Friday, March 6, 2020:
Here are the latest headlines, brought to you by The Christian Post.
— Pastor Craig Groeschel quarantined for 2 weeks after coronavirus exposure
Life.Church pastors Craig Groeschel and Bobby Gruenewald have been quarantined by health officials after being exposed to the coronavirus at a Willow Creek Germany conference last week.
In a video titled "Something Different This Month,” Groeschel, whose church has 90,000 attenders at its 34 campuses spread over 10 states, broke the news to Life.Church members late Wednesday afternoon.
Groeschel said he and Gruenewald, who founded the YouVersion Bible app, were already on a plane headed back to the U.S. when they learned that someone at the three-day summit tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The conference ended a day early as a preventative measure.
— Ariz. House passes bill banning trans athletes from competing in girls' sports
The Arizona House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill that would bar trans-identified athletes from competing in girls' sports. On Tuesday, the “Save Women’s Sports Act” was passed by a vote of 31 to 29.
Sponsored by 23 Republican legislators, the bill would require any interscholastic and intramural sports overseen by schools to designate boys' and girls' sports on the basis of biological sex.
— Oklahoma one step closer to putting 'In God We Trust' on 342 state buildings
Oklahoma is one step closer to adding the national motto “In God We Trust” to more than 342 state buildings after House Bill 3817 overwhelmingly passed the state’s House of Representatives on Tuesday by a vote of 76 to 20.
An atheist legal group known as the Freedom From Religion Foundation argues that the proposed legislation is an example of “government-sponsored Christian proselytizing.”
— Ben Affleck opens up about becoming a Christian later in life
Hollywood actor Ben Affleck recently spoke about his Christian faith while promoting his new film, “The Way Back.”
Affleck said he was introduced to Christianity later in life and now attends the same Methodist Church where his children where baptized. His ex-wife, Jennifer Garner, returned to church four years ago after filming “Miracles from Heaven,” and shortly after invited Affleck to attend service with her and their children.
— Evangelicals view Supreme Court favorably: poll
A new report from Pew Research suggests that Christians are more likely than religiously unaffiliated Americans to hold a positive view of the U.S. Supreme Court. According to a Pew survey of over 1,500 adults, 62 percent of Americans say they have a “favorable” opinion of the Supreme Court while 31 percent said they hold an “unfavorable” view of the court.
Pew reports that Republicans and white evangelicals view the Supreme Court much more favorably than they did during the years of Democrat Barack Obama’s presidency when it made same-sex marriage a national right and upheld a key element of Obamacare.
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