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Ted Haggard: Brewer Right to Veto Bill.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer was right to veto a bill Wednesday that would have allowed business people to refuse service to gay couples, says an evangelical leader who was once caught up in a sex scandal with another man.

Ted Haggard told CNN after Brewer’s announcement that Christians, like everyone else, need to respect others.

“That was a broadly worded bill that had unintended consequences hidden in it that would have developed over the years,” Haggard told CNN’s Erin Burnett.

Haggard was a mega-church pastor and president of the National Association of Evangelicals in 2006 when it was revealed that he had had a long-term sexual relationship with a male escort. Haggard was preaching and working against gay marriage when the allegations came to light.

Haggard told Burnett on Wednesday that it is “bigotry” for Christians to refuse to serve others based on a moral code.

“We as Christians are here to wash the feet of others and make life better, not to make life worse,” he said.

Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council disagreed. Sprigg told Burnett that current Arizona law doesn’t list gays as a protected class, so the new law would have given them added protections.

Sprigg said the battle won’t be over until the U.S. Supreme Court rules. It will take “a Roe v. Wade of same-sex marriage” before the fight will be over, he said.

Haggard responded, “There will be a Supreme Court decision that will make equality the law of the land.”

Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy, a socially conservative group that opposes abortion and gay marriage and pushed the legislation, said Brewer’s veto marked “a sad day for Arizonans who cherish and understand religious liberty.”

The bill, she said in a statement, “passed the legislature for one reason only: to guarantee that all Arizonans would be free to live and work according to their faith.”

“Opponents were desperate to distort this bill rather than debate the merits,” Herrod said. “Essentially, they succeeded in getting a veto of a bill that does not even exist.”

Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo, appearing on MSNBC,  said the veto of SB1062 showed the will of the majority of Republicans to grant equality to same-sex couples.

Angelo’s group fights for gay rights within the GOP, and he said that even though it was Republicans who passed the bill, he was encouraged that it was vetoed by a Republican and that many powerful members of the party opposed it.

“I appreciate the decision made by Gov. Brewer to veto this legislation,” Republican Sen. John McCain said. “I hope that we can now move on from this controversy and as sure the American people that everyone is welcome to live, work and enjoy our beautiful state of Arizona.”
McCain’s colleague, Sen. Jeff Flake, thanked Brewer for her veto on Twitter:

Flake said in a later tweet:

Both senators had urged Brewer to veto the legislation.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said the pressure on Brewer from big businesses and professional sports leagues is an example of how fundamental freedoms are being trampled.

“You create a stampede by spooking politicians and the public with misinformation,” Perkins said on Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File.”

“This is going to continue to be a major problem, and it’s going to spread across the country,” Perkins said. “It’s now going to be incumbent upon Gov. Brewer to say how she’s going to protect the religious freedom of thousands of Arizonians.”

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By Greg Richter

Cracker Barrel Replaces ‘Duck Dynasty’ Items After Public Outrage.


Cracker Barrel
Cracker Barrel has apologized for removing ‘Duck Dynasty‘-related items from its shelves and is putting everything back. (Eli Christman/Flickr/Creative Commons)

Cracker Barrel has apologized for removing Duck Dynasty-related items from its shelves and is putting everything back.

“Our intent was to avoid offending, but that’s just what we’ve done,” Cracker Barrel said in a statement posted on its Facebook page Sunday morning. “You told us we made a mistake. And, you weren’t shy about it. You wrote, you called and you took to social media to express your thoughts and feelings.

“You flat out told us we were wrong. We listened. Today, we are putting all our Duck Dynasty products back in our stores. And, we apologize for offending you.”

The restaurant chain began pulling Duck Dynasty-related items after Robertson family patriarch Phil Robertson made controversial statements in GQ magazine about homosexuality.

“We continue to offer Duck Commander products in our stores,” the company said in a statement Friday. “We removed selected products which we were concerned might offend some of our guests while we evaluate the situation.”

After A&E indefinitely suspended Phil Robertson from the show, Cracker Barrel instructed workers to remove all merchandise that featured him. The Facebook post with the statement was inundated with nearly 33,000 comments from angry customers.

Included in the chorus of people who disagreed with their decision was Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council.

“Cracker Barrel must be off their rocker,” he said in a statement to Fox News. “For Cracker Barrel to take the bait of an organization like GLAAD, which has led the attack on Phil Robertson, they are betraying the values of the vast majority of their customers.”

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee also took offense.

“I have no respect for a company that bows to the slightest pressure from the politically correct,” he wrote on Facebook.

Cracker Barrel’s Sunday statement concluded, “We respect all individuals right to express their beliefs. We certainly did not mean to have anyone think different. We sincerely hope you will continue to be part of our Cracker Barrel family.”


Cruz Calls Out Hecklers at Values Voter Summit.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz effectively dealt with a small group of hecklers who tried to shout him down during his speech Friday at the Values Voter Summit

The shouting started after Cruz had launched into an attack against “that trainwreck, that disaster, that nightmare that is Obamacare.”

“It seems that President Obama’s paid political operatives are out in force today,” Cruz said.

The smattering of catcalls continued throughout his speech. “I’m curious, is anybody left at the Organizing for America headquarters? Cruz asked at another point, referring to Obama’s political action committee.

“I’m actually glad that the president’s whole political staff is here instead of actually doing mischief in the country.”

The hecklers were eventually hustled out of the room at Washington‘s Omni Shoreham Hotel.

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Before Cruz spoke, the summit’s chief organizer, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said the freshman senator was now the “de facto leader of the Republican Party

“He is what people are looking for,” Perkins told CNN.”[This is] somebody who will stand up and say ‘This is what I stand for, this is what I believe.’

Perkins said that Cruz was one of a pack filling a vacuum in the party. There is a “breakdown between the GOP leadership and the conservatives on the inside, so you have Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Jim Jordan, Steve Scalise and others who are filling that void,” he said.

Perkins said House Speaker John Boehner is “in trouble” for not listening to his membership, reports Politico.  But he admitted the speaker “pulled it out of the fire” by listening to his members during the government shutdown and debt limit showdown, and Perkins said he has heard “very good remarks” where Boehner is concerned.

But as for other key Republicans, there may be trouble come election time, Perkins told CNN.
He said he thinks it’s good to have primary challengers to veteran Republican lawmakers such as Sens. Mitch McConnell, Lamar Alexander and Lindsey Graham.

“The Republican establishment has lost touch with where conservatives are,” said Perkins. “The GOP has become a big tent in some respects. You’ve got some libertarian-minded people in there. You’ve got social conservatives. You’ve got fiscal conservatives. There is a pretty big overlap between those two in many cases”

Further, he said, tea party supporters have changed many of the Republican Party’s dynamics.
“You have probably 80 percent, 75 percent of the tea party [who] are also social conservatives,” Perkins said. “But they are organized in ways that they haven’t been in a long time. And that’s hard for the establishment to handle.”

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

FRC’s Tony Perkins Considers Run for Congress.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins reportedly is considering a run for Congress from Louisiana‘s Sixth District, a seat held by Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, who is planning next year to challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu.

According to LaPolitics (subscription required), Perkins, who once was a state representative, hasn’t made it official but is talking about a possible campaign.

“I’ve been encouraged by many people to consider getting in and I’m thinking about it,” Perkins told the publication, which covers Louisiana politics. “It’s an attractive prospect to be closer to home.”

The FRC, which Perkins heads, is a Washington, D.C.,-based Christian right-leaning think tank that the Southern Poverty Center has labeled an anti-gay hate group.

Perkins, who has described the tea party as a “civil awakening,” has made headlines for his strong religious and political views. He has taken a tough stance, for instance, against same-sex marriage.

In July, the Council organized “Ex-Gay Pride Month,” which centered on supporting “former homosexuals, individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions, and their families.” The event followed Gay Pride month, which was in June.

Perkins has also taken on the Republican Party on occasion for what he called its waffling on conservative and social issues.

Back in April, for example, he encouraged religious conservatives not to contribute a dime to the party until it grows “a backbone” and starts defending core principles, like standing up against same-sex marriage.

A few days later, the Republican National Committee reaffirmed its opposition to gay marriage at its spring meeting.

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By Lisa Furgison

Convicted Anti-Christian Domestic Terrorist Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison.


Tony Perkins of Family Research Council.
Tony Perkins of Family Research Council. (Facebook)

Convicted domestic terrorist Floyd Lee Corkins was sentenced Thursday for his attempted mass shooting at the Family Research Council (FRC), a conservative Christian organization in Washington, D.C.

As Breitbart News previously reported, Corkins confessed to attempting to murder dozens of people at FRC because he calls himself a political activist for gay marriage and FRC supports the orthodox Christian belief that marriage is between one man and one woman.

Corkins shot and attempted to kill FRC’s building manager, Leo Johnson, who managed, despite his serious injuries, to wrest the firearm from Corkins and hold him at bay until police and the FBI arrived.

Corkins had almost 100 rounds of ammunition in his backpack and confessed to prosecutors that he intended to murder as many FRC staff people as possible and to smear Chick-fil-A sandwiches on some of their faces as a political statement against FRC’s beliefs.

This is the first-ever conviction for domestic terrorism under Washington, D.C., law. U.S. district judge Richard Roberts sentenced Corkins to 25 years in federal prison.

FRC President Tony Perkins made a statement to the court on behalf of his employees, whose lives were targeted by Corkins that day, saying:

“As the court knows, Mr. Corkins’ stated intention was to kill as many FRC staff as possible to send a political message. But for Leo’s heroic conduct and the protective hand of the Lord, this crime might have ended as one of the worst acts of domestic terrorism the District of Columbia has ever seen.

“Today we are not seeking vengeance, but we do seek justice. … Many on our staff and in their families have suffered ongoing emotional and psychological harm and have changed their daily lives in response to the attack. Every day, our staff has to deal with the fact that each of us was a potential victim.

“The facts show that he planned his attack in great detail and hoped for massive casualties. … Prosecutors revealed that Mr. Corkins had obtained our building location from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s [SPLC] website. He was clearly inspired by the [SPLC]’s labeling of FRC as a ‘hate group’ based on our belief that marriage can only take place between one man and one woman. His goal and that of the SPLC is to silence those with whom they disagree.

“In a civil society, shutting down debate is not how reasonable people and organizations operate. Intimidating and bullying others shreds the ‘ordered liberty’ of which our Founders wrote and for which they advocated and places all of us in jeopardy of losing our sacred rights as militant extremists claim the public square exclusively for themselves.”

Johnson also made a statement to the judge, despite being known as a quiet and reserved person who does not enjoy the public spotlight. In his statement, he said:

“I often experience feelings of anger and frustration when I think about all the things that I … continue to endure … surgery, with at least two more scheduled; painful, life-threatening blood clots; … physical therapy; multiple medications; and numerous doctor appointments. My family was put under tremendous stress as well. … I now have to rely upon others to carry out the physical aspects of my job. Things I used to enjoy, such as participating in sports, weightlifting and working out are … no longer possible. … Even some of the foods and beverages that I enjoy are no longer possible for me because of [my] medication. … This was such a senseless crime. Many innocent people were going to be ruthlessly murdered and taken away from their families and friends forever.”

Corkins told the FBI he found the FRC building as his target using a “hate map” on the SPLC’s website. The SPLC refuses to acknowledge any responsibility for the shooting. SPLC still lists FRC as a hate group and continues to maintain a map to FRC’s office building on the its website.



Ken Klukowski is director of the Center for Religious Liberty at Family Research Council.

Fox Sports Sacks Outspoken Christian.

Craig James
Craig James (Facebook)

As a former NFL running back, Craig James isn’t used to being on the defensive. Unfortunately, that’s exactly where Fox Sports is putting him in a story that should rock the football world.

The retired Pro-Bowler became the latest face of the war on religious liberty when—after one day on the job—Fox gave James the boot for his conservative views on marriage. And here’s the kicker: He made the comments not at the sports desk but during last year’s Senate campaign!

Apart from being a popular analyst, James also had political aspirations—aspirations he followed to Texas in an unsuccessful bid against Ted Cruz during the primary. In the course of the campaign, James was asked—as all candidates are—about his views on marriage and sexuality. James’ opinion happens to coincide with the research, which is that no one is born gay. And as an orthodox Christian, he didn’t shy away from the eternal consequences of this sin or any other.

“They are going to have to answer to the Lord for their actions,” he said before pledging not to support same-sex unions.

According to Sports Illustrated, the regional affiliate of Fox hired James without involving upper management.

“Fox Sports executives were not happy with the hire by the regional network,” sources explain.

High-level executives felt he hadn’t been properly vetted (or properly excluded, depending on how you look at it). When the news broke, a Fox Sports spokesman tried to explain away the network’s religious profiling.

“We just asked ourselves how Craig’s statements would play in our human resources department. He couldn’t say those things here,” the spokesman said.

First, James didn’t say them there—or anywhere in his commentating capacity. He stated his position as a candidate for public office in response to legitimate constituent questions. To suggest that having an opinion on cultural issues disqualifies you from breaking down football plays is outrageous—especially when that opinion is shared by the majority of Americans! Is the grip of religious hostility so tight that Americans can’t even have an open debate for fear it’ll cost them their jobs?

Dr. Angela McCaskillJerry BuellJulea WardDamian GoddardSenior Master Sgt. Phillip MonkCrystal Dixon and Air National Guardsman Layne Wilson certainly think so. To a person, they were all suspended, fired or sued by their employers for their views on marriage—whether or not they expressed them at work. Like them, James’ ousting had nothing to do with his job performance and everything to do with this new climate of Christian persecution.

The Washington Times reports that at the time of James’ hiring, Fox Sports Southwest Executive Producer Mike Anastassiou called him a “talented broadcaster who I’ve admired throughout his career. His knowledge of college football and the experience he brings as an analyst will be a tremendous asset to our coverage.”

From the military to Fox Sports to city halls like San Antonio’s, the overwhelming message seems to be that when it comes to the public arena, conservative Christians need not apply. Let the network know what a disappointment their political correctness is by contacting Fox Sports and protesting Craig James’ dismissal.

Unfortunately, college football isn’t the only one sidelining people of faith. Congressman Randy Forbes, R-Va., made that quite clear at last night’s special order on religious liberty. Joined by Reps. Walberg, Lamborn, Wittman, Lankford, Gohmert, Fleming, Griffith, Franks and Pearce, Forbes stood on the floor and called for a return to the freedoms our Founding Fathers gave their lives to secure. Click here to watch the video.



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.

Pentagon Giving Same-Sex Newlyweds Special Taxpayer-Funded Bonuses.

Gay military wedding
Todd Saunders (left) and U.S. Army Capt. Michael Potoczniak (right), partners of 10 years, take their marriage oath at City Hall in San Francisco, June 29, 2013. The Pentagon is attempting to award special benefits to gay military couples not available to heterosexuals. (Stephen Lam/Reuters)

A Supreme Court ruling earlier this year said the federal government must give equal treatment to same-sex couples who have legally “married.” But now the Pentagon wants to give a special, taxpayer-funded bonus to such couples—including a benefit that is not even available to heterosexual couples.

In the recent case of United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to strike down as unconstitutional one section of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Section 3 of DOMA defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman for all purposes of federal law, regardless of a state’s definition of marriage.

On the face of it, all this ruling meant was that same-sex couples who 1) have already gotten legally “married” in a state or country that permits such “marriages” and 2) now live in a state that recognizes such couples as “married” must be granted the same benefits from the federal government that opposite-sex couples receive.

Now, however, the Department of Defense has gone much further. In a pair of memos released on Aug. 13, it announced that a service member who wants to enter a same-sex “marriage” but is posted more than 100 miles from a state that allows same-sex “marriages,” will be granted seven days of extra paid leave (10 days if posted outside the continental United States) just to travel to their wedding.

This special leave—only for destination weddings of homosexual couples—is above and beyond the regular annual leave granted to every service member. How much does this cost the American taxpayer? For 10 days’ work, a captain (with six years’ experience) earns $1,787.20 in base pay alone—that’s not even accounting for benefits like housing allowance, health care, etc. And this special taxpayer-funded leave is only available for same-sex “weddings”—heterosexuals need not apply!

This special treatment is not required by the repeal of the 1993 law on homosexuality in the military referred to as “don’t ask, don’t tell”; it is not required by the Supreme Court’s Windsor decision; and it is fundamentally unequal and unfair. In a time of sequestration and severe cuts to the military, the Pentagon should be in the business of strengthening our troops, not in the business of same-sex “wedding” planning.

The National Defense Authorization Act for 2014, which would fund these unfair bonuses, now awaits action in the U.S. Senate. Contact your senators today, and urge them to amend the bill to remove any unequal treatment from it—in this case, a taxpayer-funded wedding bonus from the Pentagon afforded on the basis of sexual orientation.


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.

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