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Congress' prayer tradition upheld by federal judgeWASHINGTON (BP) -- The constitutionality of legislative prayer gained reaffirmation Wednesday (Oct. 11) when a federal court dismissed an atheist's challenge of the U.S. House of Representatives' right to bar him from delivering an invocation.
Federal Judge Rosemary Collyer of the District of Columbia said U.S. Supreme Court precedent undergirds the long tradition of prayer to open congressional sessions and the House's rules in carrying out the practice. Collyer's support for legislative prayer in Congress came three months after a federal appeals court invalidated the practice in a North Carolina county. Read More
Congress majority Christian, but less ProtestantNASHVILLE (BP) -- Congress has remained majority Christian and Protestant for as long as the Pew Research Center has been tracking data, but the number of Protestants has declined by nearly 20 percentage points.
Since Pew began tracking religion in 1961 during the 87th Congress, the body has declined from 95 percent to 91 percent Christian. Protestants, while still maintaining a majority, have declined from 75 percent in 1961 to 56 percent today, Pew announced. Read More
Southern Baptists win re-election to CongressWASHINGTON (BP) -- All Southern Baptist members of Congress participating in the Nov. 8 election successfully defended their seats.
Three senators and 26 representatives -- all members of Southern Baptist churches -- won re-election. With three other senators who were not up for re-election, Southern Baptists will count at least 32 of their own in the Senate and House of Representatives when the next Congress convenes in January. Some Southern Baptists whom Baptist Press is unaware of may have been elected for the first time. Read More
SWBTS profs address World Congress of Families“[T]itanic global contest over the nature of society and the fate of children … has now come to a head.”-World Congress of Family’s “Tbilisi Declaration”FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Evan Lenow and Candi Finch from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s faculty were among 50-plus speakers at the 10th World Congress of Families in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia.
In a “Tbilisi Declaration,” the congress warned that “a titanic contest over the nature of society and the fate of children … has now come to a head.”
“On the one side are gathered the forces combining revolution with retrogression, novelty with depravity, and cries of liberation with a new slavery,” the declaration pointed out. “This movement elevates sexual desire and atomistic individualism to the highest of human values. It denies any natural order to human life. And it degrades children into nuisances or tools to serve adult ends. Read More
Global religious freedom draws leaders' appealReligious freedom: the "ultimate counter-terrorism weapon."-- Russell Moore & other letter signersWASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's lead religious freedom advocate is part of a widely diverse, informal coalition urging Congress to strengthen protections for the rights of people of faith overseas. Read More
FLOYD: America needs heroic leadershipSPRINGDALE, Ark. (BP) -- Christianity is alive and well in Washington, D.C., in spite of what you may read on your smartphones or watch on television.
This past week, I spent two days in our nation's capital, where I joined thousands of our fellow countrymen at the National Prayer Breakfast. I also saw firsthand the work of Southern Baptist lawmakers in Congress. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: The gritty reality of freedom
Congressman Randy Forbes writes about "the gritty reality of protecting freedom" at a time when First Amendment guarantees face the threat of restrictions "in the name of tolerance or social benefit." Read More
Southern Baptists in Congress now 37WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist representation in Congress dropped as a result of the Nov. 4 election.
The House of Representatives will include 30 Southern Baptists when the next Congress convenes in January. That will be four fewer than in the current House. The Senate will remain the same at six Southern Baptists, with one Southern Baptist replacing another. Read More