February 26, 2021
Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls taken in mass abduction
We just spoke with Ruth Kramer earlier this week about the chaos brewing in Nigeria. This morning Carmen opened her news feed to find this horrific headline: https://apnews.com/article/nigeria-shootings-800cc2a2a1400079bdac710b5b7e2c9f?
Amnesty International has confirmed in a report that hundreds – or as many as 1000 – civilians in the city of Axum in the Tigray region of Ethiopia were rounded up and gunned down by members of the military from neighboring Eritrea. Including many hundreds of Christians – and possibly the entire congregation of one church.
Meanwhile, here at home, what’s trending on American social media?
- The U.S. house passed a grossly misnamed Equality Act in a party line vote; hearings in the U.S. Senate feature Cabinet nominees who are unable to name even one scenario in which an abortion would be inappropriate; or any age at which a child should not be subjected to genital mutilation via sex reassignment surgery. And there’s more: the outrage over the rebranding of Mr. Potato Head got air time the Uyghurs did not; Hollywood is abuzz over Lady Gaga’s – she’s offering half a million dollar no strings attached reward for their return; and there’s a bigger than life golden statue of former President Trump being universally mocked as a Golden Calf at CPAC. And yes, millions of Americans are out of work, the migrant crisis is renewed, we bombed Iranian targets in Syria last night; families in NY state want answers about the unreported deaths of loved ones at nursing homes; and I’m willing to bet you’ve got more stress in your life than you could easily describe in a sentence.
- We need God right now. And so do our neighbors.
- Let’s take a deep breath and pray and then let’s deliberately turn to the world that God so loves and find ourselves ready to be the people who walk with hope and joy in a world desperate for some Good news.
Matthew Hawkins – Former Policy Director for the ERLC
The Georgia governor put out a Faith Protection legislation. In another headline, an Apache sacred land has been a point of contention between the U.S. Government and the Apaches for many years due to the land’s rich copper deposits. Also, the U.S. Department of Education withdraws support for Connecticut female athletes. These are on the docket for Matthew and Carmen!
Chris Martin – Terms of Service Newsletter
Carmen shoots some hashtags Chris’ way to see what he says. Here they are: #MrPotatoeHead, #GoldenCalf, #LadyGagaDogs. Chris also discusses Former President Trump’s appeal to Facebook and Facebook’s refriending of Australia.