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Tuesday, June 05, 2018

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  • Patterson attorney claims 'misrepresentation'

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, June 05, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    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 eruption

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, June 05, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    ESCUINTLA 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 rescued

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, June 05, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    BORNO, 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 tossed

    by Aaron Earls, posted Tuesday, June 05, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (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 Arkansas

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD, posted Tuesday, June 05, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (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

  • FIRST-PERSON: Rascally feelings

    by Rhonda Rhea, posted Tuesday, June 05, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Feelings, when not influenced by the Holy Spirit can be "misleading little scoundrels," Rhonda Rhea writes. "Our feelings will tell us everything is awful when it's not," she writes. "Or tell us everything is fine when it's not." Read More