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Part 01 Prolegomena
NBC is taking a poll on "In God We Trust" to stay on our American currency.
NBC is taking a poll on "In God We Trust" to stay on our American currency.
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Dear Friends,A man who lives alone and completely off the grid in the British Columbian woods is the subject of a short documentary I happened upon recently. Dag Aabye is 76 years old and spends his days clearing and building trails to run on so that he can train for 80-mile ultramarathon races. âIâm perfectly imperfect,â he says. âIf youâre perfectly imperfect, you always have to work on yourself âŚ tomorrow, I want to be a better person than today.â These are sage words for us all. But then Aabye says something interesting: âAnd if you work on yourself, you donât have time to talk about other people or worry about other people âŚ I donât try to understand people. They do their thing, and I leave them alone. The only person you want to understand, really, is yourself.âIn our modern lives that seem built around being âplugged inâ âto the internet, our phones, TV, etc. âit can sometimes be tempting to make a radical break from âthe rat raceâ and âbreak freeâ so that we can live a life like Aabyeâs, one of complete separation from worldly concerns so that we can constantly search for ultimate meaning in which we only have ourselves to worry about. There are indeed important lessons to be learned from a life like Aabyeâsâinstead of gossiping about others, improve yourself; instead of wasting time surfing Facebook or cable TV, live with purpose and creativity to accomplish meaningful goals.But underneath the surface of words like âI donât try to understand peopleâ and âThey do their thing, and I leave them aloneâ is a sense of loss. In a way, itâs an admission of defeat, of not attempting the difficult task of empathy and sacrifice for our fellow man. Ultimately, itâs an indirect dismissal of the greatest act of love we can ever perform in life: to lay down our lives for another (John 15:13). As tempting as it is to think of a life like Dag Aabyeâs as one of ultimate âfreedom,â Christ showed us that true freedom lies in self-sacrifice for the other. As Nathanael Blake has written recently, even something as seemingly ordinary as a man and a woman staying true to their marriage vows âis an act of defiance against all of the difficulties of life, from the catastrophic to the mundane. In marriage, men and women promise themselves to one another, and tell fate to go to hell. The traditional promises that solemnize a marriage are some of the greatest assertions of human agency, and therefore of human dignity, possible. Our freedom is not realized in the possibility that we might do anything, but in doing what we have said we will do.âThank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.Sincerely,Dan Hart Managing Editor for Publications Family Research CouncilÂ FRC ArticlesWhat an Idaho Federal Judge Should Have Said About Transgender Birth Certificates â Peter SpriggSixth Circuit Shows Why SOGIs Are a Threat to Religious Freedom â Travis WeberWomen Speak: A Panel Discussion on Real Issues that Women Face TodayShe Persisted: Star Parkerâs Mission to End AbortionGentle Strength: Why Iâm Not a Feminist â Cassidy RichRemarks by Tony Perkins at the 2018 NRB ConventionÂ Religious LibertyReligious Liberty in the Public SquareChristian Bakers Appeal Fine for Refusing to Make Cake for Same-Sex Wedding â Anugrah Kumar, The Christian PostFourth Circuit Denies En Banc Rehearing in Bladensburg Veterans Memorial Case â First LibertyReport: Southern Poverty Law Center ignores anti-Semitic hate crimes on campus â Caleb Parke, Fox NewsCondo Bans Senior Citizenâs Bible Study, Christian Music â ToddStarnes.comChristian group sues Michigan university after it is kicked off campus â Caleb Parke, Fox NewsSchool District Bans Baptist Chaplain From Praying with Football Team â ToddStarnes.comCollege student kicked out of class for telling professor there are only two genders â Rick Lessard, Fox6161% of College Students Says Campus Climate Deters Conservative Speech â Tom Ciccotta, BreitbartPa. County Continues Fight Against Atheists' Lawsuit Demanding Cross Be Removed From Seal â Michael Gryboski, The Christian PostInternational Religious FreedomMike Pompeo's Nomination is 'Very Positive for the Cause of International Religious Freedom' â George Thomas, CBN NewsRemains of 40 Iraqi Christians With Their Crosses Found in Mass Grave â Anugrah Kumar, The Christian PostChristian Parents Praying for Son on Death Row in Pakistan for 'Blasphemy' â Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian PostMilitary Religious FreedomShould a 'secular humanist' serve as Navy chaplain? Absolutely not â Sen. Roger Wicker, Fox NewsÂ LifeAbortionDiscriminating against people like my son, with Down syndrome, must end â Cassy Fiano, Live ActionAbortion Clinics Have Lost 3 Million Customers to This Pro-Life Helpline â Jay Hobbs, LifeNewsTo Call Abortion âHealth Careâ Defies Logic â Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, National Catholic RegisterA Miracle Story: Baby Saved After Mother Had Already Started Abortion â Hank Berrien, The Daily WireAbortion worker pressured by other workers to abort her wanted baby â Sarah Terzo, Live ActionMichigan pro-lifers now saving babies from within a former Planned Parenthood â Katie Franklin, LifeSiteNewsKentucky House OKs bill to ban abortion procedure after 11 weeks â Bruce Schreiner, Associated PressHuman Rights Groups Thank U.S. for Rolling Back Abortion in Impending Report â Austin Ruse, C-FamWhy Is the Abortion Industry Run by Women? â Rebekah Merkle, Desiring GodAdoptionVideo: Family Adopts an Abandoned Newborn Baby â Sarah Zagorski, LifeNewsA 'perfect' ending for four Kansas siblings seeking adoption brings judge to tears â Rick Montgomery, Chicago TribuneBioethicsThe real Down syndrome problem: Accepting genocide â George F. Will, The Washington PostEuthanasia is Now Being Performed ... on Prisoners â Michael Cook, Intellectual TakeoutAppeals court: Hospital can yank baby Alfie Evansâ life support against parentsâ wishes â Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNewsVSED: A New Form of Assisted Suicide â Richard Becker, CrisisNetherlands Euthanized 252 Mentally Ill People in 2017 â Alex Schadenberg, LifeNewsBasic Bioethics: What Christians should know about abortifacients â Joe Carter, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionÂ FamilyEconomics/EducationTax Cuts Already Have Americaâs Small Businesses Moving Again â Chris Stansbury, The Daily SignalSaving men in the heartland: The case for place-based employment policies â The Brookings InstitutionMarriageThe Romance of Ordinary Marriage â Nathanael Blake, Public DiscourseDonât Miss the Joy of Family Life â Justin Coulson, Family Studies7 Questions Every Husband Should Be Asking Himself â Christopher Greco, RelevantGod, Why Wonât You Fulfill Our Desire for Children? â Michael McAfee, The Gospel CoalitionHow to Increase Participation in Marriage and Relationship Education â Stephen F. Duncan, Family StudiesFaith/Character/Culture3 Things A Father Must Teach His Son So That His Son Doesn't End Up Dead Or In Prison â Matt Walsh, The Daily WireYou Must Fight Hard for Peace â Jon Bloom, Desiring GodWhat Your Kids Need from You â J. D. Greear, The Gospel CoalitionWhat Jordan Peterson Has to Say About Motherhood Might Surprise You â Ashley McGuire, Family Studies9 ways to establish sexual norms for your children before the world does â J.D. Thorne, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionThe Lost Art of Intentionality â Tod Worner, Word On FireThe Christianâs Hammer â Rob Schwarzwalder, The StreamHuman SexualityGuttmacher Report Misleads on Abstinence-Only Education â Michael J. New, National ReviewSex Change: Physically Impossible, Psychosocially Unhelpful, and Philosophically Misguided â Ryan T. Anderson, Public DiscourseBisexual Confessions, Ex-Gay Testimonies Receive Scorn â Dan Delzell, The Christian PostWhy He Doesnât Call Himself Gay â Rachel Gilson, The Gospel CoalitionHistoric Stand? Kansas GOP Affirms 'God's Design for Gender' â Heather Sells, CBN NewsNew Resource Lovingly Presents the Truth About Homosexuality â Kathy Schiffer, National Catholic RegisterHuman TraffickingSurvivors of Human Trafficking, in Their Own Words â Rebecca J. Rosen, The AtlanticThe House acts to fight against sex trafficking â Josh Wester, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionDoes #MeToo Have the Power to Bring Down Corporatized Sex Trafficking? â Lisa L. Thompson, National Center On Sexual ExploitationPornographyWhat to do when you canât âunseeâ pornography â Kathleen N. Hattrup, AleteiaRestricting Online Porn Is Focus of Rhode Island Bill â National Catholic Register10 Things To Avoid Saying To Someone Struggling To Give Up Porn â Fight the New Drug
In honor of International Womenâs Day on March 8th, FRC hosted a panel discussion with women staffers to discuss a variety of issues that women face today.In a wide-ranging and animated conversation, topics included how the modern feminist agenda intentionally excludes conservative women, the trials and joys of being a stay-at-home mom, the challenges and opportunities of being a working mom, the value of flexibility in workplace policies, the role that husbands have in empowering and enabling their wives to achieve their goals, how the #MeToo movement has exposed ugly realities about the dynamics of power and a Hollywood culture of self-indulgence, and more.Some fascinating questions are explored here. Can women have it allâboth at home and at work? Is personal identity more important than ideals? Can society expect men to treat women with respect when the reality of biological sex itself is being challenged? How can the conservative movement and Christian ministry do more to give women opportunities to succeed and to lead? Donât miss this enlightening and candid discussion.
I recall in one of our discussions you asked me about biological evolution and my thoughts on it. Given the broad nature of this topic at the time I only was able to give you a superficial overview of my thoughts... so today I wanted to give you a more complete explanation. It is a big topic to cover but I will try to be as brief as I can about why I don't believe evolution has been demonstrated to be a fact.Â Thanks for your patience.Let me first confess up front that I affirm the truth of scientific discovery and will not reject facts if they can be demonstrated through the scientific method. I grew up in a secularist him and simply assumed that evolution was true because it is what I was taught in school, on TV and at home. I recall a Time-Life book in our home on evolution that I used to look through frequently above the round table off our den where I ate breakfast and where my parents used to play poker. When I went off to college to the University of Colorado I carried this belief with me as a given unquestionable fact. I even had friends in college who were staunch evolutionists and I attended their debates about it, where they defended the position for biological evolution against skeptics of it. The first time going I simply assumed the other position was laughable so I entered the debate biased against it but the more I heard what was actually being debated the fuzzy nature of the âfactsâ of evolution began to put sow a seed of doubt in my mind ... and eventually after my sophomore year I took two classes on evolution, including evolutionary biology/the study of DNA. What I learned there was definitely helpful but it only solidified to me the notion that evolution was not actually all that it claimed to be.
The following are prepared remarks by Tony Perkins at the National Religious Broadcasters 75th Annual Convention on March 1, 2018.Winston Churchill once said, âDuring their lifetimes, every man and woman will stumble across a great opportunity. Sadly, most of them will simply pick themselves up, dust themselves down and carry on as if nothing ever happened.âThe apostle Paul spoke to the issue of opportunity in his letter to the Ephesians when he wrote in chapter 5: âLook carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time because the days are evil.âNow, if Paul had grown up in this country, he might have told the Ephesians âMake hay while the sun is shining.âThe sun is shining right now in American when it comes to our First Amendment freedoms. We need to be wise and act quickly, not only using these freedoms to spread the good news, but also to put in place policies that will protect and promote these essential freedoms, not just for ourselves but those yearning for freedom around the globe and generations yet unborn.Â Some of our brethren remain skeptical or indifferent about our engagement in the political process. Donât be foolish. Elections have consequences, many far-reaching as we continue to see from the years of President Obama.But we also see the consequences of the election of Donald Trump and Mike Pence.Â Let me put it in a format that many who track this administration are accustomed to â Iâll put it in the form of a tweet:President Trump has:Appointed Excellent Judges like Neil GorsuchEnacted Unparalleled pro-life policies;Cut taxes & is Growing our economyPresident Trump is:Restoring religious freedomMoving the U.S. Embassy to JerusalemRebuilding our militaryThis is happening because many of you in this room used your influence and your platforms to communicate what was at stake in the last election. I believe America dodged not a bullet in the 2016 election, but a political and cultural H-bomb.Evangelicals, especially the subset that George Barna calls SAGE ConsâSpiritually Active Governmentally Engaged Conservatives (many of your listeners and viewers)âturned out in record-setting numbers and were unified. Ninety-one percent of SAGE Cons representing 20 million U.S. adults voted, and 94 percent of them voted for Donald Trump.By the way, almost every time I see the president I donât have to remind him that evangelicals were the margin for his victoryâhe reminds me that evangelicals voted for him and they love him!And by the way, in post-election polling, 59 percent said they voted for the Trump/Pence ticket based on the GOP platformâs position on life and religious liberty. This is important. Despite what the media would say, evangelical voters are sophisticated.Â They were able to separate personality from policy.Evangelicals understood what was at stake and voted.But the election was not the end of our responsibility, but rather the beginning of our opportunity.First by acting upon it, but also preserving it.We need to preserve it by communicating to those who look to and listen to us about what is really happening. We have to counter the narrative of the Fake Newsâwhich is real. Iâve been in conversations and meetings with this administration, which somehow got into the media based on their sources which were not only inaccurate but if I didnât know better, I would think there were intentionally misleading.Because of the importance of the evangelical voter, there is an intense effort on the Left to suppress their turnout in the upcoming elections, by dampening the enthusiasm of conservative voters. If they succeed and your listeners and viewers get discouraged and stay home in the midterm election, the reform is over. The restoration of religious freedom and the freedom of speech will end.Nancy Pelosi needs just 24 seats to switch from Republican to Democrat to retake the gavel of the House. In every midterm election since the Civil War, the presidentâs party has lost, on average, 32 seats in the House and two in the Senate. There are more than 40 Republicans that have and will announce that they are retiring.Â If conservatives and in particular evangelical voters do not turn out, it will happen, and one of the first orders of business will be the impeachment of President Trump. They most likely will not succeed in removing him from office, but they will most likely succeed in stopping what this administration is doing.What are they doing? The Trump administration is not just enacting conservative policies in line with the Constitution. President Trump is the first Republican President to not just stop the liberal policies of his predecessor; he is dismantling, slowly, but dismantling none-the-less parts of the framework of big, liberal government which has been expanded with the election of each Democratic administration since FDR.Â That is why the Left is unhinged. They wonât be able to jump back in the driverâs seat of big government and restart their programs, they will have to rebuild, and that will take time, especially if they donât have the courts to help them in their activism. This is why every judicial confirmation is a fight.We have to act upon the opportunity that we have, to fortify our freedoms, to ensure government does not again try to quarantine our Christian faith within the walls of our churches. A lot has been done, but there is still plenty to do:The Johnson Amendment has to be totally eliminated.The forced partnership between taxpayers and Planned Parenthood must be ended.Patient-centered healthcare must be restored and,God must be welcomed back into our public life.The president ran and has governed by the theme âMaking America Great Again.â But America will only be great again when it has become good again, and that is not governmentâs mission, but ours, followers of Jesus Christ.Â Â Â Benjamin Franklin said, âHistory will also afford frequent opportunities of showing the necessity of a public religion, from its usefulness to the public; the advantage of a religious character among private persons; the mischiefs of superstition, and the excellency of the Christian religion above all others, ancient or modern.âÂ Letâs be wise and make the best use of this moment in time, this opportunity.In the wake of the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida, there is a national discussion about how to protect our children in their classrooms. The focus has been on the instruments of destruction. We continue in a defensive posture with almost every school in America now having active shooter drills.Â In some ways, it is reminiscent of their grandparentâs generation that had duck and cover drills in their classrooms as Americans feared a nuclear attack from Russia in the 1950s.While that threat was external, and todayâs is internal, might we learn from how they responded?In February of 1954, Reverend George M. Docherty, pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., delivered a sermon on the subject of the pledge of allegiance, with President Eisenhower sitting in the front pew. The sermon was about the absence of the words âUnder Godâ in our pledge. America was at the height of the Cold War with Russia, and a bold declaration was needed to show that there was a difference between America and the atheistic communists.Three days after that sermon, a bill was introduced in Congress to add the words âunder God.âAnd on Flag Day, June 14, 1954, Eisenhower signed the bill into law, saying, âFrom this day forward, millions of school children will daily proclaim the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty.âAmerica will not be great again until it is good again, and that means America must once again not only acknowledge but live as one nation under God.Â Let us redeem the time.Let us make the most of this moment.Let us seize this opportunity!
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