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  • Sudan called 'disaster for religious liberty'

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, July 05, 2017 (17 days 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 (22 days 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

  • Federal court upholds N.C. religious liberty law

    by Leigh Jones/WORLD News Service , posted Thursday, June 29, 2017 (23 days ago)

    The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday (June 28) in favor of a North Carolina religious liberty law protecting county magistrates. The law allows the public officials to recuse themselves from performing marriage ceremonies for or issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Read More

  • High court backs church in public benefits case

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, June 26, 2017 (26 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court struck a blow Monday (June 26) for the freedom of churches to participate in government programs with secular purposes.

    Seven of the high court's nine justices agreed the state of Missouri violated a church's right to exercise its faith freely by barring it from participating in a government-run, playground-resurfacing program. In its opinion, the court said excluding Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia "from a public benefit for which it is otherwise qualified, solely because it is a church, is odious" to the U.S. ... Read More

  • Religious liberty law in Miss. upheld on appeal

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, June 23, 2017 (one month ago)

    A law allowing Mississippians to refuse a variety of business transactions violating their religious beliefs was allowed to take effect by a federal appeals court June 22, but the court did not address the law's constitutionality. Read More

  • Moore: Sanders' remarks ignorant of Constitution

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, June 08, 2017 (one month ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist religious freedom advocate Russell Moore has decried Sen. Bernie Sanders' stated opposition to a White House nominee based on the candidate's adherence to foundational Christian teaching.

    Sanders -- an independent from Vermont and 2016 candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination -- said Wednesday (June 7) he will oppose Russell Vought's nomination as deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. In announcing his opposition, Sanders cited a 2016 blog post by Vought in which he said Muslims "stand condemned" because they have rejected Jesus. Read More

  • SCOTUS refuses to hear former Marine's appeal

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, June 07, 2017 (one month ago)

    The U.S. Supreme Court missed an opportunity to clarify religious liberty law by refusing to hear a former Marine's appeal, Family Research Council (FRC) representative Travis Weber said. Read More

  • Affirm LGBT lifestyles, foster care workers ordered

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, June 01, 2017 (one month ago)

    CHICAGO (BP) -- Foster care workers and families in Illinois must allow gay and transgender youth to express and explore their chosen gender identity and sexual orientation, according to a new state governmental directive. Read More

  • TX governor signs bill to 'shield' pastors' sermons

    by Bonnie Pritchett/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    AUSTIN (BP) -- Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed legislation Sunday (May 21) that prohibits Texas government agencies from subpoenaing the sermons of religious leaders.

    In a ceremony choreographed to highlight the bill's benefactors Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick signed the bill surrounded by Houston area clergy during the May 21 worship service at Grace Church, Woodlands, Texas. Read More

  • 'I will pray for you,' draws personnel warning

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, May 22, 2017 (2 months ago)

    A Baptist mother of two has filed religious discrimination and retaliation charges against a school system that threatened to fire her for privately telling a coworker she'd pray for him. Read More