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  • California bill already impacting religious expression

    May 10 2018 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD Digital | with 0 comments
    California bill already impacting religious expression

    The California state legislature’s latest effort to outlaw biblical views on sex, marriage and gender identity appears to have claimed its first casualty. Citing concerns over possible legal repercussions from a pending bill, Colorado-based Summit Ministries has canceled a summer conference at Biola University in the Los Angeles area.

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  • GuideStone, ERLC defend ministerial housing allowance

    May 4 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    GuideStone, ERLC defend ministerial housing allowance

    Two Southern Baptist entities have urged a federal appeals court to uphold the constitutionality of the ministerial housing allowance. GuideStone Financial Resources and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief filed that asks the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court decision invalidating the exemption.

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  • Feds shut down Backpage.com over sex ads

    April 10 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Feds shut down Backpage.com over sex ads

    Opponents of human trafficking have applauded the federal government’s shutdown of Backpage.com, reportedly the leading online facilitator of the sex trade. An April 6 message at Backpage.com announced the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other government entities had seized the website and its affiliates “as part of an enforcement action.”

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  • The end of international adoption?

    March 6 2018 by Kiley Crossland, WORLD Digital | with 0 comments
    The end of international adoption?

    New regulations and fees announced by the U.S. State Department could spell the end of intercountry adoptions in the United States. The changes, which went into effect Feb. 15, include a new $500 monitoring and oversight fee for adoptive families, as well as an increase in the cost of accreditation for adoption agencies.

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  • FEMA funds for disaster-stricken churches now law

    February 13 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    FEMA funds for disaster-stricken churches now law

    Churches and other houses of worship now have the assurance of federal law that they may receive disaster relief funds. Congress approved a measure making houses of worship eligible for public assistance money for the restoration of damaged buildings and other purposes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the aftermath of disasters.

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  • Trump urges unity, but response divided

    February 1 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Trump urges unity, but response divided

    President Donald Trump called for unity across party lines in his first State of the Union speech. “[I]t is not enough to come together only in times of tragedy. I call upon all of us to set aside our differences ... and to summon the unity we need,” he said.

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  • Same-sex couples fight citizenship battle

    January 30 2018 by Kiley Crossland, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Same-sex couples fight citizenship battle

    Two same-sex couples filed lawsuits last week against the U.S. State Department, arguing it unlawfully discriminated against them by denying their children U.S. citizenship. The cases join a host of others involving reproductive technology and same-sex parenting working their way through the U.S. court system.

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  • Varied reactions greet White House immigration plan

    January 29 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Varied reactions greet White House immigration plan

    The White House’s immigration reform plan – which would provide a pathway to citizenship for about 1.8 million undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children – garnered a wide range of reactions after its main planks were unveiled Jan. 25.

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  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders: believer & mom in White House

    January 24 2018 by Brandon Pickett & Maina Mwaura, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Sarah Huckabee Sanders: believer & mom in White House

    Experiencing the atmosphere of the West Wing is an unforgettable experience for anyone. But it’s an everyday experience for White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. As the daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sanders took an interest in government and politics from an early age.

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  • FEMA sets Feb. 4 cutoff for Harvey aid applications

    January 10 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    FEMA sets Feb. 4 cutoff for Harvey aid applications

    Texas churches wishing to apply for federal disaster aid funds following Hurricane Harvey have until Feb. 4 to do so, according to a notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Though such funds long had not been available to churches and other houses of worship, FEMA announced a policy change Jan. 2.

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  • Immigration ‘more than politics’ for Hickory Grove leader

    January 8 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Immigration ‘more than politics’ for Hickory Grove leader

    Jose Ocampo, a member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte and junior at Wingate University, is urging U.S. lawmakers to develop a legislative fix that would protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients, like him, from deportation once the policy expires in early March.

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  • Will dampening states’ rights snuff out marijuana use?

    January 8 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Will dampening states’ rights snuff out marijuana use?

    It remains unclear whether U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ reversal of rules that had enabled states to legalize marijuana will fan or extinguish cannabis flames spreading across the U.S. The tension between state and federal law has the potential to make 2018 “a hinge year” regarding society’s moral perception of marijuana use.

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  • World’s worst religious freedom violators evaluated

    January 8 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    World’s worst religious freedom violators evaluated

    The Trump administration’s first designation of the world’s worst violators of religious freedom received the same evaluation as the last list under President Obama – good but not good enough. The State Department announced Jan. 4 the re-designation of the same “countries of particular concern” announced in April 2016 by the Obama administration.

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  • FEMA: Churches now eligible for recovery funds

    January 4 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    FEMA: Churches now eligible for recovery funds

    Churches whose facilities have been damaged by natural disasters now are eligible to receive relief funds from the federal government, according to a Jan. 2 announcement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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  • Jerusalem: Trump declaration sparks Baptists’ reactions

    December 13 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Jerusalem: Trump declaration sparks Baptists’ reactions

    As violence continued in the Middle East after President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Southern Baptists expressed a range of views on the topic. Former Southern Baptist Convention Presidents Ronnie Floyd and Jack Graham were among those to celebrate Trump’s proclamation on Jerusalem.

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