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  • Faith group regains campus status after suing college

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, March 09, 2018 (7 days ago)

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    DETROIT (BP) -- A Christian student group dispelled from a public university for requiring chapter leaders to be Christian has been readmitted. But attorneys say the school's change of heart is hardly adequate.

    Wayne State University (WSU) recertified InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as an official campus student group two days after InterVarsity filed a lawsuit against WSU, the university said in a March 8 statement to media. Read More

  • 'Under attack': Campus ministries see changes ahead

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, March 08, 2018 (8 days ago)

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    DETROIT (BP) -- With Wayne State, Harvard and the University of Iowa among the latest universities to take action against Christian ministries on campus, some Baptist state convention leaders say Baptist campus ministry may be forced to shift its methods as religious liberty is constricted.

    "Our religious liberty and our opportunity to share as openly as we have in the past" at colleges and universities "is under attack," said Tim Patterson, executive director of the Baptist State Convention of Michigan, where Wayne State is located. Baptists "have to rethink how we do ministry on campus because the campus has changed." Read More

  • NRB to resume 1940s-era fight against censorship

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, March 02, 2018 (14 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A new National Religious Broadcasters initiative represents a return to its mid-1940s roots to now protect freedom of religion and speech in a digital age, NRB President Jerry A. Johnson said in his report at Proclaim 18, the association's International Christian Media Convention.

    Johnson, speaking at NRB's 75th annual meeting in Nashville, said Internet Freedom Watch seeks to curtail discrimination against Christian and conservative content on the internet. NRB unveiled the initiative at a December news conference in Washington, calling attention to censorship by tech companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and Apple. Read More

  • Ken Ham re-invited to university despite protest

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, February 15, 2018 (29 days ago)

    EDMOND, Okla. (BP) -- Christian apologist Ken Ham has been re-invited to speak at an Oklahoma university by the school's president after the student government rescinded its speaking invitation, allegedly under pressure from a campus LGBT group.

    "I'm thrilled my talk at [the University of Central Oklahoma] is back on again," Ham, founder of the Answers in Genesis (AiG) apologetics ministry, said in a news release. "UCO officials have definitely heard from many concerned state legislators, several local residents and alumni about the denial of our right to free speech." Read More

  • T-shirts now in religious liberty battle's spotlight

    by Art Toalston & Kentucky Today Staff, posted Tuesday, February 13, 2018 (one month ago)

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    LEXINGTON, Ky. (BP) -- And now it's T-shirts.

    Blaine Adamson, owner of Hands On Originals apparel company, has become another figure in the battle over religious liberty for refusing to print T-shirts for a gay pride festival because of his Christian beliefs.

    In 2014, Adamson's small business in Lexington, Ky., was charged by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission with violating the city's fairness ordinance for refusing to print T-shirts in 2012 ordered by Lexington's Gay and Lesbian Services Organization.

    Both the Fayette Circuit Court and the Kentucky Court of Appeals subsequently ruled in favor of Hands On Originals before an appeal was filed with the Kentucky Supreme Court in January. Read More

  • FEMA funds for disaster-stricken churches now law

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, February 12, 2018 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Churches and other houses of worship now have the assurance of federal law that they may receive disaster relief funds.

    Congress approved Feb. 9 as part of the latest budget bill a measure making houses of worship eligible for public assistance money for the restoration of damaged buildings and other purposes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the aftermath of such disasters as hurricanes and tornadoes. President Trump signed the legislation into law the same day. Read More

  • Univ. cancels Ken Ham after LGBT group 'put up a fuss'

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, February 07, 2018 (one month ago)

    EDMOND, Okla. (BP) -- Christian apologist and creationist Ken Ham has been dropped from the speaking lineup of a public university after a campus LGBT group complained to event organizers, Ham said in a Feb. 6 press release.

    Ham was to speak March 5 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond on "Genesis and the State of the Culture," in an event organized by the UCO Student Association (UCOSA). But UCOSA cancelled the event when a pro-LGBT group objected, said Ham, founder of the Answers in Genesis (AiG) apologetics ministry that built the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter in Kentucky. Read More

  • Christian wedding cake baker wins Calif. court battle

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, February 06, 2018 (one month ago)

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    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (BP) -- A California trial court has upheld a Christian baker's right to refuse to create a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, but the decision comes as a similar case is already pending in the nation's highest court.

    Tastries Bakery owner Cathy Miller's freedom of speech "outweighs" the state of California's interest in ensuring a freely accessible marketplace, Judge David R. Lampe said in his decision in the Superior Court of California in Kern County, one of the state's 58 trial courts. Read More

  • ERLC agenda focuses on life, liberty, family

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, February 01, 2018 (one month ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's legislative and policy priorities for 2018 include the protection of human life, the preservation of freedom of conscience and the flourishing of families.

    The ERLC released its new Legislative Agenda Wednesday (Jan. 31) after a year that featured several important victories among its 2017 priorities.

    Those successes included: Read More

  • Brownback confirmed on Pence tie-breaker

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, January 25, 2018 (one month ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The United States once again has an ambassador at large for religious freedom but only by the slimmest of margins.

    The Senate confirmed Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to the post Wednesday (Jan. 24) by virtue of Vice President Mike Pence's tie-breaking vote. As the presiding officer of the chamber, Pence cast the deciding vote to snap a 49-49 tie along party lines.

    All the votes against confirmation came from Democrats, even though Brownback was a colleague to some of them during his 14 years in the Senate. Two Republicans -- Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and John McCain of Arizona -- were absent, resulting in the opportunity for a tie-breaker by Pence. Read More