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South Carolina City Officials Scrub Word ‘Lord’ From Police Memorial

City officials in Tega Cay, South Carolina, removed three references to the word “Lord” on a memorial for fallen policemen that was installed at a new police station in the city.

Almost immediately, the city began receiving complaints about the “religious” inscription on the memorial, which was donated by a civic group. The front of the stone memorial displays Matthew 5:9 from the Sermon on the Mount, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” On the back is a personal prayer for courage and compassion with two references to “Lord” that appears on similar memorials across the country, including Washington, D.C.

Said Tega Cay City Manager Charlie Funderburk, “There is [sic] just as many people upset now that it got removed over people upset it was there in the first place. There is no win here at all.” Since the memorial held no historical significance, Funderburk said the city decided to scrub out the references to “Lord.”

FOX News contributor Jonathan Morris commented on FOX & Friends, “What they are trying to do is erase the name and the voice of God in the public square, and that is not good for our country.”

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FTC Settlement: Facebook Fined Five Billion Dollars for User Privacy Violations

Facebook just got slapped with a $5 billion fine by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for failing to protect its users from misappropriation of private information garnered from third-party apps. Much of the basis of the fine is the result of Facebook’s failure to comply with a 2012 settlement agreement with the FTC beginning in 2012 and continuing at least until June 2018. Read the FTC complaint to get a glimpse of the scope of the deception.

While the fine is one of the largest penalties ever assessed by the U.S. government for any violation, it is still just a drop in the bucket for a company that brought in $55.8 billion in 2018.

Facebook will also have to submit to new restrictions and modify its approach to privacy with new corporate oversight that includes a privacy board committee that is not controlled by Facebook employees or Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.

In a July 24 joint statement, FTC Chairman Joe Simons along with Commissioners Noah Joshua Phillips and Christine S. Wilson wrote, “We are extremely proud of the landmark penalty and conduct relief announced today. The size of the $5 billion penalty, as well as the percentage of profits it represents, will provide significant deterrence not just to Facebook, but to every other company that collects or uses consumer data. This penalty raises the bar for civil penalties in future matters involving privacy violations . . . . [T]his settlement represents an unprecedented victory for consumer privacy.”

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Amazon Bans Books on Overcoming Unwanted Sexual Lifestyles

Amazon has bowed to the LGBT agenda by banning many books that provide same-sex attracted individuals and the sexually confused counsel on how to overcome unwanted sexual attractions and sexual confusion.

Readers who want to buy books by the late clinical psychologist Joseph Nicolosi, who believed homosexuals aren’t born but made and could change their lifestyles, can no longer do so. But they can buy books by Nazi Adolf Hitler and Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

Federalist commentator Glen Stanton concludes, “Amazon is the anti-government, white supremacist’s reliable, go-to bookseller. But thank goodness they have the moral fortitude and decency to keep certain books that some gay activists dislike from falling into anyone’s hands.”

While Amazon still may offer a wide selection of products, it’s certainly not showcasing a wide selection of viewpoints, as the Family Research Council pointed out.

The Republican Study Committee is urging conservatives to call on Amazon to end its ban of books by calling them at 888-280-443.

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APA Seeks to Normalize Polyamory

The American Psychological Association (APA) is putting together a Consensual Non-Monogamy Task Force to destigmatize what they term “consensual non-monogamy” both in the social and medical arenas.

As defined by the task force, consensual non-monogamy includes “polyamory, open relationships, swinging, relationship anarchy and other types of ethical, non-monogamous relationships” (emphasis added). Merriam-Webster defines the term “polyamory” as “the state or practice of having more than one open romantic relationship at a time,” and the term has been bandied about in the last couple of years by TeenVogue and HuffPost as an acceptable alternative lifestyle.

“In this entire arena of so-called transgenderism and affiliated conditions, the APA has abandoned all respect for fact-based research and scientific tradition,” said psychologist Daniel Boland, who has been a member of the APA for 50 years.

Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins sums up the APA’s latest twisted notion well: “Monogamy is the new bigotry.”

While the APA’s efforts to destigmatize such morally repulsive behaviors might surprise some, many conservative commentators and we here at FACT have been warning that the same-sex “marriage” decision of 2015, Obergefell v. Hodges, would eventually open the door for marriages that would include more than two people.

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Planned Parenthood Rejects Trump’s New Family Planning Rules

On Monday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it would begin implementing President Trump’s new Title X rules that require that entities receiving Title X family planning grant money must physically and financially separate their family planning services from those that provide or refer for abortions.

Enforcing these rules would cut nearly $60 million from Planned Parenthood’s budget. That hasn’t stopped the abortion giant from defiantly rejecting any future Title X funding, using its own “emergency fund” to continue performing and referring abortions. Planned Parenthood’s most recent annual report shows the organization received nearly a billion dollars in annual private revenue and contributions, and it will continue to receive more than $500 million from taxpayers even without the Title X money.

Incidentally, one day after HHS’s announcement, Planned Parenthood’s board terminated the employment of its president, Dr. Leana Wen, citing that the organization needs a more aggressive leader.

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