Thursday, January 18, 2018

Family Research Council Urges House Passage of Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

January 18, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On Friday, the same day hundreds of thousands descend on the city for the annual March for Life, the House of Representatives will vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 4712). This legislation would require health care practitioners to provide life-saving medical care to babies born alive who survive an attempted abortion, just as they would do for other babies born at the same age of development. It will create criminal penalties to enforce what is currently only a definitional provision in federal law. The bill expressly prohibits any prosecution under this act of the mother of a child born-alive, and gives her a private right of action to seek relief if an abortionist were to kill or neglect her born-alive infant. Although a similar measure was signed into law by President Bush in 2003, it never had the teeth needed to hold the abortion industry accountable. Family Research Council (FRC) announced plans to score in favor of both the rule to consider the legislation and final passage of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

Also, on Friday, prior to the March for Life, Family Research Council is hosting its 13th Annual ProLifeCon Digital Action Summit featuring House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), House Select Panel on Infant Lives Chairman Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) among other speakers.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement:

"The recent atrocities involving born-alive infants in Pennsylvania, where Kermit Gosnell 'snipped the necks' of babies born-alive combined with the horrifying videos exposing Planned Parenthood workers dissecting and selling the body parts of babies, possibly who were born-alive, it is essential that we make clear that born-alive infants are American citizens entitled to the full protection of our laws. America's abortion industry led by Planned Parenthood has worked hard to dehumanize unborn children, which has resulted in infanticide. This atrocity must stop. With Republicans in control of both Congress and the White House, it is time to restore and protect the humanity of all children and the passage of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act is a good start.

"On Friday, the massive crowd, which is anticipated for the March for Life will come excited to hear from a president who is following through on his promise to roll back Obama's devastating pro-abortion policies. House Republican leadership and lead sponsor Rep. Marsha Blackburn deserve praise for their effort to build a society in which all human life is a gift to be treasured," Perkins concluded.

In September 2016, Family Research Council provided congressional testimony in support of this legislation:

To see a full list of speakers at this year's ProLifeCon, please see:

To read FRC's score letter, please see:

Trump Administration Delivers Again on Religious Liberty Through New HHS Division

January 18, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Family Research Council today applauded the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for announcing the formation of a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR). HHS announced that the division "will provide HHS with the focus it needs to more vigorously and effectively enforce existing laws protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom, the first freedom protected in the Bill of Rights."

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement:

"Religious liberty isn't found in political proclamations, but in the policies they inspire. Today is another moment in which President Trump's promises are becoming a reality. The formation of a new HHS division devoted to enforcing civil rights and conscience laws demonstrates that we have a president committed to the Constitution and the values it protects.

"Under President Obama, the federal government failed to enforce federal laws in place to ensure hard working Americans aren't unfairly punished by the government for simply seeking to live their lives according to their beliefs. This is a freedom that has been a fundamental part of our society since the beginning of our nation and is cemented in federal law.

"Healthcare providers and others protected under federal conscience laws should be greatly encouraged that HHS will address any government actions taken against those who have objections to participating in an abortion or purchasing health insurance that includes abortion. Americans should not be forced to choose between their faith and their desire to help patients.

"As President Trump continues to follow through on his promises on these core issues, he will continue to have the support of social conservatives on his policy initiatives," concluded Perkins.

FRC Commends Senate Foreign Relations Committee for Approving Gov. Brownback's Nomination for Ambass

January 18, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Family Research Council today commended the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for approving the nomination of Governor Sam Brownback (R-Kans.) to be the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, a job then-Senator Brownback was pivotal in creating in 1998 to address religious persecution and genocide around the world.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement:

"I commend the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for moving Governor Brownback's nomination to the Senate floor. Now, it's time for the full U.S. Senate to act on Governor Brownback's confirmation, so that Americans can start giving the world's persecuted new hope -- first, that they aren't alone, and secondly, that help is on the way.

"From the very beginning of his administration, President Trump has been intentional about his desire to pick up the torch for religious liberty, first trying to secure it for Americans here at home through executive order and other directives. But with his nomination of Sam Brownback to Ambassador at Large for Religious Freedom, the administration has shown its sincerity on restoring the United States' reputation as a voice for the voiceless.

"Today's committee approval comes on the eve of Vice President Pence's trip to the Middle East, a region of the world where religious liberty has an opportunity to advance with the retreat of ISIS and the rejection of the Muslim Brotherhood. The sooner Gov. Brownback is confirmed as ambassador, the sooner the U.S. will be able to expand its efforts to help the persecuted and those targeted for genocide," concluded Perkins.

Click here for Tony Perkins' Fox News Opinion column: Christians in the Middle East are suffering. When will aid promised by Team Trump arrive?

Thursday, December 7, 2017


Kim Jong-Un announced at a news conference that North Korea would be sending a man to the sun within ten years!

A reporter said, "But the sun is too hot. How can your man land on the sun?"

There was a stunned silence. Nobody knew how to react.

Kim Jong-Un quietly answered  "We will land at night".

The gathering and everyone in North Korea watching on television broke into thunderous applause.

Back in Washington, Nancy Pelosi and her entourage were watching the same news conference. When Pelosi heard what Kim said, she sneered, 
"What an idiot. Everybody knows there's no sun at night."

Her office and everyone working in the DNC broke into thunderous applause.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Tuesday, Nov. 21: Election Overview with Delegate Nick Freitas at MCRW

Delegate Nick Freitas

Delegate Nick Freitas will be a Special Guest Speaker at the Madison County Republican Women's meeting on Tuesday, November 21, 6:30 - 8:30 PM at the Madison Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. Delegate Freitas will give an update on the recent statewide election.

Menu: Savory Turkey. Members are requested to bring sides and desserts. Dinner: $8.

Location: Madison Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 1236 Fishback Road, Rt. 722 at the north traffic light.

Everyone is invited to attend this informative meeting. For more information, please call (540) 923-4109.

Tuesday, Nov. 21: VVFS Director to discuss PTSD at MCRW

Virginia Veteran and Family Support Program (VVFS) Region 1 Director (Northwestern) Ben Shaw will be the Guest Speaker at the Madison County Republican Women's meeting on Tuesday, November 21, 6:30 - 8:30 PM at the Madison Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. Ben will be discussing the impact of PTSD on Virginia Veterans.

Ben Shaw

Ben Shaw served two tours in Iraq as an Infantry Marine, participating in hundreds of combat missions in the "Sunni Triangle" and a third tour as a foreign instructor under Multi-National Forces West-Advanced Infantry Training Center. He is a combat veteran, and has served in support of OIFs II-VIII. In 2009, Shaw served in Iraq as a civilian combat journalist, and in early 2010, he embedded as a combat photographer with US troops in Logar province, Afghanistan. Currently Northwestern Regional Director, Shaw has worked for the Virginia Veteran & Family Support since 2010 and holds an MA in Management

Menu: Savory Turkey with sides and desserts by our members. Dinner: $8.

Location: Madison Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 1236 Fishback Road, Rt. 722 at the north traffic light. Everyone is invited to attend this informative meeting. For more information, please call (540) 923-4109.


PostTraumatic Stress Disorder - An anxiety disorder associated with serious traumatic events and characterized by such symptoms as survivor guilt, reliving the trauma in dreams, numbness and lack of involvement with reality, or recurrent thoughts and images.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

FRC Praises Trump Administration's Plan to Directly Address Needs of Christians in Middle East

October 27, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Trump administration announced this week that it would address the needs of the Middle East's Christian community by providing assistance directly, bypassing UN aid programs which have been largely ineffective in helping displaced Christians affected by ISIS.

The announcement came as Vice President Pence spoke to a gathering addressing persecution of Christians:

"Our fellow Christians and all who are persecuted in the Middle East should not have to rely on multinational institutions when America can help them directly. And tonight, it is my privilege to announce that President Trump has ordered the State Department to stop funding ineffective relief efforts at the United Nations. And from this day forward, America will provide support directly to persecuted communities through USAID."

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins remarked:

"The Trump administration announcement is welcomed news to families and individuals in the Middle East who have lost their homes, their jobs and even friends and family at the hands of ISIS. I commend the president for following through on his promise to protect religious freedom by ensuring that the vulnerable among us are not targeted because of their religion, and are able to rebuild their lives and freely live out their faith in their ancestral homelands. I look forward to seeing the needs of these communities met on the ground, and stand ready to assist the president in making this happen. In the Middle East and elsewhere, America must do more to ensure that the human right of freedom of religion is cherished the world over," noted Perkins.

Travis Weber, Family Research Council's Director of the Center for Religious Liberty, also commented on the Trump administration's plan:

"While our attention has been riveted by stories of ISIS's defeat, the Christian communities left devastated in its wake will still need to rebuild and attempt to move on with their lives. For too long, the persecuted Christians of the Middle East--lacking political power and overlooked in the eyes of the world--have not received proper assistance in returning to their ancestral lands, the same lands the first Christians walked nearly 2,000 years ago. Meanwhile, Iran and other power players are trying to come in and ply their influence in the vacuum created by ISIS's defeat. It is in these situations that protecting the freedom of religion--and inculcating society with a true understanding of this right--is most critical," observed Weber.

FRC Praises Senate for Rejecting Religious Test, Confirming Amy Barrett to 7th Circuit Court of Appeals

31 Oct 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Amy Barrett for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, along with seven other senators spoke out yesterday in support of Amy Barrett ahead of the confirmation vote. Senator Dianne Feinstein, during Barrett's confirmation hearing, questioned whether Barrett would be able to perform her duties as circuit court judge because Barrett was a practicing Catholic. Feinstein was quoted commenting to Barrett, "the dogma lives loudly within you."

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins commented on Barrett's confirmation:

"We commend the U.S. Senate for confirming Amy Barrett today and by doing so, the U.S. Senate roundly rejected the unconstitutional idea that Americans should be forced to choose between their faith and public service, even as a judge. Amy Barrett did not waiver in the face of Senator Feinstein's open hostility toward her faith and the American people quickly rallied to her defense.

"As a country based on the rule of law, we need judges who will impartially and fairly apply the law, not craft it according to their ideology or political views. If Feinstein were not biased in her opinions, she would have seen the very writings she used to criticize Ms. Barrett clearly demonstrate that she will adhere to the rule of law, and fairly and neutrally decide the cases before her. The president is doing his job nominating sound judges who will do their job and not engage in activism. The Senate, despite Democrat obstructionism, rightfully confirmed Amy Barrett," Perkins concluded.

Federal Judge Usurps Role of Commander-In-Chief in Blocking Transgender Military Policy says FRC

October 30, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Family Research Council criticized today's injunction by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly that blocks enforcement of parts of President Trump's transgender military policy.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, a Marine veteran, released the following statement:

"This is where judicial activism is leading us. The courts have moved beyond legislating on the invented rights of abortion and same-sex marriage to clearly usurping the constitutional authority of the executive branch. The president has the primary task of protecting Americans but we see the courts weakening his immigration policies designed to protect America from threats and now telling the commander-in-chief how to run the military," concluded Perkins.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

President Trump to Address 12th Annual Values Voter Summit

October 10, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On Friday, October 13, President Donald Trump will address the 12th annual Values Voter Summit taking place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. President Trump will be the first sitting president to address the Values Voter Summit. This will be Donald Trump's third trip to the Summit, including last year when he attended VVS as the Republican presidential nominee.

"Values voters have waited eight years for a leader who puts America's mission first and respects the values that made America into a great nation," said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.

"Values voters are coming to our nation's capital thankful to hear from a president who is fulfilling the promises that he campaigned on. Since the early days of the campaign, President Trump allied himself with values voters, promising to put an end to the 8 years of relentless assault on the First Amendment," added Perkins.

dent Trump's executive order on religious liberty and the follow up actions last week by HHS and DOJ, demonstrate that he is committed to undoing the anti-faith policies of the previous administration and restoring true religious freedom," concluded Perkins.

Thousands of grassroots activists from around the country will gather in the nation's capital to hear from President Trump and other confirmed speakers which include House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Reps. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), RSC Chairman Mark Walker (R-N.C.), Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Dr. Bill Bennett, Laura Ingraham, Dana Loesch, "Duck Dynasty's" Phil Robertson, Todd Starnes, Steve Bannon, Judge Roy Moore, Sebastian Gorka, Lt. Col. Oliver North, and more.

FRC Action's Values Voter Summit is co-sponsored by AFA Action, American Values, Christian Healthcare Ministries, Association of Mature American Citizens, The D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship, The Heritage Foundation, United in Purpose, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, and Family Research Council. An exhibit hall, book signings, radio row, media row, and much more will be packed into this three-day conference.

Pre-registration for media credentials is required.
Please contact to obtain credentials.
For a schedule and more information on this year's Values Voter Summit, please visit:

Court Ruling Striking Down Clergy Housing Allowance Another Example of Hostile Environment Created b

October 9, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Family Research Council today criticized a ruling by U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb declaring the clergy housing tax allowance unconstitutional. Family Research Council's "Watchmen on the Wall" pastors network is composed of over 40,000 churches from across the country for whom this issue is of great importance.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement:

"The anti-faith environment created by the Obama administration goes a long way to explaining why such a lawsuit could be deemed to be anything more than religious harassment. Militant secularists have a longstanding friend in Judge Crabb who is infamous for striking down the National Day of Prayer as being unconstitutional.

"Going back to Patrick Henry in 1785, society has tried to relieve the clergy's housing burden because of the tremendous social benefits churches offer the culture and because so many clergy, despite their exceptional educations, receive only modest salaries. Congress has used tax-breaks and incentives to encourage that which is beneficial to society as a whole.

"I'd like to ask Judge Crabb: Where are the atheist-run soup kitchens, clothes closets, relief agencies, orphanages, adoption agencies, counselors, and hospitals. No, it is the pastor-led churches that primarily provide these benefits to communities and society in general. Americans donate over $100 billion to religious charities, including churches, every year because they believe it makes a positive difference. Churches have been central to the relief efforts in the aftermath of hurricane damage in Southeast Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

"I believe this case will mirror the outcome in the National Day of Prayer case: in embarrassment for Judge Crabb," concluded Perkins.

Crime waves in the U.S. are resolved!

The Chicago Police Dept. has replaced all sirens with the National Anthem, to force suspects to stop running and take a knee.

Saturday, October 7, 2017




7:00 PM,  OCTOBER 11, 2017




This is to advise you that the Rappahannock County Republican Committee will be conducting an IMPORTANT meeting at 7:00 PM on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2017, at the Rappahannock County Library, 4 Library Road, Washington, VA 22747.  Below is a PARTIAL Agenda; additional items will, more than likely, be added.  You are urged to attend this important meeting!



     1.  Invocation

2.     Pledge of Allegiance

3.     Review of Past Meeting – Old Business

4.     Treasurer's Report

New Business:  Election Day, Tuesday, November 7, 2017

      Poll stations and workers

      Get out the vote calling

      Poll station set up

5.     Reports/Comments from Campaigns

6.     Comments/Discussion

7.     Adjournment



Terry Dixon, Vice Chairman

Rappahannock County Republican Committee