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  • Faith inside the White House: An interview with Michael Wear

    February 6 2017 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Faith inside the White House: An interview with Michael Wear

    Michael Wear spoke as one of the panelists at the Evangelicals for Life Conference Jan. 26-28 in Washington, D.C. He formerly worked as a White House staffer in the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships under Barack Obama’s administration. He also directed faith outreach for Obama’s 2012 re-election bid.

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  • Convict’s release raises questions of pro-LGBT bias

    January 19 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Convict’s release raises questions of pro-LGBT bias

    The commutation of a former U.S. soldier’s espionage sentence has caused some to ask whether the reduced prison term is related to the inmate’s transgender identity. “It made sense to commute a part of” Bradley Manning’s prison sentence, President Obama said Jan. 18.

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  • Obama farewell draws mixed response from Baptists

    January 12 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Obama farewell draws mixed response from Baptists

    Following President Obama’s farewell address Jan. 11 in Chicago, Southern Baptists who have met with him personally reflected on his “liberal” social policies, apparent commitment to family, and status as America’s first black president. Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank S. Page said he “watched the presidential speech with great interest.”

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  • High court blocks transgender rulings for now

    August 5 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    High court blocks transgender rulings for now

    The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked lower-court decisions requiring a Virginia school district to enable a female student who identifies as male to use the boys’ restroom. The justices announced they had put on hold a ruling by a federal court permitting Gavin Grimm to use the male restroom while the case is settled.

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  • Transgender directive challenged by 10 more states

    July 20 2016 by Evan Wilt, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Transgender directive challenged by 10 more states

    Ten more states have signed on to sue the Obama administration over its transgender directive that forces schools to allow students to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their perceived gender identity rather than their biological sex. “It’s putting school districts in a terrible position,” said Nebraska attorney general Doug Peterson.

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  • New overtime pay rule could affect church staff

    June 13 2016 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    New overtime pay rule could affect church staff

    Salaried church employees making less than $47,476 annually will likely be eligible for overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours per week, according to new federal labor protections. Although, some human resources experts believe the full scope of how the stipulations will apply to churches and religious institutions is still unclear.

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  • Texas says, ‘Come and take it,’ over transgender directive

    June 8 2016 by Sarah Wedel, World News Service | with 0 comments
    Texas says, ‘Come and take it,’ over transgender directive

    The federal government and Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are locked in a game of chicken. President Barack Obama ordered public schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms of their choice or schools will lose federal education funding. Patrick says Texas is willing to forfeit its federal funding rather than follow the directive.

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  • Court seeks new ideas on mandate accommodation

    The U.S. Supreme Court made an uncommon request of religious nonprofits and the federal government on March 29 calling for new briefs from both sides in an effort to determine if workers may be able to obtain birth control coverage through their nonprofit employers’ insurance companies without violating the conscience rights of those employers.

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  • Court ponders religious liberty in HHS mandate

    March 24 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Court ponders religious liberty in HHS mandate

    The U.S. Supreme Court considered arguments March 23 that the federal government is intent on forcing Christian and other religious ministries to violate their consciences by accepting a rule that makes them complicit in abortion. The mandate requires employers to provide for their workers contraceptives, drugs and devices ...

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  • Obama tells of personal faith at prayer breakfast

    February 5 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Obama tells of personal faith at prayer breakfast

    President Barack Obama used his final National Prayer Breakfast address as America’s chief executive to explain how he has combatted fear by drawing on his personal Christian faith and by looking to people of all faiths for inspiration. The president based his remarks on 2 Timothy 1:7 ...

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  • State of the Union addresses gay marriage, Islam

    January 14 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    State of the Union addresses gay marriage, Islam

    In his final State of the Union address, President Barack Obama praised nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage, warned against overemphasizing the threat posed by the terrorist group ISIS and touted American exceptionalism. The hour-long address made no reference to abortion-related issues …

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  • Congress sends PPFA defunding bill to president

    January 8 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Congress sends PPFA defunding bill to president

    Congress has forced President Barack Obama’s hand on federal funding for the country’s No. 1 abortion provider. The U.S. House of Representatives passed Jan. 6 in a 240-181 roll call a budget-related bill that would cut nearly 90 percent of federal funds in the next year for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

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  • Texas refugee battle grows as Baptists continue ministry

    December 10 2015 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Texas refugee battle grows as Baptists continue ministry

    Despite the legal battle Texas leaders wage with the federal government over the resettlement of Syrian refugees, many Baptists retain their tireless commitment to share the gospel with their Muslim neighbors. Texas has received 238 refugees from Syria since 2012, ranking it second highest in the nation.

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  • Obama’s views on Islam ‘viable,’ says Baptist scholars

    December 8 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Obama’s views on Islam ‘viable,’ says Baptist scholars

    In an address on a “new phase” in America’s war on terror, President Barack Obama said committing acts of violence in the name of Allah represents a perversion of Islam. Obama called Muslims “to speak out against ... those interpretations of Islam that are incompatible with the values of religious tolerance …”

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  • High court to hear GuideStone abortion mandate appeal

    November 9 2015 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    High court to hear GuideStone abortion mandate appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court Nov. 6 agreed to hear appeals by several ministries, including GuideStone Financial Resources, to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate that would require certain ministries served by GuideStone to provide potentially abortion-causing drugs and devices or face crippling penalties.

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