Saturday, March 14, 2020:
Here are the latest headlines, brought to you by The Christian Post.
— Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias reveals he has bone cancer
Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias has been diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. Zacharias, 73, said doctors discovered the cancerous tumor at the base of his spine three weeks after he underwent back surgery.
Zacharias is regarded as among the most esteemed apologists for the faith today. Ravi Zacharias International Ministries staff will be filling in while he recovers.
— Some churches refuse to close in wake of coronavirus
Some churches in Kentucky say they have no plans to close amid the new coronavirus epidemic despite a request from Democratic Governor Andy Beshear urging houses of worship to close temporarily to help prevent community spread of the deadly virus.
Kentucky Baptist Convention Executive Director-Treasurer Todd Gray told the Baptist Press that despite the governor’s request, many of their churches plan on staying open, but will be taking steps to limit community spread of the virus.
— New York state allows minors to change sex on birth certificates
New York state is now allowing minors who self-identify as something other than their biological sex to alter their birth certificates.
The state announced this week that youth age 16 and younger who say they identify as transgender or nonbinary will be able to change their birth certificate to reflect their new "gender identity."
— EU court refuses to hear case of Christian midwives who refused to perform abortions
The European Court of Human Rights has refused to take up the case of two Swedish nurses who were denied midwife jobs because they were not willing to perform abortions.
The court said the case of the nurses, Ellinor Grimmark and Linda Steen, who were retrained as midwives but were not given jobs due to their religious beliefs against carrying out abortions, was inadmissible to be heard by the court.
The Christian midwives said authorities violated the European Convention on Human Rights by refusing to hire them because of their religious convictions.
— Only 15% of white evangelicals say 'morally upstanding' describes Trump 'very well': Pew
Only 15 percent of white evangelicals believe that the phrase “morally upstanding” describes President Trump “very well,” according to a recent report by the Pew Research Center.
Pew released the findings of the survey on Monday which found that, while nearly two-thirds of white evangelicals believe Trump has helped them while in office, a much smaller percentage confidently describe him as “morally upstanding.”
The survey also found that 56 percent of white evangelical respondents believed that the election of Trump in some way was part of God’s plan.
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