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Christian university offering degree in management of fraudulent ‘crisis pregnancy’ centers

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A Christian university in Oklahoma is taking a hard look at creating a degree program aimed at filling the need for managers to run  anti-choice-based pregnancy centers, which purport to give pregnant women all of their options — as long as it doesn’t include abortion.

According to the College Fix,  Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, came up with the idea of offering a certification program in “applied bioethics” to train students in anti-choice activism under the guise of counseling.

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Known as “pregnancy crisis centers” — and usually located near Planned Parenthood offices — the centers advertise themselves as providers of free options for an unintended pregnancy, but without overtly disclosing their agenda. Although the centers may be licensed as community clinics, they don’t provide a full array of service, including providing birth control or referrals should a woman wish to terminate her pregnancy.

According to OKWU’s website, the school is studying the “feasibility” of expanding the certificate classes into a degree program that prepares students for “vocational work in pro-life apologetics, political consulting, or for an executive role” in the crisis centers.

Citing the university’s “explicitly and unequivocally pro-life” position, Piper explained, “We humbly acknowledge that God defines life and that men do not,” in justifying the program.

According to Life Training Institute founder Scott Klusendorf — who teaches classes in the program — “we are in trouble” if Christian students fail to use their faith to make a larger cultural impact.

“[Students] need to be able to make a case for the pro-life view in one minute or less if necessary,” he explained, “There is no major out there anywhere that is teaching people to do this.”

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Klusendorf teaches an ethics and abortion course on what he calls the “the toughest critics of the pro-life view: the academic critics,” with an eye on preparing students to dismiss complaints that women are unwittingly not receiving a full list of options at the centers.

A consultant on the program, Speaker for Life founder Marc Newman, explained the program further.

“Our goal is to train up powerful advocates for the unborn and center and clinic directors who can persuasively mount a case for their work, raise financial, volunteer, and prayer support, and be of service to area churches, civic groups and schools.”

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In some states, crisis pregnancy centers receive taxpayer funding despite their religious affiliations.


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Buffalo has a long history of protecting cops from criminal charges: report

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On Saturday, The Daily Beast documented the recent history of use of force in the Buffalo Police Department, which is reeling from controversy as two officers face assault charges for shoving a 75-year-old protester to the ground.

"As shocking as this all may be to outsiders, the shoving of demonstrator Martin Gugino and the defiant response of officers to an effort to discipline two of their own is indicative of the state of police affairs in Buffalo," wrote Jim Heaney. "Has been for a long time, not that you have to go back too far to find other episodes of brutality that have been captured on video."

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Internet disgusted after Buffalo first responders cheer cops charged with assaulting 75-year-old protester

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Commenters on Twitter expressed both contempt and disgust for Buffalo firefighters and police officers who turned out in front of Buffalo City Court to support two suspended police officers with applause and cheering.

Moments after officers Aaron Torglaski and Robert McCabe were charged with second-degree assault and then released without having to post bail, they were greeted as heroes outside the courthouse.

After a video was posted showing the celebration, commenters on Twitter vented at cops and firefighters for defending the two officers who assaulted the 75-year-old man who had to be rushed to a hospital after they shoved him to the ground where he sustained a head injury.

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Donald Trump’s lurch toward fascism is backfiring spectacularly

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

During the 2016 campaign, as Donald Trump railed against "Mexican rapists" and other "criminal aliens," pollsters found that the share of Americans who said that immigrants worked hard and made a positive contribution to our society increased significantly, and noticed a similar decline in the share who said they take citizens' jobs and burden our social safety net. After Trump was elected and began pursuing his Muslim ban, the share of respondents who held a positive view of Islam also increased pretty dramatically. I'm not aware of any polling of the general public about transgender troops serving in the military before Trump decided to discharge them, but Gallup found that 71 percent of respondents opposed his position after he did.

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