Monthly News Roundup (10.28.21)

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This is the last episode for the month of October – time for our monthly news roundup. In this episode, we’ll be talking about religious persecution around the world, a court ruling that hippos are people, and a recent archaeological discovery linked to Gideon in the book of Judges.

STORY #1 – Less Religious Violence, More Government Interference Across Globe

“Religious people around the world may be safer from social hostilities but more at risk from government restrictions, according to new analysis from Pew Research.” (Lifeway Research)

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STORY #2 – Court Rules Hippos Are People

“Animals are enjoying better legal rights and protections in the United States than human children in the womb.

“On Wednesday, an animal rights group celebrated a federal court ruling that recognizes hippos as legal persons for the first time in U.S. history.

“Attorneys with the Animal Legal Defense Fund said animals are protected from ‘cruelty and exploitation’ under the law and the new U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio ruling expands their rights even further.

“‘Animals have the right to be free from cruelty and exploitation, and the failure of U.S. courts to recognize their rights impedes the ability to enforce existing legislative protections,’ said Animal Legal Defense Fund executive director Stephen Wells in a statement. ‘The court’s order authorizing the hippos to exercise their legal right to obtain information in the United States is a critical milestone in the broader animal status fight to recognize that animals have enforceable rights.’” (Life News)

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STORY #3 – 3,100-Year Old Gideon Inscription in Israel Provides Bible–Archaeology Link

“A five-letter inscription from biblical times was found at the Khirbet al-Ra’i dig site in central Israel, between Kiryat Gat and Lachish, about 43 miles southwest of Jerusalem. This unique discovery offers us a 3,100-year-old glimpse back in time and ties the Bible with archaeological history.”

“The inscribed letters on the pottery are classified as Proto-Canaanite by the scholars and could be the missing link in the development of early alphabetic writing used during the 12th _ 10th centuries BC. The five letters inked on the jug spell out the personal name Yrb’l (Jerubba’al).”

“The name Jerubbaal appears in the Book of Judges as an alternative name for Gideon, a judge of northern Israel. The name was given to him by his father Joash, who in defending Gideon from the men of the city who wanted to kill him because he destroyed an altar of Baal, said: “Let Baal contend against him” (Judges 6:28-31). The literal translation of the name means, Baal be afraid.” (Patterns of Evidence)

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