- - Thursday, September 1, 2016

1| Franklin Graham, praying in Boston|AP

…Speaking in the shadow of the Massachusetts Statehouse, Graham did not directly criticize state politicians but railed against progressives who he argued were taking away individual rights to religious expression.
Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, and its current leaders are strongly pro-abortion rights.
The pledge calls on voters to support politicians who uphold the “sanctity of life and the sacredness of marriage.”
Graham met with Trump last week during the Republican’s visit to flood-ravaged parts of Louisiana.
After the rally, Graham, who said he had known Clinton longer than he had known Trump, repeated his assertion he was not instructing people who to vote for.
“Both parties, Democrat and Republican, have turned their backs on God and embraced secularism,” he said.

2| Teens Read Bible More During the School Year |Christianity Today

***In addition to the factoid contained in the title, the survey results also show that more teens read their Bibles if they see their parents reading the Bible. Here’s an excerpt:

Most practicing Protestant teenagers—those who identify as Protestant, attend church at least once a month, and say their faith is very important in their lives—who read their Bible do so the same amount all year long (73%), much like all Bible-reading American teens (69%).

Of those who are left, 18 percent of practicing Protestant teens read more during the school year; only half that amount read more during the unstructured summer (9%). Those numbers echo across all teens (21% read more during school, 10% in the summer) and non-practicing Christian teens (19% read more in the school year, 10% in the summer).

Those findings come from the second annual poll of how more than 1,000 teens ages 13 to 17 interact with the Bible, commissioned by the American Bible Society and conducted by the Barna Group in May.

…The survey also asked brand-new questions, including whether teens saw their parents reading the Bible. Half of practicing Protestants (49%) said their parents read Scripture regularly; another 42 percent said sometimes.

Teens whose parents read the Bible regularly are more likely to read it themselves, Barna told CT. Among teens who say their parents read the Bible regularly or sometimes, 45 percent report reading from the Bible at least once a week, compared to just 5 percent of teens whose parents do not read it regularly.  

3| Iowa: State asks judge to toss church’s bathroom lawsuit | The Des Moines Register

A state attorney tried to assure a federal judge Wednesday that Iowa civil rights investigators would be unlikely to punish a Des Moines church for ignoring bathroom rules designed to protect transgender people.

But there might be some limited instances when the Fort Des Moines Church of Christ would be required to follow a law giving Iowans the right to use a bathroom corresponding to their gender identity, said Assistant Attorney General Molly Weber.

Such a situation could arise if the south Des Moines church were to serve as an election polling place or if it were to rent out its facilities for some non-religious use, Weber said.

But a lawyer representing the church said that answer offered little comfort to its pastor, who worries that posting the church’s new conservative bathroom policy online or speaking out about human sexuality issues could trigger an investigation by the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.

As it stands, the religious exemption in Iowa’s public accommodations law gives the commission’s investigators too much leeway to decide what exactly qualifies as a “religious activity,” said Steve O’Ban, a senior attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom.

“You don’t sift through the activities and weigh whether one is religious and one is not,” he said to U.S. District Judge Stephanie Rose. “Are they going to sit there with a checklist?”  ….

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