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  • NRB Internet Freedom Watch shines light on censorship

    December 14 2017 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    NRB Internet Freedom Watch shines light on censorship

    National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is drawing attention to online censorship of Christian and conservative speech by tech companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and Apple by launching a new initiative – Internet Freedom Watch. Sen. Ted Cruz, R.-Texas, and a former Federal Communications Commission commissioner applauded the NRB initiative.

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  • Wedding cake arguments build religious liberty case

    December 7 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Wedding cake arguments build religious liberty case

    Religious liberty advocates left the U.S. Supreme Court with some hope that the justices would rule in favor of a Colorado cake artist. The high court heard oral arguments in a major free-speech and free-exercise-of-religion case at the center of the contentious debate between religious liberty and sexual liberty.

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  • High court weighs cake artist’s liberty

    December 6 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    High court weighs cake artist’s liberty

    The U.S. Supreme Court grilled four lawyers in its effort to determine if a state can require a cake artist to design a cake for a same-sex wedding in spite of his free-speech and free-exercise-of-religion rights. The justices heard oral arguments in an appeal by Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop.

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  • Still in court: Baptist entities & the HHS mandate

    November 29 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Still in court: Baptist entities & the HHS mandate

    Southern Baptist institutions and other objectors to the six-year-old abortion/contraception mandate are still working to protect their freedom of conscience on a number of fronts after the Trump administration provided aid through a new rule. The challengers to the controversial requirement are negotiating with the federal government, pushing for permanent relief in court.

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  • Former fire chief Cochran’s rights aired in court

    November 28 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Former fire chief Cochran’s rights aired in court

    A federal court is weighing not only former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran’s right to express his beliefs but the right of others as well, religious liberty advocates say. Federal Judge Leigh Martin May heard arguments Nov. 17 in Atlanta regarding the city’s 2015 firing of Cochran.

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  • GOP tax plan, ACLU lawsuit threaten U.S. adoptions

    November 6 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    GOP tax plan, ACLU lawsuit threaten U.S. adoptions

    Adoption in America is facing challenges from both the right and the left. Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled a tax reform proposal Nov. 2 that wipes out the adoption tax credit, a benefit available to some adoptive parents the last two decades.

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  • Facebook’s First Amendment chokehold

    November 2 2017 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Facebook’s First Amendment chokehold

    Facebook shut down two Christian ministry pages in October, without warning or explanation, renewing fears about the social media giant’s ability to control access to an important corner of today’s public square. A Facebook media representative said due to privacy issues she could not discuss details about the company’s actions.

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  • Calif. OKs third gender, protects religious liberty

    October 19 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Calif. OKs third gender, protects religious liberty

    California Gov. Jerry Brown approved a bill Oct. 15 that adds a third gender option on official state identification documents for those who opt to be considered “nonbinary.” Brown also vetoed a measure that threatened religious liberty.

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  • Housing allowance defense joined by ERLC & GuideStone

    October 12 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Housing allowance defense joined by ERLC & GuideStone

    The Southern Baptist Convention’s religious freedom entity will maintain its effort to preserve the ministerial housing allowance because pastors are crucial “for flourishing, vibrant communities,” Russell Moore said. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission stands alongside GuideStone Financial Resources in opposing a federal court decision that invalidated the housing allowance, said Moore.

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  • Clergy housing allowance struck down again

    October 10 2017 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 1 comments
    Clergy housing allowance struck down again

    United States District Judge Barbara Crabb decided Oct. 6 that an income tax exemption for clergy housing is unconstitutional because it favors religious employees over similarly situated secular employees. The parsonage exclusion, enacted in 1954, allows ministers to exempt payments designated as housing allowance from their taxable income.

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  • Federal memo on religious freedom draws praise

    October 10 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Federal memo on religious freedom draws praise

    Southern Baptist and other religious freedom defenders have hailed the Trump administration’s new guidelines to safeguard in federal law the free exercise of religion. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum Oct. 6 to executive branch departments and agencies that provides guidance on religious liberty protections.

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  • ACLU fights faith-based child placement agencies

    October 6 2017 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    ACLU fights faith-based child placement agencies

    The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging a Michigan law that allows faith-based foster care and adoption agencies to operate according to their biblical convictions. The lawsuit, filed against the state Sept. 20 in federal court, could jeopardize similar laws across the nation and force faith-based agencies to close.

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  • Pensacola cross sparks legal battle

    September 29 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Pensacola cross sparks legal battle

    The city of Pensacola, Fla., has appealed a federal judge’s ruling that a 34-foot-tall cross in one of its public parks must be removed. The city filed a brief claiming those who filed suit lack legal standing to bring a complaint and that the cross does not violate the U.S. Constitution’s ban of government-established religion.

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  • Harvey-battered churches sue for FEMA funds

    September 15 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Harvey-battered churches sue for FEMA funds

    Three small churches damaged in Hurricane Harvey’s unprecedented Texas deluge are jointly suing a U.S. government agency for access to public recovery funds. The Federal Emergency Management Agency religiously discriminates against churches by preventing them from seeking disaster recovery funding available to other nonprofits.

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  • Court urged to protect cake artist’s religious freedom

    September 12 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Court urged to protect cake artist’s religious freedom

    Forcing an artist to create a cake for a same-sex wedding in contradiction to his beliefs is a “de facto religious test” that violates the First Amendment, the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) said. The ERLC urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a lower-court ruling in a friend-of-the-court brief.

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