This week's edition of "The 3" includes a landmark bill passed by the Nebraska legislature concerning fetal pain, a nationwide effort to start conversation regarding Biblical truth on the topic of homosexuality, and a perplexing court ruling on the constitutionality of the National Day of Prayer.
3 - Nebraska passes fetal pain bill
The state of Nebraska, in a bold pro-life move, has passed a bill that recognizes that babies in the womb feel pain, and abortions of pre-born children of 20 weeks or greater will be outlawed under the new law. National Right to Life has an excellent analysis on its website concerning the law and its potential implications on the Supreme Court view of abortion.
Pro-life blogger Jill Stanek gives some background on the overall atmosphere into which the legislation is introduced in a column for WorldNetDaily.
Any legislation that places limits on abortion becomes another potential court challenge, which could result in the weakening or outright overturning of the Supreme Court's decision, Roe vs. Wade, in which the high court invented a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy and therefore eliminate a human life. It is encouraging when state legislatures place well-reasoned limits on abortion, since the Federal government is too firmly entrenched in trying to find ways to allow more abortions. Perhaps the passage of this Nebraska law can be yet another step in reducing the number of babies who lose their lives in the abortion clinics of America - it's another piece of good news, combined with the continued exposure of the abortion industry, plus surveys that show the population as a whole is more pro-life. Those of us who are pro-life can still find plenty to rejoice over these days, despite the passage of health care legislation that included taxpayer funding of abortion, promoted by the most pro-abortion Administration in history.
2 - Day of Truth offered as alternative to Day of Silence
Each year, the national Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network sponsors an event called the Day of Silence, in which gay young people are encouraged to remain silent in order to, as the Day of Silence website says, "bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying, and harassment in their schools." According to the Christian Post, the existence of this day has produced some challenges for Christian parents, who have to decide whether or not to send their kids to school on this day of blatant promotion of the gay agenda.
And while no student should be subject to "bullying", unfortunately GLSEN and its like-minded cohorts use this day to call attention to the gay lifestyle and it becomes a day when homosexuality gets an inordinate amount of attention.
Christian students have been encouraged to participate in the Day of Truth, which was originally started by the Alliance Defense Fund, and is now organized by Exodus International. With the purpose of building bridges, starting conversations, and engaging students in discussions around the Biblical truth about homosexuality, the Day of Truth becomes a potentially powerful tool in order to present solid, Scripturally-based information coated in the love of Christ. You can check out www.dayoftruth.org for more information.
1 - Federal judge rules National Day of Prayer unconstitutional
A Federal district judge in Wisconsin, ruling in a lawsuit filed by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, has found the declaration of Congress establishing a National Day of Prayer to be unconstitutional. Here is the summary from Focus on the Family's CitizenLink website.
Stuart Shepard of FOF Action joined me on The Meeting House on Faith Radio and discussed the ruling:
There are several points to note about the ruling and its implications:
- The judge did not cancel the National Day of Prayer, even if she could have.
- The National Day of Prayer is established by Congress, who has directed the President to proclaim the First Thursday of May as the National Day of Prayer, and the indications are that he intends to do so, just as he did last year.
- While President Obama did not hold White House services last year on the National Day of Prayer, as President Bush had done, he still made a NDP proclamation.
- Generally, all 50 governors make National Day of Prayer proclamations.
- Private NDP events would still allowed under this ruling.
- This ruling was by a Federal district judge in Wisconsin. Perhaps this does not have jurisdiction over other districts or circuits?
So, participate in and enjoy the National Day of Prayer, and check out www.nationaldayofprayer.com for information on an event in your area.