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  • SCOTUS: Trump's ban on trans military service stands

    by Grace Thornton, posted Tuesday, January 22, 2019 (yesterday)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday (Jan. 22) to allow the enforcement of President Trump's ban on transgender military service, a ban previously frozen by lower court injunctions.

    The policy immediately stops transgender persons from entering the military except "under certain limited circumstances," according to media reports. It was first announced by Trump via Twitter in July 2017 and then tweaked in March 2018 to help it pass through lower courts attempting to block it. See related Baptist Press report. Read More

  • Trafficking bill applauded, bolstered with ministry

    by David Roach, posted Monday, January 14, 2019 (9 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Amid the gridlock of a partial federal government shutdown, President Trump and lawmakers came together across party lines to enact anti-human trafficking legislation named for the 19th-century abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

    Travis Wussow, vice president for public policy with Southern Baptists' Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, voiced gratitude "for the leadership of Congressman Chris Smith [a New Jersey Republican who sponsored the legislation] and all those who worked to see the Fredrick Douglass bill become law."

    "This Act brings new resources to the tireless fight of seeking freedom for captives and ... Read More

  • Pastors weigh in on Trump's job performance

    by Aaron Earls, posted Thursday, October 11, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A slim majority of pastors say they approve of the job President Donald Trump has done in the White House, according to a new study, but many are unsure.

    A LifeWay Research study of Protestant senior pastors found 51 percent approve of how President Trump has handled the job, with 25 percent strongly approving. The study was conducted Aug. 29-Sept. 11.

    "After almost two years of actions and statements from the White House, most pastors likely ... Read More

  • Trump hosts evangelicals to celebrate faith, freedom

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, August 28, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Some 100 evangelicals, including Southern Baptists, attended a White House dinner Aug. 27 to celebrate what President Trump called "America's heritage of faith, family and freedom."

    The event included remarks by Trump, prayer and an opportunity for attendees to reflect publicly on the Trump administration. Vice President Mike Pence also was in attendance. Among Southern Baptist attendees were Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear, former SBC Presidents Ronnie Floyd and Jack Graham and former SBC Second Vice President Malachi O'Brien. Read More

  • Administration gains high marks on religious liberty

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, August 15, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration is receiving high marks so far for its religious liberty record from many advocates for the First Amendment freedom.

    The July 30 announcement of a religious liberty task force in the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Aug. 10 release of a Department of Labor policy directive to protect religious free exercise are the latest in a series of administration actions applauded by defenders of freedom of belief and practice. Yet, some advocates also say more remains to be done by this White House to safeguard religious liberty. Read More

  • Kavanaugh nod nonpartisan, pro-Kingdom, Greear says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, July 13, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    DURHAM, N.C. (BP) -- Keeping the Southern Baptist Convention out of politics remains a goal of the SBC's president and vice presidents, J.D. Greear said in defending their endorsement of President Trump's justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

    "All three of us have a desire to keep the SBC out of politics, but we also want to speak with clarity in those places we feel like there is clarity," Greear said in a July 12 Facebook Live interview. "And when it came to potential justice Kavanaugh, here's somebody who has a history of standing for the sanctity ... Read More

  • Mike Pence meeting sparks reports, prayer in churches

    by David Roach, posted Monday, April 16, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Prayer for America's leaders and reports of a pastors' meeting with Vice President Mike Pence were among the components of worship in some Southern Baptist churches Sunday (April 15).

    The prayer times and reports followed an April 11 meeting involving Pence and several dozen pastors and their wives in Washington for the Mega Metro Conference, an annual gathering for pastors of Southern Baptist churches with average worship attendance of at least 3,000 or average Sunday School attendance of at least 2,000. Read More

  • Trump's faith focus of book, advisors' reflections

    by David Roach, posted Monday, February 19, 2018 (11 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Three Southern Baptist members of an informal evangelical advisory council for President Trump have echoed the assessment of a new book on the president's faith: he seems to possess a growing eagerness for spiritual knowledge.

    Those advisors -- Ronnie Floyd, Jack Graham and Richard Land -- also say they have witnessed believers share the Gospel with Trump on multiple occasions. They noted that most of the president's evangelical advisors have not hesitated to speak bold truth to him on issues ranging from the sanctity of life and religious liberty to ... Read More

  • Trump at Prayer Breakfast: 'Lord's grace all around us'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- America's heritage of faith and ongoing experience of God's grace were President Trump's focus in an address today (Feb. 8) at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.

    "Each year, this event reminds us that faith is central to American life and to liberty," Trump said. "Our founders invoked our Creator four times in the Declaration of Independence. Our currency declares, 'In God we trust.' And we place our hands on our hearts as we recite the Pledge of Allegiance and proclaim we are 'one nation under God.'" Read More

  • Views on Trump 'not a distraction,' pastors say

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, January 31, 2018 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- In the wake of President Trump's first State of the Union address, the presidents of five Baptist state conventions say believers in the churches they lead hold diverse views on the commander-in-chief, but such diversity has not distracted or divided the congregations.

    When queried by Baptist Press, three of the state convention presidents said church members appreciate at least some of Trump's policies. Four mentioned misgivings about the president within the church body. All five said diverse opinions of Trump are no barrier to church unity. Read More