Pope Francis clarifies homosexual union blessing, Iranian president killed in helicopter crash, Bidenomics is squeezing Americans 

It’s Tuesday, May 21st, A.D. 2024. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at www.TheWorldview.com. I’m Adam McManus. (Adam@TheWorldview.com)

By Kevin Swanson

Dept. of Justice targets pro-life protestors

Peaceful civil disobedience in the United States has long been tolerated by the media and government officials — until now.

Last week, two pro-life activists were sentenced to years in prison, for chaining themselves to furniture inside of the Washington D.C. Surgi-Clinic where abortions are performed. The protest occurred on October 22, 2020.

As The Worldview reported on May 16th, 30-year-old Laruen Handy received a sentence of 4 years and 9 months. And 69-year-old John Hinshaw was sentenced to 1 year and 9 months.

Steve Crampton, the Thomas More Society Senior Counsel who is representing the pro-lifers in this case, talked to Fox News Digital. He said, “This is not the America I know. …The contrast here with the Pro-Palestine folks shutting down the colleges and even preventing graduation ceremonies, and blocking entire highways and interstates, in addition to the ongoing attacks, yet there are virtually no ongoing investigations. I think there’s kind of a palpable sense of selective prosecution elements that can’t be ignored here.”

The Thomas More Society is appealing the case. 

Amos 3:6 asks, “If a trumpet is blown in a city, will not the people be afraid? If there is calamity in a city, will not the Lord have done it?”

Iranian president killed in helicopter crash

Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi and his foreign minister, along with seven other officials, were killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

The crash occurred in northwestern Iran near the border of Turkey. Raisi was elected as President in 2021. He represented the more hardline Islamic Clergy Association.

During Raisi’s administration, Iran continued to build its nuclear weapons capacity and support Hamas militants in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

The devastated Iranian economy

Iran’s Gross Domestic Product per capita has suffered about the worst drop of any nation in the world — falling from $8,300 to $2,700 between 2012 and 2020.

The country has only recovered slightly since then.

Bidenomics is squeezing Americans 

The assessment is in. Since the 2020 elections, Americans have slipped in their economic position.

The Wall Street Journal reports that household net worth in the U.S. has flatlined since Biden took office.  That means no appreciable increase for the average household.  That compares to a 16% rise in household net worth over the 4-year Trump administration, adjusted for inflation.

U.S. household income dropped by 5%

Also, the U.S. median household income continues to fall from $78,250 back in 2019 to $74,580 today.  

That’s about a 5% cut in pay over five years.

Argentinian president’s great economic strides

Forbes reports that Argentina’s President Javier Milei is making giant strides with his economic policies in his first year in office.  

First quarter 2024 government finances revealed a budget surplus — the first since 2008.  Remarkably, Milei eliminated 70,000 government jobs in Argentina and suspended new public works contracts. 

Plus, the inflation rate is moving in a good direction — 8.8% last month, down from a whopping 25% in December. 

Where do most sexual perverts live?

An international survey, published by Statistica, finds the highest percentage of people who associate with a sexually perverted lifestyle commonly referred to as LGBTQ are the United States, Israel, the Philippines, Thailand, Canada, Sweden, Brazil, and Australia.

By contrast, South Korea and Romania claim the lowest percentage.

Millennials vs. Baby Boomers on Electric Vehicles

22% of Millennials own an electric or hybrid car compared to only 4% of Baby Boomers, reports ZeroHedge.com.

Electric Vehicle sales only make up a fraction of total car sales — 1.4 million electric cars compared to roughly 14 million gas-powered light trucks and passenger cars.

Pope Francis asserts that he doesn’t allow blessings of homosexual unions

The Roman Catholic Pope Francis was interviewed on CBS’s 60 Minutes. He  clarified that he would not allow a blessing of “homosexual unions” because “the Lord made [the sacrament] that way.” He said that blessing homosexual unions goes against the law of the church.

However, Francis does advocate the blessing of the individual persons.

Listen to the set up question by CBS’ Norah O’Donnell as well as the Pope’s  response.

O’DONNELL: “Last year, you decided to allow Catholic priests to bless same-sex couples. That’s a big change. Why?”

POPE FRANCIS: “No, what I allowed was not to bless the union. That cannot be done because that is not the sacrament. I cannot. The Lord made it that way. But to bless each person? Yes. The blessing is for everyone.”

Recently, the Pope criticized national governments that criminalize homosexuality, stating that the behavior is not a crime while still it is a sin.

Let us remember Proverbs 3:33. “The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, but He blesses the home of the just.”

Supreme Court vs. parental rights on kids’ gender transitions

And finally, the U.S. Supreme Court has taken a position against parental rights in schools that advocate gender transitions for children.

Yesterday, the justices declined a Maryland school district case in which the school allowed for hiding information from parents about their own children’s gender identity, especially from the parents deemed “unsupportive.”


And that’s The Worldview on this Tuesday, May 21st in the year of our Lord 2024. 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.