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Proposed rule will erode students’ religious liberty, ERLC says

WASHINGTON (BP) – A proposed rule by the Department of Education would greatly reduce the religious freedom of college students, the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission told the federal agency.

ERLC trustees OK senior staff additions, award recipients

NASHVILLE (BP) – Trustees of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission approved additions to the senior staff and recipients of two annual awards in the mid-year meeting of the Southern Baptist entity’s board.

ERLC aims to aid churches, speak to world, Leatherwood says at installation

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s primary goal is to help Southern Baptist churches and, “from that service, speak to a watching world,” Brent Leatherwood said Monday night (March 20) during his installation as the entity’s ninth president.

Federal proposal would burden faith-based groups, says ERLC

WASHINGTON (BP)—The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has called on nine federal agencies to revoke a proposed rule it says would unduly burden the rights of faith-based organizations that take part in government programs.

Human embryos are not property, Baptists say of judge’s ruling

WASHINGTON (BP)—Baptist ethicists and a state convention leader have decried a Virginia judge’s ruling that human embryos are property in a decision in which he cited pre-Civil War state laws regarding the distribution of slaves.

California penalizes Walgreens as battle over abortion pill mounts

NASHVILLE (BP) – The battle over the abortion pill is escalating in some states.

HHS proposal would roll back conscience rights, ERLC says

WASHINGTON (BP) – A proposed regulation regarding conscience protections actually would result in fewer safeguards for the right of Americans to act according to their beliefs, a Southern Baptist entity has told the Biden administration.

Walgreens’ action on abortion pill falls short, ERLC says

NASHVILLE (BP) – Walgreens’ decision not to dispense abortion pills in nearly half of the 50 states is an inadequate response to concerns about the drug, according to the Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity.

ERA deadline debated in Senate hearing

WASHINGTON (BP)—Senators and lawyers disagreed Tuesday (Feb. 28) in a congressional hearing regarding the latest attempt to revive the Equal Rights Amendment more than four decades after the controversial proposal reached its deadline for ratification.

Luter: ‘Authentic racial unity’ goal of Unify Project

NASHVILLE (BP) – An “authentic racial unity” in the Southern Baptist Convention that offers evidence to other sectors of American life of what is possible on the issue is a goal of the Unify Project, Fred Luter, the lone African American to serve as SBC president, told an online audience Thursday (Feb. 9).