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  • Paul Pressler targeted in Texas lawsuit

    December 13 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Paul Pressler targeted in Texas lawsuit

    A lawsuit alleging decades of sexual abuse by retired Texas state judge Paul Pressler has named a Southern Baptist Convention entity among its co-defendants. Following multiple media reports on the Oct. 18 suit, Pressler’s legal team released a statement Dec. 12, in which attorney Ted Tredennick called the allegations “frivolous.”

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  • Wedding cake arguments build religious liberty case

    December 7 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Wedding cake arguments build religious liberty case

    Religious liberty advocates left the U.S. Supreme Court with some hope that the justices would rule in favor of a Colorado cake artist. The high court heard oral arguments in a major free-speech and free-exercise-of-religion case at the center of the contentious debate between religious liberty and sexual liberty.

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  • High court weighs cake artist’s liberty

    December 6 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    High court weighs cake artist’s liberty

    The U.S. Supreme Court grilled four lawyers in its effort to determine if a state can require a cake artist to design a cake for a same-sex wedding in spite of his free-speech and free-exercise-of-religion rights. The justices heard oral arguments in an appeal by Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop.

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  • Still in court: Baptist entities & the HHS mandate

    November 29 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Still in court: Baptist entities & the HHS mandate

    Southern Baptist institutions and other objectors to the six-year-old abortion/contraception mandate are still working to protect their freedom of conscience on a number of fronts after the Trump administration provided aid through a new rule. The challengers to the controversial requirement are negotiating with the federal government, pushing for permanent relief in court.

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  • Federal judge blocks Texas dismemberment abortion ban

    November 29 2017 by Evan Wilt, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Federal judge blocks Texas dismemberment abortion ban

    A federal judge on Nov. 22 blocked a Texas law protecting unborn babies from dismemberment abortions. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel placed a permanent injunction on Senate Bill 8, calling the legislation unconstitutional. Texas lawmakers passed the bill earlier this year to ban the procedure typically used in the second trimester.

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  • Former fire chief Cochran’s rights aired in court

    November 28 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Former fire chief Cochran’s rights aired in court

    A federal court is weighing not only former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran’s right to express his beliefs but the right of others as well, religious liberty advocates say. Federal Judge Leigh Martin May heard arguments Nov. 17 in Atlanta regarding the city’s 2015 firing of Cochran.

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  • Union settles lawsuit over HHS abortion mandate

    November 28 2017 by Tim Ellsworth, Union University | with 0 comments
    Union settles lawsuit over HHS abortion mandate

    Union University has settled its lawsuit against the U.S. government concerning the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ mandate that Union provide abortion-causing drugs as part of its employee health plans.

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  • Texas defends dismemberment abortion ban

    November 22 2017 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Texas defends dismemberment abortion ban

    Should abortionists be allowed to end the life of an unborn baby by pulling it apart, or should they remove it piecemeal only after its heart has stopped beating? The answer, at least in Texas, depends on the outcome of a five-day trial concluded Nov. 8 over a new state law banning dismemberment abortions.

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  • To tweet or not to tweet: Who gets to say?

    November 16 2017 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    To tweet or not to tweet: Who gets to say?

    A liberal advocacy group in Wisconsin is asking a federal court to declare the Twitter accounts of three state representatives “designated public forums.” As such, blocking access to the accounts is unconstitutional, the group argues. The lawsuit is the second such case filed this year demanding unfettered access on elected officials’ Twitter accounts.

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  • California pro-life centers win fight against abortion law

    November 9 2017 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    California pro-life centers win fight against abortion law

    Pro-life pregnancy care centers in Los Angeles will not be forced to promote abortion after a state trial judge last week halted enforcement of California’s Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency Act. “The FACT Act compels speech, and regulates content,” Riverside County Superior Court Judge Gloria Trask said in her ruling.

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  • Judge OKs suit over baby body parts research

    November 1 2017 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Judge OKs suit over baby body parts research

    A woman’s lawsuit against a New Mexico abortion center will proceed, thanks to a New Mexico judge’s refusal to dismiss her case. Jessica Duran filed suit against Southwestern Women’s Options for not telling her about its relationship with the University of New Mexico and the possibility that it sent her dead baby there for research.

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  • Transgender military ban setback may be appealed

    November 1 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Transgender military ban setback may be appealed

    A federal judge’s decision to block the Trump administration from enforcing a ban of transgender military service is “likely” to be overturned on appeal, says a former military attorney who serves as general counsel for the Missouri Baptist Convention.

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  • Illegal immigrant teen has court-approved abortion

    October 26 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Illegal immigrant teen has court-approved abortion

    A legal battle over whether the Trump administration is required to facilitate an illegal-immigrant teen’s abortion ended Oct. 25 when the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced she had terminated her pregnancy. ACLU senior staff attorney Brigitte Amiri, who represents the 17-year-old, said “justice prevailed,” according to an ACLU news release.

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  • Congress’ prayer tradition upheld by federal judge

    October 13 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Congress’ prayer tradition upheld by federal judge

    The constitutionality of legislative prayer gained reaffirmation when a federal court dismissed an atheist’s challenge of the U.S. House of Representatives’ right to bar him from delivering an invocation. Federal Judge Rosemary Collyer of the District of Columbia said U.S. Supreme Court precedent undergirds the long tradition of prayer to open congressional sessions and the House’s rules in carrying out the practice.

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  • Housing allowance defense joined by ERLC & GuideStone

    October 12 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Housing allowance defense joined by ERLC & GuideStone

    The Southern Baptist Convention’s religious freedom entity will maintain its effort to preserve the ministerial housing allowance because pastors are crucial “for flourishing, vibrant communities,” Russell Moore said. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission stands alongside GuideStone Financial Resources in opposing a federal court decision that invalidated the housing allowance, said Moore.

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