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Family Research Council gets creative

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins
Family Research Council president Tony PerkinsGetty Images

It's a shame, but political players routinely use major national stories as confirmation of what they already believe, and developments in Boston are certainly no exception. You're against immigration? Then Boston is proof we need to close the borders. You're against limits on gun ownership? Then Boston proves that everyone needs an AR-15 with a high-capacity magazine.

You're a right-culture warrior? Well, that's a little trickier, but the Family Research Council hopes to connect the Boston marathon bombing to the religious right's agenda.

If Congress wants to stop these tragedies, then it has to address the government's own hostility to the institution of the family and organizations that can address the real problem: the human heart. As I've said before, America doesn't need gun control, it needs self-control. And a Congress that actively discourages it -- through abortion, family breakdown, sexual liberalism, or religious hostility -- is only compounding the problem.

I suppose I should give the FRC bonus points for creativity -- I don't think I could have connected abortion to the Boston marathon bombing if I'd tried -- even if this nutty.

Note, the Family Research Council is the same organization that said last week that background checks on gun purchases would lead the government to prevent Christians from buying firearms. A few days prior, the group suggested conservative activists should stop giving their money to the Republican National Committee, and start giving it to the Family Research Council.