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  • ‘Flawed,’ ‘hot mess’ precedent defeats Florida cross

    September 12 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Flawed,’ ‘hot mess’ precedent defeats Florida cross

    If the federal court had its way, a 34-foot cross would remain at its Pensacola, Fla., post. But “flawed precedent” that judges called a “hot mess” forced them to rule otherwise, the judges wrote in their opinion. Judges said their hands were tied by the 1983 ruling in the nearly identical case of ACLU v. Rabun County …

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  • Hindu nationalists host world conference in U.S.

    September 6 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Hindu nationalists host world conference in U.S.

    An international Hindu confab in the U.S. that organizers describe as a unity initiative will include radical and violent Hindu nationalists, International Christian Concern (ICC) charged Sept. 5. The second World Hindu Congress convening Sept. 7-9 in Chicago will encourage the use of Hindu philosophy, according to event organizers, to address issues of politics, education and commerce …

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  • Army chaplain Squires cleared of all charges

    August 27 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Army chaplain Squires cleared of all charges

    The U.S. Army has dropped its investigation against Southern Baptist chaplain Jerry Scott Squires, fully exonerating the major of all charges Aug. 24. Squires, who had been charged with discrimination against a lesbian soldier who wanted to attend a marriage retreat, handled the situation in accordance with military policy and followed the guidelines of his denominational authority, the Army said.

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  • University of Iowa reinstates religious groups for now

    August 17 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    University of Iowa reinstates religious groups for now

    The University of Iowa has reinstated multiple religious student groups as registered campus organizations after one group threatened to seek a temporary restraining order amid pending litigation. InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship sued the university Aug. 6 because school officials revoked the fellowship’s status as an official student organization over a requirement …

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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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  • ERLC video: Malaysian liberty burdened by I.D. cards

    August 6 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC video: Malaysian liberty burdened by I.D. cards

    Malaysia’s religious registration requirement is a heavy burden to their freedom, non-Muslims say in a new documentary produced by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). The ERLC premiered the nine-minute video – “Malaysia: A Fight for Freedom and Identity” – during a July 26 Capitol Hill discussion of religious liberty in Southeast Asia.

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  • Religious liberty threats addressed at ERLC event

    August 1 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Religious liberty threats addressed at ERLC event

    Religious freedom in Southeast Asia faces threats from required registration regimes and non-government forces, panelists said at a Capitol Hill discussion co-hosted by a Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) entity. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) joined with two other advocacy organizations to hold the July 26 event – titled “Lessons from Southeast Asia: State and Non-State Threats to Religious Freedom” …

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  • 7,000 churches, mosques still closed in Rwanda shutdown

    August 1 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    7,000 churches, mosques still closed in Rwanda shutdown

    Nearly 7,000 churches and mosques remain closed in Rwanda months after the government began shutting down houses of worship, the Rwandan government has reported. The government continues to close houses of worship, citing various building code violations and requirements that pastors complete theological education at accredited schools, World Watch Monitor reported July 27.

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  • Religious liberty: International conference seen as key advance

    July 31 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Religious liberty: International conference seen as key advance

    Religious liberty advocates drew hope from a first-ever international gathering of government officials, civil society representatives and faith leaders to promote the freedom of all people to practice their beliefs. The U.S. State Department convened the inaugural Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom July 24-26 in Washington, hosting delegations from more than 80 governments …

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  • Greear launches advisory group on abuse

    July 26 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff | with 0 comments
    Greear launches advisory group on abuse

    J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), announced today (July 26) that he is partnering with the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission to form an advisory group on sexual misconduct, domestic violence and other issues. The announcement came as many Southern Baptists are discussing how the convention’s leaders and entities should respond

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  • UN-related religious liberty committee led by ADF rep

    July 3 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    UN-related religious liberty committee led by ADF rep

    Days after the U.S. withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council of 47 nations, a U.S. attorney has been named head of a multi-faith nongovernmental organization (NGO) advising the U.N. on religious freedoms globally. Alliance Defending Freedom International’s Kelsey Zorzi began serving June 28 as president of the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion …

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  • Debate begins on next high court nominee

    June 29 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Debate begins on next high court nominee

    The retirement announcement of Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy quickly ushered in guessing games on whom President Trump would next nominate to the Supreme Court and how long Roe v. Wade and other rulings would survive. Kennedy, long the high court’s swing vote on controversial decisions, told Trump …

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  • High court annuls ruling against florist

    June 27 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    High court annuls ruling against florist

    The U.S. Supreme Court provided a promising directive June 25 in the ongoing effort by business owners to practice their faith convictions. The justices issued an order that annulled a lower-court ruling against Washington state florist Barronelle Stutzman, a Southern Baptist who declined to design flowers for a same-sex wedding.

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  • B21 panel urges strong stand on abuse of all forms

    June 25 2018 by Andrew J.W. Smith, SBTS | with 0 comments
    B21 panel urges strong stand on abuse of all forms

    Southern Baptists should take a strong stand against all forms of abuse and fight to create gracious church environments in which abuse victims are heard and loved, panelists said during the Baptist21 luncheon on June 12 in Dallas. More than 1,300 people attended the sold-out event in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center during the …

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  • ‘Associational Mission Strategist’ suggested DOM title

    “Associational Mission Strategist” is the new recommended title for Southern Baptist mission leaders formerly called directors of missions or DOMs. The new title was unanimously approved by nearly 250 members attending the 2018 Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders, June 10-11 in Dallas, though its recommendations are not binding for the more than …

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