- A third Australia state has rolled out a biometric digital ID that will be placed on citizens’ cellphones.
- Border Patrol agents arrested an Afghan national on the FBI’s terror watchlist who illegally crossed into California with a group of migrants.
- Just like in the U.S., parents in the U.K. are fighting a battle against radical LGBTQ ideologies being force-fed to their school children. We’ll share one family’s gut-wrenching experience.
- There’s a new movement in America that says homeless people should be allowed to camp out… on your private property.
All these stories and more when the Worldview Report begins, right now!
Good evening and welcome to the Worldview Report.
Starting off tonight, Victoria, Australia, is set to become the third province in the country to roll out digital driver’s licenses stored on citizen’s smartphones. Victorians can expect to obtain a new digital ID by next year, though a six-month pilot program will begin in July in the city of Ballarat.
The new ID will provide three options: displays all the basic credentials and a unique barcode that can be scanned by law enforcement; a second option that will conceal the important data and only reveal name and birthday; or a third selection that only displays the user’s birth date.
Each option displays a new QR code every 90 seconds so data cannot be as easily hacked.
Government Services Minister Danny Pearson practically drooled all over himself in an attempt to sell the new technocratic surveillance tool to the public at a press conference last week.
“This is such just a glorious day, and, I can’t wait, I just can’t wait. I gotta say, you’re gonna love it. It’s just going to be woo! It’s so good, it’s so good, it’s so exciting!”
A citizen motorist also spoke at the press conference, beaming about how she feels this will make life so much easier, and convenient.
“It’s going to make life a whole lot easier,” she said, adding she and her friends are all “thrilled.”
Who would have ever though that selling digital slavery would be so easy?
Oh, and it’s not only more convenient.
In an interview with the news station, Pearson claimed the digital ID is “much safer” than the physical ones.
Australia’s 9 News says this digital ID is not meant to replace the physical ones. But Pearson contradicted 9 News’ claim that the digital license will not replace the physical one. Although it may take some time, Pearson admits the whole purpose is to do away with physical ID cards, stating: “We want Victorians to have the flexibility to leave their wallet or purse at home, have everything on their phone.”
CNN abruptly ended an interview with a newly arrived migrant who said he crossed the border due to the expiration of Title 42.
On Friday, the pandemic-era immigration policy that allowed health officials to limit the number of asylum seekers attempting to enter the U.S., officially came to an end. As a result, upwards of 700,000 migrants have entered or are expected to enter the United States through the southern border, with that figure expected to swell at we get into summer.
While covering the crisis, one CNN reporter asked a migrant, “Were you aware of Title 42 and that they were going to open the border like before the pandemic?”
The migrant simply said “yes”, telling the reporter that he heard the border was going to be open upon the expiration of Title 42 and decided to make the trek. The CNN reporter then quickly thanked the man and promptly ended the interview.
The expiration of Title 42 has accelerated an already record-breaking surge of illegal immigration under Joe Biden. According to figures laid out by U.S. Senator Ron Johnson last month, anywhere from four to five million illegal aliens have entered the United States since January 2021.
Most new arrivals are given court dates for the next step in their asylum process before being released into the United States. In some cases, these court dates are not scheduled until 2027 due to a massive backlog in the court system.
Border Patrol agents in San Diego arrested an Afghan national on the FBI’s terror watchlist who illegally crossed with a group of migrants near Otay Mesa, CA, according to FOX News correspondent Bill Melugin.
He tweeted on Sunday:
“BREAKING: Per multiple CBP sources, Border Patrol agents in San Diego sector arrested an Afghan national on the FBI’s terror watchlist after he crossed illegally w/ group of migrants near Otay Mesa, CA on Wednesday. I’m told FBI confirmed the match, & is leading investigation.”
Republican Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-48) issued a statement confirming the arrest with his CBP contact, stating:
“Biden’s open borders aren’t just a gateway to five million illegals, record human and child trafficking and the deadliest drug crisis in our history.”
A parental war in the U.K. against a school's decision to forcibly indoctrinate 4-year-old students into the LGBT ideology is continuing – even though a judge in the case already has issued a radical ruling that the agenda for alternative sexual lifestyle choices essentially is “Christian.”
The report on the fight comes from Christian Concern.
The conflict developed when Christian parents Izzy and Shane Montague objected to their child's former school, Heavers Farm, forcing the 4-year-old into an LGBT-themed Pride Parade.
The Christian Legal Center helped in the fight after the school mandated participation in the ideological agenda.
Told of the “Pride” events only shortly before the promotions occurred, the parents were accused of being bigoted, and even were told that participation was a legal requirement.
Ultimately, 182 students were withdrawn from the activities by their parents.
But when the dispute reached an initial court level, Circuit Court Judge Christopher Lethem plunged headfirst into LGBT advocacy.
He issued a ruling claiming there was little in the Pride parade that was inconsistent with the Montague’s Christian beliefs, and even claimed a poster that read “Some people are gay. Get over it!” actually was Christian teaching.
School officials, during testimony, claimed Christian views about homosexuality are “homophobic,” and in their emails to each other, charged that Christians with concerns about the school's leftism were “bigots.”
The Montague family lost its case at the county court level but is going to appeal.
Meanwhile, a group of Muslims showed no tolerance of an LGBTQ display in Belgium.
Students from a high school in Ghent, Belgium, were forced to flee after Muslim teenagers spat on their LGBTQ booth and rainbow flag while shouting “Allahu Akbar,” meaning “Allah is the greatest.”
A group of more than 100 young Muslim students from The Atlas College in Ghent, swarmed a gay pride event at the school last Thursday, the RAIR Foundation reported.
The Islamic attack happened during a school celebration of the so-called International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
Dozens of Muslim students surrounded the LGBTQ booth at the event, throwing bottles and spitting on the rainbow hearts on display, with city staff and volunteers from the LGBTQIA+ organization pleading for them to stop, but they were met with jeers and chants of “Allahu Akbar!”
Take a look.
The situation eventually calmed down when the bell rang, and most students returned to class.
Scotland will soon begin providing driverless bus services in what is being heralded as a “world’s first,” though a driver will remain behind the wheel just in case an emergency arises or something malfunctions, per UK law as fully autonomous vehicles are not technically legal as of yet.
The service is set to carry 10,000 passengers a week over a 14-mile route on five buses, the operator told AFP in a statement. The buses will travel 50 miles per hour.
Peter Stevens, policy director of Stagecoach bus service, told AFP after a demonstration near Edinburgh:
“The autonomous technology on this bus has been tested before but this is the first time that it has been put on to a bus that’s now a registered local bus service. The system is designed to increase safety. The driver has now got 360-degree vision, and the system can respond faster than a human can in terms of reaction time.
“There’s always going to be a safety driver in the seat even when the bus is driving itself. So that if there is a need for them to take control, they can take control. As the service starts, we’ll be collecting more data and then we’ll be increasing the amount of autonomous travel.”
Drivers do not touch the controls while the vehicle is in autonomous mode, and a conductor onboard handles ticketing and passenger inquiries.
AFP stated further that:
“The control system includes an artificial intelligence engine that receives information from throughout the bus to determine its exact location and calculate the safest route to its destination.”
Jacob Thompson at The Winepress News was not impressed by this technocratic achievement. He commented:
“What could go wrong? This is the type of stuff that is just absolutely silly. So you got these guys on standby with their hands hovering the steering wheel, but instead of driving the bus themselves at that point, they must instead attentively be ready to do their job if – shocker – something goes wrong. Reminds of self-checkouts that always glitch-out, with some bum employee paid to stand in one spot, watch you struggle, and then eventually come and actually do the job faster than the machine.”
ABC News reports that Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi expressed concern Saturday about Russian and Chinese military cooperation in Asia and said the security situation in Europe could not be separated from that in the Indo-Pacific region since Moscow’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Speaking at a meeting of European and Indo-Pacific foreign ministers in Sweden, Hayashi said Russia’s war in Ukraine had “shaken the very foundation of the international order” and must face a united response by the international community.
“Otherwise, similar challenges will arise in other regions and the existing order which has underpinned our peace and prosperity could be fundamentally overturned,” Hayashi said.
Japan firmly backs Ukraine in the war but China says it remains neutral while declaring a “no limits” relationship with Moscow and blaming the U.S. and NATO for provoking the conflict. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visited the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, in March at the same time as Chinese President Xi Jinping met Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow.
Hayashi accused Beijing of “continuing and intensifying its unilateral attempts” to change the status quo in the East and South China seas by force and increasing its military activities around Taiwan.
“In addition, China and Russia are strengthening their military collaboration, including joint flights of their bombers and joint naval exercises in the vicinity of Japan,” Hayahshi said.
China, which claims most of the South China Sea as well as Japanese-held islands in the East China Sea, says it has the right to defend its sovereignty and development interests.
Hayashi also warned that North Korea was “escalating provocations” in the region by conducting ballistic missile launches “with a frequency and in a manner that are unprecedented.”
He joined dozens of ministers from the European Union and the Indo-Pacific region for the meeting just north of the Swedish capital. China was not invited to the talks.
The website Futurism reports that a mega-investor in artificial intelligence is the latest to raise alarm bells about the dogged pursuit of increasingly-smart machines, which he believes may soon advance to the degree of divinity.
In an op-ed for the Financial Times, AI investor Ian Hogarth recalled a recent anecdote in which a machine learning researcher with whom he was acquainted told him that “from now onwards,” we are on the brink of developing artificial general intelligence (AGI) — an admission that came as something of a shock.
Hogarth noted that this is not a universal view, and that estimates range from 10 to 50 years before artificial general intelligence becomes a reality.
Still, there exists a tension between the explicitly AGI-seeking goals of AI companies and the fears of experts who understand the concept, not to mention the public.
Hogarth recounted his conversation with the researcher, telling him:
“If you think we could be close to something potentially so dangerous, shouldn’t you warn people about what’s happening?”
He said the researcher was clearly grappling with the responsibility he faced but, like many in the field, “seemed pulled along by the rapidity of progress.”
Like many other parents, Hogarth said that after this encounter, his mind drifted to his 4-year-old son.
“As I considered the world he might grow up in, I gradually shifted from shock to anger. It felt deeply wrong that consequential decisions potentially affecting every life on Earth could be made by a small group of private companies without democratic oversight.”
The investor noted that although it feels like a “them versus us” situation, he had to admit that he, too, is “part of this community” as someone who has invested in more than 50 AI startups.
“A three-letter acronym doesn’t capture the enormity of what AGI would represent, so I will refer to it as what is: God-like AI. A super-intelligent computer that learns and develops autonomously, that understands its environment without the need for supervision and that can transform the world around it.”
He said he believes that “God-like AI could be a force beyond our control or understanding, and one that could usher in the obsolescence or destruction of the human race.”
He added that the companies creating God-like AI “do not yet know how to pursue their aim safely and have no oversight. They are running towards a finish line without an understanding of what lies on the other side.”
Ohio, California and Oregon are pushing for laws that would force private property owners to allow homeless people to camp out on their property. What’s worse is that if property owners try to do something about it, they could be arrested.
Two recent court decisions surrounding homelessness may have a significant impact on people sleeping on city streets. While the U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear a case about criminalizing homelessness, an appeals court has ruled that homeless encampments are allowed on private property.
Kevin Finn has worked to end homelessness in Cincinnati for 21 years. He cautiously applauds the two recent court rulings that address the criminalization of sleeping on the streets.
Finn told Local 12 in Cincinnati: “I don’t think there’s anything helpful about making it a criminal act for people to be sleeping outside if ultimately what we want is for people to get into housing.”
Between these two court decisions, lawyers and activists will make the case that there’s a constitutional right to camp in public, or even on private property.
Finn is one of those making such a case. He says, “Filing charges, making things they’re doing illegal, making their police history longer is not helpful for the long-term goal.”
Ohio’s First District Court of Appeals says governments cannot ban homeless encampments from private property — like Hamilton County did at the New Prospect Baptist Church in 2018.
“I don’t think it’s ever a good move to try to criminalize people sleeping outside,” said Finn. “But at the same time, a homeless person is three times more likely to die sleeping outside on the streets, so we need to find a balance where we’re not encouraging people to sleep outside in camps either.”
Time now for our Worldview Report commentary.
GodTV.com reports that Israeli construction workers were repairing a large water pipe near Jerusalem’s Temple Mount when they noticed mysterious ancient steps. They called on some archaeologists for help, namely Ronny Reich and Eli Shukron. The two proceeded to excavate the site and found one of the most significant archaeological affirmations of the Bible. The steps led down to a 225 feet long pool, the Pool of Siloam.
What they discovered matched the exact location of the Bible’s description of the pool. It was next to Hezekiah’s tunnel and near the Temple of the Mount.
According to The Bible, King Hezekiah first constructed the pool during his reign. It carried the fresh water from the Gihon Spring, delivering it to the rest of the city.
In the New Testament, the pool served as a mikveh or ritual bathing for the Jews. But during Jesus’ time, it did a greater purpose.
It was where Jesus performed one of his miracles. In John 9:1-7, He restored a blind man’s sight by using mud and the waters of the pool.
The pool’s discovery has silenced many skeptics and historians who claimed the pool was non-existent. New Testament scholar James H. Charlesworth of Princeton Theological Seminary said, “Scholars have said there wasn’t a Pool of Siloam and that John was using religious (symbolism). Now we have found the Pool of Siloam … exactly where John said it was.”
It only proves, he said, that the Bible is more than “pure theology. It is now grounded in history.”
Indeed it is.
That does it for this edition of the Worldview Report. Thanks for tuning in, and for supporting this viewer-supported broadcast.
Until next time, I’m Brannon Howse. Take care.
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