The Southern Evangelical Seminary unveiled its new humanoid robot Friday, making the Christian apologetics school the first seminary in the country to use a robot to study the ethics of emerging technology in artificial intelligence.
The NAO, pronounced "now," robot is a 23-inch, programmable machine that will allow students and faculty to conduct research pertinent to bionics, human enhancement, transhumanism and nanotechnology.
"It is our desire to be on the leading edge of what is before our culture in all areas," said Dr. Richard Land, SES president, in a statement. "It is in this way that we can influence church leadership and thereby impact what messages are being delivered to equip Christians to defend their faith at all costs." more >>
Two United Methodist Church clergy of Washington state were recently suspended for a day for officiating same-sex marriage ceremonies, considered a violation of the denomination's rules.
The Rev. Cheryl A. Fear of Garden Street United Methodist Church in Bellingham and the Rev. Gordon Hutchins of The Bridge Church in Tacoma were suspended for 24 hours without pay for performing gay marriages in 2012.
Clergy are forbidden from officiating same-sex marriages even in states where the practice is legally recognized, according to the United Methodist Church's Book of Discipline. more >>
Pro-life groups have called Belgium's recent passage of a "right to die" law that allows terminally ill children the permission to end their own lives "abhorrent and inhumane," questioning how a civilized society would sanction such an option.
"No civilized society allows children to kill themselves. Far from a compassionate law, this law hands the equivalent of a loaded gun to a child with the astonishing belief that the child should be free to pull the trigger if he or she so chooses. Belgium's decision to allow this is grotesquely abhorrent and inhumane," said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Roger Kiska in a statement. The Belgian Chamber of Deputies voted 86–44 on Thursday in favor of the controversial law.
ADF added that it had sent the Belgian Parliament a legal analysis that said the proposed law operated under the premise that life is not worth living and children are somehow mature enough to make such a decision on their own. The group added that the newly passed law "exploits vulnerable children by handing to them a 'freedom' that they are completely ill-equipped to bear." more >>
An attorney with the Thomas More Society has stated that a Walgreens pharmacist reportedly fired for refusing to dispense Plan B pills was only trying to "stay true" to his beliefs.
Last August Dr. Philip Hall, a devout Baptist, was reportedly fired by the Walgreens Company for refusing to provide the controversial Plan B, aka "morning after pill."
Jocelyn Floyd, special counsel with the Thomas More Society who is representing Hall, told The Christian Post that "we all have the right to stay true to our religious beliefs." more >>
When Alana S. Newman attended a conference on family formation, she was shocked to find that surrogacy has become a "booming" market among gay couples.
"The event was overflowing with a shocking enthusiasm for motherlessness, and it served as an opportunity to promote the fertility industry's most lucrative package: egg donors plus surrogates, for gay male couples and single-dads-by-choice," said Newman of the Anonymous Us Project, an organization which focuses on the topic of "third party reproduction," while describing the event (sponsored by American Association for Adoption and Reproductive Technologies Attorneys) that took place in Charleston, S.C. more >>
A former employee of a California-based catering business has sued the company alleging abuse at one of their Oregon facilities by being referred to in gender specific terms.
Valeria Jones alleged that coworkers at Bon Appétit Management of Palo Alto frequently used words like "miss," "lady" and similar terms instead of more gender-neutral phrases.
Filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court, Jones, who lives in Oregon, is being represented by Portland attorney Donel Courtney. more >>