June 1, 2012    |   Volume 20
  This Week's Viewpoint  
  The Abolition of Man (and Sugary Drinks) by David Fowler  
 
Two political events this week seemed to have no connection to each other, N.Y. Mayor Michael Bloomberg wanting to ban the sale of sugary drinks over 16 ounces and the U.S. House of Representatives failing to ban sex-selective abortions. But the perspective behind both is the same and together they portend what C.S. Lewis predicted back in 1947. So, let’s raise a glass of soda pop and drink to the Abolition of Man.  Read more.
 
  Latest News  
  Judge rules that approval of mosque in Murfreesboro, TN, is void  
  Next time you think local government elections such as those for judges and county commissioners aren't all that important, you might want to reconsider. A Rutherford County, TN, judge has ruled that the county failed to provide adequate public notice of a meeting at which the construction of a mosque in Murfreesboro, TN, was approved and therefore its approval is void. However, the judge has apparently told mosque opponents that they need to initiate a new legal action to stop its continuing construction.
 
  DOJ pressures U. of Arkansas to allow transgender male in female restrooms  
  A 38 year old male student at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, who dresses and identifies himself as a female, has been allowed access to all female facilities on campus, after the Department of Justice brought pressure to bear on the university in response to a civil rights complaint filed by the student.  The school had tried to make a reasonable accommodation for the student by converting a number of bathrooms on campus to single user facilities, but apparently that neither satisfied the student or the DOJ.  
  U.S. House defeats bill that would have banned abortions based on child's gender  
  On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives defeated PRENDA, a bill that would ban sex-selective abortions, shortly after a video was released that shows a Planned Parenthood employee coaching a client on how to obtain an abortion motivated by gender bias. To what lengths will the current administration and liberal Congressmen go to promote their pro-abortion agenda? During the debate, Tennessee Representative Marsha Blackburn eloquently argued, “Since when did America subscribe to the idea that males are worth more than females? ... It's sick, it's discriminatory, it's sexist, and it is blatantly anti-woman and anti-human."    
  Federal appellate court says critical provision in DOMA unconstitutional  
  A federal appellate court has ruled that the provision in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman is unconstitutional because it denies “married” gay couples federal benefits given to heterosexual married couples. The ruling, which will be appealed and applies only to northeastern U.S. states, did not address DOMA’s other component that protects states not having adopted same-sex “marriage” from being forced to recognize such “marriages” performed in other states. ADF attorney Dale Schowengerdt noted the fallacy in the court’s reasoning: "In allowing one state to hold the federal government, and potentially other states, hostage to redefine marriage, the 1st Circuit attempts a bridge too far. Under this rationale, if just one state decided to accept polygamy, the federal government and perhaps other states would be forced to accept it, too."  
  New Gallup poll finds sexualization of our culture is continuing  
  In a poll assessing Americans’ “moral acceptability” of various behaviors and social policies, the trend towards increased acceptance of sex outside of marriage is continuing. When asked about the acceptability of “sex between an unmarried man and woman,” 59% thought it is morally acceptable while only 38% found it morally wrong.  Similarly, 54% viewed “having a baby outside of marriage” as morally acceptable whereas 42% found it morally wrong. But only 7% found as morally acceptable “married men and women having an affair” while 89% deemed that conduct morally wrong. Turning to abortion, only 38% thought it is morally acceptable while 51% deem abortion to be morally wrong. Read more poll results here.  
  Premiere of "Losing our Sons" on June 7th at Cornerstone Church  
  “Losing our Sons” tells the story of two fathers and their sons, Melvin Bledsoe and his son, Carlos, and Daris Long and his son, Andy. A small business owner in Memphis, Melvin watched with pride when his son Carlos went to TSU in Nashville. Daris, an ex-Marine, felt honored when Andy decided to join the military. But when Carlos Bledsoe murdered Andy Long in Little Rock, Arkansas, both fathers were faced with an American nightmare. As the movie’s producers noted, “This powerful documentary provides a moment of clarity for Americans who care about their country’s future.” View its trailer here and then attend this world premiere on June 7th at 7:00 p.m. at Cornerstone Church in Madison.  
  "Don't Tear Me Down" campaign launched to protect crosses in veteran's memorials  
  Liberty Institute, which represents several veterans’ organizations in their legal battles to preserve memorials, has launched a music video that embodies “the spirit of the movement to save America’s veterans memorials that contain religious imagery from being torn down by the ACLU and other atheist groups.” See the video here.  

 

     
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