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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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  • Trump budget would double abstinence education funds

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, May 31, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- President Trump's proposed 2018 federal budget has drawn praise from advocates of teen sexual abstinence for asking Congress to double the percentage of sex education funds devoted to abstinence-based approaches.

    Of the approximately $1 billion in federal funding for sex education annually, about 10 percent currently goes to programs that advocate delaying sexual activity. The figure will increase to 20 percent if Congress adopts Trump's proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, said Valerie Huber, president and CEO of Ascend (formerly the National Abstinence Education Association). Read More

  • Transgender student wins restroom case appeal

    by Leigh Jones/WORLD News Service , posted Wednesday, May 31, 2017 (one year ago)

    A Wisconsin high school girl who identifies as a boy should be allowed to use the boy's restroom, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today. Read More

  • SBC leaders welcome proposal to revise HHS mandate

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, May 31, 2017 (one year ago) screen capture
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist leaders expressed gratitude and hope at news the Trump administration has drafted a rule to protect the freedom of conscience of religious institutions that object to the abortion/contraception mandate established under President Obama.

    The White House Office of Management and Budget has provided notice on its website it is reviewing an "interim final rule" regarding the controversial requirement, The New York Times reported May 29. The notification followed by less than four weeks an executive order from President Trump directing the secretaries of three ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Pause and think of that!

    by David Allen, posted Wednesday, May 31, 2017 (one year ago)

    David Allen reflects on a Hebrew word in Psalm 46 that conveys hope to the faithful --"Selah," which can be interpreted as "Pause and think of that!" When Psalm 46 speaks times of tumult, Allen points to its Selah reassurances of God's presence and help. Read More