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Nov. 20, 2019: New York could force pro-lifers to hire pro-abortionists; DC prostitution bill stalled; Kanye West service draws over a million viewers

Nov. 20, 2019: New York could force pro-lifers to hire pro-abortionists; DC prostitution bill stalled; Kanye West service draws over a million viewers

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New York law forces pro-life groups to hire people who support abortion

Pro-life groups and a church have filed a lawsuit against New York for a newly signed state law that they argue forces them to hire people who support abortion.

The law which forbids employers from requiring employees to sign a document that “purports to deny an employee the right to make their own reproductive health care decisions” and denies them access to an employee’s reproductive health history.

The lawsuit argued that the law was “a transparent attempt to meddle in the affairs of religious and pro-life organizations” by “forcing them to employ and associate with those persons who do not share or live by the organizations’ beliefs regarding abortion, contraception, and the impropriety of sexual relations outside the context of a marriage between a man and a woman.”

Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Ken Connelly, who is helping to represent the plaintiffs, said in a statement that government should not “tell pro-life or religious organizations they must hire someone who doesn’t agree with their core mission.”

DC bill to decriminalize prostitution stalled after lengthy hearing

A bill aimed at legalizing prostitution in the District of Columbia will not move forward, following a lengthy hearing that included expressed opposition from survivors of the sex trade.

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation, which had campaigned against the proposed legislation, celebrated the decision of the Council to not move the bill forward.

“DC should shrink the sex trade not legitimize it,” stated NCOSE President Patrick Trueman. “Full decriminalization would endanger D.C.’s most vulnerable citizens while turning the city into a magnet for sex tourism and sex trafficking.”

Scientists are inflating results on benefits of sex reassignment surgery

In an essay in the Public Discourse, Mark Regnerus, a professor of sociology at the University of Texas-Austin, described inflated interpretations of data on the benefits of surgeries on transgender-identifying men and women from a study published last month in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

The study argued in its conclusion that “gender-affirming” surgery is linked with decreased demand for subsequent mental health treatment in a sample of people that have been diagnosed with “gender incongruence.”

Yet the results are "remarkably out of step with the far more modest conclusions they merit," Regnerus said.

The study found no statistically significant mental health benefits for hormonal interventions in the population of self-identified transgender individuals, the sociologist noted. 

Ben Carson calls Maxine Waters a hypocrite lacking ‘basic manners’ in testy exchange on homelessness

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson recently called veteran Democratic California Congresswoman Maxine Waters a hypocrite lacking “basic manners” in a testy exchange about America’s homelessness crisis.

“My mother always taught me that people shouldn’t throw rocks, especially while they live in a glass house,” Carson wrote, in a letter to Waters. “Because of that wise lesson, I was a little surprised to read your hostile letter to President Trump regarding the record number of homeless Americans in California, particularly in your district.”

In her Oct. 28 letter to President Donald Trump, Waters criticized a recent report released by the Trump administration called The State of Homelessness in America.

“Your shamelessness knows no bounds. From day one of your presidency, you have attacked our democracy and now you have set your ire on the 550,000 Americans who on any given night experience homelessness. Given this deplorable track record, I demand that you provide additional information on your Administration's recent report,” Waters began in her missive.

Kanye West’s Sunday Service at Lakewood draws more than a million witnesses

In less than 24 hours rapper Kanye West’s Jesus Is King “Sunday Service” concert at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, has been viewed more than a million times on just Facebook alone as the event continues to draw high praise.

Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse said, "I always like it when God works in a person's life and changes them. And Kanye's is a life that's been changed by the power of Almighty God and it was his faith in Jesus Christ.

"Who would've thought that he would've been in a church? And who would've thought a year or two ago, that God would be using him to touch another generation of young people with the gospel of Jesus Christ?"

"I hope he just stays focused on what he feels God has called him to do now for the rest of his life. So I'm proud of him. I pray for him. I hope he will be very successful, and he's going around to churches doing this, I just say more power to him!”

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