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Some conservative evangelicals revel in ‘unprecedented’ White House access

Some conservative evangelicals revel in ‘unprecedented’ White House access

While some religious conservatives are granted such intimate contact with President Trump that they literally can “lay hands” on him, other faith leaders are kept at arm’s length.

       
Pence roots administration’s support for Israel in faith

Pence roots administration’s support for Israel in faith

Vice President Mike Pence told evangelical supporters of Israel that God had a hand in creating the state of Israel, and Pence said his support for the country is rooted in his faith.

       
House committee action opens door to church endorsement of candidates

House committee action opens door to candidate endorsement by churches

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved a spending bill that includes a provision weakening the Johnson Amendment—the law that bars churches and other nonprofit organizations from endorsing political candidates without jeopardizing their tax-exempt status.

       
Trump touts evangelical support, Putin friendship in Robertson interview

Trump touts evangelical support, Putin friendship in Robertson interview

President Trump touted his support from evangelical Christians and his friendly relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with Pat Robertson on the Christian Broadcasting Network’s The 700 Club.

       
Muslim refugees to US are declining as Christians overtake them

Muslim refugees to US are declining as Christians overtake them

Christians made up the majority of refugees admitted to the United States in the first five full months of the Trump administration, reversing a trend that saw Muslims entering the country at higher numbers under President Obama, a new Pew Research report shows.

       
Court ruling on public funds for church playground draws sharply different responses

Ruling on public funds for church playground draws varied responses

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled states sometimes must make public funds available to religious organizations, a decision some Baptists hailed as a victory for religious freedom and others saw as chipping away at the wall of separation between church and state that protects religious liberty.

       
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No major U.S. religious groups approve refusing service to homosexuals

Overall in 2016, twice as many Americans disapproved than approved of those who refuse service to a gay person based on religious beliefs—61 percent to 30 percent

       
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Note to your church: Raise $714,000/year to offset Trump budget cuts

Churches can’t “pick up the slack” left by President Trump’s proposed federal budget, Bread for the World’s David Beckmann insists.

       
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Evangelical leaders push for criminal justice reform

Evangelical Christian leaders are spearheading a campaign for criminal justice reform, calling for equitable punishment, alternatives to incarceration and a different take on the “tough on crime” language of the Trump administration.

       
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Truett’s Gregory comforts mourners remembering ‘Emanuel Nine’

Truett Seminary preaching professor Joel Gregory preached a message of comfort for Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., on the second anniversary of the shooting there. He urged worshippers to “cling to what is good” despite the evil.

       
‘Marches against Shariah’ held in two dozen cities

‘Marches against Shariah’ held in two dozen cities

ACT for America sponsored "Marches against Shariah" in two dozen cities around the country, including outside the Islamic Association of North Texas in Richardson.

       
Baptists blast Sanders for imposing religious test

Baptists blast Sanders for imposing religious test

Baptist leaders decried Sen. Bernie Sanders’ stated opposition to a White House nominee based on the candidate’s comments about Islam.

       
Trump: ‘It’s time to put a stop to attacks on religion’

‘Time to put a stop to attacks on religion,’ Trump says

President Donald Trump told an assembly of evangelical Christians he would continue to restore the religious liberty many of them feel they’ve lost.

       
Former ERLC legislative counsel joins Trump administration

Former ERLC legislative counsel joins Trump administration

Shannon Royce, a former leader at the Family Research Council and the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, has been appointed as the Trump administration’s director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

       
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Laity, clergy urged to protect churches from partisan politics

Leaders of congregations—both laity and clergy alike—can endorse a letter providing broad support for the longstanding law that keeps politics out of America’s pulpits.

       
 
 
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