Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020:
Here are the latest headlines, brought to you by The Christian Post.
— Boys Scouts file for bankruptcy, creates fund to compensate sex abuse victims
The Boy Scouts of America said Tuesday that the national organization has filed for bankruptcy protection in a bid to ensure equitable compensation for thousands of sexual abuse victims who were harmed while participating in their programs.
More than 12,000 Boy Scout members have been victims of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of 7,819 allegedly sexually abusive troop leaders and volunteers, according to an analysis of long-held records in the organization known as the “perversion files.”
Founded in 1910, the BSA is composed of nearly 2.2 million youth members between the ages of 5 and 21 and approximately 800,000 volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. In recent years, the BSA has courted controversy, lawsuits, and loss of membership for admitting openly gay scouts in 2013, then openly gay leaders in 2015, and then including the participation of girls in 2017.
— Pastor among 2 dozen killed after gunmen storm church in Burkina Faso
A pastor and at least 23 others were killed and 18 others injured after gunmen attacked a Protestant church during worship services in northeast Burkina Faso on Sunday. In a neighboring community, a deacon, a pastor, and the pastor’s family were also killed by abductors over the weekend.
Since 2016, Islamic extremist groups including the Islamic State West Africa Province and Ansaroul Islam have carried out attacks throughout the Sahel region of West Africa. Attacks increased fivefold in 2019. Burkina Faso has been at the center of the deadly trend. Deaths rose in Burkina Faso from 80 in 2016 to 1,800 in 2019.
— Baylor denies accusation that chapel speaker prayed to ‘mother mystery’
Baylor University has denied accusations by a conservative student group that a recent chapel service included a prayer to Mother Nature or “mother mystery.”
Native American author and poet Kaitlin Curtice spoke at a scheduled chapel service in Waco, Texas, on February 12th. During her opening and closing prayers, she did not name God or Jesus, but used the word "mystery." Curtice also described the Creator as " ... the one who is not here or there, not this or that ..."
In response to conservative students’ complaints about her talk, Curtice denied using the term “mother mystery” and defended her overall remarks at the service about white privilege, colonization, and white supremacy.
— Parents sue school district for affirming transgendism without consent
A group of 14 parents from eight families filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Madison Metropolitan School District in Wisconsin over its policy requiring teachers to call students by their preferred names and pronouns.
The lawsuit opposes the school district’s policies that allow children of any age to change their gender identity at school without parental consent. In 2018, the school district adopted a set of guidelines on transgender and nonbinary students which stipulate that children of any age are allowed to transition to a different gender identity at school.
Although school district policies require parental consent before a student’s name can be officially changed in the system, the policy gives students the ability to have their preferred names and pronouns “affirmed” and used by teachers and students without having to change the official records.
— 17 children die in fire at Haitian orphanage run by Pennsylvania church
The controversial Church of Bible Understanding headquartered in Pennsylvania is now under scrutiny after at least 17 children, including babies and toddlers, died after a fire ravaged one of two orphanages run by the religious group in Haiti, officials said Friday.
The group housed children in two separate homes. After the fire, police raided the church’s second home and removed several dozen children. The church lost accreditation in November 2012 for its homes after Haitian inspectors faulted the group for overcrowding, unsanitary conditions, and not having enough adequately trained staff.
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