ARCHIVES FOR NEWS & VIEWS (JAN-MARCH 2018)
March 2,2018: Commercial Surrogacy Moves Forward in Washington State
OK, I admit that I have am not familiar with the phrase “commercial surrogacy,” although I partly guessed its meaning through simple word definition. Rarely do I use the word “heinous,” but that is the word that comes to my mind regarding this new policy… I see this as evil in motive, and open-ended as to its potential evil in execution. According to Washington State 18th District House district representative Liz Pike in her interview with christianpost.com, “This bill sets virtually no limits on the amount people will be able to sell or purchase a baby for…” Head of the children’s rights organization THEM BEFORE US is quoted as saying, “‘When I say that we have established a global marketplace for children, I am not exaggerating — this is exactly what it is…” This law appears to be a radical departure from Washington law, as written in Revised Code of Washington 26.26.210, which “prohibits any kind of surrogacy contract that involved monetary or other kinds of compensation that go beyond medical expenses and lawyer fees.” Click on this link to see a state-by-state analysis of Gestational Surrogacy Law…however, it still lists Washington as a no-compensation surrogacy state.
February 21, 2018: Donald Trump and King Cyrus Sharing Etched Busts on Silver Coin?
This is quite fascinating. According to breakingisraelnews.com, “In gratitude to US President Donald Trump for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital…the nascent Sanhedrin and the Mikdash (Temple) Educational Center are minting a replica of the original half-shekel Biblically mandated to be donated by every Jewish male to the temple…” Rabbi Hillel Weiss, Chairman of the Mikdash & Tsion Association, stated in an interview with that publication, “He did a great and historical deed that the Jewish people are grateful for.” The ancient Persian King, Cyrus, allowed and facilitated the building of the Second Temple in 538 BCE. Although not legal tender, funds from sale of the coin are intended to “help in preparations for the (Third) Temple.” British Lord Arthur Balfour, who called for the establishment of a Jewish homeland, will be honored on the back side of the coin.
February 6, 2018: A Pro-Religious Freedom Ruling…from California??
Well knock my socks off, I am amazed and crossing my fingers as legal cases of a similar nature — many pending an outcome for years — are continuing to be heard. According to online christianpost.com, a judge in California ruled last week that “a Christian baker who faced losing her business because she refuses to bake cakes for same-sex weddings cannot be compelled by the state to do so.” In addition, Superior Court Judge David Lampe cited that her decision was protected by the First Amendment and that the owner was “not the only wedding cake creator in Bakersfield,” and had offered the couple another equally-qualified baker to create their cake. The couple had insisted that the Christian baker create the cake. I am thinking this is very good news as the cases continue to roll out….
January 3, 2018: FEMA Now Allowing Churches/Synagogues to Receive Disaster Relief Funds
Three Texas churches and two in Florida brought a lawsuit against FEMA for not being allowed to receive federal aid towards rebuilding from physical disaster. Last June, the Supreme Court ruled that the first amendment “required religious groups to receive equal access to widely available public programs.” Beginning with 2018 implementation, FEMA stated, “houses of worship will not be singled out for disfavored treatment,” as a result of its current interpretation of the Supreme Court’s. Good news indeed, although all five churches are currently facing appeal hearings on this interpretation.