It’s Friday, May 14th, A.D. 2021. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at www.TheWorldview.com. I’m Adam McManus.
By Adam McManus (Adam@TheWorldview.com)
Int’l Religious Freedom Report condemns Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and China
On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of State published their International Religious Freedom Report for 2020, outlining the status of religious freedom and persecution around the world. In the report, the State Department condemned countries like Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and China for their continued abuses and ensured that the United States would continue to address religious freedom issues abroad.
BLINKEN: “Religious freedom is a human right; in fact, it goes to the heart of what it means to be human. … Religious freedom, like every human right is universal. All people, everywhere, are entitled to it no matter where they live, what they believe, or what they don’t believe.”
One country of note in the report was India, which was recommended by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom to be designated as a Country of Particular Concern for religious freedom violations. Although the State Department declined to make such a designation for the South Asian nation, the report highlighted continued persecution in India. The State Department cited police corruption and COVID-19 lockdowns on religious minorities.
Additionally, the report outlined religious freedom concerns in Turkey, a key ally that the Biden administration has begun to pressure regarding its treatment of Christians, like blocking entry for long-time Turkish residents affiliated with Protestant Turkish churches.
CDC Director: Vaccinated Americans allowed to be bare-faced
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky announced yesterday that those Americans who are fully vaccinated may now throw away their face masks and no longer socially distance from others, reports RealClearPolitics.com.
WALENSKY: “Today, CDC is updating our guidance for fully vaccinated people. Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing. If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. We have all longed for this moment when we can get back to some sense of normalcy.”
Fully vaccinated Americans afraid to travel or be in social setting
CARLSON: “Only a quarter of vaccinated adults say they’d be willing to travel to a work conference or enter a gym. Only 24% of them would take the bus. Less than half would be willing to rent a car — alone. Only 34% would go to a party. Just 17% of them would dare to take a cruise, and so on. The numbers are amazing! These people are absolutely terrified of getting COVID. Yet once again, they have all been vaccinated.
“So clearly, many vaccinated Americans, most of them, according to this poll, don’t really believe in the COVID vaccine. What does that tell us? Among other things, it tells us that we have long ago left the realm of science and are instead in a state of mass hysteria and mass manipulation.
“Many Americans are too scared to think clearly. If you’ve had the vaccine, which you say you believe is effective, but you’re too afraid to rent a car for fear of getting COVID, you’re not thinking clearly. If you’ve had the vaccine and say, again, you believe the vaccine works, and you’re still wearing a mask, you are not thinking clearly. And you’re not thinking clearly because you’re too afraid. And you’re afraid because you’ve been told, for more than a year, that you are required to be terrified. And the arrival of the vaccine has not calmed you at all! Instead, demagogues have instructed you to channel your fear into hate, and turn it on anyone who disobeys their orders.”
Army chaplain punished after opposing transgenders in military
A decorated U.S. Army chaplain is appealing actions taken against him that could end his career after he voiced support on his personal social media page for a military policy preventing trans-identified individuals from serving in the military, reports the Christian Post.
Chaplain Maj. Andrew Calvert is contesting the reprimand from the U.S. Army after he commented on a Jan. 25 news article about the Biden administration’s intentions of dropping President Donald Trump’s ban on trans-identified men and women serving in the military.
Ephesians 5:11 says, “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”
Texas passes Heartbeat Bill
And finally, the Texas state legislature passed the Heartbeat Bill yesterday which bans abortions once a pre-born baby’s heart begins beating, reports LifeNews.com. The baby is protected if a heartbeat is detected, typically around the sixth week of pregnancy.
After the Texas House approved the pro-life measure earlier this month in an 83-64 vote, the Texas Senate voted 18-12 on Thursday to pass it. The Heartbeat Bill now goes to Republican Governor Greg Abbott who promises to sign it.
Luke 1:41, 44 says, “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby, [John the Baptist], leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit…[saying] ‘As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.’”
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Friday, May 14th, in the year of our Lord 2021. 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.