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Lankford, Moore amplify separation of church & stateWASHINGTON (BP) -- Two Southern Baptists -- one a U.S. senator and the other a convention entity head -- said on Religious Freedom Day the idea of "separation of church and state" entails freedom -- rather than limitations -- to Americans in the practice of their faith.
Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, co-wrote "The Real Meaning of the Separation of Church and State" for the celebration Tuesday (Jan. 16) of the country's heritage of religious freedom. Time magazine published the article online. Read More
Wisc. school drops appeal, transgender fight continuesKENOSHA, Wisconsin (BP) -- For two years, the U.S. Supreme Court has been able to avoid the inevitable, but the justices will be asked, most likely this year, to define the meaning of "sex" in Title IX.
Transgender schoolchildren and their attorneys argue gender identity is a protected class under the federal education nondiscrimination law, and judges mostly have agreed. A confluence of cases is headed to appeals courts across the country, pitting transgender students' demands for access to the restrooms and locker rooms of their choice against schools' attempts to maintain privacy for all students. Read More
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Study: Post-abortion ministry yields spiritual renewalNASHVILLE (BP) -- Nearly 20 percent of post-abortive women who sought help from a crisis pregnancy center say their experience led them to a "deepened spiritual life," with 7.5 percent saying abortion drove them to faith in Christ, according to a study published by the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.
"You often hear about how pregnancy centers are saving babies," said Dean Inserra, a Florida pastor who serves on the board of A Women's Pregnancy Center in Tallahassee. "... But maybe the most underrated thing they're doing is the counseling of women who have had abortions." Read More
Hawaii missile alert spurred witness, goodbyes to familyHONOLULU (BP) -- Praying, sharing the Gospel and contacting loved ones were among Hawaii Baptists' reactions when a mistaken alert message Jan. 13 said a ballistic missile could strike them within minutes.
Shortly after 8 a.m. local time, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency sent an alert to cell phones on the islands stating, "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill." A television banner added, "A missile may impact on land or sea within minutes."
State government officials revoked the alert after 38 minutes, according to media reports, and later said the message went out because of human error. But amid heightened tension with North Korea, some Hawaiians and tourists thought their lives could end within the hour. Read More