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BJC defends Muslim woman’s right to wear hijab to work

BJC defends Muslim woman’s right to wear hijab to work

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to allow a Muslim woman to wear a religious head-covering to work.

       
Court upholds religious accommodation in Obamacare

Court upholds religious accommodation in Obamacare

A federal appeals court ruled accommodations in the Affordable Care Act are adequate to protect the religious freedom rights of employers who do not qualify for exemptions but who object to contraception coverage in worker insurance plans on religious grounds.

       
More than a third of Americans worry Sharia could be applied in U.S.

More than a third of Americans worry Sharia could be applied in U.S.

As President Obama seeks to ramp up military action against the terrorist group known as the Islamic State or ISIS, Americans remain uneasy over the place of Islam in the United States and in the world.

       

Groups call for IRS to clarify rules on pulpit political endorsements

Religious and secular advocacy groups jointly called for greater clarity by the Internal Revenue Service regarding nonprofits and political activity.

       
GOP abandons anti-abortion bill, angering religious conservatives on Roe anniversary

GOP drops anti-abortion bill, angering religious conservatives

Abortion opponents—marking the annual March for Life in Washington and anticipating legislative gains in the Republican-dominated Congress—were thrown into disarray when GOP leaders unexpectedly withdrew an anti-abortion bill they considered a done deal.

       
Supporters say Muslim prisoner’s beard a win for religious liberty

Supporters say Muslim prisoner’s beard a win for religious liberty

Religious liberty advocates said a U.S. Supreme Court decision Jan. 20 affirming a devout Muslim prisoner’s right to grow a beard for religious reasons is a win for the religious liberty of all Americans.

       
Russell Moore, head of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said the court’s ruling “could potentially transform the cultural landscape of America.”

Supreme Court will decide fate of state bans on gay marriage

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to resolve the national debate over same-sex marriage once and for all.

       
Sunday mornings still segregated; that's OK with worshippers

Sunday mornings still segregated; that's OK with worshippers

Sunday morning remains one of the most segregated hours in American life, with more than eight in 10 congregations made up of one predominant racial group, a new LifeWay survey reveals.

       
Adoption has forced evangelicals to grapple with race relations

Adoption has forced evangelicals to grapple with race relations

Before she and her husband adopted a son and daughter from Ethiopia, popular evangelical blogger Jen Hatmaker had a different view about race in America.

       
Rabbi confirmed as U.S. ambassador for religious freedom

Rabbi confirmed as U.S. ambassador for religious freedom

The Senate confirmed David Saperstein—named the most influential rabbi in America by Newsweek magazine in 2009—as the State Department’s ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, making him the first non-Christian to hold the job.

       
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Baptist Joint Committee supports workplace religious accommodation

Employers have a duty to accommodate the religion of employees—within reason—and avoid discrimination against prospective employees, the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty and others argued in a brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court.

       
SBC ethics agency chief denounces Eric Garner grand jury decision

SBC ethics agency chief denounces Eric Garner grand jury decision

SBC ethics leader Russell Moore said there is “no excuse” for the grand jury decision in Staten Island, N.Y., not to indict the police officer captured on video using a chokehold to subdue Eric Garner.

       
Obama immigration action may split evangelical coalition

Obama immigration action may split evangelical coalition

President Obama’s decision to bypass Congress and act on his own threatens to fracture a broad—and rare—coalition of religious groups who came together to push for a solution to improve the nation’s immigration system.

       
Faith leaders, consumer advocates push for lower payday loan rates

Faith leaders, consumer advocates push for lower payday loan rates

Dozens of faith leaders and consumer advocates are pressing Congress to create a national interest rate cap for payday lenders instead of the exorbitant three-digit rates charged to people in several states.

       

Study: 22% of families have turned to church food pantries for help

During the holiday season, many church-affiliated food pantries across the country will collect donations to help people in need. Chances are, some food donors also know what it’s like to go to bed hungry.

       
 
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