with a clear agenda that is antithetical to biblical values, it's a challenging time to be a believer in America. So is it time to wave the white flag and throw in the towel? On the contrary, what became clear from last night's Pray Vote Stand townhall meeting held at Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg, Virginia is that the time is now for all believers to dive headfirst into the battle for our country.
Mark Cuban's Airball on Freedom
You might be a Leftist if you lay awake at night brainstorming which cherished American tradition to sabotage next. Back in November, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban suspended the playing of the national anthem before home games. Because stands sit empty due to coronavirus restrictions, nobody noticed until Tuesday.
White House Fails to Give Girls a Sporting Chance
If Joe Biden wants to tear down an institution like girls' sports, the least he could do is have a good explanation for it. After three weeks, he still doesn't. Instead, his administration stumbles its way through questions, clumsily trying to defend a defenseless policy that would destroy 50 years of women's progress. The worst example came Tuesday, when Jen Psaki -- a mom herself -- couldn't seem to understand why endangering our daughters was a bad idea.
A Real Time out for Labeling Christians
As a late-night comic, Bill Maher has made a living making jokes at the expense of politicians, movie stars, and society's elite. As an avowed atheist, Maher has also routinely turned his comedic ire on people of faith. But after a recent monologue in which he referred to the recent attack on the U.S. Capitol as a "faith-based initiative" and described Christian theology as "magical religious thinking" and a "mass delusion," not many people are laughing.
Impeachment: No End Incite
A lot of people wondered what the Left would do without Donald Trump to kick around. Now we know: they'll follow him into private life and try to keep kicking him around. Now, like a bad habit they can't quit, Democrats are tossing aside every real issue facing America to take a second crack at impeaching a man who isn't even president. This time, though, their pathetic obsession with destroying Trump comes at a steeper price.
Supremes Side with Churches over Newsom
After months in court, two California churches achieved victories at the United States Supreme Court for themselves and churches around the nation. In a 6-3 decision released late last Friday, the high court enjoined California from enforcing the state's ban on indoor worship services. The pair of victories represent the latest wins for religious liberty since the outbreak of the coronavirus and subsequent lockdowns imposed by state and local governments.
Now That 'America Is Back,' What Is Our Foreign Policy?
In President Joe Biden's first major foreign policy speech last week, he took pains to emphasize that "America is back." Back to what, exactly? For now, that remains unknown, but several aspects of the speech are sure to raise eyebrows -- to say the least.
Pray Vote Stand LIVE Townhall: Tune in!
Don't miss Wednesday night's special Pray Vote Stand Townhall event -- live from Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg, Virginia! If you're looking for hope in America, Pastor Gary Hamrick, Alliance Defending Freedom President and CEO Mike Farris, and I want to encourage you that there is a way forward in these challenging times. What is it? Tune in to PrayVoteStand.org at 7:30 p.m. (ET) on February 10th to find out.
At Debt's Door with Biden's COVID Plan
Joe Biden learned a lot of things under Barack Obama -- but reaching across the aisle wasn't one of them. That's become quite apparent in the last week, as the new president charges ahead with a controversial COVID relief package that almost no Republicans support. Aides say the new president is trying to "avoid the missteps of the Obama years" -- but he's already repeating one of the biggest: talking about bipartisanship, but refusing to practice it.
Jeep Wrangles Viewers with Patronizing Ad
Unfortunately for football fans, the political ads didn't end when the election did! The millions of people who tuned into Super Bowl LV found that out the hard way, thanks to companies like Jeep -- who tried to sell cars with condescending ads that tell the 74 million Americans who didn't vote for Joe Biden that the country's in much better shape, because liberals always know better.
SCOTUS: Cracking the Case of Election Law?
On February 19, the Supreme Court will consider several lawsuits regarding the contested 2020 elections. These high-profile lawsuits, including those brought by attorneys Sidney Powell and Lin Wood, and the Trump campaign, will be considered for hearings at the Supreme Court's scheduled conference.
Vote-a-Rama: The Senate's Three-Ring Circus
For spectators, it may be the most entertaining tradition in the U.S. Senate. The members either pretend to hate it or actually do, but the stories that come out of vote-a-ramas are legendary. Quirky and humanizing, the political all-nighters are painful for both parties, but they always seem to produce funny anecdotes like back-room poker games, stealth happy hours, regional food wars, and coffee -- lots of it. There are the iconic images -- like Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) throwing pepperoni rolls at reporters in 2015 or the parade of mattresses wheeled in for sleepy senators in 2017. To everyone, it's about survival -- which usually means calories, caffeine, and cots.
If It Ain't Vote, Don't Fix It
Guess what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made her top priority in this congressional session? If you said rigging the election system against Republicans, you'd be right! The very first bill that was introduced, H.R. 1, would do just that. Worse, it would usurp responsibility for regulating elections from state legislatures and give it to the same group of people who have used the same game plan to cement one-party rule in California (hint: it's not the Republicans).
2021: The Way Forward
The months ahead are going to test America and followers of Jesus, especially. But as Luke 18 urges, we must pray and not lose heart. We have to resolve to keep praying and standing until God gives justice. As believers, how do we navigate these challenging times? Next Wednesday, February 10, FRC is hosting a special, interactive Pray Vote Stand discussion to chart the way forward.
A Vision of Division
Sir Isaac Newton wasn't thinking about politics when he stumbled on the laws of motion. But physics, like politics, is about nature. And right now, Americans are responding to the liberal whiplash in a way that even science could predict: For every action, there's an equal and opposite reaction. Joe Biden is pushing -- and America is pushing back.
Battle of the Bulging Budgets
"Go big!" says Joe Biden on COVID relief. Or is it "Go broke?" Americans are about to find out. In the meantime, the Wall Street Journal warns, this isn't about the pandemic at all. It's about turning a big crisis into even bigger government.
Fencing out Freedom?
What does a 10-foot barricade around the Capitol communicate to the world? Wednesday night on our Pray Vote Stand broadcast, Congressman Ken Buck (R-Colo.) joined me to talk about the history of democracy's greatest building and what walling off the public would say about America. Later, Dr. Jim Garlow joined me to pray over the dangerous times our nation is facing -- and unpack what this fast erosion of freedom means for the church. Don't miss either conversation, available on demand below.
The United States of Election Reform
If the mess of 2020 accomplished anything, it was lighting a fire under conservative states. After weeks of election counting, recounting, and questions, more legislatures than ever are determined to stop Democrats from taking advantage of COVID again. Cheat-by-mail is going to end, they warn. And a record number of states are lining up to prove it.
A Parent Crisis in Black Families
The family structure among poor blacks, read the Department of Labor report, "is highly unstable, and in many urban centers is approaching complete breakdown." The year was 1965, and 25 percent of black children were born out of wedlock. Studies conclusively show that, on average, children who grow up in homes with a married mother and father grow up to have more education and income than children who don't.
Where's the Shame in Protecting Religious Liberty?
Elections have real-life consequences. This is true for religious protections, which can vary greatly depending on the incumbent presidential administration. The Department of Justice (DOJ) was a fearless advocate for faith during the Trump administration. Now, only two weeks into the Biden administration, a prominent appointee to the DOJ is making it known that she considers standing up for faith "shameful."
Picketing the Fence!
Are there really enough credible threats in the nation's capital to justify a permanent, razor-wire fence? Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) says no. Listen in to our conversation from Tuesday's "Washington Watch" about the Democratic leadership's willingness to turn the Hill into a Capitol fortress.
The Great Wall of Washington
According to Joe Biden, Democrats were supposed to be building bridges -- not walls! Tell that to his party's leaders, who are actually considering a plan to add a permanent, razor-wire fence around the Capitol complex. Despite major pushback from both parties, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) have told reporters that they'll "defer to the experts" when it comes to securing America's representatives -- even if it means turning the People's House into a supermax.
Waking up to Woke Schools
The Left's radical insanity is so contagious, even the most secluded school districts aren't immune. The latest casualty is the public school district in Ames, a community of 62,000 residents in central Iowa, hardly a hotbed of Leftist radicalism. But this week, in observance of African American history month, the Ames school district is sponsoring a "Black Lives Matter week of action," foisting on children such principles as "globalism," "queer affirming," and "trans affirming."
Gender Battle Leads to Transitions of Power
When President Biden was sworn in, he called for unity. As it turns out, his administration instead came bearing a sword (and a pen) instead. From school bathrooms to school sports, the Biden administration seems bent on a radical transgender agenda that ignores reason, science, and basic common sense. And sadly, women and children will be hardest hit.
Biden: Fundamentally Trans-forming America
Joe Biden insisted that his administration would "look like America." If that's true, most Americans are ready for an extreme makeover. A week and a half in, the majority would agree: nothing this White House has done comes even close to resembling their values. Instead, it's been a 13-day parade of far-Left extremism that's snuffed out any hope that this president's "whole soul" is actually in "bringing America together." What it's in, as far as the Washington Post can tell, is an LGBT agenda that will blow the doors off of modern convention.
Missouri Loves Company of Hawley
The cancel culture likes a pushover. Unfortunately for them, they haven't found one in Josh Hawley (R-Mo.). The junior senator from Missouri has faced more criticism in 2021 than anyone but Donald Trump--and just like the 45th president, he's not giving an inch. And if his approval ratings are any indication, the vast majority of people respect him for it.
Congressional Minority Fights for Pro-Life Majority
For someone who came late to his party's extremism, Joe Biden is already very good at it. The man who used to walk in the March for Life came full circle late last week, prying Americans' wallets open so that he could fund abortions overseas. To his supporters, it was good--but not enough. To his critics, it was even more motivation to fight back.
Life Marches On
Like so many things about the last 10 months, Friday's March for Life didn't look quite the same. But just as the rain, sleet, and snow have never stopped pro-lifers from making the trek, a deadly pandemic didn't either. Hundreds still turned out to make the solemn walk to the Supreme Court, where they've prayed for 48 long years to end the violence of Roe v. Wade. Inside, sits a new justice who brings pro-lifers one step closer to that goal. Outside, hangs the dark cloud of the Biden administration, threatening to do everything in its power to stop her.
Election Reform? You Can Take It to the Banks
The coronavirus wasn't God's gift to the Left -- but it was a gift. And Democrats, after balloting chaos that handed them the keys to Congress and the White House, are hoping to make the mail-in process a little more permanent. Not on my watch, says new Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks (R-Ind.).
Is It FACE Time for the Abortion Mob?
"Fund abortion, not cops!" That's what their signs said when activists burst into a Catholic mass in downtown Columbus and marched through the aisles. "Two, four, six, eight, this church teaches hate," they chanted as they rushed the pulpit where Bishop Robert Brennan was leading a day of prayer for the unborn. While a stunned congregation looked on, the police had to haul the women, pushing and shouting, from the sanctuary. A week into the investigation, most people want to know: can the rioters be charged with a crime? Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost says yes.
Hawley Breaks Mob Rules
In a way, the Left's obsession with Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) is a compliment. The mob doesn't waste its time with leaders who aren't true threats. And the Missouri conservative is a threat all right -- because regardless of what they call him, try to do to him, or take away from him, he's not backing down.
Planet Parenthood: Biden's Order to Export Abortion
If you asked most people about Joe Biden in the 1980s, "abortion radical" is hardly a term they'd use to describe him. But the man who used to walk in the March for Life wouldn't even recognize himself now, sitting behind a desk in the Oval Office -- signing the death warrant of unborn children. Today, his evolution to the outer limits of his party was officially complete. By reopening America's wallets to abortion, his legacy as a moderate anything is permanently finished.
States Stand up for Women's Sports
Good news isn't hard to come by if you look in the right place: the states. While Joe Biden is busy shredding everything from the military to free speech, plenty of local leaders are back in session, doing everything they can to stop this radicalism at their borders.
Goya Board Threatens Can-Sell Culture
Praise Donald Trump -- get canceled. Praise Barack Obama -- get canceled. Raise your company's sales by 1,000 percent -- get censored. Welcome to the life of Goya CEO Bob Unanue. The conservative folk hero, who Americans rewarded for his conviction by sending profits through the roof, is back under fire -- this time from his own board of directors. Apparently, shattering company sales records doesn't matter if you don't have the right point of view.
Federal Court: Rule of Law 1, Biden 0
Under Joe Biden, America won't just run out of oil -- it'll run out of ink! The new president has been so busy signing executive orders that he's probably at risk of carpal tunnel syndrome. Amazingly, the man who told George Stephanopoulos "you can't use executive orders unless you're a dictator," doesn't seem to have any use for the democratic process so far.
Senate Dems Move to the Impeach State
Democrats have never been the party of good behavior, despite what their current members will tell you. While their leadership tries to haul Donald Trump before the Senate for a second impeachment trial, most conservatives want to know: where was this civility four years ago? If it's criminal to suggest that people to figuratively "fight," then what about encouraging actual violence? If that's the new standard, then make room on the witness stand. Because the impeachment hearings are about to get a lot more crowded.
This Army Ranger Isn't Done Fighting for America
There are a lot of good conservatives in Congress -- even more after November -- but it takes a special kind of leader to show courage on the tough issues. Congressman Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) is one of those rare Republicans who doesn't mind speaking out when something is fundamentally wrong -- no matter what the Left calls him. When Joe Biden decided to radically compromise the military and wave in people who identify as transgender, the former Army ranger didn't hesitate. He stood up and called it wrong. He didn't care who else stood with him -- because doing what's right has always been more important to him than doing what's popular.
Woke Companies Try to Smother MyPillow
If the cancel culture thought they'd have a pushover in Mike Lindell, they were mistaken. The MyPillow founder has never lost any sleep over the Left's attacks -- and he doesn't plan to start now. When a handful of companies decided to drop the popular line over Mike's concerns over the 2020 election, he wasn't rattled. He just vowed to stand taller for any business who might be next.
Biden Pumps out Orders, Not Oil
Here's a sentence you'll never see on CNN: "President Joe Biden, hoping to stack his first 100 days with as many achievements as possible, has relied heavily on the use of executive orders." Or this: "While the orders have run the gamut from immigration to federal lands, they all offer Biden a key benefit: the ability to tout wins without going through the arduous legwork of working with Congress to pass legislation."
Will Biden Stand up to the Mob?
Bishop Robert Brennan of Columbus, Ohio, celebrated a Respect Life Mass last Friday on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Catholic parishioners gathered at St. Joseph Cathedral to peacefully worship and pray for the unborn and an end to abortion. However, an angry and incredibly disrespectful group of pro-abortion protesters interrupted the Mass to shout their support of abortion and protest the liturgy. The mob stormed the cathedral with signs bearing messages like "Abortion on Demand Now" and "Defund the Police. Fund Abortion." and chanted, "Two, four, six, eight, this church teaches hate."
Biden: Military's 'Special Operations' to Include Gender Surgery
If there was a honeymoon, it's over. Less than a week into the administration that isn't Donald Trump's, a surprising number of Americans are already regretting his replacement. Within hours of his swearing in, Joe Biden got right to work -- alienating core constituencies with his attacks on oil, energy, unions, jobs, and women. Industries that had lined up to support the Democrat were stunned. What happened to the moderate president they were promised? When Biden said he'd unite America, no one knew it would be against him.
States Are Leading the Way on Life
As the nation commemorates the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade (the Supreme Court decision legalizing elective abortion nationwide in 1973), pro-life and pro-family Americans can take heart that their voices are still being heard in state capitals across the country. The "wave" election of pro-life Republicans in 2009 inaugurated a new era in pro-life state laws: More pro-life state laws have been enacted in the 11 years since that "wave" first took office in 2010 than in the previous 37 years since Roe.
Will Biden Stand up to China's Genocide?
Proving America's moral leadership on his last day in office, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo officially designated China's brutal actions against Uyghur Muslims as "genocide" and "crimes against humanity." This designation will make it difficult for anyone looking to go easy on China. The world cannot treat a government that is actively committing genocide just like that any other country.
GOP to Biden: Come to Your Census
Joe Biden hasn't said where he stands on packing the courts, but we know one thing he's willing to pack: Congress. While most people were focused on Biden's big-ticket actions on Wednesday, things like rejoining the Paris Climate Accord and transgendering America's bathrooms, the new president managed to slip one order through that could tilt the balance of the House and Electoral College for years. If you didn't care about Census policy before, trust me. You care about it now.
Republicans Penn. Hopes on Election Overhaul
Democrats may have manipulated state election laws in 2020, but they'll have a much harder time doing it now -- if Pennsylvania has anything to say about it. In some of the best news of year so far, Republicans from the Keystone State are vowing to completely overhaul the mail-in ballot system that may have wrongly handed Joe Biden the presidency.
'The Woke Has Gone for Broke'
In the competition for "wokest school system of all," Illinois just might be the winner. But be warned, parents in the other 49 states, it's coming for you too.
'We Have to Stop Pretending Public Schools Aren't Bad'
There've been plenty of issues over the last year and a half where Democrats have had to "bring Joe Biden along." Whether it was the Hyde amendment, socialized medicine, or religious tests, the Democrat had to move several clicks to the Left to meet the party's radical new standard. That was never the case with the LGBT agenda. In fact, you could make the argument that when it comes to things like transgenderism, it's Biden doing the pulling. And his first day behind the Resolute Desk proved it.
Biden Tries to Make 1776 History
In normal times, Victor Davis Hansen agreed, talking about America's founding wouldn't be controversial. But these are not normal times. And the fierce reaction to President Trump's 1776 project proves it.
WaPo Pulls the Plug on Its Facts Machine
The Washington Post will have a lot more time on its hands now that Joe Biden has been sworn in. According to the paper's spokesperson, they can call off their whole fact-checking operation. Apparently, it's not necessary now that their preferred party is in office.
It wasn't the scene many of us had hoped for, but the view of the National Mall on Wednesday morning was still striking. The field of flags, waving in the sun, looked unmistakably hopeful -- a sign that what happened on that lawn two weeks ago would never be the end of the story. America, for all of its faults and passions, would keep standing. And the peaceful transfer of power that's distinguished this nation for centuries would go on -- however disappointing its final outcome may be.
Pompeo's Checkmate on China
Conservatives aren't the only ones with a wary eye on Washington today. With a new administration comes fresh uncertainty for millions of people abroad. For four years, persecuted believers of all faiths have had an ally in the White House -- a president who made it his personal mission to lift minorities out of fear and chains, to give them a voice when the rest of the world looked away. What will they have in Joe Biden? Many are scared to find out.
The Courts: Conservatives' Work Bench for Freedom
Before conservatives get too depressed about the upcoming year, there are plenty of things President Trump did for America that an army of liberals can't change. Two hundred of them are sitting in America's courtrooms. And as one ruling after another keeps reminding us, they may be a more formidable foe than Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were counting on.
Who's Next on the Liberal Hit List?
The liberal media can't stand the heat, so they're telling conservatives to get out of the newsroom! The latest target? The hugely popular alternative to Fox News, Newsmax. Hear how the radicals are trying to shut down the successful outlet with CEO Christopher Ruddy on Tuesday's "Washington Watch."
For Trump, a Personnel Best
When frustrated people decided to take things into their own hands January 6th, a lot of Americans got hurt. There were the actual victims -- the men and women who lost their lives and others who were injured. But because of the Left's double standard there were also good and decent Americans who will have to live with the fallout of what happened, even if they had nothing to do with it and even condemned the lawlessness. Some were there -- like the peaceful protestors who desperately wanted to be counted.
Couric to Conservatives: Get with Deprogram
Reeducation camps. Deprogramming. Where have we heard those before? Oh, right. Communist China -- and now, apparently, Katie Couric. The far-Left darling of the mainstream media may be retired, but she doesn't mind joining the liberal press in its call for punishing members of Congress who questioned the election results. "They've bought into this big lie," she insisted on "Real Time with Bill Maher," and they bought into this big lie. And the question is how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."
Planned Profiting: Abortion Groups Line up with Demands
It's been a long time since Planned Parenthood had such a good friend in the White House. And CEO Alexis McGill Johnson is making sure they cash in on every moment.
Is Everything MLK Fought for Lost?
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day came at the perfect time for our nation this year, as we struggle to make sense of the worst divides since segregation. What can the church do to bridge gap? Is unity even possible at this point? Kelvin Cochran joined me on "Washington Watch" to look back at what Dr. King would have to say about both.
'Live Together as Brothers -- or Perish as Fools'
He only flew to Seattle once. It was early November of 1961 -- two years before the young civil rights leader would give one of the most famous speeches in history. At just 32, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. hadn't won his Nobel prize or written his letter from a Birmingham jail, but word of the influential pastor had spread. Out west, thousands of miles away from the powder keg of boycotts and unrest, things may have been calmer, but plenty of people were still hostile to King's message. They thought it was too radical, too revolutionary. So, they did what the forces of bitter intolerance have perfected today: they canceled him.
The 1786 Lesson That Could Save 2021
Now that some of the shock of the last two weeks is starting to wear off, most Americans have the same question: can we actually pick up the pieces and move on? With 80 percent of the country worried the nation is falling apart, there's a lot of concern that nation's days are numbered. These are the times when the only way forward is looking back and rallying around the principles that made America exceptional in the first place. Luckily for us, there's a day this weekend that gives all of us the chance to do just that.
Keep the Light Burning
According to the latest undercover video of CEO Jack Dorsey from Project Veritas, Twitter plans to censor even more conservatives. "This is going to be much bigger than just one account [Donald Trump's, which they permanently suspended], and it's going to go on for much longer than just this day, this week, and the next few weeks, and go beyond the inauguration... I don't believe this is going away anytime soon," said Dorsey.
Five Ways to Prepare for the Days ahead
Wasting away in a Turkish prison wasn't how Andrew Brunson would have chosen to spend two years of his life -- but after watching turmoil of the last two weeks unfold, he's more convinced than ever: God was preparing him for this moment. Persecution is coming, he believes. And there's no greater burden on his heart than to make sure Americans are ready for it.
The Peacemakers v. The Impeachmakers
"Nobody knows." That's the refrain One America News network's John Hines says he got over and over again on Wednesday. What was the point of impeachment? Nobody knows. What happens now? Nobody knows. "I've asked probably a dozen lawmakers why the Democrats would do this -- a second time -- before President Trump leaves office. They don't know. [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi may not even know." Most people can only come up with one answer for the spectacle on the Hill, and that's spite.
'We Are Not Each Other's Enemies'
For most of us, the last week has felt like a lifetime. In the course of eight days, we've lost the Senate and an election challenge, watched as angry people stormed the Capitol and equally angry leaders impeached the president. We've seen the crushing of our voice, the silencing of our freedoms, and felt the wave of corporate punishment start to roll across the country. Americans are so badly shaken that 80 percent of them think the country is falling apart. And church leaders, political leaders, and Christians aren't far behind.
10 Facts about Persecution from the 2021 World Watch List
Every day, 12 churches or Christian buildings are attacked. Every day, 12 Christians are unjustly arrested or imprisoned and another five or abducted. These are the findings of Open Doors' 2021 World Watch List, a report which identifies the 50 countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian. Whether by violent attacks from non-state actors or government regulations, Christians face severe impediments to the free practice of their faith in many places around the world. As threats to religious freedom mount, it is important to know the challenges believers face around the world.
Dems Practice What They Impeach
Liberals are nothing if not reliable. It's been 13 years since Barack Obama's chief of staff sat down with ABC and declared, "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste." Rahm Emanuel's party has lived and died by those words through two administrations, taking advantage of every situation to push an agenda that no one would even consider under normal circumstances.
Twitter Reaches Hypocritical Mass
Twitter is opposed to government's restricting speech; maybe it is because they don't want competition. In a development that is adding more fuel to the fires against Big Tech, Jack Dorsey's company made the astonishingly bad PR move to tweet about the situation in Uganda.
BigTech Monopoly Refuses to Let Conservatives Pass Go
There aren't many areas of consensus in Congress, but thank goodness Big Tech reform is one of them. Democrats may go along with the theatrics of banning President Trump from Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook for now, but once the dust settles, liberals are just as gung-ho on breaking up the monopoly as anyone.
A Nation Tuned to the Station of Freedom
For most Americans, there hasn't really been time to stop and process what happened at the Capitol last Wednesday. Instead, we're just trying to survive, fighting off daily waves of crackdown and retribution -- punishment for a crime the vast majority of conservatives didn't commit or condone. The people in power, the same ones who called the summer riots "the American Way," are coming for our rights, our speech, even our livelihoods. Who will be left standing? If history is any indication -- we will.
Parler for the Course
If the Jeff Bezoses of the world want to shut conservatives down, they're in for quite a fight. Twitter rival Parler, who is still reeling from being booted off Bezos's Amazon web service Saturday, is headed to court with a case that could rattle Big Tech's big plans. "Parler will be back," investor Dan Bongino vowed. "I will go bankrupt and destitute before I let this happen."
Impeachment: 'We Never Think about the Consequences'
The new Congress has only been sworn in for eight days, and Democrats have already made a mess of their first week. "One of President Trump's biggest flaws is not knowing when to stop," Michael Goodwin pointed out. But the far-Left's latest impeachment stunt makes it clear: that's one thing they all have in common.
Technically (Not) Speaking: The Conservative Purge Begins
All they needed was an opening. And for the rich extremists at the helm of the West's social media, last Wednesday's riot gave them one. The purging of conservative expression has begun. We knew it was coming -- just as we've always known it will take every one of us to stop it.
What Happened to the 'Party of Healing?'
"With the campaign over," Joe Biden has insisted, "it's time to put the anger and harsh rhetoric behind us." You first, several Republicans are saying. After a week of turmoil and partisanship, it seems the president-elect is no more willing to abandon his name-calling ways than his friends on the far-Left.
Kentucky Rings in the New Year with Life
When all else fails, look to the states. That's where hope is in abundance. Despite a difficult start to 2021, pro-life leaders are keeping their heads down and focusing on what they can do to affect change. In Kentucky, that's translated into an encouraging start to the short legislative session, especially where the unborn are concerned.
Hawley's Publisher Bows to Cancel Culture
It was only a matter of time until a book about corporate tyranny found itself shut down by -- you guessed it -- a corporation. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who has led many efforts in Congress to hold technology companies accountable, felt the full weight of the cancel culture this week when the contracted publisher of his forthcoming book, The Tyranny of Big Tech, refused to publish.
HHS Protects Religious Freedom as Biden Onslaught Looms
Miracle Hill Ministries in South Carolina is one of that state's oldest and largest foster care providers, gladly serving every child it can. The ministry is also faith-based, and reflects its beliefs in the way it operates. In the closing hours of the Obama administration, HHS had issued a regulation that threatened to violate the religious freedom of such faith-based groups. This eventually happened, and in 2018 Miracle Hill was threatened with the loss of federal funding unless it modified its beliefs and the way it operated. But by that time, the Trump administration had since taken power, and HHS granted Miracle Hill a waiver from the requirements.
Signs of Hope for Religious Freedom in Sudan, But Concerns Remain
While the last few years have exposed mounting international religious freedom crises, one country that shined a ray of hope was Sudan. After its long-reigning former dictator, Omar al-Bashir, was finally deposed in 2019, a new transitional government began enacting radical reforms -- an answer to the prayers of Sudanese Christians. Yet, challenges for Christians in Sudan remain, and ought not be ignored.
'Heaven Is Not Shaken'
This country has seen some dark days. There have been moments of unbelievable despair, like we witnessed at the Capitol, when everything seems to come apart at the seams. Those are the hours when the hopelessness we see looks nothing like the nation we thought we knew. Yet, in almost 250 years, even the worst of times have never defined us. And we can't afford to let this one either.
Election Change: Getting State to the Point
There's a lot more to this country than the White House and Congress. In fact, in this fog of fury and disillusionment, one of the greatest untold stories of 2020 is just how much conservatives stand to gain from what they did in the states on November 3rd. If you're looking for silver linings after this week -- and I don't know anyone who isn't -- take a trip to the Republican states. Thanks to voters, that'll take a while -- because there are a lot more now than ever.
Hope for Freedom Fades in Hong Kong
It only took a few hours early Wednesday morning for Hong Kong police officers to arrest over 50 people connected to the pro-democracy movement, search 76 places, and freeze $200,000 in assets. Utilizing a national security law designed as a tool to crack down on those who disagree with the policies of the ruling Chinese Communist Party, the mass arrests mark a new era for Hong Kong.
Chaos in the Capitol
Calm is beginning to return to Capitol Hill after lawlessness and violence broke out earlier this afternoon. The violence at the U.S. Capitol building against Congress and Capitol Police is wrong and dangerous for our republic. Lawlessness is not the way, and such actions makes it difficult for law-abiding Americans to fight the good fight. Pray for our republic!
In Disappointment, Buoyed by Hope
When things started looking bleak on the morning of November 4th, conservatives held tightly to one comfort: At least we have the Senate. Two long and punishing months later, even that consolation is slipping away. Barring a last-minute surge for Senator David Perdue (R-Ga.), Republicans -- despite truly incredible gains in the House -- are on the verge of two tough years in the minority. It isn't the script any of us would have written for the country we love. But as those of us who've lived through the long arc of this movement know: it isn't the closing chapter either.
GOP Judges Make a Loss Feel like a Future Win
Americans may be saying goodbye to President Trump later this month, but his presence will still be larger-than-life in another branch of government: the courts. Almost every day, there's another headline reminding both sides what an amazing judicial legacy the 45th president is leaving behind. And with Congress very nearly in Democratic hands, that's no small prize.
CNN Makes a Mockery of Faith
No one would mistake CNN as a champion of Christianity, but Chris Cuomo's latest diatribe against Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) crosses a line -- even for them. Maybe the network bosses have decided they don't want the big slice of viewership that the church represents. If not, then they've got an uphill climb proving otherwise, especially when they let their junkyard dogs use their airtime to attack faith.
The Zuckerberg Effect: How a Facebook Fortune Changed 2020
How dramatically did Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg change the 2020 election? The Facebook billionaire's influence, bought through $350 million in political grants, stretched to 2,500 jurisdictions and paid for ballot drop boxes, polling station employees, neighborhood harvesting, and other key decision-making. Did it tilt the outcome? Thomas More Society's Phill Kline joined us on "Washington Watch" to unpack one of the most disturbing, untold stories from last November.
Facebook CEO Uses Fortune to Zuckerpunch Voters
If the U.S. government were hiring a company to run our elections, Facebook is the last place most of us would turn. For starters, they haven't proven they support free speech -- let alone free elections. Then there's the inherent bias. Just last November, CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted under oath that his "employee base skews Left-leaning." So the idea that America would hand over the keys to the 2020 election to him -- or any other Big Tech mogul -- is horrifying. But, the money trail shows, that's exactly what 2,500 local jurisdictions did. And now, the entire nation is paying for it.
Hypocrisy: D.C.'s Default Bowser
For months, Democrats have been the riot party -- the tear-down-statues, vandalize-memorials, loot-small-businesses, and burn-everything-else voice in America. In Washington, D.C. in June, fires blazed up and down the National Mall, and what was the liberal mayor's response? To send our national guardsmen packing. Now, six months later, the president's supporters are coming to town. And what is Mayor Muriel Bowser's (D) response? Send back-up!
New Science a Game Changer on Trans Sports
One of the very first things Joe Biden has promised to do as president is abolish girls' sports. It's a ludicrous thing to make a priority, but the former Obama VP insists -- like most liberals -- that "transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time." It's the fair thing to do, Biden argues. But is it? New research in the British Journal of Sports Medicine says no.
Congressional GOP: Objections Sustained over Election Results
Joint sessions of Congress are usually perfunctory, formal events. But so far, nothing about Wednesday's gathering of the House and Senate is shaping up to be ordinary. When the results of the Electoral College are presented to Congress, they're usually certified without much controversy. That won't be the case this year when more than 150 Republicans have vowed to take the loudest stand against election fraud in U.S. history.
Awoman's Place Is in the House?
House Democrats sure didn't waste any time sparking controversy. The 117th Congress had barely been gaveled in when Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) decided to stir the pot with a "prayer" that has several Americans wondering what, exactly, our country is in for under this leadership. In a word, the Washington Times warned: godlessness.
The Light of the World: Hope and Healing for a Hurting World
According to a recent Gallup poll, there are few things that Americans are more united about than celebrating Christmas. Ninety-five percent of Americans celebrate the holiday with even 85 percent of non-religious Americans observing one of the two most important holidays for the Christian faith. But as you might expect, the unity begins to fade as the focus shifts to the story of the manger. According to Pew Research, only 57 percent actually believe the key elements of the Christmas story. Sixty-six percent believe Jesus was born to a virgin, 75 percent believe he was laid in a manger, 67 percent agree angels announced his birth, and 68 percent believe a star guided the wise men to the Messiah.
Trump's DOJ: Religious Freedom and Conscience Must Be Defended
On December 16, the Trump administration's Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC) for violating federal conscience protections known as the Church Amendments. DOJ is suing UVMMC for discriminating against multiple employees who stated that they did not wish to participate in abortions because of their religious beliefs.
The Harms of Transgender Logic
A series of stories this week highlights the incoherence and danger of the arguments coming out of transgender activism.
Promises Made, Promises Kept on Life and Religious Freedom
Despite being only a few days away from Christmas vacation, the Trump administration continues to follow through on its commitment to life and religious liberty, with nine different federal agencies finalizing a joint rule this week providing for fair and equal treatment for religious groups in federal programs. HHS Secretary Alex Azar joined me yesterday on "Washington Watch" to discuss his department's participation in this rule.
Christmas Shoppers Beware: Chinese Slave Labor Is on the Rise
As Americans peruse store aisles and websites in search of Christmas gifts this year, many may not be aware of a sinister and growing problem with the products they are buying: if it was made in China, there's a good chance that it was produced through slave labor.
D.C. Backs Down After Archdiocese of Washington Lawsuit
Elections have consequences, and so do lawsuits. In response to the Archdiocese of Washington's lawsuit against D.C.'s church restrictions, Mayor Muriel Bowser eased restrictions on church capacity in the nation's capital. This welcome change comes just in time for more people to attend Mass for Christmas, one of the holiest days of the year. People should not be forced by the mayor to stay home to celebrate our Lord's birth -- especially when people are able to go eat and drink at a local restaurant for the holiday.
Supreme Court Affirms the Freedom of Houses of Worship
The disruption wrought by the coronavirus pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of American life including school, work, entertainment, and even worship. While many leaders have tried to address concerns over public health while maintaining civil liberty, some overzealous authorities have exploited the pandemic by unfairly discriminating against churches. However, a series of recent decisions from the Supreme Court suggest the tide is finally turning in the fight to preserve religious freedom in America.
Parents Are Voting Against Public Schools With their Children's Feet
With school shutdowns, logistical complexities with online classes, and rampant uncertainty due to the coronavirus, it's been a monumentally difficult year for students, their parents, and teachers. But there has been a silver lining in all of this: more and more parents are having their eyes opened to the leftist agenda that has embedded itself in many of our nation's public schools.
COVID Vaccine: A Promising Start, But Freedom Must Be Paramount
Yesterday, after nine long months of praying for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sarah Lindsey -- a critical-care nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens -- received the first coronavirus vaccination. While the distribution of this vaccine is a sign of hope for many, the hyper-political climate in which it was created has caused moral, ethical, and medical concerns surrounding the vaccine.
Archdiocese of Washington Stands Up to D.C.'s COVID Grinch
Once again, liberal leaders are trying to restrict the religious freedom of religious adherents -- this time at one of the holiest times of the year. Washington, D.C. is still restricting indoor worship services to only 50 people, regardless of the size of the church. The Archdiocese of Washington is fighting back.
In China, Almost Half a Million Souls Are Being Forced to Pick Cotton
BBC reporters recently traveled to what is now one of the most secretive places on earth -- the Xinjiang region of China. As the film crew tried to capture what the Chinese government insists are "vocational training centers," Chinese authorities prevented them from recording, intensely questioned them, and proceeded to trail them closely. If these facilities are truly benign, why make such an effort to hide them?
It's Beginning to Look a Lot like Lawsuits...
The D.C. mayor's office is only a half-mile from the National Archives. If Muriel Bowser (D) ever made that trek, she might have a better grasp on the U.S. Constitution. It's right there for everyone to read, including the First Amendment, which warns leaders like her against infringing on the free exercise of religion -- something her COVID rules have done to every believer in the nation's capital. Now, one of the holiest days of the year approaching, Catholic leaders are done with the unfair treatment. And they're taking her to court to prove it.
Northam Exposure on Virus Hypocrisy
While California, New York, and other states have gone off the deep end on coronavirus restrictions, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) has been unusually quiet. That changed Thursday, when the radical leader broke his silence with a slew of new rules. And, like every other liberal leader, he didn't mind shaming churches in the process.
In Company of China's Spies
America's college campuses have been a problem for years, but lately, for reasons no one is talking about. The Chinese Communist Party is here, Secretary Mike Pompeo warned -- and they're hiding in the shadows of our liberal schools.
Secular Activists Tackle Agenda Religiously
Like every other radical group hoping to cash in from a Joe Biden presidency, the Secular Democrats for America have come forward with a blueprint of their own (Emphasis on the word blue.) Claiming to be the fastest growing non-religious religious group, they're demanding a seat at the administration's table to dismantle 240 years of American freedom. Will they get it? Under Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, anything is possible.
YouTube Channels China with Video Warning
The biggest fraud of the 2020 election had nothing to do with ballots or voting machine or even liberal officials. This election was rigged by something else entirely: Big Tech. And now, days before the results are even certified, Silicon Valley is making it clear -- they aren't done.
Here Comes Electors Clause!
If Joe Biden wins the presidency because state officials ignored their own laws, it won't just be Donald Trump who's lost -- it'll be the people of Texas, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and so many others who've lost their right to be represented. Those voters deserve to be heard. And thanks to 18 state attorneys general, they might finally get the chance.
Angles We Have Heard on Hyde
It's usually Rep. Rosa DeLauro's (D-Conn.) purple hair that gets people's attention. But lately, she's being noticed for something else: her adamance that taxpayers fund abortion. DeLauro, who's next in line to chair the House Appropriations Committee, made no bones about her priority at Tuesday's hearing, declaring that the 44-year-old Hyde Amendment was as good as gone if Democrats get their way. Don't bother stopping us, liberals warned, or everyone will know -- pro-lifers are racist.
Ninth Circuit on Casino Rule: No Dice
Thanks to coronavirus, collecting the offering is tough -- but cashing in your chips isn't! That's the state of play in Nevada, where pastors are struggling to fill their pews under the governor's unfair COVID rules. If you run a casino, you can pack it out. But if you want to worship God in a 1,000-seat sanctuary, you have to limit it to 50 people -- or else.
Conservative Shoppers: You Can Goya Your Own Way
Turns out, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) does a better job selling Goya than her radical agenda! According to the company's CEO, her boycott of the brand was the gift no one saw coming. When the House socialist vowed to stop buying Goya because Robert Unanue visited the Trump White House, he said his sales increased 1,000-percent! It was such a boon to business, Unanue chuckled, that the company gave her an honorary "Employee of the Month" award. Take that cancel culture!
In Kentucky, Some Schools are More Equal than Others
This year's Christmas break will be a little different for schools. A lot of students are already home -- and liberal governors are working overtime to send more there, senators warn.
Concern for Nigeria
After the latest massacre in Nigeria, the United States isn't waiting a single minute to respond. In a bold move, the State Department has decided to declare the country -- "a broken and bloodstained Nigeria," as FRC's Lela Gilbert calls it -- a Country of Particular Concern.
The COVID Bait and Snitch
In the middle of a global pandemic, you'd think health officials would have better things to do than mask checks at empty churches. Well, think again, says Rev. Dr. Dennis Jackman. It didn't matter that he was working in his office alone. The last time he answered the door of the church without his face covered, it almost cost him $5,000. Do it again, the government told him, and they'd shut down his church -- indefinitely.
NASDAQ Trades in Extremism
According to NASDAQ, what happens in the bedroom now matters in the board room! In a bombshell announcement, the stock exchange is threatening to drop companies who don't meet certain LGBT, race, and gender quotas on their boards of directors. It's the latest shoe to drop in the march to trample the free market and replace it with woke activism. And if Joe Biden is president, they'll have their best shot at success yet.
New 'Woke' Denomination is a Warning Sign to Christians
Over the weekend, the formation of a new Methodist denomination was announced during an online worship service hosted by former and current Methodist church leaders. According to organizers, the Liberation Methodist Connexion (LMX), as the group will be called, is a socially progressive denomination that will reimage what it means to follow Jesus. But even a cursory review of the new denomination reveals nothing close to orthodox Christianity and something more akin to a Marxist, LGBT-pride.
Coke Tries to Can Uyghur Rights Bill
Americans aren't the only ones concerned about a Biden administration. Persecuted people all around the world have a lot to lose if Donald Trump isn't reelected. Just this past week, a Uyghur leader bluntly said that a liberal president would be a nightmare for the suffering minorities in China. "We're actually quite worried, I'll be honest with you."
Critical of Critical Race Theory
Apart from the elections and coronavirus, nothing has taken 2020 more by storm than racial tension. The death of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor has led to violence in the streets, the toppling of statues, the renaming of schools and universities -- and in many corners of the country, a fierce emphasis on Critical Race Theory. What is it and why should we care? Dr. Owen Strachan joined me on "Washington Watch" to explain.
Biden's Senate Problem
If Joe Biden wants a radical cabinet, he'll have to get through the Senate first. How hard will that be? Find out in my "Washington Watch" interview with Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.).
Farewell, Walter Williams...
Patriot. Friend. Teacher. Student. Husband. Father. Legendary thinker. Christ follower. That's how FRC's Ken Blackwell describes his good friend Walter Williams, who the world lost this week at the age of 84. To understand the legacy he left behind, don't miss Ken's tribute in CNS News, "Walter Williams -- A Warrior for Liberty."
Christian Conservatives Shatter Turnout Records for Trump
No one could have predicted the twists and turns of this election, but Donald Trump was certainly right about one thing: his deeply religious base was going to rewrite the record books. Back in January, talking to a group of evangelicals, he predicted that as high as their turnout was in 2016, Christian conservatives would "blow those numbers away in 2020." And boy, did they.
The Ballot Battle of Gettysburg
Where are the real journalists? Certainly not in Pennsylvania, where one of the most jaw-dropping hearings in state history just took place. Most Americans haven't heard a word about it, which is no great mystery since the media is doing everything it can to make the election results look squeaky clean. The reality, Paul Kengor warns, is anything but. And a 570,000 ballot dump is a major reason why.
Undercover Tapes: CNN Brakes the News to Hurt Trump
Most conservatives would love to be a fly on the wall of CNN's internal morning call. Now, thanks to James O'Keefe's latest sting operation, they can be! The Project Veritas founder spent two months listening into the network's anti-Trump meetings. And what he heard is exactly what you'd expect from a pillar of the fake news community: liberal propaganda masquerading as journalism.
Terror in the Fields, Indifference at the Helm
They should have been in the fields working. Instead, the village men, shoulders sagging, were plowing the ground for something else: graves. Stretchers, filled with the bodies of their Nigerian sons and brothers, lay spread out in quiet rows -- the gruesome proof of a war that won't go away.
The Election Went Down to Georgia...
While the media's looking ahead to January, some states are still trying to sort out what happened in November. No one is busier than Georgia, where election officials aren't just working through two Senate runoffs but a critical presidential recount. If anyone doubted Georgia's political importance before, trust me: they aren't doubting it now. With one congressional chamber in the balance -- and the possible fate of Trump's legal challenge -- this one is for all the marbles.
COVID: The Devil's in the Retails
Are super stores the super spreader? That's the question El Paso Mayor Dee Margo is asking. In a Texas city that's been so ravaged by the virus that they've had to bring in mobile morgues, Margo thinks it's time people take a long hard look at the data. While everyone's trying to shut down churches, the real culprit might be an industry no one's bothered to regulate.
Supremes Take a Bite out of Big Apple Restrictions
While most Americans were at home prepping for the big day, nine Supreme Court justices were still at the office Wednesday night, cooking up something else: a rebuke of New York City's COVID restrictions. In her coming out party, new Justice Amy Coney Barrett made her presence felt -- casting the tie-breaking vote that only solidified the working mom's standing as a rock-solid defender of religious freedom.
Obama Bitterly Clings to Anti-Faith Views
Barack Obama may have written a book called The Promised Land, but if his latest comments are any indication, he won't be leading the Democratic Party there any time soon. In trying to explain how Donald Trump could have captured such a big slice of the Hispanic vote, the former president managed to reaffirm to everyone why they're leaving the party in the first place.
Mobs Feast on Chaos over Thanksgiving
Antifa isn't feeling thankful, in case you were wondering. While the rest of the country ate turkey and watched football, the Left's army of fascists celebrated the day the only way they know how: looting and rioting. In Oregon, where Governor Kate Smith (D) threatened to jail Thanksgiving revelers, the irony is: there wasn't room. Police stations were too busy booking the mob.
Unwavering Faith, Generations of Thanks
At the end of a difficult year like 2020, giving thanks may not come very naturally to many of us. Some of us have lost loved ones due to the coronavirus, while others have lost their livelihoods due to an economic downturn or to the destruction of property from rioters. Even if we haven't been directly affected by illness or death from the pandemic or from job loss, we have all had to deal with mounting uncertainties.
Abortion Gravy Train Hits Turkey Week Snag
When pro-lifers are counting their blessings this Thanksgiving, they can add something else to the list: the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. In another win for President Trump's legacy on judges, the full Fifth Circuit gave the green light to three states to defund Planned Parenthood in Medicaid. Texas and Louisiana had been fighting to cut ties with the abortion giant for years -- only to be slapped down by the courts. Now, thanks to four new Trump judges, the bench had just enough common sense to give state leaders that right.
Therapy Bans Harm the Constitution, Not Clients
Legislative bans on sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) -- usually, but not exclusively, targeted at therapy for minors offered by licensed mental health providers -- have spread from California to 19 other states, as well as dozens of municipalities, since 2012. These bills are a shocking and unprecedented assault upon freedom of speech and religion, as well as upon ethical principles such as client autonomy and client-therapist privacy.
iPhony: Apple Lobbies against Uyghur Bill in Secret
When the call came, the mom of three was concerned -- but not enough to get dressed. She reported to the police station in her slippers, she remembers, telling her children she would be right back. She wasn't. After a brutal interrogation at the Chinese precinct, her world went dark. Covered in a black hood, Zumrat Duwat felt the shackles clamp her feet and hands, and she knew: the promise she made to her family -- like so many Uyghurs before her -- would be broken. Zumrat was not coming home, and there was nothing she or anyone else could do.
Sixth Circuit: Down Law Is Not Out
Planned Parenthood doesn't just believe you should be able to target certain babies for abortion. They're willing to go to court to guarantee it. Fortunately for the "imperfect" children they want to discard, judges for the 6th Circuit aren't quite so eager to end babies' lives just because they aren't "up to society's standards." That's not health care -- that's eugenics.
Pennsylvania Avenues to Change
Have cheaters prospered in the 2020 election? Almost half of America says yes (including a third of Democrats!). But there's one thing almost every voter agrees on: getting to the bottom of whatever fraud there is -- and making sure it doesn't happen again.
Biden Goes against the Gains on Policy
Even if Donald Trump isn't in the White House for the next four years, he's leaving the next president with a whole lot to remember him by. As the days tick on, more liberals are starting to realize that even if Joe Biden wins, upending all that Trump did will be a much harder climb than many people thought. The roots of this administration's policy run deep, and pulling them up will be a long, difficult slog--if the Democrat can manage it at all.
Wisconsin Badgers Campaign with Last-Minute Changes
Contesting an election is no easy feat--especially when state Democrats are changing the rules as they go along! In Wisconsin, where President Trump trails Joe Biden by 20,608 votes (0.6 of a point), it made sense to pay the money and ask for a recount. After all, the race is close, and the Badger State has had its share of irregularities. But what if the biggest irregularity is how the election commission is acting?
Oregon Quits Thanksgiving Cold Turkey
In Oregon, you can have cocaine, but not cranberries. Heroin, but no ham. Meth, but not mashed potatoes! Amazingly, a state that just legalized drugs wants to criminalize Thanksgiving! Talk about a double helping of hypocrisy--just in time for the holidays.
@ Odds with Big Tech's Addictive Strategy
All week, we've heard about how Big Tech is destroying free speech, influencing the election, and shutting down debate. But what if the dangers are even greater? What if one of the biggest threats Twitter, Facebook, and Google pose isn't just to the public square -- but to the public health? Could Big Tech be the new Big Tobacco? And if it is, can the government treat it as such?
Five Things to Brace for under Biden
Donald Trump has been a unique president for a lot of reasons, but one in particular: he keeps his promises. Anyone who's seen Joe Biden's priorities has to be praying he doesn't. They make Hillary Clinton, who ran on the most extreme platform of any candidate in history, look like a Sunday School teacher. And unfortunately, Biden's agenda isn't a collection of radical policies we think he'll push. These are things he's said he'll do. And as CNS News's Terry Jeffrey points out, it's a terrifying list.
Detroit Lyin' about Wayne County's Election Audit?
Monica Palmer didn't expect to pick up the phone and hear President Trump on the other line. But after the last 48 hours, the Wayne County Republican had become a household name in Michigan -- and beyond -- when word leaked out about how badly she and her family had been harassed. "He was checking to make sure I was safe after seeing/hearing about the threats and doxxing," she explained. But he might have to check in again, now that Palmer is doing her best to reverse her vote and stop the certification.
Uniting around the Persecuted
While the world's eyes are still on America, the Trump administration is busy building on its religious freedom record abroad. Find out what the State Department is up to in this exclusive interview with Ambassador Sam Brownback.
For more on the coronavirus and the opportunity the church has to impact the debate, don't miss my interview with the CBN.
Senate Demands Techs and Balances
"Smaller companies don't have the resources" to "prevent the next Trump situation," a Big Tech exec said to an undercover reporter last summer. Google, Twitter, and Facebook, she bragged, do. One year, thousands of censored posts, and a presidential election later, Americans are starting to understand just how far Big Tech will go to manipulate the democratic process.
Republican Officials: Sitting Dox in Mich. Election Fight
Can liberal party officials actually harass Republicans into certifying county election results? It looks that way in Michigan, where a sudden decision to formalize Wayne County's tally has onlookers shaking their heads. For days, the two parties were at loggerheads, voting 2-2 to keep the results from being finalized. That all changed overnight -- and now, we may know why: the GOP canvassers and their families were threatened, doxxed, and shamed.
Follow the GOP Leaders
In the House, where the Democrats lead is looking slimmer every day, a strong Republican leadership team will be crucial to keeping the Left in check these next two years. Fortunately, the party announced Tuesday that it had elected an all-star team, promoting some of our good friends and keeping other watchdogs of faith, family, and freedom in their posts.
Peach State Pits GOP against the Revolution
If there's a resolution to the presidential race by January, don't expect the country's anxiety level to drop. Two of the most important races in Senate history could be teed up for a runoff five days after New Year's. What's on the ballot in Georgia? Only the future of the Supreme Court, the Electoral College, and the sanctity of the U.S. Constitution. As far as Democrats like Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) are concerned, "[First] we take Georgia, then we change the world."
Trump Team: Don't Recount us out
In the only other contested election Americans have to compare this to, George W. Bush won the presidency by 537 Florida votes. So imagine everyone's surprise when Georgia officials stumbled on five times that number of ballots in Floyd County. "The reason you do an audit is to find this kind of thing," Gabriel Sterling told reporters after the 2,600 uncounted votes turned up. But just how many of "these kinds of things" are happening in states that we don't know about? That's the question Americans deserve an answer to.
2020 Thanksgiving: Stuffed Full of Lockdowns
Joe Biden hasn't officially won the election, but his long "dark winter" may already be here. With the new spike in coronavirus cases hitting certain areas of the country, governors and state officials have rushed to force Americans back inside for the foreseeable future. A wave of new restrictions is coming down hard in places like Chicago, New York, New Jersey, and California -- affecting, not just normal activities, but the holidays too.
Trump Team Looks at Cause and Elect
They flooded downtown D.C. holding patriotic flags and signs, a mass of Americans filling the streets to show their support for the president. The media would ignore them, of course -- but the sea of Million MAGA marchers, like the dozens of campaign rallies leading up to the election, would be hard to overlook. Chants of "Count every vote!" rang out -- a cry echoed in courtrooms across the states, where the Trump campaign fights on.
Deja View: Big Tech's Liberal Echo Chamber
If money talks, then it's telling an interesting story about the 2020 election. Most conservatives already knew -- or maybe even experienced -- Big Tech's censorship. It's the world's worst kept secret that the CEOs of Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Amazon are hard-core liberal activists. But what about their employees? Is there more political diversity in the rank and file who fulfill your Prime orders and help spit out search results? According to the latest campaign spending reports, the answer is a resounding no.
Target's Censorship Shelf Destructs
It's no wonder our children are confused about their gender, since even the dictionary can't define it! In an announcement that will make people's heads swim, Oxford University Press agreed to change the meaning the word "woman" and "man" -- because of an online petition! Incredibly, some of the most respected lexicographers in the world have thrown in the towel, caving to cries that certain words should be more "gender neutral." And dictionaries, Apple TV makes clear, are just the tip of the iceberg.
Radical 'Heroes Act' Is a Leftist Wish-List
On November 12, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) held a joint press conference calling for the passage of the Heroes Act. The Senate, House, and White House have been dealing with this far-left bill for months, but Schumer claims that the results from the 2020 election prove the necessity of passing the Heroes Act as a "starting point" on a new round of coronavirus relief legislation.
Equal Justice Under Law? Not if You're Conservative
How far does the Left want to go to cancel opposing viewpoints? Far enough to deprive citizens of their constitutional right to legal representation, apparently. Recently, a $500,000 negative ad campaign has been launched against law firms that are representing President Trump in his claims of voting irregularities and possible fraud in the various swing states.
Justice Alito: COVID Has Led to a Constitutional 'Stress Test' for Religious Freedom
In a keynote speech before the Federalist Society convention this week, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito provided a stark reminder of the need to consistently be on guard to defend our freedoms, observing that "[t]he [coronavirus] pandemic has resulted in previously unimaginable restrictions on individual liberty."
FRC in the Spotlight
FRC's policy experts covered multiple angles of the 2020 election in a series of recent op-eds. Don't miss Joseph Backholm's Why the Left Lost the Election Even if Biden Wins the White House at Townhall, Mary Beth Waddell's Pro-Life Women Won Big on Election Night at CNS News, and Katherine Beck Johnson's Election 2020 showed Republicans that it pays to be bold at the Washington Examiner.
Attorneys General Hit Pennsylvania's State of Confusion
"The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has violated the U.S. Constitution," said Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry. General Landry, my state attorney general, joined me on "Washington Watch" yesterday. He was part of ten state attorneys general who filed a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Pennsylvania court's ruling.
Election 2020: Where There's Smoke, There's Usually Fire
At the time of this writing, it has been almost 220 hours since the polls closed on Election Night 2020. Since then, we still do not have a clear winner in the race for president. As hundreds of thousands, even millions, of ballots have been counted in the days since Election Day, Americans are settling into two very different assumptions about the election results. The first sees record high turnout, welcomes the profligate use of mail-in ballots, and Joe Biden as a decisive victor in the right number of battleground states.
A Mercy Moment in America
"God has to send a spiritual awakening into America," Pastor Carter Conlon said during a special Pray Vote Stand prayer event last night. "There has to be a mercy moment in America where God's people come back again into his house, [and] like the Prodigal Son, we literally come to ourselves and say 'What have we done?'" FRC President Tony Perkins hosted the event in order to pray in a special way for honesty and integrity in our election system, patience and civility among our citizens, and justice and righteousness in the outcome of the election.
A Day To Give Thanks for and Pray for Our Veterans
At a time when our nation's focus is directed inward amidst domestic turmoil surrounding the presidential election, political polarization, and the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, it can be easy to overlook Veterans Day. These days, stories about our armed forces during a time when our foreign military engagement remains low aren't making the headlines.
Data Anomalies Plus Coverups Equal a Bunch of Unanswered Questions
Despite what the media says, the 2020 presidential election is far from decided. According to the preliminary vote counts, Joe Biden is leading slightly in several states that are the key to the Electoral College.
Amidst Election Uncertainties, the State Department Continues to Press for Human Rights
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made headlines this week when he was asked about transitioning to a Biden administration in January and cheekily responded, "There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration."
Was the Russian Collusion Hoax a Cover for Spying?
Four years after trying to sabotage Donald Trump's candidacy, the Senate Judiciary Committee is still trying to get to the bottom of the FBI's involvement. Was the Russian collusion hoax just an excuse for the agency to spy on the campaign? Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) took on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in a fact-finding hearing and stopped by "Washington Watch" to talk about it.
Tonight at 8 PM ET, a Prayer for Election Integrity
Many Americans are rightly concerned about fairness and honesty in the ongoing vote counts in the 2020 election. As irregularities are being uncovered and investigated, we must pray that discrepancies -- whether intentional or inadvertent -- will be revealed and that disputed races will be settled with righteousness and justice.
The Presidential Election: A Work in Process
The media must be awfully forgiving. After four years of hammering home how suspect our election process is -- how vulnerable it is to meddling and interference -- they're suddenly comfortable with it. What happened to the talking heads who insisted that tech glitches had impacted the Midwest votes in 2016? Or that our online systems had been hacked? Like magic, their suspicions have vanished. Now, despite six states' worth of questions and a mail-in system that's ripe for more abuse, Americans realize: the only ones trying to influence the election are the ones who aren't interested in counting the legal votes.
2000 v. 2020: A Study in Media Bias
If Americans thought the 2000 election was painful, buckle up. This is like five Floridas, Victor Davis Hanson warns. Dealing with contested counts in Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania is the mother of all contested elections. Which is why, he writes, "Millions of voters find it rich that suddenly the Democratic Party is vouching for a pristine voting count" -- after four years of warning that the system was irrevocably broken! And where is the media in all of this? Messaging for the Left instead of reporting.
A Sudden Loss, a Forever Legacy
I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr. The nation has lost a fearless minister of the gospel, and I have lost a dear friend. Harry and I came from opposite sides of the tracks in Cincinnati, but we walked a shared path together through our Christian faith. In 2005 when we first met, Harry, although conservative, was a registered Democrat. We began discussing immigration, the ethnic divide, and the climate, among other topics.
Media's Early Call: Dancing on the Stealing?
No one expected the media to play fair, but Saturday was still an agonizing experience for tens of millions of Americans. Watching the networks declare Joe Biden the winner of a race that's still unresolved in key states was not only difficult -- but frustrating for fans of the democratic process. Just 48 hours earlier, the former vice president had urged "patience." "Democracy sometimes is messy," he admitted.
Press's Premature Biden Celebration Fuels American Mistrust
When residents in Washington, D.C. heard the media call the election for Joe Biden, they erupted in celebration--whooping and hollering, banging pots together on their front steps, honking car horns, and generally behaving as if Munchkin Land had been freed from the wicked witch.
Election FAQs: Where Do We Go from Here?
While much of the media is acting like Democrat Presidential Candidate Joe Biden has already won the election and is starting with that assumption in every piece now being written, that's a faulty assumption. Candidate Biden has not yet been elected president. There are a number of steps--under the Constitution, federal, and state law--that still need to occur in the presidential election process. Here are the facts.
Big Tech Muddies the Waters of an Already Opaque Election
Facebook on Thursday removed a group called Stop the Steal, a pro-Trump group organizing public calls for election integrity as several states still have not finished counting ballots. The group had grown to more than 361,000 members in 24 hours.
From Early Votes to Early Calls, What to Believe about Arizona
Will the election hinge on Arizona? And if it does, will it be counted fairly? Congressman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) is on the ground in the state that might prove crucial to Donald Trump's reelection hopes. Hear what he's saying about the process and the possible path to victory.
White House Hangs in the Ballots
If you want to feel better about the election, here's an idea: turn off the news! We've become so conditioned to listen to the media in situations like this, thinking only they can update maps and color in states. But here's the reality: No one -- not even Fox News's Decision Desk -- can change the fact that there are actual processes and laws in place that will settle this election.
Praying for the Peace That Only Christ Can Give
It's difficult for anyone to go through this agonizing election process in our country -- but as Christians, we're so fortunate. Despite all of the confusion and unease, we are never without hope, never without comfort, never without a God in whom we can trust. As hard as these last several days have been, believers can know with absolute certainty that nothing catches God by surprise. We are in His care, and we will continue to be no matter what happens in the days ahead.
San Jose Will Fined a Way to Worship
If someone asked you where Christians could be fined $300,000 for worshipping Jesus, most of you would probably say communist China. Try San Jose, California. That's where liberal local officials have decided to make an example of any congregation willing to stand up to the governor's ridiculous orders. They're willing to bankrupt churches and even send Calvary Chapel Senior Pastor Mike McClure to jail for daring to safely gather God's people.
Girl Scouts Lose Brownie Points in ACB Flap
Justice Amy Barrett made history Sunday when she was sworn in as the first mother of school-age children (seven of them!) to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. She is the fifth woman ever to sit on the court. The Girl Scouts among others, tweeted congratulations in recognition of Justice Barrett's accomplishments for the female sex.
Big Tech: 'The Single Greatest Threat To Free Speech in America'
If you thought Google's cryfest after Donald Trump's election was extreme, wait a few months. Sundar Pichai's company could be on the verge of real anguish -- and not because of who wins. If you thought bipartisanship in Washington was dead, Wednesday's Senate hearing should have made it clear: there's one thing the two sides agree on, and that's reining in Big Tech. They may have different motives, but Republicans and Democrats have news for America's social media moguls -- the squirming has just begun.
In Philly, Coordinated Terrorism Becomes Reality
The people of Philadelphia woke up Thursday morning to more ransacked businesses, broken glass, and reports of more arrests. After three nights of unrest, police tried to lock down the city with a 9 p.m. curfew, but even that didn't stop a series of ATM explosions and more looting. As many as 200 storefronts have been hit in a wave of crime and destruction that's making the city council's $33 million in police cuts look like an example of what not to do.
PVS Episode 9: It's Time for the Conscience of the State to Make Its Voice Heard
Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool."
Pastor Prophet Patriot: 'This Is Our Moment'
With some evangelical leaders actually encouraging believers to disengage from the election, the Conservative Baptist Network's Pastor Prophet Patriot event could not have come at a more crucial time. Held at Truett McConnell University in Cleveland, Georgia on Tuesday evening, the event featured FRC President Tony Perkins as well as Dr. Brad Jurkovich, Dr. Emir Caner, and former Marine Tim Lee, among others.
A Day for the Freedom to Believe
With approximately 80 percent of the world's population living in countries high levels of religious oppression, persecution is a simmering global crisis. For years, U.S. officials have spoken of the importance of promoting religious freedom abroad. But what would it look like if American leaders took that seriously? The Trump administration has given us a glimpse, and it's impressive.
Gov. Newsom on Thanksgiving: Count Your Many Restrictions
This Thanksgiving, Californians have a variety of onerous government restrictions to be thankful for. Near the top of the list (right under worship bans) come the restrictions on Thanksgiving itself.
Spend Your Sunday Morning with Us!
On Sunday, I'll be preaching at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church at the 10:30 a.m. service. If you plan to be in the Baton Rouge area, we would love for you to worship with us. For those not in the area, you are welcome to watch the livestream on Facebook.
The Trump Administration Delivers on Life
Once again, the Trump administration has taken unprecedented action to protect unborn life and promote families, this time by helping to form a global coalition of countries committed to these aims. The 32 countries that signed the Geneva Consensus Declaration agreed that the United Nations should never promote abortion as a method of family planning. They also reaffirmed basic human rights that enjoy a broad consensus among countries across the globe, including "the dignity and worth of the human person."
Protecting the Vulnerable and Increasing Options: The Commonsense Republican Health Care Plan
If an uninitiated viewer had stumbled upon the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett last week, they would have to be forgiven for thinking that Barrett was being nominated for a Health and Human Services (HHS) position in charge of regulating health care.
Totalitarian Re-education Goes Local
"The school districts won't come clean. They'll dress it up in buzzwords and euphemisms. And when you see this stuff, it's really shocking. It's stuff that almost no one in the country believes." Investigative reporter Luke Rosiak described on Washington Watch the tactics local officials use to keep parents in the dark about the radical agenda being pushed across America's 13,000 school districts. "You routinely see them using euphemisms and denying freedom of information requests, and a lot of times they'll just delete stuff when it's embarrassing."
Civil Rights Don't Stop for COVID
For over six months Americans have been forced to adjust their lives because of the coronavirus. Aspects of everyday life, including the enjoyment of constitutionally protected rights, were temporarily set aside, or abridged while the nation worked to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the virus. While most states and entities worked in good faith with churches, certain jurisdictions and groups have used the virus as an excuse to infringe on basic religious liberty protections.
Men Standing up to the Cancel Culture!
You can't say Wikipedia didn't warn us. Last month, co-founder Larry Sanger had a blunt message for users: the site's neutrality policy was "dead." Then, he went on to prove it -- decreeing that volunteer editors can no longer describe themselves as believers in natural marriage on their profiles, because it's too "discriminatory." Apparently, it isn't just social media picking sides anymore.
Farewell to a Fixture of the D.C. Community...
This past weekend, a longtime Washington Times reporter and friend, Ralph Hallow, passed away from complications that resulted from a fall and broken hip. I first met Ralph in a Lebanese restaurant in D.C. when I was a candidate for the U.S. Senate, which was my first taste of Ralph's eclectic personality. He was a journalist, an agitator, a great American, and he had a great sense of humor. He was also very devoted to his wife, Millie, who added to the intrigue and appeal of Ralph's character. We will miss him, and we'll be praying for his family.
A Big Tech Suppress Story
Rule #1 of Crisis PR: If you want to discredit a story, don't try to cover it up. Obviously, that advice never made it to Facebook and Twitter, because when the bombshell broke about Hunter Biden's emails Wednesday, both companies panicked. Instead of letting the news cycle play out, they made a desperate move -- blocking the New York Post's articles and locking down the accounts of anyone trying to share them. But unfortunately for them, rather than stopping the story, Big Tech became the story.
'There Comes a Time When You Cannot Be Neutral. This Is That Time.'
In just 20 days, America will pick its president and new Congress. Just how critical is this election for religious freedom? As the seventh episode of FRC's Pray Vote Stand 2020 webcast series revealed, the numbers speak for themselves. There have been 87 incidents of churches being singled out and persecuted by local governments across the country in the name of "safety" during the coronavirus lockdown. But the church is fighting back: 68 churches in 16 states are suing to stop the unconstitutional crackdown.
Franklin Graham on Ground Zero of the Storm Clean-up
The year 2020 is one for the record books on all accounts, including hurricanes. Hurricane Delta hit Louisiana on Friday, as the record-tying fourth named storm of 2020 to strike Louisiana, as well as the record-breaking 10th named storm to strike the United States this year. The frequency of the storms has made them almost common occurrences, which has brought less media coverage of the recovery efforts.
Barrett Hearing: Questions Reveal More than Answers
Day Two of Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearing was supposed to be when the probing questions about her fitness for the bench would begin. Instead, we were treated to more of the same from Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee -- a public charade that seemed like a healthcare campaign event for liberal policy priorities.
Bible Probe a Testament to HUD's Priorities
On Facebook, Wilhoit Properties says, "It is our sincere desire to do everything possible to make your stay here a long and happy one." Unless, older residents found out, that stay includes the Bible. In Oklahoma, one of the 16 states where Wilhoit runs a senior living facility, a controversy has been brewing since March, when one of the tenants said all of the religious material in the common areas disappeared. A resident had complained about an angel decoration at Christmas, and that was apparently enough to scrub 116 properties clean of anything remotely religious. At least until Secretary Ben Carson got involved.
The NBA's Airball on Human Rights
Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban was pressed to answer why, exactly, he along with the entire National Basketball Association (NBA) claimed to promote human rights, but looked the other way concerning China's gross human rights abuses. His justification was simple -- for money.
Barrett Gives Senate Cause for Confirm
It took more than an hour and a half for someone to say it, but Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebr.) finally did. Looking around the hearing room at the socially-distanced Democrats, he said bluntly, "I do not know what any of that has to do with why we're here today." Like the liberals before her, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) had just finished five minutes of requisite Trump bashing, apparently forgetting that it was Amy Coney Barrett on the stand, not the president of the United States.
Freedom Sunday: 'It's Time for the Church to Be the Church Again'
Just seven short months ago, it seemed unthinkable that local governments in America would openly ban churches from opening while allowing other facilities to remain open. But then the coronavirus pandemic happened, which revealed the anti-religious nature of many in the seats of power in our country.
Hope Suppressed by Facebook
Most Americans -- Democrats and Republicans -- know that social media engages in political censorship. And you would have to be naïve not to see that conservative viewpoints are the chief victims -- as documented daily at https://censortrack.org/ (although some still try to deny it).
'Parents Need to Know They're Being Cut out of the Process'
"If there is a silver lining in the coronavirus pandemic, it may be the education that parents have received about what their children are being taught in government schools." As FRC President Tony Perkins made clear in the introduction to the sixth episode of FRC's Pray Vote Stand 2020 webcast series, government classrooms are where "kindergartners are learning that sex is encouraged but God is taboo" and kids are taught that America is a toxic, fundamentally unjust place.
A "Moment of Mercy" Where It All Began
As America lurches from one crisis to the next, 2020 seems like a year of reckoning for our national sins. This year also happens to be the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims landing in the New World. What better time is there to plead for the Lord's forgiveness, and what better place is there to do it than at the place where it all began?
A Faithful Remnant Stands for Religious Liberty
Since the onset of the pandemic, churches around the country have had to make tough choices. Although suspending in-person gatherings was not an easy decision, an overwhelming percentage of churches closed their doors and reverted to virtual and online ministry. However, as the pandemic wore on and authorities began loosening restrictions on in-person meetings, churches, like restaurants, retail stores, and businesses, were ready to resume meetings while abiding by generally applicable health and public safety requirements such as wearing masks and practicing social distancing. But many churches soon found themselves held to a different standard.
DOJ: The Bodyguard of Religious Freedom
From the president's bout with coronavirus, the impending Supreme Court confirmation hearing, and the politics of the 2020 election, there has been no shortage of news stories to follow. However, an important story that has received relatively little coverage is the religious liberty violations against churches across the country. Despite encouraging signs that the virus is being managed, certain state and local authorities continue to discriminate against churches and houses of worship.
Democrats Try to Expand the Affordable Abortion Care Act
As the clock ticks closer to the election, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, are representing their respective parties in the latest bout of COVID-19 relief negotiations. The problem with this set up is that there has only been two people involved in negotiating a measure with a trillion dollar price tag and thousands of pages of legislative text without any broader deliberation from the people's representatives.
Trump Tests Positive for Fearlessness
He meant it as an insult, but when Chris Rock mentioned the president's condition on "Saturday Night Live" and said, "my heart goes out to COVID," the White House probably chuckled in agreement. If there's one person the virus probably regrets infecting, it's a fighter like Donald Trump. From the minute he announced his diagnosis to every upbeat video since, the president isn't flinching in the face of this test. He's doing what he's done since the very beginning: confronting the virus head-on.
COVID Pays a Visit to Pennsylvania Avenue
Most of us woke up this morning with a grim reminder: the coronavirus is still very much alive. President Trump's tweet that he and First Lady Melania have tested positive for COVID was another shock to the American system, as everyone bears down for the last months of a year that no one will be sorry to see go. The president, in his tweet to the nation, was optimistic, promising that we would all get through this "together."
Biden Staffer on SCOTUS: Christians Need Not Apply
It isn't a crime to be a Christian -- but according to the Biden campaign, it is a crime to nominate one to the Supreme Court. In an eye-opening exchange, one of the Democrat's staffers seemed appalled that Amy Coney Barrett's resume includes a stint as a trustee of an Indiana Catholic school. The scandal, at least to liberals, isn't that the school is Catholic -- but that it acts like one.
A Legal Document Is Not a Living Document
There's nothing that Democrats and the media hate more than a win for President Donald Trump. And his third nomination in four years to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court is shaping up to be just that.
The World's Worst-Kept Secret: The Left Wants Court Legislators Instead of Judges
Why is the Left mobilizing to oppose the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court? The answer is simple: they want to "legislate" their radical left policies from the courts, and Judge Barrett stands in the way of their anti-constitutional plans.
Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed: HUD Launches Faith-Based Program to Alleviate Poverty
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson joined Tony on Washington Watch yesterday to discuss the launch of the Mustard Seed Series, a HUD initiative that will highlight how the faith-based community is working to help some of society's most vulnerable. Don't miss this exclusive interview.
The Dogma Days of Summer
Becoming a Supreme Court justice used to be an attorney's dream. It's getting there, Brett Kavanaugh will tell you, that's a nightmare. "I have no illusions that the road ahead of me will be easy," Amy Coney Barrett acknowledged at her Rose Garden nomination ceremony on Saturday. And she should know -- it's the same road where she collided with Senate Democrats over her Seventh Circuit appointment three years ago. But even then, with the worst the Left had to throw at her, the Scalia protégé proved one thing: moms of seven don't scare easily.
The Long Arm of the Chinese Communist Party
When Pastor Bob Fu left town to speak at a prayer event in Washington D.C. last weekend, protestors took the opportunity to intimidate his wife and kids. The incident shook the family, and it is a reminder that those who speak out against China's human rights violations do so at significant cost to themselves.
All Things SCOTUS! September 30, 8:00pm (ET)
If you loved VVS, don't miss PVS--our Pray, Vote, Stand weekly broadcasts. Every Wednesday from now until the election, FRC is focusing on one issue a week that Christians need to think critically about before casting their ballot--and September 30's topic is the courts. Tune in from 8:00-8:30 p.m. (ET) to catch our featured interview on the confirmation process, a segment on key tools and resources, interactive opportunities, viewer Q&A, and, most importantly--prayer!
Nancy Pelosi Is "Not Going to Get Into" Defending Religious Liberty?
In a recent press conference, Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi refused to rule out engaging in religious tests for public office when looking to fill Justice Ginsburg's vacant seat. When asked by a reporter if Article VI of the Constitution should apply to Supreme Court nominees, Pelosi gave the following reply.
Make It Count: Vote in Person If You Can
With election day less than 40 days away, it is easy to forget that Americans are voting right now. Many states have begun early in-person voting, and Americans are filling out and mailing in their mail-in ballots -- including military personnel. Protecting the voting rights of those who protect our right to vote is essential, and that's why when nine mail-in ballots (seven of which were from military personnel) were discovered in the trash in Pennsylvania, the Department of Justice announced they will launch an investigation.
VVS Night Three: "The Story of America Is a Story of Overcoming"
If America's mainstream media and intellectual elites are to be believed, our nation's ideological divisions and racial tensions are and will always remain insurmountable. But the third episode of the Values Voter Summit made clear a simple fact: never count America out, and never underestimate the resilience of its people.
The Attacks on Judge Barrett's Faith Are Despicable and Must be Condemned
With President Trump scheduled to announce his Supreme Court nominee by the end of the week, the Left's opposition playbook for the prospective nominee is being opened for all to see. One of the leading contenders for the court vacancy is Amy Coney Barrett, currently serving as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She is a favorite among many religious conservatives, and given the growing attacks on religious expression, fervently desire to put a strong originalist justice on the court.
The Brazen Lies and Manipulation of BLM
Americans overwhelmingly agree that the lives of black people have as much value as the lives of white people and people of every skin color. Black lives don't just "matter" (that's such a utilitarian word); they are precious in God's sight because they reflect his image. That's why the unjustified deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor this summer jarred so many Americans, including many white evangelicals (and why we should be similarly horrified by Chicago's murder wave: 558 and counting this year).
VVS Night Two: "Lives Are Literally on the Line"
The challenges that America faces during this election season are daunting, with a pandemic, economic downturn, civil unrest, and an unexpected Supreme Court vacancy. It can be tempting to be discouraged by the tenuous state of our nation. But the second episode of the Values Voter Summit began with a spirit of hopefulness in the face of crisis.
The Left's anti-Christian Dogma Is Already Living Loudly within Them
While President Trump has not yet announced a nominee for Justice Ginsburg's vacant Supreme Court seat, politicians and members of the press have already launched a full-scale assault on Judge Amy Coney Barrett -- who has emerged as a leading contender for the vacancy -- for her faith and religious beliefs.
Elections Have Positive Consequences for Religious Liberty at the EEOC
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a quasi-independent federal agency charged with enforcing federal employment discrimination laws. On September 15, the EEOC filed suit against the Kroger Company, charging that it violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In this case, the Kroger grocery store in Conway, Arkansas issued new aprons to employees that featured a small, rainbow-colored heart emblem. Two employees perceived this as an endorsement of the LGBT movement, and they objected on religious grounds.
VVS Night One: The Perilous Fight for America's Soul
The 15th annual Values Voter Summit kicked off last night during a time of great uncertainty and fear in our nation. But as guest after guest emphasized during the broadcast, what is more than certain is just how consequential the November election will be for the soul of our nation.
Filling the SCOTUS Vacancy Now: Historical Precedent Demands It
Filling the Supreme Court vacancy left by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the 2020 election aligns not just with the Constitution but with historical precedent. As National Review columnist Dan McLaughlin explained yesterday on Washington Watch, there has been a vacancy on the Supreme Court either during an election year or prior to the start of a new administration 29 times in U.S. history, and in almost all those cases, the sitting president has made a nomination. These presidents include George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and most recently, Barack Obama.
Loeffler Deserves a Medal for Bill to Protect Women's Sports
Title IX -- the 1972 federal law that prohibited discrimination based on sex in education -- is perhaps best known for its impact on girls' and women's sports. Schools and colleges were no longer permitted to offer multiple opportunities for athletic competition to men and far fewer to women. The result was a massive growth in girls' and women's sports.
Values Voter Summit 2020 Begins (on) a New Stage
If 2020 were a normal year, a few thousand people from around the country would be arriving in Washington this week to attend the 15th annual Values Voter Summit (VVS). But as we're all well aware, 2020 is not a normal year. The pandemic may have canceled large in-person gatherings, but it hasn't canceled the drive of Christians in America to pray for our nation, vote their biblical values, and stand for truth.
The Battle Against Big Brother: Churches Refuse to Yield
The magnitude of recent headlines pertaining to the new vacancy on the United States Supreme Court and the subsequent political maneuvering has understandably overshadowed the news cycle. However, another significant story that Americans (and especially conservative Christians) should care about is how various state and local governments continue to violate the First Amendment rights of churches.
Education to Form a More Perfect Union
Perhaps the only silver lining to public schools going virtual out of an irrational fear of the coronavirus is that many parents are finally taking a closer look at what their children are learning. And it's not pretty. Mary Hasson, an attorney, education expert, and fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, said in an interview on Washington Watch that parents "are realizing their kids have embraced this view of America as a toxic country, a place that's 'fundamentally unjust.'"
Pentagon Cleans Up Its Religious Liberty Act
This week, in a strong show of support for religious liberty, the United States Department of Defense (DOD) issued new guidance protecting military service members from being punished for expressing their religious views. Following an executive order President Trump signed his first year in office, the DOD's announcement on its update of DOD Instruction 1300.17 (which contains the guidance) is very good news.
An Unprecedented Summit in Unprecedented Times
Our nation is enduring a time of great crisis. The direction our country is headed hangs in the balance as the November elections approach. As believers, voting our values has never been more critical.
Trump Admin Expands Protection of Life and Women's Health Abroad
On September 14, the Trump administration reaffirmed its commitment to pro-life values in a proposal which would extend the reach of the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (PLGHA) policy. The PLGHA policy, formerly known as the Mexico City policy, currently requires non-governmental organizations to agree, as a condition of their receipt of U.S. federal grant money, to neither perform nor promote abortion as a method of family planning overseas.
DHS Puts U.S. Companies on Notice: No More China Slave Labor
Federal agents seized a 13-ton shipment of human hair in July based on evidence the hair was taken from innocent people detained in Chinese internment camps. This was just the beginning of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) efforts to protect U.S. citizens from unknowingly funding China's human rights abuses. Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli argues, "Americans don't want to be complicit in this immorality."
Facebook Attaches an Asterisk to Free Speech
The transgender lobby has taken to blocking their opponents' free speech for made-up reasons. Yesterday, Facebook put its thumb on the scale of the Michigan Senate race in favor of Democratic incumbent Gary Peters by blocking a $4 million ad campaign from the conservative American Principles Project (APP) PAC.
Historic Israeli Peace Agreements A Breath of Fresh Air for Middle East
One of the most remarkable international events in recent history took place on Tuesday, September 15 at the White House. The signing of peace agreements between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain strengthen relationships in the Middle East and opened the way for further economic and security arrangements with Arab countries.
Russia's Quiet Persecution of Religion
When Seo Jin Wook met with a small group in a private home in Izhevsk, Russia to share the gospel with them, he had no idea it would lead to his deportation and an approximately $400 fine by the Russian government. Yet, under a so-called "anti-extremism" law passed in 2016, this is the new normal for religious people in Russia looking to share their faith.
The Left's War on the Filibuster
Listen to Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) explain how Democrats are trying to kill the filibuster in the U.S. Senate, which would pave the way for a far-left legislative agenda for years to come.
New Netflix Film Sexualizes Children
Video streaming giant Netflix is drawing criticism once again, this time for hosting and promoting the film "Cuties," which sexualizes 11-year-old girls. Having failed to learn its lesson after the trailer generated outrage last month, Netflix has gone ahead and made the movie available on its platform, despite many critics describing it as "child pornography."
Upcoming Prayer Events Make it Clear: It's Time to Pray
The most important thing we can do for our nation during this time of crisis is to pray. Thankfully, Christian leaders from across the nation are stepping up to lead a national prayer movement at just the right time as we head toward the critical November elections.
Virginia School Continues to Defend Sensible Bathroom Policy
A high school student who identifies as transgender, who sued the school over which restrooms to use, is continuing to pursue the litigation even three years after graduating. To their credit, the Gloucester County (Virginia) School Board has continued to defend themselves.
A Victory for Truth: Transgender Study Corrected
The human race is divided into two sexes, male and female. This basic scientific truth has been under increasing attack. Anyone who dares express belief in this obvious truth quickly becomes the target of "cancel culture." Even those who are liberal in their political views, like Women's Liberation Front or cultural icons like J.K. Rowling are not safe from attack. Fortunately, science is once again on our side!
The Persecution of the Church -- California Style
In the not too distant past, it would have been difficult to imagine a scenario in the United States where government officials would have the temerity to threaten churches for holding indoor worship services. However, as the coronavirus pandemic abates, and the nation returns to work, certain states and cities continue to reveal a startling level of bias against churches.
COVID Relief Sees Senate Gridlock
Judging by Democrat obstruction of the recent Senate vote on the latest coronavirus relief package, it's not COVID-19 on their minds, but this upcoming election season. As Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) observed on Washington Watch with Tony Perkins, Democrats had no interest in supporting a bill which would have brought constructive relief to American across the country, instead almost uniformly voting against the half-trillion dollar bill, which fell short of the 60-vote procedural threshold when it failed 52-47.
A Gulf of Division
Exactly how far apart are the two parties on the issues facing America? Tony Perkins and Congressman Mike Johnson (R-La.), chairman of the Republican Study Committee, answer that question in a new joint column for the Washington Times, "As Dems Apologize for America, GOP Still Believes in a Platform Standing for Life and Liberty."
SPLC Ties Elicit More Frowns for Amazon
Last week, over one hundred Jewish rabbis wrote a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, arguing "the SPLC 'hate map' is uniquely detrimental and even dangerous to the Jewish community." The Amazon Smile program relies on the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to determine which charities qualify for donations.
How Should Christians View 2020?
What if the problems tearing our nation apart right now are not truly about racism, police brutality, or equality? What if the central problem we face is not a physical one, but a spiritual one?
The Domino Effect of Worldview
New research from George Barna indicates that the percentage of Americans who hold a biblical worldview has declined yet again. Despite this decline, the outcome of the upcoming presidential election could very well be decided by evangelical Christians' level of participation.
Rebels with a MobileCause
Turns out, there's only one cause that matters to MobileCause: silencing conservatives. Their first target? Family Research Council. Hear about the Big Tech controversy that's making headlines in Tony Perkins's interview with CBN.
Trump Puts Fed Wokeness to Sleep
President Trump took another step toward fulfilling his promise to "Drain the Swamp" on Friday when he authorized Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought to ensure that federal agencies no longer hold "woke" re-education trainings. The memo directs agency heads to "cease and desist from using taxpayer dollars to fund these divisive, un-American propaganda training sessions."
Mulan Rouge: Disney Film Betrays a Shade of Red China
Coinciding with its long-anticipated release, Disney's live-action remake of Mulan has become the source of mounting international controversy. Fans of Disney's 1998 animated tale of a young Chinese woman who disguised herself as a man to fight the Huns in her ailing father's place may find themselves disappointed in the way Disney created the film.
Pastor Stands against Uneven Standard
Like thousands of pastors around the country, Jack Trieber has had to make difficult decisions over the last six months concerning his church. In early March, when the coronavirus pandemic hit California, the Senior Pastor of North Valley Baptist Church followed the guidance of local and state officials and suspended church gatherings and events. However, after six months of not being able to gather, Trieber decided it was time to re-open.
'It's Not a Reformation, It's a Revolution'
When the citizens are marching in the streets with guns to protect their property, we've got a big problem. Lawlessness is breaking out around the country -- Seattle, Portland, even Washington, D.C. Roving bands are hounding diners at restaurants if they won't salute Black Lives Matter.
The Election Started Today. Here Are Five Things to Remember.
While the campaigns are, in many ways, still getting warmed up, the 2020 election officially started today when North Carolina became the first state to mail ballots to voters. The early start date is yet another reminder that mail will be one of the biggest storylines in the 2020 election. Will people receive their ballots? Can voters depend on the mail system to return their ballots?
From Billy to Franklin: The New War on Prayer
It seems like a parallel universe now, but at the time it seemed perfectly normal. In 1988, Billy Graham gave a nonpartisan prayer at the Democratic National Convention, and it was received respectfully and without controversy. In those days, a respected pastor saying a prayer at a nationally televised political convention was seen as a matter of course, no matter what their personal political leanings might be.
Law and Order Is for Everyone
Calling for law and order was never controversial -- until President Trump did it. And now that his message is resonating in America, the media has decided: restoring order isn't just controversial, but racist too. In one of the most absurd attacks on the administration since June, the Associated Press has decided that public safety is the cry of the prejudiced. But by column's end, it was their own biases that were laid bare, not Trump's.
Burnt by Hate, Responding with Love
"My heart just dropped." Scott Carpenter said it was "devastating" to watch the riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin. His father had started a business selling office furniture out of his garage 42 years ago. On Washington Watch with Tony Perkins, Scott explained how he had taken over the family business -- that is, until the rioters burned his building and his entire inventory to the ground.
Will Our Votes Be Counted?
How big of a concern is mail-in voter fraud in the November election? In a CNN interview yesterday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr pointed out the very serious problems with proposed state-wide, or "universal" mail-in ballot systems because of the pandemic: "We are playing with fire."
Planned Parenthood's Inconvenient Race Problem
Planned Parenthood, America's largest abortion supplier, has glossed over its racist roots for decades. Their founder, Margaret Sanger, was a firm eugenicist who wanted to use her organization to, in her words, "weed out the unfit" through birth control and abortion. Despite the well-documented racism of Sanger, Planned Parenthood's website still speaks glowingly of her with no mention of her dark past.
What's the Riot Response to Lawlessness?
Does the president have unlimited authority to stop the riots and chaos gripping our cities? If he doesn't, what can he do? Former prosecutor and current senior fellow at the National Review Institute, Andrew McCarthy, weighs in during our in-depth discussion on what happens when local order breaks down.
Who Can Quiet the Riot?
"It can get out of hand in a blink of an eye," Shelby Talcott said. And she ought to know. The Daily Caller reporter has been in a half a dozen riot-ravaged cities over the last few months -- and the things she's seen are tough to shake. "This is far more organized than I think people realize," she warned. There are the loads of bricks and frozen water bottles trucked in to use as weapons. Rocks, glass, and firecrackers. Then, there's the money trail -- a seemingly endless cash flow that's bankrolling plane tickets, hotel rooms, even clothes. "They're becoming more coordinated," she warned. But unfortunately for them, so is Homeland Security.
'Washington Watch' Is in the Air!
On September 1, Family Research Council's (FRC) daily radio program, "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins," will begin airing on Christian Satellite Network Radio (CSN Radio). CSN Radio has a long history of broadcasting great bible teaching and talk, including familiar broadcast with teachers like Alistair Begg, Dr. James Dobson, Tony Evans, Jack Graham, David Jeremiah, Greg Laurie, and Adrian Rogers.
Pray, Vote, Stand: Are Our Elections Safe?
This November, the counting of votes across America will begin. The question is, will your vote count? As the emergence of mail-in ballots and other potential points of fraud raise concern among voters, we're left wondering how we can even have confidence in the voting process. Add to that restrictions brought about by the pandemic, and many are wondering even if it's worth it to go to the polls this year.
House Democrats Go Low, Aim Hyde
How do you stop people from fighting an unpopular political agenda? Well, if you're a House Democrat, you turn it into a race debate. Based on their latest comments, that's how the far-Left has decided to tackle the country's objections to taxpayer-funded abortion. Their goal is to frame it as an issue of injustice, so that even if people don't agree with it, they'll be too scared of being labeled to push back. But after 43 years of this bright red line called the Hyde amendment, will Americans really be so quick to cross it?
A View from the House Seats
If you're frustrated by the House leadership, imagine how conservative members of Congress feel. Republicans like Ohio's Warren Davidson have had to learn to rely on faith -- and each other -- as they try to push back against some of majority's darkest visions for our country. Hear his powerful story about staying the course and being used by God, even in the hard times -- and what advice he would give to Americans discouraged by what's going on in our nation.
Marxism Matters: The Real Agenda of BLM
What's really driving the chaos on the streets of America? It's not Black Lives Matter, Larry Taunton insists. At its core, it's Marxism, a dangerous plot that could destroy society as we know it. Don't miss Larry and Tony Perkins as they take a deep dive into the philosophy that could send our country down the oppressive path of the failed revolutionaries across eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. It's an eye-opening conversation you won't want to miss.
Unconventional Substance in Conventional Season
What does it take for followers of Jesus to stand in a culture that flows against us? How do we pray, and how does our biblical worldview affect our vote? For the next two months leading up to November, FRC and FRC Action is helping Americas like you become better equipped to engage your community with these issues that matter most.
Anchorage Therapy Ban Not Anchored in Truth
Late on the night of Wednesday, August 26, the Anchorage (Alaska) Assembly (the municipal legislative body) passed an ordinance, AO-65, to prohibit sexual orientation or gender identity change efforts (SOCE or GICE) by any licensed professional counselor. The final vote was 9-2 in favor.
The Sticking Point with Mandatory Vaccines
When Virginia Health Commissioner Norman Oliver promised last week to make a COVID-19 vaccine mandatory, he was probably counting on most people being too afraid of the virus to object. So were the members of a Virginia House committee who killed two bills to add a religious exemption to the mandate. \r
Leftist Hate-Lister SPLC Gets National Scrutiny
It's well known that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has a long record of hate-listing Christian and conservative organizations that do not agree with their ultra-liberal point of view. They have particularly focused on Family Research Council for strongly defending life issues and for disputing the LGBT's radical agenda.
Three Steps for the Days Ahead
Pray. Vote. Stand. With all that's facing America in these uncertain times, Christians in this country can't quarantine or isolate ourselves from our duty to God. The Bible says we should seek the peace of the city and pray to the Lord on its behalf (Jeremiah 29:7). In America's government by the people -- where all citizens have a governing role -- we must be good stewards of the responsibility we've been given, and vote in local and national elections. And as we pray and vote, we must stand firm on the truth of God's word.
Amazon Calls Them Like They SPLC Them
For the first two hours of the Big Tech hearing in the House, the most newsworthy thing Amazon's Jeff Bezos did was eat a handful of snacks. Reporters actually tweeted about it, joking that even sitting there doing nothing, he'd probably "just made $300 million dollars or so." Lauren Goode of WIRED guessed that Bezos could probably receive a Prime package "in the time it takes for representatives to ask him a single question." When they finally did, most people would agree: it was a doozy.
Polling on Girls' Sports Starts a Racket
Not every ruling at the Supreme Court is personal. But five of the justices have daughters -- and three of them went home one night in June knowing they'd destroyed their chance, and every girl's chance, at sports. Maybe, they'll rationalize, it was just a ruling on workplace discrimination. But we all know that in Bostock, the case that redefined human history's understanding of sex, it was a whole lot more than that.
Return to Spender: House Passes Futile Approps Package
How much damage can House Democrats do in 1,165 pages? A lot. And Thursday's massive appropriations package was the latest -- and most expensive -- example. If you want a transgender-identifying military, legalized marijuana, taxpayer-funded abortion, medical coercion, genderless shelters, and zero privacy protections, you've got H.R. 7617. And no chance, the president says, of passing it.
Big Tech on Deck in Congress
The same liberals who think the riots are a myth decided to spend Wednesday denying another reality: online censorship. This week -- the very one that witnessed the removal of a top performing video on Facebook -- House Democrats devoted a good chunk of their hearing with the titans of Big Tech dismissing the war on free speech. But as any conservative who's spent time online knows, the question isn't if there's bias, but what Congress is going to do about it.
An Open-Air Prison No One Can Escape
In the campaign against people of faith, there is no line the Chinese government won't cross. Earlier today, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testified at a congressional hearing, highlighting the Trump administration's efforts to stop China's human rights violations and international aggression in its tracks.
Is Trump Pulling out of Portland's War Zone?
The Oregon governor says federal agents are on their way out of Portland. Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf's response? "Absolutely not." Find out who's right and what the administration is doing about those "mythical" riots in cities across America on "Washington Watch." Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan joins Sarah Perry to get to the bottom of these false narratives and what conditions local leaders will have to meet before the president trusts them to protect their streets.
Barr Brawl in the House
House Democrats have been itching to get Attorney General William Barr on the stand for more than a year. But after Tuesday's performance, I guarantee they won't be so eager again. The hearing in the Judiciary Committee, which was supposed to end in disaster for President Trump, was a spectacular failure for the Left, who emerged looking bitter, unhinged, and outsmarted. Barr, in sharp contrast, was the picture of unflappability, as liberals raged, interrupted, and mocked their way through five hours. If this was meant to be Barr's grilling, the media concluded, they blew it.
Doctor Video Suffers from Acute Censorship
The who's who of Big Tech took a turn before Congress this afternoon -- and not a moment too soon, considering the mess they're making of free speech. The men behind Apple, Facebook, Google, and Amazon have a lot of questions to answer about censorship, if House leaders will let Republicans ask. And the first one, considering what happened this week with the frontline doctors' conference ought to be: Why are you letting your political agenda get in the way of the coronavirus facts?
A Tale of Two Relief Bills...
These days, the two parties couldn't be more different -- and their latest attempts at virus relief certainly prove it. House leaders, who ditched the spirit of goodwill that got America through the first CARES Act, have already made it clear that they're not serious about anything but the elections. Their proposal, which was basically a summary of every radical idea Democrats have ever had, passed in May. Now, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says, it's time to get down to business and consider something reasonable. Whether Democrats will is another story.
Must-See TV: July 29 at 9pm (ET)!
Don't miss my take on the recent explosion of lawlessness in America. Tune in at 9pm (ET) to Daystar or Daystar.com/live to hear our conversation about how Christians can stand for the truth in these chaotic and challenging times.
Vegas and SCOTUS: Strange Bet Fellows
If there's one thing Americans have learned from the Supreme Court in 2020, it's this: there are no guarantees. Even now, after a slew of bad decisions, conservatives wanted to believe that when it comes to religious liberty, even Chief Justice John Roberts couldn't get that wrong. Well, think again. When it comes to siding with the Constitution, even Vegas will tell you -- don't bet on Roberts.
Hit or Myth? Dems Call Riots Fake News
You have to give the Democrats credit. They've found a way to justify their silence on the riots: refusing to admit they exist! Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) tried that when he ran into a citizen who asked him if he disavowed the Antifa violence in Portland. "That's a myth," he insisted, "being spread only in Washington, D.C." Well, if it's a myth, Oregon residents will tell you, it's a pretty convincing one.
Next Vacancy, Hawley Will Roe His Vote
If there's any comfort to be had from 2020's miserable string of Supreme Court rulings, it's that conservatives aren't going to take the next vacancy lying down. After years of taking judges at their word, Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) says it's time to play hardball. If the next person sitting before the Judiciary Committee says they're pro-life, they'd better have a record that proves it.
Black Lives Matter Makes Its Marx
If fans flipped on their TVs hoping for an escape from the madness of 2020, the return of major league baseball wasn't it. Americans who tuned in to Friday's season openers, desperate for a return to something normal, were forced to witness another protest: the players'. In some ballparks, like the Washington Nationals, the politically-charged messaging was everywhere -- from the Black Lives Matter "unity" ribbons to the "BLM" stenciled on the back of the pitchers' mound. But when the entire league is kneeling, it only takes one player to stand out. And for the Giants' Sam Coonrod, there was never any question.
Life in Lincoln: A Vote to End the Violence
It's a form of abortion so gruesome, so barbaric, that when it was described on the Nebraska Senate floor, one Republican said, "If you don't have a tear in your eye from watching that, you're coldblooded." We're talking about a procedure, Dr. Anthony Levatino explains, of "reaching into a woman's uterus with forceps and 'grabbing whatever is there. Maybe you rip off a leg, which is about four-inches long,' then you pull out 'an arm, the spine. The skull is the most difficult part. Sometimes there's a little face staring up at you." It is, he insisted, an "absolutely brutal procedure." One that Nebraska, as early as this week, hopes to outlaw.
ACLU Fights to Keep the Cities Burning
It is, former prosecutor Andrew McCarthy pointed out on "Washington Watch," a temporary restraining order. But the idea that a federal judge would try to stop the president from protecting our cities is ridiculous -- even for an Obama appointee! President Trump, he insists, has every right to keep people safe if their local leaders will not. "To the commonsense American who looks at what's going on in Portland and realizes that there are... radicals outside [the federal courthouse] firebombing it -- with human beings inside," this is "a security mission." And a constitutional one at that. Hear why he thinks so in this conversation with FRC's Sarah Perry.
Lost and Founders: America's Answers in the Past
Today's Americans aren't the first ones to wonder if our country has lost its way. Abraham Lincoln used to worry, when the generation of the founders had died out, that we'd lost the living memory we'd need to carry on their legacy. "I think we're back there again," Katharine Gorka says. And if this nation is going to survive, we need to take a trip down memory lane, she insists, and remind ourselves what made America what it is.
A Choice Movement We Can All Get Behind
President Trump has been trying to make school choice a priority for months. Now, with the virus forcing local districts to scrap their fall plans, he might finally have the opening he's been waiting for.
Planned Parenthood Ditches Sanger, Keeps Philosophy
Two weeks ago, while statues were being roped down and schools were racing to change their "offensive" namesakes, Alexandria Desanctis wondered, "How long will Margaret Sanger last?" Surely, in the rush to erase the racists, the founder of Planned Parenthood was at the top of someone's list. "She was, after all, a foremost proponent of the eugenics movement -- motivated by her particular animus toward poor non-whites." Now, after more than 100 years of defending that legacy, at least one New York location has had enough.
The Oregon Trail to Anarchy
When Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) decided to throw on a mask and join the protestors Wednesday night, he found out pretty quickly that it wasn't just Donald Trump they despised. "It didn't go well for Wheeler," one reporter kindly put it. Booed, chased with leaf blowers, taunted, and shouted down, the mayor looked bewildered when he said, "Some of these people hate my guts." For the mayor, whose spent the last 56 days defending his city's criminals, it was one way to learn: protecting the mobs won't appease them.
China Ups Its Spy Game
The Chinese Consulate in Houston was instructed to close by U.S. officials on Tuesday, and its employees have 72 hours to leave. While the details remain unknown, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said China "has engaged for years in massive illegal spying and influence operations throughout the United States against U.S. government officials and American citizens." As if to prove their guilt, Chinese consulate workers appeared to burn documents in the courtyard of the compound later that evening, prompting nearby residents to call the fire department.
Trump Vows to Fight Fires with Fire
"Will they stop at burning an empty church?" It was a sobering question, but Ellen Fantani, who's been tracking the spike in anti-Christian attacks across Europe, can't help but wonder. "How much worse will it get?" she said, repeating the reporter's question. "Certainly, the climate today," on her continent and ours, "does not leave me optimistic."
Sick of Distance Learning? Join the Pod.
With more of the country's school districts opting to go online this fall, parents are opting for something else: homeschooling. Find out the latest craze in teaching at home, which is catching fire in communities all across America -- Pandemic Pods -- on Tuesday's "Washington Watch."
Mike Pompeo: In His Own Words
Next to President Trump, there isn't a man the media loves to question more than Secretary Mike Pompeo. His latest initiative, the Commission on Unalienable Rights, couldn't have come at a better time for our country -- and yet, the media wants to know: what do principles have to do with it? Good question. One that the secretary took several minutes of his time to answer on a special FRC call with pastors.
Unsigned, Unsealed, and Undelivered: The Perils of Mail-in Ballots
It's a "myth," USA Today insists. "Rare," writes NPR. Either way, the New York Times argues, "it doesn't affect elections." That's interesting, the Heritage Foundation points out. Because they've counted more than 1,285 cases of this rare myth of voter fraud that doesn't affect elections in the last four years -- and they're convinced: that's not all of them.
Left Comes for Religious Hospitals with Surgical Precision
The justices predicted a war -- and almost one month to the day of their Bostock ruling, they got one. The first shot was fired last Thursday, when the ACLU decided to sue Maryland's St. Joseph Medical Center for refusing to take out a woman's perfectly healthy uterus just because she wanted to live as a man. It goes against the hospital's religious beliefs, St. Joseph argued. But now, thanks to the Supreme Court, it might go against six justices' ridiculous definition of "sex" too.
Church Attacks Explode with 'an Unbridled, Roaring Fury'
One of the last times people saw flames in France's Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul church was during the Allied bombing in 1944. What's happening now isn't World War III, but it certainly feels like it, as things get increasingly violent on every continent. While believers around the world pray for an end to the chaos, arsonists, knife-wielders, and vandalizers are taking the battle to them.
And the Award Goes to... FRC's Cathy Ruse!
It's not easy to expose radical sex ed in America, but it can be rewarding. As a mom, FRC's Cathy Ruse has a personal stake in making classrooms safe for kids -- and, after years of work, she's managed to convince other parents they do too. It's that hard work and dedication that earned Cathy a special honor over the weekend as the Ruth Institute's 2020 Activist of the Year.
More Wrongs about Pompeo's Unalienable Rights
Our founding principles, "weird?" Or worse, "partisan," "discriminatory," and "harmful?" Peter Berkowitz, the executive secretary of the Commission on Unalienable Rights, was just as surprised by the pushback to Secretary Mike Pompeo's report as anyone. He joined "Washington Watch" Friday to set these critics straight -- and explain why the mobs don't want us returning to the roots of American values.
America Finds Its Mr. Rights
When Secretary Mike Pompeo first set out on this journey to get back to the real heart of human rights, no one could have possibly predicted the year our country would have. Shaken by outrage, unrest, and the growing insistence that America is too flawed to fix, a return to our roots will only dredge up more hard feelings, some say. On the contrary, Pompeo insists. Maybe the best time to revisit all that's pure and good about our nation is when people are determined to destroy it. "Some say the report's timing couldn't be worse," he said. "I say the timing couldn't be better."
Barr Peels Back Apple's Hypocrisy
When Attorney General William Barr spoke at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Thursday and raked China over the coals, he expected the country to respond. Like other U.S. leaders, he's learned to wear China's criticism as a badge of honor. "I told [FBI Director Chris Wray] that I was going to aim today to be 'despicable,'" Barr joked. "But I'll settle for 'especially disgusting.'"
Stand Courageous: Coming Soon to a Screen Near You!
If you or the men in your life need a fresh, God-inspired message to rise up, FRC has the perfect event: Stand Courageous LIVE. On August 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (ET), streamed from the Household of Faith in Louisiana, our men's conference is going virtual. Together with FRC's Lt. General Jerry Boykin and myself, we'll be joined by special speakers Bishop Larry Jackson, Pastors Mark Stermer, Scott Bledsoe, Darryl Smith, and Philip Pimlott for sessions on how men can develop character, build relationships, and make commitments that will move them closer to God's purpose.
Like a Mob to the Flame
It looked like something out of a 2015 news report -- a picture from ISIS, maybe, torching its way through Mosul. But the charred pews and collapsed roof were not the work of Islamic terrorists, but America's own. Over the weekend, the rioters, the same ones who wanted us to believe their cause is justice, came for our churches -- using gasoline, lighters, gallons of paint, and vans to drive their message of destruction and chaos through the heart of America's faithful.
Dems on Lifesaving: We Don't Care
Spending your money has never been easier! In the House, even Democrats were shocked at how fast the leadership breezed through a dozen appropriations bills, making snap decisions on where to direct a whopping $1.4 trillion dollars. Is marking up 12 bills in 10 days a record? Maybe, staffers say. It certainly was "the fastest in anyone's memory." But faster, as the rest of America is about to find out, isn't necessarily better. Especially when innocent lives are on the line.
In Nigeria, a Bloody War Gets Bloodier
They said it was drought. Climate change. Territorial feuds. But the carnage in Nigeria is none of these things. It's genocide -- and the world isn't even paying attention. In the first half of 2020, 1,200 Christians were killed. They were believers just like us, mowed down at their weddings, burned to death in their beds, beheaded on the side of the road. And yet their cries, "Please help us! The herdsman are coming!" continue to fall on deaf ears.
The Monuments Men: Trump Taps Cabinet to Guard History
It's not easy to find a place to stash 1,600-pound statues. In Virginia, local reporters were shocked to find out that their toppled leaders had ended up at a Richmond wastewater treatment plant, covered in bright blue tarps. It was a fast trip for the soldiers, who went from lining Monument Row to sitting in dirt outside the local sewage works. Even now, no one is quite sure what to make of this marble morgue, except to wonder: who else will be next? According to the people around the president's table -- no one, if they can help it.
Adventures in Netflix's Babysitting
There's an entire generation of moms today who wouldn't think twice about sitting their kids down in front of Netflix new "Babysitters Club" show. And that, experts warn, is exactly the problem. Like so many other women, they're expecting the same innocent storylines they came to love from Ann Martin's books in the 80s and 90s. What they're getting is anything but.
Reopening Schools: A Sore Subject for Parents
Republicans may be out campaigning to open schools, but they'll have their work cut out convincing a growing number of parents. A new poll from Axios shows a landslide of concerns from families -- with a whopping 71 percent worried that reopening schools carries "large" or "moderate" risk. And it's not just Democrats (82 percent) who think so, but a majority of Republicans (53 percent) too. What does that mean for the fall? It's time to explore your options!
Enroll Models: Parents Explore Schooling Options
She swore "up and down" that she'd never homeschool her kids. "Patience is not one of my virtues," Kristina Hernandez insisted. "I hate crafts. Playgroups are not my thing. I work a full-time job I love." Homeschooling was never going to happen, until -- thanks to coronavirus -- it did. Now, Kristina, like so many other families around the country, are never going back.
Dems Go off the Deep Spend with Approps
Not much about 2020 has gone according to schedule, but in the House, Democrats are determined to put their stamp on a series of spending bills before the summer is out. Well, they're making their mark all right -- but not how most Americans would want.
Banned from China: The Best Compliment a Senator Can Get
A handful of U.S. congressmen woke up to an angry slap on the wrist from the Chinese government on Monday.
Cancellation Nation: The Building Backlash
First it was pancake syrup and Paw Patrol. Now, even Scrabble isn't safe. You can forget the triple word score on at least 236 "slurs" the North American players association is stripping from the group's lexicon. The goal, these gamers say, is to make the game "friendlier" for all types of people. Of course, no one has seen the official list of "potentially offensive" words -- leaving many to wonder if this new vocabulary is just W-O-K-E.
Facebook Tags Therapy for Possible Ban
While the rest of Big Tech openly uses its power to censor, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has stood out. Unlike his peers, he's had the refreshing sanity to reinforce free speech -- a position that hasn't exactly endeared him to the intolerant Left. Now, months into his First Amendment experiment, one of the lone holdouts on open debate is considering a policy that would silence the voices keeping some users alive.
Hagia Sophia: From Ancient Church to Mosque
On July 10, a Turkish court announced its decision to permit President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's regime to convert the ancient Christian church Hagia Sophia -- the Church of the Holy Wisdom -- into a mosque. An outcry from around the world greeted the news. But within an hour, Erdogan signed an official declaration, stating that the conversion of Hagia Sophia to a Muslim place of worship is a fait accompli.
Goya Outrage Not Worth a Hill of Beans
It was the kind of program that, ordinarily, liberals would cheer. To hear them tell it, expanding the opportunities for minorities has always been their party's idea. But when President Trump took a stab at it, announcing a business and educational project aimed directly at Hispanic people, the Left wasn't about to cut him some slack. And worse than that, they're out to destroy anyone who does.
Irreversible Damage: A Warning We Can't Ignore
One by one, they started calling. These weren't conservative parents or even particularly religious ones -- some were liberal, progressive, "open-minded" moms and dads desperate for help. Their stories, Abigail would find out, were eerily the same. Their daughters had started hanging out with friends who'd decided to come out as transgender together. Suddenly, these sweet teenage girls -- who'd never shown a hint of gender confusion -- were demanding breast reduction, hormone treatments, new names and pronouns -- and their parents were beside themselves for someone to intervene. No one, they found out quickly, would.
SCOTUS Delivers Wins for Religious Liberty
Wednesday, the Supreme Court delivered two noteworthy victories for religious liberty. In Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania, the court upheld a Trump administration policy protecting conscience and religious freedom in the context of the Affordable Care Act ("ACA"). In Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru, the court robustly defined the First Amendment rights of religious schools and institutions to determine who will teach and defend the tenets of their faith.
Defunding the Police Is Nothing but Radical
Whether it's the coronavirus wreaking havoc in our healthcare system or the riots on the streets, Americans have weathered a difficult few months. If there was ever a time when our nation could benefit from some grownups in Washington D.C., now is the time. But that appears to be asking too much as liberal politicians continue to advance a radical agenda that would only further tear our country apart. The latest example, which would defund law enforcement and shift the money to social programs, was unveiled on Monday.
Planned Parenthood Tries to Keep a Loan Profile
It's been called the program for sinners and saints, or, Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) joked, "Baptists and bars." With loans fanning out to everyone from jellybean companies to dating apps, Congress's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been an equal opportunity lifeline for businesses crushed under the weight of the virus. But not everything has gone exactly according to plan, and the $150 million Planned Parenthood absconded with is exhibit A.
Virginia's New Four-Letter Word: FLAG
We can put it on the moon, but not a Virginia construction site. That's how ridiculous the debate over the flag -- and all things American -- have become in the chaotic weeks since George Floyd's death. The state that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, George Mason, and Patrick Henry called home would be barely recognizable to the great men now, who believed those stars and stripes were the ultimate symbols of freedom, of justice. Now, amazingly, the flag under which slavery was abolished and segregation crumbled is "too offensive" for the state that helped build America.
U.S. Colleges: Proud to Be UnAmerican
Higher education is teaching students to think critically all right -- about their own country. Turns out, this growing anti-American sentiment boiling over in our cities is no accident. Academia is, as President Trump warned it was, turning young people against their own country.
Rushmore and the Two-Faced Left
Given by any other man, it would have been considered one of the greatest speeches of our time. A triumph of American exceptionalism. But it was not any other man standing under the granite faces of Mount Rushmore on the night before July 4th. It was Donald Trump. So however inspired his words may have been, however sincere his call to remember the deep well of American goodness, however different his message might have been from all the others the media loves to criticize, he was never going to get a fair shake.
At Nike, Uyghur Lives Don't Matter
If you want to know how sincere companies like Nike, Apple, Samsung, and others are about fighting injustice, look overseas. While these CEOs get on their moral high horse about all of America's racial failings, it's time for these businesses to take a long, hard look in the mirror. If they think slavery was a blight on U.S. history, then what are they doing supporting it in China today?
This Fourth of July, Do Law and the Constitution Still Matter?
The Fourth of July is a time of national celebration and commemoration. We rejoice in our liberty and remember those who won our freedoms and have preserved them at great cost.
Not Only When It's Easy: Arise & Stand
If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? This was the question David asked in Psalm 11. Those around him, who were looking only to the natural world may have answered with things like "Run away." Or "Flee to mountains." "Get as far away as you can."
China Takes Aim at Hong Kong
Faced with worldwide and local frustrations for its handling of the coronavirus crisis, China has made a power move, tightening its control of neighboring Hong Kong, which threatens its "status as one of the world's most prominent financial hubs." China's Communist Party passed a national security law designed to curb protest and dissent. The law went into effect Tuesday night and Hong Kong police wasted no time using it to make arrests.
China Buying Silence on Uyghur Atrocities
According to a recent investigation, the situation for Uyghur Muslims in China has worsened. The latest abuse to be inflicted on this beleaguered religious minority is forced sterilization, abortion, and contraception. The goal is clear: Chinese officials want to reduce the Uyghur population in China by whatever means necessary. The sad reality is that while the rest of the world has been focused on containing the coronavirus, Chinese communists appear to have ramped up the persecution of anyone the government perceives is a threat.
The Blaine Truth on Espinoza v. Montana
After an eleven-year legal battle, Montana may resume its policy of providing equal financial opportunity to students who want to attend secular or religious schools. This is a result of the Supreme Court's decision in Espinoza v. Montana, where a 5-4 majority ruled that the Montana Department of Revenue policy which prevented students from receiving state scholarships unless they attended a secular school violated the First Amendment.
Precedents Day: Justice Roberts Pins Ruling on Past
The other side calls her the "perfect messaging unicorn." But that's the tragic thing about Monday's Supreme Court decision. As a black, female, Democratic, pro-lifer, Louisiana State Senator Katrina Jackson isn't an outlier. If anything, the woman who wrote the law that five justices just struck down is a symbol of the consensus this court won't recognize. "There's nothing unusual about my views," Katrina insists. Americans can disagree about a lot of things, but no matter how this country feels about abortion, women's safety was never negotiable. Until now.
New Jersey Ballots Hit Fraud-side
Thanks to New Jersey, we don't have to wonder if the mail-in balloting is a horrible idea. We have proof! In what is already a PR nightmare for the Democratic Party, at least one in five ballots have been disqualified in a local election for fraud. But wait, you say. Liberals swore that never happens! Well, it's happening all right. And just in time to rethink the ridiculous idea ending in-person voting.
Religious Schools Win in Latest SCOTUS Decision
After a few recent disappointing decisions, the Supreme Court delivered a win today for religious liberty, religious schools, and citizens' religious exercise in Espinoza v. Montana. The state's Department of Revenue had barred students from using scholarship credits towards religious schools (but permitting them to go towards secular schools), even though the students were otherwise qualified for the scholarship. Montana made the choice clear: in order to be eligible for government aid, a school must divorce itself from any religious affiliation.
Sick of Watching People Ruin Monuments? So Is Allen West.
Does anyone remember George Floyd? Allen West wonders, because his death is being lost in all of the noise of the protests, Antifa, mob riots, and this new war against American history. No one is having the conversation this country should be having. Hear what the former congressman and military vet has to say in my interview with Lt. Col. West on "Washington Watch."
Five Justices vs. The People
Chances are, these Supreme Court justices will never meet the parents of Jamie Lee Morales. They'll never have to look in the eyes of the little boy left behind by Tonya Reaves or console the husband of Jennifer Morbelli. They won't have to explain how Karnamaya Mongar survived war in Nepal only to die in the filthy recliner of a Philadelphia abortion center. Because even though three of them have daughters, the five justices who struck down Louisiana's abortion law don't seem to care that young women will keep dying because of courts like theirs.
A Sharpe Contrast on Religion
You can treat churches differently -- but you can't get away with it. That was one federal court's message to New York leaders late Friday, when it called out the state's double standards on coronavirus orders. Hypocrisy, which has been spreading faster than COVID, won't stand up to the legal challenge, Judge Gary Sharpe warned. Liberals may have selectively okayed mass gatherings, but the Constitution isn't a document of "freedom for me, but not for thee."
Dems Not Party to Solutions on Police
It was a floor speech for the ages. But someday, when history looks back on Senator Tim Scott's (R-S.C.) emotional words, the greatest tragedy will be that he had to deliver them at all. Like a lot of Americans, Tim assumed the other side of the aisle was serious about having a conversation on police reform. And, like a lot of Americans, he assumed wrong. Turns out, Democrats aren't here to fix our problems. In this crisis, they are the problem.
'We Can't Do Anything, No One Does Anything for Us'
Two weeks ago, bombs began to rain down on quiet towns where Christians, Kurds, and Yazidis live in peace in an area of Iraq still recovering from ISIS's brutal reign several years ago. But this time the threat was not a terrorist organization. Instead, the attack came from a NATO ally. Turkey has launched yet another expansionist attack into a peaceful region in the Middle East, causing chaos and destruction and victimizing innocent Christian and Yazidi communities on the way.
Finding Wisdom to ARISE AND STAND
"If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?"- Psalm 11:3\rKing David asked a question in Psalm 11 that still resonates today. In light of these challenging times in which we live, many Americans are trying to figure out how to respond to all that we see happening in our nation, cities, and homes. Thankfully, we know that God not only sees it all, but has the plan to bring true righteousness, justice, and peace to the world.
Blackburn to the Courts: Play by the Rules
It's a dangerous game when you start thinking the law should change with the times. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has plenty to say about this, the courts, the Democrats' sabotage of police reform, and Senator Tim Scott's "riveting" speech in one of her best interviews ever on "Washington Watch." Don't miss our conversation from this Thursday.
History in the Breaking
When the Taliban burned down churches or destroyed artifacts, we called it barbaric. But when angry mobs tear down our statues and vandalize monuments, it's "justice?" There are things this country has witnessed over the last few weeks that will take a lifetime to understand. And even longer to get over. The image of great American heroes being toppled and cracked into pieces on the streets is just the latest chapter in this story of chaos the radicals are writing. But if the outrage from the White House is any indication, this administration is done letting cities feed the monster.
Trial by Fired: The Berman Hearing
There are more than 113,000 people working for the Justice Department. Does firing one really matter? It does if you're a liberal Democrat trying to disgrace Donald Trump. And the media circus over U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman is exactly that. A circus -- with plenty of politically-motivated clowns.
Personality vs. Policy? We'll Take Trump's 200 Judges.
There is a lot of talk about personalities these days. I prefer to talk about policy. The irony here is that despite all the attention given the former, the latter makes a lasting difference for our country.
Virginia Is for Snoopers
If there's one person in Virginia with job security, it's the head of Governor Ralph Northam's (D) crisis PR. Northam, who's become more known for his scandals than his successes, has managed to keep his damage control team hopping since the moment he was sworn into office -- first with his defense of legal infanticide and then with the surfacing of some unflattering blackface yearbook photos. But if 2020 was supposed to be the year of redemption, then someone might want to tell Northam to rethink his coronavirus strategy.
The Annex Best Thing for Israel
President Trump has already done more than any administration in modern history for Israel. But this week, he and his White House team are weighing a move that could change the status quo of America's ally forever.
America's Hope: I Will Answer God's Call 2 Fall -- This Sunday!
A global pandemic, a case of police brutality that sparked nationwide pandemonium, the statues of great men being erased from another time. Add to that the lawlessness on our streets and the activism of our courts, and it can be more than unsettling. But there is an answer to the host of problems we face. It's found in the simple promise of scripture, 2 Chronicles 7:14. God promises us that if we wholeheartedly return to Him, He will heal our land.
'The Reality Is, Our Government Hates Us'
It's an image that rolls over and over in her mind. She sees the police, spraying blue chemicals into the crowd. Then she notices her -- a young girl, one of the protestors, writhing as it burns her skin. In a few years, she thinks, that could be her child. "And there is nothing I can do to protect her." Hong Kong, the mother knows, is a ticking time bomb. And the sooner they get out, the better. "What else can you do," she says mournfully, "but leave?"
The Life Story YouTube Is Terrified People Will Watch
The Left knows the power of a good story. They've always understood that finding sympathy for an issue is sometimes as easy as putting a compelling face on it. For conservatives, telling stories hasn't always come so naturally. But now, after years of having the facts on our side, the personal testimonies from former LGBT activists are starting to change the way people think about the transgender lifestyle. Which may be why the Left is desperate to shut them down. The truth, on this issue, like so many others, is their biggest enemy.
A Surge in Virus Double Standards
The riots weren't how most Americans would have preferred to get their break from coronavirus news coverage. But for once, after months of force-fed fearmongering, the outbreak found itself in an unusual place: the backburner. Suddenly, concerns about social distancing were non-existent. Liberal leaders, who were doing everything they could to keep Americans locked down, were standing behind podiums, urging people to get out and protest. Now, after a couple of weeks of mob demonstrations, the Left wants to blame someone else for the surge of infections: Donald Trump.
There's No Retreating at This Church Retreat
FRC's Lt. General Jerry Boykin sure knows how to draw a crowd! This weekend in California, at a special Calvary Chapel Sonora men's retreat, the Army veteran was so popular that he had people waiting outside. Of course, they were protestors -- not that it mattered to this war hero. As far as he was concerned, they only helped boost the event's publicity!
Unrelenting Faith in Uncertain Times
Uncertainty seems to be the buzzword for 2020. From the pandemic to protests, from riots in the streets to a shocking Supreme Court ruling last week, from the fluctuating economy to the November elections, no one knows what will happen next.
A Tale of Two Fathers...
It doesn't have to be June 21 to celebrate dads! FRC takes an in-depth look at the importance of fathers in a brand new publication called, "Leadership and Love: A Tale of Two Fathers." Don't miss the author, psychologist Jesse Gill, talk about how the presence of strong men in the family could fix a lot of cultural fallout we're seeing today. Check out his powerful interview with Sarah Perry on "Washington Watch."
This Equality's All an Act
After Monday's wildly off-base decision, most liberals should have been out celebrating. But despite being handed a judicial gift -- an LGBT victory they'd have never managed democratically -- Democrats didn't stop to party. They were already back on the Senate floor, demanding more. Now that they've got the Supreme Court taking a match to religious liberty, they're apparently hoping Congress will finish the job.
From 2016 to 1964 and Back Again
It's not easy to watch a bunch of unelected men and women burn down a law you helped protect. Senator Jeff Sessions ought to know. The former U.S. attorney general was the man helping the president roll back the redefinition of "sex" after Barack Obama took an ax to it in 2016. How does it feel to see the Supreme Court upend all the good the Justice Department did? Not great, the Alabaman says.
DOJ Plays Offense on Girls' Sports
When Idaho went to the mat to protect women's sports, the ACLU vowed to see Governor Brad Little (R) in court. One group they didn't expect to see there is the U.S. Justice Department. But thanks to an administration that isn't going to let the Supreme Court dictate gender roles, that's exactly who will be waiting -- for the ACLU and anyone else on the hunt to destroy fair competition.
Holding the Court in Contempt
At a time when Congress is lucky to scrape together an 11-percent confidence rating, a majority of Americans have expressed an unusual level of faith in our justices. Maybe they still believe SCOTUS is above the political fray. But trust in the court may become increasingly difficult after Monday's "legislative" decision by six justices to redefine the meaning of biological sex.
Law and Disorder: Trump Steps In
There were 1,025 of them in Minneapolis alone -- buildings, homes, businesses, all damaged by the state's three weeks of rioting. A colored map shows each spots of destruction, so dense it's like looking down at a metropolis from a nighttime flight. "It's going to take a long, long time" to even quantify all the wreckage, officials say. And it's not over yet.
Sinjar in the Crosshairs
He was only eight years old when ISIS fighters ripped him from his mom's arms. "How do I feel?" he repeats blankly when a reporter asks him what it's like to home again. "Really," he said quietly, "I don't know how to feel." Mazen spent five years starving under his captors, rising every morning with the knowledge that he was being trained to kill his own people. Until one day, last spring, when he was freed, sent back to a family he wasn't sure was even alive.
Gorsuch Takes the Road Less Gaveled
When he first sat down in front of the cameras and a packed Senate committee room, it was tough not to like Neil Gorsuch. The prematurely gray dad of two kicked off his opening statement talking about his wife and family -- joking about his daughters, who were probably out "bathing chickens for the county fair," his extended family and childhood pranks, the values of working hard. Gorsuch thought back to the first time he put on his black robe -- how it reminded him of the important job he had to do. He told the senators he didn't realize how big it was until he slipped on it and fell. "Everything went flying," he recalled. Now, three years later, that robe is still tripping him up. But his fall, Americans are finding out, hurts us all.
The Platform, Transformed?
To some Republicans, the party platform is "nothing but trouble." But take it away, and I guarantee: conservatives will find out exactly how much it matters.
An Attorney General on the Word His Department Saved...
What was it like to watch a law you helped protect go down in smoke? Jeff Sessions knows. As attorney general, he was part of the team that set the country right on the word "sex" that the Supreme Court just redefined. How does he respond to the activist judges who took a torch to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and sent us back to the days of Barack Obama? Find out on Tuesday's "Washington Watch."
Splinters in the Bench
It's a Supreme Court ruling that would have stung no matter what. But the timing of this one, when Americans are desperately waiting for something in 2020 to make sense, seemed to deliver a much more painful blow. In a country hurting for stability, the court only brought more chaos. Instead of common sense, more confusion. Where there should have been reassurances about basic truths, there was only shock and disappointment. Six justices, against the laws of science, history, and morality, decided to create their own Autonomous Zone -- where humanity's laws about male and female no longer apply.
A Cut above the Unrest
Whole sections of Seattle are seceding from their city, and people everywhere are wondering: what happened? How did we get here? Was this an overnight implosion or a slow and steady erosion of everything that makes us Americans? Dr. Dave Brat, dean of Liberty University's School of Business, tries to unpack the breakdown of law and order. Don't miss his take from Monday's "Washington Watch."
Supreme Court Rewrites Civil Rights Act
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling today that makes the nation's high court look more like a uber-legislative body than a judicial one. The Court declared that the federal prohibition of employment discrimination based on sex in the 1964 Civil Rights Act also prohibits discrimination on the basis of "sexual orientation" and "gender identity." In redefining the term that describes biological sex, the Supreme Court took the question of protected categories out of the hands of the American people and once again created judicial legislation.
Idaho State Bengals Battle the ACLU
In sports, you win some and you lose some. Everyone knows and accepts this. But being cheated against is any athlete's worst nightmare. It's a form of theft, taking away years of training in a moment of dishonesty. And when it happened to Mary Kate Marshall, a sprinter for the Idaho State University Bengals, she decided to act.
Good News from HHS before Bad News from Supreme Court
In fairly typical fashion for a federal regulation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule on Friday that is 344 pages long. However, most of the criticism of this rule has revolved around the answer HHS gave to a simple question -- did Congress pass a law -- in 1972 -- to make it illegal to "discriminate" on the basis of "gender identity?" The Department gave the only reasonable answer: "No."
Policeless in Seattle
If you're President Trump, you have to be wondering, "What next?" It wasn't enough that the administration had to deal with the liberals' three-year crusade to unseat him -- the Russian collusion, an impeachment sham, the deep-state FBI conspiracy. Then came 2020: the coronavirus, 119,000 deaths, an economic shutdown, and George Floyd. Now, if cities aren't burned to the ground, they're becoming part of a "proxy civil war." It is, the Left smirks quietly, the perfect election storm. But is it enough to win?
Common Sense Prevails at HHS on the Definition of 'Sex'
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced it had finalized a long-awaited rule to correct the Obama Administration's distortion of a key portion of their own signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA or "Obamacare").
Planned Parenthood's Black Lies Matter Too
It's okay to protest a black man's death. It is not okay, it turns out, to protest millions of them. That much was clear when two pro-lifers were hauled away from an NYC abortion clinic in handcuffs in the middle of the George Floyd riots. "We're black women," they said, but this isn't just about black lives mattering. It's about "all lives matter[ing]."
No News Would Be Good News for the Truth
You don't have to be conservative to think the media is out for Donald Trump. Both sides, a new survey shows, think the press is trying to drag on this shutdown to hurt the president's chances in November. Turns out, there is something all of America can agree on: the country doesn't trust the media as much as it thought.
Pompeo Warns of a 'Great Darkness' over Parts of the World
There's "a great darkness over parts of the world where people of faith are persecuted or denied the right to worship," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced yesterday at the launch of the State Department's annual report on international religious freedom.
U.S. Newspapers: Paid to Run Chinese Propaganda?
The Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe -- they all have one thing in common: they've taken in millions from China to print advertising that looks like news. How did this happen and what does it mean? Find out with Asia expert Gordon Chang on Wednesday's "Washington Watch."
Like a Tweet, Lose a Lease
Most people don't scroll through their Twitter feed thinking a few simple clicks will change their life. But for Birmingham Pastor Chris Hodges, who's been a friend of mine for years, a handful of "likes" were all it took to make the biggest church in Alabama homeless.
Stuck between Two Sexes: The Trans Teen Revolution
Keira Bell can never get her childhood back. And her body, a scarred and mangled reminder, tells her every day. "I am living in a world where I don't fit in as male or as female. I am stuck between two sexes." Now 23, she's dedicated her life to stop teenagers from making the same mistake. And suing the clinic responsible is step number one.
Shelled and Sheltering, Syria's Christians Wait for Help
It has been months since Americans first watched in shock as Turkey launched an incursion against the region of Northeast Syria controlled by the Kurds, faithful U.S. allies in the fight against ISIS. The news cycle has moved on. Yet, the Christians, Yazidis, and others who built their livelihoods in Northeast Syria still cling to the hope that the fragile system which protects their freedoms will remain.
America in a Post-Police World...
What does defunding the police have to do with communism? Find out in this astonishing interview with former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia Joe diGenova. "People are going to have to stand up. They're going to have to say they won't tolerate this." And soon.
Libs Handcuff Police with Defund Cry
The fringe Left: Great at making slogans. Terrible at considering consequences. Maybe "DEFUND THE POLICE" makes an edgy statement slathered in yellow letters on D.C.'s 16th Street -- but putting it on paper, like Democratic lawmakers are threatening to do, would be one of the worst policy mistakes in history. And it's not just Republicans who think so.
Extraordinary Measures: Voters Tackle Life on the Ballot
It took 14,000 extra signatures, 1,500 volunteers, and two deadlines, but Colorado pro-lifers can finally breathe a sigh of relief. After a roller-coaster few months, the state will finally put Initiative 120 on the ballot -- and voters, not the government or the courts, will be deciding the future of the unborn.
Garden State Gradeschoolers Learn Trans Advocacy in Sex Ed
New Jersey just added "anal sex" to its learning standards for eighth graders, in an 8-4 vote by the state board of education. Beginning in 2022, all eighth graders who attend public schools in the Garden State must be proficient in "gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation." They will work to "[d]evelop a plan for the school to promote dignity and respect for people of all genders [sic], gender identities, gender expressions, and sexual orientations in the school community."
From Riots to Repentance
They were the biggest gatherings, by far, but in Washington, D.C., where one reporter said it "felt as if the entire city had emptied into downtown," the atmosphere felt different. Calmer. Despite the steady stream of crowds outside the White House, there were some signs of summer nights from simpler times. By dusk, there were ice cream trucks and little children playing on the grass. Strollers were parked outside restaurants where families were eating under umbrellas. In some places, people held hands and danced to street musicians -- a far cry from the sounds of sirens and shattered glass the weekend before.
Trump: The Right Man for the Jobs
It was the good news no one expected to get. After weeks of sky-is-falling predictions, the economy made a surprising comeback Friday with the news that the unemployment rate actually dropped for the first time since the coronavirus. A whopping 2.5 million jobs were added when the country started to reopen in earnest this month, giving Republicans -- and America -- a win at a time when we desperately need it.
Chinese Churches Can Reopen... If They Preach Party Doctrine
While coronavirus restrictions may be lifting for state-approved churches in China, many find themselves facing an even more dangerous situation -- being told what to teach by an officially atheist authoritarian regime.
'From the Quicksands of Injustice to the Rock'
If the protestors noticed the clouds, they didn't care. Hundreds of them walked down D.C. streets in sheets of rain, almost oblivious to the nighttime thunderstorm. Soaked, some of them knelt at the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial, quietly listening to his "I Have a Dream" speech in a kind of calm that's eluded the city for days. For several minutes after midnight, that iconic voice seemed to float over the Tidal Basin, a call as clear as it was all of those years ago: "Now is the time to rise from the dark."
Antifa: Creatures of Havoc
The motto from the underground training session was simple: "Get out there and do dangerous things as safely as possible." Caught on video by Project Veritas, the advice from the Antifa organizers was jarring. "Gouge their eyes." "If you get a good liver or kidney shot, it's pretty much crippling." "Run away while they're doubled over in pain," the "fight instructor" says. Whatever you do, destroy your enemy. And with any luck, the thugs think, your country too.
The George Floyd Culprit No One's Talking about
Derek Chauvin was no saint. That much was known long before his knee crushed the life out of George Floyd. After racking up 17 complaints in 19 years, the question most people have is -- what was he still doing on the police force anyway? If we can stand the answer, it would go a long way to getting some of these bad people off the beat. But it would also mean taking a long hard look at the power of unions in this country. And for some people, that's a bridge too far.
Dr. Mohler on the Riots, the Church, and America's Greatest Threat
Dr. Albert Mohler couldn't have predicted when he started his book that the title would be so tragically appropriate. The storm is most certainly here -- in the unrest of one man's death and the uncertainty from 110,000 more. Most people, Dr. Mohler insists, have no idea about the deepest challenge we face. What is it -- and what can we do about it? Find out in his interview on "Washington Watch."
Heavy Meddle: U.N. Blasts U.S. Governors on Life
If there's one thing we know about President Trump, it's that he won't tolerate America getting a raw deal. When it happened in trade pacts, he renegotiated. When it happened with COVID, he tore up WHO's check. If someone tries to take advantage of this country, they're going to pay a real price -- no matter who they are. And if the U.N. isn't careful, it might just be next.