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Faith Voices

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.

       

Trump's religious liberty executive order draws fire from left and right

President Donald Trump marked the National Day of Prayer by signing an executive order supporters called a “first step” to promote religious freedom but church-state separationists criticized as an attempt to turn congregations into partisan political action committees.

       
Keeping track: Trump and religion at the 100-day mark

Keeping track: Trump and religion at the 100-day mark

April 29 marked the end of that artificial construct between politics and media known as the “first 100 days.” While both sides agree the period is essentially meaningless in terms of predicting the eventual success of a presidency, neither is willing to ignore it.

       
Defense Department expands its list of recognized religions

Defense Department expands its list of recognized religions

The U.S. Department of Defense announced a near doubling of its list of recognized religions. Now it formally will recognize humanism and other minority faiths among members of the armed forces.

       
BJC urges court to uphold ban on state funds for church school playground

BJC urges court to uphold ban on state funds for church school playground

Missouri acted properly in denying public funds to a Lutheran church that wanted the state to pay for improvements to its playground, an attorney with the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty insisted.

       
Religious groups urge Congress to leave Johnson Amendment in place

Religious groups urge Congress to retain Johnson Amendment

A broad-based religious coalition urged Congress to reject calls for repeal of the Johnson Amendment, insisting current tax laws protect houses of worship and religious nonprofit organizations from political pressure and dangers that accompany endorsing or opposing candidates.

       
Evangelical leaders really don’t want to endorse politicians

Evangelical leaders really don’t want to endorse politicians

A new survey of evangelical leaders—mainly pastors whose flocks were crucial to Donald Trump’s election victory in November—shows close to 90 percent of those asked opposed the idea of clergy endorsing politicians from the pulpit.

       
No leader yet for White House faith partnership office

No leader yet for White House faith partnership office

The White House still has not named anyone to direct the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, which since 2001 has linked government with a broad range of religious groups.

       
Religious leaders urge Congress to protect foreign aid

Religious leaders urge Congress to protect foreign aid

Religious leaders, including some who spoke at President Trump’s inauguration, are calling on Congress to protect foreign aid that helps the needy across the globe.

       
Faith groups still see problems with new immigration order

Faith groups still see problems with new immigration order

Federal judges may find President Donald Trump’s new executive order on immigration more acceptable than the last. But some religious groups and faith leaders see little meaningful difference in the new measure, signed March 6.

       
International religious liberty a rare example of bipartisan agreement

International religious liberty a rare example of bipartisan agreement

Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Washington, D.C., may not agree on much, but international religious liberty remains one issue that draws bipartisan support, according to a scorecard released by the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative.

       
Christians in the pew and pulpit diverge over Trump’s policies on refugees

Christians in the pew and pulpit diverge over Trump’s policies on refugees

Research reveals a big difference between views in the pew and in the pulpits regarding President Trump's executive orders on immigration and refugee settlement.

       
Religious groups, leaders respond to new immigration policies

Religious groups, leaders respond to new immigration policies

Religious organizations and leaders reacted swiftly to new Trump administration policies that will widely expand deportations of undocumented immigrants.

       
Christian aid group lays off staff in wake of executive order on refugees

Christian aid group lays off staff in wake of executive order on refugees

World Relief announced it will lay off more than 140 staff members and close five local offices as a “direct result” of President Trump’s order to more than halve the number of refugees resettled this year in the United States.

       
Constitutionality of leaked executive order on religious freedom questioned

Constitutionality of leaked executive order on religious freedom questioned

The former U.S. religious freedom ambassador told a congressional subcommittee leaked language of a proposed presidential executive order on religious liberty could cause “constitutional problems.”

       
 
 
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