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Equality Act Passes in U.S. House

The U.S. House, controlled by Democrats, passed the Equality Act by a vote of 236-173.

“This is an all-out assault on parental rights, on the family, and on the millions of people of faith in this country,” said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins in an emailed press statement released shortly after today’s passage of the Equality Act (H.R. 5) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The act now heads to the U.S. Senate, and if signed into law, would change the 1965 Civil Rights Act by making “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” protected classes. Since there is no religious objection exemption for these two new categories, religious organizations or businesses with strong religious beliefs and convictions about human sexuality that conflict with this new sexual agenda will be forced to accept it. It would change the landscape of public, multi-person spaces like restrooms and locker rooms, as well as team sports and sex education programs in our public schools in order to make way for “transgendered” individuals.

This is how your Tennessee congressmen voted today: Voting against the bill were Republicans David “Phil” Roe of District 1, “Chuck” Fleischmann of District 3, Republican Scott DesJarlais of District 4, John Rose of District 6, Republican Mark Green of District 7, and Republican David Kustoff of District 8. Republican Tim Burchett of District 2 did not vote. Voting for the bill were Democrats Jim Cooper of District 5 and Steve Cohen of District 9.

If you are concerned about this act and want to make your voice heard, contact your U.S. senator.

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Kentucky Ban on Dismemberment Abortions

Last Friday, U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley sided with the attorneys for the ACLU by enjoining enforcement of a Kentucky law prohibiting dismemberment abortions (medically called a dilation and evacuation or D&E procedure) that had been signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevins last year.

The procedure was generally performed after the 14th week of pregnancy. McKinley argued that the ban was unconstitutional because it restricted a woman’s “right to abortion” before the “viability” of the baby, which is typically around 24 weeks.

While pro-abortion activists might tout that D&E abortions are safest for the mother during the second trimester, pro-life advocates point to economic gain as being the real reason for preserving this type of abortion. “Dismemberment abortion facilitates fetal harvesting,” Kansans for Life Executive Director Kay Culp told LifeSiteNews last year. “Clinicians experimenting on aborted baby parts don’t want their research tainted by drugs, and, they want fresh organs—packed for shipping within minutes of death.”

The governor plans to appeal. “We profoundly disagree with the court’s decision and will take this case all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary, to protect unborn children from being dismembered limb by limb while still alive,” said Elizabeth Kuhn, Bevins’ communications director.

The law would make it a felony for a physician to perform a dismemberment abortion and the physician would be subject to sanctions against his or her medical license.

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Judge Hudson Reverses Ruling in Falls Church Abortion Case

Last week we reported that U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson, in the case of Falls Church Medical Center v. Oliver, granted summary judgment (a judgment entered on the grounds that a trial without evidence is unnecessary) enjoining enforcement of a portion of a Virginia law requiring that physicians perform first and second-trimester abortions.

But on May 14, in an amazing and, to our view, unprecedented act, the judge on his own initiative reversed his earlier opinion, decided he was wrong, and said that the issue of the medical value of having physicians perform the abortion should go to a full trial hearing complete with expert medical proof on May 20.

In his order “Vacating Summary Judgment on Count IV,” Judge Hudson wrote, “summary judgment was improvidently awarded to the parties on Count IV based on the present record. Rather, on further consideration, whether the ‘Physicians-Only Law’ presents an undue burden to Virginia women who seek an abortion is a material fact that is genuinely in dispute. Therefore, to facilitate the development of a full factual record that will enable the Court to better address this question, the Court hereby vacates that portion of its Memorandum Opinion and Order pertaining to Count IV of the Amended Complaint and denies summary judgment to both parties at this stage.”

Amazing!

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Converse ‘Pride’ High Tops Promoted by ‘Drag Kid’

Converse has enlisted 11-year-old “drag kid” Desmond Napoles to be one of six LGBT spokesmen for its latest rainbow-arrayed high-top sneakers for June’s “Pride Month.”

Desmond, who goes by the moniker “Desmond Is Amazing,” was featured in several news stories last December that argued he was being exploited by getting paid to dance in a gay nightclub in New York City.

Yet on its promotional website for the new shoe collection, Converse showcases a photo of all six LGBT representatives sporting sneakers, and down in front is young Desmond, posing suggestively in a shoulder-baring outfit and wearing heavy makeup.

Even some LGBT supporters were outraged with this new campaign. Said one person on Twitter, “It’s really painful trying to advocate for LGBT positivity when you see ACTUAL child sexualization lumped into it like a tumor. Whatever clueless executive signed off on this should be ashamed.”

On its website, Converse, which is owned by Nike, said, “Converse is committed to supporting movements for positive social change and amplifying youth voices as they spark progress to build the future they believe in.”

“Social change” or “progress” should not be made by exploiting children in order to celebrate and advance forms of sexual expression that deny and degrade the beauty of the sexual complementariness that exists by God having created us male and female.

Converse began its “Pride” sneaker collection in 2014. Proceeds from this merchandise go to support LGBT charities It Gets Better Project and Out MetroWest as well as a Boston-based medical organization called Fenway Health that specializes in helping those with same-sex attractions and HIV/AIDS research.

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Texas Town Defiantly Displays Crosses on Courthouse

Residents of Coldspring, Texas, are fighting back against Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) by illuminating their San Jacinto County courthouse crosses at night.

Last week FFRF sent a letter to Judge Fritz Faulkner about the four crosses that are displayed year-round saying, “These crosses unabashedly create the perception of government endorsement of Christianity, making non-Christian and nonbelieving residents of Coldspring political outsiders.”

The atheist group hoped to put enough pressure on the Texas judge that the town would be forced to take down the crosses. But this small, rural town near Houston decided to fight back. After a three-hour public comment period attended by more than 600 people in a town of fewer than 900 people, the County Commissioners Court voted unanimously to not only keep the four white crosses, but to also illuminate them.

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