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  • Trump's immigration orders draw diverse reactions

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, March 07, 2017 (10 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- President Trump's immigration policy has drawn renewed focus among Baptists, with reactions to his March 6 executive order emerging and criticism of two previous executive orders voiced by a coalition of Hispanic pastors.

    Trump's March 6 executive order revoked a Jan. 27 order on immigration that proved controversial and was blocked by federal courts. The new order, which would take effect March 16, imposes a 90-day "pause" on entry to the U.S. by nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen -- eliminating Iraq from a list of seven restricted, Muslim-majority nations in the previous order. Read More

  • Trump speech highlights immigration, war on terror

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, March 01, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Discussions of immigration, terrorism and health care were among the highlights of President Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress Feb. 28.

    The hour-long address included no mention of abortion, so-called homosexual and transgender rights or religious liberty. It did include calls to "invest in women's health," confirm U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and ensure parents' access to "paid family leave." Read More

  • Open letter: refugee ban 'deeply' concerning

    by David Roach, posted Friday, February 10, 2017 (one year ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A full-page ad in the Feb. 8 Washington Post expressing concern over a portion of President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration included the signatures of at least seven Southern Baptists among a coalition of some 100 evangelicals.

    Two of the signatories -- former Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Daniel Akin -- told Baptist Press their signatures reflect a specific policy disagreement and not a blanket repudiation of the president's approach to immigration.

    The ad was coordinated by the National Association of Evangelicals' World Relief arm and phrased in the form of an open letter to Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Read More

  • Trump's potential impact on markets sparks discussion

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Wednesday, February 08, 2017 (one year ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- As the era of President Trump begins to unfold, his potential impact on financial markets prompted analysis in the first of a new video series released by GuideStone Financial Resources, the financial services arm of the Southern Baptist Convention.

    In the series entitled "Conversations with GuideStone," Chief Strategic Investment Officer David S. Spika will periodically offer insights for investors about current events and what they can expect in 2017. Regarding the possible impact of proposals from the Trump administration, Spika noted the expectation of "higher economic stimulus." Read More

  • Trump immigration order sparks biblical analysis

    by David Roach, posted Monday, February 06, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- With President Trump's travel ban from seven predominately-Muslim countries on hold at least temporarily, some Christians are evaluating biblical teaching on immigration and refugees.

    On one side of the debate, the National Association of Evangelicals' World Relief arm is helping to draft a letter signed by hundreds of pastors asking Trump to rethink the travel ban. Other Christians have emphasized the need for stringent border security along with compassion toward immigrants and refugees. Read More

  • Falwell: Reducing regulations on higher ed a priority

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, February 06, 2017 (one year ago)

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (BP) -- Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. would advocate for deregulation as the leader of two federal task forces on higher education for President Donald Trump, Falwell told The Chronicle of Higher Education.

    While Trump has not officially announced the task forces, Falwell said the president extended the offer in November 2016 after he (Falwell) declined to serve as U.S. secretary of education, according to The Chronicle. He plans to discuss his leadership of the task forces with Trump Feb. 8, he told the Lynchburg News and ... Read More

  • Trump spotlights religious liberty at prayer breakfast

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, February 02, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration "will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty," President Donald Trump said today (Feb. 2) at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.

    Among steps he proposed to safeguard religious liberty was a promise to "get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment," a 1954 law that bars churches and other tax-exempt organizations from endorsing political candidates. The promise drew attention within hours from major media outlets and echoed statements Trump made during the 2016 presidential campaign. Read More

  • Immigration order serves as reminder to pray

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Persecution against Christians is ranked "extreme" and "severe" in the seven countries whose residents President Donald Trump's recent executive order on immigration has temporarily banned from entry into the U.S., based on 2017 rankings by the non-profit Open Doors USA.

    Six of the countries –- Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen -- are ranked in the top 10 nations where persecution of Christians is highest, with Libya ranked 11th, according to Open Doors' 2017 World Watch List.

    Upon the release of the list on Jan. 11, Open Doors encouraged Christians to remember these nations in prayer. Read More

  • Trump immigration order draws protests, support

    by David Roach, posted Monday, January 30, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Following President Trump's executive order temporarily limiting travel from seven Muslim-majority nations, Southern Baptists reasserted their commitment to seek a balance between compassion and national security in immigration policy.

    Among Southern Baptist leaders to respond to Trump's order and ensuing protests across America were Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore, Executive Committee President Frank S. Page and former Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright. Read More

  • Porn 'health hazard' resolutions considered in Tenn., Va.

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, January 25, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Tennessee and Virginia would become the latest states in the U.S. to declare pornography a public health hazard under resolutions introduced in the states' legislatures.

    Tennessee Senate Joint Resolution 35, which was filed in the state Senate Tuesday (Jan. 24), urges the state to "recognize pornography as a public health hazard leading to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts and societal harms." The resolution acknowledges the need for "education, prevention, research, and policy change at the community and societal level in order to address the epidemic" harming the state and nation. Read More