Friday Five: Coronavirus coverage, and more

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1. WRAL: Coronavirus Coverage 

"The first identified case of a novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, in North Carolina was linked to a man in Wake County on March 3.

As of March 12, there were at least 1,700 cases and 31 deaths in the United States, with 17 reported presumptive positive cases in North Carolina.

Symptoms are similar to those of the flu and include fever, cough and shortness or breath. They can manifest any time between two and 14 days after exposure."

Here are some other stories and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic:

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2. CHRISTIAN HEADLINES: Biden Unveils Vast LGBT Plan Overturning Trump's Religious Liberty Protections

"Former Vice President Joe Biden unveiled a sweeping plan for the LGBT community last week, pledging to overturn Trump-era religious liberty policies if he becomes president and promoting passage of the Equality Act – a bill opposed by some gay and lesbian Americans because of its negative impact on women’s sports.

Biden’s 7,000-word plan would also ban conversion therapy, guarantee transgender students access to bathrooms and locker rooms of their choosing, and add a “third gender” option on government forms for non-binary individuals.

The plan lists the accomplishments of the Obama-Biden administration for the LGBT community, such as ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and promoting the legalization of same-sex marriage."

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3. ADF MEDIA: School district policy to deceive parents about children’s claimed gender identity prompts legal challenge

"Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys, together with lead counsel from the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, asked a state court Wednesday to immediately halt a Madison Metropolitan School District policy that instructs school teachers and staff to assist and encourage children of any age in the adoption of transgender identities without parental consent or even notice. The policy even instructs district employees to deceive parents about the gender identity their son or daughter has adopted at school."

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4. TODD STARNES: Middle School Approves Gay Pride Flag but Rejects Gadsden Flag

"There’s a big controversy in the small town of Marshall, Minnesota. School administrators recently hoisted a Gay pride flag in the cafeteria – alongside the American flag and a number of international flags. The Thomas More Society, a religious liberty law firm, said that some students opposed the presentation and presented a petition urging school leaders to remove the flag. However, administrators rejected the student petition. Administrators also rejected a request to fly the Gadsden flag, known historically as the bright yellow 'Don’t Tread On Me' banner."

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5. LADYLIBERTY: Wake County High School English teacher assigns a very “graphic” novel (Update: NOVEL PULLED)


"On the reading list of an English III class at Apex Friendship High School in Wake County sits a book that holds a consistent place on the top ten list of most challenged books in the country. That book is the graphic novel Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel."

"Fun Home is graphic in the pictorial sense and in overall content. Some have even called it pornographic – and they aren’t wrong. For example, there are multiple sex scenes, an explicit depiction of lesbian oral sex, nudity, and masturbation."

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WEEKLY PRAYER: CORONAVIRUS

LORD, we pray to you regarding the health pandemic facing our nation and the world. Christ—you are the Great Physician—and we bring to you a solemn petition in regards to our physical, social, and economic health.

Protect our bodies and our nation as we combat the coronavirus. We pray that our leaders in office will be blessed with wisdom to make decisions in the interest of public health and saving lives. We pray in particular for the elderly, who are most at risk to experience complications when infected. We pray for all the medical professionals on the front-lines of battling this virus. LORD, protect our elderly from infection, and may you provide a supernatural constitution to doctors and nurses who are likely to experience great fatigue and risk as they medically serve the vulnerable in our nation.

We pray that this virus will quickly die out, that our public efforts—as communities and neighbors—will slow the virus' spread and impact. LORD, we ask for you to work through those individuals currently developing a cure, and plead that it may come soon. We also pray for all those who will be impacted by the economic fallout of the measures taken to combat the viruses. Be with individuals nearing retirement who will have their savings ravaged; be with small business owners and employees—particularly those in recreation, dining, part-time employment, and vacation industries—who may face bankruptcy and financial stress related to economic decline; be with our nation as a whole, as it sets itself on the difficult path of recovering physically and economically from this virus.

LORD, we acknowledge you are good, and that your provision for your children is unquestionable. May your inspired words remind us in this time of panic and anxiety:

"Be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than the food, and the body than the raiment? Behold the birds of the heaven, that they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not ye of much more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto the measure of his life? And why are ye anxious concerning raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God doth so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Be not therefore anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the Gentiles seek; for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." (Matthew 6:25-34)

Amen

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