Christian Killed in India for Transgressing Caste System, Iowa’s Heartbeat Law Blocked in Court, Millennial Evangelicals Not Supporting Israel

Monday, June 4th, in the year of our Lord 2018

By Adam McManus

India’s Fatal Hostility to the Lower Caste

Kevin Joseph, a 26-year-old Indian Christian, was beaten to death last week in a so-called “honor killing” after marrying Neenu Chacko, a 20-year-old Indian Christian of a higher caste, reports the Times of India.

Joseph was dragged from his house in the Kottayam district of India’s southern state of Kerala last Tuesday. His body was found two days later in a nearby ditch.

Trump Lowers Expectations for U.S./North Korean Summit

President Donald Trump on Friday seemed cautiously optimistic about the upcoming summit with North Korea, the first between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader, reports the Chicago Tribune.

“I just want to mention that we’re doing very well in terms of the summit with North Korea. I think there’s a lot of good will. I think people want to see if we can get the meeting and get something done, be successful in the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. It would be a great thing for North Korea, it would be a great thing for South Korea, it’d be great for Japan, great for the world, great for the United States, great for China. So, we’re looking at June 12th in Singapore. That hasn’t changed.”

However, the president sought to lower expectations over the potential for a quick denuclearization deal with North Korea.

“I want it to be meaningful. It doesn’t mean it all gets done at one meeting. Maybe you have to have a second or a third. And maybe you have none. It’s in good hands. That I can tell you.”

California Attorney General: Oklahoma Should Place Kids in “Gay” Homes

California’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, announced last Friday that he’s imposing a ban on state-funded travel to Oklahoma in response to a new law there that allows faith-based adoption agencies to deny placement services to homosexual parents, reports the Los Angeles Times.  

Becerra, who called the law “discriminatory” and “prejudiced”, indicated the ban will take effect on June 22.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, who signed the bill on May 11, told the Tulsa World that “Oklahoma puts the interests of children ahead of political games.”

Attorney General Becerra needs to read Proverbs 12:15 which says, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes.”

Iowa’s Heartbeat Law Blocked

District Court Judge Michael Huppert temporarily blocked Iowa’s Heartbeat Law which asserts that if a heartbeat can be detected – usually around the 6th week of pregnancy — the baby in the womb is protected, reports the Des Moines Register.

Not surprisingly, the Emma Goldman abortion mill, based in Iowa City, the ACLU, and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland filed suit to stop the law from going into effect on July 1st.

Republican Governor Kim Reynolds, who signed the Heartbeat Bill into law, said “For me, it is immoral to stop an innocent beating heart.”

Millennial Evangelicals Less Likely to Support Israel

Older evangelicals have long played a powerful role in pushing the U.S. to support the Israeli government. Just last month, two evangelical pastors — Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas and John Hagee of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio
— spoke at the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, a sign of the role evangelicals played in pushing President Donald Trump to make the move, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Millennial evangelicals, however, are less supportive of Israel and of the U.S.’s involvement in the conflict with the Palestinians. Only 58% of evangelicals ages 18 to 34 hold positive views of Israel, compared with 76% of evangelicals over 65, according to a December survey of more than 2,000 people from LifeWay Research, an evangelical polling organization.

Genesis 12:3 notes that God will bless those who bless Israel, and whoever curses Israel, He will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through Israel.

Boston Suburb Upset by Patriotism of Realtor

And finally, 24 miles northwest of Boston, the town of Chelmsford, Massachusetts registered its objection to the placement of 200 small American flags on Memorial Day in front of Laer Realty in support of deceased veterans and all the people who have served, reports CBS Boston. The company usually leaves them up until the 4th of July.

Apparently, there’s a town bylaw that says you can’t use flags for “commercial promotion.” Not only does Jon Crandall ( of Laer Realty believe that the bylaw is inapplicable, he added an additional 300 American flags to show his patriotism!

Closing Line

And that’s The World View in 5 Minutes on this Monday, June 4th in the year of our Lord 2018. Subscribe by iTunes or email to our unique Christian newscast at I’m Adam McManus. Seize the day for Jesus Christ.

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Turkish History of Persecution of Christians

While Christians make up less than half a percent of Turkey’s population, President Recep Erdoğan and his ruling Justice and Reconciliation Party depict them as a grave threat to the stability of the nation, reports the Middle East Forum.

Persecution of Turkey’s Christian minority has long predated Erdoğan and his party. As it stood on the verge of extinction, the Ottoman Empire engaged in mass deportations and massacres that culminated in the Armenian genocide.

Roseanne 2.0?

There is some cautious optimism that Roseanne, cancelled by ABC on Monday, could continue without co-creator and star Roseanne Barr, reports

Warner Bros. TV’s decision to fire Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen and continue the show without him resulted in him filing a $100 million lawsuit against the studio, eventually settled for $25.

Kim Jong Un Wants $6,000/night Hotel Stay Covered

One particularly awkward logistical issue remains unresolved. Who’s going to pay for Kim Jong Un’s hotel stay?

The prideful but cash-poor pariah state requires that a foreign country foot the bill at its preferred lodging: The Fullerton, a magnificent neoclassical hotel near the mouth of the Singapore River where just one presidential suite costs more than $6,000 a night, reports the Washington Post.

The United States is open to covering the costs, but it’s mindful that North Korea may view a U.S. payment as insulting. As a result, U.S. planners are considering asking the host country of Singapore to pay for the North Korean delegation’s bill.

Massive Wildfires in Colorado and New Mexico

In God’s providence, massive wildfires in Colorado and New Mexico have torched thousands of acres and forced hundreds to evacuate their homes, reports CNN.

The Colorado fire, about 15 miles outside the town of Durango, has burned 1,100 acres and has forced the evacuations of 1,500 residents.

And a massive fire in Colfax County, New Mexico, had grown to 27,290 acres by Saturday morning. Nearly 450 personnel were battling that fire.

“Koinonia”: The Winning Spelling Bee Word

The winning word for the Scripps national spelling bee was “koinonia”, a Greek work used for spiritual community, usually associated with Christian fellowship, which appears in the New Testament 20 times.

Broadcast on ESPN, 14-year-old Karthik Nemmani from McKinney, Texas spelled “koinonia” correctly on Thursday, beating out 516 other competitors this year, winning $40,000 cash.