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Jul28
IN HAWAII, PRO-LIFE CENTERS NOW MUST ADVOCATE ABORTION

A new law in Hawaii mandates that pro-life centers must now advocate abortion. The law “forces pregnancy centers in the state to promote and advertise a website where women can go for abortion coverage”. VAIB is saddened to hear of such laws, as they violate the right to free speech and religion. Read more here: https://www.adflegal.org/detailspages/blog-details/allianceedge/2017/07/12/hawaii-passes-law-that-forces-pro-life-pregnancy-centers-to-advocate-for-abortion

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Jul27
DEMOCRATS VS REPUBLICANS ON RELIGION

A recent poll by the Pew Research Center finds that the Democratic Party is more opposed to religion than the Republican Party. This article outlines the trends of political parties regarding opposition to religion and the potential dangers in having a “pro-religion” vs “anti-religion” party system. VAIB stands with candidates who best reflect Biblical values and support the First Amendment. Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/church/2017/07/14/poll-gop-vs-dems-is-really-religion-vs-anti-religion...

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Jul26
PRO-LIFE CLUB AT HIGH SCHOOL DENIED CHARTER DUE TO ITS “CONTROVERSIAL” STAND

A pro-life student club at a Pennsylvania high school has been denied its charter because the club is “too controversial”. However, other potentially “controversial” clubs such as the Gay Straight Alliance and Political Science Club received their charters with no problem. VAIB stands for the rights of students in situations such as this to hold club meetings that support and advance Biblical values in accordance with their freedom of religion as guaranteed by the First Amendment....

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Jul25
FAKE NEWS VS THE TRUTH

Be careful as you see political advertisements in the upcoming election season. Whether it is someone you support or oppose, seek out reputable news sources on the matter to ensure you are getting all the facts. Read how one PAC (political action committee) put out fake news for its candidate. http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/how-a-shadowy-nonprofit-spent-k-in-virginia-s-governor/article_555f00d2-a3ca-57b2-9bf2-3b50e4803598.html?utm_source=WhatCountsEmail&utm_medium=_RTD%20Morning%20News&utm_campaign=_RTD%20Morning%20News%20Weekend...

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Jul24
RESTORING THE BIBLICAL VALUES OF AMERICA’S FOUNDERS

VAIB desires for America to return back to the principles as taught in the Bible. This article discusses the importance of Americans remembering our Biblical foundation in government, as well as the importance of correctly interpreting the First Amendment as Freedom OF religion, not Freedom FROM religion. Read more here: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2017/07/19596/?utm_source=The+Witherspoon+Institute&utm_campaign=b2a3ad03da-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_15ce6af37b-b2a3ad03da-84167269...

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Jul21
UNIVERSITY DECIDES TO KEEP “RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS” ON CAMPUS (FOR NOW)

East Central University in Oklahoma has recently come under fire for passing a policy that all crosses, religious symbols, and Bibles be removed from a historic chapel on campus.  After complaints, they have decided to hold off on the removal of the religious symbols, citing that they will form a committee to study the issue further.  In cases such as this, VAIB stands for the religious liberty of public institutions to display religious symbols on campus. Read more here: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/07/01/university-screwed-up-wont-toss-out-bibles-or-crosses.html...

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Jul20
NYC TREATS 17 YEAR OLD HOMESCHOOLERS AS DROPOUTS?

New York City’s homeschooling department has notified parents of homeschoolers that “parents of 17-year-olds who fail to contact school officials will find that the students have been discharged from the city’s student tracking system.”  The HLDA (Homeschool Legal Defense Association) has written letters to the NYC department objecting to their attempt to discharge homeschool students.  VAIB stands with the rights of homeschool families in such cases to be treated...

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Jul19
“WE DON’T WORSHIP GOVERNMENT, WE WORSHIP GOD” SAYS TRUMP

During a recent speech at the Celebrate Freedom concert in Washington D.C., President Trump emphasized the role of God as being critical to our nation’s success.  “And above all else we know this: In America, we don’t worship government, we worship God,” stated Trump.  VAIB is thankful for a President and all governmental leaders who recognize God as our Creator and our belief in God as the basis of this great nation.  Read more here: http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/politics/2017/july/lsquo-in-america-we-don-rsquo-t-worship-government-we-worship-god-rsquo-says-trump-at-veterans-event...

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Jul18
HIGH SCHOOL AWARDS STUDENT FOR BEING A TRANSGENDER

A transgender high school student in Chicago has been awarded the John F. Kennedy medal of honor because of his push for coed bathrooms.  VAIB is disappointed to hear that a student is being rewarded for advocating policies that allow students of the opposite sex in public school restrooms. Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/education/2017/07/05/high-school-awards-student-for-being-transgender

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Jul17
SHOULD HOMOSEXUAL RIGHTS TRUMP RELIGIOUS FREEDOM?

A recent poll reveals that many Americans are confused about whether homosexual rights should take precedence over religious freedom.  VAIB stands for the religious freedom of all individuals as set forth in the Constitution. Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/culture/2017/07/05/sex-vs-religion

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Jul14
JOHN ADAMS WILL CHALLENGE ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK HERRING IN NOVEMBER

Read the latest information regarding John Adams, a Republican candidate running against Mark Herring (D) in the upcoming race for Attorney General in November.  Stay tuned to VAIB for the latest information on the November elections. Read more here: http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/john-adams-the-political-opposite-of-attorney-general-mark-herring/article_90014365-a07a-540d-8b87-6fd9df5b896c.html

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Jul13
BERNIE SANDERS, THE LEFT, CHRISTIANITY AND THE CONSTITUTION

This editorial provides a look at how viciously the liberal left attack Christians and those who stand for Christian values. Is overt persecution coming? Read more here.   http://www.richmond.com/opinion/their-opinion/guest-columnists/john-kass-column-bernie-sanders-the-left-christianity-and-the/article_4e1fcc44-aa26-55d1-8722-4ca980b12635.html

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Jul12
CHRISTIAN BAKERS IN MISSISSIPPI WIN APPEAL PROTECTING FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE ACT

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in Mississippi has ruled that Christian bakers have the right to deny service based upon their faith, thus upholding The Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act as passed by the Mississippi legislature in 2016. The Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act in Mississippi declares that the state cannot take discriminatory actions against faith-based businesses who may deny service based upon their sincerely held religious beliefs. ...

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Jul11
THE RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES

Read this insightful article by Chuck Grassley, a Republican senator from Iowa, who shares his views on how colleges should be taking a stand for free speech on campuses across America.  VAIB supports the First Amendment rights of college students and staff to share their opinions and beliefs with others without repercussion. Read more here: http://dailysignal.com/2017/06/21/free-speech-dying-college-campus-can-revive/

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Jul10
NEW LAWS IN EFFECT AS OF JULY 1st

The Virginia General Assembly has passed several new laws that are in affect as of July 1st, covering a wide range of topics.  Read more here: http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/salary-boost-for-va-workers-fines-for-left-lane-dawdlers/article_425e9766-38cb-508d-b467-018559a86253.html?utm_source=RTD%20Email

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Jul07
APOSTASY CANNOT UNSEAT THE TRUTH

An increasing number of churches are embracing homosexuality by reclassifying it as acceptable.  This article by Dr. Michael Brown points out that the trend of churches to embrace the sin of homosexuality does not validate their position as being the truth. As the article states, “to argue that greater acceptance of homosexuality by churches is proof of spiritual growth is like arguing that greater acceptance of obesity by doctors is a proof of medical progress. The reverse is actually...

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Jul06
BIDEN IN 2020?

According to a recent poll, former Vice President Biden is the top pick of Democrats to run in the presidential race in 2020.  Among Democrats polled, Biden captured 74% of respondents who favored him as a viable candidate.    Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts ranked second, capturing 51%.  Stay tuned to VAIB for continuing election coverage. Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/politics-govt/2017/06/21/biden-2020-poll-shows-ex-vp-is-dems-top-pick

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Jul05
DEMOCRATS UNIFIED FOR VIRGINIA GOVERNOR’S RACE

Democrats are rallying party members to become a unified force in defeating Ed Gillespie, the Republican candidate for Governor in November.  At the Jackson-Jefferson dinner held a few weeks ago, Attorney General Eric Holder, the keynote speaker, stated “Virginia finds itself at the epicenter of the political universe in 2017.”  The next Governor will have sway in the redistricting of legislative maps in 2021.  Stay tuned to VAIB for continuing election coverage. Read more...

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Jul04
AMERICA THE CRUCIBLE

“Make no mistake about it -- Christians, you are in a crucible. Who you really are will be revealed in this time.”  (Meeke Addison from the Urban Family Network).  Read this article outlining the importance of Christians under persecution to stand firmly for the principles outlined in God’s Word.  VAIB supports the religious freedoms of all citizens as protected by the First Amendment, and continues to adhere to our mission of helping churches and individuals to not...

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Jul03
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY NOW ALLOWS BOYS IN GIRLS FACILITIES

The Prince William County school board has passed a policy that now allows boys to share locker rooms, bathrooms, and overnight lodging rooms with girls.  VAIB is disappointed by the actions of the Prince William County school board in changing its policy regarding transgender students. This has huge potential to allow students of the opposite sex in school locker rooms and restrooms. If you live in Prince William County, I suggest you contact the school board with your strong opposition to this...

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Jun30
U.S. ARMY’S TRANSGENDER POLICY INCLUDES HOW TO HANDLE MALE PREGNANCIES

The U.S. Army has begun mandatory transgender sensitivity training, including how to handle “males” who become pregnant.  “Transgender Soldiers with a medical condition, including pregnancy, will be treated the same as any other Soldier with that condition,” the module states.  VAIB believes all military and government policies in these areas should be based on traditional male and female genders. Read more here: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/06/16/armys-transgender-policy-includes-guidelines-on-male-pregnancies.html...

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Jun29
TEACHER IN MAINE BANNED FROM SAYING “I WILL PRAY FOR YOU” DURING PRIVATE CONVERSATION

The First Liberty Institute has filed a religious discrimination claim against a school district in Maine after a teacher was banned from making faith-based statements to others in private.  After telling a co-worker that she would pray for him, the school district ordered the teacher to never again make any faith-based statements on school grounds, even if in private.  VAIB stands for the religious freedoms of employees in such cases to make faith-based statements to others while at their...

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Jun28
OHIO LEGISTLATURE TAKES ANOTHER LOOK AT “HEARTBEAT BILL”

The Ohio legislature is once again considering a bill that would prohibit abortion if the baby’s heartbeat is detected.  This will be the fourth time that the bill has been considered.  VAIB stands for the rights of the unborn and supports bills such as this, as it is clear from scripture that life begins at conception. Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/pro-life/2017/06/15/things-change-so-taking-another-look-at-heartbeat-bill

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Jun27
COREY STEWART CONSIDERING RUN AGAINST SENATOR TIM KAINE IN 2018

After coming so close to winning the Republican primary for Governor in Virginia, Corey Stewart is considering running against Senator Tim Kaine in 2018.  Stewart said he would take “a few weeks, a couple months maybe” to decide whether to challenge to Kaine.  Stay tuned to VAIB for the latest in election news. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/republican-corey-stewart-is-eyeing-senate-run-against-tim-kaine-in-2018/2017/06/14/dc361992-5143-11e7-91eb-9611861a988f_story.html?utm_term=.1cd868edcd79...

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Jun26
FEMINIST PROFESSOR STANDS AGAINST SPECIAL RIGHTS FOR TRANSGENDERS – HERE’S WHY

A feminist professor at The University of Arts in Philadelphia, PA is standing against the majority of the Democratic Party in her opposition of special rights for transgenders.  “In a democracy, everyone, no matter how nonconformist or eccentric, should be free from harassment and abuse. But at the same time, no one deserves special rights, protections, or privileges on the basis of their eccentricity”, she stated.  VAIB supports policies that reinforce a person’s biological...

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Jun23
CONCERNED CLERGY FOR CHOICE” LIBERAL GROUP IN FAVOR OF ABORTION

“Concerned Clergy for Choice”, a liberal group in New York, has surfaced in support for access to abortion and contraception. The group states that “people of all faiths believe in safe and legal abortion, access to contraception and sex education, and we know Planned Parenthood is an essential healthcare provider.” VAIB is opposed to any group that supports abortion, as it is clear from Scripture that life begins at conception. Read more here: http://christiannews.net/2017/05/25/new-york-concerned-clergy-for-choice-group-gathers-in-state-capitol-in-support-of-abortion-contraception/...

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Jun22
STUDENT GROUP CITED FOR HANDING OUT COPIES OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION ON CAMPUS

Bunker Hill Community College in Boston has cited the “Young Americans for Liberty” student group in violation of the student code of conduct for passing out copies of the U.S. Constitution. Alliance for Defending Freedom is intervening on behalf of the student group’s First Amendment rights, stating that “while they deny the First Amendment rights of all students, they also give administrators unchecked power to particularly silence the ideas and groups that they do not...

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Jun21
LEFT-WING RELIGIOUS GROUP URGES SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION LEADERS TO PROCLAIM THAT HOMOSEXUALITY

“Faith In America”, a left-wing religious group, is urging the leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention to drop the categorization of homosexuality as a sin. The premise behind the request is to “end religious teachings that ‘justify marginalizing and discriminating against others,’ an obvious reference to homosexuals.” The Southern Baptist Convention leaders have so far refused to give into the request. VAIB stands with the Bible in its definition of homosexuality...

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Jun20
SUPREME COURT DENIES HEARING THE CASE OF COURT-MARTIALED CHRISTIAN MARINE

The U.S. Supreme court has denied to hear the case of a Marine who was court marshaled because she posted Bible verses in her work cubicle, refusing to remove them when directly ordered to do so by her superior. VAIB supports the religious rights of all military personnel in cases such as this to display Bible verses within their own workspace. Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/legal-courts/2017/06/07/marines-religious-freedom-battle-comes-to-an-end

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Jun19
THOUSANDS OF NON-CITIZENS ON VOTER ROLLS IN VA

A recent report by Public Interest Legal Foundation, a conservative legal group, found that 5,556 voters were removed from the rolls because they are noncitizens. One third of those that were removed had already voted illegally in a past election. VAIB supports the right of every citizen to vote. Read more here: http://dailysignal.com/2017/05/30/report-finds-thousands-of-noncitizens-on-voter-rolls-in-virginia/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MorningBell&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTm1VeE1EYzBNamRqTURVeiIsInQiOiJ4Z2x5ZXZNMXJlWmJhTHBQME9aaVhpbDIwVHRGTVNhd2pFVFwvbTZRZ1VQbk1TcUJZdmE5YUdvZEg4NEVBMWVkSjRySFJRUUlMKzZsWmthT25NcjZUNERFbXBcL0lXSUh3SFJ5Z1FyZUpsbFpDd2Fna2hiYXB0TGJpMTFpck5QMVFUIn0%3D...

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Jun16
PARENTAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT TO BE REINTRODUCED IN BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS

Read this update by ParentalRights.org, which discusses the progress being made to protect parental rights across America, including the reintroduction of the Parental Rights Amendment to both houses of Congress.  VAIB stands for the rights of parents as granted by God to protect and decide what is best for their own children. Read more here: http://www.parentalrights.org/exciting_days

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Jun15
GRADUATION SPEECH BANNED AT SCHOOL BECAUSE IT IS “TOO RELIGIOUS”

A 13 year-old boy was told that he could not deliver his graduation speech on school property because his speech was “too religious”.  To combat the ban, the boy invited the entire audience across the street from the school to deliver his speech.  VAIB stands for the rights of students in cases such as this to free speech at graduation ceremonies. Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/perspectives/todd-starnes/2017/05/26/boys-graduation-speech-pulled-over-christian-content?utm_source=OneNewsNow&utm_medium=email&utm_term=16787319&utm_content=25830388773196800&utm_campaign=29694...

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Jun14
STUDENTS FOR LIFE AT COLORADO UNIVERSITY DENIED FUNDING FOR BRINGING PRO-LIFE SPEAKER TO CAMPUS

A pro-life group at Colorado State University has been denied funding for bringing a pro-life speaker to campus, even though mandatory student fees have been paid.  College officials denied the funding because “The speaker might be ‘unbiased’ or might not make everyone ‘feel affirmed’.  However, the decision has been reversed thanks to a lawsuit filed on behalf of Alliance Defending Freedom, which stated that “the university cannot decide which viewpoints...

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Jun13
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE IN TX BEING SUED FOR ALLOWING PRAYER IN HIS COURTROOM

Judge Wayne Mack, a justice of the peace in Texas, is being sued for allowing chaplains to pray in his courtroom.  The First Liberty Institute is representing Mack, who is asking the federal court to dismiss the lawsuit, especially since Texas courts as well as the state legislation opens its sessions with prayer.  VAIB supports the allowance of prayer in courtrooms across the U.S., as a fundamental right given to its citizens. Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/legal-courts/2017/05/31/first-liberty-defending-tx-judge-in-prayer-lawsuit...

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Jun12
CHRISTIAN FARMER BANNED FROM SELLING PRODUCE AT LOCAL FARMER’S MARKET

A farmer in Michigan is suing the city of East Lansing, MI for religious discrimination after being put on notice that he can no longer sell his produce in the local farmer’s market.  After posting views regarding traditional marriage on his farm’s Facebook page, the city voted to ban him from participating because of an anti-discrimination law that includes sexual orientation.  VAIB stands for the religious freedom of business owners in such cases to express their viewpoints...

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Jun09
HORRIFIC VIDEO FROM ABORTION CONFERENCE MOCKS THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE

Newly released video from the National Abortion Federation conventions held in 2014-2015 have pro-life supporters in an uproar due to the complete disregard of the sanctity of human life as discussed by Planned Parenthood officials in the video.  Statements such as “an eyeball just fell into my lap, and that is gross”, followed by crowd laughter has once again put the spotlight on the role of Planned Parenthood in performing abortions.  Even more disturbing, the state of California...

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Jun08
HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION ATTEMPTS TO SHUT DOWN BIBLE STUDY BEING HELD IN NEIGHBORHOOD CLUBHOUSE

An atheist in Bakersfield, CA has convinced his homeowners association to shut down a Bible study being held in the neighborhood clubhouse.  Prior to the complaint, the men’s weekly Bible study had been held for almost ten years.  The Bible study group, comprised of many seniors who can no longer drive,  is now suing the homeowners association for religious discrimination.  VAIB supports the rights of citizens in such cases to hold Bible studies and other religious types...

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Jun07
CITY WILL NOT REMOVE CROSS FROM PUBLIC PARK AFTER PRESSURE FROM ATHIESTS

Officials in Neosho, MO have refused to remove a cross from a public park that has been in place since 1930.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the city council requesting removal of the cross, stating that “the figure violates the U.S. Constitution because its public location sends the message that the government endorses Christianity”.   The council voted against the removal of the cross, citing that the letter from the FFRF did not provide a legal...

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Jun06
VA DEMOCRATS WHO NEVER HELD OFFICE IN THE RUNNING FOR LT. GOVERNOR

Three democrats who have never held public office are in the running for Virginia’s next LT. Governor.  The primary to be held on June 13, will feature the names of Justin Fairfax, Susan Platt, and Gene Rossi, all with varied backgrounds and political experience.  The winner of the June 13 primary will face one of three state lawmakers seeking the GOP nomination: Del. Glenn R. Davis Jr. (Virginia Beach), Senator Bryce E. Reeves (Spotsylvania) and Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel (Fauquier). ...

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Jun05
TX GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL TO PROTECT SERMONS

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed Senate Bill 24 into law, thereby protecting pastor’s sermons from being subpoenaed by the state.  The law is in response to Houston’s homosexual mayor who years ago required that pastors hand over their sermons to the state for inspection because of their biblical stand against homosexuality.  The Governor stated that pastors will now “be shielded by any effort by any other government official in any other part of the state of Texas...

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Jun02
- FRESNO CA APPROVES “IN GOD WE TRUST” DISPLAY IN ITS CITY HALL

The Fresno city council has unanimously passed a resolution to add "In God We Trust", the national motto, to its walls in city hall.  VAIB supports the display of the national motto. Read more here: http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2017/may/fresno-says-yes-to-god-displaying-national-motto-in-city-hall

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Jun01
CHRISTIAN TEACHER’S POSITION REINSTATED AFTER NJ COURT RULES IN HIS FAVOR

A Christian teacher in New Jersey will be returning to his position after a New Jersey court ruled that he was wrongly discriminated against after giving a student a Bible upon the student's own request.  VAIB supports the religious liberty of teachers in cases such as this to freely share their beliefs without fear of persecution. Read more here: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/05/12/victory-teacher-fired-for-giving-student-bible-gets-job-back.html

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May31
VICE PRESIDENT PENCE - “AMERICA WILL STAND BY FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST”

Vice President Pence recently appeared at the World Summit In Defense of Persecuted Christians in Washington D.C.  The summit is designed to bring attention to the persecution of Christians world-wide, including Christian business owners in the United States who are being sued due to their Biblical convictions.  Pence stated "He's made it clear that America will stand by followers of Christ in this hour of need."  VAIB fully supports summits such as this which seek to preserve the...

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May30
PARENTS CONCERNED ABOUT ISLAMIC INDOCTRINATION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Parents across the United States are becoming increasingly concerned about "multicultarism" - politically correct curriculum that incorporates a "cleaned-up version of Islam that avoids telling the truth about its violent doctrine and track record."  At the heart of most of the issues are text-books that paint Islam as a religion of "peace", while leaving out Islam's violent history.  Those who speak out against such texts are then labeled as "bigots".  VAIB upholds the Christian...

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May29
CHRISTIAN BUSINESS IN KY WINS APPEAL AFTER LAWSUIT BY HOMOSEXUAL GROUP

Hands On Originals, a Christian owned T-shirt printing business, has won an appeal supporting their right to decline business to a homosexual group based upon their Biblical convictions.  The Gay and Lesbian Services Organization approached the company in 2012 with a request to print "gay pride" T-shirts for their upcoming event, and filed a law suit against Hand On Originals when they were refused service.  VAIB supports the rights of Christian business owners in cases like this to...

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May26
150 HOMOSEXUAL CLERGY MEMBERS DEMAND ORDINATION FROM UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

The United Methodist Queer Clergy Caucus (UMQCC) is demanding that the United Methodist Church leaders recognize LGBT ordination, even though the Bible clearly condemns homosexuality.  The UMQCC states that the issue is a “civil rights matter in the name of tolerance and inclusion”.  VAIB opposes the ordination of anyone who lives in open sin, such as homosexuality. Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/church/2017/04/24/150-queer-umc-clergy-demand-lgbt-ordination

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May25
SIX COURT CASES THAT COULD CHANGE AMERICA

Read this insightful article by The First Liberty Institute highlighting six different court cases that affect religious liberty.  VAIB urges you to pray for these cases, as they are “especially significant due to their potential for setting precedent which will affect the religious liberties of American citizens for years to come.”  Read more here: http://firstliberty.org/newsroom/six-first-liberty-cases-that-will-change-america/

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May24
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE DENIES PERMIT TO CHRISTIAN GEOLOGIST

The National Park Service has denied a research permit to a geologist because of his Christian beliefs.  Although the geologist holds a Ph. D. in geology and has excellent credentials, he was denied the research permit due to his belief about the Earth’s beginnings.    VAIB supports the rights of professionals in cases such as this who clearly hold the proper credentials professionally but are being discriminated against due to their Christian beliefs. https://www.adflegal.org/detailspages/press-release-details/national-park-service-research-in-grand-canyon-okay-for-geologists-but-not-christian-ones...

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May23
OKLAHOMA HOUSE PASSES RESOLUTION TO STOP THE MURDER OF UNBORN CHILDREN

House Resolution has been approved by the Oklahoma House of Representatives  “directing every public official in Oklahoma to exercise their authority to stop [the] murder of unborn children by abortion.”  Although a resolution holds no force of law and only serves as a “statement”, VAIB is encouraged to hear of resolutions such as this which recognizes the sanctity of life in the womb. http://christiannews.net/2017/05/09/oklahoma-house-passes-resolution-to-stop-murder-of-unborn-children/...

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May22
CHRISTIANS IN INDIANA FIGHT EXISTING “HUMAN RIGHTS” LAWS OVER RIGHTS OF CONSCIENCE CLAUSE IN STATE C

Article 1, Section 3 of the Indiana State Constitution states "No law shall, in any case whatever, control the free exercise and enjoyment of religious opinions, or interfere with the rights of conscience."  The Indiana Family Institute and the American Family Association of Indiana are suing several cities and municipalities, in opposition to  existing "human rights" laws that punish people for not believing the way the LGBT movement says they should believe.  VAIB works in Virginia...

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May19
COLORADO CONSIDERS BILL TO LOWER AGE OF CONSENT TO TEN FOR CHILDREN WHO NEED PSYCHIATRIC THERAPY

House Bill 17-1320 in Colorado has been introduced in an effort to “reduce suicide rates”.  The bill would allow a ten year old child to provide consent without parental notification to psychiatric therapy, regardless of the fact that the child is not of legal age to sign any kind of document.  VAIB is opposed to bills of this type that strip away the rights of parents in caring for their own children.  Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/politics-govt/2017/04/24/breaking-trust-isnt-a-solution...

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May18
CAMPUS FREE SPEECH ACT TO BE INTRODUCED IN WISCONSIN

The “Campus Free Speech Act” is being introduced in Wisconsin, which will protect the rights of students on college campuses to freely express their beliefs without fear of retribution from the university or others on the campus.  The act also calls for universities to remain neutral while providing an avenue for students to respectfully disagree on issues.  VAIB supports bills such as this type that foster the protection of the right to freedom of speech and religion. Read more...

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May17
NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY STUDENT ORDERED TO NOT READ BIBLE BEFORE CLASS

A professor at Northern Arizona University has ordered a student to refrain from reading the Bible before History class.  The professor, who teaches another class on feminism and queer theory, has also taken issue with the student in the past based upon the student’s views of assimilation.  VAIB supports the rights of students to read the Bible in public settings, especially in cases such as this, where the student is reading on his own time and puts the Bible away before class starts....

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May16
200,000 BABY SOCKS PLACED ON U.S. CAPITOL LAWN BY PRO-LIFE GROUPS

On April 26th, Students for Life of America, a pro-life group, placed approximately 200,000 baby socks on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol.  The placement of the socks was an effort to call attention to the number of Planned Parenthood abortions each year.  VAIB supports efforts by pro-life groups to raise awareness of the magnitude of innocent lives taken by abortion. Read more here: http://www.christianheadlines.com/news/pro-life-groups-deliver-200-000-baby-socks-to-u-s-capitol.html

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May15
TEACHERS IN CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOL URGED TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR STUDENTS PROMOTING HETEROSEXUALITY

Three teachers in a Chicago Public school are urging their fellow faculty members to be on the lookout for students who discuss heterosexuality as “normal”.  According to the article, the teachers wish to “train other staff members to step in and to interrupt if they hear students say that the human species is composed of two sexes and that homoerotic activity is not normal, natural, good or moral”.  In all cases, VAIB stands against any effort to promote homosexuality,...

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May12
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE NORTHAM PROVIDES SUPPORT FOR GAY RIGHTS IN HIS FIRST TV AD

Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam has released its first TV ad, highlighting gay marriage and other issues such as gun violence and opposition to President Donald Trump.  The ad features Northam’s support for Tim Bostic and Tony London, a gay couple who successfully sued to end Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage.  VAIB cannot support any candidate who promotes this sin, as homosexuality is clearly condemned in the Bible.  Stay tuned to VAIB for coverage on candidate’s...

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May11
TRUMP CABINET MEMBERS HOLD WEEKLY BIBLE STUDIES & PRAYER MEETINGS

Members of President Trump’s cabinet are holding weekly prayer meetings and Bible studies.  The meetings are hosted by Capitol Ministries, and are attended by sponsors such as Vice President Pence; Secretaries Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson, Sonny Perdue, Rick Perry, Tom Price and Jeff Sessions; EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and CIA Director Mike Pompeo. VAIB is encouraged by those in Washington, D.C. who are seeking God’s help in leading our nation. Read more here: http://www1.cbn.com/beltwaybuzz/archive/2017/04/24/trump-cabinet-members-praying-studying-the-bible-together...

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May10
TRANSGENDER IDEOLOGY

While we can easily label sin as sin, there is still the need to be informed on the transgender issue. Walt Heyer gives some good insights into the current trends in this area as a person who became transgender, realized the futility and error of doing so, and then reverted back to his biological sex. Yet, there were and continue to be consequences for Walt. This article is an effort to expose the false narrative being pushed by those who support transgender ideology. Eddy Aliff, Executive Director...

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May09
MAN IDENTIFYING AS A WOMAN SUES STATE OF IDAHO REGARDING BIRTH CERTFICATE

A man who identifies as a woman has sued the state of Idaho because the state refuses to change his birth certificate from male to female.  The man is seeking to force the state to issue amended birth certificates based upon gender identification.  In these types of cases, VAIB supports the enforcement of legal identification that aligns with the person’s biological sex. Read more here: http://christiannews.net/2017/04/22/man-who-identifies-as-woman-sues-state-of-idaho-over-refusal-to-change-birth-certificate/...

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May08
FAMILY FOUNDATION CHALLENGES MCAULIFFE ADMINISTRATION OVER VIOLATIONS OF STATE LAW BY THE HEALTH DEP

The Family Foundation has challenged the McAuliffe administration in court, citing multiple violations of regulatory state laws by the health department over the abortion center health and safety standards.  Victoria Cobb of the Family Foundation states "If allowed to stand, the McAuliffe administration has invented a new way to regulate in Virginia that essentially blocks the public and the regulated entities from due process.”  VAIB stands against abortion in all cases but supports...

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May05
PERRIELLO GETS BIG DONATIONS FROM GEORGE SOROS IN BID FOR VIRGINIA GOVERNOR’S RACE

Liberal activist George Soros has donated $250,000 to Tom Perriello (D) in his bid for Virginia’s next governor.  According to the article, Perriello also received contributions from some of Charlottesville’s celebrities: $25,000 from best-selling author John Grisham and $12,500 from members of the Dave Matthews Band. In the Republican primary field, Ed Gillespie is the top Republican fundraiser in the three-person contest, with contributions from former President George W. Bush ($25,000)...

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May04
U.S. SUPREME COURT HEARS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM CASE

The U.S. Supreme court heard arguments in the case of Trinity Lutheran Church vs Pauley, that will define more clearly the guidelines for public funding for religious affiliated organizations.  In 2012, the state denied funds to Trinity Lutheran Church to improve their playground area citing the Blaine Amendment, which limits use of public funding for religious organizations.  VAIB is closely following this case as Virginia has the Blaine amendment wording in its constitution regarding state...

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May03
WEST VIRGINIA PRO-LIFE BILLS WOULD REQUIRE PARENTAL CONSENT FOR ABORTION

Two pro-life bills have been approved by the West Virginia legislature, and await the signature of Governor Jim Justice (D) to sign the bills into law.  If approved, the bills would require parental consent for minors seeking abortion, as well as prohibiting the administration of abortion drug prescriptions via the internet.  VAIB fully supports bills of this type, where parental rights are supported, especially in the case of abortion. https://www.onenewsnow.com/pro-life/2017/04/17/wv-pro-life-bills-could-spell-win-for-parental-consent...

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May02
“HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS ACT” INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS

A bill has been introduced into Congress that could change the direction of sex education in America.  The bill, known as the “Healthy Relationships Act” (or H.R. 2028) stresses abstinence and would allow grants to be awarded to public and private schools that stress abstinence exclusively.  VAIB supports bills of this type which stand for the Biblical principle of abstinence outside of marriage. Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/education/2017/04/18/a-promising-hope-for-change-in-sex-ed...

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May01
ATHIEST GROUP TAKES ISSUE WITH CHRISTIAN COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACH FOR TWEETED BIBLE VERSES

Hugh Freeze, the head football coach at the University of Mississippi, is under fire for tweets posted to his personal Twitter account that reference Bible verses and faith-based statements.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation is concerned that  the coach’s tweets are “potentially unconstitutional due to their overtly religious content.”  VAIB supports the religious liberty of Christians such as this football coach, to post faith-based statements and Bible verses...

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Apr28
DIGNITY AND FAIRNESS MATTER FOR EVERY CHILD

Read this insightful article by Kellie Fiedorek from Alliance Defending Freedom which discusses the issue of children’s privacy rights in places such as school locker rooms.  VAIB supports the consideration of one’s biological sex in protecting the privacy rights of children in such situations.  Read more here: http://dailysignal.com/2017/04/14/dignity-and-fairness-matter-for-every-child-in-the-locker-room/

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Apr27
APPEALS COURT RULING – SEXUAL ORIENTATION IS COVERED UNDER THE 1967 CIVIL RIGHTS ACT

A Federal appeals court has ruled that sexual orientation falls under the interpretation of sex discrimination as defined in the Civil Rights Act of 1967.  The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals concluded 8-3 that even though the exact terminology of “sexual orientation” is not used in the law, “the existing inclusion of “sex” can apply because the discrimination surrounds a person’s actions not being normative for their sex.”  VAIB opposes the federal...

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Apr26
ATHIEST MOCKS BIBLE BEFORE IOWA LEGISLATURE

Justin Scott from the Eastern Iowa Atheists organization delivered what was reportedly the first ever atheistic invocation before the Iowa Legislature.  In the invocation, Scott implored the representatives to give up their deeply held beliefs in the name of “holy trinity of science”.  In conclusion of his invocation, Scott mimicked the prayer God gave to Moses in Numbers 6 by replacing biblical terms with secular ones.  VAIB is saddened to hear of such mocking, and stands...

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Apr25
CHURCH WILL NO LONGER HOST BOY SCOUTS MEETINGS DUE TO TRANSGENDER POLICY

A church in North Carolina will no longer host Boy Scout meetings at its facility, due to the newly adopted transgender policy by the Boy Scouts.  The church states in a letter that “Quite simply, we cannot partner with an organization that embraces what God's Word clearly labels as sin."  VAIB supports these types of decisions made by churches and other organizations in standing with the Biblical definition of homosexuality as a sin. http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2017/april/nc-church-severs-ties-with-boy-scouts-of-america-over-transgender-policy...

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Apr24
PARENTS IN CALIFORNIA SUCCESSFUL IN BLOCKING SEXUALLY EXPLICIT CURRICULUM

Parents in the Cupertino Union School District in California have blocked the passage of a controversial sex education curriculum intended for 7-12 graders.  The curriculum contained “graphic descriptions of different forms of sex-related activities as well as material on homosexuality.”  VAIB supports the rights of parents in such cases to speak out on behalf of their children’s education, and stands with decisions that uphold decency and the Biblical definition of sexual...

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Apr21
MCAULIFFE’S VETOES SUSTAINED BY VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The Virginia General Assembly, controlled by Republicans, has been unsuccessful in their effort to override the vetoes of Governor Terry McAuliffe.  McAuliffe has vetoed more bills than any other Virginia governor, including bills which would have strengthened religious liberties.  VAIB continues in our efforts to strengthen religious liberty by keeping informed of the issues and by pursuing strategic relationships in our General Assembly. Read more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/va-legislature-sustains-mcauliffe-vetoes/2017/04/05/566ad150-1a15-11e7-9887-1a5314b56a08_story.html?utm_term=.4cf8520225bc...

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Apr20
JUDGE APPROVES PORTLAND RESIDENT’S REQUEST TO BE GENDERLESS

A twenty-seven year old Portland, OR resident has been granted approval by a judge to be “genderless”.  Attorney Gary McCaleb, from Alliance Defending Freedom, states the following “"America is a nation of laws…It's not a nation governed by personal perception. So the ruling by the judge is a troubling development."  VAIB remains committed to promoting the privacy and safety issues that arise due to cases of this type, while standing with our Creator for the...

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Apr19
20,000 CHRISTIANS TELL CONGRESS TO STAND FOR BIBLICAL VALUES

My Faith Votes, a Christian organization that promotes Christian involvement of American issues, recently hand delivered a letter signed by 20,000 Christians to Congress.  The letter asks Congress to uphold four principles, including religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, the protection of family & marriage, and compassion for others.  VAIB supports efforts of this type which motivate Christians to speak out for Biblical principles. Read more here: http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2017/april/20-000-christians-tell-congress-to-stand-for-biblical-values...

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Apr18
TEXAS SENATE APPROVES BILL REQUIRING BURIAL OR CREMATION OF ABORTED BABIES

The Texas Senate has approved a bill which would require aborted babies to be properly buried or cremated instead of being disposed of as “medical waste”.  Democrats are opposing the bill, stating that it is too intrusive into personal decisions.  VAIB supports bills of this type, where the sanctity of life is upheld, and the unborn are treated with dignity and respect. Read more here: http://christiannews.net/2017/03/31/texas-senate-approves-bill-requiring-burial-cremation-of-aborted-babies-despite-court-ruling/...

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Apr17
CONGRESS VOTES IN FAVOR OF STATES DEFUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD

Vice President Pence cast the deciding vote to defund Planned Parenthood, allowing states to redirect funding to other health care providers for women’s health issues.  Fifteen states have acted to defund the organization, who is responsible for over one-third of a million abortions performed each year.  VAIB is pleased that federal funds will be directed to organizations which do not promote abortion. Read more here: http://dailysignal.com/2017/03/31/congress-right-to-affirm-that-states-can-defund-planned-parenthood/...

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Apr14
POLL SHOWS VA REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE ED GILLESPIE TIED WITH DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES IN GENERAL ELECTION

A recent poll has Ed Gillespie, the Republican candidate for Governor, in a neck-to-neck race with democratic candidates.  According to the article, “Gillespie, a longtime GOP strategist and former counselor to George W. Bush, drew 40 percent of registered voters to Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam’s 39 percent in the poll by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.”  Stay tuned to VAIB for the latest election coverage. Read more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/virginia-governors-race-poll-ed-gillespie-tied-with-democrats-in-general-election/2017/03/28/433e3abc-13fe-11e7-833c-503e1f6394c9_story.html?utm_term=.ae9bec569ce9...

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Apr13
GOVERNOR MCAULIFFE VETOS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM BILL

Governor Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that would have prohibited the government from punishing those who believe in the definition of Biblical marriage.  VAIB is saddened to hear of the veto by the governor, as it would have afforded protection for those who uphold the Biblical definition of marriage. Read more here: http://christiannews.net/2017/03/28/virginia-governor-vetoes-bill-prohibiting-punishment-of-those-who-believe-in-biblical-marriage/

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Apr12
WHAT ARE AMERICA’S 10 WORST COLLEGES FOR FREE SPEECH?

FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) has published a list of the ten worst colleges in America for prohibiting the exercise of free speech on campus.  VAIB supports the freedom of speech and religion for all college students and faculty as protected by our First Amendment.  Read more here: https://www.thefire.org/fire-announces-americas-10-worst-colleges-for-free-speech-2017/

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Apr11
CHRISTIAN FIRE CHIEF IN ATLANTA FIRED FOR EXPRESSING HIS RELIGIOUS BELIEFS

Kelvin Cochran, a fire chief in Atlanta, Georgia has been fired for writing a book that supports intimacy only within the confines of marital relationships.  Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Chief Cochran who has filed a lawsuit against the city for his rights to free speech and freedom of religion.  VAIB supports cases of this type where an individual’s rights to free speech and freedom of religion are being defended. Read more here: https://www.adflegal.org/detailspages/case-details/cochran-v.-city-of-atlanta...

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Apr10
22 STATES DEFEND DISMEMBERSHIP ABORTION LAW

A coalition of 22 states led by Louisiana are defending an Alabama law against dismemberment abortions.  According to the article “A dismemberment abortion literally tears the preborn child limb from limb, inflicting terrible pain while the baby bleeds to death before its body is extracted from the mother.”  The case is being heard by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.  VAIB supports laws of this type which protect unborn children, as it is clear from Scripture that...

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Apr07
MALE STUDENT SUES SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR RIGHT TO PRIVACY IN LOCKER ROOM

A male student is suing his local school district after being forced to change clothes in front of a transgender girl who identifies as a boy in the boys’ locker room at his school.  After consulting the proper chain of authority, the male student has been told that he must tolerate this behavior, as the school district is “all-inclusive”.  The lawsuit states that “Pennsylvania law requires male and female facilities to be separate, and asserts that the district is...

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Apr06
FEDERAL APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS THE RIGHT TO PRAY AT A TEXAS SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

A federal appeals court has unanimously ruled that members offering prayer during a school board meeting in Texas is constitutional.  According to the article, “such practices date from the First Congress, which suggests that ‘the Framers considered legislative prayer a benign acknowledgement of religion’s role in society.’”  VAIB stands with the school board members in cases such as this in supporting the first amendment right to prayer during public meetings....

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Apr05
PRO-LIFE GROUPS IN PENNSYLVANIA FIGHTING FOR THEIR RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH OUTSIDE OF ABORTION CLINICS

Pro-life groups in Pennsylvania are fighting for their right to free speech outside of abortion clinics due to a buffer zone ordinance requiring them to stay 50 feet away from the clinics.  The case is before the 3rd U.S. Court of Appeals, who is deciding whether the pro-life groups are subject to discrimination due to the buffer ordinance.  VAIB supports cases such as this where the First Amendment rights of pro-life groups can freely express their beliefs in an effort to save the lives...

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Apr04
SURGE OF DEMOCRATIC HOUSE OF DELEGATE CANDIDATES FOR VA 2017 ELECTION

The Virginia Democratic Party is seeing a surge of candidates throwing their hat into the ring for upcoming House of Delegates elections this year.  The surge is attributed to “anti-Trump” activists who want to make a difference at the local/grassroots level.  Stay tuned to VAIB for the latest election news. Read more here: http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/amid-trump-resistance-virginia-democrats-see-surge-of-candidates-for/article_d5078ea5-58b7-5190-a657-59de2cf1bdad.html...

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Apr03
PHONEX AZ LOCAL ORDINANCE FORCES BUSINESS OWNERS TO OFFER SERVICES CONTRARY TO THEIR FAITH

A local ordinance in Phoenix AZ is forcing business owners to offer services to same-sex couples.  The ordinance also threatens non-compliant business owners with fines and jail time if they publicly state religious beliefs that might "imply" anyone would be "unwelcome" in their business because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  A Christian artist specializing in calligraphy has challenged the ordinance which is now headed to an Arizona appeals court.  VAIB supports laws...

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Mar31
JUSTICE SAMUEL ALITO’S WARNING REGARDING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

In a speech to Catholic lawyers, U. S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito had a sobering warning regarding religious freedom.  “America’s commitment to religious freedom will be tested by those who are hostile to people who hold traditional values”, stated Alito.  Alito also urged the attendees to make others aware of the attack on religious freedom.  VAIB stands for the First Amendment which guarantees our right to freely exercise our religious beliefs. Read more...

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Mar30
SOUTH DAKOTA GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL FOR PROTECTION OF FAITH-BASED ADOPTION AGENCIES

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill aimed at protection of religious-based adoption agencies to exercise their faith when placing children in homes according to their religious beliefs.  Daugaard stated he is “concerned private child-placement agencies acting in the best interest of a child could be subject to a lawsuit when denying placement to someone in a "protected class," such as members of the LGBT community.”  VAIB is thankful that Virginia continues...

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Mar29
INDIANA CONSIDERS BILL PROTECTING RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Rep. John Bartlett, D-Indianapolis, recently introduced H.B. 1024, which would allow public school students to pray or participate in religious activities at any time during the school day.  The bill passed the House 83-12 and is now being contemplated by a Senate committee.  VAIB supports bills of this type, as they guarantee the rights of students to freely express their religious beliefs without fear of repercussion. Read more here: http://christiannews.net/2017/03/12/indiana-lawmakers-considering-bill-protecting-religious-expression-in-public-schools/...

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Mar28
MAN WHO THREATENED TO KILL THE PRESIDENT IS NOW RUNNING FOR STATE DELEGATE IN VIRGINIA

Nathan Larson pled guilty to threatening to kill the U.S. President in 2009.  Now, thanks to Governor McAuliffe’s order to restore voting rights for convicted felons, Larson has decided to run for the House of Delegates in the 31st district.  According to the article below, “His platform includes legalizing child pornography as well as incestuous marriage; allowing men to have multiple wives and physically discipline them; repealing the 19th Amendment; and abolishing state funding...

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Mar27
NEW HAMPSHIRE BILL COULD FORCE CHURCES TO ALLOW TRANSGENDERS IN BATHROOM OF THEIR CHOICE

HB-478 has been proposed in New Hampshire to add gender self-identity to the state's anti-discrimination law. This means that anyone who claims to be the opposite gender can use the restroom of their choice.   VAIB opposes this type of bill, as it infringes on the privacy of families and churches. Read more here: https://www.onenewsnow.com/church/2017/03/06/nh-bill-could-open-church-restrooms-to-transgenders

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Mar24
ATHIEST TEACHER SHARPLY CRITICIZES STUDENTS WHO KEEP INVITING HER TO CHURCH

An atheist teacher in Florida is under investigation for harsh criticism of her students who repeatedly invited her to attend church with them.  Her criticism is in violation of a policy which states that a teacher is not allowed to criticize students in person or on social media.  VAIB stands with the rights of the students to share their faith by inviting the teacher to church. https://www.onenewsnow.com/education/2017/02/22/teacher-calls-students-cretins-for-inviting-her-to-church

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Mar23
CHRISTIAN BAKERS IN OREGON APPEAL $136,000 FINE FOR DECLINING TO BAKE A CAKE FOR A HOMOSEXUAL COUPL

A Christian couple in Oregon who refused service for a homosexual couple’s wedding is appealing a ruling which states that they must pay $136,000 for discrimination.  At issue is the fact that baking the cake for the homosexual couple’s wedding violates the religious liberty to exercise the Christian couple’s faith.  VAIB stands with this Christian couple’s right to exercise their faith and Biblical convictions against the sin of homosexuality.  Read more here:...

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Mar22
A VICTORY FOR PARENTAL RIGHTS IN WYOMING

HB 153, a parental rights bill in the state of Wyoming, has passed its last hurdle in the Senate and is expected to be signed into law by the Governor.  The bill states that ”the liberty of a parent to the care, custody and control of their child is a fundamental right that resides first in the parent”, and prohibits the state from infringing upon this right.   VAIB supports this type of bill, as it protects the Biblical role of parents in the raising of their children....

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Mar21
RETHINKING SEX EDUCATION

Read this insightful article by the Family Research Council which addresses the issue of Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) versus the liberal sex education policies that have been pushed for the past eight years.  The FRC recently sponsored a special briefing on Capitol Hill addressing the need for more education that emphasizes abstinence.  VAIB supports such efforts, as abstinence is supported by Scripture. http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=WA17C21&f=WU17C07

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Mar20
SUPREME COURT RETURNS TRANSGENDER BATHROOM CASE TO LOWER COURT

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined a request to hear the case of a Virginia girl who identifies as a boy desiring to use the restroom of her choice.  The court returned the case back to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, stating that it must now evaluate the federal law known as Title IX and the extent to which it applies to transgender students.  VAIB is praying that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will side with protecting the privacy of families by mandating that the girl use...

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Mar17
BOSTON ST PATRICKS DAY PARADE WILL NOT INCLUDE LGBT ACTIVIST GROUP THIS YEAR

The LGBT group "Outvets" has been ousted from this year's Boston St. Patrick's day parade for openly violating the code of conduct for the parade last year.  The code of conduct specifically states "[We] will not allow the advertisement or display of one's sexual orientation as a topic that should in any way be depicted as a theme of our parade." The ousting of the group has the LGBT community and its supporters outraged, regardless of the fact that the group violated the code...

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Mar16
BARNA STUDY FINDS ONLY ONE IN TEN AMERICANS HAVE A CHRISTIAN WORLD VIEW

The Barna Group has released a summary of a new study finding that only ten percent of Americans have a Christian world view.  Even though seventy percent of Americans identify themselves as a Christian, most cannot answer questions about basic Biblical and Christian beliefs.  These findings highlight the problem for organizations such as VAIB, who continue to work for traditional biblical values in government. Read more here: http://www.christianpost.com/news/1-in-10-americans-have-biblical-worldview-just-4-percent-of-millennials-barna-176184/...

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Mar15
IOWA PRO-LIFE GROUPS INTRODUCE BILL STATING THAT ‘LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION’

Pro-life groups in Iowa have proposed a bill that would define life as beginning at conception.  The bill passed the Senate committee earlier this week.  VAIB supports this type of bill, as it aligns with the definition of life beginning at conception as set forth in the Bible. https://www.onenewsnow.com/legal-courts/2017/03/03/iowa-pro-lifers-have-an-eye-on-supreme-court

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Mar14
KENTUCKY HOUSE PASSES BILL ALLOWING BIBLE COURSES AS AN ELECTIVE

The House of Delegates in Kentucky has passed a bill that would allow Bible courses to be offered as an elective in the public school system.  HB 128 was approved and is now on its way to the Senate for consideration.  VAIB supports this type of bill, as it allows students to exercise their religious liberties in choosing to study God’s Word in a public school setting. http://christiannews.net/2017/03/01/kentucky-house-passes-bill-authorizing-elective-social-studies-courses-on-the-bible/...

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Mar13
WHAT IS THE TRUE MEANING OF “DISCRIMINATION”?

Read this insightful article by Ryan T. Anderson from the Heritage Foundation that discusses the true meaning of “discrimination”, specifically in relation to religious liberty vs. sexual orientation/gender identity laws.  VAIB supports individual and religious liberty for all citizens as set forth in the U.S. Constitution. http://dailysignal.com/2017/03/01/just-because-liberals-call-something-discrimination-doesnt-mean-it-actually-is/

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