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Fixer Upper Pastor Joins Washington Watch with Tony Perkins

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Yesterday, Jimmy Seibert, founder and senior pastor of Antioch Community Church and pastor to HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines, appeared on Washington Watch with Tony Perkins, a national radio show which airs on more than 240 stations across the country. On the show, Pastor Seibert discussed the attacks leveled against him simply because he preached the biblical view of marriage. BuzzFeed published an article criticizing Pastor Seibert for preaching biblical truth and went on to question Chip and Joanna Gaines on the degree to which they agreed with their pastor’s views.

In the interview, Pastor Seibert explained what impact BuzzFeed’s attack piece was having on the traffic to the Antioch Community Church’s website, “Viewership has increased by a thousand fold… That has actually been the most encouraging side of the journey over the last 48 hours or so. Thousands, and maybe hundreds of thousands of people are now getting Scripture, getting some clarity, getting some truth and some thought on this issue of marriage, and life, and sexual identity. In a weird way we’re grateful, because that message is getting out.”

When asked about speaking truth in love Pastor Seibert went on to say, “I call it ‘compassion clarity’. God defined what marriage is, not you, or I, or anyone. God defined what male and female are. As a person of faith I just decided that God’s got to be right. That does not mean that we’re not all on a journey. There has to be tremendous compassion for anyone and any sin or any journey or any challenge. There’s great compassion for the journey but we can’t switch the fixed point. God’s truth and God’s word is going to be our fixed point that we’re all journeying toward.”

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, the host of Washington Watch, responded, “This reminds me of another passage of Scripture. It says, ‘all things work together for good, for those who love the Lord and are called according to his purposes.’ …[this] is actually giving a platform to the truth and a lot of people are seeing something they may not have seen before,” concluded Perkins.

To listen to the full interview, click this link: https://soundcloud.com/family-research-council/20161201-jimmy-seibert

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Pro-Family Legend Phyllis Schlafly Dies at 92

Phyllis Schlafly, attorney, author, activist credited with everything from defeating the Equal Rights Amendment, to spear heading Bary Goldwater’s nomination for president of the United States has died. She was also the founder and president of Eagle Forum the powerful nationwide pro-family advocacy group.

Ed Martin who worked closely with her first broke the news to Eagle Forum‘s supporters around the country by email, just minutes before the news was released to the media. In the group’s official statement Martin wrote ” Today, Phyllis Schlafly passed away in the presence of her family at her home in St. Louis, Missouri.

An iconic American leader whose love for America was surpassed only by her love of God and her family, Phyllis Schlafly, an indomitable pro-family grassroots advocate and organizer, was 92 years old.  Mrs. Schlafly was preceded in death by her beloved husband Fred and is survived by six children along with 16 grand and 3 great grandchildren.

Phyllis Schlafly spent an astounding 70 years in public service of her fellow Americans. Her focus from her earliest days until her final ones was protecting the family, which she understood as the building block of life.  She recognized America as the greatest political embodiment of those values.  From military superiority and defense to immigration and trade; from unborn life to the nuclear family and parenthood, Phyllis Schlafly was a courageous and articulate voice for common sense and traditional values.  She authored 27 books and thousands of articles.  She spoke tens of thousands of times across the United States.

Her joy in life was evident to all through her smile and wit. Funeral arrangements are pending.”

Tributes from conservative leaders across the country are already flooding in,

Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, Founder of FaithInspires.Org said this hearing of the news, ” I was still a child when Phyllis Schlafly was already known all over the country for defending traditional family values against those of the popular culture. She has helped define the American Pro-Family Movement for almost 7 decades. Even Imagining the Pro-Family Movement without her helping guide it is near impossible. Her contributions have been incalculable. If we find comfort in anything it is that her leadership and wisdom will remain with us for generations. May God’s comfort and strength be the constant companion of her family, and all who knew her as we travel through our grief. ”

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement on the passing of Phyllis Schlafly: “Phyllis Schlafly will be remembered for her courageous leadership in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. With the political establishment, the media, and academia all arrayed against her, she organized a grassroots movement that not only stopped the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) but became the foundation for the pro-life, pro-family movement we have today.

“I have little doubt that the political and cultural landscape of America today would have long ago been devoid of true conservatism if not for her leadership. She never surrendered her principles and she never gave in to intimidation.

“Her love for God and this country drove her to fight for the Constitutional principles that founded this nation. We honor Phyllis for the lessons that she taught us all. I’m proud to have stood alongside her for faith, family and freedom,” concluded Perkins.

Presidential Candidate Donald Trump  was quoted by THE Hill newspaper as saying  “Phyllis Schlafly is a conservative icon who led millions to action, reshaped the conservative movement, and fearlessly battled globalism and the ‘kingmakers’ on behalf of America’s workers and families,” Trump said in a statement Monday night.

“I was honored to spend time with her during this campaign as she waged one more great battle for national sovereignty. I was able to speak with her by phone only a few weeks ago, and she sounded as resilient as ever. Our deepest prayers go out to her family and all her loved ones.”

 

Family Research Council Statement on NBA All-Star Game Re-Locating to New Orleans

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the NBA announced it will move the 2017 NBA All-Star Game to New Orleans, Louisiana. The game was originally scheduled to be hosted in Charlotte, North Carolina, but the NBA moved the game out of Charlotte in protest over passage of North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which provides common sense protections for bathroom privacy and against government overreach.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement:

“I commend North Carolina Governor McCrory for his political courage and moral clarity in not caving in to the NBA’s threats to move the All-Star game. He stared down the giant of the NBA and stood strong against government discrimination of private entities and for the principles of protecting privacy and safety in government buildings.

“My home state of Louisiana, like North Carolina, is one of 32 states in the U.S. that does not force private businesses to allow men in women’s showers, locker rooms, and restrooms. On the other hand, in New Orleans—the same as in Charlotte—the NBA will be free to divide the restrooms at its own event on the basis of self-professed ‘gender identity’ instead of objective biological sex, if it wishes to do so. Only politics—not the well-being of transgender persons or anyone else—motivated this disruptive and punitive move.

“The hypocrisy of the NBA over North Carolina’s HB 2 law is utterly stunning. The NBA is willing to turn a blind eye and play games in countries, like the People’s Republic of China, that regularly oppress their own citizens.

“The NBA should focus on basketball, not on redefining what it means to be male or female,” concluded Perkins.

Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage Evokes Strong Reactions From Christian Leaders.

By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, Editor Faithinspires.Org

Earlier today the U.S. Supreme Court released its ruling that the U.S. Constitution guarantees same sex couples the right to marry. News of the decision had barely crossed “ the wires” when the reaction from all parts of our nations Christian leaders came flooding back across the same news wires, emails to supporters etc. What follows is a small sampling from some of the press releases etc. we have seen.

The Evangelical Church Alliance issued a statement which read in part,

Evangelical Church Alliance (ECA), one of America’s oldest associations of independent Evangelical ministers, missionaries, and military and institutional chaplains, reaffirms the biblical, natural, and millennial-old nature of the definition of marriage as exclusively between one man and one woman.

The Supreme Court of the United States does not possess the authority, or the expertise, to speak to the nature of Holy Matrimony, which is exclusively within God’s provenance. Jesus explicitly spoke to the divine origin and purpose of marriage when he said, “[A]t the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh?’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Matthew 19:4-6)

The ECA takes seriously the assurance of Associate Justice Kennedy and the four other justices when they write in today’s opinion, “[I]t must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned. The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths, and to their own deep aspirations to continue the family structure they have long revered.”

Jonathan Falwell of Thomas Road Baptist Church contributed this to the conversation,

“It is a sad day in our nation when the Supreme Court believes it has the moral right to redefine marriage. Beyond the clear Biblical mandate that marriage is a sacred covenant between a man and a woman, this decision flies in the face of all of recorded history. The Bible clearly commands us to love others regardless of their spiritual or moral condition, but it does not leave room for us to change the definition of sin. For those in the faith community, this decision doesn’t change what we do or how we do it. We will continue to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the only hope for the world. We will do this in a way that always reflects Christ’s love, but we will not compromise our values or beliefs according to the Scriptures.”

Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council said in his statement,

“Five justices on the Supreme Court have overturned the votes of 50 million Americans and demanded that the American people walk away from millennia of history and the reality of human nature.

“In reaching a decision so lacking in foundation in the text of the Constitution, in our history, and in our traditions, the Court has done serious damage to its own legitimacy.

“No court can overturn natural law.  Nature and Nature’s God, hailed by the signers of our Declaration of Independence as the very source of law, cannot be usurped by the edict of a court, even the United States Supreme Court.

“Marriage is rooted not only in human history, but also in the biological and social reality that children are created by, and do best when raised by, a mother and a father. No court ruling can alter this truth.

“It is folly for the Court to think that it has resolved a controversial issue of public policy. By disenfranchising 50 million Americans, the Court has instead supercharged this issue.

“Just as with Roe v. Wade in 1973, the courts will not have the final say on this profound social matter.  The American people will stand up for their right to have a voice and a vote, especially as they experience the ways in which redefining marriage fundamentally impairs their freedom to live and work in accordance with their beliefs.

Steve Crampton, Special Counsel to The Thomas Moore Society who wrote the Society’s amicus brief which made up part of the case the Supreme Court ruled on today, responded this way,

“Today’s Supreme Court decision purporting to redefine the institution of marriage will be regarded by many Americans as a grave aberration that obliterates the borderline between the rule of law and policy-making. Natural marriage – the union of one man and one woman – is the foundation for a stable, fruitful civil society. Without it, societies are prone to crumble. The Constitution does not authorize the Court to redefine marriage, nor to rob the people of their right of self-governance – to debate and determine for themselves what laws will govern. This is not justice. It is sheer judicial activism and politics run amok.”

Rev. Anthony Evans, President to the National Black Church Initiative declares,

“The Supreme Court has redefined the concept of marriage in America by declaring everyone has a right to marriage despite their sexual orientation. The church strongly believes the Supreme Court is about to abolish the institution of biblical marriage…..a marriage between a man and a woman.”  This is such an extraordinary ruling bound to cause great anguish in bodies of religions all across the world.  Demonstrated acts of unconditional love for our gay brothers and sisters must be exhibited to ensure a smooth transition within and among all communities through the midst of this sensitive legal and moral issue.

This is why the National Black Church Initiative is reaching out to our gay brothers and sisters in anticipation of preventing any verbal, physical or emotional acts against the gay community.  We strongly believe in the effectualness of prayer and having a venue for open dialogue and communication as the appropriate solutions going forward.  Therefore we are calling for and invite the leadership of the gay community to visit our houses of Christian worship as we seek to show ourselves friendly and engage in this great journey of unconditional love.”

“This is a tragic day for America,” said Linda Harvey, president of Mission America, an Ohio-based Christian pro-family group. “By this unjust and unconstitutional decision, the rule of law in America apparently no longer applies. There is no phrase or word in the 14th Amendment that justifies this illegitimate ruling that will create a monumental, unnecessary division in this country by setting a standard supporting sexual deviance.”

The opinion’s legitimacy is also in question for the refusal of Justices Ginsburg and Kagan to recuse themselves, despite their public participation in same sex “marriages” in the past.

States have been regulating marriage law for over a century, so the majority ruling defies the precedent of states’ rights, including the lawful votes of over 51 million American voters who cast ballots in favor of man/woman marriage in state constitutional amendments, Harvey also said.

“This unsupportable ruling will open the door to the violation of religious convictions and to civil disobedience if necessary by people of faith,” added Harvey. “Despite the bone tossed to people of faith by Justice Kennedy in his majority opinion, Americans can no longer trust this court or trust that such First Amendment freedoms will be sustained.”

This next comment is part of a statement issued by the Georgia Baptist Convention,

“ The Georgia Baptist Convention (GBC) is disappointed and saddened by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on state bans against same sex marriage. The ruling contradicts the longstanding tradition of, and historical definition of marriage between a man and a woman. Even more essential, it contradicts the biblical definition of marriage.

As Justice Kennedy pointed out in arguments, the long-standing belief that marriage is between a man and a woman is “millennia, plus time.” As Christians, our belief is that marriage is ordained by God in the scriptures at the beginning, and only between a man and a woman. Government didn’t create marriage, and therefore shouldn’t change the definition of marriage, nor force it upon those who do not wish to participate in it.

Scripture tells us in the book of Matthew, “that He who created them in the beginning made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” “Throughout the scriptures it is very clear what God’s idea and purpose of marriage is,” said Dr. J. Robert White, executive director, Georgia Baptist Convention. “We support the biblical view of marriage on moral religious grounds, but also for the value and impact traditional marriage has on the family, stability and society as a whole.”

Institute for Religion and Democracy President Mark Tooley commented:

“As in other infamous politicized rulings, the Supreme Court has chosen fashion over law. There are no winners, and the biggest losers are children in America who are the chief victims of the breakdown of marriage and family.

“As The Church has for 42 years rallied ongoing resistance to the court’s Roe vs. Wade invention of a right to unrestricted abortion, so now The Church must resist the court’s attempt to claim authority over the definition of marriage.

“The coming decades offer the opportunity for Christians and other traditionalists to help revive marriage and family as increasing numbers of Americans suffer the consequences of radical secularist assaults on both.

“Now is not the time for despair, retreat or anger. The court’s arrogance should be mocked, and The Church should declare that, in a free society, appointed judges don’t have power over what is eternally rooted in creation.”

Brian S. Brown president of the National Organization for Marriage said in part,

Though expected, today’s decision is completely illegitimate. We reject it and so will the American people. It represents nothing but judicial activism, legislating from the bench, with a bare majority of the Justices on the Supreme Court exercising raw political power to impose their own preferences on marriage when they have no constitutional authority to do so. It is a lawless ruling that contravenes the decisions of over 50 million voters and their elected representatives. It is a decision that is reminiscent of other illegitimate Court rulings such as Dred Scott and Roe v Wade and will further plunge the Supreme Court into public disrepute.

Make no mistake about it: The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and countless millions of Americans do not accept this ruling. Instead, we will work at every turn to reverse it.

The US Supreme Court does not have the authority to redefine something it did not create. Marriage was created long before the United States and our constitution came into existence. Our constitution says nothing about marriage. The majority who issued today’s ruling have simply made it up out of thin air with no constitutional authority.”

From the Episcopal Church which was meeting in its General Convention at the time of the ruling, two of its leaders came out in favor of the Supreme Court’s decision,

First by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori,

“I rejoice that the Supreme Court has opened the way for the love of two people to be recognized by all the states of this union, and that the court has recognized that it is this enduring, humble love that extends beyond the grave that is to be treasured by society wherever it exists,” she said. “Our society will be enriched by the public recognition of such enduring faithful love in families headed by two men or two women as well as by a woman and a man. The children of this land will be stronger when they grow up in families that cannot be unmade by prejudice or discrimination. May love endure and flourish wherever it is to be found.”

To which House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings added,

“As we Christians are known to say from time to time: ‘Alleluia’.”

“I am elated that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states. In March I had the great privilege of signing on to an amicus brief urging the justices to make the decision they announced today, and I am deeply grateful that they have granted a fundamental human right to people whom had been denied it for so long.”

Jennings said she supports marriage equality “not in spite of my faith but because of it.”

“In more than 35 years of ordained ministry, I have known many faithful, committed same-sex couples whose love gave me a deeper understanding of God’s love and whose joy in one another testified to the goodness of God’s creation,” she said. “I have also learned through simple, everyday experience that same-sex couples make vital contributions to our common life, and I rejoice at the security today’s ruling affords them.”

I am sure this will by no means be the end of the reaction from Christian groups and leaders. It is highly likely that we will be adding more to this article in the coming days.- Pastor Crutchfield

Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins to Join Atlanta Rally in Support of Fired Fire Chief

January 12, 2015

Nearly 28,000 petitions gathered in support of Chief, Religious Freedom

ATLANTA, GA — Tomorrow, Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins will join Atlanta area pastors and religious liberty advocates at a rally in support of former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran. Cochran was suspended and then fired because of a book he wrote for a men’s Bible study group at his Baptist church.

The “Standing for our Faith Rally” is scheduled to take place at the Georgia Capitol Rotunda at 1:30 p.m. FRC has gathered nearly 28,000 petitions over the last few days protesting the overreach of government authority that resulted in the Chief’s firing.

“The idea that the government can force public servants to surrender their First Amendment rights is outrageous,” said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.

“If a government will fire someone for their religious beliefs, no beliefs are safe from government regardless of how sacred those beliefs may be. Mayor Reed is sending a very clear message that Christians must check their faith at the door of public service.

“Increasingly, the expectation seems to be that anyone in public service shouldn’t serve in Sunday school, lead Bible studies, write books, or believe anything contrary to government dictates. I stand with Chief Cochran, Atlanta pastors and all those who cherish our constitutional freedoms of speech and religious freedom,” concluded Perkins.

WHO: Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council

WHAT: Standing for Our Faith Rally

WHERE: Georgia Capitol Rotunda

WHEN: 1:30 PM — 2:30 PM ET Tuesday, January 13, 2015

FRC’s Tony Perkins Wraps up Visit to Israel as a part of ‘Christians in Solidarity with Israel’ Trip

 

JERUSALEM, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Family Research Council President Tony Perkins is wrapping up a visit to Israel this week as a part of the “Christians in Solidarity with Israel” trip, hosted by the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB).  He met with several high level Israeli officials including Nir Barkat, Jerusalem’s mayor and advisors to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.   Perkins’ national radio show, Washington Watch, broadcast live from Jerusalem during Perkins’ trip.

Perkins made the following comments about his trip during which he observed missile attacks on Israel:

“We came to see first-hand what is happening in Israel, show our support for Israel’s right to defend itself, and remind Christians to pray for Israel.

“Near the Gaza border, I met an Israeli man in a bomb shelter whose recently vacated house was hit and destroyed by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip.   Tragically, missile attacks have become a way of life.  However, it is not the missile attacks they fear the most but the underground tunnels of terror.

“During our meeting with the mayor of Jerusalem, we read Psalms 122:6.  This Scripture took on a deeper meaning sitting with the mayor of Jerusalem knowing that he was leading the city we have been instructed by God to pray for. We prayed for him and then walked outside on the terrace overlooking the entire city. Psalm 122 does not have an expiration date.  This is why we continue to emphasize the need for American Christians to remain steadfast in prayer for the peace of Jerusalem so that all the people of that region, Jewish and Palestinian, can live without fear. In addition, we must not forget the many Palestinian Christians who are under the control of Hamas. We also stand with those in the West Bank and Gaza who truly desire peace.

“Evil unleashed is the only way to describe what is taking place in the Middle East.  Thousands of missiles are raining down on Israel at the same time Christians are being slaughtered across Iraq and Syria.  Sadly, we are seeing the ongoing consequences of the failed foreign policy of the Obama administration.

Israel is truly an oasis of freedom in a bad neighborhood.  It’s the only place in the Middle East where Christians can live out their faith without persecution.  America’s commitment to Israel’s security is and must remain sacrosanct – especially now as it defends itself from terrorism,” concluded Perkins.

Those joining Mr. Perkins and Dr. Johnson included Kay Arthur, Co-Founder, Precept Ministries; William A. Blount, President, Blount Communications Group, and Chairman, NRB Board of Directors; Richard P. Bott II, President & CEO, Bott Radio Network; Annette M. Garcia, President/GM, Son Broadcasting Co. Inc.; Richard Land, President, Southern Evangelical Seminary; Anne Graham Lotz, President, AnGeL Ministries; Katie Pavlich, News Editor/Fox News Contributor, Townhall.com/Townhall Magazine; Jerry K. Rose, President & CEO, Total Living Network; and Chelsen A. Vicari, Evangelical Action Director, The Institute on Religion & Democracy.

Conservative Christians React to the Supreme Court’s Decision on Marriage

U.S. Supreme Court building.

U.S. Supreme Court building. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today the U.S. Supreme Court announced their decision on the definition of marriage. Below is some of the reaction from leading Conservative Christian attorneys who have been involved in, or very closely following the case.

Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Austin R. Nimocks had this to say,

“Despite the Supreme Court’s decision, the debate over marriage has only
just begun. The court’s decision does not silence the voices of
Americans. Marriage–the union of husband and wife–will remain
timeless, universal, and special, particularly because children need
mothers and fathers. This has been the experience of diverse cultures
and faiths throughout history, including the American experience, and
that will not change. Americans will continue
advancing the truth about marriage between a man and a woman and why it
matters for children, civil society, and limited government.”

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council released the following statement,

“While
we are disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down part
of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the court today did not
impose the sweeping nationwide redefinition of natural marriage that was
sought. Time is not on the side of those seeking to create same-sex
‘marriage.’ As the American people are given time to experience the
actual consequences of redefining marriage, the public debate and
opposition to the redefinition of natural marriage will undoubtedly
intensify.

“We are encouraged that the court learned from the disaster of Roe v. Wade
and refrained from redefining marriage for the entire country.
However, by striking down the federal definition of marriage in DOMA,
the Court is asserting that Congress does not have the power to define
the meaning of words in statutes Congress itself has enacted. This is
absurd. The Defense of Marriage Act imposes no uniform
definition of marriage upon the individual states. However, the states
should not be able to impose varying definitions of marriage upon the
federal government. The ruling that the federal government must
recognize same-sex ‘marriages’ in states that recognize them raises as
many questions as it answers. For example, what is the status of such
couples under federal law if they move to another state that does not
recognize their ‘marriage?’ This decision throws open the doors for
whole new rounds of litigation.

“We
are disturbed that the court refused to acknowledge that the proponents
of Proposition 8 have standing to defend Proposition 8. This
distorts the balance of powers between the legislative, executive, and
judicial branches of government. The Court’s decision allows the
executive branch to effectively veto any duly enacted law, simply by
refusing to defend it against a constitutional challenge. Ironically, by
refusing to defend the law, California’s executive branch has also
denied the nation any definitive ruling on the constitutionality of
defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

“What
is inevitable is that the male and female relationship will continue to
be uniquely important to the future of society. The reality is that
society needs children, and children need a mom and a dad. We will
continue to work to restore and promote a healthy marriage culture,
which will maximize the chances of a child being raised by a married
mother and father,” Perkins concluded.

Perkins
will discuss the Court’s decision today on his daily radio show,
Washington Watch, heard daily from 5-6 p.m. Eastern on the American
Family Radio network and online at www.TonyPerkins.com.

FRC’s
Ken Klukowski, J.D. attended oral arguments. He co-authored a legal
brief in the marriage litigation. FRC’s Chris Gacek, J.D., Ph.D., worked
with Paul B. Linton, J.D. of the Thomas More Society on FRC’s amicus
briefs in the DOMA and Prop 8 cases.

FRC’s Defense of Marriage Act amicus brief: http://www.frc.org/legalbrief/amicus-brief-us-v-windsor

FRC’s Proposition 8 amicus brief: http://www.frc.org/legalbrief/amicus-brief-hollingsworth-v-perry

 

“Today is a tragic day for marriage and our nation. The Supreme Court has dealt a profound injustice to the American people…The Court got it wrong.”

 

Human Life International President Father Shenan J. Boquet had the following comments on today’s ruling,

 

“Since marriage is an institution that predates any government, the nature and definition of marriage were never in doubt, and thus could not justly be changed by any court or vote,” said Father Boquet. “Marriage still is, and has always been, a covenant by which one man and one woman establish a partnership for life that is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of children.”

“We must continue to demand that our political leaders recognize and protect this most natural institution especially in this time of intense bigotry and discrimination toward those who defend marriage in the public square,” said Father Boquet.

“Most Americans know that this debate over marriage will never ultimately be settled by the Court, for at least two reasons,” said Father Boquet. “First, those who are leading the assault on marriage have demonstrated again and again their disdain for laws that defend marriage and for the will of those with whom they disagree. Theirs is a crusade against both faith and reason, and they are no more likely to stop with a court decision than are the defenders of marriage.”

“Second,” he said, “the definition of marriage is not determined by any court or any legislative vote. A just nation recognizes and upholds the true meaning of marriage for the common good of the people and the institutions of the nation.”

“Our larger task remains the same – to remind all people of good will that without marriage, there is no prosperous and unified future for any nation,” Father Boquet said. “As the lifetime, faithful, and life-welcoming union of one woman and one man, marriage is naturally the best place to welcome children into the world and form them in love and truth. The more a society understands this natural fact, the healthier and more unified it will be. The more this natural fact is attacked, the more divided we will become, needing ever more expensive governmental solutions (welfare, prisons, etc.) to compensate for the natural good that has been discarded.”

“Finally we note that these decisions do not bode well for the freedom of those religious institutions, such as the Catholic Church, who can only uphold the true definition of marriage. We expect that persecution of the Church will increase as opponents of true marriage demand that no dissent be tolerated, and that religious institutions participate in performing ‘marriage’ ceremonies for same-sex couples or suffer charges of discrimination. We are prepared for these inevitable events, and we stand in solidarity and hope with all who defend marriage.”

FRC Action Sees Signs of Massive Turnout Among Values Voters

Values Voter Summit

Values Voter Summit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Family Research Council Action says evidence suggests massive Election Day turnout among values voters. In the last 14 months FRC Action’s Values Bus has crisscrossed the country campaigning for values in 28 states. The Values Bus was greeted by enthusiastic crowds as it spent the final weekend of this election cycle in Ohio.
FRC Action President, Tony Perkins spoke at a church in Dayton, Ohio Sunday morning and a church in Springdale, Ohio on Sunday evening.
“In my almost twenty years involved in politics, I have never seen values voters so energized,” said Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins. “This level of intensity is clearly driven by this administration’s policies that are so hostile to religious freedom. The Obamacare’s mandates are a clear infringement on religious freedom.
“President Obama talks about the freedom of worship which is what we do within the four walls of the church.   However, values voters are concerned about the freedom of religion which is the ability to live your life according to the teachings of your faith. These voters see that freedom of religion is under attack by this President. I would not be surprised to see tomorrow’s turnout of values voters eclipse what we saw in 2004,” concluded Perkins.
This year, in advance of the election:
·         FRC has helped register nearly 500,000 new values voters and distributed millions of voter guides through FRC’s allies and its network of more than 18,000 churches.

·         FRC hosted a major simulcast, “iPledge Sunday 2012,” which reached over 6,000 churches and home groups and aired on Christian television networks across the country.

·         FRC has been touring the country this year with the Heritage Foundation for the “Your Money, Your Values, Your Vote” Values Bus tour. The tour has traveled more than 70,000 miles through 28 states over the last 14 months.

·         Faith Family Freedom Fund launched the “Repeal and Replace McCaskill” bus tour in Missouri to raise awareness about Sen. Claire McCaskill’s far left voting record.

·         Faith Family Freedom Fund spent over $550,000 on TV and radio ads in closely contested congressional races.

·         FRC Action hosted its annual Values Voter Summit, the largest gathering of social conservatives every year in Washington, D.C.
For a list of candidates endorsed by FRC Action PAC, click here: www.frcactionpac.org/endorsements
On Election night, Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins, along with FRC’s Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell and FRC Action PAC President Connie Mackey are available to discuss the presidential race, state races where FRC Action PAC and the Faith Family Freedom Fund have been invested, and the marriage ballot initiatives in Maryland, Maine, Washington and Minnesota.

Liberty Institute Sends Letter to HHS to Clarify Family Research Council’s Requirements Under the HHS Mandate

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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.

To read the letter, click here: http://downloads.frc.org/EF/EF12J56.pdf

Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin Joins Family Research Council As Executive Vice President

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William G. Boykin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.