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Weekly briefing: Largest religious freedom event, Planned Parenthood head ousted, oldest Christian letter

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Ambassador Brownback welcomes participants and speakers at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom held at the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C. on July 16-18, 2019. |

We've compiled the top stories of the week. Here's what you need to know:

US State Dept holds largest religious freedom event

The U.S. State Department held the world’s largest religious freedom event this week in Washington with guests from across the globe to address the plight of persecution.

It was the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom and it took place as restrictions on religion have increased around the world.

Read more of CP’s coverage of the ministerial:

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More coverage of the ministerial is to come

Planned Parenthood head ousted

The board of Planned Parenthood ousted its president, Leana Wen, just eight months after she took the helm.

Wen noted that the decision was made during a secret board meeting, citing “philosophical differences” over the direction of the organization.

While the board’s priority is to “double down on abortion advocacy,” Wen’s priority, she said, has been on providing health care to underserved women.

Professor fired after speech against puberty-blocking drugs sues university

Professor Allan M. Josephson was fired by the University of Louisville after he spoke publicly in opposition to medicalizing gender dysphoric youth with puberty-blocking drugs and hormones.

Josephson is now suing the school.

Alliance Defending Freedom is representing the psychiatrist and arguing for his free speech rights.

Josephson had spoken at a panel in 2017, after which he was demoted, subjected to “fairly hostile work-environment situations” and then let go last month.

Oldest Christian letter outside of Bible revealed

The oldest Christian letter outside of the Bible was revealed this week by the University of Basel in Switzerland.

The scrap of papyrus dates back to the 230s A.D. and is a letter written by a young man named Arrianus, addressed to his brother, Paulus.

What makes it distinctly Christian is how the letter concludes with “I pray that you fare well in the Lord.”

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