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No Grace, No ‘Amen’ at Christian School in Sweden

Preschoolers in a Christian school in Sweden run by the Salvation Army are not allowed to say grace at mealtimes, talk about the Bible, or say “Amen” because supervisors of the Umeå municipality believe these practices violate Sweden’s Education Act. The law prohibits schools from having confessional elements during school time and says children should be able to opt-out of religious practices. While both sides agree that the law is not clear as it relates to preschools, the school has unfortunately chosen not to fight the ruling.

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Canadian School Told Don’t Teach Offensive Parts of Bible

Cornerstone Christian Academy in Alberta, Canada, a K-12 school, is being forced by the Battle River School Division chair to stop reading or studying “any Scripture that could be considered offensive to particular individuals” and that includes “any teachings that denigrate or vilify someone’s sexual orientation.”

The school, which receives funding from the Canadian government, has sought legal counsel from Canada’s Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom (JCCF). The president of JCCF, John Carpay, wrote a letter to the school board trustees outlining problems with its decision. The board, however, has not backed down. “Trustees enjoy the legal right to send their own kids to various schools that align with the parents’ beliefs and convictions,” says Carpay, “but these trustees have no right to impose their own ideology on schools they disagree with.”

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Southern Baptist Convention’s Gender-Inclusive Bible Translation

You might have missed the fact that the Southern Baptist Convention’s latest Bible release, last fall’s Christian Standard Bible, uses more gender-inclusive terms.

Though the newest Bible is not as gender-neutral as other translations, some see it as a progressive move for a denomination that has been considered staunchly conservative. The Atlantic writers Jonathan Merritt, a senior columnist for Religion News Service, and Garet Robinson, a Houston pastor, believe the denomination is on a slippery slope. “The SBC is America’s largest Protestant denomination and one of its most conservative. If its leaders and members are tolerating a softer, more inclusive approach to gender, it might be a bellwether of things to come in the culture war over gender,” they write.

However, Trevin Wax, Bible and reference publisher for Holman Bibles, defended the translation by saying, “It uses male pronouns for God, for pastors, and in places where it’s obviously male—and it uses male and female, where that’s what the author intended.”

This week in Phoenix, Ariz., the Southern Baptist Convention holds its annual gathering.

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N.J. Teacher Who Gave Bible to Student Gets Job Back

Awhile back we reported that New Jersey substitute teacher Walt Tutka was dismissed from his job for giving a Bible to a student who had asked him for one. Thankfully, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission determined that Tutka’s action was consistent with school policies and federal law pertaining to religious freedom and the school district agreed to reinstate him.

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