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God Shows Up at This Year’s Bonnaroo

This year’s Bonnaroo might have ended last week, but the inspiration could just live on. No, we aren’t talking about the inspiration generally associated with a Woodstock-type music festival. Instead, the Gospel was preached through more than 400 Christians from several churches and ministries that came together under the banner of “Love Bonnaroo” at the music festival to pray for attendees, worship God, and offer creative evangelism.

A number of participants who came into the group’s ministry tents remarked, “This is a different atmosphere. It feels clean and light.” Thanks to these evangelism efforts, at least 750 people left having embarked on a relationship with Jesus.

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Supreme Court Rules No ‘Hate Speech’ to First Amendment

In 2011, the federal government refused to grant Asian-American band the Slants a trademark because the name might be viewed as racially offensive to Asian-Americans. But on Monday, in Matal v. Tam, the Supreme Court ruled that the “disparagement clause” of the federal trademark law was unconstitutional. Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion on behalf of the Court noted that the clause “offends a bedrock First Amendment Principle: Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend.”

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Canada Passes ‘Transgender’ Rights Bill

Last Thursday, Canada’s Senate overwhelmingly passed bill C-16 that will make it a crime to not only speak out against “transgenderism,” but to refuse to call someone by his or her preferred pronoun. Those who do not subscribe to progressive gender theory could be accused of hate crimes, jailed, fined, and made to take anti-bias training.

The bill, which will soon become law, puts “gender identity” and “gender expression” into the country’s Human Rights Code and the hate crime category of its Criminal Code.

Says Jack Fonseca, Campaign Life’s senior political strategist, “Mark my words, this law will not be used as some sort of ‘shield’ to defend vulnerable transsexuals, but rather as a weapon with which to bludgeon people of faith and free-thinking Canadians who refuse to deny truth.”

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Oregon House Kills Bill That Would Starve Mentally Ill to Death

By a vote of 17-13, the Oregon Senate recently passed a bill, SB 494, that would have removed a critical safeguard in the state’s physician-assisted suicide law that prevents patients with dementia or mental illness from being starved or dehydrated against their wishes. The bill would have allowed a health care representative to make end-of-life decisions for patients, even if contrary to instructions in the patient’s advance directive document.

Fortunately, however, the bill was effectively killed in the House when it was referred to the House Judiciary Committee, which had stopped considering bills on June 2.

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Pensacola Cross Must Come Down

Thanks to a lawsuit from Freedom From Religion Foundation and the American Humanist Association, a giant cross at Bayview Park in Pensacola, Fla., erected in 1941 and replaced with the newer “Latin” cross in 1969, must be removed within 30 days. It was deemed an unconstitutional endorsement of the Christian religion on governmental property.

Interestingly, District Judge Vinson, who decided this case, said, “The historical record indicates that the Founding Fathers did not intend for the Establishment Clause to ban crosses and religious symbols from public property.” But, he said, U.S. Supreme Court precedent now required removal of the cross.

FOX News columnist Todd Starnes wonders just how far the Far Left will go to take God out of our country. He asks, “Will they demand that city leaders rename Los Angeles and San Francisco? Should The Ten Commandments be chiseled off the doors of the Supreme Court? Should references to God be sandblasted from our national monuments?”

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