Southern Baptist Pastor Against Gay Therapy, Teachers Sued, Coaches Prayer Banned

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Here’s what you need to know in news for Oct. 29:

Southern Baptist Leader Against Reparative Gay Therapy

Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore said this week at a conference that reparative therapy is “severely counterproductive.”

Moore, president of the Southern Baptists’ Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, spoke to a group of journalists Tuesday.

“The utopian idea if you come to Christ and if you go through our program, you’re going to be immediately set free from attraction or anything you’re struggling with, I don’t think that’s a Christian idea,” Moore told reporters. “Faithfulness to Christ means obedience to Christ. It does not necessarily mean that someone’s attractions are going to change.”

Moore said some Christians had an “inadequate view” of same-sex attraction.

“The Bible doesn’t promise us freedom from temptation,” Moore said. “The Bible promises us the power of the spirit to walk through temptation.”

School District Stands Behind Teachers Being Sued for Religious Promotion

A Colorado public school district is standing behind teachers and staff who are facing a lawsuit saying that the school employees promoted student involvement in Christian evangelical organizations.

The American Humanist Association filed a lawsuit claiming that the school officials in Douglas County School District promoted two Christian evangelical missions: Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child and Adventures in Missions.

“Douglas County School District supports student-driven community and fundraising efforts to aid those in need. We applaud our students for being leaders and giving back to others, and will vigorously defend their right to continue to do so,” the statement provided to The Christian Post reads. “We are also proud of our employees who, on their own time and with donated resources, selflessly serve those who are less fortunate.”

Operation Christmas Child is a charity mission where volunteers can donate shoeboxes filled with small gifts to be distributed to children in need in underprivileged nations.

Adventures in Missions, is an organization that plans missions trips all over the world.

High School Football Coach No Longer Allowed to Pray

Following a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, football coaches at Cape Henlopen High School in Delaware will no longer be permitted to pray.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote a letter to the school district superintendent after a newspaper published a photo of the school’s head coach Bill Collick praying with the team.

“Our objection to that is it violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution, which has been interpreted to say that public school districts and their employees cannot advance or endorse religion while acting in their official capacity,” said FFRF attorney Elizabeth Cavell.

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