In today’s News:
LCMS head condemns racism
“God’s word rejects racism,” says Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod President The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison in a statement in the wake the killing of George Floyd and the riots that followed. Harrison quoted Bible verses stressing the evil of racial discrimination evil that produces only hatred and anger. Harrison called prayers, but also says more is needed. He quotes Micah 6:8, “He has told you, o man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Harrison’s full statement my be read online at lcms.org.
Faith-based foster care receives legal help
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing faith-based adoption and foster-care providers in New York and Michigan filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday in support of a Catholic adoption agency in Philadelphia. The brief filed in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia argues the Constitution prevents governments from banning faith-based providers over disagreement about the meaning and importance of marriage. The brief also argues that, to prevent abuses by lower courts, the Supreme Court should reaffirm that government interests must be truly compelling to justify interfering with religious freedom. “every child in need of a forever home deserves the chance to be adopted or cared for by a foster family. That’s what it means to keep kids first,” said ADF legal counsel Chris Schandevel.
Facebook bans group
A Facebook group started by a woman dedicated to ending drag queen story hour was kicked off Facebook this week for the third time. Anna Hall Bohach, founder of 500 Mom Strong, told LifeSiteNews yesterday that the grassroots group’s Facebook page was removed on Monday because it was deemed “transphobic,” just like the other 500 Mom Strong pages Facebook had previously removed. The first page, also called 500 Mom Strong, disappeared last July 19. The second, 500 Mom Stronger, was taken down this February. A company spokesperson for Facebook told LifeSiteNews yesterday that the third 500 Mom Strong page was “taken down for violating our community standards.” Bohach told LifeSiteNews that she thought it was hypocritical for Facebook to remove 500 Mom Strong’s page while allowing copycat group, 500 Drag Queen Strong, to post support for antifa.
Multi-national pro-life groups protest abortion requirement
A total of 434 human rights organizations from 16 countries have released a manifesto condemning the push from external groups to promote abortion in their nations during the coronavirus pandemic. The “International Manifesto for the Right to Life” was delivered to the foreign ministry offices of Costa Rica, Argentina, Peru and Ecuador. It repudiates the U.N.’S “Humanitarian Response Plan COVID-19” for Ecuador, which requires “safe, legal abortion” as a condition for aid.