• Judicial wordplay redefines locker room reality

    May 31 2018 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD Digital | with 0 comments
    Judicial wordplay redefines locker room reality

    Two courts, one in Pennsylvania and another in Virginia, last week disregarded students’ pleas for privacy in public school locker rooms and restrooms. The judges avoided making any distinctions between the sexes and ruled transgender students should be allowed to use the sex-segregated facilities that affirm their gender identity.

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  • SCOTUS abortion order celebrated by Arkansas Baptists

    May 30 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SCOTUS abortion order celebrated by Arkansas Baptists

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to hear Planned Parenthood’s challenge of an Arkansas abortion law could allow the state to become the first to effectively outlaw medication-induced abortions. “I am thankful for the discernment used by the U.S. Supreme Court to not address this issue,” Sonny Tucker, executive director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, said.

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  • Judge sides with transgender teen

    May 24 2018 by Kiley Crossland, WORLD Digital | with 0 comments
    Judge sides with transgender teen

    A federal judge on May 22 said a Virginia school board violated the rights of a transgender teen by requiring that all students use the restroom corresponding to their biological gender. U.S. District Court Judge Arenda Wright Allen declined to hear the Gloucester County School Board’s request to dismiss the case.

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  • Boy who ‘did not go to heaven’ sues Tyndale for damages

    April 12 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Boy who ‘did not go to heaven’ sues Tyndale for damages

    Alex Malarkey, the boy who claimed in a bestselling book that he went to heaven while comatose from a car accident, is suing his publisher Tyndale House for damages including book profits from the since-retracted story. “I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention,” he said.

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  • Christian colonel suspended for marriage view wins appeal

    April 4 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Christian colonel suspended for marriage view wins appeal

    A U.S. Air Force colonel and devout Christian suspended and denied promotion after refusing to affirm same-sex marriage has won a legal appeal to reverse the disciplinary actions against him. Col. Leland Bohannon was restored April 3 to his military position and good standing.

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  • GuideStone, ministries gain win against HHS mandate

    March 28 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press & Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    GuideStone, ministries gain win against HHS mandate

    GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention and the ministries it serves have gained a vital, legal victory against the Obama-era abortion/contraception mandate, marking a seven-year religious liberty battle.

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  • Religious liberty ruled no basis for transgender policy

    March 13 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Religious liberty ruled no basis for transgender policy

    Religious freedom provides no legal basis to discipline transgender workers who violate workplace gender policies, a U.S. appeals court has ruled in a groundbreaking decision. The decision is the first to extend Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 to transgender individuals charging discrimination based on sexual identity.

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  • Faith group regains campus status after suing college

    March 12 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Faith group regains campus status after suing college

    A Christian student group dispelled from a public university for requiring chapter leaders to be Christian has been readmitted. But attorneys say the school’s change of heart is hardly adequate. Wayne State University recertified InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as an official campus student group two days after InterVarsity filed a lawsuit.

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  • ‘Under attack’: Campus ministries see changes ahead

    March 9 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Under attack’: Campus ministries see changes ahead

    With Wayne State, Harvard and the University of Iowa among the latest universities to take action against Christian ministries on campus, some Baptist state convention leaders say Baptist campus ministry may be forced to shift its methods as religious liberty is constricted.

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  • Christian wedding cake baker wins California court battle

    February 7 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Christian wedding cake baker wins California court battle

    A California trial court has upheld a Christian baker’s right to refuse to create a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. Tastries Bakery owner Cathy Miller’s freedom of speech “outweighs” the state of California’s interest in ensuring a freely accessible marketplace, Judge David R. Lampe said in his decision.

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  • Front Street Baptist families settle lawsuits

    February 7 2018 by From wire reports | with 0 comments
    Front Street Baptist families settle lawsuits

    Lawyers reported Jan. 30 that families of five Statesville church members killed in a 2013 crash have settled lawsuits relating to an Oct 2, 2013, accident. The lawsuits, which are for wrongful death, are against South Korean tire manufacturer Hankook Tire Co. Ltd.

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  • Apology, $300K payout in church sex abuse settlement

    February 6 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Apology, $300K payout in church sex abuse settlement

    An apology, admission of liability and a $300,000 payout are among the terms First Baptist Church of Columbia, S.C., reached to settle a case involving a child who was reportedly sexually abused by a former church volunteer.

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  • Same-sex couples fight citizenship battle

    January 30 2018 by Kiley Crossland, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Same-sex couples fight citizenship battle

    Two same-sex couples filed lawsuits last week against the U.S. State Department, arguing it unlawfully discriminated against them by denying their children U.S. citizenship. The cases join a host of others involving reproductive technology and same-sex parenting working their way through the U.S. court system.

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  • Wisconsin school drops appeal, transgender fight continues

    January 29 2018 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Wisconsin school drops appeal, transgender fight continues

    For two years, the U.S. Supreme Court has been able to avoid the inevitable, but the justices will be asked to define the meaning of “sex” in Title IX. Transgender schoolchildren and their attorneys argue gender identity is a protected class under the federal education nondiscrimination law, and judges mostly have agreed.

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  • University ordered to readmit campus Christian group

    January 25 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    University ordered to readmit campus Christian group

    A state university must temporarily restore registered status to a Christian student group kicked off campus for allegedly violating the school’s human rights policy, a U.S. district court ruled. The University of Iowa must restore registered status for 90 days to Business Leaders in Christ.

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