The University of South Alabama said it will start allowing men who identify as female to go into girls' bathrooms and changing facilities this semester, even though the state's attorney general is urging schools to ignore the Obama administration's transgender bathroom directive.
South Alabama students and faculty were sent an email last week from the school's Title IX coordinator, Krista Harrell, explaining that the school will comply with the federal Title IX transgender bathroom guidance sent out by the Departments of Justice and Education earlier this year
"The University of South Alabama allows individuals to use the restroom or changing facility that is consistent with their gender identity," Harrell wrote in the email, which was obtained by The Christian Post. more >>
Democratic vice presidential hopeful Tim Kaine recently promoted presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton's Christian faith at a convention of African-American Baptist leaders.
Speaking before the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. annual meeting in New Orleans on Thursday, Kaine talked of how Clinton's Methodist background influenced her worldview.
"Some of you know this story. She was a Midwestern Methodist church kid. Now, I know a lot of those Midwestern Methodist church kids growing up. And there is a beautiful sense of duty," said Kaine, according to a transcript sent to The Christian Post by the Hillary Clinton campaign. more >>
This week, Pew Research Center released a poll of over 4,000 individuals who had attended a religious service within the past few months. It asked respondents how often clergy had spoken out about various social and political issues.
An impressive 64 percent of respondents reported that they had heard clergy speak about at least one of the six issues included in the survey. However, the survey indicates that when it comes to polarizing morality policy issues, majorities of churchgoers hear nothing.
Only 40 percent of respondents stated that clergy had spoken about religious liberty. Similarly, 39 percent stated that clergy had spoken about homosexuality. Finally, only 29 percent of respondents recalled hearing about abortion. more >>
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump promised a group of pastors Thursday that he will unmuzzle and empower the "silenced" church and increase church attendance by repealing the Johnson Amendment if he is elected president in November.
The Johnson Amendment, which is a piece of legislation prepared by former President Lyndon Johnson and passed by Congress in 1954, is often described as prohibiting charitable organizations (including churches) from endorsing political candidates.
Trump took aim at the legislation while speaking at a two-day event which began Thursday at the Hyatt Regency on International Drive in Orlando, Florida, entitled "Rediscovering God in America Renewal Project." more >>
The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is "grateful" that the California legislature recently dropped a proposal in a pro-LGBT bill that critics say would have curbed religious liberty for private schools.
California state Sen. Ricardo Lara announced earlier this week that he was dropping a measure in a bill that would have removed certain exemptions from religious colleges.
As president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Rodriguez said in a statement Wednesday that he and his organization "hope and pray that future legislative proposals will engage the faith community in a viable conversation that will protect the rights of all." more >>
In a season of heightened racial tensions, Christians across our nation are grieving violence and death across many communities. Church leaders are re-examining their role in bringing peace, hope and justice to their communities.
The peace and love of Christ is surely the antidote for the evil that turns God's human creation against one another on the basis of race, income or zip code. So where can we begin to build bridges rather than walls? Let's start with the children.
Across the United States, public schools stand at the center of our communities, bringing students of all races together to learn. At times even more than our churches, schools unite brown, black and white families for a common cause. If we want to serve our neighbors, hear their stories and show them love, then local schools could very well serve as ground zero for faith in action. more >>