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EZN Network | Headline News Archive

Posted Saturday, July 8, 2017 Ezekiel News Network Send Comment to EZN

EZN | Prophetic News In Motion | Archive

U.S. Teen Birth Rate Hits All-Time Low. According to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last year the teen birth rate for women ages 15-19 fell nine percent. Read more here


Liberty Counsel Sues GuideStar Over “Hate Group” Labels. GuideStar, the leading tracker of U.S. nonprofits that claims it is a neutral aggregator of tax data, falsely flagged 46 conservative organizations as “hate groups.” Read more here

 

Study in Britain Finds Cuts in Sex-Education Programs in England Coincide with Decreases in Teen Pregnancy. According to researchers at the Nottingham University Business School, local expenditure cuts in contraception and sex-education programs throughout England were associated with reductions in teen pregnancy and abortion rates, not an increase as was predicted. Read more here

 

World Health Organization Warns of Untreatable Gonorrhea Superbug. World Health Organization (WHO) researchers looked at data from 77 countries and found that in more than 50, first-line antibiotics were ineffective in treating gonorrhea with resistance increasing against second and third-line treatments as well. The WHO estimates that 78 million people worldwide contract the disease each year, with most cases affecting young men and women under the age of 25. Read more here

A blog post by the Institute for Family Studies documents how shared faith and religious practice foster stronger, happier marriages. W. Bradford Wilcox in his post, “Faith and Marriage: Better Together?” points out how there is a trend by some cultural elites to take a negative view of religion and religion’s influence on family life. But the research shows the opposite—that “religion generally fosters more happiness, greater stability, and a deeper sense of meaning in American family life, provided that family members—especially spouses—share a common faith.” Read it here

 

“This New Law in Canada Could Remove Kids From Parents Who Reject Transgender Ideology” is an article by Andrea Mrozek that explains some serious concerns about Bill 89—legislation passed in Ontario, Canada. She points out that the bill moves “gender identity and gender expression” language from the Human Rights Code “into the private domain of the family, but without including specific protections for conscience and religion.” And she shows how what started as a legislative snowball has the potential to become a dangerous avalanche that may inflict real harm on children, parents, and families in Canada. Read it here. 

 

Dr. Michelle Cretella, a board certified pediatrician and current president of the American College of Pediatricians, shares powerful insights in her article, “I’m a Pediatrician. How Transgender Ideology Has Infiltrated My Field and Produced Large-Scale Child Abuse.” She observes that as transgender politics has steamrolled across the U.S., it’s not just infecting our laws, “it is intruding into the lives of the most innocent among us—children—and with the apparent growing support of the professional medical community.” And sadly, Dr. Cretella notes that healthcare professionals “who dare to question the unscientific party line of supporting gender transition therapy will find themselves maligned and out of a job.” Read it here

 

There has been a great deal of news coverage in the case of little Charlie Gard, the baby who is being denied medical treatment in the UK. It’s a complicated issue, but Melissa Moschella brings up some excellent points in her article “Parental and Governmental Authority in Medical Decisions: The Tragic Case of Charlie Gard.” She maintains that the UK has exceeded its authority and has violated the rights of his parents who should be the ones to determine how to best care for Charlie. Read it here

 

Scott Yenor, Visiting Fellow of the Heritage Foundation’s B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics, has authored a masterful report titled “Sex, Gender, and the Origin of the Culture Wars: An Intellectual History.” He makes the point that the contemporary notion of gender as a social construct has its roots in the sexual revolution imagined decades ago by radical feminists. “Yesterday’s shocking theory has become today’s accepted norm, with more changes to come.” Read it here

US soldier arrested after pledging loyalty to Islamic State

HONOLULU (July 11, 2017) — An active duty U.S. soldier was arrested on terrorism charges after authorities say he pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and said he wanted to "kill a bunch of people."

 

FBI nominee says Trump-Russia probe is no 'witch hunt'

WASHINGTON (July 12, 2017) — Breaking with the president, the lawyer Donald Trump picked to lead the FBI declared Wednesday that he does not believe a special counsel investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump election campaign is a "witch hunt."

House conservatives wary of emerging Senate health care bill

WASHINGTON (July 12, 2017) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's ready to unwrap his latest bill repealing much of President Barack Obama's health care law, with wary conservatives warning Wednesday that they're watching to make sure it doesn't stray from their goals.

Still no word on cause of fatal military plane crash

ITTA BENA, Miss. (July 12, 2017) — With debris scattered for miles across the flat countryside of the Mississippi Delta, federal and local officials combed soybean fields for clues in a military plane crash that killed 15 Marines and a Navy sailor.

Wounded congressman out of intensive care, remains serious

WASHINGTON (July 12, 2017) — House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, grievously wounded in a shooting at a baseball practice nearly a month ago, has been moved out of the intensive care unit of a Washington hospital but remains in serious condition.

US-led coalition: Amnesty report on Mosul 'irresponsible'

IRBIL, Iraq (July 12, 2017) — The U.S.-led coalition said Wednesday that an Amnesty International report accusing its forces of violating international law during the fight against ISIS terrorists in Mosul is "irresponsible."

 

Canada gives $10M to ex Gitmo inmate who killed U.S. soldier

TORONTO (July 7, 2017) — A former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who pleaded guilty to killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan received an apology and a multimillion-dollar payment from the Canadian government after a court ruling said his rights were abused.

Inmate's escape: Phones, wire cutters, a drone and $47,000

COLUMBIA, S.C. (July 7, 2017) — A South Carolina inmate used wire cutters that were probably dropped from a drone as part of an elaborate escape plan that also included cellphones smuggled into prison, guns and at least $47,000 in cash, authorities said Friday after his capture.

Justice Dept. questions cities' immigration info sharing

WASHINGTON (July 7, 2017) — The Justice Department on Thursday questioned whether some so-called sanctuary cities responded honestly when asked whether they follow the law on sharing the citizenship status of people in their custody with federal immigration authorities.

Illinois taxpayers facing bigger bills in new budget

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (July 7, 2017) — Organizations that support Illinois' social services are praising the state's first budget in more than two years, while business groups are criticizing a major income tax increase that comes along with it.

US employers add strong 222K jobs; jobless rate at 4.4 pct.

WASHINGTON (July 7, 2017) — U.S. employers added a robust 222,000 jobs in June, the most in four months, a reassuring sign that businesses may be confident enough to keep hiring despite a slow-growing economy.

 

German host tells G20 leaders they must reach compromises  HAMBURG, Germany (July 7, 2017) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel told leaders of the Group of 20 economic powers Friday that millions of people are hoping they can help solve the world's problems, and warned them that they must be prepared to make compromises.

Hobby Lobby fined $3M for smuggling Iraq religious artifacts

OKLAHOMA CITY (July 6, 2017) — Hobby Lobby Stores has agreed to pay a $3 million federal fine and forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi religious artifacts smuggled from the Middle East that the government alleges were intentionally mislabeled for import, federal prosecutors said.

4 children, father stabbed to death; mother in custody

LOGANVILLE, Ga. (July 6, 2017) — Police found four young children and their father apparently stabbed to death in a home outside Atlanta and took the mother into custody early Thursday.

Trump welcomed by cheering, flag-waving supporters in Warsaw

WARSAW, Poland (July 6, 2017) — Donald Trump was welcomed Thursday by an enthusiastic crowd in Warsaw that chanted his name and waved U.S. and Polish flags when he delivered an address — just as Poland's government had promised.

Trump says Polish people are the soul of Europe

WARSAW, Poland (July 6, 2017) — President Donald Trump says Poland may be the geographic heart of Europe but the Polish people are its soul.

Police look into what prompted deadly ambush of officer

NEW YORK (July 6, 2017) — At the start of her midnight shift, Officer Miosotis Familia was in a New York Police Department mobile command post, writing in her notebook, when a gunman strode toward her.

Malaysia, Indonesia Muslim groups call for Starbucks boycott

JAKARTA, Indonesia (July 6, 2017)- Muslim groups in Malaysia and Indonesia have called for a boycott of Starbucks because of the coffee chain's support for LGBT rights.

 

A Spokeswoman for Ministry Open Doors USA says Christians in Nigeria are facing a "horrific situation" at the hands of Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram and other Muslims.  For years Boko Haram has been attacking and killing Christians, and now those Christians are facing a food shortage in refugee camps after enduring horrific violence, says Open Doors spokeswoman Emily Fuentes. Read more here.

 

U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Case of Baker Refusing to Bake Cake for Same-Sex Wedding. The religious liberty case regards a Denver baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple on religious grounds. Read more here

 

Court Rules in Favor of Religious Liberty for Mississippi. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Mississippi First Amendment Defense Act that allows religious organizations and businesses to operate in accord with their religion’s teaching on marriage and sexuality can be enforced. Read more here

 

U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Religious Liberty. The court ruled in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church’s case against the state of Missouri. The state discriminated against the church by withholding publicly funded grants that offset the cost of resurfacing playgrounds with recycled tires to improve safety for children. The church applied for the grant and would have qualified but was turned down solely because they were a church. Read more here

 

Poll Finds Majority of Americans Believe Abortion Should be Illegal. According to the Gallup poll, 54 percent of Americans favor making abortion illegal or legal in only a few circumstances, and 42 percent want access to abortion to be unrestricted or legal in most circumstances. Read more here. 

 

United States Rejects UN Call for Access to Abortion at Human Rights Council. The U.S disassociated itself from a Canadian resolution calling for access to safe abortion for all women in countries where it is legal. Read more here.

 

Since 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has used this Bulletin to highlight the continuing threat from homegrown terrorists, many of whom are inspired online to violence by foreign terrorist organizations. The United States is engaged in a generational fight against terrorists, who seek to attack the American people, our country, and our way of life. An informed, vigilant, and engaged public remains one of our greatest assets to identify potential homegrown terrorists and prevent attacks. Read more here.

 

Harvard Legal Journal Argues Against Legal Abortion. The Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy said in a report by law student Joshua Craddock that unborn children fall under the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections. According to the article, “Unborn babies are constitutional persons.” The Fourteenth Amendment holds that no state shall “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Read more here. 

 

Colombia Officially Recognizes First Polyamorous Family. Three men in a same-sex union have had their union legally recognized by the Colombian government. While the arrangement is not considered a “marriage” there are some legal protections for the threesome. Read more here. 

 

Poll Shows Same-Sex Marriage Rate Lower Than Rate for Heterosexual Couples. The Gallup poll showed that two years after the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in the U.S., 10.6 percent of adult same-sex couples are married compared to 13.6 percent of adult heterosexual couples. Read more here. 

 

Lithuanian Parliament Rejects Proposal to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage. Twenty-nine members of parliament voted in favor of the proposal, 59 voted against, and 20 abstained from voting. Polls show more than 80 percent of Lithuanians are against same-sex marriage. Read more here. 

 

Arizona State Court of Appeals Judge Rules Paternity not Equal in Same-Sex Marriage. In what could be a significant setback for same-sex couples, the court ruled that the same-sex spouse of a woman who gave birth to a child is not entitled to a presumption that she is a parent and that the law applies solely to men. Read more here.

 

Switzerland Delays Same-Sex Marriage Deadline. The Swiss parliament extended the deadline by two years for deciding on allowing same-sex marriage. The delay will allow a legal affairs committee to investigate changes in the laws with regard to taxes, social security, adoption and reproductive medicine. Read more here. 

 

Cartoons Banned in Kenya for Homosexual Content. Kenya’s film and classification board called for the suspension of several U.S.-produced programs because of “disturbing content glorifying homosexual behavior” that were deemed not appropriate for children. Read more here. 

 

Survey Finds Majority of Americans Believe LGBT Discrimination Exists in America. The findings from PRRI’s American Values Atlas showed while perceptions varied broadly by political affiliation and race, on average, 62 percent of Americans believe transgenders face discrimination and 58 percent believe homosexuals and lesbians experience discrimination. Read more here. 

 

Sesame Street Celebrates LGBT During “Gay Pride” Month. The children’s show announced its support for the LGBT movement with a display of puppets in rainbow colors and a tweet stating “Sesame Street is proud to support families of all shapes, sizes, and colors.” Read more here. 

 

Public Library Forced to Cover Transgender Surgery in Insurance Plans. A male library employee who filed a lawsuit against the Cincinnati, Ohio library and Hamilton County has won his fight to force taxpayers to foot the bill for his sex-change operation. Read more here

 

Liberal Feminist Icon Breaks with Political Correctness on Transgenderism. Liberal feminist professor Camille Paglia in a recent interview stressed that she believes sex change is impossible and criticizes fellow liberals for ignoring the related science. She also argued against special rights or privileges for gender-confused individuals. Read more here

 

Canada Senate Passes Transgender Rights Bill. Bill C-16 passed by a vote of 67 – 11 more than one year after being introduced. The bill will protect gender identity and expression and will penalize individuals who use the wrong pronouns for transgenders. The bill must still receive Royal Assent before becoming law. Read more here

 

Report Finds New Treatment for Children with Gender Issues Not Supported by Science. The report published by The New Atlantis titled “Growing Pains: Problems With Puberty Suppression in Treating Gender Dysphoria,” summarizes the conclusions of 50 peer-reviewed studies on gender dysphoria in children and challenges the treatment that provides drugs to children to block puberty. Read more here

 

Church of England Considers “Re-Christening” Transgenders Following Sex Reassignment. While church policy does not allow re-baptism, the church may affirm transgenders by officially acknowledging their new name and identity. Read more here

 

U.S. Military Heads Want Delay on Transgender Troop Enlistment. Service leaders hammered out an agreement that rejected Army and Air Force requests for a two-year wait, and instead will request a six-month delay in allowing transgenders who are not already in the military to enlist. The military chiefs said they needed time to study the issue and its effects on the readiness of the force before taking that step. Read more here. 

 

U.S. Schools can be Investigated for not Using Transgender Students’ Preferred Pronouns. According to a memo from Candice Jackson, acting assistant secretary for civil rights, failure to use a transgender student’s preferred name or pronoun is considered gender-based harassment and can lead to an investigation by the Department of Education’s of Civil Rights. Read more here.

WORLD MISSION NEWS

Illness, Disabilities Mount among Syrian Refugees

July 7, 2017 - A 3-year-old boy from Syria who was born in a makeshift refugee camp in Turkey does not walk or talk. An indigenous missionary seeks to bring a little light. Read more.

Persecution, Vietnam's Dirty Little Secret

June 29, 2017 - In rural villages in Vietnam's Central Highlands, it's what you don't do that gets you in trouble. Read more.

Workers Battle Drought, Starvation and Superstition

June 22, 2017 - A weary mother in drought-stricken Niger had already seen two of her children die from starvation, and now her 2-year-old son's skin was clinging to his bones. She feared that spirits were angry with her. Read more.

Staying Alive after Roaring Floods in Peru

June 15, 2017 - Rushing waters destroyed homes, roads and lives in Peru this spring, but indigenous missionaries are on hand to help survivors. Read more.

Behind Desperate Pleas in Syria, Broken Families

June 8, 2017 - They have lost everything – home, health, business, homeland – and now Syrian refugees are also losing their children. Read more.

Help Victims of Terrorism in the Philippines

June 6, 2017 - More than 200,000 people in the southern Philippines are desperate for food, water and other essentials for survival after fleeing an attack on Marawi City by an Islamic State-linked terrorist group. The ongoing terrorist assault that began on May 23 sent thousands of families fleeing, most to Iligan City, where Christian Aid Mission supports an indigenous ministry that risked rescuing some residents and is striving to provide critical aid to those who have escaped. Read more.

Pushing Aid through Closed Border in North Korea

June 2, 2017 - North Korea this week defied the West with another missile test, further provoking a nuclear threat that has brought Chinese and North Korean soldiers to their common border — and shut off aid to starving people. An indigenous missionary, however, has found a way to get relief in. Read more.

Drought in Kenya Creates Staggering Crisis

May 25, 2017 - Devastating hunger has left millions of people hungry in northern Kenya and the Rift Valley as under-funded native missionaries wonder if Western media have paid any attention. Read more.

Gospel Makes Inroads in Odd Ways in Indonesia

May 19, 2017 - The director of an indigenous ministry in Indonesia was not sure why the village head was asking him to provide a duck for a Hindu sacrifice, but he had a ready answer. Read more.

Needs Grow in Greece as New Era Begins

May 11, 2017 - Growing up in Iraq, Mahmoud had been told that Christians are sinners and liars, and that he should not trust them. Then he fell into the Aegean Sea. Read more.

 

Christian Workers Overcome Difficulties in Vietnam

May 4, 2017 - Church leaders in Vietnam unwilling to submit their congregations to religious freedom violations accompanying registration leave themselves open to arrest, but somehow churches continue to sprout. Read more.

Reaching Mexico's Unreached, Unyielding Indigenes

April 20, 2017 - Animist villagers in southern Mexico reproached Reynaldo for abandoning the worldview of his tribal ancestors - the kind of pressure that has walled out relationship with Jesus for centuries. Read more.

 

Displaced Iraqis Escape Death in Mosul, Iraq

April 6, 2017 - The father of a 10-year-old boy in northern Iraq, displaced by war against the Islamic State, was upset when his son told him he had decided to follow Christ. The father decided to do something about it. Read more.

Aleppo, Syria Aid Resumes Despite Opposition

March 30, 2017 - The battle for Aleppo, Syria put a halt to an indigenous ministry's outreach and aid, but efforts have resumed in spite of renewed fighting and opposition from area Muslims. Read more.

Christians in Turkey Faithful amid Dangers

March 23, 2017 - A pastor in Turkey sometimes doubted whether anyone was paying attention to his online sermons. Then the Lord intervened directly. Read more.

Catastrophe in Peru

Fierce flooding in northern Peru has killed more than 75 people and left at least 100,000 people homeless since January. Rains 10 times stronger than usual have sent raging masses of water over houses, crops and schools, injuring nearly 300 people and leaving thousands without food, water and shelter. Flashfloods and mudslides have washed away roads and bridges. Read more.

The Surprisingly Urgent Need in the Philippines

March 16, 2017 - The prospect of Islamist expansion beyond the southern Philippines is just one reason evangelization is a matter of high urgency, an indigenous missionary says. Read more.

Indigenous Ministry in Peru Prays Away Pains of the Poor

March 9, 2017 - While indigenous missionaries regularly expend much time and energy to reach remote tribal people in Peru, their radio ministry overcomes geographical barriers in an instant – and brings relief to years of pain. Read more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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