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SBC chaplain ministers to Aurora survivors

July 24 2012 by Mickey Noah, Baptist Press

U.S. Army Chaplain Jared Vineyard was only in his fifth day on the job at nearby Buckley Air Force Base when a dozen innocent victims were brutally murdered by a gunman early last Friday morning at the Century Theater in Aurora.

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Huckabee launches ‘Chick-fil-A Day’ for Aug. 1

July 24 2012 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

Former presidential candidate and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he is “incensed” at the way Chick-fil-A has been treated in recent days, and he is launching a nationwide Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day for Aug. 1, urging people to visit the restaurant that day or to make their support known via social media.

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Wheaton sues to strike abortion drug mandate

July 23 2012 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

Evangelical school Wheaton College has joined the list of religious organizations suing to overturn the Obama administration’s abortion/contraceptive mandate, asserting in a new federal suit that the mandate for religious organizations is unconstitutional and “runs roughshod over Wheaton’s religious beliefs.”

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Editor recounts ‘positive’ Chick-fil-A story; some reports ‘distorted’

July 20 2012 by Shawn Hendricks, BR Managing Editor

As debate continues to swirl over comments made by Chick-fil-A’s president, the Biblical Recorder’s editor described many media reports of his conversation with the company’s president as “distorted.”

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‘Trust the trustees’ editorial stirs responses

July 20 2012 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

An editorial written by a Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) state newspaper editor has opened a dialogue on the role and accountability of the various boards of trustees governing SBC entities.

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Gallup reports new low in religious confidence

July 19 2012 by Bruce Nolan, Religion News Service

Americans’ confidence in organized religion, slowly but steadily declining since the 1970s, slipped to a new low in the latest survey, the Gallup Organization reported. Today only 44 percent of Americans have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in “the church or organized religion,” Gallup said. It was 68 percent in the mid-1970s.

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Alliance Defense Fund changes its name

July 19 2012 by Baptist Press

The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), one of the nation’s leading Christian legal groups, has a new name – the Alliance Defending Freedom.

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Judge issues split ruling on Miss. abortion law

July 17 2012 by Baptist Press

Mississippi’s only abortion clinic will stay open even though a new law that threatens its existence has gone into effect. In a ruling July 13, federal judge Daniel Jordan III of Jackson permitted the law to become effective.

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Crisis pregnancy centers get big legal win

July 13 2012 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

In the latest legal victory for pro-life crisis pregnancy centers nationwide, an appeals court has struck down a Baltimore, Md., law that would have required such facilities to post, in large print outside their doors, a sign saying they don’t provide abortions or refer clients to abortion providers.

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Senator’s resolution applauds Luter election

July 12 2012 by Baptist Press

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D.-La., has introduced a congressional resolution congratulating the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) for electing as president Fred Luter Jr., the first African American to hold the post.

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