Michele Munz and Kim wrote: .... Missouri has passed a series of laws restricting abortions, including state-mandated counseling and a 72-hour waiting period. The stateâs new ban on all abortions at or after eight weeks was put on hold by a federal judge. https://tinyurl.com/y5gcdpcz
In Illinois, however, lawmakers have loosened restrictions and expanded access to abortions. https://tinyurl.com/y5pbd5bv
Hope Clinic reports than more than half of its patients are from out of state, said Dr. Erin King, the clinicâs director.
Dr. Colleen McNicholas, the chief medical officer for the St. Louis regional Planned Parenthood, stressed that the opening of the Illinois clinic does not mean the organization has shifted its focus from fighting for access to abortion care in Missouri.
âThere are definitely still challenges for folks who donât live in Illinois to get to Illinois, and we are cognizant of that,â NcNicholas said, âand we are working with groups like Hope Clinic and other providers to figure out some of those geographic and logistical barriers.â
excerpt from, "Planned Parenthood quietly built new abortion facility in Fairview Heights" https://tinyurl.com/y698v3ft
Owen Bowcott wrote: The China Tribunal, chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, who was a prosecutor at the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, said in a unanimous determination at the end of its hearings it was âcertain that Falun Gong as a source - probably the principal source - of organs for forced organ harvestingâ.
.âThe conclusion shows that very many people have died indescribably hideous deaths for no reason, that more may suffer in similar ways and that all of us live on a planet where extreme wickedness may be found in the power of those, for the time being, running a country with one of the oldest civilisations known to modern man.â
He added: âThere is no evidence of the practice having been stopped and the tribunal is satisfied that it is continuing.â
The tribunal has been taking evidence from medical experts, human rights investigators and others.
--"China is harvesting organs from detainees, tribunal concludesâ
I see a heretic of a different sort will be praying for Trump in May. apparently God wasn't paying attention to Franklin on that day â So Franklin had to try it again.
Carol Kuruvilla wrote: Brian McLaren, a progressive Christian author and speaker, told HuffPost he believes Graham and other leaders on the religious right are âfollowing the script of religious leaders through the centuries who have sided with those with wealth and power and seem shockingly (or willfully) blind to their bankrupt character and anti-democratic agendas.â
McLaren said he will also pray for the president on Sunday â but with a different purpose in mind.
âThat he will repent of his lies and turn from his arrogance and hostility, that he will stop denying the existential threat of climate change, that he will be held accountable for his corruption, and that he will either be impeached as soon as possible or voted out of office next year, for the good of our country and the good of the world.â
excerpt from, "Franklin Graham Calls For âDay Of Prayerâ To Shield Trump From Enemies"
It's a good thing that Brian can get it right once in awhile âđ đ âď¸
Well, the vote is still out on climate change but he's got the rest of it right.
Issac J. Bailey wrote: .... Not even that level of callousness gave Graham pause about Trump. Graham assesses behavior, not on right or wrong, but political affiliation....
Graham says Trumpâs affair happened before he was president. He cares not at all that Trump has been proven a pathological liar since he was sworn into office, telling a list of lies and misstatements that has surpassed 3,000, [It's now over 10,000 since this article is written â] according to the Washington Post fact-checker.
This isnât about political hypocrisy; itâs that Graham is teaching his flock that nothing really matters. Heâs become a moral leader who no longer believes in morality.
That he and his most ardent supporters arenât ashamed of what theyâve become in service of Trump is most shameful of all.
excerpt from, "Franklin Graham has become a parody of himself with his blind support for Trump"
Things have only gotten worse since this article has been written âđ
Luke 6 42Â Or how can you tell your brother, âBrother, let me remove the speck of chaff that is in your eye,â when you yourself donât see the beam that is in your own eye? You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck of chaff that is in your brotherâs eye.
Prime Minister Morrison may have gotten himself into some problems. It will be interesting how he will handle this.
Brett Worthington wrote: Labor is intensifying its demands for the Prime Minister to release the transcript of a conversation with Donald Trump, accusing Scott Morrison of cosying up to the US President at the expense of Australia's national interest. Key points:
â˘ US President Donald Trump called Prime Minister Scott Morrison in September seeking Australia's help â˘ He's launched an inquiry into the origins of the Mueller investigation, which he's repeatedly dubbed a "witch hunt" â˘ Labor is demanding answers from Mr Morrison, but Foreign Minister Marise Payne says he's acted appropriately
https://tinyurl.com/y2d9gy9j (Labor pressuring Scott Morrison to release transcript of phone call with Donald Trump)
Australia always had a keen interest in American politics, or at least there national news service, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, I wonder if their interest will be dulled after this?
Well one thing with a parliamentary system, I don't think they have any impeachment, the PM has to lose a vote of confidence before anything else can be done to him?
Amy Russo wrote: ... In a joint statement, Reps. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin and Liz Cheney of Wyoming said it was âan opportunity to remember the victims, past and present, of the Chinese Communist Party.â
âToday the CCP continues to wage a campaign of aggression at home and abroad,â they said, describing the country as âa nightmarish totalitarian dystopia.â
âIt is for [Chinese citizensâ] future, as well as that of their fellow victims in Xinjiang, in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and beyond, that we rededicate ourselves to ensuring that the Chinese Communist Party is left on the ash heap of history,â....
excerpt from, "Trump Celebrates Anniversary Of Chinaâs Communist Rule; GOP Lawmakers Condemn It"
Barnes Commentary wrote: John 18 âVerse 36.Â My kingdom, &c. The charge on which Jesus was arraigned was that of laying claim to the office of a king. He here substantially admits that heÂ didÂ claim to be a king, but not in the sense in which the Jews understood it.Â TheyÂ charged him with attempting to set up anÂ earthlyÂ kingdom, and of exciting sedition against Caesar. In reply to this, Jesus says thatÂ his kingdom is not of this world--that is, it is not of the same nature as earthly kingdoms. It was not originated for the same purpose, or conducted on the same plan. He immediately adds a circumstance in which they differ. The kingdoms of the world are defended by arms; they maintain armies and engage in wars. If the kingdom of Jesus had been of thisÂ kind, he would have excited the multitudes that followed him to prepare for battle. He would have armed the hosts that attended him to Jerusalem. He would not have been alone and unarmed in the garden of Gethsemane. But though heÂ wasÂ a king, yet his dominion was over the heart, subduing evil passions and corrupt desires, and bringing the soul to the love of peace and unity....Â
https://tinyurl.com/y576t94tÂ (Should Christians try to force the kingdom on others?)
Zachary Cohen wrote: .... In a rare statement released Monday, the inspector general addressed a false claim pushed by Trump and some of his allies on Capitol Hill, including House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy of California and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, that the whistleblower lacked firsthand knowledge of the conduct outlined in the complaint and therefore the allegations were based on "hearsay." But the statement from the inspector general made clear that the whistleblower was not simply communicating secondhand knowledge. "The whistleblower stated on the form that he or she possessed both first-hand and other information," the statement read. "The ICIG reviewed the information provided as well as other information gathered and determined that the complaint was both urgent and that it appeared credible."...
excerpt from,"Intelligence community watchdog debunks whistleblower conspiracy pushed by Trump and other Republicans"
Since in a democracy, we are all responsible for the government. being a representative democracy, we are responsible we picked to represent us. hopefully some changes will be made in 2020 I still think that Robert Reich gave a good warning in his opinion piece:
https://robertreich.org/post/186165252840 (Americaâs Real Divide Isnât Left vs. Right. Itâs Democracy vs. Oligarchy)âđ
The Hong Kong government is certainly Caesar. In fact what some of these rioters have been doing, shows that the Hong Kong constabulary has shown more restraint than the rioters have. This is indeed unfortunate. I don't know if there are any Christians in the rioting group or not. They are not doing there case much good by being violent. The Young person who got shot does seem on the mend.
I assumed there would be some people who would complain if I quoted yet again from,
https://tinyurl.com/zwg8o3o (Rendering To Caesar---A Biblical Perspective On Government), which I have done in the misty past Anyway, Mike, if you hadn't read it; go through at least once
Mike, there has been suggestions of what could be done â
Robert Downen,Â Lise Olsen, andÂ John Tedesco wrote: ....
Debbie Vasquez's voice trembled as she described her trauma to a group of Southern Baptist leaders.
She was 14, she said, when she was first molested by her pastor in Sanger, a tiny prairie town an hour north of Dallas. It was the first of many assaults that Vasquez said destroyed her teenage years and, at 18, left her pregnant by the Southern Baptist pastor, a married man more than a dozen years older.
In June 2008, she paid her way to Indianapolis, where she and others asked leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention and its 47,000 churches to track sexual predators and take action against congregations that harbored or concealed abusers.Â Vasquez, by then in her 40s, implored them to consider prevention policies like those adopted by faiths that include the Catholic Church....
excerpt from, "20 years, 700 victims: Southern Baptist sexual abuse spreads as leaders resist reforms"
â˘ 15 people have been hospitalised as a result of the clashes, one in a critical condition â˘ Police officers fired tear gas and used water cannons to push back protesters who threw gas bombs, bricks and other objects at authorities â˘ Officers have reported that some protesters also attacked police with corrosive fluid....
While officers have previously fired warning shots in the air on multiple occasions during Hong Kong's months-long anti-government protests, this is the first time a protester is known to have been shot....
https://tinyurl.com/y4oto55a. (Violence flares up in Hong Kong after China's 70th anniversary military parade)
I hope no Christians were involved in this violent behavior, it is certainly notâđ
https://tinyurl.com/zwg8o3o (Rendering To Caesar---A Biblical Perspective On Government).
David Crary wrote: ...Christa Brown, an author and retired attorney who says she was abused by a Southern Baptist minister as a child. She suggested that organizers opted to invite survivors whose stories were deemed ârisk-free for the SBC.â
âThey have picked those who donât ask anything of them at this point,â said Brown, who has been pushing the SBC to create an independently run database listing pastors and other church personnel who have been credibly accused of abuse....
Mike, if I complained about political activity has almost entirely been directed at pastors. Jeffress unfortunately is basically a spiritual brother to a conservative Unitarian âđ
I have often quoted from the following article--but--I don't think that I ever used this quotation from it. I certainly should have, if I didn't. đ
Phil Johnson wrote: .... Personally, I think the tendency to seek legislative remedies for every social ill is one of the absolute worst tendencies of contemporary secular society, and it disturbs me greatly to see Christians more or less follow that pattern blindly. To borrow a thought from the title of John MacArthurâs least-popular book ever, Government Cannot Save Us. The only power that can truly and permanently rescue human society from its own spiritual ills is the transforming power of gospel of Jesus Christ. And that happens through the regeneration of individual human hearts, right? We need to remind ourselves of that fact often, and put more of our energies into the task of evangelism....