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Planned Parenthood Ad Uses Term ‘Slay’ and Lies to Gain Supporters

Hollywood director Joss Whedon, known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Avengers, recently created a short film called “Unlocked” as part of an ad campaign for Planned Parenthood that portrays the supposedly grim lives of three different women without the abortion giant. The ad campaign calls pro-abortion supporters to use their “super powers to slay.”

While Whedon’s “Unlocked” video promotes Planned Parenthood’s health care services like cancer screenings, STD education, and birth control pills, research by pro-life organization Live Action reveals that Planned Parenthood ultimately provides very little in what could be deemed women’s health services, while the number of abortions they perform continues to increase.

Writes ADF’s Marissa Mayer, “Women will not die if Planned Parenthood closes its doors. It is misleading, irresponsible, and frankly, dangerous, to try to convince women otherwise.”

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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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U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Address Whether Law Prohibits Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal in the case of Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on whether the “sex” in Title VII’s prohibition on workplace discrimination includes “sexual orientation.”

Both the U.S. District Court and the appeals court had ruled that “sex” did not include “sexual orientation.” While the Supreme Court’s action is encouraging in one sense, it appears that the Court refused to take up the case more for procedural reasons than because it agreed with the lower courts.

However, the Supreme Court will most likely resolve the underlying legal issue in the near future, because another such case is pending in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Is Christ Still in Christmas?

A recent Pew Research Center survey conducted among 1,503 U.S. adults nationwide November 29 – December 4 shows that our culture is changing its viewpoint about Christmas being a religious holiday. Most responders said that the religious parts of Christmas are emphasized less than they were even five years ago. Only 55 percent say they celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday compared to 59 percent in 2013. Today, 66 percent say they believe Jesus was born to a virgin, down from 73 percent in 2014. Likewise, 68 percent of U.S. adults now say they believe that the wise men were guided by a star and brought gifts for baby Jesus, down from 75 percent. According to the survey, millennials tend to be the least religious of all generations.

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The ‘Immorality’ of Having Children

Travis Rieder, an environmental extremist and climate change believer featured on NBC News’ Think website, is suggesting that children harm the planet due to their carbon footprint and even compares his own daughter to a murderer who must be “responsible for her own [carbon] emissions.” Rieder goes on to write, “If having one fewer child reduces one’s contribution to the harms of climate change, the choice of family size becomes a morally relevant one.”

This kind of argument brings a new type of “morality” from the Left, a new ethical argument to which many pro-aborts might turn to in the future to endorse a “responsible” view of family planning.

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