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  • Abortion decline calls for ongoing pro-life effort

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, December 06, 2018 (12 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The continued drop in the number, rate and ratio of abortions in the United States is a cause for celebration but also for further efforts to protect children and assist women in need, Southern Baptist pro-life advocates say.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Nov. 23 the total, rate and ratio of abortions in 2015 -- the latest year for which statistics are available -- all declined by two percent from 2014. The ratio and rate reached their lowest points since the Roe v. Wade ruling legalized abortion in 1973, while that year was the only one since the Supreme Court decision with fewer abortions than in 2015, according to numbers attributed to the CDC.

    Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), described the lower abortion rate as "good news. No doubt, the heroic advocacy of the pro-life community contributes to this lower rate." Read More

  • Iraq-Syria genocide bill draws praise

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, November 30, 2018 (18 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The head of the Southern Baptist Convention's religious freedom entity and his fellow advocates have praised bipartisan congressional action to help Christians and other survivors of genocide committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

    The House of Representatives approved without opposition Nov. 27 the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act, H.R. 390, and sent it to President Trump. The Senate passed the bill in October, also without opposition.

    The measure will provide humanitarian aid to Christians, Yazidis, Shia Muslims and other religious and ethnic minorities in the two Middle East countries. It also will support criminal investigations and prosecutions of the terrorists responsible for genocidal acts and crimes against humanity. Read More

  • Moore: Church must recall loyalty to help lonely

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, November 29, 2018 (19 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Christians need to recall where their greatest allegiance lies to help Americans living in a time marked by loneliness, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore said during a Washington, D.C., forum.

    Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, addressed the evangelical church's role while responding to Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., during a Nov. 26 conversation sponsored by The Trinity Forum. Sasse spoke on themes from his new book, "Them: Why We Hate Each Other -- and How to Heal," including Americans' "crisis of loneliness," as he describes it in the book. Read More

  • ERLC book delivery to Congress about human dignity

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, November 19, 2018 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Providing books to all 535 congressional offices is about the Gospel and human dignity for the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

    The ERLC's Washington office has been hand-delivering three books produced by its staff to all the members of Congress since Nov. 1. It will continue to do so until the books are in the offices of 100 senators and 435 representatives.

    The goal is about more than winning a policy battle, said Brent Leatherwood, the ERLC's director of strategic partnerships. Read More

  • Chapmans, Gettys, Platt join expanded EFL

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, November 14, 2018 (one month ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist-sponsored Evangelicals for Life 2019 has expanded its schedule and added two leading couples from the modern Christian music world and a well-known preacher/author to the program.

    Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman, Keith and Kristyn Getty, and David Platt will appear at the fourth annual EFL conference, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) announced Nov. 8 in an email to registrants. The ERLC, host of EFL, also disclosed the conference will begin a day earlier, Jan. 16, than previously scheduled. Read More

  • NFL's Watson aids life through Psalm 139

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, November 13, 2018 (one month ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- National Football League player Benjamin Watson has again joined with the Southern Baptist Convention's ethics entity to provide an ultrasound machine for the benefit of women in crisis pregnancies.

    Watson, a veteran tight end with the New Orleans Saints, and his wife Kirsten donated a machine through the Psalm 139 Project for a center that is part of Baptist Community Health Services (BCHS) in New Orleans, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) announced Nov. 5. Psalm 139 is the ERLC's ministry to help place ultrasound machines in pregnancy resource centers across the country. Read More

  • Voters to weigh pro-life protections

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, November 05, 2018 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Voters in Alabama and West Virginia will be looking ahead to a day when states may again regulate abortion as they go to the polls Tuesday (Nov. 6).

    Amendments on ballots in both states would revise the Alabama and West Virginia constitutions to make clear those documents do not provide a right to abortion or require its public funding. A third state, Oregon, will vote on a proposal to ban state funding of abortion except when "medically necessary" or mandated by federal law. Read More

  • Stand for Life becomes ERLC initiative

    by Tom Strode and ERLC staff, posted Friday, November 02, 2018 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The popular online, pro-life group Stand for Life has become a new initiative of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

    The ERLC and Stand for Life announced the change Thursday (Nov. 1) for a ministry that began about three years earlier with a single post on social media. Stand for Life -- which seeks to promote human dignity through storytelling -- has grown to more than 41,000 Facebook followers and nearly 30,000 Instagram followers.

    ERLC President Russell Moore said he "couldn't be happier about continuing the outstanding work of Stand for Life as an ERLC initiative." Read More

  • Housing allowance defended in appeals court

    by Roy Hayhurst and Tom Strode, posted Thursday, October 25, 2018 (one month ago)

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    CHICAGO (BP) -- Lawyers for both the U.S. Justice Department and a religious freedom organization defended the constitutionality of the ministerial housing allowance Wednesday (Oct. 24) before a federal appeals court.

    A three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago heard oral arguments regarding a 2017 opinion that invalidated the allowance as an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment clause that prohibits government establishment of religion. The Trump administration and Becket Fund for ... Read More