97 Killed in Indonesia Earthquake, Ohio Legislature Passes “Heartbeat Bill”, Over 700 Attacks on Christians in Germany Refugee Camps

Thursday, December 8th, in the year of our Lord 2016

By Jonathan Clark

Christian Refugees in Germany Face Attacks from Muslims

Open Doors Germany released a report in October indicating there have been 743 attacks on Christian refugees in Germany’s refugee camps this year. Christian refugee children have also been mistreated by Muslim migrant children in Germany, according to The Christian Post. Catholic priest Andreas Knapp has worked closely with migrants in Germany and has confirmed systemic attacks on Christian refugee children for their faith.

1 John 5:4 says, “Whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.”

Trump Makes More Cabinet Picks

President-elect Donald Trump made several more cabinet picks this week, including Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as ambassador to China and retired Gen. John Kelly as head of Department of Homeland Security. More controversially, Trump plans to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, reported Fox News. Pruitt has been an outspoken critic of climate change and the EPA’s “activist agenda.”

Ohio Senate Passes Bill Banning Abortions After Six Weeks Gestation

The election of Donald Trump emboldened majority Republicans in the Ohio General Assembly to pass the Heartbeat Bill, the strictest abortion bill in the nation on Tuesday, reports the Columbus Dispatch. It would outlaw abortions after six weeks gestation.

The World View spoke with Janet Folger Porter, the founder of Faith2Action (www.f2a.org) who has been working on this bill for six long years.

“The Heartbeat Bill will ensure that if a heartbeat is protected, the baby is protected. So that, instead of abortion stopping a beating heart, a beating heart will stop abortion. It’s a simple way of using the yardstick that science has given us, the indicator of life that’s recognized in hospitals around the world, we’ll now recognize it in the very young.”

Porter explained why it took so long for the Ohio Senate to pass the Heartbeat Bill.

“The Senate has dragged their feet for the last six years for a number of excuses. They’ve said that the bill goes too far; they’ve said the bill doesn’t go far enough; they’ve said it’s not constitutional. In other words, because the court might strike it down, we’re going to strike it down before they get a chance to. It was absurd! The good news is with the Trump victory in the presidential race they saw that the Supreme Court is going to be soon stacked with pro-life judges. We believe that by the time that this law, once it’s signed, gets to the Supreme Court, it’ll have the right court to uphold it and I believe that this bill will be the arrow in the heart of Roe v. Wade.”

In the last four days, pro-lifers sent 30,000 emails to the Ohio Senate and made hundreds of phone calls that made the difference in response to TV ads and email campaigns. Now the focus is on Ohio Governor John Kasich to sign the Heartbeat Bill into law.

“The number to call for Governor Kasich is 614-466-3555. If you want to keep babies alive, call 614-466-3555. That’s how you reach Governor Kasich. Tell him it is imperative, it is essential that he sign the Heartbeat Bill into law.

“Even if you don’t live in Ohio, it’s critical to call Governor John Kasich right now. Number one, we care about babies no matter where they live. Number 2, John Kasich has an aspiration to run for president again one day and he’s going to care about calls that come in from all over the country. And number 3, when this is signed into law, Ohio is a purple state, and it’s going to, I believe, act as a domino effect on all the other states waiting in the wings. There have been 17 states that have introduced heartbeat bills after we introduced it in 2011. Instead of talking about abortion, marching, regulating, we’re going to end it. And I believe this is the bill that God’s going to use to do it. The fact that he gave us the impossible victory last night by passing the heartbeat bill after the Senate repeatedly, 4 years, had said they will not do it, they did it. I’m thankful I got to be on the front row to see it. Praise be to the God of the impossible whose name is Jesus.”

Stock Market Continues to Rise

The Dow Jones Industrial and the S&P 500 closed at new highs yesterday. The DOW rose 300 points, surging close to 20,000, according to CNBC.

92 Dead in Earthquake in Indonesia

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake rocked Indonesia yesterday morning. Ninety-seven people were killed and 73 injured. Hundreds of homes, businesses, and mosques as well as a hospital were destroyed.

High School Students Sing “Mary Did You Know” While Waiting Out Severe Weather

High schools students were waiting out tornadoes and severe weather that hit the Atlanta, Georgia area last week, reported Christian Headlines. Together they spent the time singing ‘Mary Did You Know’ a Christmas song about the birth of Christ. A teacher shared a video of the song which received thousands of views and comments.

“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

Court in Nepal Acquits Eight Christians

On Tuesday, a court in Nepal acquitted eight Christians charged with evangelizing children. The eight Christians were arrested back in June after they were caught distributing pamphlets about Christ at a Christian school. Evangelizing is illegal in Nepal, and these arrests were part of a crack-down by the Nepal government on Christian activities in the nation, according Morning Star News.

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