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  • Army chaplain fights charge of unlawful discrimination

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, April 18, 2018 (yesterday)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist chaplain Jerry Scott Squires is fighting a U.S. Army investigator's charge of unlawful discrimination for refusing to preside over a marriage retreat including same-sex couples.

    But Squires followed federal law and Army and Southern Baptist Convention chaplaincy protocol when he rescheduled a Feb. 9 Strong Bonds marriage retreat in order to involve a non-SBC chaplain, thereby accommodating the attendance of a lesbian couple, First Liberty Institute said in an April 17 letter to the Army in Squires' defense. Read More

  • Religious liberty ruled no basis for transgender policy

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, March 12, 2018 (one month ago)

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    CINCINNATI (BP) -- Religious freedom provides no legal basis to discipline transgender workers who violate workplace gender policies, a U.S. appeals court has ruled in a groundbreaking decision.

    The March 7 decision is the first to extend Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 to transgender individuals charging discrimination based on sexual identity, and reverses a lower court ruling that had protected the workplace under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Read More

  • Tillerson's religious liberty stand draws praise

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist and other religious freedom advocates praised Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's defense of religious freedom -- especially his unequivocal labeling of the crimes of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria as genocide -- upon the release of an annual report Tuesday (Aug. 15).

    In introducing the International Religious Freedom Report for 2016, Tillerson said he was removing "any ambiguity from previous statements or reports by the State Department." Read More

  • Gay marriage suit reinstated against Ky. county clerk

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, May 03, 2017 (one year ago)

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    CINCINNATI (BP) -- A Cincinnati appeals court has reinstated a homosexual couple's lawsuit seeking damages from county clerk Kim Davis who refused to issue the couple a marriage license because of her religion.

    Davis spent five days in jail when she refused repeatedly to issue a marriage license to David Ermold and David Moore, days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage across the nation in June 2015. Read More

  • Religious freedom dying in Russia, missionary says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, April 28, 2017 (one year ago)

    Russia's nationwide outlaw of Jehovah's Witnesses will likely ricochet and strike other religions outside of Russian Orthodoxy there, said a Baptist missionary forced to shut down his church in central Russia. Read More

  • Christian club wins free speech fight at N.C. State

    by Molly Hulsey/ WORLD News Service, posted Monday, August 15, 2016 (one year ago)

    NORTH CAROLINA (BP) -- In 2015, North Carolina State University reintroduced the renovated Talley Student Union as a place to share ideas and advocate for campus clubs. But administrators welcomed some beliefs more than others, according to campus ministry Grace Christian Life. The group sued, and finally convinced the school to alter its free speech policy.

    In September 2015, Todd Valentine, an N.C. State senior, and Thommy Saunders, a Grace staff member, visited the student union without a permit -- as Grace members have for 20 years. They initiated conversations with students about ... Read More

  • Malaysian court approves landmark Christian conversion case

    by Julia A. Seymour/WORLD News Service, posted Tuesday, April 12, 2016 (2 years ago)

    MALAYSIA (BP) -- A Malaysian court affirmed the right of a former Muslim to convert to Christianity in a landmark ruling handed down just before Easter.

    Rooney Rebit converted to Christianity in 1999 and was baptized at age 24, according to World Watch Monitor (WWM). But he was officially considered Muslim due to his parents' conversion to Islam when he was 8. Read More

  • Canada removes religious freedom office

    by Evan Wilt/WORLD News Service , posted Tuesday, April 05, 2016 (2 years ago)

    CANADA (BP) -- Canada's new Liberal government decided the country no longer needs an office dedicated to religious freedom, allowing it to expire on March 31.

    "We now have one less strong partner and one less voice for religious freedom," Katrina Lantos Swett, commissioner of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, told WORLD News Service. "This is a very unfortunate message to send out to the rest of the world at this time." Read More

  • Homosexual activist group targets Bapt. schools

    by Will Hall, Baptist Message, posted Friday, January 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP) -- The homosexual activist group Human Rights Campaign has targeted 23 institutions of higher learning with Southern Baptist ties in a report that also names 35 other colleges and universities with distinct Christian identities.

    Released just before the 2015 Christmas season, the report, "Hidden Discrimination: Title IX Religious Exemptions Putting LGBT Students at Risk," asks Obama Administration education officials to increase reporting requirements for these 58 schools because each was granted "exemptions of interest" relating to either "gender identity" or "sexual orientation" or both. Read More