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  • Boy Scouts change called 'co-ed political correctness'

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, May 02, 2018 (6 months ago)

    IRVING, Texas (BP) -- Boy Scouts of America is striking gender from its Scouting program titles in 2019, ushering in the change with a "Scout Me In" campaign for Cub Scouts.

    "Starting this summer, all kids are invited to say, 'Scout Me In,' as they join the fun, adventure and character-building opportunities found in Cub Scouts," Boy Scouts of America (BSA) said in announcing the change today (May 2.) "Starting in February 2019, the name of the older youth program will be 'Scouts BSA,' and the name of our iconic organization will continue to be Boy Scouts of America." Read More

  • Pew: Christian women more devout than Christian men

    by Aaron Earls, posted Tuesday, April 10, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Pew Research has found a significant gender gap concerning religious beliefs and practice among self-identified Christian men and women in America. More than 7 in 10 U.S. Christian women (72 percent) say religion is very important to them, compared to 62 percent of Christian men.

    The gap is larger in the United States than in other nations like Canada, the U.K., Germany and France. A similar gap appears when comparing beliefs about the Bible or certainty about God’s existence. Read More

  • Women & the SBC: 100 yrs. of 'extraordinary' input noted

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, March 22, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In 1917, the Southern Baptist Convention received what Georgia's Christian Index newsjournal called "quite a shock" when a Texas church music leader made a motion at the SBC annual meeting concerning "the eternal question": Should women be allowed to serve as SBC messengers?

    Following a protracted -- and feisty -- debate that ended with a contested parliamentary maneuver, the convention answered that question in the negative. But the following year, Robert Coleman of First Baptist Church in Dallas made his motion again and prevailed. Read More

  • Trump reverses Obama transgender military policy

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, July 26, 2017 (one year ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- President Trump suddenly reversed military policy on transgender individuals today (July 26), announcing on Twitter the United States would not "accept or allow" people who identify as a different gender than their biological sex to serve in the armed forces.

    "After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow [t]ransgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military," Trump said in a series of three tweets this morning. "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you." Read More

  • Billboard sparks debate over gender roles

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, March 02, 2017 (one year ago)

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (BP) -- A North Carolina billboard that reads, "Real men provide. Real women appreciate it," has generated discussion of gender roles and work.

    While some say the sign expresses a biblical principle that men should provide financially for their families, others argue provision is a shared responsibility not limited by gender roles. Read More

  • Female military draft proposal critiqued

    by David Roach, posted Monday, May 02, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jeremy J. Fowler Photo from archive.defense.gov
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The House Armed Services Committee's recommendation that women be required to register for the draft has provoked reactions from an array of evangelicals, including Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary first lady Dorothy Patterson and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr.

    Though mandatory female registration for the Selective Service is ... Read More

  • NCAA pressed to defend transgender athletes

    by David Roach, posted Friday, March 18, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- As March Madness begins, a homosexual advocacy group is pressuring the NCAA to exclude from its membership all schools with federal government approval to "discriminate" against transgender individuals on religious grounds.

    Southern Baptist seminary president R. Albert Mohler Jr. predicted the NCAA eventually will succumb to pressure from activists and grant the request to ban schools with a biblically orthodox view of human sexuality from America's most prominent college athletics association. Read More

  • Charlotte council passes LGBT ordinance

    by Emily Blake/North Carolina Biblical Recorder, posted Wednesday, February 24, 2016 (2 years ago)

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- After voting down a highly controversial sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) ordinance in March 2015, the Charlotte City Council passed a similar measure Feb. 22 requiring places of "public accommodation" to abide by a non-discrimination policy that includes "marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression." Read More

  • Female military conscription 'absurd' but likely

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, February 03, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jeremy J. Fowler Photo from archive.defense.gov
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A Feb. 2 proposal by two top U.S. generals that women be required to register for future military drafts represents what a former Army chief of chaplains called the unfortunate end result of the Obama administration's decision to abolish all gender-based restrictions for military jobs.

    "The sad fact is," said former Army chief of chaplains Douglas Carver, "that our national leaders have championed gender equality in the Armed Services, specifically in the Special Operations and combat duty positions, without fully considering its impact on combat readiness, teambuilding, military recruiting for an all-volunteer force and the stability of military families." Read More