Friday Five: Salute to America, and more

 
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1. VIDEO: Salute to America Independence Day Celebration

"To every citizen throughout our land: have a glorious Independence Day, have a great Fourth of July!" — President Trump 🇺🇸

Click here to watch the entire speech.

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2. DAILY SIGNAL: Newly proposed transgender policies could harm elderly and the young

"Congress is right when it considers policies that serve the most vulnerable Americans, particularly children and the elderly, who are most susceptible to abuse.

But such policies come under threat when controversial gender ideology is injected into the language of otherwise good legislation.

That’s what is happening with two bills under consideration: the Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act and the Older Americans Act.

The sexual orientation and gender identity language in these bills threatens to elevate the political priorities of some at the cost of the safety, privacy, and liberty of many. It could obstruct the work of service providers in these fields as it already has in the areas of homelessness and foster care."

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3. DAILY SIGNAL: Supreme Court set to hear school choice case next term

"The case, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, deals with Montana’s tax credit of up to $150 per year for donations taxpayers make to a scholarship-granting organization.

The scholarship-granting organization then provides scholarships to income-eligible children to attend a private school of their choice.

ecipients may use the funds at qualified schools, which initially included religiously affiliated private schools. Then the Montana Department of Revenue enacted a rule excluding religious schools, citing the state constitution’s “no aid” provision (known as a Blaine Amendment) that prohibits public money from going to churches.

Families with children at religious schools challenged that rule, arguing that it violates their federal constitutional right to free exercise of religion."

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4. N&O: Drag queens read to Raleigh kids

"The two tall drag queens walked from the back of a small Raleigh store into a crowd of children, parents and supporters that spilled out the front door.

Satine Allure wore a knee-length dress with blue flowers and a tall sparkling crown. Amazing Grace wore a long, golden dress with a shorter crown.

“We didn’t plan a speech for you but we are very happy you’re here,” said Amazing Grace, whose real name is Travis Lewis, 26, of Raleigh.

“Did everyone make a crown?” said Satine Allure, whose real name is Jonathan Sanderson, 26 of Durham. “Did a lot of you make a crown?”

Typically the drag queens perform at such clubs as Legends and Flex, but on Saturday morning they stood in a small business and read children’s books in an effort to promote acceptance and inclusion for boys, girls, men and women who are different."

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5. KTLA: Cowardly legislature leaves the public unprotected from privacy violations in public restrooms

"The Denny’s restaurant chain wants its customers to know that they can use the bathroom of their gender identity, nationwide, after a transgender woman was arrested this weekend in North Carolina."

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WEEKLY PRAYER: THE LAND OF LIBERTY

LORD, there is no greater feeling of liberty than to experience freedom from sin and death that you provided for me through Jesus Christ. Today my heart and my soul are free to praise you. For this, I am very thankful.

On Independence Day, I am reminded of all those who have sacrificed for my freedom, following the example of your Son, Jesus Christ. Let me not take my freedom, both physical and spiritual, for granted. May I always remember that a very high price was paid for my freedom. My freedom cost others their very lives.

LORD, today, bless those who have served and continue to give their lives for my freedom. With favor and bounty, meet their needs and watch over their families.

Father, I am so thankful for this nation. For all the sacrifices others have made to build and defend this country, I am grateful. Thank you for the opportunities and freedoms we have in the United States of America. Help me never to take these blessings for granted.

Help me to live my life in a way that glorifies you, LORD. Give me the strength to be a blessing in someone's life today, and grant me the opportunity to lead others into the freedom that can be found in knowing Jesus Christ.

In your name, I pray.

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." (Psalms 33:12)


Amen

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