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Patterson attorney claims 'misrepresentation'EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was updated June 5 at 3:41 p.m.
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- An attorney for terminated Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson issued a media release late Monday afternoon (June 4) defending Patterson against alleged "wide-spread misrepresentation and misinformation."
Hours later, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary issued a statement responding to the attorney's claims about documents from Patterson's tenure as Southeastern's president from 1992-2003. Also in response to statements in the release, current Southeastern President Danny Akin told Baptist Press institutional records indicate former student Megan Lively reported to seminary officials in 2003 that "a nonconsensual sexual act had been performed against her person."
Patterson has drawn fire for, among other issues, his handling of Lively's report. Read More
Mission team 'safe' 10 miles from Fuego's eruptionESCUINTLA CITY, Guatemala (BP) -- A Southern Baptist youth mission team already in Guatemala when a volcano erupted there June 3 is safe and helping churches house and feed survivors.
The 10-member team from Bear Cove Baptist Church in Sparta, Tenn., had arrived in Escuintla City June 1 to help Baptist churches there evangelize urban youth, church youth minister Justin Wesson told Baptist Press June 4. Read More
148 Boko Haram sex slaves, forced laborers rescuedBORNO, Nigeria (BP) -- Nearly 150 children and adults enslaved by Boko Haram terrorists for sex and labor have been rescued from a remote camp in Borno state, Nigeria's defense leaders said June 4.
"The rescued hostages, comprising 15 men, 58 women and 75 children revealed ... that the Boko Haram terrorists had sexually violated the females and used them as sex slaves," the military said in a press briefing after the June 3 rescue. "The men were not spared, as they were regularly engaged in forced labor while in the captivity of the terrorists." Read More
Supreme Court: Immigrant teen's abortion ruling tossedWASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court stopped a lower court Monday (June 4) from setting a new precedent on illegal immigrant minors' access to abortion.
The court threw out a federal appeals court ruling that allowed a pregnant illegal immigrant teenager to obtain an abortion while in federal immigration custody, saying the decision was moot because the teen already had the abortion.
The June 4 action prevents the lower court's decision from setting a new legal precedent for abortion access -- but the unsigned opinion with no dissents failed to go as far as the Trump administration reportedly wanted to go. Read More
Chemical abortions on hold in ArkansasWASHINGTON (BP) -- The Supreme Court refused on Tuesday (May 29) to hear a lawsuit over a 2015 Arkansas law that requires abortionists to contract with doctors at nearby hospitals who can help women if complications arise from the use of mifepristone and misoprostol, drugs that work together to end early pregnancies.
Pro-life leaders cheered the move while Planned Parenthood took its next step in challenging the law. A hearing was set for Friday in Little Rock, Ark. Meanwhile, the abortion giant has canceled appointments at its facilities in Fayetteville and Little Rock. Read More
FROM THE STATES: Ariz., N.M. and Okla. evangelism/missions news; 'God-ordained encounter' fuels ministry partnership
Today's From the States features items from: Portraits (Arizona); Baptist New Mexican; Baptist Messenger (Oklahoma) Read More