In today’s News:
Concordia Irvine adds new school
Concordia University Irvine has added a new school—the School of Health and Human Sciences — offering graduate and undergraduate degree programs in health-related areas of study. Academic offerings in the new School of Health and Human Sciences include a Master of Public Health, Master of Healthcare Administration, Master of Coaching and Athletics Administration, a Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Management, a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Master of Science in Nursing. Previously housed in other schools at the University, officials have consolidated the related academic programs under one school to share resources, and to allow for the creation of new programs.
Official claims anti-Christian bias
The White House’s deputy liaison to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is leaving her post after just two months in the job, calling lawmakers who she said had criticized her views on sexuality and gender identity “radical anti-Christian leftists.” Yesterday, shortly before Politico reported that Merritt Corrigan was exiting USAID, Corrigan chided her critics on Twitter, saying she planned to hold a press conference on Thursday to “discuss the rampant anti-Christian sentiment at USAID.” She also singled out several prominent Democrats, including Senators Tim Kaine of Virginia and Cory Booker of New Jersey.
Maryland’s governor overrides a county’s restrictions
Maryland’s Republican Gov. Larry Hogan issued an executive order yesterday overriding a county’s decision to force private and parochial schools to remain closed against their will. Under the now-overruled order, parents and educators could have faced up to a year in jail for attempting to open or operate a school. Yesterday, Hogan followed up by issuing an amended emergency order, which states that local school systems retain the primary authority to decide whether to operate for themselves. Keeping schools closed is not among the covid-19 prevention or containment measures advocated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
PPP funds go to pregnancy centers
Pro-life pregnancy centers received millions of dollars to help mothers and babies in need this spring through the CARES Act coronavirus aid fund. According to research by the Guardian, the Trump administration gave more than $4 million to pregnancy resource centers through the cares act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). However, it noted that the estimate is likely low, and pregnancy centers may have received up to $10 million through the program. Pro-life pregnancy centers serve hundreds of thousands of women and babies each year in America, and most function primarily with donations and volunteers. Some receive government funding to support their life-affirming work, but many do not. Thousands of pregnancy centers are located in communities across the United States, offering free resources to pregnant and parenting families.