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Lighthouse Trails Research Journal News Clips Affecting the Church & the World—continued from previous page “TOP US TEACHERS’ UNION ENDORSES ‘FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO ABORTION’” BY CALVIN FREIBURGER | LIFESITE NEWS The largest union representing teachers in the United States formally adopted a statement at its annual representative as- sembly last week embracing a “fundamental right to abortion,” labeling pro-life Americans as “misogynistic” in the process. . . . the National Education Association (NEA) “will include an assertion of our defense of a person’s right to control their own body, especially for women, youth, and sexually marginalized people. The NEA vigorously opposes all attacks on the right to choose and stands on the fundamental right to abortion under Roe v. Wade.” It justifies this stance on the grounds that “The most misogy- nistic forces, under [President Donald] Trump, want to abolish the gains of the women’s right[s] movement. Women’s leader- ship is essential for any successful egalitarian movement and therefore must be protected.” (source: https://www.lifesitenews. com/news/top-us-teachers-union-endorses-fundamental-right- to-abortion?fbclid=IwAR19u-j6cjnbwgmJT9Y8X8SvJL-Djsl- 7peVzD1hM2ItLMx94kmk6DzDw0c) “BILL MAHER CLAIMS OPRAH WOULD BE ONLY ‘SURE’ BET FOR BEATING TRUMP IN 2020” BY SAM DORMAN | FOX NEWS HBO host Bill Maher argued on Friday that there was a good chance former Vice President Joe Biden would ruin a 2020 bid and that talk show empress Oprah Winfrey was the only sure bet for beating the president. “The only person who is a sure thing is Oprah Winfrey,” Maher said before emphasizing the importance of celebrity in American politics. Later in his monologue he said, “I am telling you that at this particular moment in history, in this particular election year, she is the only candidate who is a sure thing winner for the Democrats.” (source: https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/ bill-maher-claims-oprah-would-be-only-sure-bet-for-beating- trump-in-2020) “HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: I CAN’T SAY HOLOCAUST IS FACTUAL, HISTORICAL EVENT” BY JERUSALEM POST STAFF “Not everyone believes the Holocaust happened, and you have your thoughts, but we are a public school and not all of our parents have the same beliefs so they will react differently.”–Florida High School Principal [to a concerned parent] “I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee,” wrote Florida high school principal William Latson in an email to the mother of a student . . . Latson also wrote that Holocaust education is “to be introduced but not forced upon individu- Volume 7—No. 5 25 als, as we all have the same right but not all the same beliefs.” (source: https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/High-school-prin- cipal-I-cant-say-Holocaust-is-factual-historical-event-594822) “LATEST PRO-LGBT PROPOSAL TARGETS CHRISTIAN THERAPISTS, PASTORS” BY JODY BROWN, STEVE JORDAHL | ONENEWSNOW.COM The head of the Pacific Justice Institute says a non-binding resolution just introduced in the California legislature raises a “red flag” that the state is on the verge of telling Christian pastors and counselors what they can and cannot say to certain people in deep pain. Assembly Concurrent Resolution 99 proclaims that the state’s legislators have “found that being [LGBT] is not a disease, disor- der, illness, deficiency, or shortcoming”; contends that attempts to help a person struggling with same-sex attraction are harmful; and blames churches and faith-based counselors for the epidemic of suicides within the LGBT community. (source: https://one- newsnow.com/politics-govt/2019/06/18/latest-pro-lgbt-proposal- targets-christian-therapists-pastors) Endnotes Continued from page 6 10. Ibid., p. 168. 11. Ibid., Brian McLaren on back cover. 12. William Shannon, Silence on Fire (New York, NY: The Crossroad Publishing Company, 1995 edition), pp. 109-110. 13. Harry Emerson Fosdick, Dear Mr. Brown, op. cit., p. 136. 14. Brennan Manning, Above All (Brentwood, TN: Integrity Pub- lishers, 2003), pp. 58-59. 15. Statement by Brian McLaren on McLaren’s website: http://www. brianmclaren.net/archives/000201.html, “What about other websites?” 16. The Center for Spiritual Development, 2006 Summer Seminar called “The Church in the 21 st Century” where Brian McLaren and Marcus Borg were two of the speakers, http://www.center-for-spiritual- development.org/DVDCatalog.html. 17. Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2005), pp. 180, 184. 18. Walter Brueggemann cited on United Theological Seminary website: http://www.united.edu in reference to Marcus Borg’s book, The Heart of Christianity. 19. Marcus Borg, The God We Never Knew (New York, NY: Harp- erCollins, First HarperCollins Paperback Edition, 1998), p. 25. 20. Ibid. 21. Marcus Borg, “Easter About Life, Not Death” (Washington Post/Newsweek “On Faith” column, April 7, 2004, http://newsweek. washingtonpost.com/onfaith/panelists/marcus_borg/2007/04/eas- ter_not_about_death_but_lif.html). 22. John White (Science of Mind, September 1981), p. 15. 23. This is documented on the Lighthouse Trails Research site: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=22246. 24. Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander (1989 edi- tion), pp. 157-158. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019