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  • Sudan called 'disaster for religious liberty'

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, July 05, 2017 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has urged the U.S. State Department not to ignore religious freedom and persecution issues before possibly lifting sanctions on the government of Sudan.

    The ERLC joined six other organizations -- including Samaritan's Purse, the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) and the Enough Project -- in a June 29 letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calling for his department's consideration of Sudan's treatment of religious minorities. The organizations sent the letter as the State Department nears a July 12 deadline for lifting sanctions on the East African country. Read More

  • Capitol Hill panel discusses religious liberty ruling

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, June 30, 2017 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in a religious freedom case is not about government funding of the church's mission, but it will have far-reaching results, a Capitol Hill audience was told Thursday night (June 29).

    Panelists in a conversation co-sponsored by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) explained the impact of a June 26 opinion by the high court and how Christians should respond to the debate over church-state relations. Read More

  • ERLC helps lead call for justice reform

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, June 22, 2017 (2 months ago)

    The Southern Baptist Convention's ethics entity has joined with Prison Fellowship and other organizations in an appeal to Christians to work for a "fair and redemptive" justice system in the world's leading incarcerating country. Read More

  • Deporting Iraqi Christians called 'death sentence'

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, June 20, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist religious freedom advocate Russell Moore has joined other evangelical leaders in urging the Trump administration to stop its deportation of Christians to Iraq.

    Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), and six others asked John Kelly, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, in a letter Monday (June 19) to end the deportations until Iraq's government can protect religious minorities. Recent reports have indicated the federal government has started the process of deporting Chaldean Christians back to their homeland, where the United States government has designated the murderous campaign of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) as genocide. Read More

  • ERLC prioritizes life, parenting, Moore says

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, June 15, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    PHOENIX (BP) -- Protection of human life and preparation of parents have been among the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's priorities during the last year, Russell Moore told messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention Wednesday (June 14).

    In his annual report to the convention, Moore, the ERLC's president, said the entity's efforts during the past year have included: Read More

  • ERLC Academy provides equipping on ethics

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, May 25, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Pastors, seminary students, Bible teachers, ministry leaders and writers were among those who gathered in Nashville for a crash course in Christian ethics. Participants testified they came away better prepared to address the difficult issues of the day.

    The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission sponsored its ERLC Academy for the third consecutive year May 22-23 and followed it with a three-day doctoral seminar. Read More

  • Christ-centered parenting focus of ERLC efforts

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (3 months ago)

    Christ-centered parenting will be the focus of a two-pronged effort by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission in August, when it will hold its annual national conference and debut a new, small group study. Read More

  • La. Executive Board concludes study of ERLC

    by David Roach, posted Friday, May 12, 2017 (3 months ago)

    The Louisiana Baptist Convention's Executive Board has concluded a study of "issues of concern" related to the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Read More

  • ERLC panel ponders truth amid today's media mistrust

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, May 04, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Christians should turn to diverse sources, practice patience and humility, and extend grace in a culture plagued by fake news and mistrust of the media, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and a panel of journalists said May 2 on Capitol Hill.

    Two reporters and a congressional communications specialist joined Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), to discuss the Christian response to the growth of intentionally misleading information, especially on social media, and the bias often perceived in the mainstream media -- especially after the contentious 2016 election campaign. Read More

  • Trump administration denies funds to UNFPA

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, April 07, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration's reactivation of another international pro-life policy -- this time by withholding funds for a controversial United Nations family planning agency linked to the support of China's coercive, population-control program -- has drawn praise from pro-life advocates.

    The State Department announced in an April 3 letter it would not forward congressionally approved money to the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) because of its partnership with a Chinese government program that includes forced abortions and sterilizations. ... Read More