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Friday, April 21, 2023

Daily Headlines on contemporary issues that impact a Biblical Christian worldview.

“Oregon votes to mandate insurance gender ‘transition’ coverage, ‘specifically excludes’ detransitioning treatments”…

“In a move that one policy advisor calls “demonic,” the Oregon state Legislature has approved amendments to a bill that would require Medicaid and private insurance companies to cover so-called “gender-affirming treatments” but specifically excludes the coverage of detransitioning treatments for those who realize they’ve made a terrible mistake.

House Bill 2002 primarily centered around abortion “care,” but was expanded to include care for those who believe they can, via hormones and life-altering surgeries, switch their biologically-determined genders.”

From: Business & Politics

“Elon Musk says Google co-founder wanted to build AI ‘digital god'”…

“Will the net result of artificial intelligence be the creation of a digital deity? 

Billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk revealed in an interview with Tucker Carlson that Google co-founder Larry Page once told him he hoped to build an AI super-intelligence that Musk described as a “digital god.”

According to the 51-year-old Musk, the exchange occurred when he stayed at Page’s home in Palo Alto, California, when the two were “close friends.”

“I would talk to him late into the night about AI safety, and at least my perception was that Larry was not taking AI safety seriously enough,” Musk said, adding that Page wanted a “digital super-intelligence, basically a digital god, if you will, as soon as possible.”

From: Christian Post

“GOP-led House passes bill to prevent biological men from competing in women’s sports”…

“The bill, formally titled the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act, passed in a 219-203 vote along party lines. 

“This is a great day for America and a great day for girls and women and for fairness in sports,” House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said.

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise said the vote should have been unanimous, arguing that allowing biological men who identify as transgender to play in women’s sports is unfair to female athletes. 

“Men shouldn’t be able to compete in women’s sports,” he said. “We need to re-inject common sense back into this debate.”

From: Just The News

“Florida passes bill allowing death penalty for child sexual abusers”…

“Florida lawmakers have approved legislation backed by Gov. Ron DeSantis that would permit the death penalty for those convicted of sexually abusing children.

The bipartisan proposal — which passed by a vote of 34-5 late Tuesday — will also allow juries to hand down death sentences by votes of at least 8-4, after previously requiring unanimity.

The bill — which passed the Florida House of Representatives 95-14 last week and which DeSantis is expected to sign — would apply to those convicted of abusing a child under the age of 12.”

From: NY Post

“Researcher Discovers Fragment of 1,750-Year-Old Translation of Gospel of Matthew”…

“A researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences has discovered what scientists say is a fragment of the oldest writing of the text of Matthew from the Bible’s New Testament. 

The biblical text had been hidden underneath other writing on an ancient piece of parchment. 

“About 1,300 years ago a scribe in Palestine took a book of the Gospels inscribed with a Syriac text and erased it. Parchment was scarce in the desert in the Middle Ages, so manuscripts were often erased and reused,” the academy, also known as OeAW or Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, explained in a recent post on its website. “

From: CBN News

“Fear and confusion in Japan’s Hokkaido as North Korean missile triggers evacuation order”…

“A North Korean missile sparked fear on the Japanese northern island of Hokkaido Thursday after the government’s emergency alert system warned residents to take cover.

Millions of people received a J-alert, or evacuation order, shortly before 8 a.m., urging them to seek shelter as the missile could land on or near the island.

But soon after, fear turned into anger and confusion as the evacuation order was lifted amid reports that it had been sent in error, with local officials saying there was no possibility of the missile hitting the island and Tokyo later confirming it had fallen outside Japanese territory, in waters off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula.“

From: CNN

“The Babylon Bee Sues To Block California Censorship Law”…

“The satirical website is part of a coalition that petitioned a California federal court on Tuesday to block AB 587, a 2022 law that requires social media companies to periodically report certain content to the government, including “hate speech” and “disinformation.” The plaintiffs claim the bill is a “vehicle” for California Democrats to crack down on speech they find distasteful.”

From: The Free Beacon

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