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1. Planned Parenthood to target 8 states, spend $20 million as part of midterm battle plan
Planned Parenthood take half a billion dollars in taxpayer money each year, and uses the money freed up by these tax funds to allow their other affiliated organizations to run campaigns like this against their political opponents!
"Planned Parenthood's political arm is targeting eight states with competitive Senate and governor's races in its largest-ever midterm election campaign.
The offensive is set to cost $20 million, an initial mark that the organization's officials say is all but certain to be exceeded.
The investment from Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Planned Parenthood Votes, the organization's political entities, makes it one of the biggest outside spending forces in Democratic politics headed into a cycle in which the party sees a rare opportunity to pick off GOP seats across the map."
2. Facebook asked users if pedophiles should be able to ask kids for 'sexual pictures'
"Facebook is under fire for asking users whether pedophiles should be able to proposition underage girls for sexually explicit photographs on the giant social network."
3. LGBT fetish underwear designer defends making 9-year-old drag queen its 'covergirl'
This is a business in Charlotte and it is not okay! Read more about how this local LGBT designer has gone too far!
"The designer behind an “LGBT luxury brand” is defending using a 9-year-old drag queen to advertise a sequined onesie alongside a “BDSM Bondage Leather Star and Chain Dress,” bondage-themed nipple pasties, and glittery anatomy-highlighting men’s underwear."
4. MSNBC's Joe Scarborough: Young Americans are pro-life because of science
"It’s no secret: young Americans are trending pro-life, much to the consternation of the abortion industry. And not only are millennials more likely to be pro-life than previous generations, they’re also more passionate about their beliefs than those who support abortion, who tend to be more complacent. For example, pro-life student groups now outnumber Planned Parenthood groups 4 to 1.
But the question is, why? What is it that makes millennials more pro-life than previous generations? According to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, it’s simple: science."
5. Petition to Create Billy Graham National Holiday is Going Viral!
A Change.org petition is going viral. Over 107,000 people have signed this petition for a national holiday in remembrance of Billy Graham. Many argue that he is a religious figure unlike Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who had great social and political change behind his efforts. Yet, many forget how many Presidents of the United States Billy Graham has counseled and influenced deeply. Read more about the debate and sign the petition!
WEEKLY PRAYER: FAMILY
LORD, we cry out to you as Father. You are a beautiful Dad. 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. Our very nature calls us into the most intimate of relationships, 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.
LORD, we also bring these specific prayer requests to you, and pray that your Spirit may empower and protect our labor: LORD be with our young adults who are thankfully coming to understand the truth, that a pregnancy is the carrying of a living child who is most vulnerable and that the mothers are tasked with protecting! Be with those at Facebook who are a medium for so many great things but don't understand the responsibility in their hands, guide them LORD. Be with all of our families today, and we ask that your Spirit may empower us to be better fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, and children.
“These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up." (Deut. 6:6-7)
". . . and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work." (2 Tim. 3:15-17)
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