World News With Biblical Relevance 

January 21 2021

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.

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.

Judge Presiding Over James Younger Case Recused

On Dec. 6, Texas family law court Judge Kim Cooks, who had presided over the case of 7-year-old James Younger since 2017, was recused from any further work on James’ case, based on an appeal filed Nov. 5 by the boy’s mother, pediatrician Anne Georgulas.

Texas Judge Reprimanded for Opting Out of Gay Weddings

An elected judge in McLennan County, Texas, who says her Christian beliefs preclude her from officiating gay marriages, has received a public reprimand from the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

Pastor Gets Death Threats, Loses Job, for Saying Pride Events Are Contrary to Christian Beliefs

A UK pastor has lost his job and has received countless death threats after tweeting that LGBTQ “Pride” events are harmful for children and should not be supported by Christians.

Charter School Reverses Decision to Ban Student from Playing ‘Joy to the World’

On Nov. 21, a California charter school barred 13-year-old Brooklyn Benzel from playing her favorite Christmas carol, “Joy to the World,” because it was deemed “too religious.” The school reversed its decision less than a week later, after threat of legal action.

Fuller Seminary Sued for Allegedly Expelling Lesbian in Same-Sex Marriage

Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, is facing a lawsuit brought forth by a former student who claims she was discriminated against when she was allegedly expelled for being in a same-sex marriage.

Pennsylvania Governor Vetoes Amendment to Protect Down Syndrome Babies from Abortion

Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday vetoed an amended version of the 1989 Abortion Control Act that would have prohibited abortions because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome, which occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21.

Pro-Life Organizations Sue Cuomo Over Law Forcing Them to Hire Pro-Abortion Employees

On Nov. 14, several pro-life organizations filed suit against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for a newly signed state law that requires them to employ workers even if they oppose their statement of faith and pro-life beliefs.

Appeals Court Overturns Ruling Barring Prayer Before Fla. High School Football Games

A federal appeals court Nov. 13 gave at least a temporary victory to a Christian school that was banned from praying over the loudspeaker before a high school football game. The ruling sends the case back to a lower court to be heard a second time.

Parents Push Back Against Explicit Books in Loudoun County Schools

Parents in Loudoun County, Virginia, are fighting for the removal of books that promote the LGBTQ agenda as early as kindergarten and that contain increasingly explicit material in later grades.

Ellie Goulding Threatens to Back Out of Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Halftime Show if Salvation Army Won’t Endorse LGBTQ

Grammy-nominated artist Ellie Goulding is threatening to back out of her halftime performance at the Dallas Cowboys’ nationally televised Thanksgiving football game unless the Salvation Army, a Christian organization, makes a “solid, committed pledge or donation to the LGBTQ community.”

Appeals Court Issues Emergency Order in Support of Faith-Based Adoption Agency

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit issued an emergency order Nov. 11 to temporarily block New York officials from trying to shut down a faith-based adoption agency that exclusively places children in homes with a married mother and father.

Moral Indoctrination: GLAAD says 20% of TV Characters Must Be LGBTQ by 2025

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) on Nov. 7 released its annual “Where We Are on TV” report, which tracks the LGBTQ characters on cable networks and streaming services.

ABA Blatantly Attacks Conservative Judicial Nominee

Lawrence VanDyke, one of President Trump’s 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judicial nominees, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Oct. 30 as part of a contentious confirmation process.

Ex-LGBTQ People Share Transformation Stories at US Capitol

Eighteen former LGBTQ+ individuals held a press conference on Capitol Hill Oct. 30. Their message to Congress and the media: Homosexuals and transgender people really can change.

NCAA Division 1 Transgender Runner Named Athlete of the Week

A University of Montana women’s cross country runner known as June Eastwood—a biological male—was named last week’s Big Sky Conference athlete of the week in the sport after finishing second among 204 runners at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational in Sunnyvale, California.

Kentucky Supreme Court Upholds Religious Liberty in Christian Print Shop Case

On Thursday, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled in favor of Lexington promotional print shop owner Blaine Adamson, concluding a seven-year legal battle.

Federal Judge Blocks Alabama Abortion Ban

A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking Alabama’s “Human Life Protection Act,” which was to take effect Nov. 15.

UPDATE: Judge Grants Joint Custody in Case of Texas Boy Caught in Battle Over Gender Change Treatments

A family court judge in Dallas on Thursday ruled in a contentious and highly publicized custody case that a father of a 7-year-old boy has a say in the boy’s medical treatments, including the stated intentions of the boy’s mother to give him life-altering gender transition treatments.

Texas Gov. Says State Will Investigate Battle Over 7-Year-Old Boy’s Forced Gender Transition

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced via Twitter on Wednesday that the state would be investigating the matter of 7-year-old James Younger of Dallas, a boy caught in a custody battle over the insistence by his pediatrician mother that he receive life-altering gender reassignment treatments against the wishes of his father.

Beto: Support Same-Sex Marriage or Lose Tax-Exempt Status

Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke, one of nine Democratic presidential candidates to take part in CNN’s LGBTQ town hall event Oct. 10, found himself in hot water with conservatives after declaring that as president, he would revoke the tax-exempt status of religious institutions that don’t support same-sex marriage.

Voluntary Day of Prayer in Tennessee Upsets Atheists

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and his wife, Maria, have invited the people of their state to join them today in a voluntary “Day of Prayer, Humility and Fasting.” Atheist groups objected, claiming that the proclamation violates the U.S. Constitution.

Federal Judge Bans Obamacare Abortion and Transgender Care Mandate

A federal district court judge in Texas ruled this week that Obamacare regulations mandating medical facilities provide abortion and transgender care services violates the rights of private healthcare providers and insurers who do not facilitate such services because of their religious beliefs.

DC City Council Considers Decriminalization of Sex Trade

The Washington, D.C. City Council on Oct. 17 will hold a public hearing concerning a proposal to fully decriminalize the sex trade in the District of Columbia.

Minnesota Officials Take Christian Filmmakers Back to Court

Just last month, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state of Minnesota could not force Christian wedding videographers Carl and Angel Larsen to create content that violates their religious beliefs. With this decision, the Larsens thought their three-year court battle was over. But it turns out Minnesota officials aren’t willing to accept defeat.

Christian Parents in Pakistan Give Children Islamic Names to Avoid Targeting

A bishop in Pakistan has said that Christian parents in the country are resorting to giving their children Islamic names to protect them from bullying and abuse at school.

Tampa Gender, Same Sex Attraction Counseling Ban Struck Down by Federal Judge

A federal judge has permanently struck down a Tampa, Florida, ordinance that prohibited licensed counselors from providing voluntary talk therapy to minors experiencing unwanted same-sex attraction and confusion about their gender identity.