Pope Francis, Trump trade jabs; Nike drops Pacquiao after homosexual remarks; Eight states have defunded Planned Parenthood;

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Trump called out by Pope for wanting to build border wall; candidate calls remarks “disgraceful”

When asked by the media about presidential candidate Donald Trump, Pope Francis directly called him out for his desire to build a wall along the southern border, saying, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.”

And in typical fashion, Trump responded directly to the Pope’s accusations, even leveling charges that the Mexican government had used the Pope to promote this message. The entire written response from the candidate can be viewed here.

Trump Senior Advisor Dan Scavino posted this in response:

Nike cuts ties as sponsor for boxer Manny Pacquiao after controversial statements; Adidas uses Instagram to make its own same-sex statement

Boxer Manny Pacquiao, who’s running for senate in the Philippines, was dropped from Nike sponsorship despite apologizing for his statements on homosexuality. After being asked for his views on gay marriage, Pacquiao told the media even animals know opposite sexes attract.

The deeply religious boxer apologized and said in a Facebook statement:

“Please forgive me for those I’ve hurt. I still stand on my belief that I’m against same sex marriage because of what the Bible says, but I’m not condemning LGBT.”

Meanwhile, Nike athletic apparel competitor Adidas faces its own challenges on the same-sex matter after using a Valentine’s Instagram post to promote “equal love.”

The love you take is equal to the love you make.

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Wisconsin becomes 8th state to cut Planned Parenthood funding after undercover videos

Gov. Scott Walker made cuts in funding for organizations like Planned Parenthood official with his signature Thursday morning, Feb. 18. Walker signed the bill at Life’s Connection, a “resource center” specializing in faith-based ministering to families facing crisis through miscarriage, pregnancy and other life challenges.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is soon expected to make his state the ninth to defund the Planned Parenthood, which has come under fire for using taxpayer money to fund abortions and other morally questionable spending.

University of Texas will allow concealed carry in classrooms, thanks to new state law

Despite personal objections from its university president, the University of Texas announced Thursday, Feb. 18, that students will be allowed to conceal carry in classrooms, provided they are properly licensed.

State law, passed last year, required the university to individually adopt the policy, which UT has now done. Across the nation, six other states make provisions for licensed students to conceal carry, and Liberty University made headlines at the end of last year with its announcement students will be allowed to keep their handguns in dorm rooms.

Founder of Fellowship of Christian Athletes dead at age 91

For many Christian athletes at both public and private institutions, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization provided a safe space for religious expression in athletics, and now its founder has died.

Don McClanen died Tuesday, Feb. 16, according to FCA. McClanen’s group began 61 years ago and has spread into 47 countries with over 12,700 certified huddles.

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