Thursday, February 23, 2023
Daily Headlines on contemporary issues that impact a Biblical Christian worldview.
“Alaska board members brawl over silencing dad exposing book on kinks and sexting: ‘I’m going to interrupt you'”…
“An Alaska school board member stood up against the vice president as he attempted to shut down a dad speaking out against sexually explicit materials in school libraries.
“We hear so much about diversity, inclusion and equity and how it’s one of the… main objectives of the school board in the school district,” the dad, Jay McDonald, said at an Anchorage school board meeting on Feb. 7.
“We don’t often see specific examples of what diversity, inclusion and equity looks like, though. So today I brought an excellent representation. This is like the archetype of diversity, inclusion, equity material that it’s one of the books that was just recently purchased for our libraries,” he continued.”
“FRC Amicus Reveals How Politicized FDA Approved Abortion Drugs”…
“Since its original approval by the Food and Drug Administration in 2000, the chemical abortion regimen has proven itself to be among the most pressing concerns for the pro-life movement. As of early 2022, chemical abortions already accounted for over half of all abortions in the United States — a ratio that has only been augmented by the evolving legal landscape surrounding the protection of unborn life in the states after Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
A new lawsuit led by Alliance Defending Freedom, a pro-life legal organization heavily involved in the Dobbs case, is now representing four national medical associations and four physicians in a lawsuit against the federal government, seeking to reverse FDA approval for abortion drugs on the basis that they were approved illegally. Family Research Council (FRC) submitted one of 15 friend-of-the-court briefs in the case, Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine v. U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”
“‘What’s the Nature of Your Prayer Today?’: Army Vet Fined for Silent Prayer Near UK Abortion Clinic”…
“A British Army veteran was fined by local English authorities for praying for his deceased son near an abortion clinic in the town of Bournemouth last November.
Alliance Defending Freedom UK (ADF UK) reports Adam Smith-Connor was cited and fined 100 pounds ($123.65 U.S. dollars). The nonprofit law firm’s attorneys are representing Smith-Conner in his case.
“Nobody should be criminalized for what they believe, especially not when they express that belief silently, in the privacy of their own minds. Just like in the case of Isabel Vaughan-Spruce last month, Adam could now face prosecution for holding thoughts, and lifting those thoughts to God in prayer, within a censorship zone,” said ADF UK Legal Counsel Jeremiah Igunnubole.”
“Bill would restrict transgender people from military service”…
“Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on Thursday introduced legislation that would disqualify most people with a history of gender dysphoria from serving in the U.S. military. The bill would also require troops to identify as their biological sex, and anyone who has received transgender surgery would not be eligible to serve. Backers of the legislation include Heritage Action and the Family Research Council. Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., is expected to introduce companion legislation to the U.S. House.”
“20 states join bishops in condemning FBI memo profiling ‘Latin Mass’ Catholics”…
“Missouri Republican Attorney General Andrew Bailey and 19 other attorneys general joined Catholic Bishops protesting religious profiling in a leaked Federal Bureau of Investigation memo.
Last week, an FBI internal memorandum dated Jan. 23, was published by Uncover DC, an investigative journalism organization. It mentioned Virginia Catholics, specifically traditional Catholics, some of whom are not in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church, according to information from the Catholic Diocese of Richmond.”
“Gonzalez v. Google: Implications for the Internet’s Future”…
“On October 3, 2022, the Supreme Court announced that it would hear two cases that could fundamentally change the future of the modern internet. Gonzalez v. Google and Twitter, Inc. v. Taamneh involve both the Anti-Terrorism Act and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act— which shields tech platforms from lawsuits for hosting and moderating user content. Section 230 is one of the most important laws in tech policy, and this will be the first time the Supreme Court has interpreted its scope. Back in 1996, at the dawn of the internet age, Section 230 was created to encourage the development of the internet while fostering a safe online environment where users can connect and civilly express themselves. More than 25 years after its enactment, there is some concern that social media platforms play a role in the radicalization of extremists, which can lead to offline violence. The legal question presented here is whether Section 230 protects online services from lawsuits based on recommendations made by their algorithms. As Section 230 makes its way to the Supreme Court, what’s at stake, and should Congress step in first?”
“Facing Discrimination Lawsuit, Pfizer Abandons Minorities-Only Fellowship”…
“Nearly six months after top civil rights lawyers said the program violated federal law, Pfizer has opened a minorities-only fellowship to applicants of all races in the wake of a discrimination lawsuit.
Between Feb. 14 and Feb. 18, according to web archives, Pfizer quietly dropped the requirement that applicants to its Breakthrough Fellowship be black, Hispanic, or Native American. The program, which offers recipients guaranteed employment with the pharmaceutical giant, is now open to all college juniors with a “demonstrated commitment” to “diversity, equity, and inclusion.” New application guidelines state that “you are eligible to apply for the Breakthrough Fellowship Program regardless of whether you are of Black/African American, Latino/Hispanic, or Native American descent.””
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