- Liberty Institute Sends Letter to HHS to Clarify Family Research Council’s Requirements Under the HHS Mandate (faithinspires.wordpress.com)
- Paul Ryan to Right-Wing Activists: Obama Policies ‘Compromise Judeo-Christian Values’ (alternet.org)
- Family Research Council Voter Scorecard (rockinconservative.com)
Liberty Institute Sends Letter to HHS to Clarify Family Research Council’s Requirements Under the HHS Mandate
October 23, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Family Research Council (FRC) announced today that the Liberty Institute has submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on behalf of FRC, asking for clarification of whether FRC will be forced to cover sterilizations, abortifacients and contraceptives in its employee health care plans. If FRC does not hear from HHS by November 5, FRC will consider legal action challenging the enforcement of the HHS employer mandate.
J. Michael Johnson, senior counsel at the Liberty Institute, notes in the letter that “FRC believes that it should qualify as an exempt religious employer, but under the strict definition provided in the amended interim final regulations issued and made effective in August 2011, it may not. Because the precise application and final scope of the religious employer exemption remains ambiguous, we are hereby requesting a formal determination by the Department of Health and Human Services on whether or not FRC will be made to comply with the mandate. If you determine the religious exemption does apply to FRC, a legal challenge may be avoided.”
Johnson and Liberty Institute already serve as counsel on pending federal court litigation challenging Obamacare on behalf of other religious institutions. “If FRC is forced to comply with this unconscionable mandate, we will be happy to file an immediate challenge on its behalf,” said Johnson.
Of the letter FRC President Tony Perkins made the following comments:
“It is unbelievable that there is even a need to submit such a letter, since FRC and many religious organizations like it around the country should be recognized as such by the Obama administration. Religious bookstores, universities, and many other Christian-owned businesses have already been targeted, and many are fighting back in court against this unconstitutional attack on religious liberty. If HHS responds to this letter by insisting we comply with this unconstitutional mandate, then we will pursue other options to defend our religious liberty.
“Family Research Council will not comply with a mandate that forces us to violate the statement of faith that every employee agrees to. We are committed to repealing and replacing President Obama’s unjust health care law, which uses taxpayer dollars for abortion, further burdens American families, raises taxes and restricts religious liberty,” concluded Perkins.
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- Debunked: Biden Claims HHS Mandate Not an Assault on Religious Liberty (heritage.org)
- Liberty Institute: Assault on Religious Liberty is at All-Time High (and That’s Just Counting Christians) (blogs.dallasobserver.com)
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Family Research Council President Tony Perkins is pleased to announce today that Lt. Gen. (USA Ret.) William G. “Jerry” Boykin has joined Family Research Council as its Executive Vice President. In this role, he will oversee day-to-day operations including policy, finance, development, communications, human resources, facilities, information technology, constituent communications and services.
Of Boykin, Perkins said:
“We are very excited and pleased to announce that Lt. General Boykin is joining Family Research Council’s leadership team,” said FRC President Tony Perkins, a Marine veteran. “The depth of his leadership skills, forged under the most demanding circumstances, combined with his passion for faith, family and freedom, will greatly enhance FRC’s effectiveness and impact in Washington and beyond.”
General Boykin was one of the original members of the U.S. Army’s Delta Force. He was privileged ultimately to command these elite warriors in combat operations. Later, Jerry Boykin commanded all the Army’s Green Berets as well as the Special Warfare Center and School. His last four years in the Army were spent in Washington, D.C. as the U.S. Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence.
“I am honored to join the country’s premier Christian public policy organization dedicated to strengthening the family, defending life and advancing freedom,” said Boykin. “As I ponder the future that my six grandchildren will grow up in, I realize how important it is that I do my part to restore the values that made America a great nation. This is why I am honored to help advance Family Research Council’s mission of faith, family and freedom.”
Additionally Lt. Gen. Boykin will assist FRC in its expanded role of advocating for the men and women who continue to serve in our nation’s military.
“The Obama administration has undermined our nation’s security and increased the risk to those who serve by systematically using our nation’s military to advance a liberal social agenda. There is no one better equipped to speak on behalf of those who serve our nation in uniform and advocate for policies that uphold our national security than General Boykin,” concluded Perkins.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier today,
, a former Rutgers University student was found guilty of invasion of privacy. The student had been charged after his roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide after learning that Ravi had used a webcam to watch his sexual encounter with another man.
“Today’s verdict is another opportunity for all Americans to speak out against the behavior of anyone who would abuse another person – especially a child – because of his/her sexuality or any other reason. This is a complete violation of Jesus’s commandment to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Family Research Council believes that every individual deserves equal protection, and every offender should receive equal punishment.
“Unfortunately, some pro-homosexual activists would exploit the personal tragedies of these families to promote a political agenda. Some have even laid blame not on the actual bullies but on Christian churches and conservative politicians. It’s wrong to politicize these tragedies. Instead, we should focus on preventing the bullying of young people-for their sexual orientation, appearance, religion, or any other reason,” concluded Perkins.
- Dharun Ravi Convicted of Hate Crime in Tyler Clementi’s Death (ronskemp.wordpress.com)
- Ex-Rutgers student guilty in Tyler Clementi webcam suicide case (miamiherald.typepad.com)
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Family Research Council Action (FRC Action), the legislative advocacy arm of the Family Research Council, criticized the U.S. Senate vote today against Senator Roy Blunt’s “
” amendment. The amendment would have restored the status quo on conscience rights prior to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and protect against the recent mandate on abortifacients, sterilization and contraceptives by the Obama administration’s Department of Health and Human Services.
FRC Action will score the vote in its annual scorecard.
Of the vote, FRC Action President Tony Perkins said:
“Today, 51 senators, led by Sen. Harry Reid, sacrificed the Constitutional right of religious liberty on the altar of the Obama administration’s radical big-government agenda. They turned a deaf ear to the very real religious and moral objections of millions of Americans and the First Amendment rights of all.
“We thank Democrat Senators Joe Manchin, Robert Casey and Ben Nelson for standing up to their caucus and fighting for religious liberty. Their vote for Sen. Blunt’s bill, along with support from Republican Senators ranging from pro-life Senator Kelly Ayotte to pro-abortion Senator Susan Collins showed that this is not about women’s health but about whether the government can violate religious liberties.
“The President and Congress need to wake up and realize that they have run into an immovable wall of principle that religious liberties are still in fact fundamental rights in this country. No political machinations they attempt will surmount the unshakeable religious and moral convictions of those of us opposing this government mandate.
“We urge the House of Representatives to pass Congressman Jeff Fortenberry’s legislation and send it back to the Senate as Americans increasingly realize that their fundamental religious liberties are being threatened.”
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