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Boko Haram Continues to Kill Christians in Nigeria
Assisted Suicide on the Ballot in Colorado
Report Debunks ‘Born That Way’ Narrative And ‘Transgender’ Label For Kids
A path to future victory in the pro-life cause
On David Gushee’s Dishonesty


Boko Haram Continues to Kill Christians in Nigeria

Boko Haram is a terrorist group most known for kidnapping 276 schoolgirls from a secondary school in Chibok, Nigeria. Learn more about that incident here:

Now, Boko Haram's new leader, Abu Musab al-Barnawi, says the group intends to kill Christians, target churches, and leave mosques and markets alone--essentially a reiteration of what the group has already been doing but perhaps with a brazen new face that seems to be even more greatly influencing some in the culture of the area.

Case in point: A mob recently killed eight people. Why? A Christian student allegedly made a "blasphemous statement against Islam and Prophet Muhammad," and a mob turned on him. After being rescued by a man named Tajudeen, the mob turned on Tajudeen's house, burning it to the ground, killing eight.

This is the current state of affairs, where Christians can be nearly killed (or killed), and anybody associated with them may lose their lives, for alleged blasphemy. The Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the mob's killing.

In light of that day-to-day reality, and in light of the shift from Boko Haram's leader, read this speech given by Secretary of State John Kerry in Nigeria. Note the lack of mention of Christian persecution at all, and note that he says Boko Haram apparently focuses on killing Muslims, despite stories like the one above and countless more.

The U.S. recently reported that 74% of the world's population lives in a region with poor religious freedom laws, and some are concerned that speeches like Kerry's mean the U.S. is not interested in acting on their own report.

Considering the work that still needs to be done internationally, we can only hope everybody will seek religious freedom for all. This includes not ignoring the plight of Christians in Nigeria.

 
Assisted Suicide on the Ballot in Colorado

We've talked about the culture of death numerous times. This fall, voters in Colorado have a chance to push back against the increasing desire for doctors to kill their patients.

From the Colorado Springs Gazette:

"The 'Medical Aid in Dying' proposal asks voters whether patients diagnosed to have six months or fewer to live can take a lethal dose of drugs prescribed by a doctor.

"The announcement sets the stage for voters to decide a proposal that state lawmakers have twice rejected in recent years. And it launches Colorado to the fore of a national debate on so-called 'right-to-die' laws.

"Only California, Oregon, Washington, Montana and Vermont currently allow physicians to aid in a patient's death."

Even the phrase at the end, "aid in a patient's death," betrays the act, which is to prescribe death to a patient who is suffering some life-threatening illness (or not, depending on the law we are talking about).

This makes Colorado among 20 states considering physician prescribed death this year. Hopefully voters will realize that advancing the culture of death does not help anybody.

 
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