In today’s News:
Senator blasts Supreme Court sex decision
In light of the recent Supreme Court decision prohibiting employment discrimination against homosexuals and transgenders, Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri on Tuesday called for religious conservatives to “stand up and speak out.” Hawley declared that because of the SCOTUS’ decision, the conservative legal project has failed the project’s “core” – religious conservatives. Congress is “terrified” of being held accountable, he said.
Nickelodean celebrates homosexuality
Spongebob Squarepants and the network that runs the show, Nickelodeon, are promoting homosexuality for June, the designated “pride” month for LGBT Americans. Nickelodeon, which is owned by ViacomCBS, is a cable channel for children, aimed at kids age 2 to 17.
Americans support ‘ministerial exception’
In a new survey of a nationally representative sample of American adults, respondents showed an intuitive understanding of and support for the First Amendment principles that protect a religious organization’s ability to determine its own religious mission and beliefs, including by selecting those who pass its faith to the next generation. The survey especially focused on this ability to pass on the faith to the next generation free from government interference, a protection often referred to as the “ministerial exception.” The survey, fielded in late April, found that more than two-thirds of respondents agreed that keeping the government out of a religious organization’s internal religious disputes is an important facet of a healthy separation of church and state. A majority of respondents also said that the religious organization should have the final say when a dispute arises over who can or cannot teach its beliefs to the next generation. In fact, more respondents chose this option than all other options combined.
Planned Parenthood attacks new pro-life law
Planned Parenthood, the billion-dollar abortion chain, is criticizing a new Iowa law that ensures abortion facilities give women the opportunity to see their unborn babies on an ultrasound and hear their baby’s heartbeat at least 24 hours prior to the abortion. In addition, Iowa requires abortion facilities to provide women with information about abortion risks and resources available for parenting and adoption, and to confirm in writing that women received it. The Iowa legislature passed the pro-life waiting period bill on Sunday, and already Planned Parenthood is considering a legal challenge. Informed consent laws help protect unborn babies from abortion, and the abortion industry knows it. Research indicates that when women see ultrasound images of their unborn babies, they are more likely to choose life. A 2017 study out of the University of California San Francisco also suggests that some women do change their minds about abortion as a result of informed consent laws. A majority of states require a waiting period prior to an abortion and 35 require informed consent counseling, which typically includes facts about an unborn baby’s development, the risks of abortion and alternatives to abortion, according to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute.