Tony Perkins is president of the Family Research Council.

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December 6, 2018, 3:54 PM EST
It's a struggle that's played out across the arc of human history. From kings and shepherds to leaders to layman, we all fight the same internal battle: fear God or fear man? At some point, every one of us has tried to do both. And as most of us know, that almost always ends badly. We keep hoping that we are the one exception to Jesus's words in Matthew 10:22: “You will be hated because of me.” We're so focused on avoiding the discomfort that we forget the promise follows: “The one who stands firm will be saved.”
November 8, 2018, 4:15 PM EST
The giant cross in Bladensburg, Maryland was supposed to memorialize a war -- not start one. Yet this small town, just a mile from the D.C. line, may be the sight of the most important battle over religious monuments yet. And it will be up to the Supreme Court, with new justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, to finally decide the winner.
November 5, 2018, 3:14 PM EST
There are 600 miles – and the entire Trump administration – standing between the migrant caravan and the border. The 3,600 people hoping to cross into the U.S. will have to get past border patrol, the American military, and the rule of law. Despite the odds, one extremist group thinks it can beat them – in the same place liberals always go to get their way: the courts.
October 29, 2018, 3:15 PM EDT
We join the nation in mourning those killed in the horrific synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh. It's easy to feel helpless in the face of such acts of evil. But we can and must overcome the evil that preys upon the innocent. As a nation, we must turn to God and find healing, unity, and restoration.
October 25, 2018, 3:48 PM EDT
No one was hurt, but yesterday morning's news that suspicious packages had been found at the addresses of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, CNN headquarters, and others was no less shocking. The idea that there could be more violence, more threats, more outbursts than we've already witnessed this election cycle is more than most Americans can bear. Now, two weeks out from midterm elections that stand to divide the country even more, most people want to know: when can we get back to being one nation again?
October 11, 2018, 2:27 PM EDT
If you thought being a conservative in America was hard, try being one in Hollywood. It takes real courage to stand up in a culture that's suffocatingly liberal and speak your mind on issues like ours. Ask Dean Cain. The former Superman star almost had to be made of steel to withstand the number of attacks fired his way just for doing what other celebrities are applauded for: speaking his mind.
September 19, 2018, 4:20 PM EDT
The Bible tells us that there is nothing new under the sun (Ecc. 1:9). So often what passes for “news” is really nothing more than a refresher. A case in point is a new study from published this month in the American Journal of Epidemiology about the link between religious upbringing and subsequent health and well-being.
September 14, 2018, 2:56 PM EDT
The abortion industry doesn't respect life before death, so it's no surprise that they don't respect it after. Still, most Americans had higher hopes for the U.S. government, especially after Planned Parenthood's ghoulish market of baby body parts. The Trump administration has always treated human life with dignity, which is why pro-lifers were surprised to hear about a new FDA contract that sounds like something straight off the sci-fi network.
September 7, 2018, 4:30 PM EDT
It was supposed to be a triumphant week for the NFL. After a year-and-a-half long headache over the national anthem, a new season – and a new league-wide policy – was about to kick off. Hopes were high that teams had finally put the Colin Kaepernick controversy in the rearview mirror and could start winning back the fans it lost in the high-stakes standoff. Now, thanks to Nike, the league is right back where it started.
August 31, 2018, 3:48 PM EDT
It is welcome news that the California state legislature will not take final action on AB 2943, a bill which would have declared all forms of sexual orientation change efforts, or SOCE (sometimes referred to as "conversion therapy") to be a form of "consumer fraud" if performed for a fee. Such counseling or therapy is designed to assist people who experience unwanted same-sex attractions to achieve their own self-chosen goal of overcoming those attractions or abstaining from same-sex conduct.
August 1, 2018, 4:20 PM EDT
The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Monday the formation of a Religious Liberty Task Force. The Task Force, which will be chaired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, "will continue the Department's ongoing work to implement the Religious Liberty Memorandum and the implementation memorandum. The Task Force will also consider new initiatives that will further the Department's work to protect and promote religious liberty."
July 26, 2018, 9:23 AM EDT
For some people at the State Department's ministerial, the stories of persecution come secondhand – but they're no less life-changing. One of the most powerful speeches of the day came from a surprising source, Mick Mulvaney, the president's director of the Office of Management and Budget. When he got to the stage, Mulvaney joked, “You're probably wondering to yourself, ‘What can the budget director bring to this discussion?’” Turns out, an awful lot. “I've never been a victim of religious persecution,” he said from the outset. But he still has plenty in common with the people there: he wants to be a force for change.
July 19, 2018, 3:29 PM EDT
House conservatives took some social media companies to task for political bias earlier on Tuesday -- and not a moment too soon, based on what's happening to people like Ryan Bomberger. The head of the Radiance Foundation is just the latest victim of the censorship taking place on platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If these tech giants are offended by the truth of abortion, then they're taking their anger out on the wrong people.
July 12, 2018, 9:56 AM EDT
The city of Washington has been so dominated with Supreme Court news that it's easy to forget there's other business underway. The House is taking the lead on a lot of it, combing through the second largest spending bill Congress sees every year: the Labor-HHS-Education package. On a typical day, mark-ups like this one don't get a lot of national attention. This time around though, things are different. And a red-hot debate over the border is a big reason why.
June 18, 2018, 11:09 AM EDT
Now that President Trump has scored big points for his historic meeting with Kim Jong Un, his opponents are desperate to change the subject. Anxious to turn the country's attention away from the administration's diplomatic success, they've returned to an issue that the Congress has repeatedly failed to resolve – immigration.
June 14, 2018, 9:19 AM EDT
One of the first promises Donald Trump made to evangelicals as a candidate was to the pastors of America: “We're going to get rid of that [Johnson amendment],” he promised. Now, a year and a half into his administration, it's somewhat fitting that he and Vice President Mike Pence have made a priority of keeping their dialogue with churches going.
June 4, 2018, 4:14 PM EDT
The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled 7-2 in favor of Jack Phillips, a baker who declined to create a wedding cake to celebrate a same-sex ceremony because doing so would violate his religious belief that marriage is the union of a man and a woman.
May 18, 2018, 4:38 PM EDT
The Trump administration is expected to announce new regulations for the Title X family planning program that reinstates President Ronald Reagan's "protect life rule" which protects the integrity of the program by preventing the "co-location" of family planning clinics with abortion clinics. This rule will separate abortion centers, such as Planned Parenthood, from the thousands of clinics that provide Title X services without cutting any funds.
May 10, 2018, 10:40 AM EDT
“The Iran Deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.” That was President Trump's frank assessment of what may have been Barack Obama's biggest foreign policy mistake. On May 8, 2018, the White House did something about it – finally pulling the United States out of the deal that's been a disaster for U.S. and global security.
May 2, 2018, 2:44 PM EDT
This week (May 4th) marks one year since President Trump signed an executive order protecting religious liberty – an order which has led to multiple federal agencies rolling out religious freedom protections. A Family Research Council analysis released today finds that the order enabled charities and other entities to provide up to 13.7 million people with health care and other social services. The order has enabled at least 44 schools that provide an education for more than 148,000 students to continue operating.