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  • ‘Flawed,’ ‘hot mess’ precedent defeats Florida cross

    September 12 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Flawed,’ ‘hot mess’ precedent defeats Florida cross

    If the federal court had its way, a 34-foot cross would remain at its Pensacola, Fla., post. But “flawed precedent” that judges called a “hot mess” forced them to rule otherwise, the judges wrote in their opinion. Judges said their hands were tied by the 1983 ruling in the nearly identical case of ACLU v. Rabun County …

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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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  • Harris stands firm amid sermon scrutiny

    August 22 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Harris stands firm amid sermon scrutiny

    The sermons of a North Carolina pastor turned congressional candidate have become fodder for political attacks and reports in national media outlets – especially his preaching on the family and gender roles. But Mark Harris, former pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte who is running as a Republican in North Carolina’s 9th congressional district …

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  • Evangelical leaders embrace Kavanaugh nomination

    July 11 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Evangelical leaders embrace Kavanaugh nomination

    Southern Baptist and other evangelical Christian leaders embraced President Trump’s nomination of federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh Monday (July 9) and called for his quick confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. Trump announced his selection of Kavanaugh, 53, Monday night from the White House, ending speculation on who would be chosen from a list …

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  • Navy drops job titles in push for gender neutrality

    October 12 2016 by Michael Cochrane, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Navy drops job titles in push for gender neutrality

    In a decision the Navy Times called “a tectonic shift in the Navy’s personnel system,” the service recently abandoned the tradition of referring to enlisted sailors by their job title, as well as their rank. The move to eliminate the rating system follows the decision to eliminate use of the word “man” in any job titles.

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  • Navy to train sailors on transgender acceptance

    September 27 2016 by Michael Cochrane, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Navy to train sailors on transgender acceptance

    The U.S. Navy has announced its plan for training all personnel on the Pentagon’s new policy allowing transgender service members to serve openly. The announcement, delivered by Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke, outlines the service’s strategy to prepare both senior leaders and rank-and-file sailors for the changes, according to Military.com.

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  • Baptist institutions stand, wait on mandate solution

    August 11 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Baptist institutions stand, wait on mandate solution

    Southern Baptist-affiliated institutions are maintaining their stand against the Obama administration’s abortion/contraception mandate while they continue to wait for a resolution. GuideStone Financial Resources and four Baptist universities are among 92 nonprofit religious organizations awaiting what they hope will be an agreement with the federal government that protects their freedom of conscience.

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  • High court blocks transgender rulings for now

    August 5 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    High court blocks transgender rulings for now

    The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked lower-court decisions requiring a Virginia school district to enable a female student who identifies as male to use the boys’ restroom. The justices announced they had put on hold a ruling by a federal court permitting Gavin Grimm to use the male restroom while the case is settled.

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  • GOP senator delivers trio of powerful speeches on race

    July 18 2016 by Evan Wilt, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    GOP senator delivers trio of powerful speeches on race

    The U.S. Senate’s only black Republican said that ending racial discord starts with breaking bread together. “I have experienced what’s possible when the family talks,” Sen. Tim Scott. “I think this is incredibly important that while our problems appear in black and white, our solutions are black and white.”

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  • N.C. Pastors’ Conference to celebrate God, country

    July 12 2016 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments
    N.C. Pastors’ Conference to celebrate God, country

    The theme for the 2016 North Carolina Baptist Pastors’ Conference is “Worth Fighting For,” according to conference president Cameron McGill. “The emphasis is that our nation is worth fighting for,” McGill said. The Sunday night service will honor those who have served or are presently serving in the United States armed forces.

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  • New overtime pay rule could affect church staff

    June 13 2016 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    New overtime pay rule could affect church staff

    Salaried church employees making less than $47,476 annually will likely be eligible for overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours per week, according to new federal labor protections. Although, some human resources experts believe the full scope of how the stipulations will apply to churches and religious institutions is still unclear.

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  • Families sue government for redefining Title IX

    May 9 2016 by Lynde Langdon, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Families sue government for redefining Title IX

    Fifty-one families from the Chicago suburbs are saying “enough” to the Obama administration forcing schools to let boys and girls who identify as the opposite sex use the restrooms of their choice. The Illinois parents say there is no legal right to equate gender identity with biological sex.

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  • Harriet Tubman: Behind the face of the new $20 bill

    April 25 2016 by Onize Ohikere, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Harriet Tubman: Behind the face of the new $20 bill

    Former slave and faith-driven abolitionist Harriet Tubman will be the face of the new $20 bill, becoming the first woman to appear on U.S. paper currency since the 19th century. The back of the new bill will feature the White House and an image of President Andrew Jackson ...

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  • Is Flint a drop in the water crisis bucket?

    April 20 2016 by Evan Wilt, World News Service | with 0 comments
    Is Flint a drop in the water crisis bucket?

    Flint’s water crisis highlighted a plethora of problems at all levels of government. Lawmakers warn many other U.S. cities could face a similar crisis if they don’t fix aging drinking water systems. No one wanted to take credit for poisoning thousands of children as the outcry made national headlines.

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  • Moore: U.S. should not exclude Christians in genocide label

    November 18 2015 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Moore: U.S. should not exclude Christians in genocide label

    Russell Moore responded to a report the State Department is preparing to categorize the terrorist organization’s campaign against Iraq’s Yazidi sect as genocide but not to include Christians as targets of genocidal acts. The president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission urged Kerry not to distinguish between different groups ...

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