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  • INDEPENDENCE DAY: 'We face another challenging hour'

    by Maj. Gen. Doug Carver (ret.), posted Monday, July 03, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo by Adam Covington
    Doug Carver recounts Southern Baptists' longstanding wartime ministry to members of the armed forces. And now, he points to another critical hour to remain "faithful stewards of the freedom we've been granted by the men and women who have, through their brave and sacrificial service, kept America the land of the free and the brave." Read More

  • Religious liberty law in Miss. upheld on appeal

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, June 23, 2017 (one year ago)

    A law allowing Mississippians to refuse a variety of business transactions violating their religious beliefs was allowed to take effect by a federal appeals court June 22, but the court did not address the law's constitutionality. Read More

  • Gay marriage suit reinstated against Ky. county clerk

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, May 03, 2017 (one year ago)

    Screen capture from ABC News
    CINCINNATI (BP) -- A Cincinnati appeals court has reinstated a homosexual couple's lawsuit seeking damages from county clerk Kim Davis who refused to issue the couple a marriage license because of her religion.

    Davis spent five days in jail when she refused repeatedly to issue a marriage license to David Ermold and David Moore, days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage across the nation in June 2015. Read More

  • Religious freedom dying in Russia, missionary says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, April 28, 2017 (one year ago)

    Russia's nationwide outlaw of Jehovah's Witnesses will likely ricochet and strike other religions outside of Russian Orthodoxy there, said a Baptist missionary forced to shut down his church in central Russia. Read More

  • At Thanksgiving, immigrants & refugees cherish freedom

    by Joe Westbury, posted Wednesday, November 23, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo by Joe Westbury
    ATLANTA (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 sermons

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

    Photo from First Liberty Institute
    ATLANTA (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

    by Molly Hulsey/ WORLD News Service, posted Monday, August 15, 2016 (one year ago)

    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 says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, April 21, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo from First Liberty Institute
    ATLANTA (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

    by Julia A. Seymour/WORLD News Service, posted Tuesday, April 12, 2016 (2 years ago)

    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

    by Evan Wilt/WORLD News Service , posted Tuesday, April 05, 2016 (2 years ago)

    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