Briefing: Religious freedom curtailed in Illinois, abuse victim fights ‘bathroom’ bill

ib2newseditor —  August 2, 2016

The BriefingRauner signs controversial bills into law
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner recently signed three controversial bills. The marijuana decriminalization bill provides statewide standard for cannabis possession, with a maximum $200 fine for possession of 10 grams or less. The remaining two bills involve right to life issues. The Contraceptive Coverage and the Health Care Right of Conscience bills require health insurance to cover all types of contraception and medical professionals to go against their religious conscience by referring patients for abortion. The Thomas More Society has indicted it is considering legal action against the right of conscience law.

Sexual abuse victim fights transgender bathroom bill
The advent of policies that force schools and other public places to allow people to use the restrooms that correspond to their gender identity and not their biological sex deeply troubled sexual abuse survivor Kaeley Haver. She was fired from her job at the YMCA after speaking out against Washington state’s Human Rights Commission transgender restroom law.

Deadliest July in Chicago in 10 years
Sixty-five people were killed in Chicago in July, a toll that pushed the number of homicides in the city this year to nearly 400. The total for all of last year was 490. It was the deadliest July since 2006, when 65 homicides were also recorded, according to Chicago Police Department records. On the last weekend alone, a total of seven people were killed and 45 others were wounded.

Election 2016: ‘Lesser’ and ‘never’ two evangelical views
The 2016 election is important, but it is too often divisive and open to unhealthy rhetoric. Southeastern Seminary President Danny Akin asked two of the seminary’s ethics professors, Drs. Dan Heimbach and Mark Liederbach, to share their opposing personal positions and approaches to this timely and increasingly crucial question of how to vote in the 2016 presidential election.

Lawsuit targets grant to National Baptists
Atheists have sued a National Baptist pastor and Kansas City government leaders over a $65,000 grant approved for use during the Baptist group’s upcoming national convention in the city. The grant to John Modest Miles Ministries, a community nonprofit arm of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City, violates Missouri law that prohibits public aid for religious purposes, American Atheists Inc. and two of its Kansas City members claim in a lawsuit.

Sources: Capitol Fax, Thomas More Society, World Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Between the Times, Baptist Press