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  • Religious liberty law in Miss. upheld on appeal

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, June 23, 2017 (yesterday)

    A law allowing Mississippians to refuse a variety of business transactions violating their religious beliefs was allowed to take effect by a federal appeals court June 22, but the court did not address the law's constitutionality. Read More

  • Moore: Sanders' remarks ignorant of Constitution

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, June 08, 2017 (16 days ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist religious freedom advocate Russell Moore has decried Sen. Bernie Sanders' stated opposition to a White House nominee based on the candidate's adherence to foundational Christian teaching.

    Sanders -- an independent from Vermont and 2016 candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination -- said Wednesday (June 7) he will oppose Russell Vought's nomination as deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. In announcing his opposition, Sanders cited a 2016 blog post by Vought in which he said Muslims "stand condemned" because they have rejected Jesus. Read More

  • SCOTUS refuses to hear former Marine's appeal

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, June 07, 2017 (17 days ago)

    The U.S. Supreme Court missed an opportunity to clarify religious liberty law by refusing to hear a former Marine's appeal, Family Research Council (FRC) representative Travis Weber said. Read More

  • Affirm LGBT lifestyles, foster care workers ordered

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, June 01, 2017 (23 days ago)

    CHICAGO (BP) -- Foster care workers and families in Illinois must allow gay and transgender youth to express and explore their chosen gender identity and sexual orientation, according to a new state governmental directive. Read More

  • TX governor signs bill to 'shield' pastors' sermons

    by Bonnie Pritchett/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (one month ago)

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    AUSTIN (BP) -- Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed legislation Sunday (May 21) that prohibits Texas government agencies from subpoenaing the sermons of religious leaders.

    In a ceremony choreographed to highlight the bill's benefactors Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick signed the bill surrounded by Houston area clergy during the May 21 worship service at Grace Church, Woodlands, Texas. Read More

  • 'I will pray for you,' draws personnel warning

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, May 22, 2017 (one month ago)

    A Baptist mother of two has filed religious discrimination and retaliation charges against a school system that threatened to fire her for privately telling a coworker she'd pray for him. Read More

  • Faith-based adoption placement protected in 5 states

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, May 10, 2017 (one month ago)

    Five states in the U.S. have passed laws protecting the rights of faith-based adoption and foster care agencies to restrict child placement based on religious beliefs, and at least two other states are considering similar legislation. Read More

  • ANALYSIS: Trump order unlikely to alter sermonizing

    by Scott McConnell, posted Friday, May 05, 2017 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Faith and politics have a complicated relationship in the United States.

    Many Americans want religious leaders to be clear about their values and how those values impact every aspect of life, including politics. And they want churches to be free to practice their faith, which includes discussing politics without any government intervention.

    But few want their preacher's advice on which candidate to vote for. Read More

  • Trump order to enforce 'robust protections' for religious liberty

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, May 04, 2017 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Religious liberty advocates commended President Trump's new executive order to protect faith beliefs and practice, but some said it fell short of what is needed.

    Trump's order -- issued today (May 4) on National Day of Prayer in a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden -- says:

    -- The administration's policy will be to enforce vigorously the "robust protections for religious freedom" in federal law. Read More

  • USCIRF cites Russia, 3 terrorist groups for violations

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, April 27, 2017 (one month ago)

    The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom made some ground-breaking recommendations in its latest annual report, but the bipartisan watchdog made clear one reality is not new -- the ability to exercise one's faith continues to deteriorate. Read More