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  • ‘Christmas’ censorship attempts recur annually

    December 17 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Christmas’ censorship attempts recur annually

    At least four public attempts to censor the use of the term “Christmas” and the display of related decorations such as Christmas trees have been reported this year in the United States, specifically in New Hampshire, Virginia, New York and Tennessee. Such censorship attempts occur annually at Christmas …

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  • Persecuted draw focus on National Day of Prayer

    May 2 2014 by Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Persecuted draw focus on National Day of Prayer

    People gathered May 1 at tens of thousands of events throughout the United States to pray on a day the federal government has recognized for more than six decades. Public observances have been held on National Day of Prayer in as many as 40,000 locations in the past.
     

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  • Attorney: Church bylaws should define marriage

    February 13 2013 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    With the U.S. Supreme Court set to take up gay marriage and potentially legalize it this summer, churches that host wedding ceremonies or other events for traditional couples should examine their bylaws and shield themselves from the impact of possible litigation, says an attorney who specializes in religious liberty issues.

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  • Appeals court rules against abortion mandate

    February 1 2013 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    A federal appeals court has once again ruled against the Obama administration’s abortion/contraception mandate in a case that has strong implications for religious liberty. A panel of the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday (Jan. 30) granted a preliminary injunction preventing the mandate from applying to Grote Industries, a for-profit company based in Madison, Ind., and owned by Catholics.

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  • Supreme Court sets dates for marriage cases

    January 9 2013 by Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    The U.S. Supreme Court has announced the dates it will hear two huge cases concerning lawsuits that could reaffirm the historical definition of marriage or lead to the legalization of gay marriage – March 26 and 27. The high court will consider the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8 March 26 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act March 27.

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  • Supreme Court declines stem cell case

    January 9 2013 by Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    The Supreme Court declined Jan. 7 to hear a case about the Obama administration’s funding of embryonic stem cell research, thereby allowing the continued use of taxpayer dollars for studies that require the destruction of human embryos. The high court refused to hear an appeal from two scientists who have been challenging the funding.

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  • Pregame prayers defended by Univ. of Tenn.

    October 2 2012 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pregame prayers defended by Univ. of Tenn.

    The University of Tennessee (UT), in rejecting a request from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) to eliminate the Volunteers’ traditional pregame prayer, has garnered praise from the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).

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  • Wheaton sues to strike abortion drug mandate

    July 23 2012 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    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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  • Alliance Defense Fund changes its name

    July 19 2012 by Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Alliance Defense Fund changes its name

    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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  • DOJ ‘actively’ working to see DOMA overturned

    May 17 2012 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    When President Obama told the Justice Department in February 2011 to stop defending a key federal law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman, it was widely assumed the department would take a neutral position and sit on the sidelines.

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