Illinois Family Institute Week In Review Online Newsletter: July 3, 2015

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July 3, 2015
Cartoon of the Week
What Happened to States’ Rights?
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  A Day of Mourning for the First Amendment
Written by By Laurie Higgins
I would love to hear Melissa and Aaron Klein’s answer if some “LGBTQIAAP” activist or intrepid, “unbiased” journalist asked, “How would the legalization of gay marriage affect you?”READ MORE
Protect Your Church or Ministry from Sexual Orientation Lawsuits
Written by David E. Smith
Sexual Orientation Gender Identity (SOGI) lawsuits against individuals and ministries have increased in the past couple years, but with the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex “marriage,” it is even more important that ministries take steps to evaluate and modify their incorporation documents.

  Anger and SCOTUS Anti-Marriage Decision
Written by Laurie Higgins
The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention just released a document titled “Here We Stand: An Evangelical Declaration on Marriage,”  signed by scores of religious leaders. It is largely an excellent document that embodies an unequivocal, courageous commitment to truth.

  Don’t Lose Heart!
Written by David E. Smith
A poem by Rev. Maltbie Davenport Babcock (1858-1901), best known as the author of thehymn “This is My Father’s World,” expresses how I believe Christians must approach the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to redefine marriage.

SCOTUS Finds for Fiction and Iniquity 5-4
Written by Laurie Higgins
The U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Obergefell v. Hodges case provides yet more evidence that smart peoplecan be monumentally foolish. This decision not only denies reality but also robs citizens of their right to self-government. From the gaseous emanations of their own imaginations, five of our supremacist justices have discerneda heretofore nonexistent constitutional requirement that homoerotic unions be recognized as “marriages.”

Court Rules Against Planned Parenthood in Abortion Clinic Zoning Case
The Illinois Appellate Court, Second Judicial District, has overturned a lower court’s dismissal of a zoning and fraud lawsuit brought by the Thomas More Society on behalf of Fox Valley Families Against Planned Parenthood and several neighbors.

Action Alerts
  Stop Fast Track Divorce
No one wants to see a divorce or separation. And no one wants to see it made easier or erase a loving parent from a child’s life. That’s why it’s important that you contact the Governor’s office and urge him to veto Senate Bill 57, which has passed both chambers in the Illinois General Assembly.READ MORE
  Week in Review
What the Gay-Marriage Ruling Means for Education
Written by Frederick M. Hess
Like fascists, Communists, and boy-band producers, the American Left has always believed it could fine-tune human nature if it could only “get ’em while they’re young.”READ MORE
  Walmart, Comcast Celebrate Gay Pride
Written by Cliff Kincaid
“Homo is Healthy” was one of the signs on the official gay pride website for the big march celebrating the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage on Sunday, June 28, in New York City. It was brought to you, in part, by Walmart, a high-level Platinum sponsor that happens to be America’s largest private sector employer.READ MORE
Written by Matt Barber
This is it. I’m coming out. I want the world to know. I’m a black, lesbian platypus trapped in a white, straight guy’s body. This is my truth. It’s my experience. It’s how I identify. It’s my reality (actual reality notwithstanding).

In Our Steps
Written by Rev. Thorin Anderson
The speed with which same-sex “marriage” has been both accepted and then promoted in American culture has surprised even its proponents.  It shouldn’t have surprised us at all.  Rather, when we consider the weakness of the churches’ spiritual backbone it is actually surprising that it took this long.

SCOTUS Redfines “Marriage” as “Love”
Written by Diane Medved
President Barack Obama was so romantic when commenting on the U.S. Supreme Court 5-4 ruling that same-sex marriage be permitted nationally.  “Love is Love,” he declared, in a puzzling statement of the obvious.READ MORE
Dr. Lutzer: A Time for Tears
Written by Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer
The decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage in all fifty states is not only a direct violation of Scripture, but is contrary to natural law. This decision will accelerate the disintegration of the family, the sexual confusion of our children, and our continuing descent into moral bankruptcy. READ MORE
Three Reasons Christians Should Think Twice About Yoga
Written by Julie Roys
Can yoga be completely stripped of Hinduism and even “Christianized”? Many Christians believe it can. In fact, some churches and Christian colleges, like Wheaton College and Gordon College, even offer yoga classes.

Study Finds Little Evidence That Medical Marijuana Helps Many Illnesses

Written by Leah Barkoukis
In the debate over whether marijuana should be legal, for both medicinal and recreational purposes, one thing both sides seem to agree on is that more research needs to be conducted. Thus, advocates and opponents should take note of several articles published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association related to medical marijuana.


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