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1. Hospital wants to remove sick toddler's life support as parents fight for treatment
"The parents of 19-month-old Alfie Evans are fighting for him in court, arguing that they should be allowed to transfer their mysteriously sick toddler to another hospital. Alder Hey Children’s Hospital wants to yank Alfie’s life support against his parents’ wishes."
2. Lawmakers defy atheists and ring Salvation Army bells
"A group of Republican lawmakers in Connecticut said they would not allow themselves to be bullied by a bunch of angry, out-of-town atheists.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based horde of atheists, agnostics and free-thinkers were outraged after they learned that Republican lawmakers were raising money for the Salvation Army."
3. This ENTIRE Family Is Transgender
"A local news station in Arizona ran a glowing piece on a family that is in transition — as in, the entire family, including the two young children, are all transgender."
4. AN ACT TO RESTORE AND PRESERVE FREE SPEECH ON THE CAMPUSES OF THE
CONSTITUENT INSTITUTIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA.
UNC System Board of Governors adopted rules per the NC General Assembly's directives in HB 527 "Restore/Preserve Campus Free Speech". These new policies “ensure free, robust, and uninhibited debate and deliberation by students” at UNC schools.
Read the General Assembly's pro-free speech legislation here:
5. Court says Atlanta policies violate First Amendment freedoms of former Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran
"A federal district court ruled Wednesday that city of Atlanta rules which led to the termination of Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran are unconstitutional. The court found that the city’s policies restricting non-work speech, like a book for Christian men that Cochran wrote, are too broad and allow city officials to unconstitutionally discriminate against views with which they disagree."
WEEKLY PRAYER: OFFICIALS
LORD, you are the Judge of the nations. You are Creator of the Heavens and the Earth. You are sovereign over all.
LORD, may we find assurance and comfort in the reality that you are the LORD God. In spite of the political events that are unfolding in our country and around the world, we remind ourselves that you are in control. That the Church is within the protection of your providence. That Jesus is our Prince of Peace, and that one day every knee shall bow and declare His Lordship.
LORD, we also bring these specific prayer requests to you, and pray that your Spirit may empower our petitions: Be with our local universities as they push to maintain free speech on campuses. Be with your people as they deal with major issues like gay marriage and transgenderism. Be with Governor Cooper and Lt. Governor Forest. Give them good health, and God-fearing hearts. Be with all the members of our General Assembly, and with the judges of our courts. Be with President Trump and his cabinet. Be with our nation's Supreme Court and Legislature so they can make moral and ethical decision that are in line with Your natural law.
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God." (Romans 13:1)
"For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations." (Psalms 22:28)
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