By Jonathan Clark
Former Ugandan mosque leader severely beaten
Bashir Sengendo had not visited his family since he converted in 2016. After leaving Islam, he became a pastor.
Sengendo returned for a visit to his family earlier this month. He said, “I was shocked to receive a cold reception and slept without food, only to be attacked and beaten badly in the morning by my brother and my uncle. They cut me with an object in the head, back and hand.”
The converted mosque leader is still hospitalized and critically ill. Please pray for his healing and continued ministry.
After being beaten, the Apostles said in Acts 5:41, “So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.”
U.S. Senators taking a stand for Finnish Christian politician
A group of U.S. Senators sent a letter to the U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom regarding a case in Finland.
This week the Helsinki Criminal Court considered charges against two Christians for expressing their Biblical views on sexuality.
The Senators called on the U.S. Ambassador to condemn the charges.
They wrote, “We are greatly concerned that the use of Finnish law is tantamount to a secular blasphemy law. It could open the door for prosecution of other devout Christians.”
One of the Finnish Christians on trial, Päivi Räsänen, entered the courtroom with a Bible. She said, “I hope it will be clear today that I do not wish to offend any group of people, but that it is about saving people for eternal life.”
Dampened economic forecast
The International Monetary Fund slashed its economic forecast for the United States and the world on Tuesday.
U.S. growth is expected to be 4.4% this year, down from a 5.9% projection last year. China’s growth is projected to be 4.8%, down from 8.1%.
The International Monetary Fund noted, “Rising energy prices and supply disruptions have resulted in higher and more broad-based inflation than anticipated, notably in the United States and many emerging market and developing economies.”
Liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire
NBC reports that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, a liberal, will step down from the court at the end of the current term. Along with Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, Breyer is one of three liberals on the country’s highest court comprised of nine total justices.
He is the court’s oldest member at 83.
TURLEY: “He was appointed by Bill Clinton. He replaced Harry Blackmun, [who authored the majority opinion in Roe v. Wade.] He has been a quite reliable liberal voice on the court. He’s been one of those voices on the 5-4 decisions on some of the most important issues of our time from abortion to the use of international law to the role of federal agencies.”
Indeed, Breyer has joined the court in pro-abortion and pro-homosexual decisions.
Turley revealed why Breyer might have decided to retire.
TURLEY: “The timing here is rather conspicuous. There have been groups on the Left who have been pressuring Breyer to resign. There were even billboards that were being driven around Washington.”
TURLEY: “Telling him to resign. Because the liberals want to put a younger person on the court while they still can. And the billboards were really incredibly insulting. There was a pushback by many, including myself. That type of thing just isn’t done. It wasn’t necessary, but it was also incredibly disrespectful. This is not the way this man should have retired with this sort of mob baying at his heels simply because they want a younger person.”
Turley addressed what kind of candidate Joe Biden pledged to nominate.
TURLEY: “President Biden has already pledged that he will only consider an African-American woman for the court. And the irony is the Supreme Court just accepted two cases on the use of race preferences in college admissions. This is obviously going to come up where the President is going to have to decide if he intends to fulfill a pledge that the court would never allow if he was actually admitting someone to a college.”
South Dakota’s two anti-abortion bills
One bill bans the killing of unborn babies when a heartbeat is detectable, around six weeks of pregnancy.
The other bill prohibits distributing abortion drugs through the mail.
Governor Noem also banned tele-medicine abortions through executive order last year.
“Rich States, Poor States” report released
The American Legislative Exchange Council release their 2021 “Rich States, Poor States” report.
For the 14th time, Utah earned the top economic outlook ranking.
Other top states were Florida, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and North Carolina. States at the bottom of the economic outlook ranking were New York, Vermont, New Jersey, and Illinois.
Report co-author Jonathan Williams noted that states with better economic outlooks often minimize government involvement while states with the worst economic outlooks took a much heavier-handed approach to pandemic-related policies.
Intel to invest $20 billion in Ohio computer chip factory
Intel, a leading tech company, plans to invest $20 billion into a new computer chip factory in Columbus, Ohio and $100 billion more over the next decade.
The 1,000-acre site will host two factories and employ at least 3,000 people.
Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger expects the location will become “the largest silicon manufacturing location on the planet.”
Intel hopes to boost American production of computer chips since most chips come from Asia currently and supply chain issues have introduced shortages.
Man reached world’s tallest mountain peak in Hawaii
And finally, SF Gate reports that man has climbed the highest mountain on earth for the first time on record.
Although Mount Everest in the Himalayas has the highest peak at 29,032 feet above sea level, Mauna Kea Volcano in Hawaii is the tallest mountain from base to peak at 33,500 feet. Half of the volcano is underwater, while the rest rises above water.
Victor Vescovo, a mountain climber and underwater explorer, accomplished the historic ascent over three days last year.
At the end of last month, Guinness World Records formally awarded Vescovo the First full ascent of Mauna Kea.
Amos 4:13 says, “For behold, He who forms mountains, and creates the wind, who declares to man what his thought is, and makes the morning darkness, who treads the high places of the earth—the LORD God of hosts is His name.”
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Thursday, January 27th, in the year of our Lord 2022. 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.