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June 13, 2019: Southern Baptists pass anti-sexual abuse measure, Prisoners memorize the Bible, Pinterest bans Live Action

June 13, 2019: Southern Baptists pass anti-sexual abuse measure, Prisoners memorize the Bible, Pinterest bans Live Action

Daily Radio Script - Thursday, June 13, 2019

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

— Southern Baptists voted to expel churches over sexual abuse or racial discrimination.

Southern Baptist Convention messengers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday evening in favor of giving its Credentials Committee the authority to investigate complaints of sexual abuse or racial discrimination and make recommendations for action.

While at the convention in Birmingham, Pastor Matt Chandler of The Village Church in Texas addressed a sexual abuse scandal that was reported by The New York Times.

“We are an imperfect church with imperfect people,” Chandler said, but regarding the sexual abuse by a Village Church children's minister in 2012, he said, "I’m not sure what we could have done different," noting that the crime was reported to authorities and he followed their guidance on the matter.

During his address the same day, SBC President J.D. Greear warned attendees to not let political partisanship harm the message of the Gospel.

“Political affiliations have a way of obscuring the Gospel. In our political climate we know that if we’re known as the stooge for one party, we’ll lose all audience with the other. When we tie our message too closely to a political platform, we put an unnecessary obstacle in the way of the Gospel for half of our mission field,” he said.

— Christians imprisoned for their faith memorized parts of the Bible.

Christians in China had scripture smuggled to them on small pieces of paper, which they memorized.

Pastor Wayne Cordeiro of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu recalled in a sermon meeting some of these believers on a trip to China.

They had to memorize the passages quickly because guards would confiscate them if they were found.

Cordeiro told them, “In my country, we have an average of two Bibles per family. We don’t read any of them. You hardly have any Bibles and you memorize them from pieces of paper. I will not pray that you become like us, but I will pray that we become just like you."

— Pinterest banned Live Action.

The social media site permanently banned the pro-life group for sharing information about abortions.

Live Action's Pinterest page was first put on a pornography block list, then Pinterest claimed that Live Action posted “medical misinformation and conspiracies that turn individuals and facilities into targets for harassment and violence.”

Live Action President Lila Rose responded, "What exactly is Pinterest attempting to block? Inspirational messages to pregnant mothers, ultrasound images showing the science of prenatal development, medically accurate information on the abortion procedure, and images saying women deserve better than abortion industry leader Planned Parenthood?”

— Cartoon Network promoted "LGBT pride" to children.

“We want to wish everyone a HAPPY PRIDE and encourage all of our LGBTQ+ fans to stand proud all year long!” the network posted on Twitter along an image of the "Powerpuff Girls" and a rainbow.

This wasn't the first time the network promoted an LGBT agenda to children.

The animated "Steven's Universe" was the first children's program to feature a same-sex wedding proposal, and on its website you can purchase items showing two female characters kissing.

— The Vatican criticized transgenderism.

In a groundbreaking 31-page document released during LGBT "pride month," Catholic officials wrote that “gender fluidity” is “nothing more than a confused concept of freedom in the realm of feelings and wants” and opposed to “anything based on the truths of existence.”

The document also warned that, “This oscillation between male and female becomes, at the end of the day, only a ‘provocative’ display against so-called ‘traditional frameworks,’ and one which, in fact, ignores the suffering of those who have to live situations of sexual indeterminacy."

Mary Rice Hasson, director of the Catholic Women's Forum, told The Christian Post, "The Church rejects the idea that identity is an ever-shifting kaleidoscope of genders and sexualities. Who we are must be grounded in the truth that we are created male or female, forever, equal in dignity, and made for one another. " 

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