This Sunday is Sanctity of Life Sunday. And, not only do pro-life activists have events and marches planned; pro-choice activists do too. In fact, they’re actually hosting an online event where women can brag about how killing their unborn babies helped their lives. Fortunately, the nearly a million pro-life supporters expected to gather this week and next will certainly overshadow those deceived by culture of death. Also, conservative lawmakers showed support for the pro-life movement and traditional marriage at this week’s State of the Union speech. And, Wheaton College continues to face pressure to back down from its stance that a professor’s statement that Muslims and Christians serve the same God violates its statement of faith. These stories and more in this week’s Faith News in Focus!
Abortion Supporters to Hold Event With Women Bragging About Killing Their Babies
Just two days after Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, abortion supporters will gather for a 6-hour online event Jan.19, which will encourage women to share their abortion stories. The “1 in 3 Abortion Speakout” will feature speakers like Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards and former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis. LifeNews.com reports that the event is “connected to the pro-abortion 1 in 3 Campaign, which encourages women to share how aborting their unborn babies helped them. The campaign attempts to normalize abortion by claiming that 1 in 3 women will have an abortion in her lifetime.”
Lawmakers Make Statement with State of the Union Invites
President Obama left an empty seat in the first lady’s box during the State of the Union in honor of victims of gun violence. Conservative lawmakers made their own statements with their invited guests. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan invited two nuns who are members of the order challenging the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. (Planned Parenthood was not amused.) Rep. Jim Jordan invited Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to marry same sex couples. Rep. Steve King also left a seat open in the gallery in honor of the millions of babies killed by abortion. Before the night was over, King left another seat open — his own: “
He did shed tears for the victims of Sandy Hook, and I think that’s appropriate,” he said. “But as far as we know, he’s never shed a tear for the millions of unborn babies that have been aborted since he took office. So I left my gallery seat empty, and my seat in the House chambers empty in commemoration of those who’ve never had a voice, not those who no longer have a voice, but those unborn babies who have never had a voice — and I’m going to the members’ chapel, where I’m going to spend my time there praying for the unborn, praying for the restoration of the Constitution and that God will raise up a leader whom he will use to restore the soul of America.”
Carly Fiorina to Speak at March for Life
GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina will speak at the 2016 March for Life on January 22 in Washington D.C. While March for Life organizers say they don’t get involved in electioneering, they feel that Fiorina embodies the theme of this year’s event, “Pro-Life and Pro-Woman Go Hand-In-Hand. Other speakers include Sen. Joni Ernst, former Baltimore Ravens player Matt Birk, Focus on the Family President Jim Daly, and more.
Wheaton College Faces Pressure to Restore Larycia Hawkins
About 100 Wheaton College students protested this week in an effort to force the College’s administration to reconcile with Larycia Hawkins, who is facing dismissal for saying that Christians and Muslims “worship the same God.” Some faculty members also protested. Coming Tuesday on my podcast, Seeking Truth, I’ll explore the issue at the heart of the controversy with Dr. Miroslav Volf, and Dr. Nabeel Qureshi. Volf is the leading Protestant proponent of the view that Muslims and Christians worship the same God and author of “Allah: A Christian Response.” Qureshi is a Muslim convert to Christianity and an apologist with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He emphatically denies that Muslims and Christians worship the same God.
Norwegian Government Seizes 5 Christian Children from Parents
Without any trial, the Norwegian government has taken away a Christian couple’s five children and has begun adoption proceedings. The three sons and two daughters of Ruth and Marius Bodnariu were taken into custody by Norway’s child services after their daughter’s teacher cited concern about the family’s belief that “God punishes sin.” Thankfully, thousands of fellow Christians gathered to protest.