Two Baptist universities in Texas and a Pennsylvania-based seminary are taking their lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services' birth control mandate all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Houston Baptist University, East Texas Baptist University, and Westminster Theological Seminary filed an appeal on Wednesday with the Supreme Court seeking exemption from the HHS mandate.
"Petitioners are two religious colleges and a theological seminary that provide generous healthcare plans to their employees. Those plans include free access to fourteen different kinds of contraceptives," reads the petition for appeal. more >>
Although the world's largest Southern Baptist university, Baylor University in Waco, Texas, has removed reference to "homosexual acts" from it's sexual conduct policy, the school still stands strong in its opposition to homosexual behavior despite multiple headlines leading readers to believe the school has removed "a ban on homosexual acts."
After the Waco Tribune-Herald reported last Thursday that Baylor, the oldest Christian college in Texas, revised segments of its sexual conduct policy in May to no longer include specific reference to "homosexual acts" and other acts of sexual immorality, many news organizations including NBC News, Time, Houston Chronicle and Jezebel may have led readers to believe the school is caving to societal pressures on same-sex marriage.
NBCNews.com ran a Wednesday article with a headline that reads "Baylor University No Longer Bans Homosexual Acts," While Houston Chronicle points out in its headline that "Baylor University drops ban on 'homosexual acts.'" Jezebel's headline goes even further, stating "'Homosexual Acts' Are Now Allowed At Baylor University." more >>
"God's Not Dead 2: He's Surely Alive," the sequel to the $60 million grossing 2014 film, hits theaters on Easter of 2016 and will feature a slew of cameos from well-known celebrities, including an appearance from "Duck Dynasty" star Sadie Robertson.
Robertson will follow in the footsteps of her parents, Willie and Korie, who made a cameo in the original "God's Not Dead" film.
The sequel to the faith-based mega-hit stars Melissa Joan Hart, who's best known for her roles in the TV series "Clarissa Explains It All" and "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," and actor Jesse Metcalf who made a name himself as the adulterous landscaper on ABC's "Desperate Housewives." more >>
Good news for 1 million U.K. students and educators alike. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) recently unveiled the final design of its Micro Bit computer, a pocket-sized computer that BBC wants young students to use in order to learn about technology in general and coding in particular. The device will be distributed to 1 million UK-based children in October for free.
The device, which measures 4 cm by 5 cm, also features a programmable array of red LED lights with two buttons and a built-in motion sensor. It also comes with a power pack where two AA batteries are fitted, which completes the standalone package.
A detailed description of the device is available on Engadget: "These include 25 red LEDs, which can show messages and facilitate games, two programmable buttons, an on-board accelerometer and magnetometer. The device also offers Bluetooth LE connectivity, a microUSB slot and five input and output (I/O) rings that can be hooked up with crocodile clips and 4mm banana plugs." more >>
A court in Canada has ruled that a Christian law school can be denied accreditation for having a policy in opposition to homosexuality.
In a ruling made last week, a three-judge Divisional Court of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled against Trinity Western University, which had filed a lawsuit against the Law Society of Upper Canada after it denied accreditation to the evangelical Christian university based in Vancouver, British Colombia, in April 2014.
At issue was Trinity Western's Community Covenant, which requires students and faculty to "voluntarily abstain" from "sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman." more >>
WASHINGTON — Americans United for Separation of Church and State announced Monday the launch of an "aggressive" initiative to combat any state or federal legislation, or court ruling seeking to protect religious objectors of same-sex marriage from government consequence for living according to their religious convictions.
The organization, which advocates a strict separation view of the religious freedom clauses of the First Amendment, has started the "Protect Thy Neighbor" project, which will monitor and battle all state and federal legislation and court challenges that pertain to giving individuals, business and religious institutions the right not to serve or participate in same-sex weddings on the basis that it would violate their religious beliefs.
In the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling on June 26 that it is unconstitutional for states to refuse issuing same-sex couples marriage licenses, the organization expects Christian conservatives to respond by introducing a plethora of bills, executive orders, regulatory and policy changes that are "designed to resist the Supreme Court's ruling." more >>