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  • Lankford, Moore amplify separation of church & state

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, January 17, 2018 (6 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

  • 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

  • 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