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Friday, November 6, 2015

Moving Toward God: Tony Perkins commentary in Washington Update on my new book, Faith Steps

Grateful for these words from Family Research Council President Tony Perkins' Washington Update:
Based on his new book Faith Steps: Moving toward God through Personal Choice and Public Policy, Jonathan Imbody’s lecture explained the importance of Christian participation in the public square. As Jonathan asked, "Why should people who know the difference between good and evil leave government in the hands of those who do not?" Jonathan made a point of emphasizing that Christians must engage culture in terms the culture understands, using the Apostle Paul's message to the Greek philosophers on Mars Hill (Acts 17) as a solid biblical example. "God creates every human being in His image," writes Jonathan. "From a public policy standpoint, this means that we honor and protect human life at every stage of development, especially when individuals cannot protect themselves. From a personal standpoint, it means that as God's image-bearers, we need to walk consistently with His principles if the image we reflect is to help others better understand Him." Be sure to watch the lecture and learn why your involvement in public life is so vital, and how we can make arguments persuasively to our needy culture.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Join us Wed. noon at FRC or online for Faith Steps discussion on winsomely engaging in public policy

Jonathan Imbody, author of Faith Steps: Moving toward God through personal choice and public policy
November 04, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm (ET) - 01:00 pm (ET)
Click here to register for this event

Marriage and sexuality, religious freedom, abortion, assisted suicide, stem cell research and human trafficking: The stands we take and the choices we make on such vital issues, as individuals and as a nation, matter now and for eternity. Faith Steps encourages and equips people of faith to winsomely engage friends and the culture on critical matters --not as partisans but as ambassadors.
Decisively rejecting the stifling notion that Christians should remain mute on controversial social issues and shun the political arena, Faith Steps reveals how courageous and compassionate engagement can help our neighbors and transform culture.
Drawing on Jonathan Imbody's many years of experience in Washington, DC in government relations and communications, the book provides practical, in-the-trenches communications strategies to address and engage individuals and society on the most controversial and consequential issues of our day. Join FRC and Jonathan Imbody as he comes to discuss this important book.
A veteran writer of over 30 years, Jonathan Imbody has published over 100 commentaries in various national publications. He has also written numerous magazine articles, marketing materials and educational curricula. Jonathan's writing focuses on health-related ethical issues including conscience protections for healthcare professionals, healthcare reform, human trafficking, abortion, assisted suicide, stem cell research, the role of faith in health, international health, abstinence and HIV/AIDS. His on-site research on euthanasia in the Netherlands formed the basis for the "No Mercy" video and a presentation at an international conference in The Hague.
Currently, he serves as Vice President for Government Relations and director of the Christian Medical Association's Washington Office. As CMA's liaison with the federal government, he has participated in nearly 30 White House meetings and events and makes more than 200 personal contacts with Congressional leaders and government officials each year. Jonathan has testified in the U.S. Senate on euthanasia and assisted suicide. He received his bachelor's and master's degree from Penn State and earned a certificate in biblical and theological studies from the Alliance Theological Seminary in New York. Jonathan and his wife Amy have four grown children and live in Ashburn, Virginia.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

House passes bill that would clean out Planned Parenthood's federal cash trough

From a colleague on Capitol Hill, good news from the US House of Representatives:

The House passed Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act (H.R. 3762) by a vote of 240-189. 239 Republicans and 1 Democrat (Peterson) voted in favor, and 182 Democrats and 7 Republicans (Buck, Dold, Hanna, Jones, Meadows, Salmon, Walker) voted against. 5 Members were absent. The roll call can be viewed here.
In addition to overturning certain provisions of Obamacare, H.R. 3762 contains a one year moratorium on mandatory funding for “prohibited entities” that received over $350 million in Medicaid funding in FY2014.  Prohibited entities are defined as non-profit essential community providers who provide elective abortions. Significantly, this would stop mandatory funding to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.
A GAO report issued earlier this year showed that in the most recent year covered by the report (2012), Planned Parenthood received $507.5 million from federal programs.  $400.6 million, or 79% of those funds, were mandatory funding through the Medicaid program alone.
The abortion provider funding moratorium in H.R. 3762 would also apply to other mandatory funding programs like Title V and Title XX block grants.
Listen here to Rep. Diane Black's speech on defunding Planned Parenthood. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Hyatt Hotels nixes on-demand porn

My friend and colleague Dawn Hawkins of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation sends the encouraging news below about weaning individuals and our culture off of soul-sapping and addictive pornography:

I am thrilled to announce that Hyatt Hotel Corporation has changes its policy and will now remove all on-demand pornography from their guestrooms worldwide!
This is a major victory for the movement to end sexual exploitation. Hyatt was eager to work with NCOSE (National Center on Sexual Exploitation) after we reached out to them to share our concerns about the neurological and psychological harms of pornography. Without even being placed on our Dirty Dozen list, Hyatt listened to NCOSE's message and worked to change its policy in order to provide a safe and positive environment for its guests.
This reveals the greater cultural shift that is on its way. As more individuals and companies refuse to profit from, or facilitate, sexual exploitation, the stronger our movement gets.

Tweet at @HyattTweets and thank Hyatt for their policy change and their commitment to oppose sexual exploitation. When we thank companies that are making the right choices, it gives others more incentive to follow suit and to create a culture of valuing dignity above profits.

Dawn Hawkins
VP & Executive Director, National Center on Sexual Exploitation
Director, Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation