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Best Evidence for the Flood

“…the fountains of the great deep [were] broken up, and the windows of the heavens were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.”

This quote from the Book of Genesis is part of a familiar tale — the story of Noah’s flood. Scholars have known for a long time that the Bible isn’t the only place this story is found — in fact, the biblical story is similar to a much older Mesopotamian flood story in the epic of Gilgamesh. Scholars usually attribute things like the worldwide occurrence of flood stories to common human experiences and our love of repeating good stories, but recently scientists have started to uncover evidence that Noah’s flood may have a basis in some rather astonishing events that took place around the Black Sea some 7,500 years ago.

The scientific version of Noah’s flood actually starts long before that, back during the last great glaciation some 20,000 years ago.

This was a time when the earth looked very different from what we are used to today. Thick ice sheets extended down from the North Pole as far as Chicago and New York City. All that water had to come from somewhere, so ocean levels were about 400 feet lower than they are today. In essence, water that evaporated from the oceans fell as snow (which was compacted into glacial ice) rather than rain (which would flow back and replenish the oceans as it does now). The East Coast of the United States was 75 to 150 miles farther out than it is today, and places like Manhattan and Baltimore would have been inland cities. During this period, meltwater from the European glaciers flowed down to the Black Sea basin, then out through a river channel into the Mediterranean. Because the Mediterranean is connected to the world ocean at Gibraltar, it was also 400 feet lower than it is today, so this flow of fresh water through the Black Sea was downhill.

Two geologists at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory have offered a new theory of what happened next. William Ryan and Walter Pitman, in Noah’s Flood (Simon & Schuster), postulate that as time went on, the world warmed, the glaciers retreated and meltwater from the European glaciers began to flow north into the North Sea, depriving the Black Sea of its main source of replenishment. The level of the Black Sea began to drop, and most of the area around its northern boundary — the area adjacent to present-day Crimea and the Sea of Azov — became dry land. At this point, the level of the Black Sea was several hundred feet below that of the Mediterranean, and the two were separated by the barrier of the Bosporus, then dry land. This situation, with the world ocean rising while the Black Sea was falling, could not last forever. Eventually, like a bathtub overflowing, the Mediterranean had to pour through into the Black Sea basin.

The idea that ocean basins can flood catastrophically during periods of rising sea levels is nothing new in geology. Five million years ago, long before there were any humans around, just such an event occurred. The level of the Atlantic Ocean had dropped, or some tectonic event had occurred, with the result that water could no longer get through, and the Mediterranean gradually shrank down to a desert spotted with a few salty bits of ocean. Subsequently, when either the Atlantic rose again or another geological change took place, ocean water began pouring back into the former sea. The basin filled, and the present-day Mediterranean was created.

We know such things because sediments reveal history. Ryan and Pitman began taking cores of the present-day Black Sea. The cores seemed to be telling a strange story indeed, particularly in the northern areas. At the very bottom of the cores, dozens of feet below the present seafloor, they found layered mud typical of river deltas.

Carbon-dating of shells in this mud indicates that it was laid down between 18,000 and 8,600 years ago. This data showed that an area of the Black Sea about the size of Florida might have been much like the lower Mississippi Delta today — rich farmland with an abundant supply of fresh water.

Directly above the layers of mud is a layer of what Pitman calls “shell hash” — an inch-thick layer of broken shells — overlain by several feet of fine sediment of the type being brought into the Black Sea by rivers today. The shells in the “hash” are typical of what was in the Black Sea when it was a body of fresh water. The fine sediments contain evidence of saltwater species previously unknown in the Black Sea. It is the interpretation of these layers that tells us what happened on that inevitable day when rising sea levels in the Mediterranean reached the base of the sediments at the bottom of the Bosporus — and all hell broke loose.

When the Mediterranean began to flow northward, it “popped the plug” and pushed those sediments into a “tongue” of loose sediment on the bottom of what would become the present-day Black Sea (this tongue can still be seen in cores taken from the ocean bottom in that area). As the flow of water increased, it began to cut into the bedrock itself. The rock in this area is broken — Pitman calls it “trashy” — and even today rockslides are a major engineering problem for roads cut into the cliffs alongside the Bosporus. The incoming water eventually dug a channel more than 300 feet deep as it poured into the Black Sea basin, changing it from a freshwater lake to a saltwater ocean. In this scenario, the mud beneath the shell hash represents sediments from the rivers that fed the freshwater lake, the shell hash the remains of the animals that lived in that lake, and the layers above it the result of the saltwater incursion.

It was this event that Pitman and Ryan believe could be the flood recorded in the Book of Genesis. The salt water poured through the deepening channel, creating a waterfall 200 times the volume of Niagara Falls (anyone who has ever traveled to the base of the falls on the Maid of the Mist will have a sense of the power involved). In a single day enough water came through the channel to cover Manhattan to a depth at least two times the height of the World Trade Center, and the roar of the cascading water would have been audible at least 100 miles away. Anyone living in the fertile farmlands on the northern rim of the sea would have had the harrowing experience of seeing the boundary of the ocean move inland at the rate of a mile a day.

In addition, Pitman and Ryan point out what archaeologists who study ancient civilizations have known for a long time: that at roughly the time of the flood, a number of people and new customs suddenly appeared in places as far apart as Egypt and the foothills of the Himalayas, Prague and Paris. The people included speakers of Indo-European, the language from which most modern European and Indian languages are derived. Pitman and Ryan suggest that these people might, in fact, represent a diaspora of Black Sea farmers who were driven from their homes by the flood, and that the flood itself might have been the cause of the breakup of Indo-European languages.

Unfortunately, the evidence for this diaspora is a good deal less solid than the evidence for the flood itself. Linguists have long known how to reconstruct ancient languages by looking at words that have survived in the descendants of those languages today. The date of an event like the split-up of the Indo-European languages can then be estimated by comparing those words with artifacts found in excavations — a language probably won’t have a word for “wheel,” for example, unless it actually uses wheeled vehicles. “It is unlikely that the Indo-European languages split up before 3500 B.C. (that is, 2,000 years after the Black Sea flood),” says University of Chicago linguist Bill Darden, basing his conclusion on this sort of argument. If he and his colleagues are right, then the diaspora part of the flood story will be just another beautiful theory shot down by ugly facts.

Walter Pitman accepts that there is controversy on this part of his thesis, but can’t resist one final irreverent geologist’s observation: “When you look at the settlements those people built,” he says, “not one of them is less than 150 feet above sea level!”

Elon Cites Scripture to Justify Twitter Ban of Alex Jones

Newly minted Twitter owner and chief executive Elon Musk used a Bible passage to defend his decision to keep conspiracy theorist Alex Jones off the social media platform.

Jones and the account linked to his website, InfoWars, were banned from Twitter in 2018.

Musk, who officially became the owner and CEO of Twitter in late October, responded Sunday to a tweet from famed atheist Sam Harris, who asked the entrepreneur if he planned to reinstate Jones’ account — a question that arose after Musk restored the accounts of the Christian satire website The Babylon Bee, Canadian psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson, and, most notably, former President Donald Trump.

In response, Musk quoted Matthew 19:14.

For all intents and purposes, it does not appear Musk is a believer. He is prone to sharing sacrilegious comments and is often described as agnostic or even atheistic in his beliefs.

Another Twitter user criticized Musk for choosing to allow Trump and even current President Joe Biden to remain on the platform while refusing to reinstate Jones’ account.

“If serial liars like Biden and Trump are allowed on Twitter, then Alex Jones should be allowed, too,” tweeted the critic. “Please reconsider in the interest of real free speech.”

Musk, for his part, noted his very personal reason for keeping the InfoWars founder off Twitter. He referred to the death of the son he shared with his first wife, Justine. In 2002, they lost their son, who died of sudden infant death syndrome at just 10 weeks old.

Fox News Anchor: I’m On a ‘Divine Assignment’ From God

Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner says she’s witnessed “literal miracles” and is on a “divine assignment” from the Lord to tell others what she has seen and heard.

Faulkner was born into a Christian home in October of 1965, where, at a very young age, her mother knew she had more than just a knack for talking — she had a gift — and it has served her for as long as she can remember, even leading her to think at one point she had a future in litigation.

“My parents were very strong in their faith,” Faulkner said. “[M]y father was at war more than once; he was a combat pilot in Vietnam, two tours. It was my mom and me for a while when I was little. And as young as I can remember — probably about two, maybe three — mom taught me how to pray.”

Faulkner’s mom instilled in her young daughter a deep-seated gratitude, teaching her to praise God “over anything that gives you sustenance, whether it’s your food, the people in your life who love you and support you” and to do so “without ceasing,” as the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:17.

At around six years old, Faulkner knew she had the “gift of gab” and needed to figure out two things: How to use it, and how to make sure she constantly thanked God for it.

“According to my mom, I never stopped talking,” Faulkner said cheekily. “[My mother] would tell me specifically — even more than my father — ‘there’s something about the way that you speak that’s tied to God’s gift. I don’t know what it is, but, when you speak, people listen, even at your little age.’”

Faulkner reflected on it, too, noting she noticed in herself an “ability” to tell stories “in a really compelling way.”

“Many people thought as I got older, ‘You’re gonna make a great attorney,’ so I took the LSAT and I thought that’s what I wanted to do,” she said. “But it wasn’t. They talk a lot, too. But what [my gift] was tied to was giving a voice to people who didn’t think they were being heard. And it’s ironic now with all the politics going on, I feel like there’s even a bigger calling to do that.”

Over the years, Faulkner has noticed a shift in culture — a turn away from faith in God. Survey after survey shows the percentage of Americans who identify as Christian is dropping precipitously, and the number of people who say they don’t believe in anything is increasing.

That cultural repositioning fits right into what Faulkner sees as her “divine assignment.”

“My divine assignment that I talk to young people about — when you’re falling in and out of that faith zone with God — just remember, try to remember if you can, that we each have a divine purpose, a divine assignment from the Lord, and stick to it,” she said. “You may be the only person in a room at times that can do what you do, whatever it is that you do.”

“I’m called to be a witness,” the news anchor continued. “I was not called to proselytize and lead a flock— I follow in that sense — but I am a leader in the field of communication. The idea that, over the years, I’ve collected all these testimonies and the lightbulb just comes on after a while. … I have been called to witness. People may wonder, ‘Well, how does a news anchor get into talking about her faith? Do those two things go together?’ Well, in this instance, they do, because I’ve witnessed literal miracles through people’s testimonies. I can pass that on.”

That passion served as the motivation for Faulkner’s new book, “Faith Still Moves Mountains: Miraculous Stories of the Healing Power of Prayer,” published Nov. 15 by Fox News Books. In the book, the Fox News host revisits some of the most powerful, faith-based stories from her career in journalism, retelling them with prayer at the center.

One of the most poignant stories in the book centers on a mother who survived the 2012 mass shooting inside a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Amid the hail of bullets, Faulkner said, the mom in her book knew her job was singular: “to pray.”

“It came to her, what to pray,” she explained. “She said it was almost like she transcended those moments and they [she and her daughter] somehow got out of there and ended up in the parking lot, and not everyone made it out.”

Out of that horrific hour, Faulkner said, the mother told her she learned “you cannot teach faith.”

“My children watched me in those moments, and learned more about what I did than anything I ever said about prayer,” Faulkner recalled her saying. “[The mom added], ‘I chose God above all of the fear, over everything. I chose Him in that moment to rescue us.’ I love that story.”

A Quarter of Americans Are Skipping Thanksgiving

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With record high inflation, Americans are struggling to keep up given the higher costs of just about everything from gas to groceries. That means this year, Thanksgiving might be trimmed when comes to the usual big family meal and celebration.

According to a study by Personal Capital, an online wealth management company, 
one in four Americans say they’re skipping Thanksgiving because they can’t afford the holiday meal this year.

One in three say they’re a hosting a smaller dinner due to higher food prices.  

And a whopping 88 percent are cutting at least one dish from their table to make ends meet. 

“Definitely have to have the green bean casserole and Brussels sprouts, and probably three or four desserts, but I’m not buying them I’m going to make them from scratch because I think I can do it cheaper,” Laura Douglas of Chesapeake, VA told CBN News. 

This year, turkey costs 20 percent more than it did in 2021.

Experts say the biggest factor driving up those prices – a wave bird flu that hit in the spring.

“About five percent of total national production has been taken offline because of Avian influenza,” said Jayson Lusk of Purdue University. “So, you remove birds from the market, that’s less available for you and I, food consumers. So, you and I end up bargaining against each other for the smaller quantity of supplies and that pulls up prices.”

“We might not just buy one, might just do like a ham or some fish, something local, pasta,” said one consumer. 
 
The Department of Agriculture reports that food prices have jumped 13 percent between September 2021 and 2022. 

It is an issue affecting not just families but local foodbanks as well.

“Food costs have gone up dramatically for foodbanks,” Christopher Tan of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and The Eastern Shore said in an interview with CBN News.  “The cost of shipping and of products have gone up significantly, almost to the point of we’ll pay for more shipping than the actual product.”

Tan said his organization began ordering turkeys back in June. 

“We knew that the supply chain issue would be a potential problem. And we’re still not getting the amount that we would have probably liked. There isn’t enough out there,” he explained. 

Tan also says that as grocery costs have increased so has the number of families seeking help.

“Inflation has caused many people to come to our lines for the first time,” Tan commented.  “We see a lot more working families who are working and employed but their food budgets have drastically increased and so they’re using the foodbank as a way to supplement that budget.”

To help struggling families, the supermarket chain Aldi is rolling its Thanksgiving prices back to 2019 costs.  

“We expect to welcome tens of millions of customers in our stores this Thanksgiving season, and we want them to know they can count on us,” Dave Rinaldo, President of Aldi said in a statement. “So why not attempt that additional side dish this year or invite over a few more friends or family members.” 

Despite the tight economic times, some are choosing to be thankful no matter the costs.

“We know that the economy is high, but we’ve got to be thankful, said Carlton Griffin of Norfolk, VA. “Thankful for health and strength and having a job, having a family, just to be alive.”

This article first appeared on CBN News.

30 Seconds Into the Rapture

End Times author Jeff Kinley revealed what he believes will happen “30 seconds after the rapture,” selecting five words to express how he thinks non-believers might react to the mass exodus of Christians: “shock, confusion, panic, terror, and chaos.”

Kinley said the rapture — the belief that Jesus will take Christians into the skies before the terrors of the end times kick into high gear — will likely spark total pandemonium.

“You’re in a mall. You’re at a football stadium. You’re on an airplane. You’re driving in a car. You’re walking down the street … school, wherever,” he said on his “Prophecy Pros Podcast.” “And all of a sudden, scores of people just vanish from sight.”

He continued, “Let’s just say there are 100 million [Christians on Earth]. And those people instantly disappear from planet earth. How is that going to impact the world?”

Kinley and “Prophecy Pros” co-host Todd Hampson maintained their belief the rapture is embedded in Scripture, despite claims from some Christians the eschatological event is not biblically sound.

“The Lord’s return has two parts, and one of the ones that we wait for, Titus tells us, is ‘our blessed hope.’ It’s the rapture,” Hampson said. “It’s something we’re supposed to be encouraged by.”

Listen to Kinley and Hampson discuss what they believe will unfold 30 seconds after the rapture:

As Faithwire previously reported, the rapture recently received negative press in a CNN analysis.

The outlet published a September article titled, “For some Christians, ‘rapture anxiety’ can take a lifetime to heal,” a piece covering a supposed end-times inspired “type of religious trauma” being experienced among people who have left — or are questioning — their faith.

Kinley rejected CNN’s coverage of so-called “rapture anxiety,” arguing he’s never encountered the term before and believes there are some deep misconceptions about the eschatological belief system.

“The first thing I thought was, ‘Really? You’re making up this whole idea of the fact that people all over the place are just so filled with anxiety about the rapture, which I’ve rarely encountered.’ That’s one thing,” Kinley told CBN’s Faithwire. “The flip side of it was the irony. The rapture is really designed to bring comfort, not anxiety. It’s a complete opposite.”

Popular Pastor Tortured and Killed

The body of a pastor with an officially recognized church in Laos was found last month with signs that he was tortured and killed for his faith, area sources said.

Christian leaders and police in central Laos’ Khammouane Province believe Pastor Seetoud, who went by a single name, was killed for spreading the gospel amid rapid church growth in the country.

The pastor had been expected to meet with Christians on Oct. 20 in Thakhek, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from his home in Don Keo village, Nakai District, Khammouane Province, a journey of three and a half hours on his motorbike. When he failed to arrive more than three hours after the start time for the meeting, more than 20 people searched for him on the mountain pass near Don Keo village and at a local hospital, without success.

The search party also obtained CCTV footage from a local store owner in nearby Nakai showing that Pastor Seetoud on Oct. 21 dropped off a plastic gas container that he intended to pick up later, area Christians said.

An area resident later found Pastor Seetoud’s body in a ditch off a mountainous jungle road near the village and uploaded photos of the scene to Facebook, enabling the search party to find the corpse on Oct. 23.

Two Christians who had planned to leave their village and join Pastor Seetoud for the meeting in Thakhek said he was delayed because two unidentified officials questioned the church leader about his activities and reasons for travel to the town.

A witness from nearby Wangheen village told villagers that he stopped on the road when he saw a black truck with no license plates on Oct. 20, the day the pastor headed for the meeting.  He said three men got out and seized another man, violently dumped him into the truck and drove away.

The witness said he assumed the authorities were arresting a drug dealer/criminal and decided to continue his journey. When he later heard about Pastor Seetoud’s death, he told villagers that it was the pastor who was abducted.

Christian leaders said Pastor Seetoud’s body was severely disfigured and showed signs of torture. The search party found Pastor Seetoud’s Bible near his body and his motorcycle nearby on the road.

He leaves behind a wife and eight children, the youngest a 1-year-old. Pastor Seetoud led a congregation of the Lao Evangelical Church, one of three officially recognized denominations in Laos along with the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Roman Catholic Church.

Christian leaders said provincial police have told them Pastor Seetoud was likely killed because of his faith. Police officials at the provincial level suspect local officials at the district level killed him, according to LEC leaders.

“No words can describe the pain that Seetoud’s family and the local churches are experiencing,” a Laotian evangelical leader said. “The great injustice about the whole situation is that those in authority were either directly or indirectly involved in Seetoud’s murder.”

In recent months, relatives and neighbors had followed Pastor Seetoud and threatened him with harm if he continued to share his Christian faith, according to Christian leaders. His frequent trips to Thakhek were monitored, and since July he received warnings from village authorities to stop his Christian activities, the church leaders said.

His body was taken to a hospital where family and church friends identified him. Several Lao Evangelical Church leaders and members of his congregation attended his funeral on Oct. 24, despite fear of persecution. After the funeral, family and Christians in Don Keo village held a memorial service in his home.

Thakhek provincial and district police have started an investigation into Pastor Seetoud’s death and questioned two leaders of his church for three hours, Christian leaders said.

After COVID-19 restrictions were relaxed this year, Pastor Seetoud began making more frequent trips to Thakhek as Christians had resumed helping one another care for families, taking relatives to the hospital, obtaining farm supplies, carrying out farm business and organizing holiday events.

The Lao Evangelical Church is assisting his relatives, whose long-term needs include trauma counseling, food, shelter and rebuilding of homes.

Pastor Seetoud had an official Lao Evangelical Church card and was recognized as a Bible Teacher/Trainer. On the Sunday before he was killed, he had celebrated Communion with the church in his home.

Past Persecution

Pastor Seetoud made his living as a subsistence farmer.

In 2015, he and his family left their animistic beliefs behind and put their faith in Christ. As often happens in rural Laos, in response to his conversion village authorities and local police asserted that Christianity was incompatible with traditional beliefs and cultural practices.

Pastor Seetoud, his family and other Christians were denied access to drinking water and other basic rights. Authorities tried to force him to sign an affidavit recanting his faith, as they were concerned with church growth and did not want the “foreign religion of Jesus” to interfere with local worship of idols and spirits, area Christians said.

A 2016 decree on religion empowers the Ministry of Home Affairs to stop any religious activities contrary to policies, “traditional customs,” laws or regulations, though much persecution of Christians in Laos is carried out by local officials acting outside of the law and the constitution, which guarantees religious freedom. The U.N. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, ratified by Laos in 2009, upholds the right to adopt a religion/belief of choice as well as the right to manifest that religion/belief in a corporate worship (Article 18).

About 60 percent of Laos’ population is Buddhist and 32 percent animist, with the ancestral spirit worship of animism also finding its way into Buddhists’ beliefs and practices.

In 2018, local police handcuffed and detained Pastor Seetoud in the village school for three days for hosting a church service in his home. Though the home services had been going on for more than three years, he was accused of holding an “illegal gathering,” area Christians said.

Pastor Seetoud was released after provincial police, who oversee village and district police, were notified, and the pastor paid a fine. Continuing to hold church services in his home, he developed stronger ties with Christians from the Lao Evangelical Church (LEC).

The LEC of Khammouane Province has a physical church in Thakhek, and church members and families meet in homes all throughout the province.

Growing Dangers

Persecution of Christians in Laos has increased in the past two years, particularly in the southern part of the country.

Christian leaders in Laos believe this is a dangerous time for believers because of rapid church growth. Despite COVID-19 lockdowns in 2021, ministry leaders in Khammouane Province said they baptized thousands of people and planted more than 60 churches.

Local church leaders said they are being watched and are living in fear for their lives.

“All the believers still love God and are determined to follow him,” a local leader who is part of Pastor Seetoud’s church told ReligionUnplugged.com.

A national ministry leader said nothing can stop the growth of the church.

“We weep but not like those without hope,” he said. “We know that in Christ we are secure. Attacks such as this have happened before in our country, and each time the kingdom of God has grown.”

In February 2021, villagers attacked 12 members of a Christian family in Dong Savanh in southern Laos and drove them from their home; previously, in 2017, the family had been expelled from their village.

Also in February 2021, Cha Xiong, an ethnic Hmong Christian community leader, was shot and killed. A villager found his body on a roadside the next day. Local authorities said they still have no suspects.

A month later, Pastor Sithon Thippavong, a Lao leader in Savannakhet, was arrested for refusing to sign a document renouncing his Christian faith, and was later jailed for a year on charges of “disrupting unity” and “creating disorder.”

In October 2020, authorities expelled and destroyed the homes of seven Christians in Saravan Province’s Ta Oy District for refusing to recant their faith. Two years earlier, four Lao Christians and three Christian leaders were detained for seven days in Savannakhet’s Phin District for celebrating Christmas “without permission.”

Officials in rural areas view Christians with suspicion and arbitrarily detain, harass and expel them from their villages for refusing to renounce their faith. Christians’ property is then confiscated, with local officials turning a blind eye to the abuse while higher government officials deny that Christians suffer any discrimination or violence.

According to the Lao constitution’s Article 43, citizens have the right to “believe or not to believe in religions.” The government officially recognizes four religions – Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and the Baha’i faith – but gives priority to Buddhism.

The Ministry for Home Affairs and the Lao Front for National Development strictly regulate all religious institutions. Christianity is often viewed as a Western religion and is closely monitored.

In 2019, the Laotian government issued Decree 315 on religious freedom, which stipulated, “All Lao citizens have equal rights before the law regarding the belief or non-belief in religion as stipulated in the constitution, law, and regulation of Lao PDR [People’s Democratic Republic].” This stipulation is largely ignored in rural areas, where persecution is common, area Christians said.

Laos ranked 26th on Christian support organization’s Open Doors’ 2022 World Watch List of the 50 countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian.

Officially named the Lao People’s Democratic Republic since 1975, the country bordering Thailand, Myanmar and China, is a socialist, authoritarian one-party state.

“Detransitioning” Teen Sues Medical Community

At just 13 years old, teenager Chloe Cole — who thought she was a boy — started taking puberty blockers, began a round of testosterone and, just two years later, underwent a double mastectomy. Now she’s suing the medical group that allowed it all to happen.

The 18-year-old Cole announced Thursday her intent to sue the Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals whose medical personnel “performed, supervised, and/or advised transgender hormone therapy and surgical intervention for Chloe Cole when she was between 13-17 years old.”

In a press release, Cole, represented by attorney Harmeet Dhillon, said her teenage life “has been the culmination of excruciating pain, regret and, most importantly, injustice.”

“I have been emotionally and physically damaged and stunted by so-called medical professionals in my most important developmental period,” she continued. “I was butchered by an institution that we trust more than anything else in our lives. What is worse is that I am not alone in my pain.”

“I will ensure that the blood and tears of detransitioners like me will not be in vain,” Cole continued. “It is impossible for me to recoup what I have lost, but I will fight to ensure that no other children will be harmed at the hands of these liars and mutilators.”

Dhillon, CEO of the Center for American Liberty, explained during an appearance alongside her client on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that Cole is the victim of “medical malpractice and frankly mutilation.”

“The medical system shouldn’t dictate the future of young children’s lives,” Dhillon said in a statement. “Through this legal action, we will hold the ‘professionals’ involved accountable for their deliberate choices to mutilate children and financially benefit from it without regard to the human tragedies they created.”

Cole explained to Fox News host Tucker Carlson that she was just 12 years old when she was told she could medically change her sex from female to male. From day one, she said, she was affirmed in her decision — as a child — to permanently alter her body.

She said neither she nor her parents were ever “informed of the option of psychiatric treatment or an approach that attempted to treat the underlying psychological conditions to bring about a mental state congruent with [her] biological sex.”

Furthermore, the now-detransitioned teenager said she and her parents were “falsely informed” she was at an elevated risk of committing suicide and were faced with this terrifying ultimatum: “Would you rather have a dead daughter or a live son?”

The fear-mongering questions and misleading advice has left Cole in a tragic position.

“They removed both of my breasts, and I will never have them back,” she told Carlson. “As an adult, I never will be able to breastfeed whatever children I will have. I don’t even know if — because I was put on puberty blockers and testosterone at only 13 years old — I don’t know if I’ll even be able to conceive a child naturally, because I made an adult decision as a child.”

“I’m 18 years old now and I’m, quite frankly, I’m devastated with what has happened to me,” she continued. “It’s been very hard to cope with the loss of my breasts and it’s affected other areas of my life as well. I’m really not sure about the overall picture of my reproductive health and I’ve been … the treatments have made me very sickly, actually.”

News of Cole’s lawsuit comes as lawmakers in states like Florida and Tennessee are fighting to ban clinics and hospitals from performing irrevocable transgender-related surgeries and treatments on minors.

Christian Grandma Arrested For Feeding the Homeless Says “It Won’t Stop”

A 78-year-old grandmother from Arizona who spends her time selflessly helping the poor is fighting back after she says she was arrested for feeding the homeless in a local park.

“I will not [stop my ministry],” Norma Thornton told CBN’s Faithwire. “I don’t care what they say. They are wrong, and I’m right. One of the ways I know I’m right is: I’ve prayed about it.”

Thornton explained how her invocations to the Lord always lead other good Samaritans to deliver something she needs.

“Every time I’m in doubt, something happens … suddenly there’s a box of food or a bag of food or whatever it is I need,” she said. “Blankets showed up here at my doorstep just a few days ago. The temperature dropped quite a bit [and] many of the people were very cold.”

Thornton continued, “So, God … put it on somebody’s heart to put that food at my doorstep, or that the bedding, or the hygiene stuff.”

The kind woman, who personally cooks food for the poor and serves it to them, made headlines after she was arrested in March for giving food to the homeless at Bullhead City Community Park, a place she had been going to almost daily for four years.

“It was nice and warm and sunny and my husband and I carried food down to the park as we’d done almost every day of the week,” she said. “And as the day was just finishing up and everybody was pretty well gone … a couple of police officers drove up and asked what I was doing.”

Thornton said she showed the officers her identification and then was told she would be arrested and fingerprinted — something that shocked her.

It is reportedly illegal to give out prepared food in the park for “charitable purposes” without a permit. A permit, though, only allows one feeding for a two-hour period once a month — and is expensive.

“[The cop] says, ‘You are arrested. This is an official arrest, and you have to go to court,’” she recalled. “We did the paperwork, and I had to sign it, and it gave the court date and all.”

At first, Thornton said she thought the incident was a joke, or that she was being tricked somehow. But she knew it was all too real once she was buckled inside the police vehicle. And, though the charges were later dropped, the situation still left her shaken.

“Later, when I went to court, the judge told me, ‘Don’t say anything,’” she said. “He said, this is what can happen. This is what it is. And he told me all of the things that could happen if I was found guilty and it was jail time, there was probation time, there was a large fine, and it’s like, ‘Whoa.’”

Thornton has since moved her ministry to a private alleyway, which isn’t precluded by the city ordinance. She’s grateful for the space but worries it isn’t ideal for those who desperately need food.

“God bless the man that lets me use his property, because it’s private property, so it’s OK,” she said. “We’re out of sight of the main public. It’s just a dirt alleyway. … I serve up their food as they come by, and they just sit on the ground. There’s no water, there’s no restroom facilities.”

Despite being grateful, she said it’s “dehumanizing” to make people sit on the ground, lamenting the loss of the benches and spaces where people previously could sit and eat in the park.

Thornton is intent on continuing her mission, though. Beyond that, she’s also taking legal action against Bullhead City, Arizona, over the ordinance at the center of her arrest.

The Institute for Justice, a legal group representing Thornton, wants the ordinance suspended, arguing it violates her civil rights under the 14th Amendment.

She’s hoping to one day serve food again in the park.

“It is the only place in the northern part of town that has running water and bathroom facilities so they can wash their hands before they come to eat,” Thornton said, noting how she leaves the park clean after each feeding, and how she’s typically there less than an hour.

In the end, Thornton said her encouragement to push forward and continue feeding the poor comes from her faith.

“The number one motivation is my Savior, Jesus Christ, and His Father. We are told repeatedly, the first and most foremost commandment is love,” she said. “Love thy neighbor. Love your fellow man. He [said] several times, ‘What you do to the least of my people, you so do to me.’ That’s basically my motivation.”

Thornton believes there’s “no reason” human beings should be hungry in America, considering the luxuries and resources at the nation’s disposal.