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  • University ends baby body parts program

    August 9 2018 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD | with 0 comments
    University ends baby body parts program

    Researchers at the University of New Mexico will no longer procure, sell, or dissect aborted baby body parts, the university announced recently. The research program led for two decades by Robin Ohls, a pediatrics professor, was halted following an internal investigation.

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  • ‘Hate group’ status blocks ADF from Amazon charity

    May 8 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    ‘Hate group’ status blocks ADF from Amazon charity

    A nonprofit Christian legal defense organization cannot receive donations through an Amazon charity program because the law firm is erroneously labeled a “hate group.” The faith-based Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is blocked as an Amazon Smile recipient because the Southern Poverty Law Center …

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  • Judge rejects churches on abortion coverage

    September 7 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Judge rejects churches on abortion coverage

    Three evangelical Christian churches have suffered a setback in their challenge of a California requirement that they must cover abortions through their health insurance plans. Federal judge Kimberly Mueller dismissed a suit by the southern California congregations, ruling that the churches had failed to state an adequate claim.

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  • Targeted for marriage beliefs, judge appeals to high court

    August 9 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Targeted for marriage beliefs, judge appeals to high court

    A longtime municipal judge and circuit court magistrate is seeking relief from the U.S. Supreme Court after the state of Wyoming fired her for telling a reporter she believes marriage is between a man and a woman. The state violated Neely’s right to free speech, her Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys said.

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  • Court signals religious freedom victory for artist

    August 4 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Court signals religious freedom victory for artist

    A self-employed evangelical Christian photographer can reject job requests based on her religious beliefs against same-sex marriage, a Wisconsin county court and government officials have agreed. The ruling has no bearing on similar religious liberty cases of two other business owners represented by Lawson’s attorneys, Alliance Defending Freedom, as those businesses are based outside Wisconsin.

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  • Illustrating the need for religious liberty

    July 28 2017 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Illustrating the need for religious liberty

    An address by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to a group of Christian attorneys drew fire and false accusations from media sources. The incident served to illustrate the theme of Sessions’ speech – the essential role of religious liberty in America and the need to preserve it.

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  • Capitol Hill panel discusses religious liberty ruling

    July 3 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Capitol Hill panel discusses religious liberty ruling

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in a religious freedom case is not about government funding of the church’s mission, but it will have far-reaching results, a Capitol Hill audience was told. Panelists explained the impact of an opinion by the high court and how Christians should respond to the debate over church-state relations.

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  • Attack on religious liberty focus of NRB panel

    March 10 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Attack on religious liberty focus of NRB panel

    Three clients of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) described their battles for religious liberty March 2 at National Religious Broadcasters’ convention, Proclaim 17, in Orlando. A wedding cinematographer, preschool director and former fire chief shared about their legal efforts in a public policy session sponsored by ADF.

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  • New ADF president sees ‘light’ for religious liberty

    January 18 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    New ADF president sees ‘light’ for religious liberty

    New Alliance Defending Freedom President Michael Farris says he wants to make ADF larger than the American Civil Liberties Union and secure religious liberty in America for generations to come. Farris, a founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association and Patrick Henry College, began his duties with ADF Jan. 10.

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  • Christian funeral home owner wins bias suit

    September 2 2016 by Evan Wilt, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Christian funeral home owner wins bias suit

    A federal court in Michigan sided with a Christian business owner last week, ruling the family-owned funeral home did not violate federal law when it fired a male employee who decided to start dressing like a woman. Thomas Rost said allowing the male employee to interact with grieving families while dressed as a woman wouldn’t work.

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  • 2016 politics: Change looms for church, speakers say

    August 31 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    2016 politics: Change looms for church, speakers say

    The increasing threat to religious liberty and the brokenness of politics in this election year demonstrate the need for change among Christians in America, speakers said at a gathering in Nashville. The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and Alliance Defending Freedom cosponsored “The 2016 Presidential Race, Religious Liberty and the Future of the Church.”

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  • Christian club wins free speech fight at N.C. State

    August 16 2016 by Molly Hulsey, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Christian club wins free speech fight at N.C. State

    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.

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  • Illinois governor signs bill mandating abortion referrals

    August 15 2016 by Onize Ohikere, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Illinois governor signs bill mandating abortion referrals

    New legislation signed by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican, will compel all medical practitioners and pregnancy centers to promote abortion regardless of their religious or moral convictions. The new law has rattled state and national pro-life advocates because the governor acted against his party’s pro-life platform by signing the bill.

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  • The state Supreme Court ruled the law violated minors’ privacy

    August 1 2016 by Ciera Horton, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    The state Supreme Court ruled the law violated minors’ privacy

    The Alaska Supreme Court on July 22 struck down a state law requiring abortionists to give two days’ notice to parents before providing abortions to minors. In a 2010 ballot initiative, 56 percent of voters approved what became the law requiring parental notification for a minor’s abortion. Now the court says the law is unconstitutional.

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  • Hispanic pastors raise concerns over Trump advisory board

    July 11 2016 by Liz Tablazon, BR staff writer | with 0 comments
    Hispanic pastors raise concerns over Trump advisory board

    The Hispanic Baptist Pastors Alliance released a statement expressing concern over the agreement of faith leaders to join Donald Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board. The statement came as a response to Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, naming 25 individuals to advise him on religion and politics.

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