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1. YOU’RE INVITED: Join us at next week’s Mama Bear Workshops, featuring Katie Gorka.
If you're a concerned parent or coalition member interested in learning the scope and scale of classroom indoctrination, and learning how you can shield our students from indoctrination with harmful materials, we invite you to attend one of next week's events! In addition to meeting like-minded Mama and Papa Bears, we are also honored to be featuring a keynote speaker who knows a thing or two about protecting parental rights.
Meet Mama Bear, Katie Gorka.
2. THE DAILY SIGNAL: Leaked Videos Expose Disney’s ‘Not-At-All-Secret Gay Agenda’
"'Executives have empowered activists within the company and now seem unable to resist their demands,' Rufo wrote. In one video, Karey Burke, president of Disney General Entertainment, said she aims to have at least half of the characters in upcoming stories identify as LGBT or racial minorities. 'We have many, many, many LGBTQIA characters in our stories, and yet, we don’t have enough leads and narrative in which gay characters just get to be characters and not have to be about gay stories,' Burke said."
3. FOX NEWS: Florida's DeSantis signs Parental Rights in Education bill, hits back at Hollywood critics
“Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Monday a parental rights bill that bans teachers from giving classroom instruction on "sexual orientation" or "gender identity" in kindergarten through third grade. ‘In Florida, we not only know that parents have a right to be involved, we insist that parents have a right to be involved,’ DeSantis said at a press conference at the Classical Preparatory School in Spring Hill, Florida.”
4. NORTH STATE JOURNAL: NC Values Coalition poll shows Budd leading Senate primary
A poll of Republican primary voters commissioned by the NC Values Coalition gives three-term U.S. Rep. Ted Budd the edge over former Gov. Pat McCrory and former U.S. Rep. Mark Walker in the May 17 Republican U.S. Senate primary.
The poll of 504 respondents gave Budd the edge with 32% of the vote, McCrory at 29% and Walker at 12%.
Voters were more decisive with Republican North Carolina U.S. Senate picks, with 75 percent of those polled citing their choice. Ted Budd takes the lead at 32 percent over Pat McCrory who had 29 percent. Mark Walker trails at 12 percent.
5. FOX NEWS: Biden administration endorses transgender youth sex-change operations, 'top surgery,' hormone therapy
"President Biden's administration has released a series of documents encouraging gender-reassignment surgery and hormone treatments for minors.
The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Population Affairs released a document Thursday titled 'Gender Affirming Care and Young People.' The same day, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Child Traumatic Stress Network – another subset of the HHS – released a parallel document titled, 'Gender-Affirming Care Is Trauma-Informed Care.'
The HHS documents describe what it calls appropriate treatments for transgender adolescents, including: ''Top' surgery – to create male-typical chest shape or enhance breasts;' and "'Bottom' surgery – surgery on genitals or reproductive organs, facial feminization or other procedures.'"
WEEKLY PRAYER: UKRAINE
Lord Jesus, you are the Prince of Peace. How you care for your sheep. How you love the widowed and the orphaned! How you condemn the one who violently widows and orphans!
No principality on earth could bring about the Shalom of the Kingdom. For no principal could come down on a cloud, as you one day will. Furthermore, when their attempts at peacemaking come at the destructive end of the sword, the scars are the very antithesis of peace.
We love peace, Lord Jesus. Is it not the very thing we desire most in our hearts? That we have peace in our lives. Peace from self doubts. Peace from violent aggressors. Peace from the price of our sin.
We pray for the peace of Ukraine. We pray for their protection and resilience. We pray that Ukraine be victorious against the aggressor, that violent bully named Putin.
What a tragedy before your eyes, Prince Jesus. To see countries that call one another "brothers," recreate the episode with Russia as Cain, and Ukraine as Abel.
We pray for the peace and the people of Ukraine. May our hearts mourn for them, and our nation help as is most wise and prudent.
"For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6)
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