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  • Evangelicals counter 'agree to disagree' sexuality

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, August 29, 2017 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A coalition of evangelical leaders, including about 70 Southern Baptists, has issued a statement on biblical sexuality countering the idea that Christians "should agree to disagree" in their views of homosexual practice and transgenderism.

    The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) announced today (Aug. 29) the release of The Nashville Statement, which consists of 14 affirmations and denials consistent with the church's long-held teaching on human sexuality. Read More

  • Obama-era transgender bathroom order rescinded

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, February 23, 2017 (8 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration has reversed an Obama-era directive that advised schools to open bathrooms and locker rooms to students based on their perceived sexual identity or risk losing federal funding.

    The new ruling leaves bathroom use policies to the discretion of state governments and local school districts, but the issue is already set to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. The court is scheduled on March 28 to hear a case from the Gloucester County School Board in Virginia challenging a lower court ruling allowing transgender teen Gavin Grimm to use the boys' bathroom at school. Grimm, a biological female, identifies as male. Read More

  • Trump transgender bathroom reversal anticipated

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, February 22, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A letter is imminent from the Trump administration advising schools they are no longer encouraged to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their perceived gender identity, the Washington Post reported Feb. 21.

    The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education are expected to issue a letter today (Feb. 22) to schools across the nation reversing federal guidelines issued under the Obama administration, the Post said, based on a two-page draft of the letter the newspaper said it has obtained. Read More

  • Transgender debate continues as students return

    by David Roach, posted Monday, August 22, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- As students return to their classrooms, the Obama administration's transgender directive continues to provoke a variety of responses among America's public schools.

    On one end of the spectrum, states like Massachusetts, California and Washington have embraced the administration's May directive that public schools and universities must allow students to use restrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their perceived gender identity rather than their biological sex. Some local school boards have responded positively as well, as in Charlotte, N.C., where the school ... Read More

  • Transgenderism & the OT: Times op-ed refuted

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, August 16, 2016 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A New York Times op-ed suggesting the Old Testament supports transgenderism has been classified by Southern Baptist seminary professors as a mischaracterization of Hebrew grammar and theology.

    "It should not surprise any of us that if we want to find something in Scripture, then we will twist it to say what we want it to say," Paul Wegner, professor of Old Testament studies at Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention, told Baptist Press. "[Op-ed writer] Mark Sameth has pointed out some oddities in the Hebrew Bible, but it is doubtful that they mean what he thinks." Read More

  • Teen gender transitions harmful, pediatricians say

    by David Roach, posted Friday, August 05, 2016 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- An association of pediatricians has released a research paper citing scientific evidence that permitting gender-confused adolescents to impersonate the opposite sex through surgery or hormone therapy is harmful.

    "The treatment of [gender dysphoria] in childhood with hormones effectively amounts to mass experimentation on, and sterilization of, youth who are cognitively incapable of providing informed consent," the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) stated in an Aug. 3 document titled "Gender Dysphoria in Children." Read More

  • Transgender directive challenged by 10 more states

    by Evan Wilt/WORLD News Service, posted Tuesday, July 19, 2016 (one year ago)

    LINCOLN, Neb. (BP) -- Ten more states have signed on to sue the Obama administration over its transgender directive that forces schools to allow students to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their perceived gender identity rather than their biological sex. Read More

  • Iowa churches counter gender identity law

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, July 06, 2016 (one year ago)

    DES MOINES, Iowa (BP) -- Two Iowa churches say the Iowa Civil Rights Commission's interpretation of a state civil rights law could force them to open restrooms to members of the opposite sex and inhibit their ability to teach biblical truth about gender.

    One of the churches, Fort Des Moines Church of Christ in Des Moines, filed a lawsuit in federal court July 4. The other, Cornerstone World Outreach in Sioux City, sent a demand letter to the Iowa Civil Rights Commission July 5 asking the Commission to amend its policy regarding churches and gender identity discrimination. Read More

  • Transgender troop ban repeal called 'disastrous'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, July 01, 2016 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Obama administration's decision to allow openly transgender people to serve in the U.S. military has been classified by Southern Baptist leaders with military ties as "deluded," "disastrous" and a step toward self-inflicted "national weakness."

    Military chaplains endorsed by the North American Mission Board, along with other Christian chaplains, appear to be "in the crosshairs of this new policy," NAMB executive director of chaplaincy Douglas Carver told Baptist Press, noting religious liberty concerns. Read More

  • Restroom directive said to harm the transgendered

    by David Roach, posted Monday, May 16, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Obama administration's directive regarding restroom use for transgender students at public schools and universities likely will harm children struggling with their gender identity and increase the number who become transgendered.

    That's the conclusion of two Southern Baptist psychologists who have treated adolescents with ... Read More