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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, as well as news on countries who are anti-Christian, and topics that affect our culture, as well as things that impact upon Israel and Jewish people.

October

1st: trial begins for German neo-Nazi group accused of plotting attacks, Germany: members of so-called Revolution Chemnitz face charges of forming a right-wing terror organization following deadly stabbing by migrant that sparked far-right protests. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: Pennsylvania Bill will allow schools to display ‘In God We Trust,’ US: if the submitted House Bill 1602 is passed, it will allow all schools in Pennsylvania to display the words “In God We Trust,” connecting to the US’s Christian heritage. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

1st: Iran sentences man to death for allegedly spying for US: Iranian courts also hand down prison sentences to two others accused of spying for America and a third man charged with spying for the UK. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: after failed launch, 3 more space satellites planned, Iran: state TV quotes official saying orbital craft will be used to send data for civilian purposes; US alleges the launches violate UN ban on testing nuclear-capable ballistic missiles. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: Arab Israeli students walk out of school to protest wave of violence, Israel: in ongoing demonstrations, Umm al-Fahm pupils demand police action after over 60 murdered in Arab community since start of 2019. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: Scottish kilt helped Tintin come out as more PC comic hero, says expert: despite this ‘stylistic and ideological change,’ works featuring fictional boy detective often contained anti-Semitic tropes, pro-Nazi viewpoint, researcher says. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: an attempt was made to ban information which helps parents protect their rights, Victoria, Australia: the state government is secretly pushing mandatory LGBTQ agenda onto young children through school curriculum, and the state of Queensland may follow, also in secret. (Binary) [link]

1st: Report: Trump, Rouhani agreed to a French detente plan before Iran leader bolted: Paris officials say proposal would have seen Washington roll back all re-imposed sanctions and Tehran recommit to 2015 accord. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: Pope Francis meets with priest to discuss LGBTQ Catholics, Vatican City: “It was amazing and very consoling,” American Jesuit priest James Martin said after the meeting, but wouldn’t reveal any more about their conversation.(Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

1st: a man wearing a dress wins ‘Homecoming Queen’ at high school, US: the gender fluid craze has taken off in high-schools and has led to favouring men pretending to be women and vice-versa, and White Station High School announced a new non-gender title, awarding a man in a dress the ‘Homecoming Royalty’ award. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

2nd: US citizen accused of spying on behalf of Chinese government: Federal prosecutor says charges against Xuehua Edward Peng of California ‘provide a rare glimpse into the secret efforts’ of China to obtain classified info from US. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: Khamenei: We’ll further breach nuke deal until we get ‘desired results,’ Iran: Iranian supreme leader doesn’t specify what additional steps Tehran may take to violate accord, says US ‘maximum pressure’ campaign has failed. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: Putin says ‘no evidence’ Iran carried out attack on Saudi oil facilities: in comments at Moscow energy conference, Russian president defends Donald Trump, says ‘nothing compromising’ in US president’s call with Ukraine’s Zelensky. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: Zuckerberg says he will ‘go to the mat’ to fight breakup of Facebook, US: In leaked internal audio, CEO blasts plan by presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren, threatens ‘major lawsuit’ if government moves to split social media giant. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: Christian teacher fired for not using transgender student’s correct pronoun, sues school board, US: Peter Vlaming a teacher of French was fired late last year after a female student ‘transitioned into a male’ and told the school to use ‘his’ preferred pronoun, and during one class when that student was in danger of bumping into a wall, the teacher shouted out to protect them and said ‘her,’ instead of ‘him,’ for which he was fired because he was ‘discriminatory’ and ‘creating a hostile environment.’ (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

2nd: I pray for the President all the time,” says Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker, US: Ms Pelosi shared with MSNBC that “I pray for the president all the time. I pray for the safety of his family… I also pray that God will illuminate him to see right from wrong. It’s very problematic.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

2nd: Kanye West quits secular music: ‘Only gospel from here on out,’ US: after his latest release, West advises that he’ll no longer making secular music, and his wife, Kim Kardashian West said that ‘his conversion to Christianity has made a lasting impact on him.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

2nd: thousands of students prepare for ‘Bring Your Bible to School Day’ on October 3, US: Focus on the Family who sponsor the event encourage students to bring their Bible, to share it and to live by the Bible. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

2nd: Boko Haram executes two Christian aid workers, Nigeria: xlast week Boko Haram released a video in which they executed 2 Christian aid workers. (Eternity News) [link]

2nd: psychological association ditches parental rights, Australia: moves are underway to completely exclude parents from decisions of their ‘transgender’ children, and a concerned paediatrician said, “(Young) people are making life-changing decisions about their bodies before their brains and cognitive function have fully matured.” (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

3rd: Iraq death toll rises to 18 as protests spread across south: defying curfew, demonstrators gather in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square; major network operators intentionally shut off internet access as protesters rally against unemployment, corruption. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: satellite images show activity around Iranian-flagged tanker off Syria: photos indicate Adrian Darya possibly preparing to unload oil, despite Tehran’s assurances to UK it would not deliver cargo. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: Iran says it foiled ‘Israel-Arab’ plot to assassinate top military commander: three arrested in plan that allegedly involved blowing up Qassem Soleimani during a memorial service for his father. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: senior member of terror group allegedly behind deadly Dolev bombing arrested, Israel: Palestinian media report Israeli forces detained Walid Muhammad Hanatsheh outside Ramallah; riots break out nearby. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: terror suspects charged with August slaying of teen student, Israel: IDF prosecutors accuse 5 Palestinian men of forming Hamas cell to kill Dvir Sorek, carry out other attacks against Israelis. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: Planned Parenthood announces ‘mega’ abortion clinic for Illinois, US: the new facility will offer surgical and medication-induced abortions despite Planned Parenthood receiving little or no funding since pro-life Protect Life rule was implemented by President Trump. (The Christian Post) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

3rd: Trump earmarks $25m fund for the protection of religious freedom, US: the US President called a meeting on 30 September at UN headquarters to discuss freedom of religion in countries across the world, the first such meeting organised at the UN, and has promised funding to protect religious sites. (Christian Today) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

3rd: call for solidarity with the people of West Papua: mid August, a group of nationalists from Indonesia began taunting students from West Papuan studying in Surabaya. The Indonesian police arrived and threw tear gas into the dormitory before arresting 43 students. This resulted in demonstrations against racism across West Papua, and Indonesia responded with thousands of soldiers and police entering West Papua and violently attacking them and killing people. (National Council of Churches in Australia [link]

3rd: 20,000 join rally as Arab Israelis strike to protest deadly crime wave: schools and businesses close, Arab MKs skip Knesset swearing-in ceremony as community leaders demand police action to stem violence and killings. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: thousands protest for third day as death toll tops 30, Iraq: demonstrators clash with police defying curfews, tear gas and live fire amid an internet blackout, as they rage against corruption and unemployment. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: holocaust denial not a human right, European court rules, Germany: judges rule against German neo-Nazi politician Udo Pastoers, say his statements run counter to European Convention on Human Rights itself. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: actress/singer Demi Lovato is baptized in the Jordan River: Lovato said that it ‘filled the God-sized hole in my heart,’ US: of Jewish ancestry, Lovato was raised as a Christian and during a trip to Israel said she felt a “connection to God” and believed it was what she’d “been missing for a few years now.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]  [link 4]

3rd: Title X protect life rule reallocates millions of dollars from Planned Parenthood to other providers, US: Planned Parenthood’s funding will be allocated to 50 other groups, the Department of Health and Human Services announced. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

3rd: the government is encouraging men to have pap smears, Canada: men who claim they are women, are now being encouraged by the Canadian Cancer Society to be checked for cervical cancer, even though they don’t even have a cervix. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

4th: Australian Jewish boy forced to kiss Muslim classmate’s shoes, drawing outcry: photo of incident widely condemned; in separate case, 5-year-old boy in Melbourne called a ‘Jewish cockroach’; both students leave schools after anti-Semitic bullying. (The Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2]

4th: Victoria’s Education Minister James Merlino calls for urgent review after anti-Semitism incident in school, Australia: Merlino: ‘I have asked for an immediate review into how both schools have handled these matters, to ensure they were dealt with appropriately’. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: Russian journalist arrested in Tehran on suspicion of spying for Israel, Iran: Yulia Yuzik could face 10 years in prison if found guilty of working for Israeli intelligence agencies. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: Iraqi PM addresses the nation, urges protesters to go home; death toll at 33: thousands of anti-government demonstrators have clashed with riot police in mass rallies across the country. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: Republican lawmakers push new bill requiring states report all babies born alive after failed abortions, US: to date politicians have refused to debate the bill 70 times, claiming “…abortion attempts are rarely unsuccessful.” Two Senators Joni Ernst and Tom Cotton have sponsored the Act, and Senator Cotton recently tweeted, “Only a few states report cases where babies are born alive during abortions. We know about dozens of cases already. How many don’t we know about?” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

4th: atheist group: Judge committed ethics violation by giving Bible to Amber Guyger, US: the group made the complaint against Judge Tammy Kemp because she told her that God “has a plan” for her life and gave her a Bible. The group claims the judge’s actions violated “a vital constitutional principle for a sitting judge to promote personal religious beliefs while acting in her official capacity.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

4th: Palestinian said killed in border riot as 6,000 join Gaza protests: rioters throw explosive devices and rocks at troops who respond with tear gas and occasional live fire. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: India issues terror alert for Jewish, Israeli targets on Yom Kippur: Jerusalem said to be working with Indian counterparts to thwart any potential attack; security increased at embassy, synagogues and other sites. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: judge upholds transgender ideology over religious beliefs, UK: a UK tribunal is ruling in favour of radical gender ideology over religious beliefs which stated that “A lack of belief in transgenderism and conscientious objection to trans-genderism in our judgment are incompatible with human dignity and conflict with the fundamental rights of others,” and has led to deep and increasing concerns for many about freedom of religion and freedom of speech in the UK. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

5th: Paris police killer had ‘radical vision of Islam,’ French officials say, France: Mickael Harpon, who stabbed four colleagues to death, had been in contact with members of the Salafist movement, believed in rightness of atrocities committed in its name. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: Iranian hackers reportedly targeted Trump 2020 presidential campaign: Microsoft says attackers breached 4 of its customers’ accounts, went after US government officials, journalists, dissidents. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: in apparent swap, Iran frees Australian travel bloggers charged with spying: simultaneous with return of Jolie King and Mark Firkin, Iranian state TV reports release of scientist detained by Australia for buying defense system from US. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: curfew lifted in Baghdad after nearly 100 killed in protests, Iraq: shoppers begin returning to the streets of Iraqi capital but tensions linger; firebrand cleric calls for government to resign. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: as Arab leaders slam police ‘neglect,’ officers report fear for their own safety, Israel: while political leaders blame each other for failure to rein in deadly violence in Arab Israeli towns, law enforcement agencies call for more manpower, harsher prosecution. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: anti-Semitic hate crimes in NYC have risen significantly in 2019, US: NYPD reports 163 offenses against Jews since start of year, including several incidents during Rosh Hashanah holiday. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: Wikipedia page on Warsaw death camp where 200,000 were killed was 15-year fake: Haaretz shows online encyclopedia since 2004 hosted false entry on Nazi camp complete with gas chambers where Poles were murdered; untrue claims made way onto other Wikipedia pages. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: PM condemns violence in Arab Israeli community, pledges resources to fight it, Israel: Netanyahu calls on minority to cooperate with law enforcement amid protests over police inaction; Joint List leaders blame premier for failure to stem crime. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: Supreme Court to hear major abortion case that could ‘Gut Roe v. Wade,’ US: those in the pro-life movement hope that this case will reverse the 1973 landmark decision, which will be heard next year, and analysts along with pro-choice advocates believe it will be reversed.  (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

7th: as American troops withdraw in Syria, Trump says Kurds are on their own, US: in the US, Republicans and Democrats have warned that allowing Turkish attack could lead to a massacre of the Kurds and send a troubling message to allies across the globe. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: US troops begin Syria pullout as Turkey readies offensive, alarming Kurds, Syria: American-allied Kurdish fighters say withdrawal will undo achievements against Islamic State, accuse Washington of failing to honor commitments. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: UN ‘preparing for the worst’ from Turkey’s Syria operation: despite fears its threatened offensive against a Kurdish militia could bolster jihadists, Turkey says it won’t allow IS to return to area. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: police minister called racist after blaming Arab culture for violence, Israel: ‘It’s a very, very violent society,’ Gilad Erdan claims amid protests over lack of police action, drawing accusations of victim-blaming. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: Trump ally: US pullout from Syria will put Israel at risk: Republican Senator Lindsey Graham says decision would allow Iran to get a greater foothold in region and become ‘a nightmare’ for the Jewish state. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: Lauren Daigle’s ‘You Say’ breaks billboard record, becomes biggest Christian song of all time, US: Daigle’s song stayed at no. 1 for 62 weeks surpassing Hillson United’s “Oceans.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

7th: Star Wars Children’s series features a gay couple, and the Producer says “We’re proud of that:’ while not in the iconic live-action movies, the producer and director of Star Wars Resistance, Justin Ridge told media that its alien characters Flix and Orka are a gay couple, and Disney is facing criticism with some saying they’re “sacrificing children’s innocence.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

7th: Christian florist sued for turning down same-sex couple appeals case to U.S. Supreme Court: After Arlene’s Flowers owner, Barronelle Stutzman advised a long-term customer that she couldn’t arrange flowers for his marriage to his partner as it conflicted with her religious convictions, so he took her to court and won. She appealed to the Supreme Court who pushed it back to the state courts, and Stutzman is trying the Supreme Court again. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

8th: Welfare Ministry says calls to abuse hotline rose 160% in five years, Israel: 682 women and 1,011 children were treated in 13 shelters for victims of sexual violence over the course of 2018. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: France admits ‘failings’ over Paris police attacker’s Islamic radicalization: Mickael Harpon, who stabbed four colleagues to death last Thursday, had previously raised red flags by justifying terror attacks. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: Iran unveils kit to convert artillery rockets into guided missiles: new weapon system a sign of increasing Iranian ‘self-confidence’ in its design prowess, says Israeli missile defense pioneer. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: Ellen DeGeneres faced backlash then applause for sitting with George W. Bush, urges Americans to ‘be kind to everyone,’ US: DeGeneres was criticized for talking and laughing with the former president at an NFL game in Dallas, and later explained on Twitter “I was aware that I was going to be surrounded with people from very different views and beliefs” and added that we should “be kind to everyone.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

8th: some 68,000 secular and religious Israelis to pray together on Yom Kippur: special non-synagogue services organized by Tzohar will take place in 350 venues. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: faced with fierce criticism, Trump defends decision to abandon Kurdish allies, US: US president says he’s fulfilling a campaign promise to withdraw from ‘endless war’ in the Middle East. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: Trump says despite pullout plan US has not ‘abandoned the Kurds,’ US: President again warns Turkey over incursion and says US continues to give money and arms to the Kurds, ‘special people and wonderful fighters.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: how Pittsburgh changed the way American Jews think about security, US: synagogues and federations are investing in security, stepping up cooperation with local authorities and other minority groups who have also been targeted by white supremacists. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: synagogue targeted with swastikas and anti-Jewish symbols, Canada: security footage shows 4 teens drawing chalk images near building in Hamilton; police hate crimes unit investigating. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: in first, Israeli company grows meat in space: experiment on International Space Station part of effort to create lab-grown ‘slaughter free’ meat; aims to show it can be done without access to Earth’s resources. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: Trump says “biggest Pastors” believe his feud with Democrats, media is fueling a great revival, US: at Friday’s press conference, the US President shared in a televised broadcast about his belief that a revival was coming to the USA, and pastors are agreeing. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

8th: Supreme Court to hear oral arguments that could redefine ‘sex’ as ‘gender identity,’ US: this is a result of a court case in which a funeral home fired a biological male employee after he chose to wear a female uniform which the business says violated their sex-specific dress code. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

8th: charitable foundation for detransitioners, UK: with increasing numbers of people detransitioning, radical gender activists are finding it more difficult to deny their existence, and that many are happier returning to their birth sex. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

9th: tickets sell out in minutes as Iran lets women into soccer for 1st time in years: after threat of suspension by sport’s governing body, Tehran relents on decades-old ban for Thursday’s World Cup qualifier against Cambodia. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Supreme Court to consider reviewing case of high schooler who was forced to recite Islamic conversion prayer, US: the petition will be put before the Supreme Court for consideration to decide if they’ll take on the case, of Caleigh Wood, a Christian student who was forced by her high school to write the Islamic creed for an assignment, and was given a low grade for her refusal. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

9th: In-N-Out owner continues adding Bible verses to their packaging: It’s ‘a family touch,’ US: the owner and president Lynsi Snyder embraces the tradition of the former president Rich Snyder who began adding Bible references on their packaging.

9th: Israel shuts down for Yom Kippur: airports, public transport cease operations, radio and television broadcasts go quiet and roads empty ahead of 25- hour Day of Atonement; IDF imposes closure on West Bank, Gaza. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Europeans fear IS comeback after Trump pullback from Syria: Bloc warns Turkish offensive would lead to the ‘massive displacement’ of refugees and risks ‘severely undermining’ political efforts to end civil war. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: two shot dead, several injured as synagogue targeted in Yom Kippur attack, Germany: assailants try to enter Halle synagogue during prayers on holiest day; Turkish restaurant may also have been target; 2 victims in serious condition; 1 suspect held, others sought. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: synagogue shooter livestreamed deadly attack, including anti-Semitic rant, Germany: Twitch platform says suspect uploaded video of attack; media reports assailant is 27-year-old German man ‘Stephan B’; interior minister confirms motive of Jew hatred. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Trump defends Syria move: For us, ‘the stupid, endless Mideast wars are ending!’ US: ‘USA should never have been in Middle East’ president tweets, amid scathing bipartisan criticism for withdrawing forces, and mounting concern in Israel. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Turkey begins assault on Kurdish fighters in Syria, after US forces step aside, Syria: as his warplanes attack targets near border, Erdogan says they’re eradicating ‘threat of terror’; Kurdish spokesman says civilian areas hit, causing ‘huge panic.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: EU demands Turkey halt Syria operation as NATO chief urges ‘restraint:’ EU chief says political solution is only way to end the Syrian conflict; NATO calls for Turkey to avoid actions that may further destabilize the region. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Trump’s new actions, inactions on Kurds, Syria, Iran have Israel deeply worried: former Israeli ambassador to the US says he no longer thinks Israel can ‘bank on’ the US intervening if a serious war broke out. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: aging Holocaust survivors hope to sue in US courts over Nazi-era insurance: up to $25 billion could be at stake; survivors group optimistic that recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing may finally yield the legislation they need. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: three win Chemistry Nobel for lithium-ion batteries, vital to phones, cleaner fuel, Israel: John Goodenough, 97, oldest ever laureate, is past winner of Israel’s Samson Prize; his father was expert on Judaism in the Hellenistic period. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: despite doomsday predictions, US Jewish community grew 10% in last seven years: new survey shows America’s estimated 7.5 million Jews are older, whiter and more liberal than country as a whole, and US has larger Jewish population than Israel. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Romania approves Holocaust museum aimed at shedding light on its WWII role: panel headed by late Elie Weisel found 280,000 Romanian Jews and 380,000 Ukrainian Jews died in Romanian territory in Nazi era, along with 11,000 Roma. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: as Turkey launches ground invasion, Shaked calls for Kurdish state: former justice minister reiterates support for an independent Kurdistan; Blue and White’s Hauser says murder of Kurds will lead to wave of refugees, increase regional instability. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Kentucky school must remove ‘prayer lockers’ after group says it’s unconstitutional, US: Fellowship of Christian Athletes had sponsored a sign on the  lockers at Pike Central High School which encouraged students to submit their prayer requests, and an attorney for a public school board has had his request to remove the sign approved. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

9th: Christian filmmakers brought back to court over refusal to film gay couple’s wedding, US: after Carl and Angel Larsen won a three year court battle defending their freedom of speech, the Attorney General as well as Human Rights Commissioner announced that they’ll be taking the Larsens back to court. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

9th: Supreme Court to consider reviewing case of Christian high schooler forced to recite Islamic conversion prayer, US: in 2014/2015 a teacher from La Plata High School required their students to complete an assignment, a portion of which included writing the Islamic conversion creed, which says “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

9th: Unisex school toilets pose health risks for girls, UK: doctors and politicians are calling on schools to stop providing unisex toilets to protect their female students, as many of the girls are refusing to use them and drinking less water so they don’t have to urinate, which can lead to serious medical issues. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

10th: Halle synagogue shooter appears in federal court after release from hospital, Germany: gunman charged with two counts of murder and nine counts of attempted murder for what prosecutors have described as far-right ‘terror attack.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: latest shooting indication of increasing anti-Semitism worldwide, Germany: Jewish leaders warn of growing and ‘lethal’ Jew hatred from the far-right and Islamic extremists. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: Netanyahu condemns Turkish invasion of Syrian Kurdistan, offers aid, Israel: Prime minister warns against ‘ethnic cleansing’ of minority in northern Syria, does not mention decision by US president that paved way for offensive. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: World calls for restraint, warns of resurgent IS as Turkey begins Syria assault: concern of regional destabilization mounts after Ankara launches ground offensive on Kurdish forces following US troop withdrawal from area. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: Anti-Semitic posters, graffiti found at NY Holocaust memorial on Yom Kippur eve, US: police step up patrols; governor condemns ‘heinous act.’ [link]

10th: Iran said to release Russian journalist said suspected of spying for Israel: family members had said Yulia Yuzik was accused of espionage, but Tehran later said she was detained over an issue with her visa. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: NFL player Demario Davis wins appeal, does not have to pay fine for wearing ‘Man of God’ headband, US: the New Orleans Saints football player won an appeal against the fine of over US$7,000 by the NFL, and took the opportunity to fundraise for a local hospital. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

10th: Halle synagogue shooter brought to federal court, faces murder charges, Germany: security official says Stephan Balliet was caught 90 minutes after assault started, having wounded two others in another town; was not on authorities’ radar prior to attack. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: Turkey’s Syria offensive could displace over a million Kurds, top analyst warns: Jonathan Spyer says Erdogan’s army indiscriminately shelling civilian areas, though unlikely to carry out massacres; believes Kurds will reject Israeli offer of humanitarian aid. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: Turkey hits back at Netanyahu for condemning its onslaught against Kurds: Erdogan spokesman calls PM’s rebuke of offensive ’empty words of a disgraced politician facing years in prison’; claims Kurds are under Turkish protection. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: farmers stripped of drought support, Queensland, Australia: as Australia’s severest drought on record continues, the Government has denied assistance funds to around 200 farmers, and Shadow Minister for Agriculture Joel Fitzgibbon said that it may force them off of their land, “…while this drought is still ongoing, (it) is a callous act.” (4BC 1116 radio) [link]

11th: as vigils held, Halle Jewish leader says he’s now ‘not sure Germany is our home,’ Germany: memorials in several cities after gunmen kills 2 when attempting Yom Kippur massacre; officials vow to boost security for Jews amid criticism of absence of cops outside synagogue. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: explosion on Iranian oil tanker allegedly hit by missiles near Saudi Arabia: ship’s owner says blast caused leak into Red Sea; crew unharmed and vessel ‘stable.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Jewish boy forced to kiss Muslim classmate’s shoes gets threats, Australia: reports say 12-year-old boy warned he’ll be slaughtered and asked if he wants to ‘talk about suicide.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Navy Bible: the Senior Service gets a new version of the old, old story, Australia: Senior Chaplain Paul Stuart who works in the Royal Australian Navy hosted the launch of the new Navy New Testament by Bible Society Australia, with the New Living Translation version’s cover in a camouflage design. (Eternity News) [link]

11th: Germany: 12,000 far-right extremists with ‘a very high affinity for firearms’: interior minister warns of ‘elevated’ risk of violent attacks after near-massacre on Yom Kippur at Halle synagogue in which 2 killed; plans to ban six small far-right groups. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Stephan Balliet confesses to German synagogue attack, admits anti-Semitic motive: lawyer says his client, who killed 2 people in Yom Kippur shooting, stands by his actions: ‘He blames others for his own misery and that’s what ultimately triggered his action.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Synagogue attacker reportedly admits to receiving anonymous funding online, Germany: German media says Stephan Balliet was sent some $800 in Bitcoin from an unknown person with whom he communicated on the internet. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: US deploying 3,000 more troops to Saudi Arabia to boost air defences: buildup includes Patriot batteries, THAAD ballistic missile interception system and two fighter squadrons following attack on oil plant blamed on Iran. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Palestinians riot on Gaza border; 49 said wounded: 4,000 Palestinians take part in weekly demonstrations, with hundreds throwing rocks and explosives at IDF troops.(The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: O’Rourke: churches opposed to same-sex marriage should lose tax-exempt status, US: Beto O’Rourke, a Democratic presidential candidate said that if he is elected, he will end the tax-exemption of religious organisations and churches for those who oppose same-sex marriage, a necessity as part of human rights. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

11th: Christian volunteers in Hong Kong stand between police and protesters, hope to end the violence, China: protests continue unabated in Hong Kong, and to keep protesters safe, Christian volunteers are placing themselves between the police and the protestors, in an attempt to stop the violence. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

11th: Trans-women deny women’s rights at rally, US: trans-women in a rally outside of the US Supreme Court shouted down women who were trying to speak, including a lesbian speaker, calling them homophobes, denying the women speakers the right to freedom of speech. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

11th: Greens’ constitution pushes trans agenda, Victoria, Australia: the Australian Greens in Victoria has announced their updated agenda which now ensures that gender diverse people will be given equal opportunities and requires their official documents includes gender-neutral pronouns and language, but omitted any protections for women’s rights which may now be placed as of lesser importance than gender diverse people. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

12th: Kurds urge US to assume ‘moral obligations,’ say they’re being left to slaughter: SDF chief said to accuse Washington of immoral behavior: ‘You are not willing to protect the people, but do not want another force to come and protect us.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: France, Germany halt arms exports to Turkey as Arab League demands UN action: thousands throughout Europe protest Turkish assault on Syria’s Kurds, while Ankara remains defiant. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: Turkey’s takeover of northern Syria all but certain, but will come at a price: Erdogan’s forces face formidable opponent in Kurds, who are fighting in their own territory on their own terms, drawing blood that will test support at home for Turkish president. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: PM condemns swastika vandalism of Commonwealth military cemetery in Haifa, Israel: Netanyahu says Israel owes ‘historical debt’ to fallen soldiers whose tombstones were desecrated, vows to do everything possible to bring those responsible to justice. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: ‘My walk with Christ’: Pompeo gives contentious speech on being Christian leader, US: Jewish Democratic activist calls secretary’s address at State Department event ‘an affront to our separation of church and state.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: Turkish forces claim to capture center of key Syrian border town; Kurds deny it: war monitor group also says Erdogan’s troops enter heart of Ras al-Ayn, marking most significant gain since invasion began; Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces say they’re still there. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: US troops come under fire as Turkish forces advance in Syria: no American soldiers injured in Turkish artillery strike near small outpost, as casualties mount, international criticism intensifies and 100,000 flee violence in Syrian Kurdistan. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: Turkey vows Syria onslaught ‘won’t stop’ as US threatens sanctions: Washington warns ‘we can shut down the Turkish economy if we need to,’ as UN says over 100,000 displaced since launch of offensive against Kurds. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: British military cemetery vandalized with swastikas in Haifa, Israel: dozens of tombstones of fallen soldiers defaced in what police are investigating as a hate crime; in separate incident, 35 graves damaged in northern town of Nof Hagalil. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: California establishes fund to protect nonprofits from hate crimes, US: grants to provide up to $200,000 for security guards, reinforced doors, alarm systems and other measures to better shield ‘high risk’ organizations. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: Kurds announce deal with Syria on troop deployment to confront Turkey, Lebanon: abandoned by the US and facing possible ‘genocide,’ Kurdish fighters will move towards a compromise involving Assad and Russia, leader says. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: starting where Nazis burned books, 10,000 march in Berlin against anti-Semitism, Germany: thousands more rally elsewhere in Germany four days after neo-Nazi attempted to massacre Jews in Halle on Yom Kippur, failed to enter synagogue, killed 2 bystanders. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: Khamenei urges Revolutionary Guards to build more ‘advanced and modern weapons,’ Iran: Iranian leader says America’s hostile actions have ‘increased the greatness of the IRGC’ but its armed forces must become more self-sufficient. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: hit-man found guilty in murder of Jewish law professor in Florida, US: prosecutors say gunman was hired to kill Dan Markel by members of his ex-wife’s family after their ‘contentious’ divorce. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: Putin says Russia seeking free trade area with Egypt and Israel:  deal would remove trade barriers between nations; Russian leader says Moscow can play key role in Mideast peace due to its good relations with region’s countries. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: Kurdish politician, other civilians ‘executed’ by Turkey-backed group: Hevrin Khalaf, her driver and seven others killed by fighters allied with Ankara on road outside Tel Abyad in northern Syria, monitor says. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: Israelis, Europeans take to streets to protest Turkish assault on Kurds: several hundred demonstrate in Jerusalem; tens of thousands hold protests in Paris and elsewhere, accusing Erdogan of terrorism. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: hundreds of Islamic State supporters escape Syria displacement camp: Turkish bombardments near Ain Issa send many fleeing; camp is home to 1,000 wives and children of jihadists. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: Mattis warns of IS resurgence as Trump insists Middle East a hopeless case, US: former US defense secretary, French leader say jihadists will regroup if US pulls troops out and Turkey is allowed to advance offensive. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: UN: Turkey assault has displaced 130,000 and number could triple: humanitarian agency says it’s preparing for scenario in which up to 400,000 flee Kurdish areas. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: as climate rallies spread, Israelis to bring protest to sukkahs: following Europe’s lead, several Extinction Rebellion events planned for upcoming Jewish holiday. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: as climate rallies spread, Israelis to bring protest to sukkahs: following Europe’s lead, several Extinction Rebellion events planned for upcoming Jewish holiday. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: Israeli farmers sweat as land they worked for decades to be given back to Jordan: Jerusalem will soon have to cede control of two parcels of land after Amman refused to extend lease outlined in peace accord; tenants say the government has failed them. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: winners of this year’s Nobel prizes follow Jesus: this year two Christians have won awards including the creator of the lithium battery John B. Goodenough  who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and Abiy Ahmed, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia who won the Nobel Peace Prize. (Eternity News) [link]

14th: ‘Please leave us,’ Anglican Archbishop tells people who want to change doctrine, Sydney, Australia: as a result of ongoing disagreements within the Anglican church relating to same sex blessings, Archbishop Glenn Davis asks that parishioners move onto another church and allow the church to put its time and efforts into evangelising rather than arguing. (Eternity News) [link]

14th: German ‘Graffiti Grandma’ fined on Yom Kippur for painting over neo-Nazi slogans: Irmela Mensah-Schramm, who has spent 30 years removing racist slurs, to appeal $330 fine handed down on same day as Halle synagogue attack: ‘I did not do anything wrong.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: Trump announces sanctions against Turkey over Syria invasion, US: as US troops begin pullout, president rejects responsibility for region, says he’s fine with anyone helping protect Kurds ‘whether it is Russia, China, or Napoleon Bonaparte.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: in one fell swoop, Trump throws US goals in Syria into disarray: one expert says troop pullout will impact US credibility for years to come; another believes president’s stock in Mideast has plummeted while Putin’s is skyrocketing. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: US moves toward a rapid, complete withdrawal of its military forces from Syria: Defense Secretary Esper says Trump has ordered all 1,000 troops in country’s north to pull out as quickly as possible; only other presence is small contingent near Jordan border. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: Trump claims Kurds may be freeing IS prisoners to keep US engaged in Syria, US: Turkey accuses Kurdish fighters of ’emptying’ prison holding jihadists before arrival of its troops in the area. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: Syrian army moves to confront Turkish forces as US withdraws: regime troops move toward border after reaching deal with Kurds to help counter Turkish military offensive; Erdogan signals imminent assault on Manbij. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: Poland’s conservative ruling party declares victory in divided nation: critics fear nationalist Law and Justice could reverse country’s recent democratic achievements, including by hampering judiciary and marginalizing minorities. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: UK experts in Iran to upgrade heavy water reactor: as Iranians breach nuclear deal in protest of US sanctions, British embassy says ‘we are upholding our obligations to cooperate’ with Tehran on modernizing Arak facility. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: Iran releases photos from alleged attack on its tanker off Saudi coast: images from national tanker company show hull of ship purportedly hit by explosions, punctured in two places above the waterline. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: Jewish man slapped and called ‘dirty Jew’ in Brooklyn, US: incident in Crown Heights neighborhood being investigated as a hate crime; eggs thrown at Jews in Borough Park. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: Anti-Semitic fliers left on cars in New Jersey town, US: leaflets in Evesham Township tie Jewish Hollywood producers to pedophilia, make racist statements about Israel. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: 5 detained over deadly knife attack at Paris police HQ, France: source says one of those being held is Salafist imam who preached at mosque where assailant Mickael Harpon prayed. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: Christians caught in escalating conflict, Syria: 40,000 to 50,000 Christians have been caught in escalating conflicts in northern Syria, some suffering injuries and resulting in damages to schools, shops and homes, and many are unsure whether to flee or to remain despite the dangers. (Open Doors) [link]

15th: hate crimes against Jews in England and Wales doubled in past year, UK: government figures also show increase in targeting of individuals based on their sexual orientation. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: hundreds demonstrate against violence in Arab cities, decry police inaction: protest takes place in Ramle, where prominent imam shot days earlier; Joint List MK says police would be acting swiftly if ‘weapons were aimed at Jews.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: England soccer game in Sofia halted twice as Bulgaria fans make Nazi salutes: black players Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford, Tyrone Mings targeted with monkey chants; English FA calls for ‘very stringent’ action; England wins European qualifier 6-0. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: Turkey vows to pursue Syria offensive ‘with or without world support:’ Ankara defies mounting pressure by Europe, NATO and Washington, says military operation against Kurdish fighters designed to eradicate regional ‘terror groups.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: US said considering plan to remove nukes from Turkish base near Syrian border: American military believed to keep some 50 tactical nuclear bombs at Incirlik in southern Turkey; official says bombs effectively hostage to Erdogan. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: Syrian Kurds defend key border town as Turkey continues onslaught: despite much of border being seized by Ankara in week-long operation, SDF fighters still putting up a fight in Ras al-Ain as Erdogan ignores US pressure. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: 77-year-old UK rabbi arrested at London climate protest, UK: ‘We are in a period of enormous catastrophic breakdown,’ says Rabbi Jeffrey Newman, of the Finchley Reform Synagogue, who is taking part in Extinction Rebellion. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: Elizabeth Warren says she’s ‘open’ to decriminalizing sex work, US: theElizabeth Warren, a Democratic presidential candidate spoke at an LGBTQ forum and said that she was ‘open’ to decriminalising ‘sex work,’ including prostitution, pimping and brothels. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

15th: watchdog finds major increase in TV profanity and violence, says Congress should act, US: with increasing vulgarity and coarseness on TV each year, a study by Parents Television Council showed demonstrated a 44% increase in profanity and 28% increase in violence during the past ten years, and called on Congress to put together a hearing with mental health experts, child and family advocates and paediatricians. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

16th: Psychiatrist Association calls for enquiry, Australia: the National Association of Practising Psychiatrists has called for a broad inquiry into treatments for children who wish to be transgender, after a petition signed by 257 paediatricians asking that the Health Minister request a Parliamentary inquiry. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

16th: a chorus of voices oppose drastic gender treatments, UK: the mother of an autistic, gender-confused girl has crowd-funded to help protect her daughter from being treated in the Tavistock youth gender clinic. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

16th: teacher sacked after allegedly ‘joking’ about sending children to ‘gas chambers,’ Australia: Radlett-based Newberries Primary School dismiss supply teacher over reports of racist comment. (The Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2]

16th: US conducted cyberattack on Iran following strike on Saudi oil – report: offensive said to have taken aim at Tehran’s propaganda capabilities, seen as a more limited response than military strike that could escalate into war. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: Iran blames alleged tanker attack on Israel, US and Saudis: senior MP says Tehran will present UN with ‘abundant documents’ showing ‘certain governments’ were behind last week’s explosions on ship in Red Sea. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: US warns Chinese against using untraceable ships to hide Iran oil shipments: sources say administration concerned China shipping companies are turning off tracking beacons on vessels to conceal sanction-busting crude cargoes. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: Tunisia’s new president regards any ties with Israel as ‘high treason:’ Kais Saied, a political newcomer who scored a landslide election victory this week, says Jews without Israeli passports are welcome in his country. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: filling the void, Russia seeks to cement its role as power broker in Syria: desperate for a new protector, the Kurds struck a deal with Russia-backed Assad, whose forces have now begun moving into Kurdish-administered areas to shield them against Turkey. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: Syria troops fighting Turkish forces alongside Kurds, says monitor: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports government troops in town of Ain Issa; Russian envoy says Ankara and Damascus officials in contact to avoid ‘unacceptable’ clashes. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: North Korea’s Kim rides white horse, says nay to US sanctions: state media publish propaganda footage that in the past preceded significant policy decisions by the leader. (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: Biden, Warren pledge to ‘codify’ Roe v. Wade into Federal law, US: US Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden, two Democratic presidential candidates have vowed to legalise abortion into Federal law if elected. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

17th: Turkey and Kurds agree to Syria truce; Trump: ‘A great day for civilization:’ deal, which will see US remove sanctions from Ankara, appears to give Erdogan all he sought to achieve with offensive. (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: US, Israel ‘appalled’ as Venezuela wins seat on UN Human Rights Council: American ambassador decries vote as ‘an embarrassment and a tragedy’; Israeli envoy: Council ‘now in the business of protecting dictators and war crimes.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: Bloody effigy of Ukrainian-Jewish oligarch found outside synagogue: unidentified assailants place life-size puppet doused with red paint depicting Igor Kolomoisky at entrance of Kyiv shul. (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: thousands of pro-Israel marchers from dozens of countries gather in Jerusalem, Israel: crowds of participants, many of them evangelical Christians, take part in 64th annual parade through capital’s streets. (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: decline of Christianity in America continuing at rapid pace, poll finds, US: new Pew survey finds self-identified US Christians dropped 12% in a decade, as number of those claiming no religious affiliation surged. (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: ex-Nazi concentration camp guard, 93, tells German court ‘sorry for what he did:’ Bruno Dey, a former SS private charged with 5,230 counts of accessory to murder, says he knew Jews were being gassed at Stutthof, ‘did not see himself in a position to free them.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: Kurdish politician urges Israeli diplomatic intervention to stop Turkish assault, Syria: speaking to Israeli radio, lawmaker calls for action ‘to save the Kurdish people,’ as authorities ask for humanitarian corridor, accuse Ankara of using banned weapons in Syria. (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: concern in Gulf Arab states after US pullout from Syria: despite housing thousands of US troops, traditional American allies in the Mideast now re-calibrating how far to trust Trump in case frictions with Iran boil over. (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: Johnson announces Brexit deal with EU, but parliaments still need to agree, UK: agreement still needs to be ratified by British lawmakers and the bloc; European Commission’s Juncker says deal is ‘fair and balanced.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: 7 arrested as hundreds of ultra-Orthodox riot in Jerusalem, Israel: some rioters said to seek out Arab vehicles to attack; most of those involved reportedly from sect led by convicted sex offender rabbi Eliezer Berland. (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: ‘I stopped cross-dressing when I found God,’ UK: Pete Benjamin began cross-dressing as a child, and later suffering from gender confusion was encouraged to dress as a woman and take female hormones, then later went through gender reassignment surgery, but found he was still depressed and suicidal, until he became a Christian. (Christian Concern) [link 1] [link 2]

17th: school administrator suspended for questioning why school introduced LGBT agenda, UK: after questioning the introduction of ‘Pride Month’ to the school calendar and the addition of LGBT books to their school library, without consulting parents, Maureen Griffth who has worked at the school in London since the 1990s, was told she was homophobic and then suspended. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

17th: San Francisco blacklists 22 pro-life states – banning travel and business, US: the Board of Supervisors has passed an ordinance to ban business and travel to any US state that is pro-life, to demonstrate their “commitment to women, trans men, and nonbinary people in San Francisco and across the country.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

17th: archaeologists uncover Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem just how Bible describes it: the accuracy of the Bible regarding the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem as described in 2 Kings chapter 25, has been affirmed by archaeologists from the University of North Carolina who have found evidence to support the Biblical description. (The Bridgehead) [link 1] [link 2

18th: Hobart Councillor cautioned for Nazi slur, Tasmania, Australia: Cr Holly Ewin was found to have breached several sections of the city council’s code of conduct when she compared a women’s rights group to Nazi’s and said they were a ‘hate group’ and ‘transphobes,’ and Ewin later said she wouldn’t apologise for her comments. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

18th: as US withdraws, Jerusalem spooked by Moscow’s growing control over Middle East: Russia is becoming the last global power militarily engaged in the region. Many analysts warn of great dangers for Israel, though one also sees opportunities. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: Eternity News celebrates 10 years, Australia: the newspaper also published its 100th newspaper earlier in 2019 and began with no funding. (Eternity News) [link]

18th: Hillsong UNITED wins Worship Album of the Year: the album ‘People,’ produced by Joel Houston and Michael Guy Chislett, received the Dove Award. (Eternity News) [link]

18th: Lebanese PM gives gov’t 72-hour ultimatum as riots bring country to standstill: sparked by austerity plans and proposed tax on WhatsApp, anti-government protests escalate, spread to Hezbollah areas; 83 demonstrators and police injured. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: blast at Afghan mosque kills 62 during Friday prayers: no claim of responsibility for attack in region where both the Taliban and the Islamic State group are active; UN warns of soaring civilian casualties in conflict. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: Sacha Baron Cohen makes Nazi analogy to slam Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook policy, US: actor says Facebook CEO’s free speech argument is disingenuous and he should kick anti-Semites and neo-Nazis off his platform. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: deadly Turkish airstrikes shatter deal to pause Syria offensive: Kurdish forces accuse Turkey of attacking its fighters and civilians despite US-brokered agreement with Erdogan for halt in operation to allow Kurds to withdraw. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: Amnesty International accuses Turkey of war crimes in Syria: rights group alleges that Turkish military and allied rebels have carried out ‘summary killings and unlawful attacks’ in Kurdish areas. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: Zuckerberg says Facebook stands for free speech, takes no questions from press, US: reporters sidelined, media filming barred as CEO hails his platform’s role in ensuring ‘free expression,’ defends its refusal to take down some problematic political content. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: Algeria intensifies persecution of churches – pastor, church members beaten, Africa: one of Algeria’s largest churches was forcibly closed by the police on 16 October, and two others were closed the following day as persecution intensifies in this mostly Sunni Muslim country. (Open Doors) [link 1]

18th: new bill seeks to introduce Bible classes across Florida public schools, US: Kim Daniels, a Florida Democrat, evangelist and Jacksonville politician put forward his Bill to include Bible classes in state schools as an elective subject. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2

18th: Lt. Gov.’s prayer for atheist group was unconstitutional, atheist group says, US: Lt. Governor Will Ainsworth of Alabama posted a faith based message of support for Blount Country Sheriff who had received criticism from Freedom From Religion Foundation for hosting and promoting a prayer vigil, and threatened legal action. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

19th: hospital threw our miscarried baby in the bin, Australia: what was a terrible tragedy for a couple who lost their baby in a miscarriage, resulted in a terribly cruel act by the hospital who threw the infant into a rubbish bin, and the mother wants the law to be changed. (Courier Mail) [link]

19th: Syrian Kurdish forces and Turkey exchange blame for continued fighting: clashes reported in key border town of Ras al-Ayn as Turkish interior minister says 41 suspected jihadists who fled detention camp have been recaptured. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: ‘Tremendous success’: Trump touts Syria truce as scattered fighting continue: US president says ‘big progress being made’ as Erdogan threatens to resume offensive and at least 14 civilians killed Friday in airstrikes by Turkey. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: ‘Only God is with us’: A Syrian family feels betrayed by the US: as 160,000 flee Turkish invasion, transforming a quiet corner of Syria into a war zone, displaced residents blame Trump for abandoning them. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: Germany rethinks security for Jewish community after synagogue shooting: while some have called to post police outside Jewish institutions after Halle attack, others favor technological measures that won’t undercut sense of normalcy like in France. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: ‘Dirty Jew’ spray-painted on Judaica shop in France: owners of store in Lyon reportedly considering cutting short their vacation in Israel to return to file police complaint. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: Bulgaria soccer coach quits after racist chants, Nazi salutes at England match: Krasimir Balakov says abuse directed at English players by Bulgarian fans at game in Sofia was ‘the final straw.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: Ukraine’s chief rabbi sounds alarm over Jewish tycoon’s effigy: Moshe Reuvan Azman urges authorities to quickly find and punish men who perpetrated anti-Semitic stunt at Kyiv’s main synagogue during Sukkot. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: Iraqi cleric’s backers chant against Israel as Shiites make Arbaeen pilgrimage: in what is considered the world’s largest public gathering, millions march to Iraqi city of Karbala for commemoration of Shiite saint. (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: Syrian Kurdish military official calls on Israel to take action against Turkey: invoking past persecution of Jews, member of Syrian Democratic Forces expresses confidence the Jewish people will not neglect Syrian Kurds’ plight. (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: hundreds of thousands in Lebanon’s biggest protest for years; PM promises reform: in 4th day of demonstrations over crumbling economy, protesters call for ‘the fall of the regime’; Druze party leader threatens to quit cabinet if reforms not enacted. (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: former student arrested over swastika graffiti at California school, US: Logan Stone to be charged with felony vandalism and hate crimes after anti-Semitic, racist drawings found on high school near San Francisco. (The Times of Israel) [link]

September

1st: In first, UN panel calls on Palestinians to halt hate speech against Israelis: United Nations anti-racism committee urges ‘State of Palestine’ to combat anti-Semitism, end incitement and better protect journalists, dissidents. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: Hamas and ISIS hate Israel – and each other: years-long conflict between terror groups resurfaces as 3 Hamas policemen in Gaza killed this week in suicide attack blamed on Islamic State. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: Youths tell Hungarian cantor, wife ‘they belong in the gas chamber,’ Hungary: Daniel Rosenfeld says 5 young men called him and his wife ‘filthy Jews,’ shouted Nazi salute as they were returning from synagogue. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: Iranian FM: US must honor nuclear deal if it wants talks: after Trump signals willingness to meet with Tehran’s leaders, Zarif says Washington first needs to end ‘economic war’ and ‘economic terrorism.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: Israel asks UK to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a terror organization, Israel: meeting with top British diplomat after IDF struck in Syria to thwart drone attack allegedly ordered by IRGC head, Foreign Minister Katz cites group’s damaging activities in region. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: Nauru, world’s ‘least-visited country,’ recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: Foreign Minister Katz praises move by tiny Pacific island nation, expresses hope more countries will follow suit. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: Jewish teacher fired for screening Israeli film ‘Waltz with Bashir,’ Scotland: Court rejects Jonathan Guetta’s claims dismissal was anti-Semitic after he was removed for showing graphic scenes of Sabra and Shatila massacre from R-rated movie to 12-year-olds. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: Hezbollah fires anti-tank missiles at military jeep, IDF base; none hurt, Lebanon: tense calm restored; PM: Nobody even ‘scratched’; Israel returns fire with 100 shells, hits team that launched missiles, other targets in S. Lebanon; Hezbollah takes responsibility. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: Germany asks for Poland’s forgiveness 80 years after WWII outbreak: ‘We want to remember and we will remember,’ says Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Polish city of Wielun, where first World War II bombs fell 80 years ago. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: Iran praises Hezbollah missile attack on IDF targets: deputy head of Lebanese terror group claims strike forced ‘new rules of engagement’ on Israel; UNIFIL says it violated UN resolution. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: US ‘concerned’ by northern tensions, backs Jerusalem’s right to self-defense: State Department and White House special envoy issue statements blaming Iran-backed Hezbollah for latest escalation. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: IDF chief to UNIFIL: Stop Hezbollah’s missile program, or we will: meeting head of UN peacekeeping force, Kohavi says Israel will not tolerate terror group’s attacks on its soldiers and civilians, nor let it build precision missiles. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: trial date set for five 9/11 plotters at Guantanamo; they face death penalty, US: NY Times reports alleged mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, four others to go on trial in 2021, almost two decades after the Al-Qaeda attacks that killed 3,000. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: vegan takes neighbours to court over barbecue smell, Perth, Western Australia: the woman is taking her neighbours to the Supreme Court, demanding they stop cooking barbecues in their backyard, because she can smell it. She’s also complaining about their smoking and the kids bouncing balls. (The Sydney Morning Herald) [link]

3rd: Children can’t become Christians until they’re eighteen, China: authorities are intensifying enforcement of laws against converting to Christianity, with laws ruling children can’t convert until the age of 18. As existing laws require no proselytizing of anyone under the age of 18, the Government hopes that this will stop upcoming generations from converting. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

3rd: university faculty members have demanded that Chick-fil-A be removed from campus because it makes students feel less ‘safe,’ Kansas, US: while the restaurant has been there for 15 years, the group of staff claim that Chick-fil-A is a “bastion of bigotry,” simply because it’s owned by a Christian, is pro traditional marriage and has other Christian ethics. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

3rd: Iran said to be building large military base on Iraq-Syria border: a new military facility seen in Israeli satellite images features five weapons storerooms and will be able to house thousands of soldiers. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: Israel sends group to help Brazil battle Amazon fires: eleven-member team of fire-fighters and rescuers to assist local authorities with search-and-rescue operations as Bolsonaro feuds with Europe on environmental issues. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: Justin Bieber credits God for saving him from Severe depression and addiction: he shared his testimony on Instagram, saying that Christ’s redeeming power saved him. In his raw heartfelt message he shared some of his ongoing challenges including dreading facing each day. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

3rd: a skydiver who survived a 60m fall, says that his life was saved by Jesus, US: Korey Fisher turned to God in 2011 after which he took up sky-diving. The recent mishap happened when two instructors collided in mid-air and both fell to the ground, and the two survived. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

3rd: authorities sealed a church shut after Christians had earlier prevented its closure, Tizi-Ouzou, Algeria: the group had met with provincial authorities and put forward their case why the church shouldn’t be closed, and nothing further was heard nor discussed with the group, until the police’s surprise arrival to seal the building. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

3rd: rape crisis centre trashed by trans activists, Canada: in addition to  the crude and nasty words left on the outside of the building, dead animals were also nailed up outside their door and even pushed through the mail-slot by trans-activists because men are not allowed there. The crisis centre exists to aid women who have been raped by men, and their children are also allowed to stay, hence the exclusion of men, no matter what sex they believe or claim they are. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

3rd: tax-funded Triple J radio, specifically aimed at youth, celebrated pornography for one week, Australia: producers and hosts of Triple J ignored increasing global evidence that clearly demonstrate the serious harm of pornography to young people. Melinda Tankard Reist of Collective Shout is calling for ABC Triple J Hack to be held accountable for indoctrinating its largely youth audiences. (You’re Teaching Our Children What?) [link 1] [link 2]

4th: US slaps sanctions on Iran space agency over suspected missile work: Washington accuses Tehran’s space program of developing ballistic missiles under the cover of a civilian-led effort to launch satellites into orbit. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: France seeks $15b letter of credit for Iran to keep nuclear deal alive: Iranian delegation in Paris for talks as Tehran spokesperson says ‘our views have come closer together.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: Iran’s Rouhani says no intention of holding bilateral talks with US, Iran: President tells lawmakers offers have been made over the years, but he never responds to them, threatens to further reduce commitment to 2015 nuclear deal in coming days. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: Israeli envoy to UN warns Hezbollah actions could ‘bring disaster to Lebanon:’ in letter to Security Council, Danny Danon accuses Lebanese leaders of not only turning a blind eye to terror group’s missile program but even helping to conceal it. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: Hurricane Dorian kills 5 in Bahamas amid ‘unprecedented devastation:’ US Coast Guard airlifts 21 injured people as rising water levels leave residents trapped in attics and winds reach up to 220 mph. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: Iran threatens to take ‘strong step’ away from nuke deal if no new agreement: Tehran sets Thursday deadline; unclear whether it will restart advanced centrifuges prohibited by pact or further bump up uranium enrichment. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: Lebanese PM: We’re not responsible for Hezbollah; it’s a ‘regional problem:’ Saad Harari’s remarks come as Israel stresses it won’t distinguish between Beirut and the Lebanon-based terror group in future conflict. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: IDF said still on high alert in north amid prospect of further Hezbollah attack: additional Patriot air defense batteries reportedly deployed to prevent drone strikes; terror group said seeking to avenge Beirut assault blamed on Israel. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: a judge has thrown out the ‘Baby Roe’ case that was filed by a father of an aborted baby, Alabama, US: the father had filed a wrongful death suit against a clinic which aborted his girlfriend’s baby, but the case was thrown out as the abortion had taken place before recent legislative changes. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

5th: house-church leader beaten and harassed, Laos: while trying to arrange a Christian burial for a relative of a member of his church, other non-Christian villagers arrived and beat the believers there. (Open Doors) [link]

6th: Iran to unveil details on cuts to nuclear commitments on 8 September: Tehran poised to accelerate uranium enrichment as 2015 accord continues to unravel and a last-minute French proposal for a line of credit seems increasingly unlikely. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: EU urges Iran to ‘reverse’ its violation of limits on nuclear activity: European Commission spokesman says Tehran’s steps ‘undermine’ 2015 nuclear deal as European powers seek ways to keep it alive. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: President Erdogan says they should have nuclear weapons like Israel, Turkey: Turkish leader says fact his country is barred from having atomic bombs is unacceptable, says Israel is untouchable due to nuclear deterrent. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: politician under investigation for sharing scripture opposing gay rights, Finland: Päivi Räsänenis a Christian politician is being investigated by police for “ethnic agitation” after she posted scripture opposing the Evangelical Lutheran Church’s participating in the Helsinki Pride events. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

6th: government funded website condones schools’ disregard for parental rights, Australia: Education Services Australia has material for students on their website that encourage them to embrace the concept of gender transition and affirmation and advises them that they can undergo transgender treatment without informing their parents, which removes the rights of the parents to properly care for the mental and physical health of their children, and hands that authority over to the government and the medical profession. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

8th: StemExpress CEO admits under oath to harvesting ‘intact’ aborted children, US: the infants were removed intact because the ‘researchers’ needed a body that wasn’t affected by poisons or dismembering the child, and in some cases the baby could still have survived outside of the womb. (Live Action) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

8th: rocket fired at southern Israel from Gaza as Egypt seeks to calm tensions: projectile apparently lands inside Strip; sirens sound in open fields in Eshkol region, but not inside communities. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: Israelis brutally beaten in club, attackers said to scream ‘f**k Israel,’ Poland: brother of one of the victims says group of ‘Arabic speakers’ asked men if they were from Israel before assaulting them. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Egyptian delegation hastens to Gaza to mediate as tensions increase with Israel: Military officials from Egypt aim to dial down the friction amid weekend of cross-border violence in which armed drone and rocket attacks by Palestinians drew Israeli airstrikes. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: salt study unravels ancient mystery around well-preserved Dead Sea Scroll: researchers say the Temple Scroll, which has survived in better condition than other texts, was modified using previously unknown technology with minerals not local to the region. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: UN nuclear watchdog head in Iran for talks as atomic accord unravels: International Atomic Energy Agency says Cornel Feruta’s visit is part of its ‘ongoing interaction’ with Tehran and to monitor compliance with endangered 2015 nuclear pact. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: France condemns Iran for nuclear steps but says dialogue channels ‘still open:’ Paris criticizes Tehran for announcing new enrichment enhancement, saying it ‘must give up’ such actions to save nuclear deal. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Iran blames Europe as it rolls back nuclear commitments: head of Iranian atomic agency accuses EU of having ‘failed to act on their promises’ after US pullout from nuclear deal. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Outrage as neo-Nazi elected town council leader, Germany: ‘We do not cooperate with Nazis!’ says leader of rival party after Stefan Jagsch of the extremist National Democratic Party was unanimously elected in Altenstadt. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg claims that the Bible says that life begins with breath, US: during the radio interview his comments on abortion suggested that he believes it’s acceptable that unborn babies can be aborted until they take their first breath, which has garnered him much criticism. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

9th: illegally detained Christian tortured to death in custody, Lahore, Pakistan: after detaining Amir Masih on 28 August on a false charge of theft, police tortured him for four days to make him ‘confess’ to the charge. His family took him from the police station barely conscious and rushed him to hospital where he died on 2 September. Reports say that the officers had mocked his Christian faith as they urinated on him. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

9th: pro-lifers and Christians speak out against Bernie Sanders’ possible support of abortion for population control, US: Sander’s comments last week suggested that abortion could be used in poorer countries to control population. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

9th: Trump says he can solve Iran’s problems ‘in 24 hours’ if Tehran is willing, US: hours after Netanyahu reveals secret Iranian nuke site, US president reiterates readiness to meet with Rouhani; Tehran says it won’t hold talks with US without sanctions relief. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: StemExpress CEO admits to trafficking baby body parts, including intact heads, beating hearts, US: recorded information on trafficking revealed as part of interviews on Planned Parenthood and other organisations by two undercover reporters who have been charged with criminal felony for eavesdropping and of conspiracy. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

9th: Chinese missionary who led 1,000 North Koreans to Christ was killed by assassins of the Pyongyang government: Pastor Han Chung-Ryeol told many North Korean defectors about his faith, and his story is available on a Voice of the Martyrs video. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

9th: ‘Young writers’ win 2019 prestigious ARPA Gutenberg Award, Australia: the prestigious 2019 ARPA (Australasian Religious Press Association) Gutenberg was awarded to the young writer ministry ‘Press Service International’ (in conjunction with Christian Today Australia) in Christchurch at an awards presentation on Saturday evening, and is one of the ministries of Well-Being Australia (WBA) with a specialist role and focus on providing articles for the Christian press. (Christian Today) [link]

9th: Undeceptions – Ep 1: Old papers: thousands of scraps of paper of original writings of the New Testament, being made available for comparison to modern day Bible. (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2]

10th: US joins Israel in accusing Iran of covert nuclear activity: Pompeo says Tehran’s ‘lack of full cooperation’ with UN atomic agency raises questions about its commitment to 2015 deal, after Netanyahu unveils alleged nuke development site. (The Times of Israel) [link]

10th: Melissa Joan Hart travels to Zambia to bring aid to, and pray with local villagers, Africa: the actress travelled to Zambia with her family as part of World Vision’s child sponsorship program to visit thee children that they are sponsoring. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

10th: country duo Florida Georgia Line invited renowned worship leader, Chris Tomlin, on stage at one of their concerts, Atlanta, US: between songs, the brothers invited Tomlin on stage, surprising their audience. Tyler Hubbard introduced him with “…a lot of those songs were written by this guy we’re about to bring out for you guys tonight.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

10th: Planned Parenthood closes 2 clinics due to Trump Pro-life Rule, Ohio, US: rather than abiding by the new rule which prevents family planning clinics from receiving money for promoting or referring for abortion, the Planned Parenthood Federation has chosen to opt out of the program altogether and to close the clinics. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4

10th: two churches forced to close, Indonesia: after threats by Islamic extremist groups, authorities forced the two churches to close in one month, despite the Constitution which guarantees religious freedom. (Open Doors) [link]

10th: two churches forced to close, Indonesia: in the past month, authorities have forced the closure of two churches after they received threats from Islamic extremist groups. (Open Doors) [link]

11th: museum defends exhibition on Nazi design, denies glorifying Nazis, Holland: a museum in Den Bosch has banned photography at ‘Design of the Third Reich’ exhibit and the exhibition has been met with protests, even though the museum itself says it’s aimed at  showing the “contribution of design to the development of the evil Nazi ideology.” (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Demonstrators hang plaque honoring Nazi collaborator, Lithuania: Vilnius municipality had earlier removed a memorial to Jonas Noreika, who is believed to have personally overseen the murder of Jews when the Nazis controlled Lithuania. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Anti-Semitic and racist graffiti discovered at historic park, Massachusetts, US: dozens of local residents, joined by clergy, gather to protest vandalism that includes swastikas, messages advocating violence against Jews, and slogan ‘Hitler 2020.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Scarlett Johansson unveils Nazi comedy, US: ‘Jojo Rabbit’ is a satirical tale of a young boy during World War II whose imaginary friend is a make-believe version of Adolf Hitler. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: new energy minister says country wants to enrich uranium, Saudi Arabia: after Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman announces plans, US deputy energy secretary urges kingdom to sign pledge to not pursue such processing. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Dutch Christian Zionists donate massive menorah to Sderot: ‘This is our way of saying you are not alone, we are behind you,’ philanthropist says after giving 36-foot-high object, once Europe’s largest, to town battered by rockets. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Pastor and mental health advocate Jarrid Wilson dies by suicide, California, US: the megachurch pastor had been struggling with depression for quite some time, and cofounded ‘Anthem of Hope,’ a non-profit Christian mental health organisation dedicated to help those struggling with depression, addiction, self-harm, anxiety, and suicide etc. (The Mighty) [link]

11th: Pastor lends a listening ear and prayer to bushfire evacuees, Australia: with hundreds in evacuation centres in Queensland’s Sunshine coast, Hillsong’s Noosa Pastor Jamie Coyle has made “The J Theatre” available as an evacuation centre. (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2]

11th: changing a teenage girl’s story: ‘I am more than enough,’ Australia: ministry for teenage girls to help with self-image and self-worth. (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2]

11th: citizens sue San Antonio over Chick-fil-A Ban, claim city targeted Christian beliefs, US: Five citizen filed suiti claiming that the city is discriminating Chick-afil-A for its owners’ Christian beliefs. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

11th: two cities outlaw abortion and become ‘Sanctuary for the Unborn,’ Texas, US: Naples and Omaha have passed ordinances to make it a criminal offence for aboritions at any stage of pregnancy. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

11th: Christian couple in imprisoned for home-schooling their children, Cuba: the couple are now in jail for refusing to send their children to a government-run school after their daughter was bullied, and also for leading an unregistered church. Other Christian parents look likely to have been imprisoned for home-schooling their children as well. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

11th: family attacked by relatives and kills wife, and husband believes they intended to kill him and his daughter, India: the attack took place after he married outside of his tribe and became a Christian. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

11th: Trump warns Iran on uranium enrichment, but open to lifting sanctions, US: President says he believes Tehran wants a new deal as economic pressure is ‘getting tougher and tougher’; Rouhani tells Macron talks ‘meaningless’ unless sanctions eased. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: In 9/11 speech, al-Qaeda chief calls for attacks on Israel, West, Cairo, Egypt: Ayman al-Zawahiri says Palestinians should launch suicide bombings against Israelis for Trump’s recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: US-Israeli Christian leader discusses peace process with Saudi crown prince, Saudi Arabia: Jerusalem resident Joel C. Rosenberg leads second-ever Evangelical delegation to the Muslim kingdom, is hosted in Jeddah’s royal palace. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: “Genderbread person” rears his head in Queensland schools, Australia: although it was banned 3 years earlier in NSW, Queensland Health has decided to ignore this and is sending into Brisbane high schools. (Binary) [link]

11th: the fastest growing church has no buildings, no central leadership, and is mostly led by women, Iran: the underground church in Iran is growing rapidly as a result of Iranian people awakening to God’s truth as laid out in the Bible, and leaving Islam in droves, according to a documentary about the revival taking place there. (GOD Reports) [link 1] [video link]

12th: ‘We cannot forget’ – 18 years since 9/11 attacks with sombre ceremonies, US: as anniversary begins, rocket explodes at the US embassy in Afghanistan, where Washington’s invasion has become America’s longest war. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: protesters accuse Jews of ‘taking over the world,’ London, UK: Britain experiencing a precipitous rise in anti-Semitism in 2019, with 892 incidents during first half of year. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: Lebanese Shiites mark Ashura in show of anti-Israel defiance: at Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut, supporters of terror group say high turnout at religious event shows Israel ‘the great power of the resistance.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: bringing the church’s ideas to life, Australia: Salvation Army’s innovation Manager Greig Whittaker says that “…everything that’s required for our communities to rise up and live in the wholeness and health of God’s design is already present; it’s just not collaborated and coordinated,” and “Ideas Platform” available from 16 September for those who need help in improving/creating ministries. (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2]

12th: Christmas for kids, with a bit of anarchy thrown in, Australia: the new picture book telling kids the reality of Jesus’ birth. (Eternity news) [link]

12th: Government bullies MPs to rush euthanasia bill, Western Australia: despite trying to rush  its euthanasia bill before Christmas, Members of Parliament continuing questioning worrying parts of the bill, and are being threatened with more ‘all-night’ sittings for wanting more information. (Hope) [link 1] [link 2]  

12th: Kirk Cameron has created a new TV series that features faith-based conversations with celebrity friends, US: ‘One on One,’ on the TBN network hopes the unique format will help his guests feel relaxed and able to openly talk about their faith. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

12th: British schoolchildren being taught there are 100-plus genders in new video series, UK: the new BBC video school resource aimed at children aged 9-12 teaches that there are over 100 gender identities and that anyone who criticizes transgender ideology does so because they “don’t know any better yet.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

12th: thousands are implanting microchips into their hands – is it a sign of the antichrist, Sweden: over 4,000 people have chosen to have the chip inserted to replace cash and credit cards, which will also monitor heath of the individuals and provide access into buildings, and is part of a growing movement. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

13th: prosperity gospel has ‘damaged a lot of people,’ Benny Hinn says, US: in the interview, he said he changed his views on the prosperity gospel several years earlier and was troubled by its negative impact on people. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

13th: Trump says he doesn’t believe report of Israel spying on White House, US: Politico claimed FBI blames Israel for placing surveillance equipment at sensitive DC locations; ex-Israeli intel official says special ties and Pollard fallout undermine report. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: Netanyahu: War in Gaza could break out ‘before the elections,’ Israel: PM, who was ridiculed for being rushed off-stage during rocket attack from enclave, takes tough stance on Hamas ahead of national vote. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: judge called Jews a ‘despicable, filthy nation’ in online forum, Poland: District court judge admits to posting comment in 2015 but is not charged due to his immunity. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: Lebanese-American to be prosecuted for dealing with Israel, Beirut: Amer Fakhoury said to have worked in a prison run by the Israel-backed South Lebanon Army before the IDF withdrawal in 2000. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: Israel cuts medical permits for Gazans to halt migration to West Bank: state prosecutors tell High Court the government is working to stem flow of ‘illegal aliens’ from Hamas-run coastal enclave to PA-controlled territory. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: US said to reassure Israel: Iran sanctions will stay even if Trump, Rouhani meet: US president’s recent comments heighten concerns in Jerusalem that he aims to arrange a summit with his counterpart at the upcoming UN General Assembly. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: when ID doesn’t identify anyone anymore…, UK:  a biological woman wants to be noted as the ‘father’ on the birth certificate of her child, after giving birth. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

13th: Chick-fil-A on campus promotes inclusion and freedom, Purdue tells upset faculty, US: some students and faculty members are opposed to Chick-fil-A on their campus because the company is owned by a Christian family who the LGBT groups criticize and people claim are bigoted, with one faculty member claiming that people will be ‘hurt’ if Chick-fil-A is allowed to open on their campus. Yet a petition was signed by over 3,500 people who want them. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

13th: Doctor acquitted of charges for euthanizing dementia patient despite clear resistance, Holland: a woman with dementia was held down and euthanized by the doctor against her will in 2016, and was recently acquitted by the Judges who said that it was the patient’s will to be euthanized before the onset of her dementia. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

13th: a simple guide to the religious discrimination bill, Australia: the proposed bill follows the structure of other anti-discrimination acts in Australia. (Eternity News) [link]

13th: scientist says we have to get over our ‘taboo’ about cannibalism and eat human flesh to combat climate change: a behavioural scientist from Sweden, Magnus Soderland declared that eating people would combat climate change, “in the name of sustainability,” and others have suggested burning the bodies of aborted foetuses for energy or to eat them to reduce the impact of producing food on the environment. (LifeSiteNews) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

14th: Trump says Iranian leadership ‘wants to meet,’ US: President’s comments increase expectations he is trying to arrange a summit with his counterpart at the upcoming UN General Assembly. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: Guatemalan asylum seeker is being sheltered in a Washington state synagogue, US: Temple Beth Hatfiloh is providing sanctuary to Maria Pablo Matias and her son to protect them from arrest and deportation; ICE won’t enter house of worship without permission. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: Swastikas among hateful graffiti painted on San Francisco-area high school, US: days after hate speech discovered, hundreds of students come to Burlingame High School wearing red T-shirts with slogan ‘unity against hate.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: cutting-edge rehab center takes root in Negev Desert oasis for the disabled, Israel: the facility will meet the needs of residents of southern Israel who currently must head north for care after accidents, injuries, strokes or terror attacks. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: Israeli families commemorate loved ones lost on 9/11, Israel: Jerusalem ceremony at Living Memorial Monument attended by airline pilots, police, and US ambassador to Israel David Friedman. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: Ex-chief scientist: Bid to cut emissions regulations could endanger lives, Israel: Dr. Sinaia Netanyahu, formerly of the Environmental Protection Ministry, slams apparent attempts by Prime Minister’s Office to inject economic considerations into ecological policy. (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: Trump says he talked Mutual Defense Pact with Netanyahu, will pick up after vote, US: in tweet seen as aiming to boost PM’s reelection bid, US president says he looks forward ‘to continuing those discussions after the Israeli Elections when we meet at the UN.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

14th: over 2,200 bodies of aborted babies discovered in home of a deceased doctor, Illinois, US:  after failing to report performing an abortion on a pre-teen girl in 2015, Dr. Ulrich Klopfer had his medical licence revoked. He passed away on 3 September. (Washington Examiner) [link]

15th: Netanyahu says he is planning on annexing parts of Hebron, Israel: PM says the small community located in the heart of the Palestinian city will become an official part of the Jewish state. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: Organization of Islamic Cooperation ‘totally rejects’ Netanyahu’s annexation vow: 57-member pan-Islamic body says PM’s pledge to extend sovereignty to Jordan Valley, settlements, is ‘a dangerous escalation’ that undermines the two-state solution. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: Annexing the Jordan Valley threatens regional security, Israel: the strip along the Jordan River’s west bank has little military value, but it does offer opportunities to cooperate toward peace. (The Times of Israel) [link]

15th: Abortion rally told ‘Choose Life!,’ Australia: xthousands of people attending the rally at Syndey’s Hyde Park, protesting the new law being debated which will decriminalise abortion in New South Wales. (Eternity News) [link]

16th: British unions reaffirm backing for boycotting Israel, UK: group leaders pass nonbinding motion calling to prioritize ‘Palestinian rights to justice and equality’ in all UK trade with Israel; say Israel ‘destroying prospects for peace.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

16th: Baptist Church makes history, calls transgender Pastor, Ohio, US: the Peace Community Church is one of a small number of Baptist congregations being led by a minister who identifies as a different gender than that given to them at birth. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

16th: Duke University’s student government rejects ‘Young Life’ group over LGBTQ policies, US: the Christian organisation Young Life is no longer to be recognised as a student group on campus due to its policy on sexuality which clash with the university’s non-discrimination policies. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

16th: hundreds marched in Orlando to celebrate Jesus delivering them from LGBT lifestyle, US: the Freedom March featured women and men that say Jesus has delivered them from the LGBT lifestyle, and people from local ministries and churches also were out supporting the march. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

16th: Catholics say Australia can pioneer eradicating slavery: human slavery and forced labour can be eradicated within one generation with Australia leading the way, says Sydney QC John McCarthy. (Eternity News) [link]

17th: breakthrough on SA prostitution, Australia: Mr Malinauskas, the South Australian Labor Leader of the Opposition has spoken out against the prostitution decriminalisation Bill put forward by the Attorney General. (Australian Christian Lobby) [link 1]

17th: Cardinal Pell lodges High Court appeal, Australia: after being convicted for sexually abusing boys, claims that he vehemently denies, Cardinal George Pell wants to challenge those convictions and has lodged a special leave application with the High Court. (The Australian) [link]

17th: university posts hooked-nose gesture for ‘Jew’ in sign language video, Belgium: European Jewish Association demands University of Ghent remove ‘racist and demeaning’ clips from Flemish online dictionary. (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: activists accused of anti-Semitism leave prominent anti-Trump group, US: criticism of Women’s March unlikely to abate after co-chairs Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory and Bob Bland depart, as group chooses new board member who tweeted support for Hamas. (The Times of Israel) [link]

17th: ‘God Won:’ school OKs prayer at football games, despite atheist complaints, Georgia, US: after a complaint demanding that the district end prayers at school-sponsored events, the county’s board of education has now enacted a new policy where students can present anything they desire such as a song, a poem or a prayer. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

17th: California Senate passes resolution calling all Californians to embrace LGBTQ lifestyles, US: xwhile the bill was meant to target ‘conversion therapy,’ there is concerns amongst religious leaders that the language used could infringe upon people’s freedom of religion. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

17th: terrorism hits record highs, Germany: during the last four years, there have been over 2,200 Islamic terrorist actions, although criminal statistics from the police don’t match, and during 2018 alone there were over 1,200. (TU, The Unshackled) [link]

17th: propaganda video accuses Christians of being ‘spies,’ North Korea: Voice of the Martyrs has a video from North Korean authorities claiming that Christians are really South Korean spies and religious fanatics who are fooling naïve North Koreans. (Christian Today) [link]

17th: Vice-President Pence announces U.S. and Turkey have agreed to ceasefire in Syria, US: Pence announced that a ceasefire agreement was put forward by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. (CBS News) [link]

18th: UK Labour Party denounced over anti-Semitism conference scheduled for Shabbat: Jewish Labour Movement says party excluding religious Jews from debate. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: Chick-fil-A’s sales have doubled since LGBT boycott began in 2012, US: since 2012 when controversy arose after the CEO comments about same-sex marriage, while liberal and LGBT groups called for boycotts, their sales increased, and today are more than double what they were in 2012, and in the USA they’ve become the third largest restaurant, and since 2012 have opened up 700 new restaurants. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

18th: coffee shop employee tells a customer to leave due to Biblical views on homosexuality, Nebraska, US: it began when Marilyn Synek of Nebraska Family Alliance mentioned that she was a regular customer at a particular coffee shop, and while she never discussed her beliefs with staff or other customers there, a staff member approached her, and in front of customers she swore at her, called her a bigot and demanded that she leave. The staff member was later fired and management apologised to Synek and said she was welcome there. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

18th: Dallas megachurch hosts mass wedding for cohabitating couples to honor marriage, Texas, US: 24 couples committed to marriage in the fourth yearly “Grand Wedding” as Pastor Bryan Carter encouraged couples to move out or get married. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

18th: Saudi Arabia to unveil ‘evidence’ linking Iran to attacks, as US weighs response: crown prince says strike on the heart of the kingdom’s oil industry was a ‘real test’ of global will, urges international community to take a ‘firm stance.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: Iran warns US of response to any action over attack on Saudi Arabia: state-run media says Tehran’s retaliation won’t be limited to the source of the threat, without elaborating; Rouhani, Zarif may skip UN meeting since US hasn’t issued visas. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: Members of Parliament debate medical care for babies born alive from abortions, Australia: as MPs in NSW debate about decriminalising abortion, they’re also debating Niall Blair’s amendment which requires that babies who are born alive, should be given proper medical care and treatment. They are also debating other connected issues. (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2]

18th: fewer full-timers heading to ministry study, Australia: there’s a continuing decrease in the number of people studying full-time degrees for ministry, although there’s been a relaed increase in online, part-time study. (Eternity news) [link]

19th: Trump’s outgoing peace envoy heads to Jerusalem; will meet Netanyahu, Gantz: Jason Greenblatt says ‘too soon to tell’ if White House will release peace plan during or after coalition negotiations. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: top diplomat warns of ‘all-out war’ if hit for Saudi attack, Iran: Zarif tells CNN his country won’t ‘blink to defend’ its territory, warning of consequences if there is retaliation for assault on Abqaiq oil facilities. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: Yemen rebel claim over Saudi oil attacks ‘lacks credibility,’ France: French FM Le Drian cautions that it is best to wait for the results of international investigation, urges de-escalation. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: authorities seize religious schools, Eritrea: authorities have targeted secondary schools operated by religious minorities, including Christians, demanding that they give control back to government authorities. (Open Doors) [link]

19th: doctors and nurses say they’ll quit if forced to violate beliefs, US: a majority of medical professionals have recently indicated in a survey that they’d choose their conscience over their jobs, with 91% of medical professionals with a faith saying they’d leave if forced to violate their beliefs. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

19th: Doctors’ rights to object to abortion the focus of debate, Australia: the Legislative Council in NSW is debating whether doctors and other medical workers can refuse to perform abortions or be involved in abortions, if it’s against their conscience. (Eternity News) [link]

19th: Australian Religious Press Association 2019 Awards for excellence: the NCCA congratulates the winners of the annual awards for excellence in media. (National Council of Churches in Australia) [link]

19th: NZ PM Jacinda Ardern’s Bill to introduce abortion up to birth for children with Down’s syndrome – parents speak out, New Zealand: Down’s syndrome advocacy groups and parents of children with Down’s syndrome, have shared their concerns with the New Zealand Government’s abortion bill which will allow abortion up till birth for babies with the condition. (Right to Life) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

19th: Catholic hospital declines to do hysterectomy on trans man, court rules they may have violated the law, California, US: while the hospital had referred the patient elsewhere, still their refusal may have violated anti-discrimination laws. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

19th: US abortion rates hit all-time low: researchers claim that the decline is for various reasons but definitely not because of the recent wave of more restrictive abortion laws, as it’s based on data from before the new laws were enacted. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

20th: the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) Safer Churches 9 Conference was held 17 to 18 September: experts in child safeguarding shared churches how to work at protecting children and help the victims of abuse. (National Council of Churches in Australia) [link]

20th: Chicago bans Wheaton College students from evangelizing in park, students sue, US: the four students who have been sharing the gospel in public parks claim that security personnel have prevented them from evangelizing there, so a religious freedom law firm has filed a motion in federal court on their behalf. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

20th: Nasrallah warns Iran will ‘destroy’ Saudi Arabia if it attacks: Hezbollah chief also says group’s claimed downing of Israeli drone has curbed IDF violations of Lebanese airspace. (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: Suspected US neo-Nazis compiling names of Jews on Telegram app: list said to include both prominent and lesser known Jewish people who have criticized white supremacism, misogyny. (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: Orphan of victims killed in attack on Mumbai Chabad House celebrates bar mitzvah, US: Moshe Holtzberg, whose parents were murdered in 2008 by Pakistani terrorists, dons tefillin for first time at ceremony in New York state. (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: United Methodists Float Plans to Split Denomination after LGBTQ Vote, US: with the LGBTQ issues that have divided the church for over forty years, the deadline to submit petitions in response to this issue for the United Methodist Church has closed in preparation for its next global meeting. (Christian Headlines) [link]

21st: In Germany, Jewish funds help keep Mediterranean migrant rescue missions afloat: as thousands flee Africa on flimsy boats, just one ship operates in the area between Libya and Italy. A Jewish aid group is partnering up with others to help its operators. (The Times of Israel) [link]

22nd: infarewell essay, Trump envoy ‘hopeful’ for peace plan, encourages compromise: Jason Greenblatt writes that he is proud to ‘protect the Jewish State,’ castigates Gaza-based terror groups for ‘destroying the lives of 2 million Palestinians.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

22nd: Iran warns any country that attacks it will become the ‘main battlefield:’ as US blames Tehran for attack on Saudi oil facilities, Revolutionary Guards commander says his forces are ready for ‘any type of scenario.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

22nd: Iran denies successful cyber attack on oil sector: organization that tracks internet outages says activity detected consistent with a cyber attack, though the cause is unclear and impact limited. (The Times of Israel) [link]

22nd: US to send troops to Saudi Arabia, hold off on striking Iran: officials say Washington likely to send hundreds of personnel, defensive equipment; Trump: restraint ‘shows far more strength’ than launching strikes. (The Times of Israel) [link]

22nd: Rare anti-Sissi protests break out in Egypt: numerous arrests made as police quickly disperse small demonstrations in Cairo, other cities calling for removal of president. (The Times of Israel) [link]

22nd: Virginia man facing weapons charges is a neo-Nazi, FBI says, US: Feds say Andrew Thomasberg called Pittsburgh synagogue shooter a ‘saint,’ wished Poway attack had killed more Jews. (The Times of Israel) [link]

22nd: Millions protest in youth-led global climate strike: masses of children skip school hoping for a ‘social tipping point’ that will push world leaders to act against impending environmental disaster. (The Times of Israel) [link]

22nd: Arab Israeli lawmaker: Election results a ‘slap in the face’ for Trump: MK Ahmad Tibi accuses US president of backing Netanyahu’s ‘racism’ and ‘atrocities,’ urges him to shelve his ‘anti-Palestinian’ peace plan. (The Times of Israel) [link]

23rd: Labour overwhelmingly backs anti-Israel agenda should Corbyn take power, UK: as Palestinian flags fly and ‘Free Palestine’ is chanted, Labour abandons longtime opposition to BDS, appears to back ‘right of return’; Labour Friends of Israel: Another dark day. (The Times of Israel) [link]

23rd: Confident that Jews will fill pews, Hungary’s Chabad opens 2 synagogues in a day, Hungary: in an event that hasn’t happened since WWII, hundreds celebrate Sunday’s dedication of two houses of worship — and a couple of newly written Torah scrolls. (The Times of Israel) [link]

23rd: Trump announces $25 million to protect religious freedom: ‘America stands with believers,’ US: President Trump announced a new initiative “Coalition of US businesses for the protection of religious freedom,” and also announced that $25 million in funding will go towards protecting religious freedom as well as global religious sites, and he asked that governments join together to stop the persecution of religious people. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

23rd: US tells United Nations: ‘there is no international right to an abortion:’ 19 countries including the US have urged the United Nations to cease using terms such as “Sexual and reproductive health” in their documentation, because – “there is no international right to an abortion and these terms should not be used to promote pro-abortion policies and measures.” There were also other requests about sex education including the family as a core healthy part of life. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

23rd: Facebook CEO admits to ‘clear bias’ in blocking pro-life videos, US: Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO admitted that it was wrong to censor pro-life videos from groups such as ‘Live Action,’ but did not apologise for that, nor for telling thousands of Live Action’s followers that the group was sharing “false news.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

23rd: church ‘re-baptizes’ a ‘trans toddler,’ UK: since the age of three the boy wanted to be a girl, and was given his wish at the age of seven, officially changing his name to Luna and dressing as a girl and the Church of England has now instigated a new ceremony for cases such as this. (The Bridgehead) [link 1] [link 2]

23rd: in 2018, 150 babies were born alive after abortions and left to die, Canada: abortions in Canada are allowed up till birth and shocking statistics and stories continue to arise, while pro-abortion supporters continue pretending that live births don’t occur. (The Bridgehead) [link]

23rd: doctors call for ‘gender inquiry,’ Australia: the medical professionals are requesting a Parliamentary Inquiry into the “rapid rise of childhood gender dysphoria in Australia and the lack of scientific basis for current medical treatment.” (You’re Teaching Our Children What?) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4] [link 5]

24th: Franklin Graham says Trump critics should ‘give it a rest’ following new calls for impeachment, US: the Christian supporter has urged Trump’s detractors to “give it a rest,” after allegations that the President pressured Ukrainian officials with foreign aid funding. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

24th: students around the world set to pray together for ‘See You at the Pole’ event: around one million students around the globe will participate in the ‘See You at the Pole’ event where they will gather around flag poles at their schools, to pray. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

24th: 35 million Christian youths will leave Christianity by 2050, a new report predicts: founder of the youth ministry Dare 2 Share, Greg Stier shared that the report “The Great Opportunity” should encourage Christians to “flip the switch” to ensure that youth stay with their faith by rethinking and adapting youth ministry. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

24th: Muslim in Middle East says Jesus visited him, recited Gospel of John: ‘I couldn’t look at him:’ a Middle Eastern Christian shared that God is moving in miraculous ways among Muslims, sending “dreams, visions and personal visitations.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

24th: Johnson renews call for election after legal reverse, rebuffs calls to quit, UK: Britain’s highest court says PM’s suspension of parliament was illegal; he ‘strongly disagrees’ with decision; Corbyn urges him to resign. (The Times of Israel) [link]

24th: ‘Iran did it, A to Z’: Netanyahu blames Tehran for attack on Saudi oil: PM urges international community to back Trump’s pressure campaign, as European nations join US in accusing Islamic Republic of September 14 strike. (The Times of Israel) [link]

24th: first Arab astronaut set for International Space Station voyage, alongside a Jew: UAE’s Hazzaa al-Mansoori ready for takeoff Wednesday with Jessica Meir, whose father is Israeli. (The Times of Israel) [link]

24th: At UN, Trump calls on Mideast nations to fully normalize ties with Israel: President says sanctions against Iran will be tightened, not lifted, until it changes behavior, ends ‘fanatical quest’ for nukes; also stresses US wants ‘partners, not adversaries’. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: Iran’s president says Israel ‘undoubtedly’ backing Islamic State in Syria: on sidelines of General Assembly, Rouhani accuses US, Israel of ‘terrorist’ policies, says Jewish state targets Palestinians and neighbouring countries ‘on a daily basis.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: Outcry as Malaysia’s anti-Semitic PM to speak at Columbia University: pro-Israel groups say they don’t expect NY school to cancel address, but want speech contextualized and Jewish students to know their safety is a concern. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: Democrats intensify calls for impeaching Trump as transcript is released, US: after the release of a phone transcript of President Trump speaking with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Democrats increased their demands to impeach Trump. (Christian Headlines) [link]

25th: Pelosi announces impeachment inquiry of Trump, who slams ‘Witch Hunt garbage:’ 2020 candidates also likely to give cautious support to proceedings; US president says he will release ‘unredacted’ transcript of controversial call with Ukraine leader. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: at Columbia, Malaysian leader says Holocaust victim numbers debatable: ‘Why is it that I can’t say something against the Jews?’ asks Mahathir Mohamad, citing right to free speech. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: Dutch radio show airs caller’s eight-minute rant about Jews: BNNVara broadcaster apologizes for segment in which man said world is being led by ‘money-grubbing Jewry’ who ‘must be annihilated.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: Alabama High Schoolers recite Lord’s Prayer at football game despite prayer ban, US: after an atheist group pressured the school to omit anything religious from their sports games, the students have been pushing back, including a group of students who recited the Lord’s prayer out loud just before the football game began on 13 September. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

25th: Texas high school football player saves mom, child trapped in floodwaters: ‘I had to make sure two of God’s children didn’t die,’ US: Jayden Payne rescued a toddler and his mother from swirling storm waters as they tried to get out of their car which had been swept off the road near the high school. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

25th: 200+ doctors call for Australian parliamentary inquiry into gender dysphoria: x as gender dysphoria is increasing rapidly in Australia, Dr John Whitehall, a professor of paediatrics and child health, is calling the Australian government to look into the increase, and seeks information on the  scientific basis for current medical treatment. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

25th: Dutch radio show airs caller’s eight-minute rant about Jews: BNNVara broadcaster apologizes for segment in which man said world is being led by ‘money-grubbing Jewry’ who ‘must be annihilated.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: Democrats have intensified their calls for Trump’s impeachment after the release of a transcript, US: the transcript of a phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to ‘look into’ allegations that were made about Joe Biden’s son. (Christian Headlines) [link]

25th: At Columbia, Malaysian leader says Holocaust victim numbers debatable, US: “Why is it that I can’t say something against the Jews?’ asks Mahathir Mohamad, citing right to free speech. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th:Israel, US urge EU to take action against ‘anti-Semitic’ boycott movement: Minister Erdan presents report claiming dozens of examples of anti-Semitism by key European promoters of BDS against Jewish state. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: UN expert calls on governments to take action against religions that don’t embrace LGBT rights: the UN ‘expert’ Victor Madrigal-Borloz said, “States should adopt decisive action when religious authorities, leaders or agents infringe on the rights of LGBT persons through violence and discrimination, including hate speech.” (The Bridgehead) [link]

26th: a former atheist who ‘Mocked’ Jesus now teaches at Christian seminary: ‘My eyes were opened,’ US: she grew up as an atheist in her former country of China and now resides in the US, and twenty years ago had mocked Jesus, until she heard a message about God’s love. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

26th: A defiant Malaysian PM defends his anti-Semitism in the name of free speech: at Columbia University, Mahathir Mohamad tried to justify Holocaust denial and Jew hatred, without drawing condemnation from much of the audience. (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th: Mattel launches gender-fluid dolls ‘free of labels,’ US: the toy maker launched the new line this week which provides over 100 combinations in each set, so that children can make the doll a girl or a boy, or even a little of each. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

26th: Australia is more open to Jesus than you believe: Scottish Minister David Robertson shares about freedom in his adopted country Australia and is launching a new national initiative which aims to invigorate evangelism with the purpose of encouraging more Australians to commit to Christianity. (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

26th: ‘deliberate killing’ of the unborn decriminalised as abortion bill passes in New South Wales, Australia: NSW has approved the new abortion bill which will allow abortion up to 22 weeks for any reason or even up until birth in some cases, Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher shared on his Facebook account that it was a “defeat for humanity” and a “dark day” for NSW, and stated that “Since the abolition of capital punishment in New South Wales in 1955, this is the only deliberate killing ever legalised in our state.” (The Catholic Leader) [link]

26th: Christians hit with more church closures, Algeria: a church building in Tigzirt was closed today after two other churches were closed recently, all without any notification. Police officers placed a notice on the building claiming the church had not been registered. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

26th: photo of young man praying over police deputy goes viral, US: the deputy’s wife posted the photo to a social media site, and she said, “Tonight was a night that I will never forget. This picture is a reminder of God’s constant love and perfect timing.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

26th: UN watchdog says Iran using advanced centrifuges, breaching nuke deal: IAEA says Tehran’s uranium enrichment at Natanz facility violates 2015 accord, as Iranian leaders rebuke US, European nations for economic sanctions. (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th: Iran supreme leader lashes out at Europe as nuke deal wallows: Khamenei castigates European powers for failing to ‘fulfill any of their commitments’ under nuclear deal, achieving little more than ‘long speeches.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th: Israel’s population tops 9 million as Jewish new year approaches: population expected to reach 10 million by 2024; Jewish Agency says 14.8 million Jews worldwide, a slight increase from last year. (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th:   9th US town becomes a ‘sanctuary city for the unborn: x Gilmer, Texas is the sixth town in the state and the ninth in the US to pass this declaration, after council members voted it in. City Manager Greg Hutson said, it’s “a safe haven where the unborn has a right to come here and not worry about being aborted.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

26th: a youth pastor from Honduras has been approved for asylum in the US: Douglas Oviedo arrived at a US border last November and under the President’s new policy, was asked to return to Tijuana in Mexico to have his case heard. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

26th: ‘OK’ hand gesture declared a white supremacy hate symbol by watchdog, US: anti-Defamation League says it was reluctant to include gesture in online archive, but was compelled to because extremists are using it; 35 other entries added to database. (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th: Bill passed to allow abortions up to birth – pro-abortion politicians hug and cheer, NSW, Australia: in New South Wales it is now legal to murder unborn babies up to birth, with abortion allowed up to 22 weeks for any reason, and up till birth if permission is sought from two doctors and a medical committee. (Life News) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

27th: US politicians continue using the term ‘Jew down’ amid rise in anti-Semitism: council members in two NJ cities utilized the pejorative in government forums this month alone, causing a Jewish attorney to sever professional ties with Trenton. (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: Iran president urges US to lift sanctions, drop missile issue to resume talks: Rouhani says new agreement possible, but American ‘maximum pressure’ campaign pushing away prospect of negotiations. (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: at UN, foreign minister urges more pressure on Iran, taunts regime in Persian: Israel Katz, in short speech to General Assembly, says recent attack on Saudi oil facility was on ‘direct orders’ by supreme leader. (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: Pakistani prime minister says Trump asked him to mediate with Iran: Imran Kahn says Saudi Arabia also requested he intercede with Rouhani in a bid to defuse tensions. (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: new UN report on combating anti-Semitism warns phenomenon ‘toxic’ to societies: Israel praises ‘unprecedented’ document, while claiming it cites BDS as a leading cause of Jew hatred — which the report does not. (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: Iran’s army chief warns invading forces will be defeated, captured: General Baqeri says enemies fear attacking his country, so are resorting to economic warfare instead; urges Saudi Arabia, UAE to cooperate. (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: UN watchdog: Iran using advanced centrifuges in new nuclear deal breach: IAEA report says centrifuges installed at Natanz facility ‘were accumulating, or had been prepared to accumulate, enriched uranium.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: a defiant Malaysian PM defends his anti-Semitism in the name of free speech: at Columbia University, Mahathir Mohamad tries to justify Holocaust denial and Jew hatred, without drawing condemnation from much of the audience. (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: government harvesting organs from thousands of persecuted people, new report claims, China: persecuted people in China are having their organs harvested by the government. Hamid Sabi, a lawyer with the China Tribunal advised that “Forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience, including the religious minorities of Falun Gong and Uighurs, has been committed for years throughout China on a significant scale.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

27th: Palestinian said killed, 28 injured in riots along Gaza border: 7,000 take part in weekly protests; several hundred riot, throwing explosive devices and rocks at troops who respond with tear gas and occasional live fire. (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: sanity has prevailed with a High Court ruling that only ‘mothers’ give birth, UK: the ruling came after a woman, who chose to be known as a man, became pregnant and gave birth, then wanted to be recognised as ‘father’ on the baby’s birth certificate. President of the High Court’s Family Division, Andrew McFarlane has drawn the line that while a person’s gender may be ‘male,’ their parental status, which derives from their biological role in giving birth, is that of ‘mother’.” (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

27th: US abortion rate has been cut in half since 1980 because of pro-life efforts: abortion rates are declining all over the US with a 20% decrease between 2011 and 2017, and an overall decline of 53% since 1980, although abortion activists claim that the trend isn’t related to the efforts of pro-life supporters. (LifeSiteNews) [link]

28th: Terrorist ambush in Egypt’s Sinai kills 7 soldiers, 1 civilian, Egypt: Islamic State claims attack in town of Bir al-Abed, which also injured 2 soldiers; Egyptian army says it has killed 118 militants in region in recent months. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th:Top Iranian official: We’ll catch Trump, put him on trial, Iran: former IRGC commander Mohsen Rezaei mocks Washington’s lack of response to drone downing: ‘They cannot defend themselves, so how would they defend Saudi Arabia?’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: Trump tells Jewish leaders in New Year’s call: ‘I don’t want’ war with Iran, US: US president tells nearly 1,000 prominent Jews that they ’embody the American dream,’ says he supports more Holocaust education in schools. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: Iran says allowing ongoing inspections shows it does not seek nuclear weapon: President Rouhani tells reporters Iran’s nuclear activities will continue to be monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: Report: Trump told Russian FM the US also meddles in other countries’ elections: President said to have cited US behavior as reason he was unconcerned over 2016 interference by Moscow; US special envoy to Ukraine resigns amid whistleblower scandal. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: Lebanese clear wartime mines from famed cedar forests: decades of internal fighting as well as war with Israel have left woodlands strewn with hundreds of thousands of deadly bombs. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: British-flagged tanker reaches Dubai coast after Iran release: company CEO calls ship’s return ‘a relief,’ says crew is safe and will be given recovery period with families. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: Nasrallah: Hezbollah will ‘enter occupied Palestine’ with improved intelligence: Lebanese terror leader says group has ‘unprecedented information’ on everything that happens in Israel. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: ‘Nothing will be left of Israel’ if it attacks us, Iranian commander threatens, Iran: IRGC’s deputy head of operations says ‘bits and pieces of Tel Aviv’ will have to be collected from Mediterranean if Israel makes ‘strategic mistake.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

29th: Whistleblower allegations against Trump released as intel chief grilled: White House allegedly tried to cover up details of president’s phone call; intelligence chief Joseph Maguire calls whistleblower complaint ‘unprecedented’ amid impeachment calls. (The Times of Israel) [link]

29th: Trump dismisses grounds for his impeachment as ‘a joke:’ ‘I didn’t do it, I didn’t threaten anybody. No push, no pressure, nothing,’ US president tells reporters, a day after Democrats announce the launch of proceedings against him. (The Times of Israel) [link]

29th: Trump to supporters: ‘Our country is at stake like never before,’ US: responding to investigation of claim he tried to strong-arm the Ukrainian president into providing dirt on Joe Biden, US president says Democrats ‘want to take away your freedom.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

29th: ‘Beware of parasites’: Anti-Semitic posters put up in Warsaw ahead of elections, Poland: flyers demanding an end to Holocaust property restitution show images of Israeli diplomats and Jewish figures. (The Times of Israel) [link]

29th: In Rosh Hashanah message, Boris Johnson vows to defend Jews from anti-Semitism, UK: amid rise in incidents, UK PM calls increasing anti-Semitism a ‘terrible blight on our country’; joins other world leaders in wishing Jews a happy new year. (The Times of Israel) [link]

30th: doctors calling for a Parliamentary inquiry into the transgender industry, Australia: Dr John Whitehall, professor of paediatrics and child health is calling for an inquiry into the the rapid rise of childhood gender dysphoria in Australia and the lack of scientific basis for current medical treatment,” which was signed by more than 200 doctors in just a few days. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

30th: LGBT lobby group proposes the United Methodist Church be separated into 4 denominations, US:  due to ongoing disagreements on LGBT issues, the group has suggested a split into 4 denominations, with each group having their own policies on the issue. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

30th: Iran Guards chief: Destroying Israel now not a dream but an ‘achievable goal:’ in claim prominently reported in Iran, Major General Hossein Salami declares Tehran able to annihilate ‘the impostor Zionist regime.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

30th: Teen diarist Renia Spiegel, ‘Poland’s Anne Frank’, gets her due after 80 years, Poland: now being translated into 15 languages, journal describes conditions in Nazi-occupied Przemysl until 18-year-old’s death in 1942, which was recorded by her boyfriend in final entry. (The Times of Israel) [link]

30th: teen boy saves neighbor trapped under car, says God helped him rescue him, US: Zac Clark heard his neighbour shouting after his car fell on him, and the teenager said he was able to lift the 1.5 ton car off with God’s help. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

30th: Tennessee students plan a prayer circle despite a complaint from an atheist group, US: after an earlier complaint was filed against their coach for praying before a football match, something they’ve always done, Rockvale High School students are planning to pray before the next football game in place of the coach. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

August

1st: Bible Society plans reach 100,000 subscribers on YouVersion, Australia: bible studies written by Australians are “going off” on YouVersion’s Bible app with more than 100,000 subscribers, according to YouVersion’s Australian representative Mitch Hammond. (Eternity News) [link]

1st: US planning to roll out peace plan at meeting with Arab leaders, US: The United States is reportedly planning a conference on 17 September with Arab leaders at Camp David, during which US President Donald Trump will roll out his plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: Israel’s UN envoy urges world to defund UNRWA over alleged misconduct, Israel: Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday appealed to the international community to defund the UN agency for Palestinian refugees and their descendants after an ethics report revealed alleged mismanagement and abuse of authority at the agency’s highest levels. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: warship commander says Iran trying ‘to test’ Britain in Gulf, London, UK: The commander of a British warship accompanying UK-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions with Iran said that Tehran appeared to be testing the Royal Navy’s resolve, 85 interactions with Iranian forces in 27 days. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: Head of UN investigators: put Islamic State members on trial like Nazis, Baghdad, Iraq: The head of the UN special probe into Islamic State group crimes has called for trials like those at Nuremberg of Nazi leaders to ensure the jihadists’ victims are heard and their ideology “debunked.” For a year, British lawyer Karim Khan has traveled around Iraq with a team to gather evidence and witness testimony for the UN body known as UNITAD. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: $100,000 tax-payer dollars for a year’s gender ideology promotion, Victoria, Australia: the City of Yarra will consider funding a $100,000 campaign to promote the public safety and equal opportunity of women and LGBTIQ community members. It will consider hosting “special LGBTIQ swim and gym nights” and raise a “rainbow flag for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia, and for Transgender Day of Visibility.” (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

1st: UN experts warn Islamic State aiming for resurgence in Iraq, Syria: leaders of the Islamic State extremist group are aiming to consolidate and create conditions for an “eventual resurgence in its Iraqi and Syrian heartlands,” UN experts said in a new report. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: anti-Semitic incidents hit a ‘record high,’ says watchdog group, UK: the first half of 2019 saw a precipitous rise in incidents targeting members of the UK Jewish community, and  saw a record high total of 892 anti-Semitic incidents. (The Israel Times) [link]

2nd: US and Russia end weapons pact, sparking fears of new arms race, Washington, US. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: Holy site shut down after Israelis visit, Jordan: Jordan closed Aaron’s Tomb to visitors without express permission to visit, after it said a group of Israeli pilgrims prayed at the holy site illegally. [link]

2nd: he was a drag queen for 20 years, then he found Jesus: ‘I Was Set Free:’ Kevin Whitt is organising protests against library-sponsored drag queen story hours. Whitt testifies that his new faith was life-changing. (Christian Headlines) [link]

4th after El Paso massacre, liberal US Jews say that Trump is fuelling white nationalism, Washington, US: liberal American Jewish leaders, are angry that the recent shooting was carried out by an alleged white supremacist, claiming that Trump had fuelled xenophobia and division. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th Iran says will take ‘third step’ to reduce nuclear deal commitments, Iran: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced that the Islamic Republic intends to take a “third step” under the 2015 nuclear agreement to reduce its commitments. (The Israel Times) [link 1] [link 2]

4th German Jews accuse Der Spiegel of spreading anti-Semitic stereotypes, Germany: representatives of the Jewish community accuses Der Spiegal of spreading anti-Semitic stereotypes . (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th Jewish group pans BBC for covering man who trained dog to do Nazi salute, UK: a Jewish group in Glasgow criticised the BBC after it aired a program of an online ‘celebrity’ who taught a pug to perform the Nazi salute using commands like “Gas the Jews.”(The Times of Israel) [link]

5th: Trump lists 4 ways to stop mass shootings: ‘America will rise to the challenge,’ US: in light of the shootings over the weekend, the President  condemned bigotry and white supremacy. (Christian Headlines) [link]

5th: Iran will increase Hamas funding to find out more intel on Israel, Iran: the Palestinian terror group will reportedly offer information to Tehran on the location of Israel’s missile stockpiles. (The Times of Israel) [link]

5th: ‘ Abandon your faith:’ China forcibly merging churches to curtail Christianity, China: four approved churches were shut down during the past few months, using questionable tactics. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

5th: Christian leaders on mass shootings: ‘Enough is enough,’ US: as the country reeled in shock over the latest two shootings, in which 9 were killed in Dayton, Ohio and a further 20 in El Paso, Texas, US Christian leaders called for change, and spoke out against white supremists. (Christian Headlines) [link]

5th: a transgender person sues their medical insurance agency for refusing to pay for facial surgery, Oregon, US: the person has undergone almost all that is required for them to identify as a woman, except for plastic surgery to appear more feminine, which is not deemed as a medical necessity. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

6th: Vice-President meets with religious freedom activists to discuss persecution in China, US: Mike Pence met with about 15 people from an interfaith group of religious freedom activitists and discussed how the US could challenge China because of it’s ongoing record of persecution of various religions. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

6th Pastor Rick Wiles asks for $100 million to set-up end times global broadcasting network, Florida, US: aiming to set-up the media platform, it  will “guide the public through the End Times.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3

7th: Member of Parliament, Jenny Leong, a member of the Greens party said, “There are people who have uteruses that are not women, Australia:” the MP’s comments came after discussions about the NSW abortion reform bill. (Binary) [link]

7th: celebrating her 104th birthday, holocaust survivor celebrates with her 400 descendants, Israel: her offspring endeavoured to meet her request to gather at the Western Wall. (New York Post) [link]

7th: as church worships, police arrive to seal building, Tizi-ouzou, Algeria: Pastor Messaoud Takilt said he wasn’t surprised, “…since other Christian places of worship have been closed and sealed as was the case today.’ (Christian Headlines) [link]

7th: forced abortion – pregnant women kicked, held down and tortured, report says, North Korea: analyst and journalist Dong Yon Kimm advised that women “are treated like an animal and have been put through forced abortions and it is done in many ways.” (Christiain Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

7th: school punishes 6th grader for using wrong pronoun for transgender student, Ohio, US: the student told his friends that the student “is a boy, not a girl.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

7th: Israel launches a satellite over Africa to give the continent internet access, Africa: the communications satellite was launched by Israel on Tuesday. Dubbed “Amos-17,” was launched at Cape Canaveral Air-Force Station. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

7th: more churches respond more personally to women facing crisis pregnancy, Australia: while there’s still some way to go, church leaders are “…finding new ways to put love into action.” (Eternity news) [link]

8th: ‘school prayer zone’ signs have been erected near schools, South Carolina, US: director and founder of ‘Christ Teens’ Vanessa Frazier worked with others to come up with the idea. After discussions with the South Carolina Dept of Transportation, Frazier hopes that the new signs will “create a wall of prayer around the schools.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

8th: Christian rapper has the no. 1-selling album on the billboard, US: “The Search” is NF’s new album and his earlier 2017 album Perception also hit No. 1 on the chart. His music is free from coarse language that is commonly found in rap music. NF said that he is “forever grateful” to his fans. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

8th: feminists oppose transgender self identification bill, Australia: both transgender and feminist activists are divided over a new bill on the rights of transgenders, particularly since neither side can have equal rights  simultaneously, as these rights conflict with the other. The impact on women will likely be enormous and aren’t presently being addressed. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

8th: Christian speaker Beth Moore challenges Christian leaders to condemn white nationalism, US: Her comments followed on after the tragic shootings last weekend. (Christian Headlines) [link]

8th: Vice President Mike Pence is criticized for saying he prays for his critics, Washington, US: after making that statement, he received even more criticism. (Christian Headlines)[link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

8th: Christians beg for government protection after a Nigerian Pastor was killed in cold blood and his wife abducted, Nigeria: militants stopped pastor Jeremiah Omolara’s car, gunned him down and abducted his wife. Fortunately their son was able to escape. Omolara was the pastor of the Living Faith Church. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

9th: the Department of Education will investigate State rule which requires biological girls to compete against transgender girls in athletics, US: the investigation was initiated after three competitors complained that it is unfair. (Christian Headlines) [link]

9th: former Sheriff Deputy was fired after requesting he not train alone with a female deputy because of his faith, North Carolina, US: Torres follows Billy Graham’s rule to never spend time alone with a woman who is not your spouse, and after his dismissal is suing. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

9th:Cricket Australia announces a major transgender inclusion policy, Australia: the new policy will enable transgender and gender diverse people playing cricket in line with their gender identity. (3AW Football) [link]

9th: double shootings heighten fears of ‘white terrorism,’ US: politicians from both sides of the fence are calling for the federal government to seriously consider the breath, and some accuse Trump of encouraging racial tensions. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th:: Judge blocks pro-life law banning abortion of babies with Down Syndrome, US: a federal judge has blocked three pro-life laws in Arkansas from going ahead. One law included a ban on pregnancies where the baby has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

9th: Court rules that seal with cross can stay, Pennsylvania, US: after a seal in Pennsylvania County that included a cross symbol, was ruled by a lower federal judge to be removed, was reversed by a panel of 3rd Circuit US Court of Appeals. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

9th: Iran’s Rouhani rejects Israeli involvement in Gulf naval security, Iran: Iran’s president says that Israel should worry about its own defense, calling it the region’s ‘main perpetrator of terrorism, war and slaughter.’ (The Israel Times) [link]

9th: Hamas leader vows to shower Israel with missiles if IDF invades Gaza: Yahya Sinwar says the terror group will defeat Israeli military, while praising the Palestinian man who opened fire on Israeli troops earlier after sneaking across fence. (The Israel Times) [link]

9th: white supremacists have murdered at least 73 since Charlottesville, ADL says, US: a rise in far-right violence and racist propaganda over the  past two years has been tied to Virginia rally, says the Anti-Defamation League’s report, which traces fallout among extremists. (The Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2]

10th: Iran leader urges Muslims to block Trump’s ‘doomed’ peace plan, Tehran, Iran: Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran asks all Muslims to oppose President Trumps Middle East peace plan. (The Israel Times) [link]

11th: Las Vegas man tied to white supremacists planned to bomb synagogue, US: Conor Climo, was charged with plans to target Jews or LBGT community in terror attacks as well as materials for making bombs. (The Israel Times) [link]

11th: mosque shooting was ‘attempted act of terror,’ Norway: a young man with ‘Norwegian background,’ holds ‘far-right, anti-immigrant’ views, police say. (The Israel Times) [link]

11th: North Korea’s Kim tests new weapon as Trump pushes nuclear talks, North Korea: after fifth launch in two weeks, US president says Pyongyang offered a ‘small apology’ for missile tests, and wants to resume talks once US-South Korea war games end. (The Israel Times)[link]

11th: ‘upgraded’ missile defense system with ‘high capabilities,’ Tehran, Iran:  Iran claims that locally reconstructed system can detect all types of cruise and ballistic missiles, and drones and has a range of 400 kilometers. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Iran says Israeli involvement in US-led naval mission a threat to its security, Tehran, Iran: Iran warns it will counter Jerusalem’s presence in the region in self-defense after Israel’s FM reportedly said it was helping secure Strait of Hormuz. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Iran’s navy chief warns any Israeli presence in Gulf could ‘spark war,’ Iran: this remark follows reports Israel taking part in US-led mission to secure Western vessels in Strait of Hormuz, where Iran has seized several tankers. (The Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2] [llink 3]

11th: Court forbids gender-segregated concert planned by city of Afula, Israel: it ruled that the separating men and women contravenes the principle of equality. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Poland honors World War II group that collaborated with Nazis: war veterans and officials celebrated the group which collaborated with the Nazis to stop their country from becoming communist. Poland’s chief rabbi said that the ceremony was ‘dangerous’ historical revisionism. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: ‘’In God We Trust’ signs to be posted in every Louisiana school this year, US: every school building in Louisiana must display the nation’s motto, “In God We Trust,” under a new law that went into effect for 2019’s school year. Additionally, classes must teach students by the fifth grade, about the motto. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

12th: 16% of Christians think the church should apologize for American’s racist past, US: out of 1,500 surveyed just a small percentage believes the church should repent of these past sins. (Christian headlines) [link 1]

12th: Brooklyn Jewish school installs bulletproof doors in wake of mass shootings, New York, US: ‘No weapon will open the door,’ head of Bnos Menachem girls school says of new safety measure, which was manufactured by Israeli firm; 50 other institutions will follow. (The Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2]

12th: at the southern tip of the Red Sea, Iran poses a direct threat to Israel: an Israeli expert is warning that Iran is looking at ways to get out of the US-led economic sanctions through intimidation which would lead to Israel being vulnerable should Tehran choose to add another block to a second waterway. (The Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2]

13th: Marty Sampson, of Hillsong says: ‘I’m genuinely losing my faith,’ US: Sampson wrote or co-wrote some Hillson’s most like worship songs, and shared on his Instagram account that Christians is “not for me.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

12th: pilgrims in Mecca call for Israel’s destruction, cry ‘Death to America,’ Iran: in their hajj ceremony at Mecca they said that Israel is the enemy of Allah, and calling for their destruction. The crowd chanted the crowd then chanted, “Death to America! Death to Israel!” (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: New Jerusalem finds are evidence of Babylonian siege, archaeologists say, Israel: a jewel and arrowheads found buried in layer of ash at Mount Zion are part of jumble indicating a household ruined ‘following a raid or battle.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: clashes break out on Temple Mount between Muslim protesters, Israeli police, Israel: a report from the police stated that Muslim worshipers started making ‘nationalist calls’ and rioting on the Temple mount. The police used rubber bullets, tear gas and other non-lethal weapons to bring protestors under control. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: police temporarily bar Jewish visitors from Temple Mount on Tisha B’Av (day of fast), Israel: the closure came as both Muslims and Jewish people celebrated separate holy festivals on the same day, and the Muslims were rioting. (The Times of Israel) [link]

13th: man who denied Holocaust at concentration camp to face charges, Germany: holocaust denial is illegal in Germany. Reportedly a supporter of the far-right AfD party, commenter was one of several people who made remarks denying existence of gas chambers at Sachsenhausen. (The Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2]

13th: Federal Judge rules that transgender students can chose which bathroom they want to use, US: Judge Arenda Wright Allen wrote that the  “… perpetuation of harm to a child stemming from unconstitutional conduct cannot be allowed to stand,” and that a Virginia school district’s board’s policy “discriminates against transgender students on the basis of their gender nonconformity.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

13th: evidence of Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem is unearthed, and fits with Bible description, Israel: archaeologists claim they’ve uncovered “clear” archaeological evidence of conquest from 2,500 years ago which is described in 2 Kings chapter 25. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

14th: Governor signs a law to ensure LGBT history is taught in all public schools, Illinois, US: J.B. Pritzker, Illinois’ Governor signed ‘House Bill 246’ which was introduced by Rep Anna Moeller to ensure the education curriculum is more inclusive. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

14th: Kentucky bans abortions after heartbeat detected, US: the sixth state in the US to ban abortions once a heartbeat is detected, (around 6 weeks of pregnancy), Kentucky’s Governor Matt Bevin signed the “fetal heartbeat bill.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

14th: school helping autistic girl become transgender against parents’ wishes, US: the girl is autistic and has some mental health issues, and despite being happy with being a girl, she only began desiring to be a boy after becoming friends with a transgender classmate, but her parents were ignored. (Christian Headlines) [link]

14th: Israel said bracing for likely Omar, Tlaib visit to flashpoint Temple Mount, Israel: during secret meeting of National Security Council, senior officials agree to allow congresswomen onto holy site, but not accompanied by PA officials. (The Israel Times) [link]

14th: the movie ‘Unplanned’ jumps up to no. 1 spot on Amazon’s best sellers for DVDs: while initially blocked by major movie distributors, and independent distributor ensured it was aired. Earlier after viewing the movie, around 100 people in the ‘abortion ‘industry’ chose to leave their workplace. (Christian Headlines) [link]

15th: Israel to bar US Congress members Omar, Tlaib from visiting, Israel: Democratic lawmakers will be turned back due to ‘suspected provocations and promotion of BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement), unconfirmed TV report says. (The Israel Times) [link]

15th: Deputy FM confirms Israel will bar US lawmakers Omar, Tlaib from entering, Israel: ‘We won’t allow those who deny our right to exist in this world enter Israel,’ Tzipi Hotovely tells radio, after Trump urges Jerusalem to impose entry ban. (The Israel Times) [link]

15th: Police stop bus full of Palestinians en route to Israel to go to the beach, Israel: border cops thwart ‘infiltration’ of 56 West Bank men, women and children, with swimming gear, without permits to enter Israel. (The Israel Times) [link]

15th: Rabbi assaulted in Berlin — second such attack in as many weeks, Germany: incidents are the latest in a wave of racially and religiously motivated crimes against Jews in Germany. (The Israel Times) [link]

15th: teens on puberty blockers report an increase in suicidal thoughts and self-harm, UK: someresearch has indicated a significant increase in suicidal thoughts and self-harm in just one year with teens who are taking puberty blockers, according to the BBC, although the sample was only small. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

15th: after being banned from visiting Israel, US congresswoman Tlaib asks to enter Israel to visit her elderly grandmother, US: top Israeli minister urges for congresswoman to be allowed into the country after she vows to respect ‘any restrictions,’ refrain from promoting a boycott during her stay. (The Israel Times) [link]

15th: in back-down, Israel says Tlaib can enter to visit her Palestinian family, Israel: US congresswoman Rashida Tlaib will be allowed into the country after she vows to respect ‘any restrictions,’ and refrain from promoting a boycott during her stay. (The Israel Times) [link]

15th: after Israel allows US congresswoman Tlaib  to visit grandmother, Tlaib says she’s not going, US: she claims‘humiliating and oppressive’ terms for visit to family. (The Israel Times) [link]

15th: immigration officer who drove into Rhode Island Jewish protesters put on leave, US: five demonstrators with ‘Never Again Action’ were hospitalised after an immigration officer ran his truck through the group as they blocked an ICE detention centre. (The Israel Times) [link]

15th: Chinese Churches are forced to cancel children’s summer camps, China: the government has banned educational gatherings of children which means church summer camps will be cancelled, though camps being held secretly will likely go ahead and only those publicised will close. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

15th: Trump administration will spare Bibles from tariffs on Chinese goods, US: while there is an escalating tariff war between China and the US, Bibles have been given a free pass. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

15th: new Trump rule would protect religious freedoms of Federal contractors, US: the Labor Dept has proposed a new rule to broaden religious freedom of federal contractors, though cricis suggest it will allow discrimination against LGBT employees. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

15th: Jesus Global Youth Day sparks passion for the gospel in millions of youth worldwide, Manila, Philippians: church leaders and around 50,000 young people from over 30 countries, met for the first Jesus Global Youth Day. It’s aim to both teach youth how to follow Christ, and eventually become leaders. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

15th: court rules in favour of 24 hour waiting period for abortions, Florida, US:  a court in Florida has overturned a circuit judge’s ruling which earlier had deleted the 24 hour cool-off period before proceeding with abortion. The cooling-off period has been reinstated, to ensure that the woman was giving ‘informed consent.’ (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

16th: Pacific leaders, Australia agree to disagree about action on climate change, Tuvalu: South Pacific island leaders including Prime Ministers from Australia and New Zealand held talks about climate change, but differed in some views, and ultimately signed different climate change agreements. (ABC News) [link]

16th: thousands of Palestinians protest on Gaza border, Israel/Palestine: several hundred rioters throw stones and explosive devices at IDF soldiers, who respond with tear gas and occasional live fire; 16 reported wounded. (The Israel Times) [link]

18th: Islamic State claims bombing at Kabul wedding that killed 63, Kabul, Afghanistan: Sunni terror group says in statement that suicide bomber was targeting large Shiite gathering. (The Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2]

19th: a  transgender book that describes oral sex by 6-year-olds, is being promoted to youth in libraries, Australia: experts are demanding an urgent enquiry into hormone drugs being given to young children suffering from gender-confusion. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]  

19th: Methodist university in Virginia hires Muslim chaplain, US: while a Methodist school, Shenandoah University, dean of spiritual life Rev Dr Justin Allen claims that because the school is open to people of different faiths, it’s a place the ‘cherishes religious diversity.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

20th: Trump confirms peace plan to be released after Israeli elections, US: long-awaited proposal was to have been unveiled in summer, but was delayed due to fresh Israeli vote set for September 17. (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: Iran says it has warned US against seizing oil tanker, Iran: Foreign ministry spokesman says action against ship which had been held by Gibraltar would be a mistake with grave consequences. (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: Iranian tanker sought by US leaves Gibraltar: Local authorities reject an eleventh-hour attempt by the United States to re-seize the oil ship, said to be owned by Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th:  Netanyahu willing to stand up to Trump on peace plan, says official, Israel:Senior Israeli official says PM has conveyed to US president what policies he’d reject, told him Israel must have ‘complete control’ of all areas west of the Jordan River. (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: top security official says Tehran should not have signed nuclear deal, Iran: Ali Shamkhani, military adviser to Khameni, says Trump administration policies are endangering Israel, warns of proxy war if conflict breaks out. (The Times of Israel) [link]

21st: thousands gathered in last ditch effort to stop abortion bill, Sydney, Australia: the ‘Stand for Life’ protest was held in Martin Place, as the NSW Parliament debated the legislation to decriminalise abortion. The debate was delayed until parliament resat which is likely to be no earlier than mid-September. (Eternity News) [link]

21st: during a church service, a Pastor was shot and killed, Mexico: hosility towards faith leaders continues in Mexico with the point-blank shooting of Pastor Alfrery Lictor Cruz Canseco in Tlalixtac de Cabrera in the Oaxacs State. The assailant was captured by people in the congregation and held until he was arrested. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

21st: a woman who complained about noisy mosque, was jailed for blasphemy, Indonesia: by complaining about how loud the Muslim calls to pray were near her home, five times a day, Prosecutors claim that the Chinese Buddhist had blasphemed against Islam. She was led away from court in handcuffs. allege she committed blasphemy against Islam by complaining the Muslim call to prayer was being played too loudly near her home. (Independent) [link]

22nd: Trump declares himself to be ‘the chosen one,’ US: after promoting claim that Israelis ‘love him like he is the second coming of God,’ US president defends China trade war by describing himself as the messiah. (The Times of Israel) [link]

22nd: Chinese Church elder after imprisonment of 8 months:, China: one of many Christians imprisoned 8 months ago along with the Pastor Wang Yi and over 100 other church members, Elder Li Yingqiang was released and allowed to return to his family. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

22nd: a father will have to face a complaint lodged with Human Rights Commission after asking the gender of their babysitter, Canada: a complaint with lodged about the single parent after he placed an ad on a Canadian website. (Christian Headlines) [link]

22nd: a bill was passed in the lower house that wants to allow the legal definition of biological sex to be easily altered to something radical, Victoria, Australia: this bill allows individuals to change their sex on their birth certificate to one of many options such as ambigender, pangender or even wolfsbanegender, and many others, as often as they wish. (Australian Family Coalition) [link]

23rd: Hamas lauds ‘heroic’ perpetrators of bombing attack in which Israeli teen killed, Palestine:terror chief Haniyeh extols West Bank Palestinians for proving they’re ‘no less faithful, steadfast than Gaza brethren’; Islamic Jihad hails ‘natural response’ to Israel aggression. (The Times of Israel) [link]

23rd: beware of euthanasia by stealth, Queensland, Australia: despite the November 2017 election promise that the Queensland government had “no plans to introduce legislation to allow for voluntary euthanasia,” this week the Labor party is pushing to introduce euthanasia laws by the next state election in 2020. (Hope) [link]

23rd: US envoy suggests world should rethink PA aid after Israeli teen killed by bomb, US: Jason Greenblatt demands Abbas condemn ‘savage attack’ that killed Rina Shnerb, fumes that Ramallah uses donor funds to reward Palestinian terrorists. (The Times of Israel) [link]

23rd: it’s time for the Boy Scouts to reform, US: a lawsuit is claiming that during the past eight decades, around 800 boys were sexually abused by Scout leaders. (Christian Headlines) [link]

24th: Bolsonaro to send army to fight huge fires in the Amazon, Brazil: Brazilian president authorizes military to fight wildfires as international pressure mounts and protesters take to Brazil’s streets. (The Times of Israel) [link]

24th: Pompeo: release of Iranian tanker ‘very unfortunate,’ US: asked if allowing seized ship to sail from Gibraltar was a mistake, US secretary of state expresses frustration over British decision. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: Hezbollah chief threatens Israel with reprisal: ‘Wait for us at the border,’ Lebanon: Hassan Nasrallah warns that Israel’s ability to operate in Lebanon’s airspace ‘has ended,’ says UAVs in country mark first such ‘act of aggression’ since 2006 war. (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th: Israeli jets strike in Syria to thwart attack by Iranian ‘killer drones:’ Army says it carried out airstrikes near Damascus to foil ‘imminent’ IRGC plot to hit sites inside Israel with UAVs armed with explosives; Syria claims it downed Israeli missiles. (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th Minister after Israel preempts drone attacks: Iran now ‘directly confronting’ us: Regional Cooperation Minister Hanegbi claims site Israel bombed in Syria was preparing ‘hundreds’ of drones for attack, but IDF says figure was far, far lower. (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th: Thousands march against racism in Germany as far-right AfD surges in local polls: demonstration takes place in heart of Dresden, which has also become cradle of Islamophobic movement Pegida and a stronghold for AfD. (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th: Red flag laws’ offer way to stop some US shootings, including synagogue attacks, US: legislation allowing the court-ordered removal of guns from people who are considered to be dangerous is slowly spreading across US. (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th: Leader Kim Jong Un observes test of new multiple rocket launcher, North Korea: move by Pyongyang latest to put question mark over resumption of denuclearization talks with US. (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th: Pope, urging prayers, says Amazon forest vital for Earth: French president says world leaders nearing agreement on how to help battle blazes and repair damage, though it’s unclear whether Brazil will accept offer. (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th: Top Iranian general warns Israel that strikes will bring end to ‘Zionist regime,’ Iran: Israel blames Qassem Soleimani and his Revolutionary Guards for bid to launch killer drones into Jewish state from Syria; IAF airstrikes foiled attempt. (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th: atheists can be banned from delivering invocation payers, Appeals Court rules, US: the court upheld a policy requiring a person who prays as someone seeking divine intervention that is a member of a religious organisation or church. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

26th: Chelsea Taylor of Hillson is recovering after surgery for a brain aneurysm, US: the worship singer underwent a nine hour brain surgery and is recovering well. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

26th: Abby Johnson will send ‘Unplanned” to abortion workers, US: the Pro-life leader advised she will send the movie  to more than 800 abortion workers, which is based on her journey from her work in Planned Parenthood to when she left and why. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

26th: Yale Professor says ‘intelligent design’ is a serious theory, US: Profession David Gelernte claims that the theory of evolution contains holes and flaws, and asks that critics of intelligent design should stop attacking the theory simply because of anti-religious sentiment. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

26th: Israel alarmed by possible Trump-Rouhani talks, fears he’ll let Iran off hook, Israel: Ministers said to cite US president’s dialogue with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un as disturbing precedent, ‘but our capacity to influence and confront Trump is extremely limited.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th: Israel will defend itself ‘by any means,’ PM says amid fears of border skirmish, Israel: as tensions skyrocket following several strikes on Tehran-related targets that are blamed on Israel, cabinet minister says some of the attacks ‘aren’t ours.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th: Lebanese president says alleged Israeli strikes a ‘declaration of war,’ Lebanon: Michel Aoun meets with UN coordinator for Lebanon to discuss airstrikes in Bekaa Valley and drone explosions in Beirut attributed to Israel. (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th: ‘Save Medevac, Mr Morrison,’ Australia: Common Grace, a Christian social justice movement has asked that the Prime Minister not repeal Medevac laws which removes life-saving medical care for refugees who are detained. (Eternity News) [link]

26th: more than 150 Christians were arrested by government officials during the last two months, Eritrea:  some are held in underground prisons which are made up of tunnels and a recent group of Christians were arrested and taken to a police station on 18 August and are still in custody. (Eternity News) [link]

26th: recent evidence of the Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem confirms the biblical account: the evidence that was discovered on Mount Zion confirms the biblical account of King Nebuchadnezzar II, king of Babylon who laid siege to Jerusalem until they relented, and these details are recorded in 2 Kings chapter two. (Eternity News) [link]

26th: Move out sweetie! Find new parents! Transgender booklet guides teenagers, Australia: suggestions for transgender teenagers include “Tell them to f*ck off/teach them that it isn’t something you can control.” (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

26th: Why Everything They Say About The Amazon, Including That It’s The ‘Lungs Of The World,’ Is Wrong: the forest fires in Brazil’s rainforest are not unusual and only 8% bigger than a fire of several years ago. The claims that this forest are the ‘lungs of the world,’ are wildly exaggerated and many photos of Brazilian rainforest fires were either not the current fires or were fires in entirely different countries. (Forbes) [link]

27th: Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, and 140 musicians sign off on new Planned Parenthood campaign, US: their ad that supports Planned Parenthood’s new campaign asks fans to learn more about the restrictions on abortions and to sign their campaign. Some musicians will be actively promoting the campaign as they tour. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

27th: fourChristians were executed by Islamic extremists for wearing crosses, Burkina Faso, West Africa:  terrorists continue killing Christians in the area, and threaten others with death unless they reject Christianity and return to Islam. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

27th: Legal challenge over Minister’s decision to put potential mining jobs at Shenhua Mine before cultural heritage, Australia: a family is suing Environment Minister Sussan Ley because she rejected their application to protect their cultural heritage on Aboriginal land in favour of a Chinese coal project. (ABC News) [link]

28th: the Federal Court says that Idaho must pay for gender reassignment surgery for a male inmate who sexually abused a child:, US: xthe Federal District Judge ruled that “responsible prison officials were deliberately indifferent to Edmo’s gender dysphoria, in violation of the Eighth Amendment.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

28th: Democrats pass a resolution that applauds ‘non-religious Americans’ who criticize church attendees, US: the Democratic National Committee recognised the importance and ‘ethical soundness’ those who are unaffiliated with any religion and claim that they ‘share the Democratic Party’s values.’ (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

28th: Paris holds parade to honour fighters who liberated city from Nazis, France: WWII-era vehicles, people dressed in wartime uniforms march through French capital to mark 75 years since it was freed from occupation. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: Russia admits radioactive isotopes were released in missile test accident, USSR: National weather agency says blast at military testing range, in which 5 scientists were killed, caused brief spike in radiation, but levels returned to normal hours later. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: troops begin deploying to fight Amazon fires, Brazil: Some 44,000 soldiers to tackle blazes in six states as President Jair Bolsonaro tries to temper global concerns over fate of rainforest. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: Netanyahu offers Brazil help in fighting devastating Amazon fires, Israel: Israel to send aircraft, flame-retardant materials; PM joins global leaders expressing concern over massive blazes in ‘the lungs of the world.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: Trump says he doesn’t want regime change in Iran, but ‘too soon’ to meet Zarif, US: president says he supported Tehran’s foreign minister dropping in on G7 summit of world leaders, believes Iran ‘is going to change.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: Iraqi political bloc calls alleged Israeli strikes ‘a declaration of war,’ Iraq: Coalition representing Iran-backed paramilitaries calls for US troops to leave the country, says it holds Washington responsible for airstrikes. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: Trump may reveal peace plan before Israeli elections, thinks deal ‘will happen,’ US: On sidelines of G7 summit, US president says both sides are ready to negotiate a deal, Palestinians would like to get their US funding back. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: Israel warns Gazans: Islamic Jihad trying to ignite another war with Israel: Israel’s military liaison tells Palestinians that Iran-backed group ‘dragging you into violence,’ says local residents will ‘suffer the consequences.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: IAF airstrikes hit Hamas camp in Gaza after three rockets fired into Israel: two of the rockets intercepted by Iron Dome; barrage interrupts concert in Sderot, sending attendees running for cover. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: Israel limits fuel shipments to Gaza after rocket fire, curbing power production: officials say amount of fuel sent through border to power plant halved until further notice; Hamas warns move contradicts the understandings with Israel. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: Netanyahu: states hosting Iranian attacks on Israel will ‘bear the consequences,’ Israel: touring Golan with IDF chief, PM vows to ‘expose every Iranian attempt to attack us,’ praises army’s ‘perfect’ work in foiling Iranian drone plot. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: IDF footage shows pro-Iranian fighters trying to launch armed drone at Israel: army says Iranian-trained team in Syria attempted to launch explosive UAV from border town last Thursday, but Israeli troops ‘confused’ them and prevented the attack. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: Iran to further breach nuclear deal on September 6, Iran: Islamic Republic has twice scaled back its commitment to the 2015 agreement in recent months. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: as US-Iran tensions escalate, American Jews are warned they could be targeted: communities across country told to be on the lookout for threats — from terror to cyber-attacks – that could originate with Tehran or its proxies, like Hezbollah. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: Honduras recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital; announcement from Central American nation comes ahead of Friday visit by President Hernandez to inaugurate diplomatic office in holy city. (The Times of Israel) [link]

29th: Most voters disapprove of Trump’s ‘disloyalty’ comment about US Jews, US: in poll for Politico, about half of Republicans approve of president’s questioning of Jewish Democrats’ loyalty to other Jews; Democrats disapprove by overwhelming 81% to 5%. (The Times of Israel) [link]

29th: Iraq accuses Israel of string of attacks on paramilitary bases, Iraq: in censuring Bahrain for defending strikes, Baghdad says it believes ‘Zionist enemy’ behind explosions at bases housing Iran-backed fighters. (The Times of Israel) [link]

29th: ‘Abortion Is a Blessing’ – Priest commits to providing pre-paid fuel cards to women who are seeking abortions, US:  Episcopal priest Reverend Katherine Ragsdale, along with her organisation, the National Abortion Federation, will be providing the cards for fuel so that women who need to drive long distances to seek an abortion, can do so. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

29th: more than 100,000 people attended the Harvest Crusade at Angel Stadium, Anaheim, US: around 8,670 people professed faith in Christ during the event which was held over three days. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

29th: a Catholic nurse was forced to assist with an abortion at the hospital where she worked, US: the Dept of Health and Human Services issue a notice that alleges it violated federal law by forcing the nurse to assist with the abortion. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

29th: is it really abuse to question the trans trend, Australia: transgender’s paper labels concerned parents that question their child’s transgenderism as ‘perpetrators of abuse.’ It warns that some supportive parents ‘gaslight’ their children into doubting their declaration of trans and the parents are guilty of a kind of ‘identity-related abuse.’ (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

30th: killings, kidnapping target Christian leaders, Mexico: in August, an evangelical pastor and a Roman Catholic priest were murdered and another pastor was kidnapped in Mexico. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

30th: As tensions spike in north, IDF cancels leave for combat brigades, Israel: after Hezbollah threat of reprisal for Israeli strikes, Northern Command chief warns, ‘If an IDF soldier is so much as scratched, our response will be harsh.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

30th: UN extends Lebanon border peacekeeping mission, urges full access to Blue Line: Security Council warns rising tensions can lead to war neither side can afford, orders review of UNIFIL amid Israeli concerns that Hezbollah rendering Blue Helmets ineffective. (The Times of Israel) [link]

30th: Israel offers Hamas economic benefits in return for long-term ceasefire, report, Israel: Lebanese newspaper says Egyptian intelligence officials has told terror leaders Jerusalem’s threat to carry out major military campaign if violence continues is serious. (The Times of Israel) [link]

30th: Jewish socialist philosopher who met with Hamas announces US presidential run, Israel: Jerome Segal, who also inspired PLO declaration of independence and is outspoken critic of Netanyahu government, says he can add to political discourse. (The Times of Israel) [link]

30th: Germany eases citizenship rules for descendants of those persecuted by Nazis, Germany: changes close loopholes that previously shut out some claimants; second, third, fourth and in some cases fifth generation descendants can apply, says interior ministry. (The Times of Israel) [link]

30th: rising seas threaten fabled port city of Alexandria, Egypt: home to five million people, urban sprawl is located on Nile Delta which is itself sinking due to erosion; government aiming to stem process with barriers, protective measures. (The Times of Israel) [link]

30th: UN watchdog: Iran continues to grow uranium stockpile in breach of nuclear deal: in confidential report, IAEA says Islamic Republic now holds 242.6 kg of enriched material at 4.5% purity. (The Times of Israel) [link]

30th: European leaders vow to step up efforts to get US and Iran talking: after Helsinki meeting, German FM says nuclear deal signatories want to build on momentum from G7 summit, where Trump indicated willingness to meet with Rouhani. (The Times of Israel) [link]

30th: split in Christian responses to religious discrimination bill, Australia: “…There is no robust protection for people such as Israel Folau or Archbishop of Hobart Julian Porteous,” ACL managing director Martyn Iles said. (Eternity news) [link]

30th: Doctor forbidden to practice medicine after telling patient ‘a fetus is a human,’ South Africa: Dr Jacques de Vos allegedly told a patient that “a foetus is a human” and that abortion kills a human, after which his employment was terminated and he’s no longer allowed to practise medicine. He’s facing four charges of unprofessional conduct simply for stating a fact. (Life Site News) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

31st: UK, France, Germany to hold talks on Iran nuclear deal, protecting Gulf shipping: foreign ministers of European parties to agreement will be joined by EU diplomatic chief Mogherini for discussions on sidelines of bloc meeting in Helsinki. (The Times of Israel) [link]

31st: IDF calls off major drill, puts forces on alert amid fears of Hezbollah attack, Israel: Lebanese terror group releases video threatening to attack northern Israel, warning ‘do not relax for a second,’ IDF spokesman to stay on in role past scheduled replacement date. (The Times of Israel) [link]

July

1st: energy crisis – hardest hit by high electricity prices are the elderly, Australia: radio presenter Steve Price received a report about people being hospitalised because they became ill when couldn’t afford heating/cooling. Report claims that visits to hospitals and even deaths have risen 34% in the past ten years. (2GB) [link 1] [link 2]

1st: Mossad intelligence service leader states Iran responsible for strikes on oil facilities and ships, Israel: Mossad’s chief Yossi Cohen, verifies that Iran is responsible for attacks on oil facilities and ships in Persian Gulf as well as on the Bahraini embassy in Baghdad in late June. (Times of Israel) [link]

1st: Jews locked out of own synagogue, Poland: due to a dispute with their government which the Chief Rabbi Avi Baumol claim raised the rent of the Izaak  Synagogue by 1,000%, the congregation was locked out because they couldn’t afford to pay the large rent increase. (Times of Israel) [link

1st: first artistic mosaics of little known Exodus story discovered, Galilee, Palistine:in 2011, a well-preserved Byzantine synagogue was discovered under the rubble of Yakuk, a modern Arab village. One of the mosaics is about Elim, who can be found in Exodus, and the other image is about the four beasts in the Book of Daniel. More evidence of the truth of the Bible. (Times of Israel) [link]

1st: anti-Semitism will likely create new tidal wave of immigration, Israel: the report “2019 Annual Assessment of the Situation and Dynamics of the Jewish People Today,” says that Israel should prepare for a possible mass wave of immigration due to increasing anti-Semitism around the world, and warned that Jewish communities could experience ‘significant harm.’ (The Jerusalem Post) [link 1] [link 2]

1st:Tehranofficial warns if US attacks, then Israel will be destroyed in half an hour, Iran: Tehranhas broken the agreed limit previously set for stockpiling uranium, and a senior Iranian lawmaker threatened that if the USA attacks the Islamic Republic, then they’d destroy Israel in “half an hour.” (Times of Israel) [link]

1st: Prime Minister claims Iran’s breach ofuranium cap indicates leaders lied about their intentions, Israel: Minister Netanyahu calls on European countries to sanction Tehran, and advises they’ll provide further proof of the Iranian lies. The UK’s Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt revealed they were  “deeply worried” by Iran’s announcement. (Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2]

1st: mob demolishes Pastor’s home and beats family, Bangladesh: an angry mob of about 100, attacked Pastor Mokttakim’s home while he and his family were sleeping. The family were dragged out, tied to a post and beaten while others destroyed the entire home. (Open Doors) [link]

1st: church raises $30,000 and cancels $4 Million in Medical Debts, Indiana, US: the Northview Church regularly raises money for various causes, and recent funds were provided to the  charity RIP Medical Debt, that buys debts from hospitals, doctors, and even investors, usually for a penny in every dollar and takes their debts as low as possible or even to zero. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

2nd: school punishes Christian students for opposing LGBT lessons, UK: a teacher in Britain punished a 10 year old girl and boy after they objected to LGBT lessons. The teacher refused their request to leave, spoke inappropriately and then shouted at them. The children’s statements are backed up by other students in the class and disagree with the teacher’s claims. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

3rd: student social worker Felix Ngole won case, after being expelled for Biblical comments on social media, UK: the Court of Appeal overturned the High Court’s decision and upheld Ngole’s rights and the rights of Christians in the UK to freely express their faith in public including on social media. (Christian Concern) [link]

3rd: Christian doctor may lose job after praying with patient, UK: the doctor often prayed with his patients but after a patient complained, the General Medical Council which licenses and oversees doctors in the UK is now investigating him. (Christian Headlines)  [link 1] [link 2]

3rd: kids laid on top of a drag queen at a library, Oregon, USA: photos from the Drag Queen Story Hour at a public library in Portland were revealed and parents were outraged. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

3rd: Do Trans Activists Want to Erase Girls? UK: new statistics from Britain’s only gender clinic is showing disturbing results with around 54% of children aged 14 years or under receiving referrals. Of those, 74% are from girls seeking to identify as boys. Some experts are concerned with this increasing trend. Former governor of Gid’s parent trust, David Bell said, that this was exposing young people to “long-term damage” and that doctors are “afraid of being accused of transphobia.” (Binary)  [link 1] [link 2]

3rd: teenager unable to finish school since he’s now a Christian, Uganda: Asuman Kaire faces a bleak future if he can’t finish his schooling because he’s homeless and has no money after being thrown out of his Muslim home. He’s also having to face further reprisals from Muslims after being beaten unconscious, and later was attacked at a church compound where he was staying. (Christian Headlines) [link]

3rd: ‘legal’ anti-religious banners allowed to fly, Fort Worth, US:  the banners read, “In No God We Trust” and was sponsored by an atheist group whose purpose is to educate the public on the exclusionary and divisive nature of the current national motto, ‘In God We Trust.’”  While the mayor disagreed, the group had followed the correct procedures and couldn’t be disallowed. (Christian Headlines) [link]

4th: security operations in 2018 resulted in almost 5,300 killings, Venezuela: the human rights chief of the UN denounced the “shockingly high” number of extrajudicial killings, classed as cases of “resistance to authority.” This year there’s already been almost another 1,600 killings.  According to the Venezuelan Violence Observatory, numbers were actually higher. (PBS News Hour) [link 1] [link 2]

5th: 12,000 Christian high schoolers raise $57,000 for the homeless and battered women, Atlanta, US: around 12,600students from 32 US states and 5 nations attended the 4-day ‘The Forward Conference 2019’ in late June, where the funds were raised. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

5th: UN nuclear watchdog to hold emergency meeting on Iran: after a US request, the International Atomic Energy Agency’s board of governors, advised they’ll convene a meeting to discuss Tehran’s exceeding quantity of enriched uranium it can stockpile under the accord. The US statement described the breach as ‘concerning,’ and that “the international community must hold Iran’s regime accountable.” (Times of Israel) [link]

5th: young people not as accepting of radical gender agenda, USA: a new report finds that Americans between 18 and 34 are feeling less and less comfortable with the LGBTQ movement. In 2016, around 63% of this group felt comfortable, but by 2017 it was 53% and in 2018, dropped further to 45%. The suggestion is they’re becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the movement’s extremism. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

7th: PM says Iran trying to ‘blackmail’ world by violating nuclear deal, Israel: Prime Minister Netanyahu has called on the EU to follow USA’s lead to impose sanctions on Tehran. (Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Jewish-owned café sprayed with graffiti denying the holocaust, Melbourne, Australia: the anti-Semitic graffiti was painted on the café’s fence with a swastika and words stating “The Holocaust didn’t happen but it should have,” the second time in three days. The owner’s parents and members of her family were survivors of the Holocaust. (Times of Israel) [link]

9th: atheists must be allowed to pray at local government meetings, Florida, USA: the Appeals Court has ruled in favour of an atheist/humanist group, even though they don’t pray or believe in God, because Brevard County’s policy violates the US Constitution. (Christian Headlines) [link]

9th: Christian woman with schizophrenia held on charge of blasphemy, Jakarta, Indonesia: the mentally ill woman was suffering an hallucination, when she entered the mosque with her dog, and did not take off her shoes – both considered blasphemous. Although her mental illness was confirmed, she was still taken into custody. (Catholic News Agency) [link]

9th: Catholic Church opposes closures of health facilities, Eritrea: commencing in June, the Eritrean government began seizing and closing healthcare facilities and sites through the country as part of its ‘nationalisation.’ In some instances, police bullied, threatened and/or used force to remove nuns and others who worked there. Bishops have condemned the actions of the government, but still hadn’t received a response to their letter. (Catholic News Agency) [link 1] [link 2]

9th: pastor fined for holding a prayer meeting without state permission, Azerbaijan: the church has been seeking official registration for 25 years but were still fined for holding a prayer meeting. Despite the country having freedom of religion and freedom of assembly in their Constitution, few churches are granted registration and fines are common, with authorities carrying out regular raids. (Open Doors) [link]

9th: Israel intelligence foiled 50 Islamic State, Iranian attacks in 20 countries: The Mossad intelligence agency and the Military Intelligence Directorate supplied information that thwarted the attacks over the past three years by providing local authorities with key information. [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

9th: attendees hurl abuse and spit at Jews at a family-oriented event, London: the PalExpo event which is supposed to celebrate Palestinian culture, arts and history but had an underlying political, pro-muslim and anti-Jewish propaganda, which was to demonise Israel and to suggest that Palestinians are poorly treated. (Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Chinese Christians flee amid crackdown on churches, China: as China continues its crackdown on religion, Christians flee for their lives. A third of all religious believers in China were found to face high to very high levels of persecution, ranging from economic exploitation and bureaucratic harassment to harsh prison terms and even violence. (Fox News) [link 1] [link 2]

9th: gender ideology puts mine workers at risk, Queensland, Australia: elevating ideology over safety could be putting lives at risk in Queensland mines. The Australian has reported, “Queensland’s Mines Minister has been accused of putting gender equality ahead of miners’ safety, after revelations the government’s coalmining safety board did not meet for months because it did not have enough women members. …Six workers have died in Queensland’s mines and quarries in the past 12 months – the deadliest year in the state’s resources industry in nearly two decades. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

10th: over half of Americans Support Legal Abortions, US: a new poll from ABC News/Washington Post found that 60% of Americans believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases, the highest level since 1995. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

10th: archaeologists may have found the ancient Biblical city of Ziklag, Israel: the team of Israeli archeologists announced the discovery of Ziklag, an ancient Biblical city which is mentioned in 1 Samuel 30. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

10th: Dutch mainstream party activist says Jews came to Israel ‘to be Nazis,’ the Netherlands: Alireza Taimurizadeh, an activist in the Arnhem area for Green Left, called Israel “a country which makes a Jew feel shame.” (Times of Israel) [link]

10th: Christian doctor fired for not using transgender pronouns, UK: David Mackereth a doctor of 26 years of experience is suing the British government after being dismissed for not using the correct pronouns for transgender patients. He explained that as a Christian he couldn’t follow orders which required him refer to someone by a pronoun that is obviously not their real sex, and was suspended. (Christian Headlines) [link

10th: almost 70% of white evangelicals believe the US shouldn’t accept refugees, US: increasing numbers of evangelicals believe the US government has no responsibility to care for refugees, while only 31% of other religiously unaffiliated people agree. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

10th: Royal College of General Practitioners issues grave warning, UK: ‘The role of the GP in caring for gender-questioning and transgender patients’ is a new 12-page policy guide issued by The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) to warn about the issues around transitioning children. The Daily Mail reported, “In a powerfully worded ‘position statement’, RCGP says there is a lack of ‘robust evidence’ about the long-term effects of ‘puberty blockers’ that stop the body maturing, and cross-sex hormones. …the RCGP also urges the NHS to record what it calls every patient’s ‘biological sex’ – in addition to their chosen gender identity – to avoid potentially calamitous medical mistakes.” (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

11th: Facebook admits it blocked pro-life ads during Irish abortion vote, US: CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook intentionally blocked pro-life advertisements from running during Ireland’s abortion vote last year, despite Irish officials having no issues with the ads. Pro-life group Live Action present Lila Rose pointed out the inconsistencies between Zuckerberg’s admission and his recent testimony to Congress that “there is absolutely no directive in any of the changes that we make to have a bias in anything that we do.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

11th: Christian Leaders Gather to ‘Bless’ Texas Abortion Clinic: ‘God Is Already Present,’ US: Christian and Jewish leaders gathered at a Texas abortion clinic to “bless” it and show their support and was sponsored by Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Texas Freedom Network and Whole Woman’s Health. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

11th: Senator Eric Abetz pleas for our freedom of speech, Australia: freedom of speech, belief and association of freedoms for which our forebears sacrificed,  have allowed us to explore, develop and nuance ideas, philosophical, political, scientific and religious, amongst others. Our society is in grave danger of losing this rich heritage, together with its attendant benefits. (The Daily Declaration) [link]

11th: Ph.D. student from University of Chicago surveyed thousands of biologists and most agreed that life begins at conception, US: the student defended his dissertation which took five years of research, after angered academics accused him of dishonesty and compared him to the Ku Klux Klan. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

11th: university researchers propose ditching the gender binary in sport, New Zealand: “Researchers from New Zealand’s University of Otago have proposed a way to ditch with the gender binary in sports competitions… [by] replacing specific men’s and women’s sports with an algorithm which ‘takes into account gender identity, socioeconomic status and physiology’.” “The physiological parameters might include height, weight, haemoglobin levels, transition before or after puberty, testosterone levels with and without testes, bone strength, and so on. (Binary) [link 1][link 2]

11th: cyclist and surgeon speak out against transgenders in sport, US: cyclist and orthopaedic surgeon Dr Jennifer Assali has spoken out about transgender athletes after “immersing” herself in scientific research. Assali became the centre of a twitter and media storm and received threats, after placing third at the UCI National cycling championships and tweeting, “I was the third place rider, it was definitely NOT fair.” (Binary) [link]

12th: doctor says “propaganda prevails” regarding transgender agenda in sport, Australia: doctor, John Whitehall, claims wrote an article for the Catholic Weekly, highlighting what he believes will be the fallout of organisations adopting the new transgender sporting guidelines. “According to the ideology, gender is determined by feelings not chromosomes,” he wrote. Whitehall believes the guideline suggestions are disproportionate to the very small number of people who identify as trans in Australia. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

12th: senior Hamas official calls on members of Palestinian diaspora to kill Jews, Palestine: Fathi Hammad urged members of the Palestinian diaspora to kill Jews around the world. (Times of Israel) [link]

12th: Christian flag banned but 284 others approved, Boston, US: a suit by Liberty Counsel was filed Monday on behalf of citizen Hal Shurtleff and his Christian civic organization, Camp Constitution. Shurtleff wanted to fly the organization’s flag during a one-hour event on Constitution Day in 2017 and 2018 to commemorate the contributions of the Christian community, but was denied because it is religious. (Christian Headlines) [link]

12th: court OKs Trump Rule Defunding $60 Million from Planned Parenthood, US: the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals handed a major victory to pro-lifers and the White House Thursday when it ruled the Trump administration can enforce a new rule that could result in Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers losing tens of millions of dollars. The new rule ensures that none of the money goes toward promoting abortion or conducting abortion. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

12th: American Psychological Association Launches Task Force Encouraging Non-Monogamous Relationships, US: the American Psychological Association has launched a task force that will encourage “awareness and inclusivity” for any kind of sexual impulse. The APA has said the task force is dedicated to “Consensual Non-Monogamy” and is advocating for “people who practice polyamory, open relationships, swinging, relationship anarchy and other types of ethical, non-monogamous relationships…” (Christian Headlines) [link 1][link 2]

13th: LNP members urge politicians to change state abortion laws, Queensland, Australia: LNP politicians have been urged to wind back Queensland’s abortion laws if they win the next state election. The issue has now resurfaced during a resolution calling for a future LNP government to legislate “that babies born alive during a late abortion (post-20 weeks) be given the same protection under the law as any other newborn child.” The resolution was overwhelmingly supported. (Brisbane Times) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

13th: adding P to LGBT, World:  the threat of pedophilia becoming acceptable isn’t going away. The sudden embrace of transgenderism didn’t come from nowhere, and it isn’t going to stop there. Targeting children comes in two general phases. The first involves bombarding them with LGBT messaging in schools and elsewhere. Appeals to ‘tolerance’ show their true colors when they are enlisted to support the blatant grooming of children – which also presents some commonality with certain elements in Islam. Many people in positions of authority are keen on protecting both Islam and homosexuality. (The Catholic Thing) [link 1] [link 2]

14th: destroyer being sent to Gulf amid Iranian threats, UK: due to growing tensions in the area, London responds to threat. Tehran warned the UK they’re playing a ‘dangerous game’ after they seized an oil tanker off Gibraltar. London announced it was sending a destroyer to the Persian Gulf. (Times of Israel) [link]

14th: two more F-35 fighter jets land, bringing IAF’s declared total to 16, Israel: two F-35 fighter jets landed in Israel Sunday, the army said, bringing the number of fifth-generation stealth aircraft that the military says it has in its arsenal up to 16. The Israel Defense Forces’ first two F-35 jets arrived in December 2016. Approximately a year later, the stealth fighter — known in Israel as the Adir – was declared operational. (Times of Israel) [link]

14th: Lone Christian in government sworn in on Bible burned by ISIS, Kurdistan: A new government official in a region affected by the Islamic State was sworn into office on a Bible burned by ISIS. Ano Jawhar Abdulmasih Abdoka, the new Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Transportation and Communications minister, used the Bible burned by ISIS in the Ninevah Plains, standing in solidarity with persecuted Christians and showing that believers in Christ will remain in a region once occupied by ISIS forces. (Fox News) [link]

15th: Jewish Labour member hosts Jordanian MP who endorsed terror attacks on Israelis, London: a senior member of the UK Labour Party met last week in London with a Jordanian lawmaker who has voiced support for terror attacks against Israelis and called for tearing up the peace deal between his country and Israel. (Times of Israel) [link]

15th: white supremacist faces second sentence for Charlottesville car attack, US: a man sentenced to life in prison on federal hate crime charges for deliberately driving his car into anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia is set to face a state judge who could add another life sentence, plus 419 years. (Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2]

15th: first evidence of Crusader siege from July 15, 1099, uncovered at Old City walls, Israel: 920 years ago, Crusaders breached Jerusalem and conquered the walled Fatimid city. The Mount Zion Project has found a chronicled moat. Prior to this “some scholars had even doubted its existence.” (Times of Israel) [link]

15th: Trump demands ‘Radical Left Congresswomen’ apologize to Israelis: US: continuing his comments on Twitter against progressive female members of Congress, US president slammed their ‘foul language’ and ‘horrible & disgusting actions!’ (Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2]

15th: Israel and Korea appear to be strengthening their co-operation, Korea: President Reuven Rivlin’s visit to South Korea, underscores the significant improvement in relations between the two countries. Israel and Korea. (Times of Israel) [link]

15th: ahead of EU talks, UK calls for reduced tensions with Iran, London: British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Monday that Iran’s actions were “profoundly destabilizing” but said he wanted to reduce tensions in the Middle East, ahead of talks with his EU counterparts.“ (Times of Israel) [link]

15th: some women take off their hijabs as hard-liners push back, Iran: the simple act of walking has become a display of defiance for a young Iranian woman who often moves in Tehran’s streets without a compulsory headscarf, or hijab. With every step, she risks harassment or even arrest by Iran’s morality police whose job it is to enforce the strict dress code imposed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. (Times of Israel) [link]

15th: Israeli Navy ship crosses into Lebanese waters, Lebanon: an Israeli Navy vessel crossed into Lebanese waters early Monday morning, breaching the contested maritime border, according to the Lebanon-based LBC TV news. The ship was detected by UNIFIL forces off the coast of the Rosh Hanikra land border between Israel and Lebanon. (Times of Israel) [link]

15th: Iran prepared to talk to US if it rejoins nuclear deal, Iran: in a televised speech, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said he was willing to hold talks with the US, if it rejoins the international agreement to curb Tehran’s nuclear program and lifts sanctions. He boasted that Iran “has resisted powerfully” the American sanctions. (Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2]

15th: EU seeks to deescalate Persian Gulf tensions, Brussels: European Union nations were looking to deescalate tensions in the Persian Gulf area and called on Iran to stick to the 2015 nuclear deal, despite the pullout of the United States from the accord and the re-imposition of US sanctions on Tehran. (Times of Israel) [link]

15th: judge upholds ban on ‘dismemberment abortion’ in historical decision, Oklahoma, US: a state judge upheld the state’s ban on a common late-term abortion procedure, making it the first time a judge in the US has reviewed such a law and not overturned it. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter called Truong’s decision “a major victory for basic human decency in Oklahoma.” (Christian Headlines) [link]

15th: another gender dissenter gets sacked, US: a lawsuit has been launched by an American psychiatrist who was fired for promoting an opposing view to transgender ideology. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

15th: increased pressure and false accusations, Nepal: the situation for Christians in Nepal has deteriorated this year as the Criminal (Code) Act is used to target and accuse believers. Though Nepal is constitutionally secular, religious minorities, including Christians, are not afforded the same protections and privileges as the Hindu majority, and are often denied registration for their places of worship. Nepal’s Code forbids forceful conversion or evangelism. Those found guilty face five years in prison, along with large fines. However, these laws are being used to falsely accuse Christians of converting others in an attempt to silence them. [link]

16th: transgender athlete wins women’s weightlifting event at the Pacific Games, Samoa: a transgender woman won two gold medals and a silver medal at the Pacific Games in Samoa. Laurel Hubbard, a weightlifter from New Zealand, won in the snatch lift and combined and finished second in the clean and jerk for women weighing more than 192 pounds. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

17th: kids group volunteers banned from library for singing Christian songs with children, West Sussex, UK: a church-run kids group has been banished from a public library after being told that they were not allowed to sing songs that made reference to Biblical stories. The volunteers at the playgroup says it had been meeting at the Burgess Hill Library in the British county of West Sussex for eight years – they’d never encountered any issues until now. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

17th: 4 Christians Executed for Wearing Cross Necklaces, Burkina Faso: anti-Christian violence has continued to spread across the West African nation of Burkina Faso, with a further four believers shot dead in cold blood at the end of June. (Christian Headlines) [link]

17th: U.S. women’s soccer goalie: people who are not accepting of homosexuality ‘don’t belong’ on team, US: US women’s team goalie Ashlyn Harris on Tuesday criticized Jaelene Hinkle, a soccer player for the North Carolina Courage of the National Women’s Soccer League who has been outspoken about her Christian faith. In 2017, Hinkle declined a spot on the U.S. women’s national soccer team because the team was requiring players to wear LGBTQ Pride Month jerseys. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

18th: there are 200 Asia Bibis in Pakistani jails, US: US State Department says there are “at least 77 individuals imprisoned on blasphemy charges, at least 28 of whom had received death sentences.” According to Voice of the Martyrs, the situation is worse, with its partners in Pakistan reporting there are more than 200 similar cases of imprisonment. (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

18th: at summit with Russia, Israel and US demanded Iran leave Lebanon, Iraq: during a trilateral meeting between the national security advisers of Israel, the US and Russia in late June, Jerusalem and Washington demanded that Moscow ensure the withdrawal of Iran’s forces from Lebanon and Iraq, as well as from Syria. The demand was seen as a condition for US and Israeli support for a long-term arrangement to secure peace in war-ravaged Syria. (Times of Israel) [link]

18th: China’s Schools Teaching Children to ‘Hate God’ and Distrust Christian Parents, China: children in China’s primary schools are now being taught that belief in God is abnormal and that parents who are religious should not be trusted, according to a report out of the country. The new direction is part of the country’s crackdown on Christianity under the New Regulations of Religious Affairs that took effect in February 2018. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

18th: Ambassador to Palestinians ‘likes’ anti-Israel tweets, Berlin, Germany: a probe has begun into Christian Clages, the German Ambassor to Palestinians, following a report that he had backed posts praising attacks on Israelis. “The Foreign Ministry disassociates itself emphatically from the tweets mentioned,” the ministry said in a written statement to The Associated Press. (Times of Israel) [link]

18th: Israel, Bahrain foreign ministers talk Iran in groundbreaking public meeting, Washington, US: Foreign Minister Israel Katz met his Bahraini counterpart for talks on Iran, which served as a boost in ties between both countries. The meeting was a rare instance in which a top Arab official is publicly documented meeting a senior Israeli figure. (Times of Israel) [link]

19th: Ancient Galilee church unearthed, said to be home to apostles Peter and Andrew, Israel: excavations in Israel’s Galilee have uncovered remains of an ancient church. The dig at nearby El-Araj confirmed it as the site of Bethsaida, a fishing village where Peter and his brother Andrew were born according to the Gospel of John, near the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel. (Times of Israel) [link]

19th: as Religious Freedom Summit ends, State Department announces new alliance, sanctions, Washington, US: Trump’s administration officials announced a new alliance with U.S. partners who are focused on religious freedom and new sanctions against foreign military officials that support countries the U.S. considers to be instigators of religious persecution. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced plans to create the International Religious Freedom Alliance. (Christian Headlines) [link]

19th: father of four can’t afford medication for his rare disease, so applies for euthanasia, Belgium: born with a rare genetic disease which eventually cost him his job, Christophe’s health insurance provider refuses to pay the high cost for medication would could ease his suffering and prolong his life. He doesn’t want to die – he wants to live for his children. With the disease ravaging his body, he feels he has nowhere left to turn except to euthanasia to ease his suffering. (HOPE) [link 1] [link 2]

19th: spyware firm NSO said to tell clients it can mine data from social media, Israel: Herzliyah-based company denies report that it claims its tech is able to secretly obtain all of an individual’s info from media giants’ servers. An Israeli spyware firm thought to have hacked WhatsApp in the past has told clients it can scoop user data from the world’s top social media, the Financial Times reported Friday. (Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2]

19th: TV broadcaster airs ‘Jewish swine’ cartoon, Norway: TV official defends the clip, in which a man playing Scrabble with a Haredi Jew is frustrated that he cannot use the derogatory term to score points. Norway’s public broadcaster NRK has rejected accusations of anti-Semitism against a cartoon showing an overweight Jew taunting a man who is afraid to call him a swine. (Times of Israel) [link]

19th: a showdown is brewing between parents and the State over compulsory LGBT indoctrination in schools, UK: there is a showdown brewing in Great Britain: parental rights versus the State. While compulsory LGBT lessons are scheduled to begin in 2020 in the UK, 1,400 schools have said they will implement the teaching as early as September. Parents across the country have already begun planning and staging protests. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

19th: Christians plead with US to protect them from possible attack by Turkey, Syria: Syrian Christians are calling on the United States to help protect them after Turkish troops were seen gathering on the border between the two volatile nations. The Syriac Military Council, which is supported by the US government, has warned of a potential Turkish offensive on the Eastern Euphrates River region in Syria, (Christian Headlines) [link]

20th: Amid Gulf tensions, US to send troops to Saudi Arabia, US: first soldiers, patriot batteries arrive in kingdom as part of deployment that officials say will include fighter aircraft, missile defence systems. With Iranian military threats in mind, the United States is sending American forces, including fighter aircraft, air defence missiles and likely more than 500 troops, to a Saudi air base. (Times of Israel) [link]

20th: British FM warns Iran of ‘serious consequences’ if UK-flagged tanker not freed, UK: Jeremy Hunt says UK using diplomatic, not military options to seek ship’s release; owner of second vessel detained by Iranian Guards says it has been set loose. British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warned Friday there would be “serious consequences” if Iran did not swiftly release a UK-flagged oil tanker it detained in the Strait of Hormuz. (Times of Israel) [link]

20th: US Orthodox rabbis condemn racism at ‘highest levels of government,’ Washington, US: The Orthodox Rabbinical Council of America said it “condemns the most recent outburst of racist rhetoric in the highest levels of government,” an apparent reference to US President Donald Trump’s call on four Democratic congresswomen to “go back” to unspecified countries. Jews in the US, including many who share Trump’s contempt for some of the four Democratic congresswomen – appear to be asking the president to leave them out of it (Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2]

20th: Bahraini FM: If not for Iran’s support of Hamas, we’d be closer to Mideast peace, Palestine: official in Palestinian terror group lambastes Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa for photo with Israeli counterpart, says it shows ‘just how pro-Zionist some Arab officials have become.’ (Times of Israel) [link]

20th: nearly half of young Jews victims of anti-Semitism in past year, Europe: newly released data from survey suggests people aged 16-34 are considerably more likely to face bigotry than older Jews. Researchers speculate that the results may reflect the growing problem of anti-Semitism on European campuses. More than half of the young people who participated in the survey were students. (The Times of Israel)  [link 1] [link 2]

20th: as sanctions choke Iran, Hezbollah reportedly deploying for war on Israel border, Lebanon: as tensions rose in the Persian Gulf over the weekend with Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged tanker, several commanders of Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, said they were deploying forces for possible war with Israel, warning that the growing pressure from sanctions on Tehran could trigger such a conflict sooner rather than later. (The Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2]

21st: fate of seized British ship depends on crew ‘cooperation,’ Iran: Iran said Sunday the fate of a British-flagged tanker it is refusing to hand back after seizing it in the Gulf depends on the cooperation of its crew with an investigation. A senior official also said the entire crew of the oil tanker was in good health. (The Times of Israel) [link]

21st: UK tells UN that Iran seized ship in ‘illegal interference,’ UK: Britain’s United Nations mission sent a letter to the UN Security Council asserting that a British-flagged tanker seized by Iran was in Omani territorial waters and the incident “constitutes illegal interference.” “International law requires that the right of transit passage shall not be impeded, and therefore the Iranian action constitutes illegal interference.” (The Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2]

21st: sanctions to be slapped on Iran as tensions rise after tanker seized, UK: London was reportedly getting set to impose new sanctions on Iran, as European powers urged Tehran to release a British-flagged tanker it seized in the Strait of Hormuz. (The Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2]

21st: Netanyahu officially makes Israeli history as longest-serving prime minister, Israel: the 69-year-old premier has served as nation’s leader for a total of 4,876 days, overtaking founding father David Ben-Gurion, having notched up a list of diplomatic and economic successes. (Times of Israel) [link]

21st: ‘Slaughter the Jews’ painted on section of Western Wall in Muslim Quarter, Israel: at least one suspect arrested after graffiti found daubed on ‘Little Western Wall,’ considered by Jews one of most sacred parts of ancient structure. (The Times of Israel) [link]

22nd: Saudi blogger visiting Israel attacked by Palestinians at Temple Mount, Israel: Mohammed Saud of Saudi Arabia is a Netanyahu fan. While touring the country at the Foreign Ministry’s invitation, was heckled, spat on and had chairs hurled at him. (The Times of Israel) [link]

22nd: pregnant mother among 3 Christians slain, Jos, Nigeria: a Christian pregnant mother of two children, Margaret Wakili, was slain on her farm on July 15. The herdsmen attacked the Christian communities of Ancha, Tafigana, Kperie, Hukke and Rikwechongu, killing the three Christians and burning down 75 houses and two church buildings. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

22nd: Christian author Joshua Harris of “I Kissed Dating Goodbye’ has separated from his wife, US: “I Kissed Dating Goodbye”was a bestseller, and he and his wife Shannon were married a few years after its publication. On Thursday, the couple announced they were separating. [link 1] [link 2]

23rd: a radical view of surrogacy and family: feminist Sophie Lewis in her book, Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family says “If more children are born to surrogates, the capitalist notion that children ‘belong’ to those whose genetics they share will break down.” She looks forward to the dissolution of the mother-child bond, embracing “polyparental abundance”, and avoids using the terms “women” and “female.” In response, Binary spokeswoman Kirralie Smith said “This goes beyond breaking down gender norms.  Children shouldn’t belong to their parents?” (Binary Australia) [link 1] [link 2]

23rd: twelve philosophy scholars call for open debate, world: ‘Inside Higher Ed’ has published the open letter written by the 12 scholars expressing their concern about measures being taken to silence academics regarding gender ideology. (Binary Australia) [link 1] [link 2]

23rd: Christian singer Lauren Daigle’s album “Look Up Child” has topped the billboard charts for 39 Weeks, and set a new record, US: the album spent 39 weeks in the top spot on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums chart, the most in the Nielsen Music era. In total, the album has been on the chart for 44 weeks. The showing eclipsed secular powerhouses Ariana Grande, Drake, and Nicki Minaj. It debuted at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums on Sept. 22, 2018. Earlier this year, the record received critical acclaim when Daigle, 27, won a Grammy for best album, and a Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance for “You Say.” [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4] [link 5]

23rd: judge bans prayer, religious music at graduations following atheist lawsuit, US: following a lawsuit from an atheist group, a federal district court has prohibited a South Carolina school district from including official student-led prayer and religious music in future graduations. Previously, the school system screened student’s printed remarks and prayers. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

23rd: 12 popular children’s TV shows that have gay characters, US: the PBS children’s show Arthur captured nationwide headlines and drew the consternation of many parents this year when it featured a same-sex wedding, but it’s not the only children’s show to include LGBT characters with three mainstream cable channels showing them as well. The 12 shows include: Arthur; The Loud House; My Little Pony (Friendship is Magic); Gravity Falls; Adventure Time; Star vs the forces of evil; Andi Mack; Clarence; The Lodge; The Legend of Korra;  Steven Universe; and Danger and Eggs. (Christian Headlines) [link]

23rd: Transgender woman asks for permission to host a topless pool party for 12 year olds, Canada: a Canadian transgender activist requested permission to host a topless pool party for LGBT youth 12+ and that parents be banned from attending the event. The request came from Jessica Yaniv, who is a transgender woman. She completed a request via the council to host the event a public pool. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

24th: Chick-fil-A worker prays over customer in viral pic – the ‘Spirit Led Him,’ US: Stephen Spray, a long-time employee of Chick-fil-A (restaurant) was seen putting his hand on a customer and began praying for her. Calden, a professional photographer, snapped a photo of the interaction, and it went viral. Spray said “People need prayer, encouragement, and love. That’s what we try to do here.”  Chick-fil-A’s corporate purpose is “to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick-fil-A.” (Christian Headlines) [link]

24th: San Francisco bans official travel to pro-life states, US: San Francisco employees on official business won’t be permitted to travel to states with restrictive abortion laws under a new law passed, and also prohibits the city from contracting with companies headquartered in states with restrictive abortion laws. San Francisco supervisor Vallie Brown said, “It will expand the existing ordinance to states that have waged war on our constitutionally protected right to an abortion.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

24th: House rejects boycott of Israel in 398-17 vote, US: the U.S. House of Representatives pushed back against U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar’s views by passing a resolution calling Israel a “key ally” and criticizing a prominent movement to boycott the Jewish state. The pro-Israel resolution passed, 398-17 and was passed the same week that Omar introduced her own “affirming that all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights,” which was aimed at Israel. At issue is the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which calls for a worldwide boycott of Israel. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

24th: woman forced to close business after refusing to wax a trans woman’s male genitals, Canada: an immigrant closed her home-based waxing business after a trans woman filed charges against her before the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal. Jessica Yaniv, a biological male who identifies as a female lesbian, asked the woman for a wax, which involves removing hair from the genital area. The woman initially agreed to the service, but later canceled it. Yaniv said it was because the woman learned of Yaniv’s sexual identity, but the woman claims it was because of safety concerns and Yaniv harassing her, the Toronto Sun reports. Many have rushed to Marcia Da Silva’s defence, arguing that since Yavin still has male genitalia, Yavin would need to get a different service that is aimed at men; one which Da Silva does not provide. Yaniv, is no stranger to the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal having filed 15 other complaints for refusing to provide the genital waxing service, claiming discrimination based on gender identity. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

25th: city officials remove the word ‘Lord’ from fallen police officers memorial but eventually removed the entire memorial, Tega City, South Carolina, US: city officials first removed the word “Lord” from a fallen police officers memorial before ultimately removing the entire memorial which contained The Lord’s Prayer. The council received numerous complaints about the religious words on the memorial, causing city officials to cover up the word “Lord,” which appears three separate times, which sparked further controversy. On social media the council said that since they’d failed to find a suitable compromise to appease all, the memorial was completely removed. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

25th: veterans ministry says YouTube blocked their ad because it included the word ‘Christian,’ US:  Christian speaker and former Special Operations marine Chad Robichau says YouTube censored an ad for his ministry to veterans as the word “Christian” was deemed a violation of YouTube’s policy. The notice from YouTube said, “Please remove the unacceptable content to continue.” Robichaux wrote on his Twitter account. “Insane! #Censorship should terrify every American; conservative or liberal, Christian or Muslim. This bias is a dangerous course for America.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

25th: Israeli embassy in Finland was attacked for 15th time in 18 months, Helsinki Finland: the embassy was vandalized by neo-Nazi and far-right extremists when the glass front door of the embassy in Helsinki was shattered over the weekend, and images of swastikas and Adolf Hitler were hung in the entrance to the building. Israel’s Foreign Ministry called the attack “another link in the chain of anti-Semitic attacks targeting the embassy.” The Israeli Embassy in Helsinki expressed its disgust to Finnish authorities and demanded they act in full force to locate the culprits, bring them to justice and prevent similar incidents from happening in the future. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: pro-life billboard pulled down for being ‘offensive,’ Australia: a pro-life group is “disappointed” its outdoor advertising has been taken down by the billboard company that put it up, following public complaints about it being “offensive.” The billboard was paid for by Emily’s Voice, an advocacy and support organisation for “women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.” Ooh! Media decided to take down the billboard on the Pacific Highway in Belmont, New South Wales, because it “could cause offence to a significant section of the community.” Last month, NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance said he was “appalled” by the ad and had it removed from buses. (Eternity news) [link]

25th: Communist party orders towns to count how many citizens ‘Believe in God’ and then monitor them, China: China’s central government has intensified its crackdown on Christianity in recent months by pressuring local government officials to keep a count on the number of citizens who believe in God and to monitor them. The CCP (Communist Party of China) has threatened officials in towns and villages with repercussions if the number is wrong. “The government is taking the matter of religion very seriously now,” an unidentified local government official said. “If it is determined that we didn’t report the situation truthfully, we will be punished. Now, we have to report our work to the township government twice a day. We also need to fill out a form in the evening. We’re so busy that we don’t have any free time at all.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

25th: Professor lays out facts regarding transgender athletes, New Zealand: Otago University Professor of Physiology, Alison Heather co-authored a controversial study which finds “trans athletes have an unfair advantage over those born female.” The study’s comprehensively explains the advantages of the male musculoskeletal and cardio-respiratory systems over the female’s. (Binary Australia) [link 1] [link 2]

26th: a council takes a stand against puberty blockers, Italy: Friuli Venezia Giulia regional council approved a motion calling on their government to prohibit the prescription of drugs that prevent normal sexual development of adolescents. According to the council’s motion, “puberty is not a disease” and thus should not be prevented with surgery and medications that can produce irreversible effects. (Binary Australia) [link 1] [link 2]

26th: Egyptian photo editor quits CNN after anti-Semitic tweets surface, Turkey: Mohammed Elshamy, a photo editor who began working at CNN in January has resigned after anti-Semitic tweets he made in 2011 were discovered by an employee of Israel’s Government Press Office, and flagged some of Elshamy’s anti-semitic statements. (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th: city official celebrates his birthday with a swastika cake, Montpelier, France: an official in the  town of Montpelier celebrated his birthday with a cake decorated with a swastika, which he described as “a gift from my SS friend.” Djamel Boumaaz posted an image of the cake on his Facebook page. Boumaaz was previously fined for performing the quenelle gesture, an inverted Nazi salute, at a session of the Montpellier city council, a gesture that is illegal in France.(The Times of Israel) [link 1]

26th: ‘In God We Trust’ to be displayed in all South Dakota public schools, US: the law, which goes into effect in July, mandates that every public school in the state must display the national motto, “In God We Trust.” Governor Kristi Noem signed the law on March 18, and says that “The display shall be located in a prominent location within each school. According to the Associated Press, the lawmakers who proposed the bill believed it would increase patriotism. [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

26th: Illinois rules that it’s discriminatory to request transgender students change clothes behind ‘privacy curtains’ in locker room, US: an Illinois government board has told a Chicago-area school district it cannot force transgender students to dress and undress behind a privacy curtain. Lake Park Community High School District 108 in Roselle, Ill., had allowed transgender students to change clothes in the locker room that corresponds to their gender identity, provided they did so behind a curtain for privacy, but the Illinois Human Rights Commission ruled that the practice denied transgender students “full and equal access” to the locker room, and said that the policy was discriminatory. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

26th: Israel’s US envoy flies to Alaska to ‘upgrade’ cooperation against Iran, US: The Israeli ambassador to the US reportedly made a secret trip to Alaska to discuss Israel-US defense ties and cooperation against Iran. (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th: congregants walk out of church over Pastor’s controversial ‘Love it or Leave it’ sign, Virginia, US: after President Trump’s comments to the immigrants who don’t love the USA, to return home and fix up the problems in their own country, Pastor Lucas’s agreed and erected a similar message which was viewed as racist by some of his congregants. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

26th: Russia targeted election systems in all 50 US states, Senate report finds, Washington, US: Robert Mueller warned that Russian interference is still happening “as we sit here.” State election officials are anxious and underfunded, some running systems with outdated software and scrounging for replacement parts off e-Bay. The report from the Senate Intelligence committee concluded all 50 states were targeted in 2016 and ahead of the 2018 election “top election vulnerabilities remained. (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th: UN body passes resolution accusing only Israel of women’s rights violations, JTA: Norway and six EU countries voted at the United Nations in favour of two resolutions that singled out Israel for criticism as a violator of women’s and human rights. Israel was the only country named as a violator or trouble spot by the 54-nation UN Economic and Social Council during the session, according to the UN Watch organization, ignoring many other countries that deny women various rights.. (The Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2]

26th: ancient letter between Christian brothers dates to Roman Empire, Switzerland: a recently discovered 1700-year-old letter between two Christian brothers living in the Roman Empire has ancient history buffs, early church scholars and trivia-loving Christians buzzing, providing new insights into the ancient lives of early Christians. (Eternity News) [link]

27th: Iran defiantly tests medium-range missile, Iran: after openly breaching the terms of the nuclear deal, also conducted a medium-range ballistic missile test in violation of Security Council resolutions. (The Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2]

27th: despite censorship, Iranians manage to surf the web, Tehran, Iran: users search for the right workaround to bypass state censors, and has become second nature in Iran, where the clerically-led government restricts access to popular social media sites and where US sanctions create other barriers. (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: North Korea says missile test was ‘solemn warning’ to South Korea, Seoul, North Korea: a day after two North Korean missile launches rattled Asia, it was announced that leader Kim Jong Un had supervised the test of a new tactical guided weapon, meant as a “solemn warning” about rival South Korea’s weapons development and plans to hold military exercises with the United States. The weapon could likely reach all of South Korea and would be extremely hard to intercept. (The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: From Europe to the Arctic, temperature records tumble in 2019, world: this June was the hottest on record, beating out June 2016, the hottest ever. Europe’s June temperatures were around two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) hotter than average, according to the EU’s Copernicus climate monitor. Record highs tumbled across France, with the mercury peaking at 46 C (114.8 F) on June 28 in the southern town of Verargues. The previous record, set back in 2003, was 44.1 C (111.4 F).(The Times of Israel) [link]

27th: new UK anti-Semitism adviser: Jews are the canary in the coal mine for humanity, UK: according to British Labour MP John Mann, “when it comes to fighting anti-Semitism, it’s not enough for us to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Jewish community, when the anti-Semites are throwing the stones of hatred, of bitterness, of bile… We have to stand in front of [Jews] in this fight. This must not be only the responsibility of the Jewish community,” he said. {The Times of Israel [link]

28th: The Abraham Conference 2019, Parramatta, Australia: the conference aimed to bring together Jews, Christians and Muslims to acknowledge the unique bond through their common ancestor, the Prophet Abraham, while accounting for differences through dialogue and friendship. (National Council of Churches in Australia) [ink]

28th: Supreme Court OKs use of Pentagon funds for border wall, Washington, US: the Supreme Court cleared the way for the Trump administration to tap billions of dollars in Pentagon funds to build sections of a border wall with Mexico. Funding for the projects had been frozen by lower courts while a lawsuit over the money proceeded (The Times of Israel) [link]

29th: former ISIS soldier leaves terrorist group, wants to return to Israel: a former ISIS soldier says he now believes Israel is a democratic state and wants to return to the country. After he was later captured he told BBC correspondent Feras Kilani on BBC Arabic that he wants to return to his home, because he changed his mind about ISIS after seeing the injustices carried out by the group. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

29th: Egypt, Jordan leaders hold talks over Israeli-Palestinian peace, Cairo: Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Jordan’s King Abdullah II met on Monday to discuss efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, reaffirming their support for a two-state solution. The meeting comes ahead of an expected visit to the region by US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, who is pushing a controversial peace plan. (The Times of Israel) [link]

29th: Chinese Pastor commits suicide over China’s restrictive control, Henan Province, China: as China continues its restrictive grip on Christian churches, believers are feeling the pinch. Reverend Song Yongshen, committed suicide earlier this month when discussions with the government over his church’s freedom resulted in “a failure.” “I wanted to work with the government, but it was a failure,” Song wrote in his suicide note as reported by AsiaNews. “I want to be the first martyr of this terrible situation.”(Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

29th: street Preacher wrongfully arrested for Islamophobia receives payout from police, London, UK: Nigerian native Oluwole Ilesanmi was delivering a gospel message outside Southgate Underground Station in North London when he was apprehended for “breaching the peace.” When law enforcement realized that they could not lodge any charges against him because he had not committed any crime, they transported him to a remote location over five miles away and “de-arrested” him, and the preacher was left to find his own way back. (Christian Headlines) [link]

29th: courtship author Joshua Harris falls from the faith –  ‘I Am Not a Christian,’ US: Joshua Harris, the bestselling author of “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” who previously announced that he was separating from his wife, said Friday he no longer considers himself a Christian. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

30th: 40% of Americans believe in creationism and reject evolution, Gallup poll finds, US: they believe “God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so,” according to a Gallup poll, an increase from 38 percent in 2017, the last time Gallup asked the question. Their answers differed greatly based on their religion and church attendance. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

30th: Jordanian TV host says Zionists killed the prophets, Jews are our enemies, Jordan: A host on Jordanian television recently said the conflict with “the Jews” was an existential one and that “Palestine is not big enough for two peoples,” and insisted that “it is either us or them” in the land. (The Times of Israel) [link]

30th: Switzerland suspends funding to UN agency for Palestinians after damning report: Switzerland said it was suspending funding to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees and their descendants after an ethics report revealed alleged mismanagement and abuse of authority at the agency’s highest levels. The internal report by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency’s own ethics department, includes allegations of sexual misconduct, nepotism and discrimination. (The Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2]

30th: California lawmakers pass resolution blaming religious people for high suicide rates in the LGBT community, US: lawmakers passed a resolution that singles out the state’s religious communities and forces them to fully support LGBT individuals. Additionally, they even blamed religious individuals for many of the issues faced by those in the LGBT community, including suicide. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

30th: celebrating new religious freedom law, evangelicals push for more, Bolivia: originally a Roman Catholic nation, Bolivia officially became a secular country in 2009, with a new constitution, which angered the protestant denominations who were ignored. Their ten year campaign brought them recognition. (Christian Headlines) [link]

30th:President Trump met with 20 African American pastors to discuss issues affecting minority communities, US: they met to discuss numerous issues facing the African American community. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

30th: reporting persecution to Police a vanishing option for Christians, India: violence against Christians in Bihar state, in India’s northeast bordering Nepal and Bangladesh, has increased in the past two years, sources said. Hopes for forming a Christian response center with help from legal aid and relief organizations has yet to be realized. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

31st: fires destroy six Christian villages, Authorities Suspect Arson, Turkey: fires ravaged six Christian villages along the Turkey-Syria border in southern Turkey, which many believe were started intentionally. According to International Christian Concern, “arson has become a recognized insurgent tactic which targets the agricultural resources of villages.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

June

1st: Australian Medical Association warns government that legalising euthanasia and assisted suicide could lead to murder, Western Australia: doctors are demanding that there by stronger safeguards around the euthanasia laws, and called for those with mental health problem or other health issues be banned from accessing assisted suicide. (HOPE): [link 1] [link 2]

3rd: over 160 million females aborted, China, India and elsewhere: by next year around 24 million men in China will be unable to find a spouse, due to gendercide abortions. Abortion of female foetuses still continues today, and this ongoing imbalance will lead to even more human trafficking and forced prostitution. (Breakpoint) [link 1] [link 2]

3rd: ‘Transgender’ inmates moves to female jail for sex and/or to rape female inmates, UK: transgender male inmates are asking to move to female jails with the intent of having sex with females and/or to rape inmates. (The Sun) [link]

3rd: Dr Catherine Hamlin celebrates 60 years of service to women, Ethiopia: Dr Catherine Hamlin, gynaecologist and her husband Reg went to Ethiopia in 1959 and saw the need to help women who suffer terrible from obstetric fistulas. Eventually they opened a hospital for this condition, and have helped around 60,000 women get their lives back. Dr Catherine Hamlin is now 95 and still work in the hospital that she’d founded with her husband, the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital. (Eternity News) [link]

4th: wife of president dies, Israel: President Reuven Rivlin’s wife Nechama dies after undergoing a lung transplant. (United with Israel) [link]

5th: Christian NBA star Stephen Curry writes Bible verse on sneakers, USA: it reminds him of “who I’m playing for.” (Christian Headlines)  [link]

5th: Bob Gass dies, , Atlanta, Georgia, USA: the author of Australia’s Vision FM’s daily devotional, “The Word for Today,” passed away. (Vision) [link]

5th: media condemns Australian Federal Police for raids targeting journalists, Sydney, Australia: media around the world condemned police raids on headquarters of the ABC in Sydney. (SBS) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

5th: Pope approves changes to wording in Lord’s prayer, Italy: instead of “lead us not into temptation,” Pope Francis has swapped the words with “do not let us fall into temptation.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

6th: Christian family attacked by a mob at their home, Pakistan: a police officer who was passing by, rescued them, but they’re now homeless. (Voice of the Martyrs) [link]

6th: police demolish a school and hostel and snatched 12 students, New Delhi, India: Hindu extremists were involved in the demolitions, and police took orphans and other children away. (Christian Headlines) [link]

6th: 50 tied up and executed, Central African Republic: over 50 residents were killed and others wounded, in several villages near the town of Paoua, not far from the Chad border. (Open Doors, USA) [link]

6th: a Christian florist who refused to work gay wedding loses again in Washington court, USA: despite the Supreme Court’s ruling in favour of Christian baker Jack Phillips, the same court has ruled that this florist Barronelle Stutzman, was guilty of violating discrimination laws. (Christian Post) [link]

6th: Founder of Wendy’s seeks to support and save kids through adoption, USA: the founder of Wendy’s David Thomas, is encouraging his customers to financially support organisations and overworked social workers that help children be adopted, via a ‘snap’ code on their cups, where they can make an instant donation. (LifeSite News) [link 1] [link 2]

6th: Israel Folau’s brother John quits Waratah football team in protest, NSW, Australia: Israel Folau’s brother John has quit the Waratahs in protest over the sacking of his Christian brother Israel. (Daily Mail, UK) [link

10th: Jihadists massacre entire Christian village killing at least 100, many burnt to death, Mali: a Barnabas Fund contact said it was “well-targeted attack,” with between 100 and 135 people killed. (Barnabus Fund) [link]

7th: Joaquin Garcia, mega-church leader charged with  various crimes including human trafficking and rape, Los Angeles, USA: Garcia was charged with rape, production of pornography and human trafficking. (Local 10) [link]

7th: rival gang members risk lives to get baptised together in maximum-security prison, Texas, USA: Five men, were baptised at the jail, despite the fact it may lead to their deaths. (Fox News) [link]

7th: Chris Ford, a progressively social liberal writer and researcher now opposes euthanasia, New Zealand: he’s concerned that the government may force the elderly and the disabled to accept euthanasia, simply because of the cost savings in caring for them (HOPE) [link 1] [link 2]

7th: prisoners threatened and beaten by Muslim gangs to convert to Islam, UK: a Ministry of Justice report states “Violence, bullying and intimidation were prevalent with the (Muslim) gang, using religion as an excuse to victimise others.” (Barnabus Fund) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3] [link 4]

9th: thousands of Christians filled Trafalgar Square for Pentecost celebration, UK: the ten day prayer festival finished with a crowd of around 5,000. (Christian Today)[link]

9th: more than one million people filled Hong Kong streets in protest at the government’s plans to take away HK’s autonomy: the bill would also allow fugitives to be extradited to mainland China. (The Sunday Morning Herald) [link]

10th: Authorities raid Christian school demanding it change its beliefs on sex, California, USA: after raiding the school and not finding evidence of the crime they believed the school had committed, they tried to find evidence of other crimes.This case could lead to future problems for religious education in California.. (Christian Headlines) [link]

10th: Rabbi beaten in anti-Semitic attack, Rosario, Argentina: Shlomo Tawil a Chabad emissary was assaulted by thee men who first began by shouting anti-Jewish insults. (Times of Israel) [link]

11th: ‘transgender priest’ addresses Anglican Girl’s school assembly about LGBTQ and transitioning without parent’s knowledge or consent, Queensland, Australia: no-one was allowed to leave the assembly and parents are outraged that children as young as five were forced to listen to concepts not suitable for primary aged children. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

11th: Jack Phillips, Christian cake artist faces a further lawsuit, USA: Autumn Scardina, the transgender lawyer who’d sued Phillips in 2017 unsuccessfully for sexual discrimination, is making another attempt to sue him for discrimination for refusing to make her another cake. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

11th: a 100-year-old church was shut down and its cross removed from its tower, Iran: Christians are no longer allowed to worship there anymore. (Open Doors) [link]

11th: Pastor’s wife released on bail after six months, China: in late 2018, over 100 members of the Early Rain Covenant Church were arrested. Pastor Wang Yi is still in detention, but his wife Jiang Rong and another Christian were released. (Voice of the Martyrs) [link]

12th: up to 29 Christians killed in attack on villages by Islamic extremists, North Africa: nineteen were killed in Arbinda and up to another 10 the following day in Namentenga province. (Barnabas Fund) [link 1] [link 2]

12th: law passed to protect businesses that choose to support Christian organisations, Texas, US: the Texas Governor has signed the SB1978 bill into law which will protect businesses that choose to support Christian organisations or businesses, after a claim that Chick-afil-A was bigoted towards LGBTQ people. (Christian Headlines) [link]

12th: Jewish candidate for council subjected to online anti-Semitic threats of violence, Seattle, USA: threats included Molotov cocktails at their home and comments about his son. (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) [link]

12th: best-selling author and retired professor repeatedly accosted because he’s a Jewish supporter of Israel, Paris, France: with increasing anti-Semitism, Alain Finkielkraut cannot go into the street or attend engagements as a speaker, due to ongoing harassment, despite the laws which protect him. (Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2]

12th: despite its own political unrest, Moldova will move its embassy to Jerusalem, Moldova:  Moldova is the first European country to decide to move their embassy from Tel Aviv in Israel to Jerusalem. (Times of Israel) [link]

12th: this date marks 70 years since the birth of Anne Frank: Anne’s famous World War II diary was written during the 25 months she, her family and others hid from the Nazis in Amsterdam.

12th: Iraqi man wearing a Jewish cap, and carrying knives was stopped at entrance to synagogue, Antwerp,Belgium: police took him away for questioning. (Times of Israel) [link]

13th: US Holocaust Museum is digitizing letters from Anne Frank’s father, Massachusetts, USA: Ryan Cooper will be donating correspondence he received from Anne Frank’s father Otto Frank, and mementos to the museum in Washington to commemorate Anne’s birth. (Times of Israel) [link]

13th: photo printing kiosks in K-Mart ban Christian words, Australia: a Christian woman found that she wasn’t allowed to add certain Christian words to some of her photos. The sales and marketing manager claims the profanity detecting software had an error. (The Daily Telegraph) [link]

13th: couple suing for ‘wrongful birth’ after Down Syndrome daughter born, Brisbane, Australia: couple is seeking to sue an ultrasound clinic after it failed to determine that their child had Down Syndrome otherwise they would have had an abortion. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

13th: Texas Town Becomes ‘Sanctuary City of the Unborn,’ Wasko, USA: the city council passed an ordinance banning abortion within the city limits, and prohibiting the opening of abortion clinics. (Christian Headlines)  [link]

13th: Teen Vogue column tells teens how to get an abortion without telling their parents, USA: while the columnist did encourage readers to speak to an adult, they also said there were ways around having to obtain parental approval. (Christian Headlines)  [link] [tweet link]

13th: a memorial to Jewish children who escaped Nazis was vandalized, Prague, Czech Republic: the Farewell Memorial recalls children who boarded trains at the station in 1939 and, and had to leave their parents behind on the platform, just before Nazis invaded the country. The artist who created the piece is hoping to be able to save it. (Times of Israel) [link]

14th: while Mosul in Iraq was freed from IS 2 years ago, Christians still live in fear, Iraq: Iran’s government has announced it will arm residents in villages around Mosul so they can protect themselves from ongoing attacks by groups of Islamic State fighters who remain in the area. (Eternity News) [link 1 ] [link 2] Christians now face a new threat from Iran-backed militia. (National Catholic Register) [link 3]

14th: My Little Pony children’s cartoon to introduce lesbian couple: writer and producer Michael Vogel said, “My Little Pony has always been about friendship and accepting people (or ponies) that are different from you.” (Christian headlines) [link]

15th: lawmaker says Jesus’ mother was ‘Palestinian refugee,’ New Zealand: a lawmaker for New Zealand’s Greens Party said Jesus’ mother, Mary, and her husband Joseph, were Palestinian refugees. (Times of Israel) [link]

15th: Samaritan’s Purse sends aid to the border to help with migrant crisis, US: Samaritan’s Purse has been 7ministering to migrant families at the Mexico/US border that are suffering from the heat, hunger, and exhaustion. Around 70 to 120 migrants pass through Del Rio each day. (Christian Headlines) [link]

15th: Netanyahu: some in Europe won’t wake up until Iran nukes land on them, Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said some countries will only wake up to the Iranian threat when nuclear missiles fall on European soil. (Times of Israel) [link]

16th: Government restrictions on religion increasing worldwide, New York, US: government restrictions on religion have increased markedly around the world including democracies in Europe. The report document religion-based harassment and violence. (Times of Israel) [link]

16th: Israel’s Foreign Minister advises that Israel would participate in the US-led economic peace conference, Israel: Israel Katz advised that Morocco, Jordan and Egypt have agreed to attend the economic workshop in Bahrain set for late June. (Times of Israel) [link]

16th: Extradition bill not made to measure for mainland China and won’t be abandoned, China: while the new Chinese bill set to take away some of Hong Kong’s autonomy, resulted in many violent protests, these have now become more peaceful with Christian groups encouraging the singing of a simple song, that has now become almost like an anthem for the movement. (South China Morning Post) [link 1] [link 2]

16th: US President accuses New York Times of “a virtual act of treason,” USA: this was after they claimed that the US was increasing ‘digital incursions’ into the electric power grid in Russia because of concerns about hostility between the two powers. (Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2]

16th: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accuses Iran of attacking oil tankers in a Gulf shipping channel, Saudi Arabia: he said he “won’t hesitate” to tackle any threats to the kingdom. (Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

17th: State of Vermont will cover costs for children’s gender-reassignment surgery on Medicaid under a proposed new rule, US: the proposal will allow beneficiaries to receive treatment for correctly diagnosed gender dysphoria. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

17th: Supreme Court over-rides earlier lower court’s decision that penalised Christian bakers, US: the state court had previously ruled against the couple and demanded they pay a penalty after they refused to design a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. (Christian Headlines) [link 1 ] [link 2 ] [link 3 ] [link 4]

17th: Israel’s Prime Minister urges international community to push sanctions on Iran: after Iran warned it could increase its uranium up to 20% – close to weapons-grade levels, Israel has encouraged sanctions against them if they chose to go ahead. (Times of Israel) [link]

17th: investigation demanded by atheist group because 18 football players were baptised, Alabama, USA: the Freedom From Religion Foundation took the matter to the Alabama High School and asked it no longer allows ‘illegal religious events.’ (Christian Headlines) [link 1 ] [link 2]

17th: New York could become first US city to offer free abortions through direct funding, US: if the council approves the allocation for low-income women it will be a part of their new budget. (Christian Headlines) [link 1 ] [link 2] [link 3

17th: legislators to tell Pastors what to preach from their pulpits on LGBT behaviour, California, US: Assemblyman Evan Low wants a resolution that restricts what religious leaders in California can preach from their pulpits, to stop perpetuating the idea that something is wrong with LGBT identities or sexual behaviour (California Family Council) [link 1] [link 2]

18th: Christian girls targeted for abduction, rape and forced conversion, Pakistan: between November 2018 and June 2019, 28 Christian girls were abducted and forced into marriages where they’re raped and forced to convert. (CBN News) [link]

18th: teen magazine encourages girls to send nude photos to boys, US: despite experts encouraging the opposite, Teen Vogue dating columnist wrote a guide on how to send nude photos to men and sexting. (Christian Headlines) [link 1 ] [link 2]

18th: US to deploy 1,000 more troops to Middle East as tensions with Iran rise, US: troops are being sent to ensure the safety and welfare of military personnel in the region and to protect national interests. Russia accuses the USA of inciting a war with Iran. (Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2]

19th: lawmakers want to control the preaching of Pastors about LGBTQ, California, USA: the resolution put to the Assembly Judiciary Committee to control what religious leaders are allowed to say about LGBTQ identities and behaviours, and to stop conversion therapy was approved. More than 25 religious and non-profit leaders, and psychologists submitted a letter contesting the bill’s claim. (Christian Headlines) [link 1 ] [link 2] [link 3]

19th: Pastor arrested while protesting a Drag Queen Story Hour at local library, Washington, US: Pastor Yaghtin was arrested after he refused to away from the event There were also around 200 protestors. (CBN News) [link 1 ] [link 2 ] [link 3]

19th: armed guards should protect every synagogue, US: the US envoy against anti-Semitism, Elan Carr asked for ’a joint bipartisan fight’ against hatred towards Jews. (Times of Israel) [link]

19th: interfaith leaders gather to increase security for houses of worship, Washington US: the first meeting of its kind between Jews, Muslims and Christians was held at FBI headquarters after  ongoing attacks against religious institutions. (Times of Israel) [link]

19th: female athlete fights back after transgender athletes beat female competitors, USA: female competitors, missed out on major sporting opportunities and possibly college scholarships after two former male competitors who had not been able to win against other males, competed as transgender in female competitions. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

19th: two children’s books published to counter radical gender activism, Australia: Wendy Francis, the Director of the Australian Christian Lobby (Queensland and Northern Territory), has written the books to counteract ‘gender fluidity’ confusion caused to little boys and girls so they can “know exactly who they are meant to be.” (Binary) [link]

19th: legalising euthanasia seriously impacts doctor’s ethics, Victoria, Australia: the doctor’s oath to ‘do no harm’ and to work at healing patients can’t co-exist with laws that encourage euthanasia. Associate Professor Bernadette Tobin, Director of the Plunkett Centre for Ethics said, “Assisting a patient to suicide undermines the meaning of medicine.” (HOPE) [link 1 ] [link 2 ] [link 3] [link 4] [link 5]

20th: 3 million evangelicals march – ‘Our country belongs to Jesus,’ Brazil: the 27th march held in São Paulo, included over ten hours of worship and praise. (Fox News) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

20th: student kicked out of class because he said there were only two genders, Aberdeen, Scotland: after the incident, the student said, “The teacher …says there is more than one gender ‘by law’” and that the pupil hadn’t been ‘inclusive.’ (Daily Mail, UK) [link 1 ] [link 2 ] [link 3]

20th: Syrian refugee arrested after planning to bomb Christian Church, Pittsburg, US: the FBI arrested the ISIS terrorist after several months of investigation.(Christian Headlines) [link 1 ] [link 2 ] [link 3]

20th: singer Taylor Swift ridicules Christians and praises those who support LGBTQ, USA: Taylor’s video says that Christian protestors are stupid and ugly trailer-trash, and went on to praise those who support the LGBTQ community. (Christian Headlines) [link 1 ] [link 2]

21st: parents claim school lesson caused young daughter to question her gender, Canada: after being exposed to the concept of trans-genderism where “there is no such thing as girls and boy,” the six year old became confused about her sex. (Christian Headlines) [link 1 ] [link 2]

21st: meeting opens with ‘Hail Satan’ invocation, Alaska, USA: a public meeting commenced with a ‘prayer’ that included the “Hail Satan” mantra. Several officials and attendees walked out and others protested about it. (Christian Headlines) [link]

23rd: euthanasia now accepted as ‘solution’ for non-terminal patients, Belgium: Belgium isnow embracing euthanasia as the appropriate solution for healthy patients who suffer mental and/or emotional problems.” (Australian Prayer Network) [link]

23rd: British judge orders woman to have abortion against her will, UK: a pregnant woman with a learning disability was ordered to have an abortion even though she wanted to keep the child and her own mother (a midwife) said that she’d care for the child. (Citizen Go) [link 1 ] [link 2 ] [link 3]

23rd: Bishop wants to take down crosses from church so it won’t offend Muslims, Sweden: Bishop Eva Brunne proposed removing symbols of Christianity, and to open the church to worshipping sailors of all beliefs, and even mark the direction of Mecca for Muslim visitors. (Israel Unwired) link 1]  [link 2]

24th: Christian scout group banned from touring National Guard facility, Pennsylvania, US: the facility regularly holds tours for Boy Scouts group, but denied the Christian group simply because of their faith. (Christian Headlines) [link 1 ] [link 2]

24th: Reddit allows anti-Semitic group to flourish, before closing down: after 9 months of complaints, Reddit eventually banned the group. (Times of Israel) [link]

24th: ban on Government employees from praying at work, Sweden: the new municipal council guidelines are aimed at those who take time outside of their normal breaks, to pray. (Christian Headlines) [link]

24th: Law enacted permitting abortions up to birth, Rhode Island, US: Governor Gina Raimondo signed the Reproductive Privacy Act which allows dismemberment and part-birth abortions until birth. (Christian Headlines) [link]

24th: Church offers hope and healing to jail inmates, Illinois, USA: in just three months, there’s been a recognisable change at the jail after a church began to hold regular services. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

25th: drag queen reads story to children during service at a church, Cincinnati, US: the service began with the song “God Welcomes All.” Then a man dressed in drag, shared a book about an LGBTQ ‘hero’ who dreamed that everyone could “live and love as they pleased.” The congregation applauded. (Christian Headlines) [link]

25th: poll finds young adults becoming more conservative on LGBT issues, US: a survey suggests Millennials may be becoming more conservative about LGBTQ issues. (Christian Headlines) [link 1 ] [link 2]

26th: singer Madonna claims that Jesus would agree with abortion, US: Madonna claims that as a supporter of women, Jesus would have agreed with their right to choose abortion, and that she’d love to challenge the Pope about her claim. (LifeNews) [link 1 ] [link 2 ] [link 3 ] [link 4]

26th: pro-Life pregnancy centres will receive funding instead of Planned Parenthood, Ohio, US: the Senate passed a bill to provide increased funding to crisis pregnancy centres. (Christian Headlines) [link 1 ] [link 2 ] [link 3]

26th: 60% of people want to make abortion illegal in most circumstances, US: the poll showed a rise during past 8 years in preference to making abortion illegal. (Christian Headlines) [link 1 ] [link 2]

26th: politician who lost husband to cancer, opposes euthanasia, WA, Australia: after watching her husband die from pancreatic cancer, Liza Harvey saw how palliative care allowed him to die with dignity, and her experience has caused her to view euthanasia unfavourably. (HOPE) [link 1 ] [link 2]

26th: Google manipulated content on Youtube by blacklisting words and phrases during Irish abortion referendum: YouTube deliberately hindered search results to ensure that Irish voters would see only what they wanted them to see, and blacklisted 120 specific pro-life words and phrases. (Breitbart) [link 1] [link 2]

27th: US President threatens Iran if they attack ‘anything American,’ US: after placing more sanctions on Iran, President Trump said that “any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force.” (Times of Israel) [link]

27th: hackers from Iran have increased their attacks on government and other facilities, US: hackers increased their attempts to access oil and gas organisations and government agencies. (Times of Israel) [link]

27th: Bahrain’s Foreign Minister says Israel has the right to defend itself, Manama, Bahrain: Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa said “One day, when it’s all open and peaceful” he would like to visit Israel. “Let’s build trust,” he said, as there are those in the Arab world who are aiming for peace. (Times of Israel) [link]

27th: citizens believe small businesses should have the right to deny serving certain groups, US: a survey found that up to 30% of Americans believe small businesses should be able to refuse service to minority groups. (Times of Israel) [link]

27th: increase in white supremacist fliers on campuses in past year, US: the report shared information on a 7% increase in white supremacist fliers, posters and stickers in universities around the country. (Times of Israel) [link]

27th: US releases photos to support their claim that Iran attacked oil tankers, Washington, US: the Pentagon released photos that proved that Tehran’s Revolutionary Guard were responsible for the attacks on two oil tankers near the Persian Gulf. (Times of Israel) [link]

27th: widespread support that transgender people use bathrooms associated with their birth gender, US: people still fear that ‘transgender men’ who can access women’s toilets and other facilities, are a danger. (Christian Headlines) [link]

27th: disabled are fearful about how the introduction of euthanasia may impact them, New Zealand: the introduction of euthanasia is “overwhelmingly opposed” by the disability sector, and particularly that those who are vulnerable may be coerced. (HOPE) [link]

27th: calls to normalise paedophilia increasing, world: people will start pushing paedophilia as a “normal sexual preference that they don’t choose,” with a UK report suggesting that paedophiles should attend workshops and not be jailed. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

27th: around 100 Christians killed by Muslim terrorists this month, Mali, West Africa: Fulani Muslims attacked the Christian village and killed at least 95 people, then burned their homes. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

27th: authorities beat and arrest Pastor for not removing cross from church, China: after the Pastor refused their request to remove the cross. The authorities removed the cross themselves, then dragged the Pastor from his home and beat him, and demolished the church’s new building.. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

28th: Americans vastly overestimate percentage of population who are LGBT, US: while the LGBT community make up less than 5% of the population, around 90% of Americans believe LGBTQ people make up more than five times the actual number. (LifeSite News) [link 1 ] [link 2] [link 3]

28th: Chip and Joanna Gaines donate money to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, USA: Christian couple of ‘Fixer Upper’ fame, Chip and Joanna aimed to raise $230,000 for the hospital but eventually raised $1.5 million. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

28th: Islamic Jihad threatens they may strike Israel if the US and Iran go to war, Palestine: a Palestine Islamic Jihad group said, “If Israel decides to ally with the US to engage in a military confrontation against Iran, we will take a different stand.” (Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2]

28th: extremists charged over plan to start violent uprising, Germany: authorities charged extremists of forming the terrorist organisation ‘Revolution Chemnitz’ who planned a violent insurrection. (Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2]

28th: public schools are allowed to teach Bible courses, Kentucky, US: Governor Bevin signed a bill allowing Bible courses to be taught in public schools and would be an elective subject for schools. (New York Post) [link 1] [link 2]

28th: former human rights commissioner stands up for Israel Folau’s right to free speech, Australia: Gillian Triggs said she’s concerned about employers controlling the free expression of their employees. (2GB) [link]

29th: southern Israel resident may appeal to the UN against Hamas, Israel: their appeal is against the Hamas which controls the Gaza Strip, because of ongoing attacks using flammable devices against residents in Israel. (Times of Israel) [link]

30th: a new Auschwitz exhibit shares stories of 21 survivors and its impact on their faith, Germany: ‘Through the Lens of Faith’ shares videos of survivors who share how their relationship with God evolved while detained at the death camp. (Times of Israel) [link]

30th: President Trump to hold nuclear talks after meeting with Kim Jong Un, North Korea:  Trump invited the North Korean leader to the US for discuss denuclearization. (Times of Israel) [link]

30th: members of UK Labour Party frustrated at anti-Semitism within their group, UK: a senior member  of the shadow cabinetmade a claim that their group will lose the next election unless the anti-Semitism issue is dealt with. (Times of Israel) [link 1] [link 2]

May

1st: Queensland Reds and Wallabies player Tupou supports Israel Folau’s right to express Christian views, Australia (see first article on 4th April): Taniela Tupou posted, “Sack me and… other Pacific Islands rugby players… because we have the same Christian beliefs.” [link]

1st: Violent attacks against Jews rose markedly in 2018, world: highest number of murders in decades [link]

2nd: MP criticises Western attitudes toward Christian persecution, Canada: Candice Bergen made public statement on behalf of persecuted Christians [link]

2nd: Entire Bible read in 90 days in front of Capitol Building, USA: annual event commenced on 1 February and finished today [link]

4th: Rachel Held Evans dies at 37, USA: author of apopular blog and best-selling books including “A Year of Biblical Womanhood” and “Sunday, Faith Unravell-ed,” Rachel’s death was unexpected [link]

8th: Asia Bibi and family left Pakistan for Canada: Christian Pakistani woman acquitted last year after 8 years on death row after accusation of blasphemy against Islam. Her acquittal led to riots, death threats and murder [link 1; link 2]

10th: 141 Christians arrested in Eritrea, Africa: Police arrested 104 women, 23 men & 14 children, including several elderly, from Asmara – no charge. Eritrea is known for human rights violations including brutality of imprisoned [link]

12th: Six Christians killed at Catholic mass, Burkina Faso (Africa): 30 people entered church in Dablo and opened fire, then burned the church, local store and medical centre [link]

13th: Doctor on trial for refusing to perform abortion, Argentina: Dr Leandro Rodriguez Lastra being tried for  “obstetrical violence” and breach of duty [link]

15th: Asia Bibi’s life threatened, Canada: after acquittal, moved to Canada with family – threatened on video by Muslim who followed her to Canada to find and kill her [link]

15th: Appeals court rules no doctors can object to performing abortions or euthanasia, Canada: court claims patient’s rights trump doctor’s rights [link]

16th: Near total ban on abortion, Alabama, USA: Alabama Governor signs bill to criminalise abortion. Activists hope to overturn 1973 Roe vs Wade decision. Six states have now outlawed it [link 1; link 2; link 3]

16th: Asia Bibi’s lawyer taking on another blaspheming case, Pakistan: Saif-ul-Mulook to help Christian couple [link]

18th: Rugby Australia sacks Israel Folau, Australia: club argues it was breach of ‘inclusiveness’ policy (see earlier) Folau to take case to Supreme Court [link 1] [link 2] Martin Iles claims it’s an attack on religious freedom [link 3]

19th: Election surprise with Liberal/National party win, Australia: the continuing Prime Minister, a strong Christian man, and public’s fear over loss of religious freedoms were contributing factors [link 1; link 2]

31st: Pastor’s son helps save people & loses his life, Virginia USA: Ryan Cox was among 12 people killed during a shooting at a Virginia Beach municipal building [link]

April

4th: Rugby’s Israel Folau criticised for homophobia after sharing Bible verses, Australia: Rugby star and Christian, Israel Folau, heavily criticised for ‘homophobia’ [link a; link b; link c; link d; link e] Rugby Union served breach notice – management claim it’s nothing to do with religion [link f; link g; link h] Mainstream media silent about Folau’s 2014 support for inclusive and gay

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rugby [link i] Former UK rugby player and Christian, Billy Vunipola, stood up for Folau, threatened with job loss [link j; link k; link l]  Alan Jones, former Australian Wallabies claims decision has ‘completely corrupted’ free speech [link m; link n; link o]

3rd: Rupert Murdoch’s power, USA: New York Times’ evidence that Murdoch and sons, enormous influence on politics in several countries [link 1; link 2]

6th: Debit cards, Australia: one third of Australians would be ok with a bank card implant in skin [link]

7th: Shots fired in protestant church, Burkina Faso (Africa): asked to convert to Islam, those who refused, including Pastor and 5 others, were killed [link]

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9th: Benjamin Netanyahu re-elected as Prime Minister, Israel:  Netanyahu now the longest serving Prime Minister in Israel [link]

10th: Former member of parliament condemns Tasmanian lawmakers, Australia: Paul Harriss criticised laws that remove gender identifying information on birth certificates [link a; link b]

10th: Transgender males may compete in female sports teams, USA [link a; link b]

10th: Appeals rejected of two pro-life supporters, Australia: after encroaching restricted zones around abortion clinics, both arrested and appeals rejected by Australian High Court [link]

11th: Joni Eareckson Tada, USA: after painful radiation treatment for stage 3 breast cancer, and experiencing breathing difficulties, Joni eventually released from hospital [link a; link b]

12th: Gender diversity not welcome in schools, New Zealand: petition with over 40,000 signatures requests that Ministry of Education “…remove learning intentions for teaching gender diversity in the sexuality education guide” [link a; link b]

14th: Fulani militants kill 17, Nigeria: Christian baby dedication, 17 people killed, including children, and others injured in Nassarawa [link]

15th: Holocaust was exaggerated, USA: one third of people believe numbers of Jewish people killed were exaggerated; 66% of millennials, don’t understand significance of Auschwitz [link]

15th: Notre Dame cathedral burns, France: church caught fire and extensively damaged. 500 firefighters and others, helped save many artworks and treasures [link a; link b; link c] Building may be restored due to extensive 3D scans [link d]

16th: Comedian Barry Humphries name removed from comedy award, Australia: name dropped by Melbourne comedy festival award – his comments infuriated transgenders [link a]; Binary Australia’s Kirralie Smith’s commented [link b]

18th: Arson at St Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, USA: man arrested after entering the church with lighter fluid, cans of petrol and lighters [link]

18th: Attacks on churches, France: during 2018, 875 churches were targeted and around 1,100 anti-Christian attacks recorded [link]

19th: 11 killed & 40 missing, Nigeria: Good Friday, Christians returning from service in Benue were ambushed [link]

21st: Muslim defence officer kills 13 Christians in night parade, Nigeria: officer argued with the group, returned to his car, turned off the lights and rammed the group killing 13 boys and injuring 32 more [link]

21st: Churches, hotels and zoo bombed, Sri Lanka: attacks against Christians in Sri Lanka with explosions in 3 churches at Easter [link a; link b] Further explosions at hotels and a zoo [link c]

21st: Christian apologist faces ongoing bans on Facebook, USA: FB bullying man for sharing posts against their standards, including banning the man’s evidence that he was the target of hate-speech on FB [link]

25th:Biology course teaches foetuses are like cancer/ parasite, USA: University of California, San Diegoteaches that foetus is “legitimate parasite” [link]

25th: Second cyclone in six weeks devastates Mozambique and surrounding countries, Africa: cyclone Kenneth stranded thousands, devastates island nation of Comoros [link a; link b; link c]

27th: Gunman opens fire in Jewish synagogue, California, USA: shouting hate speech,assailant opened fire during service on last day of Passover [link a; link b, link c, link d] woman, Lori Kaye killed protecting rabbi [link e], 3 others injured.

March

4th: Trans competitors, USA: female athlete speaks out about how trans competitors impact female sports [link a; link b]

4th: reporting Christians encouraged, China: Chinese authorities promise rewards for those who report Christians [link]

15th: Cyclone Idai causes devastation in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, Africa [link a; link b; link c]

16th: Former ISIS leader becomes Christian: has dream from God, and “saw a love that didn’t exist in Islam” [link]

17th: Father Joël Yougbaré, missing, Burkina Faso, Africa: attacks against Christians increasing near area where Father Joël Yougbaré disappeared [link]

18th: 280 Christians killed in attacks, Nigeria: Since February, Fulani herdsmen have killed as many as 280 farmers, many are Christians [link a; link b] information on 2018 killings [link c]

19th: 85 year old pro-life Christian man assaulted outside abortion clinic, USA: same assailant may have attacked others [link a; link b; link c]

20th: one week, 12 churches vandalised, France: anti-Christianpeople/groups desecrated 12 churches and tried to set fire to the Saint-Sulpice church [link]

22nd: Johan van Hulst, saviour of 600 Jewish children, dies aged 107, Netherlands: during World War II, van Hulst, with the help of volunteers and students, rescued many Jewish children, who were going to be sent to concentration camps [link]

26th: Deny older people surgery, Netherlands: environmentalist legislator proposes doctors deny surgery to patients over 70 [link]

26th: Christian teacher wins $1-million Excellence in Teaching award, Kenya: mainstream media ignores any reference to his faith after winning the award [link]

29th: “Unplanned” pro-life movie released, USA: based on true story of former Planned Parenthood director who quits, joins pro-life movement [link a; link b; link c]

30th: Trump’s faith is real, USA: Pastor says the President’s faith in God and opposition to late-term abortion are genuine [link]

February

24th: Catholic church fears holding Christian views seen as hate crimes, Scotland: there needs to be “room for debate and a robust exchange of views” [link]

28th: Cardinal Pell, Australia: evidence that sent Australia’s Cardinal Pell to prison for sexual abuse was implausible [link a; link b] WorldOver interview about the flawed trial [link c]

January

11th: Shirley Boone dies, USA: Shirley Boone, philanthropist and wife of Pat Boone, the singer and actor, passed away [link]

22nd: Little Athletics embraces gender dysphoric children in any sex category, Australia: Little Athletics, Victoria, now allows gender dysphoric kids to participate in any category [link]

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Believers Who Suffered Depression

Believers Who Suffered Depression

by Vicki Nunn (1 December 2016)

“A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear (that results) from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. If we had not been wounded, if we had not been injured, then we will not produce the pearl.”

Stephan Hoeller

Introduction

Some Christians and churches claim that depression comes from demonic possession, or from sin, perhaps a curse, or because God is punishing us for a wrong-doing. As we discussed in the article “Can Christians Have a Mental Illness,” while on some occasions it may be the result of an ongoing sin, for most believers, depression doesn’t usually arise from these things.

We’ve looked at possible physical causes of depression as well as circumstances which may cause it. It can be the result of drug and alcohol abuse, physical injury or as part of an illness, as a side effect of certain medications, or as a consequence of physical, psychological and/or sexual abuse.

Seeking help for depression is not sinful, nor is taking anti-depressants. Getting over depression isn’t about “having more faith,” or “looking on the bright side,” or “just getting over it.” There is no pithy quote, Bible verse or inspirational saying that will snap us out of it. In fact, there are quite a number of Bible verses that speak about depression, and Bible characters who struggled with it.

Depression is not a new thing – it’s been around almost since day one!

One of the more important things we learned in that earlier article is that a good proportion of the population will experience depress-ion at some time in their life, and therefore it’s likely that many Christians will also go through it.

Being a Christian doesn’t automatically make us immune. Depression doesn’t mean that a person is lacking in spirituality or immature in their Christian walk. Do you need reassurance on that? Then hopefully this article will provide enough evidence to demonstrate that some of the strongest, most faithful believers have suffered depression – and God still loved them.

Depression

Normally in each issue of SPAG Magazine we endeavour to provide an article on one inspirational person. In conjunction with issue 7’s focus on depression and mental illness, we’re sharing a little about the lives of inspirational believers who suffered depression  – from the Bible, from history and also from the present day. This is by no means a comprehensive list, and I encourage you to find out more.

If you’ve ever suffered depression, it may ease your burden to know that profound Christian thinkers, passionate champions of the persecuted and down-trodden, God-inspired prophets, and those who reached great pinnacles of wisdom and strength in their Christian walk, have shared the trials and torments of depression with us.

If those with such resounding faith, profound knowledge and deep compassion can experience the same depths of sorrow, anguish, and moments of doubt; times when God seemed silent to their urgent, tortured pleas for help or for answers; then we, the more common, ordinary Christians are not alone – we aren’t wrong or broken or in need of deliverance. For some of us, it is part of the demanding journey of what it means to be a Christian.

It’s almost freeing to know that these exceptional Christians share such a bond with us. Perhaps it is those who have never known depression and those dark, tormented nights of the soul, who miss out on this distinctive experience. Perhaps we who have known depression, are the chosen ones who God deems worthy of undergoing such an ordeal. Perhaps our journey will be all the better for it.

As bizarre and unreasonable as it sounds, perhaps there’ll come a day when we’ll be able to look back and say “Thank you Lord.”

Whatever the circumstances, depression is very real, and can have a profound and long-lasting impact on us. Those who have never suffered depression cannot understand the terrible pain and suffering it causes.

Biblical Believers Who Suffered Depression

(a) Adam and Eve

While there is no Biblical evidence to confirm it, I imagine that both Adam and Eve suffered depression after they sinned and were cast out of the garden of Eden.

Having previously been so intimate with God, it must have been devastating for them to lose that close and loving relationship. No longer did they know that kindred closeness of spirit, soul and purpose. Adam and Eve knew without a doubt that they were no longer Holy – that purity of their holy relationship with God had ceased to exist.

I’ve heard hell described as the absolute and complete awareness of our aloneness and separation from God. Perhaps in a way, it was similar to how Adam and Eve felt.

Their daily lives of toil to grow food and to survive would have been a constant reminder of the repercussions of their sin, and their unending loss.

The consequences of their sin were later brought home to them, when their own son Cain killed his brother Abel.

(b) King David

There are more than three dozen examples of David’s experiences with depression which he shared in the Psalms. In Psalm 6:2-7 we read words that sound similar to what we might say when experiencing deep depression. Along with the anguish, his words seem to be touched with frustration and even anger:

“Show me grace, Eternal God. I am completely undone. Bring me back together, Eternal One. Mend my shattered bones. My soul is drowning in darkness. How long can You, the Eternal, let things go on like this?

Come back, Eternal One, and lead me to Your saving light. Rescue me because I know You are truly compassionate.

I’m alive for a reason – I can’t worship You if I’m dead. If I’m six feet under, how can I thank You?

I’m exhausted. I cannot even speak, my voice fading as sighs. Every day ends in the same place – lying in bed, covered in tears, my pillow wet with sorrow. My eyes burn, devoured with grief; they grow weak as I constantly watch for my enemies.” [Voice]

(c) Job

We can understand why Job would have suffered depression, after he lost all he had including his children and his wealth. While he must have grieved for his children, he was able to accept that loss was part of life – he’d come into the world with nothing, and would leave the world with nothing.

When Satan was allowed to afflict Job with a terrible illness that not only caused him awful physical pain, he also lost the affections and closeness of his wife, the comforts of his home, contact with friends and loved ones in his community, and was cast out of his home town because of his disease.

Here was a different sort of trauma to the losses he’d suffered earlier. This next step meant that he’d lost everything else including his dignity, his health, and his position within society – he was even mocked by low-life people because of how far he’d fallen from God’s grace.

Additionally, he was constantly in pain which would have affected every physical movement and would likely have plagued his sleep. Lack of sleep and relentless pain alone can cause depression, but the added losses and indignities would have piled up upon his already low spirits.

He’d lived a good life and had tried to be obedient to God. When he was suffering so terribly, he questioned God, demanding a response from Him about what he’d done to deserve such harsh treatment. Doesn’t that sound a lot like what most of us would probably do in Job’s situation?

We can almost hear the anger and perhaps even a little touch of rebuke in his voice in Job 6:8-10:

“If only my one request were answered, if only God would grant me the fulfilment of my only hope: That God would be willing to crush me, to kill me, that God would release His hand and cut me off.


At least then I would have a crumb of consolation, one source of joy in the midst of this relentless agony: I never denied the words of the Holy One in my pain.”
[Voice]

We can hardly blame or judge Job for feeling angry with God. In fact, that kind of a reaction has been around since the time of Cain and Abel, when Cain became angry upon God asking where his brother was.

We can still love God and feel angry and upset with Him. In fact, it really isn’t a surprising response when we’re obedient and go through difficulties and pain and don’t understand why we’re suffering.

Eventually God healed Job and restored his blessings including more children and wealth, and a long, healthy life.

For most of us though, restoration of good health, the return of our wealth, or a child or a partner to replace one we’ve lost, don’t usually happen, and our pain and suffering may remain with us.

(d) Elijah

Elijah was one of several people in the Bible who suffered depression. Here was a man that saw some incredible miracles including ravens sent by God to feed him when he was hungry; provision of food for himself, a widow and her son during a famine; and then Elijah raised the woman’s son from the dead after he passed away.

On another occasion he prayed to God to send fire down from heaven to burn up his sacrifice, to show His power to Baal’s prophets and to the Israelite people. The Israelites saw God’s power and were filled with fear, awe and wonder.

In the same chapter we read that he was able to supernaturally run faster than Ahab who’d left earlier in his chariot!

Despite all of those amazing miracles, he knew and trusted God, and yet Elijah sunk into a terrible depression, even seeking to die.

In 1 Kings 19:4 we read:

“He journeyed into the desert for one day and then decided to rest beneath the limbs of a broom tree. There he prayed that his life would be over quickly and that he would die there beneath the tree.

Elijah: I’m finished, Eternal One. Please end my life here and now, even though I have failed, and I am no better than my ancestors.” [Voice]

After he overcame his depression, Elijah continued in his work for God, and took on Elisha as his apprentice. Later, as his time on earth drew to a close we read in 2 Kings 2:11b:

“A blazing chariot pulled by blazing horses stormed down from the heavens and came between Elijah and Elisha. Then Elijah was swept up into heaven by the fiery storm.” [Voice]

God favoured Elijah so highly, that he took him straight up to heaven! Surely then we must consider that depression is no hindrance to being close to God, or for God to accept each of us completely, or for us to be able to do His work.

(e) Other Bible People

You may like to read about other Bible people who suffered depression, such as: Jeremiah; Hannah; Jonah; and Jesus.

The night before His crucifixion, Jesus spent time in prayer, His spirit in distress. While not necessarily depression, He was in extreme anguish so great, that he sweated drops of blood.)

Christians in History Who Suffered Depression

(a) C.S. Lewis

Most of us know Lewis’ work from his beloved Narnia series. Lewis, was a great Christian thinker who also wrote books on theology, and yet for such an intellectual who understood God so well, he suffered depression.

After his wife died of cancer, just three years after they married, he wrote of his experience, when he desired an answer or some kind of sign from God:

“…But go to Him when your need is desperate, when all other help is vain, and what do you find? A door slammed in your face and a sound of bolting and double bolting on the inside. After that, silence. You may as well turn away. The longer you wait, the more emphatic the silence will become.” (“A Grief Observed.”)

Lewis struggled to connect with God during his difficult days, to focus his heart and mind on God, just as many of us do. In his book, “A Grief Observed,” he said of his suffering:

“God has not been trying an experiment on my faith or love in order to find out their quality. He knew it already. It was I who didn’t. In this trial He makes us occupy the dock, the witness box, and the bench all at once. He always knew that my temple was a house of cards. His only way of making me realize the fact was to knock it down.”

And when it seemed to him that God wasn’t responding:

“’Knock and it shall be opened.’ But does knocking mean hammering and kicking the door like a maniac?”

(b)  Mother Teresa

The compassionate and caring nun, Mother Teresa is often presented to the world as an iconic image of supreme Christian service, of one who was content in her work, faithful in her service and unwavering in her devotion to God.

There was also the Mother Teresa that few of us know, who suffered depression and struggled to find God, especially during periods of dark despair, but her soul hungered for Him even when she didn’t sense His presence.

In her book “Come Be My Light,” (edited by Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC) she said:

“I want to smile even at Jesus and so hide if possible the pain and the darkness of my soul even from Him.”

And later she wrote:

“With regard to the feeling of loneliness, of abandonment, of not being wanted, of darkness of the soul, it is a state well known by spiritual writers and directors of conscience. This is willed by God in order to attach us to Him alone, an antidote to our external activities, and also, like temptation, a way of keeping us humble in the midst of applauses, publicity, praises, appreciation, etc. and success.”

(c)  Other Christians in History Who Suffered Depression

Other well-known Christians who suffered depression included: Charles Dickens; Martin Luther; John Calvin; John Wesley; Handel; Emily Dickinson; Sir Isaac Newton; Charles Spurgeon; Pope Francis; Florence Nightingale; and many more.

Well-known Christians of Modern Times Who Suffered Depression

(a) Barbara Bush

The former first lady of the USA suffered terrible depression in the 1970s. According to a New York Times article, she sometimes had to stop her car on shoulders of the highway because she feared that:

“…she might deliberately crash the vehicle into a tree or an oncoming auto.”

(b) Joyce Meyer

Joyce was abused as a child which impacted on her emotional and mental development enormously, and led to her depression. In her article “Is it Really Possible to Beat Depression?”she said:

“I know what it’s like to be depressed. For many years I was unstable emotionally because of abuse that I experienced during most of my childhood. It caused me to be negative, critical, and easily discouraged. I used to believe that it was better not to expect anything good to happen to me because if nothing good happened, I wouldn’t be disappointed. But I was still miserable and had no peace.”

Joyce believes that we can allow depression to take hold of us, and that there are ways to stop it. She said:

“Depression begins with disappointment. When disappointment festers in our soul, it leads to discouragement.”

(c) Other Well-known Christians of Modern Times Who Have Suffered Depression

Jim Caviezel, the actor who played Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson’s movie “The Passion of Christ” has suffered depression.

Others in this group include: John James (Newsboys); Sheila Walsh (singer and talk-show host); Tina Campbell (Mary Mary); Richard Smallwood (gospel music artist); Buzz Aldrin (astronaut); Lecrae (hip hop artist, record producer and actor); Kevin Sorbo (actor); Mel Gibson (actor, director and producer); and Ashley Judd (actor).

Conclusion

For each of us who suffer depression or other mental illnesses, our journey and our experiences may be different, but we are bonded together in a unified Christian experience.

We aren’t alone in our suffering. The similarities of our anguish, the deep depths of our depressions, the struggles of our condition, the unanswered, perplexing questions and even at times, silence from God show us by their similarity that God has found a way to stretch us and shape us, even sometime agonisingly, but purposefully into something more than we were before.

We may not see that we’ve changed for the better, or understand that the suffering that we bore began a transformation within us.

While in the midst of our struggles, sometimes we feel torn, broken, battered and weak with trembling, God isn’t unaware of the battle we are waging, He is not absent from us though His silence may make it seem that He is.

These troubling experiences and depression are another part of our journey. Perhaps we undergo this pain and suffering because there was something deep in us which God needed to change or to remove from us, which required such a forceful and intense experience.

When we take those final steps at the end of our human journey and find ourselves standing before God, instead of asking Him “Why?” our minds, hearts and soul will grasp it at last and we will say, “I understand.” [End]

 

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“That’s the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible to ever see the end. The fog is like a cage without a key.”

Elizabeth Wurtzel

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After Adam and Eve sinned, there were cast out of the garden of Eden, and realised their separation from God.

After Adam and Eve sinned, there were cast out of the garden of Eden, and realised their separation from God.

King David in prayer

King David in prayer

Job and his friends

Job and his friends

Elijah destroyed the messengers of Ahaziah by fire

Elijah calling down fire from God

Jeremiah in the ruins of Jerusalem

Jeremiah in the ruins of Jerusalem

Jesus and the crown of thorns

Jesus and the crown of thorns

Charles Spurgeon

Charles Spurgeon

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

John Calvin

John Calvin

Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson

Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton

Handel

Handel

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa

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McDaniel, Debbie, 4 May 2016, Crosswalk.com “7 Bible Figures Who Struggled with Depression,” available: http://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/7-bible-figures-who-struggled-with-depression.html – accessed 04/11/16
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Justice, Jessilyn, 21/08/15, Charisma News: “When Famous Christians Suffer Public Depression,” available: http://www.charismanews.com/culture/51159-when-famous-christians-suffer-public-depression, accessed 04/11/16
Carey, Jesse, 9/12/14, Relevant: God – “7 Prominent Christian Thinkers Who Wrestled With Doubt,” available: http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/7-prominent-christian-thinkers-who-wrestled-doubt”- accessed 04/11/16
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Having Struggles?

Having Struggles?

Here are some articles which you may find helpful if you are going through struggles. We will continue adding to these as we share them in issues of SPAG Magazine. If you have an issue or a topic that you’d like us to cover in an upcoming issue, please let us know. You can complete the form at the end of this page, or email us at: 

Can Christians Have a Mental Illness?

Five Key Ways to Support a Friend (or Stranger) With a Chronic or Invisible Illness

Good Grief: Coping with Chronic Illness

Happiness Habits – Articles on Learning How to be Happy:

  1. Keep a happiness journal;

  2. Forgiveness and friendship;

  3. Difficult decisions;

  4. Friendship;

  5. Understanding yourself;

  6. Putting off procrastination;

  7. Derailing Depression (parts 1-3)

Believers Who Suffered Depression;

Let’s Talk About Sex;

  1. Introduction

  2. Purity (or the world is not enough);

  3. Masturbation and celibacy;

Where is the Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Why Do I have Trouble Making Friends?

Tell us what topic or article you would like us to share in a future issue of SPAG Magazine:

General Articles

General Articles

 Please contact us if you have any queries.

Humorous Articles

Humorous Articles

Being a single person can have it’s challenges, and sometimes the way we are treated or even ignored, can be very discouraging. With that in mind, we occasionally share a humorous article in SPAG Magazine. Here are the links:

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Can Christians Have a Mental Illness?

Can Christians Have a Mental Illness?

Vicki Nunn

by Vicki Nunn

Introduction

Over the centuries, people with mental illnesses were locked away in institutions or jails and subjected to the most appalling treatments and conditions. Some were killed out of fear, or (as happened in various countries early in the 20th century including Australia and the USA), they were sterilised or euthanized as a means of ‘improving’ the genetic human stock, or to remove them as a burden on our society. Unfortunately this concept arose from the theory of evolution which was taking a strong hold in many countries at the time.

When I was growing up, people never talked about mental illness other than just to make fun of the ‘crazies.’ Television programs and comedians mocked people with mental illness, and many people were so afraid of them that they took care to avoid them and to ostracise them, and to ensure that they were locked away.

As an adult, I’ve been fortunate to have personally known people who have suffered various mental illnesses including schizophrenia, bipolar-affective disorder, depression and more. I say fortunate, because it’s given me more of an understanding of the problems and issues with which mentally ill people struggle, and also because I came to value them as individuals, and to admire them for their resolve in living as normally as possible while struggling with their illness.

As someone who has personally suffered depression and panic attacks, I know that mental illness can have a profound and life-changing impact upon us.

Mental Illness in Modern Times

It is really only up until recently in our society, that mental illness has been more openly discussed, and we are becoming more accepting and compassionate towards those with mental illness. Rather than just locking people up and treating them as ‘unfixable’ or even as less than human, we are at last finding some medical treatments and psychotherapy to help them as best as possible.

Within the church though, it is an area that has been slow to change. In some churches there is still the belief that Christians simply do not suffer mental illness, unless they’re committing sin or are lacking in faith and are being punished for their actions, or possibly even as a result of a curse.

Other churches run with the concept that the person needs to be freed from demonic possession.
Some still treat the afflicted as if they are carrying an infectious disease and should be avoided, or they arrogantly look down their noses at the poor unfortunate, offering them indifference or condescension instead of solace and compassion.

Those then that suffer from mental illness while they are Christians, are usually forced to hide their condition in shame and embarrassment, as if they are disgusting failures. As a consequence, many Christians who struggle with this, do not seek out help from within their own churches or they feel that they can’t discuss their situation with their brothers and sisters in Christ. Many struggle on alone, for fear of being judged and shunned.

Thankfully this is changing, and more churches are recognising that Christians can suffer a mental illness and it’s not always because they’re sinning, possessed or cursed. More are offering support and help.

What Causes Mental Illness?

In most cases, the causes of mental illness are still unknown. Research suggests that they are caused by physical, biological and environmental factors or a combination of these.

The illness can come about from a disruption in the unborn infant’s brain development or caused by injury at birth. Sometimes neurological pathways in the brain function incorrectly. It can develop through a physical injury to the brain as a result of an accident or it may be caused by chemical imbalances.

It may result from a brain infection, exposure to toxins or lack of good nutrition, particularly in one’s developmental years.

Some families are born with genetic abnormalities that make them more susceptible to mental illness which may be triggered by trauma, abuse or other factors.

Other mental illnesses can be brought on by the use of drugs such as marijuana or long-term alcohol and drug abuse.

Some mental illnesses can be the result of physical, psychological and/or sexual abuse, particularly in childhood, which can impact on the person’s psychological development.

How Can People with Mental Illness be Treated?

A combination of medication and psychotherapy can assist, though the person may still continue to struggle with the illness’s effects throughout their life, particularly its impacts on their personal and social functioning.

While these therapies assist in many cases (but not necessarily cure), not every person is able to find a successful treatment and some people will need to remain in the care of their families or in institutions for the remainder of their life.

There are many families who struggle daily with caring for a loved one with a mental illness. (See our other article – “Good Grief: Mental Illness” in issue 7 of SPAG Magazine which is available to purchase online – link here)

Can Christians Have a Mental Illness?

Yes, many Christians do have a mental illness, although few make it known.

As a result of misinformation and lack of compassion within some churches, some Christians come to believe that they’re lacking in faith if they’re not healed, and may be actively discouraged from seeking medical and psycho-therapeutic help. Others unsuccessfully try to have the demon removed, or they may simply suffer through it because they’ve been lead to believe that because of their sins, they’re being judged and punished by God. Many suffer in silence because they don’t want to be condemned and shunned by their fellow Christians.

Of course, if a Christian is consciously indulging in a sin, then this is the first thing which they must put forward to God, seeking help and healing, praying for wisdom and forgiveness and with the Holy Spirit’s help, deliberately working at ways of ridding themselves of it. This isn’t always easy to do.

We must understand though, that not all illnesses in the believer, whether mental or physical, are the result of our sin or because we are cursed. By Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection, our former, present and future sins are forgiven. We don’t have to prove ourselves worthy of forgiveness – it is Jesus who was worthy to take our sins for us, so we already are forgiven by our faith in Jesus and God’s promise for the forgiveness of our sins.

Can We Assume that it’s Mostly Due to Sin?

So what do we say to those who are still suffering sickness? Do we judge them simply as sinners and not offer them compassion, prayer and comfort? Why would our loving heavenly Father on the one hand promise forgiveness of sins, and with the other, punish us for them through mental or physical illness?

I’ve known many Christians who have long-term illnesses, both physical and/or mental, and I know that their illness is not the result of sin. I know this because I have seen God working in them and I see that they seek to make God the priority of their lives.

Personally, I know that physical and mental ailments are not always due to sin. I was born with a congenital defect in one hip which affected me even as a child. Was my problem due to sin? Of course not – I was born with this defect.

Then when I was in teens, I developed a spinal disease that led to the development of scoliosis and caused pain. By the time I was 21, the pain began to increase and by my late twenties was impacting my movement. The pain and restrictions affected my every day activities as well as the ministry to which God had called me.

In prayer I regularly sought God’s guidance about whether it was from sin and asked repeatedly for healing and clarity about whether I would be healed of it, but if anything, my pain and physical restrictions increased. In my mid thirties, God eventually answered my prayer and told me that I wasn’t going to be healed, not as a form of punishment because of my sin or lack of faith, but so that I would develop compassion and empathy for others who suffer.

Therefore, mental illnesses too are not always the result of sin. What do we say to those who are born with a mental illness? “You’re obviously still sinning, so don’t come and talk to me about that until you’ve fixed it?” Of course not! Can we make the judgement that a newborn infant is responsible for a deliberate sin and is being punished for it with a mental and/or physical ailment? If a person can be born with a physical or mental ailment, or develop it later, we cannot condescend to assume that the person is actively sinning and being punished for it.

In fact, not a single one of us is without sin. Yes, we are forgiven, but not a single one of us is able to go about our lives without committing a sin. If we don’t suffer a physical or mental illness, does that mean that we are somehow better than others who do have one? Are those with a physical or mental illness somehow committing a sin that’s worse than ours?

Let’s ask an important question, “Are some sins worse than others?” The Bible makes it clear that there is only one unforgiveable sin: blaspheming of the holy spirit. No other sin is unforgiveable or worse than others.

If we are suggesting that a person with a physical and/or mental illness is being punished for sin, than why isn’t everyone being punished for theirs, because none of us is able to live without sinning. Yes, we are working towards becoming more like Jesus, but that work isn’t completed in us until after we die.

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Churches and Believers Are Becoming More Compassionate

Thankfully there are churches which offer compassion and understanding to Christian sufferers, and hopefully more churches will learn to accept that those with a mental illness should be allowed to seek appropriate medical treatment without fear of condemnation.

Just as we treat people with physical illnesses with proper medication and treatments, we should also treat people with mental illnesses with compassion and allow them to seek the medical and psychological treatments available to them. Would we deny medical help to a person with diabetes or heart disease or for a broken leg? Why then should we deny treatment to those with a mental illness, particularly since some mental illness are caused by physical problems?

Perhaps the reason we don’t treat those with a mental illness the same way we treat people with physical illnesses comes from our long history of superstition and fear in connection with mental illness, and because we don’t understand its cause or know how to treat it properly.

Perhaps even, we shun sufferers out of pride and our own sense of superiority.

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Conclusion

While mental illness may in some instances be a sign of demonic possession, once a person becomes a Christian there is no way that a demon would be allowed to remain inside someone who is occupied by God through His Holy Spirit. God abhors evil, and so He would not allow evil to reside alongside Him in a believer’s heart and mind.

We cannot make the assumption either that mental illness is caused by demonic possession in every non-believer, although it’s possible in some cases.
Aside from demonic possession, we’ve discussed that while mental illness may on occasion spring from deliberate sin, in most instances it arises from various physical, biological and environmental causes, or a combination of these.

Modern medication and psychotherapy can be a tremendous assistance to those with a mental illness, although not everyone can be helped. Hopefully as our medical knowledge increases, we will be able to improve our treatments.

As Christians, we need to be mindful that many of our brothers and sisters in Christ are suffering from a mental illness. Statistics suggest that as many as 45% of the Australian population will suffer a mental health condition in their lifetime. I can only assume the statistics are similar in other countries. In any one year, around one million adults have depression, and more than two million suffer anxiety. Depression is claimed to be the leading cause of disability worldwide¹.

We should ask God to help us to become more empathetic towards those who are afflicted, rather than add to their already heavy burden by our own callousness or judgement. If we act towards the mentally ill with intolerance, indifference or out of a sense of superiority, then which of us has the worse ailment?

Challenge

Here’s a challenge for you to prayerfully consider. What is your response towards those with mental (or physical) illness? On the day of judgement, how will God view your attitude and actions towards those who are afflicted?

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