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Presidential hopefuls react to gay marriage rulingNASHVILLE (BP) -- Reaction among 2016 presidential candidates to the Supreme Court's nationwide legalization of gay marriage is divided largely along party lines, with all five Democrats in the race lauding the decision and at least 13 of 14 Republicans opposing it.
As marriage and religious liberty moved to center stage of the campaign, one pastor and former U.S. Senate candidate urged Christians to consider supporting a candidate financially. Read More
Baptist universities weigh next step on HHS mandate
NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Houston Baptist University and East Texas Baptist University are among seven faith-based institutions weighing their options in challenging the Obamacare mandate to provide insurance coverage encompassing abortion-inducing drugs.
HBU, ETBU and the other institutions in conjunction with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty are weighing an appeal to the full U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans or to the Supreme Court following a ruling ... Read More
Steven Harris joins ERLC as advocacy directorWASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has named Steven Harris as the director of advocacy in its Washington, D.C., office.
Harris, 29, who served during the last year as a ministry fellow for the Christian Union at Yale University, will advocate for the ERLC's policy positions with Congress as well as the White House and the remainder of the executive branch. He also will provide analysis of legislative proposals and content for the ERLC's website and its other media outlets. Read More
2 churches burned after Nigeria mosque bombingJOS, Nigeria (BP) -- The bombing of a mosque by the terrorist group Boko Haram sparked destruction at two churches in Jos, a major city in Nigeria’s north-central state of Plateau.
The churches were attacked the night of July 5 amid a week of violence attributed to Boko Haram in which as many as 300 people were killed, both Muslims and Christians. The terrorist group’s stated aim is to impose sharia (Islamic law) throughout the country. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: About 5 miles down the road
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (BP) -- After the previous day's Supreme Court ruling, a family gathering stirs Gary Ledbetter, editor of the Southern Baptist TEXAN, to note the value of "wrinkled and scarred relationships" that speak convincingly of love and commitment. "They have seen that doing the right things, generally, produces something worth passing along," he writes. Read More