UC-SF offers an “Early Abortion Training Workbook” with the innocuously named chapter “Pregnancy Option Counseling Techniques.” It’s part of the taxpayer-funded university’s Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, which brags that it has pioneered “new forms of abortion,” expanded the “abortion care workforce” and increased the number of “highly trained” abortionists. The guide gives medical students several ways to cajole women into aborting. For patients with “spiritual or moral conflict” about abortion, the guide heartens abortionists that “people of all faiths and religions have abortions,” and that even without a religious or spiritual background, they can help patients determine “what is getting in the way of their feeling like a good person”
Just in time for “LGBT Pride Month” this June, the popular clothing retailer J. Crew will be marketing a rainbow-themed clothing line for little children. This “Love First” collection on J. Crew’s website offers a selection of T-shirts, socks, and a tote bag with such phrases as “love first” and “love to all.” According to LifeSiteNews, many items feature a “rainbow motif, while others are adorned with the logo and the color scheme of the left-wing homosexual lobbying group Human Rights Campaign, to whom the company is donating 50% of the items’ purchase price.”
The policy requires employees to affirm the inspiration of the Bible and to commit to pursuing their identity in Christ. More specifically, that includes regular Bible engagement, being involved in a local church, and resisting temptations of “deception, malicious speech … and dishonoring my body through substance abuse.” At least nine of the organization’s 200 or so employees have quit, namely over the new policy’s requirement “to refrain from sexual activity outside of the marriage covenant prescribed and exemplified in the Bible: ‘a man will leave his father and mother and unite with his wife, and the two will become one,’ symbolizing the relationship between Christ and His Church”
In 2016, the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference of the UMC joined a few other regional bodies in refusing to enforce the UMC Book of Discipline’s ban on clergy who are “self-avowed practicing homosexuals.” However, Baltimore-Washington Area Bishop LaTrelle Easterling has ruled that two individuals approved by the Board of Ordained Ministry for ordination and commissioning are ineligible due to violating the “practicing homosexuals” ban. Bishop Easterling said that while she does not agree with the current Book of Discipline’s position on ordination standards, “In my opinion, when we pick and choose how and when we will uphold it, we begin the slippery slope toward chaos,” said Easterling.
On the one hand, Hollywood stars preach gun control and want to ban guns. On the other, they love to make movies glorifying gun violence. Can you say “hypocrisy”? Actor Ethan Hawke admitted it is “hard” to “sell a movie without a gun.” He makes more money from movies with guns than other kinds. Jeff Bock, senior box office analyst for Exhibitor Relations, agrees. “You can’t deny that nearly every action movie, and superhero movie for that matter, turn to the rat-a-tat-tat of gunplay when they need a kicker or there’s a lull in the story,” he told USA Today. “Stories in the action/adventure genre seem to rely on gun violence without much thought to the consequences”
While this may seem innocuous enough, the fact is many Muslims see their offspring as their contribution to the jihad, the “struggle” to make Islam supreme, since more numbers equate more influence and power. The popularity of “Muhammad” is not a fad, but a message from the parents (usually the father) concerning whom they most revere and hope their sons emulate: the founder of Islam/jihad. Although the original, historic jihad was straightforward warfare on the infidel to make Islam supreme, the ulema articulated other jihads, all of which work to the same end. Jihad al-wilada (or childbearing) is seen as a way to contribute to the “struggle” to make Islam supreme.
The U.S. State Department affirms in its annual International Religious Freedom Report, published Tuesday, that the communist regime controlling North Korea “considered Christianity a serious threat, as it challenges the official cult of personality and provided a platform for social and political organization and interaction outside the government.” The State Department – citing United Nations reports, NGOs, and media organizations specializing in North Korea coverage – found that Kim Jong-un’s regime regularly employed “arbitrary executions, political prison camps, and torture amounting to crimes against humanity” against anyone suspected of adhering to any faith, but targeted Christians in particular throughout 2017.