“Unplanned” tells the true story of Abby Johnson, who moved up at Planned Parenthood but changed her mind about abortion after witnessing the procedure performed during the 13th week of a pregnancy.
The newly passed legislation outlines nine specific actions countries can take to demonstrate that they are stepping up efforts to combat human trafficking.
Americans who are concerned to reverse the heartbreaking numbers of depression, addiction, and suicidal thoughts should consider prioritizing, participating in, or promoting church plants in their own neighborhoods
Our safe, middle class bubble that prioritized comfort and success has been shattered (in a good way). We’ve entered into worlds that we unfortunately didn’t know existed: We’re currently fostering a newborn.
The United Methodist Church not only refused to mutilate clear biblical teaching on same-sex couples and gay clergy, it voted to strengthen its adherence to biblical sexual ethics.
Should college students be required to study America’s founding ideals and the founding documents from which they emanate? Many people in South Carolina believe they should.
Pastor’s Day at the Statehouse 2019 drew and united more than 100 pastors from 11 different denominations who sought to develop and nurture a relationship with their state legislators.
These days, parents have to worry that peer pressure may encourage their kids to change their sex altogether.
This unashamed movement to undermine the sanctity of human life must be resisted, not only by Congress but by the citizens of our great nation.
Last year, the ACLU said, Bible literacy bills were considered in Alabama, Iowa, and West Virginia, but none passed.
What forces caused such a seismic shift in our culture that it became acceptable not only to view abortion as a moral but as an actual moral positive and good? At least two cultural beliefs have given rise to this trend.
We are now told in New York that a baby isn’t human unless it is liveborn. The reality is much, much diﬀerent.
Take this poll to tell us if you support medical marijuana in South Carolina.
The court has ducked the opportunity to clarify something about which the lower courts are in disarray: Does federal law allow individual Medicaid recipients to sue over states’ Medicaid provider decisions?
Having sex with someone who is not our spouse can have a real, measurable and harmful impact upon later relationships.
We must not forget that one of the most important aspects of being human is that we are made for others, and we cannot live in isolation.
By refusing to rent civic center space to Redeemer Fellowship, Edisto Beach officials are violating the Constitution on two different counts.
Keep Jesus the reason for the season. Here’s the Christmas Story.
Please prayerfully consider a year-end donation to Palmetto Family to help us better defend your faith and family, and please continue to pray that the Lord uses Palmetto Family to expand His Kingdom.
Why are people so interested in obtaining these tissues, when there are so many ethical alternatives?
As Thanksgiving arrives, let us set our eyes on all the items, opportunities and people we have already been blessed with.
The shootings at churches in South Carolina and Texas, and now the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, raise a question for all attenders: What can we do to make ourselves safer when participating in one of the most common and sacred activities in America?
New research published by the Institute for Family Studies reveals that married couples who have only had sex with their spouse report a happier marriage than those who have had multiple partners.
With an eye toward the future, we celebrate the tireless and noble efforts of pregnancy centers, and we applaud their many successes.
There is still a long way to go in destigmatizing mental illness and opening the door for people to talk more freely about their darkest struggles in churches.
Faith-based groups have an indispensable role to play in disaster response and recovery. The aftermath of Hurricane Florence is bleak, but these organizations are a ray of hope and deserve our support.
If marriage is indeed the “old ball and chain” it is because it brings people into our lives who tie us down to healthy behaviors and habits.
The findings of the survey reinforce the dire need for serious scientific research into the potential environmental causes of gender dysphoria and the risks—both physical and psychological—of medical transition.
This World Suicide Prevention Day, we must recommit ourselves to a unilateral defense of human life.
There is nothing to gain from closing down faith-based agencies, but there is much to lose. When religious agencies go out of business, children suffer.
It’s a sobering reminder that while socialism’s torch bearers may change, the havoc it wreaks with its hollow promises remains the same.
It’s clear that video games are already a primary source of entertainment for many young people and millions of adults…for better or worse.
When Redeemer Fellowship proposed an ongoing rental agreement with the Edisto Beach Civic Center, town officials denied the request. Why? Because of the Establishment Clause.
There is a responsibility for the Christian Community to do our part in the pursuit of city transformation. Here’s how it can happen.
Morality and ethics are so fundamental to our society that breaking the rules of appropriate ways of interacting with one another has a financial cost.
Addiction must remain a topic of focus as South Carolina wrestles with the idea of marijuana legalization.
History manifestly shows that neither socialism nor other alternative economic systems come close to the record of free-market capitalism in improving the overall human condition.
The greatest way a generation can serve its nation is by raising the next generation, and raising it well. Each nation ignores this to its own peril.
With the return of school comes many challenges for students of all ages. Not the least of these challenges is how Christian students in public schools should stand for what they believe is right.
Jack Phillips shouldn’t have to fear government hostility when he opens his shop for business each day. His lawyers are asking the court to put a stop to that, again.
Pornography has been named one of the leading public health issues of our time for promoting violence against women, damaging interpersonal relationships, and being a primary source of sex education for our youth.
Parents should be encouraged that successful faith transfer is not anything close to rocket science, but really about relatively consistent faithfulness and honesty in living out a committed faith.
The United States should continue to press for critical rule-of-law reforms and community-based, victim-centered solutions to combating human trafficking worldwide.
All Americans must respond by standing up for one another’s freedoms to think, to speak, and to act according to what each of us finds sacred.
Religious freedom advocates must now seize the present momentum to gain consensus on what true religious freedom entails and coordinate their efforts to secure it throughout the world.
The fact that Katie Arrington survived a fatal car wreck despite serious injuries could be described as lucky. But what many call luck, she calls interventions by God.
Free-market capitalism, with all of its warts, is superior to any system yet devised to deal with our everyday needs and desires.
Far from being an attempt to coerce the public into prayer, legislative prayers led by local volunteers are expressions of faith meant for the legislators themselves.
The Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom aims to inspire global action against religious persecution and discrimination.
Trey Ward did something amazing even though it was against the law. I’m proud to call him a friend.
The unattached and immature adult male is every society’s first social problem. This statement might strike us as overly dramatic, but it’s true. Think about it.
Justice Anthony Kennedy has retired from the United States Supreme Court. Who will President Donald Trump choose to replace him? Here’s a list of official candidates.
Though the Supreme Court declined to hear their case, the leadership of the Diocese of South Carolina continues to be encouraged as their battle continues.
Christians don’t see people as accidents or problems. So how should we feel about our world population at 7 billion?
In a Win for Free Speech, Supreme Court Says California Can’t Force Pro-Life Centers to Promote Abortion
This ruling is a victory for all Americans regardless of whether you agree with the message these pregnancy centers stand for.
Sometimes there are opportunities that come along for common ground on issues that aren’t about left and right but about right and wrong. A woman should never be put in the position of having to choose between her baby and her job.
Supreme Court Tells State’s Highest Court to Reconsider Case of Florist Who Declined Order for Gay Wedding
Barronelle Stutzman served a particular gay couple for almost a decade—happy birthday flowers and get-well-soon flowers—but couldn’t do the floral arrangements for their same-sex wedding.
The research is clear, diverse and consistent. Those who marry have a much higher likelihood of living longer, being healthier and being happier.
Even as the suicide rate rises, a growing body of research testifies to a positive relationship between faith and mental health. The help so many need may be as close as the nearest house of worship.
More and more children are growing up without a dad in their lives. But on the other hand, fathers who are involved in their kids’ lives have actually become even more active.
Religiously affiliated people lived an average of 3.82 years longer than those unassociated with a religion.
This week, please join us in honoring our grand United States flag, and all she represents.
The best and most encouraging news is that many people today actually have a very small risk of divorce in their future.
While there are people of many diverse beliefs and convictions who oppose same-sex marriage, here are 10 foundational truths that inform the traditional, orthodox Christian belief on homosexuality.
Americans should be free to live their lives, including at work, in accordance with their belief that marriage unites husband and wife.
This week, the Supreme Court declined to take up Planned Parenthood’s challenge to a 2015 Arkansas law intended to protect women experiencing complications after a medication abortion.
Let’s compare capitalism with socialism by answering the following questions: In which areas of our lives do we find the greatest satisfaction, and in which do we find the greatest dissatisfaction?
To deny there are significant and consequential differences in male and female is to deny the basic nature of humanity and how we fashion our common life together.
If Google is now willing to constrain political speech, knowing it could potentially change the outcome of a referendum, questions must be asked as to how far Google will go.
Faith Conversations will be chock-full of insights and stories and details that you won’t hear anywhere else. It’s time to truly meet for the first time those who make decisions for South Carolina.
Congress and the administration should continue to pursue policies like this proposed rule that ensure taxpayer dollars are not spent on abortion.
With an astounding 84 percent of post-abortive women believing abortion was their only choice, it’s our job to do our part to change that.
For fifty years we have wrestled with the pain that seemed to all come out in that one fateful year – 1968.
Interesting trends concerning Americans’ attitude toward the Bible were found in the recently published State of the Bible 2017 study.
Your efforts to speak truth to power on behalf of the most important institution – family – will pay dividends in the future.
Midlands Gives 2018 marks the first time Palmetto Family Council has participated in the charitable event. We invite every South Carolinian – not just those located in the Midlands – to take this opportunity to support the work of Palmetto Family.
The government does not get to play doctor or to play God. Courts are not competent to make personal health care decisions, nor to replace parents in their responsibility to care for their children.
There have been a number of lawsuits filed aimed at shuttering faith-based adoption agencies, claiming they discriminate against the LGBT community. Supporters of faith-based adoption agencies are fighting back.
The voices of victims of the abortion industry are becoming louder. The wounded are becoming warriors, and abortion is becoming unthinkable.
The purpose of the rally was to ensure that Christian voices were heard on the important issues still facing the South Carolina Legislature.
The United States House and Senate have overwhelmingly passed a measure to amend the Communications Decency Act of 1996 (CDA) to now hold websites accountable for intentionally promoting or facilitating prostitution.
America will not overcome its demons until we resolve the deeper problems that have led to the breakdown of faith, family, and community.
This will be a rally like no other. Hundreds of Christians will unite on that day to effect change in our great state.
While the state can interfere in cases of abuse or neglect, generally protecting parents’ freedom is the best way to ensure that children are well provided for.
In its 58th year, the South Carolina Prayer Breakfast stays true to its mission of upholding South Carolina’s leaders in prayer.
How far can a state go to promote its views on abortion? This is one of the issues at stake in the pregnancy center Supreme Court case, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra.
As alcohol access has skyrocketed in the Palmetto State over the past two decades, South Carolina’s alcohol problems haven’t gone away according to a new report published by Palmetto Family Council.
By signing Executive Order 2018-12 on Tuesday, March 13th, Governor Henry McMaster ordered that South Carolina state agencies protect faith-based organizations and their religious freedom.
There is no place where free speech and free association should be more cherished and more celebrated than on South Carolina college and university campuses.
The cold weather and rain didn’t deter over 75 pastors from across the Palmetto State from gathering together for Pastor’s Day at the Statehouse 2018 on March 6th.
Just like George Bailey did for Bedford Falls, Palmetto Family works tirelessly every day to ensure that South Carolina remains the best place to live and raise a family.
“It’s A Wonderful Life” has always resonated with Palmetto Family for one simple reason – we can’t help but notice the similarities between Palmetto Family and George Bailey.
The unrivaled, positive impact of Palmetto Family made South Carolina a better place for you to live and raise your family.
In your Eternal Father there is no condemnation. Depression, doubt, demons nor death can separate the chosen child from the Father who loves His children with an everlasting love, and nurtures them in His loving kindness.
No cameras were present for oral argument in the most important religious freedom case this Supreme Court term, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. However, Sarah Jackson was. She provides details of what happened.
The United States Supreme Court will shortly hear several cases that have major implications for South Carolina. Several South Carolinians – including Palmetto Family – have stepped up to the challenge, though.
God is on the move in South Carolina, and we can’t wait to see what He has in store! All with the help of South Carolina pastors.
Because the battle only continues to grow fiercer, Palmetto Family needs more help than ever before. If Biblical values in South Carolina are going to continue to be protected and advanced, we need your partnership.
Let’s turn the tide of ungratefulness this Thanksgiving holiday season by being thankful for our faith, family and friends.
Understanding the Bible and its influence on Western Society is imperative to the upbringing of our children, and they should be taught the Bible objectively.
The case remains ongoing, but a positive step forward could be taken very soon thanks to the efforts of Palmetto Family, the Nehemiah Network and over 100 faith leaders in South Carolina.
The motto of “safer sex” dispersed by the CDC, HHS and others hides the true extent of the consequences associated with sex outside of marriage – the physical, social, emotional, economic and spiritual.
Palmetto Family’s pastor coalition, the Nehemiah Network, continues to make waves. This was never more obvious than when 50 pastors traveled to the Governor’s mansion to pray with Henry McMaster.
40 Days for Life mobilizes pro-lifers to help end abortion by praying and engaging with those who find themselves at an abortion clinic.
Christian, you may face discomfort and persecution, but with these truths you can take a bold stand for God and biblical truth.
Faith-based organizations provide opportunities for addicted individuals to break the chains of addiction and experience life to the fullest through Christ Jesus.
October 25, 2017 marks 100 years since the Russian Revolution. Here’s a journey from Marxism to Christ.
The debate about whether the South Carolina Education Lottery is a good program has died down. It’s time we reignite the discussion…now.
Planned Parenthood has taken its lumps over the past few years, especially here in South Carolina. Let’s take a brief moment to reflect on what all has happened.
Just because you live in America, or in South Carolina for that matter, doesn’t mean your religious freedom is safe. Get the truth here.
This week, students in South Carolina will have the opportunity to join thousands of fellow students through a nationwide event that encourages students to bring their Bible to school.
Let’s have high standards for today’s teenagers. Let’s protect them from the dangers and educate them about the challenges, but also expect them to act as the mature adults they are capable of being.
In a time when our nation seems increasingly divided along so many lines, there may never have been a greater need for the unity that the Christian faith produces than now.
In 1990, ten “average Joe” students decided to pray around the flag pole at their school. Today, ten has grown to millions as Christian students all over the globe publicly display their faith at school.
All South Carolinians, religious or not, have the reasonable expectation that the justice we receive in our courts will be fair and impartial. The Diocese of South Carolina did not experience blind justice.
Though society spreads a very different message, pornography is not just a harmless pleasure. Porn addiction is destroying our families and churches.
I have been sharing with some of my close friends today the recent column by Rick Ezell “Four Facts About Faith.” Rick has an amazing way of boiling down biblical truth into short lists with memorable phrases.
During a recent trip to Texas, I caught up with Rep. Gary Palmer. We discussed college football, the congressional baseball game shooting and more.
Thanks to Governor Henry McMaster’s most recent Executive Order, South Carolina takes another pro-life step. Learn all about the order here.
The claim that one cannot respect the dignity of women without denying that of unborn children has been around so long that it has been received as truth. However, being pro-woman means protecting the lives of women inside and outside the womb. Being pro-woman means being pro-life.
The situation appears grim for thousands of conservative Anglicans in South Carolina. The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled against the Bible-believing Diocese of South Carolina, which will result in nearly 23,000 Christians being displaced.
South Carolina has a diverse palette of educational options to best meet the needs of every students. Which option is best for your family? Learn all about the choices here!
We must teach a generation who grew up in a fatherless culture the importance of fatherhood in a child’s life. A family’s success may depend on it!
The battles fought by Palmetto Family can feel a little lonely. But every now and then, something or someone will encourage us to continue working hard!
Fewer and Fewer Americans are reading their Bible, leading to sky-high rates of Bible illiteracy. And not just among unbelievers – you’ll be shocked at how many Christians aren’t reading God’s Word. Learn about the situation here.
For whatever reason, Americans are more open-minded toward collectivist economic structures. The time is now for Christians to reverse this trend and defend and celebrate free enterprise.
Every year and in every legislative session, there is always a push to expand gambling in South Carolina. Why should conservatives fight the spread of this harmful industry? The answers are obvious.
The iBelieve license plate is the only Christian tag in America. So how did South Carolina get it, how much longer will it be around and how can you get one? Find out here!
Human sex trafficking is so rampant that studies show that nearly everyone in the United States is affected by the commercial sex industry.
Joy mixed with shock captures Palmetto Family’s response to the recent closing of Taboo, a pornographic product store in Columbia, SC.
If it feels like there aren’t many suitable movies or TV shows for families to watch, it’s because there really aren’t many suitable movies or TV shows for families to watch. But we just might have the solution for you!
Please consider taking this challenge to help us continue to defend faith, family and freedom in South Carolina!
Don’t let the summer slip away while everyone in your family is engrossed in their own individual activities. Spend quality time together instead!
Reading between the lines of the decision handed down by the US Supreme Court in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, there is a bit of…shall we say…anxiety.
The South Carolina Supreme Court did what was right and defended First Amendment rights and religious liberty in South Carolina.
Tens of thousands of public school students all across America are leaving their campus during the school day, attending a Released-Time Bible Education program.
Want to get to know South Carolina’s new governor, Henry McMaster? Don’t rely on his Wikipedia page or on one of those dime-a-dozen profiles. Get all the details only a lifelong friend can provide.
Court Candidate Worked For Liberal National Episcopal Church, Against Conservative South Carolina Bishop
Blake Hewitt was asked about what he considered the highlights of his legal career. His answer left lawmakers and Palmetto Family dumbfounded.
Under the stern gaze of Uncle Sam, what advice or even thoughts may we legally provide to you to get ready for tomorrow? Here are seven (7) points to ponder in no particular order.
In the Town of Greece decision, SCOTUS ruled for prayer. So long as the ones praying are official chaplains or are selected on a rotation, let them pray according to their own consciences.
The presidents of seven faith-based South Carolina universities penned an open letter to Governor Haley encouraging vigilance in protecting the first amendment.
The tenor of the SC Committee is very different from its counterpart in DC. “Reluctant” is how we earlier described our state investigation.
Though the state legislature adjourned in June, several committees have been working through the summer and fall to devote sufficient time to issues that require study outside of the typical legislative time frame.
As October is now in its final days, that dark place of 21 Days After is where many of our state’s citizens find themselves—left to finish the job and deal with the new normal when everyone else has moved on.
Life A.M.E. (After Mother Emanuel), can be different. If we keep eating and praying together across the racial divide, we can permanently add to our famous Palmetto values.
You may have read about controversies at Vanderbilt University and the California State University system where Christian student ministries were de-recognized by campus authorities.
Right now at the Statehouse, for at least the third time in as many sessions, the General Assembly is considering gambling legislation. This time there are three potential laws.
Our challenge today is no different than Jasper’s. Our troops are deployed around the world struggling for a free future against those who would take mankind into a new Dark Age.
To help us determine the proper course of action as Christians in this fallen world, we must continually look to scripture, but we can also be confident in following the biblically-sound example of William Wilberforce.
Palmetto Family Council remains a staunch ally of those who decry the destructive nature of gambling.
Bob, a 70 year-old resident of Atlanta, Georgia, had been through two open heart operations because of heart problems. His condition deteriorated again, but his doctors told him he could not have a third procedure.
Last Saturday, I spoke at the graduation of the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS). Tiffany Deierlein’s valedictory speech was so impressive, I asked her for permission to post it on our blog.
South Carolina just became a better place to live and raise a family. Tim Scott is the real deal.
At the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast a couple of weeks ago, those in attendance had the pleasure of hearing from SC Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers.
Our Father in Heaven, we thank you for the time we have spent together this day. You have said where two are three are gathered together, you are there.
The days immediately following Christmas are generally a contemplative time. As we leave the tinsel and lights behind and face the New Year, it is a time for both recovery and preparation.
The debate we are having as a state on preschool issues is long overdue. To contribute to that conversation, here are several considerations we feel have been missing from the discussion.
Looking back on his administration, it is clear that God used Carroll Campbell as a public policy leader. Here are just a few areas.
I met Mr. Campbell in 1976 when one of the three people in my hometown of Greer who would admit to being Republicans invited me to attend a Campbell campaign barbecue at his farm near Fountain Inn.