In today’s News:
Lutheran principal is honored
Scott D. Browning, principal of St. Paul Lutheran School in Fort Worth, Texas, has been selected as a 2020 National Distinguished Principal (NDP) by the National Association of Elementary School Principals. He credits in large part his fellow staff at St. Paul. The NDP award was established in 1984 to recognize elementary and middle-level principals who set high standards for instruction, student achievement, character and climate for the students, families and staffs in their learning communities. Browning holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Concordia University Nebraska, Seward, Neb., and a master’s in educational administration from The University of Arkansas in Little Rock, Ark. He and his wife Kristen, who also graduated from Concordia, Seward, have four children ranging in age from 10 to 21.
Abortions resume in South Dakota
Abortions are again being performed in South Dakota, following a seven-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sioux Falls Planned Parenthood, the state’s only abortion clinic, halted procedures in March. Beginning in October, the clinic resumed performing abortion, but only one day per month. The head of the clinic told CBS News that it is questionable if the clinic will remain financially viable.
‘Choose Life’ license plate petitions started
The Children First Foundation and Life Site News jointly launched a national petition on lifepetitions.com demanding that government officials in American states stop blocking pro-lifers from sharing the simple message “Choose Life” on their vehicles. The plates have been called pro-life “scare tactics” by Planned Parenthood and unlawful or hateful “private speech” by pro-abortion lawyers. States offer custom license plates that benefit various causes, such as the environment, animal rescues and medical research. Some states also offer pro-abortion license plates, but 17 states forbid “Choose Life” plates.
California’s ban on churches is lifted
Churches in California received a major victory yesterday when the Supreme Court struck down Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ban on indoor worship services. The unsigned decision follows on the heels of a major ruling at Thanksgiving striking down a New York ordinance severely limiting church attendance to as low as 10 people. The Supreme Court yesterday sided with a California church challenging Newsom’s order. The unsigned order had no dissents as the nation’s highest court tossed out an order from the federal district judge Central District of California, which had upheld Newsom’s restrictions. The justices vacated the district judge’s ruling and sent the case back down to the lower court for further consideration in light of its ruling in Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, which struck down New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s restrictions.