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  • ‘Security’ only reason for Asia Bibi verdict delay

    October 24 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Security’ only reason for Asia Bibi verdict delay

    Security is the only reason Pakistan’s Supreme Court is delaying its ruling in an Oct. 8 appeal of Christian mother Asia Bibi’s blasphemy conviction, a religious liberty expert told Baptist Press. “There’s only one reason, security,” said Shaheryar Gill, senior litigation counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

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  • NAMB launches evangelism group, names executive director

    August 13 2018 by Mike Ebert, NAMB | with 0 comments
    NAMB launches evangelism group, names executive director

    The North American Mission Board (NAMB) is launching an evangelism and leadership group that will promote evangelism among Southern Baptist churches, provide evangelistic resources and equip pastors to help their congregations become more evangelistically active. Jim Law, who currently serves as executive pastor at First Baptist Church Woodstock, Ga., will serve as executive director of the new group.

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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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  • Judicial wordplay redefines locker room reality

    May 31 2018 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD Digital | with 0 comments
    Judicial wordplay redefines locker room reality

    Two courts, one in Pennsylvania and another in Virginia, last week disregarded students’ pleas for privacy in public school locker rooms and restrooms. The judges avoided making any distinctions between the sexes and ruled transgender students should be allowed to use the sex-segregated facilities that affirm their gender identity.

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  • SCOTUS abortion order celebrated by Arkansas Baptists

    May 30 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SCOTUS abortion order celebrated by Arkansas Baptists

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to hear Planned Parenthood’s challenge of an Arkansas abortion law could allow the state to become the first to effectively outlaw medication-induced abortions. “I am thankful for the discernment used by the U.S. Supreme Court to not address this issue,” Sonny Tucker, executive director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, said.

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  • Judge sides with transgender teen

    May 24 2018 by Kiley Crossland, WORLD Digital | with 0 comments
    Judge sides with transgender teen

    A federal judge on May 22 said a Virginia school board violated the rights of a transgender teen by requiring that all students use the restroom corresponding to their biological gender. U.S. District Court Judge Arenda Wright Allen declined to hear the Gloucester County School Board’s request to dismiss the case.

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  • Delaware bill first to outlaw child marriage in U.S.

    May 9 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Delaware bill first to outlaw child marriage in U.S.

    A bill awaiting Delaware Gov. John Carney’s signature is America’s first to outlaw marriage before age 18, the latest measure in a nationwide effort to rein in child marriage. Delaware’s measure is the strictest to date. Carney is expected to sign the bill as early as this week.

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  • Boy who ‘did not go to heaven’ sues Tyndale for damages

    April 12 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Boy who ‘did not go to heaven’ sues Tyndale for damages

    Alex Malarkey, the boy who claimed in a bestselling book that he went to heaven while comatose from a car accident, is suing his publisher Tyndale House for damages including book profits from the since-retracted story. “I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention,” he said.

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  • Christian colonel suspended for marriage view wins appeal

    April 4 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Christian colonel suspended for marriage view wins appeal

    A U.S. Air Force colonel and devout Christian suspended and denied promotion after refusing to affirm same-sex marriage has won a legal appeal to reverse the disciplinary actions against him. Col. Leland Bohannon was restored April 3 to his military position and good standing.

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  • GuideStone, ministries gain win against HHS mandate

    March 28 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press & Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    GuideStone, ministries gain win against HHS mandate

    GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention and the ministries it serves have gained a vital, legal victory against the Obama-era abortion/contraception mandate, marking a seven-year religious liberty battle.

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  • Religious liberty ruled no basis for transgender policy

    March 13 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Religious liberty ruled no basis for transgender policy

    Religious freedom provides no legal basis to discipline transgender workers who violate workplace gender policies, a U.S. appeals court has ruled in a groundbreaking decision. The decision is the first to extend Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 to transgender individuals charging discrimination based on sexual identity.

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  • Faith group regains campus status after suing college

    March 12 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Faith group regains campus status after suing college

    A Christian student group dispelled from a public university for requiring chapter leaders to be Christian has been readmitted. But attorneys say the school’s change of heart is hardly adequate. Wayne State University recertified InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as an official campus student group two days after InterVarsity filed a lawsuit.

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  • ‘Under attack’: Campus ministries see changes ahead

    March 9 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Under attack’: Campus ministries see changes ahead

    With Wayne State, Harvard and the University of Iowa among the latest universities to take action against Christian ministries on campus, some Baptist state convention leaders say Baptist campus ministry may be forced to shift its methods as religious liberty is constricted.

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  • Christian wedding cake baker wins California court battle

    February 7 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Christian wedding cake baker wins California court battle

    A California trial court has upheld a Christian baker’s right to refuse to create a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. Tastries Bakery owner Cathy Miller’s freedom of speech “outweighs” the state of California’s interest in ensuring a freely accessible marketplace, Judge David R. Lampe said in his decision.

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  • Front Street Baptist families settle lawsuits

    February 7 2018 by From wire reports | with 0 comments
    Front Street Baptist families settle lawsuits

    Lawyers reported Jan. 30 that families of five Statesville church members killed in a 2013 crash have settled lawsuits relating to an Oct 2, 2013, accident. The lawsuits, which are for wrongful death, are against South Korean tire manufacturer Hankook Tire Co. Ltd.

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