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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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  • 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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