Faith News in Focus: Taxpayers Bought Intact Brains of Aborted Babies, Government Forces School to Allow Boy in Girls’ Shower, And More

By Julie Roys
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A shocking revelation from the Washington Free Beacon: Taxpayers bought intact brains from aborted babies for research involving the National Institutes of Health! Plus, the U.S. Department of Education is trying to force a suburban Chicago school to allow a sexually confused boy in the girls locker room. And, Southern Baptists are facing a mammoth $21 million budget deficit, requiring layoffs. But, not all the news is bad. Pro-life activists in Texas have scored a major victory — turning a Planned Parenthood facility into a pro-life pregnancy center.

Taxpayers Bought Intact Brains of Aborted Babies

Taxpayers paid for intact human fetal brains for research according to a new report. Researchers affiliated with the National Institute for Health used federal funding to obtain up to two brains per month from StemExpress, the company that, along with Planned Parenthood, is the focus of undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress.

Southern Baptist Convention’s Mission Board Faces Huge Deficit

Christianity Today reports that the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board has a $21 million budget deficit for 2015, on top of overspending by $210 million since 2010. Between 600 and 800 staff members — including missionaries — will be laid off.

Government Forces School to Allow Transgender Boy in Girls’ Showers

The US Department of Education’s Civil Rights Office has threatened to strip a Chicago-area school district of millions in federal funding unless it lets a boy use the girls locker room and showers. The agency says that Township High School has violated Title IX — a law that prohibits discrimination based on sex — because it will not let a biologically-male transgender student use facilities meant for females. The government has given the district 30 days to reply. 

Pro-Life Group Turns Former Planned Parenthood Clinic into Pro-Life Pregnancy Center

A Texas pro-life group, Hope Pregnancy Centers of Brazos Valley, purchased a former Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in College Station, Texas and repurposed it as a medical clinic and sexually-transmitted disease testing and treatment site. “What was once a place of death and grief where an estimated 6,400 abortions were performed has been transformed into a place of life,” said Tracy Frank, Hope Pregnancy Centers’ executive director. “We feel like we have reclaimed and redeemed the ground.”

“None” is the Largest Single Religious Affiliation Among Democrats

A Pew study on religiosity in America found that 28 percent of Democrats do not identify with any organized religion. That number has increased almost 10 percent since 2007. As a comparison, 14 percent of Republicans claim no religious affiliation. 

Church of Norway To Accept Gay Marriage

Bishops of the largest Christian denomination in Norway voted in favor of accepting same-sex marriage. The vote will have to be ratified by the Synod next spring. The first gay wedding could take place by 2017. 

Hindu Extremism on the Rise

Muslims aren’t the only religious group persecuting Christians. Hindu extremists in India massacred nearly 100 Christians in an attack in 2008, and extremism has been rising since, a report on the incident reveals. The Aug. 23-31, 2008 attacks also left 56,000 people homeless, and 300 churches and 6,000 homes were raided and looted.

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