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  • Trump urges unity, but response divided

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, January 31, 2018 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- President Trump called for unity across party lines in his first State of the Union speech following a contentious opening year for his administration.

    Speaking to a joint session of Congress and a national television audience, the president told Democrats and Republicans, "[I]t is not enough to come together only in times of tragedy. Tonight, I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people. This is really the key. These are the people we were elected to serve." Read More

  • State of the Union addresses gay marriage, Islam

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, January 13, 2016 (3 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

  • FLOYD: The spiritual state of our union

    by Ronnie Floyd, posted Monday, January 11, 2016 (3 years ago)

    Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd, assessing the spiritual state of the union, notes that America's founders intended "a nation first subject to God -- and subject to His higher law -- so that our respect for our creator would provide a baseline for our 'more perfect union.'" Read More

  • Obama threatens vetoes in State of Union speech

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, January 21, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- President Obama promised during his State of the Union speech Tuesday (Jan. 20) to veto any effort by the new Republican Congress to roll back health-care reform or his immigration orders.

    In his sixth State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress and a national television audience, Obama focused much of his early attention on "middle-class economics" but addressed a litany of issues during the 61-minute speech. In response, some conservative lawmakers and other leaders indicated his economic proposals actually will harm families. Read More

  • Floyd on Fox: America must 'return to God'

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, January 20, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- As Americans focus on President Obama's State of the Union address, they should also consider the spiritual state of the Union, Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd said during an appearance on the Fox News Channel Jan. 20.

    "I believe it's time that the faith leaders of our country stand up and encourage our country to return to God," Floyd said via Skype on Fox's "The Real Story." "This country was based off of a strong Christian faith many, many years ago, and it's time that we understand that no longer can we check our faith at the door like a piece of luggage." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The Spiritual State of the Union

    by Ronnie Floyd, posted Tuesday, January 20, 2015 (3 years ago)

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. (BP) -- This is the State of the Union season, where our president will address the nation, governors will address their respective states, and mayors will address their respective cities. They will unveil their dreams for today and hopes for tomorrow.

    Questions worth asking Read More