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News You Should Know: Wisconsin Judge Attacked for His Faith

By Michael Farris, Jr. posted on:
February 22, 2019

A judge running for a spot on the Wisconsin Supreme Court is the target of a smear campaign because of his Christian beliefs. What has he said that people believe is so “controversial,” and why does he believe this is happening? Also, New York tries to shut down a faith-based adoption agency, a former transgender person shares his story, and a U.S. Senator says it is time to protect babies from late-term abortions. All of this from the Alliance Alert team!

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CBN News: Christian Adoption Agency Takes New York to Court After State Tries to Shut it Down

An adoption provider in New York is fighting to keep its doors open to help children find a mother and father. New Hope Family Services, a Christian adoption provider, received a warning from the state of New York that it would have to change its policy of prioritizing homes with a married mother and father or be forced to close. On Tuesday, ADF attorneys were in court defending New Hope’s freedom to serve families and children according to its faith. As ADF legal counsel Jeana Hallock says, everyone loses if the state gets its way.

Religious Freedom

The Federalist: Left To State Supreme Court Candidate: You Can’t Be A Good Judge Because You’re A Christian

Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge Brian Hagedorn is running for a position on the state supreme court, and he is not surprised by the smear campaign against him. Judge Hagedorn, who serves on the board of a Christian school, has written about judicial opinions pertaining to same-sex issues, now media outlets are mischaracterizing his views and saying his Christian beliefs have no place in the supreme court. For his part, Judge Hagedorn says he rules according to what the law says—not what he wishes it to be—while pointing out that the attacks on his faith are part of an alarming trend throughout the country.

Marriage and the Family

USA Today: Hormones, surgery, regret: I was a transgender woman for 8 years — time I can't get back

Living as a the opposite sex does not bring happiness and satisfaction, writes Walt Heyer, who turned to hormones and surgery to transition to life as a woman, only to find regret, pain, and emptiness in the life he thought he wanted. Doctors had told Heyer his gender dysphoria was unrelated to his very real childhood trauma, encouraging him to undergo a life-altering operation. Heyer eventually abandoned his own attempt to live as a woman, and he now shares his story to warn others and provide support to “de-transitioners” like himself.

Sanctity of Life

The Daily Signal: Sen. Ernst: We Must End the Killing of Late-Term Babies

It’s no secret that the U.S. is failing to protect life within the womb. Urging her fellow senators to support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) writes that a baby born at five months is viable, much as is a baby born at full term. Despite all of the evidence that these babies feel pain, there is no federal law that protects them from being aborted, putting the United States in company with countries like North Korea. That deplorable reality needs to come to an end, Ernst writes.

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Michael Farris, Jr.

Michael Farris, Jr.

Legal Content Manager

Michael Farris, Jr., serves as Legal Content Manager for Alliance Defending Freedom and is a Virginia-born Idaho convert.

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