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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • UN-related religious liberty committee led by ADF rep

    July 3 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    UN-related religious liberty committee led by ADF rep

    Days after the U.S. withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council of 47 nations, a U.S. attorney has been named head of a multi-faith nongovernmental organization (NGO) advising the U.N. on religious freedoms globally. Alliance Defending Freedom International’s Kelsey Zorzi began serving June 28 as president of the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion …

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  • Debate begins on next high court nominee

    June 29 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Debate begins on next high court nominee

    The retirement announcement of Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy quickly ushered in guessing games on whom President Trump would next nominate to the Supreme Court and how long Roe v. Wade and other rulings would survive. Kennedy, long the high court’s swing vote on controversial decisions, told Trump …

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  • High court annuls ruling against florist

    June 27 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    High court annuls ruling against florist

    The U.S. Supreme Court provided a promising directive June 25 in the ongoing effort by business owners to practice their faith convictions. The justices issued an order that annulled a lower-court ruling against Washington state florist Barronelle Stutzman, a Southern Baptist who declined to design flowers for a same-sex wedding.

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  • U.S. must have stake in Nigerian peace, speakers say

    June 8 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    U.S. must have stake in Nigerian peace, speakers say

    The United States has a responsibility to act to curtail extremist violence in Nigeria, religious freedom and human rights advocates from both countries said in a Capitol Hill briefing. The June 5 event, sponsored by International Christian Concern (ICC), focused on a West African country that is by far the largest population-wise on the continent …

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  • 3 evangelicals among latest USCIRF appointees

    May 21 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    3 evangelicals among latest USCIRF appointees

    Three evangelicals are among the latest appointees to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins, FRC founder and American Values President Gary Bauer, and best-selling author and Kairos Company President Johnnie Moore were named to the commission charged with protecting religious freedoms globally.

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  • Deporting Iraqi Christians called ‘death sentence’

    June 21 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Deporting Iraqi Christians called ‘death sentence’

    Southern Baptist religious freedom advocate Russell Moore has joined other evangelical leaders in urging the Trump administration to stop its deportation of Christians to Iraq. Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and six others asked the Department of Homeland Security, in a letter June 19 to end the deportations.

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  • Turkey leader’s social media counters military coup

    July 18 2016 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Turkey leader’s social media counters military coup

    Turkey’s Islamist-leaning president, Tayyip Erdogan, survived a coup by narrowly escaping a band of soldiers and then launching “a counteroffensive that marshaled military might, technology and religion,” as described by Wall Street Journal reporters. The coup attempt failed, leaving more than 250 people dead and 2,800 military personnel detained for questioning, as estimated by The Journal.

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  • Russian religion law said to ‘undercut’ missions

    July 14 2016 by Daniel Woodman, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Russian religion law said to ‘undercut’ missions

    A new Russian law that prohibits evangelism and preaching outside state-sanctioned sites reminds New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary professor Jake Roudkovski of his days as a youth in the Soviet Union. “Baptist churches in Russia will survive”, Roudkovski said. Such oppression “is nothing new to them. ... They will stay faithful to the gospel.”

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  • Pro-lifers protest requiring churches to cover abortions

    June 24 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pro-lifers protest requiring churches to cover abortions

    Pro-lifers are protesting a decision that permits the state of California to force churches to cover abortions in their health insurance plans. The criticisms came after the Department of Health and Human Services announced it had rejected complaints from churches that California had violated federal law by requiring their health plans to pay for elective abortions.

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