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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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  • ERLC, BGEA back coach in appeal to Supreme Court

    October 4 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC, BGEA back coach in appeal to Supreme Court

    The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and other organizations have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court decision they contend violates the First Amendment rights of public school teachers and coaches. The court has twice rescheduled a conference to consider whether to accept the appeal, according to First Liberty Institute …

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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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  • S.C. church plant sues town for rental ban

    August 30 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    S.C. church plant sues town for rental ban

    A Southern Baptist church plant in South Carolina has sued the town of Edisto Beach for prohibiting it from use of its civic center. Redeemer Fellowship of Edisto Island filed suit Aug. 27 in federal court in Charleston, S.C., because of a policy it says violates its free speech and religion rights guaranteed in the First Amendment.

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  • Greg Laurie on censored ad: ‘Hold the Bible high’

    August 20 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Greg Laurie on censored ad: ‘Hold the Bible high’

    After promotional materials for the SoCal Harvest crusade were taken down from two Southern California malls because they showed Pastor Greg Laurie holding a Bible, Laurie is asking attendees of the event to hold up their Bibles in a show of support for God’s Word. “Apparently, in our intolerant culture, we no longer can display the Bible in public,” …

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  • Again: Colorado says cake artist Jack Phillips broke law

    August 16 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Again: Colorado says cake artist Jack Phillips broke law

    Christian cake artist Jack Phillips is in court again, defending the same religious freedom right the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed on his behalf in a previous case in June. This time, transgender attorney Autumn Scardina filed a discrimination complaint against Phillips for refusing to bake a birthday cake celebrating Scardina’s transition from a male to female identity.

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  • Administration gains high marks on religious liberty

    August 16 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Administration gains high marks on religious liberty

    The Trump administration is receiving high marks so far for its religious liberty record from many advocates for the First Amendment freedom. The July 30 announcement of a religious liberty task force in the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Aug. 10 release of a Department of Labor policy directive to protect religious free exercise …

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  • ERLC: Church’s internal discourse needs protection

    July 2 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC: Church’s internal discourse needs protection

    An effort by Texas abortion providers to obtain a church’s internal communications would violate the First Amendment and a federal law protecting religious freedom if successful, according to the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). The ERLC filed a friend-of-the-court brief June 25 urging the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals …

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  • High court affirms pregnancy centers’ speech rights

    June 28 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    High court affirms pregnancy centers’ speech rights

    The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a key free-speech victory for pro-life pregnancy centers today (June 26) by a 5-4 vote. The high court reversed a lower court decision regarding a California law that, in part, essentially requires pregnancy care centers to promote abortion services. The justices ruled the pregnancy centers that challenged the measure would …

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  • 2017 summary for proposed BSC bylaw amendments

    October 17 2017 by BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    2017 summary for proposed BSC bylaw amendments

    The Board of Directors (board) is bringing to the messengers at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (convention) five (5) motions for consideration.

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  • Study: Congress should end IRS oversight of sermons

    October 17 2017 by Bob Smietana, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    Study: Congress should end IRS oversight of sermons

    According to a new survey, most Protestant pastors think the IRS should not be able to penalize a church for sermon content. Most say their sermons should be free from government oversight.

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  • Marriage advocates’ rights bill draws Baptist support

    November 19 2015 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Marriage advocates’ rights bill draws Baptist support

    A Southern Baptist Convention ethicist and advocate for religious freedom, Russell Moore, has joined other church leaders to endorse revised legislation to prevent discrimination by the federal government against Americans who object to same-sex marriage. Moore  and nine others endorsed the latest version of the First Amendment Defense Act ...

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  • Moore, others back law to protect religious liberty

    July 30 2015 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Moore, others back law to protect religious liberty

    Ethicist Russell Moore has initiated an effort by Southern Baptist and other leaders calling on Congress to pass legislation to protect the religious freedom of those who object to same-sex marriage. Moore and 29 cosigners sent a July 28 letter to Congress urging approval of the First Amendment Defense Act.

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  • Second anniversary rally held for Marriage Amendment

    May 9 2014 by L.A. Williams, Christian Action League | with 0 comments
    Second anniversary rally held for Marriage Amendment

    Approximately 300 supporters gathered May 8 in Raleigh to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the passage of the Marriage Protection Amendment on the same day that nine same-sex couples took part in protests to reverse the amendment which affirmed voters’ belief in marriage as the union between one man and one woman.

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