Friday Five: Homeschooling, RNC Convention in FL, and more

 
Welcome to the Friday Five! Every Friday we share our top five articles, stories, and quotes for you to read and share with your friends and church families. 

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1. NC VALUES VOICE: Live on the Art of Homeschooling

Earlier this week we had another episode of “The NC Values Voice”, a weekly 30-minute interview by Executive Director, Tami Fitzgerald, with a special guest. The NC Values Voice aired on Facebook Live and www.ncvalues.org/voice on Wednesday night at 7:30pm. Our goal with these programs is to inform and motivate our statewide coalition members with current, relevant information.
 
Are you uncertain about sending your children back to the classroom this Fall? If you have questions about homeschooling or are exploring educating from home this fall, join us right here on Facebook on Wednesday evening at 7:30pm for the next episode of The NC Values Voice.

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2. CAROLINA JOURNAL: School reopening plans raise questions of feasibility

"People are scratching their heads over the state’s health guidance about how schools can safely reopen. 

The upcoming school year won’t be normal, and COVID-19 is to blame, state officials have said. Schools will have to balance teaching students with curbing the spread of the virus. To prepare for the 2020-21 school year, state agencies have shared the safety precautions school districts must take to protect students and staff. 

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Monday, June 8, published the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit (K-12). The Department for Public Instruction on  Thursday talked about how schools could operate under the various health plans.

The bulky plan consists of more than 120 pages of complex rules and guidelines, all of which are probably impossible to enact. Terry Stoops calls them comically impractical."

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3. DAILY SIGNAL: The Trans Teen Revolution

"Keira Bell can never get her childhood back. And her body, a scarred and mangled reminder, tells her every day. 'I am living in a world where I don’t fit in as male or as female. I am stuck between two sexes.'

Now 23, she’s dedicated her life to stop teenagers from making the same mistake. And suing the clinic responsible is step No. 1.

Bell was just a child when she walked into England’s Tavistock clinic and declared she wanted to be a boy. The staff didn’t blink. Despite just starting her periods and having no other real psychological evaluation or therapy, Tavistock prescribed her the puberty blockers that ultimately ruined her life.

'I should have been challenged on the claims that I was making for myself,' Bell told the judges. 'And I think that would have made a big difference as well. If I was just challenged on the things I was saying.'”

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4. ABC 11: President Trump to deliver acceptance speech in Jacksonville Fla. as alternative to Charlotte

"President Donald Trump will be delivering his GOP acceptance speech in Jacksonville, Fla.

"We are thrilled to celebrate this momentous occasion in the great city of Jacksonville," RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a news release. "Not only does Florida hold a special place in President Trump's heart as his home state, but it is crucial in the path to victory in 2020. We look forward to bringing this great celebration and economic boon to the Sunshine State in just a few short months."

Trump, who was born in New York, declared Florida as his permanent residence in 2019.

The Republican National Committee officials announced Thursday evening that Jacksonville has been selected as the host city to celebrate the re-nomination of Trump, while a scaled-down version of the rest of the convention will still be held in Charlotte, N.C. The selection comes after a dispute between North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and Trump of the handling of the RNC convention in Charlotte during the coronavirus pandemic."

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5. NORTH STATE JOURNAL: Bill easing N.C. absentee ballot access goes to governor

"North Carolina lawmakers are sending Gov. Roy Cooper a bill making it easier for voters to access absentee ballots during the COVID-19 pandemic this fall while ensuring in-person voting sites are clean and safe.

Despite complaints by a few Democrats about a photo voter identification provision, the legislation received bipartisan support on Thursday in final votes in the Senate and House.

The bill’s chief proponents said the rule changes for the mail-in ballots, along with funding to pay poll workers and buy plenty of personal protective equipment for them and voters, will go a long way toward an orderly, accessible election in November.

The use of traditional absentee by-mail ballots, usually fewer than 5% of all votes cast in a North Carolina election, is expected to spike because people at higher risk for complications from the coronavirus won’t venture out to voting centers and precincts. State law already allows any registered voter to cast an absentee by-mail ballot."

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WEEKLY PRAYER: FAMILY

LORD, we cry out to you as Father. You are a model of the love, mercy, and authority of the perfect parent. We thank you for modeling for us what every parent should strive for, and for creating this wonderful institution called family. 

LORD, we thank you for creating us with a basic nature designed to not be alone. You made us to desire the intimacy of relationships, and it is here where we experience joys indescribable: the joys of marriage, the joys of having children; the joys of seeing our children have children. What a blessing and mercy you gave us in the family! In it we find our first teachers, our first guardians, and our first authorities. 

LORD, we recognize how deeply you love your children, and how deeply it pains you when they go astray. Alongside our adoration and thanksgiving, we pray in confession--as individuals and as members of larger communities--over any sins we may have committed that undermine your beloved institution. Forgive us when we endanger your institution through selfishness and arrogance. Forgive our communities and nation for attempting to redefine some of the most basic and deepest parts of being human--being made male and female, having lifelong marriage vows and responsibilities, and having parental rights over educating one's children. 

"Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." (Colossians 3:12-17)

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