BBC Children's director Alice Webb has responded to growing parental anger over a controversial TV show aimed at young children which shows them what living a transgender life is like, by insisting that she is "proud" of her work.
"We take expert advice from psychologists about the content that we put together, we put it together in a format which is appropriate for the age and we cover the story line in language that we think is appropriate as well," Webb said, according to The Telegraph.
She added that the BBC conveys information in an age appropriate way, "which we believe we have with that one and I'm very proud of that show." more >>
The Benham Brothers, two conservative Christian brothers who are known for speaking out on controversial social and political issues facing the U.S., are warning believers to beware of spiritual leaders like author Jen Hatmaker, who has said she believes gay marriage is compatible with the Bible.
Jason and David Benham, whose opposition to gay marriage led to their HGTV reality show "Flip it Forward" being canceled in 2014, wrote an op-ed article in WND warning about the dangers of ignoring problems in society and refusing to follow God's Word.
The brothers explained that they were "grieved last week when we read that yet another spiritual 'leader' has shelved God's disinfectant and seems fine with people limping around in spiritual pain and brokenness." more >>
The North Carolina Values Coalition has created a 30-second ad ahead of the state's gubernatorial election showing the potential harms of allowing men in women's bathrooms where young girls could be victimized by sexual predators.
The ad and an accompanying petition claims that the state's Attorney General Roy Cooper, who is challenging Republican Gov. Pat McCrory in the 2016 governor's race, hasn't fulfilled his duty to defend the state's law [House Bill 2] that requires people to use bathrooms that match their birth sex in government buildings.
"Not only has he [Cooper] failed to defend the bill — as mandated by his job responsibilities as our attorney general — but he has also campaigned against it," the petition states. more >>
A BBC television series in the U.K. aimed at children as young as 6 years old is being slammed as "completely inappropriate" by parents and some conservative politicians because it shows young children preparing to undergo a sex-change later in life by delaying puberty.
"It beggars belief that the BBC is making this program freely available to children as young as 6. I entirely share the anger of parents who just want to let children be children," said Peter Bone, a Conservative MP, according to The Telegraph.
"It is completely inappropriate for such material to be on the CBBC website and I shall be writing to BBC bosses to demand they take it down as soon as possible." more >>
The Supreme Court on Friday said it will hear the case of a transgender student who was born female but is seeking the right to use boys' bathroom in a Virginia high school.
Gavin Grimm, a student from Gloucester High School in southeastern Virginia, was initially allowed by school administrators to use the boy's bathroom.
The school board later adopted a policy requiring students to use facilities corresponding to their birh sex, but said that "students with gender identity issues" would be allowed to use private bathrooms. more >>
President Barack Obama is reportedly prepared to veto the critically important and wide-ranging defense authorization bill for fiscal year 2017 if the final version of the bill includes a long-standing religious exemption for faith-based contractors and religious institutions.
According to Roll Call, senior Obama administration officials said during a White House meeting on Monday that the National Defense Authorization Act, which is passed annually and lays out the budget and expenditures for the Department of Defense, could be vetoed if it lands on the president's desk with the Russell Amendment included.
The amendment, proposed by Rep. Steve Russell, R-Okla., provides faith-based contractors and service providers with a decades-old religious exemption from Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The exemption makes it so that the faith-based providers can't be denied federal contracts or grants due to the fact that their employment policies align with their religious convictions. more >>