Friday Five: The Equality Act, Pro-Life Trigger Laws, and More

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1. HERITAGE EXPLAINS: The Equality Act: How could sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) laws affect you?

"On Wednesday March 13, Nancy Pelosi introduced the so-called Equality Act, a bill that would add 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity' as protected classes under federal civil rights law.

Where the original Civil Rights Act of 1964 furthered equality by ensuring that African-Americans had equal access to public accommodations and material goods, the Equality Act would further inequality by penalizing everyday Americans for their beliefs about marriage and biological sex. Similar sexual orientation and gender identity laws at the state and local level have already been used in this way.

Here are 5 groups who would be harmed if the Equality Act becomes law:"

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2. LIFE SITE NEWS: Drag Queen Storytime: Convicted pedophile, dressed as a woman, reads to kids at public library

"HOUSTON, Texas, March 19, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A pro-family activist group has uncovered the truth about the pedophile past of a drag queen who reads to young children at a public library’s 'Drag Queen Storytime.'

Thirty-two-year-old Albert Garza is a registered sex offender who was convicted of assaulting an eight-year-old boy in 2008, yet that has not hindered him from dressing in garish women’s clothing, calling himself 'Tatiana Mala Nina, [which means "Bad Girl Tatiana"]' and performing in front of kids."

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3. THE CHRISTIAN POST: Christian B&B must serve same-sex couples, Supreme Court lets ruling stand

"The United States Supreme Court declined to hear oral arguments in a case about a Hawaiian bed and breakfast that refused on religious grounds to serve a lesbian couple, allowing a ruling against the business to stand."

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4. THE FEDERALIST: Virginia Public School indoctrinates 5-year-olds about transgenderism without telling parents

 
"Parents were not informed by their public school that their kindergarteners would be read a factually false transgender picture book by a cross-dressing male LGBT activist who calls himself 'Sarah.'"

This is why legislation like Parents Right to Know is so important to both parents and children in North Carolina. Parents Right to Know prevents situations like the one in Virginia by empowering parents to know what their kids are being taught in their schools about sex. 

Visit www.ParentFreeSchoolZone.com to learn more about Parents Right to Know, and how you can prevent incidents like Virginia's from happening to our kids in North Carolina. 

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5. CBS NEWS: Abortion would automatically be illegal in these states if Roe v. Wade is overturned

"States across the country are preparing for a possible day when Roe v. Wade is overturned.Roe, the 1973 Supreme Court decision, specifies that a woman has a right to an abortion, and states are not allowed to interfere with that right. But abortion activists — both for and against — say the high court will be forced to rule on it in upcoming sessions. Five states have already outlawed abortions with 'trigger laws,' legislation that isn't active unless Roe v. Wade is no longer in effect. 'Trigger laws' are a way to ensure that abortion will be automatically illegal in the event that states are allowed to regulate the procedure." Click here to read more about how states are prepping for post Roe.

Check out what some other states and territories have been doing as it relates to pro-life legislation and updates:

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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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