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Clinton's DNC speech short on social issuesPHILADELPHIA (BP) -- Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's 5,000-word address to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia July 28 devoted a total of one phrase to abortion and even less to so-called homosexual rights.
The sparse mention of social issues led Walter Bradley, a former Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission trustee who served as New Mexico's Republican lieutenant governor from 1995-2002, to express concern Clinton seemed to "avoid these very important issues." Read More
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Lawsuit targets city's grant to National BaptistsKANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Atheists have sued a National Baptist pastor and Kansas City government leaders over a $65,000 grant approved for use during the Baptist group's upcoming national convention in the city.
The grant to John Modest Miles Ministries, a community nonprofit arm of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City, violates Missouri law that prohibits public aid for religious purposes, American Atheists Inc. and two of its Kansas City members claim in a lawsuit posted on the American Atheists' website. Read More
Affton replant reclaims its communityAFFTON, Mo. (BP) -- An interim pastor told the dwindling, aging congregation he was to help "transition," that First Baptist Church of Affton was on its death journey.
He showed them the statistics, demographics, and physically less-able status of members mostly in their 70s and beyond, and, "We told him we weren't just going to roll over and play dead," said Bill Wright, 72 and chairman of the deacons.
But the church did die -- intentionally -- and on Easter, a new church was born. Read More
CCCU board considers membership requirements
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) board of directors is considering recommendations for new membership and affiliate guidelines during meetings this week, amid differences over same-sex marriage hiring policies. Read More
Atheist responds to Baptists' service & loveSEATTLE (BP) -- Kim Menon was an avowed atheist. As a child, her parents took her to church but no one could satisfy her with the answers she sought.
"I thought believers just weren't intelligent enough," Menon said.
Now a kindergarten teacher in Seattle, education is a central part of Menon's life. Striving to get involved in her students' lives and to know their parents, she believes that's how students best learn and grow. But Menon had no idea this path would lead her into a Christian commitment. Read More
DNC features PPFA head, talk of 'glass ceiling'PHILADELPHIA (BP) -- Talk of Hillary Clinton's Methodist roots, an address by Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards and discussion of Clinton's becoming the first female presidential nominee of a major U.S. political party were among the newsworthy events July 26 at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
On the day delegates officially nominated Clinton, her husband, former President Bill Clinton, delivered a keynote address chronicling their life together and her record of public service, including its religious influences. Read More