June 2 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.

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.

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.