Phew! Take a deep breath. 2020 is almost over. As one of my favorite artists Ben Rector puts it: “We made it through, I do believe, the longest year in history.”
And that’s only scratching the surface. It’s been an eventful year, to say the least.
As we reflect on the past year, here’s a look at the five most-read ADF blog posts of 2020.
5. A Student Punished for Privately Sharing Religious Views
As a freshman at Florida State University, Jack Denton joined the FSU Flying High Circus. Through the circus, he learned how to perform a high wire act. Jack assumed that performing such an act would be the most dangerous activity he would engage in while at FSU. Unfortunately, Jack later learned that on today’s college campus, there is an activity that can be much more dangerous than performing a high wire act: engaging in free speech.
In 2019, Jack was elected Senate President of the Student Government Association. But he was only in that position for eight months before being removed.
So what happened?
4. 14 Parents File Lawsuit to Stop This Terrifying School District Policy
As a new parent, I have done a lot of research. When I found out I was pregnant, I learned as much as I could about how my baby was growing and developing inside me. I researched the best foods to eat and the foods to avoid. I read books and took classes to prepare myself for when I would finally be holding that tiny little human in my arms.
This is not unique to me. Parents are invested in the well-being of their children.
A group of parents in Madison, Wisconsin have done their research, too. And they don’t like what they’re seeing in a Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) policy...
3. Samaritan’s Purse Is Serving Its Neighbors With COVID-19… So Why Is New York Targeting It?
When he was a child, the beloved TV host Mr. Rogers would get scared watching the news. His mother comforted him by telling him to “look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
During the COVID-19 crisis, there have been helpers all over the country, buying groceries for at-risk neighbors, sewing masks for health care workers, and doing small acts of kindness for friends struggling with sudden job loss. Some organizations, such as Samaritan’s Purse, stepped up on a large scale. This Christian nonprofit built a field hospital in what was the epicenter of America’s COVID-19 outbreak, New York City.
Samaritan’s Purse aims to serve those who are vulnerable, and ultimately, as a Christian organization, to serve God.
It’s a good thing they are not looking for the praise of men, because that is in short supply.
2. This Video Shows Why We Must Protect Women’s Sports in Idaho and Beyond
Why shouldn’t males be permitted to compete in women’s sports?
Well, we could answer this by explaining the physiological differences between males and females. We could talk about how males are generally physically stronger and faster than females and have more muscle and a greater bone density and lung capacity. We could argue that whenever a male is permitted to compete against females, that likely means women will be displaced from the podium and even miss out on opportunities to compete altogether.
We could tell you all those things. But that probably wouldn’t be as convincing as showing you how a male athlete dominated this women’s race.
1. Abortion Clinics Remain Open During COVID-19, While I Was Arrested for Praying Outside of One
In 2010, David and Jason Benham started a nonprofit called Cities4Life. They were driven by the belief that true compassion always leads to action. They didn’t want to just stand against abortion; they wanted to embody the life-giving actions of the Good Samaritan.
Practically, being pro-life in action looks like reaching down into another person’s pain, tending to any wounds, taking them to an inn, and providing intentional follow-up. Vulnerable women visiting abortion clinics need the warmth and love of Jesus regardless of whether they are walking in or out.
Since 2010, the Benham brothers and their ministry have served over 5,000 women. But in ten years, they had never encountered anything like this.
CultureWhat Cancel Culture Is and Isn’t
The term "cancel culture" is applied to a variety of situations, some warranted, some not. So what is cancel culture, really?
CultureHere’s What We Know about the Biden Administration & ‘Court Packing’
Let’s dive into the facts and the history surrounding “court packing” and the judicial branch.