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InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's suit; Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and private prayer languages; Child Custody Protection Act; Air Force Academy.
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The University of Wisconsin-Superior chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship filed suit in federal court on October 2 against the leadership of the University of Wisconsin system. IVCF wants UW-Superior to reinstate the chapter and to allow the group to choose leaders according to its religious criteria. Earlier this year, the university said IVCF violated antidiscrimination policies by denying leadership roles to practicing homosexuals, and it derecognized the organization.

The trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary voted 36-1 on October 17 to prohibit professors or administrators from promoting charismatic practices, such as private prayer languages. In August, a new seminary trustee, Dwight McKissic, told students during a chapel service that he prays in tongues. McKissic, a pastor in Arlington, Texas, has criticized the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board for barring missionaries from using private prayer languages.

The Senate failed to pass the Child Custody Protection Act before adjourning in September, falling just three votes short of the 60 necessary to send the bill to President Bush. The act would have prohibited taking minors across state lines for an abortion if their home-state law requires parental notification. Eight Democrats who supported the bill in July nevertheless voted against sending the bill to conference with the House.

• A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit filed by five Air Force Academy graduates who argued that cadets and officers imposed their evangelical views on the school. The judge determined the cadets did not provide specific examples of discrimination and lacked standing. Mikey Weinstein, who headed the complaint, said ...

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