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International | May 11, 2021

Epoch Times Calls for International Condemnation of Attack on Its Reporter in Hong Kong

International | May 11, 2021

The Epoch Times calls upon the international community to condemn the Chinese Communist Party’s attempts to silence The Epoch Times and end press freedom in Hong Kong.

The ongoing campaign against the Hong Kong Epoch Times took a dangerous new turn on the morning of May 11 as a thug attacked reporter Sarah Liang with a softball bat outside her apartment building. Liang suffered bruises to both legs and was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for evaluation.

This attack follows an attempt to shut down The Epoch Times’ printing press as well as previous attempts to intimidate Liang.

In the April 12 attack on the printing press, intruders smashed equipment with sledgehammers, poured concrete debris over sensitive machinery, and stole a computer. The press was out of operation for a few days.

That was the fifth attack on the printing press since it opened in 2004, with the previous one an attempt to set it on fire, in November 2019.

Liang reported that an unknown man harassed her at her home on April 24 and that she was followed by an unknown man on April 26…

(Excerpt from the Epoch Times)

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California | May 11, 2021

Christian University Student Leaders Refuse to Approve Conservative Club

California | May 11, 2021

Student government leaders at Point Loma Nazarene University denied Turning Point USA’s request to become a chartered club.

The leaders and a university official at the private Christian university in San Diego said there was “misalignment” between TPUSA activities and the Associated Student Body mission statement.

“Misalignment between that mission statement and TPUSA publications and activities was the primary basis for denial,” university spokesperson Jill Monroe told The College Fix in an email.

While Jenna Moses, the director of student relations for the Associated Student Body, ultimately made the decision to decline TPUSA as a campus club, the director of community life and other members of the ASB Board of Directors at Point Loma weighed in and supported the club’s denial. The board functions as the executive team for the student government.

“The director of community life was consulted as the staff advisor and liaison to ASB and per the ASB Handbook for Clubs and Societies, although this role has no authority on the decision,” Monroe told The Fix.

“Because the decision is so discretionary, the director of student relations chose to also consult the rest of the ASB Board of Directors,” she said.

The Board of Directors allegedly were wary of the TPUSA club due to their belief that the group intends to engage in harmful attacks rather than healthy discussions.

“The general opinion of the student BoD was that TPUSA’s intended purpose seems to be generating unnecessary conflict rather than fostering helpful communication and would likely be a net detriment to the PLNU community,” Monroe told The Fix

(Excerpts from The Virginia Star)

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California | May 4, 2021

Supermodel Kathy Ireland reveals what drew her to Jesus, first encounter with the Bible

California | May 4, 2021

World-renowned supermodel Kathy Ireland recently revealed details about her faith walk and her first unexpected encounter with the Bible.

Ireland has been a featured model in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition for more than a decade, including the 25th-anniversary issue, which became the highest-selling cover of all time. Now at 58, Ireland said she’s surrendering to Jesus, following years of picking and choosing what aspects of Christianity she wanted to follow.

Ireland first became intrigued with God at age 18. At the time, she was an up-and-coming model living in France.

“I was living in Paris and it was really a hard time,” Ireland said in an interview with Fox News. “I know it might sound glamorous, but I was alone modeling.”

One night in 1981, while going through her suitcase, the former cover girl found a Bible in her bag, placed there by her mother…

(Excerpts from the Christian Post)

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District of Columbia | May 3, 2021

‘God Isn’t Done with America Yet,’ Mike Pence Says in Speech about Nation’s Future

District of Columbia | May 3, 2021

Former Vice President Mike Pence said last week he remains hopeful in the future of America and believes Republicans will re-capture the White House and Congress in the next four years. Speaking Thursday at a Columbia, S.C., event sponsored by the Palmetto Family Council, Pence criticized the first 100 days of the Biden-Harris administration while touting the accomplishments of the Trump-Pence White House and promoting a future conservative agenda. He encouraged people of faith to deepen their trust in God…

(Excerpt from Christian Headlines)

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District of Columbia | May 3, 2021

U.S. Catholic Bishops to Consider Barring Joe Biden, Pro-Choice Politicians from Receiving Communion

District of Columbia | May 3, 2021

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is set to deliberate over whether President Joe Biden and other pro-choice politicians should be permitted Communion due to their support for abortion. According to The Christian Post, in June, the USCCB will hold a general assembly during which they will think about approving a draft document that would keep pro-abortion Catholic politicians from partaking in Communion.

Biden, the second Roman Catholic president in U.S. history after John F. Kennedy, has sought to push abortion policies during his presidency…

(Excerpts from Christian Headlines)

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Texas | April 30, 2021

National Day of Prayer to be recognized on May 6

Texas | April 30, 2021

Mayor Rachel Proctor and the DeSoto Pastors Coalition will recognize the 70th annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 6 at 7 p.m.

The first Thursday in May is traditionally designated every year as a National Day of Prayer in a proclamation by the president. While it dates back to colonial times, the day was formalized in 1952 and is set aside as a day for people to pray and meditate in churches and individually.

The DeSoto event will be held at the DeSoto Outdoor Amphitheater located at 211 E. Pleasant Run Road. Should rain become a factor, service will move into the DeSoto City Hall council chambers…

(Excerpts from The Dallas Morning News)

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