It’s Tuesday, January 31st, A.D. 2023. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at www.TheWorldview.com. I’m Adam McManus. (Adam@TheWorldview.com)
By Kevin Swanson
Pakistan eager to punish Christians who disagree with Muhammed
On January 17th, the Pakistan National Assembly expanded the blasphemy statutes to extend to an insult of Muhammed’s wives, Muhammed’s family members, and Muhammed’s acquaintances.
The punishments for these crimes were increased from 3 years to 10 years in prison, along with a fine of $4,314.
Muhammed is not considered a god by Islam, but only a human being who was supposed to have spoken prophetically and authored the Koran.
Taliban suicide bombing kills 59 Pakistanis
In other Pakistan-related news, the Taliban is claiming responsibility for a suicide bomb attack upon Pakistani police yesterday in Peshawar.
The explosion killed 59 people, including 27 police officials.
The radical Islamic group is upset over Pakistan’s partnership with the U.S. in the war against terrorism.
Dishonorable: Afghanistan, Fulani Muslim militants, & Iran’s Ali Khamene
And now this. International Christian Concern has issued their Dishonorable Distinction “Awards” for the persecution of Christians in the Year of our Lord 2022.
According to their list, Afghanistan is the worst country for persecuting Christians, the Fulani Muslim militants are the worst entity on earth, and Iran’s Ali Khamenei is the worst individual for the torture and persecution of Christians.
Atheist scientists consider Christian colleagues dumb
No surprise here.
A study conducted by researchers at the University of Ohio found that scientists who are atheistic or agnostic in their worldview consider their colleagues who believe in God as less intelligent.
The authors of the study claim the bias is based in the proposition that religion and science are in conflict.
But true wisdom from Psalm 14:1-3 states that “The fool has said in his heart: ‘There is no God.’ … The Lord looks down from Heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside. They have together become corrupt.”
Most desirable vs. least desirable states
The survey is in for the most undesirable states in the U.S. since the COVID-19 pandemic was announced.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, people are moving out of the generally expensive, left-wing states —New York, Illinois, Louisiana, California, Hawaii, and Oregon. West Virginia appears to be neither, but is on the list nonetheless.
And the most aggressive population growth areas in the U.S. are the right-wing states of Idaho, Montana, Florida, Utah, South Carolina, Texas, Arizona, and South Dakota.
Florida legislature considers concealed carry without permit
Florida legislators have floated a bill that would allow concealed carry of firearms without a permit.
Should the bill pass into law, Florida would become the 26th state that allows citizens to carry their guns without a permit or what some have dubbed “constitutional carry.”
U.S. General believes America will be at war with China by 2025
A U.S. 4-star Air Force General issued a memo instructing his troops to prepare for war with China which he estimates will happen in 2025. He believes that China will move on Taiwan.
In the memo, first uncovered by NBC News, General Mike Minihan announced he would require his commanders to report to him on preparations for what he calls “the China fight” by February 28, 2023.
Franklin Graham: Beating of Memphis man was cruel, unjust, and evil
Christian leaders are responding to the alleged police brutality case that took the life of Tyre Nichols in Memphis, Tennessee two weeks ago.
Franklin Graham took to Facebook and said, “What happened to Tyre Nichols should never have happened—it was cruel, unjust, and evil. Our hearts break for his family. … The heinous actions of these five officers does not mean that people should start talking about defunding the police. On the contrary, it means just the opposite. We need more funding and support for law enforcement for better training, vetting, hiring, and increasing salaries so we will have the best of the best. God help us.”
As The Worldview reported yesterday, the 29-year-old man, made in the image of God, was allegedly beaten to death by five police officers on a routine traffic stop. Nichols had no criminal record.
In 2021, 472 U.S. cops killed in line of duty
A report from The Lancet revealed that the number of deaths per year by police action increased from 700 per year to 1,200 year between 1980 and 2018. That’s an overall rate increase of 0.25 per 100,000 to 0.34 per 100,000.
But let’s not forget that each year hundreds of law enforcement officers are killed in the line of duty.
Between 1980 and 2020, the number of police officers killed per year remained between 130 and 200. Since 2020, that number has more than doubled. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund registers a record 472 officers were killed in the line of duty in 2021.
Luke 3:14 says, “Likewise the soldiers asked John the Baptist, ‘What shall we do?’ So, he said to them, ‘Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be content with your wages.’”
Eighth anniversary of The Worldview
One last thing.
February will commemorate the eighth year of The Worldview in 5 Minutes which first aired on February 25th, 2015.
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Tuesday, January 31st, in the year of our Lord 2023. 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.