“Entitled “Military Pride”, the image depicts four shirtless men planting the rainbow hued Gay Pride flag in a fashion reminiscent of the iconic photograph by Joe Rosenthal, in which U.S. Marines raised the American flag at the top of Mt. Suribachi after the bloody battle of Iwo Jima.
The Battle of Iwo Jima (19 February – 26 March 1945) was a major battle in which the U.S. Marines landed on and eventually captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. The five week battle comprised some of the fiercest fighting of the War in the Pacific. …”
“In seven days, six ‘black’ churches have been burned, sparking fear of a tide of racial violence. Three have been confirmed as started by arsonists, while the others are still under investigation. …
Church sources from the College Hills Seventh Day Adventist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee told WTLV that bales of hay were stack at the church entrance and set on fire, which quickly spread and engulfed the building. …”
“2016 GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump had to share the spotlight on Monday with NBC at a campaign event in Chicago. NBC announced they are severing ties with Trump after recent remarks he made concerning illegal immigrants in the United States. …”
NBC also said it would no longer air the “Miss USA” and “Miss Universe” pageants on its network because they are produced by Trump. …”
“The Supreme Court acted Monday to keep Texas’ 19 abortion clinics open, amid a legal fight that threatens to close more than half of them.
The justices voted 5-4 to grant an emergency appeal from the clinics after a federal appeals court upheld new clinic regulations and refused to keep them on hold while the clinics appealed to the Supreme Court. …”
Matthew records in chapter 22 the following exchange between Jesus and an expert in Jewish law:
36“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37And He said to him, “ ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ 38“This is the great and foremost commandment. 39“The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ 40“On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
The Jewish lawyer’s question suggests, in my opinion, that he had a great commandment in mind that differed from the one contained in Jesus response. Given the fact that the Jewish leaders at that time had given such prominence to the fourth commandment of the Decalogue, my guess is that he expected Jesus to identify the Sabbath as the great commandment. …”
“The pro-life group Priests for Life was one of the earliest organizations to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its HHS mandate. The mandate compels religious groups to pay for birth control drugs and drugs like ella that can cause very early abortions. …
A federal appeals court has responded today to its appeal of a lower court decision on its lawsuit and the ruling protects Priests for Life from having to comply. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit concluded that Priests for Life does not have to obey the HHS mandate – or pay steep fines for refusing to do so and it granted the pro-life organization a stay late today. …”
“In Russia, 30-year-old Valery Spiridonov will be flying to the United States to meet the doctor who plans to perform the world’s first head transplant on him. During the operation, Italian surgeon, Dr. Sergio Canavero, intends to completely remove Spiridonov’s head and reattached it to a healthy body. Spiridonov suffers from a rare form of spinal muscular dystrophy called Werdnig-Hoffman disease. …”
“Although the Van Erdens already had ten children of their own, they decided to adopt Eddie and welcome him into their home in Stokesdale, North Carolina. Currently, he shares a huge room with four of his brothers and has adjusted well to his new family. …”
“A court in Nottingham today [May 5] sentenced Kay-Ann Morris to eight years in prison for child cruelty, and her mother, Juanila Smikle to four years. …
A number of media outlets have noted that Ms. Morris is a Seventh-day Adventist. Until her arrest she was attending the Adventist church in the St. Ann’s area of Nottingham. …
The Adventist Church believes strongly in positive family values and affirms the dignity and worth of every human being. As such, we strongly feel the pain of this particular situation. …
My Comments: Yes, every child is a “human being.” What about the unborn? Aren’t they also human beings? Why did the Adventist Church approve elective abortions back in 1970? And why even today the church justifies abortion in a variety of circumstances, including when the unwanted pregnancy shows a negative effect on the woman’s mental health. Is nine months of mental depression a good reason to submit the innocent child to the ultimate form of child abuse: abortion?
“On August 19, 1999, photographer Michael Clancy, an abortion advocate, was asked by USA Today to capture a fetal surgery on-camera. The surgery took place at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Tennessee and was performed on baby Samuel Armas to correct the child’s spina bifida. Clancy had no idea his convictions about abortion would be utterly transformed on the day of the surgery, when the preborn child reached out of his mother’s womb and tightly clasped the surgeon’s finger. …”
“We still do not have our children, we are fighting for our own freedom and due to the nature of my employment I am no longer employed. My son was in his own yard playing basketball, not in the street or at the park. The authorities claim he had no access to water or shelter. We have an open shed in the back yard and 2 working sinks and 2 hoses. They said he had no food. He ate his snacks already. He had no bathroom, but the responding officer found our yard good enough to relieve himself in while our son sat in a police car alone. In his own yard, in a state, Florida, that has no minimum age for children to be alone. …”
“This is judicial activism: nothing in the Constitution requires the redefinition of marriage, and the court imposed its judgment about a policy matter that should be decided by the American people and their elected representatives. The court got marriage and the Constitution wrong today just like they got abortion and the Constitution wrong 42 years ago with Roe v. Wade. Five unelected judges do not have the power to change the truth about marriage or the truth about the Constitution. …”
“Verhagen claims that under the 2004 Groningen Protocol, which he helped write, the termination of a child’s life (under age 12) is already acceptable if four requirements are met: 1) the presence of hopeless and unbearable suffering; 2) the consent of the parents to termination of life; 3) medical consultation having taken place; and 4) careful execution of the termination.
However, critics of the legalization of doctor assisted death have pointed to the expansion of euthanasia to those who don’t have the capacity to request it, despite the so-called stringent safeguards that proponents believe are in place to protect vulnerable people. …”
“In violent streets we have become used to calls for retribution, appeals for justice, rioting, looting, marches and self-appointed civil rights leaders hogging cameras and microphones with angry people standing behind them and chants of “no justice, no peace.” …
When the world sees such acts of kindness, it doesn’t know what to say. For many it is unfamiliar territory. And yet it is precisely the outworking of what those in that prayer meeting found in the Bible they were studying and the God to whom they prayed. It is a part of the nonviolence taught and practiced by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His refusal to respond to violence with violence helped turn the hearts of many and change the laws of a nation. …”
“The only slight problem is the island’s only preacher is a Seventh-Day Adventist, a religion which opposes gay marriage The Pitcairn Island has passed a law allowing same-sex marriage – but appears to have no gay couples wanting to wed. First settled in 1790, Pitcairn is a British Overseas Territory.”