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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and She blogs at The Migraine Runner.

A British woman who lost her job after she tweeted that she believes men cannot change into women won her appeal case last week before a High Court.

The High Court decided last week that researcher Maya Forstater's beliefs are protected under the Equality Act, CBN News reports.

The decision comes after Forstater lost her job at the Centre for Global Development after she made a post on Twitter in 2018.

"What I am so surprised at is that smart people who I admire, who are absolutely pro-science in other areas, and champion human rights & women's rights are tying themselves in knots to avoid saying the truth that men cannot change into women (because that might hurt men's feelings)," her 2018 tweet said.

Forstater's contract was not renewed, and she filed a lawsuit.

"My belief … is that sex is a biological fact and is immutable," she said. "There are two sexes, male and female. Men and boys are male. Women and girls are female. It is impossible to change sex. These were until very recently understood as basic facts of life by almost everyone."

Initially, an employment judge said her opinions were "absolutist" and that she used "offensive and exclusionary" language in her statement.

In the appeal case, Judge Akhlaq Choudhury said Forstater's views might be offensive to some people, but her speech was protected.

"I am delighted to have been vindicated," Forstater said. "I lost my job simply for expressing a view that is true and important, and held by the great majority of people in this country: sex matters."

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling had previously expressed her support for Forstater, tweeting, "Live your best life in peace and security. But force women out of their jobs for stating that sex is real?"

Meanwhile, Amanda Glassman, executive vice president of the CGD, Forstater's former employer, said she still believed Forstater's tweet should not be protected by the Equality Act.

"Today's decision is a step backwards for inclusivity and equality for all," she said. "We're currently considering various paths forward with our lawyers."

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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and She blogs at The Migraine Runner.

In his exit speech this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized President Joe Biden's administration for trying to revive a nuclear deal with Iran.

According to CBN News, Netanyahu was addressing the Knesset Sunday after he was voted out as Israel's long-standing prime minister. Netanyahu, 71, will be replaced by Naftali Bennett. Bennett received a 60-59 vote.

"I am proud that I can sit in a government with people with very different views," Bennett said Sunday.

Netanyahu, however, said in his exit speech that he didn't believe Bennett was strong enough to stand up to the U.S.

He also said the Biden Administration has asked him "not to discuss our disagreement on Iran publicly," Fox News reports.

"But with all due respect, I can't do that," he said.

"The prime minister of Israel needs to be able to say no to the president of the United States on issues that threaten our existence," he said.

Netanyahu also added that Iran is "celebrating" that he is no longer in office because "they understand that starting today there will be a weak and unstable government."

"We'll be back soon!" he said.

"For more than 15 years, I had the privilege of working for my beloved state," he said. "Our achievements have turned Israel from a marginal state into a rising force in the global stage."

Bennett, however, thanked Netanyahu for his work as prime minister. The two were previous allies.

"Thank you, Benjamin Netanyahu, for many years of service and lots of achievements for Israel," Bennett said. "As prime minister, you worked for many years with devotion and to our political power, defensive power."

Bennett has also said that he is opposed to a U.S. nuclear agreement with Iran.

"Israel will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons," Bennett said in a speech.

In a message to Washington, Bennett said, "Renewing the nuclear deal is a mistake."

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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and She blogs at The Migraine Runner.

Joel and Luke Smallbone of the Grammy award-winning Australian Christian band For King & Country recently announced that they would be coming out with two movies.

Both films will highlight the Smallbone family and Joel and Luke's music career.

According to CBN News, the first film, which is currently in production, is a documentary and will follow the stories of the two Smallbone Brothers and their sister Rebecca St. James. The documentary, which is called Return to Sydney: The For King & Country Journey, is being directed by their brother Ben Smallbone of Radiant Films, their family production team. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Andrea Royer, Steve Barnett and Alan Powell are producing Return to Sydney. Vicky Patel, Luke, Joel and David Smallbone will executive produce the film.

According to CBN News, the documentary will also include some never-before-seen footage and clips from home videos.

The second film will follow the Smallbone family as they travel to America. Classified as a "family dramedy," the feature film, called Unsung Hero, will tell the story of the famous duo's mother, Helen Smallbone, as she relied on her faith in holding their family of nine together.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Unsung Hero will be written by Richard Ramsey and produced by Barnett, Powell and David Smallbone. Patel, Joel, Luke and Ben Smallbone will be executive producing.

MovieGuide reports that Radiant Films will be working with Monarch Media to release both movies.

"With the great partnership of Monarch Media and Radiate Films, we're inviting you to join our family's radical journey. With thousands of hours of home camera footage, captivating interviews from key partners and friends, and a defining show at Sydney's Opera House, we're pulling back the curtain on our lives like never before," Joel and Luke Smallbone said in a statement.

At the time of this writing, no release date has been revealed for either film.

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