Top Weekly Stories from for 09/08/2018

‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ Sparking Protests in Southern Cities   Sep 04, 2018 03:01 pm

Screenshot: YouTube Residents in some Southern cities have pushed back against plans to bring “Drag Queen Story Hour” to their local library, an event that features men dressed as women reading stories about topics such as homosexuality and “gender fluidity” to young children in an effort to impart acceptance of those lifestyles. “DQSH captures the…

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‘She Had Been Praying to Be Adopted’: Girl’s Reaction to Note Inside Gift Box From Foster Parents Goes Viral   Sep 02, 2018 07:25 pm

ATHENS, Ga. — A video of a 10-year-old girl’s tearful yet joyous reaction to the news that she was going to be adopted, along with her siblings, has gone viral. Paige Zezulka of Athens, Georgia recently shared the video on social media as she and her husband Daniel had surprised little Ivey with a framed note that they placed inside of a gift box. “She had…

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Australian Christians Turning to Homeschooling Amid a Massive Rise in Bullying   Sep 04, 2018 11:29 am

Photo Credit: Sam LeVan (Daily Mail) — Families with deeply religious values are resorting to home schooling their children more frequently, as schools report an increase in religious bullying. Disgruntled parents cited incidents in which their children were taunted and targeted for opposing same-sex marriage. New figures reveal the number of pupils being…

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California Lawmaker Pulls Bill Prohibiting Therapists From Advertising, Offering ‘Any Practices’ Seeking to Change ‘Sexual Orientation’   Sep 01, 2018 03:29 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California lawmaker who had proposed a bill prohibiting professional therapists from advertising or selling “conversion therapy” services to those seeking to fight homosexual temptation, attaching the prohibition to existing consumer fraud law, has withdrawn the legislation—for now—after speaking with faith leaders in the state. “I…

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Nigerian Pastor, Three Sons Burned Alive Among at Least 20 Killed in Latest Plateau Massacre   Sep 07, 2018 04:55 pm

Photo Credit: World Watch Monitor (World Watch Monitor) — A spate of attacks, in which at least 20 were killed in Nigeria’s central Plateau State over the last week of August, has shattered peace efforts by religious and political leaders in its capital, Jos. … On Aug. 28, communities including a mining site at Wereh village (Ropp District), Abonong,…

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Indian Couple Beaten After Leaving ‘Old Gods’ for Jesus   Sep 02, 2018 10:19 am

Photo: Open Doors USA (Open Doors USA) — Preeti and her husband were tied up with ropes and brutally beaten by neighbors in their community for one simple reason: They refused to reject their Christian faith and participate in a local ritual. When Preeti and her husband told the people in their village that they didn’t want to participate in the ritual…

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Billboard by ‘Reproductive Justice’ Group Defends Abortion as ‘Self-Care’ as if Day at the Spa   Sep 03, 2018 04:05 pm

DALLAS, Texas — A Texas-based group that identifies itself as a “reproductive justice” organization for African American women has purchased a billboard advertisement in Dallas that claims “abortion is self-care.” The advertisement has been characterized by some as downplaying the murder of the unborn as if a woman were taking a day to be pampered at the…

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Judge: Pa. House of Reps. Policy Prohibiting Atheists From Delivering Invocation ‘Discriminates’ on ‘Basis of Religion’   Sep 03, 2018 11:02 am

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A federal judge appointed to the bench by then-President George W. Bush has ruled that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives may not continue to deny atheists the opportunity to present an invocation before the House, as doing so “intentionally discriminates” on the basis of religion in violation of the First Amendment. “We conclude that the…

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Chinese Government Relentlessly Demolishes Crosses in Henan   Sep 06, 2018 11:50 am

Photo Credit: China Aid (China Aid) — Henan authorities continue tearing down crosses in Zhengzhou, Nanyang, and Yuzhou. Christians of Chinese Gospel Fellowship Tongxin Church located in Anpeng, Nanyang sang hymns to encourage each other in their empty church after the cross was demolished. It is unprecedented that Henan officials massively destroy crosses….

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Violent Incidents Embody Pakistan’s Growing Intolerance of Christians   Sep 03, 2018 12:15 pm

World Watch List 2018: Pakistan from Open Doors USA on Vimeo (International Christian Concern) – In August, two Christian families became the victims of Pakistan’s ever-growing religious intolerance. In both incidents, the families were subjected to extreme violence due to the low social standing Christians are afforded in Pakistan’s Muslim-dominated…

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