Distinguished scholars at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland released a new 143-page report on Monday that argues that there is not enough definitive scientific evidence available to suggest that gay, lesbian and transgender individuals are born with a certain sexual orientation or gender identity.
In the three-part report published by The New Atlantis, Lawrence Mayer, a scholar-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University's psychiatry department and a professor of statistics and biostatistics at Arizona State University, and Paul McHugh, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins, take on prevailing claims that sexual orientation and gender dysphoria are caused by natural traits.
Additionally, the scholars challenge the claim that discrimination and social stigma is the sole reason why those with same-sex attractions or transgender identity suffer higher rates of mental health problems. more >>
The American Family Association says Target's recent announcement that it will resolve the transgender bathroom controversy by building a new unisex bathroom in each of its store locations in the U.S. is "not enough" to protect women and girls, and so it won't be ending its boycott.
"Our major concern was that Target's policy would grant voyeurs and sexual predators easier access to their victims by allowing men in women's restrooms and changing areas, which puts women and girls in danger," AFA President Tim Wildmon wrote in a letter to Target CEO Brian Cornell on Monday. In the letter, Wildmon listed a number of incidents in Target bathrooms this past year where females were threatened.
"Unisex bathrooms are fine, but our request has always been that Target maintain the gender-specific bathrooms as well — if the company is interested in guaranteeing the safety and privacy of women and girls who patronize the retailer's stores," Wildmon added. more >>
The Rev. Bromleigh McCleneghan, the married mother of three and associate pastor for ministry with families at Union Church of Hinsdale in Illinois, who argues that single Christians can have sex as long as it's "mutually pleasurable and affirming," says she doesn't interpret the Bible as God's infallible Word.
"I profess Jesus as the Word of God, and the Bible as a witness to His life, ministry, death and resurrection. Which is to say that I take it seriously as a living witness, but also as a historic document written in a particular time and place," McCleneghan said in a Q&A via email with The Christian Post on Tuesday.
McCleneghan, who is advocating that single Christians can have sex in moderation in her new book, Good Christian Sex: Why Chastity Isn't the Only Option — And Other Things the Bible Says About Sex, also responded to criticism from CP readers about the subject of her book. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham is hailing a Texas judge's decision to grant an injunction to block President Obama's transgender directive for public schools nationwide.
Earlier this week, a district court judge blocked the implementation of a directive from the Obama administration that would require public schools to allow male students to use girls' bathrooms and locker rooms if they self-identify as female.
Moral clarity alert. The kid gloves are off. Time for some serious soul searching.
You proponents of the torturous live-dismemberment of children in the womb, just knock it off already. Your pro-abortion euphemisms — "pro-choice," "reproductive freedom," "women's rights" and other such propagandist nonsense — have run their shameful course.
As you regressive "progressives" like to say, "The science is settled." Pre-born babies are objectively and empirically distinct persons with emotions, autonomy (though in a dependent stage of human development, not unlike post-birth babies) and the unalienable human rights intrinsic to all human beings. more >>
A Christian-run funeral home in Michigan can fire a transgender employee for refusing to adhere to company dress code, according to a recent court ruling.
U.S. District Court Judge Sean F. Cox ruled last Thursday that R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes of Detroit can claim protection under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, rejecting a suit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
"The court finds that the funeral home has met its initial burden of showing that enforcement of Title VII, and the body of sex-stereotyping case law that has developed under it, would impose a substantial burden on its ability to conduct business in accordance with its sincerely-held religious beliefs," wrote Cox. more >>