Family Research Council

by Jessica Bryan

The FRC discussed  using adult stem cells to treat for multiple sclerosis, reflected on Lee Eaton who recently passed away, posted on the “coffee is good for you” stories, compared the Christmas specials from Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson, posted a “New video exposé of U.S. Department of Education Safe & Drug-Free Schools “Czar” Kevin Jennings,” discussed the expansion of legal prostitution in Nevada to include male prostitutes, reported on results from a survey indicating that “adults who attend religious services at least weekly are more likely to report that being married is personally very important to them than those who worship less frequently,” wrote about the “realities” of foreign policy and how it is different from President Obama’s “utopian” idealism, commented on Kevin Jennings and the group Media Matters who is defending him, commented on how the “mainstream media is spinning the Pope’s World Day of Peace message” and incompletely reporting on his stance on environmentalism, talked about mending bones using adult stem cells, and criticized the Federal Trade Commission‘s for filing a suit against Intel for anti-competitive practices.

A Washington Update email from the FRC discussed Sen. Harry Reid’s effort to expand Medicare to people aged 55 and over, argued that “the Omnibus marks the first direct government-sponsored abortion bill of 2010,” listed some of the taxes included in Sen. Reid’s health care bill, and advertised a “Stop the Abortion Mandate” broadcast and the deal with the Christian Values Network to donate to the FRC when you shop through their online “portal.”

A second Washington Update from the group commented on the health care reform effort by Democrats, argued that “it can be stopped,” and advertised their “PrayerCast.”  The group also discussed the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act and efforts by the D.C. City Council to legalize gay marriage, and commented on the cost of expanding Medicare.

A third Washington Update reported that President Obama has reached out to Sen. Bob Casey to “draft an abortion compromise that will win over Sen. Ben Nelson’s (D-Nebr.) support for health care before Christmas,” criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plan to travel to the Copenhagen climate talks, commented on the AARP and Sen. Reid’s effort to close the gap in Medicare prescription coverage, and again advertised their “PrayerCast,”

In a final Washington Update the FRC criticized supposed tax-payer funded abortion included in the 2010 omnibus bill that was signed into law yesterday, commented on Sen. Nelson’s rejection of Sen. Casey’s proposed new language on abortion funding in health care reform, and argued that the “real agenda of radical environmentalism” is “population control.”

The group also sent out an email reminder to watch their “PrayerCast.”  The email included this message:

Tonight, December 16, FRC Action and The Call to Conscience will host a live video webcast entitled “An FRC Action PrayerCast: Government Takeover of Healthcare”. Beginning at 8:30 p.m. (EST), this PrayerCast will feature a powerful line-up of speakers, including:

  • Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council Action
  • Lou Engle, Founder and President, The Call to Conscience
  • Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family Action
  • Dr. James Dobson, Founder, Focus on the Family Action
  • Hon. Sam Brownback, United States Senator, Kansas
  • Hon. Randy Forbes, United States Congressman, Virginia
  • Hon. Jim DeMint, United States Senator, South Carolina
  • Hon. Michele Bachmann, United States Congresswoman, Minnesota
  • Bishop Harry Jackson, President, High Impact Leadership Coalition
  • Pastor Jim Garlow, Skyline Church, San Diego, Calif.
  • Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, National Hispanic Leadership Conference

During the webcast, you will hear the latest on the threats to the God-given right to human life through government funding of abortions, our health from rationing, our family finances from higher taxes, and our general freedom posed by the government plan to take over healthcare.

We will enter into a time of prayer for the nation, and our leaders. Your engagement and urgent prayer is more critical than ever as Congress will very soon vote on a final health care bill. Register now and join us this evening!

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Family Research Council

by Jessica Bryan

The FRC discussed the woman who attempted to “use a chemical abortifacient to kill a woman’s baby,” posted “science-themed Christmas cookies” and the world’s smallest snowman, talked about treating sickle cell anemia with adult stem cells, argued that President Obama should have turned down the Nobel Peace Prize, discussed adult stem cell treatment for the cornea of the eye,  treating Alzheimer disease with adult stem cells, and talked about a new book about using adult stem cells to treat heart disease.

The group also discussed the so-called “slippery slope” argument that legalizing gay marriage would lead to legalization of “pedophile, incestuous, and (especially) polygamous marriages,” and possibly to marriages of people to pets, dead people, and inanimate objects like robots (i.e. Stepford Wives).

In a Washington Update email, the group criticized spending of the stimulus money and Obama’s push to pass another stimulus bill, discussed the decision to not vote on a gay marriage bill in New Jersey, talked about the uses of adult stem cells, and “marriage penalties” in health care reform.

In a second Washington Update, the FRC criticized the 2010 Omnibus bill, noted their own effort to stop “Obamacare,” talked about the recent development in health care reform that would “allow insurance companies to place annual limits on the dollar value of medical care, as long as those limits are not ‘unreasonable,'” and advertised their Washington Watch Weekly radio show.

An FRC Action email advertised the upcoming live webcast entitled “An FRC Action PrayerCast: Government Takeover of Healthcare.”

A Poll with One Right Answer

by Tobin Grant

How would you answer this question:

National health care changes being pushed by President Obama, Senator Reid, and Speaker Pelosi would institute rationing of medical care by an unelected board that can reject surgeries, drugs, or therapies which you or your loved ones may need. There are also great concerns about euthanasia. Do such documented facts make you want to stop changes to our health care system?

The Family Research Council (FRC) is calling as many people in Louisiana as they can find and asking them this question.  But is the goal research or something else?

This seems to be a classic example of a “push poll.”  Often, the goal of asking such loaded questions to so many people is to “push” public opinion, not to measure it.  In this case, Louisiana is the home for Senator Mary Landrieu, a moderate Democrat who has often opposed federal funding of abortion.  This a key issue in the health care debate, and Senator Landrieu’s vote could be critical to the bill’s passage or defeat.

The American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) condemns push polls, calling them “unethical political telemarketing.”

According to AAPOR, characteristics of a push poll include:

— One or only a few questions are asked, all about a single candidate or a single issue.
— The questions are uniformly strongly negative (or sometimes uniformly positive) descriptions of the candidate or issue.
— The organization conducting the calls is not named, or a phony name is used.
— Evasive answers are given in response to requests for more information about the survey.
— The number of people called is very large, sometimes many thousands.
— The calls are not based on a random sample.

It remains to be seen how the FRC will report its findings, but I’m willing to bet that most Louisianans will answer the question in a way that will support the FRC’s position on health care.

Family Research Council

by Jessica Bryan

The FRC talked about more uses for adult stem cells, noted that one plant scholar is saying there are more carnivorous plants than we think (the post links to the trailer for Attack of the Killer Tomatoes), interpreted results from a recent GSS survey to say that “adults in always-intact marriages who attend religious services at least weekly are the most likely to believe in the importance of having their own children,” argued that private sector research on cancer will  decrease if the Democrats’ health care plan passes and discussed potential uses for adult stem cells to fight HIV.

An email from the FRC urged subscribers to tell their senators to vote for the Nelson-Hatch amendment to health care reform.

A Washington Update email from the group discussed funding for abortion in health care reform and the Nelson-Hatch amendment, efforts in New Jersey to legalize gay marriage and in Virginia to give benefits to the partners of state employees, and the potential effect of current health care reform legislation on the Medicare Advantage program.

A second Washington Update email from the FRC criticized Sen. Reid for his comments about health care reform and slavery on the Senate floor, commented on the cost of health care reform, and criticized the “shocking record” of EEOC nominee Chai Feldblum.

A third Washington Update talked about the failure of the Nelson-Hatch amendment and the funding for abortion in health care reform, commented on the 2010 Omnibus bill, and argued that Sen. Reid is trying to cover up the fact that the current health care reform bill would fund abortion.

An email asking for donations said that “Two deeply committed supporters have offered a $300,000 Matching Grant that will double your gift and give it twice the impact in the fight to defend and advance faith, family, and freedom!”

Family Research Council

by Jessica Bryan

The FRC discussed their “New Study On How Pornography Threatens Marriages, Children, Communities, and Individuals,” compared Obama to a Vulcan (Tuvok not Spock), noted that the chilly political climate in the U.S. about global warming may make it difficult for liberals to push for environmental reform while at the conference in Copenhagen, gave Obama some advice about how to create jobs, and posted a video from Tony Perkins about health care.

A Washington Update email from the FRC praised Obama for his decision to increase the troop presence in Afghanistan, argued against the nomination of Judge Louis Butler to the federal district court, and argued that the proposed health care reform legislation would provide health care to illegal immigrants.

An email from Tony Perkins asked subscribers to contact their senators and tell them to support the “Stupak-Pitts anti-abortion funding amendment.”

A second Washington Update discussed the failure of the vote to legalize same-sex marriage in New York, the negative impact of porn on families and society, funding for stem cell research, argued that the full force of health care reform will not take effect until 2014, and linked to the FRC blog post about the conference in Copenhagen.

A third Washington Update from the group discussed gambling reform and Sen. Bachus’ letter from the FBI about the potential for cheating in online poker, talked about indirect funding for abortion in health care reform, advertised this week’s FRC Radio broadcast Washington Watch Weekly, and linked to Tony Perkins’ video about health care reform.

An email from Tony Perkins asked subscribers to participate in the FRC Family Photo 2009 Contest.

Family Research Council

by Jessica Bryan

The first post by the FRC from two days ago discussed, at length, Winston Churchill and one of his bodyguards, the movie The Fly and sci-fi transporters, and “perversions of science” such as stem cell research, all leading up to a brief statement on the naming of President Obama’s new bioethics advisory commission this week.

The group posted links to “some articles of interest,” talked about Obama and his bioethics commission to be named, discussed using adult stem cells for repairing damage done to human hearts from heart attacks, reported on a recent GSS survey and claimed that the results indicate that “married adults are more likely to believe in the importance of having their own children than unmarried adults,” compared “the slaughter of innocents at home and around the world through the actions of an aggressively pro-abortion administration” to the Holocaust, discussed the vote in Switzerland to not allow the construction of any more minarets,  and noted that adult stem cells are being used on lung injuries.

An email from the FRC displays different companies who, when you purchase something from their website (which you must access through the FRC’s “special online portal”), will donate between 1% and 4% to the FRC.  The email links to the “Family Research Council Mall.”

Family Research Council

by Jessica Bryan

The FRC called for President Obama to discuss the persecution of Christians in India with the Indian Prime Minister who visited this week and attended the State Dinner.  The group also reported on findings from a recent GSS survey arguing that the survey “shows that adults who attend religious services at least weekly are more likely to believe in the importance of having their own children than those who worship less frequently.”