Religious Liberty

Boards back SOGI compromise

Religion | Major Christian groups endorse framework to expand LGBT rights in exchange for religious protections
by J.C. Derrick
Posted 12/12/18, 02:23 pm

Two major evangelical organizations have formally endorsed principles that would add sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) to federal nondiscrimination law. 

The boards of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) quietly passed similar motions in recent months, advancing a multiyear effort they say is necessary to preserve religious freedom. 

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School sacks Christian teacher over pronoun use

Religious Liberty | Board refuses to accommodate high school instructor’s Biblical views on sex
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 12/11/18, 04:23 pm

A Virginia teacher was fired Thursday after he refused to use male pronouns for a female student who identifies as a boy.

The West Point School Board in West Point, Va., voted unanimously to dismiss French teacher Peter Vlaming, 47, after a four-hour hearing. The school said in a statement that Vlaming’s refusal constituted “a willful violation of school board policy.”

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Court protects Christian groups from Obamacare mandate

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/11/18, 01:30 pm

A U.S. district court on Tuesday ordered the federal government not to enforce the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive and abortifacient mandate against six Christian organizations represented by Alliance Defending Freedom. The order also declares that the mandate violates the organizations’ rights protected by the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

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