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  • Lankford, Moore amplify separation of church & state

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, January 17, 2018 (11 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Two Southern Baptists -- one a U.S. senator and the other a convention entity head -- said on Religious Freedom Day the idea of "separation of church and state" entails freedom -- rather than limitations -- to Americans in the practice of their faith.

    Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, co-wrote "The Real Meaning of the Separation of Church and State" for the celebration Tuesday (Jan. 16) of the country's heritage of religious freedom. Time magazine published the article online. Read More

  • ISIS surrenders in droves at stronghold in Iraq

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, October 10, 2017 (one year ago)

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    HAWIJA, Iraq (BP) -- Islamic State fighters surrendered en masse to Kurdish Iraqi forces in Hawija, shriveling the jihad army to perhaps a 10th of its size when it invaded Iraq in 2014, according to widespread news reports.

    About 1,000 jihadists surrendered over a span of three days as Iraq recaptured the Islamic State stronghold of Hawija Oct. 5, ending two weeks of fighting, the New York Times reported Oct. 8. Read More

  • Church police dept. would be U.S. first under Ala. bill

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, April 27, 2017 (one year ago)

    A church could be the first congregation in the nation to open its own police force under a bill progressing through the Alabama legislature, despite disagreement whether it would violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Read More

  • Pray for Aleppo, Southern Baptist leaders urge

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, December 15, 2016 (one year ago)

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    ALEPPO, Syria (BP) -- Southern Baptist leaders are exhorting Christians to pray for Aleppo, Syria, a city being destroyed in civil war between the Syrian government and rebels including the Islamic State.

    The latest call for prayer follows the desperate pleas of residents who believed their death was imminent as the Syrian government reportedly made significant progress in overtaking and evacuating rebel-held areas in eastern Aleppo. The United Nations received multiple reports of execution-style killings -- although it was not clear whether the perpetrators were government or rebel forces -- and as many as 6,000 men who had tried to evacuate eastern Aleppo have been forced to fight for the Syrian government, the New York Times reported Dec. 13. Read More

  • In IS-torn Iraq & Syria, rays of hope for Christians

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, November 04, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    MIDDLE EAST (BP) -- While the Islamic State maintains territorial strongholds in Syria and Iraq, Christians have reportedly been able to remain in or return to areas where they held majorities before civil war began.

    Alqosh, about 30 miles north of IS-held Mosul, is described as the last Christian town in Iraq, with 500 Christian families, four churches and two monasteries, World Watch Monitor reported Thursday (Nov. 3). Iraqi soldiers are liberating several surrounding communities in the Nineveh Plain north of Mosul, including Qaraqosh, Karamles and Bartella, allowing some Christians to return to their homes despite fear of landmines left behind by Islamic State terrorists, World Watch said. Read More

  • ANALYSIS: God in Thanksgiving proclamations

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, November 25, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Each fall since 1863, the sitting U.S. president has issued a proclamation declaring a national day of Thanksgiving. Though perhaps viewed by some as merely a pro forma holiday ritual, these proclamations evidence the rich American tradition of government leaders' officially invoking God's guidance and care.

    Without violating the First Amendment's prohibition of establishing an official American religion, these proclamations highlight the validity of official and public ... Read More

  • Court upholds inmate's religious liberty

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, January 20, 2015 (3 years ago)

    "Religious liberty isn't a prize earned by those with the most political clout."

    -- Russell Moore

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously delivered a victory for the religious liberty of prison inmates Tuesday (Jan. 20).

    The justices ruled the Arkansas Department of Corrections violated the religious free exercise of a Muslim prisoner by prohibiting him from growing a beard in order to practice his beliefs. The high court found the prison system failed to abide by the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), a 2000 federal law. Read More

  • Ky. Baptists urged to 'Tell Your Story'

    by Todd Deaton/Western Recorder, posted Thursday, November 13, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Photo by Robin Cornetet/KBC
    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (BP) -- Sharing inspiring stories of their salvation in convention addresses and ministry reports, keynote speakers and ministry leaders encouraged their fellow Kentucky Baptists to "Tell Your Story." Read More