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  • Transgender debate continues as students return

    August 24 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Transgender debate continues as students return

    As students return to their classrooms, the Obama administration’s transgender directive continues to provoke a variety of responses among America’s public schools. Some local school boards have responded positively, as in Charlotte, N.C. On the opposite end, 24 states have mounted legal challenges to the administration’s directive spread over three separate lawsuits.

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  • Starr cuts ties with scandal-rocked Baylor

    August 24 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Starr cuts ties with scandal-rocked Baylor

    Ken Starr has resigned his law professorship at Baylor University, cutting ties with the Baptist school rocked by allegations that it mishandled sexual assault allegations and intimidated female students who complained. “Frankly, the university determined that it wanted a break in the employment relationship, so I’ve accepted that decision,” said Starr.

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  • Volunteers continue to aid Louisiana flood survivors

    August 24 2016 by Carmen K. Sisson, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Volunteers continue to aid Louisiana flood survivors

    Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers continue flood recovery efforts across Louisiana, coping with intermittent rain as they tear out insulation, sweep mud from houses and carry buckets of sodden clothing to curbs. Few areas were left unscathed when nearly 7 trillion gallons of rain fell, killing 13 people and damaging more than 60,000 homes.

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  • Foes of transgender order praise judge’s ruling

    August 24 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Foes of transgender order praise judge’s ruling

    Opponents of the Obama administration’s sweeping transgender directive praised a federal judge’s order blocking enforcement of the controversial action that instructed schools to permit students to use the restrooms and locker rooms of their gender identity instead of their biological sex. Reed O’Connor issued a preliminary injunction against the guidance from the Departments of Education and Justice.

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  • Kim Davis suit dismissed, but challenges persist

    August 24 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Kim Davis suit dismissed, but challenges persist

    Although a federal judge has dismissed three lawsuits against Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk who refused to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the religious liberty of officials in other states continues to face legal challenges. Federal judge David Bunning closed the court’s files on all cases against her and ordered them removed from the docket.

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  • Despite challenges, local associations adapt, endure

    August 23 2016 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Despite challenges, local associations adapt, endure

    Despite the unique challenges threatening to dissolve the bonds of 78 local associations across the state the enduring practice of cooperation among autonomous congregations continues. Lester Evans said, “churches have this DNA to link with other churches because they can’t fulfill the Great Commission alone.”

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