World News With Biblical Relevance 

September 20 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.

Survey: 30% of Self-Described Evangelicals Don’t Believe Jesus is God

Nearly 1/3 US evangelicals surveyed rejected the deity of Christ and nearly 1/4 of evangelicals said “gender identity is a matter of choice”

Tech Company Cuts Contract With Family Research Council Over SPLC’s ‘Hate Group’ Label

Tech company terminates contract with the conservative, Christian-based FRC, citing the designation as a “hate group” by the far left SPLC.

Religious Freedom & Pro-Life Groups Enthusiastic After Trump Adds to SCOTUS List

Religious freedom, pro-life groups are expressing enthusiasm over names President Trump added to his list of potential Supreme Court nominees

‘I Prefer God’s Law’: Christian Judge in Colombia Refuses to Perform Same-Sex Marriage

"I prefer God’s law, because I prefer to please my Lord Almighty God before human beings,” the Judge Ramiro Flórez said.

Pastor in United Kingdom Told by Police to Stop ‘Offending’ LGBTQ Community

U.K. police recently told a Christian pastor that if he offends the LGBTQ community, he could be breaking the law.

Trump Promises to Fully Defund Planned Parenthood if Re-Elected

Trump: “With your help, I will win re-election, ensuring we have another 4 years to fight in the trenches for unborn children & their mothers”

South African LGBTQ Groups Pressure President to Target Religious Freedom by Removing Conscience Protections

South African gay activists pressure president to force state-employed marriage officers to officiate LGBT marriages despite religious beliefs

Charlotte’s ‘Jesus Saves Guy’ Continues to Proclaim Good News Despite Opposition

Bethea was telling people, “Jesus saves. Jesus loves you,” when protesters approached him and accused him of distracting from their cause.

Family Research Council: Alaska LGBTQ Youth Counseling Ban Not Anchored in ‘Scientific Truth’

Anchorage Assembly chose to move forward with a measure that would “strip parental rights, freedom of speech and freedom of religion.”

Cissie Graham, Abby Johnson Urge Americans to Vote for Religious Liberty & Life

Cissie Graham Lynch, and Abby Johnson at the 2020 RNC urged Americans to consider religious liberty & the sanctity of human life in November.

Judge Blocks Idaho From Implementing Ban on Transgender Athletes

Federal judge blocks state law that would've prevented biological males who identify female from playing girls’/women’s amateur sports.

Empowered by Executive Order, USAID Steps Up Help for Persecuted Groups

USAID announces that it has formalized steps to apply more fiscal and human resources to assisting persecuted religious groups globally.

Blind Woman Banned From Park for 2 Years for Sharing Gospel

'Banning a blind woman from entering a public park simply because she offers people religious material is outrageous & discriminatory'

Appeals Court Delivers Blow to Florida School District in Transgender Bathroom Case

Federal appeals court rules school district violated civil rights of transgender students by restricting restroom use to biological sex.

Kamala Harris: No Friend of Pro-Life, Pro-Family, Freedom Loving Christians

Biden's running mate has already drawn criticism for her allegiance to the Abortion Industry and LGBT Activists, often at the expense of Religious Liberty.

Appeals Court Lifts Ban on Pro-Life Laws in Arkansas

Cotton: "After years of obstruction and delay, Arkansas is one step closer to protecting unborn babies from the barbaric method of dismemberment abortion"

Orlando Magic’s Jonathan Isaac Faces Backlash for Standing During Anthem: ‘I Still Stand in Jesus’ Name’

Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac turned heads last week when he decided to remain standing during the national anthem while the rest of his team kneeled in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Coach Fired for Praying on Field Returns to Appeals Court Fighting for Religious Freedom

"We must protect the right of every American to engage in private religious expression, including praying in public, without fear of getting fired.”

The ‘Pandemic of Hope’ in Iran: Upsurge in Iranian Muslims Converting to Christianity

While Covid has ravaged Iran’s government & economy, a popular Christian satellite channel reports an upsurge in Iranian Muslims converting to Christianity

Marine Corps Cancels Seminar Because Atheist Group Objects to Speaker’s Christian Bio

An Air Force Academy professor’s seminar for military lawyer reservists was cancelled after atheist group complained about lecturer’s Christian affiliation.

Federal Appeals Court Allows Christian Adoption Agency’s Lawsuit to Proceed

Federal appeals court Tuesday ruled in favor of a faith-based adoption agency after reversing a federal district court’s decision to dismiss agency’s case.

Woman Sues Religious Based Hospital for Refusing to Perform Transgender Surgery

A woman presenting as a trans-man is claiming she was discriminated against after a religious hospital refused to perform a hysterectomy

Facebook, Instagram Ban Content Deemed ‘Conversion Therapy’

The Left has derisively referred to any counselling for men & women experiencing unwanted same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria as “conversion therapy.”

Radical Muslims Attack, Threaten Christian Family in Kenya

Muslim extremists brutally beat Christian siblings in Kenya; Mothers says family has been receiving threats to withdrawal case from the police.

Biden Threatens to Overturn Contraceptive Mandate Exemption for Religious Groups

Following SCOTUS decision allowing religious orgs to opt out of covering abortion drugs & contraceptives Biden pledged to overturn the exemption if elected.

Cuban Pastor Freed From Prison; USCIRF Calls for Release of Journalist

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom announced the long-awaited release of Pastor detained in Cuba for homeschooling his children

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."