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At Thanksgiving, immigrants & refugees cherish freedomATLANTA (BP) -- Dung Duong remembers the long walk from South Vietnam to Cambodia as he, his father and brother fled life at the hands of the communists who had overrun their nation 15 years earlier.
The year was 1989 but thoughts of that suffering -- including losing friends who took to the open sea in small boats and were never rescued -- remains with him to this day. Read More
Bivocational minister refuses to turn over sermonsATLANTA (BP) -- A bivocational lay minister and physician is refusing to give the state of Georgia copies of his past sermons in a legal suit alleging the state fired him as health director because of his religious beliefs.
Eric Walsh will not comply with the district court's request for his sermons and relevant notes because he believes the court has exceeded its authority in the request, he said in an Oct. 26 press release from his counsel, First Liberty Institute. Read More
Christian club wins free speech fight at N.C. State
NORTH CAROLINA (BP) -- In 2015, North Carolina State University reintroduced the renovated Talley Student Union as a place to share ideas and advocate for campus clubs. But administrators welcomed some beliefs more than others, according to campus ministry Grace Christian Life. The group sued, and finally convinced the school to alter its free speech policy.
In September 2015, Todd Valentine, an N.C. State senior, and Thommy Saunders, a Grace staff member, visited the student union without a permit -- as Grace members have for 20 years. They initiated conversations with students about ... Read More
Ga. fires physician for lay sermons, lawsuit saysATLANTA (BP) -- First Liberty Institute has filed a lawsuit for a bivocational lay minister and physician, alleging the state of Georgia fired him because of sermons he delivered in the pulpit before his employment as a district health director.
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) fired Eric Walsh a week after hiring him as a district health director for northwest Atlanta because of the content of sermons he delivered as an ordained lay minister, alleges the suit filed April 20 in U.S. District Court in Atlanta. Read More
Malaysian court approves landmark Christian conversion case
MALAYSIA (BP) -- A Malaysian court affirmed the right of a former Muslim to convert to Christianity in a landmark ruling handed down just before Easter.
Rooney Rebit converted to Christianity in 1999 and was baptized at age 24, according to World Watch Monitor (WWM). But he was officially considered Muslim due to his parents' conversion to Islam when he was 8. Read More
Canada removes religious freedom office
CANADA (BP) -- Canada's new Liberal government decided the country no longer needs an office dedicated to religious freedom, allowing it to expire on March 31.
"We now have one less strong partner and one less voice for religious freedom," Katrina Lantos Swett, commissioner of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, told WORLD News Service. "This is a very unfortunate message to send out to the rest of the world at this time." Read More
Florist who refused gay wedding gets appealOLYMPIA, Wash. (BP) -- The highest court in Washington state has agreed to hear the appeal of florist Barronelle Stutzman found guilty of violating state laws and the constitutional rights of a gay couple when she refused to arrange flowers for their wedding, citing religious beliefs.
The Washington Supreme Court will hear the appeal of Stutzman, a 70-year-old Southern Baptist grandmother who owns Arlene's Flowers in Richmond, possibly as early as its spring 2016 session beginning in May, according to the court's official website. Read More
FLOYD: Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction
SBC President Ronnie Floyd writes on freedom, including President Obama's proclamation on religious freedom; Saeed Abedini's release from prison in Iran; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; and the death of a friend to cancer. Read More
Homosexual activist group targets Bapt. schools
ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP) -- The homosexual activist group Human Rights Campaign has targeted 23 institutions of higher learning with Southern Baptist ties in a report that also names 35 other colleges and universities with distinct Christian identities.
Released just before the 2015 Christmas season, the report, "Hidden Discrimination: Title IX Religious Exemptions Putting LGBT Students at Risk," asks Obama Administration education officials to increase reporting requirements for these 58 schools because each was granted "exemptions of interest" relating to either "gender identity" or "sexual orientation" or both. Read More
Moore: Court ruling sets Christian 'distinctiveness'Christians "can be Americans best when we're not Americans first." -- Russell MooreWASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's legalization of same-sex marriage has given clarity to Christians of their "distinctiveness" in American life, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore told an audience in the country's capital.
As a guest for the July 1 edition of Politico's Playbook Breakfast, Moore told interviewer Mike Allen he believes Christians "can be Americans best when we're not Americans first, when we have a sense of understanding of who we are in terms of our distinctiveness. Now that time is here." Read More