Discrimination

Coalition opposes taxpayer-funded discrimination

A broad coalition of 130 organizations joined forces Aug 20 to ask President Barack Obama to end taxpayer-funded discrimination in social service programs which receive financing under the “faith-based” initiative.

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Ordinance foes claim religious right to discriminate

For the second time in a year, Southern Baptists in Arkansas are working to oppose a proposed city ordinance adding sexual orientation and gender identity to classes protected against discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation.

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Houston, you have a problem: State Supreme Court sidelines anti-discrimination law

One of several similar measures dividing liberals and conservatives across the country, Houston’s non-discrimination ordinance united Baptists across the theological and political spectrum in agreement that a mayor subpoenaing a preacher’s sermons is out of bounds.

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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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Jumping in, feet first

Change is essential, but it won’t start without difficult conversations.

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BJC supports workplace accommodation in Supreme Court brief

Employers have a duty to reasonably accommodate the religion of employees and avoid discrimination against prospective employees, according to a brief filed at the U.S. Supreme Court this week and signed by the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.

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Baptists oppose discrimination ordinance in Arkansas

Southern Baptists say they are optimistic voters will repeal a controversial civil rights ordinance in Fayetteville, Ark.

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In executive order, Obama bans bias against gays by federal contractors

The order is a compromise between those wanting religious contractors to play by the same rules as everyone else and those who say competing for taxpayer funding should not come at the expense of religious convictions.

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Baptist, Methodist pastors in Miss. oppose discrimination based on religious freedom

Three CBF and two Methodist pastors say they believe religious freedom is not an excuse for business owners to discriminate against gays.

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Book says faith overcomes discrimination

Contributions document how an ecumenical movement opposed an Alabama law illegalizing ministry to undocumented immigrants. The book should also remind Baptists that they were once reviled minorities, and that they should conduct themselves accordingly, a prominent theologian says.

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