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Obama threatens vetoes in State of Union speechWASHINGTON (BP) -- President Obama promised during his State of the Union speech Tuesday (Jan. 20) to veto any effort by the new Republican Congress to roll back health-care reform or his immigration orders.
In his sixth State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress and a national television audience, Obama focused much of his early attention on "middle-class economics" but addressed a litany of issues during the 61-minute speech. In response, some conservative lawmakers and other leaders indicated his economic proposals actually will harm families. Read More
Evangelical-Catholic coalition: marriage in crisis
NASHVILLE (BP) -- In the wake of an interfaith Vatican conference on marriage two months ago, a coalition of Roman Catholics and evangelicals -- including Southern Baptist Timothy George -- has issued a statement calling the legalization of same-sex marriage "a graver threat" to society than either "easy acceptance of divorce" or "widespread cohabitation."
"We must say, as clearly as possible, that same-sex unions, even when sanctioned by the state, are not marriages," the statement, titled "The Two Shall Become One Flesh: Reclaiming Marriage," says. "Christians who wish to remain faithful to the Scriptures and Christian tradition cannot embrace this falsification of reality, irrespective of its status in law." Read More
Plano petition drive succeeds, Houston awaits day in court
PLANO, Texas (BP) -- Plano Citizens United, a coalition of churches and civic leaders, cleared the first hurdle this week in rescinding a city ordinance that legal experts said would stymie free speech and religious liberty, while opponents of a similar ordinance in Houston prepare to take their fight to court.
With no preexisting ministerial alliance in place, Plano churches were caught unprepared when the city council, led by Mayor Harry LaRosilier, passed an ordinance Dec. 8 creating a protected class of citizen based on sexual orientation and gender identity. With help from the Houston pastors' coalition, opposition to the ordinance was hastily organized and a successful petition drive launched. Read More
Obama to meet with Naghmeh Abedini in IdahoBOISE, Idaho (BP) -- Naghmeh Abedini, wife of imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini, calls it "an answer to prayer" that President Obama has accepted her invitation to meet with her during his brief visit to Boise, Idaho today (Jan. 21).
"The kids and I will be meeting with President Obama tomorrow! Thank you all for your prayers and support," Naghmeh Abedini tweeted at 6:19 p.m. Jan. 20. "Praise God! It is a miracle!!!" Read More
Foster care program receives $1 million boostBRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP) -- The Tennessee Baptist Children's Homes has received a gift of $1 million for its foster care program.
Former NBA franchise owner George Shinn and his wife Denise, who now live in Franklin, presented the first installment of the gift to TBCH officials Jan. 15 during a special ceremony on the TBCH campus. The gift will be dispersed over the course of several years. Read More
$500,000 grant launches MBTS B.A./M.Div. degree
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- A $500,000 grant will help Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and College launch a new program enabling students to earn a bachelor's degree and master of divinity degree within five years.
The Kern Family Foundation is providing the grant for Midwestern's new "Accelerate" five-year B.A./M.Div. program. Read More