“You did what?!” Parents across Santa Ana couldn’t believe it. In one house after another, the answer to “How was school today?” was nothing like they expected. Moms and dads listened in disbelief as their middle schoolers talked about going to an “LGBT Fair” that no one bothered to ask their permission for. There were even people in drag, their 11-year-olds said, giving makeup lessons—right there in school. Townhall’s Kira Davis listened as one mom fumed about not knowing about the fair until after it happened. There wasn’t even an opportunity to opt out, she complained at last Tuesday’s school board meeting. Read more: https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/03/18/california-parents-outraged-after-children-in-middle-school-attend-lgbt-fair/
Political leaders and public figures were falling over themselves this weekend to condemn the mosque attacks in New Zealand, while dozens of Christians were slaughtered by Muslims in Nigeria to the sound of crickets. The mosque attacks were indeed a horrific affair and worthy of universal condemnation. Presidents, prime ministers, royalty, and religious leaders rushed to extend their condolences to victims and their families while decrying the hate that purportedly motivated the shootings. The mainstream media gave top billing to the shootings, with newspapers carrying the story on their front pages and television news channels leading off their broadcasts with the story. Read more: https://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2019/03/17/media-silence-surrounds-muslim-massacre-of-christians/
Eight year-old Jack Wilson was on a weekend visit to his grandparents’ house when he informed his grandmother that his name was really Jacquelyn. “Grammy, my name is Jacquelyn,” he complained. He had just received Christmas presents from friends of his grandmother addressed to “Jack” and was visibly upset. “Why is that your name?” Amanda Wilson, his grandmother, asked in response. He replied: “Because I’m a girl now.” “What makes you think you’re a girl?” she inquired. “It’s my gender,” he said. She pressed him: “Well, what’s a gender?” He stared back at her, puzzled, and said: “I don’t know.” Read more: https://www.christianpost.com/news/grandmother-fighting-to-save-10-y-o-grandson-from-puberty-blockers-gender-transition-speaks-out.html
House and Senate Democrats have introduced H.R. 5, the Equality Act, a proposal to expand protections in the 1964 Civil Rights Act to people based on their sex, sexual preference or gender identity. The sponsor of the bill, Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), who is openly gay, asserted, “we cannot allow claims of religious freedom to be used to discriminate against an LGBT individual.” At a Capitol Hill press conference alongside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Cicilline said, “We know that in the weeks ahead conservatives will do everything they can to kill this bill and block progress once again.” Read more: https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/rep-cicilline-we-wont-allow-religious-freedom-be-used-discriminate
More than 3,000 Christians were killed worldwide last year for their faith, twice as many as the previous year. Of the 11 worst countries for Christians to live in, all are now classed as places of extreme persecution – more than ever before in 26 years of the World Watch List, which is published annually by the charity. Open doors compiles data on five spheres of life – private, family, community, national and church life – to reach a list of 50 countries where persecution of Christians is most extreme. North Korea remains number one for Christian persecution in their 2018 report, followed closely by Afghanistan and Somalia, where Christians are routinely targeted by violent Islamic militants. Read more: https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/8380/double-the-number-of-christians-killed-worldwide-last-year
George Orwell’s 1948 dystopian novel 1984 portrays a civilization pervaded by thought police with a populace under constant surveillance, a totalitarian world where ordinary citizens are expected to report anyone who expresses ideas or thoughts that run contrary to the accepted way of thinking as set forth by the Ministry of Truth. Any miscreants are ruthlessly punished for their “thought crimes,” and no effort is spared to root out and destroy the underground resistance movement.
A bill introduced into the Illinois General Assembly might have been taken straight from the pages of 1984. After laying out a long list of virtually every conceivable profession that involves human interaction—from school e mployees to public health workers to homemakers— an astounding list of over 80 professions – the bill demands that any possible infraction be reported to the “Department of State Police.”
If the proposed legislation was only about reporting serious crimes, it would have the sympathy of most Americans. However, throughout the bill the ambiguous term “neglect” appears again and again, a term which can mean virtually the slightest deprivation of anything a child is deemed to “need.” And apparently, under this legislation parents no longer decide what is right or wrong for their children.
Even more alarming, the legislation constitutes a grave threat to religious freedom. Under the guise of “openness” and “transparency,” the bill threatens to put an end to a cherished tradition that is a vital ministry of American churches: the privileged confidentiality between pastors and congregants who seek them out for counseling. It essentially destroys the ability of pastors, religious counselors, psychologists, and church-based ministries to perform their duties while protecting the privacy of their parishioners.
The legislation is very clear about this: “Under no circumstances shall any person in charge of such institution, school, facility or agency, or church, synagogue, temple, mosque, or other religious institution, or his designated agent to whom such notification has been made, exercise any control, restraint, modification or other change in the report or the forwarding of such report to the Department (of State Police).” A provision that a member of the clergy may claim the privilege of confidentially was deliberately struck from the legislation.
But this 1984 house of horrors has one final attack to make upon people of faith. It then addresses prayer, notably parents who seek Divine help in the healing of illness: “A child whose parent, guardian or custodian in good faith selects and depends upon spiritual means through prayer alone for the treatment or cure of disease or remedial care may be considered neglected or abused.” Thus, praying for the healing of one’s child is “abuse,” especially if one does not immediately rush the child to the doctor or hospital.
It is hoped that the good people of Illinois – those of a plethora of faiths, as well as all who cherish religious freedom – will put a quick end to this blatant attack upon religion. 1984, in fact, served as a brilliantly depicted warning against just what the Illinois legislator is attempting to do.
In the catacombs of Rome one finds a curious phenomenon: the vast underground burial chambers are filled with tiny graves with inscriptions such as “adopted daughter of…” or “adopted son of…” These are the final resting places of infants who were abandoned by their parents.
Infanticide was widely practiced in the ancient world, where unwanted newborns were discarded like trash and left to die of exposure. Even the highly-esteemed Roman statesman and philosopher Cicero took no pity on the most helpless among us, decreeing that “Deformed infants shall be killed.” “Deformity,” however, was broadly defined, and could refer to a sickly child, a deformed child, a child of the wrong desired sex, or simply an unwanted child.
The new religion of Christianity, however, instituted a new world view that valued all life. The Christian belief that each individual person has worth because they were created by God was foreign to pagan society where the State or one’s tribal status was the sole measure of someone’s personal worth.
Most recently in Illinois, we are seeing a revival of the barbaric ideology of those who support the wanton killing of helpless babies in the womb. Fortunately, legislation which would have legalized minors having abortions without parental consent has been stalled in the Human Services Committee. However, the danger is far from over, as the Senate version— SB 1594—remains very active. If passed, SB1594 would repeal SB1504, the Parental Notification of Abortion Act of 1995, which mandated that a parent, grandparent, or legal guardian be notified when a minor under their supervision seeks an abortion.
SB1504 was found to be constitutional by the Illinois Supreme Court and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The Illinois Department of Public Health Statistics reports that since being passed by the legislator in 2013, the bill caused a decline in minor abortions of 57% through 2017. There have been no reports that minors being abused as a result of SB1504’s requirement that parents be notified
Several states, including Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana and Kentucky, all have passed legislation that mandates parental involvement in decisions regarding abortions. The law is eminently reasonable and necessary, as underage teens are typically ill-informed on how having an abortion may affect them physically or emotionally.
Parents in Illinois must not be deprived of involvement in their underaged daughters’ lives, especially regarding such important medical procedures. The Illinois House bill was stopped dead in its tracks by vigorous pro-life action, including the submission of many thousands of witness slips objecting to the legislation.
America must not be permitted to turn its back on fundamental Christian principles and descend once again into the dark ages of barbarism. Time is of the essence to repeat the grassroots action regarding the mirror bill in the Illinois Senate. SB 1594 is in scheduled for a hearing on March 19th at 1:00 pm in room 400 in the Capitol building. Now is the time to fill out a witness slip to oppose SB 1594. Here’s the procedure: