Wednesday, January 25th, in the year of our Lord 2017
By Adam McManus
Iraqi Forces Take Control of Eastern Mosul
Iraqi officials said on Monday that government forces had taken complete control of eastern Mosul, 100 days after the start of their US-backed campaign to dislodge Islamic State militants from the city, reports Christian Today.
President Trump About to Nominate Supreme Court Justice
After an 11-month political standstill on filling the Supreme Court vacancy, President Donald Trump is about to choose a like-minded nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia from his list of 21 candidates, reports Fox News.
The list of possible candidates is down to three names, all of them federal appeals court judges: Judge William Pryor in Alabama, Judge Neil Gorsuch in Colorado, and Judge Thomas Hardiman in Pennsylvania.
Trump Revives Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines
President Trump signed executive orders yesterday reviving the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, as a major builder said it will reapply to build one of the projects which had been stalled by the Obama administration under pressure from environmental groups, reports Fox News.
The Keystone pipeline would run from Canada to Nebraska where it would connect to existing lines running to U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast.
Obama Slips $221 Million Over to Palestinian Authority in Last Hours in Office
Former President Barack Obama quietly sent $221 million to the Palestinian Authority in his last hours in office last Friday morning, reports Fox News.
In addition, Obama released another $6 million in foreign affairs spending, including $4 million for climate change programs and $1.25 million for U.N. organizations.
Students for Life Bravely Present Pro-Life Message at Women’s March
The World View is grateful to Students for Life who dared to hold up pro-life signs at the pro-abortion Women’s March in Washington, D.C. last Saturday. Reagan Barklage demonstrated gutsiness in presenting a Biblical worldview in the midst of the hostile, pro-death messages of angry women.
“Yes I went down to the Women’s March. It was super intense. It was scary. Women were carrying vulgar signs.”
Proverbs 2:12-14 says, “These people turn from the right way to walk down dark paths. They take pleasure in doing wrong, and they enjoy the twisted ways of evil.”
Barklage said that there is a marked difference between the Marches for Life she has attended and this pro-abortion Women’s March.
“Stark difference. Extreme differences. The March for Life. We have families there, children, just people that are excited about life and positive messaging. WE love our life. Strong mom chose life. We are the pro life generation. And then we have the other side, the Women’s March, where these women are, you know, walking around with these vulgar signs.”
The D.C. March for Life is happening this Friday. For more details go to www.MarchForLife.org
Pro-Life Advocate and Father of Seven Dies in Tragic Accident
Cody May, a 31-year-old pro-life advocate, who was the father of seven children, six of whom were adopted, died in a tragic accident last Thursday, reports KEYE-TV. He was wading out to meet his children in Lake Travis in Austin, Texas who were floating on a raft when he suddenly went underwater after unknowingly reaching a drop-off.
May’s body was found by a dive team on Friday morning. He and his wife Kimberly, who adopted six children from Ethiopia, the Congo, and the U.S., had celebrated 11 years of marriage in August. May often stood outside abortion mills, urging women to choose life.
Christian After-School Clubs Allowed Again in Washington State School District
A Washington state school district has reversed its decision to ban evangelism clubs in its government schools. Thanks to the intervention of Liberty Counsel, a Christian legal rights group, both Good News Club and Child Evangelism Fellowship are now welcome once again.
Mat Staver of the Liberty Counsel told The World View that these cases are often a matter of educating the school district on the law.
“The United States Supreme Court has issued an opinion on this back in 2001. And the clear precedent is that you need to provide equal access not only to Child Evangelism Fellowship which was involved in that case, but any other Christian after-school program that has a Christian viewpoint. You can’t discriminate against them regarding access.”
Semi Trailer Full of Marbles Breaks Open on Interstate in Indiana
A truck driver “lost his marbles” – literally — over the weekend when his trailer ripped open, spilling 38,000 pounds of marbles on I-465 in Indianapolis, reports KTLA.
Vietnamese Government Increases Opposition to Religious Freedom
The Vietnamese government is cracking down on religious minorities including Catholics, Hoa Hao Buddhists, and Protestant Christians.
Father Anthony Le Ngoc Thanh, head of the Vietnam-based Association to Protect Freedom of Religion, told ucanews.com, “We recorded 59 violations of religious freedom by the government in 2016, an increase of nine from 2015.”
Most of the 27 violations against Catholics related to brutal attacks on priests and laypeople in remote areas. Plus, Vietnamese authorities also destroyed Catholic crosses and statues and stopped priests and even bishops from visiting Catholics in remote areas.
Protesters Storm Baptist Church that Hired Lesbian Couple as Pastors
A group of protesters stormed Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, DC where Sally Sarratt and Maria Swearingen, a married lesbian couple, will take up co-pastoring roles at the end of February.
The group of 5-7 protesters entered Calvary Baptist Church on Sunday as members were arriving for the 11am service, shouting slogans like the church was the “house of Satan” as they carried signs, according to the Baptist News.
The group was confronted by church members but only left after the police were called.
And that’s the World View in Five Minutes.