Friday Five: NC has the most progressive state policy on transgender HS athletes?, and more

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1. CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: The most progressive state policy on HS transgender athletes can be found in ... North Carolina?

"North Carolina’s policy on transgender athletes is among the most progressive in the country.

That 2019 policy allows participation in athletics for all students “regardless of gender or gender identification.” Students whose gender identity differs from their birth certificate merely need to provide documentation from parents or guardians, along with a medical health professional, that demonstrate the student’s consistent gender identification. Those documents need to include a list of treatments and medication relative to gender identity. The request, which is filed through the student’s school, is evaluated by the NCHSAA Gender Identification Committee."

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2. FOX NEWS: Trump says Iran ‘appears to be standing down,’ missile strikes resulted in no casualties

"President Trump declared Wednesday that Iran 'appears to be standing down,' in the wake of missile strikes on American bases in Iraq that he said resulted in 'no casualties.'

'The American people should be extremely grateful and happy,' Trump said, in an address to the nation from the White House the morning after the attacks. 'No Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime.'"

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3. NATIONAL REVIEW: Planned Parenthood’s New Annual Report Proves Abortion Is Its Mission

"Planned Parenthood has just released its annual report for the 2018–2019 fiscal year, and the numbers don’t come as much of a surprise. In 2018, Planned Parenthood facilities performed 345,672 abortions, an increase of more than 13,000 abortions from what the group reported for the previous fiscal year. That’s also the highest number of abortions that the group has ever performed in a single year since it began reporting its abortion data."

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4. CBN: Former LGBTQers Testify: If You No Longer Want to Be Gay or Transgender, You Don't Have to Be

"A number of former homosexuals and transgendered people gathered recently outside the U.S. Congress to say sexual identity can be changed, and their changed lives are proof.

Here are excerpts from their remarkable testimonies of change."

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5. LIFESITE: Pro-life leaders warn: Equal Rights Amendment is actually ‘Everything Related to Abortion Act’

"Pro-life and pro-family leaders sent a joint letter to members of the U.S. Congress and state legislators in Virginia this week in opposition to efforts to change the rules for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and to force it through the Virginia legislature.

The letter was sent in advance of state-based votes expected in January and in anticipation of Congress taking up the effort in the new year.

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“Let us be clear, laws protecting women’s interests will be undercut by the radical language of the ERA that strips away from women their unique place in the law,” the letter says. “Not only will real protections be overwritten by this heavy-handed measure, the most profound change will be creating a constitutional foothold for abortion and introduction of vague language on ‘sex’ that may harm women’s unique interests.” "

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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)

Amen

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