News Of The Day – March 23rd

Arkansas Governor Signs Sweeping Anti Abortion Bill

Arkansas Governor, Asa Hutchinson, is facing backlash after signing a near-total ban on abortions in the state. Hutchinson acknowledged that the bill defied Supreme Court precedent, but was confident it would face legal challenges and ultimately force the United States Supreme Court to revisit Roe v. Wade—the 1973 case that legalized abortion across the country. Hutchinson said he signed the bill due to his sincere and long-held pro-life convictions. Read more about the Unborn Child Protection Act (SB6) here. 


High School Football Coach Fired After Praying On Field

Joseph Kennedy, a high school football coach, was fired by Bremerton, Washington high school for praying silently for 15 seconds after each game, a practice he devoted to for seven years. Kennedy appealed the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit yet lost. The three judge panel stated  Kennedy’s actions of praying after games on the 50-yard-line was a violation of the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Read more about his firing here.


Some churches Will Be Holding In Person Easter Services This Year 

After all churches were closed last year for Easter serves, this year some parishioners will be welcomed back to in person services. Among American Christians, 39 percent say they plan to celebrate Easter in person, compared to 62 percent during a typical year. Although many Christians still plan on viewing services virtually, many more are excited to gather and celebrate the holy Resurrection Day. Easter is typically one of the most-attended weekends on church’s calendars. Read more about church going on Easter here.


Boy Finds Ancient Fertility Amulet In Israeli Desert

Hiking with his family in Israel’s northern Negev Desert, 11-year-old Zvi Ben-David picked up a tiny ceramic figurine. The ancient amulet, which depicts a bare-chested woman whose scarf covers her head and neck, was apparently intended to promote fertility or protect children. The molded figurine stands less than three inches tall. It was probably made during the fifth or sixth century B.C., toward the end of Judaism’s late First Temple period. Read more about this unique finding here.

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