Washington Post Highlights Forced Abortion, Genocide in China

China’s regime reportedly has forced some 1.5 million people into reeducation camps and subjected others to forced abortions, sterilizations, and organ harvesting.

This week the editorial board at The Washington Post penned an op-ed column highlighting forced abortions and sterilizations in China — which the editors say ultimately amounts to genocide.

China’s communist party is targeting Uighur Muslims and other minority groups who live in the country’s western Xinjiang province.

The editorial board writes,

[N]ew evidence shows that China is systematically using pregnancy checks, forced intrauterine devices, sterilization and even abortion to reduce the population of Uighurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang. . . .

The measures fall within the definition of genocide in the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, which includes “imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group.”

Besides forced abortions and sterilizations, an independent tribunal found credible evidence last year that China also forcibly harvests organs from Uighurs and others.

China has forced Uighur Muslims into “reeducation camps” that NPR recently noted are “probably the largest incarceration of an ethnoreligious minority since the Holocaust.”

COVID-19 has taught us a painful lesson about how what happens on the other side of the planet can affect lives all over the world. We cannot afford to sit idly by while China’s communist regime commits these sorts of atrocities.

You can read the Washington Post’s entire editorial column here.

Please Pray for Peace and Healing

Above: The Democratic headquarters in Little Rock damaged during protests.

In the past week, our country has been rocked by a series of protests and riots in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Over the weekend, protests took place throughout Arkansas — including downtown Little Rock.

In some cases, things turned violent and destructive.

It’s difficult to know what to say during times like these, but in a series of statements made online last week, Rev. Franklin Graham offers these words, writing,

What took place Monday on a Minneapolis street, by the Minneapolis Police Department should deeply concern each and every American. It’s inexcusable. . . . Police are not the judge and jury. These officers will have to stand before God and the authorities on this earth for what they have done. . . .

However, burning, destroying, and looting communities isn’t the answer. This just heaps more pain and hurt on lives and livelihoods. . . .

George’s loved ones and friends have said he was a gentle giant and that he would’ve been devastated to see the rioting.

I ask Christians across the country to pray—for calm, for peace, and for an end to the violence. This honors no one and may cost many more lives. I ask every church to contact your members and ask them to pray. Our nation is in trouble. The only One who can heal the racial divide is Jesus Christ who has the power to transform the human heart.

You can read Franklin Graham’s full statements here, here, and here.

During these unprecedented times, I hope you and your church will join us in praying for peace and healing in our state and across our country.

How The COVID-19 Stimulus Bill Helps Churches

Last week Congress passed the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES)” Act.

The bill was signed into law by President Trump on Friday.

It provides approximately $2 trillion in relief and economic stimulus in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Our friends at Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. have analyzed the ways in which the measure helps churches and other non-profits.

They have identified four key areas affecting churches:

  • Direct loans to small businesses, nonprofits, and churches
  • Incentivizing giving to churches and nonprofits
  • Unemployment insurance assistance for those who work for nonprofits
  • Encouraging and aiding churches’ responses to the coronavirus outbreak

They also highlight paid medical and sick leave requirements that may implicate nonprofits and churches.

You can read more about Family Research Council’s findings here.

Small Business Loans

According to Family Research Council, the CARES Act creates federally-guaranteed loans for small businesses and other entities, including nonprofit organizations.

The loans cover eight weeks of necessary expenses.

Tax Incentives and Unemployment Insurance

The bill creates additional tax incentives for charitable giving, which will help churches and nonprofits, and it offers unemployment insurance to employees of nonprofits and charities.

FRC writes that “the CARES Act expands unemployment insurance to help those who are without work because of the coronavirus outbreak. This bill creates a temporary Pandemic Unemployment Program that will run through the end of the year. The program provides unemployment benefits for those who do not usually qualify, including religious workers, the self-employed, independent contractors, and those with limited work history. It also covers the first week of lost wages in states that do not cover the first week a person is unemployed.”

Additional Grant Money for Charitable Programs

The CARES Act allocates additional funding for Community Service Block grants. These grants are federally funded and awarded through the state government. The money can be used to fight poverty in local communities.

Under the CARES Act, churches and charities may be able to apply for additional government funding to help serve members of their communities.

Learn more at FRC’s website.