Pastor testifies at Senate hearing in IRS tax scam

A Baptist pastor victimized by a phone scam from someone purporting to be with the IRS testified about his experience in a Senate committee in hopes that his example might save others from being defrauded.

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Brief asks Okla. Supreme Court to strike down school voucher program

Four religious freedom and civil liberties groups say a scholarship program for children with disabilities violates a “No Aid” clause in the state’s constitution banning the use of public funds for religious indoctrination.

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Georgia Baptist college gets tax break

A flurry of tweaks as the clock ran out on the 2015 Georgia General Assembly included a tax loophole to save Truett-McConnell College $350,000 in sales tax on a construction project.

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Faith leaders support Iran framework deal

While not perfect, faith leaders say the president’s plan to gradually lift sanctions on Iran in exchange for nuclear concessions is better than alternatives, including another U.S.-led war on a Muslim country.

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Circle of Protection asks presidential contenders what they would do for the poor

A collection of Christian leaders forming a “circle of protection” for government programs that help alleviate poverty is asking candidates to produce video messages explaining how as president they would seek to help the poor.

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Baptist schools raise RFRA defense in federal appeals court

Two Texas Baptist universities argued religious objections to mandated coverage of contraceptives in the Affordable Care Act Tuesday in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Obama honors Gardner Taylor at Easter prayer breakfast

Speakers at the Tuesday morning event included Baptist News Global columnist Amy Butler, who gave the opening prayer.

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Georgia tables controversial religious liberty bill

Georgia’s bid for a “religious liberty” bill died in committee in the 2015 General Assembly last week.

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Church-state group urges IRS to investigate Ted Cruz speech at Liberty University

Barry Lynn of Americans United for Church and State says the IRS should get tough on churches and charities that abuse the privilege of being tax-exempt by partisan politicking before the problem gets worse in the upcoming presidential election campaign.

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Kentucky Baptists applaud failure of medical pot

A lobbyist opposed to legalization of marijuana says the influence of Kentucky Baptists helped defeat proposals that would have permitted the drug’s medical use.

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