Recently, a Christian camp contacted the NCLL after a transgender teen registered to attend the camp. Their question: Can we, or even should we, deny this teenager the opportunity to come to camp? If we don’t let him come, will we be sued?
At the NCLL, we are receiving more and more of these types of questions, and we are helping ministries make themselves as lawsuit-proof as possible. Given the Supreme Court’s recent decision, however, anytime a Bible-believing ministry denies admission, membership, registration, etc. to a homosexual or person who identifies as transgender, the ministry risks a lawsuit, even if the ministry is fully within its rights to do so.
In recent days, five undercover videos of conversations with Planned Parenthood staff have surfaced. In the videos, high-level staff members detail the organization’s barbaric, brutal practice of using partial-birth abortion—a felony—to make sure aborted babies are kept intact to the fullest extent possible so they can be sold. The practices are calmly discussed, and prices are set. We learn new phrases, such as “crunchy procedure.” Ultrasounds, typically used to celebrate the first sight of new life, are being used to guide abortionists to preserve valuable parts of the unborn.
The first “test tube baby” was born in 1978. Since then, more than five million such babies have been born through in vitro fertilization, or IVF. Essentially, this process involves removing eggs from female ovaries and mixing them with sperm in a laboratory setting. Once fertilization takes place in the “test tube,” the fertilized egg is then implanted into the female. Through this process, scientists have manufactured an option for the one in eight couples suffering from infertility.
Recently, a nonprofit group called the Nonhuman Rights Project (the “petitioners”) filed a lawsuit claiming the unlawful imprisonment (Habeus Corpus) of two apes—Hercules and Leo—which are research subjects at the State University of New York at Stony. The lawsuit sought to have the apes released and transferred to an animal sanctuary in Florida.