South Africa Proposes Controls on Homeschooling, Scotland Looks at Ban on Spanking, Brits Want to Throw Out First Four Commandments

Monday, October 30th, in the year of our Lord 2017

By Adam McManus

South Africa Proposes Bill to Severely Restrict Homeschooling

South Africa proposed a draconian, anti-homeschooling bill on October 13th.

The bill requires that homeschooled children must be registered at the Department of Education, the Head of the Education Department can cancel the registration, and there is a 6-year penalty (which could be imprisonment) if there is non-compliance.

Worse yet, the South African government is proposing that the curriculum that each homeschooling family uses must be assessed yearly by a government-approved assessor and will likely be assessed by the yardstick of the government’s anti-Christian bias.

Learn more about this anti-homeschooling bill of South Africa in this video. We have linked in our transcript at

Get more details on the bill here.

Christian homeschool leaders have asked The World View listeners to send a polite e-mail to T.D. Rudman, the Education Department advocate, at, asking for an extension to allow additional feedback past the initial deadline of Friday, November 10th.

If you missed that email, we have it linked in our transcript at

Pro-Family Group in New Zealand Warns Scotland Against Banning Spanking

Scotland plans to ban spanking, reports World Magazine.

A pro-family group in New Zealand—which criminalized spanking in 2007—released a warning to Scotland.

Bob McCoskrie, the national director of Family First New Zealand, said, “The law has had a chilling effect on parenting, and rather than tackling rotten parents who are abusing their children, it has targeted well-functioning parents. We would warn Scottish parents that this law will harm and rip apart families.”

Most British Christians Don’t Consider First Four Commandments Important

Most Britons – and British Christians for that matter – only see six of the Bible’s Ten Commandments as important principles to live by, according to a UK study by YouGov.

The commands not to worship idols, not to take the Lord’s name in vain, to worship God alone and to keep the Sabbath holy – are now seen as “not important” by most British people. Beyond that, only a minority of British Christians said that the same commandments are “important principles to live by”.

Deuteronomy 28:15 says, “If you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all His commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you.”

Senate Intelligence Committee Plans to Look Into DNC Funding of Trump Dossier

Former CIA Director Leon Panetta said that the Senate Intelligence Committee is going to have to look into the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee for funding the controversial Trump dossier during a CNN interview with Wolf Blitzer last Thursday.

Wolf Blitzer: “How could both the chair of the DNC and the Clinton campaign not know about these payments [for the dossier]?”
Leon Panetta: “Well, it’s obviously something that the Intelligence Committee is going to have to look at. You know, knowing presidential campaigns, they’re big operations and somehow the left hand may not know what the right hand is doing. And that could be the case here… Who knew what and when?”

President Trump had this to say.

“I think it’s very sad what they’ve done with this fake dossier. It was made up. I understand that they paid a tremendous amount of money. Hillary Clinton always denied it. The Democrats always denied it. And now only because it’s going to come out in a court case, they said, ‘Yes they did it.’ They admitted it and they’re embarrassed by it.”

Twelve Women Testify of Sexual Harassment from Journalist Mark Halperin

Twelve women have now come forward and given detailed descriptions of how political journalist Mark Halperin sexually harassed them, which was documented in a Washington Post piece and a CNN story.

In a statement to CNN, Halpern said, “I apologize sincerely to the women I mistreated.”

Detroit Mother Goes to Jail for Refusing to Vaccinate Son with Vaccines Made with Aborted Baby Cells

Rebecca Bredow, a Detroit mother, recently spent several days in jail after she refused to vaccinate her son with vaccines cultured with aborted babies’ tissue, One News Now reports.

She and her ex-husband disagreed about their 9-year-old son’s vaccinations. Bredow initially agreed to the vaccination in a court order, but then refused to follow it.

As a result, a judge sentenced Bredow to seven days in jail earlier this month, WXYZ-TV Detroit reports.

Right to Life of Michigan issued a statement supporting a parent’s right of conscience in choosing not to use vaccines derived from aborted babies’ tissue for themselves or their children.

The pro-life group said all common childhood immunizations have versions that were created using cells from aborted babies. These include MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) and DTPP (Diptheria, Tentanus, Pertussis, Polio). Some ethical alternatives are available, but there are none currently for Chickenpox, Hepatitis A and MMR, according to the group.

Many vaccines are created with cell lines that originated from an aborted baby, though they do not need to be.

Houston Astros Player Suspended for Racist Gestures

Yuli Gurriel, the Houston Astros first baseman, made a racist gesture in the dugout during Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night, by turning his eyes upward, mocking the appearance of Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish who is from Japan. He also used a demeaning Spanish word for Asians.

Gurriel has been given a five-game suspension without pay that will begin at the start of the 2018 season.

As Genesis 1:27 articulates, God created each of us, regardless of our ethnic heritage, in His own image.

New York Times Publishes Surprisingly Life-Affirming Article on Fetal Surgery for Spina Bifida

And finally, to its credit, The New York Times published an incredibly life-affirming article last week about a new fetal surgery that is helping unborn babies with spina bifida.

The report is accompanied by amazing photos showing a Baylor College of Texas surgical team partially removing the womb with the unborn baby from the woman’s body before operating on the child’s spine, according to The Telegraph.

Then, the surgeon made small incisions in the womb to fix the gap in the unborn baby’s spinal cord, caused by spina bifida.

The surgeon explained that the fetal surgery helps decrease the damage to the spine while the baby still is in the womb. He said the amniotic fluid eats away at the nerve tissue in the gap of the spine, so closing the gap before birth is very important.

Closing Line

And that’s The World View in 5 Minutes on this Monday, October 30th in the year of our Lord 2017. Subscribe by iTunes or email to our unique Christian newscast at I’m Adam McManus. Seize the day for Jesus Christ.  

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President of Nepal Signs Law to Criminalize Religious Conversion

On October 16th, the President of Nepal, Bidhya Devi Bhandari, has signed into law legislation that makes religious conversion a crime, the international human rights group Christian Solidarity Worldwide has reported.

Religious conversion would be punishable by up to five years in prison and the alleged “hurting of religious sentiment” is punishable by up to two years behind bars. The latter crime is similar to the controversial blasphemy laws of Pakistan, which have been abused with a level of impunity by Muslims looking to settle scores with non-Muslims.

The passing of Nepal’s new criminal code legislation comes as states in neighboring India have passed their own anti-conversion laws.

Spanish Government Dissolves Parliament of Catalonia After Secession Attempt

Catalonia’s ousted leader called for peaceful opposition to Spain’s decision to take direct control of the region, saying Saturday that he and other regional officials fired by the central government will keep “working to build a free country,” reports the Associated Press.

Catalan lawmakers in Barcelona, Spain passed a declaration of independence last Friday and the national parliament in Madrid approved unprecedented constitutional measures to halt the secessionist drive.

Plus, the Spanish Prime Minister dissolved the regional parliament and called a new regional election to be held on December 21.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Says North Korea Will Be Defeated if They Attack the US

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issued a stern warning to North Korea on Saturday: Despite its ongoing missile and nuclear programs, it is simply no match for the U.S.-South Korea alliance.

“Make no mistake. Any attack on the United States or our allies will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons by the North will be met with a massive military response that is effective and overwhelming.”

The CIA says North Korea could be just months away from being capable of hitting the U.S. with a nuclear strike, Reuters reported.

Ohio House Committee Approves Bill to Ban Abortion of Babies with Down Syndrome

An Ohio House committee approved a bill 214 Wednesday to protect unborn babies with Down syndrome from abortion, reports Life News.

The Associated Press noted that the radical pro-abortion group NARAL gave lawmakers a petition with 2,000 signatures in opposition to the bill.

A CBS News report earlier this year shocked the nation by reporting that Iceland has an almost 100-percent abortion rate for unborn babies with the genetic disorder.

Brad Pitt Reportedly Threatened Harvey Weinstein for Harassing His Girlfriend

Actor Brad Pitt reportedly threatened Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein after his then girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow told Pitt that Weinstein had sexually harassed her.

An anonymous source told People Magazine, that Pitt, a young actor at the time who took a big risk, got right in Weinstein’s face, poked him in the chest and said, “You will not ever do this to Gwyneth ever again,” threatening him with a “Missouri whooping.”

Benny Hinn’s Nephew Says Name-It-and-Claim-It Theology is Twisted

Southern California Pastor Costi Hinn, the nephew of Benny Hinn, criticized his uncle’s prosperity theology and teaching, calling it “twisted,” reports The Christian Post.

In an HLN exclusive interview with Carol Costello, Hinn said he once subscribed to the twisted name-it-and-claim-it theology.

“I was greedy. I was very ambitious for all the wrong things. We were teaching things that were wrong. We were taking advantage of [people], exploiting the poor, using our greed, squeezing every last dollar out of people so we could live the way they could never,” while using Jesus to do that.

The nephew has now seen the light and said, “If you take the Bible and you take what Jesus taught and you take some of the promises of heaven and the riches of heaven and the wonderful glories of heaven and you make them a now thing, then you really have a model for your best life now.”

“That’s really not the heartbeat of Christianity. The heartbeat of Christianity is, if you have wealth, you want to be generous and rich in good works. If God has blessed you with a lot, you have a great responsibility.

“Real pastors and real churches have to stand up and say ‘No, that is not Christianity. That’s not what the Bible teaches.’”

Costi Hinn is now an executive pastor at The Mission Bible Church in Orange County, California.

Study Shows Households That Attend Worship More Likely to Give to Religious Causes

The more frequently a household attends worship services, the more likely its members donate to religious institutions, and give generously, says a report from Giving USA.

Households that attend religious services every week or more are 28 times more likely to give to religious causes than those that never attend, researchers found.

Pastor Who Ministers to High Schoolers Says Millennials Have Lost Knowledge of God

Mike Sherrard, a Christian pastor who oversees a high school apologetics ministry called RC College Prep, said that the majority of millennials do not have a Christian worldview and society is “on the verge of having a generation that has completely lost the knowledge of God.”

According to, Sherrard said, “Seemingly, no young adult has a biblical worldview anymore. They don’t know who God is. Even fundamental things about salvation and heaven and hell and things that are in the category you might argue are Christianity. They have no understanding of these things.”

Security Guard Jesus Campos Is Staying at Undisclosed Hotel

Jesus Campos, the hotel security guard who was wounded during the Las Vegas massacre, is staying for free at an undisclosed hotel owned by MGM Resorts International, reports Fox News.

Campos, who was shot in a leg during the rampage that killed 58 people and injured more than 500, is on paid leave while he recovers.

MGM executive vice president Alan Feldman said, “When his name became public, Jesus was inundated with media coming to his home. Out of concern for our employee’s well-being and privacy, we provided a room for him.”