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For the second issue running HEART is able to show a photo of US President Trump being prayed for, although some Christians and the secular media voice their disapproval of his past persona and current style.
This time he is shown after asking for prayer from pastors when he had declared a National Day of Prayer for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, which took place on Sunday 3 September.
The storm devastated Texas, particularly Houston, followed by another hurricane, Irma, which cut off power to 6.5 million people in Florida, after ripping through the Caribbean islands.
Hillsong founder Brian Houston – standing up for biblical teaching on marriage
The results of a national ballot on same-sex marriage in Australia will be announced on 15 November.
The voluntary postal voting (a mandatory vote had been considered) runs from 23 September to 27 October. The ballot, costing $122 million, asks: “Do you support a change in the law to allow same-sex couples to marry?”
Members of Mahima Baptist Church. Sarju Rijal is the tall man on the far left
While hurricanes hitting the Caribbean and the US in August and September rightly gained widespread media coverage, the much greater loss of life from monsoon flooding and landslides across Asia received little attention.
The US administration has given its support to Christian baker Jack Phillips, who refused to make a cake for a gay wedding and was found guilty of discriminating against the same-sex couple.
Addressing the Supreme Court, which is to make a decision on Phillips’ appeal against his conviction, Acting Solicitor General Jeff Wall wrote: “Forcing Phillips to create expression for and participate in a ceremony that violates his sincerely held religious beliefs invades his First Amendment rights… An artist cannot be forced to paint, a musician cannot be forced to play, and a poet cannot be forced to write.”
President at prayer: This photo of evangelical leaders praying for Donald Trump in the Oval Offce attracted considerable social media comment. Johnnie Moore, president of the KAIROS Company and an attendee of a prayer meeting, snapped the photo of evangelical …
Sweden’s Prime Minister has declared that the State Church cannot refuse to marry same-sex couples.
Stefan Löfven said: “No priest in the Swedish Church can refuse to marry same-sex couples.
“If you work as a midwife you must be able to perform abortions, otherwise you have to do something else. It is the same for priests who do not want to perform same-sex marriages,” he added.
US pro-life group Operation Rescue alleges that Google is downgrading a page on their website.
Until mid-May, their most visited page appeared in the top five when searching ‘abortions in US’. But then the search result was suddenly demoted to 25th.
Cheryl Sullenger, senior vice-president, claims that Google has been “burying our most popular page”.
A leading US Christian campaign group has stated that President Trump’s ban on visitors from a number of mainly Muslim countries is not anti-Muslim but anti-terrorism. Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice says the ban “is a massive victory for our national security”.
However, there have been protests by church groups concerned that Chaldean Christians are being deported to Iraq where they are in danger from Isis. A group of evangelical Christian organisations and others signed a letter in June to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly expressing their “grave concern that Christians will be removed from the United States to face potential persecution, and even death, in the Middle East.”
A senior US paediatrician says her profession has been “infiltrated” by transgender dogma which is resulting in “large scale child abuse”.
Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Paediatricians, complains: “Transgender ideology is 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.”
Parents in Ontario, Canada, face having their children taken away if they do not accept their child’s chosen gender.
Bill 89, which the Queen signed into law this June, is seen by Christians as threatening parental rights because parents who oppose or criticise the LGBT agenda may be considered potential “child abusers.” As a result, their child “can be removed from that environment and placed into protection.”