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Trump puts evangelical advisers in a difficult spot

President Donald Trump at Liberty University

How should members of the presidential advisory board respond post-Charlottesville? Some of President Donald Trump’s spiritual advisers think he could have responded better to the Aug. 12 violence in Charlottesville, Va., but say ultimately they don’t expect him to heal …

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Transgender education in a kindergarten classroom

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ROCKLIN, Calif. — A months-long debate on parental consent for controversial education topics continues in California after a teacher introduced a kindergartener as transgender and read classmates two books on transgenderism. The teacher told parents at an Aug. 22 board …

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Disaster relief begins in Houston as Harvey heads east

Texas National Guard

HOUSTON— As Hurricane Harvey heads east, disaster relief organizations have begun deployment to provide assistance to the state of Texas. The rain from Hurricane Harvey has become the heaviest tropical down pour in U.S. history. Residents in the nation’s fourth …

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Evangelicals counter ‘agree to disagree’ sexuality

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NASHVILLE — A coalition of evangelical leaders has issued a statement on biblical sexuality countering the idea that Christians “should agree to disagree” in their views of homosexual practice and transgenderism. The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) announced …

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Trump issues transgender military directive

WASHINGTON —President Trump has directed the U.S. Armed Forces to “return to the longstanding policy” of precluding transgender individuals from military service. In an Aug. 25 memorandum to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security, who oversees …

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Americans believe private schools are best

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New Gallup poll asked Americans to rank types of schools by education excellence.  Americans believe children get the best education at private and parochial schools, according to a Gallup poll released Aug. 22. When asked about the five types of …

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ACLU backs off defending white supremacists

Protest in Charlottesville, Va

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) appears to have backed off its defense of hate groups and their rhetoric, saying it is not obliged to represent organizations whose members demonstrate while carrying firearms. The policy shift puts the national organization in …

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Report on international religious freedom

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

The U.S. State Department just released a long-awaited annual report detailing the state of international religious freedom in 2016. By law, the State Department documents religious freedom conditions in nearly 200 countries around the world, providing useful data for the …

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