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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

       
Bread Budget Cut

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.

       
prison reform

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.

       
Mother Emanuel

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.

       
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 retain Johnson Amendment

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.

       
 
 
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