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  • Faith group’s advocacy speeds prison reform bill

    May 24 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Faith group’s advocacy speeds prison reform bill

    Years of prison reform advocacy is reaping fruit for Prison Fellowship with the passage of a bill termed a “first step” in rehabilitating federal prisoners and reducing recidivism. Churches are also a crucial player in preventing incarceration, reforming prisoners and speeding their productivity upon release, Christian advocates said.

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  • ERLC: Make religious freedom a priority in Africa

    May 11 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC: Make religious freedom a priority in Africa

    Religious freedom should be a priority for U.S. relations with autocratic regimes in Sub-Saharan Africa, a Southern Baptist policy specialist told members of Congress. Steven Harris called for the focus on religious liberty during his testimony to a House of Representatives subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

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  • GOP exodus raises questions about life, liberty

    April 25 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    GOP exodus raises questions about life, liberty

    The record number of Republicans leaving Congress raises questions about the fate of such issues as the sanctity of human life and religious freedom. When Paul Ryan announced he would retire, his decision brought to 38 the number of GOP members who have said they will not run for re-election.

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  • Congress passes online, anti-trafficking bill

    March 26 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Congress passes online, anti-trafficking bill

    Congress has given overwhelming approval to legislation designed to thwart sex trafficking by holding accountable online sites that facilitate the crime. The Senate adopted the bill, barely three weeks after the House of Representatives had passed it. The bill will go to President Trump, who is expected to sign it.

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  • Health care conscience protections return to Congress

    March 13 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Health care conscience protections return to Congress

    The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is urging Congress to approve legislation to protect the conscience rights of pro-life health care providers. The Conscience Protection Act would bar government discrimination against health care workers and facilities that object to being involved in abortion, as well as health insurers that refuse to provide coverage.

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  • Group seeks new U.S. religious freedom post for Nigeria

    March 9 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Group seeks new U.S. religious freedom post for Nigeria

    A religious and secular coalition will urge Congress to create a U.S. coordinator for religious freedom in Nigeria as terrorism against Christians and other religious minorities intensifies in the African nation. Termed the special coordinator for religious minorities and terrorism, the post would serve as a direct link between U.S. and Nigerian governments.

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  • Thousands pay respect to Billy Graham in U.S. Capitol

    March 2 2018 by Shannon Baker, Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware | with 0 comments
    Thousands pay respect to Billy Graham in U.S. Capitol

    On an uncharacteristically beautiful spring day, thousands of people waited patiently to pay respects to Billy Graham, “America’s pastor,” whose remains were brought to lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda Feb. 28 and March 1. The international evangelist, 99, died at his home in North Carolina on Feb. 21.

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  • Bipartisan anti-sex trafficking bill passes House

    March 1 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Bipartisan anti-sex trafficking bill passes House

    Sex advertising websites and their users would face penalties for sex trafficking under a bill passed by the U.S. House Feb. 27, amending a law that had shielded such offenders. Similar legislation is pending in the Senate. The House bill would establish monetary fines and up to 10 years’ imprisonment for abusers.

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  • Evangelical leaders urge quick action on DACA

    February 9 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Evangelical leaders urge quick action on DACA

    Southern Baptist and other evangelical Christian leaders and pastors joined United States senators Feb. 7 in urging Congress and President Donald Trump to enact swiftly a remedy for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.

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  • Late-term abortion ban fails in Senate

    January 31 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Late-term abortion ban fails in Senate

    The Senate rejected an effort to prohibit late-term abortions, assuring the United States would maintain for now one of the world’s most radical policies on the procedure. Senators voted 51-46 to bring the Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act to the floor but fell short of the 60 votes needed to invoke cloture.

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  • Alabama elects Jones to Senate amid faith appeals

    December 14 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Alabama elects Jones to Senate amid faith appeals

    Democrat Doug Jones’ election to the U.S. Senate in Alabama Dec. 12 over controversial social conservative Roy Moore capped a campaign in which both sides appealed to faith and values. In a state where President Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by nearly 28 points, Jones bested Moore by a 1.5-point margin.

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  • Time ticking to protect Dreamers, Baptists tell media

    December 4 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Time ticking to protect Dreamers, Baptists tell media

    Two Southern Baptist leaders urged Congress Nov. 29 to act soon to provide a long-term remedy for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. Walter Strickland, first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Travis Wussow, a Southern Baptist public policy specialist, in a telephone news conference called for a legislative solution as the deadline for action nears.

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  • Roy Moore imbroglio draws Southern Baptists’ comments

    November 15 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Roy Moore imbroglio draws Southern Baptists’ comments

    New allegations of sexual misconduct against Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore emerged as Southern Baptists offered a range of commentary. Moore’s wife Kayla posted on Facebook Nov. 12 an endorsement of her husband by more than 50 pastors. But AL.com news website noted the endorsement appeared to be a “recycled” statement from Aug. 15.

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  • House restores adoption tax credit

    November 13 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    House restores adoption tax credit

    A longstanding but endangered benefit for adopting families has gained new life in Congress. Republicans in the House of Representatives amended their tax reform proposal to include the adoption tax credit in a committee vote Nov. 9, which was World Adoption Day.

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  • Roy Moore denies sexual misconduct allegations

    November 10 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Roy Moore denies sexual misconduct allegations

    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, a Southern Baptist long known for his support of Judeo-Christian values in the public square, has denied allegations he initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl decades ago. The allegations claim Moore, 70, also pursued dating relationships with three other teenagers when he was in his early 30s.

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