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The Family Research Council (FRC) is a Christian conservative non-profit lobbying organization, formed in the United States by James Dobson in 1981 and incorporated 1983. The group was designed to be a conservative lobbying force on Capitol Hill. In the late 1980s the group officially became a division of Dobson's main organization Focus on the Family, but in 1992 IRS concerns about the group's lobbying led to an administrative separation. Its function is to promote what it considers to be traditional family values. The current president is Tony Perkins. A Christian is a follower of Jesus Christ. ... Conservatism is a philosophy defined by Edmund Burke as a disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve.[1] The term derives from conserve; from Latin conservare, to keep, guard, observe. ... A non-profit organization (often called non-profit org or simply non-profit or not-for-profit) can be seen as an organization that doesnt have a goal to make a profit. ... In the United States, a political action committee, or PAC, is the name commonly given to a private group organized to elect or defeat government officials in order to promote legislation, often supporting the groups special interests. ... James Dobson, Ph. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lobbying is the professional practice of public affairs advocacy, with the goal of influencing a governing body by promoting a point of view. ... Capitol Hill is the name of a district in the following cities: Capitol Hill, Denver, Colorado Capitol Hill, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Capitol Hill, Seattle, Washington Capitol Hill, Washington, DC It is also a common nickname for the United States Congress and the politicians who serve it (e. ... MacGyver - 1980s hero The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ... Focus on the Family (FOTF or FotF), founded in 1977, is an evangelical Christian 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in the United States. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Seal of the Internal Revenue Service The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the United States government agency that collects taxes and enforces the tax laws. ... This article discusses family values as a moral and political concept. ... Tony Perkins is the President of the Family Research Council, a spinoff of James Dobsons Focus on the Family, a conservative evangelical Christian lobbying group. ...


The Family Research Council has been publicly involved in promoting socially conservative views on many issues, including divorce, homosexuality, and abortion. The Church Report ranks FRC first in the category of Christian political organizations. [1] Social conservatism is a belief in traditional morality and social mores and the desire to preserve these in present day society, often through civil law or regulation. ... Divorce or dissolution of marriage is the ending of a marriage before the death of either spouse, which can be contrasted with an annulment, which is a declaration that a marriage is void, though the effects of marriage may be recognized in such unions, such as spousal support, child custody... The word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings over time. ...

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History

According to the organization's website, "the Family Research Council (FRC) champions marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society. FRC shapes public debate and formulates public policy that values human life and upholds the institutions of marriage and the family. Believing that God is the author of life, liberty, and the family, FRC promotes the Judeo-Christian worldview as the basis for a just, free, and stable society". Image:Http://www. ... Judeo-Christian (or Judaeo-Christian) is a term used to describe the body of concepts and values which are thought to be held in common by Judaism and Christianity, and typically considered (along with classical Greco-Roman civilization) a fundamental basis for Western legal codes and moral values. ...


"The idea of the Family Research Council originated at the 1980 White House Conference on Families. Among the conferees, James Dobson stood out because of his rare combination of Christian social values and academic and professional credentials. A practicing clinical psychologist and noted author, Dobson had recently transitioned into radio broadcasting and also launched a nonprofit, family service organization. He felt that the time was ripe to establish an organization that would drive the national debate on family issues. In 1983, the Family Research Council incorporated as a nonprofit educational institution in the District of Columbia; its founding board included Dobson and two noted psychiatrists, Armand Nicholi Jr. of Harvard University and George Rekers of the University of South Carolina," it states. 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Clinical psychology is the application of psychology to mental illness or mental health problems. ... Note: broadcasting is also the old term for hand sowing. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... ... Armand Mayo Nicholi II is a practicing psychiatrist, Harvard University professor and author. ... Harvard University campus (old map) Harvard University (incorporated as The President and Fellows of Harvard College) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ... The University of South Carolina, Columbia (USC or Carolina) is a public, coeducational, research university located in Columbia, South Carolina and is the flagship campus of the University of South Carolina System. ...


"Under the leadership of Jerry Regier, a former Reagan Administration official at the Department of Health and Human Services, FRC began to link policy makers with researchers and professionals from a variety of disciplines. Gary Bauer, a domestic policy advisor to President Ronald Reagan, succeeded Regier in 1988 and by the mid-1990s the organization had grown into a $10 million operation with a nationwide network of support...", it states. [2] President Reagan, with his Cabinet and staff, in the Oval Office (February 4, 1981) Headed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1989, the Reagan Administration was conservative, steadfastly anti-Communist and in favor of tax cuts and smaller government. ... The United States Department of Health and Human Services, often abbreviated HHS, is a Cabinet department of the United States government with the goal of protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services. ... Gary L. Bauer (born May 4, 1946 in Covington, Kentucky) is an American civil servant and conservative politician notable for his ties to several evangelical Christian groups and campaigns. ... The presidential seal was used by President Hayes in 1880 and last modified in 1959 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii. ... Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975). ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1990s decade refers to the years from 1990 to 1999, inclusive. ...


The FRC is associated with James Dobson's Focus on the Family and William J. Bennett. Focus on the Family (FOTF or FotF), founded in 1977, is an evangelical Christian 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in the United States. ... This article is about William Bennett the US politician. ...


Private military contractor, Blackwater founder, who comes from a powerful Michigan Republican family and social circle, and his father, Edgar, helped Gary Bauer start the Family Research Council. According to a report prepared for The Nation by the Center for Responsive Politics, in all of Erik Prince's political funding generosity since 1989, he has never given a penny to a Democrat running for national office. Company president Jackson has also given money to Republican candidates. Joseph Schmitz-the former Pentagon Inspector General turned general counsel to Blackwater's parent, The Prince Group-lists on his resume membership in the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, a Christian militia formed before the First Crusade. Like Prince, he comes from a right-wing family; his father, former Congressman John Schmitz, was an ultraconservative John Birch Society director who later ran for President. Joseph Schmitz was once in charge of investigating private contractors like Blackwater, but he resigned amid allegations of stonewalling investigations conducted by his department. He now represents one of the most successful of those contractors. Blackwater can refer to: Blackwater River, the name of numerous rivers. ... Gary L. Bauer (born May 4, 1946 in Covington, Kentucky) is an American civil servant and conservative politician notable for his ties to several evangelical Christian groups and campaigns. ... The Nation is the name of several newspapers, periodicals or magazines in different countries, including: The Nation, an Irish Nationalist newspaper founded by Thomas Davis and Charles Gavan Duffy in the 1840s. ... The Center for Responsive Politics is a non-partisan, non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C. that tracks money in politics, and the effect of money on elections and public policy. ... The Knights Hospitaller (the or Knights of Malta or Knights of Rhodes) is a tradition which began as a Benedictine nursing Order founded in the 11th century based in the Holy Land, but soon became a militant Christian Chivalric Order under its own charter, and was charged with the care... The John Birch Society (JBS) is a conservative, Americanist organization founded in 1958 to fight what it saw as growing threats to the Constitution of the United States, especially communist infiltration, and to promote the free-enterprise system. ...


Christian Right Coalition Members

Christian Right is a term collectively referring to a spectrum of right-wing Christian political and social movements and organizations characterized by their strong support of social values they deem traditional in the United States and other western countries. ... The term Moral Majority signifies the concept that there are often informal subgroups within many larger nations which pursues a strict moral agenda, usually based upon a deep belief in a religion, such as Christianity, Islam, Judaism,which is embedded to some extent within the national culture. ... Formerly known as Repent UK, Christian Voice is a Christian fundamentalist organisation based in the United Kingdom which strives, through the basis of prayer and public campaigning, for national repentance. It is led by Stephen Green (a former Chairman of the Conservative Family Campaign), with Lord Ashbourne as its patron. ... This article is about the organization presently operating in the United States. ...

Personnel

  • Tony Perkins, President
  • Colin Stewart, Executive Vice President
  • Connie Mackey, Vice President for Government Affairs
  • Genevieve Wood, Vice President for Communications

Racism controversy

The Southern Poverty Law Center has linked the Family Research Council to racism through the activities of its president Tony Perkins.[3] In the April 26, 2005 issue of The Nation magazine journalist Max Blumenthal wrote that Family Research Council president Tony Perkins has longstanding ties to racist organizations, including a deal with white supremacist, David Duke to share his mailing list. "Four years ago, Perkins addressed the Louisiana chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), America's premier white supremacist organization, the successor to the White Citizens Councils, which battled integration in the South. In 1996 Perkins paid former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke $82,000 for his mailing list. At the time, Perkins was the campaign manager for a right-wing Republican candidate for the US Senate in Louisiana. The Federal Election Commission fined the campaign Perkins ran $3,000 for attempting to hide the money paid to Duke."[2] The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is an American non-profit legal, educational, and intelligence-gathering group for the purposes of advocacy for civil rights and against racism. ... The Nation is the name of several newspapers, periodicals or magazines in different countries, including: The Nation, an Irish Nationalist newspaper founded by Thomas Davis and Charles Gavan Duffy in the 1840s. ... David Duke David Ernest Duke (born July 1, 1950) is a former Louisiana State Representative and former leader of the Ku Klux Klan in the United States. ... Council of Conservative Citizens logo. ... Members of the second Ku Klux Klan at a rally during the 1920s. ...


The SpongeBob SquarePants controversy

In January of 2005, the FRC hosted a banquet in Washington, D.C. in connection with the second inauguration of George W. Bush. Dobson, speaking at the FRC banquet, criticized a video that featured SpongeBob SquarePants and other cartoon characters. The video was distributed by the We Are Family Foundation. Although the video made no reference to sexual orientation, Dobson denounced the We Are Family Foundation for supporting gay rights. He subsequently denied the widespread reports that he was criticizing SpongeBob SquarePants on the ground that the cartoon character (who holds hands with his best friend, Patrick Star) was gay. [4] Both Dobson and the FRC, however, pointed to the incorporation of the video in a curriculum promoting tolerance. A "homosexuality detection expert" at the FRC stated that words like "tolerance" and "diversity" are part of a "coded language that is regularly used by the homosexual community." [3] Template:Diffgggtgerent calendars 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: the District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Official website: http://www. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States and a former governor of Texas. ... Look up Video in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... SpongeBob SquarePants is a popular American animated television series shown on Nickelodeon, YTV, and Nicktoons Network created by marine biologist and animator, Stephen Hillenburg. ... The We Are Family Foundation was founded by Nile Rodgers in the wake of the events of September 11th. ... Sexual orientation describes the direction of an individuals sexuality, often in relation to their own sex or gender. ... The gay rights movement is a collection of loosely aligned civil rights groups, human rights groups, support groups and political activists seeking acceptance, tolerance and equality for non-heterosexual, (homosexual, bisexual), and transgender people - despite the fact that it is typically referred to as the gay rights movement, members also... Patrick Richard Star is a fictional character, voiced by Bill Fagerbakke, in the Nickelodeon TV cartoon series SpongeBob SquarePants. ...


Politics and Policies

The FRC policies are in general those of the Christian Right: Christian Right is a term collectively referring to a spectrum of right-wing Christian political and social movements and organizations characterized by their strong support of social values they deem traditional in the United States and other western countries. ...

  • FRC campaigns for an increase in abstinence-only sex education, particually in state schools.
  • Representative of the FRC Bridget Maher has commented that vaccinating young women or children against the virus HPV "could be potentially harmful, because they may see it as a licence to engage in premarital sex." (Source: New Scientist Magazine 18 Apr 2005). Though they have not commented upon the vaccine specifically since, it is frequently mentioned during their abstinance-only education campaigning.
  • They have had minimal involvement in the intelligent design legal incident or evolution controversy, commenting only briefly on the matter while maintaining a neutral stance.
  • Frequently campaign to outlaw pornography, espicially internet pornography and broadcast-TV. Actively opposed the introduction of a .xxx domain name, and lobbied for an increase in indecency fines from the FCC.
  • Strongly pro-life.
  • Supporters of Judge Samuel Alito.
  • Opponents of "gay rights" in general - including repeal of sodomy laws (both heterosexual and homosexual), legal recognition (In either 'homosexual marrage' or 'civil partnership' form) for domestic partners, discussion of homosexuality in schools and hate crime legislation.

In the May 30, 2005 edition of Harper's Magazine, Chris Hedges in Soldiers of Christ II writes that the Family Research Council sponsors radio broadcasts the Dominionist movement and that Perkins, president of the Family Research Council appears in videos promoting the dominionist message that "America‚Äôs culture was hijacked by a secular movement"[5] Abstinence is a voluntary forbearance from indulging a desire or appetite for certain bodily activities that are widely experienced as giving pleasure. ... Sex education is a broad term used to describe education about human sexual anatomy, sexual reproduction, sexual intercourse, and other aspects of human sexual behavior. ... HPV is an initialism that can mean : Human Powered Vehicle Human papillomavirus a type of STD High Production Volume Chemicals Health Purchasing Victoria Hypoxic Pulmonary Vasoconstriction This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share... This article is primarily about religious attitudes to sexual morality. ... A vaccine is an antigenic preparation used to produce active immunity to a disease, in order to prevent or ameliorate the effects of infection by any natural or wild strain of the organism. ... Intelligent design (ID) is the concept that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection. ... .xxx is a proposed top level domain (TLD) intended as a voluntary option for sexually explicit sites on the Internet. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Domain Name System. ... The abbreviation FCC can refer to: Face-centered cubic (usually fcc), a crystallographic structure Federal Communications Commission, a US government organization Farm Credit Corporation/Farm Credit Canada, a Canadian government organization Families with Children from China, an adoption support organization Florida Christian College, a college in central Florida Fresno City... It has been suggested that Anti-abortion movement be merged into this article or section. ... Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr. ... The gay rights movement is a collection of loosely aligned civil rights groups, human rights groups, support groups and political activists seeking acceptance, tolerance and equality for non-heterosexual, (homosexual, bisexual), and transgender people - despite the fact that it is typically referred to as the gay rights movement, members also... A sodomy law is a law which makes certain sexual acts into sex crimes. ... Heterosexuality is a sexual orientation characterized by esthetic attraction, romantic love or sexual desire exclusively for members of the opposite sex or gender, contrasted with homosexuality and distinguished from bisexuality and asexuality. ... A Jewish cemetery in France after being defaced by Neo-Nazis. ... An issue of Harpers Magazine from 1905 Another issue, from November 2004 Harpers Magazine (or simply Harpers) is a monthly general-interest magazine covering literature, politics, culture, and the arts. ... Dominionism is a term used to describe a trend in Protestant Christian evangelicalism and fundamentalism, primarily though not exclusively in the United States, that seeks to establish specific political policies based on religious beliefs. ...


In their report Funding the Culture Wars[4] the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy[5] lists the Family Research Council as one of the leading organizations funding the activities of the Christian right. Along with the Christian Coalition and Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council is identified as an dominionist organization by TheocracyWatch[6][7], which says that the Congressional scorecard of the Family Research Council illustrates its success and the strength of dominionists in Congress.[8] Christian Right is a term collectively referring to a spectrum of right-wing Christian political and social movements and organizations characterized by their strong support of social values they deem traditional in the United States and other western countries. ... This article is about the organization presently operating in the United States. ... Focus on the Family (FOTF or FotF), founded in 1977, is an evangelical Christian 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in the United States. ... Dominionism is a term used to describe a trend in Protestant Christian evangelicalism and fundamentalism, primarily though not exclusively in the United States, that seeks to establish specific political policies based on religious beliefs. ... TheocracyWatch is a Cornell University project. ...


The FRC publishes frequent e-mail updates, usually in the form of three short articles. These can also be viewed on their website. These articles typically take the form of advocacy for a conservative Christian perspective on current political and social issues. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


Notes and references

  1. ^ The Church Report Top 20 List of Political Christian Organizations URL accessed May 12, 2006.
  2. ^ Blumenthal, Max, "Justice Sunday Preachers", The Nation, April 26, 2005
  3. ^ Till, Francis, "Muddling SpongeBob: Gay or straight?", National Business Review, January 24, 2005.
  4. ^ Funding the Culture Wars: Philanthropy, Church and State By John Russell January 2005
  5. ^ the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
  6. ^ The Rise of the Religious Right in the Republican Party [1]TheocracyWatch, Last updated: March 2006; URL accessed April 29, 2006.
  7. ^ Taking Over the Republican PartyTheocracyWatch, Last updated: February 2005; URL accessed April 29, 2006.
  8. ^ "Dominionist Influence in The U.S. Congress", TheocracyWatch, Last updated: December 2005; URL accessed April 23, 2006.

The Nation is the name of several newspapers, periodicals or magazines in different countries, including: The Nation, an Irish Nationalist newspaper founded by Thomas Davis and Charles Gavan Duffy in the 1840s. ... April 26 is the 116th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (117th in leap years). ... Template:Diffgggtgerent calendars 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The National Business Review is a weekly New Zealand newspaper aimed at the business sector. ... January 24 is the 24th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Template:Diffgggtgerent calendars 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... TheocracyWatch is a Cornell University project. ... April 29 is the 119th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (120th in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... TheocracyWatch is a Cornell University project. ... April 29 is the 119th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (120th in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... TheocracyWatch is a Cornell University project. ... April 23 is the 113th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (114th in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • Family Research Council home page
  • List of issues in which the FRC has sought involvement
  • Get to know Tony Perkins discusses controversies surrounding the group's president.
  • "That's Unfortunate" a pod for Current TV that discusses the Family Research Council's position on sex education

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Family Research Council - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1099 words)
The Family Research Council (FRC) is a Christian conservative non-profit lobbying organization, formed in the United States by James Dobson in 1981 and incorporated 1983.
FRC shapes public debate and formulates public policy that values human life and upholds the institutions of marriage and the family.
The FRC is associated with James Dobson's Focus on the Family and William J. Bennett.
Family Research Council - definition of Family Research Council in Encyclopedia (389 words)
The Family Research Council (FRC) is a Christian nonprofit organisation, formed in the USA and incorporated there in 1983.
According to the organisations website, "the Family Research Council (FRC) champions marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society.
In 1983, the Family Research Council incorporated as a nonprofit educational institution in the District of Columbia; its founding board included Dobson and two noted psychiatrists, Armand Nicholoi.
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