News moves fast. It’s nearly impossible to keep up. But there are some things just too important to miss. Below is a brief description of a few of those noteworthy events you’ll want to be aware of, even as the onslaught continues.
Religious Freedom Victory at the U.S. Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court, Wednesday, unanimously ruled in favor of Catholic Social Services in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. The ruling is a victory for children in Philadelphia looking for a forever home, and a victory for religious freedom overall.
Justices Neil Gorsuch and Samuel Alito wrote strong opinions indicating it is time for the Court to address religious freedom issues in a broader context. To learn more, read my Breaking News from yesterday.
Revealing Video Announcement
Did you see this? AZGOP head, Kelli Ward celebrates “Pride Month” with Log Cabin Republicans. Does this mean AZ GOP supports the GOP national platform or the Log Cabin Republican platform?
According to the website, Log Cabin Republicans support forcing religious adoption organizations to violate their faith to accommodate the LGBT community; they support the Fairness For All Act, which coerces religious individuals and organizations to choose between their faith and their livelihoods, and they oppose the rights of parents to seek medical treatment for their children.
Arizonans should know what their parties stand for and what they’re willing to sacrifice if they ally with groups that have a competing agenda. It’s right there on their website.
Read Joseph Backholm’s thoughtful take on Thinking Biblically About “Pride Month.”
A Life That Matters
Ryan T. Anderson recently gave a commencement speech challenging graduates to live a life that matters. Then, he gave them the recipe, “By responding generously to God’s calling for our lives, discerning our unique personal vocation and living it out joyfully at every moment of our lives.” He goes on with wise words that apply to, not only the graduate, but to each of us. It’s about taking the next step, not laying out a five-year plan.
Anderson encourages us to “Develop [our] minds to discern the deep truths embedded in creation and appreciate the beauty that man can make in service to God. Do not waste [our] intellects on frivolous pursuits.” He portrays work as a way to love both God and neighbor, and he urges us to seek a life that is “involved in a love story with God.”
Read more of his uplifting speech here.
Cancel Culture, the Latest
1) You may recall Amazon recently canceled Ryan T. Anderson’s book, When Harry Became Sally because it challenged the “transgender moment.” Now, a Texas library has removed Anderson’s book from a “Pride Month” display after social media backlash. Apparently Irving Library will only promote one viewpoint on the issue, at least in the month of June.
2) Good news for a Virginia schoolteacher suspended because he could not, in good faith, use the wrong pronoun to address his students. A judge recently ordered the school to reinstate him. Read this article about how the school made its decision based on remarks the teacher made as a citizen at a school board meeting.
3) Abigail Shrier tells a frightening story of what she found during her investigation into what she calls the transgender craze. Beyond the astonishing laws in some states that allow young teens to begin “transitioning” without their parent’s knowledge, is the calculated effort to force parents to affirm their child’s gender choice – or risk losing them to the state. Shrier’s article titled, “When the State Comes for Your Kids” features two stories, each handled differently by the parents and with different outcomes. Both are chilling.
Shrier’s book, “Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters” investigates the recent phenomenon of adolescent girls suddenly believing they are boys; how they get lured into the idea by social media influencers; the buy-in from academia and the medical community, and how parents are shut out.
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