Lighthouse Trails Research Journal VOL. 7 | NO. 5 - Page 24

Lighthouse Trails Research Journal 24 CURRENT NEWS CLIPS—AFFECTING THE CHURCH AND THE WORLD EDITOR’S NOTE: The following news clips are from various news sources. They are posted for informational and research purposes and not necessarily as an endorsement of the content or source. “LIBERAL CHRISTIANS GATHER AT WILD GOOSE FESTIVAL TO PRAY—AND PLAN” BY JACK JENKINS | RELIGIOUS NEWS SERVICE For years, liberals—even liberal people of faith—have been wary of fusions of faith and politics, careful not to pierce the boundary between church and state. But at this year’s [emergent] Wild Goose Festival, an annual Christian gathering that convened last Thursday-Sunday . . . many attendees asked the same question: What if my beliefs are by implication political? . . . The atmosphere may seem foreign to top Democratic Party operatives and even many liberal religious leaders. But as the religious left exerts an unaccustomed influence on political rhetoric, Wild Goose has begun to draw recognizable names, including presidential candidate Marianne Williamson. It’s hard to miss the festival’s political bent. (source: https://www.upi. com/Top_News/US/2019/07/16/Liberal-Christians-gather-in- remote-Appalachia-to-pray-and-plan/1791563291887/) to incorporate LGBT history in American history courses. The law mandates that all publicly funded schools in Illinois include “the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State” in official textbooks.(source: mandates-lgbt-history-curriculum-for-public-schools/) “AUSCHWITZ SURVIVOR CELEBRATES 104TH BIRTHDAY WITH 400 DESCENDANTS BY ALEX WINSTON | THE JERUSALEM POST [Shoshona Ovitz] celebrated her 104th birthday . . . surrounded by approximately 400 of her descendants at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Ovitz wished that her birthday celebration would be with all of her family together at the holy site. Ovitz survived Auschwitz after witnessing her mother being handed over to the infamous Nazi doctor and “Angel of Death,” Josef Mengele, known for his cruel experiments on prisoners. Her father also died in the Holocaust. (source: News/Auschwitz-survivor-celebrates-1 04th-birthday-with-400- descendants-598138) (photo: Jerusalem Post) “TRUMP ADMINISTRATION: SEX DISCRIMINATION DOES NOT INCLUDE GENDER IDENTITY” BY MATTHEW VADUM | THE EPOCH TIMES Civil rights laws don’t protect transgender employees from being fired because of their gender identity, the Trump administration argued in a new filing with the Supreme Court. The legal brief was filed Aug. 16 in R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, a lawsuit involving a transgender person, Aimee Stephens, formerly known as Anthony Stephens, who was fired by a Michigan funeral home. In 2013, Stephens declared a desire to begin dressing as a woman while at work and was fired by Thomas Rost, the Christian owner of the business, who said he was merely upholding a sex-appropriate dress code. (source: sex-discrimination-does-not-include-gender-identity_3048109.html) “ILLINOIS GOVERNOR MANDATES LGBT HISTORY CURRICULUM FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL” BY ALANA MASTRANGELO | BREIBART NEWS The governor of Illinois recently signed a bill that will mandate public schools in the state teach LGBT history, beginning next year. The new legislation will require schools to incorporate “a study of the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people” as part of the American history curriculum. Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker (D) signed House Bill 246 into law . . . which will require schools Volume 7—No. 5 “AMAZON PULLS BOOKS BY AUTHORS WHO ONCE IDENTIFIED AS GAY, LESBIAN” BY BRANDON SHOWALTER | THE CHRISTIAN POST Following the removal of books by a Catholic psychologist amid LGBT activist pressure, Amazon has removed the works of other authors who once lived and identified as gay. The works of Anne Paulk of the Restored Hope Network and pastoral counselor and author Joe Dallas are among the latest books to be pulled from the online retail giant. Dallas’ book —Desires in Conflict: Hope for Men Who Struggle with Sexual Identity— and Paulk’s book —Restoring Sexual Identity: Hope for Women Who Struggle with Same-Sex Attraction—both of which until the past few days were sold on the platform, are now no longer available for purchase. (source: news/amazon-pulls-books-by-authors-who-once-identified-as- gay-lesbian.html) Concludes on next page SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019