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Dennis Prager and Wife of Former Big Leaguer Frank Pastore on “Picking Up My Shattered Pieces”

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A son wins a Olympic Gold Medal for his daddy

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Pharmacist denies Arizona woman miscarriage drug on moral grounds

The woman, who the Arizona Republic identified as Nicole Arteaga, described in a viral Facebook post how she was publicly humiliated when attempting to fill the prescription that would end her pregnancy — a pregnancy that she wanted, but needed to be terminated because she would ultimately miscarry. She says the pharmacist refused to fill the prescription with other customers within earshot and she left the location in tears with her 7-year-old child by her side.

Arteaga, who was able to fill her prescription at a different location later, filed a complaint with the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy.

( Billy’ thoughts – So it was trauma for this lady not being able to get the drug which would end the life of her child what about the trauma of the life of her child coming to an end. ) Here is the full

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The Bible

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Sad Times in Canada our friends there are at war thanks to a court ruling on religious freedom

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Canada, our neighbor to the north, is at war… I’m not talking about the trade war. I’m talking about their fight against religious freedom.

Last week, the Supreme Court struck a blow against religious freedom. Not our Supreme Court. The Canadian Supreme Court decided that law societies can deny accreditation to the proposed law faculty of Trinity Western University.

What made the decision really troubling was the Supreme Court, in essence, ruled that religious groups aren’t free to impose their own beliefs on themselves, at least when it comes to LGBT issues.

In 1962, Trinity Western University opened its doors in Langley, British Columbia. From the start, its faculty, staff, and students have agreed to what the school calls its “Community Covenant.”

The covenant requires its signatories, among other things, to “observe modesty, purity and appropriate intimacy in all relationships, [and] reserve sexual expressions of intimacy for marriage.” It further adds that “according to the Bible, sexual intimacy is reserved for marriage between one man and one woman, and within that marriage bond it is God’s intention that it be enjoyed as a means for marital intimacy and procreation.”

In 2012, Trinity Western decided to create a law school. After the plan was approved by Canada’s equivalent of the American Bar Association, most provincial law societies accredited the program, which allowed Trinity Western’s graduates to practice law in their province.

The big exceptions were British Columbia and Ontario, which both ruled that the Covenant discriminated against LGBT people. It didn’t matter that the Covenant applied equally to everyone, or that if an exception were created for LGBT students then heterosexual students could plausibly claim they were being discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation.

The case reached Canada’s Supreme Court, who, by a 7-2 vote, affirmed the law societies’ actions. The outcome was bad enough, but the “reasoning” was ridiculous.

The Court ruled that the law societies had struck a proper balance between religious freedom and the “public interest” in preventing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Now that alone would be controversial. But you haven’t heard anything yet. The Court then opined that “a mandatory covenant is not absolutely required to study law in a Christian environment in which people follow certain religious rules of conduct, and attending a Christian law school is preferred, not necessary. . . .”

Got that? Canada’s Supreme Court took it upon itself to decide what studying law in a Christian environment requires. It and the law societies, not the actual members of the community, know what’s required to maintain a “Christian environment.”

And further, the court said that attending a Christian law school is a kind of lifestyle choice, not a necessity, for would-be lawyers. You mean, unlike being able to cruise gay bars and hook up with strangers? So, attending a Christian law school is an unnecessary lifestyle choice, but sexual behavior is not?

Even worse, the two dissenting justices sided with Trinity Western, but not on the grounds of religious freedom. Instead, they did so on the grounds that “law societies’ powers should be more limited when it comes to approving law programs.”

As I said, this is a huge blow to religious freedom in Canada. And there’s no reason to think the so-called “logic” of this ruling will remain limited to just law schools.

It’s difficult to imagine a U.S. court being as presumptuous as the Canadian one when it comes to deciding what a “Christian environment” requires.  The U. S. Supreme Court has made it clear that the Constitution requires judges to resist such a temptation.

But still, the accreditation of Christian schools in the U.S. is increasingly under fire. So it would be foolish to say that something like that can’t happen here.

You Want Religious Freedom? Take off!  Sad Times in Canada

The troubling decision from Canada’s Supreme Court is a concern for Christian education in the United States. Read more about the opinions in the case by clicking on the links in our Resources section.

Resources

Trinity Western University ‘will not be starting a law school in the near future’ following court ruling

Jim Bronskill | National Post | June 15, 2018

Trinity Western loses fight for Christian law school as court rules limits on religious freedom ‘reasonable’

Kathleen Harris | CBC News | June 15, 2018

PEOPLE SAY SOME RIDICULOUS THINGS ON SUBJECT of death WHEN SOMEONE DIES. ONE JOURNALIST CLAIMED THAT CHARLES IS IN HEAVEN HOLDING FORTH ON A PANEL. THAT IS THEOLOGICAL IGNORANCE.

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WHEN A FAMOUS PERSON DIES IT IS A GOOD TIME TO REFLECT ON THINGS THAT MATTER. THAT WAS THE TITLE OF CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER’S LAST BOOK, A COLLECTION OF COLUMNS. I INTRODUCED THE BOOK AND CHARLES AT A WASHINGTON DINNER JUST BEFORE IT HIT THE MARKET. I TEASED HIM THAT HE STOLE THE TITLE FROM AN EARLIER BOOK OF MINE TITLED “THE THINGS THAT MATTER MOST.”

PEOPLE SAY SOME RIDICULOUS THINGS ON THAT SUBJECT WHEN SOMEONE DIES. ONE PROMONENT JOURNALIST CLAIMED THAT CHARLES IS IN HEAVEN HOLDING FORTH ON A PANEL. THAT IS THEOLOGICAL IGNORANCE.

CHARLES HEARD ABOUT JESUS, THE ONLY GUARANTEE FOR HEAVEN FOR ALL OF US. I HOPE HE MADE PEACE WITH HIM BEFORE HE DIED. IN THE END THAT IS ALL THAT MATTERS. I’M CAL THOMAS.

(Read the whole commentary by Cal Thomas. )

Immigration and Separating Families Plus: Goodbye, Bikini Contest

John Stonestreet and Ed Stetzer discuss how we can get beyond the politics of the immigration situation and view it from a Christian perspective. Also, why are conservatives lamenting the elimination of the Miss America bikini contest?

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Resources

Immigration, Security, and Families

John Stonestreet and Roberto Rivera BreakPoint June 22, 2018

Miss America’s Swimsuits

John Stonestreet and Shane Morris BreakPoint June 20, 2018

Lending Our Voice to Family — It’s More Important than Government

Ed Stetzer Christianity Today June 11, 2018

The wisdom of Charles Krauthammer

“America is the only country ever founded on an idea. The only country that is not founded on race or even common history. It’s founded on an idea and the idea is liberty. That is probably the rarest phenomena in the political history of the world; this has never happened before. And not only has it happened, but it’s worked. We are the most flourishing, the most powerful, most influential country on Earth with this system, invented by the greatest political geniuses probably in human history.” — Charles Krauthammer

( Billy’s thoughts- Charles was Jewish. Though I did not share his faith I thought he was an awesome political thinker. When I heard he had only weeks to live I started praying everyday he would put his faith in the greatest Jew to ever live ,Jesus. I hope before he left this world he did. I don’t know. I do respect him no matter what. I will miss seeing him on T.V. )

Immigration, Security, Families Walk and Chew Gum

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What are Christians to make of all the craziness surrounding the immigration debate? Let me share a few thoughts.

On Wednesday, President Trump signed an executive order to end the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Now this decision to issue the order followed several weeks of protests, including clear calls to action by evangelical leaders like Franklin Graham.

The executive order is an important step in the right direction, but the larger immigration issue is still not settled. So Christians will have a continuing opportunity to help direct the debate hopefully in a productive direction.

It’s difficult to believe that anyone on the planet has not heard about this particular issue from the week, given the noise it’s created. But it’s not so difficult to think that for many, the issue of separating families at the border has been confused by the noise. So, here’s a brief and oversimplified synopsis: In May, the Attorney General announced a zero-tolerance policy, that everyone—including families with minor children—who are caught crossing the border illegally would be referred for prosecution.

For complicated legal reasons, minor children cannot be detained indefinitely with their parents. Specifically, barring good reasons to the contrary, they can’t be detained more than twenty days.

This leaves the government with two choices: It can either drop criminal charges and initiate deportation proceedings or it can separate children from their parents while they continue with the prosecution.

These same complicated legal reasons make the full impact of the president’s executive order somewhat unclear. That’s why, as I said earlier, this issue isn’t going away. And it means Christians have a continuing role to play in this debate.

One important role we can have is to help tone down the rhetoric. As Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, and more importantly, an old friend of Chuck Colson recently said, “political polarization and inflammatory rhetoric play directly into the hands of America’s very active enemies.”

Words like “infestation” to describe immigration or “concentration camps” to describe detainment facilities are not only inaccurate, they inflame the passions in a way that make reasoned discussion impossible.

In the same way, too many refuse to acknowledge and understand that immigration is, to use a word again, complicated. The question is: How can we balance the competing interests of national security, the rights of those seeking asylum, and the need our economy has for immigrant labor?

Well, something that seems to be becoming a theme for us to say around the Colson Center is to say that as Christians in this cultural moment, we have to learn to walk and chew gum at the same time. What I mean by this is we might have to take positions on issues that are true but may cross party lines. For example, we can advocate for strong border security and the right of a nation to enforce its laws, while still demanding our government treat people in a way that respects the sanctity and dignity of the human person.

We can say on one hand that parents shouldn’t break the law with their children, but also that children shouldn’t be punished for their parents breaking the law.

The immigration debate is being driven by fear. What would it look like to start the conversation over by talking about the image of God and the love of neighbor?

Doing this will require not falling into the tribalism that afflicts contemporary American politics. Christians don’t have a “team,” we have a cause: that the will of God be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

The past few weeks have seen many examples of Christians embracing this cause. NPR’s Mara Liasson pointed to the pushback from evangelical leaders as contributing to the president’s issuing his executive order.

These leaders understand that it’s proper to thank politicians when they do the right thing but to push them in the right direction when they don’t.

And so should we.

Immigration, Security, and Families: Walk and Chew Gum

Our voices make a difference. As Christians we are to speak up for those who cannot. God has called us, as John said, to demonstrate love for our neighbors and respect for our laws. It’s not either/or.

Resources

Flores agreement: Trump’s executive order to end family separation might run afoul of a 1997 court ruling

Dara Lind and Dylan Scott | Vox.com | June 20, 2018

How to Resolve the Conservative Split Over Immigration

Jon Basil Utley | The American Conservative | June 20, 2018