April 8 2020

Decision Magazine

Decision magazine and decisionmagazine.com exist to communicate the Good News of Jesus Christ, inform and challenge readers about key cultural and Biblical issues, and extend the ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Hackers Take Advantage of Upsurge in Zoom Usage

Zoom, a video conferencing app that has risen in popularity due to social distancing measures, has come under increased scrutiny over its security measures

UK Rolls Back Abortion Restrictions During Pandemic

Despite stating March 23 that there would be no change to abortion regulations, the UK announced new measures allowing women to take abortion drugs at home.

Idaho Governor Signs Bills Stemming Tide of Transgender Ideology

Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Monday signed into law two bills that will help clamp down on the rise of gender ideology in his state.

Trump Applauds Work of Samaritan’s Purse, Franklin Graham During COVID-19 Press Briefing

President Trump on Tuesday warned Americans to be prepared for a very difficult road ahead as the COVID-19 crisis continues.

Coronavirus Restrictions Ramp Up US Abortion Debate

States are finding they can no longer skirt the abortion issue during the coronavirus as the argument between essential or nonessential re-ignites the issue

Church Leaders in England, Italy Call for National Day of Prayer Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Church leaders in England, Italy have called Christians to participate in a National Day of Prayer Sunday March 22 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Churches Turn to Livestreaming Worship Services Amid Global Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic continues to impact almost all segments of society— churches are not immune, many are urged congregants to attend service online.

Pelosi Reportedly Attempts to Sneak Abortion Funding into Coronavirus Relief Bill

Pelosi has come under heavy criticism for allegedly trying to include federal funding allowances for abortion services in the coronavirus stimulus package.

Pro-Life Swedish Midwife Loses Appeal at EU Human Rights Court

A Swedish midwife blacklisted in her home country for refusing to assist in abortions has lost a lengthy legal battle at the European Court of Human Rights.

Interactive TV Show Gives Iranian Christians a Voice

Through an interactive satellite TV program called “Signal,” members of the country’s underground church have the opportunity to share their stories.

Federal District Court Rules School District within Rights to Prohibit Coach from Praying after Games

Federal District Court rules in favor of School District’s rights to prohibit football coach Joe Kennedy from praying on the 50-yard line after games.

Billy Graham Rapid Response, Samaritan’s Purse Sharing Hope with Tennessee Tornado Survivors

Billy Graham RRT has crisis-trained chaplains in TN providing God’s comfort & hope through Christ to those who are grieving following the deadly tornado.

Judge Allows Students to Preach the Gospel in Chicago Park

City of Chicago officials are on notice that the First Amendment still applies to free speech and religious expression—including the right to share one’s Christian beliefs in a public space.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Trump Administration’s ‘Protect Life Rule’

9th District Court of Appeals ruled Trump admin may continue enforcing “Protect Life Rule” which disqualifies abortion clinics from federal taxpayer funding

Elizabeth Warren: ‘Trans Athletes Are Not a Threat’

Elizabeth Warren urges Arizona lawmakers to reject bill protecting female student-athletes from being forced to compete against males that identify as trans

Trump Announces New Ethics Board for Government-Funded Research on Aborted Baby Parts

The Trump admin announced Wed. the creation of a new ethics advisory board that will look into the use of aborted baby parts in taxpayer-funded research.

HGTV’s ‘House Hunters’ Celebrates Polyamory

HGTV entered into a whole new realm of social progressivism when it featured a polyamorous family on the popular series “House Hunters” on Feb. 12.

UK Parliament Members Raise Religious Freedom, Free Speech Concerns Over Graham Tour Venue Cancellations

House of Commons Leader argued before Parliament that the “no-platforming” of Franklin Graham may be violating UK religious freedom & freedom of speech laws

Fifth Third Bank Reverses Florida Scholarship Decision to excluded Christian Schools

Fifth Third Bank reversed course announcing it has reinstated its scholarship program after the program was pulled for including Christian Schools

Bernie Sanders: No Place for Pro-Life Democrats

Bernie Sanders said during a Feb. 8 presidential forum, that “being pro-choice is an absolutely essential part of being a Democrat.”

Persecuted Mid-East Christians Petition International Community: ‘Stand Up for Your Brothers & Sisters’

“My fear is that we’re too quiet,” said Dabrina Bet-Tamraz, an Iranian Christian whose parents and brother are imprisoned in Iran for Christian evangelism.

Amazon, Nike, Others Threaten Tennessee Over Law Protecting Faith-Based Foster Care, Adoption Agencies

Companies operating in TN are pressuring the state on behalf of gay activists following new law that protects religious Freedom in adoption, foster agencies.

South Dakota House Passes Bill to Protect Minors from Life-Altering Transgender Treatments

S. Dakota’s House passed the Vulnerable Child Protection Act which protects children under 17 against Trans-surgery, puberty blockers & cross-sex hormones.

Wales Mandating Sex Ed Beginning at Age 5 with no “opt-outs”

Welsh government is making sex-ed mandatory for public school children from age of 5 with no “opt-outs;” Group says decision undermines parental rights

Pro-Life Constitutional Amendment to Be Debated by Kansas Legislature

Kansas Legislature is considering a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at undoing the state’s Supreme Court ruling that removed nearly all abortion restrictions.

Franklin Graham: UK Venue Discriminates Against Christians

Franklin Graham responds after venue cancels contract to host his UK Tour claiming Graham's appearance may incite hate and pose risk to LGBT community.

HHS Threatens to Revoke California’s Federal Funding Over Abortion Coverage Mandate

The federal Health and Human Services Department announced Jan. 24 that it is taking action against California for requiring private insurers to cover abortions.

Abortion Survivors: I Am the Face of “Choice”

Faces of Choice is a TV ad featuring 14 abortion survivors with a profound message: “Choice is not merely a word. Choice has a face. Choice is a person.”

Planned Parenthood Spending Tens of Millions Backing Pro-Abortion Candidates

Planned Parenthood’s political fundraising arm, Planned Parenthood Votes, has announced it will spend $45 million in support of pro-choice candidates in the 2020 presidential election.

President Proclaims National Sanctity of Human Life Day

Pres. Trump signed a proclamation marking today National Sanctity of Human Life Day on the 47th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade.

Facebook Says ‘Misgendering’ is Considered Hate Speech

Facebooks’s community standards now state that denying the existence of a transgender individual or failing to use a person’s preferred gender identity is “objectionable” and could result in removal from the platform.

Leading Nigerian Pastor Executed by Boko Haram Terrorists

Reverend Lawan Andimi was beheaded by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram on Jan. 20 after being abducted during an attack on his village early January.

Virginia School District to Keep LGBTQ Children’s Books

Over the objections of concerned parents, a school district subcommittee in suburban Washington, D.C., on Jan. 15 voted to retain two books with homosexual themes geared to children as young as kindergarten age.

Today Is Religious Freedom Day—and That Freedom Is Still Under Attack

Pres. Trump officially proclaimed January 16, 2020, “Religious Freedom Day” to commemorate “the foundational link between freedom and faith in our country.”

New Jersey Parents Challenge ‘LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum’

7,000 New Jerseyans have signed a petition urging Gov. Murphy to overturn a law requiring public schools in NJ to teach an “LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum.”

Canadian Appeals Court Rules Father Must Affirm Teen Daughter’s Gender Transition

The British Columbia Court of Appeals ruled Jan. 10 that the father of a 15-year-old girl could not prevent his child from pursuing hormone treatment and must affirm his daughter’s transgender male identity.

Judge Refuses to Dismiss Case of Nurse Who Claims University Discriminated Against Her For Being Pro-Life

A federal judge rejected Indiana University motion to dismiss case of a nurse who was allegedly turned down a full-time position because of pro-life views.

Deadly Wildfires Continue to Sweep Across Australia

Australia typically has a fire season that runs from December to March, but this year’s bushfires have been burning since September, causing catastrophic damage.

Brazilian Judge Orders Netflix to Remove ‘Gay Jesus’ Comedy

A Brazilian judge on Thursday ordered Netflix to stop showing in Brazil a comedy film that depicts Jesus as a homosexual on grounds it violates the nation’s religion laws.

Planned Parenthood Reports Record-Number of Abortions, Taxpayer Dollars

Planned Parenthood’s 2018-2019 annual report reveals a record-high number of abortions performed by the organization while receiving more taxpayer funding than any other year on record.

Proposed State Laws Aim to Keep Biological Men from Competing in Women’s Sports

Lawmakers in 5 states have proposed legislation to prevent trans-athletes from competing in sports categories that do not align with their biological sex.

Over 200 Members of Congress Urge Supreme Court to Reconsider Roe v. Wade

More than 200 members of the Senate and House of Representatives - all but two of them Republicans - want the Supreme Court to revisit Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 decision which made abortion legal in the United States.

Sudan Progresses Toward Religious Liberty

For the first time in eight years, Christians in Sudan were able to publicly celebrate Christmas without fear of government reprisal.

Hobby Lobby Uses Ads to Celebrate Real Meaning of Christmas

Retail giant Hobby Lobby spent its advertising dollars on a Biblical based ad sharing the true meaning of Christmas this holiday season: Jesus Christ

Evangelicals Respond to Christianity Today’s Call for Trump’s Removal

Some evangelical leaders are responding to an editorial written by Christianity Today Editor-in-Chief Mark Galli titled “Trump Should Be Removed from Office.”

Dozens of UK Doctors Resign from National Gender Identity Clinic

Thirty-five psychologists have resigned from the United Kingdom’s gender identity clinic in London since 2016, with several doctors warning that children are being “over-diagnosed and over-medicalized.”

Update: NY School District Sees the Light on Allowing Christian Student Club

A school district in New York that had refused a student’s request to form an extracurricular Christian club has reversed course upon hearing from a prominent religious liberty law firm.

Report Reveals at Least 1,000 Christians Killed in Nigeria in 2019

A new report from the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust estimates that more than 1,000 Christians were killed in Nigeria this year alone.

Hallmark Caves to LGBTQ Pressure, Reverses Course

The Hallmark Channel announced Dec. 15 that it will reinstate four LGBTQ-themed commercials after coming under fire from celebrities, politicians and homosexual advocates for its previous decision to pull the ads from its programming.

Edmonton, Alberta Passes Broad Law Banning Anything Deemed ‘Conversion Therapy’

Edmonton, Alberta, is among the latest in a growing wave of Canadian cities passing strict bans on anything deemed “conversion therapy” for people with same-sex attraction or gender confusion, with Edmonton’s law being lauded as a model.

Senate Confirms Conservative VanDyke to Liberal 9th Circuit Court

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed former Nevada and Montana solicitor general Lawrence VanDyke as a judge for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals following a contentious process that included attacks on him for his traditional views on sexuality and marriage.

Proposed Bill Would Mandate New York Public Colleges Offer Free Chemical Abortions

A New York City Democratic legislator has introduced a bill in the New York State Assembly mandating that the state’s public university system provide free abortion medications at all State University of New York health centers.