Here’s what you need to know in news for Oct. 21:
Christian Chapel Faces Jail Time or Fines For Refusing Same-Sex Weddings
A couple who run the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Idaho could face jail time or fines if they refuse to marry same-sex couples.
Donald and Evelyn Knapp are Christians and ordained ministers.
The city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho has a non-discrimination statute that includes sexual orientation and gender identity.
“The Knapps have been celebrating weddings in their chapel since 1989. Government should not now force them to shut down or violate their beliefs. After all, protecting religious liberty and the rights of conscience does not infringe on anyone’s sexual freedoms. No one has a right to have the government force a particular minister to marry them.” wrote Ryan Anderson with the Daily Signal.
Couple Declines Selective Reduction, Loses Septuplets
A North Carolina couple wants their story to point to Christ after losing a set of septuplets when they decided not to use selective reduction.
Lindsey and Steve Justice used fertility treatments and at six weeks gestation, the couple learned they were carrying six or seven babies.
“(The doctor) just said, ‘this is dangerous. The human body is not meant to carry six-plus babies, and for your health and for the babies—their chances of survival, your best medical option is to selectively reduce.’ Steven and I didn’t even have to look at each other,” Lindsey told NBC. “That was just not going to be an option.”
All of the babies died shortly after Lindsey delivered at 21 weeks.
Remains of Missing UVA Student Found by “Divine Intervention”
The sergeant who found human remains believed to be that of missing UVA student Hannah Graham said the discovery was “divine intervention.”
Sgt. Dale Terry of the Chesterfield Sheriff’s Department found human remains scattered in a shallow grave on an abandoned property.
Authorities are waiting on forensic tests.
“We were on our way back to our vehicle and I just decided to keep going and we swept a different area and luckily we came upon what we came upon,” Terry told Fox5. “Divine intervention is the only thing I can think of … I do believe God wanted us to find what we found. I don’t know how else to explain it other than something inside me told me to just continue to look.”
Petition to Help Persecuted Christians Reaches 200,000
More than 200,000 people have signed a petition asking European leaders to help persecuted Christians in the world.
Luca Volonté, a board member of CitizenGo and president of the international foundation Novae Terrae, asked that “the Council of Europe, the European Union’s foreign ministers and the European Parliament to put into action policies of asylum and humanitarian aid, to bring this horror to an end.”
Novae Terrae launched a petition in August on CitizenGo.
“At this very moment, Christians in Iraq are being given an ultimatum: covert, leave or die,” the petition states, emphasizing that Europe’s lack of response to such abuses has been “deafening.”