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Christian Soccer Star Refuses to Wear Rainbow Uniform

Both men’s and women’s U.S. soccer teams announced they will be wearing rainbow uniforms at their June matches in honor of Gay Pride month. But player Jaelene Hinkle has bowed out of the matches for “personal reasons.”

Hinkle is outspoken in her belief that homosexuality and same-sex “marriage” are contrary to God’s Word. In response to the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of same-sex “marriage” in 2015, Hinkle converted the gay pride logo into a cross and then wrote on Instagram, “I believe with every fiber in my body that what was written 2,000 years ago in the Bible is undoubtedly true. It’s not a fictional book. It’s not a pick and choose what you want to believe. You either believe it, or you don’t. This world may change, but Christ and His Word NEVER will.” This was followed up with a post challenging Christians to react to the decision in a way that “through our love, the lost, rejected and abandoned find Christ.”

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Abortion Company Depicts Inaccurate Fetal Development

Early Options, a New York provider of abortions during the first ten weeks of a pregnancy, is providing false information about what a baby looks like at five weeks, seven weeks, and nine weeks of gestation. While images on the Early Options website show undefined blobs, real images of babies at their respective developmental stages show fully defined and formed features.

Early Options also claims its abortive process is less invasive and more peaceful than traditional surgical abortions because the company simply applies a little pressure on an inserted syringe to terminate a pregnancy. In reality, the procedure still violently pulls the baby apart. Once a woman finds out the truth about her baby’s stage of development, she will likely not have the “peace” Early Options promises.

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Prayer Censored From Graduation Remarks

Moriah Bridges of Pennsylvania’s Beaver High School was looking forward to praying for her classmates as part of her June 2 closing exercise at her high school graduation. But the Beaver Area School District would not allow it because the young student wanted to make references to God, Lord, and Jesus in her prayer. The district considered her statement unlawful and unconstitutional, and the school principal sent her a letter explaining the decision only days before her graduation.

Said Bridges, “I was shocked that the school said my personal remarks broke the law and I was saddened that I could not draw upon my Christian identity to express my best wishes for my classmates on what should’ve been the happiest day of high school.”

Bridges abided by the decision but contacted First Liberty Institute, which handles First Amendment cases. Attorney Jeremy Dys is hoping to meet with school officials soon to address this action that he states “fails the test of the First Amendment, but so far none have responded.

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Religious Leaders and Political Affiliation

A new study by a Yale and Harvard research team reported in The New York Times shows how politically divided America’s pastors really are.

The study looks at the registered political affiliations of everyone from evangelical pastors to Jewish rabbis to Unitarian ministers to priests. Pastors of Foursquare, Assemblies of God, Pentecostal, Southern Baptist, Church of God, and Church of Christ churches tend to be Republican according to the study, while leaders of Jewish, Episcopal, and Presbyterian congregations tend to be Democrat. Those leading Methodist, Roman Catholic, and Greek Orthodox congregations are more of a mixed group.

Most religious leaders identified in the study are of a median age of 57 and are male with the exception of the Unitarian church, which has mostly female leaders.

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SPLC Flags Key Nonprofits as Hate Groups

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has teamed up with GuideStar, an organization that rates the credibility and value of a nonprofit, to flag nonprofits it deems hateful.

The SPLC logo and link to its website now appear at the top of GuideStar’s review of each entity that SPLC deems a hate group, along with a statement that the organization was flagged as such by SPLC. Pro-family organizations ADF, AFA, FRC, and Liberty Counsel are grouped together with the Ku Klux Klan, the Nation of Islam, Westboro Baptist Church, and the New Black Panthers.

Of course, anything anti-LGBT is considered an automatic hate-mongering ideology. Incidentally, FACT was included in SPLC’s “Anti-LGBT Roundup of Events and Activities 6-12-17” for its biblically-based positions before the Legislature and courts on LGBT issues.

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