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  • Federal judge: Iowa churches safe from anti-bias law

    by Lynde Langdon, posted Tuesday, November 01, 2016 (one year ago)

    DES MOINES, IOWA (BP) -- An Iowa church is dropping its lawsuit against the state and the city of Des Moines after a federal judge issued a ruling protecting the church's religious liberty. The District Court judge has ruled that churches do not count as "public accommodations" under the Iowa Civil Rights Act and are not subject to censorship of their views on marriage and sexuality. Read More

  • LifeWay pulls Hatmaker books over LGBT views

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, October 27, 2016 (one year ago)

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    AUSTIN, Texas (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources has discontinued resources featuring bestselling Bible study author Jen Hatmaker just days after she voiced approval of gay marriage and the gay lifestyle.

    "In a recent interview, [Hatmaker] voiced significant changes in her theology of human sexuality and the meaning and definition of marriage -- changes which contradict LifeWay's doctrinal guidelines," LifeWay told Baptist Press today (Oct. 27). "As a result, LifeWay has discontinued selling her resources." Read More

  • InterVarsity fellowship reaffirms sex theology

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, October 10, 2016 (one year ago)

    MADISON, Wisc. (BP) -- InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA has reaffirmed its longstanding theology limiting sexual relations to heterosexual married couples, and said gay employees and others who disagree theologically will likely feel compelled to leave the ministry.

    But Greg Jao, the interdenominational college student ministry's vice president and director of campus engagement, said a Time report of people being "fired" for disagreeing with the policy was misleading. Read More

  • Pew: Americans divided over religious liberty

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, October 06, 2016 (one year ago)

    Graphic from Pew Research Center
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A Pew Research Center report suggesting deep division between Americans who support religious liberty and those who support so-called sexual liberty has drawn critique for its framing of issues related to contraception, same-sex marriage and transgenderism.

    At the same time, the report has drawn praise as generally reflective of the cultural moment.

    A survey released Sept. 28 found 67 percent of the 4,538 Americans polled said employers with religious objections to contraception should nonetheless be required to provide it in their employee health insurance plans. Approximately half (49 percent) of those surveyed said wedding-related businesses should be required to provide services to same-sex couples even if the business owners possess religious objections. A similar percentage (51 percent) said transgender individuals should be allowed to use restrooms corresponding with their so-called gender identity. Read More

  • CCCU adopts new membership policy

    by J.C. Derrick/WORLD News Service , posted Monday, October 03, 2016 (one year ago)

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities has adopted new guidelines to address evolving differences among member schools on the definition of marriage.

    "We believe that this document rightly articulates both the core and the breadth of the CCCU in a way that will make us the most effective witness and advocate for Christian higher education," board chairman Charles Pollard, president of John Brown University, wrote to CCCU presidents in a letter dated Sept. 22. Read More

  • Roy Moore suspension said to ignore 'rule of law'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 30, 2016 (one year ago)

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) -- Although the nine-judge panel charged with trying Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore did not achieve the unanimous ruling required to remove him from office, it suspended him without pay for the remainder of his term in what Moore's attorney Mat Staver called a violation of state law. Read More

  • Roy Moore trial leaves supporters hopeful

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, September 28, 2016 (one year ago)

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) -- As Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore stood trial today (Sept. 28) on charges he defied federal court rulings on same-sex marriage, an attorney for the Alabama Baptist Convention's public policy auxiliary said he was "optimistic" Moore would retain his job.

    Rules of the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC), the nine-judge panel before which Moore was tried, state that failure to issue a ruling within 10 days "shall constitute an acquittal." A unanimous ruling is required to remove him from office, though a six-judge majority may impose lesser penalties. Read More

  • Kaine cites Genesis 1, pope to support gay marriage

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, September 15, 2016 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- In a speech to America's largest pro-gay lobbying group, Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine said the Bible buttresses his support of same-sex marriage. And he predicted the Roman Catholic Church eventually will change its mind on the issue, like he has.

    Evangelical theologians, however, said Kaine appeared to distort biblical teaching and Catholic doctrine in service of a political agenda. Read More

  • SBC leaders grieve court's expansion of parenthood

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, September 01, 2016 (one year ago)

    "As usual, children will pay the highest price."

    -- Russell Moore

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The decision by New York's highest court to expand custody and visitation rights to "de facto parents" serves as evidence same-sex marriage advocates desire to overthrow humanity's oldest institution and as part of "a major turning point in human history," Southern Baptist leaders said.

    The New York State Court of Appeals ruled Aug. 30 a person who is neither the biological parent nor adoptive parent/guardian of a child may seek custody and visitation rights, The New York Times reported. Read More

  • Kim Davis suit dismissed, but challenges persist

    by David Roach, posted Monday, August 22, 2016 (one year ago)

    ASHLAND, Ky. (BP) -- Although a federal judge has dismissed three lawsuits against Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk who refused to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the religious liberty of officials in other states continues to face legal challenges.

    Federal judge David Bunning, who jailed Davis for five days last year, closed the court's files on all cases against her Aug. 18 and ordered them removed from the docket. Read More