Friday Five: Attorney General Sessions outlines broad exceptions for religious freedom, Boy scouts accepts girls, and more.

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1. Trump administration rolls back ObamaCare contraceptive mandate for religious objector



MAJOR PRO-RELIGIOUS LIBERTY & PRO-LIFE VICTORY: "The Trump administration on Friday announced a major rollback of the ObamaCare contraceptive mandate, granting what officials called “full protection” to a wide range of companies and organizations that claim a “religious or moral objection” to providing the coverage."

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2. Attorney General Sessions outlines broad exemptions for religious freedom

Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued government-wide legal guidance Friday that urges sweeping protection for religious freedom and could impact a series of pending policy decisions involving health care, LGBT rights and even disaster relief.

Sessions billed the 25-page memo directed to all federal agencies as a response to an executive order President Donald Trump signed in May, promoting efforts to promote "religious liberty."

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3. Boy Scouts have lost their Way 2.0

"The Boy Scouts of America announced on Wednesday that girls will soon be allowed to become Cub Scouts and to earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout, the organization’s highest honor.

"We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children," said Michael Surbaugh, chief executive of the Boy Scouts."

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4. New California Law allows jail time for using wrong gender pronoun, sponsor denies that would happen

"California health care workers who “willfully and repeatedly” decline to use a senior transgender patient's “preferred name or pronouns” could face punishments ranging from a fine to jail time under a newly signed law."

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5. The Universal Charitable Giving Act by Congressman Mark Walker

"The Universal Charitable Giving Act establishes an universal charitable deduction for individuals and married couples who do not itemize, in addition to the standard deduction. This would be an above-the-line deduction up to one-third of the standard deduction – about $2,100 for individuals and $4,200 for married couples. 

The Universal Charitable Giving Act incentivizes charitable giving for low and middle income taxpayers. It would not only help individuals and families who would likely stop itemizing their deductions under the new tax plan, but would also encourage taxpayers who already claim the standard deduction to give the charities and causes they believe in."

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WEEKLY PRAYER: FAMILY

LORD, we cry out to you as Father. You are a beautiful Dad. You are a model of the love, mercy, and authority of the perfect parent. We thank you for modeling for us what every parent should strive for, and for creating this wonderful institution called family.

LORD, we thank you for creating us with a basic nature designed to not be alone. Our very nature calls us into the most intimate of relationships, where we experience joys indescribable: the joys of marriage, the joys of having children; the joys of seeing our children have children. What a blessing and mercy you gave us in the family! In it we find our first teachers, our first guardians, and our first authorities. 


LORD, we recognize how deeply you love your children, and how deeply it pains you when they go astray. Alongside our adoration and thanksgiving, we pray in confession--as individuals and as members of larger communities--over any sins we may have committed that undermine your beloved institution. Forgive us when we endanger your institution through selfishness and arrogance. Forgive our communities and nation for attempting to redefine some of the most basic and deepest parts of being human--being made male and female, having lifelong marriage vows and responsibilities, and having parental rights over raising one's children. 

LORD, we also bring these specific prayer requests to you, and pray that your Spirit may empower and protect our labor: Be with those brethren in California, Canada, and other places whose livelihoods are threatened over their communities' confusion and laws over pronouns. Be with the Boy Scouts, whose recent changes in admission policies undermines an institution who has served the family so well these past 100 years. Be with all of our families today, and we ask that your Spirit may empower us to be better fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, and children.

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you." (Ex 20:12)

"Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." (Eph 6:4)


“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” (Pr 22:6)


Amen
 

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