Persecution in Nigeria, the trans culture wars (and other stories)

A roundup of news and commentary from around the interwebs.

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The persecution of Christians in Nigeria continues apace. Violence perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen on Christians of all denominations (including the one I attend) has gone on for months. In only 200 days, at least 3,462 Christians have been killed, 3,000 have been abducted, and 300 churches have been attacked.

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As Danish journalist Iben Thranholm noted in my recent podcast interview with her, Christianity in Scandinavia is anemic and compromised. In Norway, one church is actually holding a name change ceremony for a transgender person. This is why mainline Protestantism is totally collapsing—why get up early for church on Sunday when you’re only getting an affirmation of secular doctrines?

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LGBT activists are horrified that a judge threw out part of a California law demanding that nursing home workers use the “correct pronouns” for transgender inmates. NBC reported on this law as “intended to protect against discrimination or mistreatment” rather than as compelled speech, and their headline left no doubt as to their position on the matter: “Nursing homes can deadname transgender seniors, court rules.” What a joke.

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The courts appear to be halting a growing tide of legislation protecting minors from puberty blockers and trans “treatments”:

A federal judge temporarily blocked an Arkansas law Wednesday that would have banned physicians in the state from providing transition-related health care — such as hormones and puberty blockers — to transgender minors…The state received support from 17 state attorneys general who filed an amicus brief in the case — a move that attorneys have said is largely unprecedented, the 19th reported.

This case isn’t over yet, of course. I suspect we’ll see these cases head all the way up to the Supreme Court, where we’ll find out if there’s a firewall against the excesses of the sexual revolution or not.

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Another loss came in Louisiana: “A ban on transgender participation in youth sports failed in Louisiana during a Republican-led effort to override Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ veto—another failed effort for a culture war campaign that’s led to restrictions in only eight of some 31 states where they have been proposed this year.” Things that were considered insane five years ago are Democratic dogma now. I wonder what’s next?

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More soon.

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