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  • Platt apologizes for 'divisive' IMB amicus brief

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, February 16, 2017 (11 months ago)

    ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) -- International Mission Board President David Platt has apologized to Southern Baptists for the divisive nature of an amicus brief the IMB joined last May in support of a New Jersey's Islamic society's right to build a mosque.

    "I apologize to Southern Baptists for how distracting and divisive this has been," Platt said Feb. 15 during a meeting with Baptist state paper editors in Ontario, Calif.

    "I can say with full confidence," he said, "that in the days ahead, IMB will have a process in place to keep us focused on our primary mission: partnering with churches to empower limitless missionary teams for evangelizing, discipling, planting and multiplying healthy churches, and training leaders among unreached peoples and places for the glory of God." Read More

  • Mosque case prompts IMB policy tweak

    by David Roach, posted Friday, January 27, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Ongoing discussion of a federal court case concerning religious liberty for Muslims has prompted the resignation of an International Mission Board trustee and a revision of the IMB's process for submitting friend of the court briefs.

    Dean Haun, pastor of First Baptist Church in Morristown, Tenn., resigned from the IMB trustee board in November based on his conviction the IMB should not have joined a friend of the court brief last May supporting the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, N.J., (ISBR) in its religious discrimination lawsuit against a local planning board. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission also joined the brief. Read More

  • Judge in mosque case: Bapt. church treated 'better'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, January 06, 2017 (one year ago)

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    BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, N.J. (BP) -- A federal judge's ruling that a New Jersey Islamic society faced unlawful religious discrimination has noted local Baptists were treated "differently and better" under similar circumstances.

    The ruling came in a case that stirred discussion among Southern Baptists last year when the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and the International Mission Board joined a friend of the court brief advocating religious liberty for the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, N.J. (ISBR). Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank S. Page clarified amid controversy at the time and again today (Jan. 6) that Cooperative Program funds have not been, and will not be, used to fund construction of mosques. Read More

  • 9/11 called catalyst for missions to Muslims

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 09, 2016 (one year ago)

    NEW YORK (BP) -- When radical Islamic terrorists brought down the World Trade Center's Twin Towers 15 years ago, they didn't realize their actions would also help bring down walls to reaching Muslims with the Gospel.

    But that's exactly what happened.

    In the years since Sept. 11, 2001, the number of Unengaged, Muslim Unreached People Groups (UMUPGs) in the world has decreased by nearly 20 percent, from 1,333 in 2001 to 1,077 today, according to statistics provided by Vision 5:9, a coalition of Christian missions organizations focused on reaching Muslims. Read More

  • Failed coup leaves Turkey's Christians on edge

    by Mark Kelly, posted Thursday, July 21, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In the aftermath of a failed military coup, Christians in Turkey are likely to face increased scrutiny and more persecution, an international security expert told Baptist Press.

    An estimated 50,000-60,000 people -- soldiers, police, judges, prosecutors, civil servants and teachers -- have been fired or detained since the July 15 coup attempt, according to news reports.

    The coup is widely seen as move by elements of the military opposed to the increased political influence of Islam in the constitutionally secular country. Turkey's president, Tayyip Erdogan, has declared a three-month state of emergency, allowing him to bypass parliament to enact new laws and restrict or suspend freedoms, the BBC reported. Read More

  • Terror attack in Nice spawns prayer, questions

    by David Roach, posted Friday, July 15, 2016 (one year ago)

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    NICE, France (BP) -- A terrorist attack yesterday (July 14) in Nice, France, that left at least 84 people dead has prompted calls for prayer as well as speculation on the role Islamic extremism may have played.

    International Mission Board spokeswoman Julie McGowan told Baptist Press the IMB does not discuss the location of its personnel "due to security considerations for IMB personnel and the national believers with whom they work." But McGowan noted, "However, with any breaking news event, we are in contact with anyone who might be affected, due to travel and other reasons, to confirm their safety and ... Read More

  • Mosque lawsuit: editor, profs, ERLC, IMB weigh in

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, June 09, 2016 (one year ago)

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    BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, N.J. (BP) -- The proposed construction of a mosque in New Jersey has prompted discussion among Southern Baptists of the proper way to protect Muslims' religious liberty.

    Today (June 9) a trio of Southern Baptist professors -- Jason Duesing, provost at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Thomas White, president of Cedarville University; and Malcolm Yarnell, professor of systematic theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary -- issued an open letter deeming it "inappropriate to question whether Muslims should retain the right freely to practice their religion" even though "granting such rights to some forms of Islam might one day lead to the threatening of Christians in our worship." Read More

  • Resist 'civilization jihad,' NRB speakers urge

    by David Roach, posted Friday, February 26, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The U.S. government has been unwittingly complicit with a "pre-violent" form of Islamist attack on the West known as "civilization jihad."

    That was the allegation of Center for Security Policy president Frank Gaffney and other speakers during a Feb. 25 lunch at Proclaim 16, the National Religious Broadcasters' International Christian Media Convention in Nashville. Part of civilization jihad, speakers argued, involves silencing critics of radical Islam and preventing law enforcement officials from investigating potential terrorists based exclusively on their ties with extremist Muslim groups. Read More

  • GOP debate: Trump's proposed Muslim ban challenged

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, December 16, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    LAS VEGAS (BP) -- Donald Trump's proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States drew critique at the first Republican presidential debate since Islamic terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif.

    Following opening statements by the nine top GOP candidates, moderator Wolf Blitzer of CNN asked Trump about his proposal. Read More