Good Pro-Life News From Across The Nation And Much More – Today we are going to hear some great news. A Kentucky photographer wins the right to choose what pictures she takes, hear some excellent pro-life news and more!
Air Date: 09/25/2020
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- Federal Court Upholds Missouri Law Confirming Human Life Begins at Conception
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- Prestigious Psychiatry Journal Retracts Findings, Admits Sex-Reassignment Surgery Didn’t Fix Mental Health
- College Professor Stopped From Dismissing Pro-Life Students From Her Class
- Czech Republic Rejects Legalizing Euthanasia for the Third Time
- Latin America Is Pivoting From Socialism to Freedom
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- Kentucky Photographer Wins Right to Refuse Service to Same-Sex Couples
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It’s Good News Friday right here on WallBuilders Live. Thanks for tuning in with us today. This is the intersection of faith and the culture. Is where we analyze things from a biblical, historical and constitutional perspective. Now, when I say things, I’m talking about the hot topics of the day, whatever’s happening in the culture, we want to take that biblical, historical and constitutional perspective.
Well, on Fridays, we like to take a very positive outlook on things and just look at some of the good things that are happening. There’s always bad things happening. And of course, in 2020, in the chaos of 2020, there’s been plenty of bad, but there’s also been a lot of good. And so Good News Friday is a chance for us to catch up on some of those good news stories you probably have not heard about, certainly not from the major media.
So I really enjoy these Friday programs here with David Barton, he’s America’s premier historian and our founder at WallBuilders. Tim Barton’s got a stack of good news, he’s going to share with us. Tim’s national speaker and pastor, he’s president here at WallBuilders. And my name is Rick Green, I’m a former Texas legislator and America’s Constitution coach. So let’s dive into it. Let’s get to some of that good news. David Barton is going to start us with the first piece of good news today.
Rick, I’m going to Iowa on this one. And I don’t know, this may not be the right time of the year to go to Iowa, starting to get cold out there. Nonetheless, I’m going to Iowa. We, now for several weeks have had school back in session and several universities came back in session, a lot of them thought they’d be only online, but a number of them are doing in person courses and one of those universities, Iowa State University.
So as the classes are getting started for the fall semester, the professors take the students they’ve gotten class and say, here’s the class, here’s what’s expected of you, here’s the syllabus, here’s what we’re going to cover, etc.
And one of the English professors, Professor Chloe Clark, and her English 250 class, so it’s kind of an upper level class, she gave in our syllabus what she called ‘grounds for dismissal’. And on the ‘grounds for dismissal’, she will throw you out of her class if you do certain things. She had up top in all capital letters, this huge thing that says ‘GIANT WARNING’. And under ‘GIANT WARNING’, she listed the things that would get you dismissed from her class. Among those things that would get you dismissed from her class were any papers or projects that argued against killing unborn babies and abortions. So if you take a prolife position, you are going to be dismissed from her class, at least if you take that position publicly. So she made that very clear and she said, I’m going to throw you out if you do this. And there’s just a little impediment to that called the First Amendment of the Constitution.
No, no, she was being tolerant, guys. This is fine. This is tolerance. You can kick people out for not believing what you believe. If you do it in the name of tolerance, that’s allowed.
Oh, she apparently was doing it to preserve tolerance and diversity in the classroom. And so the diversity…
You keep using that word. I don’t think that word means what you think it means?
That’s a great flashback. Yeah, good job, Rick. That’s good. So as you can imagine, there were First Amendment litigation groups that were ready to do something with it. But to the credit of Iowa State University, nobody had to go file suit, Iowa State heard about it and they called her in and said, hey, here’s the First Amendment. We’re committed to the First Amendment. We’re committed to the rights of students to exercise their rights under the First Amendment. This university recognizes the right to free speech and you’re not going to shut it down. That was the university itself without having to go through a lawsuit.
Now, there could be several reasons for that, maybe they’ve seen the several dozens and dozens and dozens of lawsuits over the last few years. I do not know of a single case where we’ve lost with students being able to express their viewpoint in colleges. I mean, we win those all over the place. And I say, we, meaning the conservative side, the Alliance Defending Freedom and FIRE and all these different groups that do this.
And it could also be the fact that President Trump has recently issued a federal order that says, any university that does not stand up for the rights of the First Amendment is going to lose its federal funding, such as things like Pell Grants and all the other things that they rely on. So you know, I would like to think that I was at university did this because they’re committed to the Constitution, First Amendment. I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and say, that’s why they did it. But if they had not gone that way, there was lawsuits ready to come at them and there was President Trump’s directive ready to take federal funding away.
But the good news is that you can now have prolife speech in this English class. So I’ve gotten another piece of prolife good news that comes out of Missouri, and it deals with the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. The state of Missouri passed a prolife law that’s called an ‘Informed Consent Law’. It says, “Before a woman can have an abortion, there are certain things she needs to be informed about, just in case she’s not aware of what happens with an abortion and what it does.” And so the Informed Consent position says, here’s what’s about to happen to you and here’s an ultrasound so you can see what’s about to be terminated within you.
And so as part of what they had was not only ultrasound, etc, I’m reading from the law that, “Whenever a woman goes to an abortion clinic, she has to certify in writing that she’s had a chance to view an ultrasound at least 24 hours ahead of time.” She doesn’t have to see it, but she has a chance to look at it and she just needs to fill out this form says yes, I had a chance to see an ultrasound if I wanted to. And that she also received an informed consent booklet. Now, she doesn’t have to read that, but it’s given to her.
In the Informed Consent booklet that come from the state of Missouri, it says, “That the life of each human being begins at conception, and abortion will terminate the life of a separate unique living human being.” So understand this is not just tissue, this is a living human being. And so these are things that are given out at the abortion clinics literally before an abortion can be done.
Well, there was a Jane Doe from Satanic Temple, the Satanic Temple may be the most aggressive group right now in challenging prolife laws across the nation. They claim that anything that preserves that life violates their religious beliefs. As a matter of fact, it was explained in the plead in this case, that this lady who is part of the Satanist temple believes that the human tissue she was carrying was part of her body, and that she alone gets to decide what to do with it regardless of the current or the future human, the human tissue within her. So her thing is, that’s not a separate human individual being. That’s part of me, and I get to decide until it becomes a separate human being, which is after it’s born.
So the State of Missouri says no, that’s a human being and a separate is individual, she says no, my religious belief says not and so she went to court to get the struck down. The Satanic Temple has been somewhat successful in getting some of these state laws struck down. But the Eighth Circuit gave a unanimous decision that no, what the State of Missouri did as well within the right at the State to do that. It’s not forcing you to avoid an abortion, it’s giving you opportunity, and the State has a right to take a position on when life begins.
Now, she appealed that, what’s called En banc, in other words, 3 Judges made the decision, she wants all 15 or 18, or however many, she wants them all to make the decision. And they all refuse, said, no, those three spoke for us and so the stands now. Why this is significant is this is the kind of law that once it gets on the path of the Supreme Court, this is the type of law that can overturn a Roe v. Wade.
So what we have here is Missouri passed a law, the Federal Court of Appeal for the Eighth Federal District Court of Appeals has upheld this, which means it’s now going to be on its way to the US Supreme Court. And if the US Supreme Court picks up this case, this could be an opportunity to reverse Roe v. Wade. But again, this is how important federal Judges are and that’s one of the big things at stake in this election. But good news on the prolife front from a number of different parts of the nation.
Alright, guys, quick break, we’ll be back with more good news in just a moment. Stay with us, you’re listening to WallBuilders Live.
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It’s Good News Friday. Thanks for staying with us here on WallBuilders Live. Next piece of good news is coming from Tim Barton.
Alright guys, this one is coming from a medical journal and the good news is a correction in the medical journal. We have talked before about the American Journal of Psychiatry. Last year, they came out with a study that said that a sex reassignment surgery was mentally, emotionally beneficial for the healthy, wellbeing of what had been boy, girl becoming now whatever they chose to be as the case were.
Because in this American Journal of Psychiatry, however you feel and identify, that was kind of the most important thing. So the big deal was last fall, they came up with the study, many of us at that time came out saying how ridiculous it was and it didn’t make very much sense. What’s interesting now is in August, they came out, and they retracted the findings. And they said, well, actually, upon further examination, we didn’t find any improvement in the mental health, the emotional stability of the patients who underwent the sex reassignment surgery.
Now, guys, this is a really big deal, because this is one of the huge arguments from people on the Left when they talk about the gender issue in general. One of the things that’s been argued in lobbied is that in different health care that actually part of kind of this Obamacare mandate that people should have to fund, they should have to provide and pay for sex reassignment surgeries. This was something that, initially, one of the ways that people argued that you could get this was you could sign up and join the military, and you could join as a man and then you will want to become a woman, and so you can have the sex reassignment surgery and the military will pay for it. And if the military is paying for it, that means that the taxpayers are paying for it, because that’s where that money comes from.
So the fact that now, this American Journal of Psychiatry is coming back and retracting their findings when they were so bold, saying, this is so good for the mental health of people who think they’re something different than their natural biological makeup. It’s now showing that, no, actually that wasn’t better for you.
Now, guys, not to be crass. But I could have told any guy, the most beneficial thing for your mental health is not going to be cutting off part of your member. Right? Like, that’s just the most idiotic thing ever. And yet, this is what is being promoted and actually, we’re seeing this even being promoted in schools for children, where we can have these pills that you can take and these gender blockers and then you can get a sex reassignment surgery. I’m trying to think of the Christian term to describe this. It’s utter insanity, and lunacy…
Foolishness! Out of Proverbs, would use a lot of foolishness here.
That’s it. Right? That we’re discussing here. With all that being said, the really good news is that one of these really kind of academic places that have been the defense and the promoter, defender of some of these thoughts and ideas now have just had to recant and recall their position because it doesn’t actually show what they thought it was going to show. So that’s a really good news, is that the American Journal of Psychiatry has taken back their position they came out with last fall.
Alright, guys, quick break, we’ll come back with more good news and David Barton’s up next. So stay with us, you’re listening to WallBuilders Live.
Hi, friends, this is Tim Barton of WallBuilders. This is a time when most Americans don’t know much about American history or even heroes of the faith. And I know oftentimes we, parents, we’re trying to find good content for our kids to read.
And if you remember back to the Bible, to the book of Hebrews, it has the faith Hall of Fame where they outline the leaders of faith that had gone before them. Well, this is something that as Americans, we really want to go back and outline some of these heroes, not just of American history, but heroes of Christianity in our faith as well.
I want to let you know about some biographical sketches we have available on our website. One is called The Courageous Leaders collection. And this collection includes people like Abigail Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Francis Scott Key, George Washington Carver, Susanna Wesley, even the Wright brothers. And there’s a second collection called Heroes of History. In this collection, you’ll read about people like Benjamin Franklin or Christopher Columbus, Daniel Boone, George Washington, Harriet Tubman, friends, the list goes on and on. This is a great collection for your young person to have and read and it’s a providential view of American and Christian history. This is available at www.wallbuilders.com. That’s www.wallbuilders.com.
Welcome back to WallBuilders Live. David Barton’s got our next piece of good news. David, where are we headed?
Well, we’re going to look international for a little bit and started with the first segment that I did with two stories on prolife. Now, I’m going prolife International. And we’ve talked several times on the program across the years about how that really several nations in Eastern Europe, young Christian nations are trying to become godly kind of nations, have good policies.
You know, we talked about how Estonia when they came out from under Soviet control, they ended abortion, and they actually minted coins with unborn children showing on the front of the coins to remind them that they’re prolife. We’ve seen that Poland, for example, has been so strong and going in favorable directions that the nation banned abortion in a referendum. They also said we want to go back to keeping the Sabbath. We want Sunday to be the Sabbath.
And so we’ve seen these nations doing that. We’ve seen with Romania. Romania is really trying hard. Czech Republic doing a good job. You have Ukraine that’s starting to emerge from under the Soviet Union. They’re doing a great job. They’re about 90% Christian, and they’re trying to figure out how to make Christian values work with politics. And they’ve never been involved in politics, it’s all been Russian. And so now they’re trying to figure it out.
But all that to say, that Czech Republic, one of those nations that’s really trying to learn to do the right thing, they, for the third time, have now rejected Euthanasia. Euthanasia, in Czech Republic is classified as murder. They believe that life comes from God and that you don’t take life away, that God does. He’s the one who takes life.
So the traditional standing has been for 5,000 years. In the Judeo Christian community, Jewish and Christian, the suicide is just not right. God is the one who has the keys of life and death, not us and you don’t take your own life, your life belongs to Him. You leave that to something other than yourself. And so Euthanasia, like suicide has been something that’s not been accepted.
So they first rejected it in 2008. Then in 2016, they came back for a second time trying to pass Euthanasia, country, we rejected that. And now, they just recently did it again and the country again rejected it. So that’s three times. So they’re really getting stronger in their beliefs and convictions. But they’ve maintained this position for a number of years, which is really good.
The other place I’ll go internationally is going to South America. If you remember back, you remember guy named Chavez, something related to Venezuela or something as sort…
Hugo or Cesar or there’s some kind of something, something…
Something in there… And he had a very, very prosperous nation at one point, I think it was called Venezuela.
But we know how to fix that.
Yeah, we put him in charge. He made it a socialist nation, and now it is mired in poverty. And I mean, in a few short years, it went from being one of the most prosperous nations in South America to be one in the basement.
Well, so one thing that we could point out unlike at the end of the prices, right, when the host would always remind people, hey, don’t forget to have your pet spayed and neutered in Venezuela, they actually encourage you have as many pets as you can, because we’re going to eat them later. Probably not a great thing, nonetheless, it’s a different kind of issue down there.
Yeah, they’re so starving for food that pets are now food. But back when Chavez was on top of this great mountain of Venezuela, who was such an economic powerhouse and where they were with energy, everything else he created the Union of South American Nations. Now was founded in 2008 and that’s when again, Venezuela was kind of at the top of everything. And so it had a number of member nations in it from South America. And of course, who didn’t want to be with a very prosperous nation at that time? And they were.
Well, since then, we’ve seen what socialism did to Venezuela. We’ve seen what’s done to other nations. And so in the past 345 years, there’s been a real change down there. And what you’ve seen is that this Union of South American Nations is now changing. And so they now have replaced it with what they call, Forum for the Progress and Development of South America. And all of these are the newly elected leaders. There’s so many different countries down there, Brazil, and Argentina, and Chile and Colombia. All these countries have moved very much to the Right in their politics away from the Leftist socialist stuff. And they are free market. They are individual rights. They are republican, democratic forms of government, and their nations are prospering. And so they have replaced that Hugo Chavez socialistic model, they rejected that.
And so now that they’ve got this new organization started, it’s interesting that across South America, all these nations are jumping out of what used to be Chavez’s group and come into this new group, Paraguay and Peru and Ecuador, and all these other nations are moving in the direction of what we would call, kind of what we hold as standard in America. And that’s a free market, or we used to hold a standard, maybe is not a standard as it was, but a free market and individual inalienable rights and a republican form of government with elected representatives.
So that’s good news, that really this belief and what we have in the Declaration of Independence, God given rights and we didn’t create it, God already had it before then, we just articulated it. But those beliefs are starting to spread across the world at a much faster rate than we’ve seen in recent years. And that’s great.
Very good news. One final break, guys, we’ll come back with our last piece of good news for the day. Stay with us, you’re listening to WallBuilders Live.
The Founding Fathers of America made a habit of reading through the Bible once a year. There’s no better source of wisdom and it is applicable to every issue in our lives. What a great time for us as American citizens to take this time. If you’ve got extra time at home now, if you’re quarantined at home and you’re looking for something to do, what better thing could there be to do than to read through the Bible, maybe for the first time in your life?
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We’re back here on WallBuilders Live. Thanks for staying with us for our final segment of good news today. And Tim’s going to take us home with a great piece of good news. Not just good news, Tim, this one’s got to be great news. That’s how we had to finish every Friday now.
Well, I’m going to double up to hopefully make two goods a great, so we’ll see how we do. So both of these come from Louisville, Kentucky, which is not always the place I think of great, but we’re going to try.
So two really good things happen in Louisville, one of them in relation to prolifers. There was a city vote on an ordinance that was going to be a buffer zone outside of different health facilities. And health being kind of in quotations, if we’re talking about abortion, it’s not really a health facility, but that’s kind of what Planned Parenthood in some of these places argue is that these abortion providers are providing health care.
And the argument was that you’re not allowed to have protests or riots or whatever else outside these healthcare or medical facilities. And specifically, it was targeting these prolife groups. So the good news is that this ordinance was rejected. Now, it’s a little iffy, because it was rejected 13 to 12. So it very much was closer than it should have been. And actually, some of the members of the city council who voted on this pointed out that look, if what you’re saying is true, in the sense if this ordinance went into effect, then I could not go stand on the sidewalk and hold the Bible and just pray quietly on the Bible or I could be viewed as violating this. I can be arrested and taken to jail, even if I’m not stopping or talking to anybody, so that the whole ordinance was a problem.
So the good news is it was rejected and overturned. What struck me as interesting in this article was that in opposition, Planned Parenthood was one of the groups they’re lobbying for the buffer zone, saying that we don’t want people to come and try to interfere with our medical practice, which again, just the irony of some of these thoughts and statements is crazy. They blame the City Council for failing to prioritize patient safety.
So by allowing prolifers to be out on the sidewalk, and encourage people to maybe consider adoption, or something else other than abortion, that was putting patient safety at risk, which is crazy. But good news is that ordinance did not go into effect.
Second thing from Louisville. This relates to a photographer, who had a lawsuit brought against her. Her name is Chelsey Nelson. And she opted not to perform or in this case, photograph a same sex wedding because she’s an individual and said, it’s not really the kind of stuff I want to do, so they brought lawsuit against her because she’s discriminating.
So US District Judge Justin Walker came out and he wrote that a government can no more compel freelance speechwriter to write for a political candidate she opposes. So we couldn’t tell a writer to write and like, if a democrat writer, we couldn’t say no, you have to write for Donald Trump if he hires you, of course not. You have the freedom of your speech, the freedom of your expression. So this is the case he makes for Chelsey Nelson.
What’s interesting is Judge Walker knew this was going to be appealed. So part of his decision is actually a response to the appeal that’s going to be coming. And he says that this was not a violation, it was not a discrimination, because this wasn’t like a McDonald’s refusing to serve a hamburger to someone who’s a homosexual. It wasn’t like a hotel refusing to give an empty or a vacant room to someone because they were lesbian. This was related to speech and speech is different than maybe some kind of a generic food industry service, etc. But he actually acknowledges the appeal that will likely come and why that appeal should not stand from a constitutional basis. I’m out of time to cover more.
But it’s just really cool to see that there is a district Judge not only protecting Chelsey Nelson’s right of expression and her private practice or private business, but also acknowledging some of the challenges that undoubtedly Planned Parenthood and these others will bring and why they don’t have the constitutional basis to compel Chelsey to take photographs that she does not want to take.
Well, we’re out of time for good news today. But there’s a lot more at our website, be sure to check that out at wallbuilderslive.com. There in the archive section. You can get Good News Friday programs, Foundations of Freedom Thursday programs and interviews throughout the week. We’re also sharing some of our Constitution Alive material. That’s our Constitution class that you can teach in your church, in your living room, online, through Zoom. We’re sharing some of that here on WallBuilders Live several of those lessons in the last couple of months, we’ve got more coming up in the next few weeks.
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