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In an effort to allow greater public input over another hot-button social item the Anchorage Assembly unanimously voted to postpone debate over a proposal that would ban any Anchorage counselor, therapist, psychologist or health care provider from helping a minor work through unwanted same-sex attraction. The ordinance also prohibits counseling that helps a person reconcile and identify with their actual biological sex. As written the ordinance would only allow therapy that supports the idea of...

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The day before the Anchorage Assembly takes up debate over an ordinance to outlaw counseling for minors with unwanted same-sex attraction, a conference will occur in Anchorage to help equip parents to take a stand against the measure. Hosted by the Alaska Family Council, the Anchorage Baptist Temple and Alliance Defending Freedom, the conference is set for Monday, July 27, from 12-1:30 p.m. The event will be both in-person and via Zoom teleconference. In-person participants...

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How much can a pastor say from the pulpit regarding politics, candidates and ballot initiatives? Can clergy educate their congregation on key political and social issues? When do religious leaders cross the line and put their churches in jeopardy of losing tax exempt status? All these questions and more are answered by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) in a new detailed legal guide provided for pastors and churches. ADF is a national group of nearly 3,400...

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The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District wants to add “gender expression” to its list of classifications that are protected from “harassment.” On March 3, the school board will be presented with initial information on whether it should prohibit harassment in the form of “any verbal, nonverbal, written, or physical conduct, or electronic communication” related to “gender expression,” which refers to a person’s “behavior, mannerisms, interests, and appearance that are associated with gender in a...

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Many pastors across Alaska and around the country are uncertain when it comes to their legal rights to discuss politics and educate their members on critical political issues. As a result, a number of churches remain silent in the political sphere. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is working to put an end to this uncertainty with an upcoming webcast addressing exactly what a church can and cannot do during the 2020 election season. The ADF is...

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The Alaska Watchman is keeping a close eye on the Alaska Legislature this session in order to alert Alaskans of measures that impact parental rights, sex education, abortion, religious liberty, human sexuality, education, marriage and family law, pornography and other social issues. Our goal is to keep Alaskans informed of committee hearings and opportunities to publicly testify on critical legislation that could shape the cultural and social life of Alaskans. Below is a brief summary...

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In 1978, the Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), otherwise known as the Hatch Amendment was passed after parents were shocked and outraged to learn that trusted teachers were using the classroom for therapy instead of education. Teachers pried into the private lives of students and their family by asking sensitive information about political, religious and personal beliefs. Little did parents realize that teachers would overstep their bounds once again by asking questions of a sexual nature...

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Why indeed? This is a question I have asked myself time and again throughout the process of developing and launching this news agency. For years I have traveled in many overlapping political circles. I have friends who fall on polar opposite sides of virtually every social issue, but I can still have a cup of coffee with them and hope they and their families and businesses are thriving – that their health is robust. Every...

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With the U.S. Senate confirming Deputy Assistant Attorney General Lawrence VanDyke to sit on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, President Trump issued a blow to the liberal grip on a key federal court that hears Alaska cases. The 9th Circuit has long been known to block pro-life and religious liberty appeals in the nine states it serves: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Major conservative and pro-life groups celebrated his...