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1. In place of protests, quiet support greets CMS policy to support LGBTQ students
"The small, quiet public hearing stood in sharp contrast with protests that greeted earlier attempts to support LGBTQ students."
There was no opposition or protest because there was no notice about the new policy's unveiling! We must make it known to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools that we do not agree with this policy and have our voice heard!
2. Supreme Court Allows Mississippi Law Protecting Gay Marriage Dissenters to Stand
Good news for religious liberty: "The United States Supreme Court declined to hear appeals on two lawsuits aimed at striking down a Mississippi law that allows businesses to refuse to service same-sex weddings."
"Social conservatives celebrated the Supreme Court's allowing the law to stand, with Alliance Defending Freedom's Kevin Theriot stating on Monday that laws like HB 1523 "protect freedom and harm no one.""
3. Polygamous families protest bigamy law at Utah Capitol
"Holding signs that read, "I love all my moms," and "If we were gay, we'd be OK," the group rallied in the rain on the steps of the Utah Capitol on Friday afternoon.
"I am not a criminal," proclaimed Joe Darger, a Utah man who has three wives and helped organize the rally. "If you commit adultery, that's not a felony. It's only a crime when you have a family and you pretend to be married."
4. Ex-teacher held on lewdness charge; 7th arrest among school staff this year, authorities say
7th school employee to be arrested, and 3rd for sexual misconduct in the past couple months?! What is going on in our country's schools?!
5. UNDERCOVER VIDEO: Twitter Engineers To "Ban a Way of Talking" Through "Shadow Banning," Algorithms to Censor Opposing Political Opinions
WEEKLY PRAYER: LIBERTY
LORD, you are the giver of life and liberty. You are the One in whom we find true freedom. We pray with the deepest of gratitude, because you've broken our chains of depravity, and have gifted us a freedom born in love and service.
LORD, may we not take our liberties lightly. Even today, our brothers and sisters all across the globe experience physical, emotional, and social torture because they rightly cry out: "JESUS IS LORD!" Every day, our brethren across the globe experience persecution, and this has been a shared story of the church since its inception.
LORD, we also bring these specific prayer requests to you, and pray that your Spirit may empower our petitions: Be with our country and church, as it faces such a large threat from the Supreme Court. LORD, we pray for the Supreme Court and thank You for the decision to allow the Mississippi ruling to stand. LORD, we pray that platforms like Twitter are held accountable and are not allowed to take away our liberty to speak our mind and share our beliefs. LORD, we pray that you be with the members of the military home and abroad, protect them as they protect our freedoms and liberty. Be with us, and the least among us, as we work to protect the foundational and first freedom. Be with us as we advance and advocate for the chief liberty.
“For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2)
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)
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