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  • Pakistan may review Bibi acquittal, forbids travel

    November 7 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pakistan may review Bibi acquittal, forbids travel

    Christian mother Asia Bibi’s freedom is once again in jeopardy, just days after Pakistan’s Supreme Court acquitted her of blasphemy and freed her from death row. The government is allowing her detractors to request a review of the Oct. 31 acquittal and are forbidding Bibi to flee the country, The Guardian reported Nov. 2.

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  • International Religious Freedom Act marks 20 years of impact

    November 7 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    International Religious Freedom Act marks 20 years of impact

    The International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) addressed a serious shortcoming in American foreign policy, the law’s advocates said at the 20-year mark of its stand against religious persecution. The legislation, promoted by many evangelical Christian and other religious leaders, became law with President Bill Clinton’s signature on Oct. 27, 1998, and its effect has been widespread.

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  • Survey sees mix of orthodox belief, shifting opinions

    October 24 2018 by Carol Pipes, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    Survey sees mix of orthodox belief, shifting opinions

    Six in 10 Americans say religious belief is a matter of personal opinion. For 7 in 10 Americans, such religious beliefs include one true God existing in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. But an increasing majority of Americans deny Jesus has always existed and many say the Holy Spirit is a force rather than a personal being.

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  • Christian, ethnic persecution ‘nightmare’ in China

    October 11 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Christian, ethnic persecution ‘nightmare’ in China

    Christians and ethnic minorities are living a “nightmare” in China under President Xi Jinping, a congressional commission report released Oct. 10 documents. Jinping’s unmerciful program to “Sinicize” religion into a government-controlled framework, marginalize ethnic minorities including Uyghur Muslims, and redefine human rights intensified in 2018, making life a nightmare for civilians …

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  • Christian mother’s life in hands of Pakistani court

    October 10 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Christian mother’s life in hands of Pakistani court

    Christian mother Asia Bibi only offered a Muslim coworker a drink of water. Subsequently convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death in 2010, Bibi awaits the result of her final court appeal heard Oct. 8. The coworker said Bibi’s Christianity made the water ceremonially unclean, setting off a chain of false accusations …

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  • Voters downplay candidates’ faith but shy from ‘nones’

    September 13 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Voters downplay candidates’ faith but shy from ‘nones’

    Relatively few Americans say a political candidate’s religious beliefs are an important factor when deciding how to vote, according to a poll released Sept. 11 by The Associated Press-NORC (AP-NORC ) Center for Public Affairs Research. Yet Americans hardly ever elect a religiously unaffiliated member of Congress, and atheists claim they are generally underrepresented in public office.

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  • China shutters churches, demands recant of faith

    September 13 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    China shutters churches, demands recant of faith

    China is raiding and shuttering churches, assaulting worshipers, destroying crosses and burning Bibles in escalating persecution of Christians under a Communist constitution that claims to grant religious freedom. Police shut down the largest house church in Beijing Sunday (Sept. 9), the multisite Zion Church, Reuters reported.

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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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  • Hindu nationalists host world conference in U.S.

    September 6 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Hindu nationalists host world conference in U.S.

    An international Hindu confab in the U.S. that organizers describe as a unity initiative will include radical and violent Hindu nationalists, International Christian Concern (ICC) charged Sept. 5. The second World Hindu Congress convening Sept. 7-9 in Chicago will encourage the use of Hindu philosophy, according to event organizers, to address issues of politics, education and commerce …

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  • U.N. accuses Myanmar military of Rohingya genocide

    August 29 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    U.N. accuses Myanmar military of Rohingya genocide

    Murder, rape, enslavement and other crimes against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims necessitate the country’s military leaders be charged with genocide, the United Nations said Aug. 27. “Criminal investigation and prosecution is warranted, focusing on the top Tatmadaw generals, in relation to the three categories of crimes under international law,” the U.N. said in a special report …

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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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  • Again: Colorado says cake artist Jack Phillips broke law

    August 16 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Again: Colorado says cake artist Jack Phillips broke law

    Christian cake artist Jack Phillips is in court again, defending the same religious freedom right the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed on his behalf in a previous case in June. This time, transgender attorney Autumn Scardina filed a discrimination complaint against Phillips for refusing to bake a birthday cake celebrating Scardina’s transition from a male to female identity.

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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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  • Christian ‘genocide’: naming Nigeria’s mass slaughter

    August 7 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Christian ‘genocide’: naming Nigeria’s mass slaughter

    The mass slaughter of Christians in Nigeria is calculated genocide abetted by the government in the nation that is Africa’s most Christian, cries a growing number of leaders calling on the United States to intervene. Evangelical John Stonestreet, president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, is among the latest to describe as genocide …

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