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Aug. 15, 2019: Evangelist Greg Laurie, China prohibits Catholic summer camps, Google whistleblower

Aug. 15, 2019: Evangelist Greg Laurie, China prohibits Catholic summer camps, Google whistleblower

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019:

Here are the latest headlines, brought to you by The Christian Post.

— Greg Laurie readies for 30th SoCal Harvest, talks deconversions

Evangelist Greg Laurie is gearing up for his 30th annual Southern California Harvest Crusade, which is the longest-running outreach event in the U.S.

Ahead of the evangelistic event, which is scheduled for Aug. 23-25 at Angel Stadium, Laurie told The Christian Post that a lot of Christians aren’t sharing Christ anymore and that’s a big concern.

Laurie also touched on recent public deconversions, saying “a faith that cannot be tested is a faith that cannot be trusted.” The pastor also stressed the importance of continually moving forward spiritually, otherwise you’ll be going backward.

— Chinese Catholics forced to cancel summer camps

Catholic Churches in China have had to cancel their summer camps due to warnings from the Communist government prohibiting such activities.

One camp that was successfully held in northern China was done under the radar, according to Union of Catholic Asia News.

A source from a diocese in northern China told that a summer class that was scheduled to be hosted at a big parish in the area had to be moved to a location in a rural village out of fear of government retaliation.

— Evangelical group oppose Trump admin’s new immigration rule

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced this week that a new public charge rule would be implemented in October to prevent legal immigrants from getting green cards if they rely on food stamps, Medicaid, or other taxpayer-funded services. 

Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli said federal law has required foreign-born residents to rely on their own resources since 1996 but Congress never defined what the term public charge meant.

It is now being defined as an individual who receives one or more designated public benefits for more than 12 months in the aggregate within any 36-month period. Receipt of two different benefits in one month would count as two months.

Matthew Soerens, a director at World Relief, believes the new rule “will likely lead more people to consider immigrating illegally as their only recourse to be reunited to family” because it “will restrict many individuals seeking to follow our legal processes to immigrate legally through sponsorship from a close relative.”

— Google whistleblower reveals blacklisting, bias

A former Google employee has gone public with claims of election manipulation, intimidation, and political bias at the tech giant, including the “blacklisting” of certain websites such as The Christian Post. 

Zachary Vorhies, who was with Google for eight years, told Project Veritas that he delivered roughly 950 pages of documents to the Department of Justice’s Antitrust division demonstrating that Google manipulated its algorithms in a way that biased its search engine against conservative media, Christian media and nonprofit groups, and Republicans.

He said, “I saw that they were making really quick moves ... that they were intending to sculpt the information landscape so that they could create their own version of what was objectively true.”

— PRRI survey reveals Americans’ attitudes toward abortion

A new report by the Public Religion Research Institute revealed that 54 percent of Americans believe abortion should be legal in most or all cases.

Notably, Hispanics born in the U.S. (specifically 57%) are more likely to support abortion legalization than Hispanics born outside of the U.S. (33%).

Evangelicals and conservative religious groups such as Mormons are most likely to oppose abortion while younger Americans (59% of those aged 18-29) are more likely to support abortion legalization compared to older generations.

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