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!

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 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.”

Focus on the Family

by Jessica Bryan

Focus argued against Judge David Hamilton’s appointment to the 7th Circuit, and also noted the new trend of viewing pornography on public transportation.

An email from Focus discussed health care reform and the Stupak-Pitts amendment.

Another email from the group noted that a CNN poll shows that “61 percent of Americans are opposed to government funding of abortion” and “51 percent said they believed payment for abortions should come directly from the women seeking them.”

A third email from Focus argued that despite Sen. Harry Reid’s claim that his health care reform bill did not include funding for abortion, it still “would allow coverage through the “public option” and federal subsidies that would cover abortion on demand.”

A final email from the group included an interview with Dr. Stephen Meyer about evolution and intelligent design.

Family Research Council

by Jessica Bryan

The FRC discussed the “launch of the Adult Stem Cells Saved My Life Education & Awareness Campaign,” the health care abortion debate, profiled EEOC nominee Chai Feldblum, interpreted results from a GSS survey as showing  “that adults in always-intact marriages who also worship at least weekly are more likely than all other adults to be proud of the type of work they do,” accused Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) of being unfamiliar with the Constitution and (possibly facetiously) argued that  “It may be time for an amendment requiring members of Congress to take a basic proficiency test on at least the Bill of Rights.”

An FRC Action Alert email urged subscribers to contact their senators and ask them “to vote No on any procedural vote to move to the health bill unless Senator Reid’s version of the bill contains the Stupak-Pitts amendment to ban government funding of abortion.”

A Washington Update email from the group discussed the abortion in health care debate, the  Adult Stem Cells Saved My Life Education & Awareness Campaign, and tort reform.

Focus on the Family

by Jessica Bryan

Focus commented on the ” CNSNews.com series that questions Senators and Representatives about the constitutional provision that justifies forcing people to buy health insurance,” the debate between Maggie Gallagher (National Organization for Marriage) and Evan Wolfson (Freedom to Marry) on ABC’s Twittercast about the result of Maine’s Question 1, linked to a “commentary” written by a Focus blogger “about the effective messaging strategies used by marriage defenders in California and Maine,” commented on the results from a Gallup poll question asking about views on the government’s responsibility for health care, and, again, commented on the CNSNews.com series that questions members of Congress about the constitutionality of Congress ordering Americans to buy health insurance.

An email from Focus contained an article about the AMA‘s stance on some “homosexual issues.”

A second email from the group contains an article about the threat of removal of the tax-exempt status of some Maine churches.

A third email from Focus links to an interview with Eric Buehrer, founder of Gateways to Better Education.