A man who lives as if he is a woman cannot be listed as the mother of his child, France’s highest court has ruled. The Cour de Cassation overturned a 2018 ruling which gave the 51-year-old man the new status of “biological parent” for his now six-year-old child. The court rejected his attempt to be classed as a ‘mother’, stating that “two maternal filiations cannot be established with regard to the same child, outside of adoption”. The case will now return to a lower court for a new hearing. The man, now known as Claire, had two children with his wife before changing legal sex in 2011. When his wife gave birth to their third child in 2014, he mounted a legal challenge to be registered as the child’s mother. Ludovine de la Rochère, President of the pro-family group La Manif Pour Tous, commented that ‘Claire’ conceived the child with his wife as a man, and was therefore the father. “We cannot rewrite the past”, she said.

 

Huge crowds have gathered in Washington to pray for the United States with the country just weeks away from a presidential election. Groups led by evangelist Franklin Graham and Pastor Jonathan Cahn filled the area around the Lincoln Memorial. Graham led supporters in a march with seven stops where leaders such as Paula While and Jentezen Franklin led prayers. In a surprise appearance the crowds were addressed by vice president Mike Pence. "I just want to say 'Thank you for your prayers," he said as he spoke on behalf of President Trump. "Today, at this Washington Prayer March you continue a great American tradition. Since the founding of our nation, our leaders and our people have gone to prayer in challenging times." "Abraham Lincoln, before whose monument we stand today, said during his time in the White House: 'I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I have nowhere else to go." Franklin Graham called on the nation to return to its Christian roots: "We see that as a nation we have turned our back on God. We've taken God out of school. We've taken him out of government. We've taken him out of public life.

 

JTA — The University of Illinois student government included a call for divestment from companies that do business with Israel as part of a resolution in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The university’s Office of Student Affairs condemned the nonbinding resolution, which passed last week in a 22-11 vote with seven abstentions. “It is unfortunate that a resolution before the group tonight was designed to force students who oppose efforts to divest from Israel to also vote against support for the Black Lives Matter movement,” the Office of Student Affairs said in a statement signed by Chancellor Robert Jones and five vice chancellors.

 

A group of white clergy asked their black counterparts for forgiveness and prayerfully committed to actively work to achieve racial justice as they marked four months since the death of George Floyd at the Bethel AME Church in Spokane, Washington, Friday. “Our nation suffers under the burden of its original sin of racism and white supremacy. And far too often the church has been complicit and let me add particularly my branch of the church — evangelicals,” said Joe Wittwer, lead pastor of Life Center Church, at the “Count Us In: Beyond Words” event, organized by the Beyond Words Movement. The movement brings together leaders from across the nation, including pastors, attorneys and corporate diversity managers, who are united in their desire to make racial justice a reality in America. Spearheaded by the Justice Journey Alliance, the Beyond Words Movement collaborates with ReWire to enlist church leaders nationwide to lead their communities into action to address systemic racism.