June 28, 2017

“Newsworthy” excerpts

Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts have been in the news quite a bit these days. First they made national news by initially denying a young boy’s admittance to the club, then reversing the decision as wrong.

Recently, Girl Scout employee Renise Rodriguez found that that sort of tolerance apparently goes only one direction.

Renise went to work at her place of employment for the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona. Her arrival was during her off-hour time to pick up some of her personal items. When she arrived at the building, she was told she would have to change her T-shirt if she was to remain on the premises. She was also given the option to turn it inside-out. Her shirt read, “Pray to End Abortion.” After considering the reality of the exchange, she resigned her position as Girl Experience Associate. See here for more.

Disinvited

Bishop Katherine Jefferts Shori, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States (ECUSA), received an invitation to address Episcopal churches in Sudan, but now has been disinvited. The reasoning is that the Episcopal churches in the United States have demonstrated “blatant disregard” for God’s Word. The particular issue regards the Episcopal Church’s capitulation to homosexuality.

Until now the Sudanese Episcopalians did not want to officially distance themselves from their erring church members in the United States, though they did criticize their false teachings. As of December 15, 2011, the rift has now become official. They did seek to reaffirm their relationship with conservative, “orthodox” Episcopal and Anglican churches here in the United States.

Adoptions in the Homosexual Community

According to a New York Times article, adoptions by homosexual couples have nearly tripled in recent history. This is a trend that is unlikely to be reversed.

At the date of the article, only two US states explicitly forbid homosexuals from adopting children. Several states have roadblocks to overcome but nothing that cannot be circumvented. The main issue is that homosexuals still cannot marry in many states. The growing trend results from America’s softening position on homosexuality and the still-growing number of children awaiting adoption. There are approximately 155,000 children in line for adoption in the US today. In 2009 19 percent of homosexual “couples” adopted children.

Excerpted from the “Newsworthy” column, Jan/Feb FrontLine.

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