Governor Signs Pro-Life Bills, ACLU Threatens Suit
Last week, Governor Eric Holcomb signed House Bill 1577 into law. The lengthy bill contains several pro-life provisions. Some are more significant than others. The most noteworthy, and the provision that has abortion advocates the most upset, is one that requires the abortionist to inform a woman seeking a pharmaceutical abortion that should she have second thoughts, it may be possible to reverse her decision before the 2nd pill is taken. Six other states have this provision in their law. Three of them, ND, OK, and TN, have had their laws challenged in court. The ACLU of Indiana seems to be considering a lawsuit to block women from being told this. Almost any pro-life bill anymore can expect to be challenged in court.
The other provisions in the bill include the disposal of fetal remains, additional details involving annual clinic inspections, and allowing a woman, if she so chooses, to have the ultrasound image of her baby.
Another important provision that passed as an amendment to House Bill 1421states that a baby born alive either via delivery or abortion must receive life-saving care and treatment. In other words, a child that survives a premature birth, or an induced abortion, cannot simply be set aside to die without any care or help for life. This amendment had an Indiana family’s story behind it that gave it the name of the “Baby River Amendment.” The Governor signed this bill as well.
In my email last week, I was a little negative over the missed opportunity to tie education funding to blocking left-wing agendas in public schools that concern so many parents. These life provisions are definitely two positive things pro-life and pro-family Hoosiers can applaud.
Has the World Overtaken the Church?
There was a troubling recent story in Christianity Today that reveals many churches are failing the call to be in the world, but not of the world. It seems that most young Evangelical Christians now embrace cohabitation, living together before marriage. Most Evangelicals under the age of 45 have cohabited, or plan to do so in the future, or are open to the possibility.
A 2019 Pew Research survey found that 58% of white Evangelicals say they believe that cohabiting is acceptable if a couple plans to marry. In fact, a 2012 survey found that only 41% of evangelicals ages 18 to 29 disagreed with the claim that cohabitation was morally acceptable even if the couple had no express intent to marry.In other words, like the Pew survey, this General Social Survey found that 59% of Evangelicals were OK with living together for any reason, even if marriage is not imminent or a consideration.
While 84% of those with no religious affiliation cohabit before marriage, compared to 54% of evangelical protestants, most people who cohabit never make it to the altar. For example, among Evangelicals, only 49% ended in marriage. Some research shows that overall, only about 1 in 4 couples who cohabit make it to the altar. For those that do, the news is not much better. Far from being a “trial marriage” their rate of divorce is much higher than those who did not live together before marriage.
There is more than a practical problem here for people of faith. Living together before marriage is not something God approves of according to scripture. This is not an abstract teaching, or something only mentioned in passing. Sexual purity as an expectation, and the importance of marriage, is easily found throughout the Bible and a concept widely held in Christian circles for centuries.
You can read articles about what the Bible says here or here and lists of verses here.
Red States Outperforming Blue States
CEO Magazine has just released its annual ranking of the best and worst states for businesses. The rankings are based upon each state’s business climate, quality of life, and workforce. Included in this matrix are tax policy and regulations.
Interestingly, there is a stark difference between traditional Republican and traditional Democrat states. For the 17th year in a row, Texas was rated as the best state in America for business. Florida ranked 2nd, followed by Tennessee, North Carolina, then at 5th best is Indiana.
At the bottom of the list as the five worst states for business were the following liberal states that CEO magazine called “the usual bunch” – California, New York, Illinois, New Jersey, and Washington.
White Liberals and Poor Mental Health?
An analysis of a Pew Research Center survey has come to the conclusion that there may be a link between liberalism or left-wing ideology and mental illness. The research found that young white liberals are more likely than other ideological/racial groups to have been diagnosed with a mental disorder.
A writer with a women’s magazine called Evie noted that 56% of white liberal women under the age of 30 have been diagnosed with a mental health condition at some point. She wrote, “What if what was once a cheap shot or a personal insult [my comment: safe space seeking snowflakes, or Trump Derangement Syndrome”] has actually been found to bear scientific correlation between the individuals who hold progressive ideologies and an increased risk of mental illness?”
The survey involved 11,537 U.S. adults. It found 14.8% of those described as very conservative had ever been told by a healthcare provider that they have a mental health issue. About 12% of conservatives and 15 -20% of moderates and 16-27% of liberals had been told this by a healthcare expert.
There are a lot of mental health labels thrown around today. Whether there is truly something to the anger many liberals seem to have and an actual mental condition may be more speculative from a survey than an actual clinical evaluation. There may well also be something very worrisome to this.
National Day of Prayer
Tomorrow is the annual National Day of Prayer. Please make a point of praying for those in authority over us and our nation overall. This is something we should do on a regular basis.
Black Lives Matter in the Midwest
Two weeks ago, I receive a lot of responses to the video about the courageous minority business owner in Chicago who was targeted by Black Lives Matter. (His church was targeted too.) Almost overnight he went from being applauded by the sports world and local media, to a target of extortion and rage. If you missed this, you may want to take some time to watch “Paint the Wall Black” here:
On a totally different topic, I know that some of our readers were longtime viewers of The Phipps Gospel Hour on WHMB TV 40 and several cable stations in central Indiana that aired his southern gospel music show. He is back on the air on Channel 40 and he also has a new issue-based show. His first program aired recently and can be seen here on Youtube: https://youtu.be/ur3njiaCcT4
In Their Own Words:
“There can be tragic mistakes that have nothing to with race. The desire to label every dire outcome a product of racism, no matter the intent, is destroying our society.” —Erielle Davidson