‘Night of Rage’, Violating the First Amendment & Reaching the Denver Area
Nearly 30 pregnancy resource centers offering lifesaving Christian ministry have been attacked since the leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that would kill nationwide legal abortion, a Catholic tracking site reported June 20. No injuries have been reported, but damage has ranged from vandalism to written threats to extensive structural damage, as in the fire that destroyed a room at the Gresham center, and fires at three other centers, National Review reported June 13. And did you know more than 4.6 million people call Denver home? Missiologists believe only 16% of them have a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Nearly 30 pregnancy resource centers offering lifesaving Christian ministry have been attacked since the leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that would kill nationwide legal abortion, a Catholic tracking site reported June 20.
Among the latest attacks is a fire at the First Image Gresham Pregnancy Resource Center in Portland, Ore., that authorities are investigating as arson, the pro-life ministry First Image reported. The June 11 fire, which blazed at 3 a.m. after someone threw an incendiary device through a window, was the second attack at a First Image pregnancy resource center including an attack in May.
“Our alarm system immediately alerted fire and police, and they arrived very quickly and extinguished the fire,” First Image said in a press release. “It was mostly contained to one room, but damage there was extensive and there is additional water and smoke damage in other parts of the building. Nobody was hurt.”
While no one has claimed responsibility for the Gresham fire, extremist pro-choice groups Jane’s Revenge and Ruth Sent Us have admitted to some of the attacks which appear to be carried out under the umbrella of the two groups, according to the pro-life advocacy group Catholic Vote. Jane’s Revenge in particular has tweeted threats of a “night of rage” as “an autonomous call to action against patriarchal supremacy,” PregnancyHelpNews.com reported June 6.
No injuries have been reported, but damage has ranged from vandalism to written threats to extensive structural damage, as in the fire that destroyed a room at the Gresham center, and fires at three other centers, National Review reported June 13.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday (June 21) a state violated the First Amendment by barring faith-based schools from participation in a tuition-assistance program.
In a 6-3 opinion, the high court decided Maine unconstitutionally discriminated on the basis of religion in refusing to include in the state’s education-choice program schools that teach their religious beliefs. Maine’s system assists families in the many small towns in the state that do not operate secondary public schools and the smaller number that have no elementary schools.
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Did you know more than 4.6 million people call Denver home? Missiologists believe only 16% of them have a relationship with Jesus Christ. When you consider the number of Southern Baptist churches trying to reach those far from God in the Denver area, it means that every church is responsible for reaching more than 22,000 people.
Tim and Sharon Wheeless are working just outside of Denver in Castle Rock as church planters at Cross Family Church. They say the greatest barriers they see people facing is apathy toward spiritual things and materialism.
The North American Mission Board is praying and working toward the addition of 50 new church plants over the next few years.
Learn more by visiting NAMB.net.
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