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  • TRUSTEES: ERLC names Mohler, Waggoner for key awards

    September 7 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    TRUSTEES: ERLC names Mohler, Waggoner for key awards

    Trustees of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission approved a seminary president and a courtroom advocate as recipients of the Southern Baptist entity’s 2018 awards Wednesday (Sept. 5) during their annual meeting. The ERLC board unanimously endorsed R. Albert Mohler Jr. for the Distinguished Christian Service Award and Kristen Waggoner for the Religious Liberty Award.

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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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  • 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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  • University of Iowa sued again over religious liberty

    August 9 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    University of Iowa sued again over religious liberty

    For the second time in less than a year, a Christian student group has sued the University of Iowa to protect its right to select leaders who hold traditional Christian beliefs. The InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship filed a lawsuit in federal court Aug. 6 after the university revoked the fellowship’s status as an official student organization …

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  • Uzbekistan’s religious liberty violations mount

    July 24 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Uzbekistan’s religious liberty violations mount

    Two new requirements for religious organizations seeking government recognition in Uzbekistan are said to evidence the Central Asian nation’s continued restriction of religious liberty. Comprising five former Soviet republics, Central Asia includes Uzbekistan and two other countries on the U.S. State Department’s list of countries of particular concern (CPCs) for religious liberty violations: Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

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  • Cake baker’s 7-2 SCOTUS win affirms religious liberty

    June 5 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Cake baker’s 7-2 SCOTUS win affirms religious liberty

    The U.S. Supreme Court delivered an important, if not wide-ranging, victory for religious liberty June 4 in its continuing faceoff with sexual liberty. In a 7-2 opinion, a high court majority that included conservatives and liberals ruled the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated the religious free exercise clause of the First Amendment by penalizing …

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  • Jimmy Carter urges unity at Liberty graduation

    May 22 2018 by Timothy Cockes, Liberty University | with 0 comments
    Jimmy Carter urges unity at Liberty graduation

    Former United States President Jimmy Carter challenged Liberty University graduates to “work as much as [they] can to unify Christians in the world,” and noted Baptists should “come together as friends and not be alienated one from another.”

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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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  • ‘Hate group’ status blocks ADF from Amazon charity

    May 8 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    ‘Hate group’ status blocks ADF from Amazon charity

    A nonprofit Christian legal defense organization cannot receive donations through an Amazon charity program because the law firm is erroneously labeled a “hate group.” The faith-based Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is blocked as an Amazon Smile recipient because the Southern Poverty Law Center …

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  • USCIRF: Persecution grows despite elevated awareness

    April 27 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    USCIRF: Persecution grows despite elevated awareness

    While egregious acts of religious persecution are more likely to cause global protest 20 years after the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, many countries are increasingly denying such freedoms, a federal watchdog commission reported. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom noted the dichotomy in releasing its religious freedom violations.

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  • GOP exodus raises questions about life, liberty

    April 25 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    GOP exodus raises questions about life, liberty

    The record number of Republicans leaving Congress raises questions about the fate of such issues as the sanctity of human life and religious freedom. When Paul Ryan announced he would retire, his decision brought to 38 the number of GOP members who have said they will not run for re-election.

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  • Army chaplain fights charge of unlawful discrimination

    April 19 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Army chaplain fights charge of unlawful discrimination

    Southern Baptist chaplain Jerry Scott Squires is fighting a U.S. Army investigator’s charge of unlawful discrimination for refusing to preside over a marriage retreat including same-sex couples. Squires followed federal law and Army chaplaincy protocol when he rescheduled a Strong Bonds marriage retreat in order to involve a non-Southern Baptist Convention chaplain.

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  • China banning online Bible sales ‘absurd’

    April 10 2018 by Aaron Earls, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    China banning online Bible sales ‘absurd’

    China is purportedly the largest publisher of Bibles in the world, but the communist nation has now apparently blocked online Bible purchases for its residents. Beginning last week, searches for Bibles at leading online retailers in China came up empty, according to reports from The New York Times and CNN.

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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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  • American pastor charged with ‘terrorism’ in Turkey

    March 22 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    American pastor charged with ‘terrorism’ in Turkey

    American pastor Andrew Brunson has been indicted in Turkey on charges of terrorism. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) claims the charges amount to an admission “that Turkey considers sharing the gospel an ‘act of terrorism.’”

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