I find it ironic that Hollywood is bullying the state of Georgia to protest its new law to protect unborn children. The heartbeat law stipulates that an abortion cannot be performed in the Peach State if the fetal heartbeat can be detected.

Agence-France Presse reports (5/30/19), "WarnerMedia, Sony Pictures and NBCUniversal on Thursday joined a growing number of major studios threatening to pull their productions out of Georgia should a controversial abortion law in the southern US state go into effect."

In his End of Day Report (5/31/19), Gary Bauer notes, "Bob Iger, the CEO of Disney, has joined the left-wing assault on Georgia's new pro-life law. He said it would be 'very difficult' for Disney to continue working in Georgia if the heartbeat law remains in effect."

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I can understand why the Bishop of Liverpool spoke out so strongly against Donald Trump ahead of his three-day state visit to the UK.

Like the bishop, I am deeply troubled by the President's belligerent and divisive behaviour too, as well as the outrageous "tweets" that seem to fly in the face of many of the values we treasure as Christian believers.

And I have no problem at all with the bishop's conviction that it is right to speak truth to power, whether that comes from massed voices on the streets or in the privacy of meetings held in private with politicians like Jeremy Hunt.

All I would say is that those who disagree with him should do so courteously, conscious that "all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God." (Romans 13:1. NLT)

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I am treading on eggshells, I realise. To talk about transgender issues is to touch upon a hugely sensitive matter.

And yet the invitation of Jesus Christ to repent, believe the gospel, take up our cross and follow him is a call which touches on every area of life, including this one.

As a society we find transgender issues difficult to discuss. A combination of ignorance, prejudice, dogma and hysteria from some quarters and on all sides of the debate, mixed with social media, is a toxic brew. But as Christians we should be able to do better.

For if discipleship touches on issues such as transgender, it also affects how we talk about such things. And yet we, too, struggle: ongoing controversies in the Church of England demonstrate this only too clearly.

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