Monthly News Roundup (08.26.21)

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This is the last episode for the month of August – time for our monthly news roundup. In this episode, we’ll be talking about a web designer being forced to make a website for a same-sex wedding, the percentage of Americans who consume alcohol, and a woman who made a complete handwritten copy of the Bible.

STORY #1 – Designer Who Won’t Make Same-Sex Wedding Websites Loses Case

“A U.S. appeals court has ruled against a web designer who didn’t want to create wedding websites for same-sex couples and sued to challenge Colorado’s anti-discrimination law, another twist in a series of court rulings nationwide about whether businesses denying services to LGBTQ people amounts to bias or freedom of speech.

“A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Monday denied Lorie Smith’s attempt to overturn a lower court ruling throwing out her legal challenge.

“The Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents Smith, argued that the law forced her to violate her Christian beliefs.

“In the 2-1 ruling, the panel said Colorado had a compelling interest in protecting the ‘dignity interests’ of members of marginalized groups through its law.” (Associated Press)

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STORY #2 – Gallup: Fewer People Consuming Alcohol

“Sixty percent of adults in the U.S. drink alcoholic beverages – down from 65% in 2019, a new Gallup poll reveals.” (Newsmax)

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STORY #3 – Nine Years, 782,000 Words Later, South Carolina Woman Completes Handwritten Bible

“Starting in January 2012 and finishing in June 2021, Caroline, who is now 28, copied the entire Bible by hand. She started in Genesis and worked her way through Revelation, writing down all 782,815 words from her 1973 New American Standard Bible.

“Caroline’s mother, Jennifer, estimates the completed manuscript is more than 10,000 pages. It is compiled in 43 binders.” (Christianity Today)

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