By Jonathan Clark
Nigeria, Africa added to State Dept’s Naught List for killing Christians
On Monday, the U.S. State Department updated their list of Countries of Particular Concern for religious freedom violations. The countries of concern are Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.
It’s the first time Nigeria has been added to the list. Islamic militants have slaughtered thousands of Christians in the African nation in recent years. The list failed to include India even though the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom recommended the country be added. Christians in India have faced years of discrimination by radical Hindus.
All 10 countries of concern are also on the Open Doors World Watch List of nations where it is most difficult to be a Christian.
Geneva’s COVID Tyranny against the church
The Swiss Constitutional Chamber of the Canton of Geneva temporality suspended Geneva’s total ban on religious services. It was the first ban of its kind in Switzerland and most of Europe.
Geneva’s coronavirus restrictions prohibited churches from meeting but allowed other public gatherings.
Steve Alder, the lawyer who filed the case against the ban, stated, “Enforcing [the ban] is a violation of the right to freedom of religion as protected in the Swiss Constitution and by international human rights standards. It disproportionately targets the activities of religious groups over commercial activities.”
Trump withdrawing troops around the world
Last week, the Pentagon announced the U.S. would be withdrawing most of its troops from Somalia. The U.S. has about 700 troops in the African nation.
The withdrawal follows orders from Trump as U.S. troops are also being withdrawn from Afghanistan and Iraq.
90-year-old woman first to receive COVID vaccine in U.K.
Ninety-year-old Margaret Keenan became the first person to receive the recently developed Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in the U.K. this week.
The U.K. plans on administering 800,000 doses of the vaccine in coming weeks to people over 80 years old and to certain healthcare workers.
America’s independent abortion mills drop by 34%
A report by the Abortion Care Network found the number of independent abortion mills in the U.S. has decreased by 34 percent since 2012. Independent locations perform 58 percent of abortions, while Planned Parenthood locations perform 37 percent of abortions.
Over the last five years, 127 independent abortion mills have shut down.
Proverbs 10:29 says, “The way of the LORD is strength for the upright, but destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.”
17 states join Texas AG in lawsuit against GA, PA, MI & WI over presidential election
Missouri led 17 states to file a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday in support of a recent Texas lawsuit. The Texas suit challenges the presidential election results in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.
The suits argue the four states acted unconstitutionally by changing their election laws through their judiciaries or executive branches instead of through their state legislatures.
The Trump campaign also filed a brief to join the Texas suit.
The mental wellbeing of Americans has declined
A Gallup poll found that 76 percent of Americans say their mental or emotional wellbeing is good or excellent this year, down from 85 percent last year. It’s the lowest point reached in the last two decades.
The study suggested people’s emotional wellbeing is being affected by the coronavirus pandemic as well as the elections this year.
Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
50,000 medical scientists call for end to COVID Shutdowns for mental health reasons
And finally, in related news, over 50,000 medical scientists and medical practitioners have signed the Great Barrington Declaration. The declaration calls for an end to the prevailing coronavirus lockdowns, calling them a risk to people’s long-term physical and mental health. Over 680,000 concerned citizens have also signed the statement.
Instead of lockdowns, the declaration calls for Focused Protection: “The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of reaching herd immunity, is to allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk.”
Wisdom says in Proverbs 8:35-36, “For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the LORD; but he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; all those who hate me love death.”
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Thursday, December 10th, in the year of our Lord 2020. Subscribe by iTunes or email to our unique Christian newscast at www.TheWorldview.com. Or get the Generations app through Google Play or The App Store. I’m Adam McManus (adam@TheWorldview.com). Seize the day for Jesus Christ.