Archives For Physician-Assisted Suicide

The BriefingIllinois B&B owners lose another round
A same-sex couple denied access to a central Illinois bed and breakfast while planning their civil union ceremony has won another legal victory in a five-year discrimination case that’s highlighted the conflict between religious freedoms and gay civil rights.

Atheists urge skipping church on Christmas
American Atheists, one of the nation’s largest secular groups, is launching a billboard campaign that encourages Americans to skip church this Christmas. The group is putting billboards up in cities across the country, including Colorado Springs, Colorado; Lynchburg, Virginia; Augusta, Georgia; Shreveport, Louisiana; and Georgetown, South Carolina.

Starbucks stirs up controversy — again
The culture wars come every December, fueled by peppermint mochas and venti soy lattes. The battleground is Starbucks. It’s always Starbucks, isn’t it? No one is complaining that the blue-and-brown holiday cups at Caribou Coffee take the “Christ” out of Christmas. Religion. Politics. The Bill of Rights. They all converge here, in front of a glass case full of cake pops.

Liberty advocates lament loss
Religious freedom advocates have expressed deep disappointment about congressional leaders’ failure to protect the rights of faith-based organizations in a national defense bill. The Russell Amendment was not included in the final version of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act which designates nearly $620 billion in spending for the armed services. The amendment would have protected the rights of non-profit religious contractors to maintain hiring practices in keeping with their beliefs.

Docs: Don’t force us to aid suicide
A group of Vermont medical professionals is suing state officials for demanding doctors counsel patients on physician-assisted suicide. The Vermont Board of Medical Practice and Office of Professional Regulation declared the state’s assisted suicide law, enacted in 2013, requires healthcare professionals, regardless of conscience or oath, to inform terminally ill patients that one of their medical options is doctor-prescribed suicide.

Sources: Belleville News-Democrat, Fox News, Washington Post, Baptist Press, World Magazine

The BriefingHigh and dry in Albion, IL

The first medical marijuana harvest in the state has begun near the southern Illinois town of Albion. The town, where the sale of packaged liquor is banned, is the site of an Ataraxia cultivation center for medical marijuana.

Grandma clings to the old red cross in SC floodwaters

South Carolina grandmother Clara Gantt was heading to church near Blythewood when her car was caught up in floodwaters. Her grandson Travis Catchings came to her aid, but both ended up clinging to a large red cross in a churchyard until rescuers arrived five hours later. Watch a cell phone video from the rescue.

Lawsuit: Baby Jesus doesn’t belong in Christmas play

The “War on Christmas” started early this year. The Freedom from Religion Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit against Concord Community Schools in Elkhart, Ind. demanding an injunction to forbid the school from “presenting the portion of the Christmas Spectacular with the live Nativity Scene and the telling of the story of the birth of Jesus.”

SBTS conference on transgenderism responds to challenges

The transgender movement presents an unprecedented theological and cultural crisis for the church, said Southern Baptist scholars at the SBTS conference on transgenderism and transformational Christianity. “The transgender revolution presents a more acute and more comprehensive challenge than merely the issue of homosexuality,” seminary President Albert Mohler said. “Because of the identity questions rooted in creation, the transgender revolution represents a challenge on an altogether different scale.”

Another state legalizes physician-assisted suicide

California became the latest—and most populous—state to pass an assisted dying bill. The law will permit physicians to provide lethal prescriptions to mentally competent adults who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and face the expectation that they will die within six months. Currently, 1 in 6 Americans lives in a state where a doctor can prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to a patient.

Sources: Baptist Press, Chicago Sun-Times, ERLC, Fox News