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March 26, 2015

Hour 1: Father and Mother are Best

I don’t know about you, but it sure takes the pressure off when I know that God has so plainly spoken on a topic that we are left with only one option – obey and uphold what our great King has defined as Truth.

It’s a truth often missed in the cultural debate but let the record reflect that it was the God who not only defined but instituted marriage and the family. He left no ambiguity as to what that looks like – one man and one woman. That model is upheld over and over again in God’s word, leaving no room for the argument that God has either changed His mind on the definition or has relinquished the throne to the loudest political voices. That, however, has not stopped some from “doing what seems right in their own eyes.”

While we wait for the High Court to hand down their decision on same-sex marriage, change agents continue to press forward with their attempt to redefine the family as “two people who love each other.” As a result, more social service agencies are placing children in homes headed by same-sex partners, abandoning thousands of years of common sense built on the idea that a child needs both a mother and a father. A new legislative proposal on Capitol Hill may serve to stem the tide of this dangerous cultural experiment.

Known as The Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, the bill was introduced on March 4th by Representatives Mike Enzi of Wyoming and Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania.What the legislation proposes to do is ensure that state-licensed child welfare providers can do their duty while upholding religious and moral convictions on homosexuality and family.

In defense of the bill, Representative Kelly said, “This commonsense bill simply ensures that these child welfare providers can keep doing what they do best and are treated the same as the rest. When it comes to helping kids and making families stronger, all service providers—religious or otherwise—should have a seat at the table. … No provider should ever have to forfeit their First Amendment rights in order to create a better life for a child.”

To date, faith-based adoption and foster care providers have been punished in four states because of their religious beliefs. Illinois, Massachusetts, California and the District of Columbia have all had agencies forced to close because they would not place children in same-sex partner homes. Illinois’ Evangelical Child and Family Agency, Illinois Catholic Charities and D.C. Catholic Charities have all had to move their adoption and foster care services to other providers because of their adherence to what defines a family.

Every year about 400,000 children spend time in the foster care system and, of those children, nearly 100,000 are eligible for adoption. Many move from home to home and are never adopted. According to the Heritage Foundation, “many will “age-out” of foster care, facing increased risk for low academic achievement and poverty.”

With so many children in need, why punish some children for the sake of a political agenda? There are multiple agencies, with other options, for those who don’t care about the one man-one woman standard of marriage. But to those who do care, who really do believe God is right, let’s allow them to do their tremendous work for the sake of the kids. After all, these groups succeed because they have been doing it God’s way, all along.

That’s my opinion. I’m Janet Parshall.

Hour 2: Straight From the Heart

Florists, bakers, photographers and pastors are all coming under attack because of their religious beliefs. But a counter-response is being mounted to protect religious liberty. Hear more as I speak - straight from my heart.

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Janet Parshall

Janet Parshall has been broadcasting from the nation's capital for over two decades. Her passion is to "equip the saints" through intelligent conversation based on biblical truth. When she is not behind her microphone, Janet is speaking across the country on issues impacting Christians. She has authored several books, including her latest, Buyer Beware: Finding Truth in the Marketplace of Ideas. Parshall and her husband, Craig, live in Virginia, and have four children and six grandchildren.

In the Market with Janet Parshall

In the Market with Janet Parshall, challenges listeners to examine major news stories and issues being debated in the marketplace of ideas and speaks to them with the Word of God. In this fast-paced, caller-driven program, Janet evaluates newsworthy topics with guests and listeners using the Bible as a framework for discussion. This daily program addresses relevant issues important to Christians, with an engaging mix of listener interaction and commentary from highly respected guests.