Faith and Culture

Pro-life lament greets California abortion law

October 16 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Pro-life advocates lamented California’s barrier-breaking enactment of a law requiring its public colleges and universities to provide non-surgical abortions to students. California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Oct. 11 that mandates student health centers of the University of California and California State University systems offer what are known as medical or chemical abortions …

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O’Rourke’s tax-exempt opposition draws response

October 15 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s declaration churches should lose their tax-exempt status if they do not agree with same-sex marriage drew quick rebuttals from Southern Baptist leaders and others. If elected president, the former congressman from Texas said he would make such a policy a priority in response to a question during the Power of Our Pride …

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Brothers’ dreams of finding a family finally come true

October 10 2019 by Blake Ragsdale, Baptist Children’s Homes Communications

I always wanted to go camping. You know, a big adventure for our whole family! Mom and Dad take me and my little brother Jonah shopping. We pick out our tent, sleeping bags and cooking stuff. I find the best tent, big enough for all four of us. Dad and I look at the fishing gear …

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Court debates gay, transgender protections

October 10 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The U.S. Supreme Court deliberated for two hours Oct 8 on whether longstanding, non-discrimination federal workplace law provides protection based on “sexual orientation” or “gender identity,” and at least some justices appeared persuaded it does. The high court heard oral arguments in two consolidated cases addressing “sexual orientation,” followed by arguments in an appeal regarding …

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Pro-lifers welcome review of Louisiana law

October 10 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Pro-life advocates have commended the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to consider the constitutionality of a Louisiana pro-life law, potentially setting up what abortion-rights supporters say would be the repudiation of a ruling by the justices that is only three years old. The high court announced Oct. 4 it would review a lower court opinion …

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Michigan adoption agency wins in court

October 1 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Faith-based adoption and foster care agencies seeking to practice their religious beliefs gained an important victory Sept. 26 in Michigan. Federal Judge Robert Jonker issued a preliminary injunction blocking Michigan from canceling the state-approved contract of St. Vincent Catholic Charities to provide foster care and adoption services.

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Phoenix artists win at state high court

September 18 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Sept. 16 the city of Phoenix’s use of an anti-discrimination ordinance violates the freedom of speech and religion of two artists who refuse to create custom invitations for same-sex weddings. The court’s 4-3 decision for Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski – the owners of Brush & Nib Studio …

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TRUSTEES: ERLC honors Denhollander, Lankford

September 16 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Trustees of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) approved a leading advocate for sexual abuse survivors and a United States senator as recipients of the entity’s 2019 awards during their annual meeting Sept. 11. The ERLC board unanimously ratified Rachael Denhollander for the Distinguished Service Award and Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma …

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Portable ultrasound goes to women in crisis

September 13 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Hannah Pregnancy Resource Center is now able to take sonogram technology to abortion-vulnerable women in southern Arkansas because of a donation from the Psalm 139 Project. Hannah Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC) celebrated Aug. 17 the placement of a portable ultrasound machine that will be used at its satellite locations in Camden and Magnolia …

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ERLC: Law does not include gay, transgender rights

September 3 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Non-discrimination protections in federal workplace law do not cover “sexual orientation” or “gender identity,” the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and other faith-based organizations have told the U.S. Supreme Court. The ERLC signed onto friend-of-the-court briefs filed Aug. 23 by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) that urge the high court …

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