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  • Obama farewell draws mixed response from Baptists

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, January 11, 2017 (one year ago)

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    CHICAGO (BP) -- Following President Obama's farewell address Jan. 11 in Chicago, Southern Baptists who have met with him personally reflected on his "liberal" social policies, apparent commitment to family, and status as America's first black president.

    Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank S. Page said he "watched the presidential speech with great interest" and has appreciated Obama's example as a husband and father despite deep disagreements with the president on some issues. Read More

  • Presidential transition prompts calls for prayer

    by David Roach, posted Friday, November 11, 2016 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Prayer for a smooth presidential transition and thankfulness for the American tradition of peaceful leadership transfer are among Southern Baptists' prescriptions for the 73 days between Election Day and Donald Trump's inauguration as America's 45th president.

    "Through history, transitioning political power has usually been bloody [and] involved great social upheaval, destruction of property and personal uncertainty," said Daniel Heimbach, a Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary professor who served in the George H.W. Bush administration. "And those who lose power have usually been killed, banished or at least ostracized. Read More

  • SCOTUS pick lacks record on social issues, critics say

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, March 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Merrick Garland, a federal judge described in media reports as a "moderate" with little judicial record on abortion or same-sex marriage, is President Obama's choice to fill a Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

    Announcing his pick from the White House Rose Garden today (March 16), Obama praised Garland's ability to build consensus among "colleagues with wide-ranging judicial philosophies" and told Senate Republicans failing to consider the nomination would be "an abdication of the Senate's constitutional duty." Read More

  • State of the Union addresses gay marriage, Islam

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, January 13, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- In his final State of the Union address, President Obama praised nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage, warned against overemphasizing the threat posed by the terrorist group ISIS and touted American exceptionalism.

    The hour-long address made no reference to abortion-related issues, including the attempt by conservatives to withdraw government funding from Planned Parenthood, America's largest abortion provider. Obama proposed few legislative agenda items to the Republican-controlled House and Senate, opting instead to review some of his administration's accomplishments. At times, he criticized 2016 Republican presidential candidates without naming them specifically. Read More

  • Obama's claims on Islam evaluated

    by David Roach, posted Monday, December 07, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- In an address on a "new phase" in America's war on terror, President Obama said committing acts of violence in the name of Allah represents a perversion of Islam.

    Presenting a televised speech from the Oval Office for just the second time in his presidency, according to the Associated Press, Obama called Muslims "to speak out against ... those interpretations of Islam that are incompatible with the values of religious tolerance, mutual respect and human dignity." He called all Americans "to ... Read More

  • Page: Obama's comments on poverty disappointing

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- President Obama's suggestion that evangelicals often devote more resources to fighting abortion than caring for the poor reflects ignorance concerning denominations like the Southern Baptist Convention, Frank S. Page said on a national radio broadcast.

    "We are involved" in fighting poverty, Page, president of the SBC Executive Committee said May 16 on the "Washington Watch" radio program's weekend edition hosted by Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. "So there was both arrogance and ignorance involved in his comments. It bothered me deeply. We care about people." Read More

  • White House decries therapy for homosexuals

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, April 14, 2015 (3 years ago)

    "The White House selects what it wants to believe." -- Tim Wilkins
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The White House's claim that so-called conversion therapy for homosexuals should be illegal has sparked replies from Christian ministers and counselors who say President Obama's position is based on biased research and threatens religious liberty. Read More

  • ANALYSIS: Is lying that bad?

    by David Roach, posted Friday, February 13, 2015 (3 years ago)

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Please see additional story “Quran: lying allowed to protect Muslims” below this article.

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Reports of apparent lies by NBC News anchor Brian Williams and President Obama have highlighted the prevalence of dishonesty among Americans as well as the dismissive attitude many have toward it. But the Bible portrays lying as a violation of God's intended order for the universe -- with consequences as real as those that come from failed attempts to violate the laws of physics or medical science. Read More