News Snippets from Around the World
News Snippets

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

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

APRIL 2021

16th: Federal Judge Compares Abortion Industry to Nazi Eugenics: It’s ‘Pure Evil’ to Target Certain Babies, US: America and the rest of the world are guilty of Nazi-like eugenics by allowing abortion that targets the unborn for various traits such as sex, race and disability, a federal judge asserted this week in a much-publicized abortion case. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

15th: Revival Breaks Out at Nashville-Area Church with 1,000 Baptisms: It’s Solely a ‘Movement of God:’ A revival that began in December at a Nashville-area church has now lasted nearly four months, with more than 1,000 baptisms and people coming to Christ long after the Sunday morning service has ended. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

15th: Biden Administration Seeks to Rescind Trump-Era Abortion Referral Ban, US: On Wednesday, the Biden administration proposed a rule that would reverse a Trump-era policy that banned clinics from referring women for abortions. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

15th: CDC: Nearly 6,000 People Infected with COVID Even After Getting Vaccine, US: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that roughly 5,800 people who received a coronavirus vaccine still ultimately came down with the disease anyway, according to CNN. (American Greatness) [link 1]

14th: Only 6% of Americans Hold to a Dominantly Biblical Worldview: Study:According to a new study by the Cultural Research Center (CRC) at Arizona Christian University, nearly nine in 10 U.S. American adults hold to a mixture of worldviews, otherwise known as syncretism. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

14th: 104-Year-Old Man Just Boxed His 1,000th Box for Operation Christmas Child: one of the few living centenarians has just filled his 1,000th box for Operation Christmas Child, an organization run by Samaritan’s Purse. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

14th: Brazil’s New Statue of Jesus will Surpass Height of Rio’s Christ the Redeemer: Construction of Christ the Protector began in 2019 in the city of Encantado and completion of the monument isn’t expected until late 2021. (CBN News) [link 1]

14th: NCAA Threatens States That Ban Biological Men from Competing in Women’s Sports, US: On Monday, the body that regulates college athletics said it will “closely monitor” states that pass laws restricting transgender athletes and will consider pulling championship events from such locations. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

14th: Canadian Pastor Could Face 1 Year in Jail for Leading Easter Worship Service: A Canadian pastor says he could face up to one year and jail and a $100,000 fine after local police charged him for violating health restrictions by leading his congregation in worship on Easter Sunday. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

13th: More Aussies believe in God and miracles than you thought: “Some 58% of Australians either do or might believe in God, while 60% of Australians do or might believe in miracles, and 53% believe in angels, while almost 70% believe in souls” the ABC’s Mediawatch told the nation this week. (Eternity News) [link 1]

13th: Christian Schools Fight Back, Say LGBT Suit Would Strip Students of ‘Much-Needed Financial Aid:’ A trio of Christian schools is attempting to intervene in a high-profile federal lawsuit filed last month by 33 LGBT students. The suit seeks to force the nation’s faith-based colleges, universities and seminaries to recognize gender identity and sexual orientation as normal. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

13th: Canadian Pastor Holds Service in Undisclosed Location after Officials Barricade Church: Pastor James Coates of GraceLife Church in Alberta, Canada, who was recently jailed for violating COVID-19 restrictions, has found a new way to hold services after police fenced off his church’s building last week. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

13th: Mike Pence Launches Conservative Advocacy Group to Push Trump-Era Policies: Last week, former Vice President Mike Pence launched a new conservative advocacy group called Advancing American Freedom. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

12th: new regulations threaten minorities including Christians, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka’s government has moved to expand the Prevention of Terrorism Act, putting Christian minorities at risk, allowing authorities could detain citizens for two years without trial for causing religious, racial or communal disharmony. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

12th: ‘Victory’: Supreme Court Blocks California Restrictions on At-Home Bible Studies, US: The U.S. Supreme Court handed churches and the faith community another major victory Friday, ruling that California’s restrictions on at-home Bible studies during the pandemic likely violate the U.S. Constitution and cannot be enforced. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

12th: 1,000 Canadians Gather to Protest Govt’s Closure of Church: ‘It Is Time to End’ the Lockdown: An estimated 1,000 people gathered outside a Canadian church Sunday to protest the government’s closing of a congregation that has drawn worldwide attention. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

9th: Nestle, Mars Call Bans on Biological Boys in Girls’ Sports ‘Discriminatory:’ Nestle, Mars and two other major food companies said in a USA Today opinion piece this week that they oppose state-level bills that prohibit biological boys from playing on girls’ teams and will speak out against similar “draconian” legislation that impacts children. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

9th: Catholic Politicians Who Support Abortion Should Be Excommunicated, Cardinal Says: Catholic politicians who support abortion rights are guilty of apostasy and should be excommunicated and denied communion, an American cardinal says (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

8th: Dolly Parton Wins MovieGuide’s Grace Award: Dolly Parton just received MovieGuide’s Grace Award for Most Inspiring Performance on TV for her role in the Netflix film Christmas on the Square. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

8th: UK Labour Party Leader Apologizes for Visiting Church That Believes Marriage is Between a Man, a Woman: The U.K.’s Labour Party leader has issued an apology for visiting a church on Good Friday that believes marriage is between one man and one woman, The Christian Post reports. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

8th: Target Sells Best-Selling Devotional That Includes a Prayer Asking God to ‘Help Me to Hate White People:’ A popular book that includes a prayer asking for God to “help me to hate White people” is receiving additional attention after a Virginia pastor posted excerpts from the book on Twitter and urged Christians to be cautious about such theology. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

8th: Christian Photographer Sues N.Y. over Law that Could Jail, Fine Her for Not Working Same-Sex Weddings: A Christian professional photographer filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the state of New York, seeking to overturn a law that could result in her being jailed for up to a year and fined $100,000 if she does not work same-sex weddings. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

8th: Justin Bieber releases ‘Freedom’ full of prayers, praise and gospel lyrics: the 6 track EP is his most gospel-filled to date. (Eternity News) [link 1] [link 2]

7th: 40% of White Evangelical Protestants Say They Will Likely Not Get Vaccinated: Poll, US: Evangelicals across the U.S. are growing more divided over the use of COVID-19 vaccines. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

7th: ‘Victory for Children’: Arkansas Becomes 1st State to Ban Transgender Surgery, Hormones on Kids, US: Arkansas on Tuesday became the first state to ban gender transition procedures for children and teens when its legislature overrode a veto of a bill by the governor, who had rejected the bill one day earlier. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

6th: Carrie Underwood Performs New Christian Album, My Savior, at Ryman Auditorium: Carrie Underwood performed her new album, My Savior, at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, on Easter Sunday. The event was also live-streamed on Facebook. She reportedly said the album was to attract younger audiences to older hymns. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

6th: Attempts to force 10 Christians families to re-convert to tribal religion, Central India: the families were threatened with death unless they reconverted to their old religion in a ceremony in March and had to flee their village. (Eternity News) [link 1]

6th: th Christian Student Group Cannot Be Punished for Requiring Its Leaders to Be Christians, Judge Rulestle: A Christian student group at a college in Michigan will not be punished for requiring leaders in the group to agree to a statement of faith, a judge ruled Monday. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

6th: Couple convicted for attending church, Iran: authorities recently sentenced an Iranian Christian couple, Homayoun Zhaveh and his wife Sara Ahmadi, for attending a house church. (Open Doors) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

5th: Easter Means ‘We Are Able to Save Ourselves’ by Helping Others, Says Raphael Warnock, US: Senator and pastor Raphael Warnock stirred a theological controversy over the weekend when he asserted that the meaning of Easter involves more than Jesus’ resurrection and that by helping others, “we are able to save ourselves.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

5th: ‘Grateful’: Franklin Graham Wins U.K. Discrimination Suit against Town That Banned Bus Ads: A United Kingdom judge handed evangelist Franklin Graham and his team a major legal victory on Friday, ruling that the town of Blackpool, England, violated their religious liberty when it prohibited them from promoting a 2018 Christian event with bus ads. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

1st: Bishop Who Refused to Permit Same-Sex Marriage Blessings Leaves U.S. Episcopal Church: Bishop William Love, who was disciplined by the U.S. Episcopal Church for refusing to bless same-sex marriages, has left the denomination. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

1st: Israeli Archeologists Discover Rare Shekel Used to Pay Temple Tax during King Herod’s Reign: Archeologists in the Old City of Jerusalem have discovered a rare silver coin that is believed to have been used to pay the Temple Tax during King Herod’s reign. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

1st: ‘Miracles Happen Every Day’ but Christians Miss Them, Kevin Sorbo Says of Message in The Girl Who Believes in Miracles, US: Actor Kevin Sorbo says miracles often happen without people realizing it, and he hopes a new movie about the subject helps open a few eyes to that fact. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

1st: CNN Blasted as ‘Propaganda’ for Asserting ‘It’s Not Possible’ to Know Sex at Birth, US: A CNN news story claiming “it’s not possible” to know a person’s gender or sex at birth was widely panned across social media this week, mainly because it was stated as a non-debatable fact. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

MARCH 2021

31st: Thousands of Christians Attend Rallies for Asian Americans amid Surge of Hate Crimes, US: Christians across the nation are standing up on behalf of Asian Americans in light of a recent increase in hate crimes. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

31st: Abortion Rights Are as Important as Religious Liberty, Biden State Department Says, US: The Biden administration said Wednesday it will consider a country’s restrictions on abortion a violation of human rights in a reversal from the Trump administration, which had removed a section on “reproductive health” from an annual human rights report. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

31st: Bible Would Be Tennessee’s ‘Official State Book’ under Resolution Passed by House, US: A resolution that would make the Bible the “official state book” of Tennessee passed the state House of Representatives Tuesday and now heads to the state Senate. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

29th: Christian Camp Musical A Week Away Soars into Netflix’s Top 5 Worldwide: A new faith-based musical debuted in the Netflix Top 5 over the weekend and even reached No. 3 on the worldwide most-popular list. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

31st: It’d be cheaper to help them live, Australia: The architect of Tasmania’s deadly euthanasia laws, Mike Gaffney MLC, estimated that ten Tasmanians would use the laws each year to access lethal drugs to cause their premature death, spending $240,000 to provide lethal drugs to each Tasmanian who qualifies under the law, rather than spending that money to keep them alive (HOPE) [link 1] [link 2]

30th: LGBT Students Ask Court to Overturn the Government’s ‘Religious Exemption’ for Christian Schools, US: A coalition of 33 current and former LGBT students from Christian and religious colleges filed a federal lawsuit on Monday that could dramatically impact how faith-based schools operate by declaring a government religious exemption received by such schools unconstitutional. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

30th: Gov. Kristi Noem Signs Two Executive Orders Banning Trans Athletes from Female Sports, US: On Monday, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem issued two executive orders that will prohibit trans athletes from competing in female K-12 and collegiate sports. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

30th: Nike Sues over Satan Shoes: Company Did ‘Not Approve or Authorize’ Product, US: Little Nas X’s limited edition “Satan Shoes,” boasting the famous swoosh and containing a drop of blood, aren’t sitting well with Nike. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

30th: Supreme Court Takes Up Its First Abortion-Related Case under 6-3 Conservative Majority, US: the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up an abortion-related case out of Kentucky, marking the first time the justices have considered the issue in oral arguments with Amy Coney Barrett on the court. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2

30th: Slap on the wrist for Queensland’s ‘Angel of death,’ Australia: On 16 July 2014, Queensland nurse Maura Kathryn Bannister gave a dose of morphine higher than what was prescribed to an elderly woman in her care. The woman – whose name has not been released – died later that day. (HOPE) [link 1] [link 2]

29th: Two Churches Vandalized with Satanic Graffiti, Another May Have Been Targeted for Arson, US: Churches around the country have been vandalized or possibly targeted for arson in the last couple of weeks. One church in Shreveport, Louisiana was vandalized with a pentagram and the Mark of the Beast on the doors. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

29th: Tennessee Gov. Signs Transgender Sports Bill Requiring Athletes to Prove Their Biological Sex, US: the governor of Tennessee signed a bill into law that will prohibit trans athletes from competing in sports according to their chosen gender identity. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

29th: Nebraska Gov. Warns Parents that Proposed Sex Ed. Curriculum Will Teach LGBT Ideology to K-12 Students, US: Nebraska’s governor is calling on parents to speak out against the proposed education curriculum featuring LGBTQ+ ideology for children by the state’s department of education. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

29th: Governor Kristi Noem Blasts Lil Nas X’s ‘Satan Shoes’: ‘We Are in a Fight for the Soul of Our Nation,’ US: A governor, a well-known college quarterback and even a mainstream rapper are among those criticizing Lil Nas X for his new “Satan Shoes” sneakers and an accompanying music video that shows him dancing, explicitly, with Satan. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

28th: believers wounded in explosion on Palm Sunday, Indonesia: At least 14 people have been wounded and 1 suicide bomber killed in a terrorist attack on a church on Palm Sunday. (Open Doors) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

26th: Tax-Funded Abortion for ‘Every Person’ in America Is Goal of New Democratic Bill, US: A coalition of leading Democrats introduced a bill Thursday that would repeal existing law and require taxpayer-funding of abortion, making it a federal policy to “ensure access to abortion services” for every American. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

26th: Canada’s human rights disaster: Last week, a revised version of Bill C-7 received royal assent and became law in Canada. The result is that now Canadians who are ‘suffering intolerably’ but whose death is not reasonably foreseeable can apply for euthanasia and assisted suicide. Part of the legislative reform involved removing some of the so-called ‘safeguards’ contained in the original law, including the ten-day waiting period and the need for two witnesses. (HOPE) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

25th: Oklahoma Pastor Killed in His Home after Telling Christians They Should Expect Persecution, US: David Evans, the pastor of a Baptist church in Oklahoma, was killed hours after preaching a sermon telling his congregation to go out and live for Jesus and witness as much as possible. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

25th: If USA Today Is ‘Coming for Oral Roberts,’ It’s Coming for all Christians, Mohler Warns: Seminary president Albert Mohler says a new USA Today column labeling Oral Roberts University as “bigoted” should serve as a warning to Christians and faith-based institutions everywhere of the direction society is heading. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

25th: Bioethicisits: Aussie model embryo research highlights need for overdue ethics conversation, Australia: Australian researchers who have developed a ‘model embryo’ will “revolutionise research into the causes of early miscarriage, infertility and the study of early human development.” (Eternity News) [link 1]

24th: Christian Baker Jack Phillips Sued Again for Refusing to Bake Transgender Cake, US: Jack Phillips, a Christian baker who has previously been targeted by LGBTQ activists for refusing to bake cakes for them, is facing another lawsuit for his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

24th: Pro-Life Medical Experts Address: Do COVID Vaccines Present Ethical Concerns? US: Over the past year, COVID-19 related difficulties have consumed the globe. According to Johns Hopkins University figures, more than 540,000 people in the U.S. have died from the pandemic. Economic impacts have been extensive, especially for low-income households. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

23rd: Christians caught in conflict, Myanmar: after overtaking their government in a coup, military forces raided a church and arrested ten people. (Open Doors) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

18th: Renowned Relationship Therapists Drs. Julie & John Gottman’s “Open Letter On Porn:” while some marriage therapists suggest that some porn in marriage is ok, research on the effects of pornography use, especially one person frequently viewing pornographic images online, shows that pornography can hurt a couple’s relationship. (Fight the New Drug) [link 1] [link 2]

17th: “Their lives are valuable – dementia ward doctor: during the COVID-19 pandemic, Australians deprioritised work and recreation, and accepted more than $135 billion of government spending, to protect the most vulnerable amongst us. (Hope) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

16th: Equality Act Would Mean the ‘Effective Death of Religious Liberty’ In America, Mohler Warns, US: A well-known theologian and seminary president is urging Congress to defeat the Equality Act and warning its passage could mean “the effective death of religious liberty” in America. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

16th: Franklin Graham Endorses COVID-19 Vaccines: ‘It’s Consistent with Scripture’ in Saving Lives: Evangelist Franklin Graham says he has taken the Covid-19 vaccine and is urging others to do so as well. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

15th: Vatican Bars Blessing of Same-Sex Unions: God ‘Does Not and Cannot Bless Sin’:’ The Vatican on Monday pointed to Scripture and centuries of church teaching in stating it does not have the power to bless same-sex unions. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

15th: Students Are Told to Chant to Aztec Gods of Human Sacrifice as Part of Calif. Ethnic Studies Curriculum: a new statewide ethnic studies curriculum under consideration by the California Department of Education encourages teachers to lead their students in chants to Aztec gods in what one critic of the curriculum says is a clear refutation of the “Christian god.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

12th: Luis Palau, Globe-Trotting Evangelist, Is Dead at 86: the Christian evangelist known for his smile and hearty laugh and described by some as “the Latino Billy Graham,” died Thursday (March 11) at his Portland, Oregon, home. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

12th: N.Y. School: Don’t Say ‘Mom and Dad’ or ‘Boys and Girls’: Use ‘Inclusive Language,’ US: the head of a New York City private school is defending an “Inclusive Language Guide” that discourages the use of phrases such as “mom and dad,” saying it’s needed to “affirm and unite” different members of the school’s community. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

12th: No decrease in Victorian suicides following legalised euthanasia, Australia: one of the more emotive arguments used by activists during the euthanasia debates in Victoria was that such laws would prevent the suicides of many Victorians who were currently “taking their own lives in painful, lonely and unacceptable ways.” (Hope) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

12th: ‘Woke Culture’ in the Church Is ‘Deadly’ for the Gospel, Pastor Michael Youseff Warns: One Egyptian-American pastor is speaking out against “woke culture” arguing that the ideology has permeated many evangelical churches in America today. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

12th: Republican Senators Introduce Bill to Protect Faith-Based Foster Care Providers from Discrimination: Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and James Lankford (R-OK) introduced the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act which aims to ensure protections for faith-based child welfare providers from discrimination over their religious beliefs. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

12th: Overwhelming win for females in sport, US: common sense and decency has overwhelmingly prevailed in the US state of Mississippi, hailing a major victory for female athletes. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

12th: Israeli study probes a key factor in diagnosing Parkinson’s early: Constipation: Hebrew University researchers identify brain mechanism potentially behind early symptom of degenerative disease, which could enable early, more effective treatment. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: Cellphone obsessives are grinding their teeth, losing sleep – Israeli study: saying symptoms are related to FOMO, researchers find those with smartphone dependency are physically hurting themselves. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Pastor’s Relatives Raped after Imam’s Wife Turns to Christ, Nairobi, Kenya: mosque leader sent men to rape three female relatives of a church pastor in western Uganda because the imam’s wife put her faith in Christ, sources said. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

11th: 2,000 Come to Christ at Evangelistic Festival in Florida, US: evangelist Luis Palau’s son preached a sermon at the Space Coast CityFest, an evangelistic festival held by Palau’s family, that reportedly resulted in 2000+ people giving their lives to Christ. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

11th: Calls to reinstate respectful relationships, Australia: radical gender activists in NSW are using the cover of protecting women from sexual violence to further indoctrinate children in schools. adical gender activists in NSW are using the cover of protecting women from sexual violence to further indoctrinate children in schools. (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

10th: Hundreds of Women Protest the Equality Act, President Biden’s Transgender Order, US: During International Women’s Day on Monday, about 200 women from across the United States met in Washington D.C. to protest against President Joe Biden’s executive orders promoting the Equality Act and allowing transgender athletes to compete in women’s sports. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

10th: ‘We’ve Got to Get Our Voices Back,’ MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell to Launch Own Social Media Platform amid Censorship: Mike Lindell, the CEO and founder of the company MyPillow, is planning to launch his own social media platform in the near future amid censorship by big tech platforms. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

10th: 91% of Churchgoers Say They’ll Return to Services after COVID-19, Poll Says: more than 90 percent of Protestant churchgoers say they plan on attending their house of worship after the pandemic is over at least as frequently as they did pre-pandemic (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

10th: Seven News reject women, Australia: Seven News Australia decided to mark International Women’s Day 2021 by celebrating a man who imitates being a woman. They equate the scientific term female with woman and subscribe to the ideological agenda that “anyone who identifies as a woman is one.” (Binary) [link 1]

9th: Transgender men health risks: text (Binary) [link 1] [link 2]

9th: Supreme Court Sides with Christian Student Banned from Sharing Faith on College Campus, US: A former student banned from preaching on a Georgia college campus can seek recompense, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

9th: ‘Unholy Partnership’: 23 Christian Colleges, Universities Have Ties to Planned Parenthood, Report Says, US: at least 23 Christian colleges and universities have ties to Planned Parenthood or promote the organization on campus, according to new report by the pro-life organization Students for Life of America. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]