State Supreme Court voids school voucher plan

Colorado’s highest court said a scholarship program in one of the state’s wealthiest school districts violates a constitutional ban on using public funds to support religion.

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Baptist colleges lose Obamacare challenge

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals joined other jurisdictions June 22 in upholding the Obama administration’s accommodation process for religious nonprofits that object to the contraceptive coverage mandate in the Affordable Care Act.

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Russell Moore to join board of Hispanic evangelical group

National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference leader Samuel Rodriguez announced June 5 that Southern Baptists’ top spokesman for public policy and religious liberty concerns is joining the group’s organizational board.

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Three Southern Baptists running for president

Competition for the religious vote increased Monday, when Baptist layman Lindsey Graham announced he is running for president.

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Faith leaders oppose drone attacks

An interfaith coalition including Baptists called for a halt to lethal drone strikes in a letter to President Obama made public June 1.

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SBC leader rebukes Obama for remarks at poverty summit

Frank Page, head of the SBC Executive Committee, accused President Obama of both “ignorance and arrogance” in a recent interview on national radio.

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Baptists in Burundi appeal for prayer as protests continue

The East African nation has been racked by violence for weeks.

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CBF, SBC unite against payday loans

Known more for their differences than what they hold in common, Cooperative and Southern Baptists have found a common cause in regulating abusive lending practices that prey upon the poor.

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Texas Senate OKs clergy freedom bill

The bill, now headed toward the House, would clarify that ministers cannot be sued for refusing to marry same-sex couples because of their religious convictions.

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Religious groups vow to break D.C. anti-discrimination law

A coalition of pro-life organizations with offices in the nation’s capital claim a recent measure adding “reproductive health” to the city’s non-discrimination policy infringes on their religious freedom to employ only people who share their values.

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