News & Events

Apr19
KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY FACING LAWSUITS LIMITING FREE SPEECH

Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit on behalf of Christian students whose right to free speech was limited to a “free speech zone.” VAIB stands for free expression of opinions and religious convictions without fear of retribution. Read more here: https://adflegal.org/detailspages/press-release-details/kennesaw-state-declares-pro-life-display-controversial-exiles-it-to-tiny-speech-zone

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Apr18
AIR FORCE COLONEL HAS CAREER RESTORED AFTER BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS RELIGIOUS BELIEFS

On January 1, 2018, VAIB posted a story about Colonel Bohannon, a 20 year veteran of the Air Force, who, when faced with a "certificate of appreciation" to endorse a same-sex union,  refused to sign the certificate, costing him his job.  VAIB is pleased that the Air Force has reversed the decision and will uphold Colonel Bohannon's right to hold to his religious conviction in the matter.   Read more here:   https://www.toddstarnes.com/show/exonerated-air-force-restores-career-of-colonel-punished-for-religious-beliefs/...

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Apr17
IOWA LEGISLATURE HEARS TESTIMONY OF WOMAN WHO REFUSED TO ABORT HER SON

A woman who refused to abort her son who was conceived by rape testified before the Iowa legislature in an attempt to plead against the "genocide of the innocent".  Her plea was “Do not use me and my rape and my story—and the story of all of us, mothers from rape who love our children—as a banner to hide behind and excuse a genocide of the innocent. We love our children.”  VAIB continues to stand for the rights of the unborn.   Read more here: http://christiannews.net/2018/03/30/he-has-a-right-to-be-here-woman-who-refused-to-abort-son-conceived-in-rape-speaks-before-iowa-legislature/...

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Apr16
IT WASN’T ALWAYS LIKE THIS

This editorial by Walter Williams is on target. While VAIB has no position on gun rights, the essence of the escalating gun violence and other societal ills are not solved by more laws and more restrictions. As Williams states, “Gun ownership is not our problem. Our problem is a widespread decline in moral values that has nothing to do with guns.” He further explained: “That decline includes disrespect for those in authority, disrespect for oneself, little accountability for anti-social...

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Apr13
CAFE OWNERS FACE EVICTION FOR PLAYING CHRISTIAN MUSIC

A small cafe in Rancho Cucamonga, California is facing eviction after being warned to stop playing Christian music in their establishment.  The cafe, which has been in operation for over 11 years, received the warning from the landlord of the property after atheists filed a complaint.  VAIB stands by small business owners in cases such as this where religious liberty of the business owners is clearly at stake.  Read more here: https://www.toddstarnes.com/show/courthouse-cafe-owners-face-eviction-for-playing-christian-music/...

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Apr12
PLANNED PARENTHOOD WANTS DISNEY TRANSGENDER & POST-ABORTION PRINCESSES

Planned Parenthood is under fire for tweets containing content desiring Disney to create transgender and post-abortion princesses.  After receiving negative feedback, the organization removed the tweets from its account.  VAIB is completely opposed to any effort to push abortion or transgenderism, especially to children, as these issues are in opposition to God's Word.  Read more here: http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/health/2018/march/in-case-you-missed-it-planned-parenthood-wants-disney-to-create-post-abortion-transgender-princesses...

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Apr11
PARENTS ARE LOSING RIGHTS WHEN IT COMES TO TRANSGENDERISM

Read this insightful article below summarizing how parents are losing rights to direct the lives of their children whenever transgenderism is the issue at stake.  VAIB fully supports parents to have complete authority when it comes to directing the lives of their own children.  Read the article here: https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/03/26/courts-legislatures-disempowering-parents-push-transgender-agenda/

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Apr10
PROPOSED BILL IN MASS WOULD STRIP FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS FROM BUSINESSES

House Bill 671 has been introduced in Massachusetts which, if passed, would strip the First Amendment rights from businesses.  The bill would make it illegal to conduct business in a way that would be deemed as "discriminatory", even if done so out of religious convictions.  VAIB is opposed to any bill that attempts to deny a business owner or employee their First Amendment right to conduct business based upon their religious convictions. Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/legal-courts/2018/03/26/a-naked-attempt-to-repeal-religious-rights...

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Apr09
BAPTISTS AND THE FEDERAL BILL OF RIGHTS

From time to time, I want to relate some historical perspective on Baptists influencing government. Only by staying conspicuously involved in government can we expect to see a government “of the people.” For this reason, VAIB continues to be your voice for Christian liberties. Eddy Aliff, Executive Director VAIB The following was written by E. Wayne Thompson, noted historian on religion and Baptist preacher from Virginia. I am thankful for Dr. Thompson’s diligence in researching...

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Apr06
VIRGINIA INDIAN TRIBES CONSIDER BUILDING CASINOS

While VAIB works at the General Assembly to oppose casinos in Virginia, federally recognized Indian tribes have complete control over such matters. Please pray that all Indian tribes in Virginia will not seek to build casinos. The promised benefits never materialize. Read more here.   http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/indian-tribe-s-plan-would-give-virginia-its-rst-casino/article_c87e4290-ebe1-5af0-83fb-d2d0f6dabc13.html?utm_source=RTD%20Email Rev. Eddy Aliff Executive Director Virginia Assembly...

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Apr05
CHURCH IN LAUREL MD ENCOUNTERS OBSTACLES TRYING TO OPEN ITS DOORS

A church in Laurel, MD that wants to open downtown is encountering many obstacles in the form of  newly imposed "city ordinances" that are prohibiting them from moving forward.  In response, the church is suing the city "to ensure this church, and all churches, are treated equally and have the freedom to live and preach the Gospel in their community."  VAIB stands with the rights of churches in such cases to be free from government interference.   https://adflegal.org/detailspages/blog-details/allianceedge/2018/02/09/this-new-church-wants-to-open-its-doors-downtown-but-the-city-is-standing-in-its-way...

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Apr04
COREY STEWART AND NICK FREITAS GO HEAD TO HEAD IN GOP FORUM

epublicans Corey Stewart and Nick Freitas appeared at a forum hosted by the VA Tea Party, going head to head on issues such as guns, illegal immigration and taxes.  Both candidates are running for the GOP nomination against Senator Tim Kaine this November.  Read the article below for a summary of the "debate", and stay tuned to VAIB for election news. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/corey-stewart-and-nick-freitas-bring-the-heat-in-first-gop-senate-forum/2018/03/17/c128eb14-292b-11e8-b79d-f3d931db7f68_story.html?utm_term=.874cd6c2794c...

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Apr03
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS ALL FOR PROTECTING FREE SPEECH ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES

Read this article below summarizing how the Trump Administration views the importance of protecting free speech on college campuses.  VAIB fully supports efforts such as this to protect the right to free speech as guaranteed by the First Amendment.  Read more here: https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/03/22/trump-administration-protecting-free-speech-college-campuses/

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Apr02
WHAT IS YOUR CHILD READING AT SCHOOL?

Public schools typically put out reading lists for students. These books are supposedly age-appropriate. But might these books promote issues that directly conflict with values being taught by parents? For example, an Oregon library was promoting a book for third through fifth grades explaining how a boy who wants to be a girl can go through the process of changing his sex. Most Christian parents I know would be shocked to find their children reading such a book. For that reason, I ask the question:...

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Mar30
BILL IN CALIFORNIA WOULD ALLOW GOVERNMENT TO ENTER HOMESCHOOL HOMES

A bill has been introduced in California that would require fire inspections for homeschooled students.  However, the Home School Legal Defense Association fears that the bill is really empowerment of the government "to enter a home without a warrant, reasonable cause, or consent".  VAIB stands with the rights of parents to direct the education of their students within the privacy of their own home without government interference.  Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/education/2018/03/19/hello-homeschoolers-hows-your-fire-safety ...

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Mar29
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION DROPS OBAMA’S BULLYING POLICY

The U.S. Department of Education has announced that is will no longer respond to transgender student's complaints regarding "lack of accommodations" on their behalf.   VAIB supports decisions that protect the rights to privacy of students.   Read the article below to find out more.  https://www.onenewsnow.com/education/2018/02/21/dept-of-ed-drops-obama-era-bullying-policy

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Mar28
CONSCIENCE PROTECTION ACT (H.R. 644) INTRODUCED

Congressman Rob Wittman (Virginia District 1) co-sponsored legislation to further protect those of faith from discrimination by the government. VAIB fully supports this legislation which will help protect people of faith who oppose abortion.   Congressman Wittman released the following statement on March 14: “As a member of the Values Action Team and the Pro-Life Caucus, I am committed to working hard for families in the First District by upholding the values of faith, family, and freedom....

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Mar27
CALL FOR CASINOS IN VIRGINIA CONCERNS VAIB

In a recent news article, Governor Ralph Northam feels Virginians should be “open minded” about bringing casinos to Virginia. When the bill allowing historical horse racing was promoted, Executive Director Eddy Aliff became concerned that this was the intent all along. “Since horse racing began in Virginia in 1988, it never reached the level needed to sustain the horse industry in Virginia. Colonial Downs stopped horse racing over four years ago. With a buyer in sight, it seems legislators...

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Mar26
VAIB AND THE VIRGINIA BUDGET

Governor Northam has called a Special Session on April 11 for the General Assembly. The goal: agree to a budget. By law, the budget must be balanced. How your money will be spent is another matter. VAIB rarely has issues dealing with the budget. One exception is preventing state money from being used to pay for abortions. The second is opposition to raising taxes. We believe the government should stay focused on its core functions. To read more about the upcoming special session, click here...

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Mar23
UNIVERSITY SPEAKER RECONSIDERS CHRISTIAN SPEAKER ON CAMPUS

On February 23rd, VAIB posted a story covering the cancellation of a speech by Ken Ham, the President of Answers In Genesis after an LGBT group put pressure on the college.  After receiving backlash for the decision, VAIB is glad to report that the University President invited Dr. Ham to speak, which drew a "packed house" of attendees.   VAIB continues to be a watchdog in this area for potential issues in Virginia  where the right to free speech and religion guaranteed by...

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Mar22
LIBRARIANS AT MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE CREATE “ANTI-OPPRESSION LIBRARY GUIDE”

Librarians at Simmons College in Massachusetts have formulated an "Anti-Oppression Library Guide", intending to prevent  what they refer to as “Islamic microaggressions”.  Examples include such phrases as "Merry Christmas" or even "God bless you" after someone sneezes.  VAIB is opposed to such efforts in cases where Christians are being denied their constitutional right to free speech.  Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/education/2018/03/06/college-librarians-saying-god-bless-you-is-islamophobic...

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Mar21
CHURCHES IN WISCONSIN CHALLENGE NEW GENDER DISCRIMINATION LAW

Five churches in Wisconsin are filing a lawsuit against the city of De Pere seeking exemption from a recently passed gender discrimination ordinance.  The churches are requesting exemption, stating that the law likely prohibits them from denying employment to someone whose beliefs go against the church's faith-based convictions.  VAIB supports the rights of churches in cases such as this to discern for themselves who to hire based upon their religious convictions.  Read more here:...

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Mar20
IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES MUST NOW COVER ABORTION

A new bill has been passed and will be signed into law in the state of Washington forcing health insurance companies to cover abortion procedures.  The bill reads “f a health plan issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2019, provides coverage for maternity care or services, the health plan must also provide a covered person with substantially equivalent coverage to permit the abortion of a pregnancy".  VAIB is opposed to any legislation that supports abortion, as the Bible clearly...

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Mar19
CONDOMINIUM ESTABLISHMENT BANS ALL CHRISTIAN MUSIC AND BIBLE STUDY ACTIVITIES

A senior citizens group in Port Charlotte, FL who use their condominium's commons area to host Bible studies and sing together have been banned from doing so after a resolution was passed   “regarding religious observances on the common elements.”  The group was greeted with a sign that read “ANY AND ALL CHRISTIAN MUSIC IS BANNED.”  VAIB stands for the rights of Christian-based groups in cases such as this to exercise their rights to freedom of...

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Mar16
HARVARD UNIVERSITY CHRISTIAN STUDENT CLUB PLACED ON PROBATION

The Christian Student Club at Harvard University has been placed on probation for asking a bisexual woman to resign from a leadership position for dating another woman.  VAIB supports the rights of Christian University clubs in cases such as this to freely operate their club based upon their Biblical convictions. https://www.toddstarnes.com/faith/harvard-punishes-christian-student-club/

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Mar15
ATHEISTS IN OHIO WANT BIBLE VERSE MURAL SCRUBBED

The Freedom from Religion Foundation is threatening to sue a town in OH for a display of a mural on a wall in a municipal building.  The mural contains an eagle and Bible verse taken from Psalm 91.  VAIB stands for the rights of  public religious displays on government property.  Read more here; http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/02/26/atheist-group-wants-bible-verse-mural-scrubbed-from-ohio-city-hall.html

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Mar14
CHURCHES IN CALIFORNIA FORCED TO PAY FOR ABORTIONS OR GIVE UP HEALTHCARE FOR EMPLOYEES

Alliance For Defending Freedom is speaking out on behalf of churches in California who are being forced by the California Department of Managed Health Care to either pay for elective abortions or cancel health insurance coverage for their employees.  VAIB stands with churches in such cases, where they are being forced to violate their faith-based convictions due to mandates from the government.  Read more here: https://adflegal.org/detailspages/blog-details/allianceedge/2018/02/26/can-the-government-force-churches-to-pay-for-abortion-it-s-a-reality-in-california...

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Mar13
GA SENATE PASSES BILL PROTECTING FAITH-BASED ADOPTION AGENCIES

The Georgia Senate has approved a bill protecting faith-based adoption agencies who refuse service based upon their religious convictions.  S.B. 375 states "a child-placing agency may decline to accept a referral for foster care or adoption services under a contract with the department based on the child-placing agency’s sincerely-held religious beliefs".  VAIB continues to fight for Christian organizations in cases such as this to conduct business based upon their faith-based convictions. ...

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Mar12
HORRIFYING SEX ED COURSE IN FAIRFAX COUNTY

Read the article below outlining specifics of the sex education course being taught in Fairfax County.  VAIB is saddened to learn that children are being taught homosexual acts as being acceptable by their local schools.  Please note that the article contains direct references to homosexual terminology.  Read more here: http://dailysignal.com/2018/02/15/horrific-sex-ed-curriculum-is-taking-over-in-this-virginia-county/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CapitolBell&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTjJKbU1XTm1PRFJpTURNMyIsInQiOiJXdVBRcVFiMGFBZDRNS2YzSmZlZ0tVRkl1NnpSWWVaMFp5K0dMODFLbmMrRXN2eGw5UHROMU9DdUpCT3gwR2kwS1FEbFwvQ0dCT0pRdTRkM2xaeGM0MWxod0J3aGFVT1FNV1ZHQkpJUmhOc0JNY2F1SUhUYmJcL0hxS1QyYU5JNVozIn0%3D...

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Mar09
DOWN SYNDROME DISCRIMINATION ACT IN OHIO NOW BEING CHALLENGED

On December 7th, 2017 VAIB shared a story regarding the Down-Syndrome Discrimination Act, which prohibits abortion of babies based upon a diagnosis of Down-Syndrome.  That law is now being challenged by the ACLU on the basis of  the violation of rights to a woman to make that choice.  VAIB continues to stand for the rights of the unborn, as the Bible clearly defines that life begins at conception. Read more here: http://christiannews.net/2018/02/17/aclu-challenges-ohio-law-banning-murder-of-down-syndrome-babies-claims-constitutional-right-to-abortion/...

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Mar08
IOWA ADVANCES RELIGIOUS LIBERTY BILL

Iowa State Bill 3171 has been proposed in an effort to "prohibit the government from burdening the free exercise of religion without a compelling interest".  However, opponents of the bill claim that such a bill will hurt the economy, especially given the upcoming NCAA Tournament in 2019.  VAIB supports bills such as this which protects Christian business owners to exercise their faith-based convictions.  Read more here: http://christiannews.net/2018/02/18/religious-liberty-bill-advanced-by-iowa-senate-panel-opponents-claim-law-would-hurt-economy/...

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Mar07
COLLEGE STUDENTS AT ASU OPPOSE GOVERNMENT CONTROLLED SPEECH

"Is the government allowed to force its citizens to promote a message they disagree with?" This question was asked by Alliance for Defending Freedom on campus at Arizona State University.  Read the article below discussing the danger of government controlled speech.  VAIB stands with the First Amendment Rights to free speech for all.  https://www.adflegal.org/detailspages/blog-details/allianceedge/2018/02/15/watch-asu-students-agree-government-shouldn-t-force-people-to-speak-an-objectionable-message...

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Mar06
PARENTS IN OHIO LOSE RIGHTS TO PREVENT THEIR OWN DAUGHTER FROM CONVERTING TO A BOY

Parents in Ohio have lost custody of their own seventeen year old daughter who wants to be a boy.  Read the article below emphasizing that "Americans can expect to see more cases like it as government officials side with transgender activists..."  VAIB stands for the God-given rights of parents to direct their own children based upon their Biblical convictions.  Read more here: http://dailysignal.com/2018/02/19/parents-just-lost-custody-of-teenage-daughter-who-wants-to-transition-to-a-boy-what-you-need-to-know/...

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Mar05
BILL IN MICHIGAN WOULD DICTATE WHAT CHURCHES CAN TEACH ABOUT SEXUALITY

HB 5550 in Michigan has been introduced which would dictate what churches can teach about sexuality.  One church in the Michigan area is already under investigation for providing a six week course to teens regarding what the Bible teaches about sexuality.  VAIB closely watches potential bills in other states that attempt to control what a church an and cannot teach. Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/church/2018/02/19/bill-seeks-to-dictate-what-church-can-teach-about-sexuality...

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Mar02
NY ATTORNEY GENERAL FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST ABORTION PROTESTORS

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D-New York) has filed a federal lawsuit against 14 people who peacefully protested across from an abortion clinic last summer.  The lawsuit's basis is the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE), "a law enacted by Congress to prevent actual violence and physical obstruction of abortion facility entrances." VAIB stands for the First Amendment rights of Christians in cases such as this.  Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/legal-courts/2018/02/13/ags-objective-shut-down-constitutionally-protected-speech...

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Mar01
PRIVATE CATHOLIC SCHOOL FIRES HOMOSEXUAL TEACHER FOR BREAKING CONTRACT AFTER MARRYING ANOTHER WOMAN

A private Catholic school in Miami is under a media storm after firing a homosexual teacher for marrying another woman.  The teacher, who signed a contract with the school that included a moral turpitude clause, broke the contract agreement, leaving the school with no other alternative than to terminate her employment.VAIB supports the right of faith-based institutions to conduct their business according to its convictions.  Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/perspectives/peter-heck/2018/02/15/christians-pay-attention-to-the-firing-of-this-gay-teacher...

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Feb28
CAN A HOSPITAL CALL IN THE STATE TO OVERRIDE PARENTAL RIGHTS?

Every parent needs to read this article and view the video by parentalrights.org, which outlines a case where a child was brought to the hospital for treatment of the flu, and had their child stripped away from them!  VAIB fully supports the rights of parents to have the God-given authority to direct the lives of their children.  Read more here: https://parentalrights.org/hospital-custody-battle/

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Feb27
ADVISER TO TRUMP CAMPAIGN FILES TO RUN IN REPUBLICAN PRIMARY TO CHALLENGE SENATOR TIM KAINE   Bert

Bert Mizusawa,has decided to seek the Republican nomination in Virginia for U.S. Senate against Sen. Tim Kaine (D).  Mizusawa is a retired major general in the U.S. Army Reserve and was a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.  Four other Republicans already have filed seeking nomination.  The Republican Primary will be held in June.  Stay tuned to VAIB for further election updates.  Read more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/advisor-to-trump-campaign-files-to-run-as-a-republican-against-sen-kaine/2018/02/13/c4ca39ce-10dc-11e8-8ea1-c1d91fcec3fe_story.html...

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Feb26
AND THEN THERE WERE NONE…ABORTION WORKERS QUITTING WITH HELP FROM CHRISTIAN-BASED ORGANIZATIONS

Read below how organizations such as "And Then There Were None" are experiencing success when it comes to assisting abortion workers with getting out of the industry.  This particular Christian-based organization provides workers with emotional support, along with helping them to find another job.  Read more here: http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/2018/january/group-dedicated-to-thinning-out-abortion-workers-says-419-workers-have-quit

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Feb23
COLLEGE IN OKLAHOMA BANS CHRISTIAN SPEAKER

The University of Oklahoma has broken a speaking engagement with Ken Ham, the President of Answers In Genesis after an LGBT group put pressure on the college to cancel the "Genesis and the State of the Culture" speech.  As this article states, campuses across the country are constantly being "trampled on by intolerant groups" who are violating the right to free speech and religion guaranteed by our First Amendment.  VAIB continues to be a watchdog in this area for potential issues across...

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Feb22
EPISCOPAL DIOCESE VOTES TO ELIMINATE MASCULINE PRONOUNS REFERRING TO GOD

The Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Washington D.C. has voted to remove all masculine pronouns referring to God from its "Common Book of Prayer".  Additionally, according to the article, the "Episcopalian leadership no longer recognizes the inerrancy of Scripture, indicating that Bible manuscripts preserved for thousands of years are no longer aligned with the social gospel it preaches to its congregations."  VAIB is saddened to hear of any effort to alter God's gender, or anything...

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Feb21
SCIENCE TEACHER IN MISSOURI DRAWS CRITICISM FOR TEACHING CREATIONIST WORLD VIEW

The Freedom From Religion Foundation strikes again - this time directed towards a 7th grade science public school teacher in Missouri who taught students the Creationist World View.  The FFRF is upset because the tests " cast doubt upon evolution and our current understanding of the age of the earth".  VAIB supports the teaching of the Creationist World View in public school settings, especially when the theory of evolution is also being taught.  Read more here: http://christiannews.net/2018/02/03/atheist-activist-group-complains-to-school-district-after-teacher-casts-doubt-upon-evolution/...

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Feb20
TRUMP REITERATES IMPORTANCE OF CHRISTIAN FAITH FOR OUR NATION

At the annual prayer breakfast in Washington DC, President Trump emphasized the importance of the Christian faith and its role in our nation.  The President appealed "to Americans who believe in Christian nationalism — the belief that God has a uniquely Christian purpose for the United States."  VAIB is grateful for a President who understands the importance of the Christian faith and its role in our history and present day shaping of our country.  Read more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2018/02/08/national-prayer-breakfast-to-feature-trump-and-rep-scalise-who-was-shot-at-gop-baseball-practice/?utm_term=.4032933f4595...

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Feb19
NEW CONSCIENCE AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DIVISION ANNOUNCED BY TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

VAIB is thrilled to learn that the Department of Health And Human Services, under direction by the Trump administration, has announced the creation of the "Conscience and Religious Freedom" Division.  As the article states, the new division will "ensure that health care professionals enjoy the same rights they have had for decades—to not face coercion or discriminatory actions if they decide not to participate in certain procedures such as abortion, sterilization, or assisted suicide because...

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Feb16
HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT CLAIMS THAT CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS WORSHIP THE SAME GOD

The parent of a sixth grader in Illinois has called attention to a homework assignment featuring an article stating that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.  Specifically, the article states "“Judaism, Christianity and Islam are three of the world’s major religions. While they have many differences, they all believe in the same God.”  VAIB is concerned about scenarios such as this, where educational institutions falsely represent the Christian religion by making...

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Feb15
BILL IN GEORGIA WOULD ALLOW PUBLIC SCHOOL EMPLOYEES MORE FREEDOM TO PRAY

SB 361 has been introduced in Georgia to amend an existing state law allowing freedom of religious expression by public school employees, allowing public employees to participate in prayer when invited to do so by students.  VAIB supports the religious freedoms of public employees in situations such as this to exercise their religious freedoms by openly praying in public without fear of retribution. Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/legal-courts/2018/02/01/ga-bill-could-let-high-school-coaches-pray-wstudents...

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Feb14
ACLU PUSHING FOR MIDWIVES TO BE ABLE TO PERFORM ABORTIONS

Presently in the state of Montana, it is illegal for advanced practice registered nurses (such as midwives) to perform abortions.  However, the ACLU of Montana is now suing to change that law, hoping to provide easier access to the "procedure" since the state presently only has four abortion clinics.  VAIB stands for the sanctity of life in all cases, as the Bible clearly defines life beginning at conception.  Read more here: http://christiannews.net/2018/02/01/aclu-wants-montana-to-allow-nurse-practitioners-midwives-to-perform-abortions/...

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Feb13
OHIO FAIRNESS ACT - FAIR TO WHOM?

HB 160, also known as the "Ohio Fairness Act" has been introduced in the lower chamber of the state's General Assembly.  The proposed bill is intended to prohibit sexual or gender discrimination in the areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations.  However, as the article highlights, it actually "creates a discriminatory environment against people of faith in the marketplace and in ministry", with the possibility of shutting down Christian ministries in the area of adoption...

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Feb12
VA HOUSE PANEL STOPS FIVE LGBT NONDISCRIMINATION BILLS

A Virginia House panel failed to pass legislation intended to prevent discrimination in the areas of housing and employment against LGBT individuals.  Opponents of the bills, however, pointed out that the legislation could provide real trouble for religious institutions such as colleges who would then be forced to provide housing for homosexual couples.  VAIB opposed those bills to protect the religious freedoms of Christian organizations who do not want to violate their conscience regarding...

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Feb09
VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY CONSIDERING CHANGES TO VOTING PRACTICES

The Virginia General Assembly is looking to potentially overhaul voting practices, especially in light of the tie in the 94th House District race which took place this past election.  The subcommittee will focus on absentee voting, assignment of voters to legislative districts in split voting precincts, and procedures for tiebreakers and recounts.  Read more here: http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/general-assembly/after-chaos-of-virginia-general-assembly-looks-to-overhaul-election/article_d437e3c6-864b-5ff7-b584-83678ba24cb0.html...

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Feb08
TEXAS CHEERLEADERS UNDER FIRE FOR PLACING BIBLE VERSES ON SIGNS

Cheerleaders in a Texas high school are under fire for displaying Bible verses on signs at football games.  In October of 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Texas ruled in favor of the cheerleaders, stating that the  “cheerleaders’ speech expressed on the run-through banners is best characterized as the pure private speech of the students.”  However, the school board is appealing the case to the Texas Supreme Court.  VAIB continues to stand for the First...

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Feb07
FOOTBALL COACH WHO PRAYED “IN PUBLIC” WILL APPEAL HIS CASE TO THE U.S. SUPREME COURT

High school coach Joe Kennedy was recently denied another hearing by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Although the coach simply recited a silent prayer mid-field during a football game, the court ruled that " ... the school district can fire an employee for engaging in prayer or religious conduct like Coach Kennedy does and that that employee is not entitled to constitutional protection under these circumstances."  VAIB watches such cases closely, especially in...

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Feb06
US HOUSE PASSES HR4712

Friend- Knowing that you share my commitment to upholding family values, I wanted to update you on what has been going on in Washington, DC this week. Today, pro-life activists from around the country are in town for the March for Life—the nation’s largest annual pro-life event. The March for Life seeks to provide all Americans with a place to voice their support for the sanctity of life. Each year, the march coalesces at the National Mall and travels down Constitution Avenue until they...

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Feb05
CALIFORNIA PARENTS ABUSE 13 CHILDREN

Child abuse is always deplorable, but only worse when done under the guise of religious freedom.  The Turpins were supposedly educating under a religious home school statute in California. VAIB staunchly condemns such activity and is hopeful that no such activity is occurring in Virginia. https://world.wng.org/content/13_severely_abused_siblings_rescued_from_california_home

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Feb02
NEW YEAR, SAME OLD THREATS

Parental rights are still under vicious attack, according to this article by Michael Ramey, Director of Communications and Research at parentalrights.org.  The article addresses the fact that "your rights to make those vital decisions for your child too often depend on the good graces of someone—a doctor, a teacher, a social services investigator—who shouldn’t have that kind of power over your innocent family."  VAIB continues to stand with organizations such as parentalrights.org to...

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Feb01
TRUMP ADDRESSES “MARCH FOR LIFE” SUPPORTER

VAIB is encouraged to see President Trump show his support for life by being the first president to address those attending the March for Life. We further appreciate his efforts as President to stop tax dollars going to Planned Parenthood. Read more here:   http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA18A26&f=WU18A10

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Jan31
COMMITTEE DROPS BILL TO ALLOW CONVERSION THERAPY FOR LGBTQ

The Virginia Senate Education and Health Committee narrowly voted to kill a bill related to the LGBTQ community dealing with prevention of "conversion therapy" for those wanting to change their sexual orientation.  The bill was defeated by Republicans on the committee, as it could have potentially "prohibit members of religious communities from counseling youths".  VAIB stands against this bill, as it could potentially strip the rights of Pastors or other religious counselors from Biblically...

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Jan30
ATHEIST GROUP WANTS TEN COMMANDMENTS MONUMENT REMOVED FROM SANTA FE PUBLIC PARK

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has contacted Santa Fe, New Mexico city officials regarding the removal of a six-foot Ten Commandments statue located in a public park.  According to the atheist group, argues that “The First Commandment alone makes it obvious why the Ten Commandments may not be posted on government property. The government has no business telling citizens which God they must have, how many gods they must have, or that they must have any God at all."  VAIB...

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Jan29
TRUMP DECLARES JANUARY 16TH AS NATIONAL DAY OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

President Trump has declared January 16th as a National Day of Religious Freedom.  The proclamation is of great encouragement to those who are being persecuted for their religious beliefs.  VAIB supports proclamations such as this which promote the rights of citizens to live out their religious beliefs without fear of persecution from the government.  Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/persecution/2018/01/19/trump-praised-for-recognizing-religious-freedom-day

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Jan26
DR. LEE WARE ON A “BRAVE NEW WORLD”

Del. Lee Ware gave an emotional floor speech on Friday, January 12, challenging fellow delegates to treat one another with utmost respect and courtesy while embracing changes to this political body.  He implored the members: “May we differ, but never demean. May we listen, as well as clamor. And… emerge… in a kind of friendship that transcends solely partisan obligations….” Words to consider in our walk of life. (Written by Eddy Aliff, Executive Director of VAIB)...

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Jan25
CHINESE OFFICIALS DEMOLISH EVANGELICAL MEGACHURCH

While religious liberty is not protected in China, it is disappointing to see a government destroy churches to protect the government. This is why VAIB continues to be a voice for religious liberty in Virginia. Read more here: https://world.wng.org/content/chinese_officials_demolish_evangelical_megachurch

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Jan24
MARIJUANA AND THE RULE OF THE LAW

VAIB believes marijuana to be harmful to society as a whole. The comments of Congressman Morgan Griffith from Virginia’s 9th District makes some great points regarding this issue. Read more here: https://morgangriffith.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398846

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Jan23
U.S. SUPREME COURT DECLINES TO HEAR CASE ATTACKING RELIGIOUS LIBERTY LAW

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case that would have attacked a religious liberty law in Mississippi.  The law, which took effect in October of last year, provides a defense against government persecution for religious convictions in the areas of marriage, gender identity, and other sexual issues.  The plaintiffs argued that the U.S. Supreme Court should hear the case because it is hostile towards LGBT people in Mississippi.  VAIB supports laws such as this that uphold...

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Jan22
RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS

When government provides religious exemptions, is this crossing the line by government? Read this thought-provoking article to see why this is not the case. http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2017/12/20609/?utm_source=The+Witherspoon+Institute&utm_campaign=cb2f279cd8-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_15ce6af37b-cb2f279cd8-84167269

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Jan19
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IS ALSO ERODING IN CANADA

The U.S. is not the only country where citizens are losing their religious freedom.  Read this insightful article about the erosion of religious freedom in Canada.  VAIB remains committed to strengthening religious liberties by keeping you informed on issues that Christians are facing. Read more here: http://dailysignal.com/2017/12/28/religious-liberty-eroding-canada-heres-americans-learn/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MorningBell%22&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTldSbVlqUmpaR0ZoTlRFeSIsInQiOiJHblRqbmpyQ2hVVXRaUW1nUnI1TWVUNnphZWlDaUljYUJaeXk1Q2s1TForbVlKU28raVFkSWowR3l0dnB0TW9rWHVrVnFtcHhGNXkzb25jME0waUF2Tkt1QjRDRmg3amw2ZHp3anZWMHhhbnR4a0ZOWkZPd3lFK2xzeGdUQWpcLzYifQ%3D%3D...

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Jan18
WHY RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS ARE NOT SOCIAL PRIVILEGES

When government provides religious exemptions, is this crossing the line by government? Read this thought-provoking article to see why this is not the case. http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2017/12/20609/?utm_source=The+Witherspoon+Institute&utm_campaign=cb2f279cd8-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_15ce6af37b-cb2f279cd8-84167269

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Jan17
WHAT THE NEW VIRGINIA GOVERNOR WILL FACE

Here is an overview of the upcoming General Assembly and some issues Gov. Ralph Northam will probably face when he takes office. http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/jeff-schapiro/schapiro-fresh-challenges-for-va-s-frosh-governor/article_cff3ba59-b79b-5ca2-ab6e-25a3956f454c.html

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Jan16
THE CHRISTIAN BAKER CASE NEED NOT HAVE ENDED UP AT THE SUPREME COURT

Read this view as to why the Christian baker, Jack Phillips, should never have been taken to court. How far one’s religious liberties can be exercised is still a matter of debate. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/454423/christian-bakers-refuse-bake-gay-wedding-cake-are-not-bigots

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Jan15
HOUSE CONVENES, UNANIMOUSLY ELECTS DELEGATE KIRK COX AS SPEAKER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 10, 2018 Contact: Parker Slaybaugh (804) 731-4976   House of Delegates convenes, unanimously elects Delegate Kirk Cox Speaker The Virginia House of Delegates unanimously elected Delegate Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) on Wednesday as the 55th Speaker of the House. Cox was sworn in immediately following his election. Below are his remarks to the House as prepared for delivery. If the House would allow me a moment. Three hundred and ninety nine years ago, our...

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Jan12
ANOTHER PLANNED PARENTHOOD CLINIC CLOSED

A Planned Parenthood clinic in Iowa has been forced to close due to a lack of funding from the government.  The abortion clinic relied upon the $2.7 million annual funding, which has now been redirected to clinics that do not perform abortions.  VAIB opposes using tax funds for abortion, as the Bible clearly defines life beginning at conception. Read more here: http://dailysignal.com/2017/12/28/another-planned-parenthood-clinic-shuts-its-doors/

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Jan11
COLLEGE COURSES THAT PROMOTE THE RELIGION OF SEX

Universities across the nation are offering courses for college credits that abandon biology altogether.  Courses such as "Beyond the Binary: Transgender and Race", "Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music", and "Queering God: Feminist and Queer Theology" are among just a few of the courses being offered.  Read the article below to find out how universities are "promoting a dogmatic secularism with a kind of religious fervor intent on urging students to abandon reality and live in their own...

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Jan10
NEWLY RELEASED HOMOSEXUAL FRIENDLY BIBLE APP

A homosexual activist has released a Bible app that refers to God in "neutral" terms and caters to homosexual and transgender users.  The app is described as a  "progressive bible app for Christians who are LGBT affirming, pro women, and center people of color".  VAIB is saddened by efforts to change the Bible to affirm non-biblical positions.  Read more here: http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/71670/20171201/lesbian-launch-gay-friendly-bible-app-referring-god-gender-neutral.htm...

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Jan09
VIRGINIA HOUSE SPEAKER BILL HOWELL HOSPITALIZED

VAIB  is praying for a speedy recovery for Speaker Howell. We are thankful for his many years of faithful service to Virginia. http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/virginia-house-speaker-bill-howell-hospitalized-after-emergency-heart-surgery/article_464fd034-fb18-558a-bf9f-6ea244fb187c.html?utm_source=RTD%20Email

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Jan08
TIEBREAKER DRAWING GOES TO REPUBLICAN DAVID YANCEY

The House of Delegates now has its final delegate, Republican David Yancey. This gives 51 Republican delegates and 49 Democratic delegates. I expect there will be, and should be, more willingness for both sides to work together on issues. http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/yancey-wins-tiebreaker-for-key-virginia-seat-simonds-says-she/article_b22c3fba-35cf-53d0-97b0-3a18dc671e02.html?utm_source=RTD%20Email

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Jan05
VIRGINIA ABORTION CENTER BECOMES PRO-LIFE MEDICAL CLINIC

A former abortion center in Northern Virginia, “Amethyst Health Center,” has now opened as a pro-life medical clinic called "Mother of Mercy Free Medical Clinic."  The former abortion clinic that performed over 1,300 abortions per year is now a free, pro-life, medical clinic offering services to the women in the Northern Virginia community.  VAIB supports medical facilities such as this that support the unborn and offer health services to community members.  Read more here:...

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Jan04
CONSERVATIVE COLLEGE STUDENTS FACE INSULTS & THREATS

Conservative college students across the country are increasingly facing insults and threats because of their views.  “Free speech is being shut down on college campuses around the country,” Madison Faupel, the president of the Minnesota College Republicans, told the Star Tribune".  VAIB stands for the First Amendment rights of students across the country to share their political and faith-based views without fear of retribution.  Read more here: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/12/11/conservative-college-students-in-minnesota-face-insults-threats-for-political-views.html...

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Jan03
SUPREME COURT ARGUMENTS IN MASTERPIECE CAKE SHOP CASE

On December 5th, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the Masterpiece Cake Shop case, where owner Jack Phillips is being sued by a homosexual couple for refusing to create a cake for their same-sex wedding.  The following article outlines some of the oral arguments that took place inside of the court room.  VAIB stands for the First Amendment rights of business owners to deny service based upon their religious convictions.  Read more here: http://adflegal.org/detailspages/blog-details/allianceedge/2017/12/08/masterpiece-cakeshop-oral-arguments-a-view-from-inside-the-supreme-court...

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Jan02
GENDER IDENTITY VS BIOLOGICAL GENDER

The following is an excellent article written by a pediatrician who clearly outlines the reasons why gender identity is not biological.  VAIB stands with the Biblical definition of two genders based upon biological sex as assigned by God, our Creator. Read more here: http://dailysignal.com/2017/12/11/cretella-transcript/

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Jan01
AIR FORCE COLONEL SUSPENDED FROM DUTY FOR REFUSAL TO SIGN SAME-SEX CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION

A decision by Colonel Bohannon, a 20 year veteran of the Air Force, has grounded him with a suspension.  When faced with a "certificate of appreciation" to endorse a same-sex union, the Colonel refused to sign the certificate, even though he requested a religious accommodation not to do so.  The Family Research Council has presented the Air Force with a petition signed by over 77,000 people (along with the support of eight U.S. Senators)  in an attempt to reverse the suspension. ...

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Dec22
PRO-LIFE TEEN PUNCHED OUTSIDE OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD FACILITY

A fifteen year old "Students for Life" teen who was peacefully demonstrating across from a Planned Parenthood facility was attacked by a young woman who grabbed a sign out of her hand and punched her in the stomach.  VAIB stands for the rights of people to express their religious beliefs in a peaceful and orderly way.  Read more here: https://www.toddstarnes.com/faith/watch-pro-life-teen-punched-outside-planned-parenthood-clinic/

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Dec21
CENSORSHIP OF CHRISTIANS ONLINE

The National Religious Broadcasters are launching an effort to combat censorship of Christians by search engines and social media sites.  The purpose is to "expose the censorship of Christians on the Internet by social media search engine giant Google, as well as the popular social media channels Facebook and Twitter."  VAIB fully supports the First Amendment rights to free speech, especially in the area of sharing faith-based beliefs. Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/media/2017/12/10/censoring-christians-google-and-facebook-and-twitter-oh-my...

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Dec20
MAINE SCHOOL BOARD REVERSES DECISION REGARDING “I WILL PRAY FOR YOU” COMMENT BY TEACHER

A school board in Maine has reconsidered its decision that threatened the rights of a teacher who told someone "I will pray for you".  Earlier this year, the teacher was reprimanded and warned that her statements were not allowed on school property.  However,after filing an EEOC complaint, the teacher has now been given an “updated memorandum acknowledging [her] protected First Amendment right to privately discuss religion among her coworkers.”  VAIB supports the...

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Dec19
PRO-LIFE STUDENTS SUE AN OHIO UNIVERSITY OVER DISPLAY OF CROSS

Pro-life students at the University of Miami in Ohio are suing the institution over the right to display a cross on campus.  The pro-life group erects the cross every year to encourage Christians to continue to stand for the rights of the unborn, but this year, the University prohibited the display of the cross on campus.  VAIB stands for the First Amendment rights of students to display religious symbols in such cases on public university campuses.  Read more here: http://dailysignal.com/2017/12/01/pro-life-students-sue-miami-university-because-it-wont-let-them-erect-a-cross/...

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Dec18
PARENTS RESPOND TO PRO-LGBTQ DISPLAY AT PUBLIC LIBRARY

Parents in Temple, Texas held a meeting with library officials over a display that promotes LGBTQ issues, stating that the display was a political issue that is not relevant to their town.  They pushed the officials to also have a display that would provide information for those who wanted to give up the LGBTQ lifestyle.  VAIB continues to stand with the Biblical classification of homosexuality as a sin.  Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/culture/2017/11/27/parents-respond-to-gay-pride-push-in-local-library...

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Dec15
FREE SPEECH FAIRNESS ACT - SINK OR SWIM?

The Senate will be considering the Free Speech Fairness Act upon its return from recess after the holiday.  The Free Speech Fairness Act was introduced in February 2017 and states that a religious organization may speak more freely regarding political campaigns without fear of losing its tax-exempt status.  VAIB is in full support of this bill, as it supports the true intentions of the First Amendment right to free speech and practice of religion.  Read more here: https://onenewsnow.com/legal-courts/2017/11/23/will-free-speech-fairness-act-sink-or-swim...

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Dec14
E.W. JACKSON PLANS A RUN FOR SENATE AGAINST TIM KAINE

E.W. Jackson, a conservative Republican and minister, is planning to run for Senate against Tim Kaine (D) next year.  He joins Republican Corey Stewart, a Prince William County official who ran for Governor earlier this year.  Stay tuned to VAIB for the latest in the 2018 election coverage. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/ew-jackson-conservative-firebrand-preparing-us-senate-bid-in-virginia/2017/12/05/ddccfdc6-d9e1-11e7-b859-fb0995360725_story.html?utm_term=.af2d2cc51448...

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Dec13
BARBIE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT PROMOTES HOMOSEXUALITY

Barbie's Instagram account recently featured a picture of two female dolls holding hands wearing "Love Wins" T-shirts, in an effort to promote homosexuality.  The posting received mixed reviews, from praise to criticism, and is being used to raise money for a homosexuality advocacy group.  VAIB continues to stand with the Biblical definition of homosexuality as a sin.  Read more here: http://christiannews.net/2017/12/02/barbie-instagram-account-shows-doll-wearing-homosexual-advocacy-love-wins-t-shirt/...

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Dec12
TEXAS JUDGE SUPPORTS DISMEMBERMENT ABORTIONS OVER STATE LAW

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed S.B. 8 into law this past September, to  prohibit dismemberment abortions, except for in the case of medical emergency.  However, Planned Parenthood immediately and successfully blocked the enforcement of the law by bringing a lawsuit against the state.  A federal judge has now ruled that “The State’s valid interest in promoting respect for the life of the unborn, although legitimate, is not sufficient to justify such a substantial...

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Dec11
POSSIBLE CHANGES TO TRANSGENDER POLICY IN MAINE IS PROBLEMATIC

Schools in Portland, ME are considering a new transgender policy which will require that teachers respect the wishes of transgender students even in cases where the student's wishes go against those of their parent's.   The "Transgender and Gender Expansive Student Policy" states that the school district will “abide by the wishes of the student with regard to their gender identity and gender expression while at school."  VAIB opposes policies in cases such as...

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Dec08
AMELIA COUNTY STUDENTS TOLD NOT TO PRAY IN SCHOOL

Students of a high school in Amelia County were recently threatened with suspension for praying in between classes while on school property.  After parents and students met with school administrators, the principal that issued the threat apologized to the students.  As one of the parents stated, "“They accepted the fact that we pray and we’re allowed to do that in school now, and it just means the world to every Christian in Amelia County."  VAIB stands with the rights of...

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Dec07
OHIO PASSES LAW PREVENTING ABORTION OF DOWN SYNDROME BABIES

The Ohio legislature has passed a law known as the Down-Syndrome Discrimination Act, which prohibits abortion of babies based upon a diagnosis of Down-Syndrome.  VAIB continues to stand for the rights of the unborn, as the Bible clearly defines that life begins at conception.  Read more here: http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/politics/2017/november/ohio-senate-says-no-to-abortion-based-on-down-syndrome-diagnosis  

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Dec06
GOVERNMENT DISCRIMINATION AGAINST CHURCHES?

This article addresses the topic of government discrimination against churches, often over land-use disputes.  As the article points out, many times these types of disputes are really just a cover-up for discriminatory actions towards churches.  VAIB stands with the rights of churches to be treated fairly by local, state, and federal government agencies.  Read more here: https://www.adflegal.org/detailspages/blog-details/allianceedge/2017/11/14/is-this-land-for-churches  

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Dec05
HOMOSEXUAL COUPLE SUPPORTS RIGHT OF BAKER TO REFUSE SERVICE

A homosexual couple is offering their support to Jack Phillips, whose refusal to provide service for homosexual weddings has resulted in a Supreme Court case.  When asked to explain their support for Jack, the couple replied "because we don’t think any artist should be forced to create for something that violates their beliefs.”  VAIB supports the rights of Christian business owners to refuse service if that service goes against the owner's religious beliefs.  Read more...

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Dec04
VOLUNTARY LUNCH TIME BIBLE CLASS TERMINATED

Secularists are once again intimidating school officials, this time over a voluntary lunch time Bible study in a Michigan elementary school.  The Bible study has been  terminated on the grounds that the study was being led by a fifth grade teacher.  According to the article, "Every public-school teacher, principal and superintendent should know that they are prohibited from engaging in any activity with students that involves religious beliefs, rituals or doctrines." VAIB stands...

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Dec01
GRANDFATHER BANNED FROM READING BIBLE IN PUBLIC

A grandfather has been banned from reading his Bible while sitting on a public sidewalk in Tennessee, as the law forbids it without permission from the government.  The grandfather, however, is challenging the ordinance as it clearly is unconstitutional.  VAIB supports the rights of citizens in cases such as this to publicly express their religious beliefs.  Read more here: http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2017/november/attorneys-grandfather-banned-from-reading-bible-on-public-sidewalk-in-tennessee-town...

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Nov30
MISSISSIPPI FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE LAW CHALLENGED

In 2016, a law was passed in Mississippi protecting citizens from government discrimination based upon their beliefs.  It hasn't taken long for the law to be challenged all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, despite the fact that the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of keeping the law.  VAIB supports the rights of business owners and citizens in such cases to make decisions based upon their religious beliefs without fear of government persecution.  Read more here: https://www.adflegal.org/detailspages/blog-details/allianceedge/2017/11/15/if-the-goal-is-to-live-and-let-live-scotus-should-uphold-this-mississippi-law...

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Nov29
NEW APP ALLOWS TEENS TO ORDER BIRTH CONTROL WITHOUT PRESCRIPTION OR PARENTAL PERMISSION

NURX is a new app on the market targeting sexually active teens who are seeking birth control without parental consent.  The app allows the teens to order birth control without a prescription from a doctor or parental permission.  Coined the "Uber" of birth control, the teen can have birth control medication mailed directly to them.  VAIB is opposed to apps such as this that promote the promiscuity of children, especially without parental consent.  Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/science-tech/2017/11/15/parents-alerted-to-birth-control-app...

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Nov28
DOCTOR CHALLENGES U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH’S STATEMENT THAT “LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION”

On October 31st, VAIB posted an article reporting that the U.S. Department of Health had officially declared that life begins at conception in its written documentation.  However, Dr. Richard Poulson is strongly opposing the declaration, stating that it is based upon religious belief and not science, thereby endorsing religious views which violates the separation of church and state.  VAIB supports the Biblical definition that life begins at conception, as is clearly supported by science. ...

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Nov27
TRANSGENDER CHILDREN - FEELINGS VS FACTS?

Read this eye-opening article written about several doctors who are criticizing the standard "treatment" of transgender children.  Three doctors specializing in pediatrics, biology, and psychiatry, are criticizing what they say is the reliance on feelings over facts when it comes to the study and treatment of transgender children.  VAIB stands for the Biblical definition of a person's gender as male or female, assigned by God, our Creator. http://dailysignal.com/2017/11/02/what-these-3-doctors-think-should-be-done-for-children-who-think-they-are-transgender/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MorningBell%22&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTW1ZeVlqaGtOV05sWVdSayIsInQiOiJSSmh0WHVaSmRDWk8yRTlOeVNBc3RIdndaK1orYThTWmNreW5YR1ZkdWkreWpQWU9KNDVsXC9MemFBc3JOV2VhekZVUnFuKzhaM0l1NXFVaytYK0FYNGE1MTlLWFwvRjZqOVBwSjNTaWlMY0xDRmVrc0xTUTkza2FLZkFaQzNcL3dWcCJ9...

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Nov24
FORMER ABORTION DOCTOR TESTIFIES IN SUPPORT OF HEARTBEAT BILL

A former abortion doctor provided testimony on Capitol Hill in support of the "Heartbeat Bill", a bill which would make it illegal to have an abortion once the baby's heartbeat is detected.  The former doctor, who refers to herself as a "mass murderer", provided compelling testimony with statements such as "I love to meet adults that I delivered, but it's always bittersweet because I am reminded of all the people I will never meet because I aborted them."  VAIB supports the...

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