This week, a writer describes how Barronelle Stutzman’s brave stance for the truth about marriage has encouraged Christians who struggle with same-sex attraction, and Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention explains why the Trump administration’s action to protect religious adoption providers is an important move for religious liberty. Also, Americans share their views about biological males competing in girls’ sports, and Congress considers legislation to protect unborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome. All of this from the Alliance Alert team.
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The Public Discourse: From Christians Who Formerly Identified as LGBTQ: A “Thank You” to Our Allies
Christians who decide to stand up for God's truth about sexuality are often ridiculed and put down by LGBT advocates, but their brave stance does not go unnoticed. As a letter written to ADF client Barronelle Stutzman—and others like her—Dr. Jean C. Lloyd writes how standing up for truth is an encouragement for Christians who struggle with same-sex attraction. Dr. Lloyd points out how easy it might seem to keep silent or give into the new sexual orthodoxy, but the real act of love is to stand on God's truth. Because of this, Dr. Lloyd writes, Christians can take comfort that their identity is defined by Christ and not their worldly desires.
The Wall Street Journal: Trump Reverses Obama’s Anti-Religious Decree
For Christians, striving to find a loving home for children through adoption and foster care reflects their own story as God’s adopted children. Yet, during its last days, the Obama administration created a rule to punish faith-based adoption providers whose beliefs motivate their actions. This week, the Trump administration overturned that rule. Writing at The Wall Street Journal, Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission underscores the major step forward not just for religious liberty, but for children who are now more likely to find a home.
Marriage and the Family
A Rasmussen survey shows that 51 percent of Americans find it unfair that biological males who identify as female can compete in women’s athletics, and only 29 percent said it’s fair to allow boys to compete head-to-head against girls. Despite the increasing lack of support for the idea, the so-called "Equality Act"—a bill that passed the House of Representatives but stalled in the Senate earlier this year—would allow men to compete against women, just one of many ways the law would reverse key advances for women and girls. As Peter Hasson of The Daily Caller points out, while the idea is out of touch with the majority of America, the Equality Act enjoys unanimous support from Democratic presidential candidates.
Sanctity of Life
National Review: The Quest to Ban Selective AbortionResearchers believe that over 50% of children diagnosed with Down syndrome in the womb are aborted in the United States. While five states have passed laws that ban abortion based on a Down syndrome diagnosis, two of those states (Ohio and Indiana) have had those laws struck down by federal courts. Now, lawmakers in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have proposed the Down Syndrome Discrimination by Abortion Prohibition Act, a federal law that would protect children diagnosed (and mis-diagnosed) with Down syndrome before they are born. While the legislation could potentially take some time to pass, Alexandra Desanctis of National Review shows how public opinion polling indicates Americans would be in favor of this law
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