It’s Monday, April 5th, A.D. 2021. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at www.TheWorldview.com. I’m Adam McManus.
By Adam McManus. (Adam@TheWorldview.com)
Beijing increases control over Hong Kong
The escalation of political repression in Hong Kong continues to grow, reports EvangelicalFocus.com.
After passing the controversial National Security Law on July 1, 2020 which has limited demonstrations in the city, China’s National People’s Congress recently approved a series of amendments to Hong Kong’s Basic Law that affect its electoral system. Now, dramatically fewer deputies will be chosen directly by the citizens. Plus, the candidates for election will undergo a prior examination by the Communist Chinese Party to assess their degree of “patriotism.”
Cuban Evangelical church stoned during prayer vigil
The Missionary Church in Cuba, and the roof of its parsonage, were recently stoned during a prayer vigil, reports Evangelical Focus.
Not surprisingly, Pastor Yoel Demetrio is a well-known activist against the Cuban government in the city of Las Tunas.
Demetrio said, “We ask God that those who ordered these attacks against the church repent and know that God will always bless His children.”
Jesus said, “You will be hated by everyone because of Me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” (Matthew 10:22)
Capitol police officer killed by Farrakhan devotee
On Friday afternoon, 25-year-old Noah Green, a Nation of Islam devotee, purposely crashed into a U.S. Capitol barricade, resulting in the later death of 18-year veteran William Evans.
The driver was gunned down by police, reports the New York Post.
Rep. Matt Gaetz’ Communications Director quits amid further allegations
Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz’s communications director, Luke Ball, has resigned after the lawmaker was hit with further claims amid the Justice Department’s investigation into alleged sexual misconduct, reports TheBlaze.com.
On Tuesday, Gaetz acknowledged to Axios that the DOJ is investigating him over allegations of sexual misconduct, after The New York Times reported the probe and claims that the lawmaker had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old. The Times noted that “investigators are examining whether Mr. Gaetz violated federal sex trafficking laws” by allegedly paying for the minor to travel with him.
GAETZ: “It is a horrible allegation and it is a lie. The New York Times is running a story that I have traveled with a 17-year-old woman and that is verifiably false. People can look at my travel records and see that that is not the case.”
Gaetz, age 38, claims that he and his family were being targeted for the extortion of money over false claims of sexual misconduct.
GAETZ: “On March 16th, my father got a text message demanding a meeting, wherein a person demanded $25 million in exchange for making horrible sex trafficking allegations against me go away.”
He told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that the man who led the scheme is a former Justice Department official named David McGee. However, McGee denies Gaetz’s claims.
Florida prohibits vaccine passports, citing ‘freedom’
The governor’s executive order prohibits government offices from issuing any “standardized documentation” certifying that an individual has been immunized against COVID-19.
It also prohibits private companies in Florida from requiring any type of document from their customers certifying their vaccination, or immunity after they have recovered from the coronavirus.
The order by DeSantis, an ardent supporter of former president Donald Trump who is seen as a future potential presidential candidate, argues that “so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports reduce individual freedom and will harm patient privacy.”
Secular media falsely claims “Roe v Wade” movie inaccurate
And finally, appearing on Generations Radio with Kevin Swanson, Nick Loeb, the producer of the new pro-life film “Roe v. Wade,” said there were definitely some obstacles to getting the movie produced.
LOEB: “We did hit some bumps from agencies telling their actors not to do the movie, from locations not allowing us to use it because of the content.”
In addition, Loeb complained that the secular media, like Variety, incorrectly claims that there are factual errors in the film.
LOEB: “We put up a fact check section on our website, at RoevWademovie.com/factcheck, where you can read the scene and then you can see the actual source — if it came from a newspaper, an autobiography, a letter, an interview of where we actually sourced where it came from. There was an article that came out in Variety, a Hollywood publication. It says, ‘Anti-abortion drama has no use for facts.’ It proceeds, in the article, to not debunk one thing in the entire movie.”
Of the 11 facts that the film Roe v. Wade documents on its website are these four facts.
Second, Dr. Mildred Jefferson mentions that the producers of the TV series, Maude, were paid by activists $10,000 for an episode favorable to abortion.
Third, Bernard Nathanson, the abortionist who killed 75,000 unborn babies, became pro-life through a religious conversion and produced “The Silent Scream” documentary. Loeb plays Nathanson in the “Roe v. Wade” movie.
And fourth, at the time the Supreme Court was hearing and deciding on Roe v. Wade, family members of some Supreme Court justices were volunteering for Planned Parenthood, the abortion provider and advocate for full legalization of abortion, or pushing to legalize abortion.
Proverbs 12:22 says, “The Lord detests lying lips, but He delights in people who are trustworthy.”
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Human Rights Watch calls for release of Laotian pastor
Human Rights Watch has called on Laotian authorities to release a Christian pastor who was arrested by the authorities after he refused to cease worship early last year, reports International Christian Concern.
In early 2020, Pastor Sithong Theppavong started a small church on his farm in Savannakhet Province. His ministry caught the local authorities’ attention and soon he faced opposition and received warnings several times to cease his ministry. He refused to comply and was accused of conducting religious services without permission.
Sithon was initially sentenced to six months in prison and members of his family were barred from visiting him in what foreign rights activists deemed a severe violation of his rights. ICC also reported on the ongoing harassment f his wife and her motorbike was also taken away from her.
Phil Robertson, deputy director in the Asia-Pacific region of Human Rights Watch, said, “Lao authorities should release Pastor Sithon and apologize for arresting and detaining him.”
Leaked military docs identify pro-lifers as potential ‘extremists’
The Biden administration appears to be intensifying efforts to purge certain right-of-center views from the United States Armed Forces, according to several recently-leaked training documents pertaining to the identification of “violent extremism,” reports LifeSiteNews.com.
After it lists 3 categories – including racial supremacy, anarchist opposition and “patriot extremism” in its slideshow, first revealed by Politico, it goes on to identify as secondary dangers “religious extremism.”
The material frames mainstream debates over non-extreme positions, such as religious teachings on abortion and homosexual/transgender lifestyles as associated with extremism. It also frames opposition to “feminism” as inherently extreme without acknowledging that modern feminism holds positions on issues, such as abortion, with which people may reasonably take issue.