Here’s what you need to know in news for Oct. 14:
Teacher Refuses to Use Gender-specific Titles (Boys, Girls)
A Lincoln, Nebraska school district has asked teachers to stop using the words “boys” and “girls” and make the classrooms more gender-inclusive.
“Don’t use phrases such as ‘boys and girls,’ ‘you guys,’ ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention,” a handout from Lincoln Public Schools stated.
Teachers have been asked to creatively refer to students, such as asking students that like milk or juice to line up.
The teachers were told to “Always ask yourself, ‘Will this configuration create a gendered space?'”
Children’s Yoga Stopped by Christian Parents
An Austrian school will stop teaching yoga in gym classes after a parent complained.
The parent contacted the school and said she didn’t want her child exposed to yoga for religious reasons.
“All I heard was that according to the Bible yoga should not be allowed and it would lead the children in the wrong direction,” Karner said.
The yoga lessons had been approved by school administration.
“We introduced children’s yoga and concentration exercises into gym classes. I presented the project to the headmistress and the district school inspector in advance and they were both happy with it,” Karner said.
Adulterous, AIDS-infected Pastor Refuses to Step Down
An Alabama pastor, who has been officially ousted by his church for having sex with members of his congregation even though he has AIDS, refuses to give up the pulpit.
Juan Demetrius McFarland, a Montgomery, Alabama pastor, conducted worship service anyway this week.
In Matthew, Pastor McFarland focused on the story of a faithful centurion who asked Jesus to heal his servant, who was dying of leprosy.
“… his servant was healed that same hour,” said McFarland. “Jesus did it suddenly.”
“Sometimes the worst times in our lives is when we have a midnight situation, and we are in a midnight situation,” McFarland told congregants. “When you pray, you’ve got to forgive. You can’t go down on your knees hating somebody, or wishing something bad will happen to somebody.”
Televangelist Accused of Sexual Misconduct
A televangelist named Ernest Angley in Akron, Ohio has been accused of gross sexual misconduct and forcing members of his congregation to get vasectomies and abortions.
Some church members have come forward saying Angley wanted to keep people in his church, Grace Cathedral, from having children.
Greg Mulkey told reporters: “He doesn’t want people to have kids because it would take their time and money away from [the church] …He really forced people into abortions through scare tactics, as if he were a medical doctor.”
A former pastor has also accused Angley of inappropriate touching.