Persecution on the Rise in Uzbekistan, Planned Parenthood Supporting Toys R Us Files Bankruptcy, Gender Neutral Names on the Rise

Thursday, March 22nd, in the year of our Lord 2018

By Jonathan Clark

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Uzbekistan Authorities Attack Christians

Christians in the central Asian country of Uzbekistan face intense harassment by the government for their faith.

Last week, the Council of Churches Baptists reported authorities in the country’s Navoi Region repeatedly raid and punish believers. Christians say police “watch us, follow us, and threaten us with court cases and fines to stop us attending church.” 

Exercising religion without government permission is illegal in Uzbekistan, but many churches refuse on principle to register with the state for which Christians suffer raids, Bible confiscations, torture, fines, interrogation, and imprisonment.

1 Peter 4:12-13 says, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.” 

Supreme Court Hears Case on California Law Hindering Pro-Life Speech

The Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case over whether the state of California can force pro-life pregnancy centers to promote the murder of the unborn. 

Both conservative and liberal justices expressed skepticism over the constitutionality of the California law that would abridge the free speech rights of pregnancy centers. 

Frequent swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy said that particular applications of the law would be an “undue burden” on pregnancy centers. Even liberal Justice Sotomayor found the extent of the law “more burdensome and wrong.”

Toys “Я” Us Goes Bankrupt and Prepares to Close Down

Children’s toys retailer Toys “Я” Us announced it will be liquidating during a bankruptcy court filing last week. The move will close down the company’s 735 stores in the U.S., ending 33,000 jobs. 

The company noted falling birthrates as a source of financial decline, “Most of our end-customers are newborns and children and, as a result, our revenues are dependent on the birth rates in countries where we operate.” 

Toys “Я” Us has also been among American businesses to donate to the abortion giant Planned Parenthood, responsible for killing many of the company’s end-customers.

Psalm 7:15, 16 says, “He made a pit and dug it out, and has fallen into the ditch which he made. His trouble shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down on his own crown.”

Zuckerberg Says Facebook Company Made Mistakes in Handling User Data

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced yesterday the company “made mistakes” in how it handled data belonging to 50 million users, promising more restrictions on developers’ access to user data.

This came after a whistleblower’s allegations that the London-based political consultancy Cambridge Analytica used data from millions of accounts to build profiles on American voters and produce Facebook campaign ads for President Donald Trump.   

Austin, Texas Package Bombing Suspect Blows Himself Up

The suspect in the five recent package bombings in Austin, Texas killed himself in an explosion as police narrowed in on him Tuesday night.

The string of bombings left two people dead and five injured. 

Police recovered a 25-minute confession video from the suspect. Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said it contained nothing about terrorism or hate but was “the outcry of a very challenged young man, talking about challenges in his personal life.” 

Gender-Neutral Baby Names Rise in Popularity

Baby names considered to be gender-neutral are on the rise, especially among millennials, reports the Associated Press.

Linda Murray, editor of, said, “This generation is truly interested in gender neutral names.” 

Pamela Redmond Satran, co-founder of the baby name site, said an important reason among others for such naming is embracing so-called gender fluidity.

Interestingly, unisex names are prohibited by law in some countries like Portugal, Denmark and Iceland. 

WWII Veteran Breaks Five Running Records at 100 Years Old

100-year-old Texan and World War II vet Orville Rogers broke five world running records last week for his age group in Maryland.

Rogers told Fox News, “I’m a Christian and God promises a long life. I have a wonderful wife who died 10 years ago. I have a great family. I have lots of friends and I keep active mentally, physically and spiritually.”

Jesus said in John 17:3, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” 

Closing Line

And that’s The World View in 5 Minutes on this Thursday, March 22nd 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.