Welcome to the Friday Five! Every Friday we share our top five articles, stories, and quotes for you to read and share with your friends and church families.

1. CAROLINA JOURNAL: End the free pass for schools, libraries on exposing children to graphic content

“North Carolina’s child obscenity laws make it illegal to disseminate obscene materials to minors. However, the law shields schools and libraries, making them exempt from the prohibition on obscenity. It’s because of these exceptions that activist librarians have been able to stash graphic pornography with erotic content on shelves in youth sections.”

Read more: https://www.carolinajournal.com/opinion/end-the-free-pass-for-schools-libraries-on-exposing-children-to-graphic-content

2. THE DAILY SIGNAL: More Courts Uphold Bans on ‘Gender-Affirming’ Care for Minors. Is Supreme Court Next Stop?

“A few short weeks after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit upheld Tennessee’s law banning ‘gender-affirming’ care for minors in the state, the 11th Circuit followed suit and upheld Alabama’s law prohibiting the same. In an opinion for the unanimous three-judge panel written by Judge Barbara Lagoa, the court overturned a lower court order that had enjoined a portion of Alabama’s Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act.”

Read more: https://www.dailysignal.com/2023/08/28/more-courts-uphold-bans-gender-affirming-care-minors-divisions-abound-is-supreme-court-next-stop/

3. THE DAILY SIGNAL: City Can’t Ban Farmer From Market for Views on Same-Sex Marriage, Judge Rules

“Six years after a Michigan city barred a farmer from selling apples and other fruit at an outdoor market because he doesn’t allow same-sex weddings on his property, a federal judge has ruled that the city violated his constitutional right to religious freedom.”

Read more: https://www.dailysignal.com/2023/08/29/federal-judge-rules-city-cant-ban-farmer-views-same-sex-marriage/

4. REUTERS: South Carolina high court will not reconsider abortion ban decision

“South Carolina’s top court on Tuesday declined to reconsider a recent ruling upholding the state’s ban on abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which opponents say will prevent women from terminating pregnancies after about six weeks.

The South Carolina Supreme Court on a 4-1 vote rejected a request by Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers to reconsider its Aug. 23 ruling, which they said left unanswered what constitutes a ‘fetal heartbeat’ under the Republican-backed law.”

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/world/us/south-carolina-high-court-will-not-reconsider-abortion-ban-decision-2023-08-29/

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Weekly Prayer: Life

LORD, we recognize that you are Sovereign over all creation. We recognize you made man from the dust, and in your mercy, you crowned creation with man and woman made in your image. What a wonder it is that you would bestow upon us this blessing and responsibility!

LORD, may we not take this blessing for granted. We pray that this great responsibility and dignity may motivate us to love You, our neighbors, and our families more. LORD, may we as a culture truly see and believe that children are a blessing from the LORD—born or unborn; able or disabled. All children should have an opportunity to experience the liberty of life. LORD, make us your vehicle to change our culture into one that cherishes and protects life. Keep at the forefront of our minds our responsibilities to respect, cherish, and serve the youngest and oldest in our society.

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.'” (Matthew 18:1-6)



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