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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16 states side with Baptist schools in Obamacare appeal

A friend-of-the-court brief says states have an interest in protecting the religious beliefs of nonprofit organizations.

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Seventh court upholds Obamacare accommodation for religious nonprofits

Religious nonprofits cannot block their employees from getting contraceptive services as part of their insurance coverage, says the most recent of seven federal appeals courts rejecting challenges to Obamacare.

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Raphael Warnock (center, at the microphone), pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, joins other Baptist leaders in calling for the restoration of rights lost when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned portions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. (Photo by Ken Camp)
Raphael Warnock (center, at the microphone), pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, joins other Baptist leaders in calling for the restoration of rights lost when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned portions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. (Photo by Ken Camp)

Progressive National Baptists initiate call to restore and advance voting rights

Recent legislation restricting voting has taken the country “back to zero,” say leaders.

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Unsolved church bombings leave New Mexico community on edge

Security is a heightened concern as the search continues for the person or persons responsible for setting off explosive devices at two churches in Las Cruces, N.M., last Sunday morning.

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Alabama governor seeks to end Medicaid agreement with Planned Parenthood

Gov. Robert Bentley, a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, Ala., has a strong legislative record both opposing abortion and advocating for organ donation.

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Baptists and other Christians must overcome years of entrenched racial attitudes in order for healing to begin, ministers say. (Creative Commons photo by Ted Eytan)
Baptists and other Christians must overcome years of entrenched racial attitudes in order for healing to begin, ministers say. (Creative Commons photo by Ted Eytan)

Some Baptists helping heal the racial divide, pastors say. Others, not so much

Baptist ministers say it’s essential to engage in the difficult work of multicultural outreach and ministry. 

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Videos say what presidential candidates would do to help the poor

While comments by candidates about Planned Parenthood and tonight’s first Republican debate of 2016 presidential election cycle make headlines, the Circle of Protection is quietly rolling out videos of candidates saying what they would do about helping the poor.

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Federal agencies propose rules for faith-based social service providers

The White House termed notices of proposed rulemaking by nine federal agencies “an important step toward common-ground reforms that strengthen the partnerships the federal government forms with faith-based and community organizations for the purpose of serving people in need.”

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Bush says he ‘misspoke’ at SBC event

Russell Moore’s invitation to address a gathering of Southern Baptists backfired for Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush.

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SBC leader disappointed by Planned Parenthood vote

Russell Moore of the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission said Monday’s vote on an attempt to defund Planned Parenthood lets the voters know where politicians stand on a moral issue.

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Youth pastor’s arrest affects two churches

Leaders of both his current and former church say they had no suspicion about a youth pastor who reportedly confessed to police that he tried to solicit sex from teenagers.

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A study has found that fewer Americans are moving, but churches will have to work hard to attract those neighbors, ministers say. (Creative Commons photo by Jason Wohlford)
A study has found that fewer Americans are moving, but churches will have to work hard to attract those neighbors, ministers say. (Creative Commons photo by Jason Wohlford)

Fewer people moving doesn’t mean more will come to church, ministers say

A Barna Group study finds that Americans are increasingly remaining in the communities where they live, giving hope to pastors and others that more relationships can be established with church neighbors. But they also warn that congregations must become more relevant to those in surrounding neighbhorhoods.

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Confederate flags left at MLK’s home church

Ebenezer Baptist Church Pastor Raphael Warnock says the message of four Confederate flags left on the church property “ought to get the attention not only of black people but of freedom-loving people.”

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St. Louis mention in Planned Parenthood video riles Missouri abortion foes

Leaders of Missouri Right to Life and the Missouri Baptist Convention urged stricter oversight of medical clinics offering abortion after a video report alleging that St. Louis is a prime market for the purchase of organs from aborted fetuses.

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Pastor calls Planned Parenthood exposé ‘journalistic distortion’

Pro-choice pastor Donna Schaper says abortion opponents have a hard time dealing with women as “moral agents.”

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SBC ethics head supports ‘First Amendment Defense Act’

Russell Moore of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is among faith leaders urging passage of a bill aimed at protecting religious freedom that opponents say would have dangerous and far-reaching consequences for LGBT Americans.

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Whether in the church or having left it, experts say the ‘nones’ need fellowship regardless. (Creative Commons photo)
Whether in the church or having left it, experts say the ‘nones’ need fellowship regardless. (Creative Commons photo)

Baptists reflect on fellowship as ‘nones’ seek their own brand of community

As people without any religious affiliation grow in numbers in the U.S., they are seeking community in a variety of places and pursuits.

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ABHMS sponsors service to celebrate ADA

American Baptist Home Mission Societies was among the sponsors of an interfaith service held Sunday at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Washington to celebrate the progress and promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act on the 25th anniverary of its signing.

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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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