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Jun18
U.S. SUPREME COURT SIDES WITH CHRISTIAN BAKER IN LANDMARK CASE

The U.S. Supreme court ruled in favor of Jack Phillips, the Christian baker who was being sued because he refused to make a cake for a homosexual couple's wedding.  VAIB is pleased to know that in this case, the First Amendment rights of Jack Phillips has been upheld.  Read the articles below for the details:   https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/06/04/in-cake-case-7-supreme-court-judges-uphold-free-exercise-of-religion/   https://www.adflegal.org/detailspages/blog-details/allianceedge/2018/06/04/victory-win-for-cake-artist-jack-phillips-at-the-supreme-court...

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Jun15
UPCOMING BOY SCOUTS JAMBOREE WILL FEATURE FREE CONDOMS

The upcoming Boy Scouts World Jamboree to be held in West Virginia will be offering free condoms to all attendees, according to the article below.  VAIB stands against any policy that encourages sexual promiscuity.  Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/culture/2018/05/23/a-new-world-for-scouts-indeed

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Jun14
HIGH SCHOOL GIRL SPEAKS UP FOR PRIVACY

Read this important article featuring Alexis Lightcap, a high-school student in PA who is speaking up for the privacy rights of all students.  VAIB continues to support policies that protect the rights to privacy for individuals, especially in areas such as school bathrooms and locker rooms.  Read more here: https://adflegal.org/detailspages/blog-details/allianceedge/2018/05/24/watch-why-this-high-school-girl-is-publicly-speaking-up-for-student-privacy

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Jun13
CONGRESSMAN THOMAS GARRETT WILL NOT RUN FOR SECOND TERM

Congressman Thomas Garrett has announced that he will not be running for a second term.  VAIB is praying for Garrett’s healing from this addiction. Read more here: http://www.richmond.com/news/local/government-politics/rep-tom-garrett-says-he-is-an-alcoholic-and-will/article_c2b2b2f6-a743-57c6-8c93-38ba0693c18a.html?utm_source=RTD%20Email&utm_medium=_Breaking%20News&utm_campaign=_Breaking%20News

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Jun12
FORMER HOMOSEXUALS SPEAK OUT AGAINST CALIFORNIA’S AB2943

California's AB2943 bill,designed to punish any effort to change someone's sexual orientation, has the attention of former homosexuals who are speaking out against the bill. Such individuals view the bill as a  "blatant violation of my first amendment rights". VAIB is keeping a close eye on bills such as this one in California, designed to completely strip away the First Amendment rights of individuals and churches who wish to help others with a Biblical solution to their homosexuality....

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Jun11
A PRINCIPLE OF CONVICTION, NOT PREFERENCE OR CONVENIENCE

If you were taught history regarding the founding of America’s colonies, you may recall that Rhode Island was founded by Roger Williams. As a Baptist, he instituted in the laws of the colony that …”all men may walk as their consciences persuade them, every one in the name of his God. And let the lambs of the Most High walk in this colony without molestation in the name of Jehovah their God forever.” This quote and other material is from This Day in Baptist History (1993),...

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Jun08
LOUISIANA PASSES PRO-LIFE LEGISLATION BANNING ABORTION AFTER 15 WEEKS

The Governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards (D), is expected to sign into legislation a pro-life bill banning abortion after 15 weeks.  VAIB is encouraged by legislation such as this which takes steps in protecting the unborn child.  Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/pro-life/2018/05/21/pro-lifers-applaud-lawmakers-dem-governor

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Jun07
CONSERVATIVE GOP CANDIDATES WIN BIG IN FOUR STATES

With the Virginia Primary elections ahead next week, it appears as if conservative GOP candidates have done well in other states.  Read the article below for further information: https://www.onenewsnow.com/politics-govt/2018/05/23/conservatives-win-big-in-tx-ga-ky-ar-primaries

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Jun06
LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

University of Michigan has instituted a policy designed to "suppress and punish speech other students deem ‘demeaning,’ ‘bothersome,’ or ‘hurtful’."  In opposition to the suppression of free speech, a lawsuit has been filed against the university in an attempt to reverse the policy.  VAIB continues to support those who fight for the right to free speech as guaranteed by the First Amendment.  Read more here: https://www.heritage.org/education/commentary/its-now-1984-the-university-michigan...

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Jun05
CHILD WELFARE PROVIDER INCLUSION ACT

Legislation has been reintroduced in an attempt to prevent discrimination against faith-based adoption providers who refuse to place children in same-sex couples' homes.  Under the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act "the federal government and states receiving certain federal child welfare funds would be prohibited from discriminating against a child welfare provider simply because the provider declines to provide a service that conflicts with their religious or moral convictions." ...

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Jun04
WHEN GOOD IS CALLED EVIL

As Christians, we should be aware that the world-system does not agree with biblical values. Therefore, it should not shock us when those who promote nondiscrimination protections for LGBT call us “wicked.” I have personally had the same accusations thrown at me when I speak on behalf of VAIB to oppose such bills in Virginia. And because of elections, Virginia is seeing more money backing organizations like Equality Virginia which are pushing for LGBT nondiscrimination legislation. That...

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Jun01
THE NEXT STEP IN CALIFORNIA’S AB 2943 BILL

This article by Alliance Defending Freedom addresses the stripping away of our freedoms as the next step in the process should the bill pass.  AB 2943 attempts to "outlaw anyone in the state from selling any goods or services to adults to help them address unwanted same-sex attractions or questions over gender identity."  VAIB is opposed to any bill that strips away the rights of any individual or organization as guaranteed by our Constitution. Read more here: https://adflegal.org/detailspages/blog-details/allianceedge/2018/05/07/california-s-next-step-in-the-sexual-revolution-silencing-certain-beliefs...

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May31
THE LATEST NEWS ON PARENTAL RIGHTS

Read this article highlighting the latest news regarding parental rights, including Alfie Evans, who was recently pulled from life support despite his parents' wishes to remain on life support. VAIB supports the rights of parents to direct the lives of their children in all areas, including health, education, and religion.  Read the article here: https://parentalrights.org/april18-news/

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May30
THE WAR ON WISDOM

Read this insightful article which addresses the general lack of wisdom among leaders and those in our society today.  VAIB recognizes God's Word as the only source of true wisdom, and supports leaders that align themselves with Biblical principles. Read the article here:  https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/05/08/the-war-on-wisdom/

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May29
NEARLY 200 CONGRESSMEN PETITION HHS IN ATTEMPT TO DISQUALIFY PLANNED PARENTHOOD FROM FUNDING

Nearly 200 U.S. Congressmen have petitioned the Department of Health and Human Services in an attempt to disqualify Planned Parenthood from funding.  The specific request is that "Title X programs may not promote, counsel, or refer clients for abortion or co-locate or combine family planning services with abortion activities".  VAIB supports the de-funding of any organization which promotes abortion.  Read more here: https://christiannews.net/2018/05/08/nearly-200-congressmen-ask-hhs-to-amend-title-x-regulations-to-disqualify-planned-parenthood-for-funding/...

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May28
WHEN GOOD IS CALLED EVIL

As Christians, we should be aware that the world-system does not agree with biblical values. Therefore, it should not shock us when those who promote nondiscrimination protections for LGBT call us “wicked.” I have personally had the same accusations thrown at me when I speak on behalf of VAIB to oppose such bills in Virginia. And because of elections, Virginia is seeing more money backing organizations like Equality Virginia which are pushing for LGBT nondiscrimination legislation. That...

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May25
TEACHER IN ALABAMA ASKED TO COVER UP “JUST PRAY” T-SHIRT

A teacher in Alabama was asked to cover up her "Just Pray" T-shirt by the principal of the school, stating that the shirt could potentially offend someone.  VAIB supports the religious freedom of teachers and other government employees to express their religious beliefs.  Read more here: https://christiannews.net/2018/05/08/alabama-governor-says-it-is-unacceptable-to-disallow-teacher-from-wearing-just-pray-shirt/

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May24
CONSERVATIVES FEAR OFFENDING “THE LEFT”

Read this perceptive article discussing the fear that conservatives have about speaking out against the "left".  VAIB continues to stand for the First Amendment rights of free speech for all Americans.  Read more here: https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/05/01/the-left-is-merciless-at-keeping-conservatives-in-the-closet/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CapitolBell&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiT1dKak1EaG1NekV6Tm1SayIsInQiOiJzdDlqWVVXeG9pWEY5ZmIySlM2YXdTcUxtcXhlYUVUSDRyN1REYXRreUxIOFJIQlhtMm1pUUlSaDhOV2NTRktma1ozajBzaWQ2a3Nub1Z6NFkxbGQxYzFFenFnZkZkTzc1eUxCXC9DbHpDcERTQngxZVlSTjBCRUF0Tm05eTlFeDkifQ%3D%3D...

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May23
PARENTS SUPPORT CHILDREN IN “SEX ED SIT OUT”

On April 23rd, parents across the country pulled their children out of school for the "SEX ED SIT OUT", described as "a grassroots awakening of frustrated parents who are sick of the sexualization of children in their taxpayer-funded schools."  VAIB supports the rights of parents to direct their children's education, including that of sex ed.  Read more here: https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/04/25/parents-stand-up-for-children-in-sex-ed-sit-out/

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May22
ARMY CHAPLAIN TARGETED FOR REFUSING TO CONDUCT MARRIAGE RETREAT FEATURING SAME-SEX COUPLE

A military investigation at Fort Bragg is disciplining a chaplain for his failure to include a lesbian couple in ta marriage retreat.  The chaplain is fighting back, citing that the Army has violated his First Amendment rights.  VAIB supports the First Amendment rights of Pastors and Chaplains in such cases to serve in their ministries according to their faith-based convictions.  Read more here:  https://www.toddstarnes.com/values/lawmakers-say-army-may-have-violated-law-by-targeting-baptist-chaplain/...

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May21
PREACHING FROM A CHESTERFIELD JAIL

(Material taken from This Day in Baptist History (1993), January 4 entry, pages 5-6. Article written by E. Wayne Thompson) The colonial era in Virginia saw many Baptists and other dissenters suffer persecution for their faith. William Webber and Joseph Anthony were church planters from Virginia. The magistrates in Chesterfield County issued warrants for their arrest and “[Webber] was seized in Chesterfield County, December 7, 1770, and imprisoned in the county jail until...

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May18
UPCOMING ELECTIONS CRUCIAL FOR PRO-LIFE ADVANCEMENT

The upcoming November elections will play a critical role in the advancement of pro-life policies, as outlined in the article below.  VAIB continues to fight for the rights of the unborn.  Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/pro-life/2018/05/01/guess-who-aims-to-control-abortion-debate-in-senate

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May17
ARIZONA PASSES LAW TO PROTECT FREE SPEECH ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES

A law has been passed in Arizona resulting in stronger policies to protect the right to free speech on college campuses.  The law also "prohibits a school from forcing faculty and students to take specific positions on controversial subjects."  VAIB supports efforts such as this to protect students and faculty members' First Amendment rights to free speech.  Read more here: https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/04/27/arizona-passes-law-to-protect-free-speech-on-campus/

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May16
PROPOSED BILL TO PROTECT ADOPTION AGENCIES

A bill has been introduced in the U.S. House (with a similar bill in the Senate) aimed at protecting the freedom of charitable based adoption agencies to operate according to their beliefs.  Such agencies have already been forced out of Massachusetts, Illinois, the District of Columbia, and San Francisco because of their beliefs.  VAIB fully supports bills such as this, which protect an organization's right to operate according to their convictions.  Read more here:  ...

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May15
HOMESCHOOLING UNDER ATTACK IN CALIFORNIA

Read the article below regarding California's proposed bill, AB2756, introduced as an effort to restrict homeschooling as a knee-jerk reaction to one incident in California.  VAIB continues to stand with the rights of parents to direct their children's education.  Read more here:   https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA18D48&f=WU18D15

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May14
SEXUAL RISK-AVOIDANCE EDUCATION

This article by Arina Grossu and Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council highlights the reasons of teaching children the value of not engaging in sexual activity until marriage. The continuing decline of traditional families is obvious and Family Life Education in our public schools seems to focus on anything but what a real family should be. Read more here. https://www.frc.org/SexualRiskAvoidance

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May11
CALIFORNIA BILL THREATENS FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS

A bill has been introduced in California seeking to put a stop to any efforts or practices that would address someone with gender confusion or anyone seeking to change their sexual identity.  However, the bill, known as AB2943, "would impose widespread censorship that could implicate authors, speakers, counselors, colleges and universities, and even religious leaders seeking to address unwanted same-sex attraction or gender identity confusion." VAIB is opposed to such bills, as they seek to strip...

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May10
THREE SENATE GOP CANDIDATES SPAR AT LIBERTY UNIVERSITY DEBATE

Del. Nick Freitas of Culpeper County; Corey Stewart, Prince William County Board chairman; and Chesapeake minister E.W. Jackson recently met at Liberty University to debate topics such as taxes, immigration and the ongoing Justice Department investigation of the 2016 election.  VAIB remains committed to keeping you up to date on the latest election news.  Click below for further information on the debate:    https://pilotonline.com/news/government/politics/virginia/article_48fdf485-9c00-5a68-b73b-da5bfb95703d.html...

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May09
SCHOOL BUS DRIVER IN MINNESOTA REMOVED FROM ROUTE AFTER PRAYING WITH STUDENTS

A school bus driver in Minnesota who has participated in student-led prayer on his bus has been removed from his route, after the school received complaints that he “was influencing minors to the point where he was forcing them to pray.”  VAIB supports the First Amendment rights of school employees to pray while on the job.  Read more here:   https://christiannews.net/2018/04/21/minnesota-school-bus-driver-removed-from-route-for-praying-with-students/

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May08
PASTORAL HOUSING ALLOWANCE FACING COURT CHALLENGE

Read this relevant article outlining Freedom From Religion's attempt to put a stop to a law that provides ministers of the gospel with tax-exempt housing.  VAIB supports tax exempt status for churches nationwide.  Read more here: https://adflegal.org/detailspages/blog-details/allianceedge/2018/04/12/how-your-church-pays-its-pastors-may-change-because-of-this-case

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May07
RESPONDING TO THE TRANSGENDER ISSUE

The transgender issue is spreading into so many areas. Holding to the truths of the Bible in this area does not negate our responsibility to treat all people as Christ would. This article by Owen Strachan was first published July 1, 2017 by Answers in Genesis and has valuable insights in this area. Read more here:   https://answersingenesis.org/family/gender/bringing-clarity-confused-world/?utm_source=articlesmedia&utm_medium=email&utm_content=2-banner-cta&utm_campaign=20180407&mc_cid=02db283a03&mc_eid=788bcda7ae ...

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May04
CANDIDATES SEEKING NOMINATION TO RUN AGAINST SEN. TIM KAINE

Republican state legislator Nick Freitas is battling two other candidates for the Republican nomination to run against Senator Tim Kaine for his seat in November.  Read the article below and stay tuned to VAIB for the latest election news. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/va-legislator-freitas-raises-nearly-350000-in-bid-to-take-on-tim-kaine/2018/04/19/dafec5ce-4373-11e8-bba2-0976a82b05a2_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.c6633c73f0c8

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May03
U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE SUPPORTS ABORTION FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

A U.S. District Court Judge has ruled that notices be posted in dorms where illegal immigrants are being housed stating that they have a right to abortion.  The Office of Refugee Resettlement is fighting the ruling, stating that "Federal law is very clear on giving the director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement the legal responsibility to decide what is in the best interests of a minor in the unaccompanied alien children program..."  VAIB is opposed to any ruling which promotes abortion. ...

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May02
IN IOWA, CHRISTIANS NEED NOT APPLY

A Christian conservative woman in Iowa has been denied nomination to the Iowa Board of Medicine because of a comment she made regarding an article on traditional marriage that she agreed with.  VAIB stands for the rights of free speech in cases such as this.  As the article states " No one should be required to choose between their career and their convictions."  Read more here: https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA18D24&f=WU18D08

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May01
PASTOR FROM NORTH CAROLINA FACES UP TO 35 YEARS IN TURKISH JAIL

A pastor serving in Turkey for over 23 years has been accused of spying, conspiracy and terrorism, and is facing a sentence of up to 35 years in jail.  Although 78 members of Congress have called for his release, who is innocent of all charges.  VAIB continues to pray for this pastor and the members of his family for his soon release.  Read more here: https://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA18D24&f=WU18D08

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Apr27
PENNSYLVANIA DENTIST THREATENS PARENTS

Read the article below about a dentist in Pennsylvania who has threatened to report parents for neglect if they do not schedule their next cleaning appointment with his practice.  VAIB supports the rights of parents as given by God to direct the lives of their children.  Read more here: https://parentalrights.org/dentist_threats/

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Apr26
AN INTERVIEW WITH A PRO-LIFE PREGNANCY CENTER OWNER

In 2015, California passed a state law (AB775) that forces pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise for the abortion industry.  On March 20, 2018, Alliance Defending Freedom argued for these pro-life centers' rights to conscience before the U.S. Supreme Court. The article below contains an interview of a pro-life pregnancy center owner.  VAIB stands for the rights of pro-life institutions across the U.S. to operate their organization according to their religious convictions.  Read...

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Apr25
PASTOR IN OHIO BANNED FROM TEACHING VOLUNTEER LUNCHTIME BIBLE STUDY

An Ohio pastor has been banned from offering a voluntary lunchtime Bible study for students at a local middle school after the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a letter of complaint.  VAIB supports the rights of students and Pastors in cases such as this to conduct volunteer Bible studies in a public school setting. Read more here: http://christiannews.net/2018/04/09/ohio-pastor-no-longer-allowed-to-offer-lunchtime-bible-study-at-school-following-complaint/

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Apr24
A REVIEW OF JUSTICE NEIL GORSUCH’S FIRST YEAR

Justice Neil Gorsuch was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court one year ago.  Read the following article summarizing his cases from the past year.  VAIB supports appointments of judges who properly interpret the law and uphold the Constitution.  Read more here: https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/04/11/neil-gorsuch-just-finished-year-1-on-the-supreme-court-heres-how-hes-making-his-mark/

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Apr23
CHURCH SAFETY AND SECURITY RESOURCE

As more incidents of violence occur, pastors probably feel concerned for the safety of their congregations. Over the years, VAIB has had conference speakers to help in this area. One such speaker was David Gibbs III of the National Center for Life and Liberty. Follow this link to access a free resource from NCLL with suggestions on what to do. (VAIB makes no endorsement of this or any organization. There are various good resources available from other organizations as well. We simply provide this...

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Apr20
U.S. COURT OF APPEALS HEARS CASE IN PENNSYLVANIA REGARDING COUNTY SEAL CONTAINING A CROSS

A county in Pennsylvania whose seal contains a cross is the subject of a case being heard in the U.S. Court of Appeals in an attempt to overturn a previous ruling that the seal was unconstitutional.  VAIB supports the  historical significance of religious symbols in government seals and property.  Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/legal-courts/2018/04/03/tradition-of-religious-symbolism-isnt-unconstitutional

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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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