Lawyer: LGBTQ Suit Against Fuller Seminary Isn’t Really About Discrimination, It’s About Religious Freedom

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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy A lawyer for Fuller Seminary said that a lawsuit filed by two students kicked out of the school because they are involved in same-sex marriages is about religious freedoms without government interference.In a federal lawsuit Joanna Maxon and Nathan Brittsan claim their civil rights were violated and they suffered emotional distress when they were expelled from the school. They are asking for $2 million.“Fuller trains students to be Christian leaders,” said Daniel Blomberg, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.“This case is about whether religious groups get to decide how to train their religious leaders, free from government entanglement.”Maxon was kicked out of the seminary in 2019 in a letter from defendant Director Nicole Boymook, for violation of the Sexual Standards component of the Fuller’s Community Standards. Brittsan was expelled in September 2017 on the basis of a violation of sexual standards of Fuller’s Community Standards. He was added to the lawsuit earlier this week.According to the college’s website, “Fuller Theological Seminary believes that sexual union must be reserved for marriage, which is the covenant union between one man and one woman, and that sexual abstinence is required for the unmarried.”When asked if any other LGBTQ students were kicked out of the seminary or any heterosexual students were removed for having sex before marriage, which Christians say the bible also identifies as sin, Blomberg would not answer.“Fuller Theological does not generally publish that sort of sensitive information,” Blomberg said.However, Maxon and Brittsan’s attorney Paul Southwick said that a student accused of have a heterosexual extramarital affair was allowed to remain in the seminary.At the time Maxon enrolled in 2015 she was married to a man and agreed to follow the college’s code of conduct, including those regarding sexual standards.But sometime before she began her first class, her marriage ended and Maxon began dating a woman.She married her wife after the US Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2016. She authorized the release of her tax returns during a review of her financial aid.During that review, college officials discovered she was married to a woman and she was expelled from the college.Brittsan applied in 2017. He and his husband were married in 2016. He informed Fuller that his church was focused on social justice with an emphasis on homeless ministry and issues of class, race and equality. He was expelled after he filed paperwork with the seminary to change his name from Henning to Brittsan in his student file.According to the document, in the course of the process officials with the seminary learned that he requested the name change due to his marriage. School officials did not inform him how they learned about his marriage.Maxon and Brittsan received federal assistance to attend the seminary. Title IX prohibits gender identity discrimination at institutions that accept federal aid.The lawsuit claims Title IX violations.The law was passed as a followup to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, to end discrimination in various fields based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin in the areas of employment and public accommodation.The law was passed because the Civil Rights Act did not prohibit sex discrimination against persons employed at educational institutions. A parallel law, Title VI, was enacted in 1964 to prohibit discrimination in federally funded private and public entities. It covered race, color and national origin but excluded sex.According to the Office for Civil Rights, religious institutions are entitled to exemptions from Title IX nondiscrimination rules if the school is connected to a church.In April, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear three cases centered on the question of whether Title IX applies to sexual orientation and gender identity, neither of which are explicitly mentioned in the law.“In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the First Amendment commits these kinds of issues to religious groups to decide, not the courts,” said Blomberg. “A healthy separation of church and state allows us to consider these matters for our religious community within our religious community.” faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more

Associated British Foods

first_imgAssociated British Foods (ABF) has agreed to buy the largest cane sugar producer in Africa in a bid to take advantage of changes to the EU sugar regime.It made a recommended £317m offer for 51% of the fully diluted ordinary share capital of Illovo Sugar last week, subject to regulatory and shareholder approvals. The changes to the EU sugar regime will provide free access for exports to the EU from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) from 2009. The LDC classification includes Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique. Illavo Sugar is the leading producer in South Africa, Malawi, Zambia and Swaziland and has a strong and growing presence in Tanzania and Mozambique.ABF said the acquisition of Illovo Sugar will support its stated plans for capacity expansion and development in its African markets. And British Sugar will provide an efficient route to market for these exports from Illovo, according to ABF.In the year ended 31 March 2006 Illovo Sugar’s revenue was £458m and pre-tax profit was £54m. It produced 1.9 million tonnes of sugar in 2005/6 and has identified development programmes to expand this capacity substantially.George Weston, Chief Executive of ABF, said: “The combination of British Sugar and Illovo will create a powerful partnership in Africa and Europe.”last_img read more

Giwa, Four Others Get Five-year CAF Ban

first_imgBy Kunle Adewale The latest ban from CAF came after Giwa had earlier been slammed by the same number of years by the Amaju Pinnick- led Nigeria Football Federation.The four others affected by the continental ban are Muazu Suleyman, Yahaya Adama, Sani Fema and Johnson Effiong.In a letter signed by CAF’s Secretary -General, Hicham El Amrani and dated May 27th 2016 and copied to NFF President stated that the ban forbade the five gladiators from all football related activities for five years.CAF’s letter titled “Re- Conveyance of Sanctions by NFF Disciplinary Sanctions Extension at the Continental Level reads; Dear President, Following your previous correspondence dated May 16th and subsequent exchanges, CAF has well noted the decision of the NFF’s Disciplinary Committee dated May 12 placing five(5) year ban from all football related activities for the following people.1. Christopher Giwa 2. Muazu Suleyman 3. Yahaya Adama 4. Sani Fema 5. Johnson Effiong“Following receipt of the documentation and details on the case, CAF hereby confirms the extension of such sanctions at the continental level. Please accept, dear President, our most sincere regards”.Giwa and Pinnick had been at loggerhead for some time over who takes control of the Glass House in Abuja.Earlier this month the Disciplinary Committees of the Chris Giwa and the Amaju Pinnick led boards took the decision at their respective meeting in Abuja.A communique issued by the Giwa-led Disciplinary Committee said that each member of the Pinnick-led NFF board had been suspended for seven years from football activities for impersonation.Those banned are Amaju Pinnick, the President, Seyi Akinwunmi, 1st Vice President, as well as Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, Ibrahim Gusau, Inuwa Sheriff Amaral, Christopher Green and Baba Gana, all members of the board.The ban was also extended to Suleiman Kwande, a member of the House of Representatives serving in the Pinnick-led NFF board.The communique also said that the individuals were suspended after they failed to appear before the disciplinary committee to answer the impersonation allegations against them.“Parties were invited to appear before the Organising and Disciplinary Committee but they did not respond, neither did they send representations. After a very careful review of the allegations against them, the committee has no option than to reach summary decisions on them.“That the former members of the Amaju Pinnick group have been found guilty of impersonating the NFF despite being served the orders of the Federal High Court, Jos.“The court on April 8, 2016, ordered the nullification of the September 30, 2014 election that purportedly brought them into office.“That they have variously and severally continued the breach in perpetuity against the laws of the land.“That the Executive Committee of the NFF should report the matter of impersonation, which are criminal in nature, to the Nigeria Police and the Directorate of State Security Service,” the communique read.Similarly, the Pinnick-led NFF Organising and Disciplinary Committee after reviewing the situation, banned members of the Giwa board for five years each.A communique of meeting issued by Ademola Olajire, NFF Assistant Director of Communications, said after the committee’s meeting in Abuja, said Giwa’s board was banned for illegally representing the NFF in South Africa.“Christopher Giwa, Muazu Suleyman, Yahaya Adama, Sani Fema and Johnson Effiong are found guilty of Illegally representing the NFF in breach of Article 40 of the NFF Statutes.It also said that the individuals were banned from football for taking football matters to a regular court in breach of Article 69(1) of the NFF Statute and failing to submit to the jurisdiction of FIFA.With this latest ban from CAF, the egghead of the NFF can for the first time since assuming office breathe a sigh of relief as Giwa is no longer on their trail. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramcenter_img The Confederation of African Football, CAF, has slammed a five-year ban on embattled Chris Giwa and four of his associates.last_img read more

Colts re-sign cornerback Kenny Moore to reported 4-year deal

first_img Cowboys’ Amari Cooper shocked Michael Irvin with this comment Patriots file tampering charges against Texans, report says The deal is expected to make Moore the highest-paid slot corner in the league in terms of new money after Justin Coleman inked a four-year contract worth $36 million with the Lions in March, the report noted.Moore, who had one year remaining on his current deal, was set to become a restricted free agent after 2019. Kenny Moore could be on the verge of a very big payday.According to NFL Media, which cited sources, the Colts and the third-year cornerback have agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension that will keep him in Indianapolis through the 2023 season. Titans to retire Steve McNair, Eddie George uniform numbers Related News Moore, 23, signed with the Patriots as an undrafted rookie out of Valdosta State in 2017 but failed to make the 53-man roster. The Colts then claimed him off waivers in September and he earned his first career start in Week 13.He had 77 total tackles, 11 passes defended, three interceptions, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 15 starts last season.The Colts have also signed punter Rigoberto Sanchez and long snapper Luke Rhodes to extensions this offseason.last_img read more

Local MMA fighter Brad Stewart ready for upcoming fight

first_imgThe middleweight title fight is one of five title bouts on the card for the evening, and tickets for the event can be purchased at the Encana Events Centre Box Office, or the Fivestar Training Facility. Stewart will be entering the bout with a record of 5-2, and will be squaring off against Matt “The Riotmaker” Baker for the Fivestar Fight League’s middleweight title. It won’t be the first time these two have met, as Stewart previously dropped a split decision to Baker in 2010.Stewart says that this time around he’ll be better prepared for Baker.“I’ve been working on my cardio. My first fight, I didn’t have as much time to train as this fight,” he says. “I wasn’t in good enough shape for it, so I got gassed right away so I think that will make the difference. My striking is a lot better, and I have another two years of training in.”- Advertisement -Baker meanwhile enters the contest with a record of 8-3 and was victorious in his last fight in July of last year.Stewart says that Baker is a fighter who likes to take things to the ground.“He does a lot of jiu-jitsu, from what I’ve seen, a lot of ground and pound. He does a lot of take downs as well.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Warriors HQ Podcast: Mike Brown talks Draymond, music and Bay Area life

first_imgOn the latest episode of the Warriors HQ Podcast, Mark Medina runs the gamut with assistant coach Mike Brown.Brown is a guy who could’ve easily jumped back into the head coaching game somewhere across the league already, but his love of the organization and the area seem to be giving him no reason to look elsewhere for now.Now that he’s moved to San Francisco, Brown is looking forward to hitting his favorite jazz club, the Black Cat, more often and beating Bay Bridge traffic on his Harley.B …last_img read more

Stop exclusion from Sixth Schedule: Meghalaya tribes

first_imgOrganisations representing five minor tribes in Meghalaya have asked Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma to intervene in the move to exclude them from the provisions of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.The five minor tribes – Bodo-Kachari, Hajong, Koch, Mann and Rabha – are clubbed as “unrepresented tribes” for nomination in Meghalaya’s autonomous tribal councils. These councils are in the names of Garo, Jaintia and Khasi, the State’s three major matrilineal communities.Special provisionsParts or the whole of four Northeastern States – Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura – fall under the Sixth Schedule, which makes special provisions for “tribal areas”.On September 26, a sub-committee on the amendment to the Sixth Schedule constituted by the State government decided to recommend to the Standing Committee of Parliament the removal of the word “unrepresented tribes” from the amended special provision.“The Constitution of India says that the Sixth Schedule is specially meant for the welfare and advancement of the Scheduled Tribes, but the proposed amendment will deprive some of the STs of their constitutional rights in the district councils,” the Meghalaya Hajong Welfare Association said in its appeal to Mr. Sangma.The association said it was also speaking on behalf of organisations of the other communities such as Meghalaya Koch Association, Meghalaya Rabha Jatio Sewa Sangha, All Bodo Students Union, Bodo Sahitya Sabha, All Meghalaya Mann Welfare Society, Hajong Students’ Union and All Rabha Students Union of Meghalaya.The MHWA asked former CM and Congress leader Mukul Sangma to clarify on the issue.last_img read more

Lynx capture 4th WNBA title, overcome Sparks in 5 games

first_imgCoach Cheryl Reeve has always regretted not getting Fowles more involved late in Game 5 a year ago, andthey made sure to force-feed their MVP this time around to close the door. After Parker’s 3 cut Minnesota’s lead to 68-64, Fowles corralled a loose ball and finger-rolled it in just ahead of the shot clock buzzer for a 70-64 lead.The Lynx looked to have things in control when Augustus’s jumper gave them a 79-67 lead that lasted until Jantel Lavender’s layup with 90 seconds to go. But Riquna Williams hit two free throws and Sims had two steals for layups, one of which she converted for a three-point play to pull Los Angeles within 79-76 with 35 seconds to go.But Moore responded with a tough pull-up in the lane and Fowles hit a couple of foul shots to ice it.“We’re not a team and I’m not a person to make excuses,” Sparks coach Brian Agler said. “We just didn’t do what we needed to do to …”A rivalry this tight just had to come down to a Game 5, and Minnesota forced it with an 80-69 victory Sunday in Los Angeles. The Sparks and Lynx went five games last year before Los Angeles won on a last-second put-back from Ogwumike. The previous 12 meetings between these two teams, starting with Game 1 of last year’s finals, had a cumulative score of 908-908.ADVERTISEMENT “I think every time you do this, it gets a little more special because it gets a little harder,” Whalen said. “And more meaningful because you know it’s not easy. It’s not something we try to take for granted ever.”Candace Parker had 19 points, 15 rebounds and five assists for the Sparks, who were looking to become the first repeat champions in 15 years. Chelsea Gray had 15 points and eight assists, but Nneka Ogwumike fouled out with 5:29 to play and finished with 11 points. Los Angeles turned it over 17 times.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith a team that had the makings of a new dynasty bearing down on it, the Lynx responded to reassert their own. They have been in the finals in six of the last seven years and now find themselves in the company of Cynthia Cooper, Sheryl Swoopes and the Comets that dominated the league’s early days.“They wanted to take their place next to the Houston Comets,” coach Cheryl Reeve said. “So they did it.”The game the Lynx rule now is bigger, faster and deeper and the proud core of Moore, Rebekkah Brunson, Augustus and Whalen have had to earn everything they’ve accomplished. They led by 12 in the third quarter, but Los Angeles pushed right back, trimming the deficit to four at the start of the fourth. 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Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Odyssey Sims of the Los Angeles Sparks and Lindsay Whalen #13 of the Minnesota Lynx go after a loose ball during the fourth quarter of Game Five of the WNBA Finals on October 4, 2017 at Williams in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Lynx defeated the Sparks 85-76 to win the championship. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Hannah Foslien/Getty Images/AFPMINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — Sylvia Fowles had 17 points and broke her own WNBA Finals record by grabbing 20 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Lynx to their fourth championship in seven years with an 85-76 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks in Game 5 on Wednesday.Maya Moore had 18 points and 10 rebounds and hit a huge runner with 26 seconds to play, Lindsay Whalen had 17 points and eight assists and Seimone Augustus added 14 points to help the Lynx move level with the Houston Comets for most titles in league history.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next LATEST STORIES A capacity crowd packed Williams Arena, turning one of the oldest basketball arenas in the country into a rollicking women’s hoops mecca, reminiscent of Whalen’s days here as a star for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. The old “Barn” is filled with obstructed views — seats behind support posts and under awnings that make seeing the court difficult.They were all filled on Wednesday night, and even if they had to crane their necks for the right view, they saw a game as long on turnovers as it was tension. The Lynx turned it over 18 times, but were able to overcome that with 22 points off of the Sparks’ mistakes.last_img read more

10 months ago​Watford loanee Lukebakio nominated for Bundesliga award

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Watford loanee Lukebakio nominated for Bundesliga awardby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford loanee Dodi Lukebakio has continued to impress on loan at Fortuna Dusseldorf.His performances in recent weeks have earned him a nomination for the Rookie of the Month award in Germany.He has been in great form all season, netting a hat trick against Bayern Munich and scoring against Borussia Dortmund as well.The 21-year-old has seven goals in 15 appearances for Fortuna this season.There is hope he will be back with Watford for next season. last_img read more