Biden DOJ Sues Texas Over Abortion Law, Says “Cardiac Activity” Over “Heartbeat”
The Biden Department of Justice filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Texas over its newly enacted heartbeat abortion ban, alleging it deprives “women in Texas of their constitutional rights” and conflicts with federal law.
The law requires doctors to determine if a heartbeat is present, and it prohibits an abortion if one is detected. That typically occurs around six weeks of pregnancy. Because the new law hands enforcement to citizens – and allows them to sue abortion doctors – opponents have found it difficult to challenge in court.
“The Act is clearly unconstitutional under longstanding Supreme Court precedent,” said Attorney General Merrick Garland. “The United States has the authority and responsibility to ensure that no state can deprive individuals of their constitutional rights through a legislative scheme specifically designed to prevent the vindication of those rights.”
The lawsuit contends that the law “unlawfully prohibits women from exercising the constitutional right to a pre-viability abortion.” Further, the Texas law “exposes federal personnel” to “liability for carrying out their federal obligations,” the lawsuit says
62 Percent of Self-Identified Christians Do Not Believe the Holy Spirit Is Rea
A new study from the Cultural Research Center of Arizona Christian University found that of about 176 million self-identified Christians, more than half of them do not believe that the Holy Spirit exists.
The study from the Arizona college was recently released as part of the American Worldview Inventory, an annual survey that looks at the worldview of U.S. adults. According to the study, a majority of America’s self-identified Christians, including those who identify as evangelicals, believe that God is the all-powerful, all-knowing Creator of the universe.
However, more than half of that do not believe in some notable biblical teachings, such as the existence of the Holy Spirit, and only about 6 percent hold a biblical worldview.
School Votes Down Transgender Policy, Defying State: It “Imposes a Set of Beliefs on Everyone
A Virginia school board defied a new state requirement and voted down a proposal that would have forced schools to allow students to use the restroom and locker room they wish. The Newport News School Board opposed the proposal in a 5-1 vote after hearing from both sides, according to the Daily Press newspaper.
“When the law violates the Constitution, then it’s a bad law,” said School Board Chairman Douglas Brown. “… This law violates the Constitution.” The proposal, he added, infringes on the “rights of parents.”
The new LGBT-centric law, passed by the legislature in 2020, requires that all public school districts adopt a policy permitting students who identify as transgender to use the restroom and locker room that matches their gender identity. Such a policy, for example, would allow a student who is biologically male to use a girl’s restroom if the student identifies as female.
Under the new law, school districts also must adopt a policy mandating that staff and students use the preferred pronoun and names of students who identify as transgender. Such pronouns, according to the Virginia Department of Education, could be gender-neutral: “they/them/their and ze/hir/hirs,” according to the state’s model policy.
News in Brief
- The Taliban are killing Christians who have Bibles on their phones, according to Dr. Rex Rogers, North American President of the Middle East media ministry SAT-7. Rogers adds: “It’s incredibly dangerous right now for Afghans to have anything Christian on their phones. The Taliban have spies and informants everywhere.” Open Doors ranked Afghanistan as the second-most dangerous country in the world for Christians even before the Taliban took control. Now a pastor who built churches in Afghanistan is warning that the Taliban will “exterminate” the church there
- According to Census data, 11.1 percent of U.S. households with school-aged children reported homeschooling by the fall of the 2020-2021 school year. In May of last spring, that rate was 5.4 percent, demonstrating a 5.6 percent increase and a doubling in the number of homeschooling families by the start of the 2020-2021 school year. The Bellwether Education Partners, reported similar findings in its August 2021 overlook, noting that close to 2.6 million children have transitioned from public schooling to homeschooling since the start of the pandemic.
“Without God, We Have Nothing” Trump Religious Advisors Launch New Faith Advisory Boar
Former President Donald Trump and his evangelical advisors have launched a National Faith Advisory Board coalition aimed at growing evangelical support for Trump.
“A lot of things have happened, and a lot of things have happened with respect to faith and religion and they’re not good things. They are not good, they’re not good at all,” Trump can be heard saying in the clip.
The new initiative will be led by televangelist Paula White, who served as Trump’s spiritual advisor during his time in office.
When asked about his faith, Trump concluded, “It’s all based around God — it’s so important. God is so important to the success of what we’re doing. Because without God, we have nothing.”