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  • Protestants remain majority group in Congress

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 11, 2019 (one month ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Self-identified Protestant Christians -- including more than 30 Southern Baptists -- continue to make up by far the largest religious group in Congress.

    Protestants total 293 members, or 55 percent, of the 116th Congress, according to a study published Jan. 3 by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. The analysis of data on members of the Senate and House of Representatives showed a decline of six Protestants from the previous Congress.

    The largest Protestant category is "unspecified/other," which consists of 80 members who identify themselves by such descriptions as Christian, evangelical or Protestant without citing a denomination. The general category of Baptists is the next largest with 72 members, the same as in the 2017-18 session. Read More

  • Bipartisan anti-sex trafficking bill passes House

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Sex advertising websites and their users would face penalties for sex trafficking under a bill passed by the U.S. House Feb. 27, amending a law that had shielded such offenders. Similar legislation is pending in the Senate.

    A bipartisan group of 388 legislators passed H.R. 1865, termed the "Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (FOSTA)," to amend Section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934. Section 230 had limited the legal liability of interactive computer service providers or users for content they publish that was created by others, according to a summary at Read More

  • Online sex crimes loophole removal nears House vote

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, February 27, 2018 (one year ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A legal loophole that has shielded sex advertising websites and their users from prosecution may be reversed after the U.S. House of Representatives heard arguments today (Feb. 27).

    A bipartisan bill, hailed by such advocates as the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), would amend Section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934. Classified advertising website and its users have used the act to avoid federal and state prosecution over interactive computer services related to child sexual exploitation and sex trafficking, according to the bill's supporters. Read More

  • Congress' prayer tradition upheld by federal judge

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, October 12, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The constitutionality of legislative prayer gained reaffirmation Wednesday (Oct. 11) when a federal court dismissed an atheist's challenge of the U.S. House of Representatives' right to bar him from delivering an invocation.

    Federal Judge Rosemary Collyer of the District of Columbia said U.S. Supreme Court precedent undergirds the long tradition of prayer to open congressional sessions and the House's rules in carrying out the practice. Collyer's support for legislative prayer in Congress came three months after a federal appeals court invalidated the practice in a North Carolina county. Read More

  • Congress majority Christian, but less Protestant

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, January 05, 2017 (2 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Congress has remained majority Christian and Protestant for as long as the Pew Research Center has been tracking data, but the number of Protestants has declined by nearly 20 percentage points.

    Since Pew began tracking religion in 1961 during the 87th Congress, the body has declined from 95 percent to 91 percent Christian. Protestants, while still maintaining a majority, have declined from 75 percent in 1961 to 56 percent today, Pew announced. Read More

  • Southern Baptists win re-election to Congress

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, November 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- All Southern Baptist members of Congress participating in the Nov. 8 election successfully defended their seats.

    Three senators and 26 representatives -- all members of Southern Baptist churches -- won re-election. With three other senators who were not up for re-election, Southern Baptists will count at least 32 of their own in the Senate and House of Representatives when the next Congress convenes in January. Some Southern Baptists whom Baptist Press is unaware of may have been elected for the first time. Read More

  • SWBTS profs address World Congress of Families

    by Alex Sibley & Art Toalston, posted Thursday, June 09, 2016 (2 years ago)

    “[T]itanic global contest over the nature of society and the fate of children … has now come to a head.”-World Congress of Family’s “Tbilisi Declaration”
    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Evan Lenow and Candi Finch from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s faculty were among 50-plus speakers at the 10th World Congress of Families in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia.

    In a “Tbilisi Declaration,” the congress warned that “a titanic contest over the nature of society and the fate of children … has now come to a head.”

    “On the one side are gathered the forces combining revolution with retrogression, novelty with depravity, and cries of liberation with a new slavery,” the declaration pointed out. “This movement elevates sexual desire and atomistic individualism to the highest of human values. It denies any natural order to human life. And it degrades children into nuisances or tools to serve adult ends. Read More

  • Global religious freedom draws leaders' appeal

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, April 15, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Religious freedom: the "ultimate counter-terrorism weapon."-- Russell Moore & other letter signers
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's lead religious freedom advocate is part of a widely diverse, informal coalition urging Congress to strengthen protections for the rights of people of faith overseas. Read More

  • FLOYD: America needs heroic leadership

    by Ronnie Floyd, posted Monday, February 09, 2015 (4 years ago)

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. (BP) -- Christianity is alive and well in Washington, D.C., in spite of what you may read on your smartphones or watch on television.

    This past week, I spent two days in our nation's capital, where I joined thousands of our fellow countrymen at the National Prayer Breakfast. I also saw firsthand the work of Southern Baptist lawmakers in Congress. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The gritty reality of freedom

    by J. Randy Forbes, posted Wednesday, November 19, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Congressman Randy Forbes writes about "the gritty reality of protecting freedom" at a time when First Amendment guarantees face the threat of restrictions "in the name of tolerance or social benefit." Read More