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In light of the current abortion situation in the U.S., a rising chorus of leading Evangelical women called the Senate to stop its rush to confirm a replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court and put a “Pause on the Culture Wars”. A significant core of leading Evangelical men has now joined the women’s call.

It may at first sound counterintuitive, but this growing segment of the Evangelical church is warning that the conservative Evangelical strategy to dominate the Supreme Court will not reduce, but will in fact increase abortion rates—particularly in poor communities, especially communities of color. What’s more, a Conservative majority Court poses an existential threat to the civil rights and protections gained through the Civil Rights movement.

The evangelical Culture Wars have effectively brought the nation to this turning point with the balance of the Supreme Court poised to tip in favor of a conservative agenda for generations.

With this political strategy crafted in the 1980s by the Moral Majority and Christian Coalition, conservative Evangelicals have eyed the Supreme Court as a prime target of its war to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Not only does Roe not end abortion (it just bumps it to states legislatures); rates for American women are at all-time low — except among poor women — because economic hardship is the primary driver of abortion. The way to reduce abortion is not through escalating culture wars but by reducing poverty. Instead, this conservative court’s rulings have already begun to whittle away voting rights and desegregation, and will continue to unravel hard won rights and freedoms that reduce poverty. It’s spreading divisiveness across our nation — even within our church pews.

This Call to Pause, initiated by evangelical author Lisa Sharon Harper and founder of Freedom Road, LLC, and an Auburn Senior Fellow, has garnered strong public statements from nearly three dozen leading Evangelical women and men across the country. Read the statements from this growing chorus of evangelical women and men of color and white evangelical allies; and learn how you can help stop the collateral damage from this war, and find in God a path forward toward common good, humility, and real solutions that will bless all:

Publication Date: July 18, 2018

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A new study says the Shroud of Turin may not have been the burial cloth of Jesus Christ.

According to the study in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, evidence shows that the person wrapped in the cloth was standing.

The bible, however, says that Jesus died and then was wrapped in the burial cloths.

A bloodstain pattern analysis showed that the blood stains on the back of the shroud “are totally unrealistic” if the body was lying flat.

"The BPA (blood pattern analysis) of blood visible on the frontal side of the chest (the lance wound) shows that the shroud represents the bleeding in a realistic manner for a standing position while the stains at the back – of a supposed postmortem bleeding from the same wound for a supine corpse – are totally unrealistic," the study abstract said.

"One of the researchers Matteo Borrini, a forensic scientist at Liverpool John Moores University in the United Kingdom told BuzzFeed News, "the bloodstains shouldn't be so inconsistent" if the shroud covered a person who was crucified or taken down from a cross to be buried," CBN News reports.

“Even a crucified or hanging person should leave a distinct blood pattern on the cloth, which would be fascinating information to have,” he said.

Bloodstain pattern expert Jonathyn Priest said the study did not take into account if someone cleaned, carried or prepared the body to be buried.

The shroud is at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy. The Vatican has never approved nor denied its authenticity in an official manor.

In July 2017, researchers from the Institute of Crystallography said they found signs of blood from torture in the shroud.

"The Blood serum tells us that before dying the person was suffering," a researcher told CBN News. "This means that the Turin Shroud is not fake... It is certainly the funeral fabric that wrapped a tortured man."

Publication Date: July 18, 2018

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In the next Presidential election, it’s no surprise that Democrats want a strong candidate to run against President Donald Trump. While there is still support for previous Democratic candidates, such as Sen. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, many democrats are interested in seeing someone new run for office.

A poll, published by Rasmussen, reports, “A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 73% of Likely Democratic Voters believe their party should look for a fresh face to run for president in 2020.” With such a significant majority of likely democrats polling this way, the DNC will probably take notice.

Hot Air comments on this finding, “That’s bad news for Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden and will hopefully be enough to prevent Hillary Clinton from talking herself into a 3rd run.”

An interesting finding from this survey is that women are in the majority of those who believe a new candidate will help democrats in the next election: “Women believe even more strongly than men that Democrats need to find a fresh face for 2020. There’s little difference of opinion on this question among voters of all ages.” In addition, 72 % of black voters, 65% of white voters, and 60% minority voters agree on the subject.

Even among voters who believe Clinton has been good for Democrats, 62% believe the party needs to nominate a fresh face in 2020. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of those who think she’s been bad for the party agree,” Rasmussen comments.

Who will lead the Democratic Party in the next election? Hot Air speculates that Sen. Kamala Harris is a front-runner:

“Sen. Kamala Harris has been planning to run for president for at least a year. Last May McClatchy ran a story suggesting she was making the first moves. And in July there were reports she was meeting with Clinton donors in the Hamptons. “She’s running for president. Take it to the bank,” one fundraiser told the Hill.”

Publication Date: July 18, 2018

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