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Duke Student Government Senate votes to table a motion to recognize Duke Young Life until it can provide more information about treatment of LGBTQ+ members [#DukeStudent #YoungLife #ChristianOrganization]

Duke Student Government Senate voted Wednesday, September 18, 2019 night to table a motion to recognize Duke Young Life until the group can provide more information about its treatment of LGBTQ+ members.

Young Life, a national Christian organization that already has a presence on Duke’s campus, requested official recognition so that they could hold on-campus meetings.

However, senators took issue with the national organization’s policy denying leadership positions to LGBTQ+ individuals.

“They don’t have a non-discimination clause in their constitution; they have a discrimination clause.”
– Senator Jackson Kennedy, a sophomore

Duke student government rejects Christian group over LGBTQ policy:
NBCNews.com

New York-based Union Seminary criticised and mocked for holding chapel service in which students confessed to plants [#UnionSeminary #ChapelService #NewYork]

New York-based Union Seminary has garnered a great deal of criticism and mockery for holding a chapel service in which students confessed to plants.

The tweet was met with numerous comments on Twitter criticizing the practice, seeing it as evidence of pagan practice at the school and mocking the confession as ridiculous.

Popular Christian satire site The Babylon Bee was among the critics, running a piece titled “Disaster At Union Seminary As Giant, Angry Carnivorous Plant Does Not Accept Students’ Apologies.”

Union Seminary mocked for having students confess to plants:
Christian Post

4 students at Wheaton College in Illinois accuse city of Chicago of infringing on free speech rights claiming that newly implemented rules prohibit them from congregating and handing out religious pamphlets in Millennium Park [#WheatonCollege #CityOfChicago #MillenniumPark]

4 students at Wheaton College in Illinois are accusing the city of Chicago of infringing on their free speech rights, claiming that newly implemented rules prohibit them from congregating and handing out religious pamphlets in Millennium Park.

According to the students, who are all members of the Christian college’s Chicago Evangelism Team, their mission is to “proclaim the gospel in the city of Chicago to whomever we find there.”

The lawsuit alleges that the students were approached by park supervisors on several occasions beginning in December 2018 and told them to stop handing out pamphlets and free religious literature or preaching their evangelical message.

The supervisors informed the group members that they were “‘soliciting’ the public to subscribe to their beliefs and therefore in violation of a Chicago ordinance.”

Christian students sue Chicago after city blocked them from handing out religious pamphlets:
New York Post

Chosen: WorldVision is doing something they have “never done before” to empower kids – Kids can now choose their sponsor [#WorldVision #NeverDoneBefore #EmpowerKids]

World Vision is doing something they have “never done before” to empower kids in extreme poverty across the world.

For the past 70 years, sponsors have picked the child they want to support, but the global Christian organization based in the United States is launching a new initiative so kids can now choose their sponsor in a program called “Chosen.”

“We were looking for something that could cut through the clutter of the business of life…and we’re hoping that this will help. Chosen puts the power to choose in a child’s hand, and while it’s simple, it’s a very powerful switch.”
– World Vision president Edgar Sandoval

Christian organization makes one change to child sponsorship ‘never done before’ to empower kids:
Fox News

Christian student group, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Wayne State University can move forward with religious discrimination lawsuit in Port Huron, Michigan [#IntervarsityChristianFellowship #WayneStateUniversity #PortHuron]

A federal judge in Port Huron, Michigan ruled that a Christian student group at Wayne State University can move forward with its religious discrimination lawsuit against the school

The InterVarsity Christian Fellowship sued Waye State University in 2018 after the school derecognized the group because of the organization’s policy mandating that its leaders must be Christian.

Wayne State argued that the group’s rule violates the university’s nondiscrimination policy. The school said it requires the same policy for Hindu and Jewish campus groups.

InterVarsity filed a 20-count complaint alleging that Wayne State violated its First Amendment rights to free speech and to freely exercise its religious beliefs.

Wayne State recertified InterVarsity 3 days after the group sued March 6, 2018.

Judge lets Christian group pursue suit against WSU:
The Detroit News