Government to post names of schools seeking Title IX waivers

The Education Department says it will create a searchable database listing private Christian colleges and universities that opt out of federal guidelines banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Latino leader: Immigration reform cannot trump the sanctity of life

Samuel Rodriguez, head of the National Hispanic Leadership Conference, says Christians should not vote for pro-choice candidates out of political expediency because they support immigration reform.

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Filmmaker of anti-Planned Parenthood videos opens first-ever Evangelicals for Life conference

Russell Moore, a co-sponsor of the first-time event specifically for evangelicals coinciding with the January March for Life in Washington, said it’s time for the “reborn to stand up for the unborn.”

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Trump candidacy will test evangelical voters, says SBC leader

ERLC head Russell Moore says evangelicals who support GOP candidate Donald Trump don’t believe character matters in a presidential election.

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Millennials and other Americans are abandoning churches because churches have become irrelevant, not because they are leaving the faith, Baylor professor Rodney Stark says. (Creative Commons photo)
Millennials and other Americans are abandoning churches because churches have become irrelevant, not because they are leaving the faith, Baylor professor Rodney Stark says. (Creative Commons photo)

Scholar disputes pollsters’ dire predictions for faith in U.S.

Baylor University professor Rodney Stark says claims that Americans are abandoning religion result from misinterpreting survey data. 

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Cruz stumps at S.C. Baptist school

The Ted Cruz campaign announced an endorsement by the outgoing president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention Jan. 15.

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Online tool tracks ‘faux religious freedom’ claims

A church/state watchdog group has produced an online tool for monitoring controversial “religious freedom” bills and other legislation that critics say foster faith-based discrimination against gays.

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B.J. Hutto said Millennials are so used to being marketed to they distrust most efforts to sell them something — including church. (Photos courtesy of B.J. Hutto)
B.J. Hutto said Millennials are so used to being marketed to they distrust most efforts to sell them something — including church. (Photos courtesy of B.J. Hutto)

Marketed faith fuels Millennials’ distrust of church, minister says

But Millennials’ failing respect for church also may come from perceptions gleaned through media reports, B.J. Hutto says.

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Lawyers who had abortions petition Supreme Court

More than 100 female lawyers have joined in an unusual friend-of-the-court brief to tell the U.S. Supreme Court about their own abortions and why their reproductive freedom was pivotal to their personal and professional lives.

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Disability advocates applaud Obama’s proposal for gun control, with a caveat

Advocacy groups including American Association of People with Disabilities called a proposal to access the Social Security database to identify individuals too dangerous to buy a gun a step backward for an administration with an overall good record on the inclusion of people with disabilities.

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Whether it’s to lose weight or read more scripture, experts say that New Year’s resolutions should be achievable rather than ambitious — and always viewed as spiritual in nature. (Creative Commons photo by Bobby McKay)
Whether it’s to lose weight or read more scripture, experts say that New Year’s resolutions should be achievable rather than ambitious — and always viewed as spiritual in nature. (Creative Commons photo by Bobby McKay)

Making resolutions for 2016? Give them to God, ministers say

Resolutions to lose weight and quit smoking should be treated just like increasing church attendance and daily devotions. 

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Religious groups challenge contraceptive mandate in Supreme Court brief

Several religious nonprofits, including GuideStone Financial Resources, claim Obamacare violates their religious liberty.

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Syrian refugees wait in line to register with the Greek government. Efforts to ban Syrian refugees in the United States has boosted support for ministries that serve internationals. (Creative Commons photo by Freedom House)
Syrian refugees wait in line to register with the Greek government. Efforts to ban Syrian refugees in the United States has boosted support for ministries that serve internationals. (Creative Commons photo by Freedom House)

2015 delivered battering to the church — but also blessings, ministers say

Along with challenges to churches, ministries and clergy during the year, there seemed to be corresponding benefits, observers say.

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Southern Baptists present at private Cruz rally

Current and former leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention were reportedly in attendance for a two-day meeting in Texas to galvanize the Religious Right behind Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2016 presidential election.

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Senators ask government to publish names of schools requesting Title IX waivers

Eight Democats say students and parents have a right to “make informed decisions” about higher education.

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SBC leader, GOP hopeful, join hands on behalf of persecuted Christians

An SBC agency head and a Republican senator say America needs a president who takes the persecution of Christians seriously.

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One Baptist minister suggests simply smiling at or greeting Muslims can be enough to show God’s grace. (Creative Commons photo by Shazron)
One Baptist minister suggests simply smiling at or greeting Muslims can be enough to show God’s grace. (Creative Commons photo by Shazron)

Christians must model grace and love in time of fear, ministers say

The current anti-Muslim mood in much of the nation is mirrored in many of its churches, contributing to an atmosphere of fear that is compounded by pandering politicians, many Baptist writers and pastors say.

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Syrian refugees like these children at an Iraqi camp were receptive to the spiritual and material gifts offered by visiting Baptists — and inspired a song. (Creative Commons photo by the European Commission)
Syrian refugees like these children at an Iraqi camp were receptive to the spiritual and material gifts offered by visiting Baptists — and inspired a song. (Creative Commons photo by the European Commission)

Baptist missionaries hope song may soften hearts toward Syrian refugees

For the Refugee was written and recorded after a songwriter’s family returned from a mission trip to the Middle East, where they encountered desperate Syrian refugees hungering for safety and hospitality.

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Baptist leader supports Planned Parenthood defunding

Kentucky Baptist Convention Executive Director Paul Chitwood has come out early in support of legislation intended to prohibit taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood.

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Speaking out against rising religious bigotry were (from left) Michael De Dora of the Center for Inquiry, Madihha Ahussain of Muslim Advocates, Brent Walker of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, Rabbi Jack Moline of the Interfaith Alliance and Arjun Singh of the Sikh Coalition. (Photo/Cherilyn Crowe)
Speaking out against rising religious bigotry were (from left) Michael De Dora of the Center for Inquiry, Madihha Ahussain of Muslim Advocates, Brent Walker of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, Rabbi Jack Moline of the Interfaith Alliance and Arjun Singh of the Sikh Coalition. (Photo/Cherilyn Crowe)

Faith groups join White House in targeting religious bigotry

Government, religious and community leaders discussed a new plan to combat discrimination against religious minorities at a White House gathering attended by Baptist leaders.

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