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Feb. 22, 2020: Wheaton College students, TikTok parental controls, Trump new advisory board

Feb. 22, 2020: Wheaton College students, TikTok parental controls, Trump new advisory board

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020:

Here are the latest headlines, brought to you by The Christian Post.

— Judge rules in favor of Wheaton College students barred from evangelizing 

A federal judge ruled Thursday that Wheaton College students who were barred from evangelizing in a downtown Chicago park must be allowed to exercise their First Amendment rights until the legal dispute is resolved. 

Judge John Robert Blakey, an Obama appointee, ruled in favor of four students who attend the evangelical higher education institution. Blakey granted a preliminary injunction against a set of rules that govern the city’s 24-acre Millenium Park.

— TikTok adds family safety features helping parents control kids' accounts

After being ranked as one of the worst corporate entities complicit in “perpetuating” sexual exploitation, the social media giant TikTok is giving parents more control over their children’s use of the app through new family safety control features.

Weeks after being named on the National Center for Sexual Exploitation’s annual Dirty Dozen List, the social media video platform with over 500 million users announced new modes available to parents in the U.S. and U.K. to “keep their teens safe on TikTok.”

Parents can now determine how long their teens are on TikTok per day and limit who can send messages to the child’s account.

— SBC honors ex-slave turned Baptist missionary George Liele

A former slave who later became a pioneering Baptist missionary to Jamaica has been honored with a day on the Southern Baptist Convention’s calendar. The SBC’s Executive Committee voted Tuesday to mark every first Sunday in February as George Liele Church Planting, Evangelism and Missions Day.

Born around 1750 in Virginia as a slave and later taken by his master to Georgia, Liele became a Baptist in 1773 and in 1775 became the first ordained black preacher in America. Freed in 1778 he moved with his family to Jamaica following the end of the war, where he is credited with converting thousands.

— Judges block on Mississippi’s heartbeat abortion ban

A three-judge panel has unanimously upheld a block on a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions once a baby's heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The federal judicial The panel referenced an earlier legal decision against a different Mississippi law that banned most abortions performed after 15 weeks’ gestation.

The judges ruled determined that if a ban on abortion after 15 weeks is unconstitutional, then a ban on abortion at an earlier stage of pregnancy is also unconstitutional.

— Trump creates advisory board to expose research using aborted baby parts

The Trump administration announced this week that a new ethics board has been formed to investigate the use of fetal body parts in scientific research. The Human Fetal Tissue Research Ethics Advisory Board will be overseen by Health and Human Services Department Secretary Alex Azar.

Late last year, the Trump administration scrapped a contract between the NIH and the University of California-San Francisco that used body parts of aborted babies to make "humanized mice. In 2018, HHS created a $20 million grant to invest in ethical research alternatives to fetal tissues obtained from abortions.

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