“I have a spectacular female athlete” Brian Calhoun Track Coach. Brian has a high school freshman named Andraya Yearwood. Andraya is a boy, but now identifies as a girl and recently competed in his first track meet with actual girls as a high school freshman. Take a minute to watch the video and the challenges will become apparent. This boy is athletic (his dad was a college football player) and the slight mustache and muscle tone indicates that he’s developing more quickly than other boys his age. Of course that wouldn’t be remarkable except for the fact that he’s now racing fifteen year-old girls. And he’s doing really well. Supporting Article
Andraya Yearwood is a transgender track athlete at Cromwell High School.
How Sport Exposes the Unworkable Logic of Transgender Policy – At Cromwell High, Transgender Athlete Competes With Girls For First Time
This phenomenon isn’t happening just in high school sports, though. The NCAA, for example, requires men to undergo testosterone suppression treatment for one year before they are allowed to compete with women. There are no restrictions for women who wish to compete as men.
Title IX requires an equivalent number of athletic scholarships opportunities for men and women. If men can become women, a merely good high school boy can transform himself into an All-American female athletes with a flip of the gender switch.
Don’t think the rest of the world that happens to care about medal counts in the Olympics isn’t watching either. China could make their B level male Olympians transition to women and North Korea actually would. Kim Jong Un will just giggle as, medal after medal, he hoists the west on their own petard.
Congress voted to rescind an Obama administration rule that prohibited the states from defunding Planned Parenthood. Full Article
States can defund Planned Parenthood.
Fifteen states have acted to defund Planned Parenthood and others who perform elective abortions in the last couple of years, reasoning that America’s largest purveyor of abortions (the organization is responsible for over one-third of a million abortions annually in recent years) doesn’t need taxpayer dollars to offer an elective procedure that most people recognize as the destruction of human life.
Public opposition notwithstanding, the Obama administration passed a “midnight rule” in December 2016 through the Department of Health and Human Services that interpreted Title X, the federal family planning program, to prohibit states from redirecting health care dollars away from groups like Planned Parenthood and toward public health agencies that outnumber the abortion behemoth 20-to-1 and (unlike Planned Parenthood) offer a wide range of preventive and holistic health care services.
Like all issues before the United States Supreme Court, our case, Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer, will have a significant impact nationwide. But for people of faith, the stakes are even higher than normal. Full Article
When the Supreme Court hears oral argument in the case on April 19, it will confront the question whether a state can exclude religious people or organizations from neutral, secular public benefit programs.
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On April 19, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer. Like all cases before the High Court, this one will have a significant impact nationwide. But what would a win in Trinity Lutheran mean for you? To understand that, let me explain what the case is about.
A few years ago, four Supreme Court justices wrote an opinion in a different case that sums up the principle at stake in Trinity Lutheran:
For centuries now, people have come to this country from every corner of the world to share in the blessing of religious freedom. Our Constitution promises that they may worship in their own way, without fear of penalty or danger, and that in itself is a momentous offering. Yet our Constitution makes a commitment still more remarkable—that however those individuals worship, they will count as full and equal American citizens. A Christian, a Jew, a Muslim (and so forth)—each stands in the same relationship with her country, with her state and local communities, and with every level and body of government. So that when each person performs the duties or seeks the benefits of citizenship, she does so not as an adherent to one or another religion, but simply as an American.
When people of faith seek the benefits of citizenship, like the scrap tire grant in Missouri or any other secular benefit, they deserve to be treated not as religious, but simply as Americans. That’s what a win in Trinity Lutheran means for you.
Abortion advocates claim society progressed when women were granted the right to abortion. But upon closer inspection, abortion is more like an ancient practice we all condemn: child sacrifice.
Lisa Smiley presents a powerful video.
Lisa Smiley Abortion Survivor
Lisa Smiley wasn’t supposed to survive the one child policy in China. But decades after her parents hid Lisa and her siblings before fleeing to safety, she speaks with compelling clarity to our culture’s raging abortion debate.
Throughout history, certain pagan cultures have sacrificed human infants to demons as a part of a complicated ritual in return for favors asked of them.
Few of those involved in abortion today are consciously engaging in child sacrifice, although that is precisely what abortion is – the sacrifice of a human life for the convenience or needs of others. In that respect, it is no less barbaric than the human sacrifice practiced to ensure, for example, a successful harvest. But beyond this, there is a spiritual, satanically inspired dimension that gives frightening realism to abortion’s identification with literal child sacrifice.
The Pro Life Action League says Make Good Friday April 14, a Pro-Life Way of the Cross, with a gathering at your local abortion facility. Nationwide in communities across America we’ve found this activity to be such a blessing, one of our favorite pro-life activities of the year, and last year, the event went nationwide with services taking place in 29 cities across the country. Full Event Information
Good Friday Pro-Life Way of the Cross
On Good Friday, April 14, the Pro-Life Action League is holding “A Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion” at abortion facilities nationwide. At this moving event, we contemplate the suffering of Christ at our own modern day Golgotha, the abortion clinic.
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Amid historic worries about population growth, people often forget that many countries around the world are, or will soon be, shrinking in size. Full Article
In the coming decades, the countries that can maintain an at least somewhat reasonable population growth rate, and enough younger people, will likely do best. To a large extent, it’s too late for that in much of Europe and East Asia. For countries like the United States, Canada and Australia, with among the most liberal immigration policies and large landmasses, the prospects may be far better. However, we also need native-born youngsters to launch, get married and start creating the next generation of Americans.
many countries around the world are, or will soon be, shrinking in size
1) Ukraine (-22% between 2015 and 2050)2) Japan (-15.1% between 2015 and 2050)3) Poland (-14% between 2015 and 2050)4) The Russian Federation (-10.4% between 2015 and 2050)5) Thailand (-8.1% between 2015 and 2050)6) Germany (-7.7% between 2015 and 2050)7) Italy (-5.5% between 2015 and 2050)8) Spain (-2.8% between 2015 and 2050)9) China (-2% between 2015 and 2050)
This severity of birth decline in Europe and East Asia again points to the importance of appreciating motherhood for its contribution to both the economy and society as a whole.
Most world leaders are fixated on the unpredictable new administration in Washington in the short term, but they might do better to look at the more certain long-term impacts of diminishing populations on the world’s most important economies.
In that instant, the Holy Spirit crushed my heart at the display of my daughters’ Christ-likeness. My resistance crumbled. “Okay, they can stay,” I conceded. Four years later and I am proud to call these two young men my sons. Full Article
Adoption and the Destruction of Biological Children
It is hard. I’ll not sugar-coat that truth. We’ve been stolen from, lied to, threatened even. We’ve shed tears, grieved, been frustrated. It’s no fairy tale. Happily ever after seems like a pipe dream on occasion.
My oldest son, adopted at 16 from Memphis and deeply immersed in affliction to this day, testifies to this fact. In fostering and adopting, you immerse yourself into the misery of the human condition.
You reach deep into the cesspool of human sin and select one, or many, to rescue from their plight…just like Christ did for you, if you are a believer.
Adoption has destroyed me. More appropriately, the Lord destroyed me, the old me, and made me a new creation in Christ. He did the same with my family, rearranging the entire order of our existence. Adoption is but a natural out-pouring of that newness.
In 2015, 52,000 Americans died of overdoses, four times the gun homicide rate and 50 per cent more than died in car accidents. In Rhode Island, 2 per cent of the population (20,000 people) are estimated by one epidemiologist to be opioid addicts. Full Article
the decline in US life expectancy
To put the current epidemic of deaths into perspective, the Nixon White House panicked when heroin-addicted soldiers back from Vietnam brought the overdose death rate to 1.5 per 100,000 in 1973-1975. The crack epidemic of the mid to late 1980s reached a death rate of 2 per 100,000 and George H. W. Bush declared war on drugs. The current opioid death rate is 10.3 per 100,000 without the fentanyl statistics of 2016 counted yet. In New Hampshire the rate is 30 per 100,000 and in West Virginia it is over 40 per 100,000. This is a large reason why the life expectancy of middle-aged white people is falling. Why Bill Clinton said during last year’s campaign that poor white people were dying of “a broken heart” and why heroin is “a symbol of both working-class depravity and ruling-class neglect—an explosive combination in today’s political climate”.
It was not wrong for President Trump to describe the drug epidemic in his inaugural address as “carnage”. For drug companies opioids were lucrative opportunities.