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.
1. NC VALUES: ✏️ Stop Biden from erasing women.
For over 50 years, Title IX has helped young women access fair and competitive sports, safe and private facilities, and educational and financial opportunities. Maybe you were even one of them!
Now, the Biden Administration is set on redefining what Title IX means by sex to include sexual orientation, gender identity, and more.
There are less than 11 days to provide public feedback before they make a decision. Every unique comment submitted must be counted and reviewed, and then given an individualized response. Already, over 130,000 public comments have been submitted, forcing the administration to withdraw two rules because of the overwhelming public pressure against redefining womanhood, endangering children, and undermining religious liberty.
Would you consider submitting a personalized response?
2. CAROLINA JOURNAL: Legislative leaders label N.C. Supreme Court’s redistricting action ‘irreconcilable’ with U.S. Constitution
“Republican leaders of the N.C. General Assembly want the U.S. Supreme Court to limit state courts’ ability to throw out congressional election maps. The request arrived Monday in a new brief filed in the case Moore v. Harper.”
“If a redistricting process more starkly contrary to the U.S. Constitution’s Elections Clause exists, it is hard to imagine it," legislators’ attorneys wrote.
For more on the topic, check out this article from the Wall Street journal.
3. NORTH STATE JOURNAL: New Wake schools’ diversity leader presented on ‘social justice’ in high school math
"A presentation obtained by North State Journal shows the new leader of Wake County Public Schools’ Office of Equity Affairs presented on 'culturally responsive teaching and social justice in high school mathematics classrooms' at a 2021 Math Summit held at N.C. State University."
"On Mar. 1 of this year, Chavis was named to fill the assistant superintendent vacancy left by Rodney Trice in the Office of Equity Affairs (OEA). He will have a starting salary of $129,000 a year."
"Based on records requests made by North State Journal in 2021, the Office of Equity Affairs’ budgetary running total since its inception in 2014 has exceeded $8.69 million. Around $2.4 million of that total has been tied to 'workshops' and 'training,' much of which is based on or directly includes Critical Race Theory."
4. FOX NEWS: California district curriculum claims there's 10 sexual orientations, including skoliosexual and gynesexual
“A California district called Newport-Mesa's health education textbooks claimed there are over 10 sexual orientations and eight genders, Fox News Digital has learned.
A textbook ordered by the Newport-Mesa district called "Comprehensive Health Skills for High School" claims that there are eight different gender identities, including androgynous, bygender, gender-nonconforming, gender questioning and nonbinary.
The Newport-Mesa school district's curriculum also said that there were 10 different sexual orientations including androsexual, polysexual, skoliosexual, demisexual and gynesexual.
'They are sexualizing our kids and normalizing sexual behavior [at a young age],' a mom in the district, Alicia Beget, told Fox News Digital.”
5. FOX NEWS: Oklahoma mom says former teacher should face ‘criminal charges’ over kids' access to ‘pornographic’ book
“A mother in Oklahoma says a former public school teacher should face ‘criminal charges’ after giving students access to a book database that included ‘pornographic material.’”
“Dickison was holding the book during her interview with Fox 25 but shied away from reading passages on air, explaining, ‘I'm not sure if I can even say these things on camera to be honest with you.’"
WEEKLY PRAYER: LIFE
LORD, we recognize that you are Sovereign over all creation. We recognize you made man from the dust, and in your mercy, you 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! LORD, may we not take this blessing for granted. We pray that this great responsibility and dignity may motivate us to love You, our neighbors, and our families more.
LORD, may we as a culture truly see and believe that children are a blessing from the LORD—born or unborn; able or disabled. All children should have an opportunity to experience the liberty of life. LORD, make us your vehicle to change our culture into one that cherishes and protects life. Keep at the forefront of our minds our responsibilities to respect, cherish, and serve the youngest and oldest in our society.
Finally, LORD, we pray even further for our children. Across our state, country, and world, an entire generation of youth have seen their lives and education ruptured by the pandemic and its closing of schools. Father, as a result so many of these children are not only wounded by the quality of their education, but by a likely onslaught of mental illness brought about by social isolation. LORD, bring them hope and healing as only You can.
"At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, 'Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?' He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: 'Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.'" (Matthew 18:1-6)
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