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.