Late last week, Texas State Representative Tony Tinderholt filed a bill that would make abortion illegal in all cases except when the mother's life is at risk, according to reports.
House Bill 948, called the Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act speaks primarily of abortion as the murder of unborn children and of being a protective measure against that. The bill tells officials to enforce the bill "regardless of any contrary or conflicting federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, or court decisions," but legal experts have said that that would simply be unconstitutional.
This is the most recent in bills coming from Texas seeking to legislate or repeal abortion. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law that required facilities performing abortions to meet the standards imposed on hospitals, calling it an undue burden on a woman's constitutional right to an abortion.
The bill would need a two-thirds vote in order to pass and become law. Discuss
Someone who knows someone needs to get NatGeo on the phone and tell them about Aryeh Nirenberg. The photographer recently flew from NYC to Iceland and used her empty row of seats to set up her camera on a tripod and capture the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) from the window.
While most of us would have taken the entirety of an empty row as an opportunity to sleep, Nirenberg set out to capture creation.
The footage is not only awe inspiring but reveals the artistry and innovation within God’s creation.
Actor Andrew Garfield recently visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and the two had an interesting discussion about spiritual exercises, fasting, faith, how preparing for the film Silence showed him about Jesus, the afterlife, doubt and even spiritual warfare. It’s a really fascinating conversation.
While discussing the ignatius spiritual exercises (which he studied for a year before the filming began), he explained, "It’s a very weird thing where you create this very deep relationship with Jesus Christ. And I didn’t know much about Jesus. I hadn’t really studied the Bible.”
The film tells the story of two 17th century Jesuit missionaries investigating reports of persecution in Japan. He recently explained to American Magazine that the intense mental and spiritual preparation for the role taught him about developing a relationship with Christ:
What was really easy was falling in love with this person, was falling in love with Jesus Christ. That was the most surprising thing … That was the most remarkable thing—falling in love, and how easy it was to fall in love with Jesus.
No one is more qualified to serve us all a brief history lesson in science fiction than famed director James Cameron. The man behind films like The Terminator and Avatar is about to debut a docu-series about the evolution of sci-fi called James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction. The show will use six different installments to not only explain the history of science fiction but also explain how the genre has evolved by attempting to answer some of the bigger questions of the universe.
Cameron told reporters, "With this series, we are going back to the origins of sci-fi, following the DNA of these ideas back to the source. Without Jules Verne and H.G. Wells there wouldn’t have been Ray Bradbury or Robert A. Heinlein, and without them, there wouldn’t be Lucas, Spielberg, Ridley Scott or me."
It will be interesting to watch a small-screen series from a man who typically makes movies made for IMAX. The project is still in the works and for now, James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction is set to air on AMC in 2018. Discuss
Jeremy Courtney of the organization Preemptive Love Coalition posted a powerful video on Facebook this weekend, explaining how a Muslim man in Iraq built a cross for his Christian neighbors after their church was destroyed by ISIS.
The city of Mosul is being liberated from ISIS, who destroyed churches and persecuted the population while in control of the area. But, as Jeremy Courtney explains, these kinds of stories—of Muslims coming alongside of Christians—aren’t the kinds we’re used to hearing about, even though they happen all of the time in Iraq.
Marwan is a Muslim. But when Marwan came into this church, he couldn’t accept the fact that these other guys who claimed to be Muslims were rampaging through this place, destroying the signs and icons of his Christian friends, his Christian compatriots, his Christian neighbors. And so, our Muslim friend Marwan helps fashion this cross together.