KNews Headlines February 4, 2019

Freedom of Speech Dead at Christian University
Grand Canyon University (GCU), a private Christian school recently cancelled a speaking engagement by political commentator, Ben Shapiro. A spokesman for GCU stated, “we believe in many of the things that Ben Shapiro speaks about and stands for, including his support for ideals that grow out of traditional Judeo-Christian values and his belief in a free market economy. Our decision to cancel Shapiro’s speaking engagement is not a reflection of his ideologies or the values he represents, but rather a desire to focus on opportunities that bring people together.” In other words, another institution of higher learning, this time a Christian College is bowing to political pressure, despite the fact that Shapiro mirrors much of their stated beliefs. Somehow, the desire “not to offend” has become more important than speaking the truth.

Louisiana Abortion Law Could Head to US Supreme Court
Abortion rights’ advocates have asked the US Supreme Court for an emergency stay of a Louisiana law that requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. The bipartisan law, known as the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act, or Act 620, was effectively upheld by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Jan. 18 when it rejected a petition to rehear a challenge to the law. A three judge panel of the court had already upheld Act 620 in September 2018. If the stay is not granted, the law will take effect Feb. 4. “As we have argued throughout this litigation, we firmly believe that Act 620 contains common-sense requirements that will protect the health and safety of Louisiana women,” Landry said Jan. 31. Act 620 was authored by Democratic State Rep. Katrina Jackson, who authored the legislation and is chair of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus. She has said the law is about “the safety of women.” It was passed in 2014 by an 88-5 vote in the Louisiana House, and a 34-3 vote in the Senate. The Unsafe Abortion Protection Act requires that abortion doctors have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic.

Vermont Discriminating against Catholic Students
The Diocese of Burlington is joining two students and their parents in filing a federal lawsuit challenging a Vermont policy that excludes students at private religious schools from taking part in a college credit program. The Dual Enrollment Program in Vermont allows high school students to take college courses funded by the state. Students from public schools are eligible, as are students from secular private schools, and homeschooled students. However, attendees of private religious high schools are excluded from the program. Eligibility for the program mirrors the criteria for a separate Town Tuitioning Program, which does not include private religious schools due to a 1999 Vermont Supreme Court decision which held that the use of public funds to pay tuition at private religious schools was a violation of the state constitution. But plaintiffs in the lawsuit say the dual enrollment situation is different, since the state is paying for college courses, not the tuition for a religious high school.

VA Governor May Survive
Governor in Blackface: KN finds it a bit incongruous that the loudest outcry against pro-abortion VA Governor Ralph Northham, is from fallout over 35-year-old medical school party pics. Calls for his impeachment will probably be thwarted because VA rules for giving him the boot are only applicable for actions which occurred during his time in office. It looks like Gov. Northam will survive the day in spite of horrific comments the unborn and abortion survivlrs. Northam has been the subject of sustained criticism following his public defense of a proposed bill to allow in-labor abortions in the state. On Friday, a photograph from his 1984 medical school yearbook was published, which identified Northam as one of two figures: one wearing blackface costume and the other Ku Klux Klan robes. In a Recent interview, Senator Sasse, said that, following his comments on abortion, the photograph was yet another sign that Northam had “no regard for human dignity.”

Layoffs planned at GM
Around 4,000 General Motors employees are set to lose their jobs in planned cuts that start today, reports CNBC. The involuntary redundancies — reportedly scheduled ahead of Wednesday’s earnings call — will be split between the U.S. and Canada and are part of CEO Mary Barra’s restructuring plan, which she announced last November when GM offered buyouts to about 17,000 employees. In “realigning its workforce,” and turning its focus on electric vehicles rather than sedans, America’s largest automaker anticipates saving $6 billion by 2020. 

Super Bowl 2019
Yes, the Super Bowl is over, however it may not be just the New England Patriots who walked away with a winWith the game came the much-anticipated, multi-million-dollar ads: Bud Light scored creative points for its use of Game of Thrones in its ad, while for the first time in more than a decade, Coca-Cola chose not to run one during the game — booking the slot before the national anthem instead for its diversity-themed commercial. Host network CBS charged a record $5.25 million for a 30-second ad during this year’s game.

Small business owners are becoming more cautious about growing their businesses
Citing slowing sales and weaker financial markets among the reasons they expect an economic slowdown, according to The Wall Street Journal. In a surveyof 765 small firms, 66% said they expected their revenues to grow this year, down from 83% a year ago. Just 14% of those surveyed expect the economy to improve this year.

China Trade
Tesla says that it will begin to take orders in China for a lower-priced version of its Model 3. Prices will start at approximately $64,000, instead of the original starting price of about $74,000. The electric vehicle company has previously stated that trade tensions between the U.S. and China are affecting its sales, which are being hit by import tariffs. California-based Tesla is planning a Gigafactory in Shanghai to manufacture Model 3s, but currently imports all cars it sells in China.

60+ Student Debt
Americans age 60 years or older owe $86 billion in student loan debt, says The Wall Street Journal. The average senior student loan borrower owed $33,800 in 2017 — that number is up 44% from 2010, per TransUnion data. To pay off those loans, 40,000 of those age 65 or older had funds garnished from Social Security checks in 2015 because they had defaulted on student loans, a 362% increase from the previous decade. Student debt is one of the largest contributors to overall debt held by seniors, which totaled $615 billion in 2017.

Faith Matters 

 “And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.”

~Gilbert K. Chesterton

Daily Word:
FIRST READING
Hebrews 11:32-40
Brothers and sisters: What more shall I say? I have not time to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, did what was righteous, obtained the promises; they closed the mouths of lions, put out raging fires, escaped the devouring sword; out of weakness they were made powerful, became strong in battle, and turned back foreign invaders. Women received back their dead through resurrection. Some were tortured and would not accept deliverance, in order to obtain a better resurrection. Others endured mockery, scourging, even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, sawed in two, put to death at sword’s point; they went about in skins of sheep or goats, needy, afflicted, tormented. The world was not worthy of them. They wandered about in deserts and on mountains, in caves and in crevices in the earth. 
Yet all these, though approved because of their faith, did not receive what had been promised. God had foreseen something better for us, so that without us they should not be made perfect.

Mark 5:1-20
Jesus and his disciples came to the other side of the sea, to the territory of the Gerasenes. When he got out of the boat, at once a man from the tombs who had an unclean spirit met him. The man had been dwelling among the tombs, and no one could restrain him any longer, even with a chain. In fact, he had frequently been bound with shackles and chains, but the chains had been pulled apart by him and the shackles smashed, and no one was strong enough to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and on the hillsides he was always crying out and bruising himself with stones. Catching sight of Jesus from a distance, he ran up and prostrated himself before him, crying out in a loud voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me!” (He had been saying to him, “Unclean spirit, come out of the man!”) He asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “Legion is my name. There are many of us.” And he pleaded earnestly with him not to drive them away from that territory. 
Now a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside. And they pleaded with him, “Send us into the swine. Let us enter them.” And he let them, and the unclean spirits came out and entered the swine. The herd of about two thousand rushed down a steep bank into the sea, where they were drowned. The swineherds ran away and reported the incident in the town and throughout the countryside. And people came out to see what had happened. As they approached Jesus, they caught sight of the man who had been possessed by Legion, sitting there clothed and in his right mind. And they were seized with fear. Those who witnessed the incident explained to them what had happened to the possessed man and to the swine. Then they began to beg him to leave their district. As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed pleaded to remain with him. But Jesus would not permit him but told him instead, “Go home to your family and announce to them all that the Lord in his pity has done for you.” Then the man went off and began to proclaim in the Decapolis what Jesus had done for him; and all were amazed.

MICHAEL CALLAHAN

Michael Callahan is the Presiding Archbishop of the Catholic Church in America as well as the International Catholic Confederation. Bishop Callahan is also the founder of Koinonia News and has been a conservative blogger for several years.

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