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  • Christian apologetics club wins free speech battle

    October 22 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Christian apologetics club wins free speech battle

    A Christian apologetics group will be able to display pro-life and other messages freely at a state university, the result of a settlement reached through Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). Ratio Christi, a registered student organization at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga., gained the right in a settlement ADF announced Oct. 18.

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  • Atlanta accepts $1.2M settlement with Kelvin Cochran

    October 18 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Atlanta accepts $1.2M settlement with Kelvin Cochran

    The Atlanta city council has agreed to a $1.2 million settlement with former fire chief Kelvin Cochran over his January 2015 termination for his views about marriage and sexuality. The city council voted 11-3 after an executive session Oct. 15 during which city attorneys recommended a settlement and legal fees negotiated with the religious liberty organization …

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  • Bibles, joy visible in schools across U.S. Oct. 4

    October 8 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Bibles, joy visible in schools across U.S. Oct. 4

    Students rallied behind the Bible and the joy of scripture in social media posts Oct. 4, as a projected half-million or more students participated in Bring Your Bible to School Day. Focus on the Family’s (FOTF) fifth annual event drew smiles and encouragement from students and parents in a diversity of grade levels, schools and Christian communities …

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  • U.S. students urged to take Bibles to school Oct. 4

    October 3 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    U.S. students urged to take Bibles to school Oct. 4

    The freedom to distribute Bibles in schools and discuss scripture openly with fellow students is being celebrated nationwide Oct. 4 at the fifth annual Bring Your Bible to School Day. The Focus on the Family (FOTF) event founded in 2014 is on track for its largest participation to date, founder Candi Cushman told Baptist Press Oct. 2.

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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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