Appeals court denies Obamacare challenge

The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today against groups including GuideStone Financial Services claiming a religious accommodation to the Affordable Care Act doesn’t adequately protect their religious liberty.

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BWA aids U.N. report on Eritrea

A Baptist World Alliance study committee was among contributors to a recent U.N. report detailing human rights abuses in the country known as the “North Korea of Africa.”

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BJC says same-sex marriage ruling unlikely to affect tax-exemption

Several news outlets have published stories questioning whether conservative religious colleges will lose their tax-exempt status for refusing to admit same-sex couples, in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of gay marriage. While perhaps legally possible, the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty says it is politically unlikely that will happen anytime soon.

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Oklahoma Supreme Court orders removal of Ten Commandments from Capitol lawn

Bruce Prescott, an ordained Baptist minister who along with other Oklahomans filed a lawsuit seeking removal of a Ten Commandments monument on public property, said he is not opposed to displaying the Ten Commandments on private property or at religious institutions, but it is improper on the grounds of the State Capitol where people of various faiths and no faiths go to exercise their rights as citizens.

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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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