July 9 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.

UK Christian Group Makes Strides in Fight Against DIY Abortion Legislation

Lawyers for Christian Concern launch legal challenge against DHSC, arguing government’s altertion of abortion policy "usurps proper parliamentary procedure"

Groundless Claim Dropped Against Mother Who Objected to Drag Queen Story Time

A mother of four in Queensland, Australia, has emerged successfully from months of legal wrangling as well as personal harassment from an LGBT activist.

New Poll Reveals Increase in Americans’ Support of Unbiblical Behaviors

Gallup’s New Values and Beliefs poll shows the dark reality of what many Americans now deem to be morally “acceptable” behavior.

Trump Signs Executive Order to Strengthen the Nation’s Child Welfare System

Trump signs executive order aimed at improving the child welfare system, including bettering partnership between state agencies & faith-based organizations.

California Bans State Travel to Idaho Over Transgender Laws

California AG announced state employees would soon be banned from taking publicly funded trips to Idaho because of recently passed Trans-gender laws.

Dems Threaten to Remove Ohio Official for Saying Planned Parenthood Targets Black Lives

The Democratic auditor of a county in Ohio could be booted from his own party after posting a tweet suggesting Planned Parenthood targets black communities.

Senate Dems Renew Push for So-Called ‘Equality Act’; Conservatives Warn Bill Majorly Threatens Freedoms

Conservatives say this deceptively titled bill will undermine freedoms; Sen. Lankford: 'The Equality Act says ‘you no longer have the right to disagree'

Tennessee Passes Six-Week Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Ban Bill; Governor Expected to Sign It

Tennessee Senate passes a broad abortion-restrictions bill, including a fetal heartbeat provision, that's on course to become law.

Amazon Continues to Discriminate Against Religious Conservative Groups

Amazon has doubled down on its efforts to exclude conservative nonprofits from its charity donation program AmazonSmile based on recommendations from SPLC.

NCAA May Move Events From Idaho Over Transgender Law

NCAA says they'll discuss moving men’s basketball out of Idaho due to the state recently passing a bill banning trans-identified males from women’s sports.

Supreme Court Rules 1964 Civil Rights Act Protects LGBTQ Employees

Supreme Court rules term “sex” applies to sexual orientation, gender identity; many warn ruling will have “seismic implications for religious liberty”

Judge Dismisses Case Against Federal ‘Protect Life Rule’

On June 9, U.S. District Judge rejected a lawsuit claiming that the Trump admin’s “Protect Life Rule” violates the First Amendment’s free speech clause.

Court Rules Pro-Life Organizations May Be Compelled to Hire Pro-Abortion Employees

'To say a pro-life org has to hire people who oppose the pro-life mission, who have had [unregretted] abortions, defend the right to have one is ridiculous'

Mother Says Drag Culture is ‘Cathartic’ for 8-Year-Old Son; UNI: This is Child Abuse

The mother may call it “cathartic,” but United Families International calls it something else—child abuse; "It is wrong, and it must be stopped.”

Navajo Nation Ravaged by COVID-19; Billy Graham Chaplains Respond

Billy Graham RRT has deployed to the Navajo Nation, alongside Samaritan’s Purse, to offer emotional & spiritual care to communities struggling with COVID-19

Pakistani Christian Couple’s Death Sentence Hangs in the Balance

A Pakistani Christian couple sentenced to death on blasphemy charges has had their conviction appeal postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Costa Rica Becomes First Central American Country to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

It wasn’t really Costa Ricans who made it happen. Instead, Costa Rica became—like the US 5 years ago—the victim of a multi-layer attack of judicial activism

Trump Signs International Religious Freedom Order

President Trump signs executive order advancing international religious freedom, appropriating $50 million for programs to further religious liberty.

Crisis-Trained Chaplains Deploy to Billy Graham’s Hometown of Charlotte

A team of Billy Graham chaplains deployed to Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sunday during the city’s third day of protests and lawlessness.

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Responds to Minneapolis in Light of George Floyd Death

The Billy Graham RRT is responding to Minneapolis in wake of violent protests over the death of an unarmed, black man who died in police custody.

UK Court Rules Against Christian Legal Group in At-Home Abortion Case

UK women can now have abortions at home legally—despite a Christian legal group saying the decision was made without proper parliamentary & medical scrutiny

Prayer—A Matter Of Life Or Death

“With all of our boasting & scientific advancements, some little thing that nobody can see with the naked eye is bringing us to our knees” - Jim Cymbala

White House to UN: Drop Abortion from COVID-19 Response Plan

Trump admin. urges UN to drop abortion as essential in global COVID-19 plan, warning agency to stop using coercion to push abortion on developing nations.

Pro-Life Swedish Midwives Might Get Second Chance Before European Court of Human Rights

The case of Swedish midwives denied work for refusing to assist in abortions might have a 2nd chance of being heard in Europe’s highest human rights court.

Christian Groups Urge Defense Secretary: Protect Military’s Religious Freedom

A coalition of religious freedom advocates penned a letter to Defense Sec. Mark Esper asking him to intervene in Army actions against religious speech.

Pro-Life Group Sues College for Restricting Free Speech

"Students don’t give up constitutional freedoms when on campus or hold a specific viewpoint. Our clients have the right to peacefully engage their peers."

UPDATE: ADF Attorneys Call for Judge’s Recusal in Transgender Athletes Case

3 high school girls are embroiled in a legal dispute over their state’s decision to allow males who identify as “transgender” to compete on girls’ sports.

Big Surprise: Biden Teams Up With Nation’s Largest LGBTQ Group

The largest LGBTQ advocacy group and political lobbying organization in the US, officially endorsed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Bigotry, Caste System Fuel Pakistani Christians’ Suffering

A recent spike in deaths among Christian sewer cleaners in Pakistan has exposed the country’s long history of discrimination against religious minorities.

Five Countries Added to List of Top Religious Persecutors

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom added five countries to its list of top offenders in its 2020 annual report.

Trump Defunds Planned Parenthood: Coronavirus Relief Funds Meant for Small Business Not Abortion

The Trump administration assured Americans this week that coronavirus relief funds will not be distributed to the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

Judge Orders Pro-Life Investigators to Pay Planned Parenthood Over $1.5 Million

Judge orders pro-life organization to pay more than $1.5 million—plus legal fees—to Planned Parenthood after group exposed illegal selling of baby parts.

Abortion by Telemedicine Continues to Grow During COVID-19 Pandemic

Killing Unborn Babies by telemedicine seems to be growing in certain states where the COVID-19 shutdown continues and many abortion clinics remain closed.

Petition Calls for Olympic Committee to Bar Transgender Athletes from Competing in Women’s Sports

'Save Women’s Sports' launched a petition calling on the International Olympic Committee to bar transgender male athletes from competing in women’s sports.

Abortion Pill Reversal Hotline Receives Record Number of Calls During Coronavirus Pandemic

The Abortion Pill Rescue Network is seeing a record number of calls for abortion pill reversals: We are seeing over 80% of callers start reversal process

Federal Courts Uphold Texas, Arkansas Abortion Orders Amid COVID-19

2 federal circuit courts upheld coronavirus-related restrictions on abortion in Texas, Arkansas, offering some legal victories in the larger national debate

Harvard Law Professor Urges ‘Presumptive Ban’ on Homeschooling

Harvard Law professor recently released a paper in which she calls for a “presumptive ban” on homeschooling, with main target being Christian Homeschooling.

Billy Graham Library Grounds Open to Public for Prayer, Reflection

Starting today, the grounds of the Billy Graham Library in N. Carolina, will reopen to the public for those who wish to visit the outdoor Garden for prayer.

Michigan Governor Doubles Down on Abortion as ‘Essential,’ ‘Life-Sustaining’

Whitmer, who has drawn criticism for coronavirus restrictions she’s implemented, noted abortions can still be performed in & are considered essential

Nigerian Genocide Continues to Mount Despite Coronavirus Pandemic

In 5 weeks, from March 1 through the first week of April, more than 60 Christians were murdered in Nigeria while the country has fought to contain virus.

Cuomo Boasts Of Low COVID Infections: ‘God Did Not Do That’

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on COVID-19 cases: “The number is down because we brought the number down. God did not do that. Faith did not do that."

Christian Minister Takes Legal Action Against Belfast Hotel for Shutting Down Marriage Seminar

A Christian minister from Northern Ireland is suing a Belfast hotel after its staff ordered him to halt a conference on Biblical marriage.

Cake Artist Jack Phillips Has Yet Another Day in Court

Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips is in court for the third time defending his right to operate his business according to his Christian faith.

Many Grocery Stores to Close on Easter Giving Employees Much-Needed Break

Major grocery store chains across the country will be closed this year to give hardworking employees on the front lines a much-needed break.

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.