FACT comments on recent news stories . . .

2014

Decline of Southern Baptist Membership

The Tennessean, March 29, 2014

In an article today about the continuing decline in SBC membership and baptism, this was written:

“Russell Moore, president of the SBC’s public policy arm, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, has said recently that Southern Baptists can no longer pretend to be the moral majority and should instead seek to be a ‘prophetic minority.”

FACT Comments—David Fowler, President:

Indeed, as Solomon wrote, “Without revelation (usually poorly translated as “vision”) the people perish.”


The Fight for Marriage Isn’t Over

National Review, May 22, 2014

Marriage: Where Do We Go From Here?

“We must understand that, for many of our neighbors, the argument for marriage hasn’t been heard and rejected; it simply hasn’t been heard. We must make that argument in new and creative ways.”

FACT Comments—David Fowler, President:

Ryan Anderson of the Heritage Foundation got it right. Most people have only thought about the marriage “debate” at a sound-bite level – “love is love” or “marriage equality.” But they’ve never really been challenged to define what marriage is or consider whether their definition really works without making the word “marriage” mean anything and everything that anyone wants it to mean. And they’ve never thought about why societies have an interest in channeling sexual relations that are consistent with procreation into stable relationships over the “hook up” culture we’re promoting. The hook up culture is bad for women and for the children who result from an unintended pregnancy between uncommitted adults.


NAACP Supports Women’s Right to Race-Based Abortions

Town Hall, May 21, 2014

NAACP: Banning Race-Based Abortions is Unconstitutional, or Something

“the NAACP filed a lawsuit against the bill, which stops abortions done specifically if the baby is African-American (or any other specific race or gender).”

FACT Comments—David Fowler, President:

Amazing! This falls in the category of this-can’t-be-true, but it is. The NAACP files suit to advance the right of women to abort their babies based solely on their race. The law also prohibits sex-selective abortions. So why aren’t the feminists groups in arms decrying the NAACP’s effort to allow abortions if you don’t want a baby girl? When life ceases to be sacred, confusion about life is sure to follow.


Greece v. Galloway: Supreme Court Decision Should Be Easy

Let’s take a look at the Daily Beast article about this key religious liberty case dated back to November 4, 2013.

With the Supreme Court’s ruling in Galloway v. Town of Greece this week, upholding invocations before local legislative meetings, it’s interesting to see what was said about the case prior to that. In this article by Eric Segall from last November, the commentator said the Court’s decision against the town should be an “easy” one:

“The court should prohibit official prayers at government ceremonies while encouraging moments of silent reflection.”

FACT Comments—David Fowler, President:

It increasingly seems that today God and prayer are okay as long as you keep silent about it. But what kind of god is it about whom one can be silent? A god not worthy of telling others about or of seeking blessing from or a god incapable of bestowing blessings is not much of a god if you ask me. Christians who believe their God is worthy and capable of such better speak up or, as the saying goes, “forever hold their peace.”

Read more about this story in this week’s Five Minutes for Families email newsletter.


Three MA Women Married to Each Other Expecting Child

Daily Mail, April 23, 2014

Fashion Designer Doll [Young] had known that she was polygamous since high school. She explains in a recent Daily Mail article:

“I had always dated girl—who although they had boyfriends or girlfriends—were also allowed to date me. I never thought that much about it and I had never really ‘come out’ as poly to my friends and family. To me, it was just how I was.”

FACT Comments—David Fowler, President:

So now you can be “born” polygamous?  If so, then won’t gay marriage advocates be morally obligated to support polyamorous marriages,lest they demean those relationships and deny them equal protection under the law?

Read more about this story in this week’s Five Minutes for Families email newsletter.


Child Protection Laws Include Unborn, According to AL Supreme Court

Christian News, April 23, 2014

Alabama Supreme Court Rules Child Protection Laws Include the Unborn

“[F]rom the child’s earliest stages of development, the existence of an unborn child is separate from that of its mother’s,” wrote Justice Tom Parker on behalf of the panel in a recent Christian News article. “Accordingly, Alabama has an interest not only in promoting a sustainable society and culture that appreciates life, but also in securing the blessings of liberty by protecting the right to life inherent in the new life itself.”

FACT Comments—David Fowler, President:

Roe v. Wade ground constitutional principles in science as it then supposedly stood and created a right to abortion.  Now the question is whether the intellectually honest will recognize what science now proves—the unborn child is a separate human being distinct from the mother—and reverse Roe?

Read more about this story in this week’s Five Minutes for Families email newsletter.


The Sad Power of an Atheist’s Temper Tantrum

FoxNews.com, April 22, 2014

American Center for Law and Justice’s Jay Sekulow on the Freedom from Religion Foundation’s threats against Clemson’s football program:

“It’s doubtful that the angry atheists at FFRF command majority support even among American Atheists (its membership is only 20,000), much less the millions of American Christians. When public institutions cave to atheist threats, they frequently enrage their constituencies – not out of legal necessity, but merely to end an unpleasant news cycle.”

FACT Comments—David Fowler, President:

Perhaps when the constituencies that timid government officials “enrage” by their acquiescence are more willing to create their own “unpleasant news cycle,” the timid will be emboldened and religious liberty will again be seen as the first liberty.


Refuting Matthew Vines and Same-Sex Love

Patheos, April 22, 2014

Eric Teetsel wrote in a recent article referencing Mathew Vines’ new book:

“What the Bible says about marriage is this: God designed it for one man and one woman, to serve His creation, and to provide a living portrait of His redemptive love. Forget the so-called “clobber passages.” Rationalize away Paul’s words if you can. There is no way around the theology of sex, marriage and salvation that runs straight through from Genesis to Revelation.”

FACT Comments—David Fowler, President:

Eric Teetsel’s short article refuting Matthew Vines new book that asserts that Christians ought to affirm same-sex love is thoughtful and avoids the disputes around the so-called “clobber passages.”


Sheriff Caught in the Middle of Nevada Rancher Feud

FoxNews.com, April 18, 2014

In a recent FoxNews.com article, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., says:

“Clive Bundy does not recognize the United States. The United States, he says, is a foreign government. He doesn’t pay his taxes. He doesn’t pay his fees. And he doesn’t follow the law. He continues to thumb his nose at authority.”

FACT Comments—David Fowler, President:

The authority that created the federal government, of which Sen. Reid is a part, is that of several states. Mr. Reid and the federal government are the ones under authority, and they have forgotten that. Sadly, the states are the ones that have allowed them to “forget.”


Are Christians Obsessed with Sex?

First Things, April 11, 2014

Nathianal Givens of First Things writes:

“Christian views on the obligations of parents to their children did not suddenly change and become extreme. They simply became, in society’s view, inconvenient.”

FACT Comments—David Fowler, President:

 

A great article by Nathaniel Givens in First Things in response to the assertion by those on the “Christian left” that the “Christian right” needs to stop “obsessing about sex.” Read it, and you’ll be better prepared to respond the next time you wind up in such a “sex talk.”


Billionaires Push Republicans on Gay Rights Bill

Politico, April 9, 2014

In responding to a push to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination in the Workplace Act in the U.S. House, Colorado Republican Congressman Mike Coffman said in a statement to Politico:

“I see this legislation as the workplace equivalent of the Golden Rule—do unto others, as you would have them do unto you. In the workplace, in 2014, we should judge employees the way we would want to be judged—based on our qualifications, our contributions and by our character, period.”

Read the Politico article

FACT Comments—David Fowler, President:

Sounds noble, but are we really willing to say, as a matter of law, that no one has the right anymore to believe sexual ethics is a matter of personal character?


The Rise of American Totalitarianism

GOPUSA.com, April 9, 2014

Writes Ben Shapiro in the GOPUSA.com article:

“Freedom is merely that which the government allows — and the government should only allow you to do the bidding of the left.”

FACT Comments—David Fowler, President:

What a profound statement that does seem to reflect what is true these days in America.  But the criticism should not be limited to the “left.” Forgetting that the Bill of Rights applied to actions by civil government only and the federal government was one of limited and specific powers only, many Republicans in principle operate the same way as the “left.” In other words, in the past, we were free to do in our social interactions with fellow citizens as we pleased, except where we had authorized civil government to act for the common good.  Today, it seems more and more we are only free to do what the government is pleased to authorize us to do.


The Hounding of a Heretic

The Dish, April 3, 2014

Leading same-sex marriage advocate, Andrew Sullivan, on the resignation of Mozilla’s CEO, Brendan Eich, over donation to Prop 8:

“If this is the gay rights movement today – hounding our opponents with a fanaticism more like the religious right than anyone else – then count me out. If we are about intimidating the free speech of others, we are no better than the anti-gay bullies who came before us.” Read the Dish article about Mozilla’s CEO


2012

Latest Louisiana Anti-Bullying Bill Update

Gambit, New Orleans, May 31, 2012

TN Lawmaker: ‘Everyone in This Room Knows What Gateway Sexual Activity Is’

God Discussion, May 5, 2012

Time running out in Tennessee

National Review, Bench Memos, April 9, 2012

Don’t Say Gay to the heel of the year

Post Politics Blog, Mar. 13, 2012