Protest signs at a Ferguson protest in New York City. (Creative Commons photo)
Protest signs at a Ferguson protest in New York City. (Creative Commons photo)

Church shares racism with police forces, says minister and former cop in book

Terrell Carter — himself African-American — says perceptions about racism in the Ferguson police department are accurate but that many churches condemning cops are also rife with racism.

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American Baptist College criticized for inviting lesbian preacher

A historically black Baptist college that birthed leaders of the civil rights movement 50 years ago is being criticized today for inviting speakers to campus who support gay marriage.

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Catholic school gets win in Obamacare challenge

The Southern Baptist Convention’s top spokesman for moral and religious liberty concerns says the high court made the right decision in reviving Notre Dame’s religious objections to required contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, speaks at Baylor University. (Photo by Baylor Marketing and Communications/ Nathan Ross)
Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, speaks at Baylor University. (Photo by Baylor Marketing and Communications/ Nathan Ross)

People of faith key to healing wounds of mass incarceration, expert says

Meaningful transformation in the United States will require a willingness to “change the narrative” of race and justice, author and criminal justice reform advocate Bryan Stevenson says.

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New Orleans Baptist church rocked by abuse arrest

The arrest of a youth minister has a Southern Baptist church in Louisiana reviewing policies previously assumed adequate to protect children from sexual abuse.

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Supreme Court brief argues for gay Baptist minister’s right to wed

Lawyers in four states filed legal briefs last week in a potentially historic same-sex marriage case brought by several gay couples, including one with ties to a Kentucky Baptist church.

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Kelly Gissendaner (right), scheduled to be executed for the murder of her husband Monday night, was visited by two of her children, Kayla and Cody, who have reconciled with her since her incarceration.
Kelly Gissendaner (right), scheduled to be executed for the murder of her husband Monday night, was visited by two of her children, Kayla and Cody, who have reconciled with her since her incarceration.

Moderate Baptists rise to aid of woman on death row in Georgia

With the scheduled execution just hours away, members of Atlanta’s religious community are working to rally support for a fellow Christian whose death they say would be a travesty.

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Various reasons drive some Christians to church shop, including internal conflict and being turned off by denominationalism. (Creative Commons photo)
Various reasons drive some Christians to church shop, including internal conflict and being turned off by denominationalism. (Creative Commons photo)

Studies, experts suggest why some Christians like church shopping

Reasons for seeking new spiritual homes include an aversion to congregational conflict and the trappings of denominationalism.

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Petition to repeal anti-discrimination ordinance in Texas suburb ruled invalid

Apparently losing the battle against same-sex marriage in federal courts, conservative Christian activists, including Southern Baptists, are turning attention to local ordinances expanding non-discrimination protections to the transgendered.

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Willie James Jennings, associate professor of theology and black church studies at Duke University Divinity School, delivered the Howard Payne University Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics. (HPU photo)
Willie James Jennings, associate professor of theology and black church studies at Duke University Divinity School, delivered the Howard Payne University Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics. (HPU photo)

Confusing race with faith sent Christians down painful path

Racial tensions and racism in America were in part caused by Western Christians mistakenly equating race with biblical values, leading to divisive race issues in modern society, says a Duke University scholar.

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Religious groups deny defense of marriage reflects animus against gays

Faith groups including the moral concerns arm of the Southern Baptist Convention say they bear no ill-will toward homosexual couples but do not want them to be allowed to marry.

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Proposed ‘bathroom bill’ raises Baptist ire in N.C.

Supporters of Charlotte’s pending anti-discrimination ordinance accuse religious opponents of using scare tactics by claiming it would give sexual predators access to children in the form of men posing as women in order to use female-only public restrooms.

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Southern Baptist florist at center of marriage debate

Conservatives say a Washington florist found guilty of violating the state’s anti-discrimination law for refusing to take part in a same-sex wedding is being punished for being true to her Southern Baptist beliefs.

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Fired Atlanta fire chief sues city

Atlanta’s former fire chief is suing to get his job back, claiming he was fired for speaking about his religious views.

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Court upholds religious accommodation in Obamacare

A federal appeals court says certain employers allowed to opt out of required contraceptive coverage under Obamacare for religious reasons cannot prevent employees from receiving the coverage from a third party that does not object.

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Arkansas lawmakers ban local anti-discrimination measures

A Southern Baptist legislator says deciding who gets protected as part of a special class should be consistent statewide and not vary from community to community.

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Pastor/blogger says Southern Baptists should be honest about their racial history

The author of a book examining why the most egregious racial injustice in American history found root in the heart of the Bible Belt says the SBC should stop pretending the denomination was organized due to pure missionary zeal.

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Texas State Capitol
Texas State Capitol

Proposed religious freedom amendment in Texas raises concerns

Their efforts coincide with campaigns in at least three other states to enshrine protections of religious belief. 

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Halt drone strikes, say faith leaders

Three Alliance of Baptists representatives were among faith leaders at a recent conference at Princeton Theological Seminary criticizing the use of unmanned drones in warfare.

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Legislator aims to make Bible state book of Tennessee

Jerry Sexton, a Tennessee legislator making national headlines for sponsoring a bill declaring the Holy Bible the state’s official book, entered politics last year after serving 25 years as a Baptist pastor.

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