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New law loosens euthanasia restrictions for kids 12 and under – Mission Network News

Netherlands (MNN) — Netherlands government will allow terminally-ill children between the ages of 1 and 12 years old to be euthanized, CNA reports. Officials expect this legislation will affect 5 to 10 children per year. Under current laws, Dutch doctors can euthanize children older than 12 and younger than 1 with parental consent. This is... Read more

Court Upholds Ky. Pro-Life Law Protecting Women from ‘Unsanitary’ Abortion Clinics

Court Upholds Ky. Pro-Life Law Protecting Women from 'Unsanitary' Abortion Clinics A U.S. federal appeals court on Friday revived a Kentucky pro-life law by ruling it is not unconstitutional for the state to require that abortion clinics have agreements with a local hospital and a local ambulance service in the event medical complications arise.The case... Read more

Biden Says He Backs Transgender Rights for 8-Year-Olds: I Will Flat Out Just Change the Law

Biden Says He Backs Transgender Rights for 8-Year-Olds: I Will Flat Out Just Change the Law Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Thursday his administration would protect transgender rights for Americans, including children, and work to ensure there is zero discrimination in the law.The former vice president made the comments during a town hall in... Read more

Judge Sides with D.C. Church: City’s Ban on Outdoor Worship Violates Federal Law

Judge Sides with D.C. Church: City's Ban on Outdoor Worship Violates Federal Law A federal judge handed a Washington, D.C. church a major religious liberty victory Friday, ruling it could gather outdoors for worship services during the pandemic in spite of city restrictions.At issue were restrictions by the city and Mayor Muriel Bowser that ban... Read more

New Russian law would restrict pastors trained abroad – Mission Network News

Russia (MNN) — In Russia, the draft of a new law would prevent pastors trained abroad from teaching in a church or even a Bible study. The stated intent of the law is to limit extremist religious ideology from getting into the country by limiting access to extreme religious ideas. However, the law will make... Read more

Ireland moves closer to assisted suicide after draft law passes

(Photo: Unsplash/Luis Melendez)Ireland's lawmakers voted on Wednesday to move forward with the legalisation of assisted suicide.  The Coalition had sought to delay the legislation by referring the issue to a special committee but this was rejected by Dail members (TD) by 86 votes to 65.  Instead TDs voted 81 to 71 in favour of advancing the... Read more

Benjamin Watson Refutes Joe Biden’s Comment on Making Roe V. Wade ‘The Law of the Land’

Benjamin Watson Refutes Joe Biden's Comment on Making Roe V. Wade 'The Law of the Land' Former NFL tight end Benjamin Watson took issue with Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden for pledging that he will make Roe v. Wade the law of the land during an NBC News town hall event on Monday, Faithwire reports.Actually overturning... Read more

Virginia Pregnancy Center, Churches, Private Schools Sue State over New LGBT Employment Rights Law

Virginia Pregnancy Center, Churches, Private Schools Sue State over New LGBT Employment Rights Law A pregnancy center, a group of churches and private schools in Virginia are suing the state over a law that says employers cannot discriminate on hiring based on gender identity and sexual orientation.According to The Christian Post, Calvary Road Baptist Church... Read more

Biden Pledges to Make Roe v. Wade ‘the Law of the Land’ if Supreme Court Acts

Biden Pledges to Make Roe v. Wade 'the Law of the Land' if Supreme Court Acts Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden pledged Monday to make Roe v. Wade the law of the land through legislation if the Supreme Court overturns the 1973 decision, a move that could ensure abortion remains legal even if the high... Read more

Podcast: Do Christians Need to Follow the Mosaic Law? (Frank Thielman)

This article is part of the The Crossway Podcast series. Understanding Tough Passages in Galatians In this episode, Frank Thielman discusses what the New Testament, and particularly the apostle Paul, teaches about how Christians today should think about the Mosaic law. He reflects on why this seems like such a challenging, hermeneutical issue, why the... Read more

Rules, the Rod, and the 3 Uses of the Law

Adam and Abigail found their first apartment in an older building near downtown, a tight space the couple made comfortable by purchasing some furniture and putting down a big carpet remnant over the hard tile floor. Two years later when their daughter, Penny, came along, the new parents worked hard to childproof the place. But... Read more

CA Gov. Approves Law Earmarking Taxpayer Funded Grants for Transgender Surgeries, Hormone Treatments

CA Gov. Approves Law Earmarking Taxpayer Funded Grants for Transgender Surgeries, Hormone Treatments California Gov. Gavin Newsom has approved a law in the state for transgender criminals and another law that provides grants to hospitals for hormone therapy for transgender persons.According to CBN News, under Senate Bill 132, prison inmates who identify as transgender, non-binary... Read more

It ‘Isnt Fair’: Female Athletes Ask Court to Uphold Idaho Law Banning Boys in Girls Sports

It 'Isnt Fair': Female Athletes Ask Court to Uphold Idaho Law Banning Boys in Girls Sports Two Idaho State University female athletes filed an appeal Wednesday in defense of an Idaho state law that prevents biological males who identify as female from competing on girls or womens teams.A federal judge last month overturned the law,... Read more

Uzbekistan maintains control over religion with new law – Mission Network News

Uzbekistan (MNN) — Uzbekistan is drafting a new religious law to bring all religious expression under strict governmental oversight. Eric Mock of Slavic Gospel Association says, It is not actually that much different from the existing law. You will see there are variations in minor aspects of the law, but it remains very difficult for... Read more

Schools Allowing Boys in Girls Sports Are Violating the Law, Even after Court Ruling, Trump Admin. Says

Schools Allowing Boys in Girls Sports Are Violating the Law, Even after Court Ruling, Trump Admin. Says Connecticut schools that allow biological boys who identify as girls to compete in girls sports are violating federal law even in light of a recent Supreme Court decision expanding LGBT rights, the Trump Department of Education has ruled.The... Read more

Hong Kong: American pastor’s son charged under new national security law

Samuel Chu warned that no one is beyond the reach of Hong Kong's national security law(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)A naturalized American citizen and pastor's son has been charged with "inciting secession" and "colluding with foreign powers" under Hong Kong's new national security law.  Samuel Chu is a pro-democracy activist and managing director of the Hong Kong... Read more

Philippines considering martial law after latest bombings – Mission Network News

Philippines (MNN) Twin terror attacks struck the southern Philippines this week, killing at least 15 and injuring more than 75. The attacks are believed to have been suicide bombings. Joe Handley of Asian Access explains the situation. In the southern parts of the Philippines, there are these terrorist groups, influenced by what is now the... Read more

Assisted dying law may change within four years, says MP

(Photo: Unsplash/Aron Van de Pol)Assisted suicide may be legal in Britain in as little as four years, a Tory MP has predicted. Andrew Mitchell told Sky News there was growing support among MPs for a change to the law on assisted suicide. He said his views on the issue had "changed completely" after being moved by... Read more

China Fines Christian Man $2,870 for Holding Online Bible Study, Violating Anti-Religion Law

China Fines Christian Man $2,870 for Holding Online Bible Study, Violating Anti-Religion Law A Chinese government agency last week fined a Christian man $2,870 for holding an online Bible study it says violated a new anti-religion law.The man, Zhang Wenli, lives in Yunnan province and was contacted Aug. 11 by the Ethnic and Religious Affairs... Read more

Judge Blocks Idaho Law that Prohibited Biological Boys from Playing on Girls Teams

Judge Blocks Idaho Law that Prohibited Biological Boys from Playing on Girls Teams A federal judge on Monday blocked a first-of-its-kind Idaho law that prevents biological males who identify as female from playing on girls or womens teams, saying the new law is likely unconstitutional.At issue is the Fairness in Womens Sports Act, which was... Read more

Islamic law puts Christian girls at risk in Pakistan – Mission Network News

Pakistan (MNN) — Christian girls desperately need justice in Pakistan. A Muslim man kidnapped 14-year-old Maira Shabaz in April and tried to marry her, claiming she was 19, The Telegraph reports. Local officials placed Maira in a shelter when family proved she was a minor, but thats about to change. The Lahore High Court just... Read more

Methodist Church urges HSBC to reconsider support for Hong Kong security law

(Photo: Reuters)The Methodist Church of Great Britain has written to HSBC calling for a re-think of its support for new security laws in Hong Kong. It said the national security law, which came into effect in July despite widespread consternation, was a threat to democracy and human rights in Hong Kong.  HSBC's Asia-Pacific chief executive... Read more

Hate crime law will have ‘detrimental effect on free speech’, warns Church

(Photo: Unsplash/EmranYousof)Concerns have been raised about the free speech implications of plans to extend hate crime legislation in Scotland.  The proposed Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill "seeks to modernise and extend existing hate crime legislation". One proposed addition to existing laws would create new offences relating to stirring up hatred that apply to... Read more

Law Forces Ohio Minister to Officiate Same-Sex Wedding or Face $5,000 Fine

Law Forces Ohio Minister to Officiate Same-Sex Wedding or Face $5,000 Fine An Ohio Christian business owner and ordained minister filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against Cuyahoga County over a law that requires her to officiate same-sex weddings in violation of her religious beliefs.Kristi Stokes, the plaintiff in the case, is an ordained... Read more

Policing Was Never Intended for Law Enforcement

Law enforcement has not failed. It is doing exactly what it was designed to doconfine, control and, if necessary, kill Black bodies. U.S. policing does not date back to the founding of our republic, our Constitution or independence from Britain. Its roots were planted in 1704 in South Carolina, when plantation owners responded to slave... Read more

New law leads to wave of arrests of Iranian Christians – Mission Network News

Iran (MNN) — In the last year, Iran has faced locusts, COVID-19, earthquakes, mysterious explosions, political turmoil, the death of an Iranian general, and burning ships. So when the Iranian government took the opportunity to implement a new law condemning the use of virtual ministry, no one noticed. Now, a wave of arrests is sweeping... Read more

‘We Love Law Enforcement’: Church Gifts $1,000 to Every Police Officer in Its Town

'We Love Law Enforcement': Church Gifts $1,000 to Every Police Officer in Its Town A small-town church in Tennessee is receiving nationwide attention after honoring its local police department in a public ceremony with a gift of $1,000 for each officer. The congregation, Lighthouse Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Tenn., wanted to encourage the... Read more

A Christian Conversation About Law Enforcement

Tensions are running high in the country and in the church. Sadly, instead of talking to one another, many have taken to social media to talk about one another. Christians have said some incredibly insensitive things, hurting African American brothers and sisters and also hurting brothers and sisters in law enforcement. We must remember that... Read more

Sudan gets rid of blasphemy law, advances other human rights causes – Mission Network News

Sudan (MNN) — A new dawn has come for religious freedom and human rights in Sudan. The government passed several lawsthat got rid of the countrys apostasy law, allow non-Muslims to drink alcohol, and criminalize female genital mutilation. The laws repeal other oppressive systems as well. Women no longer need the permission of a husband... Read more

Christian campaigners hail ‘miracle’ as Sudan abolishes apostasy law

Sudanese demonstrators protest outside the Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 14, 2019.(Photo: Reuters/Umit Bektas)Christian human rights campaigners have hailed Sudan's abolition of the apostasy law a "miracle".  The government of Sudan, where Christians have suffered persecution for many years, decided to relax the law in April but the changes only came into effect last... Read more