- The Washington Times - Monday, April 1, 2024

There was no shortage of important faith and culture news this week, though the Supreme Court’s decision to once again take up the abortion issue certainly stood out.

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As The Washington Times’ Alex Swoyer noted, “The Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared skeptical of rolling back access to the abortion pill as they weighed arguments over whether pro-life doctors can challenge the Food and Drug Administration’s recent moves to increase access to the drug.” Here are the highlights.

Meanwhile, a new study found the number of abortion pills that pro-choice advocacy groups sent women by mail or outside formal medical settings surged after the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Here’s the full story.

Researchers offer skeptics reasons to believe in the resurrection

About one-fourth of Christians say they don’t believe in Jesus’ resurrection, although the resurrection is the foundation of the Christian faith.

Theological experts and researchers say they understand the skepticism, but taking steps such as removing the term “resurrection” from services obscure the true meaning of Easter. Read more about the hesitancy here.

Trump endorses ‘God Bless the USA’ Bible

Former President Donald Trump has made a plethora of headlines recently. Among them: the ex-commander-in-chief and presumptive 2024 Republican presidential nominee is endorsing a pretty unique edition of the Bible.

Not only did Mr. Trump endorse the “God Bless the USA” Bible, but he offered this message about the importance of spreading “our Christian values.”

Video: Kirk Cameron, Riley Gaines battle cancel culture

Kirk Cameron and Riley Gaines spoke candidly this week with Billy Hallowell, host of The Washington Times’ “Higher Ground” podcast, in a rare dual interview about boldness, the chaos facing America and what drives them to take a stand. Read the story and watch the interview.

Parents sue amid transgender debate

Meanwhile, a couple in Washington state are suing the state of Washington because they say the Department of Children, Youth and Families denied their license renewal application because they refused “to abide by its policy requiring foster parents to use ‘the pronouns and chosen name’ of transgender youth,” The Times’ Valerie Richardson reports.

Here’s why the case and claims are particularly shocking.

Arizona church’s battle to feed the poor

Legal issues are also unfolding in the border town of San Luis, Arizona, where a church is suing city officials. And what’s Gethsemani Baptist Church’s grievance, you ask? According to The Times’ Mark Kellner, the government is impeding a 25-year-old program that feeds the poor.

Here are the full details on the lawsuit and why it matters

Wyoming bans transitioning children

As the transgender battles forge on, Wyoming has become the latest state to ban the use of puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and surgeries for minors seeking to change their sex.

Republican Gov. Mark Gordon’s decision to sign the legislation into law makes the state the 23rd to implement such restrictions. Here’s why Mr. Gordon made the decision despite some misgivings about parental rights

In our opinion

Easter’s meaning. With Easter upon us — the most important day in the Christian calendar — it’s fitting that Corné J. Bekker broke down the seven reasons Easter still has meaning in the 21st century.

The key abortion question. Mr. Hallowell’s column this week focuses on the key question at the center of the abortion debate — one that speaks to the moral standing of every human’s soul. He writes, “Abortion has always been a progressive idol, but the most recent obsession with the procedure after the Supreme Court’s dismantling of federalized abortion rights has cemented its almost sacramental placement in the liberal ethos.” Read more here.

Politics over healthcare. For more on the abortion front: Emily Erin Davis explains why she believes the current handling of abortion places “prioritizes politics, not health care,” and why she believes the abortion pill case before the Supreme Court is so important.

God and unconditional love. Finally, Everett Piper responds to an important question about Scripture and life: “Is what the Bible teaches about judgment a message of universal, unconditional love?” Here’s his response.

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