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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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  • ERLC video: Malaysian liberty burdened by I.D. cards

    August 6 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC video: Malaysian liberty burdened by I.D. cards

    Malaysia’s religious registration requirement is a heavy burden to their freedom, non-Muslims say in a new documentary produced by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). The ERLC premiered the nine-minute video – “Malaysia: A Fight for Freedom and Identity” – during a July 26 Capitol Hill discussion of religious liberty in Southeast Asia.

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  • Religious liberty threats addressed at ERLC event

    August 1 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Religious liberty threats addressed at ERLC event

    Religious freedom in Southeast Asia faces threats from required registration regimes and non-government forces, panelists said at a Capitol Hill discussion co-hosted by a Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) entity. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) joined with two other advocacy organizations to hold the July 26 event – titled “Lessons from Southeast Asia: State and Non-State Threats to Religious Freedom” …

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  • Religious liberty: International conference seen as key advance

    July 31 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Religious liberty: International conference seen as key advance

    Religious liberty advocates drew hope from a first-ever international gathering of government officials, civil society representatives and faith leaders to promote the freedom of all people to practice their beliefs. The U.S. State Department convened the inaugural Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom July 24-26 in Washington, hosting delegations from more than 80 governments …

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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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  • Zoning restriction stymies church’s expanded ministry

    July 17 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Zoning restriction stymies church’s expanded ministry

    Members of Redemption Community Church can grab a cappuccino and a scone in the building the church bought three years ago. They can hang out with friends, listen to live music or sit in on a coffee brewing class. But they can’t go to church.

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