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Iraq draft constitution fails to protect religious, human rights, USCIRF says
WASHINGTON (BP)--Drafts of Iraq’s permanent constitution are a retreat from the religious and human rights protections in its transitional charter, the United States Commission on International Freedom has noted.
The draft constitution, which Iraqi legislators are scheduled to complete Aug. 15, fails to mention freedom of religion and does not guarantee freedom of conscience, the nonpartisan panel said. In its current form, the charter also restricts women’s rights and Iraq’s human rights responsibilities to those issues that do not conflict with Islamic law, according to the USCIRF.
“If these drafts become law, Iraq’s new democracy risks being crippled from the outset,” USCIRF Chairman Michael Cromartie said July 26 in a letter to Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. ambassador to Iraq.
Report: 'Living together' first may increase odds for divorce
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Much like test driving a car, an increasing number of couples today say they want to "test drive" their relationship by living together before marriage. What they don't know, a new report says, is that they may be dooming the relationship from the start and increasing their chances for divorce if they eventually do marry.
1,000-plus churches commit to Acts 1:8 Challenge in first year
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--More than 1,000 Southern Baptist churches have committed to a new SBC missions initiative designed to help them implement a comprehensive missions strategy involving their community, region, continent and the world.
Fatality in Honduras accident was a ‘well-respected’ dentist
NEW ALBANY, Miss. (BP)--The community of New Albany, Miss., is mourning the loss of a local dentist, Ron Feather, who was killed July 26 when the brakes failed on the vehicle he was riding in during a mission trip to Honduras.
Muslim call to prayer stirs seminarians’ witness for Jesus
SOUTHEAST ASIA (BP)--The adhan, or Muslim call to prayer, echoed through the streets early Monday morning. Starting quietly, the call gained momentum and volume as it stretched on for what seemed like an hour. The call dominated the night, penetrating even the jetlag-induced snores of the Americans who had just arrived in this Southeast Asian country.
Boyce College evangelism teams carry Gospel into community
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Megan Stephens had just finished sharing the Gospel with a student at the University of Louisville, when another conversation caught her attention.
Caner: Fellowship essential for ‘power of God’ in worship
GLORIETA, N.M. (BP)--True corporate worship depends on fellowship among believers, a seminary dean told 500 Music Week participants, noting, “What you and your church take years to build can be destroyed with one cross word, one bad thought, one bitter spirit.
Music minister lists discipleship & evangelism as key priorities
GLORIETA, N.M. (BP)--Music ministries should be tools for discipleship and evangelism rather than performance-centered entities, a Texas music minister said during Music Week at LifeWay Glorieta Conference Center.
2 musicals debut at Glorieta Music Week
GLORIETA, N.M. (BP)--Nearly 500 worship leaders and music ministry participants gathered around the theme of “I saw the Lord” during Music Week, July 10-14 at LifeWay Glorieta Conference Center near Santa Fe, N.M.
WORLDVIEW: Invasion of the ‘residential SUVs’
RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--How much land does a man need?