Monday, July 8, 2024

Starting this week’s newsletter is California and the ongoing battle over parental rights. A bill headed to Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk would ban California schools from telling parents about their children’s gender transition.

“Assembly Bill 1955 would prohibit school staffers and volunteers from informing parents about their child’s ‘sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression’ without the student’s consent, seeking to thwart parental notification policies passed by local school boards,” The Washington Times’ Valerie Richardson writes.

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Pro-Palestinian protesters crash Pride Month parades

Protesters shout slogans against Israel's military operation in Gaza Strip during the annual Pride parade, in Athens, Greece, June 15, 2024. At Pride events across the U.S, internal tensions over the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza have seeped into the festivities, spurring boycotts and demonstrations at marches and exposing divisions within a movement firmly rooted in protest. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas) **FILE**

Anti-Israel protesters spent a chunk of Pride month crashing LGBTQ parades and making known their pro-Palestinian sentiments.

“At the NYC Pride Parade, 10 people were taken into custody after protesters threw red paint on the street and on a truck pulling a Human Rights Campaign float, according to local news reports,” Ms. Richardson writes. “In Toronto, the parade was canceled altogether about an hour after pro-Gaza activists brought the procession to a standstill.”

Read more about the splintering these acts expose here.

Textbook firms pull back from gender identity materials

In this Feb. 18, 2016 photo, textbooks are seen stacked on a table at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, Ill. In 2007, the school began the Textbook Rental Option Program to alleviate some of the burden of high textbook prices. (Scott Anderson/NewsTribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Textbook publishers Scholastic and Pearson have distanced themselves from a push to replace biological sex with gender identity in K-12 classroom discussions after the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank publicized their materials, reports The Washington Times’ Sean Salai. Read more here.

Pro-life activist punished

Pro-life activist Paul Vaughn and his wife Bethany Vaughn outside the federal courthouse in Nashville, Tennessee, during his January 2024 trial for violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. (Photo courtesy Thomas More Society)

Pro-life activist Paul Vaughn received three years of supervised release for his participation in a 2021 protest outside an abortion facility. He avoided a prison sentence that could have come amid allegations he violated the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. Here’s the full story.

Eric Metaxas’ warning about the Christian faith and politics

Author, speaker and radio host Eric Metaxas has a strong warning to Christians who think they shouldn't be politically involved.

Author, speaker and radio host Eric Metaxas has a strong warning for Christians who think they shouldn’t be politically involved: “Our faith is to be brought into every relationship, into every sphere of influence we have.” Listen to what else Mr. Metaxas has to say in his interview with The Washington Times’ Higher Ground’s Billy Hallowell.

Promise Keepers tackles challenges facing men

Promise Keepers participants from Eagle Lake, Fla. huddle in prayer during the rally on the Mall in Washington on Saturday, Oct. 4, 1997. In a soul-searching quest for spiritual renewal, hundreds of thousands of Christian men prayed and sang among the great monuments of Washington, eager to own up to their failings and halt a nation's moral decline. (AP Photo/Greg Gibson) **FILE**

Christian men’s ministry Promise Keepers is back in action with new leadership and a renewed vigor to inspire men to live faithful lives. Led by CEO Shane Winnings — an ex-cop and military veteran — the group is making new headway.

“Our vision is to equip men to live boldly in this hour. And my heart really is that Philippians 2 call of being a light in a twisted and perverse generation,” Mr. Winnings told Higher Ground. “I want to help men rise up and not just survive through the day, but actually thrive and shine as a light for Christ.” Read more about the mission here.

Antisemitism’s rampant rise

People attend the "NO FEAR: Rally in Solidarity with the Jewish People" event in Washington, Sunday, July 11, 2021, co-sponsored by the Alliance for Israel, Anti-Defamation League, American Jewish Committee, B'nai B'rith International and other organizations. The American Jewish Committee released a survey on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, that found nearly two-thirds of American Jews feel less secure in the U.S. than they did a year ago. The group conducted the survey on antisemitism last fall just as the Israel-Hamas war began. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Antisemitism is on the rise, according to recent Gallup polling, which found 81% of adults viewing antisemitism as a “very” or “somewhat” serious problem, up from 57% in 2003.

Meanwhile, debate surrounds the National Education Association Representative Assembly, which reportedly has some pro-Palestinian delegates seeking to pass a slew of anti-Israel resolutions over the objections of Jewish members. Here’s more.

In our opinion

A copy of the Ten Commandments is posted along with other historical documents in a hallway of the Georgia Capitol, Thursday, June 20, 2024, in Atlanta. Christians and Jews believe in the Ten Commandments — just not necessarily the version that will hang in every public school and state-funded college classroom in Louisiana. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Everett Piper explains why he believes “children do best when they have a mother and father bound to each other in marriage.”

And Mr. Hallowell breaks down what he believes critics of the new Louisiana law mandating the Ten Commandments in classrooms are totally missing.

Here are some other must-reads:

  • Faith of the Founding Fathers: Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, reflects on the lives and legacies of the Founding Fathers. “They didn’t fight for fortunes or fame – but out of conviction of their Christian faith,” he writes. “They were fighting for their independence – but they also acknowledged their dependence of God.”
  • Helping moms and babies: Autumn Christensen explores an essential question in the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade and the return of abortion law to the states: “What does it look like to care for moms and babies two years into this Dobbs era?”
  • Talking to kids about politics: And with the contentiousness of American politics comes a unique challenge for parents: How do you talk with your kids about President Biden, former president Donald Trump — and all of the associated drama? Jeff Grenell has some tips.

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