Monday, May 7th, in the year of our Lord 2018
By Adam McManus (adam@TheWorldView.com)
Saudi Arabia Builds Churches?
For the “first time in the country’s history,” Saudi Arabia has agreed to build Christian churches for its Christian population, which before now has been banned by law from practicing their faith openly, reports The Egypt Independent.
Saudi Arabia is home to Islam’s most important locations, Mecca and Medina, and representations of the Christian faith long have been suppressed.
As recently as January, Saudi Arabia was ranked 12th on a list of the world’s worst 50 nations where Christians are persecuted.
In Matthew 16:18, Jesus said, “I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
Big Earthquake Shakes Big Hawaiian Island
In God’s providence, a 6.9-magnitude earthquake shook Hawaii’s Big Island at 12:32 pm on Friday, prompting fresh eruptions of a volcano that has been spewing lava near residential areas, forcing hundreds of people to flee.
The temblor was the largest in Hawaii since 1975, and generated small tsunami waves around the Big Island, triggering sea fluctuations that ranged from 8 inches to 16 inches, reports Hawaii News Now.
Rush Limbaugh: Leftist Media’s Anti-Trump Rant Has Little Effect
Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said on Friday that despite everything the American media has thrown at President Trump, his approval rating has not been damaged because the people are pleased with his conservative agenda including the GOP tax cut.
“No American president in our lifetimes has presided over unemployment at 3.9%. No American president has brought a manufacturing sector back from the dead like Donald Trump has presided over. And his numbers are at 51% despite a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week mauling by practically the totality of the American Media.
“I don’t think it’s hard to conclude that what they’re trying with Trump is not working in the court of public opinion.”
Trump Stands for Second Amendment at NRA Convention
Months after the horror of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that claimed the lives of 17 people, President Donald Trump stood before cheering members of the National Rifle Association on Friday in Dallas, Texas, reports The Associated Press.
“You have never stopped fighting for our beloved Constitution. Your energy, your vote, and your voice to stand strong for those sacred rights given to us by God, including the right to self-defense.
“All of us here today are united by the same timeless values. We believe that our liberty is a gift from our Creator and that no government can ever take it away.”
Heartbeat Bill Signed into Law by Iowa Governor
Surrounded by mothers and babies, Iowa’s Republican Governor Kim Reynolds signed the Heartbeat Bill Friday to prohibit abortions after an unborn baby has a detectable heartbeat, reports Life News.
“I believe that all innocent life is precious and sacred. As governor, I have pledged to do everything in my power to protect it. And that’s what I’m doing today. If death is determined when a heart stops beating, then doesn’t a beating heart indicate life?”
Planned Parenthood went so far as to call the legislation “gross” and “dangerous,” adding, “See you in court.”
Galatians 6:9 declares, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
California Bill Bans Material Offering Help to Homosexuals
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, has said that California bill AB-2943, seeking to ban material which offers sexual orientation change advice, is the worst example of anti-religious discrimination he has seen in his entire ministry, reports The Christian Post.
Jeff Myers, president of Summit Ministries, said the wording of the bill is a “dog whistle to the left that intelligent Christians holding traditional views are fair game for discrimination, smears and frivolous lawsuits.”
Justice Anthony Kennedy Might Retire
And finally, after 30 years of pivotal decisions on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Anthony Kennedy, the 81-year-old swing vote, is the focus of retirement speculation as the court approaches the June end of its term, reports Bloomberg Quint.com.
His retirement would give President Donald Trump his second Supreme Court vacancy to fill with another pro-life justice from his list. And that’s some good news to conclude with today.
And that’s The World View in 5 Minutes on this Monday, May 7th in the year of our Lord 2018. Subscribe by iTunes or email to our unique Christian newscast at www.TheWorldView.com. I’m Adam McManus. Seize the day for Jesus Christ.
Another Hidden Camera in Starbucks Bathroom
For the second time, a hidden camera was found inside a Starbucks bathroom tucked underneath a baby changing station at in Alpharetta, Georgia, reports Fox 5 Atlanta.
The first hidden camera was discovered April 17th by a Starbucks customer. Police seized the recording device and found possibly up to ten men and women were captured on video.
Police said the perpetrator would face felony charges of invasion of privacy.
Uninsured Americans Increase
The number of uninsured Americans has increased since 2016, reversing years of decline since Obamacare was passed in 2010. The number of uninsured adults between the ages of 19 and 64 rose to 15.5 percent in March 2018, up from 12.7 percent in 2016, reports CBS News.
Adults with lower incomes — about $30,000 for an individual and $61,000 for a family of four — saw a much higher increase: 25.7 percent in March 2018 compared to 20.9 percent in 2016.
Trump Re-Evaluates Temporary Protected Status for Immigrants
The Trump administration said Friday that it is ending special immigration protections for about 57,000 Hondurans, adding them to hundreds of thousands of immigrants from other countries battered by violence and natural disasters who are losing permission to be in the United States, reports the Associated Press.
Around 437,000 immigrants hailing from 10 countries have had temporary protected status, a designation created in 1990 to allow people from countries affected by natural disasters like earthquakes or man-made disasters like war to have a short-term safe haven. Only a few thousand still have that status.
Paul Ryan Reverses Himself; Allows House Chaplain to Stay
House Speaker Paul Ryan agreed to reinstate the Father Patrick Conroy as House chaplain last Thursday after the priest defiantly withdrew his forced resignation in a letter alleging anti-Catholic bias by Ryan’s chief of staff and daring Ryan to fire him instead, reports The Christian Post.
When Ryan, who is Catholic, asked Conroy to step down last month he explained that the priest’s removal wasn’t a political decision, but simply because he was failing to provide “pastoral services” for the House.
Last November, Conroy said in a prayer that the upcoming tax reform legislation needed to be fair and prayed that representatives would ensure “there are not winners and losers under new tax laws, but benefits balanced and shared by all Americans.”