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1. A Shadow Campaign Started in NC General Assembly to Stop Pro-Transparency Legislation
Last week we spent a lot of time visiting members of the General Assembly. We were told by a number of them that among Republicans, there was a majority of support for commonsense pro-transparency legislation that protected a parent's right to know what their kids are taught in schools about sex.
We were expecting that this support would have led to passing pro-family legislation, and then this happened: A shadow campaign was launched by anonymous members to kill any legislative solution that would give Parents the Right to Know what is being taught to their children about sex in public schools.
Asking schools to make sex ed curriculums public and easily accessible online to parents, as well as granting parents additional opportunities to be involved in the adoption of curriculum, is just a common-sense proposal. Why wouldn't Republicans and Democrats want to make it easier and more transparent for parents to know what their kids are being taught about sex? What are schools hiding (transgender unicorns, planned parenthood sex ed books, pro-LGBT kindergarten books, etc)?
Why would anyone want to keep parents out of our schools?
2. Legal battle over HB2 returns to federal court in Winston-Salem on June 25
"On June 25, a federal judge will hold a hearing on pending motions in U.S. District Court in Winston-Salem. State Republicans and the president of the UNC system want the lawsuits against the state to go away, but plaintiffs represented by the ACLU of North Carolina and Lambda Legal argue that the law legislators replaced HB2 with doesn’t do enough to protect LGBT people."
3. Why Does The Press Only Seem To Care About Broken Attachments For Border-Crossing Children?
"Children all over the U.S. suffer the same kind of trauma as those at the border, but it seems the press only cares about the children when it serves liberal ideological ends.
In the current crisis of opioid addiction and foster care, many children form attachments to a family who wants to adopt them, often waiting up to three years for a birth parent or blood relative to come forward or enter drug treatment. These children live in foster care Never-Never Land, but they also bond with a family while they wait. All too often, these children are then ripped out of the only family they have ever known, suffering the trauma of broken attachments, over and over again. This is the tragedy that doesn’t make the news."
"But in another sense, our case is not exactly like Jack’s case. We were penalized $135,000 for the “emotional damages” we caused by politely explaining our religious convictions and why we could not create a custom cake to celebrate a same-sex ceremony.
The outrageous magnitude of that penalty—based largely on the fact that we dared to quote in our business the scriptures we hold sacred—is, we think, the type of anti-religious bias Kennedy had in mind when he determined that Jack’s commissioners “violated the state’s duty under the First Amendment not to base laws or regulations on hostility to a religion or religious viewpoint.”
5. Facebook suspends pro-family expert for criticizing LGBT indoctrination video
"A theology professor is the latest Christian to be censored by Facebook after criticizing a video selling LGBT “pride” to children.
Dr. Robert A.J. Gagnon is a New Testament professor most recently with Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. On June 6, he criticized a video produced by the taxpayer-funded Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in which media personality Jessi Cruickshank asked young kids whether it would be “cool to have two moms,” told them how actress Jodie Foster “made me question my sexuality” with a nude scene, urged them to “aspire to be a gay icon,” and more.
“This clip is about celebrating sexual perversity, not ‘sexual diversity,’” Gagnon said, accusing the CBC of trying to indoctrinate the youth and calling it a “a measure of how corrupt things have become that this woman is not vilified throughout Canada and legislators are not threatening to remove funding from the CBC.”"
WEEKLY PRAYER: LIFE
LORD, we recognize that you are Sovereign over all creation. We recognize you made man from the dust, and in your mercy crowned creation with man and woman made in your image. What a wonder it is that you would bestow upon us this blessing and responsibility!
We pray LORD that we would not take this for granted. We pray that both this great responsibility, and this great dignity, may motivate us to love you more, love our neighbor more, and love ourselves more.
We pray that such a great dignity--to be made in your image--may sober our minds and hands. LORD, let us work and love towards respecting and protecting the dignity of your human creation. Be with us as we champion this dignity in public by calling for the protection of human life in the womb; a life that you tell us you knit and know. Be with the efforts of the pro-life movement in abolishing the inhuman savagery of terminating human life in the womb. Be with our families, churches, and ministries as they work through pregnancy centers or adoption and fostering to care for the orphans and needy. Be with us in loving mothers and caring for widows.
LORD, we also bring these specific prayer requests to you, and pray that your Spirit may empower and protect our labor: LORD, we pray for our General Assembly. We ask that they would be able to see clearly how important it is for parents to know what schools are teaching their children about sex, so they can make an informed decision whether to allow their children to sit in the class. LORD, we pray for courage and leadership in our legislators; for them to advance legislation and vote for what is right and true, in spite of the cost. GOD, we pray for the case on June 25th in Winston Salem. We ask that the judge be fair and impartial and see your will. LORD, we pray for all the children that are not being protected by our government, not just those who are brought to our borders by their parents or other adults, but also those that so desperately need a real family and are hung up in a foster care system more focused on adult desires than the children’s best interest. We ask for justice to be done! GOD we thank you for all your blessings and ask that you guide us in raising children who walk in the path you have for them. LORD, be with the traditional and social media influencers who are setting examples for our children, guide them and have them speak truth and life.
"Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. 4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. 5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court." (Ps 127:3-5)
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