Atlantic Records just released a song from Lecrae off the soundtrack of the upcoming film adaptation of The Shack. The rapper collaborates with Breyan Isaac on "The River of Jordan," which ends up being an intimate track about the pressure off organized religion contrasted against the freedom of actually knowing God.
The song's content can feel heavy, but it keeps hopeful twist. Here's how he concludes:
I lost my religion but I found God
Sounds odd but I’m better at seeing how far
did I come from the dark is the nights to the light
irregardless of all of my many flaws
The House of Representatives voted to halt an action that would keep states from defunding Planned Parenthood in their respective states. Given the makeup of the Senate and the executive branch, the effort is likely to succeed.
Right as now-former president Barack Obama left office, he signed a bill that wrapped up Planned Parenthood’s funding in Title IX legistlation, essentially keeping states from removing public family planning funds on the grounds of abortion. At the time, 13 states had defunded Planned Parenthood by keeping Title IX funds from going to the organization, which is the nation’s largest provider of on-demand abortions by far. Obama amended Title IX to take away state’s ability to do that.
Yesterday the House voted 230-188 to overturn the new Title IX rule using what’s called the Congressional Review Act (the act, according to Vox, lets Congress fast-track or disapprove of newly introduced federal rules). Now the “resolution of disapproval” will head to the Senate, where it requires a 51-vote majority, and then to president Donald Trump’s desk.
It’s likely that Trump will sign the bill, given his previous statements about defunding Planned Parenthood.
This isn’t a move to defund Planned Parenthood at the federal level, though those efforts are likely to follow. Currently, some $500 million federal dollars go to Planned Parenthood annually receives more than $500 million annually.
One of nature’s most famous animals may soon walk again. A team of scientist at Harvard is working on a “de-extinction” project, and say that within two years, they will be able to create a hybrid wooly mammoth embryo.
Technically, it would be a “mammophant”, because the DNA would be spliced into the DNA of today’s elephants, but would still have many of the traits we associate with the woolly mammoth: Cold-adapted blood, long fur, small ears, etc. The woolly mammoth hasn’t walked the earth for thousands of years.
Obviously, the prospect of creating a mammoth-elephant hybrid in a lab has raised some serious ethical concerns and the project, which will be discussed at this week’s American Association for the Advancement of Science, has it’s share of critics.
This week, 13-year-old Robert Irwin visited The Tonight Show (along with some of his cool animal friends), and he brought the same energy that made his late father Steve Irwin “The Crocodile Hunter” so beloved.
It’s pretty cool to watch. Here’s the clip: Discuss
Pew Research published the results of a recent survey today. And the results are, well, revealing.
Most Americans, the survey shows, disapprove of President Donald Trump’s executive order to temporarily stop refugees from entering the U.S. His plan is to set up something of a 120-day moratorium to prevent people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S. while the administration can review and adjust vetting processes.
Nationally, 59 percent of respondents to Pew’s survey disapprove of the ban, while 38 percent say they approve.
Race and age factor heavily into people’s perspective on the ban. About 84 percent of black respondents disapprove of the ban, 79 percent of Hispanics and 50 percent of whites. By age group, younger Americans most consistently disapprove of the executive order (76 percent among ages 18 to 29), but even the oldest group polled opposes the ban by a majority. It seems race and age are factors, but still most people disapprove of the policy.
There’s a huge difference, though, when it comes to Christians, especially those who self-identify as evangelical.
Among what Pew calls “white evangelical Protestants,” more than 76 percent approve of the president’s ban on Muslim refugees. Only 22 percent of evangelicals you participated in this poll oppose the ban. White mainline Protestants show less support, but still approve of the policy by a majority (50 percent).
Though Jeanette Vizguerra was born in Mexico, she’s worked in the United States for the last 20 years. But Vizguerra fears she will be deported when after an upcoming meeting scheduled with immigrations officials because of several misdemeanors on her record.
So now she and three of her children—all of whom were born in the U.S.—have taken refuge in Denver’s First Unitarian Church. Traditionally, churches are viewed as sanctuaries—safe-havens for immigrants, where federal authorities will not enter—it’s not necessarily that they can’t, but they don’t. Vizguerra knows there’s a possibility she could get stuck in the church without access to basic needs, but says the risk is worth it.
According to her, the legal trouble all centers around her trying to stay in the United States: "The only thing that I’ve done is use false documents to put food on the table of my family," Vizguerra told Inside Edition through a translator at the church.
Reports say that nearly 100 demonstrators are currently outside First Unitarian Church's building showing support for Vizguerra. She is already something of a public figure through a radio show she hosts, and Vizguerra regularly advocates for immigrant issues. A spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement told IE that Vizguerra, who was issued “final deportation orders” in 2011, is a priority because of her misdemeanors.
Yahoo reports that if Vizguerra is deported, care for her American-born children goes to her husband and her oldest daughter, who is 26. Discuss