Tim Tebow is in the news again—and not for anything related to the NFL.
He was on a Delta flight Sunday traveling to Phoenix from Atlanta when a passenger suffered a medical emergency and passengers from all over the plane jumped in to help, including Tim Tebow who helped the best way he knew how: by praying with the people on the plane and comforting the passenger's wife.
One of the passengers, Richard V. Gotti, posted on Delta's official Facebook page to share the story. So far, the post has been liked more than 25,000 times and shared more than 10,000 times.
I have to share this story! I was traveling on Delta Airlines Flight Number 1772 from Atlanta, Georgia to Phoenix, Arizona when there was a medical emergency on board. An older gentleman began having what appeared to be heart problems, and he went unconscious. I watched strangers from all over the world and every ethnicity come to the help of this man for over an hour! Whether it was chest compressions, starting an IV, helping breathe life into this man, or praying everyone helped! I listened to shock after shock from the AED machine and still no pulse. No one gave up. I observed people praying and lifting this man up to the Lord in a way that I've never seen before. The crew of Delta Airlines were amazing. They acted in a fast and professional manner! Then all of a sudden, I observed a guy walking down the aisle. That guy was Tim Tebow. He met with the family as they cried on his shoulder! I watched Tim pray with the entire section of the plane for this man. He made a stand for God in a difficult situation. The plane landed in Phoenix and that was the first time they got a pulse back! Please share this with your friends! Pray for this man and his family, and also thank God that we still have people of faith who in times of difficulty look to the Lord!
Actor, writer and comedian Aziz Ansari has penned an op-ed for The New York Times that discuss why anti-Muslim rhetoric—particularly statements made by Donald Trump—make him genuinely scared for his family.
He cited Trump’s recent statements following the terrorist attack on an Orlando gay nightclub that left 49 dead, saying, “He has said that people in the American Muslim community ‘know who the bad ones are,’ implying that millions of innocent people are somehow complicit in awful attacks.” Ansari argued that “xenophobic rhetoric” ignores the fact more than half of the mass shootings that have taken place since 9/11 were committed by white males, not immigrants or Muslim terrorists, as some political rhetoric suggests.
Ansari writes that though he himself is not religious—“I am the son of Muslim immigrants,” he writes—and warns that that rhetoric implies that all Muslims are somehow connected to terrorism endangers a community that already faces prejudices:
Being Muslim American already carries a decent amount of baggage. In our culture, when people think “Muslim,” the picture in their heads is not usually of the Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or the kid who left the boy band One Direction. It’s of a scary terrorist character from “Homeland” or some monster from the news.
In the biggest Supreme Court case on abortion rights of the past 25 years, the Supreme Court struck down Texas' tight regulations on abortion clinics in a 5-3 decision. The restrictions would have required clinics across the state to maintain the same standards as outpatient surgery centers. The law would have left Texas—the state with the second-largest population—with only 10 clinics where a woman could legally have an abortion.
In the 107-page opinion, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote for the majority that, "Neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes. Each places a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a pre-viability abortion, each constitutes an undue burden on abortion access, and each violates the Federal Constitution." Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan joined Breyer on the majority side.
Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas were the dissenting voices. Alito wrote for the minority:
If anything, when a case involves a controversial issue, we should be especially careful to be scrupulously neutral in applying such rules. The Court has not done so here. On the contrary, determined to strike down two provisions of a new Texas abortion statute in all of their applications, the Court simply disregards basic rules that apply in all other cases.
This decision also affects 10 other states which have similar laws in place or in the works. Many people are looking at this attempt to restrict abortion rights as a new way of fighting against abortion by championing the mother's health as a foremost priority, rather than the baby's.
"We are thrilled that these dangerous provisions have been struck down," Cecile Richards, president of the highly controversial abortion provider, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement. "This is a win for women. Every person must have the right to make their own personal decisions about abortion, and we will fight like hell to ensure they do." Discuss