People for the UnAmerican Way

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If you’re wondering how effective FRC is in the religious liberty debate, don’t take our word for it! Take the radical Left’s!

In a new report, the liberal People for the American Way profiles seven organizations they blame for restoring our First Freedom in state and federal laws across the country — and FRC tops the list.

Their network of seven groups, PFAW points out, “is engaged in a high-stakes effort to convince Americans that preserving religious liberty requires giving individuals and corporations the power to disobey laws that promote the common good and protect other constitutional principles like equal treatment under the law.” Together with some of FRC’s allies, they write, “these organizations constitute a powerful cultural and political force that will not disappear after a few losses in the courtroom or at the ballot box. Indeed, in the wake of their marriage equality defeat at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015, they have redoubled their efforts.”

Singling out FRC and FRC Action, the report warns, “The Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council and its political affiliate, FRC Action, are among the most visible anti-gay Religious Right groups promoting the ideology that LGBT equality and religious liberty are incompatible.” While the “report” is not perfect, it does make clear our resolve to defend America’s First Freedom. The report is wrong; we are not “anti-gay.” What we are is a Christian organization that refuses to accept as moral any behavior God declares is immoral and damaging to individuals and society. What the anti-Christian group doesn’t say is why we promote religious liberty — not the least of which is that it’s good for society, good for the economy, and as a new Harvard University study shows, good for longevity!

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Going to church doesn’t just lead to a more spiritually-enriched life — it leads to longer life! Believe it or not, researchers found that worshipping regularly actually increases a woman’s lifespan. After studying 75,000 nurses in the United States for 20 years, the authors were blown away to find that the women who went to church more than once a week had a 33 percent lower risk of dying compared to those who never attend. That squares with plenty of medical data showing that people of faith have significantly lower blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer complications. It’s also one of the greatest ways to treat the modern culture’s disease — of incivility, hostility, and general pessimism. Our Founders may not have had the scientific evidence to show the personal health benefits of religion, but there is no question they understood the connection between free religious exercise and the health of a nation.

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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