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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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  • 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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  • Oklahoma Senate votes for adoption protection

    March 14 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Oklahoma Senate votes for adoption protection

    The Oklahoma Senate voted 35-9 for Senate Bill 1140, a proposal that would protect private organizations from being required to take part in the placement of a child for foster care or adoption when the action would violate their “written religious or moral convictions or policies.”

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  • Religious liberty ruled no basis for transgender policy

    March 13 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Religious liberty ruled no basis for transgender policy

    Religious freedom provides no legal basis to discipline transgender workers who violate workplace gender policies, a U.S. appeals court has ruled in a groundbreaking decision. The decision is the first to extend Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 to transgender individuals charging discrimination based on sexual identity.

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  • Faith group regains campus status after suing college

    March 12 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Faith group regains campus status after suing college

    A Christian student group dispelled from a public university for requiring chapter leaders to be Christian has been readmitted. But attorneys say the school’s change of heart is hardly adequate. Wayne State University recertified InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as an official campus student group two days after InterVarsity filed a lawsuit.

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  • ‘Under attack’: Campus ministries see changes ahead

    March 9 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Under attack’: Campus ministries see changes ahead

    With Wayne State, Harvard and the University of Iowa among the latest universities to take action against Christian ministries on campus, some Baptist state convention leaders say Baptist campus ministry may be forced to shift its methods as religious liberty is constricted.

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