SBC Pastors Conference criticized for inviting non-Baptist presidential hopeful to speak

With one Southern Baptist (Ted Cruz) running for president and another (Mike Huckabee) expected to do the same, some are asking why planners of this year’s SBC Pastors Conference June 14-15 in Columbus, Ohio, are inviting Ben Carson, a Seventh-day Adventist, to speak.

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Arkansas Baptist leaders satisfied with RFRA bill

The final version of a religious-liberty bill did not include language allowing relief whether or not the government is a party, but a supporter of the original bill says with legal precedent determining a corporation can qualify as a “person,” gay marriage opponents are satisfied with the version signed by the governor.

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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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