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Dear Friends,If you pay much attention to what everyone is talking about these days—what some might call “news”—it’s easy to pick up on a troubling pattern. Kyle Smith at National Review has pinpointed it well: it’s “a culture of enmity.” It’s something that both liberals and conservatives are guilty of—a near constant state of indignation, usually aimed at someone who said something “hateful,” that must be made publicly known. As Smith observes, it can be easy to fall into the trap of fighting hate with more hate: “Any uneasy feelings about hate are washed clean when that hate is obviously justified. Hating haters, these days, produces a kind of ecstasy. It is easily mistaken for love.”As Christians, we are called to something higher. Even when we feel that we are justified in “calling out” someone for something that they have said or written that we find offensive, we need to slow down and give our response careful consideration. As David French has observed: “If you truly hate the offensive speech in question — if you truly believe it’s hurtful — why share it far and wide? Why amplify the offensive voice? Arguably, the worst rebuke for a troll, the worst punishment for the self-promoting radical, is indifference. I have my own standard for engaging bad ideas — First, I wait. I ask myself: Are these ideas gaining traction? Do they threaten to make a material difference in the marketplace of ideas? If the answer is yes, then I engage. If the answer is no, I let the offensive speech die a natural death.” In other words, ignoring offensive remarks can often be the most prudent course of action, especially in our current cultural climate of ubiquitous outrage.At the risk of sounding a little bit trite and naÔve, it’s time for Christians to start a revolution of positivity by infusing the public square with truth, goodness, and beauty. Instead of pontificating about the latest outrage on Facebook, share an insightful spiritual quote you heard from last Sunday’s sermon, or share a link to an inspiring story about the adoption of a needy child. The authentic Christian life should not solely be focused on exposing the darkness of evil. Our primary goal should be to magnify the lightness of good.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 ArticlesThe Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act: Ensuring a Free Marketplace of Adoption Providers – Travis WeberParents Stand Up for Children in Sex Ed Sit Out – Cathy RuseMore Sex Ed and Even More Stalinism at the Local School Board – Cathy Ruse and Austin RusePompeo: A Proven Leader for the State Department – Ken BlackwellPompeo Is Ready to Lead – William G. BoykinWhy the Alfie Evans Case Is a Full-Blown Example of Forced Euthanasia – Om NarayananCan You See Me? – Patrina MosleyFaith-Based Adoption Providers Must Be Allowed to Serve Needy ChildrenState Department Defends Actual Human Rights Instead of Made-Up Rights – Travis Weber12 Resources to Fight Sexual Exploitation, Part 2 – Peter Sprigg12 Resources to Fight Sexual Exploitation, Part 1 – Peter SpriggWho Owns Free Speech on the Internet?“Suicide Machine” Shows Us Why Combating Euthanasia Is Crucial to the Pro-Life Cause – Om Narayanan Religious LibertyReligious Liberty in the Public SquareNew California Bill Could Ban Sale of Some Christian Books (Yes, Really) – Mark Meckler, PatheosSchool District Forbids Parents From Opting Kids Out of LGBT Lessons – ToddStarnes.comSenators are failing the religious test for office – Jeremy Dys, The HillThe Unsoundness of Silencing Hate – Elizabeth Scalia, Word On FireSchool District Bans Principal From Inviting Parents to Pray at Flag Pole After Atheist Complaint – Samuel Smith, The Christian Post US Christian who refuses to pay taxes until abortion is defunded has first big win in court – Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNewsIowa Senate refuses to confirm Board of Medicine appointee over post on LGBTQ issues – William Petroski, Des Moines RegisterSouthern Poverty Law Center Quietly Deleted List of ‘Anti-Muslim’ Extremists After Legal Threat – Jack Crowe, National ReviewSatanists Declare War on Arkansas Ten Commandments – ToddStarnes.comInternational Religious FreedomState Dept. Convinced Andrew Brunson Is Innocent, Says Turkey Lacks 'Credible Evidence' – Samuel Smith, The Christian PostAttack on Nigerian church kills 15 worshippers – Onize Ohikere, WORLDTrudeau: ‘We will not apologize’ for valuing abortion over free speech – Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNewsMilitary Religious FreedomBaptist Army Chaplain Faces Punishment for Religious Beliefs – ToddStarnes.comSan Diego-based admiral declines to probe Bible placement at Okinawa hospital – Carl Prine, The San Diego Union-Tribune LifeAbortionHouse passes bill banning abortions based on Down Syndrome – Liz Navratil & Angela Couloumbis, The InquirerState Department: Abortion ‘is not a human right’ – Joel Gehrke, Washington ExaminerPro-Choice Movement Opposes Abortion Alternatives in South Bend – Alexandra DeSanctis, National ReviewCecile Richards Finally Leaves Planned Parenthood After 12 Years and 3.5 Million Abortions – Micaiah Bilger, LifeNewsAdoptionAdopting Priorities – Kathryn Jean Lopez, The Stream10 things that will kill your church's orphan care ministry: Part 1 – Rick Morton, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionFinally a family: Inside the adoption process for three Bedford County sisters – Siobhan McGirl, WDBJ710 things that will kill your orphan care ministry: Part 2 – Rick Morton, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionBioethicsThe State-Ordered Killing of Young Alfie Evans – John O’Sullivan, National ReviewAlfie Evans’ Death Illustrates The Monstrous Logic Of The Welfare State – John Daniel Davidson, The FederalistAlfie Evans and Our Moral Crossroads – Charles C. Camosy, First ThingsObamacareRepublicans have a long way to go toward fully repealing ObamaCare – Rachel Bovard, The Hill FamilyMarriageHealing a Hookup Culture through the Goods of Marriage – Timothy P. O'Malley, Family Studies“The Flash,” Fear, and the Kenosis of Marriage – Rachel Bulman, Word on FireDwayne 'The Rock' Johnson should put a ring on it — for his kids' sake – W. Bradford Wilcox, USA TodayEffective Marriage Preparation for the Next Generation Is More Important Than Ever – Tiffany L. Clyde and Alan J. Hawkins, Family StudiesThe New States’ Rights: Is Parenthood Defined by Biology or Government? – Adam J. MacLeod, Public DiscourseA Marriage Restored – Thomas Jeffries, Focus on the FamilyFor Most Couples Who Stay the Course, Marriage Gets Better With Time: An Interview with Paul R. Amato – Alysse ElHage, Family StudiesEconomics/EducationAnti-homeschooling bill defeated in California – The Desert ReviewWhy Christian Higher Education Still Matters – Chris Hazell, Word on FireNew National Test Scores Show Betsy DeVos Was Right About Public Schools – Mary Clare Amselem, Intellectual TakeoutHow Colleges Are Ripping Off a Generation of Ill-Prepared Students – Walter E. Williams, The Daily SignalFaith/Character/CultureWhy you should encourage your child to befriend the kid who’s “different” – Adrian Buntin, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionMake It Easy for Your Kids to Love God – Ray Ortlund, Desiring GodFrom the Depths of John Krasinski’s Catholic Past: A Quiet Work of Art – Sarah Perry, Benedict XVI InstituteWhen God Shouts – Pat Flynn, Word on FireChristian, choose hope in an age of cynicism – Jason Duesing, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionHuman SexualityThe School System Corrupts And Sexualizes Our Children And Calls It 'Sex Ed' – Matt Walsh, The Daily WirePromiscuous America: Smart, Secular, and Somewhat Less Happy – Nicholas H. Wolfinger, Family StudiesHow the New Corporate Elite Sold Same-Sex Marriage to the American Public – Scott Yenor, Public DiscourseEncouraging Intentional Dating in a Hookup Culture – Meg T. McDonnell, Family StudiesHuman TraffickingThis Man Rescues Children From Sex Slavery And Wants You To Know This About Backpage – Bre Payton, The FederalistPornographyJesus’s Compassion for Those Who Love Porn – Mo Isom, The Gospel CoalitionWhy redeeming our thoughts matters – Liz Wann, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
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. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm perfectly imperfect,‚ÄĚ he says. ‚ÄúIf you‚Äôre perfectly imperfect, you always have to work on yourself ‚Ä¶ tomorrow, I want to be a better person than today.‚ÄĚ These are sage words for us all. But then Aabye says something interesting: ‚ÄúAnd if you work on yourself, you don‚Äôt have time to talk about other people or worry about other people ‚Ä¶ I don‚Äôt try to understand people. They do their thing, and I leave them alone. The only person you want to understand, really, is yourself.‚ÄĚIn our modern lives that seem built around being ‚Äúplugged in‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒto the internet, our phones, TV, etc. ‚ÄĒit can sometimes be tempting to make a radical break from ‚Äúthe rat race‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúbreak free‚ÄĚ so that we can live a life like Aabye‚Äôs, 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 Aabye‚Äôs‚ÄĒinstead 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 ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt try to understand people‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúThey do their thing, and I leave them alone‚ÄĚ is a sense of loss. In a way, it‚Äôs an admission of defeat, of not attempting the difficult task of empathy and sacrifice for our fellow man. Ultimately, it‚Äôs 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 Aabye‚Äôs as one of ultimate ‚Äúfreedom,‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúis 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.‚ÄĚThank 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 ArticlesWhat an Idaho Federal Judge Should Have Said About Transgender Birth Certificates ‚Äď Peter SpriggSixth Circuit Shows Why SOGIs Are a Threat to Religious Freedom ‚Äď Travis WeberWomen Speak: A Panel Discussion on Real Issues that Women Face TodayShe Persisted: Star Parker‚Äôs Mission to End AbortionGentle Strength: Why I‚Äôm Not a Feminist ‚Äď Cassidy RichRemarks by Tony Perkins at the 2018 NRB Convention¬ Religious LibertyReligious Liberty in the Public SquareChristian Bakers Appeal Fine for Refusing to Make Cake for Same-Sex Wedding ‚Äď Anugrah Kumar, The Christian PostFourth Circuit Denies En Banc Rehearing in Bladensburg Veterans Memorial Case ‚Äď First LibertyReport: Southern Poverty Law Center ignores anti-Semitic hate crimes on campus ‚Äď Caleb Parke, Fox NewsCondo Bans Senior Citizen‚Äôs Bible Study, Christian Music ‚Äď ToddStarnes.comChristian group sues Michigan university after it is kicked off campus ‚Äď Caleb Parke, Fox NewsSchool District Bans Baptist Chaplain From Praying with Football Team ‚Äď ToddStarnes.comCollege student kicked out of class for telling professor there are only two genders ‚Äď Rick Lessard, Fox6161% of College Students Says Campus Climate Deters Conservative Speech ‚Äď Tom Ciccotta, BreitbartPa. County Continues Fight Against Atheists' Lawsuit Demanding Cross Be Removed From Seal ‚Äď Michael Gryboski, The Christian PostInternational Religious FreedomMike Pompeo's Nomination is 'Very Positive for the Cause of International Religious Freedom' ‚Äď George Thomas, CBN NewsRemains of 40 Iraqi Christians With Their Crosses Found in Mass Grave ‚Äď Anugrah Kumar, The Christian PostChristian Parents Praying for Son on Death Row in Pakistan for 'Blasphemy' ‚Äď Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian PostMilitary Religious FreedomShould a 'secular humanist' serve as Navy chaplain? Absolutely not ‚Äď Sen. Roger Wicker, Fox News¬ LifeAbortionDiscriminating against people like my son, with Down syndrome, must end ‚Äď Cassy Fiano, Live ActionAbortion Clinics Have Lost 3 Million Customers to This Pro-Life Helpline ‚Äď Jay Hobbs, LifeNewsTo Call Abortion ‚ÄėHealth Care‚Äô Defies Logic ‚Äď Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, National Catholic RegisterA Miracle Story: Baby Saved After Mother Had Already Started Abortion ‚Äď Hank Berrien, The Daily WireAbortion worker pressured by other workers to abort her wanted baby ‚Äď Sarah Terzo, Live ActionMichigan pro-lifers now saving babies from within a former Planned Parenthood ‚Äď Katie Franklin, LifeSiteNewsKentucky House OKs bill to ban abortion procedure after 11 weeks ‚Äď Bruce Schreiner, Associated PressHuman Rights Groups Thank U.S. for Rolling Back Abortion in Impending Report ‚Äď Austin Ruse, C-FamWhy Is the Abortion Industry Run by Women? ‚Äď Rebekah Merkle, Desiring GodAdoptionVideo: Family Adopts an Abandoned Newborn Baby ‚Äď Sarah Zagorski, LifeNewsA 'perfect' ending for four Kansas siblings seeking adoption brings judge to tears ‚Äď Rick Montgomery, Chicago TribuneBioethicsThe real Down syndrome problem: Accepting genocide ‚Äď George F. Will, The Washington PostEuthanasia is Now Being Performed ... on Prisoners ‚Äď Michael Cook, Intellectual TakeoutAppeals court: Hospital can yank baby Alfie Evans‚Äô life support against parents‚Äô wishes ‚Äď Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNewsVSED: A New Form of Assisted Suicide ‚Äď Richard Becker, CrisisNetherlands Euthanized 252 Mentally Ill People in 2017 ‚Äď Alex Schadenberg, LifeNewsBasic Bioethics: What Christians should know about abortifacients ‚Äď Joe Carter, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission¬ FamilyEconomics/EducationTax Cuts Already Have America‚Äôs Small Businesses Moving Again ‚Äď Chris Stansbury, The Daily SignalSaving men in the heartland: The case for place-based employment policies ‚Äď The Brookings InstitutionMarriageThe Romance of Ordinary Marriage ‚Äď Nathanael Blake, Public DiscourseDon‚Äôt Miss the Joy of Family Life ‚Äď Justin Coulson, Family Studies7 Questions Every Husband Should Be Asking Himself ‚Äď Christopher Greco, RelevantGod, Why Won‚Äôt You Fulfill Our Desire for Children? ‚Äď Michael McAfee, The Gospel CoalitionHow to Increase Participation in Marriage and Relationship Education ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď Matt Walsh, The Daily WireYou Must Fight Hard for Peace ‚Äď Jon Bloom, Desiring GodWhat Your Kids Need from You ‚Äď J. D. Greear, The Gospel CoalitionWhat Jordan Peterson Has to Say About Motherhood Might Surprise You ‚Äď Ashley McGuire, Family Studies9 ways to establish sexual norms for your children before the world does ‚Äď J.D. Thorne, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionThe Lost Art of Intentionality ‚Äď Tod Worner, Word On FireThe Christian‚Äôs Hammer ‚Äď Rob Schwarzwalder, The StreamHuman SexualityGuttmacher Report Misleads on Abstinence-Only Education ‚Äď Michael J. New, National ReviewSex Change: Physically Impossible, Psychosocially Unhelpful, and Philosophically Misguided ‚Äď Ryan T. Anderson, Public DiscourseBisexual Confessions, Ex-Gay Testimonies Receive Scorn ‚Äď Dan Delzell, The Christian PostWhy He Doesn‚Äôt Call Himself Gay ‚Äď Rachel Gilson, The Gospel CoalitionHistoric Stand? Kansas GOP Affirms 'God's Design for Gender' ‚Äď Heather Sells, CBN NewsNew Resource Lovingly Presents the Truth About Homosexuality ‚Äď Kathy Schiffer, National Catholic RegisterHuman TraffickingSurvivors of Human Trafficking, in Their Own Words ‚Äď Rebecca J. Rosen, The AtlanticThe House acts to fight against sex trafficking ‚Äď Josh Wester, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionDoes #MeToo Have the Power to Bring Down Corporatized Sex Trafficking? ‚Äď Lisa L. Thompson, National Center On Sexual ExploitationPornographyWhat to do when you can‚Äôt ‚Äúunsee‚ÄĚ pornography ‚Äď Kathleen N. Hattrup, AleteiaRestricting Online Porn Is Focus of Rhode Island Bill ‚Äď National Catholic Register10 Things To Avoid Saying To Someone Struggling To Give Up Porn ‚Äď Fight the New Drug
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