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Dear Friends,Self-professed atheists like Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins often say that Christianity is an absurd religion that believes in things like “talking snakes.” While it’s lamentable that Maher and Dawkins feel the need to take Scripture passages out of context to prop up straw man arguments, I often wonder what they would say in response to profound Christian witness that gets to the heart of why our faith is the Truth.I came across an example of this kind of witness recently from Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P., who makes this penetrating insight about the nature of our God and how He conforms to the natural desires of our hearts:If you look into your heart and consider the kind of god you deem ideal, what you come up with is Jesus. Given the chance to custom order the divinity who best satisfies the desires of our heart, we would design a deity tender and compassionate, whose joy was to accompany us as a friend in our earthly travails. We would want a god infinitely wise, eager to teach us the things we need to know in order for life to be filled with meaning and joy. We would insist on a god who was merciful and ever swift to forgive our sins… one with a special preference for the poor and the needy. We would want a god of perfect peace, promising happiness, blessing us with hope… one who was extravagantly generous and totally giving of self. We would want a god who was in love with us.But, in fact, when we meet such a man in Jesus Christ, we can’t help but to respond the way people in the Gospel do: Where did this man get all this? Don’t we know his father and mother? Isn’t this the son of the carpenter? Which means that the automatic impulse when we meet Jesus Christ is to presume that what makes him so unique and exceptional—unlike anyone else we have ever met—is his Father.The Son of God exposes our presumption: You know me and also know where I am from. Yet I did not come on my own, but the one who sent me, whom you do not know, is true (Jn 7:28). The more we gaze upon Jesus Christ in all his ineffable goodness, the more we are compelled to cry with Philip, Show us the Father (Jn 14:8). (Excerpted from Magnificat, Vol. 19, No. 4 / June 2017, p. 3-4)May we be forever grateful to our amazing God, who consummately fulfills our truest human desire for a perfect Father.Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.Sincerely,Dan Hart Managing Editor for Publications Family Research Council FRC ArticlesSecretary Mattis: Focus on War-Fighting, Ditch the Social Engineering – Lt. Gen. Jerry BoykinMaxine Waters: The Left’s Best Against Donald Trump? – Ken BlackwellRolling Thunder, ‘Missing Man’ tables and the Bible – Lt. Gen. Jerry BoykinDemocrat Outreach to Pro-Lifers Will Take More Than Talk – Tony PerkinsNew Research Shows “Adult-Like” Nerves in Very Young Embryos: Affirming the Likelihood of Fetal Pain – Arina GrossuHungarian Megachurch a Model of Salt and Light in Europe – Peter SpriggBudapest Family Summit Explores Ways to Revitalize the Family – Peter SpriggA Fitting Tribute to Memorial Day – Chris GacekFRC’s Arina Grossu Speaks at New D.C. Abortion Business Operated by Controversial Abortionist – Arina Grossu“Blasphemy Laws” Violate Religious Liberty – Travis WeberEmotionally Manipulative Videos Can’t Save Planned Parenthood – Dan Hart Religious LibertyReligious Liberty in the Public SquareVICTORY: Court affirms Christian’s right to refuse in good faith to make ‘LGBT Pride’ shirts – Peter LaBarbera, LifeSiteNewsRage at Rubio’s Bible Tweets: More Evidence of Troubling Bias Against Christians – John Zmirak, The StreamSheriff Ordered to Remove ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers’ Decals – Todd Starnes, The StreamUndercover Planned Parenthood Video Removed from YouTube at Judge’s Order – Alexandra DeSanctis, National ReviewParents Sue San Diego School District Over ‘Initiative to Combat Islamophobia’ – Heather Clark, Christian NewsWhite House Acts to Roll Back Birth-Control Mandate for Religious Employers – Robert Pear, The New York TimesInternational Religious FreedomThe continuing tragedy of Egypt’s Coptic Christians – Samuel Tadros, The Washington PostTrump Should Adopt an International Religious-Freedom Policy with Teeth – Tina Ramirez, National ReviewWives of Chinese torture victims beg Congress for help – June Cheng, WORLD5 Ways to give persecuted Christians help beyond the hashtag – David Mills, AleteiaIndia Arrests Christians for Taking Kids to Bible Camp – Samuel Smith, The Christian Post LifeAbortionWhy The Latest Planned Parenthood Video Is A Breakthrough – Becky Visosky, The FederalistPlanned Parenthood’s Main Abortion Clinic Has Injured 4 Women in Botched Abortions Already This Year – Cheryl Sullenger, Life NewsPlanned Parenthood to Close Three Abortion Clinics in California – Micaiah Bilger, LifeNewsNew law may force pro-life groups to hire abortion activists – Fr. Mark Hodges, LifeSiteNewsUndercover Video Exposes Deep Contradiction at the Heart of Planned Parenthood – Jay Hobbs, The Daily SignalPlanned Parenthood’s newly released annual report shows abortions have increased – again – Susan Michelle-Hanson, Live ActionAdoptionWhy women aren’t choosing adoption – and how pro-lifers can change that – Matt Hadro, CruxTexas Adoption Law Could Jumpstart Christian Agencies Again – Kate Shellnutt, Christianity TodayIllinois Purges Social Workers and Foster Families Who Don't 'Facilitate Transgenderism' – Mary Hasson, The FederalistBioethicsCreating babies from skin cells turns procreation into transaction: scientist – Maggie Maslak, CAN/EWTN NewsTime for a "Populist" Bioethics Commission – Wesley J. Smith, First ThingsThe Dangerous Advance on Assisted Suicide You Probably Haven't Heard About – Bobby Schindler, NewsBustersPope Francis Cautions Against Dangers of Genetic Manipulation That Can Create 'Super Humans' – Felix N. Codilla, The Christian PostObamacareMcConnell steps into Obamacare firing line – Burgess Everett and Jennifer Haberkorn, PoliticoMcConnell faces a challenge passing health care in Senate – Alan Fram, Associated Press FamilyEconomics/EducationDeliver Us from iPads – Heather Wilhelm, National ReviewWhat Exactly Are Christian Schools Selling (or Marketing)? – Robert F. Davis, The Christian PostMany Women Want Careers That Are Compatible with Raising Children – Naomi Schaefer Riley, Family StudiesThe Closing of the American Mind Thirty Years Later: A Symposium – Nathan Schlueter, Public DiscourseDo-It-Yourself Biology – Deacon James H. Toner, CrisisObama’s regulations in 2016 to drain economy by $2 trillion – David Sherfinski, The Washington TimesMarriageDelaying Marriage and Parenthood – John Stonestreet and Roberto Rivera, BreakPointStudy: Growing Number of Millennials Believe in Traditional Gender RolesThe Surprising Link Between Broken Families And America’s Opioid Crisis – Tamás Ungar, The FederalistWhat The New York Times Gets Wrong About Marriage, Health, and Well-Being – Tyler J. VanderWeele, Family StudiesFaith/Character/CultureTo Repair Our Fractured Republic, Get To Know Your Neighbors – Gracy Olmstead, The FederalistThe Kids Are Not Okay—and Neither Is America – Collin Hansen, The Gospel CoalitionAnne With an E Trades Realism for ‘Realism’ – Esther O’Reilly, The StreamVideo: On Pride, Humility, and Social Media – Bp. Robert Barron, Word On FireAmerica’s Social Fabric Is Eroding. Government Must Avoid Feeding the Problem. – Sen. Mike Lee, The Daily SignalHuman SexualityNevada governor signs bill to ban conversion therapy, with exemption for religious organizations – Chandrika Narayan, Fox 13What’s at Stake in the Left’s Effort to Redefine ‘Sex’ in Pennsylvania Law – Michael Geer, The Daily SignalMen and Women Are Not the Same – Alastair Roberts, The Gospel CoalitionWhat’s in a Name? Why Christians Should Be Wary of the Word "Transgender" – Andrew T. Walker, Public DiscourseWhy the New York Times Now Favors Adultery – Austin Ruse, CrisisHuman TraffickingNew Human Trafficking Foundation May Support Abortion and Prostitution – Austin Ruse, C-FamA vulnerable approach to ending human trafficking – Raleigh Sadler, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionPornography5 Steps for Finding Freedom From Porn and Masturbation – Alice Neaves, The Christian Post5 Reasons Satan loves pornography – Tom Hoopes, AleteiaChris Rock Gets Real About 'Damaging Affects' of Porn – Jeannie Law, The Christian PostWhy Fighting Sex Trafficking Absolutely Involves Fighting Pornography – Karen Countryman-Roswurm, Fight the New DrugFighting the New Drug: Pornography – Sue Haggerty, Catholic Digest
Dear Friends,Over the past few years, it has been clear that the mainstream media does not have a clue about the real world implications of the attacks on religious liberty that believers, particularly Christians, have been suffering. People like Donald Vander Boon and groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor have been repeatedly bullied by their own government into forced participation of an extreme LGBT and abortion agenda. For too long, the media has either ignored these stories or falsely portrayed believers as the “extremists.”Now, a few cracks in this one-sided façade are starting to appear. A recent New Yorker article about Rod Dreher (author of The Benedict Option) quotes Andrew Sullivan, a Catholic writer who identifies as homosexual: “‘There is simply no way for an orthodox Catholic to embrace same-sex marriage,’ he said. ‘The attempt to conflate that with homophobia is a sign of the unthinking nature of some liberal responses to religion’ … ‘Rod forces you to understand what real pluralism is: actually accepting people with completely different world views than your own.’” The author goes on to restate Rod Dreher’s position: “You [progressives] wouldn’t sue Orthodox Jews or observant Muslims. Please don’t sue us, either.”This echoes the point that believers have been making for years: that “tolerance” and “equality” must apply to those with sincerely held religious beliefs in a free society. In view of the vast number of people and organizations that have been persecuted for their beliefs, the highest levels of government must take action to protect their First Amendment rights. That is why FRC is hosting a special program “Free to Believe: Religious Liberty in the Land of the Free” that will be webcast on May 2nd at 2 pm EDT to discuss the need for positive protections for religious freedom, and steps that can be taken to secure religious liberty for all Americans.Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.Sincerely,Dan HartManaging Editor for PublicationsFamily Research Council FRC Articles4 Entertaining Moments During Oral Arguments Over Banning Churches From Public Funds – Travis WeberThe First 100 Days to Securing America – Ken BlackwellStudents for Life Holds #Sockit2PP Rally Outside U.S. Capitol – Joshua DentonWhere Are the “Equal Rights” of Unborn Babies? – Dan Hart Religious LibertyReligious Liberty in the Public SquareProtecting Religious Liberty Safeguards All Children on the Playground Equally – Nathaniel Bruno, Public DiscourseFlorida Teacher Bans Cross Necklaces in Class, Promotes LGBT Day of Silence – Samuel Smith, The Christian PostA popular public school Bible class in West Virginia faces legal challenge – Joe Heim, The Washington PostAt Berkeley, the Mob Wins Again – David French, National ReviewReligious liberty still at risk under Trump – Nick Eicher, WORLDInternational Religious FreedomForgiveness: Muslims Moved as Coptic Christians Do the Unimaginable – Jayson Casper, Christianity TodayNearly One Christian Killed Every Hour for Practicing Faith – Edwin Mora, BreitbartAnti-Christianity In France – Jean Duchesne, First ThingsReligious Freedom Watchdog For the First Time Urges Blacklisting for Russia – Patrick Goodenough, CNS NewsUSCIRF names China flagrant religious freedom abuser in annual report – ChinaAidMilitary Religious FreedomMilitary Chaplains Turn 100 Years Old as 'Attacks' on Service Rise – CBN NewsHouse Dems Push To Derail Mark Green For Army Secretary, Call Him ‘Homophobic’ – Jonah Bennett, The Daily Caller LifeAbortionNew study finds preborn babies may feel pain in the first trimester – Cassy Fiano, Live Action NewsPlanned Parenthood honors abortion “champions” – Nick Eicher, WORLDVideo: Abortions increasing, services decreasing at Planned Parenthood – Live ActionTrump Admin Looking at Stopping Obama Ruling Forcing California Churches to Pay for Abortions – Steven Ertelt, LifeNews10 Reasons Congress Should Defund Planned Parenthood, From Women Who Have Been There – Theresa Bonopartis, The FederalistAdoptionGirl adopted with all 5 siblings: 'This is just what I wanted' – Kevin Grasha, USA TodayAs Number of Adoptions Drops, Many US Agencies Face Strains – David Crary, Associated PressBioethicsShocking Report Shows Almost 6,100 People Were Killed in Assisted Suicide in the Netherlands Last Year – Alex Schadenberg, LifeNewsTrading on the Female Body: Surrogacy, Exploitation, and Collusion by the US Government – Kathleen Sloan, Public Discourse970 People Were Killed Killed in Canada Last Year in Euthanasia or Assisted Suicide – Alex Schadenberg, LifeNewsObamacareRunning The Numbers On Mortality Rates Suggests Obamacare Could Be Killing People – Brian Frankie, The Federalist FamilyEconomics/EducationOn Tax Day, Let’s Work Toward More Family-Friendly Tax Policies – Alysse ElHage, Family StudiesEducation Is A Market Whether Liberals Like It Or Not – Joy Pullmann, The FederalistA Bipartisan Case for School Choice – Melissa Moschella, Public DiscoursePutting First Things First in a College Education – Michael Scaperlanda, CrisisShould Mothers’ Labor Force Participation Be a Policy Goal? – Amber Lapp, Family StudiesMillennials Are Embracing Traditional Gender Roles in Record Numbers – RelevantMore education means less religious commitment — unless you’re Christian – Emily McFarlan Miller, Religion News ServiceMarriageWhy Millennial Women Delay Marriage – Jennifer Murff, The Christian PostCensus: More Americans 18-to-34 Now Live With Parents Than With Spouse – Terence P. Jeffrey, CNS NewsMarriage is still the gold standard of family stability – Kiley Crossland, WORLDWho is at Risk for a Gray Divorce? It Depends – Naomi Cahn, Family StudiesFaith/Character/CultureIs this the most destructive element in human nature? – David Mills, AleteiaThe Too-Small Story of Home – Jen Pollock Michel, The Gospel CoalitionWhy Isn’t There More Evidence For God? – Fredric Heidemann, Word On FireHuman SexualityHarvard: Students can change gender daily, saying otherwise is ‘violence’ – Fr. Mark Hodges, LifeSiteNewsWhy Are So Many Lesbians Getting Pregnant? – Glenn Stanton, Public DiscourseBravo to the Truth: What’s Wrong with Transgender Ideology – Walt Heyer, Public DiscourseSex Education in California Sparks Culture Clash – Joan Frawley Desmond, National Catholic RegisterWhy Is Female Genital Mutilation Still Happening in the U.S.? – Phyllis Chesler, Middle East ForumTransgender Kids: Are We Doing More Harm Than Good? – Todd A. Whitworth, First, Do No Harm: Youth Gender ProfessionalsHuman TraffickingThe Battle against Sex Trafficking of Minors – George Will, National ReviewMom’s story of ‘attempted sex trafficking’ goes viral — but is it the whole story? – Ashley Jonkman, AleteiaU.S. Lawmakers Seek to End Impunity for Online Sale of Children – Lisa Correnti, C-FamIndia’s human trafficking and rape survivors make their own justice – Calah Alexander, AleteiaPornographyIn War on Child Porn, US Turns Wounded Soldiers Into Hunters – Victoria Macchi, VOA NewsGroup pushes back on pornography with science – Rob Rogers, Billings Gazette
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