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Did you know that a billion sea creatures were just wiped out on the West Coast? And they did not die pleasantly. The historic "heat dome" that hit the Northwest like a freight train cooked them to death.
Needless to say, this is not normal. In fact, we have never seen anything like this before. Weather patterns all over the planet are going nuts, and this is having a devastating impact on many vulnerable ecosystems.
I knew that the recent heat wave was bad, but I did not know that it had caused this much destruction. According to NPR, it is estimated the record high temperatures along the West Coast killed at least 1 billion sea creatures.
On July 2, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from Baronnelle Stutzman, the florist from the state of Washington, whose religious liberty and constitutional rights were violated by Washington state's Attorney General Bob Ferguson in 2013. In essence, Ferguson pronounced, "You will take part in same-sex weddings, or the state will bankrupt you." And it did.
Stutzman's plight consisted of either agreeing to provide a flower arrangement celebrating same-sex marriage, thereby conveying approval for something God condemns, or politely declining services to Robert Ingersoll and Curt Creed, the couple to be wed, and recommending another florist in town.
Surrounded by a "hostile and intimidating environment," tyrannized by a militant state official enforcing a secular worldview, Stutzman chose to stand. Like Rahab of Joshua 2:1-21, she stood "for the unseen against the seen," a dictum derived from 2 Corinthians 4:18b (NIV): "What is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
"Officials in Charlottesville, Va., removed statues of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson on Saturday—and followed up with a lightning-fast toppling of a third monument, a tribute to explorers Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and Sacagawea," reports the New York Post. The takedown came "nearly four years after violence erupted at the "Unite the Right" rally to protest its planned removal," also per the Post.
"The violence made national headlines, as did then-President Donald Trump's insistence that there was 'blame on both sides' for the bloodshed, the Post also reported. The riot also kick-started an ongoing nationwide debate over the presence of Confederate monuments in cities and towns across the country."
"Lee did not grow up on a large plantation, but his wife inherited a slave in 1857 from her father. ... As a result of his wife's inheritance, Lee became owner of hundreds of slaves," according to History.com, "While historical accounts vary, Lee's treatment of the slaves was described as being so combative and harsh that it led to slave revolts."
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