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Court: Law society must accept Christian attorneys

BRITISH COLUMBIA, Canada (BP) -- The Law Society of British Columbia must recognize Trinity Western University's (TWU) future law school graduates, according to a unanimous opinion the British Columbia (B.C.) Court of Appeals issued Nov. 1. "The TWU community has a right to hold and act on its beliefs, absent evidence of actual harm," a five-judge panel wrote. "To do so is an expression of its right to freedom of religion."

CCCU adopts new membership policy

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities has adopted new guidelines to address evolving differences among member schools on the definition of marriage. "We believe that this document rightly articulates both the core and the breadth of the CCCU in a way that will make us the most effective witness and advocate for Christian higher education," board chairman Charles Pollard, president of John Brown University, wrote to CCCU presidents in a letter dated Sept. 22.

CCCU board considers membership requirements

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) board of directors is considering recommendations for new membership and affiliate guidelines during meetings this week, amid differences over same-sex marriage hiring policies.

Court deals blow to Christian law school

ONTARIO, Canada (BP) -- The Ontario Court of Appeal on June 29 ruled that a provincial accrediting body can legally refuse to recognize Trinity Western University's proposed law school based solely on the school's marriage views.

Second school leaves CCCU

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Oklahoma Wesleyan University has become the second institution to withdraw from the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities after two member schools changed their hiring policies to include same-sex couples. "We believe in missional clarity and view the defense of the biblical definition of marriage as an issue of critical importance," said Everett Piper, president of the Bartlesville, Okla., school. "The CCCU's reluctance to make a swift decision sends a message of confusion rather than conviction."

More schools poised to leave CCCU

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Several institutions plan to leave the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities at the end of August if at that time Eastern Mennonite University and Goshen College are still members. Last month EMU and Goshen announced they would begin hiring faculty and staff in same-sex marriages. The CCCU, a coalition of 183 Christian colleges and universities around the world, initially said it would address the issue at the annual members meeting in January. But on July 28 the CCCU board said it would begin contacting each member president to discuss the matter sooner.

Boko Haram labeled ‘foreign terrorist’ group

WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. State Department has designated the Nigerian Islamic extremist group Boko Haram an official foreign terrorist organization, giving the U.S. added power to weaken the group.

Admiral vows to continue sharing faith

EDITOR’S NOTE: For Baptist Press’ coverage of the National Day of Prayer breakfast in Nashville with Frank Page of the SBC Executive Committee as the featured speaker, click here. WASHINGTON (BP) — Living one’s faith in the U.S. military took center stage at the 62nd observance of the National Day of Prayer in Washington as […]

Disabilities treaty opposed by homeschool exec

WASHINGTON (BP) — Few would argue against fair treatment of disabled persons, but some conservative leaders are crying foul over a United Nations treaty now poised to pass the Senate. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in July and sent it to the full […]

Disabilities treaty opposed by homeschool exec

WASHINGTON (BP) — Few would argue against fair treatment of disabled persons, but some conservative leaders are crying foul over a United Nations treaty now poised to pass the Senate. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in July and sent it to the full […]