Sept. 29 | Red Rocks Baptist Church | Morrison, CO
October 4 | Temple Baptist Church | Fort Worth, TX
October 20 | South Tampa Fellowship | Tampa, Florida
In a deeply disconcerting though not surprising move, in early 2015, Canada joined five states in the US* in legalizing so-called “assisted dying,” allowing doctors nationwide to take the life of a suffering patient when the patient has a “grievous and irremediable” illness.
As most everyone knows by now, on Saturday May 28th, a 4-year-old boy visiting the Cincinnati Zoo fell into the enclosure of a 400-pound gorilla named Harambe. After a harrowing few minutes, the zoo’s dangerous animal response unit decided the boy was in “a life-threatening situation” and made the wise decision to protect his life by putting the gorilla down.
As we’ve explained in previous articles, reports of children being mistreated or abused are rising to epidemic proportions. Sadly, Christian organizations are not exempt from this harsh reality, and every parent and ministry must be aware of this fact.
The State of Maryland maintains the Maryland Nonpublic Student Textbook Program and the Nonpublic Aging Schools Program, whereby nonpublic schools can receive free textbooks and/or funds to offset the costs of their aging buildings if they provide certain “assurances” to the state. Some religious schools in Maryland have participated in these programs in the past. Recently, however, two new strings were attached to schools that wish to participate in these programs: schools must provide assurances that they (1) will not discriminate against gay and lesbian students in their admissions policies and (2) will not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation in their employment practices.
The National Center for Life and Liberty has been hard at work in the month of June defending the religious liberties of numerous individuals, churches, and ministries. Those seeking to erase the name of God from the public square and punish Christians who stand up for their Christian beliefs are increasingly aggressive, and our imperative is to advocate on their behalf.
During the month of May, the National Center for Life and Liberty continued to fight for the rights of churches and individuals who desire to exercise their religious liberties. As we all know, these liberties are under attack by those who desire to remove the name of Christ from all public places, including our courts and schools. This effort to eliminate the name of Christ is rooted in the desire to prevent moral absolutes from guiding our society. As it says in Scripture, “every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” At the NCLL, we believe that the truths of Scripture guide all of life, including public policy. The fight to keep the name of Christ from being eradicated out of the public square is an important one that has a trickle-down effect on all of society.
The month of April has been a busy month, as David Gibbs III and Pastor Rudy Holland have traveled to eight different locations presenting Church Legal-Health Seminars. Our desire is for these seminars to equip churches to protect themselves for maximum ministry opportunity with minimum liability. With all of the changes in the laws on both the federal and state level, churches need to be more vigilant than ever in safeguarding against openings that leave their ministries vulnerable to attack.