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  • Housing allowance defended in appeals court

    October 26 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone, and Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Housing allowance defended in appeals court

    Lawyers for both the U.S. Justice Department and a religious freedom organization defended the constitutionality of the ministerial housing allowance Oct. 24 before a federal appeals court. A three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago heard oral arguments regarding a 2017 opinion that invalidated the allowance as an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment …

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  • Christian mother’s life in hands of Pakistani court

    October 10 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Christian mother’s life in hands of Pakistani court

    Christian mother Asia Bibi only offered a Muslim coworker a drink of water. Subsequently convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death in 2010, Bibi awaits the result of her final court appeal heard Oct. 8. The coworker said Bibi’s Christianity made the water ceremonially unclean, setting off a chain of false accusations …

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  • Army chaplain Squires cleared of all charges

    August 27 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Army chaplain Squires cleared of all charges

    The U.S. Army has dropped its investigation against Southern Baptist chaplain Jerry Scott Squires, fully exonerating the major of all charges Aug. 24. Squires, who had been charged with discrimination against a lesbian soldier who wanted to attend a marriage retreat, handled the situation in accordance with military policy and followed the guidelines of his denominational authority, the Army said.

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  • 7,000 churches, mosques still closed in Rwanda shutdown

    August 1 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    7,000 churches, mosques still closed in Rwanda shutdown

    Nearly 7,000 churches and mosques remain closed in Rwanda months after the government began shutting down houses of worship, the Rwandan government has reported. The government continues to close houses of worship, citing various building code violations and requirements that pastors complete theological education at accredited schools, World Watch Monitor reported July 27.

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  • Pew: Religious restrictions spreading globally

    June 25 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pew: Religious restrictions spreading globally

    Religious restrictions continue to spread globally in Pew Research Center’s ninth annual study of laws and social hostilities in 198 countries, although most countries still rank low to moderate on a study scale researchers devised. Less than half of the countries, 42 percent, ranked high or very high on Pew’s scale of restrictions including both …

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  • Ten Commandments monument case declined by SCOTUS

    October 20 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Ten Commandments monument case declined by SCOTUS

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined without explanation Oct. 16 to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling against a Ten Commandments monument outside the Bloomfield, N.M., City Hall. The Bloomfield City Council will discuss what to do with the monument in executive session during its regularly scheduled meeting Oct. 23.

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  • New Baptist Covenant extols racial justice

    September 26 2016 by Mark Kelly & David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    New Baptist Covenant extols racial justice

    A theologically and ethnically diverse coalition of Baptists gathered around the theme of racial justice and reconciliation at the New Baptist Covenant Summit Sept. 14-16 convened by former President Jimmy Carter. The group’s dwindling attendance led the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) to wonder about the coalition’s future prospects for survival.

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  • ERLC to court: review ruling on pharmacists’ rights

    February 10 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC to court: review ruling on pharmacists’ rights

    The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) has joined other organizations in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to clarify whether the free exercise of religion protects the conscience rights of pharmacists. The ERLC and 10 other religious groups filed a friend-of-the-court brief Feb. 8 …

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  • Star Wars prompts old, new analysis

    December 21 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Star Wars prompts old, new analysis

    The latest Star Wars movie has awakened a force of Christian-themed commentary touching on subjects from the film’s theological errors to its relation to the storyline of the Bible. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” rated PG-13, grossed approximately $238 million in North America for its opening weekend.

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  • Big changes projected for world religions this century

    April 7 2015 by Cathy Lynn Grossman, Religion News Service | with 0 comments
    Big changes projected for world religions this century

    “Demographics are an underappreciated force that is shifting the contours of faith,” said Conrad Hackett, the Pew demographer who led the six-year study. Hackett analyzed projected changes for Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, folk religions, other minority religions and the unaffiliated.

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  • What’s God got to do with football devotion?

    January 23 2015 by Cathy Lynn Grossman, Religion News Service | with 0 comments
    What’s God got to do with football devotion?

    The survey of 1,012 U.S. adults, conducted by Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service, measures how people interweave team spirit and spirituality. Nearly one in three Americans would slap a lifetime ban on players convicted of domestic violence, even for someone on their favorite team.

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  • Faith and values in 2014: 10 telling numbers

    January 2 2015 by Cathy Lynn Grossman, Religion News Service | with 0 comments
    Faith and values in 2014: 10 telling numbers

    Scores of studies and surveys in 2014 revealed myriad, quirky ways we live out our faith and values. But the most intriguing findings were not always the headliners. In this article, Cathy Lynn Grossman highlights 10 telling numbers about religion and society.

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  • Campus ministries maneuver obstacles like non-discrimination laws

    December 1 2014 by Michael McEwen, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Campus ministries maneuver obstacles like non-discrimination laws

    Despite discrimination incidents across the nation, North Carolina churches and Christian organizations continue to minister to its university campuses through campus clubs, organizations, fraternities, sports groups and others are called recognized student organizations. These are led, governed and directed by college students.

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  • Wall between churched, churchless growing

    October 28 2014 by Cathy Lynn Grossman, Religion News Service | with 0 comments
    Wall between churched, churchless growing

    Recent research by Barna Group looks at church worship attendance and participation, views about the Bible, God and Jesus, and more to see whether folks were actually tied to Christian life in a meaningful way or tied more by habit or personal history.

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  • The Bibles are back: Navy lodges scuttle removal plan

    August 18 2014 by Cathy Lynn Grossman, Religion News Service | with 0 comments
    The Bibles are back: Navy lodges scuttle removal plan

    In June, the U.S. Navy ordered housekeepers at thousands of Navy-owned guest lodges near U.S. and international bases to remove the Bibles and any other “religious materials” from their rooms. But public outcry and protests led the brass to reverse course Aug. 15.

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