Friday Five+: Coronavirus edition 4/3

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1. NC VALUES: Christians arrested for praying in public outside abortion clinic in Greensboro

Earlier this week, the Greensboro police arrested Christians for peacefully and legally praying and exercising their religious rights on the sidewalks outside an abortion clinic. This was actually the second time in the past couple of days they were arrested for praying...

As our country comes together to battle the threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus), Americans are heroically rising to the challenge of social distancing and helping the vulnerable.
However, there is one clear outlier—the abortion industry.

It is irresponsible and dangerous for abortionists to put patients at risk of contracting the virus and to consume masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment in short supply.

Would you consider taking a minute today to join over 5,000+ of your neighbors who have signed our click-to-contact letter to Governor Cooper and Secretary of NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy K. Cohen, and ask them to close abortion clinics and redirect PPE and other medical equipment to our state's needed coronavirus response?

Click to contact Governor Cooper: https://www.ncvalues.org/close_abortion_clinics

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2. PJ MEDIA: Christian Round-Ups Continue: 7 Arrested for Praying Near Greensboro Abortion Clinic During Stay-at Home Order

"On Sunday, we reported that four men were arrested outside a Greensboro, N.C., abortion clinic, where they were conducting a prayer walk. Despite the fact that that a pro-life group, Love Life, had canceled its group meeting and everyone was following the rules for social distancing, the Greensboro Police Department arrested them and charged them with violating Guilford County's stay-at-home order.

Apparently not happy with violating the First Amendment rights of four prayer warriors, the Greensboro Police Department arrested seven more people on Monday after they were caught praying in public in front of a facility that makes its money by slaughtering innocent children."

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3. CHRISTIAN HEADLINES: Idaho's Governor Signs Abortion Ban, Fairness for Women in Sports Act

"In addition to SB 1385, on Monday, Governor Little signed into law the “Fairness for Women in Sports Act (HB 500),” which prohibits biological males from taking part in all-female athletic competitions and thus gaining an unfair advantage over the field.

'Girls deserve to compete on a level playing field. Allowing males to compete in girls’ sports destroys fair competition and women’s athletic opportunities,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Vice President of U.S. Legal Division, Kristen Waggoner. “We commend Gov. Little for signing the Fairness for Women in Sports Act into law so that those opportunities will be protected in Idaho. When the law ignores biological differences, women and girls bear the brunt of the harm.'"

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4. NC CIVITAS: Liberal group suggests Gov. Cooper replace Folwell as Treasurer

"In an article published on April 1, NC Policy Watch’s Rob Schofield makes a series of concerning arguments about the North Carolina State Treasurer’s office.

The current State Treasurer, Dale Folwell (a Republican), has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and has self-quarantined. However, in that context, Schofield quickly jumps to the conclusion that Treasurer Folwell may be completely incapacitated and unable to perform his constitutional duties. He then leaps from that conclusion to a discussion about a plan of succession for the office of Treasurer and who can administer the powers of that office. Schofield writes, 'Folwell doesn’t appear to be empowered under state law to simply designate such a person. That power resides with the governor.'

Remember, the office of State Treasurer is a duly elected official, not appointed by the governor. Schofield launches into nothing less than a partisan power grab with his arguments."

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5. WRAL: Coronavirus coverage in North Carolina

Here are the latest updates on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak in North Carolina and across the globe:

  • What you need to know:
  • At least 869 people in North Carolina in 61 counties have tested positive for the coronavirus. Four North Carolina residents have died.
  • Gov. Roy Cooper issued a statewide stay-at-home order that takes effect at 5 p.m. March 30. Any local orders with tighter restrictions take precedence over the state order.
  • Businesses that remain open under the statewide order are encouraged to take the temperatures of all employees and customers before allowing them inside and to exercise "social distancing."
  • President Donald Trump has signed a $2.2 trillion relief package into law that will send payments to most Americans, expand unemployment benefits and help small businesses.
  • All schools statewide are closed through May 15. Online learning and teaching is in place.
  • The State Department has warned all U.S. citizens not to travel internationally.
  • The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed one year, to summer 2021.
  • A toll-free Hope Line has been established for older adults experiencing isolation from social distancing. Call 1-866-578-4673 or 1-866-578-HOPE.
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ONGOING 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 all of us from infection, and may you work through your Church in the midst of this crisis to help bring people to acknowledge you are sovereign and good. We pray deeply that people will come to salvation, and that our neighbors will spend their time wisely with their families praising God for our blessings.

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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