News Snippets

Keeping you up to date on what’s happening around the world. Topics include items connected to Christianity and that impact on practising our faith, news on ethical issues, also news on countries who persecute Christians, and topics that affect our culture, additionally ones that impact upon Israel and Jewish people, and those which may possibly be a reflection of end times and associated prophecies.

Note: we endeavour to keep the news snippets updated weekly, but due to time restraints, it may not always be possible to do so.

FEBRUARY 2021

17th: Covid-19 pandemic ebbs globally: Infections down 16% last week, deaths drop 10%: New cases decline for past five weeks, with a decrease of 50% since first week of January as outbreak subsides in most world regions, World Health Organization says. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: 46 residents in Spanish nursing home die after receiving Covid-19 vaccine: Health authorities have reportedly halted the administering of the second shot of Pfizer’s vaccine. (LifeSite) [link 1] [link 2]

14th: McConnell, after voting to acquit: Trump ‘morally responsible’ for Capitol riot: In stunning rebuke minutes after acquittal, Republican Senate minority leader says former president still subject to criminal and civil law: ‘He didn’t get away with anything yet.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: Woman punches Holocaust survivor and rabbi son on London bus: ‘I hate you Jews:’ Witnesses say assailant also told victims: ‘It’s not your place. You took our money’; passengers intervened and asked driver to take attacker to police station but he declined. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: Senate delays impeachment vote, seeks witnesses after shock report on Trump call: Following reveal of shouting match between ex-president, GOP’s McCarthy on day of Capitol attack, Senate extends trial to look at evidence; earlier McConnell said he’d acquit. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: US Senate acquits Donald Trump of inciting insurrection in Capitol assault: After days of deliberations and last-minute drama that almost saw trial extended to call in witnesses, chamber votes 57-43 to convict, short of two-thirds majority needed (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: Hospital Staff Encouraged to Use ‘Chestfeeding’ over ‘Breastfeeding’ to Push Inclusivity: Several hospitals in Great Britain are telling their staff to incorporate gender-inclusive language over gender-specific language in an effort to include transgender and non-binary patients. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

12th: Worldwide coronavirus case count plunges by almost half in last month: New infections now at lowest level since October; epidemic is picking up speed in Iraq; US still has highest number of new cases and new deaths (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: Hallmark Channel Promises More LGBT Characters: ‘This Is Who We Are,’ CEO Says: The head of the Hallmark Channel’s parent company said this week the network remains committed to including LGBT characters in storylines and that fans will see “more of that” in the future. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

12th: Survey: More Than a Quarter of White Evangelicals Believe Core QAnon Conspiracy Theory: A new survey reports more than a quarter of white evangelical Protestants believe a QAnon conspiracy theory that purports former President Donald Trump is secretly battling a cabal of pedophile Democrats, and roughly half express support for the debunked claim that Antifa was responsible for the recent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

12th: Accounts of spiritual abuse, sexting and rape in investigation of Ravi Zacharias: An investigation into alleged sexual misconduct of the late Ravi Zacharias has found significant evidence of sexual misconduct (Eternity news) [link 1] [link 2]

11th: Planned Parenthood worker warns kids claiming trans identity are being used as ‘cash cows:’ A Planned Parenthood employee is speaking out against the organization’s practices of dispensing cross-sex hormones to trans-identifying teenagers, particularly distressed girls. (The Christian Post) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

11th: ‘Great News’: 6 of 8 Leading COVID-19 Vaccines Were Not Produced Using Abortion Cells: A majority of COVID-19 vaccine candidates did not use cell lines from abortions in their development or production, although the four most high-profile vaccines are split on the issue, according to an analysis by the pro-life Charlotte Lozier Institute. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

11th: It works: 0 deaths, only 4 severe cases among 523,000 fully vaccinated Israelis: HMO data a week after 2nd dose shows 93% effectiveness, ‘unequivocally’ proving vaccine’s success and leaving ‘no doubt’ it’s saved many Israeli lives, says Maccabi official (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Flyers in tram blame Jews for pandemic, Germany: Leaflet in Cologne falsely says leading German politicians are Jewish, attacks ‘Jews in politics and media.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: French nun, Europe’s oldest person, turns 117 after surviving Covid-19: Sister Andre says one of her fondest memories was the return of two of her brothers at the end of World War I. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Common asthma drug can reduce COVID hospitalizations by 90% – study: Oxford University researchers say steroid budesonide, inhaled as a treatment for respiratory disorders, effective when administered to patients within a week of first symptoms. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: ADF Appeals to European Court after Missionary Is Permanently Banned from Entering Turkey: In January, Alliance Defending Freedom International (ADF) submitted an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights contesting a permanent re-entry ban enacted on evangelist David Byle by authorities in Turkey. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

10th: AOC, House Democrats Urge Biden Administration to Legalize ‘Abortion by Mail,’ US: A coalition of House Democrats is urging the Biden administration to overturn a two-decades-old rule that requires pills for medical abortions be obtained in-person. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

10th: New Senate Bill Would Prohibit Boys in Girls’ Sports: ‘We Are Not All the Same:’ A bill introduced this month in Congress would prohibit biological males from participating in girls’ and women’s sports by clarifying that the language on athletics in Title IX refers to biological sex, not gender identity. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

10th: Australian court upholds continued imprisonment of extremists at end of sentence: 2017 law aimed at ‘high-risk’ offenders was challenged by Abdul Benbrika, convicted of leading Melbourne terror cell and still behind bars though his term ended in November. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: South Dakota Rep. Proposes Bill That Would Exempt State from Biden’s Executive Orders: Newly elected Republican Rep. Aaron Aylward of South Dakota has introduced a bill that, if passed, would allow the state’s attorney general to reject President Joe Biden’s executive orders if they are deemed unconstitutional. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

9th: Professor Says Creationism ‘Bears All the Hallmarks of a Conspiracy Theory’: The fact-checking website Snopes recently published an article deeming creationism, the doctrine that states that God created the world, a “conspiracy theory”. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

9th: Biden Is ‘Pushing Children into Transgenderism,’ Mississippi Governor Says: Mississippi’s governor is criticizing the Biden administration’s new policy on gender identity and sports, saying the new president is “pushing transgenderism” on the nation’s children. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

9th: Poland awaits verdict in libel case that could muzzle Holocaust research: Historians say lawsuit is attempt to discredit their findings and discourage other researchers from investigating the truth about Polish involvement in mass murder of Jews. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: WHO: Unlikely coronavirus leaked from China lab, most likely jumped from species: International health body announces findings by mission dogged by fears of whitewash, with US demanding ‘robust’ probe and Beijing warning against ‘politicizing’ investigation. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Over 20,000 Sign One Million Moms Petition over American Girl Doll with Same-Sex Storyline: More than 20,000 have signed an online petition with the Christian group One Million Moms asking for Mattel to abandon plans for a story about an American Girl doll and her same-sex married great aunts. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

8th: New virus variants raise concern over COVID-19 reinfections: How long immunity lasts from natural infection is one of the big questions of the pandemic. Recent global developments have scientists worried that the calculation is changing. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Iran may pursue nuclear weapons, its intelligence minister warns: In rare comments admitting Tehran is considering developing nukes, official claims it would be the West’s fault for making moves to ‘corner’ his country. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: South Africa halts use of AstraZeneca vaccine as worries grow over effectiveness: Preliminary study shows shot may not prevent transmission of South African strain, or stop mild and moderate cases — though it might curb serious cases and deaths. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: Breaking with Catholic tradition, pope appoints first woman to senior post: Frenchwoman Nathalie Becquart named one of two new undersecretaries to synod of bishops, body that studies major questions of doctrine. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: HBO Host Compares Christians to QAnon Conspiracists, Says Capitol Riot was a ‘Faith-Based Initiative:’ On Friday, HBO host Bill Maher criticized Christians for the U.S. Capitol Riot Attack while likening their faith to those who hold to QAnon conspiracy theories, The Daily Wire reports. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

8th: Teen neo-Nazi who talked about ‘gassing’ Jews is UK’s youngest terror convict: Boy, now 16, avoids prison sentence, is sent to youth rehab center for 2 years after pleading guilty to 10 counts of possessing terrorist material, 2 of disseminating terror docs. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: Some Republicans Say There Is ‘Zero Chance’ Trump Is Convicted in Impeachment Trial: Some lawmakers say an impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump is unconstitutional and a conviction is “very unlikely.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

8th: Over 32,000 Sign ACLU Petition in Support of Trans Student Athletes: Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union, a secular human rights advocacy group, made the case for transgender males in women’s sports by saying that they do not have any advantages over biological females. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

7th: Egypt frees Al-Jazeera journalist detained since 2016: Mahmoud Hussein’s release comes month after Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain end dispute with Qatar, where the news agency is based, over Gulf nation’s close ties to Iran. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: Holding Iran talks, US, UK, France, Germany agree to ‘revive transatlantic ties:’ London says countries hold ‘shared concerns’ over Tehran; Biden convenes NSC; top diplomats also discuss China, Russia, Myanmar, climate change, pandemic. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: Paris becomes 1st capital outside Israel to adopt IHRA anti-Semitism definition: City officially adopts definition that is source of debate, with some activists saying it stifles free speech. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: Biden says Trump shouldn’t get intelligence briefings due to ‘erratic behaviour:’ US president says he sees no value in his predecessor receiving classified information, adding that ‘he might slip and say something.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: Reframing Mideast, Biden seems to signal new distance from allies Israel, Saudis: New administration intimates ‘it’s not business as usual’ with the way Trump ran regional ties; in key speech, Biden didn’t mention Israel when saying he was revitalizing alliances. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: Faith stronger in the US thanks to Covid-19, but less so elsewhere: Nearly three-in-ten Americans say their religious faith was strengthened as a result of the coronavirus pandemic last year, but the virus caused little change in the faith of the majority of people worldwide. (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

6th: Loose ends left after Victoria’s change and suppression prohibition bill passes, Australia: there are unresolved issues with the Bill that need to be address. (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

5th: ‘Chilling’: Senate Democrats Defeat Measure Protecting Babies Who Survive Abortion: Senate Democrats on Thursday defeated an amendment that would have allowed for criminal and civil penalties for doctors who fail to provide health care for a baby who survives an abortion. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

5th: Biden Orders Agencies to Promote LGBT Rights Worldwide: The ‘U.S. Belongs at the Forefront:’ President Biden said in a memorandum Thursday that his administration will “advance the human rights” of LGBTQ individuals around the world by building on principles established in 2011 under the Obama administration. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

5th: Striken by Covid, church of England shrinks by 20%: The damage inflicted on the Church of England by the pandemic is revealed in a leaked internal document. (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

5th: Trump refuses to testify in impeachment, calls trial ‘unconstitutional’: Ex-president’s lawyer says request to have him answer questions over storming of Capitol is a ‘public relations stunt’; prosecutors say refusal could be seen as admission of guilt (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: Biden’s Education Secretary Pick Defends Placing Boys in Girls’ Sports: ‘That’s Their Right:’ President Biden’s choice for education secretary told senators Wednesday he believes biological boys who identify as girls have the legal right to compete on girls’ teams and that if confirmed, he will ensure schools are following that interpretation of the law. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

4th: Post-Election Survey Finds Waning Interest in Socialism among American Adults: According to new research from the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University, U.S. adults have shown declining support for socialism as opposed to a few years ago. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

4th: Germany reports new jump in far-right crime, nearing 20-year record: Provisional figures for last year are highest since 2016; final figures could end up at highest level since records began in 2001 (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: Churches recruited as mass vaccination sites, but not in Australia: churches in Australia have not been approached by government health authorities. (Eternity news) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

3rd: Louisiana Church Raises $125,000 to Help Families in Need Pay off Their Electricity Bills: Household of Faith Family Worship Church International in New Orleans, Louisiana, raised a combined total of $125,000 to help local residents pay their electricity bills. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

3rd: Texas Pregnancy Center Celebrates Saving 90,000 Babies from Abortion: Prestonwood Pregnancy Center in Dallas, Texas is celebrating saving 90,000 babies from abortion. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

3rd: Wycliffe Associates Produces Record High Number of Bible Translations in 2020 despite Pandemic: Wycliffe Associates, an international organization that translates Bibles into multiple languages worldwide, set a new record after producing more Bible translations in 2020 than in any given year. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

3rd: Boko Haram abductees rescued, including Chibok schoolgirls: Hundreds of people abducted by Islamist militant group Boko Haram are reportedly free this week, including at least two of the 112 still-missing Nigerian school girls kidnapped in April, 2014. (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2]

3rd: Survey: White Evangelicals Most Likely to Say They’ve Been Harassed Online for Their Faith, US: 4 in 10 U.S. adults say they have been harassed online, according to a Pew Research Center study released Tuesday (Feb. 2). Though people responding to the Pew survey in September cite a number of reasons for why they have been targeted, one-fifth of those who have been harassed believe it was because of their religion. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

2nd: Kansas Lawmakers Vote to Approve Ballot Proposal That Suggests There Is No Right to an Abortion, US: Kansas lawmakers voted last week to approve a ballot proposal that will amend the state constitution to clarify that there is no right to an abortion. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

2nd: We will have to live with COVID-19 for a long time, says Israeli expert: new strains mean herd immunity impossible unless kids are vaccinated, leading epidemiologist says; ministry warns against reopening schools, recommends vaccine throughout pregnancy. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: Theater Fired Christian Actress for Facebook Post Citing Bible Verses on Homosexuality, Suit Says, US: a British actress is alleging religious discrimination after she was fired by a theater company when an old Facebook post citing Bible verses became public. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

2nd: Martina Navratilova, Others Oppose Biden’s Transgender Sports Plan: It’s Not ‘Fair’ or ‘Science-Based:’ a coalition of high-profile activists within the LGBT and women’s sports communities is urging the Biden administration to limit the participation of transgender girls and women in women’s sports, arguing it’s necessary to protect the future of women’s sports. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

2nd: Indian court orders abortion on teen girl: ‘The fetus wouldn’t wish to be born:’ the teenager was ordered by a court to abort her baby. (Live Action News) [link 1] [link 2]

2nd: Fiction sold as fact to kids: Buzzfeed has joined the chorus of those indoctrinating children into the science-denying, reality bending world of make-believe genders. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

1st: Victorian Liberal Democrats oppose conversion therapy bill, Australia: Victorian Liberal Democrats David Limbrick and Tim Quilty have issued a statement declaring they will not support the radical ‘conversion’ therapy bill. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

1st: Belgian prime minister’s home daubed with swastikas: Vandalism comes as Alexander De Croo faces series of criticisms, including from hardline Flemish Nationalists, over allegedly undemocratic nature of anti-COVID restrictions. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: French lawmakers debate bill to root out country’s radical Islam: interior minister says legislation protecting secularism and setting up oversight of religious institutions aims to stop ‘an Islamist hostile takeover targeting Muslims.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: Texas High School Starts Student-Run Grocery Store That Offers Free Food, Clothing to Families in Need, US: a student-run grocery store stocked with free food and clothing was started in the North Texas area of Sanger after a school official noticed the Coronavirus pandemic and ensuing lockdowns caused many in the community to fall below the poverty line. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

1st: half of US pastors report that consipiracy theories are circulating in their churches, US: This result from a survey of 1007 senior or sole pastors of Protestant churches indicate that conspiracy theories are widespread across American churches. (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2]

1st: free back to school supplies for families doing it tough, Australia: St Vincent de Paul Society is partnering with Amazon Australia to provide more than 1000 Australian students with back-to-school necessities. (Eternity News) [link 1]

1st: Open Doors partners detained, Central Asia: Local authorities arrested and detained several Open Doors partners last week for “illegal religious activity with children. (Open Doors) [link 1]

1st: Lithuania MP who blamed Jews for Holocaust quits parliament memorial commission: In speech on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Valdas Rakutis said, ‘There was no shortage of Holocaust perpetrators among the Jews themselves.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: 27 Scottish Church Leaders Sue Government for Criminalizing Public Worship: 27 church leaders in Scotland are suing the Scottish government and asking that the courts review pandemic lockdown orders that have closed churches. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

1st: American Girl Releases Its 1st Doll with LGBT Storyline: It Reflects ‘the Realities of the Times,’ Company Says: The newest American Girl doll, 10-year-old Kira Bailey, is not unlike many other dolls in the popular series: She has long hair. She wears cute clothes. She sports unique accessories. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

JANUARY 2021

31st: Israeli who recovered from COVID-19 reinfected with South African strain: 57-year-old man had recently returned from visit to Turkey, was largely asymptomatic. (The Times of Israel) [link]

29th: President Biden Signs Executive Order to Expand Obamacare: Biden signed a new Executive Order expanding the policy of Obamacare to new heights, Fox News reports. “For these reasons, it is the policy of my Administration to protect and strengthen Medicaid and the ACA and to make high-quality health care accessible and affordable for every American,” the Executive Order reads. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

29th: Kirk Cameron Announces Personal 100-Day Plan for America: Actor Kirk Cameron says he is launching his own 100-day plan for America in response to President Joe Biden’s plans for his first 100 days in office. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

29th: Christian Professor Suspended from Facebook for Post about Transgender Policy: A Christian professor was temporarily suspended on Facebook this week for expressing disagreement on President Joe Biden’s new policy on allowing transgender people to serve in the military. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

28th: Biden Overturns Pro-Life Rule, Letting Foreign Groups Promote Abortion with U.S. Funds: President Biden on Thursday signed a memorandum rescinding the pro-life Mexico City Policy, thereby allowing U.S. money to be used by international organizations to promote abortion. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

28th: Hillsong Church Leadership Accused of Spending Tithe Money on Luxuries: Former congregants of Hillsong Church are speaking out against its leadership for living lavishly off of the church’s tithes. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

28th: Army Investigating Chaplain after He Criticized Biden Transgender Policy: An Army chaplain is under investigation after criticizing the new Biden administration policy on transgender personnel and saying in a social media post they are “rejecting reality” and are “mentally unfit.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

28th: Professor Asserts That Heterosexual Relationships Are ‘Tragic:’ A professor from University of California-Riverside asserted that heterosexuality is a tragedy due to toxic masculinity, misogyny and bad opposite-sex relationships, The Blaze reports (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

28th: Vaccine found 92% effective in Israel, in first controlled result outside trials: Only 31 out of 163,000 fully vaccinated Maccabi members caught virus, indicating Pfizer shots living up to expectations; expert: Results ‘well within expected standard deviation.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: Christian Population in China Could Reach 300 Million by 2030, Despite Persecution: Dr. Ron Boyd-MacMillan, director of Strategic Research of Open Doors recently predicted a surge in Christianity in China as the population of believers may increase to 300 million by the year 2030, The Christian Post reports. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

27th: US issues national terrorism alert over anti-government extremists: Homeland Security says attackers emboldened by storming of Capitol could target elected officials and government facilities. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

27th: Pastor John MacArthur Warns Biden to ‘Be Careful When You Put Your Hand on the Word of God:’ Pastor-teacher John MacArthur of Grace Community Church offered a stern warning to President Joe Biden following last week’s inauguration. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

26th: ‘Unborn Lives Matter’: N.C.’s 1st Black Lt. Gov. Compares Abortion to Slavery: The first black lieutenant governor in North Carolina’s history urged pro-lifers during a rally this month to continue speaking out for the unborn, saying their activism is similar to the abolitionists’ fight against slavery in the 1700s and 1800s. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

26th: FBI Investigating Bombing at Church That Promotes ‘Hateful Messaging against LGBT Community:’ A protester threw a bomb into the First Works Baptist Church in El Monte, California that was the center of protests by those who felt the church had an “extremist, hateful messaging against the LGBT community,” as reported by Worthy News reports. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

25th: Bible distributor on trial, China: Lai Jinqiang, a Christian businessman, appeared before a court in Shenzhen for allegedly selling illegal audio Bibles which are very popular in China. (Open Doors) [link 1]

17th: On 1st day in office, Biden to cancel Muslim travel ban, rejoin climate accord: Incoming US president to roll back some of Trump’s most controversial actions, take steps to expand virus testing and mask mandate. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: Report: Biden team already holding talks with Iran on US return to nuclear deal: Channel 12 says officials in the incoming administration have updated Israel on the deliberations, as wary Jerusalem pushes for a broader accord. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: ‘A terrible amount of death’: Global virus toll passes 2 million: Numbing figure reached 1 year after first cases detected in Wuhan; some wealthy countries see path out with vaccine campaigns, while poorer nations remain behind. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: Trump won’t resign, rages at comparison to Nixon, last president who did: report: Impeached president plans to depart White House on morning of Biden’s inauguration, CNN reports. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: Washington locked down as police warn of ‘major security threat’ from extremists: 20,000 troops mobilized to protect US capital ahead of Biden inauguration; city officials tell public to stay away from downtown; some lawmakers fear for safety, buy body armor. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: France convicts delivery man for refusing kosher food orders, will deport him: Interior minister says Algerian man, who was in the country illegally and was caught over scandal, will be expelled after completing prison term for anti-Semitic discrimination. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: How well does the vaccine work? Israel’s real-world stats can be globe’s guide: The international community will be watching Israel, where vital data is starting to emerge from the breakneck-paced mass inoculation campaign. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: ‘It pierces the heart’: Jewish leaders alarmed over anti-Semitism in Capitol mob: US community heads say riot was not so much a ‘tipping point’ for Jew hatred, but rather ‘the latest explicit example of how it animates the narratives of extremists’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: World Watch List has been Released: 1 in 8 Christians persecuted for their faith. (Open Doors) [link 1] [link 2]

13th: New York City to terminate all contracts with Trump following Capitol attack: Mayor Bill de Blasio says move will stand up to legal challenges since ‘inciting an insurrection against the United States government clearly constitutes criminal activity.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th: Int’l Holocaust Remembrance Day to focus on 1.5 million children killed by Nazis: Global commemoration that marks Auschwitz-Birkenau’s liberation by Soviet forces on January 27, 1945, increasingly important as Holocaust denial rises. (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th: Senate Receives Trump Impeachment Articles from House Democrats: the articles of impeachment against former president Donald Trump to the U.S Senate in order to begin the impeachment trial, CBN News reports. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

25th: Biden Says He’s ‘Deeply Committed’ to Legalized Abortion, Wants Pro-Roe Federal Law: his administration will work to codify Roe v. Wade in federal law and will nominate judges who respect that landmark decision, President Biden said Friday in a statement on the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

24th: Israel predicts rise in anti-Semitism, as virus-related hate is spread online: Annual Diaspora Ministry assessment finds Jews and Israel are being blamed for pandemic, laying the path for continued animosity even after crisis abates. (The Times of Israel) [link]

22nd: House Rep. Files Articles of Impeachment against President Biden: A freshman member of Congress introduced articles of impeachment Thursday against President Biden, saying he had abused the power of his office while serving as vice president under former President Barack Obama. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

22nd: Biden’s Policies on Abortion and Family ‘Advance Moral Evils,’ Catholic Bishops Head Says: The head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops this week said he is praying for President Biden and looks forward to working with the new administration but remains concerned that the new president supports policies that “advance moral evils.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

21st: ‘Forever Grateful’: Pro-Life Leaders Celebrate Trump’s Pro-Life Accomplishments, US: On Tuesday, several leaders of pro-life organizations expressed praise and gratitude for the Trump-Pence administration in their efforts to protect the sanctity of human life in the past four years. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

21st: Christian Leaders Respond to the Inauguration of President Joe Biden, US: Christian leaders across the nation voiced their congratulations and prayers for peace Wednesday as President Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

21st: Biden Signs Transgender Rights Order Forcing Schools to Allow Boys in Girls’ Sports, US: An executive order signed by President Biden on Wednesday will force schools to allow biological boys who identify as girls to compete in girls’ sports, critics of the order say. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

21st: With 15 strokes of a pen, Biden reverses Trump on climate, virus and immigration, US: Taking to Oval Office, new US president signs series of executive orders ending Muslim travel ban, halting construction of border wall, sending US back to Paris climate agreement. (The Times of Israel) [link]

21st: AI-based software scours literature to help physicians get to a diagnosis faster: Kahun, backed by Waze co-founder Uri Levine, says platform can go through text and point doctors to a recommended course of action based on medical sources. (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: Trump wishes new administration luck, highlights Mideast deals in farewell video: President says ‘pray’ for Biden without mentioning his name on last day in office, talks up normalization agreements, as he prepares to issue pardons in near-empty White House. (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: President Biden Quotes Bible as He Urges Unity: ‘We Must End This Uncivil War:’ President Biden quoted Scripture, led the nation in a silent prayer, and called on members of both parties to come together, saying he will be a “president for all Americans.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

20th: ‘Acknowledge Sin’ and ‘Make Friends of our Enemies,’ Pastor Prays at Inauguration: A Delaware pastor and a friend of President Biden asked God to help unite the country and for Americans to make “friends” of their “enemies” during the closing benediction of Wednesday’s inauguration ceremony. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

20th: Christian Organization Calls for Firing of Franklin Graham from Samaritan’s Purse, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, US: Faithful America, a Christian organization, created a petition calling for the firing or resignation of Evangelist Franklin Graham from his roles as President and CEO of both humanitarian aid organization Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

20th: ‘Christ born of Mary’: 1st proof of early Christianity found in Galilee village: Greek inscription provides evidence of a hitherto-unknown 5th century Byzantine-era church; the find ‘closes a circle’ on Christian settlement in small Jezreel Valley village Taibe. (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: Trump Considers Launching 3rd Party, the ‘Patriot Party’: ‘We Will Be Back in Some Form,’ US: President Trump has discussed with associates the idea of forming a third party that would be called the “Patriot Party,” according to a report Tuesday that said the idea was floated amidst criticism of Trump from politicians in his own party. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

19th: US says China committing genocide against Uighur Muslims: in parting move, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ramps up pressure on Beijing with new sanctions over persecution of ethnic group. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: In Trump’s final hours, US crosses 400,000 virus deaths, nearly its WWII toll, US: We grieve every single life lost to this pandemic,’ says outgoing administration, while hailing president’s ‘leadership’ for advancing vaccine development in record time. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: Ahead of Senate impeachment trial, McConnell says Trump ‘provoked’ Capitol mob: Outgoing Senate Republican majority leader accuses US president of feeding the rioters ‘lies’ about the election and encouraging them to storm the seat of American democracy. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: Christian Photographer Challenges Virginia Law That Could Force Him to Photograph Same-Sex Weddings, US: Bob Updegrove, a photographer from Virginia, has filed a lawsuit challenging a new state law that would force him to photograph same-sex weddings despite his Christian beliefs on marriage. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

19th: Joe Biden to Reverse Many of Trump’s Pro-Life Policies, Abortion Restrictions, US: As President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office, his administration is already planning to reverse some of Trump’s pro-life policies within the first 100 days of Biden’s presidency. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]