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Homeschoolers' request for asylum questioned by judgesCINCINNATI (BP) -- A German family should be granted asylum in the U.S. because their native government is denying a fundamental human right by preventing them from homeschooling their children, attorney Michael Farris told a three-judge panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday (April 23) in Cincinnati."It's the parents' right to direct the education of their children." -- Michael FarrisBut the judges suggested that they may not grant asylum, arguing that mistreatment by the German government is not tantamount to persecution and not necessarily a ground for allowing the family to remain in America.
The family, devout Christians Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their five children, fled Germany in 2008 after facing heavy fines and the threat of losing custody of the children unless they attended school. The Romeikes have since had a sixth child and expect a seventh in June. They were granted asylum by an immigration judge in 2010, but the Obama administration appealed the decision to the Board of Immigration Appeals and won. Read More
German homeschoolers face harassment, jailMORRISTOWN, Tenn. (BP) -- From a distance, the small community of Morristown, Tenn., might remind outsiders of a small hamlet in the German countryside: Quaint houses sit tucked into verdant hillsides, and handfuls of churches dot the landscape. Read More
Pro-life film 'Crescendo' could impact millionsNASHVILLE (BP) -- Imagine millions of people watching a powerful 15-minute pro-life short film, free on YouTube, that recounts the true story of how one of the more famous people in history nearly was aborted. Read More
Panelists: White House failing on rights in China"We cannot continue to tolerate the Chinese Communist authorities continuing to go back on their words and deceiving the international community at will." –- Chen GuangchengWASHINGTON (BP) -- The White House has failed to respond properly to human rights abuses in China, said experts at a recent Capitol Hill hearing.
Chen Guangcheng and Geng He gave testimonies illustrating the brutality of the Chinese regime before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee April 9. Read More
N.C. plan aims to plant, strengthen churches
EDITOR'S NOTE: In addition to this overview story by the Biblical Recorder of the proposed strategy and reorganization of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, today's [URL=http://bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=40137]From the States[/URL] includes a story by the state convention's communications office providing an added look at the proposed strategy.
CARY, N.C. (BP) -- The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina's Executive Committee has approved a plan to "tear down silos," str... Read More
TRUSTEES: NOBTS adds academic division
NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary's trustees approved a new academic division and new degrees during their spring meeting April 17. The board also elected three new faculty members.
Trustees voted to move the counseling program from the seminary's Pastoral Ministries Division and the social work program from the Christian Education Division into a new academic group called the Division of Church and Community Ministries. The division brings together two programs w... Read More
NOBTS trustees commend Kelley's leadership
NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- In their yearly evaluation of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Chuck Kelley, trustees commended his leadership as visionary, noted his achievements and expressed confidence in his leadership into the future.
During the trustees' April meeting each year, the board undertakes a thorough evaluation of the president's performance in the previous year. As with all personnel discussions, the discussion takes place in executive session and a brief statement ab... Read More
FROM THE STATES: N.C., Calif. & Ill. evangelism/missions news; a "historic day in the life of our Convention"
Today's From the States features items from:
Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
California Southern Baptist
Proposed N.C. strategy focuses on
disciple-making, impacting lostness
By Melissa Lilley
EDITOR'S NOTE: An overview story by the Biblical Recorder of the proposed strategy and reorganization of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina can be accessed [URL=http://bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=40134]here[/URL]. This story in From the States by t... Read More
WORLDVIEW: Boston and Syria, through God's eyes
Columnist Erich Bridges says he mourns the victims of the Boston attack but he can't forget the refugee family he met from Syria, where an average of 100 civilians die each day from the civil war. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Painting refrigerator art for the Father
Columnist Mike Leake compares the love he shows his young son when he receives odd-looking refrigerator art to the love God shows His children. Read More