Friday Five: Important Supreme Court cases, mercy shown in our courts, 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. IFFNC: Read the Harris Funeral Homes Amicus Brief

The NC Values' sister organization, the Institute for Faith and Family, has filed an amicus brief for one of the most important religious liberty Supreme Court cases of our lifetime.

At the the heart of the case is deciding whether or not Americans should be able to rely on what the law says. If judges are allowed to uphold rulings against Harris Funeral Homes, the resulting redefinition of "sex" to mean "gender identity" will create chaos and be unfair to women and girls.

No business owner should be punished for relying on existing laws. Redefining "sex" to mean "gender identity" will create a swamp of legal confusion and unfair situations for women and girls, such as being able to fairly compete in women's sports. 



2. THE GOSPEL COALITION: He Asked to Hug the Woman Who Killed His Brother: ‘I Forgive You.’ ‘I Love You.’ ‘Give Your Life to Christ.’

"On September 6, 2018, Amber Guyer—an off-duty patrol officer in Dallas—entered the apartment of 26-year-old accountant Botham Jean. She later said she thought it was her own apartment and mistook Jean for a burglar, shooting and killing him.

One year later, on October 1, 2019, she was found guilty of murder. On October 2, she was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Botham Jean’s brother Brandt was allowed to give a victim-impact statement, and he addressed Amber Guyer directly.

The result was a beautiful Christian testimony—truly salt and light in a dark and twisted world."

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3. LIFE NEWS: ABC CBS NBC MSNBC NPR PBS All Refused to Cover Abortionist Who Kept 2246 Aborted Babies

"The grotesque nature of abortion and the industry that profits from it is routinely hidden by the national press beneath a gauzy layer of rhetorical blather about a “woman’s right to choose.” It’s drummed into the public daily: Abortion is a precious civil right, a sacrament of feminism, never a death, let alone a murder.

Look no further than the discovery of more than 2,200 dead babies in the Illinois garage of a recently deceased abortionist named Ulrich Klopfer.

They told us Dr. Kermit Gosnell was one of a kind in his creepy storage of dead-baby parts in jars. It turns out he was a piker. Klopfer stored each “fetus” in a plastic bag full of medical-grade preservative, put them in boxes – more than 70 boxes, from the garage floor to the ceiling."



4. CAROLINA JOURNAL: Taking inventory of social justice teaching in public schools

"Wake County parent Dina Bartus garnered national attention recently for exposing a controversial assignment given to her child and other 10thgraders at Heritage High School in Wake Forest.   

The “diversity inventory” assignment was a worksheet that inquired about the gender, race/ethnicity, age, sexuality, ability, religion and socio-economic status of students and their classmates, teachers, close friends, doctors, household, and neighbors. In an interview with Fox News commentator Todd Starnes, Bartus observed that asking teenagers to reveal details about their private lives to their classmates put them in “very uncomfortable and possibly dangerous situations.” Thats the kind of foresight and common sense her son’s teacher apparently did not possess."



5. WATCH: ADF's “I’m the Fastest Girl to Compete” Video

For the first time in North Carolina history, this past Spring the NCHSAA voted to allow athletes who were born male to compete against girls in high school sports (and vice versa). Across the US where similar policies have been adopted, girls are unable to win against the boys who are identifying as girls. This isn't about self expression - this is about a woman's right to fairly compete and win! This is the same group that issued probations against Stanly County cheerleaders supporting the President.

Tell NCHSAA you want their policies changed:




LORD, we recognize that you are Sovereign over all creation. We recognize you made man from the dust, and in your mercy crowned creation with man and woman made in your image. What a wonder it is that you would bestow upon us this blessing and responsibility!

We pray LORD that we would not take this for granted. We pray that both this great responsibility, and this great dignity, may motivate us to love you more, love our neighbor more, and love ourselves more.

Father, we pray for all the pro-life bills moving through the NC House and Senate. We also continue to pray that we may see other pro-life legislation pass and protect women and unborn babies. Help us, Lord, to rise to the call for action to show up at legislative rallies and committee meetings to show our legislators how strongly we support the right to life. Give our legislators courage to stand up for the unborn and to champion protecting the unborn as the centerpiece of their own public service. Never let us rest until we change our society so that it sees the value of life in the womb and abortion becomes unthinkable.

"And Moses said to the people, 'Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.'” (Exodus 14:13-14)


PS: Would you consider joining and praying with Rev. Franklin Graham at one of their Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's Decision America Tour events in North Carolina?

Decision America North Carolina Tour Stops:

Tuesday, October 1
7 p.m. – Festival Park

Wednesday, October 2
7 p.m. – Pitt County American Legion Agricultural Fairgrounds

Saturday, October 5
4 p.m. – Legion Stadium

Sunday, October 6
4 p.m. – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

Wednesday, October 9
7 p.m. – White Oak Amphitheatre at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex

Thursday, October 10
7 p.m. – L.P. Frans Stadium

Saturday, October 12
4 p.m. – PNC Music Pavilion

Sunday, October 13
4 p.m. – U.S. Cellular Center


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