Attorney General Knudsen, 15 other states file brief supporting religious liberty in seminary case

June 22, 2021

HELENA– Montana Attorney General and 15 other state attorneys general filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Maxon v. Fuller Theological Seminary case to support religious liberty and the rights of conscience for citizens and institutions of faith while upholding the of church and state, he announced today.

At issue in the case is whether religious schools can admit and exclude students based upon their religious beliefs and resultant codes of conduct. The brief argues in favor of the position of Fuller that the First Amendment protects the rights of religious schools to select and govern students in a manner that conforms with their religious beliefs without government interference.

“Freedom of conscience is one of the bedrock guarantees of the First Amendment.  Without it, our pluralistic society is imperiled.  Even as the Supreme Court has blazed new trails in the areas of sex and marriage, it has reaffirmed that sincere religious beliefs must be respected and protected,” the brief stated. “Any ruling from this Court must recognize that the First Amendment protects the autonomy of religious schools to govern their students in a way that is consistent with their sincerely held religious tenets.”

The plaintiffs in the case sued Fuller because they were dismissed from the seminary after they had knowingly violated the school’s community standards that they had accepted as terms of enrollment by entering into a same-sex marriage. They argued that because Fuller indirectly received distributed federal student loan funds used to pay students’ tuition, expelling them was a violation of Title IX. Tuition for non-completed classes was refunded.

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California dismissed the claims against Fuller in October 2020, finding that Fuller qualified for the religious exemption from Title IX pursuant to the U.S. Department of Education’s Religious Freedom Rule.

Fuller Theological Seminary has the first amendment right to define what it means to be a member of its faith. Disputes over marriage and sexuality are fundamental theological questions that should be left to religious organizations to decide for themselves, not the government.

Students who attend religious institutions do so voluntarily and have adequate notice of the schools’ religious tenets and codes of conduct when they apply and enroll. They have thousands of choices when it comes to higher education and are not forced to attend institutions where the codes of conduct conflict with their own religious or moral beliefs, the brief notes.

The other states signing onto the brief are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.


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Attorney General Knudsen, 15 other states file brief supporting religious liberty in seminary case">Attorney General Knudsen, 15 other states file brief supporting religious liberty in seminary case HELENA– Montana Attorney General and 15 other state…

June 22, 2021

HELENA– Montana Attorney General and 15 other state attorneys general filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Maxon v. Fuller Theological Seminary case to support religious liberty and the rights of conscience for citizens and institutions of faith while upholding the of church and state, he announced today.

At issue in the case is whether religious schools can admit and exclude students based upon their religious beliefs and resultant codes of conduct. The brief argues in favor of the position of Fuller that the First Amendment protects the rights of religious schools to select and govern students in a manner that conforms with their religious beliefs without government interference.

“Freedom of conscience is one of the bedrock guarantees of the First Amendment.  Without it, our pluralistic society is imperiled.  Even as the Supreme Court has blazed new trails in the areas of sex and marriage, it has reaffirmed that sincere religious beliefs must be respected and protected,” the brief stated. “Any ruling from this Court must recognize that the First Amendment protects the autonomy of religious schools to govern their students in a way that is consistent with their sincerely held religious tenets.”

The plaintiffs in the case sued Fuller because they were dismissed from the seminary after they had knowingly violated the school’s community standards that they had accepted as terms of enrollment by entering into a same-sex marriage. They argued that because Fuller indirectly received distributed federal student loan funds used to pay students’ tuition, expelling them was a violation of Title IX. Tuition for non-completed classes was refunded.

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California dismissed the claims against Fuller in October 2020, finding that Fuller qualified for the religious exemption from Title IX pursuant to the U.S. Department of Education’s Religious Freedom Rule.

Fuller Theological Seminary has the first amendment right to define what it means to be a member of its faith. Disputes over marriage and sexuality are fundamental theological questions that should be left to religious organizations to decide for themselves, not the government.

Students who attend religious institutions do so voluntarily and have adequate notice of the schools’ religious tenets and codes of conduct when they apply and enroll. They have thousands of choices when it comes to higher education and are not forced to attend institutions where the codes of conduct conflict with their own religious or moral beliefs, the brief notes.

The other states signing onto the brief are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.


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Mouse plague forces Australian jail to evacuate employees and inmates

The mouse infestation at the Wellington Correctional Centre broke down parts of the prison building’s infrastructure, damaging internal wiring and ceiling panels.

Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin said Tuesday inmates would be transferred to other prisons, and staff would be relocated while authorities battle the infestation.

“The health, safety and well-being of staff and inmates is our number one priority so it’s important for us to act now to carry out the vital remediation work,” Severin said.

The remediation process would also investigate how the prison can be protected from future mouse plagues.

Steve Henry, a researcher with CSIRO, the national scientific body, said the mice broke into the prison as a result of its location in a rural area.

“There are lots of fields with crops around the jail,” he said. “The mice invaded the jail looking for food and shelter as the weather gets colder outside.”

Parts of Australia have been plagued by mice since last August….

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Amazon rainforest drought and deforestation may result in dangerous fireplace season

Experts say the region has rarely been drier than it is now, and researchers who monitor the Amazon have already spotted a rash of large fires this year. The rainforest’s first major fire of 2021 occurred more than a week earlier than last year, according to Matt Finer, a senior research specialist at the non-profit Amazon Conservation, who leads the organization’s real-time fire monitoring program.

“Widespread drought conditions in 2021 are a worrisome sign that extreme fire risk could affect a large part of South America, straining firefighting resources and threatening ecosystems, infrastructure, and public health,” said Douglas Morton, a NASA Earth scientist who studies fires in the Amazon and surrounding areas.

Most large fires in the Amazon are started by humans on recently cleared land. And deforestation for logging, mining and farming fragments the forest, experts say, making it more susceptible to catching fire on its edges.

“The edge of a forest is warmer and drier than…

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Bridge deck replacement and overlay work begins at three locations on I-29

BISMARCK, N.D. – Beginning on June 22, the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) will be replacing one bridge deck and doing overlay on two bridges at three locations on Interstate 29. The bridge deck replacements are located on the crossroad structure at the Great Bend Interchange #15, south bound BNSF bridge four miles south of the Colfax Interchange, and the north bound Wild Rice River Bridge seven miles south of Fargo.

 

The bridge deck replacement for the crossroad structure at Great Bend Interchange includes a road closure that went into place June 22. Detours are set up for the closed crossroad bridge.

 

The south bound BNSF separation overhead bridge deck overlay is located four miles south of the Colfax Interchange. Interstate traffic is reduced to one lane and a 16-foot width restriction is in place.

 

The north bound Wild Rice River Bridge deck overlay is located half a mile south of Great Bend Interchange. Interstate traffic is reduced to one lane and a 16-foot width restriction is in place.

 

Speed will be reduced to 40 mph throughout the project areas with further speed reductions in places where workers are present on the roadway. Flaggers may be present in the work areas.

 

For more information about construction projects and road conditions throughout North Dakota, call 511 or visit the ND Roads map at travel.dot.nd.gov.  


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North Carolina and South Carolina Celebrate Men’s Health in June

June is Men’s Health Month

Communities Across the Globe Honor Men’s Health Month

NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, June 23, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The state of North Carolina, as well as the cities Asheville, Concord, and Rocky Mount, and South Carolina, as well as the cities Charleston, Hartsville, and Pendleton, has issued a proclamation celebrating men’s health and fatherhood in June, helping educate men, boys, and their families about disease prevention, timely screenings, healthy lifestyles, and positive family relationships.

The proclamations can be found here.

The importance of this effort was also highlighted by a statement from the White House.

Raising awareness of the need for men and boys to live healthy lifestyles is critical to their wellbeing. The life expectancy for men is five years less than women, and men also have higher rates of death from cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Moreover, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports women are 100% more likely to visit their doctor for annual exams and preventative services than men.

Report cards on the status of male health in each state can be found at the State of Men's Health website (http://www.stateofmenshealth.com/). Proclamations from cities and states be found at www.MensHealthMonth.com

"I am pleased to help raise awareness around the health issues affecting men and their families by proclaiming June as Men’s Health Awareness Month,” said Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer. “We encourage everyone to take a proactive approach to their health and wellbeing with routine doctor’s appointments, regular exercise, and other preventative measures.”

“Men’s Health impacts all of us. Not only men should worry about the seriousness of men’s health. It impacts mothers, wives, daughters, and sisters and is an entire family issue” said Pendleton Mayor Frank Crenshaw.

“We applaud officials in their states for helping raise awareness of the health issues facing men and their families by recognizing this year’s men’s health awareness period,” said Ana Fadich, MPH, CHES, Vice President, Men’s Health Network. “Communities around the globe continue to promote the health and well-being of men and boys throughout the month of June. We hope this year’s awareness period will help men and their families be more mindful of their health starting with a doctor’s appointment.”

Across the country, hundreds of health care professionals, private corporations, faith-based organizations, community groups, and other interested organizations help plan activities and events that focus on men’s health during June, and throughout the year. On June 18, MHN encourages participation in using the #ShowUsYourBlue hashtag on social media where participants raised awareness about men’s health issues by Wearing BLUE.

For ideas and free resources in both English and Spanish, visit www.MensHealthMonth.org

Men’s Health Month grew out of National Men’s Health Week, which was enacted by Congress. The legislation was sponsored by Senator Bob Dole and Congressman Bill Richardson and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on May 31, 1994.

Men’s Health Month and Men’s Health Week are organized by Men's Health Network MHN), an international non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men, boys, and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health prevention messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation. Learn more about MHN at www.menshealthnetwork.org and follow them on Twitter @MensHlthNetwork and Facebook at www.facebook.com/menshealthnetwork. For more information on MHN's ongoing Dialogue on Men's Health series, visit www.dialogueonmenshealth.com

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Sen. Sandy Crawford Sees Priority Legislation Become Law

JEFFERSON CITY — State Sen. Sandy Crawford, R-Buffalo, announces two measures containing her legislation have been signed into law by the governor. Both House Bill 273 and Senate Bill 6 will take effect on Aug. 28.

“The Legislature works together as a team towards compromise,” Sen. Crawford said. “By adding my legislation to HB 273 and SB 6, my colleagues and I were able to craft bills that benefit all of Missouri.”

House Bill 273 modifies several provisions of state law related to professional licensure. The measure also includes language from Senate Bill 263, which Sen. Crawford sponsored this year. This will create the Uniform Athlete Agents Act, which seeks to clarify state law regarding agents and amateur athletes in Missouri.

Senate Bill 6 relates to insurance. This legislation also features portions of Senate Bill 29 and Senate Bill 310, both of which were sponsored by Sen. Crawford this year. Senate Bill 6 makes changes to self-insurance regulations for religious organizations. The new law will also address the legal defense costs for the Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund.

“There are a lot of great changes made in each of these bills, and I am glad to have been a part of shaping these new laws,” Sen. Crawford said. “To me, part of the job of a legislator is to make sure our government acts in the best interests of its citizens, and allows them to flourish and reach their full potential. I think HB 273 and SB 6 help achieve this goal.”

To learn more about Sen. Crawford and her legislation, please visit senate.mo.gov/crawford.

Senate Bill 6 bill signing ceremony

Rep. Kurtis Gregory, Rep. Jeff Porter, Rep. Dave Griffith,

Rep. Justin Hill, Gov. Parson, Sen. Paul Wieland, Sen. Sandy Crawford,

John Yoder (Pettis County), Delmer Rhodes (Adair County),

David Troyer (Monroe County) and former Rep. Dean Dohrman.

House Bill 273 bill signing ceremony

Rep. Tom Hannegan, Gov. Parson, Rep. Brenda Shields

and Sen. Sandy Crawford


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June 22, 2021 – McLennan Community College and Partners Receive $617,183 in Skills Development Grants

Date: June 22, 2021

Media Contact: Cisco Gamez

Phone: 512-463-8556

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded McLennan Community College and their partners two Skills Development Fund (SDF) grants totaling $617,183. The grants will benefit the Workforce Solutions Heart of Texas area.

“Congratulations to McLennan Community College, Workforce Solutions Heart of Texas and the 5 Texas employers on these successful partnerships that will benefit the Heart of Texas region,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Aaron Demerson. “These 2 consortiums are a perfect example of a win-win situation, as this investment builds the skills of the employee, and also provides the employer with customized training necessary for the manufacturing and healthcare industries.”

In partnership with Vossloh Fastening Systems and Sonoco Flexible Packaging, TWC will provide $329,683 in SDF funding to train students in manufacturing, targeting positions including maintenance workers, machine tool operators and printing operators. An additional $287,500 in SDF funding will train students in nursing with emphasis in COVID-19 response practices in partnership with Ascension Providence, Romark Logistics and Central Freight Lines.

“Thank you to the TWC, McLennan Community College and the five local employers for this commitment to develop in-demand skills in our area,” said State Senator Brian Birdwell. “This investment helps train our workforce to meet the needs of employers and provide pathways to good careers in the community.”

The Skills Development Fund grant program has provided training opportunities in partnership with at least 4,572 employers to upgrade or support the creation of more than 398,125 jobs throughout Texas since the program’s inception in 1996. Employers seeking more information about the Skills Development Fund may visit the TWC website at www.texasworkforce.org/skills.

McLennan Community College contact: Steven Wenzel, 254-299-8152, swenzel@mclennan.edu

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Grays Ferry Avenue Lane Closures Wednesday, Thursday Nights for Pavement Marking Installation in Philadelphia

King of Prussia, PA – Periodic eastbound or westbound lane closures will be in place on Grays Ferry Avenue between 34th and 47th streets on Wednesday, June 23, and Thursday, June 24, from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM the following morning for pavement marking installation in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work area because backups and delays will occur. All scheduled activities are weather dependent.

Crews will be placing the final pavement markings as part of the $14 million project that got underway in late 2018 to rehabilitate the Grays Ferry Avenue Bridge over the Schuylkill River and complete a number of improvements to Grays Ferry Avenue on both sides of the bridge.

Work on this project will be in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job-site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the jobsite, special signage and relevant training.

Buckley & Company Inc., of Philadelphia is the general contractor on the project, which is financed with 100 percent state funds. The entire project is expected to be completed in late 2021. For more information, visit www.graysferrybridge.com.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

For a complete list of construction projects impacting state-owned highways in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, visit www.penndot.gov/District6TrafficBulletin.

Information about infrastructure in District 6 including completed work and significant projects, is available at www.penndot.gov/D6Results. Find PennDOT’s planned and active construction projects at www.projects.penndot.gov

Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAPhilly and like the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/phillypenndot and Instagram at www.instagram.com/pennsylvaniadot.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brad Rudolph, 610-205-6800

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Steven Spielberg’s manufacturing firm indicators a take care of Netflix

Amblin Partners, the film and TV production studio led by the blockbuster director, announced a partnership with the streaming company Monday that will include multiple new feature films per year for the service, according to the two companies.

Production deals are commonplace in the entertainment industry, but what makes Monday’s announcement stand out is that it’s another sign of the changing dynamics in Hollywood. Streaming services, especially Netflix (NFLX), have grown to major prominence in the industry. At the same time, traditional movie studios like Disney (DIS) and CNN parent company WarnerMedia have gone all-in on streaming.

Spielberg directed some of the most beloved and successful films in history, including “Jaws,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Jurassic Park.” So his partnership with Netflix is significant. It’s one of the biggest names of Hollywood’s old guard working with a company that is redefining entertainment.

Spielberg, chairman of Amblin, said in a statement…


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