FACT Report: June 13, 2012

The ‘House’ vs. the Family (June 13, 2012)

One truth every gambler knows is this, the house always wins.

And the house, that is the gambling industry, won big in late 2011. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder interpreted a federal statute so as to essentially legalize online gambling. Now several state lotteries are planning to get in on the game.

Tennessee’s Legislature is not likely to follow suit anytime soon, but if other states do, there is no way to prevent an increase in gambling here.

That’s why Family Action Council of Tennessee and a dozen other pro-family groups across the nation sent Congress a letter last week, urging them to restore the law’s prohibition of online gambling.

Go to our website to read the letter, because when gambling increases, the house always wins, but the family always loses.

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FACT Report: June 6, 2012

2012 State Primary Voter Guide Coming Soon (June 6, 2012)

Believe it or not, early voting for the August legislative primary starts in just six weeks!

The people we choose to serve in government can have a tremendous impact on the future of family values in our state. In some cases, like abortion laws, it can be a matter of life and death.

But how can you know which of the 164 candidates running in over 50 legislative primaries share your values?

To help you prepare to vote wisely, we are preparing a Voter Guide to the primary election. Over the next few weeks, we’ll survey the state legislature candidates, asking them their views on a range of pro-family issues. Then we’ll compile their responses and make them available on our website.

 

 

 

FACT Report: May 30, 2012

A Good Legislative Session (May 30, 2012)

The 2012 session of the Tennessee General Assembly is over now, but looking back over the session, it can be difficult to gauge the effectiveness of the pro-family work that we do here at FACT, so sometimes it’s helpful to see things through the lens of the people who are opposing our efforts.

Recently the ACLU of Tennessee sent out an email to its constituents lamenting the fact that the results of the legislative session were not “pretty,” which means, from our perspective, that it was very pretty, indeed!

We fought for and won some important victories in support of the family and religious liberty. And the ACLU’s counter political agenda was defeated, and that’s a good thing for Tennessee families.

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FACT Report: May 23, 2012

Speak now, or lose your tax exempt status later

“Speak now or forever hold your peace.” Ministers say this during marriage ceremonies, but now they need to say it to themselves. Many have been afraid to speak on “political issues” like homosexual marriage lest their church lose its tax-exempt status. But unless the same-sex marriage movement is stopped now, it is going to run over religious liberty sooner or later.

You see, the Supreme Court has ruled that any group’s tax-exempt status can be revoked if their internal policies don’t line up with public policy. So someday, those ministers who stay silent now will lose their tax exempt status anyway if they refuse to perform government-sanctioned same-sex marriages or hire homosexuals.

When that happens, we’ll find out if our stewardship is based on tax policy or the Bible.

FACT Report: May 16, 2012

What Marriage Really Is (May 16, 2012)

President Obama’s recent pronouncement in favor of homosexual marriage has raised questions about whether marriage is a cultural/civil creation or a greater moral reality.

But society didn’t create marriage any more than it created circles and squares. Those are the names we give to real things. And this real thing that we call marriage is a reflection of God, Himself. In fact, He chose marriage to represent the relationship between Christ and his church. Societies throughout history have simply recognized the importance of this special relationship between a man and a woman and encouraged it.

Marriage is a real thing, not just a word, and even if the President of the United States is in favor of homosexual marriage, it doesn’t change the truth of what real marriage is.

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