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  • Pakistan added to worst religious liberty violators

    December 17 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pakistan added to worst religious liberty violators

    The United States added a single country to its list of the world’s worst violators of religious freedom but designated for the first time nine non-state organizations for their violence against people of faith. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Dec. 11 he had added …

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  • Iraq-Syria genocide bill draws praise

    December 3 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Iraq-Syria genocide bill draws praise

    The head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) religious freedom entity and his fellow advocates have praised bipartisan congressional action to help Christians and other survivors of genocide committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. On Nov. 27, the House of Representatives approved without opposition the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act …

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  • First lady addresses opioid crisis at Liberty

    November 30 2018 by Timothy Cockes, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    First lady addresses opioid crisis at Liberty

    First Lady Melania Trump spoke to students at Liberty University Nov. 28 about the opioid crisis in America. She urged students to make wise choices during this time in their young lives. “I know college is a time to build your independence, experience things on your own terms and make decisions on your own behalf,” she told students.

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  • Opioids: Trump signs $6B bill to ‘end the scourge’

    October 26 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Opioids: Trump signs $6B bill to ‘end the scourge’

    A bipartisan bill to fight the opioid crisis was signed Oct. 24 by President Donald Trump. Trump stated that the bill provides $6 billion in new funding “to end the scourge of drug addiction in America.” “We are going to end it, or we are going to at least make an extremely big dent …

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  • Opioid crisis emerges as key W.Va. Baptist ministry

    October 26 2018 by Ken Walker, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Opioid crisis emerges as key W.Va. Baptist ministry

    Soon after West Virginia Baptists passed a resolution last November urging churches to get involved in addressing the opioid crisis, the state’s Upper Ohio Valley Baptist Association started preliminary planning for a Celebrate Recovery group. After five months of leader training, an interdenominational group of churches in the Moundsville area hosted their first Celebrate Recovery meeting in early September.

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  • Moore: ERLC called during ‘crisis of credibility’

    September 10 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Moore: ERLC called during ‘crisis of credibility’

    The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is called to equip followers of Christ to minister during a “crisis of credibility,” Russell Moore told the entity’s trustees Wednesday (Sept. 5) at their annual meeting. Moore made his comments on the occasion of his fifth anniversary as the ERLC’s president.

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  • 148 Boko Haram sex slaves, forced laborers rescued

    June 6 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    148 Boko Haram sex slaves, forced laborers rescued

    Nearly 150 children and adults enslaved by Boko Haram terrorists for sex and labor have been rescued from a remote camp in Borno state, Nigeria’s defense leaders said June 4. “The rescued hostages, comprising 15 men, 58 women and 75 children revealed ... that the Boko Haram terrorists had sexually violated the females and used … 

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  • One boy’s Christmas wish for peace in Iraq

    December 27 2017 by Julia A. Seymour, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    One boy’s Christmas wish for peace in Iraq

    Christmas was extra special for 13-year-old Noeh and his family this year. Like thousands of other Iraqi Christians, his family of eight had to flee Islamic State (ISIS) in 2014. This Christmas is the first they spent back in their hometown of Karemles, east of Mosul.

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  • France prepares to dismantle port-city migrant camp

    October 21 2016 by Anna K. Poole, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    France prepares to dismantle port-city migrant camp

    In October, the British government announced it will accept hundreds of refugee children from a squalid camp on the French side of the English Channel. The decision came in response to international pressure to “fulfill its moral obligation” to find homes for migrant minors with documented family links in Britain.

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  • ISIS sends child slaves on suicide missions

    September 8 2016 by Anna K. Poole, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    ISIS sends child slaves on suicide missions

    Though Turkish officials are still investigating who is responsible for a recent suicide attack that killed 54 people at a Kurdish wedding, they initially thought the bomber was a child, likely linked to Islamic State (ISIS). Whether the claim proves true, evidence shows ISIS exploits boys and girls as bombers, combatants, and sex slaves.

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  • ‘The stakes are high,’ Floyd says

    June 15 2016 by Erin Roach, Nashville | with 0 comments
    ‘The stakes are high,’ Floyd says

    Southern Baptists must act, akin to Queen Esther on behalf of her people, because “the stakes are high” in the church and in the world today, Ronnie Floyd said June 14 in his presidential address to messengers to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis.

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  • Few Syrian Christians get asylum in U.S., despite genocide declaration

    May 31 2016 by Evan Wilt, World News Service | with 0 comments
    Few Syrian Christians get asylum in U.S., despite genocide declaration

    Two months after the Obama administration called out militant terror group Islamic State (ISIS) for committing genocide against Christians in Iraq and Syria, refugee data show those finding a safe haven in the United States are not the ones suffering the most persecution.

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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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  • ISIS recruiting appeals to those searching for meaning, purpose

    March 28 2016 by Anna K. Poole, World News Service | with 0 comments
    ISIS recruiting appeals to those searching for meaning, purpose

    Not everyone within U.S. borders wants to see Islamic State (ISIS) defeated. The terrorist group is increasing its ideological appeal to some Americans, wooing sympathizers with a slick social media campaign promising glory and purpose. In recent weeks, U.S. federal courts have charged two American ISIS sympathizers.

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  • Kerry’s genocide label for ISIS commended

    March 18 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Kerry’s genocide label for ISIS commended

    Southern Baptist and other religious freedom advocates commended the Obama administration’s declaration March 17 that the Islamic State’s murderous campaign against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East is genocide. The announcement by Secretary of State John Kerry provided a satisfactory resolution to what concerned observers had feared …

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