The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to block a lower court ruling requiring a Virginia school disctrict to base bathroom use upon gender identity highlights the "brazen lawlessness" of a North Carolina school district that seeks to do the same, says a Christian activist.
In a 5-3 decision, the highest court in the nation granted a stay on behalf of Gloucester County Public Schools of Virginia on Wednesday after a three judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a lower court decision on behalf of the school district.
The Reverend Mark Creech of the North Carolina based Christian Action League released a statement about the Supreme Court's decision focusing on how the decision may influence the Charlotte Mecklenberg School District. more >>
The first Egyptian Christian convert to seek a change of religion on his ID card declared last week that he has returned to Islam after having been imprisoned for over two-and-a-half years.
In 2007, Mohamed Hegazy, also known by his Christian name Bishoy, became the first Egyptian man to sue the government to officially change his religion of record from Islam to Christianity so that his child could be raised as a Christian and get married in a church.
In response, many radical Muslim leaders called for Hegazy to be killed as an apostate. In December 2013, Hegazy, who worked for a Coptic Christian television station, was arrested and accused of spreading a "false image" of persecution against Christians in Egypt. In June of 2014, Hegazy was sentenced to five years in prison. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court voted in a five to three decision on Wednesday to temporarily block an earlier court order that had allowed a transgender student that was born a female the right to use the boy's bathroom in a Virginia high school.
The New York Times reported that Gavin Grimm, a student from Gloucester High School in southeastern Virginia, was born a female but now identifies as a male, and for a time had been allowed by school administrators to use the boy's bathroom.
The school board later adopted a policy requiring students to use facilities corresponding to their birth gender, but said that "students with gender identity issues" would be allowed to use private bathrooms. more >>
A transgender former employee at Abercrombie & Fitch is suing the retailer for $35 million over its "look policy," which required him to wear a girl's uniform even though he identifies as a man, despite being born female.
Maha Shalaby used to work at the clothing store's flagship location in Manhattan on Fifth Avenue and, according to the New York Post, was originally told that he could wear men's attire only to find out later that he was not allowed to do so under the company's dress code, which also forbids facial hair and tattoos.
At issue is a store manager who informed Shalaby that he was required to "wear a girl's uniform because that's what customers want to see," the lawsuit alleges. more >>
A Catholic man who worked at the department store chain Macy's for over 26 years is now taking legal action against his former employer, claiming that he was fired for privately believing that the company's transgender bathroom policy violates the teachings of the Bible.
Javier Chavez, who was employed as a senior detective at the Macy's store in Queens, New York, was fired following an incident back in May when he responded to a complaint from a female customer who reported that a man was in the women's bathroom. The woman said she and her daughter were uncomfortable entering the bathroom with the man being present.
According to the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, Chavez instructed a security employee under his command to tell the transgender individual to leave the bathroom. The customer argued that he identifies as a female and later complained to store management. more >>
An Illinois judge will allow for a lawsuit to proceed against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago over their decision to fire a choir director who's in a gay marriage.
The archdiocese recently filed a motion to dismiss a suit by Colin Collette, a former music director at Holy Family Catholic Community who was fired because he married a man, which is a violation of the Church's employment policy and Church doctrine.
U.S. District Court Judge Charles Kocoras, however, rejected the archdiocese's motion to dismiss and will allow the suit to go forward, according to the Chicago Tribune. more >>