Web Sightings for July 6, 2013: Gay Marriage, Roe v. Wade and Persecution

This week's web sightings give us plenty of things for which to pray.  Don't be downhearted as we are told in the Scriptures, "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." And as one of my church leaders is prone to say, "We have read the end of the book (i.e. Bible)." So, there is reason to rejoice even as we pray for these very serious events.  

DOMA ruling’s ripple effects
Michigan judges cite DOMA ruling to temporarily block a state benefits law and allow a marriage amendment challenge

What Emily Belz says here was exactly my fear when reading Justice Kennedy's opinion for the majority

"Even a secular person should be required to answer a question before removing such an important cultural underpinning as traditional marriage: If marriage is no longer to be reserved for one man and one woman, as it has for millennia in many different cultures and religions, what is the new standard and on what is it based? Should we change America's motto to 'in polls we trust'? . . . Polygamist groups have made it known they wish to be next in line to enjoy full constitutional protection for their lifestyle. . . . There are people who favor sex and marriage between adults and children. On what basis should they be denied their 'right to happiness'? Today's 'that goes too far' easily becomes tomorrow's 'right' with a morally vacuous media leading the charge and a morally exhausted people who are afraid to say 'stop,' for fear they'll be labeled 'bigots.'"  -- Cal Thomas   

“If you will not define marriage as between a man and a woman, you should pay your respects to polygamy.”  -- Marvin Olasky

"We polyamorists are grateful to our [LGBT] brothers and sisters for blazing the marriage equality trail," stated Anita Wagner Illig

Roe v. Wade
While Roe v. Wade appears to be alive and well on the federal level, it is getting plenty of resistance on the state level

Christians and Chaplains under Assault in the U.S. military?
Concerns about Restrictions on Religious Liberty in Our Armed Forces 

Student Ordered to Remove or Conceal Cross around Her Neck at a California College
The good news is that the administration appears to have backed off and disavowed the order given by one of its employed staffers. 

Persecution of Christians in Egypt

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